I got a spammy looking message from the mother of one of the kids in our class saying that she was willing to demonstrate a Thermomix and that if I brought the ingredients she would make a meal.
What the hell is a Thermomix?
Apparently it’s a very expensive kitchen device (around 900 euros) that does everything and anything. It dices, it slices, it grinds, it blends, it steams, it simmers, it whips… well you get the idea.
It’s only sold via some kind of multi-level marketing type deal through “demonstration associates”, kind of like Tupperware.
It’s somewhat of a kitchen status symbol as well, so if you visit someone’s house and they show you the kitchen, make sure you compliment them on their kitchen device selection.
The New York Times had a feature about it back in 2005. Their conclusion was that it’s kind of expensive for making a good smoothie.