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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Budgets, Fire in the Amazon, Bananas and more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggle down in your favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they?…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

steriped socks feet and coffee

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Last week I was away so apologies if I didn’t answer your comments as timely as I usually do…I think I have nearly caught up. I had a lovely few days with my bestie and it was lovely to just chat with a real person…I am sure you know what I mean …just sitting and chatting…

I nearly didn’t get back on time and I even thought I may not even get there  …

I picked up a passport out of the drawer and put it in my bag…I had already checked in online so proceeded straight to security who checked my passport against my boarding pass (really)..I sat down ready to board…the hostess came round checking boarding passes and asked is that your passport??? Glancing down I realise …It was hubbies…Panic...The only acceptable ID I had was my British driving licence…She went away to check if it was ok…more panic...She came back and assured madam she could board the plane..wrote on the top of my boarding pass and advised me to check at arrivals whether I could return using the said driving licence…

Jobsworth at the other end said...NO!…Next instalment Wednesday…

Monday…As is the norm is waste and recycling…and Climate change…

Sadly the Amazon rainforest has been on fire for the past month, and Brazil has declared a state of emergency in the region. The fires are destroying the homes of indigenous tribes and threatening millions of animal species.

More to follow tomorrow…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/26/latest-recycling-and-environment-news-26th-august/

Tuesday…Last week it was a hash up of previous posts as I was away on a jolly…But always good to recap on what works and what doesn’t…Isn’t it?

No more...Diets Healthy eating (5)

Also some great advice from Sally…I am back home now and didn’t add a thing even though I had a few drinks …and some delicious food although most of it was seafood and some lovely larb tort which is a Thai larb salad made into little balls and fried…Absolutely delicious…I will give you the recipe next week…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/27/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-10/

Wednesday…Is my day to indulge myself…It was also National Red Wine Day…It would have been rude not too…So we sat and watched the sunset at the beach and partook in a lovely bottle of the red stuff…Moderation was shelved…haha

sunset at bangsaray beach

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/28/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-10/

Thursday… Go Bananas...I did not realise there were so many different types and colours of bananas until I moved here…It just opened up a whole new world…I went from liking bananas to loving them…

The whole of the plant is used here… the leaves, fruit and flowers just amazing recipes and uses…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/29/travel-and-traditions-go-bananas/

Friday…My last day…Time to go home so as you know I did no cooking last week…just eating out…A lovely break I even left my laptop at home…I decided to have a little change and talk about budgeting and it seems as if it went down well…

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Shopping wisely is the way to go and it leaves you some money for a few treats…Like my few days away…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/30/this-week-in-my-kitchen-feeding-a-family-on-a-budget/

Chat tomorrow when there is more on the raging fires in the Amazon and lots on food waste…

Thank you for reading this post I hope there was something that piqued your interest xx Have a great Sunday

About Carol:

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 to have to improve our health and wellbeing.

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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Beef Bourguignon…

 

christmas Eve Supper

A lovely one-pot Beef Bourguignon which would make a lovely Christmas Eve supper dish it is also really easy to double up if you are having guests just make sure you lengthen the cooking time.

One of the first dishes that I cooked my husband some 40 odd years ago was Beef Bourguignon…He was a man who ate only meat and two vegetables and did not like garlic???

Well..he ate it! .. I didn’t tell him what was in it apart from Beef and Red Wine…

When he asked after saying ” That was really good” and I said Beef, garlic, red wine etc….

But I don’t like garlic

He now eats this dish at every opportunity and asks me to make it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg Beef…I use good braising steak. Cut into cubes.
  • 3/4 rashers smoked bacon cut in 1/4 pieces.
  • 250gm button mushrooms..small as I use whole.
  • 10-15 small onions/shallots used whole.
  • 3/4 pint good beef stock.
  • Half bottle red wine……..I use a Shiraz.
  • 2/3 bay leaves.
  • 4 large cloves garlic chopped not too fine.
  • 2 tbsp flour for the roux. plus extra flour to coat beef.
  • 2 tbsp  Good Olive Oil.

 

Let’s Cook!

Toss the cubed beef in flour seasoned with salt and pepper.

Heat some oil in large pan over med heat seal cubed beef in batches.

Once all beef is sealed set to one side.

In the same pan add a little drop of oil and cook bacon and garlic until bacon cooked nicely just slightly crispy.

Add Beef and stir in 2 tbsp flour.

Then add beef stock and stir until smooth gravy. It’s like making a roux.

Add Bay leaves and Red wine bring to slow boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2 1/2 hrs until meat is tender. Depending on your cut of meat it may take a little longer.

About 30 minutes before the end of cooking add button onions and 15 mins before add button mushrooms.

Taste and adjust seasoning it may need more pepper. Again it is personal taste.

Beef Bourguignon 2

This can be served with mashed potatoes and vegetables or rice and vegetables.

I hope you enjoy!

If you loved this recipe please pin me!

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 wellbeing.

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx