A lovely reader asked me to tell her more about my Kitchen Aid. And I’ve been meaning to write a post on why I love both my Kitchen Aid and Thermomix so here it is! Retro daddy bought me my lovely Kitchen Aid while I was in hospital with the twins. Such a good husband and he picked the colour perfectly for me too. I had been wanting one for a while and it makes the best cakes and beats egg whites in no time. I love that I can see what I’m doing and also that I can chuck ingredients in, let it get to work and walk away to get more ingredients or do something nearby and it’s still busy working for me. And of course it looks so good on your kitchen counter and is made to last.
I also have the kitchen aid blender thanks to FlyBuys
I’d heard about the Thermomix before I got my Kitchen Aid and I thought it sounded amazing but I was totally put off by the price and knew it was totally out of my reach. A couple of years later I was hearing more about them and started to do my research but as soon as I mentioned it to retro daddy he’d roll his eyes and tell us we had to build the kitchen first before we’d even buy one. I was still in love with it and knew it would be a huge help in my kitchen. Then I got invited to a demo by another mum at school and jumped at the chance. I researched even more and the only negative I could find was price. I went to the demo and was blown away by what it could do and knew it would make great meals in my kitchen and meant I could cook more things from scratch and with a family of 6 that had to be a good thing.
So I bought one using my Nuffnang money and paid for it over 3 payments. At certain times of the year Thermomix offer interest free for 12 months so you can pay for it in 12 instalments which is also a great deal. And then the Thermomix came home and someone even asked had I been given it because I was blogging about it so often. Nope. Paid for and bought myself.
So what’s to love. First up it’s fast. You weigh your ingredients straight into the bowl and the scales set back to zero with a quick press of the button so you can weigh in your next ingredient and get on with your cooking. You can make caster sugar in a matter of seconds, grind nuts and spices and mill your own flour from grains.
But what I really love is making a whole meal in the one machine. Let’s say you want curry. So you put your spices in and you heat them up and grind them. Add in an onion and some garlic and it cuts it up for you and with a bit of oil it then sautes it for you. Add in your chicken or vegies and say tomatoes or yoghurt and with a few pushes of buttons it will cook and stir your curry for you. I then set aside the curry, rinse out the bowl and put my rice in with some water. Stir the rice and water for a few seconds then set it to cook and end up with a basket of fluffy rice. My curry has been kept warm in my Thermoserve bowl and I have one meal ready to go. I can also do a quick custard or sorbet for dessert. Now that is what I call smart cooking.
It did what I thought it would do in that it makes quick family dinners from scratch and even simple dishes like pasta. If your kids love pasta then you’ll love that it makes your sauce (our favourite is chickpea, celery, tomato, stock and water) and you add in your pasta and it will cook and stir your pasta in the sauce and cook it at the same time so you don’t have to boil your water on the stove with the sauce going separately in another saucepan. Add in some grated cheese that you did in the thermomix before you started cooking and you have one healthy pasta dish made from very simple (and cheap) ingredients and your family will love it. Dinner time is always witching hour in our house and so not having to stir pots and meals on the stove and having it all done for me is a huge benefit.
After I got my Thermomix readers were emailing me telling me that they’d always wanted a KitchenAid but now they saw the Thermomix they didn’t know which one to get. And I had to always say that I used both. I still use my KitchenAid because it does the best egg whites and really big cakes and cookie batches. I’ll always love my KitchenAid and it has a special place on the kitchen counter and looks so good too. But if you want something for everyday cooking and baking then the Thermomix wins because it does cookies and cakes too and so much more. If you love to bake then making your own caster and icing sugar from raw or regular sugar is a huge cost saver and just makes sense. I love that it is so many pieces of kitchen equipment in one. You can’t have a KitchenAid without some form of blender or food processor for other dishes but having the Thermomix does that for you.
And the only negative still is price. I won’t lie. It was a huge hurdle for me to get over and took a few years of lusting after before I actually owned one. I know that it’s not affordable. But when I think about how I use it everyday and how may family dinners it makes then it becomes more economical to think about rather than the upfront price.
Tenina – thermomix recipe guru
In a perfect world retro daddy would have said ‘of course honey, if it makes your life easier then of course you can have a Thermomix. Let me buy it for you and make your life easier’. Instead I had to buy it and cook up an amazing 3 course dinner for him served up with a bottle of wine. He wondered why I was buttering him up. Then he walked into the kitchen after dessert and burst out laughing saying ‘so you bought it anyway’ (I married a good man, trust me. I know that). But since then it has made the best pizza he’s ever had and he enjoys all the family meals I make him. His only complaint is when he’s watching tv and all of a sudden a huge motor starts up as I turn the Thermomix up high and grind some nuts or sugar. He does not love that!
And that is why I love my KitchenAid and my Thermomix! Always happy to answer your questions if you have any…………….