Creamy Tomato soup with Grissini breadsticks

Tomato soup and grissini sticks
Tomato soup and grissini sticks

Thermomix guided creamy tomato soup is perfect for kids afternoon tea. Requires 700g of fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, tomato paste, vegetable stock and fresh herbs. Used milk instead of cream and sweetened  a little more at the end because the tomatoes weren’t very ripe. Cooked in 12 minutes. Served with grissini dipping sticks. The kids love these sticks ! Made grissini from the pizza dough recipe flavoured with chopped garlic and rosemary,  brushed with olive oil and sea salt before baking for 10 minutes at 200c. The other half of the dough was rolled less thinly and snap frozen for lunch boxes.

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Seafood Chowder

Seafood casserole
Seafood casserole

yahoo … A new Thermomix cookbook arrived today so had to pick a recipe from it. Seafood chowder is super yummy. Blended and sautéed, onion, celery, garlic, added the bacon, flour, stock, and milk and potatoes to cook soup base. Then used the varoma to steam mussels and fish. Topped with chives. Ready for afternoon tea and dinner.  Great easy family meal.

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.

Amazing Fish balls

Fish balls
Fish balls

Never thought we’d be able to make fish balls this good ever.  Fish ball noodle soup  is something that brings back fond childhood memories. Whenever we went to Asia we would literally get off the plane and go searching for the most delicious fish ball noodle soup. For us it’s our favourite soul food. Eating it we would be grinning from ear to ear like Cheshire cats. When my mother made fish balls, it was a hugely labour intensive job. The fish would be filleted and then the flesh removed. Afterwards the fish meat  was chopped finely back and forth with a cleaver and worked into a paste. I always remember the constant mashing with the cleavers to get the perfect consistency.  The good fish ball has that springy texture and just the right amount of “squish”. The bought ones are full of chemicals and msg so to find an easy homemade recipe was high on the list. Having seen similar methods used in most of the recipes, making fish balls by hand was not something we have the time to do during the week.

Then I found this  simple recipe on a different thermomix recipe website :- ‘my.thermomixrecipes.com’. https://my.thermomixrecipes.com/recipe/lw2xht9g-17e62-674502-cfcd2-s78dv7bh

We’re beside ourselves with excitement eating these fish balls. They’re squishy and bouncy and delicious! And the best part is,  they were supremely simple to make with the thermomix, the recipe called for 500 gm fish, I used 550 gm of tarakihi,  cornflour, ice, salt and pepper, blended for 5 seconds then  kneaded for 3 minutes. So easy, the only messy part is forming into small balls by hand. Popped into boiling chicken stock in the thermomix. Cooked in around 5 minutes until they float merrily on the top.  Probably the best thermomix find so far! This is pure simple soul food…  And homemade. Joy.

Green smoothie, Mushroom soup, gluten free pizza, Beetroot salad, tuna dip

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Beetroot salad
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Green smoothie
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Pete Evans gluten free pizza base
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Mushroom soup
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Tuna dip

What’s in the thermomix today, another gluten free pizza base, a Pete Evans recipe, easier then Jo Whittons recipe ( quirky cooking) because fewer ingredients.  The base for the recipe  is almond meal and arrowroot flour. Definately be using again as a plain flat bread. All other dishes are easy guided recipes, simple tasty and fast. Green smoothie made from lemon, ginger, spinach, apple, orange and parsley.  All enough for afternoon tea, dinner, and  lunchboxes because everyone’s coming and going at different times.

Chicken velouté with leek and potato soup

Chicken velouté and leek and potato soup
Chicken velouté and leek and potato soup

The picture doesn’t do this meal justice.  We were surprised by how flavoursome simple food like this can be, the chicken is just popped onto a few herbs and lightly seasoned and then steamed over vegetables. It’s a nice change to eat food au natural with no marinades and extra flavours.  From another guided thermomix recipe, chicken velouté is a lovely meal for two reasons 1) steaming the chicken and vegetables makes this meal very light, perfect healthy gluten free summer food and 2) two courses are cooked at the same time in the thermomix within 20 minutes. Leek and potato soup cooks in the tmx bowl while the chicken and courgette and carrot tagliatelle steam in the Varoma tray above. Still can’t get over how clever this machine is, no stirring, no standing over the stove. The only tricky part is peeling the vegetables into ribbons without cutting your fingers. And the best thing is the soup and the vegetables catch any flavour from the chicken that drips from  steaming into the bowl and Varoma dish. The chicken and vegetables were supposed to be topped with a creme fraiche and Dijon mustard dressing but we didn’t have any creme fraiche. We were all just happy to dip the chicken and vegetables into the soup. Left the skin on the chicken to keep it even more moist and removed it before slicing.  Comments like “I really like the vegetable noodles” and “can we have this again”  make this a rewarding meal that was easy to put together. Normally my kids have an aversion to cooked carrots but not this way. The leek and potato soup is delicious, so creamy and smooth, possibly mine and miss 8’s favourite thermomix soup. The only alteration I made was to cook the onions and garlic for 4 minutes instead of  3 to eliminate any raw onion flavour.  Also pre cooked this meal earlier in the day and just resteamed for 10 minutes to reheat.  The recipe makes a large quantity and there’s plenty leftover for lunch tomorrow. And the kids even snacked on it for afternoon tea. Another big tick for a thermomix guided recipe.

Nb if you want to cook a larger quantity of leek and potato soup, like when all we want is soup for dinner, try one of these recipes from the community. Both are fantastic and commented another post in this blog, under the heading Bacon leek and potato soup. 

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/soups-recipes/potato-and-leek-soup/83059

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/soups-recipes/potato-leek-bacon-soup/163267

Tomato soup and flat bread

 

Creamy tomato soup
Creamy tomato soup

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going to the supermarket and Sunday afternoon was one of those days. Looked in the fridge and saw two boxes of tomatoes and thought maybe just soup and bread for dinner. Made pizza dough in the thermomix first. While the dough was proving, used the  guided recipe for creamy tomato soup. Substituted milk for cream and only used 50g instead of 100g. Pizza dough rolled out sprinkled with olive oil, sea salt and oregano and baked for 10 minutes.  The soup and bread meal was loved by the whole family.  Perfect simple vegetarian meal. Then whipped up automatic custard for dessert while we watched a movie. And there was enough leftover for husbands lunchbox.  Happy days !