Banana honey bread Thermomix recipe

30 seconds honey banana bread Thermomix recipe

 

30 seconds Banana honey bread Thermomix recipe

Light, fluffy and scrumptious banana honey bread. From ingredients to oven in under one minute thanks to Momo the Thermomix. 

  • 4 bananas – as ripe as possible
  • 125 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 100 grams brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 grams honey
  • 230 grams self raising flour
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C

  2. Add all the ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 5.

  3. Pour the mixture into a lined baking tin or silicone mould. Bake in the oven for 60 minutes.

  4. Serve warm with a hot chocolate or cup of tea!

 30 seconds honey banana bread Thermomix recipe

Never let another over-ripe banana go to waste again!

Another batch of this deliciously moist honey banana bread is currently baking in my oven – ooooh I wish I could transfer the smell via the internet, it is divine!

What I love best about this recipe is that it is so easy to make and only uses ingredients most people will have in their cupboards already. And best of all: it goes from ingredients to oven in less than a minute!

I know it will disappear very quickly as soon as the kids come back from school.

I mean – who doesn’t love banana bread?! Loaded with ripe fruits, substitute some of the sugar for honey and you’ve got yourself a perfect recipe for a bit of weekend baking with the kids.

This is definitely the only banana honey bread recipe you will ever need, certainly the only one I use.

You can also use this as a basic banana bread recipe. Add raisins, walnuts or hazelnuts to make it a banana honey and nuts bread. Perfect for breakfast on the go!

Sometimes I even add frozen blueberries to make a blueberry banana cake.

Ready to give this a go? Get all your ingredients ready, turn your oven on and go go go.

See you in 30 seconds?

As ever if you’ve enjoyed these pesto and pistachio muffins, I’d be extremely grateful if you could leave a comment below.
Bon appetit – Enjoy x

For more Thermomix baking ideas – head over here.

Still for bananas to use? Have you tried our 3 ingredients oatmeal Thermomix magic balls yet? Nut-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Dairy free – if you replace the chocolate chips with raisins, Full of healthy stuff, Delicious, No added sugar, No butter, No flour, Incredibly practical for busy mornings, And did I say, very morish?! Can these Thermomix magic ‘balls’ be any more perfect?

pesto and pistachio muffins

Pesto and pistachio muffins Thermomix recipe

Pesto and pistachio muffins Thermomix recipe

Looking for something deliciously different? Try these delicious pesto and pistachios muffins.
Savoury muffins I hear you say? Yes absolutely! They taste just as good as the sweet alternative.
These delicious pesto and pistachio muffins are soft, fluffy, very light and truly scrumptious.
Serve them straight from the oven with a nice green salad for a quick and healthy dinner. They also make a very good alternative to sandwiches for lunch boxes (Not in a school though because of the nuts!!). How about adding them to your scrumptious brunch?
Packed full of flavours, you can make them on Sunday and then freeze for the rest of the week. Cake for lunch anyone?!
The first time I made pesto and pistachio muffins, was to bring them for an aperitif, where they were gone in seconds – literally!
We’ve also eaten them as a family dinner, still warm from the oven with a side salad and some green beans.
They are simply scrumptious and a total doddle to make. This is a great recipe to use leftover pesto.
The Momo touch:
  • You will go from raw, unchopped ingredients to ready to bake in under 10 minutes.
  • Grate cheese, add the rest of the ingredients and mix it all, all in one bowl – easy peasy!
  • No need to use tons of pots and pans and no washing up at all since Momo will clean itself!
As ever if you’ve enjoyed these pesto and pistachio muffins, I’d be extremely grateful if you could leave a comment below.
Bon appetit – Enjoy x
For other easy lunch box ideas, click here
Head over here for great aperitif ideas.

Pesto and pistachio muffins Thermomix recipe

Looking for something deliciously different? Try these delicious pesto and pistachios muffins.

Savoury muffins I hear you say? Yes absolutely! They taste just as good as the sweet alternative.

These delicious pesto and pistachio muffins are soft, fluffy, very light and truly scrumptious.

  • 80 grams gruyere cheese
  • 50 grams fresh basil
  • 50 grams pine nuts
  • 10 grams olive oil
  • 100 grams milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 180 grams self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 60 grams pistachio
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C.

  2. Add 80 grams gruyere cheese to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5

  3. Add 50 grams fresh basil, 50 grams pine nuts, and mix for 5 seconds / speed 6.

  4. Add 10 grams olive oil, 100 grams milk, 3 eggs, 180 grams self-raising flour, and salt & pepper. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 4. 

  5. Add 60 grams pistachios and mix for 10 seconds / speed 3. 

  6. Transfer the dough to muffin cases / mould. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on size. 

 

23 kitchen must-haves – 2018 best kitchen gadgets that cost less than £20

23 clever kitchen gadgets available on Amazon right now for under £20, that will make your cooking much more efficient.

Since I spend time researching the best kitchen gadgets around as well as some pretty special recipes (tough life I know!) to share with awesome people like you, my content may contain affiliate links for products I personally recommend, use and love. If you take action (ie. decide to buy one of those products on the back of my recommendation – blush, blush, thank you for the trust!) I’ll earn some coffee money ☕ at no extra cost to you, which I will duly drink while writing more recipes and other useful articles for you.

We all want to make our prep time in the kitchen efficient and having cool kitchen gadgets to help along the way makes it possible.

Here are in our opinion 23 of the coolest kitchen gadgets and tools under £20 that made us wonder “why didn’t we think of that ourselves?”.

We do love our kitchen gadgets and since having Momo the Thermomix in our life, we’ve certainly got rid of quite a few but there are some that are just fab.

With companies constantly creating new tools to make prepping and cooking easier, it is difficult not to spend hundreds if not thousands of pounds into the latest gizmo.

So we’ve done all the hard work for you. Whether you’re tired of having lemon pips in your drizzle or need a better way of planting your indoor herbs, you’re in the right place!

Here are 23 of our favourite kitchen gadgets available from Amazon that cost less than a take away for two – £20 – yet work like they cost way more and will change your food prepping and cooking for the better.


 

 

Electric Breakfast Sandwich Maker Machine – £19.99

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Enjoy a hot, homemade breakfast sandwich within minutes. The first layer will cook the bottom half of the sandwich, you can add some pre-cooked meat at this stage; ham, salami, sausage, bacon or a burger patty. The second layer will cook a fresh egg perfectly, right inside the sandwich. Finally; the top layer will gently toast the bread and holds the heat inside the sandwich. Slide out the separate hot plate and the sandwich will be assembled. Easy and perfect every time!

IngenuiTEA Loose Tea Infuser – £18.00

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I really do like this little gadget. Open the lid, put in some loose tea then pour on the boiling water. The tea leaves do their floating and sinking thing and you can see how strong your tea is getting. When ready, simply place it on top of your cup. This will cause a valve at the bottom to release: crystal-clear tea flows down, while the mesh filter retains all the tea leaves.

IngenuiTEA teapot is also super easy to clean – just rinse it out with water or pop it in the dishwasher. You will wonder how you got along without one.

A product that works brilliantly and is a delight to behold.

Living Nostalgia indoor metal herb pots and tray Set – £16.85

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I absolutely adore this Living Nostalgia range and this indoor pot and tray set is spot on. Ideal for growing a selection of herbs and spices on your windowsill or in the kitchen, it’s functional, robust and looks attractive – it makes a great starter kit for growing your own herbs and spices.

It also makes the perfect gift for a keen chef, perhaps a would-be gardener or someone who needs to clear up their kitchen’s window sill of a bunch of random pots.

Joseph Joseph caddy sink area organiser – £16.20

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I have been lucky enough to have been gifted a couple of Joseph Joseph products recently and I absolutely love them (their nest of bowls is probably my favourite!).  They’re not the cheapest around and yes you could easily get a less expensive caddy sink organiser, but be honest, would it look as good as this one?

The design is highly practical, and very high quality; the entire unit can be dismantled for easy cleaning and it looks amazing.

Miracle Thaw Defrost Tray – £15.98

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No electricity, chemicals, batteries or microwave – just pure magic! Very simply explained, this miracle tray absorbs natural heat and energy in the air and then releases it directly into the food.

It’s absolutely perfect for busy family life when your freezer is full of meat but you always forget to take it out long enough in advance.

Miracle Thaw is guaranteed to thaw food naturally and perfectly every time. Chicken breast ready to cook in under 30 minutes? Yes, really!

6 Plastic party plates for food and drink in one hand – £14.24 (+p&p)

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How awesome are these?

Have you ever found yourself trying to eat your buffet food while holding a drink? This won’t be a problem anymore, thanks to these ingenious plates.

I just love the extra convenience for when people want to wander and mingle.

They’re also great as children party plates or as plastic serving plates – perfect for crisps and dips for example.

Silicone baking mats – £13.96

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These are my best friends in the kitchen. They get used almost every time I bake or cook something in the oven.

They’re really good quality, nothing sticks to them and they fit my oven baking sheet perfectly.

Sausage rolls no longer stick to the baking tray, woohoo! No scraping off stuck on bits of pastry, no more soaking the trays in the sink. I also find them fabulous for baking bread rolls, cookies and meringues.

I would highly recommend these liners to anyone who enjoys baking but hates the aftermath! A great and much more cost-effective alternative to using baking paper.

Long cuff water stop latex gloves – £12.99

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Do you hate getting wrinkles on your fingers whenever you do the dishes or get your hands dirty or cut from all the cleaning? You need these long cuff latex gloves.

They are perfect to use for washing dishes, cleaning, caring for an elderly, flower arrangements and more. These are the ideal warmer water stop gloves that can protect hands from hot water, soap and cleaning chemicals. Definitely a useful must-have for soft, ageless and wrinkle free hands!

Rice and spaghetti measure – £11.48

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Wave Goodbye to Wastage and Say Hello to Portion Control
Why do I always cook too much rice and too much spaghetti?

It’s enough – you know it’s enough, but it just doesn’t look very much in the pan, so you add a little bit more and then some more for good luck!!

This rice and spaghetti measure is a simple, non-calibrated measure for a single portion of rice in the bowl and a single generous portion of spaghetti through the hole. As you get to know your measurements, add a little more or a little less depending on the dish you are preparing.

Metal lemon and lime squeezer – £10.99

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We’ve got one, my mum’s got one, my disabled dad’s got one, all my brothers too – this is truly one of those ‘I have no idea how I lived without it’ kind of product.

It gets every possible drop of juice from the fruit. There never a pip wandering around in my juice. It cleans in seconds and is dishwasher safe.

I used to have an electric citrus press which was great but always a hassle to get out of the cupboard. This squeezer is easy to store with other kitchen tools. Perfect for when you want to make lemonade for the kids or a quick margarita with your friends.

Glass kitchen food scale – £9.99

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Very sexy, light, small and neat. Very accurate, easy to use and switch between weight variations. Everything you need from a kitchen scale really!

Stuffed burger press – £9.95

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This is a great burger press to make your own burgers. It is very simple to use: add minced meat to the base, press with the top to remove the middle, fill with your favourite fillings. Put some more mince on top. Add the case back on and press away.

It’s never been easier to make your own burgers. Make them healthier with no added salt or preservative or as my children like them, stuff them with cheese and chorizo.

The press means that the burgers are squashed to perfection with no risk whatsoever of barbeque disintegration.

In a nutshell: very easy to use, very easy to clean, and the fact you can add a nice surprise inside of your burger is awesome.

Reusable silicone food bag – £8.69

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The solution to our plastic bag addiction. So much better than using plastic all the time.

If you’re like us and used to using a lot of Ziplock bags in your life, then this is the best alternative out there. It is perfect for reducing plastic use at home and on the go.

  • steam veggies
  • freeze food
  • great lunch sack
  • completely airtight making them perfect for storing leftover avocado
  • fridge safe
  • microwave safe
  • better than a huge mat of plastics floating in the ocean.
  • unlike plastic bags, they contain no petroleum, no PVC, and no latex

Joseph Joseph Scroll Garlic Peeler – £8.00

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If like me, you love your garlic, you need this product in your life. It’s like magic. I can finally peel garlic without using my nails. It’s easy to fill, easy to wash, simple and elegant. Another amazing product from Joseph Joseph.

Wine glass markers – £7.47

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No more ‘which one is my glass again?’

What a great idea for parties, personalize your wine glass, write messages on mirrors, windows or picture frames, or use the Wine Glass Markers for many other creative projects.
The Wine Glass Markers can be used on any glass or ceramic surface — allowing you to replace those old wine tags, or skip the need to search for your stash of wine charms before the next event.
It’s mess-free, easy erasable and dishwasher safe.

GREAT FOR SO MANY DIFFERENT USES! 
Set them out before a party, barbecue, wedding/baby shower, or anytime people are gathering
Give them as a gift for the hostess at the next party you’re attending
Add a personal touch to gifts by writing birthday or congratulations messages on wine bottles, picture frames or any glassware
Replace cheesy wine charms or the ugly paper markers at wine parties
Label the spices and foods you store in glass jars
Label cheese plates or other dishes you bring to parties. Write a message on the hallway or bathroom mirrors
Foster your kids’ imagination by letting them draw on the windows and glasses
Essential accessory on wine tastings and seminars

Non-stick pizza crisper tray – £6.99

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Finally a really good pizza crisper. I am the first to admit that I had never realised just how much of a difference this would make to cooking pizza, but it really does come out 100% better whether it’s store-bought, frozen or homemade.

We like our pizzas here and we’re a bit fussy when it comes to achieving the perfect crispiness – sub-standard is not an option – and since we haven’t yet invested in a proper wood-fired oven, achieving a well enough cooked base without burning the toppings has always been a bit of a challenge… until now!

This tray really makes cooking pizza or chips evenly a breeze.

Nut milk bag – £6.95

Do you know someone who’s dairy-free? These little bags enable you to make your own fresh and nutritious milk from almonds and other nuts with or without a Thermomix. Just pour blend into the bag, strain and squeeze and voila – just so easy! No mess, no fuss, delicious and healthy with very little effort.

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Lakeland soup ‘n’ sauce clear storage bags – £6.69

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Storing soup is no longer a two-person job thanks to these sturdy Soup’n’Sauce freezer bags that stand upright of their own accord, making them really easy to fill.

I think we have finally found the ideal pour and store freezer bag solution. Thank you, Lakeland!

They’re perfect to store any soup, stack very nicely side by side in the freezer, which means they take very little space compared to solid plastic containers, defrost in the microwave and clean in the dishwasher.

Robust, reusable and reliable! Perfect for anyone who regularly makes batches of home-made soup, stock and sauce.

Electric coffee pen art pen for latte – £6.67

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A very simple yet genius idea that makes creative message writing a doddle. Just add ground spice or chocolate of your choice and surprise loved ones with a thoughtful or funny message.

This electric coffee pen is also ideal for children to use – they will never tire of drawing and presenting you with their own special work of art.

Animal house monkey peeler – £6.08

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So this one is a bit of a cheat, it won’t make your peeling quicker or easier but we just couldn’t resist how cute and cool it looks.

With its bright orange colour and its funky design, it’s also likely to encourage kids to help out.

Herb cutting scissors – £5.99

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A pair of scissors that cuts with 5 blades at once. One of those I-don’t-know-how-I-managed-without-them kitchen tools.

And yes they do make a great gift. Works perfectly, so quickly and cleans easily.

5 blades work together at once to neatly cut fresh herbs, the soft grip handles make it comfortable to use, an ideal addition to any kitchen.

Lurico bear meat claws – set of 2 – £5.89

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These Lurico Meat Claws are one of the most versatile cooking tools on the market. They are ideal for:

  • Meat shredding – Make pulled pork out of pork shoulder 10 times quicker than regular forks
  • Meat tongs – Move meat on and off the grill or oven
  • Meat slicer – Holding a large piece of meat while shredding or cutting. Can also be used as a fruit or vegetable holder
  • Alternative to BBQ gloves – Keep your hands protected and from getting burned
  • Salad tongs – very useful to toss salad.

Can colander / strainer – £5.24

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Instead of using the can’s metal lid to drain, simply place this fantastic little strainer over the opening and press. Safe, effective and easy to use, it stops you from getting the tuna liquid on your hands, keeping fingers clean and scent-free.

It works well, is easy to clean, not expensive and makes life easier. What more could one ask of a kitchen gadget? Perfect.

 

Thanks for reading!

There are hundreds of kitchen gadgets that could have made this list, but we chose our top picks based on what we think most kitchens are missing, whether they have a Thermomix or not, great value and general usefulness in making life easier. Do share with us any of your own suggestions in the comment box below. We will review and update this list regularly and might very well use your suggestion.

Thermomix banana & blueberry cake

Blueberry banana cake Thermomix recipe

Blueberry banana cake Thermomix recipe

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Blueberry banana cake Thermomix recipe

Another rainy and cold Saturday afternoon here in the UK usually means baking in this house.

One of the twins wanted banana cake, the other a blueberry cake – so how about combining the 2?

The result: a tender, golden loave, a divine smell throughout the house and some very happy children!

This deliciously moist loaf cake is best served still warm in my opinion.

 

Serves 6

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 1h10

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 150g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 30g milk
  • Zest of one lemon (optional)
  • 100g fresh blueberries – or fully defrosted if using frozen ones.

 

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 160C
  2. Add 150g sugar and 125g butter to the mixing bowl. Mix for 60 seconds / speed 4.
  3. Add 2 eggs, 3 ripe bananas and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix for a further 60 seconds / speed 5.
  4. Add 225g flour, 1tsp baking powder, 30g milk, zest of one lemon and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix for 60 seconds / speed 4.
  5. Pour the cake batter into a pre-greased cake tin. Fold in 100g fresh blueberries.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes or until a clean knife inserted comes out clean

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

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Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

How about a hearty, vegetable lasagna this weekend?

Arghhh that means countless hours in the kitchen, half a dozen pans to wash up and a big mess everywhere, doesn’t it? Not with a little help of Momo the Thermomix.

15 minutes active time … and NO washing up apart from the Thermomix bowl (in the dishwasher) and the lasagna dish.

Like the rest of the nation, we love a bit of Mary Berry cakes – I mean how could you not?

But it is not very often I cook some of her other recipes – that is about to change, after making this vegetable lasagne.

As much as we love the traditional, beef lasagna, we are also trying to cut down on our meat intake at the moment so this recipe sounded right up our street!

Click here for the original Mary Berry, non-Thermomix, vegetarian lasagne recipe.


 

Active time: 15 minutes – Total time: 1h10

SERVES 6

Bechamel/cheese sauce

  • 750ml milk
  • 60g salted butter
  • 90g plain flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 200g cheddar cheese

Vegetable filling

  • 1 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g button mushrooms
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 tbsp shredded fresh basil

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Other

  • About 8 sheets no-precooking-required dried lasagne

Let’s go…

  1. First, add 200g cheddar cheese, roughly chopped, to the mixing bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Set aside. No need to rinse the bowl.
  2. Then make a bechamel/cheese sauce. Add 750g milk, 60g butter, 90g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. 
  3. Add the reserved cheese and mix for a further 30 seconds / speed 2. Set Aside.
  4. In the meantime, slice 2 courgettes, wash the button mushrooms, peel and halve one onion and peel 2 garlic cloves.
  5. Wash the bowl.
  6. Add one onion, halved and 2 garlic cloves to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  7. Add 2tbsp olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed low.
  8. Add 500g button mushrooms, whole, 2 courgettes, sliced and 2tbsp plain flour. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  9. Add the baby leaf spinach, 400g chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp sugar and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low without measuring cup.
  10. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking dish measuring about 25cm x 20cm and 5cm deep.
  11. Stir the shredded basil into the vegetable sauce.
  12. Spread a third of the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Spread a third of the bechamel/cheese sauce over the vegetables.
  13. Cover with a layer of lasagne sheets, not overlapping them. The dish will probably take 3 sheets, but you may have to break them to fit.
  14. Repeat the layers of vegetable sauce, cheese sauce, and lasagne sheets, then repeat the layers once more, finishing with the cheese sauce. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Easy Thermomix Dinner Party

Pork loin steak with creamy peppercorn sauce, roast potatoes and veggies. HelloFresh recipe in the Thermomix.

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Pork loin steak with creamy peppercorn sauce, roast potatoes and veggies. HelloFresh recipe in the Thermomix.

Click here for the original HelloFresh recipe.

Another HelloFresh hit we all really enjoyed. These guys are really really good at what they do, aren’t they?!

Their blurb says: “Pork loin steak is a really succulent cut of meat, making it the perfect thing to serve alongside a rich and creamy peppercorn sauce. Simple, comforting, and quick to make. Make this a go-to recipe.” We couldn’t agree more!

How ours was different:

  • Our pork was steamed in the Varoma dish which is actually a great way to keep it moist during cooking and make it healthier too. (and saves on washing up!!!).
  • We used a bit of cornflour to thicken the sauce.

 

If you’re not familiar with HelloFresh, they’re a food box company. You pick the number of meals and number of people that suit your family and they deliver ALL the ingredients you need to cook delicious food, really quickly!


Pork loin steak with creamy peppercorn sauce, roast potatoes and veggies. HelloFresh recipe in the Thermomix.

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 40 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large red potatoes or 6 medium ones
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1tsp peppercorn
  • 1 shallot
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 packs fresh green beans (or you can use frozen)
  • 1 broccoli floret
  • 4 pork loin steaks
  • 100g creme fraiche
  • 5g cornflour

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Chop the potatoes into 2cm chunks and pop on a lined baking tray. Drizzle over some olive oil and a pinch of salt & pepper. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp dried thyme and mix everything together to ensure the potatoes get a good coating. Spread out evenly in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, turning them halfway through cooking.
  3. In the meantime, add 1 tsp peppercorns to the mixing bowl. Grind for 5 seconds / speed 7. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add a shallot, peeled & halved to the mixing bowl. Chop for 3 seconds / speed 5.
  5. Add a drizzle of olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  6. In the meantime, place the pork at the bottom of the Varoma dish, sprinkle with salt & pepper and place the green beans & broccoli florets at the top of the Varoma.
  7. Add 200ml boiling water and 1 chicken stock pot to the mixing bowl. Insert Varoma into place and cook for 20 minutes / Varoma / Speed 1 (or until the pork is cooked).
  8. Remove the Varoma and keep warm. Add 100g creme fraiche and 5g cornflour to the mixing bowl. Cook for 3 minutes / 90C / Speed 3 without measuring cup.
  9. To serve: slice each pork steak into 2cm strips. Add any escaped juice to the sauce. Serve with the vegetables, potatoes and sauce.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

3 ingredients Oatmeal breakfast ‘balls’ in the Thermomix

3 ingredients Oatmeal breakfast ‘balls’ in the Thermomix.

These little balls are:

  1. Nut-free
  2. Gluten-free
  3. Egg-free
  4. Dairy free – if you replace the chocolate chips with raisins
  5. Full of healthy stuff
  6. Delicious
  7. No added sugar
  8. No butter
  9. No flour
  10. Incredibly practical for busy mornings
  11. And did I say, very morish?!

Can these be any more perfect?

Recipe found on Facebook and adapted to the Thermomix

It said:

“Cookies for Breakfast? YES!!! These EASY 3-ingredient breakfast cookies taste like banana bread and oatmeal cookies in one. They are warm and gooey, and taste best if eaten right out of the oven! Try them with any combination like raisins, walnuts, etc.”

So we did!

Makes about 16

Active time: 2 minutes – Total time: 17 minutes

The original recipe asks for

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 90g uncooked quick oat*
  • 40g chocolate chips

* for gluten-free, watch out which oats you use as manufacturing methods can mean contact with wheat

This is how I made them just now and the kids can have them for after school snacks (if there’s any left!!).

If I was to make them for breakfast, I would replace the chocolate chips with raisins or any other chopped dried fruits or nuts (or both really!!), maybe add a bit of golden syrup too.

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Add all the ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Form about 16 balls either using your hands or 2 spoons. Place on a baking tray.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

The Galette des Rois – a very French tradition in the Thermomix

The Galette des Rois – a very French tradition in the Thermomix

Happy Epiphany!

When you thought the food fest was over, everyone was on a diet and on dry January, comes a very French national obsession with the Galette des Rois (King’s cake). It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem.

Since the 14th Century, this dessert has been served but only once a year and every single child in France is waiting with great anticipation for Epiphany (6th January).

If you’re passing through France right now, you will undoubtedly notice these delicious cakes everywhere, in your local boulangerie obviously but also in every supermarket up and down the country.

This scrumptious-looking cake is made of puff pastry, filled with frangipane – sweet almonds, butter, eggs, and sugar. It’s flaky, sweet and best served warm, straight out of the oven.

But the reason children love this cake so much is much more than because of its delicious taste, it is also brought by the excitement of finding out whether you will be the lucky one to discover the ‘Feve’ (charm), hidden inside the cake and therefore become the King or Queen for the day.


 

Serves 8

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets of all butter puff pastry, ready rolled
  • 80g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A bit of milk

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C
  2. Add 80g unsalted butter to the mixing bowl. Turn on for 1 minute / speed 4, to soften it. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add the whisk, 80g caster sugar, 80g ground almond, 1 egg, 1 tsp rum, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix for 3 minutes / speed 2 increasing progressively to speed 4.
  4. To assemble: using a plate as a guide, cut out a 20cm round from a pastry sheet and a slightly bigger one from the other sheet.
  5. Place the smaller circle on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  6. Spoon the almond mixture into the centre of the smaller circle and spread it evenly over the pastry, leaving a clear margin around the edge. Add the ‘feve’ (charm). In the olden days, they used to use a broad bean! Tip: the nearer the edge it is placed, the less likely you are to cut right through it when slicing the cake.
  7. Cover with the bigger circle and press the edges firmly together using your finger and thumb.
  8. Lightly beat the egg with a few drops of milk and brush the galette with the mixture. Using the back of a knife, design a spiral of curved sunshine rays starting from the centre of the galette and extending right to the edge. Or you can simply criss-cross the top of the galette with a knife.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes.
  10. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve while still warm.

The tradition wants that the youngest person – usually a child, but can be equally fun with adults only – present goes under the table and randomly allocates each slice of galette to the guests.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

Awesome sausage rolls – Thermomix recipe

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Aww sausage rolls, the perfect treat for any occasion from snacks to canapes with a drink – it’s not a party without a good sausage roll! – or make them a bit bigger and serve them for an easy dinner with a simple salad!

They are so versatile too, add your favourite herbs or dried fruit, and totally transform the flavours.

Once you’ve had a go and tasted a home-made sausage roll, you will never go back to a shop bought one again.

They can be cooked well in advance, frozen then defrosted and warmed through when needed.


 

Makes about 16

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • About 10 sage leaves
  • 15ml olive oil
  • 400g sausage meat
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 250 g ready-made puff pastry
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 free-range egg
  • Ground pepper

Let’s go…

  1. Add one red onion, halved, one garlic clove and 1 tbsp Dijon mustard to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 400g sausage meat, 10 sage leaves, 2 pinches of nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 5.
  3. Cut pastry sheets in half lengthways into 2 long rectangles.
  4. Divide the meat mixture between each pastry strip and spread out in the middle.
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese (optional).
  6. Roll and cut each strip into mini sausage rolls.
  7. Space each sausage roll out on a baking tray. Brush with egg wash and top with ground pepper.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Clementine and Prosecco trifle – Thermomix dinner party dessert

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Clementine and Prosecco trifle – Thermomix dinner party dessert

I made this Olive Magazine recipe for Christmas and it looks and tastes absolutely delicious and would be perfect for any dinner party.

The original recipe calls for shop bought Madeira cake and candied fruits, which would be absolutely fine too.

 

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Serves 8

Active time: 1h10 minutes – Total time: 1h10 minutes 

Ingredients:

Madeira cake – active time: 5 minutes. Total time: 55 minutes (can be shop bought if you prefer)

  • 175g butter, at room temperature
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds

Whipped cream – active time: 2 minutes. Total time: 2 minutes

  • 250ml whipping cream

Prosecco Sabayon – active time: 1 minute. Total time: 9 minutes

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 125ml Prosecco

Candied oranges – active time: 15 minutes. Total time: 1 hour (can be shop bought if you prefer)

  • 3 organic oranges
  • 1L water
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 50g orange juice (you’ll get this from the oranges

Others 

  • 8 clementines
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tins clementine segments in juice
  • 2 leaves gelatine, soaked in 2 tbsp prosecco

Let’s go…

  1. MADEIRA CAKE: preheat your oven to 170C.
  2. Peel the skin of one lemon and add to the mixing bowl. Grate for 5 seconds / speed 8 (you need to have a very fine grated zest). Set aside in a small container.
  3. Add 175g butter, and 175g caster sugar to the mixing bowl. Whisk for 3 minutes / speed 5.
  4. Put on the Thermomix to speed 3 (no timer) and add 3 large eggs, one at a time. Add the grated lemon zest and a few drops of vanilla extracts.  Add 200g self-raising flour, a few spoonful at a time. Add 50g ground almonds. Stop mixing when you have a thick and smooth batter.
  5. Tip the batter into a loaf tin, lined with greaseproof paper.
  6. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Leave to cool completely before slicing.
  7. Clean and dry your TM bowl.
  8. PROSECCO SABAYON: Insert butterfly whisk into mixing bowl.
  9. Add 3 egg yolks, 30g sugar, and 125ml Prosecco to the mixing bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 70C / Speed 3.
  10. Set aside in a bowl and leave to cool completely.
  11. Clean and dry your TM bowl.
  12. Halve 8 clementines, remove pips and add them (including the skin) to the mixing bowl with 100g caster sugar. Whizz for 20 seconds / speed 10.
  13. Pour the purée into a fine sieve and let the juice drip through, scrape through using a spoon if you need to.
  14. Gently melt the gelatine in the 2 tbsp prosecco in a microwave or pan, being careful not to let it boil. Measure out 250ml of the clementine purée and stir in the gelatine (discard the remaining liquid).
  15. Clean and dry your TM bowl.
  16. CANDIED ORANGES (warning: this will take about an hour). Peel the skin into quarters. Be very careful not to get any of the actual orange flesh but still get as much of the white bit as possible. Slice each ‘quarter’ into 0.5cm wide strips.
  17. Add the orange skin strips and 1-liter water to the mixing bowl. Cook for 20 minutes / Varoma / Reverse speed low.
  18. In the meantime, start assembling the trifle: drain the clementine segments in a colander, safeguarding the juice in a bowl. Lay 4 slices of Madeira cake, sliced into fingers, in a trifle bowl then add the clementine segments and about 50ml juice. Pour over the clementine jelly. Chill until you’ve made the next layer.
  19. Drain the skin strips and put them back in the mixing bowl with 250g caster sugar and 50g smooth orange juice (if you are using the skin-less oranges, be careful to drain the bits out). Cook for 20 minutes / Varoma / Reverse speed low, without the measuring cup. If there’s any liquid left in the bowl at the end of the 20 minutes, cook again for a few more minutes.
  20. Leave the candied oranges to cool on greaseproof paper (careful, they’re hot and covered in boiling caramel!). To make them less sticky, roll them into sugar.
  21. Clean and dry your TM bowl.
  22. WHIPPING CREAM: insert the butterfly whisk. Add 250ml whipping cream to the mixing bowl. Set your Thermomix for 1 minute / speed 3. However, you’ll have to check the density from the hole and decide by sight when it is ready.
  23. By this point, the sabayon should be cool. Fold it through the whipped cream, trying not to knock any air out.
  24. Add the cream on top of the trifle and chill for at least one hour (I made mine the day before and it was perfect!). Take out of the fridge 1/2 hour before serving and decorate with candied oranges and chopped pistachios.Delicious. Bon appetit x