Yrene lives in the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, and is the founder of BackcountryCanadaTravel.com. She was born in Switzerland, lived and worked on different continents and has travelled the world. Yes, that's me, an Entrepreneur, wilderness nut and animal lover who prefers off-the-beaten-track places. I write about things I love. Mostely.
Thermomix, the amazing new appliance in my Backcountry Kitchen
Even with my Thermomix, I don’t like winter, I never did.
I remember my first winter in Lumby, British Columbia, living at my previous ranch. There was heaps of snow, a steep, icy driveway, and we were snowed in for days. When spring finally emerged, I promised myself, that this wasn’t for me, the long winters, and that I didn’t want to stay. That was in the year of 2,000. Here I am, years later and I still don’t like Canadian winters. But what the heck, I survived every one of them.
It’s not that it actually gets easier. It’s just, that by now I know what to expect and how to plan for it.
This blog is not about winter survival skills. You will read about that sometime in January when we’re in the middle of it, and I’m in the winter survival mode.
This blog is about my new amazing kitchen appliances, the Thermomix TM5.
My Thermomix will help me get through the winter blues. When cabin fever strikes, (usually in January around my birthday), I will focus on healthy cooking and pump tons of vitamins into my body.
People that know me know, that I live a very basic back to nature kind of life. So for me to spend big bucks for a kitchen appliance means, that it has to be something incredible.
And that’s what this is!
Backbones of my cooking
I grew up in Switzerland on good whole food. My parents always had a garden, and canning was part of life.
Looking back, I learned my first basic cooking skills at the Secondary School I attended. Cooking was a compulsory subject for girls at the time. All was done from scratch, spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, sauteed vegetables, cakes, cookies, there were no kitchen appliances at the time. Fresh milk was delivered to the Cheese/Milk store by the farmers. Potatoes and apples we bought from the farm coop and we had always a good supply stored in the cellar.
Many hours a day were spend on putting good food on the table, and people were less stressed at that time. Coconut oil was a common thing in the kitchen, cheap and freely available.
Even today, healthy cooking is very important to me and I want to know what kind of ingredients are in the food I eat. Fresh is best, and I’m fortune to have an abundance of fruit trees and berry bushes and a vegetable garden. My freezer is full of berries and fruit.
With my Thermomix, I have a healthy way to use up my frozen supply. I make fruit ice cream and berry foam, which each takes less than 5 minutes to make (6 portions).
Cooking for Guests at Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Ranch
Operating a guest ranch for many years I’m used to cooking and have done lots of it. Silver Spur Trails is 20 km from stores and restaurants, so most of my guests book a package that includes all the meals. Basic food items are bought in large quantities. To cook three meals a day, taking my guests horseback riding and on trips and doing other activities as well needs good planning.
Blender, kitchen aid, rice cooker, slow cooker and ice cream maker had been my best kitchen tools for years, and they filled up my small kitchen space.
It actually hit me for the first time this spring that I didn’t enjoy cooking anymore. It was just one of the jobs I had to do when I had guests. I myself could easily live on fresh fruit and veggies, following kind of an “out of the fridge diet”. To cook for me was a waste of time in my opinion.
The Thermomix changed my life.
How I got my Thermomix
Honestly, I never in the world thought that I could get excited about cooking again. Or the thought of me doing cooking demos, never in this world. Never say never, I guess!
My daughter got employed by Thermomix Switzerland as Marketing Manager. At the same time, I started to hear all about this amazing kitchen appliance. People were raving about it on Social Media. I watched some YouTube videos and I knew that I wanted one. Even before the new model Thermomix TM5 was launched in Canada, I put in an order for one.
It arrived in August and I quickly fell in love with it.
I only had it for a week, when I posted an ad on Kijiji and sold my blender, kitchen aid, rice cooker and ice cream maker. There is no need for any of those appliances anymore. On top of that, I had an integrated flour mill and a scale. I decided to keep my slow cooker, but haven’t used it since I got the Thermomix. Lots extra kitchen space I have available now.
Thermomix, what is it
It’s the Apple of the world of kitchen gadgetry. You just have to see it to believe it.
12 functions are integrated into a single kitchen appliance and allow a fascinating new cooking technique. It makes cooking easier and faster as if you had an assistant in the kitchen.
It’s one little machine, the appliance that can chop, beat, mix, emulsify, mill, knead, blend, cook, stir, steam, weigh, melt and “much more”, make a salad in three seconds and sorbet in one minute.
The Thermomix is also known to promote a healthy lifestyle and to keep all the vitamins in during cooking. It’s like going back in time when you suddenly start to make your own jams, bread and mayonnaise again.
It’s also the perfect choice for mothers who can now make their own preservative-free, organic baby food.
I was a specialist in burning food on my stove and my old saucepan show it. This can’t happen anymore. When the food is done, The Thermomix shuts off, and you can do other things while the food is cooking. You suddenly have much more time to spare.
Guys like the machine, they like the certainty of it – you put ‘x’ in and ‘y’ will happen.
Thermomix are also valuable machines in kitchens that are becoming smaller and loved by people who are time concerned and still want to eat healthy food.
Thermomix can grind Parmesan, perfectly cook rice, makes soups in 20 minutes, steams delicious vegetables and so much more.
Can I adapt my own recipes?
How the Thermomix can improve your lifestyle and save money
- You only need one pot and one knife to cook a meal
- You can save money on restaurants and takeout food.
- You never have to eat canned soup or canned chili again. To make a homemade soup takes 20 minutes.
- Buying fresh food is cheaper and helps the environment
- Make your own salad dressing and see how much money you save
- Make your own ketchup, jams and jellies
- Grind your own cheese and nuts, mill your own flower, use stale bread to make breadcrumbs
- Chop up leftover veggies to make a salad or a soup, chop herbs
- Never cry again while chopping onions
- Cook delicious curries and grind your own spices
- Mince your own meat
- Make pure vanilla sugar
- Make your own butter
- Never buy pastry shells or pancake mixes again
- You can make pizza and bread dough in a few minutes
- What about boiled eggs?
- I love the homemade vegetable and chicken stock
- Make cake icing in two steps
- You can make yoghurt with the Thermomix
- Stir-fry vegetables
- Easiest mashed potatoes ever, and easy cleanup
- Best and easiest risotto ever
- Delicious pasta dishes (and you can make your own pasta)
- Homemade lemonade in record time, slushes and smoothies, or an apple punch or what about a Sangria.
- And my favourite…fruit ice cream, and so much more.
Experience the Thermomix TM5 live – watch, cook, taste and get excited
Thermomix is only sold to people who attend a Thermomix Cooking Experience, with a trained consultant who whips up a delicious meal. You have to see it to believe it.
See how this revolutionary machine can add a new dimension to your kitchen by booking a Cooking Experience. Invite some friends who are interested as well.
Where to book:
“Check it out, the Thermomix TM5, the smallest and smartest kitchen in the world!”