ThermoCat loves the ThermoServer and Everyday Cookbook

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Thermo Cat is so excited about the new special customer purchase offer which can be used in conjunction with the current exclusive bonus host reward!

All qualifying customer Thermomix orders placed between 10 March and 3 April 2016 will receive our purchase offer of the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families cookbook and recipe chip. You can view the recipe index here.

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Moussaka

The Moussaka recipe in the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook had looked appealing to me but I kept putting off making it. The main reason being that I was put off eggplants after making an eggplant parmiagana stack years ago but not slicing the eggplant thick enough. Lesson learnt!

So when I finally created this recipe I made sure I sliced the eggplant nice and thin. Then when placing it in the Varoma I needed to make sure there was still room for the steam to move around. To do this I placed two chopsticks in the bottom of the Varoma dish before placing the eggplant slices in the dish and the tray.  Continue reading

Mango daiquiri

IMG_9162With the weather heating up it’s great to cool down with a mango daiquiri!

The recipe on the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families recipe chip is so easy to follow.

All you need is some raw sugar, frozen mangoes, ice, the juice of one lemon and equal parts Bacardi and Cointreau.

You can substitute the mango with any fresh seasonal fruit of your choice or you can follow this recipe for Strawberry Daiquiri.

Don’t have the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook and recipe chip? Contact your consultant or purchase your own copy here.

Chicken and sweet corn soup

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Who doesn’t love a nice Chicken and Sweet Corn soup? And on a rainy day like today there’s no better reason to make some.

The recipe for chicken and sweet corn soup from the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 recipe chip is so quick and easy to create.

All you need is chicken, sweet corn, tamari, veggie stock paste, ginger, spring onion, olive oil and water. These ingredients are staples in my kitchen which means I can easily create this soup for a quick lunch or as an entrée to a main meal.

Contact your consultant to purchase your copy of the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook and recipe chip combo or purchase online here.

Cauliflower soup with bacon dust

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The weather in Perth has been all over the place this Spring. But I’m not complaining because I love soup weather. There is nothing better than having a warm bowl of soup on a rainy day.

This recipe for Cauliflower Soup with Bacon Dust from the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 turns the humble cauliflower soup into a real flavoursome soup!

Of course it has bacon and if you’re a bacon lover that’s all you need to know lol! The first step is grilling the bacon and leaving it to cool. Then you pop the bacon pieces into the Thermomix bowl and blitz to make your bacon dust.

The bacon is probably the most time consuming part of this recipe. The rest of it is so easy to throw together, and is made even easier using the recipe chip. All you need is parmesan cheese, veggie stock paste, cauliflower, butter and salt and pepper.

Don’t have the recipe chip? Contact your consultant or purchase the cookbook and recipe chip combo here.

Macadamia and Parmesan biscuits

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I am slightly obsessed with sugar skulls and last year I bought this sugar skull cookie stamp from Typo. And then I forgot all about it!

When I was planning my Halloween baking I finally remembered to use it! I was looking for something savoury to take a break from all the sweet treats I was baking. So I just needed to find a savoury biscuit recipe that wasn’t too crumbly.

Then I remembered my group leader had made the Macadamia and Parmesan biscuits from the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook when it was first released.

These biscuits are simply delicious! And I knew they would be the right texture for my cookie stamp. Made with parmesan, rosemary, macadamia nuts, butter and plain flour. In less than a minute the dough is made and ready to roll. I rolled it out and used my largest round cookie cutter to cut the dough and then placed each biscuit onto my prepared tray. Then I pressed my sugar skull stamp into each biscuit (I used a bit of flour on the stamp when it started getting too sticky) and baked them for about 10 minutes.

When they came out of the oven I was so happy with how they turned out. The sugar skulls were perfectly imprinted into my biscuits and really stood out after baking 🙂

Don’t have any cookie stamps? No worries, get creative with any cookie cutters you have and make biscuits with cutouts or different shaped biscuits. Or just make them plain and simple, they are only just going to get eaten anyway 😉

Don’t have the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook? Contact your consultant or purchase your own copy here.

Meringues 

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I had never made meringues before I knew it would be a breeze with my Thermomix. I was excited about putting this Halloween twist and making merin-ghouls 🙂

I followed the recipe using the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 recipe chip and whipped the perfect egg whites. After mixing in the sugar I transferred the mixture into a piping bag and piped small meringues onto my prepared tray.

I baked them for 3 hours and tested they were ready by tapping the bottom and checking for a hollow sound. I turned off the oven and left them to cool in the oven for about 2 hours.

Once they were ready I used some left over cream cheese frosting to stack a smaller meringue on top of a larger one. You could use any cream of your choice. Then I used my chocolate writing pen (from Coles) and drew 2 lines as eyes on each ‘head’. My merin-ghouls were now ready 🙂

Don’t have the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 recipe chip? Contact your consultant or purchase your copy here.

Chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting 

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I made a batch of fondant pumpkin toppers when I made Spiced Pumpkins Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I had plenty left over so I figured why not make some chocolate cupcakes!

This was the perfect chance to try the chocolate cupcake and dark chocolate frosting recipes from the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 recipe chip.

I’m so glad I did because this is now going to be my new signature chocolate cupcake recipe. The recipe for the batter only needs butter, dark chocolate, raw sugar, eggs, plain flour and baking powder. I love baking with such basic ingredients!

And what I love even more is melting chocolate with my Thermomix! Gone are the days where I would melt chocolate in a saucepan over another pan with water constantly stirring over a low heat. Or even worse, the days when I would try to melt chocolate in the microwave and heat it for just one second too long and end up with burnt chocolate. Melting chocolate is such a breeze now 🙂

Once I had made the batter I filled each cupcake liner with a 1/4 cup of the batter. This was the perfect amount as they rose to be just in line with the cupcake liner. Perfection!

The dark chocolate frosting is even easier to make and only consists of dark chocolate, raw sugar and butter. And I got to melt chocolate with ease again 🙂

This frosting is another winner. I love to pipe swirls of frosting on my cupcakes and in the past have made mixtures that just wouldn’t hold the shape. This frosting was so easy to work with and holds the shape from piping really well! All I had left to do was press my fondant pumpkins on top of the swirls of frosting and my cupcakes were done 🙂

You can find the recipe for the cupcakes on page 212 and the dark chocolate frosting on page 168 in the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook. Don’t have the cookbook? Contact your consultant or purchase your own copy here.

Gluten and grain free bread rolls

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I’m not gluten free or even much of bread eater but I do love these gluten and grain free bread rolls in the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook.

You need 300g of raw almonds for this recipe but my group leader gave me a great tip. Her son is gluten free and absolutely loves these bread rolls! One day she didn’t have enough almonds so she used half almonds and half pumpkin seeds and they still came out great! She’s even successfully tried the recipe with a mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to make it nut free 🙂

The recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients but one of them is gluten free baking powder. You can make your own gluten free baking powder using the recipe in the Basic Cookbook.

The dough is made in 5 quick steps and then ready to form into rolls. It is a sticky dough but very easy to work with. The recipe says it makes 12 portions but I’ve made 16 rolls that were still a decent size. And if you have any leftover rolls you can store them in the freezer.

Contact your consultant to get your copy of the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook and recipe chip or buy the combo online here.

Chicken and cashews

 
This Chicken and Cashews recipe from the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 is so easy to make and is just so yum!

I absolutely love using my Varoma and really want to get more owners cooking with their Varoma more often. This is one dish that will make that happen!

The first step is making the garlic and ginger mixture to coat the chicken. Then you add the rice in the simmering basket into the bowl. Not washing the bowl not only means less clean up but also means a flavoursome rice. 

While you’re cooking the rice in the simmering basket you are steaming the chicken and veggies in the Varoma on top.

Once the chicken is cooked you can make the sauce with 250g of the reserved steaming liquid. So once again those beautiful flavours are being retained 🙂

The total cooking time for this recipe is 55min and it’s such a great all in one recipe that is made even easier by using the recipe chip. I’m so glad this recipe made it onto the new chip so TM5 owners are no longer missing out on this yummy dish!

Contact your consultant to purchase the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook and recipe chip or you can buy the combo online here.