visitors could attend guided tours of the cannery and purchase a copy. There were even Golden Circle Hostesses to conduct the tours. I'm wondering what their uniforms looked like, I bet they were awesome.
Donna and I thought it would be fun to whip up a dish from the book and share our
It wasn't easy to choose a recipe. Ruby Borrowdale, the Golden Circle Home Economist(!) certainly knew her way around a pineapple, that's for sure. Her recipes are all so bad, they're good - as far as kitschy, retro recipes go, I don't think you'd find a better collection.
In the end I decided to tempt the family with a Coral Reef Pie. Here it is as it appears in the book:
in all it's technicolour glory.
(pudding like this would've been all my dreams come true when I was a kid)
and here's my version:
before I popped it in the oven
You shouldn't mess with perfection. I know that now. If Ruby thought sprinkling the top of her pie with coconut was a good idea, she would've said so in her recipe.
My decision to add my own little florish was a big mistake, it completely wrecked that beautiful, lurid, nausea inducing pink top, which is what made me choose Coral Reef Pie in the first place. I felt like giving myself a smack when I took it out of the oven.
(had to sneak a vintage tea towel in here somewhere!)
All was forgiven (re coconut sprinkling only, NOT taste wise, I'm afraid) when I cut myself (I was the only taker???) a slice.
Look at that pink...
there's something about it that reminds me of a soggy beetroot sandwich which isn't a good thing really, is it? And that oozing yellow custard? Ewwww!
Now, if you really want the recipe
before you ask, bear in mind this 'thing' sat in the fridge completely untouched for a week, before I threw it in the bin. Not one finger pierced its surface (in this house, that's a miracle!)
I'm more than happy to send it to you.
In the meantime, check out Donna's effort here. I know it involves that mouth watering combo of jelly and vegetables. Mmmmmm! Yummy!
Before you pop over to Donna's check out the lovely labels on Golden Circle products of old
compare them to the label on the tin I bought to make the pie
Proof, that sometimes, some things don't get better with age.
Thanks for reading, I'm off to Donna's for lunch.
p.s. if you'd like us to do this again (?!) just let us know in your comment. Ha-ha!
I've just discovered that Donna and I aren't the only ones out there having "exciting adventures with tropic-style cooking". Brismod makes us look like amateurs. Check out her series, yes, I said series(!) on cooking with pineapple here. You are our Golden Circle guru Brismod. Those Sunny Sausages look
like you've got too much time on your hands delicious!
I know this post is like the ubiquitous piece of string, but I had to make mention of the Pineapple Princesses who write a blog utterly and entirely dedicated to Ruby and the joys of cooking with pineapple. Click the link and say Hello, I'm sure the girls would love to hear from you.