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Chit Chat / Dense Rock-hard Hot Cross Buns
« on: March 16, 2018, 03:17:05 pm »
It’s been a very long time since I posted on here and have not used TM5 much either.

Anyway, I was craving hot cross buns and made a batch using Chookie’s recipe, which I have made successfully in the past. However, the bottom on the latest batch were black and the buns dense and rock hard. What did I do wrong? Cooked for 20 minutes. I did increase the spices as I like my buns quite spiced. Could this have affected the yeast?

Any thoughts or feedback would be much appreciated. I want to make another batch but want them to be light and fluffy just like the Coles ones.

Thanks in advance.

Bread / Re: Sour Cream Sandwich Loaf - adapted from a Dan Lepard recipe
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:29:05 pm »
Beautiful loaf of bread Judy.

News about Thermomix / Re: USA Thermomix
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:27:49 pm »
Most people, irrespective of which country they're from, are turned off by the price of the TMX Azure111! I know it took me a good six months of deliberating before I bought my TM31. DH was sick of my incessant talk and finally said "oh please put me out of my misery and just buy the damn thing."

Halloween is huge in our neighborhood. Houses (not ours) are decorated and because of safety, generally only securely-wrapped/sealed (tamper proof) lollies and chocolates are handed out. Certainly no home-baked goodies going around.

In fact, it's school policy that all foods intended for other children, e.g. Birthday cake, cupcakes etc, have to be store bought. You cannot bring in home baked goodies. No lamington drives here! Do they still do lamington drives? I remember them fondly from my Aussie school days.

News about Thermomix / Re: Problems/errors with the TM5?
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:17:00 pm »
Agreed Azure111, I was very surprised by the prices of the KA mixers compared to Australia. I remember paying AUD$700 for my KA mixer from David Jones in Australia many years ago. I paid about US$200 for same mixer when I moved here two years ago.

Chit Chat / Re: Exploring the TM5
« on: October 07, 2016, 01:06:09 am »
You certainly a gem of a DH Allen. I hope your DW knows that and shows her appreciation and gratitude accordingly.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 21, 2016, 01:18:02 am »
Those blueberries doughnuts look so cute and delicious Cookie.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 18, 2016, 12:56:26 pm »
Those Swiss meringue bettercream roses look fantastic. Have you completed a course in this Emerald Sue? The cake looks too girceouse to cut into to eat.

News about Thermomix / Re: USA Thermomix
« on: September 18, 2016, 10:13:52 am »
I like the TM5 too Chookie. It would have been nice to have a choice though. Given its strong brand and presence in the US, im very surprised that KA chose not not sell the KA cooker here.

News about Thermomix / Re: USA Thermomix
« on: September 18, 2016, 01:06:21 am »
I have read that Grace Mazur is not so nice. On the faulty TMX FB site, people have stated she tried to silence people by making them sign confidentiality agreements before refunding money for machines that have caused injury to people. These guys refused to sign, went to the ACCC? and Grace had to refund without the signed confidentiality agreements. Very unscrupulous.

Very interesting reads you are finding and posting Gert. Well, it didn't cost my consultant any money for petrol or food and barely any time as I didn't have a demonstration. Money for jam for that sale. Plenty more of these tunes of sales here I would expect, but the whole business model may fail quicker as a result.

News about Thermomix / Re: USA Thermomix
« on: September 18, 2016, 12:54:28 am »
Oh, I haven't heard anything about a formal launch. That will be very interesting to see how, what, when, who and where. You're so right about availability of pre-prepared foods on the US. I wouldn't touch most of it though - too many chemicals and too much processing. Fresh food is very cheap here compared to Australia.

I agree with your sentiment re the ordinary home cook probably not going to get the concept of cooking in a blender, a costly one at that. Only time will tell. Perhaps it will be the same as elsewhere with the majority of consultants quitting after they have sold 6? machines and get theirs for free.

News about Thermomix / Re: USA Thermomix
« on: September 17, 2016, 11:52:58 pm »
Gert, what do you mean by the official launch? The TM5 has already been launched and available for purchase now. They have consultants in LA and Washington DC (Melissa USA is from there) but like I have said, consultant support has been NIL so not the same level of service as in Australia. However, given its such a new concept, Americans are going to need that demonstration more. Doomed to fail here in the US? Probability for this is certainly higher than in more established markets.

I also dislike the secrecy that surrounds the Vorwerk business model. Would love to know how much consultants get per machine sold.

Chit Chat / Re: Exploring the TM5
« on: September 17, 2016, 11:41:47 pm »
Judging from my personal buying experience, I would have to agree that you may well be correct Gert. Like I said, there should be a price differential between full support vs no support experience. In fact, due to infrastructure perhaps?, but consultants only take your name and number, pass this through to head office who then contacts the customers to take the actual order and payment. So as a consultant, nice work if you can get it.

Chit Chat / Re: Exploring the TM5
« on: September 17, 2016, 07:00:08 pm »
This could become forum thermomix and matchmaking.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 17, 2016, 10:48:26 am »
Fantastic looking loaf of SD Cornish C. Well done to your DS.

News about Thermomix / Re: USA Thermomix
« on: September 17, 2016, 10:45:54 am »
Cookie, I was VERY interested in the KA thermal cooker too, but they're not available here in the US. KA itself is a very strong/dominant brand here with the kitchen mixer, fridges, stoves/hot plates and dishwasher. Perhaps KA executives know something about the American consumer that Vorwerk does not?

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