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Tips and Tricks / Candy thermometer on the spatula?
« on: December 02, 2013, 05:05:01 am »
Im sure I read that someone on here attached a candy thermometer to their spatula somehow? Dies anyone know what I'm talking about?

I've had my TMX for 4 months, and the measuring cup is looking all cracked. It's like the outside layers of plastic have cracked, but there is no actual splitting where liquid could get through. It seems like something that would be caused by high heats, however it's only been put in the dishwasher on the top rack, normal cycle.

Has anyone else experienced this?


Tastes nice. I used brown rice, so cooked for 20 mins first with the MC in, then filled recipe. I also deseeded the chilli, which I'm glad I did as the

It isn't really glazed... Tastes more marinated. It also seems like a waste of coconut milk, as it doesn't absorb it all. Perhaps putting some shredded coconut in with the rice would be more economical? Would make again though.

Recipe can be found here but it is on page 9 of the Gluten Free Cookbook.

Made this today and it was delicious but makes a lot! I used 1/2 provolone cheese as I didn't have enough Parmesan, and 1/2 marinated 1/2 in brine artichoke as that is all I had.

Recipe Requests / Le snack style cheese dip for lunchbox?
« on: March 25, 2013, 11:45:14 pm »
I was shopping with DD yesterday and she begged me to buy those horrible le snack things - you know the pack with a cream cheese sort of dip and crackers? I refused (she's only had them from Grandma, I don't buy that kind of thing), but I'd love to recreate the same kind of dip for her. Any recipe suggestions? I'm guessing cream cheese +????

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Chicken Akhni - Fast and Easy Indian cookbook
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:38:24 am »
Chicken Akhni - Oven cooked Chicken and Rice. From the fast and Easy Indian cookbook, page 106.  "This is a mild and very tasty chicken and rice dish also referred to as a pilau or pilaff"

This dish was brilliant. Even my 5 year old loved it. It was full of flavour. I used chicken lovely legs and doubled the quantity of meat - so used 1kg. I didn't have cumin seeds so used ground cumin.

It seemed like it was going to have too much liquid, so I strained off 2 mc of liquid and used that to cook some potatoes with beans. The rice was cooked perfectly, and the potatoes were delicious!

This makes a big dish. I am glad I doubled the meat, or to our tastes there would be way too much rice.

Chit Chat / I'm never buying another easiyo sachet again...
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:45:42 am »
I bought some yogurt culture from green living Australia, and followed this recipe (of course doing the milk in the tmx). It is super thick and delicious. The kids love it (even without any sugar). It works out so much cheaper. I would often make yoghurt from the last batch, but don't always make it continually, so wouldn't have any yoghurt to use as a starter, hence the easiyo sachets. I can't believe the tiny amount of the culture that is needed!

I have some coconut yogurt culturing at the moment for DH (who is dairy free), following the recipe on that website. We'll see if it turs out tomorrow!

Chit Chat / Power is out...
« on: January 14, 2013, 07:24:04 am »
Lucky I have a gas stovetop so will just cook dinner on there (chickpea and lentil soup from the women's weekly pressure cooker cookbook). I had breadrolls just about to go into the oven so used the BBQ instead - worked a treat. Tops are a little smokey tasting but other than that you can't tell.

Has anyone else used the BBQ to cook bread?

Is there a list of times on here anywhere for steaming veggies in the varoma? I tried a search but it didn't turn up anything...

Chit Chat / Had to make my own birthday cake...
« on: December 21, 2012, 04:28:20 am »
But I don't really mind because I like to cook! Just don't like to clean up, but no-one here does it thoroughly enough for my standards so I end up doing that too!

Made the magic bean cake. Am hoping my chocolate loving, wont eat anything unless it's chocolate, bread or meat fussy autistic nephew will eat it. He needs to put on some weight. I've looked after him for the past two days and he is wearing me (and my iPad) out!

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / old yeast
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:05:23 am »
I have yeast in the fridge that is 2 yrs past its best before date. I proofed some in some warm water + sugar and it has foamed up fine... would it still be okay to use? It's mostly been kept in the freezer, however I think it's been in the fridge for the past 6 months (I needed freezer space!).

Special Diets / Cauliflower bread
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:19:34 pm »
Going to try making this today - I have all the ingredients, plus extra cauliflower that needs using!

Chit Chat / Ay roomba owners?
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:40:55 pm »
I love my roomba... Mine is an older model (I've had it three years), but it's still going strong.

Chit Chat / Menu planning app - this is a great one
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:39:17 pm » I've had this one for a couple of years, and they listen to feedback and update very regularly. It's easy to import recipes, easy to create shopping lists, you can create two weekly templates of menu plans... If you are super anal.. Er, I mean organised, you can even put the groceries in what isle and shop you need to get them from and the cost!

I have been macerating dried fruit in brandy for christmas cake in the fridge, but I really need the fridge space - would it be okay in an airtight container at room temp? I want to leave them for a few more days yet.

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