I love using the Varoma on the Thermomix to steam delicious meals & treats, here are a few of my favourite Varoma recipes from the Thermomix Baking Blogger ‘s new Cookbook called Steaming Hot – I will be updating with many more very soon. My absolute favourite varoma recipe would have be the whole steamed chicken!! YUM!!
Steamed Pork Buns are a huge hit too!!
Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe by Sophia the Thermomix Baking Blogger
Spinach Gnudi & Cherry Tomato Sauce
Thai Chicken Balls & Coconut Sticky Rice ( I used some black rice in mine too)
So Dani Valent told me that she was doing a ThermoBar event in Melbourne at Turning Point Ripponlea & I really wanted to go but it was just not possible this time around so we did our own at my house on the same night!!! What delicious fun we had too!! Dani was nice enough to share some of the recipes they were having at her ThermoBar night too. Unfortunately I was pretty busy & didn’t have time to take many “posh photos” on the night so I will share an album of iphone pics from everyone too. Dani even FaceTimed me so we could watch Chef Jose Chavez’s Thermomix demo of one of his recipes for the night. What a wonderful surprise!! My guests were very happy!! I had 10 friends in total that could make it on the Thursday before Easter, I even invited 2 non-thermie friends!! Although they have both been to lots of Thermie events 🙂
We had the same cocktails as they did, only we had Dani’s recipe for the Nefrozi instead of the Negroni that Nate made in Melbourne.
We made 4 of the recipes they had in Melbounre too – the Fragrant Coconut Fish Soup was so delicious!! Gazpacho Shooters, Salmon Rillettes with Vegan Mango on Crispy Croutons and the Chocolate Mousse & Whipped Ricotta, Cinnamon & Cocoa Powder Cones.
Plus we made & served extra Dani Valent recipes too like the Duck Liver Parfait, Gingerbread Crumbs & Chocolate Foam – recipe from In the Mix Cookbook by Kym Machin, it was surprising & delicious, most people’s favourite dish. One of my guests brought the Pumpkin Arancini Balls with smokey yoghurt dressing, I also made tempura vegetables, tomato shots, cheesy quinoa bites, pierogies & pretzels. My other friend brought the Parsley & Orange juice recipe as a palate cleanser, which was just perfect.
I had a dessert bar too with Tarte Tatin, Chocolate Chilli Cherry Ripe, Gingerbread, soft baked choc chip cookies, mini easter eggs, leftover frozen desserts from our Dani Valent lunch – Cherry Choc Top & White Chocolate Baileys Ice Cream with Coffee Crumb (another crowd favourite!) My friend made the ganache recipe from In the Mix using Pedro Ximenez instead of Kirsch.
Plus I was just dying to make the mango dry ice sorbet & it did not disappoint at all, probably the best sorbet I have ever tasted!! YUM!!
Mango Pina Colada
Fragrant Coconut Fish Soup
Pumpkin Arancini with Smokey Yoghurt Dressing.
Duck Liver Parfait, Gingerbread Crumbs & Chocolate Foam – recipe from In the Mix Cookbook by Kym Machin.
Cheesy Quinoa Bites
Tomato Shots (recipe by Lynette MacDonald from Dani’s In the Mix Cookbook)
Ok I think you get it that I just love all of Dani Valent’s cookbooks, recipes & her video site, see my posts on when I cooked & photographed all the recipes from her Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook. Plus I am am constantly updating my post on all the recipes I have tried from her video site – My addiction to Dani Valent Video Website. A few years a go I did an In the Mix Cookbook challenge & cooked over 40 recipes from the books in 30 days!! So this year I decided March would be #DaniValentMonth. I decided to host a lunch with 4 foodie friends & asked them to each bring a Dani Valent dish to share – one of my friends confessed to being a Basque Cheesecake virgin so we told her she had to make it & bring it to our lunch on the 8th March.
I made the Roasted Cauliflower Hummus recipe from Dani Valent’s site it’s by Shane Delia & so delicious served warm 🙂
Dani Valent herself couldn’t make it to our lunch so we set up a “Shrine” for her at the head of the table 🙂
I cracked out my homemade Kimchi – recipe by Sharon Flynn is on Dani’s site too.
Sue made the Mushroom Cappuccinos recipe from the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook, with a touch of truffle oil, it was a perfect start to our ladies lunch 🙂
Rosey made the Sour Orange Curry recipe from the In the Mix Cookbook by Mark Newman – it was so yummy & spicy 🙂
(I forgot to take photos on my camera of the other 2 delicious main dishes that we had Onion Jam Flan from In the Mix cookbook made by Rosey & Rita made the Herb Salted Chicken form the Spanish chapter of Entertaining with Dani Valent cookbook – both delicious recipes!!)
Christine made the Basque Cheesecake for her very first time & she did an awesome job of it – you can watch the live video we took of her trying it for the first time & she gave it a 10.5 out of 10!!
I also made the White Chocolate and Baileys Parfait with Coffee Crumble recipe from Dani’s site by Julie Wholefood Alchemist. We shared 1 between 5 in case you are wondering but it was so good!!
I also made the Choc Top recipe by Christy Tania on Dani’s site – it has Cherry Semifreddo, sable biscuit base & dipped in Chocolate served with chocolate ganache. yes we shared one of these too 🙂
One of the best things was dividing up the leftovers to share YUM!!
We can’t wait for our Dani Valent Cocktail & Canapé’s evening at the end of the month – watch this space 🙂
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.
Try these Thermomix recipes* from The Basic Cookbook.
Grains and cereals
– Pizza dough (try mini pizzas or pizza scrolls)
– Bircher muesli
– Bread and rolls (try lunchbox sized rolls)
– Fruit buns
Meat and alternatives
– Hard boiled eggs
– Omelettes (try wraps or rolls)
– Lasagne (try “lasagne cups” baked in a muffin tray)
– Quiche (try mini quiches, easier for little hands)
– Fish cakes
– Vegetarian sausage rolls
Dairy and alternatives
– Stewed fruit
– Apple sauce
– Vitality truffles (bliss balls)
– Lightly steamed raw veggies
– Potato cakes
* 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.
Written by Erica Noble, Thermie owner and volunteer Family Food Educator. For more ideas and information go to www.familyfoodpatch.org.au or www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/healthykids, or follow Family Food Patch or Healthy Tasmania on Facebook.