- Everybody needs a simple chicken soup in their repertoire: this one is warming, sustaining, nurturing and nourishing. Steaming a whole chicken in the Varoma is brilliant for all kinds of reasons. Firstly, the chicken juices drip over the vegetables and into the mixing bowl, flavouring everything and forming a healthy broth at the same time. Steamed chicken also remains incredibly juicy. It’s a really clean way to cook too, with very little mess to deal with at the end – love you, Thermomix!
- Clafoutis (say 'clah-foo-tee') is a classic French dessert that is more or less a baked custard with fruit. It's so easy! Saffron farmer Gamila MacRury shows us a version with saffron. It takes this simple dessert to the next level, but you can leave the saffron out if you don't have it.
- There are so many reasons to love this meal! Loosely inspired by Nigella Lawson's Golden Root Vegetable Tagine from her well-thumbed first-ever cookbook, this is a dish that comforts and sustains. It's gorgeously fragrant and endlessly flexible - swap the veg, add chick peas, boost the spice as you like. It's incidentally vegan too. This recipe also makes excellent use of the Varoma, something I'm always passionate about.
- Risotto is a Thermomix classic! It's one of the first dishes many people see when they encounter Thermomix and it's a reliable stand-by for easy dinners. When I first got my Thermomix (back in the misty days of 2008) I made a lot of risottos, so many that I got a little jaded. But it's time to reignite the risotto spark. With a few tweaks to the method and a little makeover of the accompaniments, risotto turns from stand-by to star!