Irish Seafood Chowder

After my daughter Alycia came back from a semester abroad at Cork University College in Cork, Ireland she wanted to recreate some of the wonderful food that she enjoyed there. She found this recipe on the website for Poachers Inn in Bandon, Cork. This is a wonderful, rich chowder with salmon, shrimp & crab.  I have added conversions from grams & liters to cups & ounces as well as instructions for a few of the steps that they assumed you would know how to do.

Servings: 4-6

150g (⅔ cup – about 2 ½ Tbsp each) carrots, fennel, celery & onion, diced
oil
1 liter (≈ 1 quart) milk
500ml (≈ 2 cups) cream
1 Tablespoon fish bouillon powder or 2 shrimp bouillon cubes (see notes)
salt, to taste
Roux, to thicken (equal quantities of oil & flour mixed to a paste)
1 ½ lemons (zest & juice)
6 star anise (wrapped in cheesecloth for easy removal)
½ teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
250g (½ lb) salmon, cut into ½” pieces
150g ( lb) firm white fish (e.g. cod, haddock) , cut into ½” pieces
3 Tablespoons white wine
100g (¼ lb) crabmeat
100g (¼ lb) prawns (shrimp)
1 Tablespoon chives, chopped

  1. Heat skillet over low heat. Add enough oil to just cover bottom of the pan. Add carrot, fennel, celery & onion. Cover pan. Stir occasionally, cooking until veggies are translucent and soft, but have not started to brown – about 5 minutes.
  2. Place the salmon & white fish on an oven tray and place in a pre-heated 180 ℃ / 350 ℉ oven for 10 minutes. It should be slightly undercooked, since it will be cooked further after adding to the chowder.
  3. Place the cream, milk, bouillon, salt & garlic in a pot and place on full heat and whisk well.
  4. When the pot is just at boiling point (be careful here not to let it boil over as it can “split” the milk) add a tablespoon of roux and whisk it well for a couple of minutes and leave to cook for a further 5 minutes to allow the flour taste to cook out (add more roux at this point if you think it needs more thickening).
  5. Add lemon juice & zest, whisking as you add.
  6. Add salmon & white fish and stir well, then add star anise.
  7. Add white wine and cook for 10 minutes. If it is too thick, whisk in some hot water to thin it out.
  8. Add crab & prawns. Cook just until done.
  9. To finish, remove star anise and stir in cooked vegetables.
  10. Garnish with chives and serve with fresh homemade brown bread.

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Peanut Butter Glaze

adapted from the glaze used on Peter Pan’s Peanut Butter Pound Cake. I felt their recipe did not make enough glaze for my Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake and it was thinner than I wanted.

2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
6 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 Tbsp milk

  1. Combine 2 cups powdered sugar,  peanut butter, and vanilla in medium bowl.  Add about 3 Tbsp milk.  Beat together until creamy, adding more sugar or milk to get the desired consistency.
  • I prefer this glaze to be fairly thick – pourable, but not so thin that it pools at the bottom of the cake.

Starlight Cakes

This recipe is from my friend Patty Davis Grigsby’s mother, Virginia Davis.  She made these beautiful, delicious cakes every Christmas.

Cake

3/4 cup shortening
1  1/2 cups sugar
1  1/2 tsp vanilla
2  1/4  cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
5 egg whites

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar.  Beat in vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Beat for 2 minutes after the last addition.
  5. Beat egg whites until stiff.  Fold into batter.
  6. Pour into a well-greased and floured 9×12 pan or in 2 1/2 to 3 inch individual cake molds.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until center springs back when touched.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
Icing

6 cups powdered sugar
1/3-1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

  1. Add milk to powdered sugar until icing is a pouring consistency.
  2. Add vanilla and salt.
  3. Spoon over cakes until well coated.
  4. Decorate with silver metallic candy balls (dragées).
  • Virginia had cute star-shaped molds that she used for these cakes, making them especially beautiful.

Impossible Pie

basic recipe from Bisquick

1 1/3 cups milk
3 eggs
3/4 cups Bisquick
1/4 tsp pepper

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
  3. Pour over chosen ingredients in a greased 10″ pie pan.
  4. Bake until set, about 25-35 minutes.

Filling options:

  • chicken & vegetables
  • ham & Swiss cheese
  • bacon & Cheddar cheese
  • spinach & Swiss cheese
  • Taco – ground beef with taco seasoning, onions, Cheddar cheese
  • chicken, broccoli & Cheddar cheese
  • ground beef, mushrooms & 1/2 cup sour cream (replace equal amount of milk)
  • green chile & Cheddar cheese
  • cherry tomatoes & Cheddar cheese

Note – all filling ingredients should be chopped in bite-size or smaller pieces and meat should be cooked. If using vegetables with high liquid content such as spinach, squeeze out liquid before using.


Moussaka

My mother cut this recipe out of a magazine in the 70s. I have a photocopy of it, but it does not show the magazine’s name. Like many old photocopies, it is faded and very difficult to read. The recipe, however, is as delicious as always.

Servings: 6

Meat Sauce

2 Tbsp butter
1 cup onion, diced
1 ½ lbs ground beef or lamb
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ tsp oregano, dried
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp cinnamon
dash freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
16 oz tomato sauce
2 Tbsp dry bread crumbs

  1. Melt butter in 4 quart Dutch oven.
  2. Add onion and meat, stirring until brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, herbs, & spices. Cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce, bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, 1/2 hour.
  5. Stir in bread crumbs.
Eggplant

2-2 ½ lbs eggplant
½ cup butter, melted
salt

  1. Halve unpeeled eggplant lengthwise, then slice ½ inch thick.
  2. Place in broiler pan and brush lightly with melted butter. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  3. Broil 4 inches from heat, 4 minutes per side, or until golden.
Bechamel (Cream Sauce in original)

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
dash pepper
2 c milk
2 large eggs

  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter; remove from heat and stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  2. Add milk gradually. Bring to a boil, stirring until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs.
  4. Temper eggs by adding a small amount of hot bechamel sauce, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan. Mix well and set aside.
Topping

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup Cheddar cheese, grated

Assembly
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. In the bottom of 9″x13″ baking dish, layer 1/2 of the eggplant, overlapping slightly.
  3. Mix cheeses. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons over eggplant.
  4. Spoon meat sauce over top.
  5. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cheese.
  6. Layer rest of eggplant, overlapping as before.
  7. Pour cream sauce over all.
  8. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. If desired, brown top under broiler for 1 minute. Cool slightly before serving.
  • You can replace the Cheddar cheese with more Parmesan.

Plantation Ham Pie

Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library 1971

2 Tbsp butter or oleo
3 cups ham, cubed
1 med onion, chopped
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk

Parsley Pinwheels

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup parsley, chopped

  1. Heat oven to 425 F.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet.
  3. Cook and stir ham and onion in butter until ham is golden and onion is tender.
  4. Stir in soup & milk. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently.
  5. Pour into greased 8″ square baking dish. Place in oven while you make the Pinwheels.
  6. Stir Bisquick and water to a soft dough. Roll into 12×7 rectangle. Sprinkle parsley over dough. Roll up tightly, beginning at long side. Cut into 9 slices.
  7. Arrange on top of hot ham mixture.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until pinwheels are cooked.
  • The trick to non-soggy biscuits is to make sure the filling is hot before the biscuits are put on top.

Banana Orange Frosted

Betty Crocker’s Boys and Girls Cook Book
This is the cookbook that I was given when I was 10 years old and given permission to cook by myself.

1 ripe banana, peeled & sliced
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
2 cups orange sherbet

  1. Combine banana, orange juice, milk and 1 cup sherbet in blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 tall glasses.
  3. Top each serving with a scoop of sherbet.
  4. Garnish glasses with orange slice and a banana slice.
  • Makes 2 servings.

Amish Friendship Bread

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
5 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Lightly grease 2 large loaf pans. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix.  Make a well in the center.
  4. Add Amish Friendship Bread Starter, oil, milk, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  5. Stir in nuts.
  6. Pour batter into pans.
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
  8. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Variations:

  • Lower fat: substitute ½ cup oil and ½ cup applesauce for 1 cup oil.
  • Apple Cinnamon: add 2 apples. peeled, cored and finely chopped when you add the nuts.
  • Banana Nut: reduce cinnamon to 1/2 tsp and add 3 large ripe bananas, mashed.
  • Chocolate: substitute chocolate pudding mix and “flour” the pans with cocoa – omit cinnamon or leave it in for a Mexican chocolate flavor, omit nuts if desired.
  • Lemon Poppy Seed: substitute lemon pudding mix, reduce cinnamon to 1/2 tsp, omit nuts and add 2 Tbsp poppy seeds.
  • Muffins: pour into greased muffin tins and reduce the baking time to 23-25 minutes.
  • Pistachio: substitute pistachio pudding mix and pistachios.
  • Raisin or Date: add 1 cup raisins or dates.

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

This recipe was passed along to me years ago by a friend at work. I have also been given a new starter by my daughter, Marissa Davis Hefner, after mine expired in the refrigerator from neglect.

This is a sourdough starter and can be used for other sourdough recipes also.

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk

Mix flour & sugar. Stir in milk. Pour into a gallon zipper bag several times.

Growing the Starter

Do not refrigerate. When air gets in the bag, let it out – this will also allow new yeast spores to get in. It is normal for the batter to thicken, bubble and ferment – this is what we want it to do.

Day 2 – Squeeze the bag several times.
Day 3 – Squeeze the bag several times.
Day 4 – Squeeze the bag several times.
Day 5 – Squeeze the bag several times.
Day 6 – Feed the starter: add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Squeeze the bag several times to combine.
Day 7 – Squeeze the bag several times.
Day 8 – Squeeze the bag several times.
Day 9 – Squeeze the bag several times.
Day 10 – Pour the batter into a large non-metal bowl. Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.

Sharing
  1. Pour 1 cup starter each into 4 gallon zipper bags. Keep one for yourself and give three starters with instructions to friends.
  2. Use the remaining batter to make Amish Friendship Bread.
  • For a successful fermentation process, the starter should not come in contact with any metal (spoons, bowls, etc.)
  • After fermenting for 10 days, you can freeze this starter for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.