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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: Today at 08:29:07 am »
It's a shame you're not using it so often.

I still sit and chuckle when I remember we were discussing how best to clean around and under the blades and you posted your 'adventures' of going into a gun shop to get a cleaning brush and you were talking about all the testosterone  in there.  I was so disappointed when I heard through the grapevine that it wasn't true ... to this day I choose to believe that it is true,and thoroughly enjoy thinking (fantasisng) about it.

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Chit Chat / Re: THE SHOPPING THREAD :-)
« on: Today at 08:21:54 am »
Purchased two cook books today (sadly, for someone else, not me), the beautifully presented The Grammar of Spice by Caz Hildebrand and a vegetarian book Bazaar by Sabrina Ghayour - Persian inspired recipes that look totally mouthwatering.  I am burying my had in them for the next day until I have to let them go.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: Today at 12:11:25 am »
I'm not sure if I am looking forward to my gym re-opening, Judy - I am concerned about those selfish people who do not wipe down the equipment when they have finished using it and there are also a few very heavy breathers on weights, etc. there as well, which I have never liked, but I am scared of now.

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: Today at 12:06:57 am »
I remember when I first got my TMX I knew no one else who had one (this was about 10 years or so ago, I guess) then I stumbled onto this forum and the recipes were so inspirational and helpful it changed my whole cooking style - naturally, of course, being a TMX, but I became quite adventurous with the help of everyone on here.   Yes, it is fun to look back into the depths of the recipes and find old favourites that you had forgotten about.  As I recall I think we had a thread about re-discovering these old ones several years ago.

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Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: Today at 12:01:04 am »
Creamy veges and pasta; lemon polenta cake and pear and cashew cream for desert.

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: May 24, 2020, 02:03:01 am »
Take care, Cookie, tie everything down, stay safe and keep that port handy ... don't they say "any port in a storm"?

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: May 23, 2020, 03:45:28 am »
Judy, the cafe we went to was a little way down the road - it has changed ownership now to a small wine bar.  The cafe that got broken into is right next door - the police reckon it was an opportunist theft - they saw a couple of ipads through the window and went for them ... apparently they missed the cash in the till!!

Homelessness is getting really bad in Melbourne - you feel so helpless but you don't know how best to help.  Most Christmases I try put a box together of toiletries, food, snacks, maybe some clothes - things that are easy to carry around, are helpful to daily survival - tampons, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, make up, etc. (no knives or sharp objects permitted) and hand them over to charity for distribution.  We also donate two 'swags' each year from a company who then distribute them free to homeless people - or you can buy them for your own use at (I think) c. $150.00 each.

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Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: May 22, 2020, 08:48:10 am »
A take away from the guys next door - feeling we want to give them support following their break in this morning - and it saves me thinking about what to take out of the freezer and washing dishes after ... lazy me!

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: May 22, 2020, 12:07:40 am »
Cookie, I envy your blue sky, ours is a sad grey Colour!
Mab, I hope everything settles down for your DH, he has gone through enough recently
Pleased to hear about Ral's platelets, Chookie .. you don't hear from me often, but you are both in our hearts

Feeling sad at the moment.  I have just opened the shop and saw a police "Crime Scene" vehicle next door with several officers milling around so I popped out to see what had happened.  Turns out they had been broken into early this morning (I thought I heard their dog barking).  It's sad because they spent months and months and, I am sure, huge amounts of money late last year making the cafe over, then they opened just before Xmas and, shortly after, COVID struck and they have been battling to keep their heads above water ever since.  Two lovely guys and everything is hitting them just now.  :'(

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:07:07 am »
I have a theory about these surveys ... when they say it will only take 5 (or whatever) minutes.  I believe they are correct about that ... it only takes them 5 minutes to read it, the survey takes much longer.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: May 19, 2020, 08:38:18 am »
We lit our fire the other day for the first time as our place was being filmed for a realestate.com article.  We only put one load in it for the effect (around 1.00 pm) and the poor film crew were melting - the top deck door was wide open, the air con was set on low and the other door into the stairwell was also open.  When I went up at 5.00 pm to close the doors the fire was embers but the room was still really warm.  I am looking forward to seeing how it works once we start using it regularly in the winter.

How exciting Cuilidh, is it to advertise the builder who did your renovation? 

I've been re-doing all my spices, putting them into new containers.  I found 3 jars of fennel seeds (which I hardly use).  Threw out some older ones but generally they are pretty good.  Was doing a bit of sneezing though especially when transferring the different peppercorns.  ;D

It was all done through our architect - who is up for four awards for our build!  Very exciting and we wish him luck.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: May 19, 2020, 12:15:41 am »
We lit our fire the other day for the first time as our place was being filmed for a realestate.com article.  We only put one load in it for the effect (around 1.00 pm) and the poor film crew were melting - the top deck door was wide open, the air con was set on low and the other door into the stairwell was also open.  When I went up at 5.00 pm to close the doors the fire was embers but the room was still really warm.  I am looking forward to seeing how it works once we start using it regularly in the winter.

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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: May 17, 2020, 07:18:52 am »
Big pot of chilli with anything and everything I could find in the cupboards ... interesting to say the least and a Lemon Polenta cake as an experiment.

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Well, that means it was perfect, not an ooooppppssss at all!!

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Chit Chat / Re: Reviews of RTE recipes.
« on: May 09, 2020, 07:22:34 am »
Creamy Tomato Bean soup. https://www.recipetineats.com/creamy-tomato-bean-soup/

This tasted very nice. I ended up putting 2 tins of beans in to make it the thickness I like. The third tin I just added at the end. I made it all in the thermomix. You need a 5 or 6 as the 31 doesn’t hold enough.
I made this one as well, it's fantastic.

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