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Chit Chat / Re: School canteens who use a thermomix
« on: February 07, 2011, 09:45:15 am »
Just an update. We started making our own chicken patties for chicken burgers, and chicken nuggets. The kids love them! We've tried a couple of different patties.
1. 500g Chicken breast - minced in TMX, put in bowl, blitz 1 carrot, 1 tbl minced garlic (comes in a big jar!) herbs of choice - we used parsley and thyme. Mix all together and shape into patties. Bake at 175c for 15 mins.
2. We just used the recipe for Chicken Hors - d'oeuvers in EDC book and made some into our "new" nuggets and then made some into burgers and coked them for 15mins at 175c.
I thought we should keep the nugget recipe as nuggets and use a different one for burgers so everything doesn't taste the same! The kids are a little excited with new things on the menu. A couple of our year 12's want to come in and help us make smoothies or lassi's for lunch times as well. I'll let you know how we go. I think more and more kids are becoming health conscience and are looking for healthy food to eat at school. Thermie is the way to go!!  ;D

Chit Chat / Re: How are the flooded Aussies?
« on: January 27, 2011, 12:13:35 am »
Hi all,
Haven't been on for a bit. All my family are in Qld. I have a sister and Mother in Bundy, they were actually here when the flooding was happening, but my nephew also lives up there. They are all fine. When my Mum went back, she was telling us that the water had gone down and the shopping centre she lives across the road from only had the supermarkets open and all the other shops there were still cordoned off.
I have family and friends in Ipswich, Toowoomba and other side of Toowoomba, as in Oakey, & Jondaryn. But all are fine and didn't get flooded. But I agree the media hypes things up, that is so they can get ratings!!! But also on the other hand people need to know how things are. But the media seemed to focus on a few suburbs and didn't go to some places that were pretty hard hit as well.
I just hope the mateship and friendlyness keeps happening and neighbour will continue to help neighbour. Not just in devestating times, but all the time.

Special Diets / Re: Specific Carbohydrate Diet - Crohn's Disease
« on: January 27, 2011, 12:02:47 am »
That must be really hard for the family!

I follow a blog that uses just almond or coconut flour for all her recipes. It's:

Great site.

Special Diets / Re: Sunbutter
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:05:55 am »
Glad I can offer some recipes on here. Everyone has been so helpful to me and all the recipes I've tried have been fabulous!! Since I've made this, when I go to the fridge for something else I'll grab a spoon and have another "taste" just to make sure it still tastes as good as it does!!! ;D

Special Diets / Sunbutter
« on: December 30, 2010, 09:01:06 am »
I get emails from "Elana's Pantry", (she makes everything gluten free and uses Almond flour), but from her email she had a link to someone else's and in their site they had some recipe with SUNBUTTER!! Well I didn't know what that was so googled's sunflower seeds made into a butter. Looks and tastes like peanut butter. So I found some recipes and then tweaked it and changed it a little to be able to be made in the TMX!!

2 cups roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (I roasted mine in the oven for about 10 mins on 180c)
4 tablespoons rice bran oil
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar

Put in TMX for 20 secs on speed 7. Scrap down sides of bowl and do it again. Keep doing this till its the consistency you like. Taste and add more agave and oil if desired. It's very Yum!!

I'll try the recipe using the sunbutter and if its good I'll post it too.

Jams and Chutneys / Re: Banana Jam
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:41:35 am »
I made this today!! Very Yum, smelt wonderful cooking and tastes fantastic!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Chit Chat / Re: Kindle has arrived!!!!!!, now what to do with it!!
« on: November 30, 2010, 02:32:01 am »
I was so intrigued with all these comments about Kindle that I went and looked at Amazon to check it all out. I found they have Kindle apps for computers, so downloaded an app and some free books to read on my computer!! Those thanks ladies, even though I don't have a kindle (perhaps soon) I can still read free books without adding to my bookcase!! DH will be pleased with that!!! LOL!!

Breakfast / Re: Valerie's Yoghurt & Yoghurt Cheese
« on: November 10, 2010, 06:11:41 am »
I am sooooooo excited!! I made yogurt last night!! And it worked!!! Yay!! I only did 1 lt just in case it didn't!! I used woolies lite milk and farmers union natural yogurt European style for my starter. Then I poured it into my easy-yo 1lt container and put hot tap water into the thermos part of the easy-yo and left it till this morning and opened it holding my breath and hoping it worked!!! And it did.... oh so nice and thick too!!!
So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who contribute to this forum. All the recipes, tweaks, all the help and advice!!!

Chit Chat / Re: School canteens who use a thermomix
« on: October 31, 2010, 08:15:17 am »
I emailed the Chef Laurent website and Chantal relied with a list of schools. How cool is that????!!!! They seem so helpful every time I email them they reply within 2 days.
Our P&C have decided to buy a thermomix for our canteen, so I'm a bit excited!!! Just about volume... I figured it was so quick to do things in the TMX that if I need lots, say soup in the winter, I can just do 2 batches and keep them warm on stove top.
Will keep you posted on how things go with it in the canteen!! Also if we make any new discoveries that are helpful!!!  ;D

Chit Chat / Re: Rice Bran Oil?
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:29:12 pm »
I use rice bran oil all the time as it has no cholesterol as well. DH, who is a stick carries his "fat" on the inside and we have to keep an eye on his cholesterol. So when I found rice bran oil we switched!! Not that we use a lot of oil anyway. We very rarely deep fry anything!! But we use it for all other things when oil is needed in recipes. It has no flavour. And it's a great price too!!.

Chit Chat / School canteens who use a thermomix
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:15:40 pm »
Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone knows if any schools use a thermomix? Our P&C had a demo (not the usual ones) tonight. The consultant made, sorbet, a coleslaw, a veggie stirfry, (she made the rice before!!) and a packet muffin mix which we use at school to show the parents and committee how quick it would be to make them instead of the usual 15 mins it takes to measure and mix the ingredients with the packet mix.They are thinking of getting one for the canteen to use. I'm the manager, and I have one at home and love it. The P&C were just wondering if other schools have one and if they find it helpful or would we just use it for some things?? I also have Chef Laurant's canteen book. We are a high school, very multi cultural, but the kids are very adventurous with trying new foods. They surprise me sometimes with some things they ask can we have in the canteen or even the things that we make that I'm not sure how they would go and they become our best sellers.
I try to change some of the things on the menu each term. I know the kids get bored with the same things all the time, so after 9 - 10 weeks of something they don't want to buy it anymore!!
The people there were impressed with it, as I knew they would be. Most of them want to go ahead with it, but just want to be sure we can do more than just sorbet and chopping with it!! I know we can, but told them I would see if any other schools have one and get back to them.

Thanks for your help,

Chit Chat / Re: Sydney girls
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:05:35 pm »
My consultant lives in Glenwood, she's fantastic!! Let me know if you want her number.

Cakes / Re: M & M Choc Chip Cookies
« on: July 08, 2010, 07:16:06 am »
Just got the email from my niece about the gf smarties. She buys the coles brand, and she said she thinks they are called happy rainbows, they come in the multipacks. They donít say on the label they are g/f but the ingredients are fine as her son doesn't react to them and he is super sensitive to anything with gluten!! So I'm going looking too now!! I love Smarties!!!   ;D

Cakes / Re: Muesli Bars
« on: July 05, 2010, 12:53:35 am »
I use to make this before I had to go gluten free. Very yummy !!

Choc Chip Muesli Bars
2 cups Rice Bubbles
1 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup sultanas
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 cup choc bits
60g butter
1/2 cup condensed milk or honey
2 tablespoons liquid glucose

Combine the first 8 ingredients in a bowl. Place butter, condensed milk/honey and glucose in pan, stir over low heat until butter has melted. Add to dry ingredients, mix well. Press into greased foil lined lamington tray. Refrigerate till firm, cut into bars, wrap and keep in the fridge.

You could easily melt the butter,etc in the TMX. I haven't made this since I had my TMX, so don't know how long it would need. I'm sure one of the fabulous chefs on this site would be able to tell us how long it would need, so it wouldn't burn. Or just do it for 2 mins on speed 3, and if it needs longer, just do it a bit more!!!

You can also change the dried fruit around in this recipe, just add what you like!!

Cakes / Re: M & M Choc Chip Cookies
« on: July 02, 2010, 09:40:40 am »
ILB, if you try these you need to substitute something for the M & M's as well because they aren't GF. My niece can get GF smarties, but she lives in Tassie. I'll ask her what brand they are and let everyone know on the forum.

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