Super (and I do mean super) nachos Thermomix recipe

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Super (and I do mean super) nachos Thermomix recipe

Cheese sauce on nachos? Yes really! I wasn’t convinced either but it certainly worked very well. (even better the second time when I didn’t pour it all over the chips and made them all mushy!!)

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Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Serves 4 – COST: £6.32

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag tortilla chips – £0.60
  • 2 ripe tomatoes – £0.36
  • 1 red onion – £0.22
  • 1 handful coriander – £0.70
  • 1 chilli – £0.60
  • 1 onion – £0.17
  • 1 red pepper – £0.50
  • 1 yellow pepper – £0.50
  • 1 tsp ground cumin – £0.05
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed – £0.55
  • 500ml milk – £0.50
  • 40g salted butter – £0.25
  • 60g plain flour – £0.03
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 100g grated cheddar – £0.57
  • 100g grated mozzarella – £0.72

Let’s go…

  1. Make the salsa – add 2 ripe tomatoes, 1 red onion, halved, a handful of coriander and 1/2 chilli to the mixing bowl. Mix for 3 seconds/speed 3. Set aside.
  2. Add an onion, halved, 1/2 chilli, 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper, both roughly chopped, to the mixing bowl. Mix for 3 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the side
  3. Add a gulp of oil, 1 tsp ground cumin, and salt to taste. Cook for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed low.
  4. Add 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed. Cook for a further 2 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  5. In the meantime arrange the tortilla chips in an oven proof dish so that there is a big gap in the middle (or you’ll end up with soggy chips).
  6. Pour the pepper / black beans mixture into the gap.
  7. Give your Thermomix bowl a quick rinse.
  8. Make the cheese sauce. Add 250g milk, 20g butter, 30g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. Add 100g grated cheese, mix for 30 seconds / speed 4. 
  9. Pour the cheese sauce in the well.
  10. Cover the whole dish with mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle the tomato salsa all over and serve immediately.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Chunky beef ragu – Thermomix adaptation of a HelloFresh recipe

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Chunky beef ragu – Thermomix adaptation of a Hello Fresh recipe

The one thing I hadn’t been able to master yet with the Thermomix, is bolognese sauce. No matter what setting I used, reverse speed, low speed etc, it always turned into complete mush, much to the disgust of the kids.

When Hello Fresh delivered the ingredients and recipe to make a beef ragu with spaghettis (a rather fancy name for spag bol), I remembered all the wonderful comments about fellow Thermomix blogger, Skinnymixer’s chunky bolognese recipe.

Here’s how I mixed both HelloFresh & Skinnymixer’s recipes. The result was perfectly chunky and rather delicious too, even if I say so myself!

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For a gluten-free option, replace pasta with rice or potatoes

 


Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £5.83

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, halved – £0.17
  • 1 garlic clove – £0.05
  • 2 courgettes, roughly chopped – £0.41
  • 1 yellow pepper, roughly chopped – £0.50
  • 500g beef mince – £3.00
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce – £0.05
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano – £0.05
  • 2 cartons chopped tomatoes with garlic and onions – £0.75
  • 400g spaghetti – £0.85

Let’s go…

  1. Add one onion, halved, one garlic clove, 2 courgettes and 1 yellow pepper to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add a good gulp of oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed low.
  3. Add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp dried oregano, 2 cartons chopped tomatoes with garlic and onions and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Insert your simmering basket into the bowl and put 500g beef mince inside. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  5. In the meantime, boil some water in a large saucepan. Add a large pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and cook 400g spaghetti as per packet instruction.
  6. Carefully break up the mince with a spatula, cook for a further 10 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  7. Mix the cooked mince and the sauce together before serving.
  8. Drain the pasta and toss into the ragu.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

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

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

This is definitely in our top 10 all-time favourite recipe.

We came across it in a supermarket TV ad probably about 7 or 8 years ago.

We’ve made it since more times than I care to count, for dinner parties, family dinners, with chicken (as per this recipe) but also with prawns or even white fish. But never in the Thermomix… until last night!

It’s always been just wonderfully delicious and hard to believe it is as simple as it is to put together and that is still very much the case with a little help from Momo!

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Marinade: minimum one hour – Total time: 1h25 minutes

COST: £7.30

Ingredients:

  • 4 spring onions – £0.60
  • 400g chicken breasts mini fillets – £3.00
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes – £0.70
  • 250ml creamed coconut – £1.00
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded – £0.60
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce – £0.10
  • 40g pack coriander – £0.70
  • 400g Basmati rice – £0.60

 

Let’s go…

  1. ‘Peel’ the zest of 2 limes with a potato peeler. Add the zest to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 10. Chop for a few more seconds if needs be.
  2. Marinade the chicken with the lime zest & juice for an hour or longer if you have time.
  3. In the meantime, add 4 spring onions, roughly chopped to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Set aside. Rinse and dry the mixing bowl.
  4. After an hour put the chicken together with its marinade into the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  5. In the meantime cook the rice in a saucepan as per packet instructions.
  6. Add one green chilli, sliced, 250ml coconut cream, 3tbsp fish sauce, 20g chopped coriander. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / reverse speed low.
  7. Serve spooned over the rice with the remaining coriander sprinkled over.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

 

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

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

With small kids to feed, we don’t like anything too hot in this house. What happens usually is that I cook everything mild and DH adds his own chilli flakes.

With this HelloFresh recipe, this is exactly what happened. When they say that this curry doesn’t bite as its north Indian spice is tempered by a creamy sauce with the added sweetness of coconut, they are absolutely right. There was nothing to be afraid of!

And DH was happy with his added chilli flakes too!

It is simply delicious and one I will do again and again.

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £8.72

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion – £0.17
  • 1 garlic clove – £0.05
  • 1 red pepper, sliced – £0.50
  • 1 small bunch coriander – £0.70
  • 500g fish mix – salmon, prawns, white fish – skinless and boneless but kept whole – £5.00
  • 25g desiccated coconut – £0.60
  • 4 cardamon pods – £0.05
  • 300g Basmati rice – £0.45
  • 2 tsp North Indian curry powder (1 pinch of each: fenugreek, black peppercorns, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cumin, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, red chilli, cayenne) – £0.10
  • 1 tin plum tomatoes – £0.50
  • 1 vegetable stock pot – £0.31
  • 100g creme fraiche – £0.29

Let’s go…

  1. Add one onion, halved, one garlic clove and a small bunch of coriander to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add a good gulp of oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed low
  3. In the meantime, boil some water in a large saucepan. Add a large pinch of salt and 4 cardamom pods. Bring to the boil and add 300g rice. Cook as per packet instruction.
  4. Add the sliced red pepper and curry powder to the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  5. Add one tin plum tomatoes, 100ml water, one vegetable stock pot, 100g creme fraiche and 500g fish mix, keeping the pieces whole. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  6. Add 25g desiccated coconut and cook for a further 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  7. Drain the rice, remove the cardamom pods.
  8. Serve the rice in a bowl with a good spoonful of fish curry on top. Sprinkle with coriander leaves for anyone that wants it!

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Hearty sausage cassoulet – Thermomix recipe

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Hearty sausage cassoulet – Thermomix recipe

Cassoulet is probably the best French ‘peasant’ dish you can ever come across.

There is no dish in South West France that is more iconic. Some serve it with duck, pork, sausages – there are so many versions, it’s impossible to try just one!

It’s a loose, almost soup-like stew of beans and meat – it’s perfect for cold winter family dinners and can be equally served to impress your guests at your next dinner party.

This Thermomix version might not be the original cassoulet from South West France but it’s more than good enough for my family and I on this frosty Tuesday evening! And it only took me 10 minutes to put together!

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST – £9.75

Ingredients:

  • 2 onions, halved – £0.34
  • 4 garlic cloves – £0.10
  • 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley – £0.70
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced – £0.50
  • 1 stick celery, sliced – £0.10
  • 1 large carrot, sliced – £0.10
  • 30g tomato puree – £0.08
  • 1 punnet baby plum tomatoes, halved – £0.90
  • 2 tins cannellini beans, rinsed – £1.70
  • 100g lardons – £1.00
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme – £0.10
  • 1 chicken stock pots – £0.30
  • 1 red chili, stabbed – £0.50
  • 8 Toulouse sausages – £3.33

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Add 2 onions, 4 garlic cloves and 1 small bunch of fresh parsley to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add a good gulp of olive oil and 1 yellow pepper,  1 carrot, 1 stick celery, all sliced. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  4. Add 30g tomato puree, 1 punnet baby plum tomatoes, halved, 2 tins of cannellini beans, rinsed, 100g lardons, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, 1 red chili, whole and stabbed, 1 chicken stock pot and 200ml water. Cook for 20 minutes / 100C / reverse speed low.
  5. In the meantime, cook the Toulouse sausages in the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Season cassoulet with salt & pepper to your liking. Remove thyme sprigs and red chili before serving. Spoon into bowls and top with the sausages.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Prune sponge pudding – ready in under 10 minutes

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Prune sponge pudding – ready in under 10 minutes

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Serves 4

Active time: 2 minutes – Total time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

Prune pudding

  • 1 x 290g tin of pitted prunes
  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g soft dark brown sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 heaped tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 a level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg
  • 75ml milk
  • Golden syrup & creme fraiche to serve.

Let’s go…

  1. Add 100g plain flour, 50g soft dark brown sugar, 50g unsalted butter, 1 heaped tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda,  one egg and 75ml milk into the mixing bowl. Mix for 30 seconds / Speed 4.
  2. Get 4 cups that will all fit in your microwave at the same time. Tip the prunes into a bowl, then spoon 1 tbsp of their syrupy juice into each of the cups. Divide the prunes between the 4 cups and top with the cake batter.
  3. Pop the puddings into the microwave to cook on full power for 6 minutes. Drizzle with a bit of golden syrup and top with creme fraiche.

How easy was that!

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Fish tagine – with or without a Thermomix

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Fish tagine – with or without a Thermomix

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Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £4.70

Ingredients:

  • 2  garlic clove, peeled – £0.10
  • 10 black olives, stoned – £0.10
  • 2tsp harissa paste – £0.20
  • 2tsp ground cumin – £0.05
  • 2tsp paprika – £0.05
  • 700g passata – £0.80
  • 1 preserved lemon – £0.50
  • 4 white fish fillets, skinless – £2.20
  • Fresh coriander – £0.70

Let’s go…

  1. Cover the fish fillets with a mix of cumin and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the simmering basket.
  2. Add 2 garlic clove to the TM bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add 10 black olives, 2 tsp harissa paste, 700g passata and 1 preserved lemon to the TM bowl. Insert simmering basket with fish in. Cook for 20 minutes / 100C / speed 3 Reverse speed.
  4. Pour the sauce over the fish, sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with couscous and a simple carrot salad.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Beef meatballs curry – with or without a Thermomix – gluten free

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Beef meatballs curry – with or without a Thermomix – gluten free

An easy, delicious and healthy recipe that’s a bit different from your usual curry!

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Active time: 7 minutes – Total time: 37 minutes – COST £8.17

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 250g cooked puy lentils (I use a ready-to-eat pack but you can cook your own) – £2.00
  • 1 tbsp garam masala – £0.05
  • 400g minced beef – £3.00
  • 1 onion – £0.17
  • 3 spring onions – £0.10
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes – £0.40
  • 2cm fresh ginger – £0.10
  • 1 red chilli – £0.60
  • 1 bunch coriander – £0.70
  • 1tsp turmeric – £0.05
  • 2tbsp curry paste – £0.20
  • 1/2 tin coconut milk – £0.70
  • 1tsp runny honey – £0.10

Let’s go…

  1. Put 250g cooked lentils, 1 tbsp garam masala, 400g minced beef in the TM bowl. Mix for 15 seconds, speed 6.
  2. Divide the mixture and form 16 meatball shapes. Place in oiled Varoma.
  3. Rinse your bowl.
  4. Place 1 onion, halved, 3 spring onions, 1/2 red chilli, the coriander stalk and 2 cm fresh ginger to the TM bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  5. Add 1 tin chopped tomatoes, 1tsp turmeric, 2tbsp curry paste, 1/2 tin coconut milk, 1tsp runny honey, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 2.
  6. Place Varoma with kofta fingers on top of the bowl. Cook everything for 30 minutes / Varoma / Speed 3.

To serve: finely chop the remaining chilli and the coriander leaves. Sprinkle them over the curry.

Serve with rice and poppodoms

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Croque Monsieur Thermomix recipe – the real one so that you can pretend you’re seating at a Parisian café reading Sartre

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

If you associate croque monsieur with a simple ham and cheese toastie, think again!

A proper croque monsieur, like the one you find in all good boulangeries in France, is made of baked ham and cheese and smothered in a velvety, smooth bechamel sauce.

It is so easy and comforting, makes for super quick dinner and is so damn delicious!

Once you’ve mastered this recipe, the next step is the croque madame – same recipe, just with a fried egg on top.

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Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £5.58

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 500ml milk – £0.32
  • 40g salted butter – £0.26
  • 60g plain flour – £0.03
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg – £0.05
  • 150g grated gruyere cheese – £2.02
  • 8 slices white bread – £0.30
  • Dijon mustard – £0.10
  • 4 slices ham (not wafer thin) – £2.50

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Add 500g milk, 40g butter, 60g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the Thermomix bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. That’s your bechamel sauce.
  3. In the meantime, place 4 slices of bread on a baking sheet. Brush with Dijon mustard.
  4. Spread a good dollop of bechamel, top with a slice of ham, and some grated gruyere.
  5. Top with another piece of bread. Smother in bechamel sauce and sprinkle with more gruyere cheese.
  6. Cover the 4 croque monsieurs with foil and cook in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the foil and cook for a further 5 minutes until the topping is slightly brown.

Serve warm with a simple green salad.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Easiest and nicest white (bechamel) sauce in the Thermomix

Easiest and nicest white (bechamel) sauce in the Thermomix

Every home cook needs a good bechamel sauce in their repertoire and should master the art (which is really not that difficult with a Thermomix) of creating a good, smooth white sauce.

This sauce is so versatile, it’s used in croque monsieur, lasagna, courgette gratins and is the backbone of macaroni & cheese and other pasta bakes. It is used for souffles, forms the basis for so many other sauces: cheese sauce, parsley sauce for fish and is the secret behind creamy casseroles.

Give it a go – you won’t regret it.

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Active time: 2 minutes – Total time: 10 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 500ml milk
  • 40g salted butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Let’s go…

  1. Add 500g milk, 40g butter, 60g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. 

 

For cheese sauce  – add 100g grated cheddar cheese, a spoonful of mustard and Worcestershire sauce to taste and mix for a further 30 seconds / speed 2

To store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat over very low heat.

Delicious. Bon appetit x