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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

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 5th-September 11th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Coconut Cookies, Ants, Neem Oil and Banana Flowers…

Culinary A-Z, Coconut Cookies, The Ants and the Grasshopper, Neem Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Music…

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 month of September time just flies…Yesterday was a sad day of remembrance around the world, particularly in the USA…my thoughts and prayers were with you yesterday as was the rest of the world…for those who lost their lives and for those left behind with memories of the horror…God bless you all xx

Last week started with No not a Disney film…but a serious look at how some countries in the world are suffering from lack of water while others have more than their fair share..there is still so much inequality in the world.

Not Disney! The Ants and the Grasshopper…

Imagine living where your village receives an average of 3 Days of rain PER YEAR.

That’s correct ..it’s not a typo…3 Days of rain PER YEAR…

Then you find out that it stems from the burning of Fossil Fuels in countries like the USA…Today I was reading an article on “What’s a Fair Share of Energy?”

Equitable resource distribution requires the world’s affluent countries to reduce their ecological impact while low-income nations gain greater access to resources until there is convergence…it was an interesting read, well researched by a group with leanings towards the left however nothing was found when they were fact-checked and their research is sound…I like to think I have moderate views  I don’t lean too far left or right…but the article was interesting and highlighted differences that western worlds could and should make to help the low-income nations after all the world is all of our homes whatever our circumstances, religion, gender or social standing…

Not Disney!…The Ants and the Grasshopper…

The manufacture of plastics and plastic, when exposed to the elements, releases methane and ethylene – two powerful greenhouse gases that can intensify climate change…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 6…Plastic releases Greenhouse Gases…

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord with Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…

Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant-based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

This Month’s RecipeBanana Bread with Passionfruit Curd/Butter…

To read the original post please click the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/09/08/smorgasbord-food-column-carol-taylors-green-kitchen-september-2021-banana-bread-neem-oil-homemade-beehive-lemongrass-snail-mail-ci

I am loving this series and discovering much…I don’t think you can ever know everything about the culinary world there are surprises to come across…Bunny Chow was mine this month a delicious sounding dish of comfort food…It is a South African fast food often shortened to bunny … it is a hollowed-out white loaf filled with curry…A popular street food…

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

It seems that Coconut Cookies are a favourite with everyone..they are very moreish fresh from the oven…

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Coconut Biscuits/Cookies…

Tropical Friday…Banana Flowers…

A familiar sight in Asia either hanging off the tree or found on all the market stalls ..elsewhere in the world they can be found in Asian stores dried and Tori found some tinned ones… on checking online I found Asda in the UK sell tinned Banana Flowers…

Tropical Friday…Banana Flower…

Saturday Snippets…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…I am enjoying just taking a prompt from one word it opens up a whole world and never ceases to surprise me as I hope it does you too…

Come with me and see what I discovered…my word today is…Darling!

The prompt was a suggestion on a post I wrote about varieties of Oranges…’ My Darling Clementine”…clever to make the connection, Clive...I was a tad slower…sigh

Let’s see what I found…

Saturday Snippets…11th September 2021…Darling…

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren now knows what lies ahead for her going forward it will be a long road ahead starting with 6 months of aggressive chemotheraphy but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up and she is busy sorting out her wardrobe…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…after a  wet and windy week here today it’s sunny and bright xxx

 

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

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

We are just over halfway through the alphabet know I do hope you are enjoying it… Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little ThingI think Chel is still on her break just popping in now and again…however, as Chel is on a baby break she is exempt for joining in here for now…be well Chel xx

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Cajun, Lemon, Ackee and Yucca… 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 its 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 N... not so easy or as many as last time but I found a few… I don’t mind a glass of Pinot…with a bowl of salted peanuts to nibble.

Let’s go and see what I have found…

Banon Cheese…

A French cheese made in the region around the town of Banon in Provence, south-east France. Also known as Banon à la feuille…Banon goes well with a crusty baguette, fresh fruits and a glass of dry white wine.

The cheese is wrapped in a case of chestnut leaves, held in place with raffia. Cheesemakers gather the leaves in autumn when they fall off the trees. Some of the producers dip the leaves and raffia in vinegar or eau-de-vie to impart a unique flavour to the cheese. Banon is aged for a minimum of two weeks.

Bannock…

Bannock, flat, sometimes unleavened bread eaten primarily in Scotland. It is most commonly made of oats, though bannocks of barley, ground dried peas, and a combination of grains are sometimes encountered. Selkirk bannock is made from wheat flour and contains fruit…and very delicious it is …eaten warm spread with some butter and a cup of tea a delicious afternoon treat.

Brinjal…

Brinjal also known as eggplant or aubergine, belonging to the family Solanaceae. Its fruit is high in nutrition and is commonly consumed as a vegetable. The fruit and other parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine.

Bunny Chow…

Is a South African fast food often shortened to bunny it is a hollowed-out white loaf filled with curry…A popular street food…

it sounds like delicious comfort food to me…

Cannoli…

A delicious cream-filled Italian pastry. They are tube-shaped fried pastry dough that is filled with a sweet creamy filling usually made with ricotta cheese.

Chinese Cabbage(Napa)…

Chinese cabbage grows into an oblong shape, its leaves frilling out towards the edges. It’s light green with yellow tints and has a sweeter flavour than its round cousins.

Cobnuts…

I have happy memories of going foraging with my mother and grandmother for cobnuts…Cobnuts are fresh hazelnuts grown in Britain. They are harvested while the outer husk is still green and the nut is sweet and juicy, …They are also a favourite of the Squirrels.

Conch…

Conch is not only delicious but also full of nutrients. A serving of 3 ounces of conch has 11 calories with only 1 gram of fat and 22.4 grams of protein. It is also rich in omega fatty acids, making it good for the heart and eye health…with a salty mild flavour which is a mix between salmon and crab it is often used in salads or sushi.

Cornish Pasty…

There is nought like the taste of a proper Cornish Pasty…made in Cornwall a traditional Cornish Pasty is made with chunks of beef and potato wrapped uncooked in the pasty…

The meat is never cooked first it cooks inside the pastry.

Danbo Cheese…

Danbo (also known as “King Christian”) produced by Mammen Mejeri is a matured, semi-soft, aged Danish cheese made from cow’s milk. A smear-ripened and washed-rind cheese, it is one of Denmark’s most popular cheeses.

Donut…

Or doughnut as spelt by me…is a sweet treat… they come in all flavours…Dunkin Donut…I prefer the plain glazed one…

If I am on a beach in the UK they are delicious and best eaten as they roll off the machine into some sugar and cinnamon then eaten hot and delicious out of the paper bag …I dare anyone not to lick their lips or only eat one…

Fungi…

Fungi are special…Together with bacteria, fungi are responsible for breaking down organic matter and releasing carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorus into the soil and the atmosphere. Fungi are essential to many household and industrial processes, notably the making of bread, wine, beer, and certain cheeses.

There are about 144,000 known species of organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which includes yeasts, rusts, smuts, mildews, moulds, and mushrooms.

Granola…

Can induce weight gain if eaten in excess as they are generally high in sugar and fats…best to make your own rather than buying them off a supermarket shelf.

Honey…

Made by honey bees from the sugary secretions of plants or from secretions of other insects, by regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation…The benefits of raw honey are many…

Honey is a good source of antioxidants. ..raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. …it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. …Heals wounds……Phytonutrient powerhouse. …Helps with digestive issues. …Soothes a sore throat…

Mango…

An edible stone fruit the mango is grown in almost every garden here…I have 2 mango trees…they are a great source of magnesium and potassium it is also rich in fibre a member of the cashew family it can be eaten raw and cooked…made into chutneys…delicious smoothies…If you are looking for recipes using mango then please click this link…

The smallest mangoes are no larger than plums, while others may weigh 1.8 to 2.3 kg (4 to 5 pounds)…There are almost 300 different types of mangoes in the world. They love to grow in warm, tropical places, such as Florida, India and Thailand.

Morning Glory…

A popular vegetable in Asia…Water spinach, also known as morning glory, swamp cabbage, or water convolvulus, is a versatile vegetable used in almost every Asian cuisine. …

Water spinach is in the same genus as sweet potato and a member of the morning glory family.

Peanuts…

The peanut, also known as the groundnut, goober, pindar or monkey nut, is a legume grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics.

Peanuts are rich in protein, fat, and various healthy nutrients…peanuts are an exceptionally good source of protein. Keep in mind that some people are allergic to peanut protein they are also low in carbs…they are also high in fat…However, eaten in moderation they are healthy…peanuts like many other foods become unhealthy when they are cooked in fat and smothered in salt…eaten from the shell…i.e monkey nuts they can be a good choice of food.

Penne…

Penne Pasta …was originally made from durum wheat flour there is now also a version made from Kamut (Khorasan) plus a wholewheat variety it also comes in tricolour the colour coming from vegetables like beetroot, tomatoes and spinach.

Pinot…

Pinot Gris is a popular white wine… Pinot Noir is a red wine…both wines originating in the burgundy wine region of  France.

Punch…

How many of you have been merrily sipping glass after glass of a delicious fruit punch then to find that you are decidedly tipsy…

Why is it called “Punch”…The word punch is a loanword from Sanskrit (pañc), meaning “five.” The drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. … The term punch was first recorded in British documents in 1632. At the time, most punches were of the wassail type made with a wine or brandy base…They are also often served at weddings and buffets…

Quinces…

Quite a bitter fruit that is used to make jam, jelly, marmalade, and pudding. It is also used to make juice and wine.

Ranch Dressing…

Ranch dressing is an American salad dressing usually made from buttermilk, salt, garlic, onion, mustard, herbs, and spices mixed into a sauce based on mayonnaise or another oil emulsion. Sour cream and yogurt are sometimes used in addition to, or as a substitute for, buttermilk and mayonnaise

Senna Siamea…

The young leaves and flowers are used in curry dishes and also used in the production of honey and tannins.

Spinach…

A leafy green vegetable which is considered to be extremely healthy for us…Classed as a superfood it is packed with valuable nutrients it can be eaten raw or cooked…Spinach has long been regarded as a plant that can restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. There are good reasons for this, such as the fact that spinach is rich in iron.

Because spinach wilts very quickly it can be added to pasta dishes at the end of cooking I add t to rice I just stir it through the rice before serving…

Trinity…

Halfway between a French mirepoix and a Spanish sofrito, the Cajun Holy Trinity is the savoury backbone of many Cajun and Creole dishes. The Cajun holy trinity recipe calls for one part white onion, one part green bell pepper, and one part celery.

Many cultures and cuisines have their own version of a “holy trinity”—three integral ingredients that show up in the foundations of its signature dishes.

Turnips…

Though they are most commonly cooked, turnips can be enjoyed raw as well. If you plan to eat them raw, simply peel and slice the turnip-like an apple to eat with dips or add to the top of your salad. Be sure to slice off the root end and remove the greens – which can be saved for cooking as well.

Walnuts…

One of my favourite nuts…the Walnut is rich in omega-3 fats and contain higher amounts of antioxidants than most other foods.

Walnuts are most often eaten on their own as a snack…14 half walnuts is about 190 calories but can also be added to salads, pasta, breakfast cereals, soups, and baked goods….added to your brownie mix they add a little crunch as well as some healthy vitamins.

That’s all for the letter N…Thank you for joining me today I hope you have found something new and some of your favourites…xx

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

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…August 29th-September 4th 2021… Environmental A-Z, Pre-Diabetes, Oranges, Thunderstorms and Boulangere Potatoes..…

Music with Fleetwood Mac, Environmental A-Z, Boulangere Potatoes, Thunder and the beautiful Orange Fruit…

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 month of September time just flies…some September trivia…

September the 9th month of the year marks the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere…and the start of spring in the Southern hemisphere…

September has three birth flowers: the forget-me-not, the morning glory, and the aster. Forget-me-nots represent love and memories, asters represent love as well, and the morning glory represents unrequited love. The birthstone for the month is the sapphire.

Of the 3 birth flowers, Forget-me-nots are my favourites…and the bees love them…

It’s also National Cheese Pizza Day today…my contribution is a cauliflower pizza base

Today’s tune…released in Sept 1981 a favourite of mine…Soft Cell “Tainted Love”… It charted in the UK #1 in the USA #8…

Enough of Septembers news…Let’s go and see last weeks posts just in case you want to catch up…

An important and could be a life-saving topic…The figures for pre-diabetes around the world are horrific and scary however if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type 2 Diabetes there is invariably much you can do to remedy the situation as it comes down to diet and exercise…Head over to Smorgasbord Magazine to read how you can help yourself #recommended read.

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/08/30/smorgasbord-health-column-family-health-a-z-pre-diabetes-a-billion-at-risk-of-diabetes-worldwide-by-sally-cronin/

Plastic …The latest News …week 5.

Yes, I am banging the same drum…

Five weeks in the news is not particularly great..it seems that although there are states and provinces and a couple of countries around the world who are really pulling together and doing their bit..some of the incentives cannot be built in a day and neither was Rome HOWEVER the results show it was money well spent and it works PLASTIC AND WASTE ARE BEING PUT TO GOOD USE…on the downside…there are some big countries who need to step and fast…act now or be damned and in the process you damn the rest of us…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 5…

Environmental A-Z…The LetterO.

Oil Spill…Not the ones which dominate the headlines it’s the ones that go largely unnoticed…

We have all seen these over the years and the damage it does to the wildlife those poor animals which flash across our screens covered in thick black oil…These are the obvious spills the ones which make national and international headlines…HOWEVER, these account for only a small part of the total amount of pollution in our oceans…according to scientists many of the other sources such as automobile oil go largely unnoticed…

Here are three little-reported sources of oil that contribute to oil pollution in North American oceans…please click the link below to read more…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter O…Oils Spills and Ozone…

Potatoes are often banned from certain diet plans or we ourselves cut them out thinking of them as diet busters…but they are a good source of valuable nutrients it is how we cook them or what we load them up with that is the problem…Boulangere Potatoes are one of my favourite ways of cooking potatoes it is one-pot cooking, tasty and not loaded with as much fat as Gratin dauphinoise which is far more unhealthy than Boulangere Potatoes and personally I think these are far more flavoursome…

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Boulangere Potatoes…

Tropical Friday…The Orange…

I’m sure all of you know what an Orange is and how good they are for you so today let’s look at the Orange, of course, they are different and sometimes the same around the world we have all enjoyed eating an Orange or a glass of OJ…

There are over 400  different types of Oranges in the world…however they all don’t belong to the citrus family whose Oranges are a rich source of citric Acid plus Vitamin C…

Many of us and I take Oranges, Apples, Lemons and Limes for granted they are freely available around the world…a beautiful, healthy fruit which I thought deserved a mention …

Tropical Friday…The Orange…

Saturday Snippets…Thunder…

I am really enjoying these one-word prompts and feel free to suggest one…Thank you, Clive, for yours…as I said to Clive it took me few minutes to make the connection then the penny dropped and the lightbulb come on…lol…for everyone else they will have to wait for next Saturday when all will be revealed…

Thunder was an enjoyable, enlightening and ear-bashing trawl through the internet…AC/DC is loud as you know…Stevie Nix lightened the tone somewhat at the end of the post…I hope you enjoy!

Saturday Snippets… 4th September 2021…Thunder!

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren saw the consultant on Thursday to discuss her forthcoming treatment and to outline do and don’ts for her going forward she has a long road ahead but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up somewhat as Thursday was not a good day her…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…its a wet and windy one here but much cooler for once xxx

 

 

 

 

 

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter M…

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

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thingmy followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet for me to blog about…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete was, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…however, as Chel is on a baby break she is exempt for now…be well Chel xx

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Cajun, Lemon, Ackee and Yucca… 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 M... not so easy or as many as last time but I found a few… I love scrambled eggs for breakfast maybe with a crumpet…

Let’s go and see what I have found…

Camembert…

There is nothing like a baked Camembert cheese, a glass of wine, fresh-cooked crusty bread maybe some walnuts…delicious on a sunny day or a cold winters evening…this French Cheese is made from cow’s milk and produced in Normandy in Northwest of France.

Carambola…

More commonly known as Star fruit or 5 fingers fruit…it is a beautiful sunny yellow colour with the most delicious smell…it can be eaten raw as it is, it is often used as a decoration on desserts as it is so very pretty…The entire fruit is edible it has firm, crunchy flesh and is quite juicy. The taste is likened to that of a grape.

It can be made into relishes, preserves and juice drinks…one of my favourites is this beautiful relish.

Star Fruit Relish:

Ingredients

• 8 cups of star fruit, thinly sliced and any seeds removed.
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
• 1 tbsp whole cloves tied in a muslin bag and slightly crushed.
• 4 cups of sugar
• 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg( optional)

Let’s Cook!

Wash and thinly slice the star fruit removing any seeds. Cover with the cider vinegar and stand overnight.

Drain the vinegar add sugar, salt and clove bag. Cook gently until the relish starts to thicken then allow to stand overnight.

In the morning remove the spice bag and reheat the mix after adding the nutmeg if used and bring back to the boil.

If you plan to store the star fruit chutney then omit the nutmeg as it will turn the relish a brown colour although it does add another dimension to the taste.

Put into hot jars and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Enjoy with some cold meats or on bread and butter.

Catmint…

Also commonly known as Catnip and catswort it is well known for its popularity and effects on cats…it is also a great insect repellant.

For us…Tea is one of the more common ways catmint is taken. The plant’s flowering tops are steeped in water (unlike traditional tea, you do NOT want to put catnip in boiling water, bring the water to a boil and remove from heat for a minute before beginning the steeping process) and consumed like any other herbal tea.

Chambre…

Chambre or Chapea is a bean, rice and meat stew…a hearty traditional Dominican lunch it is made like all stews in one pot….just like my mum’s recipe every household has their own family tradition recipe for a delicious, hearty Chambre.

Crumble…

Who doesn’t love a nice bowl of fruit crumble it can be made with almost any fruit or a mixture of fruits with a lovely crumble topping served with a bowl of custard or ice cream it is a lovely thing…comfort food at its best…What is your favourite crumble? ..a hard choice… I love gooseberry, rhubarb or a nice tart apple crumble…

Apple and Mulberry Crumble Recipe

Crumpet…

Toasted over an open fire is one of my abiding childhood memories…served with lashings of butter which inevitably drips down your chin..it is a wonderful thing on a winters day…

I also had one of my biggest and messiest cooking disasters the first time I attempted to make them from scratch…Note to self use a bigger jug next time…lol

Crumpet Recipe.

Ferment…

To ferment…my yeast above certainly did…lol…I love fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, sourdough bread, miso, kefir to name but a few …of course not forgetting the obvious also our wine does ladies…

The earliest record of fermentation dates back as far as 6000 B.C. in the rich soils of the Fertile Crescent—and nearly every civilization since has included at least one fermented food in its culinary heritage. Global cultures have crafted unique flavours and traditions around fermentation from Korean kimchi and Indian chutneys to sauerkraut, yoghurt and cheese.

Of course, now it has it is labelled probiotics the marketing guru’s in word and the like but it is all down to fermentation.

Gumbo…

New Orleans and Gumbo…sold in a backstreet cafe or on the poshest of menus you will find Creole gumbo, filé gumbo, cowan gumbo, chicken gumbo, smoked sausage gumbo, hot sausage gumbo, onion gumbo…and many more as with all traditional recipes there are the inevitable variations and everyone’s mother or grandmother makes the best…the origins and evolution of the dish are highly speculative. The name derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine, although the roux used in gumbos is much darker than its Gallic cousins…putting all that aside it is a beautiful thing hearty and warming…

Lemon…

The fruit of the Lemon tree…this beautiful yellow citrus fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses.

Oval shaped and bright yellow in colour the fruits are acidic and sour…Lemons are high in vitamin C, fibre, and various beneficial plant compounds…These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits.

Limes…

Limes are small, round and green and are used extensively in Asian cuisine…the lime has a slightly more bitter taste than the lemon. Limes can also be used as a one to one replacement to lemons…In my recipes when I state limes ..the lemon can be used the difference in the taste is negligible although I have now got used to using limes which I prefer…

Marshmallow…

Where chocolate is the guilty pleasure of many..marshmallows are mine…not the Haribo ones they are just sweet nothing but the classic English marshmallows…toasted or on hot chocolate or just straight from the bag they hit the spot…

A confectionary is typically made from sugar, water and gelatin…

Marmite…

I’m in the…  Love It! camp although it is either a love or hate spread on hot buttered toast it is fabulous…My Aussie cousins have Vegemite…I am a Marmite girl.

What is Marmite and how is it made? Marmite is a dark, thick, yeast extract spread. It’s made from concentrated yeast extract, which is a by-product of brewing beer. It was conceived in 1902 when the Marmite Food Company opened a small factory in Burton-on-Trent – where it still resides today.

Over the last few years, Marmite has produced different flavours as a limited edition around Christmas. There is a Christmas Edition. There has been a Guinness flavoured Marmite, Chill flavoured, XO flavoured…I have also heard tell that a PB and Marmite one is on the shelves me I have stuck to the original so far…

Muskmelon…

Muskmelon also called nutmeg melon is a member of the gourd family…with its musky, orange juicy flesh it is one of my favourites. Rich in Vitamin C and Potassium it is a delightfully refreshing fruit.

Oatmeal…

To me it’s Porridge …I love a hot warming bowl of porridge Oats with brown sugar or a lovely fruit compote…maybe some walnuts, raisins and a drizzle of honey…

Scottish traditionalists allow only oats, water and salt although full-fat milk makes a rich porridge. A ratio of one part of milk to two of water has been recommended as a happy medium. A little salt added towards the end of cooking is essential, whether or not the porridge is sweetened.

Pomes…

Which fruits are pomes? …apples, pears, loquats, medlars, crab apples and quinces are all types of pome. A botany term a pome is an accessory fruit composed of one or more carpels surrounded by accessory tissue.

Ramen Noodles…

Ramen are thin, wheat-based noodles made from wheat flour, salt, water, and kansui, a form of alkaline water. The dough is risen before being rolled. They were imported from China during the Meiji period. There is also a lot of controversy surrounding Ramen noodles but like anything, there are the commercially produced instant noodles with high sodium levels, MSG and TBHQ, little or no fibre content to talk about and then there are healthy alternatives to Ramen Noodles like vegetable noodles or spirals. … For real noodle alternatives, try udon or soba noodles. These are low in sodium and fat and make for a great alternative in ramen bowls.

Saltimbocca…

The original version of this dish is saltimbocca alla Romana (“saltimbocca Roman-style”), which consists of veal, prosciutto and sage, rolled up and cooked in dry white wine and butter.

Scrambled Eggs…

One of my favourite ways to eat eggs…softly scrambled with some freshly toasted bread or with smoked salmon as a treat.

Soymilk…

Very popular here Soy milk is a plant-based non-dairy beverage, often consumed as an alternative to milk. Most soy milk sold on the market are fortified but read the label to make sure yours contains calcium and vitamin D. (Soy milk doesn’t naturally contain calcium.)

Sumac…

Made from the dried and ground berries of the wild sumac flower, sumac is a tangy spice with a sour, acidic flavour reminiscent of lemon juice. This fragrant spice is used to brighten up dry rubs, spice blends like za’atar, and dressings.

Sumac is a widely used, essential spice in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking It pairs well with vegetables, grilled lamb, chicken and fish.

That’s all for the letter M…Thank you for joining me today I hope you have found something new and some of your favourites…xx

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

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…August 8th-14th 2021…Peek-a Boo, Music, A-Z, Snake Fruit and Scones…

Music, A-Z, Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle, Health #TED Talk and Snake Fruit…

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 2 weeks into August already…some August trivia…

August…depending on where you live August brings a new season of fruit and vegetables here the lovely Pomelo has just come into season…It tastes exactly like a grapefruit but without bitterness or sour notes. It’s not particularly sweet, nor is it tart.

Like grapefruit, you’ll find pomelo in both pink and yellow varieties. Most fruit sellers will have their pomelo ready peeled and packaged. The reason is that it’s a nightmare to peel. The green outer skin and white pith surrounding the fruit is extremely thick, and it’s quite an ordeal removing the fruit from its casing!

A lovely fruit with which I make one of my favourite salads Yum Som O…a lovely refreshing salad made with pomelo, prawns, cucumber Thai basil and some herbs…

Today is also National Lemon Meringue Pie Day…

It’s Lime meringue Pie here as I have so many limes rather than lemon and making meringues is a great way to use up egg whites…

Tomorrow August 16, 1977 …Elvis Presley, died, the “King of Rock and Roll” …

So many tracks and who could pick a favourite…Not me…

Enough about what’s to come in August let’s have a look at last week…

Plastic…The latest news…Week 2… Microplastics and Glitter …

While Covid has made some differences in some areas where the figures tell us we are back to 2006 levels BUT early on, there was hope that a silver lining of the COVID-19 quarantines would be a reduced impact on the environment while cars stayed off the road and planes were grounded.

The oceans tell a different story about the pandemic’s environmental footprint.

Last year, a new type of garbage—face masks—started washing ashore. The very same plastic products that helped keep people safe during the pandemic also caused a surge in plastic pollution.

Plastic…The latest News…Week 2… Microplastics and Glitter …

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord in my Green Kitchen where I was making bread and talking about air pots a new innovative way to grow plants and more so please head over to Sally’s and have a read…

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – August 2021 -Bamboo Toilet Paper, Cream Cheese Bread, Conservation, Grow Your Own, Shampoo Bar.,

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter L…Jelly or Jello?

I absolutely love writing these A-Z with a twist always something to learn and discover…

Last week it was words where the middle letter is L...A little easier than J which was quite difficult… What kiddie big or little doesn’t love Jello or Jelly…yes I know before you tell me you call jelly… jam…Jelly to me (a Brit) is what you call Jello although I prefer Jelly as it is not so sweet and has more of a fruity taste than Jello plus for a treat my mum would give me a square of the jelly when she was making it…you can’t do that with Jello…as its a powder…or we could take Potluck and see what was cooking on the Skillet…to eat with our Salad.

Let’s go and see what I have found…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/08/11/the-culinary-alphabet-a-zseries-3-the-letter-l-jelly-or-jello/

International Scone Week…Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle…ish

These banana and brown sugar scones with a coffee drizzle were the best scones I have ever made…I am not a scone maker at all but as it was International Scone Week I thought I had better make an effort… these scones had sliced bananas in the middle sprinkled with some raw sugar they were delicious…

International Scone Week…Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle…ish

The Immune System…

For our continued health and wellbeing, it is very important that we know how to maintain a healthy immune system…#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column 2021 – The Immune System and How it Works by Sally Cronin

Tropical Friday…Snake Fruit(Salak) is one of my favourite fruits it has a slightly sour note and is not too sweet…it is also lovely when pickled…It was thanks to Pete as I totally forgot about it when I was writing my A-Z probably because I call it snake fruit but kudos to Pete he thought of it not me…

It’s a little weird in so much that it grows around the base of the Palm Tree …It is not a fruit that many you will find fresh but it is sold in syrup and has been stocked by Amazon and probably other speciality or Asian stores.

Tropical Friday…Snake Fruit(Salak)…

Saturday Snippets…Peek-a-Boo…

The inspiration from this post came from a TED talk which I viewed through Borden’s Bather…Thank you Jim and Molly for the inspiration I also had fun finding links to Peek a Boo…I do hope you enjoy the read…x

Saturday Snippets 14th August 2021…Peek-A-Boo!

Thank you very much for dropping in this week and for your likes, comments(which) I look forward to and for your shares it is all very much appreciated…I hope to see you tomorrow for week 3 of my updated Plastics posts…Have a great Sunday xx