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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.

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Beautiful photography of North Devon. Canvas prints.

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Twyman Photography

Like most people, I appreciate a beautiful photograph. For me seascapes of my favourite North Devon beaches, especially at sunrise or sunset, hits the spot. Of course, North Devon is very photogenic, not just its beaches, but also its quaint little fishing harbours and pastel coloured cottages

Pastel coloured cottages. Appledore

I love looking at Instagram photographs, not just of Devon, from all over the world. Of course, not all the photos are equal, some people just don’t have “the eye” for seeing well photographed beauty spots from different angles. It doesn’t matter if you have the most expensive camera in the world, any photographic equipment can take the photo, it takes the person with “the eye” to frame the view. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what I perceive as beautiful others may find dull. It takes all sorts.

I digress. Back to Instagram…

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Quaint Comparisons

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Appledore – Paxos

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Some fifteen years ago, my son fled the nest and headed for Medical School, a month before my beloved Mum had died. I had reached that cross road in life, which we all experience at some stage. I was lost! Having had a mental breakdown at the same time, I just did not know what to do, or where to go. I needed escapism ? Sticking a pin in a map, it hit on Paxos in Greece. I booked a flight to Corfu and was gone, I originally booked a two week return flight. – I know you…

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Holistic Happiness

On line sessions now available.

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Relax your body, free your mind

And, breathe…… Yoga and pilates along with swimming have always been my thing, along with a nice therapeutic dog walk along the beach. I have never been much of a one for therapies – unless with the psychiatrist -, of course. Reiki and Kinesiology have entered my orbit, through my social media feeds, but I have never taken the trouble to find out, what exactly it was all about. This week I have rectified my ignorance by having a coffee and chat with the lovely Sam Ashbee, an Holistic Therapist from Bideford in North Devon.

Holistic Therapist, treating a client.

Meeting Sam, was a truly rewarding experience. A bouncy, softly spoken young lady with a happy demeanor. Sam Ashbee original hails from Bristol, on leaving school, she started a career in hairdressing but after qualifying found it was not quite what she wanted to do. At the time…

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The Royal Hotel, Appledore

A real British Boozer. How can you not visit.

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Alice Kitto

Mine host. Alice Kitto.

Me. I love a good old British Pub. You will have to be of a certain age to appreciate what I am talking about here. I’m not talking about the fancy wine bars and soulless chain establishments found on today’s high streets, but the good old British Boozer of yester year. These drinking emporiums, were to be found tucked in side street, nestling down a country lane or on the prom at the seaside. Drink, fun and community spirit, was their motto, along with good old sing songs, folk music and a general feeling of togetherness. The only food found in these hives of happiness was a pickled egg and maybe a dried up cheese roll! Hey ho, how times have changed.

In the UK it is estimated that one pub closes down, every twelve hours. I didn’t think I would ever have the…

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Appledore, Instow Ferry

Appledore – Instow Ferry

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Across the Estuary

Appledore shore line

Had to get my sea legs on the other morning, well to be correct, my estuary legs. Goodness what a beautiful morning it was, brilliant sunshine a light breeze and the clear aquamarine waters of the river Torridge sparking against the golden, sun drenched stone of Appledore Quay.

Small ferry crossing the river, children and adult passengers
Buckets & spades at the ready

I had arrived there, with my faithful friend Gypsy – yes Appledore is very dog friendly- to meet the Skipper of the historic ferry, which whisks you across the river to the sandy shores of Instow. We had agreed to meet at 9.30 am, on a Saturday morning, which is usually quiet – late sleepers in Appledore, – not this morning though, there was a queue of passengers waiting for the first ferry trip of the day, across the water to Instow. During the season, April to October the ferry…

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Emergency Services

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Help needs to be at hand

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Now, in our transient society, things have changed and not, in some circumstances, for the better. Rural communities have been greatly hit by latter day funding cuts. In recent years, resources for many of North Devon’s major services, including Police and Hospitals have been, or are in the process of being…

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Gardeners delight

Appledore Flower Show

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Appledore Horticulture Show

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Doris Pink

There’s something about a room full of fragrant flowers and giant veg that attracts me. My imagination goes into overdrive as I walk along the lines of artistically arranged, produce of nature. These exhibits have been carefully planted, fed and watered, over the months, leading up to the flower and produce show. I can almost feel the energy and pride of each person, who has exhibited the fruits and flowers of their labours.

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Dahlia Blooms

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