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Thermomix Valentines Day Menu

The older I get the more I realise that I should have gone into food straight from school, rather than complete a music degree that I’m not really using. Food has always been a love of mine and more and more that love seems to grow. Whether its cooking for others, helping people to learn more about food and how to cook healthy meals, sharing good food with friends or having a laugh over a good meal, food can make your day.

On Tuesday I ran a small cooking group at home, based around cooking a three course meal for a special occasion – Valentines Day is this Sunday so what better excuse? I’ve been doing these groups every month lately and am absouletly loving them. I aim to inspire people to cook more, to show them how easy it is to create healthy and flavourful meals quickly and easily at home. We use our Thermomix’s in my groups but more and more I’ve had attendees who are non-Thermomix owners who come just to cook something new as well.

I created a simple Thermomix Valentines Day menu and run sheet and we dived in.

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The recipes are Thermomix ones but easily adapted if you don’t yet have a Thermomix.

Entree is from our ‘In the Mix’ Cookbook by Dani Valent, Main is a variation of a recipe from the Thermomix Cookbook ‘Cooking for Me and You‘ and the Dessert is one of my Recipes from the Recipe Community. You can find the Chocolate Fondants Recipe Here.

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We all took turns making different aspects of the recipes then sat down and shared the together with a good laugh. All we were missing was the wine!

So go ahead – step out of your comfort zone and plan to cook something new. If you need to, do a practice run on a few friends before you cook it for Hubby. You never know how many Chocolate Fondants you can eat in one week!!

If you’re in Moranbah make sure you join our Facebook page – Mixing it in Moranbah – for more information about the next group!

Thermomix Chocolate Semifreddo

Lately I’ve set about converting a few favourite recipes. There are a few techniques I haven’t tried in the Thermomix yet and love the chance to experiment and see how much I can do in there. I’m already making so much more than I would have without it, but how would I do some things I could already do? Just by trying…

When converting a recipe I look at the steps that need to happen. This day I was making a Chocolate Semifreddo. The original recipe call soft eggs and sugar to be beaten by a hand blender in a bowl over a pot of boiling water. Seeing as I don’t even own a hand blender anymore, this wasn’t an option. So I experimented, and was pretty happy with the result!

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I used my ThermoServer in the freezer with the semifreddo to help set it, but you could also set it in ice-cube trays then blitz it up again as a quick set option.  IMG_0941

Here’s how I made my Thermomix Chocolate Semifreddo:

You’ll need:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 150g Rapadura Sugar
  • 420g Cream
  • Desired flavourings (I used a few tablespoons of Quirky Jo’s Hazlenut Chocolate Spread but you can use anything!)

Method:

  1. Add the rapadura to the Thermomix mixing bowl and mill for 10 Seconds/Speed 7
  2. Insert the Butterfly before adding the eggs and extra yolks. Cook for 7 Min/70 C/Speed 4 watching the timer. When there is 2 Mintues left on the timer, push the 34 C button to reduce the temperature. 
  3. It will look like the picture above, all lovely and whipped!
  4. When done, transfer to a clean bowl and clean and dry the mixing bowl. Insert the Butterfly and whip cream until soft peaks form.
  5. Fold egg mixture through the whipped cream. Add whatever flavourings you like now and stir through gently, ensuring you don’t knock all the air out of the eggs.
  6. Pour into your ThermoServer (or a metal bowl) and place into the freezer for 3 – 4 hours or till set, stirring every few hours for a light texture.

I was most anxious about how whipping and heating the eggs would go (I didn’t want scrambled eggs!!), I was so happy when it worked out!! Silly me for doubting the Thermo!!

Make it yourself and let me know if it works for you too! I’ve since made it a few times and used the same technique of lowering the temperature on other dishes and it works really well. Don’t forget to share it with me on Instagram – @thestrandsofme!