Thermomix – Experiment 1, Pureed Vegetable Side Dish

As eager as I was to try out the Thermomix, I knew it was probably best to take baby steps. I had just been to Valerie’s house where she whipped up four dishes in no time but Valerie’s a pro when it comes to this machine, and I was a neophyte.
I needed to go easy. I also needed to wrap my head around weighing food instead of using measurments like cups and litres. By weighing ingredients, you get true measurements.

I already had a couple of duck breasts ready to go into a fry pan, but I needed a side dish. We’re big fans of cauliflower puree, a really easy side to prepare. The My Way of Cooking cookbook that Valerie loaned me had a recipe for potato and vegetable puree. Perfect. I’d be able to use a few things I had taking up space in my pantry.

The Thermomix has a built in scale. Of course it does. It has everything else, why should a built in scale surprise you? This makes weighing ingredients easy – zero out the machine with one push of a button and off you go. Put the veggies in the basket (the Varoma receptacle is the official name) and steam for about 18 minutes. I cut them into fairly small pieces which required less steaming time than what the recipe stated. While that was taking place, my duck sizzled on the stove.

Transfer vegetables to the mixing bowl, add milk and nutmeg, cook and blend for a couple minutes then puree for about 20 seconds. Voila. Easy peasy.

A super simple, healthy side dish to accompany our meal. Total time including prep: 25 minutes.

A final note: You could alter the potato and vegetable puree recipe to make baby food. Choose your own ingredients…organic, seasonal or straight from your garden. There would be no preservatives and one batch would make several servings that you could freeze and have on hand. Feeding baby would be easier on your time, your budget and your conscience.


Author: Twyla Campbell

World-wide wanderer, CBC Edmonton AM Restaurant Reviewer, Member of Edmonton’s Slow Food convivium, oenophile, epicurean explorer and a freelance writer whose works have appeared in several magazines and newspapers including More, Above & Beyond, Avenue (Edmonton), Up Here, Northern Flyer, Opulence, City Palate, the Edible Prairie Journal, The Edmonton Journal, Slow Food Canada, Lifestyle Alberta, and on Slow Food Edmonton’s website. Grant MacEwan University (Professional Writing Program) Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree (in progress). I’m a Tweeter @wanderwoman10

4 thoughts on “Thermomix – Experiment 1, Pureed Vegetable Side Dish

  1. Lovely to have another Canadian blogging about Thermomix! I really enjoyed your first post too and yes, you are privileged to be learning at the elbow of a master. I think of Valerie of the Grande Dame of Thermomix in Western Canada, so no worries — you will be a pro by next week. (Lucky you, to have use of those super cookbooks too!) Thanks for your additions to the Thermomix blogging world.

  2. DId you keep the lid on the varoma while you steamed the veggies? I am assuming you did, as that would be important. Hope they were tasty. I have never made this recipe – but I have made the cheesy mashed potatoes in the coiled Australian book and those are TO-DIE-FOR.
    Great job!
    DId you stop by Helene’s site? She has some fantastic recipes there that she has personally developed, too!

  3. Hey Valerie…yes, I kept the lid on the Varona. The whole meal took less than 25 minutes; I loved the fact there was hardly anything to clean up. I stopped by Helene’s site…wow, there’s a TON of good recipes there. Looks like I have my work cut out for me!

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