You’ve been introduced to our marvelous team of creative cooks and Thermomix evangelists over the last few weeks: Lesley Russell, Yolaine Corbin, Tenina Holder, Alyce Alexandra and Jemma Gray. Now meet Poppie Leonard, Yolaine’s precocious seven-year-old daughter.

Poppie, who is in Grade 1, with Yolaine as her guide, had no choice but to know and love the Thermomix, and it was a natural that she should star in a video preparing one of Yolaine’s go to recipes, a yoghurt cake created to make cooking easy for kids—no weights, all measurements done with a yoghurt pot!! You can see the video and the recipe here.

I’ll let Yolaine tell Poppie’s story: “She loves helping around the kitchen—her favourite is to get scraps of any dough I make and turn the scraps into her own concoction. She has had a very adventurous culinary life already and has travelled a lot and tasted a lot. By the time she was two, she'd been around the world!

“She's experienced all the foods of France, naturally—oysters, foie gras, mussels, all kinds of smelly cheeses. She’s been to America, Thailand (her dad's background, though she's not big on chilli). She loves Japanese food and we are heading to Japan next year!

“Her dad is a hunter and gatherer. He takes her fishing, mushroom picking and they cook and eat what they catch.

“Poppie has been using the Thermomix for a couple of years now, she knows all the functions, even plays with my flipchart, practicing to be a consultant later on (as well as a vet and a rock star!).

“Her first ever Thermomix dish was making her own hot chocolate.”

Here it is:

50 grams of chocolate
250 grams milk

1.    Grate the chocolate 10 seconds/speed 8.
2.    Add the milk and cook 4 minutes/speed 2. Don’t want it too hot for kids!
3.    The rest is for the adults (read me!). Cook for 2 minutes/85 degrees/speed 2.

We’re not sure whether Poppie will be a vet, or pop star, but we reckon she could well be the next Nigella, or Maggie, or Donna or Rachel. With that audition tape behind her watch out the Food Channel in 2030!!

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