I'm Arwen, I'm passionate about food. I love cooking and experimenting with flavours and different cuisines from all around the world. I also have dreams of one day having my own cooking show. It was this dream and my love of food that lead me to an exciting Thermomix career in 2011.
I love using my Thermomix, often using it multiple times a day to quickly whip up delicious meals and treats at home for family and friends. I source fresh, local produce and ingredients whenever I can, including harvesting produce from my own kitchen garden. I love cooking every single element of a dish from scratch so I am guaranteed to get maximum flavour into my food.
I get a real buzz out of inspiring others to get the most out of their Thermomix by trying new recipes. I have been lucky enough to do some recipe testing & I enjoy food styling & photography. You can also find me on instragram and the Thermomix recipe community.
Now that I have your attention, I know we probably all have a favourite recipe for this mine is in the Devil of a Cookbook & it has cinnamon in it too.
Anyway I had my 2 friends come over for a cooking session, we called it “desserts for lunch” 🙂 1 of my friends has the older model Thermomix (TM31) & the other friend doesn’t have a Thermomix (yes it is rare for me to have friends that don’t own one!) They brought over every type of cream you can imagine – thick cream, runny cream, double cream & ice-cream!!
My friends didn’t want to do the cinnamon bit, so we left that out. Anyway we were chatting & snacking on cream cheese herb & garlic dip & then realised the sauce ingredients had been mixed in with the pudding ingredients – epic fail!! Lucky we hadn’t added the pudding sugar yet. We decided to proceed with the recipe making another sauce so this is the result a sweeter & even more richly chocolate pudding that sent us into a food coma. Another friend dropped in the next day & ended up having some for “morning tea” I think it may be safe to say you will always have friends if you make chocolate pudding!
Love ’em or hate ’em, lunchboxes are an unavoidable necessity. Parents have an important role to play when packing a lunchbox. Learning is hungry work! To fuel children for a day at school, pack a nutritious main lunch plus snacks from the five food groups. Pack to suit your child’s appetite. Keep food safe by packing lunchboxes in an insulated bag with an ice brick. Include a water bottle.
Kids love to help! Get the kids involved in planning and packing their lunchbox. Try making the following recipes together.
KIDS COOKING LUNCHBOX IDEAS*
Puff pastry scrolls
Filo pastry triangles
Cornish pasties Zucchini slice Lasagne cups
Potato & veg bake into cupcake liners
Fritters or corn cakes
Left over cold pasta bake or macaroni cheese or bake in muffin tins
Dip & veg sticks or crackers
Quesadillas Rice paper rolls Sushi rolls Wraps Scrolls – savoury or sweet
Pasta or noodle salad
Mini pies or potato pies
Mini quiche Frittata in muffin cups or a rectangle cut into squares
Tuna or salmon fish cakes or balls
Sausage rolls or vegetarian sausage rolls
Stuffed potatoes or sweet potatoes
Mini sausages baked in puff pastry
Corn chips and avocado dip serve with cheese sticks and vegetable sticks
Savoury or sweet flavoured popcorn
Potato or sweet potato salad with bacon
Home-made baked beans with toast soldiers
Leftover fried rice
Fresh, frozen or dried fruit
Egg & bacon pies
Mini meat loves wrapped in bacon
Homemade crumpets with butter & honey or Vegemite
Cornbread served with butter cheese & relish
Cherry tomatoes to snack on
Dry cereal or toasted muesli (as long as there is no nuts) or dried fruit and seed mix
Cold roasted vegetable wedges with sour cream dip
Lettuce cup filled with favourite mince & or salad mix
Pumpkin, carrot, spinach and ricotta cheese triangles
Fruit sticks with cream cheese dip Silverbeet and cream cheese quiche
Ploughman’s lunch – cheese pickles vegetable sticks cold ham/salami
Home-made potato cake
Home made yoghurt and stewed fruit or vanilla bean paste
Fillings for sandwiches, rolls & wraps
Avocado and egg
Chicken avocado and spring onion
Roast beef with beetroot dip
Cheese with relish, hummus or pesto & salad
Tuna mayonnaise and lettuce
Curried egg & Mayo
Cucumber dill & Mayo & cheese
Ham cheese and mayo
Vegemite cheese and lettuce
Butter banana and cinnamon
Crispy bacon and egg
BLT Bacon lettuce tomato
Strawberry honey and cream cheese
Cheese and tomato bread and butter puddings
Fresh pineapple and cheese with lettuce
Apple cheese and ham
Keep sandwiches interesting – try varying the fillings or cut sandwiches into different shapes.
3 layer sandwich – club sandwich
Pinwheel or spiral sandwich
Different shapes using a cookie cutter; little mini sandwiches can also put put onto a skewer
Different types of bread, multigrain, brown, white
Try making your own wraps
Add to the dough – seeds, or a bit or veg to colour the wrap, beetroot for pink spinach for green, carrot coloured etc.
Or use lettuce leaves like Dani Valent’s Chicken Lettuce Cup Lunchbox Recipe
Try different types of rolls, different shapes & flavours, Turkish bread, baguette, hamburger bun, multigrain, wholemeal, sourdough etc.
* If your school is nut-free, either omit the nuts or substitute a mix of seeds in recipes that contain nuts. Try pine nuts (a seed, not a nut), linseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
WOW!! Did we have an awesome day or what? We love Frogmore Creek so much that we affectionately call them Froggies.
Our first food experience at Froggies was Saturday Dec 20th 2014: We had a delicious & amazing degustation with matching wines & asked to meet the chef to thank him. We were told by our waiter Stephen that the chef had to do his hair first, which of course was a big joke, because his hair is so short!! Anyway the chef – Ruben Koopman came & sat at the table with us & had a chat & a wine. We were moved outside to the deck with Ruben & more wine to continue our chat, of course it came up in conversation that between the 4 of us we had won 2 lunches at Heston’s Fat Duck pop up in Melbourne in 2015. Ruben even showed us Heston’s phone number on his phone!! How we all wish we had photographic memories 🙂 We ended up staying an extra couple of hours & joined the Froggies wine club too! (I believe this experience is the prequel to my epic foodie year of 2015)
The memories of the lego dessert & our first lunch at Froggies Dec 2014
So back to our chef’s table lunch Jan 17th 2016. It was delicious, fun, surprising & amazing, 16 courses with matching wines, $200 well spent (& you even get a 10% discount if you are a member of the Froggies wine club) I was so happy it included my favourite dessert – the lego dessert. There was even an eatable frog on one of the dishes – so cute! Wasabi macaroons, a delicious meringue burger with pork belly with truffle aioli & fries. I would recommend this experience for sure, so much thought & effort is put into each & every dish! Plus it was Jo’s birthday & they brought out an extra special birthday dish just for her & we all sang Happy Birthday! And then as it is tradition when Ruben & Stephen are at Froggies we must have a catch up chat & wine on the deck before going home! Froggies has awesome food & wine but this would be nothing without the experience, all the staff are so wonderful – it feels like we are visiting old friends! You do need to pre book the chef’s table & it is only available on certain days. I’m looking forward to more delicious, magical hours at Froggies when they release their next menu!
What a perfect end to a delicious meal at the chef’s table!
This is seriously amazing!! I love the Healthy Chef – Teresa Cutter’s recipes & I have all her books including her latest one Purely Delicious – her hubby does the amazing photos too! Here is the link to her recipe – I had to add garlic to it too of course! Also the bowl that the relish is in is from her shop – it’s called the wellness bowl – you can drink out of it like a cup or use it for dips & sauces ( They are currently out of stock though) I also love her Matcha Green Tea Powder.
Did I mention I got to meet Teresa Cutter last year in April? I was so excited it looks like I was going to cry!!