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Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…January 2022 …Kitchen Hacks, Waxed Fruit and Vegetables and Ezekiel Bread

 

Welcome to my Green Kitchen where my aim is to cook food that is chemical-free, in season and grown either by myself or purchased locally and in season…

Produce which is in season has far more taste than produce which is forced and grown out of its natural season …I also think it is the anticipation and the taste of the first of the season’s crops…those first root vegetables…sublime! or those first strawberries there is nothing quite like it!

Bread Recipe for January…

Normally I would give you a tried and tested recipe and then I came across this bread and it was the name of it that intrigued me at first… Ezekiel Bread

In case you are wondering it is a flourless bread made with sprouted whole grains…Ezekiel bread is flourless bread made from sprouted grains. It’s named after the Old Testament verse Ezekiel 4:9, which reads: “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself…”

 

Here is a recipe I have found to make Ezekiel Beread 

Please let me know if you have baked this bread or tried this bread as it looks quite a loose textured bread and not sure how it would taste or be for a sandwich…Please let us know ????

Kitchen Hack 1…If you’re planning on eating raw kale in a salad, massage the greens beforehand. It may sound odd but it’ll tenderise the hardy leaves. First, remove the stem and add a glug of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt to the leaves. Then gently knead the kale with your hands until the leaves start to wilt a little. Be careful not to overwork the greens as they’ll become mushy.

Kitchen Hack 2…Rescue burnt biscuits/cookies with a grater…

Don’t throw away biscuits that are burnt on the bottom or around the edges, Carefully grate off the blackened bits and they will be perfectly edible. If they are a little misshapen, dip the biscuits in melted chocolate and leave them to cool…icing also covers a multitude of sins.

I love quirk and ideas which make your dinner party or that meal for two at home that little extra special…This is simple to do and one I will try out very soon…So I’ll be dusting off those shot glasses( I) have quite a few stored away from our bar/restaurant days…

Waxed fruit and vegetables…

Artificial wax coating is applied to many fruits and vegetables to increase their shelf life…Most of us have been aware of this for years…

But do we really need artificial wax? Experts Say Yes! But then they would…wouldn’t they?

Don’t they look delicious?..shiny just waiting for you to take a bite BUT before you do… I just do the knife test and take a knife and gently scrape the skin… you will soon see if the fruit has a wax coating…

Are these artificial waxes safe for human consumption? Not all of them!

How to know if the wax on the food you are buying is safe…If natural waxes derived from insects and plants is used then generally they are…

Non -permitted waxes can be quite harmful causing nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

HOWEVER, as long as the waxes used are in accordance with United Nations Standards they are…Check with your supermarket that the waxes used on their products are FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) approved. The FSSAI only permits natural wax coatings. FTIR tested wax coatings applied to food are not considered harmful…

This is why it is important to know where your food originates from and labels often don’t tell the full story…not every source of food will abide by the regulations of the source country…This is why I buy local produce or grow what I can…plus cook from scratch wherever possible as all these instances where the food we eat is contaminated with waxes and chemicals to improve taste and shelf life is directly the cause of many non-contagious lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), stroke, diabetes and certain forms of cancer are heavily linked to lifestyle choices, and hence, are often known as lifestyle diseases…The saying we are what we eat has never been truer…

I am a huge fan of Mark Weins and although I will never be vegan as I believe we need to eat foods from all food groups for a healthy diet.I also believe we should for our health and the health of the planet we should eat more plant-based meals… Here in Thailand, many Thais follow a plant-based diet and this video shows one of Asia’s biggest plant-based Food Festivals…

I like Mark because he talks to people and asks questions which means there is a lot of discussions and the stall which produced compost from waste in 24 hrs interested me very much…Well worth a watch…Enjoy!

Garden Hack…Micro Greenhouse.

Do you have a hard time starting seeds or cuttings? Try soda bottle greenhouses. Cut the bottom off 2-litre soda bottles and remove the labels. Each seed gets its own micro greenhouse! Remove the greenhouses once the seeds have germinated and cuttings are rooted…Please click here for some more gardening hacks…

I do love a crab Sandwich…

EEEEEEK! She has that look and she has baguettes and I have heard her say….Crab Sandwich…   Surely she is not putting me between that baguette and with a Chilli! crab-1934857_1280

Ingredients:

  • 6 individual-sized baguettes or wholemeal bread or your own choice of bread/roll.
  • 300gm of fresh-picked white crab meat…..yikes that’s me!
  • I red chilli finely chopped, you can remove seeds….she so is and in bed with a chilli! And I can’t scuttle away she has taped my claws together.
  • 5tbsp mayo.
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice.
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley finely chopped.
  • 50gm rocket
  • Butter to spread on rolls.
  • Salt.

Lets’s Cook!

Butter your rolls or bread of choice…..I sometimes use cream cheese.

Mix the chilli and lime juice into the mayo.

Gently fold in the parsley and the white crab meat.

Taste and season with a little salt..the salt brings out the flavours.

Put the crab mixture on the baguette and top with the rocket.

Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this bit of fun and just to reassure you that no crabs were hurt by me…..

Finally…my good news is that I was interviewed by Rebecca on Tea, Toast and Trivia…my very first toe-dipping into being interviewed live…it was both scary and exciting but both Rebecca and Don put me at my ease and I soon slipped into what I do best and that is talk…I do hope you enjoy it!

Thank you again, Rebecca and Don…

This is the blog where sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 14th-20th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Recipes for “Toad in the Hole”, “Fig Newtons”, Music and Carol’s Green Kitchen “Christmas Special”…

My Culinary A-Z,  Toad in the Hole, Fig Newtons  …Music by Earth, Wind and Fire and more …Oh Yes!, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearly 3 weeks into November and coming up to 3 yrs of covid who would have thunk 2 years ago? It’s also” Stir Up Sunday” today when if you haven’t already it’s time to get together and make those puddings …Have fun and make a wish…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...The Fig Newtons were delicious…thank you to everyone who gave me some pastry tips they were much appreciated…

The week started with my first attempt at making Fig Newtons or Fig Rolls if you hail from the UK…as I type there is one left looking awfully sorry for itself…but I am determined not to eat it…They were very nice but I am sticking to my regime to drop a few pounds before the festive season kicks in…so sample them I did and then drew the line…my testers love them so armed with tips for rolling pastry from my fabulous readers the second batch will soon be made…

CarolCooks2…Today in my Test Kitchen …Fig Newtons…Take One!

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen Christmas Special!

A bumper edition of ideas for a sustainable Christmas and some Christmas Recipes I hope you enjoy…It is also Stir Up Sunday today time to make your Christmas Puddings… just click the link for some delicious Christmas Pudding recipes…and don’t forget to make a wish x

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – Christmas Special 2021 – DIY presents, Sustainable Trees and Gifts, Cheesecake and Pickles.

Not forgetting of course that it is Sweet Potato Awareness Month and today is National Stuffing Day…Click this link for all your Christmas Stuffing recipes …Sweet Potatoes are one of my favourite vegetables…this recipe is easy to make and a favourite with even the family members who say they don’t like sweet potatoes…Bacon changes most peoples minds…smile…

Spicy sweet potato balls with cream cheese and bacon.

Ingredients:

• 2 sweet potatoes
• 2 spring onions finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
• 1-2 tsp red curry paste
• 3 rashers of bacon cooked until crispy
• Cream cheese
• Breadcrumbs to coat
• Oil to cook

Let’s Cook!

  • Wash and cook the sweet potatoes in the oven until soft…
  • When cooked allow to call a little and then remove the skins and mash with a little oil or butter then add the garlic, spring onions and red curry paste.
  • Combine well and season to taste.
  • Chop your cooked bacon and add to the cream cheese.
  • Take a good spoonful of the sweet potato mix form into a ball and make an indent then push the cream cheese and bacon into the whole and then make it into a ball again. Repeat until all your potato is used.
  • Roll the balls into some breadcrumbs you may need to use some milk or egg to get them to stick.

 

  • Heat your oil and cook in batches just be careful as sweet potatoes have a tendency to brown quicker than ordinary potatoes.
  • Serve as a starter or snack with a sweet chilli sauce …Enjoy!

Next, it was The Culinary Alphabet with the middle letter of S…The Letter S is quite easy I have left some for Pete and Chel…Have fun guys Looking forward to what you come up with …You will have to read the post and the comments to see what Chel and Pete came up with they did good!

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letter S…

Over the last six weeks, Sally has shared the nutrients we need to be healthy and their main food sources. You just need to cut and paste it into word and print it off…How easy is that? #recommended read.

First a reminder of the basic nutrients we need for energy and healthy functioning systems and organs and the main food sources.

  • Vitamins and anti-oxidants – A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (Folate) B12, C, D, E, K,
  • Minerals – Calcium, chloride, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc.
  • Amino Acids –
  • Essential Fatty Acids –
  • Bioflavonoids –V
  • Very strong anti-oxidants.

To read the full original post please click the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/11/18/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-print-off-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-sally-cronin-2/

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…”Toad in the Hole”

A recipe learnt from my mum…Toad in the Hole…

We British have a way with words and we have a few strange sounding names for some of our food dishes…take ‘Spotted Dick”,  a “One-eyed Sandwich” ‘Stargazy Pie”, ‘Pigs in Blankets” or “Bubble and Squeak”….all foods of my childhood…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Todays Recipe “Toad in the Hole “

Saturday Snippets…

Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and this week my word is…Earth!…

Saturday Snippets are often written on the fly…very rarely planned unless someone has given me a prompt word… in the last 4 weeks, they have followed a sort of theme…Soap, Water, Fire, Wind…and now ” Earth” to complete the trio and with none other than some great tracks from Earth, Wind and Fire!

This brings me to one of my favourite bands of all time…I have listened danced to them over the years…Please click the link below to listen to the wonderful Earth, Wind and Fire!

Saturday Snippets 20th November 2021…Earth!

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed the catchup…I look forward to your comments as always…Have an enjoyable Sunday and if you are stirring those Christmas Puddings make a wish…

See you tomorrow XX

 

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – Christmas Special 2021 – DIY presents, Sustainable Trees and Gifts, Cheesecake and Pickles.

Welcome to my Green Kitchen where my aim is to cook food that is chemical-free, in season and grown either by myself or purchased locally and in season…

Produce which is in season has far more taste than produce which is forced and grown out of its natural season …I also think it is the anticipation and the taste of the first of the season’s crops…those first root vegetables…sublime!
However, as Christmas is coming this edition will cover ways, we can have a sustainable Christmas plus some tried and tested Christmas recipes.

To read the full original post please click the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/11/17/smorgasbord-food-column-carol-taylors-green-kitchen-christmas-special-2021-diy-presents-sustainable-trees-and-gifts-cheesecake-and-pickles/

 

The Environmental A-Z…the letter T…Toxins and Tidy Towns…

 

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter T…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…

Abraham Lincoln is correct we need to act now to create the future for our families that we want…but at the moment we can only dream of…

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.

 

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter T…

Toxic Chemicals…

Widely-used, toxic chemicals may hide anywhere IN YOUR HOME from skin cream to a frying pan. Let’s explore what they are and where you can find them in your home.

  1. Benzyl benzoate

    A common insecticide that is used medically to kill lice or scabies. It is also used as a food additive for flavour, in fragrances, and in plastics. It is a suspected neurotoxin.

  2. Bisphenol-A (BPA)and Bisphenol-S (BPS)

    Used to make transparent, hard plastic known as polycarbonate used for baby bottles and linings of metal cans. BPS is a common substitute for BPA since public outcry reduced the use of BPA in plastics. Studies are showing the chemicals are similarly toxic. BPA/BPS are endocrine disruptors, and exposure may cause obesity, reproductive cancers, and infertility…Why is it that manufacturers think it is ok to replace one polycarbonate with another one which is equally as dangerous to our health?

  3. Formaldehyde

    (A.k.a. methanal, methyl aldehyde, or methylene oxide) A smelly, colourless, flammable gas used in pesticides, building materials, textiles, cosmetics, and home goods. The “new” smell of a mattress, piece of clothing, or car comes from formaldehyde. It is a carcinogen and suspected gastrointestinal, immune, nerve, reproductive, respiratory, and skin toxicant.

  4. Parabens

    A preservative in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, parabens are used in toothpaste, shampoo, moisturizers, and shaving gels. Parabens are endocrine disruptors that can be absorbed through the skin, and they have been linked to cancer.

I have only listed a few if you do your own research you will find that almost every cleaning product, cosmetics, shampoos, detergents are detrimental to your health and the environment plus they are another piece of plastic that you are bringing into your home which may not be fully recyclable without using specialist equipment which many waste operators don’t have… you may think you are being responsible and recycling but what do they do with YOUR carefully recycled plastic containers… mostly it goes to landfill…

I am detoxing my home one product at a time which allows me to research that particular product then test it…it is also less plastic I am bringing into the home…Be the change in your home…choose a product then do your research… some creams and cleaning products you can make from scratch at far less cost others you can purchase environmentally-friendly replacements…

As I test and use /make products I add them to my blog…My Green Kitchen...

Toxic Cloud/Gas…

Put quite simply a toxic cloud is a mass of airborne toxins, e.g. aerosolized bacterial pathogens chemicals, or fumes released by the burning of a hazardous substance.

This shows the importance of awareness of toxic gases.

Toxic Cloud could result from a volcano erupting...although they can also form from pollution, air recently has been implicated as the perpetrator in pollution of large water bodies. Hazardous substances hitch a ride on the wind, moving great distances in a so-called “toxic cloud,” and, after clashing with cooler air, fall to earth in rain and snow.

Toxin…

A poisonous substance that can either be natural (produced by plants, animals or bacteria) or manufactured…

Natural toxins may be present inherently in plants. They are usually metabolites produced by plants to defend themselves against various threats such as bacteria, fungi, insects and predators, which may be species-specific and give the plant its particular characteristics, e.g. colours and flavours. Common examples of natural toxins in food plants include lectins in beans such as green beans, red kidney beans and white kidney beans; cyanogenic glycosides in bitter apricot seed, bamboo shoots, cassava, and flaxseeds; glycoalkaloids in potatoes; 4′-methoxypyridoxine in ginkgo seeds; colchicine in fresh lily flowers; and muscarine in some wild mushrooms.

Tidy Towns…

Participating towns are rated on their care for all aspects of the local environment. Sustainability and delivery of the sustainable development goals in their communities is the core focus.  Participating towns are asked to consider resource efficiency, biodiversity and Climate Action in all their activities.

Tidy Towns groups deliver many innovative projects for other towns, to help to protect local heritage and are involved in planning for the future of our town centres and community resources.

That’s all for today…thank you so much for joining me I do hope you are learning and enjoying these A-Z’s as much as I enjoy the writing and research…

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 3rd – 9th October 2021 – James Bond, 1979 Hits, Green Kitchen, Stories, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed during the week on Smorgasbord.

Please head over to Smotgasbord for a jam-packed week of laughter, music, health, recipes and reviews, new book releases #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-3rd-9th-october-2021-james-bond-1979-hits-green-kitchen-stories-book-reviews-bloggers-health-and-humour/

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 3rd-October 9th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Shoes, Music with Dido and Yeast Free Raisin Bread…

My Culinary A-Z, Music from Dido and Elvis…in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…From Carol’s Green Kitchen…Yeast Free Raisin Bread…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2… 

Time is marching on we have now nearly two weeks into October…the month for Halloween Festivities… where the last of the summer sun for some of us is on the wane and where for others spring has sprung…Soups and salads are on the tables around the world…for some, the leaves are starting to turn into glorious shades of oranges and reds elsewhere the spring bulbs and beautiful flowers are unfurling their leaves and petals both showing how beautiful this world is in its changes of seasons…

Did you know that in October…?

In the Northern Hemisphere, October happens in Autumn (fall) but in the Southern Hemisphere, October falls in spring! For each hemisphere, October is in the same season that April is in for the other hemisphere.

The night sky is much clearer in October so it is the perfect time to go stargazing.

In October 1884, the time zones of the world were created. This was based on the Greenwich Meridian time zone, which helps us understand time zones.

Music on 10/10/1963…#1 Brian Poole and the Tremeloes…

I can’t remember when I last listened to this but love it!… Have bopped away many, many times to this…

Enough of my twittering let’s see what posts I had for you last week just in case you need to catch up…

A beautiful pumpkin soup to kick of the start of National Pumpkin Month in the USA.

One of my favourite vegetable soups…it is just as tasty without the prawns or crabmeat just with the fresh herbs and crispy garlic it is still a delicious bowl of soup…

CarolCooks2…National Pumpkin Month…Thai Pumpkin Soup with prawns or crab meat.

The next letter in my culinary Alphabet with a twist where the middle letter was P…very apt as both are celebrating by having National Pumpkin Month and National Apple Month the middle in both Apple and Pumpkin is P…which means I have lots more Pumpkin and Apple Recipes to share with you this month.

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Letter P…

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord Magazine with my monthly Green Kitchen where I review any new products I try in my home and this week I shared a yeast-free raisin bread recipe and very yummy it was…

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – October 2021 – Yeast Free Raisin and Cinnamon bread, Hair Conditioner, Fabric softener, World Food Day

Still on the subject of food…Sally over at Smorgasbord is republishing by popular demand and very useful it is shopping by nutrient List…A fabulous idea as if there are certain deficiencies in our diets then Sally has identified the foods which contain these nutrients which makes shopping so much easier…Plus at the end of the series, she will be adding a printed list so all you have to do is print it off or save it to your phone, tick that list and shop…How cool is that?

Smorgasbord Health Column – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part One – Vitamins A – B by Sally Cronin

Saturday Snippets is one of my fun posts to write this week the one prompt was “Shoes“…sent to me by Jennie( A teacher’s Reflections)…I had fun finding out connections to shoes that you couldn’t dream of …plus some brilliant musical connections like Depeche Mode and one connection to your Lady Liberty…who knew? You will when you head over and read the post…

Saturday Snippets 9th October 2021…Fun Facts and music with Shoes…

Thank you for joining me for the weekly roundup I hope to see you next week where I have more recipes and some environmental A -Z and of course, at the end of the week it’s Saturday again with a one-word prompt…Have a great week xx