I don't claim to be an expert cook. Or a fancy cook. In fact, I never used to really enjoy cooking. So this is mostly about low fuss, filling and tasty meals, and really just anything I have a go at and decide to share along the way!! My top priority is avoiding additives and preservatives wherever possible closely followed by using whole/less processed/healthier ingredients. But for those who would like conventional options that are quick tasty and cost effective, I would like to share tips on all of these as well!!

Thursday, 15 March 2012


In the interest of providing a healthy balance of mains and desserts ;) here is a Thermomix pavlova.

After making ice cream etc, you may end up with leftover eggwhites.  This pavlova used about 5 smallish eggwhites.

I used a recipe from www.recipecommunity.com.au and I thought it was a lovely tasting pavlova.  I know some people like their pavlovas with varying consistencies/crunches/sponginess!!!  But we all liked this one just as it was.

You warm the eggwhites to 50C too which is fantastic if they are straight from the fridge.

The trick to using the Thermomix for eggwhites, is that your bowl, lid and lid seal, and butterfly must be very clean.  Any grease will not go down well!  And because we use the thermomix for lots of main meals with oil etc, you really need to clean it well.  You can also do a vinegar rinse which will help as well.  Doing this for the lid seal and butterfly is a very good idea!

So, with butterfly in, you beat the eggwhites.  As you gradually add the sugar, you can sit it on the lid and just slowly "push" more through hole where the MC would usually be.

Here is a picture just after I have removed the butterfly (you can see the line where it was sitting).

Then pile how you like, ready to pop in the oven

And decorate with cream (whipped in Thermomix) and fruit as desired.  You really have to watch cream in the Thermomix!  Depending how fresh the cream is, it may only take 45 seconds, so I always take the MC off after I start whipping so that I can watch the cream on the side of the bowl thicken up.

We just did this one quickly as it was part of dessert for Friday night family dinner - and it was already cut and a dodgy photo was taken with the iPhone!

A Delicious twist you can do if you only have frozen strawberries is to add other fresh fruit and make a batch of Berry Coulis from the Everyday Cookbook to be added in.  Absolutely DIVINE!!!!  Another idea is fresh berries and the Lemon Butter to drizzle over also!  Yum!

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