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Starters and Snacks / Re: Frittatas in the Varoma
« on: May 02, 2012, 12:45:23 pm »
Perhaps someone can help me...

I tried this recipe tonight. I pre-steamed some sweet potato and spread it in the varoma tray with some tinned corn and tinned salmon. I poured the egg/milk mixture over, put 700g water in TM bowl and steamed for 15 mins/Varoma temp/speed 4. I checked the frittata at this stage and it wasn't cooked, so I set it for another 5 mins. Still not cooked, so set for another 5 mins. This went on for probably an hour. At one stage, I even had to refill the TM bowl with water. The final product still wasn't completely set on top.

What might I have done wrong?

Tips and Tricks / Re: FREEZING LIST
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:20:35 am »
Amy if its meat of any kind, yes i do put it in the fridge to defrost .

any other item, if it going to get cooked at high temp i leave out.

my egg whites i leave out overnight to make pavlova roll .

i hope this helps

Yes it does, thanks Uni :)

I do have another question though...If I make a loaf of homemade bread, should I slice it up before I freeze it?

Tips and Tricks / Re: FREEZING LIST
« on: May 02, 2012, 12:38:56 am »
This is a great idea fundj, thank you so much for posting!

I just have a question about defrosting. As a general rule, do you just leave your frozen item in the fridge to defrost?

@ CC
Thanks for the link! I have saved the page into my favourites and am planning to write up that recipe after breakfast :)

@ Gert
The KFC idea is certainly...creative ;D

Well we had roast chook tonight and there is not one teeny weeny little bit of meat left on the bone. No left overs here :(

I think I will have a go at the chicken idea. I must confess I have never roasted a chook and then used the carcass to make stock. It usually just goes in the bin. The weather is very cold here at the moment, so a good time for experimenting with meals like roasts and soups :D
I might have to make some TM bread to go with the soup. What a shame! ;)

The second night I combined half a cooked, puréed cauliflower to a white/cheese sauce made with 500ml milk. I then made up 2 lasagnes which we ate with a green salad over 2 nights.
THAT sounds like a great idea EmeraldSue. I would never have thought of that :-))

Amy, have you seen this re cooked rice?  It is from the British Food Standards Agency and they recommend that you shouldn't keep cooked rice for longer than a day as you could get food poisoning.

I don't know if this is just our government being over protective (it often is) but just thought I should point out the article to you.


.......... :o
Oh dear... Thank you for bringing that to my attention JB. Luckily, nobody got sick that time, but maybe I shouldn't do it again. Just in case.

That subject line sounds a bit weird, but hopefully my example below will make it clearer.

I am interested to know how creative and economical people can be with leftovers. I would love to know some more tips and tricks to stretch food as far as it will go, as I am on a tight budget at the moment.

My best food-stretch has been with rice. I cooked 300g in TM, some of which accompanied a curry. There was leftover curry and rice for the next night, and still leftover rice to make fried rice the night after, which was still good the next day for lunch. So that's a four day, four meal stretch, which I am pretty happy with.

What have other people managed to do?

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: May 01, 2012, 07:08:05 am »
I have a full chicken in my turbo cooker at the moment. They are so good for roasts. Yum.

When shall I come over?? ;D ;D

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: May 01, 2012, 05:55:15 am »
Hi Amy, yes I do use the glass bowl as a casserole dish. It is so easy!  Just throw everything in and cook at 160 - 180 depending on the foods or finish you want. I also do a lot of chicken pieces type dishes with different vegies, wine, herbs, garlic etc. always a winner. 

That sounds great! I'm definitely going to try that soon ;D
Thanks for the tip about washing the bowl too. I am always struggling to get the darn thing clean! :P

Yes Amy I did mean 1930. DH has one car on the road and licensed, one nearly done and one not even started.
Each A Model (1930 cars) has about 5000 parts they tell me, so to be truthful we would have heaps more than 1,930 bits in and around the shed. With the 3 cars and all the spare parts, engines, mudguards, gearboxes, windscreens and I won't go on there would be well over 30,000 parts. Most Some of them are stored neatly in tubs.

Wow! :o

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: May 01, 2012, 12:25:53 am »
LOL faffa  :D :D

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:58:29 pm »
Nigelle's little lemon puddings, posted by Maddy, in desserts.
Easy to make and cook in the varoma.

You're a star Robyn! I have been looking for inspiration for the perfect Mother's Day menu, and these would make a fantastic dessert because my mum absolutely loves lemon. Thank you so much for the suggestion!! ;D

@ Cookie and Dede,
Ahh-ha!! I see now. That might indeed be the problem with my ring tin. Thanks girls! I will have to look into it.

Amy, the tin is in the caravan so will do my best to fight my way past all the 1930 car parts and get it out for you. :P
Do you mean the year 1930? Or do you actually have 1930 car parts? :o

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:05:10 am »
Sticky date pudding in ramekins in the varoma are great Amy :)
Thanks dede, will give them a whirl soon! ;D

Amy we have an easycook and I use a ring tin, but DH cut out the centre hole so that hot air can go up through the centre of the cake as well. That way I have had success. I can't cook scones in it despite trying many times. I know others can make lovely scones in it. If you can't work out what I mean for the ring tin I'll take and post a photo.
That sounds like a great idea cookie. But I am a bit confused by what you mean with the ring tin, so a photo would be great... :-)) My mum has made some really nice date scones in it, but I haven't mastered them yet :P

I also used the bowl as a big casserole dish and that works very well.
Do you mean you use the actual bowl, ElleG? I have cooked casseroles in casserole dishes on the racks, but never tried using the bowl. Could you tell me how you do that?
Thank you for your other tips too :)

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:28:21 am »
Thanks Robyn :D

Do you have any particular recipes you would recommend?

Chit Chat / Re: Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: April 29, 2012, 12:49:29 pm »
I just love my Convection Microwave for all my cake baking etc, it's my second most loved gadget in the kitchen. (can you guess what the first one is?) ;D
LOL Yep, I think I have an idea... ;) Probably the same as mine!!! :D

Thanks for the advice dede :) I have experimented with roasts, but the last one I did was only the first I actually managed to cook properly... :-)) I have considered using my microwave for baking, but I haven't been able to get my head around it. I used to always use my good old-fashioned oven, but we recently got a new, much bigger one. I'm still getting used to it and its quite expensive and energy-guzzling to preheat the entire thing for one cake. Which is why I got out the Easycook.

Maybe I should try doing more steamed cakes or puddings in the varoma... ???

Chit Chat / Does anyone else have an Easycook Health Oven?
« on: April 29, 2012, 11:26:33 am »
We bought ours ages ago, but I have only just started experimenting with it. I have been trying to do my baking in it because that is one thing DTMX can't do (*sigh*), and the Easycook is supposedly more economical than a regular oven.

I use a ring tin as recommended, but my cakes are always doughy in the middle or around the bottom. I am often dismayed to find myself throwing entire cakes in the rubbish bin because they are completely inedible and beyond rescuing :'(

If anybody else has an Easycook, could they please give me some advice? I would really appreciate it :D

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