Saturday, May 24, 2014

Week 1 - Operation Thermomix

MOST EXCITING DAY EVER!!!! Well almost :)

On Monday my Thermomix arrived. I have admired and coverted these machines for some time but knew that the cost was well out of what we could afford....thank goodness for the special deal in May allowing me to get mine on interest free and pay it off weekly!!!

So my baby arrived Monday and my Thermy consultant and I made stock and chatted. 

On Tuesday I was back at work and gave it a test run time wise. I walked in the door put my bags down, moved the Thermomix onto the stove top and took this picture - yep 6:28pm. 

By 6:40, 12 minutes later the soup was on and cooking...

By 7:01 (33 minutes later) the soup was cooked and pureed ready to eat!!! I knew my love affair was going to be a lifetime affair!

Mostly this week while learning to use my Thermy (which doesn't yet have a name) I stuck to soups from the cookbook that came with it. But after defrosting some mince for visitors that had to postpone I thought I'd give spaghetti & meatballs a go - the Michelle Bridges 12WBT recipe. 

Now as part of my membership I am bound by Michelle Bridges copyright on all of the recipes I get through the challenge - so I can't post the recipe. What I will do, is post the steps I followed using my Thermomix!

1. Place vegetables and garlic into the bowl - 3seconds Speed 5.
2. Scrape down and add mince and herbs. Mix for 20seconds on Speed 2 until completely combined.
3. Roll into balls and place in varoma tray and cook for 20 mins on varoma speed 3. 

I initially completed step 3 with water in the bowl below, but if I did it again I would cook the tomato sauce under the meatballs. 

For the Tomato sauce:
4. Add tomatoes, garlic, stock paste (I used 2 tablespoons) and water. Cook for 20 mins on Varoma on speed 3. 

5. I served the meatballs and spaghetti sauce on slim pasta. Make sure you rinse the slim pasta in cold water then pour boiling water over the noodles to heat them. Serve immediately. 

 It was very tasty and I was very happy to have completed a 12WBT recipe. More to come! Watch this space.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My new love affair....

I'm completely in love. 

With an amazing machine. A Thermomix! 

I have been to two demonstrations now and while discussing it with my super amazing, wonderful husband he said 'if you want one and we can afford it, get it'. So it's's on its way! 

In honour of our new family member I'll be dedicating a whole page to loving my Thermomix and utilising the 12WBT recipes to cook with it. Those of you who have been members before will know there are strict copyrights in place with these recipes so my intention is to assume you have the recipe and all I will post is the change in method instructions. This way I won't be doing the wrong thing by Mish who I LOVE!

My thermomix will arrive on the 19th and I'll try to start posting altered recipe methods that week but it may take some time to get the hang of it. 

Honestly I'm super duper excited about this new learning curve and the changes it will bring to cooking after a long day at work!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Starting again....again...again...arghhhh!!!!

Yes here I am again, scraping myself off the ground and getting back on track...yet again. 

I found these quotes to share with you. Although yes, last round didn't end well and technically I failed - I choose not to see it this way. I choose to learn from each time I stumble, slip up or fall (flat on my face) so that next time hopefully I can avoid whatever it was that tripped me up. This is a life time choice I am making. It doesn't matter how many times I fall over, it only matters that I keep getting back up!

So here's to another new beginning! Another step towards success!