Thermomix – Ricotta Salad & Lemon Slush Cocktail

Connected Kitchen is here and Nicole Scott from Mobile Geeks is going to teach you to cook with gadgets from the future. We’re started off this series of gadget-centric tips and tricks with the Thermomix. Today we’re going to make fresh Ricotta and a lemon slush gin cocktail.
by Nicole on March 11, 2016

 

The Thermomix is like a gang bang of kitchen appliances, it’s a scale, blender, food processor, steamer, stove-top and recipe guide all in one.  We’ve got the Thermomix TM5 which comes equipped with features a color touchscreen and recipe chip technology which helps to automate the cooking process.  There isn’t a lot to the Thermomix, apart from the touchscreen we have one dial that controls temperature, speed and time.

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The Thermomix is designed and manufactured by Vorwerk with the ultimate in German engineering, producing a machine that is solid, sturdy and built to last. We’re all in on having amazing home cooked meals that save time and are taste explosions.

The Thermomix saves an inordinate amount of time in both preparation and cooking foods. A carrot cake mixture takes 30 seconds, a lemon curd 6 minutes, a Creme Brulée which would normally take 1 hour 20 mins to prepare and cook takes 15 minutes start to finish and that trickiest of sauces, Hollandaise 4 minutes. The time saving benefits of the machine also vastly reduce energy costs.

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The Thermomix looks not unlike a kitchen blender with a sturdy stainless steel jug. Within the jug sits a two pronged blade which can be set to gently stir a mixture (it has an automatic reverse setting for kneading and stirring) to terrifyingly high speeds that chop through ice or rock-hard Parmesan cheese in seconds.

Set in the base on the machine are various touch controls which turns the Thermomix into weighing scales, so ingredients can be weighed as they are added. There are heat settings from 0° – +120 °C and coupled with a timer, the food can be cooked while you busy yourself elsewhere. The Thermomix also has a steaming basket (Varoma), which sits atop the machine. So, while one food cooks (a soup or sauce) another food can be gently steamed above it.

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The cooking chip contains 170 recipes that can be automatically called up and followed on the touch screen, we tackle two different types of recipes today, one using a recipe found on the Thermomix forum and another using the chip.  The automated cooking function is a nice touch. All you have to do is select the automated recipe you want, put the ingredients in the bowl and the machine does the rest. Following an automated recipe was a great way to get familiarized with the Thermomix. But since I fancy myself a bit of an experienced home cook I wanted to try to venture out on my own. So you’ll get to see two different styles of Thermomix interactions in our first video. Using the chip is very much like having an electronic chef in your kitchen.

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The first recipe we thought we’d try is a home made Ricotta, I’ve always shy’ed away from making this at home since it requires a thermometer and having proper timing.  We found a Ricotta recipe on the Thermomix forum and followed that to great success.  We added the Ricotta to chopped tomatoes and garlic chives.  Simple and delicious.

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Making the lemon slush was easy and the first thing that amazed was making my own icing sugar for the cocktail, we clearly have a top notch high quality food processor. It’s milling power allows us to make icing sugar from sugar in seconds and for future recipes we’ll be able to make flour from whole grains, nuts, and seeds which opens up worlds of culinary possibilities. As a small disclaimer I didn’t have enough lemon’s on hand so I used some cucumber as well and I opted for gin instead of water, it all worked great!

This basic chip contains 170 recipes that can be automatically called up and followed on the touch screen, making familiarizing yourself with Thermomix cooking so easy, just follow the instructions and keep pressing ‘next’. It’s like having an electronic  chef right there in your kitchen. Perfect for teaching kids or the less confident cooks how to produce a meal.

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The Internet of Things has entered the kitchen space and we’re looking to show you how to make the most of them. If you have any suggestions for things you’d like to see us review or just plain try to cook something with it, let us know in the comments below!