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  • Enter and Win Your own E-Business 2010-12-12T17:01:00.000-08:00

  • Mixer Recipes For Halloween 2010-10-12T17:06:00.000-07:00

    Spider Cookie Sandwiches Recipe 

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    By Woman's Day Kitchen from Woman's Day | November 3, 2009

    These irresistibly soft—and spooky!—cookies are a cinch to make, using cocoa powder mixed into ready-made cookie dough, and cream cheese and marshmallow cream for a dreamy middle layer.

    Recipe Ingredients

      1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tube (16 oz) refrigerated cookie dough, softened 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese 1 jar (7 or 71⁄2 oz) marshmallow cream (such as Marshmallow Fluff) Orange gel food color

    Recipe Preparation

    1. In a sturdy electric mixer with paddle attachment, stir cocoa into cookie dough. Or, knead cocoa into cookie dough in large bowl. Shape into an 8-in.-long log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight until firm.

    2. Heat oven to 350ºF. Unwrap dough; cut into 1⁄4- in.-thick slices (you should have 24). Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until set. Let cool slightly on baking sheet; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

    3. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Add marshmallow cream; beat until fluffy. Remove 1⁄3 cup, tint orange, and spoon into quart-size ziptop bag; reserve. Spread a slightly rounded Tbsp frosting on half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, pressing gently to sandwich together.

    4. Snip a tiny corner off bag with orange frosting; pipe web design on top and down sides of cookies. Refrigerate until serving.



  • A Little Bit of The USA Stirs a Lot of Emotion Downunder. 2010-10-12T16:20:00.000-07:00

    So what a ride it's been into the BMW of kitchen appliances. I kid you not this has been extraordinary.
    How did I come to selling kitchenaid mixers on ebay ? Simply through the advice from my partners son, but wow the journey we have been on.

    I've been a member of ebay for years and have had those middle of the morning brainstorms of how to come up with my own million pixel idea, alas it's not so easy. We certainly got away from the fly by night internet schemes and have now stuck with ebay for over twelve months starting with selling second hand text books. 

    My partner had investigated ebay at great lengths and we were keen to become drop shippers or at least be able to work with wholesale items, but this path in Australia doesn't seem to be as easy.
    In fact yes we started with some major errors in selecting our first products.  

    Ignorance is not bliss as they say and can put you out of business before you start. Hence selecting guitars from DHgate....whoops not a good idea...great to give you a feel for a fast moving sale, but hold on there you may just get sued. Anyway learned the hard way with an ebay violation.

    Back to books we go, but still looking for something of interest to others we could sell. Cooking or Art....well art's a really hard sell on ebay particularly if you trying to sell your own, so cooking, but what to sell. What I think is good about cooking items is they rarely have a seasonal down turn outside of the typical couple months a year when many sales slow down.

    In searching for what sells on ebay you can use as a guide, but firstly ask someone in the industry, they will quickly tell you about some of the high quality products cooks are after. Using the key word tool can refine your product choice. It is important also to look a popular TV programs whether that's Martha Stewart,  Masterchef Australia, The Circle, Iron Chef, Food Safari, Ellen, these are the shows that people watch and come to ebay to try and find for a good price. Look also at popular magazines, newspapers and movies as they can also give you some ideas to search with google adwords. Remember this will guide you to refine what you sell along with review sites. Be careful however as some review sites can be rigged by competitors. Something I have found over the course of the past 2 weeks.

    A Little Bit of The USA Stirs a Lot of Emotion Downunder.

    In Australia the Sunbeam Mixmaster is our version of the Kitchenaid mixer. Also a great mixer and an appliance that was built to last, my mother's having now lasted 40 years. " They don't make em like that any more ".  Now I can't speak as a pastry chef, but both these products certainly are solid and stir emotions of cooks world wide. 

    Kitchenaid mixers have the advantage of quality plus colour selection, which becomes a center point of any kitchen.  The stir in Australia is the price at which these Kitchenaid mixers are sold for here.
    In Australia they range from anywhere from $630 - $700+, depending on chosen colours.  There is one Kitchenaid recognized official distributor Peter Mcinnes, but doesn't mean there aren't other suppliers with equal quality products on the Australian market. As sellers looking for a product to sell the kitchenaid mixer certainly appealed as there seemed to have quite a price variation. We just simply looked for an Australian distributor willing to give us a reasonable margin. This is where the can of worms seemed to open. 
    Many main suppliers here do not want to deal with ebay sellers, whether they see it as a  stigma, I am not certain, but what happens with competition is that the ultimate price for the Australian buyer starts to become more reasonable, but then all of a sudden people seem to forget this is a product for making beautiful pastries and cakes as well as assorted attachments for pasta making, mincing, ice-cream making and more. 

    I know cake judging competitions become competitive as well and the sunbeam mixmaster or kitchenaid mixer will give you award winning creations every time, but as sellers in Australia I think we can start to be a little less greedy. With the Australian dollar matching the USD we can look forward to more choice for the Australian market.

    Cook up a storm.

  • KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Empire Red Buy It Now. 2010-10-10T23:37:00.000-07:00

    Colours Available.

    Australian Buyers Only.

    The KSM150’s unique mixing action and 10-speed control combined with the 4.8L stainless steel bowl make it the perfect partner in any kitchen. Each mixer comes with a flat beater, a wire whip and a dough hook, which allow mixing, whipping and even kneading bread dough.

    It is so useful for making home made sausages and pasta, plus all that slicing and dicing of salads when I am entertaining. Batters are also no problem when you use your stand mixer.

    The Artisan series is one of the most popular in the KitchenAid mixer collection and for good reason. This updated version is larger than the previous 4.5qt mixer and comes in a gorgeous range of colors including the attractive red color as shown.

    Welcome these Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixers KSM150 are suitable for Australian buyers and include the following features.

    Controls: 10 speed solid state
    Construction: Die cast metal
    Capacity: 4.8L
    Dimensions: 365 x 360 x 250 (mm)
    Weight: 11kg
    Motor Power: 300W
    Voltage: 220-240 V
    Hertz: 50-60 Hz
    Manufactured: In U.S.A

    Please contact me for further details.

    WARRANTY - Warranty held with the distributor Appliance Surplus,

    please refer to their website for terms

    Delivery 10-12 business days
    excluding weekends and public holidays

    Any Questions Please Email Me.

  • Spanish Chicken and Prawn Rice Pilaf 2010-05-05T17:52:00.000-07:00
    As a huge fan of Masterchef I've decided to go through the whole range of recipes. I'm loving the discoveries. I've never really used a lot of paprika before, but now have become a massive fan. This recipe is quite easy and absolutely delicious. If you have children who don't like food being too hot then only put a teaspoon of paprika as it gets quite hot. Using a lot of lemon will also help if you don't like food to hot, but if you are a lover of hot food then go for it.

    Oh and if you are vegetarian then you can use a range of vegetables..mushrooms, Zucchini, Indian Cheese, creative, but the basis of this recipe can work as there is fantastic flavours.

    Spanish Chicken and Prawn Rice Pilaf

    Spanish Chicken and Prawn Rice Pilaf

    Please note you can use any brand of Paprika, Chilli Falkes and Tumeric
    1 tbsp oil
    1 onion, finely diced
    200g chicken, sliced
    1 1/2 tbsp McCORMICK Paprika Sweet Hungarian Style
    1 tsp McCORMICK Chilli Flakes
    2 tsp McCORMICK Ground Turmeric
    3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and sliced
    1 1/2 cups basmati rice
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    2 cups low salt chicken stock
    2 cups water
    12 green prawns
    1 cup fresh parsley
    1 lemon

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    Prep Time: 10 minutes 
    Cooking Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 4

    1. Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok and fry onion, chicken, paprika, chilli, turmeric and garlic for 3-4 minutes.
    2. Add in rice and tomato paste then stir for a further 2 minutes and turn heat to low.
    3. Add stock and water, a cup at a time, to the pan and stir regularly until liquid soaks into the rice.
    4. Add in prawns five minutes before serving, and finish with parsley.
    5. Season with a wedge of lemon and cracked pepper.

    Nutrition per serve: 1885 kilojoules (450 calories), 7g fat (including 1g saturated fat), 67g carbohydrate (including 4g sugars), 3g fibre and 620mg sodium

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