What is your morning tea for unexpected guests?Muffins. I have a small recipe book for muffins and my favourite is the spiced mandarin ones. I rarely have tinned mandarins though, so I use whatever fruit I have around.
Spiced fruit muffinsAdapted from The Pocket Muffin Book by Syd Pemberton.
250g wholemeal plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1T garam masala
1/2tsp ground nutmeg
1stp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground ginger
1/2C raw sugar
1/2C yoghurt, milk, light vegetable oil
1C roughly chopped drained fruit
Preheat the oven to 190C. Prepare a 12- muffin tray by either lightly greasing it, or lining it with cute gorgeous cupcake liners. Put the eggs, sugar, spices and yoghurt/milk/oil (use what you have to hand - sour cream also works well!) into the Thermomix bowl and mix at speed 5 for 5 seconds. Add the flour and baking powder, and pulse 3 times at Turbo, to just incorporate. Add the fruit, lock the lid and use the kneading function, on reverse for 5 seconds. Spoon into the patty cases and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
What is your quick "slap-up" thermomix tea for your family?Risotto! So easy to make, I have things for it to hand all the time - at least vegetables, vegetable stock, cheese, onion, garlic. Maybe some meat or fish to spice it up.
What do you keep frozen in the freezer for busy times?
Pastry. It's a good thing to keep on hand because it's a pain to make from scratch when I'm also making a filling. But to make a meal all I really need is leftovers and some pastry.