Lasagne Bolognese and Foccacia Bread

Lasagne Bolognese and foccacia
Lasagne Bolognese and foccacia

With thunder and lightning outside, it seems like a good night for pasta. Normally use Quirky cooking bolognese for lasagne because it has more herbs and  vegetables blended into the sauce .. no need for a extra vegetable dish..but today decided to try the guided recipe. It’s so much easier following guided, only used a tray of mince which is approx 500g instead of 800g so I increased the tomato content. Used fresh tomatoes instead of tinned. And the bechemal sauce is a one step process using 1000g milk and makes double the separate  guided recipe for bechemal sauce. The lasagne is great. Everyone is happy and it makes a huge baking dish.

The guided foccacia is one of the easiest breads to make usually only a prove of 40 minutes is enough in a warmed thermomserver. We don’t bother with the second prove, just roughly flatten onto the baking tray, dimple the top, sprinkle with thyme or rosemary and sea salt. It proves in the time it takes to heat the oven. It is so good and any leftover is sliced and bagged into freezer for lunches.  Even after making this dozens of times it still surprises us with how consistently good it is, the texture and the taste is better than anything we’ve ever bought even from our favourite bread shop in Auckland Wild Wheat which is just across the road.


Vietnamese Beef Pho

Vietnamese Beef Pho

This Vietnamese Beef Pho recipe by Annabel Langbein Free Range in the City ( see link above from “my little chequered kitchen”) is delicious, not exactly the same flavour profile because we used TM homemade  chicken stock instead of beef stock. But the heroes of the dish are the ginger, spices, huge amount of coriander and the melting sirloin just cooked as the broth is poured over the finely sliced strips. Here is the recipe adapted for thermomix. Also included a recipe from the recipe community which was used as a base to convert the Annabel Langbein recipe.

Quick and Easy Beef Pho (serves 2)

  • 100g dried rice vermicelli (glass noodles) or fresh rice noodles
  • 1 1/2 litre beef stock
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice mix
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf (used two dried leaves)
  • 8 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised ( used a 1/2 tsp from jar)
  • 100-150g beef (used sirloin  sliced as thinly as possible across the grain
  • 2 spring onions, sliced into thin strips or matchsticks (julienne)
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced into thin strips or matchsticks (julienne)
  • handful of mung beans (used lettuce)
  • 1 lime, cut in half
    to serve …
  • coriander leaves
  • peanuts.
  1. Add ginger to TM bowl, chop 3 sec, speed 7.
  2. Add beef  stock, fish sauce, five spice, cloves, chilli, kafir lime leaf , lemon grass to TM bowl , cook 20min, Varoma temp, reverse speed 2. ( until boiling)
  3. While broth is coming to boil, prepare other ingredients. ie Pop fresh rice noodles or vermicelli noodles into a  bowl and cover with boiling water, finely slice steak, julienne carrots to matchsticks , slice spring onions, slice mushrooms or other vegetables you would like to use.
  4. Place vegetables into serving bowls, drain noodles and divide into the serving bowls  , place beef strips on top.
  5. Ladle boiling stock over the beef and noodles. Top with spring onion and coriander, squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of peanuts.

Simple, fresh, light and warming. The steak is divine like this! Must get onto making the TM beef stock.

Middle Eastern meatballs and coriander sauce

Middle Eastern meatballs and coriander sauce
Middle Eastern meatballs and coriander sauce

Adapted Pete Evans recipe for Middle Eastern sausages with coriander sauce. ( from Healthy Every Day). See a link for it above.  He makes the beef into sausages on kebab sticks, We’ve made meatballs instead. The coriander sauce really  makes the dish special. Everyone, even Miss 8 who doesn’t even like coriander, is dipping and coating all their food in it. At this rate we’ll need to start planting coriander because we use so much for this sauce.

Middle Eastern Meatballs

  1. Place small piece ginger in TM bowl, chop 3 sec, speed 7.
  2. Add 2 handfuls of coriander and 1 handful of mint in TM bowl with ginger, chop speed 7 until finely chopped
  3. Add onion halved, 2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, tsp ground cumin, lime juice, salt, 2 Tb tomato paste, 2 eggs, tray of mince, coconut / olive oil. Blend 10 sec, reverse speed 4 until combined.
  4. Shape into balls and shallow fry.

Coriander sauce

  1. Add 1 small seeded chilli to clean TM bowl , chop 2 sec, speed 7.
  2. Add 3 handfuls of coriander,  2 handfuls of mint, sea salt chop 4 sec, speed 5.
  3. Add lime juice and coconut / olive oil, blend 3 sec, speed 4. Add up to 3TB water to thin if necessary.

Enjoy this delicious sauce with the meat, rice and salad.

Stir fried noodles

Combination noodles

Used thermomix to precook the noodles by adding boiling water and noodles to TM bowl followed the boiled pasta guided recipe.  Tipped cooked noodles into a thermoserver to keep warm. Then used the chinese style stir fried vegetables guided recipe to cook  vegetables ( left out chillies ).  Whilst the Thermomix was cooking the vegetables, mixed sliced pork with cornflour, salt and white pepper. Fried the pork in pan, added seafood and fried altogether until cooked. Flavoured with soy sauce, salt , oyster sauce and sesame oil. Once the vegetables are cooked, combined with meat and seafood,  and tossed into noodles. Notes Can add sesame oil and some toasted sesame seeds.  Can add a little chicken stock, water and cornflour to make a sauce with pork and vegetables.

Hamburger patties


Never used a recipe for burger patties, but for my daughters, here is a guide for ours : blend one onion and a slice of bread or breadcrumbs  (red onion is best) on speed 7 for a few seconds until finely chopped, add a tray of mince (450-500g),an egg,  some tomato paste, Worcester sauce, salt and pepper. Blend on reverse speed 3 for a few seconds until combined. Test the taste by frying a tsp size patty. Shape into burger patties and pan fry a few minutes each side.

Found some similar recipes on the recipe community :-

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese
Spaghetti bolognese Jumping up and down with glee! This is Quirky cooking bolognese sauce and it’s really good! Was not happy with the bolognese sauce from the basic cookbook, was a little bland and tasted like boiled mince so we had given up on thermomix mince and used the pan.  This one is fantastic because it has so many  vegetables blended into the sauce, 3 carrots, a stick of celery, red capsicum, zucchini, sundried tomatoes and tomatoes. Didn’t have olives or mushrooms but it was still great and next time I’ll omit the Tbsp sugar and add to taste later. Also minced lean rump steak on the thermomix to make the mince.

Minced meat
Minced meat

It’s all cooked in the thermomix for about 30 minutes. Note: will blitz the vegetables in the sauce  longer until they are not recogniseable, so the kids can’t complain about seeing cooked carrots in the sauce!  Tipped sauce into the thermoserver and then boiled the pasta in the thermomix. A one dish meal because all the vegetables are in the sauce. Added a drizzle of olive oil because the sauce thickened as it cooled. Love it.. this recipe’s a keeper The 100 day thermomix review After just over 100 days of using the TM5, I’ve just posted our review of the TM5. If you’re interested, select the page from the menu above.

Thai beef salad

Thai beef salad
Thai beef salad

Day 89 : Made this wonderful Thai beef salad for dinner tonight.  The great thing about the thermomix recipe community is being able to check user rating and comments for each recipe. You can search for any recipe and then sort the recipes by highest ratings.  This recipe came out on top with over 21 favourable comments so it was on the list to try.  Members also leave their own tips and adjustments which can also be valuable.  I used the marinade ingredients and made up the salad with my own vegetables; lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes, and mangoes. Only used the thermomix to whizz up the marinade. The marinated  steaks were grilled in our sunbeam health grill but could have been done on BBQ or pan or oven. My children like steak more well done, no redness.  Sliced finely and topped with pan warmed marinade, fresh chopped mint and coriander and cashew nuts.  Yummy beef salad…. Demolished by us and the sauce was licked off the kids fingers. Just reduced fish sauce by at least half to reduce salt content.


Bolognaise sauce
Bolognese sauce

It’s Friday night and typically takeout night. We decided to try the  guided bolognese sauce because it’s just as easy to load a Thermomix as it is to order takeout. The bolognaise sauce  was  packed with hidden celery and carrot. Kids were happy with the sauce served over pasta and while the Thermomix cooked there was time to chat about their school day and Christmas lists.

Day eight: Meatballs with sauce, rice noodle soup, mash potato, vanilla cupcakes

Dinner prepared in minutes, so easy. Multi level cooking using the varoma to steam the meatballs while the bowl cooked the sauce. And no need for me to be in the kitchen while  the TM cooks is magic.

Meatballs in a tomato sauce
Meatballs in a tomato sauce

The meatballs are healthier for not being browned and cooked in oil. A great easy alternative to pan fried meatballs when time is at a premium.

Pork and vegetable rice noodle soup
Pork and vegetable rice noodle soup

The broth for this soup was made from the tasty chicken stock paste made in the weekend, another additive free nutritious lunch.

Meatballs TM mashed potato dinner
Meatballs TM mashed potato dinner

Thermomix mashed potato is superb, the texture is creamy smooth and tastes fantastic and using the guided recipe and butterfly whisk guarantees perfect mash every time.

Vanilla Cupcakes with lemon icing
Vanilla Cupcakes with lemon icing

Made our favourite vanilla cupcakes, using Thermomix, just blitz all ingredients 30 seconds and ready to bake.


Day 6 Beef Stroganoff, coleslaw and homemade mayonnaise

Beef stroganoff and coleslaw
Beef stroganoff and coleslaw

Very easy following the guided recipe for beef stroganoff, like having a chef next to you telling you what to do next. Made a huge amount, enough for lunch tomorrow. Good family recipe but next time I will slice the beef more finely and probably brown slightly in pan first. Love way the thermomix gives me time to clean up while it cooks the meal. Quick self clean, then loaded cabbage, apple, carrot and red onion and dressing ingredients to make coleslaw. An extra squeeze of lemon juice and it’s done.

Made a chicken and sweet corn soup on the stove because it’s one I can make in 10 minutes. But I ran out of creamed sweet corn so I popped whole frozen corn into the thermomix and blitzed for 3 seconds  to substitute  creamed corn and used the TM chicken stock. I love the fact that every ingredient is real, no packet stock, no tin corn!

Mayonnaise so easy to make

Ran out of mayonnaise so I tried the guided recipe for mayonnaise. The thermomix really comes into its own emulsifying. Here is fabulous homemade mayonnaise ready in less than two minutes. And the only work I had to do is pour in the oil.

.Verdict after day 5:

Because it’s so easy to follow the touchscreen instructions I am cooking recipes I would not normally make. So it’s adding variety and and the chopping function for salads is so fast.  And the chicken stock made in the weekend was excellent. There is no other machine in my kitchen that I would  use as often for so many different functions and on a daily basis apart from the stove and the oven of course.