I was so excited to put on a special class for Christmas with my friends, we had 30 guests for a Christmas sit down meal & it was all made in the Thermomix – we demonstrated how most the dishes were made & gave all guests a take home recipe booklet & edible gift pack. I collected fresh herbs & foliage from my friends & my Mum’s garden to help decorate the tables.
We spent weeks testing recipes & working on the menu. So much thought & effort, planning every detail. On the day of the class the venue we had booked to hold the class had a mains pipe burst & they were without water!! Panic – what to do? We had so much food!! We didn’t want to disappoint our guests by having to cancel the class. Thankfully one of my customers Maree who was attending the class owns the cafe’ Venus & was able to save our bacon – almost quite literally! And we were still able to put on our event – phew!!
So we were down almost 1.5 hours of prep & decorating time & working in a smaller space. However as soon as guests started to arrive it was all smiles!!We served each guest a welcome Strawberry & Rosewater Mocktail.
We were in such a rush I didn’t get to take a photo of our plated trio of dips which included my absolute favourite Thermie Green Avocado Dip & Beetroot Hummus with Dukkah & Cream Cheese, Lemon & Herb Dip on cucumber rounds with smoked salmon. We served these with my Christmas Spinach & Cheese Grissini plus Chia & Quinoa Crisps.
The main event was the Steamed Turkey Roulade stuffed with Roasted Rhubarb, Hazelnuts & Garlic Sage Butter, steamed pink eyes & garden greens with Cauliflower & Beetroot Salad with Egg Free Garlic Aioli & Turkey Skin Butter. (Check out Dani Valent’s butter video.)
Our trio of Christmas desserts were Arwen’s Black Forest Trifle, Sue’s Mini Pavs with Smolt’s Lemon Curd & Our awesome Christmas Profiteroles filled with Charlie’s Special Fruit Mince & Vanilla Bean and Brandy Crème Patisserie.
Everyone said they loved the class & asked if we were available to cater for them on Christmas day! As guests left with bellies full & inspiration high -they took their free gift from Chef Ellie Emmett The Real Food for Kids Cookbook calendar & helped themselves to fresh bay leaves & herbs as well as rhubarb from my garden.
It has been wonderful hearing how people have been trying our recipes at home & enjoying them again. I feel so privileged to share my passion for Thermomix cooking & fresh produce, I can’t wait till our next inspiring cooking session!
I have adapted a Nigella recipe, this is an absolute favourite in our house. you can serve it with Mexican dishes as well. Place a reserved avocado seed into the dip to keep it from going brown, if you wont be serving it straight away. Using freshly milled cumin & coriander seeds makes it even tastier .-)
2 - 3 avocados, flesh
1 green chilli, fresh, optional to remove seeds
1 garlic clove
1 tsp cumin, ground
1 lime's juice, Or lemon juice
2 Spring onions chopped, roughly
handful of fresh corriander leaves
salt & pepper, to taste
1 tsp coriander ground
Place garlic & chilli into TM bowl process for 5 seconds on speed 8.
Add remaining ingredients & use turbo button a few times till desired consistency is reached.
A girls road trip to Deloraine with Ellie & Sarah to the most magic place The Black Hen for a styling lunch with Michelle Crawford author of the book A Table in the Orchard & her own blog Hugo & Elisa.
Michelle gave us some tips, ideas & suggestions for styling and then it was time to play!
We were given produce & props; ready set style & shoot!!
I was drawn to the broad beans – Ellie & I got to work 🙂
Chillies & spices
Here are some scenes other groups created
Very important now – Lunch – Julie from the Black Hen had prepared us an amazing feast, now we all helped to set & style the table.
Then the food
Let’s style some pears & some desserts
I was really happy with my tea & biscuits shot 🙂
And I took a picture os Ellie’s styled waffle too!
We had had such a wonderful time, learnt so much & also made some new friends.
We did a spot of shopping at the Black Hen shop before we left with our bags full, minds full of inspiration & bellies full of delicious food.
I was so happy to test this recipe & it was delicious too!! What’s not to like – you had me at parmesan puff pastry!! I decorated it with stars for the Christmas theme & I gave the recipe 5 stars so that is why there are 5 pastry stars on it!!
Quote from Dani Valent’s recipe – ‘A pithivier is a French puff pastry tart, traditionally made with sweet almond cream. This savoury interpretation still has sweetness from the slow-cooked onions and dried fruit. It’s a lovely dish to bring to a picnic, party or Christmas spread and can also be a tasty way to use up Christmas leftovers (see variation).Variation: Add a handful of diced leftover Christmas ham or turkey, If using turkey, replace the currants with dried cranberries. You can also make smaller individual tarts.’
I am definitely putting it on our Christmas menu this year. Also it was so awesome Dani was happy to use my photo in the Thermomix in Austraila‘s Thermomix newsletter they sent out to all their customers. The ironic thing is that I made the recipe using my old TM31 – the one that Dani Valent signed when she did her In the Mix 2 seminar in Hobart Aug 2014 – happy memories.