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Super Easy Thermomix Hollandaise Sauce

16 Sep

I love Hollandaise Sauce, but I never make it.

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I have tried numerous recipes. I have even had one on one lessons from a Chef. But nothing has ever really worked for me. No matter what method I try, I can only get a recipe to work maybe once, maybe twice but never again. I have made a whole lot of acidic scrambled eggs, split oily concoctions & other major fails.

That was until I started making it in my Thermomix, now I am in love with making my own Hollandaise, because it makes it for me & it works every time 🙂

I can be grilling salmon, assembling a salad & the Hollandaise is making itself. Now that’s my idea of cooking!

You can choose to make your Hollandaise with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, I prefer the vinegar as it makes it a little tart & cuts through the butter. But,its all a matter of preference & lemon juice makes a  more traditional Hollandaise.

Hollandaise Sauce a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 150g chilled unsalted butter
  • 2 T lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • pinch himalayan salt & pepper

So here is the hard bit!! Are you ready??

Put all ingredients in your Thermomix & turn it on for 8 minutes at 90 degrees on speed 3. Sit back & wait for the Magic to happen.

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If you are worried about the high amount of butter in this recipe, never fear – butter is good for you!

It not only tastes great & makes everything taste better it has a myriad of health benefits which can be read about here.

Enjoy

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Our Favourite Mayonnaise variations

12 Aug

Mayonnaise is a staple in our house, like flour & sugar are in others. We use it on everything & I do mean everything.

We even dip our chips in it, as evidenced below – don’t knock it till you have tried it. Crunchy chips & creamy mayonnaise……..yum!

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We make our own Mayonnaise using my homemade mayo recipe with 100% pure cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. While it doesn’t taste too great, it is much better for you than using vegetable oils which are potentially damaging to your health.

So while our Mayo is healthy it does have a very distinct olive oil flavour – nothing like the creamy sweet artificial stuff you buy from the supermarket. Coming up with unique & flavoursome ways to hide the tart almost spicy flavour of the olive oil so that “Miss Two” will eat my Mayo is a constant battle but the below Mayo variations meet with her approval & mine!

Adding honey to Mayo may seem a little strange but it helps to take the edge off the spiciness of the olive oil & make the Mayo smoother & less sharp – great for little people’s palates.

Honey Dijonnaise a’la Mama Going Natural

Take your plain Mayo & blend in the honey & mustard to taste.

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Curry Mayonnaise a’la Mama Going Natural

  • half a batch of my homemade mayo recipe
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 t garam marsala (optional)

Take your plain Mayo & blend in all of the above to taste.

Now go make a batch of chips & try Mayo on your chips – you just might like it 🙂

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Sugar Free Kiwi Fruit & Chia Seed Jam

26 May

We love jam around here.

If you ask my little one what she wants to eat you will undoubtedly hear “yoghurt & jam”

But as her Mama I know that what she really means is, “can I have some yoghurt with my jam?”. She would eat straight jam by the  bowl full if only her pesky Mama would let her.

So in a quest to keep the little one stocked up in jam & to use up some Kiwi fruit that was languishing in the fruit bowl I created our Kiwi fruit Jam recipe. Which turned out absolutely, suprisingly scrummy. This jam is delicate & sweet with just the right amount of tang – it is so more-ish, you too will be having a little bit of yoghurt with your jam 🙂

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Sugar Free Kiwi Fruit & Chia Seed Jam a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 6 apples
  • 8 ripe kiwifruit
  • 1 t lime rind
  • 3/4 c water
  • 2 sticks of stevia
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 2 T chia seeds

Peel, core & quarter your apples place them in a pot with your 3/4 c of water & lime rind, let it start to simmer. Peel & quarter your kiwifruit & add them to the pot. When all of your fruit is cooked through, pour your mix into a blender to puree or use a stick blender to make a smooth paste. Add your stevia to taste & return your fruit puree back to the stove for a further 10 – 15 minutes simmer time to get the flavours to infuse. Then remove your fruit puree from the heat, add your vanilla essence & chia seeds & stir through. Pour the mix into sterilised jars & leave out on the bench to cool. Once cool refrigerate & leave overnight for the Chia seeds to do their work & turn your puree into jam.

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Enjoy yummy, creamy smooth, fresh tangy jam.

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Home Made Mayonnaise

9 May

I love mayonnaise.

A good condiment can make or break a dish and when you decide to live outside the realm of processed foods with all their nasties, that eliminates a lot of your condiments.

But not one!!

Mayonnaise; creamy, tangy, rich goodness that can be flavoured into a multiple of different creations to compliment just about any meal, is still on the menu!!

While I realise this is no good for the vegans. For those of us who love our eggs it is heaven in a jar. And with two lovely fat red hens roaming the backyard we are pretty sure we are using contented little yolks in our mayonnaise.

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Now I know for you fat conscious folks that the list of ingredients below is going to make you balk, oil, oil, oil & lots of it. But research shows (despite what we have always been told), that we need saturated fats, our bodies simply can not function without them.

Saturated fats are needed for the proper function of your:

  • Cell Membranes
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Immune system
  • Hormones
  • Genetic regulation
  • And for the absorption of calcium
  • They also help to make you feel full, helping you to eat less

So thats a whole lot of good reasons to slather home made mayonnaise on everything.

And if that isn’t reason enough, your store brought mayo is full of trans fats that while giving it a long shelf life & creamy non greasy consistency also cause dysfunction and chaos in your body on a cellular level…….who needs that!!

The healthiest oils recommended for making mayonnaise are extra virgin expeller pressed olive oil, seasame, peanut & palm oil.

These oils have the best health giving properties and are less likely to contain hexane, which is a food-grade gasoline solvent (I kid you not!!) that is used to extract oil from most vegetable seeds around the world. Yuk!

You will never look at your store brought jar of Mayonnaise the same way ever again!

Mayonnaise a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 T vinegar or Lemon juice – I prefer organic braggs vinegar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • A pinch of salt to taste
  • 1 t honey to taste – optional

I love using my stick blender with the whisk attachment to make mayonnaise, but you can do this in a blender or with the normal stick blender blade attachment.

Put vinegar & egg yolk in your bowl/jug. Beat till pale and creamy. Slowly add oil drop by drop at first until the mix starts to thicken then pour your oil in in in a thin constant stream.

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Once it has thickened up & you have added all the oil, you can add salt and pepper and a little honey to taste.

If your mayonnaise is too thick, add more vinegar or citrus juice 1 teaspoon at a time till you achieve the consistency you desire.

Extra virgin olive oil can be quite strong in flavour, so try out your oils first to see which one will make a mayo you will be happy with. You can even use infused oils as the base of your mayo by adding garlic, herbs or chilli to your oil several weeks in advance before you make your mayo.

mayonnaise-makingYou can make a “Bazillion Variations” to this basic recipe, here are a few of our favourites.

Honey Mustard – add more honey to taste & a few spoonfuls of your favourite mustard or mustard powder.

Curry Mayo – add your favourite curry mix, curry powder & spices to create a spicy mayo

Herbs – your favourite herb combinations can be used to flavour your mayo too.

Wasabi – add a nice hit of horseradish or wasabi for a tangy mayo with bite.

So get mayonnaise making & then slather that delicious creamy stuff on all your food.

After all you read the above your body Needs it! 🙂

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Sugar Free Raspberry, Apple & Chia Seed Jam

22 Apr

When we decided to go sugar free, I thought we had to kiss jam goodbye!!

No more jam on toast, no more sticky sweet fruit confection to put ontop of our homemade yoghurt!

That was until we started playing around with chia seeds, the little gems of goodness are not only super good for you, but they also work as a thickening agent so you can make 100% fruit jam without any SUGAR!!

100% pure fruit jam with no hidden nasties, no preservatives, thickening agents, flavour enhances, just 100% pure goodness and with the addition of Chia seeds you could almost call your jam a Super Food……..Almost.

This jam is seriously good. The apple base makes it nice & sweet, the raspberries add gorgeous zesty flavour, the lemon gives it a tiny bit of bite & the mint gives the jam an extra fresh zing.

You will find yourself eating it straight from the jar….

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Sugar Free Raspberry, Apple & Chia Seed Jam a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 300gm Apples (aprox 6 medium apples)
  • 250gm Raspberries
  • 1 t lemon rind
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 stick stevia
  • 1 T agave syrup
  • 2 –  3 sprigs mint
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 T Chia Seeds

Peel & core your apples. Place the apples in a saucepan with the raspberries, lemon rind & water & cook over a low heat until the apples start to fall apart & are well cooked. Take the saucepan off the heat & add the washed mint leaves & blitz it in a food processor or with a stick blender. Once your apples & raspberry mix is smooth, add all the other ingredients  & return to the saucepan to simmer slowly for another five minutes. Pour into your jars & leave on the bench to cool as the Chia seeds can take several hours to a day to swell & create the jelly consistency of your jam.

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This jam not only tastes great, but with the addition of the Chia Seeds, I think its almost a Super Food!!

Whats so Great about Chia Seeds?

  • Chia seeds are gluten free
  • Super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
  • They contain 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!
  • They are 20% protein
  • The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids
  • They are high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
  • They contain five times more calcium than milk
  • They contain seven times more vitamin C than oranges
  • They contain three times more iron than spinach
  • They have twice the potassium content of banana
  • They have a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)

So what are you waiting for, get a pot on the stove & get making your very own Superfood Jam

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Healthy Sugar-Free tomato sauce – I kid you not!

13 Apr

Tomato Sauce is not a condiment, it is one of life necessities!

Just ask my “little miss” who dips her chips in Tomato Sauce & then licks them clean, only to re-dip the chip. She would gladly sit down to a big bowl of Tomato sauce for dinner, if only Mama would let her.

For this reason developing a healthy tomato sauce recipe was an “Urgent Priority” when we decided to kick all the chemicals, additives & nasties in our diet.

Making a yummy tasting tomato sauce without SUGAR is a tall order. But this sauce tastes so good – you won’t believe its healthy & you will never go back to that icky red stuff that comes from a bottle!

The only problem with this scrummy sauce is that without all the colourings that come in supermarket sauces, it’s a little meek in colour. But what it lacks in colour, it makes up for in flavour!

“Little Miss” approves & has given the sauce her two thumbs up (kids equivalent to a 3 hat Restaurant rating). And she is still double dipping those chips!!

Let me introduce you to tangy, tasty, heaven in a bottle.

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Healthy Sugar-Free Tomato Sauce a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 300gm Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 pear
  • 1 plum
  • 1/2 a medium apple
  • 1/2 an onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/8 c dates (aprox 8 dates)
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T Tamari sauce (or Organic soy sauce)
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • 1/8 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t smokey paprika
  • 1 t salt – to taste
  • 1/2 t pepper – to taste
  • 1 t olive oil

Brown onions & garlic in a little olive oil with a pinch of salt & pepper in a saucepan until they are caramelised.

Roughly chop the tomatoes, pear, apple & plum and add them to the pot to saute. After 5 – 10 minutes of cooking add the vinegar along with the rest of the ingredients & cook until the fruit & tomatoes begin to break down & are cooked.

Take the saucepan off the heat & blend your sauce in either a food processor or with a stick blender. Once smooth return your sauce to the stove & cook for a further 30 minutes over a low heat, stirring occasionally.

Taste your sauce & adjust seasoning to suit your preference, I make mine for “Little Miss” so its a little on the bland side. Feel free to add some chilli or more spices to give your sauce that added punch. If it tastes a little vinegary at this stage don’t worry as it mellows once its cool.

Bottle your delicious, healthy sauce & keep it in the fridge and slather that baby on everything!!

This recipe makes a small bottle of sauce. We prefer to make small batches often, to ensure we don’t have spoiled sauce. But if you prefer a large batch, double or triple the recipe & enjoy sauce to your hearts content.

This sauce has been in our refrigerator for 3 weeks now & is still going strong but being a natural, preservative free product it won’t last forever – not that it has any show of that around here!

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