"An all-purpose workstation"
Comedian Woody Allen tells this story about when he was young, his father came home from work one day and announced he'd lost his job. He'd been replaced by a gadget that could do everything he could do, but better. The real tragedy, recalls Woody, was that his mother went and bought one. I have found such a device. It's the Thermomix TM31 and it's the mother of all kitchen appliances.
Better, it replaces the kitchen: a self contained all-purpose workstation. At its heart, it’s a food processor, but the TM31 – which I call Tim – has a built-in oven so it makes a mean risotto and does all the stirring as well as cooking. Tim turns grains into flour, makes a wicked granita, cooks curries and casseroles, whisks egg whites, steams fish and vegetables, does mayo in a mo', and kneads bread dough. It can even wash itself. For someone like me, who's lazy and whose motto is "Toys R Me", Tim is absolute bliss!
From the West Australian Magazine, 13 September 2003
Mr Sticky’s recipe: Schiacciata (Sweet Pizza)
Sweet pizzas are as much fun to make as the savoury variety. In Italy a favourite is Schiacciata, a fruit pizza made with grapes, traditionally during vintage. It is one of the simplest combinations: bread dough and grapes combine to make a tasty and inexpensive dessert.
- 500g grapes (I use red and white for visual impact)
- 125g raw or brown sugar
- Oil for brushing
- 500g pizza dough (made in TM31)
Pre-heat oven (or woodfired oven if you have one) to 200°C.
Wash grapes, drain and toss with half the sugar. You can use the grapes whole if you don’t mind a bit of crunchiness but if seeds worry you, either de-seed them or use the seedless variety.
Prepare a pizza pan or similar flat tray and brush with a little light oil.
Divide the dough into two and roll out the first of two base shapes for what will become a grape sandwich. Don’t worry about making a perfect circle – rough enough is good enough.
Place onto oiled pan.
Dot some of the grapes over the base, leaving some space between them, and sprinkle on a little more sugar.
Roll the second base shape and place it over the first layer, pushing down around the edge to seal it.
Add more of the grapes, pushing them in the valleys formed by the grapes underneath, and sprinkle with the remainder of the sugar.
Bake for approx. 40 minutes.
© Mr Sticky Date Pudding 2004