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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: October 03, 2022, 09:18:05 pm »
What a day, K Atie, well done on the three planting, that is wonderful initiative.

Well, I had a very exciting day (not) .. went to get the wheels aligned on the car!  :-\

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: October 01, 2022, 09:00:53 pm »
Roast pumpkin soup

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: September 26, 2022, 12:08:39 pm »
That's a shame, Cookie.

I see WA is the first state to celebrate the King's Birthday public holiday today, as opposed to the Queen's Birthday

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 26, 2022, 12:06:12 pm »
Talk about families with different dietary needs.  Our Best Man recently visited from Scotland with his son and daughter.  The BM is a fussy eater (for instance he will eat peas and corn separately on the same plate, but not peas and corn mixed together), the son did not eat vegetables (except potatoes ... he is a Highlander, after all) and the daughter is a vegan - that mixed in with me, a vegetarian and DH who cannot take lactose, it was an interesting visit!

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: September 25, 2022, 07:38:17 pm »
Fantastic weather up in Guildford over the weekend so took advantage of that and planted a new Daphne ... a bit late for that, but it will be good for next year, a climbing vine alongside the hen's run to give them shade (when it eventually gets big enough, that is), also put in some forget-me-nots and something else, the name of which I have forgotten ... but possibly nemesia and finally sprinkled some marigold seeds around the place.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 25, 2022, 07:32:47 pm »
Anything with cranberries has got to be delicious, Cookie

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 25, 2022, 04:41:45 am »
Tuscan bean casserole, lentil stew, roast vege frittata and (not exactly cooking) more Miracle Spray

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 20, 2022, 04:11:44 am »
I decided to make a vegan butter chicken recipe at the weekend - it looked pretty straightforward and fairly easy and tasty so off I went, got all but one of the ingredients which I didn't already have and into the kitchen I went.

All went well until I tasted it ... and substituted the missing ingredient with harissa ... BIG MISTAKE - it was so bad I couldn't even give it to the hens or put it into the compost, straight into the bin it went.  I am trying to work up the courage to try again, next time with the correct ingredients.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: September 20, 2022, 12:59:46 am »
I had a chance to go shopping yesterday (this doesn’t happen often!) and picked up a couple of pairs of shoe laces for a pair of shoes I purchased recently.  They are German made and I had only had them for about 4-6 weeks when the laces started to fray so I went back to the shop to get replacements. 

They had to contact the manufacturer then wait for them to be sent to Australia.  They arrived about two weeks ago so when I went to pick them up I apologised for the delay before I could collect them and went to pay, but they would not take payment!  The laces themselves would not have been particularly expensive but, unusually these days, the shop had taken the time to order them in from overseas for me then they made no charge.  I will definitely go back to them again.

Chit Chat / Red Vietnamese Fried Rice
« on: September 18, 2022, 05:02:43 am »
This is a good, quick recipe to make ... but be warned, it moves so fast you have to have everything ready, measured out and in cooking order before you even start!

When we lived in Hong Kong there was one restaurant that our site locals used to buy us all lunches from (our work site was on an 'island' - in reality a slightly large'ish rock with no facilities) and one of the lunches they occasionally brought back was a tomato fried rice.  I have tried to emulate it ever since without any luck, and this is the nearest I have come to it.  I had to drop out the fish sauce in RTE's recipe, of course, but added an extra tsp of soy sauce instead.  I also added a couple of finely chopped semi dried tomatoes and some of the oil from the SDT jar and got pretty close to my old favourite from HKG days.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: September 15, 2022, 08:49:05 pm »
Cookie I recently brought beans at the supermarket and they are not nice . Chicken Thai curry for late dinner tonight . Made it at 4 pm put into thermosevers warped in a tea towel into the microwave to stay till 8 pm . All warm , could have heated up but all good .. no I do not turn the microwave on it’s just to keep it warm .
I did wonder about turning the microwave on, K Atie!  Have you tried using heated wheat bags or hot water bottles?

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 14, 2022, 08:16:18 pm »
I thought of that last night, Cookie, I will check for that information at the weekend to see if I can trace back to a serial number or something.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: September 14, 2022, 01:03:33 am »
That sounds like a good idea for the lift Chookie, would never have thought of the garage but it does makes sense. I hope they’re able to do it asap after settlement.

I have watched all that I can with the passing of the Queen, cannot take myself away from it unless I really do have to do something. A remarkable woman to the very end. I loved reading some of the stories that came into my FB feed and this is my favourite story that I’ll share with you all.

‘She could be engagingly down to earth. Her favourite activity during shooting parties was picking up the pheasants or grouse after they had been brought down. While at a shoot on a friend’s estate, a wounded cock pheasant flew out of a hedge straight at her, flapping and clawing, and knocked her down. There was blood on her clothing from the bird and a detective standing nearby feared she had been shot. He threw himself on top of her and began giving her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. “I consider we got to know each other rather well,” she said, and hired the man for her protection force.’

That is a great story, Judy.

Silken or not quite firm tofu is also a possibility for those Tim Tam biscuits.  Thanks for thinking of that alternative, tofu had not occurred to me.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 13, 2022, 08:20:07 pm »
Those Tim Tam Balls sound deliciously dangerous Judy.
Cuilidh I have a recipe for Cashew "Cream Cheese" that is pretty similar if I remember correctly. It's from the vegan Rainbow Recipes book. Let me know if you would like the recipe and I'll try to remember how to message it to you.
No cooking for me for a little while. We'll be living out of the freezer and airfryer. Thermie has been returned to base for a minor fix and service. After 12 years of tireless hard yakka I think a little break is well deserved. At least I hope it's just a little break. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for the cream cheese suggestion, Gayle, I have Rainbow Recipes so I will take a look that as well as following up on Mab's suggestions.

I recently sent my TMX in for a service.  Like yours, mine is around 11- 12 years old. 

I am bitterly disappointed, I do not think I got my own machine returned to me, they charged me for a new fascia panel and the one I have got is clearly used; it now makes a very unpleasant 'trilling' sound when it beeps at the end of a cooking period; I do not think it heats to the higher temperatures and the blades are blunt.  I will have to send it back, I just haven't had time to arrange it yet.

Hopefully this is just my unhappy experience and yours is returned promptly and working well.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: September 13, 2022, 12:54:18 am »
Thanks for those suggestions, Margaret.  I refer to Minimalist Baker a lot, she has heaps of great recipes (she recently published a vegan tiramisu recipe which is fantastic), but I haven't heard of the other two you list so I will go and check them out.  Quirky Jo also has some dairy options ... looks like I have got my internet time booked up between all those sites.

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