I’ve been putting off writing the final piece on the Thermomix. But after a week’s holiday, I am up for it. I’ve realised that the delay in delivering my verdict has been because it’s not a simple case of saying “yes” I will have one. At $2400 it’s something you need to think about. There’s absolutely no doubting the precision and intelligence of this machine. During a busy week in my kitchen, we made beef rendang, buttermilk bread, lemon honey, hummus, risotto, butter, Torta Caprese, Farr Breton Aux Pruneaux, crème patisserie, lassi, beetroot salad and marmalade. Everything was flawless. This machine is truly miraculous.
I so wish I had had one back in the days when 6-7pm was jungle hour in our house….dragging yourself home from work with the issues of the day weighing you down, picking up hungry children who hated after school care, faced with cooking something quick and easy for dinner while slugging back a gin or two, helping with the maths homework (not that I understood it past about year 5), and giving guidance on the latest project like creating an entire solar system out of papier-mâché and florist wire.
It’s much more orderly in our house now, thank God. I have plenty of time to prepare food thanks to the luxury of working for myself and the fact that the boys don’t care what time they eat. They are happy to sit with a beer yarning about the latest developments in the political world while I chip in from the kitchen. For me, it is pure pleasure. I really love not having to rush at the end of the day. I like the whole process of meal time from deciding which recipe to use, or not, and choosing the produce, to preparing it for the pan, and the cooking, stirring, basting, testing, plating, serving and eating.
And, I have grown very attached to my kitchen equipment like the Kenwood Chef my grandmother gave us for a wedding present thirty years ago and my collection of old wooden spoons. Wellington Thermomix consultant Aletta Marx worked out that the Thermomix can replace about 40 kitchen tools. She’s right but what would I do with the microplanes, stick blender, hand held beater, electric beater, scales, grinder, stove top, microwave, grater, double boiler, food processor, masher, preserving pan ……..
That’s not to say that there won’t be a place for a Thermomix in my kitchen in the future. If the dream comes true and I find a way to make a modest living in Martinborough a Thermomix might be just the thing I need.
So my verdict is that the Thermomix is for you if you are:
- Time poor at the end of a hard day at work or anytime of the day for that matter
- Running a large kitchen and feeding heaps of people
- Running a small kitchen and feeding a few
- Needing to prepare separate meals for those with allergies, for example
- Don’t like feeling stuck in the kitchen
- Would prefer to chat to friends and family while dinner’s cooking rather than have the cooking process as part of the entertainment
- Not confident about making things like risotto and custards
- Starting out and don’t have many kitchen essentials yet
- Setting up a bach and the kitchen is pretty, well, bach-like, or
- Wanting to invest $2400 in a miracle machine that will transform your cooking
I hope I have done the Thermomix justice. It is extraordinary. I was so engrossed with it during my trial week that at one point Mike asked what I would do if I had to choose a day with him or the Thermomix. It was really tough decision, but he’s got heaps of other friends.