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
In the Mix 2 Cookbook

In the Mix 2 Cookbook

Another awesome cookbook put together by Dani Valent. Here are the yummy recipes I have made from this amazing cookbook so far….

Spiced Tuna Tartare with Yuzu Custard – recipe by Daniel Wilson
Duck Breast with Pistachio Freekeh and Fennel Salad (unfortunately I slightly over cooked my duck)
Thermomix 28 Day Fresh Start Challenge

Thermomix 28 Day Fresh Start Challenge

You know I love a challenge & this new one is so great for this time of year healthy delicious easy recipes made in the Thermomix – yes please!! You can sign up for the challenge here & download the free ebook. You can do the challenge no matter which Thermomix you have, so no excuses – just do it, do it!! Why wouldn’t you want to try new delicious recipes & become confident using cookidoo & your cook-key if you have one.

Day 1: Mixed Nut & Seed Spread
 Day 1: Orange Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Noodles
Day 2: Hearty Seven Vegetable Soup
Day 3: Superfood Salmon Salad
Day 4: Chicken Broad Bean & Snow Pea Salad – recipe by Tim Robards
Day 5: Anti-inflammatory Pineapple and Turmeric Smoothie – recipe by Jo Whitton/Quirky Cooking
Day 6: Curry Laksa
Day 7: Fresh Fennel Salad
Day 8: Rice Crisp Bars
Day 9: Feta, Spinach and Potato Frittata
Day 10: “Spaghetti” with Spinach & Mint Pesto
Day 11: Tandoori Chicken Wraps (I made my own wraps too & added snow peas to the filling)
Day 11: Peri Peri Sweet Potato Fries
Day 12: Frozen Breakfast Yoghurt Pops
Day 13: Beef Ragu served with Cauliflower Mash
Day 14: Rye Loaf with Berry Chia Jam
Day 15: Acai Berry Bowl
Day 16: Falafel
Day 16: Zucchini Banana Loaf
Day 17: Steamed Fish Parcels
Day 18: Turkey Taco Salad Bowl
Day 19: Asian Beef Salad with Peanut Dressing
Day 20: Lemon and Herb Salmon Burgers with Zucchini Fries
Day 21: Steamed Omelette ( I used my own recipe with feta & dill & smoked salmon)
Day 22: Pumpkin and Turmeric Loaf with Quark and Herb Spread ( I also made my own quark)
Day 22: Sauerkraut
Day 23: Eggs with Coconut Curry Sauce
Day 24: Pea and Ginger Soup and Salmon with Broccoli ( I used zucchini & cauliflower)

Day 25: Paprika Chicken With Creamy Paprika Sauce
Day 26: Sauerkraut Salad
Day 27: Warming Amaranth Porridge
Day 28: Raw Carrot Cake
Korean Chicken Soup

Korean Chicken Soup

We had a ladies Korean lunch, so I decided to make Peter Gimore’s Korean Chicken Soup & it did not disappoint. I used my homemade kimchi & I forgot to put the toasted sesame seeds on top when I served it!!! YUM!!

Perfect way to start a Korean style long lunch
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 🙂 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 …………