Herb & Garlic Dip

Christmas Planning & Recipe Ideas Countdown

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It’s almost here – again! How on earth did that happen?

So obviously you are wanting to plan for food for the big day & any celebrations with family & friends leading up to Christmas 🙂 So I bring to you some inspiration & ideas to get you through this crazy busy time 😉

The Festive Flavours Cookbook & Chip is really great with some really good ideas for making your own gifts too like flavoured salts or spice rubs or flavoured sugars.

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The Festive Flavours Cookbook is one of 4 books currently available to purchase in a book bundle saving you money. There are also lots of other great gifts available from the Thermomix online shop.

One of my favourite recipes from the Festive Flavour Book is  the Pork & Chicken Terrine & I am definitely making that again – it was really delicious, it has cranberries & pistachios in it too.Terrine

Our family love my Thermie green avocado dip & this year I will be making the warm roasted cauliflower hummus from Dani Valent Cooking – speaking of which, wouldn’t a subscription to this site be a great gift for Christmas – there are already over 40 recipe videos available (index here) with a new one added each week, Dani Valent also has a Christmas ebook available to purchase for $15 or it’s free to her subscribers. See some of her recipes on my post called my addiction to Dani Valent Cooking 🙂 I am almost certain we will be having the Basque Cheesecake on Christmas day too!!

Also don’t forget about the recipe platform now called Cookidoo – what a great way to plan out your dishes for the festive season – if you haven’t signed up yet it is really easy to use with a great shopping list feature too. Here is the link to sign up to Cookidoo & you will get 1 free recipe collection when you sign up.

I am having a fun countdown on my social media pages sharing a different recipe idea each day – I hope you enjoy it & get some great ideas to use for your special day 🙂 Merry Christmas everyone!!

Day 1 recipe is my friend Kelly’s Dutch Spice Speculaas recipe here

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Day 2: Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails or Mocktails

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Day 3 Thermie Green Avocado Dip This is one of the best dips ever – even if I do say so myself, put it on your Christmas & or entertaining menu this season or maybe just put it in your mouth!! Your taste buds will thank you 😉

The Best Avocado Dip

The Best Avocado Dip

Day 4: I introduce to you the “Cheesecake” You can put as many or as little layers as you like of your favourite cheeses & I have included a layer of my favourite fruitcake to eat with cheddar cheese. You have to trust me on this it is seriously good – I also made some apple paste to go on my “cheese cake” because I’m all out of my homemade quince paste. I was also toying with the idea of making rounds of homemade crackers to put in between the cake layers so when you dismantle the “cheesecake” you could break the big cracker into a few pieces to serve with the cheese too.

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Day 5 inspiration is Smolt’s Lemon Curd  You can give it as gifts or serve it on or with your christmas desserts – Like pavlova with fresh berries!!

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Day 6: Black Forest Trifle is another family favourite YUM!!

Black Forrest Trifle

Black Forrest Trifle

Day 7: Southern Stars White Christmas Custard – Coconut, White Chocolate, Frangelico & Vanilla Bean – our Thermomix team created this recipe for a custard challenge last Christmas & it is very delicious 🙂

Vanilla Custard

Day 8: My Fruit Mince Surprise – it’s got rhubarb in it!! YUM! You can do so much with this delicious stuff – Add some fruit mince to some cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip, stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard. Use fruit mince with thick custard or whipped cream as a profiterole filling, or use in fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls.

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Fruit Mince Surprise
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Recipe type: Christmas
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Use Fruit Mince in profiteroles mixed with cream or thick custard, fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls. Add some Fruit Mince to cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip. Stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard.
Ingredients
  • 1 orange zest
  • 500 g apples peeled, cored and quartered
  • 200g chopped rhubarb
  • 100 g dates dried
  • 80 g craisins
  • 100 g currants
  • 15 g fresh ginger piece chopped/ minced
  • 60 g flaked almonds
  • Juice 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or Brandy (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place orange zest, dates and fresh ginger into mixing bowl and mince for 20
  2. sec/speed 9.
  3. Add apples and chop 4-6 sec/speed 6.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except brandy and cook for 35 min/Varoma/
  5. /speed 1. Cool slightly,remove the bay leaves & stir in cointreau or brandy, set aside
  6. until ready to use.

 

Christmas Profiterole

Christmas Profiterole – serving suggestion for my Special Fruit Mince

 

Day 9: Ellie’s Turducken. Yes it’s a chicken in a duck in a turkey!!

 

Day 10: Spiced Cherry Brioche from the Festive Flavours Cookbook – you can put any of your favourite fillings in 🙂 spiced-cherry-brioche-3

Day 11: Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits make up a few batches of this & store in the freezer in log ready to slice & bake when unexpected guests arrived or an attack of the munchies! Perfect with a glass of bubbles!

Sarah's Cheese Biscuits

Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits

Day 12: Mum’s Chicken & Mango Salad – Such a versatile salad great to use up left over steamed chicken breast (after steaming a whole chook) or poaching chicken breasts in the Thermomix. You can use any nuts you like either cashews, macadamia or pistachios. Finely chopped celery for the crunch & fresh element, 1 mango sliced, sliced spring onions. Avocado is delicious in it too. I used cucumber because I had some in the fridge & added fresh parsley & mint leaves. Mum dressed it with 1/2 homemade mayo & half natural yoghurt 1 tsp of curry powder & 1 tabs of tomato relish. I used a honey & seeded mustard vinaigrette to dress it, my sister likes to use an Asian style dressing with soy sauce, fresh ginger & garlic.

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Day 13: 60 Sec Fruitcake from the Devil of Cookbook – there are lots of other great Christmas recipes in this cookbook – Toblerone cheesecake,  raspberry & white chocolate cheese cake just to name a few 🙂

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Day 14: Nicole’s Festive Nougat – My friend Nicole makes these very year to give as gifts to friends.

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Day 15 : Spinach & Cheese Grissini

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Day 16: Flavoured butters can jazz anything up in a hurry & you can store them in the freezer. Dani Valent has some great butter flavour ideas & video of her making butter in the Thermomix. My friends at a girl, a guy furkids & food have a fabulous butter recipe then add any flavour you like – last year I made turkey skin butter as a variant to Dani Valent’s In the Mix cookbook Chicken Skin Butter recipe.

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Day 17: Festive Cauliflower Salad is so easy & delicious 🙂

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Day 18: Herb & Garlic Dip can be made into a great canape’ spread on sliced of french stick or sliced veggies with some smoked salmon YUM!!

Day 19: The good old Aussie Pav, you can make in all shapes & sizes with any choice of topping from fruits nuts & sauces, the possibilities are endless. Try the wreath recipe or pavlova stack.

Day 20: Shortbread Stars – recipe from my friend Erica.

Day 21: Gingerbread or Gingerbread House – I use the recipe from the Festive Flavours Cookbook.

Gingerbread house made by my customer Natalie & her 3 year old daughter.

 

Day 22: Beetroot Cured Salmon – there is a recipe in the Festive Flavours cookbook but I used the Jamie Oliver one from his new Christmas Cookbook & made the curing mixture with the Thermomix. I have served it here on Blinis – however it is so versatile you could serve it on cucumber rounds or rounds of baguettes – serve on top of a green salad to make it into a dish.

 

Day 23: Double Chocolate Pretzel Cookies from In the Mix 2 & Dani Valent Cooking – Santa will love them too!

Day 24: Basque Cheesecake from Dani Valent Cooking

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY THERMOMIXING!!

The Thermomix Demo Menu

(SINCE WRITING THIS POST THE THERMOMIX DEMO HAS NOW CHANGED TO A COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFERENT MENU OPTIONS)

When you host a 2 hour Thermomix demo, to take advantage of the host rewards you must have a minimum of 2 other guests (from a different household to you) & a maximum of 6 guests including yourself. It is great to invite couples, so both partners can see the benefits of the Thermomix. Tell your guests not to eat a meal just before they attend, you will always have a full belly after a Thermomix demo!

One of the best things about hosting or attending a demo is seeing the “ThermoWOW factors” & tasting all the delicious food.

Hosting is easy, you will be given a small list of ingredients to provide & your consultant brings the rest of the ingredients. You will also be asked to help serve the food to your guests & wash the sample cups & spoons so they are ready for the next tasting. Such a small price to pay for an evening of delicious fun!

As the host you get to choose the menu from the following options, these options show the main features & functions of the Thermomix.

We always start with a palate cleanser – Amazing sorbet made from sugar, fresh fruit & ice.

ThermoWOW factors -see sugar being made into icing sugar in 10 secs!! See a fruit puree being made in 5 secs. See 1kg of ice being crushed into a sorbet in 1 min!!

Just imagine all the different flavours of sorbets you can create & just how much money you will save. Below is a picture of one of my favourite sorbet recipes for Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet but why not try my other sorbet recipes that have been inspired by my customers Watermelon, Raspberry & Lime Sorbet, Lemoncello Sorbet, or if you want a fluffy egg free “ice cream” version try Apricot Fruity Dream or Mulberry Fruity Dream. So many great ideas YUM!!

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Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Next choose a bread option

Pizza Bianca – topped with rosemary & garlic; ThermoWOW factors- the chopping of fresh garlic & rosemary in a few seconds. Then you will get to see how the guided recipe chip works as we make the pizza dough & you also get to see how the Thermomix kneads dough in about 2 mins!.

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Or the Buckwheat Dinner Rolls: ThermoWOW factors -see how to mill your own flour, see how the guided recipe chip works & the kneading of the dough in 2 mins. We also have fun making different shaped rolls too!

*Please let me know if you or any of your guests are gluten free & I can bring some Thermomix made Gluten Free Bread for you to try as well.

Rolls

You may choose a Dip or a Salad

Dip options are: Herb & Garlic Dip or Hummus

Herb & garlic dip is by far the most popular & addictive dip, the ThermoWOW factors are seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs!! See herbs being chopped in 2 secs & a delicious additive free dip being made in 5 secs. YUM!!

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Hummus: ThermoWOW factors – seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs, tasting freshly milled spices, delicious addictive free dip made in seconds! YUM!!

How much money will you save making your own dips from scratch? Not to mention they taste a million times better than bought ones!

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Salad options are either Fresh Beetroot Salad or Coleslaw

ThermoWOW factors for both of these recipes is seeing the Thermomix chopping quickly – a chopped salad in 3 secs!!

Fresh Beetroot Salad

Fresh Beetroot Salad

 

Coleslaw salad (mayo free)

For the main course the host or one of the guests gets to help cook a choice of Mushroom Risotto or Chicken or Salmon Veloute’ Meal (a vegetarian option of Mushroom Veloute’ can also be made).

The Mushroom Risotto has the ThermoWOW factors of using the guided recipe, grating parmesan cheese in 5 secs, chopping, cooking & stirring, a quick, delicious & easy meal. My other favourite risotto flavours are Beetroot Risotto or Lemon, Leek & Zucchini YUM!!!

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Veloute’ Meal ThermoWOW factors are seeing an all in one meal made, chopping, cooking, steaming & pureeing – you cook a veggie soup, while steaming your protein & veggies. Some of the soup is made into the delicious velvet sauce to go over the protein & veggies.

Salmon Veloute' Meal

Salmon Veloute’ Meal

 

Dessert is made by another guest & is the easiest recipe to make – the choice is Chocolate or Vanilla Custard – ThermoWOW factors are using the automated recipe, hands free cooking & stirring with no lumps!!

Vanilla Custard

Vanilla Custard

 

Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Custard

Another awesome thing about a Thermomix demo is it is a no pressure environment, there is no expectation for you to buy a Thermomix the first time you see it, some people will & some people take years to make the dream a reality – the choice & timing is all up to you. At the demo we go through all the payment options available to you.

If a full demo is not yours or your partner’s cup of tea, we can come to you with our Thermomix & you can choose a dish you want to cook, we call this a one on one, again this is a no obligation mini demo for you to see how the Thermomix works. This is also a great option for a commercial demo for a cafe’ or restaurant.

So what if you already own a Thermomix? It is a perfect way for you to be inspired to learn more ideas, tips & tricks for using your Thermomix that you may have forgotten – you may well be ThermoWOWed all over again!

Seeing & tasting is believing, contact your consultant to book a demo, you won’t regret it! YUM YUM YUM!!