Mango and apple sorbet

Mango and apple sorbet
Mango and apple sorbet

Blended whole apple, mango and ice at speed 10 for this refreshing sorbet.

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Pineapple sorbet

Pineapple sorbet
Pineapple sorbet

Three slices of pineapple, 2cups of ice and a tsp of sugar. The pineapple was a bit sour so blitzed a bit of sugar first then mixed in pineapple  and ice blitzed about 30 sec to 1 minute at sp 10. Making our own sorbets is very easy and great for cooling down the kids after school.

Day Four: Saturday, more time to play with the TM

Easy waffles
Easy waffles

So excited to have more time to test the thermomix today. First breakfast, chose easy waffles from recipe community, plus fruit smoothie of course. Talk about easy peasy, the hardest part is measuring the ingredients into the bowl. Seconds later a smooth batter ready to pour into the waffle iron. Kids love the waffles and berry smoothie of course.

Next decided to make chicken stock, just added  chicken, root veges, herbs, wine and salt into the TM, cooked and puréed in the TM. Made a huge amount of chicken stock paste 500g  ( 1 Tb makes 500ml of chicken stock) , the accountant in me wants to calculate the cost savings already, not to mention the benefit of knowing that the stock made from  is pure natural fresh ingredients, no msg or additives.

Chicken stock paste
Chicken stock paste

For lunch the kids wanted to try pizza, so we made the dough which makes two large pizzas. Only two minutes kneading by the TM and the dough is one ready to prove, too easy. The hardest thing is adding in the ingredients! .

Pizza dough
Pizza dough
One pizza
One pizza

Next, lemonade using the guided recipe. Just seconds and two whole lemons including the skin, caster sugar and water. Kids and I love the lemonade, it’s better than the homemade lemon cordial we make. Husband makes the comment that this is better than any cafe bought lemonade he’s ever tasted. He’s already thinking about cost saving too and smiling! A whole jug from two lemons from our garden, no mess no squeezing, no pulp, just blitz a few seconds.

Freshest lemonade ever
Freshest lemonade ever

Next we tried guided fruity dream recipe ( soft serve ice cream) raspberries, sugar and an egg white made a “Mr whippy”  ice cream. The kids loved it. Although I will substitute sugar with a banana next time or halve the sugar. Was a tad sweet for my taste buds!

Raspberry soft serve ice cream
Raspberry soft serve ice cream

And just to give the TM a rest we made a soup using chicken stock made in TM the old fashion way on the stove in a pot. It’s funny but we feel energised, wonder if it’s the quality of the food ?

Turn the dial and the magic happens
Turn the dial and the magic happens

Verdict after day four:

Love the ease of use, one bowl no other dishes or equipment needed, integrated scales,  self clean, touchscreen guided recipes, turns itself off when cooking finished, recipes seem to be very well tested and can’t wait to work my way through more of the basic cookbook. Haven’t even used the multi level steam cooking yet. Potential is incredible. Love it so far! Who doesn’t need a kitchen helper like this. The breakfasts are better than cafe food!

Ps went to Milly’s Kitchen to buy loaf tins and it was satisfying to see a huge billboard in the front of the store showing all the Kitchenaid equipment all just for $3500, about three machines plus accessories. If I was starting again, I’d only buy the thermomix.

Day Three: Inspired after looking at TM recipes through the night

Apple and berry pancakes
Apple and berry pancakes

One of the reasons why I was convinced the TM was the way to go, is the well established recipe community. Any recipe you could possibly want to try can be searched on the community pages along with user star ratings and comments. I found this apple and blueberry pancake recipe. Literally seconds later after adding the ingredients in the TM, we have the pancake batter ready to cook. This along with linseed sunflower and chia berry smoothie gives us a healthy serve of fruit to start the day. I made myself a green smoothie from whole unpeeled apple, cucumber, spinach, mint and  l.s.c seed mix.

Green smoothie ingredients
Green smoothie ingredient
Green smoothie
Green smoothie

Daughter made the best focaccia bread, the dough was done in the machine in two minutes, and after months of skepticism about the thermomix  that mum had been talking about, she suddenly saw how incredible this piece of equipment could be.

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Best ever focaccia bread

Also made the coleslaw from the recipe chip and was so easy, just chucked in cabbage apple onion and mayonnaise, blitz a few seconds and hey presto it’s done, no pic taken, forgotten in all the excitement.

Verdict after Day three:

Even with dough kneading in the bowl, we could still use the self cleaning option and so very little extra dishes to get done. Super fast and like having a extra pair of hands in the kitchen. It’s potential is enormous. I actually felt guilty buying a loaf of bread from the supermarket but only because I realised we didn’t own any bread loaf tins to bake the bread in. The potential to mill own grains and understand exactly what is in our food will change our diet for the better.

Only negative was the butterfly whisk was a little hard to insert properly when make the fruity dream soft serve ice cream. But that’s more user familiarity than design issue. You needed to insert and twist to lock under the blades.