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  • Stir fried chicken Soy sauce with vegetables recipe

    Stir fried chicken Soy sauce with vegetables recipe

    Chef Mike Darracott

     

    Ingredients

     

    Sauce ingredients

     

    180 ml dark soy sauce

    200 ml light soy sauce

    2.5 cloves of garlic, finely diced

    6 tbsp granulated sugar

    2 kg sliced chicken breasts approx 7 cm long by 1cm thick

    200 ml of cold water

    200 g cooked drained rice

     

    For the stir-fried vegetables

     

    2 tbsp vegetable oil

    5g garden peas fresh or frozen

    1 medium sliced red pepper

    1 medium sliced red onion

    1 tsp ground black pepper

    2 large sliced mushrooms

    1 tsp dried oregano

    1/4 tsp sesame oil

    1 tbsp Worcester sauce

    65 ml hot water mixed with 1 chicken stock cube

    1/2 tsp malt vinegar

     

    Method for sauce

     

    (1)  Mix the dark and light soy sauces together with the water, add the garlic and the 6 tbsp tablespoons of sugar in a bowl, now place into a wok and heat up until boiling, then add your chicken and simmer until your sauce thickens up.

    (2)  Next add in all the remaining sauce ingredients, and cook on a simmer for 15 minutes, and then take off the heat and leave to one side for a while.

     

    Method for stir fry vegetables

    (3)  Now to cook the stir fry ingredients, heat up your oil in another wok, add your vegetables, cook them to how you like them, I like mine a little bit hard, so don’t cook them as long, it’s up to you.

    (4)  When your vegetables are cooked the way you like, add all the other stir fry ingredients and mix together

    (5)  Now reheat up the chicken and soy sauce, and serve with the reheated stir fry vegetables on a bed of cook rice.

     

     

    Serves 6 people

     

    Enjoy Chef Mike Darracott

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  • 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 DONATE TO HELP ME

    KEEP THIS SITE UP USE THE DONATE BUTTON ON RIGHT SIDEBAR OR SIMPLY CLICK BELOW

    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. 

    Also
    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

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/the-list/

    ====================================

    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  
  • Moist Tangy Lemon coconut cake recipe

    Moist Tangy Lemon coconut cake recipe

    Chef Mike Darracott

     

    INGREDIENTS

     

    2 teaspoons vanilla essence

    1 g Butter, for greasing

    190g plain flour

    85g unsalted butter

    110ml milk

    2 drop vanilla essence

    85g caster sugar

    1 teaspoons baking powder

    60g desiccated coconut, keep some back for decorating your cake

    the juice of one small lemon

    1 medium beaten egg

    1 tsp flour for dusting baking tin

     

    For butter cream topping and filling

     

    100 g unsalted butter

    50   g icing sugar

    2 tsp of coconut oil

    METHOD

     

    Grease and dust with flour a 15cm round cake tin and preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

    First into a bowl place the butter, 190 g plain flour and baking powder, and rub together until you have what feels and look like breadcrumbs.

    Next add your sugar, egg, vanilla essence, lemon juice, milk, and coconut remembering to save some coconut back for decoration and mix together.

    Now spoon your mixture into your baking tin, and bake for 40 minutes.

    Now make your topping and filling.

    Into a bowl goes the 100 g butter and 50 g icing sugar, blend this together, and then blend in the coconut oil.

    When the cake comes out of the oven allow to cool, cut in half, and then spread some of the butter cream in the centre and put back together, the remainder you now spread on top, and then sprinkle with the remaining coconut.

     

    Serves 6 people

     

    Enjoy Chef Mike Darracott


    moist tangy lemon coconut cake recipe chef mike darracott  chef michael john darracott

    Cornish born chef and writer Michael J Darracott Chef Mike

    Thanks for looking at this free recipe, hope you will be interested in 85 other recipes to be found in my new book Cook Like Mum, click the book below for more
    details.

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  • Rich tangy Dutch Apple Tart recipe

    Rich tangy Dutch Apple Tart recipe

    Chef Mike Darracott



    Ingredients for the sugar paste


    200 g sifted plain flour

    60 g caster sugar

    Pinch of salt

    110 g butter or margarine

    1 medium egg

    4 drops vanilla essence

    50 grams of uncooked rice or 50 grams of dried peas

    2 tsp granulated sugar for topping off

    Method sugar paste

    Preheat your oven to 220c/428f

    Get a bowl, cream together the sugar, egg, and vanilla essence, next blend in your fat, finally slowly add a bit at a time your sifted flour and mix well. Now cover with cling film, and put in the fridge, allow to chill for about 15 - 20 minutes.

    Take your paste out of  the fridge and divide it into two pieces, put the other half back in the fridge, grease a 20cm round by 2 cm deep baking dish, and roll out your paste to cover the bottom and sides of dish, cut away any excess.

    Now cover the pastry over with either the dried peas or uncooked rice, and bake in oven for about 4 to 5 minutes, were looking to just start the pastry to go a very light brown. Take out of the oven discard the peas or rice, and leave to one side for the moment

    Ingredients For the filling

    2 large peeled cored chopped cooking apples approx 360 grams total

    45 grams of sultanas

    Half tsp of cinnamon

    5 tsp golden syrup

    Enough water to cover the apple when cooking

    1.5 level tsps corn – flour mixed with a little water

    Method filling

     

    Take a saucepan, add the apples, golden syrup, cinnamon, and use enough water to just cover the ingredients, bring to boil, then simmer until apples have softened, now add in the sultanas, and stir in the corn – flour, keep stirring until it thickens up, and then take of heat.

    Now spoon the mixture onto your half - baked base, and take out the other half of the paste from fridge, roll it out and make a cover for your tart, cut off any excess, put in oven for around 15 to 20 minutes and bake until golden brown.

    Garnish top of pie with the granulated sugar

    Serves 6 people

    chef mike darracott Rich tangy Dutch apple tart recipe chef mike darracott

    Chef Mike Darracott #Cornish # Cornwall #Penwith


    Thanks for looking at this free recipe, hope you will be interested in 85 other recipes to be found in my new book Cook Like Mum, click the book below for more
    details.

    cook like mum recipe book chef mike darracott



  • Cornish disabled Author need's help

    Hi if anyone out there feels like investing in helping an author to get a leaflet about his book out to the whole of Cornwall please let me know because my book Proper Cornish Childhood would sell to many in Cornwall.


    I have sold over 3000 copies myself and my book on Amazon hits position all the time of 100k which is not bad out of 24 million books, but I just don't have the funds to a leaflet drop to whole of Cornwall and due to ill health cannot raise any funds, I get amazing reviews off facebook where many buy my book, and know this would really take off given the chance.   


    My main aim in life is to be an author, writing about Cornwall, and also writing recipe books, to do this i have tried for over 7 years now to get my books seen by large amounts of Cornish folk, but its so hard without funds.


    My book is called Proper Cornish Childhood, the synopsis follows below.........................


    Synopsis...............

    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.

    You will find my book on Amazon by simply searching for Michael j Darracott Proper Cornish Childhood


    My life story is below and it is what I have lived through, that makes me want to be a well read author..................


    Horrific car crash changed Michael's life

    A MAN who has faced life-changing challenges after seriously injuring himself in a car crash more than 30 years ago, hosted a book-signing event..across Cornwall.

    Michael J Darracott, the Cornish author of Proper Cornish Childhood

    when I was 20 years old, I was a passenger in a car, the car I was in was hit by a car that was said to be doing around 90mph, and in an instance my life was changed for ever.

    "My seatbelt snapped along with five of my ribs. I was thrown through the windscreen and the car I had been in was bulldozed over me by the car we had just hit. I came to rest with my head squeezed up against a granite wall, my chin was bent down towards my upper chest, both my arms were trapped under the sill of the car which was now on top of my chest.

    "My right leg had been twisted around the axle of the car and I could hardly breathe because of the weight of the car across my chest.

    "I was trapped for over an hour and when cut out was rushed to Hospital, where I lay for 12 weeks. I was originally told I would never walk again but the leg got better. But I suffered a hit to the back of my head that has left me with a rare bit of brain damage. You would not think so to look at me. I look fine.

    "But a small part of my brain at the back has been dropping slowly out of my head and making its way towards my brain stem for 39 years now, causing me balance problems.

    "I have had constant ringing sounds in my ears 24/7 for the last 10 years. Before this happened I had been to catering college after leaving Lescudjack School, Penzance. And I became a chef in the world famous Lobster Pot Hotel, Mousehole. But eventually had to give up cooking upon finding out about hidden brain damage.

    "I could no longer work for long in a kitchen because the heat made me feel so ill.

    "I met and married my wife a few months after the crash, and had no idea for 12 years afterwards what was making me so ill all of the time. By the time I found out what it was, my wonderful children had all been born, and I was getting worse."

    Michael was assessed as disabled 12 years ago, and told by his GP not to do any work. He got the all-clear to work from home on a computer, so he wrote his book, Proper Cornish Childhood, publishing it himself and the work is beginning to gain recognition.

    His book tells a child's eye story of growing up in Mousehole during the 1960s and 1970s.


    Above is what made me the man I am today, and I just want to write about my beloved Cornwall and my recipes.

    So if you can help to get my book out to the whole of Cornwall please do its my life long ambition, and more books will follow.



      proper cornish childhood
  • Sultana scones

    Sultana scones



    Ingredients

    330g plain flour

    2 tsp baking powder

    ½ tsp salt

    35g caster sugar

    60g butter

    55g sultanas

    Approx 150ml milk add until a firm dough is achieved

    First preheat your oven to 200C/392f, next into a bowl add your flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar. Now, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, and then mix in in sultanas.

    Slowly add enough of the 150ml milk until you have made a firm enough dough to handle. Now put a little flour on your worktop, and either roll out the dough or use your hands to make it about 1 - 1.5cm thick. Next using a pastry cutter of your choice, (I’m using a 12cm one) cut out your scones.

    Now lightly grease and flour a baking tray, and place your scones on it, place in oven for around 10- 15 minutes.

    You can either cut them in half with melted butter on, or allow to cool, and eat with strawberry jam and Clotted cream.




    scone recipe chef mike darracott

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