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Paper-Wrapped and Deep Fat Fried Prawns (Jee Bow Har)

March 31, 2017

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
1 tomato
4 prawns
pinch white pepper
pinch salt
1 teaspoon sherry
pinch monosodium glutamate
little peanut oil or lard
8 thin slices ginger
9 slices spring onion
8 snow peas
8 6-inch squares of greaseproof or waxed paper

Make tomato basket and put the parsley in it. Remove shells and the intestines of prawns. Cut each prawn in half, add pepper, salt, sherry and monosodium glutamate, mix well. Rub each piece of greaseproof paper with a little peanut oil or lard. Place one slice of prawn and one slice of ginger, one slice of spring onion and one snow pea on the paper. Fold opposite corners of the paper, then fold the edge as the picture shows.

Heat enough oil and deep fry, flap side down until light brown in colour. Place on the serving plate with the tomato basket in middle as the photograph shows.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © Shufunotomo Col, Ltd., Japan 1968

Peking Sour and Hot Soup (Sun Lard Tong)

March 30, 2017

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
1 oz. black mushrooms
1 oz. canned bamboo shoots
1 oz. raw ham*
1 1/2 pints chicken stock or water
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon cornflour
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate
*Pork or chicken meat can also be used.

Soak the mushrooms for 30 minutes. Shred mushrooms, bamboo shoots and ham. Bring the chicken stock to the boil. Add mushrooms, bamboo shoots and ham, cook for 3 minutes. Add soy sauce, vinegar, cornflour (mixed with 3 tablespoons water), cook 2 minutes. Drop the beaten egg into it, and stir, add pepper, monosodium glutamate. Add salt to taste and serve immediately.

How to cook Chinese vegetables:
The Chinese cook most vegetables in a very hot, round-bottomed pot. In Western cooking the utensil would be a ‘Dutch oven’ or a deep frying pan. This should be ‘piping’ hot and well-greased when the food is placed in it. To retain the vitamins, texture and colour of the vegetables, they should be turned quickly and constantly, and no water should be used as the quick cooking brings out the natural juices and keeps their crispness and colour.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968

Orange Salad

March 23, 2017

Preparation time: 15 mins.
Main Utensil: sharp knife

For 4 people you need:
3-4 large oranges

French or vinaigrette dressing:
1 teaspoon made mustard
pinch salt
shake pepper
pinch sugar
scant 1/4 cup oil
1-2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice


1. Cut the peel away from the oranges in such a way that you remove the white pith as well – this is quite difficult to do unless you have a very sharp knife. Cut the segments of orange away from the skin and remove any seeds.

2. To make French dressing: Blend mustard with other seasonings and the sugar, work in the oil with a wooden or metal spoon, then finally add the vinegar or lemon juice. A larger amount can be made and stored in a screw-topped jar.

3. Arrange the segments of orange on a bed of lettuce and top with a little French dressing.

TO SERVE: AN orange salad can be served with prawns or shrimp, hard cooked eggs, and radishes as the picture. It can also be served with duck or goose in place of or as well as vegetables.

TO VARY: Grapefruit may be used in place of orange, but sweeten the dressing a little bit more.

PRINTED IN CANADA © Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd 1967

Pink Squirrel (Orange-Banana Bread)

March 20, 2017


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 beaten eggs
1 cup mashed ripe banana
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift together flower and baking powder, set aside. Cream butter, gradually add sugar, grated lemon and orange rinds, and blend until smooth. Beat in eggs, mashed banana, and Grand Marnier. Add flour-baking powder mixture a little at a time, stirring thoroughly.

Yield: 1 loaf.


Macerated fruit cocktails go well with banana bread and coffee; serve them instead of an after-dinner drink if you like, or as a dessert to be followed by Pink Squirrels.

Select fresh fruit in season, peel, remove seeds or cores, and chop into bite-size pieces. Place in large bowl and fill with orange juice to cover fruit. Add 1/2 cup brandy. Marinate, covered, 24 hours. To serve, drain fruit and place in sherbet glasses or punch cups.

Copyright © 1977 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Cinnamon Swirl Oat Loaf

March 7, 2017

Preparation time: 20 to 30 min.
Rising time: 2 hrs.
Oven temperature: 375°F
Baking time: 25 to 30 min.

Sour cream adds richness, flavor and texture to this bread flecked with the color of uncooked rolled oats and unprocessed bran flakes. A swirl of fragrant cinnamon flavors every slice.

For 2 loaves you will need:

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 cup water (105°F to 115°F)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
1/2 cup unprocessed bran flakes
4 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon


1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water; add sugar, salt and sour cream. Let stand 5 minutes until yeast begins to foam.

2. Add rolled oats, bran flakes and flour, 1 cup at a a time beating with wooden spoon to keep mixture smooth.

3. When dough is stiff, cover and let stand 15 minutes. Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead 10 minutes until springy.

4. Turn dough into lightly buttered bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

5. Turn out onto lightly oiled surface and divide into two parts. Roll or pat out each part to make a rectangle about 12-by-8 inches. Sprinkle each rectangle with 1 tsp. of the cinnamon.

6. Roll each rectangle up, squeezing out air bubbles into shape loaves. Place in greased loaf pans.

7. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on rack.

Tips: Serve the bread with either honey or butter.


Beef and Barley Soup

February 23, 2017


5 slices bacon
1-pound beef chuck roast or steak, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large onions, shopped (about 2 cups)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cans (10 1/2 ounces each) condensed beef broth
2 cups water
1/4 cup regular barley
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon caraway seed
1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
3 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium carrots, sliced (about 1 cup)
2 medium celery stalks, sliced
1 can (16 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas, broken apart
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces

Fry bacon in Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon and drain on paper towel. Cook and stir beef pieces, onions and garlic in bacon fat in Dutch oven until beef is brown. Stir in broth, water, barley, paprika, salt, caraway seed and marjoram. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.

Stir in potatoes, carrots, celery, tomatoes, frozen peas and mushrooms (with liquid). Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Crumble bacon; sprinkle over soup. 8 servings.

Timing Tip: If you want to serve at different times, Beef and Barley Soup will hold covered over low heat up to 1 hour.

©1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Nightmare (Vienna Toast Kebabs)

February 23, 2017


Vienna Toast Kebabs

2 cans (5-oz size) Vienna sausages (14 sausages)
28 cubes (i inch each) white bread
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
14 cherry tomatoes
Blue Cheese Dip

Cut Vienna sausages in half, crosswise, and set aside.Brush bread cubes with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Prepare skewers: Spear one Vienna sausage half on wooden 8-inch cocktail skewer; spear cube of bread and press next to sausage; follow with second sausage half and bread cube.

Repeat on remaining skewers. Shortly before serving, preheat oven to broil. Place skewers on baking sheet and put under broiler; broil until bread is browned, turning once (about 2 minutes).

Remove from oven. Spear end of each skewer with cherry tomato. Serve with Blue Cheese Dip.

Yield: 14 kebabs

Blue Cheese Dip

1/4 pound blue cheese
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Crumble blue cheese and gently blend in sour cream and sherry; add in Worcestershire sauce. Serve in bowl surrounded by kebabs.

Copyright © 1977 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.