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From: Robert 
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:50 AM
Subject: need recipe for granola

could you show recipe for making granola please

Hello Robert,

There’s a basic granola recipe here:

And several others here:



Microwave Sponge Pudding

My British friend Valerie has some British pudding recipes that have been adapted for the microwave, eliminating the need for a pudding basin or pudding bag.

From: Valerie 
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 3:36 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Re: pudding recipes

I am so glad that I said I would send the steamed puddings done in the microwave, as I found that I have only typed one into my recipe folder. 
So my next job is to go through all my bits and pieces to find the rest. 

I know my Aunty Bet gave me more than one.  And I try to keep all my favorite or family recipes in a word doc. plus printed out. 
As the last time I did not have my favorites copied to a word doc. I lost the cookbook in a move, and it is way too old to find. 
English, 1959, and sold by the Shipphams Meat paste company for a pittance plus a ton of their labels to prove that you actually ate the stuff. lol

So here is the basic steamed sponge recipe for now.



Microwave Sponge Pudding

Prep time: 10 min    Cook: 4 min

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup self raising flour
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons milk.


In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
Mix in the egg and milk gradually so as not to curdle the butter.
Sift in the flour and fold it in gently.
Transfer to a 1 pint microwave safe bowl .
If you do not want a plain sponge pudding, then  add a few T of jam or syrup  or treacle, or Tate and Lyle's golden syrup, or marmalade. 
or add less than a 1/4 cup of currants into the bowl before adding pudding mix.  There are plenty of ways to dress it up.

Cover and cook for 3 1/2 min on full power, or until the pudding appears set when gently jiggled and the top is sticky.

Serve hot with custard

This is a great winter dessert, and doing it in the microwave sure beats cooking it the old way, in a basin in water on the stove for 2 hours.

Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls Like Chart House

From: Mirella 
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 5:05 PM
Subject: Chart House Lobster Spring Rolls

Four or five years ago I had the most delicious lobster and /or shrimp spring rolls at Chart House in Alexandria. 
I found the recipe on line at that time and I printed it and used it several times. It was delicious but i have now lost the recipe and 
I am unable to find it on line. It had Napa cabbage and bean sprouts and it was fries. I am not sure if they had lobster or shrimp or both.
Any chance of finding this recipe?
Many thanks

Hello Mirella,

I had no success locating this recipe. I found many mentions of the spring rolls, particularly on various Chart House menus and in reviews of the restaurants that mke up the chain, but I found no indication of the recipe having ever been online, and no copycat recipes. If I had the address of the website on which you found it before, I might be able to locate the recipe in the Internet Archives, but without the address, I have no way to proceed. I will post your request on my site in the hopes that a reader can help. I also searched for any recipe at all for "lobster & shrimp spring rolls" with "napa cabbage" "bean sprouts," but I had no success.


Furr's Strawberry Pie

From: Valerie
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:43 PM
Subject: Strawberry Pie recipe
Hi, what a wonderful site you have, I just found it and hope that you can help me find the recipe for a strawberry pie that 
Furrs pie kitchens in Texas used to make.
I never liked strawberry pie until I tasted theirs. I have never found one anywhere else that I liked as well as that one.

Hello Valerie,

Sorry, I had no success locating a strawberry pie recipe from either Furr’s Pie Kitchen or Furr’s Cafeteria. That recipe does not appear to be available. I also had no success locating a copycat recipe for it. However, this recipe was recommended on a message board in response to the same request: Strawberry Pie

There is a recipe for the Luby’s Cafeteria strawberry pie here: Luby's Fresh Strawberry Pie


Furr's Strawbery Pie
(from the Lubbock Online site at

1 quart cut and thoroughly washed strawberries
2 cups boiling water
1 small box strawberry gelatin
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups sugar

Mix ingredients well. Cook for six minutes. Cool thoroughly. Place in prebaked pie crust. Top with strawberries and whipped cream.

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