What’s that you ask? Just the coolest little machine evar!!!! (I am a seriously lucky person. :))
It’s a ‘Cuisine System’ thank you very much. Made in France, to boot. YaY! (Take that, mainland China.)
I washed it first. There is a reason that every page on the user’s guide says: BE VERY CAREFUL. THE BLADES ARE SHARP. Damn straight. I stuck my hand in the dishwater and promptly cut it on one of the blades. OWWWIE! It’s got three different bowls, three different cutting disks, two VERY sharp chopping blades, a dough blade (is baking in my future?), and an egg whisk.
I happened to have some parmesan cheese and ‘cuisined’ it first. In less than 3 seconds the hunk of cheese had become a beautiful bowl of uniformly finely grated heaven. I’m never going to buy that crap in a plastic container again.
Next, I tried the kidneys for pup food. (That’s what it’s for mainly — making pup food.) I had already prepared the kidneys — a new pup favorite — and so I dumped it all into the largest bowl and pushed pulse once. It was done. WoW. After that, I did the yams. It took me longer to wash them and crudely cut them into a size that would fit into the feed tube than it did for my new best friend Magimix 3150 to chop 2 pounds into perfectly shaped slivers of yam. Freaking amazing!
I got a little carried away with the pickles, though. I wanted to make some tuna salad for lunches next week. I had bought a big jar of dills and had intended to do just enough for the tuna. I ended up doing the entire jar. And still I wanted more. Luckily, I had a head of cabbage. I had that shredded in less that 5 seconds — not Magimix’s fault – I was the one who had cut it into 5 pieces.
And then there was nothing left to shred, chop, slice or grate. Well, there was one very old roma tomato, but I resisted the urge and threw it into the compost.
I’m a bit better now and have only gone into the kitchen to pat the Magimix. I need more discs, though. NEED MORE DISCS. And maybe a juicer. And a citrus press. (I have a lemon tree, dammit!)
The user’s guide also comes with some recipes. Since my Magimix is French, the recipes are decidedly European. The first one is ‘Garlic butter for stuffing snails.’ I prolly won’t get around to that. But it also has a blini batter recipe. Mmmmm blinis. With fake caviar. Mmmmmm. OOOoo, but there’s a recipe for Aubergine caviar. I could be on to something. The recipe for guacamole calls for avocado pears, creme fraiche (the hell is that?) lime, onions, 2 DROPS of Tabasco, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Gads that must taste like shit. To top it off, you have to ‘blix’ it for approximately one minute. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds nasty. I’ll have to try my guacamole recipe in my Magimix, just to let it know it’s in Texas.
I love it. It is a beautiful thing. I’m a lucky girl.