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Recipe: Steamed Pork Dumplings

Recipe: Steamed Pork Dumplings

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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 to whip up and it only takes 20 mins to bake. Plus if you have some apples that have seen better days in the fridge this is perfect for them!

I used pink lady apples, which gives it a slight sweetness, rather the tartness from granny smith apples. This has a lovely crunchy top filled with nuts, oats, coconut and honey (not appropriate if you have a nut allergy) and the hint of cinnamon. I am sure your family will love this healthier version of a classic dessert.


This recipe can be halved. As is below serves 6 people with a generous helping.

What you’ll need:

Apple Filling:

700gm apples, cored and quartered
1 tsp ground cinnamon
200gm water

Crumble:

60gm almonds
160gm walnuts or pecans
40gm desiccated coconut
80gm rolled oats
100gm honey

What to do:

Apple Filling:

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees
2. Place apples, cinnamon and water into your Thermomix
3. Cook for 10 minute, reverse, 90 degrees, speed 2
(You can add another 2 minutes if the apples need to soften more)
4. Once the apples are cooked, you can either drain the excess water or leave it in (I drained)
5. You can chop for a smoother consistency or not chop for a chunkier consistency (I did not chop my apples)
6. If you want a smoother consistency, 10 seconds on speed 5 will make a ‘pureed’ apple
7. Pour apples into an oven proof dish and set aside

Crumble:

1. Add almonds to your Thermomix bowl, chop for 2 seconds on speed 5
2. Add walnuts, chop for 2 seconds on speed 5. Check consistency and chop for a further 2 seconds on speed 5 for a finer crumble if desired
3. Add coconut, oats and drizzle honey evenly around the top of the ingredients
4. Combine for about 20 seconds, reverse, speed 3
5. Pour crumble on top of the apples
6. Cook for 15-20 minutes until gently browning
7. Serve with cream, custard or ice cream


Original recipe from Thermomix Recipe Community

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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 things I thought? Whoops…time to Facebook, Pinterest and google stalk for savoury recipes!

So while enjoying my coffee in bed, scrolling on Thermobliss  Facebook page, I stumbled upon a recipe that I knew my hubby would love. Rosemary and garlic crackers. I have tweaked the recipe to my pantry supplies, but you can find the original recipe here.

These are incredibly easy to whip up, great for school lunch boxes, if your children enjoy these flavours and perfect for dipping! I used a small star shaped cookie cutter, but any smallish cutter would be suitable. As I sit here typing, my 12 year old is devouring a bowl full (Which will actually mean I’ll have to make another batch asap) I didn’t load them up with a lot of garlic or rosemary, this was my ‘test’ batch with my fam bam. Next batch I will increase the rosemary and garlic to give more oomph in the flavour.

You can use fresh or dry rosemary, I didn’t have any fresh on hand so dry it was! Poppy seeds can be replaced with chia seeds, even sesame seeds for a totally different texture. I was able to make 3 cookie trays worth of crackers from the dough, approx. 36 crackers. I hope you enjoy these yummy crackers as much as my family have.

Rosemary, Garlic & Poppy Seed Crackers

  • Servings: Approx 36
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

2 springs of fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dry rosemary
1 garlic clove
100gm water
300gm plain flour
50gm olive oil
Pinch of salt (I use pink Himalayan salt)
3 tsp poppy seeds (Can substitute with chia or sesame)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees
  2. Place rosemary and garlic clove into the TMX bowl, chop on speed 5 for 30 seconds (Scraping down the bowl every 10 seconds)
  3. Add water, plain flour, olive oil and salt to TMX bowl, mix for 8 seconds on speed 7
  4. Add the seeds and mix on knead speed for 2 mins
  5. Once fully combined and a dough consistency, place the dough between 2 pieces of baking paper and roll out to approx 5mm
  6. Use a cookie cuter to create crackers and place on a lined baking tray
  7. Repeat until all dough is used
  8. Cook for 15-20 mins or until lightly golden brown
  9. Once removed from oven, allow to cool for 10 mins
  10. 10.Keep crackers in an air tight container

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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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