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Sally Ives Hot & Sour Soup

Thanks so much to Sally for letting me share her soup recipe & I have converted it to the Thermomix of course. Sally does Chinese cooking classes from her gorgeous home in Lymington, (just past Cygnet) Tasmania. They are great value & so much delicious fun! To find out about Sally’s classes you can email her sallypixies@hotmail.com.

Sally’s Hot & Sour Soup recipe -in the foreground you can see the the ingredients used in the soup- sichuan pepper, dried wood ear mushrooms & dried shitake mushrooms & Chinese style knife all purchased at our local Asian grocers.

Sally Ives Hot & Sour Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
 
Sally's original recipe is made using a wok not a Thermomix ๐Ÿ™‚
Ingredients
  • Cooking Oil
  • 20 schichuan peppercorns
  • 1 - 2 Spring onions finely chopped
  • A few slices of ginger
  • a few dried shitake mushrooms soaked, strained, stems removed (keep the soaking water)
  • optional - a few dried black fungus/wood ears, soaked, strained & thinly sliced
  • 400g fresh, frozen or bottled tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 2- 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 litre of stock/water include the mushroom straining water into this (you can use 1 tbs of stock paste & water)
  • ground white pepper to taste
  • Chinese black vinegar to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 400g medium firm tofu sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • sesame oil
  • fresh coriander & extra sliced spring onions to serve
Instructions
  1. Add Sichuan pepper to a dry wok & roast till it starts to smoke, add about 1 tablespoon of oil (Sally uses rice bran oil) allow the pepper to turn black. Turn off the heat.
  2. Add the ginger to the TM bowl & chop 3 secs, speed 7.
  3. Add Shitake mushrooms & chop 3 secs, speed 7, scrape down the TM bowl.
  4. Add the oil & Sichuan pepper along with the spring onions, shitake mushrooms & wood ear mushrooms & cook for 3 mins, varoma temperature, reverse, speed 1.
  5. Add the tomatoes & soy sauce & cook for 5 mins, 100 degrees, reverse, speed 1.
  6. Add the liquid/stock & black vinegar & white pepper to taste keep adding & then tasting until you are happy with the flavour.
  7. Mix cornflour with a little water & add to the soup, bring it up to the boil again, 2 mins 100 degrees, reverse speed 1.
  8. Add simmering basket & place tofu into the basket & cook for 2 mins, 100 degrees, speed soft reverse. Remove tofu & basket & keep warm in a Thermoserver.
  9. Whisk the 2 eggs together in a bowl. Set the TM for 1 min, 100 degrees, reverse speed 2 & slowly pour in the egg mixture.
  10. Serve with the warm tofu placed into each bowl & pour hot soup on top & garnish with spring onion & or fresh coriander.

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Vanilla Chia Puddings


Vanilla Chia Puddings
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
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Serves: 6 serves
 
A filling & delicious, dairy free & sugar free breakfast or snack.
Ingredients
  • 150g of chosen nuts (my favourite are macadamia or cashews) almonds are popular too.
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 2 - 4 tsp of homemade vanilla bean paste)
  • 1000g filtered water
  • good pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • 50g cacao nibs (optional)
  • 100g chia seeds
  • Fresh berries to serve
Instructions
  1. Soak nuts over night or for 6 hours, in filtered water drain & rinse the nuts.
  2. Place the nuts & vanilla bean into the TM bowl & chop for 30 secs on speed 10 (if you want a chocolate version you have the option to add your cacao nibs now too)
  3. Add the filtered water, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg, blitz for 1 - 1.30 on speed 9 (turning the dial up slowly from speed 1 - 9)
  4. Add the chia seeds & mix for 5 mins, 37 degrees, reverse, speed 3.5.
  5. The mixture will still be quite liquid, transfer into serving containers & place into the fridge to set for approx 1.5 - 2 hrs.
  6. To serve, sprinkle over fresh berries.
Notes
You might like to mix the cacao nibs in at the end instead to add a nice texture to the puddings.
You might like to add a few dates, if you prefer a sweeter pudding.

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So many variations to try with your own favourite flavours

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Thermi Ergoslide Review

Sophia from Thermomix Baking Blogger sent me her thermi ergoslide to review – here is the review I left on her shop after only having my slider for a couple of days “I just LOVE my new Thermi Ergoslide โ€“ not only does it look gorgeous but it is such a great design & so easy to use!! I think I need to order 2 more for my other Thermomix tooย 🙂ย Well done Sophia!”

See my thermi ergoslide unboxing facebook live video hereย ๐Ÿ™‚

I have used my Thermomix for about 4 years without them sitting on something & then my friend Kyle made me some tiles with felt underneath them to sit my Thermomix on. I have customers that sit their Thermomix on a chopping board so they can slide it around. Like having an extra thermomix bowl I can’t imagine not having a slider for my Thermomix now ๐Ÿ™‚

Why slide? Some of my customers can’t lift their Thermomix up due to many reasons or some of them can’t trust themselves because they know they are used to sliding other appliances. The 3 feet underneath your Thermomix are the feet of the scales & if you continually drag your Thermomix on the bench you can affect the reading of the scales.

Thermi Ergoslide – Sophia developed this amazing product & has thought of everything including how good it looks, check out how many different colours are available, suitable for any kitchen. I really am going to get 2 more so each of my Thermomix has one, I haven’t decided on the colours yet. Sophia has thought of everything even the packaging!

I borrowed my friend Kelly’s thermi ergoslide & love the speckled grey colour – also you will notice it is perfect for either model Thermomix.

 

Notice the 2 sets of feet -the sliding ones at the back & the sturdy ones at the front. Also note the indent at the front which makes it easy to grasp & then slide.


So it all comes down to the all important price, as usual you do pay for good quality. The full retail price is around $134 – $150 depending on the colour you choose & if you are attending one of Sophia’s Australian classes you can pre order thermi ergoslides & skip the postage fee. This is my first product review but I give it 5 stars (highest rating) & I am happy to recommend it to anyone. Happy Thermomixing!!

 

The Flavours of India Thermomix Cooking Experience

Mango & Turmeric Sorbet

 

July is the Flavours of India celebration!! A perfect time to enjoy a curry with some friends while learning how to use the Thermomix ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out our delicious Indian style menu. Or you can mix & match it with our regular options for our Thermomix Cooking Experience. Check the Thermomix website for our current host rewards & invite 2 – 5 friends for a delicious fun 2 hours ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Masala Bread Rolls – delicious fresh rolls made with tandoori paste.

 

Creamy Coconut Chicken Curry with Cauliflower Rice (also pictured is the homemade Tandoori paste)

Thermomixing My Way To Lake Como Italy

I can not believe it – I made it to Lake Como!! Thanks so much to all my amazing customers & friends you are totally awesome!! I will be continuing my Italian Cooking Adventures until I make it to 50 recipes to celebrate ๐Ÿ™‚

 

If I was a nail biter I’d be biting them right now lol!!

 

I’m so excited & I’m getting closer, but still have a lot to sell in the last 2 days!!

It’s the final countdown waiting for these last sales by the end of June – 5 days to go!! Click here for the latest promotions.

 

 

Here is the latest update for operation Lake Como – 30 Sales in 30 Days – Challenge accepted!! Things are about to get even crazier!!

Thanks to all my friends & customers for their ongoing support for my Thermomix Business ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I am sooooo excited!! As an Independent Thermomix Consultant we have the opportunity to earn our way to a reward trip to Lake Como in Italy, including a guided foodie tour by WA Chef Nico Moretti!!

Only the top selling 51 consultants from (1st Jan-30th June 2017) in Australia & New Zealand will get to go & I plan to be one of them. (We can sell a Thermomix to anyone in Australia)
Just for a bit of fun every time I get another point towards Lake Como, I am going to make an Italian recipe in the Thermomix & share the photo ๐Ÿ™‚
Do you have any favourite Italian recipes you think I should try? I will only need to cook 50 plus recipes in the next 6 months!!

And anyone who hosts a Cooking Experience with 2 or more guests between 9th Jan & 30th April will go into the draw to win a Trip for 2 to Lake Como as well! I hope one of my customers wins the prize!

Join me as I cook my way through Italian Recipes using my Thermomix – 1 recipe for each time I make a sale – I need over 50 sales before the end of June to get to the Thermomix Reward Trip in Lake Como. I do love a good challenge.

See my Facebook Album here.

1. I’m counting this as an Italian Recipe – It is the Inside Out Chicken Parmigiana – Not traditional but very delicious! It’s from the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook.

 

2. Homemade Pizza Dough

 

3. I also made Nico’s Ragu Di Pomodoro E Peperoncini – Spiced tomato sauce for the base of the pizza.

 

4. Homemade pasta dough in the Thermomix made into Spaghetti with Ragu Di Pomodoro E Peperoncini (Spiced Tomato Sauce & Cheese)

 

5. Dani Valent Cooking Red Wine -Braised Beef with Polenta Cremoso recipe by Joseph Vargetto (I used the truffle polenta I bought at the Essential Ingredient) – The dish tastes better than it looks!

 

The pasta & truffle polenta I bought at the Essential Ingredient in Newcastle ๐Ÿ™‚

 

6: Tiramisu for 2 (in a jar – one for me & one for my friend & customer who upgraded her Thermomix at the start of March) I used the recipe from the Basic cookbook & added my own homemade vanilla bean paste. I made 1/3 of the recipe so I didn’t have to eat too much ๐Ÿ™‚

 

7: Nico Moretti recipe for Spinach & Ricotta โ€œGnudiโ€ โ€“ โ€œGnudiโ€ are a classic Tuscan dish, and itโ€™s like ravioli, but without the pasta (just the filling). These light & fluffy gnudi are STEAMED in the VAROMA and served with a fresh Salsa di Pomodoro (Tomato Pasta Sauce)

 

8. A regular recipe made at our place is homemade pesto, delicious as a quick sauce on pasta or spread on toast with fresh homegrown tomatoes is just heaven.

 

9. Nico Moretti’s recipe for White Chocolate Pannacotta

 

10. A family favourite Lasagne – all the elements are cooked in the Thermomix the meat sauce, the bรฉchamel white sauce, the fresh pasta dough & grated cheese. Then into the oven YUM!!

 

11. Italian Style Lamb Shank served on Cauli mash with truffle salt. The sauce was made in the Thermomix then poured over the lamb shanks that went into the oven in a casserole dish slow cooked for 2 hours.

 

12. Puttanesca sauce made in the Thermomix & I cooked the dry pasta I bought at the essential ingredient. (A favourite Italian recipe from one of my customers who just upgraded to a new Thermomix)

13. Potato Sciacciata recipe from In the Mix 2, a Tuscan version of focaccia with potato in it.

 

14.Spaghetti Carbonara recipe from the Thermomix Basic Cookbook.

 

 

16 & 17 (home made) Potato Gnocchi with Pork & Fennel Ragu – A Nico Moretti recipe from his cookbook Delicious Journeys.

 

18. Osso Bucco – I make the sauce in the Thermomix & seal the floured Osso Bucco meat in a pan & then baked in the oven with the sauce for 2 hours ๐Ÿ™‚

 

19. Orechiette Con Broccoli – another Nico Moretti recipe from his Delicious Journeys cookbook. I cooked the sauce in the Thermomix & the pasta & broccoli in a big pot.

 

20. Chicken Cacciatore recipe from The Basic Cookbook

21. Meatballs in Tomato sauce with mushrooms. I added mushrooms to the recipe from The Basic Cookbook. We have made it many times at my customers Thermomix Cooking experiences (The meatballs are steamed over a tomato sauce)

 

22. Italian Hot Chocolate

 

22. Ciabatta

23. Torte Pasqualina – I accidentally didn’t get the recipe right lol!! I cracked all my egg into the mixture & then realised I was supposed to keep some whole lol!!

 

24. Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni

 

25. (Recipe from one of my Italian Customers) Sylvia’s Almond Bocconcini.

 

26. Minestone Soup

Watch this space for my next Italian style recipe coming soon ๐Ÿ™‚