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« on: January 14, 2020, 04:16:40 am »
How exciting Judy, definitely something to plan for and look forward to.  Hope it all falls into place for you.  :)

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 14, 2020, 04:15:06 am »
The gravy sounds nice Cookie.  Have saved it for when next needed.  :)

Cakes / Re: Easy strawberry cake
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:27:21 pm »
Thank you girls.  :)

The next day I had a friend visit and I found the top had gone a little moist, so after slicing her a piece I put it in the Turbo oven (air fryer would be good too) on lowest setting for about 5 mins while I was making us a cup of tea.  It put it back to just how it was when first made without drying the cake out itself.  :)

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:18:02 pm »
I made a nice Thai peanut chicken with coconut rice a few days ago for DH which he's had for the last 3 nights.  He really enjoyed it so it's one I will make again.  Will make something new tonight.

I wasn't that hungry so just had some granola with a touch of soy milk, was just what I felt like.  :)

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:12:23 pm »
Pretty nice morning here.  Heading for 35 today then cooler I think.  Enjoy your day everyone.  :)

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 11, 2020, 08:25:46 am »
I like it.  You peek at Peaky Blinders  ;D

Tips and Tricks / Cleaning fresh fruit (and some veg)
« on: January 11, 2020, 08:21:03 am »
I've been doing this for about 6 months now, since I saw the tip on line somewhere.  I had to try it out as soon as I saw it and have been doing it ever since.  Works so well with strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cherry toms to name a few.  Anything that you basically don't peel to eat, though I tried apples once but you can only fit about 3 in the basket so I didn't bother with doing them again.  Plums would probably be good too but I think raspberries would be too delicate.  It's supposed to wash off the wax and give them a better clean than doing it by hand. 

fruit of choice (don't overfill the basket)
1 litre water (no more)
about 2 tsp white vinegar

Place water and vinegar into TM bowl.  Place fruit into the internal steamer basket and set in place.
Wash 2 mins/speed 7.  You don't need to put the MC in place (though I haven't tested it in the TM31) and it's quite fascinating to watch the force of the water washing over the fruit. (I know, little things and all that!  :D )

Once done, rinse the fruit under running water then drain for a min or so before transferring to a clean tea towel and dabbing dry.  I leave for about 10 mins or so until dry then I return the fruit to their little punnets.  I find them the best way to store them as they allow air to circulate.

My strawberries were shiny and the little green leaves were standing up, the blueberries were shiny. 
I found they lasted longer than when not washed.

If you have a punnet of strawberries or blueberries in your fridge, give it a try and see what you think.

Cakes / Easy strawberry cake
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:23:57 am »
A lovely cake and really quick and easy to make.  It's from the website below, have a look as she has some nice things on there.

195g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
tsp sea salt (used a good grind)
150g raw sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
tsp vanilla extract
50g preferred oil for baking
160g natural yoghurt (used Greek style)
140g chopped strawberries, by knife
140g strawberries, halved lengthways
2 tsp raw sugar extra
Icing sugar to dust

Pre-heat oven to 175C.  Spray a 20cm springform tin with non-stick spray and line base with baking paper.

In a med bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set it aside.

Place 150g raw sugar into TM bowl.  Mill 4 secs/speed 10, leave in bowl.
Add Butterfly then the egg and beat 2 mins/speed 4. 
Remove Butterfly, scrape down bowl.  You want the batter very light in colour.

Add in the vanilla, oil and yoghurt.  Mix 6 secs/speed 4, scrape down bowl.
Add flour and mix 6 secs/speed 4, scrape down bowl and under blades.

Transfer batter to a med bowl and fold in the chopped strawberries with a spatula. Transfer to the cake tin.
Top with the halved strawberries, pressing in slightly.
Sprinkle the top with the extra raw sugar and bake for approx 45 55 mins (depending on your oven) until a skewer comes out clean.

Remove tin to a wire rack and cool for about 10 mins before releasing the sides of the tin and removing the paper from the base.  Leave on the rack until completely cooled.

Gently lift the cake off the baking paper and place on a serving plate. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
Lovely as is, but extra nice with a drizzle of double cream.

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:11:44 am »
Congratulations Chookie, enjoy your celebrations.  :D

« on: January 11, 2020, 05:10:04 am »
Looks like they are on sale at Big W if you have one near you.  Slightly different design but would still serve the purpose.  Only $7.50 for 5 at the mo.

« on: January 10, 2020, 09:21:02 pm »
Cuilidh, you may not be interested in these as they are plastic, but they are cheap and I've had a pack for quite a while and use them a lot. Not overly large so may not suit a bigger sized portion but they work great for me when portioning meals, especially if I've made 4 serves and 2 maybe going in the freezer. Great for keeping things separate.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 10, 2020, 09:13:39 pm »
I made a nice recipe yesterday "easy strawberry cake' which I converted to TM.  I'll put up the recipe later as it's so easy to make, looks really nice and more importantly tastes good.  :D  Perfect if you know you are having visitors or have some strawberries in the fridge.  :D

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 10, 2020, 09:01:51 pm »
My daughter enjoys that show too Cookie.  I couldn't get into it.  :-\

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: January 10, 2020, 08:59:29 pm »
You look really good Gert  ;D

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: January 09, 2020, 02:49:00 am »
Yay, good for you Judy.  Shorts would be much more comfortable and cooler at the gym for sure.  You're really seeing the results of your hard work already, so pleased for you.  :D

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