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Chit Chat / Re: Not sure if I'm flattered or offended.....
« on: July 05, 2012, 12:43:52 am »
Maddy, I think you just proved that your 'friend' is far too demanding for someone who just wanted a cake and next time, (if there is one) I reckon you should recommend  she goes to a baker. Also, I would also make mine look more homemade (you could say rustic!) and do my own interpretation of what she wants anyway! Clearly you have such a lot of work ahead of you so all the best of luck!!!

Chit Chat / Re: What type of pressure cooker would you recommend?
« on: July 05, 2012, 12:36:59 am »
DizzyGirl- I have the 6 L cuisinart one and absolutely love it. Good size for our family of four with intermittent teenage drop-ins but probably not big enough if you have a very large family. I always have enough left over to freeze for another meal. I think I bought mine from Everten Online for $159 three years ago so if you've seen it for $150 then that's a great price. Having come fom a background of using stovetop and electric pressure cookers, at the moment I only use my electric one and can't fault it.

Chit Chat / Re: What type of pressure cooker would you recommend?
« on: June 25, 2012, 11:55:10 pm »
I agree- the best thing with any electric pressure cooker is you dont have to be around to wait for it to come to pressure- you set either high or low pressure and when it comes to pressure the electronic timer kicks in and when it's done it reverts to keep warm mode- so basically- set and forget.
Also, as the TM makes such great rice I have done away with my rice cooker and the pressure cooker does a great job of sauteeing or browning meat before you chuck everything together that I dont often use the stove for browning first either.

Chit Chat / Re: What type of pressure cooker would you recommend?
« on: June 25, 2012, 10:01:48 am »
I have the Cuisinart 6 litre electric pressure cooker- absolutely love it! Have not been near a slow cooker in many years and gave mine away. That's why I haven't even considered a multicooker as a slow cooker doesn't appeal to me- either I use my oven and 'slow' cook or use the pressure cooker and make the same dishes as I was doing in a slow cooker but obviously in a fraction of the time. The two main appliances I use are the TM of course and the pressure cooker.

Chit Chat / Re: Preserving jars
« on: June 22, 2012, 01:24:11 pm »
Has anyone also looked at They have a fantastic variety of preserving jars and accessories and their prices look pretty good.

Condiments and Sauces / Re: Habanerosauce tabasco style
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:58:29 pm »
Looks awesome. Love the photo- so vibrant! Got to make this one now. Have added to te exponentially  increasing  " to do " list.

Chit Chat / Re: Forum Statistics
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:54:56 pm »
Deedub, that goes for me too! : ;D ;D ;D

Chit Chat / Re: Forum Statistics
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:21:23 pm »
I think we all do JD! Absolutely nothing wrong with your stats- I'm just impressed, that's all!

Chit Chat / Re: Forum Statistics
« on: June 20, 2012, 10:35:06 am »
JD, do you realise you have spent 140 days in total on this forum? That's amazing- I guess it makes sense when you look at all of your wonderful posts. Congratulations to all of the usual contributors on the regular list!

Chit Chat / Re: Preserving jars
« on: June 20, 2012, 10:28:52 am »
Keiramax- you're so lucky. My mum had a Fowlers set up as well as all of the jars etc but she ended up passing it on to a relative. I wish she'd kept it all- she had all of the different jar sizes and lids. I love making batches of things and preserving them. I am still going through jams and jellies that I made last year.  It is so therapeutic to know what is going in to them as well as knowing that you made them yourself.

Non Food Recipes / Re: Miracle spray
« on: June 20, 2012, 04:22:51 am »
I always use gumption on my oven door but the miracle spray works really well on the bathroom sinks and toilets.

Chit Chat / Re: Preserving jars
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:29:16 am »
The small jars I bought for 50 cents and the 1 litre large ones were $2 each so even though it is a $2 shop it basically means a bargain store
I will try the online ones too. Thanks.

Chit Chat / Preserving jars
« on: June 19, 2012, 06:43:59 pm »
I am so excited that our local "$2" shop is now selling really nice (and very cheap) preserving jars. For our personal use I just reuse any glass jars I have but the ones on sale are great to use for gifts etc. Have stocked up on quite a few in case they all get sold.  Guess I'll be cranking out all those jams and preserves again when more fruit comes into season!

Chit Chat / Bogans
« on: June 19, 2012, 06:35:18 pm »
Just informing everyone that the word "bogan" has  been recognized officially in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Chit Chat / Re: Just felt the earth move
« on: June 19, 2012, 06:33:37 pm »
Felt it in two waves- all up lasted 30-40 seconds and sounded like a freight train was about to come through the walls just like the last 'big' one. Apparently last night's quake was the strongest we've had in Victoria for over a hundred years.  As usual, my DH is away for work but at least my kids were asleep in bed and none the wiser. My cup of tea which I was drinking at the time spilled though.

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