Thursday, November 08, 2007

Minute Miracles

While I may get Thanksgiving catered, cleaning the house up is another matter! I am clearing up cookbooks and piles of papers and projects all over the house.
I came across this gem this morning. It is from that stash my lovely coworker gave me from her mother's collection.
It is from 1948 and begins with this paragraph:
Now, how could any smart cook think of keeping house without Minute Tapioca at her finger tips...for desserts, of course and to guarantee success with many a difficult dish!
I was torn between two recipes to post, either the Prune Sponge Torte or this one:
Flaked Fish Casserole
2 egg yolks
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons Minute Tapioca
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Dash of pepper
1/2 cup finely cut celery
1 1/2 teaspoons scraped onion (scraped?)
2 cups flaked cooked fish (um, any fish? Would Lobster work, for example?)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs, buttered
Mix egg yolks with a small amount of the milk in saucepan. Add remaining milk, Tapioca, salt, pepper, celery, and onion and mix well. Place over medium heat and cook until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add fish and parsley. Add very gradually to beaten egg whites, folding in thoroughly. Turn into greased 2 quart baking dish. Cover with crumbs. Bake in moderate oven 50 minutes, or until browned. Makes 6 - 8 servings.
I read in the Chicago Tribune food section yesterday that retro recipes are all the rage. When I start seeing prune recipes in Good Housekeeping or Family Circle, I'll believe it. In the meantime, someone compiled an encyclopedia of retro recipes. I have to get my hands on that, though of course I probably have all the original ones in my house!

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