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)
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.
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.
Everyday I have a routine take a photo of the sunrise, go for a walk on the dog beach with bare feet & paddle in the water (as long as it is good weather). Choose cookbooks of the day to read – 1 non Thermomix cookbook and 1 Thermomix cookbook or cookidoo collection, I post these on my instagram stories and on my Facebook page. They are chosen in relation to facebook memories or what is going on at the time. Of course morning coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner are very important parts of the day. Checking social media & posting food pics throughout the day. watching any live cooking videos that are on during the day and cooking along with any of the cookalongs. Saturday nights is virtual happy hour with my friends and Sunday nights are virtual family dinner night. There have been some great positives to come out of this time. I have slowly been ticking off a list of things I have always wanted to cook, some have been great and some not so great!! It is all part of the adventure.
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
Coconut-Chai Chia Pudding with Roasted Berries
Jo’s “Best Ever” Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
Roast Vegetable Salad (without avocado or salad leaves)
Cabbage & Bacon Stir-fry
Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower & Leek Mash
Baba Ghanouj with Garlic Mushrooms
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Fermented Chilli Relish
Apple Cinnamon Nut Porridge
Saffron & Lemon Chicken with Toum (Lebanese garlic dip)
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Milkshake
Labne (Yoghurt Cheese)
Beetroot Labne Dip
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
Grain Free Scones
Almond Meal Pastry
Sweet Potato Mousse
Apphia’s Lemon Chicken with Roast Veg & Rosemary
Zucchini & Mushroom Strata
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)
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!.
(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!!
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!.
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.
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!!
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!
ThermoWOW factors for both of these recipes is seeing the Thermomix chopping quickly – a chopped salad in 3 secs!!
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!!!
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
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!!
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!!