A Starseed's Bimby Kitchen Adventures
I love to cook, share ideas and talk about food, but most of all I love to explore how creating a healthier relationship with food through using our inner felt sense to guide our choices, can have a profound effect on all our choices, and be a healing path. These are the chronicles of my new culinary excursions, armed with a keen sense of curiosity, an experimental nature and an open heart, and the latest addition to my kitchen, the spectacular Thermomix "Bimby".
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Every day since my last post I've tried to get something up and published here, but it feels like I've been busier in the last three weeks than I have been in the last three years. As predicted the Thermomix has indeed changed my life, and definitely for the better. For a start my nocturnal lifestyle has been shifting and I'm getting up earlier in the day even though I may still stay up quite late some nights, like this one. The best time I find for writing is always in the wee hours when the energy is still so I'm fighting off sleep in order to get this posted. I've been missing being around here.
When I first started this blog I found myself spending the bulk of my spare time setting things up behind the scenes for it, and then of course, there was the writing itself. My first post resulted from a solid week's worth of time spent writing my many thoughts down about how inspired I was to be getting my Thermomix. It's a long post granted, but you should see how much material didn't make it in!
Then the Bimby arrived and I started setting up the Thermomix Melbourne Facebook page and my consultant training began. More time was spent adding content to that, then promoting it to people on Facebook and other blogs. I was trying to learn everything I needed to during training without falling asleep(as I'd usually turn up on only four hours sleep) and call around to book in demos in preparation for the time I would be getting out onto the road with the Thermomix.
In between I still had to make a living and had my yoga classes to teach, had to make sure I still played great at my Dj gigs, had to be in top form for when I would see my vibrational healing clients and then....actually try and make some things to eat in the Bimby in amongst it all.
Oh and not to forget, there was still the housework to do, social engagements to keep, quality time spent with my cat Lucy, connecting with people via email and social media and managing my Confessions of a Noospheric Chip blog and another Facebook group I created called Liz Millar's Vibrational Healing Page. I did use the Thermomix during those first couple of weeks with some success, but it was mostly for making green smoothies, some salads and practice dishes for the demos.
By this time I was getting pretty knackered and slightly frustrated. I decided I needed to take some time out from this blog and caught up on much-needed sleep, completed my training, and got cooking! Since then I've been making so many new things in the Bimby your eyes are going to pop when you see all the pics I have to show you. Here's an appetizer:
The Thermomix will do 500 kneads in about 90 seconds, which is the equivalent of 90 minutes in a breadmaker. This dough was ready in 3 minutes and the best bit - no kneading and no mess!
Once the dough is ready, all you need to do is weigh in the dried fruit and give it a quick mix for a few seconds and voila! the mixture is ready.
It needs to prove for 1 - 1 1/2 hrs then rolled into buns and once it has doubled in size.
The buns are piped with crosses (or eyes!) and baked for around 15-20 minutes.
Mmmm, fresh hot cross buns straight out of the oven and brushed with a glaze of sugar syrup.
I made some butter in the Bimby as well and when I sat down for afternoon tea that day the feeling that I got from knowing that I'd made everything on the table from scratch and that I was in complete control of what went into my food, was terrific. And by God it was YUMMY!!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Although you may be forgiven for thinking that I've fallen into a hole in Greenland with no phone or electricity and disappeared, never to be found again. In the blogosphere, anything over a week between posts, is an age.
In my absence, I've been in Thermomix consultant training, snapping pics of my many Thermomix wonders like crazy, eating lots of scrummy things, trying to coax my video camera and laptop into talking to each other again after a rather hasty and uncalled-for disagreement(which they'd hidden from me til I confronted them), and spending rather a lot of time creating and managing this.
It's the brand spanking new Thermomix Melbourne facebook page. And it ROCKS!
In just over a week, we've had around 140 people join, some from as far away as the US, UK and France and.........Perth. It's been great to post my pics, recipes and links there and have discussions in real time with other Bimby devotees, so please check it out. It's been a complete labour of love but I know all the time spent has been worth it.
I created it for myself and my friends Jon and Adam, who I've been doing training with, so we could direct our facebook friends to it and promote ourselves for potential bookings, as well for any other Thermo consultants, owners, fans and anyone else who's curious about it to have a cool online meeting place. I love seeing how social networking sites can bring people from all over the world together, and foster all this digi-tribal gathering stuff. And I love empowering others just about more than anything else.
So for now, please check it out. I've got so many things to share here too. My head has been filled for days with all the posts I'm going to write. Thanks for all your interest. It means the world to me.
P.S. I'm a huge Nouar fan, whose gastro-kitcsh inspired art always gets me. That's his artwork above. It's fabulous, isn't it?
Friday, March 19, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Now, forgive me if I start to sound slightly over-zealous, but if you want to see some irresistible foodie fodder such as watching how foods being prepared in this machine can come out perfectly in seconds, or how you can make an entire risotto from scratch in around 16 minutes(with no stirring), or how it will help make your own nutritious, additive-free, typically supermarket-bought items like butter, breads, preserves, soft cheeses, yoghurts, baby foods, ice-creams and sorbets, curds, custards, chocolates, breakfast cereals, sports bars, flours, real stock extracts, sauces like ketchup and mayonnaise, curry pastes, nut milks and nut butters, castor and icing sugar, even pet food(...it's pretty endless actually) at home, your arrival here could be the start of a beautiful thing.
As you can see, I've got a slight case of Bimby fever...I'm sure, once caught, it can make even the most stoic and reclusive of food-lovers into a customer evangelist in no time. Look at me for Pete's sake, after attending just one demo, perusing the website(and the many Thermomix fan blogs that have sprung up), and watching Thermo YouTube videos, I'm talking about it's many virtues like I've had one for years.
My first exposure to the “Bimby” began when I was chatting to a friend last year about how I was lusting after a Vitamix blender(I know, get a life, right!?). To put it into context, in the two years prior, I'd been really turned on by what I was learning(and tasting), from the burgeoning raw food movement, and I was doing my best to incorporate more raw, living foods into my diet. But, lacking the high-powered blender, dehydrator or even a decent food processor at home that many recipes require to get good results, I was feeling challenged.
The hardworking handheld blender I'd been using to make my green smoothies each day was quickly going from sharp to blunt from breaking down so much frozen fruit and ice, and the plastic s-blade gear that ran the small food processing bowl attachment, was also on it's last legs from all the nuts, seeds and hard vegetables I’d been routinely jamming into it.
This new, intensive style of food preparation was swiftly incapacitating my formerly good quality kitchen tools, but, this super-delicious and vibrantly alive "high raw" diet was having the exact opposite effect on my taste buds, inner glow, and my overall sense of peace and well-being. I felt elevated, lighter, and more purposeful when I could eat those foods more often, and it showed. So, I was on a mission to find a lasting solution for my ongoing blending and processing needs. Because yes, these were serious needs. I needed something to come along and save me soon. I needed it...like a plant needs it's roots. I needed it like a kiwi needs a fruit. And, I most definitely needed it...like the broadest bean needs something else on the plate, before it can participate, in what might be described as a decent meal.
Oh I know.....needs.
All the leading raw foodists seemed to have one of these super-duper Vitamix blenders, so I proceeded to do my own research to find out what made it the raw celeb's blender of choice, and the results were convincing. It was shortly after that, that I found myself in this conversation with a friend, where I proceeded to spend the next few minutes panting heavily, sorry, explaining in great detail, why I thought it was so good and how I had to have one.
After a pause, and with a Yoda-ish air of authority for dispensing such sanctified, esoteric information, she said knowingly, "Ah, yes....but have you heard about the Thermomix? It's even better." Her sister, an expert cook, had one in her kitchen and she'd raved about it to her all the time, plus my friend had sampled various dishes it had so effortlessly prepared at the many dinners she'd attended at her sister's place. Nuff said.
Curious, I went straight to Google to search out this mythic appliance(still not entirely convinced it existed). It did exist, and it was way better all-round, but especially in the looks department, sporting a surgical grade stainless steel bowl instead of a plastic jug. While we do know that the Vitamix goes like a little rocket and all, there is one thing about it that you can't not notice, particularly once you've seen a Bimby. The Vitamix blender is.....well, fugly.
Which means we're going to take a momentary detour.
We'll return to the story soon.
a gigantic, heavy-duty flashlight, pointing to the skies
and duct-taped to the roof of the van?
Talk me through it, Vitamix. I want to understand.
Now back to the biznatch at hand.
Once I'd gotten online, and after a proper look at what the Thermomix was capable of, I started to feel all warm and fuzzy.
Why? Because this compact kitchen tour de force is like the over-achieving love child between the consummate, almost perpetually hungry "I'll try anything once" foodie, and the unrepentant, unremitting, frayed-nerved hypochondriac in me. It was clear from the outset, with this little ripper of a machine, I could easily produce restaurant-quality dishes within minutes that were so scrumptious and healing to eat I could instantly silence and amaze both of these over-active(and at times overbearing) sub-personalities at once. This was like an answer to my prayers!
Jolted into action by the sudden synaptic frenzy of activity in my brain, brought on by copious popcorn-like explosions occurring between my startled brain cells, I continued my search to learn everything I could about the Thermomix. As I did, an abundance of other life-affirming potentials represented by this machine began dawning on me. Having one of these, I thought, could literally Save My Life. In more ways than one.
Like many other people, I'd wanted to revamp my diet and take better care of my health for a long time, so I was prepared to invest in the right tools. Clearly, for my fussy needs, the Thermomix was the best thing out there. It's all-in-one design instantly knocked two out of my three raw wishlist items out of the way, and besides it's ability to chop, juice, prepare, grind, mill, pulverize, knead, stir, mince, grate, whip, crush and blend things to within an inch of their existence with great ease, it was packed with many other features.
Built to last a lifetime, it was designed in Germany and manufactured in France. It had a variable heating element and thermostat in the mixing bowl for cooking foods at different temperatures, starting at a lukewarm 37 degrees celsius - going up to 100C in the bowl and 120-140C in the steamer. With temperature control like this, I could finally attempt making things that called for precise low temps, and know that I'd be preserving more of the living enzymes and nutrients that get lost or destroyed when food is cooked at heats over 45C).
It had built-in scales and a timer, came with a multi-use strainer basket for jobs like cooking rice and juice extraction, had a large double steamer that niftily sat on top of the unit, came with a cleverly-designed tamper stick/spatula, and it even cleaned and sharpened itself. Plus, it was economical to run and kinder on the environment as it uses much less energy to operate compared to other appliances. Totally fabulous!
But what got me even more excited about it than all of that combined, was knowing that I'd found a device that could very well propel me out from the raw food sidelines I'd been slouching around in, and greatly assist in my quest to take greater charge of my life, and better care of my body, mind and spirit, starting with inspiring me to make better food choices that give rise to higher levels of nutrition. All my research into a raw food diet had shown me that while perfect health was achievable, and many had healed themselves of life-threatening conditions that way, if I was really honest about it, so was the potential to become more spiritually-aware and physically beautiful, and I definitely wanted that too.
It suddenly hit me. I had fallen head-over-heels in love. I even know the exact time and day it happened because at 2:35am on July 13, 2009, I formally announced it to the world in a tweet. It simply stated: "I've just converted my Vitamix obsession into a Thermomix obsession. Uh-oh."
No one tweeted back. Evidently, I'd gone crackers.
....And I was probably a just a hair away from being one of those people that can only fall in love and have sex with inanimate objects, like motorbikes, retro furniture, buildings, and European-made kitchen devices so groovy and underground no one had even heard of them.
In my defense, research has shown that only people with very low expectations usually do that.
A favourite Oscar Wilde quote of mine is, "My tastes are simple. I am always happy with the best." Objectum-Sexuality tendencies could not thrive much in those conditions.
So, getting back to my Tweet, maybe "obsession" is taking it a bit far, but now, just a few months later, here I am, waiting(no, salivating) with eager anticipation for my Thermomix Bimby to finally arrive. I have to admit, during the intervening months, I’ve thought about everything I would like to make in it a lot. No doubt, my frequent food fantasies have helped propel it in my direction sooner than I imagined. Remember this, your thoughts are things! So make them count people. Make them count.
This gratifying turn of events has additionally come about through a string of lovely synchronicities peppered with altruistic, kind-hearted gestures from some of the human angels in my life, and it's been hard not to notice the many significant shifts that have started occurring within me, coinciding with the Bimby's imminent arrival. It's like ever since I found out about it, and the closer it has come to being here, a new, very magical, supportive and motivating energy has been weaving it's way through my life, and it's been hard to ignore. There's a "right-ness" about how I feel this machine will fit in with me and my lifestyle, alongside the potential it has to help me transform my relationship with food(especially emotionally), but also in other areas of my life, where I've longed for lasting change.
You see, as it's so obvious that I just love it, I knew it would be good if I signed up with the company as a Thermomix demo consultant. The incentive is strong for people like me who are, clearly, passionate advocates for the product already and can't wait to own one, but who may not have all the resources to purchase one outright(a gadget packed with all those super features, it is priced accordingly, and I only work part-time). Through a serendipitous encounter late last year, I learned that I could earn one by doing demos, then more recently, my friends Jon and Adam bought one, and at at their delivery demo I found out how to sign up. The Force has definitely been with me…and so, just like that, in a few short days, my Bimby will be materializing before my eyes, and an exciting new career path is laid out before me.
I'm deeply grateful for what all this represents(funny how a kitchen appliance can represent so much!), and for being able to be sense the workings of angelic forces growing in strength around me, as they've helped coalesce subtle fields of energy in the larger system on my behalf, to help make this happen. Not to mention being thoroughly delighted and humbled to be a recipient of their grace.
I'll soon have a fabulous new tool in the kitchen that will make preparing fresher, more nutrient-dense, whole, unprocessed and living foods so much more inviting than before(with the occasional exception!), and I can't wait to experiment with new ingredients, tastes, textures, techniques and recipes to see what kind of diet and foods work best in my life. I've never done anything as consciously as this with food before, but I have a strong inner knowing that major transformation is at hand. It will be life-changing for me just to document my progress as I go alone, but with all this new awareness and zing I'll be bringing to how I am choosing to nourish my body with food, I sense it'll be amazing to see how that brings more awareness to my decisions when it comes to how I nourish myself in all other ways.
Please come back again soon. I think this experiment will be fun to follow, stimulating and ultimately empowering....oh, and did I mention, mouth-watering?
Peace, love and...mung beans(well this is a food blog after all),