Entertaining with Dani Valent

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 – This 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.

Entertaining with Dani Valent

Words can not express how excited I was to get my advanced signed copy of this awesome cookbook!! I have been lucky enough to do a bit of recipe testing for this cookbook & was invited for a week of the photoshoot – along with a couple of other cooks I got to cook some of the dishes that were photographed for the shoot. We all had a Thermomix each to use. It was so amazing to watch the pros work their magic with the styling & photography, I learnt so much & had so much fun too. I am so grateful for the experience.

There are so many amazing chapters & delicious recipes to share with you, here are a few pictures of the recipes I have made already & I will continue to update them. By the way don’t forget to check out the official Entertaining with Dani Valent site & register your progressive dinner in Feb to win great prizes.

The day after I got the book in the post – so exciting!!


Bloody Maria


Kale, Chia, Pear & Orange Smoothie


Wholemeal Crumpets


Green Fig & Lime Marmalade


Rhubarb & Blackberry Breakfast Tart


Spiced Carrot Porridge


Bacon and Cinnamon Scrolls with Salted Maple Glaze


Smoked Salmon Muffins with Steamed Eggs & Herbed Relish




Sunny Gazpacho


Tuna Empanadas made by my Mum


Tuna Empanadas


Chorizo & Prawn al la Sidra


Herb-Salted Chicken and Chickpea Casserole


Peas & Jamón


Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream


Masterstock Chicken


Daikon Salad (recipe with Masterstock Chicken)


Prawn Wontons


Steamed Fish Black Beans & Rice (I had to use trevally instead of snapper)


Char Siu Bao – Steamed Pork Buns


Sichuan Pepper and Chilli Salt Squid


Chinese greens with XO Sauce


Fortune Cookies


Fortune Cookies



Cherry Margarita


Rhubarb & Vanilla Rhumba


Pear Mulled Wine


Romesco Dip


Rice Crackers


Spiced Nut Clusters


Mushroom Cappuccino (Mushroom Soup)


Sweet Potato Blini with Cumin & Sesame Crème Fraîche


Lamb Kibbeh


Black & White Chocolate Tatufo



Mimosa Float


Pea & Lettuce Soup


Steamed Asparagus with Caper Crumb


Champagne poached Chicken Terrine (Rustic Serving)


Champagne poached Chicken Terrine (Posh Serving)


Ruby Kingfish with Citrus Yoghurt Dressing


Spinach Salad with Crunchy Quinoa & Green Goddess Dressing


Apple, Pear & Bay Leaf Cake & yes it’s gluten free!



Shichimi Togarashi Oysters


Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Arancini


Almond Thins


Inside Out Chicken Parmigiana (I used sweet potato instead of potato)


Sweet Potato & Grain Salad


Peanut Butter Parfait, Chocolate Bark & Raspberries


Mandarin Crème Brûlée (I couldn’t find my blow torch lol!)


Pappadums with Mint & Coriander Chutney


Apple & Cucumber Relish


Tandoori Chicken


A variation is the Tandoori Cauliflower


Goan Fish & Tamarind Curry with Coconut Rice


Palak Paneer


Kashmiri Garlic Naan


Pilaf with Fragrant Tarka


Shirkhand (flavoured hung yoghurt)



Pineapple Rum Cocktail


Vegetable Pots


Cheese Puffs with Honeyed Goats Cheese


Confit Salmon, Parmesan Gnocchi with Creamed Cauliflower.


Mango Truffles, Strawberry Spheres & White Chocolate


Chocolate Volcanos


Gin & Cucumber Cooler


Gin & Cucumber Cooler (So refreshing)


Guacamole with Mango (Yes I love it!)


Smoky Chicken Thighs


Chilorio Shredded Pork with Lime-Pickled Onions


Chilorio Shredded Pork with Lime-Pickled Onions ( & I also had it with pork crackling too YUM!)


Flour Tortillas


Red Rice


Steamed Corn with Chipotle Mayo & Coriander Salsa


Family Beans





Spiced Apple Liqueur


Prawns, Wasabi Panna Cotta with Lime Sauce (I didn’t have any yuzu for the sauce)

Hearts Entwined Loaf


Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Cutlets, Creamed Spinach & Smashed Spuds


Chocolate Love Cake with Turkish Delight Jelly (I made my jelly into hearts & I only had pink food colour instead of red)


Chocolate Love Cake made for a team members birthday 🙂


Zesty Avocado with Crab


Asparagus Tart with Sour Cream Pastry


Prawn Salad with Horseradish Cream (a couple of changes to ingredients to what I had available)


Turkey Buffe & Herby Quinoa Stuffing


Spicy Peach & Mango Chutney


Celebration Saffron & Sage Bread with Ginger Butter


Pavlova Towers



Blackberry Vinegar Chocolate Truffles


Baba Ghanoush


Roasted Carrot Hummus




Yoghurt Soup Cups




Grain Salad Lettuce Cups


Vadouvan Spiced Mini Rolls



Tomato Soup with Ham & Cheese Wands


Sticky Chicken Drumettes


Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder & Fennel with Agrodolce


Cobb Salad


Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake Towers


Lychee & Mango Icy Poles