Feeding the Family aired today at 1pm so at 9am I was busily prepping rum truffle mixture with David Greenwood-Haigh's wonderful Haitian Rum. It's not actually David's rum but David, who is the chocolatier at Divine Chocolate, does a lot to raise money for Haiti and he kindly brought me back this fabulous rum. As David was coming on my show today I thought it only polite that I'd make up his Rum Truffles so we could try them on air.
To make sure I had the right quantity of rum I had to try the mixture (well, it would be rude not to) and it took me back to skiing, days before children, when we'd stop mid morning for a hot chocolate and rum. Actually rum ganache goes really well with porridge, with porridge in one hand and the spoon to lick out the bowl of ganache in the other it went down a treat. A little dubious about rum at 9am but the sun is past the yard arm somewhere in the world and as long as I pretend I'm there it's OK.
David was a fabulous guest as always, and give us insight in the invention of truffles and ganache by the world's first celebrity chef, Augustus Escoffier, if you'd like the hear the show and the wonderful story of truffle invention and where the word 'ganache' came from you can listen again to the show on BBC Oxford
My edible Christmas recipes are up on the site too to download, I'll be making some more of the savoury spicy nuts for a do tomorrow night, they're yummy.