Monday, 25 April 2011

Thermomixing during the Easter break

It's taken me a while to post these pic's. Here are a few things I made over the Easter Break. We had the bread rolls for brunch. Click on the link: Danube bread rollson the Opies Family Food Blog, for the recipe.

I also whizzed up some Ras El Hanout,(traditional Moroccan spice mixture) and marinated a butterflied leg of lamb. Here's the link for Janie's recipe for Ras El Hanout 

The lamb was marinated with Ras El Hanout, limes and honey.

Beetroot salad (recipe from EDC/ Aussie book)

and of course desert!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Good Friday Brunch in our garden - Hot Cross Buns (ohne crosses)

For brunch on Good Friday this year, I whipped up a batch of hot cross buns in the Thermomix. I used the recipe from the Everyday Aussie Thermomix Cookbook. The recipe is also here on chookie's blog. I left them in the rustic state, and omitted the flour paste for the crosses and the sugar syrup glaze.

It takes a few minutes to throw in all the ingredients into the Thermomix, mix and then knead on interval speed for 3 minutes. The recipe in the EDC book has 2 pkts of yeast in it, so I did the fast rise in a cold oven, and they were perfect.

They're filled with raisins, sultanas and cranberries. Loved the cranberries, I'll definitely make these again next year.

We ate them outside in the garden, enveloped by the scent of the wisteria and the lilac trees. Our buns were followed by homemade yoghurt, topped with Wannental - or more aptly, Beat's, tangy orange pumpkin, ginger confi. The Wannental  farm is our favorite place to buy locally grown, homemade jams.

I used the yoghurt recipe from the UK Thermomix site, and let it set in wide neck Thermos flask for about 5 -6 hours. The yoghurt was thick and creamy, and tastes nothing like the store bought stuff. Delicious!!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Our morning fruit smoothie and linseed (omega-3) fix by Thermomix

I try to make us all a fruit smoothie for breakfast, adding a handful of linseeds for our daily dose of omega -3 fatty acids. More on omega-3 here.

Ingredients: for 3 - 4 large glasses of juice

30 - 40 g  linseeds or about 1 large spoon per person (I usually use a mixture of brown and golden linseeds)
fruit (washed and chopped), (about 2 pieces per person or if using berries allow a large handful per person)
8 - 10 ice cubes
approximately 200 -300 g water
raw sugar (optional)

Process linseeds on speed 9 for 40-50 seconds. Add fruit, ice and sugar, and blend for 30 seconds on speed 10. Add water and blend for around 30 seconds more on speed 7-8.

Linseeds promote bowel callesthetics and favor the "lean microbiota" versus the "obese microbiota" (Ley and Turnbaugh - Bacteroidetes are preferable to Firmicutes in our intestinal microflora).  If you're in Switzerland and you're looking for information on IBD, here's a great site (SWISS IBD cohort study).

But it's never to late to start being pro-active against IBD. A daily dose of raw linseeds whizzzed up in the Thermomix with seasonal fruit provides an inexpensive source of omega-3 and promotes the good bacteria.

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