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Save Money with Thermomix: Raspberry Jam

Save money with Thermomix. It’s what we as owners and users say all the time. But finally, I’m able to share some of the cost savings with specific recipes like this raspberry jam recipe which is one of our household staples but also one that is a wow, demonstration recipe.

Why is it a wow recipe? Raspberry jam is so quick and delicious! I prefer to reduce the sugar: 350 g frozen raspberries + 250 g jam sugar. If you want it less set, only cook for 20 minutes. Great topping for your plain yogurt.

But we’re here to talk about cost savings, so I’ve done a quick search for some tomato soups in an online supermarket. I’ve chosen Ocado today, but I will be comparing all of them in this series of articles to be fair.


  • 250 g frozen raspberries
  • 250 g jam sugar, £2.35
  • 20 g lemon juice


  1. Place raspberries, jam sugar, and lemon juice in mixing bowl then, with the simmering basket in place of measuring cup, cook 25 min/105°C/speed 1. Meanwhile, prepare jam jars (see tip).
  2. Test setting point of jam (see tip). Transfer to warm glass jars with screw-top lids (see tip), leaving approx. 5 mm gap at the top. Make sure that rims of jars are clean and close immediately. Label before storing in a cool, dry place. Once opened, store in fridge.

Hints & Tips

  • Preserves are really easy to make in the Thermomix®, and save you standing over a stove stirring for hours. Use this recipe in the butterfly cakes recipe. Also delicious served with croissants.
  • To prepare jars, place 500 g water in mixing bowl. Place jars and lids upside down in the centre of the Varoma and steam 20 min/Varoma/speed 1. Leave to drain – do not dry or touch the inside surfaces. Alternatively, thoroughly wash jars and lids in hot, soapy water. Rinse by pouring over boiling water. Prepare for filling, if needed, by placing on a clean tea towel in a roasting tin and heating in the oven at 100˚C until required. Always pour hot jam into still warm jars.
  • Setting point test: place a saucer in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Place 1 tsp jam onto cold saucer. When cool, push jam with your finger. If it wrinkles, it is ready. If not, boil jam for a further 2 min/105°C/speed 3, then test again.
  • To make twice as much jam, double the ingredients and cook for the same time, 25 min/105°C/speed 1.

Nutrition per 1 total recipe

  • Calories 4443 kJ / 1062 kcal
  • Protein 3.1 g
  • Carbohydrates 260.8 g
  • Fat 0.8 g

Get this recipe on Cookidoo


Podcast with Virtuelicious – Pancakes

Are you looking for inspiration to make this pancake day a bit different? If you love pancake day as much as we do then you’ll love this podcast!

Avni Gohil, Queen of Quick Cooking, invited me to join her in a podcast the other day. Avni, a Thermomix customer, fan and business owner of Virtuelicious, main aim is helping you spend less time in the kitchen. Her meal kits and planner are fabulous and I’m not just saying that. I was blown away when I used her hummus and falafel kit. We did a Tasty Thursday session together last year.

So this time, Avni invited to me join her podcast to have a chinwag about our favourite pancake recipes including Indian and Japanese pancakes. We discuss how to make pancakes that are suitable for different occasions and food intolerances.

Here’s the YouTube video link:

Links to recipes mentioned:

If you have enjoyed the podcast and are here for the first time, why don’t you book yourself on a Thermomix demonstration to see what all the fuss is about.

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Strawberry Yoghurt

Thermomix Petit Filous

The wonderful Dèsirée Castro Rodríguez, a fellow Team Leader re-engineered Petit Filous for a Thermomix and the results are amazing. It’s so easy to do and the proof is in the pudding. My kids will wolf this down in seconds.

In 1986, Petits Filous fromage frais launched in the UK. Today, Petits Filous is the #1 Kids fromage frais brand in the UK, containing both calcium and Vitamin D which help build strong bones.  My kids, like most children, brought up in the UK,  adored this when they were younger and parents in the UK start weaning their kids with this in their little pot range and move up to the bigger size when their appetites grow.

In the UK, its something we give our kids when they are weaning and beyond, so looking at the ingredients list is a little worrying.

Ingredients: Fromage frais (Skimmed milk, Cream, Lactic cultures) – Sugar 6.2% – Strawberry Purée from concentrate 5% – Fructose 3% – Carrot juice – Corn flour – Lemon juice – Natural flavouring – Milk mineral concentrate – Vitamin D.

As all Thermomix owners know, homemade is best and here you know exactly what is going into it – real food. Milk, cheese, sugar (which can be reduced) and fresh fruit. Obviously, you can vary the fruit to get different flavours. I’ve done combinations with raspberries, mango and blueberries successfully.

Thermomix avocado pancakes

Avocado pancakes

I was out the other day and ate brunch at Andina last weekend in Shoreditch. The Peruvian cuisine is very hipster chick at the moment and whilst my husband and I could have devoured the entire menu, the only thing that caught my kid’s’ eye was avocado pancakes.

I couldn’t be happier as avocado is something I struggle to get them to eat – they won’t it in salads, run from guacamole so I need to sneak it into things. The only thing they haven’t noticed is Thermomix Frozen Fruit Sorbet so anything that gets them to eat avocados is a good thing in my life.

If you love avocado as much as I do, the thought of avocado pancakes will make you very happy. The super creamy ingredient makes the batter nice and soft with a light, fresh flavour. The beauty is that they look exactly like regular pancakes but we know it’s the healthier version.

The recipe is easy peasy, it just needs someone to be a little bit adventurous and try it. Perfect for upcoming Shrove Tuesday as an alternative to the standard pancake batter recipe.

Serve with a poached egg or crispy bacon for a luxury weekend treat and you’ll never look back! If you’re really, really short on time you can make these up ahead of when you need them. Whip up the batter, cook the pancakes and leave them covered in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them. Then all they’ll need is a couple of minutes in a hot pan to warm through!


Smoothie Bowl

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Matcha Smoothie Bowl is perfect to make for a quick nutritious snack or in my case, these days, breakfast. Packed with superfoods like fresh strawberries, bananas, spinach and topped with shredded coconut, cacao nibs, and chia seeds this matcha (green tea) smoothie bowl is light, fresh and delicious.

Unlike smoothies which are normally ‘drunk’ or slurped in my case, every time I make a smoothie bowl, I feel like I’m eating a meal. The fact that I eat it with a spoon makes me feel pretty full. And I also eat is slowly, unlike a smoothie, which is gone in a minute.

Smoothie bowls aren’t new to anyone, but I felt like they needed more admiration. And to be honest, I don’t make them as often as I’d like. This smoothie bowl only takes a few minutes to make and will be nice for a healthy fancy breakfast.

Breakfast on the go in one minute. This breakfast is super start to your “five a day” with this superfood and an antioxidant-loaded bowl of goodness. The creaminess of the yoghurt with the frozen banana turns this protein- and fibre-rich breakfast into a soft-serve-like treat. Add the goodness and earthy flavor of the matcha powder (holds 137 more antioxidants than brewed green tea), the contrasting textures of the fresh berries, seeds and nuts and you will feel ready to tackle whatever the day ahead throws your way.



Run, run, fast as you can,
You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!

~ The Gingerbread Man, a fairy tale

Gingerbread is a popular Christmas treat all over the world, in many different forms. Gingerbread first appeared in central Europe in the Middle Ages, made from sugars and spices that had been brought back from the Middle East by soldiers returning from the Crusades. In England, gingerbread only meant “preserved ginger,” referring to the preservative effect of ginger on breads, cakes, and other pastries. It wasn’t until the 15th century that gingerbread referred specifically to the sweet cake made with treacle and ginger. And it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that the treat became associated primarily with Christmas.

This very well-behaved dough can put up with quite a bit of punishment and is therefore ideal for children to play around with.

Kids will love making, decorating and eating these gingerbread men biscuits – but let’s face it, more the eating! They can either be given as gifts or used to decorate the tree as I have done this year. Make things more fun with a variety of cutters.

You can buy proper cutters for making ‘men’ but in fact, you (or your children) can pick any shaped cutter you like.

Credit: I can’t take credit for converting this recipe. Why re-invent the wheel. This recipe copied from the website Thermobliss, aptly named the Best Thermomix Gingerbread recipe. I agree, it is.


Homemade yoghurt

There are a million different ways to make homemade yoghurt. You can order a starter or use a commercial yogurt as your starter. You can use a dehydrator, heating pad, crockpot, yoghurt maker, or oven to act as your incubator. However, this Thermomix recipe will knock your socks off every single time producing the most delicious yogurt.

There are a number of reasons why making your own yogurt is great, but I’ll give my top three reasons.

  1. Homemade yogurt is about half the price of buying plain yogurt at the supermarket. You can do the math yourself.  Milk is the main ingredient in yoghurt, so see how much it costs for a tub of yoghurt versus a pint or litre milk where you shop.
  2. You have more control over homemade yoghurt.  You can choose what type and brand of milk you start with, which yoghurt cultures or store-bought yoghurt to use as a starter, and you don’t need to put in any additives. No sugar. No nasties.
  3. It’s good for the environment.  There is no more need to buy so many little plastic cups of yoghurt.
Credit: This recipe has been slightly adapted from the Indian Cookbook which I sell in the online shop.

Matcha Golden Turmeric Latte

This recipe for matcha golden turmeric latter provides a double boost of healthiness, using both matcha green tea and turmeric.

Turmeric, a golden spice traditionally only seen in Indian curries. Turmeric is being revamped in the form of golden turmeric lattes and as a delicious aromatic tea that is sweeping the globe too.Turmeric is a great addition to your diet as it contains lots of antioxidants and is also great for fighting inflammation. Studies have also found that turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin helps to prevent Alzheimer’s by reducing inflammation in the brain.

I particularly like this matcha golden turmeric version as it combination with matcha. Matcha is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg, boosts metabolism and burns calories, detoxifies effectively and naturally and is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins. It provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium and lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.

I love the taste of matcha having lived in Japan and can drink it one it’s own. But I’m very aware the taste is not for everyone so combining it with a golden turmeric latte and making it into a matcha golden turmeric latte, is truly the best of both worlds.

Try switching out one of your daily coffee’s for this latte as an added extra boost to your health. This recipe contains black pepper which helps the body to absorb the antioxidants in the turmeric. It is also the perfect drink to soothe a cold and to give you a boost of energy!

Watermelon Juice

Watermelon juice couldn’t be easier to make.  You don’t need a fancy schmancy juicer, just a blender. Nice and refreshing with plenty of crushed ice, it’s easier to make than you may think with Thermomix. I thought my watermelon juice was perfectly sweet without any added sugar, but I added a squeeze of honey for that extra zing.

Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium. Antioxidants help prevent damage, and cancer. Your body uses vitamin B6 to help break down proteins, so the more protein is consumed, the more vitamin B6 is needed. Potassium, although a relatively small amount is in watermelon, helps balance fluids in your cells. Low potassium levels sometimes cause muscle cramps.