Monday, 30 June 2014

Anyone for Croquettes?

The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookery Book, Prize recipes from our £2,000 Cookery Contest, 1948

Meat Croquettes with Pineapple Slices    
Four slices pineapple; 2 cups cooked cold veal; 1 tblsp dripping or margarine; 2 tblsp flour; ½ cup milk; 1 dstsp chopped parsley; nutmeg; lemon rind; salt & cayenne; flour, egg & breadcrumbs for coating
Mince veal. Make a thick white sauce from the fat, flour, and milk, and allow to cool a little. Add meat and flavours. Mix well and turn on to a plate to cool. Divide mixture evenly into portions, taking 1 tblsp at a time, and shape into croquettes. Prepare 1 tblsp flour, ½ tsp salt, and a shake of pepper on a piece of kitchen paper. Mix egg with a little milk on a soup plate. Have 2 cups dried breadcrumbs on a plate. First cover all croquettes with the seasoned flour. Then brush them with the egg mixture. Remove, drain, and roll in breadcrumbs. Shake off loose crumbs. Wet fry in deep fat till golden brown. Drain.
Drain away all fat except 2 tablespoons. Dip pineapple in seasoned flour and fry quickly on both sides for a few minutes until golden brown, turning once.

If you Google "Anyone for croquet?" you'll learn just how many croquet clubs there are in the world! I still don't know who originally termed this phrase but I did read some amusing anecdotes about the game:

"Croquet came first at the Paris Olympics of 1900, and was the first Olympic event that women could enter. All the medals were won by France which is not surprising, as the only non-French competitor was a Belgian that failed to complete the first round."

“Lewis Carroll featured a nonsense version of the game in the popular children's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: a hedgehog was used as the ball, a flamingo the mallet, and playing cards as the hoops.” No mention of pineapples!
This one’s my favourite “H. G. Wells wrote The Croquet Player, which uses croquet as a metaphor for the way in which people confront the very problem of their own existence.”    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croquet
Of course none of this has anything to do with croquettes! Anne.

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