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Recipe for family meals :

Shrimp Pate

This recipe was sent to me by Shirley Cline.

Shirley was a great inspiration to me when I first started working on the idea of creating a recipe and cooking web site. Not only did she encourage me but she also supplied a great many recipes and other pieces which are featured throughout the site. Her great achievement was to teach me to cook risottos over the internet!

Although I never had the chance to meet Shirley, or even talk to her, I regarded her as a good friend. It was with great sadness that I learnt that she passed away in Autumn 2004 and that there would be no more emails. I think she will be sadly missed by a lot of people like me to whom she gave such pleasure with the sharing or her recipes. The pleasure my children have had from her recipe for Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar and Mint - not to mention the fights for seconds - has been a joy to behold.

Goodbye Shirley. You will always be remembered. I learnt a great deal from you.


1 can condensed tomato soup, undiluted
3 x 3 oz packages cream cheese
1 1/2 envelopes Knox gelatin (or any brand you may have)
1/2 cup of cold water
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups (mixed) celery and red onions, finely chopped
1 lb small salad shrimp (fresh preferred)

  • Bring soup to a boil and add cheese. Blend until melted.
  • Soften gelatin in water. Add to soup and cool.
  • Fold in onion, celery and mayonnaise, and refrigerate until slightly thickened.
  • Meanwhile, drain and mash shrimp with fork. Add to thickened soup mixture and pour into mold.
  • Serve with crackers.

Shirley Cline