August 12, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
Since I had been invited into The Wonderful World of Varoma Cooking, I couldn’t WAIT to learn more about the Thermomix via my friend Caterina from Thermaliscious Fun.
Would I “really” be able to understand this revolutionary machine that has taken the world by storm with all the buttons, things to do, and things to remember?
I can tell you right away, with Caterina’s guidance and demonstration, I picked up on the TTS principle (literally) right away!
“What’s the TTS principle?”, I “hear” you say?
Time, Temperature, Speed!
If you remember one thing WHEN you purchase your Thermomix, it’s Time, Temperature, Speed!
You too are now half on your way to having fun with your Thermomix too!
Good thing “for a newbie”, Caterina did not think I was C-R-A-Z-Y!! lol
“As a newbie”, I have now learned that the veggies do not have to be chopped in small pieces as that’s what The Thermomix will do!
“What did you make?”, I “hear” you ask patiently?
Caterina suggested (in order to save time too), starting with the Walnut Bread via UK Thermomix so it can rise, then we can make the Pesto (Blend 40leaves basil, 1 clove garlic, 40g parmesan and olive oil – Speed 7/6 until becomes a creamy liquid adding more oil as needed) and Olive Tapenade for the Thermomix Puff Pastry Pinwheels Recipe I found via Thermomix Recipes.
For those who have not seen or experienced The Thermomix:
Have YOU remembered “Time, Temperature, Speed?”
One of the other GREAT features, (which I quickly took on board) was the built-in scales!
What a BONUS this was for me!
Set the scales, add additional “weighed” ingredients; don’t forget to set the scales! lol
The timer was also child….um, I mean adult friendly-free!
Seeing the weather has been very cold this winter in Adelaide, I thought a warm and comforting Tuscan Bean Soup via The Official Thermomix Community Online (topped with our pesto that we made) would be perfect to accompany our Walnut Bread!
Can you smell the bread from here?
Might I mention, it was VERY yummy!
With lunch “devoured with love”, onto finishing the Puff Pastry Pinwheels.
Okay, I S-Q-U-E-A-L-E-D when in 10 minutes baking, the timer went off!
Lucky for me, Caterina KNOWS my fun-filled food personality!
These too were “devoured with love”, but seeing kalamata olives are naturally salty, next time I make these, I will omit the extra salt called for in the recipe; personal taste for me!
Seeing we were WAY ahead on our schedule, Caterina suggested she could demonstrate making Creamy Garlic Prawns via The Official Thermomix Online Community as well as steaming corn, making Coconut Rice (Nasi Lemak) via ChooTheFat’s Thermomix Adventures and a Steamed Omelette; Chef Georgio (from Hello Dolly Delight) loves eggs!
WOW how Thermomix times flies!
Can someone PLEASE let me (and Caterina) know WHERE the time has gone?
I (honestly) could not believe HOW quick the Creamy Garlic Prawns, Steamed Corn and the Coconut Rice was made!
This was delicious!
As soon as the photo was taken, a lot more sauce was poured over, but I wanted you to get the see the prawns too! 🙂
At this point, I am sure you will laugh “with me” (when you see) as Caterina’s Omelette “wecolmed” me to The Wonderful World of Varoma. (the art of cooking with steam)
Like a child of five, I ooooooooohhhhhhhhh’ed and aaaaaaaaaaaaaah’ed as it raised, it fell, it raised again and then….
We both “YELLED OUT”, “GET THE camera!!!”
But by the time I photographed, it had well and truly fallen and was cooked.
While not the “prettiest of photos” might I add it was also very yummy!
I would like to thank Caterina via Thermalicious Fun for a My Thermomix Play Date!
I learned so much in a short period of time and can’t wait for our next Thermomix Play Date, TRUE!
In advance, I would also like to thank Monika Pawlisz, South Australian Branch Manager (North) for Thermomix Australia, as Monika has “graciously” offered a Thermomix for a couple of weeks in September to see (based on my food lifestyle) what I could “create, make and bake” with my fun-filled food enthusiasm passionately!
I would LOVE hearing from Thermomix owners and non Thermomix owners alike with your comments or questions you might have for this “newbie.”
One of my “challenges” in making Thermomix recipes will be including Naturally Sweet Xylitol (sugarless sugar) with a tasty recipe.
No dates, figs, honey as natural sweeteners; no white potato, very limited rice; no finned fish…
For Thermomix owners:
Please feel free to suggest one your recipes that I can consider highlighting in my future posts!
Another “challenge” will be whether I can “properly” convert some recipes, but as you know by now, I am always up for a food challenge!
Look forward to future Thermomix posts…coming soon!