Famous ThermoFive

Sophia -Thermomix Baking Blogger’s Famous ThermoFive

I’m so excited to be working with Sophia Thermomix Baking Blogger including her upcoming Australian Cooking Class Tour starting in Melbourne on the 23rd Nov & finishing in Newcastle on the 7th Dec. Sophia lives in London & is a Thermomix baking expert. She was taught to bake from a young age by her Dad who has been a professional baker for many years. I’m so excited to meet her in real life in a couple weeks time 🙂 I have all her cookbooks and heaps of her products that I absolutely love!! Including the Thermi Ergoslide.

1. What do you love about your Thermomix?

I love that my Thermomix is always on hand when I need it. It makes my baking life so much easier. I could never just whip up a cake in 40 seconds if I didn’t have it. My Thermi gives me the opportunity to be free and creative and have enough time to make a wonderful meal for everyone without having to slave away in the kitchen for hours. It’s just a wonderful helper.

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?

I would have to say I’d love to big up my Real Bread book. I am completely obsessed with sourdough bread and this book is full of incredible sourdough bread recipes. It is one of the nicest things you can eat and the fact that Thermomix can make it so easily is a huge bonus. My book Real Bread is also full of amazing tips on sourdough baking and how to get the process started. I’ve been a sourdough fan since I was a child and my Dad the baker taught all I know today about sourdough baking. 

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?

I think by far my favourite Thermomix tip is that you can use the measuring cup to cut out the most adorable scones, cookies or any other biscuits. You don’t even need a cookie cutter and besides those shapes you can use the TM5 measuring cup to make a cute Easter egg or butterfly shape. Love it.
4. What is your quick & easy go to Thermomix meal?

I love a good bolognese. We make it once a week at home and I always use the recipe for Chorizo bolognese from my book Practice Mix Perfect. It’s quick, it’s easy and super delicious. We always make enough to have some leftovers the next day. If I want to mix it up I make meatballs instead which can also be found in my booklet Bella Italia.

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?

I am currently really trying to make gluten free sourdough bread so that’s next on my bucket list to tick off. It’s a bit of a tricky one but, hey, I’ve got a Thermomix.

 

Thanks so much Sophia for your inspiring answers to my my Famous ThermoFive questions, see more Famous ThermoFive interviews here.

Dani Valent’s Famous ThermoFive

I’m so excited that Dani Valent has answered my Famous ThermoFive questions. She is my foodie/Thermomix hero & she is coming to Tasmania next week & will be in Hobart for her Entertaining with Dani Valent Cooking Class on Wed 18th Oct at 6.30pm. It will be the best $70 you will spend in a long time – trust me!! Book here there only a few spots are left 🙂 (Did I mention the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook is my favourite Thermomix Cookbook?!) If you can’t make it to the class, I recommend signing up to Dani Valent Cooking, Dani’s awesome online video subscription site for amazing Thermomix recipes, tips & tricks.

FAMOUS THERMOFIVE

1. What do you love about your Thermomix?

I love the fact my Thermomix is there to help me with whatever I want to do. When I’m in a rush and just need to get dinner on the table, there it is! When I’m feeling creative and want to try new techniques or ingredients, there it is! When I need to replenish my basics – stock, pesto, flours, yoghurt, dips – there it is again. And, of course, when I need an emergency cocktail or cheesecake, there it is again! 

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?

I’ll always have a soft spot for vegetable stock paste. It’s one of the first things I made in my Thermomix when I got my first one in 2008 and there’s barely been a day that I haven’t had some on hand since. I feel honestly unequipped to go forth through life without it! And fave book…well, I’m very fond of this lovely Entertaining book right now 😉

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?

Trust it! Your Thermomix is your best friend in the kitchen: reliable and always there for you. Let it be the confidence boost that allows you to try new dishes, flavours and experiences. I love hearing that people have made their first curry paste, or tried bread making for the first time, or felt equipped and inspired to host a dinner party – that’s what my cookbooks and videos are all about!

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal?

I’m a sucker for a grain salad – steamed grains in the Thermomix, perhaps with steamed vegies or vegies that I roast in the oven. It’s endlessly adaptable and even if I’m having a ‘oh my goodness there’s no food in the house!’ day I can still scrape together something delicious and nourishing. My secret is to always have condiments on hand – kimchi, vadouvan curry powder, furikake, chutney, for example – and then you can turn any basic meal into something special.

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?

I’m thinking new cocktails for summer – my mind is buzzing with ideas. I can tell this is going to be pretty tough research! 

Thanks so much Dani Valent, we are all so excited about your upcoming cooking class.

See my other Famous ThermoFive interviews here.

“Famous ThermoFive”

“Famous ThermoFive” are my 5 chosen questions to ask my family, friends & customers about their Thermomixing 🙂 Please get in touch if you would like to answer my Famous ThermoFive questions.

My first interview was with my Mum for Mother’s Day, she has had her Thermomix for over a year now & I gave her an Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook for her early Mother’s Day pressie. (That’s one of my sisters in the photo too)

1. What do you love about your Thermomix?
I love weighing directly into the Thermomix bowl as I’m cooking & I love how well it blends. I make the best pesto with basil from my garden and a really smooth crepe’ mixture.

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?
At the moment it’s the Smokey Chicken recipe from the Mexican chapter of Entertaining with Dani Valent.

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?
I text Arwen for any of my Thermomix questions!!

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal?
Butter Chicken from the Indian Cookbook (It’s so quick when you have the homemade Tikka Paste already in the fridge).

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?
Churros, Spanish Chicken & Red Rice from the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook.

Thanks Mum 🙂 & guess what we made Mum for her Mother’s Day dinner? Spanish Chicken & Red Rice – she loved it!!

My next interview was with my son ❤️

1. What do you love about the Thermomix?
I love how easy it is to start something, then walk away & do other things while it’s cooking.

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?
I love using the recipe community, it’s easy to find any recipe you want. I also like the Basic Cookbook.

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?
I like to use the simmering basket to strain cooked pasta.

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal?
Rice Pudding or Macaroni Cheese.

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?
Cinnamon Scrolls.

My friend Eloise Emmett she is a Tasmanian Chef, Mum & Award Winning Author. 

1. What do you love about the Thermomix?
It stirs while cooking! I can have a shower while my porridge is cooking, get washing of the clothes line while dinner is cooking and it makes otherwise time consuming tasks like quince paste super easy. I also love that it inspires people too cook with real food and not buy as much food out of a packet.

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?
Arwen’s Black Forrest Trifle 🙂

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?
If you are thinking of buying a Thermomix or at all tempted, just do it, because you will eventually! I regretted not buying my first one when I was first interested, so I missed out on having it to make baby food for my first 2 babies and used all my pots, pans and blenders to prepare baby food and when I was making baby food for my 3rd child in the Thermie I would always think “why didn’t I just buy it earlier”!

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal?
My Butter Chicken recipe.

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?
I like making recipes for my family so I would love to try the pulled pork recipe from the Entertaining with Dani Valent Cookbook.

My friend Ulla (pictured with Pepsi & Hamish) Ulla is the reason I signed up to be a Thermomix Consultant 5.5 years ago!! She came to work on a Monday morning & said she bought a Thermomix on the interest free payment plan & I would love it & I should be a consultant! She wouldn’t stop talking about how amazing the Thermomix was so I had to book a demonstration – I was sold at the icing sugar!! The rest is history, so they say 🙂


1. What do you love about your Thermomix? 

I didn’t fall in love with my Thermomix until I got it & started using it & now I wouldn’t be without it!
When I first saw the Thermomix at a demo, I had in mind Arwen loves food, cooking & has such a sunny personality, she should be doing this for her job!

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?
Beef Rendang & the Torte Caprese’ (gluten free almond & chocolate cake)

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?
I use my Thermomix to chop up tired veggies for the dogs’ food, they love it!

4.What is your quick & easy go to meal?
Any soup including the Moroccan Lentil Soup & Stir-fry. 

5.Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?
Salmon with Salmon Mousse & Mango Sauce from the Full Steam Ahead Cookbook.

Next I interviewed my sister Ali, she was one of my first customers over 5 years ago 😀

1. What do you love about the Thermomix?

I love how quick it is to make everything & it’s on the bench ready for anything from baking prep to family meals.

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?

Pizza dough!! We have woodfired pizza’s every Friday night, the whole family help put the toppings on & we all sit around the fire while they are cooking.

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?

Definitely get 2 Thermomix bowls, it’s so handy to be using one while the other one is in the dishwasher 😀

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal?

Arwen’s Thermie Green Curry (I’ll pay her later lol!)

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?

Steamed Bread.

Sally is an amazing cook & hosts Chinese Cooking Classes from her beautiful home just past Cygnet. I first met Sally many years ago when she was still a Thermomix Consultant. Thanks for taking the Famous ThermoFive questions Sally. You can email Sally directly to find out about her cooking classes sallypixies@hotmail.com.

1. What do you love about your Thermomix? 

Apart from saving me heaps of money and time, Thelma (Sally’s Thermomix) has made my life sooooo much easier for the past 6 years! Now I can’t imagine a life without her. My husband is quite jealous of her actually! 

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe? T

oo many to list, from dip to salad to soup to cake mix, all at my finger tips. However, I must say the thing I use the Thermomix most for is making various doughs for my Chinese pancakes, dumplings and steamed buns. My husband loves sticky date pudding. He keeps reminding me the way to a man’s heart is through his belly so that is on our menu often too!

3. What is your top Thermomix tip? 

Before you start any cooking, think what you can do in your Thermomix. The more you use it, the more you will use it and the easier life will be! Trust me!

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal? 

Again too many to list. At the moment it is pumpkin soup (only because I harvested 45 pumpkins in April…..need to get rid of them somehow) with my various forms of Chinese pancakes.

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?

I just saw Arwen’s post for her Vanilla Chia Puddings recipe. I happen to have some chia seeds in the pantry, so I will definitely will try that. 

My friend & fellow Thermomix consultant Kelly has taken the famous ThermoFive questions. Thanks so much Kel, you are a true inspiration & I love that you use your Thermomix constantly to make delicious food for your family.

1. What do you love about the Thermomix?

I don’t think there is anything that I don’t love about my 2 Thermomix (yes I’m spoilt with 2 Thermomix, a TM31 and a TM5) I just love how easy it is to make everything from scratch and how I am in control of how much sugar and salt I add, not to mention the preservatives and rubbish in bought food that we are avoiding! Having 2 Thermomix is a huge saving on time and on the grocery bills!!

2. What is your favourite Thermomix Cookbook or Thermomix recipe?

I love the Devil of a Cookbook and the I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix cook books. They both have some great easy recipes to make. One of my favourite dessert recipes is my own recipe from the recipe community for chocolate molten cakes.

3. What is your top Thermomix tip?

Don’t think just because you now own a Thermomix that everything you make will be a hit. Sometimes we do have failures in the Thermie (not often) but you just have to keep going and keep cooking. Add more flavour to dishes by upping the herbs and spices. Use your own intuition with some recipes.

4. What is your quick & easy go to meal?

The Thai Basil and Chilli Chicken from the Basic Cookbook & recipe chip. It’s healthy and super quick! I up the chicken to 1.2 kilos.

5. Which Thermomix recipe/s do you want to try next?

After 4 years I still haven’t made mayonnaise so I guess I should give that a go!!