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  • Make my Beef lasagne recipe chef Mike Darracott

    Make my Beef lasagne recipe chef Mike Darracott



    Ingredients for beef mix


    1 tsp dried oregano

    1 tsp dried basil

    1 tsp garlic powder

    1 tsp paprika

    Salt and pepper to taste

    1.5 kilos of best beef mince

    820 g of tinned drained chopped plum tomatoes

    1 packet of pasta sheets

    350 g grated cheddar cheese

    500 g diced onion

    3 tbs of olive oil or vegetable oil


    Ingredients for the sauce


    Half tsp of corn – flour

    130 g butter

    130 g plain sieved flour

    1.14 litres of milk

    7 g grated cheddar

    1 tsp of English mustard




    Preheat oven to 175c – 347f


    For sauce


    Take the butter and gently melt in a saucepan, then slowly add your sieved flour, and corn - flour and stir it in until it looks a sandy texture. Next slowly add the milk stirring all the time, allow this to thicken out while stirring all the time, we don’t want lumps do we. Next add the tsp of mustard, and the 7 g of grated cheddar cheese, stir in well, and leave this on a very low heat, while doing the next stage.


    Beef mixture


    Next into another saucepan heat up your olive or vegetable oil, and lightly brown off your onions, now add in the beef and also cook to a light brown colour, finally add in the chopped plum tomatoes, Basil, Paprika, Garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to taste and the 300 g of grated cheddar cheese, remembering to save 50 g for topping, cook this mixture for around 30 minutes.


    When ready get an oven proof dish, and from the bottom up, layer alternate beef mix, followed by pasta sheet followed by sauce, and when to the top of the dish, top of with the remaining 50 g of grated cheddar cheese.


    Bake in oven for around 30 to 35 minutes



    Serves around 6 people depending on portions given

    Make my beef lasagne chef mike darracott


    Enjoy chef mike darracott

  • Pepperoni spicy beef and ham deep pizza recipe

    Pepperoni spicy beef and ham deep pizza recipe

    Chef Mike Darracott


    For a change this pizzas been made using a rich Short crust pastry


    For pastry

    Rich Short crust pastry

    320 g plain sifted flour

    55 g margarine

    55 g butter

    Pinch of salt

    Enough warmed water to make a fairly easy to roll out dough

    Ingredients filling

    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    400g can of drained plum tomatoes

    2 tbsp of tomato puree

    3 tsp oregano

    1 tsp paprika

    1 crushed garlic clove

    Salt and black pepper to taste

     170g grated mozzarella

    100g sliced pepperoni

    100g slice cooked beef

    100g smoked ham



    Preheat your oven to 200c – 292f – gas mark 6

    Then grease a round or square oven proof dish 29cm by 3cm deep

    Next make up your dough, place your flour, and fats into a bowl and add a pinch of salt, mix together until you have a sandy like consistency. Next add just enough water to achieve a firm to touch dough.  Now cover with cling film, and leave in your fridge for about 15 – 20 minutes, then take your dough out, roll it out to fit the entire dish.

    Next fill the dish with some dried peas, and bake for 5 minutes, then take it out, remove the peas and put dish to one side.

    Now heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, now add the tomatoes, salt black pepper, tomato puree, oregano, paprika  and  leave to simmer for 15 minutes.

    Now after the mixture as cooled somewhat, spoon into the base of the pastry in the dish, next cover in beef, ham, pepperoni, finally top off with the grated cheese.

    Place in oven and bake for around 15 minutes, keep an eye on it so top does not burn.

    Serves 6 people

    Pepperoni Pizza  chef mike darracottt


    Enjoy Chef Mike Darracott

  • My story

    My story

    I started this site 4 years ago after living the last 40 years

    with Brain damage, its been very hard




    PLEASE HELP ME AND DONATE DISABLED FOR 40 Years with among other things Brain damage hearing loss spine damage.


    List of my disabilities I live with daily

    Spine damage in lower middle and neck

    Brain damage part of my cerebellem is dropping out of my skull towards my brain stem mm by mm a year

    Both my ears have ringing sounds daily for last 15 years
    causing my dizziness sickness off balance problems, coupled with painful earaches every time the weather pressure changes.

    Mind blowing headaches from pressure build ups daily with hardley No sleep this because my brains CSF fluid that travels around my body does not go around my brain like it should, so I get real bad and I mean real bad headaches 

    Cervical spondalosis of my neck

    Lack of feeling in my lower legs and tummy since accident 40 years ago

    Irregular Heart beats with varying blood pressure

    Blood sugar problems

    Very poor sight

    I have tried every single day of my life to beat the problems I have, I have worked on my computer almost every day trying to make a success of this site to give my wife and I an income, but no one ever took me up over the last 4 hard years on having an advert, so its just been killing me.

    Because of my accident we lost our mortgaged home

    I trained to be a chef in Cornwall at Redruth college, after college I continued to learn butchery, and bakery.

    I then went on to work in the World famous Lobster Pot Hotel in Mousehole, where I was lucky enough to prepare food for many a celebrity when working in the kitchen there.

    After gaining more experience in a few other restaurants I went on to become an executive Chef in several large establishments of which I catered for around 200 people.

    Sadly late one summers night in the seventies, I suffered an accident, and it put an end to my career, because I was not the same when I came out of hospital. I struggled to carry on cooking for another 8 years, but I could no longer carry on.

    I had sustained some brain damage, which later led to my writing career, and this very page, and you will find all my current books on Amazon here, just click on my picture below.........

    chef mike darracott book proper cornish childhood to be made into a movie

    But this never defeated me for a
    moment and I will carry on helping
    others where ever I can.

    I did not let my health problems stop me from living life to the full, and through my story found in the blog on this site, I hope to inspire people to not give in. 

    Who are the disabled people who have the most significant impact on the way we live today?

    Well over a year after Disability News Service began the process of finding the UK’s most influential disabled people, we are finally ready to publish those 100 names.
    And I am so

    Proud to be chosen and in the top 100 influential disabled people for media in the UK


    These days I write a recipe column for the Magazine Sorted, and a recipe column for the magazine The Good News newspaper. I am proud to now say that my recipes are read by over 1.3 million people a Year, so if any of you wish to advertise your business on my blog, please contact me using the email address below or click on the link above

    I hope that through my books, and magazine columns and this website, to help people worse off than me, and inspire them to continue to flourish and enjoy every moment of their life, and to not give up, just keep on thinking positive thoughts, and you will get through anything. Finally were all human, I'm also disabled, so please inform me of any typo's I may have made in any of the recipes.

    I recently taught trainee cooks at a training kitchen at Hadleigh Farm training centre Essex. It was an amazing day, I was so glad to be able to have helped students who face many types of barriers to learning.

    I would recommend to anyone to visit the centre, they have a rare breeds farm there that you get to look around and many other interesting things to do, oh yes, and I have heard the food in the tea rooms is excellent, so please support the cause and go along to the farm.

    My Book To Film Proper Cornish Childhood

    My Book Proper Cornish Childhood is being made into a book to screen, and at the moment were going through the initial stages, with the first one being turning my book into a screenplay.

    I am so excited because I am a Cornish born author and love my birth place, there can be no other place on this Earth better to live or to have grown up in than Cornwall for me, and I am so proud that my book is going to be a film.

    The synopsis of my film is below, I thank you for reading this, I hope to put Cornwall even more on the map than it already is.
    You can also see this book on Amazon now by clicking the text below.......................

    Proper Cornish Childhood The picturesque fishing village of Mousehole and its surroundings during the 1960s and 1970s are brought to life in this personal memoir of a Cornish childhood. Born in Newlyn, Michael spent his early years living at Trereife Lodge and later became a chef at the renowned Lobster Pot hotel.

    The book is full of details of everyday life as seen through the eyes of a child. These include learning to cook with his mother in the family kitchen, family Christmas celebrations and the annual turning on of Mousehole lights.

    For those of us old enough to remember, the change from the old money to decimal currency was a big event, and this is covered in the book, one of many reminders of the '70s. The Torrey Canyon disaster and its devastating effect on Cornwall's coastline and wildlife are given considerable coverage.

    As anyone who remembers that era can testify, the beaches and harbours on both the north and south coasts were covered in thick lumps of oil for many years. The author, as a boy of 10, watched the tanker on the Seven Stones reef being bombed to set fire to the remaining oil.

    There are many interesting insights and observations relating to West Penwith, and there is nostalgia for those of us who remember how things were and how things have changed.

    I hope you have time to take a look at the book

    Many thanks Michael J Darracott

    My Book Proper Cornish Childhood will be made into a film  
  • Basil and lemon beefburgers recipe

    Basil and lemon beefburgers recipe wonderfully tasty homemade with a real nice tangy taste from one of Chef Mike Darracotts recipes, just click on the url below to go to recipe

    lemon and basil beefburger recipe chef mike darracott

  • Minced beef hotpot recipe

    Minced beef hotpot recipe


    450g minced beef

    1 tsp paprika powder

    2 large potatoes

    2 medium onions chopped

    1 tsp garlic powder

    3 medium carrots chopped

    2 tbsp tomato puree

    1.5 tsp English mustard

    1 small celery stick chopped fine

    1.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce

    2 g unsalted butter

    Salt and ground black pepper

    3 g grated cheddar cheese



    Grease a oven proof dish, and preheat your oven 180c- 356f - gas mark 4

    First clean and peel your potatoes, and part boil, allow to cool down, and then cut them into slices, and leave to one side.

    First in a saucepan, melt your butter, and cook your mince until brown, now take the mince out, and add the onions, carrots and celery, now add the mince back, now we add all the remaining ingredients except the potatoes, and cook on a low to medium heat for a further 3 to 5 minutes.

    Next place the mixture into your ovenproof dish, and then cover the top with all the potatoes, and because I love cheese on everything, I now sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese on top.

    Place in the oven for around 40 to 50 minutes or until cooked.

    Serves 4 people

    Enjoy Chef Mike Darracott

    Minced beef hotpot recipe chef mike darracott

  • Corn beef Hash

    Corn beef Hash


    5 large potatoes cut up into ¼s

    Tin of corn beef

    56g grated Cheddar cheese

    Egg cupful of milk

    28g  butter

    Salt & pepper to taste

    Parsley to Garnish



    First put the potatoes in a saucepan, and boil until soft enough to mash, when the potatoes are ready, cut the corn beef up into small pieces, and put with potatoes, next add milk & butter, and salt to taste.

    Mash it all up until completely mixed, then place into an oven proof dish, cover the top with the grated cheese, and place in a preheated oven on a low heat setting. After the top as gone golden brown, serve with peas & carrots if you like.

    Serves 4

     corn beef hash recipe chef mike darracott

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