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Feeding the Funky Bunch: Healthy Apple Crumble

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Apple Crumble is one of my all time favourite deserts. I was visiting my friend K recently and she served me this delicious, healthy apple crumble from Wholefood Simply. What a fantastic recipe and what a great blog! I’m really enjoying looking through the recipes and deciding which ones to try making myself. Inspired, I have made my own version of a healthy apple crumble and it is so good. I made this for the kids to have when they got home from school and they absolutely devoured it. You can serve it on it’s own, with homemade custard or natural pot-set yogurt.

Healthy Apple Crumble

Ingredients

  • 4 granny smith apples, quartered (peeling optional)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 90g walnuts
  • 50g rolled oats plus an extra 2tbs rolled oats set aside
  • 60g butter or solid coconut oil, cubed
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I prefer pink salt)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 20g rapadura

TMX Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 180C
  2. Place apples, lemon juice and vanilla seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla pod in TMX
  3. Chop 5 sec, Sp 4
  4. Tip chopped apple into baking dish (I use a 1L pyrex dish)
  5. Place walnuts, oats, butter or coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, rapadura and vanilla from other 1/2 pod in TMX
  6. Mix  3-5 sec, Sp 6
  7. Pour crumble over apple mixture
  8. Ingredients should come together like a crumble mix. If you blitz too much it will become more of a paste. Either way it will still work out fine. Just pour or spread crumble mix over the apple as best you can
  9. Sprinkle 2tbs rolled oats over finished crumble
  10. Bake 30mins

Non-TMX Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 180C
  2. Dice apples into small pieces or pulse in food processor until chopped
  3. Mix through lemon juice and vanilla seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla pod by hand
  4. Tip chopped apple into baking dish (I use a 1L pyrex dish)
  5. Place walnuts, oats, butter or coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, rapadura and vanilla from other 1/2 pod in food processor and pulse to a crumble consistency
  6. If you don’t have a food processor, chop walnuts by hand and mix with other ingredients until you have a crumble consistency. You may need to rub the butter or coconut oil in with your fingers
  7. Pour crumble over apple mixture
  8. Ingredients should come together like a crumble mix. If you blitz too much it will become more of a paste. Either way it will still work out fine. Just pour or spread crumble mix over the apple as best you can.
  9. Sprinkle 2tbs rolled oats over finished crumble
  10. Bake 30mins
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Feeding the Funky Bunch: Easy Peasy Healthy Ice Creams

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Nothing makes my kids happier than when I offer them ice cream for afternoon tea! It is so easy to have your own healthy ice creams in the freezer and ready to go. Here are 2 of my (and my kids!) favourite recipes.

Green Ice Cream

 

Green Ice Cream

My friend K passed this recipe onto me. It is really yummy, healthy and filling for little tummies (good for mums and dads too!). My kids aren’t big fans of avocado so this is a great way for them to enjoy eating it.

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 bananas (the riper the banana, the stronger the banana flavour)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 tbs natural pot set yogurt

Place all ingredients in TMX or food processor. Blitz until smooth. Pour into moulds. Freeze & enjoy.

You can add 1-2tsp of cacao or cocoa to make chocolate ice creams

Pink Ice Cream

Mix together and pour into moulds. Freeze & enjoy.

Use any homemade jam, berry sauce or pureed fruit to make these different flavours and colours.

Homemade: Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

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Last Christmas I received Alyce Alexandra‘s cookbook ‘Quick Fix in the Thermomix’ as a gift from my family and I love it! The cookbook is beautiful to read with stunning photography and food styling throughout, and all of the recipes I’ve tried so far have been delicious. Alyce is a self-taught cook who grew up in a Thermomix household. She now has several cookbooks out, including her most recent ‘Quick Fix: For Every Occasion’ (which is on my wish list!). 

You can access some of Alyce’s free recipes by subscribing to her online newsletter for free.  At the moment the selection of free recipes includes Cranberry and Hazelnut Crackers, Chewy Tropical Oat Bars, Blueberry & Mint Smoothies, Chickpea & Chorizo Stew, Saffron Mussel Risotto, Middle Eastern Chicken Salad and more. You can see why I like this site!

I’m going to share Alyce’s Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto recipe here today. It is so incredibly delicious. Great as a dip, spread on flat bread pizzas, cooked into pizza scrolls, stirred into beaten egg and cooked into mini frittatas, tossed through pasta or any other way you can think to use it.

My kids absolutely love this pesto. It makes a super-quick dinner stirred through cooked pasta. Additionally I often pop it in their lunch boxes with some crackers or veggie sticks. If your school is nut-free like ours, just be sure to omit the pine nuts from the recipe.

Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Ingredients

  • 100g parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 60g olive oil
  • 300g semi sun dried tomatoes
  • 50g raw baby spinach
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Place cubed parmesan in TMX and grate 5 sec, Sp 9 and set aside
  2. Place garlic cloves in TMX and chop 5 sec, Sp 5, then scrape down TMX bowl
  3. Add olive oil and sauté 6 min, 100C, Sp 1
  4. Add tomatoes, spinach, basil, pine nuts, parmesan and salt
  5. Chop 4 sec, Sp 6
  6. Transfer to a clean jar and store in the fridge (ideally wash jar in hot, soapy water and dry with a clean tea towel or wash in dishwasher)
  7. Lasts 2-3 weeks in fridge

Please note that I have posted this recipe and recommendation for Alyce Alexandra’s website and cook books solely of my own volition and without receiving remuneration of any type.

Homemade: Mulberry Jam

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If you are lucky enough to have a mulberry tree in your backyard (or in my case, in my friend’s yard!) then take some time to make this scrumptious mulberry jam and preserve some of the lovely fruit. My friend, F, and I had a great morning making this mulberry jam – check out her Mulberry Mayhem on Tumblr if you need more mulberry recipe inspiration.

Second batch of mulberry jam in the TMX Cooked mulberry jam in TMX Mulberry Jam

Ingredients

 Makes 500-600g jam (1-2 jars worth)

  • 500-600g fresh mulberries
  • 300g sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 green apples, pips removed and sliced roughly with skin on

Thermomix Method

  1. Place all ingredients in TMX and cook on Varoma, 35 min, Sp 1 with simmering basket on top of lid instead of MC
  2. Check the consistency of the jam by placing a spoonful of jam on a cold plate; if it wrinkles when pushed the jam is ready
  3. If not cooked, cook on Varoma for a further 5 min, Sp 1 and check again. Repeat until desired consistency is reached
  4. Place MC in lid and blitz 10 sec, Sp 9
  5. Spoon into sterilised jars and seal while hot

Homemade: Tomato Sauce

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Since making this tomato sauce for my family, we have been unable to go back to sauce from the supermarket. This recipe makes a tasty, thick tomato sauce that has a very mild spiciness. Of my 3 kids, one loved it immediately, one loved it once I convinced him to try it and one loved it on her second tasting. I love that it is so much better for the kids (and us) than processed sauce from the supermarket, it contains no additives or preservatives, and it even contains vegetables!

Tomato Sauce

The recipe is from the TMX recipe community.

Ingredients

This sauce does stain the thermomix lid and basket, but this resolves within a few regular washes in hot, soapy water.

  • 1000 g tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 180 g red capsicum, roughly chopped
  • 130 g red onion, roughly chopped
  •  2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 100 g red wine vinegar (used in 2 x 50g portions)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 20 mustard seeds
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh if possible
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pink salt
  • 100 g honey

Method

Makes approx 800ml sauce 

  1. Place roughly chopped tomatoes, red capsicum, red onions, garlic cloves and 50g of red wine vinegar into TMX bowl and chop 5 Sec, Speed 7
  2. Cook 40 min, Varoma, Sp 2. Place simmering basket on top of lid to prevent splattering.
  3. Add remaining 50g red wine vinegar, bay leaf, spices, salt and honey. Cook 20 min, Varoma, Sp 2 with simmering basket in place again.
  4. Insert MC and blitz 1 min, Sp 10
  5. Transfer into sterilised jars. Keeps up to 6 months in the fridge.

Sterilising Jars

Recycle used jars or buy new glass jars for your preserve. Wash the jars and lids thoroughly in hot soapy water, rinse well and air dry. Alternately wash them in the dishwasher. Then place clean jars on a clean tray in the oven at 100C and allow to dry out for 15 min. Pour hot preserve into hot, sterilised jars and seal with lids immediately. As the preserve and jar cools the lid will be pulled in to form a seal. The lid of the jar will ‘pop’ when opened. You can also purchase plastic film seals for your jars that go over the jar before the lid is put on. I’m sure you can buy them elsewhere but I get these ones from Coles ($1.83 for a 24 pack). They are handy if your jars have been reused numerous times and the lids are getting worn.

 

Homemade: Strawberry Lemonade

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I made this strawberry lemonade today for my Goddaughters 1st Birthday Party. Such a nice twist on the usual lemonade, and quick & easy to make. It turns out an absolutely gorgeous pink colour too! I’ll remember to take a photo next time I make it.

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons (washed, ends sliced off, then quartered with skin on)
  • 100g strawberries (approx 8 strawberries)
  • 100g raw sugar
  • 1000g water (still or sparkling)

Method

  1. Weigh sugar into TMX and blitz 5 sec, Sp 9
  2. Add lemons, strawberries and 500g water
  3. Pulse on Turbo 3-4 times (closed lid position)
  4. Add 500g water
  5. Strain through TMX basket or sieve into jug

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Fruity Puff Bars

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One of my favourite blogs, Full Little Tummies (written by a Thermomix loving Mum in Tassie) has gone! Checking the blog today I saw that all posts have been deleted! Not sure what’s happened – she hasn’t blogged in a long time but I regularly went to her site for recipes. In a Thermomix Recipe Swap I’m part of on Facebook there has been a few upset cooks who can’t access their favourite recipes. I was ridiculously happy to find that I was so excited when I first discovered Full Little Tummies that I copied and pasted recipes into a Word Doc. Thank goodness! I’ll blog my favourites here – I’d always intended to share them but just hadn’t gotten around to it.

First up are these Fruity Puff Bars which are an absolute winner in my house. They are delicious, freeze well, add a bit of zing to any lunch box and are way better for you and the kids than any shop bought bar packed with additives, preservatives and who knows what ingredients. Thank you to Chelsea of Full Little Tummies wherever you are for this recipe.

Fruity Puff Bars

Ingredients:

  • 110g butter
  • 90g rapadura
  • 70g honey
  • 1 tsp homemade vanilla essence
  • 90g puffed brown rice
  • 40g organic shredded coconut
  • 70g dried sultanas, cranberries or chopped dried apricots

Method:

  1. Place butter, rapadura, honey and vanilla essence into TMX bowl
  2. Heat at 100C, 6 min, Sp 3
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix 20 sec, Rev Sp 3
  4. Scrape mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper (mine is 30cm x 25cm x 5cm) – if you leave the baking paper a bit longer than the tin you can use it to lift out the slice
  5. Spread out mixture and press down very firmly with your hands or the back of a spoon
  6. Refrigerate (at least 2 hrs) and slice into bars when firm
  7. To freeze simply slice then pop in a resealable bag or container in the freezer. They don’t stick together or, if they do, easily come apart.

These bars do go soft in hot weather. My kids don’t mind and just eat them out of a bowl or from their lunch box with their fingers. I’ve read that people have replaced some of the sweetners with melted marshmallow to hold them together but I haven’t tried this. In summer my kids are even happy to crunch on these straight from the freezer!

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Persian Lamb

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It’s cold and chilly in Perth at the moment, so the perfect time to whip out a few slow cooker recipes. This persian lamb was originally a Neil Perry recipe that a friend cooked us for dinner one night. I’ve since changed it here and there, and now converted it for TMX and slow cooker. The result is a delicious, thick and spicy dish with melt-in-your-mouth lamb. Best to cook this one while you’re out all day as the smell is divine! I like to serve this with cous cous (which only takes a few minutes to prepare) and roast vegetables, however it is also good with steamed veg and rice. If you are short on time just roughly chop some slow cooking veggies like pumpkin, carrot and potato, and throw it in the slow cooker with the lamb. For best results this dish needs a good 8-10 hours in the slow cooker.

Persian Lamb

Ingredients

  • 500g diced lamb shoulder
  • 2 brown onions
  • 20g butter
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1tsp pink salt
  • 1tbs thermomix vegetable stock concentrate
  • 100g dried prunes
  • 1tsp raw sugar
  • 75g lime juice (approx 2 limes)
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 120g water

To serve

  • Large handful of fresh mint
  • Roasted almonds or pistachios
  • Steamed or roasted vegetables
  • Cous cous or Rice

TMX Method

  1. Turn slow cooker on to warm up
  2. Peel & quarter onions, place in TMX and chop 5 sec, Sp 5
  3. Add butter and cook 100C, 3 min, Sp 1
  4. Add ground spices and salt, cook 100C, 3 min, Sp 1
  5. Add prunes and chop 5 sec, Sp 5
  6. Add stock, sugar, lime juice, saffron & water
  7. Cook 100C, 3 min, Sp 1
  8. Pour 2/3 of mixture into slow cooker, then add lamb (fresh or frozen), then pour remainder of sauce over the lamb
  9. Cook 8-10 hours
  10. Serve on cous cous or rice with vegetables and garnish with fresh mint and chopped almonds or pistachios

Non-TMX Method

  1. Turn slow cooker on to warm up
  2. Peel & chop onions
  3. Roughly chop prunes
  4. Heat butter in a frypan and add onions
  5. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 min until onions are softened
  6. Add ground spices and salt, cook stirring over medium heat for another 1-2 min
  7. Add stock, prunes, sugar, lime juice, saffron & water to pan
  8. Cook over medium heat for 5 min
  9. Pour 2/3 of mixture into slow cooker, then add lamb (fresh or frozen), then pour remainder of sauce over the lamb
  10. Cook 8-10 hours
  11. Serve on cous cous or rice with vegetables and garnish with fresh mint and chopped almonds or pistachios

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Madras Curry

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By now you know I have a love for good curry recipes. This Madras Curry is another family favourite. The original recipe is an ‘Indian Inspired’ one Curtis Stone wrote for Coles during the Commonwealth Games. I have tried cooking this in the thermomix but I just can’t get the same flavour as I get cooking it in the frypan. I usually cook my rice and steam veggies over the top in the thermomix and varoma while I cook the curry on the stove. This recipe is done with chicken, however it can easily make a delicious vegetarian meal either by adding chopped vegetables to the pan instead of the chicken (eg. pumpkin and cauliflower) or simply cook the sauce in the pan and pour over steamed veggies and rice.

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Ingredients

  • 2-3tbs rice bran oil
  • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2tbs fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 8 fresh curry leaves*
  • 400-500g chicken thigh fillets, each cut into approx 4 pieces
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped or 200g tinned tomatoes (it is nicer with fresh)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbs thermomix vegetable stock concentrate
  • Steamed vegetables and basmati or brown rice to serve

I have a curry leaf tree in my garden which my father-in-law gave me. If you don’t have a tree, try and get frozen leaves from an asian grocery store. If you know someone with a curry leaf tree, pick the leaves and store them in a zip lock bag in the freezer then just throw them straight into your curry from the freezer. They add an amazing flavour.

Method

  1. Get your rice and veggies sorted in the TMX & Varoma or Rice Cooker & Steamer. If your ingredients are prepped the curry needs approx 30 min cooking time, so you can time your rice and veggies accordingly.
  2. Heat 2 tbs rice bran oil in the pan over medium high heat.
  3. Add onion and cinnamon stick, and cook stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook for another minute.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium low. Add all the spices and curry leaves with an extra 1 tbs rice bran oil if necessary. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently so the spices don’t burn.
  6. Add the chicken to the pan and cook a further 3 minutes, stirring so that the chicken is coated in the spice mix.
  7. Add the tomatoes and stock. Stir through then cover pan with lid and simmer on low for 15 minutes until chicken is tender and tomatoes have broken down to form the sauce.
  8. Add the coconut milk and stir to combine. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until warmed through and sauce thickens.
  9. Serve with rice and veg, and enjoy.

Homemade: Best Strawberry Jam Ever

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I’ve tried making strawberry jam in the thermomix a few times now using the EDC recipe, but despite all my efforts and even adding extra cooking time, I don’t seem to be able to get a nice thick jam. I make a delicious strawberry sauce, but a very runny jam. Just recently my friend A mentioned she tried Tenina’s recipe for Strawberry and Vanilla Jam, and that it worked out perfectly. I tried it myself on the weekend and oh my goodness it was amazing. Thick, jammy jam, but not sickly sweet and very quick and easy to make. I made 3 batches and the recipe worked every time. I also did one batch and increased the ingredients and cooking time as below, plus a few tweaks to the method, and it still worked out beautifully. The original recipe makes about 600g of jam, and the revision below makes about 900g.

Ingredients

  • 600g strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 300g sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 green apples, pips removed and sliced with skin on
  • Vanilla seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in TMX and cook on Varoma, 55 min, Sp 1 with simmering basket on top of lid instead of MC
  2. Check the consistency of the jam by placing a spoonful of jam on a cold plate; if it wrinkles when pushed the jam is ready
  3. If not cooked, cook on Varoma for a further 10 min, Sp 1 and check again. Repeat until desired consistency is reached
  4. Place MC in lid and blitz 10 sec, Sp 9
  5. Spoon into sterilised jars and seal while hot

Sterilising Jars

Recycle used jars or buy new glass jars for your preserve. Wash the jars and lids thoroughly in hot soapy water, rinse well and air dry. Alternately wash them in the dishwasher. Then place clean jars on a clean tray in the oven at 100C and allow to dry out for 15 min. Pour hot jam into hot, sterilised jars and seal with lids immediately. As the jam and jar cools the lid will be pulled in to form a seal. The lid of the jar will ‘pop’ when opened. You can also purchase plastic film seals for your jars that go over the jar before the lid is put on. I’m sure you can buy them elsewhere but I get these ones from Coles ($1.83 for a 24 pack). They are handy if your jars have been reused numerous times and the lids are getting worn.