Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…May 3rd 2023…Potato Peel Crisps, Spicy Red Curry Balls,Organic Garden Fertilizer…

 

Welcome to May’s edition of Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen …my happy place where I cook from scratch and avoid anything with hormones and chemicals in it…I also hate waste, especially now prices are rising around the world in stores PLUS energy costs are on the increase…it is also hot here so I spend as little time as I can in the kitchen unless it is absolutely necessary… I do this by planning and batch cooking…

Food waste is an enormous problem in the US: America wastes roughly 40 per cent of its food, which leads to pollution and other environmental damage, and is a waste of natural resources and a waste of money. While edible food is lost at every point along the food chain — on farms and fishing boats, during processing and distribution, in retail stores, in restaurants and more.

So, the question is, how do we reduce food waste?

The answer might seem simple: don’t let food spoil, right?

But food waste happens in a bunch of different ways: You go out to eat and don’t love the meal you ordered, leaving the majority on your plate to get scraped into the garbage. Or you pick up a bag of oranges and forget about a few in the back of the fridge, where they turn mushy. You cut off the greens of carrots or beets, or peel root vegetables, and not realizing the potential use of these nutrition-packed scraps, you toss them in the trash…

Take the last line greens and peel I wasn’t one of the many who purchased an air fryer and apparently nearly 60% of U.S. households own an air fryer…I wonder how many of them are using fruit and veg peels to make chips…

According to dieticians…Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Chips] and we are talking only 10 chips here will provide 7 grams of total fat and 1 gram of saturated fat …that’s just the fat content for 10 chips…

and of course, you can ring the changes with any other fruit or vegetable peels…Do you make air fryer Crisps?

I haven’t been doing very much cooking in my kitchen at the moment plus if you are wondering why I have been banging on again about food waste and hormones and chemicals in our food it’s because I am scared for not only my family but yours…Cancer is on the rise and in my immediate family at the moment I have 2 daughters with breast cancer, Lauren has not finished her treatment last week she started the acid infusions and they restarted her monthly stomach implants both had been put on hold as the side effects of the many chemos they tried(due) to her bodies adverse reactions took longer than normal to complete plus her side effects were extreme…Donna has finished her treatment however during a routine follow-up scan they discovered a lesion on the wall of one of her lungs…Her second scan was on May 1st as if that wasn’t enough 2 of my sister in laws have breast cancer plus my husband’s sister, daughter’s son of 6 yrs old has been diagnosed with cancer we awaiting the results of his bone marrow…

Over the last few decades, doctors have been seeing dramatic increases in cancer in adults younger than 50…A new review of cancer registry records from 44 countries found that the incidence of early-onset cancers is rising rapidly for colorectal and 13 other types of cancers, many of which affect the digestive system, and this increase is happening across many middle- and high-income nations.

Personally, I put it down to hormones in our foods, chemicals and preservatives in our food, household cleaners, and cosmetics in fact almost everything we use on a daily basis in our homes has ingredients that are adverse to our health…That scares me and I like to think I am careful with my household purchases and have been over the years…

I can count 13 and a half sugar cubes in that one bottle of Coke Cola and likely similar amounts in any other brand of soda…

Where do you shop? Do you grow your own, do you shop locally or do you one of the big stores? This video talks you through how you can shop sustainably and help the environment and small businesses…

Episode 14: Keeping it Local: Avoiding Big Box Stores

Another tasty use for cold rice…Spicy red curry, Pork, Rice and Coconut Balls.

These spicy rice balls are a lovely way to use up any leftover cooked rice and are quite delicious. They are one of the first things I was taught to cook by my daughter-in-law more years ago than I care to remember. Whenever we have a party or anything they are one of the first things to be eaten, adults and kids alike love them.

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 We had these last night and we did have a couple left over….. guess what I have just had with some ginger and chilli, lime juice squeezed over it and wrapped in a white cabbage leaf… all the Thai flavours and textures..so yummy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms cold cooked rice.
  • 250 gms minced pork.
  • 150 gm coconut flesh. I have a funny little gadget that I bought long ago and I scrape the flesh out of a fresh coconut…
  • 1-3 tbsp red curry paste.
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar.
  • 2 eggs beaten.

Let’s Cook!

Mix all ingredients together it will be slightly sticky. With wet hands shape into medium-sized balls about 3-4 cm.

Heat oil until hot but not smoking as the outside will cook before the inside and cook rice balls for 15-20 minutes until brown and cooked through…keep an eye on the temperature of your oil…

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These balls are best eaten with a piece of white cabbage, some diced ginger and chilli put a ball or part of it on the cabbage and wrap it around, squeeze some lime juice over it and eat, it is a crunchy fusion of Thai flavours, so yummy and a great way to use up cold rice.

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If you are a vegetarian then omit the pork and you still have tasty rice balls….In fact, a lot of the balls you buy on the markets do not have Pork. If you don’t use pork then adjust your cooking time.

If you are not sure of the level of spice then form a small ball having used the lower level of paste and fish sauce, fry a tester. Then if you need to…Add more chilli paste.

Enjoy!

Gardening Hacks Corner…Bananas and eggs organic fertilizer.

I grow what I can and some plants need calcium to aid their growth like tomatoes…I came across this hack and if you have overripe bananas dig a hole and add a banana plus an egg or egg shells and fill it in then plant your calcium-loving tomato plants or other plants on top and the calcium from the banana and the egg will be slowly released into the soil..

Fact: About 5 gallons of water per day is required for one banana tree. Over the 270 days it takes to produce bananas, that tree will use over 1,300 gallons of water. Americans throw away 5 billion bananas every year! That means billions of gallons of water are thrown away too!

Thank you for joining me today as always I appreciate your visit and your comments…If you were wondering why the image of figs on the header image its because I am looking forward to eating some lovely fresh figs on my Australian Visit as they are season now it’s very rare I find fresh figs here so I am looking forward to eating some lovely fresh figs…xx

43 thoughts on “Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…May 3rd 2023…Potato Peel Crisps, Spicy Red Curry Balls,Organic Garden Fertilizer…

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    I like these posts, Carol. I always get good ideas from you. The increased cancer rates are terrifying, but not surprising as so many people don’t have access to or take the time to eat healthy farm or garden-raised and organic foods. The chemicals in processed foods are scary. And thanks for the recipes!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Diana and yes you are correct you would thing that those who let this happen would have sense to know that if they took steps to clean up the processed food production systems that it would also reduce the strain on the struggling health systems as to me they both go handing hand..You are welcome for the recipe 🙂 x

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  2. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Sobering statistics for cancer Carol and so sorry that your family has been so badly impacted. I hope Donna’s scan proves negative and so worrying about that little lad’s diagnosis. I agree about all the chemical elements we are exposed to and the hormones. I was prescribed the pill just before I married at 20 and within weeks I had developed a clot and thankfully I stopped taking and the doctor told me I should never take anything like it again. So I never did including HRT. 50 years after the pill took off in popularity, I do wonder what its impact has been on following generations. Thanks for the recipe we have rice most days but something for day three when there is some left.. ♥

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It interesting that you mentioned the pill , Sally as when Donna had her first bout of cancer that is what they put it down to triggering the cancer and that was nearly 20 yrs ago and they still prescribe the pill…Little Lenny has had the results now and he has High Grade Lymphoma he will be in hospital at least 6 months for intensive chemo..I wasn’t aware they kept children in but I suppose that’s for the best if its intensive chemo it must take its toll on their little bodies <3…

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      1. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

        Some people are not suited to the pill especially the early ones and if the woman already has an oestrogen dominance which I have. But not many get tested for that before it is prescribed and certainly in the early days it was not even recognised so the symptoms were not identified. This means millions of women were prescribed this hormone changing pill like smarties. Clearly I am too old now to be asked about things like that but the rare times I went to a doctor in my later 40s they were only too keen on giving me HRT which I refused. Now you can buy over the counter without any tests for existing oestrogen dominance. So much for do no harm. Sorry on my soap box.. ♥♥

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        No need to apologise , Sally its good to get a conversation going…Thats shocking about the HRT I was given it when I had my hysterectomy but once I was better I weaned myself off against my doctors advice but I just wasn’t happy with taking it and touch wood its so long now but I don’t regret making that decision ❤

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      3. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

        Good to hear Carol and most prescribed medication can be taken safely for short periods of time but as with statins we often don’t know the long term effect of taking them for extensive periods of time and only begin to see the damage 30 plus years later as health issues emerge. ♥

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  4. Victoria Zigler

    I’m sorry to hear things aren’t going as well as you hoped with your daughters’ cancer treatments. I hope things will improve for them and they’ll get well.

    Will have to try those rice balls with a couple of substitutions to make the vegetarian version vegan friendly. I know soi sauce will work in place of the fish sauce, so just need to decide which would be the best option for the egg replacement… Maybe a little silken tofu? I know that works well for the egg replacement in “egg fried rice” for example…

    I started becoming more aware of exactly what was in my food a few years ago when I was checking labels carefully after becoming officially vegan. It was enough to make me start making a lot more from scratch, despite physical limitations or a busy day – and occasionally hot weather – making me sometimes feel like chopping veggies is the last thing I want to be doing.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you Tori…with regards to the eggs they are to bind the mix together as I don’t use tofu at all I have had to google it and apparently it does work as a binding agent…Good luck please let me know how it works I guessing as tofu has no taste fingers crossed it should work 🙂

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      1. Victoria Zigler

        Yes, tofu only has whatever flavour you give it with what you cook it with, which is why it can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Anyway, when I get around to trying them I’ll let you know how it goes.

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  5. beetleypete

    I remember a dentist telling me that one can of Coke contained ten teaspoons of sugar. I was drinking about 12 cans a week at the time, and have never had one since.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  6. Alethea Kehas

    Carol, I’m so sorry you are facing such a high rate of cancer in your family. I hope everyone is able to get effective treatment. Our world does need to change, what we are doing with food and the environment is not sustainable for any life.

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  7. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    An excellent and important post Carol.
    I too am alarmed at the cancer rates, and I put so much of it down to what I call garbage food on the grocery store shelves, and pesticides and herbicide residue in those foods.
    Do you remember when the idea of a brain tumor was unheard of? A brother-in-law and a sister-in-law both died from brain tumors, and I personally know another four people who have had or died from them. Not rare any longer it seems, and breast cancer is even worse. So sorry again about your daughters Carol! I will keep them in my thoughts.
    💕

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Dorothy it really scares me as it so difficult to avoid chemicals and additives 100% you drive yourself absolutely mad as until labellling closes loopholes you can’t believe any claims made by manufacturers unless you see for yourselves where your food is made and your meat is raised and that’s without household cleaners, shampoos and shower gels etc etc…Thank you for your kind words for my daughters, Dorothy ❤ x

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      1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

        Last year, when my daughter steered me to the EWG website and their ratings of foods and cosmetics, I ended up getting rid of most of the shampoos, face cream, makeup, etc., that I used. In one day, my allergy eyes completely cleared up, and my sneezing reduced by more than half! So many of the chemicals in our health and beauty aids here are banned in other countries. And companies try to get around the regulation of the chemicals like talc (which is almost always contaminated by asbestos) by using filters in their testing that are not small enough to actually catch the contaminants.
        Netflix series “Not so Pretty” is quite informative.
        https://www.ewg.org/research/exposing-cosmetics-cover

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I know, Dorothy years ago 19 to be precise when Donna first contracted breast cancer we investagated all of the costmetics which are not highly regulated at all and use derivitives from the petroleum industry in their products …Johnsons BABY products are one of the worst …Talc and toothpaste were one of the worst back then and yesterday my son was reading the back of a toothpaste tube my DIL had sent to me as my normal one I couldn’t get and although the packaging screamed natural etc etc the ingredients list told me different …Companies just exploit loopholes and regs are still not tight enough…Yes, that Netflix Series was revealing but costmetic sales are still through the roof..Thank you for the link to EWG I will check it out…

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      3. CarolCooks2 Post author

        It certainly hasn’t, Dorothy I just wish more people would be more aware and let their feelings known at the checkout that’s the way things may change 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi, I am happy for anyone to leave their thoughts but I don’t allow link-dropping unless it is relevant to the post …Thank you for understanding and leaving a valued comment 🙂

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