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Chit Chat / Looking for a good BBQ sauce recipe
« on: November 24, 2020, 09:12:09 pm »
Does anyone have a good BBQ sauce recipe please?

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Non Thermomix Recipes / Make your own baking paper
« on: October 26, 2020, 10:50:22 pm »
If you find you have been caught without baking paper, you could try this - https://www.pipmagazine.com.au/eat/diy-greaseproof-paper/  I haven't given it a go yet as I only saw it this morning, but it looks very environment friendly and could come in useful.

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Chit Chat / Maple Syrup vs. Agave Syrup
« on: September 11, 2020, 08:54:01 am »
Is anyone familiar with the differences between maple syrup and agave syrup?  I use maple syrup quite a lot, but have never tried agave.  I now have a recipe that specifically calls for agave but I have no idea what it tastes like.  I know agave is horribly high in fructose (yes, Judy, I even remembered to look up google all by myself this time, without prompting  ; - your gentle hints are beginning to sink into my brain after all these years!).  Can anyone comment on the taste difference?  The particular recipe I am tackling is a mango mousse so I am not sure that maple will be a good substitute, but I resent buying agave for just one recipe because, with that high fructose, I cannot see me wanting to use it again.

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Chit Chat / Cleaning formica
« on: September 03, 2020, 01:44:07 am »
When we completed our renovation we moved the kitchen from upstairs, downstairs for the staff to use as a kitchen.  They were really pleased and happy with this but they have made a terrible mess of it, it is badly stained and every time I look at it my heart breaks just a little bit more.  It was a lovely kitchen unit and we had kept it pristine for 20 odd years, in just a couple of months it is a mess.

I want to try to clean it during lockdown so that it will be more presentable when we (eventually) are allowed to re-open.  It is a textured light green coloured formica.  Does anyone have any ideas of a suitable product that will clean the stains - mainly made from the bottom of a metal biscuit tin and spilled tea / coffee.  Because I try to use my own home made cleaners (which don't seem to be working this time) I have to resort to those found on supermarket shelves and I am not really very familiar with them anymore ... there are so many, it is bewildering.  Does anyone have any suggestions please.  Thanks.


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Jams and Chutneys / Banana Skin Chutney
« on: July 16, 2020, 11:38:09 pm »
Anyone brave enough to try this one?  It came through as a "No Waste" suggestion:

I tried linking the recipe but it is so long since I have done this that I couldn't remember how to do it successfully  :(

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/jul/11/tom-hunt-zero-waste-banana-skin-chutney-recipe?utm_term=LTIwMDcxNg%3D%3D&utm_campaign=WordOfMouth&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=wordofmouth_email

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Chit Chat / Soft, fudgy, chocolatey things to eat
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:09:28 am »
My colleague at work who got assaulted a couple of weeks ago is coming back to work on Monday.  He has had his operation and has stitches in his mouth … but that hasn’t stopped him from hinting “Soft fudgey chocolates are perfect at this stage of my recovery …” so does anyone have any tasty suggestions for what I can make for him for when he comes back to work?

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Has anyone roasted nuts and seeds in a TM31?  Is it safe?  Does it over heat the jug?

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Jams and Chutneys / Rhubarb Freezer Jam
« on: June 01, 2020, 12:56:33 am »
This just came through in a blog I subscribe to.  I thought it was an interesting concept and have not tried it but decided to post it on here to see if it creates any interest:  https://vanillaandbean.com/rhubarb-freezer-jam/

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Chit Chat / Pickling Onions
« on: March 27, 2020, 05:27:17 am »
Last weekend I made a ‘quick pickled onion’ (which we have now finished!).  I plan on making it again this weekend.  I still have all the pickling liquid left from last week … should I make a fresh liquid up or can I re-use last weeks?

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Chit Chat / Freezing fruit, veges, etc.
« on: March 17, 2020, 06:58:52 am »
Does anyone recall a thread, I think started by Uni, many years ago where we were posting how long various foods lasted in the freezer?  I may even be remembering this incorrectly and I haven't been able to find it, but it could be an excellent resource just now for us all to refer to.

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Chit Chat / Nutribullet?
« on: October 06, 2019, 01:04:04 am »
I'm thinking of buying a nutribullet, or something similar, mainly for smoothies but also for grinding small quantities of nuts (my good old TMX just can't 'do' nuts).

Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on these types of machines?

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Chit Chat / Frozen Cakes and Cookies
« on: September 10, 2019, 12:21:11 am »
As you know, our renovation / extension project is in its final stages.  Our builders have asked if they could have an open day a couple of days before handover for prospective clients, sub contractors, staff, etc. and dropped a very HEAVY hint about my home cooked cakes and cookies.  I do all my baking at the weekends and the open day is scheduled for a Friday so, the question is, can anyone suggest cakes / cookies that can be baked then frozen for a week or two then thawed out successfully on the open day?  Perhaps all cakes and cookies can be frozen, I don't know because the ones I bake never seem to last long enough to see the inside of my freezer!

At this stage, I am not sure that I will do much baking, etc., we may just go with buying dips and Turkish bread, pizza, sushi, etc., but just in case the whim takes me to go on a baking spree in the week or two prior to the 'event' I would welcome your ideas and thoughts.

Thanks in advance!

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Tips and Tricks / Preserving Garlic
« on: August 08, 2019, 07:34:28 am »
I just came across this link in the Organic Gardening magazine - a very timely article as the garlic is driving me nuts at the moment it is all soft and / or sprouting.  https://www.organicgardener.com.au/blogs/tips-preserving-garlic?utm_source=newsletter_20190808&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_newsletter

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Cakes / Courtney's Cookies
« on: August 08, 2019, 04:23:11 am »
This is a recipe I picked up off somewhere on the internet but I haven't got a note of the origin so cannot attribute it to anyone.  If you recognise the recipe, let me know and please accept my apologies.

The recipe is named after my neighbour whose mum is a professional cook / caterer.  I gave one to Courtney and she said it was better than anything her mum made, so I decided that was a good enough name to use.

Very quick and easy, but be organised … pre-measure everything, grind the oats and chocolate first.


95g butter
160g rapadura sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
100g rolled oats, processed to a fine powder (8 seconds, speed 8)
150g white flour
Pinch salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g chocolate bits, grated finely
60g nuts, chopped (optional)
80g chocolate bits


Preheat oven to 180˚ / 165 FF and grease or line baking trays.

Cream rapadura and butter.

Add egg and vanilla and mix in.

Add flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, bicarb soda and mix.

Add the choc chips, grated chocolate and nuts and combine well.

Use an icecream scoop or roll into balls (no need to flatten) and place 5 cm apart on tray.  Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

These are really addictive so I don't know the storage time, they never seem to last more than a day or two.

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Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Nutrition Tables
« on: June 01, 2019, 04:29:28 am »
Not exactly TMX related, but does anyone have a link to a good nutrition table where I can list the items in a dish and the chart will break down the various components, i.e fat, calories, protein, etc.

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