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CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen 10th April…Homemade Bread …Pork and Peppercorn sauce.

Welcome to this weeks look into my kitchen…we all seem to be eating more during this period of cocooning ourselves at home…it is weird and surreal always very quiet where we live but lately, we are seeing more people out for a stroll or a bike ride probably people who would normally go to the local park in the early evening but are staying close to home.

This week in my Kitchen 10th April 2020

I have definitely been cooking more sweet things it seems staying in and watching movies etc is conducive to eating more…

My lemongrass is drying nicely I reckon one more day and it will be dry enough to grind down into powder…

This is the first time I have dried lemongrass so I am hoping it lives up to my expectations it just looks like next time I will have to cut up much more as it has shrunk as it dries quite a bit.

What have I been cooking then…Bread Pudding only this time I added some cooked apple as I had quite a lot of apples and cooked/stewed some down with spice and cinnamon…My other half pulled a face as is quite normal when he asks what I am cooking and what is in it…He knows me well…sigh…and knows that I always add something…in this case apples…The outcome? very nice and moist…

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If you have lots of bread in your freezer then just click the link above for the ingredients and add a tbsp or three of stewed apple even fresh apple would nice…

As my little trips to the market and the shops have been curtained for the foreseeable I have had to start making my own bread again…I don’t eat very much bread but hubby and the grandkids like a sandwich or toast so as I cannot get out to my local baker I am going to have to make my own more regularly the same with my yoghurt as when I have been out I have noticed that locally produced goods are not on the shelves.

This recipe is for a white loaf as it is hubby’s preference although he is getting to like wholewheat bread so now I have stocked up today on my flours the next loaf will not be white…

This is a recipe for white bread as hubby doesn’t do wholemeal like me and that is his choice so I have done the best I can and used unbleached white flour which is not chemically bleached like normal white flour and although my preference would be dry or natural yeast I am working on that one but, still go through the traditional proving of his white loaf so for all you white bread eaters…Enjoy!

Let’s Cook! Bread!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of flour. I used unbleached, Bread flour.
  • 2 tbsp of instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil. I used Olive oil.

This is so quick and easy.

Add 4 cups of flour with all the other ingredients and mix to combine…just get your hands in there it’s the best way.

It will be sticky but hey ho we are bread making.

Gradually knead in the last cup of flour and knead that dough for 5 minutes.

Put it in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove for 30 minutes(for) me but it is warm here it may be a tad longer for you.

It should double its size, punch it down and divide into two or as I will next time make one large loaf.

Shape both pieces to fit into your oiled bread tins and leave to rise until dough reaches the top of the tin approx 20/30 mins.

Bake at 440F/ 200 C for approx 40 minutes.

Allow the bread to cool slightly then remove from the tin and put on a cooling rack you now have two lovely loaves of fresh bread.

If the crust is too hard then cover with a clean, damp tea towel to soften.

Enjoy!

I love fresh green peppercorns and they are used a lot in Thai cookery… if I am just cooking a quick, stir fry for me I take about 75/100 gms of sliced pork loin or chicken and stir fry it in some Thai red curry paste to which I add a little fish sauce and some coconut milk I then cook it over a fairly high heat until it is quite dry and add some fresh peppercorns and maybe a squeeze of lime it all depends how I feel. If I am eating it with sticky rice I prefer it drier but if I am eating it with steamed rice I leave the sauce a little runnier.

That’s a Carol special for me though as I like it super hot sometimes for the family I bring it down a little they love the flavour of a lovely peppercorn sauce over meat or fish although the recipe for fish is slightly different.

This Pork is a family favourite.

Pork shoulder with peppercorn sauce.

Ingredients:

  • Lean pork shoulder slices or pork loin
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • A pint of fresh stock.
  • A Cup of full cream milk
  • 5/6 stems of fresh peppercorns
  • Half tbsp Worcester sauce (optional)
  • Corn flour or arrowroot to thicken the sauce.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Before I start I will just say we make this recipe quite often and as many of you will know I go by taste rather than exact amounts.

Season the slices of shoulder portions with salt, pepper and little olive oil and cook in the oven about 180 turning and basting for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size/ thickness of your portions.

To make the sauce saute the garlic in a little olive oil and butter then add the stock and let simmer for a couple of minutes then add Worcestershire sauce if using and milk. Season with salt and plenty of black pepper.

Thicken the sauce with a cornflour or arrowroot slurry to your desired thickness. I now add the sauce to my pork and cover the pan so that the sauce doesn’t cook away. We like it like this as the meat juices and garlic add extra flavour to the sauce and then cook for a further 30 minutes or until meat is lovely and tender. Stir in your fresh peppercorns and check the seasoning.

We then serve with rice and green vegetables but it is also lovely with potatoes either mashed or new potatoes.

Enjoy!

Unless your peppercorns are super fresh they will sometimes turn black with cooking this does not detract from the flavour.

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I also freeze peppercorns if I am not using them all straightaway this also turns them black but they are still ok to use although I use within about 2 weeks of freezing them.

This week I am going to have a go at making fresh pasta and also some greek yoghurt…wish me luck as I haven’t made either for a very long time or never in the case of greek yoghurt…normal yoghurt but not greek yoghurt.

That’s all for this week from me please stay safe and think of others we are all in this together…x

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx

Bread…The staff of life or is it???

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Bread has been around virtually since the beginning of time… A staple in many diets but also something to be avoided in many cases…I mean who has eaten that tasteless sliced bread which sticks together and makes for a very unappetising sandwich ?

Bread is made in many different ways and from many different flours  it comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and is also prepared in so many different ways around the world…

Bread may be leavened by methods which have a reliance on naturally occurring microbes as in the process of bread making using sour dough, or by using chemicals which are used as is industrially produced yeast or even now high pressured aeration… In commercial breadmaking. Some of the bread making processes would now probably cause many traditional bakers to turn in their graves. Because of this there has been a revival and an upsurge of traditional Artisan bakeries springing up which is good for all of us who appreciate good bread rather than the mass produced unhealthy rubbish which maskerades as a loaf of bread …Whoever said this is the best thing since sliced bread was obviously deluded.

Bread is basically flour, water, yeast and a small amount of salt. If it is properly made and allowed to rise properly and yes it takes time but as  bread rises it is also fermenting. Fermentation neutralises the part of the wheat protein that is most likely to trigger bowel disease and other auto immune diseases and inflamation which is a reaction to gluten.

Of course using traditional dry or fresh yeast and adding no preservatives  or other additives means the shelf life of the bread is shorter  and the bread is best eaten the day it is baked …

 

But who doesn’t love day old bread toasted ? It also makes lovely breadcrumbs for making stuffings or for coating meat or fish alternately freeze the odd bits and make a bread pudding there is no excuse for wasting good bread.

Bread can come with the addition of fruits, nuts and other fats  it is also served in various forms with any meal of the day. It is eaten as a snack by making it into sandwiches, fried used to coat other foods in the form of bread crumbs when frying as it prevents the food from sticking it can be made into bread pudding as an addition to stuffing mixes it has untold uses it also plays an important part in religious rituals and secular culture many sayings or expressions in language refer to bread, in prayer ” Give us this day our daily bread ” or “He stole the bread from my mouth

Adding other products to bread is fine such as honey, seeds, nuts or fruit as long as it is natural or naturally produced so if you have an artisan baker near you then you are very lucky and enjoy of course in moderation as too much…I am a party pooper aren’t I? but it can have that effect on the waistline…

Did you know that the lottery has funded a Real Bread campaign??? 

Now we come to the bad bread the bread you really don’t want to be eating …commercially produced bread generally contains additives to improve the flavour, texture, colour, shelf life, nutritional and for speed of manufacturing.

Most bread in the UK is made using the Chorley Wood Bread process which came into being in the 60’s and is still used in many bakeries to this day…The bread is mixed at high speed using intense energy, many additives and preservatives are added, increased amounts of yeast are used and the bread is given no fermentation time.

This modern practise of increasing the yeast element in bread and modern bakery practises have lead to many medical researchers believing that this is a factor in the extraordinary rise in digestive illnesses such as gluten intolerence and coeliac disease.

Who doesn’t stick a slice or two of this into the toaster ? Who hasn’t eaten cucumber sandwiches? the pictures look quite inviting don’t they? But they are empty of healthy ingredients and may aggrevate or cause any illnesses or disease you may have and for what?…They can and should be avoided at all costs…

As a consumer who reads the labels …Yes I do…The enzymes which are used to aid rising and give lightness and freshness to bread DON’T have to be declared in the list of ingredients…Why? Because they are processing aids …REALLY.?..One of the most common is called Amylase which is known to cause asthma and this is also one of the most common diseases among bakers…

So please when you buy bread think about what you are buying…I think it is about time that we all backed The Real Bread Campaign….Don’t you???

Or make your own… And here’s how…

Carol Cook! Crumpets

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/after-the-crumpets-came-bread/

Enjoy!

About Carol:

Carol-Taylor-Retired-No one told me_

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 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!

Until next time…and don’t forget all will be revealed on Tuesday about my exploits in Phuket and how much I gained, lost or stayed the same x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old fashioned Bread Pudding just like Grandma used to make …

 

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Bread Pudding.

An old family favourite of my dad’s and a recipe passed down through the family although my nan didn’t put as much spice in as I do but recipes grow and evolve, don’t they? Which is the lovely thing… I have made it much more since living here in Thailand as all the expat men love it ( a taste of home) …

I keep all of my bits of stale bread in the freezer until I have enough for a pudding so no waste in this kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Ib of bread ( brown /white) or mixed.
  • 1 tbsp Mixed Spice.
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 oz butter melted.
  • 12/16 oz  dried fruit (sultanas or raisins)

Let’s Cook!

Put bread in a large mixing bowl and cover with water or mix or milk and water to soak.

When soft I squeeze out in a colander as much liquid as I can. My little helper( Lily) getting stuck in and squeezing the bread dry…Kids just love the mucky bits…lol

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Add melted butter, mixed spice, eggs and fruit and combine.

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Nanny poured the melted butter in and Lily did the dried ingredients. and give a good stir… Next, it will be the Christmas Puddings as we only have 118 sleeps.

I like lots of spice and fruit so if I think it needs more at this point then I add it is one of those dishes where you can add what you like for example if I have had some other fruit left over as in cranberries or blueberries I would add them.

Put in hot oven 180 degrees for 1 hour if the top seems to be browning too quickly then reduce the heat a little. It should rise up a little by end of cooking. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sugar.

This is when I invoke my rights to cooks perks and have the 1st bit..to try of course as it’s yummy hot and straight from the dish. It is also great served with custard or cold if there is any left..haha. It also uses up all your bits of stale bread.

I hope you enjoy these dishes..until next time xx If you missed the Bread and Butter Pudding recipe then here it is…

Bread and Butter Pudding

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/old-fashioned-bread-and-butter-pudding/

Thank you for reading if you love this recipe please share xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Easter celebrations around the World and Baked Easter Treats.

This week in my food column it is a lovely moist carrot cake and Lily’s biscuits..all pink as little girls do love pink xxx I hope you enjoy xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This week Carol Taylor shares us the recipes for two sweet Easter treats that will please all the family… and getting the children involved in the kitchen produces some creative biscuits.

Easter Time will you have sun or snow? Easter is a time for Easter egg hunts and pretty coloured eggs …For prettily iced Easter biscuits…A time for kids who just love it!

How does the rest of the world celebrate Easter…? Bermudians they make pretty coloured kites with long tails, eat codfish cakes and Hot cross buns.

In the Netherlands a favourite Easter dish is waffles drizzled with Advocaat.

For many Europeans it’s bonfires on Easter Sunday and Monday which legend tells us is to chase away the winter darkness. It is traditional to sit around the bonfire and consume copious amounts of Gin, lager for the boys and snack…No mention of Easter eggs or hot cross buns here…

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I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” W.C.Fields.

Good morning I have deliberated , digested  all of that over my G & T(s) and decided that this blog will be all about the “staff of Life” otherwise known as food!

I have cooked from an early age and started with good old British Fare and when I was old enough to cook myself my first dish was one that probably most youngsters start with ” Spag Bol ”

This was in the 60’s and I always remember my father..bless him..saying ” I’m not eating that foreign muck” he was a good old-fashioned Englishman who was used to good old-fashioned ” meat and 2 veg” very ably cooked by my mother.

Life moves on and it was probably a good few years before he did in fact .. eat it!

My aim in this blog is to give you recipes from the Uk and the rest of the world. Recipes that I have enjoyed, picked up on my travels or have been given to me by friends or just that now I have more time to do as I wish am experimenting with …..I make my own Bacon and Ham, bread,and am experimenting with cultures and pickling, all sorts really anything and everything… my minds an open book……..I hope you are as excited as I am…..

I would also love it if any of you had recipes you want to share, have eaten and don’t know how to cook or what the ingredients are in it and just have a name…..I will gladly research, cook it and share it…how’s that for a  good deal ??????

Salmon Trout.

Ingredients:

180gm  Trout or Salmon fillet.

For Topping:

  • 1 spring onion finely chopped.
  • 2/3 stems Coriander chopped finely.. I use the stem as well.
  • 1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • A cheek of lime.

Mix all ingredients together.

Put fish on foil and spoon topping on. I reserve some of the topping to add when serving. Seal foil and put in the oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.SAM_6823 SAM_6827 This depends on the thickness of the fish.

When cooked remove from oven and serve with rice.(This is when I remove the skin from fish.) and also add any additional topping. Enjoy!

Thai Pickled Cabbage ( Pak Dong)

  • 1 white cabbage. cut or torn into pieces.
  • 8 large spring onions chopped
  • Coarse Salt.

Let’s Cook!

Layer Cabbage, Onions and Salt in a dish ( with lid)

We then leave the dish on the kitchen top or in the sun for 1 day.

SAM_6824Then refrigerate for 2 days. It’s now ready to eat.

The longer you leave this mixture then it gets sourer so if you prefer you can leave longer.

No liquid is necessary as salt draws moisture from Cabbage and it makes its own liquid.

This can be eaten as a snack or with fish/or chicken.I prefer this to sauerkraut as it’s not so acidic but it’s personal taste.

Bread Pudding.

An old Favorite of my dad’s.

I keep all of my bits of stale bread in the freezer until I have enough for a pudding.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Ib of bread ( brown /white) or mixed.
  • 1-2 tbsp Mixed Spice.
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 oz butter melted.
  • 12/16 oz  dried fruit (sultanas or raisins)

Let’s Cook!

Put bread in a large mixing bowl and cover with water or mix or milk and water to soak.

When soft I squeeze out in colander as much liquid as I can.

Add melted butter, mixed spice, eggs, and fruit and  combine.

I like lots of spice and fruit so if I think it needs more at this point then I add it is one of those dishes where you can add what you like for example if I have had some other fruit left over as in cranberries or blueberries I would add.

Put in hot oven 180 degrees for 1 hour if the top seems to be browning too quickly then reduce the heat a little. It should rise a little by end of cooking. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar.

004This is when I invoke my rights to cooks perks and have the 1st bit..to try of course as it’s yummy hot and straight from the dish. It is also great served with custard or cold if there is any left..haha. It also uses up all your bits of stale bread.

 

I hope you enjoy these dishes..until next time xx And now for that glass of wine!