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Suggestions and Complaints / Anyone struggling to post replies?
« on: June 13, 2011, 05:07:42 am »
I've been trying to post in a couple of areas - news being one - & found that I can't post replies.  I am obviously able to post in others during exactly the same browsing time so I'm baffled.  Anyone any suggestions as to what I'm doing wrong???

Lentil Moussaka from Full Steam Ahead Pg 132


This is much yummier & easier than I thought it would  be.  First time I made it I was feeding teenage boys.  They took one look at it & said "I'm not hungry, I'lll just have a little bit".......3 helpings later they agreed it was pretty good!!!!

Make sure you don't get fooled by the eggplant/aubergine amount.  It says 2 aubergine but only 400g.  The last one I bought was 750g!!!

The main tweak I would make is to increase cooking speed of lentil sauce to speed 1.5 to avoid it drying out & sticking to base.  I also use a 400g can of tomatoes instead of the recommended 300g (we only have 400g cans here).

I've also heard that when cooking sauces with wheaten flour you should always cook it at 100 degrees not 90 even when cooking milky sauces.  The first time I did it the sauce was light & really fluffy - the most recent one I did (tonight) wasn't as fluffy but it stil tasted fab.

Finally, it makes a large amount - a big lasagna dish worth so it's an excellent budget cooking dish.

Chit Chat / Buy on eBay - Warranty not transferrable
« on: May 15, 2011, 05:34:19 am »
Just wanting to point out to anyone contemplating doing so that purchases of Thermomixes on eBay - even if they say they have a warranty - DO NOT.  Warranties are not transferrable within Australia or from overseas.  Warranty cannot even be transferred between family members eg if mother buys for daughter & it is in mothers name, warranty stays with her.
Someone is about to pay over $1900 for a Thermomix package on eBay which states it's brand new but - unless it's coming directly from Thermomix in Australia - it is classified as second hand & has no warranty.

So, if you know someone contemplating this action - just get them to think again.  Firstly it will avoid any dramas & it might also dissuade people from scamming others this way.

Is everyone aware that this month there is an incentive for anyone hosting a demo in April that they can buy a Bowl & Blade set fo $100 off - on top of the usual host reward?  If anyone buys as a result of the demo then the B&B is half price at $195.  Great for anyone who wants one but can't come at the full price.................

I didn't do these last year.  I simply used the commercial fruit mince that used to have a "golly" on the jar & the almond pastry from the EDC.  This year I had to make them for a Cooking Class (ie pre-make & take along).  They are scrumdiddlyumptious.  The recipe we've been given also includes marzipan stars to top the mince tarts off with.  Now I loathe marzipan but these are yummy.

Well worth fiddling around with but - be warned - once your friends taste them who don't own a TM you'll have orders for them coming from everywhere!!!

No tweaks required.
5 out of 5!

News about Thermomix / WIN a Thermomix!!!!!!! (Victoria Australia only)
« on: November 23, 2010, 12:18:06 pm »
If ever you needed a reason to move to our beautiful state - here it is!!!!!

Competition in conjunction with Divella pasta to win a TM (& that's second prize - the promoters are clearly confused!!!).  Tenina sent link:

Check it out (if you're eligible) & let your Victorian non-owning, ever wishful, friends know!!!

Recipe Requests / Sticky coconut rice anyone?
« on: July 31, 2010, 09:56:14 am »
Has anyone tried making sticky coconut rice in their TM - if so could you give me some idea of how you did it - ratios, timing etc, & how you went.



News about Thermomix / Jude Blereau in Melbourne
« on: March 09, 2010, 11:17:30 am »
Just a little prompt for those of you who have friends in the Melbourne area - or those of you here - that Jude Blereau is presenting two classes here in Melbourne. 

Yarraville (west of the city) on Thursday 18th March & Mornington (about 50 mins south of Melbourne) on Friday 19th March.  I am sure they will be fabulous evenings.  See the Thermomix Australia website for more details or PM me & I will get them to you.

Recipe Name: Vegetarian Lasagna
Book Name:      Healthy Eating with Cyndi O'Meara
Tweaking details:
Review:            Tonight was the second time I have made this & DH & I both agreed it was the nicest vego lasagna we have tasted.  If you like sweet potato, kidney beans & tomatoes this is the one for you.  Absolutely delicious if more fiddly than some TM recipes.  10/10 from us.............
Score: (out of 5*)

Non Food Recipes / Washing Machine Powder
« on: September 20, 2009, 04:54:17 am »
Well I finally ran out of washing powder & decided I really ought to make my own if I am going to recommend it to clients.  I re-read this thread & wasn't excited about the ammonia smell even though I had bought all the ingredients because my laundry is enclosed in the centre of the house with no real ventilation.  So I followed Shaylas link & decided to make one of the powdered laundry detergent given I had everything already to make that.  Well, talk about easy.  This is what I did:

2 cups soap (about 2 & 1/2 bars Velvet)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax.

I roughly cut up the soap & split it and the soda into 2 lots which I blitzed at speed 7 for 3-5 seconds each.  Then threw everything back in together & blitzed again speed 7 for 8 seconds.  It looks lovely & granulated - just like a store bought one!!! Popped it into an old icecream container for storage. Got a load on now - will report results.

Haven't visited the forum for a few days - been sketchy really for past few weeks - but I was astounded that no mention has been made of our very own Thermomixers appearance in The Age (Melbourne newspaper) yesterday.  The journalist "meets five owners of gadgets that fascinate and inspire them".  And there he is, in all his glory, with his magnificent machine, yet again "taking it for the team".  Well done JB - don't know how you got involved but we are glad you are spreading the gospel of Thermomix..................

Recipe Requests / Mexican Theme party food ideas?
« on: August 10, 2009, 11:23:02 am »
My BF's DH is going on contract to Mexico for a couple of years so we are having a send off this weekend.  She has got mains sussed but we are looking for simple dessert ideas & any nibblies you recommend........anyone got any suggestions??


I am also looking for fancy dress ideas.  I thought of going as a pinata to disguise my xs padding around the midriff & then got a bit worried that people might start hitting me with a stick even if I did hand out the lollies!!!

News about Thermomix / Thermomix on Masterchef Australia
« on: July 06, 2009, 09:58:48 am »
Just found out that George Columbaris will be using his Thermomix on MC next friday night in his Master Class.  What a great time for Karen to be starting her business!!!

Lets hope he doesn't call it a food processor.........

Friday 10th JULY, 7pm Channel 10........spread the word!!!

News about Thermomix / Raw food cooking class & recipe booklet
« on: June 24, 2009, 03:44:26 pm »
Been totally inspired tonight.  Had a raw foods cooking class in Melbourne where they also had a new raw foods booklet.
I have never been interested in eating raw foods before as it all sounded too hard & tasteless but I was blown away by what Janine & Rick produced tonight. Recipes produced were:
Creamy Granita
Raw bread with cashew pesto spread
Cauliflower salad
Beetroot salad
A laksa soup done @ 37 degrees
Raw apple crumble served with Cashew cream
Apricots dipped in chocolate

I don't have them yet..........
The raw booklet looked quite good at the glance but we ran out so don't ask for one yet!!

If a raw cooking class comes near you I highly recommend you go & invite anyone you know who would like to add more raw foods to their diet to definitely go along.

Has anyone tried making these?  I tried today & while they tasted OK I found the mixture very runny so it oozed out of the pastry.  The recipe was confusing too when it talked about assembling them.....
"Cut just thawed puff pastry in half on a working bench.
Place 1/6th of the mixture onto the long edge of the pastry and roll, cut into four equal portions etc.........."

Appreciate any help.  Maybe I just needed to let the mixture stand a bit - it has breadcrumbs & oats in it - so moisture may go into those over time?????  Like I have admitted before, I was never a cook, the TM has been my saving grace, so I get a bit stumped when things go unexpectedly!!

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