Recipes like Mum makes (I Hope!)
1 recipe quick flaky pastry
1 lb bulk sausage
Roll out pastry in a rectangle 1/8 inch thick. Divide in two lengthwise. Divide sausage in two. Using flour to prevent sticking, roll sausage out in a long thin roll and place in the center of one of the lengths of pastry. Brush with water, fold pastry over one of the lengths of sausage and press firmly to seal. Beat up edge with knife to look like layers (helps seal edge). Cut into 3-inch lengths. Bake on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven 15-20 minutes. These freeze well, and are even nice for picnics.
Cook mashed potatoes and cool until finger can be held comfortably in them. Add enough flour to make potatoes no longer sticky. Take tennis ball-sized pieces of potato dough on a floured surface. Rollout to approximately 1/2 inch thick. Cut in four. Use an electric skillet or griddle or a grill unit on the stove. Correct temperature is reached when a little flour sprinkled turns brown in a minute. Cook the potato farls (as they are called) until golden on each side. These are great eaten warm off the grill with lathings of butter. But the children will be most familiar eating potato bread fried with bacon and eggs. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
3 handfuls whole wheat (graham) flour
2 small handfuls all-purpose flour
2 small handfuls bran (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 ounce butter
2 - 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
Place dry ingredients in a bowl and rub in butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Mix to a loose mixture with buttermilk. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 400 degrees F for one hour. It will be cooked when the bottom, tapped, sounds hollow. Cool and wrap in cling film. Great with cheese. Use lots of butter on it. May also be fried, as with the potato bread, with bacon and eggs.
Most of the children like this. If they ask for it, serve it with boiled or mashed potatoes and a vegetable on the side.
1 lb. of ground beef (mince)
1 medium onion
1-2 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup of water
Salt, pepper to taste
Brown and drain the ground beef. Saute chopped onion and return ground beef to the skillet. Add water and bring to a boil. Make a cream with the cornstarch, Kitchen Bouquet and a little water. Use to thicken the gravy. Simmer 15-20 minutes. Some Mums may cook this with carrots as well.
Approximately 2 lbs. potatoes
Spring onions (scallions)
½ cup milk
Butter, salt, pepper to taste
Boil and mash the potatoes. Chop scallions and put in a pot with milk. Heat to boiling point and mix into potatoes. Serve with generous lathings of butter.
Sausage Rolls with Quick Flaky Pastry
Sausage Rolls may be mentioned by some children. These are tasty and not too difficult. But to make them requires flaky pastry. If you can buy this in your supermarket freezer, fine. If not, my recipe for Quick Flaky Pastry follows:
2 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 sticks margarine
Ice-water, with a little lemon juice added
Freeze margarine for at least 30 minutes. Using a coarse grater, grate fat into flour. Keep flouring the stick margarine, until all is done. Disperse shredded fat evenly through the flour. Add enough water to bind dough stiffly. Leave in refrigerator for ½ hour.