B&P VIP!!!

 

I am so very lucky & grateful to have won the Burch & Purchese VIP competition. I am a huge fan of Darren & Cath’s recipes & virtual cooking classes, and I have all their signed cookbooks too. My VIP status is for 3 months so I will be posting about all the perks as they happen. I am so excited to be the very first B&P VIP. I also decided it was a great opportunity to do a cookbook challenge & cook as many things as I can from all of Darren Purchese’s cookbooks & cooking classes. YUM!!

Update: I have had my VIP status extended for an extra couple of weeks and that gave me the extra time I need to complete cooking the entire Chefs Eat Breakfast Too & the Chefs Eat Toasties Too cookbooks. WOW What an epic & delicious few months it has been & I have loved it all! (I have also included pictures from recipes I cooked before the my Cookbook Challenge with a * & any recipes I complete after the challenge with **)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Gin & Tonic Pavlova

I attended Darren’s online pavlova class & decided to make his Gin & Tonic Pavlova recipe to celebrate my win!!

Howdy, Arwen

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - B&P VIP June Hamper

B&P VIP June Hamper

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cookies Box

Cookies Box

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - B&P VIP Afternoon Tea

B&P VIP Afternoon Tea

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - July Hamper

My B&P VIP July Hamper

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - My last BP VIP Hamper

My last BP VIP Hamper

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - B&P Dessert Bar

B&P Dessert Bar for our family dinner birthday celebrations.

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chefs Eat Breakfast Too Brunch

Chefs Eat Breakfast Too Brunch – I hosted this brunch for 11 of my friends as it was going to be my last day as B&PVIP. However I was extended 1 extra month. As well as the lemon curd basque cheesecake I made the Berry Smoothie Bowl, Mexican Baked Eggs with Pico De Gallo & Guacamole, Scuba’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns, Chocolate Stressel Brioche, Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche & Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters to take home. I also served Chicken Liver Parfait with Lavosh.

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mini Berry Smoothie Bowls

Mini Berry Smoothie Bowls served at the brunch

COOK WITH DARREN

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Basque Cheesecake with Lemon Curd

Basque Cheesecake with Lemon Curd

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe following Darren’s Instagram live cook a long

 

CHEFS EAT BREAKFAST TOO

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chefs Eat Breakfast Too

I have to agree with Darren that Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day & that is why I love this cookbook so much. Lots of delicious recipes suitable for any occasion – plus check out the matching Spotify playlist too, there is one for each of the Chefs Eat Cookbooks!

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Red Velvet Muffins

Red Velvet Muffins with Fresh As Strawberry Icing Mix & Freeze Dried Strawberries (I was gifted those products in my July VIP hamper)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Honey Baked Granola

Honey Baked Granola

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon & Blueberries

Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon & Blueberries

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mexican-Style Baked Eggs with Pico de Gallo & Guacamole

Mexican-Style Baked Eggs with Pico de Gallo & Guacamole

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Grilled Croissant

Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Grilled Croissant

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Double Eggy Bread with Shaved Ham & Mustard

Double Eggy Bread with Shaved Ham & Mustard

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Hot Cross Buns (#B&P*VIP)

Hot Cross Buns (#B&P*VIP)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Sausage & Egg Muffin

Sausage & Egg Muffin (including homemade English muffin)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Green Smoothie Bowl

Green Smoothie Bowl

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl

Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Toasted Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Egg & Avocado

Toasted Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Egg & Avocado

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lightly Fried Egg with Mushrooms, White Anchovies & Crispy Kale

Lightly Fried Egg with Mushrooms, White Anchovies & Crispy Kale

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Deep-fried Eggs with Green Sambal

Deep-fried Eggs with Green Sambal

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters

Coffee & Cacao Maple Granola Clusters

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Thai-style Omelette

Thai-style Omelette

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Almond Bircher Muesli

Almond Bircher Muesli

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Avocado & Vegemite Toast

Avocado & Vegemite Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coconut, Quinoa & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut, Quinoa & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate & Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts

Chocolate & Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Papaya Smoothie Bowl with Chia

Papaya Smoothie Bowl with Chia

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Crumpets

Crumpets

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Spiced Lamb Pizza with Fried Egg Hummus & Lemon

Spiced Lamb Pizza with Fried Egg Hummus & Lemon

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Berry Smoothie Bowl

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Soft Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Toast

Soft Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Congee with Crispy Doughnuts

Chicken Congee with Crispy Doughnuts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Perfect Classic Omelette

Perfect Classic Omelette (mine isn’t so perfect)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Porridge with Passionfruit & Banana

Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Porridge with Passionfruit & Banana

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Afghani Eggs

Afghani Eggs

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Thai Style Tartare with Fried Egg

Thai Style Tartare with Fried Egg (I used Venison instead of Beef)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mushroom Quesadilla

Mushroom Quesadilla using Darrens homemade Corn Tortilla recipe

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars

Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Almond, Pear & Chocolate Croissant

Almond, Pear & Chocolate Croissant

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Quinoa Porridge with Peanut Butter Banana & Coconut

Quinoa Porridge with Peanut Butter Banana & Coconut

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mushroom, Ham & Eggs Benedict

Mushroom, Ham & Eggs Benedict

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Filo-wrapped Fried Egg

Filo-wrapped Fried Egg

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Green Eggs & Ham with Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella

Green Eggs & Ham with Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella (served with my homemade olive bread)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Quinoa, Mushroom & Soy Bowl with Crispy Fried Egg

Quinoa, Mushroom & Soy Bowl with Crispy Fried Egg

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Thick Pork Katsu Sando

Thick Pork Katsu Sando

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Scuba's Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Scuba’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate Canelés

Chocolate Canelés

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Emma's Tea Spot Sausage Buttie

Emma’s Tea Spot Sausage Buttie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate Streusel Brioche

Chocolate Streusel Brioche

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate, Yoghurt & Lemon Cornflake Tarts

Chocolate, Yoghurt & Lemon Cornflake Tarts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche

Strawberry Cheesecake Brioche

 

CHEFS EAT TOASTIES TOO

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Toasted Baguette with Scrambled Egg & Harissa

Toasted Baguette with Scrambled Egg & Harissa

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Olive Oil Toast with White Chocolate, Caviar & Champagne

Olive Oil Toast with White Chocolate, Caviar & Champagne

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Jaffle with Fresh Truffle

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Jaffle with Fresh Truffle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Curried Crayfish Roll with Mango Chutney & Potato Chips

Curried Crayfish Roll with Mango Chutney & Potato Chips

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Explosive Raspberry Toastie

Explosive Raspberry Toastie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Toasted Reuben: Cheese, Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing, Dill Pickles & Potato Chips

Toasted Reuben: Cheese, Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing, Dill Pickles & Potato Chips

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Barbecued Soy Caramel Pork Belly Toasted Banh Mi

Barbecued Soy Caramel Pork Belly Toasted Banh Mi

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Strawberry, Prosciutto, Manchego & Honey

Strawberry, Prosciutto, Manchego & Honey

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Prawn & Sesame Toast with Spring Onion Puree'

Prawn & Sesame Toast with Spring Onion Puree’

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cath's Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Toasted Pita

Cath’s Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Toasted Pita

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Christmas Day Leftover Club Toastie: Turkey Brie, Cranberry, Bacon & Stuffing

Christmas Day Leftover Club Toastie: Turkey Brie, Cranberry, Bacon & Stuffing

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roast Chicken with Lemon, Thyme & Oregano Whipped Nut Butter

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Thyme & Oregano Whipped Nut Butter

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Peanut Butter, Cheesy Omelette & BLT Toasted Bagel

Peanut Butter, Cheesy Omelette & BLT Toasted Bagel

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Two-cheese Welsh Rarebit with Smoked Ham & Piccalilli

Two-cheese Welsh Rarebit with Smoked Ham & Piccalilli

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Boxing Day Toastie: Ham, Mustard, Grilled Pineapple & Cheddar

Boxing Day Toastie: Ham, Mustard, Grilled Pineapple & Cheddar

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Fried Egg & Anchovy Toasted Sandwich

Fried Egg & Anchovy Toasted Sandwich

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate & Hazelnut Toastie with Orange Blossom

Chocolate & Hazelnut Toastie with Orange Blossom

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Egg & Anchovy Toast with Herb Salad

Egg & Anchovy Toast with Herb Salad

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Taleggio, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Olive & Basil Flatbreads

Taleggio, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Olive & Basil Flatbreads

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Grilled Sardines on Toast with Romesco Sauce & Parmesan

Grilled Sardines on Toast with Romesco Sauce & Parmesan

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Marinated Korean Pork Belly with Kimchi & Fried Egg

Marinated Korean Pork Belly with Kimchi & Fried Egg

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Peanut Butter, Raspberry & Milk Chocolate Toastie

Peanut Butter, Raspberry & Milk Chocolate Toastie

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Baked Bean Jaffle

Baked Bean Jaffle with homemade baked beans

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Ploughmans: Ham, Cheddar & Chutney

Ploughmans: Ham, Cheddar & Chutney

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cheesy Polenta, Wild Mushrooms & Thyme Jaffle

Cheesy Polenta, Wild Mushrooms & Thyme Jaffle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Jamon, Manchego, Tomato & Olive Oil

Jamon, Manchego, Tomato & Olive Oil

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cheese on Toast with Chorizo, Tomato, Chilli & Coriander

Cheese on Toast with Chorizo, Tomato, Chilli & Coriander

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cubano: Barbequed Marinated Pork Shoulder, Cheese & Dill Pickle

Cubano: Barbequed Marinated Pork Shoulder, Cheese & Dill Pickle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roast Balsamic Strawberry, Ricotta, Mascarpone & Chocolate

Roast Balsamic Strawberry, Ricotta, Mascarpone & Chocolate

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Bacon, Tomato, Comte', Cheddar, Spring Onions & Pickled Mustard

Bacon, Tomato, Comte’, Cheddar, Spring Onions & Pickled Mustard

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Avocado, Vegemite & Lime Toast with Tamari Seeds

Avocado, Vegemite & Lime Toast with Tamari Seeds

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Mac & Cheese Jaffle

Mac & Cheese Jaffle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chocolate Caramel Spread with Hazelnuts

Chocolate Caramel Spread with Hazelnuts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Croque Monsieur with Tarragon served with Mango Chutney

Croque Monsieur with Tarragon served with Mango Chutney

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - White Chocolate & Strawberry Toast

White Chocolate & Strawberry Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cherry Blossom & Miso French Toast

Cherry Blossom & Miso French Toast

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Spicy Fried Chicken Roll with Coleslaw & Pickles

Spicy Fried Chicken Roll with Coleslaw & Pickles

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lamington Pain Perdu

Lamington Pain Perdu

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Gorgonzola, Pumpkin, Maple-Cured Bacon with Caramelised Onion with Maple Syrup

Gorgonzola, Pumpkin, Maple-Cured Bacon with Caramelised Onion with Maple Syrup

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil & Salt Flakes

Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil & Salt Flakes

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Bulgarian Feta, Caramelised Onion, Lemon & Mint in Chive Egg Batter

Bulgarian Feta, Caramelised Onion, Lemon & Mint in Chive Egg Batter (Using my homemade brioche)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - White Chocolate, Raspberry, Almond, Rose & Vanilla

White Chocolate, Raspberry, Almond, Rose & Vanilla (on my toasted homemade brioche)

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Coffee-infused French Toast with Banana, Nut Crumble & Yoghurt

Coffee-infused French Toast with Banana, Nut Crumble & Yoghurt

 

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Roast Beef & Tunisian Carrot Salad

Roast Beef & Tunisian Carrot Salad

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Comforting Old-school Cheese Toastie

Comforting Old-school Cheese Toastie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Steak, Chimichurri, Cheese & Egg Toasted Baguette

Steak, Chimichurri, Cheese & Egg Toasted Baguette

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Liver Parfait

Chicken Liver Parfait

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate, Roquefort & Vanilla Cherries

Dark Chocolate, Roquefort & Vanilla Cherries

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Apple & Blackberry Jaffle with Custard

Apple & Blackberry Jaffle with Custard

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Caramelised Peach with Amaretto Brioche Toast & Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramelised Peach with Amaretto Brioche Toast & Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate & Orange Marshmallow Waffle

Dark Chocolate & Orange Marshmallow Waffle

Chefs Host Christmas Too

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Grilled Prawn Cocktail

Grilled Prawn Cocktail

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Trish's Shortbread

Trish’s Shortbread

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Tomato, Chilli & Prawn Spaghetti

Tomato, Chilli & Prawn Spaghetti

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Cheeseboard Pasta Bake

Cheeseboard Pasta Bake

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Oat Biscuits

Oat Biscuits

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Christmas Trifle

*Christmas Trifle

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Pumpkin Pie

*Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Lamington & Lemon Tarts Cookbook

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lemon Tarts

Lemon Tarts

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Lamingtons

Lamingtons

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Ice Cream Sundae Take 2

Ice Cream Sundae Take 2

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Honey Madeleines

Honey Madeleines

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Date, Orange & Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

Date, Orange & Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Dark Chocolate & Nut Brownie

Dark Chocolate & Nut Brownie

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Banana, Chocolate & Mango Bread with Chocolate Ice Cream

Banana, Chocolate & Mango Bread with Chocolate Ice Cream

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Quick, Thick & Wicked Hot Chocolate

Quick, Thick & Wicked Hot Chocolate served with B&P Treats

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Rhubarb, Raspberry & Apple Crumble with Ginger Ice Cream

Rhubarb, Raspberry & Apple Crumble with Ginger Ice Cream

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Ice Cream Sundae

Ice Cream Sundae -11 elements – Salted Caramel Sauce, Lamington Chunks, Raspberry Jam, Vanilla Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate & Nut Brownie Chunks, Violet Ice Cream, Honeycomb Chunks, Chocolate Ice Cream, Raspberry Marshmallow Bulbs, Puffed Quinoa Orange & Malt Crumble & Hot Chocolate Sauce.

In the Mix Cookbooks Recipes

 

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chicken Tagine, Harissa & Couscous

Chicken Tagine, Harissa & Couscous

How Wild Things Are Cookbook

This gorgeous new cookbook is by Analeise Gregory & I’m excited to try as many of the delicious recipes as I can.

Mulberry Clafoutis
Honey Madeleines
Cherry Kernel Steamed Panna Cotta with Fresh Cherries & Fig Leaf Granita
Crayfish Cocktail
Crayfish Omelette
Basque Cheesecake

Basque Cheesecake

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Chargrilled Oyster Mushrooms with Wakame Sabayon

Chargrilled Oyster Mushrooms with Wakame Sabayon

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant -Chinese Breakfast Eggs & Brown Rice

Chinese Breakfast Eggs & Brown Rice

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant | Mussel Butter Tagliatelle

Mussel Butter Tagliatelle

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi with Lap Cheong & Kombu Butter

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Salt-baked Beetroot with Macadamia & Blackberries

Salt-baked Beetroot with Macadamia & Mulberry ( I used blackberry instead)

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Gougeres

Roger’s Gougères

Arwen’s Thermo Pics | Hobart Thermomix Consultant - Red Cabbage Schnitzel with Anchovy Mayonnaise

Red Cabbage Schnitzel with Anchovy Mayonnaise

Dani Valent Month in March 2018

Ok I think you get it that I just love all of Dani Valent’s cookbooks, recipes & her video site, see my posts on when I cooked & photographed all the recipes from her Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook. Plus I am am constantly updating my post on all the recipes I have tried from her video site – My addiction to Dani Valent Video Website. A few years a go I did an In the Mix Cookbook challenge & cooked over 40 recipes from the books in 30 days!! So this year I decided March would be #DaniValentMonth. I decided to host a lunch with 4 foodie friends & asked them to each bring a Dani Valent dish to share – one of my friends confessed to being a Basque Cheesecake virgin so we told her she had to make it & bring it to our lunch on the 8th March.

I made the Roasted Cauliflower Hummus recipe from Dani Valent’s site it’s by Shane Delia & so delicious served warm 🙂

 

Dani Valent herself couldn’t make it to our lunch so we set up a “Shrine” for her at the head of the table 🙂

 

I cracked out my homemade Kimchi – recipe by Sharon Flynn is on Dani’s site too.

 

Sue made the Mushroom Cappuccinos recipe from the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook, with a touch of truffle oil, it was a perfect start to our ladies lunch 🙂

 

Rosey made the Sour Orange Curry recipe from the In the Mix Cookbook by Mark Newman – it was so yummy & spicy 🙂

 

(I forgot to take photos on my camera of the other 2 delicious main dishes that we had Onion Jam Flan from In the Mix cookbook made by Rosey & Rita made the Herb Salted Chicken form the Spanish chapter of Entertaining with Dani Valent cookbook  – both delicious recipes!!)

 

Christine made the Basque Cheesecake for her very first time & she did an awesome job of it – you can watch the live video we took of her trying it for the first time & she gave it a 10.5 out of 10!!

 

I also made the White Chocolate and Baileys Parfait with Coffee Crumble recipe from Dani’s site by Julie Wholefood Alchemist. We shared 1 between 5 in case you are wondering but it was so good!!

 

I also made the Choc Top recipe by Christy Tania on Dani’s site – it has Cherry Semifreddo, sable biscuit base & dipped in Chocolate served with chocolate ganache. yes we shared one of these too 🙂

 

One of the best things was dividing up the leftovers to share YUM!!

We can’t wait for our Dani Valent Cocktail & Canapé’s evening at the end of the month – watch this space 🙂

Christmas Planning & Recipe Ideas Countdown

It’s almost here – again! How on earth did that happen?

So obviously you are wanting to plan for food for the big day & any celebrations with family & friends leading up to Christmas 🙂 So I bring to you some inspiration & ideas to get you through this crazy busy time 😉

The Festive Flavours Cookbook & Chip is really great with some really good ideas for making your own gifts too like flavoured salts or spice rubs or flavoured sugars.

festive-flavour-book-1

The Festive Flavours Cookbook is one of 4 books currently available to purchase in a book bundle saving you money. There are also lots of other great gifts available from the Thermomix online shop.

One of my favourite recipes from the Festive Flavour Book is  the Pork & Chicken Terrine & I am definitely making that again – it was really delicious, it has cranberries & pistachios in it too.Terrine

Our family love my Thermie green avocado dip & this year I will be making the warm roasted cauliflower hummus from Dani Valent Cooking – speaking of which, wouldn’t a subscription to this site be a great gift for Christmas – there are already over 40 recipe videos available (index here) with a new one added each week, Dani Valent also has a Christmas ebook available to purchase for $15 or it’s free to her subscribers. See some of her recipes on my post called my addiction to Dani Valent Cooking 🙂 I am almost certain we will be having the Basque Cheesecake on Christmas day too!!

Also don’t forget about the recipe platform now called Cookidoo – what a great way to plan out your dishes for the festive season – if you haven’t signed up yet it is really easy to use with a great shopping list feature too. Here is the link to sign up to Cookidoo & you will get 1 free recipe collection when you sign up.

I am having a fun countdown on my social media pages sharing a different recipe idea each day – I hope you enjoy it & get some great ideas to use for your special day 🙂 Merry Christmas everyone!!

Day 1 recipe is my friend Kelly’s Dutch Spice Speculaas recipe here

speculaas

Day 2: Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet for Cocktails or Mocktails

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Day 3 Thermie Green Avocado Dip This is one of the best dips ever – even if I do say so myself, put it on your Christmas & or entertaining menu this season or maybe just put it in your mouth!! Your taste buds will thank you 😉

The Best Avocado Dip

The Best Avocado Dip

Day 4: I introduce to you the “Cheesecake” You can put as many or as little layers as you like of your favourite cheeses & I have included a layer of my favourite fruitcake to eat with cheddar cheese. You have to trust me on this it is seriously good – I also made some apple paste to go on my “cheese cake” because I’m all out of my homemade quince paste. I was also toying with the idea of making rounds of homemade crackers to put in between the cake layers so when you dismantle the “cheesecake” you could break the big cracker into a few pieces to serve with the cheese too.

cheesecake

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Day 5 inspiration is Smolt’s Lemon Curd  You can give it as gifts or serve it on or with your christmas desserts – Like pavlova with fresh berries!!

lemon-butter

Day 6: Black Forest Trifle is another family favourite YUM!!

Black Forrest Trifle

Black Forrest Trifle

Day 7: Southern Stars White Christmas Custard – Coconut, White Chocolate, Frangelico & Vanilla Bean – our Thermomix team created this recipe for a custard challenge last Christmas & it is very delicious 🙂

Vanilla Custard

Day 8: My Fruit Mince Surprise – it’s got rhubarb in it!! YUM! You can do so much with this delicious stuff – Add some fruit mince to some cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip, stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard. Use fruit mince with thick custard or whipped cream as a profiterole filling, or use in fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls.

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Fruit Mince Surprise
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Use Fruit Mince in profiteroles mixed with cream or thick custard, fruit mince pies, pull apart bread or spread onto rectangles of puff pastry or brioche dough and make scrolls. Add some Fruit Mince to cream cheese and serve with fruit for Christmas sweet dip. Stir through your ice cream mixture or serve with vanilla or brandy custard.
Ingredients
  • 1 orange zest
  • 500 g apples peeled, cored and quartered
  • 200g chopped rhubarb
  • 100 g dates dried
  • 80 g craisins
  • 100 g currants
  • 15 g fresh ginger piece chopped/ minced
  • 60 g flaked almonds
  • Juice 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or Brandy (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place orange zest, dates and fresh ginger into mixing bowl and mince for 20
  2. sec/speed 9.
  3. Add apples and chop 4-6 sec/speed 6.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except brandy and cook for 35 min/Varoma/
  5. /speed 1. Cool slightly,remove the bay leaves & stir in cointreau or brandy, set aside
  6. until ready to use.

 

Christmas Profiterole

Christmas Profiterole – serving suggestion for my Special Fruit Mince

 

Day 9: Ellie’s Turducken. Yes it’s a chicken in a duck in a turkey!!

 

Day 10: Spiced Cherry Brioche from the Festive Flavours Cookbook – you can put any of your favourite fillings in 🙂 spiced-cherry-brioche-3

Day 11: Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits make up a few batches of this & store in the freezer in log ready to slice & bake when unexpected guests arrived or an attack of the munchies! Perfect with a glass of bubbles!

Sarah's Cheese Biscuits

Sarah’s Cheese Biscuits

Day 12: Mum’s Chicken & Mango Salad – Such a versatile salad great to use up left over steamed chicken breast (after steaming a whole chook) or poaching chicken breasts in the Thermomix. You can use any nuts you like either cashews, macadamia or pistachios. Finely chopped celery for the crunch & fresh element, 1 mango sliced, sliced spring onions. Avocado is delicious in it too. I used cucumber because I had some in the fridge & added fresh parsley & mint leaves. Mum dressed it with 1/2 homemade mayo & half natural yoghurt 1 tsp of curry powder & 1 tabs of tomato relish. I used a honey & seeded mustard vinaigrette to dress it, my sister likes to use an Asian style dressing with soy sauce, fresh ginger & garlic.

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Day 13: 60 Sec Fruitcake from the Devil of Cookbook – there are lots of other great Christmas recipes in this cookbook – Toblerone cheesecake,  raspberry & white chocolate cheese cake just to name a few 🙂

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Day 14: Nicole’s Festive Nougat – My friend Nicole makes these very year to give as gifts to friends.

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Day 15 : Spinach & Cheese Grissini

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Day 16: Flavoured butters can jazz anything up in a hurry & you can store them in the freezer. Dani Valent has some great butter flavour ideas & video of her making butter in the Thermomix. My friends at a girl, a guy furkids & food have a fabulous butter recipe then add any flavour you like – last year I made turkey skin butter as a variant to Dani Valent’s In the Mix cookbook Chicken Skin Butter recipe.

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Day 17: Festive Cauliflower Salad is so easy & delicious 🙂

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Day 18: Herb & Garlic Dip can be made into a great canape’ spread on sliced of french stick or sliced veggies with some smoked salmon YUM!!

Day 19: The good old Aussie Pav, you can make in all shapes & sizes with any choice of topping from fruits nuts & sauces, the possibilities are endless. Try the wreath recipe or pavlova stack.

Day 20: Shortbread Stars – recipe from my friend Erica.

Day 21: Gingerbread or Gingerbread House – I use the recipe from the Festive Flavours Cookbook.

Gingerbread house made by my customer Natalie & her 3 year old daughter.

 

Day 22: Beetroot Cured Salmon – there is a recipe in the Festive Flavours cookbook but I used the Jamie Oliver one from his new Christmas Cookbook & made the curing mixture with the Thermomix. I have served it here on Blinis – however it is so versatile you could serve it on cucumber rounds or rounds of baguettes – serve on top of a green salad to make it into a dish.

 

Day 23: Double Chocolate Pretzel Cookies from In the Mix 2 & Dani Valent Cooking – Santa will love them too!

Day 24: Basque Cheesecake from Dani Valent Cooking

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY THERMOMIXING!!