I’ll be the first to admit, I am a gadget junkie. This weekend I stepped inside the mall and stepped out with an electric groom tool and a soft serve ice cream maker. It really didn’t matter that even the salesman tried to dissuade me to get the groom tool or that I had previously bought two ice cream makers (which I had each used once). My desire to have a soft serve ice cream party during the summer (only six months away) was enough to cloud my normally better judgement. The truth is, most of the gadgets would be lucky to be used twice… Like my coconut grater, express pizza oven, and smoker (oh actually, that was only used once!).
The one thing that remains constant though, is my trusty Thermomix. A growing number of people I know have jumped on the thermomix bandwagon.
“It can make risotto in 16 minutes!” “Have you tried making the sorbet? “The soups are so creamy!”, they say.
My favourite Thermomix trick is the ability to confit and slow cook food. Because the thermomix is able to regulate temperature, it’s ideal for cooking for a constant heat. Which is why I’ve adapted David Chang’s Chicken and Egg recipe for the Thermomix. This is the recipe that I originally submitted to food writer Dani Valent, who is currently writing Mix: Great Thermomix Recipes featuring Thermomix recipes by chefs and bloggers from around the world. In the end however, I decided to add more of an Asian flavour to the oil and came up with something truly spectacular. I can’t wait for you all to see it – the book, is scheduled for release in October 2011… in the meantime, you won’t regret trying this version.
And as for the groom tool and soft serve ice cream maker? Well, whether I eventually regret the purchases is still to be decided…
Chicken and Egg on The Thermomix
Adapted from David Chang’s Momofuku Cookbook. Non Thermomix version can be found here.
- 8 cups lukewarm water
- 1 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup salt plus 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 chicken thighs, boned
- 2 strips smoky bacon, cut in half
- 500 ml grapeseed oil (more as needed)
- 2 cucumbers
- 4 cups cooked short-grain rice
- 4 slow poached eggs (recipe follows)
- Handful sliced spring onions to serve
- 1. To make the brine, combine 1 cup of the sugar and 1 cup of the salt along with the water in a large plastic container and stir to dissolve. Add the chicken and seal. Refrigerate between 1 to 6 hours.
- 2. Remove the chicken from the brine and place the chicken in the thermomix bowl along with the strips of bacon, fit snugly in between the chicken. Add the grapeseed oil, around 500 ml but add if more is needed to ensure the chicken is covered.
- 3. Cook on reverse, speed 1 at 70c for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once done, remove from the pot oven and cool to room temperature.
- 4. When ready to serve, fry the chicken for around 3 minutes each side over medium high heat until crisp.
- Portion the rice into the bowls and top with the poached eggs (recipe follows), pickled cucumbers (recipe follows) and sliced chicken. Sprinkle with spring onions and serve.
Cucumber Pickle Recipe
Slice the cucumbers into strips with a mandolin. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and allow it to sit until ready to use
For the Poached Eggs
You will need four eggs. Fill the thermomix bowl just below the 2 litre mark. Place four eggs (in their shell) into the steam basket and add more water until the 2 litre mark is reached. Cover the thermomix with the lid. Heat at 60c for 43 minutes on speed 3. Remove from the thermomix and gently crack the tops and tip the eggs into a small saucer.
Doggie Rescue – Foster care for 12 days?
On another note, I just received an email from Monika of Doggie Rescue – a charity very close to my heart. They are working on renovating their premises including the doggie yards and are looking short term foster homes for doggies – just for 12 days. If you can help, please click here or contact Monika’s Doggie Rescue on 02 9486 3133. Renovations will begin on the 26th of July so they desperately need foster homes before 22 July (Friday). If you have any friends who would be interested, please forward these contact details.