Pamela Cleaver


Some of Pamela’s Favourite Recipes

Cheese Tarts

My mother’s recipe - they were a wow at her drinks parties.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes approximately

1 lb pastry (shop bought is fine)
1/2 pint white sauce flavoured with 1 tsp English mustard powder, salt and pepper
3 tbsps strong cheese (Cheddar) grated
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
1 large egg

Line muffin tins with pastry
To white sauces add cheeses and stir well. Beat in egg.
Fill tarts and bake in a hot oven about 12 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

Serve hot as an appetiser or a savoury at the end of a meal instead of cheese and biscuits

Avocado and Chicken Soup

This is good for slimmers - only 185 calories per serving.

Total time: 20 minutes

2 ripe avocados
1 pint chicken stock
5 fl. ozs plain yoghurt
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon

Peel and halve avocados discarding stones. Chop the flesh and put in blender with stock. Pour mixture into a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil. Season and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from stove and stir in yoghurt and lemon juice. Reheat, but do not allow to boil. Serve at once. In summer, you can serve it cold.

Lamb and Brie Patties

Preparation time 15/20 minutes
Cooking time: 20/25 minutes

2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 1b minced (ground) lean lamb
2 scallions (spring onions) finely chopped (optional)
2 tbsps red currant jelly
pinch of chopped thyme leaves,
salt and pepper
6 ozs Brie

Preheat oven to hot
In oil fry onion until softened. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in lamb, scallions and jelly. Add thyme and seasoning. Divide lamb into four parts. Pare rind from Brie and divide into four. Shape lamb mix round a piece of Brie so it is hidden in the middle of each patty. Place patties on a greased baking tray and cook 15/20 minutes in oven or pan fry 8 minutes on each side.

Coronation Chicken

This recipe was devised for the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Marinating time: 2 hours

6 chicken breasts cooked
1 tbsp oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp tomato puree
1 bay leaf
1 wineglass red wine
1 wineglass water
1 tbsp runny honey
2 slices of lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
15 fl ozs mayonnaise
4 tbsp cream

Cook onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add curry and cook 2 more minutes. Add tomato puree, bay leaf, wine and water. Bring to boil. Add honey, lemon juice and slices of lemon. Season and simmer 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf and lemon slices. Puree mix in blender. Allow to cool. Add mayonnaise and cream. Put chicken pieces into marinade and stir well. Chill for 2 hours. Serve with a rice salad.

Lemon Chicken Parcel

The favourite dish of my younger son who designed the cover for The Reluctant Governess.

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

1 lb Flaky pastry (shop bought)
1 onion sliced
2 tbsp oil
4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 tbsp flour
7 fl oz milk
Grated zest of lemon & 2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh tarragon OR coriander, finely chopped
Beaten egg

Set oven to high. Meanwhile in microwave cook onion and oil on high for 3 minutes. Add chicken and cook on high 4 minutes, stirring twice. Stir in flour, then milk and cook on high 3 minutes. Add zest, herb, lemon juice and seasoning.

Roll out pastry into a 14” square. Place on baking sheet. Brush edges with egg, and spoon filling into middle. Lift up corners and bring to centre. Pinch edges together to seal parcel. Brush with beaten egg. Bake in hot oven 25 minutes or until pastry is done and golden.

Railway Pudding

So called because it used to be served in the dining car of the London to Manchester express.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30/40 minutes

1 pint milk
8 ozs white bread crumbs
6 ozs butter
4 ozs sugar
3 eggs
Juice of 1 lemon
Apricot jam (other jams/jellies are just as good)

Bring milk to the boil, stirring in bread crumbs. Take off stove. Add sugar and butter cut into small pieces, and stir until melted. Beat in eggs and lemon juice. Butter a pie dish, put in a layer of jam, spoon in mixture and bake 30/40 minutes in a hot oven.

Apple Crumble

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30/40 minutes
1 pint of cooked apples, sweetened to your taste
3 tbsp quick cooking oats
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
3 ozs butter + 2 extra ozs

Put cooked apple into a pie dish. In blender mix oats, sugar flour and butter until fairly fine. Cover apple with topping and dot with extra butter. Bake in a moderate oven 35/40 minutes

Chocolate Mousse

Total time: 20 minutes

For each person, 1 egg, 1 oz plain, dark chocolate
2 tbsp strong black coffee

In a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water, melt chocolate in coffee. Stir until smooth. Remove from stove. Separate eggs. Beat yolks and stir into melted chocolate. Whip egg whites until stiff and fold into mixture. Put into individual ramekins or a soufflé dish. Do NOT refrigerate, but keep in a cool place until ready to serve.

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