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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Meatballs

  • ¾lb/340g minced beef
  • 2oz/57g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs cooking oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2oz/57g mushrooms
  • salt & pepper

Sauce

  • 1 heaped tsp cornflower
  • 2 level tsp sugar
  • ¼pt/142ml water
  • 1 dessertspoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce (optional)
  • salt & pepper

Method

  1. Place meat, breadcrumbs, egg & seasonings together in a bowl & mix well. Turn onto a floured board & shape into 16 balls.
  2. Heat oil in frying pan & fry meatballs until brown all over. Lift out onto plate.
  3. Peel & chop onion, peel carrot & cut into slices, slice leek & celery, quarter mushrooms. Add to pan & fry slowly.
  4. Place cornflower & sugar in a bowl & gradually stir in water. Add ketchup, vinegar & soy sauce & pour into frying pan, season and cover with a lid or foil. Cook for 30 minutes. Serve with ribbon noodles or mashed potatoes.

Crunchy Rhubarb Flan

Base

  • 6oz/170g digestive biscuits
  • 1½oz/170g margarine
  • 2 level tbs golden syrup

Filling

  • 1lb/450g rhubarb
  • 2–3oz/57–85g sugar
  • ¼pt/142ml water
  • 2 level tbs cornflower
  • ½ level tsp cinnamon

Method

Grease tin or flan ring. Crush digestive biscuits. Melt margarine & golden syrup & stir in biscuits. Press into a tin and leave to set.

Wash, trim & cut rhubarb.

Dissolve sugar in water in a saucepan. Add rhubarb & cook gently until tender. Drain off syrup. Place cornflower & cinnamon in basin & mix to a thin paste with 2 tbs rhubarb syrup. Add to rhubarb in pan & cook for 2 mins, stirring continuously. Pour into biscuit case & leave to set.

Sausage & Apple Pie

  • 1lb/450g sausage meat
  • ½ tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • ½lb/225g cooking apples
  • 1 dessertspoon sugar
  • 1lb/450g mashed potatoes
  • 1 tomato, sliced

Mix sausage meat with herbs & onion. Peel core and slice apples & place in bottom of dish. Sprinkle with sugar, cover with sausage mixture. Cover with potatoes. Decorate with the sliced tomato. Bake in moderate oven for 30 minutes.