Breakfast

Truffle Coma 2017

Hooray for truffle season!! I am in love with truffles, the aroma makes my head spin & my taste buds salivate. So what should you do with your truffle to get the most out of it? I just love truffle infused eggs for making the most delicious & decadent scrambled egg, it’s actually one of the only scrambled egg recipes I really enjoy 🙂

To infuse the eggs, place them together with the truffle in the fridge in a large glass jar with a lid & some paper towel. you should change the paper towel every day or so. I love this job because you get to smell the truffle again!! Aromatherapy to the max!! Truffles also go well with fresh pasta & I love making truffle butter to just simply spread on a piece of toasted sourdough bread!! This year i used some of my truffle infused eggs to make a steamed omelette!! Only the best omelette I’ve ever eaten!!

A few of the recipes I made this year are from The Truffle Cookbook. (The launch lunch of this cookbook is definitely in my top 3 meals of my life!! It was a truffle feast where I went into a truffle induced coma & had truffle oozing from my pores for the next day!!) I buy the 2nd’s truffles to keep the cost down & thankfully this year there was a 15% special due to them having such a good season!! Happy Days for me!! This truffle cost me $100 delivered (delivery was $20).

Scrambled eggs with truffle infused eggs & truffle butter.

 

Homemade truffle butter

 

Tajarin with truffle butter & truffled egg yolk

 

Truffle infused eggs in a steamed omelette

 

Roman Style Semolina Gnocchi

 

Cauliflower & Truffle Soup

 

Whipped Brie with truffle

 

Raviolo with ricotta & truffle infused egg yolk

 

Ricotta ravioli

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 – 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 too 🙂 Well done Sophia!”

See my thermi ergoslide unboxing facebook live video here 🙂

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 🙂

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!!

 

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 🙂

 

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

 

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 🙂

 

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 🙂
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 🙂

 

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 🙂

 

7: Nico Moretti recipe for Spinach & Ricotta “Gnudi” – “Gnudi” are a classic Tuscan dish, and it’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 béchamel white sauce, the fresh pasta dough & grated cheese. Then into the oven YUM!!

 

Italian Pantry Shopping – opps someone drank the prosecco 🙂

 

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 🙂

 

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

 

27. Tajarin with truffle butter & truffled egg yolk 🙂 Recipe from the truffle cookbook by Rodney Dunn – I just thermofied the recipe where I could 🙂 I used the truffle I bought from Duncan Garvey Perigord Truffles of Tasmania ❤️

 

28. Gnocco Fritto, deep fried bread. I made the dough in the Thermomix 🙂

 

29. Roman-Style Semolina Gnocchi.

 

30. Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Arancini

 

31. Red Wine Risotto (I didn’t like this recipe 🙁 )

 

32. Hazelnut Chocolate Spread 🙂 (Recipe in the Basic Cookbook)

 

33. Chocolate Ravioli with Orange & Apricot Sauce – A Joseph Vargetto recipe from Dani Valent Cooking.

 

34. Sundried Tomato Focaccia

 

35. Limoncello

 

Ingredients top up from the Italian Pantry

 

36. Homemade mozzarella cheese

 

37. Raviolo with ricotta & truffle infused egg yolk

 

38. Ricotta filled ravioli with burnt butter truffles & thyme

 

39.Squid ink pasta

 

40. Squid ink pasta with prawns in a spicy tomato sauce

 

41. Quattro formaggi and walnuts (4 cheese pizza)

 

42. Classic Calzone

 

43. Napoli Potato Cake

 

44. Torta Caprese

 

45. Stracciatella Ice Cream

 

46. Grissini

 

47. Chicken Involtini with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

 

48. Pizza Bianca, made so many times for Thermomix Cooking Experiences 🙂

 

49. Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi with Burnt Sage Butter & Spinach

 

50. Bolognese Sauce – we make this all the time but I kept forgetting to take a photo of it!!

 

Time to celebrate!! I finished cooking my 50 Italian style recipes just 2 weeks before I will arrive in Lake Como Italy!! This is my new Thermomix model 5 called Bimby (Italian name for Thermomix) I earned this Thermomix while earning my trip to Italy & also sold my 400th Thermomix in that period too! I’m saying Saluti with a glass of Prosecco – Italian sparkling wine 🙂 Thanks everyone so much for all your support for my Thermomixing!!

 

 

 

Thermomix Stars in Cafes & Restaurants

Why all cafes & restaurants need a Thermomix. (Most of them already do have at least 1 Thermomix.)  
My friend & award winning chef, Eloise Emmett, who owned the hugely popular Mussel Boys restaurant for over 10 years, said “It’s a no brainer to get a Thermomix. The amount of time that you save is worth the investment over & over. I wish I’d had my Thermomix when I ran my restaurant.” Eloise, the author of the Seafood Everyday Cookbook & The Real Food for Kids Cookbook, said she constantly uses her Thermomix at home & when preparing for her dinners and functions. She is amazed with how easy it is to make quince paste in the Thermomix – no stirring! Some of the other things she makes with her Thermomix are fresh bread dough, curry pastes, coulis & sauces. AND pasta dough, aioli, purees, jams, relishes & chutneys. AND not to mention sorbets, ganache, creme’ anglaise, hollandaise & pate’.
“Here is the prep list from the launch for the Seafood Everyday Cookbook. While they are not Thermomix recipes as such, most of what I cook has some part prepped in the Thermomix.”
Bread
Tart base
Fettuccine
Fish crust
Salad dressings
Hollandaise for scallops
Beetroot chutney
Lasagne sheets
Tomato sauce base for lasagna
Fish stew base
Berry cheesecake
Lemon tart
Coulis
Sorbet
Quince paste

Three Japanese Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream & Sesame Pudding

I certainly agree with Ellie as early in my career, I worked at cafes, bakeries & a catering establishment for a number of years. You will find that using a Thermomix commercially works a little differently than domestically. Most restaurants wouldn’t use their varoma steamer because they utilise big commercial steam ovens.
My friends at Three Japanese used the Varoma to make a steamed savoury custard dish, called chawanmushi, as they aren’t able to have a steam oven at their premises. During a 2016 Cooking Class we used 5 Thermomix to make this popular recipe for the guests. Three Japanese also use a Thermomix to make their delicious Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream and Plum Sake Sorbet.
Any restaurant, cafe or catering firm would certainly use it for silky smooth purées, dips, flavoured mayos or aioli. Chocolate ganache is another popular use along with perfect creme’ anglaise and amazing instant sweet or savoury sorbets. For example Smolt achieves the most amazing lemon curd with their Thermomix. The Thermomix also roasts & mills whole spices to get the best flavours into dishes.

Some elements of this menu were prepared using a Thermomix at the Pidgeon Hole Cafe

Making flavoured salts or sugars was a favourite of Fiona Hoskin. Her Launceston restaurant, Fee & Me, won national awards for an innovative menu. Fiona & her chefs used a number of Thermomix to create maximum flavour, while saving time. You can find Fiona’s recipes from her restaurant in the Devil of a Cookbook which also includes a few recipes from renowned Chef Tetstuya.

Some chefs are concerned that the Thermomix will replace them. Having a Thermomix means they can work smarter, saving time while not compromising on quality. You can decide the level of involvement the Thermomix has in your kitchen.  While most commercial kitchens wouldn’t take advantage of the guided cooking function, with a little bit of practice, it is so simple to convert your own recipes to use with the Thermomix. As with any new technology, it just takes a little investment of time to explore the full potential you have right at your fingertips. The Delivery Briefing (provided by your Thermomix Consultant) & subsequent staff training in the correct use of the Thermomix is vital.

The German designed quality of the Thermomix stands up to the rigours of restaurant life. It is recommended to have a 2nd bowl blade & lid set, to speed up kitchen processes even more. All the parts are dishwasher safe (obviously not the base.)

The commercial warranty is 1 year, you have the full back up & support from your Thermomix consultant. Occasionally the blades need replacing costing only $115.

Many well known chefs are Ambassadors for Thermomix in Australia. You may have seen the Thermomix on cooking programs such as MasterChef Australia & Chef’s Table where many of the worlds top restaurants use a Thermomix.

Thermomix in Australia are developing a site called Kitchen Stars to feature restaurants & chefs who use a Thermomix. Renowned Spanish restaurant elBulli had 36 Thermomix to ensure perfect cooking for dishes requiring a constant temperature.

The Dani Valent Cooking video site features many top chefs preparing their favourite Thermomix recipes. Dani’s In the Mix Cookbooks also feature amazing recipes from chef’s around the world.

A chef recently mentioned to me they prefer to work in a kitchen that has a Thermomix.

It’s well worth mentioning that Thermomix are very popular in schools both in the cooking classes & canteens.

If you would like to see how the Thermomix can work for you in your commercial setting you can contact a commercially trained Thermomix consultant for an in-house demonstration.  (Yes I am a commercially trained consultant ;-))

I have seen Thermomix at many places all over the world -maybe you would like to do some Thermospotting too?

My Thermospotting Gallery

 

 

Entertaining with Dani Valent

Words can not express how excited I was to get my advanced signed copy of this awesome cookbook!! I have been lucky enough to do a bit of recipe testing for this cookbook & was invited for a week of the photoshoot – along with a couple of other cooks I got to cook some of the dishes that were photographed for the shoot. We all had a Thermomix each to use. It was so amazing to watch the pros work their magic with the styling & photography, I learnt so much & had so much fun too. I am so grateful for the experience.

There are so many amazing chapters & delicious recipes to share with you, here are a few pictures of the recipes I have made already & I will continue to update them. By the way don’t forget to check out the official Entertaining with Dani Valent site & register your progressive dinner in Feb to win great prizes.

The day after I got the book in the post – so exciting!!

BRUNCH

Bloody Maria

 

Kale, Chia, Pear & Orange Smoothie

 

Wholemeal Crumpets

 

Green Fig & Lime Marmalade

 

Rhubarb & Blackberry Breakfast Tart

 

Spiced Carrot Porridge

 

Bacon and Cinnamon Scrolls with Salted Maple Glaze

 

Smoked Salmon Muffins with Steamed Eggs & Herbed Relish

 

Tiraccino

SPANISH

Sunny Gazpacho

 

Tuna Empanadas made by my Mum

 

Tuna Empanadas

 

Chorizo & Prawn al la Sidra

 

Herb-Salted Chicken and Chickpea Casserole

 

Peas & Jamón

 

Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream

CHINESE

Masterstock Chicken

 

Daikon Salad (recipe with Masterstock Chicken)

 

Prawn Wontons

 

Steamed Fish Black Beans & Rice (I had to use trevally instead of snapper)

 

Char Siu Bao – Steamed Pork Buns

 

Sichuan Pepper and Chilli Salt Squid

 

Chinese greens with XO Sauce

 

Fortune Cookies

 

Fortune Cookies

 

PARTY

Cherry Margarita

 

Rhubarb & Vanilla Rhumba

 

Pear Mulled Wine

 

Romesco Dip

 

Rice Crackers

 

Spiced Nut Clusters

 

Mushroom Cappuccino (Mushroom Soup)

 

Sweet Potato Blini with Cumin & Sesame Crème Fraîche

 

Lamb Kibbeh

 

Black & White Chocolate Tatufo

 

LADIES’ LUNCH

Mimosa Float

 

Pea & Lettuce Soup

 

Steamed Asparagus with Caper Crumb

 

Champagne poached Chicken Terrine (Rustic Serving)

 

Champagne poached Chicken Terrine (Posh Serving)

 

Ruby Kingfish with Citrus Yoghurt Dressing

 

Spinach Salad with Crunchy Quinoa & Green Goddess Dressing

 

Apple, Pear & Bay Leaf Cake & yes it’s gluten free!

 

PLAN AHEAD

Shichimi Togarashi Oysters

 

Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Arancini

 

Almond Thins

 

Inside Out Chicken Parmigiana (I used sweet potato instead of potato)

 

Sweet Potato & Grain Salad

 

Peanut Butter Parfait, Chocolate Bark & Raspberries

 

Mandarin Crème Brûlée (I couldn’t find my blow torch lol!)

INDIAN

Pappadums with Mint & Coriander Chutney

 

Apple & Cucumber Relish

 

Tandoori Chicken

 

A variation is the Tandoori Cauliflower

 

Goan Fish & Tamarind Curry with Coconut Rice

 

Palak Paneer

 

Kashmiri Garlic Naan

 

Pilaf with Fragrant Tarka

 

Shirkhand (flavoured hung yoghurt)

 

A BIT CHEFFY 

Pineapple Rum Cocktail

 

Vegetable Pots

 

Cheese Puffs with Honeyed Goats Cheese

 

Confit Salmon, Parmesan Gnocchi with Creamed Cauliflower.

 

Mango Truffles, Strawberry Spheres & White Chocolate

 

Chocolate Volcanos

MEXICAN

Gin & Cucumber Cooler

 

Gin & Cucumber Cooler (So refreshing)

 

Guacamole with Mango (Yes I love it!)

 

Smoky Chicken Thighs

 

Chilorio Shredded Pork with Lime-Pickled Onions

 

Chilorio Shredded Pork with Lime-Pickled Onions ( & I also had it with pork crackling too YUM!)

 

Flour Tortillas

 

Red Rice

 

Steamed Corn with Chipotle Mayo & Coriander Salsa

 

Family Beans

 

Churros

 

ROMANTIC

Spiced Apple Liqueur

 

Prawns, Wasabi Panna Cotta with Lime Sauce (I didn’t have any yuzu for the sauce)

Hearts Entwined Loaf

 

Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Cutlets, Creamed Spinach & Smashed Spuds

 

Chocolate Love Cake with Turkish Delight Jelly (I made my jelly into hearts & I only had pink food colour instead of red)

 

Chocolate Love Cake made for a team members birthday 🙂

CHRISTMAS

Zesty Avocado with Crab

 

Asparagus Tart with Sour Cream Pastry

 

Prawn Salad with Horseradish Cream (a couple of changes to ingredients to what I had available)

 

Turkey Buffe & Herby Quinoa Stuffing

 

Spicy Peach & Mango Chutney

 

Celebration Saffron & Sage Bread with Ginger Butter

 

Pavlova Towers

 

 

Blackberry Vinegar Chocolate Truffles

BARBECUE

Baba Ghanoush

 

Roasted Carrot Hummus

 

Zhoug

 

Yoghurt Soup Cups

 

Cevapcici

 

Grain Salad Lettuce Cups

 

Vadouvan Spiced Mini Rolls

 

BRING THE KIDS

Tomato Soup with Ham & Cheese Wands

 

Sticky Chicken Drumettes

 

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder & Fennel with Agrodolce

 

Cobb Salad

 

Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake Towers

 

Lychee & Mango Icy Poles