ThermOMG Recipes

Inspiring recipes for the Thermomix 

Zucchini Cheese (Dairy Free)

Yep I said it, zucchini cheese!!!  What I love about being Thermomix Consultant is meeting new people at various events and talking food.  I met a lady last night who mentioned zucchini cheese and my ears pricked up!!  So I immediately googled a recipe, found one and converted it.  And guess what ........ it tastes like cheese!!!  Ok so I will always be a true cheese lover but if you are vegan or dairy free this would be a fantastic alternative.  I grilled some on bread and it became even more cheesy.  Love that you can create such things!  Eb x

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  • 500g water
  • 200g zucchini roughly chopped
  • 5g lemon juice
  • 10g coconut oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp gelatine or ¾ tsp agar powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Good pinch salt

Lay baking paper in a slice pan.

Add water to the bowl, insert your simmering basket and place zucchini in.  Steam for 8 minutes at 100deg Speed 4.

When cooked remove the basket and empty the water.  Place the zucchini in the bowl add lemon and oil and blitz on Speed 8 for 20 seconds.   Scrape down the sides and blitz again at Speed 6 for 20 seconds.

Add gelatine, salt and yeast and mix on Speed 6 for 20 seconds.

Pour into pan and place in fridge until set.

Why on earth would you become a consultant??

As many of you know I recently became a Thermomix Consultant, something I had repelled for 2 years.  I had absolutely no inclination to ever take this path as I was someone who cooked in the Thermomix not sells them.  So why on earth would I now decide to do this?  Was it...

A. To make bucket loads of money off my family and friends

B. To spend some much needed time away from husband and kids

C. To put myself in some awkward situations

D. None of the above

Hopefully you all realise it is of course D none of the above.  

I can only speak for myself (but I see it to be true for others as well) but I became a consultant for a number of reasons but the main one was because this is a product that has completely changed my life and I truly believe in its value.  I would never in a million years be that person that goes into peoples homes to try and sell something and to be honest I still don't see that as me.  Instead I am someone that goes into peoples homes to cook for them and hopefully help improve their life in the same way mine has been improved.  To share the joy that cooking can bring, to share the ease that gourmet cooking can be and to share the flavours that real food has - none of this processed packaged rubbish.

I never enter a demo EXPECTING a sale but I am always HOPEFUL that someone will hear what I have to say and understand it.  If you say no to purchasing, that's ok but my dream is that one day everyone will have one in their kitchen (complete Thermomix Domination - hahahaha).  No one can fully appreciate the value of spending $1,939 until you have it in your kitchen and you are experiencing it (I certainly could never appreciate it until now).

I have had some interesting demos thus far and I am sure there are plenty to come but for anyone who is invited to a demo let me say this.  If you agree to go, go happily.  Be involved, enjoy the food.  It's ok to say you enjoyed the food - I know just because you said you enjoyed it doesn't mean you will buy it but its nice to know I am doing my "job" right.  If you don't want to go to a demo then be honest to the person asking you and say NO.  But seriously why would you say no to 2 hours of seeing some friends and being fed.  It's a good time (well at least my demo's are!!)  Please also remember I am leaving my family to come and potentially help yours so make me feel welcome (FYI to date ALL my hosts have been totally gorgeous so thank you soooooo much).

Like most consultants, I have another job.  I am a book keeper to a construction company and I love it.  Thermomix is just my hobby with perks (at least that's how I see it).  It brings me enormous joy to deliver someone their new baby and help them discover a new way to fresh, healthy, quick, delicious cooking.  I am loving it.

I like the "old fashioned" way of cooking

So I've heard a number of reasons why people can't buy one and I see plenty of comments on various sites out there from people who say the Thermomix kills cooking and takes away  the joy of "old fashioned" cooking.  You will only ever hear this comment from a NON Thermomix owner because those of us who love to cook and own one understand it takes the joy of cooking to a whole new level.

But let me ask this question.  So those that love cooking "the old fashioned" way, do you hand wash all your clothes?  Probably not because someone introduced you to a washing machine that suddenly allowed you to clean your clothes while you were busy doing other things.

Do you hand wash all your dishes?  Maybe if you are like me and haven't been able to put a dishwasher in your kitchen yet but I can't wait to renovate and get that machine in my life but how marvellous that most people now have a machine that can clean their dishes while you are busy doing other things.

Think of all the "gadgets" you have in your house that were designed to make your life easier and are now accepted as common place, you wouldn't live without them.  That is the Thermomix.  I don't enjoy tearing up whilst chopping onions or standing at a stove top trying to get a smooth cheese sauce - I enjoy eating the results but I don't enjoy the time that goes into it. My love for cooking has only been accelerated by being able to achieve so much more.  Being far more creative than before.

As always these are just my personal thoughts and if you have come to the end then thanks for reading along.  If you are looking for inspiration to cook great food I really hope our site provides it but remember there are oodles of websites with people like me who want to inspire you to cook amazing meals and impress your family and friends.  

Thanks for being part of ThermOMG, your support and comments is what drives us to continue sharing our recipes.

Have a fantastic week.  Eb xx

 

Coconut Milk/Cream

Do you own a Thermomix?  Are you making your own coconut milk/cream?  If not WHY NOT!!!! This is one of the things I absolutely LOVE about my TMX.  I am a lover of curries so I was always buying tins of coconut milk and cream thinking it was all ok but I have learnt that store bought is BAD!!  There are a lot of reasons for this from the tins they are stored in to some of those cans having very little actual coconut in them.  So for me its homemade only because its easy, tastier and you know its made from actual coconut!!  CLICK HERE to read more about the dangers of canned coconut milk.

I mainly use it in curries but I also LOVE using it in custard.  Try making a lemon or chocolate custard using coconut milk and you will never turn back.  So here is how I make mine.

  • 150g shredded coconut
  • 1000g water

Add to the bowl and cook for 20 minutes at 100deg Speed 4.  Blitz by slowing taking the dial up to Speed 8 for 1 minute.  Strain through a sieve.  Done!  If you pour into a container and put in the fridge the milk and cream will separate.  Personally I never separate it.  This will give you around 500-550g of mixed coconut milk/cream.  You can keep in the fridge for a couple of days or freeze it.

I hope you all now start making your own coconut milk/cream too. :)

Be honest, do you really save money with a Thermomix?

Lately I have been very curious about the true cost saving of having a Thermomix.  Whilst I keep harping on about how much it must be saving us I have never actually thought too much about it. So for MY OWN INFORMATION ONLY I decided to do a comparison of things I used to buy prior to owning a Thermomix and to how I do things now.  Must say I am glad I did because I can quite confidently say I AM ABSOLUTELY SAVING MONEY!  This was put together based on MY household so may be of great interest to you or no interest at all.  But I just thought I would share with you how and where I am now saving.

My Weekly Food Budget

Here is a table of SOME items I used to purchase prior to owning a Thermomix and how much it now costs me to make it.  

So pre Thermomix days I would buy the following on a weekly basis so this is what I am now saving    

  • 2 loaves from bakery           $9.62
  • 4 cheesymites                    $12.44
  • Tortillas                              $3.93
  • Coconut milk                      $3.09
  • 14 serves porridge             $5.32
  • 1 tub yoghurt                      $7.21
  • Pizza                                   $3.19
  • 2 x vegetable stock           $7.98

Total weekly saving just on my food budget $52.78

All the other items I also use on a daily/weekly basis but hard to put an exact weekly saving on it so the real food budget saving is much higher than above.

There is some talk out there that it costs you more because you are now buying fresh produce. Personally I have always been big on buying fresh.  I go to the markets every week (to save money) and can spend between $50-$70 (depending on the season) on fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.  But here's the thing it's FRESH!!!  You can not put a price on your health.  This is a long term investment, what you put in today will help you in the future.  If you choose to eat a poor diet I do feel that your body will not run as efficiently and it will cost you money somewhere down the track. 

Gas Usage

My gas bill has gone down which is very interesting given in January 2013 we installed a new much larger capacity hot water storage tank.  We only use gas for our stove top and water heater.

Electricity

After sharing this post on Facebook, the issue of electricity was raised.  Here are my personal thoughts.

I can't do a direct comparison on my electricity bills mainly because it wouldn't be an accurate analysis.  Our bill fluctuates depending on the weather mainly.  We have a reverse cycle air conditioner so if a summer is particularly hot we use the air conditioner a lot more.  Also if it is a cold winter the heater gets used more.  Not to mention if there is a lot of rain my dryer gets turned on.  These are the items that really use up electricity.

But remember pre Thermomix days I was already using a rice cooker, blender, food processor, electric frypan, juicer, slow cooker and also using my microwave a lot more.  All of these devices have now been removed from my kitchen except for the frypan and microwave which rarely get used.  I would have cooked about 80% of my meals in the electric frypan now it makes an appearance maybe once a month.  My microwave was always getting used but now its hardly ever.

So we all know that a Thermomix has a maximum draw of 1500W if used at the highest heat setting.  So how does this compare to a microwave/frypan.  Whilst a microwave can be anywhere between 700 -1500W (depending on your model) an electric frypan (based on the one I have) is 2400W!!!  

If you would like more information on the Thermomix and its electricity usage, Helene at Superkitchenmachine.com has a great blog post and I encourage you to read it.  Click Here 

One thing that did occur to me though, I no longer use my oven to keep food warm!  I have a couple of Thermoservers that I use everyday and are more efficient and retaining heat and keeping the integrity of the food (ie not drying it out) than an oven and for most of us those Thermoservers are FREE when you host a demo.

Takeaways

We used to average having takeaway about once a fortnight, I haven’t bought takeaway Thai or Indian since having the Thermomix. I’ve stopped buying Teriyaki Chicken and rarely go to Grill’d (our preferred burger takeaway).

Other ways I save

All fruit not used up in the week gets frozen ready for fruit juices.

All vegetables not used up and turned into vegetable stock or soups

I make all my own curry pastes, jams and sauces – I know I am saving buckets by doing it myself but it would be far too time consuming for me to breakdown all of them.

I also make all my own spice blends.

Instead of buying expensive bakery items and treats I make a huge range of amazing slices, fudges, cookies and cakes.

I generally will only cook with Gravy Beef which is one of the cheapest cuts of meat.

Bread!!!

Bread is one of those hot topics, some people are a whiz others just can't seem to find their way to making a good loaf.  I was making bread dough prior to having a Thermomix (yep doing it the hard way) so what a relief to discover how easy it can be now.  I have been lucky that my bread turns out great at least 99% of the time - everyone has failures.  So what am I doing that's different to you?  We did a recent post of Facebook to get as much of your feedback as possible so you could all help each other out, its worth a browse so Click here to have a look.  But I will go through my step by step process for bread making.

  • 5g of yeast
  • 280g warm water
  • 520g bread mix
  • 20g olive oil

Place in the bowl as listed above.  If using bakers flour and you need to add salt, put salt on top of the flour not on the yeast.

Mix on Speed 7 for 5 seconds then knead for 1.5-2 minutes.  I put about a tablespoon of oil on the Thermomat and tip the dough onto it.  Bring into a ball, wrap in the Thermomat and allow to rest in a warm spot for approx 30 minutes.  I often use a heat pack in winter to help it out. 

Turn your dough into scrolls, rolls or a loaf.  You can do your second rising in the oven by placing in a cold oven and turning the temp up to 200deg.  When doing a bread loaf I prefer to do the second rising in the tin for a better result.  This should take about 30 minutes then place the bread into a preheated oven at 200deg.  Your bread is cooked when it sounds hollow to tap on it. Never leave your bread in the tin to cool, always use an rack to allow the steam to escape so the bread doesn't go soggy.

Some people like to add some bread improver into their mix and have had great results.  If you are needing to do this try and buy a natural bread improver to avoid using unnecessary additives.

So that is how I do it and have had great success, probably not much different to how you have tried.

Some fabulous suppliers that I use are

  • All About Bread.  These guys really know their stuff and always willing to help you out.  If you live in Perth its definitely worth popping in to check out their great range. 
  • WeighNPay.  Another terrific place to stock up on all your baking needs with friendly customer service.
  • 2brothersfood.  These guys have an amazing, affordable range of products for your thermomix but this is an online service.

How to Fix a Split Hollandaise Sauce

That's right it is possible!!!  I was throwing out a number of sauces because they kept on splitting for no real reason, it was hit and miss.  WHY????  Well I still don't know what makes it split but the good news is that it can be fixed quickly and of course easily.

So here is tonight's poor ole hollandaise that was going along beautifully then suddenly its splitsville - EEEEK!

So here's what you need to do.

  1. Remove the butterfly and scrape all the sauce into a jug.
  2. Boil some water and add 25g to the bowl.
  3. Turn blades onto Speed 4 and slowly add the split mix back into the bowl.  I took about 2 minutes.  You can also set the temp to 90deg to keep your sauce warm.
  4. AND

The end result is a beautifully smooth and creamy sauce.  I am so thrilled this technique worked.  I hope you never have split hollandaise but if you do you now have the means to fix it.

The Beginners MUST Make List

With so many people being lucky enough to receive a Thermomix over the festive period, including some of my friends, I thought I would put together a list of recipes that for my money are always winners.  I generally do this for my friends anyway so by having a list for you guys this will make it easier to share in the future.  So here is Eb's list of awesome recipes, yes some of them are ours but alot of them are from internet sites, Recipe Community and some cookbooks.  So here goes.

Click on dish to be taken to the recipe.

Main Meals and sides

Other Must Makes

Desserts/Slices/Biscuits

Varoma

As far as cookbooks go, the Meat on the Menu and Indian cookbooks get a regular workout around here.  The Indian Korma and Bahjees are just delicious.  You can check out the meals we have cooked in our Tried and Tweaked section.   Also if you have access to the 2013 Thermomix Calendar the Sri Lanka Beef and Ricotta Dumplings are to die for.