Inspire Cooking Classes

Taste of Tasmania Session 3

Wed 30th Dec 3pm at the Taste Theatre – As a promo for our upcoming Kids Cooking & Lunchbox Ideas Class Chef Ellie Emmett is joining us on stage with her 2 daughters they will be making fresh pasta with a fresh tomato sauce. Arwen is making fresh pesto, chickpea & cheese scrolls – featuring Tasmanian cheeses.

pesto-scrolls

 

Pumpkin, Pesto, Chickpea & Cheese Scrolls
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Recipe type: Baking
 
Ingredients
  • 150 g parmesan cheese, cubed
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 100 g extra virgin olive oil
  • 60 g pine nuts, you may like to lightly toast before hand
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 100 grams chickpea four (you can make your own in the TM)
  • 100 grams butternut pumpkin, roughly chopped
  • 400 grams bakers’ flour
  • 20 grams extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 220 grams lukewarm water
  • 20 grams pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • 1 yeast sachet, (about 7g)
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 100g cheddar cheese cubed
Instructions
  1. Make the pesto first by putting parmesan cheese into TM bowl & process 5 secs on speed 10.
  2. Set aside & weigh 50g of parmesan cheese back into the TM bowl.
  3. Add garlic, basil, 100g olive oil, pine nuts, salt & pepper & chop for 10 secs speed 10.
  4. Scrape pesto out of the bowl & place into a container.
  5. Without cleaning the bowl, add the pumpkin & chop for 5 secs speed 7.
  6. Add the chickpea flour, warm water, yeast, bakers flour, salt, pepita seeds, 20g olive oil & mix for 5 secs speed 6.
  7. Set time for 1.5 mins on interval setting to knead the dough - you may need to add extra flour if your mix is too sticky.
  8. Remove the dough & allow to rest for about ½ hour.
  9. Without cleaning the bowl, put the cheddar & fetta cheese into the bowl & chop for 3 secs speed 5.
  10. Place the dough onto a work surface sprinkled with flour & roll out into a large rectangle.
  11. Spread some of the pesto onto the dough, sprinkle with the 3 cheeses.
  12. Then roll into a long scroll shape & cut into 12 scrolls.
  13. Place onto tray lined with baking paper allow to prove for ½ hour & bake for 20 - 25 mins at 200 degrees or until brown.

 

Arwen’s Black Forest Trifle

We made this delicious trifle at our recent INSPIRE Christmas cooking class

INSPIRED TRIFLE IDEAS:
This is a favourite recipe my friend’s Mum used to make for us. The original recipe used 2 packets of port wine jelly instead of using the cherry “juice” to make the jelly.
You may also like to add cherry liqueur to the jelly 🙂
There are so many different combos for a trifle, use any kind of fruit – fresh figs, pomegranate seeds, passionfruit, mango, berries, kiwi fruit, then make a jelly to go, with that fruit even a wine or sparkling wine jelly.
Match it with your style cake a plain sponge, or try chocolate, orange or pistachio.
Then flavour your custard to match or use a lemon or lime curd for something different.
Top with fresh whipped cream & something for a bit of crunch your favourite nuts, biscuits, toasted coconut, chocolate.

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Devil of a Cookbook Sponge Cake Recipe

Arwen's Black Forest Trifle
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Cuisine: Christmas
Serves: 12
 
The orginal recipe was one that my friends Mum made for us when were young - then we started having it for our family Christmas!
Ingredients
  • Black Forest Trifle
  • 1 chocolate cake or chocolate sponge
  • 1 x 600g jar morello cherries, keep the liquid
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine power
  • 1000g cream
  • 100g flaked almonds, lightly toasted or coconut flakes
  • 50g dark chocolate, or to taste
  • Chocolate Custard
  • 1000g milk
  • 100g Corn Flour
  • 150g dark chocolate, good quality (add more to taste)
  • 150g sugar, or to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 40g unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Black Forest Trifle
  2. Heat 100g of the liquid from the cherry jar for 3 mins/100 degrees/speed 1, add the gelatin & mix for 5 secs/speed 5.
  3. Add the rest of the liquid & mix for another secs speed 5.
  4. Using a strainer pour into your chosen glass trifle container or individual glasses (8).
  5. You can either add the cherries now & place into the fridge to set or place the cake in to soak up the cherry jelly & place the cherries on top & into the fridge to set. In a clean TM bowl whip your cream with the butterfly around 20 - 30 secs /speed 3.5-Time will vary depending on how fresh your cream is. Place the cream to one side & without needing to clean the bowl, place all the custard ingredients to the bowl. Cook for 15 mins 90 degrees speed 4 or until thick.
  6. Pour the chocolate custard on top of the cherry jelly & cake. Place into the fridge. Once it has cooled completely spread the top of the custard with cream & sprinkle with almonds & grated dark chocolate & or toasted coconut flakes & fresh cherries. Can be made the day before, although the cream is best done on the day of serving.
  7. I like to use the sponge cake from the Devil of a Cookbook replacing use 40g of cornflour with cocoa powder.

 

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails/Mocktails

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Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails/Mocktails
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails/Mocktails Delicious as a sorbet or a drink
Ingredients
  • 100g sugar
  • 800g ice
  • 350g strawberries
  • 1 lemon flesh only
  • 100g water, optional
  • 20g rosewater, or to taste
  • sparkling wine or soda water to serve
Instructions
  1. Place sugar & zest into TM bowl & chop for 10 secs speed 10.
  2. Add strawberries & lemon. Chop for 5 secs speed 7. Add the ice & rose water, chop for 1min 30 secs on speed 10 stiring with the spatula if needed. You may need to add the water to keep the sorbet mixture moving around..
  3. Transfer to a Thermoserver & serve imediately or freeze into ice cube trays for later.
  4. To make the cocktail/mocktail place a generous scoup of the sorbet (or a couple of the frozen ice cubes of sorbet into a cocktail or champagne glass top with sparling wine or soda water.
  5. Or I have been told that vodka (to taste) with the soda water & sorbet is great too!!
  6. Cheers!!
Notes
Place leftover sorbet into icy pole makers for a quick delicious snack for the kids.
Or place leftovers into ice cube trays keep them for another day of cocktails/mocktails or chop them up again in the Thermomix before serving, you may need to add a bit of liquid to help keep them moving in the TM bowl. Suitable to make in the Thermomix Model 5 & TM31 too.

 

INSPIRE Christmas Cooking Class

INSPIRE Christmas Cooking Class

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.

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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.

 

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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!