Zucchini Flowers

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Blog, Recipes | 2 Comments
Zucchini Flowers

They’re not around for long so I’m always excited to see zucchini flowers at the market or fruit shop. Buy them if you see them! And if you’re growing zucchini, pluck some when they’re at this stage – before they turn into baseball-bat-sized monsters. They’re not hard to prepare. My favourite way is to stuff […]

Revamp those Christmas left-overs

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
Revamp those Christmas left-overs

Christmas cooking quantities are cause of considerable consternation. Before the big day you’re asking, “Is this enough?” as you picture hungry great-aunts and hollow-legged teens looking askance at empty platters. Afterwards, you realise there was way too much food (just like there was last year and the year before that). Now, it’s all about what […]

Bûche de Nöel Recipe

Bûche de Nöel Recipe

Ingredients Cake 4 eggs 120 grams caster sugar 60 grams plain flour 60 grams corn flour or potato starch 20 grams cocoa powder 4 tablespoons apricot or berry jam, warmed until runny 1 tsp vanilla paste Buttercream 120 grams icing sugar 20 grams cocoa 250 grams unsalted butter, softened 60 grams milk   Method 1. […]

Chicken Congee Thermomix recipe

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 in Blog, Recipes, Thermomix | No Comments
Chicken Congee Thermomix recipe

Congee is a simple, comforting Chinese rice porridge. It’s a very popular light meal in many parts of Asia, where it’s often served for breakfast or supper, with any number of additions, including tendon, tripe and pizzle. My version is offal free – don’t worry if you’re averse to spooky bits! I’ve eaten congee over the […]

Lamb Kustilji – slow cooked ribs recipe

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 in Blog, Recipes | No Comments
Lamb Kustilji – slow cooked ribs recipe

Part of putting on my winter coat is eating slow-cooked meat dishes that, to my mind, stop the draughts getting into my body. Top of the list… ribs! Chef Shane Delia from Maha Restaurant in Melbourne has been kind enough to let me share his lamb ribs recipe – he does a cheffy version with sous vide cooking. I’ve […]

Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup from Quirky Cooking

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 in Blog, News, Recipes, Thermomix, Thermomix news | 10 Comments
Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup from Quirky Cooking

I’m a big fan of Jo Whitton, known to many as Quirky Cooking. Jo’s journey with food and wellness, shared on her Quirky Cooking blog and in her Thermomix cookbook, has been inspiring and helpful to many people dealing with food intolerances and allergies. Jo has now expanded her sharing with a new program, Quirky Cooking for Gut Health. I don’t […]

Calamari with herb crumb recipe

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 in Blog, Recipes | No Comments
Calamari with herb crumb recipe

Ensure you buy Australian calamari, which is fast-growing, short-lived and a prolific breeder. They are usually caught using nets which target them specifically, thus bycatch is not a big issue. There are other sustainable elements to this recipe. We use up stale bread, we throw in the herb stalks because they’re full of flavour and […]

Millet and Beetroot Pilaf & Millet Soup recipes

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 in Blog, Recipes | No Comments
Millet and Beetroot Pilaf & Millet Soup recipes

Millet is a staple crop in Africa, India and China but we don’t eat so much of it here … yet. It needs relatively little water and is able to tolerate high temperatures, so chances are we’ll be eating more of it as climate change affects crops and yields in decades to come. Photo: Josh […]

Thermomix Restaurant Club Melbourne Event SOLD OUT!

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in | No Comments

I’m co-hosting Melbourne’s next Thermomix Restaurant Club with the one and only George Calombaris. I am mega excited about this one. Book in (quickly!) for five courses of Thermo-deliciousness, including matched wines, plus the chance for a pre-Christmas catch-up with fellow Thermo-fans (and George!), and exclusive recipes to take home. George and I will be on hand to sign […]

Karen Martini’s Banana Bread Recipe for Thermomix

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 in Blog, Recipes, Thermomix | 42 Comments
Karen Martini’s Banana Bread Recipe for Thermomix

SISTERLY BANANA BREAD RECIPE adapted from Karen Martini’s new cookbook, New Kitchen Thermomix version by Dani Valent Ingredients: 100 g light olive oil 1 egg 50 g natural yoghurt ¼ tsp salt 110 g caster sugar 200 g banana, peeled, plus 1 sliced banana 170 g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda Method: […]