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Tips and tricks - simple cost saving methods and devices
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Aly
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Just a bit concerned about getting the hang of it but then I quickly learnt how to use the Esse and that is very different!

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Sat 5-Jan-13
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you will soon get the hang of it Aly.  I have a couple of really good books I bought off amazon I will dig them out tomorrow and give you the titles

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Sun 6-Jan-13
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Many thanks. My Esse is wood burning and there are times I crank it up just for one meal which is wasteful. This is where the halogen oven will be useful. One day when my kitchen is fitted I will have a hob too. I will have to rethink the heating in the kitchen though as the Esse does that too.

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Sun 6-Jan-13
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I think we could eat more offal, as most of it is still very inexpensive. I eat it at least once a week,if not more than that.

This recipe by Paul Rankin is rather fancy but it could be simplified. It is sort of Chinese so I would leave out the cream myself; I usually have small amounts of various thick meat stock tucked away in my freezer, so I would use that instead. The crispy noodles are a nice touch I thought. I just watched him cook this on Saturday Kitchen Best Bites & it is a very quick dish to prepare. Good with a dish of stir-fried vegetables.

 

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Sun 6-Jan-13
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Aly said:

Well I have finally ordered an Andrew James halogen oven, read the reviews and went for the deluxe and a cookery book. Have been umming and ahhing over this all last year and now it is done.

congratulations!  I bought one over a year ago (also the deluxe) and it is wonderful.  Cooks chicken in no time at all and is the best way to prepare grilled veg - gets them properly crisp without burning them.

Sun 6-Jan-13
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Using pulses and beans is one of the best ways of spinning out dishes that contain meat, or using them in their own right.

I have been making apple cider vinegar just lately, so that saves a bit of dosh as it is a recipe that uses the skin and cores only.

Another discovery is candied peel which I use to flavour cakes, biscuits and even stuffing balls. I made that by slow cooking the sliced peel for a day, then the next day adding sugar and cooking till syrupy (sorry no weights and measures, just guesswork)

Making friends with those who have chickens, and veg plots is a good one for rural dwellers. It maybe possible to swap some veg or eggs for a cake or something. cheers

Sun 6-Jan-13
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Aly here are the books I promised you

perfect baking with your halogen oven  by Sarah Flower isbn 978-1-905862-55-9

this is really good with lots of cakes, bread, bicuits and pastries

 

80 recipes for your halogen oven by richard ehrlich  isbn  978-1-85626-959-9

this is ok but did not teach me anything i did not already know

I also have 2 good books

low cost living by john harrison and precycle by paul peacock

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Sun 6-Jan-13
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Many thanks Eileen, off to Amazon to have a look

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Thu 10-Jan-13
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I have 2 induction hobs, really good if you are not lucky enough to have a range cooker, and do not have a pacemaker. these are small enough to tuck away in a drawer but will take a 28cm stainless steel pan. I bought one from argos for £80 the other I got from andrew james on amazon for £25. These cook really quickly and save energy as the hob does not heat up only the pan. I can heat a can of soup in half the time it takes in the microwave

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Wed 16-Jan-13
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We bought a halogen oven on Sunday, £29.99 from Aldi - bargain I think.  Didn't come with any books, but have bought 2 off Amazon and got another from the library today (that Perfect Baking one you recommended, Eileen).  Moved a few things around in my kitchen and got the oven in place on the worktop (luckily I have plenty of worktop space) - want it out as I intend to use it a lot.  Will be reading up on all the recipes/cooking techniques this afternoon and hope to do some baking in the oven tomorrow.  Having butternut squash curry and homemade potato wedges tonight, might even do them in the halogen (the Rayburn is lit, so dinner can go in there if my courage fails!big_laugh).

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you will love your halogen sooliz, it won't take you long to get the hang of it. The only thing i have ever had trouble with is baking bread in it , but even that is not a problem just bake it for 5 or 10 mins less than the recipe and turn it upside down for the last 10mins. I always roast meat or cook messy things that can spatter in mine, I no longer have a rayburncry  as the halogen cleans itself

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Am getting on well with my halogen. The baking book has arrived so now want to try cakes in it.

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Well, I used it and I love it.  After a quick gander through the Perfect Baking book, I made some lemon, blueberry and choc chip muffins....it was fascinating watching them rise and brown (little things like that please me wink).  Then did the spicy potato wedges (to go with the butternut curry) in it afterwards.  Brilliant.

The only annoying thing was going through my assortment of baking trays/tins - hardly any of them fit in the halogen ponder, although quite a few of my Pyrex casseroles and flan dishes do.  Will be trawling the charity shops tomorrow (there are several in the town) for suitable baking trays.

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Yes that is a draw back. I also have to keep reminding myself I can use metal in it!
Did you do the muffins in one layer?

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Yes Aly, made 6 big ones in silicon muffin cups.

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