If you know me well, you’ll know that I obsess over appliances. I am always interested in new and innovative appliances that make life that just that little easier and that make my kitchen look that little bit more magical. I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the Vitamix Professional Series 750 which was held at the Sapphire Room in Ponsonby Central. Upon arrival, demonstrators were set up creating different smoothies for us to try. I chose to head over to the station making a green smoothie which contained pineapple, kale, mint and ice. It was delicious! I was then greeted with a friendly face when I saw Belinda from nzgirl and there were also other familiar faces such as raw food advocate Sunniva from Raw Till Four and My Food Bag ambassador Nadia Lim also in attendance.
The new Vitamix offers full variable speed control which adjusts from 0 – high. It provides precise control and ultimated processing capabilities. Whether you’re wanting to make something cold or steaming hot, chunk or silky smooth – you have the control. In addition to that there are five pre-programmed settings for smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soups, puree and also a cleaning cycle allowing for consistent results and simple cleaning. The new Vitamix is built with a 2.2 horsepower motor yet is quieter as the enchanted airflow management reduces the noise of the blend by 10 decibels. The new design also has a wider, BPA-free, 2L container. The new compact design means it fits under most kitchen cabinets so home chefs can keep Vitamix proudly displayed and more readily accessible.
A beautiful lunch created by Megan May & the Little Bird team using the new Vitamix Professional Series 750
We were treated to a delicious lunch created by the expertise of raw and vegan food, Megan May. Megan owns my the widely loved Little Bird Unbakery. You’ll find these located in multiple locations across Auckland including Kingsland, Ponsonby and the newly opened Britomart. Megan spoke to us about how Vitamix is an essential appliances used across all the Little Bird Unbakeries and demonstrated how to make various elements of the food we were about to be served in the Vitamix Professional Series 750.
We were first served canapes. These consisted of seed/nut crackers topped with cashew mayonnaise, sprouts and herbs along with a spicy Vietnamese spring roll. The spring roll packed a lot of heat whereas the crackers were a great combination of smooth and crunchy textures.
For the main we had an option of Gnocchi or Tacos. I opted for the Taco however Belinda from nzgirl was kind enough to share some pumpkin gnocchi with me. I was impressed by the gnocchi dish. As it was placed on the table I was convinced that there was beef on her plate however I had mistaken it for oyster mushrooms. According to Megan, the Taco dish is one of the most popular menu items at the Little Bird Unbakery. Megan demonstrated how to make the taco shells using fresh corn and flaxseed meal. She processed these along with onion, water salt and lime juice in the Vitamix blender until it was almost smooth before popping it into the dehydrator. She then cut out little circles to produce a soft taco shell. She even showed us how to use the Vitamix to create your own macadamia and cashew nut cheese. It replicated the same texture as parmesan and was sprinkled on our tacos.
My favourite dish of the day had to be Cacao Hazelnut Tart which we were served for dessert. This literally had me wanting to lick my plate. Megan spoke of how previously, she would have to use both a food processor and a Vitamix to create this dessert however with the improvement of a wider container the entire recipe could be crafted using only the Vitamix.
The goodie bag
We were gifted beautiful goodie bags filled with treats. We also had the opportunity to fill up little bags with fruit and vegetables provided by the team at Ceres Fresh Markets. I grabbed a whole lot of lemons, lime, green apples and a knob of ginger. In my goodie bag, I was lucky enough to be gifted a Little Bird Unbakery Cookbook. I had wanted this for a long time but it was bit out of my price range ($60). As well as that, there were products from Ceres Organics & Ecostore, a tea towel Ali Davies as well as a few treats from Vitamix.