Category Archives: Cooking from scratch

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 25th-31st July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Music, Tokyo, Cherry Blossom and Aime… …

Plastic Free July, ARE you the Change, Music, Culinary A-Z, Thai Dips, Tsukiji Fish Market, #Aime and The Bullet Fruit Tree.

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

August 1st…yes it really is…some August trivia…August 1889 it is said to have rained Ants in Strasburg, Germany…however it is now known that rainfall radar can be hoodwinked by swarms of flying ants?…

What else does the 1st of August bring…?

Lughnassadh, the Celtic first harvest festival…Lughnasadh is the festival that marks the beginning of the harvest. It is held halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, around 1st August…The 1st of August is traditionally known as Lammas Day.

August 1960 Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ was released.  The best exercise music ever! Our favourite music track ever… my hubby is the king of the twist…

Happy memories and he still doesn’t do a bad rendition without any encouragement when he hears this song…

August the 9th  also marks International Day of the World’s Indigenous People’s…This year’s theme is ” Leaving no one behind Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.”

You may ask WHY do we celebrate International Days…International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.

Enough about what’s to come in August lets have a look at last week…

We all love a good news story so here they are…I know I bang the drum about Plastic this is the good news …There are of course always good news stories and we have to remember that…

This fierce-looking Tasmanian Devil a very apt name is one of them…I also love it when my readers tell us of their good news like this one from BeetleypeteCorona Beer has come up with a great idea. No need for plastic rings to secure cans in six-packs, and no shopping bag required, just screw them together and carry them out like a pole!
Tesco is now using brown and black plastic meat trays that are recyclable, unlike the previous clear plastic ones.

Plastic Free July 2021…The Good News Stories…

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is K…

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thingmy followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet for me to blog about…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete was, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…so I hope you have started brainstorming Chel…haha x…although I will extend Chel a period of grace as she is on break and she is gonna be a Mumma again..boy numero 6…Hope you are keeping well Chel x

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter K…

Sometimes a post just strikes a chord and this was one of them from the lovely Pete Springer…

Pete said: Every Olympics, there are human interest stories that capture my attention. I don’t follow women’s gymnastics, but I always enjoy the spirit of competition. One Olympic athlete we may hear more about in the days to come is American gymnast Sunisa “Suni” Lee.

I hope you can watch the videos they are heartwarming…I couldn’t here in Thailand but I did find some on youtube that I could watch.

Suni Lee—Heart of a Champion

I love it when I come across little hacks that work…Don’t you?

Sally over at Smorgasbord Health has treated us to some cracking Health Hacks…who hates getting brain freeze I know I do when I am drinking an ice-cold smoothie…or toothache..nothing worse ..Head over to Sallys and have a read you will be amazed I know I was…#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Some Health Hacks for everyday niggles such as Pins and Needles by Sally Cronin

This week in my kitchen dips for fruit...Fruit is everywhere you go here all nicely cut up and presented with a dip of your choice..of course, I eat fruit whole but some fruits I prefer to buy ready cut it’s easier and the dips are delicious…

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Tropical Friday…we do get some strangely named fruits here…The Bullet Tree Fruit…

The Bullet Wood fruit whose other names include Spanish Cherry, Tanjong Fruit, Indian Medlar and Caqui Fruit…scientific name Manilkara kauki is grown here in Thailand its really another backyard fruit and is generally found on small market stalls where the produce that they sell is from their land and it is generally in small quantities.

Its botanical name is Mimusops elengi L…it has been used by traditional medicine practitioners for centuries and is mentioned in the Ayurvedic Scriptures.

Tropical Friday…The Bullet Wood Fruit…

Saturday Snippets: Today’s word is Tokyo…

The place where ancient and very modern(quirky) meet…The safest city in the world and the one I would most love to visit.

Saturday Snippets 31st July 2021…Tokyo

That’s all for this week thank you so much for joining me…I hope  you all have a fabulous weekend xx

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July18th-24th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Music, Gingerbread Fruit Tree …

Plastic Free July, Be the Change, Music, Environment A-Z, Whitstable Bay Oysters and Gingerbread Fruit Tree.

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

July…for my English family and readers it is wall to wall sunshine…enjoy while it lasts…tomorrow 25th of July is St. James Day he is the Patron Saint of Pilgrims and St. Christophers Day who is the patron Saint of Travellers also Whitstable Bay Oyster Festival from 27th-30th July…next weeks Saturday Snippets will be on the 31st and then the following day we will be in August…

Whitstable Bay Oysters…Some History…

Whitstable Bay Oysters go back in history to the Romans who it is said absolutely loved this defined the history of the town oysters where nearly the entire population was involved in the oyster business.

The Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company whose company history began when The Company of Free Fishers and Dredgers of Whitstable was formed in 1793, becoming the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company in 1895. This company still owns the beds on which our oysters are now produced. The plaque commemorating the firm’s establishment can be seen on the Royal Native Oyster Stores Building, which now houses the renowned Whitstable Oyster Company Fishery restaurant.

The first post last week was…Plastic Free July 2021…Takeaway Food Containers…

Did you know?

The yearly production of plastic stands at more than 380 million tonnes globally. To put that into perspective, we’re talking about the same weight as 2,700,000 blue whales!

Of that huge amount, only 16% is recycled to make new plastics. Some 40% is sent to landfill, 25% is incinerated, and the other 16% is, to be frank about it, dumped…

Plastic Free July 2021…Takeaway Food Containers…

Chicken Pox and Shingles...As children begin school for the first time or return after the long summer break, there is likely to be an outbreak of one of the common childhood infections including chickenpox.

A very contagious childhood disease that can be dangerous for babies and someone like me…generally at my age it manifests as shingles which I haven’t had but I know first-hand some who have and it is not nice…painful and debilitating…Please head over to Smorgasbord as Sally has some good advice on how we can boost our immune systems..and what common sense actions we can take to avoid getting contaminated.#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Chicken Pox and Shingles- The lurking opportunists by Sally Cronin

Wednesday…I was back on my soapbox again with my A-Z of the Environment…

It was the letter L…Landfill, Latex and Lead…I don’t need to tell you how incensed I was to discover that not only is Lead STILL found in leading baby food brands but also Cadium and Mercury…If you buy baby food or know someone who does please think about those precious little brains as very little lead ingested has a detrimental effect…Please alert them.

The Environmental A-Z…the letter L…

This took me nicely into Thursdays post…How easy it is to make your own baby food at home…no special ingredients required you can even use some of your home-cooked food if it is suitable and puree it for the baby just be aware of salt and sugar levels…

In my Kitchen…Starting at the beginning…Feeding Baby…

Tropical Friday’s…The Gingerbread Fruit Tree…

Yes, there really is a fruit that tastes like Gingerbread…kids love it…it makes a lovely refreshing cold drink and has numerous health benefits…

It is the fruit of the Doum Palm which grows in hot arid climates where not much else grows…

Tropical Friday…The Gingerbread Fruit Tree…Doum Palm …

Saturday Snippets…Potluck…

Potluck…Some of you grew up with potluck parties or family gatherings..others of us if we asked what was for dinner were given the answer Potluck…someone mentioned the dishes could be awesome or best avoided…HOWEVER…I have extended an invitation to one and all to join me once a month for a virtual potluck where you can showcase your blog and a recipe…even if you can only cook one dish you are welcome …send me an acceptance in comments or on my contact me page…They will be themed which included all diets, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and carnivores…something for everyone…I will provide the main course unless anyone else has a dying need to do so in the form of a recipe they love…I am easy and the plus side is there is no washing up and dirty plates…

Saturday Snippets… 24th July 2021…Potluck and an Invitation…

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx

CarolCooks2…Week 15…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Onion Bhajees…

Welcome to my kitchen...Onion Bhaji…something I have never made only eaten in an Indian restaurant or as a takeaway(out)… beautifully crispy when eaten in a restaurant and as many take away foods are they lose the crisp when transported generally in a polystyrene container…a better idea would be to wrap in paper or a cardboard container…I digress and an even better idea is to make them from scratch…

Onion Bhajees…

  • 2 large brown Onions…thinly sliced.
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp of ginger grated or minced
  • 1 green/red chilli finely sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp ground fenugreek…my fenugreek is in tiny pieces I tried to grind them boy are they hard…
  • scant tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaf chopped
  • 130 gm gram flour
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda.
  • 1/2- 1 cup water…

Let’s make these onion bhajees…

In a large bowl add the sliced onions.

In a separate bowl add the flours and all the spices whisk to combine then add to the onions and stir until the onions are coated in the powder mix.

Then add and stir your water in a splash at a time this is most important as the batter needs to stick to the onions…I was surprised by how little water I needed…the batter needs to stick to the onion slices.

Heat about 3 inches of oil in your pan then roughly shape a tbsp of the onion mix and keeping it on the spoon lower it into your hot fat…fry depending on your pan size 4-5 bhajees at a time …turning to brown evenly you need them to be a deep golden colour approx 3-4 minutes then drain on a rack…

Scatter with freshly chopped coriander leaves to serve…

The result:

They got the thumbs up from my 3 taste testers…I thought they needed a bit more spice they all disagreed and said with a curry they would be perfect…I would definitely make them again next time maybe I will bake them…x

Do you make your own onion bhajees?…

Thank you so much for popping in today see you tomorrow for Tropical Friday where I bring you tropical fruit some rare and some common but all delicious…x

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter J…

 

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is J…

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thingmy followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet for me to blog about…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete was, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…so I hope you have started brainstorming Chel…haha x

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Aga, Cabbage, Fries and Yucca… how easy that will be who knows I am sure some of the letters of the alphabet could cause the grey matter to rebel or implode…haha…I also don’t want to use plurals to form a word as I may need that word for another letter and it’s sort of cheating I think…unless of course I really get stuck…which I am sure will happen…

Today it is words where the middle letter is J...fairly easy but not so many… it taxed my brain somewhat…Who doesn’t love  Onion Bhajees? variants: or less commonly bhajee or bhajji plural bhajis or bhajia also bhajias or bhajees or bhajjis…it gets complicated sometimes…sigh… but I had fun…Thanx Chel xx

Let’s go and see what I have found…

Onion Bhajees…

Originating from the South Indian state of Karnataka, a bhaji is a deep-fried snack similar to a fritter or tempura. … A popular street food, the onion bhaji consists of just two main ingredients: onions & chickpea flour.

Recipe Tomorrow fresh from my kitchen…

Cajun…

Exactly what is Cajun seasoning, you might ask? It’s a rustic seasoning blend that hails from Louisiana, the home of delicious Cajun cuisine. Everyone tends to have their own spin on it, but in general, it’s a spicy blend featuring lots of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, pepper and oregano…delicious and spicy 🙂

Demijohns…

A bulbous narrow-necked bottle holding from 3 to 10 gallons of liquid, typically enclosed in a wicker cover.

Dijon…

Dijon mustard is a style of prepared mustard that originated in the city of Dijon, France. You will often see it used in vinaigrettes and sauces as well as putting the finishing touch on a sandwich. It is a pale yellow rather than the typical bright yellow American-style mustard. French-inspired dishes that feature Dijon mustard as an ingredient are referred to as “à la dijonnaise.”

Flapjacks…

In the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and Newfoundland a flapjack refers to a baked bar, cooked in a flat oven tin and cut into squares or rectangles, made from rolled oats, fat (typically butter), brown sugar and usually golden syrup. In other English-speaking countries, the same item is called by different names, such as muesli bar, cereal bar, oat bar or (in Australia) a slice.

The snack is similar to the North American granola bar, and in the United States and most of Canada, the term flapjack is a widely-known but lesser-used term for pancake.

Goujons…

Are thin strips of chicken or fish coated in breadcrumbs and then fried or baked.

Our grandkids love what they call KFC chicken...As you know I cook from scratch, therefore, make my own …I either cut a chicken breast into slices or use chicken tenders, then dip in an egg wash and coat with homemade breadcrumbs…I then cook in batches in hot oil until cooked and golden brown then serve with sticky rice and freshly chopped vegetables normally cucumber and cabbage.

Jamjars…

Glass jars used not only for jam making but for pickles…I am not sure why they called jamjars as they have many uses for storage for pickled gherkin, other pickles, marmalade, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, jalapeño peppers, chutneys, pickled eggs, honey, and many others.. as well as jams, and have been around for centuries…jars can be used to hold solids too large to be removed from, or liquids too viscous to be poured through, a bottle’s neck;

My mother always would say get me some jamjars out of the cupboard she never referred to a jamjar as a  Mason Jar and neither have I…maybe mason jar is more of an American or European term…

Marijuana…or Cannabis as it is also known…

Did you know?

Chefs can now earn a Culinary Cannabis Certificate?…neither did I but they can…I have noticed baked goods for sale here which have the familiar leaf on them…I had to ask as I am not familiar with what it is…but I have noticed the leaf being very prominent on baked goods over the last few months…a sign of things to come…. where do I stand on this… medicinally if it helps I am ok with…as for the rest I am not…

Rujak Sauce…

This little dip is a recipe from Bali given to me by my grandson’s girlfriend, it is very easy to make but made more special by the addition of tamarind. 

Called Rujak sauce it is lovely with green mangoes.

  • Take 200 gm of palm sugar shaved.
  • 15 gm of tamarind flesh and 5 tbsp of water leave to infuse for 5 mins and then drain and keep the tamarind flavoured water.
  • 6 or more Thai chillies.
  • 1/4 tsp shrimp paste and 1/4tsp salt.

Blitz all these ingredients together and you have fiery little sauce.

Tajin Maharshi… is a flavourful Lybian dish…

Tajin Maharshi is usually the main meal, but for guests, stuffed vegetables are always just a side dish. It consists of a variety of stuffed vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, and courgettes. The filling is usually prepared with a combination of ground meat, onions, rice, and spices such as chiles, salt, pepper, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Maharshi is a great make-ahead dish, as it tastes even better the next day, and warms up well.

Thank you so much for joining me today…J was quite hard and a bit of a struggle although I am sure there are some I have missed…next time it’s the letter K…a little easier…Baked, Baker and Cooking for example…

See you tomorrow where I will have some  Onion Bharjees fresh from the pan with the recipe see you tomoz xx

 

 

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation.

Welcome to July’s edition of Carol’s Green Kitchen…

This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant-based recipes some lovely stuffed button mushrooms are on the menu this month, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

Today I am looking at bulk buying..it is also Plastic Free July…How to make Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)..so far so good I am excited to try it… it easy and cost-effective .. normally I would compost the apple scraps and eat the apple skins…which means compared to buying ACV it’s a great saving… lots going on so please head over to Smorgasbord and say hello…

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…June 13th-19th June 2021…#Pearls, Whimsy, Music, Stargazy Pie and Mealworms……

Lemon Chicken, Pearls, Music, A-Z and Fathers Day…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

June…the middle of another year…today is Fathers Day  I miss my dad more as every day passes…I miss all the men who have been positive influences in my life and my children’s lives…   I am proud of all my children and the way they have forged their place in the world how they have nurtured their children to take their places in this ever-changing world…Wishing all you dads out there a “Happy Fathers Day

In case you missed any posts this week or love to catch up like I do… snuggle down in your quiet place… get comfy in your favourite corner with a drink of tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine or two…Cheers!

Fact:…Age and glasses of wine should so not be counted.. on that note, for last Monday I give you one of our truly loved, tried and tested recipes…Lemon Chicken…

Age and glasses of wine should never be counted!

Researching is one of my favourite pastimes…although the internet can be such a dark place in some hands it is also the source of much information from around the world…A-Z  with the middle letter being the feature IS not as easy as it sounds but it has expanded my culinary knowledge …I do hope it has expanded yours…

Pho, although it is the National dish of Vietnam, is also a popular dish around Asia…Pilchards which I love and the ancient recipe for Stargazy pie plus who knew how many uses there were for eggshells?

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter H…Stargazy Pie with Pilchards…

It had the desired effect and shocked a few who declined never to ever partake although I do think as the industry is growing that at some point it will be an acceptable food choice for many…Me…I prefer ant eggs they make a lovely spicy salad called Koi Khai Mod Dang ก้อยไข่มดแดง and in a soup, you wouldn’t know UNLESS TOLD and they are highly nutritious…

This soup is made using Meliantha a Thai herb, Oyster Mushrooms and ants eggs ..it is delicious and nutritious.

Would you eat me?…Banana Worm Bread…

Backache…can be very debilitating and the figures are shocking…Sally address all of this in her post and offers some ideas for relief …#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Backache by Sally Cronin

Saturday Snippets…my inspiration this week came from Teagan and her brilliant series ” The Delta Pearl”Teagan is the ultimate storyteller whose imagination knows no bounds…You must hop on board I promise you that you will be spellbound…

I have so much fun researching just using a word …I discovered much with a connection to Pearls…far too much for one post and I hope I picked a flowing mix and that you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it…xx

Saturday Snippets…19th June 2021…Pearls…

That’s it for today…I know I haven’t been posting my regular posts as much but my thoughts are elsewhere much of the time…My darling daughter has an MRI scan tomorrow where we will know the extent of her cancer and the treatment plan…Thank you to those of you who have Lauren in their prayers…xx

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx