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Chit Chat / New challenge - converting one recipe per week for TM
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:55:09 am »
What does everyone think? Or is weekly too much, would monthly be better?  :)

Chit Chat / Lambs - alive
« on: July 15, 2012, 08:04:44 am »
Hello all,
well we have just had a week old baby lamb delivered (was going to be put down and was too cute for that  :-)) ) but now... how do we care for it???
Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated!
Thanx.  :)

Chit Chat / Tefal Acti-fry
« on: July 11, 2012, 08:03:44 am »
Has anyone got one and are they any good?
My mum has one and is forever singing it's praises... :)

Chit Chat / Do your children have to help around the house?
« on: June 22, 2012, 02:14:55 am »
OK so I know this is a very random question, but mine are expected to help around the house - and they enjoy doing it (long may it last) BUT... we had my big bro and his wife to stay and she told me I was a "very harsh woman" for getting my kids to do things for themselves around the house.  ???
I know mine are young but from the time they go into a bed (from a cot) they make their own bed every morning (yes, the perfectionist in me goes and fixes miss 3s job afterward when she is not around) but miss 5s is perfectly done now. And I don't even remind them about it, they just do it. They also take their dishes out to the sink after every meal (even miss 17mths). The eldest 2 take turns at setting the table for dinner. They are just little things but they can do it. Does this make me a harsh woman  ???

Chit Chat / TM Parts???
« on: June 21, 2012, 02:06:38 am »
Morning all,
I just had a call from my little bro asking if there was anywhere you can get parts for the TM31. I asked why. He said he had mum's TM for the last week while Dad and Mum were away, and he got cold so turned his stove top elements on to warm up the kitchen, (his heat pump was not coping or something) ... anyhow, Mum's TM was about a foot away from the elements but the grey piece on the right hand side did not appreciate the heat and went a bit wrinkly etc. TM still works fine and Mum was fine about it too, but understandably he feels pretty bad about the whole situation.
Any clues, anyone??
TIA  :)

Chit Chat / Kirby Vacuums... anyone got one?
« on: April 18, 2012, 10:25:52 am »
Hello, so I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, but does anyone own a Kirby Vacuum and what do they think of it? We saw a demonstration about 18mth (or so) ago, were impressed but as we have a ducted system (which I LOVE) we didn't really think anymore of it - until now, and our vac head has broken. So just wanting people's opinions (positive and negative) on the Kirby Vacuum.
Thanx in advance.  :)

Babies and Kids / Golden Chicken Nuggets
« on: November 13, 2011, 09:48:05 pm »
Name of Recipe:Healthy Chicken Nuggets
Number of People:Makes 40-50
Ingredients:300gm chicken breast - cut into large pieces
                  1 carrot - peeled and cut into chunks
                  1 zucchini - cut into chunks
                  1/2 C corn kernals - (I use frozen.)
                  1 1/2 T soy sauce
                  1 T cornflour
                  1 1/2 C grated tasty cheese (can do first in TM)

Preparation:Pre heat oven 175oC.
                 Process chicken, zucchini, carrot and corn together sp6-6sec or until chopped finely.
                 Add all other ingred. and mix together well approx sp6-15sec
                 Roll Tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on a lined tray.
                 Bake til golden and cooked through, approx 20-30min.


Tips/Hints:These freeze well either cooked or uncooked.

Turkey can be used as a substitute for chicken.

Adaped from a recipe in Practical Parenting magazine - issue April 2010

members' comments

Cecilia - I made it tonight using leftover corn couscous instead of the corn and thighs instead of the breast but still yummy and much appreciated.

JuliaC83 - Mixture was too runny to form ball shapes so I just spooned dessertspoon servings on a lined tray and they cooked well!

Kimmyh - Tried these and loved them. Really easy and great that I don't need breadcrumbs or oil. Thanks Astarra these will be a regular from now on.

Amy - Yum yum yum!! I loved them!! I made 30 bigger ones.

I have made a variation on these. I omitted the cheese and soy sauce and added 2 tsp ground coriander and 1 tsp ground cumin. I shaped them bigger and served them on cous cous with a very simple curry sauce (250ml milk, 1 tsp yellow curry paste, 2 tsp cornflour - 10 mins/90 degrees/speed 4). Next time I might up the spices for a bit more, or I could add the soy sauce back to the mixture.

I had some of the raw mixture left over so I cooked it up and put it in a Varoma frittata for dinner. I added a little extra curry paste to the eggs so it had a bit more oomph. Delicious!!

MF - love the fact that they have no breadcrumbs or crackers. Good for lunch boxes with a salad.

jo nz - They went down a treat, thanks Astarra.  They were especially popular with DH who kept saying the whole time "these are so delicious, you can make these again". It was a quick easy meal too - I made chunky oven fries in the oven at the same time and a salad to go with it.  Will definitely make again.

AussieMum2Boys - My boys loved them and there were enough left over for tomorrow!

Frozzie - These were quite tasty.. We loved them but were in a hurry so made them patty size and shallow fried them.. Will bake next time .... Great little recipe. Forgot to say we had them on buns.. They went like a flash.

Brumington - These were delicious. I didn't have any sweetcorn so left it out. Added a bit of fresh basil. A good healthy treat for the kids. I'll send some cold with my eldest to kindy.

BZB - I was a tad disappointed when these nuggets didn't look crunchy like store-bought ones. But when I tasted one - Oh wow! It was sooo good!!

Chookie - Really nice.  I cooked them in the AF.  Made them in 2  different ways.  First lot I rolled in Panko crumbs, the second lot cooked plain. The ones in crumbs took 8 minutes longer to cook, (15 mins / 180, flip 8 mins/180). These were also sprayed with Rice Bran oil.
The natural ones, no oil, 8 mins/ 180, flip 7 mins/ 180.
Both lots were cooked in a stainless steel dish. 
With crumbs and oil spray, 23 minutes in AF. Served over rice and with Honey Mustard sauce.

Cally83 - just wanted to say how much my husband and I liked them. I swapped corn for mushrooms.

Main Dishes / zucchini slice/muffins
« on: October 26, 2011, 02:42:43 am »
Name of Recipe:zucchini slice/muffins
Number of People:30
Ingredients:375gm zucchini
                     1 large onion
                     1 Cup grated cheese
                     1 Cup SR Flour
                     60 gm oil
                     5 eggs
                     3 rashers bacon
                     salt & pepper to taste

Preparation:pre-heat oven to 175 deg C.
                    peel and 1/4 onion, put in tm bowl.
                    chop zucchini into big chunks - add to tm bowl.
                    chop together 5 sec - sp 6, then scrape down sides of bowl. chop more if needed.
                    add all other ingredients, mix 6 sec - sp 4 (or until combined)
                    put mix into greased muffin pans/oven proof dish.
                    cook approx 20 min for muffins, approx 35 min for slice.

This recipe freezes well.

Photos:to follow...

Tips/Hints:adapted from a recipe my family has been using for years - as long as MY MUM can remember!! So don't know it's origin, hope that's OK?
Very quick and easy, all my family love this including my 9 mth old baby!
Had this all typed out ready to go and lost it when I tried to add the photo...??? Hoping it's not going to be a double post!
Also, if there is already this recipe or a similar one on here already, I apologise - I looked but couldn't see -

members' comments

Kulsha - Thanks for the conversion of this recipe.  The ingredients are the same as one I have been making for years also, except I use about half the cheese.  I processed 2 garlic cloves first and added some chili powder also. I hand chopped the bacon and added at the end as I like to see the bigger chunks of bacon. Another good variation is to swap half zucchini with sweet potato and then add about a tsp of cumin. In fact any vegies are great for this one, even broccoli. I also added a leftover half carrot to mine today with lots of black pepper too.  Sometimes I add sliced tomato just before popping it into the oven. A great versatile recipe!

astarra - I made another batch today (we have an overload of zucchini at the moment!!) with carrot and black pepper in it as you suggested! Very tasty ... better than the original!! Also, I only chopped the Zucchini, onion and carrot for 6 sec on sp 5, DH said it looks heaps better - So we're all very happy now!! Thank you again!
Try steaming these in silicone muffin tins in the varoma, so yum (if I may say so myself!). Very moist.

Songria - I've made this a number of times and my husband said "If you'd told me I'd get excited about zucchini slice I never would have believed you." Thanks for sharing the recipe. It's great hot or cold.

keiramax - Yum - I used a combination of yellow and green squash (instead of zucchini) as I have an abundance of these at the moment.  Works well.  Great as a breakfast dish as well.  Thanks.

Hally - It's different to my regular recipe. We had it for breakfast one day & lunch another day. Will be making it again to freeze for ds school lunches. I added a little more bacon and left it quite noticeable. Renamed it bacon slab & he loved it.
Made these today, this time I used my muffin trays. I spray oiled the base of each muffin bottom, I am not sure why I had trouble getting them out. I lost a few bottoms.
Made another batch of these, this time added cabbage as I didn't  have enough zucchini, also threw some corn in & extra bacon. They look & smell yum.

JD - If I don't line my muffin pans Hally, I often lose my bottom too  ;D  I now cut a circle of baking paper out and put that in the bottom, easy to run a knife around the sides if they are sticking.

Dizzygirl - I love these kinds of recipes. I often add grated carrots, corn, onion and some sun dried tomatoes to mine. You can also swap bacon for left over chicken from a roast. Just turbo the chicken to break it up a bit.

Lellyj - I made this tonight for vego son.  How easy!!  Put in some corn, rather than bacon, however will make again for carnivores because I think bacon would make it extra tasty!  I'm also thinking might add sun dried tomatoes as Dizzy Girl suggests or even some umami paste to add more flavour to a vego version.  Thanks for sharing this super easy dish!

obbie - silicon moulds are easy to get slice/muffins out. I spray with oil first though.

Babies and Kids / Yoghurt with banana & avacado
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:11:41 am »
Name of Recipe:Yoghurt w. Banana & Avocado
Number of People:recipe said 9 portions - I only get 5??!
Ingredients:2 bananas
                     1 avocado
                     4 T natural yoghurt

Preparation:Cut avocado into 1/4s, remove stone, & peel. Put into TM bowl.
                     Peel bananas, into bowl.
                     Mash sp4 - 7sec, scrape down sides of bowl, then a further 4sec - sp 4
                     Scrape down sides of bowl again and add yoghurt. Blend together 4sec - sp4.


Tips/Hints:Can be frozen but DO NOT thaw in m/wave - unless you like rubbery banana!!
My kids LOVE this for breakfast ... lunch ... dessert ... or even as a frozen treat on a stick!!

Adapted from

Babies and Kids / prune puree
« on: October 23, 2011, 07:54:46 am »
Name of Recipe:prune puree
Number of People:525ml (approx)
Ingredients:400gm pitted prunes
2 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water

Preparation:put prunes in tm bowl. pour boiling water over and soak 10-15min then drain. add cold water and cook 100deg-sp1-6min. once timer goes off mix a further 15min-sp2-3. leave to cool slightly (approx 5 min) then puree 15sec-sp7 (or as required.)

Photos: not a very photo worthy mix!!!

Tips/Hints:Very high in fibre, naturally sweet, my kids love it ... and is good for bowel motions - just don't let them have too much ata time .........!

« on: October 07, 2011, 05:42:54 am »
Number of People:APPROX 8 SERVES (Depends on how much your baby eats)
Ingredients:5 EATING APPLES
                          1 CAN BLUEBERRIES IN SYRUP
                          1 CUP QUICK COOK OATS
                          1 MC WATER

Preparation:1/4 and core the apples, place in TM bowl & chop 30sec on sp4. Open can and pour contents into bowl.Add water.
                           Scrape down sides of bowl then cook on 90 - 8 min - speed 4.
                            Add the oats thru the hole in top  while going.
                           Blend for 30 sec - sp 7 (Or til desired mushyness)


Tips/Hints:OK, I haven't posted a recipe before, so hope it works, DD2 (2yrs) loves this as much as DD3 (8 mths!!)
                         I freeze portions in silicon muffin pans with lids, easy freeze, easy release.

(sort of copied from a Heinz baby food jar)

members' comments

Amy - Y.U.M. This was absolutely delicious for my breakfast this morning! Does that mean I'm a big baby?
I reduced everything because I was only making it for myself and I left the peel on the apple for a bit of extra nutrition. It was very warming and scrummy. I'll definitely be adding it to my regular breakfast list (and there aren't many things that make that list)

Introduce Yourself / I'm waiting ....
« on: August 17, 2011, 04:31:55 am »
... for my Thermomix to arrive!!!!!!!!  ;D.
Hello all, I'd just like to introduce myself ... my name is Kay, I live on the beautiful island of Tasmania with my DH and our 3 daughters. I have ordered my TM31, now waiting (impatiently) for it to arrive!!  And how lucky am I ... my DH said I could get one but he wasn't that buzzed (he hasn't seen a demo!!) but when I ordered one he came and gave my nearly 1/2 the money as a gift {said it was just cuz he loves me. ;)} I was so surprised, not expecting anything toward it and then that  :o!
Oh I can't wait for it to arrive!!!!!!!!!

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