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School’s Out: Thermomix ideas for the school holidays

During school holidays, a Thermomix can be a versatile and helpful kitchen appliance for various activities. Here are some things you can do with a Thermomix during school holidays:

  1. Cooking and Baking: The Thermomix simplifies the process of preparing a wide variety of dishes, from soups and stews to pasta sauces, risottos, and desserts.
  2. Meal Planning and Prepping: Utilize Thermomix to assist in meal planning by providing recipe suggestions, calculating ingredient quantities, and creating shopping lists. It also helps with chopping vegetables, blending sauces, and marinating meats for meal prepping.
  3. Homemade Ice Cream and Sorbets: Make your own ice cream and sorbets with Thermomix, allowing you to experiment with flavors and create refreshing treats.
  4. Healthy Snacks and Smoothies: Whip up nutritious snacks like energy balls, granola bars, and hummus, and blend fresh fruits and vegetables into smoothies packed with vitamins and minerals.
  5. Baking Bread: Take the opportunity to explore bread baking during school holidays. The Thermomix can handle kneading and rising processes, making it easier to bake homemade bread, rolls, and pizza dough.
  6. Culinary Experiments: Use the Thermomix as a tool for culinary experimentation. Try making your own pasta, experimenting with flavors and spices, or creating unique dishes by combining different recipes.
  7. Educational Cooking: Involve children in the cooking process during school holidays to teach them about healthy eating and basic cooking skills. The Thermomix can be a fun tool for them to assist in recipe preparation.
  8. Preserving and Jam Making: Take advantage of seasonal produce by preserving fruits and vegetables or making homemade jams and spreads using Thermomix’s cooking and sterilizing functions.
  9. International Cuisine Exploration: Use Thermomix to explore different cuisines from around the world. Try making traditional dishes from various countries and introduce your family to new flavors and tastes.
  10. Kitchen Science Projects: Engage kids in educational and entertaining kitchen science projects. The Thermomix can be used for tasks such as melting chocolate, making homemade butter, or experimenting with food coloring and textures.

Remember to prioritize safety and supervise children when using the Thermomix. Enjoy your school holidays and have a fantastic time exploring the culinary possibilities with your Thermomix! I’ll be doing some kids workshops during Summer 2023, so if you’d like to join, in person, or my virtual classes, drop me a line.

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10 ways to save money with a Thermomix this Spring

As April is the month of spring, it’s the perfect time to start afresh and make some changes to your finances. If you’re looking for ways to save money this month, you might not have thought about using your Thermomix. However, this versatile kitchen gadget can be used for much more than just cooking up delicious meals.

Here are 10 ways you can save money this April using your Thermomix:


  1. Meal planning: One of the most effective ways to save money is by planning your meals in advance. With your Thermomix, you can easily create a weekly meal plan and then use the guided cooking feature to ensure that you’re making the most of your ingredients.s-well-CJdZ800-Fbs-unsplash
  2. Batch cooking: If you’re cooking for one or two people, it’s often more economical to batch cook and freeze your meals. Your Thermomix can help you to make large batches of soups, stews, and curries that you can then portion out and freeze for later.
  3. DIY staples: With a Thermomix, you can make a range of kitchen staples at home, such as bread, pasta, and nut butter. This can save you money in the long run, as you won’t need to buy these items from the store.
  4. Cooking from scratch: Another way to save money is by cooking from scratch, rather than buying pre-made meals or processed foods. Your Thermomix can help you to create homemade sauces, marinades, and condiments that are healthier and more cost-effective than store-bought alternatives. tetiana-bykovets-Ht7ZhGt2UXg-unsplash
  5. Preserving: If you have a surplus of fresh produce, your Thermomix can help you to preserve it for later. You can use it to make jams, pickles, and chutneys, which will keep for months in the pantry. brooke-lark-kwaP8ybRPWk-unsplash
  6. Homemade cleaning products: Your Thermomix can also be used to make homemade cleaning products, such as all-purpose cleaners and laundry detergent. This can save you money on expensive cleaning products, while also being better for the environment.jeshoots-com-__ZMnefoI3k-unsplash
  7. Grinding coffee beans: If you’re a coffee lover, you can save money by grinding your own coffee beans at home. Your Thermomix can grind coffee beans to the perfect consistency, ensuring a delicious cup of coffee every time.
  8. Making your own baby food: If you have a baby, your Thermomix can be a great tool for making your own baby food. This is often much cheaper than buying pre-made baby food, and it also allows you to control the ingredients.
  9. Making your own skincare products: Your Thermomix can also be used to make your own skincare products, such as face masks and body scrubs. This can save you money on expensive skincare products, while also being better for your skin. diana-light-pBBxMUCgwuU-unsplash
  10. DIY gifts: Finally, your Thermomix can be used to make homemade gifts for your loved ones. You can create delicious treats, such as homemade chocolates or cookies, or create a personalized gift, such as a homemade candle.

In conclusion, your Thermomix can be a valuable tool for saving money this April. From meal planning and batch cooking to making your own cleaning products and skincare, there are many ways that you can use your Thermomix to save money and live a more sustainable lifestyle. So, dust off your Thermomix and start exploring all the ways you can use it to save money this month.

Disclaimer – Thermomix® is a cooking appliance intended to be only used for food preparation.

However, the recipes here are things I do with my own Thermomix.  I also have multiple Thermomixes and TM bowls, so I can safely use separate bowls for making these without any cross-contamination. I also clean the bowls thoroughly with soap, then vinegar, and finally run them through the dishwasher to ensure that it is thoroughly clean before making a food recipe in my bowl. If in any doubt, don’t make them.

6 reasons why you should plan your meals with Cookidoo

While meal planning can be considered a chore to add to your “to-do list,” this is one chore that should be at the top of that list!

Here are 6 reasons why you should start planning your meals a week in advance and how Thermomix’s Recipe Platform, Cookidoo can help you do just that:

1. Improve your nutrition

 By planning in advance, you can aim to have nutritionally well-balanced meals throughout the week.

For example, you can make sure each of your dinners has the requisite vegetables, protein, and grains. Planning your meals ultimately allows you to take control of your own personal nutrition needs.

Whether you have to stick to a lower sodium diet or want only to eat whole grains and vegetables, you can plan for it! 

Thermomix (TM) tip: Each Thermomix recipe includes Nutritional information per portion to include energy (kj/kcal), protein (g), carbohydrate (g) and fat (g) content.

2. Make healthier choices

If you have to come up with something to eat last minute, you’ll find yourself probably going out for dinner instead. As a result, you are most likely to end up exceeding your daily calorie and sodium intake! 

Even just stopping at the supermarket to pick up a last-minute dinner may lead to poor choices. When you shop hungry, you are more likely to throw junk food into your cart.

Thermomix (TM) tip: By using Cookidoo’s weekly planning tool,  you don’t have to have last-minute hunger pangs or supermarket visit. The weekly planner creates a shopping list according to your menu and this can either be emailed for a quick shop around the supermarket, or in my opinion the better way, transcribed to an online supermarket shop for convenient home delivery.

3. Eat high-quality foods

Homemade meals are almost always more nutrient-dense and filled with fewer calories, salt, and fat than takeout or quick ready-made options at your supermarket.

Choosing your own recipes and ingredients for the week allows you to make important food choices, such as buying local meats or organic produce. 

Thermomix (TM) tip: The better the quality of ingredients, the better the quality of your meal. Butchers offer better selection & quality. Buying vegetables from a greengrocer that only sells organic ensures you are buying foo that is chemical pesticide-free.

4. Save money

Having a meal plan prevents you from throwing out ingredients you forgot you had in the fridge.You can create meal plans that specifically allow you to use up whatever you have in your cupboards.

You can also start fresh by creating grocery lists based off your meal plans. This way you’ll go to the grocery store with purpose rather than on the whim and you won’t come out with a dozen of random unhealthy food items, most of which you won’t eat. In addition,  your meal plan will save you money by preventing you from ordering costly last-minute takeouts.

Thermomix (TM) tip: Menu planning with Cookidoo creates a shopping list which I have already discussed but what I enjoy more is the menu planning to use leftovers from the day before to create a new meal.

  • If I have had a chicken or lamb roast for Sunday lunch, I plan to use the ‘waste’ bones to make a bone broth and the next day a soup.
  • My husband is a little fussy with leftover meat so I will then plan a pie or a curry to use the leftovers the next day.
  • Vegetable peelings are saved in a  plastic bag in a freezer and when the bag is full, I combine them to make homemade stock.
  • The list can go on.

5. Save time

Your shopping list will prevent you from wandering around the supermarket aimlessly and your meal plans will save you from having to think about what to eat every day.

If you find yourself quite busy during the workweek, planning meals that made from start to finish in under 30-minutes is achievable. Taking time out to plan your meals that can help save time. 

Take some time out of the weekend ensure you have the right ingredients and plan quick meals for breakfast or take-to-work lunches. Oats and frozen berries with yogurt in mason jars serve as great breakfasts for on-the-go. Prepared quinoa or pasta salads with mixed veggies and beans can serve as a work lunch for multiple days. 

Thermomix (TM) tip: With good planning, Thermomix should save you time. For evening meals, I tend to find that 90% of the meals are cooked in under 30 minutes, 15-20 of which I don’t have to be physically in the kitchen. I can use this time to sit down with my kids and do their homework, catch up with some work emails, or simply sit down and read a book.

6. Decrease Stress

The daily “what’s for dinner” thought that plague our minds throughout the day is a constant stress to have, but it’s easily prevented by having a plan. You can always reuse meal plans and shopping lists to help cut down on planning and prep time.

Thermomix (TM) tip: The beauty of my Cookidoo menu planner is that I know I have all the ingredients in the house to make any item on my weekly plan, therefore whether I cook or someone else in my household from my husband, nanny or 10-year daughter, everything is in stock and we’re creative enough with variety, seasonal ingredients and nutritionally balanced, that’s its a win, win situation all around. 

If you have any questions on meal planning with Thermomix, Cookidoo Recipe Platform, or would like to see a Cooking Experience, please contact me. Email me on Or call on 07977 563537