Saturday Snippets is back! Week 2…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

It was interesting to read about Salt Water Taffy lovers last week and how some us treasure our pearly whites and Salt Water Taffy is no longer an option for us…Thank goodness for fudge I say…

chocolate fudge with walnuts

I made this fudge way back in 2015 when I lived at the Blue House in Phuket…I am the queen of dairies and notebooks they can be found in many places around the house and in my bags, I never leave home without my little notebook and I am always delighted when I am given pretty notebooks or pens for a gift…

This was a lovely fudge and I can sort of remember some of the ingredients…So you think(said) through gritted teeth that I could find the said recipe…I have been through my notebooks thrice…and nada…zilch…Therefore I am sending out a plea for a recipe for this fudge which didn’t use chocolate but powder, walnuts and I don’t think I used condensed milk…I wait with bated breath and hope in my heart…sigh..x

Yes, I could look it up myself but the disaster which was coconut ice still haunts me…sigh

I need fudge…

In the meantime like I am sure hundreds of others are I have been baking bread…Some have turned out better than others…I have experimented with different flours…made buttermilk bread and soda bread, olive oil and rosemary rolls…I also have to make white bread although I do use unbleached flour but my family like white bread now and again…This loaf was cooked in a dutch oven a first for me and I was pleasantly surprised how much the crust was like ones I have purchased in bakeries.

loaf made in dutch oven

Probably from the steam produced using the dutch oven method…

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  •  2 1/4 tsp of rapid yeast
  • 2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp of olive oil.

Let’s Bake!

In a large bowl add the flour and salt whisk to combine.

Make a well and add the raid yeast granules and the lukewarm water then with wet hands bring the mix together. If it is too sticky add a little more flour and likewise if too dry add a little more water a tsp at a time…This will vary as it depends on the flour used.

Cover and leave in a warm spot to double in size again this depends on the temperature where you live it can be anything from a 1hr to 1 1/2 hours…if it is very warm mine takes a little less time.

Once risen using your hand or a dough scraper work the dough loose from the sides and working around the edge bring the sides to the middle.

Cover and leave to double in size again about 1 hour it rises slightly quicker this time.

Once risen transfer to a lightly floured surface sprinkle the top with a little flour and shape and fold the dough under itself several times then pinch the seams together. Coat your bowl with the olive oil and put the dough in the bowl cover and leave the dough to rise once again.

Then put on the oven and set the heat at 230C/450F and put your dutch oven into the oven to heat up for 45-1n hr. By the time this has heated your dough should have risen.

NOW VERY CAREFULLY REMOVE THE HOT DUTCH OVEN ONTO A TRIVETT…It is hot then turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface and carefully put in the dutch oven.

Put the pot back into the oven and cook for 45 minutes then carefully remove the lid and cook for a further 15-30 minutes …

loaf made in dutch oven

Remove from the oven and cover with a cloth to cool for about 15 mins before slicing and enjoying…

After eating and baking all this bread and goodies I need to just lose a little or keep it in check…

Wellness Corner:

In these times of quarantine and shortages, many of us have taken to baking our own bread and cakes…we are confined to our homes and gardens are cooking more and eating…snacking…I have added a few pounds and I know I am not alone…

My friend and fellow blogger Sally…is here to give us all a helping hand…No tricks, no fads, no cutting out carbs or other food groups just a common-sense approach something we all need…

Sally herself has had struggles with her weight over the years although she now has it under control…A qualified nutritionist her aim is to help others…This week she talks SLEEP…or, not as the case may be…me I could sleep on a clothesline…I will now hand you over to the expert …Sally @ Smorgasbord Health…

National Vinegar Month.

Has been a revelation for me as I have discovered and cooked with black vinegar…with great success I will add it is not so astringent as white kinds of vinegar more mellow and slightly smoky…I really like it…

Today keeping my policy for waste not want not in mind I am giving you a dish made with the stems of napa/Nappa Chinese cabbage. Most days I start my day with a bowl of vegetable stir fry with rice…we all love veggies and on my plate, my veggies far outweigh the amount of meat I eat…

Who throws this away?

smart

It is the stalk of the napa cabbage cut on the diagonal and stirfried…with some chopped garlic, dried chillies and chopped green onion. A sauce made from black vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar.

Start by heating a little oil in your pan and adding the chillies, garlic and onion and cook for 1 min.

Then add your Nappa cabbage stalks and stir fry for a further 2-3 mins. Add your sauces I always mix mine beforehand so they are ready. Cook for another minute…

This can either be served with rice/noodles or as a side to your main dish…we liked it but next time I will add some chopped ginger.

That’s it for National vinegar month I hope you have enjoyed the recipes…

What will June bring?

National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, National Iced Tea Month and National Papaya Month
First Friday in June: National Donut Day.

Well, candy and iced tea are out for me …unless it is a little fudge…

Fresh fruit, vegetables and Papaya are shouting out to me …What are your thoughts?

Well…16th June is National Fudge Day so that’s me sorted says she with a big smile…Also throughout June, there are Chocolate pudding, praline, pecans, apple strudel, onion rings and Mai Tai days…

Plenty of scope and yumminess there then…

That’s the recipes sorted…we will most certainly need Sally’s help…Moderation she will say use your 20% just not every day and every snack time…

Now last week on one of my posts I talked about the Auckland wild pigs, Pork crackling and shared the 3 little pigs(Disney) Pete Springerwhose blog I follow sent me the link to the wolf’s tale and it is delightful so I am going to share it with you…Yes, I am a kid at heart…

I loved this …Thank you, Pete, for the intro…

I will leave you with this…I have been very upset and disturbed at some of the sad news over the last few days…To say I am appalled that once again we are seeing these headlines is an understatement…But this blog is not the place for that…This action made me smile and made me think what a wonderful idea and I will be buying a pack for Lily…

For the whole story please click here or just watch the video…

Take care all of you…xxx

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practise social distancing.

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 have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

 

23 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets is back! Week 2…

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  2. petespringerauthor

    I’m with you on fudge, Carol. When I got serious about modifying my diet a few years back, I gave up a lot of sweets. I don’t miss soda at all, but chocolate is my weakness. We don’t have it in the house because I don’t trust myself. 😎 The cabbage dish looks delicious.

    I hope someone enjoys this version of The Three Little Pigs as much as I do. I always loved reading to kids, and I had the best big bad wolf voice. Somehow I bet you know I’m a bit of a big ham when it comes to stuff like that. 🤣

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes I have worked that one out, Pete I love the big bad wolf version so much better and more fun. Chocolate has never been my thing and you can’t get decent chocolate here anyway…Although Tops are part of Waitrose and have these lovely dark chocolate thins like after eights and I do treat myself occassionally..i love mint…..Well first batch of fudge made so my taste testers will give me the verdict today when they try it…The cabbage dish was good especially now I have found black vinegar..I do love veggie stir frys….Be well Pete and stay safe 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It is great …thanks to Pete…I loved it! That Crayola story its great about time…..Yes, June has ideas for some posts for me so all good… bread versus waistlines…sigh….Its becoming a National pastime we are baking again just like our mums and nans….

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  3. marianbeaman

    Everything about this post is superb, especially the photos of fudge.

    I listened to both videos, smiling as I heard the TRUE story of the three little pigs. What a great rendition. And, I just shared to Crayola skin tone ad on my Facebook page. WOW!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Carol!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes, it worked well Sally and will defintely do it that way now..as for the mention you are most welcome, Sally..Enjoy your baking Hugs xxx…I have just made fudge I have couple of different recipes to try and see which one comes out the best xx

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