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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2013 20:11:46 GMT
Charlie says:
Low blood pressure, now there's a good excuse if ever I heard one!!

Posted on 6 Feb 2013 20:48:20 GMT
pixie says:
I'm watching the Hairy Bikers poach pears and I find if you take the base out with a melon baller they cook better and you are not left with that horrible knobbly bit at the bottom.

Posted on 6 Feb 2013 23:47:42 GMT
Forgot to track this thread so I,ve just read it all through. Thinking about tinned tomatoes tasting sour reminded me of this tip. When using tomato purée ne re add it straight into the liquid or stock.... Cook it out a bit first when you brown meat or soften onions and garlic. If not it can have a nasty bitter taste. Xxx

Posted on 6 Feb 2013 23:52:28 GMT
finny lul says:
Hi Diamond, you're posting late - are you at work, or can't you sleep?

Posted on 7 Feb 2013 14:19:50 GMT
You may already know this but when you've been working with something smelly like onion, garlic or fish, just rub your hands on anything made of stainless steel, like the side of the sink or whatever, when washing your hands. The smell vanishes.
In the US they sell little steel bars like soap to use, but I find rubbing my hands on the tap or the sink works just as well, and it's free.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 14:22:20 GMT
pixie says:
I've seen those Ori, do they work? Another way is wash your hands in cold water and soap first..they way the oils don't get driven into your skin....really works!

Posted on 7 Feb 2013 15:28:58 GMT
I don't know, never tried them, only read about them. As I say, I just rub my hands on the sink or the tap. Beats the socks off washing your hands with coarse salt, which I used to do.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 20:40:02 GMT
Sorry, didn,t see your post until now, some keep ending up in my trash box and I don,t know why. Anyway, I was watching a film called Black Death with Sean Bean, he kinda caught my

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 20:42:09 GMT
Stu says:
now i can see why that might catch your attention lol--xx

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013 11:17:34 GMT
Frenchie says:
Ori, and if we do not want to use alcohol, is there an alternative?

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 11:20:22 GMT
Frenchie says:
Talking about tomato puree or sauce, is it true that if you cook the food in tomato sauce , it will take longer to cook? a friend of mine told me this. I never noticed before but now, I think it is psychological, it seems to me that if I add tomato sauce/puree to a stew before it is totally cooked, it takes forever... as I said, it might be totally psychological...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013 12:20:59 GMT
Hmmmm...I shouldn't think there would be an alternative. Even commercial vanilla extract uses alcohol. It draws out the flavours and also preserves them.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013 12:21:38 GMT
Try stirring with a wooden spoon, not metal. I don't think the sauce will affect cooking time. The acid may tenderise the meat a bit, is all.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2013 05:14:58 GMT
Spock says:
Late reply, but toasting many things, turns good oils, into bad fats.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013 15:20:27 GMT
K. A. Newton says:

The stainless steel thing shaped like a bar of soap do work.

I bought one when I was working in the nursing home but not for food smells. It works for food smells and things like cleaning stuffs that leave smells on your hands.

You wash your hands with soap and water and rinse them thoroughly, have a sniff at your fingers. Under warm water wash your hands again using the stainless steel thing like a bar of soap. Move it up and down inside your fingers.

Some have a little bit of metal sticking out for cleaning finger nails. You are better buying one without this.

I have never tried it out after getting petrol or oil on my hands though.

You can rub your hands on a stainless steel sink but a bit difficult to do between your fingers.

They are not cheap but believe it or not someone stole mine at work.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013 15:22:47 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
Yes he is lovely isn't he.

He played a real baddy in "Fifteen Streets" movie made of the book by Catherine Cookson. Still twiddles the toes though.

Posted on 3 Mar 2013 15:26:39 GMT
pixie says:
Remember the microwave stem bags? well I cooked savoy cabbage in one for 4 mins...really cook, came out full of flavoiur and good colour and dry. Used that way it would be great added to a stirfry. I was very impressed, even better than steaming on the stove.

What have you tried in them?x

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 17:36:01 GMT
Ivan says:
I brought some leeks yesterday but forgot the Philly so I put a tsp of Parmesan in and it turned out good. Broccoli and cauliflower tomorrow. Saves on the washing up also.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 18:22:12 GMT
pixie says:
I know! I mentioned the good! Think for the price they are worth it, going to experiment with them, didn't realise they were made in the UK by the Toastie people...feel better now...I will try the broccoli and cauli in the week...thanks Ivan. Hope the cooker prob is sorted?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 19:24:47 GMT
Ivan says:
Hopefully sorted. When I rang they told me to reset the clock and hey presto. If it does it again I will make sure they send someone out.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 19:27:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2013 19:28:24 GMT
pixie says:
Oh's the old turn it off turn it on again does that work? And why!Lol....glad it's sorted anyway Ivan...back to cooking. you seen the ..
The Hairy Bikers' Great Curries some of the peeps on here cooked from it already and sounds good!

Edit...9 reviews already!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 19:33:44 GMT
Ivan says:
I'll take a look at it, did they have a series on curries ???

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 19:38:02 GMT
pixie says:
Not yet...but here's hoping!...the ones I tried in the Dieters book didn't do it for me...these ones will be much better.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 21:35:53 GMT
Ivan says:
I just brought it......and I thought I got away with buying anything this weekend. Still it was only steamer bags last week.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013 09:32:37 GMT
pixie says:
Tell us what you cook from it....there are loads to choose from, I think they have covered just about everything...Have a good week!x
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