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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘U’ for Upside Down Cake, Udon Noodles, Ugli Fruit and Unleavened Bread

Time for the next letter in the Culinary Alphabet which is the letter U…I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I have enjoyed the many hours I have spent researching and writing it…Enjoy!

Please head over to Sally’s to read the original post…xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

The A-Z of Food… A culinary tour through the alphabet which today stops and explores the letter U.

The Culinary Alphabet,The letter U, yes we are on the letter U.

Halloween is nearly upon us, the trees are changing color and what glorious colors we are seeing around the world. I love the changes of the seasons and Autumn is one of my favorites. At this moment in time, it is 104 nights of sleep which sounds a lot. The reality is before we know it, it will be Christmas Eve.

Without further ado. let’s look at the letter U – not so many this time although maybe as I write some more will spring to mind.

Udon Noodles.

Udon noodles are a type of thick, wheat flour noodles which are often used in Japanese cuisine…Often served hot in a noodle soup called Kake Udon which is a mildly flavoured…

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 11th October -17th October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Dreams and Tik Tok…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

My first post of the week was on Tuesday 13th…Halloween Tales and recipes…

From what I have been reading Halloween in many places is not happening this year and in others, it has been curtailed or there may be some virtual goings-on planned…

however, for those of us with kiddies, I am sure you can make it happen with a little inventiveness in your own home and gardens…

Apple or doughnut bobbing is always good fun and if it gets too much then a black widow shot or two will help calm those shattered nerves…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/13/fang-tastic-recipes-apple-bobbing-and-black-widow-shots/

Wednesday:…I am over at Smorgasbord Blog Magazine  – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘T’ for Tea and Toast, Turmeric, Tobasco, Tahini, Tamarind and Elephant’s Ears (it is a T)

Tea and Toast anyone? How you take your tea and eat your toast tells the experts a lot about you or so they say…In our house hubby adds milk first… I add the milk last…Please head over to Sallys and don’t forget to say hello we love to hear from you …xx

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Thursday:

These posts are one of my favourite posts of the week at the moment…I love the fragrance of oils and Aromatherapy…I, of course, have my favourites and not only am I learning about the therapeutic use and benefits but the safety and what they can be mixed with…#recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-bergamot-essential-oil-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…The Fang-Tastic Pumpkin and Recipes…

Pumpkin is not only for carving scary faces it is for baking and there is also a different type of pumpkin used for carving…but at this time of year when roasted, made into soups and pies it is a lovely comfort food also nutritious. I am seeing so many lovely recipes online if you have any family favourites please share and I will credit back to you…Darlene told me in comments that as a child they used to paint faces on the pumpkins rather than carve them and then the pumpkin was used for soups, stews and purees which could be frozen and used throughout the year… Darlene is also the author of Amanda Series of Books…Alex mentioned that the flavour of the pumpkin does differ depending on the cultivar used. She also mentioned that any pumpkins that aren’t used are dug back into the garden. A great example of Waste Not! Want Not! from Alex… 

pumpkin-ghosts-Halloween

It also seems that many you love the roasted pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack…Pumpkin is an all-round highly, nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter. Yes, and I will tell you how…

…Dolly the author of koolkosherkitchen told me she had made a lovely soup out of the pumpkin with kale and black beans in her Instant Pot …Thank all for leaving such informative comments xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/16/fruity-fridaythe-fang-tastic-pumpkin-and-yes-it-is-a-fruit/

Saturday Snippets:

Where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has seen unrest here and the increase of Covid restrictions in many countries around the world as Covid is coming back with some big increases in infections which are worrying…At the moment due to certain sections of society openly flouting quarantine rules I am beginning to wonder how far into next year this virus will encroach…it seems many countries haven’t got a firm hold on the spread of this virus…

Back to Saturday Snippets after my mini-rant… There are recipes, how Tik Tok gave Stevie Nicks the incentive to join up…Hydrogen fuelled trucks, where the saying Goodnight…Sleep tight originated from and much more whimsy…also the arrival of some storks…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/17/saturday-snippets17th-october-2020/

That’s all for this week’s roundup a rather short week again…one of the positives… less writing has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and well being.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘T’ for Tea and Toast, Turmeric, Tobasco, Tahini, Tamarind and Elephant’s Ears (it is a T)

The letter T….so many wonderful foods beginning T…and Elephants Ears which are a T…you will have to read on to find out why or do you know already ?

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This week some favourites from childhood that is still enjoyed by millions today.. and some more unusual foods and methods beginning with the letter ‘T’. 

 Tea and Toast

How many times in your life have you been offered tea and toast. Maybe never but it was something which when I was growing up was a telling example of your class and status.

Drinking tea and eating toast revealed more about you than you could ever imagine…For example, the taking of sugar in your tea was seen as a definite habit of the lower classes…even just a tincy winsy tiny bit more than one spoonful and you were definitely in the lower middle class ( at best)…More than two….working class and not only that cemented your status if you added your milk first and stirred noisily…Working-class…

To the English tea also had practically magical properties and that was across…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – September 27th – October 3rd – Don Shirley, Salsa, The Pack, Books, Reviews, Health and Laughter.

Another cracking week from Sally, so many books and reviews you will never be short of choices for your next read…Funnies galore for those of you who need cheering up and music from Will which as always teaches me something…this week it was Don Shirley an absolutely brilliant pianist and recipes and stuff from Moi…Please head over to Sally’s for a catchup…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord that you might have missed this week.

The weeks may be flying passed rapidly as we head into autumn and nature at least seems to be keeping to its schedule.. The news headlines are not improving with regard to Covid 19 and it seems that even those who have levels of protection we are not provided still are at risk. Our own Prime Minister and other cabinet members have been infected and certainly judging by the fatigue and signs of stress they are all showing, it is not something you bounce back from overnight.

All is relatively quiet in the Emerald Isles except for isolated clusters but cases have been on the rise, and hitting the younger demographic. Possibly because every person in my age bracket is wearing a mask and the majority gloves to do their shopping and stepping around…

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 27th September -3rd October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Monk Fruit a new sweetener and Sir Rod…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version… Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

 

My first post of the week was on Wednesday…I am now settling into a routine again…it has taken me a couple of weeks but the beginning of the week gives me time to plan and start writing for the end of the week…I am scheduling ahead as have noticed a few changes and fewer avenues of accessing the Classic Editor…Change is coming…

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally is repeating one of my favourite series The Culinary Alphabet and A-Z of food…where I was exploring the letter S…salsa and satay’s both lovely snacks or starters…

Header letter S Culinary Alphabet

One of my favourite herbs Sage and Thai Squid Salad and so much more S is one of my favourite letters…To read the original post click the link below Sally and I look forward to seeing you…

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Thursday:

I just love the smell of oils…Like you, I have my favourites but I don’t know too much about any adverse contradictions or when I should avoid certain oils which means for the start of this series was very informative…

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Fruity Fridays:

This week I wrote about a fruit which is new to me…although it grows here in the North of Thailand I haven’t come across it…I am now on a mission to find some…Monk Fruit is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to make soothing teas and is becoming popular as a sugar substitute…

It is also known by the name of Luo Han Guo or “Buddha fruit…

Different from most nonnutritive sweeteners which can cause side effects like bloating, gas or even allergic reactions monk fruit has no known side effects.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/02/fruity-friday-monk-fruit/

Saturday Snippets:

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

I have lots of goodies for you…recipes, music, a sponge city, Health matters from Sally, how eating together is becoming the thing to do again one of the plus sides of Covid-19…

Wine Windows are making a come back and it is such a cool idea …don’t you think?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/03/saturday-snippets-3rd-october-2020/

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and well being.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘S’ for Satay, Salsa, Salmagundi, Sage, Squid and Salt Hoss

The Culinary Alphabet the letter S should be an easy one as I can think of many items which begin with the letter. I do however like to throw in the odd curveball and come up with at least one which you may not have heard of or don’t know what it means.

Salsa – My favourite is this one. Mango and avocado with red onion.

Ingredients:

• 1 mango, diced
• 1 medium avocado, diced
• ½ medium red onion, finely chopped
• ½ bunch fresh coriander (about 1/2 cup chopped)
• Juice of 1 medium lime (about 2tbsp)
• 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of black pepper, to taste.

Let’s Cook!

In a medium bowl, combine diced mango, avocado, finely chopped red onion, and chopped coriander. If you like a hint of spice like me then add chopped chili.
Squeeze 2tbsp of fresh lime juice over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to combine and serve. If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate.

Sage

Is one of my most used herbs in my cookery I love sage. Sage is probably also the most well known as one of the main ingredients of sage and onion stuffing, which is traditionally served on Christmas Day with roast turkey or roast goose.

Sage is another herb that has been around for thousands of years and which was not only used in cooking but also as a popular medicine. In fact, the word sage derives from the Latin “salvare”, which means to heal or to save.

Culinary I use it with both chicken and pork. Sage can be bought cut fresh or dried from your local supermarket. You can grow sage in your garden, although if you live in a cold climate, it will not grow as well as in a warm and sunny country.

Dried sage can keep for about six months but must be stored in an airtight container or glass jar.

Cut fresh sage leaves should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or you may wrap them in a damp paper towel to maintain their freshness for as long as possible. They will usually last for three or four days.
Freshly picked sage leaves from your garden will keep for at least a week longer if stored wrapped in a damp paper towel and placed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Ideas for using sage in cooking

Sage is not only ideal for flavouring meat or poultry dishes, but it also goes well with cheese, apples, and tomatoes.

Try some of the ideas below.

• Use to make your own homemade stuffing mixed with onion.
• Use to flavour homemade vegetable soups.
• Add to your homemade sausage mix or sausage stew.
• Add some chopped sage leaves to macaroni cheese or other cheese dishes.
• Sprinkle chopped sage leaves or dried sage onto toasted rustic or French bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.
• Now add a fresh tomato and cheese salad.
• Use sage to season and flavour any type of tomato sauce for pasta.
• Add a small amount of fresh sage to a cheese omelette or frittata.

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