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Chit Chat / Chat about Secret Santa Presents!
« on: October 31, 2012, 01:39:26 am »
Since a lot of presents have been posted (and some of them recieved!) here is a thread to post photos of them ;D

There has been some discussion about when we all should open the presents, and as Judy rightly mentioned, not everyone will be able to be on the forum on the 23rd December when we had planned to have the grand opening. In saying this, I think it will be best to leave it up to each individual as to when they open their present :)

Thank you to Gert for your suggestion in the first place ;)

I want to convert a truffle recipe to use for my Christmas hampers this year. One of the steps in the recipe says "scald the cream". I understand that means heating until just under boiling point. Has anyone done this in the TMX?

Chit Chat / I got my car! :)
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:55:40 am »
YAY!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D

This is my "new" car. It's a 2002 daihatsu cuore and its only done 27,500km in its 10 years ;D
It cost $4999 and my nana helped me pay for it ;)

My little box on wheels :-))

 :D :D :D :D :D :D

Chit Chat / I had this idea... it may be silly, but what do others think?
« on: October 18, 2012, 04:08:04 am »
Forum Secret Santa

Participants so far: Wonder, judydawn, dragongirly, mcmich, jeninwa, goldfish, Droverjess, snappy, trudy, achookwoman, CreamPuff63, obbie, cookie1, katiej, Greyhoundmum, sue_purrb, *suzanne*, KimmyH, djinni373, Tenina, Cornish Cream, Halex, Emme, Cuilidh, chrissa, Yvette, astarra, KarenH, Gertbysea, Aussie Brenda, meganjane, dede, deedub, rainbow, kt2, Moptop, nazar, maddy, fruity, phatassphairy, Frozzie, SueJen, Shally, EmeraldSue, fundj&e.

I'd love to have more people join in if there are any others interested :)

Price range for presents: $10-20

Presents must be sent by: 4th December

The grand opening of presents: 23rd December

Fun rules, but only if you want to... :)
1. When you recieve your parcel, take a photo and paste it on this thread.
2. Before anyone opens presents on the 23rd, take another photo so we can see that it is still all wrapped up ;D

Present help: see this thread and hope that your giftee has posted there:  ;D

:D :D :D

Cakes / Orange and M&M Muffins
« on: October 16, 2012, 12:08:39 am »
Orange and M&M Muffins

Makes 12-14 muffins

Zest of 1/2 an orange
100g M&M's (or chocolate chips)
60g caster sugar
100g reduced-fat table spread
2 eggs
150g SR flour
1/4 cup apple puree
1/3 cup buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tray with paper cases.
2. Grind orange zest on speed 8 until fine. Set aside.
3. Chop M&M's until desired consistency (alternatively, chop them by hand or leave them whole if they are mini). Set aside with orange zest.
4. Place butter and sugar in TM bowl and mix for 1 minute/speed 3. Scrape down bowl and mix again on speed 3 until fluffy and well-combined.
5. With TM running on speed 4, add one egg through hole in lid. Add half the flour, then the other egg, and then the remaining flour. Mix for a further 20 seconds, scrape down bowl, and then mix again on speed 4 until combined.
6. Add remaining ingredients and fold through briefly with spatula before mixing on reverse + speed 3 until just combined.
7. Spoon into muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through.

I converted this recipe from the Australian Healthy Food Guide, with only minor changes :)

Chit Chat / Dodgy forum posts....
« on: October 13, 2012, 08:26:02 am »
I've noticed there have been a few dodgy posts lately. I've just been clicking the "report to moderator" button, but is there anything else that we can do to get rid of them?

I was also wondering if it is possible for viruses to get into my computer just by going into a thread that a scammer has posted on this forum.


Chit Chat / What is the weirdest food combination you have loved?
« on: October 12, 2012, 07:48:15 am »
I love the concept of flavours and how they work together. There have been a few discussions on other threads about weird flavour combinations, but I was wondering if we could all share our favourites on here :)

I'll start with the weirdest one I have ever loved, bearing in mind that this is when I used to eat junk food: hot chips dipped in a spearmint milkshake ;D

What other good ones are out there? :-))

Cakes / Amy's Appley Fruit Cake :)
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:53:45 am »
Amy's Appley Fruit Cake

320g dried fruit
50g chopped walnuts
75g brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
330ml apple juice
120g apple puree
120g butter
300g plain flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs

1. Place fruit, walnuts, sugar, mixed spice, juice, puree and butter in TM bowl. Cook for 10 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + soft speed. Remove TM bowl from cradle and leave to cool. (I left my mixture for an hour while I did other housework).
2. Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Grease and line a 20cm cake pan.
3. Add flour, baking powder and eggs to TM bowl. Mix for 20 seconds/reverse + speed 3. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix again on reverse + speed 3-4 until combined, using spatula to assist if necessary.
4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer comes out clean.
5. Allow cake to rest in pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

members' comments

JD - This is a beautiful cake Amy - so moist.  I used a fruit medley dried fruit mix which had a lot of apple in it, used pecans instead of walnuts and half butter/half margarine as I ran out of butter.  Cooked it a little less than 1.5 hours. Great recipe Amy, well done.

thermo18 -  it was so easy and best of all yummy. Only change that I did was I put some flaked almonds on the top only because I like them. Will definitely make this again.

Cakes / Simple Shortbread Biscuits
« on: October 07, 2012, 04:55:14 am »
Simple Shortbread Biscuits
My mixture made about 35 biscuits.

250g butter
300g plain flour
150g icing sugar (I used half icing sugar and half brown sugar to give a bit of a caramel flavour)
1 cup cornflour (sorry, forgot to weigh this!)

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees and line baking trays with paper.
2. Melt butter for 5 minutes/60 degrees/speed 1-2.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Mix for 10-20 seconds/speed 4, scrape down sides of bowl and then knead for 2 minutes/interval speed.
4. Roll out dough to 1.5cm thickness and cut as desired. Prick biscuits with a fork and then bake for 20-30 minutes or until lightly golden.

I also sprinkled my biscuits with some raw sugar :)

members' comments

mab19 - I made a half batch of these today using half icing sugar and half brown sugar as suggested.  They tasted nice.

Cakes / Craisin and Walnut Oaties
« on: September 30, 2012, 03:17:39 am »
Craisin and Walnut Oaties

My mixture made 27 large biscuits.

110g caster sugar
80g brown sugar
120g butter from fridge
1 egg
1 splash vanilla essence
30g golden syrup
200g SR flour
1 tsp cinnamon
75g craisins
50g chopped walnuts
100g oats

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line two trays with baking paper.
2. Beat sugars and cold butter for 40 seconds/50 degrees/speed 4.
3. Add egg, vanilla and golden syrup. Beat on speed 4 until combined.
4. Add flour and cinnamon. Mix for 20 seconds/speed 4, scrape down bowl and beat again until combined.
5. Add craisins, walnuts and oats. Incorporate with spatula and then mix on reverse + interval speed until combined.
6. Shape mixture into balls and flatten slightly on trays, leaving room for spreading. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turning/rotating trays halfway through.

I made this a couple of days ago. I used cashews and almonds because I didn't have any macadamias, and raisins because I didn't have sultanas.
The mixture turned out beautifully and it smelled awesome. I made it as two small loaves. Unfortunately the slightly taller one wasn't cooked all the way through, but this was my fault for taking it out of the oven too early. I haven't cut the shorter one yet, but I'm hoping it will be cooked a bit better.
Mum said the flavour was lovely. She definitely wants me to make it again, especially because it is so healthy! She suggested it might be better cooked as a slice rather than a loaf, so I might try that next time.

Recipe - 5/5 :D :D :D :D
My cooking skills - 3/5 :-))

All In One Meals using the Varoma / Lemon Chicken Kedgeree
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:13:18 am »
Lemon Chicken Kedgeree

400g chicken breast tenderloins
800-900ml boiling water
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
150g cabbage, roughly chopped
1/2 capsicum (red or yellow), roughly chopped
30ml olive oil
200g basmati rice
1000g water
2 tbsp chicken stock
1 lemon, zest and juice
150g frozen peas

1. Arrange chicken in Varoma dish and add boiling water to TMX bowl. Steam for 8-10 minutes/Varoma temp/speed 4. Remove and set aside. Empty water from TMX bowl.
2. Chop carrot, cabbage and capsicum for 10 seconds/speed 4. Scrape dowl bowl and chop again if too chunky.
3. Add oil and saute for 5 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + speed 1.
4. Add rice, water and stock. Cook for 10 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + soft speed.
5. In the meantime, use your fingers or a couple of forks to shred the chicken.
6. Add the frozen peas, lemon juice, lemon zest and now-shredded chicken to the TMX bowl. Cook for 15 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + soft speed, removing the MC after five minutes.
7. Pour into a large casserole dish (mine didn't fit in the thermoserver) and allow to sit for a few minutes to thicken before serving.

I converted this recipe from a Healthy Food Guide magazine, with a few tweaks ;)

Vegetarian / Pumpkin and Parmesan Pasta
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:56:03 am »
Pumpkin and Parmesan Pasta

1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
30ml olive oil
600g pumpkin, peeled and cut into very small chunks
1 tsp nutmeg
60-80g light cream cheese
40-60g parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pasta, as required/desired, but roughly 300g

1. Grate parmesan cheese and set aside.
2. Chop onion and garlic for 3 seconds/speed 6.
3. Add oil and saute for 5 minutes/100 degrees/soft speed.
4. Add pumpkin and nutmeg. Cook for 35-40 minutes/80 degrees/reverse + soft speed.
5. Add cream cheese, parmesan, salt and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes/80 degrees/reverse + soft speed.
6. Cook pasta in a saucepan on the stove while the sauce is cooking, or cook it in TMX after sauce has finished. Either way, mix cooked pasta and sauce together well and serve.

I steamed some peas afterwards and stirred through the sauce, but they could probably be added with the parmesan and cream cheeses.

I used teddy bear pasta, but you could use any pasta you want.

Desserts / Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
« on: August 26, 2012, 01:05:27 pm »
Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

These are the fudgy brownies I made for the WA retreat weekend. They are gluten free, but you can use normal chocolate instead of gluten free chocolate if you don't need them to be gluten free.
I didn't actually take notes as I was making these, so I hope they turn out good for anyone who makes them :-)) ;D

200g butter
1/3 - 1/2 cup cocoa, depending on the darkness of your cocoa
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup almond meal
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 x 100g block Sweet William milk chocolate, roughly chopped
1 x 100g block Sweet William white chocolate, roughly chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a slice pan.
2. Melt butter and cocoa for 3 minutes/60 degrees/speed 2.
3. Add brown sugar and mix for 10 seconds/speed 4.
4. Add vanilla and eggs and mix for 20 seconds/speed 4.
5. Add almond meal and mix for 20 seconds/speed 4.
6. Add roughly chopped chocolate and mix through with spatula.
7. Pour into slice pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
8. Use a skewer to test fudginess. Remove from oven if it is to your liking, or continue to cook if you prefer it more solid and crumbly.  
9. Cool completely before slicing.

I'll post a photo next time I make it ;)

I often leave mine a bit gooey when I make them, so I keep them in the fridge afterwards if the weather is hot. Otherwise they melt.

BTW these are really good with icecream, and even better if you warm up the fudge brownie first. Not that anyone would do that, because its really unhealthy. Don't do it. Really, you shouldn't :-)) ;D

Members' comments
Jeninwa - These were delicious and very moorish.

Sue Jen - Really enjoyed them Amy.

Cookie1 - I made these and they were a real hit. DD then took the leftovers to work and they loved them too.

Main Dishes / Lamb, Tomato and Butter Bean Hotpot (with photo)
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:36:28 am »
Lamb, Tomato and Butter Bean Hotpot
This is based roughly on a Healthy Food Guide recipe :)

Serves lots, but could be halved

20ml oil
800g lean lamb, diced
2 small onion, peeled and halved
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp paprika
30g tomato paste
400g tinned tomatoes
100ml water
400g tinned butter beans, drained and rinsed
Cornflour and water, if desired, for thickening

1. Add oil and diced lamb to TM bowl and brown for 5 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + soft speed. Remove and set aside.
2. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic to TM bowl. Give a couple of short bursts on speed 6 until vegetables are desired chunkiness. REMEMBER: take TM off reverse :-))
3. Add a drizzle more oil if necessary and saute for 4 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + soft speed.
4. Add paprika and tomato paste. Saute for a further 2 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + soft speed.
5. Add tinned tomatoes and water. Heat for 4 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + speed 1.
6. Add butter beans and cook for 10 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + speed 1.
7. Return lamb to TM and cook for 5 minutes/100 degrees/reverse + speed 1, adding cornflour in last 2 minutes if desired.

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