ThermoFest and Emerald Class in Vietnam 2019

ThermoFest and Emerald Class in Vietnam 2019

We had the most amazing time away for 2 weeks in Vietnam and I am very grateful to Thermomix in Australia for this unforgettable experience. it is not a country I had on “the list” to go to but I feel very fortunate to have had this experience.

The Thermofest part of the Trip was 3 Days in Hoi Chi Minh City with around 200 Thermomix Consultants and Team Leaders and Managers.

We had a welcome dinner the first night and some fun dancing too!! The First day we had a full day conference including seeing the new model 6 Thermomix, motivational speaker, news of new books etc coming out & awards. My most favourite part of the day was when we had Chef Nguyen chat with us & present a cooking segment hosted by Nico Moretti. To hear Luke to tell story of his family and how they came to live in Australia & everything he has been through to make his dreams a reality was truly inspirational. He has a great sense of humour too. The icing on the cake was watching Luke make 3 of his recipes using the Thermomix & then very briefly meeting him afterwards. That night we had a dinner cruise on the river with more dancing (you have to work off all the delicious food some how right?)

Day 2 a small group of us met Nico Moretti early & went to the street markets Luke had told us about and this was a very fun experience, so busy and so much to see. Words can’t do it justice. We sat down on small plastic chairs for a pancake and then at another place for a broth with noodles such a wonderful experience even if something didn’t sit quite right only a few hours later!! We then had a team bonding activity which was an amazing race style fun with random groups so you got to met some new people, it was great nice and relaxed & not too competitive. The highlight for me was doing Tai Chi in the park. Then we got to meet the children from the orphanage that we had all donated toys to and there was not a dry eye in the room. Thermomix also donated some money and gave them some Aussie soft toys and the looks on their faces of pure joy was priceless.

We choose to have our lunch at Luke Nguyen’s restaurant Vietnam House which was amazing and so relaxing. We had a massage & got ready for the the final event of Thermofest – the Gala Dinner. I never get too dressed up normally or have my hair & make up done but my friends wanted to do it so I joined in the fun. That was the best hair wash I had ever had!! My face was washed too and I even got an arm & hand massage too!! WOW it took a long time to get our make up & hair done so we literally had to run back to the venue to get get changed just in time for the gala dinner missing the welcome drinks and canapes!! It was a good night & I even got to go up on stage & collect my certificate for having 500 Thermomix sales along with some of my other Thermomix consultant friends. They announced the location for next years Thermofest and it’s going to be in China!!

The next part of the Thermomix trip was in Hoi An for 20 consultants with Nico Moretti as our guide. I will be updating this post with our amazing 2 days of adventures soon.

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
Ottolenghi Challenge

Ottolenghi Challenge

Yotam Ottolenghi is coming to Hobart on the 2nd of February, so I have decided to make as many of his recipes as I can until his Q & A session, where I can finally meet him. I was lucky enough to spend my birthday brunch at one of the Ottolenghi cafes last year when I visited London & was given a signed Sweet cookbook for my birthday, then for my last dinner in London I dined at Nopi, It was a very delicious & memorable experience so I bought the signed cookbook to bring home too.

Saffron, Orange & Honey Madeleines from the Sweet cookbook
Custard Yo-Yos with Roasted Rhubarb Icing from the Sweet cookbook
Take Home Chocolate Cake – Also known as The World’s Best Chocolate Cake from the Sweet cookbook.
Pizza Bianca with Potato, Anchovy & Sage from the Simple cookbook.
Seeded Chicken Schnitzel from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato Carpaccio with Spring Onion & Ginger Salsa from the Simple cookbook.
Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad from the Simple cookbook.
Oven Chips with Oregano and Feta from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato and Bread Salad with Anchovies and Capers from the Simple cookbook.
Lamb Bake with Tahini Sauce and Tomatoes – Recipe from the Simple cookbook.
Spiced Apple Cake from the Simple cookbook.
Courgette & Ciabatta Frittata from the Simple cookbook
Chargrilled Asparagus with Romesco Sauce & Apple Balsamic from the Nopi cookbook.
Burnt Spring Onion Dip with Kale (from my garden) from the Nopi cookbook.
Harissa from the Plenty cookbook
Bridget Jones’s Pan-fried Salmon with Pine Nut Salsa from the Simple cookbook
Banana Date and Walnut Loaf from the Sweet cookbook.
Pork with Ginger, Spring Onion & Aubergine from the Simple cookbook
Coriander & Ginger Martini from the Nopi cookbook was the perfect way to start our Ottolenghi lunch I hosted for 6 of my friends on the 31st Jan.
Baked Blue Cheesecakes with pickled beetroot & honey from the Nopi cookbook – it was the favourite dish for the lunch and just as yummy as I remember it from eating it at Nopi.
Chilled Cucumber, Cauliflower & Ginger Soup (made by Sue & styled by Natalie) from the Simple cookbook.
Butterbean Mash with Muhammara (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted aubergine with black garlic pine nuts & basil from the Nopi cookbook
Lamb & Feta Meatballs from the Simple cookbook
Rice Noodle Salad with Cucumber & Poppy Seeds (made by Rita) 
Chicken with Miso Ginger & Lime from the Simple cookbook
Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce from the Simple cookbook.
Cornbread with Cheddar, Feta & Jalapeño from the Simple cookbook.
Honey & Yoghurt Set Cheesecake (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Amaretti (made by Christine) 
Seared Scallops with Pickled Daikon and Chilli Jam from the Nopi cookbook.
Roasted Aubergine with Curried Yoghurt from the Simple cookbook.
Iranian Herb Fritters from the Simple cookbook.
Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble Cake from the Sweet cookbook.
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 …………

Stress Less Xmas 2018

Stress Less Xmas 2018

This year seems to have been my busiest December ever!! It’s still going too, I have customer’s Thermomix to wrap & deliver. I have not even started my own Christmas shopping or food prep – so my very sensible motto this year is KEEP IT SIMPLE & DON”T STRESS!! Ok so I might just make it my mantra?!!! Here is my things I’m excited about at this stage & I will add to the list. After all the most important thing at Christmas is spending time with loved ones, truly enjoying the feasting, fun & the subsequent food coma, don’t you agree??

Whipped cream can bring anything to the next level & it only takes just under 20 secs to whip up in the Thermomix – I like to keep it just cream with nothing else, use a good quality cream – my favourite local cream is Ashgrove & to serve it with home grown raspberries is the ultimate treat anytime of the day!!

 

60 Second Fruit Cake recipe from the Devil of a Cookbook makes a quick & easy gift for friends or you can make smaller ones too 🙂

 

Vanilla & Chocolate Star Biscuits – recipe from Donna Hay Christmas magazine. Meet a friend for an Xmas baking session & both cook a few dishes madly for a few hours then divide & share the results YUM!!

 

Never under estimate the deliciousness of in season fruits – like one of my summer favourites cherries – they also make an awesome gift (these were given to me – well there was the other half that I have already eaten too)

 

Eggnog recipe from Sophia’s Tis the Season Cookbook has a lot of kick to it, once you have had a drink of this you will definitely be free of stress 🙂

 

Speculaas

 

Macaroons

 

Saffron Shortbread

 

Layered Dip recipe by Fiona Hoskin