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Friday, 22 February 2013

Welsh Griddle Cakes like Mother Used to Make

I love these authentic, tasting, griddle cakes, with currents and mixed spice. Hard just to eat one so make a large batch.Great for picnics,and keep well in an airtight container.

Welsh griddle cakes


1) 225 g/8 oz. plain flower
2) 1/2 tsp baking powder
3) 1/2 tsp mixed spice
4) 50 g/2 oz. margarine
5) 50 g/2 oz. lard
6) 75 g currants
7) 50-75 g/2-3 oz. sugar
8) 1 standard egg
9) 1 x 15 ml/1 tbsp spoon milk
10) To finish sugar for sprinkling


a) Sieve flour with baking powder and mixed spice.

b) Rub fats into flour

c) Add dry ingredients and mix well together with the egg and milk to form a stiff paste

d) Roll out on a lightly floured board to about 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick

e) Cut into rounds using a 5 cm (2 inch) flutted cutter

f) Bake on a griddle over medium heat until lightly brown on each side

g) When cool sprinkle with extra sugar

Makes 24

Cauliflower and Egg Savoury Like Mother Used to Make

Cauliflower and eggs,with white sauce, and parsley.A simple recipe, to make for a warming supper dish,,add a cheese topping if desired.
Cauliflower eggs and white sauce



1) 1 cauliflower
2) 2 eggs hard boiled
3) 1/2 pint basic white sauce,or packet one
4) Chopped parsley


a) Break the cauliflower up into flowerets and cook in boiling salted water until just tender

b) Drain well and put into a a hot dish with the sliced hard -boiled eggs,saving a little egg yolk for garnish - keep hot

c) Make the sauce,season carefully and pour over the cauliflower and egg

d) Decorate with the sieved hard boiled egg yolk and chopped parsley.

Cheese can be grated on top and put under the grill to melt and brown if desired.

Hawaiian Gammon Like Mother Used to Make

Gammon rashers, with brown sugar,mustard,orange juice,white sauce and pineapple rings.Quick and easy recipe to add a tasty twist to gammon.

Gammon Rasher



1) 1 oz.soft brown sugar
2) 1 level tsp dry mustard
3) 4 Gammon rashers
4) 2 tbsp corn oil
5) 1 lb.can of pineapple rings
6) Juice of 1 orange
7) 1 packet savoury white sauce mix
8) 1-2 cloves (optional)


a) Mix mustard and sugar together,sprinkle over rashers and rub in well

b) Fry the rashers on both sides until tender,about 10 minutes

c) Drain juice from pineapple,add orange juice and make up to 1/2 pint with water if necessary

d) Make up the white sauce as directed on the packet,but use the 1/2 pint fruit juice in place of milk

e) Remove gammon from the pan,pour off excess oil

f) Replace gammon in the pan,pour sauce over,add cloves if liked,and pineaple rings and cook for a further 5 minutes

g) Serve with spinach and creamed potatoes.

Stuffed Fillet of Beef Like Mother Used to Make

This recipe for fillet of beef is ideal for a family dinner or entertaining friends,with anchovy fillets,bacon,onions and herbs.
Stuffed fillet of beef



1) 1 lb/500 g fillet of beef,in one piece
2) 2 onions sliced
3) beef dripping
4) 2 anchovy fillets,choppped
5) 1 tbsp finely chopped bacon
6) pinch of pepper
7) pinch of dried thyme
8) pich of finely chopped parsley
1 egg yolk


a) Trim the beef neatly

b) Fry the sliced onions in about 1 tbsp of dripping,until they are golden brown

c) Remove them from the pan,place in a a mixing bowl and add the anchovy fillets,bacon,pinch of pepper,thyme and parsley and the beaten egg yolk

d) Cut the fillet in about 4 places,but not right through

e) Put some of the stuffing into each each cavity and tie the fillet up with clean string or toothpicks

f) Either wrap in greased foil and place in a roasting pan or place in a covered roasting pan with a little dripping and cook in a slow oven for 1 1/2 hours or until tender

g) Serve hot,cut into thick slices,accompanied by freshly cooed vegetables.