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#16 Thelma

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:16 PM

Daybreak, I have a thermomix so just put peanuts in that and whiz to a paste. Some recipes say to add oil but I don't think it needs it. Also love making nut butter every now and then with a mixture of a few different nuts. Very yummy!

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

... these Thermomixes are sounding more and more attractive...

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

QUOTE(Windsor @ Jan 25 2013, 12:47 PM) View Post

... these Thermomixes are sounding more and more attractive...


oh yes, they most certainly are! It makes cooking from scratch so much easier. If you get one you won't regret it. At the very least, have a demo and check one out IRL.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

QUOTE(aChocLover @ Jan 24 2013, 08:56 PM) View Post

You have alpacas????! Awesome, I was trying to convince DH the other day that we should get some! Your place sounds amazing - I'd love to be able to go from garden to table (one day!); veges that is, not alpaca laugh.gif

Slight hijack, sorry all! As you were! blush.gif


Yep we have alpacas. A few pics of them on my blog. We do try to be quite self-sufficient but without acreage we can't do much more than what we do now. I don't think I could ever grow our own meat even if we had acreage. We both grew up in farming families but I find the thought of killing and eating animals we know too much. Not that I eat them anyway, but even other people in the family eating them!


QUOTE(Windsor @ Jan 25 2013, 08:46 AM) View Post

Party at Tigridia's house I say!

My alltime favourite 'cooking' show is River Cottage (Hugh is going to be husband #2, he's been bumped up the list because he's getting on in years), I love the whole garden to table thing. We're limited by how much we can do in our rental though. Where we're building is completely sandy soil so I can have raised veg beds but fruit trees etc. are a bit of a stretch unless they can be potted.

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Yep Hugh is great! I really like his philosophy on things, even if some of the stuff he cooks is too much for me to take meat wise!

QUOTE(Windsor @ Jan 25 2013, 01:47 PM) View Post

... these Thermomixes are sounding more and more attractive...


I might have to look into one too, given how much stuff we make. I didn't think it was something we needed but it sounds like many of you find them really useful.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:04 PM

I eat fish/seafood so loved the Fish fight series and also the veggie one, still watch all the others though. Only eat fish because I can kill that, not willing to eat things I'm not comfortable killing. (Although I reckon I could do a chook if I wasn't completely bird phobic, can't even make a roast one for DH without freaking out!)

LJM, I saw proper peanut butter at the market today, $4.95 for a 500ml tub. Can't wait to get some when my current jar runs out.

Daybreak, I'd LOVE to try cheesemaking! The last school I was at had a trade training centre built and they'd just started doing community cheesemaking courses on the weekends before I moved away, I was gutted. I've made paneer and ricotta but that's it.

Never thought of making my own spreadable butter though, might get onto that...

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

You can buy cheese making kits from here: http://www.madmillie...hop/Cheese.html, though I/we haven't tried them.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:17 PM

We make all marinades from scratch, as well as sushi rice vinegar, salad dressings and sauces (sweet and sour etc). You do not need a sauce mixture for a stirfry, however we have vegetable mushroom sauce for Asian greens (the alternative to oyster sauce).

We actually have a fair bit of store bought stuff, but I'm interested in decreasing the amount. I'm thinking of making our own yogurt as DD loves the stuff smile.gif

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:47 AM

I also try to make as much as possible, I have very few pre-mixes of anything in my cupboard. I like to know what is in my food and also the pre-mixes are much more expensive then making your own.

I can make all cakes, biscuits, slices, desserts and love to bake, but have cut right back on these due to our health kick at the moment, so am looking into healthier alternatives.

I also make all make our stir fry sauces, stew bases, bologainse etc.

I enjoy making our own bread too, but we have cut right back on bread as well, so haven't been doing as much and havent really found a good home-made multigrain recipe that is good to freeze.

I grow my own herbs and some vegies and have fruit trees. If I still lived on a farm or acreage I would definitely have more.

I have grown up butchering our own meat and we still get some meat from our farm.

My background is in agriculture (growing up and uni degrees) and I love food, and am just coming to the realisation that this probably should of been the way that I steered my career in, not sure which way I would like it to go as of yet, but I think I would love to get into a "niche" food market and grow the food and supply direct to the consumer. Just a pipe dream at this stage though.

Back to the topic at hand blush.gif I made some mulitgrain english muffins from scratch yesterday and they were awesome, going to freeze some and see how they go re-heated/toasted. So much cheaper than the shop bought ones.



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

It really depends on any given week. I don't buy pre-prepared meals, sauces, accompaniments (mint/bread/apple sauces, gravy), marinades, etc and make all my own stock (vege concentrate, chicken an fish). I make all our jams, chutneys and very often our own mayo and ketchup (thank you thermie) but I do find it difficult to convince the kids that the home-made ketchup is the real deal (it is delicious, like you'd get at a bistro). I also make most of our bread and other dough-based products, dips, biscuits, cakes, etc. I also roast our own cold cuts and hams, rather than the processed stuff.

In our pantry there is ready made dried pasta, marmite, tins of diced tomatoes (but in good weeks I get bulk over-ripes from the farmers market and pesata them), baked beans and jaffles (again, I used to do my own but Sophie loves the cans for a treat), crackers, canned sardines, butter (but I very often make my own), fish fingers & museli, skin and whom grain mustard, ice cream (which I often make too) and yoghurt.

We have a lot of fruit trees in our relatively small yard, which I love harvesting. Windsor - ours are all on soil (Perth) an doing really well. We lost our veggie patches in the renos (just an abundance of pumpkins an watermelon all over the garden!) but my seedlings are coming along beautifully and my sleepers are arriving next week. I'm looking forward to getting that going again. We have set aside a lot more space this time and I'm hoping it will keep us going without buying too much extra.

Tig - I am in total envy of your set up. I'd love to see some photos if you have any. I would love chooks too but not convinced the neighbours would approve.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

I'm envious of all you guys that have vegie gardens. We want to start one and also have chickens but holding of until we find out (hopefully) at the end of the week whether DH still has a job which according to media doesn't sound promising.

Got a boring day cleaning the house today - but its all good doing it now so i can spend tomorrow baking goodies ready for school lunches smile.gif
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

Everything OK Angel_Elle? Sounds very stressful.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

Yeah has been a stressful last few months but its a waiting game to see if Rio Tinto close the refinery here.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:24 PM

i make my own pasta sauce from scratch smile.gif and also pastry crust, although i must say that for puff pastry i used store bought. too time consuming for that . Oh, and salad sauces too, eg: lemon vinaigrette
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:38 PM

I work full time and an lazy so I make very little from scratch ph34r.gif At least I'm happy to admit it tongue.gif

Baking I usually do from scratch but I don't do that as often as I'd like.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

QUOTE(bluenomi @ Mar 20 2013, 12:38 PM) View Post

I work full time and an lazy so I make very little from scratch ph34r.gif At least I'm happy to admit it tongue.gif

Baking I usually do from scratch but I don't do that as often as I'd like.


I've been totally slack recently too. I don't even have the work excuse!





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