I’ve currently been in home quarantine for 7 days, so I’m halfway through after cutting my holidays early leaving Brisbane last week. My state (Tasmania) had just put in place that anyone returning to the state from overseas or the mainland had to self quarantine for 14 days as a precaution in case any of us had the Covid-19 Virus to stop the spread of this virus to the community. I like to remain positive so I have been keeping a diary on Facebook of what I’ve been doing & I have just loved cooking my way through the week.
I’m now in my 8th day of home quarantine and despite having a long list of things I have needed to do at home for quite some time, (I am very skilled at procrastinating!!) I have been watching some awesome, inspiring and fun live videos on instagram and facebook by some of my favourite Chefs. So I thought I would share my list so far and please let me know if you have anyone else to add to the list – I haven’t gone out of my way to search for these they came up on my feeds and I have started enjoying them and may be slightly addicted!! (I have barely watched netflix etc)
eloiseemmett.com has live cooking workshops with her kids about 3 times a week – visit her website to see what is coming up & you can even cook along – once I get some more ingredients I can’t wait to make some of the recipes!!
Massimo Mele has been sharing videos of his son cooking with him too and has more coming out soon.
UPDATE: I completed my 14 days in home quarantine only to continue into home self isolation. So not much has changed. I am unable to continue working at the gym and even though the gym is doing live stream classes to our members the Bodybalance class I teach has strict copyright laws, so members are still able to do all those classes on the Les Mills on Demand App and so am I. I am fortunate to be able to exercise at home even though it is not as much fun & my motivation is a bit low. I have a few bits of pilates equipment at home too so I have been enjoying a stretch on the roller too. We are allowed to go out to exercise and maintain social distancing and have no more than 2 people together (unless you have more than 2 in your immediate family). I try to go to my local dog beach once a day so my dog can get some exercise too and I take off my shoes and walk on the sand and in the sea water. It has always been my happy place and now even more so. I have had most of my food delivered and we are allowed to go out for essentials while maintaining social distancing.
Everyday I have a routine take a photo of the sunrise, go for a walk on the dog beach with bare feet & paddle in the water (as long as it is good weather). Choose cookbooks of the day to read – 1 non Thermomix cookbook and 1 Thermomix cookbook or cookidoo collection, I post these on my instagram stories and on my Facebook page. They are chosen in relation to facebook memories or what is going on at the time. Of course morning coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner are very important parts of the day. Checking social media & posting food pics throughout the day. watching any live cooking videos that are on during the day and cooking along with any of the cookalongs. Saturday nights is virtual happy hour with my friends and Sunday nights are virtual family dinner night. There have been some great positives to come out of this time. I have slowly been ticking off a list of things I have always wanted to cook, some have been great and some not so great!! It is all part of the adventure.
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.