Friday, 19 July 2013

Lemony Lemon Brownies | Thermomix Recipes

© Nat's Thermomixen in the Kitchen (This is my personal recipe. I am happy for you to pin it, use it, print it, share it...but please give credit and link to my page. Many thanks! Hope you like it)

Ok so I know they aren't really BROWNies....being that they are yellow in colour, but they have the same fudgey-brownie-ish goodness going on. At least we think they do! You try and and judge for yourself.

1 lemon, juice and peel rind off with a potato peeler
150g raw sugar
100g diced softened butter
50g cream cheese (or sour cream)
2 eggs
150g bakers (or plain) flour
1 ts baking powder
pinch of sea salt
brownie tin or roughly 15cm tin

Preheat oven to 180c
Put sugar and lemon peel in TM bowl and blitz for 10 seconds, speed 9. Scrape down
Insert butterfly
Add softened butter (make sure butter is soft or it may damage your butterfly) and cream cheese, and whip on speed 4 for 2 minutes or until creamy
Remove butterfly and lick clean
Add 2 eggs, pinch of salt and juice of the lemon and mix on speed 6 for 6 seconds
Scrape down, add flour and baking powder and mix on speed 4 for 3 seconds* or until just combined. 
Pour mixture into a lined brownie or similar tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until set in the centre and edges are just starting to turn golden.

Don't be tempted to over mix as doing so releases the glutens in the flour and will make tough brownies. It is ok to see a little white flour around the sides, you can incorporate that into the mixture as you scrape it out into your tin.
Brownie will look quite pale when cooked. You can dust it with some icing sugar if you like.

Let me know if you make it, drop me a line on my Facebook page (I don't check comments on my blog very often)

Click here to go to Recipe Community and print this recipe in PDF format

Sunday, 14 July 2013

"I Love Your Cauliflower Cheese Bake" recipe | Thermomix Varoma Recipe

I know this seems quite a simple dish that probably doesn't require a recipe....but when I post pictures of things like this on my Facebook page everyone starts to ask me for the recipe, so I am guessing some of you would like to know how?

1 whole cauliflower, cut into pieces
3 slices of bread or breadcrumbs pre-made in your TM
500g milk
50g flour
50g butter, diced
1/2 ts salt (optional)
100g cheddar cheese cut into small chunks
500g water for steaming


Preheat oven to 220c. You can put a large rectangular casserole dish in to warm up with the oven at the same time

Place bread and 40g of cheese into TM bowl and grate for 5-10 seconds, speed 6. Set aside. No need to wash TM bowl
Add 500g of water, put cauliflower pieces in Varoma, set in place and cook on Varoma temp, 20 minutes, speed 2
When cooked, set varoma aside with the cauliflower still inside and lid still on to keep warm (you can sit the varoma on top of your round Thermoserver if you like) and empty water out of TM bowl (no need to wash)
Add milk, flour, butter and salt if using to TM bowl, cook on 90c for 7 minutes, speed 4
For the last minute of cooking time, stop Thermomix, add in the remaining cheese chunks and mix at speed 7 for 10 seconds, then drop down to speed 3 until timer finishes
Put cooked cauliflower in casserole dish
Pour cheese sauce over the top
Top with cheese and breadcrumb mixture
Bake on 220c for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Alternatively you can just brown the cheese and breadcrumbs under the grill until golden

You could also do this with half cauliflower, half brocoli, or with any other veggies you like

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Using your Varoma pt 2 | Mexican Style Chicken 'Baked' Potatoes

{ Chilli Chicken and Beans 'Baked Potatoes' }


I steamed baby potatoes and 3 chicken breasts at the same time while prepping my chilli ingredients, grated cheese then shredded the chicken and set it aside in the Thermoserver to keep warm with the potatoes while my chilli sauce cooked for 13 minutes, add chicken back in, stir through and another meal is done. 

Served with baby potatoes, sour cream, grated cheese and sliced avocado

The finished result was amazing!!

Recipe was adapted from the White Chilli Chicken recipe in Meat on the Menu

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Using your Varoma pt 1 | Thermomix recipes and uses

Varoma! There...I said it. It's not scary!!

So why do I hear of so many owners not using their Varoma? Get it OUT of the cupboard (God forbid, the box!) and plan to use it at least twice a week. 

I am hoping some of these suggestions below might make you think outside the square a little when it comes to using your Varoma. Its not just for chicken, fish and vegies.

For the newbies... a general rule of thumb is 1/2L of liquid steams for 1/2 hr. 
If you need more info do contact your consultant, they are always happy to help!

Steaming in foil parcels
This had 2 salmon steaks in, underneath were my veggies and rice steaming steaming in the basket with coconut cream, garlic and spring onions.

Chicken thigh fillets stuffed with spring onion and sundried tomato and seasoned
These steam above my potatoes in the basket, some broccoli in the bottom of the varoma. I mash the potato after steaming them with some of the liquid. Steam with veggie stock. 

Cheat's 'Fried Eggs'
I love cooking my eggs like this now. No fat and no cleaning up! Just wet some baking paper and line the top of the varoma. Easy to do omelettes and scrambled eggs this way too. You can even put your egg rings on top if you want nice round ones.

Layered Cooking
The below three photos show you how to layer in your Varoma and TM bowl and cook 
more than one thing at a time.
Water with Chicken Stock

Greens steaming in the top tray

Seasoned Chicken Thigh pieces in the bottom half of the Varoma

Potatoes in the basket

Easy Peasy Garlic & Soy Chicken and Rice
Make marinade for steamed chicken and rice in the TM bowl, then put in diced chicken on reverse speed 1 for 5 seconds to coat in the marinade. Then entire TM bowl goes in the fridge until dinner time to let the chicken marinate. When ready to cook, drop the chicken into the Varoma, leave the bowl UNWASHED and fill up to 500g of water and use this flavoured water to cook rice and chicken at the same time. 
Extra flavour and NO WASHING UP!

 All done! Super easy and tastiest rice ever!!

Reheating leftovers
Reheating the above meal the next day...don't use your microwave, they dry things out and toughen up your meat. Use your Varoma steam to reheat

Or reheat inside the Varoma in a glass dish

Chicken & Chorizo Sausages
Make the mince, shape into sausages and steam them in the Varoma. Have some veggies or potatoes cooking in the basket at the same time for a quick all in one meal.

Mini Quiches without the Oven
These were mixed in the TM bowl, then spooned into this Tuppware silicon mould that perfectly fits the Varoma, and steamed. So quick and easy, and no hot oven on...great for hot weather

Steamed Brie Cheese with Basil Pesto Dressing
Words fail me. You simply must try this one

Cooking a whole chicken - the 'Healthy Roast Chicken'
You absolutely MUST try this, the chicken is so moist and tender, and keep the liquid at the end to use as a stock. I squeeze a 1.8-2kg chicken in there, sometimes bigger. If it doesn't fit I just weight the lid down with my dinner plates....instant plate warmer!

I will be posting more Varoma tips and recipes over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!! 
If you want to ask a question, find me on my Facebook page

Saturday, 6 July 2013

"Bachelor Baked Beans" & Eggs in your Thermomix | Using the Varoma

Baked beans, steamed eggs and spinach. SOOO good! All cooked together in 15 minutes, no stirring of course!

Another great recipe to get your varoma working for you. Recipe below...

"Bachelor Baked Beans", steamed eggs and spinach

1 clove garlic
2 spring onions or 1 small brown onion
20g olive oil
1 tin of tomatoes (or equivalent fresh tomatoes)
1 tin of beans of choice (butter, canneloni, kidney, borlotti beans etc)
1 MC of water to rinse tomato juice out of tin and incorporate into recipe
5g balsamic vinegar
baby spinach leaves
*optional: a few rashers of bacon

Chop onion and garlic (and bacon if using) speed 6 for 3 seconds
Scrape down, add oil and cook on Varoma for 3 minutes, speed 1

Prepare varoma:
Crack eggs into silicon cupcake moulds and put them in the bottom and top tray of varoma

Add tomatoes and beans to TM bowl, cook on Varoma temp, 7 minutes, reverse speed soft
When timer finishes, set varoma in place and cook eggs on Varoma temp, 7-10 minutes, reverse speed soft
(adjust cooking time here to suit how you like your eggs)
Add a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves around the eggs for the final 5 minutes
When cooking time finishes add the 5g of balsamic vinegar and mix 3 seconds, reverse speed 1

Recipe could easily be doubled with increased cooking time at the beginning to reduce down the sauce for the beans.