Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Gazpacho in Thermomix

This is truly a fantastic summer recipe and a very healthy one too!  It is easy to make and tastes delicious when all the vegetables are in season. I bought beautiful Okanagan tomatoes that taste like tomatoes. Imagine that. The recipe is on the TM5 chip and on page 88 in the  Basic Cookbook.

1000g Plum tomatoes, ripe cut into half (I used large round ripe ones?)
50g Green Pepper
40g Onions
70g cucumber
1 garlic clove (fresh)
30g vinegar (Balsamic is nice)
1 tsp salt
50-100g olive oil
8 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into bowl and chop 30sec/speed5.
Blend a further 3 minutes/speed 10 and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Garnish with chopped fresh vegetables and serve.
If you prefer gazpacho without emulsifying the oil, add it after blending the other ingredients and mix 2 sec/speed 7. Gazpacho will have a deeper red colour instead of being orange.
Heirloom  Healthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yummy Tomatoes!!!!!!!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Semmelknodel (Bread Dumplings) in Thermomix

People are always asking me what I did with my older TM31 Thermomix now that the new TM5 is available. I have been offered money for it and my daughter wants it as well. I tell everyone that the only thing better than having a Thermomix is having 2 Thermomix's. I regularly use both of them at the same time. It's really great as I don't have to wash bowls in-between. It just makes everything that much faster.


5 stale buns (250g) pulse in thermomix until desired consistency
1 onion
20g olive oil
1/2 bushel parsley
250g milk
3 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

600g water
Chop onion and parsley 3 sec/turbo
Add oil and sauce 2mins/100C
Add all other ingredients and KNEAD/3 minutes
Add 600g water and place Varoma with dumplings in it.
Steam 30 minutes/Varoma/speed1
I served this with the beer steamed pork roast. It was a hit!
Really juicy and easy.
The machines did the cooking while I spent time with my guests.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Barbecue Sauce Thermomix

I go a whole bunch of Italian prune plums from my sister in the Okanagan and decided I wanted to make my own barbecue sauce as I also had a flat of beautiful tomato's. I found a recipe in Jo Whitton's book called Quirky Cooking. She is a big hit with all the Thermomix Australian users and does some really healthy cooking. I changed the recipe slightly as I went along and here is my version and it tasted really nice.  Barbecue sauces vary widely and everyone has there own version of the best sauce.  My goal is to always try making new and different ones. I have also made another batch adding 1 cube fresh ginger as well as 50 g molasses and it also tasted quite nice. I made pork ribs the other day and used this sauce.  It was a big hit so here is the recipe.


1000g fresh tomato's
200g plums pits removed
200g red onions
1 pepper (red, green,?)
1 large Jalapeno (I like spice and I couldn't find thai chilli's
4 garlic cloves
100g apple cider vinegar
50g coconut sugar
3 cloves (you can add ground up ones)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 Tablespoon chilli flakes (my homemade ones)
2 tsp smoked paprika
2tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in bowl and with the help of the spatula blend 40sec/ speed8 until combined.
Scrape down.
Cook 45 minutes/100C/speed 2 with simmering basket on top of bowl.
Remove simmering basket, insert measuring cup and blend 30 sec speed 5-9 gradually.
Fill into sterilized jars and seal.  Make sure tops have sealed.
Keep in fridge after opening.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Pflaumen Knodel (Plum dumplings) in Thermomix

This is something I had when I went to Austria 30 years ago.  It is something that I thought was so delicious that every time I see the Italian prune plums, I think about trying to make it. I gave it a try finally. I always thought it was really difficult and a lot of work but I was shocked at how easy it really was. It turned out quite well however the dough was a bit firm. I may try using 1/2 sour cream to lighten the dough. I also only put half of a plum in each dumpling which the original recipe had the whole plum in it as well as a sugar cube which I also omitted. Next time I will try using the whole plum. I roled 1/2 a prune plum in the cinnamon sugar mixture. It is very filling so it could substitute a meal.  It would also be great for afternoon tea.

50g melted butter
250 g quark (I used homemade ricotta) (or 130g sour cream, 130g quark)
2egg yolks
1 pinch salt
50g sugar
350g flour

50 g sugar
1tsp cinnamon

Add butter, quark, egg yolks, sugar, flour , salt into mixing bowl 15seconds/speed 5. scrape down
KNEAD 2 mins
Take out small piece of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten and place plum in centre.
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture in centre and seal ball. Place on well oiled Varoma, Repeat.
Add 500g water and set Varoma and steam for 10 mins/120C/speed 2
Serve with bread crumbs that have been browned in butter and whipping cream.
Form a ball and flatten. 

Dip in sugar, cinamon mixture.

Close it up and roll into ball.

Place on Varoma. 

Finished Steamed Dumplings!

 Steamed Plum Dumplings

Bread crumbs toasted in butter!

Add whipping cream!

Italian Prune Plums