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Recipe Requests / Hotel room cooking
« on: March 08, 2017, 05:26:01 pm »
Hi everyone,
I will be staying in a hotel in Mexico for 2 full months...and just found out that meals are not included in the hotel package  :'(
I'll have a mini refrigerator, but no stove, oven, or microwave oven so I've decided to pack my trusted TM31 in my luggage.
I'm trying to think of breakfast / lunch / dinner recipes that do not require much equipment (I'll buy a basic plate, bowl, cutlery and containers for leftovers but won't have a full kitchen with me). I will not bring the Varoma as it takes too much space and I don't actually use it that much at home.
At the moment I'm thinking smoothies for breakfast, risottos every now and again, steamed veg in the basket, and eating out on my days off (Sundays) when I have enough time to get to a restaurant.
If you have any suggestions, that would be really helpful. I wish they'd release a TM dorm-room survival cookbook!
Thanks for your help and advice

Chit Chat / The 4-hour Body Slow-carb diet
« on: September 08, 2012, 01:00:18 pm »
I've just flicked through this diet book and it looks simple and straightforward. The Amazon reviews seem to be really good.
The basic idea is cut out all white carbs and replace them with beans and lentils. Yet when I searched the forum for recipe ideas I couldn't find any mention of it.
Has anyone tried it? Any good outcome?

Recipe Name: Carrot and cabbage sambhal
Book Name: Fast and Easy Indian Cooking
Tweaking details: Works well without the tamarind (didn't have any) and less oil
Review: Delicious. Serve with grilled chicken for a lovely no-carb dinner.
Score: 4

I typed it up here :

Vegetarian / Cabbage and Carrot Sambhal
« on: May 16, 2010, 10:46:49 pm »
Name of Recipe: Cabbage and Carrot Sambhal
Number of People: 4
350 g cabbage
200 g carrots
100 g mango
20 g olive oil

1 tsp ground cumin
tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
- tsp chilli powder

1 tsp mustard seeds
tsp cumin seeds
10 curry leaves

1 tbsp lemon juice (double if not using mango)
1 tbsp gram flour
2-3 fresh green chillies
1 tbsp tamarind paste (optional)

1. Chop cabbage, carrots and mango flesh 5s, speed 5. Set aside.
2. Heat the oil 2 minutes / T Varoma / speed spoon.
Meanwhile measure the ground cumin, turmeric, salt and chilli powder and pour over the carrot mixture.
3. Add the seeds and curry leaves to the hot oil, avoiding the blades. Cook 5 minutes / 100 / speed 1.
4. Add carrot mixture, tamarind paste or lemon juice, gram flour and fresh green chillies. Cook 10 minutes / 100 / reverse blade / speed 1
Adjust seasoning with salt, chilli powder or lemon juice.

Source : Indian cookbook

Delicious !
Enjoy !

Tips and Tricks / Gourmet Recipe Manager
« on: May 15, 2010, 09:32:18 am »
I'm using Gourmet Recipe Manager to sort my recipe database and I really like it so I thought I'd share it here.
It's originally a linux software but apparently works well on Windows. If you're running Linux, you can easily install it via the Ubuntu software centre (9.10 and above) or the "Add / remove" section (before 9.10)
If you're using Windows you can download it here :

It is free software, so you're allowed to use it, share it, etc...

You can have a look at a few screenshots here :
And it's really easy to use : if you find a recipe you like on the web and want to save it, just copy and paste the ingredients list in the program and it's clever enough to sort them for you !
It also has 2 useful boxes : "source" and "webpage" to help you go back to where you found your recipe!
You can even export your gourmet database to share it with others !

To learn more about Free Software :

Enjoy !

Main Dishes / Chicken Kashmiri
« on: May 09, 2010, 10:14:55 pm »
Name of Recipe: Chicken Kashmiri
Number of People: 6

40 g cashews or almonds

Ground spices
4 tsp madras curry powder
2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp salt

Whole spices 
2 cassia leaves
6 cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp oil

120 g liquid cream
1 greek yoghurt
200g water

Veg  / meat
2 diced carrots
2 diced celery sticks
2 dried apricots, diced
300 - 800 g chicken breast

2 firm bananas, sliced in coins
Bits of almonds / cashews
1 tsp garam masala


0. Slice banana, grill in oven, possibly with a little sugar on top
1. Grind the nuts, 5s / speed 5 and reserve part for topping. Grind the rest finely 8s / speed 9
2. Drop the garlic / onion / ginger on running blades speed 5. Add the oil, and cook 3 min / 100° / speed 3
3. ! Avoiding the blades ! carefully add ground spices. Cook 6 min / 100° / speed 2
4. Add liquids. Blend 10s / speed 9. Then cook 6 min / 100° / speed 2
5. While step 4 is cooking, fry whole spices in a pan until fragrant, and add to the TMX bowl.
6. Blend 1 min / speed 10
7. Add carrots, celery and apricots, blend 7 s / speed 5 (roughly chopping)
8. Add chicken and make sure it's covered with the sauce. Cook 15 min / 100° / reverse /  spoon speed
9. Before serving, stir in the garam masala, bits of nuts and grilled bananas

Source :
I read several recipes for Kashmiri and wasn't happy with most if them as they didn't include bananas. So I made one up.
The instructions, on the other hand, are based on the Korma recipe of the Indian cookbook as it had been a huge success when I tried it.

Hints / Tips : I listed the ingredients on groups to make it easier to read. I put all my ground spices in a cup before adding them to the bowl, I found it more convenient.
If you find chicken is a bit boring, you can try it with lamb or prawns and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Will most definitely cook this one again !

Vegetarian / Palak Paneer
« on: May 09, 2010, 09:50:21 pm »
Name of Recipe: Palak Paneer
Number of People: 4
500 g spinach       
200 g paneer, diced
1 onion             
1 tomato           
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
a pinch of hing

1. Blanch spinach and rinse in cold water.
2. Keep 200g of the hot water, and soak the paneer in it.
3. Put in onion and ginger into  *:, blend speed 5, scrape sides, add oil and cook 3 min / 100 / speed 3
4. Add tomato and spices (avoiding blades), blend speed 5, and cook an additional 1 min / 100 / speed 3
5. Add spinach and lemon juice; blend speed 5/6
6. Add paneer with its warm water, cook 5 min / 100 /  :-: / speed 3
7. Add cream (as much as you like)
8. Blend in garam masala before serving

Be very gentle with the hing, you don't want more than a pinch of it :

Source : various recipes for the spice mix, some included cumin but I didn't.

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Book binding
« on: May 03, 2010, 12:22:12 pm »
Hello !
The Indian cookbook I ordered from England came with a spiral binding (on the left of the picture), whereas the French one I received with the Thermomix was a more "traditional" book (on the left of the picture) with a normal spine.
I really like the spirals : the book can stand on its own, stays open, etc... Really convenient.
Now, do all the English books come with spirals, or was I just lucky with the Indian one?
I'm debating which country to order the books from, taking into account spirals and shipping fees... :)

Recipe Requests / Carrot and Coriander soup ?
« on: May 03, 2010, 12:05:45 pm »
Hello !
I would like to make some carrot and coriander soup and wondered if anyone could give me a good recipe for it. Apparently there is one on page 71 of the Australian book but is definitely not in my French Thermomix book. Thought I'd ask here before I improvise...
Thank you very much !

Cakes / Marble Cake
« on: May 03, 2010, 11:32:41 am »
Name of recipe : Marble cake
Number of people : 2-4 (makes one cake, about 10" long, or about 12-14 slices)
Time : TMX ≃ 10 minutes, baking ≃ 45 minutes
Calories : ≃ 180 per slice  
Ingredients :      3 eggs
                             150g sugar
                             250g flour
                             1/4 cup of lukewarm water
                             1/2 cup oil
                             1 little sachet of baking powder  - see qty in posting below
                             1 little sachet of vanilla sugar         "     qty  "    "         "
                             2-3 spoonfuls of cocoa powder (e.g Van Houten type, no added sugar)
                             2-3 spoonfuls of cream
Preparation :  
Pre-heat oven at 160C
Put eggs / sugar / water into the bowl and mix on speed 3 for about 2 min, heat setting 37
Add oil / flour + baking powder  and mix gradually from speed 3 to speed 6 for about 2 minutes.
Pour 3/4 of that batter into a greased tin
Add the cocoa powder and cream to the remaining batter and mix on speed 3-4 for about 1 minute (or until smooth)
Pour the chocolate batter on top of the white batter already in the tin, without trying to mix the two evenly.
Now take a for and mix the white and dark batter very lightly to create the black and white effect.

Bake at 160 for about 40-45 minutes, depending on your oven.

Now I probably shouldn't tell you that, but I tried to count the calories in that cake, based on the amount of ingredients in it, and it came up to about 2500 for the whole cake :-[ and therefore about 180 calories per slice...

This is adapted from my aunt's marble cake recipe. I made it last night in the TMX and was quite surprised with the texture. It's the first time I'm making dough in it, and it looks really strange. So perfectly smooth / even that it looks like a cake you buy from the shop.
 (I've noticed that in some countries the baking powder is already in the flour when you buy it, if so, don't add any more of it!)

Introduce Yourself / Greetings !
« on: April 27, 2010, 02:06:15 pm »
Hello !
Even though I'd registered a little while ago, T just came in yesterday - and seems to enjoy its spot in the kitchen.
So far we've tried :
- raspberry sherbet
- courgette soup (delicious, made it twice already...)
- orange and lemon juice
I was hoping to cook something from "Fast and Easy Indian Cooking" for lunch but it looks like whichever recipe I look at,  I won't have all the ingredients!
That's it for now

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