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School Days, Reminiscences of Carol Taylor

School Days…How many of us were told they were the Best Days of our life? How many of us echoed that to our children and got to see the same look of disbelief? Almost all of us I am guessing…Kudos to all the good teachers out there because there are many of you so take a bow 🙂 x

Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

This week, I am pleased to introduce Carol Taylor who blogs at CarolCooks2 and writes about food, health, cooking, the environment and life in general, but especially in Thailand. I enjoy her positive outlook and the honesty with which she writes. I first met Carol at Sally Cronin’s where she contributes a regular column about food and cooking. She has taken a great interest in the school days reminiscences shared by others and was happy to join in the conversation sharing her own.

Before we begin the interview, I’ll allow Carol to tell you a little of herself:

Enjoying life in The Land of Smiles I am having so…

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: Guest Author Carol Taylor #Author#Blogger#Essay#Family#Food#Dogs

Thank you so much to Patty and King Campbell for letting me spread the word about Soi Dogs and their wonderful work and for giving me some time to talk and answer Patty’s questions … Enjoy!

Please pop over to read the whole interview and comment as Patty and King Campbell who is a seeing-eye dog/guide dog I am not sure of the exact term but they do a wonderful job…See you there xxx

Campbells World

Good morning again campbellsworld visitors.

We open this week’s Author’s Corner with a fabulous guest.

We have here with us, none other than the famous author blogger CarolCooks2. Yes, that’s right. It’s Carol Taylor, live and in person right here in our very own Author’s Corner.

Way back in June, she answered my call to action request for guest authors, and not only did she answer, but she, like Sally Cronin took my questionnaire and wrote an essay for me to share with you.

So, without further delay I give you, Carol.

*&$%^ Hold on! Wait! King Campbell here, please excuse the interruption. My human mother who is very smart, is also very forgetful. She has forgotten to introduce a most important guest who appears here with Human Carol.

So, before we read this awesome essay, please let me introduce Dog Saangchai who is here with his human mother.

Now…

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Guest author: Sally Cronin ~ Why I am skipping old age and looking forward to my second childhood instead

Ahhhh as always I can relate…Haven’t smocked a dress for years but remember it as if it was yesterday and definitely the second list for me..so much more fun and frolics…I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to get your copy of Sally’s new book 🙂 xxx

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It is always a pleasure to have Sally over as a guest, especially when she is writing about an issue so close to my heart:

My thanks to Sue for the invitation to write a post for her today… always lovely to be over on her spectacular and eclectic blog.

Sally aged 7 years old – looking forward and not back

Why I am skipping Old Age and embarking on my Second Childhood instead.

I have researched the delights of Old Age rigorously, in an effort to determine if I want to actually accept the title. I looked after my mother for several years in her late 80s to her mid-90s, and I would say that she was young at heart until dementia robbed her of that at age 92.

She said that she felt the same inside as she had as a young woman, despite the wrinkles and…

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Healthy Eating…No to diets…Tofu

 

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Welcome it’s that time again when you never know what I am going to say and neither do I half the time…It just flows once the fingers touch the keyboard…

As you know by now I have been having a few rants and also telling how I know absolutely nothing about tofu…Tofu well this tofu virgin is no more I have cooked my first tofu dish today a recipe from my blogging friend Dolly from Kookkoscherkitchen…

But before I give you my verdict and tell you what I think the lovely Tori has written a guest post about the said Tofu…Welcome, Tori and over to you my dear…

Drumroll please Maestro!

First of all, thanks to Carol for inviting me to post on her blog.

So… I’ve been a full-time vegetarian for about ten years.  I say it like that because I’ve had what my brother calls ‘vegetarian phases’ since I was a small child, where I’d refuse to eat meat, and giving me any would result in it either sitting on my plate uneaten or ending up in the dog.  But even my brother has to acknowledge this is more than a ‘vegetarian phase’ this time since I haven’t eaten any animal products beyond eggs and cheese – and some would argue honey – in about ten years.

There’s a lot I don’t know about a lot of things, including cooking.  But I have tried some new foods since becoming a vegetarian and learned one or two things about them in the process.  One of those foods is tofu.

As I mentioned to Carol when she asked if I’d like to do a post for her blog, I’m far from being an expert on tofu.  However, since I have picked up a few things over the years, and there are those who don’t know the first thing about what they’re meant to do with tofu, I thought I’d share a couple of tips to help anyone thinking of trying tofu get started.

So, here are my tips.  Others may have different opinions, but here’s what I have to say about tofu:

  1. Tofu works for sweet and savoury dishes.

Most people use tofu to make savoury dishes.  To be honest, that’s how I usually use it.  However, it can also be used to make sweet dishes.

Some ideas for using it include:

  • As a meat substitute in salads, curries, etc. It especially works well as a chicken substitute.  Just grill or fry it, and add it to your favourite dish.  I especially love it with sweet and sour sauce and boiled rice.
  • In the place of scrambled eggs. Scramble up some tofu, add some tomatoes and hash browns (or slices of fried potato) and you have a tasty breakfast that even a vegan will eat.
  • As a dairy free or vegan-friendly ‘cream cheese’ substitute. Silken tofu especially can be used in the place of dairy alternatives to make desserts like cheesecake vegan-friendly, or even just to reduce the dairy intake of someone who isn’t vegan.
  1. The type of recipe determines the kind of tofu you need.

Whether you need firm or silken tofu depends on the type of recipe you’re making.  As a rule of thumb, use firm for savoury recipes, and silken for sweet ones.  You can do it the other way around, but using firm for savoury recipes and silken for sweet ones yields the best results.  At least, I think so.

  1. Don’t forget to marinate your tofu.

No matter what recipe you’re using it in, you absolutely must marinade your tofu.  Tofu has no real flavour of its own, so takes on the flavours of whatever it’s marinated in.  This is why it can be used to do both sweet and savoury dishes.  So marinade your tofu for at least a little while before cooking.  If you don’t, you’ll have something tasteless that will be like eating a sponge.  At least, I imagine it would be like eating a sponge; having not eaten any sponges, I’m only guessing as to the taste comparison.

Beyond that, experiment, and remember: just because you don’t like it prepared one way, doesn’t mean you don’t like tofu at all.  If you try it and don’t enjoy it the first time, try it a couple of different ways before you decide you don’t like it.

One final comment: tofu – in case you don’t know – is what’s left after the liquid is drained from soya beans to make soya milk.  If you have an allergy to soy products, you should avoid trying tofu.

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Bio:

Tori - September 2015

Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids.  Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future.  She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Links:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

Thank you so much, Tori, I now know a little more about Tofu…My experiment in the kitchen went well today I didn’t realise Tofu held so much water…

I made a recipe from Dolly @ Koolkosherkitchen Did we like it?… I wasn’t sure on the texture but will take Tori’s advice and try another recipe..The sauce was lovely and the sesame seeds added a bit of toastiness and texture it was the tofu, not a feeling I am used to with food a bit spongy but will try again as I have some tofu left.

tofu with sesame seeds

Thank you once again to Tori for chatting to us about Tofu… please pay her a visit and say hello she would love to hear from you…

I have certainly learnt more about tofu today I hope for those of you who were like me now know a little more if you enjoyed this post please share on your social media…Thank you xx

 

Christmas Recipes: Homemade Stuffing

Christmas Turkey or Christmas dinner would not be the same without stuffing now would it…Here are some of my festive stuffings for you…I hope you enjoy and my thanks go to Esme for having me over to guest post on her wonderful blog…Please pop over and have a look there are some lovely recipes from around the world and all tried and tested 🙂

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Wow..where does the time go??? We think we have lots of time and then that clock just whizzes around and before we know it…Christmas is upon us…

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Sauces and chutneys from around the world

Many thanx to Esme for letting me guest post…This month it is sauces and chutneys from around the world 🙂 Enjoy!

EsmeSalon

BEETROOT CHUTNEY THAI DIP CRANBERY MANGO BREAD SAUCE

Hello again. I hope you enjoyed my post on Bread last month…Have you tried any of the recipes yet…If so it would be lovely to hear from you how they turned out or even better if you shared them on TRH Facebook group we would love to see you there.

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