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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.

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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.

If you have tried our food & enjoyed it please leave a comment on this website. Comments which are left in the National Trust Box are not passed on to us. Likewise if there is something which you feel we could improve, please let us know.

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Everyone is now into “grow your own” but what do you do with that glut of tomatoes and the mint that is threatening to over take your herb garden.  What about that of a box of veg on the market stall that you can’t resist because it’s a bargain? The answer foodies, is make it into a delicious homemade soup, which can be served hot or on ice.

Soup is not just for winter, cold soups are very refreshing in the summer. Just imaging picnicing by a babbling brook with a glass of wine and a chilled thermos of Minted Tomato & Yoghurt soup served with home-made Parmesan crackers – made with that bit of leftover cheese – you where going to throw away.

MINTED TOMATO & YOGHURT SOUP.

Serves 4-6.  Gluten free, Vegetarian.

INGREDIENTS:  3. Tbspns Olive or Rapeseed Oil. 1.5 Kg Fresh Tomatoes, Skinned & Deseeded, 2…

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Spring at Truffleicious

April News Letter from Truffleicious.

April is here & Spring has sprung, well at least it did for a few days.  As well as April showers, this month heralds the first newsletter of the Season from Truffleicious.

Each month we will share with you whats new at Truffleicious, you can subscribe to our news letter through this blog & also add any food suggestions you would like to see added to our menu.  If you have visited us & tasted our food, all comments are gratefully received, both positive & negative, if you feel we could have done better.

The grounds at Great Chalfield Manor are looking particularly spectacular, with the onset of the blossoms. As the daffodils fade, the banks of the lake are awash with primroses and the fragrant bluebells are begining to greet another year.

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Pear Blossom

Truffleicious used to trade from The Coach House, next to the tea room at Great Chalfield. This year you will find us in our Stable Kitchen, which is opposite the Stable Block.  All our food is take away only. You are welcome to eat any where in the grounds or at the tables outside the tea room. I am also happy to say that after our annual food hygiene inspection today, we have retained our 5* Scores on the Doors rating.

 

New to the menu for this year. As I write a blog on my sister site Truffleiciousteaches dealing with Low Fodmap diets, as well as my usual gluten free foods, I have now introduced a couple of dishes suitable for people following the LowFodmap diet.

My new Bread rolls, although not Gluten Free, are made with Rye, Spelt & carrot or beetroot which makes them lower in gluten than normal bread. Being home made with Organic Flour, they do not contain additives, flour improvers or huge amount of salt. If you like a good rustic roll, full of goodness, then these are for you.  The rolls are served with my home made soup of the day, on their own with butter, or can be made to order, in batches of 6, or more.

 

Finally, something sweet. With the rising awareness of Sugar & the excessive consumption of the said substance, I am cutting down on the amounts of sugar, contained in my homemade food. Should you want to be really good I have introduced fresh fruit Salad on to my menu. On the other hand, if you want to be really naughty, you can feast on my Strawberry & Pistachio meringues.  The ever popular Wiltshire Cider Cake is still on the menu, but made using Spelt, with no added Sugar at all.

 

Come and see us on Sunday 6th May 2018 & taste our Totally homemade Breads & Savouries

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If you would like to find out more about us at Great Chalfield, please follow the link TRUFFLEICIOUS  Want a recipe go to RECIPES or read our season recipe, published in the Holt Village, monthly magazine. Until next month. Happy Eating.

 

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