About

Cookery & Food Experience, what I can offer you.


TRUFFLEicious is based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor.

I have been working as a private cook/recipe developer for more than 40 yrs, mainly in private family houses, for Polo functions and at Harrods. During this time I have built up a large repertoire of my own recipes, which I have created & developed over the years, to suit our ever changing tastes & dietary needs requirements. 

“My aim is to supply 100% Homemade food, made from fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”.

I am a great believer in cooking food from scratch, using fresh natural ingredients. You may like to read my related article Taste have we lost it?

Food & Cookery for the small business

I am available, on a consultancy basis, to advise on any food related matters, you may wish to discuss with a fully experienced Cook/recipe developer. These may include:

  • Creating recipes from your own product. 
  • Assisting you in creating a new food product.
  • Creating recipes for all dietary requirements.
  • Writing food & recipe blogs for your business.
  • Food Hygeiene.
  • Advise on food legislation & regulation for the small food business.

Home Cooking

I also offer a Cookery Tuition Package (in your own home)

The difference between us & other cookery schools is:

You choose what you would like to learn to cook.

You may want to:

  • Brush up on your basic skills.
  • Learn to cook dishes for various dietary needs.
  • Batch cooking from scratch – time management.
  • Special occassion cookery.
  • Healthy eating & nutrition.
  • Nutritional foods & cooking for older people
  • Ecconomic purchasing & cooking for families.
  • How to use your leftovers.

These are only suggestions, we are able to accomodate any aspect of food & cookery.

Should you wish to chat with us about any of the above topis, please contact me at info@truffleicious.co.uk

TRUFFLEicious is registered as a food business with Wiltshire Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate.

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Dying for Dessert

Recipe,Apple Shortcake

Good afternoon foodies. The weekend is here. As you might have a little more time on your hands, I thought you may like a recipe which is equally good served hot for a Sunday Lunch dessert, or cold as a tea time treat.

APPLE & CLOTTED CREAM SHORTCAKE.  Serves 4. Vegetarian. Time taken 20 mins +  30 mins cooking.  Oven temp 200c ,Gas 6 , 400F    18 cm shallow cake tin.

INGREDIENTS: SHORTCAKE

130g Plain Flour

2 tspns Baking Powder

1tbspn Caster Sugar

50g Butter

5 Tbpns Milk

Pinch of Salt

INGREDIENTS: TOPPING

3, Eating Apples. Cored, peeled & cut into thin wedges.

150ml Double or Clotted Cream

75g Soft Brown Sugar

2 Large Egg Yolks.  Use the whites for meringues, or add to scrambled eggs or an omelette

1/4tspn Freshly grated Nutmeg

METHOD.

Put all the ingredients, except the milk) in a food processor & pulse until the mix becomes fine breadcrumbs. Add the milk, pulse to mix to a smooth dough. Remove from processor & spread over the bottom & up the sides of the tin.

Beat together the topping ingredients.

Arrange the apple over the top of the shortcake & pour over the cream mixture.

Place in the centre of a preheated oven, bake for 30-40mins, lowering the temperature to 180c, Gas 4, 350F after 15mins.  Until golden brown.

You can alter the fruit in this recipe according to whats in season. In the summer, raspberries are absolutely delicious especially served with ice cream & raspberry liqueur.

If you have made this recipe, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Sunday Foodies

Boozy Pork Chops

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A quick, tasty supper for mid week You could also use pork medallions if you wanted to make it more impressive for a dinner party dish.

For those of you who don’t want to incorporate alcohol, replace the cider with Apple Juice.  The recipe is Gluten Free. Omit the cheese if you are dairy free.

Serves 2   Time taken 20 mins, plus 20 min cooking time.

INGREDIENTS:

2. Pork Chops.

2. Large Apples, peeled & cored.

150 ml Dry Cider.

1. Large Red Onion, peeled & sliced

1, Organic, Low Salt, Vegetable Stock Cube or own stock if you have it.

75 g Danish Blue Cheese or Stilton

Fresh Sage, Rosemary & Thyme Leaves, Chopped.

Seasoning, to taste.

METHOD

Pre-heat a frying pan or Wok on a high heat, Add the chops & quickly brown on both sides.

Remove to a plate, turn the heat down to medium and fry the onions & apples for 5 mins,

Pour in the cider, add the herbs & stock cube. Stir and bring to the boil. Place the chops on top of the mixture. Cover & simmer for 10 mins.

Remove the cover, stir and simmer for a further 10 mins, to reduce the liquid.

Mean while pre-heat the grill, on high.

Place the Blue Cheese on the chops, & place under the grill until the cheese is golden brown & bubbling.

Serve with mashed potatoes & steamed broccoli for a good old winter warmer.

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Recipe for the Spice of life

Happy New Year Foodies. Hope you all a fantastic Christmas and are facing the New Year with a fistful of positive thoughts and a desire to eat healthier & save money.

Hopefully, the recipe I am going to give you below will not only help you to get creative with some vegetables, but it may also help you save money.

To the basic recipe, which is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan, you can add whatever leftovers you may have.  You could add cooked chicken, beef, lamb, pork if you are meat lovers. For the Pesco-vegetarians among us you could add, fish, canned or fresh, or sea food.  Change the veg if you like and stir in a couple of table spoons of crunchy peanut butter to give a Satay like flavour. Variations are endless. TRY IT.

BASIC RECIPE. Serves 4.  GF/DF/V/Vegan.   Time taken 20mins + Cooking. Varies on Veg used & size of chunks.  ALLERGENS IN BOLD.

The video clip above gives yo a view of the different cooking stages.

2. Tbspns Olive Oil

2. Large Garlic Cloves, peeled  chopped

1 Large Red Onion, Peeled & finely sliced

2 Fresh Chillies, Finely Sliced. ( Seeds removed if you like less heat)

2cm Fresh Ginger, Peeled & finely chopped

2 Tbspns Tandoori Spice Mix

1 Tbspn Ground Coriander

2. Large Parsnips, Peeled & Cut into chunks

2. Med Pots, Peeled & Cut into chunks

1 Large Aubergine, Halved & Salted for 20 mins ( Removes the bitter juices)

400 ml Can Chickpeas, drained & rinsed

4, Leftover chopped soft Fresh Tomatoes or a Tin of Tomatoes

Seasoning

Chopped Coriander.

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Salting Aubergines

METHOD.

Heat the oil in a large pan on the hob over a medium heat.  Add the chilli, ginger & onion & fry for 5 mins. Add the potatoes & parsnips & sir fry for a further 5 mins.

Stir in the ground coriander & the Tandoori Spice & Stir Fry for a further 5mins. Add the tomatoes. Bring to the boil, partially cover & simmer until the veg are soft.

5 mins before the end of cooking, stir in the chopped garlic & the rinsed, salted aubergine, which has been cut into chunks & the Chickpeas.

Season to taste. Sprinkle on the chopped Coriander.

Serve with warm naan bread,  thick Greek yoghurt, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds & lime pickle. Alternatively served with boiled rice or pearled spelt.

This dish is even better, reheated the next day & is equally delicious served cold as a lunch box salad.

If you would like a cookery lesson on a 1 to 1 basis, or a group demonstration, find out more on our Cookery Tuition Website  >>  Cookery Lessons

Happy Eating.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Christmas Fatigue

Good morning Foodies, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas & are not suffering too much from the excesses of the festive season.  Your waist band may be feeling a little bit tighter today & its a certainty that the only thing  lighter is your purse. But what about your fridge?  Is that suffering from the same post Christmas fatigue? Is it also feeling stuffed & groaning with the weight of all those leftovers. Are you just going to sit on the sofa & flick through that nice glossy cook book or, are you going to get creative & turn those leftovers into some tasty, healthy meals which will not only loosen your clothing, but will also provide you with the satisfaction that you have saved yourself some hard earned cash by getting creative with those leftovers.     .

 

 

Below you will find my basic recipe, which you can turn into three different dishes.

Depending on what stock you use & the other ingredients you choose to add, this basic recipe is gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian & vegan. Is part of your 7 a day and contains fibre, protein, vitamins & minerals.

INGREDIENTS

Olive or Rapeseed Oil

6, large Carrots, chopped or sliced.

2, Large Onions, chopped.

2, Beetroot, chopped.

6, Sticks of celery.

3, Large Parsnips.

250g Green Lentils thoroughly washed & drained.

Seasoning  herbs of choice.

4. Ltrs of stock from the simmered leftover carcass of a chicken, duck, goose, turkey etc.

For my recipe I used the water from boiled gammon joint.

For vegetarian & vegan, omit the meat stock & use the water reserved from boiling vegetables (not potatoes) or water.

METHOD.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan & gently fry the vegetables or 10 mins over a medium heat.

Pour over the stock, veg water or water, bring to the boil, reduce the heat & simmer for 45 mins.  Add the drained lentils, & herbs, bring to the boil again, reduce the heat & simmer for a further 40.mins. Season to taste.

 

At this point, when cooked, you can allow the lentils to cool & divide into 3 containers & when cold, cover & store in the fridge or freezer until needed or you can make the following:

  1. Hearty Rustic Soup.

Using 1 portion of the Lentils, turn into a saucepan & add either fresh, soft tomatoes, chopped or a tin of tomatoes, 1 clove of chopped garlic & any left over meat or veg you have. Bring to the boil & simmer for 5 Mins.

Serve in bowls with crusty bread & Parmesan Cheese sprinkled over.

2. Lentil Salad.

Turn the 2nd portion of lentils into a serving bowl.  Pour over 4 Tbspns Garlic Salad Dressing & allow to stand while stir frying some finely sliced Cavolo Nero. Stir into the Lentils along with 1 peeled, stoned & sliced avocado, chopped yellow pepper & halved plum tomatoes. Serve either as it is or strewn with smoked salmon, cooked prawns or hard boiled egg & chopped Chives.

3. Stuffing for vegetables or Wraps.

 

Turn the 3rd Portion of Lentils into a bowl , add stoned halved olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Chopped capers & anchovy fillets along with a crushed clove of garlic. Mix together with some chopped basil & used to stuff Tomatoes, Peppers, Aubergines etc  Bake in a medium oven for 30 mins. Or use the mixture cold as a filling for wraps.

Well foodies. Hope I have given you some ideas on what to do with those leftovers, use what ever you have to vary the flavours & don’t forget #loveyourleftovers.

This recipe was demonstrated in the BBC Radio Wiltshire kitchen on the Shaun Hodgett Show on Thursday 28th December 2017, where I was in conversation about #loveyourleftovers with Holly Rattley.

Should you have any questions or comments on the above, please use the form below.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Health to your Christmas

Here at TRUFFLEicious, as the nights draw in & the season changes, we have been devoting our time to recipe creation. As the festive season draws nigh my thoughts turned to that great overload of rich, sugary foods, which become, in these modern times the spirit of Christmas.

“Hark the herald angels sing”. Our new recipe creations have been born.

THE ultimate #Christmas #Cakes. Rich, moist, dark, fruity & nutty and above all. #Gluten & Dairy free.

My first cake ( pictured above) is Beetroot, Apple & Hazelnut.

The sugar content has been lowered, as both the apple & dried berries add an element of sweetness to this rich moist cake.  Not being a fan of sugary icings, marzipan or butter icing, I have decorated the cake with a mixture of curd cheese & natural yoghurt,which adds a creamy, refreshing contrast to the richness of the cake.  Off course, if you are totally dairy free, the topping would be a NO NO.

My second cake. Carrot, Courgette, Date & Poppy Seed

Is again, gluten & dairy free. The picture on the right is decorated with the same topping as above and therefore not suitable for those totally dairy free it is sprinkled with grated lime rind & a few cranberries would also look effective. The cake on left is just dredged with icing sugar, for a seasonal effect & both would look good as a centre piece with a red pillar candle stood in the middle.

Cake No 3. Sweet Potato, Pecan, Maple Syrup & Caramel

Cake, Sweet Potato, Pecan & Caramel

Once again a rich, moist nutty cake, but with a slightly higher sugar content with the addition of maple syrup & homemade caramel and again the topping contains yoghurt & curd cheese.  This cake also contains an amount of gluten as it is made with Spelt, which give it a nice nutty taste & a rich dark colour.

All the above cakes, could also be served as desserts.  They keep well stored in an air tight tin, but if topped with the yoghurt & curd cheese, need to be stored in the fridge. Not suitable for people with NUT allergies.

In my next blog I will be dealing with gluten/Dairy free Chocolate Cakes & Mousses.

You can also hear me on BBC Radio #Wiltshire. Sue Davis Show on Sunday Mornings at 10.15 for the next 6 weeks talking about recipes from this blog.

Until next time #Foodies.

Harissa Chutney

A versatile combination

Hi foodies, after my move through the snow, from Wiltshire to devine Devon in February, I’m afraid I have been a bit slow in wrting my blogs from this gorgeous county.

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From Appledoe to Instow

No matter, I’m all settled in now & my mind is brimming with ideas as I fill my new kitcken with some local – & some not so local – ingredients to create tasty recipes to try & tempt your taste buds,

Being health consious & aware of what we are putting into our bodies, I am a big fanatic of home made food. Looking at the labels on jars of chutneys & harissa paste recently, I was amazed at the long list of ingredients – well I say ingredients! – that went into them As well as the amount of sugar & other dubious additives which take you down the highly processed route, in some the first ingredient was water. Are you aware that manufactures have to label their products with the ingredients listed in descending order? So, if water is first & chilli’s last, there isn’t a lot of those litte firey peppers in there.

Having procured a large bag of wonky peppers & some chilli’s I was off home to make my own.

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Colourful Veg

Harissa Chutney.

Makes 3.5 kg G/F D/F V Vegan. Utensils: Large saucepan. Sterilized jars & lids.

INGREDIENTS:

2 kg mixed peppers (from your local market). Deseeded & Sliced

2 Large Red Onions, peeled & chopped

100g Mixed Chilli’s. ( Vary the amount according to taste) Finely chopped.

3 Large Carrots, grated

6 Cloves Garlic, peeled & crushed

1 pack Italian Tomato Passata

340g Dark Molasses Sugar

600ml Red Wine vinegar

2 tbspns Rock Salt

3 Whole Star Anise

2 tbspn Ground Cumin

1 tbspn Ground Coriander

Juice of 1 Lemon

METHOD

In a large saucepan, over a medium heat, place the peppers, onions, carrots, & chilli’s. Add half the wine vinegar, cover & bring to the boil & cook until the onions are soft.

Add the remaining ingredients. Stiring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat & simmer, uncovered until it reaches a jam like consistency.

Allow to cool & pot into sterilized jars.

Serve as a chutney, or if you want to use it as a harissa paste rub. Place a couple of large Tbspns in a blender with a Tbspn of olive oil & blend.

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Use your leftovers

Leftover tips & recipes

Good morning fellow foodies. I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas? you are probably feeling a few kilo’s heavier & a few pounds lighter today!! To address the balance, here are a few tips & recipes to help you use up those leftovers. After all, do you really want your hard earned cash, dumped in the bin?

If you were up early enough, you will have heard me on The Graham Rogers, Morning Show BBC Radio Wiltshire at 8.50 this morning, sharing these ideas, with the good people of Wiltshire.

TURKEY  (cooked)

Left over turkey breast can be sliced into finger sized strips, dipped in beaten egg & tossed in a mixture of Polenta & grated parmesan. Leave in the fridge for 30mins. Fry lightly in olive oil, turning once & serve with a dip of pesto, mixed with mayonnaise, for the Italian touch.

If its Spicy you are after. Follow the above, but replace the ingredients as follows: Dip in beaten egg & a Tbspn Soy Sauce & coat in sesame seeds. Serve with sweet Chilli Sauce.

Boil some macaroni. Make up a cheese sauce, or use a can of Campbells condensed Tomato Sauce. Layer in a casserole, Macaroni, cooked turkey chunks, chopped peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, olives etc. Finish with a layer of macaroni. Pour over the sauce, or soup diluted with a little of the Macaroni cooking liquid & sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake in a medium oven for 20-30mins.

CHEESES – SALAMI – HAM ETC

Place left over cheeses in a food processor, with chives & some butter. Process until smooth. Pot in small ramekins, seal with clarified butter & serve as a spread. (For adults, use stilton & a couple of Tbspns Port)

Recipe for savoury Truffles can be found by clicking the blue link.

Savoury Truffles Love your Leftovers

VEG & SALAD

How about a different take on that Boxing Day Bubble & Squeak. Whisk yourself up a Breakfast Frittata

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Left overs. Breakfast Frittata

Have you looked in the salad drawer? I bet a sad looking lettuce & cucumber, lurk there, together with a few spring onions, the odd pepper & that bag of healthy shoots, that would go with….. you can’t remember what!
Well dig them all out, heat some oil in a large saucepan & throw them all in. Saute for a few minutes with a tspn cumin, add some veggie or chicken stock & bring to the boil. Simmer for 30mins & blitz with a hand blender. Season & serve with a spoonful of Greek yogurt on top.

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Left over Veg soup

CHRISTMAS PUD & CREAM
Got an ice-cream maker?
Make a basic custard mix, allow to cool, stir in 500ml double cream & 1 tbspn Brandy. Process according to your manufacturers instructions, 10 mins before the end of freezing time, crumble in Christmas Pudding, or any meringues you may have left over.

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That it foodies. Hope you have found some inspiration to use up those leftovers. Have a great Boxing Day & Happy New Year.

Do real men eat Quiche?

Well. Do they?

PAWS FOR THOUGHT & EATING

How to make a man sized quiche

Its a bit of a poser this one, “Do real men eat quiche”? Well, to my mind, plonk a large slice of quiche, containing, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, cheese etc, in front of them & as long as you call it a breakfast quiche & they are not vegetarian, they probably do. Just look at it this way, the quiche in the header photo is just, breakfast on a pastry plate!

Below, you will find the recipe for a man sized breakfast Quiche. The pastry recipe you will find as a previousChristmascountdownpost, by clicking the link. At the bottom of the page, you will also find some variations, which may also help you use up your Festive leftovers, when the time comes.

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Bacon & Eggs. Tempted?

Big Breakfast Quiche

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Christmas Leftovers

You may like to read this in a few days time #leftovers

PAWS FOR THOUGHT & EATING

Recipes for leftovers

In Day 13 of Christmas countdown you will find a couple of recipes for leftovers.

Christmas present, can soon become Christmas past. By past I mean, “Past that best before date”. That’s why you need to learn to loveyourleftovers. We all buy too much food over the Festive Season, whether it be for the unexpected visitor who may drop byor just because we are tempted by a vast array of food choices.

Looking in the fridge you come across a piece of mousetrap, a few slices of ham or salami, that piece of Parmesan you meant to grate over the Caesar Salad, along with the olives.  Slices of smoked salmon & in the chiller draw, half empty bags of herbs & limp veg.  You then look in the tins on the work surface & discover odd pieces of cake, broken biscuits, stale bread. Sound like you? Well…

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Merry Christmas

Christmas Countdown 22 Recipes for a Merry Christmas

If you have been. Thank you for reading. This concludes the 22 recipe Christmas Countdown. All thats left for me to say is “I hope you have found these recipes useful & you have enjoyed, reading these blogs.

Click the photos below to take you to the individual recipes. OR the blue link below will take you to all the recipes, mentioned below in the drop down menu of Christmas Countdown.

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HEALTHY & HAPPY NEW YEAR