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Main Dishes / Re: Honey Mustard Chicken
« on: December 22, 2010, 04:40:57 am »
I made this for dinner last night.  I didn't have any cream so I used cream cheese as a substitute and it was still delicious.  It even got a thumbs up from DH (who is not at all keen on mustard).


Cakes / Re: Oreo Cookie Pops
« on: December 09, 2010, 05:34:35 am »
I borrowed your idea and made them into little Christmas puddings for my daughter's Christmas concert tonight.  I just half dipped them in white chocolate and then let turned them immediately back over so the chocolate would run a bit.  The "holly" is made out of partially melted chocolate, shaped and painted and then stuck on with melted white chocolate.  I'm really proud of them for a first attempt.

Thanks for the recipe!!

Special Diets / Re: Best Dairy Free Cake?
« on: October 02, 2010, 01:51:02 pm »
My consultant told me that the basic sponge recipe didn't work and not to try it.  Apparently they are revising it.

Chit Chat / Re: Cyndi's 21 day weight loss diet
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:31:39 am »
Have to agree zebraa.  I was pretty disappointed with the snack book...who knew that fruit was a healthy snack for kids  :-))
I love Cyndi's books though and have already made quite a few of the recipes.  Need to do another shopping trip so that I can try some more.  Particularly want to try the chocolate chip biscuits for the kids.

We got very good results from the 21 days and now that we are out the other side I still don't have the slightest desire for the junk food I used to crave.  I've also lost all interest in alcohol and coffee.  I didn't lose a huge amount of weight - maybe 2.5kgs - but my clothes fit better and I've got a lot more energy.  My husband lost 6kg so he's pretty happy.  I can't imagine going back to the way I used to eat now.

Hope your results are as good as ours!

Chit Chat / Re: Cyndi's 21 day weight loss diet
« on: September 01, 2010, 10:52:18 am »
Zebraa I've just bought the book, the cookbook and the snack book too.  Now impatiently waiting for them to arrive.  I hope I get them before Day 21!

We're having the mushroom and carrot loaf tonight.  Does not sound appealing but you never know until you give it a go.   ;D  We've liked every recipe so far so hopefully this will be another yummy surprise.

Chit Chat / Re: Cyndi's 21 day weight loss diet
« on: August 31, 2010, 11:35:14 am »
I know this is a pretty old thread but I just wanted to say that we're on day 15 of this program and I think it has changed my life.  I already can't imagine going back to the way I used to eat.  Both my DH and I cannot believe how much better we are sleeping.  I've been tired for as long as I can remember - which I put down first to a gruelling travel schedule and now to two children - but since about Day 7, I've started to feel a whole new level of energy.  I really can't believe it.

Chit Chat / Re: Problem with basic bread
« on: August 11, 2010, 05:06:25 am »
Thanks Cookie.  I've always been stubborn so I wasn't about to be defeated by this.  ;)   I've loved the learning curve.  I never knew what joy you could get from producing a loaf of bread out of the most basic of ingredients.

Chit Chat / Re: Problem with basic bread
« on: August 11, 2010, 02:53:14 am »
Any success I have can be completely credited to you achookwoman (and the other forum members too).  So lovely to be able to get so much advice from the experts.  I'm a very happy "Bread Club" member!   ;D ;D ;D

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello from Oregon, USA
« on: August 11, 2010, 12:31:58 am »
Hi Hvacigar and welcome to the forum.  I'm from Perth, Australia but I lived for 6 months in Portland in a former life.  Still miss the food (but not the weather ;) ).  Enjoy your TMX.  It's the greatest thing ever!

Chit Chat / Re: Problem with basic bread
« on: August 11, 2010, 12:27:30 am »
This is what I do now (based on the advice I got here along with some trial and error) -

Warm oven to 50 degrees celcius then turn off
Mill 100g wheat or buckwheat
Add 100g wholemeal flour, 300g bakers flour and 1tsp salt
2 min/50 deg/speed 3 (to warm the flour)
Add 30g olive oil, 300g warm water, 2.5 tsp dried yeast
10 sec/speed 5
5 min/interval speed  ::
Remove from TMX and hand knead for 1 - 2 mins
Cover (e.g. wrap in bread mat) and put in warmed oven
Leave for 25 - 30 mins for first rise
Remove and hand knead for a couple of minutes to get the air bubbles out
Put in lined bread tin
Cut diagonal lines in the top of the loaf (about 2cm apart and 1cm deep)
Cover the loaf (I put a big tupperware over the top of the tin as you don't want the bread to touch the cover) and put in a warm spot
Leave for 30 mins for the second rise
While doing the second rise preheat the oven to the hottest temperature available.
Also put ice into two oven proof containers (I do about 10 cubes in each)
Once second rise is completed put the loaf in the centre of the oven with ice either side (not underneath)
Immediately turn oven down to 180 degrees
Cook for 30 mins

If I run out of buckwheat or wheat I just use 200g wholemeal flour to 300g of bakers flour.

Chit Chat / Re: Problem with basic bread
« on: August 10, 2010, 06:35:55 am »
Hi Moons,

I make variations on this bread daily and, thanks to the support of the wonderful people on this forum, it now comes out really well.  I've never had the problem you describe though.  What flour did you use for the 400g?

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Bread is Splitting
« on: August 09, 2010, 07:48:37 am »
Well this time of year I'm definitely up before sunrise but as it's the only quiet time I get, it's really not that much of a hardship.  I just like to complain occasionally to make sure my family appreciates me. ;)  I do keep an emergency supply of rolls in the freezer for the mornings when I'm just too cosy to get out of bed.

I will try cooking it the night before and see how it goes.  Do you just leave it on the cooling rack overnight or do you wait for it to cool and then store?

Recipe Book Recipe Reviews / Re: Recipe Review-Rogan Josh. Indian book
« on: August 09, 2010, 01:57:50 am »
I cooked this last night and it was awful.  Inedible.  I cooked it in the TMX and did the optional step of blending up the whole spices.  I think this was a huge mistake because the cardamom taste was so strong it was like eating a mothball. 

I will try it again but I wouldn't add as much cardamom and I would leave the spices whole. 

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Bread is Splitting
« on: August 09, 2010, 01:49:37 am »
It has been working really well since my last post.  I am still excited by each loaf and have to stop to admire it and then get my DH to come and admire too.  If he doesn't show enough awe he's in trouble.   ;D

I haven't had to try the tea-towel trick yet as I'm still lining the tin (although it doesn't seem to need it as it isn't at all stuck to the paper). 

The only downside to my beautiful bread is that I now have to get up earlier so that it has enough time for the longer knead time and the full second rise and still be ready for the school lunchbox.  The things I do so that my kid doesn't have to eat day-old bread!   :P

Introduce Yourself / Re: new owner perth
« on: August 04, 2010, 12:20:38 pm »
Hi Mary, It sounds like you could be me  :D.  I'm from Perth too, have two little ones and a husband with a huge appetite.

Welcome to the wonderful world of TMX.  I'm pretty new too (I've had mine for a couple of months) but would not be without it now!  This forum is fantastic.  So many tips from the experts.

Have fun with it,

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