Monday, January 30, 2012

Thermomix Chocolate Frappes

I blame Phil for this one.  He loves the chocolate Frappes they sell at McDonalds.  Complete with creme etc.  They're a little too icy for me - very cold drinks trigger my asthma, but I do like their frappes after an hour ;D

I thought I would treat the kids to one just before they return to school (bittersweet - I enjoyed having them home these holidays).

 Mmmm don't they look delicious!

This is what I used to make them:-

  • Three handfuls small ice cubes
  • Drinking chocolate (I used Cadbury's, of course)
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar/blitzed raw sugar
How to put together:-
  • If you're using raw sugar, blitz 2 tablespoons raw sugar on speed 9 for 30 seconds.  If not, omit this step
  • Fill the bottom of the Thermomix up with ice cubes, until it comes level with the top of the blades.  Don't turn on yet.
  • Add in milk until the ice cubes are just covered.
  • Throw in your icing sugar if you're omitting step 1.
  • I probably used about 1/4 cup drinking chocolate (or perhaps it was 1/3 cup...I love that stuff!).  Cocoa powder would probably work better - perhaps only 1/8 of a cup - but I didn't have any left in my pantry cupboard.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons cream
  • Okay, now you're ready to blitz away.  Speed 6 for 10-15 seconds.  Check that all the ice has been crushed up.
  • Pour into glasses, top with whipped cream and more drinking chocolate if you wish.  Enjoy!

Serves 4 or three if hubby is absent, and a daughter has three glass fulls of the stuff!  My son and I had two glasses each.

It's like a chocolate slushy.

If you want it more icy, add more ice.

You may not want the sugar in it either.  Omit if you're unsure, you can always add it at the end and blitz for 10 seconds.

I'm going to try and melt some 'real' chocolate, then add the other ingredients once the chocolate has cooled a little, but not today.  I think my body needs a break from all the rich foods!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saucy Tuna Pasta in the Thermomix

I can't take full credit for this recipe.  I got the basic one from my Home Science teachers back in High School.  So I guess it's a big thank you to Mrs McKenzie and Ms Johnston for giving me this recipe and teaching me how to cook so I could practice on my Dad ;D

You'll need:-

  • 50 grams butter
  • 50 grams plain flour
  • 1/4 capsicum (de-seeded)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 small can corn (drained)
  • 1 large can tuna in brine (not drained)
  • pre-cooked pasta *(I added in about 4 cups of macaroni)
  1. Chop capsicum on speed 4 for 4 seconds.
  2. Place butter, plain flour, and milk in Thermomix.  Speed 2.5 at 90 degrees C for 5 mins.
  3. Add tuna juice and cook for further 3 mins on speed 2 at 90 degrees.
  4. Add tuna chunks  and mix on speed 2.5 for 30 seconds.
  5. Add corn, then cook on reverse speed, 90 degrees for 6 mins on speed 1.
  6. Add cooked pasta and chopped basil.  **Taste and add seasoning if you think it needs it.  Mix for 2 mins, 90 degrees on reverse at Speed 2.
*You possibly could add raw pasta at step 2, but I already had some cooked leftover pasta in the fridge that had to be used up.

**I love the fact that the biggest hint for this dish from Mrs McKenzie was to add the tuna juice.  It adds its own salt to the dish, and intensifies the flavour.  I don't add any more salt but you are welcome to.
     My kids informed me it looks a little runny, but they devoured it!

I added a little Parmesan cheese to each bowl once served

You could add other herbs and veggies to this dish.  Grated carrot, zuchhini, peas etc.  My kids don't like capsicum, but they didn't even know it was in there!  Mwahahahah :D