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About CarolCooks2

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. This is now taking me into other areas like deforestation, chemicals and preservatives in the food chain. 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!

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 19th-September 25th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate and Birds…

Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate, Bombay Duck and Music from The Yardbirds…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the tail end of September time just flies by…the weather is changing on many continents and the yearly sniffles seem to have started with the change in temperatures…the time for warming foods for many is upon us the glut of Apples and root vegetables…it will soon be time to make our Christmas cakes and puddings to allow them time to mature and for others it is springtime…September brings the Autumn dawn…changes in leaves for some and new growth for others…what a wonderful world we live in…as a child I had a fascination for spiders webs so intricately woven and glistening in the morning dew…

So beautiful and delicate…

Back in September 1967 when I was just 15 yrs old…music and film mad…Aunty Beeb decided to join the fray to join Pirate Radio on the waves  …Radio 1 and Radio Caroline…Simon Dee which was a few years earlier (63/4) than BBC Radio 1..broadcasting from international waters …free from UK broadcasting restrictions… it was great fun…The first tune to be aired by BBC Radio 1 was from The Move…Flowers in the rain…followed by Massachusetts by the Bee Gees…

They were the band that got sued by British Prime Minister Harold Wilson(1967)

Plastic…The latest news…

Unfortunately, it’s now time to take action as our actions have consequences in the world of plastic…there is no getting away from it…there are so many small actions we can take which will collectively make a huge difference…Be the change!

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 8…Our actions…The Consequences…

The letter O was quite easy there were far more than I originally thought once my grey matter started working…The letter P is looking quite promising  Pumpkin and Apple are initial thoughts along with a few others… but the sticky end is coming I only have 1 for the letter Z at the moment…I hope you enjoy browsing through the letter O…x

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Letter O…

It was then over to Sally at Smorgasbord for our weekly look at our health…this post was a sobering one for me as my daughter is currently a cancer victim as are a few of my dear friends…the statistics scare the bejesus out of me…personally and you know what my thoughts are we are being poisoned from every angle bombarded with chemicals, fumes, antibiotics in our foods, pesticides it’s no wonder that the statistics …the figures are increasing at an unprecedented pace… it’s down to us we are in charge of what we eat and clean with and as it’s our health…we must be aware and take action…#highly recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Breast Cancer by Sally Cronin

Peanut Butter…I love it!…it is great on toast, stirred into a curry and definitely great in baked foods like these Peanut Butter Cookies…Next to be bake in my kitchen are Chocolate Brownie Peanut Cookies a recipe sent to me by Ally…Thank you, Ally...Lily and I will be baking them this week xx

Friday Nostalgia…in my kitchen…Peanut Butter Cookies/Biscuits…

Saturday Snippets…The word prompt this week was from my son…the word was Bird…

I would love it if some of you self proclaimed “word” nerds out there would send me a one-word prompt…Clive has sent me two so far…Thank you Clive x… It is amazing what you can find when you research one word it brings up all sorts and often not what you originally connect to that word…most enlightening…plus its good fun xx

Saturday Snippets…25th September 2021…Bird…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup…Hope to see you here next week for more on the environment and in my kitchen xxx

 

Saturday Snippets…25th September 2021…Bird…

This weeks one-word prompt is “Bird“…

My first thoughts were Birds Custard,  Bird’s Eye Chillies, Nelly Furtado…I’m Like a Bird…The Byrds and not a feather insight…

Come with me and see what else I have found…as the saying goes ” A Bird in the Hand is worth two in the Bush…Its current form first appears in John Ray’s Hand-book of Proverbs (1670):

Guatemala…The countries National Flag, Coat of Arms and currency all feature the beautiful Quetzal Bird…

There are also a few very famous cartoon birds… Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Woodstock, Road Runner and Tweetie Pie to name but a few…

A tune…

Some more tunes featuring Birds coming up later in the post…

Did you know?

Bombay Duck is really a fish? A species of the lizardfish…which is dried and has that love it or hate Mumbai smell. It got its name in the days of the Raj, from being transported on an iconic train, the Bombay Daak, daak being the Hindi word for mail. The term was then bastardised to duck, which stuck.

Hen of the woods is a type of mushroom…a mushroom which is safe to eat, delicious, and nutritious a wild variety prized by mushroom hunters…it grows at the base of trees particularly oak trees…it is also commonly called “Maitake”

Urban Dictionary…Cheese-Bird.

A term for a mousy-type woman, who might wear glasses and have a beak-like nose, and somewhat pretentious about films and stage performances, very dorky about such things and all, and has a preference for melted cheese on almost any other type of food other than unmelted cheese…There’s more…

Did you know?

Bird Ekachai Chiarakul…World Champion – Classical Guitar” won 1st place in America in the International Classical Guitar Competition 2014 at the GFA Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition stage…he is considered the first Asian person in history to win this prestigious accolade.

There are also some spectacular flowers like the “Bird of Paradise”

Swan Lake…the ballet is a tale of a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy, and romance into four acts. It features Prince Siegfried and a lovely swan princess named Odette. Under the spell of a sorcerer, Odette spends her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form.

Kiwi Fruit…thus named as its fuzzy outer is similar to the feathers of a Kiwi Bird…it was first known some 700 years ago in China as “Yang Tao” Then around1906 some seeds were shipped to New Zealand and it was re-named Chinese Gooseberry…

At the box office, the word bird features in the title of many films over the years…The Hitchcock thriller “The Birds“… one of my all-time favourites is” Bird on a Wire” is a 1990 action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song “Bird on the Wire”. The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria, BC’s Chinatown, in Fan Tan Alley…

It’s Tough to Be a Bird “is a 1969 educational animated short made by Walt Disney Productions. It won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons in 1970 and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Animated Film in 1971. This was the last animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award, until Paperman in 2013.

The Blue Bird” is a 1976 American/Soviet fantasy film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, and Aleksei Kapler is based on L’Oiseau bleu by Maurice Maeterlinck. It was the fifth screen adaptation of the play, following two silent films, the studio’s 1940 version starring Shirley Temple…

Not forgetting Sesame Street and…”Follow That Bird” a 1985 American musical comedy-adventure road movie, directed by Ken Kwapis, starring many Sesame Street characters.

I like a bit of Jazz at times…of course, I could have played Paul McCarty and Blackbird or Sia with Birds Set Free or even Bob Marley and Three Little Birds but thought let’s listen to this lady…Enjoy!

That’s enough music for today methinks …

Beauty Spots…around the world there are so many places too numerous to mention with a connection to birds….we have Turkey, the Canary Islands, Pigeon Island, The Isle of Mayon Scotland which is home to the beautiful Puffins…The Falklands where there are over 200 different species of birds, 5 different types of Penguins…

Around the world, there is Bird Creek, Alaska, Bird Key Island, Sacramento very swish and expensive, the White Bird Battlefield is the location of the first battle of the Nez Perce Flight of 1877. On June 17, 1877, Captain David Perry and his troops moved into the canyon to strike the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) who were sheltering in one of their winter villages, which they called Lahmotta…

That’s all for Saturday Snippets…I hope you have enjoyed the tour with the birds…I have a couple of one-word prompts now but would love some more.. it is fun researching a word and I learn something new all the time so please send me a word or two…

See you tomorrow with my weekly roundup...Have a brilliant weekend everyone…xx

 

 

 

Friday Nostalgia…in my kitchen…Peanut Butter Cookies/Biscuits…

When my kids were young I used to make cookies all the time..not so much now but as my grandchildren like homemade cookies, I am getting back into the swing of things…We love Peanut butter and it is one of the easiest butters to make and tastes so good…so I thought why not Peanut Butter Cookies…

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2(180g) cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(250g) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup(100g) raw brown sugar
  • 1/2(100g) cup sugar
  • 1 cup(250g) peanut butter…I used my homemade peanut butter.
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp (3g) baking powder

Let’s Bake!

Pre-heat oven 350F/177C

Sift the flour and baking powder then whisk to combine.

Cream together the butter and sugar either in a stand mixer or the old fashioned way with a wooden spoon…a good arm exercise…

Add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly…

Mix in the vanilla extract and the beaten egg then fold in the flour.

Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

As this dough does not spread(because) of the peanut butter like most cookie doughs flatten the dough with the tines of a fork making a crisis cross pattern.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes then remove from the oven but leave to cool on the baking tray or they will break..they will firm up as they cool down.

Cooks Notes:

My taste testers especially Lily really loved these cookies.

I found it quite difficult to get the criss-cross pattern the balls must be no bigger than 1 in diameter I then found putting the mix in the fridge and having damp hands made for better balls..wasn’t sure if I should rephrase that…lol

I also used a wooden skewer and found if I rolled it off the dough it came off and left a better imprint…it did take practice…by my 4th attempt they did look more like cookies…

I found my dough did spread more than it said in the original recipe however my PB was homemade and therefore maybe the texture and ingredients being different to a mass-produced PB made a softer mixture…just a guess.

My first ones were not pretty as you can see…but they tasted good…Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Judith Barrow – Breast Cancer Survivor.

Yesterday I shared the first post from Smorgasbord Magazine about Breast Cancer with statistics and how to make sure you are checking anything suspicious out as soon as possible.

Now for this very personal story from Judith Barrow, a breast cancer survivor #recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/smorgasbord-health-column-womens-health-month-guest-post-judith-barrow-breast-cancer-survivor/

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Breast Cancer by Sally Cronin

Breast Cancer…I can count on all my fingers the number of family and friends who have suffered or are suffering from Breast Cancer…Here Sally’s gives us the latest statistics and what we can do to help protect ourselves and also how important early detection is… #recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/09/21/smorgasbord-health-column-womens-health-month-breast-cancer-by-sally-cronin/

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Letter O…

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is O…

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Jarlsberg, Korma, Apple and Tursu a variety of Turkish pickled vegetables… how easy that will be who knows I am sure some of the letters of the alphabet could cause the grey matter to rebel or implode…haha…I also don’t want to use plurals to form a word as I may need that word for another letter and it’s sort of cheating I think…unless of course I really get stuck…which I am sure will happen…

Today it is words where the middle letter is O... so many O’s and Ahh’s…lol…what to choose…So much to love like the Dodolle which sound quite delicious, there are a few kinds of cheese like ricotta and Reblochon washed down with a Molotov cocktail…or two…Hic

Let’s go and see what I have found…

Adobo…can mean many things…

Adobo is a dish that originated in the Philippines and is sort of the unofficial national dish…A traditional Philippine dish, usually Adobo Chicken or Adobo Pork.

The term is also used in Caribbean and Mexican cooking, in reference to different forms and flavours. Spanish colonists gave the name “adobo” to the cooking method indigenous to the Philippines, as their marinades were so similar. Today, Spanish adobo typically refers to the sauce, intensely flavoured and red, due to the paprika, containing chipotle chiles that have been stewed in the basic adobo marinade mixture.

However, in the Caribbean …Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine adobo is a seasoning…either wet or dry …The most popular version is the dry seasoning mix, made from garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper, and sometimes dried citrus.

Aioli …

Traditionally made of just Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon Juice…classic Mediterranean flavours…it is beautiful served with a big platter of blanched, seasonal vegetables garnished for a very special occasion with salt cod…Delicious.

Chocolate…

Requires no explanation…it just needs careful selection making sure it is really Fairtrade and no child labour is used to make your bar of chocolate…this is a subject very dear to my heart children should be children and workers should get paid a fair wage …

Bok Choy…

This Chinese cabbage is not only crunchy and delicious it is packed full of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that make it a beneficial addition to your diet.

Bologna…

Is processed meat made from pork, beef, chicken and turkey or any emulsified combination of meat scraps which may contain garlic or spices it can be finely ground or coarsely ground and made into sausages which are then smoked…

Brioche…

Brioche is a cross between bread and cake …French in origin it has a high butter and egg content a rich dough…which can be served with a dollop of jam for breakfast or filled with ham and cheese for lunch… leftovers are great for making puddings or french toast.

Crocodile…

The first time I ate crocodile was a few years ago when we were on holiday in Florida with my American cousins when they introduced me to the crocodile as a food…we were in this little shack-like place where the water was slightly coming through the boards…

It is high in protein, rich in Omega 3 and low in fat and sodium. Thus, it can be a good substitute for other regular types of meats such as pork and chicken…

Coconut…

The fruit of the coconut palm...It’s used for its water, milk, oil, and tasty meat. A versatile fruit with many uses …See the above link for more info on the versatile and healthy Coconut.

Cocoyam…

Grown for their edible roots however all parts of this plant are edible…a root vegetable most commonly known as taro, kalo, dasheen, madhumbe, marope, magogoya, Patra or godere.

Cod Fish…

One of my favourite sea fish…the cod’s flesh is dense and mild in flavour which is low in fat…due to overfishing, it is now subject to limited harvesting to preserve the species hence why it is now very expensive.

According to the 2019 stock assessment, the Gulf of Maine stock is overfished and below the target biomass level. A new 10-year rebuilding plan was implemented for this stock in 2014 and the stock is targeted to rebuild by 2024…I just wish humans would think about what they are doing instead of this grab it all attitude without a thought for the future…I am beginning to think we are not the best custodians of this beautiful world which gives us much and we take all…rant over…

Crotonese Cheese…

Crotonese cheese is an aged sheep’s milk (pecorino) from Calabria, Italy. Aged three years, giving the cheese a nice nutty, salty bite. It is a great alternative to other grating cheese. The cheese is aged in wicker baskets creating a decorative cross-hatched patterned rind.  Excellent for grating on pasta, salads & vegetables, it is also a great selection for a cheeseboard.

Dodolle Dumplings…

A popular old Hungarian peasant dish made from potatoes it is served with sour cream and roasted onions…to ensure that this beautiful dish is not forgotten there is a popular Wine and Dödölle festival held every year, where even a Guinness record was set in 2006 by making 2,331 servings of Dödölle at the same time. I could eat a plateful of these they look delicious  

Although this is not in English…I fast-forwarded to the bits I wanted to see after reading the attached recipe…Although they are not the healthiest they would make a nice occasional treat…

Enoki Mushrooms…

These pure white tiny mushrooms are one of my favourites they are lovely deep-fried and crispy as a garnish…or added to a soup this mushroom has a delicate, savoury flavour and a crunch from the thin strands. You can eat it sauteed or raw in salads, or throw it raw into ramen and hot pot and it cooks up right in the broth…Many mushrooms have an earthy taste which some don’t like these mushrooms don’t and I think would be liked by some who don’t normally like mushrooms.

Popular in Japanese cuisine this mushroom is highly nutritious, it is rich in nutrients, B vitamin and fibre.

Fiori Pasta…

A decorative pasta the name translated means flowers…Its shape is similar to rotelle pasta, which resembles a wheel with spokes. Both types of pasta are thick and decorative and can be used in many ways, including baking with ground beef.

Goose Fat…

There is nothing like roast potatoes cooked in goose fat…my abiding memory of goose is Christmas dinner at my grandparents where the goose was always served…the meat of the goose is delicious… a wild goose, for instance, tastes like rich rare roast beef, only better. Goose meat is an excellent source of iron – more than beef, pork or chicken.

My grandfather kept geese and they were far better for security than a watchdog…They are fierce trust me…

Gyoza Japanese dumplings…

Potstickers as they are popularly called...Gyoza fillings can be seasoned with a variety of flavours. Nira (garlic chives) is one of the most popular choices but onion, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and sesame seeds are also commonly used…

Halloumi Cheese…

Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese made from sheep’s, goat’s, and/or cow’s milk. It’s pretty unusual as far as cheese goes because you can fry it up and it won’t melt away into oblivion like a lot of other cheeses would – it keeps its shape, and softens up just enough to become nice and squidgy in the middle.

It has only been this last year that I have tried Halloumi and I was pleasantly surprised…Cashew Nut Curry with Halloumi and Brocolli…

It was also the first time I had used cashew nut paste in a curry again I was surprised at how good it was…

Kasnocken…

Are Austrian dumplings with cheese and onions…Tiny little dumplings made with beer cheese they are very popular on the ski slopes and it is said they should never be eaten with a fork just a spoon…The reason it is almost impossible to clean the cheese of the tines of the fork…a washer uppers nightmare…

Liquorice…

Liquorice is one of my favourite sweets…as a child we used to get the raw liquorice which took forever to chew or little imps does anyone remember those?

Like vanilla, liquorice can be used to flavour sugar…Powdered liquorice, or liquorice compound, can be added straight to recipes — whether that’s a pinch mixed into a meat rub, stirred into cake batter or added to a sweet custard.

Black liquorice can help your digestive system work more effectively. It can even ease symptoms from indigestion, heartburn and ulcers. Black liquorice extracts have been linked to a reduction in the bacteria that cause ulcers.

After a meal has settled, drinking a cup of liquorice root tea may soothe the digestive system and encourage a bowel movement which is why it’s also popularly used as a natural laxative, so it can help with constipation, and as an aid for digestive problems. …

Molotov Cocktail…or a Bob Marley shooter

Named after the eponymous incendiary device, this flaming shooter provides a dash of drama and bravado to drinking warm vodka…Cheers!

A shooter is normally set on fire and you drink it quick..quicker than my son did on my daughter’s hen night in Jamaica the Bob Marley is the colourful one on the left and he singed his eyebrows…lol

Octopus…

Octopus is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also low in fat, making it a great source of complete protein for people trying to manage their weight…popular in the Meditteranean region cooked properly octopus is a lovely thing…not properly cooked and it’s like squid-like chewing on tyre rubber…

Pyeonsu…

Is a Korean dumpling…square shaped it is typically served chilled with a dipping sauce of soy and vinegar…or it is served floating in a light broth…also known as summer vegetarian dumplings.

Ricotta Cheese…

Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep, cow, goat or Italian water buffalo milk whey leftover from the production of other cheeses…Makes beautiful cheesecakes mixed with some mascarpone cheese, it also is used as a mayonnaise substitute in traditional egg or tuna salad and as a sauce thickener.

Roe…

Roe contains numerous healthful minerals and nutrients, such as magnesium, selenium, and vitamin B-12, though these vary slightly among types. Fish roe also contains healthful unsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3.

My mother used to use hard roe or soft roe…the soft roe she would cook lightly in butter and serve on brown toast…the hard roe she would fry and serve with our fish and chips on a Friday…Roe of course is synonymous with my favourite Greek dish of Taramasalata.

Scone…

A beautiful scone is a wonderful thing…but me as you know as apart from bread I am not a baker or a cake maker…my mother was the scone and cake maker she used to win prizes for her cakes and scones and would really frown up me if she knew I used (whispered) very quietly baking powder…

I will say though that these Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle… are my best effort yet.

Salmorejo…

Salmorejo is a creamy thick soup that is served cold in a bowl. It originates from the South of Spain, Córdoba specifically. The main difference from gazpacho is the addition of bread. … Often the soup is garnished with hard-boiled eggs and diced Serrano ham.

Soy…

Soy is a popular legume of Asian origin. People who follow a vegetarian diet often use soy to replace meat. … Soybeans are healthful and rich in protein, giving them numerous nutritional uses. People can eat them, drink them in milk alternatives, and take them in the form of supplements.

Tripoline Pasta…

A type of ribbon pasta noodles which are thick ridged on one side…made from durum wheat semolina the gentle waves catch creamy sauces perfectly.

Trout…

Trout are closely related to salmon … They are classified as oily fish. Rainbow trout is a North American game fish that get their name from the beautiful colours that shine on their skin…it is also one of my favourite fish…Although not indigenous to Scotland the Rainbow Trout and the brown trout can be found all across Scotland, it is probably the most popular species to target by homegrown anglers.

Rainbow Trout is the sustainable, low mercury fish labelled a “best choice” by the EPA and FDA. This colourful patterned fish is a member of the salmon family and is one of the healthiest fish you can include in your diet. Plus, it’s an excellent alternative to the often-overfished salmon.

That’s all for the letter O…Thank you for joining me today I hope you have found something new and some of your favourites…in two weeks it will be the letter P, for example, Pumpkin and Apple…xx

Until tomorrow, where I will be back in my kitchen cooking from scratch, have a lovely day xx