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CarolCooks2…My weekly roundup of recipes, Christmas traditions and Trivia…

Recipes and reveals what is in our food

Welcome to this weeks roundup…How are your Christmas preparations going? I am happy as my Christmas supplies have arrived, my sweet mincemeat and puddings are now made. My new oven is set up and ready to go so now I can bake some cakes … Not so many mod cons here…but I manage with a few improvisations and have surprised myself over the last few years as to how resourceful I have become…

Beef Bourguignon is an old family favourite and a lovely dish if you have a few friends around over the Christmas period it is a one-pot dish and cooks itself.

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https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/09/beef-bourguignon/

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Next up are some dessert recipes Bingsu which you may not have heard of before but which is a popular dessert here in Asia…A lovely dessert to share, Mango and sticky rice is almost iconic and can be found almost everywhere here and very nice the mango offsets the sweetness of the coconut rice, Fruit Salad ours is a bit more tropical due to living here but always a crowd pleaser and lastly, my all-time favourite dessert is Creme Brulee and this one has a slight twist a touch of chilli and some lime…

Bingsu

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/10/christmas-recipes-bingsu-sticky-rice-with-mango-creme-brulee-and-fresh-fruit-salad/

Mince Pies and Sausage rolls don’t need too much of an introduction for many and a firm favourite in this house…and yes I make my own sausage meat as I cannot purchase it here…

sausage rolls mince pies home made

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/11/christmas-recipes-mince-pies-and-puddings/

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Next, it is over to Sally’s for my last post until after the New Year and my second Christmas Menu which is a traditional one with a few twists… Sally, however, has her 12 days of Christmas posts and what a star she is… Not only is she promoting other authors and there are some great Christmas books to be had which would make lovely stocking fillers, but she is also promoting my recipes…Thank you, Sally xxx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/smorgasbord-christmas-celebrations-the-food-column-carol-taylor-traditional-christmas-menu/

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I would not like to say how many Turkeys I have cooked …But we all have to start somewhere and I know it can be a pretty daunting task when it is your first Christmas Turkey…

Roast Turkey

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/13/how-to-cook-the-perfect-turkey/

I have now got two adorable pictures of two lovely children in Christmas Jumpers for this Fridays Christmas Traditions and Treats…I was hoping that more of you would send your pictures in of your Christmas finery be it jumpers, sweaters, socks or a beautifully decorated tree or house…So don’t be shy please send me some images xx

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There is a mulled wine recipe, lots of trivia and traditions and until next week an empty jumper corner…Boo Hoo x

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/14/christmas-traditions-treats-and-a-little-trivia/

Next, it is young Hugh and he did hint at a Christmas jumper pic…hint hint… He has started his annual Christmas Charity appeal so please pop over and leave your link and share, Hugh will give you a mention in The New Year and some very lucky doggies will get some extra treats…

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https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2018/12/13/2018-christmas-charity-appeal-help-me-raise-250-for-the-dogs-trust-by-leaving-me-links-to-your-blogs-and-books/

You all know I love chillies, don’t you? Well, my big boy sent me a bottle of vodka infused with Naga Chillies which are apparently the hottest chillies on the planet and not for the faint-hearted…Shot of the said vodka is not advised and apparently a little in Bloody Mary spices it up somewhat…

There are also some recipes for some tamer tipples…Like a  winter Sangria, Mulled Wine, Irish Cream, Limoncello and more xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/15/christmas-recipes-naga-vodka-bloody-mary-drinks-anyone/

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Before I go and just in case all that rich Christmas fare and overindulgence plays havoc with your digestive system a few hints and tips as I don’t know about you but a bad dose of indigestion is too painful…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/smorgasbord-health-column-heading-under-the-mistletoe-indigestion-reach-for-the-peppermint/

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I hope you have enjoyed this Christmas roundup of recipes, traditions and treats and I would like to thank everyone who has made a contribution I think most bloggers love it when you get some interaction with your posts it makes the time spent very worthwhile so thank you and please if you have any favourite Christmas Tips, recipes anything please share with us xxx

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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,  Welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations – The Food Column – Carol Taylor – Traditional Christmas Menu

My carnivores Christmas menu…I hope even vegetarians will find something on here though…Beetroot tartare perhaps? Enjoy…Merry Christmas xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to CarolCooks2 @ Smorgasbord Magazine and this week it is my Christmas menu for carnivores…lol

Thank you to everyone who made such lovely comments on my vegetarian Christmas menu it was a first for me I cook but apart from devising a menu for home I don’t publish a menu.

This week’s menu is a mix of the traditional with a couple of other dishes thrown in…I always like to make at least one new dish every Christmas some I never make again as they were ok..Just not that memorable…You know what I mean don’t you…

Prawn Cocktail

As far back as I can remember Prawn Cocktail has been a must-have for our Christmas starter…..One year I fancied a change and we had a fantastic fresh seafood platter with Oysters, Langoustines everything you could think of and some Thai dips made by the daughter in Law…The only way to…

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Christmas Recipes…Bingsu, Sticky Rice with Mango, Creme Brulee and Fresh Fruit Salad…

Christmas Recipes Desserts

Bingsu:

A frozen milk ice desert. We first had this dessert when we took a trip to Nong Kai in Northern Thailand. It originates from Korea. It is also very easy to make.

Take 1 cup of milk and 2 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk. Put ingredients into a jug and mix together then pour into an ice cube tray. Put in freezer and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Prior to serving put your serving bowl or bowls into the freezer for at least an hour. This dessert can be eaten as a shared dessert or in individual bowls.

To assemble dessert remove frozen cubes and put into food processor or liquidizer and blitz for 20 seconds it should now resemble snow( see picture)If cubes are difficult to remove leave out of the freezer for 4/5 mins until they come out easily.

For 1 bowl take 2 satsumas, peel, and section. put a few segments in the bottom of the serving dish, pile on snow arrange the remainder of orange segments around.

Bingsu

Drizzle some raspberry sauce over the top of the snow.

Eat and enjoy!

NB:

You can use any fruit either fresh or tinned in natural juice.

To make raspberry sauce put 1 and a  half cups of raspberry’s in a saucepan with  3/4 cup of sugar and  1/2 cup water.

Bring to boil stirring, reduce the heat and add 1/2 tsp vanilla essence.

To thicken put 2 tsp cornflour in a cup and mix to smooth cream with 2 tbsp water.

Pour into the boiling raspberry mixture stirring all the time. turn down heat and simmer for 4 mins until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tbsp butter.

You also use frozen passionfruit pulp which is very nice and would cut through the sweetness of the iced snow.

Fresh Fruit Salad

 

The beauty of a fresh fruit salad is that you can make it as large or as small as you like one portion or ten. You can use any fruit that you have and it can different every time.

The one I always make is very simple I use Oranges, Apples, Grapes, Pear, and section and slice them and add lemon/ lime juice to stop the fruit going brown.

Sometimes I  also add some freshly squeezed orange juice or other fruit juice.

This is now when it gets interesting as you can add a little freshly grated ginger, some crushed lemongrass even treat yourself to one of those exotic fruits you have seen in your local shop or farmers market just to liven it up, change it.

Maybe even a touch of chilli???

Some sesame seeds? Some poppy seeds?? Fresh Mint? Pomegranate seeds?

If I use a soft fruit like banana, melon,  mango, strawberries, peaches, apricots, watermelon or kiwi then I put those in about 15 mins before I serve the fruit salad. Otherwise, they can go too mushy and we like our fruit salad fresh and vibrant, nice and crisp.

And of course here I have access to plenty of fresh pineapples, Lychees and Dragon fruit are plentiful and in season here at the moment so into the mix they go…What is your favourite fruit salad mix???

You can use any combination of fruit that you like just make sure you use lemon/ lime

juice to stop the fruit from discolouring and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

It can be served quite simply with fresh cream or clotted cream if you can get it… Ice cream or even custard which hubby prefers.

Sticky Coconut Rice and Mango.

Sticky rice with Mango is probably one of the most iconic Thai desserts and on most restaurant menus from the little cafe to the poshest restaurant.

To make this at home is very easy… First, steam some glutinous rice.

To prepare the milk:

 Heat 1 cup of coconut milk in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly and let the coconut milk simmer. DO NOT let it boil hard as coconut milk will curdle. Also, make sure that the coconut milk you buy is 100% pure as I have been informed by my son that where he lives in the UK all coconut milk sold is not 100% and that definitely separates on heating to high.

Then add  2 tbsp of sugar and 2 pinches of salt. Remove from heat. Pour 3/4 of the hot coconut milk over  1 cup of the hot sticky rice. Let it sit for 5 minutes. The hot sticky rice will absorb all the coconut milk. The rice should be a little mushy.

Sticky rice and mango

 Spoon the rest of the coconut milk on top of the rice at the serving time.

Enjoy!

Creme Brulee with chilli and lime zest.

Custard:

  • 300ml pure cream
  • 200ml full cream milk
  • 3 long red chillies, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 125g caster sugar
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • Lime syrup:
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Zested peel of 2 limes, long thin strands
  • Creme brulee topping:
  • 1 tbsp Palm Sugar, shaved, for topping
  • 2-3 tbsp caster sugar, extra for topping

Let’s Cook!

Preheat oven to 130°C fan forced and lightly grease six 150ml-capacity oven-proof ramekins with butter or oil spray.

Place cream, milk and chillies in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Remove from heat and allow to infuse while cooling, strain to remove chillies and gently reheat the milk.

Whisk eggs, yolks and sugar in a bowl until light and creamy. Whisk in the warm milk gradually and strain through a fine sieve 2-3 times to help break up any foam and pour into a jug.

Place prepared ramekins in a deep oven tray and pour custard into ramekins. Pour boiling water into the tray to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the tray with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes until just set but with a little wobble in the centre of the custards. Remove ramekins from the oven tray and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate until required.

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For lime syrup, place sugar and water in a small saucepan over low-medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil until thickened. Add strips of lime peel to syrup, remove the pan from heat and allow to cool.

For crème Brulee topping, place palm sugar and caster sugar in a bowl and using fingertips rub mixture to combine. Thickly sprinkle over custards and use a blow torch to heat sugar to form a thick caramel. Alternatively place under a heated grill for 1-2 minutes, checking every 30 seconds to ensure sugars don’t catch and burn.

Enjoy!

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

If you loved these desserts Please PIN.

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Until next time xxx

 

 

Beef Bourguignon…

 

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

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

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

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

But I don’t like garlic

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

Ingredients:

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

 

Let’s Cook!

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

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

Once all beef is sealed set to one side.

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

Add Beef and stir in 2 tbsp flour.

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoy!

If you loved this recipe please pin me!

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

CarolCooks2 my Weekly Roundup…Real silver tinsel, home-cured ham and Fun…

Recipes and reveals what is in our food

 

Not strictly true as there are no rants this week...

I will be back to normal after Christmas ( haha) but like all of you guys and gals, I am busy with all my festive and bobs…Instead, there will be a few more Christmas recipes which are all tried and tested in my kitchen…Yes, I am busy in the kitchen and busy trying to source my normal cooking needs…But it seems that all the places I normally get my Festive fare have shut up shop I suppose there is little demand but never fear my son is back in residence from the UK this week so his case should be packed with all my culinary wants…

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Home cooked ham and crackling

Meantime I have been curing my ham…which seems to be a constant for the next few weeks as everyone loves the ham and are not waiting for Christmas Eve to sample it so as I make one ham they dive in and all the neighbours appear as they love my home-cured ham…Oh… to be popular if only my ham…lol

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/04/christmas-recipes-home-cured-ham-bacon/

With a hop, skip and a jump it is Wednesdays Cookery column over at Sally’s and my first public attempt at putting together a festive menu and a vegetarian one at that. It seems to have been well received and I do hope I have got it right…I am not a vegetarian but do eat many dishes with no meat involved.

I understand that there are different groups of vegetarians as regards to what they eat some eat dairy and some not. To some, I suppose not strictly vegetarian but a generic menu.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/smorgasbord-blog-christmas-celebrations-the-food-column-with-carol-taylor-a-christmas-vegetarian-menu/

Real silver tinsel and naughty Yule lads were the themes of my Friday’s post… Trivia and Christmas facts and lots of recipes.

Christmas Traditions, Treats and Trivia

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/12/07/christmastraditions-treatsand-festive-fun/

Finally, no one wants to be sick over Christmas I know how that feels as in Christmases past that has been me… Sally has some good advice on how you can help yourself stay well during the cold, damp weather…So please pop over and have a read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-bronchitis-by-sally-cronin/

I still can’t believe that I only wrote 3 posts this week …But I am sure you busy peeps don’t mind that…I have however changed my domain name…When I first started blogging it was a whim in a way and not so serious and when I was thinking of a name that was a tongue in cheek choice…I have got serious ..Well not about everything but certainly the environment and those pesky sneaky manufacturers who make all these chemically laden foods which make us sick…

I lied ... Me bad! There is a rant…lol…Unintentional at the beginning but I get carried away when I type…

The new domain name? carolcooks2.com… Because yes I do cook but I also blog about other issues so I thought carolcooks2 covers that…

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas season with lots of nice food and family fun…Stay safe but enjoy! xxx

Thank you for reading this shortened version of my weekly roundup and please if you have any ( I have revised it ) fun Christmas photos please share for my Fridays Christmas Traditions and Treats…xxxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

Smorgasbord Blog Christmas Celebrations – The Food Column with Carol Taylor – A Christmas Vegetarian Menu

My first attempt at putting a Christmas menu together as a post and vegetarian as well…I hope you enjoy 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Carol Taylor has been very busy the last few weeks preparing Christmas menus for the whole family and this week she has created a feast for vegetarians with some sumptuous ingredients.

Welcome to the first of my Christmas menus this one is with vegetarians in mind and I have tried to think of tasty dishes that as dare I say it a carnivore I would eat… In fact I eat both because as long as a meal is tasty then that is what matters and I love vegetables.

The starters are quick and easy to make and ooze taste and most of the dishes can be made in advance as we don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen on Christmas morning while everyone else has fun…Do we?

I always try to cook at least one dish I haven’t cooked before for Christmas as we all have our tried and…

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Christmas Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor #BrusselSprouts bitterly healthy!

I love Brussel Sprouts and hope you all enjoy these recipes safe in the knowledge that they are very healthy and have numerous health benefits 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the repeat of our weekly posts from 2017, where I look at the health benefits of my favourite foods and Carol Taylor provides delicious recipes so that you can include these foods in your diet. Carol is currently cooking up a storm in her kitchen in Thailand to share some alternative ideas for your festive meals and parties.

Brussel sproutsare not necessarily the most asked for vegetable by children as they do have a slightly bitter taste (actually the healthy element of the Brussels), but if you prepare them following Carol’s guidance, they should be a hit with all the family.

At this time of year they are readily available in the stores and are a wonderful side dish for Turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Variety is the spice of life….and our bodies need a wide variety of foods to extract all the nutrients it needs…

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