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Well, I tried to keep it a secret….but…I am now using this in so many recipes that I couldn't do it to you all…so it now appears in all my books as it has become the iconic pantry (fridge) ingredient to have handy.
What is Umami? I am asked this quite often. Umami, or savouriness, is one of the five basic tastes. It has been described as savoury and is characteristic of broths and cooked meats. People taste umami through taste receptors that typically respond to glutamates and nucleotides, which are widely present in meat broths and fermented products.
If you are new to Umami, it is the fifth flavour and it is amazing how much depth it adds to savoury dishes. Try it in anything that is a sauce, soup, braise, curry, you name it, umami it! It is fantastic whipped into fresh butter with parsley and lemon juice, rolled, sliced and plopped on top of cooked fish or steak…you will never look back. SO let your imagination run wild, and get addicted…it is the addictive flavour in all the 'bad' foods you love, but wish you didn't. Well now you can love them again and they will love you back!
This recipe is from scratch, develops more flavour over time and has nothing unknown in it! …oh yes, 'You're welcome!'
Try using Umami Paste in the following umami rich recipes;
Serve on crostini, as is.
Add to a cheese platter as a spread.
Stir through hot soups, bolognaise sauce, curries, and any other savoury dishes as needed.
Add to risotto or stir through hot cooked pasta with chopped herbs and EVOO for a quick and easy meal.
Rub onto uncooked chicken breast, wrap breast in sliced mozzarella and bacon and cook on hot grill.
Dehydrate tomato solids in warm oven on piece of baking paper for as long as it takes for it to become brittle. Mill and add to powdered stock.
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- 300 Grams roma tomatoes, cubed
- 90 Grams parmesan cheese cubed
- 80 Grams walnuts toasted
- 5 Grams Dulse sea vegetable flakes (optional)
- 5 Grams balsamic vinegar
- 2 - 3 anchovy fillet
Place tomatoes into Thermomix bowl and cook 10 min/100°C/Reverse/speed 1.
Press cooled pulp through a fine sieve and separate solids from liquids. (See below for ideas to use solids) Reserve liquid to use in Umami.
Alternatively use 200g tinned tomatoes and proceed with recipe from this point. Place Parmesan and walnuts into clean, dry Thermomix bowl and mill 8 sec/speed 9.
Add all remaining ingredients and blend 30 sec/speed 4, scraping down as necessary.