KATY'S COOK-AHEAD CORNER
for girls on the go!

by Hetty Hawic


Finding it difficult to cope in the kitchen without help? Try this for results...

Yes, we all know the problems of being a working girl. It's so hard to spend the day carving out an exciting career for yourself and then have to come home and cook a meal. Do you come home to the cries of "oh no, not beans again!"? Well why not try my tasty tips for a complete five course meal you can prepare in advance? Make the table ready with those pretty feminine touches like flowers and candles and then sit the man in your life down for the surprise of his life...

STARTERS

CHEESE STRAWS

  • one handful best straw
  • 2 oz grated cheese
  • 4 tbsp. chilli sauce

Simply combine the cheese and chilli sauce into a smooth paste, then coat the straws in the mixture. Bake in a hot oven until very deep brown.

 

FISH COURSE

KIPPERS & CUSTARD

  • 1 pair of kippers
  • 1 tin ready-made custard
  • small onion
  • small banana
  • 2oz fennel seed

Bone kippers, chop onion and banana. Flake half of the kippers into a well-oiled casserole dish. Sprinkle with a layer of onion and banana, seasoning liberally with fennel seed, then covering with custard. Bake in a very hot oven until set and browned on top. For extra flavour, try a good thick topping of parmesan cheese before serving.



MAIN COURSE

STEAK AND KIDNEY JELLY

  • 1 tin steak & kidney with gravy
  • 1 packet lime jelly
  • ½ green pepper
  • 1 small carrot

First drain the gravy from the tin. Pour into a measuring jug and then top up with water to make the required amount of water for the jelly. Make up jelly following packet instructions. While the jelly cools, cut the carrot and pepper into decorative strips and arrange at the bottom of your jelly mould. Whisk the steak & kidney into the jelly and pour into the mould. Chill until set.

Vegetables that would be a good accompaniment would be cabbage and leek purée, saûtéed beetroot and lentil loaf. Or for warmer days, why not try a salad of cauliflower, onion, raw potato and leeks?

DESSERT

BLACK FOREST TRIPE

  • 6 lbs prepared tripe
  • 1 lb Black Cherry jam
  • 1 pt double cream
  • 2 bars 'Flake' chocolate

Trim the tripe into squares about 6 × 6". Spread each thick square with a good layer of the jam and allow to soak for at least twelve hours. Whip the cream until stiff, then coat each square with the cream. Sprinkle the broken choc. bars over each piece.

 

GRAND FINALE

IRISH COFFEE, CHEESE & BISCUITS

  • 1 pt. coffee (made with cabbage water)
  • ¼ lb grated blue cheese
  • 4 cream crackers

Combine all ingredients in your electric blender until thick and creamy, pour into goblets and serve... a really original nightcap.










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