Thermomix Degustation – Grainger Style


The idea started last year when I commented to one of my friends that I haven’t used my Thermomix as much as I should.

Terry, my friends husband said that they would invite us over one free weekend to have a Thermomix dinner, however 12 months on and we still hadn’t organised something.

Thermomix. Receta MiniMagdalenas

Thermomix. Receta MiniMagdalenas (Photo credit: chocolatisimo)

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So I thought I might have another Thermomix dinner party with a few friends, after mentioning to a couple of friends, it has now turned into a Thermomix Degustation dinner, Grainger Style.

One of our friends sells the machines, so I asked Margy what she thought of the idea and she thought it was fantastic, so I mentioned my idea to a few more people, ladies who don’t have a thermie, and they too were excited.
The general consensus was great idea, so I decided on a date 12th April (Terry & Marina were on holiday until 11th and so were Diane & Coleman) and we have other friends going away on the 16th, so the 12th was the date.
I sat down and went through the Everyday cookbook (the new one), wrote down a whole list of recipes that I thought we could cook easily.  I was short a few, so rang Margy and asked her to give me some ideas.
Between the 2 of us we came up with a fantastic menu for our degustation.  By this time, I had loads of people asking if they could come, due to space, unfortunately we had to limit the numbers to 28.  Including Greg and myself after the invites and responses we have 25 attendees.
We decided that we would have our dinner party at the club (MOFSC), however, I won’t go into details, but the powers that be decided to put up too many  roadblocks, in my opinion unwarranted, (they obviously did not want us to be there), so now we are having it at our house.  Since starting this, we have had that many people ask if they can come to the next one, so hopefully if everything goes well tomorrow, there will be plenty more to come, but we will have to limit the number to 25 if we have a sit down meal.
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Greg set up all the tables and chairs last weekend, cleaned the windows and is generally being a good sport about the whole thing, given that he does not think much of the thermie.
I have spent this last week sorting out menus, ingredient lists and quantities, emailing all invited and asking for donations of food, that we require small quantities so that we  don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy stuff especially if we only need 50g of something.
I cant believe how generous everyone has been, I think that everyone has donated something to the mix
We now have 6 machines coming, wow!! I am sure it will be a fantastic evening.
We wanted to create and cook a large variety of food to be able to utilise the machine as much as possible, hence the degustation.
I have sorted out a few of the pantry items,both out of my pantry and some of the invited guests have given me their donations early.
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Table cloths, table settings, the table pretties (balloons & marshmallows) organised by Shelley and Marina, meat by Margy, groceries by Greg & Lee, thermies, and accessories by Marina, Shelley, Margy, Lee, Michelle and Julie, name place  settings by Maxine,lots of donations from all of the other ladies.
Thanks girls.
Our menu for our inaugural Thermomix degustation :-
Cocktails
Midori Splice
Strawberry Daiquiri
Peach Bellini
Tropical splice daiquiri
Home made lemonade
Appetisers
Sundried tomato dip
Herb & garlic dip
Capsicum & sundried tomato dip
Chicken liver pate
Foccacia – dukkah
Pizza Bianca
Entrees
Chicken Valute soup
Pumpkin feta zucchini field mushroom
Herbal chicken hors doeuvres
Arancini with saffron aioli
Mains
Chicken Valute meal
Lamb rack with port sauce on mashed potato
Beef stroganoff & mashed potato
Curry chicken & rice
Mushroom risotto
Desserts
Sweet chocolate & strawberry pizza
Lemon coconut pudding
Simple almond cheese – dairy free ricotta cheese with quince paste
Sticky date pudding / butterscotch sauce & custard
Fruity berry dream

Grumpy’s beef; vegetable soup


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We had some vegetable soup last night at Mindarie Marina out on the jetty, it was ver cold, one of our friends had made some vegetable soup and she shared it with all who were sitting out there in the cold with their beanies and nana rugs. It was just the thing to warm us up.
Might not look fantastic but tastes great, fills the hole and is nice and warm

 

Grumpy made Hot Cross (without the Cross) buns


We left home about 2.30 Saturday afternoon to head down to Dawesville to stay overnight and have tea at the Coast Cafe.

The meal was lovely but the Owner is quite arrogant, we were going to stay and have breakfast and head back to our club for lunch but we overheard the comments that the Owner made to the on duty marina manager and we decided, that we wouldn’t spend the money at his restaurant and we would head back to the club and have a meal there.

Before we left the marina, Grumpy took the little girl up for a walk and bought a Sunday times and read through it on the way home. He found a recipe by Donna Hay for Hot Cross buns and he decided that he would make some.

We had all of the ingredients so he decided to make a batch, we went through all of my baking trays to find a tin that would fit them nicely.

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Lee’s Chilli sauce made in the Thermomix


Ingredients
250g onions (I used brown onions)
60g ginger skin removed (I used 1 whole piece)
1 large bulb garlic
500g chilli (weighed after tops removed) (I used chillies out of our garden and bought the rest)

1kg tomatoes

80g raw sugar
1 tsp salt
75g apple cider vinegar

Large handful of basil
We Love chilli sauce and it is one thing that Grumpy doesn’t have an issue with me making in the Thermomix.

I collected a pile of chillies from Grumpy’s chilli plants and a large handful of basil from my herb garden and bought the rest of the ingredients to make my chilli sauce. We tend to use a spoonful of the chilli sauce in most meals that we make, and boy does it give the meal a kick

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Chillies from Grumpy’s garden

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My finished jars of chilli sauce

 

Preparation

Put basil, onions, ginger, garlic, chilli and tomatoes in TMX bowl.

Chop on speed 7 for 10 seconds.

Cook for 3 ½ minutes on 100°C
Add sugar, salt and vinegar.

Cook for 45 minutes on Varoma temperature, speed 1.

Put rice basket on top to prevent spitting everywhere

Halfway though cooking time, scrape down TMX lid and put liquid back in bowl

Sterilise your jars while the sauce is cooking

Pour into sterilised jars

Leftovers for tea on Monday


We had leftovers for tea last night after our BBQ with our friends.

I had chorizo, cherry tomatoes, onion and bacon, so I thought I would roast it all with my salad dressing over the top. The dressing is made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sesame seeds. Grumpy cooked the sausages on the BBQ outside, and because I am such a princess, he cut mine in half and cooked both sides until the middle section gets crunchy. When he was finished we had the tomato mix, left over potato salad, sausage and a boiled egg.

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Cryovac spaghetti Bolognaise for tea


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Grumpy had to take the loan car back to the service place so I took the little girl to the park to do her business and then Braandi and I were going to have a swim in the canal so I needed to have a quick and easy meal, so I suggested spaghetti bog.
I took one of the meals that I had cooked in the thermomix a few weeks ago and cryovaced out of the freezer and put it on the sink and went and had a swim.
I used some fresh basil from my little herb garden and some of my chilli sauce.
I need to make some more as we are nearly out.

I’d’ve using fridge leftovers for Monday 21st January 2013


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Leftovers. It’s nice to be able to clean out the fridge  and use leftovers
Grumpy bought some pork fillets and I decided to.make.wedges, tomato and onion with.honey.carrots.
I had made some pistachio dukkah for Grumpy’s birthday, so I used that along
with lemon pepper and BBQ seasoning along with olive oil as the coating for the wedges. We had potatoes in the fridge, so we used some of them.
I had 6 cherry tomatoes, half a red onion and 1 slice of ham, so I used a small amount of the dukkah and some olive oil and roasted them and he wedges in a very hot oven.
I julliened Some carrots, sprinkled some honey and sesame seeds.
All in all, it was a.ver nice meal and the only expense today over leftover fridge items was the meat at $9.35.
I even had enough for lunch tomorrow.

Freshly harvested Mussels, Basil & chillis and Lee’s chilli sauce


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The little girl has found that she loves swimming in the canal – chasing the blowies, so we went down to the water on Wednesday and while we were waiting for her when she was swimming, Grumpy decided to pull a few mussels of the pontoon.

He asked if I felt like chilli mussels as we haven’t had them on our wall for about 7 years so we have not had fresh ones for a long time.

So we harvested, cleaned and cooked the mussels using my freshly grown basil, Grumpy’s chillies and my special chilli sauce, and a small garlic bread.

Well it was great, albeit a little salty, but we think that might have been the bacon.

There is nothing like having fresh produce, especially when you hunt and gather and then cook it yourself.

We are going to have some more next week as there are plenty more mussels growing on the pontoon.

I did want to make them in the Thermomix, but didn’t dare ask, I know what the answer would have been.

 

First curry that I enjoyed.


Masterfoods Mild Chicken Tikka Masala

Masterfoods Mild Chicken Tikka Masala

 

Today we cooked Masterfoods Mild Chicken Tikka Masala – using the packet spice mix/ recipe base and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so far as to say, I have added it to my cook again list.

I cooked the rice in the Thermomix, a little disappointing as I have cooked rice in it before and it has cooked beautifully, this time there were patches of rice still crunchy. I put it back on to cook for a further 2 mins, turned out ok, but not overly happy

I made the recipe as is on the pack but would tweak a little next time and add onion and red capsicum.

I cooked the chicken in the pan on the stove, however, had Grumpy not been hovering I would have cooked it in the Thermomix and put it in the Thermoserver.

We both really enjoyed it.

I have not wanted to make curries, in fact never made a curry that is not with beef mince and curry powder and when we have that type of curry, we have condiments on top, peanuts, sultanas and dessicated coconut.

 

Ingredients

2 tbspn vegetable oil – we use olive oil – EVOO

500g lean chicken thighs diced

40g Masterfoods Mild Chicken Tikka Masala Mix

½ brown onion sliced – would add next time

¼ cup red capsicum sliced – would add next time

140g tomato paste

400g tinned tomatoes

125ml thickened cream

1 ½ cups cooked rice – we use basmati

Preparation

Cook rice

Heat oil in pan and cook chicken until browned

Sprinkle the recipe base over the chicken and continue to cook for another 2 mins stirring until coated

Add tomato past and tinned tomatoes and stir to combine

Add cream and simmer on low heat for 10 mins or until sauce thickens

Serve with Rice

 

You didn’t cook this in the Thermomix


Burnt lamb chops

Burnt lamb chops

We both have to take the blame for this, BURNT beyond eating.

Grumpy didn’t want the chops in the first place.

I had decided to have roast vegies and lamb chops grilled on the BBQ, but that wasn’t what we ended up having.

Grumpy peeled and cut up the vegies and I put them in a plastic bag and cooked on High in the microwave for 7 minutes.

In the meantime, I had put a roasting pan in the oven with olive oil in the bottom and heated the pan to 250°.

Once the vegies were finished in the microwave, I put them in the pan and sprinkled seasoning over them and put them in the oven to crunch up.

Grumpy put the chops on the BBQ and came in and sat down, he was fiddling with his phone and I was reading through the specials brochures that were put in our letterbox.

I took the vegies out and turned them over, sat back down and started reading again, I don’t know what made me look, but I looked outside towards the BBQ and said to Grumpy, It’s smoking, as usual he made a snide remake, and went out side and then all hell broke loose along with lots of nasty swearing.

The chops were completely inedible, we did try 1 each but gave up halfway through.

We had lovely roast vegies to eat and there was plenty there as I was going to have some for lunch tomorrow.

We ate all the vegies and the chops went in the bin, Grumpy said I don’t want to give the little girl cancer.

She got a lovely bowl of chicken instead and no lunch for me for tomorrow.

Am I allowed to eat it yet

Am I allowed to eat it yet

Chicken for tea for Braandi

Chicken for tea for Braandi