Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Peanut Butter in Thermomix

Someone asked me the other day how to make peanut butter and I told them I had never made any.  Well I have now and I wanted to see how difficult it was. It was dead easy and done in a matter of minutes.  It has no preservatives or additives with name's that you can't pronounce. Peanuts, salt and sugar.  WOW.  What a concept. It's also cheaper to make your own. If you want to make it extra special roast the peanuts for 15 minutes in a 325 F oven. You could also roast it in the Thermomix dry bowl as well for 3 minutes 100C.

525g peanuts (I used salted ones with skin, but you can just use unsalted)
20g salt
45g rock sugar (less if your using white sugar)
Blend 1 minute/speed 10
Scrape down
Blend 2 minutes until creamy.
Done! Fill into container and store in fridge.
It will most likely be hard to spread when it comes out of the fridge, so let it warm up first.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Thermomix Spicy Tomato Sauce (All'Amatriciana)

This tomato sauce is another traditional sauce from Rome.  It is very delicious and easy to prepare.  As I now have a vegetarian, we sauteed some pancetta in a frying pan to keep meat out of the dish. We went to one restaurant where they flambe'd it. It was so good we went back twice to eat it again.  It didn't hurt that a half litre of house red wine was 3.50 Euro either.Very lively restaurant. We purchased the tourist take home in chilli flake powder.  You need to use it sparingly as it is very spicy.


50g olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 small carrot
1 onion
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 can San Marzano tomatoes
Pecorino and Parmesan grated to sprinkle on top.
150g pancetta (Italian bacon) optional
500g pasta (Traditional is Bucantini) hollowed spagetti
Salt and pepper to taste

Grind your cheese and set aside in extra bowl
Add oil, onions, garlic, carrot and blend 5 sec/speed 8 Scrape down
Add tomatoes and chilli flakes cook 25 minutes/100C/speed 1 with steaming basket ontop of lid
This lets the sauce reduce.
Fry 150g pancetta and add sauce when cooked. Add bucantini noodles and stir to combine
Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.

Sunday, 9 July 2017


I made Porchetta the other day for my husbands birthday dinner.  It turned out really well and I have just come across skinnymixers twice cooked pork roast.  I am going to give it a try in the Thermomix.  The Berkshire pork belly that I cooked was around 6 pounds so it wouldn't have fit in the Thermomix anyway but generally I don't cook for so many people.

You need to score the pork skin with a razor blade, super sharp knife etc. Don't cut into the meat but make sure you have cut through the skin. This helps the fat render.
We bought the Berkshire pork belly and put a salt, garlic, pepper and preserved lemon rub on the belly.  We then rolled it up and salted it again with the rub and let it sit overnight in the fridge.  We then slow baked it on a rack at 300F for about 2 hours.  I then broiled it until crispy.  Keep your eyes on it as it will burn quickly.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Lemoncello in Thermomix

After a recent trip to Rome, I wanted to bring home a bottle of Lemoncello. We were flying with a connection in Montreal and we were told that your baggage was now cleared at your final destination.  This meant that if we purchased a bottle of alcohol duty free it would be taken away from us at our connecting airport. Not so. Now when you buy duty free and leave it in the sealed bag you can take it on your connecting flight. Anyway I saw a Thermomix recipe and decided to make it myself.  It is fantastic! Well worth the effort. Enjoy! I also reduced the sugar so it is not as sweet as the store bought stuff.

1000g alcohol (I used a potato vodka so that it's gluten free)
11 organic lemons
1000g water
800g sugar

Peel lemons with a potato peeler and place peeled skin in jar with vodka. Let rest for 6 days in a dark spot. Shake jar daily.
Add 1000g water, 800g sugar and put in Thermomix  Cook 8 minutes /80C/speed 2
Add sugar syrup to jar and let stand at least 2-20 more days.
Strain and fill into bottles.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Chimichurri Sauce in Thermomix

 2 garlic cloves
2 Cups parsley (100g approx)
1/2 bushel cilantro
100g red wine vinegar
1 T  honey or Agave
Blend 5 sec/speed 10
Use for grilled vegetables or meats. It comes from south America and is used mainly to enhance meat.  I have been to a number of Brazilian steakhouses and found you  need some sauce to go with the grilled meats.  I have only gone to steakhouses in Vancouver so who knows how authentic they are. It gives the meat that special zing.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cauliflower Bake

Cauliflower is a vegetable people love or hate. The smell can be off putting but it is a very healthy vegetable. You can use it to replace carbs at a meal.  You can turn it into rice.  It is great fresh and eaten with a dip.(most Asian cultures don't like eating it raw though) You can serve it with a cheese sauce, like in the olden days.  It has a lot of qualities that I find people don't always appreciate. I love it but to get the others in my household to eat it, it has to be delicious. I am using it to replace a baked potato to go with a steak.

350g cauliflower
500g water
100g sour cream
100g cheddar ( I used a smoked cheddar)
100g garlic scrapes (shoots from garlic)
1 garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste

Add 500g water.
Place simmering basket and weigh cauliflower into it.
Place lid and steam 9 minutes/100C/speed2
remove basket and water
place cheese and pulse until grated, set aside
Add garlic , scrapes, cauliflower and mix 9 sec/speed6
Add 50g cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper REVERSE until combined 5see/speed 4
Sprinkle with remaining cheese
Place into oven proof dishes and bake 350 for 30 minutes until hot and browned.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Turnip Cake Lo bak go

I made this the non traditional way.  It tasted quite good. When I go for dim sum this is one of my favorites.  I have also made it from scratch the traditional way.  It was a ton of work and took forever.  This way is quite quick and easy to do.  Well worth the effort! It is made with the daikon radish. I'm not sure why it is called turnip cake because there are no turnips in it. Anyway it's quite delicious!

300g white rice soaked
260g water
50g potato starch
900g Daikon radish chopped in 1 inch pieces
1 tsp oil
salt and white pepper
20g dried fungus or mushroom
30g dried shrimp
30g dried scallop
dried shallots for top of cake
700g water for steaming

Blend rice 30 sec/speed 10
Add water , potato starch and blend 1 minute/speed 10
Add daikon and blend 15 sec/speed 10
Add oil, salt and pepper
Cook 10 minutes/100C/REVERSE/speed 4
Steam covered with saran wrap 60 minutes/VAROMA/speed 2
Sprinkle with fried shallots
Let set in refrigerator.
Slice and fry until heated through.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Spinach Spaettzle in Thermomix

Spaetzle are a little German noodle that is quite easy to make. It is very handy to have a Spaetzle press of course but I have used a colander as well. Traditionally they were made using a wooden board and a wooden knife.  The dough was firmer and you cut them off the board into the boiling water. More work and requires a little expertise to get them even. It is truly worth the effort.  I usually make a huge batch and if I have any leftovers I will freeze them. That is seldom as everyone loves them. 


100g Emmer (Faro) whole not ground
Grind speed 10/1 minute, set aside in seperate bowl
100g Gruyere cheese
100g Fruiliano cheese
Grind 10 sec/speed 6 and set aside
180g fresh spinach
grind 30 seconds/speed 7
Add Emmer and 250g flour
50g water
4 eggs
pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
Mix 10 sec/speed 7

Let dough rest 1/2 hour
Bring salted water to boil
Place batter in spaetzle press and rub back and forth letting spaetzle drop into the water
Skim off and put into colander and let drip
Repeat. Place cooked and drained spaetzle into bowl
Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve alone or as a side dish

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ablondigas in Thermomix (Spanish Meatball)

Every culture has their own version of meatballs.  These are a little on the sweet side which might surprise you. I found them very yummy and the walnuts give them a great texture too. They make a great appetizer or you can make a meal out of them. The choice is up to you.
1 thai chili
2 garlic cloves
70g Walnuts
100g pitted dates
20g olive oil
200g beef ground
200g pork ground
60g mustard
40g breadcrumbs

Add chili, garlic, walnuts and dates and mix 10sec/speed 6
Scrape down
Add all other ingredients and KNEAD/ 2minutes
Wet hands and roll into meatball shape and bake  until thermometer reaches 74C
Approx. 20 minutes 400 F

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Tomato Soup with Cheese Sticks

This soup is from the cookbook Entertaining with Dani Valent. It has a recipe chip.  It is on page 256 and is titled Tomato Soup with Ham and Cheese Wands.  I omitted the ham but the recipe turned out very delicious. Dani Valent has written a few cookbooks and they are all very good in my opinion.

Ham and Cheese Wands
100g unsalted butter cut into cubes
100g flour
1 pinch salt
50g ice water
40g cheddar cheese (I used gruyere)
1 egg lightly beaten
1 T celery seeds

-Place butter flour and salt into mixing bowl and mix 5 sec/speed5
-Add water and mix 5 sec/speed 6
-Transfer dough onto work sheet and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes 
-Place cheese into mixing bowl and grate 10 seconds/ speed 8, transfer into bowl
-place dough onto lightly floured work surface. With a rolling pin roll into a square. Sprinkle with cheese and roll 1/3 into centre and other 1/3 into centre. Then roll again and repeat.
-Sprinkle with cheese and celery seeds after brushing with beaten egg wash.
-Cut into 1 cm wide strips and place on parchment lined baking paper.
-Place parchment onto dough and add another tray to weigh it down.
-Bake for 10 minutes at 200C and remove top tray and baking paper and bake for 3-5 minutes until golden.

Tomato Soup Ingredients:
100g onion
130g carrots cut into pieces
110g celery
1 garlic clove
50g butter
1 T olive oil
1 bayleaf
salt to taste
pepper to taste
100g tomato paste
800g fresh tomatoes
1 T vegetable stock paste
400g water

-Place onions ,carrots, celery and garlic and chop 5 sec/speed5
-Add butter, oil, bayleaf, salt and pepper cook 10 minutes/100C/speed stir without measuring cup inserted
-remove bayleaf
-Add tomatoes, tomato paste and chop 8 sec/speed 6 then cook VAROMA/5minutes/speed 1
-Add stock paste and water and cook 10 minutes/100C/REVERSE/speed stir
-Blend 1 minute gradually increasing speed from 5 to 10
-Serve with Cheese wands and Enjoy!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Gorgonzola Panna Cotta in Thermomix

Gorgonzola Panna Cotta in Thermomix is from the Vegetarian  Kitchen Cookbook. This book also comes with a chip so it's very easy to follow. It is made with agar agar instead of gelatine and it turned out really well.  I really enjoyed it but the other members of my family found it tasty but unique.  They also do not like blue cheese so if that's you I would say to try a different recipe.  This is on page 52.

 90g Gorgonzola ( I also used stilton which has a much stronger taste)
400g milk
300g whipping cream
3/4 tsp agar agar

Place milk and cream into bowl cook 5 mins/37C/speed 2
Add agar agar and cook 10 mins/90C/speed 4
 Add pre-weighed Gorgonzola through hole in mixing bowl lid while cooking 2 mins/90C/speed 2
Pour into ramekins and refrigerate minimum 3 hours or overnight.
Enjoy with a salad, pears and walnuts.
Yummy flavours!!!!!

Hazelnut Lime Cheesecake Thermomix

This recipe is from the Fabulous Flavour on Every Level Cookbook. All the recipes in this cookbook use the Varoma.  I have been experimenting with it and this turned out really well.  It uses pistachios originally and is on page 228.  I have altered the recipe to suit the ingredients that I had on hand. It is gluten free too.

55 g Hazelnuts. (I roasted mine for 3 minutes/Varoma/stir first)
butter for greasing ramekins
organic lime zest from 1 lime
80g sugar
30g cornstarch
300 g ricotta
250g cream cheese
4 eggs
500g water
fruit for garnish

Chop nuts 4 sec/speed7
Butter ramekins and sprinkle with nuts. Save reserved nuts for garnish
Place sugar, lime zest, cornstarch, 15 sec.speed9 Scrape down
Add cream cheese, ricotta and eggs 10 sec/speed 4.5
Pour mixture into ramekins not to top (it expands)
Cover with plastic wrap and steam in Varoma 25/Varoma/speed 2
Garnish with mint leaf and reserved nuts, Adding chopped fresh fruit.
Enjoy!!! Yummy!!!!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cevapcici in Thermomix

On the Barbeque!!!

This recipe is on page 246 in the cookbook Entertaining with Dani Valent. It comes with a recipe chip and was very easy to follow. I did change a few things like adding more garlic.  I have a reliable butcher so I didn't grind my own meat.  I usually do but not today.

2 garlic cloves
200g red peppers roasted and peeled
1-2 tsp chilli powder
1-2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
300g ground lamb
300g ground pork
300g ground beef
olive oil for brushing
1 lemon cut into wedges to serve

Place garlic into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec/ speed 5. Scrape down
Add red peppers,chilli, salt and pepper and mix 15 sec/speed 4
If you are grinding your own meat, place red pepper mixture into a bowl.
If not add ground lamb, beef and pork.
To grind meat, do each type separately.
Grind partially frozen meat cubes 12 sec/ speed 6
Place red pepper and meat mixture into bowl and using BREAD icon mix 2 minutes until combined.
(I think using dough/bread button mixes meat better then by just blending it)
Using damp hands shape into sausage form.
Barbecue until cooked through. (appraise 3 mins on each side)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Mango and Mustard Seed Condiment

I was watching Theresa Visintin on A is for Apple on  the gusto network. Since I have made mustard from scratch before I was curious to give it a try.  I also like the idea of using fresh mangos to turn the mustard yellow. On her show she was using a coffee grinder to mill the mustard seeds which looked a little tedious.  I ground 300g in 10 seconds in my Thermomix. WOW. I know Theresa has a Thermomix so she probably would have liked to use that too. Maybe they will let her use it on her show. This recipe makes a lot of mustard about 3 1/2 cups so you can probably make half. My other mustard recipe is cooked so it will last a long time in the fridge. Using fresh mangoes shortens the shelf life. For less kick use 2 Thai chilli's.

400g Atulfo Mangos (4 large)
2 Thai chilli peppers
4 garlic cloves
300g Mustard seeds
60g apple cider vinegar
2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper

Place mustard seeds in bowl and grind 10 seconds/speed 10
Add all other ingredients and process until desired consistency.
30 seconds/speed 7
Chill and enjoy!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Rice Pudding in Thermomix

This recipe is on the chip for The Basic Cookbook page 322.  I followed it exactly and it was delicious.  My husband loves rice pudding and he is always buying the store bought stuff which has tons of additives and preservatives.  He is also a diabetic and it has tons of sugar.

1000g milk
50g sugar
1 pinch of salt
220g white short grain rice ( I used sticky rice)

Put milk, sugar and salt and heat 8min/Varoma/speed 1 without measuring cup
Add rice and cook 30min/90C/speed 1
Pour into serving dishes and let rest 15 minutes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
Enjoy!!!! YUM!!!!!!!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Tahinni in Thermomix

I was recently asked about nut butters and how easy they were to make.  As I make a lot of hummus I have been wanting to make my own Tahinni from scratch as all it is is ground up sesame seeds.  i bought some roasted gmo organic ones and decided to give it a try. Super easy!

260g sesame seeds
Place in bowl and turn to speed 8/ for up to 3minutes scraping down in-between.
Finished. If you want it super smooth do it for 1 minute longer.
I stopped because it is loud and my husband was sleeping. He works shift work. Sesame seeds are very high in calcium.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Pork Adobo in Thermomix

Pork Adobo is a very yummy dish! My coworker who is Filipino makes it and I have tried to recreate it in the Thermomix.  My family thought it was really delicious and worth remaking. I believe it is made with chicken mostly. I also made a garlic and fried onion brown rice to go with it. Also yummy!

1 onion cut into larger chunks
700 g pork cut into 1 inch cubes
6 garlic cloves
3 bay leafs
1 MC full of apple cider vinegar (MC measure cup)
2 MC full of water
3 T soy sauce
3T oyster sauce
1 tsp black peppercorns (maybe grind because nobody likes biting into one)
1/2 MC brown sugar

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Coconut Lime Spritzer in Thermomix

This is out of the Festive Flavour cookbook. It is on page 112 and looks absolutely fantastic.  It also tastes really great. I can imagine this  tasting fantastic in the summer.

200g ice cubes
750 ml white wine (chilled) sauvignon blanc
250 g coconut water (chilled)
300-500g lemonade (chilled) I made mine in the Thermomix so it's slightly cloudy
I lime thinly sliced
seeds from 1 pomegranate

Place ice in bowl crush 5 sec/speed 5
Add remaining ingredients 10 sec/REVERSE/speed2
Serve and enjoy!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Yogurt Cake in Thermomix

This cake has turned into my husbands favourite as all he has to do is hit the next button.  It is very moist and looks impressive.  It is on page 128 of The Basic Cookbook. Doesn't this look delicious!


 80 g sunflower oil
zest of organic lemon
150g sugar
3 eggs
200g flour
120g yogurt
1 pinch salt
1 tbsp baking powder
30g icing sugar

Pre heat oven to 180C. Grease a bundt pan.
Place lemon zest and sugar into mixing bowl and grind 10 sec/ speed 10. Scrape down
Add flour, yogurt, sunflower oil, salt and mix 1 min/ speed 5
Add baking powder and mix 15 sec/speed 5
Place mixture into prepared cake pan and bake 30 minutes 180C. Allow to rest before taking it out of the pan.
Dust with icing sugar and Enjoy!

Thermomix Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

This has to be a really easy dessert to make.  Peeling the mangoes is the hardest part.  It is really fast to make. You only need cooling time. The better the mangoes taste the better the dessert.

3 ripe mangos
1 can of coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 juice of lemon
2 T chia seeds
Put mangos in Thermomix and blend 6sec/speed8
Add all other ingredients and blend 5 sec/speed 8
Spoon into cups and cool at least 2 hours.
Serve with garnish.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Thermomix Quick Tips - Orange and passionfruit curd


I just made this using my own ingredients so I had yo do a bit of guesswork but it turned out really nice. I didn't sieve the seeds out as then there would be almost no juice to use. In Canada the passion fruits are very expensive and hard to find. I used fresh ones but I know you can get the juice in cans too.
4 passion fruits pulp scraped out
185 g orange juice
120g sugar
200g butter
4 eggs

Place butterfly and all ingredients into bowl.
When temperature is up to 80C time for 8 minutes/speed 3.
I served in over chopped fruit and it gave a nice tang.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Thermomix Uni Pasta

The great thing about Chinese New Year is that a lot of the local stores carry products that you don't usually see. My husband happened to find some Uni at a local store. The only thing is that it was packaged like it was made out of gold.  The great thing about my Thermomix is that I can check weights and see how accurate weights are. I was charged for 130g but only received 95g of Uni. The packaging weighed 35g. Hows that for taking advantage of the consumer.

95g Uni
80g good olive oil
package of linguine or pasta of your choice.
Place uni and oil in bowl10 sec/speed6
Pour over hot pasta and serve sprinkled with salt.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Thermomix Brazilian Cheesepuffs

These tiny little balls are highly addictive! I bet you can't eat just one.  They are also gluten free which is a bonus since so many people have allergies now a days.
70g strong flavoured cheese (Gruyere/Emmemtahler)
160g full cream milk
60g veggie oil
1 egg
170 g arrowroot/tapioca flour( I used tapioca)
1 tsp salt
Add all ingredients and mix 10 sec/speed 8
Pour into greased mini muffin tins and Bake 10-12 minutes at 375F

Yum! Serve at a party or for a snack!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Beesting cake Thermomix (Bienenstich)

This is one of my favourite cakes and I have never made one from scratch. I always thought it too much work and mess. Well the other night I went to a fine dining restaurant and heard this was on the menu for dessert. It was a deconstructed version and I was slightly disappointed. I then decided it was time to do it myself. I was very pleasantly surprised.  I will make it for my south african friends as it's one of their favourite desserts. (Now that I know it's not that difficult) It really worked very well.

130g quark (I used cream cheese because I didn't make any)
50g milk
1 egg
300g flour
20g baking powder
100g sugar 50g melted butter
15 sec/45C/speed6
Scrape down bowl and repeat if necessary. Pour into buttered cake springform dusted with bread crumbs. If you don't have any use flour.

Cake topping
50g sugar
100g butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
50g apricot jam
2 1/2 minutes/60C/speed 2
add 100g almonds
Spread mixture on top of batter and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Let cool.

For the Filling:
5 leaves of gelatine soaked
500g milk
1 pkg Dr Oetker vanilla pudding powder
Add gelatine after squeezing out all the water
Stir 30 sec/75C/speed 3
Place in extra bowl and stir so that no skin forms on the milk
In a clean TM bowl add butterfly
Add 200g whipping cream and whip up to 3 minutes/speed 3-4
(watch this as I find whipping cream whips faster or slower depending on freshness)
Cool vanilla cream mixture and mix with whipping cream until just combined. Gentle
Cool cake and slice in half.
Place cream mixture on cake and place in fridge to firm up.(2 hours)
Cut top of cake into slices and gentle assemble after 2 hour cooling time.
This way when you cut the cake the cream mixture doesn't squeeze out.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Thermomix New Years Pretzel (Sweet Yeast Dough)

Happy New Year Everyone!
In Germany this sweet pretzel (sweet yeast dough)is a tradition to have on New Years day.  You can have it with a glass of champagne or sparkling wine, or with a cup of coffee or tea. It is easy to do and besides baking is quick to put together. I hope you all have a wonderful and healthy year!

220g milk
30 g dried yeast
80g sugar
80g soft butter
1 egg
500g all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
50g raisins (optional)

Put milk, yeast and sugar into bowl 2mins/37C/speed 2
Add butter, egg, flour and salt KNEAD/ 3minutes
Let rest 30 minutes in warm place.
Roll into pretzels
Baste with egg wash and bake 20 minutes 350F until golden.