To Thermomix or not to Thermomix?

Nice review…

To Thermomix or not to Thermomix? That’s the $1939 question. I expected to come out of the other side of a two-week trial period of the tricked up kitchen mixer knowing if it is worth splashing out almost $2000 on one. I don’t. I’ll put my cards on the table — I wasn’t considering buying a Thermomix when I asked to review one. But I was intrigued about why so much fuss was being made over a piece of kitchen equipment. When a colleague who works with me at The Australian Financial Review asked if it was worth buying one, I suggested he review one for the newspaper and find out for himself. I decided to go one step further and review one myself. I wrote a rolling review over six of the days of the trial period. We had our ups and we had our downs.

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Thermal cookers comparison chart

Very nice…

Cheating with Bellini

thermocookersI’ve made this chart for people are thinking about getting their first thermal cooker. It’s not meant to prove that one machine is superior to another – it just depends what is important to you. If you really want to cook and steam simultaneously, then the ThermoBlend or HotMixPRO will be less appealing. If a reluctance motor will seal the deal, then a Thermomix is your best option. Let me know if there are any glaring errors.

One more important point: this table doesn’t reflect the durability of the machines. The $500 and under machines usually have more reported faults and returns. All the machines have facebook pages/ user groups – these are a good place to get feedback about this issue.

The bowl capacity of every one of the machines is 2L. All prices are in Australian dollars. I haven’t included a separate section for Lakeland’s MultiChef (only sold…

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Flour Power – Healthy Alternatives to the “White Stuff”

Nice! Thanks for this informative and educational information. Very useful.

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flourI figured this would be an interesting topic for the week for two reasons – one based on recent chats with Katie about ingredients for future awesome MySuperFoods products and the other based on my recent trips to Whole Foods and the local grocery store to find a sea of available “flour” products. Choosing flour alternatives in cooking and baking has its benefits for many reasons (I’ll get into that soon), and something I started doing several years ago when I embarked on my food revolution. However, it seems as if each time I enter the “flour” aisle, more and more white flour substitutes are lining the shelves. There are flours made from everything, it seems – garbanzo bean flour, amaranth flour, rice flour, coconut flour…and the list goes on. I am leery sometimes to see what will appear next…..but most of all, what the heck do you make out…

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Calligraphy Design: Simple Drawn and Painted Borders

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The Calligraphy Pen

One of the most fascinating aspects of illuminated manuscripts is the range and diversity of the borders.  Elements can include stylized and naturalistic foliate drawings, (flowers, ivy, leaves, buds), geometric shapes and pen sprays often growing from border bars anchored to illuminated initials.

This demonstration will look at a few basic structures and incorporate various common elements found in manuscripts to create simple borders with added layers of complexity as a starting point to either creating your own designs or researching manuscripts to recreate “authentic” styles.

The border designs in this demonstration are a simple Symmetrical Border, a Repeating Spiral Border and a Border Bar with Ivy.

I have also included references to a few manuscripts from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts for each design to give you an idea of the use, range and diversity of the elements.

Drawing Borders

What you need:

  • graph paper (refer to

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