CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 12th April-18th April 2020…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…

I won’t say I am cooking more but I am cooking more comfort food and wasting as little as possible…I am not thinking of creating exciting dishes and ways to cook as much I am just thinking of what I can cook if I run out of flour, eggs, pasta or other essentials so I suppose being more resourceful…

A cauliflower pizza base, cauliflower rice, courgette spirals instead of spaghetti..just getting a meal on the table which if you are experiencing shortages of certain foods is a must…

Let’s have a look at last weeks posts…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…13th April 2020… A once in a lifetime view …

There was a birdseye view of changes in the atmosphere and nature but by far the one thing which caused the most interest were solar pavements…So inventive…

Foraging and roadside verges which are coming into bloom…absolutely stunning…Nature is fighting back…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/13/recycling-and-climate-change13th-april-2020-a-once-in-a-lifetime-view/

Tuesday: Thailand…Down on the Farm…Mango scraps and BBQ sauce…

My experiment with mango peels and pits was a success as has been my lemongrass which is now powder and the whole house smells wonderfully of lemongrass…It has also made me realise why some products are so expensive as I used a huge bunch of lemongrass to get quite a small amount of lemongrass powder.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/15/thailanddown-on-the-farmmango-scraps-and-bbq-sauce/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

It was fun…we had my visitors a spider and a snake which made a few of you cringe just a tad…but not quite an everyday occurrence here but they pop in quite regularly. Madame Tussaud and some of her waxworks actually breathed quite spooky.

sweetpea in vase

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/16/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-3/

It was then over to Sally’s for my Food Column quite apt as it was the letter G…at is also  Garlic Day today and National Garlic week so very apt as well as healthy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-g-for-ginger-garlic-guacamole-goosefat-and-gribige/

Thursday: The Day of the Mushroom…

Mushrooms certainly deserve a day to themselves..there are so many different mushrooms in all shapes, colours and sizes…They can be eaten raw, cooked with garlic and butter, breaded or stuffed, pickled, dried or in a sauce or stew…They can be cultivated or foraged… wild mushrooms are beautiful but can also be deadly…

One of my favourite ways ..a rare treat…is cooked in butter and garlic and sandwiched between two slices of lovely fresh bread…A hot mushroom sandwich…Delicious…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/16/the-day-of-the-mushroom/

Friday: This week in my kitchen 17th April…Salmon and bread Rolls …

My BBQ sauce recipe has proven to be very popular I had to make some more today as Aston loves it his new favourite food…I think I might need to bottle it and start selling it…

Bread rolls were also on the menu…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/17/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-17th-aprilsalmon-and-bread-rolls/

Time for some Green tea over at Sally’s…Where Sally tells us all about the benefits of drinking green tea…I myself am quite a recent convert to drinking green tea as if it is not brewed correctly it is bitter when brewed correctly it is a wonderful drink…Since living here I have learnt the correct way…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-green-tea-one-small-leaf-with-terrific-health-benefits-by-sally-cronin/

Saturday: Saturday Morning trip to the Market…Not for a few more weeks…

I do miss my Saturday morning trip to the market but I know it isn’t forever and it is for the good of just not our health but everyone else’s. In the meantime I will share with you some fruits and vegetables that I use or grow here with recipes…The watermelons you see growing are on the farm…

This week it was a nice recipe for a watermelon smoothie…My neighbours had given me some more ..very nice of them…which means I have to come up with ideas on how to use them… this smoothie is quite nice as it is mixed fruit and vegetables which takes away that sickly sweetness of the watermelon…we get the health benefits without the sickly sweet taste.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/18/saturday-morning-trip-to-the-marketnot-for-a-few-more-weeks/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

19 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 12th April-18th April 2020…

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    Dear Carol, you are doing such a great job managing to cook delicious meals with what’s available. I wish more people did that rather than complaining about long lines under hot sun in Florida, where major supermarkets only let in a small number of shoppers at a time.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Dolly for your kind words.. I was brought up to make the best of a bad situation so I suppose I always live by that mantra.. Some things we cannot change 😊… Be safe. X

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  2. petespringerauthor

    Great week, Carol! I’ve gained a few pounds back since this whole thing started, and I’ve been taking a long walk every day until Friday when my knee started to trouble me. Isn’t getting older grand?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, John …Not everything is for everyone it wouldn’t do for us to be the same I put cheese in my cauliflower pizza base and it is ok but then I am also not a huge fan of pizza I like a slice on occassions but not a favourite food..the cauliflower rice I like for a change…I am with you on the mushrooms thoug…Love them!…The BBQ sauce I am going to try and get some liquid smoke …it is still at the trial stage it gets a tweak every time I make it…But thats me I can’t help myself…Be well and stay safe…:)

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      1. johnrieber

        I make Cauliflower rice several times a week for my wife, always bolstered with garlic, onion and celery…I mix it with regular rice as I don’t like it as much “full strength!”

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      2. johnrieber

        I “jazz” on my recipes all the time – for better AND worse! I love all kinds of green vegetables, but cauliflower and I never have gotten along that well…my new things is to roast it with curry seasoning…

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      3. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I love roasted cauliflower with Indian spices… If you add lemon to the cauliflower or the water if that is how you cook it then it seems to take the edge of the cauliflower taste.. Mellows it.

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      1. OIKOS™-Publishing

        Always with a great pleasure, Carol! Its a pleasure to be thankful to you, too. I am learning so much about healthy food, and saving the environment, i otherwise would not do. Best wishes for a great week! Michael

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