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Top Tips for Hosting a Thermomix Cooking Experience

I’ve been sharing the love of all things Thermomix for a little over three years now, so I’d say I know a thing or two about hosting a successful Thermomix event. I’ve shown the Thermomix in to many, from the small and quaint groups to the large and overwhelming dinners, you name it, I’ve done it.

Crazy ones hosted in the evening where every man, woman, child and dog seems to be in the same room, kids running around like headless chooks while one interested guest shouts questions at me from over the roar. Intimate ones where a few close friends sit around a bench, so close to the Thermomix that they touch it (and they can’t take their hands off it!), murmuring ways of sneaking one past their Hubby and onto their own kitchen benches. Husbands, firing off a million and one questions at a time, trying to see if they can find a flaw before finally admitting its the best thing they’ve seen since sliced bread.

Cooks from all walks of life, from the beginner novice, to people who would rather do burpees than make dinner to the advanced home chef, have all invested their time and money into their Thermomix, getting the most out of their cooking experience.

Now it could be your turn. Maybe you’ve already booked in a date. Or you remember them from Masterchef and want to learn more about how this fabulous machine can work for you and your lifestyle. Your friend who can’t cook (and hates cooking) has suddenly been turning out Chux Pastries like it’s a walk in the park (it is) and you want to know how. 

From the experience of consulting, here’s my Top Tips for Hosting a Thermomix Cooking Experience:

  • Setting the time and date – Chose a time that you’re relaxed. You don’t have to rush anywhere straight away and you get to ask your Consultant all the questions you may have. Most Consultants are quite flexible with their availabilities so don’t hesitate to ask for a time that works. In my experience, it’s always better set a time to work with and move it if it doesn’t work for your guests than the other way around. 
  • Inviting guests – My advice is to think of people who you think may like to see the Thermomix over people who you think may buy. Think of your friends who are time poor, love cooking, hate cooking, interested in health, cooking for allergies, etc. Your Cooking Experience is an opportunity to see the Thermomix in action to learn more about it yourself or share your passion!
  • Getting ready – Your Consultant should bring most of the ingredients already prepared but for the few things we can’t bring, you should be provided with a list of what to have ready. 
  • Consider disposable plates and cutlery – In my experience, the majority of the cooking  experiences I’ve held have been in the evening and we all know how little we want to do the dishes after dinner with friends. Consider using (eco friendly) disposable plates and cutlery to minimise any excess washing up later!  
  • Bring your Appetite – Don’t underestimate how much food your Thermomix Cooking Experience will produce!! Don’t eat first as you’ll want to try everything you create together in the Thermomix! 
  • Write down any questions in advance – It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of sharing the Thermomix with your friends in your very own kitchen that your carefully thought out questions may be forgotten. Write down your questions somewhere accessible (like your phone!) so that you know the answer to everything you’re looking for. 
  • Have fun!! – The most vital ingredient to your Thermomix Cooking Experience, enjoy it!! Relax, spend time with friends, create and eat some fantastic food and have fun! 
  • Brochures- If you’re still considering the investment, if you have a friend who couldn’t make it or if you need to show a family member what you’ve been banging on about all this time, ensure you keep a brochure at home at the end. 
  • Book the other Cooking Experience – I’ve never had a Cooking Experience with an existing Thermomix owner where they didn’t walk away learning something they didn’t know before. Even as consultants, we’re always learning new ways the Thermomix helps our lifestyles. Not only will you learn more, but there is always a host reward you can qualify for! How many ThermoServers can one kitchen need? (9. My answer is 9. How many do you have?)

 

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!

Ways to use a second Thermomix Bowl.

Wondering what the hype is over the Second Thermomix Bowl, Blade and Lid Set Host Reward?

Here’s a few points on what else you use a 2nd Thermomix Mixing Bowl for….

What can a 2nd Thermomix bowl do for you?

Contact your Consultant today to secure your Demonstration and 2nd BBL Set!

The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Weeks 4, 5, 6 & 7

Okay, so shoot. I’m a little behind in posting. But have been cooking like a madwoman, so that makes up for it, right? And if you follow me on Instagram you can see how much I have been making for my The Happy Cookbook Challenge, and know it’s just that I’m a slack poster.

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So here’s a list of what I’ve made:

  • Oven Baked Salmon Patties
  • Super Green Smoothie
  • Lemon Butter
  • Salted Almond Butter
  • Raw Caramel Butter
  • Sweet Potato and Quinoa Patties with Tahini Dressing
  • Vanilla and Blueberry Oaty Piklets
  • Zucchini Chicken Pasta with Basil Pesto
  • Pineapple Crumble with vegan Mint and Lime Ice-Cream
  • Apple and Mint Pancakes
  • Banana and Berry Bread
  • Fried Banana with Toasted Coconut and Nut Butter

I haven’t had Salmon patties in years. I used to work in a beautiful cafe that would serve them once a week, and people would line up at the door so they didn’t miss out! I know that recipe was different to the one in The Happy Cookbook so I’m planning on experimenting and making a Thermomix version of it to post for you.

The Butters are amazing, and nearly all the Raw Caramel has been eaten. With a spoon. Straight from the jar…..

I loved the Pineapple Crumble (and there’s some left in my fridge, guess what’s for lunch!) as well as the vegan Ice-Cream. What a great idea! Tastes much like a Raw Cheesecake, so good.

This week I’m going to menu plan the next few weeks to help me stay on top of my challenge, especially with Christmas just around the corner and a trip home to family coming up. Challenges are all in the planning!

28 Recipes Down, 117 to go.

*not sponsored, I just enjoy the challenge of making lots of good food!

The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Week 1

So, by now you might have read about my new cookbook challenge with Lola Berry’s The Happy Cookbook. I’m one week down already! How fast did that go!?

Last week I worked out that if I make 6 recipes a week I can have the challenge done by April 25th, six months away. So with that deadline in mind, I got to cooking.

This week I’ve made:

  • Avocado Bowls
  • Chicken and Quinoa Super Bowl with Chimmichurri Dressing (Yum!!)
  • Coconut Toasted Almonds
  • Epic Pumpkin Pie Pancakes for Halloween
  • Chai-Spiced Carob Balls
  • Nutella Balls. (dangerous!)
  • Poached Chicken with Maple Roasted Pumpkin, Feta and Pepitas.

The Poached Chicken dinner is hands down my favourite so far, and Hubby’s too! He actually went so far as to say it’s the best thing I’ve ever made! I don’t know about best, but I’ll take the compliment where it’s given! The Avo Bowls were so quick and easy and such a lovely light side dish for summer, they’ll be made a lot.

And Nutella Balls. Seriously. They didn’t even last a day….

Week 1

I made some of these recipes using my Thermomix for ease, the balls for example is just a matter of throwing all the ingredients in and Turbo-ing a few times, or letting them blitz till they’re the right consistency. Poaching the chicken and quinoa in the machines and I made the mix for the pancakes in about 30 seconds, so nice and easy cooking.

I just tried to see if any of these recipes are available on her website but couldn’t see them (or a search function) so if you want them you’ll have to head out and buy the book!*

I haven’t done my menu planning this week yet but will be getting stuck into a few more. I have managed to pick up the ingredients for some over the weekend so they’ll be getting whipped up soon! If you’d like to follow my progress I’m posting the recipes on my Instagram account – @TheStrandsOfMe

So that’s The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Week 1 down! 138 Recipes to go!

*not sponsored. I just like good food!

The Happy Cookbook Challenge

I’m a goal driven person. Set me a challenge and I’m all in, guns blazing, and ready to go! I love the drive that comes with crossing off steps to reach the new goal, then the thrill that you feel when it’s all done. The pride and absolute sense of achievement is something I thrive on.

I’ve been reflecting on cookbooks and the previous cookbook challenge I set myself – to make all the recipes from Donna Hay’s Seasons Cookbook – and while that challenge is long ended and for various reasons still unfinished, I’m ready for a new goal to reach.

So, I decided on Lola Berry’s The Happy Cookbook for my next cookbook challenge.

A few reasons – I wasn’t able to complete the last one due to a few factors. I’ve become extremely lactose intolerant and am now unable to taste a lot of the leftover recipes. I live very remotely in Central Queensland and am unable to source a lot of the ingredients, like fresh seafood. However, I was able to complete 150 of the 200 recipes in the book, so I’m pretty happy with that effort.

I chose The Happy Cookbook because the recipes are Dairy and Gluten free, which is how I cook now. I’ve already made quite a few of the recipes in the book (but will be remaking them as a part of the challenge) and I know they’re full of flavour and not too difficult for me. I will be using my Thermomix with the challenge and will blog about it along the way. And I’ll be able to source the ingredients locally or online.

No, I won’t be sharing the recipes from the book. There are copy-write laws against that. I can write about my method and how I found the challenge but if you’d like the recipes to make yourself, The Happy Cookbook can be found at all good bookstores. 

I’m hoping to be inspired to try new techniques, food that I don’t usually eat and to make more creations of my own in the kitchen.

So this evening I added up all the recipes and there’s 145 in total. If I give myself 6 months to make them all that’s 6 recipes a week. Some are smoothies, some are salad dressings.

Many are desserts, that’s okay with me.

The Happy Cookbook Challenge = 145 Recipes in 6 months. Before Monday April 25th.

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Follow me on Instagram at Thestrandsofme and my Facebook Page to see how I’m going!

Eat the Rainbow

I had a busy night. Hubby was home later than usual and I had a delivery I needed to be out for so dinner had to be quick and easy. I have been craving vegetables (and chocolate!) heaps the last few days and I wanted to make something jam-packed with them but that was super quick.

I already had defrosted a couple of steaks for dinner so decided to just chop some veggies and quickly stir-fry them in some coconut oil. Into my Thermomix I threw some carrot, red cabbage, garlic, broccoli, zucchini and red onion. Chopped at 4.5 for 5 seconds and it was the perfect consistency.

I heated some coconut oil in a pan and stirred through my veggies before cooking my steak. I like how they stayed crunchy!

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I topped mine with a small portion of steak, some baked beetroot wedges and a dollop of mayo.

Hit the spot.

How have you used your Thermomix lately?

Easy Weeknight Dinners

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You finish work at 5pm and need to throw something nutritious together in 15 minutes while wrangling the kids. Or you’ve been at sport/dancing/music after school and didn’t get home till CBF o’clock. You bought a Thermomix for the ease but are looking for some inspiration. You haven’t planned dinner tonight but you’re starving. Here’s a few All In One Thermomix Easy Weeknight Dinners to inspire you tonight….

Quirky Jo’s Chicken and Cashews with Coconut Satay SauceThis is my go-to for not just a quick weeknight dinner but whenever I need to show the Thermomix off. It’s always amazing. It always works. I now remove the rice component and pack the Varoma with Cauliflower/Broccoli/whatever I have on hand and it works just as well.

Recipe Community Thai Inspired Coconut ChickenOkay, yes, this is one of my recipes. It was inspired by a trip to Thailand last year and it’s fantastic when you want the extra flavour without too much extra effort.

TRTLMTM Puttanesca Meatballs on Zoodles. Meatballs. Zoodles. Rich Puttanesca sauce. A beautiful hearty meal that doesn’t take foooooorever. Perfect!

 

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Paleo Banana Pancakes

Your guide to healthy living

School holidays generally equal lazy mornings and sleep ins. Or so you would think.

My two are early rises, no matter what time of year it is. The darker mornings of winter, now that it’s finally set in, makes me want to laze in bed until the sun has warmed the house. Not my kids though. Phoenix was up at 3:15am this morning, Noah following her not long after at 5:20. Tonight they’re extra rugged up in an attempted to coerce them into a longer morning sleep. At this point I’d be happy with 6 o’clock…..

To me, pancake breakfasts signify a relaxed morning. There’s no rush to get dressed, make lunches, pack bags, brush hair and teeth and eat breakfast before 8am. I suppose if I actually got up at Noah’s 5-something rise time, there wouldn’t be a rush. But I don’t. I just can’t. I am not a morning person. Noah’s shipped off back to bed and I’m crawl in between my warm sheets begging for a few more stolen moments of sleep.

It doesn’t happen. But I still try. Every. Single. Morning.

I look forward to Saturdays and school holidays, so I can enjoy my lazy morning. We’re already a week into the holiday and today is the first morning I’ve been able to make pancakes, which says a lot. Even holidays don’t seem to completely slow us down! Except for today.

I’ve been working on my Paleo Banana Pancake recipe for a little while now and it’s my absolute go to now. I even used it the other night to make waffles (for dinner!) and it worked perfectly.

And they pass the bend test. You know, being able to roll a pancake up and eat it on the go. Because it’s all about the important things.

Mine is a Thermomix recipe but you could substitute the Cashews for Almond Meal if you need to.

Paleo Banana Pancakes: 

You’ll need: 

  • 100g Cashews
  • 60g Tapioca Flour/Starch
  • 2 Tsp Coconut Flour
  • 150g Banana (approx 2 bananas)
  • 300g Coconut Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • Coconut oil, for frying.

Method:

  1. Add the Cashews, tapioca flour and coconut flour to the mixing bowl and mill for 20 Sec/Sp 9. Scrape down sides.
  2. Add the Banana, coconut milk and eggs and mix for 30 Sec/Sp 4 or until well combined and without lumps. Transfer to another container and let sit or a few minutes (I do this while I wash the mixing bowl) for the coconut flour to help thicken the mixture.
  3. heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a fry pan over low heat. Pour some of the batter into the hot pan and cook until bubbles appear. Flip and cook on the other side for another minute. Remove from the pan then continue until the mixture has finished.
  4. Enjoy!

I top mine with whatever I have in the fridge. Strawberries and Coconut Cream, lemon curd and CoYo, Nuts and CoYo. Your options are endless!

Just for your Saturday morning.

 

How to get What you Want

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic conference for Thermomix Consultants – ThermoFest, held this year on the Gold Coast.

We had a few jam packed days that were abundant in fun, learning, goals, sun bathing, cocktail sipping and lots and lots of dancing! It was amazing and if you’re a consultant and aiming for next years ThermoFest, I throughly encourage you to reach for your goals. Maybe I’ll meet you there!

One highlight for me was when Michelle Bridges gave her fabulous keynote speech. If you’ve ever embarked on a weightless journey….one that last for, say, 12 weeks….her speech seems like a mash up of some of the best of the mindset video’s available within her program.

I’m big on goals. I love setting goals and writing them down just so I can cross them off as they fly past. I love that I work for a company that set not only monthly goals but business improvement goals as well as 6 monthly goals – 4 times a year, so two will always overlap each other. Then on top of that, I can set my own goals and work to achieve them

Don’t forget that goal’s don’t just have to be within your work or business. For me, as a Mum I have goals we’ve broken down throughout the week to help the daily routine run smoothly. Hubby and I have our own financial goals. I have goals I want to reach within my life journey; write a novel, travel and eat at wonderful places around the world and do more singing to name a few; and writing them down and charting a course to obtain them is one of my favourite pastimes.

I loved the information Michelle gave and created this visual reminder of ‘How to Get What you Want’ from my notes, and as I love to share I thought I’d just leave it here…

You’re welcome.

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