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Farro isn't real popular in the States.  I've never seen it on a menu, Italian or otherwise.  That said, anything different intrigues me.  I cooked some off in my TM today, and while the taste was exactly what I was looking for, it was rather chewy.  The TM cookbook suggests 17 minutes @ 100C, speed 1.   I cooked mine for 30 minutes+ and it was still chewy.  So, I tried a test and put some in the TM @ 100C for an hour....  still chewy.  Is that it's nature?  Seems to leave me thinking I'm never done chewing.

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Noodle Pudding
« on: December 26, 2008, 01:39:39 am »
If anyone likes a good sweet noodle pudding (Kugel),

I've added some ThermoMix suggestions to my RECIPE .  If you want to make your own pasta (I did) use about 100 g all purpose flour, 100 g semolina, two eggs, a pinch of salt, and a squirt of EVOO and process in knead mode for about 2 minutes.

Condiments and Sauces / Sauce Bearnaise
« on: December 26, 2008, 01:10:59 am »
Name of Recipe:  Sauce Bearnaise
Number of People:  4-6
1 shallot (small, quartered)
1 tsp. tarragon (dried)
3 Tbsp. white wine
1 Tbsp vinegar (tarragon or red wine)
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
120 g butter
3 egg yolks
2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1.  Put shallot into the TM and pulse 5 times.
2.  Add tarragon, vinegar, wine salt and pepper.  Process at 100C at stir speed for 5 minutes with the cap off to allow evaporation.
3.  Insert butterfly and add remaining ingredients.  Process at 80C, speed 3 for 4 minutes.
4.  Press through a fine sieve and serve.

Can hold the sauce at 60C speed 2 for about an hour.

More pictures can be found  HERE

I had a feeling my TM might show up today, so I went shopping for some odds and ends:

Sure enough, it showed up, so I decided to make some risotto.  Here it is with some asparagus and chicken.  I put some rice pudding on too, but that's outside cooling at the moment :)

Suggestions and Complaints / Beans, beans, good for your heart...
« on: December 20, 2008, 04:59:40 pm »
But where are the recipes?  Like I said in the other post, I got my recipe books and was browsing in anticipation of the arrival of my TM.  I found very, very few recipes using beans.  I think there was one bean and rice recipe, several lentil, and a barley or two.  I would think the TM does beans very well, but no recipes.

For example, there's a recipe for hummus that calls for canned (tinned) chick peas.  It give weights for chick peas you cooked yourself, but no instructions in doing so.  While I'd think this would be a basic, someone like me who is starting out could use some guidance.  What temperature, how long, do you stir or just let it sit with the heat on (can you even do that?).  Or, is the TM not a great bean cooker?

Suggestions and Complaints / What is?
« on: December 20, 2008, 04:49:18 pm »
Can I suggest a new sub-forum?  One titled "What is ... ?"

The forum has grown very well since I found it just a few weeks ago.  Since it's the only English language forum, it has the potential of exponential growth outside the land of Oz.  I ordered the cook books from the UK site, and have to say, there's a lot of ingredients that I'm just not familiar with, and I'm sure there will be others from the US joining in time (Wait till I start spreading the word).  A place to go to translate ingredients and colloquialisms would be a wonderful help.

For example:
     What is Rocket?
     What is double cream (I'm guessing what we call heavy cream)
     What is corn flour (I'm guessing what we call corn starch)

There's more, but I didn't write them down.

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / What should I make
« on: December 15, 2008, 09:12:12 pm »
My TM probably shipped today, and anticipation is building.  With a little luck, I should have it Friday.  Soooooo, what should I cut my teeth on?  Remember, nothing scares me in the kitchen;  I don't care how difficult the recipe is.  Rice pudding is surely on the list, but I'm not sure what else.  The larder is full so bring on your suggestions :)

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / An Observation
« on: December 13, 2008, 04:15:11 am »
As you know, I just purchased (have not yet received) a Thermomix.  During the process I've been watching some auctions on used TM-21s.  Really surprised to see them demanding in excess of $400 US.  There are no other appliances that I know of that maintain such a high percentage of their original price.  That's close to half isn't it?  Can only be a tribute to a good machine :)

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Dry Roasting ?
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:00:13 pm »
Since I can't play yet, I have to just ask questions.  Is the Thermomix capable of dry roasting some things?  For example, many seeds and nuts are better if they are "toasted" before use.  Sooo, let's say I want to use some pignoli (pine nuts) which should almost always be toasted first, can I just throw them into a TM and let it stir them as they toast?  What about smaller quantities, like whole cumin seeds?

Vegetarian / Where are the salad dressings? - Red French
« on: December 09, 2008, 02:47:06 am »
Where are all the salad dressing recipes?  I thought that would be one of the largest recipe groups.  Here's one for you.

Name of Recipe:  Red French Dressing
Number of People: 8+

0.25  cup  Ketchup 
0.25  cup  honey 
2.0  tbsp.  Onion grated
2.0  tbsp.  Vinegar, Apple Cider grated
2.0  tbsp.  Lemon Juice grated
2.0  tbsp.  oil, vegetable grated
2.0  tbsp.  water grated
1.0  tbsp.  Tomato Paste grated
0.25  tsp.  celery seed grated 

Whisk everything together and chill for an hour.


You can find a couple more pictures at:

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Books in English?
« on: December 09, 2008, 01:28:22 am »
I've seen posts about magazines in Spain, and some other books, but I can't find any recipe books in English.  Do they exist?  I saw something about a book, "Cooking with Steam."  Where can I get a copy?

Thanks in advance.

Introduce Yourself / Hi, I'm Warren from the US (Pennsylvania)
« on: December 07, 2008, 03:08:09 pm »
Hi guys, very helpful and friendly forum you have  ;D  I don't own a Thermomix, yet.  Vorwerk seems to have avoided the US market for some reason as there is only one distributor, and so far, I've found only one rep, in "Upstate" NY.  No demos to be had.  So, here, you have to be in the know and search one out.  I was "aware" of them, but had never seen one until a recent visit to Montreal.  A gourmet shop there had one on display, but the next scheduled demo would be 5 days after we returned home (about an 8 hour drive).   It's a lot of money to spend on something without ever seeing one in action, but my wife suggested I research it a bit :)

Cooking has been my hobby for some time now.  I have a web site at which I use as my personal cookbook.  I do a lot of breads with a no-knead method, and I love soups.  Make all my own stocks and pasta.  My hesitation about buying a Thermomix is that I want to make sure it adds something to my kitchen and doesn't just end up taking space.  I already have a Vita-Mix so the blender functions don't mean much to me.  I already have a Paco Jet, so I'm not interested in ice creams, sorbets, or gelato.  I am curious about making risotto; adding all the liquid at once runs contrary to the way I've learned.  Sounds great to be able to make a sauce without stirring.  I'm intrigued by making soups in the one vessel, so here I am, joining your great forum.

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