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Truffleicious in June

As we welcome in flaming June, find out what Truffleicious has to offer.

Another month has flown by. My Stable Kitchen has been busy during the previous few weeks, both with customers & creating new updates for our menu.

Earlier in May, we catered for a film company, who were doing some research, prior to filming at Great Chalfield this month. Forty seven lunches were duly, prepared & packed to sate their appetites on their home bound coach journey.

Their chosen menu, catered for all dietary requirements. Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian & Vegan, all freshly homemade on the day Four different salads accompanied either, cheddar cheese, feta, olives & sun-dried tomatoes,or humus, along with a selection of six different home made breads. A gluten free Lemon Mousse Cake was also on offer for dessert. It was very gratifying to receive a lovely comment from them, on the visitors book page of my website.

Bread is one of my favourite foods, not he nasty, plastic, additive containing, bread you get from the shops, but real doughy breads, full of flavour & goodness & more that a sprinkling of different seeds. One of the reasons I decided to experiment with different breads was because I have been following a low FodMap diet, you can read my blog on the subject if you follow the link.

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Bread at it’s best. With Cheese, inside.

Shop brought bread, I found, was one of the most bloat making foods in my diet. So, rather than give it up, I decided to make my own breads using different Organic flours & local products. The results were amazing, no longer did I swell up like a balloon after eating bread & the flavour was far superior to anything shop bought. I have a strong suspicion that apart from Celiac’s, to whom, gluten is a serious issue, most people who perceive themselves as “Gluten Intolerant” are more susceptible to the additives & preservatives, so commonly found in the mass produced, ready meals & products in today’s food market.

Look forward to seeing a range of my homemade breads served Ploughman’s style with Salads & Smoked Mackerel, Cheddar, humus or Smoked Salmon. Perfect for a picnic.

A very, very, naughty but nice sweet pie is also on the menu. A version of the recipe for my Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Pie, can be found on myrecipeblog This dessert is a great treat for this time of the year as it needs very little cooking, so you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen.

Making the most of seasonal soft fruits, I have also added a gluten free raspberry ice cream, & pictured at the top of this blog, Chocolate & Strawberry gateaux, also gluten free.

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Very naughty, but nice.

On the other hand, if you prefer not to spend any time in the kitchen, you can always visit me at Stables Kitchen, Great Chalfield Manor, Wiltshire & try some of my goodies for yourself. Try some peanut butter tart, topped with fresh banana tart.

Food, Your business

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Truffleicious is here to help you

If you are thinking of setting up a small food business, let us help you.

We can also help is you would like to learn to cook anything. From basics to banquets, we come to your home & show you how.

With our vast knowledge of cookery, food hygiene, recipe writing, costings, menu planing etc.

Click the link below to find out more:

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Stuff they like

If you don’t already know about it, then shame on you. The Pig Guide was launched in 2009 and has grown organically to become one of the most respected food guides in Bath.

Any self respecting foodie needs to sign up to find out about the best eateries & watering holes in Bath & surrounding areas. Whether you live in the area or plan to visit, this guide is a must have.

Oh!  and by the way. Another mention this month. The lovely Piggies at The Pig guide have given us a some lovely comments:

 

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The must have for all foodies in Bath & surrounding areas

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Truffleicious. Great Chalfield HQ.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 a day? Could be

“I’m not eating that” . “It’s all brown & slimy” .  Is this a cry you often hear from your kids, when you point them towards the fruit bowl. You want them to eat a healthy snack & those hard, green bananas you bought just the other day have gone soft already. So, what to do? don’t throw them in the bin, after all they have cost you money, turn them into a delicious pud. I bet the little darlings won’t turn their noses up at this and after all it can nearly be part of their 5 a day.

STICKY BANANA & CHOCOLATE PUDDING  

Serves 4. Contains Dairy & Gluten.

Time taken: 30 mins + 30-40 mins Cooking time Oven Temp 190c, Gas 5, 375F

INGREDIENTS:

100g Self-raising Flour

2 Tbspns Cocoa powder

2. Large over ripe bananas

115g Butter

75g Dark Brown Sugar

2. Eggs

2. Tbspns Milk

Pinch of salt

FOR THE STICKY BIT:

115g Dark Brown Sugar

2 Tbspns Cocoa

200ml Hot water

METHOD:

Sift flour, cocoa & salt together,

Cream together the butter & sugar until light. Add the bananas & continue beating to mix

Lightly mix the eggs together & gradually beat into the creamed mixture, adding a little of the sifted flour with the last additions of the eggs.

Fold in the remaining flour mix with enough milk to mix to a medium soft consistency.

Spoon into a greased, 1.2 Ltr baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together the Sticky Bit ingredients until well blended & pour over the top of the cake mixture.

Place, at once, just over centre of the pre-heated oven & bake for 30-40mins.

During cooking the cake will rise to the top, leaving the gooey, sticky bit at the bottom.

Serve hot with Greek Yoghurt, cream or ice cream.  You can always add more fruit when serving this pudding. I just love it with frozen Fruits of the Forest. Thawed of course.

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Add more Vit C to your puds
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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