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Bread / Re: One very large vienna loaf or two smaller ones.
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:56:26 am »
Came across this thread this morning and will try on the weekend, seeing this recipe was adapted from  the Beechworth Bakery book can anyone tell me if this book is just recipes or recipes and technique ? I am looking for a bakery/Bread book that will make my homemade goodies look like the real deal.

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone batch cook
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:22:35 pm »
I find the decore containers good too, the ones that are designed for microwave cooking have a vent in the top and a rack to keep the veg up off the bottom, I have as much success with those as the tupperware ones and they are alot cheaper.

As for bulk cooking I pre prep lots of meals and put in the freezer, pre make meatloaf etc, some meals are precooked and frozen and others are just cut up and thrown in a bag, one of my favourites is chopped chicken, throw in peanut butter, soy sauce, plum jam ( or apricot ) and chilli sauce, put in the frezzer, this can be taken out and defroted in the fridge, thrown in the crockpot in the morning or put in the oven for 25 minutes at night or even cooked in the pressure cooker if your really in a hurry. There are lots of options, with veg I tend to wash it all when I them get home and store then just chop up as I need it.

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone recommend any vacuum sealers?
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:04:58 am »
Judydawn you commented last year that you bought a Bigland  vac it still going strong, I have to replace my Sunbeam that I have had for quite a few years, I don't use it much anymore but do need one for when we go away etc. I have been looking at them on ebay for arount the $60 to $80 mark depending on what bags etc you get with it but thought I would ask the question if yours has lasted?

Chit Chat / Re: Trifle recipe
« on: December 12, 2012, 10:07:18 pm »
Thanks so much Cookie, this is exactly what I was looking for, I remember "aunty Beryls" trifle from many years ago but never had the recipe this will be on my list for xmas and will do a trial for friends this weekend

Chit Chat / Trifle recipe
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:45:47 am »
Never liked it as a kid but now as a "grown up " thought I would try one as this years xmas desert. Need to do a test run first.
 Anyone have a great recipe ?
Have any suggestions as to what cake recipe to use ( rather make that buy )


Chit Chat / Re: Electric pizza machine
« on: October 17, 2012, 11:35:50 pm »
I use baking paper just for getting the pizzas on and off the stone, we usually make 2 or 4 ( or more ) at a time so making them on baking paper allows us to "production line" the cooking process, I just slide the cooked pizzas off the paper onto a bamboo paddle then onto a wooden board for chopping. I tried the two paddles but found it impossible to get a uncooked homemade base with the amount of toppings we have onto without making a BIG mess.
BTW I cook my pizzas on 3 1/2 for about 6 minutes that seems about perfect.

I have used this recipe forever no idea where it came from but its about 20 years since I got it

1 cup warm water
add 1 teasppon of honey and stir
add 1 teaspoon of dried yeast and leave for about 10 minutes till frothy

put 400g plain flour in the TM ( I use Wallabys )
add about a tablesppon of olive oil
add water/yeast mixture

use  :: for 1.5 minutes

Turn out and shape into balls and roll out can be used straight away or left for a few minutes to kind of "soften" up.
I only get 2 from this but we like thick crusts, I also use this for calzones ( also freezes )
If I am making alot of pizzas I do two or three seperate water yeast mixtures going then mix them one after the other.

Chit Chat / Re: Storage ideas?
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:54:10 am »
Just looked at the cake snake page, in the testimonials page there is a picture of the cake snake in the cupboard with the Thermomix base sitting beside it......what the? Who keeps their TM in the cupboard?  :-\

Chit Chat / Re: 5 in 1 cooker - disaster!
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:25:29 am »
Well the boss man phoned me and tested my machine and couldn't believe it, he said that it was the first one he had seen in 2 1/2 years that was faulty

mmm I hope you not talking about the New Wave 5 in 1, I have had mine for about 12 months and it took me 4 to get one that work correctly ( yes 4 I am amazed I was so patient! ) the manger spoke to me and asked me what they could do seeing I have had so much trouble, they sent me a pizza maker as well for free, I do love both the pressure cooker and the pizza maker ( esp the pizza maker ) BUT I believe that the pressure cooker has a very limited life, next time round I will buy a "brand" name one or maybe even a non electric one, they seem to last a lifetime!

« on: July 17, 2012, 05:05:39 am »
I have a iromba and love it I think it does a great job BUT I have mostly tiles and no small children so nothing on the floor much, I think in the bedrooms it does a better job on the carpet than my Dyson, I am always amazed when I "clean her bottom " ( empty out the dust bin ) to see how much is there from what I thought was a clean room, I use it everyday.

To keep in the the thread, my local deptment store ( only have one ) has a 40% sale off all kitchen items, I got a Mandoline slicer ( procastinating about these for ages ) and stocked up on Utensils, peelers, etc, I seeem to be always loosing them.
I love how you can colour theme kitchen items now .... I am trying for all lime green and black. Another 20 years and I am sure  I will be saying "what was I thinking with all this lime green stuff!"

Chit Chat / Re: Re: 5 in 1 cooker - disaster!
« on: July 15, 2012, 02:02:40 am »
I have one .....did you turn the lid to the lock position?
I know it will not get to pressure if there is not enough water to create enough steam but usually it will turn itself off . My steam valve is wobbly too I am sure that's how they are supposed to be .

Chit Chat / Re: What book are you reading?
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:00:56 am »
Love my Kindle as much as my thermomix, would rather read on my kindle than my tablet and stuggle these days to read a "Dead Tree " book  ;D

Desserts / Re: Re: Lemon meringue pie
« on: July 11, 2012, 02:01:29 am »
I think the crunchyness of the meringue is to do with the amount of sugar in it.... I thought you added lots of sugar for hard meringue and less for soft?
I have been expermenting with my meringue, it has been my only dissapointing part of my whole TM experience, so far I have found that speed 4 is just too fast for my room temp eggs? If I start at speed 2 then not go too much more than 3 to 3.5 I end up with nice glossy meringue, at speed 4 I tend to end up with a more course foam like texture, have had 3 perfect meringues in a row so feel I might be on the right track, before that it was very hit and miss as to whether it was a success or not.
PS for me speed has more to do with success that a vinegar clean bowl!

Chit Chat / Re: Re: Re: Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: July 10, 2012, 03:56:35 am »
What brand?  I bought a tortilla pess in the usa and in a nightmare to use does the press and cook or do you still have to roll/press  first?
opps seems I am way behind on this thread.....just started using tapatalk and didnt know there were 3 more pages>:(

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