Home Quarantine Tips

Home Quarantine Tips

I’ve currently been in home quarantine for 7 days, so I’m halfway through after cutting my holidays early leaving Brisbane last week. My state (Tasmania) had just put in place that anyone returning to the state from overseas or the mainland had to self quarantine for 14 days as a precaution in case any of us had the Covid-19 Virus to stop the spread of this virus to the community. I like to remain positive so I have been keeping a diary on Facebook of what I’ve been doing & I have just loved cooking my way through the week.

I’m now in my 8th day of home quarantine and despite having a long list of things I have needed to do at home for quite some time, (I am very skilled at procrastinating!!) I have been watching some awesome, inspiring and fun live videos on instagram and facebook by some of my favourite Chefs.
So I thought I would share my list so far and please let me know if you have anyone else to add to the list – I haven’t gone out of my way to search for these they came up on my feeds and I have started enjoying them and may be slightly addicted!! (I have barely watched netflix etc)

Also as an aside the Pets of Isolation – what’s your pet doing today? group is really good too – not to mention the Bin Isolation Outing Facebook group!!

eloiseemmett.com has live cooking workshops with her kids about 3 times a week – visit her website to see what is coming up & you can even cook along – once I get some more ingredients I can’t wait to make some of the recipes!!

Massimo Mele has been sharing videos of his son cooking with him too and has more coming out soon.

On instagram I’ve been drooling over Dan Hong’s videos https://www.instagram.com/hongsta_gram/

I’m loving watching Massimo Bottura’s fun live videos too. https://www.instagram.com/massimobottura/

David Lebovitz has been making amazing drinks & cocktails!! https://www.instagram.com/davidlebovitz/

I’m so looking forward to Charlie Carrington’s Masterclasses that travel around the world virtually – It’s Vietnamese starting soon https://www.instagram.com/charliesatlas/?hl=en

UPDATE: I completed my 14 days in home quarantine only to continue into home self isolation. So not much has changed. I am unable to continue working at the gym and even though the gym is doing live stream classes to our members the Bodybalance class I teach has strict copyright laws, so members are still able to do all those classes on the Les Mills on Demand App and so am I. I am fortunate to be able to exercise at home even though it is not as much fun & my motivation is a bit low. I have a few bits of pilates equipment at home too so I have been enjoying a stretch on the roller too. We are allowed to go out to exercise and maintain social distancing and have no more than 2 people together (unless you have more than 2 in your immediate family). I try to go to my local dog beach once a day so my dog can get some exercise too and I take off my shoes and walk on the sand and in the sea water. It has always been my happy place and now even more so. I have had most of my food delivered and we are allowed to go out for essentials while maintaining social distancing.

We do Sunday Night Virtual Family Dinner via Facebook Messenger every week now – this is the Swedish meatball recipe from cookidoo.
Saturday night Virtual Wine Time – I had some delicious grandvewe cheese and made the gourmet crackers & quince paste and my friends surprised me with a drop off of fresh oysters and Tasmanian Sparkling Wine that brought me to tears of joy!! We have continued a regular wine time and have a group chat every sat night at 6pm.
DIY Atlas Dining Masterclass Week One VIETNAM – Fish Cake, Cucumber Salad – I have created a new post with all the recipes I am cooking from the masterclass here.
So I had a crazy idea to do a live facebook video of me doing a cook along with Eloise Emmett’s live video – we thought it was hilarious!!
Fresh Field Grove Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Quince Cupcakes – I ade 1/2 with steamed quince & half with my homemade quince paste.
Immunity Boosting Shot from the Thermomix USA facebook page
Dalgona Coffee
Flu Fighter Chicken Soup
Eloise Emmett Braised Octopus with Weston Farm smoked paprika fresh pasta & olives
I ordered Frogmore at Home & it was so delicious more pictures to follow – I put a dress on and even some earrings for our wonderful date night at home.
Fish Croquettes from Eloise Emmett’s live workshop
Chilli Mussels from the basic cookbook
Hot Cross Buns – recipe from the Basic Cookbook
Octopus recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry cookbook
Dani Valent’s recipe for Soft-bake Choc Chip Cookies
Lamb Tagine adapted a recipe from the Cornersmith cookbook
Hot Smoked Salmon & Feta Steamed Omelette
A friend dropped off a truckload of quinces so I made Quince Jelly
Homemade Pita (recipe on cookidoo) with Charlie Carrington’s signature Hummus recipe
Hamish Blake & Ben Shewry did a fun cookalong on instagram – 2 courses for a romantic dinner – We were given our list of ingredients to have ready and then 5000 people watched and cooked along!!
I used frozen prawns and adapted the dessert recipe and made it in the thermomix lucky I had extra bowls!!
Flambe Prawn Pasta was so delicious!! Also it was my first time doing Flambe!! Heaps of fun!!
I didn’t fully melt my chocolate for the chocolate mousse so mine was a choc chip mousse but it still tasted delicious!! Hamish’s mousse look a bit like this too!! We made these 2 recipes in 1 hour with Ben instructing us – it was seriously the best fun ever!!
Belated Easter Isolation Truffles – Orange, Cardamom & Pistachio Truffles from the Dani Valent site
It doesn’t look pretty but it is Dani Valent’s Hungarian Grandmother’s Goulash recipe served with sweet potato mash.
Rhubarb Champers – for some reason while in isolation I have decided it’s the perfect time to try all the recipes I have been meaning to make – this one is from the Devil of a Cookbook.
Elaine’s Chocolate Cake recipe from Ben Shrewy’s grandmother – I was meant to go to a Masterclass at Attica so this was the next best thing.
I made a delicious hot chocolate with the leftover ganache and my facebook followers gave me permission to eat cake for breakfast.
I did an ANZAC slice cookalong facebook live with my customers I always like to put chocolate on top. I made a hot chocolate to clean the bowl YUM!! My pop is the one in the top far right in this picture.
ANZAC morning spent on my front deck – we will remember
It was such a special treat to have my favourite Sushi at home from Masaaki’s
Nico Moretti Recipe for Tom Yum
Dani Valent recipe for Pasta with Burnt Butter and Sage
Darren Purchese Recipe for Canele’
It’s been fun making my favourite weekend brunches at home while supporting local bakeries & producers
Nico Moretti recipe for Orecchiette con Broccoli
Apple Chilli Jelly
Little Missy Patisserie at Home
Nico Moretti’s Butterflied Roast Chicken with Herbed Lemon & Garlic Butter
Takeaway Ramen from Panko Chan
Dani Valent Crumpet recipe
Huon Crab Apples dropped off to me from a friend’s tree
Hamish Blake & Ben Shewry’s TransTasman instagram cook along Fancy Fish n Chips
Hamish Blake & Ben Shewry’s TransTasman instagram cook along Hot Pav
Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust – my favourite Pumpkin Soup
Humming Bird Cake I made for my friend’s birthday
ISO Birthday Survival Kit
Little Missy Patisserie Eclair
Darren Purchase recipe for Ched Bundy – Serial Griller
Tried making the Aloft mushroom dumplings but they were not as nice as the Aloft ones!!
Rosemary Gimlet
Corn Custard with Chicken Congee from the Dani Valent site – recipe by Victor Liong
Life Changing Food Cookbook Challenge Aug 18

Life Changing Food Cookbook Challenge Aug 18

You know I like nothing better than a cookbook challenge YUM!! And because Jo & Fouad are coming to Tassie at the end of August – this was a good excuse to cook the book!! Plus it’s great because the recipes are so healthy in the ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Life Changing Food cookbook too!! I have already made a few delicious recipes from the book but I’m looking forward to trying some I haven’t tried yet too. Bring it on!! YUM!! 

Mexican Hot Chocolate


Golden Butter Coffee


Runner Bean & Garlic Braise


Cream of Broccoli Soup


Apple & Pork Belly Hotpot


Roasted Berries


Coconut-Chai Chia Pudding with Roasted Berries


Beetroot Hummus


Hummus


Buckwheat Crackers


Jo’s “Best Ever” Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice


Roast Vegetable Salad (without avocado or salad leaves)


Hazelnut Tabouli


Cabbage & Bacon Stir-fry


Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower & Leek Mash


Toum


Baba Ghanouj with Garlic Mushrooms


Hainanese Chicken Rice


Fermented Chilli Relish


Fermented Salsa


Apple Cinnamon Nut Porridge


Saffron & Lemon Chicken with Toum (Lebanese garlic dip)


Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Milkshake


Labne (Yoghurt Cheese)


Beetroot Labne Dip


Sauerkraut


Pumpkin with Pesto


Beef & Quinoa Patties


Sunflower Seed Paella with Prawn & Chorizo


Mango Macadamia High-energy Smoothie


Charred Capsicum & Walnut Dip


Egg, Bacon & Spinach Pies


Purple Power Smoothie


Red Rocket Smoothie


Sweet Potato Rosti


Chilli Bowl


Grain Free Scones


Apple Pie


Almond Meal Pastry


Chicken Broth


Sweet Potato Mousse


Coconut Milk


Coconut Flour


Apphia’s Lemon Chicken with Roast Veg & Rosemary


Meat-za


Zucchini & Mushroom Strata


Gypsy Chicken


Lebanese Style Herb & Nut Crusted Salmon


Sweet & Sour Prawn & Coconut Soup


Moroccan Cauliflower “Cous Cous” Salad


Nutty Chocolate (I made them in silicone moulds for the seminar so it’s easy for all the gusts to try)


Asian Style Beef Salad


Probiotic Coleslaw with Homemade Mayonnaise


Lamb & Prune Tagine


Super-tender Chuck Steak


Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (I used white sweet potato)


Spanish Tortilla with Sweet Potato


Kale Triangles – made with the Grain Free Dough


Red Cabbage Salad


Chicken Liver Parfait


Russian Custard

Nomato Sauce
Slow-cooked Barbecue Pork Ribs
Nomato & Halloumi Pizza
Ghee
Chicken and Mushroom Pho
Mussels with Tomato and Bacon
Garlic Festival & Garlic Feast Cookbook

Garlic Festival & Garlic Feast Cookbook

One of my favourite ingredients is garlic. Last year I attended the Koonya Garlic Festival for the first time, we had a Thermomix stall for the whole day & lots of our team came along. I created 2 recipes for the festival which I demonstrated to passers by Toum & Steamed Garlic & Pesto Scrolls. Anyway through this event I met Janice Sutton who invited me to share some of my recipes in her garlic cookbook; Garlic Feast. The advanced copies arrived just in time for this year’s Koonya Garlic Festival Feb 27th.

This year I had my INSPIRE apron on & went up on stage with my Thermomix and my friends Sam Berechree (you may remember him from MKR a few series ago) and Charlie. We demonstrated a couple of my recipes from the Garlic Feast cook book. Arwen’s Heavenly Hummus which has a few variations, a pizza with black garlic, goats cheese & prosciutto. Sam made one of his dishes from the book Rosemary & Pear Soufflé with Garlic Ice Cream & Maple Bacon. YUM!

The other 2 recipes I have in the cookbook are my garlic & feta sweet potato wedges & my garlic lamb pie. I did some recipe testing last year & created garlic ice cream just for something different, Sam had already submitted his roasted garlic vanilla & fresh thyme ice cream that was much nicer. The crowds lined up to try the garlic ice cream & everyone loved it!.

Garlic

dip hummus black garlic
Garlic feast book

 

The Thermomix Demo Menu

The Thermomix Demo Menu

(SINCE WRITING THIS POST THE THERMOMIX DEMO HAS NOW CHANGED TO A COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFERENT MENU OPTIONS)

When you host a 2 hour Thermomix demo, to take advantage of the host rewards you must have a minimum of 2 other guests (from a different household to you) & a maximum of 6 guests including yourself. It is great to invite couples, so both partners can see the benefits of the Thermomix. Tell your guests not to eat a meal just before they attend, you will always have a full belly after a Thermomix demo!

One of the best things about hosting or attending a demo is seeing the “ThermoWOW factors” & tasting all the delicious food.

Hosting is easy, you will be given a small list of ingredients to provide & your consultant brings the rest of the ingredients. You will also be asked to help serve the food to your guests & wash the sample cups & spoons so they are ready for the next tasting. Such a small price to pay for an evening of delicious fun!

As the host you get to choose the menu from the following options, these options show the main features & functions of the Thermomix.

We always start with a palate cleanser – Amazing sorbet made from sugar, fresh fruit & ice.

ThermoWOW factors -see sugar being made into icing sugar in 10 secs!! See a fruit puree being made in 5 secs. See 1kg of ice being crushed into a sorbet in 1 min!!

Just imagine all the different flavours of sorbets you can create & just how much money you will save. Below is a picture of one of my favourite sorbet recipes for Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet but why not try my other sorbet recipes that have been inspired by my customers Watermelon, Raspberry & Lime Sorbet, Lemoncello Sorbet, or if you want a fluffy egg free “ice cream” version try Apricot Fruity Dream or Mulberry Fruity Dream. So many great ideas YUM!!

https://arwensthermopics.com/61-2/

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Next choose a bread option

Pizza Bianca – topped with rosemary & garlic; ThermoWOW factors- the chopping of fresh garlic & rosemary in a few seconds. Then you will get to see how the guided recipe chip works as we make the pizza dough & you also get to see how the Thermomix kneads dough in about 2 mins!.

Pizza

Or the Buckwheat Dinner Rolls: ThermoWOW factors -see how to mill your own flour, see how the guided recipe chip works & the kneading of the dough in 2 mins. We also have fun making different shaped rolls too!

*Please let me know if you or any of your guests are gluten free & I can bring some Thermomix made Gluten Free Bread for you to try as well.

Rolls

You may choose a Dip or a Salad

Dip options are: Herb & Garlic Dip or Hummus

Herb & garlic dip is by far the most popular & addictive dip, the ThermoWOW factors are seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs!! See herbs being chopped in 2 secs & a delicious additive free dip being made in 5 secs. YUM!!

dip

Hummus: ThermoWOW factors – seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs, tasting freshly milled spices, delicious addictive free dip made in seconds! YUM!!

How much money will you save making your own dips from scratch? Not to mention they taste a million times better than bought ones!

dip hummus

Salad options are either Fresh Beetroot Salad or Coleslaw

ThermoWOW factors for both of these recipes is seeing the Thermomix chopping quickly – a chopped salad in 3 secs!!

Fresh Beetroot Salad

Fresh Beetroot Salad

 

Coleslaw salad (mayo free)

For the main course the host or one of the guests gets to help cook a choice of Mushroom Risotto or Chicken or Salmon Veloute’ Meal (a vegetarian option of Mushroom Veloute’ can also be made).

The Mushroom Risotto has the ThermoWOW factors of using the guided recipe, grating parmesan cheese in 5 secs, chopping, cooking & stirring, a quick, delicious & easy meal. My other favourite risotto flavours are Beetroot Risotto or Lemon, Leek & Zucchini YUM!!!

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Veloute’ Meal ThermoWOW factors are seeing an all in one meal made, chopping, cooking, steaming & pureeing – you cook a veggie soup, while steaming your protein & veggies. Some of the soup is made into the delicious velvet sauce to go over the protein & veggies.

Salmon Veloute' Meal

Salmon Veloute’ Meal

 

Dessert is made by another guest & is the easiest recipe to make – the choice is Chocolate or Vanilla Custard – ThermoWOW factors are using the automated recipe, hands free cooking & stirring with no lumps!!

Vanilla Custard

Vanilla Custard

 

Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Custard

Another awesome thing about a Thermomix demo is it is a no pressure environment, there is no expectation for you to buy a Thermomix the first time you see it, some people will & some people take years to make the dream a reality – the choice & timing is all up to you. At the demo we go through all the payment options available to you.

If a full demo is not yours or your partner’s cup of tea, we can come to you with our Thermomix & you can choose a dish you want to cook, we call this a one on one, again this is a no obligation mini demo for you to see how the Thermomix works. This is also a great option for a commercial demo for a cafe’ or restaurant.

So what if you already own a Thermomix? It is a perfect way for you to be inspired to learn more ideas, tips & tricks for using your Thermomix that you may have forgotten – you may well be ThermoWOWed all over again!

Seeing & tasting is believing, contact your consultant to book a demo, you won’t regret it! YUM YUM YUM!!