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Jams and Chutneys / Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
« on: January 20, 2011, 12:27:08 am »
A good reliable jelly recipe would be great - looks like I'll be making grape jelly as well as apple jelly this season.  Would I be right in assuming that the process for grape jelly would be the same as the process for apple jelly?

Thanks.

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Chit Chat / Re: Encouraging healthy choices -support thread
« on: January 19, 2011, 04:53:01 am »
Funnily enough, I have just been thinking much the same thing myself the last couple of days.  My husband has slightly elevated cholesterol levels and we are both overweight.  All those lovely sweet things on this forum have been fabulous, and I've loved experimenting with them, but not so good for us and I love my husband more than sweet things, so I've got to reform.

I'm a vegetarian and my husband calls himself a "vegetarian by marriage" so I would really love to see some great, healthy heart type vegetarian recipes or suggestions.

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Chit Chat / Re: This Forum is amazing
« on: January 18, 2011, 08:21:24 pm »
I agree with everything everyone has said!!!  I have found a whole new world of cooking since I found the forum and got my TMX - I had never made "real" custard before, neither had I had any luck with pastry - it's all thanks to all of my extremely generous, helpful and knowledgeable forum friends and the TMX. 

The only drawback with this forum is that I am becoming a "Forum Addict", I keep popping on here when I get a chance  just to see if anything new has come up and it's not doing my workload any good (it just seems to get higher and higher)!

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Recipe Requests / Re: Puff Pastry
« on: January 18, 2011, 08:15:55 pm »
Thanks for all your suggestions everyone, and for following up with a PM Kim, I'll have a go with puff pastry when I get a break next week on Australia Day.  I hadn't realised there was a puff pastry recipe in the EDC, but as I am a vegetarian the lard would have made it a bgt "NO NO" for me.  Would butter be a suitable substitute for the lard?

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Chit Chat / Re: Kindle has arrived!!!!!!, now what to do with it!!
« on: January 18, 2011, 06:34:35 am »
Kindles are only available on line from Amazon.  If you order one be sure you select the appropriate options for an Australian model.  It is also nice to have the cover - helps protect the kindle and I think it is easier to hold with a cover, but it is an option and you do have to pay extra for it.

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Recipe Requests / Puff Pastry
« on: January 18, 2011, 03:01:23 am »
Many recipes on the forum call for the use of puff pastry – my impression is that most, or maybe all, commercially produced pastry contains dangerous trans fats (I think with the exception of filo pastry).  I am very leery of purchasing pastry because of this and thank goodness that there are so many great pastry recipes on this forum to make instead of having to rely on the supermarket varieties.

Does anyone have a recipe for puff pastry made on the TMX – or is it just a short pastry rolled and re-rolled lots of times with knobs of butter in between?  I’ve never made puff pastry, and only started making TMX pastry a couple of weeks ago, so I’m a complete novice at this.

Also, the recipes that have puff pastry in them ask for “1 sheet”.  If I feel brave enough to make my own puff pastry, can you give me an idea of just how big one sheet is?

Thanks.

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Desserts / Re: Peanut Butter Icecream
« on: January 17, 2011, 09:46:02 am »
My husband is going to love you, Cookie1.  He is a peanut butter addict - I don't know if I dare make this as I don't think I will be able to keep him out of the freezer when it is ready!  Thanks so much for this recipe.

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Chit Chat / Re: How are the flooded Aussies?
« on: January 17, 2011, 09:43:50 am »
You're right, Cookie1 - especially when they ask such inane questions as ".. and how do you feel about what has happened to you / your house?" etc. etc.  It is so facile!! >:(

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Chit Chat / Re: How are the flooded Aussies?
« on: January 17, 2011, 08:27:57 am »
I agree with you Frozzie, we don't know the individual circumstances, but her behaviour really was selfish and inexcusable (after all, if she needed more bread, she could have easily gone back into the store a minute later to buy some more and no one would have known the difference).  However, you are also right, stress does make most of us act out of character and panic buying totally blows everything out of proportion.  You are a very understanding person and I should try to take a leaf out of your book and try to be more compassionate.

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Chit Chat / Re: How are the flooded Aussies?
« on: January 17, 2011, 03:15:16 am »
I got an email this morning from my sister who lives in Queensland and she wrote this:

" .... there was some panic buying with bread, milk and petrol, but the roads are open now. 1 lady went to buy 6 loaves of bread when there was a limit of 3, when they stopped her at the checkout she tore open 3 of them, threw on the floor and stamped on them so no-one else could have them."

What a %&^*#@! person - I hope they made her pay for those three loaves and confiscated the other three.  Like the looters, there are very few like her, but they somehow seem to overshadow all the good folks.  I heard on the news that there were 12,000 volunteer helpers in Brisbane on Saturday and they were expecting the same on Sunday. 

We had some minor flooding in my husband's workshop (in Central Victoria) and we were so lucky to have wonderful neighbours who turned out to help us as well.  We were very lucky compared to so many others.  I suspect the really hard part for them will start now, once they can actually get back to their homes and come to terms with their own personal situation.

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Chit Chat / Re: Varoma demo
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:58:36 am »
I have still to have a varoma demo as well.  I think my consultant is a bit reluctant to follow this up with me as my home is out in the country and I don't think she's too comfortable doing the run out there.  Also, I don't know whether you are 'expected' to have several people attend a varoma demo, as you are with a delivery demo (not sure that I could get enough people to come along to make it worth her while - I'm also a bit embarassed that the delivery demo didn't raise any positive leads for her).

Perhaps I could find someone holding one in the Central Victoria region that I could join in with????

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Chit Chat / Re: Breakfast ideas
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:25:16 am »
That's an amazing list, Sue, your children are very lucky to have a mum like you.

I'm afraid I can only just manage my good old favourite, porridge, of a morning.  When we lived in Asia I used to love a mixture of fresh fruit for breakfast, but I had more time then to prepare this each morning.  These days, eggs florentine is my favourite treat.

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Chit Chat / Re: Kindle has arrived!!!!!!, now what to do with it!!
« on: January 17, 2011, 12:37:09 am »
... mmm I've never been to Romania and I'm looking forward to my visit very much - although it is strictly business - my husband and his colleague are going round the wood suppliers as they both need wood for their work (they are both violin makers and Romania has very good wood available).  Hopefully will get to see a bit more of the countryside than the wood yards - my fingers are crossed.

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Chit Chat / Re: Kindle has arrived!!!!!!, now what to do with it!!
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:23:39 pm »
I Just got my kindle this week as well - an Xmas present from my wonderful husband - but had to wait until now for it as it wasn't ordered until late November and there was obviously a backlog of orders to fill at that time of year.  I also got the cover with the in-built light, which I think is a great idea.

I hadn't heard of a kindle until I first read this thread last year but it just seemed like a wonderful and very sensible idea to me.  I love reading - sci fi / fantasy mainly, but I have to admit my secret - I am also a romance fan - they are very formulaic but I am a sucker for a happy ending and they are such light reading and I don't really have to concentrate too hard on them so I find they are a great escape at the end of a busy day but have made a list of books recommended on this thread so am looking forward to checking them out.  I spend so many hours going to a fro between home and the library and often find it very difficult to get back by return dates (even when I renew) that I was becoming very annoyed with myself and was looking for a solution.

I'll be doing a lot of travelling this year and that was the clincher to make the decision to get the kindle - I am assuming that they are OK to read on planes - I hope so otherwise I am going to be so lost - travelling from Australia to Scotland to Czech Republic to Romania and back to Australia - the thought of so many hours on a plane without a book is overwhelming - I am sure the kindle will keep me occupied during all my flights.

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Chit Chat / Re: Cyndi's 21 day weight loss diet
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:12:00 am »
From what everyone has been saying, this sounds like a pretty sensible diet - can anyone tell me if it is suitable for a vegetarian?  I have found so many diets include meat and that's always discouraged me from trying any of them.  I do eat eggs and cheese though - I'm what is referred to as an ovo-lacto vegetarian!  Any feedback would be appreciated.

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