Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Peanut Butter in Thermomix

Someone asked me the other day how to make peanut butter and I told them I had never made any.  Well I have now and I wanted to see how difficult it was. It was dead easy and done in a matter of minutes.  It has no preservatives or additives with name's that you can't pronounce. Peanuts, salt and sugar.  WOW.  What a concept. It's also cheaper to make your own. If you want to make it extra special roast the peanuts for 15 minutes in a 325 F oven. You could also roast it in the Thermomix dry bowl as well for 3 minutes 100C.

Ingredients:
525g peanuts (I used salted ones with skin, but you can just use unsalted)
20g salt
45g rock sugar (less if your using white sugar)
Blend 1 minute/speed 10
Scrape down
Blend 2 minutes until creamy.
Done! Fill into container and store in fridge.
It will most likely be hard to spread when it comes out of the fridge, so let it warm up first.




Sunday, 16 July 2017

Thermomix Spicy Tomato Sauce (All'Amatriciana)

This tomato sauce is another traditional sauce from Rome.  It is very delicious and easy to prepare.  As I now have a vegetarian, we sauteed some pancetta in a frying pan to keep meat out of the dish. We went to one restaurant where they flambe'd it. It was so good we went back twice to eat it again.  It didn't hurt that a half litre of house red wine was 3.50 Euro either.Very lively restaurant. We purchased the tourist take home in chilli flake powder.  You need to use it sparingly as it is very spicy.

Ingredients:

50g olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 small carrot
1 onion
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 can San Marzano tomatoes
Pecorino and Parmesan grated to sprinkle on top.
150g pancetta (Italian bacon) optional
500g pasta (Traditional is Bucantini) hollowed spagetti
Salt and pepper to taste

Grind your cheese and set aside in extra bowl
Add oil, onions, garlic, carrot and blend 5 sec/speed 8 Scrape down
Add tomatoes and chilli flakes cook 25 minutes/100C/speed 1 with steaming basket ontop of lid
This lets the sauce reduce.
Fry 150g pancetta and add sauce when cooked. Add bucantini noodles and stir to combine
Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Porchetta

http://skinnymixers.com.au/skinnymixers-twice-cooked-pork-roast/

I made Porchetta the other day for my husbands birthday dinner.  It turned out really well and I have just come across skinnymixers twice cooked pork roast.  I am going to give it a try in the Thermomix.  The Berkshire pork belly that I cooked was around 6 pounds so it wouldn't have fit in the Thermomix anyway but generally I don't cook for so many people.

You need to score the pork skin with a razor blade, super sharp knife etc. Don't cut into the meat but make sure you have cut through the skin. This helps the fat render.
We bought the Berkshire pork belly and put a salt, garlic, pepper and preserved lemon rub on the belly.  We then rolled it up and salted it again with the rub and let it sit overnight in the fridge.  We then slow baked it on a rack at 300F for about 2 hours.  I then broiled it until crispy.  Keep your eyes on it as it will burn quickly.
YUMMY!,   CRUNCHY!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Lemoncello in Thermomix

After a recent trip to Rome, I wanted to bring home a bottle of Lemoncello. We were flying with a connection in Montreal and we were told that your baggage was now cleared at your final destination.  This meant that if we purchased a bottle of alcohol duty free it would be taken away from us at our connecting airport. Not so. Now when you buy duty free and leave it in the sealed bag you can take it on your connecting flight. Anyway I saw a Thermomix recipe and decided to make it myself.  It is fantastic! Well worth the effort. Enjoy! I also reduced the sugar so it is not as sweet as the store bought stuff.


Ingredients:
1000g alcohol (I used a potato vodka so that it's gluten free)
11 organic lemons
1000g water
800g sugar

Peel lemons with a potato peeler and place peeled skin in jar with vodka. Let rest for 6 days in a dark spot. Shake jar daily.
Add 1000g water, 800g sugar and put in Thermomix  Cook 8 minutes /80C/speed 2
Add sugar syrup to jar and let stand at least 2-20 more days.
Strain and fill into bottles.
Enjoy!!!!!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Chimichurri Sauce in Thermomix

Ingredients:
 2 garlic cloves
2 Cups parsley (100g approx)
1/2 bushel cilantro
100g red wine vinegar
1 T  honey or Agave
Blend 5 sec/speed 10
Use for grilled vegetables or meats. It comes from south America and is used mainly to enhance meat.  I have been to a number of Brazilian steakhouses and found you  need some sauce to go with the grilled meats.  I have only gone to steakhouses in Vancouver so who knows how authentic they are. It gives the meat that special zing.






Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cauliflower Bake

Cauliflower is a vegetable people love or hate. The smell can be off putting but it is a very healthy vegetable. You can use it to replace carbs at a meal.  You can turn it into rice.  It is great fresh and eaten with a dip.(most Asian cultures don't like eating it raw though) You can serve it with a cheese sauce, like in the olden days.  It has a lot of qualities that I find people don't always appreciate. I love it but to get the others in my household to eat it, it has to be delicious. I am using it to replace a baked potato to go with a steak.

Ingredients:
350g cauliflower
500g water
100g sour cream
100g cheddar ( I used a smoked cheddar)
100g garlic scrapes (shoots from garlic)
1 garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste

Add 500g water.
Place simmering basket and weigh cauliflower into it.
Place lid and steam 9 minutes/100C/speed2
remove basket and water
place cheese and pulse until grated, set aside
Add garlic , scrapes, cauliflower and mix 9 sec/speed6
Add 50g cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper REVERSE until combined 5see/speed 4
Sprinkle with remaining cheese
Place into oven proof dishes and bake 350 for 30 minutes until hot and browned.
YUMMY!!!!!!!


 



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Turnip Cake Lo bak go

I made this the non traditional way.  It tasted quite good. When I go for dim sum this is one of my favorites.  I have also made it from scratch the traditional way.  It was a ton of work and took forever.  This way is quite quick and easy to do.  Well worth the effort! It is made with the daikon radish. I'm not sure why it is called turnip cake because there are no turnips in it. Anyway it's quite delicious!

Ingredients:
300g white rice soaked
260g water
50g potato starch
900g Daikon radish chopped in 1 inch pieces
1 tsp oil
salt and white pepper
20g dried fungus or mushroom
30g dried shrimp
30g dried scallop
dried shallots for top of cake
700g water for steaming

Blend rice 30 sec/speed 10
Add water , potato starch and blend 1 minute/speed 10
Add daikon and blend 15 sec/speed 10
Add oil, salt and pepper
Cook 10 minutes/100C/REVERSE/speed 4
Steam covered with saran wrap 60 minutes/VAROMA/speed 2
Sprinkle with fried shallots
Let set in refrigerator.
Slice and fry until heated through.



Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Spinach Spaettzle in Thermomix

Spaetzle are a little German noodle that is quite easy to make. It is very handy to have a Spaetzle press of course but I have used a colander as well. Traditionally they were made using a wooden board and a wooden knife.  The dough was firmer and you cut them off the board into the boiling water. More work and requires a little expertise to get them even. It is truly worth the effort.  I usually make a huge batch and if I have any leftovers I will freeze them. That is seldom as everyone loves them. 












Ingredients:

100g Emmer (Faro) whole not ground
Grind speed 10/1 minute, set aside in seperate bowl
100g Gruyere cheese
100g Fruiliano cheese
Grind 10 sec/speed 6 and set aside
180g fresh spinach
grind 30 seconds/speed 7
Add Emmer and 250g flour
50g water
4 eggs
pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
Mix 10 sec/speed 7

Let dough rest 1/2 hour
Bring salted water to boil
Place batter in spaetzle press and rub back and forth letting spaetzle drop into the water
Skim off and put into colander and let drip
Repeat. Place cooked and drained spaetzle into bowl
Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve alone or as a side dish
YUM!!!!!!!