About Arwen Genge

http://www.arwensthermopics.com

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.

Posts by Arwen Genge:

Spinach & Cheese Grissini

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Spinach & Cheese Grissini
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INSPIRED IDEAS: For Chef Ellie Emmett’s plain grissini from her The Real food for Kids Cookbook, skip the spinach,cheese & sesame steps & use all the dough & cut into strips. (Ellie often makes half the dough into grissini & the other half for a pizza base.) Try Dani Valent’s variations from In the Mix 1- Grissini with apricot & cardamon paste – a Caroline Velik recipe. Or search for Dani Valent on the Thermomix recipe community to find her Semi-dried Tomato Grissini with Rosemary.
Ingredients
  • 500g bakers or plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp bread improver (optional) 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 300g lukewarm water
Instructions
  1. Place, yeast, flour, bread improver, salt, olive oil and water in the TM bowl. Mix for 6 sec/speed 6, then for 2 min/ interval setting (dough kneading)
  2. Turn onto a Thermomat and wrap, or tip into a greased bowl and cover with a damp tea towel or cling wrap.
  3. Leave for an hour or so, until dough has doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 190 degrees, fan forced. Grease or line a large baking tray.
  5. Divide the dough in half.
  6. Chop 50g baby spinach leaves add half the dough & knead again for about 1 min/interval setting or until all incorporated.
  7. Remove from bowl then chop 60 grams of parmesan cheese 5 sec/ speed 10.
  8. On the Thermomat or a floured board, sprinkle sesame seeds (optional), press or roll the green dough into a rectangle around 40 x 30 cm.
  9. Spread the cheese over the dough, spray with some oil to help it stick to the next layer.
  10. Roll out the whole piece of white dough to the same size & place on top of the cheese & the green dough pressing gently.
  11. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds (optional).
  12. For shorter dipping sticks cut the joined dough through the middle with your spatula making 2 long rectangles 40cm by 15cm approx.
  13. Then thinly slice through 1cm wide slices twisting & stretching each one place on a tray lined with baking paper.
  14. Bake at 200 degrees for 15 mins or until golden & crisp.
  15. Allow to cool & store in an airtight container.

 

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Nicole’s Festive Nougat

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Nicole's Festive Nougat
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Cuisine: Christmas Cooking
 
Try using anything you want in place of the nuts – pistachios, almonds, ginger, hazelnuts, glazed cherries and more, or even a mixture of many of these. Make sure you slightly toast your nut selection first before adding to mixture.
Ingredients
  • 1 egg white
  • 400g honey
  • 100g Pistachio
  • 100g Dried Cranberries 50g white chocolate
  • 150g Pecans
  • 150g Macadamias
  • 60g coconut oil
  • 40g Mayple syrup
  • 25-30g Chinese Five Spice Sea Salt
  • 2 to 4 piece confectionary rice paper
Instructions
  1. Add 1 egg white to bowl and mix 2 sec, speed 2,
  2. Add 400 grams honey, then insert butterfly. Cook, 60 mins, 100 Speed 2, With MC off
  3. Quickly remove butterfly out, add in remaining ingredients and mix 5-10 sec, reverse speed 3. You may need to finish this step by hand with a spatula if it starts to set too quickly
  4. Place a layer of rice paper on your bread mat (or baking paper) spoon mixture liberally over rice paper.
  5. Place another piece of rice paper on top, followed by a piece of baking paper and press or roll out to desired thickness.
  6. Let set in fridge for approximately half an hour then slice up, trimming all edges first, then into 2-3cm strips.

 

Christmas Planning & Recipe Ideas Countdown

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It’s almost here – again! How on earth did that happen?

So obviously you are wanting to plan for food for the big day & any celebrations with family & friends leading up to Christmas 🙂 So I bring to you some inspiration & ideas to get you through this crazy busy time 😉

The Festive Flavours Cookbook & Chip is really great with some really good ideas for making your own gifts too like flavoured salts or spice rubs or flavoured sugars.

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The Festive Flavours Cookbook is one of 4 books currently available to purchase in a book bundle saving you money. There are also lots of other great gifts available from the Thermomix online shop.

One of my favourite recipes from the Festive Flavour Book is  the Pork & Chicken Terrine & I am definitely making that again – it was really delicious, it has cranberries & pistachios in it too.Terrine

Our family love my Thermie green avocado dip & this year I will be making the warm roasted cauliflower hummus from Dani Valent Cooking – speaking of which, wouldn’t a subscription to this site be a great gift for Christmas – there are already over 40 recipe videos available (index here) with a new one added each week, Dani Valent also has a Christmas ebook available to purchase for $15 or it’s free to her subscribers. See some of her recipes on my post called my addiction to Dani Valent Cooking 🙂 I am almost certain we will be having the Basque Cheesecake on Christmas day too!!

Also don’t forget about the recipe platform now called Cookidoo – what a great way to plan out your dishes for the festive season – if you haven’t signed up yet it is really easy to use with a great shopping list feature too. Here is the link to sign up to Cookidoo & you will get 1 free recipe collection when you sign up.

I am having a fun countdown on my social media pages sharing a different recipe idea each day – I hope you enjoy it & get some great ideas to use for your special day 🙂 Merry Christmas everyone!!

Day 1 recipe is my friend Kelly’s Dutch Spice Speculaas recipe here

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Day 2: Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails or Mocktails

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Day 3 Thermie Green Avocado Dip This is one of the best dips ever – even if I do say so myself, put it on your Christmas & or entertaining menu this season or maybe just put it in your mouth!! Your taste buds will thank you 😉

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The Best Avocado Dip

Day 4: I introduce to you the “Cheesecake” You can put as many or as little layers as you like of your favourite cheeses & I have included a layer of my favourite fruitcake to eat with cheddar cheese. You have to trust me on this it is seriously good – I also made some apple paste to go on my “cheese cake” because I’m all out of my homemade quince paste. I was also toying with the idea of making rounds of homemade crackers to put in between the cake layers so when you dismantle the “cheesecake” you could break the big cracker into a few pieces to serve with the cheese too.

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Day 5 inspiration is Smolt’s Lemon Curd  You can give it as gifts or serve it on or with your christmas desserts – Like pavlova with fresh berries!!

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Day 6: Black Forest Trifle is another family favourite YUM!!

Black Forrest Trifle

Black Forrest Trifle

Day 7: Southern Stars White Christmas Custard – Coconut, White Chocolate, Frangelico & Vanilla Bean – our Thermomix team created this recipe for a custard challenge last Christmas & it is very delicious 🙂

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Day 8: My Fruit Mince Surprise – it’s got rhubarb in it!! YUM! You can do so much with this delicious stuff – Add some fruit mince to some cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip, stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard. Use fruit mince with thick custard or whipped cream as a profiterole filling, or use in fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls.

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Fruit Mince Surprise
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Recipe type: Christmas
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Use Fruit Mince in profiteroles mixed with cream or thick custard, fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls. Add some Fruit Mince to cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip. Stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard.
Ingredients
  • 1 orange zest
  • 500 g apples peeled, cored and quartered
  • 200g chopped rhubarb
  • 100 g dates dried
  • 80 g craisins
  • 100 g currants
  • 15 g fresh ginger piece chopped/ minced
  • 60 g flaked almonds
  • Juice 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or Brandy (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place orange zest, dates and fresh ginger into mixing bowl and mince for 20
  2. sec/speed 9.
  3. Add apples and chop 4-6 sec/speed 6.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except brandy and cook for 35 min/Varoma/
  5. /speed 1. Cool slightly,remove the bay leaves & stir in cointreau or brandy, set aside
  6. until ready to use.

 

Christmas Profiterole

Christmas Profiterole – serving suggestion for my Special Fruit Mince

 

Day 9: Ellie’s Turducken. Yes it’s a chicken in a duck in a turkey!!

 

Day 10: Spiced Cherry Brioche from the Festive Flavours Cookbook – you can put any of your favourite fillings in 🙂 spiced-cherry-brioche-3

Day 11: Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits make up a few batches of this & store in the freezer in log ready to slice & bake when unexpected guests arrived or an attack of the munchies! Perfect with a glass of bubbles!

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Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits

Day 12: Mum’s Chicken & Mango Salad – Such a versatile salad great to use up left over steamed chicken breast (after steaming a whole chook) or poaching chicken breasts in the Thermomix. You can use any nuts you like either cashews, macadamia or pistachios. Finely chopped celery for the crunch & fresh element, 1 mango sliced, sliced spring onions. Avocado is delicious in it too. I used cucumber because I had some in the fridge & added fresh parsley & mint leaves. Mum dressed it with 1/2 homemade mayo & half natural yoghurt 1 tsp of curry powder & 1 tabs of tomato relish. I used a honey & seeded mustard vinaigrette to dress it, my sister likes to use an Asian style dressing with soy sauce, fresh ginger & garlic.

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Day 13: 60 Sec Fruitcake from the Devil of Cookbook – there are lots of other great Christmas recipes in this cookbook – Toblerone cheesecake,  raspberry & white chocolate cheese cake just to name a few 🙂

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Day 14: Nicole’s Festive Nougat – My friend Nicole makes these very year to give as gifts to friends.

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Day 15 : Spinach & Cheese Grissini

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Day 16: Flavoured butters can jazz anything up in a hurry & you can store them in the freezer. Dani Valent has some great butter flavour ideas & video of her making butter in the Thermomix. My friends at a girl, a guy furkids & food have a fabulous butter recipe then add any flavour you like – last year I made turkey skin butter as a variant to Dani Valent’s In the Mix cookbook Chicken Skin Butter recipe.

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Day 17: Festive Cauliflower Salad is so easy & delicious 🙂

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Day 18: Herb & Garlic Dip can be made into a great canape’ spread on sliced of french stick or sliced veggies with some smoked salmon YUM!!

Day 19: The good old Aussie Pav, you can make in all shapes & sizes with any choice of topping from fruits nuts & sauces, the possibilities are endless. Try the wreath recipe or pavlova stack.

Day 20: Shortbread Stars – recipe from my friend Erica.

Day 21: Gingerbread or Gingerbread House – I use the recipe from the Festive Flavours Cookbook.

Gingerbread house made by my customer Natalie & her 3 year old daughter.

 

Day 22: Beetroot Cured Salmon – there is a recipe in the Festive Flavours cookbook but I used the Jamie Oliver one from his new Christmas Cookbook & made the curing mixture with the Thermomix. I have served it here on Blinis – however it is so versatile you could serve it on cucumber rounds or rounds of baguettes – serve on top of a green salad to make it into a dish.

 

Day 23: Double Chocolate Pretzel Cookies from In the Mix 2 & Dani Valent Cooking – Santa will love them too!

Day 24: Basque Cheesecake from Dani Valent Cooking

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY THERMOMIXING!!

The Agrarian Experience

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The Agrarian Experience is something I have wanted to do for years, so when a group of girls put in for our friend Charlie to go as a special gift for her special birthday I just knew I had to go along just to make sure she had a good time 😉

The Agrarian Kitchen is located about 45 mins drive from Hobart. It was a beautiful sunny day & the drive there was very nice – we were both so excited.

We were off to a good start to our day with cake & coffee on arrival 🙂 The dining room had 2 massive book shelves filled to the brim with cookbooks, so I felt right at home.

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Next we had a tour & taste of the garden, starting with herbs.

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We got to see the animals too 🙂

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We had each been given a basket & clippers to pick the food as we toured through the garden.

 

Our classroom for the afternoon 🙂

 

Charlie & I choose the oyster blade dish to make – So Rodney showed us how to trim & cut the meat. Ours didn’t look quite as good as his, but it still tasted great!

Charred spring onions – only a few moments before had been picked from the garden.

 

Chickpea Saffrito

 

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We learnt how to roll out the pastry & each made our own pie for dessert – one of the couples had made the sweet shortcrust pastry by hand & the delicious rhubarb & elderflower filling. It may have got a bit competitive to see who was going to make the best looking pie 🙂

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Then we all rolled out the pasta dough & made our own ravioli, filled with homemade ricotta.

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After our big day – it was finally time to serve up our first course 🙂

 

And they have Ridgeline Pottery too!

 

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And some Stefano Lubiana wine too!!

 

Time to cook our marinated oyster blade YUM!!

 

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WOW!! What an amazing day, we absolutely loved it all. It was such a relaxing day & so much delicious fun, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I look forward to trying another class again soon. Thanks so much to Rodney & Séverine for an awesome Agrarian Experience.

Thermomix Balls or Squares

It’s super easy to throw together some bliss balls or protein balls with a Thermomix, myself I just can’t be bothered rolling the balls so I normally press the mixture into a tray or rectangular silicon moulds – I did roll balls for these photos with the help of my nephew. We made a nut free balls that my sister makes for their school lunches, apricot & coconut balls & the classic Choc Date Balls with almonds.

ALI’S NUT FREE CHOC BALLS

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Nut Free Balls
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Recipe type: Snack
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You can make balls or squares, if you don't have quite enough of one of the seeds sesame seeds are a good addition or you can add anything really like chia seeds or goji berries too.
Ingredients
  • 250 grams sunflower seeds
  • 50 grams Pepita Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50 grams water
  • 300 grams dates, pitted
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • Desiccated or Shredded Coconut
Instructions
  1. Process sunflower & pepita seeds for 5 secs on speed 10, place this mix to one side.
  2. Put dates & water into the TM bowl & cook 2 mins 100 degrees speed 2.
  3. Add vanilla, raw cacao powder & reserved seeds & process for 5 secs on speed 6.
  4. Roll into balls & roll each ball in coconut.

 

APRICOT & COCONUT BALLS

Apricot balls styled & rolled by my nephew

Another great apricot & coconut recipe are these Apricot Squares – you press the mixture into a tray & if you are in a rush into the freezer to set it quickly & then it is really easy to just slice into bar or square shapes, one of my customers also drizzles hers with white chocolate 🙂

CHOC DATE BALLS

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NOTE: Styling Balls can be a challenge here is a pic from our Prep Prop Style & Shoot Workshop & below links to some of JJ’s Ball recipes.

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Try JJ’s Lemon Macadamia & Coconut Raw Truffles or her Raw Choc Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. Even truffles is a fancier name than balls & makes it sound a bit more posh 🙂