Monday, 26 December 2016

Ajvar (Aubergine and Pepper Spread) in Thermomix

This recipe is on page 188 of Travelling with Thermomix. It is easy to do and a lovely spread for sandwich's or use as a dip with bread or veggie sticks.  it is also something that you can seal and give out as gifts. You can eat it as a condiment with meat or use it as a pasta sauce. Very versatile.


6 Red Peppers cut into halves and seeded
1 Eggplant cut in half
4 garlic cloves
60g olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt

You can use your barbecue or heat your oven and use the grill feature to char the outside skins of the eggplant and peppers. Peel off skins.
Place garlic cloves into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec/speed8 Scrape down
Add peeled peppers and scrape flesh fro, eggplant, Mix 8sec/speed 5
Cook 5 min/90C/speed3
Add olive oil and salt. Cook 10 min/90C/Speed 2
Add vinegar or lemon juice
Add 70g tomato puree
Add 1-2 small chillies or cayenne pepper.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Balsamico Reduction in Thermomix

This is an easy do it yourself Christmas gift.  This recipe doesn't make a lot so you may have to do a couple of batches but it tastes really great.  Balsamic reduction is something that can be very expensive if purchased.  There are also many ways to add flavour and possibly stretch it out. This recipe makes about 125g of Balsamic reduction so by adding some melted chocolate you can stretch it out. (Balsamic Chocolate reduction) You can also choose to shorten the cooking time slightly so it will not be as thick.  This is for people who like to customize to their own tastes.  You can also add orange extract etc. (Balsamic Orange reduction) There are many possibilities to personalize your own sauce.


250g Balsamic vinegar
30g Honey (I used Manuka) I could call it Balsamic reduction with Manuka honey.
2 garlic cloves (I could call it Balsamic reduction with Garlic and Manuka Honey)
sprig rosemary
1 T Port wine ( I could call it Balsamic reduction with Garlic, Manuka, Rosemary and Port)
Orange zest (etc.....)
Place everything in bowl 18 minutes/VAROMA/speed 1 (simmering basket instead of measuring cup)
Let cool slightly.
Pour into squeeze bottle and keep in fridge.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Baba Ganoush in Thermomix

Baba Ganoush is an eggplant dip.  It is really versatile and healthy.  It comes from the middle east and can taste different according to the spices that you use.  It is also simple to make.  I roasted my eggplant and did not peel it as I wanted a darker colour.  Some recipes call for you to scoop out the flesh so the purple colour from the eggplant will not be there. You can eat it with crackers, pita bread or veggies. I recommend using lots of lemon to give it a tang.

2 medium eggplants cut in cubes roasted in oven until cooked 30 minutes (see below)
1 onion cut in half
3-5 roasted garlic cloves
1 T olive oil
1 tsp cumin
2-4 lemons juiced (how acidic do you like it)
2T tahini
1T soup stock mix (veggie)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Add onions and garlic, 10 sec/speed 10 scape down
Add olive oil and cook 3mins/100C
Add rest ingredients and blitz 7 sec/speed 10 until desired consistency
Serve with chips, pita bread or veggie sticks.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Thermomix White Chocolate Fudge with Pistachio/Hazelnut, and Cranberries

I have never understood why people like fudge.  I have eaten it at various carnivals and find that it is just like chewing on pure sugar.  This fudge recipe actually doesn't taste that sweet and it's not grainy. It also uses the real dried fruit to give it sweetness.  I was telling my friend  about this and she also said she has been making it to satisfy her and her husbands sweet tooth.  I think I have been converted and am willing to give it a chance even though I prefer more savoury delights.  It was also really easy to do and simple to clean up.  It is slightly sticky but easy to handle.

 400g white chocolate chips
1 300ml can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g pistachios/Hazelnut
125g cranberries dried
Dried Cherries for garnish
 Pour chips, condensed milk and vanilla into bowl 5mins/50C/speed 2
Butter and line baking dish
Stir in nuts and cranberries and mix 10sec/speed5
Pour into buttered dish and sprinkle cherries on top
Chill minimum 1/2 hour until set.