I have a lot of people ask how I manage to cook chicken breast meals without shredding the chicken. Well it took me a long time and a lot of disappointing meals to work out how to do it. Boy do I mean A LOT of disappointing meals. This is what I find work for me: Preparation Make sure you don’t cut your chicken breast pieces too small. Mine are about 2cm x 2cm. I occasionally make the Thermomix hot before put the chicken in. If you can, saute onion, garlic etc first then add the chicken in. I don’t always do this but I find [...]
Bread was the most frustrating thing to make in the Thermomix. It would always be dense, doughy and too heavy. It was edible but it was nothing like the lovely soft fluffy bread you can purchase at the supermarket or bakery. After a lot of experimenting I have found a few tricks to ensure the end result is soft and fluffy. These tips can also come in handy if experimenting with other types or doughs where the final products is a little denser intentionally. My new (daggy) catchphase is "Bake it til you make it!". Making good quality bread and bread products is an art. It takes a lot [...]
I am often asked about what recipes I have on the blog that are great for freezing. Believe it or not, most of mine are freezer friendly! Some of my freezing tips for cooked foods: Cool foods before you freeze them. Placing hot food straight into a freezer only brings the core temperature of the freezer down and also encourages ice build up on the food as its cools and freezes. Wrap and store the food item well before placing into the freezer to prevent freezer burn - it isn't pretty and makes the food taste pretty average. Freeze smaller portions for quicker thawing. Label everything that goes into [...]
Lunchboxes are something I get quite excited about. I don’t know why but it is something I get a kick out of. Crazy I know. Maybe I’ll change my mind when I have two kiddies in full time school in February 2015. I can appreciate that lunchbox ideas are often hard. We end up repeating the same thing day in and day out, not that children mind all that much I’ve found. It’s always good to add some variety though. I’ve created this little booklet for you to make lunchbox filling just that little bit more easy but also fun and to encourage children being involved in the [...]
Thermomade Christmas gifts made in your tmx or similar machine for friends and family is not only easy and cost effective, it's also a beautiful gift from the heart. Below are just some of the items I like to place into hampers as Christmas gifts. Baby's First Christmas A homemade batch of rusks or teething rings make a great addition to a gift for baby. Include a little print out of the recipe so Mum can make them too (Ideal from 4-6 months+ old). Banana Biscotti Rusks Oat Cereal Oatmeal Rusks Teething Rings A hamper of basics These are great packaged in small jars with ribbon and a little [...]
I am always asked about Costco and what can people buy from there in preparation for their Thermomix to arrive. I am a huge Costco fan. If I could live there I would. Whilst I dont buy everything from there, there are my regular items that I go often to buy. Costco is great for staples. Costco have a large range of fruit and vegetables as well as a meat section in addition to what I have listed below. Some of my tips for shopping at Costco: Don't go in hungry.You'll walk away with a years supply of cinnamon or a bag of chips bigger than your baby. Take [...]
My partner has just been given some easy instructions on how to warm the babys milk in the Thermomix whilst I'm out tonight. I love this! Pop the rice basket in the tmx and fill halfway up with water. Place small milk bottle or milk bag in the basket and heat on speed 2 at 37 degrees (body temperature) until thawed and/or heated through. It took 5 mins to thaw and heat 60mls of ebm. Very easy! Now to try and get the baby to actually take the bottle. That part isn't so easy!
I often get asked about how I make shaped cookies or crackers without ruining the shape of them between cutting and placing them on a baking mat. I thought I'd share what I do. 1. Roll out the dough on the mat you intend to bake them on. 2. Using your desired cutter cut your shapes out. Keep in mind you will need some space between them especially if making biscuits or cookies as they do grow in size. I'm making crackers here so they can be closer together. Try to utelise the space and get as many in as you can (can you see I forgot that [...]
This is an easy way to display your cookbook for easy reading whilst cooking. Simply use a pants/skirt clip coat hanger to clip your book in place. I've tested this with both the old smaller EDC (shown) and the new larger EDC and it holds them in place fine. Just be sure to hang it away from steam so you don't ruin your beautiful cookbook. Another tip: be sure to have your tmx cooking and steaming away out in the open and not under wall shelves or cupboards to avoid steam damaging the finish on them.
Quite a few people have mentioned they don't like the texture of tmx mince. Im not a big red meat eater so I like how fine it gets but my partner doesn't. If you want chunkier mince place it in the basket with the liquid below. The steam and some liquid then cooks the mince. I do pop it back into the bowl, minus the basket, for the last five minutes or so of cooking time just to break it up ever so slightly. This is another way to cook meatballs without using the varoma. Works a treat for frozen meatballs!
When making dough and removing it from the bowl there are often small bits of dough stuck around the blades. Pressing turbo quickly twice will flick the dough off the blades and thus making it much easier to clean. This works well for truffle type mixes, meat stuck in the blades, jam etc as well.
A few people have asked how to clean the grooves where the lid clips in on the tmx. Mine is a mess after a weekend of making jam, biscuits, the varoma etc. I use a damp chux cloth worked through the groove - similar to flossing. I then run a dry tea towel through it. I got this idea from a friend and it works well so I haven't tried any other way. Some people will use small brushes to clean the groove then dry with a dry cloth.
I'm probably the last person to realise this but I thought I'd post just in case (I almost forgot to take a photo!). Tonight is a super simple dinner for the kiddies - pasta with homemade tomato and bacon pasta sauce from the freezer (lots of veggies hidden in this!). I cooked the pasta in the tmx bowl as normal but defrosted and heated the sauce in a heatproof dish in the varoma rather than the microwave or stove. I just pulled it out of its freezer container and straight into the dish and popped it in to the steaming attachment with the lid on whilst the pasta cooked at [...]
I love silicone cups! When steaming veg pop the smaller items in silicone cups on the varoma tray. I often do this for our "fried rices" as I don't eat corn but I can easily add it to my partners serve individually. It's an easy way to keep it all together if steaming a range of veg.
Use your measuring cup to smooth out bases, bars, slices etc. If its slightly sticky, cover the measuring cup in baking paper and secure with a rubber band. Too easy!!!
I'm still waiting for my nut bags to arrive but needed coconut milk for a recipe today. An easy way to strain is by covering a jug with a clean, new chux type cloth. You may need to help it a little with a spatula or back of the spoon to work it through the cloth. Make sure your chux is clean, new and has been rinsed in hot water before using. Check your packet as some clothes have a solution put through them before packaging. The packet will tell you if this is the case.
Did you know the Tmx lid can hang from the bowl? A great way to air out the bowl and lid!
The basket can be used to prevent splattering during cooking and allow steam to escape. This will avoid the mc jumping around and food splattering everywhere. How clever!
There was some great discussion on Thermomoservers back on my Facebook page. Lots of great tips!
Thank you to Tick of Yum for this idea. I saw this whilst browsing their brilliant blog looking for a Vanilla Bean Paste Recipe. Place a piece of paper towel over the top of the lid and insert the measuring cup. This is only for milling sugars, flours etc. This is not to be used during cooking. Great tip!!!