Green Smoothie

Green smoothie
Green smoothie

Power start the day with green smoothie… Miss 8 says what’s in it? She wrinkles up her nose at the ingredients but then I say it’s  “dragon juice”.  She immediately downs it and says ohhhh  yummy. In the green smoothie today orange, lemon, mandarin, a few ice cubes and a cup of water, mint, cucumber, parsley, linseeds,  lettuce and ginger blitzed for about 30 sec on speed 9. Most recipes say a minute but  to cut the noise down in the morning so 30sec still works fine. Mix and match from guided recipe to the many combinations on the web and recipe community. Notes: rinse lid after juicing, the green juice can discolour the lid if you leave an hour before cleaning, probably the acid from the lemon juice.

See below links for recipe ideas :-

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/drinks-recipes/green-smoothie/147446

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/drinks-recipes/raw-daily-green-smoothie/16984

http://www.quirkycooking.com.au/2013/03/green-smoothies-boost-juices-and-a-giveaway/

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/drinks-recipes/dr-oz-green-smoothie/35175

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/drinks-recipes/flu-fighter-green-smoothie/240290

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Lemon and parsley juice

Lemon and parsley juice
Lemon and parsley juice

Ward off the winter bugs with the guided lemon and parsley juice. Only added two teaspoons of sugar instead of 50g and increase the parsley when I make for the adults. A whole peeled lemon blitzed with ice and Italian parsley, so refreshing, great start for kids breakfast.

Fruit and Nut Muesli

Fruit and nut muesli
Fruit and nut muesli

Supercharge the day with the thermomix guided fruit and nut muesli. Takes a couple minutes to turbo together and topped with homemade yoghurt and LSA and blueberries . So fresh and packed with nutrients and makes enough for a few breakfasts or snacks.  Figs, prunes, apricots, almonds, fresh unpeeled apples, coconut. Recipe called for a little apple juice and I substituted green tea this time. Delicious muesli,  if only we could get the kids to love it as much as we do….

Sweetcorn Fritters.

Sweetcorn fritters
Sweetcorn fritters

Our favourite sweetcorn fritter recipe. Easy Sunday lunch, with rocket salad. Kids love Pete Evans green goddess dressing and eating lots more salad and taken a liking to the peppery taste of rocket which we have growing in abundance in the garden. Pre Thermomix days, nothing edible would grow in the garden usually from lack of watering and feeding. But it’s amazing how our focus on healthy eating has somehow transformed a bare herb garden into something that adds regularly to our meals. More than ever before determined to keep replanting herbs and loving the fact we can go pick some greens straight from the garden for our salads.

Sweetcorn fritters 

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 3/4 c self raising flour
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • salt and pepper
  1. Separate egg yolks, place eggs whites into TM bowl with butterfly and beat speed 3.5 till fluffy and set aside
  2. Add yolks, milk, flour, corn, salt and pepper blend  in reverse speed 3 until combined
  3. Fold in egg whites to mixture and fry tablespoons of batter over medium heat, turn over when mixture starts to bubble.

What takes this ordinary fritter into something with a bit more kick is this artisan  pickle which we bought from fabulous  Farros. At $20 a jar definately a treat, but it’s  homemade and an award winning prawn balcháo. The Kashmin chilli and curry leaves  provide a bit of heat and warmth to our lunch.

Prawn Balchao
Prawn Balcháo

One week in the kitchen

Pizza bread flavoured with garlic and thyme, and porridge for breakfast and school lunches
Pizza bread flavoured with garlic and thyme, and porridge for breakfast and school lunches

First week back from school holidays, getting back into semblance of a routine has meant less time to blog. This week is marked by food highs, one thermomix food fail( didn’t follow the recipe ) and some reliable basic recipe standards. The reliable standards were smoothies, milkshakes, pizza bread, porridge, shortbread ( a new recipe  I tried from the community, had 81 top ratings  and was great ) link below http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/baking-sweet-recipes/grandmas-shortbread/45249, Masterchef chocolate brownie (recipe community), wholemeal bread rolls using soft butter rolls as a base,KFC chicken recipe(road to loving my Thermomix recipe)  minestrone soup,

Minestrone soup
Minestrone soup ( delicious guided recipe)
Leek and potato soup
Leek and potato soup (guided recipe  part of chicken velouté meal)

yummy leek and potato soup,  mashed potatoes , steamed potatoes, chinese style stir fried vegetables; one of our favourite Thermomix recipes and our favourite stir fry to make. Simple  and cooks in 7 minutes. I usually use a kg of fresh vegetables and cook for 9 minutes and it’s done, set and forget, tip into thermomserver to keep warm, stays crunchy for ages,  love it!

Perfect mash potato
Perfect mash potato

The Thermomix guided mash potatoes are super smooth, tasty and super easy to prepare. Simply put on the all ingredients, no water required, and set to cook. Lastly whip for a minute and that’s perfect mash potato every time.

Porridge
Porridge topped with apple cinnamon and maple syrup

Breakfast is a breeze using guided recipes for crepes, American pancakes, pikelets, poached eggs, waffles and the loveliest creamiest porridge you could imagine. Honestly, the guided porridge is really really good, ready in 11 minutes no stirring, husbands favourite! It serves up a generous 5-6 people and topped with fresh fruit, cinnamon  and maple syrup or honey, it’s incredible …. Husband keeps saying “wow” and “people would pay $15 for this at a cafe.”    We used to microwave porridge but this is 1000% better. Miss 8 favourite breakfast is now Thermomix porridge.

Poached eggs using the guided recipe is messy and only allows for 2-3 eggs at a time. Our favourite go to recipe is sous vide poached eggs link below

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

The amazing thing about these poached eggs is you place the eggs with shell on into the steamer basket, and cook  between 11-12.5 minutes at 70C.  We set 12.5 minutes and use between 3 and 6 eggs depending on who wants eggs  . It does take a little experimentation with timing to produce your preferred balance of cooked white and yolk but it’s super cool to watch everyone crack their eggs and watch the egg slide out whole. Note the eggs have to be cold from fridge and you can add boiling water to the TM bowl and wait for the temperature to reach 70C before putting the eggs in and setting the temperature to remain at 70C for the duration of the cook time.

The Thermomix recipe fail this week was a seafood  paella ( forgot to add the key spice saffron), that looked quite uninspiring but was eaten all the same . It didn’t have the lovely yellow colour and flavour but was edible.  This week, I  cooked pork and apple  casserole with the pressure cooker and a chicken and leek pot in the oven just so I didn’t forget some old familiars. Definately enjoyed dusting off the pressure cooker.  Haven’t yet converted these to Thermomix recipes, maybe later.

Friday lunch was a  Thermomix high…. A pot luck paleo lunch. My friends Steph and Fran prepared some amazing dishes with the help of their thermomixes and all using paleo recipes.  On the table is the yummy  satay chicken ( Pete Evans Family Food) fabulous Thermomix fish cakes , healthy Thermomix Beetroot salad, crunchy seed crackers with cashew cream dip ( Pete Evans Family Food) and the most refreshing cocktail, coconut water with ginger, mango, and mint. (Pete Evans Family Food)

Thermomix paleo lunch club
Thermomix paleo lunch club

We traded recipes, thernomix tips and officially geeked out on Thermomix recipes and cooking! The food was exciting and inspiring. Can’t wait to do it again.

Shortbread, bliss balls and scones for dessert
Shortbread, bliss balls and scones for dessert

And the finale for the week was dinner cooked by Miss 14. While I took Miss 8 to ballet, Miss 14 prepared Chilli con carne (guided recipe)  guacamole (guided recipe ) with corn chips for dinner. The guided chilli con carne was  awesome, so flavoursome with a spice base of cinnamon, coriander seeds, and cumin, she used trimmed rump steak pre minced in the Thermomix  …( we like less fat in the mince)

Chilli con carne, guacamole, nachos
Chilli con carne, guacamole, nachos, and side of beetroot salad

What a treat, dinner done by lovely daughter, dessert done, glass of wine for mum … Friday night is pretty perfect!

Soft buttery rolls and mushroom soup

Soft buttery rolls
Soft buttery rolls
Mushroom soup
Mushroom soup

What’s for lunch. While I took miss 8 to the park and miss 14 went cycling with her Dad, the dough for these buttery rolls ( guided thermomix recipe) was proving for an hour  in the thermomix. The second proving after the rolls are placed on the tray makes all the difference to a softer texture and smoother shaped bun. The first few times we made the buns we couldn’t wait for a second prove and put them straight into the oven but now after waiting for a second prove it’s definately worth the wait.   The dough makes quite a large batch, probably around 20 buns, so it’s better halved after the first prove and the dough can be saved in the fridge for use another day.  I had to substitute light milk for buttermilk because I had no buttermilk.  ( I have  substituted milk for buttermilk in all the thermomix recipes tried so far too with no detrimental effect to the recipes)  And yah, pleased to say the these buns were still excellent with this substitution. They also seem to stay fresher and softer for longer than after a single prove.  The smell of these buns baking in the oven is mouth watering and while the buns were baking in the oven threw the ingredients into the thermomix for mushroom soup which was ready in 10 minutes. Hot butter rolls and creamy mushroom soup served ..yum yum.

Last night we had takeaways, not by choice,  and straight after miss 8 said ” I don’t like this food  can’t wait for tomorrow when we can eat thermomix food”. That’s pretty amazing to hear from a child. I think the freshness of the food,  and just knowing it’s come straight out of the oven and onto the plate, gives them such a sense of wellbeing. The thermomix is helping us establish  healthy food habits of a lifetime.

Apple and Chia Seed Porridge

Apple and chia seed porridge
Apple and chia seed porridge

http://changinghabits.co.nz/recipes-1/apple-spice-chia-porridge

Made this apple and chia seed porridge for me and my husband and it was delicious, slightly too sweet so will only use 2 medjool dates next time. Ticks the gluten free,  refined sugar free boxes and one serve was enough for both of us. Quite amazing only 3 tablespoons of  little black chia seeds, topped with natural yoghurt was so filling and full of energy.  Just a few seconds blending apple and dates (added a few feijoas from the garden too)  then  two to three minutes heating with the chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut milk,  in the thermomix. The link for the recipe is pasted above.

Also copy and pasted an excerpt  from the web ;information about chia seeds so we know what we’re eating. ….

“What Is Chia? Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel.” …

The nutritional benefits sound great, now just have to convince the children to try this porridge. The prospect of Easter eggs makes it a hard sell today.