Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Round Up

Here's this week's Round Up.  Have a happy and safe Easter everyone :)

Sunday
  • Porridge with stewed apple & pear (all cooked together), lamb, lentil & veggie baby food, apple & pear baby food, BBQ Sauce (MOTM), Moroccan Lamb
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • Breakfast smoothie, Peppercorn Sauce (MOTM), Cheese Sauce (EDC)
Thursday
  • Breakfast smoothie, grated cheese (for pizza)
Friday
  • Breakfast smoothie, Choc Chip Biscuits (EDC), Anzac biscuits (EDC), Hot Cross Buns (EDC), Quince Paste 

Hot Cross Buns - glazed straight out of the oven
Thermomix Quince Paste - ready for the fridge!
Saturday
  • Thermie is having the day off today!

        Sunday, April 17, 2011

        Saturday Round Up

        Oh dear, late again this week.  My sincere apologies to those of you whose lives just aren't quite complete until you know how I used my Thermie for the past week...hmmm, I crack myself up.  Anywho...

        Here's this week's Round Up:

        Sunday
        • Breakfast smoothie, zucchini, sundried tomato, asparagus & chicken cream sauce for pasta
        Monday
        • Breakfast smoothie, Beef Stroganoff (EDC), steamed rice
        Tuesday
        • Breakfast smoothie, vegetable baby food, Danube (filled bread), Lemon Risotto (with spinach & basil butter)
        Wednesday
        Thursday
        • Breakfast smoothie, apple & oat baby food, Easy Oat Cookies, mini crustless quiches, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla icecream mixture, chocolate custard
        Friday
        • Breakfast smoothie, (ate leftovers for lunch and went out for dinner)
        Saturday
        • Porridge with stewed apple (cooked together), (leftovers for the rest of the day)

              Happy Thermomixing ya'll
              xxx

                Thursday, April 14, 2011

                Easy Oat Cookies

                What does one make when one wants to bake Anzac Biscuits, but one doesn't have golden syrup on hand???  OR, when one just wants to bake some super easy, super tasty, super quick, buttery, oaty, biscuity goodness with ingredients almost guaranteed to be in your pantry???

                Easy Oat Cookies

                Ingredients

                    •    200 grams butter
                    •    320 grams plain flour
                    •    250 grams raw sugar
                    •    100 grams rolled oats
                    •    1 teaspoon bicarb soda
                    •    1 large egg

                Directions

                1. Chop the butter into pieces and place in the TM bowl. Melt for 4 minutes at 50ºC on speed 1.
                2. Add the flour, sugar, oats, bicarb & egg and mix for 30 seconds on interval speed (using the spatula to help incorporate the ingredients).
                3. Roll into balls about the size of a walnut, flatten slightly, and bake in a preheated oven set for 180ºC for 15 minutes.
                4. Leave on oven tray until firm enough to move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

                Notes 
                Makes about 30 biscuits.
                If the balls are not flattened, the biscuits retain quite a rounded shape and are more 'cakey' in texture. If a crisper biscuit is desired, flatten the balls quite a lot.
                These would be delicious with added sultanas or choc chips.


                  
                Happy cookie days!

                Tuesday, April 12, 2011

                Danube (filled bread)

                After my success with the Mediterranean Pull Apart, I was confident to make this recipe posted on the Cindystar blog.  It looks so impressive, and I think it would make a stunning starter to a dinner party, or, if one used mini easter eggs inside, a perfect Good Friday breakfast!

                I used the following fillings in one or more of the little rolls:
                • Red Onion Relish
                • Sundried tomatoes
                • Sundried tomatoes & grated parmesan
                • Vintage cheddar cheese & quince paste
                • Almond, cashew & peanut butter
                • Fig & orange jam
                • Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate
                Other filling suggestions:
                • Ham & cheese
                • Mini easter eggs
                • Shredded roast meat & gravy
                • Finely diced vegetables & mince (a la pasty filling)
                • Savoury mince
                • Spinach & ricotta
                • Salami, sundried tomato & cheese
                • Finely diced/shredded apple, roasted & chopped hazelnuts with cinnamon
                • Lemon curd
                • Chocolate hazelnut spread
                 

                Danube (Filled Bread)

                Ingredients

                    •    550 grams bread flour
                    •    250 grams milk
                    •    50 grams extra virgin olive oil
                    •    30 grams honey
                    •    10 grams of salt
                    •    2 teaspoons dry yeast
                    •    1 egg
                    •    1 egg lightly beaten, for brushing

                Directions

                1. Place the milk in the TM bowl and warm for 2 minutes at 37ºC on speed 1.  Add the oil, sugar, yeast and whole egg and mix for 10 seconds on speed 6. Add the flour and salt, mix for 2 minutes speed 7, then knead for 1 minute.
                2. Let dough rise in a lightly oiled and covered bowl until it has doubled in size.
                3. Divide the dough into pieces, flatten each leaving the centre thicker than the edges, fill with the filling and form a ball (slightly larger than a golf ball).  Place the balls in a pan covered with parchment paper (in a flower shape, or other shapes as your imagination allows) brush with beaten egg and allow to stand for half an hour in a warm, still place (cover if necessary).
                4. Brush again with egg and bake at 180ºC for about 30 minutes, making sure to cover it with aluminium foil if it is browning too quickly after just 15-20 minutes.

                Saturday, April 9, 2011

                Saturday Round Up

                Here's this week's Round Up:

                Sunday
                • Warm Chicken, Pumpkin & Couscous Salad, salad dressing
                Monday
                • Porridge, lamb veggie & couscous baby food, Dahl with Eggplant
                Tuesday
                • Breakfast smoothie, Isi's Very Normal Bread, pumpkin soup, rice (to go in Tuna Mornay which I had in the freezer and defrosted in the Varoma while the rice was cooking)
                Wednesday
                • Breakfast smoothie
                Thursday
                Friday
                • Porridge, lamb and veggie baby food, apple and pear baby food
                Saturday

                  Thursday, April 7, 2011

                  Mediterranean Pull Apart

                  I needed bread.  I had sundried tomatoes, olives and basil in the fridge which required my attention.  I have wanted to make a pull apart for some time.  As my 2 year old son says..."ta da"!!

                  Make Isi's Portuguese Rolls recipe and allow it to prove in a bowl.  Meantime, chop up a clove of garlic in the TM bowl for 5 seconds on speed 5, then place a handful of Kalamata olives, 7 or 8 sundried tomatoes and a couple of handfuls of fresh basil in the bowl and process until you have a bit of a chunky paste consistency (8-10 seconds on speed 5).
                  Add 50g butter and melt all together for 5 minutes at 50ºC on speed 2.  Roll out the dough into a large rectangle (the more rectangular the better, unlike my example) and spread with the paste.
                  Using a pastry cutter (or knife), cut into a series of rectangles whose width will fit inside the width of your bread tin.
                  Pile the rectangles on top of each other, lie them on their side so the shortest side is vertical and place them in your bread tin.  I found it easiest to prop my tin up on it's end and lay the pieces in one by one.  Don't be concerned that the pieces kind of collapse, as they prove the second time, the bread will fill in the tin.

                  Place in a preheated oven (220ºC) and immediately reduce the temp to 200ºC (don't be like me and forget that bit) and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and gently remove loaf from the tin.
                  Delicious!

                  Tip: don't get flour on your camera lens without realising it before you take the money shot (or ever).

                  Saturday, April 2, 2011

                  Saturday Round Up

                  Here's this week's Round Up:

                  Sunday
                  • Breakfast smoothie, Varoma Demo (Sundried Tomato & Capsicum Dip, Pizza Bianca, Warm Chicken & Couscous Salad and Salad Dressing, Berry Fruity Dream, Chick Pea Soup, Lemon Coconut Steamed Pudding with Citrus Syrup)
                  Monday
                  • Breakfast smoothie, Rough Puff Pastry (EDC), Chicken Pesto Parcels, Sticky Date Pudding, Custard, Chantilly cream
                  Tuesday
                  Wednesday
                  • Porridge, apple & pear puree baby food, sweet chilli sauce, chicken, rice & veggie puree baby food
                  Thursday
                  • Porridge, orange juice, mini crustless quiches, sundried tomato & capsicum dip
                  Friday
                  • Breakfast smoothie, baking powder, SR flour, nut butter
                  Saturday
                  • Tapioca Fruit Cereal