Tick of Yum

Providing hints and tips on using your Thermy, suggestions and recipes - from a very happyily Thermomixed South Australian couple

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How good IS your thermomix brush!!

Posted by Bee & John on December 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Most people who have a Thermomix has been given, or bought, the thermomix brush designed to help clean the thermomix.  I, like all good consultants, give a free brush when I deliver a Thermomix.

The first thing I often get told, and in fact I pre-empt people and laugh about it myself now, is that it looks like a toilet brush - and I guess it does.  However, the design of the brush - like everything to do with the Thermomix - is a brilliant mix of good design and du...

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Stir Fried Veggies

Posted by Bee & John on November 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM

People are often surprised when I say I do my stir fried veggies in my Thermomix.  Easy.  Yum - er... actually not yum... DELICIOUS!

I think I might have mentioned my earlier preference for all things NOT vegetable?  Well, done this way they are really lovely and tasty!  Satisfies the inner herbevore!  

It's easy too, which is a huge bonus.  Chop some garlic, chop some ginger, saute, add veggies, cook a couple of minutes, add a...

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Thermomix Vegetable Stock

Posted by Bee & John on September 11, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Vegetable stock - the thermomix vegetable stock is really the epitome of why everyone should get a Thermomix!

What is it?  If you need to ask this...

 get straight to your EveryDay Cookbook and do the recipe!!  Really

Basically - it is a concentrated paste of vegetables, herbs and salt.  It is delicious and is used as a ...

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Grating Chocolate

Posted by Bee & John on September 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I have been making quite a few recipes with grated chocolate lately - and most of the recipes called for chocolate to be grated and then put aside.  Most of the time I had already cooked something so my thermomix bowl was wet  so had to be super dried!

FINALLY - it went through my thick skull - why do it bit at a time?  I buy my chocolate disks in 1kg bags cheaply from a shop in Gawler (cheap in comparison to buying blocks of chocolate and much easier to use t...

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Cooking Chick Peas

Posted by Bee & John on August 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Chick Peas - I have learnt to really love these little balls of goodness - but had only ever ground the dry ones for nice fresh besam flour or used the tinned ones for dips or to add to meals and salads.  I had never cooked them before.

Well!  silly me!  How easy in the Thermomix and MUCH better tasting than the tinned stuff! (not to mention MUCH cheaper!)

Basically, soak them first in some fresh water.  

  • Why? - it helps reduce the cooking time AN...

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Gravy in the Thermomix

Posted by Bee & John on August 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM

This page should really be called... how to utilise the Thermomix when you are not using the Themomix :D

The other day we were going to have Veal Snitzels for dinner.  As great as the Thermomix is... I use a frypan for those.  But I certainly used the Thermomix!  Gravy and mashed potatoes.

First I made a cracked pepper and mushroom gravy...

  • 1 teaspoon (or more if you like it peppery) of black pepper, grind for 10-30 seconds...

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Specialty Butters - like.... VEGEMITE Butter!

Posted by Bee & John on July 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I was making some butter the other day and I was thinking of the different types of butter you can make.  Then it occurred to me... why not save time in the mornings - and blend your Vegemite directly with the butter!

When I make butter, after the final wash, I normally put a little olive oil in and a little salt - then blend for 20-30 secods on speed 6.  That works great to make it a little easier to spread from the fridge - and quite a smooth spread overall.

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Prices and Niceness of Spices

Posted by Bee & John on May 12, 2011 at 2:20 AM

One thing that I have noticed now I am really getting the most out of our Thermomix, is that I am using a lot more spices.  

I was reminded lately, that we have become very accustomed to buying everything from a supermarket - thinking that we've got the cheaper options.... NOT!!

For an example, I needed some cinnamon the other day and popped into a local supermarket and got a small packet.  15g and it cost $3.95

A few days later, I went to Gaganis Brothers (...

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Mayo's aren't Mayos!

Posted by Bee & John on May 12, 2011 at 2:10 AM

I had a request to make salads for a friend's birthday last weekend.... 80 people!  How easy was it in the Thermomix!!!!

I thought I would make even the mayonnaise - but when it came down to it, I realised that it was going to take a LOT of oil, eggs and time to make enough for potato salad AND coleslaw for 80 people - so I went looking for recipes.

At first I was looking just for a lighter coleslaw dressing, thinking that would halve my task - but I found a recipe that was s...

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Fancy some Pate?

Posted by Bee & John on April 30, 2011 at 3:20 AM

I just LOVE pate - pepper pate is my FAV!  I haven't found a really nice pate for ages and have stopped buying it - not the least because a good pate costs a fortune!!

However... it certainly doesn't cost much to make!  It cost me as much to make 750g as it was to buy 100g of it!  and darn easy!

First I had to make a decision.  WHICH Pate?  I had Gretche...

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Posted by Bee & John on March 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I finally did it!  I don't like yoghurt myself, so I had been putting this off (poor John, he loves it and has been missing out).  However I suffered the ignominy of a birthday recently - and I decided to have a few friends over and we'll do Yiros's / Souvlaki's for a help-yourself type of meal.  Well.... we needed the yoghurt sauce to go with it (which, I - weirdly - love) - so off I went to make yogurt.

So - how did it go?  The trick, of course, is to use a live cu...

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Using Thermomix as a kettle??

Posted by Bee & John on March 15, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I subscribe to an interesting food blog by a Sydney-based food writer Fouad Kassab - he had a recent post on the wonders of an Aeropress to make coffee.

What struck me about his blog was his comment about the optimal water temperature for coffee is 80oC.  Weeeeellll!  The thermomix has...

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Tough meat? How long to cook?

Posted by Bee & John on February 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I have cooked the "cheaper" grades of meat a lot.... prior to Themomix.  Afterall, until I won the relationship lottery and met my most wonderful John... I was a single mum - what else could I afford!?

I have never liked the slow cookers... everything end up tasting the same - no matter what you put in it - veggies, meat.... they all tasted of one thing, no differentiation!  And way too mushy for my taste.

I used to cook my meat slowly on the stove (invariably having a c...

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Juicing in the Thermomix

Posted by Bee & John on February 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I must admit.... Juicing is one of those things that I hadn't done a lot of in the thermomix until lately.  Actually... I learnt more about juicing at a cooking class this week (the first one I have attended!)

I was under the miss-understanding that you stuck the fruit/vegetable in the thermomix and voila! but who can drink pulp?!?

Nope!  I have just had the most beautiful juice!  Drink the thick stuff if you like.... but gee, add some sugar ...

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Chicken Stock

Posted by Bee & John on December 15, 2010 at 12:39 AM

This was so easy... and yum... AND useful!!  chicken, herbs, veggies, salt, boil, mince store!  that's it.  

1 Tsp into 500ml of water.  It is so nice, tasty and GOOD for you!  yum!

It came from the "My Way" cookbook.

Strawberry Jam

Posted by Bee & John on November 28, 2010 at 6:12 AM

I went to find my earlier post on Strawberry Jam to add a lesson learnt (the hard way, today) and I realised I hadn't actually PUT strawberry jam here!

Well!  take some strawberries, sugar and a touch of lemon... set going and go and have a cuppa.  When it beeps, you have strawberry jam.  That's it.  and it is SOOOOOooooo nice!

No reason why this wouldn't work with any fruit.... I just like strawberry jam so that is what I make :)

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Rice Milk

Posted by Bee & John on October 29, 2010 at 3:37 AM

Who would have thought it could be this easy!!!  I was paying $3-$4 for rice milk a litre..... now it would cost me approx 20c.  

A friend, very rightly, recently said that we have been fooled into thinking that we have to buy items from the shops because they dress it up into fancy bottles / containers / advertising and we don't realise that we could do it ourselves so easily!

The recipe is from the Vegetarian cookbook


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Puff Pastry

Posted by Bee & John on October 25, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I had been put off doing the Puff Pastry recipe (from the Everyday Cookbook) because it called for dripping - yuk!

However, yesterday I really needed some so I thought I would try it, but put in JUST butter - adding more butter instead of the dripping.

It was quick... easy... and delicious!  It was MUCH nicer than the puff pastry that you buy in the shops.  It didn't Puff as much, but was incredibly flaky - more like a croissant or a danish pastry...

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Wicked Fudge

Posted by Bee & John on October 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

This is Delicious!!  And dead easy - although I would encourage you to change the recipe a little - see hints and lessons below.

Although it has so much sweetness in it, it is actually not that sweet and although more-ish, you can be  happy with one small slice.  Keeps well too... if it lasts long enough LOL

This is in the festive flavour cookbook

HINT/LESSON: I'm torn between what this could be categorised under, hint or le...

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Boutique Salt

Posted by Bee & John on October 14, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Fancy name for a basic dried spice mix... but it is YUM!  This is from the Vegetarian Cookbook - and even tho I am not a vegetarian (would have been diss-owned by my parents who were BOTH butchers and my Hubby, John the Butcher!) I have found some fantastic recipes in there!  

What's more - the Vegetarian cook book even has hand creams and bath bombs and the like!!

Anyway... back to the salt.  Basically it was dried lemon, rosemary, garlic an...

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