Marc has been trying to convince me we need a Thermomix for years. The ‘Queen of Excuses’ has fired up every time – “we already own every appliance known to man” (which is true), “you’re an awesome cook baby, we would never use it”, “It’s how much??!!” or “I don’t have time to cook!” Long story short, I ran out of excuses, so one day in an exasperated moment I said “Fine! Let’s have the damn demonstration!!” With my husband as my witness, I have cooked more in the last 12 months than ever before. To what do I owe this uncharacteristic behaviour…..I bought a Thermomix.
Full disclosure – I HATE cooking!! My idea of cooking is adding milk to Special K! I have always been fascinated with people who claim to love cooking, find it a de-stressor or a ‘wonderful way to connect with family’…..MADNESS!! One of my best girlfriends loves nothing more that preparing umpteen courses while you sit in her kitchen (wine in hand) keeping her company while she cooks.
The Thermomix Demonstration
I enticed a posse of peeps to my demo with the promise of bubbles and yummy afternoon tea, not realising that getting sloshed at a Thermomix demonstration is frowned upon as you can’t fully embrace ‘the awesomeness that is Thermomix’ if you’re drunk. Epic fail! For an ‘anti-cooker’ like myself, this protocol took even more sheen off the prospect of getting one.
The day of the demo arrived (as did my guests) and my delightful demonstrator cooked a series of dishes in this supposed miracle machine. I was determined to keep my ‘sceptical pants’ on, but after each dish I found myself thinking emphatically “pfft, even I could do that!!”. After a quick deliberation at the end of the demo, I realised it was time to raise the white flag of surrender…and we ordered one.
A few short weeks later it arrived. We made our obligatory vegetable stock paste (a staple for lots of dishes) and we were away. Now, I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to wasting money e.g. gym memberships I don’t use, buying clothes I don’t wear (and donating them to The Salvo’s with the tags still attached) and it would have been all too easy to Gumtree the Thermomix at some future point with a smug “I told you so” to Marc. However, chucking a $79.95 top away is a completely different ball game to the $2k I had invested in this kitchen king. We bought the Thermomix while I was on maternity leave when money was tight so I was damn sure I was going to use the bloody thing!!
I have slowly been building up a repertoire of dishes both sweet and savoury and they have all been pretty amazing. I even made the Skinnymixers* infamous Butter Chicken for my aforementioned culinary girlfriend and she was super impressed (probably just to see me in the kitchen).
The Thermomix Honeymoon Period
Like any new pleasure, the Thermomix and I are getting to know each other and working out how to turn each other on (so to speak). Now, I’m not suggesting that racing out and getting a Thermomix will be the start of a hot and heavy relationship. However, I do liken my new beau to the Dr Seuss classic ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. After being badgered to try it (by Marc), I finally gave the Green Eggs and Ham a go only to discover that I really liked it.
Outside of your comfort zone, we find the amazing.
Time for my point 🙂
My Dr Seuss analogy is an important reminder to be brave, play big and try new things. Whether it’s in your home life, business or even a personal interest or hobby sometimes we need to step way out of our comfort zone and try something new. It’s all too easy to talk yourself out of the stuff that’s big and scary, but as I’m becoming acutely aware – life’s just too bloody short!
There is no need to make ‘playing big’ to the tune of $2k either. Your ‘love affair’ might be something as simple as incorporating skirts into your work wardrobe, climbing Mt Lofty at dawn or downloading the Pokemon Go app. Any new change might just spark a passion that brings some extra smiles into your day.
Give something new a try and be sure to let me know how you go and whether it’s ‘love at first sight’ or a ‘fizzer’. You are already a superstar for putting yourself out there.
Until next time…
*If you’re not yet aware of the Skinnymixers juggernaut, here’s the ‘skinny’. Skinnymixers is the brain child of local Adelaide chick Nikalene Riddle. Nikalene has published several cookbooks filled with her own recipes, she blogs and hosts a FB group with over (100,000 members – at the time of writing) and was named the St George Bank AusMumpreneur 2015 Influencer of the Year….wow! Clearly this woman is mega talented, but that’s not even the best bit. I’ve been a member of the FB group for many months and the sense of community that Nikalene has generated is phenomenal. The group is filled with kind and passionate people from all over the world. Members share healthy recipes, cooking wins/epic fails and stories of how the power of cooking good food has bettered their lives. There will always be a few schnapperheads who should count back from 5 before they hit ‘post’, but the crack admin team do a stellar job of keeping the conversation on pointe for all of the Skinnymixer values. If you have any of the thermal cooking devices and are looking for inspiration for meals for the family, I definitely recommend you head to the website/FB page or put in a request to join the FB group. Happy cooking! 🙂