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!!
You know I love a challenge & this new one is so great for this time of year healthy delicious easy recipes made in the Thermomix – yes please!! You can sign up for the challenge here & download the free ebook. You can do the challenge no matter which Thermomix you have, so no excuses – just do it, do it!! Why wouldn’t you want to try new delicious recipes & become confident using cookidoo & your cook-key if you have one.
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!!
What another delicious day eating Eloise Emmet’s amazing food along with amazing ingredients right from this very farm in Glen Huon : Saffron & lavender. We also had award winning olive oil served with homemade bread with saffron butter on woodfired whole salmon. Of course I had to make a saffron Basque Cheesecake which just took it to the next level especially when I decorated it with dried saffron petals. The gorgeous ceramics were made by the farm owner Lisa Britzman too, such a talented lady. We had some amazing guests for the workshop too so it made for the most relaxing afternoon. Long table lunch in the in the olive grove is not something I will ever forget and I am truly grateful to have this wonderful experience. Thanks so much to everyone for their awesome contributions.
A favourite treat for morning or afternoon tea - try making your own jam & adding a tablespoon of rosewater to the jam to really take it to the next level!!
130g butter, softened
1ts vanilla extract
300g plain flour
3tsp baking powder
Homemade raspberry jam
150g icing sugar
2 drops pink food colour or 1 tsp beetroot powder
2tbs boiling water
hundreds & thousands, optional to decorate
Add butter, sugar & vanilla extract, insert the butterfly into the TM bowl & mix for 30 secs on speed 4. You may need to scrape down the bowl half way through. Keep the butterfly spinning on speed 4 as you add each egg & you may need to stop & scrape down the bowl again.
Add the flour & baking powder & mix for 5 - 10 secs speed 4 with or with out the butterfly. Rest dough in the fridge so it is cool enough to work with. Turn the oven on to 180 degrees. Roll out dough onto the Thermomat sprinkled with a little extra flour & use a round cookie cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes. Place them onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Bake for 8 -12 mins until cooked but not too brown. Allow to cool, then sandwich together with raspberry jam in the middle, you can just dust with icing sugar or mix icing sugar, extra 30g butter with food colouring & boiling water on speed 6 for 5 secs. Then spread on top of the biscuits & sprinkle with hundreds & thousands (if using).