Tropical fruit, Aquafaba, meringue, baking, GBBO,

BBC Wiltshire GBBO Challenge

I’m always up for a challenge!  So when I heard Rachel Houghton announce on her BBC Radio Wiltshire morning show, someone was urgently required to bake Prue Leith’s technical challenge, Vegan Tropical Fruit Meringue,  GBBO recipe’s  as on The Great British Bake Off,  I immediately thought, I’m your woman & rang the radio station

Now, this was required for 11 am tomorrow morning. Quickly Googling the recipe, I headed to the shops for ingredients.  Most were already in my store cupboard, but I did not have a supply of juicy tropical fruit.  Waitrose however, were ahead of the game &  stocked to the brim with fruits for GBBO baking enthusiasts. I scooped up Mango’s, passion fruit, kiwi fruit, pomegranates & a pineapple & headed for my kitchen.

I have never baked a vegan egg free meringue before. However I do have experience with the ordinary variety, the trick of these being enough whisking, before gradually adding the sugar to produce smooth, billowy, satiny peaks of meringue.

 

I must say I had a double interest in this challenge. In the late eighties, when I was a good few years younger & just embarking on my cooking career, I was lucky enough to have Prue Leith write an article about me in The Guardian. you can read more about  this by following the link.  The Kitchen Experience So to bake one of her recipes, as a challenge, all these years later, I found very satisfying.

Having whisked up the Aquafaba – Chickpea juice for the uninitiated – to the desired consistency. I gradually added the sugar, beating well between each addition. When I had achieved what I thought was the right texture, I piled the “meringue” into a piping bag, fitted with a star nozzle & swirled rings onto the marked, baking parchment, & popped it into the oven.

 

While the mixture was whisking, I quickly made up the Patisserie Creme & left to cool. I found, in my oven,  the disks of meringue needed a longer cooking time than the recipe stated.  Left to cool, I then assembled the dessert. I still felt that the disks, could have done with further cooking time, as they were weeping, slightly in the middle. Still no matter once put together I was quite happy with the result, but will make a note on the cooking time, for next time. This is not a dessert to make in advance. it is best made, assembled & served on the same day.

Now. The proof of the pudding, is in the eating. I found a lady passing by outside & asked, in the interest of cookery, would she be prepared to taste my effort & give her comments on the radio. – I had not told her at this point that the meringue, was in fact made with chickpea juice! – She thought it tasted quite delicious & was amazed to find out what it was made with.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge & enjoyed working with different ingredients. I look forward to adapting the method & producing more Vegan goodies in the future.

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HAPPY BAKING

If you are wondering what I did with the chickpeas, I’m happy to tell you that I used them in another recipe, this time one of mine, which you will find here :

 Truffleicious blog

 

 

 

Food, Healthy Eating. Mediterranean diet, Vegetarian food, Salads, Low fodmap diet

Poor Man’s Caviar

Well, here I am again. Another month has whizzed by & August is upon us. At TRUFFLEicious, the hot weather has me thinking about salads, this month my thoughts turned to Caviar. Not the expensive Sturgeons roe, type of Caviar – although, that would be nice – but Poor Man’s Caviar.

Food, Tappa's, Home made Caviar, Aubergines, Olives
A great addition to some Tappa’s on a Summer Evening

Aubergines -Also known as Egg Plant & Poor man’s meat, because you can cut them into thick meaty slices- are cheap at this time of the year, especially if you frequent your local market. I mozy on over to Chippenham on a Saturday morning & fill my bags to the brim, with lovely fresh fruit & vegetables. I’m the sort of shopper who buys what’s cheap & seasonal & decide what to make with it, when I get home. Yes, you’ve guessed it. three large shiny, purple, black Aubergines were to become my Poor Man’s Caviar.

You can adapt the recipe below, to suit your personal taste, by adding different, herbs & spices, more or less garlic, seeds, small additions of other veg, – beetroot is nice as it gives it a beautiful pink colour & an earthy undertone.

Mediterranean Vegetables, Salads, Aubergines, Olive oil, Healthy Food
Roasted Aubergine. The vital ingredient.

POOR MAN’S CAVIAR.  Serves 6. GF/ DF/ V/ Vegan/ Low Fodmap

Oven Temp 180c 350f Gas Mk 4

Ingredients:

3. Large Aubergines

2. Lemon’s (juiced)

1. Fresh Chilli. Deseeded & chopped

3. Cloves Garlic, crushed

150 ml Olive Oil

Seasoning

Herbs of choice. I used Marjoram & Lemon Balm.

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven, place the Aubergines on a large baking tray & roast for about 40mins, until tender. Remove from the oven, allow to cool & remove the skin.

Place the Aubergine pulp in a sieve & squeeze until the bitter juices are removed.

Place the pulp in a food processor, along with the garlic, chilli, & herbs. Pulse, until a smooth puree forms.

While the motor is still running, gradually dribble in the lemon juice & olive oil.

Adjust the seasonings to your liking. If you like it thicker add less oil.

I particularly like this spread on bread, in place of butter, in a sandwich. Or served with home made potato crackers to go with a large G&T.


DITCH THOSE BAGGED SUPERMARKET SALADS.

salads, grated salads, mixed salads, shredded salads, vegetables
Healthy mixed salad at a fraction of the price.

While you are at the Veggie Stall, purchase some, carrots, beetroot, celery, etc & make your own salads. All you need is the grating disc on the food processor or a hand grater, for individual amounts. Not only will you save yourself, oodles of cash, veg start to loose their nutrients when they are chopped, so you can save on the vitamin pills as well.

If you find you haven’t the time to make on a daily basis, line a glass bowl with kitchen roll add the shredded salad & cover with more kitchen roll, kept in the salad drawer at the bottom of the fridge, it will last for several day.

Just think. You won’t have that smelly, slimy plastic bag in the fridge to throw away!!!!

Until next time.

 

 

Time out

Fancy a #holiday? Try this #dogfriendly gem in #Devon

PAWS FOR THOUGHT & EATING

We all need a little time out occasionally, so it was that I found myself on the road to Instow, in beautiful North Devon for a few days down time. TRUFFLEicious mini break had begun.

Now, I didn’t stumble across my chosen venue by meandering the highways & byways of Devon, but on that well know site booking.com, of which I am not a fan. Each time I have used them they have got something wrong.

Anyway, I digress. Searching for dog friendly accommodation in Devon with twin beds – although my ex husband was accompaning me, sharing a bed is not something we have contemplated for many a year – I was given the choice of three suitable venues, within my budget.

The The Wayfarer Inn nestles on a narrow side street, just off the beach at Instow. Parking was difficult as it is restricted to two hour slots…

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Food, recipes, ice cream, sherbet, gelato

Truffleicious Food – July

Hi Guys. Well, July has certainly been a been a stonker of a month & food looms heavily in my thoughts. We are basking in the middle of a fabulous heat wave, temperatures are reaching 30c here in the UK. As you all know, us Brits are always on about the weather, it’s either too hot, or cold, too wet or too dry. Myself, I love it. Let it last forever I say, as it’s the kind of weather that inspires me to rustle up some healthy, refreshing salads & interesting dressings. As for desserts, what could be nicer than a huge bowl of fresh, seasonal fruits, strawberries, raspberries, peaches & a delicious homemade sherbet or ice-cream.

This month I am going to share with you some of my own recipes, These are recipes which I have developed over the many years I have spent in hot kitchens. All of the dishes in the recipes below, can be purchased, freshly, homemade, from Truffleicious at the Stables Kitchen in Great Chalfield Wiltshire.

The first recipe is for a versatile, low-calorie dressing, which pairs, particularly well with eggs & tomatoes. It also gives a lift to a new potato salad. It is always worth making your own salad dressings as they are far cheaper than their commercially made counterparts & are free from artificial flavourings, colours & additives.

For more recipes, you can visit my sister site Truffleicious.blog

Food, recipe, salad dressing, homemade, Gluten free

Dress up your salads

Nicoise Dressing. Gluten Free, Vegetarian. Vegan (if anchovies omitted) Low Fodmap Diet.

Makes 250ml

In the bowl of a food processor place the ingredients listed below. Whizz them together until smooth & get tossing:

150ml Greek Natural Yoghurt.

1 Large fresh Tomato, deseeded & chopped. To deseed, cut the tomato into 4 quarters & scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon.

1 Clove Garlic, crushed.

1 Tbspn organic Tomato Puree.

4 Anchovy Fillets, Chopped

Small handful of Fresh Basil Leaves, torn.

Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste.


My next recipe is for a cooling citrus fruit sherbet. You can use any citrus fruit, or a mixture, depending on your taste. As in the previous recipe make your own & avoid additives, preservatives, colouring’s etc. Let the natural fruit flavour zing through:

Lemon Sherbet. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Fodmap.

Makes 1.5 Ltrs

250g Granulated Sugar.

250ml Water

1/8 tspn Salt

330 ml Freshly squeezed citrus fruit Juice

200 ml milk

600 ml Natural Greek Yoghurt.

Method

Dssolve the Sugar in the water, allow to cool & add salt, Citrus Juice & Milk. Pour into your ice-cream maker.& freeze according to manufactures instructions.

Turn into a chilled bowl & gently fold in the yoghurt.

Turn into a sterilized container with a lid & freeze until requires.

Serve in scoops topped with fresh seasonal fruits & fresh Lemon Balm.


So, there we have it. A couple of light summer recipes, to keep you going through the heat wave.

If you don’t have the time or the inclination to make your own, you can always pop along to me & purchase some.

Food, Home made, recipes, diets, healthy eating

Truffleicious – Stable Kitchen

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