Hello all! How are you going with your resolutions? I’m going swimmingly. So far…
I have been doing quite well, all things considered. It has been HOT over the last week. And then it was cold for a day, and now we’re heading back to hot. My resolution to eat takeaway only once a week is going surprisingly well. I live in a house with God’s air conditioning. If it’s hot, open the doors, and three of the windows. The rest of the windows in my house don’t open. It’s a rental and it’s cheap, so we let that slide. Our kitchen has no windows that open. They’re actually nailed shut, probably because the glass is pretty fragile. It makes it super hot in summer, especially when you turn on the stove or oven. And especially when the stove has only two temperatures (off, or really freaking hot). Thank goodness for my kitchen gadgets. I have a slow cooker, and a thermofake. And they are saving us from the takeaway addiction.
For anyone wondering what a thermofake is, it’s a cheap version of a Thermomix. I wouldn’t mind owning a Thermomix, except if I had that much money to spend on a kitchen appliance, then I’d probably use it to feed an African village instead. If you’re looking at getting a thermofake, there are a few options. There’s the Bellini, which you can buy from Target, and there’s the Kogan, which you buy from, wait for it… Kogan. And there are a couple others about the place. I got mine from Aldi (SURPRISE!). Same place I got my slow cooker. And almost everything else I own apart from my large appliances, because Aldi fridges, washing machines, microwaves, &c. have terrible energy ratings. Aldi makes up for this by having incredibly cheap and really tasty chocolate.
My Mum has a Thermomix, which is how I got into the thermocooking craze. I love that I can set and forget, and the machine beeps when it’s done. This means I have the fairly unique perspective of knowing the difference between the real deal and the fakes. The biggest difference, in many cases, is actually the people who own them. A lot of people who own Thermomixes are a little on the snobby side (actually, most of them I wouldn’t choose to be friends with in general, though there are some nice people in there too), and the ones who own the fakes are a little more down to earth, what with preferring to spend their money on other things, like food to cook in their new machines, or maybe on their mortgages. The big benefit to getting the Thermomix is that you get lessons in how to use it. The thermofakes tend to be a bit light on info when you buy them. This is okay if you’re not afraid to experiment. Never be afraid of your kitchen gadgets, or you’ll have to buy takeaway forever.
Seriously though, I love my thermofake, but if I won the lotto, I’d buy a Thermomix (AND I’d feed an African village). They’ve got their issues, as every machine does, but they’re a little more beefy in the special features category. They’ve got a better engine than the fakes, and the fact that it runs backwards as well is awesome (the equivalent in the fakes is adding a blade cover or switching blades. They’ve just been making these machines for longer, so they’ve been improving them for longer. Do you NEED any kind of thermocooker? Nope, unless you have all the popular allergies. Do you WANT a thermocooker? You betcha! Now I’ll just have to start buying lotto tickets… Or I could just spend that money on, you know, food.