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Chit Chat / Re: Thermomix vs others on ACA
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:06:07 am »
I have the Cuisine Companion that I bought instead of the TM5 (I still have my TM31).  I've had it since they were released and absolutely love it.  I find I tend to use it first now instead of the TM31....particularly when I am cooking something that can easily "mush".  The interchangeable blades are very easy to use...you just pop them in and out as you need them....it is easier than trying to fit the butterfly over the blades when you have the TM jug full of something.  It seems to be less inclined to splatter everywhere than the TM as well.  I also like the fact that you can remove the entire bowl with the lid firmly attached.  A couple of times I have spilt the contents of my jug accidentally.
The only disadvantages I have found is that it takes a few seconds longer than the TM to process some things and it doesn't seem to pulverise almonds, rice, sugar etc to as fine a powder as the TM.  A major advantage I have found over the TM31 is that you can cook without any blades in at speed 0 so you can make things like golden syrup dumplings or rise bread at 40C.  The temperature control is good as well....going up in 5C increments to 130C.
They have obviously taken some lessons from the Thermomix as it comes with a set of scales and a fridge magnet detailing temperature, time etc for ingredients and attachments.  They have a way to go with the "social" side of the machine as their community is very limited at the moment.  There are a couple of fairly active facebook groups that have been set up privately but nothing much else that I have found.
Not sure if any of that information is useful to anyone.   I'm happy with my decision to not purchase the TM5 but would still replace my TM31 with another secondhand TM31 if something happened to it.  I haven't written off one day replacing the TM31 with a TM5 but not until they iron out some of the problems that people still seem to be having.

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Chit Chat / Re: Should I Buy The New TM??
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:18:28 am »
I love having the two machines and find that I constantly have two in use.....my second machine (actually third to be more precise) is not a TM5....I went another direction and have been very happy with my decision.  I love my TM31 but don't think I would have been as happy with the TM5 as I am with my new machine.

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Chit Chat / Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:21:11 am »
I'm loving mine...making fresh pasta is faster than driving down the road to buy takeaway and my three feathery ladies in the backyard are giving me 3 eggs a day at the moment so I have no reason not to make egg pasta.  My son has been having a wonderful time experimenting with noodle dishes including ramen and udon (he made a fantastic miso/ramen soup for my lunch the other day).  I've even been asked to make some to send over to my mother's.

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Chit Chat / Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: February 12, 2015, 07:33:48 am »
Thats definitely it.  I got mine from TVSN because I wanted the extra dies and they had them packaged with it (and I didn't have time to go looking for it).  The classic was that the day I ordered it, I ended up going late night shopping unexpectedly and I saw it in Myers and in JB HiFi.

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News about Thermomix / Re: Thermomix on A Current Affair tonight
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:09:28 am »
I wonder if they are getting nervous that there are two new machines being released soon by reputable companies.  Kenwood are bringing one out (not the Cooking Chef) next month and the Tefal is almost due for release I would guess from the videos they have uploaded to youtube.

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Chit Chat / Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:27:45 am »
The Phillips recipe for egg pasta was 250g flour, 95g liquid (egg & water).  Double the recipe for 4 servings.  I ended up using 500g flour and 3 eggs and topping up to 190g water.  I didn't use semolina as I hadn't replaced it from where I had a pantry moth attack.  I bought more last night so will have a play in the next couple of days.

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Chit Chat / Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:41:59 am »
I was concerned about how dry the mixture seemed but the pasta extruded was perfect.  It is a really solid machine, all the bits feel really strong.  I nearly cheaped out and bought the Mistral that is on sale at Harris Scarfe but decided that since I'm not getting a new thermomix I'd treat myself to the Phillips.  I bought it through TVSN because they were packaging it with the extra asian dies.  The price worked out about the same with shipping as it would have cost to get the machine and dies through somewhere like Harvey Norman.

The sauce I used was just made up as I went along (like a lot of my cooking).  I just dumped garlic, red onion, tomatoes, capsicum, fresh basil and a glug of tomato paste into Tom and the sauce was what came out.  Being a little more precise, I did cook down the garlic and onion first and then just dumped everything else in....blitz'd it up and cooked it for 10 minutes. :)

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Chit Chat / Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:52:02 am »
I'm seriously in love with it.  It took about 8 minutes to make Udon noodles (2 serves) and then it backed straight up to make the spaghetti taking 15 minutes to make enough for four very generous serves plus left overs.  I was thinking about getting the pasta attachment for my Kenwood but it didn't cost a lot more to get the fully automatic machine.  Cleaning it wasn't a drama either.

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Chit Chat / Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:13:06 am »
I finally have a major purchase to share :).  My Phillips Pasta and Noodle maker arrived today.  I've already made Udon noodles for my son's lunch tomorrow and I have fresh spaghetti waiting for Tom (TM31) to make a tomato sauce to go with them.  Truss tomatoes are on sale at Coles for $3 a kilo at the moment so I'm adding a little basil, garlic and capsicum and have a really simple easy meal :).  I think this is going to be a much used toy.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi! Another from Brisbane. :)
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:30:23 pm »
Welcome to the forum, I'm another Brisbanite (southside) and I'm the proud (most of the time ;) ) mother of a 19 year old son and 17 year old daughter.....and I have a 2 year old cavoodle how has no idea she isnt another oneof my children. If you ever need a hand with your tm, just give me a yell.

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Main Dishes / Mediterranean chicken salad - low carb friendly
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:38:48 am »
Name of Recipe:
Mediterranean chicken salad - low carb friendly
Number of People:
4
Ingredients:
1½ cups (375ml) chicken stock
½ cup (125ml) white wine
4 (680g) single chicken breast fillets
2 medium (400g) yellow capsicums
200g baby rocket leaves
250g teardrop tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup (50g) black olives
Anchovy dressing
½ cup firmly packed basil leaves
½ cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
2 drained anchovy fillets
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preparation:
Combine stock and wine in a medium shallow pan, bring to the boil. Add chicken and simmer, loosely covered, for about 8 minutes, turning once, until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from pan, stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Meanwhile, quarter capsicums, remove and discard seeds and membranes. Roast in a very hot oven or under grill, skin side up, until skin blisters and blackens. Cover capsicum pieces with plastic or paper for 5 minutes; peel away skin, slice capsicum thinly.

For the anchovy dressing, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Arrange the rocket, tomatoes, olives, chicken and capsicum on serving platter. Just before serving, drizzle with the anchovy dressing.


Thermomix:
Combine basil leaves, oil, parmesan cheese, anchovy fillets and lemon juice in TM bowl, blend 30 seconds, speed 9.
Pour into another jug.
Without cleaning bowl, pour 1 litre of water into bowl
Arrange chicken breasts in Varoma, season with salt and pepper (garlic salt if desired).
Steam on Varoma, speed 3, 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken breasts are cooked through.
Arrange rocket, tomatoes, olives, chicken and capsicum on a platter or in a bowl. (Roast capsicums as above if desired, although they are also nice left crispy)
Drizzle with dressing.

8.7g carb, 541 calories

Source: 501 Low-Carb Recipes - The Australian Women's Weekly

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Chit Chat / Re: Kenwood Cooking Chef
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:35:48 am »
I've stayed out of this thread up until now (I did give advice by PM). As some of you know, I have a TM, a Thermochef and a Kenwood Cooking Chef. They are all good machines and all have their place. Yes the Kenwood is heavy, but it doesnt move around when kneading doughs, doesnt mush food when making stews and does a great job of whipping eggs whites. No it doesnt weigh, but given the price of scales now, whoopy do.  The Kenwood is still readily available here but given the price, most suppliers dont carry floor stock....supply time would normally be less than a week (wouldn't it be nice if that was the case for the TM5).

As I've said several times, I love my TM31, hate TM HQ's selling model and ethics but would not hesitate to recommend the machine to anyone who had the money.  For those who don't or who just have other requirements,  there are other legitimate options.  Thermomix is not the be all and end all and getting on my high horse, I'm a bit over people who feel it is....no wonder people laugh at Thermomix owners (and yes I do know this is a thermomix forum...last time I checked, its in the name)...if we can ask about other appliances here like pressure cookers,  pizza ovens etc, surely someone can ask whether anyone has other thermal cookers and their opinion....I know I'm not the only one with multiple machines!

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News about Thermomix / Re: TM5
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:11:25 am »
Gert,  I know where you are coming from about food for babies and kids.  My poor children never had special meals cooked for them...I worked full time (still do!) and didn't have time to prepare two different meals.  When they first started on solids, they had whatever vegetables we were eating mushed up with a bit of natural yoghurt....later they just ate whatever we ate.  My son was a bit fussier than my daughter until he was about 10 but my daughter has always eaten anything that didn't move (we always swore she would have a go at it if it did anyway).

I was considering upgrading to the TM5 but am struggling to see any real value in doing it.  I've actually sent the Robot Cook back to work and its been sold as a demo machine because I really wasn't using it enough to justify having it sitting there now that I know how to use it.  Reading more about the issues that some are having with the TM5 and the fact that the delivery time is blown out to nearly 8 weeks, I am struggling to justify giving TM more money.  I have always been vocal about disliking their business model and it seems almost hypocritical to buy the TM5 (even though my inner geek is REALLY wanting one).  The recipe chip is really a gimmick to me because I very rarely cook out of the TM books...I tend to convert on the fly or use recipes from here.

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News about Thermomix / Re: TM5
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:24:26 am »
Are there any rumours about what promotions might be offered once the price goes up tomorrow? I'm playing with the idea of upgrading sometime in the near future (just playing at the moment) and was curious as to what might be offered.  I don't feel like giving them my hard earned money at the moment and waiting a couple of months to get the machine....I'd prefer to have it in my account and wait to see what happens next.

Thanks
Stacey

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Chit Chat / Re: Brisbane.
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:52:52 am »
Southbank is worth a trip and you can get there easily by train if you don't feel like the walk.  It is only a couple of train stations away from the Valley.  I believe that there are street markets on Saturday and Sunday in the Valley and there is also a night market at Southbank on friday nights.  There are lots of eating places at Southbank catering for pretty much every taste.  There is also a wide selection in the Valley.  For traditional shopping, you have the Myer centre, Queens Plaza, The Wintergarden....all of which are located in the Queen Street Mall....again you can either walk or hop a train or bus.  Translink.com.au provides information on bus and train services in Brisbane.  The City Gardens are nice to have a stroll around and you can walk across a bridge from there into the end of Southbank.

Hope that helps

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