Category Archives: Drinks

Soy or Soya Bean Milk

Recipe adapted from this post

I grew up in Malaysia drinking soy (or soya) bean milk. I always used to head to Jenny Hong’s stall at the Taman Tun wet markets in KL with Dad for my fix. She’s been there ever since I was a tater tot, and still is. She also sells tau foo fah, a silken tofu dish normally served as a dessert or snack in Asian countries.

Soy bean milk as I knew it was meant to be consumed on its own though, rather than adding it to coffees which is the norm in western countries. Being a full cream milk kinda chick, I’ve never tried the commercially-produced soy products so I couldn’t tell you what the similarities or differences between this milk and the Bonsoys of the world are. What I can tell you though, is that the awesome Thermomix makes a bloody authentic asian soy bean milk! And it’s so incredibly easy to make!

I bought some organic soy beans from the health food store. Some of the blogs I’ve been reading say that the soy beans you get at the Asian grocers yield more milk, but I’m not sure what kind of preservatives or additives go into those beans so I’m sticking with the organic option.

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Ingredients

100g soy beans, soaked overnight (more information in the method section below)

60g Chinese rock sugar or raw sugar (I imagine this is for a super sweet drink. I used 45g of palm sugar which was a bit too much for me, but I do prefer it with little or no sugar. Might drop it back to 10-20g next time)

1000g water

Method

Rinse your beans a couple of times under cold running water, and then soak them overnight. Some of the skins will float to the top, I just picked them out the next morning.

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– Drain your beans, then pop into the TMX bowl with 500g of water.

– Cook for 6 mins/80 degrees/reverse/speed 1-2.

– Blend for 1 min/speed 8.

Add remaining water and sugar, and cook for 6 mins/90 degrees/speed 2.

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– Cool, then strain the mixture through a muslin or cheesecloth. I couldn’t find any at my supermarket, so I bought a new pack of Chux wipes and used that instead which was fine. I twisted the sides slowly to get as much milk as I could out of the beans.

– Tastes pretty much exactly the same as what I buy when I’m back in KL! It’s actually a bit creamier in texture to what I’m used to, which wasn’t an issue. You can drink it warm or cold, I prefer it cold with a couple of ice cubes myself. So does the 37-week munchkin in my belly apparently, who started kicking like a ninja as I was drinking it!

Fun fact: the resulting residue is called okara, and apparently can be used to make a whole bunch of other things. I wasn’t that adventurous though, and in the end it didn’t matter because my very naughty cocker spaniel thought it was something worth investigating, and pulled it off the kitchen bench when I popped out to the shops!

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Mango, banana and spinach smoothie

Ever since I went on my smoothie kick which started here and here I have been wanting to add some veggies into the ingredient list. Spinach seemed like the easiest but I was a bit wary of what it would taste like! Finally I bit the bullet, but compensated by adding more honey and yoghurt than normal to mask the taste. Turns out, I shouldn’t have worried too much. Whilst this recipe involves lighter-coloured fruit and therefore a slightly menacing-looking end result, it tasted just like a regular mango/banana smoothie. Yay!

Ingredients
1 banana
1 MC rolled oats
1 MC frozen mango pieces
1 big handful of fresh baby spinach (start with a small handful if you’re a bit apprehensive!)
1 MC milk
1 small tub yoghurt (this time I used a 170g carton of Chobani natural yoghurt but you can stick to 1 MC of your preferred yoghurt which I am sure will work fine)
A generous squeeze of honey
5-6 ice cubes

Method
Whizz for 50 seconds/speed 10

Next time I’ll pop berries in which should solve the issue of colour if anyone is a little bit icky :). Would love thoughts on what other veggies i can hide in there!

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Blueberry smoothie

Good ol’ Melbourne. I get excited to try a whole range of Thermomix smoothies after my first attempt, buy a stack of frozen fruit so I can mix and match, and then the weather goes back to just above freezing.

Been soldiering on with the smoothie recipes though and I have gotten to a base fruit/oat/dairy recipe that gives me my preferred consistency (creamy and not too icy, with a bit of texture from the oats). My base ingredients are now:

1 banana (frozen is good but if you don’t do this it’s not a massive issue. Medium banana would be my minimum size recommendation, I go between medium and large)
1 MC rolled oats
1 MC yoghurt
1 MC milk
5-6 cubes of ice
1 squeeze of honey
1 MC frozen fruit of choice (mixed berries, mango, etc)

Dump all of this into your TMX bowl and whizz for 30 secs/speed 9.

This is my blueberry version, packed up in my snazzy bottle for the train ride to work!

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Practicing my Thermomix smoothies – Berry, banana and oatmeal

With bubs on the way, I’m looking for easy ways to add more veggies and fruit into my diet. I’ve been shovelling grapes down like there’s no tomorrow, and can’t wait for mango season to arrive. I do lack a little bit in the green veggie department though, so when a friend told me she’d made a yummy spinach and strawberry smoothie I thought “JACKPOT! BLEND ALL THAT STUFF INTO ONE GLASS!” (I’m really not sure why it didn’t cross my mind before. How sad.)

Anyway, the idea of throwing a massive handful of spinach into a brekkie drink was in equal parts tempting and off-putting. So I decided to perfect a base TMX smoothie with more palatable ingredients first, before moving on to the hardcore stuff. It’s just the right time as well given that we’ve had our first 24 degree day in FOREVER! This combination of ingredients is based off Boost’s brekkie to go, which was my go-to smoothie when I used to work with the company.

I’m going to put down exactly what I used here (and I used the TMX MC cup as a base measurer), but I want to also preface this by saying that it’s not the right mix yet. I’ll include my thoughts on what I’d change at the end. I would also love any suggestions anyone has!

Ingredients

1.5 MCs of frozen berries

1 ripe banana, broken into chunks

1/2 MC rolled oats (I like Coles Organic brand)

2 MCs milk

Honey to taste (I added about 3 squeezes)

1.5 handfuls of ice

Method

Chuck everything into the TMX blender, and blend for 30 seconds/speed 9. Check the mix, and add milk/blend longer until desired consistency is achieved.

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The taste was lovely and I downed my whole smoothie (not to mention a little pat on the back for such a healthy brekkie. Sure beats French toast and bacon!) but this is what I think I can improve on:

– Didn’t blend long enough, there will still a few chunks of ice in there

– Could do with more oats, maybe 3/4 MC’s worth (but I do like a bit of texture in my smoothie so this is up to you)

– I’m going to freeze my banana chunks next time, that with the frozen berries should mean I don’t actually need any ice in the mix.

– I might go half yoghurt and half milk to up the creaminess factor.

Actually looking really forward to my next attempt! Hopefully by the time December rolls around I’ll have graduated to veggie smoothies!

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Fruit Juices

(Guidance from the Everyday Cooking for Every Family TMX cookbook)

Okay so the instructions for juicing aren’t super clear in the recipe book, so I flew half blind here. It tells you to add in 8-10 ice cubes to your fruit but not actually what this is based on i.e. for an equivalent of 4 apples etc. Oh well, gotta give it a shot anyway! For my first juice I took the skin off and halved 3 kiwifruits, as well as coring 2 pears and cutting them into quarters (didn’t peel the skin off the pears though). I actually missed the sentence that says you can include the seeds if you want. Good job, speed reader.

I blended the fruit and about 6 cubes of ice for 30 seconds on speed 8), before adding 1/3 of a cup of water and mixing it for 1 minute on speed 8.┬áThis was just based on the carrot & orange juice recipe, but I figured since this fruit was softer, it didn’t need the full 2 minutes.

Apart from it being a bit thick (maybe half a cup of water next time), it was a pretty decent juice. Well, that and the fact that I knew it was full of goodness which could only be a positive after all the Christmas chubs I’ve gained.

The next day, I finished off the remaining two pears in the fridge along with an apple. Same amount of ice, water and blending time, but a much thicker juice.

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