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Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Choc chip muffins TM5
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:14:09 am »
Made the choc chip muffins using the recipe chip today as my first recipe to try in the TM5, says to add 200g sugar but we added 150g instead. Also says to cook for 30 minutes at 180 but my muffins were slightly smaller so didn't take that long. Kids enjoyed them and following the recipe chip guide was easy. :)
Would make again 7/10

Linked JD

I know this is nothing to do with Thermomix, but I'm after other peoples input on what cars are good and what cars I should avoid.
I'm downsizing from a people mover to a car :o
After having 7 seaters for quiet a few years now I'm finally going to downsize to a 5 seater.

I'm looking for something that's cheap to run but not going to fall apart on me in a few years time.
I was looking at possibly a diesel car or a cheapie brand new car, but size wise I'm not sure the little cheap cars would quiet be big enough.
I like the look of the Holden Cruze diesel cars, but from what I have read their reviews can be a bit mixes.
Am I better getting a brand new cheap little car with a warranty? Or a second hand low klm diesel car with no warranty?
I'm confused and just thought I would ask other people opinion.

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Bowl with a bent rim
« on: November 24, 2013, 06:41:59 am »
One of my bowls has a bent rim which only effects the use of the bowl when steaming as the steam leaks from the lid because of the dent.
Is there anyway I could possible try to fix it? Was wondering if I really gently tried to bend it back to position with some pliers and a cloth to protect the bowl. Haven't been game enough to try yet.
I'm assuming someone knocked the bowl off the bench and didn't tell me.

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Thermomix boiling over
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:39:49 am »
I'm having trouble when steaming veggies in the TM with it boiling out the top of the MC hole.

How much water do other use when steaming veggies? And what speed would be best?
I usually have around 900ml water, a basket full of potatoes then other veggies in the varoma.
It never use to do it to me. And it's causing my TM to have error 31 (moisture)

Non Thermomix Recipes / Mixed Vegetarian Lasagna
« on: June 16, 2013, 07:29:08 am »
I got this recipe from

1 Large eggplant diced
1 tsp Salt
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 clove garlic crushed
2 tsp Minced ginger
1 Medium carrot diced
1 Large brown onion diced
1 Small green capsicum chopped
1 Small red capsicum chopped
200 g Button mushrooms thinly sliced
400 g Can chopped tomatoes
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Finely chopped oregano
300 ml Vegetable stock
150 g Baby spinach leaves
1 Cup Grated cheese
375 g Lasagna sheets (or make your own)
1/3 Cup Finely greated parmesan

Sprinkle eggplant with salt in a colander and stand for 20 minutes, Rinse under water, pat dry with paper towel.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Heat oil in large frying pan, add garlic, ginger, carrot and onion, cook stirring for 4-5 minutes or until onion is soft.
Add the eggplant and capsicum, cook stirring for 3-4 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
Stir in the spinach thoroughly and cook for further 2 minutes until the spinach is wilted.
Grate cheeses in thermomix and set aside
Make béchamel sauce from everyday cook book.
Stir cheddar cheese into béchamel sauce.
Pour a third of the béchamel sauce over the base of a 6 cup lasagne dish.
Cover with lasagne sheets.
Add half vegetable mix, béchamel, lasagne sheets etc.
finish with a layer of béchamel sauce.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over lasagne.
Bake in oven for 45 - 50 minutes

I made my own lasagna sheets using pasta roller.
We really enjoyed this and will definitely be making again. :)

Cakes / Chocolate Wheaten Biscuits
« on: June 16, 2013, 06:52:06 am »
Chocolate Wheaten

I got this recipe from woman's weekly and adapted to TM.

90 g Butter
100 g Brown sugar
1 Egg
20 g Dessicated coconut
35 g Wheat germ or Rolled Oats
100 g whole meal plain flour
50 g Self raising flour
180 g Dark chocolate melted (I used milk choc)

1) If using Rolled oats whizz in TM for 10 sec speed 7 and set aside.
2) Place butter and sugar in TM, mix 30 sec speed 4, scrape down sides and mix further 10 seconds.
3) Add egg mix 10 seconds speed 4.
4) Add Coconut, wheat germ or oats and both flours. Mix 5 seconds speed 5. Then turn dial to locked lid position and knead for 1 minute or until combined.
5) Tip dough out between 2 sheets if baking paper and roll out to around 5mm in thickness. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
6) Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
7) Cut out 7.5cm rounds from the dough and place on trays lined with baking paper.
8) Cook 15 - 18 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to completely cool.
9) Spread melted chocolate on top of each biscuit and leave to set.

 (I melted chocolate in microwave and then sat the bowl over a pot of boiled water to keep chocolate from setting)

I used rolled oats as I didn't have any wheat germ available, they still turned out well.

Members' comments
dede - I really like these biscuits, they have a great crunch and really taste like chocolate wheatens. Think they will become a regular in this house.

jo nz - Going to make my second batch of these today.  I made some in the weekend and gave half to my SIL, and ours are all gone - loved by everyone. Thanks!!

CC - in regard to a question as to whether the butter has to be softened.

I remember Mary Berry saying if the butter is "too soft" ( a classic mishap in the microwave) the biscuits will spread.
Mary's Butter Softening tip
"Simply cut it up into cubes straight from the fridge and place it in a bowl of tepid water (not hot- trust me, hot water makes a BIG mess!). Leave for just 10 minutes - usually the time it takes to measure out the rest of a cake ingredients, drain the water away and it’s perfectly soft and ready to use."

Chit Chat / Eggception
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:30:35 am »
This is incredible. The poor chook

I have had an issue with error 52 which is to do with water in places it shouldn't be, it has been driving me nuts. A few months ago I contacted HO who discovered that one of my TM bowls was leaking water from the lid seal so they sent me a new one. But the problem continued and because I had two TM bowls I brought another lid seal for the other bowl.
Again I have been getting error 52 constantly and I just couldn't work out what the problem was.
My sister who was a TM consultant helped me today by testing both bowls with both lids till we were left with one lid causing the problem, we discovered the lid is slightly warped and not sealing properly, water was leaking from the lid into the hole near the lid lock on the Right side of the TM which leaks down into the computer parts of the TM. I'm going to try ringing HO again tomorrow and see if I can order a new lid. :)

Has anyone else had these issues. :)

Bread / Pizza Rolls
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:41:37 am »
I was looking in Woolies the other day and spotted some Pizza rolls, they looked so yummy and I knew my lot would love them, but at $2.50 each there was no way I would buy them. And anyway why would I buy them when I can make them.
So here's the recipe I used to make some yummy mouth watering pizza rolls. :)


250g Luke warm water
2 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
35g olive oil
420g bakers flour (bread flour)
Pinch of salt
Tomato paste (I use half tomato paste and half tomato relish)
Shredded mozzarella cheese (I just used tasty cheese)
Pizza toppings of choice (pepperoni, ham, pineapple, mushrooms, capsicum, sun dried tomatoes, etc etc)


Add sugar, water and yeast to TM bowl and whizz for 10 sec speed 4. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to froth.

Now add oil and give another quick whizz for couple seconds to mix.

Add flour and salt, mix for 5 seconds speed 5, put dial on closed lid position and knead dough for 2 minutes.

Leave dough to double in size before kneading for a further 1.5 minutes.

Tip dough onto floured board and knead some more, divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls and place onto baking trays. Flatten each ball of dough slightly.

Leave rolls to rise again until doubled.

Flatten each roll a little more, spread with tomato paste and add pizza toppings, then top with grated  cheese.

Preheat oven to 220 degrees, cook rolls for 15 minutes or until cheese is browning.

Enjoy. :)

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Relish question
« on: December 21, 2012, 03:53:42 am »
I have made 3 batches of relish yesterday and have another 3 to go to use up the tomatoes.
DH would like a relish with a bit of a bite and thought I would use some chilli paste, my question is how much would I use to make a mild hot relish with 1 kg of tomatoes? Do you think a Tablespoon? More or less

Chit Chat / Boiled fruit mix for Christmas pudding
« on: December 21, 2012, 01:31:37 am »
Bugger bugger bugger, I think I over boiled my fruit mixture for my Christmas pudding.
I was boiling the fruit mixture to make my Christmas pudding when a customer turned up for framing. So I left DD 9 to stir it for me while I dealt with the customer. The recipe says to let boil for 4 minutes.
It was boiling vigorously for more like 15 minutes while my poor DD was trying her hardest to keep stirring lol ;D, she was yelling out to me to help her before i remembered as her arm was aching :(, poor thing.
  I'm not sure if its burnt as yet as I'm waiting for it to cool down before I can do a taste test.
The fruit has been soaking in Sherry for weeks, I hope it's not burnt otherwise I will have to start again and make the pudding tomorrow with an over night soak.

Non Thermomix Recipes / Plum Worcestershire sauce
« on: December 08, 2012, 08:34:07 am »
This is my grandmothers recipe that is really yummy but i have never made it myself as yet.

Anyone know how to convert this recipe to make in the TM? Obviously the quantity would need changing


1 bottle spice vinegar (not sure how many Mls)
1 tin dark blood plums (or fresh)
1 tin treacle
500g brown sugar
1 tbs crushed garlic
1 tbs ginger
1 tbs black pepper
1 tbs cloves
1 tbs cayenne pepper
1 tbs all spice
1 tbs chilli
2 tbs salt
2 cups corn flour mixed with water

Boil all together (except corn flour)for 1 hour and let cool.
Add corn flour mix and bring back to boil until whiteness of corn flour disappears.
Bottle in sterile bottles.

Chit Chat / Tapatalk problems
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:40:20 pm »
Is anyone else having problems with tapatalk HD?, each time I sign in my unread topics is showing nothing, so I have to go through timeline to find topics that I have not read. It's a pain in the bottom :D

Chit Chat / I HAVE given up smoking
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:10:29 pm »
  Yes I know it's a terrible habit, and I have been doing it for way way to long (about 25 years :o) I have made the decision that this will be my New Years resolution.
I have set my self a date now so as to get my mind prepared for it. If I give up earlier then all well and good. But for now its set for New Year's Day.
I thought I would tell as many people as I can of my plans so I'm more likely to give it a really good go. What better place to announce it than right here.

I would love to be smoke free before I turn 40 so this is my last chance. My friend who has been smoking as long as me is also giving up as well. So we can support each other through the good and the bad.

Cold turkey is going to be my method as I have tried the patches, and the medication but with no luck. So cold turkey it will be. :) :) :)

That it I'm about to press send, no turning back now, you will all be reading this within a few minutes.

Ok posting now ...
Right I'm posting right NOW :)

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Error 31
« on: October 29, 2012, 06:28:20 am »
For no reason at all my TM started beeping with error 31 on the screen. Does anyone know what that could mean?

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