Quirky Cooking

Life Changing Food Cookbook Challenge Aug 18

You know I like nothing better than a cookbook challenge YUM!! And because Jo & Fouad are coming to Tassie at the end of August – this was a good excuse to cook the book!! Plus it’s great because the recipes are so healthy in the Life Changing Food cookbook too!! I have already made a few delicious recipes from the book but I’m looking forward to trying some I haven’t tried yet too. Bring it on!! YUM!! I have a few left over Life Changing Food Cookbooks, so if you live in Hobart and want a copy for $60 (collection form me) you will save on postage!! So please get in touch with me here.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

 

Golden Butter Coffee

 

Runner Bean & Garlic Braise

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup

 

Apple & Pork Belly Hotpot

 

Roasted Berries

 

Coconut-Chai Chia Pudding with Roasted Berries

 

Beetroot Hummus

 

Hummus

 

Buckwheat Crackers

 

Jo’s “Best Ever” Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice

 

Roast Vegetable Salad (without avocado or salad leaves)

 

Hazelnut Tabouli

 

Cabbage & Bacon Stir-fry

 

Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower & Leek Mash

 

Toum

 

Baba Ghanouj with Garlic Mushrooms

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

 

Fermented Chilli Relish

 

Fermented Salsa

 

Apple Cinnamon Nut Porridge

 

Saffron & Lemon Chicken with Toum (Lebanese garlic dip)

 

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Milkshake

 

Labne (Yoghurt Cheese)

 

Beetroot Labne Dip

 

Sauerkraut

 

Pumpkin with Pesto

 

Beef & Quinoa Patties

 

Sunflower Seed Paella with Prawn & Chorizo

 

Mango Macadamia High-energy Smoothie

 

Charred Capsicum & Walnut Dip

 

Egg, Bacon & Spinach Pies

 

Purple Power Smoothie

 

Red Rocket Smoothie

 

Sweet Potato Rosti

 

Chilli Bowl

 

Grain Free Scones

 

Apple Pie

 

Almond Meal Pastry

 

Chicken Broth

 

Sweet Potato Mousse

 

Coconut Milk

 

Coconut Flour

 

Apphia’s Lemon Chicken with Roast Veg & Rosemary

 

Meat-za

 

Zucchini & Mushroom Strata

 

Gypsy Chicken

 

Lebanese Style Herb & Nut Crusted Salmon

 

Sweet & Sour Prawn & Coconut Soup

 

Moroccan Cauliflower “Cous Cous” Salad

 

Nutty Chocolate (I made them in silicone moulds for the seminar so it’s easy for all the gusts to try)

 

Asian Style Beef Salad

 

Probiotic Coleslaw with Homemade Mayonnaise 

 

Lamb & Prune Tagine

 

Super-tender Chuck Steak

 

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (I used white sweet potato)

 

Spanish Tortilla with Sweet Potato

 

Kale Triangles – made with the Grain Free Dough

 

Red Cabbage Salad

 

Chicken Liver Parfait

 

Russian Custard

 

 

Healthy Eating for 2018

This watermelon weighs over 10 kilos!! I’m on a mission to lose more than this water melon this year, after the delicious indulgences of last year 🙂 Bring it on!

 

Recipe from the Quirky Collection on cookidoo “Eat the rainbow” Breakfast Bowl. (I didn’t have any Halloumi though)

 

Yes everyone does it this time of year, I was very happy to find this delicious recipe which includes a fermented beetroot & apple salsa recipe. I will definitely make this recipe again & would happily eat it for any meal. Healthy doesn’t have to be boring at all. I’ll be cooking & tasting more healthy style recipes on cookidoo & I’ll keep you posted on what I find 🙂

Salmon with Ginger Sauce & Spiced Cashews from the Quick & Easy Meals Collection on Cookidoo

 

Lemon Bob Smoothie recipe from Dani Valent site by chef Jock Zonfrillo

 

Cauliflower Soup

Inspirational Recipes & The Thermomixers 30 Day Challenge

Yes people are still buying Thermomix!! Of course they are because they are so awesome!!

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When I deliver a Thermomix I want people to get the most out of their new kitchen friend & ask them if they would like to accept the Thermomix 30 Day Challenge. “Your mission should you choose to accept it is to make 1 new thing a day in the Thermomix everyday for 30 days, it can be something as simple as making icing sugar in 10 secs, also if you miss a day you can make up for it on another day. In the challenge try to use every part of the Thermomix at least once including the Varoma. It is optional to share photos of the food you make in your 30 day challenge on social media with the hashtag #thermomix30daychallenge. (Feel free to share on my Arwens ThermoPics Facebook page too)” Of course you don’t have to be a new owner to accept the challenge either, you might just want to try some new recipes for 30 days 🙂

At your 1 hour delivery session, you learn all about your new Thermomix & how to use it, as well as cook your first recipe while your consultant helps. We recommend hosting another Thermomix demo a few weeks after your Thermomix has arrived because at any presentation you will only remember 20% of the information. Or you may like to go to one of the Thermomix demonstration style cooking classes.

Here are my tips on the best places for inspirational Thermomix recipes.

Sign up to the My-Thermomix Recipe Platform. (It’s available for TM31 & Model 5 Thermomix owners – you just register with your serial number from your Thermomix on the TM31 it is underneath & on the Model 5 it’s under the settings menu in about Thermomix) If you have the Thermomix model 5 you can put in the codes on your recipe chips & those recipes will be uploaded. Once you have access to the platform you can purchase tested recipes in collections for around $3 & it also has a menu planning & shopping list feature – it is best to use either google chrome or firefox as your internet browser – when you sign up you will get 1 free collection straight away, so what are you waiting for? Also later on in the year the cook key will be released,a device that somehow enables the Thermomix model 5 owners to access these purchased recipes from the platform as a guided recipe on their Thermomix model 5. If you need any extra help with the platform you can ask your consultant or ring Thermomix directly on 1800 004 838.

The Thermomix Recipe Community has over 21,000 recipes & growing everyday. This is a place where Thermomix enthusiasts upload their favourite recipes they have converted to the Thermomix. These are not tested recipes. It is a fantastic tool you can search for a favourite recipe or ingredient or even a user like me arwen.thermomix 🙂 The advantage of creating your own profile on the recipe community is you can create your own folders & keep your favourite recipes in them – you can also ask other users to be your “friend”. Your friends will be able to see your collections & you will be able to see their recipe collections.

Subscribe to the Thermomix in Australia YouTube Channel and like the Thermomix in Australia Facebook page.

For more inspiration & recipes from me, subscribe to my monthly customer newsletter & like my Arwens ThermoPics Facebook page or follow me on Instagram.

Quirky Cooking is a fantastic site especially if you have allergies or food intolerances.

Dani Valent Cooking is available 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 25 recipes when you join. It’s great value & features home cooking recipes by Dani & also amazing chef’s recipes too. I’m kind of addicted to this site 🙂

Here is my guide to converting your own recipes to the Thermomix.

Of course you can just google Thermomix & whatever recipe you are looking for & there are so many blogs, Facebook groups & pages for you to join too! I think one of the great things about the Thermomix it really has built a community of Thermomix lovers & we love to help each other with our Thermomixing & share our favourite recipes. The main thing to remember is we all cook differently no matter which appliance we are using & we all have different tastes or requirements for our food, lifestyles, our families & friends. So don’t be scared of your new best kitchen friend, pick up your trusty spatula, just be brave & Thermomix!

Souper Favourite Thermomix Soups

Do you love soup? I most certainly do, however my hubby is not a fan of soups so a lot of the time, I will have a soup for breakfast and or lunch, sometimes I make a really thick & chunky soup & I tell my hubby it’s a “casserole” 🙂

Chicken Soup

Soups were a regular occurrence in our household growing up & Mum used to make us the most delicious lamb, barley & vegetable soup. My guilty pleasure was a tinned tomato soup served with cracked pepper, crumbled feta & fresh basil leaves! Now I just make my own tomato soup from fresh tomatoes, it only takes about 10 mins in the Thermomix & is so delicious! Anyway because winter is normally the best time to enjoy soups & I wanted to share some of my favourite recipes, to give you some inspiration & ideas.

Tomato soup

Obviously start with the best fresh ingredients you can get, making your own stock will give you the best flavour or using some stock paste that you make in the Thermomix. You can make veggie, chicken or beef stock paste very easily, these recipes come with your Thermomix and are so handy to have in your fridge or freezer to give a flavour boost to any soup or casserole. They have a lot of salt in them to help preserve them & to bring out the flavour of your dish. The Thermomix is so perfect for making soups, everything in the one bowl, the chopping, sautéing, cooking, stirring & then pureeing.

Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup 2

Quirky Cooking’s Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup This is my go to soup is anyone is feeling slightly unwell, so quick easy & nourishing & I always love squeezing lemon juice into most of my soups too! (Plus I’m so excited that Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking loved my photo of her soup so much she bought it to use on her website!) The other very popular soup recipe by Jo is her Creamy Chicken & Brown Rice Soup, put this on your winter cooking list if it isn’t already!

Pumpkin soup

George Calombaris’ Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust from In the Mix Cookbook by Dani Valent. This is my favourite Pumpkin Soup recipe by far, so creamy & delicious. I even leave the skin on my butternut pumpkin because the Thermomix is so awesome at blending it all up. The Virtual bacon dust is made from toasted & caramelised sesame seeds with brown sugar & Japanese stock powder (dashi) I also made it replacing the dashi with dried porcini mushrooms & it was still just as yummy.

For an awesome roasted pumpkin flavour. I also love roasting a pumpkin whole along with some sweet potato, onion & garlic still in their skins. Once they have cooked you can remove the skins if you wish & then add some of your favourite stock & maybe some cream or coconut cream, once you have cooked it all then puree till smooth.

Cauliflower Soup

Peter Gilmore’s Cauliflower Soup from In the Mix 2 Cookbook, in the book it is served with seared scallops & fresh truffle, but it is still absolutely amazing even with out the scallops & truffle. Even just using some truffle oil & or truffle salt if you have it, will take it to the next level.

Or if you might like a mix of the two In the Mix Cookbook Recipes concepts & try the Cauliflower Soup with Bacon Dust – the bacon is real in this recipe!

Beetroot Soup

My beetroot soup recipe is coming soon, I use fresh beetroot, fennel & cabbage and serve it with homemade yoghurt & horseradish with a bit of smoked salmon if you want to make it a bit fancy for guests.

Chorizo Soup

I love the smoky spicy flavour of chorizo & any recipe that has it is as an ingredient is always so delicious – This is the Mexican Black Bean & Chorizo Soup another awesome recipe by Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking.

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Another chorizo soup I love is with chunks of chorizo, kale & sweet potato YUM!

In my minestrone soup, I use as much veggies from the garden as I can, I loosely use Jamie Oliver’s recipe (I leave out the pasta) & it’s delicious with or with out some parmesan cheese on top!

Spicy Moroccan Lentil Soup – This recipe is in the cookbook that comes with your Thermomix so quick easy & tasty! 

 

Or try Dani Valent Cooking Emergency Lentil Soup – recipe here.

 

Flu Fighter

Arwen’s Flu Fighter Soup, you can change this recipe as much as you want depending on the ingredients you have & how much chilli you can handle 🙂

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Josh Lopez’s Charred Sweet Corn Soup with Hens Egg, Pecorino Crumble, Coriander, I was so lucky to see Josh make this in front of us at Thermofest at the Goldcoast March 2015.

The pea soup from The Devil of a Cookbook is also amazing & speaking of peas – how good is a pea & ham soup too?!

Soups are hearty, healthy, nourishing & soul warming, they can be a little bit posh or simple & quick. The main thing is they taste so good, like anything you make from scratch!! Happy Thermomixing Everyone 🙂

Making Coconut Milk or Cream

Have you made it yet? It is so easy & perfect if you have some Dried coconut & not coconut milk or cream & can’t be bothered going to the shop to buy some for a recipe. I very rarely buy it myself now & just make the coconut milk as I need it just before I start the recipe. You can also freeze any leftovers if you are not intending on using it soon. I first tried the recipe from the Thermomix Fast & Easy Indian Cooking book about 4 years ago. Now I use Jo Whitton’s recipe from her Quirky Cooking cookbook available here & please feel free to watch her video too. You will need a nut bag (yes if this is the first time you have heard of a nut bag you are permitted to laugh – like I did the first time I heard about them) You could use fine muslin but for around $10 – $20 investment you will get a lot of use out of it. You can purchase them online or at most health food shops.

As always it is best to start with the best quality ingredients you can afford so I start with organic shredded coconut 300g.

coconut

Mill for 20 secs on speed 9

milled coconut

Next add 800g water & chop for 1 min on speed 9. Strain using a nut bag. And I usually start the straining like this with my nut bag over the simmering basket to let the first lot of milk through & then I love to pick up the nut bag & squeeze the milk through – I imagine it’s sort of like milking a cow?!

Straining the coconut milk

Yes I made coconut milk!! And I know what’s in it too – I hope this post has inspired you to give it ago too!

COCONUT MILK

If you want to make this into coconut cream you then add melted coconut oil slowly to emulsify into the warmed coconut milk as per Jo’s recipe.