New addition to the Thermomix family

It’s been awhile since I have posted here. In that time I fell pregnant and gave birth to my second daughter. She is now 7 months and has already been to a few Cooking Experiences and deliveries with me! Life with two is busy and I am so thankful to have my Thermomix help me in the kitchen. I love how quick and easy it is to make delicious and healthy food for my family. And that includes baby food now that we have introduced solids (she is loving EVERYTHING btw!).Perth Thermomix consultant holding her baby during a Thermomix delivery demo

So that’s what has been happening with my family. Big things have been happening with the Thermomix family too. Back in March Vorwerk launched the TM6 in Europe and announced the Australian launch of the TM6 would be mid year. Since that announcement Thermomix in Australia have released amazing offers on the TM5. So amazing that TM5 stock is running low!

This final TM5 offer is not only a great saving but also packed full of bonuses. You will receive a bonus Cook-key (valued $189) and second Bowl, Blade and Lid set (valued $584) and also receive $250 host credit to apply to the purchase of your TM5. 24 months interest free finance is available. This means you could own your TM5 from $19.55 per week. Applying is easy. To be eligible you need to be:

  • 18 years and older
  • An Australian citizen or resident
  • Employed or have a regular income of more than $300 a week
  • You can apply here and enter consultant ID 09766 when prompted.

If you want to know more about the TM6 click here. Contact me now to purchase your TM5 (while stocks last) or to get on my TM6 pre-order list.

Cookidoo

The new TM6 launched in Australia back in July. Around the same time the Thermomix recipe platform Cookidoo also had a re-launch. Changes were made to allow better functionality on the TM6 (there’s a bigger screen on the TM6 for you to access Cookidoo straight from your machine) and also on the app. 

Don’t know what Cookidoo is? It is our online library of more than 50,000 triple tested guided recipes from 15 countries. The Australian collection has over 2,300 and new recipes are added all the time. Some of these are digital collections with around 8-12 recipes like the new Skinnymixers Classics collection and some are cookbooks with over 100 recipes like the Plant to Plate cookbook. 

With Cookidoo you can browse recipes for inspiration and even meal plan and create shopping lists. You can also save recipes in your own folders called Collections. You can try it for free here. You also get a free six month subscription with your TM6 purchase and it’s just $49 to renew annually. 

The Cookidoo home screen is always updated with the latest recipes showing first so you can easily see what’s new. Or you can go straight to searching recipes using the search bar. You can search for more than just ‘chicken’ or ‘pad Thai’ with the search bar. You can search for ingredients you already have in your pantry or fridge by typing the ingredient/s eg zucchini, carrot. You can also search for allergen friendly recipes using tags eg #glutenfree

Once you have your results you can filter them by category eg Main dishes, serving size, total time. You can also increase your results by scrolling down to the Countries filter and adding more countries. If you know more than one language you can select non-English speaking countries or you can use Google translate to help with translating. You can then sort your results by the newest recipes, name or shortest time.

If you are looking for inspiration you can also browse Cookbook Collections instead of searching recipes. Just click on the magnify glass in the search bar and then click on the drop down arrow to select Collections. Then you can browse away or reduce/expand results using the same filters mentioned above.

My favourite part of Cookidoo is getting organised with the meal plan, collections and shopping list. You can add recipes to your weekly planner or even create your own collections (folders). You can create as many collections as you like and name them what you want. You can then access your recipes in your week and in your collections on your TM5/TM6 and use guided cooking.

You can add recipes directly to your shopping list or access it from the week planner. The shopping list will compile all the same ingredients together to tell you how much you need eg how many eggs. Simply tick off the items you don’t need and if you need to add other items you just need to scroll to the bottom and type them there. You can also change the view from category to recipe and remove a recipe here if you need to. Once you have gone through all your items you can then share your shopping list by copy and pasting it into a note or an email (to send to your partner to buy on their way home!)

How excited are you to use Cookidoo? Or if you already have Cookidoo what’s your favourite thing about? I’d also love for you to share your favourite recipe or collection below!

First Fiesta

We celebrated my baby girl turning one with her First Fiesta! I had so much with this Mexican themed birthday party – the decorations and of course the food!

We love Mexican food so it was lots of fun making so many recipes from Cookidoo. We had a nacho table and a taco bar. For the nachos I made the Nachos with Black Beans and Guacamole.

This recipe is from the US Cookidoo collection and one thing I would change is to chop the garlic in the first step because for some crazy reason the recipe asks for minced garlic. I also chopped the black beans on speed 4 for about 10 seconds once they were cooked to make a bit more of a chunky paste. This recipe is really yum and so easy to make so if you are making them for a party I would suggest making them last. I left them in the oven too long and then had them out on the table too early. But they were still delicious!

The nacho table also had Steamed Corn with Chipotle Mayo and Coriander Salsa. If you haven’t steamed corn in the Varoma yet you need to get onto it. Even just plain corn cobs are a huge hit with the kids!

The taco table was the crowd pleaser. We had hard and soft tacos for guests to choose from and a choice of chicken or beef for their filling. I made Tinga de Pollo (shredded chicken). This is a super easy recipe to make but I did find it a bit watery and would try less tomato next time. I also made the Beef Taco mince which is a TM6 exclusive recipe as it uses the high heat function. I made two batches of this – one spicy and the other not spicy.

To go with the tacos I made Salsa Verde, Pico de Gallo and Guacamole (which I almost forgot to take out of the fridge!). I had also planned to make the Layered Mexican Dip but in the end decided we had enough so I just made the Salsa.

I really enjoyed making all these Mexican inspired recipes. I usually focus more on baking sweet treats for our events so this was a nice change. My mum and sister helped with the dessert table.

But of course I had to bake my daughter’s first birthday cake! This was a lot of fun to make. My new go-to cake recipe is the Brown Sugar Kumara Cake with Wilton’s Buttercream Icing from the Recipe Community. I am much better with fondant than I am with piping icing but I am happy with the end result. It did take a few goes until I found my rhythm and a straight-is line but the lucky thing with this style is it is very forgiving. And hey, it’s a fiesta! Just have fun!

Mermaid party food

My daughter recently turned three and for her birthday party she really wanted a mermaid theme so of course I had to include some mermaid themed party food.

For the grazing table I already had the Herb and Garlic dip, Tapenade and Mini Vegetable Frittatas. So to add some mermaid flavour I made the Macadamia and Parmesan Biscuits and used a mermaid tail cookie cutter.

Grazing table

But the dessert table is where we had all the mermaid fun. To go with the Coconut Ice and Mermaid Tail fairy bread I made these Pinwheel Biscuits.

For the cake I made two batches of the Brown Sugar Kumara Cake in 6 inch cake tins. I love this cake, it tastes like caramel mud cake and is a great solid cake to stack. I made a basic buttercream for the crumb icing and to layer the cake but for the buttercream petals/mermaid scales I used this recipe for Wilton’s Buttercream. It is amazing to work with and always hold its shape! This recipe makes a big batch so I had enough to decorate the mermaid cake, decorate my Basic Vanilla Cupcakes and also just enough to use to make my Clam shells

The cake was a huge hit and was so easy to make. I just watched a YouTube video on petal icing and I was good to go. My tip for icing cupcakes is to get yourself the Thermomix piping big and use the biggest star nozzle. This makes it so easy to pipe the perfect icing on your cupcakes!

Introducing the TM6

Thermomix Perth Consultant set up for a TM6 Cooking Experience

The Thermomix TM6 is officially here. I received mine last week and have had lots of fun playing with it.

The TM6 is our smart connected kitchen and has 20 functions. You can read all the details here and take the tour here.

I have been posting lots of stories on my Instagram account. You can check out my TM6 story highlights here. But here’s a summary for you. It was so exciting to hear the sizzle when using the high heat function. The new automated pre-clean and blending functions are great time savers. Yes I could do it manually but using these functions allows me a few spare moments in the kitchen which is always welcome in a busy home with two small children. The scales were the function that really won me over with Thermomix and with the TM6 I can now weigh to 1g increments. Whilst this is great for accuracy, it is taking me a moment to get used to, especially when pouring liquids I have found I am a bit heavy handed! What was the function that won you over with your Thermomix? What function are you dying to see in the TM6?

One very simple change that I love is the measuring cup (MC). It can now stay locked in the lid and just needs a simple push to release it. This means no more fiddling about with the MC and less chances of having to look around your kitchen for it!

If you want to see the TM6 in action just contact me to book a Cooking Experience (if you are in Perth, otherwise contact Thermomix in Australia). If you are ready to purchase your TM6 all you need to do is contact me (if you live outside of Perth I will connect you with a consultant in your area to deliver your Thermomix).

There are three methods of payment:

  • Single credit card payment of $2269
  • Three easy payments, also known as Easy 3 ($919, $700, $700)
  • Interest free finance (click here to apply and contact me for my Consultant ID)

There is also a fourth option. You can earn your TM6 by becoming a consultant. Let me know if you are interested and I can have my team leader give you a call to discuss all the options. You can also click here to have a read about joining the team and then contact me with any questions.

And before I finish this post I want to mention the new look Cookidoo. You receive 6 months free subscription with your TM6 purchase and you can also get one month free trial if you want to explore before you buy. With Cookidoo you have access to over 40,000 recipes to inspire you and with the meal planning and shopping list functions, to make your life easier. Check it out and let me know what you think and which recipe you would love to make!

Start your Thermomix business

I was recently asked for tips about managing being a Thermomix consultant around a full time job. I have written blog posts about becoming a consultant, the training and the perks but I haven’t shared my experience as a consultant while working full time. And with an exciting limited time offer to join the team and earn your Thermomix I thought it was time I shared my tips with you all.

I’m on maternity leave from my full time job and after working through my postnatal depression have loved stepping back into my Thermomix business. So now I am managing being a consultant around being a mama – and that is a full time job! So whether you are working full time or are a full time mama this blog is for you!

My Thermomix business brings so much fun and positivity into my life. Who doesn’t love eating great food? It’s so great being a part of helping people improve their lives through simplified cooking, improving their health and having more time for what matters. This used to balance out the negative parts of my full time job and now as a mama, it gets me out of the house and talking  to adults (no more  baby talk!).  So here’s my top five tips of your Thermomix business.

My #1 tip is know your why. Why do you want to be a consultant? Is it for financial freedom? To save money for a holiday? To get your Thermomix in your kitchen? To meet like minded people? To help people improve their lives? There are countless reasons why you would want to be a consultant and the only reason that matters is your big why. Starting your own business isn’t easy. It is a huge personal growth rollercoaster. You have to step outside of your comfort zone. Meeting new people, putting yourself out there, asking for the sale, fear of failure, even fear of success. Yes this is a thing! I had to work through this last year. Knowing your why helps you work through your personal development.

Tip #2 is to plan ahead. Look at your weekly and monthly commitments. When are your non-negotiable times? Family time, special events, sport commitments, or even just down time. Set all of this in stone so you can then work out your availability for Cooking Experiences, deliveries, cooking classes and meetings. Working backwards like this will help you create boundaries. When you start you will want to book as many Cooking Experiences as possible and that is great. But if they affect your previous commitments or you find you over-extend yourself then you may feel burn out. And as an introvert I learnt the best thing to prevent burn out was to honour myself after a Cooking Experience or event. Introverts gain their energy from within themselves. So a nice relaxing bath was my favourite thing to do after a demo.

A great tip I learned in training about planning was to book your cooking experiences every second week and use the alternate week for deliveries, admin and working on other parts of your business. Last week I had a cooking experience and two events. This week I have my follow ups and a delivery. I have also been lucky that I have been able to take Maya with me to my last few deliveries.

Tip #3 is all about preparation. While working full time I did most demos on the weekend or even after work on Thursday/Fridays. If it was straight after work I would prep or bring the ingredients to work (we had a seperate kitchen which was handy) and prep after work. I would also bring myself something to eat for a super early dinner and eat that at my desk (of course this would depend on your workplace/role). The new Cooking Experience is a lot easier to prep for than the previous demos which is great juggling this with mama duties. As with most things in mum life prep is easiest when baby is sleeping. And to make things easier when you start as a consultant you are given a packing list so you know what ingredients you need to provide 🙂

Tip #4 is networking. Networking was a word I used to hate. I think that ties to my introvert personality and finding crowds drained my energy. But now I love it. I attended two events on the weekend and had a great time. So my tip with networking is to be open to all possibilities. With every encounter I always remind myself there are several outcomes of success such as booking a demo, making a sale, signing up a recruit and picking up a customer who doesn’t have a consultant anymore. They can be your biggest advocates because they may not have had the best customer service so they will love your help and rave to their friends and family about you.

Tip #5 is support. Build your support system to help you build your business. Talk to your family and friends about what you want for your business. Talk to your team about your wins and losses. If you have a partner, talk to them about your plans and ensure you are both on the same page. Building a business has it challenges but it also has amazing rewards. I attended the local farmers market on the weekend and my lovely hubby walked down with our baby girl when she was due for her feed. As a breastfeeding mama being away from my baby takes a bit more planning if I need to express (we don’t have much of a freezer stash anymore) so to be away from her and still get to feed he was really special for me.

And as I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post one of the rewards of starting your biz could be earning your Thermomix. Thermomix in Australia have a limited time offer (Turbo Bonus Payments) where you can earn your Thermomix with just 4 sales within your first 60 days when you start your business before 30 June 2017!

The following payment options are available to be eligible for this offer:

  • One single payment
  • Easy 3
  • Current Interest Free offer (t&c apply)
  • 24 months interest free finance that includes a 3 month no interest and no repayment period (t&c apply)

If you would like to know more about any of these payment options email me at tash@thermotash.com.au. The turbo bonus payment is intended to cover the cost of the Thermomix and contribute towards any fees and charges incurred in purchasing the Thermomix. You can view the flyer here.

If you have any more questions about starting your Thermomix business please contact me. I would love for you to join my team. Even if you are not in my physical team (it’s refreshing that you join your local team and attend your local meetings and events) you will still receive support from me. I am studying to be a certified Wellness coach and would love to be able to put my coaching skills to good use and help you reach your goals! So what are you waiting for? Contact me here or Thermomix in Australia and start your own Thermomix business today!

Introducing solids 

Maya is six months old and a couple of weeks ago we started introducing solids. In my previous blog post I wrote about my experience with postnatal depression and how my Thermomix saved me in the kitchen.

When Maya was 4 months old it was time to start thinking about introducing solids and I felt overwhelmed. As a first time mum every new step is a step into the unknown. I read the books, listened to the health professionals and attended a couple of workshops. We made the decision to wait until Maya could sit up and she was showing an interest in what we were eating before we would start feeding her puree. This started happening at around 5 months but I still wasn’t ready. It just felt like one more thing to do!

Thermomix cooking for baby and toddler cookbookThen I pulled out the Cooking for your Baby and Toddler cookbook and read through the beginning and it didn’t feel so overwhelming anymore. The book into divided into the following sections:

  • Feeding your Child
  • Getting Started
  • First Foods (around 6 months)
  • More Tastes and Textures (6-9 months)
  • A Well Rounded Diet (10-12 months)
  • Toddlers
  • Family Meals

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Introducing the new Cooking Experience

The new Thermomix cooking experience is here and it’s so exciting! And that’s because it really is an experience.

You design your menu to experience the functions that will save you time in the kitchen.

You invite two guests to experience the fun and happiness cooking with friends can give.

You each throw on an apron to experience how you can cook with ease.

You all enjoy fresh fast food to experience the motivation and empowerment Thermomix can bring to your lives.

You can experience all of this in just 90 minutes in the comfort of your own home. You can book your experience in now.  Continue reading

The benefits of having a second Bowl, Blade and Lid set

It was my daughter’s christening on the weekend and of course I had to bake her a beautiful cake. I made a red velvet cake with buttercream icing (BCB) and topped it with macarons. The tip to perfect egg whites is having a very clean and dry bowl so it was very handy having my second Bowl, Blade and Lid set to use instead of having to wash and dry my bowl after milling almond meal.

Since I do a lot of baking this is such a great benefit of having a second Bowl, Blade and Lid set. I try to keep one bowl for all my sweets and milling/grinding sugar, nuts and grains. There are lots of other great benefits of having a second BBL set.

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How my Thermomix helped my postnatal depression 

I sent my monthly newsletter to my Thermotash tribe last week and I shared with them something really raw and personal. I shared my struggle with postnatal depression.

My little one is 5 months now and every day is a joy but two months ago I finally admitted something I had been in denial about for a very long time. I had postnatal depression. I loved my baby but the various issues we had had to overcome, the soul sucking sleep deprivation and the grief I felt losing my old identity had all built up leaving me in a dark place.

Since her birth I couldn’t be bothered eating. I struggled making decisions, especially if it was about meals. I had zero interest cooking in the kitchen. If I wasn’t breastfeeding I would have cared even less about myself.

But I was breastfeeding. I had my little baby relying on me for nourishment so after leaning on my hubby and family for meals in the early days and weeks it was time for me to get back into the kitchen. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to do it without my Thermomix.

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