Sophia’s Kitchen Recipes

Sophia’s Kitchen Recipes

I love Sophia’s recipes they are easy to follow with ingredients we would all easily have available to us. Here are a few I have made so far ๐Ÿ™‚

Apple Crumble Pie
Sticky Date Pudding
Jerk Chicken from the Practice Mix Perfect cookbook
Naan Bread ( I made mine garlic naan)
Easy Basic Pizza
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Ever since I first watched the Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, I have wanted to make this Japanese style beef short ribs recipe, I bought the book but I couldn’t find the recipe in the book, so watched the show again and wrote down the recipe & instructions. The stars aligned where I was able to purchase the most perfect ingredients to make it too. I attended the Bream Creek Farmers market and bought the aged beef short ribs from Leap Farm and I just got the authentic Japanese ingredients too. It was worth waiting for – so delicious!!
In the Mix 1

In the Mix 1

One of my favourite Thermomix cookbooks by Dani Valent. I’ve made so many recipes from this book already but some photos were on my old phone – so I’m very happy to cook, photograph and eat as many recipes from this awesome book again. YUM!!

Salmon Rillettes recipe by Philippe Mouchel – so delicious!!
Onion Jam Flan – recipe by Helene Meurer (minus the olives on top) Yummy & Easy recipe.
Herb Scrolls recipe by Madalene Bonvini-Hamel
Olive Bread – recipe by Nicolas Poelaert (who I’ve met a few times now & he even signed his recipes in my cookbook)
White Chocolate Crisps, Cumin and Cream – recipe by Sat Bains
Fig Syrup and Fig Muffins recipes by Dani Valent
Fig Grissini – (recipe in the book is for apricot and cardamom) Recipe by Caroline Velik – she is also the food stylist for the book and when she signed her recipe suggested fig as a replacement YUM!!
Quince Paste recipe by Jeff Brady who I have met a few times now but still haven’t got him to sign his recipe in the book. He is a true foodie!!
Beef Stir Fry recipe by Dani Valent
Chilli Lime Crumb recipe by Sam Massari
Chlorophyll Paste recipe by Tom Cockerill and Green Smoothie recipe by Dani Valent
Crumpets recipe by Jeff Brady
Tomato Shot recipe by Lynette Macdonald I’ve met her a few time to but have not got her to sign her recipe, I’ve made it heaps & love it so much even if you just want to make the tapenade it’s great.
Peach Margarita recipe by Dani Valent
Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust is one of my favourite soup recipes, so creamy & decadent – recipe by George Calombaris
Duck Liver Parfait, Gingerbread Crumbs and Chocolate Foam – unbelievably awesome recipe by Kym Machin
Scallop Mousseline with Lemon Caper Sauce recipe by Willie Pike
Spelt Pizza recipe by Jo Whitton
Beetroot, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad recipe by Troy Payne
Fig Tapioca Pudding – recipe by Troy Payne
Kirche Ganache – made with Black Raspberry liqueur instead – recipe by James Petrie
Blue Cheese Eclairs – recipe by Kirsten Tibballs
Honey Truffles and Earl grey tea Truffles – Recipe by Kirsten Tibballs
Easter Eating 2019

Easter Eating 2019

I never need an excuse to eat or cook but I have noticed that I have been eating less chocolate than in previous years of my life. What is going on???? A few years ago when someone would ask me my favourite food I would say Cheese & Chocolate because everything is better with both of these ingredients right? Don’t worry I still love chocolate but I love dark chocolate & I am also having a love affair with Ruby Chocolate too!! My palate always leans to savoury food. YUM!! Last Easter I tried a recipe from Dani Valent’s In the Mix Cookbook a duck liver parfait with a chocolate foam & gingerbread crumbs!! Wowsers!! It was soooooo good!!

So I am officially starting a new Easter tradition (in my belly at least ) and this year I made Tazziberry Hot Cross Buns to go with the same Dark Chocolate Foam (it’s kind of like a mousse) and I made chicken liver parfait which I added tazziberries, truffle & black garlic to the recipe!! I am going to confess to have eaten almost the whole thing by myself over the course of a few days!! And I am not sorry at all!!

Easter Treat – Tazziberry Buns with Chocolate Foam & Chicken Liver Parfait

Speaking about homemade Easter buns, I can not be bothered putting the crosses on top unless it’s made out of something delicious like chocolate or cream cheese YUM!! Don’t be scared to choose your own Easter Bun Adventure when it comes to flavours your imagination is your only limit just use the recipe from the Basic Cookbook & add whatever combination of fruits berries, nuts or chocolates you like. You can see some of my crazy creations here

Tazziberry buns

The next thing I am going to include in my new Easter Tradition is Ellie’s Taramasalata recipe which I hope she will be releasing very soon because it’s absolutely delicious!! I don’t personally see the need to only eat seafood at Easter, I love seafood all the time so I’m happy to oblige.

Chilli Mussels from the basic cookbook are still my favourite served with crusty sourdough bread & homemade saffron butter!! YUM!!

Eloise Emmett recipe for Taramasalata
Chilli Mussels with homemade saffron butter on crusty sourdough bread
Pretty in Pink – Ruby Chocolate Dessert (made by my BEST friend Christine)
Ruby Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Homemade Chocolates from the In the Mix Cookbook – Chocolate and Honey Truffles, Earl Grey Truffles & Ganache (I used Black Raspberry liqueur instead of the Kirsh)
Chocolate and Honey Truffles and Earl Grey Truffles
Ganache – I used Black Raspberry liqueur instead of the Kirsh
My Favourite Vietnamese Recipes Thermofied

My Favourite Vietnamese Recipes Thermofied

We were very lucky to earn a trip to Vietnam & the Thermomix part lasted for me for 5 days – 3 nights in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon) and 2 Nights in Hoi An – I extended with my Thermo friends another 4 days in Hoi An & 4 days in Hanoi & Cat Ba Island (south of Halong Bay). The food was amazing!! I need to get some more of it into my life because 2 weeks was just not enough time to devour it all.

I can’t put my favourite foods in any sort of order, they were all so tasty. Most mornings I loved having Beef Pho (google the pronunciation please, it’s not said how you think it would be) I became addicted to the Vietnamese Iced Coffee served with condensed milk & there was also an egg coffee & a coconut coffee too!! I ate many Banh Mi’s as well, including my favourite Crab one in Hanoi YUM!! Drank heaps of young coconuts & cocktails too!! I just loved the fresh Passionfruit Mojito. And I had a gorgeous chicken & rice with green mango salad twice in the same day!!

Anyway I will attempt to bring to you my favourite recipes from my recent travels & recreate them using the Thermomix of course. I will do as many live video recipes as I can too on my Facebook page. YUM!! I can’t wait!!

Chicken & Rice with Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce)
Thinly sliced partially frozen beef gets cooked when the hot broth is poured over
Beef Pho
Pork Banh Mi ( I didn’t make the baguettes myself this time)
Chicken Rice and Green Papaya Salad
My version of a Vietnamese Passion Fruit Mojito
Green Papaya Salad
Black Sticky Rice with taro & blue matcha ice cream – recipe by Luke Nguyen (We watched him make this recipe at Thermofest)
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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 …………