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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 10th May-16th May 2020…Recipes, Recycling and more…

Curfews, working from home, only going out when necessary… obviously different restrictions wherever you hail from…some more stringent than others…Not much has been relaxed here a few internal flights but I went out briefly today…shopping and nothing has been lifted in the shops…Everyone is wearing face masks and some full-face masks..screens are in place for cashiers…no buses just tuk-tuks with the hand cleanser bottles taped to either side…in fact, it seems more screens are in place even in the small coffee shops there are screens across the middle of the tables…

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I would say take a breather and settle down to read my roundup but if you are like me we have been settled down for months now…Very surreal still…Enjoy the roundup of my weekly posts and check out my first ever attempt at making a vegan cake and chocolate to boot…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…11th May 2020…and Covid-19…

Yes unlike much of the western world we mask up and cover-up…Not always recommended by many but I think our social distancing coupled with temperature checks and the wearing of masks has contributed to our much lower deaths and pandemic infection figures…However, after a brief foray into Covid-19, I also featured some wonderful happenings from around the world of recycling and climate change…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/11/recycling-and-climate-change11th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Vinegar Month…

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I also made my very first vegan cake…using vinegar instead of eggs…See Saturday’s post for the result was it flop or a success.
Or quite simply some balsamic vinegar with oil and some bread….Quite beautiful…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/12/national-vinegar-month/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesdays…

Before I got into my Whimsy ways I was over @Sally’s with my trip through the Culinary Alphabet from A-Z…last week I was looking at the letter I….not an ice cream cone to be seen…

From Immortalittea to everyone’s favourite Irish Stew.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-i-is-for-icing-ink-fish-indian-black-salt-infusing-immortalittea-and-irish-stew/

Time for some whimsy…Musical bamboo forests, Ants, The hazards of rolling out the dough, some cute animals to crotchet and much more…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/13/whimsical-wednesday-carolcooks2/

Thursday:

I couldn’t think of anything to write my creative thoughts wouldn’t thunk…I just watched Netflix and snacked…

Friday: Apricots and Morels…

Dear Sally came to the rescue with her post on the health benefits of Apricots and also shared one of my posts of some lovely recipes using Apricots which are one of my favourite fruits and a lifesaver…They have lots of iron…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-apricots-no-honeymoon-should-be-without-it-by-sally-cronin-them/

My befuddled brain then woke up and realised that the Morel mushroom festivals had been cancelled and as I have never tried them or didn’t know much about them it gave me something to think about…The exotic hard to find wild Morel mushroom …

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Which I have now discovered I can get dried ones here and if I wait until next season I may be lucky to forage and find some…

Saturday: 

After so many disasters lately in the kitchen…I had a win and my chocolate cake turned out great…I was surprised as I always use eggs …but no sweat and less washing up…my go-to chocolate cake recipe now…

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Vegan Chocolate Cake.

I am just waiting for my black vinegar to be delivered to try that out in a dish…I am enjoying National Vinegar Month…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/16/carolcooks2-a-vegan-chocolate-cake-braised-pork-shoulder-in-black-vinegar-and-yanang-juice/

That’s all for this week …I hope you found something to enjoy…Please stay safe and social isolate it ain’t safe yet folks…xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

Saturday Morning…In my kitchen…Mangoes…

Hello from my kitchen here in Thailand…There will be no Saturday morning trips to the market for a little while yet as the lockdown is still in place as is the curfew although an hour has been shaved off of that…

Up early this morning even though there was no trip to the market…I have a big box of mangoes which need to be used…My Thai family dropped mangoes and bananas off the other morning…The bananas are still green so not urgent at the moment…Six lovely big hands of bananas fresh from the banana tree…They are so caring and think of us ..bless them…I am trying to think of how I can repay them when all this is over…

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My neighbours were happy to receive them although as they gave me mangoes the other day… their tree is in full fruit I knew they wouldn’t appreciate the gift of more mangoes…Their mangoes are the giant mangoes…some of which weigh a kilo…

Back to my mangoes… some have been used to make mango smoothies all round every morning…some I have made puree and it is now drying in the sun and will make lovely dried mango rolls…So easy to do just puree a mango or two, then spread it very thinly on a tray and let the sun do its thing when it has set and dried… cut and roll..Enjoy!

dried mango

A lovely healthy little snack…

The mango jam is now made and boy was it hot in the kitchen this morning…But the jam is now in jars…The remainder of the mangoes…Yes, there are more…

But first the recipe for Mango Jam…

  • 8 ripe mangoes
  • 2 organic limes/lemons
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, torn (optional)
  • 3 cups of raw sugar.

Peel and chop the mangoes I also added 3 of the mango pits as they were a little stringy to cut put in a heavy-based saucepan.

Wash and squeeze the lime juice into the pot and throw in the lime skin.

Add the sugar then slowly bring to a soft rolling simmer and simmer until the jam reaches 220 degrees…About 50/60 mins.

Remove the mango pits if used plus the limes plus lime leaves.

Mangoes have hardly any pectin which is one reason why I use lime or lemon is fine. It is more of a preserve than a very sticky jam but we prefer that anyway. The lime plus the Kaffir lime leaves add another dimension I think it cuts through the sweetness.

You could also add a green apple to the mango as they are high in pectin.

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Mmmm we all agreed it was lovely on the homemade bread…This is the bread recipe I always make however I replaced a cup of the white flour with a cup of buckwheat flour.

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The addition of the buckwheat flour gave the bread a better texture for sandwiches not quite as soft ….everyone commented that it was nicer and lovely toasted…I also added a little more salt the second time.

 

Mango curry is on the menu although as my son put it…there is no meat…No it is a mango curry…Heathen!…

Ingredients:

  • 3 semi-ripe mangoes…my mangoes are ripe so I picked the least ripe but they were fine.
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2.1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp grated palm sugar…if you can’t get palm sugar normal sugar will do but use slightly less.
  • Salt to taste

For the seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp Oil(I used ghee)
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2-1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • a pinch of Fenugreek seeds ( I used fennel)
  • 4-6 Curry leaves
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic, crushed or finely sliced
  • 1-2 green chillies, slit and deseeded
  • 1 medium-sized Onion, sliced thinly

Let’s Cook!

Peel and cut up the mangoes some recipes recommend leaving on the skin and that’s fine I prefer not to…

To the mango add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 minutes.

Heat oil/ ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek (fennel)seeds to it and when it sputters, add the green chillies and curry leaves followed by garlic and sliced onions. Fry until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the marinated mangoes and mix well. Then add about a cup of water and cook the mangoes with lid covered on a low heat for approx 5 minutes it will depend on the ripeness of your fruit so may take a few minutes longer.

Add the palm sugar and cook until it thickens about 5/10 mins.

Coorg Mango curry

Serve hot with bread or rice…

N.B I fried some curry leaves for the top as a garnish…I do love my curry leaves… if you like fruity curries you will love this…

Aston has put in an order for mangoes with coconut sticky rice and the remainder will be smoothies for the next few days…The kitchen is now shut though…I am mangoed out…

mango sticky coconut rice Thai dessert

Next week the bananas will be ready and I am assuming more mangoes will also be ready…

That’s all for this week from me please stay safe and think of others we are all in this together…x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx

 

CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen 17th April…Salmon and bread Rolls …

Welcome to my kitchen…What’s been cooking this week…Honestly, anything which is quick and easy…Songkram passed without incidence it seemed everyone abided by the guidelines…The kids were happy in the pool with water balloons, orbeez and guns to fire those little balls of gel but they had fun… lots of laughter…

BBQ sauce leftovers to good to waste but we coated some salmon just to try it…My taste tester Aston gave it the thumbs up…It was quick and easy to do…

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I just marinated the salmon for about 15 mins in the BBQ sauce and then cooked in foil for 10 mins..brushed with a little more and served on rice…Done! It was just right for a light lunch if you want something a little more substantial add some steamed veggies

Bread making again in the form of bread rolls…There is also nothing quite like the smell of bread baking…

Aston was happy to brush the tops as he loves helping in the kitchen…

Made using Olive Oil. These rolls were nice, soft and had a good texture but I still haven’t mastered the crusty top type yet…lol… they were also nice toasted.

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 lbs Unbleached Bread Flour
• 1 tbsp of instant yeast
• 3/4 cup of Olive oil
• 1 tbsp of coarse salt
• 2 cups of warm water
• 2/3 tbsp of chopped rosemary(optional)

Let’s Cook!

  1. Combine water, flour, yeast, salt, rosemary(if using) and olive oil mix together you will now have a sticky dough.
  2. If the dough is really too sticky then add a bit more flour.
  3. Lightly grease a bowl with olive oil and turn the dough in a bowl to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise approx 60-90 minutes here it is more like 15-20 but it all depends on where you live and your heat and humidity.
  4. When the dough has risen turn it onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 16 pieces.
  5. Shape the pieces into a smooth round and place on a baking sheet lined with cooking parchment leaving a 2-inch gap between each roll.

Stage two.

  1.  Leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
  2. Heat your oven to 450F/230C
  3. Sprinkle the top of the rolls with a little sea salt.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops of rolls are golden brown.
  5. Cool on a wire rack, they are now ready to eat. So yummy slightly warm with proper butter.

Now that was easy, wasn’t it?

A short post today …I will make up for it next time…xxx

Thank you for reading this post…Please stay safe and follow whatever guidelines you have been asked to do …we have had no new cases here for 14 days so some things may be relaxed a little here but I have had this COVID-19 land on my doorstep this week..reality hit…back in the UK…Please stay safe if you go out mask and gloves and keep your distance …Be well xxx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great week…Be well and stay safe xx

 

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 5th April-11th April 2020…

Good morning …welcome to my weekly roundup… I do hope you are all keeping well and practising social distancing…I am…It is getting a bit unreal though…silence everywhere although the birds are still twittering and tweeting the squirrels are amusing me running around on the branches of the mango tree just outside my window playing catch me if you can while stopping for a munch on the mangoes every now and then…

Much is closed now and a nightly curfew is still in place as are roadblocks to prevent people from unnecessary travel between provinces…Hotels are closed to new guests, alcohol buying is prohibited in most provinces now and ours from yesterday to stop celebrations happening in villages and homes during Songkram (which) has been cancelled but there were fears people would buy alcohol and celebrate at home in groups. I have stocked up with water balloons and orbeez for the pool so the kiddies can enjoy Songkram in the safety of our home. It is becoming very real and surreal but communities are coming together even more than normal which is lovely to see.

Enough chatter from me for the minute let’s have a look at this last week…Grab your favourite drink…at the moment as I have already drunk my Oolong tea it is Coconut water…It is so hot I need to keep hydrated…settle down in your comfy reading place and let’s have look at the posts from last week…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…6th April 2020…Wildlife starts to return?

Nature is ever powerful and can regenerate so much faster than maybe even the learned scientists knew…Will any lessons be learnt?… I do hope so…Amongst all this tragedy we have to take some positives we have to believe that the world and its inhabitants can and will change for the better and respect nature more…Around the world, we are seeing blue skies and so much more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/06/recycling-and-climate-change6th-april-2020-wildlife-returns/

Tuesday: Down on the Farm…Tom Kha Gai and the Takhop Fruit…

My lemongrass is nearly ready to blitz into powder…I have mango peelings and pits soaking to make a syrup, broccoli stems make a lovely extra vegetable on your plate and my galangal is now frozen…My quest to use every single piece of what we eat..No waste is well underway…..The Tom Kha Gai was also delicious…

For tips and the recipes…Click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/07/thailand-down-on-the-farm-tom-kha-gai-and-the-takhop-fruit/

Whimsical Wednesday… with CarolCooks2…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care about what is going on but I need to stay positive and focused… I am happy that the British PM, Boris Johnson is now out of intensive care and wish him a full and speedy recovery…

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Like these two bears please keep your social distance and have a Happy Easter at home xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/09/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-2/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Brown Rice so much more than just a grain…

As a follow on from the recent series on the Weekly Grocery Shopping List of foods that contain the nutrients the body needs  Sally is going to repeat her series from 2017 on the health benefits of some of our most common foods.

This week it is Brown Rice plus recipes…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/https-smorgasbordinvitation-wordpress-com-2020-04-02-smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-brown-rice-so-much-more-than-just-a-grain/

Friday: CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen 10th April…Homemade Bread …Pork and Peppercorn sauce.

Fresh peppercorns are one of my favourites and used in many Thai dishes…This Pork and Peppercorn sauce is very nice and quick to cook which is always a bonus especially here given the heat in the kitchen.

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/10/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-10th-aprilhomemade-bread/

Saturday: Not for a few weeks…

Saturday Morning trip to the MarketNot this Saturday morning or until further notice although as it is a food market it is still open…I passed it yesterday as we were travelling to Makro for our monthly shop and it was heaving… no social distancing that I could see so my plan to avoid this market stays firmly in place…

I will be sharing some of the fruits and vegetables which I cook with here and some recipes until such times as normal service is resumed…

Saturday Morning Market 11th April (1)

Enjoy your Easter and Passover celebrations in your own home…Be safe and stay well xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/11/saturday-morning-trip-to-the-marketnot-for-a-few-weeks/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

 

CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen 10th April…Homemade Bread …Pork and Peppercorn sauce.

Welcome to this weeks look into my kitchen…we all seem to be eating more during this period of cocooning ourselves at home…it is weird and surreal always very quiet where we live but lately, we are seeing more people out for a stroll or a bike ride probably people who would normally go to the local park in the early evening but are staying close to home.

This week in my Kitchen 10th April 2020

I have definitely been cooking more sweet things it seems staying in and watching movies etc is conducive to eating more…

My lemongrass is drying nicely I reckon one more day and it will be dry enough to grind down into powder…

This is the first time I have dried lemongrass so I am hoping it lives up to my expectations it just looks like next time I will have to cut up much more as it has shrunk as it dries quite a bit.

What have I been cooking then…Bread Pudding only this time I added some cooked apple as I had quite a lot of apples and cooked/stewed some down with spice and cinnamon…My other half pulled a face as is quite normal when he asks what I am cooking and what is in it…He knows me well…sigh…and knows that I always add something…in this case apples…The outcome? very nice and moist…

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If you have lots of bread in your freezer then just click the link above for the ingredients and add a tbsp or three of stewed apple even fresh apple would nice…

As my little trips to the market and the shops have been curtained for the foreseeable I have had to start making my own bread again…I don’t eat very much bread but hubby and the grandkids like a sandwich or toast so as I cannot get out to my local baker I am going to have to make my own more regularly the same with my yoghurt as when I have been out I have noticed that locally produced goods are not on the shelves.

This recipe is for a white loaf as it is hubby’s preference although he is getting to like wholewheat bread so now I have stocked up today on my flours the next loaf will not be white…

This is a recipe for white bread as hubby doesn’t do wholemeal like me and that is his choice so I have done the best I can and used unbleached white flour which is not chemically bleached like normal white flour and although my preference would be dry or natural yeast I am working on that one but, still go through the traditional proving of his white loaf so for all you white bread eaters…Enjoy!

Let’s Cook! Bread!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of flour. I used unbleached, Bread flour.
  • 2 tbsp of instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil. I used Olive oil.

This is so quick and easy.

Add 4 cups of flour with all the other ingredients and mix to combine…just get your hands in there it’s the best way.

It will be sticky but hey ho we are bread making.

Gradually knead in the last cup of flour and knead that dough for 5 minutes.

Put it in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove for 30 minutes(for) me but it is warm here it may be a tad longer for you.

It should double its size, punch it down and divide into two or as I will next time make one large loaf.

Shape both pieces to fit into your oiled bread tins and leave to rise until dough reaches the top of the tin approx 20/30 mins.

Bake at 440F/ 200 C for approx 40 minutes.

Allow the bread to cool slightly then remove from the tin and put on a cooling rack you now have two lovely loaves of fresh bread.

If the crust is too hard then cover with a clean, damp tea towel to soften.

Enjoy!

I love fresh green peppercorns and they are used a lot in Thai cookery… if I am just cooking a quick, stir fry for me I take about 75/100 gms of sliced pork loin or chicken and stir fry it in some Thai red curry paste to which I add a little fish sauce and some coconut milk I then cook it over a fairly high heat until it is quite dry and add some fresh peppercorns and maybe a squeeze of lime it all depends how I feel. If I am eating it with sticky rice I prefer it drier but if I am eating it with steamed rice I leave the sauce a little runnier.

That’s a Carol special for me though as I like it super hot sometimes for the family I bring it down a little they love the flavour of a lovely peppercorn sauce over meat or fish although the recipe for fish is slightly different.

This Pork is a family favourite.

Pork shoulder with peppercorn sauce.

Ingredients:

  • Lean pork shoulder slices or pork loin
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • A pint of fresh stock.
  • A Cup of full cream milk
  • 5/6 stems of fresh peppercorns
  • Half tbsp Worcester sauce (optional)
  • Corn flour or arrowroot to thicken the sauce.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Before I start I will just say we make this recipe quite often and as many of you will know I go by taste rather than exact amounts.

Season the slices of shoulder portions with salt, pepper and little olive oil and cook in the oven about 180 turning and basting for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size/ thickness of your portions.

To make the sauce saute the garlic in a little olive oil and butter then add the stock and let simmer for a couple of minutes then add Worcestershire sauce if using and milk. Season with salt and plenty of black pepper.

Thicken the sauce with a cornflour or arrowroot slurry to your desired thickness. I now add the sauce to my pork and cover the pan so that the sauce doesn’t cook away. We like it like this as the meat juices and garlic add extra flavour to the sauce and then cook for a further 30 minutes or until meat is lovely and tender. Stir in your fresh peppercorns and check the seasoning.

We then serve with rice and green vegetables but it is also lovely with potatoes either mashed or new potatoes.

Enjoy!

Unless your peppercorns are super fresh they will sometimes turn black with cooking this does not detract from the flavour.

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I also freeze peppercorns if I am not using them all straightaway this also turns them black but they are still ok to use although I use within about 2 weeks of freezing them.

This week I am going to have a go at making fresh pasta and also some greek yoghurt…wish me luck as I haven’t made either for a very long time or never in the case of greek yoghurt…normal yoghurt but not greek yoghurt.

That’s all for this week from me please stay safe and think of others we are all in this together…x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx

CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen 3rd April…Foraging and scraps all cooked from scratch…

Good morning…a cooler day today which is very welcome as it has been in the lower 40’s for most of this last week.

This week in my Kitchen 3rd April 2020

Firmly cocooned indoors my thoughts have been turning to what the kids can help make to help ease the boredom and to give them a break from their electronic gadgets and phones.

Homemade pizza...our pizzas are always an anything goes project and ideal for using up those bits and bobs of fruit and veggies…This one was no different…Homemade pizza with some kohlrabi and apple slaw…a jacket potato with sweetcorn for the men…

I made up a quick no yeast pizza base…

  • 5 cups of flour of your choice
  • 6 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water plus 2 tbsps if required
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt whisk to combine it just makes sure the baking powder is evenly distributed.

Mix your oil and 1 1/2 cups of water ina small jug and add gradually to the flour the dough should be soft but not sticky if it is too dry use up to 2 tbsp more water although the amount of water will depend on your flour.

This makes enough for two large pizzas.

A couple of tomatoes and some tomato puree with some garlic and onion was cooked up for the tomato base…I then took one loin pork chop and my trusty meat cleaver and it was soon minced meat which we cooked with some taco seasoning…Lily likes meat on her pizza…Some grated mozzarella cheese a few slices of red bell pepper and some basil.

15 minutes in the oven and ready to eat…which in this house took less than the time to cook it…

meat feast pizza

I know it has or is a worry for many of you in these unprecedented times …It is a worldwide pandemic which although greatly restricting and worrying is also uniting us…Countries are helping each other, people are looking out for their neighbours it is lovely to see…My dearest wish is that it continues…

Now I am going to have a look at where we can make our food go a little further…Firstly I am going to ask a question…Who cooks with Brocolli? Who throws the thick stem away or into the compost? Generally, that is the weightiest part of the Brocolli and we are paying for that…I was the worlds worst culprit if I remembered I would use it in soups mainly it wasn’t eaten …Not until I realised that if you peel off the hard outer it makes a lovely vegetable we love it…

smart

Sliced and steamed with your other vegetable or added to a stir fry…

Which takes me nicely on to another wasted skin…The banana skin…I was reading the news and this article from Nadia Hussain of  Great British Bake of fame…Not only does she use the banana peel in her Banana bread but she makes this Banana Peel “Pulled Pork” Recipe…

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Who would have thunk…Here’s how…

  • Chop and shred banana peel into strips
  • Fry diced onions in a pan with some garlic
  • Add the peel to the onions and garlic and cook down for five minutes
  • Add barbecue sauce (and other sauces such as ketchup or siracha if you want)
  • Cook altogether for a few more minutes
  • Add to a bun with your toppings of choice

This I haven’t tried …Have you?… However, when my next crop of bananas are ready to pick I will be giving this a go…If cooking and eating banana peels doesn’t appeal to you because of the texture or mouthfeel of the banana skin this video gives you some tips and you wouldn’t know they were in your cake…

Foraging…is another pastime which is very popular here…Tik my daughter in law loves foraging today she was up and out early and these are what she picked today…Quite a good crop of mushrooms and some of the Krachiew flowers which I featured in last Friday’s post.

Mushroom soup is a firm favourite here my favourite is made with ants eggs and Melantha a beautiful foraged herb…

Melientha Soup

https://carolcooks2.com/2017/02/21/authentic-thai-village-soup/

Another popular wild vegetable is fiddlehead fern…It grows mostly all the year-round here and is popular particularly here in the North of Thailand…It is also found around the world but in many places just in the spring…Dorothy from Vintage Kitchen loves foraging and cooking this beautiful vegetable and has some lovely recipes to share with us as well as some great tips on cleaning and cooking Fiddlehead fern…Please pop over and have a look…

Fiddleheads and dandelions

Made with fiddlehead ferns and dandelion greens it looks very nice and so tempting…Thank you, Dorothy, for sharing this with us it looks lovely and great tips…

https://vintagekitchen.org/2019/04/29/spring-foragers-supper/

I hope this has given you some ideas...with food shortages in some places and curfews, self-isolating or just cocooning yourself in the safety of your own home many of us are having to rethink our cooking maybe use some of those tins and dried goods which have taken root in our larders but also made us think about waste are we using all we can…The weeds in our gardens..many of which can be cooked and eaten…I think we could see changes in the way we think about food how and what we cook and eat…

Certainly food(pun) intended for thought…

That’s all for this week from me please stay safe and think of others we are all in this together…x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx