Mashed potato

Hi there, surely you are wondering why is she posting about mashed potato?  Just boil the spuds and mash them, right!

Well no, I now have a much easier and tastier way of mashing without using any elbow grease to mash with my stupid masher and a much easier clean up.

I have tried a few different recipes on the net for thermomix and bellini mashed potato.

Last night I used the old ones as a guide and came up with this one.

Mashed potato in the bellini,

  • serves 4-5 (its a bit hard to tell, my kids are big eaters!)
  • 750 grams of mashed potato/pumpkin, (I like to mix in butter nut pumpkin as well)
  • 160 grams milk
  • 40 grams butter
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Method

  1. Put chopped pumpkin and potatoes in bellini bowl, add milk.
  2. Set temp to 100 degrees on speed one. I didn’t use the mixing tool and half balanced the measuring cup on top so some steam could still come out.
  3. After the 15 mins add the butter and salt and pepper if you use it.  Then set speed to 3 and mix for up to 30 secs.

Mine still had a couple of lumps, but that was ok with us. the best thing was that it wasn’t over beaten and sticky. We have had highly whipped ones before and the family does not like them. if you like it smoother, you can always blitz it for a few more seconds.

Enjoy

Deb

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Quick cinnamon tea cake

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On days that I don’t work I like to make some sort of fresh afternoon tea for the kids to eat after school.

It makes me feel better about not making afternoon tea other day of the week.

I had a quick look around on the internet for a simple recipe and stumbled across one on Retromummys blog.

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This recipe proved to be quick and simple like its name suggests.

My only issue was that the sugar and cinamon topping mostly fell off when I inverted the pan.

I have made it a couple of times since and just cook it without the topping.

Instead I wait until it is cooked then smear a thick layer of butter on top when the cake is hot from the oven and simply sprinkle with crunchy raw or demarara sugar.

MMMmmm yum!

 

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Simple cinnamon tea cake

Ingredients

  • 125g butter, softened
  • ¾ cup or 160g raw or caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup/150g SR flour
  • 75g/1/4 cup milk
  • vanilla essence or extract
  • extra sugar for sprinkling
  • cinnamon
  • bit of butter for spreading on the warm cake

Method

  1. Place raw sugar in Bellini bowl and process for 10 seconds on speed 9.
  2. Add butter and process for 20 seconds speed 4.
  3. Add in eggs, flour, milk and vanilla and process for 30 sec on speed 5. Scrape down the bowl and process for another 30 sec. on speed 5.
  4. Pour mixture into a lined cake tin. This is not a big cake so use a smallish tin.
  5. Bake in a 180C/350F oven for about 30 minutes until the centre is cooked.
  6.  Cool for a few minutes in the tin and then remove cake from tin and place on a cooling rack.
  7. Slather with melted butter and sprinkle with more sugar than you probably should!

 

Hope you enjoy it.

Poached and shredded chicken

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I have searched around and found several recipes for poaching and shredding chicken using my Bellini.

It is a handy thing to have in the fridge for a sandwich filling. I love that I know exactly when and how it was cooked and how long it will keep for.

I have been using this recipe from Quirky Cooking.

 

Poached chicken (Thanks to Chef Laurent)

Place water and 1 chopped garlic, and a few herbs if you like, in Bellini bowl and cook for 5 mins at 100 degrees on speed 1.

Place chicken inside simmering basket & place in Bellini bowl. Ensuring chicken is covered in water, cook as follows or until cooked through.

100g chicken approx 6 mins at 100 degrees on speed 2, 1000g water

200g chicken approx 8 mins at 100 degrees on speed 2, 1200g water

500g chicken approx 10 mins at 100 degrees on speed 2, 1500g water

Let the chicken cool in the poaching liquid. This helps it stay moist.

Shredding Chicken

Place drained chicken in bellini bowl. Shred chicken on speed 4, blunt blade for around 7-10 seconds. Extra shredded chicken can be placed in the freezer to later use.

 

There you go, quick easy and fresh!

 

Deb

 

 

Apple sauce

I love roast pork, I love crunchy crackling and it’s delicious smell. In my opinion roast pork is incomplete without apple sauce.
I couldn’t find a recipe for applesauce in the Bellini book so I hunted on the Internet and found one in the Thermomix community.

Ingredients

4 apples, peeled, cored and quartered.
60 gms water
1/4 teas Ground cinnamon
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

I used the sharp blade, put the water and lemon juice into the jug turned it on to speed 7 then fed in the apple pieces. A word of caution, it spits apple everywhere so hold your free hand over the hole in the lid of the jug or you’ll be wearing shredded apple!
Add the cinnamon.
Once it’s all in, turn it on to speed one, 100 degrees temp for 10 mins.
Then purée for 10 more seconds on speed eight. If you like it really fine, just add a few more seconds.

It turned out a bit darker than I expected it to be, but tasted beautiful. Looks like I won’t be buying any more jars of apple sauce in the future!.

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Deb

Best ever scone recipe – best ever!

Yummy!

Today I tried out the Best ever scone recipe from the Bellini Addicts recipe book.

They were so easy to put together and this is what they looked like fresh out of the oven.

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I only cooked them for 10 mins. Seriously it took longer to heat the oven than mix and bake.

scones

Salad for tea!

Deb

30 second orange cake with lemon drizzle icing.

30 sec orange cake, lemon drizzle icing

One of the first recipes I tried in the Bellini was the 30 second cake.  My youngest is rather partial to cake after school and I try and make one occasionally on days I am not working. Usually I use a packet mix because it is quick, fairly easy and you get pretty consistent results.  In other words, even I cant stuff up a  packet mix!  So I tried the 30 second orange cake. Wow!

It takes literally 30 seconds to make the whole mix. That includes throwing in a whole orange that has been cut into quarters, skin and all!

The first one was very nice and we gobbled it up slightly warm.  It was a little tart and textured for my liking so I adapted it slightly for the next time.

I cut the orange into quarters and removed the skin from 3 and left one with the skin on. This resulted in a much nicer cake.  I also made a lemon drizzle to go over the top. I poked holes in the cake with a skewer when it was fresh from the oven and poured the drizzle over. The drizzle was made from the juice of one lemon and 100 gms of icing sugar gently heated until the sugar dissolved.

Honey Oat Bread

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Part of the reason  I ventured into thermal cooking was to see if I could stretch myself out of my cooking comfort zone and try new things.  In the past I have had so many cooking disasters, it has really put me off. I also lead a fairly busy life and resent spending hours in the kitchen.  I was hoping that this method would meet all of these needs.  So far, so good.  I have had a few whoopsies, but it has been fun!

Bread has always been a bit of a cooking holy grail for me.  My hubby makes bread in the bread maker, but  I dont really like it. In fact the smell of the bread cooking in the bread maker in the morning makes me feel ill. I know, strange!

I saw a recipe on Retromummy’s blog. Corrie has a thermomix and makes lots of yummy food for her family. So, I decided to give it a go.

Recipe was very easy to follow and I made mine in a loaf tin rather than in a square tin.  I proofed it in the ute as it was a warm day.

I was amazed that it worked so well.  The best thing was that is smelt pleasant and not overpowering.  We ate it slathered in Black olive tapenade from Providore in the Margaret River region and washed it down with ice coffee, made in the bellini of course!

I will definitely try that one again.

Deb

All steamed up

I finally took the plunge to cook veges for 8 people using the steamer attachment of the Bellini. I had read a few horror stories of people checking veg after nearly an hour to find it only partially cooked. After a bit of reading I bit the bullet and gave it a go.
I started by placing my chopped carrot in the steamer basket in the jug to give it a head start while I prepared the other veg.
It worked brilliantly!
I sat the zucchini and brocolini in the top steamer and it all steamed merrily away whilst I set the table and generally organised things.. I put a sheet of baking paper under the lid of the steamer to retain the heat and steam. I think I steamed the top things for about 10 mins.

If anything, the veg were slightly over cooked. They tasted yummy and retained all their flavour.

I served them with roast pork and baked potato with lashings of apple sauce.

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I will be happy to use this steamer attachment again.

Deb

Rice biscuit choc balls.

These were going to be rum balls, but, seeing as I didn’t have any rum or marie biscuits I had to make do.

I found a rather old and crumbly packet of rice cookies in the cupboard and decided to use those.

I crumbled them up a bit in my hands to break them up and then whizzed them in the Bellini for about about 5 seconds on speed 6.

I then added 70gms cocoa, a cup of dessicated coconut and about 2/3 tin of condensed milk. I whizzed this for 5 seconds on speed 5.

It was pretty sticky and tricky to get out of the bowl.  I ended up removing the blades so I could scrape it all out.

It was so easy. Really the trickiest and most time consuming part was rolling them into balls and into the coconut.

After they set, they were consumed pretty quickly by the family.  Next time I will make a double batch!

Rice biscuit choc balls

 

Happy New Year

Deb

Shortbread…. a little on the crunchy side.

Seeing as Christmas was coming I decided to make some shortbread. I read up on different recipes and took the plunge.
As usual, when I bake, something always goes wrong! I was hoping the bellini would change that. When I went to get the groceries, I couldn’t find rice flour anywhere, the shop was crazy busy with people so I thought I could just mill my own. I read up on what to do and gave it a go. I milled about 110gms white rice. Obviously I found out later, I didn’t quite mill it for long enough. My lovely shortbread ended up with lots of crunchy rice bits in it. Hubby was very kind and said he quite liked it that way.

Anyway, the most important thing was, it actually looked very pretty. I saw an idea on pinterest, where you press a glass jar with a cut pattern on the bottom into the dough before cutting it out.
Looks quite fancy pants!

Cut glass pressed shortbread. Perfect for Christmas!

Cut glass pressed shortbread. Perfect for Christmas!

Until the next adventure,

Deb