Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister! We had so much fun cooking, styling, photographing & eating all the food for my sister’s birthday party dinner with family. There were 12 of us & it was supposed to start at 3pm but we took slightly longer getting the grazing board & countless photos done!! The most important thing was that my sister absolutely loved her birthday & her party was exactly just how she had imagined it would be. I made the birthday cake which was the Carrot Layer Cake recipe by Christina Tosi (which is also included in the In the Mix 2 Cookbook & on the Dani Valent website) My sister wanted all the food to team with the theme of neutrals & greens. The dessert was homemade ice creams with toppings, nibbles & sauces to compliment the ice cream.
Wow these crazy times we live in at the moment have seen some terrible things happen but also some inventive and amazing things too. So I love this idea that Chef Charlie Carrington and his team came up with to have Masterclasses with 3 recipes a week and each week will be a different country’s cuisine. If you are lucky enough to live in Melbourne you can order the box of ingredients for the week and then cook along at home while you watch the YouTube Atlas Masterclass If we can’t travel the world right now we may as well taste it in our own kitchens. I have been doing the DIY version and having to make up parts of the recipes myself as some of the ingredients boxes includes parts of the recipes already completed like the spice mixes, pickles or sauces. This really has been a delicious journey so far and I am definitely along for the culinary trip around the world with Charlie & his team. I’m so grateful to be able to join in and already have been introduced to some new recipes, ingredients and spices to make & taste.
Step 2: When it arrives – Veggie Stock Paste is the recommended recipe to make when you receive your new Thermomix. I will spend an hour with you teaching you how to use your Thermomix & we will cook this amazing recipe together as part of your training – either in person or virtually. I have Thermomix customers all over Australia, so we can do this via facetime or zoom if you are not living in Tasmania.
You will also need to pre register on cookidoo here to activate your 30 day free trial on this online recipe platform. Your Thermomix comes with a 6 month subscription and then you can choose to continue the subscription for $49 a year. You will still have the Basic Cookbook recipes on your Thermomix if you decide not to continue or you have no access to wifi. All the recipes on cookidoo are tested by Thermomix and new recipe collections and cook books are being added every month. Start browsing recipes and creating your own favourite recipe lists. I will teach you how to use cookidoo while your veggie stock paste is cooking and answer any of your questions.
Make sure you have your wifi password handy too because you will need it to log into your new Thermomix.
This veggie stock paste is a good base for a lot of savoury recipes – 1 tablespoon is equivalent to 1 stock cube.
Please have all your ingredients ready as per the picture shown – the best bit is you don’t need to cut things up too much now that you own a Thermomix!! This recipe is really adaptable, if you are missing a couple of the ingredients it won’t matter. You may also like to add leek or mushrooms to the recipe.
Have some containers or jars ready to store your veggie stock paste it will make about 1 litre & because of the salt content it will keep for up to 6 months in the fridge. (You will use it up before then I promise) You can also store it in the freezer but it won’t actually freeze if you use the full amount of salt.
200g celery, chopped into thirds - keep light coloured leaves on
2 carrots, chopped into rough pieces
1 onion, peeled halved
1 tomato, halved
1 l large zucchini, chopped roughly into pieces
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 bay leaf
1 bunch parsley, fresh
few leaves basil,fresh
few leaves sage, fresh
1 sprig rosemary
150 grams rock salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
We will follow the guided recipe to cook this recipe - Instructions are in the Basic Cook Book.
Here is a delivery video for you to refer back to if you forget anything – please select English Australia when choosing the language and please note the measuring cup actually weighs 82 – 83g.
You may wish to join my Arwen’s Thermo Pics Customers facebook group, it’s a great place to ask questions share food pictures and recipe ideas. And to the right of this post you should be able to sign up to my monthly customer newsletter
Here are some things that may help get you started
I’m in love with homemade dips the flavours are far superior when you make them yourself and the Thermomix makes them super easy to make. I will admit to being a dip snob, if someone were to serve me a bought dip there is no way I would touch it!!
The dangerous thing is they are so delicious I almost always end up eating a dip all by myself!! I’m going to attempt to list all my favourite dips – I warn you the list will be long. I will keep adding pictures and recipes as I go.