Chocolate Truffles

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day with some lovingly made and beautifully wrapped chocolate truffles.

Makes 25

  • 140g good quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
  • 142ml double cream
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • Coatings (see point 3 below for suggestions)
  1. Chop the chocolate and place into a large bowl. Heat the cream and butter together gently in a saucepan until the butter melts and cream reaches simmering point. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Stir the mixture until nice and smooth. (If you’re adding any liquors, add them drop by drop at this stage.) Cool and chill for at least 4 hours.
  2. To shape the truffles,  you have 2 options. Use a melon baller dipped in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture. Or lightly coat your palms with some flavourless oil and roll the truffles into balls. Place on greaseproof paper.
  3. This is the fun bit. Coat the truffles immediately after shaping. Place toppings into a bowl and lightly roll the truffles until evenly covered. Then place on greaseproof paper to chill. Topping ideas include: chocolate hundreds and thousands, lightly toasted dessicated coconut, crushed shelled pistachio nuts.
  4. The truffles can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for a month (defrosted in the fridge overnight).
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Top 10 Superfoods for Gorgeous Skin, Hair and Nails

What’s the secret to beautiful, healthy skin and hair? It’s not in your make-up case but in your diet. Include these superfoods regularly into your diet and nourish your skin from within.

Our Top 5 Fruit & Veg Superfoods

1. Blueberries – Antioxidants in blueberries prevent premature ageing. Add a handful to your cereal or smoothie everyday.

2. Spinach – Full of nutrients and antioxidants such as lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Add raw leaves to your salads or saute for a healthy side dish.

3. Tomatoes – The best source of anti-ageing antioxodant lycopene, the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red. Put aside those expensive anti-wrinkle creams!

4. Kiwis – Gives you a Vitamin C and antioxidant blast to keep your skin firm, help prevent wrinkles and protect you from cancer and heart disease. Also great for healthy teeth and bones!

5. Sweet Potatoes – Jam packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights ageing. For an easy dish, try roasting in the oven with some olive oil, salt, pepper and your favourite herbs.

Our Top 5 Other Superfoods

6. Yoghurt – Full of calcium which is great for posture, healthy teeth and nails.

7. Dark Chocolate – Make sure the chocolate you choose is at least 60% cacao and has a high flavanol content. Eaten in moderation, dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and can protect it from sun damage. Remember, in moderation!

8. Walnuts – A handful eaten as a snack or thrown into your salad gives you your daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids (the ones that are good for you!) and Vitamin E. They act as a natural moisturiser to your skin to keep it supple.

9. Oysters – Great source of zinc which helps skin cell renewal and repair.

10. Water – And we can’t forget or miss out water. Even mild dehydration will make your skin look dry and tired. Absolutely essential for gorgeousness!

Our Famous Fish Pie

It’s British Pie Week next week so here’s our famous fish pie recipe. It’s quick to make (no poaching or white sauce to make) and just watch how we’ve sneaked the veg in.

Great served with steamed veg, a big green salad and warm crusty bread.

Serves 4 – 6

Fresh veg (all in your delivery):

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 red chilli (or less if you like a milder taste)
  • handful of parsley
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered

From your storecupboard:

  • 150g cheddar cheese
  • 600g salmon/smoked haddock fillets, skin off and bones removed (vary the proportions to your taste)
  • 125g king prawns, raw and peeled
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
  2. Cut the potatoes into 2 cm chunks and boil until soft, around 12 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, peel and grate the carrot into a deep baking tray. Grate the courgette and cheese into the tray too. Finely chop both the chilli and parsley and add to this mix.
  4. Cut the salmon / haddock into bite-sized pieces and add to the tray. Add the prawns too.
  5. Squeeze over the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the chunks of tomatoes to the mix and then mix everything really well.
  6. Drain the cooked potatoes and return to the pan. Add some salt and pepper and some olive oil. Mash until nice and smooth and then spread evenly over the top of the grated veg and fish.
  7. Place in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until cooked through.