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The Basics – Stuff Everyone Needs to Try Making In The First Month of Owning a Thermomix

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I did try an awful lot of things when my Thermomix was shiny and new.  Its still shiny by the way.  Even though I have trekked it to Sydney and back on more than one occasion and taken it on a beach holiday (it had worked hard).

This is a collection of the things that you will have seen at a demonstration, or just really need to be attempted because they are so easy to do.

Chocolate custard – substitute 40g chocolate* for the lemon zest in the lemon custard recipe in the Everyday Cookbook.  Or you could put in a teaspoon of vanilla essence, or your own vanilla bean paste (I will be posting on how my experiments have gone with making this soon) for a toddler friendly vanilla custard.

*vary type of chocolate according to whim – I usually use my 70% cocoa cooking chocolate, but have been known to throw in leftover Easter Eggs or whatever was hanging around.  Try flavoured chocolates to mix things up once in a while.

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No, I’m not using my thermomix to dispose of enemies . . . yet.  It is a beetroot salad.  I like to throw a bit of mint in instead of the coriander or as well as the coriander.  And juice a whole lemon into it for the extra zing.  Zing!  Also to be found in the Everyday Cookbook.

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Butter makes it better.  Yes, I made butter!  I make it about once a week.  I still buy some to bake with because I can’t keep up with that much butter production, but I no longer buy spreadable butter or margarine because it is so easy to make this out of pure cream and mix it with a little salt and some grapeseed oil to make enough sandwiches for the week. You get the bonus of buttermilk out of it as well! I really want to explore making cultured butter, but that will be another post when I start down the cultures and fermentation road.  Coming soon to a monkey near you.

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Speaking of cultures, I have tried my hand at yoghurt and I might say it comes out pretty well.  I admit that I do buy yoghurt still on occasion, but mainly because I keep forgetting to save half a cup of my last yoghurt to start it again.  I tend to follow superkitchenmachine’s recipe because it doesn’t call for any other ingredients outside of milk and your previous batch of yoghurt.  Once I make the vanilla bean paste I plan to make a vanilla yoghurt to use up the residue in the bowl.  But we speak of future things.

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Bread.  Because we didn’t have any bread, man.  And also because it is much easier to make than I had ever imagined.  Fun too.  These are made with 1/5 wholegrain buckwheat (milled in the Thermomix of course) and 4/5 baker’s flour.  I have been given step by step instructions for making sourdough from scratch which I plan to follow one day.  That might be a drawn out post though, the starter takes 3-10 days to grow.

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