Category Archives: Carol’s Cookery Column at Smorgasbord Magazine

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘V’ for Vacherin, Vanilla, Veal, Vegetable Spaghetti and Vichyssoise

The letter V…we are nearing the end of the alphabet which means the festive season is nigh…I do hope you are enjoying this series as much as I have enjoyed researching and writing it …my thanks go out to Sally for republishing what is one of my favourite series…Enjoy the letter V and please stay safe and well xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

The A-Z of food…a culinary tour of the alphabet…The letter
V…Vacherin, Vanilla, Veal, Vegetable Spaghetti and Vichyssoise etc.

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Culinary Alphabet…Where I am exploring some culinary delights beginning with the letter V.

Unusual for me as I am a savoury girl and not a sweet girl…I am starting with a dessert…

Vacherin

Well, it could be one of two things they are both spelled the same…although they couldn’t be more different…one is a cheese the other is a light very pretty meringue French dessert.

Photo credit: eltham_mob on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC

Swiss people call this soft, washed-rind cheese as Vacherin du Mont d’Or, in France it is called Vacherin du Haut Doubs (or just Vacherin in local shops).

Vacherin is made from pasteurized cow’s milk, which offers a full-flavoured and slightly acidic taste. The cheese becomes almost liquid after maturation. It has…

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 25th October -31st October 2020… Recipes( nut free), Health, Whimsy, Halloween and Loy Krathong……

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

I woke up this morning to the news..very sad to hear that Sir Thomas Sean Connery had passed away…The best James Bond ever…R.I.P Sir…

A sad loss but what a legacy he leaves…R.I.P.

The first post of the week was Fang-Tastic Recipes and Halloween Tales…with the emphasis on Halloween food and a satay dip which is peanut/nut-free…How to make sunflower seed butter and a beautiful satay sauce/dip…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/27/fang-tastic-recipes-and-halloween-tales/

The second post of the day was Smorgasbord Health Column – UnSeasonal Affective Disorder – The Missing Link – Vitamin D by Sally Cronin…

Sally is reiterating what my mum knew way back when…she dutifully fed us a morning spoonful of cod liver oil…Lucky for everyone now that has progressed to better-tasting capsules and the like as supplements have become far more palatable and of course we have more access to foods which can boost our Vitamin D which Sally is focussing on today in this very pertinent series on un-seasonable Affective Disorder…#recommended read

Health Column

Please pop over and have a read …Sally as always will make you very welcome and answer any questions you may have…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/smorgasbord-health-column-unseasonal-affective-disorder-keeping-your-focus-tryptophan-by-sally-cronin/

Wednesday saw me over at Smorgasbord Magazine for my Cookery Column  Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘U’ for Upside Down Cake, Udon Noodles, Ugli Fruit and Unleavened Bread.

We are nearing the end of this series now as Christmas looms ever closer…I do hope you are enjoying this updated version of my Culinary Alphabet which has been great fun to research and write… The unleaved bread and Pineapple Upside-down cake seem to have been the stars in this post both of which I love far more than my waistline does, but hey ho a little bit of what you fancy does you good…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-u-for-upside-down-cake-udon-noodles-ugli-fruit-and-unleavened-bread/

Fruity Fridays and keeping it seasonable … The Cranberry.

This is a beautiful little berry with lots of health benefits which also marries very well with sauces and think chocolate and cranberry cookies…recipe next week…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/30/fruity-friday-the-cranberry/

Saturday Snippets.

My final post of the week is where I indulge myself…the whimsy and the music come into play and anything else which takes my interest…This week it was the last day of the month it was  Halloween, Loy Krathong and the rarity of  Blue Moon…

I indulged my self in some great 80’s Halloween music. I was also very pleased to see when I went to the market how all Krathongs are now eco friendly and some of them were very beautiful… made out of fish food, banana leaves and stalks very inventive…just lovely…Thailand is really taking on board and practising eco-friendly methods of packaging etc…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/31/saturday-snippets-31st-october-a-halloween-special/

That’s all for this week’s roundup … less writing has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 30th August -5th September 2020… Recipes, Health, Food labels, Whimsy, and …The return of the Wolverines…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week…

Take a pew and get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news and my views… always something new to discover…This week was no different…Food Labels…

There are many reasons why food labels are not fit for purpose…The fact that only people who can generally read them are those with 20/20 vision, of course, we want to know what is in our food as if it is chicken I want to know chicken is the main ingredient…I want to know the source of my chicken as the way they are reared is vastly different depending on where they come from and the processing..regulations vary from country to country and of course, I don’t want my chicken to come from 1,000’s of miles away I want to be assured of its global footprint and health.

That is just for starters…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/31/food-labelling-part-2/

Wednesday:

Found me over at Sally’s where it was time for the next letter of my journey through the alphabet and the letter Q…surprisingly there were lots of yummy foods beginning with Q…I also learnt that queso means cheese…doh! however, that just sums me up at the moment…I half wrote a post for Tuesday and it sits in drafts…I don’t like September it is my birth year and although I think age is just numbers..mine are totting up and I don’t like it… it is unsettling me or is it this Covid-19 or a combo but unsettled I am…

Anyways pop over to Sally’s and enjoy Q…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-q-for-quince-quail-quenelles-and-quesadillas/

Thursday: How healthy is your breakfast?

Breakfast or brunch is most peoples first meal of the day…For some, it is a slap-up breakfast with all the trimmings and for others a snatched cup of coffee…

In this post, I look at breakfasts around the world and they certainly all have their differences and they all have foods which I would love to eat…

I unravel the breakfasts a little and dig a little deeper to find out more head over and have a read…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/03/how-healthy-is-your-breakfast/

Friday: Tamarind…

One of my favourite fruits as the taste changes as it matures and each taste is different from the last and equally as glorious… I was asked which fruit I could compare it with and I couldn’t it has a unique taste of its own…

fresh young tamarind fruit

 

Picked young like this the fruit is white and slightly tinged with pink, a nutty taste with just a hint of its more grown-up taste of sweet and sour… Like this, they are available for a very short period of time literally a couple of weeks a beautiful snack…

When it ripens it becomes brown and sticky with an awesome sweet and sour taste…

Again they can be eaten as they are and are found in all shops dried in packets with or without the obligatory chilli and with or without the very hard black pit.

For more info and recipes on this lovely fruit please click the link and enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/04/fruity-fridays-the-tamarind-2/

Saturday Snippets:

Yesterday I think I got some of my mojo back…Saturday Snippetts was more on point…Was it James Veicht who cracked me up it was an oldie but one I hadn’t seen and as I absolutely hate spam it was great…Toasters is all I will say I also defined the word Toast!….

Dr Zhivago was on the same page as Chuck Berry and John Lennon…Long Live Rock n Roll...my era…Omar Sharif used to make my heart flutter and methinks I will have another watch of that great film…It is also national organic month so there will be more on that in the coming weeks…you knew ..didn’t you? the very rare wolverines are back and Sally talks to us about statins in the Health Corner…scary…All in all a jam-packed Saturday Snippets I hope you enjoy! xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/05/saturday-snippets-5th-september-2020/

I also extend my apologies as I didn’t post the wild mushroom soup or the jalapeno stuffed pork loin…I will this week…I also had the biggest fail I have had in the kitchen for a long time…I absolutely ruined the paella although the power outage didn’t help what a disaster it was awful…I am not going to live that down here for a very long time…Ooppps xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 23rd August -29th August 2020… Recipes, Health(Sugar) and Children’s Teeth, Whimsy, and …A murmuration of Starlings…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week…

Take a pew and get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news and my views… always something new to discover…This week was no different…

Does food labelling go far enough…Personally, I don’t think it does some countries are better than others ..it would be lovely if labelling was standardised although maybe that would be difficult depending on the country…

Image by Igor Ovsyannykov from Pixabay 

Seeing all the shelves like that is pretty daunting if you have to check all the labels…maybe the supermarket shelves should be colour coded and marked when goods are high in certain ingredients it would make our shopping so much easier ..Wouldn’t it?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/24/food-labelling-does-it-go-far-enough/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter D (charD)

I was challenged way back at the beginning of this year by Pete…who suggested that maybe I should use ingredients and cooking methods where the letter used, for example, was the last letter i.e Pizza(A)…

On reflection, I think it was a good idea although how I will fare when I get to some letters I am not sure if it will be doable, but, I will give it a good go… I am not one to back off if challenged…hehe

Today is the letter D ..easy as pie but not so many fruits and veggies it is more processes which I hope doesn’t bore you and at least one is new to you…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/26/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-d-chard/

Thursday: 

Sugar…Children’s Teeth and Obesity…

So much has been said about children’s teeth and decay over the years and around the world…There are many dentists and organisations who are working as hard as they can to stop the rot…is it working not quickly enough…

Teeth and childhood obesity to me should be in the same sentence…I lay the blame squarely on the manufacturers, advertisers and governments …I know all three try to blame the parents and to a point yes…not everyone is as aware as I am, not everyone has the enquiring mind I have..so many reasons but it doesn’t alter the fact that manufacturers should be called to account and stores should display nutritional value far more clearly for those who cannot read the labels and decipher what they really say…It should be a priority and not a token gesture …

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/27/sugarchildrens-teeth-and-obesity/

Fruity Fridays:…The Fig…

The Fig…You can get it dried almost anywhere in the world and fresh and luscious from September through to autumn.

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There is nought like the taste of fresh figs and dried they are different but sweet, with a chewy flesh and crunchy edible seeds.

Figs start off as an enclosed inverted flower. The shape of their flower inhibits them from relying on bees or wind to spread their pollen in the same way other flowers can. Instead, figs must rely on the help of pollinator wasps to reproduce.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/28/fruity-friday-the-humble-fig-2/

Saturday Snippets…29th August 2020

Is the day where I indulge my whimsy or maybe something I feel is too good not to share or where I might even have a mini-rant which I did yesterday …I am a patriotic old biddy and although I embrace most change I do not when it comes to tradition and is at the whim of snowflakes…If you are not aware snowflake is a modern generation(slang)…it was also one of Collins English Dictionarys 2016 words of the year. Collins defines the term as “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”.  

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/29/saturday-snippets29th-august-2020/

I have an extra treat for you…Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine with her weekly roundup…Something for everyone, health advice, book reviews, book launches, something to make you smile if all else fails and from Moi ..recipes and rants…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-23rd-29th-august-2020-barbra-streisand-ireland-houston-book-reviews-childrens-books-health-and-laughter/

I will be back next week with more news and views and of course recipes…A lovely wild mushroom soup recipe and a beautiful giant jalapeno popper rolled up in a butterflied pork loin…

Thank you for reading and please stay safe and well…xxx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 16th August -22nd August 2020…Labels, Recipes, Health(Sugar), Whimsy, and Beluga Whales…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Our rainy season is well and truly underway and my leaky ceilings are fixed…the story of how is for another day and I defy any author to even make that one up…sigh

Anyway back to the job in hand last week’s posts…Take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news on the environment there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…WELL, it was just a tad… I have been reading much about plastics but as anyone knows who does research something else always pops up as a link or attachment and that’s how I arrived at labels and from labels to ingredients…which means you can guess the content of my next few posts I also sure that somewhere amongst them plastic will rear its head…everything is interconnected in some way…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/17/food-labelling-and-contaminants/

Tuesday: Pork Loin Recipe…

pork loin gruyere cheese onions

A beautiful Pork Loin rolled and stuffed with caramelised onions and Gruyere cheese and then topped with gruyere cheese and 0nions a real tasty treat…Full recipe on blog and directions on how to butterfly Pork Loin.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/18/recipe-stuffed-pork-loin/

Wednesday: A-Z of food…The letter P and no pizza in sight…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘P’ for Pancakes, Paella, Pomelo, Pate, Pease Pudding, and A Poke Bowl.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-p-for-pancakes-paella-pomelo-pate-pease-pudding-and-a-poke-bowl/

Thursday: The Horse Chestnut and our circulatory system by Sally Cronin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-horse-chestnut-aesculus-circulatory-system/

Fruity Fridays are back! 

This week is the lovely Pineapple…a healthy and versatile fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked in a pudding and you can even use the outer skin as a serving dish…

Served as an appetiser topped with some spicy chilli paste adds another dimension to pineapple…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/21/fruity-fridays-the-pineapple/

Saturday Snippets…

Today I shared with you some of my favourite topics…Beautiful Beluga whales found sanctuary, City forests are they a thing of the future? Murals which eat up the smog and purify the air a role which is equal to what 720 trees could achieve …How cool is that? 

Red Rocks a natural amphitheatre, beautiful fish and foraged wild mushroom soup and more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/22/saturday-snippets-22nd-august-2020/

That’s all for this week not so much as usual as my writer’s muse has been somewhat dampened of late…my get up and go has got up and gone some days…Quarantine blues…or just life and WP…

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘P’ for Pancakes, Paella, Pomelo, Pate, Pease Pudding and A Poke Bowl.

 

Welcome to this edition of my A-Z where the letter is P….Paella and pancakes immediately spring to mind as I love both …I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it…

Pancakes

I think every country in the world has a different version of the pancake or is it a Bellini or a scotch pancake or a hotcake or Khao-Gle-at – Traditional handmade Thai pancakes does it come with lemon and sugar or in a stack or with kimchi. I could go on and on, A pancake comes in so many different ways, made with different flours, fillings and toppings or dips. The list is endless.

Peas

I love fresh garden peas and have many fond memories of pea picking on my grandad’s farm and also sitting at my grandma’s feet and shucking the peas and eating a few as well. Peas come frozen now and also in their pods as sugar snap peas or flat pods called mange tout, all of which I love.

I also remember the processed peas which have a soft, mealy texture which I used to love as a child but no longer and of course if you are eating Fish & Chips in the North of England they would not be eaten without mushy peas. Even the poshest of restaurants now when they serve fish & chips, you can also have a portion of mushy peas. As the price of fish has risen, it is no longer a poor man’s meal.

Fridays in our house, were always Fish & Chips, and something I will be having as soon as I step off the plane onto British soil again. The best way to eat them is straight from the fryer wrapped in newspaper and eaten with salt and malt vinegar, a truly British tradition.

Now that I have tempted you…to read the rest of the post please click the link and head over to Sally’s…xxx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-p-for-pancakes-paella-pomelo-pate-pease-pudding-and-a-poke-bowl/