Last weekend, I got my Thermochef cooking up a storm. It was lovely weather mostly, so The Mister was able to keep the littles outside whilst I tested out some recipes. I’ve been wanting to get into cooking up some basics, so I delved into the thermochef and thermomix books I have to test some recipes.
First up, Quirky Cooking’s Macadamia Pesto. I’ve made this one before, but it’s quick, easy and awesome. It’s fantastic on a whole variety of things – pasta, zoodles, grilled fish, roast chicken even on vegetable crudites.
I then cooked up some Vegetable Stock Paste, from the Thermochef Recipe Cards. This is a staple, it’s always in the fridge. Lasts for a while because of the salt and is fresh, nasty free and adds good depth to lots of dishes.
The biggest success I had, was the Thermochef Yoghurt. I was REALLY pleased with the way it turned out. Thick and creamy, and it was actually a nice mild flavour so the kids don’t mind it either. I’ve been making my own yoghurt for a while, first with the easiyo, and then using UHT milk and yoghurt starter in a thermos. But while it was always ok, and was saving some money, it was never great. And I had avoided making it in the thermochef because I thought it was too complicated. I was wrong!
Yum. There isn’t much left, so I’m going to have to get to it again this afternoon – I also have an order from my mum for a batch!
I cooked up a few other basics, including an EASY gnocchi, a tomato sugo and a tomato jam. Things that Ms 3 actually ate. Wonders will never cease. I’ll write another post soon about those yummies.
I’m thinking of doing a bit of a thermochef series, what do you think? Just me testing out the recipes and talking about what is useful to me. Perhaps even some budget breakdowns of the basics, and how it can save money? If that sounds good, let me know, either in a comment below, or over on the Facebook page.
- 800g full cream milk
- 3 tbsp natural yoghurt
- 50g milk powder
- Place milk and powdered milk into TC bowl and blend for 10 seconds, speed 7
- Cook for 30 minutes, temperature 90c, speed 1.
- Cool to 37c. This took at least an hour for me, as I left it in the TC bowl. Use a thermometer to test this. The recipe card says minimum 30 minutes, and that the temp can be tested by placing bowl back into housing and the temp will register. My TC does not do this.
- Add the yoghurt and blend gently for 4 seconds, speed 4.
- Cook for 10 minutes, temperature 37c, speed 1.
- While yoghurt is cooking, pour boiling water into the glass jar from a yoghurt maker, or into a thermos flask to sterilise and warm.
- Once yoghurt is cooked, pour immediately into the container and leave over night.
- Some handy tips - The yoghurt should get thicker and creamier the more you make it using your own starter.
- Add extra acidophilus powder if you like - available from health stores, I added a the powder from a capsule, as I had some in the fridge.
- I used organic products, but just use the best products you can afford.