The Great “Truffle Off” 2018

The Great “Truffle Off” 2018

Don’t tell me you have never heard of a “Truffle Off”?? Ok so I made it up, because my friend Rita & I both bought a 20g truffle at the same time & didn’t realise it so we decided to have a truffle off & cook as many different things as we could with our truffles. I will update my pics as I go through the delicious challenge. Bring it on!! YUM!! (If you need more truffle drooling see post from 2017 truffle season)

Leek, Potato and Truffle Soup recipe by Dani Valent

 

Truffle & cheese sourdough pizza

 

Barolo Braised Beef with Polenta Cremoso – Joseph Vargetto recipe from the Dani Valent site – I also used my truffled polenta for this recipe to lift it to the next level!!

 

Truffled Scrambled Eggs

 

Cauliflower & Truffle Soup – Peter Gilmore recipe from the In the Mix 2 Cookbook by Dani Valent

 

Truffle Ice Cream

DIY ThermoBar

DIY ThermoBar

So Dani Valent told me that she was doing a ThermoBar event in Melbourne at Turning Point Ripponlea & I really wanted to go but it was just not possible this time around so we did our own at my house on the same night!!! What delicious fun we had too!! Dani was nice enough to share some of the recipes they were having at her ThermoBar night too. Unfortunately I was pretty busy & didn’t have time to take many “posh photos” on the night so I will share an album of iphone pics from everyone too. Dani even FaceTimed me so we could watch Chef Jose Chavez’s Thermomix demo of one of his recipes for the night. What a wonderful surprise!! My guests were very happy!! I had 10 friends in total that could make it on the Thursday before Easter, I even invited 2 non-thermie friends!! Although they have both been to lots of Thermie events ­čÖé

We had the same cocktails as they did, only we had Dani’s recipe for the Nefrozi instead of the Negroni that Nate made in Melbourne.

We made 4 of the recipes they had in Melbounre too – the Fragrant Coconut Fish Soup was so delicious!! Gazpacho Shooters, Salmon Rillettes with Vegan Mango on Crispy Croutons and the Chocolate Mousse & Whipped Ricotta, Cinnamon & Cocoa Powder Cones.

Plus we made & served extra Dani Valent recipes too like the Duck Liver Parfait, Gingerbread Crumbs & Chocolate Foam – recipe from In the Mix Cookbook by Kym Machin, it was surprising & delicious, most people’s favourite dish. One of my guests brought the Pumpkin Arancini Balls with smokey yoghurt dressing, I also made tempura vegetables, tomato shots, cheesy quinoa bites, pierogies & pretzels. My other friend brought the Parsley & Orange juice recipe as a palate cleanser, which was just perfect.

I had a dessert bar too with┬áTarte Tatin,┬áChocolate Chilli Cherry Ripe, Gingerbread, soft baked choc chip cookies, mini easter eggs, leftover frozen desserts from our Dani Valent lunch – Cherry Choc Top & White Chocolate Baileys Ice Cream with Coffee Crumb (another crowd favourite!) My friend made the ganache recipe from In the Mix using Pedro Ximenez instead of Kirsch.

Plus I was just dying to make the mango dry ice sorbet & it did not disappoint at all, probably the best sorbet I have ever tasted!! YUM!!

Sangranita

 

Nefrozi

 

Watermelon Blush

 

Mango Pina Colada

 

Fragrant Coconut Fish Soup

 

Pumpkin Arancini with Smokey Yoghurt Dressing.

 

Duck Liver Parfait, Gingerbread Crumbs & Chocolate Foam – recipe from In the Mix Cookbook by Kym Machin.

 

Lettuce Soup

 

Pierogies

 

Pretzels

 

Cheesy Quinoa Bites

 

Tomato Shots (recipe by Lynette MacDonald from Dani’s In the Mix Cookbook)

 

Chocolate Mousse & Whipped Ricotta, Cinnamon & Cocoa Powder Cones

 

Chocolate Chilli Cherry Ripe

 

Passionfruit Dry Ice Sorbet

 

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

WOW! Dreams do come true!!  What an epic year 2017 has been for me, filled with delicious food & wonderful friends both new & old from all over the world! This year has been brought to me by the number 4 (sometimes with added 0/s)

4 Blades –┬áThis year I started working for The 4 Blades Magazine doing some of their food photography every month & even had 3 issues in a row where my photo made it to the front cover!! To be paid to do what you love is just so awesome, I’m so happy!

4 trips – I went to Auckland for Thermofest, a sneaky girls trip to Melbourne to Dani Valent’s Thermomix Restaurant Club at Vue De Monde (including a VIP tour of their kitchen), to Italy for the Thermomix Emerald Class trip & a whirlwind trip of Australia working for Sophia the Thermomix Baking Blogger – 10 classes in 6 cities in 2 weeks!! (Including behind the scenes at the Dani Valent set watching the filming!!)

40 is fabulous!! I turned the big 40 in June this year & celebrated by throwing a dress up Foodie 40th Birthday Party. My friend Rosey made me a Thermomix costume for the party & it has now been worn by myself, Dani Valent & Sophia (Thermomix Baking Blogger) not to mention taking the costume on the baking cooking class tour around Australia too!!

400 – This year I have now clocked over to having more than 400 Thermomix customers. I can hardly believe it & I’m so grateful to have met so many awesome people through Thermomix over the 6 years I have been a consultant. It’s been so amazing seeing people that have been wanting a Thermomix for ages finally getting one in their kitchen or lucky people getting a Thermomix as a gift. I love seeing families cooking with their Thermomix making things they never thought they could or would make. Some customers even have 2 Thermomix on their bench too!!

Food 4 thought – it’s always about the food tasting & trying new recipes. This year I cooked over 50 Italian recipes, I finished cooking & photographing every recipe from the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook – my favourite Thermomix Cookbook!! And I got my model 5 Thermomix signed by Dani Valent herself (pictured above). I have learnt how to make some of the best bread this year from Sophia’s 7 day 7 breads challenge & by reading & cooking from her Real Bread Cookbook. I’ve met some amazing Chefs & dined at some delicious restaurants while ticking off my foodie bucket list. I’ve been to lots of awesome cooking classes. The best times I’ve had, have been cooking with friends, sharing tips, recipes, ideas, learning new cooking skills together, chatting, laughing & tasting homemade flavoursome food made from scratch with good quality ingredients. You really can taste the love in the food. (Yes I’m getting all soppy!)

Cheers to you all, I wish everyone a very Happy 2018 with lots more delicious Thermomix cooking with family & friends.

Dani Valent’s Famous ThermoFive

Dani Valent’s Famous ThermoFive

I’m so excited that Dani Valent┬áhas answered my Famous ThermoFive questions. She is my foodie/Thermomix hero & she is coming to Tasmania next week & will be in Hobart for her Entertaining with Dani Valent Cooking Class on Wed 18th Oct at 6.30pm. It will be the best $70 you will spend in a long time – trust me!! Book here┬áthere only a few spots are left ­čÖé (Did I mention the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook is my favourite Thermomix Cookbook?!) If you can’t make it to the class, I recommend signing up to Dani Valent Cooking, Dani’s awesome online video subscription site for amazing Thermomix recipes, tips & tricks.

FAMOUS THERMOFIVE

1. What do you love about your Thermomix?

I love the fact my Thermomix is there to help me with whatever I want to do. When I’m in a rush and just need to get dinner on the table, there it is! When I’m feeling creative and want to try new techniques or ingredients, there it is! When I need to replenish my basics – stock, pesto, flours, yoghurt, dips – there it is again. And, of course, when I need an emergency cocktail or cheesecake, there it is again!┬á

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?

I’ll always have a soft spot for vegetable stock paste. It’s one of the first things I made in my Thermomix when I got my first one in 2008 and there’s barely been a day that I haven’t had some on hand since. I feel honestly unequipped to go forth through life without it! And fave book…well, I’m very fond of this lovely Entertaining book right now ­čśë

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?

Trust it! Your Thermomix is your best friend in the kitchen: reliable and always there for you. Let it be the confidence boost that allows you to try new dishes, flavours and experiences. I love hearing that people have made their first curry paste, or tried bread making for the first time, or felt equipped and inspired to host a dinner party – that’s what my cookbooks and videos are all about!

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal?

I’m a sucker for a grain salad – steamed grains in the Thermomix, perhaps with steamed vegies or vegies that I roast in the oven. It’s endlessly adaptable and even if I’m having a ‘oh my goodness there’s no food in the house!’ day I can still scrape together something delicious and nourishing. My secret is to always have condiments on hand – kimchi, vadouvan curry powder, furikake, chutney, for example – and then you can turn any basic meal into something special.

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?

I’m thinking new cocktails for summer – my mind is buzzing with ideas. I can tell this is going to be pretty tough research!┬á

Thanks so much Dani Valent, we are all so excited about your upcoming cooking class.

See my other Famous ThermoFive interviews here.