Monday, 18 August 2014

Pineapple Soufflé

Good Housekeeping’s Cookery Book, 1955 edition, United Kingdom
Pineapple Soufflé  
“Hot Soufflés: These are made from a panada mixture which is lightened by the addition of stiffly beaten egg whites. Its success depends largely on the adequate whisking of the egg whites, their very light but thorough incorporation into the mixture, and careful cooking.”
For soufflé case approx.. 15cm by 6cm
15g butter; 15g flour; 100ml milk; 3 egg yolks; 1 dstspn castor sugar; 30g chopped pineapple; 4 egg whites; pieces of angelica (or green glacé cherries)
Heat the oven to moderately hot. Prepare the soufflé dish by greasing with butter. Weigh out all ingredients carefully. Melt the butter in a fairly large pan over a low heat, and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Add the hot milk gradually and stir over the heat until it leaves the sides of the pan. Be sure it is quite smooth.
Remove from the heat and add the egg yolks, one at a time. Beat in each yolk thoroughly, and blend all the ingredients so that no unmixed panada remains around the sides of the pan. Add the sugar and well drained chopped  pineapple and leave aside while preparing the egg whites.
Beat the egg whites to a stiff froth – it is essential that they should be very thoroughly whisked. Do not prepare them until just before they are required, so that the air bubbles will not break down before the eggs are incorporated with the other ingredients.
Fold the beaten egg whites into the panada mixture as lightly as possible, using a metal, not a wooden, spoon. Do not stir the mixture, as this tends to break down the air bubbles.
Cut a few pieces of angelica to form diamond-shaped leaves. Decorate the bottom of the buttered soufflé dish with these.
When thoroughly blended, pour into the soufflé dish and bake in a moderately hot oven for about 30 minutes, or until well risen, golden brown, and firm in the centre. Serve at once with a sauce made from the pineapple juice.

I made a sauce by mixing 1 cup pineapple juice, 1 tblspn brown sugar and 50g butter in a saucepan over low heat for about 3 minutes. I then added 1 tblspn cornflour blended into ¼ cup cold water and stirred until it thickened, then served it hot onto the soufflés with cream. A lovely light dessert, Anne.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Pineapple Muffins

The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer  1946 Edition USA  Illustrations by Marion Rombauer Becker

“A pleasant variation of a good old standby.”
About 24 muffins.

Prepare the muffin batter. Add to the liquid ingredients ½ cup well-drained crushed pineapple.
Sift before measuring: 2 cups cake flour or 1 ¾ cups bread flour.
Resift with: ¾ tsp salt; ¼ cup sugar; 2 tspn baking powder.
Beat in a separate bowl: 2 eggs
Combine and add: 2 tblsp melted butter; ¾ cup milk
Stir the liquid quickly into the dry ingredients, taking only 15 or 20 seconds in which to do it. Make no attempt to stir or beat out the lumps. Ignore them. Unnecessary handling of the batter results in tough muffins. Pour the batter at once into greased tins or paper baking cups. Fill them about half full. The tops may be sprinkled with 2 tblspn poppy seeds. Bake the muffins from 15 to 20 minutes in a hot oven 220°C. remove them at once from the tins.

To reheat them, place them ion a paper bag, close the bag and place it in a hot oven 220°C for about 5 minutes.

Imagine, an electric kettle with LED lights! I love it!


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Islander’s Chicken and Pineapple

My mother, Moira who is now 87, wanted to join into the Pineapple Princess fun when she found a recipe for Islander’s Chicken and Pineapple Casserole with Rice in one of her recipe books from the 1970s. She was a bit rebellious when following the recipe, but it was a delicious meal! Anne.

Chicken Cookbook and other poultry, June Phillips 1974 Sydney
Islander’s Chicken and Pineapple Casserole with Rice
“A great party chicken dish, sautéed with pineapple and coated with a delicate cream sauce and served on a pile of golden rice pilaf. The whole dish can be cooked on top of the stove or it can be finished in the oven.”
Serves 6
12 chicken pieces (legs, thighs or breasts); 60b butter; 1 tblspn oil; 2 onions, thinly sliced; 470g can pineapple slices, well drained; pinch grated nutmeg;; 1 lemon; 1 cup chicken stock or water; salt and freshly ground black pepper; ½ cup cream
Wipe chicken pieces and brown on all sides in a heavy saucepan or fireproof casserole in butter and oil. Remove chicken and add onions to pan and fry gently until golden. Add to chicken. Halve pineapple slices and fry until golden. Remove. Return chicken and onion to pan. Add nutmeg and two strips of thinly peeled lemon rind. Add stock and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place pineapple on top of chicken, then cover and simmer over as very gentle heat, or in a moderately slow oven 160-180°C for about 1 hour or until chicken is tender. While chicken is cooking prepare the pilaf.
Remove the chicken and pineapple from pan and keep warm. Discard lemon rind and boil the juices in pan, adding lemon juice to taste. Stir in the cream and cook rapidly until sauce thickens slightly. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve the chicken on a bed of the rice and spoon sauce over.
Rice Pilaf:
90g butter; 1 large onion; 2 cups long grained rice; 1 tspn turmeric; 3 ½ cups chicken stock; 2 tspns salt; freshly ground pepper
Heat butter in a large heavy pan and fry onion until transparent. Add rice and stir for 1 minute, then add turmeric. Pour in the stock and season with salt and a good grinding of pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and cook over a low heat, without stirring, until rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 25 mins. Fluff up with a  fork before serving.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Pineapple and Apricot Conserve

“Cookery: The Australian Way”  8th Edition Shirley Cameron, Home Economics Victoria 2011, First Edition 1966 was reprinted 11 times, photos by Mark Roper

Pineapple and Apricot Conserve
Quantity: 4 X 250ml jars
Preparation time: 35 minutes, plus overnight standing
Cooking utensil: large saucepan
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Ingredients: 2 cups (300g) diced pineapple; 100g diced dried apricots soaked in 2 cups (500ml) warm water for 2 hours; 2 cups (500g) sugar; 1 cup (250ml) water; 1 tblspn (15g) commercial pectin mixture
1 Mix peeled and diced fruit with sugar and allow to stand overnight
2 Place fruit, sugar, water and pectin in saucepan and bring quickly to the boil, stirring continually. Boil for 30 – 35 minutes until gel test is satisfactory (see below)
3 Sterilise washed jars before bottling jam
4 Cool conserve slightly, pour in jars and cover
5 Allow jars to become cold. Then wipe clean, label and store in a cool, dry place

Gel test: Dip a wooden spoon in the cooked mixture. When the mixture starts to drop (not run) from the wooden spoon, place 1 tspn on a plate. Cool rapidly, such as over ice. Tilt the plate. If the surface of the mixtuire wrinkles, it is cooked sufficiently to eat. A jam or confectionery thermometer may also be used. When the mixture reaches 105°C, it is cooked sufficiently to set.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Something beautiful . . .

Thanks to the Griffith Family!
Something not so good to look at . . . but tasty

Party Prescriptions, compiled for your pleasure. All proceeds 1srt Red Hill Scout GroupBuilding Fund, Canberra 1963 
Poultry – Braised Duckling (Contributed by Air Vice-Marshal D. A. Creal, Canberra)
1 young duckling; 1 tblspn soya sauce; 1 tin pineapple slices (or fresh pineapple); 1 cup brandy or dry sherry; 1 tspn cinnamon; 3 dstspn oil or lard
Method: Salt duckling and mix soya, one tablespoon brandy (or sherry) and cinnamon. Rub mixture well into skin of duckling. Place oil (or lard) in pan and heat. When smoking, fry duckling until well browned all over. Add remainder of brandy (or sherry) to water (or pineapple juice) to make two cups, simmer in pan for one hour with lid tightly on. Grill pineapple slices and garnish.

 Something strange. Is it an illusion?
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Something unexpected . . .

Photos from eShop Africa.com

‘I want to be buried in a giant pineapple': Demand for bizarre coffins rockets after UK art show by African artist, article by Leon Watson, 26 December 2011
“Demand for 'crazy coffins' - made in the shape of sharks, pineapples and beer bottles - has rocketed after an African carpenter put on a UK art show.
Paa Joe, a 66-year-old master coffin maker from Ghana in West Africa, has rustled up hundreds of coffins in the last few decades - making them in the shape of whatever the deceased desired.
Among the bizarre coffins he has made in the past include ones made to look like mobile phones, pineapples, sharks, coke bottles, beer bottles, chickens, cars and aeroplanes.”
And somebody who's curious.
Thank you to Ky's pet ferret, Fantamus.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

'Mediterranean Fruit Salad'

A Book of Mediterranean Food, a Penguin Handbook by Elizabeth David, Decorations by John Minton 1956 ed.

Fruit Salad
“Fruit salad can be delicious; it can also be very nasty indeed. Here is a good recipe which includes the making of the syrup which is so important.”
2 oranges, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 grapefruit, 2 bananas, 3 fresh figs, 2 slices pineapple, either fresh or tinned
For the syrup. Bring 2 teacups of water to the boil; throw in 10 lumps of sugar and the peel of an orange cut in strips. Boil for 3 minutes and the leave the syrup to cool.
Prepare the fruit carefully, put it into a glass dish and pour over it a small wineglass of maraschino, and the prepared syrup.

“It is important that the fruit salad should be very well iced, and it should be prepared several hours before it is needed.”
This fruit salad was delicious but I didn’t leave it sitting for very long before serving as I prefer the fruit pieces crisp rather than too soft, Anne.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Pineapple Heaven

My niece, Georgina, sent this email from London while she was visiting her sister, Katrina, and Tom recently.

“We had an amazing London lunch today at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant Dinner. I feel very spoilt. One of the desserts was Tipsy Cake, featuring spit roasted pineapple with brioche. I took some photos for you! A few through the window to the kitchen featuring the spit roasting, and one of the actual desserts.
I didn't actually get the dessert myself (although three people in our party did). I did get to have a taste and it was nice. I think there is some kind of glaze put on at some point in the roasting process, and sugar and cinnamon sounds about right”.

Thanks for that Georgina! We had to try it for ourselves and, wow, it was one of our best pineapple combinations yet!
Les peeled a spiral around the pineapple and spit roasted it for about an hour, basting it occasionally with melted butter mixed with a little sugar and cinnamon.

He is usually the bread baker in our family but I thought I’d have a go at baking some brioches (yes, I did check the plural of brioche), found a recipe and the combination was sensational! Anne.
I found a fascinating article by Heston Blumenthal online. He includes a recipe for roast pineapple, with pineapple and chilli jelly, and crab syrup that he describes as a fantastic dessert!                                                                                                                              

“The proof of the pudding ... “ by Heston Blumenthal, The Guardian, Sat. 8 December 2001
Tom took Georgina to (I suspect one of his favourite haunts) Brick Lane, where they spotted this (modified?) poster.