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Chit Chat / Cooking class for kids
« on: November 30, 2011, 05:28:35 am »
Hi all, does anyone know of any cooking classes suitable for children (10) in Perth?
I contacted babycakes and you have to organise your own group of six mums and kids.
I've googled it but not having a lot of luck.  Any type of class really, doesn't have to be sweets (though she'd prefer sweets!!) ???

Chit Chat / Going to Cairns with kids on a holiday.. Ideas please!
« on: May 05, 2011, 03:10:37 am »
I am off to Cairns in July with family..  3 kids, 7-10-13.. We're staying in a family friendly resort..
So, should I hire a car?  We are only away for 7 days, and want to make the most of our time. 
I am not big on 'organised tours', preferring to visit places ourself.  I am wanting to go a barrier reef tour though, it will only be snorkelling (due to kids). 
What are the "must sees"?  I don't mind driving to see things (hence need for the car probably?)
Any advice greatly appreciated!!!  I've been to the Sunshine and Goldcoast before- I love them!!  So hold out great expectations for the North!!!

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Muffin Mix from Lunchbox book
« on: March 23, 2011, 09:10:53 am »
Has anyone made this?  I threw my first batch out.  The muffins tasted really strange.  Today I made a new lot of muffin mix and remade some chocolate muffins.  I think they still taste strange (kids like them, but that's becasue they have the word chocolate in front).
I am not convinced this 'muffin mix' has any advantages and is just another container in my cupboard!  I liked the idea of adding 300 gm of muffin mix to the thermomox and adding other wet ingredients to make a variety of muffins.  Now I'm thinking it's not really necessary.....   ???  What have other thermo users experienced?

I have had a search and can't find this topic anywhere.
 I am updating my cupboard and finding a lot of the Tupperware can now be used for something else. 
So far-
Custard powder (GONE!!!!) now will be muffin mix (from lunchbox recipe book)
Rock salt will replace cooking salt (unless someone gives me a reason not to?)
Icing sugar and caster sugar GONE, replaced by raw sugar..  Should I get rid of white sugar too?
Lots of new nuts into containers- cashews, hazelnuts (ooh and chocolate!!!!)

So what have people deleted from their pantries??

Tips and Tricks / Butter disaster after freezing cream
« on: February 19, 2011, 07:15:37 am »
I had bought some cream on special and froze it...  Today I thawed it (sat on bench and then at end stood in some warm water to defrost last of it)  It was still cold.  Did all the usual things.  We have been making butter successfully for weeks since our new addition arrived  :-))  Anyway, this was a complete and utter disaster.  It thickened then went runny. I ended up pouring it down the sink.  I have now taken the other 2 creams out of the freezer and will thaw in fridge...  Then try again tomorrow I guess! 
Was my impatience to thaw the cream to blame?  In future shall I make the butter straight away and then freeze it?
Any suggestions out there on storing cream if bought on special?  To make butter first or to freeze cream?

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