There used to be some recipes at RRW. They've taken them down. They all sounded wonderful, and I tried a few, but there were two in particular that were a big hit with my household. 

Real World Pineapple Upside Down Tarte

1 oz butter

1TBS brown sugar

8-10 canned pineapple rings (drained and cut in half)

2 knobs bottled stem ginger, chopped (I have no idea what the hell this is. I used crystalized ginger.  I'm sure  a little regular ginger mixed with the brown sugar would give satisfactory results, even if it's not what's intended).

12 chopped glace cherries (???again. I used maraschino cherries.  Worked fine).

8 oz puff pastry.  (If you're feeling masochistic, you can make this yourself.  Do yourself a favor--check out the freezer case at your local grocery store).

Butter the botom of a baking dish (9x9 works fine) and sprinkle with the brown sugar.  Put the pineapples on the sugar in some pleasing arrangement, and fill in the gaps with cherry and ginger.  Put a square of puff pastry over the top (conveiniently, one hunk of Pepperidge Farm frozen puff pastry fits just right!) and push the edges down gently.  Bake for 20-30 minutes with the oven at about 350 F.  When it's done, pull it out of the oven (obviously!) and turn it out onto a plate.  Carefully.  It's very hot.  The recipe says to serve it with cream, yogurt, or ice cream, but I've never made it that far.  It's too good by itself.  The more observant among you will be thinking "Hey, why do I need a recipe for this? It's just pineapple upside down cake with puff pastry!"  You're right.  Sheer genius, isn't it.

Spinach Pancakes with Chilli Beans

Don't let the word "pancakes" throw you off.  They're really more like crepes, so try and dismiss that disturbing image of beans and maple syrup from your mind.

about 1 cup of flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 beaten egg

about 1 cup milk

4 oz chopped well drained spinach (freezer case again!)

Combine salt and flour.  Add milk and beaten egg and stir until you get a smooth batter, then add the spinach and mix well.  Melt some butter in a skillet or griddle and when it's hot, make pancakes with the batter you just mixed up.  You know how to make pancakes, don't you?   The recipe says to stack them up with sheets of greaseproof paper between to keep them from sticking. That would be wax paper or parchment paper. You don't really have to do this. So they stick together, big deal.

Make the filling.

1 med. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped (of course, you can always add more.  There's no such thing as too much garlic)

1 hot red chili (well, it's called for in the recipe, but not in my house!)

1 tsp tomato puree

1 pinch chili powder

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can chili or red kidney beans

2oz grated cheddar or mozarella cheese.

Sautee the onion and garlic, and the chili if you're using it, in a little oil.  Add the tomatoes and beans and simmer for a little while (you know, until it's done).   Now comes the fancy part that I always skip.  See, it says to put a little of this mixture in the middle of each pancake and roll them up and put them in a baking dish.  Then sprinkle the cheese on top and put it under the broiler for a bit.  But it's also quite good if you put the pancakes on the table along with a bowl of the beans and some cheese and tell your family to go to it.  They can assemble their pancakes themselves.  Sure, you don't get that nice toasy cheese business, but it's still quite good.  In fact, I haven't made it in awhile, I wonder if I have some spinach.....


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