Tick of Yum

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

Our Ticks of Yum

Marble Cake

Posted by Bee & John on October 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM
This was the first time I have EVER done a marble cake - don't know why I left it so late!!!  it was easy and a particularly nice cake!  It was lovely and soft, really moist and tasty.

LESSON: when swirling, the knife swishing around just wasn't enough, dig in a knife (or better yet a fork) and then flick it up.  That actually mixes it up.  Do that a dozen or so times

LESSON: I cooked it in too small a tin.  Use a ...
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Thermomix version of Nutella

Posted by Bee & John on August 16, 2010 at 12:52 AM

O! M! G! That is fantastic!!!!  SO easy too.


I didn't actually HAVE hazelnuts - so I used Almonds.  Still YUMMY!!


Very chocolatey, very rich but not heavy.


I did a double mixture and it made 900mls  That's a lot!!  I have some 100ml plastic tubs I got from a plastics shop and it made 9 of them!


Cost?  It would have cost about $8 for the 900ml which is only a little cheaper than the bought stuff, b...

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Peanut Butter

Posted by Bee & John on August 16, 2010 at 12:47 AM

For some reason we had put this off.. I mean really - how much better is home made peanut butter to bought stuff.


HEAPS!


easy too.  grinding the peanuts made the paste, adding a little oil made it spreadable. 


I was wondering how unsalted peanuts would go - I knew that there was lots of salt and sugar in commercial peanut butter.  You know what you taste in home made, unsalted peanut butter?  The Peanuts!!


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Making Coconut Milk

Posted by Bee & John on August 7, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Well... this isn't actually in the cookbook that comes with the Thermomix, but in the Indian Cooking book - but it was so easy it is worth putting here.


Why bother?  I had a fresh coconut and it goes off if you don't use it all - why waste it?


Quick and easy!  


HINT: freeze the coconut milk in the plastic icecube bags.  That way they do not pick up any of the other aromas in the freezer and they don't freeze dry or stick tog...

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Hint for Icing

Posted by Bee & John on July 16, 2010 at 8:20 PM

want chocolate icing??  Mill some choclate with your icing sugar.  YUMMO.


LESSON: lemon juice to wet the mixture for spreading isn't as nice with chocolate in it LOL

Muffins

Posted by Bee & John on July 9, 2010 at 3:45 AM

I was expecting a recipe with "blend this" and "do that"... but nope.  Chuck it all in and mix for 45 seconds.  Then add the fruit and mix for another 20 seconds.  That's it.


YUMMO!


I did Strawberry (fresh strawberries cut into 1/3rds) and choc chip.  YUM!


They were actually really light and fluffy - I am used to the more heavy muffins you get in the shops - I prefer these!!!


HINT: I cheated and did no...

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Citrus Marmalade

Posted by Bee & John on June 29, 2010 at 5:43 AM

I had promised the people at work that I would make buttermilk scones tomorrow for the meeting (made butter last night and had it handy)


but.... no jam.  Welllllll.... we DID have store bought jam - but that would be a bit embarrassing now wouldn't it LOL - me the Thermomix queen.


Problem was... it is the depths of winter here at the moment and we only had oranges/mandarines/lemons.  So... citrus marmalade it was.


I only did half...

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Tomato Sauce (Base for Pasta)

Posted by Bee & John on June 12, 2010 at 3:48 AM

I still had plenty of tomatoes left over from making the tomato "ketchup" recipe so i thought I'd try this.  (It also postponed me cleaning the bowl for another 30 minutes LOL - back to my book!)


To get all the ingredients into the bowl? 1 minute.  To blend, 1 minute - now it is cooking for 30 minutes.  That's it!  Even raw it was a very tasty mixture.    


It will be a fantastic base for baked pasta, lasagne, spaghetti sauce, g...

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Tomato Ketchup (we ALL know that's really Sauce!!)

Posted by Bee & John on June 12, 2010 at 3:17 AM

I've been wanting to try making our own tomato sauce for a while (I'll call it tomato sauce from here on in... none of this Ketchup business LOL - but to differenentiate it from the tomato sauce in the cook book that is to do with a pasta base, I had to name it tomato ketchup in the heading)


We went out for a magical drive through the Adelaide Hills today.  Nice to see the sun - we've actually had nearly a week of rain (VERY unusual for Adelaide).  ANYWAY..... the ...

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Rice

Posted by Bee & John on June 8, 2010 at 3:17 AM

Cooking rice in the thermomix - couldn't be easier actually.  Much easier than a saucepan, less room than a rice cooker.


You can cook 400g at once - which was plenty enough for John and myself, with rice left over for fried rice the next day.


HINT: weigh the rice in the basket and then use the basket to rinse it

Potato and Leek Soup

Posted by Bee & John on May 28, 2010 at 2:48 AM

This was easy - and very nice!  We haven't eaten it yet (drunk it?) but I have had a lovely big spoonful to try it.


Thinking I might do a costing of the recipes?  Give it a go anyway.


Potato - 30c

Onion - 30c

Leek - $1

Bacon - $1 (yup, I snuck some in)


So.. for $2.60 I have 4 times as much yummy soup, at much less than it would cost to buy, a tin of it.  AND I know what went in it.


HINT: a...

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keeping sticky bread dough off your hands

Posted by Bee & John on May 22, 2010 at 7:14 PM

When making bread, and if it is a sticky dough (like foccacia) then it sticks to everything!


nope!


just put a little olive oil on your hands before playing with the dough!


BTW - my hands have never been so soft and less prone to dermatitis!  I never got dermatitis much, just a little on the skin under my rings - when I have been using to much soap - but no more!

Garlic Bread

Posted by Bee & John on May 22, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I was wondering.... why not put some garlic butter in the bread dough before cooking it?


Was concerned that the butter would make the bread go gooey and not cook properly - but thought it might be ok and have a middle bit garlicy like a chicken kiev.


Nope - but it was actually a huge success.


I made the Foccacia dough up (our favourite) and let it rise.  I then divided into 2 and stretched into french stick shapes.  Cut them in h...

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Mayonnaise

Posted by Bee & John on May 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM

This is another recipe I started using almost straight away and have made several times (often for gifts because people love our Mayo).


Can't be any easier to make!


HINT: don't waste time by standing there dribbling in the oil... put the measuring cup on the lid, and while the egg yolks etc are beating, pour the oil onto the lid.  The measuring cup will stop most of it gushing in and make sure that only a little bit gets added to the mixture at a time....

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Garam Masala (Spice mix)

Posted by Bee & John on May 18, 2010 at 4:53 AM

Garam Masala. Now, I had never heard of garam masalla before, and I have NEVER made a spice mix from scratch. Couldn't have been easier. Gee it smelt nice! What a lovely combination of spices!

Mashed Potatoes

Posted by Bee & John on May 18, 2010 at 4:40 AM

I haven't actually done this... but I have eaten it - a LOT!  this is how John does his mashed potatoes now (new to my blog?  John does a lot of the cooking :-)  ) 


How easy is that!  (I think this may become my catch cry) 


Some potatoes, peeled and chopped, bit of milk, bit of cooking, bit of whipping - done.


The potatoes come out smooth and hot - just how I like it.


John uses only 500-600g ...

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Spicy Salt

Posted by Bee & John on May 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

The Australian office just received a pallet of the UK "easy Indian cooking" cook book and was limiting consultants to only 10 books per order.  We looked at that email and thought... How popular could it be?  We'll try 1.  I foolishly thought... "how good can it be?".  I should have known better with Thermomix, where everything is better than you expect.... MUCH better


We have received the book yesterday.  To be honest I thought it would be good for...

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Lemon/Orange Cake

Posted by Bee & John on May 13, 2010 at 7:38 AM

how easy is cake batter in the thermomix?!!


the cake itself?  I actually used limes rather than lemon or orange AND I added poppy seeds.  VERY nice!  It's the first time I tried milling the sugar and the zest together - very nice.  So much easier to just use the potato peeler on the lime skin than use a zest grater which was so much messier and fiddlier.


The batter was almost as nice as the cake itself!


HINT: trying to ...

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Proving bread dough in the fridge

Posted by Bee & John on May 12, 2010 at 3:46 AM

I heard that you could do it... was a bit nervous.. but it worked.


I made a foccacia dough.  Let it rise the first time and then put it in the fridge overnight.


The next morning, I switched on the oven, put in the dough and went to have a shower.  By the time I was dressed and had my face on... the bread was done.


Verdict?  Delish!!!


LESSON: this particular dough (after the first rise) I had rolled out flat...

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boiling eggs

Posted by Bee & John on May 12, 2010 at 3:40 AM

now... WHY bother putting how easy it is to boil eggs?  Well... when you think about it, it is a little time consuming.


Before Thermomix, I would find a saucepan and matching lid (in the lowest cupboard of course LOL) put the eggs into a saucepan (half the time cracking a couple) and then set the water to boil, check it, keep checking it.. finally boiling, set time (or forget and guess) and then waste a whole lot of cold water rinsing them.


NOW - put t...

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