Mixed Nut-Seed Butter

Infinitely customisable, infinitely tasty. It's like a spreadable bliss ball!
Infinitely customisable, infinitely tasty. It’s like a spreadable bliss ball!

We ran out of peanut butter yesterday. This makes me a little twitchy. It’s an easy snack for toddler and mother alike, plus it’s delicious when you stuff dates with it as an afternoon treat. (I’m the only one who does that? Really? OK, moving on….)

While my cupboards are currently peanut free, they’re still bursting with all sorts of other nuts and seeds. So this morning I grabbed some out and stuck them in the Thermomix. And I’m so very, very glad I did.

This recipe is really more of a suggestion than a hard and fast set of rules. Feel free to use whatever you have in the cupboards. Replace the sunflowers with almonds, or the cashews with Brazil nuts. Or use all one nut/seed if it’s all you have. Continue reading “Mixed Nut-Seed Butter”

How (And Why) to Switch to Decaf

Coffee is awesome. Sometimes, though, the caffeine isn't. Photo credit: http://tinyurl.com/coffeecredit
Coffee is awesome. Sometimes, though, the caffeine isn’t. Photo credit: http://tinyurl.com/coffeecredit

Why the hell would you want to drink decaf??

This has been a bit of an ongoing conversation for me lately. Every time I mention to a friend or acquaintance that we’re drinking decaf now, some variant of the above is always asked. And considering the number one reason a vast section of the country drinks coffee is for that blissful caffeine hit, it’s a fair question. Continue reading “How (And Why) to Switch to Decaf”

Easy Peasy: Split Pea Soup in the Bellini (or Thermomix!)

Trader Joe's Vegan Split Pea Soup & toasted Ham & Cheese on Whole Wheat Naan

I have another recipe for you today. Alas, no picture: I’m not that organised this week. It’s school holidays so we have the Raccoon’s son (Mr 10) staying with us. Between an extra mouth to feed and a house inspection coming up, I’ve been flat out keeping the house in one piece. (In lieu of my slackness, please accept this stock photo. Source: http://tinyurl.com/md397u6)

Enter one of my favourite “It’s 6pm and we’re starving and whaaaaaat do we eeeeeeeeeeat?!” recipes. It’s also really cheap, uses pantry staples, and is easy to jazz up for company. The base recipe is even dairy free! I’m talking, of course, about good ol’ split pea soup. Continue reading “Easy Peasy: Split Pea Soup in the Bellini (or Thermomix!)”

Recipe: Bounty in a Jar

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Last week I took the plunge and bought a Thermomix. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved my Bellini and it’s still working great. But many of the things I want to make really work better with the more powerful motor of the Thermomix. Since the new TM5 was announced, there’s been a flood of TM31 owners listing their machines for sale so they can upgrade. I took advantage of that and snagged a secondhand TM31 for $1200 – $700 off RRP.

I’ve started testing out the Thermomix and Bellini against each other for a future post. Today I made coconut butter (works OK in the Bellini, by the way – but much faster in the Thermomix). But I wasn’t in the mood for it plain. Since we’re a household of diehard chocoholics, chocolate immediately sprang to mind. And thus this deliciousness was born. Continue reading “Recipe: Bounty in a Jar”