Thermomix Balls or Squares

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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Trufflesย or her Raw Choc Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. Even truffles is a fancier name than balls & makes it sound a bit more posh ๐Ÿ™‚

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Five Textures of Parmesan

Five Textures of Parmesan

Textures of parmasean

Cheese is one of my favourite ingredients & so I have wanted to make this recipe from current top chef in the world Massimo Bottura from his restaurant Osteria Francescana. I loved watching the Netflix series Chef’s Table & the episode with Massimo was great. (Watch it here) And another reason to get excited for me is that I will get to eat a dish prepared by Massimo himself when I am in New York in early October – the foodie stars have aligned & I am booked into a progressive dinner cooked by 6 top chef’s including Massimo Bottura!! Yes I am extremely excited I wonder which dish he will be making it may even be this one? This is a recipe from Dani Valent’s cookbook In the Mix 2 cookbook it has been adapted for the home cook. Normally featuring not only 5 textures of parmasean but 5 ages of parmesan. I decided to use 5 different types of parmesan instead, making the best I could with what I could get & I was very happy with the results ๐Ÿ™‚ Apart from my domestic cream siphon not working very well that is!

5 parmasean cheeses in a row

5 parmasean cheeses

parmasean cheese cubbed

parmasean cheese chopped

 

5 parmasean cheeses chopped

I even made homemade ricotta for one of the elements to the dish – see my cheese making post here.

 

One of the elements even called for making a parmasean stock out of the rind of the parmasean ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

I Love Ridgeline Pottery

I Love Ridgeline Pottery

I may have had a little shopping “accident” after going for another visit to Ridgeline Pottery, some of these pieces are seconds, leftover from orders from top chefs such as Peter Gilmore, Tetsuya Wakuda and Ben Shewry. Need I say more? You can put them in the dishwasher & the oven plus they look amazing!! There are a number of local Hobart restaurants that use their pottery too; Templo, Aloft & Pidgeon Hole Cafe just to name a few.

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Ellie used this gorgeous set for a photoshoot of her Seafood Risotto – I brought my Thermomix in & whipped it up for her while she was setting up the shot ๐Ÿ™‚

 

How delicious does that look? Great styling as always by Ellieย – the recipe will be in her new cookbook Seafood Everyday due to be released later this year.

 

Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake

Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake

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Could the world possibly need another whole orange cake recipe? I’m sure this popular recipe that has been tweaked many times over so here is my version to join all the others. The original recipes had the oranges being boiled for about 1 hour, I just love how the Thermomix makes this such an easy recipe but whizzing up the almonds into almond meal & whizzing up the whole oranges, plus it’s a great one for all those that love gluten free food.

Not many ingredients & it’s super easy to make.

Mill 250g almonds, 200g raw sugar & 2/3 of a vanilla bean with 2/3 tsp cream of tartar & 1/3 of a tsp bicarb soda for 20 secs speed 9.

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Add 2 oranges that have been cut in half & 3 eggs chop on speed 7 for 10 secs, scrape down the bowl & repeat. Pour into a lined & greased 20 cm tin & bake for 45 mins at 180 degrees.

While the cake is cooking, place 50g sugar & 1/3 vanilla bean with zest from 1 orange into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs speed 10. scrape down the bowl & add 50g orange juice cooking for 5 mins 100 degrees speed 1 & then add 25g butter & cook for 3 mins 80 degrees speed 1.

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Skewer the hot cake a few times & pour the syrup over.

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orange cake

You may like to decorate with orange segments fresh lemon thyme & rosebuds if you are feeling a bit fancy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake
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Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Gluten Free Baking
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Serves: 12 slices
 
Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 250g Almonds
  • 200g Raw Sugar
  • ⅔ of a Vanilla Bean
  • 2 oranges with the peel still on, cut into halves
  • 3 eggs
  • Optional Syrup
  • ⅓ of a Vanilla Bean
  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • 50g Raw sugar
  • 50g Orange Juice
  • 25g Butter
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees & grease & line a 20cm cake tin.
  2. Place almonds, vanilla bean & sugar into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs on speed 10.
  3. Add the oranges & eggs & chop for 10 secs on speed 8.
  4. Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin & bake for 45 mins or until cooked.
  5. If you are making the syrup place the sugar, orange zest & vanilla bean into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs on speed 10.
  6. Add the juice & cook for 5 mins, 100 degrees, on speed 1. Add the butter & cook for 3 mins, 80 degrees speed 1.
  7. When the cake comes out of the oven poke a skewer through the cake multiple times all over the cake & pour the syrup over the cake.

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Beetroot & Goats Cheese Tart

Beetroot & Goats Cheese Tart

 

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Yes as may have guessed I have quiet a few Cookbooks, & I couldn’t resist getting the Milk Made Cookbook by Nick Haddow & the first recipe I had to make was this delicious tart – What’s not to love? beetroot & goats cheese a match made in heaven ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Roasted beetroot tart