Thermomixing Extravaganza

Thermomixing Extravaganza

Lasagna is the perfect meal to prepare ahead, not only will it’s flavour develop and it will taste better. It’s also a great thing to have in the freezer for a delicious quick and easy week night dinner. It really pays to go to the extra trouble of mincing your own meat and making fresh pasta sheets. YUM!!
Hainanese Chicken and Rice – recipe from Sophia’s Kitchen
Spelt and Seed Loaf steamed in the Varoma – recipe from Sophia’s Kitchen
Saffron Butter
Buttermilk bread with herbs, garlic & cheese scrolled 2 ways
Passionfruit Mojito

Passionfruit Mojito

I lost count how many passionfruit mojitos we had in Vietnam over the course of the 2 weeks we were there as part of our Thermomix in Australia Thermofest and Emerald Class trip. They were very reasonably priced especially when it was Happy Hour!! Sometimes it seemed they had forgotten to put in the rum, which still made for a nice mocktail if you want that option for this recipe?

If you wish you can stick with the classic passionfruit mojito by leaving out the extra ingredients I have added into this recipe and adjust to your own personal taste. The Vietnamese mint adds a peppery flavour which can be slightly over powering – so use it as a garnish and maybe just a few leaves per drink. When I was recipe testing (tough job lol!!) I happened to have some leftover ginger infused sugar syrup & thought it would work in well with my drink and it did!! It’s not traditional to use a sugar syrup for a mojito but one of the mojitos I had in Vietnam you could still get the texture of the sugar in the drink which was unpleasant. Of course if you are in a rush for happy hour you can skip making the sugar syrup and just whizz up the sugar on speed 10 for 10 secs in your Thermomix. I also think if you don’t like sugar you could leave the sugar out because you get a nice sweetness from the fresh passionfruit.

I also think this recipe would work with some fresh lemongrass too. We had some great lemongrass cocktails too – so I need to work on that recipe too!! I’ve also added something a bit special to make the cocktail stand out – it doesn’t have a flavour but it is the Blue Pea flower tea you can freeze into ice cubes if you want this look I’ve created here. We were introduced to this ingredient by Luke Nguyen at Thermofest when he blitzed the tea into a matcha powder to make the most gorgeous looking ice cream. (click here for the recipe). I’ve also served mine with a large reusable bamboo straw that I bought in Vietnam.

I never would have guessed how many people really want this recipe, after I posted the pic on social media yesterday people are begging for it, so I know you will all help me continue to test and perfect this recipe won’t you? Please provide and tips and suggestions that you think will make this the most perfect passionfruit mojito ever!!

Ingredients

  • To serve – Blue Pea Flower Tea made into ice cubes (optional) or regular ice cubes
  • 100g sugar
  • 100g water
  • 30g fresh ginger cut into thin slices
  • A few leaves of Vietnamese mint plus extra to garnish
  • A few of sprigs of fresh mint leaves plus extra to garnish
  • 50g white rum
  • juice from 1 lime
  • pulp from 1-2 fresh passionfruit
  • soda water
  • handful of ice

Method

To make the sugar syrup place the sugar, water and ginger into the TM bowl and cook for 4 mins, 100 degrees, speed 1. Strain the sugar syrup and allow to cool (this syrup will make more than you need for 1 drink but I think you may want to make more than 1)

Add the passionfruit pulp to the cold tall serving glass (if you don’t like so many passionfruit seeds you can add the pulp into the TM bowl and mix for 15 secs, speed 4 and then strain off some of the seeds, retaining the juice for your drink) Add the garnish mint leaves into the glass with the blue pea flower tea ice cubes.

Insert the butterfly whisk. Place the few leaves of Vietnamese mint, few sprigs of fresh mint, lime juice, white rum, handful of ice and 20g of the completely cooled ginger sugar syrup (or to taste) into the TM bowl and muddle for 20 secs, reverse, speed 4. Strain the mixture and pour into your serving glass over the passionfruit pulp and ice cubes. Top up with soda water to serve. Cheers!!

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.