Steamed Carrot and Zucchini tagliatelle

Carrot and corgette tagliatelle
Steamed carrot and zucchini tagliatelle

While the potatoes were roasting in the oven, we  popped the varoma back on to steam the vegetable tagliatelle. Another simple guided recipe, only takes 8 minutes to cook. Yippee! The only tricky part is peeling the vegetables into strips, our mandolin is not quite thin enough so peeler seems to be the best option. To  my girls, leave an inch at the end for holding, and peel away from hands and downwards. The rabbit can have the ends for dinner. And saves peeling fingers. Served with chicken and roast potatoes tonight. Simple food.

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The Crispiest Roast Potatoes by Chelsea Winter

imagehttp://chelseawinter.co.nz/crispy-roast-potatoes/

They’re crispy and the best roast potatoes we’ve ever made, adapted this Chelsea Winters recipe (link above)  “perfect crispy roast potatoes” for the thermomix from her wonderful blog. This is the third batch made because they were demolished and one kilo of potatoes just isn’t enough for afternoon tea and dinner, left skins on for better nutrition and to save  time.

Using the method from Katherine Clay on the recipe community to first steam the potatoes in Varoma for 20 minutes, speed 2 with 500g water in bowl. Left thermomix steaming and went to drop kids off to activities and came back and they were done. Just love this about the thermomix, the set and walk away factor is so convenient. Once parboiled/steamed leave to drain off moisture from potatoes before adding oils, as per Chelsea’s recipe. Shake dish with lid on to rough up the potatoes.  Generous sprinkle of salt, then fan bake on a high shelf in oven  220C for 25 minutes. The kids kept looking for all the burnt crunchy bits. Yummy!

Roast Potatoes

Roast potatoes
Roast potatoes

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/main-dishes-vegetarian-recipes/best-roast-potatoes-ever/31137

Instead of parboiling the potatoes in a pot, this method from the recipe community steams the potatoes using the varoma  and then you rough them up the same conventional way by shaking them in the varoma dish to create the ideal surface to crisp  up in the oven. Works very well, potatoes tossed with rosemary, sea salt and olive oil before roasting.  Will definately be our go to method for parboiling potatoes.

KFC coleslaw

KFC coleslaw
KFC coleslaw

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/side-dishes-recipes/kfc-style-coleslaw/152414

This recipe from the community doesn’t pass the waistline test, it’s not ” lite ” with the sugar but you can reduce the sugar and it’s pretty close to the KFC taste.  Miss 8 liked it, Miss 14 was “take it or leave it”. Will go with the KFC chicken recipe from Road to loving my Thermomix’s blog. That recipe we’ve countless times …baked / fried.. legs / wings / thighs / whole chicken cut into pieces, our favourite non takeout takeaway meal!

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup
Pumpkin soup

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/soups-recipes/carolas-pumpkin-soup/84477

The only time consuming part about making pumpkin soup is peeling the pumpkin but today for the first time cutting pumpkin was a breeze. Got a new handy tool just for dicing pumpkin. The seesaw blade was great, ploughed through that pumpkin like it was butter. Used this recipe from the community because it had the highest rating with 66 positive comments and it used 800g of cut pumpkin instead of only 500g in the thermomix guided recipe. Also had some potato and carrot added and a pinch of curry powder and garlic. Almost like our family favourite recipe except we also add an apple  which brings a lovely sweet depth to the soup. Dad and Miss 8 preferred the new recipe whilst Mum and Miss 14 preferred the apple added.  With either recipe the soup is done in 25 minutes, and blitzed into the smoothest, silkiest soup. Enough for lunch and to freeze for after school  snacks during the week.