Thursday, December 3, 2009

creamy salmon soup

whilst this isn't really soup weather, i wanted to try this soup out. it's delicious and almost a meal in itself. quick and easy, i made this in the thermomix, and as such, it would be really good for those times when i really didn't feel like cooking.

500 grams milk
200 grams cream
150 grams water (or part wine, part water)
20 grams tomato paste
1 large potato, cubed
1 tablespoon vegetable stock concentrate
200 grams fresh salmon, cut in 1 centimetre cubes
finely diced tomatoes and dill, to garnish

place the milk, cream, water, wine (if using), tomato paste, potato and stock concentrate in the thermomix bowl.
blend on speed 9 for 15 seconds.
cook for 10 minutes at 100 degrees celcius on speed 3.
add the salmon and combine for 30 seconds on reverse speed 1. there is sufficient retained heat to cook the salmon through and not over cook it.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

chocolate sorbet

i though i should post this since lulu asked for it especially.

100 grams sugar
50 grams glucose syrup
50 grams cocoa
80 grams water
1 small tin coconut cream
2x350 grams ice cubes
1 egg white (optional)

place the sugar, syrup, cocoa and water into the thermomix bowl and combine for 3 minutes at 50 degrees celcius on speed 3.
add coconut cream and the first lot of ice and blend for 10 seconds on speed 10.
add the remaining ice and egg white and blend for 1 minute on speed 9, using the spatula to assist the ice cubes combine with the mixture.
serve immediately.

pistachio and craisin shortbread

i had this a week ago and it was delicious. this recipe comes from the thermomix festive season 2008 cookbook.

40 grams white rice
60 grams sugar
300 grams plain flour
250 grams butter
100 grams pistachio kernels
100 grams craisins (dried cranberries)
150 grams white chocolate melts

line a baking tray with baking paper.
preheat oven to 150° celcius.
place the rice and sugar into the bowl and pulverise 1 minute on speed 10. don’t be tempted to shortcut this, you need 1 minute for the texture of the shortbread.
add the flour and the butter (chopped) into the bowl, mix for 5 seconds on Speed 5.
knead the mixture for 40 seconds on interval setting.
add nuts and cranberries and with lid in closed position, pulse with the turbo button 4-5 times. this will chop the fruit and nuts a little, but that is fine.
if the mixture is crumbly, bring the dough together using reverse on speed 1 for about 30 seconds.
roll the mix into a log shape with baking paper. slice into oval shapes and lay on lined tray. place into a preheated oven and bake for approximately 20-30 minutes.
once baked allow the shortbread to sit for 10 minutes before moving.
melt white chocolate in TM bowl at 50˚ celcius for 5 minutes on speed 1.
dip one end of each cooled shortbread into the melted chocolate and place on baking paper to set.