Thermomix Tips

The Thermomix Cook-Key & Cookidoo Subscription

My Thermo Family: Thermbot, Paris Heston & Bimby with the Cook- Key attached.

 

As you know I do get rather excited about all things Thermomix & the Cook-Key is no exception. The Cook-Key attaches to your Model 5 Thermomix, where the recipe chip would normally sit. Then the first time you set it up you connect it up to your home wifi. It will automatically update to the latest updates available for the Thermomix Model 5, like sound options – you can turn the sound down or you can get it to chime for less time 🙂 There is a Cook-Key website to answer all your questions too. The most exciting thing about the Cook-Key in my opinion is that you can now use any of the recipes on Cookidoo (all tested recipes) as a guided recipe on your Thermomix Model 5.

Simply log onto Cookidoo & activate your Cook-Key by putting in the code on your Cook-Key. Then choose any of the the recipes on Cookidoo from any of the Cookidoo sites (12 countries to choose from) & create your own recipe lists, add them to your favourite recipes, or your favourite collections or even add them to your weekly planner. Turn on your Thermomix with the Cook-key attached & sinc the recipes so they now appear on your Thermomix 🙂 (If you are using another country’s Cookidoo & you don’t speak the language you can use use chrome translate so you can read the recipe in English (which can sometimes be amusing :-))

 

Plus special offers available – right now pre-order your Cook-Key for $189 plus $10 postage either through the Thermomix Shop selecting your consultant or contact your Thermomix Consultant directly & they can process your Cook-Key order including the option to put it on your zip money payment plan (12 months interest free) you will get 2 free mini Thermoservers – while stocks last 🙂 Your Cook-key comes with a 6 month subscription to Cookidoo & then if you choose to continue the subscription it will be $49 a year. Otherwise you still have the option to purchase individual collections that you love.

30 Day Free Trial Cookidoo Subscription – Simply log into Cookidoo or register if you haven’t already & under the browse dropdown box is the get subscription tab, once you select this is gives you the option of the free trial & this can be used by all Thermomix owners. What a great way to explore all the recipes before your Cook-key arrives.

I didn’t think it was possible, but Thermomixing is going to be even more fun!! HAPPY THERMOMIXING!!

Arwen’s Roasted Cauliflower “Rice”

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.

Cauliflower

Start with a cauliflower & heat the oven to 200 degrees.

 

Cauliflower floretts

Break into florets keeping the inner stalk & the leaves.

 

Cauliflower 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.

 

Cauliflower rice

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.

 

Cauliflower rice on tray

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.

 

Cauliflower rice in bowl

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.

 

Cauliflower rice & butter chicken

My favourite way to serve it is with butter chicken or another curry – YUM!!

 

Arwens' Roasted Cauliflower "Rice"
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Serves: 4 - 6 serves
 
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.
Ingredients
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with your favourite curry or anywhere you would normally serve rice or couscous.

 

 

 

Easy Peasy Cheesy – Making Fresh Cheeses with the Thermomix

It’s so hard for me to choose my favourite foods but cheese is certainly up there as a favourite food – it just tastes so good & makes everything else taste so good too, so imagine how delicious your own homemade cheeses taste! It’s kind of dangerous but good. Here are my favourites & maybe some day I will get a chance to make some hard cheeses or even a brie!!

For my step by step guide to making Halloumi Cheese see my guest blog post on Quirky Cooking.

Labne B

This is my homemade Labna cheese in one piece, I start from scratch & make homemade yoghurt in the Thermomix (I use the automated recipe rounding up the cream & the starter yoghurt) & then it is simply left to strain over night so it becomes firm. There is also a recipe for this in the In the Mix (first book).

Labna

Labna 2

You can roll it into balls & marinate with your favourite herbs & spices & then cover it with oil & keep in the fridge. This cheese is so versatile you can eat it on toast with crackers or veggies sticks served in salads or sandwiches. Or simply on it’s own as a cheeky snack – So good!!

Next is the ricotta or paneer cheese – they are pretty much the same thing but used for different dishes – heat up milk (some recipes have cream too) & then add some vinegar to it, let it sit & then strain the liquid away & you are left with the soft fresh cheese to cook with. Try a ricotta gnocchi recipe or a spinach & ricotta pie.

ricotta_1 ricotta

Paneer Curry

Click on this link for the recipe for Paneer Curry 🙂 Which includes the recipe for making the paneer.

 

The other cheese you can easily make in the Thermomix is Mascarpone, I will be making this again soon & will take some photos to share with you. I hope I have inspired you to give cheese making a go? It’s so fun & rewarding and best of all it’s delicious 🙂

 

Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

lemon poppy seed cake

This recipe is a slight variation on a family favourite when we were growing up, also the first job I ever had was helping a lady bake cakes to sell to cafe’s, & we made a version of this (along with the Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe).

First soak your poppy seeds in the milk ( also if you run out of poppy seeds you can substitute with black sesame seeds if you need too :-))

poppy cake

Next blitz the lemon zest with the sugar, to make a lemon flavoured sugar.

lemon poppy seed cake making step 1

Mix all the cake ingredients together; the time is quick & the speed slower to avoid making the cake to tough & dry.

Another tip from my younger days is if you are not using your homemade butter use the paper that the butter came in instead of baking paper, it’s something my mum always did & she saved the butter papers in the fridge in case we needed to use them for a cake. It’s a great way to save money & time because the paper is already “pre-greased” with some of the leftover butter 🙂

lemon poppy seed cake in tin 2

While the cake is cooking you cake make the glaze. If you don’t have whole vanilla beans & you want to use vanilla bean paste that is fine too :-).

When the cake is cooked through poke some holes all around it & pour the glaze over so it soaks into the cake.

lemon poppy seed cake in tin

It’s the best served warm with a cuppa – enjoy!

lemon poppy seed cake

Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • CAKE
  • 100 grams poppy seeds
  • 120 grams milk
  • Zest from 1 Lemon
  • 200 grams sugar raw
  • 140 grams vegetable oil, or rice bran oil
  • 300 grams plain four
  • dash ground cinammon
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • GLAZE
  • ⅓ vanilla bean, or 1 tsp vanilla extract/paste
  • zest from 1 Lemon
  • 40 grams butter cubes
  • 50 grams honey
  • 15 grams lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Soak poppy seeds in milk for 1 hr.
  2. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  3. Put sugar & lemon zest into the TM bowl & process for 20 secs on speed 10.
  4. Add rest of the cake ingredients to TM bowl & mix for 4 secs speed 4, scrape down sides of bowl & mix 4 secs on speed 4.
  5. Pour into lined cake tin & bake for approx. 45 mins or until cooked through.
  6. While the cake is cooking make the glaze by placing vanilla bean & lemon zest into the TM bowl & process for 20 secs on speed 10.
  7. Add remaining ingredients for the glaze and cook 2 mins 50 degrees speed 2.
  8. Process for 10 secs on speed 10.
  9. While cake is still warm stick a skewer into it quite a few times all over the cake & pour over Vanilla, Lemon Glaze.

Inspirational Recipes & The Thermomixers 30 Day Challenge

Yes people are still buying Thermomix!! Of course they are because they are so awesome!!

MODEL5 bush backdrop

When I deliver a Thermomix I want people to get the most out of their new kitchen friend & ask them if they would like to accept the Thermomix 30 Day Challenge. “Your mission should you choose to accept it is to make 1 new thing a day in the Thermomix everyday for 30 days, it can be something as simple as making icing sugar in 10 secs, also if you miss a day you can make up for it on another day. In the challenge try to use every part of the Thermomix at least once including the Varoma. It is optional to share photos of the food you make in your 30 day challenge on social media with the hashtag #thermomix30daychallenge. (Feel free to share on my Arwens ThermoPics Facebook page too)” Of course you don’t have to be a new owner to accept the challenge either, you might just want to try some new recipes for 30 days 🙂

At your 1 hour delivery session, you learn all about your new Thermomix & how to use it, as well as cook your first recipe while your consultant helps. We recommend hosting another Thermomix demo a few weeks after your Thermomix has arrived because at any presentation you will only remember 20% of the information. Or you may like to go to one of the Thermomix demonstration style cooking classes.

Here are my tips on the best places for inspirational Thermomix recipes.

Sign up to the My-Thermomix Recipe Platform. (It’s available for TM31 & Model 5 Thermomix owners – you just register with your serial number from your Thermomix on the TM31 it is underneath & on the Model 5 it’s under the settings menu in about Thermomix) If you have the Thermomix model 5 you can put in the codes on your recipe chips & those recipes will be uploaded. Once you have access to the platform you can purchase tested recipes in collections for around $3 & it also has a menu planning & shopping list feature – it is best to use either google chrome or firefox as your internet browser – when you sign up you will get 1 free collection straight away, so what are you waiting for? Also later on in the year the cook key will be released,a device that somehow enables the Thermomix model 5 owners to access these purchased recipes from the platform as a guided recipe on their Thermomix model 5. If you need any extra help with the platform you can ask your consultant or ring Thermomix directly on 1800 004 838.

The Thermomix Recipe Community has over 21,000 recipes & growing everyday. This is a place where Thermomix enthusiasts upload their favourite recipes they have converted to the Thermomix. These are not tested recipes. It is a fantastic tool you can search for a favourite recipe or ingredient or even a user like me arwen.thermomix 🙂 The advantage of creating your own profile on the recipe community is you can create your own folders & keep your favourite recipes in them – you can also ask other users to be your “friend”. Your friends will be able to see your collections & you will be able to see their recipe collections.

Subscribe to the Thermomix in Australia YouTube Channel and like the Thermomix in Australia Facebook page.

For more inspiration & recipes from me, subscribe to my monthly customer newsletter & like my Arwens ThermoPics Facebook page or follow me on Instagram.

Quirky Cooking is a fantastic site especially if you have allergies or food intolerances.

Dani Valent Cooking is available for amazing Thermomix recipe videos, you get 1 free video a month for the free subscription or for $89 a year you get 1 Thermomix video (with printable) recipe a week & you start with 25 recipes when you join. It’s great value & features home cooking recipes by Dani & also amazing chef’s recipes too. I’m kind of addicted to this site 🙂

Here is my guide to converting your own recipes to the Thermomix.

Of course you can just google Thermomix & whatever recipe you are looking for & there are so many blogs, Facebook groups & pages for you to join too! I think one of the great things about the Thermomix it really has built a community of Thermomix lovers & we love to help each other with our Thermomixing & share our favourite recipes. The main thing to remember is we all cook differently no matter which appliance we are using & we all have different tastes or requirements for our food, lifestyles, our families & friends. So don’t be scared of your new best kitchen friend, pick up your trusty spatula, just be brave & Thermomix!