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Welcome to The Kitchen Playground. Cooking can bring great joy and great despair. I hope that the recipes you find here, many of which are very quick to make with the weeknight in mind, help you to experience more joy than despair. Many recipes have instructions for the Thermomix 31 as well as traditional instructions. The emphasis is on real, fresh food that combines flavour, texture and scent to delight the senses.

Thermomix Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies

by Dani

These are a big hit in our house for old and young alike. There are so many recipes similar to this floating around these days. For good reason. I use 51% cocoa choc chips as a good compromise between the palates of the family and these are close to healthy treat. 56 calories each Chocolate […]

No Food Waste. Filo Fruit Tarts

by Dani

We go through a lot of fruit in this house. All that tends to be left in the fruit bowl by the end of the week is the odd item that is slightly bruised and the kids were too lazy to cut the bruise out of and eat. This week I had 2 apples, 2 […]

5:2 Fast Day work lunch. Microwave tomato and spinach ‘baked’ egg

by Dani

This is a ripper for a fast day that can be thrown together super quickly. You can vary the spices for a range of different flavours too. Microwave tomato and spinach ‘baked’ egg 1/2 can crushed tomatoes (57 calories) 2 cubes frozen spinach (or a couple of handfuls of fresh) (10 calories) 1 egg (75 […]

5:2 Food for the Family. Roasted tomato, spinach and yoghurt pasta sauce.

by Dani

The 5:2 lifestyle comes in a range of varieties. The original was 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men on 2 non-consecutive fast days a week. Dr. Michael Mosley has recently revised this to 800 calories as almost as effective and more achievable for some people. There is also a potential split between […]

5:2 Food for the Family. Tuna Bean Salad with Pita Chips

by Dani

Well it has been awhile. It feels like the blink of an eye but it is almost three years since I last posted. That’s life in the fast lane for you. Working full time (and then some), running a household, raising a couple of teenager/almost teenager beasties and study leaves very little time for blogging. […]

Flavours of Vietnam: The Pho Cocktail

by Dani

I greeted Friday evening with a much greater sigh of relief than is usual this week. It hasn’t been a bad week, just a busy one. Plus it was the Bread Winner’s birthday and I’d had to stand him up for lunch which I felt dreadful about. Such is the crazy world of education. All […]

Thermomix Flavours of Vietnam. Quy Nhon Fishcakes

by Dani

This is a thermomix adaptation of Luke Nguyen’s recipe from The Food of Vietnam. Quy Nhon Fishcakes Ingredients 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 skinless white fish fillets salt and pepper 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil 1 clove garlic, peeled 5 spring onions, white part only, reserve green and slice thinly to serve 3 tablespoons sesame oil […]

Thermomix flavours of Mexico. Avocado crema corn.

by Dani

A brief hiatus in the kitchen from Vietnamese flavours. This is absolutely delicious and incredibly messy to eat. Particularly for those who are bearded. I have adapted a recipe found in an airplane magazine, apparently the original is from Cantina by Paul Wilson. I served this accompanied by skate which had been smeared in ground […]

Flavours of Vietnam. Mini hamburger style pork buns.

by Dani

This is technically as Chinese inspired as it is Vietnamese. Either way it is low prep, delicious and fun for the kids who like any dish where they compile their own servings. Mini Pork Buns. Ingredients. 1 packet frozen spring roll buns (from Asian grocers) 500g piece pork neck Char siu sauce 2 spring onions […]

Flavours of Vietnam. Chicken and Green Papaya Salad

by Dani

Quick and delicious on a hot night. Chicken & Green Papaya Salad Ingredients 1 green papaya 1 tblsp Phu Quoc fish sauce 3 chicken thigh fillets 1 spring onion, sliced thinly fried shallots, sliced chilli and crushed peanuts to garnish Method 1. Peel and julienne the green papaya and toss fish sauce and spring onion […]