Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed

We just had to stop at the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed on our way to the Koonya Garlic Festival. We ordered some oysters, a coffee for Charlie the driver & I had to get a glass of sparkling wine for the photo of course!! We introduced ourselves to the new Chef Josh & then went outside to take in the awesome view. Our Oysters & drinks arrived, so we just soaked up the atmosphere. The oysters were amazing & so was the wine. Josh even came out & chatted with us as we finished off. We left full & very happy ready for the rest of our day ūüôā

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Garlic Festival & Garlic Feast Cookbook

One of my favourite ingredients is garlic. Last year I attended the Koonya Garlic Festival for the first time, we had a Thermomix stall for the whole day & lots of our team came along. I created 2 recipes for the festival which I demonstrated to passers by¬†Toum¬†& Steamed Garlic & Pesto Scrolls. Anyway through this event I met Janice Sutton who invited me to share some of my recipes in her garlic cookbook;¬†Garlic Feast. The advanced copies arrived just in time for this year’s Koonya Garlic Festival Feb 27th.

This year I had my¬†INSPIRE¬†apron on & went up on stage with my Thermomix and my friends Sam Berechree (you may remember him from MKR a few series ago) and Charlie. We demonstrated a couple of my¬†recipes from the Garlic Feast cook book. Arwen’s Heavenly Hummus which has a few variations, a pizza with black garlic, goats cheese & prosciutto. Sam made one of his dishes from the book Rosemary & Pear Souffl√© with Garlic Ice Cream & Maple Bacon. YUM!

The other 2 recipes I have in the cookbook are my garlic & feta sweet potato wedges & my garlic lamb pie. I did some recipe testing last year & created garlic ice cream just for something different, Sam had already submitted his roasted garlic vanilla & fresh thyme ice cream that was much nicer. The crowds lined up to try the garlic ice cream & everyone loved it!.

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Garlic feast book

 

The Thermomix Demo Menu

(SINCE WRITING THIS POST THE THERMOMIX DEMO HAS NOW CHANGED TO A COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFERENT MENU OPTIONS)

When you host a 2 hour Thermomix demo, to take advantage of the host rewards you must have a minimum of 2 other guests (from a different household to you) & a maximum of 6 guests including yourself. It is great to invite couples, so both partners can see the benefits of the Thermomix. Tell your guests not to eat a meal just before they attend, you will always have a full belly after a Thermomix demo!

One of the best things about hosting or attending a demo is seeing the “ThermoWOW factors”¬†& tasting all¬†the delicious food.

Hosting is easy, you will be given a small list of ingredients to provide & your consultant brings the rest of the ingredients. You will also be asked to help serve the food to your guests & wash the sample cups & spoons so they are ready for the next tasting. Such a small price to pay for an evening of delicious fun!

As the host you get to choose the menu from the following options, these options show the main features & functions of the Thermomix.

We always start with a palate cleanser – Amazing sorbet made from sugar, fresh fruit & ice.

ThermoWOW factors -see sugar being made into icing sugar in 10 secs!! See a fruit puree being made in 5 secs. See 1kg of ice being crushed into a sorbet in 1 min!!

Just imagine all the different flavours of sorbets you can create & just how much money you will save.¬†Below is a picture of one of my favourite sorbet recipes for Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet but why not try my other sorbet recipes that have been inspired by my customers¬†Watermelon, Raspberry & Lime Sorbet, Lemoncello Sorbet, or if you want a fluffy egg free “ice cream” version try Apricot Fruity Dream¬†or Mulberry Fruity Dream. So many great ideas YUM!!

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Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Next choose a bread option

Pizza Bianca Рtopped with rosemary & garlic; ThermoWOW factors- the chopping of fresh garlic & rosemary in a few seconds. Then you will get to see how the guided recipe chip works as we make the pizza dough & you also get to see how the Thermomix kneads dough in about 2 mins!.

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Or the Buckwheat Dinner Rolls: ThermoWOW factors -see how to mill your own flour, see how the guided recipe chip works & the kneading of the dough in 2 mins. We also have fun making different shaped rolls too!

*Please let me know if you or any of your guests are gluten free & I can bring some Thermomix made Gluten Free Bread for you to try as well.

Rolls

You may choose a Dip or a Salad

Dip options are: Herb & Garlic Dip or Hummus

Herb & garlic dip is by far the most popular & addictive dip, the ThermoWOW factors are seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs!! See herbs being chopped in 2 secs & a delicious additive free dip being made in 5 secs. YUM!!

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Hummus: ThermoWOW factors – seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs, tasting freshly milled spices, delicious addictive free dip made in seconds! YUM!!

How much money will you save making your own dips from scratch? Not to mention they taste a million times better than bought ones!

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Salad options are either Fresh Beetroot Salad or Coleslaw

ThermoWOW factors for both of these recipes is seeing the Thermomix chopping quickly – a chopped salad in 3 secs!!

Fresh Beetroot Salad

Fresh Beetroot Salad

 

Coleslaw salad (mayo free)

For the main course the host or one of the guests gets to help cook a choice of Mushroom Risotto or Chicken or Salmon Veloute’ Meal¬†(a vegetarian option of Mushroom Veloute’ can also be made).

The Mushroom Risotto has the ThermoWOW factors of using the guided recipe, grating parmesan cheese in 5 secs, chopping, cooking & stirring, a quick, delicious & easy meal. My other favourite risotto flavours are Beetroot Risotto or Lemon, Leek & Zucchini YUM!!!

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Veloute’ Meal ThermoWOW factors are seeing an all in one meal made, chopping, cooking, steaming & pureeing – you cook a veggie soup, while steaming your protein & veggies. Some of the soup is made into the delicious velvet sauce to go over the protein & veggies.

Salmon Veloute' Meal

Salmon Veloute’ Meal

 

Dessert is made by another guest & is the easiest recipe to make – the choice is Chocolate or Vanilla Custard – ThermoWOW factors are using the automated recipe, hands free cooking & stirring with no lumps!!

Vanilla Custard

Vanilla Custard

 

Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Custard

Another awesome thing about a Thermomix demo is it is a no pressure environment, there is no expectation for you to buy a Thermomix the first time you see it, some people will & some people take years to make the dream a reality – the choice & timing is all up to you. At the demo we go through all the payment options available to you.

If a full demo is not yours or your partner’s cup of tea, we can come to you with our Thermomix & you can choose a dish you want to cook, we call this a one on one, again this is a no obligation mini demo for you to see how the Thermomix works. This is also a great option for a commercial demo for a cafe’ or restaurant.

So what if you already own a Thermomix? It is a perfect way for you to be inspired to learn more ideas, tips & tricks for using your Thermomix that you may have forgotten – you may well be ThermoWOWed all over again!

Seeing & tasting is believing, contact your consultant to book a demo, you won’t regret it! YUM YUM YUM!!

 

Dragonfly Farm

My friend Ulla has a beautiful protea farm in Kettering called Dragonfly Farm.

(The only thing this post has to do with Thermomix is that my gorgeous friend Ulla was the person who introduced me to the Thermomix, she came to work one Monday & said you will never guess what I bought & then told me I had to be a consultant because I would be perfect at it! The rest is history! )

Anyway moving onto our fun photographic morning on the farm; my misson was to get some good shots of Ulla with her dogs -Pepsi & Hamish for her to send to her relatives. Ulla was kind enough to let me post these photos to my blog.

Ulla & her dogs

This time of year there are not too many flowers, but we managed to get a few good photos of the proteas, Ulla & her dogs!!

Yellow protea

Pepsi

I spy Pepsi

 

Dragonfly Farm view

What a beautiful view from Dragonfly Farm!

Ulla makes the most gorgeous bunches of flowers that she sells at the Cygnet market & she also sells her flowers to wholesalers. The farm used to produce cherries, saffron & garlic too.

 

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Leaves

Some days the pile of leaves comes up to the height of the workbench

Sharing the protea love!

 

Beauty & the blackberries – it’s such hard work to maintain a protea farm.

 

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The bunch

And I got to take this bunch of flowers home with me!!

The Ulla flower is a rare & treasured protea species ūüôā

 

Hamish

Hamish is deep in thought.

 

Breathe in!!

Breathe in!!

It’s a flower jungle!!

Top secret new variety of protea

Top secret new variety of protea

Besties

Best friends.

 

Flower arrangement by Ulla.

Flower arrangement by Ulla.

 

Thanks so much Ulla, Hamish & Pepsi for a wonderful morning at Dragonfly Farm. I love your creativity, fun & laughs!!

Ulla takes so much pride & care in her work, she works long hours & is so passionate about what she does. When you see Ulla at the market make sure you say hi & buy a beautiful bunch or box of her gorgeous flowers.

Farm Gate Market

What a beautiful day to go to the Farm Gate Market, we were on a mission to collect some quality ingredients for our upcoming cooking demo at the Koonya Garlic Festival. Of course all major food adventures must begin with coffee, so we ordered one from Rasberry fool.

We started with a chat while watching people coming & going with their bags of fresh market goodies. I was keen to practice my new photography skills with my new lens & I fit right in as there were lots of tourists with their DSLR cameras at the market today. A few people asked where I was from, um Hobart ūüôā

Farm Gate Market

Coffee
Oh yum fresh basil, growing in a pot yes please!!Basil

 

This is taking fresh to the next level!

This is taking fresh to the next level! The nashi’s are delcicious!!

These Raspberries went 1 better they were picked this morning before the market! Fresh as!

These Raspberries went 1 better they were picked this morning before the market! Fresh as!

Fresh Blackberries - just gorgeous!

Fresh Blackberries – just gorgeous!

Strawberries

Organic blueberry tasting from Twelvetrees Farm

Organic blueberry tasting from Twelvetrees Farm

 

We signed the petition so we can get our delicious organic dairy produce from Elgaar farm back into production!

We signed the petition so we can get our delicious organic dairy produce from Elgaar back into production!

 

One of my favourite ingredients, I don't need to buy because it's growing in my garden in huge quantities.

One of my favourite ingredients, I don’t need to buy because it’s growing in my garden in huge quantities.

We collected some goats cheese & taste tested the yummy smoked haloumi from Southern Stra

We collected some goats cheese & taste tested the yummy smoked haloumi from Southern Sky Gourmet Cheeses.

 

We had a good chat with Dr garlic & ordered our black garlic for the garlic festival. He is presenting a talk about black garlic & black holes at the festival & maybe will share his secret recipe for black garlic vodka!

We tried the dukkah had a good chat with Geoff from DR Garlic & ordered our black garlic for the garlic festival. He is presenting a talk about black garlic & black holes at the festival & maybe will share his secret recipe for black garlic vodka!

 

Rainbow carrots

Rainbow carrots

 

More chats to garlic fanatic Matt from Van Diemen Garlic

More chats to garlic enthusiast Matt from Van Diemen Garlic he is the one who makes the garlic braids too!

 

Nigel's Garden

Zuchinni's Crazy Cucumbers! Zuchinni flowers

 

You can’t go to the market & miss out on the best sushi ever! You do have to line up for a while to get your made to order Masaaki Sushi, but it is well worth the wait & we even made some new instagram friends while in line ūüôā

 

Picnic lunch sushi style with miso soup.

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Yes let's take home a bag of delicious fresh apples too!!

Yes let’s take home a bag of delicious fresh apples too!!

What a fabulous way to spend a sunny Sunday morning, I’m looking forward to my next visit already!!