Breakfast

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

Green Eggs & Ham Fritatta

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Yes the name of this recipe is a link to one of my favourite childhood books by Dr Suess. After eating this fritatta I’m sure you would say you like to eat green eggs & ham (or bacon) anywhere. This is a recipe that is just in my brain & you can use any vegetables or any cheese, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, great for lunch boxes too – See my live face book video of me making the dish here. I’d love to know any of your variations, I sometimes make a fritata with smoked salmon as well .

 

Green Eggs & Ham Fritatta
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Serves: 9 serves
 
Very easy to vary with different veggies 🙂
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato roughly cubed (no need to peel)
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 5 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 100g spinach or silver beet leaves
  • 8 eggs
  • 250g cream or greek yoghurt
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 200g feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Turn the oven on to 180 degrees & in your baking dish roast your sweet potato, onion & bacon rashers, you don't want to over cook the bacon & the sweet potato should be just cooked through.
  2. Place garlic & parsley into the TM bowl & chop for 2 secs speed 7. Add the spinach & chop roughly for 3 secs speed 5.5 - you may need to use your spatula to help push all the leaves into the blades.
  3. Add the eggs, cream & salt & pepper & mix for 5 secs speed 4. Spread the mixture over the roasted sweet potato & bacon. Crumble over the feta cheese & return to the oven to bake for approx 20 mins or until golden.

My Addiction To Dani Valent Cooking

It’s no surprise to me or anyone else that I love this video site that Dani Valent has put together Dani Valent Cooking. It is a subscription site for amazing Thermomix recipe videos, you get 1 free video a month for the free subscription or for $89 a year you get 1 Thermomix video (with printable) recipe a week & you start with 25 recipes when you join. It’s great value & features home cooking recipes by Dani & also amazing Chef’s recipes too. Here is one of the free videos with Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking making Coconut Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup.

What’s not to love? Being inspired to try & taste new recipes, learning new skills & ideas for your Thermomix cooking plus I love seeing how chefs use the Thermomix for their dishes. I have made a lot of the recipes already & some of them I have made a few times because they are so delicious 🙂

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

 

Breakfast Curd with Toasted Grains recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner – It was really yummy!

 

Chai Porridge

 

Steamed Corn with Spicy Allioli another drool worthy recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner. Watch the free video here.

 

Shane Delia’s Warm Roasted Cauliflower Dip with Spiced Beef – You have to try this!! It could be the best dip ever!! I loved watching the video for this recipe too, it was a lot of fun!

 

Everything Salsa & then the same salsa used to make a cashew dip & a cream cheese dip- just 2 of the ideas for the salsa – so tasty & versatile!

 

Chicken Tart – This recipe by Dani has the most amazing lemon & mustard flavoured pastry – plus shredded chicken & buttery leeks in the filling!

 

Tasty “Emergency Lentil Soup” watch the video here.

 

Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust – recipe from George Calombaris – this recipe is from the In the Mix cookbook – I have made it so many times & it’s my all time favourite pumpkin soup!

 

Mushroom & Millet Minestrone

 

Victor Liong’s Corn Custard with Chicken Congee – it’s seriously good!!

 

Cauliflower Rice – it’s a delicious vegan recipe 🙂

 

Shane Delia’s BBQ Prawn Kofte Salad is seriously good!!

 

Lamb Shank Barley Casserole – Yes the shanks are steamed in the Varoma for some of the recipe!

 

duck bao

Delicious Duck Bao – inspired by the Momofuku recipe by David Chang

 

Char Siu Bao – Steamed Pork Buns

 

Hainanese Chicken & Egg, seriously amazing recipe by Trissalicious This is also from In the Mix & includes my favourite way to cook eggs – at 60 degrees!!

 

Quirky Cooking Gluten Free & Dairy Free Chicken Pot Pie is so Yummy – we even took some for lunches too!.

 

Steamed Fish with Eggplant Miso – so healthy & fresh – a great recipe using the Varoma.

 

Chilli & Lime Crumb – I’ve made this recipe from In the Mix Cookbook before – I love how tasty & versatile it is. watch the free video here.

 

Marmitako (Basque Seafood Stew) recipe by Chef Ruben Trincado – A delicious video filmed in Spain.

 

White Garlic Soup with Seafood – recipe by Chef Jaun Carlos Caro, in the video (filmed in Spain) you see him using the TM 21 to make this dish.

 

Lamb Ribs

Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw – this is the version I made with lamb instead of the beef – I made the beef version too & that was amazing, I will be making it again soon – for sure!!

 

Beef stew with Polenta

Barolo Braised Beef with Polenta Cremoso, recipe by Chef Joseph Vargetto – The best polenta I’ve ever tasted!!

 

Egg Fu Yong

Egg Fu Yong, recipe by Ben Shewry – yes there is creamy scrambled eggs under that shredded chicken 🙂

 

Native Pepper Berry Salt recipe by Jesse McTavish

Lamb Cutlets, Salsa Verde & Lovage Oil recipe by Jesse McTavish

Kimchi

 

Vegan Kimchi Mayo

 

Rice Crackers & Furikake

 

Chocolate Mousse Brownies – Dani calls them little squares of joy & they are so WOW!!

 

Basque Cheesecake is so easy & delicious!! Watch the free video here.

 

Elaine’s Chocolate Cake – this is a super duper keeper recipe for sure – here are my other photos.

 

Chocolate Ravioli with Orange & Apricot Sauce, recipe by Joseph Vargetto.

 

Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream

 

Wet Chai

 

 

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind & Ginger Pickles

 

Lemon Bomb Smoothie – recipe by Jock Zonfrillo

 

Cucumber, Lime & Mint Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Chef Pierre Roelofs

I’ll keep updating this page as I go with photos of the recipes I have made from the site – as you can see there is a good range of family meals & exciting fun things to give a try to.

Making The Healthy Chef’s Apple Bread Recipe in the Thermomix

I am sure I have mentioned before what a fan I am of Teresa Cutter – The Healthy Chef & I love all her recipes – they are not Thermomix recipes but so easy to make in the Thermomix here is her recipe for Apple & Cinnamon Bread. I wanted to take the recipe 1 step further back by making my own spelt flour so I started with spelt grains. Did I mention i just love milling in the Thermomix?

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YUM!! I chopped the apples in the Thermomix too & used my Thermomix milled cinnamon stick & homemade vanilla bean paste & it was just delicious!!

 

 

The Best Breakfasts & Brunches

Now it would be extremely hard for me to choose my favourite meal of the day but I think it could be breakfast. I can eat almost anything for breakfast including soups & left over pizza (or breakfast pizza) or even a champagne breakfast for a special occasion or a very important photoshoot. Hands down the best breakfast I have ever had was Ellie’s crayfish with a smoked Tasmanian cheese sauce, a recipe for her upcoming Seafood Everyday Cookbook that she made for the photoshoot.

The 2nd place would have to be the most amazing buffet breakfast we had in South Africa at Thermofest. There was everything you could ever think of every type of egg, crispy or non crispy bacon, even oysters! (Scroll down through Billy Law’s post to get to the breakfast pictures :-))

I think I ate enough weetbix as a kid to never have to eat weetbix or cereal ever again, sometimes a nice crunchy homemade baked muesli with homemade yoghurt & fruit would be yummy, although I haven’t had that for a few years now!

CADA

A much more easier & exciting tasty option is CADA which stands for (fresh) coconut, apple dates & almonds, turbo a couple of times & serve with homemade yoghurt & fresh berries & cinnamon. There are too many more delicious things to eat for breakfast!

Also I love the all day breakfast – that fact that you could eat any breakfast item at any time of the day is very comforting!

Here are my favourite breakfasts that I love to make & eat regularly with the ingredients I have on hand, some are more suited to a weekend brunch.

Protein is ideal at breakfast to keep you full & provide energy for the rest of the day. My favourite breakfast proteins are eggs, smoked salmon or salmon rashers, bacon, chorizo or nuts and seeds.

Quick weekday breakfasts

Smoothies & juices – a quick & easy way to get something healthy into you before you head out the door & I always make enough for a traveller too 🙂

green smoothie

There are so many great recipes for smoothies & juices here are my own favourite recipes

Thermie Green Smoothie

Thermie Green Juice

Clean Green Juice

Mango Raspberry & Coconut Smoothie

Juicy Lucy – Orange & Yoghurt Drink

Beetroot Surprise Juice

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Plus Jo from Quirky Cooking has some great smoothie & juice recipes & so does Teresa Cutter the Healthy Chef. You can just free style it too with your favourite nuts, seeds fruit & or veggies & some ice & liquid. For a great kick of green goodness see my post on making chlorophyll paste too.

Then of course there are the smoothie bowls like Dani Valent Cooking recipe for Matcha Smoothie Bowl.

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Porridge is super easy & delicious plus it’s so versatile, I normally used the guided recipe on the chip & use all milk instead of milk & water – the best thing is it cooks & stirs while you are in the shower or getting ready for work/school. I love Ellie’s Apple, cinnamon & honey porridge. Adding any fruit or honey is a winner in my book – growing up we always had it served with milk, brown sugar & wheatgerm.

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Steamed eggs or omelettes are amazing!! Another one where once it it ready to steam you can go off & get ready while Thermie cooks your breakfast.

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Ellie & Arwen’s Steamed Dill & Fetta Omelette is such a versatile recipe here it is pictured with some fresh turmeric & the smoked salmon is cooked in the omelette. There is a great steamed omelette recipe on the recipe chip or try my other omelette recipe. Or steamed eggs in capsicum rings 🙂

Weekend breakfasts: I most certainly need to include the big breakfast; any of the following – eggs, toast or flatbread, avocado, bacon, salmon or chorizo, tomatoes, grilled homemade halloumi cheese, mushrooms & homemade baked beans. I also love steaming some garden greens to go with a hot breakfast – I grow silver beet & sometimes I will use spinach too.

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The Thermomix poached eggs from the recipe chip are great especially if they are served with Thermomix made hollandaise – which can I just say is absolutely AMAZING!! I use the recipe on the recipe chip, it is so good with anything, I mainly serve it with eggs & salmon 🙂 Plus it is mazing with crayfish too!

I LOVE slow cooked eggs – it’s sounds crazy but it is amazing 60 degree eggs have the best texture ever they are cooked in their shell & then you crack them open to reveal perfectness!!

Xmas breakfast

I just LOVE baked eggs too & this recipe from Jo Whitton for Huevos Rancheros is suitable to finish in the pan or oven & it’s so amazing!! I added Chorizo to this one & sometimes I add bacon to it.

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There is not much of this awesome breakfast made in the Thermomix but it is soooo tasty Ellie’s French Toast with Salmon Rashers & Maple Syrup.

Salmon French Toast B

 

 

Waffle styled by Ellie Emmett 

 

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Oh my goodness this post could go on forever, with other amazing breakfast you can make with the Thermomix- waffles, pancakes, crepes, bagels, croissants, crumpets (I use the In the Mix cookbook recipe), danish pastries. That’s without mentioning all the delicious breads you can make too!

Crumpet

It is my mission to keep updating this post with all the best breakfast options available for the best meal of the day! I will definitely be posting pics of the steamed breakfast baskets from the In the Mix Cookbook another favourite of mine too. So many breakfasts to eat & not enough time even with all day breakfasts!!

Happy Thermomixing!