Tenina’s Mexican Fiesta Class

I was lucky enough to get to Tenina’s Mexican Fiesta class in Sydney last week!

Apart from meeting some lovely people, I got to taste delicious food and learn some new recipes (and get a new little recipe pamphlet!)

We started off with some horchata – a spiced rice and nut milk drink which was quickly followed by some amazing dips – my favourite was the lime and jalapeño aioli.

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That’s Tenina adding the oil to the aioli! Don’t look!

Being a complete chocolate addict dessert was my favourite – choc mango tart and some chocolate tablet – yep I’ve made that before! Delicious

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Watching Tenina just whip up a meal for 20 people was amazing. She has given me the confidence to try entertaining at home more. If you have the opportunity to get along to one of these classes, I definitely recommend it.

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Wooo Hooo, I’ve got some Crio Bru!

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I have been wanting to try this stuff for ages but with no NSW stockists I had to order it online. Now I am an avid online shopper so I have no idea why I was put off from ordering this stuff, but a recent check of their website showed Crio Bru has its first NSW stockists – Onyx Natural Health.

Even better, I was going to be in Danks St Waterloo (where Onyx are located) the next day! I knew I was finally going to get my hands on some of this supposedly magic stuff! Can you sense how excited I was?

So I turn up at Onyx, only to find that they are a brand new store and not even open – there was paper covering the windows. So, disappointed me, called the number to find out when they would be opening – tomorrow! Can you say unlucky!

But the most loveliest man (whose name I didn’t get) opened up the store just for me to get my Crio Bru! I love customer service like that!

So if you are in Sydney and are looking to get some Crio, visit the lovely people at Onyx Natural Health.

Disclaimer – I have not been paid or gifted anything by Crio Bru for this post, I just really want to try it and I received no payment from Onyx Natural Health – I just think excellent customer service should be acknowledged.

Monkey Bread

Cinnamon doughy goods are the ultimate comfort food for me – I just love them – cinnamon rolls, cinnamon donuts – ok, I’m drooling now.

On that note, I thought I would try to make Monkey Bread for Christmas morning breakfast.  Seeing as in Australia, we don’t have tinned biscuit dough that so many recipes call for I had to make it all from scratch.

I looked at many recipes on the internet and came up with this – my very first recipe for the thermomix! 

Ingredients:

  • 20g butter
  • 1 cup of warm milk (I microwaved mine for 45 secs)
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 55g raw caster sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 460g plain flour
  • 2 tsp salt

Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g melted butter

Method:

Place the butter, milk, water, sugar, yeast, flour and salt into the TMX bowl.  Knead on interval setting for 4 mins.

Set dough aside and let it rise until it has doubled in size (about 1-2 hours).  You can just leave it in your TMX to rise but I needed the thermomix for some other Christmas Cooking so I took the dough out and let it rise in another bowl.

Once dough has doubled start to prepare the topping by melting the butter.

And combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl (oh yeah – that’s the goods!)

Break off small tablespoon amounts of dough, dip into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar and then place into a bundt (or ring) pan.  Continue with this until all the dough is used up – you only want the dough to come about half way up your bundt pan at this stage. 

Pour any left over melted butter over the dough in the pan.  Cover with gladwrap or bread mat and allow to rise until it has doubled again.

Bake 30-35 mins in a pre-heated oven at 180C.

Now I saw an article on the kitchn which served the  monkey bread with a bourbon  creme anglais and I have to say I thought creme anglais would be a perfect accompaniment to this (sans bourbon of course – it’s not cool for the under 5’s!).  But on looking up the recipe I needed 6 (yes that is six) egg yolks and unfortunately I didn’t have that many eggs left.  Nevermind, it was still delicious – and still delicious again on Boxing Day for breakfast!

Enjoy!

Christmas Gifts

In December, Mr 5 graduated from preschool.  He had been at this same daycare since he was 14 months old – so it was a big milestone for us.

I decided to make his preschool teachers some edible gifts to say thanks and Merry Christmas.

We had some Cookies and Cream Fudge (from here: http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=5062.0 ) which was sensational!  I was still eating little pieces of this right up until Christmas Day – it is definitely one of my favourite treats but I am a huge fudge fan so that was predictable.  This was my first attempt at fudge making and it was such an easy and fail proof recipe.

 

And some of Rara’s Cherry Bites (from here: http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=5696.0 ).  I found that next time I would probably use another packet of glace cherries for our taste but otherwise they were delicious.  As you can see, I need some practice on making my chocolate coating a little neater!

Combined with a lovely bottle of Sparkling White I think it made a lovely gift.

Bread

I used to have a breadmaker ….. in the cupboard!  It produced beautiful loaves of bread, but it was massive and I have a tiny kitchen where bench space is at a premium, so I kept it in the cupboard.  And everytime I thought about how nice it would be to have a beautiful loaf of bread freshly made, I thought about how long it would take me to get the beast out and set it up – and invariably I went to the supermarket around the corner and bought a loaf.

Seeing as the thermomix has a permanent place on my bench I thought I would try out some bread.  Actually the scenario was more like both the kids were napping (very unusual!), I had no bread for lunch and I came across a recipe with a name of  “plain white rolls – no fuss”  and I thought it was a sign (maybe from the god of thermomix??).

Here are the beautiful breadsticks shaped and starting their second rise.  I made mine with wholewheat which is why they look darker.

Yep, they were easy, no fuss breadsticks.  They were gobbled up by Mr 2 and Mr 5 as soon as they were out of the oven and I was a smug mum thinking how wonderful it was that I had just made bread for the kids lunch!

I’d like to say I will be baking my bread from now on but I know it’s not going to happen.  But I do hope that on weekends when I have a bit more time, I might just whip up a couple of these loaves for a Sunday lunch!

Oh yeah – the recipe is here for those who want it http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=4253.0

Party Time!

It was Mr 5  (previously known as Mr 4) birthday last week.  With the boys birthday’s so close together and right before Christmas, it’s always a hectic time in our house.  This year even more so because Hubby had his appendix removed 3 days before the party as well.  Add work into the mix and …. well …. it was just plain crazy!

I was dreaming of making a whole bunch of healthy homemade food for the party – ham and cheese scrolls, sausage rolls, chicken nuggets – and the kids were going to lovingly eat it all and tell me how delicious it was!  I did say it was a dream!  Anyway, reality was quite different but I still put the thermomix to work to get some party food ready seeing as I had next to no time to prepare.

Thermomix Chocolate Crackles

I don’t like the copha chocolate crackles so I thought I would experiment with rice bubble marshmallow slice and see if I could firstly make it chocolate and secondly if it would set in patty pans rather than as a slice.  Just a little piece of advice – don’t experiment when you are short on time and don’t know the appliance you are using very well! 

I based my recipe on the one from here http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=528.0 (Post #13) and added 1 tablespoon of cocoa in with the butter and marshmallows.

I think they turned out great, no copha taste and plenty of chocolate flavour.  They set well in the patty pans.  Next time, when I have more time, I would finish them off with a drizzle of melted white chocolate to enhance their appearance!

Honey Joys

Alas, I have no photos of the honey joys but they turned out really well.  I had my doubts as I thought the thermomix would crush all the cornflakes – but I’m happy to admit I was wrong.

I will definitely be doing these again, they were super easy and quick and made from ingredients that I normally always have on hand – 90g butter, 125g sugar, 3 tbs honey and 120g of cornflakes.

ILB Chocolate Cake

I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my cakes but seeing as the thermie was out and I was desperately short of time and energy I thought I would try out this one http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=1097.0.  It has 22 pages of people singing its praises so it had to be OK – right?????

Better than right – this cake was fantastic, light, crumbly and moist!  You have got to try it.  And it makes a wonderful pirate cake!!!!!!!!