To celebrate the end of our Art History classes at TAFE we had a final trip to MONA, so of course there were a few of us that decided we needed to go in the Posh Pit on the MONA Ferry, why wouldn’t you want a glass of bubbles at 9.30am??
Nibbles for 2 in the Posh Pit
The exclusive front ferry deck for the Posh Pit people
Our MONA Ferry
Anyway I was thrilled my teacher organised for me to go into the kitchen & watch the Pastry Chef Lydia plate up 2 delicious desserts, 1 was inspired by one of the current exhibits by Cameron Robins. The dish was called The Black+X White – coconut, lemongrass & lime pudding, rum jelly, yuzu cream & black pearls. I really enjoyed the fresh flavours & different textures of the dish.
They do have a Thermomix in The Source Restaurant at Mona but I think it was used maybe once for one of the elements in this dish. Another popular dessert at the moment on their menu is a dish called The Garden (pictured below). In the pursuit of my education I also tried one of the other desserts at the Mona Wine Bar inspired by the exhibition, they named it after Cameron Robins himself & called it Mr Robins.
The Black+X White
The Garden – flavours of blackberry, pistachio, chocolate praline, puffed rice,honeycomb, beetroot soil.
Then of course I had to take a few photos – unfortunately we are not allowed to take photos inside the Museum to publish without permission, but we got some great ones of Tim’s Tattoos. And some of the Cameron Robins Exhibition too. But here are a few photos I took around outside with all the creative arty juices flowing – or maybe that was just the bubbles?! Because apparently your ferry ticket includes a free wine tasting!!
The famous Fink Jug – yes this is on my list of must haves (maybe after I have sold a few more Thermomix)
Our Ferry to take us back to Hobart waterfront.
And just like that our magical MONA day was over 🙂
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.
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).
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.
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 🙂
I love this recipe it’s as easy as 1,2,3 🙂 It’s another great recipe from Dani Valent (via Chef Sam Massari) from her In the Mix Cookbook & Dani Valent Cooking. Watch the free video here.
Place all the ingredients into the bowl & heat them up.
Blitz them up to form the crumb.
Serve with cubes of melon & I tried pineapple too.
It’s great with rice flour to make salt & pepper squid – as per the recipe in the In the Mix Cookbook, or use the crumb to make spicy nuts YUM!