, Thanks heaps
for liking my pastry log dish and sharing your opinion to me!. Much appreciated
1) As you sound keen on this dish from Kay Joyce, did you know there's another dish sort of like this one but not exactly? Common ingredients for both recipes are Bunya Nut
meal, pork mince & Quandongs
. It's found at http://www.cherikoff.net
. Go to Recipes, then Mains, & it's called Pork Pasties with a Bunya Pastry & Quandong Chutney. It makes a Bunya Nut pastry with pork mince filling, deep fried then served with home made Quandong Chutney.
2) Onto your KitchenAid Mixer enquiry
. Only my opinion: If you're able to afford a KitchenAid Mixer, it'll be a fantastic kitchen helper for you if correctly operated. Going by my experiences, it's true the KitchenAid mixer & flat beater distribute ingredients evenly for mixtures like meatloaf & stuffings using speed 1 (or 2). Speed 1 is called Stir Speed in the KitchenAid manual, since it performs the function of a hand held kitchen utensil (eg wooden spoon, potato masher etc) but is better....well better than my hands anyway!. I agree it makes smooth mashed potato, effortlessly. To do this, I followed mashed potato recipe in KitchenAid Mixer cookbook (called 'The Ultimate Mixer Cookbook'). [I haven't always made every mashed potato successfully as the next with this mixer, & it's possible it could be to do with the type & quality of potatoes &/or milk not being warm enough etc but I'm not sure exactly why & most times it's ok]. I'm not sure what other non-KitchenAid appliances perform like KitchenAid or make nice mashed potato & meatloaves, since KitchenAid is the main one I use & it does the job for me. Though I've never owned this & not 100% sure, I think Kenwood mixer is a little like KitchenAid in regards to flat beater, whisk attachment & some mixer attachments.
My apple green KitchenAid Mixer with juicer attachment
If unable to afford this mixer or if another appliance isn't available, then hand kitchen utensils will have to be used with some good hands for beating & mixing, but it's up to the individual how much they care for their mashed potatoes to be smooth & meatloaf to be mixed well or whether they want to spend money on an appliance. I'm not a strong woman & I find beating & mashing by hand for firm mixtures like boiled potatoes & mince mixtures to be difficult & tiring. It's effortless & quick for my KitchenAid mixer & flat beater to automate this task for me. You'd be surprised how quickly the mixer does this.
3) KitchenAid Mixer Attachments
: AussieCutes, along with smooth mashed potato & nicely mixed meatloaf, the KitchenAid Mixer is so sophisticated, that it can be turned into different appliances by attaching specific KitchenAid Mixer attachments. Above you see my juicer attachment so now the mixer's a juicer appliance. There's attachments to turn the mixer into an ice-cream churner, meat grinder, sausage maker, pasta machine, can opener, fruit vegie strainer or food processor & there's many other attachments. All my mixer attachments give me fantastic results with effortless work eg pasta sheets (with properly formed dough), fettucine, juice, etc.
4) KitchenAid stores
: Anyone is welcome to send me private message questions about KitchenAid Mixer, & to identify which Australian online kitchen stores are recommended for their price & availability on the Mixer & Mixer attachments. Whilst purchasing my mixer and attachments, I found every online stores differed greatly, so much that I saved a few hundred dollars total for my mixer and particular attachments I'd bought same time as mixer. It just took shopping around online. As there's many attachments, coupled with every online store differing greatly in prices for all mixer attachments & mixer, I was forced to tabulate the data into an MS Excel spreadsheet to analyse the differences...that's how much prices differed! So as a result of the analysis, I saved myself lots of money! Austraian online KitchenAid prices are likely to be far cheaper than purchasing from an Australian shop building.
Cheers & thanks again,
You're right about rice salads in that they can be healthy depending on ingredients & dressings, easy to make and tasty. Thanks for prompting me. I'll have to start making and eating more rice salad again. I really like brown rice in rice salads, and the organic brown rice is particularly nice. I like to cook this rice in my rice cooker but it can be little tricky to determine water levels & timing when compared to my non-organic white jasmine rice.