Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cherry Tomato and Orange Jam

Another load of delicious tomatoes arrived today, so decided to try something a little different. This is what I came up with.

jam

Add to the thermomix:

  • 1kg of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 200g of rapadura sugar
  • 100g butter
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1t pepper

Cook at Varoma temp, speed 1, reverse, for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, measuring cup OFF. You will need to sit the basket on top to stop it spitting everywhere. Keep checking it, once it starts looking like a sticky, thick jam, it is ready.

Spoon it in to a jar, once cool, put in the fridge. I boil my jar in a pot on the stove first, as a token effort at sterilization.


Quiche? Or Tart? Leek and Cherry Tomato Pie-Type-Thing

What makes a tart a tart and a quiche a quiche? Incredibly easy, awesome for leftovers, here is one way of using up the cherry tomatoes my lovely neighbours give me when I am all bruschetta’ed-out.

tart

 

Make 1 and 1/2 batches of thermomix pastry, I use spelt flour for this.

  • 300g spelt flour
  • 150g butter

Speed 6 for around 10 seconds.

Add 1/2t salt and 80g chilled water, bring together on speed 6 for a few seconds to form a ball, then knead for around20 seconds.

Form a flat-ish round shape, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Then, roll it out and lay it in a tart/flan/quiche tin. Put baking paper in the pastry case, add some weights and blind bake for ten minutes at 220 degrees. Remove paper and weights and bake for a further 5-10 minutes at 180 degrees.

At this point, I allow it to cool completely, not sure if that is necessary, it just happens that way for me as I tend to do this part in the morning.

Add to the pastry case, spread across the bottom, 1 grated zucchini, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add a finely sliced leek to the zucchini base.

Add chopped cherry tomatoes.

Whisk 3 eggs with a little milk and either some crème fraiche or sour cream, around two big tablespoons. Pour over the tomatoes, then sprinkle with grated cheese, or shredded parmesan.

Bake for 30 minutes at around 170 degrees. Eat hot or cold.


Chia and Banana Spelt Pikelets, Thermomix Style

There are loads of recipes floating around for pikelets with chia seeds added, here is my version.

pikelets

Add to the thermomix 2 big spoons of chia seeds plus 2 big spoons of puffed amaranth. Blitz on speed 9 for around 10-15 seconds.

Add the following to the chia and amaranth:

  • 80g spelt flour
  • 2t baking powder
  • 1 small banana, chopped
  • 80g of plain yoghurt
  • 1t vanilla
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 a measuring cup of water

Mix on speed 6 for a minute .

Heat a little butter in a non-stick pan, drop spoons of the mix in once hot. When golden, turn and cook the other side.

Serve with chopped bananas, drizzled with honey. Or blueberries. Or strawberries. Or anything really. This will make around ten, or enough for two small children.