Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Goats Milk Liquid Soap

My brother just gave me some soap he made including some lovely goats milk soap. So I thought I would turn it into liquid soap to fill up my new soap pumps!
Goats Milk Liquid Soap
All you need is any 120 grams soap bar and 8 cups of water! It can be a creamy/clear cheap/expensive bar, and it all should work the same! You can add extra colouring or fragrance, but I left it pure so I could use it for the boys' sensitive skin!
Liquid Hand Wash Recipe:
120 grams soap
Cut into cubes
I blitzed for 20 seconds from working from Speed 5 --> 8
I melted at 90 degrees/Speed 3 in 2 minute increments plus added approx. 100mls water - took about 10 minutes total for the soap to be all melted
Added 8 cups water through the MC hole slowly and mixed 2 minutes/80 degrees/Speed 2
Pour into a large bowl to cool and thicken
The froth disappears after a few hours. Stir every hour (or when you remember and walk past it!)
It took over 24 hours for mine to thicken. Before the boys morning nap (the day after I made it) it was still very liquid, then after their nap 2 hours later it had magically thickened (has a kind of 'snotty' texture)
Goats Milk Liquid Soap!
Made enough liquid soap to fill up 4 pump bottles with lots to spare which I will probably use for body wash too!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Rhubarb, Apple and Strawberry Custard Crumble

After buying some fresh produce from the local markets today, I was inspired to make something with the rhubarb I bought! I have never cooked with rhubarb before, but the first thing that came to mind was apple and rhubarb crumble!
 Rhubarb, Apple and Strawberry Custard Crumble
I came across this recipe and added strawberries freshly picked from my dad's yard.
Rhubarb, apple and sour cream custard crumble:
This recipe stood out to me as it included the custard with the crumble - custard is usually added when the crumble is being served so bonus points that it was all in one! However my favourite plus side of this recipe is that there is no washing required between the fruit --> custard --> crumble layers.
Add 6 x apples (I used 5 red, 1 green) + 1 bunch of rhubarb + 1 tsp cinnamon + 50 grams sugar (maxed out my TM5 bowl!)

20 seconds/Speed 5 stirring with the spatula through the MC hole
Fruit mixture
Place fruit mixture in a large baking dish - Bake for 10 mins at 200 degrees (preheated)
After 10 minutes of baking
Add 400 grams sour cream + 2 tsp vanilla extract (I used my homemade one) + 60 grams sugar + 2 eggs + 20 grams cornflour - Mix 5 seconds/Speed 6
Pour custard over fruit mixture
Place a punnet of washed and quartered strawberries over the custard
Add 100 grams oats + 100 grams almonds + 100 grams shredded coconut + 100 grams butter + 100 grams brown sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Turbo function x 4
Place and spread crumble mixture evenly over fruit and custard mixture. Bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 180 degree oven
Ready once the crumble has browned - Rhubarb, Apple and Strawberry Custard Crumble
This is after 5 generous servings - conservatively serves 12!
Rhubarb, Apple and Strawberry Custard Crumble


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Cheesy Spuds

This is great for when you have leftover pasta sauce, or if you want a quick and easy meal and let the Thermomix do all the work!
Cheesy Spuds
4 - 8 washed potatoes
1. Add 1000ml of water to the bowl.
2. Place potatoes into the varoma steaming tray.
Place potatoes in varoma steaming tray
3. Cook for 60 minutes/Varoma/Speed 4.
Cook 60 minutes/Varoma/Speed 4
4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees.
5. Once the potatoes are cooked (a fork should slide in like butter), place the potatoes on pieces of crumpled aluminium foil on a baking tray (it holds the shape of the potato) and cut a 'cross' shape into it, but not through it, to give some room for the fillings.
Cut a 'cross' shape
6. Place fillings into the 'cross' cut out shape, i.e. in this order I placed, Bolognese sauce, diced bacon bits, pineapple and a heap of pizza cheese on top.
+ Bolognese sauce
+ Bacon pieces
+ pineapple pieces
+ pizza cheese (blend of mozzarella/parmesan/tasty)
7. Place in oven and bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and browning.
8. If you wish (and have them in your house!), top with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and(or) cracked pepper.

Other topping ideas include:


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

TIm Tam Fudge

As I have been moving house, I have discovered a heeaaap load of stuff I forgot I had in my pantry. One of these things, Tim Tams! I have a problem with buying them every time they are on sale, thinking I will make some amazing dessert with them. So in my house, the Tim Tam packet is literally a packet that never runs out! It is also that time of the week where I make something for my work colleagues, so thought this would be perfect!

Tim Tam Fudge

Thermofun's Tim Tim Fudge recipe:


Blitz 200 grams White Chocolate and set aside
Add Condensed Milk, Butter, Sugar and Glucose and cook 8 mins/100 degrees/Speed 3
Scrape sides and base of bowl with a spatula and cook 20 minutes/Varoma/Speed 3
Fudge all caramelised!
Add set aside white chocolate and 7 x Tim Tams
Mix 10 secs/Speed3 (Reverse)
Pour and spread out in a silicon baking tray, and refrigerate for a few hours
Once set, I cut it into 8 x 6 squares
Tim Tam Fudge!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Dark Chocolate Yogo

My husband and brother LOVE Yogo! I came across this recipe, the texture is exactly like the storebought Yogo! And as always, the Thermomix is always a winner when it can make something that you love from the shops but is non preservative free!
Dark Chocolate Yogo 
Chocolate Yogo Recipe:
Our household prefers dark chocolate, so that's what I used! As it's all blitzed and melted together, it was the perfect opportunity to use up all the 'leftover' bits of chocolate which I had including half an Old Gold Easter bunny, dark chocolate melts and dark chocolate chips!!
I love that you can use any type of chocolate of your choice to mix up the flavours!
Blitz 200 grams chocolate of choice - 10 Seconds/Speed 8
Blitzed chocolate
Add 2 eggs, 500 grams milk (I used A2 Full cream), and 2 heaped tablespoons cornflour - I cooked for 8 minutes/90 degrees/Speed 4
Dark Chocolate Yogo!
I love that there is no extra sugar or cream used for this and that you can mix it up with different types of chocolate and milk of your choice. This tastes amazing piping hot and fresh out of the bowl, but even BETTER chilled for a few hours in the fridge - exactly like the storebought Yogo (but I definitely enjoyed this more since it's with my fave dark chocolate!!).