‘Made it in my Thermomix’ Monday

My ‘Amazing Thermo Machine’ – ATM

Have you heard of a Thermomix?

It looks like this….

My ATM - 'Amazing Thermo Machine' !!!
My ATM – ‘Amazing Thermo Machine’ !!!

It can …. “Chop Beat Mix Emulsify Mill Knead Blend Cook Stir Steam Weigh Melt and much, much more…

It’s like having another person (or two) in the kitchen at the same time as you!

It saves SOOOOO much time in the kitchen especially when you are trying to make things from scratch and buy less processed foods.

How long does it take?

  • 3-4 seconds any salad
  • 30 seconds peanut butter
  • 30 seconds any cake mix
  • 60 seconds sorbet
  • 30-60 seconds any juice or drink
  • 1 minute butter
  • 2 minutes pizza dough
  • 1 1/2 minutes for bread dough
  • 3-5 minutes sauce & gravies
  • 7 minutes custard
  • 10-20 minutes soup
  • 10-60 minutes jams & spreads

It’s also saving me money on groceries.   I now don’t buy any snack foods for the kids (except crackers – I haven’t attempted them yet) – we make sorbet, custard, muslei bars, pancakes/pikelets, honey baked granola!, biscuts, cakes, muffins in the Amazing Thermo Machine instead!   I don’t have to buy Gravox, chicken/beef/vege stock, any flavourings for savoury foods, bread/bread rolls, sweet buns for visitors, custard powder, icecream, yoghurt (we save HEAPS here), biscuits/cakes, etc.

I follow quite a few ‘real food blogs’ and I am amazed at how many people out there are making all their own food from scratch, not buying processed foods, avoiding additives like preservatives, flavours and colours, ….. AND they don’t have a Thermomix!!!!  They DO have milling machines, juicers, breadmakers, barmixers, digital scales,  food processors/Kenwood’s, icecream makers, yoghurt makers, rice cookers,  …… etc.    Having a Thermomix simplifies all food preparation and decreases clutter in your kitchen – none of the above appliances are needed anymore when you invest in a Thermomix.

I have one of these Amazing Thermo Machines – a Thermomix – on my kitchen bench!  How blessed am I????  I use it many times (at least 4 times – even if I’m out all day!) a day and I want to share just how much my ATM produces in an average week, for a family of 6 plus visitors ….


Vegetable stock – a 1 L jar is now 3/4 full of homemade vegetable stock.  No special ingredients – just some old / leftover raw  vegetables from the fridge/pantry (I had extra zucchini, celery, a squash, a few cherry tomatoes and a couple of carrots), some olive oil and salt (himalayan salt or sea salt) and whatever herbs are in your garden (or fridge… or pantry) – I had sage, rosemary, basil, parsley, and another few leaves from a small green bush that smells ‘herby’… not sure what it is but I pop it in everything…

Dips – for my work lunches, kids snacks, and for visitors I made 2 huge dips – cashew/capsicum/parmeson dip and a Thai Chilli Hommus dip… Mmmmmmm.

Red Thai Curry Paste (to store in the fridge) and Red Thai Curry for dinner one night.

I had a huge green salad left over from the previous nights tea, I popped it in my ATM (my Thermomix ) and pressed turbo for 2 seconds and it was a perfectly chopped salad ready to add some dip for a lunch.

Found an extra 600 mL cream in my fridge left over from icecream making, so made some BUTTER.

Pizza dough – 2 batches used immediately to feed children and cousins, 2 batches to make mini pizzas to freeze for school lunches, and 2 batches to wrap in Glad wrap and pop in the freezer to use later.

Making mini pizzas for school lunches

Mini Pizzas

Bread – a loaf every second day.  The Thermomix recipe here is the one I use – but without the sugar or bread improver!  Only when we have visitors I’ll bake an extra loaf or rolls to go with the meal.

White bread - homemade
So easy you can make it every day!! It’s so much cheaper than buying bread (especially when you purchase flour in bulk). www.hillshomestead.com


Yoghurt – 4 batches (Litres) of yoghurt made this week.  The kids are on school holidays, and they love it with honey and vanilla extract or with stewed rhubarb and apple stirred through it – if we have it for breakfast, we nearly go through the whole 1 L !!!  I make it in the Thermomix (recipe here) then pour it into a 1 L glass jar (from Gaganis), then pop it into my old EasiYo thermos and pour boiling water around the jar – it fits perfectly!!

Homemade Yoghurt in the Theromix


Sticky Buns – I just use the Thermomix bread recipe, add sultanas, a Tbsp of sugar, cinnamon and mixed spice in the kneeding part, after it rises, I make the dough into rolls, bake, then once cool I put some icing on top.  Sickly sweet buns that kids and adults love!!

CADA – handful of coconut, almonds, dates, and an apple, pulsed X2 in Thermomix – great, light, (sweet) but no sugar, grain-free breakfast

For another quick breakfast with cousins who slept over – pancakes – pop 2 eggs, 2 cups SR flour, some vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp sugar (optional), and some milk (to make it the consistency you like) into the Therommix bowl, mix at speed 4-5 for 20 seconds – a smooth, perfect pancake mixture ready for the frying pan.

Whipped cream – to go with desserts x2 with visitors, to go with pancake toppings (maple syrup!!)

Banana/Walnut Cake – while it was baking we had people pop in (perfect timing!) and I had someone for coffee that night so we had a thick slice with some butter (hope you liked it Anne!!)

Banana Choc Chip Muffins – I used the basic muffin recipe in the Every Day Cookbook and added 2 bananas and a handful of choc chips.

Vanilla Custard x2 for visitors one night (to have with pie) and Chocolate Vanilla Custard (Vanilla Custard with cocoa added) to put in fridge for the kids snacks – choc/vanilla custard cold tastes like those little Milo custards from the shops.

Made chocolate, vanilla, and choc/peppermint ICECREAM for Charlie’s birthday dinner.

Mmmmmm, fresh raspberry sorbet @ www.hillshomestead.com
Fresh raspberry sorbet @ www.hillshomestead.com

And of course, sorbet – every day these holidays – whenever there are extra kids or visitors or just us, sorbet is always welcome – and now the leftovers are being frozen in little containers ready for kids school and kindy lunches – it’s the perfect consistency by recess/lunch time.  We’ve had mango sorbet, chocolate sorbet! the kids made, raspberry sorbet, watermelon sorbet, and lemon sorbet.

Our daily fresh fruit sorbet (sugar, fruit, egg white and lots of ice – all crushed in the Thermomix). Perfect for Summer!



I milled another lot of coffee beans to use in our plunger, and milled a whole  1 kg of raw sugar => castor sugar and icing sugar for the pantry.

I grated 1 kg of cheese and put it into a large container to use during the week (especially for all of those pizzas!)

** If you would like more information on the Thermomix, please see the official Thermomix Australia website  ** Note, I am a massive fan of the Thermomix, but HillsHomestead.com is not affiliated with Vorwerk (the manufacturer of Thermomix), and if you are looking to order a Thermomix, please visit the Thermomix Australia website here, or contact me if you are in Adelaide, SA and I can link you up with a consultant!!!!!

Have a great week,




Look what was delivered today!!!!

001 Raw Chocolate delivery

Is this normal??  To get this excited over a food delivery??  It’s just that it’s my first bulk order of coconut oil (which I use for everything – from eczema to lip gloss to peppermint creams coated in dark chocolate and cooking)

and my first EVER order of Cacao Beans.  All from lovingearth .  Loving Earth is a Melbourne-based company that are dedicated to distributing products that are  ….





  • They are sugar, dairy and gluten free.
  • Are minimally processed, with low temperatures where possible.
  • There are no artificial additives to any of the products.
  • Our focus is to source and develop products that are in their optimal nutritional
  •  state.
  • Produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides and
  • herbicides.
  • Cultivated in such a way as to help restore native ecosystems, prevent erosion and
  • support water conservation.
  • Use traditional permaculture systems and where possible are shade grown using
  •  native canopy species.
  • Are produced according to Fair Trade standards, that involve producers and
  •  workers being paid not only a fair price,
  •  but also being empowered with the skills and infrastructure to add as much value
  •  to the raw products as possible.
  • Create healthy environments in which producers and their families live and work.
  • Re-invest in community infrastructure such as educational, health and other
  •  essential services.   See lovingearth website for more information...

Oh, and they are delivering for FREE all over Australia in Jan 2013!!!

I can’t wait to share some of the new recipes that I’m going to trial using Cacao Beans, Coconut Oil, Vanilla Powder, and the Agave Syrup!!



Birthday Celebrations Today – Cake Pictures… and Real Food at a Kids Party?!

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I LOVE birthdays.  My mum always made my sisters and I feel so special on our birthdays growing up.

I also want to make my children feel special as we celebrate the DAY THEY WERE BORN and how BLESSED WE ARE to have them in our lives!

Every year, I ask the kids what special birthday cake they would like me to make … and yes, they can choose anything… and this year Charlie wanted a ‘Carousel’ or ‘Merry-Go-Round’ cake.


She Googled this picture….

Source:  http://www.pinkfrosting.com.au/persistent/catalogue_images/products/301-1335b.jpg

… and said “I want this one please mummy!”   This picture is what we based our creation on.

So after 3 trials of different ‘icing’, and a leaning, top heavy cake sliding off of it’s post, and a lot of ‘fixing’ mistakes… and a LOT of licking of fingers… the Carousel Cake was completed in the early hours of this morning!!!!!!!!!

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It was put together in one night (last night) only because of a lot of preparation.

The cake…

A few weeks ago, I baked the chocolate cakes X3 and put them in the freezer.

I used ‘Mrs Ripberger’s’ recipe for ‘moist chocolate cake’ because it is –

1.  EASY to make

2. you can make TRIPLE the quantity in one big saucepan

3. you don’t need a machine (even the Thermomix sat quietly while I made this mixture in the saucepan!)

4. and it’s DELICIOUS !!! and MOIST and EVERYONE loves it at a party.

Recipe for ‘Boiled Chocolate Cake’ (I’ve just doubled the recipe – so it makes 6 log cakes)

Get out a HUGE saucepan (if you triple the recipe as I usually do for birthdays).

Pop it on the stove and turn it on low.

ADD a 250g block of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water, and 4 Tbsp of cocoa.

Turn up the heat and stir until butter is melted and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Take it off the heat and cool.

Then (once cooled) ADD 3 cups of Self Raising Flour, 4 eggs, and 1 tsp of Bicarb Soda.

Mix well.

Pour into baking tins or muffin trays.

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celcius.

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For today’s Carousel Cake, I made 3 round cakes (in 8 inch or 20cm round baking pans) and a whole heap of muffins.

I pull the cakes out of the freezer a couple of hours before I decorate.  Half frozen cakes are easier to cut when making cake creations – they don’t crumble or break – and the icing ‘sets’ quickly on the cake too.

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The icing….

My aim for the icing was to make it ‘colour’ and ‘flavour’ free so I looked up some egg white recipes (we have a LOT of eggs at the moment).

The first icing I tried (see white icing top/centre in the picture above) was Royal Icing – just an egg white and 1 cup of icing sugar whipped up in the Thermomix for 2 mins.  It didn’t work.  I would have had to make  6 batches to cover the whole cake! and it went SO HARD before I could even spread it! and it tasted of course like ‘wedding cake’ icing which the kids aren’t keen on, just too sweet …….. so even though it was  a beautiful white I tried something else.

I then made my usual butter icing (whip up a cup of unsalted butter with a drop of water and vanilla extract, and  4 or more cups of icing sugar – yes, I do it in bulk) but I kept on adding too much water and needing too much icing sugar and the it was kids bedtime and I was distracted…. so I put the huge bowl of icing in the fridge to ‘set’… and went to Google to find another ‘colour-free’ and ‘flavour-free’ recipe.

And the I found THIS recipe on the Super Kitchen Machine blog for the most amazing ‘Swiss Meringue Butter Cream Icing’!!!

I had never heard of it before, but it sure looked delicious, and there was a Thermomix recipe for it so I gave it a whirl.  (You could also do it in your Kenwood /Kitchen Aid etc).

It has egg whites, sugar, pinch of salt, and unsalted butter – all real ingredients – no colour or even flavour added – it turned out a beautiful pastel yellow colour – AND tasted even better than any other icing I’ve ever tasted!!!!

I used this meringue icing on the top 2 cakes of the carousel, then the butter icing for the bottom cake, and for all the cupcakes.

The pink butterflies and flowers…

The ‘candies’ we made a couple of weeks ago with the kids.  Simple ingredients (icing sugar, gelatine, water, and a drop of red food colouring),  easy, and so effective.  The last few years we’ve even made ‘candy Easter eggs’ using this recipe.  I’ll do a post on these another day (because it is so cool to make ‘lollies’ or ‘candies’ for your own birthday parties – the kids love it and it saves money also!)

The horses….

They are little wooden horses from Spotlight, painted white one night with the kids, then the next day decorated (painted eyes, saddles) with coloured paints.  Another holiday activity with the girls.  The above horses were the same one’s that I used a couple of years ago for my other daughter’s cake, so they were already in the birthday box!

Other bits and pieces…

I received a new ‘Cookie Press and icing set’ from my in-laws for Christmas…  (what a cool gift!!)

   Its the SAVANNAH Cookie Press and icing set and I just found a review on it here

I used this to put the icing in the centre of the flowers, to stick on some of the obnoxious little pink flowers that kept falling off (most just stuck so easily and beautifully to the sticky meringue icing), and  to decorate all of the chocolate muffins.

The pink stripy patty pans/cups were 3.95 from Neds – I bought them in bulk a few years ago and use them at the girls birthday parties.

And with the help of my Thermomix, I was able to feed the kids some ‘real food’ this birthday party (aside from the musk sticks, mint leaves, and candies on the cake!)

Menu – Spicy Thai Hommus & Sundried Tomato/Cashew/Capsicum Dips

– Corn Chips

– Carrot/Capsicum/Celery Sticks

– Dried Apricots

– Fresh Cheese/Tomato Bread (pull apart)

– Meringues drizzled with dark chocolate

– Homemade Chocolate and Vanilla Icecream

– Caramel Popcorn Balls

– Fresh Fruit

Then for extended family and extras who stayed for tea, I made some extra fresh bread, had extra piles of carrot sticks, celery sticks, capsicum stick, and I had frozed some mince patties shaped into ‘sausages’ (minced meat from our grass-fed beef… by the way, did you watch Food Inc the other night on SBS??  It’s still on the SBS website for another few days).  I pulverised a whole huge zucchini, some squash from the garden (that I never know what to do with!), an onion, cloves of garlic, a capsicum, and a few stalks of celery in the Thermomix, then added this to the mince and mixed it with my hands – the veges made the mince go even further, and if the kids didn’t eat the vege sticks, it didn’t matter as the veges are in the patties! AND they tasted delicious (not just my opinion, others commented also!!) AND all the children ate them!!!

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Well, that was Charlie’s 7th birthday party today.  It was a lovely day.  And I’m going to go and fall into bed….


I just looked up the above white carousel cake that Charlie found on Google images  – it cost $75 – and that’s with 20% off!!!!  So I saved a bit  (and I don’t mind ‘spending’ the time).








Healthy Homemade Honey Baked Granola… for the Holidays!


Mmmmm, there is nothing like the smell throughout the house of baking granola (it comes a close 2nd to the smell of baking bread!!)

You may be used to the smell coming out of cafe’s if you go out for breakfast ….. of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, honey and vanilla, baking in the oven.

When I pulled out the trays of ‘honey baked granola’ from the oven to cool, the kids came up and took handfuls of this yummy breakfast food.

A friend gave me a huge bag of homemade muesli for my birthday,  then a large jar of baked granola for Christmas the same year, and I (WE!!)  LOVED it …. I love handmade/homemade gifts …. and I

asked her for her recipe.  Ever since then, the kids and I make it during the school holidays as our special breakfast food (although my husband eats most of it!!!).

I have adapted her recipe so it now has no added sugar, and we add dried fruit and raw rolled oats to the mix to make it go further!!


Baked Granola originally consisted of baked rolled oats, and other ingredients like almonds, pepitas, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, maple syrup, butter and cinnamon.

When you make it at home, you just add whatever you have in your pantry that you think would taste nice.

Here’s the recipe:

Healthy Homemade Honey Baked Granola

Ingredients –    

(Note: I usually triple this recipe!)

1/2 cup honey

1Tbsp sunflower oil / coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup almonds, chopped

and whatever quanities you like of – sunflower seeds,     pumpkin seeds,      chopped dates,     cranberries,      sultanas ….

Method –

Preheat oven to 120 degrees Celsius.

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Bring the honey, oil, and vanilla to the boil in a saucepan.

Pour the hot honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well.

Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius or until golden brown.

See also pictures below for method ….


Granola Recipe Method in Pictures

Extra information regarding ‘Granola’ …

Granola is a popular breakfast cereal in North America, and I think it sounds very American, but it is also trademarked to Sanitarium in Australia….

Here’s what I found on Granola in Australia – Article:  “Granola off the menu for Aussie chefs”     Source:    NewsCore   Date:      May 28, 20129:58AM

“AUSTRALIAN chefs are being forced to change their breakfast menus after cereal giant Sanitarium threatened legal action against them for using the word “granola.”

Mr Ingersoll said he had done some research into the product and found it had a long and checkered career, spanning back to the early 1800s, when it was developed as a health food featuring baked wholemeal flour.
It was originally called “granula” but Sanitarium claimed the name “granola” after a legal dispute over the name with rival cereal giant Kellogg’s, in the US in 1876.
Today, “granola” is trademarked to Sanitarium only in Australia. Hundreds of recipes exist for the cereal, which often feature hard-baked rolled oats, nuts and seeds.
Mr Ingersoll’s recipe includes rolled oats, almonds, pepitas, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, maple syrup, butter and cinnamon. “We roast it up once a week and it’s such a good smell in the cafe,” he said.
AUSTRALIAN chefs are being forced to change their breakfast menus after cereal giant Sanitarium threatened legal action against them for using the word “granola.”   
GranolaThe only official Granola in Australia since Sanitarium has copywrited the name. Source: The Sunday Telegraph

So, instead of granola, they now have to write something like this on their menu …..

… he (the chef) changed his menu description from “granola” to “Cereal, Nuts, Poached Pear & Sheep Yoghurt.”  

See full article here.

2012-12-31_1766AnAfternoonHome1I have linked this recipe to another website where there are other amazing real food recipes.

See here at “Real Food Wednesday” for more real food recipes with Kelly the Kitchen Kop.

Anyway, I do hope that you try the recipe above,

and please let me know what you put in your baked granola to make it your own!!

Honey Baked Granola


ADDIT – some photos from Hills Homestead –

Our bee hive and raw honey.
Our bee hive and raw honey.

Off to milk the cow with Grandad

                                                                                                                                                                                  Off to milk the cow with Grandad


signed - hayley @ hills homestead