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Starters and Snacks / Re: Zucchini Tots
« on: March 26, 2017, 05:24:24 am »
They look lovely Judy.

No occasion at my place is complete without bread! 

Chookies Plain White Rolls (No Fuss) recipe is an easy versatile recipe which I love.  It the first bread recipe I had success with when I first bought my TMX years ago.   A few dismal bread failures using recipes from the original EDC almost put me off bread making, but Chookies “no fuss” recipe gave me hope I could be a bread maker.

I love how this recipe is so adaptable and you can use any sort of flour, seeds etc that you like to make different sorts of bread from the base recipe.

Here's a photo of when I made a bread "wreath" for Xmas.  Not perfect, but everyone enjoyed love the taste.

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:43:49 am »
Chookie that is great news about Cherokee.
I have my fingers and toes crossed it all goes smoothly  :D

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: March 02, 2017, 10:56:24 pm »
Hello everyone,
It's been awhile since I posted.
I've been very busy with Mum, it's got it to the point were she can't do much for herself and we are starting to consider whether she should move to a nursing home.
I do try and read the forum so I can catch up with all your news.
Have a great day everyone 😃

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: October 20, 2016, 12:27:05 pm »
Denise that's awful. I'm glad you and Chance are both ok.
I agree, you should report it to the police and give them the rego number. The guy probably has a terrible driving record and I'm sure they will believe you.

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: October 19, 2016, 04:34:32 am »
Hello everyone!  It's been ages since I logged on here.  I've been really busy with work and also doing things for Mum (who needs a lot more help these days).
Work is getting a bit better and this week I'm on annual leave  :D

Have been having a great week.  Visited Judy at the new nursing home on Monday.  It's a lovely facility and Geoff and Judy's Mum are in a great place.  I've been busy cooking up a storm and restocking the freezers with lots of items (fresh pasta, ricotta gnocchi, lasagne, bread, cake, passata, chicken and vegie stock).  I think I need to stop now as the freezers are bursting!

Had an interruption to my cooking yesterday and had to abandon a quiche I was making half way through.  I received a phone call from the company that monitor my Mum's safety alarm.  She had activated her alarm as she'd had a fall.  Lucky I only live 10 minutes away and could get there quickly.  An ambulance came but she didn't need to go to hospital.  She is stiff and sore from the fall, but other than that ok.  Having a 24/7 monitored alarm is a great thing to have if you're elderly and live alone.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: June 14, 2016, 10:47:22 pm »
You're very organised Chookie, enjoy your day out.

Beautiful birthday cake Kim.

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: June 13, 2016, 11:04:07 am »
Hi everyone, I haven't been around much lately although I do try and read the forum daily.
Work is busy this time of year and I've been spending a lot of time helping my Mum - she has stopped driving (because of her age and her having Parkinson's) so I've been driving her to appointments, the bank and to get her shopping along with helping her with whatever else she needs help with. I don't mind but it is time consuming.

I still try and cook everyday. Tonight we had Tenina's curried lentil soup with naan bread.
Stay warm everyone.

We had a family brunch today at my sister-in-laws. I was asked to bring frittata so I made this recipe yesterday. I made one frittata spinach and feta as per the recipe, and a second one with bacon and cheddar cheese. The recipe is easy to make. The frittata's heated up well today and everyone said they were delicious. Most people seemed to go back for seconds and there was hardly any left.

A tasty recipe that I'd definitely make again.

Last night Judy and I attended the pastry class at Cowandilla.  It was a great class and we both enjoyed it. 

Thank you again Monika and HO for the tickets.

Maria is so lovely and very knowledgeable.  She made 4 different types of pastry at the beginning of the class and then she used the pastries to make vegetarian sausage rolls, beef & Guinness pie, vanilla slice & lemon tart.  All pastries and recipes seemed like something that could be easily made at home.

Lots and lots of tips given by Maria during the night, including showing us how to use the TMX baking beads.  Judy gave me some of these a couple of years ago and I haven't used them once.  I'll definitely be using these soon.

Another great tip is to whenever you've worked your pastry you must let it rest for awhile before its baked, to relax the gluten.  She also said to rest most things made with flour before you bake them.  Things like cake, cupcakes, scones, pancakes etc.  Make them then let them rest for 15 to 20 minutes before you bake them (to let the gluten relax).  Do this and she promises you'll get better results - your pastry won't shrink, your cupcakes won't dome in the middle and your scones will be light and fluffy.

The tasting plate at the end of the night included decent sized portions of everything (my favourite was the lemon tart).
If you do have the opportunity to attend one of Maria's classes, please do as I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Here are some photos...

Just trying to help!

Could I please have a ticket for the Thursday night class at Cowandilla, thank you HO and Judy.

I saw on FB that Nik from Skinnymixers will be attending Friday nights class at Wynn Vale.
If you grab this free ticket you might be able to meet her  :)

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: April 25, 2016, 12:40:59 pm »
Looks lovely Judy.

Might have been the type of potatoes Judy, but strange they were still hard after being microwaved.

I made a slow cooker sausage and potato casserole in the SC today and the potatoes cooked quicker than I expected them to.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:53:57 am »
This morning I baked two loaves of bread, mainly as I wanted to restock the freezer with sliced bread to use for toast.

Tonight I made bacon & cauliflower soup and a rye flat bread stuffed with chilli pesto, ham and artichokes.

Last night we were watching UK Masterchef and one of the contestants made lemon posset. I've seen it a few times on UK cooking shows.  Its not something I've tasted before, it looks really nice so I decided to make it today.

This recipe is super easy, saying that I didn't really follow the recipe completely. I didn't have double cream so I used normal thickened cream. I was worried because it wasn't double cream it might not set, so I mixed a small spoon of cornflour in milk and added that to the cream. I cooked it for a couple of minutes longer, taking it to 85 degrees instead of 70 degrees.

It was lovely, thick, creamy and smooth. I made some shortbread to go with it. It was delicious.

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