We had an amazing day for lunch at Josef Chromy Wines with Lunch by Alain Passard. It was wonderful to see how many guests had come over from Melbourne for this much anticipated lunch including food writer Dani Valent who got me an in to take photos in the kitchen to go with her interview here. I’ll let you read all about it on her site but here are some more of my photos of the delicious day that I hope you will enjoy.
Layered Salad in a Jar is a fun way to serve salad & you can have so many variations based on your favourite in season salad ingredients. My version was created for a healthy eating workshop & after speaking with the nutritionist who was presenting I put together this yummy nutritious combo.
First make your dressing, I chose to use flaxseed oil & apple cider vinegar, you can use use lemon or lime juice instead of the vinegar or use extra virgin olive oil in place of the flaxseed oil.
Choose your flavours, try fresh herbs or your favourite mustard or even fresh chilli.
I love the zing of fresh ginger & garlic plus I had some gorgeous vibrant fresh turmeric as well!
Blitz 10g each of fresh ginger, garlic & turmeric for 5 secs on speed 7. Add 100g of apple cider vinegar & 100g chosen good quality oil & salt & pepper to taste, mix for 10 secs on speed 5.
Pour in your chosen amount of dressing to your jar or jars.
I like to make a “massaged” kale layer on top of the dressing layer, it really makes the kale taste amazing! After making your dressing leave about a tbs in the TM bowl, remove the stalks from the kale & put the leaves into the TM bowl & chop for 2-3 secs on speed 5 to your desired texture. Season to taste then set the Thermomix for 2-3 mins reverse speed 2. You can use a jam funnel to get your ingredients into the jar without pouring half of them onto the table. Try not to pack your ingredients down too much because you need room to stir them when you are eating the salad.
I like to include a shredded chicken layer, using leftover steamed chicken breasts (from steamed whole chicken) or you can poach them in the simmering basket after cutting them in half & cover with water to the max line cooking for about 20 mins, 100 degrees speed 1. You might like to chop up fresh hebs & garlic before adding water to give the chicken some flavour or use a big tbs of veggie stock paste. Once the chicken is cooked allow to cool & place in the fridge. Place cold chicken breasts into the Thermomix bowl & chop for about 3-4 secs reverse speed 4 until desired consistency is reached.
You can put layers of any of your favourite veggies, just think about vibrant colours to make it more appealing. It is better for any wetter ingredients to go towards the bottom of the jar, especially if you won’t be eating the salad until the next day. I hand chop things like cucumber, tomato or cherry tomatoes. If you are using avocado you will have to squeeze some lemon juice on it to stop it from going brown. I love using red cabbage or fresh beetroot that has been peeled I chop it for 3-5 secs on speed 5. Broccoli is another favourite of mine too. You could even do a boiled egg layer. Hand sliced radish looks & tastes great too.
Finish it off with some freshly chopped chives or other herbs & toasted seeds or nuts for some added texture.
If you want to ditch the jar, this salad is still delicious in a salad bowl! 😀
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!!
Kale, Chia, Pear & Orange Smoothie
Rhubarb & Blackberry Breakfast Tart
Spiced Carrot Porridge
Smoked Salmon Muffins with Steamed Eggs & Herbed Relish
Tuna Empanadas made by my Mum
Herb-Salted Chicken and Chickpea Casserole
Rhubarb & Vanilla Rhumba
Spiced Nut Clusters
Mushroom Cappuccino (Mushroom Soup)
Sweet Potato Blini with Cumin & Sesame Crème Fraîche
Once called a Thermomix Demo the name has changed to a Thermomix Cooking Experience. Just as the name suggests you experience how easy it is to use the Thermomix first hand. You & your 2-3 guests get to cook a dish with your consultant. You will get to use use the guided cooking on the recipe chips for 2 of the dishes. Of course you get to taste the delicious food too, which in my opinion is the best part, seeing & tasting is believing. Cooking from scratch with a Thermomix means you get maximum flavour into your food, enables you to be additive free, while saving you time & money. Plus there are some new menu items (indicated with a *). This Thermomix cooking experience commences on the 1st Feb 2017.
For dessert choose Fresh Fruit Sorbet or *Fruity Berry Dream
(by the way we always eat our dessert first at the Cooking Experience)
Both are quick easy & delicious, the ThermoWOW factors are seeing sugar being made into icing sugar in 10 secs!! See the Thermomix chop ice or frozen fruit in about 1 minute!!
Veloute’ Meal ThermoWOW factors are seeing an all in one meal made, chopping, cooking, steaming & pureeing – you cook a veggie soup, while steaming your protein & veggies. Some of the soup is made into the delicious velvet sauce to go over the protein & veggies.
Frozen Berry Fruity Dream
Being a host is easy & fun, you provide a few ingredients & your consultant brings the rest plus there are some great rewards, you can always purchase a half price Thermoserver for $30 or a Thermomix Breadmat for $40. Look out for the special host rewards that are updated regularly. Here are the very exciting offers available at the moment: one lucky host who has their cooking experience before the end of April win a trip for 2 to Lake Como Italy – the destination for the Thermomix Emerald Class Trip this year.
I remember when a salad used to be quite mundane, maybe some iceberg lettuce, tomato, cucumber & carrot with a bit of dressing, which is till an ok side salad for a quick meat & salad meal. Salads can be just so exciting, start with the freshest ingredients & think colours, textures; with toasted nuts or seeds, flavour combos, roasted veg, fresh herbs, in season veggies or salad greens & delicious dressings, even adding in amazing protein can lift a salad. Even consider using leftovers from a meal cold grilled or steamed meats or meatballs. You don’t really need a recipe for a great salad but sometimes it’s so good you want to be able to recreate that amazing combo. Here are a few of my favourites in no particular order that I will be continuing to update.
Roast lamb salad (marinade made in the Thermomix) with some roasted veg feta & other salad ingredients.
I used Eloise Emmett’s recipe to pickle my octopus & then serve with either a greek style or green salad – also yummy with a creamy potato salad too.
Guess what? Some salads are better made without the Thermomix you might only make the dressing in the Thermomix – this is a favourite of mine Fennel Salad I love to serve it with confit or steamed salmon. (The recipe is from a great book that includes French style recipes – Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard.)
I’m not normally a fan of coleslaw but even using red cabbage & the fresh apple or pear, red capsicum & some fresh dill & try adding some pecans for extra crunch I prefer my coleslaw dressed with lemon juice & olive oil. Of course it is so easy to make your own mayo in the Thermomix too.- Dani Valent had a peanut butter coleslaw recipe in the In the Mix 2 cookbook.
My take on 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.
I love to make Teressa Cutter’s Massaged Kale Salad in the Thermomix – I stir it on reversed instead of massaging it by hand & then I love to add some Thermomix shredded chicken YUM!!
Warm Sweet Potato Salad or use pink eye potatoes instead either with homemade mayo or serve warm with Thermie made Bearnaise sauce with or without crispy bacon!! Of course you can put it in the fridge & serve it cold too 🙂 (Yes you may have noticed there is a sneaky Brussel Sprout in this one so feel free to add any of you other favourite veggies that are in season I steamed the brussel sprout with the sweet potato.)
I love greek salad but serving it with steamed lamb meatballs really makes it into a special delicious meal that is so easy to prepare 🙂
Nico Moretti’s roasted Cauliflower Salad. You will find the recipe in his Delicious Journeys Cookbook – actually it’s on the front cover too!
The classic beetroot salad from your basic cookbook you can jazz up if you want, serve with feta, pistachios, pomegranate seeds, chickpeas or even tuna. Use any fresh herbs you like.