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Recipe: Healthy Apple Crumble

Recipe: Healthy Apple Crumble

For as long as I can remember I have loved apple crumble, but my hips and butt say otherwise, I wanted a healthy apple crumble as I didn’t want to use so much butter.  Enter Thermomix Recipe Community website and boom…healthy apple crumble!  Really easy […]

Recipe: Thermomix Chilli Jam

Recipe: Thermomix Chilli Jam

  Hubby loves anything spicy, so when I saw a simple Thermomix Chilli Jam recipe I knew I had to make it for him.  I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods, mainly mild…like super mild spice, whereas hubby can drink a bottle of Tabasco […]

Recipe: Super Easy PlayDough

Recipe: Super Easy PlayDough

PlayDough. Not my favourite activity for a 3 year old, it gets in everything, it smells and it’s expensive.

Every trip to Kmart she begs me for some playdough. I always say no. But I gave in a couple of weeks ago and she has played with it daily. But it just has a horrid smell, so after googling I found that I can make my own in my thermomix, sadly I didn’t have all the ingredients until I saw this recipe on another fellow Thermomix users Facebook page.

This version requires no cream of tartar and no cooking. Just mix, knead and play! Winning!

Recipe originally from Thermomixperiment.

Super Easy PlayDough

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

400gm plain flour
200gm salt
50gm oil (olive or vegetable)
250gm water
Food colouring of choice

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into your Thermomix bowl and mix on speed 7 until well combined
  2. Knead for 3 mins
  3. Roll into a ball and play!

You can leave out the food colouring and divide the dough into 4 balls, then knead in the colouring by hand. You could also add glitter

**Store your dough in an air tight container for up to 3 months

It took me all of 5 mins to make each batch, I have tweaked the recipe to what I did as the original recipe was quite wet. The next batch I make, I will add glitter just to jazz it up a little.

Myla is one happy little play dough lover! Even my older girls loved playing with this homemade version. No more smelly store bought play dough for us. What I love most is that it uses simple ingredients that you would normally have in your kitchen! And because it’s made with simple kitchen ingredients, theres no need to worry if your child puts it int heir mouth.

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Recipe: TMX Rosemary, Garlic & Poppy Seed Crackers

Recipe: TMX Rosemary, Garlic & Poppy Seed Crackers

Every weekend I spend one day baking for school lunches, after school snacks and treats. I usually load up the pantry and fridge with sweet baked goodies, but a week or so ago my husband asked for savoury snacks. Am I making too many sweet […]

Recipe: 20 Second Salted Caramel Brownies

Recipe: 20 Second Salted Caramel Brownies

If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth there is nothing better than salted caramel. It’s my all time favourite treat…and these 20 second salted caramel brownies definitely hit that ‘I need something sweet’ craving. I regularly make brownies for my girls to put […]

Blog: Why I Bought A Thermomix.

Blog: Why I Bought A Thermomix.

 

Why did you fork out so much money on one appliance?
That’s a lot of money to pay all in one hit!
Can’t you just cook on the stove?
*Insert judgemental facial expression here*

These are the questions (and added judgemental looks) I received when I mentioned to some people I had bought a Thermomix. Yes, two thousand dollars is a to of money to spend on ONE appliance, and yes I could cook on the stove, but we have 4 growing always hungry children and I needed to be super fast in the cooking department. So, lets be real here….most nights, especially if my hubby is working late or is on deployment, I can’t be bother to cook and would rather let my children fend for themselves aka live off 2 min noodles, tinned spaghetti or toast. Enter my close friend who is a consultant.

This friend of mine, bless her cotton socks, knew I wanted one. She gave me everything I needed to know, so off I toddled home armed with info to convince my husband that it is a good investment, cause lets face it, anyone who knows my husband knows how cheap he is….He initially said no. It took me a week to convince him and within 12 hours of that ‘oh my god, yes ok you can buy one’ I had ordered it. 🙂

Now to why I bought one.  Ok so I’ll admit I am not the best cook. I have learnt a few tips and tricks from my mum and friends along the years, but nothing has oomph, nothing was ‘wow this is amazing!’ in the taste department. Before kids I cooked spaghetti, bangers and mash and stir fry…thats it. I lacked imagination and stuck to those three things. Totes boring right!? Our first child arrived and it was the same then I discovered I suffer from fibromyalgia. So anything processed or full of preservatives made it flare up. I found cooking from recipe packets and prepackaged foods simple, fast and affordable but my health paid for it in the long run.

Now?…It’s a whole new ball game! Now I am making bread and many other things from scratch, FROM SCRATCH!!!! I had never made bread or anything for that matter from scratch. Plus I have branched out and I am making some god damn yummy meals! My fibro has been the best its ever been, all because I am using fresh ingredients. Winning! Plus the thing does everything!

People say its expensive to eat healthy. Whats more important? Convenience or your health? I shop around for produce, meat and baking essentials. I make sure I buy things on special rather than ‘because my family like that brand’. Yes, initially to buy ‘essentials’ is the kicker, but once you have established your basic items you add as you go. I don’t buy essentials each food shop, I buy it all once a fortnight plus the ingredients needed for that weeks meal plan. Easy peasy!

I weekly meal plan, so I know what we are having from Sunday to Sunday, sometimes we still fall off the wagon and have what my girls like to call ‘Whatever Night’ but mostly I stick to the meal plan. Some meals have been a flop, some have been a huge winner.
My girls are picky eaters, I never thought they would eat made from scratch butter chicken…I was wrong. They gobbled that shit down like it was lollies! Baking for school lunches is now a breeze! Just everything is made easier! I dedicate one day a weekend to baking for the week ahead for lunches, plus I know whats gone into their lunches.

My Thermomix saves me time on cooking. Risotto in 20 mins anyone? No seriously, its that quick. Which gives me more time to spend with the girls and my husband rather than slaving over the stove and then cleaning every single pot I manage to use. With the Thermomix…its one pot! (majority of meals) We can enjoy what I like to call our ‘fake-away’ nights and still feel we have treated ourselves.
All in all…We are eating healthier, saving time and money all at once. You get my drift. 🙂

I highly recommend buying one if you can!

Do you own a Thermomix? What are some of the reasons you purchased one?

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Recipe: Thermomix Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Recipe: Thermomix Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This thermomix peanut butter banana bread is great a alternative to the traditional banana bread. Super moist and tasty, this is great for morning, afternoon tea or a sneaky treat once the kids have gone to bed. Tastes amazing warmed up with butter on top. […]

Recipe: Spaghetti & Meatballs #TM5 (Modified)

Recipe: Spaghetti & Meatballs #TM5 (Modified)

Spaghetti and meatballs, one of my kids all time favourite meals. I used to do this in the slow cooker but now with the Thermomix, its even easier! This recipe can be found in ‘The Basic Cook Book” (chip and hard copy) I have just […]

Recipe: Easy Peasy Apricot Chicken (Thermomix)

Recipe: Easy Peasy Apricot Chicken (Thermomix)

Apricot chicken has been a long time favourite meal of mine, but I always hated making it until I found this recipe, I omitted one ingredient as I knew my kids wouldn’t touch it if it was in any way spicy.
This could easily be made without the aid of the Thermomix. (If you like your sauce thicker, just as 1 tablespoon of cornflour) If you want it spicy just add 1 teaspoon of curry  or chilli powder.

Enjoy.

Easy Peasy Apricot Chicken (Thermomix)

  • Servings: Approx 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

1 brown onion 600-700gm diced chicken breast 20ml oil 1 tin apricot halves in juice or nectar 1 french onion soup sachet

Directions

  1. Place onion and oil in bowl, chop for 3 seconds on speed 7
  2. Scrape down the sides and sauté for 3 mins, 120 degrees or Varoma, speed 1
  3. Add all other ingredients with the chicken being last into the bowl (including the juice/nectar from the apricot halves tin)
  4. Cook for 17 mins, 100 degrees, reverse, soft speed
  5. Serve with rice

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