Thermomix

Thermofest 2016 in Sydney

Thermofest is a reward trip for Thermomix consultants that have been successful (In this case it was July – Nov 2015) I only just made it in to qualify on the last day of November! This year it was also a celebration of Thermomix in Australia’s 15th birthday! What better place to celebrate than Sydney!!

Day 1 Monday 7th March

Everyone arrives from their various states & even some people came from NZ. Our flight from Hobart was delayed so we were the last to arrive at 4.30pm. We were collected at the airport & driven to our Hotel – The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. We collected our goodie bags & checked into our rooms, with just enough time to get ready for our masquerade ball.

Saying Hi to Grace Mazur – Managing Director of Thermomix in Australia

Surprise – Dani Valent is here too!!

So excited to finally meet my bestie from the Marketing department -Krystle, she was also my personal photographer ūüôā I can’t wait to see the photos she took!

2016-03-07 18.33.062016-03-07 18.53.21-22016-03-07 19.05.002016-03-07 18.59.242016-03-07 19.21.152016-03-07 21.53.00IMG_3216IMG_3174IMG_3170

All our 12 Tassie girls all wore the same mask a red one & we all wore black dresses. We were dropped off & had to walk towards the Opera House, where they had a marquee set up right on the water front in front of the Opera House. We were starving so luckily there was lots of food including my 2 favourites Рthe prawns & freshly shucked oysters Рshucked right in front of you & you could choose if you wanted lemon or tabasco or natural YUM!! The even served Janz РTasmanian sparkling wine so we were in heaven. I loved meeting new people & catching up with friends I had made on the Emerald Class Trip to Paris in September 2015. We also had entertainment, music & dancing!!

(Thanks to Sam for letting me share some of her photos in this post)

Day 2 – Full day seminar

seminar-3

2016-03-08 08.46.51 2016-03-08 08.56.05 2016-03-08 12.47.45-2 2016-03-08 11.00.58 2016-03-08 12.41.06 2016-03-08 09.40.05 2016-03-08 13.07.28 2016-03-08 15.10.50 2016-03-08 11.32.112016-03-08 15.04.052016-03-08 15.22.01-2Mark Best

We got to find out about some new Thermomix news, including new products like the gorgeous Thermomix aprons we are modeling – available in May for Mother’s Day. There was Thermomix branded Lindt chocolate too! We all got a copy of Dr Igor¬†Tabrizian’s new book Staying Healthy. We had David Koch do a mentoring session & The Futurist, Rose Herceg – so insightful, thought provoking & inspirational!

But my favourite parts were the¬†cooking segments from top Chef¬†Mark Best¬†with Dani Valent¬†who was announcing the launch of her new cooking video site Dani Valent Cooking¬†– I have signed up already but it is due to be launched in May – So exciting!! Mark Best’s orange ice cream with orange sherbet recipe will be on the recipe community soon.

Donato Toce from Gelato Messina¬†did a presentation & cooking demo for us too, it’s great to see how passionate he is about creating the best quality & everything made from scratch, we all got to try one of his creations too – So awesome!! I love hearing how chefs use the Thermomix & being inspired to try new things. Gelato Messina also run cooking classes using the Thermomix – I would so love to go to one of those.

Then there were awards & recognition, so many high achievers in the room & they certainly deserved to be thanked for all their hard work & effort.

Harbour Dinner Cruise – Nautical theme, I instantly thought Pirate because I love pirates & Johnny Depp (I was born on his birthday!) And I think because everyone was dressed up we had even more fun with some crazy dance moves coming out!! Belinda even did the splits!!

boat-cruise-1

boat-cruise-12

IMG_3278 IMG_3282 2016-03-08 19.16.22-2 2016-03-08 18.37.06 2016-03-09 09.47.00 2016-03-08 18.46.30 2016-03-08 18.47.052016-03-08 22.02.112016-03-08 22.30.36

Day 3: We had a free day due to having to cancel a breakfast event, so after 3 of us missing the Manly ferry we decided to go to Watsons Bay for a relaxing lunch. Another Ferry ride out to the Star Casino to sample some Gelato Messina, and stop into Zumbo’s.

Sam, Arwen & Rebecca we found our letters!!

IMG_3314 IMG_3341 IMG_3355 2016-03-09 10.46.25 2016-03-09 11.15.09-2 2016-03-09 11.15.55 2016-03-09 15.55.30 2016-03-09 15.56.10

Then it was the Gala Dinner!! Some ladies had spent all day getting their hair & make up done!!

It started with a laser show, there was a photo booth but every time we got close to the start of the line we had to go back in for more presentations & awards. When we finally got to go into the booth – they were having technical difficulties so we had to take our own photo!! We had a yummy 3 course sit down dinner but due to the lighting you couldn’t get any good food pictures! The top awards for all of Australia were presented – congrats to everyone‚Äôs massive achievements! Then it was time for one last night of dancing, we had Frankie J Holden & Kate Ceberano to entertain us & then our awesome DJ & singer from the cruise again.

gala-night-53

IMG_3413 2016-03-09 18.20.01 2016-03-09 18.46.35 2016-03-09 20.37.22 2016-03-09 19.04.292016-03-10 22.03.242016-03-09 20.31.55 2016-03-10 07.58.32 2016-03-09 23.09.55 2016-03-09 23.23.11-2 2016-03-09 23.38.152016-03-09 21.43.12

What a fantastic Thermofest, so great to meet so many inspiring consultants, group leaders, managers & special guests, to reconnect with friends & have a great time. I’m so grateful to have been on board for this Thermofest. Thank you Thermomix in Australia for organising this awesome event! I wonder where the next Thermofest will be??

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic Festival & Garlic Feast Cookbook

One of my favourite ingredients is garlic. Last year I attended the Koonya Garlic Festival for the first time, we had a Thermomix stall for the whole day & lots of our team came along. I created 2 recipes for the festival which I demonstrated to passers by¬†Toum¬†& Steamed Garlic & Pesto Scrolls. Anyway through this event I met Janice Sutton who invited me to share some of my recipes in her garlic cookbook;¬†Garlic Feast. The advanced copies arrived just in time for this year’s Koonya Garlic Festival Feb 27th.

This year I had my¬†INSPIRE¬†apron on & went up on stage with my Thermomix and my friends Sam Berechree (you may remember him from MKR a few series ago) and Charlie. We demonstrated a couple of my¬†recipes from the Garlic Feast cook book. Arwen’s Heavenly Hummus which has a few variations, a pizza with black garlic, goats cheese & prosciutto. Sam made one of his dishes from the book Rosemary & Pear Souffl√© with Garlic Ice Cream & Maple Bacon. YUM!

The other 2 recipes I have in the cookbook are my garlic & feta sweet potato wedges & my garlic lamb pie. I did some recipe testing last year & created garlic ice cream just for something different, Sam had already submitted his roasted garlic vanilla & fresh thyme ice cream that was much nicer. The crowds lined up to try the garlic ice cream & everyone loved it!.

Garlic

dip hummus black garlic
Garlic feast book

 

The Thermomix Demo Menu

(SINCE WRITING THIS POST THE THERMOMIX DEMO HAS NOW CHANGED TO A COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFERENT MENU OPTIONS)

When you host a 2 hour Thermomix demo, to take advantage of the host rewards you must have a minimum of 2 other guests (from a different household to you) & a maximum of 6 guests including yourself. It is great to invite couples, so both partners can see the benefits of the Thermomix. Tell your guests not to eat a meal just before they attend, you will always have a full belly after a Thermomix demo!

One of the best things about hosting or attending a demo is seeing the “ThermoWOW factors”¬†& tasting all¬†the delicious food.

Hosting is easy, you will be given a small list of ingredients to provide & your consultant brings the rest of the ingredients. You will also be asked to help serve the food to your guests & wash the sample cups & spoons so they are ready for the next tasting. Such a small price to pay for an evening of delicious fun!

As the host you get to choose the menu from the following options, these options show the main features & functions of the Thermomix.

We always start with a palate cleanser – Amazing sorbet made from sugar, fresh fruit & ice.

ThermoWOW factors -see sugar being made into icing sugar in 10 secs!! See a fruit puree being made in 5 secs. See 1kg of ice being crushed into a sorbet in 1 min!!

Just imagine all the different flavours of sorbets you can create & just how much money you will save.¬†Below is a picture of one of my favourite sorbet recipes for Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet but why not try my other sorbet recipes that have been inspired by my customers¬†Watermelon, Raspberry & Lime Sorbet, Lemoncello Sorbet, or if you want a fluffy egg free “ice cream” version try Apricot Fruity Dream¬†or Mulberry Fruity Dream. So many great ideas YUM!!

http://arwensthermopics.com/61-2/

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

 

Next choose a bread option

Pizza Bianca Рtopped with rosemary & garlic; ThermoWOW factors- the chopping of fresh garlic & rosemary in a few seconds. Then you will get to see how the guided recipe chip works as we make the pizza dough & you also get to see how the Thermomix kneads dough in about 2 mins!.

Pizza

Or the Buckwheat Dinner Rolls: ThermoWOW factors -see how to mill your own flour, see how the guided recipe chip works & the kneading of the dough in 2 mins. We also have fun making different shaped rolls too!

*Please let me know if you or any of your guests are gluten free & I can bring some Thermomix made Gluten Free Bread for you to try as well.

Rolls

You may choose a Dip or a Salad

Dip options are: Herb & Garlic Dip or Hummus

Herb & garlic dip is by far the most popular & addictive dip, the ThermoWOW factors are seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs!! See herbs being chopped in 2 secs & a delicious additive free dip being made in 5 secs. YUM!!

dip

Hummus: ThermoWOW factors – seeing 1 clove of garlic being minced in 2 secs, tasting freshly milled spices, delicious addictive free dip made in seconds! YUM!!

How much money will you save making your own dips from scratch? Not to mention they taste a million times better than bought ones!

dip hummus

Salad options are either Fresh Beetroot Salad or Coleslaw

ThermoWOW factors for both of these recipes is seeing the Thermomix chopping quickly – a chopped salad in 3 secs!!

Fresh Beetroot Salad

Fresh Beetroot Salad

 

Coleslaw salad (mayo free)

For the main course the host or one of the guests gets to help cook a choice of Mushroom Risotto or Chicken or Salmon Veloute’ Meal¬†(a vegetarian option of Mushroom Veloute’ can also be made).

The Mushroom Risotto has the ThermoWOW factors of using the guided recipe, grating parmesan cheese in 5 secs, chopping, cooking & stirring, a quick, delicious & easy meal. My other favourite risotto flavours are Beetroot Risotto or Lemon, Leek & Zucchini YUM!!!

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Veloute’ Meal ThermoWOW factors are seeing an all in one meal made, chopping, cooking, steaming & pureeing – you cook a veggie soup, while steaming your protein & veggies. Some of the soup is made into the delicious velvet sauce to go over the protein & veggies.

Salmon Veloute' Meal

Salmon Veloute’ Meal

 

Dessert is made by another guest & is the easiest recipe to make – the choice is Chocolate or Vanilla Custard – ThermoWOW factors are using the automated recipe, hands free cooking & stirring with no lumps!!

Vanilla Custard

Vanilla Custard

 

Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Custard

Another awesome thing about a Thermomix demo is it is a no pressure environment, there is no expectation for you to buy a Thermomix the first time you see it, some people will & some people take years to make the dream a reality – the choice & timing is all up to you. At the demo we go through all the payment options available to you.

If a full demo is not yours or your partner’s cup of tea, we can come to you with our Thermomix & you can choose a dish you want to cook, we call this a one on one, again this is a no obligation mini demo for you to see how the Thermomix works. This is also a great option for a commercial demo for a cafe’ or restaurant.

So what if you already own a Thermomix? It is a perfect way for you to be inspired to learn more ideas, tips & tricks for using your Thermomix that you may have forgotten – you may well be ThermoWOWed all over again!

Seeing & tasting is believing, contact your consultant to book a demo, you won’t regret it! YUM YUM YUM!!

 

Spaghetti Bolognese with Fresh Cherry Tomatoes

Oh my goodness, mamma mia!! Sometimes a quick an easy meal can be the most delicious!! My friend gave me some delicious home grown cherry tomatoes, another friend “grows” her own cows & I had some of that mincemeat in the fridge. I love to put some bacon or go half beef & half pork mince. I always start with a base of onions, garlic, parsley, basil & oregano, sauted in olive oil in the Thermomix of course!

Then I love to put extra veg depending on what I have, tonight was red capsicum & carrots. Other veggies I have included before are zucchini, broccoli, celery & mushrooms. I like a little bit of red wine but tonight I only had white wine so put that in instead. I always add a bit of veggie stock paste for extra flavour & some tomato paste (which you can make yourself in the Thermomix) this helps to thicken the sauce too. Of course you may not have fresh cherry tomatoes to use all year round but you can use a good quality tinned tomato or passata instead.

I also had some home grown zucchinis that I was going to make into zoodles to go with the Bolognese for an easy Friday night dinner after a busy day’s food photo shoot, teaching a Body Balance class & delivering 2 Thermomix! But my son said “Please Mum can we have pasta instead of the zucchini noodles?‚ÄĚ I said “We don’t have any pasta” He said “Can you go to the shop?” I said “Uh NO!!…..Alright ¬†I’ll make fresh pasta then!!”

The best recipe for fresh pasta my Chef friend Ellie tells me is 100g flour for 1 egg: so I did 200g strong flour & 2 eggs (it does depend on your egg size so I added an extra yolk. I needed it in the Thermomix for 2 mins. I must also to confess to owning an electric pasta maker!! So extravagant I know but you can also use it manually. I heated the water in the Thermomix to 100 degrees, while I used the pasta machine to roll out the pasta dough & then made it into spaghetti! Fresh pasta is just such a beautiful delicious thing!

PASTA

Served with some fresh parmesan cheese I ‚Äúgrated‚ÄĚ in the Thermomix too and fresh basil & cracked pepper.

Spag bog

 

The all amazingly awesome Thermomix!!

Kitchen 3Yes I love the Thermomix!! Yes I have 3 (no I don’t need 3) Yes they have names!! And they have eyes!! This is my kitchen, I don’t have a built in cooktop, just a single plug in one – It will be the kitchen of the future ūüôā

Yes I am a Therrmomix consultant (have been for over 4 years now)

So why do I love the Thermomix?!

It’s a moveable kitchen.

You can make so many things from scratch so quickly & easily. So of course the food has amazing flavour!!

It gets used multiple times every day.

Yes I love cooking but it suits people who love to cook or people that want to spend less time in the kitchen and people who are time poor & want dinner in a flash.

My favourite functions are milling whole spices; you heat them up first in the Thermomix & then mill them. It‚Äôs perfect for curries & dips. I always mill cinnamon sticks too. I love how it cooks & stirs for you while you do something else. I love the kneading function & the steaming function. I even love the latest feature for the model 5 – the guided recipes, which is perfect for those times when you can’t be bothered thinking!! (Admit it we all have times like that?!)

I’m not selling them to make money, I may have called myself the crazy Thermomix lady because it is a passion & I truly believe every household should have one! (we can sell a Thermomix to anyone in Australia – so watch out!) I have seen so many people change the way they cook & eat. People that have never cooked that are now cooking with a Thermomix. People using more fresh ingredients, trying new recipes, I’ve seen people falling in love with their Thermomix! Sometimes I am even lucky enough to be a part of someone’s joy at getting a Thermomix as a surprise for a birthday or wedding gift. I have even seen people win a Thermomix from a raffle! There are lots of Chefs that use them in restaurants & cafes all over the world too!

(This post is not quite finished & will be updated with even more amazing Thermolove soon!!)

MODEL5 bush backdrop