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Chit Chat / We make gren smoothies at the canteen
« on: March 23, 2011, 05:40:14 am »
Hi all,

Just thought I'd let you know how wonderful our thermomix is at school. We make our own chicken patties for our chicken burgers, we are still trying to find a really nice chicken ball/nugget recipe, (we tried the one in the EDC but for some reason they are sometimes a little dry, so experimenting some more!) we do muffins, fruity dream, sorbet, and we have started making....... green smoothies!! I started drinking them the end of last year (just google green smoothies...tons of info, but my fav website about them is  So I use to take them to work in a flask and teachers would ask what I was drinking and when I told them they were a little surprised, so I use to give them a mouthful in a glass to taste. Most of them were impressed. This year one of the teachers asked were we going to be making them so they could buy them? Well, why not we thought!!! So now we do green smoothies to sell at the canteen.

We don't just sell them to teachers now though, some of the students have found out that we are making them and asked what was in them etc,and when we tell them how good they are for them, they want to buy them too!! We are so happy to have our thermie in the canteen. We are slowly converting the school to even healthier food than what I introduced when I took over as manager, thanks to the thermie!!

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Chit Chat / Mars Bars
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:50:31 pm »
The conversation I had with my 15 yr old DS while he was eating some Dulche de Leche (thank you for the recipe by the way...super delicious!!) He'll eat this on pancakes, bread, a spoon, even his finger!!!

DS: Mum, Can you make your own chocolate?

Me: I have seen a recipe for making chocolate on the forum. Depends what you want to make. I could just melt some buttons.

DS: Can you make nougat?  The soft type, not the hard type.

Me: I could see if there is a recipe on the forum, or find one and convert it.

DS: So, you can make caramel, if you can make chocolate and nougat, then we can make our own Mars Bars! How cool would that be....we can make them whenever we like and have heaps!!!

As you can tell from our conversation, Mars bars are his favourite treat!!!

So do we have a soft nougat recipe anyone? He is a bit of a food cirtic!! Thanks in advance.

Special Diets / Sunbutter
« on: December 30, 2010, 09:01:06 am »
I get emails from "Elana's Pantry", (she makes everything gluten free and uses Almond flour), but from her email she had a link to someone else's and in their site they had some recipe with SUNBUTTER!! Well I didn't know what that was so googled's sunflower seeds made into a butter. Looks and tastes like peanut butter. So I found some recipes and then tweaked it and changed it a little to be able to be made in the TMX!!

2 cups roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (I roasted mine in the oven for about 10 mins on 180c)
4 tablespoons rice bran oil
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar

Put in TMX for 20 secs on speed 7. Scrap down sides of bowl and do it again. Keep doing this till its the consistency you like. Taste and add more agave and oil if desired. It's very Yum!!

I'll try the recipe using the sunbutter and if its good I'll post it too.

Chit Chat / School canteens who use a thermomix
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:15:40 pm »
Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone knows if any schools use a thermomix? Our P&C had a demo (not the usual ones) tonight. The consultant made, sorbet, a coleslaw, a veggie stirfry, (she made the rice before!!) and a packet muffin mix which we use at school to show the parents and committee how quick it would be to make them instead of the usual 15 mins it takes to measure and mix the ingredients with the packet mix.They are thinking of getting one for the canteen to use. I'm the manager, and I have one at home and love it. The P&C were just wondering if other schools have one and if they find it helpful or would we just use it for some things?? I also have Chef Laurant's canteen book. We are a high school, very multi cultural, but the kids are very adventurous with trying new foods. They surprise me sometimes with some things they ask can we have in the canteen or even the things that we make that I'm not sure how they would go and they become our best sellers.
I try to change some of the things on the menu each term. I know the kids get bored with the same things all the time, so after 9 - 10 weeks of something they don't want to buy it anymore!!
The people there were impressed with it, as I knew they would be. Most of them want to go ahead with it, but just want to be sure we can do more than just sorbet and chopping with it!! I know we can, but told them I would see if any other schools have one and get back to them.

Thanks for your help,

Chit Chat / New Gluten Free bread mix
« on: June 19, 2010, 08:33:07 am »
Hi All,

Just wanted to let those that are gluten free that my sister has told me about a new gluten free bread mix. It is fantastic!! It rises, smells and cooks and even tastes like real bread!! Its called F.G. Roberts Cottage Bread Mix.
Go look at this site:

They sent me 2 x 200g sample bags of the mix. They make a small 400g loaf, but I just made one of the bags into rolls!! YUM!! they taste so good!! You can order straight from them, but you have to add postage to the price!! Apparently it comes in 1kg, 5kg and 12kg bags.
I whizzed my sample bag in the Thermomix and its great! The packet says to do it by hand, but why should we when we have such a fantastic machine to help us!!! My rolls were a bit pale on top, but after talking with my sister she told me to brush them with milk next time and it all browns nicely.
Just thought I'd pass on the great news!!!  ;D

Jams and Chutneys / Chocolate Macadamia Spread
« on: June 19, 2010, 06:25:42 am »
Hi All,

I tired the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread recipe from the EDC and mine was grainy too, so seeing I LOVE macadamia nuts and had some in my fridge thought I might try and change the recipe a little!!
So using the same recipe I just made a few changes.

Chocolate Macadamia Spread

80g Sugar
60g Macadamias
100g Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces
70g Soft Butter
100g Milk

Put Macadamias in TM bowl and Dry roast for 6-8 mins on speed 1. Set aside.
Let TM cool down. Put sugar in TM bowl and pulverise for 8 - 10 seconds on speed 9. Set aside.
Put chocolate in TM bowl and mill for 8 - 10 seconds on speed 8. Set aside.
Put macadamias in TM bowl and grind for 15 seconds on speed 8 (or until it looks like a paste, not just meal!!) Add the sugar, chocolate, butter and milk and heat for 6 minutes at 50 degrees c on speed 3. Place in sterilized jars and place in the fridge.

This is so creamy and yummy. Mine is a little stiff when I get it out of the fridge, so might add a little more milk or butter next time. My 17yr old DS LOVES it, I find teaspoon holes in it when I go to the fridge..... that's how he has been eating it, not even on bread sometimes!!!

Chit Chat / Tassie people
« on: March 14, 2010, 08:57:57 am »
Hi, Just wondered if anyone from Tassie is in this group? My niece lives in Tassie and has a son who is coeliac and has started making gluten free goodies and selling them at the Davenport Markets. She has a TMX and says it helps her heaps. She has started this because she said it's not fair that people that need special diets have to pay lots more for food or treats, so thought it was better to make her own and now is selling her treats at the markets, obviously for less than you have to pay in a shop!!! Just wanted to let you know, if anyone goes there say "Hi" to her, she is just a wonderful young woman!!!

Special Diets / Gluten Free Wraps
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:47:43 am »

I found a great recipe for a gluten free wrap. I've adapted it to how I like it. The original recipe is (Kate has some other great recipes too!!!) I usually use Orgran's GFG Substitute, but in this batch I used Xanthan Gum as I couldn't get the gfg. The recipe calls for Xanthan gum, if you use the gfg the mixture is more like a cake mix batter than a dough. But still works and still tastes great!!

1 cup Glutinous Rice Flour (120gr if using the scales on tmx)
1/2 cup Tapioca starch (60gr - tmx)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water (190gr - tmx)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons oil (I use Rice Bran oil, you can use Olive Oil)
2 Eggs

Preheat oven to 180c.
Put the dry ingredients in TMX and mix on speed 4 -5 for 5 seconds. Add the wet ingredients and mix on speed 5 - 6 for 10 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again for 5 seconds if needed. Line a pizza tray with baking paper and spoon or pour some mixture onto tray and spread thinly (to make it easier wet the back of the spoon with water, then spread). Bake for 13 - 15 minutes. When cooked, cool on wire rack. When cold, roll in baking paper, then store in ziplock bag in freezer. When you want to eat one just defrost, it will only take a few minutes. Can be eaten with salad ingredients or even spreads. Can even be toasted in a sandwich press!!!

I work at as a canteen manager in a high school. We have a boy who is ceoliac, and if he doesn't want to bring leftovers I have these in our freezer and he just comes and order a gluten free wrap, usually with chicken,tomato and feta cheese and then toast it in our sandwich press. (We toast all our sandwiches, etc in baking paper for 2 reasons, 1 - no cross contamination, and 2 - easier to clean!!!
I don't know how to add photos to here, but they are on my blog, so if you want to see what they look like just go to there. These wraps taste great while still warm spread with chocolate hazelnut spread!! YUM!!

If you have any questions please ask!!

Chit Chat / lychee and coconut sorbet ..... YUM
« on: January 14, 2010, 10:40:09 am »
I just made lychee and coconut sorbet. I froze a cann of coconut cream/milk into ice cube trays and put a can of lychees in the fridge. Just followed the sorbet recipe in the EDC. It was softer than the other sorbets I've made and I think that was because the coconut cream/milk was frozen but softened quickly. So next time I think I'll just buzz some dessicated coconut with the sugar. But it was delicious!! I just love lychees!!! YUM!!!

Soups / Smoked Salmon Soup
« on: December 07, 2009, 06:06:49 am »
Name of Recipe: Smoked Salmon Soup
Number of People: Makes 2litres ?
Ingredients: 500g Milk
                            250g Cream
                            100g Tomato Paste
                            3 Cooked Potatoes (mashed in TMX) or 30g Cornflour
                            150g - 200g Smoked Salmon
                            1 Tbsp TMX Vegetable Stock Concentrate
                            Finely chopped Dill to taste

Preparation:  Place the milk, cream, tomato paste, potatoes (or cornflour) into TMX bowl.
                             Cook for 8 minutes at 100c on speed 3.
                             After 6 minutes of cooking, add smoked salmon and stock.
                            When cooking time has completed add extra smoked salmon cut into stripes and finely chopped dill and combine
                            for 10 - 20 seconds on speed 1.


Tips/Hints: This is how the soup was made at the Baulkham Hills Festive Cooking Class. Prepared by V. Lemmer, Consultant, Recipe by L Skrinnikoff, Customer. I'm sure you could adjust it to how you like!! But it was DIVINE!!! (And I don't usually like very much Smoked Salmon!!!)

Members' comments
Thermomixer - Think I'd start with a small amount of the stock concentrate and adjust up as needed.

Cookie1 - I wonder what this would be like chilled? I think I'd be very careful with the concentrate too, wouldn't want to ruin the smoked salmon.

JD - We just had this smoked salmon soup for lunch.  I still had the second packet I won from Helene's blog so used that (Wild Smoked Sockeye Salmon) - hope Helene isn't reading this thread, she will have a fit to see I have used it in soup but it was soooooo nice.  I did what Thermomixer said and blitzed the potato to start with (used 4 as I wanted it nice and thick).  It did take an extra 8 minutes to cook though so next time I might try the precooked potato method.  I am going to serve the leftovers over some steamed garlic rice (it is almost a mornay consistency so should work well).  Thanks for the posting terstoo.

terstoo - Glad you liked it. when they cooked it at the demo the lady had cooked and mashed (blitzed) potatoes that she added. I loved it at the demo

Chit Chat / I've missed visiting
« on: December 07, 2009, 05:31:56 am »

I've been a bit busy with work and have missed visiting the site for a couple of weeks. But I di want to tell you that I have Chef Laurent's  cookbook "Caters for Kids". I bought it as I work in a high school canteen, and wanted to try and introduce some new food and healthy food into the canteen. It has some good recipes. Don't know if I'm allowed to post them here or not though!!! Would anyone know the legal angle on that? I'm quite happy to if its allowed!!! It does have the "Copyright Act 1968 and subsequent amendments" on the back of the first page!!!

But I also wanted to let you know I tried the Choc-Orange Custard that is on this forum!!! OH SO YUM!!!! Jaffa's were one of my favourite lollies and finding out I had to go gluten free, that is one of the things I miss, not that I ate them often, but just knowing I can't have them at all anymore was a bummer!!! So when I found the choc-orange custard recipe I just had to try it, and it was wonderful, so thank you who put the recipe on here. I made the beetroot salad this morning as one of the salads for dinner. It's going to be 39c here today so there is no way I am putting my oven or stove on!!! (Ihad a roast defrosting yesterday to cook today!!! I am going to cook it on the barbie now and have it with salads!!)

My sons are still the fruity dream connoisseurs in our house!!! They make it so much better than me. But I have a tin of lychees cooling in my fridge for me to make some sorbet after dinner!!! Feeling very summery today!!! ;D

Chit Chat / Practicing
« on: November 18, 2009, 02:42:43 am »
I had a day home today - no work!! So I thought I'd practice using my thermie. Some things I tried before today didn't turn out as I expected, but me I like to jump in head first sometimes, so thought I should go back to the practice things and work out how things might work better for me!! So I made butter, bought some fresh cream last week for 99c for 300ml as it was close to use by date, then thought I'd like to have the tuna spread from g/f book on something for lunch, so boiled the eggs ready for that, then saw some apples in our fruit basket not being eaten as they were a bit floury, so after the eggs, I made apple sauce, then made the tuna spread. All turned out great, so feel a bit more confident that I can make good things in the thermie!!
Before my sticky date pudding was a bit too smooth, so was disappointed, and a couple of other things didn't turn out as expected, but after today I think all will be good. I'm already thinking I could of added in some sun-dried tomatoes to my tuna dip, or gherkins, so I think I'll be fine with it all now!! ;D

Chit Chat / Green Chicken Hors - d'oeuvers!!!
« on: November 15, 2009, 11:22:14 pm »
Funny, funny!!! Saturday we had some friends coming over for dinner and I thought I'd make some herbal chicken hor -d'oeuvers from the "Everyday cooking book" that we could nibble on while I made the actual dinner as they were coming early. But I either put in too much flat leaf parsley or wasn't supposed to use the green part of the shallot, because they came out of the thermomix green!!! A nice green tinge!! My oldest came into the kitchen when I was rolling them and putting them onto the tray and asked what they were, I told him chicken balls/nugget things and he said they looked like "boogers". So when they were cooked I told him that the "chicken boogers" were ready!!! Well they might have looked a bit green, but they tasted GREAT!!! My oldest tried one when I told him they were ready and 5 mins later he was back in the kitchen and when I looked at the tray 12 more of them were gone!!!! So now our chicken hor -d'oeuvers have a nickname - chicken boogers!!! I think next time I'll try less parsley and not use the tops of the shallots. Oh and they were gluten free, I ground up some plain rice cakes to use instead of breadcrumbs!!!  ;D ;D ;D

Chit Chat / I got my TMX today!!!
« on: November 06, 2009, 08:01:55 am »
I got my TMX today!!! Yay!!! My niece bought it over this afternoon and showed me how to put it all together and my 13 yr old son made fruity dream!!!!! It is the BEST!! Just like soft serve, but better because you know what you are putting in it!!! He put 100g each of Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries. (We have a place in Sydney that sells berries in 1kg bags quite reasonable prices, so have some in my freezer, but I can see I will be needing to buy LOTS more!!!!) :D
So now my 13 yr old is going through the cookbook seeing what else he can make!!! Watch out here comes my Master chef!!!
So I have the weekend to experiment, and I will let you know how things go, but my son loves it already!!! (He was the one saying "Why do we need one of those for? We already have machines that can do all these things!!!) So I think its very funny that he was the first to use it and wants to keep making stuff in it!!! I think I may even have to fight him to use it myself. When hubby came home from work, the son was the one showing him how to work it and all the safety requirements and what not to do with it as well!! So will let you know what else he tries as well!! ;D

Chit Chat / I'm getting a TMX!!!!!
« on: October 27, 2009, 06:51:36 am »
Hi All,
I just ordered a thermomix from my niece. Yay!!!! I only work part-time during school terms so had to wait to go back to school to replenish my bank account. Also had to move in the school holidays, so was busy anyway!!! But it should be here in 10 days!! WooHoo!!! Can hardly wait .......... I want to cook all those yummy things I keep reading about!!! 2 others bought aTMX after coming to my demo!!!

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