Blind cook takes flight with Thermomix

Recently I discovered the blog of Amanda, a new Thermomix owner who is blind. Amanda bought her Thermomix in February of 2011 and quickly began blogging to share her experience. She hopes to help others who have disabilities that impair their own ability to cook.

I was excited to learn how the super kitchen machine would help Amanda, and how it can be used by others too. I learned how the aromas of home-cooked meals began to fill her house for the first time ever. Before long it seemed that Thermomix was helping Amanda to developed “wings”.  With each blog post it became increasingly evident that Amanda enjoyed exploring the world of cooking as her new-found culinary abilities took flight.

Recommended Blog: My Journey with Thermomix
Blogger’s name:
Blogging from:
Canberra, Australia, since 2011
read it now at: blindthermomixer.blogspot
Thermomix as a cooking aid for the blind and other handicaps

About the blog:
Amanda is a 41-year old lawyer in Canberra by whose own  admission has never been able to cook. Through candid reports and through Amanda’s senses of touch, taste, smell, and hearing, we learn what it means to learn to how cook with Thermomix from the perspective of a blind person.

I highly recommend Amanda’s blog for its informative, enlightening – and most of all, fresh perspective on our favourite kitchen machine. Her blog might make Thermomix fans appreciate the machine in new ways. It certainly has the potential to help others who deal with various culinary challenges and abilities to remove their own barriers to cooking.

In her own words:

I am totally blind, and absolutely hate anything to do with cooking.  I burnt myself when I was young, and have always been terrified of heat, so have never been able to use the stove, electric frypan etc.
Consequently, I have absolutely no confidence in the kitchen.

How does Amanda like Thermomix?

There are many features which make the TM really easy to use.  The buttons are all different shapes, and beep when you press them.  They are also nice rubber buttons which need a good press to work.  The bowl is marked inside at half litre intervals with dots, and there are also vertical strokes at the 1 and 2 litre marks.

And how does it feel to cook with Thermomix?

This (beef stir fry) was the first thing I had ever cooked without yelling, tears or alcohol, and the first thing I had ever cooked that tasted really good.

Later on cooking eggs alone…

It was so nice to cook something on my own without fear or anxiety.
I know it’s only hard boiled eggs, but it’s a good start.
Bye-bye egg cooker!

Why read this blog?

  • Don’t expect glossy photos. This blog is about context and content. It’s about Amanda’s story and relates 100% to Thermomix.
  • Inspiring reading for anyone who enjoys cooking. Really thrilling to watch Amanda evolve into her own culinary style as we share in her joys and challenges.
  • No recipes yet, but that’s not what brings us tho this blog. Read and learn how Thermomix might help someone you know to cook for themselves.
  • The first-timer insights shared by Amanda can benefit all beginning Thermomix users!

Read it now!
Follow Amanda at: My Journey with Thermomix

See 13 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Gretchen February 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Amanda is one amazing gal. I was delighted by her blog. Thanks once again for sharing with us Helene. Always somethng new and interesting here.

  2. CreamPuff63 February 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    One huge hurdle is being able to read a recipe. She has highlighted how especially beneficial the buttons, bowl markers, MC measures and the spatula are for someone with a disability. I like her guts and determination, and am glad that this machine has opened up the ability to cook for herself and others.

  3. Nay-nay February 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    That is amazing!!! Thanks so much for all your scanning the web you do to find these little gems! :-)

  4. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks Nay-nay, CreamPuff63 and Gretchen — it’s all true: Amanda is delightful and inspiring, as is her blog. With the internet, the blind have more access to recipes than ever before, and with Thermomix there are new ways to cook it all. I was captivated by her determination and will to share and am glad to know that others feel likewise.

  5. Zan February 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Helene, thanks for pointing this blog out. What an amazing lady, I will be following her blog.

  6. Quirky Jo February 24, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    That is just so cool!! I always thought the Thermomix would be great for people who are blind! I’ll be following along too :)

  7. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 24, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Thanks Zan and Jo – my pleasure to pass on this info, glad to know others appreciate hearing about Amanda as much as I did.

  8. Janie February 24, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Helene,

    I sold a TM to a blind lady back in 2002 and helped her learn to use alongside her digital talking scales and talking timer. Like Amanda, it gives her amazing confidence and also much better nourishment. Her occupational therapist was very helpful in the learning and adapting, and friends read recipes for her then she transcribed them into Braille.

    The TM is fantastic for people with many other disabilities too, including ME, MS, arthritis, back pain, wheelchair users, etc.

  9. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    HI Janie – thanks again for reading and commenting here with your unique perspective. It’s always great to hear first-hand accounts of how Thermomix has helped someone conquer or cope with a difficult condition. I didn’t ask Amanda about how she gets recipes, as I assumed she has some kind of e-reader on her computer. Speech recognition software and voice driven web browsers have come such a long way, even since 2002.

    It must be a thrill for Thermomix affiliates to witness the upsurge in confidence that follows each delivery of the machine — whatever the skill level of the cook. (Though I have no direct experience with this, I do have an arms-length feeling of what it must be like to help others blossom as cooks and bear fruit in the kitchen.)
    Happy dishes, H.

  10. Madame Thermomix February 26, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Just read Amanda’s first post and I have tears in my eyes. Tears of joy that our beloved Thermomix has helped yet another person overcome a boundary and begin to cook with joy. I have sold several Thermomixes to older couples with arthritic hands, and the joy on the face of one Italian lady who could once again make her own pasta dough was priceless. I can only begin to imagine the sense of accomplishment that Amanda is feeling. As Janie says above, the Thermomix is wonderful for people with disabilities — as well as for the rest of us!

  11. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Yes, it is such a treat to be able to share in Amanda’s joy!

    I suppose I am becoming one of those “older” people with arthritic hands. Though I don’t feel old, I know my hands are not capable of what they once were. Very sad but it’s heartening to know that with Thermomix’s help I am able to do as much and more, than before the arthritis started. Yay!

  12. Nerine April 21, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    While my life is much easier than Amanda’s, I still appreciate my Thermomix. I broke my right elbow nearly two years ago and after a botched reconstruction and then another op last year to try to correct it – I have limited movement (about 20 degrees from right angle to a little bit straighter). Things which had been easy like mashing potatoes, kneading dough and stirring cake mixture or bubbling saucepans became painful and/or impossible. My son has an egg allergy and I have always cooked things from scratch. Since buying a TM last November, I can still feed my family healthy meals. I actually brought it on the plane (checked luggage) from the East Coast to the West Coast in January and it has been invaluable over the last 16 weeks while we have been living in transit company accommodation.

  13. ThermomixBlogger Helene April 24, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Hi Nerine – thanks for sharing your personal experiences with Thermomix. I too have troubling conditions of the hands and wrists. Yes — for others who like us are dealing with compromised mobility of hands and arms (arthritis etc), Thermomix allows us to prepare much more in the kitchen than we would otherwise. It’s a super kitchen machine, after all!