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Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Too Easy Chocolate Cake
« on: October 06, 2009, 11:31:56 am »
EDC book

I made two lots of mix. Put the first in the greased 8" square pan and saw that it wasn't very much, so made the next and added it. Cooked at 180 for 40 minutes FF.

Changes I made:

Dairy Soft instead of butter and didn't melt it as it was soft.
Mixed for 30 seconds speed 5, then 1 minute speed 3 (just so sugar dissolves)

5/5 for texture and taste.

I've tried to make this pic small, but it still comes out huge!

Breakfast / Baked Beans
« on: October 06, 2009, 09:16:34 am »
I just made these today and they're delicious and look very similar to canned. (important for husbands, and I imagine, little kids)

250g navy beans - can substitute if needed
1 tbsp oil
1/2 chopped onion
2 1/2 tsp salt
3 rashers 'meaty' bacon ( I use shortcuts), chopped
1/4 tsp ginger
sprinkling dried thyme
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 440g can diced tomatoes
1 TM measure tomato sauce
3 TM measures water

Ideally, start the day before and soak beans for 8 hours. If time is short, soak beans with a tsp bi-carb, rinse, then boil in plenty water for 15 minutes. Drain.

Heat oil on 90 for 30 seconds, slow.
Add bacon and onion and cook for 5 minutes, speed 1
Insert butterfly
Add everything else and cook for two to three hours on 100, speed 1.

The beans aren't soft and mushy like canned beans, they do have an al dente texture. I'm canning some in jars right now to see if that will soften them.

Chit Chat / Brand New TM31!!
« on: October 06, 2009, 06:07:36 am »
I've put my TM21 on the market and have lashed out and bought the TM31!! 8)
I haven't been on the forum since April, been busy with my business. I went to a show in another country town and there was the Tmix opposite my stall. The presenter must have loved me as I kept going over to her stall and telling everyone how wonderful it was! After watching the demos all day, I succombed. The demonstrator kindly offered to help sell my old TMix for me.
I just picked it up yesterday. It's going to be doing some heavy duty cooking in the next week or so as I experiment with it!

It's sooo fantastic! I loved the 21, but the 31 is quiet and has a much better shaped bowl. I've made a chocolate cake and bread this morning and am just making baked beans. I'd planned to make them in my crockpot, but thought, hang on, the Tmix can do this!

if they work out well, I'll post the recipe!

Non Food Recipes / Re: Making actual bar soap (cold process)
« on: October 06, 2009, 05:23:24 am »
No, I haven't made it in the TM. I never actually thought to as I make large batches - 2.5 to 4kg. It definitely could be done, but it would be best to have a second jug dedicated to just that. The TM is perfect for soap as it's stainless steel and heavy duty plastic. Just don't use your good spatula, I'm not sure how it would hold up. Get another one just for soap.

I forgot to add that lye and soap batter is very caustic. Wear gloves and eye goggles.

News about Thermomix / Thermomix on Food Channel
« on: October 06, 2009, 05:18:43 am »
Unfortunately, only on Foxtel, but worth a mention.

A 'Great British Menu' contestant, I think it was Brynn, was making a beetroot puree and it wouldn't cook in time, so his challenger suggested 'this machine', pointing to the Tmix. He told him "It cooks and purees!" The voice-over person called it a 'state of the art food processor'.
The contestant wouldn't believe him, but tried it anyway. He kept saying, "It won't work, it won't work." Then, finally he was elated that it did work!

Non Food Recipes / Re: Making actual bar soap (cold process)
« on: October 06, 2009, 04:43:25 am »
I make CP soap so can help you here.

1. Be very careful when you are making soap with the TMix. Use only the low mixing setting. I wouldn't go past 5. If you plan to make soap a fair bit, I would seriously look at buying another bowl.

2. Use a good lye calculator for your recipes. Try this one: Soapcalc

3. Try to learn about superfatting to make soap that is less irritating to the skin. Basically, this means you use more oil than you would normally use for the amount of lye. This means that not all the oil will completely saponify and some will remain in the finished soap to make it more gentle on the skin. Soapcalc has an option for superfatting. I generally use 8% SF.

4. To really make good soap, you need to learn the properties of oils. Eg. Castor oil is great for creamy lather, but too much dry your skin out. Beeswax makes a harder soap, but overdo it and you reduce the lather. For more information on making soap, this is a brilliant site: Kathy Millers Soap Site.

5. I have instructions with pictures for the CP method of making soap conventionally, not in the TMix, on my blog: Soap Making

HTH and have fun! ;D

Non Food Recipes / Re: Shampoo?
« on: October 06, 2009, 04:29:21 am »
 8) All this is right up my alley girls and boys!!

I have a business where I make and sell skin and hair care products. I haven't been onhere since April, but have just bought the new TM31, so am all excited about my timmy again! :D

If you're using any soap (or bi-carb) on your hair, make sure you do a vinegar rinse. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, use a solution of citric acid - 1/2 a tsp in a litre of water.

Soap and bi-carb are alkaline. Our hair needs acidity to make the cuticle sit down.

Saponified oil is oil which has been made into soap using either potassium hydroxide for liquid soap or sodium hydroxide NaoH for solid soap bars. NaOH is simply caustic soda. None of this is left in the finished soap if it's made properly, but the soap will be alkaline.

I'll post some recipes for various skin care treatments if you're all nice to me! :-*  :D

Welcome / Re: Win an Antonio Carluccio Pasta Book !!!!
« on: May 01, 2009, 12:47:49 pm »
:D Congratulations!

Vegetarian / Re: Easy Mac'n'Cheese
« on: April 20, 2009, 08:45:48 pm »
Just my 2c, but I would sauté the onion and garlic in butter in the TM first. Then add the rest of the ingredients. But then, it's not "Easy Mac N Cheese" anymore is it? :D

Vegetarian / Re: Sauteed Potatoes
« on: April 20, 2009, 08:41:44 pm »
Hi and thanks for the recipe.
Just wondering what 'soft' means. I have a TM21, so what setting would I use?

Chit Chat / Re: What was the first thing you ever made in the THX?
« on: April 13, 2009, 11:38:06 am »
I used my sister's Tmix before I bought mine and made the batter for an orange cake. I was flabbergasted by it! :D

Breakfast / Re: Breakfast 'hash'
« on: April 08, 2009, 02:07:17 pm »
 :D Oh, not deterred at all, just wondering what in the hell everyone's talking about!! I didn't realise there was a you beaut new version around!

Bread / Re: Varoma Bread
« on: April 07, 2009, 04:06:01 pm »
Another way to raise dough is to put it in a bowl in the car if your car happens to be parked outside!

I did this today with the Milk Buns and the dough rose beautifully.

Breakfast / Re: Breakfast 'hash'
« on: April 07, 2009, 04:01:04 pm »
Mine's a 21. I bought it in 2004.

I'm not sure which recipe book you're using, but I have an old one and my recipe has 150g water and 80g flour. If doubled, this would be 300 water and 160 flour, which sounds like the correct ratio.

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