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T4B053: Bec’s Best Birthday Thermomix Cake Recipes  

In Episode 53, Bec shares her favourite birthday cakes that she made to celebrate her 30th birthday. These are some old favourite cake recipes that are now her best Thermomix cake recipes… made So. Much. Easier.

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Here are the recipes we chose this week:

Recipe 1 - Bec’s Best Thermomix Carrot Cake (The 4 Blades)

Bec has been making this carrot cake recipe for YEARS and it would always take her hours to do as she would grate all the carrot by hand. It has her favourite elements of a carrot cake - carrot, pineapple, walnuts and cinnamon. It has been made so much easier and will hopefully be one of your favourite Thermomix cake recipes from now on! Enjoy - Bec’s birthday present to you! You can find the recipe for the frosting recipe we talk about here. Note: we added 1-2 tsp of the crushed pineapple and used lemon zest instead of orange zest... oh, and Nuttelex instead of butter so it was completely dairy free.

Recipe 2 - Flourless Citrus Chocolate Cake (thanks Nigella!) (converted by The 4 Blades)

This is an absolutely gorgeous cake, converted for the Thermomix from Nigella’s ‘Chocolate Lime Cake’. You can get creative and use whichever citrus fruit you like. The original recipe requires you to beat the eggs and sugar until it triples in size… made SO much easier by setting the TM for 10 minutes and coming back when the job is done!Not having to do that manually makes this a great Thermomix cake recipe! Because of the meringue-like texture that the egg / sugar combo creates, you have to follow the baking steps to avoid the top burning. It will crack a bit at the top, but that’s OK. Serve it upside down, sprinkled with icing sugar.

Here are some cool tips from this podcast...
- When creating an accompaniment to a dish (e.g. frosting for a cake, or a side dish for a main), consider using the flavours that are already in the dish. Joe gives the example of using the spices from the Beef Stroganoff in the cabbage side dish.

- Using springform pans are the easiest way to quickly line a cake tin. Put a sheet of baking paper over the bottom of the tin and click the side into place. Trim the edges and grease the sides.

- Looking for that other cake that Bec loves? It's right here... a delicious Orange Almond Cake!

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A No-Joke Fruit Cake.  

Recently, when I went back to England, I indulged in(1) something that I don't often get to indulge in; fruit cake. It might not seem very important, in fact, it might seem like a joke, depending on where you come from. Here in the U.S, for some reason, fruit cake is a joke. People joke about receiving a fruit cake at Christmas, and then trying to find a secret way of disposing of (2) it: put it in someone's mailbox, disguise it as a pet, or leave it in a basket outside a hospital......I've even heard of a book called 'One hundred and one ways to get rid of(3) a fruit cake.' Well, this is all a new experience for me. I love fruit cake. But, then again, there's fruit cake and there's fruit cake(4). Maybe the problem is that people here have never had a decent one. In England fruit cake is on the essential list when it comes to(5) baked goods. The recipe originates in Roman times, and was changed a little in the Middle Ages. Traditionally, it is made with wheat, and loaded with(6) dried fruit, nuts, and brandy. It's just the thing(7), after a long walk, with a slice of quality cheese and a cup of tea. And that is how I ate it in Yorkshire with my sister. We had been for a long walk through a forest and fields, to a panoramic (8)viewpoint. Then we walked back to a cafe that is actually a converted farmhouse. It was a warm, rock building, with wooden tables, views of the fields, and the smells of a bakery.  1. 'To indulge in' often means to eat or drink something that is quite special, though it can also be used as 'to experience' with some non-eating activities. You can miss out the word 'in' if the object is not mentioned. 'To indulge oneself' is used as 'to treat oneself'. a. We indulged in the most delicious chocolate cake I've ever had. b. They over-indulged at the New Year's party, and felt ill the next day. c. I indulged myself in the spa with a manicure, pedicure, and a facial. 2. 'To dispose of' is the same as 'to throw away' or 'to get rid of'. a. Dispose of old batteries responsibly: take them to a recycling center. b. He disposed of the evidence; he threw it in the sea. c. The waste disposal is in the sink (machine that liquefies food waste). 3. 'To get rid of' is an English expression that is very common: a. Could you just get rid of that old pair of shoes? b. What did you do with the car?   Answer: I got rid of it. c. What should we do with the corrupt politicians?    Answer: Get rid of them! 4. 'There's fruit cake and there's fruit cake.' Why did I make this repetition? What does it mean? It means that there is good fruit cake, or real fruit cake, and there is also bad, or not real fruit cake. You can use this repetition about anything. Sometimes the word 'then' is used in the middle of the comparison to emphasize the contrast in quality. If you really want to contrast one with the other, you can also add an adjective in front of the second object. a. My mother doesn't like hamburgers. But, you know, there are hamburgers and (then) there are hamburgers. b. That shop says that it sells antiques. Well, there are antiques and then there are antiques. c. There are tires and then there are quality tires. 5. 'When it comes to...' is similar in sense to 'on the subject of' or 'while we're talking about...' a. It's always best to double check your plans when it comes to traveling. b. When it comes to baked goods, we should always use quality ingredients. c. When it comes to the house, I think we spent too much money.  6. 'To be loaded with' or 'to load with' is, again, a very English sounding, common expression that can be used for more or less anything. a. They loaded my plate with chips; there were far too many. b. His car is loaded with all kinds of junk. c. This cereal is loaded with iron. 7. 'It's just the thing' is an odd expression that means 'it's the perfect thing'. a. Ah! A hot bath is just the thing when you're cold. b. Some discipline is just the thing for lazy people. c. My muscles ached after work, so I took an aspirin, and it was just the thing. 8. 'Panoramic' is a difficult word to say, so let's practice it. a. Pan -o-ramic, pan-o-ramic, pan-o-ramic. b.  That photo is panoramic; you can see the whole view. c. My camera has a panoramic setting. Remember you can join me on FACEBOOK at Anna Fromacupofenglish. If you need my app. you can find it in iTunes under A Cup Of English. And feel free to email me at acupofenglish@hotmail.com or acupofenglish@live.com.  Tweet // //

A Passion for Cake  

In this series of four programmes broadcast over Christmas, Sheila Dillon explores the link between tradition and food. First, in the run-up to Christmas, she takes an irreverent look at baking - and the connection between baking and being a "Good Wife and Mother. She begins by visiting a "Clandestine Cake Club", which meets every month in a secret location. This month's location takes the theme of the Mad Hatter's tea-party; the members have risen to the challenge and the cakes are truly extravagant. The founder of the cake club, Lynne Hill, sets out her vision for a world brought together by sharing cake. Sheila visits a cake-decorating competition for teenagers, and talks to girls about the particularly feminine lure of cake. She meets a cultural historian of cake, Professor Nicola Humble, whose book on cake traces our current passion back to Elizabethan days, and who explains the long connection between women and cake. But we also have a perspective from a man devoted to cake, former Bake-Off winner John Whaite. He reflects on the connection between gender and cake, and introduces his alternative take on Christmas Cake. With cake recipes, both ancient and modern, for the website. Producer: Elizabeth Burke.

What Koreans Eat On Lunar New Year's Day (떡국: Rice-cake Soup)  

You might already know that Korean people eat a bowl of rice-cake soup (떡국) in the morning of Lunar New Year's Day and it symbolizes getting one year older. But what does a bowl of rice-cake soup actually look like? How do you make it? Here is our attempt to try it as well as show you how it's made.

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사골 곰탕 만두 떡국

Ox-bone broth rice-cake soup with dumplings

 

재료: 떡국 떡, 사골 국물, 만두, 대파, 계란, 소금, 후추, 김

Ingredients: thin-sliced rice cakes, ox-bone broth, dumplings, green onions, eggs, salt, pepper, seaweed(laver)

 

떡국 떡을 물에 30분 정도 불려 놓는다. 팔팔 끓는 사골 곰탕에 만두와 떡국 떡을 넣어 준다. 떡이 충분히 익으면 소금과 후추로 간을 맞춘다. 대파를 어슷 썰어 넣는다. 계란으로 지단을 만들고 얇게 썬다. 지단과 김, 고추와 같은 고명으로 마무리한다.

 

Let rice cake slices sit in cold water for 30 minutes Bring ox-bone broth to a boil and add dumplings and rice cake slices After the rice cake slices are fully cooked, add salt and pepper to adjust the taste Slice the green onions diagonally Make thin slices of fried eggs Finish up by adding decorations using fried egg slices, seaweed and pepper

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멸치 떡국

Anchovy broth rice-cake soup

 

재료: 떡국 떡, 멸치, 다시마, 대파, 국간장, 소금, 후추, 계란, 김

Ingredients: thin-sliced rice cakes, anchovies, kelp, soup soy sauce, salt, pepper, eggs, laver

 

떡국 떡을 찬물에 30분 정도 불려 놓는다. 멸치와 다시마를 물에 넣고 끓인다. 끓기 시작하면 다시마를 건지고 약한 불로 15분 정도 더 끓인다. 떡국 떡을 넣어 끓인다. 떡이 다 익으면 대파를 어슷 썰어 넣고 국간장과 소금, 후추로 간을 맞춘다. 계란을 풀어 넣고 살살 저어 준다. 계란, 김, 고추와 같은 고명으로 마무리한다.

 

Let rice cake slices sit in cold water for 30 minutes Boil water with anchovies and kelp in it When it starts to boil, remove the kelp and boil for 15 more minutes over a low heat Add rice-cake slices and bring to a full boil Once the rice-cakes are cooked, slice green onions diagonally and season it with soy sauce, salt and pepper Add an egg and stir the soup Finish up by adding decorations using fried egg slices, seaweed and pepper





Show 623 She's the Boss: The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi by Rochelle Schweizer. Audio MP3  

Show 623 She's the Boss: The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi by Rochelle Schweizer. Audio MP3

The sordid truth about Nancy Pelosi's rise to power -- and why she is the most dangerous politician in America

She's the Boss: The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi

by Rochelle Schweizer. Michael Medved talks to author.

As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi once pounded her gavel so hard it left a dent in the podium. Ruthless and efficient, she frightens even those who agree with her: Democrats in Congress have learned the hard way to toe the line. Unchecked, Pelosi's impact on our country could be catastrophic. Now, in She's the Boss: The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi, Rochelle Schweizer lays out the indisputable truth: Pelosi is a manipulative political boss who will stop at nothing to keep power and advance her destructive agenda.

 

"Most people view Pelosi as a granola, liberal San Francisco ideologue," writes Schweizer. "But there is something more worrying and more potent than her extreme agenda: the well-engineered boss politics she has imposed on the legislative process." Schweizer charts Pelosi's carefully orchestrated rise to power as a uniquely American ruling-class diva who is not so subtly replacing "by the people, for the people" with "have your people call my people." Based on historical archives and exclusive interviews, She's the Boss explores how Pelosi functions as a brass-knuckles political boss and how her grandmotherly image allows her to operate in a manner that few, if any, male politicians could get away with.

 

"Big Tommy": How Pelosi's father -- a congressman and then mayor of Baltimore whose political machine was tainted by scandal -- taught her about patronage, ruthlessness, and the credo of the party boss: never admit to anything, never apologize, and attack when challenged

 

Pelosi's shameless hypocrisy -- for instance, while she spends millions in taxpayer dollars to green up the capital and expects Americans to pay for their carbon footprints, she demands a bigger jet for her trips across the globe as well as military G5s for holiday weekends

 

How Pelosi's power has positioned both her and her family members to expand their financial portfolio: Schweizer examines numerous questionable financial dealings such as Presidio Partners, Hunters Point Redevelopment, and Paul Pelosi Jr.'s involvement with Countrywide and InfoUSA

 

"Public service" is her mantra -- but instead of contributing to causes that elevate the poor and suffering, she donates to organizations that will elevate her social standing such as Georgetown University, art councils, and the like

 

How Pelosi claims to act for the benefit of the American people, yet enriches her family's portfolio through pet legislation and personal financial dealings

 

How Pelosi claims to be a Catholic -- yet brazenly defies Church teaching by fighting for taxpayer funding for abortions

 

How Pelosi drives massive legislation deals through Congress by stiff arm twisting, knowing she and her cronies will profit at the expense of the electorate

"Schweizer presents compelling evidence that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a political boss operating on overdrive and has turned her House into a corrupt institution by pulling the levers of political power for her benefit as well as that of her allies." -- Andrew Breitbart, founder of BigGovernment.com

 

"Many Americans have wondered how an official with such a wide-eyed leftist agenda and such arrogance could become the highest-ranking female politician in U.S. history? Schweizer reveals how Pelosi became Speaker of the House using the same ruthless techniques she learned from her father's world of corrupt Baltimore boss politics. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to truly understand this widely unpopular, arrogant, and overreaching political boss and shows how the House she built may be about to collapse." -- Michelle Easton, president, Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute

 

"She's the Boss is critical to understanding what's going on in Washington today and Pelosi's pivotal role." -- Fred Barnes, executive editor, Weekly Standard

 

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Episode 16 - How to Party Additive Free?  

Recently, we wrote quite a detailed post on how to throw an additive free birthday party. If you haven’t read it yet, you can check that out here.

This episode complements that blog post by explaining, in depth, our five simple steps to create an amazing additive and preservative free birthday party.

We’ve got it down pat now, throwing additive free birthday parties, for our kids, can be totally stress free and the bonus is that the kids really love it!

Three of the best things we have noticed by having additive free parties are:

Little to no fighting, or rough play,No tantrums,Kids are calmer, more relaxed,

By following the steps we’ve outlined below, you can throw an additive (and stress) free birthday party.

Get organized

You don’t want to prepare the day, or night, before the party especially if you want to make it additive free. Serving an additive free menu means you will most likely have to bake. It can be easy, don’t let this put you off.  There are so many simple things you can cook/bake that does not require you to be a masterchef.

However, if this is not something you are confident with you can get food from organic restaurants or cafes but this can be really expensive.

Do your list and write down what you are going to cook

Luckily, we have a plethora of recipes that you can cook days in advance.

For example, you can prepare:

Barbecue meatsSausage rolls (homemade)Pulled pork + salad wrapsChicken wingsChicken skewersPumpkin DipsCinnamon doughnuts (use the tea cake recipe from our Sweet Heaven Cook BookHow to decorate an additive free cake

Think outside the square when it comes to cake decorations.  You don’t have to use petroleum based food colours to achieve a bright, colourful cake.

Here are some options to consider next time you are cake decorating:

Use brightly colored toys to decorate the top of a kids cake,Flowers are beautiful for cakes (see Tracey’s most recent cake for her daughters 16th birthday party),Use natural food colors and 100’s & 1000’s to get a great effect,Make an ice cream cake with different layers.Prepare the loot bags

Kids love taking a loot bag home, sometimes it is even the highlight of the party.  However, to keep in theme of additive free, we often use things other than lollies to fill our bags.

Here are some brilliant ideas:

StickersPens and pencilsSocks and soap (for sleepover parties)Nail polishesSmall ToysNotebooksScarf and decorated bagsPlay DoughBalloonsAll the “other” food

Aside from the cake and the hot food, what else are you going to eat?

Below is a list of some of our favourite things to put on the party table.

Chocolate Bliss Ball (from our Bliss Ball Heaven Book)Fruit sticks and dipsAdditive free chipsPlain rice biscuitsPizza

As you can see, throwing an additive free birthday party means you have to prepare but it doesn’t have to be so hard. Keep things simple and don’t’ stress it!

Always remember to have fun, that is exactly what parties should be, totally fun and no stress.

Take care

Tracey and Jo
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After Hours 17: How to make friends with your new boss  

Many of our listeners have issues with their bosses, but Clayton has a different problem: he loves his boss, but that boss is retiring in a month. So now Clayton's worried about getting off on a good foot with the new boss, especially since he could easily be worse than the old boss. Fortunately, Liz and Larry have plenty of advice for anyone who’s worried about making friends with the new boss in town. Then, Jeffrey's having issues with his new boss, who doesn't seem to be doing any real work, and it's bringing the whole department down.

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S1E18: But I want to be the boss!  

Last week, we had advice for all of you first-time bosses, but how do you get picked to become a boss in the first place? On today's show, Liz and Larry tell you how. Jordan Harbinger from the podcast Art of Charm joins us to talk about the ways you can prove you're ready for that promotion, and how to get off on the right foot with a boss you want to impress. Then Wondery's own Karo Chakhlasyan joins Liz and Larry for a Boss 101 coaching session, and we help a listener whose path to bossdom is blocked by longtime employees.

Find Jordan Harbinger at Http://www.theartofcharm.com and follow him on twitter @TheArtOfCharm

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S1E17: I’m a boss...now what?  

We know our show's called I Hate My Boss, but that doesn't mean we automatically hate all the bosses in the world. So if you're on the threshold of first-time bosshood, don't worry; in fact, this episode goes out to you! Liz and Larry have all the tips to make sure that your employees don't end up hating you, plus they have advice for how to deal with new bosses that just aren't cutting the mustard. Megan's concerned about her coworkers respecting her authority, while The Newbie Sup wants to rein in two problem employees. Bethany's new boss is bringing her whole team down with her, and Dana wants to know how you can spot a bad first-time boss during a job interview.

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Plugins: Cake and Eat it Too - Digital Photography Podcast 569  

This is The Digital Story Podcast #569, Jan. 31, 2017. Today's theme is "Plugins: Cake and Eat it Too." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

The phrase, "You can't have your cake and eat it too," refers to telling someone that they can't have two good things that don't normally go together at the same time, like eating a cake and then continuing to possess that same cake so you can eat later*. An exception to this rule in the world of photography is with our photo management apps and plugins. I explain more in today's show.

* as written by Jacob Shamsian of the Business Insider.

Digital Photography Podcast 569

Plugins: Cake and Eat it Too

On one hand, we want continuity with our photo management applications. So whether you're using Lightroom, Photos for macOS, Capture One Pro, or something else, you want to know that your photos are safe and retrievable.

But at the same time, this is also our digital darkroom where we fine tune, experiment, and test new approaches to get the most our of our imagery. For these activities we want new tools and filters that fuel our creativity. And to be honest, new tools don't come fast in photo management applications.

A way that we can have both security and creativity is through the use of plugins. We don't have to give up our stable photo management system to experiment with new image editing tools. So I thought that I would share three interesting plugins with you today.

On1 Photo RAW

Available for both Mac and Windows. No catalog means you (or anyone with access) can store and edit your photos anywhere (local network and cloud). Built-in layers, brushes, and masking tools. Includes all of the ON1 apps; Browse, Develop, Effects, Portrait, Layers, Resize, and Photo Via Works as a standalone app, as a plug-in (for Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom®), a host app (Google® Nik® and other apps), or as an extension (for Apple® Photos®).

I'm most interested in Photo RAW as a complement to Photos for macOS. But I think it's useful as a Lightroom plugin too. I downloaded the trial, and went for a test drive.

Bottom line was that Photo RAW worked well for Lightroom with smooth handoffs back and forth. But as an editing extension for Photos for macOS, it crashed Photos and didn't work. On1 Photo RAW is available for $99.

Luminar

No surprise here, I'm sure, that Luminar is at the top of this list. Mac users who rely on Lightroom, Aperture, or Photos for macOS, can expand their post processing chops with an array of sophisticated filters, layers, and localized editing brushes. You can purchase Luminar for $69 that includes the full set of plugins with a standalone version of the app.

DxO Film Pack

Available as a plugin for Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture 3, or as a standalone app. Mac and Windows compatible. In Lightroom you need to set it up as your additional external editor in Preferences. Once doing so, the roundtrip is painless, and the adjusted image is returned to Lightroom in a stack with the original.

This plugin gives access to more than 80 analogue films, and combines many original renderings with filter, vignetting, blur, texture, frame or light leak effects.

I really like these film emulations, and the fact that it is an excellent RAW processor at the same time. You can purchase versions starting at $79.

In the News: Advanced Editing Extensions from lynda.com

This is a very cool training from lynda.com: Photos for macOS: Advanced Editing Extensions. I show you how to use Luminar, DxO Optics Pro, Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, and Polarr. I cover standalone versus editing extension, and how to blend all of these tools into a creative, easy to use workflow.

Updates and Such

The registration forms for the The Chicago to New Orleans Rail Adventure - June 26-29, 2017, and for the San Francisco Street Photography Workshop - have been sent out to members of our reserve list. This workshop begins the day after Out of Chicago concludes. So if you're going to OOC, just add Sunday night to you

T4B094: Valentine’s Day Cakes  

Looking for unique Valentine's Day cakes?
Wanting to make special Valentine’s Day cakes for the one you love with the thing you love (your Thermomix of course!)? In Episode 94, we present two delicious yet unique options for Valentine’s Day cakes, perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

Click on the play button at the top or download this in iTunes or on Stitcher Radio (and don’t forget to leave a review - it really makes our day!)

The recipes we chose this week are:

Recipe 1 - Red Velvet Cupcakes (from Thermomix in Australia’s Recipe Community)

These make such unique and gorgeous gifts. Perfect Valentine's Day cakes! This recipe gave us 12 red velvet cupcakes, with a delicious dollop of cream cheese icing on top (we used a piping bag). We only made a third of the icing recipe, and it was the perfect amount. These cupcakes were well received by our family and friends! In the podcast you will hear us talking about the fact we made our own baking powder (as we usually do... but used some VERY old bicarb soda, which we think affected how much our cakes rose).

Recipe 2 - Chocolate Red Wine Cake with Nutella Buttercream Icing (from Thermomix Baking Blogger)

This cake smells AMAZING!!! We made our own caster sugar first, and then added the chocolate to be grated, without removing the sugar, which worked really well. The feedback on this cake has been very good! We made it using gluten free flour, and the texture was great. You can’t taste the red wine. You may notice ours doesn't look as amazing as Sophia's (Thermomix Baking Blogger) does... that's because our buttercream icing split! We talk about ways to rectify this in the podcast, and in the tips below.

Here are some cool tips from this podcast... 

Don’t crack eggs directly into the bowl - crack into a cup first to make sure no shell goes in (or in case the egg isn’t good!)
Not sure if your bicarb soda is still good? Add to some vinegar. If it fizzes, it’s ok!
Want to make all your cupcakes the same size? Weigh the same amount of batter in each one.
Finding that your cupcake wrappers are browning? Consider budgeting two cupcake wrappers per cake - one to cook in, and then remove it and sit it in another cupcake wrapper / case.
Looking for a healthier version of red velvet cake? Check out this Red Velvet Cake coloured with beetroot and raspberries!
Does your cake need further cooking, but the top is browning? Cover in alfoil and keep cooking!
Buttercream icing has separated? Check out these ideas for how to rectify.
Want more Valentine’s Day ideas? Check out Episode 36 for a Valentine’s Day 3 Course Meal, or Episode 63 for Healthy Chocolate Ideas.
Want to see us in our test kitchen? Join us on Periscope @the4blades

What will you make for your Valentine? Leave us a note in the comments below! 

If you enjoyed this podcast, we’d be extremely grateful if you would take a second and leave us a review and rating over on iTunes.  Once on that page, simply click on the “View in iTunes” button to leave your review — thanks very much!

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T4B090: Thermomix Lamingtons  

Want to make Thermomix lamingtons?
With Australia Day coming up we head to the kitchen to test a great recipe for Thermomix lamingtons. In Episode 90, we experiment with four different variations, and report back with our findings! If you love a lamington, read on!

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We only chose one recipe this week, but tested 4 different variations of it! The batter will fill your bowl - it makes quite a lot of lamingtons! The chocolate dipping sauce is absolutely perfect for this recipe (and if you have any left, whiz it up with some milk for a milkshake!) The recipe tester feedback about this recipe is that it leads to a delicious lamington. It's easy to follow, cost effective, and yummy. What more do you want? The recipe we used has great easy-to-follow steps. Click the link below to find the recipe.

Recipe - Thermomix Lamingtons (from The Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard)
What is a lamington? 
In its most basic form, a lamington is a cake dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut. Of course, there are many variations, and we have learnt on our Facebook page, that there are many personal preferences surrounding lamingtons.

Butter cake or sponge cake for the inside?
Plain cake, or a layer of jam and / or cream inside?
Covered in chocolate, or something else?
Shape - squares? Fingers? Very important to determine your preferred sponge:chocolate ratio!

Quick poll: Do you prefer your lamington...A: Traditional - cake covered in chocolate icing and coconut. B: Filled with a layer of jam, cream or both.

Posted by The 4 Blades on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

We learned from the Australian Lamington Appreciation Society that the story behind lamingtons goes something like this:

There was a maid-servant working at Government House in Brisbane when Lord Lamington was the Governor of Queensland. One day, she accidentally dropped the Governor's favourite sponge cake into some melted chocolate. Lord Lamington was not a person of wasteful habits and suggested that it be dipped in coconut to cover the chocolate to avoid messy fingers. Lord Lamington devoured this new taste sensation with great delight and the maid-servant's error was proclaimed a magnificent success by all!
Our Experiment
We created four batches of Thermomix lamingtons, each with a different variation that we are commonly asked about.

Gluten Free Flour + Baking Powder, using Nuttelex instead of Butter
Gluten Free Flour + Baking Powder, using Butter
Plain Flour + Baking Powder, using Butter
Store-bought Self-Raising Flour, using Butter

Here is what we discovered:

Gluten Free vs Wheat Flour Thermomix Lamingtons
Experiment notes:
- We halved the quantity of the GF batter.
- Batter was thicker when GF flour was used.

End result: 
- No significant difference in taste noted between GF and wheat flour batches.

Nuttelex vs Butter Thermomix Lamingtons
Experiment notes:
- Butter batter more yellow, otherwise no significant visual differences in the batches pre or post cooking.
- Both were cooked using GF flour and in a loaf tin (due to the reduce batter size).

End result:
- The butter batch led to a slightly more dense cake. Taste testers preferred the taste of the butter batch, but were happy with both. It was still a good option.

Thermomix Lamingtons with storebought self-raising flour vs plain flour + baking powder
Since having our TM we have always used 1 tsp of baking powder in plain flour instead of using self-raising flour. Just one less thing to have in the cupboard. We make our own baking powder using the recipe in the ‘Make Your Own’ Bonus Issue, available to all subscribers of The 4 Blades Magazine.

Full time to freelance and dealing with a controlling boss  

This week, Bryce answers common (and not so common) questions about transitioning from a traditional full-time job to freelancing. 

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Freelance FAQ: How do I transition from the 9 to 5 to freelancing?

Before you make the full-time freelancing plunge...

Know your finances

Have 3-6 months of savings before you commit

Start moonlighting

Freedom to learn and experiment.

When you do start freelancing…

Communicate with clients (but don’t create unnecessary work for them) Meet deadlines Always give your best work (if you can)

Research how freelance taxes work in your state

Look into insurance options

Create a schedule, system or process for work.

Occasionally re-evaluate what is and isn’t working. In particular, look for time investments that aren’t showing any returns

Always evaluate your work/life balance

Evaluate your income to expenses

 

Feedback from the Inferno: My boss won't let me have a sidegig -- what should I do?

(This segment originally premiered over at The Freelancers Union.)

I moonlight as a freelancer and I know my boss will have a problem with it if he ever finds out. What should I do?

I have done freelance writing here and there for almost 10 years. I enjoy doing it, and I want to really get serious about it.

Here's my problem: I work full-time as an administrative assistant at a law firm, and my boss is not at all supportive of me doing anything that he thinks might take me away from my job. And let's be honest, he has a point - I do intend to leave when I've got my freelancing off the ground. For now, I need the money, and it's not a terrible gig, but it isn't where my heart is.

I already have one client that I got by word of mouth, and I know I need to advertise my services to gain more clients – which is scary enough, as I am an introvert – but I'm scared to put myself out there lest my boss discovers what I'm up to and uses it against me.

I would love just to be honest with him, as I have with my office manager, but past experiences have already taught me that's not an option; as examples, he fired another assistant partly because that assistant divulged that he was going to night school to become an EMT; he also was wary of me getting my CAP-OM certification until I described how it would benefit HIM.

I already dropped hints a long time ago that I really wanted to pursue writing, but that was dismissed and never referenced again.

Many others within the firm have ventures outside of the office, including my boss and all of the partners. But for them, the firm is an anchor. For me, it is a stepping stone.

My question is twofold: is there a way for me to advertise myself stealthily so that I can get clients without my current boss finding out? Or, in the event I just say screw it and put myself out there, how can I prepare to deal with the fallout?

I appreciate any help you can give - I am reaching out to you because I have heard you say to start freelancing part-time before jumping in with both feet, and I figured maybe you'd have some insight into a situation like mine.

I'm tired of holding back and missing out on clients and money because I'm afraid a simple Google search will cost me my job before I'm ready to leave.

– A moonlighter on a mission

 

First of all, this is easily one of the best-written emails I've ever received. You clearly have the chops to make it on your own as a freelance writer.

Second, your boss is an absolute douche.

With that out of the way…

Finding Work

There are tons of ways to market yourself without actually exposing yourself. In nearly a decade of freelancing, roughly 80% of my work came from clients I never actually met.

Word of mouth, job boards, local meetups – they’re all great ways to find work when you’re first starting out. For your first few jobs, simply letting the world know (via twitter, facebook, etc.) you’re available for work is a great way to secure some warm leads.

However, that last bit of advice tickles your main issue…

On being googled

I almost always suggest a freelancer use their name as their business, and I think this should still be the case for you. I understand the fear of Googling – and it's a valid concern – but the idea of this boss owning your name online is utterly ridiculous. Plus, your freelance site doesn't need to be salesy or revealing. Giselle's illustration website is a great example of this.

To address this potential name issue, maybe y

208 Steven Yeun, Doug Benson, Paul F. Tompkins  

The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun joins the Bang! Bang! universe along with today’s co-host/lover of movies Doug Benson! After a chat about hair in movies/tv, haunted hotels, and what we can expect on the upcoming episodes of The Walking Dead, our old pal Buddy Valastro aka Cake Boss (Cake Boss) stops by. We’ll hear who are some of the worst pie guys around, the story behind the most erotic cake that Cake Boss has ever made, and a game of Would You Rather for the ages. Check out the full video at  Youtube.com/Earwolf !

Adverbial clauses, linkers and conjunctions - AIRC133  

Adverbial clauses, linkers and conjunctions - AIRC133

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In this episode we're going to help you with Adverbial clauses, linkers, conjunctions etc

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Listener Feedback: Bruno Schvidah from Brazil sent us an email.
My name is Bruno and I am from Brazil but recently living in Copenhagen!
My weak side has been "adverbial clauses and linkers" I would really like to go through that!
For now, I wish you all a great Friday!
All the best, Bruno

We're sorry it's taken us so long to answer your question, Bruno.
We spoke about some linking words in Episode 55 (but, even though/although, however, in spite of/despite) ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/2015/06/14/linking-words-but-even-thoughalthough-however-in-spite-ofdespite-etc-shopping-expressions-airc55/ )

What Are Adverbial Clauses?
"An adverbial clause is a group of words which does what an adverb does.

Adverbial clauses (like all clauses) contain a subject and a verb. For example:

"I eat dark chocolate daily."
(normal adverb)

"I'm going to eat dark chocolate until you tell me to stop."
(adverbial clause = "until you tell me to stop")

More examples:
I never knew how wonderful life could be until I started podcasting.

I'll let you know as soon as I publish this episode.

Now that we've eaten, we can have some of that chocolate cake.

Adverbial clauses don’t have to speak about time. They can also be about contrast, cause and effect, condition etc.

Contrast:I had some chocolate cake even though I was full. (even though = aunque)

Cause and effect: I’ve put on weight this month because I’ve been eating so much cake.

Condition: I’m not going to Disneyland unless you come with me. (unless = a menos que, a no ser que)

More linkers:

In spite of / Despite - “I bought an iphone in spite of the price.” (in spite of/despite = a pesar de)
They go at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence.
“Reza arrived on time despite / in spite of missing the bus”


Instead of (en vez de, en lugar de)
“This year we’re having roast lamb for Christmas dinner instead of turkey.”


Although (aunque) / though / even though / in spite of the fact that (a pesar de que) - “Although/Even though/Though I was full, I had another piece of cake.”

"Even though" is more emphatic than "although".

“Though” can also go at the end of a second sentence in informal English:

These connectors are followed by a complete sentence. They can be placed at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence. If they are at the beginning we put a comma after the clause.

"I had another piece of cake, although I was full."

“In spite of the fact that the neighbours were making a noise, we decided to record this podcast.”

“Reza loves Berta. She rarely thinks about him, though.”

"I'm sorry, we don't have any chocolate cake. We've got some biscuits, though."

However (sin embargo) / nevertheless/nonetheless (no obstante) / even so (aun así)
At/Near the start of a second sentence:

“I was really tired. Even so, I decided to go out for a beer.” (sin embargo, aun así)

“Craig’s on a diet. However, he can’t lose any weight.”

“I didn’t like the price. Nevertheless/Nonetheless, I bought it.”

Or at the end of a second sentence in informal English:
“I didn’t like the price. I bought it, nonetheless.”

While / whereas (mientras que)
In the middle or at the start of a sentence:
“Our last podcast was really interesting, whereas/while this one is a bit boring.”
“While/whereas the last podcast was really interesting, this one is a bit boring:”

On the one hand / on the other hand (por un lado / por el otro lado)
Links two contrasting ideas. “On the one hand” can be omitted:
(On the one hand,) I think that technology has helped society in the areas of health, work, education etc. On the other hand we might be too dependant on technology and maybe to addicted to it as well.

On the contrary - al contrario
Some people say that people can’t change. On the contrary, I think they can!

We can use linkers to add information:

Moreover (además) / furthermore / besides (además) / in addition (to) (además (de)) / as well as (además de) / apart from (aparte de) / what’s more (además; lo que es más, y encima) / on top of that (además) / as well = too (también) at the end of a sentence

“In addition to jazz music, Craig also likes rap.”
Besides music and podcasting, what other hobbies do you have at the moment? - It's a nice day for a walk, and besides, I need the exercise.
I think you owe me an apology. Furthermore, you need to apologise to my wife.
Your company did not inform us of the building work in the hotel. Moreover, no compensation was offered.
Juan was at the meeting, as well as Sara and Maria.
‘Apart from Spanish, Reza also speaks French”.
“He's ugly and what's more, he's not very nice.”
"What a day! First I woke up late, then the car wouldn't start, and on top of that, I dropped my phone and broke it."
She likes tea. She likes coffee as well/too.


We can use linkers to show consequences and results:

As a result (of) (debido a,como resultado, como consecuencia) / therefore (por lo tanto, por eso) / consequently, as a consequence (en consecuencia, y entonces, y por eso) / for this reason

“Reza and I work very hard on this podcast. As a result, it’s becoming one of the most popular learning English podcasts in itunes.”
“I think, therefore I am.” - pienso, luego existo
“I wanted it; consequently, I bought it.”
“I don’t think I can help you develop this product, and for this reason I’m out.” - Shark tank

We can also use linkers to show reasons and causes:

Because (of) (a causa de, debido a) / as / since / seeing that / on account of / due to (debido a) / due to the fact that (debido a que) / owing to / owing to the fact that

As/Since/Because Craig loves Mickey Mouse (clause), he wants to visit Disney Land, Orlando.
Because of Craig’s love for Mickey Mouse (noun phrase, not clause), he wants to visit Disney Land, Orlando.


“Because of / on account of / owing to / due to our sponsor, italki we are able to continue with this podcast.”

Compare:
“We didn’t record podcasts yesterday due to* work.”
“We didn’t record podcasts yesterday due to the fact that* we were both working.”

(*also owing to and owing to the fact that)

“As / Since / Seeing that we’re hungry, we should break for lunch now.”

In order to = a more formal version of INFINITIVE / so as to
Theses conjunctions explain the purpose of something. They are more common in written English.
Reza and I started this podcast (in order) to help you improve your English.
We started our Patreon program so as to be able to pay for full transcriptions for these podcasts (go to https://www.patreon.com/inglespodcast for more details)

All the same (de todas formas, a pesar de todo)
“They offered to pay me 30 euros per hour, but I turned down the job all the same.”

We can use some linking words to show the order and sequence of things

First of all / Firstly / To begin with / To start with / In the first place (en primer lugar, antes que nada)
Second / Secondly (en segundo lugar)
Third / Thirdly (en tercer lugar)
After that / Then (después de eso, después) / Next (luego)
Finally, Lastly (por fin, por último, finalmente)
Last but not least (por último, si bien no menos importante)

Linkers for summarizing

In short / To sum up / In conclusion (en resumen, para concluir, resumir)
All in all (en suma)
In brief (en resumen)
In short (en resumen)
On the whole (en general)


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Episode 85 Cake for Yorkshire Ripper, Rapist Janner and Scots snub her Maj  

The Sun newspaper reports that, YORKSHIRE Ripper Peter Sutcliffe threw a wobbly in Broadmoor after not getting a birthday cake.

The 19st serial killer said it was “thoughtless” as he could have shared it out.

It came after he moaned about having Happy Birthday sung to him, claiming he hated being the “centre of attention”. 

Staff could not find a cake suitable for Sutcliffe, who was 69 on June 2, as he has diabetes.

But he told a pal: “I am the only diabetic on the ward and it would have been shared out with the other lads. They could have got a normal one and I’d have only had a bit. It’s thoughtless.

“I didn’t like Happy Birthday being sung. It took me by surprise and I was embarrassed.”

The bloated psychopath is now a Jehovah’s Witness and followers do not celebrate birthdays.

But a source, not a worker at at the Berkshire hospital, said: “He doesn’t mind people sending cards and presents. He got loads from friends, family and his many visitors and pen pals. Some came with CDs and money.”

Sutcliffe is serving 20 life sentences for killing 13 women and attempting to kill seven more. 

Broadmoor would not comment.

  Jon Gaunt says,. LET HIM  EAT CAKE!    In fact Jon suggests that we all send him cake and hope he falls into a diabetic coma, but seriously this man should have been executed years ago for his crimes not allowed to demand a birthday cake!   Lord Janner has been accused in the House of Commons of being a child rapist and now must surely face a criminal trial.   Jon also says that Alison Saunders the DPP must fall on her sword or be sacked for her mistakes in this case and in her witch hunt of Tabloid journalists.   Jon is also angry that the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon are refusing to pay the corect amount of money to her Majesty.     In simple terms Jon says there is only one solution to this increasingly Dis-United Kingdom and that is to give the SNP full fiscal authority and let them see how they fare. But he is fed up of having to pay for their whims and excesses via the Barnet formula.
Episode 85 Cake for Yorkshire Ripper, Rapist Janner and Scots snub her Maj  

The Sun newspaper reports that, YORKSHIRE Ripper Peter Sutcliffe threw a wobbly in Broadmoor after not getting a birthday cake. The 19st serial killer said it was “thoughtless” as he could have shared it out. It came after he moaned about having Happy Birthday sung to him, claiming he hated being the “centre of attention”.  Staff could not find a cake suitable for Sutcliffe, who was 69 on June 2, as he has diabetes. But he told a pal: “I am the only diabetic on the ward and it would have been shared out with the other lads. They could have got a normal one and I’d have only had a bit. It’s thoughtless. “I didn’t like Happy Birthday being sung. It took me by surprise and I was embarrassed.” The bloated psychopath is now a Jehovah’s Witness and followers do not celebrate birthdays. But a source, not a worker at at the Berkshire hospital, said: “He doesn’t mind people sending cards and presents. He got loads from friends, family and his many visitors and pen pals. Some came with CDs and money.” Sutcliffe is serving 20 life sentences for killing 13 women and attempting to kill seven more.  Broadmoor would not comment.   Jon Gaunt says,. LET HIM  EAT CAKE!    In fact Jon suggests that we all send him cake and hope he falls into a diabetic coma, but seriously this man should have been executed years ago for his crimes not allowed to demand a birthday cake!   Lord Janner has been accused in the House of Commons of being a child rapist and now must surely face a criminal trial.   Jon also says that Alison Saunders the DPP must fall on her sword or be sacked for her mistakes in this case and in her witch hunt of Tabloid journalists.   Jon is also angry that the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon are refusing to pay the corect amount of money to her Majesty.     In simple terms Jon says there is only one solution to this increasingly Dis-United Kingdom and that is to give the SNP full fiscal authority and let them see how they fare. But he is fed up of having to pay for their whims and excesses via the Barnet formula.

After Hours 15: Another freeze-out  

Emilia was fed up with the communication issues she was having with her boss, so she made a mature decision and requested a meeting with him. It seemed like they’d hashed things out, but ever since then, her boss has been taking her projects and giving them to other people in the office. Liz and Larry offer their thoughts on how best to navigate this particular freeze-out. And Karen’s new boss has told her that she’s “too reserved” at work, and she doesn’t know how to respond.

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After Hours 3: How to deal with a know-it-all boss and a filthy colleague  

We answer questions about how to handle colleagues with, ahem, hygiene issues, help out a listener whose young boss always needs to prove that he’s the smartest guy in the room. Do your co workers have annoying habits of their own? We're here to help. Give us a call at 424-224-5711, or send us an email at IHateMyBossShow@Wondery.com New to I Hate My Boss? Subscribe today: smarturl.it/IHMB Liz recommends: Good To Great, by Jim Collins, which you can get for free as part of your 30-day trial subscription at Audible.com/BOSS Thank you to our sponsors: Blue Apron - Get your first 3 meals for free with free shipping by visiting them here: www.blueapron.com/boss Audible - Get a 30-day trial and a free audio book when you visit them here: www.audible.com/boss Casper - Get $50 off any mattress when you visit them here: www.casper.com/boss Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and browse the most extensive job boards here: www.Ziprecruiter.com/boss Bose Color Soundlink II wireless speakers. Get closer to your podcasts with Bose. Bose.com/podcast We'd like to hear your opinion! please complete a quick survey at www.wondery.com/survey. And if you like the show please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts.

S1E6: Unappreciated at work? Family businesses and what to do when you're "in the middle"  

We answer questions from Matt, who is in the middle between his boss and a difficult son, and Amanda, whose top 2 employees are fighting with each other. Anna feels under-appreciated and wants to ask for a raise. Liz and Larry give their take on what makes a great boss. Plus, a "Red Flag" from a listener. New to I Hate My Boss? Subscribe today: smarturl.it/IHMB Liz recommends: Good To Great, by Jim Collins, which you can get for free as part of your 30-day trial subscription at Audible.com/BOSS Thank you to our sponsors: Blue Apron - Get your first 3 meals for free with free shipping by visiting them here: www.blueapron.com/boss Audible - Get a 30-day trial and a free audio book when you visit them here: www.audible.com/boss Casper - Get $50 off any mattress when you visit them here: www.casper.com/boss Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and browse the most extensive job boards here: www.Ziprecruiter.com/boss Bose Color Soundlink II wireless speakers. Get closer to your podcasts with Bose. Bose.com/podcast We'd like to hear from you. Find us on Twitter @IHateMyBossShow, email iHateMyBoss@wondery.com or give us a call at 424-224-5711. We'd like to hear your opinion! please complete a quick survey at www.wondery.com/survey. And if you like the show please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts.

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