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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to my place for whimsical Wednesdays the day when I indulge myself…Well, I did last night as it was my friends 70th birthday bash…We had a lovely time…she who not named started early…11am…me I was on the H2O…That is until the early evening when I was introduced to the dirty martini…Vodka, ice and olives…The olives were very nice infused with vodka…It would have been rude not too…Had a lovely time, lots of nibbles and picky bits and cake…Pictures on Friday so make sure you are there…xxx

7 th October 2018 Jodie Whitaker debuted in her first full episode as the first woman Dr Who…I watched the very first episode of Dr Who back in 1963…23rd November…I do think she makes a great Dr Who…Who was your favourite???

The second series of Dr Who featuring the Dalek’s which really scared the life out of me…

Laurel and Hardy…the epitome of slapstick comedy…the first silent film …The Second Hundred Years was the first time Stan and Olly appeared as a team…8th Oct 1927

Did you know?

Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay

Even strong-willed individuals can’t eat just one chip (crisp). Although the snack’s high salt and fat content make them irresistible, researchers found another reason it’s so easy to devour a bag of sour cream and onion spuds – and it has nothing to do with taste.

People are more likely to eat more chips when they’re labelled “crunchy,” according to a study published in the journal Appetite. Scientists found that study participants consumed more chips and candy while watching a movie when their snack bags were labelled as crunchy. They also discovered it takes more than just good marketing to make people overeat. People also consumed more chips from their “crunchy” labelled bags when they weren’t distracted by wearing headphones and better able to hear the sound of their snacks.

People often associate the crunchiness of foods with positive food characteristics such as food freshness. This greater enjoyment of food resulting from the salience of the food’s sound leads to greater consumption,” she says.

Of course, this study isn’t perfect, as the authors note. Everyone to whom I imparted this little gem…Just laughed at me…xx

The study used candy and chips, which most people already enjoy eating. The results could be very different if the study looked at carrots and celery, which are likely less appealing.

10th October 1903...Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union to fight for women’s rights in Britain.

What a lady…We have a lot to thank Emmeline Pankhurst for…

Time for a story.

The Charade.

I have continued the short story, I still have little idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

If you want to catch up on the entire story just go to The Charade on the website where the chapters are gathered together.

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Chapter Six by Steph Richmond.

The drawing-room was warm, the fire must have been lit early in the day. Mr James stood before the fireplace looking less than pleased.

“Please sit.” He commanded. She did as she was instructed in the nearest seat she could see. She had no idea what had darkened his mood. “I hear you enjoyed yourself last night.” He paused. “Mr Ward seemed very taken with you. Did you go home with him?”

“No Sir.” Now she thought she understood. “I went straight home, alone.”

“Good, good.” He seemed relieved. “I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea about my girls.” His look softened a little. He was a handsome man, some of her friends described him as a dandy, always well dressed and well-groomed. She thought she would take a chance.

“Did you manage to find out anything about my family Mr James?” She waited hopefully whilst he paused and thought up an answer, she was convinced he knew something, just from the look that passed over his face. He distracted himself by putting his hand in his pocket and handing her a sovereign. She was stunned. “A sovereign!”

“You did well last night, you deserve it.”

She was pleased this was more than some people with a family to keep, made in a week. Much to Mr James pleasure, it had worked and her mind was off trying to find her family. There was a knock at the door. “Goodbye.” He said. She left the room and returned to Kathy in the kitchen, giddy with the amount of money she had in her pocket, she could pay her rent and still treat herself to something nice, maybe a new piece of ribbon for her treasured necklace too.

TBC next week…

I don’t do heights but I did brave the wheel and loved it…

10th October 1999 Londons Millenium Wheel…The London Eye was lifted skywards…A giant Ferris wheel…

I always marvel at the knowledge and skill of man and the to raise the Mary Rose from her watery grave was an awesome feat and she was not stable and very fragile.

11 October 1982 Mary Rose was raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent…

Nessie the search ends in failure…11 th Oct 1987…and it didn’t stop there ..periodically rumblings of yet another sighting surface…Will we ever know is it fact or fiction???? My favourite the tear-jerker… Loch Ness a 1996 family drama film starring Ted Danson and Joely Richardson.  Loved it!

Anyone who thinks of guinea pigs as pets – cute, squishy, squeaking bundles of fur – might find this idea hard to digest. But it is horses for courses as my dad used to say and depending on where you live …The French eat horse meat…Frogs and snails…Here they eat rats, frogs, lizards, insects…Need I say more…

Part of the rodent family this is a traditional hot dish in some Latin American countries, including Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. In Ecuador, people typically cook guinea pigs with salt and serve them with potatoes and peanut sauce. But one vendor is taking things to another gastronomic level, serving guinea pigs as a cold dessert. n this Sept. 28, 2019 photo, Maria del Carmen Pilapana prepares a cone with guinea pig ice cream for a customer at her stall on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador. She also makes ice cream flavoured with beetles and a smaller amount of mushroom ice cream.

Shortages and worry about the climate are making people think about alternative foods and to be honest I have tried of these and they are ok…Many types of meat resemble each other when cooked…Insects many of us eat prawn heads, whitebait, sheep’s brains, sweetbreads, tripe…Not so unusual or horrific after all is it???

My recipe for worm bread… Would you eat me?

That’s all for today I am off to the beach…Thank you for reading 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

Latest recycling and environmental news…7th October 2019…

Let’s look at what has been going on in this everchanging world of Climate Change??? There is always news every day now but I do wonder how much is really true and how much is scaremongering…Am I the only one?

It seems not from last weeks comments which I always welcome but first some good news…One 12-year-old girl in Thailand is taking up the call to action. See what Lilly is getting up to…

 

Thank you Alethea for bringing this to my attention…With so much focus on the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg lately, you may have missed Indigenous water warrior Autumn Peltier addressing world leaders at the United Nations about protecting water.

Just 15 years old, Autumn is a Anishinaabe-kwe and a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation and an internationally recognized champion for clean water. Here are two videos showing how Autumn first started her quest and where she is today…

Now two years older …Autumns latest speech to the UN…

 

 

Two inspiring young ladies who are quietly making changes and getting their voices heard… They have no big names and corporations behind them just their own passion.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A subject dear to my heart my daughter is a survivor as are many friends BUT also I know many who were not…I am a firm believer that with many cancers both environmental factors and diet have an impact.
October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Image by waldryano from Pixabay
NIEHS and the National Cancer Institute co-fund the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program, which examines environmental and genetic factors underlying breast cancer risk over women’s lifespans.

Join The Movement And Stop Food Waste #StopTheWaste

 

The United Nations World Food Programme is on a mission to stop food waste. It may be a mouldy piece of cheese or an old carrot. There’s often some frightful foodstuff festering at the back of the fridge. But very often, these seemingly spoiled items can be rescued and included in a tasty dish. That is why the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the launch of Stop the Waste. This is a global campaign to raise awareness about the huge amounts of edible food that is discarded daily. A habit that must be overcome if the world is going to make real progress in eradicating global hunger.

 

food cycle waste chart

 

Nestle has been on my hit list for a number of years due to their unethical practises and I don’t buy their products…Over the last year, they seem to have been doing an about-turn…But are they serious???
Beth posted on their proposed new wrappers which sound good…Searching for a video I came across this one…Which does seem to pose doubts …What do you think?
Can a leopard change its spots?

 

 

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you reducing your families carbon footprints?

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Recipes, Health…My weight loss journey…B4 and after and more…

Welcome to this weeks roundup...I have lots of goodies you…something for everyone I hope…Recipes…Pumpkins… It is National Pumpkin Month, some health facts from Sally, of course, Whimsical Wednesdays when I indulge myself…no, not chocolate…. memories…

Grab a drink it is time to settle down, relax and have a read something for everyone…Enjoy!

food and lifestyle blog

Before I get going I am also of again tomorrow on another jolly…One of my besties birthdays…Sunny Chon Buri, near Pattaya here we come…Lots of fun xx But don’t worry I have pre-scheduled… I just may not answer your comments quite as quickly…xx

Monday…The start of the week sees me sharing any updates and opinions on Climate Change and the environment…

It was also the last day of the month…Where does the time go? October already…

What did this post bring? A mixture of news some sobering and some great news…I do think we underestimate the power of the individual… we are great at what we do… so all you out there who are doing your bit quietly in your own homes give yourselves a big pat on the back…You are

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/30/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-30th-september-2019/

Tuesday…After writing about what to do and eat…I thought it was about time I showed you my before and after pictures…To show you that kicking out all the diets and just eating sensibly…Does work…xx

No fancy pictures just the reality…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/01/healthy-eating-my-personal-journey-no-fads-just-commonsense/

Wednesday…

Starting with a new series of health and eating…

In this series, we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually, we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We now pick up the series after the summer with the minerals that are essential to our health.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-calcium/

Wednesday is also the day for my Whimsical Wednesday where I indulge myself in memories, great tunes, maybe a recipe..anything goes it could be weird or wacky…just a happy place to be…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/02/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-4/

Thursday…Saw a change from my travel and traditions as it is National Pumpkin Month…It will also be Halloween on the 31st…It is also the day that Britain leaves the EU…Will we or won’t we? 

I am sure there are many opinions on that but I am sticking to pumpkins and everything pumpkin related…Thank you for your recipes Tori…the first one to share isn’t she a little star? xxx

National pumpkin moth banner

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/02/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-4/

Friday…Store cupboard basics…Week 5…

The battle of the cans or glass jars…and a little about BPA…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/04/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-5-bottled-canned-goods/

Saturday…Sees the next instalment of Sally’s look at the female reproductive system…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/smorgasbord-health-column-the-female-reproductive-system-an-overview-of-health-issues-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this week I hope you have enjoyed the roundup…I look forward to your comments as always…xx

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

Connect to Carol

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

 

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…The world around us…Climate Change, health and more…

Welcome to this weeks roundup...I have lots of goodies you…something for everyone I hope…Recipes…A pie… it was National Pie Day, some health facts from Sally, of course, Whimsical Wednesdays when I indulge myself…no not chocolate but memories mostly.

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

.I have new ceilings…just ceilings… they didn’t investigate where the water is coming from…so Moi has had enough I am moving…Again…I have never moved so much as I have since retiring…It is becoming quite a hobby…It is also a brilliant way of clearing the unwanted things we collect overtime…

I only keep the essentials…flip flops, a few sundresses, of course, ALL my kitchen ..that will not get downsized, my dog and my Christmas Kitsch… Not forgetting hubby and books…Enough of my chatter…Time to catch up…

The start of the week sees me sharing any updates and opinions on Climate Change and the environment…This coming week …I have many ..things which have niggled me for a while…But before then let’s start with last week…

Monday…Latest recycling and environment news…

I will say I am concerned with all this hype…I am concerned that other things will bypass our radars and be implemented by the powers that be because we are so wrapped up in Climate Change… we have taken our eye off the ball…Just saying!

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/23/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-23rd-september-2019/

Tuesday… Silly Diets and feeding babies…

I believe that healthy eating starts from before our babies are born we have a responsibility to make sure we are providing nutrients in the womb…This need to then continue once baby is born…Healthy eating is a lifestyle we owe it to the one body we have if we want to stay as healthy as possible…Many chronic conditions are helped or eradicated by what we eat…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/25/healthy-eating-starting-at-the-beginning-feeding-baby-tb-12-diet/

Wednesdays…

The count down to Homemade Pie day and one-hit wonders…and some other gems… The Lobster…In the year 2525…Zager guitars…The annual vegetarian festival In Phuket and body piercings…

street procession phuket vegetarian festival

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/25/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-3/

Thursday…National Homemade Pie Day…

National Homemade Pie Day Banner

With a recipe for a delicious Steak and Kidney Pie…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/26/national-home-made-pie-day/

Friday…

Store cupboard Basics covered dried legumes…Beans, lentils, chickpeas, all cheap, store well and can be made into delicious nutritious meals a store cupboard essential…

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Recipes for a mayonnaise using aquafaba from Esme Salon and a tutorial on how to sprout beans...From the lovely Dolly…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/27/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-4-dried-beans-lentils-and-peas/

Saturday…

I handed the reins to Sally… the expert on nutrition and how healthy eating can keep our bodies running well…Just like a car…It needs the correct fuel…This week Sally covered the male and female reproductive organs…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-and-male-reproductive-system-endocrine-system-and-hormones/

I also added an extra post purely because after reading how babies teething gels contained chemicals and additives which are harmful to health…I mean it starts from birth with no compunction just this onslaught to our health in the name of greed and profiteering ..You could say I was slightly p***** off…

I reposted an earlier post on what is really in the yoghurt we feed ourselves and our children…On that note, I am going to eat my proper Greek Yoghurt made locally with some lovely fresh passionfruit…

yogurt- coes milk- added sugars

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/28/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it-really/

Thank you so much for reading… I do hope you enjoyed the catchup. I look forward to your comments…I love your comments …It is the best bit about writing a blog post…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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and many of my posts reflect this as well as food waste.

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

Connect to Carol

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a lovely weekend  xx

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food And Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Soups in 25 minutes – Smoked Mackerel and Tomato and Cannellini Bean with Cavolo Nero

I love a bowl of soup and these two are quick to make and tasty…with some noodles, rice or nice crusty bread they make a filling meal…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Soups in 25 minutes – Smoked Mackerel and Tomato and Cannellini Bean with Cavolo Nero

Welcome to Carol’s Cookery Column where taste and nutrition go hand in hand and can be cooked in a trice…

Soup can be eaten whatever the weather as a starter or as a snack even as a main meal if it is a substantial one served with lots of fresh crusty bread or with the addition of rice or noodles as it is served here…

I know for many of you… Autumn is here which although often brings some lovely sunny days it turns a tad cooler in the evenings….

However for those of us (me) who are experiencing warmer weather soup is eaten a lot here and is a staple in the Thai diet…think Thai chicken noodle soup or Tom Yum…it seems that no matter what the weather many people enjoy a bowl of…

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This week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 1…Flours and Sugars…

Welcome to my kitchen where anything goes…I made a few changes last week and didn’t that go well?

Picture the scene… we are halfway through making a new recipe…We can taste it…Then up pops the ingredient we thought we had in the cupboard or we missed that bit of the recipe…The shop is shut…It is raining…We are in our house clothes…

We all need a well-stocked store cupboard…Of things we use and maybe just a few we don’t use so often but keep and store well…

It takes time (and) money to build up a store cupboard so I am breaking down into easy stages…

Whether you call it a cupboard or a pantry a savvy cook knows it helps them create delicious, economical dishes without using expensive ingredients or having to pop out and hope no one sees us without our slap…Don’t they always though…haha

TIP OF THE WEEK.

You are reading a recipe and come across something you have never heard of or know it is ridiculously expensive and doesn’t store well…It is well worth the time learning what you can substitute for an ingredient and often it doesn’t alter the taste at all …I will do a post on substitutes at a later date…But always do your research don’t let one ingredient put you off making a recipe…

Staples range from flour, sugar, canned goods, oils, rice, pasta, dried herbs, stock cubes(bouillon)...Today I am starting with flours and sugars…

Flours:

store cupboard flour

Photo credit: kev_walsh on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA

A kitchen essential which is used in both sweet and savoury dishes…from baking cakes and pastries, pasta making, thickening gravy and making sauces…

The flour milling industry is one of the oldest manufacturing processes in the world…But with the changes and additions to flour and bread-making, some of it is akin to eating tasteless cardboard. Home baking is on the rise again…

Before I list the different flours and sugars I will add that I use unbleached flours and also check the origin of the flours I buy but for the purpose of a list of food basics, I am just mentioning uses not origins etc…The post would be too long and that isn’t the purpose of this post…

Cornflour/Cornstarch…Is a very fine white flour used to thicken sauces/gravies and also used to stabilise egg-based mixtures to stop it curdling.

Wheat Flours…Most recipes call for plain( all-purpose) flour. For recipes which call for a raising agent… self-raising flour has added raising agents. Wholemeal flour is available as both plain and self-raising. Flour labelled as a strong bread flour has more gluten and is suitable for making bread.

Gluten-free flours…For those with a diagnosed allergy to gluten which is found in wheat and other grains …Gluten-free flour is available from most supermarkets and health food stores.

Rice Flour…Rice flour (also rice powder) is a form of flour made from finely milled rice. It is distinct from rice starch, which is usually produced by steeping rice in lye. Rice flour is a common substitute for wheat flour. It is also used as a thickening agent in recipes that are refrigerated or frozen since it inhibits liquid separation.

Rice flour is used a lot here where I live to make the lightest of sponges which are also gluten-free…it is also what I use as a thickening agent instead of cornflour.

Raising Agents…Baking powder can be added to plain flour to give a lighter texture to cakes and biscuits( cookies). The powder works as it reacts to the liquids and heat during the cooking process which produces carbon dioxide bubbles which in turn makes the mixture rise.

Baking Soda is also a leavening agent BUT they are used for different purposes…The differences

Sugars…Refined and raw sugars are used to sweeten and flavour many different dishes…cakes, bakes, pastries, cookies, desserts and even savoury just a little sugar brings out the sweetness of the tomato.

Brown sugar…Dark, unrefined sugars have a rich caramel flavour. There are quite a few different types of brown sugar…Light and dark muscovado (brown) sugar and dark molasses sugar. The rule of thumb is the darker the sugar the more intense the flavour. Palm sugar is my sugar of choice here and quite recently I came across banana flower sugar.

Castor sugar/superfine sugar…Is a fine-grained white sugar which is used in baking cakes and biscuits( cookies)

Demerara/raw sugar… A large crystalized sugar with a rich, slightly honeyish flavour. It is great for adding texture to cookies( biscuits) and coffee.

Granulated sugar…This refined white sugar has large crystals. It is used for sweetening drinks and everyday cooking, it can also be used as a crunchy cookie or cake topping…lovely mixed with lemon or orange juice and poured on top of a warm cake…It gives a lovely citrus crunch. It can also be used in a crumble topping for extra texture.

Icing/Confectioners sugar…The finest of all refined sugars this sugar has a powdery texture and is ideal for dusting cakes, confectionery, desserts and cookies(biscuits) such a sim0le effective decoration especially if feathered or a stencil is used. It is also used for making icing for caked or sweetening flavoured creams…

If you are setting up your store cupboard from scratch I would first decide on a suitable dry, dark cupboard and make sure you have adequate containers.

Source some favourite recipes and write your list…Before you go out and buy a great deal on flour or sugar check the shelf life there is no good buying cheap money saving packets by the kilo if you don’t bake cakes often …Start small and monitor how it goes…what do you the most of? we all use more of certain food staples than others so don’t stuck with something you hardly ever use…

For example, I use more rice flour and raw sugar than I do icing sugar…SO I buy small because it is so humid here it goes hard and lumpy.

Although it is lovely to have a well-stocked pantry( store) cupboard it is not exactly fun reading is it and I always like to inject a little fun into my posts…This short clip made me laugh out loud it was so funny…Not a show I have watched I just chanced upon the clip…I hope you find it as funny as I did…

 

Thank you for joining me in  my kitchen I hope you have some fun xx

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely weekend  xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Chinese Chicken/Pork with Water Chestnuts, Quick Pickling and Bread Rolls.

If you love pickles then I have a couple of different recipes for you using cucumbers, A lovely olive oil bread roll recipe and a couple of meat recipes, especially for those hot days…A nice Beer Butt Chicken…it would go down well with a pint or two….

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Good morning form sunny Thailand where the weather is either steaming hot or we have a fierce tropical storm with the loudest thunder I have ever heard in my life.

Well Wimbledon is done and dusted for another year with the men’s title going to Djokovic who was my favourite to win and a new ladies champion…Will she become one of the greats or will she be a one time winner? Nethertheless I will extend a well done and well deserved…

On the political front will the outcome be as predicted and Boris will be the New Prime Minister or will Jeremy pip him at the post? By the time this post is published we will know the answer to that one…

I think it is generally much safer in the kitchen…Don’t you?

Well unless it is me having one of my bad days…which has its upside as I wasn’t…

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