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Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin B12 combined with Vitamin E – Beef, Broccoli, Eggs, Bananas and Wholegrains

Welcome to the rewind of this series from 2019 where 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.

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.

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.

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 13th -19th March 2022-Monday Musings, Health, A-Z World Cuisine, Belgium, Glace Cherries and Saturday Snippets where a “Heart” is my prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup...March has definitely arrived tonight the sky was a vibrant
red which means tomorrow will be another scorcher…
In other parts of the world, I am seeing the images of daffodils, tulips and cherry/apple
blossom  appearing…such a joyful flowers  which always makes me think of Wordsworth…” a
host of golden daffodils”
What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  My new A-Z  World Cuisines
featuring food from Belgium and anyone who has visited this lovely country will probably agree
that Moules and Frites are a wonderful thing… these posts seem to have struck a chord with
everyone and have been very well received …I have had some lovely comments…
plus it’s fun to research and write… Monday Musings are just some findings from the week
before which I either find amusing or not, … and on Tuesday there was another  Chicken
recipe… beautiful colourful chicken stir fry with Thai Eggplants…it is also National Celery Month
 and this delicious crunchy vegetable has some surprising uses…

Friday review and the subject was “Glace Cherries”  and how they are produced…Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…and this week it was the “Heart”  all part of the human body…plus there are some fascinating connections to the word ”Heart”…from all the tunes which feature the heart…plus the fascinating science which is going on to produce an artificial heart it is awesome.

Right…enough of my chatter…Let’s have look at last week…

Monday Musings!

Monday Musings are a selection of things that have caught my eye the previous week…it could a song, a recipe or just something which has made me go wow!… Last week it was a podcast on “Who Benefits from Fake Meat” and how much is a stick of butter…I wish all measurements were universal…Tori bless her sent me a couple of conversion charts…Thank you, Tori x…Plus we then had one of my favourite rockers filling potholes…

Monday Musings…14th March 2022…

I am a big fan f these small eggplants..today I got some small white ones which means purple and white ones in my curries and stir-fries this week…here is a link for my US readers they are grown in the US…https://importfood.com/products/fresh-thai-produce/item/fresh-thai-eggplant

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken and Eggplant Stir Fry…

One of the best meals of Moules and Fries can be had in Belgium…Plus they are famed for the Waffles but it’s not all fast food…they are also famed for their Chocolate… the Meatballs, the wonderful slow cooked Flemish stew, Rabbit cooked with prunes which was once a humble peasant dish and now it has been refined into something else by chefs around the country.

There is the humble sausage and mash ..served by parents and grandparents and cooked with black or white sausages or the blood sausage…Often, the mashed potatoes will be mixed with a vegetable, like carrots, to create stoemp, the typical Belgian kind of filling mashed potatoes…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 8…Belgium

Sally is rewinding this series which was one I was happy to be part of ..It was interesting matching recipes to vitamins and I think so much easier when you know you need to increase a certain vitamin and the recipe is all tried and tested for you…I hope you think so too…Today Sally is talking about why it is important to have enough of the vitamin B6 in our diets…Please head over and have a read…

Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin B6 – Prunes, Chicken Tagine, Sweet Potatoes

I love fresh cherries when they are in season but sometimes glace or maraschino cherries are called for and I was quite shocked when I realised how they were manufactured but it is also very easy to make your own…I can do nothing about the sugar but we can omit the chemicals and maybe some of the sugar…and steeped in Brandy who wouldn’t love then? Just saying!

CarolCooks2…Friday…Glace Cherries or Maraschino Cherries…

Brown Rice…a healthy alternative to white rice although of the white rice Jasmine Rice which we grow and eat here is the better of the white kinds of rice saying that I love brown rice, wild rice and raspberry rice my family doesn’t…In this post-Sally tells us about the benefits of eating brown rice and has provided us with a lovely recipe which I will be making and portioning for the week which means I will be happy as will the rest of the family to me that sounds like a plan…please head over and have a read…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy Rewind – Brown Rice so much more than just a grain by Sally Cronin

I love writing Saturday Snippets as I can add music and hopefully interesting facts which connect to my chosen prompt of the week…This week my prompt was “Heart”…I truly didn’t know there were so many great songs about the “Heart”…However, I had my Roxette moment and hopefully, she now has a few more fans, of course, Ann Wilson the lead singer of the rock band Heart had to feature as well…her performance at the Kennedy Centre was stunning and an all-time favourite of mine…which meant this week it was Ann and Marie who brilliantly fitted into my theme…”Heart”

Saturday Snippets…19th March 2022…A friend is what the heart needs all the time. – Henry Van Dyke…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup as always I look forward to your comments…I hope you are all having a brilliant weekend…xx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 27th February-5th March 2022-Monday Musings, Health,A-Z World Cuisine, Brazil, Black Gold and Saturday Snippets where a slice apple becomes a human ear.

Welcome to my weekly roundup...March has arrived…
Snow is still falling in some parts of the world…but I am already seeing
images of the first snowdrops that means spring is on the way…Here instead of the
welcome rain the wall to wall sunshine has arrived…
What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  My new A-Z  World Cuisines
featuring food from Brazil has been very well received I have had some lovely comments
plus it’s fun to research and write… Monday Musings are just some findings from the week
before which I either find amusing or not, … and on Tuesday there was another  Chicken
recipe…

Friday review and the subject was Black Gold which I love plus I found the research most interesting I love how traditions are passed down through the generations …Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…and this week it was the “Ears”  all part of the face…plus there are some fascinating connections to the word”Ear”…from a slice of apple to an ear…from asparagus to our spinal cords the possibilities are both awesome and endless and all because a man believes in “play”

Right…enough of my chatter…Let’s have look at last week…

Monday Musings!

Monday Musings is a short post for me…lol…just a few topics that have caught my eye during the previous week…Early years education for children is most important as those early shape a child…avocado as a dessert John Rieber reveals just how delicious it can be…candles can look pretty and smell amazing but a warning as water and candle grease do not mix well and can cause serious burns plus zoodles instead of pasta…

Monday Musings …28th February 2022…

Plain and simple with lemon or lime is one of the best ways to eat pancakes although I love a touch of maple syrup for a change…

Pancake Day…1st March 2022…Aka Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

Nice crispy chicken strips no nasties the kids love them!

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Not quite KFC Chicken…

I am loving researching and writing this A-Z…I am learning so much about world cuisine as I hope you are too…I had a beautiful comment the other day which I will share with you it really made my day…Justina said “I’m an Argentinian, and I confirm this is a very good description of us! Apart from the tamales, which are more typical of Central America (Venezuela, Mexico), the other information is absolutely right! I’m very glad to hear such good things from us and very grateful for your love and respect for our culture 😀…Thank you Justina you made my day x

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 6…Brazil…

I love this series of Sally’s at Smorgasboard heath and I thoroughly enjoyed matching recipes to ingredients for these posts…Sally knows her vitamins and nutrients and I think it was a great idea of hers to pair with recipes…Please head over and learn how B5 is so important to our continued good health particularly as we age…

Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin B5 – Raw Vegetables, Spring Rolls, Chicken Livers, Salmon

Whoever thought I would be singing praises of Oreos…but they make a delicious addition to a brownie mix and they are very popular with the grandkids …Vaseline I always have in my first aid box bit cleaning a cooker with it ..what a marvellous kitchen hack…

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…March 2022 …Kitchen Hacks, Seasonal Vegetables, Oreo Brownies…

Aged Balsamic Vinegar or Black Gold as it is often called is a wonderful thing..eaten quite simply with lovely fresh bread and oil or drizzled over your pasta…wonderful!…But what can you do if you have run out and only have a lesser balsamic..easy?.. pop over and have a read

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Review…Aged Balsamic Vinegar…Black Gold!

Saturday Snippets is one of my favourite posts to research and write and today’s was no exception…”Ears”…I also am a big fan of TED Talks plus I think life is too short and at all stages of our life, we should have fun and having fun releases our creativity…an Apple carved into the shape of an ear its cells removed and replaced with human cells creates an ear and from waste products…This is a must watch TED talk…

Saturday Snippets… 5th March 2022…Ears…from Apples?

Thank you for joining me today...if you leave a comment it will surely brighten this day as we have Covid in the house..the good news is our grandson tested negative yesterday so fingers crossed tomorrow’s test will say the same…that means if we get all clear that Lily can come and stay as school breaks up this week for the long holiday…

Have a great Sunday and laugh a lot…its free and good medicine xxx

 

Just like our cars and bikes which need to be kept well oiled…Sally is on hand with her expert advice on the oils we need to keep our bods in tip-top condition and the benefits…Please pop over and have read and leave a comment on what oil you use…we would love to know there are also some tried and tested recipes for you…Everything you need at your fingertips for a healthy body …Enjoy!

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Olive Oil…keeps your body moving by Sally Cronin

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 3rd May-9th May 2020…Recipes and Mothers Day…

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…

I have also had my fair share of disasters …maybe its because I am cooking more or maybe it’s the heat and humidity and my temperamental oven although I learnt something the other day thanks to my eagle-eyed son…The temp gauge read spot on for my cake…Because my oven heat comes from the bottom like most ovens here I have to double tin anyone who is used to ovens in Asia knows exactly what I mean…

Cake in the oven and the temp gauge shot up…the only solution we came up with was that as the heat was directly under the tin that caused the heat/temp to rise…Any other thoughts on that.?.. The way forward seems to be to put my tin in the oven while it is heating thus getting a more accurate reading and then putting my cake tin in…Thoughts?

Cake making here is not for the faint-hearted…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…4th May 2020…and Covid-19…

A new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…All of this is having an effect on climate change, air pollution, waste, recycling…

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I wonder what 2021 will bring will it bring changes for the good or will it instead of starting a new norm just go back to how it was?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/04/recycling-and-climate-change4th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: Exotic Spicy Thai Food…Ant Egg Salad…Koi Khai Mod Dang

National Egg Month which meant we will talk eggs with a difference…Spicy Ant Egg Salad…something the Mexican call caviar on land…Many of you may not have heard or tried it…some of you may have tried it or decided it wasn’t for you…Opinion is most certainly divided…

macro photography of ant

Photo by Jimmy Chan on Pexels.com

Personally, I love it!…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/05/exotic-spicy-thai-food-ant-egg-salad-koi-khai-mod-dang/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

Hello and welcome… I would like to say that here on Whimsical Wednesdays it is a Corona free zone but this sneaky virus has crept into every single aspect of our lives…Awake or asleep it is there…It dominates the headlines and our thoughts…It invokes great sadness but also great joy…and a smidgen of hope…Nope, I refuse to mention the other 10%…My focus is coming out the other side with hope in my heart…

We are in unprecedented times…Captain Tom who has now been made an Honorary Colonel cheered me up and made my day…Here is a clip of his memories…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/06/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-6/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – #Asparagus – Nutrient-Packed and Delicious by Sally Cronin…Plus a bonus of some Asparagus recipes from me…Who doesn’t love asparagus wrapped in bacon???

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-asparagus-nutrient-packed-and-delicious-by-sally-cronin/

Thursday was also National Roast Leg of Lamb Day…

I also shared our favourite Egyptian Flat Bread made with leftover lamb and some hummus…

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The plating was done by Aston who then duly tucked in… he loves his food…I don’t think I have ever seen a child who eats with such joy on his face…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/07/national-roast-leg-of-lamb-day/

Friday: Nought to write…

I came to a standstill…I started writing and then realised it was Saturday post I was writing…Doh!…my days have merged into one…the heat has gotten in and I had nothing to write…Every time I tried to do some research something on Covid-19 popped up it was also the day after my brother in laws funeral…I was sad, dispirited and just didn’t know what to write so I had a drink or two, ate some crisps and all the things I wouldn’t normally eat, cursed my oven and gave up…Not like me at all but I have this little niggle which is getting bigger…I also thought if I feel like this how the heck must someone feel if they are on their own …made me realise how selfish I was being…

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Image by heidi_ziller from Pixabay

I thought how old I was…next year…So I started to plan a party…I intend to celebrate that milestone in style …We are going to Koh Samui and anyone who would like to join us is most welcome…

Saturday: Exotic Thai Fruits…Matum Fruit, Thai Cherries, Gac Fruit and Mangosteen…

Some of my favourite fruits… I particularly love the Thai cherries pickled…I am partial to a pickle or two…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/09/exotic-thai-fruits-matum-fruit-thai-cherries-gac-fruit-and-mangosteen/

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 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

Photo credit: Nationaal Archief on Visualhunt.com / No known copyright restrictions

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…

eggs

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