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Halloween Recipes….Will you dare to try a black bean burger and black bun??

Halloween...not something I have ever really celebrated but I know my American family celebrate Halloween big time…..So I have put on my researcher’s cap and found an interesting recipe for black burger buns and black burgers which are made from black beans so this one is for all my veggie friends…

Not forgetting that in the US it’s National Pumpkin Month I have a lovely pumpkin soup with which no Halloween table should be without and not forgetting the kiddie winks some lovely little ghost cakes…all in all, something for everyone from the wacky ( I will try ) anything to my little fairy friends who love a cake or two…

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Ingredients:

Makes 12 cakes.

8 oz butter plus extra for greasing
8 oz castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 large eggs
8 oz self-raising flour
Icing sugar for dusting
12 cake cases for baking and a muffin tin

1 x 24 oz box white rolled fondant icing
1 tube of black Writing Icing

Orange and green gel colouring if doing the pumpkin cakes.

Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time adding a tbsp of flour with each egg. Beat well and fold in the remaining flour gently. If your mix is a little thick add some milk.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spoon the batter into the cake cases and fill each cake case until just over half full. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

Dust your work surface with the icing sugar and roll out the fondant icing. Cut out circles to drape over the cakes. You can use a saucer as a guide. Drape these over the sponge cakes to form ghosts. From the trimmings either use a mini cutter to cut out some tiny white oval shapes or roll out some tiny balls of white icing into oval shapes. Dampen them with a little water and stick them onto the front of the ghost. Use a blob of black writing icing for the pupils of the eyes.

To make the little pumpkin ones just add a little gel food colouring to the white fondant icing and mark and decorate as per the picture.

Even the kids would love to help decorate these as they are so easy to make and it would be such fun for them.

My recipe for Squash/pumpkin soup.

Ingredients:
1 small squash/pumpkin, peeled and deseeded. Cut into pieces.
1 brown onion, peeled and cut up
1 carrot washed and cut
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Piece fresh ginger finely chopped
2/3 Broccoli stalks, peeled and cubed (I always save the broccoli stalks) for when I make soup. Waste not, want not and I think it is ideal for soups for flavour.
1-1½ litres fresh chicken stock or stock cubes.

Let’s Cook!
Heat a glug of olive oil and gently cook garlic ginger and onion to just soften and not colour.
Add other vegetables gradually and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes, then add stock and seasoning.
Simmer gently for about an hour or until vegetables are lovely and soft and remove from heat. I let it cool down a little before I blend.
This makes a lovely vegetable soup but I also use it as a base and freeze it in portions.
When I reheat the soup I add little-dried chilli flakes and 1 or 2 tbsp of coconut milk.
It just gives it a creamy flavour.
Sometimes I add crushed lemongrass stalk and a little fish sauce, it depends on how I feel, it is a versatile soup base so play with it, have fun.
Add some curry powder, a squeeze or 2 of lime juice or coriander, whatever you fancy.

For Halloween, this soup would also look very nice served in a hollowed-out pumpkin.

To serve you can add some lovely crouton and some basil..maybe a few roasted pumpkin seeds whatever you fancy even some crispy bacon bits or crispy fried shallots…

Enjoy!

Halloween Black Squid ink sauce.

A  dark, spooky-looking little sauce to whip up to add to your burgers on Halloween if you dare!

Ingredients:

Squid Ink…some places sell just the ink or if you want to get down and messy you can extract your own ink from the squid. I haven’t given quantities as it will vary from person to person as to the taste… Have fun and experiment!

Tomato Ketchup, Balsamic Vinegar and Salt n Pepper to season.

Really easy add all the ingredients together and whisk to combine adjust to taste as necessary…Simples…

Now for the piece de resistance.

Charcoal burger with a black bean burger patty.

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Full instructions are given here..yes I chickened out making it myself..The recipe comes complete with warnings about charcoal and the best one to use …It is actually a very good post with some awesome comments and tips as well…I will hand you over to the very capable Purgatory Burger maker

If you do make one please let me know how it turned out… But wouldn’t they look awesome at your Halloween party and they have no nasty colourings or anything…

Although I haven’t made this myself Lily and me when shopping the other day…Popped into…shock horror…Burger King…we sampled their Halloween Burger…A black charcoal bun, onion rings, bacon, cheese and a burger plus some ketchup…it was ok…I didn’t like rings (not)very flavoursome but I have tried a charcoal burger..maybe I will make my own but only if I get a request and the kiddos keep on…

So that’s my processed food for the foreseeable a treat or not(it)wasn’t the best is ok now and again…

I hope you enjoy these slightly unusual recipes.  stay safe and laugh a lot as it’s Free and not much in this life is now…xx

 

 

Fang-Tastic Friday … Chilli Con Carne and Halloween Trivia…

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I am sure by now that those of you who really go all out for Halloween have got all your porches and homesteads superbly decorated…..please send your pictures I love to see them I have never lived anywhere where Halloween is celebrated…we have always celebrated Harvest festival with beautiful loaves shaped like sheaves of corn …lots of beautiful root vegetables, Apple Pies and hymns like “We Plough the Fields and Scatter” I can still hear the words in my head…Anyway enough of my maudlin…its all about Halloween…

A great chilli recipe for when it’s cold and blowy outside…I think a lovely big pan of chilli goes down well with most,  A lovely jacket potato especially if it is cooked in the coals of your BBQ or fire or my favourite was when my mum used to roast chestnuts in the ash pan underneath the fire…

Chilli Con Carne … Carol’s Way…

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Ingredients:

  • 500 gm lean minced Beef
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 red or yellow pepper chopped or mix all the colours I do if I have leftovers to use.
  • 3/4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1-3 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 pint of fresh-made beef or vegetable stock
  • 400 gm fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp sugar…I sneak this in when no one is looking as it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 410 gm can red kidney beans, drained or pre-soaked dried kidney beans.

Let’s Cook!
Put the olive oil in a large pan and heat add the chopped onions, garlic, ginger, bay leaves and cumin seeds cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes.
I like to add my cumin seeds with the onions as it brings out their full flavour and we love cumin.
Add the minced meat and cook, stirring until nicely browned.
Add the tomatoes, stock, peppers and tomato puree stirring in well and bring to a soft simmer.
Add the paprika, marjoram and sugar.
Cook for 20 minutes now this is where I taste and add more chilli and usually more cumin seeds and then add the drained kidney beans and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice and sour cream sprinkled with smoked paprika ( optional)

Enjoy!

Halloween Trivia! Did you know?

The 1978 blockbuster, Halloween, was only made in 21 days on a very limited budget.

My second Chilli recipe from a friend of mine …Richard and it is his vegetarian chilli…Thank Richard it is very nice. It is Richards recipe with a Thai twist and tasty…

Vegetarian Chilli with lentils.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chillies
  • 125 gm mushrooms chopped
  • A handful of chopped green beans
  • 100 gm black lentils
  • 1 tbsp each of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar
  • Basil Leaves

Then cook as normal ensuring lentils are cooked through.

The instructions are as I received them as Richard obviously knows I can cook…lol

For anyone needing more details then cook as my chilli recipe above but adding lentils instead of the meat. I did add a couple more tomatoes and some kidney beans to Richards original recipe…I also soaked my lentils… he doesn’t as he likes his lentils al dente…

Cooking is all about personal taste and I sometimes just chuck it in the pot and take it from there… That’s how I cook most of the time and TASTE…

Enjoy!

Did you know?

Pumpkins are not only orange, but also white, blue, and green?

Some mocktails for the kiddywinks.

Did you know?

Hundreds of vampire clubs and societies exist and claim to have real vampires as their members.

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They may have had dental work on their teeth but really vampires?? What do you think ??

Have you got any favourite Halloween recipes you would like to share next Friday if so message me and I will showcase them and link back to you 🙂 x

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

 

CarolCooks2…National Pumpkin Month…Thai Pumpkin Soup with prawns or crabmeat.

 

National Pumpkin Month

 

October is not only National Pumpkin Month it is also National Apple Month...both beautiful cooking ingredients that deserve a mention … these ingredients are ones that I use a lot in my kitchen…therefore over the month of October, most of my recipes will make use of these lovely ingredients…Starting with a beautiful pumpkin soup today.

Halloween…Love it or hate it….there are some lovely recipes around and if you live in colder climes just what the doctor ordered to keep away those winter chills.

This recipe is an authentic Thai recipe … Pumpkins and squash grow very well in Thailand and are found on every market stall and on every street food stall so much is done with this versatile vegetable lots of lovely Thai desserts and soups…but I digress this lovely soup would look equally at home in your hollowed out Halloween pumpkin shell and add a bit of Thai spice to your table. If you have small pumpkins then hollowed out they would make wonderful receptacles for the soup and look beautiful served as individual portions.

Ingredients:

  • 400 gm  pumpkin peeled and diced into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 tsp white peppercorn
  • 2 coriander roots
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass  very finely sliced
  • 3 small shallots diced
  • 1 tsp fermented shrimp paste…You will be able to purchase this from most Asian stores or online.
  • 300 ml of prawn stock…I always keep my prawn heads and bits in the freezer until I have enough to make some stock.
  • 700 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp roasted chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 16 prawns /shrimp, peeled and deveined or crab meat
  • A handful of fresh Thai basil leaves save some for garnish
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil to stir-fry

Let’s Cook!

Firstly pound the peppercorns and the coriander root into a smooth paste. Then in a large saucepan, over medium heat stir-fry the peppercorn/coriander root paste, pumpkin, lemongrass, onions and shrimp paste, stirring all the time for about 3 minutes until all those lovely Thai flavours are released.

Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan with a lid and cook very gently for about 20 minutes until the pumpkin is soft, stirring occasionally.

Next, transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend with the shrimp stock until smooth. Pour back into a saucepan and add the coconut cream and bring to a slow gentle boil.

Add your seasonings, lime, fish sauce, sugar, chilli paste and stir to combine, add your prawns/ crabmeat and cook for 1-2 minutes…Now taste and adjust seasoning if required.

Remove from the heat and pour into a serving bowl or bowls. Stir in the basil leaves and garnish with extra leaves.

 

The true Thai way is to also garnish with spring onions or garlic stems, some fried crispy garlic or chicken skin and it always looks so vibrant and you just want to dive in and drown in the lovely flavours.

Enjoy!

During the month of October, I will have more Halloween/Pumpkin or Apple recipes for you….until then stay safe, laugh a lot as and you know what I am going to say…Laughter is the best medicine and it is FREE…x

 

Fang-Tastic Recipes and Halloween Tales…

Halloween is just a few days away now so I am sure you have all got your decorations up and your food made or planned…

Firstly I have a recipe for some lovely allergy free mummies as I know many people have peanut allergies and this lady has recipes and tips if you have allergies. So please pop over to her blog and have a look…

allergy free mumie bars

https://foodallergypi.com/2018/09/27/allergy-friendly-mummy-bars-biscoff-mummies/

Don’t they look cute?

Last week I posted a recipe for a satay sauce and was asked if I had an alternative recipe for anyone who has a nut allergy…

My research came up with a recipe that used sunflower seed butter…instead of peanut butter.

Sunflower seeds are healthier, the butter is easy to make at home just like peanut butter and tahini  about 10 mins and you have a lovely seed butter.

Once your butter is made you can now make a lovely nut-free satay sauce…

  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/4-1 red chilli
  • 1/4 tin coconut milk
  • 2tsp tamarind juice

Saute the shallot and chilli in a little olive oil until soft then add the tamarind, sunflower seed butter and the coconut milk stir and cook on a low heat for 5-10 mins then leave to cool.

Your nut-free satay sauce is ready to use…

Did you know??? 

The next full moon occurs during Halloween this year…

The last Halloween that had a full moon was in 2001 and the next full moon on Halloween after this tear (2020) won’t occur until 2039.

Do you know ?? 

In the correct spelling of the word Halloween, where is the apostrophe placed?

Between the two e’s (Hallowe’en)

Did you know?? 

 In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Canada…Here is the line from the newspaper:

The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.

“‘Trick or Treat’ Is Demand,” Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta), November 4, 1927, p. 5, dateline Blackie, Alberta, Nov. 3.

A Halloween Cocktail.  this awesome tipple a Spicy Mexican Michelada which is similar to Bloody Mary ( my fave) but made with beer and clam juice…

Some stores sell just clam juice and some sell a mixture of clam juice and tomato juice…either will do but for a truly Mexican one clam juice plus tomato juice is a tad better…

Some more Halloween Trivia...

The round orange pumpkins that are used for most jack o’ lanterns today are native to what continent?

North America…The oldest pumpkin-related seeds were found in Mexico and were dated to sometime between 7000 and 5500 BC.

 What was the most popular Halloween costume for pets in 2020?

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Pumpkin…Next up was a hot dog, undoubtedly the top pick for dachshund owners. That Dobie looks less than impressed. Third were characters from Super Heros, followed by the bumblebee, then ghosts, and witches ( that bulldog doesn’t look impressed either does he….lol

In the Middle Ages, why were so many mummies bought and sold?

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To be ground into medicine…Mummies were ground up during the middle ages to make medicine because they were thought to have healing properties.

After the Middle Ages, the buying and selling of mummies remained popular. During the 17th and 18th century mummies were used to make a type of paint called mummy brown or mummia.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you are having a Halloween party this weekend then stay safe and enjoy xxx

I hope you are enjoying these Fang-Tastic Halloween posts and please if you have any tried and tested Halloween recipes I will post them and credit you so please let me have them…xxx

That’s all for this Today…Halloween is next Saturday so I may just pop a random last Halloween special with Halloween recipes and tales sometime next week…xx

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 that I cook with have to improve our health and wellbeing.

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 for reading I hope you all have a great week xxx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 18th October -24th October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Volkswagen Currywurst…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

My first post of the week was on Tuesday 20th…Halloween Tales and recipes…

From what I have been reading Halloween in many places is not happening this year and in others, it has been curtailed or there may be some virtual goings-on planned…I am sure by now though the decorations are up…

I have lots of trivia, sweet potato recipes, soup from the lovely Dolly, and the obligatory cocktail…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/20/29239/

Wednesday: My doesn’t the time fly today it’s  The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter H (noocH)…Now, nooch I have just discovered is Nutritional Yeast something I haven’t used but very popular with the Vegan community…You learn something every day in the blogging world which is great…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/21/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-h-nooch/

Thursday: Part 1 unseasonable -affective disorder…

Something I had not heard of but on reading, I could see the relevance thanks to Sally @ Smorgasbord Health…

Health Column

It really isn’t until we are prompted to think about health, our diets, and lifestyles that we can attribute and improve our health by adjusting certain parts of our lifestyles and diet…Quite simple really…Head over to Sally’s and you can be sure of great advice and remedies for better health something we all aspire to…See you there #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/smorgasbord-health-column-unseasonal-affective-disorder-lockdown-elderly-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…The Juniper Berry

A lovely versatile little berry that makes lovely sauces is a great aromatic in stews and dried it is a beautiful spice…in Northern Europe particularly in Scandanavia, it is a popular addition to cabbage and sauerkraut.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/23/fruity-friday-the-juniper-berry/

Saturday Snippets:

I have lots this week for you, recipes, health and trivia, and The Who…My Storks are still here sometimes just one and a couple of times this week he or she has brought along some mates …they fascinate me as they stand around in a semi-circle and chat and when it’s time to go they take their formation and away they go…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/24/saturday-snippets-24th-october-2020/

That’s all for this week’s roundup a rather short week again…one of the positives… less writing has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Fruity Friday…The Fang-Tastic Pumpkin and yes it is a fruit…

Hands up who thought the pumpkin was only for Halloween decorations and to make pumpkin pie???
 It is also a fruit…Did you know that?? That plump round pumpkin that nutritious orange ball is, in fact, a fruit…

A highly, nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter.

Yes...Pumpkin butter which in all honesty is really just a pumpkin puree combined with cinnamon and other spices for flavour and maple syrup for sweetness…It is lovely in a dessert ravioli or pizza…also it is lovely on a slice of homemade bread…

Of course ..those who know me …also know that I love a cocktail and yes it can be used to make a lovely autumnal cocktail all you need is some lovely aged golden rum (2 oz) ish, orange juice (1/2 oz), angostura bitters( 3)dashes, 1/4 in ginger and some pumpkin butter (2tsp)for sweetness …Muddle the ginger add the other ingredients plus ice…Give it a shake and strain over some ice…add a cinnamon stick or two and a grating of nutmeg…Maybe a twist of orange…There you have it…Cheers x

Not only it also makes a great Halloween decoration doesn’t it??

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Healthwise the potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure and the antioxidants in pumpkin could help prevent degenerative damage to the eyes. Pumpkins are also a fantastic source of fibre.

Fresh is best though so please avoid canned pumpkin pie mix, as it typically contains added sugars and syrups so check the label and look for that 100% sign…Then that’s good, isn’t it? Actually, it isn’t …Many tins of canned pumpkin puree are actually squash.

Here is a little article from Snopes which is interesting as the Pumpkins you carve are not the ones used for pumpkin pie…

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/canned-pumpkin-isnt-actually-pumpkin/

Note:…Any uncut pumpkins should be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months.

Pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin can be used as a replacement for butter or oil in baking recipes. I myself have not tried this as I don’t bake often but Weight Watchers recommends using pumpkin puree for one-third of the amount of butter; so if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, plan to use 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree and 2/3 cup of butter.

The proportions may vary with what you are making. You may have to experiment with the exact amount of pumpkin to use until you get the exact consistency you want.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? If anyone has tried this please let us know.

My recipe for pumpkin or squash soup …with of course some lovely fresh from the oven crockpot bread...one of the best ways to cook bread as the dutch oven/crockpot mimics a commercial oven which often uses steam to produce that lovely crust and on a smaller scale the heated crockpot does the same …once that dough hits the heated pot and the lid is on the magic begins…

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The squash I always make into a vegetable soup and freeze in portions. When I reheat the soup, I then add chilli (of course) and a little coconut milk and gently warm through.

Soup ingredients:

  • 1 small squash/ pumpkin, peeled and deseeded. Cut into pieces or a mixture of the two…
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and cut up
  • 1 carrot washed and cut
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • Piece fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 3 Broccoli stalks, peeled and cubed (I always save the broccoli stalks) for when I make soup. Waste not, want not and I think ideal for soups for flavour.
  • 1-1½ litres of fresh chicken stock or stock cubes.
  • Salt & Pepper to season
  • A glug of olive Oil

Let’s Cook!

Heat a glug of olive oil and gently cook garlic ginger and onion to just soften and not colour.
Add other vegetables gradually and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes, then add stock and seasoning.
Simmer gently for about an hour or until vegetables are lovely and soft and remove from heat. I let it cool down before I blend.
This makes a lovely vegetable soup but I also use it as a base and freeze in portions.
When I reheat I add little-dried chilli flakes and 1 or 2 tbsp of coconut milk.
It just gives it a creamy flavour.
Sometimes I add crushed lemongrass stalk and a little fish sauce, it depends on how I feel, it is a versatile soup base so play with it, have fun.
Add some curry powder, a squeeze or 2 of lime juice or coriander, whatever you fancy. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Seeds...Raw are roasted are classed as one of the worlds healthiest foods with many health benefits.

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For more information on the health benefits of Pumpkin seeds here is a very good article from Sally over @ Smorgasbord Magazine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-pumpkin-seeds/

Pumpkin Pie Muffins:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp of pumpkin spice mix ( see recipe below to make own spice)
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 30 ounces of pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of sultanas or chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 large eggs

Let’s Cook!

Set the oven to preheat on 330 F or 166 C

Mix the dry goods together sieving the flours and whisk the wet ingredients together and then add the dry ingredients a little at a time gently stirring to combine.

Fill muffin tins to just below the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Allow to cool down on a wire rack.

Pumpkin Spice Mix.

  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Mix all the spices together and keep in a lidded pot and use as required for muffins, pies or a nice spiced latte..

That’s all on the versatile Pumpkin for today …Be well and take care…Observe social distancing…xx

Thank you for reading I hope you all have a great weekend xxx