Saturday, March 9, 2013

Strawberry Conserve

Conserve is whole fruit jam.  As no water is added, an intense flavour results.   To make this Conserve I researched many recipes and took from several the ingredients and  method that I thought best suited the TMX. This recipe makes about 1  3/4 to 2 cups. 


500g. Strawberries, stems removed and washed.
350g sugar
1 dessertspoon of Vanilla. ( I used home made)
Juice of 1 small Lemon.
1/2  green Apple, washed and cored, and cut into 1/4 s.
2 teaspoons of Jam Setta.



Drop apple on to spinning blades, speed 5 / 5 seconds.
Add all remaining ingredients.
Cook, 25 mins/ temp 100/ speed 1
Increase temp to Varoma / 10 mins / speed 1. ( if boiling up through hole switch back to 100. )
Test for setting on small dish in freezer.
Bottle in sterile jars, screw lids on turn upside down for 10 mins.
Store in a pantry.  Once opened store in fridge. 

The first boil at 100 allows for some evaporation, so that when the temp is increased,  it should not boil over.  However a lot depends on the amount of water in the fruit. 
The addition of green Apple, Lemon Juice and Jamsetta assist in the setting as Strawberry jam is notorious for not setting.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spelt Bread with Lemon soaked Rye flakes

I have adapted and changed this recipe ,  it was posted in 'Bread Milk and Blackberries'.     I have halved the recipe and changed the method,  to suit the TMX.

1/2 cup of rye flakes,  I think you could use any rolled flakes.
1 small lemon, juice and zest
1  3/4  to  2 cups of ice cold water.  ( the amount will depend upon the flour)
1 dessertspoon of salt
7g of dried yeast
1  1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
450g of Spelt flour.


Soak Rye flakes in Lemon juice and zest for 15 to 30 mins.
Into TMX bowl Add all other ingredients and knead for 2 mins.   You may need to stop machine and stir with spatula to assist kneading. You should have a fairly soft dough.  Add more water if necessary,

Add the Rye Flakes and lemon juice.
Knead for 1 min.

Tip on to mat and form into a round ball.
Cover and allow to double, this could take up to 2 hours.  ( mine took 1 1/4 hours on a warm day.)

Bake in oven , 200o C, with water in dish in bottom.  for 25 to 30 mins.
Test to see if cooked right through. if not and, If in tin , remove and bake a further 10/20  mins on oven shelf.
Allow to cool before cutting.

Note,   No oven bounce,  so make sure it is more than double before placed in oven.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Chicken with Lime, Thai style

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This all in one dish is,  rice in Basket, Chicken in Varoma bottom tray and Veggies in top tray.  This amount is for 2 but can easily be doubled.
You will need a heat proof dish with lid for the chicken and the sauce.
The timing will depend upon,  how big the pieces of chicken are,  and if you use breast or thigh.
Place 1 liter of cold water into TMX bowl.
I used medium grain rice,  200g weighed into basket.  This should take about 20 mins to steam.

Hard veggies such as carrot and pumpkin in tray first,  add greens later as they need a shorter time.

Add to heat proof dish,
250g of chicken cut into 3 cm. cubes or strips.
Juice of 1 lime
2 kiffir lime leaves , torn in 1/2,  or grated rind of 1 lime
1 clove of garlic,  crushed
1/3 cup of sweet chilli sauce,  or more if you like it spicy
1/2 cup of water.
Mix all together,  put lid on dish and set TMX, 35 mins, (breast),  45 mins (thigh)
Add hard veggies in top tray.
Check rice at 20 mins after water boils.  Remove to Thermoserver to keep warm.
Add soft veggies to top tray.

Mix 1 teaspoon of cornflour with a little water and stir into chicken,  at 25 mins.

The rice is enough for 2 meals for us, I reheat in Microwave or freeze for another meal.
I place 2 bamboo skewers under heatproof dish for better circulation.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spinach and Sweet-potato gratin.

Inspiration for this recipe is from Smitten Kitchen Blog. 
This gratin will serve 4.
It can be made GF by replacing the flour in the roux with cornflour'
It can be made dairy free by replacing the milk with Soy milk,  and leaving out the butter and cheese.
It is a tasty dish which can be served as a side dish,  or as a main with a salad.
It can be doubled.

Heat oven to 200 o C


1/2 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tablespoon of oil
300g.  of Spinach, OR  Silver beet,OR  Chard,  OR NZ Spinach, washed and drained.
250g Sweet Potato  OR Pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes.
300mls of milk
35 g flour
1 Tablespoon of flour.
3/4 cup grated cheese.
Fetta OR Ricotta , Optional
S and P to taste.


Drop Onion and garlic on to blades,  speed 5 / 5 seconds.  Scrape down and add oil.
Cook,  5 mins/Varoma/speed 2.
Add spinach, and saute, 3 mins./100/speed 1.
Add pinch of Nutmeg and zap 5 seconds.,
Drain and push out liquid.  Discard liquid.
Set aside.
rinse out bowl
Add Sweet potato , zap speed 5 /5 seconds .
Set aside
Wash bowl.
Add to bowl 300 mls milk, 35 g flour and butter, good pinch of nutmeg.
Zap at 5 to mix,
Cook 7 mins/ 100/ sp2/

Into a heat proof dish (17/19 cm ),  place a layer of Sweet potato. Use 1/2 the mix.  Dot this with Fetta or ricotta,  if using.
Add  1/2 spinach,  then remaining Sweet potato,  then remaining spinach.
Sprinkle a little fresh Thyme over.
Pour the white sauce over and spread to edges.
Sprinkle over grated cheese.
Bake in oven until brown on top, 35/45 minutes.