Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mighty Mayo (Failsafe Mayonaise)

Mighty Mayo


This is taken directly from the Failsafe Cookbook and is also known as "Robin's Dressing".  An experienced TMX cook can easily translate this into TMX-ese. 

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup maize cornflour        (HALF  20g)
  • 1 tsp citric acid (or more to taste)     (HALF  1/2 tsp)      
  • 1 tsp salt      (HALF  1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup sugar      (HALF  30g)
  • 1 1/4 cups water    (HALF  155g)
  • 2 eggs      (HALF  1 egg)
  • 175ml (150g) failsafe oil   (HALF 75g)

Method:

Thermomix:
  • Put Cornflour, Citric acid, Salt, Sugar and Water into TMX and cook for 10 mins, 100ÂșC Speed 4
  • Lightly whisk egg in another dish and then, with TMX going at Speed 3, gently pour egg into through hole in lid 
  • Measure oil into a jug (something that pours easily) and increase to  Speed 4, with the MC in, slowly pour the oil onto the lid, all around.  Take your time and with the MC in place,  this will drizzle to oil into the mixture quite well.  Allow it to mix for about 60 seconds in all.
  • Pour into a clean jar and allow to cool before you put into the fridge.  It may be quite liquid at this stage,  don't worry it will thicken as it cools.
Stove Top:
  • Cook together cornflour, citric acid, salt, sugar and water in a saucepan. 
  • When thickened, pour into blender and while whizzing add eggs and drizzle in oil  
  • Keeps well in the fridge for approx 2 weeks.

Verdict:
 This works perfectly well as a salad dressing,  especially for coleslaw.  Or even to dip into.

Tweeks:
Today I halved the recipe as I only had 1 egg and it has worked just fine.  I might always halve it as it comes to about 1 cup and more than that just goes off in the fridge.  I expect to go through more in the thick of Summer BBQs.  In all it took me about 10 minutes to make,  from getting ingredients out to popping it in the fridge,  so it's a great option when you've run out as well.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shortcrust Pastry

Lifted directly from the Thermomix 'Everyday Cooking' book:
(For a Gluten-Free version,  see Yvonne's recipe in the comments.)

Ingredients:
  • 200g Plain flour
  • 100g butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 50-60g Water, chilled
Method:
  • Place flour, butter and salt in TMX and mix for about 10 seconds on speed 6 until mix resembles breadcrumbs
  • Set dial to closed lid position
  • Add water and knead for 10-20 seconds on interval speed to form dough
  • Add a little more water, if necessary, to bind
  • Turn mixture onto floured board and knead lightly
  • Put into fridge for about 15 minutes before rollling out and using
  • Bake at 200degC unless recipe states otherwise
  • This recipe can be used for savoury flans, pies, quiches etc.

Quiche

Quiche?  Is there a place for quiche in a Failsafe diet?  Well,  this recipe has some amines,  so if you are particularly sensitive,  then no.  Or else,  leave out the cheese and see how you go. (I'd love to hear what that turns out like.)  This quiche sort of evolved...  mostly by what I had available in the fridge.  Also,  our quiche dish is really wide and flat,  unlike our old one which was quite deep. Quiche is something I used to make with bacon and hands full of cheese.  I loved that creamy, salty flavour.  I wondered if this might be an insipid copy and I was wrong.  It was really quite delicious!!!!

One problem,  Ms C hates quiche.  Well, she hates pastry and, therefore, anything attached to pastry.  Mr frillypants came up with a solution, we hope, which we'll try tonight.

Ingredients:
  • 4 eggs
  • 20g Greek Yogurt
  • 110 g Pouring Cream
  • 180g Milk
  • 1 leek, sliced finely
  • 1-2 spring onions, sliced finely
  • Small palm size piece of butternut pumpkin,  sliced finely with a vegetable peeler
  • Salt to taste
  • Grated Parmesan / Grana Padano cheese - about 2 tabs
  • 1 quantity short-crust pastry, blind-cooked about 15 minutes in quiche dish
Method:
  • Preheat a griller/broiler
  • Saute leek and pumpkin slivers in TMX or frypan
  • Allow to cool and place into pastry shell, covering base evenly
  • Sprinkle over this with cheese
  • Place under griller and grill until cheese has melted, set aside
  • Turn on oven to mod heat
  • In TMX or a 1 litre jug, combine eggs, yogurt, cream, milk
  • Pour egg mixture into pastry shell, over leek etc
  • Sprinkle over top with spring onion
  • Cook at 180deg C for approx 20-30 minutes. (depends on your pan a bit)
  • Allow to sit to finish cooking before serving with steamed vegies and maybe some oven fries.
Verdict:
We all,  except the Failsafer, loved this meal!!  Ms D tried to go for thirds,  but there was none left. 

Tweeks:
Mr Frillypants suggested today that we try this recipe again and make a macaroni-bake-in-a-ramekin sort of thing for Ms C to eat.  Hopefully then she can join in the eggy fun.   Stay tuned!!