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 used my favourite Yolande Zarins tablecloth and napkins.
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!!
I bought this gorgeous table runner and matching Christmas crackers in Newcastle, however it’s a Melbourne company called Milligram that make them. In keeping with the theme, I also got out a few of my other special Aussie designed tableware including my Dinosaur Design pieces.
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.
You can see some of the layers of the different birds in the turduckenail Mushroom Broth made with leftover turduckenail stock
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!!
Watermelon & Strawberry Frose’ – recipe by Darren Purchese was perfect on some of our hot festive days
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?
Homemade Sourdough with homemade Miso Butter (using homemade miso) Turduckenail – deboned quail inside, deboned chicken inside, deboned duck, inside mostly deboned turkey and then roasted. Turduckenail plate – it’s like lucky dip Cauliflower Gratin Duck Fat Roast Potatoes and Roasted baby Carrots Roasted Veggies Gingerbread gifts Chicken Liver Pate’ gifts Spice Biscuits Saffron Peach Bellini Espresso Martini Hummus Dip
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
Shane Delia’s Warm Roasted Cauliflower Dip with Spiced Beef – You have to try this!! It could be the best dip ever!! I loved watching the video for this recipe too, it was a lot of fun!
Blue Cheese Dip – recipe by Anthony Femia
Dani’s Dill Spiked Feta Dip
Cervelle de Canut Cheese Dip
Everything Salsa & then the same salsa used to make a cashew dip & a cream cheese dip- just 2 of the ideas for the salsa – so tasty & versatile!
Chicken Tart – This recipe by Dani has the most amazing lemon & mustard flavoured pastry – plus shredded chicken & buttery leeks in the filling!
Spicy Peach and Mango Jam Glazed Ham
Dani Valent’s Pithivier
Cheesy Quinoa Bites, recipe by Alice Zaslavsky
Sopa Freda de Meló – Melon Soup – Emma Warren
Strawberry Gazpacho with Tomato, Basil & Goat’s Cheese Salad
Gazpacho – recipe by Eyal Shani
Recommended way to serve this dish is to drink straight from the Thermomix bowl!! If it’s good enough for Dani, then I’m in 😉
Scallop Mousseline with Lemon Caper Sauce
Leek, Potato and Truffle Soup
Tasty “Emergency Lentil Soup” watch the video
Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup – recipe by Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking
Matzo Ball Soup
(Dani asked me to make this recipe & photograph it for her website, I also had to make my own matzo because I couldn’t find any in Hobart to buy :-))
Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust – recipe from George Calombaris – this recipe is from the In the Mix cookbook – I have made it so many times & it’s my all time favourite pumpkin soup!
Mushroom & Millet Minestrone
Soulful Chicken Soup
Goma Dofu (Japanese sesame tofu)
Jing Shui Daan recipe by Tony Tan – its a delicious steamed custard with shitake mushrooms & pork with black beans on top 🙂
Cauliflower Rice – it’s a delicious vegan recipe 🙂
Shane Delia’s BBQ Prawn Kofte Salad is seriously good!!
Pear Coleslaw with Pear Vinaigrette
Beetroot, Pear & Pomegranate Salad
Prawn & Potato Salad
Lamb Shank Barley Casserole – Yes the shanks are steamed in the Varoma for some of the recipe!
Delicious Duck Bao – inspired by the Momofuku recipe by David Chang
Char Siu Bao – Steamed Pork Buns
Hummus- recipe by EyalShani, such a great video to watch, and a delicious recipe to guide you but it is ultimately up to your taste buds to adjust the balance of flavours 🙂
The Beauty of the Beets recipe by Sam
Ultimate Mac and Cheese Toastie – recipe by Anthony Femia
Pineapple-spiked Vietnamese Lamb Salad
Hainanese Chicken & Egg, seriously amazing recipe by
This is also from In the Mix & includes my favourite way to cook eggs – at 60 degrees!!
Quirky Cooking Gluten Free & Dairy Free Chicken Pot Pie is so Yummy – we even took some for lunches too!.
Chicken Tinga So easy & delicious (pictured with my gluten free wrap – Dani’s recipes serves it with her flour tortilla recipe)
Turkey Buffe and Herby Quinoa Stuffing
Steamed Fish with Eggplant Miso – so healthy & fresh – a great recipe using the Varoma.
Aligot – French cheesy mash – so wicked & so good!!
Chilli & Lime Crumb
– I’ve made this recipe from In the Mix Cookbook before – I love how tasty & versatile it is. watch the free video
Marmitako (Basque Seafood Stew) recipe by Chef Ruben Trincado – A delicious video filmed in Spain.
White Garlic Soup with Seafood – recipe by Chef Jaun Carlos Caro, in the video (filmed in Spain) you see him using the TM 21 to make this dish.
Vadouvan Mussels which includes the recipe for the Vadouvan spice mix 🙂
Tuna version of the Poke with Furikake & Wasabi-spiked Avocado Sorbet
Wasabi-spiked Avocado Sorbet
Kha Nhom Jeen Nam Prik – Thai recipe by Pla Liamthong, that not too spicy peanut sauce is so good!!
Gang Prik with Steamed Chicken -another great Thai recipe from Pla Liamthong
Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw – this is the version I made with lamb instead of the beef – I made the beef version too & that was amazing, I will be making it again soon – for sure!!
Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw
Fork-Apart Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder
Vitello Tonnato – An Italian dish of poached beef & tuna egg sauce, sounds weird but it is really delicious 🙂
Gang Prik with Stir Fried Kangaroo – recipe by Pla Liamthong (I served mine with broccoli “rice”)
Barolo Braised Beef with Polenta Cremoso, recipe by Chef Joseph Vargetto – The best polenta I’ve ever tasted!!
Cauliflower Crumbed Schnitzel
Low & Slow Asparagus Risotto – I got to watch Dani make this video at Prahran Market 🙂
Creamy Tomato and Vodka Pasta Sauce
Egg Fu Yong, recipe by Ben Shewry – yes there is creamy scrambled eggs under that shredded chicken 🙂
Native Pepper Berry Salt recipe by Jesse McTavish
Lamb Cutlets, Salsa Verde & Lovage Oil recipe by Jesse McTavish
Pork Cutlets with Chestnut & Apple Hash
Boeuf a la Ficelle (Beef on a String)
Dani’s Hungarian Grandmother’s Goulash
Un-sandwiches – Dani’s
made alphabet shaped rolls, I made the round ones!!
Best Ever Bread Buns – (these ones were made by Dani herself I got to be on her set for a couple of days shooting!! Yes it was awesome!!)
Dani cooking her BeetRoot Burgers for us to eat for lunch 🙂
BeetRoot Burgers – This is the one from the shoot made by Dani herself too & I got to eat it 🙂 Well we all had one, they were very tasty!!
My version of the BeetRoot Burger
Millet and Beetroot Pilaf
Double Trouble Dumplings with Tomato Passata
Vegan Kimchi Mayo
Rice Crackers & Furikake
Pan de Muerto – Mexican Bread of the Dead
Pan de Muerto – Mexican Bread of the Dead
Banana-Choc Hemp Bliss Balls- Recipe by Julie McKie
Cherry Pasta recipe by Chef Lorenzo Cogo (a gorgeous fusion of Italian & Japanese)
Peach & Mulberry Cobbler (Dani’s Recipe is for apricot cobbler)
Chilli Peanut Butter Truffles
Chocolate Mousse Brownies – Dani calls them little squares of joy & they are so WOW!!
Basque Cheesecake is so easy & delicious!! Watch the free video
Orange, Cardamom & Pistachio Truffles
Elaine’s Chocolate Cake – this is a super duper keeper recipe for sure – here are my other
Karen Martini’s Banana Bread recipe
Plum Syrup Cake
Chocolate Ravioli with Orange & Apricot Sauce, recipe by Joseph Vargetto.
Steamed Pecan Pie Puddings
Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream
Cherry Semifreddo, recipe by Christy Tania ( I loved licking the butterfly & the bowl for this one ;-))
Choc Top recipe by Christy Tania using the Cherry Semifreddo recipe (I didn’t have the correct silicone moulds but it was still deliciously wicked!!)
Egg Tarts – Tony Tan Recipe
Instant Chocolate Mousse
White Chocolate & Bailey’s Parfait with Coffee Crumble recipe by Julie from the
Mexican Green Juice
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Smoothie by Jo Whitton
Tiramisu Martini – recipe by Anna Polyviou
Carrot & Sage Cocktail
Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind & Ginger Pickles
Lemon Bomb Smoothie – recipe by Jock Zonfrillo
Mint & Choc-Chip Hemp Smoothie recipe by Julie McKie
Cucumber, Lime & Mint Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Chef Pierre Roelofs
Passionfruit Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Donato Toce from Gelato Messina (This is possibly the best sorbet I’ve ever eaten!!)
Okonomi-Kimchi Savoury Pancakes Inside-out Chicken Parmigiana Green Beans with Ricotta Salata Rolled Omelettes Kombucha Spritz Tortilla (mine doesn’t look so good but it tasted good – I did the frypan option) Middle Eastern Salmon with Tahini Sauce and Walnut Relish Winter Minestrone with Butter Lovin’ Leeks with Parmasean and Chilli Twist Bread Easy Nut-Free Pesto French Toast Casserole Flourless Almond, Coconut And Vanilla Cake recipe by Belinda Jeffery Chestnut Pancakes with Instant Pear Bircher Muesli Carrot Layer Cake recipe by Christina Tosi ( also in the In the Mix 2 cookbook) Korma Curry Sauce by Jesse Singh Pekmez – Turkish grape syrup Pozole Negro – Mexican Chicken Soup Brown Basmati Rice Salad Potato Mochi – recipe by Michael Ryan Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Cutlets with Green Tahini Sauce Mint & Coriander Chutney, recipe by Jessi Singh Apricot and Almond Cake Prawn Cocktail Skewers recipe by Emma Warren Buttered Cabbage with Orange Syrup – recipe by Gerard Phelan Spice Rubs Egg in a Jar Coconut Chicken Salad Otak Otak Lamb Kustilji recipe by Shane Delia Bloody Maria Lazy Tomato Spaghetti Tomato Shorba Korean-style Pork Ribs – Daeji Galbi Toasted Coconut Paste (Kerisik) – recipe by Suriya Abdullah Chilli Padi Chicken Rendang – recipe by Suriya Abdullah Roasted Beef Rib Rendang Butter Chicken Tomato Focaccia Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart Tomato Tart Chocolate Ganache Sea Corn Tacos ( I used prawns instead of crab) Neil Perry’s Chilli Sauce Tomato Jam Double Trouble Fennel & Tomato Chutney Mexican Drinking Chocolate Butter making with a butter press Anzac Crack Quince Paste Tomato Paste Tempered Chocolate Peanut Slab Apricot Grissini Steamed Snapper, Heirloom Tomatoes and Burnt Butter Sauce recipe by Jesse McTavish Silky Pumpkin Tagine with Couscous and Harissa Honey, Rosemary and Buttermilk Chicken Pilaf Papdi Chaat – recipe by Jessi Singh Roasted Aloo Gobi – recipe by Jessi Singh Cardamom Pistachio Kulfi – Recipe by Jessi Singh Coconut Fish Curry – recipe by Jessi Singh Waffles with Horseradish Cream Seaweed Butter recipe from Kazuki Chocolate Brownies Mulled Wine Hong Kong-style Braised Pork Ribs with Tomato – recipe by Annie Xavier Wombok Coleslaw recipe by Gamila MacRury Beef Noodles recipe by Olivia Tan Berbere Genfo Barley Porridge Hakka Yam Abacus Beads – recipe by Annie Xavier Golden Pillow – recipe by Theresa Lee Golden Pillow & inside is a Tamarind Pork Curry – YUM!! Stir-fried Pork and Long Beans – recipe by Annie Xavier Bitter Greens Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette Dulce de Leche Peanut Butter Coleslaw Slow-Cooked Brisket Tacos with Grilled Spring Onions and Tomatillo Salsa Dani’s Vegetarian Daughter’s Quick Sustaining Dinner Dulce de Leche Espresso Martini – recipe by Gamila MacRury Steamed Fish with Quinoa, Spinach and Basil Fried Calamari with Chipotle Mayonnaise Calamari with Herb Crumb Ghee Paneer Apple Clafoutis recipe by Gamila MacRury Chicken Liver Pate recipe by Charlie Carrington Mango & Cardamom Sorbet Best Ever Bread Buns Mushroom Cappuccino Beetroot-Cured Kingfish Salad Zhoug & Salmon Salad Bloody Caesar Clam Salad Bûche de Nöel Marron, Chestnut and Pine Mushroom Risotto (I used lobster instead) Recipe by Philippa Sibley but I used my Thermomix as much as possible to make this delicious meal. Cilbir – recipe by Coskun Uysal – brown butter crumble, poached 60 degree egg with smoked yoghurt, brown butter sauce and crispy chicken skin. Mackerel with Pil Pil on Olive Oil Rice – recipe by Jesse Gerner (I used a different fish that was available) Pan-Roasted John Dory with Bay Leaf Oil & Sugar Snap Peas – recipe by Phil Wood Finger Lime, Gin & Cucumber Cooler from Dani’s Cocktail ebook – so good!! Simple Shakshuka Sauce recipe by Charlie Carrington Simple Shakshuka Sauce recipe by Charlie Carrington I added mixed roast veggies, feta & fresh coriander YUM!! Carrot Kheer Zesty Avocado with Crab Blackberry Vinegar Chocolate Truffles Apricot Cobbler Chicken Congee Spice Biscuits + Booze Christmas Trees – Chrissy Kueh! (except I made them in snowflakes shapes with blue pea tea to colour the top layer) Kadhi Pakora recipe by Saransh Goila Basic Cake with Plums Chestnut, Macadamia & Plum Tart with Olive Oil Pastry with Plum Sorbet with Davidson Plum Sherbet Everyday Emergency Hummus Ganache Tartlets Asparagus Tart with Sour Cream Pastry Prawn Wontons with Peanut Sauce and Chilli Oil Hummus with Prawn & Crab – recipe by Tom Sarafian Pesto alla Trapanese – recipe by Joseph Vargetto Pesto alla Trapanese – recipe by Joseph Vargetto Served with homemade fresh pasta Japanese Curry Cubes Zucchini Fritters with Quick Pineapple Chutney Peanut Butter Miso Biscuits
I’ll keep updating this page as I go with photos of the recipes I have made from the site – as you can see there is a good range of family meals & exciting fun things to give a try too.
Summer is so great, eating fresh salads and grilled meats YUM!! Let’s get cooking and eating ASAP.
Grilled Quail with Fresh Field Grove Olive Oil recipe for Cherry & Cucumber Salad Rannoch Farm Quail with a Quinoa, Citrus and Herb Salad
I love Sophia’s recipes they are easy to follow with ingredients we would all easily have available to us. Here are a few I have made so far 🙂
Apple Crumble Pie Sticky Date Pudding Jerk Chicken from the Practice Mix Perfect cookbook Naan Bread ( I made mine garlic naan) Easy Basic Pizza
One of my favourite Thermomix cookbooks by Dani Valent. I’ve made so many recipes from this book already but some photos were on my old phone – so I’m very happy to cook, photograph and eat as many recipes from this awesome book again. YUM!!
Salmon Rillettes recipe by Philippe Mouchel – so delicious!! Onion Jam Flan – recipe by Helene Meurer (minus the olives on top) Yummy & Easy recipe. Herb Scrolls recipe by Madalene Bonvini-Hamel Olive Bread – recipe by Nicolas Poelaert (who I’ve met a few times now & he even signed his recipes in my cookbook) White Chocolate Crisps, Cumin and Cream – recipe by Sat Bains Fig Syrup and Fig Muffins recipes by Dani Valent Fig Grissini – (recipe in the book is for apricot and cardamom) Recipe by Caroline Velik – she is also the food stylist for the book and when she signed her recipe suggested fig as a replacement YUM!! Quince Paste recipe by Jeff Brady who I have met a few times now but still haven’t got him to sign his recipe in the book. He is a true foodie!! Beef Stir Fry recipe by Dani Valent Chilli Lime Crumb recipe by Sam Massari Chlorophyll Paste recipe by Tom Cockerill and Green Smoothie recipe by Dani Valent Crumpets recipe by Jeff Brady Tomato Shot recipe by Lynette Macdonald I’ve met her a few time to but have not got her to sign her recipe, I’ve made it heaps & love it so much even if you just want to make the tapenade it’s great. Peach Margarita recipe by Dani Valent Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust is one of my favourite soup recipes, so creamy & decadent – recipe by George Calombaris Duck Liver Parfait, Gingerbread Crumbs and Chocolate Foam – unbelievably awesome recipe by Kym Machin Scallop Mousseline with Lemon Caper Sauce recipe by Willie Pike Spelt Pizza recipe by Jo Whitton Beetroot, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad recipe by Troy Payne Fig Tapioca Pudding – recipe by Troy Payne Kirche Ganache – made with Black Raspberry liqueur instead – recipe by James Petrie Blue Cheese Eclairs – recipe by Kirsten Tibballs Honey Truffles and Earl grey tea Truffles – Recipe by Kirsten Tibballs