Well, I had a fun afternoon in the kitchen this arvo! I love just getting in there, experimenting with different combinations, surrounding myself with beautiful smells that draw others to the kitchen, and just going through the motions of making a yummy meal for your loved ones. This evening we had tapas (the ultimate experimenting-with-different-combinations fun), and I ended up doing six dishes and two sauces – phew! The Thermomix took a bit of a step back, but was still heavily involved in preparation, and made both sauces plus the soup for me. And one extra sauce I had made in the TM earlier in the week. One of the dishes in which the Thermomix played quite a big preparation role was the delicious Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters with Tzatziki. These are great little fritters, and they really pack a flavour-punch!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters
110g brown rice
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1cm piece of ginger, peeled and cut in half
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 cup water
1 tsp veg stock paste
oil, for frying (I used coconut oil)
1) Place brown rice fennel seeds into TM bowl. Mill for 1 minute on speed 9. Set aside.
4) Return flour to bowl. Add bicarb soda, curry powder, turmeric, eggs, water and stock paste. Mix on speed 3 for 20 seconds or until well mixed into a thick batter.
6) Heat oil on medium heat and fry in batches until cooked through (approximately 1.5-2mins each side). I make my fritters using about a tablespoon of the mixture. You will likely need to add extra oil between batches. If there are leftovers, they make great lunchbox food – just wrap them individually and freeze. Pop them in a lunchbox in the morning, and they will defrost by lunchtime!
Here is the rest of the meal tonight, from bottom to top we have:
- Haloumi cheese and tomato skewers
- Baby octopus with citrus and chilli sauce (sauce can be seen in the gravy boat, above the octopus on the left)
- Patatas Bravas with gouda and tomato sauce (potatoes on the right above the octopus; tomato sauce not pictured, but you can see it slathered on the potatoes in the picture below – sauce was made in the TM to go with my roast pork belly earlier in the week)
- Preserved lemons and olives (left hand side)
- Tzatziki (right hand side)
- Broccoli and Cauliflower fritters
- Pea and mint soup
I hope you’ve all had a yummy dinner tonight, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂