As you know I love a bit of a cookbook challenge and my cousin also has a love of cookbooks like I do. So when I visited her in Melbourne in February, we had fun just flicking through the pages of her cookbook collection and I fell in love with The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander. I already have a few of her cookbooks but I love that this one has 25 fun themed menus and photos for every recipe. And the recipes look great too of course!! So my cousin & I decided to do a Julie & Julia style challenge in March to cook as many recipes as we can in this month. I feel like I’m cheating because I have a Thermomix LOL!! I promptly purchased a copy for my self and put rose petals in vodka to make the Rose Petal Liqueur _ It had to steep for a month. I will be going away towards the end of the month but I will take my cookbook with me!! Feel free to join in our challenge it’s going to be delicious fun!!
YAY!! Thermomix Australia have revamped the 28 Day Challenge – there are 2 to choose from the 28-Day Fresh Start Meal Plan and the 28-Day Savings Meal Plan. I have decided to do the Savings Meal Plan with some of the new recipes from the Fresh Start Meal Plan included because I have made most of those recipes last time I did the challenge. I will be doing a live facebook video of each recipe everyday (if i miss a day I will make up for it on a different day – I promise!!) And I will be posting a photo of the finished recipe on my instagram, facebook business page and also in the 28 Day Meal Plan facebook group. So who is up for the challenge? It’s a fun way to try new recipes!! I have had to start the on a Friday instead of a Sunday as I will be away towards the end of the 28 days!! Sign up here for free. The recipes are on cookidoo and you can sign up for a 30 day free trial of cookidoo too.
What a wonderful relaxing way to spend an afternoon – eating and drinking, learning about flavour combinations and secrets to success for homestyle cooking. See all the official photos of the day here. Lee Ho Fook meaning translates as ‘good fortune for your mouth’ and it certainly was!!
We were greeted by Dani Valent & Victor Liong and introduced to the other 8 guests. We were given a fig leaf iced tea to try (I’m going to try to make that recipe soon too) and some fried wontons to get us started. Victor talked us through our Asian sauce tasting, so we could understand the importance of balancing the flavours and we were given a ratio chart along with our recipes too. We tasted Victor’s signature dish Steamed Barramundi with Ginger & Spring Onion Oils. Victor said he bought a Thermomix just to make the Spring Onion Oil – because it is so easy to make with the Thermomix. It’s a great way to use up all the green parts of the spring onions and check out the awesome colour too!!
After a tour of the restaurant, we had a stir fry demo 2 ways – restaurant verses home. Both delicious, but it’s a little slower for us at home not having the same equipment as the restaurant.
Next we had our Martini masterclass, where we watched the Lee Ho Fook version of a Vesper Martini being made and then we had to taste test it too!! Tough day I know!! As we said our goodbyes, we were given our goodie bags with take recipes, asian dipping sauce, vesper martini and Lee Ho Fook Tea. As you can see I had lots of fun recreating the easy, delicious and adaptable recipes at home.
There have been a few versions of The Basic Cookbook which comes with your Thermomix – each time it gets bigger & better. There are so many great base recipes from this book so I thought I would share some photos of the recipes I have made from this book. As the name suggests they are basic recipes so play around and add extra chilli, extra cheese or whatever takes your taste buds fancy.
Since the 1st of this year I have been on a health kick – yes I have had to have a few meals off in that time, but choose to keep coming back to nourishing foods with lots of veggies. Healthy is different to everyone and I love to indulge with delicious food all the time but healthy food is also delicious. So I will share with you some of my favourite healthy creations along the way. It’s all about the green smoothies, salads, stir frys, fruits that are not too high in sugar and herbal teas. Already I have been feeling much better for it and my hubby has even been having green smoothies too!!