Saturday, 26 November 2016

Dukkah in Thermomix from Everyday Cookbook page 67

As far as I have seen this is a very Australian thing to use on a variety of things.  I have heard you can put it on your salad as a crunchy top.  You can put it on top of oatmeal in the morning as well as roasted chicken or lamb in the evening.  I was very intrigued and I had some friends taste it and they all liked it. I thought it tasted great too. Give it a try! If you check out the wikipedia it isn't Australian at all? Who knew?

For more info:

150g sesame seeds ( I used 75 black and 75 white)
100g almonds (you can use hazelnuts too)
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp ground thyme ( you can also use dried mint)

Place sesame seeds, almonds, cumin and coriander in bowl. 8mins/ Varoma/speed 1
All other ingredients and turbo 2 seconds until desired consistency

You can add ground turmeric for added colour and flavour.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Black Truffle Gnocchi in Thermomix

I have been wanting to cook with fresh truffle for some time but had yet to actually see them for sale somewhere. Finding them in a store is harder than you think.  On a recent trip to Germany I saw a gentleman buying one from the mushroom stand at the local market.  They were from France and Italy.  I bought a black one and was told to keep it in a breathable container or bag and it should last about a week. The day after I returned home I decided to make my go to gnocchi and a simple butter truffle sauce. YUM!

Ingredients for Gnocchi

1000g floury potatoes ( I used russet)
550g-650g white flour
pinch of salt
3 eggs

Steam peeled potatoes in simmering basket or Varoma, 25-30 minutes and cool.
Place potatoes and mash 10 sec/speed4, scrape down and REPEAT
Add 300g flour, salt, eggs and KNEAD 30-40 seconds
Place flour and knead by hand. Using  more flour as you go. Try and keep it sticky as the more flour you incorporate the harder they will be. I like mine softer.
Roll into long logs that are slightly sticky and cut into 3/4 inch size pieces.
Roll onto fork or gnocchi board and set aside
Boil in salted water about 1-2 minutes until they float.
Drain and serve with your favourite sauce or in my case, shaved Black Truffle.

I was also told that as truffle season continues the prices start rising as the flavours get more intense as the season goes.