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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…Winter Warmers, pollution popsicles and the month of the wolf…

January is the month of new beginnings and always makes me want to clear out and change things around and my head churns with ideas and plans…Some which will come to life and take shape and many just dreams of what could be…What does January mean to you?

Saying how it makes me feel made me wonder what January depicted…  January means  “month of the wolf” in Saxon terms. ” Janus is the god of the doorway in Roman Mythology. To us in this modern age, January is the door to the new year. Broken down like that it makes my feelings perfectly normal…Doesn’t it?

great reads a weekly roundup

Take a pew, grab your favourite drink and enjoy my roundup of posts…There is something for everyone …

Firstly is a post from D.G.Kaye and is a lovely post which sums up my life…Since moving here there are people who I thought would keep in touch and haven’t and people who I knew but not so well and they have…I meet people now who just pass through on their travels or holiday, some stay for a while and some have become good friends…But all part of life’s rich tapestry and all have left me with memories to treasure (even recipes) and I hope I have done the same …xxx

reasons-and-seasons

Debby’s post sums this up very nicely so please pop over and have a read…

https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/01/15/meeting-people-for-reasons-and-seasons/

Something most of us think about as we wrap up warm or strip off depending on your weather is looking after ourselves and maybe shifting a few unwanted kilos …

wooly hat snow

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/22/healthy-eating-how-to-shift-those-christmas-kilos/

Wednesday the middle of the week sometimes it just flies …my week not so much it was visa time and day one …did not go well the young man informed me I did not have enough money to stay…shocked as we always do …I went away and pondered what the ??? we were going to do…It was my son who said, “he has used the US dollar not the British pound.”..I looked at the exchange rates and saw he was correct…So the next day copy of said exchange rate in hand I returned…After some umming and ahhing he decided he would check…3 times he did the calculation as he insisted ” I did not do it wrong” Then with a smile, he informed us ” Today it is ok”

Welcome to the Land of Smiles…

Thai boys in tree

I think this calls for a bowl of comfort food so come with me over to my Cookery Column @ Sally’s…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-winter-warmers/

My first Waste Not! Want Not! of the year and what impressed me most was the Pollution Popsicle and the passion these young people have for cleaning and protecting our ecosystem.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/24/waste-notwant-not-part-8/

Lastly, it was week four in my kitchen(s) …Yes, I have two…Now where to put the books?…

shitake mushroom larb

I am also cooking more meat-free dishes and this Mushroom Larb was very nice easy to make and lots of lovely Thai flavour…It was a definite hit in our house…So pop over and see what else was cooking and of course being moved…Just an update on my sourdough starter it is also doing well…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/25/week-4-in-my-kitchen/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup and please let me know in comments as I love to hear from you….Thank you for reading 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.

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

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

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://carolcooks2.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

Week 4…In my kitchen…

Welcome to week 4 in my kitchen…Where do the weeks go?? Did I tackle that big cupboard? Actually, no not yet… I have turned the kitchen around completely…My kitchen is sort of in two parts plus one…So part one holds my sink and ceramic hob and built-in cupboards separated by maybe it was supposed to be an open plan dining area?  The problem being there is nowhere to put an oven in part one so my lovely wooden table was against the wall to hold the tabletop oven… Confused yet…haha.

As I have a new oven it had to go that side so I have ( with) hubby’s help…Moved the table top oven into the second kitchen as I never know when I might need an additional oven… My lovely table is now in the middle  (where) it should have been in the first place…I now have my lovely big work surface to work on again instead of a small top and also more room as if someone is using the hob I am not in their way…More workspace plus my big cupboard is this side of the kitchen…Thais love cupboards at least when they are building European style houses…They also like to build two kitchens in case you were wondering…The second one to house the gas hob for their stir fries…

my kitchen

Which means generally the Thai wife is happy in her kitchen and husband happy in his one… Which means two cultures exist in harmony…

Let’s Cook!

A take on Tom Yum Soup… This is one of my favourite Thai soups and so easy to make from scratch. It also brings back memories of a certain lady…Keeleigh who when she visited us could not get enough of this fabulous soup…I am sure she would also love this version…

  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemon grass
  • 1-inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 85 gm salmon per person
  • 100 gm noodles of your choice per person
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium tomatoes cut into quarters.
  • 5-6 shallots halved if really small if a little bigger quartered
  • 1 and a half tsp of sugar
  • 7 – 10 tbsp of fish sauce (depending on your taste)
  • Juice of 5 -8 limes.
  • A handful of cilantro ( Coriander)
  • Half hardboiled egg per person…optional

N.B  I recommend using the lowest amount of limes and fish sauce and Taste! Adjust if necessary as everyone’s taste varies.

Let’s Cook!

The first thing to do is put about 2 litres of water in a large pot to boil.

Then I like to start by squeezing my limes. This is not the first step of the recipe, but it’s best to have your limes squeezed so when you need them later, you don’t need to rush to squeeze them all.

Take your stalks of lemongrass, and first tear off the outermost leaf and throw it out. Then, I like to use a rolling-pin or the handle end of a knife to lightly pound the lemongrass to release the flavours. Then just slice it diagonally into 1-inch strips or so.

Take about 1 thumb-sized chunk of the root part of galangal, and chop it into slices.

Coarsely break about 10 kaffir lime leaves – no need to cut them, just tear them – which is going to help release their flavour.

Peel about 5 cloves of garlic.

I used about 10 Thai birds eye chillies for this recipe, but you can use however many you’d like. First, take off the stem, and then you can either just slice them in two pieces, or give them a little pound on your cutting board like I did (just be careful of flying seeds). You can also remove the seeds if you still like the chilli flavour but not as much heat.

Throw the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, garlic and chillies into the water.

You can put the lid on just so it starts to boil which releases the herb flavours quicker.

Boil your soup with all the herbs in it for about 10 minutes.

Then add your mushrooms, which you should pre-rinse beforehand.

Cook for 4-5 minutes.

.Add tomatoes and onions.

 

Cook for further 6-8 minutes.

Now add your noodles and after 2 mins add your salmon and cook for a further 5 mins until salmon is just poached…

Remove from heat and gently stir in fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and cilantro.

Taste and adjust if necessary.

This delicious soup is now ready to serve. Garnish with half a boiled egg and some coriander… Enjoy!

tom yum salmon

If you are doing an original Tom Yum with prawns only add your 500 gm of prepared prawns and cook for 2-3 mins max ( if overcooked the prawns will sink to the bottom of the pan. If you get any scum on the surface of soup it’s from the prawns then just skim off with a spoon. Then remove from heat and gently stir in fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and cilantro.

Taste and adjust if necessary.

Enjoy!

Pigs Trotters…Not on the menu this week maybe next week…

Today at long last I have started my sourdough starter…Something I have kept putting off but hubbies favourite baker and they are few and far between here…Upped and left…As cut bread doesn’t feature on either of our radars …This has to be done…

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Our chicken dish this week was Thai Green Curry… A curry which is a staple in this house and everyone likes it…To get the recipe

Thai-green-curry

As a treat, this recipe also includes the recipes for 5 authentic made from scratch curry pastes…

As I have been trying to find some nice flavoursome meatless recipes I came across this one and as Larb is a favourite here I decided to give this version a go… The initial reaction from the meat eaters in this house was not one of joy…haha

Made using the shiitake mushroom which is great in stir-fries, soups and with pasta, it also apparently makes tasty veggie bacon.

12 oz shiitake mushrooms cut into 1/2 in pieces…Remove stalks and reserve for stir fry etc

3 spring onions chopped

1-inch piece of ginger, grated

1 clove of garlic finely diced

1 small shallot sliced thinly

1 tsp dried chilli or 1 fresh chilli finely sliced

1 tbsp fish sauce

A handful of mint leaves

Lime Juice plus wedges to serve

Few peanuts roughly chopped.

Oil to cook mushrooms.

Let’s Cook!

Add 2 tbsp oil to pan over a medium to high heat add mushrooms and cook for 3-4 mins, shake and cook for another 3-4 mins until mushrooms are crispy…Do not add salt or they won’t crisp.

Add ginger and garlic and remove from the heat.

Add spring onions, chilli, fish sauce and half the nuts stir to combine and add mint leaves.

Taste and add a squeeze of lime juice adjust seasoning if required…

shiitake mushroom Thai larb

 

Serve with wedges of white cabbage, lime and peanuts…

Larb is also traditionally eaten with sticky rice…

Our verdict…It was nice even hubby and he is a die-hard meat eater…I would definitely make it again.

Have a great weekend and please share with us anything you have made this week or even any kitchen disasters all your comments make my day 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.

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

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

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://carolcooks2.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

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 8

I hope you all had a brilliant festive season and that the New Year will be kind to you… I really feel that these posts seem to be taking a life of their own…The war on waste has begun in earnest…There are so many facets and ways you can reduce your waste and your carbon footprint…

A very valid point was raised by Adele …Adele also has a lovely blog and writes very good horror stories which if you are like me love a good horror story so pop over and say hello…

Adele said…

Fantastic, Carol. I get so uplifted by reading the tips and posts people have sent you about their recycling. I have thought about the textile industry a lot and I received an email from a recycling group highlighting organic, recycled wool. The problem was; the wool was around £58 a ball. I wrote to her and asked why these things, not just the wool but the organic clothes too, were so expensive and how a mother of three or a single mother on benefits could afford these things. I didn’t get a reply which was disappointing. More swap shops are needed, I think, where old jumpers are used for their wool, or clothes cut into new shapes. xxx

That truly is the case many times over anything healthy, organic or designed to cut waste is generally expensive and many times unwarranted.

Zero Waste shops    https://thezerowaster.com/zero-waste-near-you/

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I was really pleasantly surprised a few days ago to read that the Canadian Government has issued NEW food guidelines… Stating that you should eat … A Healthy Balanced Diet … Be mindful of your eating habits… Make water your drink of choice… cook more often… have plenty of fruit and vegetables… enjoy your food… be aware of food marketing… limit foods which are high in sodium, saturated fat and sugar…It sounds like me talking…Does it not??

Healthy - Vegetables- Fruit- Lady

Healthy Eating

Well done to the Canadian Government…Read the full content here

It covers in depth how clever marketing can tempt you…I am sure the food manufacturers probably don’t like this new version…Well about time we stood up to them and their marketing ploys and prove we aren’t all stupid and easily swayed… It also has recipes it is a great new move by the Canadian Government lets hope we can put pressure on our governments to follow …If they are then please let us all know what they do to help improve your health and wellness as a nation.

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Although I have previously stated I am not a vegetarian I eat meat-free meals and my aim is to increase the meat-free meals I eat in a week.

Annika said:

Carol, an interesting article and as a vegetarian since birth I’m smiling how my ‘oddness’ is now becoming the norm. Supposedly a quarter of the UK are vegans at the moment and I personally know many who used to eat a lot of meat but have totally changed. As for trees, I worked within the timber trade and know that in Scandinavia there are actually more trees than a hundred years ago (70% of the land mass in Sweden is forested). Alas, forests in many regions of the worlds are not treated so ethically and suffering terribly … as a consumer it is our responsibility to check where items are sourced and managed.

Annika is a writer and an avid book reader and reviewer please pop over and check her out

https://annikaperry.com/

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Fish is my favourite food but it is becoming increasingly difficult to source sustainable fish or avoid farmed fish and as you know pollution is my baby especially the ecosystem as without that we won’t exist…

It is pleasing to see how the younger generation is doing something and this article caught my eye and what these young people did was actually promoted at the World Trade Centre…How brilliant is that?

Have you heard of Pollution Popsicles??? Have a look it is an awesome project and designed to raise awareness as I am sure it is.

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What else is on my agenda? I have been puzzling how to get my meat/fish home without a plastic bag…Carrying glass containers as well as our own cup it could begin to be a mission. Thinking back over the years all meat and fish was wrapped in paper…What paper though as we need to think o the trees…

Foodservice providers often use butcher paper that has been coated with a fine layer of wax or oil to make the paper more resistant to leaks when wrapping moist foods. Waxed or oiled butcher paper cannot be recycled, but it can be composted. … Butcher paper with food residue also cannot be recycled but can be composted.

It got me thinking can you buy recycled butchers paper?? Apparently yes you can…Amazon does and there are other companies who also sell recycled food wrapping. I just need to find one which deliveries here or I can buy here so that is my current mission…When I do I am sure I will be getting some very amused look at the market…haha

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Fruit Pulp…Leftover from your juicing…Do you use or throw it away?

Victoria Zigler sent me the link to an interesting article on using pulp leftovers…Thank you, Tori…

Food Pulp  get the info here

It will certainly something I will be having a look at but if any of you already use food pulp and have recipes please share  with us we would all love to see your recipes and tips xxx

Tori also writes some awesome children’s books which are very popular and have wonderful illustrations http://ziglernews.blogspot.com/

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Dogs and cats also pick up fleas and some of the commercial ones are not the best to buy for our beloved pet or for the ecosystem when they are washed away…Never fear the solution is right here…

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/natural-flea-control-for-cats-dogs/

 

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That’s all for this week I hope you have found something interesting and please carrying commenting I love to hear from you 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!

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

Week 3…In my kitchen…

 

Welcome to Week 3 in my kitchen and has it had a spring clean this last week…Still, one big cupboard to go…I tackled the kitchen gadget draw yesterday you know the one which has the bottle openers, measuring cups and other bit and pieces…Yes, that one!

Let’s just say with the bits that crept in somehow by those who shall remain nameless…I have halved the contents…Some were just binned and the rest I put in a little box and left outside the gate…Thais are great @ recycling they were gone in a flash…

My culinary prowess reached new levels this week… I was so excited that my big boy, my eldest son is coming for a quick visit in Feb..only 4 weeks time…I just popped my banana bread in the new oven and it wasn’t until I smelt the burning that I realised I had forgotten to put the dish in a baking tin which was in a bigger tin which was stood on a little rack…

By now you are probably thinking that I have totally lost the plot…

Not quite…Thais don’t do oven as I have told you before and this has a bottom burner and is run on calor gas as there is no mains gas in Thailand at all I believe…Coupled with no numbers on the thermostat…I have bought an internal thermostat it takes a while to regulate the heat and if I don’t stand my dish in a tin which is in a tin on a rack…which diffuses the heat and I don’t get a burnt bottom…

That was my kitchen disaster of the week…But one’s grandson cut the burnt bottom off and declared the banana bread was my best one yet! Who would have thought?

home made banana bread

Not my prettiest attempt but tasty…The recipe was from my dear blogging friend a lovely lady who herself says she has too much time on her hands … The lovely Lisa an ALS sufferer who could teach us, able-bodied peeps, a lot…She is an amazing lady…If you get a chance do pop over and say hello to her and if you take an ice cream recipe she will love you forever as she loves ice cream which is the only food she can eat…

https://lisasalsworld.ca/2019/01/11/heres-to-a-happy-new-year-some-recipes-and-some-small-talk/

Banana Bread

  • 5 small ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of raw cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts ( optional)
  • 1 tsp mixed spice ( optional)

Let’s Cook!

Mash the bananas and add the eggs…I put mine in the food processor. Then add all the other ingredients except for the nuts if using and then stir in the chopped nuts.

Cook in a prepared dish or loaf tin on 180F/350C degrees for 50-60 mins.

A quick and easy all in one recipe for banana bread…I did make a few tweaks as the original recipe said 4 bananas what size I don’t know but mine were small ones so added 5 and as I always use raw cane sugar or banana sugar you could use brown or sugar of your choice likewise with flour …

Pigs trotters...Still no pictures… the lady sort of persuaded me to buy the ones she had pre-cut …Which I cooked… the sauce was awesome..not much meat…So the dog struck lucky…The stock was so gelatinous and the penny dropped that she probably meant me to make stock and what a great pork stock they would make…This is my work in progress…Soz Adele x

My other WIP is Chicken Passandra a dish I first ate many moons ago in an Indian Restaurant and have never cooked…I followed the recipe exactly and I think I told you that it was ok for me..not great although the men ..loved it! Although sometimes I do think men rather than offend just say it was good.

Take two…I won’t be beaten…With more than a few changes made from the first attempt and the first time I have used Greek Yoghurt in an Indian Curry it was by far a much better curry…

Chicken Passandra.

  • 2 chicken Breasts cut into cubes
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 1.5 piece of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp good chilli powder I used my homemade curry powder
  • 5 tbsp of Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
  • Fresh coriander chopped

Let’s Cook!

Heat 2 tbsp of the ghee and add the onions cook stirring for 1-2 mins and then add the cinnamon and cardamon pods cook for about 5-6 mins to release the flavours stirring so as not to colour the onions.

Add ginger and garlic and cook for a further 5-6 mins, stirring. Then add turmeric, coriander powder and chilli cook for a further 1 minutes.

Now turn up the heat and start to stir in yoghurt 1 tbsp at a time mixing properly before adding the next tbsp until all the yoghurt is added you will now have quite a thick roux type sauce. Add the tomato puree. The sauce should now be quite a bright orange colour.

chicken passanda

Now add hot water to make a thinner sauce, stirring and adding gradually. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

The taste and add salt to season.

Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a pan and set to one side.

Heat the remainder of the ghee and cook the chicken until it just turns white. Add the chicken and almonds to the sauce and cook until the chicken is cooked. The sauce should now be thick and creamy with patches of that lovely orange oil on the top.

Remove the cinnamon and the cardamon and garnish with coriander to serve.

Cooks Note: Rather than reduce the sauce, even more, I added some ground almonds to thicken the sauce which also enhanced the almond flavour which is what Passandra is renowned for.

This second Passandra was much like I remembered it to be …I also forgot to take a final picture…Next time as I will be making it again I will try to remember… Although it isn’t the spiciest of curries and quite mild it is tasty and ideal for those who prefer a milder curry.

What is on the agenda in my kitchen for next week…A mushroom larb which is a Thai dish normally made with ground pork or chicken…A new recipe for me and I am looking forward to tasting it and maybe some stuffed peppers which will make a change …Also, Darlene Foster very kindly sent me a recipe for a lovely lentil dish called Yakhmat ‘Adas (from Syria and Lebanon) which I will be making on Monday…Darlene is the author of the very popular Amanda Books and has been a follower of my blog since I first started blogging so she must be in line for a long service medal soon…lol…

Thank you, Darlene x

Until next FridayThank you for reading this I hope you are enjoying an insight into my kitchen here…Today it is mega  HOT again and having had a Tom Yum with salmon and ramen noodles I am full and want something easy to make,  as we have little Lily and her friend from the village it will be spag bol as it is not something they get to eat in the village so a treat for them and a straightforward dish for me.

Have a great weekend and please share with us anything you have made this week or even any kitchen disasters all your comments make my day 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.

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

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

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://carolcooks2.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

The Culinary Alphabet…The Letter L

header culinary alphabet letter L

Welcome to this month’s The Culinary Alphabet beginning with the letter L, bought to you by moi @ CarolCooks2.

I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and the New Year brings you Good Health and much happiness. I would also like to wish Esmé a Happy New Year filled with love and good health and thank her for letting me loose once again.

Starting with Lamb which is one of my favourite meats although not so easily available here. We enjoy Lamb when it is available to buy…

Egyptian Lamb Flatbreads

Ehyptian-lamb-flatbreads

Cold lamb is not very nice so we decided to make some flatbreads..a first for me 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.

To read the rest of the post and to get the recipe then head over to Esme’s Salon…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-beginning-with-the-letter-l/

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 and I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits, and vegetable ones 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.

I am also very much into waste and pollution both on land and the sea.

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

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

CarolCooks2…A roundup of my New Years posts…

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I know many of you had such a busy run up to the Festive Season and New Year and maybe are just getting back on track…Although ours was a quieter one it was still a time when I stepped back and took it a little easier and I will just about be back into full swing in the next few weeks …I have been having lots of thoughts and knuckling down to my writing and having a good think as to the direction of my blog in the coming year…

So without much ado, as the saying goes let us begin…

Goodbye 2018…Hello, 2019…

Boarding for Flight 2019 has been Announced.
Your Luggage Should Contain Only the Best Souvenirs from 2018.
The Bad & the Sad Moments Should be Left in the bin.
The Duration of the Flight will be 12 Months.
So, Please Tighten Your Seat Belts!!!! The Next Stop Over will be of Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well-being & Peace.
The following Menu will be Served In the Flight…
A Cocktail of Friendship
A Supreme of Health
A Gratin of Prosperity
A Bowl of Excellent News
A Salad of Success
A Cake of Happiness.
All Accompanied by a Burst of Laughter😀😀
Wishing You & Your Family an Enjoyable Trip on Board Flight 2019.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/01/goodbye-2018-hello-2019/

Moving on I started by reblogging two of the lovely Sally’s posts…Cooking from scratch…Tomatoes which are one of my favourite things and a post on a Gentle Detox as we start our New Year…Will it one of our New beginnings??

tomatoes

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-tomatoes-for-breakfast-spanish-style/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/03/smorgasbord-health-column-the-gentle-detox-introduction-and-phase-one-before-you-begin-your-weight-loss-programme/

It was then over to the first of one of my new posts where you can join me on a Friday for a bird’s-eye view of my week in my kitchen…

banana maple syrup pancakes

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/04/carolcooks2-week-one-join-me-in-my-kitchen/

Where you can discover a little bit more about me and my cooking…

Time for Part two of a Gentle Detox… Isn’t it lovely to just slip slowly and quietly into the New Year…?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/smorgasbord-health-column-the-gentle-detox-part-two-eat-food-your-body-recognises-and-can-work-with/

That didn’t last long… I’m back!

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Just Fish…Or a chemical Cocktail…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/07/just-fish-or-a-chemical-cocktail/

We then go to my first…Eat healthy post of the year… I start my day with a lovely pot of Green Tea…

china green tea pot

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/08/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-7/

It was then over to my food column and some of my favourite dishes…Beef Rendang, Cauliflower Pizza Base, Phad Thai and much more…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-column-with-carol-taylor-favourite-dishes-of-2018/

My second rant for the New Year  …It didn’t take me long did it???

Sharks!

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A beautiful animal and one which is very important to the well-being and the future of the oceans Ecosystem and man are doing what they do best …Overfishing, Polluting and the barbaric practise of shark finning read all about it…Here!

I haven’t finished either by a long way if you care about the beautiful world we live in then we need to take a stand…It just makes me so sad to see how things are being spoilt and polluted…I am not a banner-waving maniac I just care and try to do what I can..My way…We can make changes in our home and maybe, just maybe we can help change our little corner of the World.

Thank for reading and for all your lovely comments…You all rock! xx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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://carolcooks2.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

 

Shark!

sharks eco system endangered

I am sure we have all seen the films, news and headlines over the years…Shark Attack!

Very scary and at certain times of the year more prevalent:-

Chris Lowe, the director of the Long Beach State University Shark Lab in California, said in a statement that shark attacks on humans were “exceedingly rare considering the number of people who use southern California waters, but people do need to be aware that the fall season is a time when more large juvenile and adult white sharks may be moving along the coast.”

Taken in context though we wouldn’t walk into a Lions Den and there have been cases where even cows have surrounded a person and crushed them to death…Because you had entered their field.

Why have I chosen to blog on The Shark??

A headline on Facebook posted by my granddaughter… Caught my eye so I googled it…

Shark Finning!

I hadn’t heard of it but as I started reading it I realised!

Shark Fin Soup…

In China, shark fin soup originated during the Ming dynasty around the 14th Century. Initially, it was a rare delicacy only enjoyed by the nobility and aristocracy. Sharks were rare and hard to catch so it was only served on special occasions and to honoured guests. It was considered one of the eight treasured foods of the seas and signified wealth, power, and prestige. However during the Qing Dynasty, in the 18th and 19th centuries, shark fin soup began to be consumed by more people.

SHARK FINNING IS BARBARIC. SHARKS ARE CAUGHT  with long lines, gillnets or spears, landed onto the boat with no water so they start to suffocate. THEIR TAILS AND FINS HACKED OFF WHILE THEY ARE STILL ALIVE AND THEN THEY ARE OFTEN JUST DUMPED BACK (ALIVE) INTO THE SEA… Where they slowly sink to the bottom THEN die of blood loss, starvation or are eaten alive by bottom feeders like crustaceans…Wasteful and Barbaric!

How would any species survive without their arm, legs, wings, fins or tails?

Not only is it cruel but it is having a disastrous effect on the oceans eco-system.

Banned in many places ( which) is a step in the right direction …

https://awionline.org/content/international-shark-finning-bans-and-policies

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This beautiful creature dates back over 400 million years even outliving the dinosaurs of the 1,000 plus species of sharks and rays many are now in danger of becoming extinct due to overfishing…Yep …That word keeps appearing on my radar…Over Fishing.

Just as overfishing threatens many/most of the fish in our Oceans the shark plays an important role within the eco-system…Classed as one of the top predators they are an essential part in the natural order of marine ecosystems.

Not all species of sharks attack humans and when they do sometimes it is a set of circumstances like a magpie is said to be attracted to bright shiny objects bright colours or blood from an open wound attracts some sharks …

What do sharks feed on most on fish, plankton, molluscs, squid, rays, dolphins, sea lions you may as well say practically everything in the ocean.

You get the Bull shark who will feed on other sharks but in turn, crocodiles have been known to feast on Bull Sharks.

The Tiger Shark, however, eats non-food items and there is certainly much of that to be found in the sea due to dumping and pollution.

How do sharks feed…?

In many different ways just like the sheepdog rounds up the sheep so the long-tailed Thresher Shark rounds up schools of fish. The thick-lipped Nurse shark puckers up and sucks their food out of cracks and crevices.

The Cookie Cutter Shark and no I didn’t name it…Latches onto its prey and sucks out a bite and the little pygmy Shark scurries up and down the sea bed picking up plankton and small fish as it goes.

Sharks are very important to the ecosystem as they are good housekeepers they eat the sick and weak leaving the healthiest of marine species to breed and thrive. Some feed on carcasses of dead creatures lying on the sea bed just like we vacuum or sweep our floors they keep the sea bed clean…

Say NO! To the practice of Shark Finning … Save Our Oceans!

I always love your feedback your thoughts and comments are much appreciated… If you have concerns about our world please share it is the only way we raise awareness of what goes on and the harm being done …Thank you 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.

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

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

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://carolcooks2.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