Thursday, February 6, 2014

Lime Cheese Cake Wednesday!

It's Raw, it's Lime and it's not a Cheese Cake.
Since I've been hash tagging thermomix on my instagram (teaunderatree) I've been introduced to the thermomix community. Jo Whitton is so inspiring with her clever healthy recipes and love of North Queensland. Take a look at her blog Quirky Cooking for the recipe.

This cake is not only beautiful to look at, it's so fresh and delicious. It has the perfect amount of sweetness to satisfy all my sweet tooth cravings. This Wednesday night I held an essential oil finger tip facial party. This raw cake was a perfect conclusion to our clean eating menu as we talked about healthy living and shared ideas on how to live life chemical free. I'm looking forward to the next one. I have so many ideas.

Sticky Lime Cake makes for Sunday afternoon play time

My goal for this year is to feed my family and embrace cooking. I was blessed to receive the most beautiful and practical Christmas presents. Cook books! I've always enjoyed eating food but cooking wasn't something that I ever put down as a favourite past time.
When I received Fiona Hoskin's "Devil of a Cookbook" my ambition to embrace cooking went from being a chore to play time. 
So! I invited my favourite play pals and we played ladies one beautiful Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago. What better game than to make a Sticky Lime Cake. The thermomix makes me feel like a caricature of a 1950's house wife with my apron on and my hair in tact. With Ella Fitzgerlad singing in the back ground and the smell of lime taking over my senses playing the 1950's house wife was exactly the character I wanted to play that day.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I just want crepes for breakfast…..

….. So we had crepes for Breakfast.

The reoccurring theme in any conversation you might have with me would involve 3 things.
1. My love of my childhood
2. My love of being a woman
3. My love of God

My motivation for doing anything in my life comes from my love of life and need to celebrate it. 
This is why I'm so excited about being a mother. I'm taking on this challenge with the mission to help William celebrate being alive. I can see already that he really doesn't need much help.

So! A fond memory of my beloved childhood was eating crepes with lemon and sugar for breakfast. 
(of course, only on the weekends).

Crepes resonate with my childhood because:

My dear Mother and Father had me quite young (they were 24 and 25) they loved to cook together. They were the first in their friendship group to buy a house and have a family. Every weekend the group brought the parties to our house and mum and dad fed these 20 somethings from their much loved cordon bleu cookery course.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to make breakfast for my parents and sister at their apartment. Obviously :) all I wanted for breakfast were crepes!

Out came the thermomix and the 30 something year old cordon blue cookery course, book number 13 page 28. Unfortunately the course has been out of print for many years. The recipe for fool proof perfect every time crepes is below.

Basic pancake batter:

115g of Plain Flour
1/2 a teaspoon of Salt
1 egg
1 egg yoke
225ml of milk
30ml (2 tablespoons) of melted butter

Thermomix Method 

Sift flour with salt by weighing the flour and dropping the salt into the ™ mixing bowl
5 Seconds / 9 Speed
Add the egg and yoke and pour half the milk in slowly 
30 Seconds / 3 Speed
Add melted butter and pour the rest of the milk in
20 Seconds / 3 Speed

The batter should have the consistency of thin cream

For best results leave batter to rest for 30 minutes before using it. We used Mum and Dads 30 something crepe maker.


Friday, January 10, 2014

It all began with a carrot and apple cake

The thing I love most about food is conversation! I only enjoying cooking if it involves talking while I cook or knowing that as I put these flavours in my mouth I will be sharing the experience with people.

I remember cooking my first cake. I was about 13 years old. I remember listening to an opera aria while following the instruction of mixing eggs, sugar, milk, flour and lemon. My head was filled with images of ladies drinking tea, talking about how much they loved, how they just loved everything.

This year (2014) I've decided to rediscover my innocent love for creating memorable experiences while cooking with my thermomix in hand (a most generous baby shower gift from my Italian Grandmother).
I'm challenging myself to cook a new thermomix recipe every week and share it here.

It all began with a carrot and apple cake recipe I found in "Devil of a Cookbook" (a christmas present). 

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