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.
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.
We were lucky to have an extended Christmas this year celebrating the week before Christmas with a Japanese feast and then on Christmas Eve I decided to do some more traditional food for the 4 of us!! And we proceeded to eat the leftovers from Christmas Day till New years Eve!!
I was so excited to set my table for Christmas Eve dinner, I set it on Saturday night – 4 nights early!! I had just collected my early Christmas pressie 4 new dinner plates and a new serving platter form my favourite ceramics lady Sallee Warner. I got so excited setting the table I proceeded to put all my Sallee Warner Ceramics on the table that I have collected over the years and was very surprised at how many beautiful pieces I have. It turned out lucky that I set my table early because on the day of Christmas Eve I ended up delivering 3 Thermomix!!
On the day before Christmas Eve, I went to visit my Chef friend Eloise Emmett who had promised to help me with my Turduckenail – Thank goodness she did because I was very slow at deboning the birds. She had helped me make a Turducken on a couple of years ago and it was delicious. I had some quails in the freezer so thought I was being inventive by adding the quail in too. But it turns out Ellie had already done that a few years ago! Ellie took out the bones from the Turkey leaving the legs and wings in place, I deboned the duck and cut the legs and wings off the deboned jumbo quails (we ate those for dinner that night with a teriyaki sauce YUM!) So we placed the Turkey into the baking tray and then the duck inside that – the small chicken inside that and the quail meat followed by a thyme & bread stuffing. Then it was secured into place with a couple of skewers. See Ellie’s recipe here. I served mine with the leftover teriyaki sauce basted on towards the end of cooking. And used the bones to make a delicious stock for the gravy ( I forgot to take a photo of that gravy) I also had more stock left that I used to make an amazing mushroom broth.
So Christmas Eve dinner was the main event this Christmas I arrived home about 2.30 promptly placed the Turduckenail into the oven and steamed the potatoes in the varoma before roasting them in duck fat in the oven. I steamed the cauliflower in one thermomix while I made the bechamel sauce in the other thermomix for the cauliflower gratin and peeled and chopped the other veggies ready to roast. I used the thermomix to reduce the stock and make a delicious gravy. And I also made an amazing homemade butter and added my own homemade miso. This was to serve with the homemade sourdough bread I had baked the previous day, because we didn’t already have enough food!!
I had planned a few different desserts that didn’t happen so it was lucky my wonderful friend had made me a delicious Christmas pudding that we had for dessert with some thermomix made vanilla bean custard. We didn’t actually need any dessert but it’s just what you do isn’t it?
It’s no surprise to me or anyone else that I love the Dani Valent website. It is a subscription site for amazing Thermomix recipes and videos, you get approx 1 free recipe a month for the free subscription or for a yearly membership you get 1 recipe a week & you start with all the current recipes when you join. It’s great value & features home cooking recipes by Dani & also amazing Chef’s recipes too. What’s not to love? Being inspired to try & taste new recipes, learning new skills & ideas for your Thermomix cooking plus I love seeing how Chefs use the Thermomix for their dishes. Sign up here.
I have now currently made ALL of the recipes from this website & some of them I have made a few times because they are so delicious 🙂 It has taken me a few years to complete all the recipes and I will be attempting to keep up and cook each new recipe every week and update this post with the photos of the recipe. I hope you will be inspired to cook along too. Happy Thermomixing!!
Here is one of the free videos with Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking making Coconut Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup.
Matcha Smoothie Bowl
Black Rice Pudding
Breakfast Curd with Toasted Grains recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner – It was really yummy!
Miso Hollandaise (served with slow 60 degree eggs)
Mango Lassi recipe by Jessi Singh
Khachapuri (a cheese pie from Georgia) recipe by Anthony Femia – so GOOD!!!
Wattleseed & Macadamia Dukkah
Bread With Tomato recipe by Emma Warren
Steamed Oysters with Ginger & Spring Onion Oils, recipe by Victor Liong
Steamed Corn with Spicy Allioli another drool worthy recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner. Watch the free video here.