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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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

Cranberry and brie bites – Christmas recipe with or without a Thermomix

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Cranberry and brie bites – Christmas recipe with or without a Thermomix

Cranberry and brie bites are so easy to make, I’ve made them so many times for parties. They are incredibly simple to throw together yet always get polished off in minutes. I just love how beautiful and tasty they are.

If I am perfectly honest, I cheat all the way with this recipe – shop bought puff pastry and ready-made cranberry sauce.  With a little help from your Thermomix, you could easily home make both.

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Makes 24.

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 400g cranberry sauce
  • 300g creamy brie

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Lightly grease mini muffin tray. This is the one I use.
  3. Roll out the 2 sheets of puff pastry. Cut each of them into 12 squares. Place each square in mini muffin tray cups.
  4. Add about 3cm brie cheese to each cup.
  5. Top with 1 tsp cranberry sauce.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

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

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