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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 MelΓ³ – 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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

Gnocchi

Cauliflower Rice – it’s a delicious vegan recipe πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

The Beauty of the Beets recipe by Sam Gowing

Zhoug

Tandoori Cauliflower

Tandoori Chicken

Preserved Lemons

Butter

Sushi Shapes from the Lunchbox Lessons post πŸ™‚

Chicken Lettuce Cups from the Lunchbox Lessons post πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

BeetRoot Burgers – This is the one from the shoot made by Dani herself too & I got to eat it πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ ( 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 πŸ™‚

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

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.

Rick Stein’s Recipes

Rick Stein’s Recipes

I was lucky enough to go to an Indian Seafood Course at Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow Cornwall. Here are some of the delicious recipes I have recreated from the day.

Tandoori Fish with Garlic Naan

Steaming Hot Cookbook

Steaming Hot Cookbook

I love using the Varoma on the Thermomix to steam delicious meals & treats, here are a few of my favourite Varoma recipes from the Thermomix Baking Blogger ‘s new Cookbook called Steaming Hot – I will be updating with many more very soon. My absolute favourite varoma recipe would have be the whole steamed chicken!! YUM!!

Steamed Pork Buns are a huge hit too!!

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe by Sophia the Thermomix Baking Blogger

 

Spinach Gnudi & Cherry Tomato Sauce

 

Colourful Bagels

 

 

Thai Chicken Balls & Coconut Sticky Rice ( I used some black rice in mine too)

 

Spicy Rhubarb Duck Breasts

Helen’s Massaman Curry

Helen’s Massaman Curry

I used sweet potato instead of potato for this version.

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

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.

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