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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘L’ is for Lamb, Lavender, Lemon/ Lime Meringue Pie, Liquorice and Liver…

It that time again and have I got some wonderful foods beginning with the letter L for you…I do hope you enjoy …x

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year.

Welcome to the next letter of the alphabet and I am starting with Lamb which is one of my favorite meats although not so easily available here.

Egyptian Lamb Flatbreads

Cold lamb is not very nice so we decided to make some flatbreads..a first for me and I was really pleased with how they came out..very quick and easy to make and a great use for the leftover lamb they made a change to shepherds pie. I now make my own bread and flatbreads all the time.

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup water.
• 1/4 cup of milk
• 2 cups flour.
• 1 tbsp. Baking Powder.
• 2 tbsp. oil
• 1/2 tsp…

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 14th June-20th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy, Chocolate Fudge…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…15th June 2020…

Lots of good things this week from bamboo and all its uses, Trees, water, bees so much to be thankful for…

Bamboo although classed as invasive and banned in some parts of the world has many, many uses…the bamboo tips are so nice to eat and one of my favourite things are the lovely delicate bamboo whisks for your Matcha tea they are just so pretty.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/15/recycling-and-climate-change15th-june-2020/

Tuesday…National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month…

There is nothing like seeing lovely fresh vegetables on your plate…especially if they are all different colours…last night we had fresh corn taken from the cob, sweet potatoes and lovely chinese kale with beautiful yellow flowers and of course one of Lils favourite vegetables brocolli.

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Just love those yellow flowered kale like greens…There will be lots more lovely vegetable recipes this month so make sure you don’t miss any…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/16/national-fresh-vegetable-day/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

The day I indulge myself in whimsy and there were lots of lovely things going onn a round world…I hope when you read it you will forget what else is going on…There are recipes and achievements, beautiful singing..lots…Young Pete Springerwhen he saw I had added a clip of Led Zeppelin sent me another link to a concert at The Kennedy Centre which was in honour of Led Zepplin.

Thank you, Pete it is a beautiful tribute…I loved it!

Thursday…Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

It was time to head over to Smorgasbord for Sally’s Health Column…This week my favourite nut was featured…The Walnut lots O f information on the health benefits of walnuts and some recipes using walnuts of course from me…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-walnuts-not-just-any-nut-by-sally-cronin/

Friday Kitchen…everything made from scratch…

It was also National Dry Martini Day so I talked a little about Martini and James Bond…I wonder who the new Bond Will be…??

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/19/friday-kitchen-everything-made-from-scratch/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

What did I have you on Saturday? A beautiful wedding which made me reach for the tissues…Raindrop Cake? A cake which has no calories…True…A bit about vegan cheese, Vegetables, some health tips from Sally and a few more little gems or not in the case of dead man’s fingers…..

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Scared? Its not quite as it seems….hehe

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/20/saturday-snippets-4/

Before I go I would love to share Sally from Smorgasbord Weekly Roundup it is full of lots of book reviews, music, funnies, recipes and so much more…Do pop over and have a look she will make you most welcome…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-14th-20th-june-2020-outsmarting-the-crows-d-g-kaye-and-relationships-usa-1985-books-authors-music-and-funnies/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

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

Mushrooms...One of my favourite and I could quite happily live on mushrooms to know that they are packed with numerous health benefits is a bonus…Thanks to Sally she has given us the lowdown on all the benefits of eating mushrooms and has also shared one of my earlier posts from the cook from scratch series which has some delicious mushroom recipes even though I say it myself…If you forage please know your mushrooms it is most important as many of them look similar to edible mushrooms and they may not be…So click the link below which will take you to Sally’s post…Enjoy!

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Mushrooms – The Egyptians believed they granted immortality

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 10th May-16th May 2020…Recipes, Recycling and more…

Curfews, working from home, only going out when necessary… obviously different restrictions wherever you hail from…some more stringent than others…Not much has been relaxed here a few internal flights but I went out briefly today…shopping and nothing has been lifted in the shops…Everyone is wearing face masks and some full-face masks..screens are in place for cashiers…no buses just tuk-tuks with the hand cleanser bottles taped to either side…in fact, it seems more screens are in place even in the small coffee shops there are screens across the middle of the tables…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

I would say take a breather and settle down to read my roundup but if you are like me we have been settled down for months now…Very surreal still…Enjoy the roundup of my weekly posts and check out my first ever attempt at making a vegan cake and chocolate to boot…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…11th May 2020…and Covid-19…

Yes unlike much of the western world we mask up and cover-up…Not always recommended by many but I think our social distancing coupled with temperature checks and the wearing of masks has contributed to our much lower deaths and pandemic infection figures…However, after a brief foray into Covid-19, I also featured some wonderful happenings from around the world of recycling and climate change…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/11/recycling-and-climate-change11th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Vinegar Month…

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I also made my very first vegan cake…using vinegar instead of eggs…See Saturday’s post for the result was it flop or a success.
Or quite simply some balsamic vinegar with oil and some bread….Quite beautiful…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/12/national-vinegar-month/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesdays…

Before I got into my Whimsy ways I was over @Sally’s with my trip through the Culinary Alphabet from A-Z…last week I was looking at the letter I….not an ice cream cone to be seen…

From Immortalittea to everyone’s favourite Irish Stew.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-i-is-for-icing-ink-fish-indian-black-salt-infusing-immortalittea-and-irish-stew/

Time for some whimsy…Musical bamboo forests, Ants, The hazards of rolling out the dough, some cute animals to crotchet and much more…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/13/whimsical-wednesday-carolcooks2/

Thursday:

I couldn’t think of anything to write my creative thoughts wouldn’t thunk…I just watched Netflix and snacked…

Friday: Apricots and Morels…

Dear Sally came to the rescue with her post on the health benefits of Apricots and also shared one of my posts of some lovely recipes using Apricots which are one of my favourite fruits and a lifesaver…They have lots of iron…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-apricots-no-honeymoon-should-be-without-it-by-sally-cronin-them/

My befuddled brain then woke up and realised that the Morel mushroom festivals had been cancelled and as I have never tried them or didn’t know much about them it gave me something to think about…The exotic hard to find wild Morel mushroom …

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Which I have now discovered I can get dried ones here and if I wait until next season I may be lucky to forage and find some…

Saturday: 

After so many disasters lately in the kitchen…I had a win and my chocolate cake turned out great…I was surprised as I always use eggs …but no sweat and less washing up…my go-to chocolate cake recipe now…

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Vegan Chocolate Cake.

I am just waiting for my black vinegar to be delivered to try that out in a dish…I am enjoying National Vinegar Month…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/16/carolcooks2-a-vegan-chocolate-cake-braised-pork-shoulder-in-black-vinegar-and-yanang-juice/

That’s all for this week …I hope you found something to enjoy…Please stay safe and social isolate it ain’t safe yet folks…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 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th April-2nd May 2020…Recipes, Mango Jam and so much more…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…Cooking has always been a passion but not like this…There are not really abnormal shortages of food here but I am not popping out every day or at will…Shopping is planned and the storecupboard and those tins/packets at the back of it are seeing the light of day…

Any shortages are because people can’t travel between provinces unless absolutely essential which means when I sent the betel nuts for mother in laws habit last week I saw many people packing mangoes and putting them in the post…Just as well we have excellent postal services always next day between provinces.

Our Thai family are keeping is well stocked as they drop boxes off when they come shopping last week it was mangos and bananas…bless them…Which meant yesterday and today I was in the kitchen pureeing and cooking mangoes and today will be the same…When I walk downstairs I am greeted with the smell of beautiful mangoes.

Which means the green tea has been shelved and it will be mango or banana smoothies for the foreseeable future…

mango-smoothie

Cheers!

Now to the business in hand…Last weeks posts…Grab your tipple of choice, settle down and enjoy the read…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…27th April 2020…and Covid-19…

I would love to say this is a COVID-19 free zone however it has crept into every aspect of our daily lives…it is also affecting climate change/recycling.

The world we live in has changed much in these first months of the year some things for the better and sadly we have lost many, many people to this terrible virus…Lots of shops and leisure facilities, hairdressing salons, schools, colleges have been closed…food stores have remained open but with restrictions in place..there are lots of rumblings of when are these restrictions going to be lifted…we are seeing a slight relaxing of restrictions from tomorrow but whatever is lifted I will be proceeding with caution…Will you?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/27/recycling-and-climate-change27th-april-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: Thailand…The Betel Nut and the Jujube Fruit…

Although banned the Betel nut market is very much alive and thriving…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/28/thailandthe-betel-nut-and-the-jujube-fruit/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘H’ is for Honey, Hamburgers, Hummus, Herbs, Haggis and Hoisin Sauce

Last week I was over @Sally’s with my A-Z of Food…A popular series which Sally is rerunning this year to allow me time to write and collate my cookbook…

Have you eaten a Hangtown Fry?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-h-is-for-honey-hamburgers-hummus-herbs-haggis-and-hoisin-sauce/

Also on Wednesday, I invite you to come and join me and my whimsy…

Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

Like most of you, I have been cooking even more and eating even more…This cocooning doesn’t help the snacking, does it?

I have also been cooking some foods, even more, it is always the yummy foods which are the fiddliest to prepare and give the washer up more to wash..You get more bowls, pans and the mess but the end result is some delicious bites…

man washing up

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Battered and breaded food being one of them…also the quesadillas last night were delicious…but fiddly to make and cook…Give me one-pot cooking or a stir fry any day…well almost unless its fried chicken…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/29/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-5/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Watermelon – A quick way to hydrate by Sally Cronin

Watermelon the fruit which I acknowledge wholeheartedly is good for me and healthy…I just don’t love it! Although the lemonade recipe using watermelon on Sally’s post sounds quite delicious.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-watermelon-a-quick-way-to-hydrate/

Thursday was also National Raisin Day…

I love fruit bread, scones, bread pudding, bread and butter pudding and use raisins for all of those…why you put them in a curry I will never know…There is a place for everything and for everything a place…Not a curry…

Now cinnamon and raisin Bagels …Yummy there is definitely a call for those…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/30/carolcooks2-national-raisin-dayus/

Friday: CarolCooks2…National Egg Month…

An egg…Zero Carbs and no sugar… 

Who remembers this?

The poor old egg has been much maligned over the years much like fats, butter and many other foods…Yes, there is the case for free-range eggs and not battery farmed…All our chooks and Turkeys roam free…It was also vilified and we were told if you have high cholesterol keep off the eggs…Now we are told by the heart foundation that they might have got it wrong ..Hang on…A bit of extra reading…

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I believe that anything is bad if eaten in excess however moderation is key…so unless you have a proven, medical diagnosis or an allergy an egg is ok eaten as part of a balanced diet. For those who can’t, I will be experimenting over the next few weeks with alternatives…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/01/carolcooks2-national-egg-month/

Saturday: Saturday Morning…In my kitchen…Mangoes…

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Mangoes

Lots of them…However the dried mango came out tasting just like the ones I brought…However, there is a nack to the rolling of them and I should have used a flat square tray not a round tray…Take two is today…My ones looked decidedly ragged for want of a better description but tasted ok…sigh…I love mango…I do love mango…but will be happy to see them gone for the moment until next time…Enjoy the recipes…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/02/saturday-morning-in-my-kitchen-mangoes/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx  

I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 5th April-11th April 2020…

Good morning …welcome to my weekly roundup… I do hope you are all keeping well and practising social distancing…I am…It is getting a bit unreal though…silence everywhere although the birds are still twittering and tweeting the squirrels are amusing me running around on the branches of the mango tree just outside my window playing catch me if you can while stopping for a munch on the mangoes every now and then…

Much is closed now and a nightly curfew is still in place as are roadblocks to prevent people from unnecessary travel between provinces…Hotels are closed to new guests, alcohol buying is prohibited in most provinces now and ours from yesterday to stop celebrations happening in villages and homes during Songkram (which) has been cancelled but there were fears people would buy alcohol and celebrate at home in groups. I have stocked up with water balloons and orbeez for the pool so the kiddies can enjoy Songkram in the safety of our home. It is becoming very real and surreal but communities are coming together even more than normal which is lovely to see.

Enough chatter from me for the minute let’s have a look at this last week…Grab your favourite drink…at the moment as I have already drunk my Oolong tea it is Coconut water…It is so hot I need to keep hydrated…settle down in your comfy reading place and let’s have look at the posts from last week…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…6th April 2020…Wildlife starts to return?

Nature is ever powerful and can regenerate so much faster than maybe even the learned scientists knew…Will any lessons be learnt?… I do hope so…Amongst all this tragedy we have to take some positives we have to believe that the world and its inhabitants can and will change for the better and respect nature more…Around the world, we are seeing blue skies and so much more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/06/recycling-and-climate-change6th-april-2020-wildlife-returns/

Tuesday: Down on the Farm…Tom Kha Gai and the Takhop Fruit…

My lemongrass is nearly ready to blitz into powder…I have mango peelings and pits soaking to make a syrup, broccoli stems make a lovely extra vegetable on your plate and my galangal is now frozen…My quest to use every single piece of what we eat..No waste is well underway…..The Tom Kha Gai was also delicious…

For tips and the recipes…Click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/07/thailand-down-on-the-farm-tom-kha-gai-and-the-takhop-fruit/

Whimsical Wednesday… with CarolCooks2…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care about what is going on but I need to stay positive and focused… I am happy that the British PM, Boris Johnson is now out of intensive care and wish him a full and speedy recovery…

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Like these two bears please keep your social distance and have a Happy Easter at home xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/09/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-2/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Brown Rice so much more than just a grain…

As a follow on from the recent series on the Weekly Grocery Shopping List of foods that contain the nutrients the body needs  Sally is going to repeat her series from 2017 on the health benefits of some of our most common foods.

This week it is Brown Rice plus recipes…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/https-smorgasbordinvitation-wordpress-com-2020-04-02-smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-brown-rice-so-much-more-than-just-a-grain/

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

Fresh peppercorns are one of my favourites and used in many Thai dishes…This Pork and Peppercorn sauce is very nice and quick to cook which is always a bonus especially here given the heat in the kitchen.

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/10/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-10th-aprilhomemade-bread/

Saturday: Not for a few weeks…

Saturday Morning trip to the MarketNot this Saturday morning or until further notice although as it is a food market it is still open…I passed it yesterday as we were travelling to Makro for our monthly shop and it was heaving… no social distancing that I could see so my plan to avoid this market stays firmly in place…

I will be sharing some of the fruits and vegetables which I cook with here and some recipes until such times as normal service is resumed…

Saturday Morning Market 11th April (1)

Enjoy your Easter and Passover celebrations in your own home…Be safe and stay well xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/11/saturday-morning-trip-to-the-marketnot-for-a-few-weeks/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx