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Love, love, love this!!  Made it last night and put it in my new ice cream maker (I bought the Breville BCI600 and it's awesome).  So, so easy, so beautiful.  Thanks so much!

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: In the Mix - links to reviews
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:32:38 am »
Just made the White Bean Soup with dried beans.  It's a lovely, thick, creamy soup.  Can't get one of my pics small enough to put on here, but check out pics and comments at

You'd have to substantially reduce the liquid amount if you were using tinned cannellini beans - but probably keep the same amount of stock concentrate?  Now I know what to compare it to, I'll try it with canned beans in the next week or so...

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: In the Mix - links to reviews
« on: May 29, 2012, 02:36:02 am »
Hi Judydawn,

There is an email address at the beginning of the book that people can use.  Failing that, I'm going to the class tomorrow night in Melbourne, so I can ask then and post the answer on here on Thursday morning?


Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: In the Mix - links to reviews
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:53:38 am »

I'll give it a crack now with the dried beans and see what it's like... will let you know! 

Mmmm, lunch!!


Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: In the Mix - links to reviews
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:00:35 am »
Thanks Cookie and Judydawn - if I can be half as impressive as many of the bloggers that post here regularly, I'll be delighted.

So far I've done the Pomegranate and Beetroot Salad, and the tomato shots. Foolishly I didn't take photos of the tomato shots, but they were really good!! I've had an idea for presentation which I really want to try out before I take the photos - and I didn't have everything I needed at the time!

I have bought the ingredients for about six more recipes this week though!! Now just to find the time (and the spare calories!!)

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: "In the Mix: Great Thermomix Recipes"
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:13:01 am »


I got the book about 10 days ago and I LOVE it.  I've regularly taken it down from the shelf and drooled over the pages.  I had marked about 20 things to try even on my first read through.

I'm much more impressed with this than MWOC and FSA!!  Lots more things that appeal to me as well.

And... I've undertaken a project... I'm cooking EVERY SINGLE ONE of the recipes over the next little while... so if you're interested in my progress and the tips and tricks I discover...have a look at - I'd love your feedback!


Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: In the Mix - links to reviews
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:02:37 am »

Hi everyone,

I wonder if you might be able to help me - while I try and help you!

I've bought "In The Mix" and it looks amazing.  With a bit of spare time up my sleeve I'm going to - in the style of Julie and Julia - make each one of the recipes over the next while.

I'll be blogging about my experiences - tips, tricks and feedback on the recipes - and as a new blogger I would love your feedback on what I've written and if it helps you.  I've been in touch with Dani Valent, the author - and she has given me her blessing to get cooking!!

My blog can be found at

As I mentioned - I am VERY new to blogging so some of the technology is giving me some challenges, but I'm sure there's nothing I can't fix!!


Recipe Requests / Re: Beetroot pomegranate salad from In the Mix
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:13:19 pm »


I'm in Melbourne and got Pomegranate Molasses at Leo's Supermarket in Kew. I think I paid under $10 for a bottle of 300ml - just can't find the receipt.  Leo's also have shops in Heidelberg and Hartwell.  Got the rosewater there as well. Apparently lots of the Middle Eastern grocers in Brunswick Street/Sydney Road sell it as well.  When I mentioned it to my sister yesterday she thought that the greengrocer next to the supermarket at Doncaster Shoppingtown had it as well - at the back of the shop.

I bought the book last week and can't wait to try everything.  Looks amazing.

I made the salad tonight and it was a complete winner.  Loved it. It's on my list for high rotation salads now!!  I made the main part a few hours before serving and stored it in the fridge, adding the pistachios and the pomegranate seeds just before I served it. 

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: Polenta (EDC page 84) can anyone help?
« on: February 20, 2012, 05:54:54 am »
Hi Sammidog,

Just tried passionflowers Polenta recipe using 300g.  I am making it to go with an osso bucco, so I was thinking something with a mashed potato consistency.

The 300g is still a little thick for me, so next time I think I'll try it with maybe 260g or so and see how I go.

It's delicious though... even my 3 year old son is getting into it!!

Good Luck!


Desserts / Re: Basic panna cotta
« on: May 01, 2011, 03:19:32 am »
This is a fabulous recipe - thanks! 

Have made it several times now and it has worked without fail every single time.  I've turned mine out and added half a teaspoon more gelatine and they have turned out perfectly after putting them in hot water for about 20 seconds.  I've only done vanilla using vanilla bean paste and it's been a hit every time!

Introduce Yourself / Re: A NYC "Hello"
« on: August 10, 2010, 04:16:28 am »

Welcome Karen! 

I was a lurker here for a while too before my not so subtle hints about getting a thermomix were heard!  It would be fabulous for a small kitchen... I've said since I had mine that if I had known about TM when we were redoing our kitchen at our holiday shack that I wouldn't have bothered with a stove and just bought another TM!!  As it is, I bring it with me when we go there now, I really can't live without it. 

I was interested in food before, but since I got my TM home, I've become far more adventurous in my cooking, and... well, I actually cook now rather than just drool over recipes!!

Good luck - - - I bet you'll have your own thermobaby before you know it!!


Desserts / Re: Lime Coconut Panna Cotta
« on: August 09, 2010, 12:52:56 am »
No problem MeganJane! 

I googled about gelatine leaves and there are so many in different strengths it's all a bit of a puzzle... 

There is an interesting article from the Melbourne Age at

seems like I'm not the only one confused!!


Main Dishes / Re: Chicken Kiev
« on: August 07, 2010, 08:46:30 am »

Did these last night - they were a hit!! 

And - inexplicably - not one leaked!!   :o

I used seed bread (Helgas, not mine!) for the crumbs, just great!

Thanks for the recipe!


Desserts / Re: Lime Coconut Panna Cotta
« on: August 05, 2010, 05:39:43 am »

That would sound about right, as the 4 made it a bit like a rubber bullet!!  The flavour was great though, just too chewy!!


Desserts / Re: Lime Coconut Panna Cotta
« on: August 02, 2010, 12:48:56 am »

I made this yesterday and it tasted great - but it was really, really rubbery - so much so I couldn't eat it. 

What strength gelatine leaves did you use?  Maybe mine were too strong!


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