Dinner

Helen’s Massaman Curry

I used sweet potato instead of potato for this version.

Click here for Helen’s Massaman Curry Paste Recipe -Thanks so much Helen for letting me post your delicious recipe, it’s a regular in our house now & a family favourite 🙂

Helen's Massaman Curry
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
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I have made this recipe in the Thermomix too you just need to make sure you don't go above the max line so you may need to adjust the quantities. Also cook on 90 degrees on speed soft & keep checking it to see if it is tender, the time will depend on the type of meat you have used & how large you have chopped it up - don't forget to use reverse.
Ingredients
  • 1 kg meat (*see note below)
  • ½ kg potatoes (approx)
  • 1 onion, medium sized
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 star anise
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind block/paste
  • 25 ml fish sauce
  • 25 ml palm sugar
  • 1 can coconut milk (might need extra)
  • 1 small can Maesri (114 gm) massaman paste or ⅓ cup of massaman paste (see previous post)
  • HINT Buy palm sugar in the round blocks, then break up into lumps with pestle and chopper, and keep in an airtight glass jar
  • HINT Buy the 1 ltr cartons of coconut milk. The oil separates much better in carton coconut milk.
  • *Can be chicken, beef, lamb….whatever you want it to be. On the bone is best, chicken marylands can be halved. Chicken thighs are fine, halved too, or chuck steak or leg of lamb with the lamb cut off.
  • Slurry Mix
  • For 1 kg of meat, use a ratio of the ingredients below to make a slurry mix (to be added to the massaman at the start of the cook):
  • 25 ml fish sauce
  • 25 g palm sugar
  • 25 g tamarind block
  • Dry Spice Mix
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 candlenuts
Instructions
  1. NOTE This recipe may seem complex. It’s not. But there are a series of separate different things that need to be done to ultimately lead to the finished product.
  2. Slurry Mix - Blend with enough water to make a slurry, then set aside
  3. Dry Spice Mix - After dry roasting the ingredients for about 5 mins, add all except the cinnamon sticks into muslin or a chux wipe, tie up with kitchen string, and set aside, so then that little muslin bag too can be added to the massaman at cooking time.
  4. Chop up dutch cream potatoes (approx 1 kg) into large chunks
  5. Chop meat into large chunks
  6. Quarter a medium sized onion
  7. Pour approx ½ cup coconut milk into your large saucepan.
  8. Add massaman paste, and stir fry mix till the oil in the coconut milk separates (approx 10 mins)
  9. Then add to the saucepan: the tamarind slurry, chicken pieces (or beef, or whatever meat you’re using) the muslin bag containing the dry roasted spices, the cinnamon sticks, the quartered onion & approx half cup water.
  10. Let the onion cook for approx 5 mins in this mixture, then add the chopped potatoes, ½ cup coconut milk (can add more if required later too)
  11. Cook on a low heat for approx 45 mins. (For a beef massaman, if using a cheaper cut of beef, like chuck steak, you'll need to cook longer till it reaches the pull apart, fork tender stage). Obviously, the cooking time is also dictated by the size you have cut your meat pieces.
  12. You want the onion and meat to be slow cooked, and for the sweetness of the onion flavour to come out into the massaman.

 

Helen’s Massaman Curry Paste

Massaman Curry Paste

Use this delicious paste to make Helen’s Massaman Curry Recipe

Helen's Massaman Curry Paste
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 2 jars
 
I have Thermofied Helen's by making the paste in the Thermomix pureeing the paste ingredients on speed 10 for 10 secs.
Ingredients
  • 10g dried red chillies
  • 2 cardamom pods, roasted
  • 1¼ teaspoons cumin seeds, roasted
  • 1½ teaspoons coriander seeds, roasted
  • 1½ teaspoons shrimp paste,
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon galangal, peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Roast the shrimp paste, wrapped in foil and roasted in 200C oven for 15 mins
  2. Roast dry spices as noted above (except for dried chillies and shrimp paste), in dry pan stirring constantly, till pungent, then put aside
  3. Combine roasted dry spices, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon and pound in a mortar/pestle, or grind up in a spice grinder.
  4. Soak dried chillies in boiling hot water for 30 mins.
  5. Remove chillies from water (keep the water) and chop finely
  6. Add (in mortar/pestle or processor, but not into the spice grinder which is for dry spices only!) remaining ingredients and process to a paste, using some of the chilli soaking water if the paste needs to be moistened during this process.
  7. Makes approx 1 cup of paste. Paste can be kept frozen in an ice cube container, or will keep in the fridge for approx 2 weeks.

 

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 🙂 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 🙂 

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 🙂

 

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!!

 

 

 

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