- 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!
- In Japan, mochi are soft, round snack-sized pucks, usually made from pounded glutinous rice, sometimes stuffed with bean paste or jellied fruit. Mochi are usually sweet but savoury ones are great too. Award-winning chef Michael Ryan's delicious version achieves the distinctive pillowy mochi texture by using whipped potatoes and a little potato starch.
- Two ingredients! These vegan pancakes are the easiest thing ever because they require just chestnut flour and water. I serve them with a pear muesli that takes just three seconds to make
- Chestnut butter is a favourite in France: it's sweet, smooth and tasty, like peanut butter with soul. Spread it on a baguette, set it in a tart shell, swirl it through ice cream or dollop it over Chestnut Pancakes (video coming soon). You can also add chocolate to turn Chestnut Butter into Chestnutella (see Variation) but I love the sophisticated simplicity of the pared back version.