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. 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.

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

Sunday Night Virtual Family Dinner via Facebook Messenger
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!!
DIY Atlas Dining Masterclass Week One VIETNAM – Fish Cake, Cucumber Salad
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
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!!
Dani Valent’s Signature Dish Series at Lee Ho Fook with Victor Liong

Dani Valent’s Signature Dish Series at Lee Ho Fook with Victor Liong

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!!

Steamed Barramundi, Ginger and Spring Onion – recipe by Victor Liong

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.

Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Garlic Stems and Beansprouts ( I couldn’t get Beansprouts!!)
Vesper Martini
The Basic Cookbook

The Basic Cookbook

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.

ANZAC Biscuits
Pot Set Yoghurt
Homemade Butter
Banana Bread
Focaccia
Vanilla Custard
Healthy Me in 2020

Healthy Me in 2020

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!!

Spicy Beef Soup with Cauliflower “Rice”
Fiona Hoskin’s Green Smoothie Recipe
I made this for my hubby – Healthy Banana Bread – recipe from cookidoo
Strawberries from Hillwood Berry farm served with dark chocolate ganache (might not be too healthy but I only ate the strawberries I promise)
Tandoori Chicken Salad
G&T Drunken Chicken Salad with Baby Carrots and Dukkah Recipe by Matt Wilkinson
Hemp Seed Porridge – recipe by Luke Hines
Cauliflower and Seed Loaf recipe by Luke Hines
Healthy Mint Slice Recipe by Luke Hines
Steamed Crab & Prawn Omelette
homemade coconut yoghurt
Shredded Chicken Salad with Toum dressing
Luke’s Block of Choc (Luke Hines)
Healthy Chicken Larb

Healthy Chicken Larb

It’s January 2020!! So I’m having a healthy start to the year with green smoothies, soups, salads and stir frys. This is how I created this delicious recipe – it not traditional but it is tasty, quick and easy.

Ingredients

1 Bunch Fresh Coriander

1 Clove Garlic

1 Chilli

10g Fresh Ginger

10g Fresh Turmeric

400g Chicken Breast and or Thighs cut into cubes

1tbs Fish Sauce – optional

Salt and Pepper to taste

20g Coconut Oil

Juice of 1 Lime

Baby Cos Lettuce Leaves

1 Cucumber, thinly sliced

Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint and/or Thai Basil

Method

Place coriander roots, garlic, chilli, ginger and turmeric into the TM bowl and chop for 3 secs speed 7.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the chicken, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Use the turbo button 1 sec intervals (up to 3 times) until the chicken is minced.

Heat a frypan to medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once it is melted, add the chicken mince mixture and stir fry until the chicken is cooked and slightly caramelised. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and stir.

Serve the chicken on baby cos leaves with cucumber slices and fresh coriander and mint/thai basil leaves. Enjoy!