Atlas Dinning’s Masterclasses

Atlas Dinning’s Masterclasses

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 masterclass or each of the nights Charlie does a live video on instagram where he cooks the recipe and answers any questions. 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.

Week 1 Vietnam

Fish Cake, Cucumber Salad with Bean Sprouts (I was missing bean sprouts) YUM!!
Chicken, Rice, Egg and Peanut Crumble – So Delicious!!
Mushroom Pho – so nourishing!

Week 2 Israel

Shawarma Lamb Pitta with Hummus Israeli salad & pickles
Chicken Schnitzel Spiced Butter and Pumpkin Salad
Eggplant Matbucha chickpeas goats cheese & olives – AMAZING!!

Week 3 Korea

Buckwheat Noodles, Chicken Mince & Red Kimchi – So good, I used my homemade kimchi & smoked tofu YUM!!
Beef Bulgogi
Mushroom Bibimbap Egg & Seaweed

Week 4 Mexico

Chicken Tamales
Pulled Pork Tacos
Pumpkin and Black Bean Enchiladas

Week 5 Peru

Papas a la Huacaina
Lomo Saltado
Smoked Cauliflower, Quinoa Salad and Ocopa Sauce

Week 6 France

Chicken Cassoulet
Beef Bourguignon
Classic French Onion Soup

Week 7 Brazil

Sausage Feijoada
Carne Churrasco
Vatapa Pumpkin

Week 8 Thailand

Satay Chicken
Pad Kra Pao Moo – Pork Loin Stir Fry with Green Beans
Pad See Ew -Mushroom, Noodles & Chinese Broccoli
Home Quarantine Tips

Home Quarantine Tips

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)

Also as an aside the Pets of Isolation – what’s your pet doing today? group is really good too – not to mention the Bin Isolation Outing Facebook group!!

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.

On instagram I’ve been drooling over Dan Hong’s videos https://www.instagram.com/hongsta_gram/

I’m loving watching Massimo Bottura’s fun live videos too. https://www.instagram.com/massimobottura/

David Lebovitz has been making amazing drinks & cocktails!! https://www.instagram.com/davidlebovitz/

I’m so looking forward to Charlie Carrington’s Masterclasses that travel around the world virtually – It’s Vietnamese starting soon https://www.instagram.com/charliesatlas/?hl=en

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.

We do Sunday Night Virtual Family Dinner via Facebook Messenger every week now – this is the Swedish meatball recipe from cookidoo.
Saturday night Virtual Wine Time – I had some delicious grandvewe cheese and made the gourmet crackers & quince paste and my friends surprised me with a drop off of fresh oysters and Tasmanian Sparkling Wine that brought me to tears of joy!! We have continued a regular wine time and have a group chat every sat night at 6pm.
DIY Atlas Dining Masterclass Week One VIETNAM – Fish Cake, Cucumber Salad – I have created a new post with all the recipes I am cooking from the masterclass here.
So I had a crazy idea to do a live facebook video of me doing a cook along with Eloise Emmett’s live video – we thought it was hilarious!!
Fresh Field Grove Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Quince Cupcakes – I ade 1/2 with steamed quince & half with my homemade quince paste.
Immunity Boosting Shot from the Thermomix USA facebook page
Dalgona Coffee
Flu Fighter Chicken Soup
Eloise Emmett Braised Octopus with Weston Farm smoked paprika fresh pasta & olives
I ordered Frogmore at Home & it was so delicious more pictures to follow – I put a dress on and even some earrings for our wonderful date night at home.
Fish Croquettes from Eloise Emmett’s live workshop
Chilli Mussels from the basic cookbook
Hot Cross Buns – recipe from the Basic Cookbook
Octopus recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry cookbook
Dani Valent’s recipe for Soft-bake Choc Chip Cookies
Lamb Tagine adapted a recipe from the Cornersmith cookbook
Hot Smoked Salmon & Feta Steamed Omelette
A friend dropped off a truckload of quinces so I made Quince Jelly
Homemade Pita (recipe on cookidoo) with Charlie Carrington’s signature Hummus recipe
Hamish Blake & Ben Shewry did a fun cookalong on instagram – 2 courses for a romantic dinner – We were given our list of ingredients to have ready and then 5000 people watched and cooked along!!
I used frozen prawns and adapted the dessert recipe and made it in the thermomix lucky I had extra bowls!!
Flambe Prawn Pasta was so delicious!! Also it was my first time doing Flambe!! Heaps of fun!!
I didn’t fully melt my chocolate for the chocolate mousse so mine was a choc chip mousse but it still tasted delicious!! Hamish’s mousse look a bit like this too!! We made these 2 recipes in 1 hour with Ben instructing us – it was seriously the best fun ever!!
Belated Easter Isolation Truffles – Orange, Cardamom & Pistachio Truffles from the Dani Valent site
It doesn’t look pretty but it is Dani Valent’s Hungarian Grandmother’s Goulash recipe served with sweet potato mash.
Rhubarb Champers – for some reason while in isolation I have decided it’s the perfect time to try all the recipes I have been meaning to make – this one is from the Devil of a Cookbook.
Elaine’s Chocolate Cake recipe from Ben Shrewy’s grandmother – I was meant to go to a Masterclass at Attica so this was the next best thing.
I made a delicious hot chocolate with the leftover ganache and my facebook followers gave me permission to eat cake for breakfast.
I did an ANZAC slice cookalong facebook live with my customers I always like to put chocolate on top. I made a hot chocolate to clean the bowl YUM!! My pop is the one in the top far right in this picture.
ANZAC morning spent on my front deck – we will remember
It was such a special treat to have my favourite Sushi at home from Masaaki’s
Nico Moretti Recipe for Tom Yum
Dani Valent recipe for Pasta with Burnt Butter and Sage
Darren Purchese Recipe for Canele’
It’s been fun making my favourite weekend brunches at home while supporting local bakeries & producers
Nico Moretti recipe for Orecchiette con Broccoli
Apple Chilli Jelly
Little Missy Patisserie at Home
Nico Moretti’s Butterflied Roast Chicken with Herbed Lemon & Garlic Butter
Takeaway Ramen from Panko Chan
Dani Valent Crumpet recipe
Huon Crab Apples dropped off to me from a friend’s tree
Hamish Blake & Ben Shewry’s TransTasman instagram cook along Fancy Fish n Chips
Hamish Blake & Ben Shewry’s TransTasman instagram cook along Hot Pav
Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust – my favourite Pumpkin Soup
Humming Bird Cake I made for my friend’s birthday
ISO Birthday Survival Kit
Little Missy Patisserie Eclair
Darren Purchase recipe for Ched Bundy – Serial Griller
Tried making the Aloft mushroom dumplings but they were not as nice as the Aloft ones!!
Rosemary Gimlet
Corn Custard with Chicken Congee from the Dani Valent site – recipe by Victor Liong
The Cook’s Table Cookbook Cooking Challenge March 20

The Cook’s Table Cookbook Cooking Challenge March 20

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!!

Pumpkin Scones from the Afternoon Tea menu
Christine’s Rose Petal Liqueur from the Valentine’s Day menu
Yoghurt Flatbread with Garlic and Herb Butter and Guacamole from the Teenagers Birthday menu
Sticky Pork Ribs with Barbeque Sauce from the Feeding a Crowd menu
Radicchio White Bean Walnut and Pecorino Salad with Torn Croutons from the feeding a crowd menu
Chicken in Saffron Sauce served with Potatoes with Chorizo from the Andalucia menu.
Jam & cream-filled sponge cake with rose-geranium leaves from the Afternoon Tea Chapter

Thermomix 28 Day Meal Plan 2020

Thermomix 28 Day Meal Plan 2020

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.

Day 1: Creamy Mustard Chicken Stew – I used sweet potato instead of the potato & I would definitely make it again it was yummy quick and easy!!
Day 2: Lentil Bolognese – the recipe uses lentils from a tin – I cooked my own before starting the recipe.
Day 3: Chocolate ‘feed a crowd’ Cake
Day 4: (Meatless Monday) Vegetable Curry with Cauliflower Couscous
Day 5: Barley Bacon & Chorizo Soup
Day 6: Pastitsio
Day 7: Pork Meatballs with Couscous
Day 8: Fake Away Friday – Quick Chicken Curry
Day 9: Shakshuka
Day 10: Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry
Day 11: Meatless Monday Smoky Beetroot and Black Bean Sliders with Soused Cucumber – served on Buckwheat and Almond Slider Buns.
Day 12: Beetroot Salad with Raita Dressing
Day 12: Texas-style Lovely Legs
Day 13: Apricot Chicken Risotto
Day 14: Kangaroo Harissa Polpette with Lentils and Kale
Day 15: Fake-away Friday Gozleme
Day 16: Health by Chocolate Torte (Skinnymixers recipe)
Day 17: Gluten Free Flour Mix
Day 18: Smashed Potatoes with Rosemary Salt
Day 19: Corned Beef with Mustard Sauce
Day 20: Chopped Asian Salad
Day 20: Open Fish Burgers
Day 21: Coffee-rubbed Beef with Fennel Salad
Day 22: Nasi Goreng
Day 23: Hash Browns with Chive Cottage Cheese
Day 24; Chicken, Leek and Corn Pie
Day 25: Meatless Monday – Pulled BBQ Jackfruit
Day 26: Chunky Bolognese -Skinnymixers recipe
Day 27: (My last day) Chocolate Cream Pie – I added cherries on top of the chocolate custard!!