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Thermomix Sugar free Tomato Chutney

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I volunteered a while back to make some chutney for a local fundraising event. I had never made chutney so I was not too sure how I would go, but I backed myself and ended up making the most delicious tomato chutney. I know I sound a little conceited, but damn, that was good chutney!

I used raw sugar for the fundraiser chutney but I thought that I should have a go at making my own sugar free version. It worked out splendidly. This is the recipe I used.

Tomato Chutney (adapted from here)

Ingredients

•200 g red onion- peeled and quartered
•1000 g ripe tomatoes
•250 g Granny Smith apples-, peeled, cored & chopped into quarters
•60-80 g Natvia (depending on how sweet you like your chutney)
•200 g apple cider vinegar
•1/2 teaspoon allspice
•1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
•1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
•2 whole cloves
•100 g sultanas
•2 teaspoons salt

Method

1. Peel the tomatoes by scoring the base of each tomato with a cross and either

  • placing in a large bowl and covering with boiling water, and leave for 5 minutes. Or,
  • Cover the blades in your bowl with water and place the tomatoes in the varoma and heat for 10-12 minutes, Varoma Temp, Speed 2

The skins should easily peel away from the cross at the base. Chop the peeled tomatoes into quarters.

2. Place the red onion and apple into bowl and chop for 5 seconds, Speed 6. Set aside.

3. Place tomatoes in bowl, chop for 5 seconds, Speed 5.

4.Add all other ingredients, including the apple and onion, and mix for 3 seconds, Reverse, Speed 4.

5. Cook for 60 minutes, 100 degrees, Reverse, Speed 1-2 with the basket on top of the bowl instead of the MC to prevent splashes

6. Increase temperature to Varoma, and cook for another 20 minutes, Reverse, Speed 1-2.

7.Test the consistency of the chutney by spooning a tablespoon of it onto a dish, then place it in the fridge for 5 minutes. If it’s still too runny, keep cooking at Varoma for 5-10 minutes and check again.

8. Place into sterilsed jars.

Note for those wanting to use sugar instead: The original recipe calls for 300 grams of raw sugar in place of the Natvia. Unless you like really sweet chutney, I would cut the 300 grams down to 200 grams, as this is still sweet.

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We are eating this chutney with everything. I especially love it on toast with cheese. Last night we had it with our steaks. Yum! Excuse me while I go get myself another spoonful.

What Ya Been Cookin’?

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I’ve been locked away in the kitchen trying to get a jump on some cooking today. On the agenda – afternoon tea for the hungry kids, something yummy for weekend morning teas, tonight’s dinner and an experiment. Take a look…..

This is so yummy! Garlic, herb and cheese pull apart.  I used my favourite bread recipe, ripped off little balls of dough and dipped them in melted herb and garlic butter. I placed them in a cake tin to rise again before sprinkling with cheese and baking.Herb, garlic and cheese pull apart

Master O is in love with lamingtons at the moment. I made half the recipe in a doughnut pan, the other in a lamington tin. Messy to make but oh so worth it.

Lamingtons

This is Jamie Oliver’s Pork Meatloaf with spaghetti Sauce. I couldn’t wait to taste this at dinner time, so I sliced a small bit off for my lunch. A-mazing! The meatloaf has feta in it and the spaghetti sauce is lovely and rich. This will become a favourite in the Crooked Household.

Pork Meatloaf

Finally, I have always wanted to have a go at making my own sourdough bread. Today I took the first step in creating my own starter. He is equal parts wholemeal spelt flour and water. Fingers-crossed this little fella works.

Sourdough StarterWhat cooking adventures are you up to this weekend?

Back to School: Easy Freezer ‘Baking’

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In our part of the world, kids return to school this week for the last term of the year.  In an effort to cut down on lunch preparations, I always do a bit of a cook up of treats for my husband and the boys’ lunch boxes.

I picked out four recipes I could freeze and doubled two of them.  These should last me a while!

I made Banana and Choc Chip Muffins (recipe here), Muesli Slice (see my post here), Lemon Slice (recipe here) and Homemade LCM bars (see Thermomix recipe here, regular recipe here.

Back To School: Easy Freezer 'Baking'

Lemon Slice, Banana and Choc Chip Muffins, Muesli Slice

Back To School: Easy Freezer 'Baking'

Homemade LCMs

What made this task so easy was the last three recipes were no-bake. So, in just under an hour, I had made enough treats to see me through to at least half  term.

I did have a few eager taste testers around to nibble on any piece that looked like it wasn’t going to be packed away.  The consensus was that everything was super yummy.

Do you do a big bake up for lunch boxes? I would love to hear what are your favourites to make.

 

 

 

Homemade Crumpets

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We really like crumpets in the Crooked House.  They are filling and relatively healthy.

Instead of picking up a pack shopping this week, I thought I would have a go at making my own.

There are a fair few recipes out there for crumpets.  The Thermomix forum has by far the simplest recipe out there, and I used this one. If you don’t own a Thermomix, there is nothing stopping you whizzing these up in the blender or with a hand mixer.  Otherwise I have tracked down another easy and highly rated recipe for you to try.  You can find it here. The only thing to note, is that reviewers said the mix benefited from some resting time.

Crumpet Recipe (From Thermomix Forum)

Ingredients

1 tbs raw sugar /or use caster sugar

120 g Self Raising Flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 egg

160 g milk

Butter/spray oil for greasing pan and egg rings

Method

1. Mill the raw sugar 3 seconds, speed 9 to make caster sugar

2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix speed 4 for 5 seconds, or until smooth

3. Melt a little butter in a pan and grease your egg rings.

4. Place 2 tablespoons of mixture into each egg ring and cook on a low heat for 8 minutes or until bubbles stop forming on the surface.

As our mornings are busy, I made these the night before.  We prefer our crumpets toasted, so all I had to do was pop these in the toaster.

As you can see, I didn’t have egg rings.  I threw them out in a declutter mission because I never used them!  I am sure the boys prefered their shaped crumpets anyway.

Homemade crumpets

These have a slightly different texture than the store-bought variety.  You could compare it to a pancake in the middle.

Homemade Crumpets

They are certainly tasty and worth the effort for a special occasion. Maybe you could give these a go for breakfast on Father’s Day this weekend. Obviously, I wasn’t thinking ahead and peaked too early bringing hubby this one this morning….

Homemade crumpets

Nevermind.

Thermomixing: Morning Tea Ideas

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Since owning a Thermomix I have become much more adventurous in the kitchen.  This nifty machine makes every recipe so quick and easy that it is a crime not to try out new ones.

So after bookmarking a gazillion different recipes to try, I decided on a baking morning and chose 2 recipes perfect for morning tea or the school lunch box.   Each one of them was so easy to make and so delicious, I had to share them with you here.

Cinnamon Scrolls

Cinnamon Scrolls

These are SO AMAZING. They are divine eaten warm.  You can find the recipe on the recipe community here.

The key with these is to rearrange the order in which you make the components to save on the washing up.  Firstly whizz up the sugar for the icing, then, without cleaning the bowl, make the cinnamon filling.  Finally make the dough, there is no need to wash the bowl beforehand.

If you don’t own a Thermomix, don’t be put off giving these a go. It will just require a little elbow grease.

Short Notice Slice

Short Notice Slice

I had never heard of this easy little slice before. The recipe is adapted for the Thermomix and found on the recipe community here.  For those of you without a Thermie, try this recipe.

I can’t say it is the best looking slice but is perfect for school lunch boxes because it is nut-free.  I gave my slice a little bit of crunch by throwing in some sunflower seeds.  You could of course add whatever takes your fancy – your favourite dried fruit, nuts or seeds…even choc chips.

I would love to be sitting down to have one of these treats with a coffee right now, but alas the family has devoured them all.  A very good reason to pull the Thermomix out again over the weekend to ‘re-test’ the recipes 😉

 

 

Thermomixing: Chilli Jam

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I love adding a little chilli to my dishes.  I often pick up a huge bag of chillies for next to nothing at the farmer’s market every fortnight or so.  While I can get through quite a few, there is inevitably a few limpish, unused ones left at the end of the fortnight.  I didn’t really know what to do with these until I came across this recipe.

Chilli Jam (adapted from Steph Berg recipe)

Ingredients

6 long fresh red chillies

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup castor sugar

1 tsp salt

4 cloves garlic

2 tsp fish sauce

1/2 tsp agar agar

Method:

Trim the stems off the chillies

For a mild chilli flavour, deseeded the chillies.

You can make the jam milder again by soaking the chillies for 15 minutes in hot water then draining.

Put all the ingredients, except the agar agar in the Thermomix and process 10 seconds on speed 7.

Heat for 11 minutes at 100 degrees on speed 1.

Add the agar agar and cook for 4 minutes at 100 degrees at speed 1.

Pour into a sterilized jar.

Chilli Jam

I love chilli Jam heated and poured over Philly cheese as a quick and easy dip. Otherwise, it is great addition to a gourmet style hamburger.

That’s it….my mouth is watering. I’m off to try my creation now.

Weekend Cooking

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It is not often that we are about the house on the weekend so I don’t do a lot of cooking.  However, this weekend I made a bit of an effort and ended up making some lovely things.  When I say ‘effort’, it wasn’t that great as most of the recipes were done in the Thermomix. I really can’t explain just how much of a marvel the Thermomix is.  If you don’t have one, don’t let that put you off clicking on the links to the recipes as most could be done without it, or perhaps completed with another appliance that you have.

Have a look at my creations, I am more than a little proud of some of them…..

Apple Porridge made in the Thermomix while I got ready for the morning.  It can’t get much easier than that!  The boys LOVED it.  Recipe is here.

Apple Porridge

Banana and Coconut Bread.  We all loved this.  The recipe is one for the Thermomix but easy and well worth adapting if you don’t have one.  I also had my first attempt at scrolls.  These were spinach and feta.  Yummo. A fantastic brunch or lunchbox food.  You can find the recipe here.

Banana and Coconut Bread & Spinach and Feta Scrolls

Healthy Banana Ice Cream.  This is made with just a little sugar (or in our case dextrose), frozen skim milk and frozen banana.  It is just like soft serve ice cream without the guilt. I will post more about easy ice creams made in the Thermomix soon.

Healthy Banana Ice Cream

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha.  This recipe calls for cocoa, but I have been right into using raw cacao and I am convinced of  the health benefits.  Hubby and I love this rich drink.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha

Mango, Banana and Apple Green Smoothie.  This was my own concoction but you can read about my green smoothies here. This one was demolished by my boys in seconds, despite them watching two big handfuls of spinach going into the mix.

Mango, Banana and Apple Green Smoothie

Chinese Combination Short Long Soup.  I did freestyle with this recipe and added things I knew we would like.  It was a hit all round.  Master C loved the dumplings.

Chinese Combination Short Long Soup

Another dish that I stupidly didn’t photograph, despite the fact it was the stand out dish of the weekend, was Singapore Noodles.  Oh. So. Yummy. Instead of making it with vermicelli noodles, I used angel hair slim noodles which have less than 7 calories per serve.  The meal had next to no calories and was so filling.  I can see this appearing regularly on my meal plans.

I’d love to hear whether you get up to cooking or baking on the weekends or is that your ‘time off’?  Have a great week.