I was lucky enough to receive a Thermomix for my birthday a few months ago. It was a big surprise for me, although we had casually chatted about replacing my ageing, and lets face it not-quite-up-to-it-anymore blender, but hadn't got around to it.
We've been using for all sorts of things- sorbet, custard, soup, risotto. But one of the things that made my heart race when I first looked through the book was the chance to make home made butter. It seems so down on the farm, and yet it's done in a completely modern, high-tech way.
It's a really cool, simple process. You pour cream in, and whizz it around really fast. Within a minute or so it looks like this:
Then the buttermilk separates out
You add water and "wash" it for a few seconds
Re-blitz (at which you can add salt if you like) and you have home made butter! All in under 5 minutes.
Sometimes Mr Wicker makes homemade bread
And we can have our homemade butter on our homemade bread
It's almost like we're Amish or something.