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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Phosphorus

Loved doing this series it means I can put meals together once I decide on the ingredients I need to use… it is great fun…Sally, of course, plays a big part as she is the expert on all things to do with nutrition…I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we did…Food is such fun when you know what you are eating provides everything you need for good health and at the same tastes awesome…Happy Cooking xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

In this series we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not in your body’s best…

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Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…How to cook the perfect turkey and gravy…

Join me for a Mince Pie

Come and join me for a mince pie and a toddy…Then I will show you how to cook a turkey and make a lovely Christmas gravy…

Christmas is nearly upon us …although it is arriving quietly here…well a few Chrismas tunes are belting out…The ham was a great success not so good to carve…I was used to purchasing nicely butchered and trimmed joints of meat and have had to get used to something different…Butchering is not a skill that many possess here…

A farmer with a few pigs or a couple of cows plus a small vegetable patch is more the norm just enough to feed the family and maybe sell a little to raise funds for the seeds or seedlings for the next crop is how it is…A small price to pay for fruit and vegetables raised with love and no chemicals and meat where the animal roams free and grazes to their heart’s content. Which means I have tasty ham just not always perfectly shaped slices…

Today I have some recipes for gravy which can be made 2-3 days in advance or frozen.

Firstly this is my easy to make tasty turkey gravy and we need a lovely tasty gravy to go with our Christmas dinner…Don’t we?

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Turkey Gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg chicken wings halved with kitchen scissors
  • the turkey neck, if you have it, cut into pieces
  • 3 large carrots, chopped into chunks
  • 2 onions, unpeeled and chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • small handful fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tbsp  Coconut oil
  • 2 tsp golden castor sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5-litre fresh vegetable stock

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oven to 220C/390F/Gas 7.

Tip the chicken wings into a roomy roasting tin with the turkey neck (if using), carrots, onions, celery and thyme. Scatter over the sugar, toss in the oil and roast for 50 mins until brown and lightly charred.

Put the roasting tin on low heat, stir in the tomato purée and flour, and cook until sticky. Splash in the balsamic vinegar, pour over 1.5 litres of stock to just cover all the ingredients. Bring to a simmer. then using a potato masher to mash all the ingredients together so as to release the flavour.

Simmer everything for 20 mins until you have a tasty thickened gravy, then strain it through a sieve, pushing down hard on all the mushy veg. Cool and chill for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Heat the gravy to serve, adding roasting juices from your turkey, if you like.

Serves 8.

For more special Christmas gravy recipes please click the link…

A good gravy completes the Christmas meal and I have cooked more turkeys than I could count but if cooking a turkey is new to you…Let me tell you when I cooked my first turkey I was petrified…I mean it is far bigger than the chook you normally cook and you have the in-laws coming and you want it to be perfect…Don’t you?

Well stick with me (and) Sally and you will get the perfect turkey time after time…

Turkey.. a bird that was usually eaten mainly at Thanksgiving and Christmas but is available all year in supermarkets and butchers. Before handing over to Carol.. a look at all the health benefits this large bird brings to the table.

Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

The wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo (something to do with the difficulty in catching it I think) is native to North America. The bird was brought into Europe, in the early part of the 16th century, by the Spaniards. The English name “Turkey” arose because of a confusion with Guinea Fowl – which were imported through Turkey, from Africa. Both birds were originally known as “Turks”. Eventually, in the 18th century, it was given its Latin name but the original name stuck.

The Native American Indian used the turkey as a staple of their diet. They introduced it to starving pilgrims, along with their native plants and seeds including corn and squash. The pilgrims were so grateful they celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 where their American Indian friends were guests of honour…To read the original post.

Whenever I think of turkeys I think of Mr Bean…Not generally a fan of slapstick comedy this one always makes me smile…as does the Hamlet turkey advert…

 

Of course, you probably know by now that not only do I love pickles but Christmas is when I love to indulge and make a cocktail or three…

Pineapples are very plentiful here and it is such a shame to waste them and the fresh juice is just amazing …A Pina Colada is almost a staple here… but for a change, this Bahama Mama makes great use of pineapple juice we also have some very good rum which is made locally here..so as to boost the awareness of the importance of our carbon footprint ..Cheers!

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Can you take a guess where this eye-watering drink originated? The Bahamas! This drink is rumoured to be indirectly named after Dottie Lee Anderson, a Caribbean dancer and performer in the 1930s who also went by the stage name “Bahama Mama.” Another theory is that this cocktail became popular during the Prohibition when the Bahamas were used as a rum smuggling base. While there are many theories as to how this cocktail came to be, no one’s certain which is true of the origins of many a great cocktail…

This cocktail can be made with as little or as much rum as you like…It is a taste it and see cocktail… Depending on how much rum you decide to add, it can be a little more on the sweet side once you add the pineapple juice. Adding soda gives it a slight fizz, making it a great option for those who aren’t really hardened alcohol drinkers…But beware… the alcohol can easily be hidden, just to be sure pace yourself. Trust me when I say — it will eventually hit you, and when it does…It will be a Merry Christmas…

The traditional way to sip on this treat is over ice, but it can be made into an adult Slurpee by pulsing all the ingredients in a blender. I also use limes instead of lemons…

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend and try to chill out as I remember the last minute Christmas rush…Merry Christmas xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 great weekend 🙂 xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 3rd- 8th December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in the world …The election in the UK is fast gathering momentum…I have watched a few live clashes between the leaders of the parties and to say I am not impressed by much is an understatement…The party leaders need to grow up and start discussing honestly the concerns the voting public has on current issues that are important to them instead they are intent on scoring points against each other…That’s all I will be saying on this blog…

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Although I am showing my Christmas face and cheer on my blog it doesn’t feel a bit like Christmas here…I need to get my red cabbage on as the smell of that certainly makes you think of Christmas, the tree is up…all four of them…Lily decorated them yesterday and they look pretty…My own little Christmas grotto as it certainly does not feel like Christmas when I look outside ..the palm trees blowing gently in the breeze…But hey ho I am sure many you would appreciate a bit of warmth…I can’t have it both ways, can I???

Monday…The latest news on recycling and climate change…

I could quite easily become depressed and despair about the world as there is a lot of scaremongering and doom and gloom everywhere…I am trying hard as generally, I am a happy person to find the positives of which there are many…as well as unicorns xx

coloured plastic bags blowing in the wind

I love that around the world much is going on to minimise rubbish and clean up the world …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/02/recycling-and-climate-changethe-good-news-2nd-dec-2019/

Tuesday…Mistletoe and Wine…Time to pickle…Eggs and Star Fruit…

Tuesday is the day where all you Pickle addicts can pickle and pucker…Don’t you love that initial intake of breath when the vinegar hits your taste buds…?? Makes you give a little involuntary shiver…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/03/mistletoe-and-wine-time-to-pickle-eggs-and-star-fruit/

Wednesday…Cooking from scratch with Sally and Carol…Brussel Sprouts…

I think Brussel Sprouts are like Marmite you either love them or hate them…Both Sally and I love them. Of course, there are many tasty ways you can serve sprouts that I even have had non-sprout lovers say ..wow this is nice…So please pop over and have a look…

brussel sprouts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/smorgasbord-health-christmas-cook-from-scratch-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-perfect-and-healthy-brussel-sprouts/

Wednesday …Whimsical Wednesdays with Carol…

The day when I start off with a topic maybe and then that thought takes me elsewhere who knows even I don’t until I type and then it all spills forth and that is it really …I indulge and reminisce…

Last week mainly because I haven’t yet received any images of you my readers proudly sporting your Christmas jumpers the conversation in comments turned to hairstyles probably because I am trotting out some old well-loved tunes and some of those hairstyles…Well, I think those and bell-bottoms may not see a revival although I do think maybe bell-bottoms did for a while…Mmmmm…

So I kicked off with one of me in 1980...For some reason it is a bit pink but hey ho…I think many of us sported the lady Di look…

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Carol 1980

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/04/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-21/

Thursday…Christmas…’ Tis the season of love and laughter…and a glass of Egg Nog…

I didn’t realise egg nog was so popular…Drank hot or over ice, it seems to still be a popular seasonal drink…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/05/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughter-and-a-glass-of-egg-nog/

Friday…Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

Lily has been here for the weekend…The annual fair is on at the moment so fun and games…Lots of homemade goodies and the like and ultra-loud music which carries on way into the night…It is a good job I can go to sleep anywhere no matter how loud any noise is…Thais love loud music and no one seems to mind…

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We have done a bit of baking and Lily has decorated the Christmas trees..she has done rather well…There are some recipes for some Christmas side dishes to go with your turkey or goose…and some mocktails for those of you who do not partake in any alcoholic drinks but still want to have a lovely drink…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/06/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia-3/

Saturday…Homemade Sweeties…

I thought this would be a nice idea and they make lovely little presents…Last week I featured a recipe for English Toffee and this week it was to be some lovely Coconut Ice…Well that was what the recipe said…

I pride myself on being a good cook…I can follow a recipe…The recipe went well in the beginning…The cooking time was out but stoves vary and that is something us cooks are aware of…so I carried on cooking it per the instructions until it held together when dropped in cold water..It even did that…

I put it in the buttered dish as per the recipe…That was where it went downhill…It quite frankly was a sticky mess…The finished coconut ice looked nothing like the picture…The actual picture was of hardish coconut ice didn’t look chewy at all…This was reminiscent of a very chewy toffee you couldn’t cut it into squares and by that time I knew it was just a big flop…It went in the bin…

Lesson Learnt...(again) if I do not know the cook and/or when I read the ingredients they don’t stack up I am not making it…

I am also not giving up as now I really want a piece of coconut ice…So if my mum can’t recall her recipe then I have found one in an old cookbook which I am sure she may have used…I will let you know…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/07/coconut-ice-thats-what-the-recipe-said/

Lastly, as you know I have concerns about climate change and try to do what I can to help as in recycling correctly, not using plastic and growing or buying fresh vegetables locally and in season…Living sustainably…I am very impressed with Janet and how she is having a sustainable Christmas in her house ..At the moment as she has completed her Advent calendars she is knitting Christmas Crackers…How cool is that???

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Please pop over and have a look she really has given this much thought and is doing something well quite a lot actually…Well done Janet…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/07/silly-saturday-season-of-sustainability/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 great weekend 🙂 xx