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CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Pulled Pork and a vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit.

Welcome to my kitchen...today I will be showing you how to cook pulled pork and if you are vegetarian or vegan I will also give you an alternative that tastes just like pulled pork and with the same texture…

We ate ours with Pitta bread which took some practise my first ones were not so good but not one to give up I have practised again and again…

They were lovely topped with some shredded white cabbage and shallots and some sour cream…

Ingredients:

  • 2k piece of Pork Shoulder
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of your favourite BBQ sauce…my homemade BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup ACV
  • 1/2 cup Chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 extra-large onion or two med onions
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil or oil of your choice
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Let’s Cook!

Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 5 hrs or until the meat is soft end tender. Baste the meat with the juices occasionally. Rest the meat for 30 mins before shredding and putting the meat back into the juice..  or add the juice to a jug and add as you serve…

Serve in the bread of your choice rolls or flatbreads or this homemade Pitta Bread.

Pitta Bread:

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided (or 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour and 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1 to 2 tsp  salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (I used plus a little more for the bowl.

Let’s Bake:

In a large mixing bowl add 1 cup lukewarm water and stir in the yeast and sugar until dissolved. Add ½ cup flour and whisk together. Place the mixing bowl in a warm place, uncovered to form a loose sponge. Give it 10-15 minutes, the mixture should bubble.

Now add salt, olive oil and almost all the remaining flour (keep about ½ cup of the flour for dusting later). Stir until mixture forms a shaggy mass. Dust with a little flour, then knead the mixture inside the bowl for about a minute to incorporate all the flour.

Dust a clean working surface with just a little bit of flour. Knead lightly for a couple minutes or so until smooth. Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes, then knead again for a couple more minutes. The dough should be a little bit moist, you can help it with a little dusting of flour, but be careful not to add too much flour.

Clean the mixing bowl and coat it lightly with olive oil and put the dough back in the bowl. Turn the dough a couple times in the bowl to coat with the olive oil. Cover the mixing bowl tightly I use a plastic shower cap then lay a kitchen towel over. Put the bowl in a warm place. Leave it alone for 1 hour or until the dough rises to double its size.

 Deflate the dough and place it on a clean work surface. Divide the dough into 7 equal pieces and shape them into balls. Cover with a towel and leave them for 10 minutes or so to rest.

Shape the pittas. Using a floured rolling pin, roll one of the pieces into a circle that’s 7-8 inches wide and about a quarter-inch thick. It helps to lift and turn the dough frequently as you roll so that dough doesn’t stick to your counter too much. (If the dough starts to stick, sprinkle a tiny bit of flour). If the dough starts to spring back, set it aside to rest for a few minutes, then continue rolling. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.

Once you get going, you can be cooking one pitta while rolling another… You have two options for baking the pitta bread.

To bake pitta bread in the oven… Heat the oven to 475 degrees F and place a heavy-duty baking pan or large cast-iron skillet on the middle rack to heat. Working in batches, place the rolled-out pittas directly on the hot baking sheet (I was only able to fit 2 at a time). Bake for 2 minutes on one side, and then, using a pair of tongs, carefully turn pitta over to bake for 1 minute on the other side.  The pitta will puff nicely and should be ready. Remove from the oven and cover the baked pitas with a clean tea towel while you make the rest of the pittas. Doing it this way didn’t work for me I prefer using a griddle pan…

To cook pitta bread on the stovetop… This was my preferred way of cooking the pitta bread…Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat.

A couple drops of water drizzled onto the pan, when the beads of water sizzle immediately your pan is ready… Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil and wipe off any excess.

Working with one pitta at a time, lay a rolled-out pitta on the pan and bake for 30 seconds, until bubbles start to form. Using a spatula, flip the pitta bread over and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side, until large toasted spots appear on the underside. Flip again and cook another 1-2 minutes to toast the other side.

The pitta is ready when it puffs up forming a pocket (sometimes, with this method, the pitta may not puff or may only form a small pocket. Try pressing the surface of the pitta gently with a clean towel). Keep baked pitta covered with a clean towel while you work on the remainder of the pitta bread.

My griddle pan is quite large so I could cook two pittas at a time…I just covered it with my wooden carving board and found this helped the pittas to rise…

I tried both methods of cooking and preferred using the griddle pan  I also rolled them too thin the first time I made them and they didn’t rise at all but I also think I used too much wholemeal flour…I now use half and a half …it took me about 3 test runs before my testers approved them with no comments apart from yum…

Jackfruit…when I first cooked jackfruit I was amazed at the difference when cooked and it really does takes on the look and texture of pulled pork to say I was surprised is an understatement…I have only eaten and cooked with fresh jackfruit but am aware that many of you can only buy the tinned jackfruit but I have been reliably informed that it does indeed do what it says on the tin…I have also included a link on how to prepare fresh Jackfruit.

Vegan Pulled Jack Fruit…

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chipotle Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp BBQ sauce…
  • 200g can chopped tomato
  • 2 x 400g cans young jackfruit in salted water or fresh jackfruit…see link on how to prepare fresh jackfruit.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion until very soft, for around 10-12 mins. Add the cinnamon, cumin and paprika to the onions and cook for a further 2-3 mins. Next add the Tabasco, vinegar and bbq sauce and mix well before adding in the tomato, the drained jackfruit and 200ml water. Leave to simmer gently, covered, for 30 mins stirring every 5-10 mins to help break down the jackfruit, then take the lid off and cook a further 10 minutes.

Once cooked, use a fork to make sure all of the jackfruit is well shredded.  Check to season and add another tbsp of bbq sauce if necessary for extra stickiness.

Then serve in a toasted bun with some shredded cabbage/slaw, sliced red onions, sliced jalapenos maybe some fried onion rings, potato wedges…Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me today in my kitchen I hope that whether you are a meat-eater, a vegan or something in between you have found something to like…x

See you tomorrow for my Environmental A-Z…x

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

October my Green Kitchen with Carol Taylor.

Welcome to October’s edition of my Green Kitchen…where I aim 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 taste that first of the season produce brings to the enjoyment of our food…

There is nothing better than cooking and serving that first crop of new potatoes or that first crop of peas, the first of the root crops, new ginger or lovely strawberries it brings such pleasure and we should savour every mouthful as many don’t have that option.

I am a firm believer that if we didn’t crave more and more of foods which aren’t natural to our particular environment that there wouldn’t be so much starvation and hunger in the world ..we live in a world of supply and demand and if we didn’t demand there would be no need…

Sometimes we have to deny ourselves for the good of others…

Recipe for October…Yeast-free Raisin and Cinnamon Bread.

For the recipe and to read the original post please click the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/10/06/smorgasbord-food-column-carol-taylors-green-kitchen-october-2021-yeast-free-raisin-and-cinnamon-bread-hair-conditioner-fabric-softener-world-food-day/

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 26th-October 2nd 2021…Environmental A-Z, Hasselback Potatoes, Lancashire Hotpot, Radon, Cardiovascular Disease, Music and Brighton Pier…

My Environmental A-Z, Hasselback Potatoes, Lancashire Hotpot, Radon gas, Cardiovascular Disease, World Vegetarian Day and Music from Brenda Lee…think Rockin around the Christmas Tree…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2… Time is marching on we have now entered the beginning of 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…

Some snippets of upcoming festivities in October around the world?…

Korea…Chuseok is the Korean harvest festival. The days that it is celebrated change every year as it is determined by the lunar calendar. It begins on the 14th day of the 8th lunar month, so it is celebrated either at the end of summer or the beginning of autumn. During Chuseok many Koreans go back to their hometowns to spend time with family and friends while giving thanks to their ancestors and eating delicious food. It is tradition to visit ancestral graves and honour the dead…where it’s time to traditionally feast on songpyeon which are rice cakes with a sweet filling. 

Unfortunately, Oktoberfest that is a celebration of beer, lots of pretzels and authentic German sausages has been cancelled due to Covid…Ahhhhhh!

Albuquerque, New Mexico…International Balloon Festival from the 1st-9th October…where more than 750 air balloons take to the early morning skies…I have seen such a sight in Weston Super-mare in the UK and it is a wonderous sight to see all the colours of the rainbow…those balloons are magnificent a sight to behold…

If you are in or near London…then from today(3rd) Oct until the 9th October it’s London Cocktail Week...good food… where great food and delicious cocktails will be on offer… there will be curated cocktail hours and masterclasses all held at the Old Spitalfield Market.

The #1 today 3rd October 1987 was this dance track…

Now let’s get to my posts from last week…the round-up of posts you might have missed on CarolCooks2…

As last week was the end of National Potato Month…I have treated you to some of my favourite potato recipes all tried and tested in my kitchen…Starting with a lovely Lancashire Hotpot…a slow-cooked lamb dish with potatoes…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Traditional Lancashire Hotpot…

Today it was Hasselback Potatoes which look spectacular on the plate…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Hasselback Potatoes…

The Environmental A-Z and this week it was the letter R…Radon gas and renewable energy…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter R…#Radon and Renewable Resources

Cardiovascular Disease which affects women as well as men…#recommended read.

Please head over to Smorgasbord Magazine as it really does affect us, ladies, we need to know the signs and what preventative steps we can take to protect ourselves.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Cardiovascular Disease – Heart Attacks and Strokes by Sally Cronin

The final potato post as we have come to the end of the month…I will however be posting more for the foreseeable as it’s quite clear that potatoes are loved and eaten around the world every day.

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Moussaka with a difference…

World Vegetarian Day…

Although I am not vegetarian I eat far less meat and more plant-based dishes than I have ever done…both for my health and the health of the planet…

As today was the 1 st of October I also looked at some important days for the remainder of the month of October…like World Food Day and Halloween.

October 2021…World Vegetarian Day(1st) plus Music, World Food Day, Halloween and what’s in between?

Saturday Snippets…I love these one-word prompts and this came from Clive who writes the blog “Take it Easy“…Clive confessed after the fact… that he had never gone fishing and that he thought I had done well with the prompt…did he think I would not give it a good go I asked myself…lol…it wasn’t the easiest of prompts with the “ing” on the end …but I had fun…missed a couple …a great band from Vermont(thank you) Dorothy and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream..how could I have missed that one, Dorothy…caramel swirls and fudge…Yum…

and for the final time of asking please send me a one word prompt..someone?????

Saturday Snippets 2nd October 2021…Gone Fishing…

Update on Lauren…she has had a lovely week in Cyprus before her chemotheraphy treatment starts…I will be happy when she is back home safely but so happy she got to see Bobbie being a bridesmaid…she has made some lovely memories…

The idea of teddies instead of flowers I thought was lovely…xx

Thank you for reading this weekly roundup see you next week for more recipes and environmental news with the odd music video…xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup…Hope to see you here next week for more on the environment and in my kitchen xxx

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Moussaka with a difference…

 

National Potato Month continued… Yesterday it was Hasselback Potatoes today it is a potato Moussaka with a difference…Before I made this recipe I was not sure it would work out normally I read the ingredients and know whether or not the recipe would work…it did!… This time though I wasn’t sure…

Moussaka with potatoes is a terrific choice for those who don’t care for the well-known version with eggplant and also when eggplant is not in season. Like all moussaka dishes, this is a layered dish usually using eggplants/aubergines however in this case I used sliced potatoes, a meat sauce, rice, vegetable stock and a beaten egg…Different ehhh!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb potatoes 1 kg
  • 1 lb ground beef 500 g
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 1-pint bouillion boiling, 2 cups; 1/2 litre
  • salt pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten

Let’s Cook!

In a hot pan, saute the onions until they are translucent. Add the ground beef and stir fry until the beef is browned. Add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Just remember that as you are adding bouillon or vegetable stock later to not add too much salt.

Using your mandolin or food processor then thinly slice the peeled potatoes…it was the first time I had used the attachment to my food processor and it was great …sliced the potatoes really thinly and left enough to make some potato chips tomorrow with Lily.

There was no way I could have sliced them that thinly by hand…

Lightly oil your baking dish and then place a layer of sliced potatoes on the bottom of the pan…add half of the cooked mince, season with salt and pepper and evenly sprinkle with rice yes rice…

Cover with another layer of the potato slices, mince and rice…season …Finishing with a layer of potatoes and season…

Pour boiling bouillion over moussaka and place the pan in the oven. Bake at 375 F (175 C) for
about 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft and rice is cooked through.
Take the moussaka out of the oven, pour beaten eggs over the top of it and then return it to the
oven. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the eggs are set and golden. Serve with a green
salad or some lightly steamed vegetables.
This was really lovely and far tastier than I had imagined the dish to be…
Would definitely make this again…and would use this attachment to slice potatoes I had enough
potatoes left which I covered with water and will make some potato chips with Lily tomorrow…
Although today is the last day of National Potato Month I will be posting some more recipes
using potatoes over the next few months as they are such a lovely vegetable.
Thank you for joining me today for the end of national Potato Month xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 19th-September 25th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate and Birds…

Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate, Bombay Duck and Music from The Yardbirds…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the tail end of September time just flies by…the weather is changing on many continents and the yearly sniffles seem to have started with the change in temperatures…the time for warming foods for many is upon us the glut of Apples and root vegetables…it will soon be time to make our Christmas cakes and puddings to allow them time to mature and for others it is springtime…September brings the Autumn dawn…changes in leaves for some and new growth for others…what a wonderful world we live in…as a child I had a fascination for spiders webs so intricately woven and glistening in the morning dew…

So beautiful and delicate…

Back in September 1967 when I was just 15 yrs old…music and film mad…Aunty Beeb decided to join the fray to join Pirate Radio on the waves  …Radio 1 and Radio Caroline…Simon Dee which was a few years earlier (63/4) than BBC Radio 1..broadcasting from international waters …free from UK broadcasting restrictions… it was great fun…The first tune to be aired by BBC Radio 1 was from The Move…Flowers in the rain…followed by Massachusetts by the Bee Gees…

They were the band that got sued by British Prime Minister Harold Wilson(1967)

Plastic…The latest news…

Unfortunately, it’s now time to take action as our actions have consequences in the world of plastic…there is no getting away from it…there are so many small actions we can take which will collectively make a huge difference…Be the change!

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 8…Our actions…The Consequences…

The letter O was quite easy there were far more than I originally thought once my grey matter started working…The letter P is looking quite promising  Pumpkin and Apple are initial thoughts along with a few others… but the sticky end is coming I only have 1 for the letter Z at the moment…I hope you enjoy browsing through the letter O…x

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

It was then over to Sally at Smorgasbord for our weekly look at our health…this post was a sobering one for me as my daughter is currently a cancer victim as are a few of my dear friends…the statistics scare the bejesus out of me…personally and you know what my thoughts are we are being poisoned from every angle bombarded with chemicals, fumes, antibiotics in our foods, pesticides it’s no wonder that the statistics …the figures are increasing at an unprecedented pace… it’s down to us we are in charge of what we eat and clean with and as it’s our health…we must be aware and take action…#highly recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Breast Cancer by Sally Cronin

Peanut Butter…I love it!…it is great on toast, stirred into a curry and definitely great in baked foods like these Peanut Butter Cookies…Next to be bake in my kitchen are Chocolate Brownie Peanut Cookies a recipe sent to me by Ally…Thank you, Ally...Lily and I will be baking them this week xx

Friday Nostalgia…in my kitchen…Peanut Butter Cookies/Biscuits…

Saturday Snippets…The word prompt this week was from my son…the word was Bird…

I would love it if some of you self proclaimed “word” nerds out there would send me a one-word prompt…Clive has sent me two so far…Thank you Clive x… It is amazing what you can find when you research one word it brings up all sorts and often not what you originally connect to that word…most enlightening…plus its good fun xx

Saturday Snippets…25th September 2021…Bird…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup…Hope to see you here next week for more on the environment and in my kitchen xxx