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That is interesting to hear from someone that actually makes bread.

I eat bread infrequently and the girlfriend has a couple slices a day and have often thought it might be a handy thing to have a way of making like a half loaf. So many people have said they are crap or have obviously stopped using them after the first month that I have never bought one though.

i am guessing that it is less a question of the bread maker than it is of the ingredients & recipe. i buy a 5 kilo bag of white bread mix and a 5 kilo bag of multi grain and split it half and half when i make a loaf. i also got hooked on the bread machine when i was in japan and the bread there was pretty horrible (well for regular sandwiches, etc.). until an amazing french bakery set up shop next door to my apartment--from that point on the bread maker went into hibernation. also, i am obviously a bit more obsessed with bread than normal people, so that is probably one factor. still i think they are ok. for approximately 90 seconds labour you get a freshly baked loaf of bread...

the problem is that you have to eat the bread fairly quickly. i haven't done any tests but the word on the bread forums is that the longer the rise the longer the bread will last. most bread machines are about 3 hours start to finish so you only have a 2 hour rise. when i make french bread its usually a 24-48 hour rise, and it does last a lot longer than regular bread machine bread despite the ingredients being essentially the same. the stale bread makes for really good croutons, however, and bread crumbs.

i should also note that my object of comparison is the el cheapo white bread at the supermarket. there is lots of good stuff out there but it all costs $5-6+/loaf. that strikes me as a bit excessive for a bit flour, salt, water and yeast.

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My favourite appliance would have to be my George Foreman Grill. I can take meat out of the freezer and cook it immediately. Still tastes beautiful. I do thickly sliced vegetables on it and it gives them a barbequed flavour. The only thing I use my non-stick frypan for is making mince/chicken/steak for tacos, pancakes, bacon and eggs (although I have cooked these on the grill too) and vegetable mixes. I think I'm on my 3rd grill now.

Also we have a bench top filtered water cooler which the kids love. I have to refill it about 3 - 4 times a day and it holds 2 litres. It stops them from opening the fridge, and they can help themselves to chilled water. I like hand held electric beaters, rather than my old Kenwood, although the bowl that came with it is awesome.

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I just bought an electric hedge trimmer that I really like. 4 hours of manual pruning done in under an hour and so much more fun, it's like a mini chainsaw without the safety issues.

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I just bought an electric hedge trimmer that I really like. 4 hours of manual pruning done in under an hour and so much more fun, it's like a mini chainsaw without the safety issues.

How is the more safety leading to more fun? I thought that was the fun thing about chainsaws, lathes and all otehr fast moving shiny bits of hard hard metal; when you are done and still can count to ten you know you won :)

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As the resident Occ health and safety guy I am duty bound to recommend the wearing of gauntlets for such risky operations. linkify

The kenwood chef with the ceramic bowl was referred to as the 'S' model by kenwood aficionados. A superior product for sure as the motor had an extra 25 newton metres of pastry making torque as well.

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As the resident Occ health and safety guy I am duty bound to recommend the wearing of gauntlets for such risky operations. linkify

The kenwood chef with the ceramic bowl was referred to as the 'S' model by kenwood aficionados. A superior product for sure as the motor had an extra 25 newton metres of pastry making torque as well.

"Plate mail steel gauntlets for all occasions"

Man I am trying to think of situations where they wouldn't be suitable (hey, it's my nature) and I can't think of one!

Does that kenwood have the electrical smell as well though?

EDIT: Fortunately I have a rule about buying online when I am drunk, I have set an outlook reminder to check if I think it is still cool tomorrow though.

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"Plate mail steel gauntlets for all occasions"

Man I am trying to think of situations where they wouldn't be suitable (hey, it's my nature) and I can't think of one!

Does that kenwood have the electrical smell as well though?

EDIT: Fortunately I have a rule about buying online when I am drunk, I have set an outlook reminder to check if I think it is still cool tomorrow though.

Well yes the electrical smell is included in the price. We call it the ozone factor. The ability to weld together oxygen atoms is the hallmark of the kenwood. Makes for a lighter cake.

The gauntlets I bid you are essential for slapping down dissent in a meeting. One backhander is all that's required for complete control.

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"Plate mail steel gauntlets for all occasions"

Man I am trying to think of situations where they wouldn't be suitable (hey, it's my nature) and I can't think of one!

Swimming, nose-picking and going to the toilet might be challenging, otherwise all good.

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Swimming

Not interested, gotta keep my luminescent skin.

nose-picking

Okay... maybe some kind of elbow mounted alligator clamp? Oh or a refreshing jet of warm water that blasts the boogers out? hmm you do have a point on this one. I might take the gauntlet off for nose picking.

going to the toilet might be challenging

I am sure my frontal bits can deal with a bit of cold steel, the backal regions... maybe a bidet (keep gauntlets clear to avoid rust).

otherwise all good.

Either I am getting drunker or this is turning into possibly the best idea in the history of the world.

Given my current status: A red T shirt saying "f*ck politics; I just wanna blow sh*t up", a pair of etnies (no socks) and some undies (blue or green, not sure it is pretty dark here) all I can think is that a set of shiny gauntlets would really make me look awesome.

Reading that for spelling I realise now why I don't get burgled.

EDIT: Even with a proofread I fscked the speels

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My favourite appliance would have to be my George Foreman Grill. I can take meat out of the freezer and cook it immediately. Still tastes beautiful. I do thickly sliced vegetables on it and it gives them a barbequed flavour. The only thing I use my non-stick frypan for is making mince/chicken/steak for tacos, pancakes, bacon and eggs (although I have cooked these on the grill too) and vegetable mixes. I think I'm on my 3rd grill now.

I've got a George Foreman Grill, George Foreman Grill

If you wont cook my dinner...George Foreman will

[The only time Rich Hall has ever given me lolz]

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I just bought an electric hedge trimmer that I really like. 4 hours of manual pruning done in under an hour and so much more fun, it's like a mini chainsaw without the safety issues.

Electric hedge trimmers are awesome. We have a ten-foot tall ivy bush (bush? vine? plant? wtvr) growing on our side fence, to which I had pretty-much admitted defeat. But then the father-in-law gave me one of these a couple of years ago, and it was GAME ON. Personally, I like to hang from the top step of a ladder swashbuckler-style, and take one handed swipes at the green monster with shouts of 'Yarr' and 'Avast'.

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How is the more safety leading to more fun? I thought that was the fun thing about chainsaws, lathes and all otehr fast moving shiny bits of hard hard metal; when you are done and still can count to ten you know you won :)

I don't feel comfortable waving chainsaws around and using them at weird angles. With this thing you turn it all directions. I also prefer knowing I'll be able to count to 10 regardless.

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I'm thinking about getting an electric pizza oven. Hubby and the kids have convinced me we need a pizza night, and even though I have a pizza stone, my oven is not the best. They would cook within 10 - 15 minutes and control the heat better. Does anyone have one? Any recommendations?

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I'm thinking about getting an electric pizza oven. Hubby and the kids have convinced me we need a pizza night, and even though I have a pizza stone, my oven is not the best. They would cook within 10 - 15 minutes and control the heat better. Does anyone have one? Any recommendations?

A friend of mine in Melb had one of these. Element on the top, pizza stone and another element on the bottom. They don't last long.I think his lasted for about 12 months he used it extensively (And they are pretty cheap) They make good pizzas if you like thin bases (and I do) with minimal toppings. He could pump out a pizza every 10 minutes so they are great for feeding large groups. Overall I think they are OK. :thumbsup:

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I'm thinking about getting an electric pizza oven. Hubby and the kids have convinced me we need a pizza night, and even though I have a pizza stone, my oven is not the best. They would cook within 10 - 15 minutes and control the heat better. Does anyone have one? Any recommendations?

I have one and use it infrequently (mostly when I want pizza it is because I am too tired to get off the couch).

It does do a good pizza though, better than most places versions if, as clown said, you like simple and thin.

On the plus side it also does an interesting variation on omelette / fritatta which I have probably made more than pizzas.

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We love thin pizzas, and I prefer ones that aren't overloaded. What's the make of the pizza oven you have? How long does it take to cook a pizza on it? Only asking because of hungry vultures circling me while I prepare and cook.

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We love thin pizzas, and I prefer ones that aren't overloaded. What's the make of the pizza oven you have? How long does it take to cook a pizza on it? Only asking because of hungry vultures circling me while I prepare and cook.

I have "The Pizza Maker", looks like this one: http://www.kitchenwaredirect.com.au/Appliances/Pizza-Makers/The-Pizza-Maker

Says it takes 5 minutes, that seems about right. Certainly not a long time.

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Thanks for that information and the website, Tor. It's going to make our Saturday pizza nights a lot easier.:)

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Thanks for that information and the website, Tor. It's going to make our Saturday pizza nights a lot easier.:)

No probs. I think Urchin (resident bread specialist) may have posted a pizza recipe plus tips in the baking bread thread. StaringClown knows how to incinerate one :) and Ruffian has some tips and tricks too from memory.

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I posted a recipe in the bread thread for a dough that you can keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks and it makes bread, pizza, etc. I just pull out the dough and cook it up.

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So I got that pizza maker which Tor suggested. {Thanks again, Tor} I did some looking around the shops and other online sites and this one offered handles on the stone. I am now eating my first pizza from it for lunch. Little boy is also munching away. Cooked up in about 3 minutes. The omelette/frittata dish looks to be fun.

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So I got that pizza maker which Tor suggested. {Thanks again, Tor} I did some looking around the shops and other online sites and this one offered handles on the stone. I am now eating my first pizza from it for lunch. Little boy is also munching away. Cooked up in about 3 minutes. The omelette/frittata dish looks to be fun.

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3 mins is very fast.

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Incredible pizzas. Fantastic stuff. Cooked more for dinner. Hubby was shocked at how quick they cooked and I used bocconcini, fresh basil, seasoned cooked chicken, avocado and a little mozzarella. After months of having to heat up my kitchen with the oven, it's wonderful to get it all over and done with in such a short time (including the rolling out of fresh dough and adding ingredients.) and not have my kitchen feel like the centre of hell.

I think it would be a great buy if you had teenagers too. They could pull out fresh dough already in the fridge and make their own pizzas in a jiffy. 5 minutes of preheating and after 3 - 5 mins it's ready. Too easy. Great appliance.

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Just got back from Australia and a number of people were raving about the 'Thermomix". Has anyone got one and what do you think? Expensive fad or the real deal?

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