Category Archives: Cook from scratch with Sally and Carol

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations – The First Day of Christmas with guests Mary Smith, Jacquie Biggar and John W. Howell

The 1st day of Christmas courtesy of Sally @ Smorgasbord and what a treat you have in store and if like me you haven’t made your mincemeat then the recipe is here 🙂 Enjoy!

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Welcome to the first of the Twelve Days of Christmas party where guests will share their best ever Christmas presents ever…and there will be food, drink and of course music and to get you into the spirit of the season.. here are some choristers with particular appeal..

I tried to remember the first Christmas that I was aware of as a child. I must have got the general idea of the concept of presents quite young as at age seven when we moved to Malta I began the practice of putting a pillowcase on the end of my bed from around mid-October…. I think this ticked my mother off somewhat because she sat me down at the beginning of December and told me that Father Christmas did not exist and that from now on I would have my presents around the tree like my two sisters who were in their…

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Christmas Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cranberries – #bittersweet

Healthy and oh so delicious that little bright red berry packs a punch of health benefits and flavour when using in cooking.

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Here is another of our posts where I share the nutritional benefits of an ingredient and Carol Taylor incorporates it in a delicious recipe. Next week Carol will be back to share some of her creations from her Thai kitchen offering you some alternative delicacies to eat over the festive season.

This week… ..Cranberries – a bitter berry which has a long history in medicinal terms and is still used today in certain over the counter preparations.

Cranberrieshave a documented medicinal history and were used by the Native American Indians as a nutritious addition to their diet normally sweetened with honey as of course the berries are very tart. The Indians also used the berries in poultices for wounds as they recognised the antibacterial and antibiotic effect of the fruit even if they could not scientifically prove these properties. Colonists, who had been introduced to the berry…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Onions and Garlics – Keep the Vampires and the doctor away!

Thank you, Sally, a lovely update on our Onions and Garlic post something which we eat a lot of always so many health benefits as well 🙂 xxx

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I will be resharing some of our joint Cook from Scratch posts that Carol Taylor and I posted last year.. And since it is Halloween... it seems appropriate to give you plenty of reasons to liberally consume onions and garlic… it might keep the vampires off you tonight.

Welcome to this week’s post where Carol Taylor and I hope to give you reasons and recipes to include some of nature’s medicine cabinet in your daily diet. Today some really basic vegetables that add taste and nutrition that can help boost your immune system and have been utilised for 1000’s of years by ancient cultures for the treatment of disease.

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Despite the current emphasis on healthy eating and weight, not many of us look at a plate of food and separate the ingredients out according to their nutritional or therapeutic benefits.  However, many foods have a long and distinguished…

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A rerun of one of our most popular posts on Honey…From Sally the health benefits of this lovely liquid and from me the recipes…I hope you enjoy!

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via Smorgasbord Health Column Rewind – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol – Honey: Nectar of the Gods

I hope you have enjoyed this rerun of this post on honey if you have please share on your favourite social media and have a happy Wednesday xx

Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup…Stink Beans, Stuffed Peppers and Safe traveling tips.

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A tad behind this week… Just circumstances and the fact I had my nose in a book…Yesterday I went on a road trip to get little Lily who wanted to come and stay with us for a few days…At least then her mummy can weed the rice and not have to keep an eye on Lil’s who is just off to the pool with her brother and dad having just thrashed grandad at snap…Lol…I think he does let her win most of the time…

I hope by now you are used to the routine and have your favourite beverage and are comfy and ready to have a good read, there are some cracking recipes from me and Sally so maybe have a snack handy as well as you might be a tad hungry by the time you have finished reading.

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My first post of the week was my take on Old Bay seasoning ..I make all of my spice mixes and I find it then means 1.I know what is in it and 2. I have a better, quicker rotation of spices hence they are fresher and the third it is much cheaper…Cost-effective…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/how-to-make-old-bay-seasoning/

 

Then as so often different terms and names are applied to the same product or produce around the world…The internet can be a wonderful thing but can also cause much confusion with terms so I hope I have cleared a few of them up for you I am sure there are many more.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/you-call-it-what/

It was then Sally’s turn with a beautiful sounding recipe for stuffed peppers and fajitas which I thought was worth a share… Thank you, Sally 🙂

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-stuffed-peppers-and-fajitas/

 

Bootcamp…With some healthy and tasty foods for those hot summer days which many of you are enjoying around the globe and healthy does not mean boring and tasteless…Forget about those bland rice crackers and the like …There is food here to enjoy and savour…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/healthy-summer-eating-how-to-eat-great-tasty-food-and-lose-weight/

Wednesdays mean my weekly cookery column over at Sally’s and this week it was Rice…my favourite carb and of which there are so many different varieties…Recipes both sweet and savoury just for you to enjoy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-carol-cooks-rice-savoury-and-sweet/

Stink Beans do to your urine what asparagus does … Makes it a little smelly but paired with some hot spicy curry paste and pork it is a lovely thing and a very popular dish here in Thailand …

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/down-on-the-farm-spicy-pork-with-stinky-beans-mu-baan-phat-prik-sa-tor/

Back over to Sally whose Health advice is invaluable and in layman’s terms means I can understand it… Many chronic conditions can be helped not always cured but helped by changes to our diets. I mean if you do that and cut down on tablets and medicines is that not better? I think so… who wants to rattle when shaken?…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-manganese-and-the-link-to-asthma/

Sally is kindly reposting a few of my archived posts on a Thursday and this one is a beautiful red Lily Lake..wetlands full of wildlife and very beautiful when the Lily’s are in bloom.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-the-red-lotus-sea-lake-thailand-by-carol-taylor/

Those of you who know well know how much I dislike most manufactured foods and products and that if I can make a great tasting substitute then I will…This is my third different protein shake and it came a close second to my favourite raspberry and beet protein shake.

 

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Lastly, my fellow blogger, Debby has joined our team over at Sally’s with a travel column and it is great …There is no one better suited than our Deb to host a travel column and already I have picked up some great tips and ones which could save me both money and a travel disaster…Well worth a read…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-part-three-preparing-for-a-safe-trip/

I hope you have enjoyed this varied roundup…If you have please feel free to reblog or share on your favourite social media xxx

I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating, or anything else…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.

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Enjoy your Sunday and I hope your week ahead is a glorious one, be happy and mindful xx

Retired No One Told me! Weekly roundup…Bubble berries, Bread and Bacon…

Welcome to my weekly roundup slightly late as it has been one of those weeks…A bitty week when I haven’t got as much done…Do you get them???

Anyway, here I so get your favourite drink, a comfy seat, feet up and relax…

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Fruity Fridays is the first post of the week and what a pretty little berry it is…I love the name Bubble berry it suits it so well and made into a chutney on some lovely brown bread with some goats cheese it really is tasty…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/fruity-friday-the-inca-berry/

Thinking of food again..I had a lovely curry yesterday with my favourite black rice or raspberry rice as they call it …we grow a small amount on the farm and I really like it …

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My favourite curry and you can see how much I love coriander, can’t you? but look at that lovely rice it really has a beautiful taste… Recipe for the curry will follow soon maybe next week…

Travel Thailand was next and a lovely little temple very quirky… a mixture of old and new and one I had driven past daily for a few years and it was only after I moved away from the area that I visited it..so typical that you don’t often see what is on your doorstep…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/travel-thailand-wat-srisoonthorn-phuket/

I then got all … well, you know me by now and on occasions, something starts me thinking and away I go…All I will say is Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…

Melientha Soup

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/quiet-the-mind-and-the-soul-will-speak-ma-jaya-sati-bhagavati/

No to Diets and yes to healthy Eating…This week I talked about growing your own, communal gardens letting your kids help cook and garden which encourages them to eat and also to start to question exactly what is in your food…Be aware…Those pesky, greedy manufacturers have had their own way too long…We need to fight back…Don’t buy it! Simples!

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/healthy-eating-no-to-diets-eat-yourself-slim/

Before I knew it it was Wednesday… Carol’s Cookery Column over at Sally’s … Slightly different this week as it was a joint effort… I cooked and cured the bacon and ham, baked the bread and made some yummy Jalapeno Poppers and baked not deep fried so a bit healthier and our Sally made the Mayo…There is nothing like freshly made mayo and her banana dip caught my eye as well as being something different …If that hasn’t made you hungry then nothing will…More for us…hehe

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Lastly, I had to reblog Debby’s post over at Sally’s, she is the Queen of the cruises after all and what I knew about cruising you could write on a postage stamp… I now feel equipped and all fired up to take a cruise… it was a very well written and informative post on the do and don’ts …Of cruising!

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-cruises-part-two-ship-tips/

I hope now you are rested and ready to go and have enjoyed the read…xxx

That’s all for this week let me know how you get on in comments I love to hear from you…

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Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx