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The Culinary Alphabet…The letter W…

It is that time of the month when I am over at Esme’s Salon...This month I am exploring ingredients beginning with the letter W…

The Culinary Alphabet ...The Letter W (1)

Can you believe it, we are getting close to the end of this culinary series.

Welcome to this month’s edition where I am exploring some culinary delights beginning with the letter W…

Walnuts

Classed as one of the world’s healthiest foods the Walnut originated in the Mediterranean region and Central Asia and has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. These nuts are rich in omega-3 fats and contain higher amounts of antioxidants than most other foods.

Walnut-shell

Walnut showing kernel.

If you’re looking for a snack food that lowers your cholesterol levels, research shows that you should get cracking! Ha Ha… In a study published by The Medical Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that people who munched their way through 1.5 oz of whole walnuts 6 days a week for 1 month lowered their total cholesterol by 5.4% and LDL cholesterol by 9.3%.

Wasabi

Wasabi aka Japanese Horseradish is so rare that the wasabi you eat with your sushi probably only contains about 5% wasabi. Wasabi is harvested by hand and takes about 18 months…That surprised me…Does it surprise you? It is hard to grow and takes time…Which in turn pushes up the cost to the consumer…

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Water Bath

Quite simply a water bath is simply a pan of hot water placed in the oven, this method has two benefits when baking. First, a water bath adds moisture to the oven and this is important for baking foods like cheesecakes, which tend to crack from the heat of the oven, or custards which can become rubbery without moist heat.

Water Chestnuts

Wandering around a food market in Wanon, Northern Thailand…and losing myself among the sights and smells of beautiful tempting Thai food. I spied a few fruits and vegetables which were unknown to me and this one. Although once I knew what it was then I recognised the taste ….without knowing the name I was puzzled I sort of knew the taste but didn’t connect the dots…lol

We were talking and looking for these a few weeks ago when were thinking about what to cook for dinner and reminiscing about the Chinese food we remembered having years ago with these crunchy water chestnuts in..you never got many just a few slices… I was then looking in the shops at imported goods to see if I could them and no luck…Then there they were the other day right under my nose and fresh ones….strange world… When your thoughts take you unexpectedly to what you were looking for.

Usually available in specialty groceries or supermarkets, they should be washed thoroughly and peeled with a sharp knife, especially if to be eaten raw. At this point, adding a few drops of lemon juice keeps them from turning brown when steamed or sautéed.

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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!

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

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…

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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.

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!

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

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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

Ehyptian-lamb-flatbreads

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

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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

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/papaya-salad-one-of-thailands-iconic-dishes/

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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Retired no one told me…Weekly roundup…The letter B, blood pressure and Jalapenos.

Carol's weekly update 22 march

Welcome to another weekly roundup of my posts and what a week it was last week I finally got back on-line properly after nearly a week on Sunday…

Starting the weekly roundup was my post for the recipe for Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese…They are really quite yummy and judging by the response the post got so did many others think so as well.

Stuffed jalapenos cooked

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/jalapeno-poppers-with-bacon/

Next was my monthly post over on the Recipe Hunter...It was the letter B in my trawl of the culinary alphabet… Not many of you had heard of Barding which sort of surprised me …If you haven’t either then all will be revealed and so much more if you read the post.

THE Culinary Alphabet collage letter B

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-b/

It was then Fruity Friday but it was not published until the Sunday when I was finally back online.

Not being able to get on-line sort of threw me somewhat and it has been a funny week this week I have felt a bit disjointed and not quite with it…

Monday saw the re-posting of one of my older posts about Healthy foods which may help reduce the blood pressure…Again a very popular post…Blood pressure is something so many people suffer from and much can be done by exercising and looking at what you eat…Moderation...my word of the year…haha

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/healthy-food-which-may-help-to-reduce-your-blood-pressure-and-recipes/

Bootcamp was next… How to eat the foods you love and lose weight…Moderation and no excuses is my mantra…as if we don’t follow a sensible eating plan then we are just letting ourselves down…No one else just yourself!

No More Excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Now I eat meat...Yes, I do and fish… But I also like meat-free days…My friend Richard whom I first met in Phuket and who moved to Germany shares his love of cooking with me…We both love experimenting and he made this awesome Chilli with lentils...He also made a Thai dish with lentils which I will share with you very soon…

Richards vegetarian chilli

Lentils I can do…It’s this Tofu which I haven’t yet tried and my OFFER is still open if anyone cooks with Tofu please share with me and I will promote you on my blog if you have tried and tested recipes with Tofu you can guest post…I DON’T AND HAVEN’T EATEN TOFU…EVER…DO I WANT TO? NOT PARTICULARLY….I am being honest here…Tempt my taste buds!

I try most things...Come on this is the girl who eats ants eggs, crispy fried insects and has tried fermented fish and Durian…Not Tofu! NOT YET!

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love-5/

Wednesday it was over to Sally’s for my weekly Food column and this week I had a recipe for some lovely lemongrass skewers,,,I was watching MKR today and two of the contestants made some quite similar but moulded the meat mix around sugar cane which sounded very nice although I love lemon so would probably prefer using lemongrass skewers still.

cropped-for-web Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-lemon-grass-chicken-and-jamaican-chicken-wings/

 

I hope you enjoy these roundups I like them as I can catch up all in one place …I hope you all have a brilliant weekend wherever you are…xxx

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