Creating my second cookbook was really hard work, especially for my neighbours, who received text messages such as ”Vodka cocktail testing now – help!” and ”Overrun with dessert, bring containers”.
I’m so excited to announce the launch date for my new website is June 9 – woohoo! I can’t wait to share it with you. Dani Valent Cooking is a mixture of my dishes, including some from my In the Mix cookbooks, plus videos with some of my favourite Thermomix cooks and chefs. There’s homely stuff, cheffy stuff and everything in between.
I just got off the phone from a Christmas lunch menu-planning session with my mum. We are a hybrid Jewish atheist family and our Christmas lunch is a pretty relaxed affair with family, a few ring-ins and a couple of hopeful dogs. This year we’ll number about 20, and if the weather is nice we’ll start outside before moving to the lounge/dining room for the main meal. Mum and dad will push the sofa and armchairs to the edges of the room and run two long tables down the centre. We’ll fill the table with food – everyone will bring a plate or three. And by 4pm there’ll be people lying on the couches, Christmas cracker hats over their eyes, pretending they’re not dozing. I wouldn’t call myself a Christmas fanatic but I am all for an excuse to get together to eat great food.
It was a privilege to hear Italian chef Massimo Bottura speak at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art today, Wednesday November 26, and very exciting to have him sign his recipe page in my second book, In the Mix 2: More Great Thermomix Recipes.