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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!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – Baking Soda, Bananas, Broccoli, Butterflying food and cooking with a Bain Marie

Welcome to a repeat of the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful Culinary A – Z and a reminder, not only of the amazing variety of food we have available to us today from around the world, but delicious recipes to showcase them. Carol also introduces us to cooking methods and kitchen equipment that assist in creating meals for all occasions.

Please head over to Smorgasbord Magazine to read the original post by clicking the highlighted link below…Thank you Sally for repeating my culinary A-Z…this week it is the letter B…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/07/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-culinary-a-z-rewind-baking-soda-bananas-broccoli-butterflying-food-and-cooking-with-a-bain-marie/

 

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Nachos…

Welcome to my kitchen…It’s time for another Chicken Recipe …Last week … Chicken with Mango was a very popular chicken recipe but chicken does go so very well with most fruit and spices…

Chicken is also such a very versatile protein it has little fat(unless we add it)…a healthy alternative to red meat…  low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper…

Today I am sharing  Chicken Nachos…always a crowd pleaser it is quick and easy to make and anything goes its ideal on a balmy summer’s evening …plus its good with or without the chicken…

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce 
  • 1 (18 0z) bag tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup crumbled Cotija …that is a delicious Mexican Cheese.
  • 1 cup pickled jalapeños
  • 1 cup of finely diced bell peppers in any colour or mix them.
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced (Optional)
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Let’s Cook!

N.B if you don’t have Cotija Cheese then feta cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano are very good substitutes.

Preheat the oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, toss chicken with barbecue sauce.

Layer half the chips, cheddar, Cotija, chicken, pickled jalapeños, and onion. Repeat.

Bake until cheese is melty and nachos warmed through for about 15 minutes.

Top with avocado and cilantro before serving.

Enjoy!

Monday Musings…4th July 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…June has arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it has mainly been sunny with some spots of rain but nothing torrential…

I have been staying with my sister this week who lives next door to my dear mum…so have not spent so much time online…but a few posts have caught my eye one of these is one of these is from Sally who writes over at Smorgasbord Magazine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/06/28/smorgasbord-health-column-2022-the-obesity-epidemic-part-one-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-by-sally-cronin/

I think most of us know that bees must thrive as they are a vital part of our survival…creating a pollinator path for bees and other beneficial insects in our gardens is vital…

Homelessness…School on Wheels is based in Southern California, this grassroots program was started in 1993 by Agnes Johnson. She understood the challenges of educating children when they’re homeless…The goal is for students to receive one hour of tutoring per week, in addition to a student’s regular studies in school. Sceptics may think that is of little value, but as a retired educator, Agnes Johnson knows the importance of children knowing they have regular support from someone who cares about and is willing to mentor them.

Please head over to Pete’s blog to read about the importance of this program…

https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/school-on-wheels/

Thank you for joining me today...I am having a great time catching up with family and friends…This last weekend we were in Plymouth to see my granddaughter and meet her other half(finally) it was lovely to catch up with her in the flesh …now it means I can visualise where they live and the places they love…We stayed in a lovely stone cottage circa 1865 in Cornwall miles from anywhere we relaxed walked and talked, shared recipes and drank wine…yes she cooks…

The place we stayed at is beautiful and all animals are rescued, donkeys from the beach, chicken from being slaughtered, ponies from Dartmoor and a dog from Portugal all with their own stories…plus a beautiful fireplace that used to cook bread and still would once restorded to its original condition…I am so excited to see if it is and how it works… I will tell you all about this lovely place when I get back home

I hope you all have a great week ahead x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 26th -3rd July 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Glory” is my one word promp…

Welcome to my weekly roundup …July has arrived… July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., it being the month of his birth…July 3rd brings the start of the hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer! …Plus July 4th is Independence Day in the US…

July weather for some is mid-winter and if you are in the northern hemisphere it’s summer warm and rainy…The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer…

Let’s start the roundup with Monday Musings… 

Starting with the reminder that it’s Plastic Free July . Sign up here...but remember zero waste and plastic is an intention, not a hard and fast rule…if as an individual you eliminate all waste and plastic then that is great…Kudos to you…but if thousands do 20% better the impact on our planet is far greater so even buying loose vegetables to save on packaging or changing to loose leafed tea…its something a step forward…

We love Asian dumplings pot stickers, and gyoza but I have never made them…John Rieber has he took the plunge and they look delicious…please head over and follow the step-by-step instructions they look soooo good…

Monday Musings…27th June 2022…

Chicken is such a versatile protein and carries little apart from what we cook it in…it pairs well with most fruits and today I am sharing Chicken with Mango…an easy and delicious dish.

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken with Mango…

My virtual tour of world cuisines stops in Denmark which is famed for the smørrebrød which is an open-faced sandwich that is simply a slice of rye bread with various combinations of toppings such as pickled herring, roast beef and eggs topped with mayo and shrimp…pickled herrings and meatballs are also a speciality to enjoy…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 18…Denmark

Store cupboard Basics look at spices this week …spices are always a good addition to a dish and can elevate it to something very special…we all of course have our favourite and most used spices and they vary from household to household…

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/30/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicspart-8-spices/

As Friday was the 1st of July I decided to have a look at the month ahead…I picked days, weeks, and months which are relevant to me and my blog as many are just plain stupid like national wriggle your toes day or pick your nose day, talk like Shakespeare day or lost sock day…they go on as anyone can suggest a day and they have…I hope some of my choices strike a chord for you…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…The month ahead!

 

Saturday Snippets and my one-word prompt word today is “Glory”…there are pretty flowers and rousings tunes…and one of my favourite stir-fries…Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.

Saturday Snippets…2nd July 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Glory”

Thank you for joining me today I hope those of you who are tennis fans are enjoying Wimbledon…as some of you know due to the flight fiasco I have extended my stay here by 4 weeks… last week I was visiting my mother in Derbyshire and at the moment I am in Cornwall where the weather is alternating between sunshine and showers we are staying on a lovely farm with my son and granddaughter…who has grown somewhat since I last saw her she is far taller than me and is now a fully qualified teacher …

Saturday Snippets…2nd July 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Glory”

Welcome to Saturday Snippets this is one of my favourite posts of the week I learn much from my research and your comments so please keep them coming…

Today’s word prompt is “Glory”…when my muse suggested “Glory” my first thoughts were of food ..no surprises there…lol…the beautiful water spinach called morning glory is one of my favourite stir-fries…but let’s start with a place my hubby wants to visit…

Glory River Kwai…

Glory Bush…

The Glory Bush has spectacular, bright purple flowers…Glory Bush is a member of the Melastomataceae or Senduduk family. Melastomataceae come from tropical and subtropical regions in the world. The family means ‘black mouth’ in Greek. Its fruits stain the mouth black when you eat them. Malaysians prize Senduduk for traditional medicines.

Morning Glory…

One of my favourite side dishes or main dish with rice it is a beautiful vegetable dish that I often eat…

Thai vegetable morning glory

Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Morning Glory
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 or more Thai Chillies
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of  Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp of fermented soybean paste or oil with soya beans ( optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil
  • water if required.

Let’s Cook!

Wash and cut your morning glory into 4-6 inch pieces.
Bash the chillies and garlic in a pestle and mortar
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry ( stirring) for 15-20 seconds be careful not to let the garlic burn.

Stirfried Morning Glory
Add morning-glory and all other ingredients.
Stir-fry for 40 seconds and add water if required and stir-fry for another 10 seconds.
Serve with steamed rice or as a side dish.
Enjoy!

Morning Glory Birdsong…

Gaelic Glory…

Is a boozy Irish cheddar cheese that contains Irish Creme Liquor…sounds delicious…

Glory Days Springsteen…

Lots of videos today as I am having fun and have an extra 4 weeks here and only scheduled a month ahead not two…

Glory Lily…plant.

Glory Lily is a perennial tropical flowering vine that makes a stunning, exotic house plant. This vining lily will grasp at anything for climbing up. Providing its weak, wispy vines with support will give the tendrils something to cling to…

Such pretty flowers the Glory Lily is a beautiful plant but like many plants, its flowers, leaves and roots are used in tropical medicine to treat many diseases …It has been used in the treatment of gout, infertility, open wounds, snakebite, ulcers, arthritis, cholera, colic, kidney problems, typhus, itching, leprosy, bruises, sprains, haemorrhoids, cancer, impotence, nocturnal emission, smallpox, sexually transmitted diseases, and many types of internal parasites.

Glory B waterfall…

A beautiful waterfall where it is an ideal place to sit and relax…a great little waterfall in Madison, Arizona…

Easy to access the waterfall is a very pretty little waterfall and worth a visit if you are in the area…

The glory of the Snow, Chionodoxa, is one of the first bulbs to flower in spring…

One of the earliest and most beautiful spring-flowering bulbs…once it is established it naturalises well and looks lovely planted among other perennial plants

Glory Lake Holland…

Just 3 and a half hours from Calais, near the small village of Oploo in Holland, you’ll find 12 acres of pure supercharged ‘next-generation’ carp fishing heaven. A picturesque gravel pit as old as the hills, but with all the scientific twists and turns of what Carp Fishing will become over the years to follow… an angler’s delight.

Glory wood Dorking…

Glory Wood and Devil’s Den is a 13-hectare (32-acre) nature reserve southeast of Dorking in Surrey…this wooded site has views over the North and South Downs. The main trees are oak and sweet chestnut and mammals include bats, roe deer, badgers and foxes…it is a nature lovers delight.

The word ” Glory” features in many religious songs…I will finish with this one by John Legend…

Thank you for joining me today for Saturday Snippets…as always I look forward to your comments x

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…The month ahead!

Welcome to Friday Food Reviews where I will be covering a different food or product each week and looking at… what are they?  where do they grow, what can we substitute them for in a recipe, are they safe to eat, how to store them, how to use them, cook them, anything connected to that food. or product..all the why’s and the wherefores…it will, of course, be mainly my own opinion or a known fact…good or bad…there may even be a tried and tested recipe…or three…

This week as it’s the 1st of July I will be running through what this month will be bringing to the kitchen…or to the world and it may be that it is something which will make a blog post for some of you but I have picked ones which I feel are important or that I and many of you may have an interest in…believe me when I say there are many more I could have chosen …

First on the agenda is Plastic Free Julyof course there are some easy steps we can take although I’m sure many of you do these already but when buying fruit or vegetables opt for loose produce with no packaging and take or buy reusable mesh bags instead…Ditch the cling film and cover your bowl with your leftovers with a plate instead…Beeswax wraps or vegan alternatives are the best way to stop cheese or sandwiches drying out and can easily be moulded around awkwardly shaped items…

Did you know?

Many tea bags are still sealed with non-biodegradable plastic glue? Loose leafed tea is not only higher quality but has less packaging and has a far better flavour if you are only making one cup a tea ball or brewing basket fits the bill…

The Puri Rath Yatra festival will begin on 1st July. It is one of the most famous festivals of Odisha and is even celebrated in other parts of the country. On this day, the devotees pull the chariot of the trinity- Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra. It is a nine-day festival which celebrates the beauty and flavours of India. Here’s a list of recipes that you can make during Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra. Do try out these recipes and let me know which one you liked the most…I have picked two for me to try (when I get home from the UK) Santula/Mixed veg curry and Chhena Poda which is Odisha’s famous traditional dessert. It is a form of fresh roasted homemade cottage cheese baked with sugar.,,it looks and sounds delicious…

https://newsletters.cookpad.com/en/in/newsletter/

1st-31st is National Picnic Month in the Uk…

When tomboy George in “FiveGo Off in a Caravan”  said ” I don’t know why but the meals we have on picnics taste so much better than we have indoors… whatever the weather us Brits love a picnic!

1st-7th July is Clean Beaches Week in the US…

Beautiful beaches should be clean…find a bin or take your rubbish home it isn’t difficult…

3rd July is International Plastic Bag Free World…

I have noticed that plastic bags are creeping back on the scene since covid and they are not all recyclable…I have numerous cloth or reusable [plastic bags in so many places now so I don’t forget and its second nature…

4th-10th July is National BBQ Week in the UK…

What can I say make the most of the sunshine days and dust off the BBQ…food tastes so much better…

7th July is World Chocolate Day…

Chocolate anyone?… Please head over to Norah’s blog and learn how we can teach children about the pleasures of chocolate and more…there are lots of fun facts and history   https://norahcolvin.com/2022/07/01/chocolate-anyone-readilearn/

10th July is International Don’t Step on a Bee Day…

This one flummoxed me a little…it seemed a strange title…however it certainly caught my eye and made me read on…Don’t Step On A Bee Day is observed every year on July 10 in the United Kingdom. Bees have been around for centuries and are closely related to wasps. They are mostly found in every part of the world that has insect-pollinated flowering plants. Bees are essential to our survival and play a big role in balancing our ecosystem. They are great pollinators, produce honey, and give us food. This day marks the importance of the existence of these insects and the work that they do.

Human beekeeping has been practised since the times of ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Bees have even made an appearance in mythology and folklore from ancient times to the present day.

In honour of these important living creatures, Don’t Step On A Bee Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy and is particularly celebrated in the United States and the United Kingdom. Often misinterpreted as a day that is only focused on not willingly stepping on bees or harming them, the day holds a greater significance. While it is important that one is aware that walking barefoot may increase the chances of a bee sting, it is also necessary to remember the many benefits that bees bring…

11th July is an International Special Day to Raise Awareness of Population Issues.

This event has been celebrated for almost three decades and the aim is to focus the world’s attention on the importance of population issues. The Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended its introduction in 1989.

Sunday, July 17th…World Ice Cream Day

For me, any day is ice cream day…and July has many…a bit of history which shows that ice cream has been around for a long time…

The Persian Empire was known to put snow in a bowl, pour concentrated grape juice over it, and eat it as a treat thousands of years ago. They would climb to mountain tops and harvest the snow from their peaks in the summertime. They would then keep the snow in underground chambers, known as a yachal, to keep it cold from the earth.

Around 697 AD, the Chinese in the Tang Dynasty took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. Although the invention of ice cream dates thousands of years back, many culinary businesses give credit to Antonio Latini from Naples, Italy, who created a milk-based sorbet in the 17th century.

In the U.S., the first ice cream shops were opened by the Quaker Colonists, who brought their ice recipes with them to the new world…Anyone for a cornet or a bowl of ice cream?

24th July is International Tequila Day…

Don’t mind if I do…x

24th July- 7th August is National Marine Week (UK)

National Marine Week is The Wildlife Trusts’ nationwide celebration of all things marine. Despite the name, it lasts 15 fun-filled days to allow for the variation in tide times around the country.

25th-1st August is National Preserving Awareness Week…

Encouraging those that have the skills to take some time to help those that don’t…with the shortages that are here or on the horizon preserving food is something we all should be aware of how to do as it may become a necessity..

26th July is International Day for Mangrove Eco-Systems…

There are many mangrove swamps here and they fascinate me they are eerie and so beautiful.

The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem is celebrated every year on 26 July, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.

Thank you for joining me today on the 1st of July…I hope that at least one of these has given those of you who blog an idea for a blog post if so I am happy to promote your post…if not then enjoy your chocolate and a bowl of ice cream and maybe participate in one of these days…Take care see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets…xx