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

Testing recipes Thermomix cookbook (Australia) - "Everyday Cooking" - and converting and/or trying others - This is purely OUR PERSONAL opinion of the Thermomix and the recipes!

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Beef Cheeks in the Varoma

Posted by Bee & John on December 3, 2013 at 3:25 AM

John introduced me to Beef Cheeks, cooked sloooooooowly in a pot on the stove.  They really are delicious!!  Tender and, just like lamb shanks, need a) a lot of cooking and b) provide a delicious thick nourishing stock.

John - my darling John - changed his name to Doubting Thomas for a while there after I casually asked (after he burnt a big pot of beef cheeks) if they would be ok in the Thermomix - he said he doubted it!

So.... over the last few ...

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Sweet and Sour Sauce without pineapple or vinegar

Posted by Bee & John on December 2, 2013 at 4:10 AM

John, the love of my life, has a few defects.  One of them is that he hates cooked pineapple.  To me, that had excluded one of my favourite sauces... sweet and sour.

Googling through recipes one day I came across this AMAZING (yes, it IS worth capitals) sweet and sour recipe.  What makes it so good?  Well, it isn't really the type of sauce when you think of Sweet and Sour - it isn't clear and sweet - it is thick, a LITTLE sweet and REAL tasty!  Almos...

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How has washing my hair in Bi-Carb soda been?

Posted by Bee & John on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

I started writing my Scents and Centsability book early this year (how to make your own personal and cleaning products - More information here) when I had a slight downturn in my Thermy business but wanted to keep busy.


I can honestly say that writing that book has changed my life!! Not only the fun of writing the book and the wonder of seeing the interest IN the book.... but also, we now make s...

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HOW much is a Thermomix??

Posted by Bee & John on November 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

I did something today that I have been thinking about for ages.... something not Thermomix related (although it allowed me to pay for it) and that is get fake nails put on!  Not a major thing for most people, but it is the ongoing cost that I've always weighed up against the fancy pants feeling I'd have having hollywood nails that always look good.  So... anyway, today I did it.  They aren't long, they aren't thick, they don't have patterns on them, but they are VERY nice and I...

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Country Australia

Posted by Bee & John on November 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

As I was driving to a delivery past Port Wakefield the other day, I was struck again by the dry, arid, beautiful landscape that stretched before me.

I grew up in a "remote", but green, area.  Aparently we had the longest daily trip to school in all of Austrlaia (100km), but this may have changed since the dark ages when I went to school there.  I grew up in the north East Gippsland, in a town called Buchan. I can almost hear people chorus "Buchan Caves"? and the an...

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Jan's Party Pleasers

Posted by Bee & John on November 4, 2013 at 5:10 PM

My friend of many years (and very recent new Thermomix owner) gave me this recipe more years ago than I would like to admit to :-)

While you CAN make the puff pastry in the Thermomix, and grate the cheese in the thermy, it isn't really a thermy one so you can do this even if your thermy is at home and you're out somewhere.

They are DELICIOUS, super quick and absolutely moreish.... enjoy!!

Jan's Party Pleas...

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Bee's Coleslaw - AKA - Making Salad in your Thermy

Posted by Bee & John on October 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The very first time I EVER made a salad (A coleslaw) I actually made coleslaw juice.  Does that sound familiar??

Ever since then, I NEVER wanted to make coleslaw mush ever again.  And I didn't.....  I learnt a trick... easy peasy salad... YOU can make the best salad in the blink of an eye.

To add even more value to this post, I'll add the recipe for my favourite style of coleslaw - and name it after myself..... Why??  Because I can :-). ...

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Making gifts in your Thermomix

Posted by Bee & John on October 7, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Gifts made in your Thermomix

It has clicked over to October - although it is hard to believe at the moment, there are only a few weeks before we all start thinking about what to get whom... where from... how... and so on.

It is fantastic that we can make our own gifts so very easily in the Thermomix - some can be made at the last minute... some take a little time.. but with some forethought and just a few easy steps, you will be...

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Salted Caramel Toffee

Posted by Bee & John on September 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

It doesn't surprise me that Jo Whitton, from Quirky Cooking, had beaten everyone to the salted caramel craze! I remembered making her Rapadura-Maple Syrup Butter Toffee when she first posted it, in 2011 and LOVING it - but then forgot about it.


It came to mind a couple of weeks ago, as I had bought my first big bag of Rapudura sugar (always used Raw Suga...

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Chicken and Choritzo Stew

Posted by Bee & John on August 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Well.... aren't the "professional" chefs falling over themselves showing how much they love their Thermomix.... and I sure as heck love that!!!

Julie Gordon, the winner of Australia's first Masterchef competition, has come on board with this groovy little video for Chicken and Choritzo Stew 

I heard about this for the first time a little while ago from head office, and then (shock!!!) forgot abo...

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Is the bowl big enough?

Posted by Bee & John on July 31, 2013 at 1:35 AM

A very common thing that happens at my demos are people who look at the Thermomix... shake their head and said... yeah but I cook for a large family.  You know them right?

We heard yesterday (at our meeting) about a Canteen Chef/manager who caters for 150-280 kiddy meals a day.... all with ONE thermomix (three bowls).  What's more, he has the same thermomix he bought 6 years ago!!

We heard how he did it and while...

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Bread Tips

Posted by Bee & John on July 21, 2013 at 5:50 AM

"But my bread didn't rise!" - "My Bread is hard", "my bread is too sticky.....

Sounds familiar?  Here are some tips you might find useful

Getting Bread To Rise

It's winter, and in a fair portion of Australia it's cold...  Not just outside, but our water is cold, our baking tins are cold.....

  1. Use slightly warmer water - it's ok to have warm, not tepid, water.  NOT HOT - but 50oC water is fine, it will counteract the ...
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Hot Toddy-ish - Adults Only

Posted by Bee & John on July 12, 2013 at 1:10 AM

I woke up this morning to a mind numbing cold... head thumping, throat sore, nose running.... you know what I mean.

In my stupour I was flicking through Pinterest and found a "recipe" for cough and cold syrup - mnnnrrrr... sounded a bit disgusting BUT for some reason my body was going YES!  The recipe was 1/4 teaspoon each of ground ginger and cayenne, 1 tablespoon each honey and water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.... shake like mad... 1 tablespoon at a time...

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"Hello Sweetie" Hair Spray

Posted by Bee & John on July 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Hello there!  If you know about my new book you know I'm just about to release one, if you don't - I have written a new book with cleaning and beauty recipes.  

You will find more information on my new "Creams an Cleaning Book" page 

Here's a recipe from the book that you might like to try...

“Hello Sweetie” Hairspray

Now I’m not goi...

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Lamb Shanks in the Thermomix?

Posted by Bee & John on July 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Can you cook Lamb Shanks in the thermomix?  I didn't think so but thought I would find out whether they really WERE possible. (besides..... I get to show off the lovely Oval Themoserver which is July's "with purchase" and for any current owners who have a demo in July (2013).

The thing with Shanks is - they not only have to cook.... but get very tender and have that "fall apart" stickiness that makes them so very delicious!  Could you get that with just a steamer?

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The Wonder's of Ice Coffee in the Thermomix

Posted by Bee & John on June 9, 2013 at 5:10 AM

Well.... South Australia is famous for their Fru-Chocs and South Australan's LOVE their Ice Coffee!

There is really nothing better than making Ice Coffee in Thermy - it is SO yummy!  But I have found that there are a couple of factors to bear in mind!

First of all - there are two different types of ice coffee!  One is Spumone Al Caffe from the Everyday Cookbook and then there is the Peter method.

I'll talk about the Peter Method ...

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Zucchini, Feta & Mint Fritters

Posted by Bee & John on June 9, 2013 at 4:35 AM

This recipe is from Annabel Langbein's "the Free Range Cook" cookbook and all I did was converted it for use by a Thermomix. (Ya gotta get a Thermomix Annabel!!)




We had these this morning.... they were DELICIOUS!! And what's more, delicious! Oh... I already said that.... they were easy too! Although it has a bit of mint in the recipe, it isn't "minty" - there's only a hint every now and again.


Zucchini Feta an...

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Fig & Almond Jam

Posted by Bee & John on April 16, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Did you read the previous blog entry?  The bit about the fruit and veggie place we like to go to near Gumeracha?  If not - go back and read it.

What did we get while we were there (what DIDN'T we get!) - we got some figs.  They had the most BEAUTIFUL figs at only $12 a kilo!!  I have trouble buying "normal" figs for that price, let alone organic figs!

So... what do we make with figs?  Fig Jam!

On the way home John ...

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Where to get your Organic..... stuff

Posted by Bee & John on April 16, 2013 at 5:50 AM

I have heard a lot about Community Co-op's lately - a collection of people who order a large collection of "stuff" and then they can buy things in bulk, at good prices - rather than the higher shop prices.  One of my clients, Karina, has started one up herself and is getting immense satisfaction out of it!  She said her family have never eaten better, at a cost not much higher than buying un-organic stuff (hope un-organic is a word!  Well.... it is now!)


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Butter Spread

Posted by Bee & John on April 16, 2013 at 5:20 AM

Now that winter is approaching - well,  not in South Australia yet - although a little cooler in the evenings, the sun is sunny still - but the portents are there! (sorry - went into an "i'm sick of this warm weather rant then... back on track  now)

So, now that winter is approaching (no rant... see?) the prospect of hard butter is apon us once again.

People often ask me how long butter lasts when you make it yourself - well, the answer is - ages!...

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