Thelma (the new Thermomix & Kit's replacement) unlike her movie namesake is headstrong, powerful and completely predictable... I am told. Thelma arrived last Wednesday.
To me she is still a total mystery! I am not really the instruction manual reading type (one of my few flaws) and I do cook by feel, rather than recipe book regimentation, so Thelma and I do not always see eye to eye. I realise as the alpha cook in the relationship that our success as a team rests pretty much on my shoulders. So I must keep them horizontal and step it up a notch.
My husband, his hungry eyes evaluating one of last week's meals with which Thelma had helped, said he felt as though he had come home to a novice cook's experiment and he was intrigued to know what else I could do with my new $1939 investment.
That's all I needed really - a challenge! I read the manual. I read the basics cook book. It made a difference. We understand each other better now.
I cooked the basics. I made butter & babaganoush, whipped cream, cooked rice, steamed beans, made sorbet, juices, smoothies (with celery that no-one even detected), cooked mushroom & spinach risotto (and yes to the purists, it was just perfect.) I made an entire meal with the steamer including rice, vegetables, chicken and a creamy tomato sauce. I made bread dough with buckwheat, concentrated vegetable stock, hommus, herby cream cheese dip, beetroot salad (twice) and a gluten free blueberry chocolate cake.
This morning I made sweet dukkah and cinnamon, quinoa porridge. Remember Thelma arrived last Wednesday.
Thelma has been completely predictable. I am happy. My husband is not scared to come home for dinner. Life is good.