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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.

Garlic Naan with Spinach, Cheese and Chilli

Sharing with you one more delicious recipe of Indian flat bread, world famous as “Garlic Naan”. Not just me, this naan is favourite of everyone who has ever tried Indian food. Isn’t it?

A quintessential Indian bread served in every Indian eatery, big or small, garlic naan is heart-throb of million Indian Cuisine Lovers!

This recipe encompasses all of my childhood memories, soft, fluffy nan-bread with a cheesy, chili filling. At home, we weren’t used to eating stuffed naans for dinner – I am a purist and with only eat butter or plain naans with meals, but this is the perfect accompaniment with a cup of tea on a rainy day as an after-school, tea-time snack.

Credit: I have to thank Haseena from Thermo for You and Me for this recipe as she’s done all the hard work, from converting a homemade family favourite and photographing to allowing me to re-blog. Just another reason why I love being a Thermomix Advisor, it’s about sharing and promoting the use of Thermomix to everyone.


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.
Mock Cauliflower Couscous

SW Cauliflower Couscous

Cauliflower couscous? That was my first thought when my colleague first introduced me to this recipe. Of course nothing beats wheat couscous, steamed and flavoured to perfection but when avoiding wheat or trying to eat more speed foods, this is an amazing addition to your side dish repertoire; mock cauliflower couscous.

Making cauliflower couscous in your Thermomix is super easy. You just grind up fresh cauliflower florets in your until they resemble couscous. Add some other vegetables such as red and yellow peppers for colour, onion and dates for flavour, a bit of white wine vinegar and olive oil and then serve.

Credit: This recipe has been slightly adapted from the  Cookidoo Platform Collection Alternative Sides. Link to this recipe on Cookidoo for guided cooking is here 

SW Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a classic dish to accompany many meals including BBQ, jacket potatoes and perfect both in the summer and winter. This Slimming World (SW) coleslaw is full of their ‘free’ food and therefore in SW-speak, syn-free.

I have to admit, I’ve recently joined Slimming World. My son is nearly 7 years old and I just haven’t haven’t lost the baby weight. It’s got to do with a combination of things; working too hard, eating all the recipes that I cook for my Thermomix business and way too many cakes/ desserts that my children love and not exercising as much as I need to, to keep the weight off. In fairness, I do go to the gym and a have a personal trainer and whilst I feel fitter and healthier, I feel big.

When we’re in our teens and twenties, losing weight is often as simple as turning down that extra scoop of ice cream or adding some occasional exercise to our routines. However, as our age increases, our metabolic rate has a tendency to plummet, turning what used to be an effective diet and exercise plan into a recipe for serious weight gain. For women in particular, hormonal changes after age 40, including menopause, can make it harder to lose weight and keep it off.

So I’ve decided to do something about this and whilst I make home cooked food daily, incorporating Slimming World (SW) recipes into my daily routine shouldn’t be so bad, should it? Well, having joined on a whim just this lunchtime, with BBQ ribs marinating for dinner, while the rest of the family enjoy ribs with fries, I’ll be having mine with delicious homemade SW coleslaw.

NOTE: Everyone really enjoyed this recipe, including my fussy Thermo-hubby. Syn-free but super tasty too.

Sardine spread

Learn how to make this super quick sardine spread. Great for sandwiches, on toast or to dip vegetables. Don’t knock this one until you’ve tried it. This sardine spread is one of those recipes that you can keep in your fridge, as the flavour develops with time and it’s great to make a day or two ahead.

This recipe was first introduced to me by my Advisor, Leonie Harvey, who adapted from Thermomix Super Summer Recipe card 1983. Leonie is a keen cook and has had a Thermomix for over 40 years, so her repertoire of recipes is vast and numerous. She is also a keen bread maker, so watch out for hints & tips from her for this too.

Mini Apple Loaf Cakes

These apple mini loaf cakes truly are a heavenly combination of cake and fruit, lightly spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. I made them recently for my mother-in-law’s birthday (you can’t have a celebration without a cake, right?) Mama isn’t keen on standard cakes or cheesecakes, so I thought something slightly different would do the trick. These certainly were a huge hit.

These apple mini loaves are great for gift giving and make a wonderful bread to serve at breakfast and to pack for lunch. It’s so simple to make individual portions and decorate them beautifully. I don’t know why I don’t this more often.


Simple Matcha Smoothie

Enjoy this simple matcha smoothie as part of your breakfast routine as a snack to pep you up or as a dessert. It’s exceptionally smooth and nutritious and especially in summer one of my favourite recipes to drink.

One serving of matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea
When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. One cup of matcha = 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea in terms of nutritional content.

Bring more health and vitality into your day with these unbeatable matcha smoothie recipes. As well as containing high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients, matcha green tea also has a wonderfully earthy, leafy flavour that works fantastically well with sweet drinks and desserts.