Saturday, April 22, 2017

Adventures with a Thermomix #2

So today we had Chili Con Carne from Mrs D plus 3's blog - original recipe from here .

Ingredients
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 10g olive oil
  • 500g mince
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chilli powder/flakes (or fresh)
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 tin chick peas
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbs veggie stock paste
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 50g tomato paste
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop the onion and garlic for 5 seconds on speed 5.
  2. Add the oil and saute for 3 mins on 100 degrees, speed 1.
  3. Add the carrots, capsicum and celery and chop for 3 seconds on speed 5.
  4. Add the cumin, chilli flakes, cinnamon and black pepper and cook on reverse speed soft for 5 mins at 100 degrees.
  5. Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, chickpeas, balsamic vinegar and stock and mix on reverse speed 1 for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the mince and cook for 25 mins on reverse speed soft at 100 degrees.
  7. Serve with rice and a dollop of plain yoghurt.

Couple of notes, couldn't get the speed dial to turn initially, had to take the bowl out, lid off and start from scratch again.

Also need to break up meat before putting in the bowl, the mixing doesn't break it up enough. I think next time I'll add a step 4b in to break up the mince before putting the other items in.

But definitely a delicious dish and will be on the regular menu.

Adventures with a Thermomix #1

I've finally did it.  I bought a Thermomix TM31 second hand from a lady who likes cooking the "old fashioned way".  My hubby and a dear friend contributed to the cost, so it's actually an early birthday present.

So today I decided to give it a go.

Now, when you buy one new, I believe, that the lovely Thermomix Consultants deliver it and help you get started.  This, of course, doesn't happen when you buy one second hand.  So I'm relying on the books that came with it, and the internet to get going :)

Fitting it all together wasn't that hard - especially after reading the bit about putting the sealing ring in the lid.

The first thing I tried it in was milling some cardamon seeds as I was going to cook Biryani Rice from the Meat on the Menu cookbook.

However, I quickly discovered that this wasn't appropriate for a complete beginner as it had instructions like "Cover with lid and Varoma dish containing half cooked potatoes and eggs".

Neither potatoes and eggs were in the ingredient list, and I didn't actually want potatoes, and I wasn't sure if the "half cooked" referred to the eggs as well as the potatoes, and if I didn't want to do this, what lid was I supposed to use? You can see my problem - remember, complete beginner.

So I flicked through the other books that I received with the machine and found the Everyday Cookbook, which seems to be more targeted at my level.

On page 22 it told you how to make Cooked Rice, so I used those instructions with the spices recommended by the Biryani recipe and I'm now waiting for it to cook.

My only complaint so far, is that it is pretty noisy :(

UPDATE:  When it finishes it yells at you until you turn the speed off :)    Rice tastes yummy, but 400gm of rice was a bit too much.  Next time I'll stick to 300gm.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Miss 15 - Out and About

Some photos from Miss 15's last weekend at Mount Takao:







Thursday, April 13, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Miss 15 - Day 17 in Japan

She went to see the cherry blossoms today