Category Archives: CarolCooks2…In my kitchen

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Nachos…

Welcome to my kitchen…It’s time for another Chicken Recipe …Last week … Chicken with Mango was a very popular chicken recipe but chicken does go so very well with most fruit and spices…

Chicken is also such a very versatile protein it has little fat(unless we add it)…a healthy alternative to red meat…  low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper…

Today I am sharing  Chicken Nachos…always a crowd pleaser it is quick and easy to make and anything goes its ideal on a balmy summer’s evening …plus its good with or without the chicken…

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce 
  • 1 (18 0z) bag tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup crumbled Cotija …that is a delicious Mexican Cheese.
  • 1 cup pickled jalapeños
  • 1 cup of finely diced bell peppers in any colour or mix them.
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced (Optional)
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Let’s Cook!

N.B if you don’t have Cotija Cheese then feta cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano are very good substitutes.

Preheat the oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, toss chicken with barbecue sauce.

Layer half the chips, cheddar, Cotija, chicken, pickled jalapeños, and onion. Repeat.

Bake until cheese is melty and nachos warmed through for about 15 minutes.

Top with avocado and cilantro before serving.

Enjoy!

Monday Musings…4th July 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings 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 arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it has mainly been sunny with some spots of rain but nothing torrential…

I have been staying with my sister this week who lives next door to my dear mum…so have not spent so much time online…but a few posts have caught my eye one of these is one of these is from Sally who writes over at Smorgasbord Magazine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/06/28/smorgasbord-health-column-2022-the-obesity-epidemic-part-one-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-by-sally-cronin/

I think most of us know that bees must thrive as they are a vital part of our survival…creating a pollinator path for bees and other beneficial insects in our gardens is vital…

Homelessness…School on Wheels is based in Southern California, this grassroots program was started in 1993 by Agnes Johnson. She understood the challenges of educating children when they’re homeless…The goal is for students to receive one hour of tutoring per week, in addition to a student’s regular studies in school. Sceptics may think that is of little value, but as a retired educator, Agnes Johnson knows the importance of children knowing they have regular support from someone who cares about and is willing to mentor them.

Please head over to Pete’s blog to read about the importance of this program…

https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/school-on-wheels/

Thank you for joining me today...I am having a great time catching up with family and friends…This last weekend we were in Plymouth to see my granddaughter and meet her other half(finally) it was lovely to catch up with her in the flesh …now it means I can visualise where they live and the places they love…We stayed in a lovely stone cottage circa 1865 in Cornwall miles from anywhere we relaxed walked and talked, shared recipes and drank wine…yes she cooks…

The place we stayed at is beautiful and all animals are rescued, donkeys from the beach, chicken from being slaughtered, ponies from Dartmoor and a dog from Portugal all with their own stories…plus a beautiful fireplace that used to cook bread and still would once restorded to its original condition…I am so excited to see if it is and how it works… I will tell you all about this lovely place when I get back home

I hope you all have a great week ahead x

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 in my kitchen…Chicken with Mango…

Welcome to my kitchen…It’s time for another Chicken Recipe …Last week …BBQ Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Skewers…was a very popular chicken recipe but chicken does go so very well with fruit and spices…

Chicken is also such a very versatile protein it has little fat(unless we add it)…a healthy alternative to red meat…  low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper…

Today I am sharing  Chicken with Mango…

I love mangoes and chicken and this is a match made in heaven…Mangoes are plentiful here and I am always looking for ways to use them apart from smoothies and crispy chicken goes really well with the sauce and it has chilli…Enjoy!

For the Mango Sauce:

  • 2 fresh ripe mangos, fruit scooped out (or substitute 2 cups frozen or canned mango)
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and diced, or 1 tsp chilli sauce or 1/2 tsp dried crushed chilli
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar.
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 thumb-size piece ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, Take out the vein and roll and finely shred.

For the Chicken:

  • 2 to 3 chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch-long pieces or you can cook the chicken breasts whole and slice..1/4 cup oil for pan-frying
  • 1/2 to 1 mango, cut into chunks (to finish the dish) optional.
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped to garnish

Let’s Cook! 

Place the 2 ripe mangoes cut into chunks, red chilli, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves in a food processor or blender. Blitz well, until more or less smooth.

Taste the sauce.

You should have a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Add more sugar if you find the sauce too sour (this will depend on the sweetness of your mangoes). If not spicy enough, add more chilli. If not salty/flavourful enough, add more fish sauce. If too salty or too sweet, add more lime juice. Play with your flavours add a little at a time and keep tasting as you can always add more it is harder to adjust the balance if you have put too much of one thing in…Just keep tasting…

Set to one side.

Now for the chicken...grandkids love it when I do breaded chicken strips and serve with mango sauce…today though I am keeping the breasts whole and coating them in this lovely sauce then baking them in the oven for 20 mins at 180 degrees my oven runs hot(Thai) ovens don’t have a thermostat just low, high and hot the reality is it’s just hot…sigh…I do have a thermostat attached to the one shelf..sort of accurate…ish…sigh.

But chicken breasts cook quickly and shouldn’t take more than 20-25 minutes depending on your oven and the thickness of your breasts..if mine is thick then I cut them into two halves down the length.

Brush with the mango sauce and halfway through cooking turn and brush with the sauce and then baste once or twice the remainder of the sauce you can use as a dip with your chicken.

Once cooked then transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh coriander or some lightly pickled vegetables, roast some julienned vegetables or just wash some fresh vegetables and herbs which is the favoured option here then serve with  Thai jasmine-scented rice or rice of your choice.

Enjoy!

Enjoy the rest of your week I hope the  weather is kind to you xxx

Monday Musings…27th June 2022…

I think most of us know by now that ready-made sodas are not good for us…you also know that I dislike waste…here are some delicious ways to make bubbly fruit kvass(a fermented drink) from the fruit scraps that you would normally throw away or if you are really good would compost but the way I look at it is if you can make something to eat or drink from scraps then that has to be good…plus at the same time, you can participate and be part of Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

https://zerowastechef.com/2022/06/20/save-your-fruit-scraps-to-make-bubbly-fruit-kvass/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=save-your-fruit-scraps-to-make-bubbly-fruit-kvass

Something I have never attempted to make but we do love to eat them...John’s Asian Dumplings look and sound absolutely delicious and kudos to him for making them…

Johns step by step guide is easy to follow so please click the highlighted link below.

https://biteeatrepeat.com/2022/06/23/homemade-asian-dumplings-my-52-in-22-cooking-challenge-has-siu-mai-and-potstickers/

Thank you for joining me today for Monday Musings…I hope you enjoy these recipes and that you will sign up for” Plastic Free July “

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