Tomato Pasta sauce

Spaghetti with pasta sauce

The above highly rated  pasta sauce recipe is better than the one in the BCB. Can add any vegetables you have leftover in fridge. Reduced the olive oil to 110g and left out salt , added later to taste as recommended by other members in the comments section .

Didn’t  bliz at the end to leave a bit chunkier . Love the heat from the white pepper. Perfect for miss 10 recovering from winter cold. Delicious.



Fruity Dream ( soft serve ice cream)


The guided fruity dream recipe is truly amazing  but when using frozen fruit it’s sometimes a bit tricky to get the butterfly moving at the slower speeds through frozen fruit . Today’s fruit choice is a four berry mix ( strawberries , blackberries , blueberries and grapes )  We overcome the mixing issue by adding the egg white to the frozen fruit and then using the normal blades to premix and soften the fruit and egg white before inserting the butterfly to finish off the creaming .

We loooove this ice cream !! It’s so quick and so impressive seeing frozen fruit transformed into the most wonderful soft serve ice cream in our kitchen .  Knowing that it is just frozen fruit with just one egg white and a table spoon of sugar takes any guilt away from an Easter afternoon treat.

Fruity Dream ( Our method )

  1.  Add 25g of sugar ( reduced from 80g in guided recipe )   to TM bowl, process at speed 9 for 10 seconds
  2. Add 500g frozen fruit to sugar  , mix 10 seconds, speed 8/9.
  3. Add egg white , mix at speed 7/8 until softening and starting to cream a little
  4. Insert butterfly whisk , mix 30-40 seconds /speed 3 until smooth and creamy

Food magic in a minute . Can serve immediately or place into freezer to store . So good !


Vegetarian lasagne

Vegetarian lasagne

When you have leftover vegetables in the fridge and it’s too hot for vegetable soup,  this vegetable  lasagne recipe is a great user of the odd pieces of carrot , celery stalks,  mushrooms and spinach ( chucked in bits of leftover salad into the sauce before blitzing)

Basic method  ( refer link above for ingredients )

  1. Grate some cheese for the top, blitz cheese in tmx at speed 8-10 until fine,  set aside
  2. Make bechemal sauce , ( used guided recipe for bechemal sauce in the  lasagne bolognese) set aside
  3. Make one portion of fresh pasta dough and roll out into sheets ( or use prebought sheets) NB roll into the thinnest setting with the pasta machine.
  4. Chop 1 onion and two cloves of garlic at speed 7 for 3 seconds . Add 30g oil and sauté 3 mins, varoma temp, speed 1.
  5. Add  leftover vegetables, blitz speed 5/6 till finely chopped  (eg  carrot , celery , mushrooms) , add 100g white wine, tin tomatoes , 20g vegetable stock paste , basil and parsley. ( whatever herbs you have ) salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add spinach leaves to varoma ( NB only used one tin  instead of two 400g tomatoes because substituted spinach for extra tomatoes)
  7. Place varoma on top of TM bowl to steam spinach while cooking vegetable sauce 20 mins, varoma temp, reverse speed 2.
  8. Layer lasagne sheets with spinach , sauce , bechemal sauce with cheese on top
  9. Bake 50-60 mins 180C.

Delicious ! Prefer this to a meat lasagne and it’s a one dish meal .

Steamed spinach and homemade pasta
Bechemal sauce and vegetable sauce

Soy milk

Homemade soy milk

We have a nut/soy milk maker so never got round to using the thermomix to make soy milk . It’s just as easy , soak beans overnight in water . Then cook with water in tmx at 80c for a a few minutes ( recipe link above ) . Blend and heat at 80c for a few more minutes. Strain, add sweetener to taste and serve . Miss 10 thinks it even tastes better. Brilliant , now I can pass my soy milk maker on to someone else .

Ministry of Food cheese scones

Cheese scones

Super cheese scones , recipe converted from Maungawhau School cookbook .

Originally from Ministry of Food cafe in Wellington , published in Cuisine magazine .


  • 150g grated tasty cheese ( 2 cups)
  • 255g flour (2 cups)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • punch cayenne pepper
  • 225 g milk (1 cup)


  1. Preheat oven 220 C.
  2. Blitz cheese in tmx on speed 8-9 for a few seconds until grated , set aside , no need to clean bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients to tmx except cheese , turbo twice to mix.
  4. Add milk and cheese  and knead on dough mode for 20 seconds
  5. Either shape into rectangle or form into small pieces on tray, bake 15-20 mins.

Life doesn’t get much better than a cup of tea and a freshly baked cheese scone !