In the Mix 1

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
Smoky Peanut Mole recipe by Paul Wilson
Vegetable Tempura recipe by Jane Etherton
Pastilla recipe by Lynette MacDondald

Easter Eating 2019

I never need an excuse to eat or cook but I have noticed that I have been eating less chocolate than in previous years of my life. What is going on???? A few years ago when someone would ask me my favourite food I would say Cheese & Chocolate because everything is better with both of these ingredients right? Don’t worry I still love chocolate but I love dark chocolate & I am also having a love affair with Ruby Chocolate too!! My palate always leans to savoury food. YUM!! Last Easter I tried a recipe from Dani Valent’s In the Mix Cookbook a duck liver parfait with a chocolate foam & gingerbread crumbs!! Wowsers!! It was soooooo good!!

So I am officially starting a new Easter tradition (in my belly at least ) and this year I made Tazziberry Hot Cross Buns to go with the same Dark Chocolate Foam (it’s kind of like a mousse) and I made chicken liver parfait which I added tazziberries, truffle & black garlic to the recipe!! I am going to confess to have eaten almost the whole thing by myself over the course of a few days!! And I am not sorry at all!!

Easter Treat – Tazziberry Buns with Chocolate Foam & Chicken Liver Parfait

Speaking about homemade Easter buns, I can not be bothered putting the crosses on top unless it’s made out of something delicious like chocolate or cream cheese YUM!! Don’t be scared to choose your own Easter Bun Adventure when it comes to flavours your imagination is your only limit just use the recipe from the Basic Cookbook & add whatever combination of fruits berries, nuts or chocolates you like. You can see some of my crazy creations here

Tazziberry buns

The next thing I am going to include in my new Easter Tradition is Ellie’s Taramasalata recipe which I hope she will be releasing very soon because it’s absolutely delicious!! I don’t personally see the need to only eat seafood at Easter, I love seafood all the time so I’m happy to oblige.

Chilli Mussels from the basic cookbook are still my favourite served with crusty sourdough bread & homemade saffron butter!! YUM!!

Eloise Emmett recipe for Taramasalata
Chilli Mussels with homemade saffron butter on crusty sourdough bread
Pretty in Pink – Ruby Chocolate Dessert (made by my BEST friend Christine)
Ruby Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Homemade Chocolates from the In the Mix Cookbook – Chocolate and Honey Truffles, Earl Grey Truffles & Ganache (I used Black Raspberry liqueur instead of the Kirsh)
Chocolate and Honey Truffles and Earl Grey Truffles
Ganache – I used Black Raspberry liqueur instead of the Kirsh

My Favourite Vietnamese Recipes Thermofied

We were very lucky to earn a trip to Vietnam & the Thermomix part lasted for me for 5 days – 3 nights in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon) and 2 Nights in Hoi An – I extended with my Thermo friends another 4 days in Hoi An & 4 days in Hanoi & Cat Ba Island (south of Halong Bay). The food was amazing!! I need to get some more of it into my life because 2 weeks was just not enough time to devour it all.

I can’t put my favourite foods in any sort of order, they were all so tasty. Most mornings I loved having Beef Pho (google the pronunciation please, it’s not said how you think it would be) I became addicted to the Vietnamese Iced Coffee served with condensed milk & there was also an egg coffee & a coconut coffee too!! I ate many Banh Mi’s as well, including my favourite Crab one in Hanoi YUM!! Drank heaps of young coconuts & cocktails too!! I just loved the fresh Passionfruit Mojito. And I had a gorgeous chicken & rice with green mango salad twice in the same day!!

Anyway I will attempt to bring to you my favourite recipes from my recent travels & recreate them using the Thermomix of course. I will do as many live video recipes as I can too on my Facebook page. YUM!! I can’t wait!!

Chicken & Rice with Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce)
Thinly sliced partially frozen beef gets cooked when the hot broth is poured over
Beef Pho
Pork Banh Mi ( I didn’t make the baguettes myself this time)
Chicken Rice and Green Papaya Salad
My version of a Vietnamese Passion Fruit Mojito
Green Papaya Salad
Black Sticky Rice with taro & blue matcha ice cream – recipe by Luke Nguyen (We watched him make this recipe at Thermofest)

Korean Chicken Soup

We had a ladies Korean lunch, so I decided to make Peter Gimore’s Korean Chicken Soup & it did not disappoint. I used my homemade kimchi & I forgot to put the toasted sesame seeds on top when I served it!!! YUM!!

Perfect way to start a Korean style long lunch

Lunchbox Corner with Erica Noble

Lunchbox Corner
 
Love ’em or hate ’em, lunchboxes are an unavoidable necessity. Parents have an important role to play when packing a lunchbox. Learning is hungry work! To fuel children for a day at school, pack a nutritious main lunch plus snacks from the five food groups. Pack to suit your child’s appetite.
 
Try these Thermomix recipes* from The Basic Cookbook.
 
Grains and cereals
– Pizza dough (try mini pizzas or pizza scrolls)
– Pikelets
– Pancakes
– Bircher muesli
– Bread and rolls (try lunchbox sized rolls)
– Fruit buns
 
Meat and alternatives
– Hard boiled eggs
– Omelettes (try wraps or rolls)
– Lasagne (try “lasagne cups” baked in a muffin tray)
– Quiche (try mini quiches, easier for little hands)
– Meatballs
– Fish cakes
– Vegetarian sausage rolls
 
Dairy and alternatives
– Yoghurt
– Custard
– Smoothies
 
Fruit
– Stewed fruit
– Apple sauce
– Smoothies
– Vitality truffles (bliss balls)
 
Vegetables
– Lightly steamed raw veggies
– Soups
– Potato cakes
– Salads
– Dips
– Smoothies
 
* If your school is nut-free, either omit the nuts or substitute a mix of seeds in recipes that contain nuts. Try pine nuts (a seed, not a nut), linseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
 
For more lunchbox tips, see:
http://dhhs.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/121165/Lunchbox_tips_2013.pdf
 
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Written by Erica Noble, Thermie owner and volunteer Family Food Educator. For more ideas and information go to www.familyfoodpatch.org.au or www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/healthykids, or follow Family Food Patch or Healthy Tasmania on Facebook.

Lunch with Alain Passard at Josef Chromy Wines

We had an amazing day for lunch at Josef Chromy Wines with Lunch by Alain Passard. It was wonderful to see how many guests had come over from Melbourne for this much anticipated lunch including food writer Dani Valent who got me an in to take photos in the kitchen to go with her interview here.  I’ll let you read all about it on her site but here are some more of my photos of the delicious day that I hope you will enjoy.