Feijoa jam

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http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/sauces-dips-spreads-recipes/feijoa-jam/17507

The recipe from Kandy on the recipe community is wonderfully simple.  There’s something so therapeutic  about taking the time to peel these homegrown  feijoas,  slowing the pace of life down to such a simple task to make this beautiful jam.

Reduced sugar from 700g to 500g. The quantity makes several 8 X 150ml jars or just under 3 X 500 ml jars.  And then used the skins to make feijoa cordial.

That’s happiness in a jar!

 

 

 

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Cooking Quinoa in Thermomix

Quinoa in steamer basket
Quinoa in steamer basket

http://www.lalaniekitchen.com/2014/08/how-to-cook-quinoa-in-the-thermomix.html

The last time I followed one of the thermomix guides to cook quinoa a lot fell through the holes in the steamer basket into the bowl and then was difficult to retrieve. Found this method from lalanie kitchen blog a lot simpler. Rinse the quinoa ( used 100g) then soak in water for 15 minutes. Add 1ltr of water to TM bowl. Soak and crumple a piece of baking paper, line the steamer basket with the wet paper. Put the quinoa in the steamer basket insert in TM bowl and steam 20 mins, varoma temp,  speed 2.  Perfectly steamed quinoa, easy to lift out and transfer to serving bowl. Mixed through Moroccan salad in the post below.

Avocado Ranch dressing and Cashew cheese

Dressings and dips
Dressings and dips

Sunday lunch and dinner have been combinations of salads, grissini ( made from pizza dough flavoured with rosemary and garlic) and roasted vegetables.  Just kept the kitchen bench lined up with a good selections of food that could be dipped. Accompanying these are an avocado ranch dressing and a cashew cheese dip. The avocado ranch dressing ( from Pete Evans Healthy Every Day) is a huge hit. Kids eat a lot of salad with the avocado dressing. It’s enjoyed as much as his green goddess dressing.  Blended in thermonix at speed 5 until smooth. Cashew cheese blended at speed 7 until smooth. Recipe links below.  http://files.desiac.net/new/view.145.pdf

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/sauces-dips-spreads-recipes/paleo-cashew-cream-cheese/229274

Shredded Cooked Chicken

Shredded cooked chicken
Shredded cooked chicken

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/main-dishes-meat-recipes/shredded-chicken-sandwiches/93504

Will  be using this  method every week to steam chicken and shred.   (See link above)

It’s so simple .. just place chicken breasts in varoma dish for  25 mins, varoma temp, speed 2. ( with a litre of water in TM bowl).  Pop back into TM bowl and shred 4 sec, reverse speed 4.

Enough shredded chicken for sandwiches and salads during the week and can freeze in smaller bags to take out when needed.  The recipe shredded for  7 seconds, comments below the recipe suggested 4 seconds long enough which I will follow next time to have a chunkier spread.  Now it’s so easy to mix the shredded chicken with a little mayo/sour cream and herbs for chicken sandwiches. Just had as a dip after school on crackers with some chopped nuts, cucumber, and celery all chopped in the thermomix.  Perfect if you don’t want to get your hands dirty!

Chicken spread
Chicken spread

Boiling pasta

Boiling pasta
Boiling pasta

The great thing about boiling pasta in the thermomix is not having to watch the pot making sure it doesn’t boil over. I added preboiled water, added the pasta,  then set the timer,  walk away. Very convenient.

Chicken stock paste

Chicken stock
Chicken stock

Ingredients 3 chicken thighs, onion, garlic, fresh herbs, white root vegetables, and salt make up this chicken stock made in the thermomix. Just added the ingredients and the thermomix does all the cooking and blending. The recipe makes about 2  jars and will last months. One jar is put straight into our freezer.