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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 26th -3rd July 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Glory” is my one word promp…

Welcome to my weekly roundup …July has arrived… July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., it being the month of his birth…July 3rd brings the start of the hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer! …Plus July 4th is Independence Day in the US…

July weather for some is mid-winter and if you are in the northern hemisphere it’s summer warm and rainy…The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer…

Let’s start the roundup with Monday Musings… 

Starting with the reminder that it’s Plastic Free July . Sign up here...but remember zero waste and plastic is an intention, not a hard and fast rule…if as an individual you eliminate all waste and plastic then that is great…Kudos to you…but if thousands do 20% better the impact on our planet is far greater so even buying loose vegetables to save on packaging or changing to loose leafed tea…its something a step forward…

We love Asian dumplings pot stickers, and gyoza but I have never made them…John Rieber has he took the plunge and they look delicious…please head over and follow the step-by-step instructions they look soooo good…

Monday Musings…27th June 2022…

Chicken is such a versatile protein and carries little apart from what we cook it in…it pairs well with most fruits and today I am sharing Chicken with Mango…an easy and delicious dish.

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken with Mango…

My virtual tour of world cuisines stops in Denmark which is famed for the smørrebrød which is an open-faced sandwich that is simply a slice of rye bread with various combinations of toppings such as pickled herring, roast beef and eggs topped with mayo and shrimp…pickled herrings and meatballs are also a speciality to enjoy…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 18…Denmark

Store cupboard Basics look at spices this week …spices are always a good addition to a dish and can elevate it to something very special…we all of course have our favourite and most used spices and they vary from household to household…

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/30/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicspart-8-spices/

As Friday was the 1st of July I decided to have a look at the month ahead…I picked days, weeks, and months which are relevant to me and my blog as many are just plain stupid like national wriggle your toes day or pick your nose day, talk like Shakespeare day or lost sock day…they go on as anyone can suggest a day and they have…I hope some of my choices strike a chord for you…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…The month ahead!

 

Saturday Snippets and my one-word prompt word today is “Glory”…there are pretty flowers and rousings tunes…and one of my favourite stir-fries…Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.

Saturday Snippets…2nd July 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Glory”

Thank you for joining me today I hope those of you who are tennis fans are enjoying Wimbledon…as some of you know due to the flight fiasco I have extended my stay here by 4 weeks… last week I was visiting my mother in Derbyshire and at the moment I am in Cornwall where the weather is alternating between sunshine and showers we are staying on a lovely farm with my son and granddaughter…who has grown somewhat since I last saw her she is far taller than me and is now a fully qualified teacher …

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 19th -25th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Grace” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…

The first day of a new week …we have a tortoise I think it is the most appreciated gift I have ever bought anyone…I never knew a tortoise would be so popular although she is lovely and surprisingly very fast as she explores her new home…

Monday Musings…20th June 2022…

These beautiful Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Skewers are ideal if you have BBQ weather and if you don’t then you can do them under the grill just wrap some foil around the sticks…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…BBQ Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Skewers…

I love writing an A-Z and this one is no exception…Sally from Smorgasbors Magazine is very kindly repeating/rewinding this A-Z ….today is the first in this series the letter A featuring almonds, aubergines, arrowroot and avocado…Please head over to read the original post by clicking the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – Almond Milk, Arrowroot, Aubergines dip #Thai and Avocado Guacamole.

A well-stocked store cupboard can save you money and time as there is nothing worse than being halfway through a recipe and finding out that you have not got one of the ingredients..local shops are generally more expensive and for smaller amounts…When stocking your storecupboard you can shop around at your leisure for good deals…

This week in my Kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 7…Vinegars, Sauces and Condiments…

I use mayo to make prawn cocktails or potato salad maybe on burgers when I make them for the grandchildren plus homemade mayo is so much nicer…I then don’t have guilty feelings about the poor baby chicks who are sacrificed for a jar of mayo…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Mayonnaise…The Reality!

As you know Saturday Snippets is one of my favourite posts to write…” Grace” was a joy to write …I love the song “Amazing Grace” especially when it is played on the bagpipes…Grace Bay Beach looks absolutely divine and Grace Darling really was a heroine…

Saturday Snippets…25th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Grace”

Thank you, Clive, for the heads up it was not your iPad it was me having so much fun catching up with my family and friends and I forgot to update the weekly roundup…I hope you are all enjoying the sun I brought with me it is a tad windier here in Derbyshire…my stay has also been extended due to my original flight being cancelled but it means I am here for another month…I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 12th -18th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Art” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…my journey to the UK was not without its holdups…but the sunshine has come with me which is a bonus it is still got a chill in the air but it’s not quite so bracing this week…lol…

Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…June has well and truly arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it’s sunny!… A week later and the sun has been out and 30 degrees has been reached this week…the sunshine must have crept into my suitcase…Yeah!

This means it’s fruit salad and smoothies all the way…home from home…plus all the goodies I have not eaten for quite a while…sigh…I am trying to eke them out but that went out of the window at the clotted cream and strawberry stage-sigh…..

Monday Musings…13th June 2022…

Chicken Kabsa…A popular and traditional Arabic rice dish…with middle eastern spices…I love one-pot dishes, and adding dried limes just gives it that unique difference in taste …

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Kabsa

The A-Z…A virtual tour of the cuisine of the Dominican Republic where rice, beans and meat is a staple in any order depending on the dish…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 17…The Dominican Republic…

Cooking oil is a matter of choice depending on what you are cooking…it also seems that prices are rising around the world and that the shortages are beginning to bite…maybe time to consider an air fryer???

This Week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 6…Cooking Oils…

I was among the many who believed the scaremongering in the ’70s and carried that on until fairly recently when my son told me that perhaps I aught to do some research as it wasn’t as bad as we had been previously been made to think..the power of the media…and others…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews… Monosodium Glutamate(MSG)

Saturday Snippets…18th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Art”

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup I hope you relaxed and enjoyed catching up and as always I look forward to your comments…it seems the sunshine has gone away and we had a few drops of rain here and it’s cloudy and gloomy…but we had a nice morning me and my #1 son cooked a mushroom lasagne he did the cooking and I did the chopping, peeling and grating plus washing up as we went it was lovely cooking together again…xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 5th -11th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Spin” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…my journey to the UK was not without its holdups…but the sunshine has come with me which is a bonus it is still got a chill in the air but it’s bracing …lol…

Food there are so many food “days around the world I will just stick to the International days/weeks /month…Today is International Falafel Day made from ground chickpeas, broad beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; “falafel” also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces…June 18th is International Sushi day…but all the days have something in common …summer…

Monday Musings this last week was dedicated to the Queen on her Platnium Jubillee…70 years on the throne and without a whiff of personal scandal she has been a dedicated Queen to her country and the Commonwealth…

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/06/monday-musings-6th-june-2022/

Adding a topping to a filling, whether it be chicken, fish, vegetables or other meats, adds sustenance and makes a meal go that little further…something we may all have to consider in the not too distant future…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Pot Pie…

Welcome to my green kitchen where I bring you recipes mainly “bread”-smile- any kitchen tips and this month there are tips about Strawberry stems something I have always composted or shock horror binned…no longer there are a few things I just didn’t know about Strawberry stems…waste which is pet peeve and cookware which if chosen wisely is safe and a good investment as it lasts years or a lifetime…

Carol Taylors Green Kitchen…June 2022…Bread Rolls, Food Waste, Cookware, and “What to do with your leftover Strawberry Stems” …

Store cupboard basic where this week it is canned or bottled foods…It is always good to have some extra cans of fish, sweetcorn, and jars of vegetables or pickles and chutneys…for a rainy day.

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/09/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicspart-5bottled-canned-goods/

It is important that we have an adequate amount of “Phosphorous ” in our diet…Phosphorus is an essential mineral usually combined with oxygen as a phosphate. Most phosphate in the body is found in our bones. But, phosphate-containing molecules, (phospholipids) are also important components of cell membranes and lipoprotein particles such as HDL (healthy cholesterol) and LDL (lousy cholesterol). A small amount of phosphate plays a role in many of our biochemical reactions including the production of our essential fuel ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and the formation of red blood cells…Deficiency is rare in a person with a normal diet. Alcoholics however are at risk as are people who are constantly taking antacids because of the aluminium content in some brands.

The far bigger risk with phosphorus is the amount we are consuming in processed foods such as soft drinks. A diet high in phosphorus may decrease the absorption of other minerals such as iron, copper and zinc…to read more please click the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Phosphorus – Dairy, Poultry, Pork, Nuts, Wholegrains

Much of the time it isn’t easy finding how healthy something really is…I hope this post will be helpful and make it a little easier …

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/10/carolcooks2friday-food-reviews-5/

Saturday Snippets…12th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Spin”

Saturday Snippets is always a pleasure to write for me…This week’s prompt word that my muse landed in my lap is “Spin”…immediately I thought of a child’s spinning top and those spin classes something I personally have never tried but many people love them and participate..just not me…lol…I’ll stick to my walking…I am sitting putting the finishing touches to this post with the sun streaming through the loft window in my little room for the month it is lovely a tad cold for me but a beautiful sunny morning back in England…I have had my camomile tea and my brunch will be some lovely smoked haddock with a poached egg that I am looking forward to as I haven’t eaten smoked haddock or yellow fish as I have always called it for many years… Thank you for joining me today I hope you have a great week and as always I look forward to your comments…xx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 29th May -4th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Star” is my one word prompt.

 

Welcome to my weekly roundup which starts in May and finishes in June…Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…the rainy season here is in full swing but I am still managing to get my 10,000 steps done sometimes in 2 parts as I set out between the downpours…the plants and the grass are loving the rain though…

Monday Musings…I was due for a rant…haha…you all know that I really dislike waste especially when it can be avoided plus there shouldn’t be all these children going to sleep hungry and waking up hungry its a travesty…I know it goes back decades as if we dared leave anything on our plates as children my mother or father would give us a reminder that there were starving children in the world but that also makes me sad as it has gone on for far too long ..all the “Feed the World” benefit concerts etc…which makes me beg the question..where does the money go and why haven’t these crisis been sorted???

Monday Musings…30th May 2022…Time for a rant..be warned…

This led me on to Tuesday’s post as again my mother and grandmother got more than one meal out of a chook(chicken)…plus if food shortages really hit us and they are starting around the world we are seeing gaps in store shelves…we will need our store cupboards and we will need to bulk out our proteins and learn how to stretch what we have into more than one meal…plus it will save us money now costs elsewhere are rising…

CarolCooks2 in my Kitchen…Take One Chicken and make 4 meals…

The DRC...in places this country is war-torn and I nearly didn’t write this post however chefs are emerging and photographers as the video I shared shows..people who have suffered horrendous trauma and injuries are saying we are here and this is what we are doing…I salute those brave souls as they are not letting circumstances dictate the rest of their lives…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 16…The Democratic Republic of the Congo…where you can also find cheese made by an Italian…

This week in my kitchen ...Part 4 of Store cupboard Basics…Dried lentils, beans and peas could end up being an essential meal and they bulk up our proteins, they also provide fibre and keep us healthy…

This week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 4…Dried, beans, lentils and peas…

Friday Food Reviews ...Natural Cheese V Processed Cheese( prepared cheese)…far more than I originally thought of as processed cheese was in that list but some processes are beneficial and stop bacteria but we should apply moderation…its the cheese slices and that gloopy cheese which are the big culprits but again I use cheese slices the best ones I can buy on occasion the gloop and processed mac n cheeses I give a wide berth to and never buy…I am up to that stage of my life where I wish to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can hence I avoid as much processed crap as I can…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Natural Cheese v Processed Cheese…

Saturday Snippets is one of my favourite posts where I pick a one-word prompt and see what I can connect to that word… it’s fun and educational to write I always learn something new…this week was no exception…I hope you enjoy my findings xx

Saturday Snippets…4th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Star”

Thank you for joining me today...the first week of June and it is “National Cheese Day today and National Frozen Yoghurt Day…I love frozen Yoghurt…and cheese…sigh…As always I look forward to your comments…I hope to see you next week xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 22nd -28th May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Dance” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup…The month of May …a spring month in the northern half of the world, and a fall month in the southern half. The month of many food days/months…National Asparagus, Egg, Salad, Salsa( today its mango salsa) and Strawberry Month to name a few…all foods I love which means there will be some recipes…I am concerned though about the statement the UN released about food shortages and just as concerned about the inability of the report on the FDA’s failings…(The full report ) will be in Monday Musings tomorrow…

Monday Musings…

One of my favourite posts as I can highlight other blogs or something I have watched or read…last week I shared a post from Chris who blogs @the story reading ape…a beautiful blue bee and its importance as a pollinator plus the heartwarming story of how children in Ireland learnt the Ukraine winning song in the Eurovision so they could sing it in the Ukraine language when they welcomed some Ukrainian children to their school it was so very touching…

Monday Musings…May 23rd 2022…

Today I shared my recipes for kebabs and I should be used to how cooking methods and the same recipe varies around the world indeed I do make kebabs where we skewer the meat with mushroom and peppers etc however I also use minced (ground ) meat to make kebabs and then form them around a lemongrass stalk I like this way as you can get far more flavour into the meat and the oils from the lemongrass also add their flavour …this method is quite popular in Asia…

CarolCooks2 in my Kitchen…Chicken Kebabs…

Sally is rewinding our joint posts where she provides the nutritional and health benefits of Manganese this week and its importance in our diets… I provided recipes which use ingredients containing Manganese …I think that is such a cool idea as it’s all combined in one post with information and recipes…Please head over to have a read on the importance of including foods which contain Manganese in your diet.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Manganese – Spinach, Chicken, Tomato and Basil

Rice although I have cut it down to once a day for the last month and increased my veggies and fruit…rice is a staple for many and given the rumblings that all is not well globally with food production we have rising prices..of which the cynic in me is hoping they are not being artificially increased…the war in Ukraine and climate change are all a factor…it most likely will be the poorer nations which will feel any shortages the worst at the moment but I am hearing that certain products are missing from supermarket shelves in the western world…therefore there is a need to have a few things in your storecupboard whereby you can rustle up meals if need be…I don’t mean stockpiling… I mean being considerate to your fellow man…especially if they are elderly or infirm…

This week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 3…Rice!

Today on Food Reviews I compared the health benefits and taste plus volume of making your own soup from scratch all you need is a saucepan and a liquidiser or stick blender plus a little more time but it can simmer away whilst you are doing something else the timer on my phone is an invaluable little tool…and nothing beats homemade soup…for comparison purposes, I used Tomato soup and chicken soup and of course the recipes for both…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…”Soup”

Saturday Snippets...my most fun time of the week where I search for connections to my one word chosen prompt which this week was “Dance”

I believe we should all have music and dance in our lives…there is nothing like dancing in the rain or bopping around your kitchen when cooking, picking up a child and dancing around the room, we don’t have to have rhythm but just to dance even if we are all alone makes us happy we can lose ourselves in the music and dance…from Mick Jagger to Lady Gaga and those who come before and after I think the world and its wife have sung about dance…

I’ll leave this one for the ladies…

I have watched the film and listened to this song more times than I can count…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you are having a fabulous weekend as always I look forward to your comments I do hope you will join next week xxx