Category Archives: Food

Choc N Two Veg Cake

I have always baulked at hiding vegetables in kids foods, I’d rather they know what they were eating and make choices. But, after years of them making choices that didn’t fit with mine, I decided to have a crack at making a cake that tasted fabulous and could be considered healthy too.

This is what I came up with. It was as rich and moist as a mud cake, super filling and super decadent. And the kids absolutely smashed it. Oh, and in keeping with my theory on not hiding veggies, I told them the ingredients after the plates were licked clean.

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Here is how I made it:

Blitz in the Thermomix on speed 8 for around 15 seconds:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 cup of mashed cooked pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g butter

Add and mix well on speed 6 for around 20 seconds:

  • 250g spelt flour
  • 3t baking powder
  • 80g raw cacao powder or cocoa
  • 150g milk
  • 150g sugar

Pour in to a lined fairly large tin and bake at 180 degrees for 50 minutes.


A Handful Of Bliss

For those who need exact measurements in a recipe, look away now. Or, give this a go anyway as it really is fool-proof.

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Into the thermomix put the following and blitz on speed 8 for around 15 seconds:

  • A handful of raw cashews
  • A handful of raw almonds
  • A handful of goji berries

Add to it the following and blitz on speed 7 for around 20 seconds:

  • A handful of apricots
  • A handful of dried raspberries
  • A BIG handful of fresh dates, seeds removed
  • A handful of raw cacao powder
  • A splash of coconut oil

Form in to small balls, roll in coconut and freeze. Perfect for an afternoon snack.


Coconut Orange Cupcakes

A new take on the whole orange thermomix cake. These were so lovely and moist due to the coconut.

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Add to the thermomix and blitz on Speed 9 for 10 seconds.:

  • one whole orange, cut in to quarters, plus squeeze the juice out of a second orange.
  • 200g of butter

Add the following and mix well on Speed 5 for 20 seconds:

  • 200g sugar, agave or honey
  • 200g spelt flour plus 3t baking powder (or 200g of SR Flour)
  • 100g shredded coconut
  • 3 eggs

Spoon in to muffin cases, this batch made around 16 good size cakes.

Bake at 170 degrees for around 20 minutes.


Squashed Frog Pasta aka Avocado & Salami Pasta

My daughter promptly named this Squashed Frog Pasta. The salami is the guts, the pasta is the intestines and the green sauce is, well, the rest of the frog. Whatever you call it, it was delicious, quick and all went back for seconds.

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Add to salted boiling water 500g of fresh Egg Pappadelle Pasta. Or, any other pasta you like if you don’t have this.

Add the following to the Thermomix and blitz on Speed 8 for around 15 seconds:

  • Flesh of 2 avocadoes
  • half a bunch of finely chopped spring onions, including greens
  • two really big slugs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 250g natural yoghurt
  • splash of cream
  • salt and lots of cracked black pepper

Taste and add a bit more olive oil and salt and pepper if required.

Slice in to thin strips around 100g of salami, you choose how hot, for my kids I used mild hungarian.

Warm through at 70 degrees for around 7 minutes, Speed 1.

Drain pasta, reserving some of the liquid. Add the sauce to the pasta, if it’s a little thick, add a bit of the reserved liquid back in.

Serve with more cracked pepper, or if you like it hot, sprinkle with chilli flakes.


Baked Cauliflower Risotto with Chilli Pangrattato

This is my twist on Jamie Oliver’s twist of a classic Italian dish. Featured in the March 2013 edition of the ABC’s “delicious” magazine, I simplified it and thermomixed it. It looks a bit dry in my pic, so I have modified it further to fix that.

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Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Put in to the thermomix:

  • 1/4 of a ciabatta loaf, torn in to chunks
  • a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes

Blitz for around 10 seconds to achieve a coarse breadcrumb.

Add around 20g of olive oil, the zest of one lemon, 1/4t of cinnamon and mix for 5 seconds on speed 5. Cook on Varoma temp, 5 minutes, speed 2.

Tip out on to a plate to cool.

Break up a whole cauliflower into chunks and put in the thermomix. Give it around 5 seconds on speed 5 to break it up in to little pieces. Tip out into a bowl.

Put in the thermomix and cook for 4 minutes, Varoma, speed 2:

  • 2 white onions, quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • a splash of fish sauce
  • 30g of butter
  • 20g of olive oil

Add 350g of arborio rice and stir, speed 2, reverse, for a few seconds.

In a large, castiron or heavy casserole dish, add the cauliflower, rice and onion mix and 1.25L of hot vegetable stock. Whack the lid on tight and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.

Remove from oven, stir through a big spoon of butter and a heap of parmesan and let stand to thicken for a minute or two.

Serve, with the Chilli Pangrattato sprinkled liberally over the top, some more parmesan and cracked black pepper.


Vegetarian Parmesan Sausages with Avocado Dip

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Okay, so not the best looking photo, but these were really delicious. Most vegie sausages taste kind of odd, but these tasted great and held together really well.

In to the thermomix, speed 5 for 10 seconds:

  • half a red capsicum
  • one onion, quartered
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic

Add and combine, speed 6 10 seconds, or desired consistency.

  • 1T tahini
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
  • 50g parmesan cheese, or more
  • 80g of pulled apart bread crusts
  • handful of chopped garlic or onion chives

Prepare a plate with seasoned flour, then with floury hands, take a small amount of the mixture and form in to a sausage, flouring the outside really well. This amount made around 16 small chipolata size sausages.

Refrigerate for at least an hour, then shallow fry in hot oil.

I served these with a simple avocado, yoghurt and lemon dip. Oh, and the cup is just a little espresso coffee cup. Were also delicious with tomato relish as well.


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.

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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.