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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mango/Peach Fruity Dream

Once again one of Rachel's favourite - MANGO!!!
So thought I'd whip her up some Fruity Dream with Mango and Peaches

I had cut, peeled and placed Mango in the Freezer early this morning so come the end of dinner tonight all I had to do was chuck it all in for a freshly made ice cream style dessert. 

30g sugar - Speed 9 for 10 seconds
Add Frozen Mango (I used 2 mangos) + 200g Frozen Peaches - Speed 8 for 10 seconds
Insert Butterfly, add 1 egg white - Speed 4 for 45 seconds

Ready to serve!
It would have actually been even better if I whipped it up early today and let freeze even more before serving!

Chicken Hors d'oeuvre As A Main Meal

These are one of Rachel's favourite - I usually serve with salad but tonight with Sweet Potato and Peas and Corn.  A bit of sweet chili sauce for dipping is also yummy - or - my kids like just tomato sauce

Handful of Parsley
Large Handful of Baby Spinach
2 Shallots
1 Onion
2 cloves of garlic
700g chicken breast
130g Feta Cheese
150g Breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 200 degrees
Place parsley, spinach, shallots, garlic and onion in Thermomix - Speed 7 for 8 Seconds
Cut Chicken into large chunks and add to bowl - Closed Lid - Turbo - 5 times 
(Check to see all is minced, if not go again once or twice on Turbo)
Add feta and breadcrumbs and mix on Speed 6 for 8 Seconds
Form small meatballs, approximately 2cm in size and bake in oven for approx 20 minutes.  Toss twice during cooking duration.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sticky Date Puddings

I needed to improvise at a recent demo and decided to do Sticky Date Puddings for everyone.  They worked a treat and even better I discovered they didn't need here is the recipe I used, hope you enjoy as much as all my guests and I did (I just had to have one too of course) 

150g Seeded Dates
300g Boiling Water
1 teaspoon Bicarb soda
50g Butter
90g Brown Sugar
150g Self Raising Flour

Mill sugar 10 sec/ speed 10 set aside
Add dates and water cook 5 min/100c/speed 1
Add bicarbonate and mix 5sec/speed7
Add butter, flour and sugar mix 10 sec reverse speed 6
Divide between molds (I use individual silicone cup cake molds) and place molds in varoma, some on top some on bottom - should fit about 5 in the bottom and 7 on the top tray.  Place lid on Varoma.
Rinse bowl, place 1.2 litres of hot water into bowl set varoma position, steam 25 min speed 3.
Cool slightly before turning out. 

To Make Sauce

120g brown sugar
300g cream
80g Butter
1 tsp vanilla 

Add sugar, cream and butter - 5 min/90c/speed 4
Add vanilla through lid and mix 10 sec speed 4

Pour over hot puddings and enjoy 


A happy customer of mine shares her thoughts on the Thermomix!  

I was originally very skeptical about the Thermomix

1/ Would it be able to cook meals big enough for my family of 6 (with two teenage boys)
2/ Could it really make that much of a difference time wise in my kitchen
3/ Could it be worth the hefty price tag?

After attending a couple of demonstrations and researching on the internet i was surprised at how quickly my mind was changed!

There is room for the recipes to be adapted for larger families and we sometimes have left overs!
I feel like it gives me a super power, being able to whip up numerous baking and cooking within the day with little effort - I am slowly eliminating products in my pantry that i don't need to buy any more!!

The added bonus that i hadn't considered is the health benefits to my family, no more jars of pasta sauce or salsa with all their additives and it's so much cheaper to produce my own dairy free gluten free replacements!!

I feel blessed to have this machine in my kitchen!

(wife and mum, age 39)