Olives

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Oh my goodness, I was so thrilled to get some olives from Sarah at Sea Soul Studio, she had an abundance of them growing in her beautiful garden & we picked them together, how gorgeous do they look? Especially teamed with Yolande Zarins gorgeous tablecloth & napkin. So Sarah explained there are 2 ways to preserve the olives in salt or in brine, so after googling & talking to other friends I committed to give it a go – I won’t be able to share a recipe though because I just kind of winged it!! Not a good idea if I want to try it again next year!! The flavour seems so different & fresh for olives you have preserved yourself. I have been adding them to yummy dishes like Greek style Chicken or Chicken Cacciatore.

You need to slit each olive so the salt can get all the way through.

 

Now they are ready for the brine solution & you must keep them all fully submerged in the solution for a good few months.

A happy coincidence one of my hubby’s work contacts gave him some delicious fresh olive oil from olives he had grown himself – what an awesome food gift 🙂

A Bit of Mad Scientist Thermomixing with Dry Ice!!

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We have just finished our studio lighting section of our photography course at TAFE & needed to arrange some photo shoots that we set up by ourselves to use lightning in a dramatic way. Well I had the idea that I wanted to make my favourite sorbet from the In the Mix Cookbook that uses dry ice – The dry ice not only creates a bit of theatre but also gives the sorbet a slightly fizzy taste in your mouth enhancing the sorbet experience even more 🙂

It was nerve raking setting up all the lighting etc plus everything up to make the sorbet & then even more so making the sorbet in front of some of my classmates, but then it was really fun & delicious, I got lost in the drama of the dry ice!! And somehow I ended up with over 200 photos!! I I have decided to use the photos for a bit of self promo for the latest Thermomix reward trip to Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon. I have to get all my sales in by June 30 to count for this amazing trip. I was so close at the end of May so I have decided to get it a good crack, while hopefully giving my customers & friends a good crack up of a laugh at my funny photos!

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Thanks to all my amazing customers & friends, I have made it to the Thermomix reward trip to Las Vegas & The Grand Canyon.

It’s so exciting that so many awesome new customers have started their amazing Thermomix journey over the last month or they are just about to start 🙂

 

 

The Best Breakfasts & Brunches

Now it would be extremely hard for me to choose my favourite meal of the day but I think it could be breakfast. I can eat almost anything for breakfast including soups & left over pizza (or breakfast pizza) or even a champagne breakfast for a special occasion or a very important photoshoot. Hands down the best breakfast I have ever had was Ellie’s crayfish with a smoked Tasmanian cheese sauce, a recipe for her upcoming Seafood Everyday Cookbook that she made for the photoshoot.

The 2nd place would have to be the most amazing buffet breakfast we had in South Africa at Thermofest. There was everything you could ever think of every type of egg, crispy or non crispy bacon, even oysters! (Scroll down through Billy Law’s post to get to the breakfast pictures :-))

I think I ate enough weetbix as a kid to never have to eat weetbix or cereal ever again, sometimes a nice crunchy homemade baked muesli with homemade yoghurt & fruit would be yummy, although I haven’t had that for a few years now!

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A much more easier & exciting tasty option is CADA which stands for (fresh) coconut, apple dates & almonds, turbo a couple of times & serve with homemade yoghurt & fresh berries & cinnamon. There are too many more delicious things to eat for breakfast!

Also I love the all day breakfast – that fact that you could eat any breakfast item at any time of the day is very comforting!

Here are my favourite breakfasts that I love to make & eat regularly with the ingredients I have on hand, some are more suited to a weekend brunch.

Protein is ideal at breakfast to keep you full & provide energy for the rest of the day. My favourite breakfast proteins are eggs, smoked salmon or salmon rashers, bacon, chorizo or nuts and seeds.

Quick weekday breakfasts

Smoothies & juices – a quick & easy way to get something healthy into you before you head out the door & I always make enough for a traveller too 🙂

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There are so many great recipes for smoothies & juices here are my own favourite recipes

Thermie Green Smoothie

Thermie Green Juice

Clean Green Juice

Mango Raspberry & Coconut Smoothie

Juicy Lucy – Orange & Yoghurt Drink

Beetroot Surprise Juice

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Plus Jo from Quirky Cooking has some great smoothie & juice recipes & so does Teresa Cutter the Healthy Chef. You can just free style it too with your favourite nuts, seeds fruit & or veggies & some ice & liquid. For a great kick of green goodness see my post on making chlorophyll paste too.

Then of course there are the smoothie bowls like Dani Valent Cooking recipe for Matcha Smoothie Bowl.

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Porridge is super easy & delicious plus it’s so versatile, I normally used the guided recipe on the chip & use all milk instead of milk & water – the best thing is it cooks & stirs while you are in the shower or getting ready for work/school. I love Ellie’s Apple, cinnamon & honey porridge. Adding any fruit or honey is a winner in my book – growing up we always had it served with milk, brown sugar & wheatgerm.

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Steamed eggs or omelettes are amazing!! Another one where once it it ready to steam you can go off & get ready while Thermie cooks your breakfast.

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Ellie & Arwen’s Steamed Dill & Fetta Omelette is such a versatile recipe here it is pictured with some fresh turmeric & the smoked salmon is cooked in the omelette. There is a great steamed omelette recipe on the recipe chip or try my other omelette recipe. Or steamed eggs in capsicum rings 🙂

Weekend breakfasts: I most certainly need to include the big breakfast; any of the following – eggs, toast or flatbread, avocado, bacon, salmon or chorizo, tomatoes, grilled homemade halloumi cheese, mushrooms & homemade baked beans. I also love steaming some garden greens to go with a hot breakfast – I grow silver beet & sometimes I will use spinach too.

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The Thermomix poached eggs from the recipe chip are great especially if they are served with Thermomix made hollandaise – which can I just say is absolutely AMAZING!! I use the recipe on the recipe chip, it is so good with anything, I mainly serve it with eggs & salmon 🙂 Plus it is mazing with crayfish too!

I LOVE slow cooked eggs – it’s sounds crazy but it is amazing 60 degree eggs have the best texture ever they are cooked in their shell & then you crack them open to reveal perfectness!!

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I just LOVE baked eggs too & this recipe from Jo Whitton for Huevos Rancheros is suitable to finish in the pan or oven & it’s so amazing!! I added Chorizo to this one & sometimes I add bacon to it.

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There is not much of this awesome breakfast made in the Thermomix but it is soooo tasty Ellie’s French Toast with Salmon Rashers & Maple Syrup.

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Waffle styled by Ellie Emmett 

 

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Oh my goodness this post could go on forever, with other amazing breakfast you can make with the Thermomix- waffles, pancakes, crepes, bagels, croissants, crumpets (I use the In the Mix cookbook recipe), danish pastries. That’s without mentioning all the delicious breads you can make too!

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It is my mission to keep updating this post with all the best breakfast options available for the best meal of the day! I will definitely be posting pics of the steamed breakfast baskets from the In the Mix Cookbook another favourite of mine too. So many breakfasts to eat & not enough time even with all day breakfasts!!

Happy Thermomixing!