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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/

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    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  
  • Mandarin beef stir fry Chef Mike Darracott

    Mandarin beef stir fry Chef Mike Darracott


    Ingredients

    1        cup orange juice

    1/2   cup soy sauce

    2        tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

    1        teaspoon garlic powder

    1/4   teaspoon ground ginger

    1       pound beef round steak, cut into thin strips

    2       cups fresh or frozen garden peas

    1      medium green pepper, sliced

    1       cup sliced fresh mushrooms

    2      tablespoons vegetable oil

    1     (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained

    2      tablespoons corn flour mixed in enough water to make smooth and cream like

    Hot cooked drained rice for two.

    Directions

    (1) In a bowl make your marinade.. by adding the first five ingredients on list above.

    (2) Add your sliced beef to the marinade; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or longer if time permits. In a large  wok, stir-fry vegetables in oil for 2 minutes; then put to one side.

    (3) Next In the same wok, strain the beef out of the marinade and stir fry until no longer pink, then add the marinade to wok.

    (4) Now add the oranges, and the vegetables that you put to one side earlier, and heat up for 5 minutes on a medium heat stirring around all the time.

    (5) Now pull back the mixture to one side of wok, and mix in the corn - flour to the hot marinade .

    (6) Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

    Serve over the drained rice.

    Serves 2 people

    Manderin beef stir fry recipe chef mike darracott

  • Coriander fish cakes recipe Chef Mike Darracott

    Coriander fish cakes recipe
    Chef Mike Darracott



    Ingredients For filling


    400g cooked cod

    350g potatoes peeled and boiled, and drained

    2 large beaten eggs

    2 tbs chopped coriander

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    125g breadcrumbs for filling

    1 onion, diced

    2 tbs unsalted Butter for frying


    Method for filling


    (1) Into a bowl place the boiled potatoes, flaked cod, 2 large beaten eggs, chopped coriander, onion, and breadcrumbs, and mix together well.

    (2) Add salt and black pepper to taste, and mix in well.

    (3) Now make 8 fish cake shapes out of the mix, and then place on a plate, and leave in fridge to firm up for about 15 minutes.

    Ingredients for breadcrumb cover


    1 beaten egg on a saucer

    30 g breadcrumbs a saucer

    3 g plain flour on a saucer


    Method for covering in breadcrumbs


    (4) Put the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs on 3 large plates.


    (5) Take the fish cakes out of the fridge, and melt the butter in your frying pan, next dip each fishcake ( both sides ) once in flour then in the egg, and finally into the breadcrumbs, then fry all of them until golden brown each side, about 2 - 2.5 minutes each side.

    coriander fish cakes recipe chef mike darracott

    Serves 4 people

     
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  • Creamy Turkish eggs with yoghurt recipe Chef Mike Darracott

    Creamy Turkish eggs with yoghurt recipe

    Chef Mike Darracott

     

    Ingredients


    2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
    1 large onion, sliced
    1 green pepper chopped up approx 1.5cm square
    1 red chillie, deseeded and chopped up
    200g drained canned chopped tomatoes
    2 tsp caster sugar
    4 small eggs 1
    tsp of garlic powder
    6 tbsp thick, creamy yogurt


    Method

    (1) Heat your oil in a frying pan. Now add the onions, pepper and chillies.

    (2) now Cook until they start to soften.

    (4) Next Add the sugar tomatoes and garlic powder, and cook on a low heat for around 12 minutes stirring from time to time.

    (5) Now make 4 hollows in the mixture and crack the eggs into them.

    (6) Cover the pan with a dinner plate and cook the eggs over a low heat until they set.

    Serve with the yoghurt

    serves 4 people

    Enjoy this Turkish recipe made by me Chef Mike Darracott, and dont forget to take a look at the many hundreds of other recipes tha tare also free on my site.

    Best wishes Chef Mike


    creamy turkish eggs in yoghurt recipe by chef mike darracott

    chef mike darracott

  • No bake Tangy lemon cheese cake

    No bake Tangy lemon cheese cake




    Ingredients


    3 drops vanilla essence
    600 g ricotta
    Zest and juice of 3 medium lemons
    200 g digestive biscuits crushed into crumbs
    250 g lemon curd
    500 g Philadelphia cream cheese
    90g melted unsalted butter
    1 tbsp corn - flour
    70g caster sugar



    Method



    (1) Mix the melted butter with the biscuit crumbs and vanilla essence, and then spoon these into a 20 cm round 3 cm deep cake tin.



    (2) Place the tin into a fridge for about 20 minutes.



    (3) Next into a saucepan place the lemon juice and zest, and corn – flour and heat up on a medium heat and mix well, next add the caster sugar, allow this to cool down a little, and then mix in the ricotta, and Philadelphia cheese.



    (4) Allow the mixture to cool down, and then spoon into the chilled base.



    (5) Finally spread the lemon curd on to the top with a pallet knife here and there. Leave to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours

     

    Serves 4 people

    Enjoy Chef Mike Darracott



      cheesecake recipe chef mike darracott 

  • Freshly made rich Tuscan bean soup

    Freshly made rich Tuscan bean soup


    Ingredients

     

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    1.5 cloves garlic crushed

    1 tsp powdered paprika

    3 tbsp vegetable oil

    3 sticks celery, chopped

    600ml hot water plus 2 vegetable stock cubes mixed in

    450g of canned chopped tomatoes

    200g of canned drained kidney beans

    2 carrots’ cleaned peeled and diced

    200g canned drained cannellini beans

    2 tbsp tomato paste

     

    Method

     

    (1)First heat up the vegetable oil in a large frying pan then add the celery, carrots, garlic, and cook for around 4 to 5 minutes on a medium heat.

     

    (2) We now add the paprika, tomatoes, and tomato paste, and the stock, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, remember to stir occasionally.

     

    (3) Next add the beans, salt and pepper to taste, and simmer for a further 7 to 10 minutes, you can now either serve chunky, or blitz in a food processor until smooth, your choice.

     

    Serves 4 people


    Enjoy this recipe and many more on Chef Mike Darracott.com



    tuscan bean soup recipe chef mike darracott

  • Tangy Fresh No bake lemon cheese cake

                       Tangy Fresh No bake lemon cheese cake




    Ingredients

    3 drops vanilla essence
    600 g ricotta
    Zest and juice of 3 medium lemons
    200 g digestive biscuits crushed into crumbs
    250 g lemon curd
    500 g Philadelphia cream cheese
    90g melted unsalted butter
    1 tbsp corn - flour
    70g caster sugar


    Method


    (1) Mix the melted butter with the biscuit crumbs and vanilla essence, and then spoon these into a 20 cm round 3 cm deep cake tin.


    (2) Place the tin into a fridge for about 20 minutes.


    (3) Next into a saucepan place the lemon juice and zest, and corn – flour and heat up on a medium heat and mix well, next add the caster sugar, allow this to cool down a little, and then mix in the ricotta, and Philadelphia cheese.


    (4) Allow the mixture to cool down, and then spoon into the chilled base.


    (5) Finally spread the lemon curd on to the top with a pallet knife here and there. Leave to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours

    Tangy fresh no bake zesty lemon cheesecake recipe chef mike darracott

    Serves 4 people


    Enjoy Chef Mike Darracott

  • Spaghetti & garlic meatballs recipe


    Spaghetti & garlic meatballs recipe

     

    Ingredients for meatballs

    2 medium eggs
    2 tsp water
    10 good quality pork sausages
    1/2 kg best beef mince
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    1 tsp of coriander powder
    1/2 tsp paprika 9
    0g fresh breadcrumbs
    ground black pepper to taste
    4 tsp of vegetable or olive oil

    400 g of spaghetti boiled in water with a pinch of salt

     

    Ingredients for the sauce

    1 tsp oregano powder
    3 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
    3 garlic cloves,
    salt and black pepper to taste
    3 x 400g cans of chopped tomato's
    115 ml white or red grape juice
    4 tbsp caster sugar

     

    Method for spaghetti


    Take 400 g of spaghetti and cover with water by 2cm and add pich of salt, bring to the boil drop back to a simmer, and drain just before serving.

    Method for the meatballs

    preheat your oven to 220C - 425f - gas mark 7

    (1) Take the skins off the sausages, place the meat into a bowl, next add the onion, mince beef, bread crumbs, eggs, water, coriander, paprika, and pepper.

    (2) Now mix the mixture together very well, for at least 2 minutes.

    (3) Next we make 44 equal sized balls ( approx )

    (4) Now pour the oil into your roasting tray, and place the balls into it, and roll them about by shaking them around in the oil.

    (5) roast balls for 20 minutes or until brown.

     

    Method for sauce


    (1) Heat your oil up in a frying pan, add the chopped tomato's - sugar - garlic - grape juice - powder- salt and black pepper to taste

    (2) Now cook on a simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally, then after 20 minutes add the cooked meatballs to the pan.

    (3) Either then place the drained rewarmed spaghetti divided between 4 plates followed with the meatballs in sauce, or combine the whole lot together and divide between the 4 plates.

    Serves 4 people

     

    Serving suggestions: Serve with crusty bread or sliced bread, or what ever you feel like.

    Spaghetti garlic meatballs recipe chef mike darracott

  • Potato gnocchi recipe

    Potato gnocchi recipe

     

    Ingredients

     

     

    740g potatoes

    2 medium egg yolks

    60g plain flour

    salt and pepper to taste

    1 tsp of garlic powder

    50g cheddar cheese

     

    Method

     

    (1) Boil the potatoes whole, boiling water for 30 minutes and then Drain.

    (2) When the potatoes are still a little warm to handle push them all through a ricer into a bowl.

    (3) Now add the garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste, egg yolks and flour, mix together until the mixture stays together, if to wet add some more flour to stiffen  add a little water if to dry.

    (4) Next cover the bowl with cling film or a T towel and place it into the fridge for 10 minutes.

    (5) Next On a floured surface place the mixture and break it roughly into quarters, and roll each piece out into sausage shapes 2cm diameter and then cut into 3cm pieces.

    (6) Now you must leave the pieces on the work top covered with a damp T Towel for 1.5 hours

    (7) Now bring a saucepan two thirds full with hot water and half a tsp of salt, to a gentle boil, and boil the potato pieces for 3 minutes

    (8) Then serve with grated cheese over the top.

    Serves 4 people

    around 6 pieces each


    potato gnocchi recipe chef mike

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