Tomato and Lentil Dahl

Lentil dahl
Lentil dahl

http://sugercoatit.com/red-lentil-and-tomato-dahl-thermomix/

The recipe for the tomato and red lentil dahl can be found in the link above but we just used the recipe on the chip from EDC.

We had a lentil dahl in Waiheke last week and because girls liked it , I was inspired to try the tomato and lentil Dahl recipe  It only takes 20 minutes cooking time and tastes healthy and full of flavour from the combination of cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric and chilli. . Miss 10 not madly in love because she doesn’t like coriander but we all like this vegetarian meal for a change . The red lentils are dried red split lentils. Added a bit more boiling water at end to make the dahl a little less dense. Lovely on rice but would be perfect on naan or pita bread.

 

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Rich Chocolate cake

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Chocolate cake 

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/baking-sweet-recipes/rich-chocolate-cake/506qnmaz-7de4b-168945-cfcd2-51f2vnmw

Saw this easy recipe with 5 stars and 58 glowing recommendations on the recipe community , link above . It’s fudgy in the middle and slightly crusty on the outside . Perfect dessert with some cream and strawberries . Melt butter chocolate and sugar in tmx 5 mins, add eggs and  flour and ready to cook . Only took 25 mins in our oven at 190c.

And with Whittakers 50% dark chocolate , it’s a winner. Reduced sugar from 180g to 120g. Still sweet enough . Will make again .

 

A birthday surprise … wow another Thermomix !!!

Homemade KFC chicken
Homemade KFC chicken

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/main-dishes-meat-recipes/kfc-krispy-fried-chicken/gpc52qu3-ac642-521693-cfcd2-zzdhe5ed

This is one of our favourite homemade takeout foods . ( link above ) The best thing is knowing it doesn’t contain artificial flavours like msg. The 11 secret spices are blended in tmx at speed 10 to a fine flour . I used a tray of 6 chicken thighs sliced into small and pieces. Used about half the spice mix for this meal. Saved 1/2 for another meal .  Once the chicken is coated , grilled in the sunbeam contact health grill which means no standing around the pan frying the pieces. Miss 10 stood next to the grill to sneak the chicken as it came off. So tasty !

KFC Coating ingredients

2 tablespoons salt
1.5 tablespoons black peppercorns
1.5 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 tablespoon dried garlic granules
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
350 grams plain flour

This last year has been one of those ones where we’ve only just managed to keep things afloat. A huge project was finished  but nothing extra was done, not too much love in the kitchen, no blogging , and a lot was on hold, now it’s finally time to get back to the simple pleasures in life , food family and friends .

A huge dream came true last year and the icing on the cake for me is the surprise 50th birthday gift of ….. oh wow…….another Thermomix. Still can’t quite believe there are now two in our kitchen.  Thankyou Michael and Karen !!! It’s action stations now as we test how much we can do with two thermomixes in our kitchen . We thought one was life changing and couldn’t wait to see what we could do with two.

Such a luxury ! Imagine that … we can double the quantity, we can be twice as productive . So what did we do first … we proved dough in one while the other one cooks a meal . Pasta cooked in one  while sauce is done in the other one .

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Steamed chicken , potato fritters

Yesterday , while chicken steamed in the varoma, we grated potato for hash browns in the other . Then mixed  dough for cinnamon scrolls and marmite scrolls next in one . Then processed the chicken to make chicken spread for sandwiches without having to wash the bowl. Yippee, poor husband couldn’t believe how many dishes to wash but we didn’t go hungry that’s for sure ! And the smells from the kitchen were  heavenly.

Chicken spread
Chicken spread

The chicken spread is handful of almonds , Italian parsley , cream cheese , mayonnaise , sour cream , lemon juice , salt and pepper to taste . Blitz the almonds and herbs , set aside then shred cold chicken reverse speed 4. Then combine all ingredients and blitz in tmx reverse speed 4/5. Perfect for picnic lunches in rolls.

Dough for cinnamon scrolls
Dough for cinnamon scrolls

The Annabel Langbein recipe for dough makes two tins of scrolls , so one half of the dough is saved in fridge for the next day …. marmite scrolls . Great for  our summer holiday lunches .

Sticky Buns Adapted for thermomix:- ( dough fills two large cake tins)

http://www.annabel-langbein.com/recipes/sticky-buns/405/

  • Add 125g butter and 490g milk to TM bowl. Heat 2.5 minutes, 50C, speed 2. Until butter melted.
  • Add one a sachet of dried yeast and 100g sugar.
  • Heat 2 mins, 37C , speed 1.5. Leave 10 minutes, till yeast appears frothy.
  • Add 846g (6cups) flour, tsp salt. mix 6 sec on speed 5 first then, Knead 3.5 minutes dough mode.
  • Place dough in a large pot, I place pot in warm water for around 1 hour till dough has doubled in size. Halve dough, place one in fridge/freezer for use another day. Follow instructions in recipe link above for rolling out, filling and second prove.
Marmite and cheese scrolls
Marmite and cheese scrolls
Cinnamon scrolls
Cinnamon scrolls
Potato fritters
Hash browns

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/side-dishes-recipes/hash-browns/51p40miv-7cd7c-532694-cfcd2-gpdwxu14

Nb we added a quarter of an onion to the potato mixture .

OMG We are toooo lucky . It’s still hard to believe .

What !!! Two Thermomixes in the kitchen
Two Thermomixes in the kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

Spring rolls

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Spring rolls

 

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/18102/chicken+and+vegetable+spring+rolls

We had some leftover cabbage, pork mince, a couple of chicken thighs and a small container of rice noodles.  Used the tmx to coleslaw up the cabbage, onion and carrot finely. Then minced the chicken thighs by pulsing a few times in tmx. Pan fried all the ingredients with some soy sauce, hoisin sauce and threw in the cooked chopped noodles at the end, salt and pepper the filling to taste . ( the recipe from taste.com added cheese which we replaced with Asian sauces)   miss 14 and I rolled the filling into Spring roll wrappers. Sprayed with a little canola oil before air frying for 5 minutes at 200C. Served with lime and sweet chilli sauce makes a light lunch and froze a dozen for cooking another day. Whilst they don’t look like the food you see in magazines, no food styling and photo editing used here, this is easy non fussy family friendly food.

NB made a few vegetarian ones with just raw cabbage and carrot and these were just as tasty. It just goes to show these will always taste great as long as there’s a good dipping sauce.

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/starters-recipes/thai-spring-rolls-poh-pia/226395

Here’s the most popular recipe from the community if you want to use the Thermomix for the cooking the filling too. We find sometimes the pan works well for larger quantities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetable soup

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Vegetable soup

The guided tmx vegetable soup is great. Just using up the old vegetables in the fridge with the tmx vegetable stock. Served with salad also using up vegetables in fridge, with cooked leftover chicken. Dressing was a combination of Pete Evans Asian slaw dressing and Chelsea winters vietnamese salad dressing ( fish sauce, soy sauce, grated ginger, dried chillies, lemon and lime juice honey and brown sugar and sesame oil) Easy no fuss Sunday dinner.

Gingernut biscuits

Gingernut biscuits
Gingernut biscuits

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/baking-sweet-recipes/ginger-nut-biscuits/107492

Scrumptious crunchy gingernut biscuits, highly recommended on Thermomix nz facebook page. Just doubled the ginger to 2Tb as suggested by some users.  To save time we just mixed all ingredients together in Thermomix at the same time and laid onto the tray in one thin layer because it was very crumbly.  Then cut up after cooked. Rough cut gingernut biscuits great with a cup of tea.

Gingernut mixture
Gingernut mixture

Cauliflower and Broccoli gratin

Cauliflower and broccoli gratin
Cauliflower and broccoli gratin

Used the guided cauliflower gratin recipe, it steam veges in Varoma 25 mins. Then  white sauce made in 7 mins no stirring. Added grated cheese and grilled for a few minutes to brown the top. Easy side dish that cooks itself.