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avocado mayonnaise

avocado mayonnaise

One of the selling points of buying a Thermomix is the ability to make delicious home made mayonnaise. While we normally use Kewpie (Japanese) mayonnaise for use in small doses if we need a lot of it for potato salad or a dipping sauce there is really no better option than fresh home made.

coconut macaroons

coconut macaroons

Coconut macaroons are a sweet, delicious biscuit perfect for an afternoon tea or a sweet treat. Crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

pork fillet with a spicy marmalade glaze

pork fillet with a spicy marmalade glaze

Pork fillet with a sweet and spicy glaze has been a favourite in my family since I was a kid growing up in South Africa. A simple dish that is delicious for a weeknight meal and flavoursome enough to impress for a dinner party.

tri-tip

tri-tip

Tri-tip is labelled by some as ‘poor man’s eye fillet’ or ‘poor man’s tenderloin’. Whilst it is certainly cheaper in price (about half the price or less) it certainly has more than half the taste and flavour of the more expensive cuts.

healthy chocolate brownies by the fit interest

healthy chocolate brownies by the fit interest

If you are looking for family friendly, healthy, refined sugar free, gluten free and delicious recipes head over to The Fit Interest website or follow them on Instagram. After seeing these chocolate brownies posted over Easter Mr Messy Benches put his request in for me to get baking.

beef rib

beef rib

Beef short rib has become a favourite of mine in the world of barbecue. Dry brined, seasoned with a simple rub and cooked low and slow for about 7 hours it runs a close second to brisket for me.

mac n cheese loaf

mac n cheese loaf

Mac n cheese is a great side dish for a lot of meals and is especially popular alongside barbecued meats. I recently tried a mac n cheese loaf at a local barbecue restaurant and was really impressed with the crunchy and cheesy crust so I thought I’d give it a go using the simple, yet very tasty, 3-Ingredient Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.

tiramisu cake

tiramisu cake

Tiramisu is a decadent traditional Italian dessert that can be made with savoiardi (sponge finger) biscuits for an easy and delicious dessert. Some recipes call for raw egg to be used though I choose to leave it out. I do, however, include philadelphia cream cheese in the cake to maintain a think consistency.

buttermilk fried chicken burger

buttermilk fried chicken burger

The first time I tried buttermilk fried chicken I was really impressed with the taste and texture. It was served in a burger and it was only a matter of time until I tried it at home. It may seem like there are a lot of steps involved but it’s not as complicated as you may think. You will, however, have some very messy benches by the end of it!

bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with jalapeno poppers

bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with jalapeno poppers

Chicken, bacon, cheese and jalapenos. These really do tick a lot of boxes. The jalapenos are stuffed with cheese, cumin, garlic and a hint of lime then wrapped up in a chicken breast that is wrapped with bacon. They can be grilled in the barbecue, baked in the oven or smoked over coals.

banana carrot coconut muffins (gluten free)

banana carrot coconut muffins (gluten free)

Gluten free muffins with the option to be dairy free and refined sugar free. These are made with coconut flour, a flour with a unique taste that requires some experimentation when it comes to quantities.

hot cross buns with a marzipan centre

hot cross buns with a marzipan centre

Traditional hot cross buns with a twist! Your favourite Easter bun with the addition of dried cranberries and a marzipan centre.

brisket

brisket

Brisket. The holy grail of barbecue. If you over cook it becomes dry, under cook it and it will be tough and chewy. But get it just right and it is out of this world!

hot cross bun shortbread

hot cross bun shortbread

Fortnum & Mason hot cross bun shortbread make for a great change to the usual Easter fare. I have converted the recipe for Thermomix.

beef cheeks

beef cheeks

Beef cheeks have a deep, rich flavour that deserves more recognition than it currently has. Although they are relatively small in comparison to most cuts associated with barbecue they still require a long low and slow cook. When fully rendered the gelatinous streak that runs through the cheek breaks down making the meat tender and juicy.

grilled honey chipotle chicken wings

grilled honey chipotle chicken wings

For me wings are the tastiest part of a chicken. In particular, the middle part of the wing. These chipotle and honey chicken wings from Serious Eats are spicy, sweet and taste delicious.

caramel bliss balls

caramel bliss balls

Craving a sweet treat but want something on the healthier side? These little balls will hit the spot. They are also great for a breakfast on the run. The protein powder is optional.

pulled pork and slaw burgers

pulled pork and slaw burgers

We’ve used pulled pork in a variety of ways – burgers, pies, pizzas, stir fry, toasted sandwiches, the list goes on. One of our favourites are pulled pork burgers.

choc mint protein balls

choc mint protein balls

No need to buy store bought protein balls or bars when you can make them at home. There are a variety of different textures and flavours available at local supermarkets, health food stores and at shopping centre juice bars but nothing beats homemade.

pork spare ribs

pork spare ribs

Pork ribs are one of the most popular menu items at any barbecue restaurant. They’re sticky, sweet, full of flavour and best of all they need to be eaten with your hands!