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.

Bread rolls with pesto

Soft butter rolls and pesto
Bread rolls with pesto for breakfast

Followed two more guided recipes for bread rolls and pesto. Proving the rolls took longer than specified time because indoor temperature wasn’t  warm enough, once the dough had doubled in size, then popped into fridge to save for the morning. So kids had fresh butter rolls hot out of the oven for breakfast and plenty for lunch boxes. Pesto was super fact, seconds to blend and very tasty.

I can see having a herb garden is going to be useful.

Day Four: Saturday, more time to play with the TM

Easy waffles
Easy waffles

So excited to have more time to test the thermomix today. First breakfast, chose easy waffles from recipe community, plus fruit smoothie of course. Talk about easy peasy, the hardest part is measuring the ingredients into the bowl. Seconds later a smooth batter ready to pour into the waffle iron. Kids love the waffles and berry smoothie of course.

Next decided to make chicken stock, just added  chicken, root veges, herbs, wine and salt into the TM, cooked and puréed in the TM. Made a huge amount of chicken stock paste 500g  ( 1 Tb makes 500ml of chicken stock) , the accountant in me wants to calculate the cost savings already, not to mention the benefit of knowing that the stock made from  is pure natural fresh ingredients, no msg or additives.

Chicken stock paste
Chicken stock paste

For lunch the kids wanted to try pizza, so we made the dough which makes two large pizzas. Only two minutes kneading by the TM and the dough is one ready to prove, too easy. The hardest thing is adding in the ingredients! .

Pizza dough
Pizza dough
One pizza
One pizza

Next, lemonade using the guided recipe. Just seconds and two whole lemons including the skin, caster sugar and water. Kids and I love the lemonade, it’s better than the homemade lemon cordial we make. Husband makes the comment that this is better than any cafe bought lemonade he’s ever tasted. He’s already thinking about cost saving too and smiling! A whole jug from two lemons from our garden, no mess no squeezing, no pulp, just blitz a few seconds.

Freshest lemonade ever
Freshest lemonade ever

Next we tried guided fruity dream recipe ( soft serve ice cream) raspberries, sugar and an egg white made a “Mr whippy”  ice cream. The kids loved it. Although I will substitute sugar with a banana next time or halve the sugar. Was a tad sweet for my taste buds!

Raspberry soft serve ice cream
Raspberry soft serve ice cream

And just to give the TM a rest we made a soup using chicken stock made in TM the old fashion way on the stove in a pot. It’s funny but we feel energised, wonder if it’s the quality of the food ?

Turn the dial and the magic happens
Turn the dial and the magic happens

Verdict after day four:

Love the ease of use, one bowl no other dishes or equipment needed, integrated scales,  self clean, touchscreen guided recipes, turns itself off when cooking finished, recipes seem to be very well tested and can’t wait to work my way through more of the basic cookbook. Haven’t even used the multi level steam cooking yet. Potential is incredible. Love it so far! Who doesn’t need a kitchen helper like this. The breakfasts are better than cafe food!

Ps went to Milly’s Kitchen to buy loaf tins and it was satisfying to see a huge billboard in the front of the store showing all the Kitchenaid equipment all just for $3500, about three machines plus accessories. If I was starting again, I’d only buy the thermomix.