Come Dine With Me is always an education! Take yesterday’s episode for example. I learned how to make a courgette roulade look like a vomit filled swiss roll, that it costs £300 a month to look after your dogs ‘properly’ (y’know…clothes, perfume, ribbons and bows…the usual doggy necessities) AND what a hang drum is….
Hang on (no pun intended honest!) that last one actually WAS educational! Just in case you didn’t get the sense of irony about the other ‘lessons learned’!
One of the highly cultured contestants, desperate to win the grand prize of £1000, invited in a friend to entertain his guests with the beautiful sounds of the Hang (pronouced ‘hung’) drum. Only to have it described as “…some guy banging on some wok” by one of the other slightly less cultured diners!
It sounded AWESOME! I’m no drummer but I know my music and this instrument is ‘special’. After seeing it, or more importantly hearing it, I spent the next few hours trawling the net to see where I could get hold of one. Bad news….you have to go on a waiting list! After which there’s more bad news…the one I like most, Halo, is about £2k!! Although I did spot one on ebay for £901. Still – looks like I’ll have to wait a while!
Anyway, totally impressed with the sound this guy was getting out of said ‘wok’ I joined all waiting lists, mailing lists and blogs having anything to do with hang drums!
Here’s some videos of what I found and why I must have one!
Hang Drum Solo
Gorgeous sound right? My birthday is at the end of the month….if anyone’s stuck for gift ideas….!
I absolutely must have this unbelievable piece of kitchen equipment!
Spotted on ‘Come Dine With Me Down Under‘, this gadget actually means you could probably get rid of just about e v e r y other one you have in your kitchen.
The Thermomix does it all. Seriously.
This is the list of things it does from the manufacturers:
One Thermomix with One Bowl and One Blade can do all this:
- Thermomix weighs – with built-in electronic scales
- Thermomix grates – nuts, cheese, chocolate, parmesan
- Thermomix mills – rice, grains and pulses to flour
- Thermomix purées – vegetables, fruits, baby food
- Thermomix grinds – coffee beans, sugar to icing sugar, wet or dry spices
- Thermomix blends – soups, smoothies, milkshakes and sauces
- Thermomix cooks, boils & simmers – soups, sauces, preserves, pulses, complete meals
- Thermomix steams – vegetables, meat, fish, fruits, rice, pasta
- Thermomix crushes – ice, cocktails, ice creams, sorbet
- Thermomix whisks – egg whites, cappuccino-style foam on soups and milk, zabaglione
- Thermomix emulsifies – salad dressings, mayonnaise, batters, cream
- Thermomix kneads – bread dough, pizza dough, pasta dough, pastry, scones
- Thermomix chops & minces – nuts, herbs, vegetables, salads, meats
- Thermomix heats baby food to 37oC
- Thermomix holds chocolate at 37oC
In fact the only thing you have to do is wash up afterwards! I could actually get rid of my weighing scales, grater, coffee grinder, blender, food processor, steamer, whisks, bread making machine, most of my knives and probably a fair few pots and pans too! So much more room in my kitchen!!
A great range of recipe books are available too which is a huge improvement on the little booklet you get with most cooking appliances with the same old 10 or so recipes! There is also a huge list of recipes by Janie Turner on the UK website. Only problem left for me is to convince the boyfriend that its worth the £885 (inc VAT)!**UPDATE** Thermomix UK just informed me of their divided payment option too, as well as 2 day delivery!***
I’m confused…why don’t we all have one again??