Food Skills Expert

Friday, August 5, 2011

What's News in Food? ... Slimkicker

Introducing Slimkicker ....Keep tabs on your diet  and stay motivated with this free app. Lots of ideas and games to play to keep you on track ...and have fun along the way

Visit to find out more

After attending two demonstrations, I have purchased one of these extraordinary kitchen machines. I was at the point of purchasing a new food processor but decided to invest instead in a Thermomix,
Originally invented by a German company Vorwerk for the Italian market, the Thermomix is a food processor, cake mixer and cook top all in one...

Taken from the web site...

The product of more than 40 years of German design and innovation, Thermomix unites the functions of over 10 appliances in one compact unit. Thermomix will amaze you with its ability to chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and weigh food.

No wonder it has earned the title – the world’s smallest, smartest kitchen!

So where do I find out more? Contact Thermomix Australia for a free demonstration. The appliance is sold through a demonstrator. With sales increasing, the company is recruiting!
Read an objective review from Choice magazine - summarised below...

CHOICE Verdict 

The Thermomix is built to last; we would give it five stars except for its hefty price tag, although staggered payment options are available. It’s great for a busy family or a less experienced cook. It also saves time, as you can set the timer and be free to get on with other tasks, and allows for healthier cooking through its strong emphasis on using fresh ingredients.

My views are shared with Choice blogger John Bloomfield....

Bloomfield's opinion:
8 MONTHS AGO | After reading the Choice review, I arranged a demonstration and was impressed enough to buy one. I have had it for about a week now and have really enjoyed using it. It doesn't do everything, and some things are better done in other ways, but it is tremendously versatile, robust and has the best safety features I've seen on a kitchen machine. The one thing it does that does not seem to be replicated by any other appliance is that it stirs while it cooks, meaning that it can make brilliant custards and the like.

As for the cost, it really depends on whether you can afford it or not. Assuming it continues to do what it says it does, I think it is reasonable value for what it does (and the opportunity to clear a lot of other machines out of the kitchen). There is also a fair bit of support during the delivery and afterwards. That said, it's not an essential appliance like a fridge and I wouldn't recommend it to someone for whom the outlay is going to cause a great deal of financial pain.

To find out recipes and more visit Forum Thermomix
I have also enjoyed the Full Little Tummies blog for more thermomix recipe ideas - I especially remember my mother's Australian style Chow Mein and here it's recreated here a la Thermomix!
Touche. John!

Add some va va voom to your vegetarian diet....for those of you who are vegetarians or those of you who would like to explore, extend and enrich your omnivorous diet  by including more environmentally and health friendly vegetarian recipes then Vegematarian is the web site for you!

Vegematarian is an informative web site that will certainly extend your vegetarian repertoire.  Focusing on home grown, eco-friendly produce, Kirsty has put together some lovely and lively recipes together...quite different from the regular run of the mill vegetarian recipes you usually come across. 

Taken from the Vegematarian web site ....Vegematarian is an online recipe book that explores dairy and gluten free vegetarian recipes. There is also a focus on low acidic and high alkaline foods.
If you'd like to contribute, please email Kirsty at :-)

In her latest posting Kirsty includes a great additive free recipe for Taco Seasoning for those of you who enjoy Mexican food. Thank you!

Eat right for your (blood) type - Dr D'Adamo
I am normally sceptical about advocates of 'alternative' diet suggestions but this one just might be worth looking at and exploring I have done.
If you know your blood type (and the easiest way to find out is to become a blood donor. Visit for more information and make an appointment) then you can also find out the foods that are beneficial or neutral to you or what foods that are best avoided. 

For example as an O+ blood group type, I originated as a hunter gatherer and therefore thrive on a high protein diet based on meat and fish and vegetables. However, it is best that I leave the dairy to the vegetarians of the tribe - the A Blood group type.

Dr D'Adamo also describes your somatotype origins and provides information about lifestyle preferences that support your blood type. As an O Blood group type, my body responds well to physical cardiac exercise (which is why I have responded so well to running in the last 6 months) especially during times of stress or chocolate craving (go for a run instead!).

Find out more and judge for yourself at
There is also an I-Phone or I-Pad app available for AUS $4-49 that you can download from the App Store. This means that you can carry around this portable information when you go shopping for food.
There are also family shopping  lists that sychronises food items if family members' blood types are different to your own.

Enneagram Institute Personality Test - Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
And whilst we are on the subject of finding out more about yourself, another interesting site that I came across the other day which also intrigued me is The Enneagram Institute

Identify your personality type - are you a 'reformer', a 'challenger' or a 'peacemaker'?
There are nine different types - you can undertake a 10 minute free online test to determine your type.
You can find out what motivates you, your outlook on life and how you are affected by other personality types that you live or work with.
Evidence-based research supports the claims made - find out more how the tests have been validated by the research at