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Look what I can do with a zucchini and an electric device!


Eat your heart out Thermomix crusaders – I’m bringing the beater back! YEAH!

Bet you Thermomixers can't do this with your machine, you'd lose your tongue, or a digit - BOOM - go the old electric mixer!

Bet you Thermomixers can’t do this with your machine, you’d lose your tongue, or a digit – BOOM – go the old electric mixer!

For those who aren’t familiar with the Thermomix – be proud ashamed, be VERY proud ashamed.

Here it is, in all it’s $2000 (give or take) glory!

For someone like me, a writer, this device would be the equivalent of me having a minion to take notes while I spoke, to interview boring people, do research on the internet and then present me with all the info.

All that would be left for me to do was press a button and VOILA an amazing article would appear.

Basically you have to do FUG ALL and you get a shit-hot baking product!

But alas I am not one of the privileged few who owns one, nor will I likely EVER be gifted one to write a review about.

So I thought I’d go retro and make cupcakes with… wait for it…. an electric beater!

Nothing like a vibrating hand to make you feel ALIVE!

Nothing like a vibrating hand to make you feel ALIVE!

The aim was to hide three large zucchinis in them, like I do with risotto and spag bol!


No need to bore you with a description of how I made them, but here is a pictorial of my baking adventure.

Then I added zucchini - just TRICKS - this was just to see if you were still awake - looks a bit, umm, crude!

Then I added zucchini – just TRICKS – this was just to see if you were still awake – looks a bit, umm, crude!

Totally pureed those zucchinis!

Totally pureed those zucchinis!

This is more like it and I only found a few (dozen) tiny bits of egg shell in the mixture - will give the lucky cruncher a GREAT surprise, a little bit like crunching on sand!

This is more like it and I only found a few (dozen) tiny bits of egg shell in the mixture – will give the lucky cruncher a GREAT surprise, a little bit like crunching on sand!

Oh it's the simple things in life that keep me happy!

Oh it’s the simple things in life that keep me happy!

Doesn't it look so picturesque?

Doesn’t it look so picturesque?

Man it's hard not to spill the mixture, a slow boring job!

This – not so much!

Out of the bowl and into the oven baby! And not a Thermomix in sight!

Out of the bowl and into the oven baby! And not a Thermomix in sight!

YUMMO - and they were gone in less than 24 hours - NO SHIT!

YUMMO – and they were gone in less than 24 hours – NO SHIT!

A happy customer, excuse the open mouth eating food photo!

A happy customer, excuse the open mouth eating food photo!

I’m starting to wonder if I have missed my calling? Am I perhaps destined to be a FOOD BLOGGER after all?
Have you got any other tips to hiding veges in food?
Nah just kidding I don’t care, I only bake once a year and I’ve done my dash for 2013!

A rather wordless IBOT – but they say a picture paints a thousands words!

WAIT – don’t got!!!

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Thanks Jess @ Essentially Jess for hosting

Author: Have A Laugh On Me

I'm a mum to three, write from home and I rarely cook, craft or clean but admire those who do. I try to live by the mantra that there's no point in worrying about something that might not happen! Be warned this is not a fluffy, sweet mummy blog, rather a place where you can cringe, laugh and be shocked at my brutally honest take on my life.

81 thoughts on “Look what I can do with a zucchini and an electric device!

  1. lol I am a Thermomix free zone as well. In fact I just treated myself to a new beater last week. $12.95 from Woolies. Thermomix that bitches!

  2. Beater all the way, here! I’d rather go on a holiday than own a thermomix! WEll done on getting your kids to eat zucchini cupcakes! Perhaps I should try this with Nick.

    • I hear you – it’s a lot of money, could be spent on our mortgage! In saying that I’m sure it’s bloody fantastic so I suppose I’m just jealous that I’m not swimming in money so can’t have one to cook some great shit for me! Cupcakes GREAT idea, he won’t even know, just make sure you peel them and puree x

  3. I think you and me need to have a thermomix-free cook off!!! LMAO! You in? xx

  4. Great job disguising those zucchinis!! I love how you are cooking retro style and enjoying the taste of the beaters! I mix everything with a bar mixer, so for me it’s muffin cocktails!!

  5. Love it. You sound like a domestic goddess compared to me. No thermomix to be found here either. They are so (beeping) expensive!!

    I do make a zucchini slice…which has plenty of veges in it and the boys eat it. Sort of like a quiche without the pastry. Not that you care lol.

  6. Hahaha – I love that you’re bragging about not having a thermomix! Don’t you know … anybody who is ANYbody has a thermomix! Well, not me. I’ve got the oldest set of beaters known to man … and I do like the idea of Zucchini cupcakes. Cheers, Alison

  7. Cracker Emily! What a great job hiding veggies! Thankfully for us no veggie hiding required, the boy loves veggies!

  8. You can’t beat the ol’ beaters! There is no other way to get into every nook and cranny, be able to tip the bowl, and spray the cupboards! No thermomix here either, but I do plead guilty to other kitchen appliances that may or may not make life easier πŸ˜‰

  9. We house sat for a family with a theromix, and I made her hid it before they left, incase we broke it. We did eat their thermomix creations tho…mango ice cream – amazing!

  10. I’m living without a Thermomix too! Great job on hiding veges in the cupcakes though.. genius!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  11. test test.. left a comment earlier but think it got eaten up ;p

    Anyway genius idea on adding vegs to cupcakes!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  12. I had heard of a thermomix but had never seen one – holy shit!
    I love zucchinis too.

  13. Nothing wrong with the good old hand beater! I recently got a kitchen aid mixer and I feel useless just standing there watching it mix so I end up getting the beaters out. And they are much easier to lick too.

  14. What kind of person licks BOTH beaters Em? Shouldn’t you be sharing you big old meanie??

  15. LMAO – I am a thermomix-less person too, actually don’t want one. I did have a moment of “Wait, can you do that? Can I really just chuck the whole zucchini in? …” You clever little tricky minx you!

  16. also gonna add that I never hide vegies in food like this.. I hate surprises like that… when your mum tells you fifteen years later that the “soft chicken” was actually tripe. WTF.. wrong!!! No surprises in my house. If you are vegies it will be obvious that you are eating vegies

  17. Would you believe, I don’t even use an electric mixer, dinosaur that I am! I just beat with a spoon, unless it’s whipping cream, then I’ll break out the $8 electric mixer.
    As fabulous as a Thermo sounds, I just couldn’t justify. xx

    • My mum used to use a hand beater, you know those wheel ones that spin around, for whipped cream? They are old school for sure. Nothing wrong with being a dinosaur, you’d have to be a long-neck though, a gentle one that doesn’t eat or kill meat πŸ˜‰ xx

  18. Excellent work! Who needs a Thermomix anyway! Pah! Rock on hand held beaters!

  19. On some days I disguise their veggies in whatever way I can. On other days I give up, and let them eat (or not eat) whatever they want. Turns out they are growing like shooting rockets anyway. Seems my cooking has nothing to do with it. God help our food bill when these boys get older!

  20. I don’t own a thermomix either, or even a … food processor. Totally retro here. Although, today I had an insinkerator partially installed. According to the plumber, I now need an electrician- it’s not in the current budget… so I now I have an insinkerator with a sink that is unusable!

    • SNAP, no food processor here, but probably because I don’t cook enough to warrant one! Love that you have an insinkerator, haven’t seen one of them for years, used to be quite the thing back in the day – here’s to getting a spunky sparky on the job ASAP πŸ™‚

  21. Sweet! I have recently discovered the joys of the good old sunbeam beater and it’s SO much easier than mixing by hand! great work on the dreaded veggie hiding – I suppose zuchini would be good to use because it is a mild taste – or is that completely wrong and I”m an idiot!

  22. Nice work Em – these look great & I love your cooking style! πŸ˜‰
    No Thermomix here either – though I will admit to a fleeting want – just because I am such a kitchen gadget geek! Then I looked into them & went, nah … I have all I need to do that stuff & get messy doing it, which is half the fun!! Plus $2K – pfft, tell ’em they’re dreamin’!!!
    Oh & btw, I think you are extra-frickin’ awesome because I know it must bore you stupid to read my posts, given my foodie focus, but you do read it & you take the time to comment & I am ever so grateful! Thank you for the laughs & the kindness – it does not go unnoticed! Can’t wait to share a drink or two with you at problogger just to say cheers & thanks!! πŸ™‚

    • I actually DO enjoy your posts because they aren’t boring, and funnily enough I do appreciate all the hard work that goes into them, I suppose I’m slightly jealous and feel bad that I’m not so great in the ole’ kitchen department, but best I stick to writing probably!
      And your posts ARE NOT stupid, shame on you for saying that Jods – they are great.
      AND AND AND BOOM to Problogger, a drink or three here we go πŸ™‚ xxxx

  23. Forget the baking and Thermomix, lets start a wine blog? You in?

  24. Thanks for the 101 on thermo mixers. I go into dolphin mode when people talk about them. Are they really $2000? How can people afford them? Zucchini muffins look great. I tried carrot and pineapple ones once but they went down like a tonne of bricks …

    • Love your term, dolphin mode, I might start using it – but will credit you for sure!
      And yes they are that much, I suppose for those foodies who use a lot they can justify.
      Zucchini is the way to go Ren, truly, just peel, puree and dump in the mixture of whatever you are making, drain juice out first so they set better – do it and then BLOG ABOUT IT – xxx πŸ™‚ x

  25. I make a beetroot chocolate cake that is seriously yum! It tastes just like a mud cake but without all of the heaviness. I went to a thermomix demo last year and while it was impressive I won’t be rushing out to buy one anytime soon. That would involve me actually using the kitchen…

  26. I am proudly a Thermomix free zone! Personally, I think there are dozens of other things I’d rather spend $2,000 on. Shoes, handbags…you know, REALLY practical stuff πŸ˜‰

  27. Hubby does most of the serious cooking here, so I just do the fun stuff. But I do tend to hide vegies in my cakes too. The kids still love them…

  28. High five for the beater usage woman! I’m old skool like that too, none of this fancy schmancy thermal undie garbage!
    You never fail to make me giggle. I kind of felt like there was some hidden innuendo in all that “hide the zucchini” speak… xx

  29. So much cleverer than a handmade sandwich πŸ™‚

  30. Gosh you are hilarious! I don’t have a thermomix and I’m still doing all the cooking and I’m even enjoying it! That third picture is priceless!

  31. Retro bitch here too, beater all the way baby! Loved your guest blog too! I had three under two at one stage so was nodding my head remembering the insanity πŸ˜‰

  32. I don’t have one either though I secretly covet one – I cannot justify it just for sorbet. Love the zucchini cupcakes mmmmm

  33. I have to out myself – I am a thermomix owner – seems I am the only one that has commented so far – where are they all hiding????!!!!! I love my thermie – but you sure as hell can’t lick them beaters πŸ˜‰

  34. That looks yum! Must say I keep hearing a lot about the thermomix but don’t have one. No room and well, for one person, not much sense! By the way, when this post arrived in my inbox yesterday, I cracked up at the title! Thanks for the laugh! πŸ˜€

  35. Given that licking the beaters is one of my main reasons to bake, any appliance that doesn’t allow me to make myself a little ill with a whoe lot of sugary batter is out for me πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the laugh – I was loud enough that I had hubby looking over to see what the fuss was about.

  36. Good on you Em – Thermomix free here and shall remain so for the foreseeable mortgaged future. Zucchinis really are so great. Carrot is ok in some things but that pesky orange colour can be a giveaway. I make a lasagne (when I can be bothered) that has tomato, capsicum, onion and celery in the meat sauce (chicken mince), a layer of pumpkin and sweet potato mash, and a layer of spinach and zucchini with ricotta cheesy sauce. It seems to pass muster.

  37. Way to hide sneaky vegetables Em! Awesome idea. I like the old school tools as well (but I have to say that because I can’t afford a thermomix…)

  38. I’ve had the same electric beater for practically my entire married life (30 years this year), and it has made a mountain of fairy cakes and pancake mixes in it’s time. I used to have boxes of fancy electrical goods taking over my kitchen cupboards, but never used them, so gave everything but my liquidiser away, and use that, and my electric hand beater, for everything – I figure, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? πŸ™‚

  39. I’m with you Em – what the heck is all this fuss about thermomixes – they cost too much in my opinion, for that price, they’d have to wash themselves up, tidy the kitchen, sweep and mop the floors as well – AT THE VERY LEAST!!!

  40. There’s nothing like using a hand-held mixer to make you feel alive!

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