About 4 years ago, I was introduced to a Thermomix. I’d never heard of one before, but all of a sudden, I found myself amidst a wave of people talking about a kitchen machine that ‘does everything’.
When it comes to people singing praises of any type of miracle – let along a wondrous machine -I am a skeptic. Miracle healing, the ability to transcend into meditation, x-ray specs – these things are all out of my realm.
And in regards to kitchen machinery, I already had a good quality blender, food processor and my best friend, a cherry red Kitchen Aid.
“You have to see this, Rhu. Just come and see. It will chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and weigh“. No mention of meditation. But anyway, I went along to a demonstration and, to be frank, was extremely underwhelmed. The food was OK, don’t get me wrong. The risotto was light and fluffy. The sorbet was sweet and smooth. And the bread rolls were lovely and light, and yes, everything was additive free and what a fantastic thing that is for our health. I agree.
“But I can already do these things“, I reasoned. With a knife, a chopping board, a stove, a glass of wine. Give me those tools and I am a happy lady. Throw in some Etta James or Billie Holiday and I can lose myself in as close to transcendental meditation as I find possible. “I like to stir. I like to chop. I like to crush and mash and smash and slice. I like to sauté, to caramelise, to bake. I find it therapeutic and rewarding. I don’t need a Thermomix to do any of those things.”
And so I stayed happy with my blender, knife and chopping board. And I went along to a number of demonstrations, even had meals prepared for me, by wonderful friends, in their Thermomix. I remained.
And then one day, someone said to me “Have you ever seen one used in a commercial kitchen? Have you seen what it can do for cooks“? So I went along, yet again, armed with my “Oh yes, how wonderful, but I can already do that, thanks“, spiel… and realised that perhaps, just perhaps, there might be something in this machine for me after all.
Because this was the first time I had seen a demonstration that wasn’t about why you should buy a Thermomix. It wasn’t about how the Thermi replaces the kitchen. No. This demonstration was about what a Thermomix can actually do in a kitchen. As a tool.
With or without meditation, Etta James, or wine.
First up, it’s fast. I mean leave-your-blender-behind-on-the-freeway fast. You can take raw sugar and make caster sugar in a matter of seconds, and in a few more you have icing sugar. You can mill flour from grains, meaning all types of flours from spelt to rye, oat to rice, within a few seconds. You can grind nuts from whole to chopped, or finer to meals. You can grind whole spices to ground spices in under 20 seconds. And if they taste better roasted – either before or after grinding, use the Thermi to both roast and mill.
Here’s some of the things the Thermomix can do: http://www.thermomix.com.au/what-is-thermomix/functions.aspx
(By the way – I am not endorsing it. I am not an ad. I’m just including this link so that people who have never heard of them can take a peek.)
Go on, I’ll wait.
So, at the end of the day, after 4 years of saying no, but thanks…. I said yes. Yes indeed I did.
And the first thing I made – was bread.
If you are a naysayer, I am OK with that. You won’t hear me preaching about miracle machines from this little corner of blogland. In fact, this will probably be the only fully-related-to-thermomix blog post I will ever make.
But you will see, from time to time, references to my Thermomix in recipes, because I do use it in my kitchen. I make my own flour, including spelt, rice, corn and more, from whole grains. I make my own sugars from raw, nut meals from whole unroasted nuts (I roast and toast first) as do I with whole spices before they are pulverised into powder for fresh spices. Grind fresh coffee. Mill up megagazbillion herbs and spices for curry pastes. I’ve started making my own cheeses, and we eat home made butter more often than we don’t. For me I can see it will do more, much more, but it’s early days. So although I am no longer a skeptic, I do still take the whole ‘it replaces everything in your kitchen‘ speil with a grain of – self-milled – salt.
But it gives me hope.
Maybe one day I’ll even be able to meditate.
Do you own a Thermomix? What motivated you to buy it? And what do you use it for?