What I can’t be without

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There is one way to make 6pm worse than it already is with two children in my house. I haven’t started dinner.

It was probably back in 2012 when I first heard about the kitchen machine that can do everything. Well everything except wash my dishes.

I was interested but not that interested enough to buy one yet. I cooked but I didn’t really bake. I made dinners but nothing fancy. We were living in an apartment in the city at the time. A couple with no children who both travelled lots (work and play) and ate out often. Wouldn’t you with restaurants at your doorstep?

Fast forward to the following year and I was undertaking my Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness to become a personal trainer. I had started taking more of an interest in food and what we were eating. I’d started shopping predominantly at the local organic shop for our food and was making an effort to cook most nights we were home.

About this time, my sister in law invited me to a a Thermomix demonstration she was hosting. I jumped at the chance to go and see it in action. You can’t just buy a Thermomix online or from a shop. You need to go through a consultant.

I was excited to see this unrivalled machine that apparently could mill, grind, emulsify, whip, knead, mix, stir, blend, chop and steam, And it didn’t disappoint!

I still wasn’t in a position to buy one but I made sure I kept the consultants details as I was sure I would be soon!

Come the end of 2014 and I was 7 months pregnant with my first child. We had just moved into our newly renovated home (why do we renovate and move when pregnant?). Now was the time.

I took delivery of the Thermomix at the start of the December and had a month and a half to experiment with it before my world took another change with the arrival of my son. It was scary at first. What if I broke it? What if something I made didn’t work out? What if we didn’t like what was produced? It would become an expensive decoration in the kitchen like my cold press juicer had become.

Well I can say now over two years later it is seriously the best investment ever. Apart from inspiring an unknown passion for cooking (actually probably baking) it has made my food journey and ‘cooking from scratch’ philosophy so much more efficient and easier. Mind you if you eat a lot of convenience food it does and will take longer to prepare food from scratch. You need to weigh this up with the fact that you are no longer consuming a plethora of additives and preservatives. It’s a path to real food!

I won’t lie, there are some things that we still like done the traditional way. And there have been some not so good meals. Overall it’s worth it’s weight in gold. I have no affiliation with Thermomix nor am I a consultant. I’m just a very happy customer.

I can use it up to 5 times a day sometimes. Here are just a handful of things I use it for on a regular basis but the list really is endless:

  • Bread
  • Yoghurt
  • Soups
  • Risottos
  • Preparing mixtures for things like meatballs, biscuits, cakes, muffins and bliss balls
  • Salads
  • Milling nuts and grains
  • Custard, rice pudding and chia pudding
  • Steaming vegetables
  • Cooking rice and quinoa

The recipe section of this blog is intended to be a repository of my favourite recipes that I’ve collected, converted or invented myself from experimenting. They are predominently Thermomix because thats how I do things in the kitchen. If I’ve converted the recipe to be Thermomix friendly I’ll post the original instructions too. Alternatively many other thermal cookers and food processors can be used for some of the recipes although the time, speed and temperatures may vary. You will know this if you have one.

Happy baking!

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