So, we finally got ourselves one of those Thermomix robots. Some thoughts one why its followers can be called a sect:
- They despise all those ignorant of their secret.
- They speak a language unintelligible to anyone not a follower (5-7-9, then 7 sec at 6, 80)
- They know by heart the teachings contained in “The Book”…
- which, by they way, used to be titled “A new Dawning” and show a sunrise, with the machine replacing the Sun (reminds one of Alistair_Crowley’s Golden Dawn.). Not in the new version, it seems. Really tacky picture, couldn’t find it on the net, so I’ll have to upload it myself.
Serious stuff follows…
Never heard of them? You might not be from Spain, the leading country in buying this fine German tool. In a nutshell, it combines a powerful mixer with a thermostated heater, plus a weight and cronometer. Seems simple enough, but it seems no-one else does it. Some robots heat up, some mix, but no other at the same time…
Anyway, my advice is to buy second hand, thus lowering the imposing 940€ oficial price (Spain, 2008) to about 800€ or less. Better still, grab the “old” model, TM21, for about 450€. Changes from this model to the new one are relatively few, imho. In fact, the similarities between the two where highlighted as a great advantage (since, e.g., recipes did not change.) You can get 2nd hand ones on ebay, or contacting a seller. These things are not sold in stores, you have to contact a seller; and they usually have a network of second hand machines.
Some interesting links:
- Nice article in El Mundo (in Spanish)
- Vorwerk, the company. Spaniards: please pronounce it “Forberk”.
- Mithermomix, the site from the leading seller.
- More to follow, as I discover them.
More links, as I promised, of interesting sites (i.e. different from the ones that show up in google when you look up so recipe):
- La Cocina de Auro, lots of nice recipes, some ethnic ones too (guacamole).
- Recetario Canecositas, many more recipes. I mean, many.
- Recetas de Mama, home cooking, as the name implies.
- larsvontrier.blogspot, interesting guy. Lots of philosophy. Excellent recipes, specially breads (naan bread!). I don’t think he’s the Lars von Trier, though.
- Lo de Carlos Valencia, a professional cook, it would seem. Impossible cakes.
- All these are in Spanish, yet I keep using the English language. Why?