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« on: May 08, 2015, 02:37:05 am »
To fuel the shopping thread

20% off everything at Peters of Kensington ebay store

Chit Chat / Re: New Forum coming up
« on: March 30, 2015, 01:13:07 am »
My first impression is that it looks lovely and fresh, but I am having trouble reading the small print.  Is there any way to make the type larger?

Hold CTRL and the + at the same time will make the screen bigger this may help

Chit Chat / TM heats by itself ?
« on: March 20, 2015, 02:50:57 am »
Anyone had the TM heat up by itself ?
Doesn't matter what settings I put in it as soon as I turn the speed dial its starts to heat will go all the way to Varoma.
I have rung TM Head office and its going back for repair ( 5 years old )
Oh course it happens as I had three slab cakes ready to be iced for a party tonight and no have no way to make icing...
looks like they will all be getting chocolate ganache!

Chit Chat / Can you buy a Lid seal ?
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:45:43 pm »
I have a TM31 that's almost 5 years old and I have two bowls, I need a new set of blades for one bowl but I really desperately need new lid seals, I have been watching the web site for about 6 weeks now and they are not listed, I rang about four weeks ago and was told that due to the seal problem there were none available and they would be on the site when they do get them. Nothing has turned up in the TM shop. One of my seals is so bad that I almost end up with more liquid on the bench than in the bowl, annoying and potentially dangerous. Anyone know whats happening about seals?
PS my are just worn out not the "faulty" ones

News about Thermomix / Re: A Christmas forum giveaway
« on: December 11, 2014, 09:52:41 pm »
Hi I am Deeau and I am number 18, I never get to cook for just myself but if I am lucky to enough to get first choice of what to cook,  I cook Quirky Jo's Chili chicken and cashews all in one meal, easy peasy and super tasty!

Chit Chat / Re: Microwave/convection/Steam Ovens....Long
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:59:07 pm »
Back again, after a week without an oven  I found out that the old one was  not repairable. I then had the difficult decision of what to buy. A bit of research and a trip to Harvey Norman I decided on the little Breville Smart Oven suggested by Elsie, when I got the the big chain store ( 60km drive each way ) I took a few of my regular dishes/baking trays  that I use to see if they actually fit ( It is alot smaller than my old one so I knew some had no chance )
 When I was actually in the store I was quite taken by the model Emme posted, the difference in size was minimal and my last one was Panasonic it lasted 15 years. After a bit of " oh no which one " I chose the Breville. After getting it home plugged it in and got ready for use, I started the TM with a few of my basics, cookies, bimby cake , garlic bread etc etc.
My first impression was massive disappointment and that I had made the wrong decision the cookies cooked unevenly and I could only do one tray at a time, but after a day  of cooking I think I really like it, my husband made me a 2nd rack so I can now do 2 level cookies and it is faster than my old microwave/convection. I am sure there will be some things that it is not good for but with a old regular gas oven, a turbo oven a webber Q and and an Air fryer ( Isn't that ridiculous when you write it down ! ) I am sure that it will be great, One thing that I really love about it is that it is able to be used as a warming rack on top while operating which seems to be a great place ( with a rack on top ) for proofing bread.
Thanks for your input, never would have considered the Little breville other than its suggestion on this list.

Chit Chat / Re: Microwave/convection/Steam Ovens....Long
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:14:54 pm »
Thanks for all the reply's, at this stage I have rung a repairer and he thinks that it may only be $50 or so to fix, so I will try that option first. If not I will do more research, as usual they never seem to have all the features rolled into the one machine, I have been looking at the one that Emme has and that is my first choice but I am not sure that I like the drop down door option. I can see the benefit it some ways but mine will be mounted a little higher than bench height and I am concerned about lifting heavy casseroles etc over a hot door. So I  am more than happy to try and get it fixed first so hopefully for the short term I will not have to try and make a decision.

Chit Chat / Microwave/convection/Steam Ovens....Long
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:36:28 am »
Hi, I am in need of some advice from the experts!
My Panasonic Microwave convection oven has just died and I thought I would do some research on getting a new one. I am in the country so a quick visit to my local appliance store came up with " Oh they are not very popular anymore " needless to say they have none in stock so I have to research online.
Situation:Country style kitchen with a Rayburn wood oven in the winter ( heats out hot water too ) a gas upright ( old but works ) a TM for almost 5 years that gets used numerous times everyday inc Varoma use and the Microwave convection. The gas oven or cooktop almost never gets used the oven is a pig so the Mico/conv that came with me to this house 13 years and has always been used as the main oven. Of course I also have an airfryer, electric pressure cooker, webber Q BBQ etc etc. ( I read the shopping thread too much ) But I do use them all. I cook everything from scratch inc. lots and lots of baking, cooking cakes etc to feed the family.
OK to replace the dead Microwave convection do I buy another one the same ? Or do I go for the newer Microwave/convection/steam ovens or do I try and get a simple combo/convection/steam oven ( if they are available in a benchtop model.)
I am not sure how often I would use the steam cooking for veg or meat but I do think I would like to try adding steam to some of my baking ( ie crusty bread etc. ) I hardly use my microwave/convection for microwaving stuff mainly for oven, I always steam my veg in the Varoma rather than microwave them that enough info to get opinions from the experts on here, has anyone had experience with baking and steam is it that beneficial or should I just replace exactly what I have .... I am almost convinced I could live without the microwave part if I had the steam function. But desperately need a reliable oven! PS the power supply to our house ( rural ) does not allow me to put in a full electric wall oven so its never really been an option to replace the gas ( and the gas is handy in power outages.
Thanks Deeau
PS the choice is way more lifestyle driven than price driven.

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: Toffee scrolls - Merry Christmix
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:02:51 pm »
I was wondering if there is anyway you could premake these ? I am looking into my christmas menu and would like to test a couple of things before hand, was thinking of these for brunch but don't want to get up super early to get them started ? Could you premake and freeze, take out of freezer night before to defrost in the fridge then pop them in the oven in the morning ?

News about Thermomix / Re: New Model Thermomix, truth or rumour?
« on: September 07, 2014, 02:47:01 am »
Had a look at the internet info for the first time this morning..... I can understand the disappointment if you had just bought one but after being an owner for about 5 years I am ecstatic that the new model seem to have had such small changes ...that they were already so close to being one of the best appliances available!
For me the touch screen and recipe chips and few other features are not enough to warrant the change over. I have never been a purchaser of lots of recipe books prefer to use the day when you can write your open recipes to the machine maybe...but for me I am just as happy with my TM 31 as I was before I saw the new one..... I am thankful everyday for the way "Alice" helps me out and has made me a much better/healthier cook than I was pre Tm days.   :)

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone own a Phillips Airfryer?
« on: September 03, 2014, 12:15:15 am »
Has anyone tried the new wave Air fryer I see there is a bit of a deal on it at the moment, I have their pizza oven which I love and their 5 in 1 ( which I love but had to get 4 before I got one that worked! ) Any experience with the air fryer ?

Chit Chat / Re: Dishwasher advise please??
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:07:29 am »
Miele coming up 13 years never missed a beat, love the cutlery tray.

Cakes / Re: Ricotta and Chocolate Tart (with photo)
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:08:59 am »
I have made this recipe a heap of times it has become one of my "go to " dinner party recipe, stunning served with double cream!
Making it again this weekend for my mums Birthday lunch. You can cut thinish slices so it can serve allot of people

I don't want to step in where I shouldn't but my husband and I run a mechanical workshop so I do get to see it from the other side of the coin.
If you are looking for trouble free motoring, avoid anything European, ( that includes the Cruze ) look at, Subaru and Toyota and the Hyundai ( the i30 is a great car )  the Subaru  and Hyundai both have great diesels the Subaru Forester Diesel may be a good size car for you coming from a mini van. Our workshop does specialize in Subaru and Volkswagen's ( and we work on other stuff too ) unfortunately I can't really recommend late model VW's for reliability, they are lovely to drive ( and cheap )  but are plagued with electrical problems.
The new Hyundai's have come along was and the ones that we work on so far have been totally trouble free. Subaru's have always been trouble free.
Hope this helps
PS. Sorry if I have trod on toes...I can only give my opinion on what I see on a daily basis at work

Chit Chat / Re: Motivation required
« on: October 23, 2013, 11:30:00 pm »
I have been going from buying to non buying for a few months now, when/if I do I will get the big one. I have been lucky enough to borrow a a four tray round one from a friend to try. I have found some things great others not so.
I did make veggie stick without the salt, dry it then ground to powder, so far I have used this for lots of things and has been great.
I have also  done lots of bananas - great. Strawberrys once - not great. Apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon - great.
I dont eat grain so I have made cookies out of cashew butter, almonds and dates ( sometimes with cocoa and bananas ) and dried them to make a great little snack to have with a cuppa. I have dried some broccoli cauliflower and carrot with the intention of trying them in my thermal pot but as yet have not had a chance. I am kind of hoping that they make "take up " some of the liquid in the thermal pot as I often find they have too much liquid at the end.
Last week I dried some capsicum and some mushrooms as a test and re hydrated them for pizza last night ( for the boys ) they couldn't really tell the difference. I want to try tomatoes when they are in abundance in the garden. I also plan "if" I get one to use it for proofing dough in the winter.
I think what I am really looking for is a way to keep extra produce from the garden .... I hate canned food so its either freezing or dehydrating.
 Unfortunately for me I am much more health conscious than my teenage boys who just figure its much easier to just buy dried from from the shop and are not so happy to have bananas etc with a chewy texture rather than the shop crispy dried/fried ones ( coated in "numbers".
After saying  all that .......I am still not 100% sure if dehydrating will be the way to go a good machine is over $400. So far because of the influence on here ( no buy October ) I was never planning on buying it this month anyway.  ;D

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