Thermomix Emerald Class trip to Vegas

Wow, I can not believe how much fun we had in Las Vegas for our Thermomix reward, trip, I did not expect to visit Vegas but if I did get to go I had 2 things on the list to do see the Grand Canyon & see the Cirque du Soleil show O & both of these activities just happened to be included in this amazing trip. We were lucky enough to stay at The Cosmopolitan right next to the famous Bellagio, with magnificent views of the Bellagio fountain. After exploring some of the other hotels I’m sure we stayed at the best one on the strip! Yes it is a long trip over but it was worth it, it was so fantastic to meet up again with fellow Thermomix consultants we met at the Paris reward trip last year & others we have met at previous Thermofest trips. This time there were about 80 of us all together including group leaders & admin staff.

How Ironic to be staying so close to the fake Eiffel Tower in Vegas, when last year we stayed close to the real one in Paris at the Emerald Class Trip.

At check in room, we were provided some nibbles & cool drinks. Then up to our amazing room on level 52! What a view & the fountain put on a display straight away, I had a quick look around outside & around the facilities before getting ready for our first event, a cocktail party, complete with a welcome green Thermomix themed cocktail, there were lots of drinks but not too much food just some small bites. A few people went out for dinner & some went to try their luck at winning some money in Vegas.

The famous night club Marquee opened at 10.30pm we had free entry because we were staying at The Cosmopolitan, only a couple of us went up & had a bit of a dance & a looksie, it was very busy & we later found out that in the off season it is only open Friday – Monday night. You could buy a glass of wine for $12 or a bottle of wine for $395, when we asked about this apparently the bottle secured you a poolside table & table service as well. Completely jet lagged we got into bed very late or should I say early on Tues morning.

Executive Chef at The Cosmopolitan Matt Crane

 

The buffet breakfast at the wicked spoon provides so many options it was so hard to choose – even sorbet for breakfast! There was an omelette station, with anything & everything you could imagine, then in a room just off the restaurant, we had our first training session on social media with Scott Cramer from Multi Brain. Then it was so exciting to have a chat with Executive Chef at The Cosmopolitan Matt Crane & even better he gave a tour of The Cosmopolitan restaurants & behind the scenes in the kitchens, including the pastry area with Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Pilon. (Check out his awesome instagram account here.)

After lunch at the wicked spoon we had a little bit of free time before meeting our transfer to the helicopters. 

A flight for 13 helicopters into the Grand Canyon, we were all so excited & I loved that they had music playing in our headsets. (It stopped when someone wanted to talk though)

I had tears of joy streaming down my face as we entered the Canyon. 

Thermie Green Vegetarian Curry

Arwenโ€™s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | Thermie Green Vegetarian Curry

This is one of the first recipes I added to the Thermomix recipe community around 6.5 years ago & it has been extremely popular – of course you can add chicken to it if you prefer, it’s great to grow my own lime leaves too. You can store lime leaves, chillies & coriander roots in the freezer, so you have most of the ingredients ready to go for an easy week night dinner packed full of flavour. It’s delicious served with my coconut rice recipe too – if you are making the coconut rice recipe in the Model 5 you need to add more liquid either coconut cream or water to take it up to the 1200g marker & it’s a bonus you can steam more veggies on top of the rice while it’s steaming! Or if you really want to pack in more veggies why not serve it with my roasted cauliflower “rice” recipe. For more great vegetarian recipe ideas click here.

Thermie Green Vegetarian Curry
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Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 6
 
Leave out the fish sauce if you are making this for vegetarians.
Ingredients
  • 1 onion cut in half.
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ginger, approx 2cm
  • 1 bunch coriander , including roots
  • 1 tablespoon TM vegie stock concentrate
  • 3 big green chilies, with or without seeds depending how spicy you like it
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce, optional- leave out for vegetarian guests
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves
  • 600 grams sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot or potato, 2cm cubed -use any or a combination of all of these vegetables
  • 400 grams light organic coconut cream
  • 400 grams zucchini, broccoli, peas or snow peas, cut into chunks-use any or a combination of all of these vegetables or other favourites you may have
  • 400 gram Chickpeas, drained & Rinsed (one tin)
  • 100 grams spinach leaves, fresh
Instructions
  1. Put onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, tm stock and chillies in the TM bowl chop for 15 sec speed 8, scrape down sides of bowl.
  2. Add peanut oil, fish sauce and ground coriander & cumin and cook for 4 min 100 degrees speed 1.
  3. Add kaffir lime leaves, coconut cream & 600g hard vegetables to TM bowl.
  4. Place spinach leaves into the thermoserver.
  5. Add the rest of the soft green vegetables place into the Varoma -zucchini & broccoli on the bottom & snow peas & peas on the top tray.
  6. Cook for 15 mins reverse Varoma temp speed 1. Check vegetables if any of the steamed vegetables are cooked remove & place into the thermosever.
  7. Add chickpeas to TM bowl & cook for an extra 5 mins reverse Varoma speed 1 only if vegetables need to be cooked further.
  8. Add to the Thermoserver & stir through the spinach.
  9. Serve with coconut rice or jasmine rice.

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Five Textures of Parmesan

Textures of parmasean

Cheese is one of my favourite ingredients & so I have wanted to make this recipe from current top chef in the world Massimo Bottura from his restaurant Osteria Francescana. I loved watching the Netflix series Chef’s Table & the episode with Massimo was great. (Watch it here) And another reason to get excited for me is that I will get to eat a dish prepared by Massimo himself when I am in New York in early October – the foodie stars have aligned & I am booked into a progressive dinner cooked by 6 top chef’s including Massimo Bottura!! Yes I am extremely excited I wonder which dish he will be making it may even be this one? This is a recipe from Dani Valent’s cookbook In the Mix 2 cookbook it has been adapted for the home cook. Normally featuring not only 5 textures of parmasean but 5 ages of parmesan. I decided to use 5 different types of parmesan instead, making the best I could with what I could get & I was very happy with the results ๐Ÿ™‚ Apart from my domestic cream siphon not working very well that is!

5 parmasean cheeses in a row

5 parmasean cheeses

parmasean cheese cubbed

parmasean cheese chopped

 

5 parmasean cheeses chopped

I even made homemade ricotta for one of the elements to the dish – see my cheese making post here.

 

One of the elements even called for making a parmasean stock out of the rind of the parmasean ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

I Love Ridgeline Pottery

I may have had a little shopping “accident” after going for another visit to Ridgeline Pottery, some of these pieces are seconds, leftover from orders from top chefs such as Peter Gilmore, Tetsuya Wakuda and Ben Shewry. Need I say more? You can put them in the dishwasher & the oven plus they look amazing!! There are a number of local Hobart restaurants that use their pottery too; Templo, Aloft & Pidgeon Hole Cafe just to name a few.

Ridgeline LR

 

Ellie used this gorgeous set for a photoshoot of her Seafood Risotto – I brought my Thermomix in & whipped it up for her while she was setting up the shot ๐Ÿ™‚

 

How delicious does that look? Great styling as always by Ellieย – the recipe will be in her new cookbook Seafood Everyday due to be released later this year.