Thursday, 11 September 2014

Thermomix Coriander and chilli steamed salmon

Thermomix Coriander and chilli steamed salmonI wrote this recipe ages ago (in fact winter 2013, no comment) but it was so delicious that my greedy blog ate it. Here goes my second attempt. Ready? Right, here we go: Thermomix Coriander and chilli steamed salmon.

It all started with this recipe by the lovely A guy, a girl, fur kids and food. I kept making it and every time I changed it. One of the first times I made it with noodles and it made dinner for the husband and me, lunch for LittleT and me the next day and a further lunch for me a couple of days later.

I sometimes make it with rice and it makes enough for dinner for 2 adults, with plenty left for lunch the following day.

I have also served it on one occasion with a salad of cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and mixed leaves (all drizzled with good Spanish extra virgin olive oil and sherry vinegar, of course).

My favourite part? In about half an hour you have a fantastic meal on the table without much fuss and much washing-up. I do love Thermie all-in-one meals using the Varoma.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

How to buy a Thermomix TM5 in the UK and what happens to the TM31

How to buy a Thermomix TM5 in the UK and what happens to the TM31
Photo courtesy of Helene at SuperKitchenMachine
There is a new Thermomix in town and it looks sleek!! The rumour mill had been turning endlessly for a few months and finally on the night of September 5th 2014 the announcement was made: the TM5 was a reality. Here I tell you how to buy the new Thermomix in the UK and what happens to the TM31. By the way, if you come from Portugal or Italy, you will know it as Bimby, here in the UK it's a Thermomix (like in Spain).

Just like it's predecessor, the TM31 blends, mixes, steams, weighs, emulsifies, grinds, stirs, whisks, chops, allows controlled heating, cooks and kneads.

What this means is that, just like with the TM31, you can make fantastic bread and let it rise while you cook cake for dessert and then stick the bread in the oven while Thermie makes a mean risotto for you.

There are a few new features in the TM5 and of course there is the matter of the price which, this time, Thermomix UK hasn't been cagey about. Here is how it is looking, don't forget that in the UK you can buy through Thermomix's network of demonstrators, see website here or call 01344 622 344:

- Price: £925 for 1 bowl, £1084 for the package. The package is comprised of an extra bowl set: bowl, base, blade, lid, seal, MC, internal simmering basket and whisk but NOT an extra spatula.

- Divided payments and financing are available.

- Delivery times from ordering seem to be 2 days at the moment. 

- Trade-in/upgrade programme for new clients? From Monday Thermomix Demonstrators will be contacting all their customers who recently ordered and are still waiting for delivery.

- Availability: right away, demonstrators being trained the day after the announcement.

- Bowl size: 2.2 l (200 ml bigger than the TM31's).

Saturday, 23 August 2014

#mugappreciationsociety: the how, the who and the why

#mugappreciationsociety: the how, the who and the why
Lucy's culprit mug! Pretty, isn't it?
As many of you already know I am a huge Instagram fan, what's not to like? Thermomix hashtag: check! Crafts: check! Cross-stitch: check! Sewing: check! Cake: check! Mugs: check! And it's the mugs that got the #mugappreciationsociety started. Let me tell you the how, the who and the why:

Three days ago, Wednesday 20th August 2014 I was at the Method Creative offices in Cambridge with fellow freelancer and blogger Lucy from The Smallest Smallholding. Lucy and I have been working together on a Method project for a year and a half and, with our common love for blogging and social media (and a passion for proper grammar), it doesn't even matter that she is a vegan and I am, well, a chorizo fanatic! I pass her Busy B weekly planners to keep her organised in a pretty manner and she gives me all manner of gardening and homegrowing tips before I beg her to just come round and show me properly soon as I am not exactly green fingered.

I have been going on to Lucy to use Instagram more for a while now. Always full of helpful hints and tips me, on Wednesday I "made" her instagram the gorgeous flowery mug that she had on her desk. She took a photo, instagrammed it and, as I was giving her my usual mug hashtags, we decided we needed a hashtag of our own (well, just look at my feed, it's full of mugs!). So, after a few seconds of hashtag brainstorming and checking whether they were available, we settled on #mugappreciationsociety. I am pretty sure it was Lucy who mentioned that one and I am also pretty sure I said it's too long at first but then checked availability and said, yes that might just be the one! The whole process took two minutes flat.

Lucy did indeed share her mug, I tagged it for her. The next morning I posted my usual morning mug photo, added #mugappreciationsociety and tagged a few people including Lucy to show us their mugs! I don't think either of us were ready for what happened next. So many people joined the #mugappreciationsociety straight away.

So, from now on: Tag your mugs!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Thermomix Seafood Lasagna with Beetroot Béchamel

When I say Thermomix Seafood Lasagna with Beetroot Béchamel the truth is that you can totally do this without it, you just need a powerful blender to make the beetroot milk and then
do everything else the conventional way. I just like making it in the Thermomix as it is so much more convenient, fast, clean and well, easy!

Yes, you are right in thinking that this recipe builds on my current Beetroot Béchamel obsession but seriously, it's just so good that you have to try it!

You will need a nut milk bag, a cheesecloth or a very fine sieve to make the beetroot béchamel, I use the Living Synergy Nut Milk Bag that Lesley sells in the UK (£11.50 including delivery). If you are in the Thermomix Owners UK group you can find Lesley there or email her through her website.

If you're still wondering what a Thermomix is and why I'm such a thermogeek? You can read all about it here.

Right, ready? Here we go...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Thermomix Beetroot Béchamel

Thermomix Beetroot BéchamelFancy a pink béchamel? Well, of course you do! This Beetroot Béchamel is amazing, in fact I may be a tad hooked. I know it may sound like a strange combination but it really works, think of the possibilities!

I had a recipe tester for this one who adapted it and will post her version: meet Jane from Why is there Air. Hers comes in a lighter shade of pink as she uses cooked beetroot. I'm sticking to my guns and using raw as I love the bright colour of mine: coral pink, what's not to like (and this is a big fan of the colour red talking).

I used a Living Synergy Nut Milk Bag for this. In the UK you can buy them from Lesley from Me and my Thermie (£11.50 including P&P). It rinses and washes really well, to be perfectly honest I wouldn't use it otherwise. I hate fiddly things. If you don't have a nut milk bag don't panic, either use a fine sieve or don't strain it at all!

Now, you don't need a Thermomix for this, you can use a powerful blender to make the beetroot milk and just make the béchamel the way you would make your béchamel usually. But then again the Thermomix makes it smooth as velvet with no lumps, something I never managed pre-Thermie, so basically I am giving you the perfect excuse to buy one (for more excuses just see here).

The next recipe I will post will be a Seafood Lasagna using this Beetroot Béchamel so make sure you come back to check it out. It is amazing!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Thermomix Chicken Liver Rice

Here is a recipe that will have most of you clicking away but I am feeling brave and posting it anyway because, when my brother and I were little, we used to beg my mother to make Chicken Liver Rice for us and now my daughter loves it and eats it so well. I used to prepare it on the stove but nowadays it is just so easy with the Thermomix (well, now that I have mastered it, the first few attempts were rather mushily interesting!).

If you still are puzzled by the word Thermomix (despite me going endlessly about it), here is more information and, if you are considering buying one or already own one and are based in the UK, don't forget to join my Thermomix Owners UK group on Facebook.

Thermomix Chicken Liver Rice

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Birthdays: pay it forward with a random act of kindness

Feisty Tapas' Birthday Pay it Forward with an Act of Kindness

Last year my birthday took a whole new meaning for me. This time last year I was about to turn 40, for months I had been dreaming of a big party with a forties theme but then I realised that that wasn't really what I wanted anymore. What I wanted was to make it a day that put a smile on people's faces so I came up with the idea of making August 9th a pay it forward day, a day full of random acts of kindness and so I wrote a post, here you have a screenshot:

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