Tuesday, January 26, 2010

stand facing the stove


Some day, I want the book of the same name. Irma Rombauer's my hero. That is one for the Aussies to look up.

Yesterday I made a mega batch of indian spiced nibblies, to use up all the odds and ends of nuts and cereals in the pantry. You just cannot have this stuff languishing around in the wet season, it goes stale. The recipe is:

Take a big mixing bowl and dump in nuts, cereals (cheerios and puffed wheat, but the puffed wheat is not great as is looses its puff and become wheat nuggets) and a packet of Chinese fried noodles, to a total of around 5 or 6 cups. Whip 2 egg whites to soft peaks. Fold in a quarter cup of curry sauce (I use Patak's madras) and then stir through the dry ingredients til well coated. Spread on cookie sheets and bake at 200 C for 15 min. Cool and store in airtight jars, especially if it is the wet season!

And here is a recipe for Jaryn:

Pumpkin pie (with a crumb crust)
Crush a half packet of granita biscuits and mix with 1/3 cup melted butter. Press into a pie plate, and up the sides. refridgerate.

To about 1 1/2 cups of cooked, mashed pumpkin (squash if you are in North America) add
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1tsp nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 tin sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs well beaten

mix until smooth, pour into pie shell and bake around 45 minutes at 180C or until well set. test with a satay stick, it should come out clean. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. North American whipped cream has sugar and vanilla in it. Therre is a name for this in Australia but it escapes me.

The bowl is full of apple sauce, since we are having roast pork for dinner. Surely everyone knows how to make apple sauce!

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