My ‘Amazing Thermo Machine’ – ATM
Have you heard of a Thermomix?
It looks like this….
It’s like having another person (or two) in the kitchen at the same time as you!
It saves SOOOOO much time in the kitchen especially when you are trying to make things from scratch and buy less processed foods.
How long does it take?
- 3-4 seconds any salad
- 30 seconds peanut butter
- 30 seconds any cake mix
- 60 seconds sorbet
- 30-60 seconds any juice or drink
- 1 minute butter
- 2 minutes pizza dough
- 1 1/2 minutes for bread dough
- 3-5 minutes sauce & gravies
- 7 minutes custard
- 10-20 minutes soup
- 10-60 minutes jams & spreads
It’s also saving me money on groceries. I now don’t buy any snack foods for the kids (except crackers – I haven’t attempted them yet) – we make sorbet, custard, muslei bars, pancakes/pikelets, honey baked granola!, biscuts, cakes, muffins in the Amazing Thermo Machine instead! I don’t have to buy Gravox, chicken/beef/vege stock, any flavourings for savoury foods, bread/bread rolls, sweet buns for visitors, custard powder, icecream, yoghurt (we save HEAPS here), biscuits/cakes, etc.
I follow quite a few ‘real food blogs’ and I am amazed at how many people out there are making all their own food from scratch, not buying processed foods, avoiding additives like preservatives, flavours and colours, ….. AND they don’t have a Thermomix!!!! They DO have milling machines, juicers, breadmakers, barmixers, digital scales, food processors/Kenwood’s, icecream makers, yoghurt makers, rice cookers, …… etc. Having a Thermomix simplifies all food preparation and decreases clutter in your kitchen – none of the above appliances are needed anymore when you invest in a Thermomix.
I have one of these Amazing Thermo Machines – a Thermomix – on my kitchen bench! How blessed am I???? I use it many times (at least 4 times – even if I’m out all day!) a day and I want to share just how much my ATM produces in an average week, for a family of 6 plus visitors ….
Vegetable stock – a 1 L jar is now 3/4 full of homemade vegetable stock. No special ingredients – just some old / leftover raw vegetables from the fridge/pantry (I had extra zucchini, celery, a squash, a few cherry tomatoes and a couple of carrots), some olive oil and salt (himalayan salt or sea salt) and whatever herbs are in your garden (or fridge… or pantry) – I had sage, rosemary, basil, parsley, and another few leaves from a small green bush that smells ‘herby’… not sure what it is but I pop it in everything…
Dips – for my work lunches, kids snacks, and for visitors I made 2 huge dips – cashew/capsicum/parmeson dip and a Thai Chilli Hommus dip… Mmmmmmm.
I had a huge green salad left over from the previous nights tea, I popped it in my ATM (my Thermomix ) and pressed turbo for 2 seconds and it was a perfectly chopped salad ready to add some dip for a lunch.
Found an extra 600 mL cream in my fridge left over from icecream making, so made some BUTTER.
Pizza dough – 2 batches used immediately to feed children and cousins, 2 batches to make mini pizzas to freeze for school lunches, and 2 batches to wrap in Glad wrap and pop in the freezer to use later.
Yoghurt – 4 batches (Litres) of yoghurt made this week. The kids are on school holidays, and they love it with honey and vanilla extract or with stewed rhubarb and apple stirred through it – if we have it for breakfast, we nearly go through the whole 1 L !!! I make it in the Thermomix (recipe here) then pour it into a 1 L glass jar (from Gaganis), then pop it into my old EasiYo thermos and pour boiling water around the jar – it fits perfectly!!
Sticky Buns – I just use the Thermomix bread recipe, add sultanas, a Tbsp of sugar, cinnamon and mixed spice in the kneeding part, after it rises, I make the dough into rolls, bake, then once cool I put some icing on top. Sickly sweet buns that kids and adults love!!
CADA – handful of coconut, almonds, dates, and an apple, pulsed X2 in Thermomix – great, light, (sweet) but no sugar, grain-free breakfast
For another quick breakfast with cousins who slept over – pancakes – pop 2 eggs, 2 cups SR flour, some vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp sugar (optional), and some milk (to make it the consistency you like) into the Therommix bowl, mix at speed 4-5 for 20 seconds – a smooth, perfect pancake mixture ready for the frying pan.
Whipped cream – to go with desserts x2 with visitors, to go with pancake toppings (maple syrup!!)
Banana/Walnut Cake – while it was baking we had people pop in (perfect timing!) and I had someone for coffee that night so we had a thick slice with some butter (hope you liked it Anne!!)
Banana Choc Chip Muffins – I used the basic muffin recipe in the Every Day Cookbook and added 2 bananas and a handful of choc chips.
Vanilla Custard x2 for visitors one night (to have with pie) and Chocolate Vanilla Custard (Vanilla Custard with cocoa added) to put in fridge for the kids snacks – choc/vanilla custard cold tastes like those little Milo custards from the shops.
Made chocolate, vanilla, and choc/peppermint ICECREAM for Charlie’s birthday dinner.
And of course, sorbet – every day these holidays – whenever there are extra kids or visitors or just us, sorbet is always welcome – and now the leftovers are being frozen in little containers ready for kids school and kindy lunches – it’s the perfect consistency by recess/lunch time. We’ve had mango sorbet, chocolate sorbet! the kids made, raspberry sorbet, watermelon sorbet, and lemon sorbet.
I milled another lot of coffee beans to use in our plunger, and milled a whole 1 kg of raw sugar => castor sugar and icing sugar for the pantry.
I grated 1 kg of cheese and put it into a large container to use during the week (especially for all of those pizzas!)
** If you would like more information on the Thermomix, please see the official Thermomix Australia website ** Note, I am a massive fan of the Thermomix, but HillsHomestead.com is not affiliated with Vorwerk (the manufacturer of Thermomix), and if you are looking to order a Thermomix, please visit the Thermomix Australia website here, or contact me if you are in Adelaide, SA and I can link you up with a consultant!!!!!
Have a great week,