Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tuscan almond pesto

Recipe from (this blogpost)

Another day, another condiment. I love serving this alongside a creamy dip to balance out the flavours. I also think that almonds are a great alternative to macadamias if you don’t want to spend as much money.

Ingedients

65g semi sundried tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
75g kalamata olives, pitted
60g whole almonds
2-3 sprigs rosemary, foliage only
A few dried chilli flakes, to taste
2 tsp sugar
15g balsamic vinegar
80g EVOO

Method

Turbo it up 3-4 times and you’re done!

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Bechamel sauce

(Recipe adapted from the one in this post)

I have never made a bechamel sauce before so I don’t know exactly how hard it is to achieve a good texture without using the Thermomix. But I gotta say, the end product I got was pretty much perfect, and all I had to do was press a couple of buttons! I had actually read somewhere that upping the quantity of butter in the original EDC recipe gets rid of the floury taste, and I’m always game for more butter in anything so I was only too happy to use that tip.

Ingredients

1lt milk
100g flour
100g butter
Pinch of salt

Method

– Place butter in TMX bowl and melt for 1 min/90 degrees/speed 1.
– Add flour, milk and salt, and cook for 12 mins/90 degrees/speed 4. Done!

I made a bolognese sauce in the TMX earlier in the day and made a lasagna later in the week. Bliss.

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Rocket, parmesan and almond dip

(Recipe based on the one in this post)

The Thermomix is truly a godsend when it comes to entertaining. I love throwing things in the TMX bowl, pressing Turbo a couple of times and voila, dip done.

I’ve tried to make a different dip each time we have friends over, so if any of you reading have any suggestions please send them through!

This dip definitely needs a bit of salt or lemon to counteract the bitterness of the rocket. Good learning for me next time!

Ingredients
60g rocket
200g almonds
2 garlic cloves (I put an extra one in but I love garlic, it might be too strong for some of you)
50g parmesan
80g olive oil
Salt and/or lemon juice to taste

Method
Whack all the ingredients into your TMX bowl and press the Turbo button 3-4 times until you’ve got the consistency you want. Done!

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Christmas Congee

Whizzed up another quick congee with leftover ham, spring onions and carrots from Christmas lunch. Needed something clean and oil-free after all that richness!

Basic congee recipe here. I omitted the soy and sesame oil, the ham I used had more than enough flavour for the porridge.

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