Tahini paste

Tahini paste
Tahini paste

Went to make hummus and normally we just used peanut butter instead of tahini but we had a dairy and nut allergy to cater for so we found a thermomix recipe for tahini paste.

http://yeahnayeah.com/how-to-make-home-made-tahini-from-scratch-in-the-thermomix/

Sesame seeds ground with vegetable oil and  blitzed in thermomix. We halved the recipe, 1/2 cup of sesame seeds makes about 5-6 tablespoons of tahini and only one is needed for one lot of hummus. The only problem was first time round the instructions were so simple we overlooked  the first step which was to grind the sesame seeds first. The blades just stirred the seeds with the vegetable oil no matter how long it was blended together.

Tahini - oops forgot to grind the sesame seeds
Tahini – oops forgot to grind the sesame seeds

But it all worked out in the end just kept the first batch for stir frys and made another this time correctly and it’s pictured first above. Tahini for hummus done! .

Deseeding pomegranate

Pomegranate seeds
Pomegranate seeds

Dani Valent author of “In the Mix” tip for deseeding a pomegranate with the thermomix. Cut the pomegranate into quarters, put in the TM, reverse speed 4 for 1 second. Remove pith and peel from the bowl. Works well, a few remained in the peel but the bulk was in the bowl.

Thermomix poached eggs – sous vide poached eggs

Poached perfectly
Poached perfectly

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/basics-recipes/perfectly-poached-eggs/126178

Poaching Fridge temperature Eggs 

The sous vide method for poaching eggs on the recipe community site, link above, is now our favourite way to poach eggs. The guided recipe from the Basic cookbook for the thermomix was a little fiddly because you could only cook two or three eggs at the most at one time and so the waiting time for our family of four was a little inconvenient.

With this sous vide method for the TM5, add 2ltrs of freshly boiled water to the bowl, ( we add 1.8ltrs and then add cool water until the temperature is 70C) , then add the steamer basket with the fridge eggs and  cook at 70C, 12.5mins, speed 3.5.  We cook 5-6 eggs at once. You could cook more. We skipped the first step of heating the water by using boiled water in the TM bowl and reduce temperature to the required 70C by adding some cool water.  Once done, the  eggs can be cracked in middle and unbelievably they slide out whole, we were impressed and next time I’ll let the kids do their own definately try this one if you like poached eggs with minimum fuss. To get the eggs exactly the way you like, read the comments section for this recipe, there are many helpful tips that members have posted to achieve the perfect poach egg. And the method varies slightly for a TM31, time and quantity of water is reduced.

Poaching Room temperature eggs

Added another useful link to try, see above Thermobliss facebook post comments by Nicole Mark Pennington. She  notes her method for perfect poached eggs for room temperature eggs, fill TM bowl with 2000g  water, place room temperature eggs in steamer basket and cook 14 minutes, 70C, speed 4. Don’t need to pre boil water but need room temperature eggs.

Breadcrumbs using old bread

Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs

The one thing we have been more inclined to do since owning the thermomix is find ways to use up leftover food. We had two hard as rock French sticks left in pantry and after using one for croutons. I blitzed up half of the other in the thermomix for a few seconds to make fine crumb. Baked in the oven for 5 minutes at 180c and crumbs done.

Bechamel sauce

Bechemal sauce for lasgane
Bechemal sauce for lasagne

The thermomix really makes short work of bechamel sauce (white sauce) for lasagne. No stirring, and cooked doubled the recipe for two lasagnes for a dinner party in 15 minutes. It was super smooth, no lumps. Really fantastic! And then then used the Thermomix to chop up the cheese for the topping. Am loving all the different uses for this one machine.

Perfect poached eggs

It’s a wet cold Sunday morning, perfect weather for a hot breakfast, we tried the thermomix poached eggs.

Poached eggs
Poached eggs

There was a little lead time ensuring the water was boiling first before adding the eggs. Then the eggs were in dropped into the fast boiling water. We fully expected the whites to disintegrate everywhere in the basket but instead we were surprised and  impressed by their cooked rounded shape unlike the flatter poached eggs husband normally serves up from stovetop  pan. The only downside is the basket apparently only allows for two eggs at a time but with the ‘prepare and walk away’ factor, I’m not complaining. Takes 3 minutes to poach the eggs and gives me time set up the plates while the thermomix does the work. Our young food critics gave them the seal of approval, and Miss 8 even asked for another one.

Homemade nutella

Homemade nutella
Homemade Nutella before setting

Wowee, just made Nutella, thermomix ground up hazelnuts, chocolate and coconut oil, cooked for 6 minutes in the thermomix, then a few seconds to blend. Hey presto delicious, preservatives free. Recipe from quirky cooking website.  Reduced sugar by half. Thickens when cooled in fridge.

http://quirkycooking.blogspot.co.nz/2009/10/chocolate-hazelnut-spread-dairy-free.html

Note: I used the old site to find this recipe, didn’t continue to the new site.