Two salmon pate – Christmas Thermomix recipe

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Two salmon pate – Christmas Thermomix recipe

Whip up this creamy, delicious salmon pate in no time, great served as a dip or as a starter with blinis or toasted sourdough.

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Serves 8 to 10 as a starter, more as a dip

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 750g fresh salmon
  • 125g smoked salmon
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 100g Greek-style yoghurt
  • 50g salted butter, at room temperature
  • A few sprigs of chive
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Let’s go…

  1. Place zest of one lemon in the mixing bowl, chop for 3 seconds / speed 7. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the fresh salmon into the Varoma dish, making sure you leave gaps for the steam to circulate. Fill the mixing bowl with 700g water. Place Varoma dish into position and cook for 18 minutes / Varoma / Speed 1.
  3. Empty the water from the bowl. Remove the skin from the salmon. Flake it with a fork.
  4. Add 125g smoked salmon, 50g butter, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 lemon juice, 2 egg yolks, 100g Greek-style yoghurt, the lemon zest and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 3. Scrape down the sides.
  5. Add the fresh salmon. Mix for 20 seconds / Reverse speed 1.
  6. Taste to check the seasoning as smoked salmon can vary greatly in its saltiness. Add more salt, pepper or lemon juice if needed. If you do, mix again for 20 seconds / reverse speed 1.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate until needed.
  8. Serve sprinkled with chopped chive.

This pate is so easy to make yet I can promise you it impresses every single time.

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

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

Loaded sweet potatoes with parma ham and mozarella

Loaded sweet potatoes with parma ham and mozzarella

 


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Active time: 15 minutes – Total time: 1h30

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 ball of mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 handful of baby leave spinach
  • 50g milk
  • 100g parma ham, cut in cubes
  • Some fresh chive

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C. Wash 4 sweet potatoes. Bake them whole in the oven for 50 minutes.
  2. Add one ball of mozzarella and one tsp corn flour to the TM bowl. Mix for 6 seconds / speed 5. Set aside.

  3. Add one garlic clove to the TM bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides. Add 1 tbsp olive oil

  4. Add 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes / 80C / Speed 1.

  5. Add 3 handful baby leave spinach. Cook for 3 minutes / 110C / Speed 1, Reverse speed. 

  6. When cooked, cut the sweet potatoes in half. Remove the flesh and add it to the TM bowl together with 50g milk and salt & pepper. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 3 / reverse speed.

  7. Turn the potato skins upside down, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

  8. Fill the potato skins with the potato flesh / spinach mix. Top with parma ham bits and the grated mozzarella.

  9. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chive and serve while hot.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Salmon blanquette (a very French stew prepared in a veloute sauce) – with or without a Thermomix

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Salmon blanquette (a very French stew prepared in a veloute sauce) – with or without a Thermomix

A blanquette is a ragout of meat usual (clearly not in this case), prepared in a veloute sauce. My absolute favourite recipe that my mum makes is blanquette of veal.

However, veal is not very common or popular here in the UK and a bit of fish is good for you. So we’ve tried this salmon version of blanquette and loved it!

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Serves 4

Active time: 7 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 200g small button mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100ml white wine
  • 2 heaped tbsp flour
  • A couple of sprigs of fresh tarragon
  • 3 heaped tbsp creme fraiche
  • Salt & pepper

Let’s go…

  1. Peel and halve one onion, peel and roughly chop 4 carrots. Add all to the TM bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. 
  2. Add the whisk, one tbsp olive oil and 200g small button mushrooms. Cook for 10 minutes / 90C / Reverse speed low.
  3. In the meantime, remove the skin from the salmon and cut the fillets in 2.
  4. Add 100 ml white wine, 2 heaped tbsp flour, the tarragon leaves, salt and pepper and the salmon to the TM bowl. Cook for 10 minutes / 90C / Reverse speed low.
  5. Add 3 heaped tbsp creme fraiche. Cook for a further 3 minutes / 90C / reverse speed low.

Serve with rice, baked potatoes, or steamed vegetables.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

We’ve tried liquid pizza (yep, you’ve read that right!) – with or without a Thermomix

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Liquid pizza (yep, you’ve read that right!) – with or without a Thermomix

Sounds crazy? It’s actually is a very easy and fun way to make a pizza.

Simply make the batter, pour it into a baking tray, add the toppings you wish, cook in the oven and tah-dah.

See our verdict below the recipe.

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 1 egg
  • 40g olive oil
  • 300g pizza flour
  • 300ml warm water
  • 15g fresh yeast
  • 1 packet of dried yeast
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Tomato sauce – this is the one I use

Toppings of your choice

  • Ham, cheese, olives, mushrooms, pepperonis, peppers, eggs, bacon, grated cheese etc

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. The size of the baking tray will depend largely on how thick or thin you like your pizza.
  2. Mix all the base ingredients in the TM bowl for 30 seconds / speed 4.
  3. Pour in the baking tray.
  4. Sprinkle your tomato sauce and toppings of your choice.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes in the oven.

The results: despite 45 minutes in the oven, it never really cooked through which is a shame as the taste was good.

I think the fact that I made it but it went in the oven a good 45 minutes later, which gave the dough time to double in size, really didn’t help. I might try again with less dough and certainly no ‘resting’ time.

Smoked salmon pizza

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Want to give your pizza a twist? This recipe is full of good stuff and is simply delicious.

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Smoked salmon pizza

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes – COST: £8.45

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet dried yeast – £0.11
  • 50g water
  • 50g milk – £0.22
  • 180g pizza / bread flour – £0.13
  • 1 tbsp olive oil – £0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 garlic clove – £0.05
  • 200g leeks, chopped – £0.4
  • 20g chive – £0.7
  • 1 tsp oregano – £0.05
  • 150g creme fraiche – £0.44
  • the juice of half a lemon – £0.17
  • 50g tomato puree – £0.14
  • 1 tbsp olive oil – £0.02
  • 240g smoked salmon trimmings – £6.00

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Prepare the dough: add the packet of yeast, 50g water and 10g milk to the mixing bowl. Mix for 2 minutes / 37C / Speed 2.
  3. Add 180g flour, 1 tbsp olive oil, 40g milk and 1/2 tsp salt. Knead for 2 minutes / knead mode.
  4. Pour the dough into a bowl and leave to rest. Clean your TM bowl.
  5. Add 200g leeks, 1 garlic clove and 20g chive to the bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  6. Add 150g creme fraiche, the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / Reverse speed low without the measuring cup.
  7. In the meantime, roll out the dough in a circle. Spread 50g tomato puree all over as well as a drizzle of olive oil.
  8. When the leeks are ready, spread them over the pizza dough. Top with 200g smoked salmon.
  9. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

Alternatively, cook the pizza first and then add the smoked salmon (as well as avocado slices). It’s equally as delicious!

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Herby sausage bolognese – a HelloFresh recipe cooked in the Thermomix

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Herby sausage bolognese – a HelloFresh recipe cooked in the Thermomix

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!

If you’ve not subscribed to HelloFresh, the list of ingredients you need is below.

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Herby sausage bolognese – a HelloFresh recipe cooked in the Thermomix

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £8.61

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots – £0.21
  • 1 red pepper – £0.50
  • 500g good quality pork sausage – £4.00
  • 2 tsp oregano – £0.05
  • 500g diced tomatoes – £1.00
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce – £0.05
  • 30g tomato puree – £0.08
  • 1 beef stock pot – £0.37
  • 400g spaghetti – £0.85
  • 200g baby spinach – £1.50

Let’s go…

  1. Put a large pan of water to boil.
  2. Add 2 carrots to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  3. Scrape down the sides. Add 1 red pepper, halved and deseeded. Chop or 5 seconds / speed 3. 
  4. Scrape down the sides and add a gulp of olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes / 100C / speed low.
  5. In the meantime, slice open the sausages, remove the meat and discard the skin.
  6. Add the sausage meat and 2 tsp oregano to the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / speed low.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp Worcester sauce, 30g tomato puree, 200g baby spinach and 1 beef stock pot. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / speed low without measuring cup.
  8. In the meantime, cook the spaghetti in a pan. Once cooked, drain and drizzle with olive oil.

Serve the pasta with bolognese on top.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a Thermomix

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Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a Thermomix

As I type this, it’s autumn here in the UK so we’re a long way from BBQ season again but there’s nothing wrong with a delicious, healthy salad at any time of the year.

One tip for this one: it’s even better the following day when the flavours have had plenty of time to develop!

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Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a Thermomix

Serves 6

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 150g olive oil
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • About 10 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano.
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 300g pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 150g green beans
  • 150g couscous
  • 150g baby spinach
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cucumber
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 20 fresh basil leaves or fresh coriander leaves
  • 170g feta cheese
  • 50g pine nuts
  • About 15 pitted black olives

Let’s go…

  1. Make the salad dressing: add 150g olive oil, juice of 3 lemons, 3 garlic cloves, 10 fresh basil leaves roughly chopped, 2 spring onions roughly chopped, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tsp dried oregano and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 5. Set the dressing aside.
  2. No need to rinse your bowl.
  3. Add 1000g water to the mixing bowl and slot the Varoma into place. Peel & cube 300g pumpkin and add to the Varoma. Top with 150g fresh green beans.
  4. Rinse 150g couscous well in plenty of water (or it will not cook properly). Line top Varoma tray with baking paper. Add a few drops of water, add the couscous, evenly spread. Cook for 20 minutes / Varoma / Speed 1.
  5. When done, transfer couscous into a salad bowl, fluff with a fork. Add pumpkin, green beans, 150g baby spinach, 20 leaves of fresh basil, roughly chopped, 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, 50g pine nuts, 170g feta cheese, 15 pitted black olives, 1 cucumber, sliced, 250g cherry tomatoes, halved and the dressing. Toss together and enjoy!

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x