Note from Lynette: After a lovely coffee with local and fellow St Kevins school mum Moira Tobin - where we talked about life as busy mums - I asked Moira to write about a great piece of household technology that she knows and loves, and that I thought would make a great Christmas gift idea! Heres's what she wrote ...
I was raised in a family with six children so our daily meals were fairly predictable.
We were sent to school after eating a healthy breakfast, there was always a homemade treat or fruit snack for morning tea. Lunch consisted of a sandwich and afternoon tea was generally cake.
We sat down as a family for dinner and, if we were lucky, we were served dessert! Three main meals and two snacks per day is a fairly common formula in Australia.
Given this, I was wondering if you have ever considered just how many meals and snacks you would need to prepare over your lifetime? Before you do the calculation, if you are in a relationship please include your partner and maybe a couple of kids (fussy eaters) in the equation. Make sure you are sitting down when you read the final figure. You’ll soon discover that, if you are the main chef in your household, you will be making in excess of 100,000 meals. I warned you to sit down.
So with the advancement of technology wouldn’t it be fabulous if someone came up with a program that enabled you to browse thousands of recipes online so you could create your own personalised recipe books?
If you had specific allergies you could click on a button to sort through your dietary requirements - whether it be gluten, grain, nut or dairy free. Perhaps you are searching for vegan recipes only? Imagine how much time (and money) you would save if you could set aside a few moments each week to menu plan.
Wouldn't it be great to have shopping lists created instantly (either by recipe or supermarket aisle) so you know in advance that your pantry is stocked with necessary ingredients.
It would be amazing if this information could be accessed on your phone so there is no need to carry scraps of paper containing lists when out and about shopping.
Someone also needs to come up with one appliance that syncs with our recipe books. An appliance that does EVERYTHING including chopping, beating, mixing, whipping, milling, kneading, mincing, grating, juicing, blending, heating, stirring, steaming and weighing food.
A machine that you simply turn on and hit the ‘next’ button to read the next step. Something that is so simple to operate that anyone who is able to read, can assist in the kitchen.
The future is here - now!
Whilst this might all seem futuristic, I’m here to tell you that such a machine and recipe platform does exist.
It’s called a Thermomix, and with the recently launched attachment called a Cook-Key, you can simply sync your recipe books, menu plans and shopping lists via Wi-Fi using the website platform called cookidoo.com.au.
Put simply, Cookidoo is to recipes as Spotify is to music.
There is no need to purchase cook books these days (although you still can) if you have a Thermomix. With an annual subscription which is less that $1.00 per week ($49 per year), you have instant access to all the Thermomix books via the internet.
The Cook-Key (which costs $189) is just like a USB stick that stores up to 5,000 recipes. Take your Thermomix away on holidays and prepare restaurant quality meals for a tenth of the price?
The Thermomix is one appliance that allows you to turn basic ingredients into delicious preservative free products. What a time-saver too!
If you would like to learn more about Thermomix and/or Cookidoo, Moira can be contacted on mobile 0418 101 167 - or follow her on Facebook at duck’s back move.grow.cook.
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