Sweet potato, curry and coriander soup – Thermomix recipe

Sweet potato, curry, and coriander soup – Thermomix recipe

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Another week, another soup… well it is still very much winter here in the UK, and a bowl full of this sweet potato, curry, and coriander soup will warm you right up.

This silky smooth, super versatile vegetarian soup is perfect for a dinner party starter, everyday dinner or warming lunch.


Serves 6

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2cm fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp curry powder (as hot as you like it)
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 40cl coconut milk
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander

 

Let’s go…

  1. Add 1 onion, 4 garlic cloves, 2cm fresh ginger, and 1kg sweet potatoes, quartered into the mixing bowl and chop for 5 seconds / speed 6. Scrape down the sides. Repeat.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp curry powder, and salt & pepper to taste. Saute for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  3. Add 40cl coconut milk and 1 litre chicken stock to the mixing bowl. Cook for 15 minutes / 100ºC / Speed 1.
  4. Blend 1 minute / speed 5 to 10, increasing speed gradually.

Top with fresh coriander.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

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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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

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

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

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

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

Hellofresh has used turkey in this recipe – I am not a big fan of turkey and I think chicken would have made the dish even nicer.

I have also changed the recipe in the way that most of the vegetables are now ‘hidden’ in the meat sauce rather than ‘visible’ in the rice!

The original recipe uses green beans. We like broccoli here!

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

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes. COST: £9.20

Ingredients:

  • 2 onions – £0.34
  • 2 cm fresh ginger – £0.10
  • 4 garlic cloves – £0.10
  • 300g broccoli – £0.70
  • 2 carrots, peeled – £0.21
  • 1 large bunch coriander – £0.70
  • 4 turkey steaks, cubed – £3.50
  • 2 chicken stock pots – £1.25
  • 300g basmati rice – £0.60
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala – £0.10
  • 4 tsp mustard seeds – £0.10
  • 500g tomato passata – £0.55
  • 300ml double cream – £0.95

Let’s go…

  1. Put a large pan of water to boil.
  2. Put 2 onions, halved, 2 cm ginger and 4 garlic cloves into the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add 2 carrots, roughly chopped. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add a drizzle of olive oil and saute for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  5. Chop the broccoli. Place them in the Varoma.
  6. In the meantime, chop the turkey steaks into roughly 2 cm chunks.
  7. Add the turkey to the mixing bowl together with a pinch of salt & pepper, 1 tbsp garam masala, 2 tsp mustard seeds. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  8. Add 500g tomato passata and 1 chicken stock pot. Place the Varoma dish with the broccoli and cook for 15 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  9. In the meantime, cook the rice.
  10. When the meat is cooked, add 300ml double cream. Cook for a further 2 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low. 

To serve:

Serve the rice, broccoli, and curry together. Sprinkle over with coriander.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Jam muffins – with or without a Thermomix

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Jam Muffins

Moist muffins with a lovely jam centre, my family and I absolutely adore these little mouthfuls of yumminess.

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Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 150 ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g sunflower oil
  • 180 g self-raising flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • Strawberry jam (or any other jam of your choice)

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C
  2. Add 2 eggs, 100g caster sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract to the mixing bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 3.
  3. Add 150ml milk, 100g sunflower oil, 180g self-raising flour. Mix for 1 minutes / speed 4.
  4. Half fill individual muffin cases. Add a spoonful of jam. And add more batter to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Making them for a present? Check these gorgeous lace wrappers out.

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Delicious. Bon appetit x

Chicken in a creamy chorizo sauce – Thermomix recipe

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Chicken in a creamy chorizo sauce

This chicken recipe is quick, simple & delicious. Juicy chicken (use the best quality you can buy) and spicy chorizo blend beautifully.

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To freeze – Do not add the cream during step 7. Let the dish cool completely before freezing. Defrost thoroughly and add cream when heating up.

Gluten free 


Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 45 minutes – COST: £7.70

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 500g chicken thighs – £3.00
  • A generous pinch of paprika – £0.05
  • 1 shallots – £0.10
  • 1 garlic cloves – £0.05
  • 40g dry white wine – £2.00
  • 75g milk – £0.33
  • 50g spicy chorizo – £0.55
  • 50g mild chorizo – £0.55
  • 50g red pepper – £0.50
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree – £0.10
  • 1 chicken stock cube – £0.19
  • 100g water
  • 80g creme fraiche – £0.23
  • 2 tbsp corn flour – £0.05
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Let’s go…

  1. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of paprika. Set aside in the simmering basket.
  2. Add 2 shallots and 2 garlic cloves to the mixing bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add 1 chicken stock cube, 80g dry white wine, 130g milk, 100g spicy chorizo, 50g mild chorizo, 50g red pepper and 2 tbsp tomato puree. Mix for 30 seconds / speed 8. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add 200g water. Insert the simmering basket with the chicken in it. Cook for 20 minutes / 100C / speed 3.
  5. Mix the chicken in the simmering basket so that the cooked one is at the top and vice versus. Cook for a further 20 minutes / 100C / speed 4.
  6. Set the chicken aside in a serving dish.
  7. Add 2 tbsp corn flour, 80g creme fraiche and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 3 minutes / 90C / speed 4.
  8. Pour the sauce over the meat.

Serve immediately with rice.

Delicious. Bon appetit x