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Chit Chat / Re: New website
« on: February 05, 2009, 11:41:56 am »
How clever of you.  I am a complete computer illiterate person. :'( :'(

Chit Chat / Re: A snowy London
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:57:35 am »
Caroline, those photos are awesome. We have been watching the news about the snow with great interest. Well done.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:55:45 am »
Amanda, I hope your son is ok. My daughter came down with glandular fever at 16 and she was very ill with it.  She didn't even have the strength to lift the phone to make calls or receive them!!!! She was left with no ill effects.
Keep us posted, we're thinking of you.

Cakes / Muesli Bars
« on: February 03, 2009, 03:02:59 am »
Muesli Bars

125g margarine or butter
75g brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
135g rolled oats
75g self raising flour
65g sweetened dried cranberries
70g dates
80g sultanas
50g  pumpkin seed kernels (pepitas)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Make sure the dates have no stones in them and pulse 2-3 times to chop.  Remove from the bowl.
Put margarine, sugar and honey in the bowl.
Heat 1 minute 30 seconds at 60 degrees Speed 2.
Add oats, self raising flour. Mix at speed 4-5 for 5-7 seconds or until mixed.
Add cranberries, chopped dates, sultanas, pepitas and sesame seeds.
  :-: speed 2 for about 20 seconds. Check that it is well incorporated.
Place in a lined slice tin and bake at 180 degrees celsius for 30- 35 minutes.  When they're cooled cut into bars.

This recipe was altered from a Women's Weekly recipe.
For those that are gluten intolerant possibly you could swap the flour for almond meal.
These are very tasty and may be good for school lunch boxes as they keep well.

Chit Chat / Re: A snowy London
« on: February 03, 2009, 02:48:45 am »
I didn't think that much about the east-west rail link being out until yesterday and I popped down to the shop to get milk and a bit of fruit, and half of the fruit and vegie area was empty. I asked why and was told that it's because the east-west link is out. I was disgusted as we grow heaps of stone fruit here, why can't we use that? There was heaps of tomatoes and grapes but very few apricots and plums.

Caroline, the weather over there sounds amazing. There was a picture of a London bus in our daily newspaper today with the snow falling. To a person who has never lived with snow it looked beautiful, but I can imagine the difficulties it presents.

Amanda, do the schools over there have air conditioning? I hate hot weather >:( >:(

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 02, 2009, 03:13:13 am »
I've just given the Salted Caramel Maple icecream its second blending and the family are lucky there was any left to return to the freezer. It is so nice. Glad to read that you had to cook it a little longer too Amanda.
This will be made again and again.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi
« on: February 02, 2009, 03:07:46 am »
Hi Anne from another Perthite. You must be an absolute wizz on the Thermomix after 8 years. Please pass on your helpful hints.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 01, 2009, 08:42:22 am »
I have the Salted Caramel Maple Icecream in the freezer at the moment getting ready for its second beat up in the Thermomix. It tasted rather good before I put it in there. I actually cooked the custard for an extra 2 minutes as it hadn't thickened at all. Possibly due to the fact that all the ingredients came directly out of the fridge. It's too hot to leave things out.
I'm looking forward to beating it up again so I can have another little taste.  I'm not going to put the chocolate into it this time.

Introduce Yourself / Re: hello from scotland...
« on: January 30, 2009, 08:30:44 am »

Introduce Yourself / Re: hello from scotland...
« on: January 29, 2009, 06:50:14 am »
Hi Petefoot. You're not from Perth in Scotland are you?  ;D
Welcome to this wonderful/helpful forum.

Cakes / Re: Choc fudgy wudgy cookies
« on: January 28, 2009, 05:56:35 am »
I'm going to have a go at the icecream in the calendar in the next few days.
Feel sorry for all of you having those 40+ temperatures. It isn't overly hot here today only about 31 or 32 but it is very humid and this is one Perthite who doesn't like the humidity.

Cakes / Re: Choc fudgy wudgy cookies
« on: January 27, 2009, 07:48:06 am »
Made the second batch today.  They all disappeared yesterday (with a little help from some visitors). DH just had to have some for car club tomorrow! ::)

Starters and Snacks / Antipasto Scrolls.
« on: January 26, 2009, 08:21:20 am »
Antipasto Scrolls
Makes 12
300g OO flour
1 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
125g parmesan
185g lukewarm water
1 teaspoon oil
100g thinly sliced smoked ham
250g Ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon pesto
1 1/2 cups chargrilled vegetables
1 cup mozzarella cheese, chopped in the Thermomix

Chop the parmesan. Speed 8 for 10seconds. Remove about half to use later.
Add the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. 5 seconds on speed 3 to just mix it.
Add the water and oil. 6 seconds speed 8 to combine.
Using closed lid, knead for 2 minutes on ::.
Remove dough and place on a mat, shape into a rough rectangular shape.  Leave to rest.
Roll out dough to approximately 40cm x 30cm.
Sprinkle dough with remaining parmesan, top with ham.
Combine ricotta and pesto and spread roughly over the ham.
Top with chopped vegetables and mozzarella cheese.
Roll up the 'log' from the long side.
Slice into 12 rounds and place on a baking paper lined tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees C.

This recipe was modified from an advertisement for Perfect Italiano products.


You can use anything you like instead of chargrilled vegetables. eg ham and pineapple, salami, pepperoni etc.
I used low fat ricotta and it worked fine.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 26, 2009, 08:07:45 am »
No, it's probably a more suitable place for it. We didn't have chit chat when it was started. :D

Cakes / Re: Choc fudgy wudgy cookies
« on: January 26, 2009, 08:04:41 am »
Mine are in the oven at the moment.  The raw mix was yum. DH will take some to car club and then they will be "all gone!"
I didn't have macadamias so used almonds.

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