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Ha! Do they freeze?? They probably do, but I have never had any last long enough to get there. These are a firm favorite, but I skip the bicarbonate as I don't like the flavor much. They are very yummy served with the cinnamon sugar and butter dripping off them!

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: A Taste of Asia recipe book review
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:45:43 am »
I was really shocked when I opened the book and found very authentic recipes, and like Judy, would have liked to have seen some alternatives. The first recipe I tried was the chili prawns, and they had candlenuts in the ingredient list. When I googled them I found you could use macadamia nuts, or cashews, and find it difficult to understand why they didn't add these substitution ingredients in brackets. The prawns were really good, and tonight I made the spicy shredded chicken and it was delish! I think it was just a little overwhelming at first. I am really keen to try the soup filled dumplings, as we had them in NY and just loved them, I have to say that the 100g of pork fat was a turn off though! I too would have liked some helpful comments like "ask your local butcher to help out here".  Overall a really interesting book though

Are goji beans the same as goji berries? I don't have anything this exotic in my pantry, but will try to find some today!

Special Diets / Re: Sugar free tomato sauce/ketchup
« on: January 25, 2011, 12:11:09 am »
I am giving this sauce a bash today, I am several weeks sugar free now, but still have the desire to eat chocolate! I have been blogging about my sugar withdrawal and how useful the TM is here if anyone is interested. :)

Chit Chat / Re: Yay I made mayonnaise. After 3 failed attempts
« on: January 20, 2011, 07:59:12 pm »
Nigella suggests putting the egg in the bowl and covering with hot water before you make your mayo, that way every thing is at a similar temp. This is particularly helpful in tas during the cool months, as the bowl can be quite cool at room temp.

Main Dishes / Re: Chicken Moolie (original recipe by Mrs Lee - Singapore)
« on: December 02, 2010, 08:50:34 am »
Sounds yummy!

Chit Chat / Re: Challenge #4 - Lunch box Challenge, all welcome!
« on: November 21, 2010, 04:16:36 am »
Sounds like sage advice cream puff. We had some success with a velcro chart that all owed the children to choose a set number of foods from each food group. Used the pictures that non verbal kids use to communicate, they were allowed unlimited vege cards, lots of fruit/meat/dairy serves and only two portions of treat food. Having now read sweet poison, lots more food would have to go in that group, and i would be less strict about salty chips etc. It's all about balance with kids isn't it!

Chit Chat / Re: Challenge #4 - Lunch box Challenge, all welcome!
« on: November 18, 2010, 08:14:01 pm »
Love the laptop lunchbox for my daughter as she is a nibbler. They aren't cheap to buy in Australia, but have just had a US friend bring me some more. BPA free, and very flexible combinations. Like the sound of the portable oven, might have to investigate one for the kombi

Chit Chat / Re: Second buy or not to buy..
« on: November 18, 2010, 08:10:46 pm »
I got my second bowl 1/2 price, and do find it very handy, but we managed fine without it. I did have the bright idea of keeping one lid for savory things (as I find curry etc leaves a bit of a smell) but it didn't work out that way, I just use the clean/dry one to hand.

Chit Chat / Re: Christmas Eve Dinner
« on: November 16, 2010, 07:55:58 pm »
There's a recipe for mulled wine in the EDC too, great works well, and tastes good chilled for a hot night!

Suggestions and Complaints / Re: Re sauce bottles
« on: November 15, 2010, 07:39:02 am »
Thanks for that, just down the road from hubbies office, will give it a try!

Chit Chat / Re: Kids and cooking
« on: November 11, 2010, 07:50:49 pm »
Yes nay nay my kids are 9 and 11 and they can do the lid themselves. My kids have learnt so much about real food, what is in it, and how to make it from scratch like mayonnaise and coleslaw! I think they are better equipped to go out into the world than me - the child of a home economics teacher. I could fold ingredients and make tea cake, but had no idea how to cook a proper meal! Mum was such a good cook, but also a control freak in the kitchen

Chit Chat / Re: How do you store your herbs and spices?
« on: November 11, 2010, 07:42:51 pm »
I have just moved mine to decor baby food containers - they stack nicely, and are a good size for bagged spices. After buying all of these i found decor spice trays at howards storage world - containers about the size of the commercial jars and all in an easy to use tray. I think you can view them online at their website

Cakes / Re: Regina’s Healthy Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:29:02 am »
The sunflower freenut butter we had was almost identical taste and smell to peanut butter - I had to put in note in DS's lunch box when he went to vacation care, otherwise he gets into trouble for having a nut spread in his box!

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: November 01, 2010, 10:39:17 pm »
Started the Christmas gift cooking yesterday, with the onion jam from the Meat on the Menu cookbook. Love this stuff, and hope my rellies will too! Found some nice little jars with fold down clips at the discount store to put it in - house smells good too (still)

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