Sunday, 19 June 2016

Thermomix Cooking Classes in Coquitlam, British Columbia

As a red seal chef/foodie, I am always being asked for tips and recipes for various things. As cooking is my passion I love doing workshops. I will be using the new TM5 and TM31 so come and be inspired!

I will be offering cooking classes from my home  over the next few months.  If you want to come and be inspired or bring a friend, I would love to see you.  The only thing I ask is that you register and pay the 25 dollar course fee to reserve your spot. In the past I have done free workshops, which is why I will be charging a 25 dollar ingredient fee. If you give me a couple of days notice and can’t attend I will be more than happy to return your fee.  As well if you would like to host your own demo and receive a beautiful hostess gift with 3 or more people, I would also be more than happy to do that. Just contact me and we can plan that together.

Classes will start on time and roughly take 1.5 -2 hours long, (depending) Menus may vary slightly. Space is limited.

Beer Steamed Pork Roast and Dumplings

Rote Gruze (Berry Dessert) and Creme Anglais

Saturday October 29th 2;00P.M. GERMAN ($25.00), Obatzer(Camembert dip), Pretzels, Konigsberger Klopse (Beef/Veal Dumpling) and Steamed Potato’s, Rote Grutze (Berry dessert) and Vanilla Sauce (Creme Anglaise)

Saturday November 26th 2:00 p.m. XMAS GIFTS, ($25.00)Vegetable Stock, Curry Ketchup, Green Tea Shortbread, Homemade Bailey’s, Christmas Spice, Burnt Almonds (German roasted nuts), Fudge

Saturday December 10th 2:00 p.m. ($25.00) Ajvar(Eggplant/Pepper Dip), Foccacia, Apple Punch, Lentil Moussaka, Marble Cake, Sabayon (Wine cream)

Please contact me through this site or email  me with a convenient time to call you back.

 Homemade Mustard

 Plum Dumplings


Amaretti in Thermomix

I love these cookies.  They also happen to be gluten free which might be one of the reasons they are chewy and have a strong almond flavour. Mine are a little flat but they still taste really good.  I made the mistake of not checking to see if all of my egg whites were whipped.  I saw the beautiful white foam but there were still unwhipped ones in the bottom of the bowl.  Remember to check before you add your other ingredients.  I get sloppy when baking as I forget that you should be more accurate.  Cooking is more forgiving.  That is why it is my favourite thing to do.

300g egg whites (approx 5 eggs)
20g Agave syrup
pinch of salt
450g Almonds
400g superfine sugar
200g dried cherries (optional)

Grind 450g Almonds/45 seconds/speed 10, set aside.

Grind 400g sugar 45 seconds/speed10, set aside and clean bowl.

In a clean bowl.
Insert Butterfly and whip egg whites 3-6 minutes/speed 4 (check if all whipped)
Add 20g Agave and pinch of salt whip 10 sec more/speed 4
Remove butterfly

Bake at 350F for 20 minutes until desired colour.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Beef and Pork Meatballs in Thermomix

My husband and I went to Ask Luigi in Vancouver.  I have been wanting to go there for 2 years and never made it. They don't take reservations and it's a very small restaurant. We had the meatball appetizer when my husband declared that was the best meatball he has ever eaten.  I liked them too and I set out to replicate them.  I have no idea how close they are but all my friends really like them so here it is.  It was really easy too. I steamed them with the basic tomato sauce recipe in my TM5.

Beef and Pork Meatballs
2 garlic cloves
50g onion
2 garlic scrapes (the flower stalk from the garlic plant)
10g oil
85g Hazelnuts
1 egg
455g pork (ground)
455g beef (ground)
110g raisens
10g salt
1 tsp oregano
125g breadcrumbs

Chop garlic, garlic scrapes and onion 8sec/speed9 scrape down
add hazelnuts turbo 2 sec
Add oil and salute 2mins/100C/speed2
Add all other ingredients and mix BREAD/2-3 mins until blended
Shape into balls about 2 inches.
Steam in Varoma  20mins/Varoma(120C)/speed1 while making tomato sauce

Make tomato sauce on page 242 The Basic Cookbook
120g onions
2 garlic cloves
20g olive oil
800g tomato's
1tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5-10 fresh basil leaves

I served the meatballs with some sauce and a slice of fresh mozzarella that was melted in the oven.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Tempura Zucchini Flower Blossom in Thermomix

There are many ways to make Tempura and they all require cooking in oil. That isn't so good for you however I use rice bran oil.  That is supposed to be healthier.  It's not easy to come by as I bought mine at a specialty cook shop in Bellingham. It also doesn't give you any weird flavour.  It's a very neutral oil. I got the zucchini blossoms at the farmers market and they are only available  at this time of year. You need to remove the stymus from inside the blossom and then stuff.  I made homemade ricotta which I flavoured with some spices and herbs.  Very delicious and looks high end restaurant. Remember when things are easy you will do them. It's great to challenge yourself too. I served mine onto of a green salad but you can do what you want.

3 egg whites beaten 2mins/speed 4 with butterfly
100g flour
20g cornstarch
100g mineral water
Add other ingredients and stir 20 sec/speed 5

Dip vegetables/blossoms etc and fry until golden.