My Very Own Masterchef

February 24th, 2011
MasterChef Series 7 on the BBC

Don't miss an episode of MasterChef Series 7 on the BBC

Hooray! Series 7 of MasterChef is showing on the BBC! There is a totally new format and loads of excitement, so don’t miss an episode. I even hear that they will be using several Thermomixes during later episodes which means more buzz about My Best Friend in the Kitchen.

I am lucky enough to have my real best friend in my kitchen using my Thermomix on a regular basis. I have to admire John, I really do. Picture this: it’s 6.30 this morning, and not quite light outside. John has just gotten out of bed and is not yet awake. I am even less awake, having stayed upstairs while John went down to make our morning cuppa. He usually makes tea and brings it upstairs to be savoured under the covers but this morning through my hazy half awake state I start to hear chopping noises. What do you chop for a cup of tea? I ask. I hear the fridge open and shut more than enough times to get the milk. I hear cupboard doors opening and shutting. I am intrigued and I begin to emerge from sleep.

Peel the carrots and cut them in chunks

Peel the carrots if not organic and cut them in chunks

Then I hear the unmistakeable sound of my Thermomix chopping on Speed 4 1/2. (Yes, Dear Reader, thank you, I certainly do have very good hearing.) My eyes pop open as I hear Thermomix singing it’s “I’m finished” tune, and then I hear sautéing on Speed 1. After 5 minutes I hear the slosh of chicken stock and the sound of soup cooking at 100° C for 12 minutes on Speed 1. OK, OK, you can’t hear minutes…

I am mightily intrigued so I grab my bathrobe and trundle down to the kitchen where I cradle my cup of tea in my hands, its warmth and fragrance enticing me towards the land of the awake. John is in the kitchen, a large handful of coriander in his hand, poised over the Thermomix, waiting to add it at the perfect moment. He looks rather pleased with himself (a sort of sleepy pleased, really), and I am very proud to have my very own MasterChef in my kitchen.

I take over in the kitchen while John gets ready for work and after filling John’s Thermos flask with his fragrant lunchtime treat I gleefully see that there remains about half a bowl of soup. Brilliant: breakfast! A thick, hearty Thermomix blended soup to keep me feeling satisfied until lunchtime. Fabulous with a slice of homemade bread (Thermomix bread dough is ready in under five minutes) and a second cuppa.

I was rather eager to taste John’s auroral creation and therefore the only photo I got was… my empty bowl ;-)

The Proof is in the Empty Bowl

The Proof is in... the Empty Bowl!

Enjoy his recipe, it’s a real winner!

John’s Thermomix Carrot, Orange and Coriander Soup
Makes 1 large hearty serving or serves 2 with bread and salad.
(Note: This recipe is gluten free and also kid friendly. Under proper adult supervision the Thermomix is simple and safe to use and your kids can get a real sense of accomplishment making their own lunch!)

Ingredients
a handful of fresh coriander, leaves and stems (no waste, just taste!)
3 large carrots, peeled if not organic and cut into chunks
1 small onion, peeled and quartered
1 medium potato, peeled if not organic and cut into chunks
30 g olive oil
stock or water and a stock cube
the juice of one orange
salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Turn the Thermomix on to Speed 7 and drop the coriander onto the running blades to chop. Turn off immediately. Tip out into a small bowl and reserve.
  2. Place the carrot, potato, onion and olive oil into the Thermomix bowl. Chop 5 seconds/Speed 4 ½. Scrape the sides of the bowl with the spatula, then sauté 100° C/5 minutes/Speed 1.
  3. Add half of the chopped coriander, then add stock (or water and stock cube) up to the 1 1/2 litre mark. Close the lid of the Thermomix, insert the measuring cup upside down and squeeze the orange over the lid. The juice will run through the gap into the bowl but the pips/seeds will stay on the lid!
  4. Cook 100° C/12 minutes/Speed 2. Make sure the potato is cooked or your soup will be gluey. Cook a few minutes more if required.
  5. Add remaining chopped coriander. Blend 1 minute/Speed 10 and listen while Thermomix’s Slow Start safety feature ensures that you don’t get splashed with hot soup while you’re trying to wake up!

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Bon appétit !

2 Responses to “My Very Own Masterchef”

  1. Oooh lucky yooo Madame! Your John is one of the precious ones and a keeper for sure. I loved everything about this post. The story, the writing, the photo, the message… all of it scrumptious. Yummy blogging Madame! (Amazing how much one can taste the soup from the sight of an empty bowl.) Brilliantly perfect. Feed me more any time.

    • PS — I forgot to say how I adore the quote from Ellie in the top right corner of this page (Thought for the day!) She is so right, and it is a charming view of Thermomix from the perspective of a hungry child. Lovely.

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