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Diet / Anti Cancer Diet/Foods/Recipes
« on: February 03, 2014, 12:26:25 am »
Following a recent discussion with some friends I am interested in starting a thread relating to Cancer fighting foods, recipes etc, I know there are a few of us here who have had our own battle with Cancer and there must be  wealth of knowledge from so many members.

There have been many books written on the subject with some being practical and helpful while others being of the planet loony tune.  I always think  local knowledge is best. There may be some ideas regarding eating while undergoing radiation or chemo therapy as well as just plain everyday health eating after a diagnosis.

Any ideas? 

I may say that while I was undergoing Radiation therapy I had a strong aversion to coffee. The  smell of it made me nauseous and it took me several years to get back to drinking the odd cup after being a coffee lover. I have often wondered if it was a natural crazy preventative!!

In any case I do drink coffee sometimes just to justify the cost of the damn expensive  coffee machine but my new found love of tea (thank you Hally) makes me feel better.


Main Dishes / Haggis Aussie Style
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:24:35 am »
Name of Recipe:

Haggis with tatties and neeps.

Could serve 4 and more depending on size of haggis.

Buy an authentic Haggis at or make your own from the following ingredients

Lambs pluck
Rolled oats
Sheep bung
Cayenne pepper

What I did.

Because I wanted this for New Years Eve and unsure of my condition at dinner time I started in the morning by making mashed tatties in the Thermomix using recipe from EDC. ( actually I already had some cooked potatoes so I chucked them in the Thermomix with Teninia's confit garlic from KIS, lots of butter and cream leaving the skins on.)

As I was unable to find any neeps in Far North Queensland at the is time of year which is  really not such a bad thing but wanting a similiar colour for authenticity I cooked some carrots and baby parsnips in the basket of the Thermomix. When cooked I dumped them back in the bowl with more butter than you need to know and a bit of salt and pepper. Mash as for mash.

Now they are both in separate dishes to heat in Microwave.

Now for the Haggis. As it comes in a suitable sous vide bag that is the go and the Thermomix is the way to do it.

Put two litres of water in the bowl. Heat to 60 degrees ...10 minutes on speed 2. This is a wee bit too hot for a normal sous vide but when you place the haggis in the basket it will lower the temperature somewhat. Now reset the temperature to 50 degrees/speed 2 and cook for 70 minutes for. 350 gm Haggis . It is already cooked so you just have to reheat it without bursting the sheeps bung.

If you buy a frozen Haggis make sure it is thoroughly defrosted  before cooking.

Normally this a a meal for Rabbie  Burns night but certainly can be enjoyed at Hogmanay as well. Reciting the Ode to the Haggis with a wee dram is a must.

Here's to ye!


Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
« on: November 30, 2013, 03:49:16 am »
Another absolute winner

Mustard Lamb page 112

The lamb fillit was $55 a kilo so I had had the gal butcher cut the top side from leg and used it. About $11.

Cooked the leeks and mash in the Thermomix. I never peel my potatoes that I why they look a bit dark.

No celery hearts  so used witloff

The sauce is so simple and delicious.

Will make this again.

Put the leeks in the thermoserver while cooking mash then put the lamb in the thermoserver while making the sauce.


Cakes / Cranberry Ginger Scones from Super Kitchen Machine
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:55:37 pm »
Just got and email from Helene with her new posting of this interesting  colourful scone recipe .  Be nice Christmas fare.

Hope she does not mind my posting it here.


Chit Chat / Android Tips and Tricks
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:21:18 pm »
If anyone can help with tips or tricks for android devices this woud be a good place to put it.

Is there a Tapatalk of similiar for android devices as Cuildih could use some help posting pics on the forum


Chit Chat / Jeninwa's travels in Vietnam
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:58:31 am »
Jeninwa is having trouble with the wifi and posting but she has posted pics on her FB page so. I don't think she will mind if I pop some here for us to see. If you don't want me to Jen just say and I will delete this thread.

Meanwhile over to Tapatalk


Chit Chat / Forum Fest 2014 tentative attendee
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:41:45 pm »

I would say give it to Monday 18th November 2013 to set it up in their system and then book  away.  Please let us know when you have done so.

Their email address seems to have changed:

Toll free number 1800 753 379


Hope you are having a pleasant week.

It has been decided to make it easier for your attendees that they call and
quote a rate that we will call Thermomix Forum Fest 2014 which will be the
quoted rates below for their stay.

Yes all details below are correct and confirmed.

Room  Only Rates

Mountain Side  Room Only:        $230 per room per night

Harbour View Room  Only:         $265 per room per night

Additional Buffett Breakfast add $20 per person per room per night

There are a limited number of rooms available at the Seniors discount rate of 50% off the rack rates

Mountain Side Room                   $178 per room per night

Harbour View  Room.                   $195 per room per night

We would also like to take advantage of the meal offer of  $58 per head with a choice of 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts for a booking at 1800 on 25 Sat October 2014.

We will need around 20 rooms more or less. We are mostly singles.  There are some seniors .

When making a reservation we must mention the Thermomix Forum Fest group booking.

Seniors when booking must mention not only the Thermomix  Forum Fest group booking but must also also mention they are requiring a Seniors Discount. Seniors must be aware that this discount may not be available at the time and their booking may  revert to the previously negotiated price above.

Bookings will be made by individual attendees.

Bookings will be for the following dates. In on 23/10/2014 out on 26/10/2014. Some attendees may book for less or more nights during this time and will confirm their own dates at the time of booking.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

Our Reservations Manager is setting up the rates in the system for you,  as
mentioned all your guests will have to state is something along the lines of
" I'm wanting to book a room for the following dates, I was told to quote
the Thermomix rate..."

Because it's a specially set up rate bookings will not be able to be done on
line however they can send an email to this address requesting a room as
long as they specific which kind or room they're choosing, check in and
check out dates and a credit card will be requested for each booking just to
guarantee it in the system. No payment is required until the time of
departure from each guest so the credit card is simply a standard guarantee
of the booking at time of booking.

I have passed your details to the Restaurant Tasman Manager Tegan Magee who
will be in touch with you in regards to the dinner as stated below.

We are so pleased you have decided your accommodation will be with the hotel
whilst in Hobart and look forward to welcoming you to Hotel Grand Chancellor

Should you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to call me or email me
at any time and I will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your time on the phone, it was a pleasure speaking to you .

Many Thanks

Kind Regards,

Natasha Boehm | Group|FIT Reservations
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

D +61 (3) 6235 4523 | T +61 (3) 6235 4535 | F +61 (3) 6223 8175 | W
1 Davey Street |  Hobart, Tas, 7000 | Australia


Thinking some arrive Thursday. An adventure on Friday. Saturday all day roaming Hobart and the Salamanca markets. MONA . Dinner. Sunday maybe brunch.

Staying at the above hotel.

Any and all suggestions very welcome and anyone in Tassie who can help with ideas would be lovely. If not anyone with any experience in Hobart please raise your hand.  I am going down next month and will be pretty busy but I will at least be able to tell you about  the weather. I will be staying at the Sullivan Cove apts .

There are many wonderful restaurants in Hobart but it is a busy time so booking will certainly be necessary for hotel and eating.  Saturday evening meal booked at the above hotel.

Tasmania is a small place so we would all be delighted to meet as many locals as possible.

Potential participants for Forum Fest  2014 23/24/25 October

1.  Jeninwa.                   Booked.  In on 23/10.     Out on 26/10.  Dinner for 2         Arriving in Tassie on 18/10
2.  Mama Fergie.           Booked:  in on 23/10.     Out on  27/10  Dinner for 1.        Arriving about 1700  
3.  Gert.                         Booked:  In on 23/10      Out on 27/10.  Dinner  for 1.       Arriving about 1700  
4.  Judy                          Booked:  In on 23/10      Out on 27/10.  Dinner for 1.       Arriving Hobart 12.25.
5.  CP
6.  Bedlam                     Booked:   In on 23/10     Out on 26/10    Dinner for 2         Flights booked
7.  Djinni                       Booked:   In on 23/10      Out on 27/10                             Flights booked
8.  Katiej.                       Booked:   In on 23/10.     Out on 27/10.  Dinner for 2
9.  Trudy
10. Uni.                          Booked:  in on 23/10.      Out on 27/10.  Dinner for 1.        Arriving 12.45
11. Sue_purrb
12. Chookie.                  Booked:   In on 23/10      Out on 27/10.  Dinner for 2         Arriving 12.05
13. Cookie                     Booked:   In on 23/10.     Out on 27/10   Dinner for 1.        Arriving about 1700.
14. Angela
15. kmw                        Alternative accommodation booked within walking distance of the group.
16. mcmich
17. Roslyn
18. Nazar.    
19. Dede visiting for the day.
20. Amy
21. Yvette
24. Emma (maybe)
26. Emme.                       Booked:   In  on 24/10        Out on 27/10.   Dinner for 1.       Arriving about 1200
27. Chelsea

Chit Chat / MF'S Travels
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:07:38 am »
MF  has sent me some photos of her wonderful trip. These photos are taken in Italy and she has given me permission to post them so will go over to Tapatalk and put them on.  I hope I get the places correct and if not MF may be able to correct them.

Included are some absolutely delicious photos taken in the brothels of Pompeii but they are really not suitable for this forum. MF it seems spent a bit of time there.  Maybe she will explain herself later. ROFLMAO!

Photos to follow.


View from Hotel in Sorrento


Chit Chat / Jenniwa is a walkin' for Parkinson's . Let's support her.
« on: August 14, 2013, 01:17:59 am »
Some of you may not know this and as I found it on my FB page  this morning , I asked Jenny if I could post it . Luckily she said yes so if you can help please do. It is very easy to follow the link.

We can all give Jenny a "Go Girl" cheer from here !


Chit Chat / Re: Forum Fest 2014 :-)
« on: July 04, 2013, 01:39:53 am »
They were the Jans, we had 3 in our house. Such lovely ladies - but everyone was great.

There were some fun photos.

Should we come back there next year CP?


Chit Chat / Mama Fergies Adventure
« on: June 30, 2013, 01:26:33 am »
I know I could have put this  elsewhere but then maybe no one would see the delicious MF and her equally delicious DH in Cairns with Gert.

Here we are at the scenic railway station.

And a wholly unexpected and richly undeserved prezzie for moi. And a collectors edition as that. A quick look tells me it is more useful to me than the Sally Wise book. I just happen to have some Osso Bucco in the freezer. Dinner any one?


Chit Chat / Podcast or Thermomix. What a hoot!
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:12:27 am »
You will love this.

Pop over to t  to read about the Brisbane couple making Thermomix podcasts.


Bread / Super Kitchen Machine's One Minute Bread
« on: April 26, 2013, 11:48:46 pm »
When visiting Helene's blog yesterday [] I was inspired to make her one minute bread.  You should also read her latest post  about her trip to Toronto and the Canadian Food Bloggers Conference where she met with Valerie and Tabisile .

It does not rise so much as spread after the first rise.

In the pot.

Lid on.

After 30 minutes.


Perfectly perfect . Thank you Helene.


Chit Chat / Gert's snake in a drainpipe
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:03:57 am »
I heard crying in my bar sink. I saw what I thought was a frog down the drain. I removed the drain pipe and out popped the snake which probably was eating the frog which was the crying I heard. The snake retreated back into the drain and is still there.


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