Butterfly whisk

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The butterfly whisk is perfect for whipping egg whites and emulsifying to make creamy mayonnaise.

The tip to insert your butterfly whisk is to place it on the blunt side of the highest blade (as shown in the picture above) and be sure to give it a little clockwise turn to “lock” it into place.

If you already have food in the bowl then use the butterfly to move the food around so it goes into position easily.

When making risotto make sure you insert the butterfly before pouring the rice in.

Please ensure when cooking using the butterfly whisk that you do not exceed speed 4.

Converting recipes

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On the weekend I officially uploaded my first recipe onto the Recipe Community. It wasn’t my own recipe. It was a recipe I converted for my Thermomix. You can view the recipe here.

While my recipe was relatively simple to convert I still had to think about the process. Here’s a quick guide to converting your own recipes for your Thermomix.

  • Find a Thermomix recipe similar to the one you want to convert
  • Adjust the cooking times for your quantities of ingredients
  • Start with steps for dry ingredients to limit washing the bowl
  • Start with steps for ‘cold’ ingredients before cooking sauces or soups
  • Remember some ‘traditional’ steps can be done in a single TMX step
  • Write notes as you cook your recipe in your TMX and tweak as needed

Refer to your Basic Cookbook for more tips on converting recipes.

Have you converted any of your favourite recipes for your Thermomix? What was the recipe? Have you uploaded it onto the Recipe Community to share it with everyone?

Egg whites

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It is so easy to whip perfect egg whites with a Thermomix. The Basic Cookbook whips the egg whites at speed 3.5 for 3 minutes.

But sometimes they don’t work out and the tip to whipping egg whites in your Thermomix is making sure the bowl and blade is completely clean and dry before getting started.

If you have cooked something with fats (butter, oil etc) prior to whipping the egg whites there can be some residue left in the bowl so you want to ensure the bowl is thoroughly clean.

Do you have any more tips to whip egg whites in your Thermomix?

Quirky Cooking

Jo Whitton is in Perth doing her 2 hour Quirky Cooking seminars for TM5 and TM31. I was lucky enough to earn a ticket to the consultant cooking class last night and loved it! If you have tickets to one of the seminars you will love it!

IMG_7689During the seminar Jo demonstrated:

  • Coconut green chai smoothie
  • Nut butter
  • Beetroot ciabatta
  • Thick coconut cream
  • Chocolate and coconut cake with marbled ganache

I have made plenty of recipes from her cookbook and her blog but I actually hadn’t made any of the recipes she demonstrated last night. And after seeing how easy they were (and having a taste) I definitely feel inspired to give them a go now 🙂

Here’s a few of the tips I learned last night:

  • Add some ice cubes when making smoothies and blend everything for 2 minutes on speed 10 for a very smooth drink
  • Add oil and water when making butter for a nice spreadable butter better than margarine
  • If you don’t have time to activate nuts then do a quick soak (20-30min with boiling water) or roast them. Soaking/activating/roasting will reduce any gut irritability
  • Keep a pizza stone in your oven to help keep the heat in for all your baking
  • Save the pulp when you make coconut milk/cream and use it to make coconut flour

The best tip of the night was to meal plan so you can see what basics you need to make in advance e.g. gluten free flour, dairy free sour cream, coconut cream. If you’re not into meal planning then try to have a day every now and then when you do a big cook up of basics and freeze them. This way you know it’s already done and you can just grab it when you need it 🙂

And the second best tip was to use the substitutions go-to guide on pages 14-15. This guide is great to use when you want to use what you have in your cupboard or if you have an allergy to a particular ingredient. I had forgotten about these pages so it was great to be reminded of this easy reference in the cookbook.

Don’t have the Quirky Cookbook? Contact your consultant or buy your copy online here. Some (not all) of the recipes can be found on the Quirky Cooking blog and if you subscribe to her newsletter you will get a weekly newsletter which includes a recipe, some Q and A’s and a link to her podcast.

Happy cooking xx

Base, bowl and blade

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At my recent branch meeting I heard this great little saying which I think should be a mantra in every Thermomix household.

Some customers have spilled liquid in their Thermomix because their base, bowl and blade wasn’t put back together and the common cause is not the owner but another member in their household.

When your machine is delivered your consultant goes through the safety features with you and teaches you how to use your new Thermomix.

This includes the very important rule that you always put your base, bowl and blade back together before you put your bowl back into the unit. So what better way to remember this than:

Base, bowl and blades before food is made

Teaching everyone in your household this very easy little saying will prevent accidental spillage in your Thermomix and a trip to Thermi-hospital.

So no matter how you wash your BBL – in the dishwasher or in the sink – never rest the bowl in the unit unless you have put it all back together.

Always put your base, bowl and blades back together before putting it back in the unit and make sure everyone in your household does the same 🙂

Squeezing lemon juice

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I just love how Vorwerk thought of everything when they designed the Thermomix!

Did you know you can use your spatula to squeeze lemon juice onto the lid?

With the MC in place it will catch the pips and allow the lemon juice to run in.

How does it do this? It was designed with a tapered base so that it allows steam out AND you can pour liquid in 🙂

Stained Lid

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Has your lid been stained by curry, red pepper or tomato?

Colour pigments can migrate from ingredients into plastic, especially at high temperature.

You can ‘crack’ these pigments with exposure to UV light.

Leave your lid under direct sunlight to reduce the staining 🙂

Spatula Care

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It can be quite easy to get nicks and cuts along your spatula. Especially if you are scraping the food in the bowl in an anti-clockwise motion. This causes the spatula to come into contact with the sharp side of the blade.

To avoid nicks and cuts along your spatula:

  • always use your spatula in a clockwise motion
  • only make contact with the blunt side of the blade