Monday, 28 July 2014

Thermomix Savoury Quinoa Muffins

Thermomix Savoury Quinoa MuffinsAccording to the photos of these Thermomix Savoury Quinoa Muffins I first made them on July 2nd 2013 so I am "only" a year late sharing this recipe. Nuts, isn't it? Or it isn't if you look at just how much a working mum has to get done each week. I was really hoping to make them again but then time kept running away with me (I'll never understand that expression, it feels like it's running away from me, all the time, fast!).

Now I have realised that I have a fantastic bunch of testers in my Thermomix Owners UK group so I am hoping to try to get a whole lot of recipes-in-waiting published in the next few weeks. Thank you Denise for testing these for me!

If you don't have a Thermomix you can still make these, you just need to chop and mix things by hand or in your food processor.

Savoury quinoa muffins
Makes 12  - Total prep time: 5 minutes - Total cooking time: 50-55 minutes

Shopping list

- 120 g quinoa

- Chunk of mature cheddar (50-55 g), you can use any cheese you prefer, add more to make it extra cheesy
- Chunk of Gruyère (50-55 g)

- 50 g cooked ham (or bacon, or pancetta, or serrano ham, or ham hock or, of course, chorizo)

- 1 onion
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 smallish courgette
- 1 handful of parsley (or coriander)
- 1 red pepper (or pepper of the colour of your choice, optional)

- 2 whole eggs
- 2 egg whites (make it four eggs in total if you want it eggier)
- Salt
- Black pepper


1. Start by cooking the quinoa, 120 g quinoa, rinsed, then soaked for a few hours (even if pack says there is no need), then rinsed again and cooked in the basket with 800 g of stock (feel free to add a whole garlic for flavour): 19 mins, Varoma, speed 2.5. If it is still too crispy, increase by about 4 minutes. Reserve.

2. Preheat oven to 200ºC

3. Wash and dry bowl and grate chunk mature cheddar + chunk gruyere (or cheeses of your choice if you like milder cheeses): speed 8 until you hear a change of sound. Reserve.

4. Chop ham (a good thick slice or a few smaller ones, to your taste): 3 seconds, speed 4.

5. Chop 1 onion + medium carrot + 1 smallish courgette + 1 handful parsley (or coriander) + (optional) pepper of your choice: 7 seconds speed 5. Reserve.

6. Add the eggs (2 whole eggs + 2 egg whites, but if you want it more eggy just add 4 whole eggs in total, forget about separating), a bit of salt and freshly ground black pepper: 10 seconds, speed 5.

7. Add the reserved ingredients (vegetable mix + quinoa + cheese + ham): 10 seconds, speed 3 (I can’t remember if I did this in reverse). Make sure it’s all well mixed with the spatula, pour into individual holes of greased muffin tin. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. You may need more or less depending on the oven. Cool, remove and eat. They keep well for 1-2 days and I bet they would freeze for lunch boxes.

Thermomix Savoury Quinoa Muffins

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Thermomix Spanish potato omelette (tortilla de patatas)

Thermomix Spanish potato omelette (tortilla de patatas)It took me ages but I finally have the perfect recipe for Tortilla de patatas, Potato omelette, Spanish omelette... whatever you may call it, it's delicious! And, because you can prepare most of it in your Thermomix... it's easy peasy.

Now, you don't have to make this with onion, you really don't so leave it out if you don't like it. Both the smaller omelette and the larger one use the same amount of water and oil. Traditionally the potatoes are fried in a lot of olive oil but the good thing of the Thermomix is that you can safely fry them in a combination of water and olive oil, making it a lighter omelette.

I give you size options: for 2-4 people (depending on appetites) or for 4-6 people. For the larger omelette I would personally increase the amount of salt a bit for flavour, this is a treat! But try it as it is and perhaps add more next time! I got the recipe from the La Juani de Ana Sevilla Spanish blog, it's her Tortilla de patatas casi sin aceite and have adapted a few things such as the potato times and the mixing of the potatoes and egg as you have to be careful with those.

Before you go check whether you have all the ingredients in the house to make this right now, let me tell you that you can find more tapas ideas here. And, if you're based in the UK with your Thermomix or thinking about buying one, come joing my Thermomix Owners UK Facebook group, lots of friendly chat, tips and advice there.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Thermomix Lemony Chorizo and Prawn Pasta / Pasta al limón con chorizo y langostinos

Thermomix Lemony Chorizo and Prawn Pasta / Pasta al limón con chorizo y langostinos
With linguine / Con linguine
*Pasta al limón con chorizo y langostinos: en español más abajo* It's no secret that I love chorizo, you can even say that I am a bit chorizo obsessed. No, seriously,  you can, I give you permission! I also love seafood and my Thermomix so it was only a matter of time before I published a recipe like this Thermomix Lemony Chorizo and Prawn Pasta.

For a gluten free version, this will work really well with quinoa.

By the way, if you still don't know what on earth a Thermomix is, this post will tell you all about it. If you live in the UK and you already have a Thermomix or are considering buying one, I run the fantastic Thermomix Owners UK Facebook group. Come join the Thermie chat and, while at it, find me on Instagram (I do go on about it a lot on there).

Friday, 13 June 2014

Garlic and serrano ham mushrooms (Thermomix and conventional recipe)

Garlic and serrano ham mushrooms (Thermomix and conventional recipe)There is a new deli in town, Allgoods of Ely, it actually opened a while ago but I only got a chance to visit it last weekend (I know, I know). It is full of delicious stuff: white asparagus, squid ink pasta, cheeses and meats: fabulous lomo and serrano ham. Let's talk about that serrano ham today and what you can do to turn it into speedy Garlic and serrano ham mushrooms.

As soon as I saw the serrano ham I knew I had to ask for a big chunk as well as slices. You see, if you ask for a very thick slice of it you can then dice it at home and do things like these mushrooms in no time at all.

This makes the perfect tapa or, if you need a bigger lunch, toss it with some cooked pasta at the end, or cooked noodles, or cooked rice, or cooked quinoa… You get my drift, right? For more tapas ideas check out my Easy guide to Spanish Tapas.

I had the mushrooms with a milk roll that I made the day before following the recipe in page 174 of the Fast and Easy cookbook that comes as standard in the Thermomix in the UK.

Don't know what a Thermomix is? This post will tell you all about it. If you live in the UK and you already have a Thermomix or are considering buying one, I run the really friendly and supportive Thermomix Owners UK Facebook group. Come join the Thermie chat. 

¿Listos? Feel free to proportionally increase the quantities as needed (be careful not to do the olive oil though), this time it was just me and the weather is too hot for anything else so I kept it small.

Garlic and serrano ham mushrooms

Shopping list: 

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Featured Recipe: Sweet Natured Kitchen's Thermomix Chocolate Sandwich Slice

Today I have a treat for all of you. Tots100 in the UK has teamed up with Digital Parents in Australia to do a blog swap, thanks to which I have discovered a fabulous blog full of sweet recipes: Sweet Natured Kitchen. Madison has written a lovely recipe to feature on here: Thermomix Chocolate Sandwich Slice.

Sweet Natured Kitchen's Thermomix Chocolate Sandwich SliceHello to all of the Feisty Tapas and Tots100 followers! I am really looking forward to sharing a recipe with you as part of International Blog Swap Day. 

My blog is all about the sweet stuff, everything from traditional baked goods all the way to raw vegan treats. However, I must admit that I have been tending towards the natural treats most recently as they are guilt free and instead of making you feel sluggish, they just make you feel good all over! Nuts and coconut oil are great for your skin and hair as well as your insides and using dried fruit and rice malt syrup as natural sweeteners mean you avoid all the nasties of processed sugar without losing any of the flavour. Win, win!

Now you may be wondering how the pairing of Feisty Tapas and Sweet Natured Kitchen came about...Well it had to be due to one wonderful piece of kitchen equipment, the Thermomix! I have had my Thermomix for around 7 months now and I use it almost everyday, most days 3 or 4 times! I don't always post recipes with Thermomix instructions but to tell you the truth, I have probably used it somewhere along the way in all recipes. I use it as my food processor, beater or even to melt chocolate! Like Maria, I am not affiliated in any way with the company, I just enjoy creating and sharing recipes.

Sweet Natured Kitchen's Thermomix Chocolate Sandwich Slice

Here is a recipe I created just yesterday for my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I call it Chocolate Sandwich Slice.

This recipe is no-bake and is 3 different layers.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Little gem lettuce with anchovies / Cogollos de lechuga con anchoas

Feisty Tapas: Little gem lettuce with anchovies / Cogollos de lechuga con anchoas*Receta de Cogollos de lechuga con anchoas en español más abajo*

This Little gem lettuce with anchovies recipe is so easy that I shouldn't even call it a recipe, if you look a the recipe I posted just before this one, it's brilliant to serve as a side dish or as a tapas dish, try them with Chorizo and hummus pita pockets so that you have my special ingredient below ready made.

You can increase the number of lettuces and tins of anchovies as much as you want, making it fabulous for a party or when you have lots of people round and want to make something easy.

Little gem lettuce with anchovies 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Hummus and chorizo pita pockets / Pita con humus y chorizo

Feisty Tapas: Chorizo and hummus pita pockets / Pita con chorizo y humus*Receta de Pita con humus y chorizo en español más abajo*

I love a quick dinner or lunch, the easier the better. I first made these on a day when husband was
doing some DIY, we were hungry and there wasn't that much in the fridge. However, in this house there is always chorizo in the fridge (whatever the state of everything else). Well, you may have heard of my chorizo obsession already, no? Hummus and pita are fantastic combination, hummus and chorizo go fantastically together so I couldn't believe this hadn't occured to me before.

Hummus and chorizo pita pockets
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