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Chicken & broccoli nuggets

I stumbled across this blog recently and LOVE the ideas I found! I tried two out one weekend to freeze so I could pop it in the oven for bub (and myself).

First up, a healthy twist on the good ol’ nugget.

Ingredients

3 slices of old/frozen bread

A handful of leaves (I had rocket at home but you could use spinach too)

110g broccoli florets (a very small head of broccoli)

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped into chunks

1 onion, peeled and quartered

2 garlic cloves

500g boneless chicken, chopped into chunks (the recipe calls for breast meat but I used thigh as I prefer that cut)

s&p to taste

Method

  • Tear bread into chunks and pop in the TMX bowl with the handful of leaves. Blitz on speed 7/2 secs and check if the consistency suits you. Otherwise hit Turbo a couple of times. Set aside.
  • Add veggies, onion and garlic into the bowl. Chop on speed 7/3 seconds. Scrape down the sides.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Chop on speed 7/5 secs or until combined.

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  • Shape into nugget shapes, then roll in breadcrumb mixture.

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  • Bake in a 180 degrees celcius oven for 30 minutes along with a drizzle of oil, or freeze the nuggets until you need them.
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Throw-it-all-in vegetable soup

I’ve had a rare baby-free weekend, and instead of making reservations at the hottest, UN-baby-friendly joints in town, I decided that I would spend it cooking.

I am so terribly uncool.

Anyway. I managed to try a whole bunch of new recipes that I’ve now frozen, which saves me having to slave in the kitchen when the family is back. The little miss LOVES her carbs, dairy and meat, but hasn’t really taken to loving veggies. So I decided that it was time to go down the sneaky veggie route.

And if anyone lectures me on how I shouldn’t disguise vegetables for my child, well, you are more than welcome to come to my house and show me how you get a toddler to eat a piece of broccoli without the word “NO.” coming up once. You can come by anytime. Interested?

Thought not.

So I decided I’d start out with a veggie-packed soup that Arianna could have with some cheesy toast, rice or pasta. I found this recipe which looked great because it was so versatile, and I could just run to the supermarket and grab whatever was in season (when I say this, I mean whatever is on special.)

I’ve listed the veggies I used this time, but as long as you aim for 600g of vegetables, you can pretty much use whatever you want.

Ingredients

3 cloves of garlic

1 onion, peeled and quartered

A good lug of olive oil (between 10-25g is fine)

Freshly ground pepper

A handful of parsley (optional, I didn’t have any)

600g chopped vegetables (I had a few pieces of sweet potato, 1 carrot, two stalks of celery, a handful of asparagus and a quarter of a stalk of leek)

700g vegetable stock

Some grated parmesan, to serve

Method

  • Chop garlic and onion for 5 secs/speed 5. Scrape down the sides of your TMX bowl.
  • Add the oil and saute for 5 mins/Varoma/speed 1 with the MC off.
  • Add all the other ingredients except the cheese, and cook for 20 mins/Varoma/speed 1. Leave the MC off, and I put a kitchen towel above 3/4 of the hole to prevent spattering.

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  • Gradually increase the dial to speed 9 once done, blending to the desired consistency. I blended my soup for about 30 seconds.
  • Serve with grated parmesan and more cracked pepper if you need.

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Sea salt pecan praline clusters

What a nice feeling it is to not just be making puree! I normally make something small for my neighbours for Christmas, and this recipe is super easy to make. I didn’t bother with the vanilla in the original recipe and upped the salt content as I prefer a more savoury flavour. The original recipe calls for 150 pecan halves which screwed around with my brain a bit (it’s not like they TELL you on the packaging how many pieces there are, nor can you ask someone to count out 150 halves for you if you’re buying per weight!) So I did the job for y’all. 50 halves is approximately 100g. Bingo.

Ingredients
60g brown sugar
90g raw sugar
100g thickened cream
40g butter
300g/approx 150 pecan halves
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt (plus additional for sprinkling if you wish)

Method
– Throw all your ingredients into your Thermomix bowl.
– Cook for 25 mins/Varoma/Reverse/Speed 1.
– Place spoonfuls of the mixture on baking paper to set. I had roughly 3 pecan halves per spoonful.
– Devour, or give to people. But only people you like. 🙂

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Dusting it off

Whoa, long time since I’ve posted. Sorry! We’ve been away in Malaysia and I got a bit lazy with my cooking in the lead-up to the trip. But I’ve set aside today to restock the freezer, will get some new posts up ASAP! In the meantime, a quick prep shot…

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Pause

Still been trying to recover from this dastardly bug, so I haven’t broken out the Thermomix over the past couple of weeks. Heading over to Perth to recharge over the next couple of weeks, but I’ll be back and rearing to go again after. Hope everyone is well and that you have a fabulous July xx

Be back soon

4-week old consuming my life at the moment, so have not had time to do much more than put a sandwich together food-wise! Bear with me, am definitely keen to get back on the Thermomix bandwagon once the dust settles and I have more than 3 hours of sleep at a stretch. 🙂 Take care for now, and please comment if you like and I’ll try and respond asap!

Sharon xx

I’ll be back

Sorry for the lack of posts to date! We have been moving house (just before a MASSIVE Christmas lunch at our place, I like a bit of a challenge) and broadband had only just come back up. But I have a number of soup, dip and condiment recipes to share with you in the coming weeks. Chat soon!

Tardy

Apologies for the non-posting! It’s been a hectic week with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival closing and the Grand Prix. But I’ve got an addictive mac & cheese and even more addictive Guinness chocolate cake recipes to share soon, and I’m also trying an all-in-one salmon tikka dinner and a bacon cabbage dish in the next couple of days. Stay tuned, and have a lovely day ahead!

S

Holy Thermomix!

Before I was fortunate enough to receive this baby as a Christmas present a few weeks ago, I’d heard or seen the word Thermomix here and there. I paid zero attention, never thinking I would ever be around one, let alone OWN one, for pete’s sake.

But 3 weeks in, and I’m already one of those people you want to PUNCH IN THE FACE, waxing lyrical about the wonder that is this gadget. i was even considering becoming a consultant and going around cooking for people within 3 days of using it. Seriously.

So here are my adventures with my new toy. Please feel free to share your experiences, thoughts and suggestions here as i navigate my way through many recipes, a burnt bottom or ten (HELLO BICARBONATE OF SODA!!!) and more.