I am so very lucky & grateful to have won the Burch & Purchese VIP competition. I am a huge fan of Darren & Cath’s recipes & virtual cooking classes, and I have all their signed cookbooks too. My VIP status is for 3 months so I will be posting about all the perks as they happen. I am so excited to be the very first B&P VIP. I also decided it was a great opportunity to do a cookbook challenge & cook as many things as I can from all of Darren Purchese’s cookbooks & cooking classes. YUM!!
Update: I have had my VIP status extended for an extra couple of weeks and that gave me the extra time I need to complete cooking the entire Chefs Eat Breakfast Too & the Chefs Eat Toasties Too cookbooks. WOW What an epic & delicious few months it has been & I have loved it all! (I have also included pictures from recipes I cooked before the my Cookbook Challenge with a * & any recipes I complete after the challenge with **)
I attended Darren’s online pavlova class & decided to make his Gin & Tonic Pavlova recipe to celebrate my win!!
B&P Dessert Bar for our family dinner birthday celebrations.
Chefs Eat Breakfast Too Brunch – I hosted this brunch for 11 of my friends as it was going to be my last day as B&PVIP. However I was extended 1 extra month. As well as the lemon curd basque cheesecake I made the Berry Smoothie Bowl, Mexican Baked Eggs with Pico De Gallo & Guacamole, Scuba’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns, Chocolate Stressel Brioche, Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche & Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters to take home. I also served Chicken Liver Parfait with Lavosh.
Mini Berry Smoothie Bowls served at the brunch
COOK WITH DARREN
Basque Cheesecake with Lemon Curd
Cacio e Pepe following Darren’s Instagram live cook a long
CHEFS EAT BREAKFAST TOO
I have to agree with Darren that Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day & that is why I love this cookbook so much. Lots of delicious recipes suitable for any occasion – plus check out the matching Spotify playlist too, there is one for each of the Chefs Eat Cookbooks!
Red Velvet Muffins with Fresh As Strawberry Icing Mix & Freeze Dried Strawberries (I was gifted those products in my July VIP hamper)
Honey Baked Granola
Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon & Blueberries
Mexican-Style Baked Eggs with Pico de Gallo & Guacamole
Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Grilled Croissant
Double Eggy Bread with Shaved Ham & Mustard
Hot Cross Buns (#B&P*VIP)
Sausage & Egg Muffin (including homemade English muffin)
Green Smoothie Bowl
Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl
Toasted Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Egg & Avocado
Lightly Fried Egg with Mushrooms, White Anchovies & Crispy Kale
Deep-fried Eggs with Green Sambal
Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters
Almond Bircher Muesli
Avocado & Vegemite Toast
Coconut, Quinoa & White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate & Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts
Papaya Smoothie Bowl with Chia
Spiced Lamb Pizza with Fried Egg Hummus & Lemon
Berry Smoothie Bowl
Soft Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Toast
Chicken Congee with Crispy Doughnuts
Perfect Classic Omelette (mine isn’t so perfect)
Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Porridge with Passionfruit & Banana
Thai Style Tartare with Fried Egg (I used Venison instead of Beef)
Mushroom Quesadilla using Darrens homemade Corn Tortilla recipe
Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars
Almond, Pear & Chocolate Croissant
Quinoa Porridge with Peanut Butter Banana & Coconut
Mushroom, Ham & Eggs Benedict
Filo-wrapped Fried Egg
Green Eggs & Ham with Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella (served with my homemade olive bread)
Quinoa, Mushroom & Soy Bowl with Crispy Fried Egg
Thick Pork Katsu Sando
Scuba’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Emma’s Tea Spot Sausage Buttie
Chocolate Streusel Brioche
Chocolate, Yoghurt & Lemon Cornflake Tarts
Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche
Ruby Chocolate Chip Cookies *
Anytime Waffles with Bacon and Maple Syrup *
CHEFS EAT TOASTIES TOO
Toasted Baguette with Scrambled Egg & Harissa
Olive Oil Toast with White Chocolate, Caviar & Champagne
Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Jaffle with Fresh Truffle
Curried Crayfish Roll with Mango Chutney & Potato Chips
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” 🙂
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 only takes 15 mins to make & you can pimp it to taste even better – like adding pepper berry oil & or feta cheese!! YUM!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The pea soup from The Devil of a Cookbook is also amazing & speaking of peas – how good is a pea & ham soup too?!
Venison Pho Style Soup
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 🙂
Wow these crazy times we live in at the moment have seen some terrible things happen but also some inventive and amazing things too. So I love this idea that Chef Charlie Carrington and his team came up with to have Masterclasses with 3 recipes a week and each week will be a different country’s cuisine. If you are lucky enough to live in Melbourne you can order the box of ingredients for the week and then cook along at home while you watch the YouTube Atlas Masterclass If we can’t travel the world right now we may as well taste it in our own kitchens. I have been doing the DIY version and having to make up parts of the recipes myself as some of the ingredients boxes includes parts of the recipes already completed like the spice mixes, pickles or sauces. This really has been a delicious journey so far and I am definitely along for the culinary trip around the world with Charlie & his team. I’m so grateful to be able to join in and already have been introduced to some new recipes, ingredients and spices to make & taste.