I created this recipe for a healthy eating workshop last year & came up with lots of interesting variations. here I have shown the recipe in it’s simplest form, cauliflower, coconut oil & salt & pepper. However you can spice or jazz it up with any or all of the following ingredients: garlic, sweet potato, ground cumin, ground coriander, smoked chilli, black or white sesame seeds, coconut pulp leftover from making coconut milk or cream.
My other cauliflower “rice” recipe is steamed however I much prefer the roasted flavour.
Or eat it cold it makes for an awesome salad, add some almonds & fresh greens & other favourite salad ingredients.
Start with a cauliflower & heat the oven to 200 degrees.
Break into florets keeping the inner stalk & the leaves.
You can cut the leaves & stalk on Speed 5 for 2 – 3 secs. (This is also when you could put in roughly chopped sweet potato & garlic (optional) too – if you are doing that variation) then place the chopped veggies on a baking tray.
Place the florets into the bowl & chop on reverse for about 5 secs speed 4 – it will depend how big your florets are to start with.
Put some dollops of coconut oil onto the tray with all the cauliflower “rice” I also love sprinkling my favourite spices here as an option (a teaspoon or 2 each of ground cumin & coriander plus a tsp of smoked chilli) & some salt & pepper. Cook for about 20 mins stirring a couple of time to ensure even cooking.
Then it’s ready to serve anywhere you would normally serve rice or couscous – or you can add some fresh salad ingredients to make it into a delicious salad for lunches.
My favourite way to serve it is with butter chicken or another curry – YUM!!
you can make this simply as shown with just Cauliflower, coconut oil & salt & pepper or spice/jazz it up with any or all of the optional ingredients.
Salt & peper to taste
2-4 tbs coconut oil
2 cloves garlic - optional
1- 2 large sweet potatoes, roughly chopped, skin on - optional
1-2 tbs your favourite spices to taste, I like, cumin, coriander, turmeric & a bit of smoked chilli,
Black sesame seeds, optional
150g coconut pulp - optional, (leftovers from making coconut milk or cream)
Heat oven to 200 degrees.
Place garlic (if using) into the TM bowl & chop for 3 secs speed 7. Add the cauliflower stalk & leaves & sweet potato (if using) & chop for 2 -3 secs on speed 5. Scrape this out of the bowl & place onto a large baking tray.
Place cauliflower pieces into the TM bowl & chop on reverse for about 5 secs speed 4. Then add to the baking tray. Add coconut oil, salt & pepper & any or all of the other optional ingredients - spices, black sesame seeds & coconut pulp (if using) bake on 200 degrees 20 mins, stirring a few times.
Serve with your favourite curry or anywhere you would normally serve rice or couscous.
If you need a vegan option instead of parmesan cheese try this amazing recipe given to me by a customer. 250g almonds soaked over night, rinsed & drained (if you don’t have time you can soak for 1/2 hour in hot water) 2 tbs of savoury yeast & 1/2 tsp salt (to taste) Chop on speed 9 for 5 secs or until desired consistency.
Do you love soup? I most certainly do, however my hubby is not a fan of soups so a lot of the time, I will have a soup for breakfast and or lunch, sometimes I make a really thick & chunky soup & I tell my hubby it’s a “casserole” 🙂
Soups were a regular occurrence in our household growing up & Mum used to make us the most delicious lamb, barley & vegetable soup. My guilty pleasure was a tinned tomato soup served with cracked pepper, crumbled feta & fresh basil leaves! Now I just make my own tomato soup from fresh tomatoes, it only takes about 10 mins in the Thermomix & is so delicious! Anyway because winter is normally the best time to enjoy soups & I wanted to share some of my favourite recipes, to give you some inspiration & ideas.
Obviously start with the best fresh ingredients you can get, making your own stock will give you the best flavour or using some stock paste that you make in the Thermomix. You can make veggie, chicken or beef stock paste very easily, these recipes come with your Thermomix and are so handy to have in your fridge or freezer to give a flavour boost to any soup or casserole. They have a lot of salt in them to help preserve them & to bring out the flavour of your dish. The Thermomix is so perfect for making soups, everything in the one bowl, the chopping, sautéing, cooking, stirring & then pureeing.
Quirky Cooking’s Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup This is my go to soup is anyone is feeling slightly unwell, so quick easy & nourishing & I always love squeezing lemon juice into most of my soups too! (Plus I’m so excited that Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking loved my photo of her soup so much she bought it to use on her website!) The other very popular soup recipe by Jo is her Creamy Chicken & Brown Rice Soup, put this on your winter cooking list if it isn’t already!
George Calombaris’ Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust from In the Mix Cookbook by Dani Valent. This is my favourite Pumpkin Soup recipe by far, so creamy & delicious. I even leave the skin on my butternut pumpkin because the Thermomix is so awesome at blending it all up. The Virtual bacon dust is made from toasted & caramelised sesame seeds with brown sugar & Japanese stock powder (dashi) I also made it replacing the dashi with dried porcini mushrooms & it was still just as yummy.
For an awesome roasted pumpkin flavour. I also love roasting a pumpkin whole along with some sweet potato, onion & garlic still in their skins. Once they have cooked you can remove the skins if you wish & then add some of your favourite stock & maybe some cream or coconut cream, once you have cooked it all then puree till smooth.
Peter Gilmore’s Cauliflower Soup from In the Mix 2 Cookbook, in the book it is served with seared scallops & fresh truffle, but it is still absolutely amazing even with out the scallops & truffle. Even just using some truffle oil & or truffle salt if you have it, will take it to the next level.
My beetroot soup recipe is coming soon, I use fresh beetroot, fennel & cabbage and serve it with homemade yoghurt & horseradish with a bit of smoked salmon if you want to make it a bit fancy for guests.
I love the smoky spicy flavour of chorizo & any recipe that has it is as an ingredient is always so delicious – This is the Mexican Black Bean & Chorizo Soup another awesome recipe by Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking.
Another chorizo soup I love is with chunks of chorizo, kale & sweet potato YUM!
In my minestrone soup, I use as much veggies from the garden as I can, I loosely use Jamie Oliver’s recipe (I leave out the pasta) & it’s delicious with or with out some parmesan cheese on top!
Spicy Moroccan Lentil Soup – This recipe is in the cookbook that comes with your Thermomix so quick easy & tasty!
The pea soup from The Devil of a Cookbook is also amazing & speaking of peas – how good is a pea & ham soup too?!
Soups are hearty, healthy, nourishing & soul warming, they can be a little bit posh or simple & quick. The main thing is they taste so good, like anything you make from scratch!! Happy Thermomixing Everyone 🙂
Yes Ellie & I did it again – another sunrise breakfast at the Tessellated Pavement, but more on that later.
What do you say when your chef friend asks you to come & cook, wash up & taste the food for her 2 day photo shoot for her Seafood Everyday Cookbook – YES PLEASE! (And as a bonus I actually got paid to do it too!! I told Ellie I would have done it for free because it was so much fun, not to mention absolutely delicious!)
Day 1: Sunday 1st May – Job 1 purchase some ingredients on the way down to Ellie’s place at Eaglehawk Neck. When I woke up bright & early there was the most amazing sunrise & then as I started to drive into the city I heard thunder, saw lightning & then it bucketed down with rain! I was hoping the light would still be ok for Ellie’s photos today. I had nothing to fear as when I arrived at Ellie’s at about 9.30am she had already started some of the prep – her dining table was covered with lots of crockery, cloths & cutlery. She had a table by the window set up with backgrounds reflectors & her camera on the tripod. She had already cooked a crayfish for a couple of the recipes later on in the day. I was asked to make & prep some of the recipes so Elli’e could just finish them off before taking her photos for the book & then I got to taste them all!! I was so busy trying to cook, eat & wash up (she doesn’t have a dishwasher) that I didn’t get a chance to take many of my own photos – I did get some quick shots on my iPhone before I consumed them, so I could use them on our designated instagram breaks throughout the day, to make all my friends super jealous!!
Surprise Potato Bake
Thermomix Hollandaise Sauce
1 of the many oyster recipes
Crayfish with Hollandaise Sauce
Fresh pasta for 4 different recipes
On the first day we completed 19 recipes – which included about 6 different styles of oysters YUM! I was in my element because I could use Ellie’s 2 Thermomix for certain elements of the recipes too. I learnt so many tips and ideas form Ellie over the 2 days. You won’t believe the first dish I had to prep was risotto (or otherwise know as “Hot Wet Rice” & yes we showed the Katering show video of the two Kate’s making risotto to Ellie’s hubby at the end of day 2 & we all had a good laugh).
I used the Thermomix for fresh pasta dough & left it to rest, Ellie had already made the bread dough in the Thermie before I arrived & then I learnt how to shape it for a cob loaf & 2 baguettes – we let it proof again & then baked in the oven. It’ s a bit of a blur but I will try to remember everything the best I can – octopus salad with peas & feta was amazing! I also had another salad with fish, risotto & feta balls with octopus, salmon & bacon pancakes – so good!! I made Ellie’s awesome potato & sweet potato surprise bake. (I’m drooling in my mouth as i remember tasting all these amazing dishes). A cauliflower puree was another element for one of the dishes that was easy to make in the Thermomix, as well as onion jam & beetroot relish – Ellie wanted a grated texture for the beetroot relish & took great delight in the fact I had to use a grater to hand grate the beetroot by hand instead of using the Thermomix. I also made pastry in the Thermomix too.
Dish of the day was hard to choose but I have to say the crayfish topped with Thermomix hollandaise was so special, plus it looked amazing too!
Guess what we had for dinner that night? Yes leftovers!! I couldn’t believe I could fit anything in!! After dinner we looked at the days photos & they looked amazing they even made me hungry looking at them!! I rolled out the pasta dough & cooked it ready for 4 different pasta dishes we would shoot tomorrow. I also made the steamed Dill & Feta Omelette with Smoked Salmon recipe we were taking to the Tessellated Pavement in the morning for Ellie to get the cover photo for her cookbook. We had learnt a lot form our previous breakfast at the Tessellated Pavement, to take a little with us as possible. So we packed 1 picnic basket of things & worked out how we were going to style it. We had an early night so we would be fresh in the morning for our big photo shoot.
Day 2: Monday 2nd May, after I woke up multiple times in the early morning it was time to officially wake up at 5.45am. We had a quick cuppa & grabbed our food, Tasmanian sparkling wine & picnic basket of props to arrive at the Tessellated Pavement about 6.30, after setting up in one spot we moved to another spot so we could get more of the pavement into the shot. We got so many amazing photos, Ellie was quick to post a picture to instagram of our sunrise breakfast picnic hoping she could get over 100 likes. Check out Ellie’s Instagram account to have a look. We had the whole place to ourselves & after a few adjustments we had it just right to shoot away for about 1/2 an hour or so. It was so exciting, relaxing & peaceful. I could not wipe the smile off my face.
After packing up, I had to drink the wine in the glasses, because we couldn’t waste such good quality Tasmanian sparkling wine & Ellie couldn’t drink because she had to have her A game on for the rest of the days big photo shoot. Anyway just as I was downing the last of the wine in the glass a lady & her dog walked past, she smiled asking if we were celebrating?! After all it was only just after 7am on a Monday morning!! Too funny!
A very quick look at the mornings photos on the computer & Ellie confirmed she had got her cover photo – It looks amazing!!
Anyway back to work, first things first, more breakfast!! We hadn’t eaten the omelette we took to the morning shoot & had brought it back home with us so take some more photos with the most amazing breakfast you will ever have – Salmon rashers with French toast & maple syrup, so amazing!!
After breakfast was photographed & then eaten it was time to get onto the 13 more recipes for the day including all the mussel recipes. We also had Ellie’s 2 youngest children helping us today so I added child entertainer to my list of jobs, it was so much fun & we all wore our special aprons too! Yes I had the job of making sure the bottle of sparkling wine didn’t get wasted & so I had a matching wine to my seafood tasting today until just after lunchtime 🙂 I got to make a spicy seafood laksa & we made another crayfish recipe too, oh & some yummy squid pasta, just to mention a few of the days recipes.
The cooking, eating, washing up & photos continued for the rest of the day & we finished about 4pm. We had multiple instagram checking breaks as we saw Ellie’s likes for her photo sky rocket through the day. Then we all went for a walk to the beach which was just what we needed after 2 epic days.
I stayed for dinner to help Ellie & her family eat some of the days delicious leftovers – we had another mini leftover degustation for dinner as the fridge was very full!! I don’t think I will ever need to eat again – well maybe not till breakfast anyway!
Oh wow, I thought I was in heaven, having a 2 day seafood degustation with a total of 34 dishes, I feel so grateful to have been given this amazing experience. I loved hearing stories Ellie shared with me about her restaurant days where she was the chef & owner at the Mussel Boys in Tarana, quite a few of the recipes from her restaurant are in the cookbook too. Also Ellie’s Instagram photo from the morning was shared by “Australia” on Instagram on got over 46,000 likes!!
Even if I had not had this awesome experience I would still be rushing out to buy this cookbook the recipes are amazing & the photos look sensational – much better than these ones I took on my iPhone 🙂 The Seafood Everyday Cookbook will hopefully be available to purchase in Dec 2016. Congrats Ellie on an outstandingly awesome job! I love your work! (I think I am still in a food coma)
Making lasagne completely from scratch is so easy with a Thermomix, I even had a customer who was “allowed” to buy a thermomix if she promised to make her hubby lasagne once a week 🙂 I must say it is a family favourite comfort food recipe that’s for sure an awesome way of earning brownie points with the rest of the family to to serve homemade lasagne.
Today I needed to make a double batch of Lasagne one for our family & one for my friend who has a new baby. Fresh pasta dough is so easy, you can use the guided recipe. Then I chopped cheddar cheese on speed 5 for about 5 secs & parmesan cheese on speed 10 for 5 secs.
Making white sauce is super easy another great guided recipe on the Thermomix recipe chip.
Then adding the cheese & mixing it in YUM!!
Rolled out fresh pasta using a pasta machine.
After cooking the pasta in boiling water for a couple of mins it’s time to build the lasagne. A layer of pasta.
Then the bolognese sauce another guided recipe, for great bolognese sauce be careful if you use low fat mince it is ground up super fine & even being stirred constantly on low speed & reverse it will give your sauce a grainy texture. You can either make your own mince meat or don’t chop it up so much or put the mince in the simmering basket as you do the cooking it will still be in the sauce but away from the blades. I love using at least 2 cloves of garlic & onion, fresh basil, oregano & parsley, bacon or half pork & half beef mince, a splash of red wine & if I have them cherry tomatoes add a bit of sweetness, not to mention all the veggies I throw into the Thermomix, celery, carrot, mushrooms, red capsicum & zucchini And some tomato paste & Thermomix Veggie stock paste to boost the flavour even more.
I like to put a pasta layer on the bolognese layer & then the cheese sauce. repeating this process twice.
It’s messy fun!! Then sprinkle more cheese on top & bake till crispy on top about 30 mins at 180 degrees.
Then ask your son to take it our of the oven & serve 🙂
What to make when your teenage son has his mate over for dinner? Well the Bacon Kaboom of course! My son & I bought Billy Law’s cookbook called Man Food & we had bought it mainly to try this epic looking recipe so I decided it was time to give it a go. Of course I thermofied (technical term for converting a non Thermomix recipe to a Thermomix recipe) it where I could 🙂 The mince mixture was done in the Thermomix I used fresh garlic & herbs & chopped them first in the Thermomix I also chopped the cheese in the Thermomix too.
First you weave the bacon on a tray
After mixing the mince meat in the Thermomix with the herbs you flatten it out on some baking paper & add your fillings. (we had to leave out the jalapenos & serve them on the side.)
after rolling up the meatloaf then you have to wrap the meatloaf in the bacon weave.
Then hold into place with bamboo skewers before cooking!
Kaboom – It was a huge success & went down a treat with the boys & their families!!