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Amai Sauce (Wagamama Style)

Anyone who has been to Wagamamas with children is sure to be familiar with Amai sauce. Offered as a sauce on the side to their children’s meals. My daughter loves it, we have to order an extra portion. This is my homemade Thermomix version of the delicious, sweet sauce from Japan. It keeps for a few weeks in the fridge (if it lasts that long)

My kids love this sauce and anyone who has kids will be familiar with it as it served as the accompaniment to the kids’ meals.

Eat with chicken covered in panko crumbs, rice or stir fries.

Fluffy rice

Thermomix Rice

There are so many ways to make Thermomix rice but as a rice-o-phile, this is my tried and tested way.

We’re all creatures of habit and even before having a Thermomix, I had a rice cooker. This rice cooker was my friend and so loved that I hand-carried it back from Japan in 2001. I paid a lot of money for it and there was no way I was leaving it behind. So fast forward to 2009, when I first bought my Thermomix, why would I change the way that I’d be making rice for over a decade. There was no need to. Yes, I became an Advisor soon after my initial purchase so I would advocate that the Thermomix has many functions, including cooking rice whilst secretly behind closed doors, continuing to make rice in my beloved rice cooker.

And then my au pair broke it. Accidentally, of course, but I was livid. I was filled with anger and emotion. Sadness and despair. Those who know me, know I’m not a violent person, so dear Martyna’s life was never at risk but I was mad. And moody.

There’s a reason you marry the person you end up marrying and for me, Rob is the one, the only one, who knows how to handle me. My darling husband reminded me that my Thermomix could make perfect fluffy rice and I should try it. Well, dear hubby, you were right. Habits are hard to break, but when you find a new one, it might stick forever.

I bring you the easiest and most loved recipe in my Indian household – Thermomix rice. Perfect Thermomix rice. The fluffiest white rice which is a staple side dish for many Asian meals. Here’s how to get it right every time

Pumpkin and apple soup

Apple and pumpkin soup

Autumn is a feast of riches when it comes to fresh produce. With the last of summer fruits and plenty of root vegetables coming into season, it’s no wonder autumn is seen as bountiful season. A warming apple and pumpkin soup like this is a perfect to use the wonderful pumpkin and squash that is plentiful at this time of year.

Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, pumpkin is quite possibly the poster child for autumn seasonal produce. With it’s hard orange skin, perfect for carving, and sweet flesh, it is the most famous of the squashes. The British season runs from October to December, and not only are pumpkins great for carving, but they are ‘scarily’ good for you too, as an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

This apple and pumpkin soup can use any leftovers from Halloween carvings or for the perfect bonfire night party. Perfect to carry in a thermos and produce just as everyone’s fingers and toes are starting to go numb.

Asian Salad

This Asian salad is one of my favourites. We used to make this recipe as one of our cooking class dishes and time after time, after a class, I’d come home and repeat it for the family. It has a fantastic fusion which is bold, fresh and crunchy that is perfect on it’s own or as an accompaniment to any meal.

Credit: This recipe is from our “First Class with a Thermomix” cooking class created by Thermomix UK. If you would like to attend this or any of the classes, I am involved in, please go to my Events section on my website.

Herb Salad

Brown Rice, Herb and Fennel Salad

Now that I’ve tried it, I highly recommend this brown rice, herb and fennel salad.

Are you one of those people (like me) who read this title and quietly said to themselves, “Brown rice, no. Fennel, no”. Well, that was me and my words of wisdom are ‘don’t knock it, until you’ve tried it’. This delicious brown rice, herb and fennel salad recipe comes from Tenina Holder’s, Tenina’s America cookbook and when Tenina came to London recently, this little recipe was on the class menu and by far once of the real winners of the day. So good, that in just I’ve already made it six times in the past 3 weeks. It gets the kids thumbs up and fussy husband ate it too.

Brown rice adds so many great qualities to the salad. It has a nuttiness and slightly chewy texture that makes it just delicious. You can serve it alone, as I have done many times since the class or pair it with jerk chicken or a piece of salmon to add some protein.

Chinese Five Spice

Spices and spice mixtures ground fresh in your Thermomix will always give a better flavour than shop bought versions. This Chinese Five spice recipe is a useful store cupboard standby to add a hint of the Orient to your dishes and is used in the wonderful Asian Salad recipe (coming soon) on this blog too.

Five-spice powder is a spice mixture of five or more spices used predominantly in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine and also used less commonly in other Asian and Arabic cookery. Five-spice powder is used for cocktails as well.

Broccoli Soup

Jamie Oliver’s Broccoli Soup

Thanks to my friend, Natarsha, who recommended this Jamie Oliver’s Broccoli Soup to me. This is a mega-easy soup that you can whip up in no time at all. Bursting with vitamin C-rich broccoli, this gorgeous green bowl is perfect for giving you – and your immune system – a boost when you’re feeling under the weather.

Originally posted in his ‘Grab a slice of Autumn‘ edition of his magazine, this super soup is vegetarian, gluten free and also so easy to do in the Thermomix.

Thermomix Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

As September approaches, aubergine (eggplant) is in season. Rich in colour and nutrients, eggplant is a great addition to a variety of dishes from appetizers and salads to meatless main dishes. Aubergine is often found baked in a Greek moussaka or Provençal ratatouille; roasted and pureed with garlic, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice, salt and cumin for the Middle Eastern dip, baba ganoush; thinly sliced and fried to make aubergine crisps.  I love aubergine so I will share a few Thermomix eggplant recipes with you over the next month but today, I’m sharing my favourite one – Thermomix Baba Ganoush.

Whether you know it as mutabbal, moutabal, eggplant salad or baba ganoush (ghanoush), the smoke-scented aubergine puree is a classic part of any mezze. I lived in Saudi Arabia when I was younger and along with hummus, this is a staple in my house. I love it, I hope you do too.

Green soup

Pea Veloute

I was at the Good Food Show, Summer in the City this weekend gone and one of the show recipes we make is this Pea Veloute. It’s a delicious creamy soup is rich and wonderfully flavourful and the blending in the Thermomix is outstanding. The colour is amazingly fresh and vibrant. That’s why we do it at shows – it’s show-stopping.