75 Reasons to love Thermomix, part 13: Cooking stuff you’d never dream of doing usually

  Two things happened this week, well two things that weren’t snow related.   The first was I did some much overdue blog maintenance and finally created a Thermomix category to share my posts on this kitchen gadget.   And I re-jigged some existing posts about it, naming the series “75 Reasons to love Thermomix”.  I have no idea it will become 75 reasons, I mean I know there ARE seventy five

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Have you heard about The Black Farmer?

Once upon time, a long long time ago, in ancient times in fact (okay it was 1983) I decided i was going to become a vegetarian.  I am sure my mum did that eye rolling thing that all parents do when their delightful offspring announce something that means they have to start cooking two different dinners every night. It was back before Linda McCartney had come up with her incredible

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Dinner parties with La Belle Assiette

I am not a great cook.  But then nor do I pretend to be, you won’t find me bragging about something I have just created whilst all my guests look at me with a face that says “is she looking at a different plate of food?”.    I have various gadgets that help me create edible food but if you come to our house for dinner you are coming to

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So the Roux brothers have banned photographing their food

  <massive eye roll> I mean, seriously boys? For those that don’t know there was an article in The Evening Standard this week that quotes Michel Roux I’m really getting so upset about people taking pictures. We put up a card at the door saying ‘No photos, please’. I mean, what are they doing? Maybe once during the meal you want to take a little photo of something because it’s

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75 Reasons to love Thermomix, Part 3: Saturday baking

I tried a bit of an experiment this weekend, Saturday baking- we were taking pud to a friends’ house and I decided to bake a cake to take round, rather than buying something.   Which is brave as my kitchen disasters are pretty regular and by doing this I was leaving myself no time to then go out and buy a replacement. I also thought I thought I’d get the recipe

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Toasted Marshmallow Day

Toasted Marshmallow day is Wednesday 30th August.  You would be forgiven for not knowing this of course since it is one of those “National Days” made up by an organisation with a vested interest:  in this case The National Confectioners Association.  Whoever they are. It used to be that toasting marshmallows was the preserve of cubs and brownies, Americans, or people who really knew how to do a festival properly.

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75 Reasons to love Thermomix, Part 2: Cookidoo

  In my continuing posts about my  love of the Thermomix (or as I call it “75 Reasons to love Thermomix) this time I turn to the Cookidoo recipe platform, and why it gives you a luxury that money cannot buy:  time. I have been thinking about this a lot recently.   It doesn’t matter how much money you have, you can’t buy time.    It’s a fixed commodity and

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Is Reducetarian the new balanced diet?

For the past twelve days I have been vegan.  Well that’s not technically true.  I have been 98% vegan, except for the duck breast I had on a salad one evening and the wagyu burger I had last night I have avoided all animal products for almost a fortnight. As a committed meat eater this is a big thing for me.  The whys will be in a blog post later

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A guide to smoking (the good kind)

Not the bad kind.  My guide to smoking is the good kind, the kind that leaves you feeling like you have had a lovely flavoursome dinner.  Not the one that leaves you reeking of nicotine and slowly doing untold damage to yourself. Smoking food is THE big thing at the moment.  Just as pork can now only be pulled, and caramel salted, so many foods must be smoked.   Hell

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Dinner at the Giggling Squid

It is rare that we go out for dinner.  We have a kitchen full of gadgets to help with cooking and if we can’t be bothered to use them, then we generally have a takeaway.   So when Giggling Squid asked if we would like to find out more about their restaurant we jumped at the chance. There are a number of the restaurants around the country and we are

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A week in France — Chez Bebelle

It’s easy to say that you have a new favourite restaurant.  Or a place that you remember for all the wrong reasons.  We had a shocking lunch just before we went to France, and equally today I have had quite possibly the best fish and chips I have ever had.  At the time they are cemented in your mind as ones to remember, or avoid.    In a few years

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