Monday, 31 August 2015

Thermomix German Cheesecake

My friend Jenny wanted a recipe for real German cheesecake made with quark.  I happened to make my own quark(German cream cheese like ricotta) in my Thermomix. That post is in this blog. Here is the recipe from the German recipe chip in the new TM5.

250g butter
2 Tbl millet or coarse semolina
280g sugar
4 eggs
1pkg vanilla sugar (make your own, 2tsp)
2 pkgs vanilla pudding
2 Tsp baking powder
1000g quark
20 almonds or nuts

Butter springform pan and set aside.Line with baking paper too.
Mix butter, sugar, and eggs 1 min/speed 4
Add vanilla sugar, vanilla pudding, baking powder, and quark.
Mix 30 sec/speed 6
Pour into springform and bake 80-90 minutes 160C (350F) until golden
Cover with aluminum foil after 45 minutes to prevent over browning.
I used pumpkin seeds because I didn't have almond slices.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Thermomix Spinach Pakoras

I was doing a Thermomix demonstration at a customers house and they specifically wanted to know if the Thermomix can grind dried chickpeas properly.  I put them in the machine and kept showing the consistency to the expert. (Mother) After 2 minutes they were ground properly. This is something I have always wanted to make as I know they are gluten free and quite yummy.  The only bad thing is that you fry them in oil. (We only do that for special occasions remember.)  The recipe calls for Besan/gram flour?  I didn't know what that was but after googling it, it turns out to be ground up chickpeas made into flour.  Easy my Thermomix will do that for me.  I can grind the exact amount that I need and no going rancid being stored in the cupboard. Brilliant!

270g dried chickpeas
Grind 2mins/speed 10
Add 1 small onion, and 1 garlic clove, 1 inch piece of ginger
Chop 10 sec/speed 6
Add: 150g fresh spinach
10g salt
5g cumin seed
5g fennel seed
5g coriander
350g water
Place spatula through mixing bowl lid and help chop.20 sec/speed 6
Mix until thick pancake batter. (Add water slowly and scrape down ingredients in bowl)
Fry in oil and serve with chutney or raita! YUM and EASY

Monday, 24 August 2015

Book Review:Lonely Planet, Thailand, From the Source, (Grilled Pork Neck in the Thermomix)

This is another Lonely Planet Cookbook that makes you want to go to the destination.  It seems to be very authentic. At least to me because I have only been to Thailand once.  It was a great experience as I only ate Thai food there until my last day. Then I chose to eat western food which wasn't cooked correctly and I developed food poisoning on the way to the airport for my flight home. I will stop the story there as the rest isn't pretty. Anyway getting back to the review.

"All Thai dishes strive for the perfect balance of hot, sweet, sour and salty flavours, each one punchy without overpowering the others."  This is why it seems to be one of my most favourite cuisines.  Most dishes are quite fast to make too. It also has a regional cuisine with specialties in each region.
"Make no mistake; in Thailand, it's not just food, its a labour of love." You can really tell that the food is made with love and they enjoy cooking and bringing people together.

My husband wanted to make this recipe and he got out the mortar and pestle. He soon tired of it and I told him just to make the marinade in the Thermomix. Much faster!

Pork Marinade (Kaw Muu Yang)

Thumb sized piece of Ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbl oyster sauce
2 Tbl soy sauce
pinch sugar

Place all ingredients and blend 30 sec/speed 6
Put marinade onto pork and let marinade overnight.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Thermomix Peach Cake with Brandy

I used my German recipe chip that is in the new Thermomix TM5 to make this super easy moist cake. Instead of apples I substituted peaches.

130g butter
3-4 peaches
3 eggs
150g sugar
30g brandy
200g flour
15 g baking powder
pinch salt

Heat oven to 350F. Spray springform pan with oil.
Add butter, eggs, sugar, brandy, flour and baking powder, salt to bowl.
20 sec/speed 6
Spread into springform pan and top with peeled peach halves that are sliced but not all the way through.
Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes.

YUMMY!!!!!!! EASY!!!!!!!!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Thermomix Badische Potato Salad (Baden is a region in Germany next to Alsace)

This is the best potato salad ever.  It is much lighter as it is made with broth as opposed to mayonnaise. Everyone in Baden Wurttemberg has their own recipe so this is the one that I used. Some people add bacon.  I didn't. Making it a day ahead is also great because it gives the potatoes time to soak up the broth.  I used my homemade veggie stock that I make in the Thermomix and keep in my fridge.  I actually use that to flavour sauces, soups etc instead of the high sodium store bought stuff.  It's much healthier and I use up all my vegetables that are going rotten.

1000ml water
1200g German potato's (I bought mine at the farmers market.)
100 g onion
small bunch parsley
small bunch chives
veggie stock 1 Tbl
30 g apple cider vinegar
30 olive oil (or other if too strong)
1 Tbl mustard German (if possible)
ground nutmeg to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Place potato's in steaming basket and steam 30 mins/Varoma/speed 1
Check half way and move potato 's around (to get the top ones to cook)
Rinse and cut potato's into bowl. (I left the skin on, it's up to you)
Onion, parsly and chives in mix bowl 3 sec/speed 8
Add 250g water and veggie stock 3min/60C/speed2
Add vinegar, mustard, oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper 20 sec/speed2
Let sit 4 hours or overnight.
Tastes great with anything barbecued.
Yummy and healthy.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Book Review: Lonely Planet, Italy from the source./Carbonara in Thermomix

I love lonely planet travel guides as I have found many useful tips when travelling.  These are cookbooks with beautiful pictures and travel ideas.  "Italy is the home of slow food." This means that it is a very regional and well prepared cuisine.  It is nothing new, however at the moment it seems to be quite trendy.  It really is about common sense and eating and cooking food at it's peak. "Italy's food is simple and the best cooks are the nona's and the mothers." Ask any man and he will say his mother is the best cook!

This book gives history on the most popular Italian dishes. Such as Risotto, carbonara and Osso bucco. It is broken down into regions where recipes are made by local chefs from that area. Everyone giving you tips. "Like all good meat and wine sauces, the flavour of the ragu will be even better the next day." page 54  Another trendy thing at the moment is nose to tail or cooking offal. Offal was a form of payment to the poorest of factory workers, working in the meat packing district of the major cities. "Dark chocolate is used to thicken and bring an intense flavour to a number of veal and boar stews from Rome and the Lazio/Tuscany borders." page 156 Another tip also used by Marco Pierre White is to stop the pasta one minute before al dente, take it out of the water and continue cooking it in the sauce.

The basics are covered in the back of the book and most recipes use minimal ingredients.

Carbonara Page 152 adapted for Thermomix

Grind 15 g pepper corns Turbo/3 seconds
Set aside
Grind 75 g parmesan cheese 10 sec/ speed 7
set aside
cook 75 g pancetta, speed 1/100C/4minutes
Cook 250g spaghettini in water and remove 1 minute before al dente
Add pepper, salt to taste, cheese to 4 beaten fresh egg yolks into pancetta. Thermomix 5 seconds/speed 5
Drain pasta and add egg, cheese sauce.  Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve and Enjoy!!!!
This recipe doesn't use cream(Carbonara controversy) and I used whole wheat noodles to make it healthier!


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Thermomix Melon and Cucumber Soup

I bought melons thinking that since it has been so hot a nice refreshing cold soup would do the trick. It really did and turned out very tasty. You can add some yogurt or sour cream on top but for people with dairy allergies it tastes great as is.  Garnishing options are endless too! With the mint and ginger it helps digestion.

1/2 Honeydew Melon peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
5  Mini cucumbers (1 large english cucumber) cut into chunks
2 garlic cloves
small bunch of fresh mint
juice of 1 lime
1/4 inch piece of ginger
 salt and pepper to taste
Add garlic and turbo 2 seconds
Scrape down
Add all other ingredients 30 sec/speed 8
Adjust seasonings and chill for 2 hours.