Whole Varoma Steamed Chicken

ThermoHubby John’s and my favourite way to cook a whole chicken. An all-in-one Varoma meal that’s moist, delicious and easy peasy!

Alyce Alexandra Cookbook Giveaway!

The lovely ladies at Alyce Alexandra have very kindly sent me a copy of their gorgeous cookbook, “Recipes from our Cooking School” for me to offer to one lucky Why Is There Air reader in the UK, France, New Zealand or Australia. How good is that? Contest ends at noon UTC on Sunday 22nd May 2016.

Mom’s Chili Con Carne, Thermomix style

My Mom made the best ever Chili Con Carne when I was a kid. Here is her delicious recipe, adapted for Thermomix.

Light and Fluffy Hot Cross Buns

Light, fluffy and full of flavour, this simplified recipe will have your friends and family begging you to bake hot cross buns all year round!

Reader Giveaway! Warm your February with Horlicks

Tell us your favourite Why is There Air recipe for your chance to win a nice prize from Horlicks! Contest ends 16 February 2016. Winner announced on Why Is There Air’s Facebook page on 18 February 2016.

Bite-Sized Dessert Delights

Are you into the bite-size dessert trend? Here are some ideas to try, including my Healthy Bite-Size Fruit Picks. Bon appétit !

Super-Fast Dutch Oven Bread

A super-fast, no-rise loaf that’s ready in about an hour

Floss McCarty’s Raisin Sauce

A somewhat sweet way to jazz up a joint of gammon or a roast ham. Gives texture and spice. Try it according to this recipe and then turn the leftovers into a pseudo chutney by adding your favourite curry spices. Bon appétit !

Mannele, or Alsatian Christmas brioche men

These traditional little Alsatian brioche men are delicious with hot chocolate or even Champagne!

Beyond Butternut: Glorious Adventures in Squash and Soup

Sometimes you don’t have to go very far to live an adventure in food.

Cream of Mushroom and Chestnut Soup

A deep and earthy soup made from two of my favourite ingredients, mushrooms and chestnuts. Use chicken stock for extra flavour or vegetable stock for a vegetarian treat. Absolutely gorgeous! Makes 8 starter servings or 4 large bowls.

Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan and Vegetarian Coconut Milk Wraps with Sweet Chilli and Lime Dipping Sauce

This dish is simple and full of goodness and flavour. It’s a great way to get the kids to eat their vegetables, too. Makes 5 or 6 crêpes and can easily be doubled.

Le Moulin de la Bussière, a fabulous French antiques shop

The Moulin de la Bussière in France is an antiques shop with a difference. The owners have sourced high-quality items from many periods, including some great vintage clothing and furniture. And I’ve got a vintage banana bread recipe for you 😉

Thermomix Green Tomato Chutney

A deep and earthy combination of some of my favourite flavours, and a fabulous use for those late-season green tomatoes that won’t ripen on the vine. Savour with cheese, spread on a ham or chicken sandwich, or go wild with some foie gras. Makes 4 jars.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Kohlrabi and lime salad, Thermomix style

A flavour-packed instant Thermomix salad using an unusual (and unusually delicious!) vegetable. Adapted from a recipe by chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

Stuffed Courgette Flowers

Stuffed Courgette Flowers are a delicious way to enhance the subtle flavour of our good friend the courgette!

Courgette Tabouleh (Couscous)

A delicious way to enhance the subtle flavour of our good friend the courgette. Full of summery flavours and ready in two minutes, start to finish!

How to infuse oils in your Thermomix

Like all infused oils, Basil-Infused Olive Oil is fast and easy to make in your Thermomix for a delicious treat that’s a great gift from the garden!

Easy Peasy Cocktail Party Finger Foods

Friends drop by unexpectedly? Or planning a low-effort cocktail party? Try these Easy Peasy Cocktail Party Finger Foods you can make with just a few store cupboard ingredients!

ThermoHubby John’s Courgette Gaspacho with Mint

ThermoHubby John’s recipe for a delicious cold soup made from courgettes/zucchini, mint and a bit of garlic. Very tasty and so easy in the Thermomix! Can be gluten free.

Honey, Gorgonzola and Rosemary Savoury Cake

This cake is a subtly delightful combination of sweet and savoury flavours that is perfect as a pre-dinner treat with cocktails or a crisp white wine. Serves 8 to 10 as a starter with a rocket salad or more as a pre-dinner appetizer. It’s great party food too, and it won’t last long on a buffet table!

Carpaccio of Tomatoes with Fresh Goats’ Cheese

Carpaccio of Tomatoes with Fresh Goats’ Cheese is a super idea for enhancing the summer’s colourful tomatoes!

Capture the Sunshine with Lindeman’s Wines

A 7-course surf and turf menu to capture the sunshine with Lindeman’s wines from Australia.

Monkfish Cheek Colombo Curry

A cheeky little recipe using what I found in the veg drawer and my supermarket promotion find of monkfish cheeks. Any firm white fish will be equally delicious. Serves 2 and can easily be doubled.

Sugar-Free Thermomix Coconut Lime Cake with Natvia

This Sugar Free Thermomix Coconut Lime Cake is made with Natvia 100% Natural Sweetener so you can have your cake and eat it, too!

Mexican Chicken All-in-One Varoma Meal

This is a great mid-week family meal that won’t cost an arm and a leg. You can either steam the chicken thighs with their skin and then crisp them up under the grill or remove the skin for a lower fat version that will be just as tasty.

Cauliflower Couscous (Tabouleh)

Flavours of mint and lemon. That subtle crunch of just-cooked couscous semolina. Add a dash of chopped parsley and it’s called Tabouleh, a Middle-Eastern staple dish that the British somewhat

Artichoke Vinaigrette

Start with really fresh artichokes from your local market or supermarket, and finish with your choice of dipping sauce. Vinaigrette is a classic, and so are hollandaise and just plain melted butter. I prefer the acidic touch of the vinaigrette, which enhances the flavour of the artichoke.

Super Easy Chocolate Mousse

This fast and easy recipe makes a super easy chocolate mousse that is rich and delicious yet nice and light. Especially good made with dark chocolate!

Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free Chewy Peanut Butter Teff Brownies

If you love brownies but don’t love gluten, try these Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free Chewy Peanut Butter Brownies. You’ll get hooked on their subtly peanutty, caramel taste 😉

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