Easter Eating 2019

Easter Eating 2019

I never need an excuse to eat or cook but I have noticed that I have been eating less chocolate than in previous years of my life. What is going on???? A few years ago when someone would ask me my favourite food I would say Cheese & Chocolate because everything is better with both of these ingredients right? Don’t worry I still love chocolate but I love dark chocolate & I am also having a love affair with Ruby Chocolate too!! My palate always leans to savoury food. YUM!! Last Easter I tried a recipe from Dani Valent’s In the Mix Cookbook a duck liver parfait with a chocolate foam & gingerbread crumbs!! Wowsers!! It was soooooo good!!

So I am officially starting a new Easter tradition (in my belly at least ) and this year I made Tazziberry Hot Cross Buns to go with the same Dark Chocolate Foam (it’s kind of like a mousse) and I made chicken liver parfait which I added tazziberries, truffle & black garlic to the recipe!! I am going to confess to have eaten almost the whole thing by myself over the course of a few days!! And I am not sorry at all!!

Easter Treat – Tazziberry Buns with Chocolate Foam & Chicken Liver Parfait

Speaking about homemade Easter buns, I can not be bothered putting the crosses on top unless it’s made out of something delicious like chocolate or cream cheese YUM!! Don’t be scared to choose your own Easter Bun Adventure when it comes to flavours your imagination is your only limit just use the recipe from the Basic Cookbook & add whatever combination of fruits berries, nuts or chocolates you like. You can see some of my crazy creations here

Tazziberry buns

The next thing I am going to include in my new Easter Tradition is Ellie’s Taramasalata recipe which I hope she will be releasing very soon because it’s absolutely delicious!! I don’t personally see the need to only eat seafood at Easter, I love seafood all the time so I’m happy to oblige.

Chilli Mussels from the basic cookbook are still my favourite served with crusty sourdough bread & homemade saffron butter!! YUM!!

Eloise Emmett recipe for Taramasalata
Chilli Mussels with homemade saffron butter on crusty sourdough bread
Pretty in Pink – Ruby Chocolate Dessert (made by my BEST friend Christine)
Ruby Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Homemade Chocolates from the In the Mix Cookbook – Chocolate and Honey Truffles, Earl Grey Truffles & Ganache (I used Black Raspberry liqueur instead of the Kirsh)
Chocolate and Honey Truffles and Earl Grey Truffles
Ganache – I used Black Raspberry liqueur instead of the Kirsh
My Favourite Vietnamese Recipes Thermofied

My Favourite Vietnamese Recipes Thermofied

We were very lucky to earn a trip to Vietnam & the Thermomix part lasted for me for 5 days – 3 nights in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon) and 2 Nights in Hoi An – I extended with my Thermo friends another 4 days in Hoi An & 4 days in Hanoi & Cat Ba Island (south of Halong Bay). The food was amazing!! I need to get some more of it into my life because 2 weeks was just not enough time to devour it all.

I can’t put my favourite foods in any sort of order, they were all so tasty. Most mornings I loved having Beef Pho (google the pronunciation please, it’s not said how you think it would be) I became addicted to the Vietnamese Iced Coffee served with condensed milk & there was also an egg coffee & a coconut coffee too!! I ate many Banh Mi’s as well, including my favourite Crab one in Hanoi YUM!! Drank heaps of young coconuts & cocktails too!! I just loved the fresh Passionfruit Mojito. And I had a gorgeous chicken & rice with green mango salad twice in the same day!!

Anyway I will attempt to bring to you my favourite recipes from my recent travels & recreate them using the Thermomix of course. I will do as many live video recipes as I can too on my Facebook page. YUM!! I can’t wait!!

Chicken & Rice with Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce)
Thinly sliced partially frozen beef gets cooked when the hot broth is poured over
Beef Pho
Pork Banh Mi ( I didn’t make the baguettes myself this time)
Chicken Rice and Green Papaya Salad
My version of a Vietnamese Passion Fruit Mojito
Green Papaya Salad
In the Mix 2 Cookbook

In the Mix 2 Cookbook

Another awesome cookbook put together by Dani Valent. Here are the yummy recipes I have made from this amazing cookbook so far….

Spiced Tuna Tartare with Yuzu Custard – recipe by Daniel Wilson
Duck Breast with Pistachio Freekeh and Fennel Salad (unfortunately I slightly over cooked my duck)
ThermoFest and Emerald Class in Vietnam 2019

ThermoFest and Emerald Class in Vietnam 2019

We had the most amazing time away for 2 weeks in Vietnam and I am very grateful to Thermomix in Australia for this unforgettable experience. it is not a country I had on “the list” to go to but I feel very fortunate to have had this experience.

The Thermofest part of the Trip was 3 Days in Hoi Chi Minh City with around 200 Thermomix Consultants and Team Leaders and Managers.

We had a welcome dinner the first night and some fun dancing too!! The First day we had a full day conference including seeing the new model 6 Thermomix, motivational speaker, news of new books etc coming out & awards. My most favourite part of the day was when we had Chef Nguyen chat with us & present a cooking segment hosted by Nico Moretti. To hear Luke to tell story of his family and how they came to live in Australia & everything he has been through to make his dreams a reality was truly inspirational. He has a great sense of humour too. The icing on the cake was watching Luke make 3 of his recipes using the Thermomix & then very briefly meeting him afterwards. That night we had a dinner cruise on the river with more dancing (you have to work off all the delicious food some how right?)

Day 2 a small group of us met Nico Moretti early & went to the street markets Luke had told us about and this was a very fun experience, so busy and so much to see. Words can’t do it justice. We sat down on small plastic chairs for a pancake and then at another place for a broth with noodles such a wonderful experience even if something didn’t sit quite right only a few hours later!! We then had a team bonding activity which was an amazing race style fun with random groups so you got to met some new people, it was great nice and relaxed & not too competitive. The highlight for me was doing Tai Chi in the park. Then we got to meet the children from the orphanage that we had all donated toys to and there was not a dry eye in the room. Thermomix also donated some money and gave them some Aussie soft toys and the looks on their faces of pure joy was priceless.

We choose to have our lunch at Luke Nguyen’s restaurant Vietnam House which was amazing and so relaxing. We had a massage & got ready for the the final event of Thermofest – the Gala Dinner. I never get too dressed up normally or have my hair & make up done but my friends wanted to do it so I joined in the fun. That was the best hair wash I had ever had!! My face was washed too and I even got an arm & hand massage too!! WOW it took a long time to get our make up & hair done so we literally had to run back to the venue to get get changed just in time for the gala dinner missing the welcome drinks and canapes!! It was a good night & I even got to go up on stage & collect my certificate for having 500 Thermomix sales along with some of my other Thermomix consultant friends. They announced the location for next years Thermofest and it’s going to be in China!!

The next part of the Thermomix trip was in Hoi An for 20 consultants with Nico Moretti as our guide. I will be updating this post with our amazing 2 days of adventures soon.

Thermomix 28 Day Fresh Start Challenge

Thermomix 28 Day Fresh Start Challenge

You know I love a challenge & this new one is so great for this time of year healthy delicious easy recipes made in the Thermomix – yes please!! You can sign up for the challenge here & download the free ebook. You can do the challenge no matter which Thermomix you have, so no excuses – just do it, do it!! Why wouldn’t you want to try new delicious recipes & become confident using cookidoo & your cook-key if you have one.

Day 1: Mixed Nut & Seed Spread
 Day 1: Orange Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Noodles
Day 2: Hearty Seven Vegetable Soup
Day 3: Superfood Salmon Salad
Day 4: Chicken Broad Bean & Snow Pea Salad – recipe by Tim Robards
Day 5: Anti-inflammatory Pineapple and Turmeric Smoothie – recipe by Jo Whitton/Quirky Cooking
Day 6: Curry Laksa
Day 7: Fresh Fennel Salad
Day 8: Rice Crisp Bars
Day 9: Feta, Spinach and Potato Frittata
Day 10: “Spaghetti” with Spinach & Mint Pesto
Day 11: Tandoori Chicken Wraps (I made my own wraps too & added snow peas to the filling)
Day 11: Peri Peri Sweet Potato Fries
Day 12: Frozen Breakfast Yoghurt Pops
Day 13: Beef Ragu served with Cauliflower Mash
Day 14: Rye Loaf with Berry Chia Jam
Day 15: Acai Berry Bowl
Day 16: Falafel
Day 16: Zucchini Banana Loaf
Day 17: Steamed Fish Parcels
Day 18: Turkey Taco Salad Bowl
Day 19: Asian Beef Salad with Peanut Dressing
Day 20: Lemon and Herb Salmon Burgers with Zucchini Fries
Day 21: Steamed Omelette ( I used my own recipe with feta & dill & smoked salmon)
Day 22: Pumpkin and Turmeric Loaf with Quark and Herb Spread ( I also made my own quark)
Day 22: Sauerkraut
Day 23: Eggs with Coconut Curry Sauce
Day 24: Pea and Ginger Soup and Salmon with Broccoli ( I used zucchini & cauliflower)

Day 25: Paprika Chicken With Creamy Paprika Sauce
Day 26: Sauerkraut Salad
Day 27: Warming Amaranth Porridge
Day 28: Raw Carrot Cake