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My Addiction To Dani Valent Video Website

It’s no surprise to me or anyone else that I love this video site that Dani Valent has put together. Sign up here. It is a subscription site 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 all the recipes when you join. It’s great value & features home cooking recipes by Dani & also amazing Chef’s recipes too. What’s not to love? Being inspired to try & taste new recipes, learning new skills & ideas for your Thermomix cooking plus I love seeing how chefs use the Thermomix for their dishes. I have made a lot of the recipes already & some of them I have made a few times because they are so delicious 🙂

Here is one of the free videos with Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking making Coconut Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup.

 

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

 

Black Rice Pudding

 

Breakfast Curd with Toasted Grains recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner – It was really yummy!

 

Chai Porridge

 

Miso Hollandaise (served with slow 60 degree eggs)

 

Buckwheat Kedgeree

 

Khachapuri (a cheese pie from Georgia) recipe by Anthony Femia – so GOOD!!!

 

Lettuce Soup

 

Steamed Oysters with Ginger & Spring Onion Oils, recipe by Victor Liong

 

Pierogies

 

Pretzels

 

Steamed Corn with Spicy Allioli another drool worthy recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner. Watch the free video here.

 

 

Shane Delia’s Warm Roasted Cauliflower Dip with Spiced Beef – You have to try this!! It could be the best dip ever!! I loved watching the video for this recipe too, it was a lot of fun!

 

Blue Cheese Dip – recipe by Anthony Femia

 

Sophia’s Grissini (Thermomix Baking Blogger)

 

Dani’s Dill Spiked Feta Dip

 

Cervelle de Canut Cheese Dip

 

Everything Salsa & then the same salsa used to make a cashew dip & a cream cheese dip- just 2 of the ideas for the salsa – so tasty & versatile!

 

Chicken Tart – This recipe by Dani has the most amazing lemon & mustard flavoured pastry – plus shredded chicken & buttery leeks in the filling!

 

Cheesy Quinoa Bites, recipe by Alice Zaslavsky

 

Strawberry Gazpacho with Tomato, Basil & Goat’s Cheese Salad

 

Gazpacho – recipe by Eyal Shani

Recommended way to serve this dish is to drink straight from the Thermomix bowl!! If it’s good enough for Dani, then I’m in 😉

 

Scallop Mousseline with Lemon Caper Sauce

 

Tasty “Emergency Lentil Soup” watch the video here.

 

Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup – recipe by Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking

 

Matzo Ball Soup (Dani asked me to make this recipe & photograph it for her website, I also had to make my own matzo because I couldn’t find any in Hobart to buy :-))

 

Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust – recipe from George Calombaris – this recipe is from the In the Mix cookbook – I have made it so many times & it’s my all time favourite pumpkin soup!

 

Mushroom & Millet Minestrone

 

Victor Liong’s Corn Custard with Chicken Congee – it’s seriously good!!

 

Goma Dofu (Japanese sesame tofu)

 

Jing Shui Daan recipe by Tony Tan – its a delicious steamed custard with shitake mushrooms & pork with black beans on top 🙂

 

Gnocchi

 

Cauliflower Rice – it’s a delicious vegan recipe 🙂

 

Shane Delia’s BBQ Prawn Kofte Salad is seriously good!!

 

Pear Coleslaw with Pear Vinaigrette

 

Beetroot, Pear & Pomegranate Salad

 

Lamb Shank Barley Casserole – Yes the shanks are steamed in the Varoma for some of the recipe!

 

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Delicious Duck Bao – inspired by the Momofuku recipe by David Chang

 

Char Siu Bao – Steamed Pork Buns

 

Hummus- recipe by EyalShani, such a great video to watch, and a delicious recipe to guide you but it is ultimately up to your taste buds to adjust the balance of flavours 🙂

 

The Beauty of the Beets recipe by Sam Gowing

 

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Tandoori Cauliflower

 

Tandoori Chicken

 

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Sushi Shapes from the Lunchbox Lessons post 🙂

 

Chicken Lettuce Cups from the Lunchbox Lessons post 🙂

 

Ultimate Mac and Cheese Toastie – recipe by Anthony Femia

 

Pineapple-spiked Vietnamese Lamb Salad

 

Hainanese Chicken & Egg, seriously amazing recipe by Trissalicious This is also from In the Mix & includes my favourite way to cook eggs – at 60 degrees!!

 

Quirky Cooking Gluten Free & Dairy Free Chicken Pot Pie is so Yummy – we even took some for lunches too!.

 

Chicken Tinga So easy & delicious (pictured with my gluten free wrap – Dani’s recipes serves it with her flour tortilla recipe)

 

 

Steamed Fish with Eggplant Miso – so healthy & fresh – a great recipe using the Varoma.

 

Chilli & Lime Crumb – I’ve made this recipe from In the Mix Cookbook before – I love how tasty & versatile it is. watch the free video here.

 

Palak Paneer

 

Marmitako (Basque Seafood Stew) recipe by Chef Ruben Trincado – A delicious video filmed in Spain.

 

White Garlic Soup with Seafood – recipe by Chef Jaun Carlos Caro, in the video (filmed in Spain) you see him using the TM 21 to make this dish.

 

Vadouvan Mussels which includes the recipe for the Vadouvan spice mix 🙂

 

Kha Nhom Jeen Nam Prik – Thai recipe by Pla Liamthong, that not too spicy peanut sauce is so good!!

 

Gang Prik with Steamed Chicken -another great Thai recipe from Pla Liamthong

 

Lamb Ribs

Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw – this is the version I made with lamb instead of the beef – I made the beef version too & that was amazing, I will be making it again soon – for sure!!

 

Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw

 

Vitello Tonnato – An Itailan dish of poached beef & tuna egg sauce, sounds weird but it is really delicious 🙂

 

 

Beef stew with Polenta

Barolo Braised Beef with Polenta Cremoso, recipe by Chef Joseph Vargetto – The best polenta I’ve ever tasted!!

 

Cauliflower Crumbed Schnitzel

 

Low & Slow Asparagus Risotto – I got to watch Dani make this video at Prahran Market 🙂

 

Creamy Tomato and Vodka Pasta Sauce

 

Egg Fu Yong

Egg Fu Yong, recipe by Ben Shewry – yes there is creamy scrambled eggs under that shredded chicken 🙂

 

Native Pepper Berry Salt recipe by Jesse McTavish

 

Lamb Cutlets, Salsa Verde & Lovage Oil recipe by Jesse McTavish

 

Beef Rotolo

 

Boeuf a la Ficelle (Beef on a String)

 

 

Un-sandwiches – Dani’s Lunchbox Lessons made alphabet shaped rolls, I made the round ones!!

 

Best Ever Bread Buns – (these ones were made by Dani herself I got to be on her set for a couple of days shooting!! Yes it was awesome!!)

 

Dani cooking her BeetRoot Burgers for us to eat for lunch 🙂

 

BeetRoot Burgers – This is the one from the shoot made by Dani herself too & I got to eat it 🙂 Well we all had one, they were very tasty!!

 

My version of the BeetRoot Burger

 

 

Kimchi

 

Vegan Kimchi Mayo

 

Rice Crackers & Furikake

 

Fortune Cookies

 

Granola Bars

 

Sophia – Thermomix Baking Blogger‘s Orange Polenta Cake 🙂 ( pic taken on set in Dani’s kitchen)

 

 

Cherry Pasta recipe by Chef Lorenzo Cogo (a gorgeous fusion of Italian & Japanese)

 

Chocolate Volcanos

 

Tarte Tatin

 

Peach & Mulberry Cobbler (Dani’s Recipe is for apricot cobbler)

 

 

Chocolate Mousse Brownies – Dani calls them little squares of joy & they are so WOW!!

 

Basque Cheesecake is so easy & delicious!! Watch the free video here.

 

 

 

Elaine’s Chocolate Cake – this is a super duper keeper recipe for sure – here are my other photos.

 

Karen Martini’s Banana Bread recipe

 

Chocolate Ravioli with Orange & Apricot Sauce, recipe by Joseph Vargetto.

 

Steamed Pecan Pie Puddings

 

Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream

 

Cherry Semifreddo, recipe by Christy Tania ( I loved licking the butterfly & the bowl for this one ;-))

 

Choc Top recipe by Christy Tania using the Cherry Semifreddo recipe (I didn’t have the correct silicone moulds but it was still deliciously wicked!!)

 

Egg Tarts – Tony Tan Recipe

 

White Chocolate & Bailey’s Parfait with Coffee Crumble recipe by Julie from the Wholefood Alchemist.

 

 

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Smoothie by Jo Whitton

 

Jar Smoothies (Mango) from the Lunchbox Lessons post 🙂

 

Wet Chai

 

Peach Margarita

 

Casa Daiquiri

 

Nefrozi

 

Watermelon Blush

 

Sangranita

 

 

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind & Ginger Pickles

 

 

Lemon Bomb Smoothie – recipe by Jock Zonfrillo

 

Cucumber, Lime & Mint Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Chef Pierre Roelofs

 

Passionfruit Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Donato Toce from Gelato Messina (This is possibly the best sorbet I’ve ever eaten!!)

 

I’ll keep updating this page as I go with photos of the recipes I have made from the site – as you can see there is a good range of family meals & exciting fun things to give a try too.

Truffle Coma 2017

Hooray for truffle season!! I am in love with truffles, the aroma makes my head spin & my taste buds salivate. So what should you do with your truffle to get the most out of it? I just love truffle infused eggs for making the most delicious & decadent scrambled egg, it’s actually one of the only scrambled egg recipes I really enjoy 🙂

To infuse the eggs, place them together with the truffle in the fridge in a large glass jar with a lid & some paper towel. you should change the paper towel every day or so. I love this job because you get to smell the truffle again!! Aromatherapy to the max!! Truffles also go well with fresh pasta & I love making truffle butter to just simply spread on a piece of toasted sourdough bread!! This year i used some of my truffle infused eggs to make a steamed omelette!! Only the best omelette I’ve ever eaten!!

A few of the recipes I made this year are from The Truffle Cookbook. (The launch lunch of this cookbook is definitely in my top 3 meals of my life!! It was a truffle feast where I went into a truffle induced coma & had truffle oozing from my pores for the next day!!) I buy the 2nd’s truffles to keep the cost down & thankfully this year there was a 15% special due to them having such a good season!! Happy Days for me!! This truffle cost me $100 delivered (delivery was $20).

Scrambled eggs with truffle infused eggs & truffle butter.

 

Homemade truffle butter

 

Tajarin with truffle butter & truffled egg yolk

 

Truffle infused eggs in a steamed omelette

 

Roman Style Semolina Gnocchi

 

Cauliflower & Truffle Soup

 

Whipped Brie with truffle

 

Raviolo with ricotta & truffle infused egg yolk

 

Ricotta ravioli

Making Thermomix Butter

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My friends from A girl, a guy, furkids and food have the best  butter recipe or check out Dani Valent’s video on making butter here along with some great flavoured butter ideas. Of course if you have the model 5 Thermomix you can use the guided recipe which is super easy too!

So why would you make your own butter? It tastes so good!! You can save money & you also get buttermilk to cook with as well!

I love to use Ashgrove Cream. There are lots of places around Tassie where you can buy it in 2 litre bottles. Always use the best quality you can get, pure cream & not low fat cream.

Yes you start with cream, I normally do a litre at a time but you don’t have to do that is you are just starting out & you can always make another batch straight after making the first batch.

 

You insert the butterfly whisk & take it up to speed 4 (which of course you are not allowed to go higher than speed 4 with the butterfly in) & you will have whipped cream in about 20 secs depending on how fresh your cream is.

 

Whip it for a bit longer & then you have butter!!

And buttermilk!! remove the butterfly whisk & set aside.

 

Insert the basket

 

Time to strain off the buttermilk. Set it aside for some yummy baking. Cover the strained butter with cold water & rinse a few times – saving the first lot of rinsing water to put into soups. It is your choice how many time you rinse. It has been said the more you rinse it the longer it will keep.

 

My friend’s hubby makes these awesome butter paddles or you can use your clean cold hands to remove all the last of the rinsing water.

 

Then it’s time to put the butterfly whisk back in & add salt, I love salt but it also helps to preserve the butter. you can also add a non flavoured oil about 100g at this point if you want to have spreadable butter. Whip it up! it gives you that texture of buttercream icing mmmm.

 

After scraping out the bowl you may need to do what i call the “blade fling” put the bowl back into the Thermomix & if you have the butterfly on only go to speed 4 for about 1 sec.

And now the rest of the mix has been flung to the sides of the bowl making it easier to scrape out. Extra Tip – time to “flavour save” don’t wash the bowl & you can make something that has butter in the recipe straight away- a cake or a soup – this means you don’t waste a drop of butter & less washing up!

 

Then I like to store my butter in this butter dish my Mum gave me – how cool is that?

What is the best thing to do with your homemade butter? Spread it on something delicious some freshly made bread or crumpets – you can also freeze some of it to use later.

Happy Thermomixing!

 

Breakfast at Tessellated Pavement

While driving home from our Food Styling Photography course, we were talking about the sunrise on the Tessellated Pavements & Ellie said it was one of the most iconic & photographed spots in Tassie. I said, why don’t we do a food shoot there?! And we decided to run with it big time. With only a couple of weeks left of sunrise capturing available at the Tessellated Pavements we needed to get cracking! I couldn’t help it, I wanted to change the words to the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Breakfast at Tessellated. So we had our theme tune sorted now lots of other things to organise.

Our mission: To set up a beautiful delicious breakfast using Tasmanian produce, in time to capture the sunrise reflection on the tessellated pavement – Food photography for “posh ladies” – table for 4.

Food: – (Recipe below) Ellie & I made up a delicious Thermomix steamed fresh dill & feta omelette served with Tasmanian smoked salmon from Tassal Salmon Shop. I made some Ciabatta & homemade butter using Ashgrove cream. We had sparkling wine from Bangor Wine & Oysters. King Island Diary brie cheese wheel. Tasmanian lavender earl grey tea from the art of tea. Apple juice from Lucaston Park Orchards, fresh apples from my friend’s garden & fresh strawberries from my sister’s garden.

Props: I had seen the perfect trestle table that I just had to have but it wouldn’t fit in my small car! I wanted to take my wooden dining chairs too. We had a carafe, my Nana’s tea cups & saucers, napkins, table runner, vase & foliage, glasses & champagne flutes, candles & candelabra.

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Sunday early evening scout out: We realised that it was a fair 5 min walk to the Tessellated Pavement from the carpark & it included stairs. So we needed to take a little as possible to make a maximum of 2 trips each. There was a perfect spot with a log up out of the way & this would make perfect seats for us so no chairs needed. Ellie had some old fence palings & I brought my husband’s workshop wooden horses to act as the legs for our portable table. We styled it up the night before at Ellie’s house (thankfully she leaves only 5 mins drive away).

I set the alarm for 5.30am but woke up at 4, we had packed everything the night before & only had a couple of last min things to prepare before we left. Lucky we remembered the torch!! We had 1 person that did 2 trips & everyone else did 1. We got to work setting up our camera’s Taking photos while setting up the table & styling the food. Our photography teacher from TAFE even showed up!

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Sunrise at the Pavement

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Well we thought it was well worth the effort, I have learnt a lot, (what to do & what not to do), an amazing few hours enjoying the sunrise & serenity not to mention the awesome company, delicious local food & drinks. How on earth will we be able to top this?!

A little video of part of the morning is here .

See Ellie’s blog post.

See my iPhone pictures on Facebook here

Oh I guess you want the recipe for the omelette?

Ellie & Arwen’s Feta Dill Omelette with Smoked Salmon (or Salmon Rashers)

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Ellie & Arwen's Dill Feta Omelette with Smoked Salmon
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Brunch
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Serves: Serves 4 - 6
 
Delicious eaten hot or cold
Ingredients
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 8 eggs
  • 100 grams cream
  • 100 grams Fetta
  • salt and pepper
  • 200 grams salmon or cooked salmon rashers to serve
  • Extra fresh dill to serve
  • 1 tbs of Salted capers (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the peeled garlic clove, dill, eggs and cream to the bowl and a pinch of salt and pepper blend speed 8/10 sec.
  2. Spread a sheet of baking paper on the top tray of the varoma, pour the mix onto the baking paper and sprinkle feta on top.
  3. fill the bowl with 500g water then put the varoma in place and steam for 20 mins varoma temp speed 2.
  4. Serve with smoked salmon or grilled salmon rashers fresh dill & capers (optional)

 

INSPIRE Christmas Cooking Class

INSPIRE Christmas Cooking Class

I was so excited to put on a special class for Christmas with my friends, we had 30 guests for a Christmas sit down meal & it was all made in the Thermomix – we demonstrated how most the dishes were made & gave all guests a take home recipe booklet & edible gift pack. I collected fresh herbs & foliage from my friends & my Mum’s garden to help decorate the tables.

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We spent weeks testing recipes & working on the menu. So much thought & effort, planning every detail. On the day of the class the venue we had booked to hold the class had a mains pipe burst & they were without water!! Panic – what to do? We had so much food!! We didn’t want to disappoint our guests by having to cancel the class. Thankfully one of my customers Maree who was attending the class owns the cafe’ Venus & was able to save our bacon – almost quite literally! And we were still able to put on our event – phew!!

So we were down almost 1.5 hours of prep & decorating time & working in a smaller space. However as soon as guests started to arrive it was all smiles!! We served each guest a welcome Strawberry & Rosewater Mocktail

We were in such a rush I didn’t get to take a photo of our plated trio of dips which included my absolute favourite Thermie Green Avocado Dip & Beetroot Hummus with Dukkah & Cream Cheese, Lemon & Herb Dip on cucumber rounds with smoked salmon. We served these with my Christmas Spinach & Cheese Grissini plus Chia & Quinoa Crisps.

 

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The main event was the Steamed Turkey Roulade stuffed with Roasted Rhubarb, Hazelnuts & Garlic Sage Butter, steamed pink eyes & garden greens with Cauliflower & Beetroot Salad with Egg Free Garlic Aioli & Turkey Skin Butter. (Check out Dani Valent’s butter video.)

Our trio of Christmas desserts were Arwen’s Black Forest Trifle, Sue’s Mini Pavs with Smolt’s Lemon Curd & Our awesome Christmas Profiteroles filled with Charlie’s Special Fruit Mince & Vanilla Bean and Brandy Crème Patisserie.

Everyone said they loved the class & asked if we were available to cater for them on Christmas day! As guests left with bellies full & inspiration high -they took their free gift from Chef Ellie Emmett The Real Food for Kids Cookbook calendar & helped themselves to fresh bay leaves & herbs as well as rhubarb from my garden.

It has been wonderful hearing how people have been trying our recipes at home & enjoying them again. I feel so privileged to share my passion for Thermomix cooking & fresh produce, I can’t wait till our next inspiring cooking session!