Thermomix

Reporter: Mark Gibson

It's been called a complete kitchen in one appliance. First came the Thermomix.. now, the cookbook. Mother of three Helen Vojatzakis loves her thermomix so much, she now sells them. Helen's out to prove that anyone can throw a fancy, five star dinner party. First up, a chicken curry. The spices become a curry paste in three minutes.. Then it's as simple as whacking in an onion, chilli, tomatoes and coriander stems, blending them for just a few seconds, then cooking them for five minutes. Add your chicken, cook the lot for twelve minutes and voila - a fragrant chicken curry. In the meantime, there's dessert to prepare and it doesn't get much easier than this. Add some sugar, cornflour, cocoa powder and coffee, pour in some milk, mix it up for ten seconds and start cooking. Ten minutes later - a delicious chocolate mocha mousse. We'll see what Helen's dinner party guests think in a moment.

Award winning chef Fiona Hoskin compiled ninety recipes for the so-called Devil Of A Cookbook. "You can find recipes where you can cook a nice dinner party menu or there are some nice recipes where you can just cook a stew for dinner at home, or salad for a bbq." The book's name comes from Fiona's other passion - the endangered Tasmanian devils.. proceeds will go towards saving them. Now this easy cooking does come with a catch - the Thermomix costs almost two thousand dollars. But those who have one say it's worth every cent.

Further Details

Devil of a Cookbook by Fiona Hoskin

Available from Thermomix's online bookstore at www.thermomix.com.au or through Thermomix consultants

Easy Peasy Mocha Mousse

'This is great for bushwalking as the dry ingredients can be bagged up at home so you only have to add water and cook it on your camp stove, however making it in the Thermomix makes it lovely and smooth. You can add alcohol, grated chocolate or raisins for extra flavour and texture.' Jennifer Bottle

Ingredients

2 tbsp cornflour

3 tbsp sugar or to taste

2 tbsp dark cocoa powder (see General Tips)

1 tsp instant coffee

250g full cream milk

Method

Place all ingredients into mixing bowl and blend for 10 sec | speed 5 or until smooth. Cook for 10 min | 90°C | speed 3.

Pour into serving dishes and allow to set.

General Tips

For this recipe to be at its best we recommend sourcing the highest quality cocoa powder you can find, such as Callebaut cocoa powder.

Eat warm over ice-cream or cold with banana or other fruit.

Fragrant Curry Sauce with Chicken

'This sauce was an all-time favourite at Fee and Me and was always used with one dish or another - sometimes chicken, sometimes veal but more often seafood. Sometimes we served it with visible pieces of onion and tomatoes and other times we used the Thermomix to create a smooth sauce full of colour and flavour.' Fiona Hoskin

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

1cm piece ginger, peeled

1 clove garlic

Small piece turmeric, peeled or 1 tsp ground

1 red chilli, de-seeded if preferred

2 bunches coriander, roots and stems only, washed

2 onions, quartered

4 large Roma tomatoes, quartered

1 tbsp sea salt or to taste

500g chicken thigh fillets, 3 - 4cm cubed (see General Tips)

220g coconut cream or to taste

Method

Place oil, mustard, cumin and fenugreek into mixing bowl and sauté for 3 min | 100°C | speed 2.

Add ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli, coriander and onions and chop for 10 sec | speed 6 - 7. Scrape down sides of bowl.

Add tomatoes and chop for 15 sec | speed 6 - 7. Cook for 5 min | 100°C | speed 2.

Add salt and chicken and cook for 10 - 12 min | 90°C | Reverse | speed 2.

Add coconut cream and adjust seasoning if necessary.

General Tips

You can use diced fish, prawns or crayfish instead of chicken.

Serve with rice and steamed vegetables of your choice.

For a thicker consistency, add 1 tsp of cornflour dissolved in 2 tsp of cold water.

Recipe contributed by Jennifer Bottle,

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