Caramelised red onion chutney

Chutneys are jams are high on the list of reasons to own a Thermomix. Making home made jam where you pile the ingredients in, set the temperature and timer and walk away to get on with other things is a big win win. Onion chutney/jam is a wonderful accompaniment to cheese but it is also…

When Parmesan isn’t Parmigiano Reggiano…..

  As a Brit and a keen cook, I was confident I knew a thing or two about Parmesan labelling. I believed that,like champagne and many more foodstuffs, the ability to be accredited with the name derived from being produced in a tightly designated region using specific ingredients or methods. This is all true within…

Healthy date bites

Ella Woodward's new cook book Deliciously Ella – named after her very popular food blog – is apparently the fastest selling maiden cook book ever in the UK. She has built up a huge loyal following on her blog, supplying her readers with no fuss, healthy options while satisfying cravings for tasty sweet food. Impossible?-…

minestrone- the ultimate winter warmer?

I have just traded 26° in phoenix for wet snow and 2° in guernsey, so time to get winter soups cooking. Minestrone is the ultimate meal in a bowl and this Thermomix adaptation is perfect. I spotted a packet of quick cook minestrone mix in waitrose- it includes spelt, barley, pasta, lentils and dried peas….

Chocolate rum cake

Followers of my travel blog will know I was in Barbados last week, so I have to bring my baking blog a totally decadent chocolate cake drenched in spiced rum – that got your attention! I picked up the cookbook entitled Just add Rum by Angela Spenceley at the airport and had to have it….

‘Swansea’ bloomer

I am not sure I can call it a 'Swansea' after my variation using wholemeal flour. I have featured a rework from Paul Hollywood's British Baking in a previous post. He has organised the book by region of the British Isles and this Swansea is clearly from Wales. It was new to me and looked…

Hemp seed and oatmeal cookies

I have just discovered hulled hemp seed. I thought hemp was only used in the making of fabric- silly me! Anyway- reading from the label- “hulled hemp seed is a good source of protein and contains all of the essential amino acid” so now you know 🙂 I thought I'd start with the cookie recipe…

Oat bread

This is a super easy, non yeast bread which I came across in Paul Hollywood’s British Baking. In this book he organises the bakes by region of the British Isles and includes some lovely old recipes. I like Irish soda bread and this oat bread is also from Ireland. If anything I prefer it to…

Rye bread

as my regular readers will know I have not reached expert status with my sourdough- this is an understatement – it is a work in progress as I haven't yet given up. Most rye breads I have come across require a sour dour starter so I was pleased that this TM recipe from Easily cook…

Granola – yet another….

Making your own granola sets you free from over sweetened, dodgy 'healthy' labels on prepackaged brands. It also allows to cater for your family's particular preferences and/or food intolerances. It has never been easier to find a huge range of sugar and grain alternatives in ordinary food stores but if you buy prepackaged 'special' mixes…

Lemon lavender mini loaves

I want to tell you about a new addition to my baking books library – Amber Rose love bake nourish. Her recipes make great use of alternative flours, refined sugar alternatives, and other ingredients. As a keen Thermomix baker this is music to my ears. No need to search the supermarket or run to Wholefoods…

Thermomix Alfajores

I have yet to visit Argentina- it's on THAT list- but that doesn't mean I can't try to recreate the legendary Alfajores and adapt it for the Thermomix. If you have ever made dolce de leche by sticking a can of condensed milk in the oven or pressure cooker I can assure you the Thermomix…