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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: May 16, 2009, 07:04:31 am »
For lunch today I made a mince meat curry (I'll post the recipe in mains) with Bron's garlic steamed rice.  Found there was nothing like this in the cook books so had to concoct my own out of sheer frustration. 

Then this afternoon I made the buttermilk bread from the everyday cookbook which turned out better than my first attempt because I put it into a square baking tin rather than just on a tray which caused it to spread too much in my first go.  I also made Bron's varoma creme caramel flan late today and it will be later tomorrow when I upend that to see how it went.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: May 16, 2009, 07:01:01 am »
I love Bill Granger recipes - have one of his books.  Someone is bound to convert this one to suit the TMX Paul as it sounds really nice.  All the extra information is useful too and so glad you had such success with your pastry - that can only inspire the rest of us to give that type a go. Must get some Danish unsalted butter too ;) ;)

Non Food Recipes / Re: Washing Machine Detergent
« on: May 16, 2009, 06:53:03 am »
No, 1/2 cup in my top loader didn't go sudsy.  In the 'old days' powders used to soap up but even they don't do that when you use the recommended quantity.  I used to equate suds with a cleaner wash but don't think that is the case nowadays.

Bread / Re: Yorkshire Pudding
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:45:28 am »
Thanks Hannah (or is that Barb).  Since my English friend introduced me to these gorgeous little morsels back in the late 60's I have always loved them.  I lost the recipe book she gave me with it in so am always searching around my other books to find one (should have tried the internet hey?)  Much appreciated for the coming winter months to serve with our weber cooked roasts.  I know in England they serve roast beef and yorkshire pudding but I have them with any roast ;D ;D

Non Food Recipes / Re: Non-food recipes
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:30:38 am »
Someone was going to post a shampoo recipe too, now who was that?  Maybe I Love Bimby - if so we understand how busy she has been lately so forgive her for forgetting :-* :-*

Tips and Tricks / Re: Thermomix Butter - photos
« on: May 16, 2009, 03:07:17 am »
Can you write to the manufacturer Caroline and ask them what has changed?   I'd be inclined to tell them what is happening and they may be kind enough to give you an answer and suggest which butter to use in future.  It would be a shame to give up your butter making prowess.

Welcome / Re: Karen's Poll - where are you from???
« on: May 16, 2009, 03:03:52 am »
Even at the demo, my consultant asked me whether I thought I would save money by buying the TMX and I immediately said no, because I would be trying all sorts of different things which I was not eating or drinking before.  eg making my own orange juice.  Oranges are reasonably expensive just to juice and, pre-TMX, I never bought orange juice, just the odd orange to eat as a piece of fruit.  Now I have to buy whole bags full :D  I never bought dips but now I am buying ingredients to make them occasionally and so the list goes on.  BUT it is a whole new way of life in my kitchen (I have always loved being in there) and you just want to use it more and more and try different things.  We hardly ever go out for a meal nowadays. I haven't even bothered to get the 2009/2010 Entertainment Book (Aussies will know what this is, others - it is a book of vouchers for 2 for the price of 1 meals).  I find the cooler weather is ideal for cooking meals in the TMX - during our hot summers here it probably gets used more for desserts and drinks rather than main courses when we just want to have BBQ's and salads.

Chit Chat / Re: What did you name your TM?
« on: May 16, 2009, 02:43:58 am »
Good idea, it will get a complex being unnamed.  It's hard to think up a new name, it just pops into your head for your own doesn't it.  My daughter calls hers 'the machine'.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Bonjour from Montreal, Canada
« on: May 16, 2009, 02:36:59 am »
I saw a program once about why French women (or maybe it was women from Paris) don't put on weight but with the type of food they eat over there, I find it hard to understand why not :o :o :o   So much butter, cream etc in their recipes as Mr Spock attests to.  Hope you find a happy medium with your recipes from all over the world, especially here on the forum.  Must admit, most recipes aren't low fat though - it would be nice to have more in this category. Good luck in your search for recipes which will appeal to you - a bad recipe book is not a good start to your life with the TMX.

Chit Chat / Re: thermomix-er....!
« on: May 15, 2009, 03:52:09 pm »
Still in the country near Florence - not going to Roma this trip - next week back to Milano (sorry -had to mention it) and then home.
All good things must come to an end Thermomixer and I'm sure Mrs T is anxious to see the new grandson. Enjoy your last week, sounds like you have had a wonderful time.

Drinks / Re: Lychee and lemongrass martini
« on: May 15, 2009, 03:35:49 pm »
Thank you Thermomixer, I appreciate that comment.  Lack of comments was the one thing I noticed on this forum when I first joined and it was my goal to change that.  I think it is improving though and I'm sure it will continue to do so.  It can only be for the good of the forum. ;) ;) ;)

Drinks / Re: Lychee and lemongrass martini
« on: May 15, 2009, 01:01:37 pm »
I have just made this martini - halved the recipe for a single serve.  It is quite sweet though so I think I will cut the sugar down a bit next time.  Did as Thermomixer suggested, blitzed the lemongrass and sugar, added the rum, strained it then added the lychees & ice and blitzed again.  I think it is more like a daiquiri and it is delicious ;) ;) ;)  Now don't laugh at what I used to make this drink.  I had everything except the lemon grass so I used the jar variety - tasted just fine to me.  I used Malibu white rum with coconut which is my prefered rum for this type of drink.  Thanks Paul and Thermomixer for your ideas.  mmm  maybe I shouldn't have halved the recipe after all :-)) :-)) :-))

Desserts / Re: Crème caramel in the Varoma
« on: May 15, 2009, 12:16:58 pm »
Somebody with the Full Steam Cookbook will be able to confirm - sorry, didn't finish the translation !!!!

Think the original was for a single flan and it was 40 minutes ???

JD - where are you? 
Sorry, missed this one.  Yes, you are right 40 minutes for 500g milk and 4 eggs as per the above book.

Desserts / Re: Crème caramel in the Varoma
« on: May 15, 2009, 10:15:58 am »
I suppose we could use the recipe for Dulce de lecheyummy caramel here but as it is quite thick, I would cook it only until it was runny sort of caramel. I've never seen liquid caramel here unless they mean caramel topping for ice-cream.  Do you think we could use that?

Desserts / Re: Coconut Macaroonies
« on: May 15, 2009, 10:06:46 am »
Well, if they did, I didn't notice ;D ;D  No, they were good.   

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