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The Culinary Alphabet…The letter U…Ugli fruit to Umani…

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Culinary Alphabet.  The Culinary Alphabet, The letter U, yes we are on the letter U.

Halloween is nearly upon us, the trees are changing color and what glorious colors we are seeing around the world. I love the changes of the seasons and Autumn is one of my favorites. At this moment in time, it is 77 sleeps which sounds a lot. The reality is before we know it, it will be Christmas Eve.

Without further ado. lets look at the letter U – not so many this time although maybe as I write some more will spring to mind.

Ugli Fruit..Ugli Fruit, Fruit, Citrus, Organic.

A cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin! It is about the size of a grapefruit but it tastes a bit sweeter and has a wrinkly skin that peels easily. This funky fruit comes from Jamaica and is also grown in the USA – and it’s not that ugly! It can look a bit weird because its yellowy-green skin is thick, rough and puffy – and sometimes a bit blotchy!

Unleaved Bread…

 

Is bread made without using a raising agent? A simple bread that is easy to make. Flat breads with no yeast…

To read the full post with recipes then please follow this link…

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.

Environment

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 home’s 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.

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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!

MeWe

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe.  A social media site that 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…Health, Recipes and more…so much more…

Wow…what a week this been in one way or another…It will certainly go down as that was the week that was…Hubby is now the proud owner of his first electronic device and is learning all about the wonderful world of Alexa…for him it means he doesn’t have to type…and for me, I don’t have to listen to the cussing…haha

relaxed reading kindle lady

 

But just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggle down in your favourite chair and have a read…I love a roundup all the posts in one place… that way I don’t miss anything  I don’t always have time to read posts as they are published which I am sure you busy peeps don’t either…

So grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn or whatever your favourite snack is…What is it by the way?  Just asking…haha

Enjoy!

Monday…Time for my update into the ever-growing story of the environment and climate change…Every day we see or hear something, don’t we?… Do you wonder like me how much is fear-mongering and how much is true???

I do believe that as individuals we should think about how we can make a difference…Everyone’s circumstances are different we all have things that we can’t do without or can we???… We have always had a car…We now don’t…Do I miss it…Sometimes…BUT…Honestly not as much as I thought I would…

Of course, we have had to make adjustments…I shop…Aston goes to school…We like to visit people or places…

I know our public transport is better than it is in many places…It is good…Sometimes we hire a car…

The plus side is…we walk more…we see more of our surroundings because we walk and don’t whizz by in the car…I talk to more people…I have lost weight…I feel healthier…Shopping…I walk there and bus or cab back depending on my load…

School…Aston walks more, he catches a bus along with the other kids…He has got used to it…we had the moans early doors…Its raining, I am going to be late…my bag is too heavy to carry…etc etc…

Rain doesn’t bother him anymore or he takes a spare pair of socks…He gets up earlier and moves himself quicker( all good)training for when he goes to work…He only takes what he needs in his bag..he has learnt organisation skills…

My point… change isn’t always easy but with a little effort it is doable and the benefits outweigh the losses…Try it!

We have reduced our carbon footprint…Have you??

green foot prints eco system

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/16/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-16th-september-2019/

Tuesday…Healthy eating… we are bombarded from all sides….social media, newspapers and magazines even our friends and family about this new diet and that new superfood…When really we just need to be mindful…we need a healthy balanced diet…we need to know that what works for one may not work for us… all our bodies and dietary needs are different.

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Lots of factors come into play…Our lifestyle …where we live…our own bodies… we all process things differently…I am trying to make sense of it all while keeping myself and my family as healthy as I can by cooking from scratch with good ingredients…Not expensive ingredients good local ingredients or by growing what I can with the space I have…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/17/healthy-eating-eat-smart-golden-milk/

Wednesday…The day where I get maudlin and indulge my self…My passions and loves and maybe yours…Things which have wowed me …or stopped me in my tracks and made me think…Time to reflect…

The boat house sun beds

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/18/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-2/

It is also the day when I can be found over @ Sally’s once a fortnight…My Cookery Column where I bring you flavour and home cooking…nothing fancy just cooked from scratch with love…This week it was two soups…One with beans and cavolo nero and the other with some Thai flavours…I love a bowl of soup whatever the weather but I know that when it is chilly a bowl of soup is welcome…My favourite and I have many soups I like has always been tomato soup…and they always seem to find their way into many of my soups …Enjoy!

 

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Thursday…I took you with me Down on the Farm…I don’t think I told you we had to get rid of some of our boy turkeys…we seemed to have the wrong balance more males than females and it doesn’t work…The ladies were constantly being bothered…so we have evened it up…they may sleep now…haha

I also introduced you to our very pretty sesame plant…with a recipe for homemade Tahini…

This raised a question from Lieve…A good question with an easy answer when I thought about it…

How to Cook With Tahini: When baking, tahini is typically used in the same way as peanut butter, adding a mildly nutty flavour. It can easily be whisked into sauces and dressings, but keep in mind that adding acid, such as lemon juice, will cause tahini to thicken rapidly. Adding a little warm water will thin it to the proper consistency.

How do overnight oats, with banana, maple syrup and Tahini sound….?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/19/travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-sesame-plantngaa-and-barking-deers-mango/

Once a month on a Thursday I can also be found over @Esme’s Salon…I am currently working my way through the Culinary Alphabet and this month it is the letter, T…Now if you are British you will probably know about the idiosyncrasies of what Tea and toast mean to us…If you are not it may make you

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So please pop over and say hello and see what delights I have for you…and please leave a comment as I love to hear from you and you know I always answer you back…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-13-terms-or-food-with-the-letter-t/#comment-17257

Friday…Well, someones been a busy bee this week…I love my fresh honey…and bees…Today I was most honoured to be among the lovely Brigid who is going to get her own hive in the New Year…I wish…and none other than John Rieber…and guess who spelt it wrong…Moi..

Now if you didn’t know John is the master at discovering the unusual and sometimes the gross…He also loves bacon…

So head over and have a read…and before you say it…Yes, I do get around…haha…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-20th-september-2019-brigid-p-gallagher-john-rieber-and-carol-taylor/

Friday is also the day when I take you for a trip around my kitchen…Still on the subject of store cupboard basics… this week it was Rice…Yes, a whole post on Rice…

Not many people know just how many varieties and types of rice there are…more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice…That is without the wild rice which I love by the way…

Coloured rice, black rice and our field of rice…Look how green that looks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/20/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-3-rice/

Saturday…The weekend…Something for you ladies …A well-written look at the workings of our reproductive systems…Where Sally shares her vast knowledge with us…#recommended

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-reproductive-system-part-one-sally-cronin/

If you are still reading after this bumper week I thank you … I hope you have found something you enjoyed or learnt about or which just made you smile…Enjoy your Sunday…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…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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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 great Sunday and a creative week ahead xx

Carol Cooks2 …Weekly roundup…Phoenix, Smart Watches and The Nectar of the Gods…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

I have baked my first sourdough loaf…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

After all the trial and tribulations…I have baked my very first loaf…Phoenix arose and did the job he is now quiet in the fridge but bubbling slowly so I am guessing he is a strong, feisty boy…I wonder who he takes after??? Haha, it has been said…..

More about this later… 

Smart watches were the subject for the first post of the week and I am loving my recent purchase… Not very much impresses me especially gadgets I am probably the most anti-gadget person I know…

But I also know I need to look after the one body I have…Not be fanatic and exercise madly, (walking), become vegan(said)quietly or follow faddy diets. I have all those t/shirts…

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Just to eat sensibly a healthy balanced diet with lots of veggies and fibre and have the odd piece of sourdough bread which will be thoroughly enjoyed with butter and not an ounce of guilt or remorse…and just walk…So there you have it!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/12/healthy-eating-smartwatch/

Honey certainly deserves the name of nectar of the gods ...For thousands of years it has been used both as a nutritious addition to diet and as an effective medicine and the oldest reference to this delicacy dates back to 5500 BC.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 15 and there is so much happening from the scandalous to the good… My wish is that man who is the biggest threat to the world and the ecosystem will be neutralised that corrupt governments and officials will be outed and that the people in charge will grow or have some balls to stop bad practise and say NO to damaging practices!

Young Greta Thunberg was correct when she said government have not and will not listen… I for one hope these young people’s voices will be heard.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/14/wastenot-want-not-week-15/

Thursday saw my monthly post over @Esme’s Salon and the letter was N…I hope you will pop over as these posts need some love… Thank you, John, for your continued support 🙂 x

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https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-n/

Lastly my very first wholemeal Sour Dough Loaf courtesy of Phoenix who arose and did his job…

I won’t say it was an easy journey but we are here and baking…And very nice it was we can only improve from here but I am so pleased I didn’t give up as the result was worth it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/15/week-11-in-my-kitchen-my-first-sourdough-loaf/

Thank you so much for bearing with me throughout the ups and downs of Phoenix and for the very helpful tips that Tabula gave me…She is a star…

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 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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

CarolCooks2…My weekly roundup…

It’s Sunday already and nearly the start of another week…It has been a funny week I still think my brain is not quite in gear since the Christmas Festivities …Lots of different things going round and round in my head… Maybe it is the time of year?… Anyway …Take a pew, grab your favourite drink and enjoy my roundup of posts…There is something for everyone …

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If you are comfortable …Let’s Begin!

I skipped Monday…Just because…

Which meant the first post of the week was all about Christmas leftovers, Will Power, gremlins with some healthy eating thrown in…Well, we do have to ease ourselves gently into the New Year and our New me…Don’t we???

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/15/no-more-diets-healthy-eating/

Which eased us nicely into Sally’s post which gave me something to think about…How about you?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/something-to-think-about-the-rs-of-life-respect-in-our-modern-world-by-sally-cronin/

Wednesday already and my Cookery Column over at Sally’s Place…Where the cogs in my brain are whirring frantically as to what to bring you this year…Sally bless her has given me time to think…My grey matter is a bit slow at times and in the meantime, everyone was treated to the health benefits of asparagus and some lovely recipes…Who doesn’t love bacon? With asparagus, it is a marriage made in culinary heaven…Just Yummy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-asparagus-nutrient-packed-and-delicious-recipes/

I will say I adore WP’S new colour scheme I do love that fuchsia colour…They are also one of my favourite flowers their perfume is divine…

Next was a lovely recipe that I came across when I thanked Anna for following my blog…I will be making this Potato Peels Pie this week. I also took some time out and watched the film …Not my normal genre but delightful and I think I needed a bit of delightful time.

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https://mybookish.kitchen/2018/12/26/the-guernsey-literary-and-potato-peels-pie/

My next post the first of this New Year over at Esme’s Salon was the next letter in my Culinary Tour of the alphabet…The letter L. What better than these Lamb filled flatbreads.

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Homemade flatbread and lamb filling.

 

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-beginning-with-the-letter-l/

Lastly, it was time for your fly on the wall look at my week in my kitchen…I cooked and I had burnt bottom…No spoilers…If you haven’t already done so please head over for a read…Life in my kitchen is never dull x

Roasted spices Indian cooking

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/18/carolcooks2-week-3-in-my-kitchen/

Thank you so much for reading I do hope you have enjoyed the variety of posts and please as comments are one of the things I love best about blogging please share your thoughts… xx

Lastly...A question…I am a computer dummy…I have been playing with my header and I want it to portray what my blog is about ( you may) have noticed a few header changes of late…What do you think of this one? 

Enjoy your Sunday and have a brilliant week 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 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week

 

The Culinary Alphabet…The Letter L

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Welcome to this month’s The Culinary Alphabet beginning with the letter L, bought to you by moi @ CarolCooks2.

I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and the New Year brings you Good Health and much happiness. I would also like to wish Esmé a Happy New Year filled with love and good health and thank her for letting me loose once again.

Starting with Lamb which is one of my favourite meats although not so easily available here. We enjoy Lamb when it is available to buy…

Egyptian Lamb Flatbreads

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Cold lamb is not very nice so we decided to make some flatbreads..a first for me I was really pleased with how they came out..very quick and easy to make and a great use for the leftover lamb they made a change to shepherds pie.

To read the rest of the post and to get the recipe then head over to Esme’s Salon…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-beginning-with-the-letter-l/

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 and I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits, and vegetable ones 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.

I am also very much into waste and pollution both on land and the sea.

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

Connect with Carol

Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week

The Culinary Alphabet …The Letter G

Carol Cook!Culinary Alphabet G

This week it is time for my monthly post over at Esme’s Salon where she very kindly lets me loose once a month this month it is the letter G of the culinary alphabet, of course, we have the obvious but I hope there is just even one that you hadn’t heard of there was for me…Which one do you think it was ??

Starting my Culinary journey with two ingredients which I use on almost a daily basis starting with my ginger tea first thing in the morning.

Ginger and Galangal are both used frequently in Thai cuisine and indeed the culinary world. The difference visually is quite apparent Galangal has that lovely pinkish hue when it is freshly dug up.

Ginger is a soft brown colour a comparison could be the peacock and the peahen..in my mind..haha

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Galangal or as it is also known Thai ginger is used in many dishes ..it can only be sliced it does not grate well it is also an integral part of the ingredients in Thai Tom Yum Goon Soup.

Ginger you can grate or dice finely, it is used in fish dishes here or with Scallops it is a lovely thing.

Both members of the rhizome family..turmeric and cardamon also being relatives of ginger which has a softer taste than the citrusy Galangal.

Ginger is softly sweet and slightly spicy and medicinally it has many benefits. Ginger tea can aid digestion and is a lovely drink.

Ginger Beer… my mum used to make it and I have memories of the corks popping out while it was fermenting in her pantry. She used to feed the root and then pass half on to a friend a bit like we pass on our sough dough or kombucha. I keep saying I am going to start a ginger beer plant as I have happy memories and love a drink of ginger beer.

The true Ginger Beer Plant dates back to around the 1700’s and is not actually a plant at all, instead it is a living organism. This organism forms a gelatinous cluster which moves about within its jar naturally, and used correctly can allow you to make a lifetime’s supply of authentic, naturally fizzy alcoholic Ginger Beer that used to be commonplace in most UK households.

Many recipes now use yeast and I have seen some with sultanas in but they are not true ginger beer plants this recipe is my mum’s. Wash and peel the root first and my mum used tap water but not knowing what is in today’s tap water I would suggest filtered water or mineral water.

Dice a tbsp of the freshly cleaned ginger root into small cubes and place this into a sterilized jam jar three-quarters full of filtered or mineral water.

Add two tsp of white sugar.

Cover the top of the jar with some muslin to allow the air to circulate but protect from foreign bodies or insects falling into the jar.

Leave the jar in an exposed place at room temperature, e.g. a kitchen shelf.

Every day for about a week you need to add two tsp of sugar and two tsp of freshly diced and peeled ginger root.

If after one week the mixture is frothy with a pleasant odour it is ready to use. If it is mouldy discard it and start at the beginning again.

I do suspect it may be the water which is a problem on occasions as my mum didn’t often have that problem. 

Garlic…

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Garlic has been used for several thousands of years a common seasoning used by most people it is also hailed as having numerous health benefits.

Garlic one of my most purchased foods and one I use daily it is also lovely pickled… If you coat the cloves with olive oil and roast them in the oven until they are soft they can then be squeezed and made into a dip.

The Koreans heat the heads of garlic for several weeks and the sweet and syrupy result is sold as black garlic.

Now, who doesn’t love garlic bread and I claim to make the best garlic bread… Garlic toast, bruschetta, crostini all made with garlic are just wonderful…

Garlic powder has a different taste from fresh garlic and if used as a substitute for fresh garlic 1/8 tsp is equivalent to approx 1 clove of garlic.

The garlic leaves are used in cooking here and in many parts of Asia… Cut, cleaned and then stir-fried with eggs, fish, meat or vegetables…they are very nice.

Gribiche… a sauce originating in France made with hardboiled eggs and capers but is it a sauce? A vinaigrette, a mayonnaise or a condiment it seems to get labelled around the world of cuisine as any of those and has evolved over the years as many recipes have …I think I much prefer the original.

Guacamole…first developed by the Aztecs it is a popular dish of Mexican origins and also made all over the world now as an appetizer or side to spicy dishes.

 

Ingredients:

  • I avocado
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 finely chopped shallot or green onion…I prefer shallots
  • I  birds eye chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • Lime juice

Let’s Cook!

Peel and roughly chop the avocado stir in the chopped onion, chilli, tomatoes and the coriander. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Cover bowl with cling film and chill before chill before serving.

Goosefat… Make for the best roast potatoes and it also has a high smoke point. It has also been known as that “old white magic” and used for generations in Europe. Once so prized in France only the aristocracy had permission to eat it… milder than duck fat it has a distinct flavour  and adds a quality of any of your dishes  very versatile you can confit, sauté, bake, roast, baste, pan fry, deep fry and stew and is still widely used in French cuisine.

Gratin… Who doesn’t love a cauliflower cheese or other vegetables coated in a cheese sauce? The meaning is a dish topped with lightly browned bread crumbs or cheese.

 

Garam Masala… I make all my own spices and this is no exception easy to make and it means spices rotate quicker so they are always fresher which one reason why I make my own spice mixes and also it is cost effective and they contain no fillers and nasties like sore bought mixes.

Some ask the question is it the same as curry powder? The answer no…Curry powder contains many of the same ingredients, for example, fenugreek and cumin along with other spices however garam masala consists entirely of pungent spices and has a stronger flavourMasala chettinad spice powder

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamon pods green
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 piece of mace.

Let’s Cook!

Dry roast all your spices individually until warm and fragrant. Leave to cool completely and then grind to a fine powder …I have a little coffee grinder which I use to grind my spices and it works really well prior to that I used a pestle and mortar which is hard work but brilliant as an arm toner.

Store in an airtight container and use within 3 months as the spice will start to lose its potency …If you use a lot of gamma masala then just double or treble the quantities.

Green Papaya… One of my favourites and used all the time here to make Som Tam ( Papaya Salad) I also use them to make mango chutney as although I love Thai food I also love Indian food.

Papaya on tree

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I hope you have enjoyed this walk through some of the culinary ingredients beginning with G and tune in next month for my culinary journey and the letter  H…, Of course, I can immediately think of a couple of spicy culinary ingredients beginning with H…Can You???

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The Culinary Alphabet…The Letter F…

Carol Cook!Culinary Alphabet F

Welcome once again to Carol Cook’s column and today in my culinary trawl we have the Letter F.

I am loving this series as I am discovering terms and names I didn’t know or didn’t think I knew so I hope you are too. You can find me once a month over @ Esme’s Salon

F for me was not as easy as some and not so many terms beginning with F although as I was writing I did think of some more it takes me a while sometimes…getting old…lol

Let’s kick off with the CULINARY ALPHABET…THIS WEEKS LETTER IS F

Falafel, a deep-fried ball, doughnut or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or a combination of both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt. Usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of an assortment of appetizers.

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Fenugreek Now I use this spice in my Indian cooking so that was easy. But for centuries, fenugreek has been used by many for its health benefits as fenugreek is not only nutritious but can provide us with numerous health benefits.

Five-spice powder is also another spice familiar to me and one which I use in my kitchen. Five-spice powder is a spice mixture of five or more spices which is used predominantly in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine and to a lesser degree in Asian and Arabic cookery. If you can’t buy 5 spice powder then it easy to make.

Ingredients:

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