Posts by meandmythermie

I'm Mum to two beautiful artistic and creative children and wife to Financial Adviser Dan. I might as well give him a plug, as he's very passionate about helping people get their retirement on track and works very hard, often into the wee hours. Anyway, moving on ... We left Melbourne in 2010 to relocate to England. Dan and the kids are all Aussie born, whilst I'm from old Blighty. Aside from living in Germany for 6 months back in the 80s to polish up my German, I lived in Australia for 14 years all up; a reasonable chunk of my life, so yes, I do miss many aspects ... big, clean, uncluttered streets, good coffee, the health and dental service, some dear friends and rellies, barbecues in parks, reasonably priced council rates and generally the positive Aussie attitude of giving someone a 'fair go'. I don't miss the stinky and relentless 40-45degree days in summer, poor TV or AFL talk. Yawn yawn. Britain has such rich heritage and history, fabulous architecture and beautiful countryside ... we just need to appreciate it more ... a bit more sunshine wouldn't go amiss either!!!! Before we left Australia in 2010 to embark on a new chapter in our lives, my sister-in-law very very generously gifted to us, what now ranks as the best present ever: A Thermomix! "What's this?", you may ask ... "never heard of it" ... well, in short, it's a unique power blender / food processor, which weighs, cooks and steams. Let me tell you, it's a mighty fine piece of German engineering and we have alot of quality time together. "What does it do that's so special?", you might ask. Well, what doesn't it do? It weighs, cooks, chops, crushes, grinds, mills, grates, emulsifies, whips, mixes, blends, kneads, simmers and steams. Did I miss anything? Basically, it's the equivalent of about 10 appliances in your kitchen. To a certain extent, it even washes itself - but you still need your dishwasher! It's perfect for people with special dietary needs, eg Coeliac Disease (which Dan has) or food allergies; busy mums; busy career people; chefs; foodies who love experimenting with their own flavours; foodies who love making their own spices/curry paste, soup, butter, jam, mayonnaise etc and others who enjoy the convenience and speed, or who will otherwise not bother cooking healthily. Thermomix is an extremely popular member of many households in Australia, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Italy and Spain, perhaps not quite so well-known in Britain, but it's getting there ...

Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

These are a tweaked version of the grain-free ‘rye’ style bread I usually make, so they are super moist and …

Simple curried gravy

   For those days when I’m feeling a bit uninspired for dinner, I simply cook up a chicken or barbecue …

Chunky Pork and Veggie Chilli

A chunky pork chilli, inspired by this recipe recently.  I’ve added and taken away, tweaked to Thermie standard and absolutely loved …

Mixed Spice

I seem to use a lot of mixed spice of late, I think because I’m always making Quirky Cooking’s baked …

Chocolate Pumpkin Slice

Well, I’ve had this pumpkin slice on the go for some weeks, so much so, I can’t remember where I …

Cheat’s Gluten Free Loaf

While looking through some cut-outs from old copies of the Australian Coeliac mag, I came across a GF bread recipe …

Brussels Sprout Cake

This is a cake inspired by a Facebook reader asking me if I’d heard of a ‘Brussels Sprout cake’!   She’d been watching an episode …