Hamburger patties

Hamburgers
Hamburgers

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 :-

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/main-dishes-meat-recipes/rissoleshamburger-patties/57394

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/main-dishes-meat-recipes/hamburgers/82665

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Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese
Spaghetti bolognese

http://www.quirkycooking.com.au/2012/12/bolognese-sauce-in-the-thermomix/ 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  https://diaryofatm5.wordpress.com/100-day-review-of-the-thermomix-tm5/ 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.

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/main-dishes-meat-recipes/thai-beef-salad/140466

Bolognese

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
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.

Day Two: busy workday need dinner fast

imageUsed the guided recipe to make mash potato for shepherds pie. Just put in peeled potatoes, butter, milk and to cook 20 mins then whisked for 10 seconds. Amazing! Lovely creamy mash potato. Whilst this cooked in the TM I pan fryed the mince and vegetable base. There is a recipe for the mince in the TM but I used my own today. My girls said best “mash potato ever”.

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Verdict after term day two:

The guided recipe chip is so easy to use, I can see my daughters loving this feature. The spring salad made yesterday was eaten in husbands lunchbox and my lunch too. Fantastic!