The Best Apple Cake Ever!!

The Best Apple Cake Ever!!

My hubby loves apple pie and apple cake and I have made many different recipes for him over the years. However he pronounced this recipe the best one ever, which is the highest compliment there is. I used the recipe from Darren Purchese’s cookbook – Lamingtons and Lemon Tart, the original recipe came from his wife Cath and her Mum. It’s almost like a pie because there is such a thick layer of apple filling. YUM!!! Plus the recipe included a recipe for a wicked vanilla bean custard!! Just perfect to make in the Thermomix of course. I even bought the pink lady apples from the Huon Valley – one of our famous apple growing areas in Tassie.

Truffle Cooking 2019

Truffle Cooking 2019

It’s one of my favourite times of the year when I spend about $50 on a fresh Tasmanian grown truffle and cook with it for a few days until it is all gone enjoying every delicious mouthful YUM!!

Freshly made truffle butter is the base for some many awesome truffle recipes YUM!!
Truffles scrambled eggs
Truffled egg yolk with fresh pasta that has been cooked in truffled butter YUM!!
Eggs in a Jar just got truffled – I used a truffled egg & truffled butter for the potato mash YUM!!

Winter Comfort Food

Winter Comfort Food

Slow Cooked Leap Farm Goat Shoulder – recipe from Kate.
You can serve it with any type of mash, couscous or rice.
Apple Pie recipe by Yvette Van Boven
Tongola Pea Pasta (with homemade fresh pasta) Recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook
Banana Bread recipe from the Basic Cookbook ( I always use less sugar)
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Ever since I first watched the Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, I have wanted to make this Japanese style beef short ribs recipe, I bought the book but I couldn’t find the recipe in the book, so watched the show again and wrote down the recipe & instructions. The stars aligned where I was able to purchase the most perfect ingredients to make it too. I attended the Bream Creek Farmers market and bought the aged beef short ribs from Leap Farm and I just got the authentic Japanese ingredients too. It was worth waiting for – so delicious!!
ThermoFest and Emerald Class in Vietnam 2019

ThermoFest and Emerald Class in Vietnam 2019

We had the most amazing time away for 2 weeks in Vietnam and I am very grateful to Thermomix in Australia for this unforgettable experience. it is not a country I had on “the list” to go to but I feel very fortunate to have had this experience.

The Thermofest part of the Trip was 3 Days in Hoi Chi Minh City with around 200 Thermomix Consultants and Team Leaders and Managers.

We had a welcome dinner the first night and some fun dancing too!! The First day we had a full day conference including seeing the new model 6 Thermomix, motivational speaker, news of new books etc coming out & awards. My most favourite part of the day was when we had Chef Nguyen chat with us & present a cooking segment hosted by Nico Moretti. To hear Luke to tell story of his family and how they came to live in Australia & everything he has been through to make his dreams a reality was truly inspirational. He has a great sense of humour too. The icing on the cake was watching Luke make 3 of his recipes using the Thermomix & then very briefly meeting him afterwards. That night we had a dinner cruise on the river with more dancing (you have to work off all the delicious food some how right?)

Day 2 a small group of us met Nico Moretti early & went to the street markets Luke had told us about and this was a very fun experience, so busy and so much to see. Words can’t do it justice. We sat down on small plastic chairs for a pancake and then at another place for a broth with noodles such a wonderful experience even if something didn’t sit quite right only a few hours later!! We then had a team bonding activity which was an amazing race style fun with random groups so you got to met some new people, it was great nice and relaxed & not too competitive. The highlight for me was doing Tai Chi in the park. Then we got to meet the children from the orphanage that we had all donated toys to and there was not a dry eye in the room. Thermomix also donated some money and gave them some Aussie soft toys and the looks on their faces of pure joy was priceless.

We choose to have our lunch at Luke Nguyen’s restaurant Vietnam House which was amazing and so relaxing. We had a massage & got ready for the the final event of Thermofest – the Gala Dinner. I never get too dressed up normally or have my hair & make up done but my friends wanted to do it so I joined in the fun. That was the best hair wash I had ever had!! My face was washed too and I even got an arm & hand massage too!! WOW it took a long time to get our make up & hair done so we literally had to run back to the venue to get get changed just in time for the gala dinner missing the welcome drinks and canapes!! It was a good night & I even got to go up on stage & collect my certificate for having 500 Thermomix sales along with some of my other Thermomix consultant friends. They announced the location for next years Thermofest and it’s going to be in China!!

The next part of the Thermomix trip was in Hoi An for 20 consultants with Nico Moretti as our guide. I will be updating this post with our amazing 2 days of adventures soon.

Ottolenghi Challenge

Ottolenghi Challenge

Yotam Ottolenghi is coming to Hobart on the 2nd of February, so I have decided to make as many of his recipes as I can until his Q & A session, where I can finally meet him. I was lucky enough to spend my birthday brunch at one of the Ottolenghi cafes last year when I visited London & was given a signed Sweet cookbook for my birthday, then for my last dinner in London I dined at Nopi, It was a very delicious & memorable experience so I bought the signed cookbook to bring home too.

Saffron, Orange & Honey Madeleines from the Sweet cookbook
Custard Yo-Yos with Roasted Rhubarb Icing from the Sweet cookbook
Take Home Chocolate Cake – Also known as The World’s Best Chocolate Cake from the Sweet cookbook.
Pizza Bianca with Potato, Anchovy & Sage from the Simple cookbook.
Seeded Chicken Schnitzel from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato Carpaccio with Spring Onion & Ginger Salsa from the Simple cookbook.
Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad from the Simple cookbook.
Oven Chips with Oregano and Feta from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato and Bread Salad with Anchovies and Capers from the Simple cookbook.
Lamb Bake with Tahini Sauce and Tomatoes – Recipe from the Simple cookbook.
Spiced Apple Cake from the Simple cookbook.
Courgette & Ciabatta Frittata from the Simple cookbook
Chargrilled Asparagus with Romesco Sauce & Apple Balsamic from the Nopi cookbook.
Burnt Spring Onion Dip with Kale (from my garden) from the Nopi cookbook.
Harissa from the Plenty cookbook
Bridget Jones’s Pan-fried Salmon with Pine Nut Salsa from the Simple cookbook
Banana Date and Walnut Loaf from the Sweet cookbook.
Pork with Ginger, Spring Onion & Aubergine from the Simple cookbook
Coriander & Ginger Martini from the Nopi cookbook was the perfect way to start our Ottolenghi lunch I hosted for 6 of my friends on the 31st Jan.
Baked Blue Cheesecakes with pickled beetroot & honey from the Nopi cookbook – it was the favourite dish for the lunch and just as yummy as I remember it from eating it at Nopi.
Chilled Cucumber, Cauliflower & Ginger Soup (made by Sue & styled by Natalie) from the Simple cookbook.
Butterbean Mash with Muhammara (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted aubergine with black garlic pine nuts & basil from the Nopi cookbook
Lamb & Feta Meatballs from the Simple cookbook
Rice Noodle Salad with Cucumber & Poppy Seeds (made by Rita) 
Chicken with Miso Ginger & Lime from the Simple cookbook
Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce from the Simple cookbook.
Cornbread with Cheddar, Feta & Jalapeño from the Simple cookbook.
Honey & Yoghurt Set Cheesecake (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Amaretti (made by Christine) 
Seared Scallops with Pickled Daikon and Chilli Jam from the Nopi cookbook.
Roasted Aubergine with Curried Yoghurt from the Simple cookbook.
Iranian Herb Fritters from the Simple cookbook.
Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble Cake from the Sweet cookbook.