Happy New Year for 2019!!

Happy New Year for 2019!!

Reflection on 2018

2018 was a totally EPIC year, I learnt so much, I grew as a person & in my waist size from eating so much delicious food that I absolutely loved & I wouldn’t change it for the world. And speaking of the world I was so very lucky to travel to Japan, London, Paris & Cornwall last year too!! The food was totally AWESOME!!

It always comes down to 3 things that start with F – Family, Friends and Food. I would be lost without all of these in my life, and I feel extremely grateful for everyone & every meal. This year I grew up and learned to be comfortable dining alone in public & even spent 2 days in Paris by myself!!

Celebrating Cheese on New Years Eve 2018

I attended all Eloise Emmett’s amazing cooking workshops, as well as gaining confidence with ingredients I don’t normally cook with, plus the food was so delicious too. The Tongola Cheese long table lunch was my Tassie stand out meal for the year!!

My huge milestone this year was reaching 500 Thermomix sales!! I still can’t believe I have sold that many in over 7 years and where the journey has led me. I want to thank every customer I have & my VIP customers that have bought more than 1 Thermomix from too. Thank you for referring me to your friends too.

New Years Eve Pizza

New Years Eve is always quiet for me, that’s the way I like it, (I’m normally asleep before midnight) it’s a special time to spend with my amazing hubby & this year we had a cheese feast 🙂 I made homemade pizzas & we had a Bruny Island cheese plate along with homemade cheese biscuits & a delicious chilli apple spread made my by my friend Kate (yes she made it in the Thermomix too) Oh and I was too full for the cream cheese desserts – Eloise Emmett summer pudding recipe YUM!!

Summer Berry Puddings

At the start of the new year it’s time to clean out the fridge & the pantry (the pantry clean up took me a good few days!!) So I made some saffron butter to use up some leftover cream and used the saffron buttermilk to make banana bread which used up some leftover bananas.

Homemade Saffron Butter
Banana Bread

So what does 2019 hold for me, just more of everyone & everything I love.

January I am doing an Ottolenghi cooking challenge, because he is coming to Hobart on the 2nd Feb. Nigella is here again on the 6th Feb YAY!! I’ll also be visiting my nephew in Newcastle for his 1st birthday in February. I have the Thermomix trip to Vietnam in March. Plus I want to finish cooking, eating and photographing all the recipes from the Dani Valent site.

I will be doing more live Thermomixing videos, more cookbook challenges and more food photography.

Maybe this will be the year I get my ebook out into the world ??!! If I don’t get too busy doing other things that is …………

My Addiction To Dani Valent Video Website

My Addiction To Dani Valent Video Website

It’s no surprise to me or anyone else that I love this video site that Dani Valent has put together. Sign up here. 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 all the recipes when you join. It’s great value & features home cooking recipes by Dani & also amazing Chef’s recipes too. 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 🙂

Here is one of the free videos with Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking making Coconut Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup.

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Black Rice Pudding

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

Chai Porridge

Miso Hollandaise (served with slow 60 degree eggs)

Buckwheat Kedgeree

Mango Lassi recipe by Jessi Singh

Khachapuri (a cheese pie from Georgia) recipe by Anthony Femia – so GOOD!!!

Wattleseed & Macadamia Dukkah

Bread With Tomato recipe by Emma Warren

Lettuce Soup

Steamed Oysters with Ginger & Spring Onion Oils, recipe by Victor Liong

Pierogies

Pretzels

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!

Blue Cheese Dip – recipe by Anthony Femia

Sophia’s Grissini (Thermomix Baking Blogger)

Dani’s Dill Spiked Feta Dip

Cervelle de Canut Cheese Dip

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!

Spicy Peach and Mango Jam Glazed Ham

Dani Valent’s Pithivier

Cheesy Quinoa Bites, recipe by Alice Zaslavsky

Sopa Freda de Meló – Melon Soup – Emma Warren

Strawberry Gazpacho with Tomato, Basil & Goat’s Cheese Salad

Gazpacho – recipe by Eyal Shani


Recommended way to serve this dish is to drink straight from the Thermomix bowl!! If it’s good enough for Dani, then I’m in 😉

Scallop Mousseline with Lemon Caper Sauce

Leek, Potato and Truffle Soup

Tasty “Emergency Lentil Soup” watch the video here.

Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup – recipe by Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking

Matzo Ball Soup (Dani asked me to make this recipe & photograph it for her website, I also had to make my own matzo because I couldn’t find any in Hobart to buy :-))

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

Soulful Chicken Soup

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

Goma Dofu (Japanese sesame tofu)

Jing Shui Daan recipe by Tony Tan – its a delicious steamed custard with shitake mushrooms & pork with black beans on top 🙂

Gnocchi

Cauliflower Rice – it’s a delicious vegan recipe 🙂

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

Pear Coleslaw with Pear Vinaigrette

Beetroot, Pear & Pomegranate Salad

Prawn & Potato Salad

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

Hummus- recipe by EyalShani, such a great video to watch, and a delicious recipe to guide you but it is ultimately up to your taste buds to adjust the balance of flavours 🙂

The Beauty of the Beets recipe by Sam Gowing

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Tandoori Cauliflower

Tandoori Chicken

Preserved Lemons

Butter

Sushi Shapes from the Lunchbox Lessons post 🙂

Chicken Lettuce Cups from the Lunchbox Lessons post 🙂

Ultimate Mac and Cheese Toastie – recipe by Anthony Femia

Pineapple-spiked Vietnamese Lamb Salad

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!!

Jerk Chicken

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

Chicken Tinga So easy & delicious (pictured with my gluten free wrap – Dani’s recipes serves it with her flour tortilla recipe)

Turkey Buffe and Herby Quinoa Stuffing

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

Aligot – French cheesy mash – so wicked & so good!!

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.

Palak Paneer

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.

Vadouvan Mussels which includes the recipe for the Vadouvan spice mix 🙂

Tuna version of the Poke with Furikake & Wasabi-spiked Avocado Sorbet

Wasabi-spiked Avocado Sorbet

Kha Nhom Jeen Nam Prik – Thai recipe by Pla Liamthong, that not too spicy peanut sauce is so good!!

Gang Prik with Steamed Chicken -another great Thai recipe from Pla Liamthong

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!!

Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw

Fork-Apart Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder

Vitello Tonnato – An Italian dish of poached beef & tuna egg sauce, sounds weird but it is really delicious 🙂

Gang Prik with Stir Fried Kangaroo – recipe by Pla Liamthong (I served mine with broccoli “rice”)

Beef stew with Polenta

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

Cauliflower Crumbed Schnitzel

Low & Slow Asparagus Risotto – I got to watch Dani make this video at Prahran Market 🙂

Creamy Tomato and Vodka Pasta Sauce

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

Pork Cutlets with Chestnut & Apple Hash

Beef Rotolo

Boeuf a la Ficelle (Beef on a String)

Dani’s Hungarian Grandmother’s Goulash

Un-sandwiches – Dani’s Lunchbox Lessons made alphabet shaped rolls, I made the round ones!!

Best Ever Bread Buns – (these ones were made by Dani herself I got to be on her set for a couple of days shooting!! Yes it was awesome!!)

Dani cooking her BeetRoot Burgers for us to eat for lunch 🙂

BeetRoot Burgers – This is the one from the shoot made by Dani herself too & I got to eat it 🙂 Well we all had one, they were very tasty!!

My version of the BeetRoot Burger

Spaghetti Bolognese

Millet and Beetroot Pilaf

Double Trouble Dumplings with Tomato Passata

Kimchi

Amazake

Vegan Kimchi Mayo

Rice Crackers & Furikake

Fortune Cookies

Chestnut Butter

Pan de Muerto – Mexican Bread of the Dead

Pan de Muerto – Mexican Bread of the Dead

Banana-Choc Hemp Bliss Balls- Recipe by Julie McKie

Granola Bars

Sophia – Thermomix Baking Blogger‘s Orange Polenta Cake 🙂 ( pic taken on set in Dani’s kitchen)

Cherry Pasta recipe by Chef Lorenzo Cogo (a gorgeous fusion of Italian & Japanese)

Chocolate Volcanos

Tarte Tatin

Peach & Mulberry Cobbler (Dani’s Recipe is for apricot cobbler)

Chilli Peanut Butter Truffles

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.

Orange, Cardamom & Pistachio Truffles

Castagnaccio

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

Karen Martini’s Banana Bread recipe

Plum Syrup Cake

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

Steamed Pecan Pie Puddings

Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream

Cherry Semifreddo, recipe by Christy Tania ( I loved licking the butterfly & the bowl for this one ;-))

Choc Top recipe by Christy Tania using the Cherry Semifreddo recipe (I didn’t have the correct silicone moulds but it was still deliciously wicked!!)

Egg Tarts – Tony Tan Recipe

Instant Chocolate Mousse

White Chocolate & Bailey’s Parfait with Coffee Crumble recipe by Julie from the Wholefood Alchemist.

Mexican Green Juice

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Smoothie by Jo Whitton

Jar Smoothies (Mango) from the Lunchbox Lessons post 🙂

Wet Chai

Tiramisu Martini – recipe by Anna Polyviou

Carrot & Sage Cocktail

Blueberry Spritz


Peach Margarita

Casa Daiquiri

Nefrozi

Watermelon Blush

Negroni


Sangranita

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind & Ginger Pickles

Lemon Bomb Smoothie – recipe by Jock Zonfrillo

Mint & Choc-Chip Hemp Smoothie recipe by Julie McKie

Rhubarb Saffrontini

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

Passionfruit Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Donato Toce from Gelato Messina (This is possibly the best sorbet I’ve ever eaten!!)

Okonomi-Kimchi Savoury Pancakes
Tortilla (mine doesn’t look so good but it tasted good – I did the frypan option)
Middle Eastern Salmon with Tahini Sauce and Walnut Relish
French Toast Casserole
Flourless Almond, Coconut And Vanilla Cake recipe by Belinda Jeffery
Chestnut Pancakes with Instant Pear Bircher Muesli
Carrot Layer Cake recipe by Christina Tosi ( also in the In the Mix 2 cookbook)
Korma Curry Sauce by Jesse Singh
Pekmez – Turkish grape syrup
Pozole Negro – Mexican Chicken Soup
Brown Basmati Rice Salad
Potato Mochi – recipe by Michael Ryan
Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Cutlets with Green Tahini Sauce
Mint & Coriander Chutney, recipe by Jessi Singh
Apricot and Almond Cake
Prawn Cocktail Skewers recipe by Emma Warren
Buttered Cabbage with Orange Syrup – recipe by Gerard Phelan
Spice Rubs
Egg in a Jar
Coconut Chicken Salad
Otak Otak
Lamb Kustilji recipe by Shane Delia

Bloody Maria
Lazy Tomato Spaghetti
Tomato Shorba
Korean-style Pork Ribs – Daeji Galbi
Chilli Padi Chicken Rendang – recipe by Suriya Abdullah
Butter Chicken
Tomato Focaccia
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

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 too.

Vietnamese Mint & Lime Sorbet

Vietnamese Mint & Lime Sorbet

I created this sorbet as a palate cleanser for a Vietnamese Style Feast I attended last month.

 

 

Vietnamese Mint & Lime Sorbet
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Recipe type: Palate Cleanser
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Ingredients
  • Zest from 2 limes (no white pith)
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 limes (flesh only, no white pith)
  • 1 - 2 tbs of vietnamese mint leaves to taste
  • Coconut water from a young coconut about 300g
  • 600g ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place zest & sugar into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs speed 10.
  2. Add lime & vietnamese mint leaves & chop for 10 secs on speed 7.
  3. Add the ice & coconut water & chop for 1.5 mins on speed 10 using the spatula to push the sorbet back into the blades if needed.
Notes
You can make this sorbet into a mocktail or cocktail drink by adding more coconut water & or some vodka to taste.

The younger smaller vietnamese mint leaves seem to be less pungent, so it's important to taste the sorbet to see if it has the correct amount of mint for your palate.

 

Christmas Planning & Recipe Ideas Countdown

Christmas Planning & Recipe Ideas Countdown

It’s almost here – again! How on earth did that happen?

So obviously you are wanting to plan for food for the big day & any celebrations with family & friends leading up to Christmas 🙂 So I bring to you some inspiration & ideas to get you through this crazy busy time 😉

The Festive Flavours Cookbook & Chip is really great with some really good ideas for making your own gifts too like flavoured salts or spice rubs or flavoured sugars.

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The Festive Flavours Cookbook is one of 4 books currently available to purchase in a book bundle saving you money. There are also lots of other great gifts available from the Thermomix online shop.

One of my favourite recipes from the Festive Flavour Book is  the Pork & Chicken Terrine & I am definitely making that again – it was really delicious, it has cranberries & pistachios in it too.Terrine

Our family love my Thermie green avocado dip & this year I will be making the warm roasted cauliflower hummus from Dani Valent Cooking – speaking of which, wouldn’t a subscription to this site be a great gift for Christmas – there are already over 40 recipe videos available (index here) with a new one added each week, Dani Valent also has a Christmas ebook available to purchase for $15 or it’s free to her subscribers. See some of her recipes on my post called my addiction to Dani Valent Cooking 🙂 I am almost certain we will be having the Basque Cheesecake on Christmas day too!!

Also don’t forget about the recipe platform now called Cookidoo – what a great way to plan out your dishes for the festive season – if you haven’t signed up yet it is really easy to use with a great shopping list feature too. Here is the link to sign up to Cookidoo & you will get 1 free recipe collection when you sign up.

I am having a fun countdown on my social media pages sharing a different recipe idea each day – I hope you enjoy it & get some great ideas to use for your special day 🙂 Merry Christmas everyone!!

Day 1 recipe is my friend Kelly’s Dutch Spice Speculaas recipe here

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Day 2: Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails or Mocktails

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Day 3 Thermie Green Avocado Dip This is one of the best dips ever – even if I do say so myself, put it on your Christmas & or entertaining menu this season or maybe just put it in your mouth!! Your taste buds will thank you 😉

The Best Avocado Dip

The Best Avocado Dip

Day 4: I introduce to you the “Cheesecake” You can put as many or as little layers as you like of your favourite cheeses & I have included a layer of my favourite fruitcake to eat with cheddar cheese. You have to trust me on this it is seriously good – I also made some apple paste to go on my “cheese cake” because I’m all out of my homemade quince paste. I was also toying with the idea of making rounds of homemade crackers to put in between the cake layers so when you dismantle the “cheesecake” you could break the big cracker into a few pieces to serve with the cheese too.

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Day 5 inspiration is Smolt’s Lemon Curd  You can give it as gifts or serve it on or with your christmas desserts – Like pavlova with fresh berries!!

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Day 6: Black Forest Trifle is another family favourite YUM!!

Black Forrest Trifle

Black Forrest Trifle

Day 7: Southern Stars White Christmas Custard – Coconut, White Chocolate, Frangelico & Vanilla Bean – our Thermomix team created this recipe for a custard challenge last Christmas & it is very delicious 🙂

Vanilla Custard

Day 8: My Fruit Mince Surprise – it’s got rhubarb in it!! YUM! You can do so much with this delicious stuff – Add some fruit mince to some cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip, stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard. Use fruit mince with thick custard or whipped cream as a profiterole filling, or use in fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls.

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Fruit Mince Surprise
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Recipe type: Christmas
Prep time: 
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Use Fruit Mince in profiteroles mixed with cream or thick custard, fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls. Add some Fruit Mince to cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip. Stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard.
Ingredients
  • 1 orange zest
  • 500 g apples peeled, cored and quartered
  • 200g chopped rhubarb
  • 100 g dates dried
  • 80 g craisins
  • 100 g currants
  • 15 g fresh ginger piece chopped/ minced
  • 60 g flaked almonds
  • Juice 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or Brandy (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place orange zest, dates and fresh ginger into mixing bowl and mince for 20
  2. sec/speed 9.
  3. Add apples and chop 4-6 sec/speed 6.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except brandy and cook for 35 min/Varoma/
  5. /speed 1. Cool slightly,remove the bay leaves & stir in cointreau or brandy, set aside
  6. until ready to use.

 

Christmas Profiterole

Christmas Profiterole – serving suggestion for my Special Fruit Mince

 

Day 9: Ellie’s Turducken. Yes it’s a chicken in a duck in a turkey!!

 

Day 10: Spiced Cherry Brioche from the Festive Flavours Cookbook – you can put any of your favourite fillings in 🙂 spiced-cherry-brioche-3

Day 11: Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits make up a few batches of this & store in the freezer in log ready to slice & bake when unexpected guests arrived or an attack of the munchies! Perfect with a glass of bubbles!

Sarah's Cheese Biscuits

Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits

Day 12: Mum’s Chicken & Mango Salad – Such a versatile salad great to use up left over steamed chicken breast (after steaming a whole chook) or poaching chicken breasts in the Thermomix. You can use any nuts you like either cashews, macadamia or pistachios. Finely chopped celery for the crunch & fresh element, 1 mango sliced, sliced spring onions. Avocado is delicious in it too. I used cucumber because I had some in the fridge & added fresh parsley & mint leaves. Mum dressed it with 1/2 homemade mayo & half natural yoghurt 1 tsp of curry powder & 1 tabs of tomato relish. I used a honey & seeded mustard vinaigrette to dress it, my sister likes to use an Asian style dressing with soy sauce, fresh ginger & garlic.

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Day 13: 60 Sec Fruitcake from the Devil of Cookbook – there are lots of other great Christmas recipes in this cookbook – Toblerone cheesecake,  raspberry & white chocolate cheese cake just to name a few 🙂

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Day 14: Nicole’s Festive Nougat – My friend Nicole makes these very year to give as gifts to friends.

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Day 15 : Spinach & Cheese Grissini

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Day 16: Flavoured butters can jazz anything up in a hurry & you can store them in the freezer. Dani Valent has some great butter flavour ideas & video of her making butter in the Thermomix. My friends at a girl, a guy furkids & food have a fabulous butter recipe then add any flavour you like – last year I made turkey skin butter as a variant to Dani Valent’s In the Mix cookbook Chicken Skin Butter recipe.

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Day 17: Festive Cauliflower Salad is so easy & delicious 🙂

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Day 18: Herb & Garlic Dip can be made into a great canape’ spread on sliced of french stick or sliced veggies with some smoked salmon YUM!!

Day 19: The good old Aussie Pav, you can make in all shapes & sizes with any choice of topping from fruits nuts & sauces, the possibilities are endless. Try the wreath recipe or pavlova stack.

Day 20: Shortbread Stars – recipe from my friend Erica.

Day 21: Gingerbread or Gingerbread House – I use the recipe from the Festive Flavours Cookbook.

Gingerbread house made by my customer Natalie & her 3 year old daughter.

 

Day 22: Beetroot Cured Salmon – there is a recipe in the Festive Flavours cookbook but I used the Jamie Oliver one from his new Christmas Cookbook & made the curing mixture with the Thermomix. I have served it here on Blinis – however it is so versatile you could serve it on cucumber rounds or rounds of baguettes – serve on top of a green salad to make it into a dish.

 

Day 23: Double Chocolate Pretzel Cookies from In the Mix 2 & Dani Valent Cooking – Santa will love them too!

Day 24: Basque Cheesecake from Dani Valent Cooking

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY THERMOMIXING!!