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  • Chef Mike Darracotts Fresh Strawberry Dumplings recipe

    Chef Mike Darracotts Fresh Strawberry
    Dumplings recipe






    9 washed cleaned strawberries small to medium size

    100 g sifted self - rising flour

    50 g suet

    4 drop vanilla essence

    3 tsp caster sugar

    2 tsp of icing sugar

    8 tbs of water

    4 tbs vegetable oil

    1 can of hot custard




    In a bowl mix the flour, suet until it appears like crumbs, next add vanilla essence, 1 of the tsp of icing sugar, and the 3 tsp of caster sugar, and water, and mix together, make a firm but workable dough. If a little too wet add a little extra water, or flour if too dry.


    Next divide the dough up into 8 balls, cover in cling film and leave to rest in fridge for 15 minutes, after 15 minutes take out dough, put some flour on your work top, and your hands, take a strawberry, and wrap the dough around it, and roll it in your hand until it’s a ball, repeat with the other strawberries, leaving the ninth strawberry for garnish.


    Now get a frying pan and cook the balls until they are golden brown, place on plates, Garnish each plate with a ¼ of the remaining strawberry, sprinkle the remaining icing sugar over each dumpling and serve with hot custard.


    Serves 4 people

    chef mike darracotts strawberry dumplings recipe


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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 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

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  • Key lemon pie recipe Chef Mike Darracott

    Key lemon pie recipe Chef Mike Darracott


    Well summer is here, and a firm favourite of mine and many others is this delicious dessert known as Key Lemon pie, so refreshing on a hot summer’s day, eat it with clotted cream or ice cream for added taste.

    The dessert is said to be from Florida and the late 1800s, and a very rich man, who’s cook first made it from Limes, I have always preferred a lemon one, so hope you all enjoy this version.



    250g crushed digestive biscuits

    110g unsalted butter, melted


    3 medium egg yolks

    405g can condensed milk 

    Grated zest and juice of 5 large lemons

    200ml carton double cream

    2 drops of vanilla essence

    To decorate

    1 lemon sliced up

    4 tbs of lemon curd mixed in 1 tsp of water and drizzled over the middle of the dessert


    Preheat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3.

    Grease lightly a 23cm round oven proof dish

    (1) Mix your crushed biscuits with the melted butter into a bowl, next place in base of your greased dish, and press in until a flat base is made then bake for around 10 minutes, take out and allow to cool down.

    (2) Now whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk and cream, and vanilla essence then slowly add the lemon juice and zest, and then pour into the dish and bake for 15 minutes.


    (3) Next leave to go cold and then place in fridge overnight.

    (4) Take out of the fridge, and decorate the top with the sliced lemons and then drizzle the lemon curd over the lemons.


    Serves 8 people

    Key lemon pie recipe chef mike darracott chef mike darracott


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  • Berry & Banana Split Yogurt parfaits

    Berry & Banana Split Yogurt parfaits



    2 x 6 oz supermarket fat-free pineapple yogurt

    1 cup mixed summer berries fresh or canned drained of syrup

    1 Tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened version

    1 Tbsp caster sugar

    1/4 cup low-fat granola (4 Tbsp)

    3 tsp hot water

    1 large banana (about 1 cup sliced up)




    (1) First using 4 glass's for serving in, start layering the ingredients,in each glass.

    (2) start with a layer of yoghurt, followed by berries, bannanas, then more yoghurt in each glass, saving back some     berries for the topping.

    (3) Next place the remainder of the berries on top of each dessert, followed by a 1 Tbsp granola on each.

    (4) Finally take the hot water sugar, and cocoa powder combine and mix into a sauce in a small bowl, the drizzle it over all 4 desserts.


    serves 4 people

    chef mike darracotts recipe Banana Split Berry and Yogurt Parfaits

  • rhubarb pie recipe

    rhubarb pie recipe



    For the pastry

    220g butter

    50g caster sugar (45g for pastry 5g for sprinkling on pie top )

    2 medium eggs

    335g self raising flour

    For your filling

    745g rhubarb, sliced too about 1cm thick

    250g granulated sugar


    We first preheat our oven to 180C-350F-Gas mark 4 - Then grease a 21 cm round by 2.5 cm deep pie tin

    (1) We prepare the pastry first, so cream 45g of your caster sugar and butter together in a bowl by hand or use a mixture if you have one.

    (2) Next add in your eggs, and continue to mix for 2 minutes, then add in your flour.

    (3) Now place your dough on to a lightly floured surface, make into a round by patting, place in cling film and chill in fridge for 1 hour.

    (4) Next take the dough out of fridge, and on a lightly floured surface cut 2/3rds off, now roll out that piece of dough to approx 3mm thick, and line the tin with it,retain the other third to top off the pie.

    (5) Next place all the rhubarb into the bottom of the pie tin, and then cover the rhubarb with all the granulated sugar.

    (6) Now roll out the remaining dough to 3mm thick, place on top, and then cut off any excess using a knife, and with a knife or skewer make a little hole in top of the pie crust.

    (7) Now sprinkle the remaining caster sugar on top

    (8) Now bake in your oven for between 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked and brown.

    Serves 4 people


    Serving suggestions: In the picture you can see I served it with custard, but you can use ice cream or whipped cream or what you prefer.

    rhubarb pie recipe chef mike darracott

  • Apple and plum cobbler recipe

    Apple and plum cobbler recipe


    Ingredients for filling

    1 tablespoon of water
    1 kg of cooking apples peeled cored sliced up
    1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
    350 g of any plums with stones removed and quatered
    45 g caster sugar
    half tsp vanilla essence
    2 tablespoons of lemon juice

    Ingredients for topping

    65  g caster sugar
    120 g butter
    1 tsp of baking flour
    120 ml of milk
    220 plain flour



    Preheat your oven to   350 f - 180 c - gas mark 4   lightly grease with a little butter or oil a 21 cm by 3 cm deep baking dish.

    (1) Into your dish place the apples and plums, water, cinnamon, vanilla essence and lemon juice, using a spoon mix together.

    (2) Next in a bowl mix together the the flour baking powder, sugar, and rub into it the butter, mix until its like bread crumbs.

    (3) Now add the milk and mix together into a batter.

    (4) using a spoon make piles of batter all over the top of the fruit, try to make say 8 dollops of individual batter on top of fruit.

    Now bake in the oven for 45 minutes

    Serves 4 people


    Serving suggestions  serve with ice cream or custard or what ever you like.

    Feel free to search our site and look at the many other recipe we have on here for free, please also take a look at my books for sale on Amazon.

    apple and plum cobbler recipe chef mike darracott

  • Cooking tips no 28 when using strawberries in your dessert

    Cooking tips no 28 when using strawberries in your dessert recipes chef mike darracott

    When my dessert recipes call for strawberries, I always use a dash of Balsamic vinegar to the recipe, it really helps to draw out the full flavour and taste of the strawberries.

    Chef Mike Darracott

    tips on strawberry use in your dessert chef mike darracott

  • Mississippi mud pie recipe

    Mississippi mud pie recipe


    For your base


    70g unsalted melted butter

    275g crushed up plain chocolate biscuits

    3 tsp of icing sugar


    For your filling

    90 ml double cream

    80g dark chocolate

    3 small eggs

    80g unsalted butter

    3 drops vanilla essence

    75g brown sugar


    For your chocolate fudge sauce


    1 drop vanilla essence

    165g sieved icing sugar

    140ml double cream

    145g dark chocolate

    2 tbsp golden syrup




    Preheat the oven to 180C-365F - Gas mark 4

    (1) Mix the biscuits, icing sugar and melted butter all together in a bowl. Next place the mixture into the bottom and sides of a 23cm round cake tin, then place in your fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.

    (2) Now we make the filling, melt the chocolate vanilla essence and butter together in a suitable bowl over a saucepan of hot water.

    (3) Now beat the eggs and sugar together in another bowl for 4 minutes, or until a thick and creamy consistency. Then Fold in the cream and melted chocolate mixture. Pour it on top of your biscuit base and put in the oven for 30-45 minutes, after baking put to one side and allow to cool down completely.

    5. Now we make the fudge sauce, put all the fudge sauce ingredients into a saucepan and on a low to medium heat, keep stirring the mix until its smooth, and then allow this to cool down for around 10 minutes then pour and spread over the top of your pie and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

    Serves 6 people

    Mississippi mud pie recipe chef mike darracott

  • Welcome to Chef Mike Darracotts blog

    I am a writer with published work, these days I write books about cooking, and also write a column for some newspapers. I worked in the famous Lobster pot hotel in Mousehole Cornwall back in the seventies as a chef.

    From there I obtained two posts as an Executive chef in two large establishments overseeing and preparing food for 200 + people. And have been lucky enough to have prepared food for many celebs such as Justin Hayward of the moody blues, David Bowie, dame Judy Dench, Richard Briers, and many others. I love cooking, and have published hard cover and ebooks on the subject.

    I hope you enjoy some of the recipes I post to my blog from time to time, I will be uploading as many as I can over the coming weeks. Looking forward to sharing with you some tasty treats.

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