BBC Radio Wiltshire 17.12.18

Interview BBC Radio Wiltshire,

Have been invited to BBC Radio Wiltshire tonight, to have a chat on a lovely new programme called The Social, hosted by the lovely Sue Kinnear & jovial Tim Weeks.

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The Social chat. BBC Radio Wiltshire

The Social is broadcast at 7pm on a Monday evening & explores the weird world of Wiltshire online. Sue & Tim invite vloggers, bloggers, podcasters and facebook groups who are making them click, to chat with them, on air, about what makes them tick.

So, dear foodies having a couple of large food orders to cook & deliver, before the interview, I just did not have time to post you a promised recipe. To compensate I would like to direct you to my sister site truffleiciousteaches.com 

For those of you, who are interested in The Low Fodmap diet or would like to know exactly what it is, you will find more information by clicking the blue link, above.

You will also be able to find more recipes on my Truffleicious Website

I will also be on The Graham Rogers Showing, give you ideas to deal with those Christmas leftovers on Boxing Day morning at 8.50.

Until tomorrow, have a lovely evening.

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 :

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News Letter, Homemade, food, May,

Truffleicious in May

Truffleicious News letter May 2018

At last the sun is shinning on Truffleicious Stable Kitchen & garden. How long it’s going to last, I couldn’t say, but while its here I’m going to make the most of it, so without further ado here is our News Letter for the merry month of May.

Lets deal with the healthy food first & move onto the naughties later.

Salads, Frittata’s & Low Gluten Pastry & Breads will play a large part of our menu this month & through out the summer. Most of the salads will be Gluten Free & Dairy Free.

These salads will change regularly to incorporate different fruits & veg as they come into season. I will no longer be using white or whole meal flours in my baking, replacing it with the ancient grains of Spelt & Rye. You can find out more about these flours in my blog, by following the link here>> Low Fodmap diet, Rye & Spelt On the menu this week was a vegetarian Chickpea, Tomato & Pepper Pie, made with Spelt Pastry.

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Vegetarian Pie.

I just love bread, although I am not Gluten Free myself, I have been following a Low FodMap Diet & have found, I do not have a problem with home made bread. [Proscessed food doesnt suit me]. As people are more aware of their sugar intake, I have also discovered that savoury products are more sought after, than sweeter options these days. I have developed a range of recipes, again using spelt & rye, but also utilising a range of root vegetables, which both keeps the product moist & adds a slight natural sweetness. These products are homemade & contain no Flour improvers, additives or preservatives. Pictured below are Cheese Twists, Rye, Sweet potato & Cinnamon Loaf, Spelt & Linseed Rolls & Sweet Potato Scones. I am also working on an Olive & Sundried Tomato sharing Bread & a Fennel & Prosciutto Loaf. If you are coming the Great Chalfield Plant Fair, this Sunday 6th May, you will be able to see & taste the final products.

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Selection of Home made Spelt & Rye Baked Goods

If you fancy an alfresco picnic in the beautiful gardens at Great Chalfield Manor why not bring a bottle of wine & partake of some olives dressed in our home made Herb & lemon dressing, some of our home made bread & some dipping oil. Perfection.

Now on to the naughties. Ice cream & Chocolates. Last year I started making Ice Cream, during the summer months which proved to be welcomed by my loyal followers. This week I have made Raspberry Eaton Mess G/F, V Rich Vanilla Gelato GF, V & for those of you who are Dairy Free a Coconut Ice. GF, DF, V. My Ice creams are made with local free range eggs & fresh local milk. They contain no Artificial flavourings, additives or preservatives & are made weekly in small batches. My chocolates & Truffles, are also preservative & additive free & made with Belgian Chocolate, the dark chocs containing 70% cocoa Mass.

Our very popular Lemon Mousse Cake GF, V is still on the menu along with the men’s favourite, Wiltshire Spelt Cider Cake.

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Until next month.

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Mediterranean Chicken

This weeks offer at Morrison’s, Boneless & skinless chicken thigh fillets. These fillets make a quick a tasty dish, which is gluten free & dairy free, with a nod towards the healthy eating Mediterranean diet.

When cooking with raw poultry always, use a separate board & knife for cutting & wash thoroughly, in very hot water after use. If saving to reheat on another day, cool quickly. cover & place in the fridge until ready to heat. Make sure the dish is heated right through.

Always store raw meats at the bottom of the fridge, & cooked items above.

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Skinless & boneless chicken thigh fillets this weeks offer at Morrisons

Serves 4.  Gluten free, Dairy free.  Oven Temp 200c Gas 6 400F Allergens in bold

INGREDIENTS:

1kg Pack of Chicken Thighs

1 Bulb of Garlic Cloves separated, peeled & crushed

2. Large red onions

1 Large red Chilli. Seeds removed if you like less heat

400 g Celeriac Peeled & Diced

2 Tbspns Dry Vermouth

4. Anchovy Fillets, rinsed of salt

2, Red Peppers. Deseeded & sliced

60ml Olive Oil

200g Black Olives.

2, Lemons

2 tspns Paprika.

Seasoning

Fresh Thyme, & Oregano.

METHOD:

Into the bowl of a food processor place the 30 ml of the Olive oil, garlic, vermouth, paprika, anchovy fillets & grated rind & juice of 1 lemon. Pulse until you have a smooth sauce.

Toss the chicken & the sauce together in a bowl, until well coated. adding black pepper to season.

Put the chilli, red pepper, lemon cut in slices and red onion into a pre-heat roasting dish, & place the chicken & sauce mix on top. Roast, uncovered for 40-45 mins, checking that the chicken is cooked through. Allow to cool slightly.

Remove the chicken to a plate & keep warm. Put the remaining contents of the tray into a food processor, with the herbs & some of the remaining oil & blend until you have a smooth consistency. Add the drained olives & season to taste.

Pour over the chicken & serve with pasta, rice or jacket potatoes & salad.

Happy eating Foodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sausages, kids tea, macaroni, cheese,herbs, cooking

Tea time cheat.

 

“What’s for tea Mum”, does that sound familiar?  The little darlings are home from school & of course they are STARVING.

To day we are going to delve into the fridge & the store cupboard to see what we can find in the way of leftovers, to make a filling, healthy, nutritious tea time cheat, with enough left over for your supper. You can also sneak in some veg, Sweetcorn, spinach, peas, whatever. The kids won’t notice.

Ah. I’ve found half a packet of Macaroni – best before date approaching -,  Oh & joy of joys the best cheats standby ever, a tin Campbell’s condensed soup, Tomato, that will do nicely. Now, turning to the fridge, lurking at the back I find four, cooked sausages, some cheddar cheese & a small hard lump of Parmesan.  There’s half a yellow pepper & some sad looking herbs in the salad drawer. We are well on our way to a feast.

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Cooks cheat

MACARONI & SAUSAGE BAKE.

Serves 3/4.  Contains Gluten & Dairy. Time taken 20 mins + 20 mins Cooking. Oven 180c Gas 4, 350F

INGREDIENTS:

200g Macaroni. Cooked

Leftover, Cooked, Sausages, Cooked Chicken, Ham, Bacon, Cooked Flaked fish etc

Tin of Cambell’s Condensed Tomato Soup

1/2 Tub Mascapone Cheese

Chopped Peppers, Sweetcorn, Peas, Cooked Mushrooms etc

Grated Cheese

Chopped Herbs – Fresh or dried.

Seasoning.

METHOD 

Place the cooked Macaroni in an oven proof serving dish, add the chopped meat & veg. Season, add the herbs & mix together.

Beat together the soup & mascapone cheese & pour over the top of the macaroni mixture.

Sprinkle with the grated cheese & bake in a pre-heated oven until golden brown.

Serve with steamed veg or Salad.

So, there we are.  Get the kids to help you make this quick, economic meal to use up those leftovers. You can of course, use different condensed soups & leave out the meat all together, adding more vegetables of choice, if you have vegetarians to cater for.

All that’s left for me to say is dig in & enjoy

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A tasty, economic & nutritious Supper dish

Taste of Wiltshire

You can join our new Facebook group page. This is an interactive group in which I post recipes, cookery tips and also add recommendations for eateries and food offers by local shops, markets and supermarkets  Join the group by clicking the link below:

FOODIES WILTSHIRE RECIPE GROUP

Seasonal recipes are published, on a monthly basis in The Holt, Village Magazine Starting in February 2018.

You can also hear us on Marie Lennon’s morning show, BBC radio Wiltshire on Thurs    13th December and cooking in the BBC Wiltshire kitchen, while chatting to Holly Rattley about leftovers on 28th December 2017.

We are on Sue Davis Show BBC Radio Wiltshire for 6 weeks during November & December 2017.

Our last recipe in the series #loveyourleftovers #tastewiltshire Check out @BBCWiltshire’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/BBCWiltshire/status/934725289283858432?s=09

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