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Introduce Yourself / Re: New here
« on: August 13, 2009, 05:02:47 am »
Hi terstoo
I've had my thermomix for almost 3 months now and I have not regretted the decision to get one at all (I even won my husband over in the very first week with my almost manic production of meals and desserts!)

It's a machine that makes your cooking life so much more convenient. The main advantage for me is the time saving aspect of it from beating cakes in minutes to making soups in minutes with virtually no chopping. And the fact that you leave the machine cooking while you go and do something else. No more constant stirring at the stove top.  But there are so many more advantages you'll see from reading this forum.

The only disadvantage that I have found (and its minor for me) is that it does not make huge quantities, most meals recipes are for a family of 4 or 5. I'd like to have more to freeze for leftovers, but then hands on cooking time is so reduced with the TMX anyway that you just cook up an extra batch if you really need something to freeze.

Good luck finding a hostess!

Cakes / Re: Bimby Chocolate Cake
« on: June 11, 2009, 02:38:19 pm »
I LOVE BIMBY I just wanted to say this recipe is amazing!

I have just made cupcakes I will freeze and ice mid next week for my daughter to take to school for her birthday. I had to make 2 batches because my family kept eating the cakes  as they were- with no icing!

They are lovely - moist and light. And with a 1 minute stirring time they were even quicker to make than the packet variety I have sometimes resorted to for convenience!!


thanks for that - I guess I was treating it like an exact science but I'll go with my gut a little more then  :)

I tried making the pikelets from the everyday cookbook. It said to:

"Melt the butter for 40 seconds at 50C, speed 4. "

 The butter didn't look melted at all after 40 seconds and I wondered for a moment whether I should have pre heated the TMX to 50C and when it stopped flashing then time the 40 sec?   
At the end of the 40sec, the temperature hadn't even started flashing 37C, never mind 50C.

In the end, because it didn't matter, I just kept it going until the butter had actually melted and they turned out fine, but it might not be so easy for other recipes.


Babies and Kids / Re: Playdough
« on: May 29, 2009, 02:33:26 pm »
 LOL I was thinking all these 'failsafe recipes' were for people like me who wanted something that was fail -safe i.e. I couldn't stuff them up.   oh dear  :-[ :-[ :-[

 I am feeling a little more enlightened now I've read this thread !!!

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: May 28, 2009, 04:13:16 pm »
Chicken breast in Varoma (stuffed & wrapped in clingfilm :o) with an amazing sweet red sherry sauce that was very very special

And last but not least Strawberry Foam

Bron that sounds yummy - I'd love to get those recipes - will you be posting them somewhere?

Introduce Yourself / Re: excited but a little worried!
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:57:00 pm »
oh dear - I was just saying to hubbie that it means we're going to be eating a lot more desserts etc cos its all so much easier!

He doesn't care about an expanding waistline  -
I , on the other hand, and being dragged out by a friend to do kickboxing for fitness of all things!!  - so not fair!! But worth it to be able to enjoy my thermomix

As for what I've named it ..... well, I'll have to give it some thought :-))  What's yours called??????

Introduce Yourself / Re: excited but a little worried!
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:23:47 pm »
Worried no more!!!!!

I received my thermomix 3 days ago and my husband is already saying what a great buy!!!
I've made :
smoothies for the kids every day
2 lots of soup for lunch
chicken risotto (which came out glug as I forgot to put it on :-: and I couldn't even SEE the chicken!)
bread rolls (nice but a bit dry cos i forgot the oil! - lesson learnt - read the recipe carefully!! :-\)
best mashed potato ever
best bolognese ever (as voted by hubbie)
apple crumble for yesterdays dessert
crepe batter for today's dessert (this is hubbies specialty and he was so impressed at the literal seconds it took to put together)

Nothing overly exciting but in a way that's the beauty of it - you can make things you normally make but so much more conveniently and quickly!!!
Sorry I know I am preaching to the converted but I am so excited by it all  :D

They live in Portimao - I've just told my my mum about the Portuguese version of this forum that I discovered while reading some older topics here, she's new to the whole internet thing so it'll be interesting to see if she copes with it all  !!!   :D

Are you a member of both forums?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the books to buy when you get a chance


Introduce Yourself / Re: excited but a little worried!
« on: May 21, 2009, 02:23:49 pm »
thanks for the welcome everybody!  :)
I've started compiling lists of recipes from the forum I'd like to try out so hopefully I'll hit the floor running as soon as I actually receive the thermomix!

Hi Barbara

I have just joined the forum and am waiting for my new bimby to arrive! My parents live in the Algarve and it was my mum that convinced me to get a Bimby.
I look forward to reading any recipe you post as I am particularly interested in Portuguese food!! My mum said she will send me some Portuguese recipe books so if you could recommend any good ones to start off with that would be great!!

Luisa (Perth, Australia)

Introduce Yourself / excited but a little worried!
« on: May 20, 2009, 12:01:10 pm »

I've just ordered my thermomix today and it should arrive early next week!
My mum in Portugal and sister in England both have one and on their recommendation I have worked hard (VERY) convincing my hubbie that it would be something that could make life in the kitchen easier.

Howeeeeeever, I'm worried that it'll sit there like my slow cooker gathering dust. I have read enough about it that I am sure I will be using it often and for all sorts of things... still I'd hate to give my DH any excuse to say "I told you so" :-). Which is why I've joined this forum - to get lots of ideas for dinners and ultimately get him to say it was one of my best purchases!!!!

Luisa (another one from Perth, W.A!!)

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