Monthly Archives: October 2012

A salmon dinner

(Recipe adapted from this blogpost)

This dish is a great all-in-one meal. Potatoes boiled in the Thermomix bowl, veggies steamed in the Varoma dish, and fish on the tray. Best thing is that you can use up all the stray veggies you have and replace the potatoes with rice or pasta if you prefer (although if you do this I’d recommend binding the dish together with the sauce from the original blogpost.) The quantities below are for a dinner for two, but you can always make more or less.

For some reason I didn’t take any prep pictures of the salmon or veggies, only the potatoes! Silly me.

Ingredients
2 pieces of salmon (or any other fish you prefer
Lemon pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
A TMX basket filled with diced, peeled potatoes
A Varoma dish filled with your veggies of choice for steaming (just make sure there are enough uncovered holes for the steam to rise)
Butter, milk, salt and pepper and anything else you want to include in your whipped potatoes

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Method

  • Place the basket of potatoes in the TMX bowl and fill up to just under the 2l mark.
  • Cook potatoes for 10 mins/Varoma/speed 2.
  • Pop your Varoma dish filled with veggies on top and steam for an additional 5 mins/Varoma/speed 2.
  • While the veggies are steaming, scrunch a piece of baking paper under the tap, squeeze the excess water out and lay the paper on your Varoma tray. Place the fish on top, drizzle the lemon juice over the fillets and sprinkle lemon pepper to taste.
  • Pop the tray on top of the veggie dish and continue steaming for another 7-10 mins/Varoma/speed 2.
  • Check that your fish and veggies are cooked, otherwise continue the steaming process for another couple of minutes on the same settings. Then remove the dish and tray and set aside.
  • Drain the potatoes and pour out the water from the TMX bowl, then pop the potatoes back into the bowl. Add butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Whip potatoes for 5 secs/speed 5.
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    Plate up, eat up, then end the night on a sweet note with a slice of chocolate mousse cake.

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    Chocolate ganache

    (Recipe taken from this blog)

    I had promised a friend that I would bake a cake for her husband’s surprise 30th and was in desperate need of a super easy cake that would also sound and look impressive. Given that you can’t actually sneak a bite of a birthday cake beforehand, I needed a tried and tested recipe that I could jazz up. So I went for this Guinness chocolate cake I’d made a while back, and also made some chocolate ganache to spread on top. This ganache recipe is so ridiculously easy, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it!

    I flipped my cake upside down as the flat surface would be easier to spread the ganache on evenly.

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    Ingredients

    250g good quality dark chocolate pellets
    250g double cream
    1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
    1 tsp unsalted butter

    I got given a bag of goodies from Thomas Dux for my birthday including this vanilla bean paste which I hear is the queen of vanilla bean pastes!

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    Method

    • Pop all the ingredients in your TMX bowl and heat for 3 mins/50 degrees/speed 2.
    • Pour on top of cake and smooth out, allowing some ganache to spill over the sides for a rustic, drool-worthy final product.
    • Stuff your face.

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    Steamed fish with lemongrass and ginger

    (Recipe from this post)

    I love a nice steamed fish with rice and greens. In Malaysia they do a version in a broth flavoured with preserved vegetables and more, when I’m back that’s one of the dishes that I make a point to order.

    It’s great that the Thermomix can steam a protein and veggies on top, while your rice is cooking underneath. With this recipe, next time I would actually saute the ginger mix until it’s fragrant before pressing it onto the fish, I felt that the mixture was a little bit raw for my liking.

    Ingredients

    700-800g fish fillets (i cut mine up into chicken tenderloin-sized pieces)
    40g ginger, peeled
    1 large chilli, peeled and deseeded
    5 spring onions, bottom third only
    1 stalk lemongrass, bottom white part only, bruised
    Serve of veggies to steam (I used a head of broccoli)
    400g rice
    800g water
    Sesame oil to drizzle
    Light soy to drizzle

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    Method

  • Place the ginger, chilli, spring onions and lemongrass into the TMX bowl and chop for 10 secs/speed 7.
  • Scrape out the mixture and press onto the fish fillets. (This is where I would have sauteed the mixture first in some sesame oil, but I’ll wait until I’ve actually given it a shot and then post an update!)
  • Arrange the fillets in your Varoma dish, leaving enough of the base covered so the steam can come through. Pop your veggies on the flat tray and sit this above the Varoma dish.
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  • Fill your TMX bowl with the water, wash and drain your rice in the steamer basket, then place it in the bowl.
  • Cook for 17 mins/Varoma/speed 4.
  • Remove the rice from the TMX bowl. Check whether your fish is cooked, otherwise top up the bowl with some hot water, place your tray and fish back in position, and steam for another 5-7 mins/Varoma/speed 4.
  • Place rice, fish and veggies on a plate, drizzle with sesame oil and soy, and you have one very healthy – if slightly bland – meal. Yep, definitely frying the mixture up next time.

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    Coconut cake

    (Recipe adapted from this blog post)

    I don’t own a loaf tin, so this Thermomix coconut loaf recipe is now a coconut cake concoction! Starbucks does a decent coconut loaf but has god-knows-how-much preservatives, so I thought I’d see if I could make something (relatively) healthier.

    Ingredients

    150 grams sugar (I used raw sugar)
    110 grams butter (I used salted butter which was fine)
    280 grams plain flour
    4 tsp baking powder
    80 g desiccated coconut
    190 grams milk

    Method

    • Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celcius, and line your cake/loaf tin with greased baking paper.
    • Place the sugar in the TMX bowl and pulverise for 5 secs/speed 9.
    • Add butter and mix for 2.5 mins/60 degrees/speed 3 until butter is melted.
    • Add the other ingredients and mix for 30 secs/speed 4.

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    • Pour into your tin and bake for approx. 50 mins. Do the skewer test to make sure your cake is cooked in the middle.

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    • Leave to cool slightly, then cut a big hunka off and start eating!

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