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Recipe Requests / Re: Scottish tablet
« on: September 16, 2010, 12:00:01 pm »
Hey has anyone tried this as yet ? I'd be interested how you went if you did.  I tried to make Tenina's fudge (link above) and ended up with sticky toffee. I will try it again though, once I'm ready for another huge sweet session. Tenina sent me another one to try but I've been battling with sick kids etc so haven't tried yet.  If anyone is on here from Brisbane, have you heard of Syd's Pie Factory at Tanah Merah (Bris south).  He imports a lot of traditionally Scottish / UK food and also makes Scottish Pies (really yummy).  The imports are not necessarily cheap, but not available anywhere else that we know of but he does keep a lot of obscure things you wouldn't normally see anywhere here (like curry sauce like the fish and chip shops use, UK sweets and confectionery, picalilly (sp?) . He also makes Haggis (yuck !), traditional black pudding (yuck too !), potato cakes / scones (yum), gammon etc etc.  Costs us a fortune when we go. My husband always buys tablet from there when we visit, but I will try making this recipe too.  Just thought you may like to know about it.  Here's the website if you're interested., not sure whether he does shipping or not either but you can only ask. 


Hi All,
I have relatives coming over from the UK in November, and am wondering whether to grab the opportunity to purchase:

“Fast and Easy Cooking” for TM31 with 300 Recipes, 3rd Edition
“Everyday Cooking” for TM31 with 214 recipes

I would get them sent to my Aunty in the UK for her to bring out to us. She's near Blackburn, so hopefully postage to her would be a lot more reasonable than to Australia.

Given our English background, I'm hoping these books may have some traditional UK recipes.  One in particular we'd really like to get hold of is Malt loaf.  My mum and dad looovveeee malt loaf and you don't really get anything like that here.

Thanks in advance if you can help.


Bread / Re: Isi´s easy Portuguese Rolls
« on: September 13, 2010, 04:44:04 am »
Thank you Isi, we made these for lunch today and they were yum yum yum.  They reminded my husband of Scottish rolls that are not easy to get here. He was rapped so I've told him I'll show him how to make them and he can make them from now on.  The thing is, it's easier to make these than nip down the shop for some and they are so much more yummy!  Ohh and they got a big thumbs up from the kids too. Thank you.

We made this and loved it too. I didn't make the Tikka Masala paste though as I already had a jar of Monika's Brand Tikka Masala paste that I needed to use up (I bought it from a local indian spice store). In fact all the different pastes in this brand have been brilliant, the owner of the store recommended it to us. I would definately add more chicken next time though. Was a little on the hot side for the kids (we just didn't give them as much sauce and gave them a bit more cream).

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi From Brisbane
« on: August 13, 2010, 02:58:19 am »
Thank you so much everyone for your welcome and onion advice. Much appreciated. My friend hasn't found her way here yet so I'm safe to keep telling tales about her pre-Thermomix cooking for a bit longer lol.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi From Brisbane
« on: August 10, 2010, 02:19:35 pm »
Lol Creampuff. I think I'll stick to sauteeing the onions, but I will give the red onions a try when I'm game.

I've just been on the phone to my g/f and she reckons that she's going to make an official response to her lack of cooking (except from jars or packets) Pre-Thermomix that is. Ohhh dear lookout I'm in for it now. I will be impressed if she finds her way here though lol.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi From Brisbane
« on: August 10, 2010, 01:15:30 pm »
I usually use brown onions Judy. I will give red onions a go though. It's worth a try. My g/f doesn't get what I mean and she doesn't think she's ever had this problem. I gave her some of the zucchine slice to try and she couldn't taste the bitter onion and yet that was all I could taste. Interesting huh.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi From Brisbane
« on: August 10, 2010, 12:26:28 pm »
Thank you for the welcomes. Yes we have been having fun, the only problem is that there's too much eating going on, and not good for the waistline at all.
Judy, it doesn't give me much hope of getting any better with the onions then Judy ! So you think I should always sautee them ? I also made a quiche early on using my usual way but did all the chopping in the Thermomix and the onions were bitter, and that's all I could taste for hours after. In something like a quiche or a zucchini slice do you think it would taste funny having the onions sauteed first ? I'm happy to do it as it's still easier than chopping by hand, but just wonder about the taste.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi From Brisbane
« on: August 09, 2010, 02:59:58 pm »
Thanks Judy, I lived in Adelaide for work for a year about 10 years ago in South Plympton. I was going to write other things I have cooked too but must have reached the character limit so cut it short. My g/f is not so much into computers so she's been egging me on and I've being egging her on too with recipes from the forum. It's great to compare what we've been cooking and bounce ideas off each other. She has 3 kids similar ages to mine too so works well. Some other things we have made are;

I made what I call English custard tarts (made with egg custard, my family is English and we all love these)
Beef enchiladas (we made the tortilas too)
I love Bimby's chocolate cake (so easy and so yummy), I put chocolate ganache on it using EDC recipe
Custard in various forms
Banana bread from the forum quite a few times
Rice pudding
Thai Red chicken curry
A zucchini and bacon slice converted from another recipe, will make again but I overdid the onions and I presume because they weren't sautee's first, all we could taste was bitter onion. Made me a little scared to do onions for a while in case I ruined a whole dish. I'm still a bit wary if they aren't sauteed first.
We're having a go though and you can only learn from your mistakes~only thing is the kids aren't always forgiving of these !

Introduce Yourself / Hi From Brisbane
« on: August 09, 2010, 02:32:13 pm »
Hiya all, and what a fantastic forum. Such lovely members and a wealth of information. I have had my thermomix for about 6 weeks now. Funny thing was a g/f of mine has had one for 18 months, when she bought it she was living interstate and I freaked at how much it cost (her husband bought it as a suprise christmas present over in Perth). She's now back here and I have watched her use it with interest. My dear friend before moving to Perth could only cook if it came out of a packet or a jar and the standing joke now with her husband is that he brought home a different wife from Perth ha ha.  Anyhow we finally decided to get one after doing much research ourselves as well (I did a lot of lurking on the forum). My g/f always used to tempt my husband with rock cakes out of the EDC. When I discussed buying one with him (he's pretty cool), he said yeh great we can make our own rock cakes.  Well suprise, suprise HE made his own rock cakes a couple of days ago.
We have 3 young boys (an almost 6yo, 3 1/2 yo and an almost 2yo) so we find it great with the kids. I love how when you cook on heat once the time is up it keeps stirring it for you (so easy to forget things on the stove with kids). We have made cheese and bacon rolls quite a few times now (last lot was a triple batch but did the dough in 3 lots though). This is all my eldest son wants for school lunches now! We have made the dough for a few of our friends so they can finish them off at home, and everyone loves them. Tonight we made Butter Chicken from the Indian cookbook (after checking reviews on here) and then chapati bread to go with it.  It was very yummy, we love curries. I'm a bit fussy with chicken and only like chicken breast so I avoid ordering in restaurants so great to cook my own. I think I've typed too much now. But just wanted to thank everyone for your invaluable information. Debbie

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