2018 was a totally EPIC year, I learnt so much, I grew as a person & in my waist size from eating so much delicious food that I absolutely loved & I wouldn’t change it for the world. And speaking of the world I was so very lucky to travel to Japan, London, Paris & Cornwall last year too!! The food was totally AWESOME!!
It always comes down to 3 things that start with F – Family, Friends and Food. I would be lost without all of these in my life, and I feel extremely grateful for everyone & every meal. This year I grew up and learned to be comfortable dining alone in public & even spent 2 days in Paris by myself!!
I attended all Eloise Emmett’s amazing cooking workshops, as well as gaining confidence with ingredients I don’t normally cook with, plus the food was so delicious too. The Tongola Cheese long table lunch was my Tassie stand out meal for the year!!
My huge milestone this year was reaching 500 Thermomix sales!! I still can’t believe I have sold that many in over 7 years and where the journey has led me. I want to thank every customer I have & my VIP customers that have bought more than 1 Thermomix from too. Thank you for referring me to your friends too.
New Years Eve is always quiet for me, that’s the way I like it, (I’m normally asleep before midnight) it’s a special time to spend with my amazing hubby & this year we had a cheese feast 🙂 I made homemade pizzas & we had a Bruny Island cheese plate along with homemade cheese biscuits & a delicious chilli apple spread made my by my friend Kate (yes she made it in the Thermomix too) Oh and I was too full for the cream cheese desserts – Eloise Emmett summer pudding recipe YUM!!
At the start of the new year it’s time to clean out the fridge & the pantry (the pantry clean up took me a good few days!!) So I made some saffron butter to use up some leftover cream and used the saffron buttermilk to make banana bread which used up some leftover bananas.
So what does 2019 hold for me, just more of everyone & everything I love.
January I am doing an Ottolenghi cooking challenge, because he is coming to Hobart on the 2nd Feb. Nigella is here again on the 6th Feb YAY!! I’ll also be visiting my nephew in Newcastle for his 1st birthday in February. I have the Thermomix trip to Vietnam in March. Plus I want to finish cooking, eating and photographing all the recipes from the Dani Valent site.
I will be doing more live Thermomixing videos, more cookbook challenges and more food photography.
Maybe this will be the year I get my ebook out into the world ??!! If I don’t get too busy doing other things that is …………
What’s not to love? They are quick, easy, cheesy & delicious – plus they are gluten free! After chopping the cheese everything goes into the bowl & then poured into a mini muffin tin that has been oiled. Bake for up to 15 mins in a hot oven. Perfect for an after school snack or even a lunchbox snack.
Do you love quinces? I most certainly do, what’s not to love? The gorgeous deep ruby pink colour they turn into when cooked is just amazing – I always make quince paste, I absolutely love it with cheese. Last year I had to test a quince paste recipe & made it about 10 times I’m sure! I gave it away to friends mostly but did discover a batch only about a month ago that I had forgotten about in the fridge. For me I can’t bring myself to buy quinces, my neighbour has a tree & they are happy for me to use them. Last year one of my customers gave me a massive bucket of them off her tree & another friend of a friend invited me to help myself to their tree. My Mum’s neighbour also has a huge tree & she is happy to share her produce with us too. So now I have my quince suppliers sorted I have to create & sample awesome quince recipes.
The year before last I created quince curd with my friend Erica & quince relish that are amazing recipes even if I do say so myself. The relish served with homemade sausage rolls just lifts the whole dish to something really special. My friend Charlie recommends her quince jelly recipe.
Steamed quinces for a cake
So this year I had decided to boycott making quince paste & wanted to try some different quince recipes. I roasted some & ate them just like that with no sugar or anything YUM! I also tried an amazing recipe from the MasterChef at home cookbook for a quince crumble cake with ginger chilli syrup & basil cream. I would definitely make it again but may need to share it with someone – I was the only one in our household that ate it!
Thermomix poached quinces with ginger chilli & vanilla for the crumble cake.
I made an amazing vanilla bean panna cotta with a quince syrup have a look on my instagram for the video of the wobble. – when I was trying to make the syrup I accidentally made a paste that I am going make into a Maggie Beer style swirled quince ice cream 😀
I also made Michelle Crawford’s Quince & Walnut cake.
When I went to Ellies for the 2nd part of her cookbook photo shoot I stopped into sea soul studio to borrow some of her amazing ceramics & she also had some quinces to give away from her amazing garden. So that night at Ellies after all the seafood cooking was complete we made Ellie’s quince paste recipe so we could give Sarah some when I returned her ceramics. I can’t believe I hadn’t tried Ellie’s quince paste recipe before now you don’t need to peel or core the quinces – I wanted to use Fiona Hoskins recipe with a bit less sugar too. Ellie even said that making quince paste in the thermomix was one of the things that made her want to buy a Thermomix.
Some points to remember when making quince paste the timing will be very different depending on your quinces. They will have different pectin levels, I added lemons for this reason & the fact that they taste so good. You have to go by site waiting until the deep ruby colour is achieved.
So in the morning we still had more quinces so I decided to make another batch & we had run out of sugar so we decided to use honey from our “styling honeycomb” instead. It didn’t end up setting as well but it was very tasty.
Of course when I got home I just had to make another batch of quince paste for myself & we actually used it for our studio photo shoot at TAFE. I also made herbed lavosh from the Devil of a Cookbook. We served the quince paste with King Island blue cheese covered in ash OMG it was such a good combo a new favourite for me. Also perfect with Bangor sparkling wine.
Making lasagne completely from scratch is so easy with a Thermomix, I even had a customer who was “allowed” to buy a thermomix if she promised to make her hubby lasagne once a week 🙂 I must say it is a family favourite comfort food recipe that’s for sure an awesome way of earning brownie points with the rest of the family to to serve homemade lasagne.
Today I needed to make a double batch of Lasagne one for our family & one for my friend who has a new baby. Fresh pasta dough is so easy, you can use the guided recipe. Then I chopped cheddar cheese on speed 5 for about 5 secs & parmesan cheese on speed 10 for 5 secs.
Making white sauce is super easy another great guided recipe on the Thermomix recipe chip.
Then adding the cheese & mixing it in YUM!!
Rolled out fresh pasta using a pasta machine.
After cooking the pasta in boiling water for a couple of mins it’s time to build the lasagne. A layer of pasta.
Then the bolognese sauce another guided recipe, for great bolognese sauce be careful if you use low fat mince it is ground up super fine & even being stirred constantly on low speed & reverse it will give your sauce a grainy texture. You can either make your own mince meat or don’t chop it up so much or put the mince in the simmering basket as you do the cooking it will still be in the sauce but away from the blades. I love using at least 2 cloves of garlic & onion, fresh basil, oregano & parsley, bacon or half pork & half beef mince, a splash of red wine & if I have them cherry tomatoes add a bit of sweetness, not to mention all the veggies I throw into the Thermomix, celery, carrot, mushrooms, red capsicum & zucchini And some tomato paste & Thermomix Veggie stock paste to boost the flavour even more.
I like to put a pasta layer on the bolognese layer & then the cheese sauce. repeating this process twice.
It’s messy fun!! Then sprinkle more cheese on top & bake till crispy on top about 30 mins at 180 degrees.
Then ask your son to take it our of the oven & serve 🙂
What a beautiful day to go to the Farm Gate Market, we were on a mission to collect some quality ingredients for our upcoming cooking demo at the Koonya Garlic Festival. Of course all major food adventures must begin with coffee, so we ordered one from Rasberry fool.
We started with a chat while watching people coming & going with their bags of fresh market goodies. I was keen to practice my new photography skills with my new lens & I fit right in as there were lots of tourists with their DSLR cameras at the market today. A few people asked where I was from, um Hobart 🙂
Oh yum fresh basil, growing in a pot yes please!!
This is taking fresh to the next level! The nashi’s are delcicious!!
These Raspberries went 1 better they were picked this morning before the market! Fresh as!
We signed the petition so we can get our delicious organic dairy produce from Elgaar back into production!
One of my favourite ingredients, I don’t need to buy because it’s growing in my garden in huge quantities.
We collected some goats cheese & taste tested the yummy smoked haloumi from Southern Sky Gourmet Cheeses.
We tried the dukkah had a good chat with Geoff from DR Garlic & ordered our black garlic for the garlic festival. He is presenting a talk about black garlic & black holes at the festival & maybe will share his secret recipe for black garlic vodka!
More chats to garlic enthusiast Matt from Van Diemen Garlic he is the one who makes the garlic braids too!
You can’t go to the market & miss out on the best sushi ever! You do have to line up for a while to get your made to order Masaaki Sushi, but it is well worth the wait & we even made some new instagram friends while in line 🙂