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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 08, 2009, 04:07:58 am »
I often open a can of 'flavoured' tuna to have with a salad for my lunch. eg sundried tomato and tuna, smoked tuna. I don't think I would have plain tuna very often.
I sometimes use tinned tuna in a mornay type of thing for a main meal. I find it hard to buy fish near us that hasn't been imported. Fortunately we spend a month or so each year at Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) fishing and occasionally we catch some to put in the freezer for the next month or so at home.  I think having that lovely fresh fish to eat up there spoils most bought fish for us.
Sorry-slightly off the tuna topic.

Chit Chat / Re: Do you guys have?
« on: January 07, 2009, 05:20:59 am »
Here in good old Western Australia we don't have Aldi. (although I visit them when we drove over to the other side of Aust). We have Woolworths, Coles and IGA which is the Independent Grocers' Association (I think). I find the IGA a little more expensive than the other two but they are open 7 days a week.  Here we only have retail trading for 6 days of the week.
Coles and Woolworths are putting lots of their own brands on the shelves at the moment and some people are finding it hard to buy things they like.  A real nuisance.
I did hear that Costco will be coming to Aust.  Melbourne first but I did hear that they even plan to come to West Aussie. :) :)

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 07, 2009, 05:08:34 am »
Tenina, you're a trooper to cook in this heat.  It really is enough to put you off cooking, but then I get hungry! :'( These aren't tears, they are perspiration.

Chit Chat / Re: so what was your favourite...
« on: January 06, 2009, 06:09:37 am »
This is a hard thing to reply to. I have packed away the rice cooker and even the bread machine and also my food processor.  I still have my handy Sunbeam hand held mixer ready and available so I'd say this would have to be my favourite as I still use it quite a lot.
Oh dear, I've posted on every Chit Chat topic, it looks greedy.  Perhaps someone else will do the same.
It's a great idea so thanks to all those who arranged it.
Keep ^^

Welcome / Re: Karen's Poll - where are you from???
« on: January 06, 2009, 05:52:54 am »
W..e....l....l.  It doesn't bite very hard!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi from the UK
« on: January 05, 2009, 06:55:10 am »
I must agree with Thermomixer about the need to invite friends along so it is a type of 'party' sale.  This is what put me off initially as I am not into this sort of stuff at all.  The person who I had been advised to consult re the thermomix wanted at least 3 households represented and I felt a bit awful inviting friends around for a sales pitch.
Baf 65, it is good to know that you are happy to sell without the "party". I think when more people realise this and see the machines operating they will be happy to purchase one.
I hink a lot depends on your consultant too.  Baf65, so you have designated areas for sales or can you sell anywhere?
Thanks for reading my 2cents worth.
Thermomixer and Karen you are doing a great job.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 04, 2009, 07:17:18 am »
Thanks Karen, I will be brave next time. I seem to remember someone (it may have been you) say that if you turn the butterfly up further than 4 it will "butterfly". Silly the way we remember things!!
 Nice to see you supporting thermomix on other sites.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 03, 2009, 08:35:52 am »
Today we've had the usual milk shakes, DH made his special custard rice pudding using custard powder and I've just made the pastry for a quiche.  I also made tha base of a slice called Dream slice.  I was a bit scared to do the top as it had eggs beaten with sugar until they were thick-am I able to do this and incorporate lots of air on the thermomix?  Will have to get brave and try it some time.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 02, 2009, 07:48:00 am »
Unconundrum, This looks lovely. I've copied it down and will make it. I'll probably wait until the weather cools down a bit.  Will let you know how it goes. I haven't had tapioca since I was a kid, we used to call it "frog's eyes".

Tips and Tricks / Re: Onion peeling tip
« on: December 31, 2008, 06:11:41 am »
Yeah!!!!!! I did notice it but didn't want to be a 'boaster'.  It isn't hard to post on this site as I'm finding it very interesting and helpful. As you know I was hanging out for my thermomix to arrive and it hasn't disappointed me in any way.  I just need to use the Varoma more-probably not for a few days as we had 39 degrees yesterday, 37 today and 39 forecast for tomorrow.

Does anyone have an easy way of cleaning the machine at the top?  It's at the peak of the triangle on the machine, little grooves where the bowl lid slides around. I seem to end up with all sorts of interesting 'stuff' in there and because it's grooved it is a little difficult to clean. Thanks in anticipation. :P

Tips and Tricks / Re: Onion peeling tip
« on: December 30, 2008, 01:22:27 am »
Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Husbands seem to have an affiliation with thermomixes.  Perhaps it is the ease of use or something.  My husband is constantly 'trying' new ideas and he is the very best salesman for it.
I can't wait to test out the onion peeling.  No more crying eyes.

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Noodle Pudding
« on: December 30, 2008, 01:19:51 am »
Thanks, my education has improved.  You and your wife are wonderful doing all that baking/cooking.  It must give you a wonderful feeling being able to do that. Congratulations. ;D

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Noodle Pudding
« on: December 29, 2008, 08:39:14 am »
The noodle pudding looks interesting. What exactly is it?- I've never seen anything like it before.  Most importantly, does it taste nice?

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: December 29, 2008, 08:35:43 am »
I had my brother and SIL here for lunch today before they headed back to Canberra. SIL was interested in the thermomix, so we whizzed up a strawberry sorbet (nearly as good as yesterdays mango one) and some cheese balls, using the Christmas recipe and then made her a quick coffee in it.  There may well be another buyer coming up.  She was impressed with the beetroot dip I made the other night too. I think she especially liked the easy clean up as she HATES washing up.
Today is a good day for sorbets here as it's pretty warm.  Such an easy cooling down sweets-and not too bad on the waist line if you reduce the sugar quantity by a fair bit.

Starters and Snacks / Beetroot, Parmesan and Cashew dip
« on: December 28, 2008, 06:26:27 am »
Beetroot, Parmesan and Cashew Dip:
450g can baby beets
150g packet salted, roasted cashews
1 cup grated parmnesan cheese (done in Thermomix)
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Biscuits and vegetable crudites to serve

Drain the beetroot, reserving 1 tablespoon of juice.
Process cashews until fine by putting into bowl and using turbo until they are done.
Add the drained beetroot,garlic and grated parmesan.  Speed 4 or 5 until it is all blended. (approx 5-10 seconds)
Add lemon juice and reserved beetroot juice, reverse speed for 4 for 5 seconds.

This should be kept in the fridge and is best made the day before so that the flavours can develop. It is suitable to freeze.

Hints/tips from members

Pippa - I made this with roasted fresh beetroot (3 beetroots made a half recipe).  It needed a little bit of oil to make it smoother as I didn't want a chunky dip.  I also used approx. 1/4 tsp citric acid instead of lemon juice as I didn't have any lemons.  It was delicious.

Cornish Cream - As we don't have canned beetroot in the UK I used a Tesco pack (250g) of cooked beetroot in natural juice.

chrissa - Altered to suit what I found in the pantry. Sliced beetroot, Parmesan, walnuts, a little sea salt, lemon juice, garlic.

Greyhoundmum - defrosted and tasted just as nice second time around.

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