I have been hearing the siren song of Thermomix for some time. I was always curious but had heard how much they retail for and dismissed it as I didn’t think I would use it enough. Late last year, I asked my friend (who is a consultant) to come give me a demo. And within the first ten minutes I had made my mind up, I had to have one.
Now, there are a list of reasons that people buy a Thermomix. Some use them daily to cook and/or prepare vast amounts of food with them when entertaining or for their children but none of those reasons really applied to me. However, I hate cooking for myself and when you live on your own, you tend to open the fridge, stare at the contents and evaluate “can I be stuffed cooking?”. More often than not, the answer for me is no and the results are toast for dinner (stop cringing Mum). It became clear that purchasing a Thermomix would solve two problems for me.
- It would inspire me to do big batch cooking, to freeze portions so that I always had healthy home cooked food on hand for when the answer to my question “can I be stuffed” would have normally resulted in toast for dinner.
- I could make food that didn’t have hidden nasties in it that would set off my Fruct Mal. Like my own concentrated vegetable stock paste, from scratch, in short amounts of time at the press of a button without evils like onion in it.
So when Trixie (as she has been named by my friends) arrived, I started my new love affair. I don’t use Trixie everyday, in fact sometimes it’s once a week but I am loving being more creative and organised with my cooking. And yes, these photos are things that I made!!!!!!!!! (not that I am proud or anything).
Berry Baked Cheesecake
Steamed Salmon with Dill & Lemon
Thai Inspired Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup
Yes, you will still need to use your oven on occasion. And yes, it is expensive to purchase. I was lucky to be able to take advantage of an interest-free offer and love that for a lot of the recipes that I create I DONT have to use any other appliance. I can make custard in 10 minutes without stirring, I can chop 2 litres of veggies and herbs in seconds with the press of a button and anything that has inspired my lazy arse to cook again is worth every cent as far as I am concerned.
I will admit though, there have been moments when I look at Trixie and think “I don’t use it enough”. But that’s normal apparently…. there are even sites dedicated to helping you fall back in love with your Thermomix (I kid you not, and they are GREAT sites – like this one here). So when after the first month or so the initial shiny was wearing off the experience, I decided I would challenge myself to make things in the Varoma steamer (which I hadn’t used very much) and to make bread etc. This helped a lot and got me inspired again. The next phase for me is to purchase some new cookbooks to once again get inspired to try new things.
There are endless recipe forums, Facebook groups and blogs to keep you inspired – I highly recommend looking at them, joining in and asking questions. If you are like I was, on the fence, and want to read more about other people’s experiences in purchasing a Thermomix there’s a great post here on Simply Nourishing about deciding whether a Thermomix is right for you.
And best of all, all of this cooking has meant I had to re-arrange and sort and label things in my pantry – so an additional win for OCD 🙂