Carrot Soup And Butternut Squash Soup {{ Thermomix Recipes }}

*These recipes are written for the Thermomix, but can be made in any high speed blender. I cooked them in the Thermomix, but you can cook them on the stove too.

As soon as my vegetable stock was made, the day I received my loaned Thermomix, I set to work making two soups: first a Carrot soup, and then a Butternut Squash soup.  (And the beauty of the Thermie is that I did this in between putting my children to bed. That’s impressive.)

I am terrible at following recipes, but just these two times, I thought I’d make a special effort and follow the recipes from the Every Day Cookbook exactly, but I only kind of did, and here they are:

Carrot Soup And Butternut Squash Soup {{ Thermomix Recipes }}

Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: Winter
Author: Luschka (Every Day Cookbook)
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 5
This soup could not be any simpler or faster. It tastes fresh and wholesome when just made, and even better the next day.
  • 40 g red split lentils
  • 1 thinly peeled strip of lemon skin
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • 300 g carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 50 g butter
  • 120 g cream
  • ]½ tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • a few sprigs fresh coriander
  • water or stock as needed
  1. Grind lentils, lemon peel and ginger 20 seconds/Speed 10.
  2. Add onion, carrots, butter and stock paste or stock cube if using. Chop a few seconds/Speed 4½.
  3. Add water or stock to the 1 litre mark on the bowl. Cook 15 minutes/100ºC/Speed 2.
  4. Add coriander, salt and pepper. Add cream and milk (if using).
  5. Pureé 1 minute/Speed 10 until smooth.
Calories: 195.1 Fat: 17.1 g Carbohydrates: 9.5 g Sugar: 2.8 g Sodium: 108.8 mg Fiber: 2.7 g Protein: 2.1 g Cholesterol: 54.7 mg

The original recipe for this next soup calls for pumpkin, but we had Butternut Squash at home, so it became a Butternut Squash recipe instead, and it was totally fantastic.

Carrot Soup And Butternut Squash Soup {{ Thermomix Recipes }}

Recipe Type: Dinner,
Cuisine: Soup
Author: Luschka
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
A thoroughly delicious soup. Warm flavours and so easy to make!
  • 1 onion
  • half a butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 500g vegetable stock (2 cups, roughly)
  • Thyme, to garnish
  • cream, to garnish
  1. Place onion into bowl and chop for 5 seconds at speed 7.
  2. Add butter/oil and saute for 3 mins at 100 degrees on speed 1.
  3. Add pumpkin and carrot and garlic and chop for 15 seconds at speed 7.
  4. Add stock and cook for 20 mins on 100 degrees at speed 1.
  5. Swirl some fresh cream over the top of the soup, and add a few sprigs of thyme to garnish (but be sure to eat it, it’s the perfect herb for this soup!)

I think my favourite thing about Thermomix soups is that they come out so creamy and smooth, they look like you’ve emptied a pot of  cream into them, even if you’ve added no cream at all. Yum, yum, yum.

Festival Of Food : Raw Cheesecake {{ Thermomix Recipe }}

*This recipe can be made in any high powered blender. I’ve made it in a nut crusher before, but that was about an afternoon’s work! In the Thermomix it takes a few minutes.

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of Spring, we’re sharing real raw recipe ideas.  Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.

Cheesecake a la Charlotte

I adore cheesecake, but they’re a nightmare to make – I don’t like baked cheesecake, I prefer a fridge cake myself. They’re also full of things that aren’t great for my body, so when I saw a friend of mine make Raw Cheesecake – sugar free, dairy free, guilt free, I had to try it out myself. I used this recipe from The Rawtarian as a base, and made a delicious raw cheesecake for those evenings where I really want a snack, but don’t want sugar.

The great thing about a raw cheesecake is that it keeps in the freezer for ages, so you can make a nice big batch, and eat at will.

The bad thing is that it’s a pretty expensive recipe, but it’s worth it. I make it in a brownie pan, so its cut into 20 pieces, perfect snack sized portions.

Festival Of Food : Raw Cheesecake {{ Thermomix Recipe }}

Recipe Type: Desert
Cuisine: Raw Food
Author: Luschka
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 18
Take this desert out of the freezer half an hour before you expect to eat it and don’t forget to return it to the freezer when you’re done. If it’s for snacks rather than dinner, freeze in single portion sizes
  • Crust ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • White cheesecake filling ingredients:
  • 3 cups cashews
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup agave or honey
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Up to a 1/4 cup of water, as needed for blending
  • Fruit topping ingredients:
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup dates
  1. Sprinkle coconut into a large glass dish to serve as a base for your cheesecake.
  2. In your food processor, place 1.5 cups of cashews, salt and dates, and blend to a crumbed consistency.
  3. Pour into dish on top of coconut and press down to form a good, firm base.
  4. Next, blend together the ‘cheesecake filling, adding as little water as possible and as required to make your blender work. In the Thermomix you shouldn’t need to add much water at all. This needs to be smooth and creamy in consistency.
  5. Spread the mixture on top of the base.
  6. Freeze for about an hour to allow it to firm up.
  7. When you’re ready for the last step, blend the berries and dates until they are nice and smooth. Pour this mixture on top and freeze again for another few hours at least.
  8. Take out of freezer about half an hour before eating, so that it’s still firm, but edible.
Serving size: 1/18th Calories: 349.0 Fat: 24.9 g Carbohydrates: 31.6 g Sugar: 18.7 g Sodium: 65.7 mg Fiber: 2.2 g Protein: 5.4 g Cholesterol: 0.0 mg


Please take a moment to visit the blogs of our other Festival of Food participants. The links in this list will be live by the end of the day, as participants are all in different time zones.

  • Gone are the days where dairy-free, gluten-free deserts mean a fruit platter! This “raw” cheesecake from Luschka at Diary of a First Child is a wonderful introduction to raw food, and is pretty simple to make too! You can also find Luschka on Facebook.
  • Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares Tropical Twist Kale Chips, a recipe guaranteed to take your taste buds to the tropics! Kid love these tangy treats too!  You can also find Jennifer on Facebook.
  • Sarah at Why Food Works discusses the importance of fat and enzymes – and offers up a recipe for a raw, 5-minute blender gazpacho that’s perfect for warmer weather. You can also find Sarah on Facebook.
  • Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares tips for introducing Raw First Foods based on her experiences following baby-led weaning with her older son. You can also find Farmer’s Daughter on Facebook.
  • Destany at They Are All of Me shows to how she made coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut flour in her own kitchen, using whole coconuts. You can also fine They Are All of Me on Facebook.

Stay connected! Be sure to “Like” the Festival of Food Carnival Facebook page.

Home Made Stock Cubes/Bouillon {{Thermomix Recipe}}

I’ve been thinking long and hard how to ‘do’ this new series I’m embarking on. I am thoroughly enjoying our real food adventure, but don’t want to come across as smug. Real food is a journey, and every person must decide what’s right for them. As a result, our paths all differ as much as our destinations.

Thermomix Stock Recipe

During our last week in Australia, I was loaned a Thermomix by the lovely people at Thermomix Australia. Now, I’ve wanted a Thermomix for just over 2 years, but the cost of it is pretty prohibitive. The more I’ve researched, however, the more I have wanted one, because, quite frankly, it ticks so many boxes for me! But more on that another time. For now, I want to share the very first recipe I made by Thermomix: Vegetable Stock Cubes / Bouillon.

At first I wasn’t sure if it was worth bothering, to be honest. Vegetable stock cubes are so cheap, and having them in a box is so convenient. But then I had a look at the ingredients and I realised that an attempt at cutting preservatives and additives out of our food falls flat if the very basic underpinning foundation ingredient contains those things.

Here are the ingredients of our usual vegetable stock cubes:

Salt, vegatable oil, potato starch, yeast extract, sugar, carrot (1.5%), tomato (1%), herbs (parsley, tarragon), spices (turmeric, pepper, celery seed), bell pepper (0.2%), garlic, leek (0.1%), flavourings (contains mustard), caramelised sugar, maltodextrin, dextrose

It’s not exactly poison, but compare it to this:

celery, carrots, onion, tomato, courgette, garlic, mushrooms, basil, sage, rosemary, parsley, oil and salt.

If I were to lay those ingredients out on a two plates, I know which one I’d go for.

While this recipe is an adaptation from the Australia Every Day Cookbook and is written for the Thermomix, there’s no reason why you couldn’t mix it in any high powered blender and make it part of your every day seasoning.

Home Made Stock Cubes/Bouillon {{Thermomix Recipe}}

Cuisine: Basic
Author: Luschka
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 1 litre
Don’t taste this recipe and fret over the salt. It’s VERY salty, but it’s a concentrate. A tablespoon full goes into a litre of liquid, i.e soup, of which you have a cup at a time. It’s lower in salt per serve than an egg! If you lower the salt amount you will have to freeze the stock, but with the correct salt, it won’t freeze at all but can keep in the fridge. The great thing about this recipe is that it is very flexible. You can use whatever you have in the fridge. I know a few people who pop all their vegetable scraps into the freezer to keep particularly for making this stock concentrate.
  • 2 celery stalks, with leaves
  • 2 large carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tomato, quartered
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 50g mushroom (optional)
  • a teaspoon each of basil, sage, and rosemary
  • 20g parsley
  • 30g olive oil
  • 200g sea salt or pink salt (don’t use table salt, it’s very high in Sodium, which is what you want to avoid in a healthy diet)
  1. Chop all the vegetables and herbs for <b> 10 seconds on Speed 7 </b>
  2. Add the oil and salt, and <b> cook at 90 for 20 minutes on speed 2 </b>
  3. It turns into an unappealing looking green gloop, but adds amazing flavour to all your dishes.
  4. Leave to cool and place in a jar in the fridge for up to six months.
  5. If using less salt, freeze in spoonfulls or ice cube trays and use as needed,
Calories: 2.3 Fat: 0.2 Carbohydrates: 0.2g Sugar: 0.0 Sodium: 3.8g Fiber: 0.1g Protein: 0.0 Cholesterol: 0.0