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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 2nd-8th January 2022-

Welcome to my weekly roundup...And welcome to a New Year I hope 2022 is a better year, a
the year where we see the end of Covid or find ways to live with it as we do flu and other
communicable diseases…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  Culinary A-Z, Monday Musings, and let me tell you Spam begone and I will tell you how…A review and sausage recipes…and Saturday Snippets…I hope you enjoy!

My first Monday Musings of the New Year…where I discuss plastic straws and today when shopping there was a whole end isle of plastic straws(which) I thought were banned…

I also received some bamboo straws and a lovely ickle brush so I can clean the straw properly after using…Plus how to get rid of spam ..a cocktail recipe, some music…I hope you enjoy x

CarolCooks2…My Monday Musings…3rd January 2022.

Today we have the start..the beginning of back on wagon talk, healthy eating after all the Christmas goodies my body is groaning and feeling bloated…This is not a New Resolution unless they float your boat it is just getting back to pre Christmas Covid eating…both have played havoc with my diet I don’t know about yours…too much fresh from the oven bread……

CarolCooks2…Healthy eating… How to shift those Christmas and Covid kilos…For good!

The Culinary Alphabet is nearing the end now…only W, X, Y, Z to go and unless I can find any more dishes/ingredients I will probably put these 4 letters in one post and waffle a lot…haha

Young Pete Springer very cleverly found two more for the letter V…the first one was Guvec which is an earthenware casserole dish that is wide and of medium height, it can be glazed or unglazed and used in the Balkan, Turkish and Levantine cuisines…

Giouvetsi…is a meat and pasts dish cooked in a Givec…but to complicate matters further there is also a dish called Turkish Guvec made with eggplants, potatoes, red onions, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, paprika which sounds delicious…Mmmmm one to try…

I hope you enjoy this rather shortened version of the Culinary Alphabet x

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

Over to Smorgasbord…where Sally is doing a rewind of some posts that we did back in 2018  I enjoyed contributing the recipes…this week it is Vitamin A…and I must say Vitamin A is abundant in food which I love like Apricots, carrots and trout…

Please head over and enjoy...I think we all need a rewind I know I do and a reminder of what we should be eating to maintain a healthy body…

Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin A – Carrots, Liver, Apricots, Trout. Eggs, Frittata

Friday is my review day it could be a product or an ingredient that I am looking at in more depth…this week it is a trip down memory lane where I extol the virtues of my nanna’s food grinder…I will also tell you that I had a comment on this post that I didn’t understand…I’m old and not up to date with many of the modern ways and apps so before responding (and) how glad am I..phew…I asked my son…just as well…my answer was an Ahhhh :)…I left it at that…But that is why I love blogging I learn something each and every day

To understand what I am talking about you will have to read the comments on this post…I would love to know who knows what I now know…hehe x

CarolCooks2…Friday Product Review… Spong National #25… Food Grinder…

Saturday Snippets…

My most fun post of the week to write…I have a fascination with words and connections I love how a word has connections to so much…a great learning curve and I am always being surprised…just as a few of you were to receive an incomplete Saturday Saturday Snippets on Thursday…you wouldn’t want to be inside my brain at the moment it bordering on chaos…lol

Enjoy, have a lovely Sunday…stay safe and well if you venture out…As always I look forward to your comments …

Saturday Snippets…8th January 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “New”…

The end…another week finished…did you know there will be 13 New Moons this year so hopefully it will be a magical year…Love Carol x

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 26th December 2021- 1st January 2022…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...And welcome to a New Year I hope 2022 is a better year, a
year where we see the end of Covid or find ways to live with it as we do flu and other
communicable diseases…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… Bubble and Squeak… we had ours yesterday with crispy bacon and an egg, my final environmental A-Z  with a ZERO Waste Supermarket which appears to have been a great success with the residents in Kyoto, Japan…

I do hope that something similar can be adopted by the larger supermarket chains as it is definitely the way forward and we as shoppers need to change our habits …Zero Waste is a two-way process …we can no longer pay lip service we must act…

Bubble & Squeak…

Bubble and Squeak is made from leftover cooked vegetables, mashed potato or even roasties if crushed can go into the mix…

CarolCooks2…Today in my kitchen…Bubble & Squeak…

My final Environmental A-Z…For me, I found these letters most interesting although as Jim said not sure of some of the pronunciations but the message was clear every living thing plays a part in the ecosystem…our life force…we just need to understand how and why…

Zero Waste is doable…we need to make it so…if that means changing our shopping habits ..so be it…change doesn’t come without a cost it is a two-way road…

Zero Emissions may be a little harder but I’m sure eventually if it is not zero it could BE as near as damm it …so much work is going on and some of it may not work..but that is science…A scientist is someone who systematically gathers and uses research and evidence, to make hypotheses and test them, to gain and share understanding and knowledge…some work some don’t BUT that my friends is the aim of a scientist to test..the same as a cook really… we test and taste…sometimes it works and sometimes not…

I hope this post gives you hope going forward into 2022 as there is hope for a better and safer world we just all need to believe and play our part however small we need to go forward and accept that there will be change if we are to have a better world for our grandchildren and their children.

The Environmental A-Z…the letters X,Y,Z…Zero Waste Market Kyoto Japan…

Welcome to this week’s round-up of Christmas celebrations from Smorgasbord Magazine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/12/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-celebrations-19th-26th-december-2021-music-book-fair-parties-shortstories-and-funnies/

Friday Food Review…Pine Nuts.

This is the start of a new series where I will review a food or a culinary product something I use or will use…maybe an ingredient which is new to me or a well-loved and used ingredient it may be an ingredient which is difficult to find and I will offer alternatives…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Review… Pine Nuts…

Saturday Snippets…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets on this New Years Day where my prompt this week is “First” it could not really be anything else, could it?

I hope you enjoy my pick of firsts….xxx

Saturday Snippets…1st January 2022…Firsts…

I wish you all a peaceful and healthy New Year…one full of wonder and joy… I hope you enjoy the “Firsts” I have chosen…x

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 19th- 25th December 2021…

My Culinary A-Z is nearing the end of the alphabet…which means the last one of that
series will now be after Christmas…Christmas Music featuring more
versions of “Silent  Night” plus Christmas recipes and trivia…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has warmed up a little…the nights are still a tad cold but it’s nice to be able to sleep without a fan…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… some more versions of “Silent Night”…Christmas Recipes,

In the run-up to Christmas and on busy days it’s nice to have some one-pot dinners which can cook themselves in the oven or on the stovetop and a warming cup of hot chocolate always goes down well on a cold day …Enjoy!

Christmas Recipes…Winter Warmers…

Silent Night is one of my favourite Christmas Carol’s and when they are sung Acapella then it takes the Carol to another level…I hope you enjoy!

CarolCooks2…Silent Night continued with 5 of my favourite versions…Acapello…

Last Minute Pickles and Dill Pickle Bread.

We love pickles and generally, I always use vinegar but I am researching Lacto fermentation…A friend of mine sent me a lovely red cabbage recipe …Christmas Sauerkraut ..too late for this year but it looks and sounds amazing so I am going to have a go after Christmas as we love sauerkraut and I already pickle using salt when I do Thai Pak Dong which is a fermented cabbage…looking forward to how this turns out as I love red cabbage anyway…

These pickles are last-minute pickles and very nice

Last minute Pickles…Time to pickle…Cucumbers, Rosella Relish…Dill Pickle Bread…

It has been a pleasure for me to work with Sally and she is a dear friend…I love the world of blogging as I have met people from around the world whom I never would have met and many of whom I class as friends now and although virtual friends they are just dear…

On that note, it is always friends who love to revisit your loveliest and classiest moments in life and love reminding the world of them…although this one still makes me smile…Thank you, Sally…Hugs and Merry Christmas xx

Of course, if you want to know more… you will have to head over to Sally’s #recommended read where you can read all about her other special guests…xxx

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The Twelfth Day of Christmas with guests Paul Andruss, Olga Nunez Miret and Carol Taylor, Roscón, music and gratitude.

 

Gravy no dinner is complete without gravy…Gravy is also a contentious issue some like it thin some like it thicker and some like it so you can stand a spoon up in it…me… I like it so it lightly coats the back of the spoon not too thin and definitely not too thick…

All the Christmas magazines have some lovely gravies and most have to be made in advance although they can be frozen and that saves time on Christmas day or whenever you eat your festive meal…

But a quick gravy made from the drippings of the roasting pan can often not be beaten… it’s just as delicious as all these fancy twice sieved gravies…

CarolCooks2…Today in my kitchen…Christmas Gravy…

As Saturday Snippets fell on Christmas Day it seemed fortuitous to have “Christmas” as my one-word prompt…I hope you enjoy!

Saturday Snippets…Dec 25th 2021…Christmas!

Thank you to those who have joined me for my weekly roundup I also understand that many of you are having a break and I do hope you enjoy that break…I hope you enjoyed your Christmas day although it may have been different once again we will certainly remember the last couple of Christmases, won’t we?… But wherever you are enjoy and stay safe…Much Love …Carol xx

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 12th- 18th December 2021…Culinary A-Z, Music, Recipes and more…

My Culinary A-Z is nearing the end of the alphabet…Christmas Music featuring more
versions of “Silent  Night” plus Christmas recipes and more…

I cannot believe how fast we are speeding towards seeing in another New Year …this week has been a funny ole week not much happened in the kitchen towards the festive jolly on the 25th… Right now, there are  7 days until Christmas 2021! …Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has been a little colder again in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous …

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… some more versions of “Silent Night”…Christmas Recipes,

The week started with a  Christmas rewind from Sally over at Smorgasbord…for the remainder of the week, it was some reblogs and I just winged it the rest of the time…I didn’t even cook very much just made a chicken and mushroom pie and some sausage rolls from the leftover pastry… some weeks are just blips when nothing much gets done and this was one of them…but Hey Ho please tell me it can only get better…

With special guests and the catering done by moi…Thank you, Sally, for sharing my mince pies and a lovely egg nog recipe from which I found a recipe for Advocaat something I haven’t seen for sale here and also haven’t drunk for many a year but have suddenly had a fancy for …my age I’m guessing …

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The First Day of Christmas with guests Mary Smith, Jacquie Biggar #Food Carol Taylor – Mince Pies and Egg Nog

Cooking your first turkey can be pretty daunting unless you have been around a kitchen all your life as it is generally a tad bigger than cooking a chook for two …Which is why we have also included a cooking calculator for a turkey and a step by step guide to cooking the perfect turkey.

Turkey is also healthy meat to eat...It is first and foremost a lean source of protein – 4 oz. gives you 65% of your daily protein requirement and has about half the amount of saturated fat that red meat does.

Please head over to Smorgasbord where Sally will tell you all about the benefits of including turkey in your diet…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health – Christmas Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – #Turkey – Perfectly Roasted

The Culinary A-Z…

Wednesday it was time for the next letter in my Culinary A-Z…with the letter U…

The letter U was a tad easier than I initially thought…there is Gouda Cheese, Squab Pigeon,  Potato Croquette, Legumes and so much more…I hope you enjoy the journey x

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

Silent Night…

Silent Night is a beautiful Carol and one of which there are many great versions some modern and some contemporary which are worth a listen as they are really very good..I do hope you enjoy my choices x

CarolCooks2…Silent Night continued…with some contemporary and modern versions.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas…

Day 4 of The Twelve Days of Christmas...with Sally’s special guests …the food today is some lovely warming Carrot Soup and some Champagne to wash it down please head over to Smorgasbord to read about today’s special guests and their favourite Christmas present…it is where Sally treats us to her tales of Christmases past and believe me when I say some of them are highly entertaining and will bring a smile to your face…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The Fourth Day of Christmas with guests Norah Colvin, Amy Reade #Food Carol Taylor, Carrot Soup and Champagne

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday Snippets this week featured “Merry” as my one-word prompt…I do hope you enjoyed reading the little gems I found which had a connection to “Merry ” it was an interesting word to research…

Here’s just a little something to bring you some cheer it certainly brought a smile to my face…

They look very smart in their Christmas outfits such cute dogs that belong to Tori…Thank you Tori for the images …

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 21st-27th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Recipes for “Cheese and Chard Pie”, the Yule Lads, Music and Snow Globes…

My environmental A-Z,  Cheese and Chard Pie with filo pastry  …The Yule Lads, Christmas Music by Bing Crosby and Sir Rod Stewart and more …Oh Yes!, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of November …Have you made puddings and cake, pickled your pickles all ready for the festive jolly on the 25th it’s only 27 sleeps…Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has bee n a little colder in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous so lots of banana milkshakes, banana bread and this week I will be making some banana Appam…

My week started with some Christmas Cocktails…plus Limoncello which is a beautiful addition to many a cocktail…also some homemade Irish Cream and the many variations… all delicious

Christmas Recipes…Naga Vodka Bloody Mary…Cocktails anyone?

Christmas, New year, family and friends get-togethers/reunions so many social occasions where the food and drinks flow and I don’t know about you but Covid has wreaked havoc on my waistline and with the festive season coming up…I need to pace myself otherwise nought will button up come the New Year although if covid and this new strain has its way then there will be no get-togethers again and that also gives rise to snacking as compensation…Either way my waistline needs some help and a few good tips will come in handy…

If you too just need a few tips then head over and have a read on how to balance your eating and plan for social events…

Christmas and Holidays…How to balance your eating…Plan for social events…

It was then time for my bi-weekly post …The Environmental A-Z which this week was the letter V…#Vinyl Chloride, Vapor Intrusion and VOC’S…

A trio of nasties to be honest some of which we can avoid…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter V…#Vinyl Chloride, Vapor Intrusion and VOC’S…

Every Christmas I bring out and update my favourite Christmas posts… The naughty boys and their scary mother are one of them…What fun…We all love to regale our children and grandchildren with tales from Christmas past…most real, some imagined and we all…Come On…Admit it!

We have all stooped to bribery, corruption or just plain tall tales to make the kiddie winks BEHAVE!

Forget boring advent calendars…these 13 naughty boys known as the  “Yule Lads” can wreak some havoc…BUT I love them and they will make enthralling tales for the kids or grandkids…

Head over and join the lads.. Spoon- Licker is tall and thin. He steals unwashed spoons, which he licks clean.  and Door- Slammer well as the name implies…    Slams doors that are kept ajar at night, keeping people awake and their brothers are waiting for you…

The 13 Trolls of Christmas…The Yule Lads!

If you have vegetarians in your family or are like me love a meat-free day or two each week then this delicious pie fits the bill..it is cheesy and flaky…

Meat-eaters and non-meat eaters will just love it!

CarolCooks2…Today’s recipe from my kitchen…Cheese and chard pie with preserved Lemons…

Saturday Snippets… where my muse picks a word prompt for me ..it is fun and informative plus for the next few weeks with be a little festive…Yesterdays word prompt was “Snow”

I know some of you are experiencing the white stuff already some of us are hoping for a “White Christmas” and others of us will be having a warmer Christmas which is not really like the Christmasses I can remember as a child…where we sat in front of a roaring fire and toasted crumpets…drank hot chocolate and as I grew old it morphed into mulled wine…or egg nog…sigh…

Head over and see what else the word “Snow” had a connection with…like the beautiful snow leopard or snow globes, there were some fascinating finds plus music and there has to be music…

Saturday Snippets 27th November 2021…Snow!

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, stay safe from this new virulent covid strain…I hope you will join me again next week I am always pleased to see you 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