‘There are veggies in your macaroni cheese?!’ macaroni cheese – Thermomix recipe

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‘There are veggies in your macaroni cheese?!’ macaroni cheese – Thermomix recipe

It’s the ultimate comfort food, isn’t it?

Very quick to throw together, everyone loves it and now includes a serving of hidden vegetables to give those picky eaters a few good nutrients.

And believe it or not, it looks exactly the same as a standard macaroni cheese – yet it has 3 healthy veggies hidden in it and I personally think it tastes even better than regular mac’n’cheese!

Enjoy!


 

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 50 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 250g cheddar cheese
  • 70g parmesan cheese
  • 100g cauliflower florets
  • 100g carrots
  • 50g leeks
  • 1 courgette
  • 350g macaroni (or pasta of your choice)
  • 500ml milk
  • 40g salted butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 50g breadcrumbs

Let’s go…

  1. Pre heat your oven to 200C.
  2. Add 250g cheddar cheese into the mixing bowl. Grate for 10 seconds / speed 8. Set aside.
  3. Repeat with 70g parmesan cheese. Set aside separately.
  4. Add 1 litre water to the mixing bowl. Warm for 10 minutes / 120C / speed low.
  5. In the meantime, chop 100g carrots, 50g leeks, 1 courgette and 100g cauliflower. Place all the vegetables in the Varoma tray.
  6. Add 350g pasta to the boiling water, together with a pinch of salt. Put the Varoma tray in place and cook for 10 minutes (or 2 minutes less than stated in the pack) / Varoma / Low speed, reverse enabled.
  7. Drain the macaroni and set aside.
  8. Pour the vegetables into the mixing bowl and blend for 20 seconds / speed 5.
  9. Stir the vegetable puree in with the macaroni.
  10. Give your bowl a quick rinse.
  11. Add 500g milk, 40g butter, 60g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. That’s your bechamel sauce (aka white sauce).
  12. Add reserved cheddar cheese, 1 tsp Dijon mustard and salt & pepper to taste to make it a cheese sauce. Cook for 1 minute / 90C / Speed low.
  13. Pour sauce over the and stir through. You can serve now or pour into an ovenproof dish.
  14. Scatter over 50g breadcrumbs and 70g grated parmesan, then bake for 20 mins until crisp and golden.

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

Couscous in the Thermomix- the simpler yet delicious version that our family really enjoyed.

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Couscous in the Thermomix- the simpler yet delicious version that our family really enjoyed.

 


 

Serves 6

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1/2 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 3 onions, peeled and halved
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 merguez sausages (make your own from scratch following our recipe here)
  • 20g olive oil
  • 400g carrots
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 500g water
  • 400g courgettes
  • 70g raisins
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 300g couscous
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste (optional)

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Mix 1tsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp paprika, 2tbsp olive oil with a bit of salt. Rub the chicken drumsticks in the spice mixture.
  3. Add 3 onions, halved, 1/2 bunch fresh coriander and 1/2 bunch fresh parsley to the mixing bowl. Chop for 10 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add 20g olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / speed 1.
  5. In the meantime, cook the sausages and chicken drumsticks in the oven. Alternatively you can cook both in the Varoma by putting the Varoma dish in place at step 7
  6. Peel and chop 400g carrots. Set aside. Chop 400g courgettes and place in the Varoma dish.
  7. Add the carrots to the mixing bowl, with 1tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, salt and pepper to taste and 500g water. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / Reverse Speed low.
  8. Put the Varoma dish in place. Cook for a further 10 minutes / Varoma / Reverse speed low.
  9. In the meantime, cook the couscous as per packet instructions.
  10. Remove Varoma dish and set aside. Add 70g raisins 1 tbsp Harissa paste (if using – careful if you’re feeding children – Harissa is pure chilli!) and 1 can chickpeas to the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  11. Add the courgettes to the vegetable mix and serve with the couscous and the sausages.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

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Homemade Merguez sausage meat recipe in the Thermomix

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Homemade Merguez sausage meat recipe in the Thermomix

For those of you who follow this blog, or know us personally, you will know that DH reached the tender age of 50 recently.

And with this milestone, comes the inevitable mid-life crisis.

Luckily he hasn’t traded me for a younger model or purchased a bright red Ferrari.

Instead, he has now joined the ‘making from scratch’ brigade, foraging for food whenever he can.

Books such as ‘The Art of Fermentation‘, ‘River Cottage Curing & Smoking‘ now take pride of place on his bedside table and he is happily busy making lots of things from scratch  – from jam to real ale, via wine, sake, saurkraut, mozzarella, and cordial to name just a few.

This weekend he ventured into the world of homemade sausages, merguez sausages to be precise. We don’t have a sausage casing machine… yet. So off he went to a friend with his merguez sausage mix he had proudly made in the Thermomix.

Too few of us (including us, up until just now), realise just how little effort it takes to actually make our own sausages, controlling the quality, flavours and what actually goes in them. We are most certainly investing in a sausage casing machine soon.

In the meantime, these merguez sausages were so damn good, I had to change my blog schedule to share this recipe with you.

I made a couscous in the Thermomix to go with them – recipe to follow shortly.


Makes around 600g sausages

Active time: 1 minute

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • 500g minced lamb (shoulder is perfect)
  • a good pinch smoked paprika
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • a pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2tsp harissa paste
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 8g sea salt

Let’s go…

  1. Add 1 garlic clove and the peel of 1 lemon to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. 
  2. Add all the other ingredients. Mix for 15 seconds, speed 6.
  3. That’s it – done and ready to get stuffing as per sausage stuffer instructions.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

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Hearty mushroom bolognese – Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan – recipe in the Thermomix

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Hearty mushroom bolognese – Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan – recipe in the Thermomix.

Try our hearty mushroom bolognese recipe. It’s easy, low fat and full of vegetables. Two kinds of mushrooms – porcini and chestnut – add a lovely meaty punch to this vegetarian, and vegan, twist on a classic bolognese sauce!

If you love the comfort of a hearty bolognese sauce after a cold/breezy day, then this recipe is for you.


 

Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 50g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 500g chestnut mushrooms 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 bunch of basil

Let’s go…

  1. Soak 50g porcini mushrooms in 200ml boiling water.
  2. Add 2 onions, halved, 4 garlic cloves, 2 carrots, roughly chopped, 500g chestnut mushrooms and 2 celery stalks to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil and cook for 4 minutes / 100C / speed 1.
  4. In the meantime, drain the porcini mushrooms, keeping the liquid. Chop them.
  5. Add 2tbsp tomato puree, the chopped porcini mushrooms, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, 1 tsp celery salt and the strained liquid in the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / reverse speed low, without measuring cup.
  6. Add 400g chopped tomatoes and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 20 minutes / 100C / reverse speed low, replacing measuring cup with simmering basket.
  7. In the meantime, cook your pasta in a pan, as per packet instructions.
  8. Drain the pasta and stir it through the bolognese sauce. Pick the basil leaves and sprinkle over the bolognese with a good grating of Parmesan to serve.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

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Spicy lentil and carrot soup – with or without a Thermomix

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Spicy lentil and carrot soup – with or without a Thermomix

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Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 27 minutes

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 600g carrots
  • 200g red split lentils
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 125ml milk
  • A bit of fresh coriander
  • A few dollops of plain yoghurt

 

Let’s go…

  1. Add 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves and 600g carrots (no need to peel), roughly chopped into the mixing bowl and chop for 5 seconds / speed 6. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chilli flakes and salt & pepper to taste. Saute for 5 minutes / 120C / Speed 1.
  3. Add 200g red split lentils, 125ml milk and 1 litre vegetable stock to the mixing bowl. Cook for 20 minutes / 100ºC / Speed 1.
  4. Blend 1 minute / speed 5 to 10, increasing speed gradually.

Top with fresh coriander, a dollop of yoghurt, and serve with warm naan bread or a loaf of crusty bread.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Hidden vegetable Cheeseburger – Thermomix recipe

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Hidden vegetable Cheeseburger – Thermomix recipe

Got fussy eaters on your hands? This clever recipe is a great way of sneaking in a few extra veggies…

Shredding vegetables is so easy and literally done in seconds in the Thermomix, it’d be rude not to hide some in pretty much every meal!

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Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 courgette
  • 400g beef mince
  • 2tbsp Ketchup
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • Sliced cheese of your choice
  • 4 brioche buns, halved
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced

Let’s go…

  1. Add one red onion, halved, 1 carrot, roughly chopped, and 1 courgette to the mixing bowl. Chop for 10 seconds / speed 6. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 400g minced beef, 2tbsp ketchup, 50g breadcrumbs and salt & pepper to taste in the mixing bowl. Mix for 10 seconds, speed 5.
  3. Shape into burger patties, about 2 cm thick. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Cook in a frying pan. Once one side is cooked, flip over to the other side and top with a slice of cheese. It will turn into golden melted heaven!
  5. Serve with brioche buns, sliced tomatoes, a simple green salad, ketchup, mayonnaise etc.

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

22 cheap and cheerful family-friendly Thermomix recipes that cost under £10

Here are top family-friendly Thermomix recipes that are easy to put together, especially if you have a Thermomix, have been tried and tested and enjoyed by our family and will cost you less than £10 in total.

Meal planning, together with online shopping – which removes most of the temptation supermarkets rely on so heavily to make you part with more money that you need to – is the single most effective thing you can do to save money. Period.

Pick 5 dinners and buy only the ingredients you need. It will not only save you hundreds of pounds a year but also avoid a huge amount of unnecessary food waste. Win-win!

Costs are based on shopping at Sainsbury’s (which is where I shop). Obviously, if you shop at Lidl or Aldi, it will be even cheaper for you and if you shop at Waitrose, it’ll probably be a bit more expensive.

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Meat

Croque Monsieur – the ridiculously French one so that you can pretend you’re seating at a Parisian café reading Sartre – £5.58

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Chunky beef ragu – Thermomix adaptation of a Hello Fresh recipe – £5.83

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Mint & feta lamb meatballs – with or without a Thermomix – £7.08

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Thermomix Tom Kha Gai soup – £7.19

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Delia Smith’ Thai chicken with lime and coconut cream – adapted for the Thermomix – £7.30

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Chicken in a creamy chorizo sauce – £7.70

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Beef meatballs curry – with or without a Thermomix – gluten-free – £8.17

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Herby sausage bolognese – a HelloFresh recipe cooked in the Thermomix – £8.61

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Tasty chicken wraps with potato wedges and simple salad – A Hellofresh recipe in the Thermomix – £8.90

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Creamy turkey masala with veggie-packed rice– A Hellofresh recipe in the Thermomix – £9.50

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Hearty sausage cassoulet – Thermomix recipe – £9.75

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Fish

Fish tagine – with or without a Thermomix – £4.70

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Creamy courgette, parmesan & smoked salmon risotto in the Thermomix – £6.57

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Kedgeree in the Thermomix – £7.81

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Smoked salmon pizza – £8.45

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Creamy fish curry with rice and coconut – Thermomix adaptation of a Hello Fresh recipe – £8.72

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The easiest and yummiest Thermomix fish pie – £9.23

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Vegetarian

Thermomix creamy courgette farfalle pasta – £2.42

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Cherry tomato clafoutis (kla-FOO-tee) – with or without a Thermomix – £3.24

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Thermomix one pot creamy mushroom pasta – £4.25

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Super (and I do mean super) nachos Thermomix recipe – £6.32

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Chakchouka – A Tunisian dish of tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices, and eggs. With or without a Thermomix – £7.15

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