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Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…February 2023…Kitchen Waste…Milk, Portuguese Milk Tarts, Jersey Royals and an Update on Green Manilla Tamarind…

Welcome to my Green Kitchen, we are now in 2023 and my aim is still the same to cook chemical-free food, in season grown either by myself or purchased locally in season…it is also to minimise waste…the figures on waste particularly food waste really bother me and with rising food costs we can’t afford to waste anything…

Today is National Potato Day…

Most people love a potato and there are many ways to cook and eat the potato my favourites are Jersey Royal Potatoes but unfortunately I live many thousands of miles away from where they are grown…They are only grown on the island of Jersey hence the name…

The birth of the world-famous Jersey Royal can be traced back to 1878 when many different varieties were being grown on the island. A local farmer, Hugh de la Haye, found two enormous potatoes displayed on the counter in a local store, which he bought and showed to his friends.  One of them had 15 of the  ‘eyes’ from which new plants sprout, so they cut the potato into sixteen pieces that they planted on a ‘côtil’ above Bellozanne valley.

The following spring, they produced a large and early crop.  This produced a crop of round potatoes, although one plant produced nothing but unique kidney-shaped potatoes.  This was the beginning of the truly distinguished Jersey Royal potato.

Food Waste in the Home…

I really hate food waste…in the home the top 5 foods wasted are…

  • #Bread
  • #Milk
  • #Potatoes
  • #Cheese
  • #Apples

In January’s Green Kitchen, I looked at bread waste and I think most of us agreed there was no reason at all to waste a crumb of bread…Today I am looking at Milk waste in the home…

Milk waste in the home is by far the largest contributor, accounting for nearly 90% of UK milk waste with 290,000 tonnes thrown away every year. This equates to more than 490 million pints of milk as a nation – or eighteen and a half pints per household.

Research shows that more than anything else, keeping milk at the right temperature is essential to stop it from spoiling early, and the typical UK fridge at home is operating at 2°C warmer than the recommended Food Standards Agency guideline of between 0-5 degrees. Moreover, many people don’t know what temperature their fridge is running at or have any easy way of knowing how to set it to the right temperature.

First, check the manufacturer’s guidelines on the optimum temperature your fridge should be…Then use a fridge thermometer to determine the temperature of your fridge. If you don’t have a fridge thermometer you can also measure your fridge’s temperature by putting a standard thermometer in a glass of water and leaving it in the fridge…Simple!

Reducing the temperature of our fridges to below 5°C could stop more than 50,000 tonnes of milk waste every year, saving shoppers £25 million…

Finally, let’s explore just what you can do to extend the life of your milk and what you can do to use excess milk…

  1. Store milk correctly …the shelves of your fridge are colder than the door just be careful of leaks and storing near strongly flavoured foods…Use up the last of a pint by stirring it into soup for a creamy finish or make a delicious chocolate mousse.
  2. Make friends with your freezer…Some milk freezes better than others – whole milk freezes less well than semi-skimmed due to its higher fat content, though it can still be frozen. Freeze as soon as possible once opened, and ensure it’s well within the ‘use by’ date. Try turning your leftover milk into ice cream. Make sure you use a suitable container, too: milk will expand when frozen. All milk will turn yellow when frozen, so don’t panic! Defrost overnight in the fridge, and shake well before using. Pour a glug into rich mashed potatoes or  a creamy vegetable gratin,
  3. Whisk up a white sauce…Flour, butter and milk are all you need for a rich white sauce. This staple pops up in a wide variety of recipes and is a great way to use up large quantities of milk at once. Add cheese for the base of homemade macaroni cheese, or keep it plain for the layers of your family’s favourite lasagne.
  4. Treat yourself to a pudding…a baked rice pudding, a pannacotta, Pancakes or these lovely

Portuguese Milk Tarts…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of warm milk, microwave 30 seconds
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour.

Let’s Cook!

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/190C. Generously grease muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray (the recipe will fill 18 cups of a muffin tin) mine only made 12 as my tin was slightly bigger…
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs, sugar and melted butter with a fork or whisk until smooth.
  • Add in the flour and mix until smooth.
  • Add in the warm milk and mix until smooth. The batter will be very thin and runny.
  • Pour into the greased muffin tins filling each cup 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake 20 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown, on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Note: while baking the tarts will puff up and while cooling they will sink.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top of each tart (optional).
  • Allow tarts to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes and then carefully remove them from the pan. Use a knife or cake spatula to loosen the edges of the tart from the pan to remove them.

Our verdict…they tasted better than they looked I was expecting something like the custard tart texture that I make… these were sweeter and had a different texture sugary on top but so was the picture of the recipe I used so guessing they are as they should be…I made these as they have no pastry case which means fewer calories-smile…

Yes, sour milk is safe to use…

If the milk does not have any off-putting smell or taste, you can still use it. If milk has gone a little sour, it is still safe for consumption.

First, let’s clarify something: Just because milk is past the sell-by date on the milk carton, it does not mean that it needs to be poured down the drain. If the milk has been properly refrigerated, it may be drinkable for up to a week after the date on the label…however if you don’t wish to pour it on your cereals then “bake with it”

As long as your milk is not spoiled and is just sour…Don’t toss that milk that has gone just a bit sour — it can be used in a variety of ways:

Scones and Biscuits
Sour milk is great for scones and biscuits. In combination with baking soda, it acts as a leavening agent and gives them a slight tang. Note that for sour milk to have this rising effect, the recipe must contain baking soda, not baking powder, which already contains acids.

Pancakes
The same applies to pancakes: adding sour milk makes them fluffier but again, baking soda is required so the acid in the sour milk can have its full effect.

Cakes and Muffins
If you have a cake or muffin recipe that calls for buttermilk, you can use sour milk instead. Again, be sure it contains baking soda.

Like bread, we should not be throwing away milk…

I only have to go online and everywhere I see that prices are rising ...utilities are rising, Fuel prices are rising, interest rates are rising and what gets hit first is the food budget…However, with a few changes, it is really easy to save money on the food budget and still eat well…

Let’s start with chicken its low fat, quick to cook, healthier than red meat and easy to cut the cost…everyone wants chicken breasts and of course retailers double the cost the legs and thighs often get ignored they are cheaper, more flavourful if you slow cook a couple of chicken legs then when cooked pull the meat from the bone to get a pulled pork effect… it’s great for making tacos and one chicken leg should fill 2-3 tacos…

Secondly, plan ahead…it helps eliminate waste especially when you are on a budget. If you are heading for the special offer aisle and just picking things up you won’t save you must have a plan…If you buy six of something and only use three it’s a false economy…if you go shopping without a plan it will cost you more money and you will be contributing to the waste statistics as you are likely to produce more waste…

Update on Green Manilla Tamarind…

Having read up on this beautiful seed pod…which when fully ripe is a beautiful shade of pink I am still also enjoying a few pods every day and those seeds although they look black and hard they germinate within a few days my little seedlings are shooting up it is a fast-growing tree so hopefully, within a few months I’ll have a sturdy little tree…Those of you who know me just know I will look for recipes and this fruit is popular in India where it is used in curries it also belongs to the pea family…will I try it in a curry not sure as apart from myself and Aston no one else really eats this lovely fruit…Have you come across this fruit and do you eat it, or cook with it? Please let me know …

Thank you for joining me today in my Green Kitchen as always I look forward to your comments and thank you for any shares xx

Monday Musings …6th February 2023…Natural Antibiotic…Honey…Leftovers with John Rieber plus Sunday in the Park with George…

Welcome to Monday Musings where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual I have read, seen or experienced during the last week it could be anything that piques my interest…

Natural Antibiotics that work…Honey.

The benefits of honey have been known for thousands of years…honey is prevalent in medicine for its antimicrobial and wound-healing properties. Herbalists who prefer natural to pharmaceutical therapies still look to it as one of nature’s best natural antibiotics.

But as is often the case all honey is not equal…to get the best antimicrobial effects of honey, always choose honey that is raw and organic. Manuka is also a good choice…I consider myself very lucky as everyone knows how I love fresh honey from the comb and I get a pretty regular supply…I use it on small wounds hubby is always getting scratches etc when he’s gardening and out comes my honey it keeps the wound moist and acts as a barrier to infection…to keep our immune systems healthy I give hubby a spoonful of honey with cinnamon each morning and I’m sure it is that that keeps him free from colds and sore throats…I prefer mine with apple cider vinegar I just add a little hot water to the apple cider vinegar and stir in a spoonful of honey…

I also use honey in my recipes as a sugar replacement… honey can be replaced in most recipes for baked goods although it can affect the texture it will be moister and denser… are you saving calories ..tsp for tsp sugar and honey are comparable…depending on the bees and the plants honey will vary in its concentration of antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients…

However honey has a deeper sweetness than table sugar so if you are using less you are likely to consume fewer calories from the sugar…

It was Groundhog Day last Thursday how cute is this…?

I have also been reliably informed that winter may last another 6 weeks …

I’m seeing and hearing lots of recipes for the Super Bowl…12 February when the Philadelphia Eagles V Kansas City Chiefs takes place…I hope all of you NFL fans have a great time and enjoy the game and the food…

Phoenix City officials are asking that you Recycle Right so that the cleanup can become more efficient!

Because invariably there will be waste and a lot of it…

My chosen song this week is from “Sunday in the Park with George”

Not only is Jake Gyllenhaal easy on the eye he loves food…he knows how to spatchcock a bird and make creme brulee…

Talking about food...I know I always do…this man always surprises me with quirky food or with the recipes he makes…I also hate waste…without any more ado, I give you…John Rieber and his “leftover adventure!”

Well done John on using up your leftovers…

https://biteeatrepeat.com/2023/02/03/how-did-i-cook-14-styrofoam-containers-of-food-heres-my-leftover-adventure/

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments…I hope to see you on Wednesday for my “Green Kitchen “…x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…29th January-4th February 2023-Monday Musings , Culinary A-Z the letter P think Pancakes and Paella ,Thursday Thoughts, from Smorgasbord Magazine #The Brain and its functions Dementia and Alzheimer’s…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts, you may have missed during the week… I am still virtually spam free…they are creeping back but now targeting new posts…however, once comments close on those they will have to reset and hopefully, they will get fed up but this is preferable to the hundreds I was getting every day…Thank you to everyone for your good wishes on our becoming great grandparents little Bonnie is doing well …

Monday Musings…

It’s nearly the end of another month…February beckons the second month of the year in the northern hemisphere it is usually considered the last month of winter…Trans Fats have been a disaster for the health of the world ..Today I published the link to the Fourth Progress Report on Global Trans Fat Elimination from the virtual event that was held by the WHO. Natural antibiotics have been used for centuries and while I think and do use some of them there is also a place for subscribed antibiotics they can often work hand in hand and sometimes they work better however over the years they have become over-prescribed and people are building up a resistance to them and sometimes a dependency both of which are not good for the world’s health…Then there are Cordyceps…Killer Fungi to read about those and more please click the highlighted link below…

Monday Musings…30th January 2023…Update on WHO virtual meeting 23/1/2023 on Trans Fats, Battery Storage, Killer Fungi and a Natural Antibiotic…The Chilli Pepper

Welcome to a repeat of the series from my very first the wonderful Culinary A – Z and a reminder, not only of the amazing variety of food we have available to us today from around the world, but delicious recipes to showcase them.

Today it is the letter P and many of my favourite dishes come under this letter one of which is pancakes it will soon be Shrove Tuesday(Pancake Day) as it’s on 21st February…so if you haven’t made many pancakes get practising it gets easier and there nothing like a nice thin pancake with lemon and sugar…perfect…

My thanks go to Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine who is repeating this series…Sally is a star for all the wonderful work she does in promoting blogs and writers to read the original post please click the highlighted link below and it will take to Smorgasbord where you will get a warm welcome from both me and Sally,,, See you there xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – P’ for Pancakes, Paella, Pomelo, Pate, Pease Pudding and A Poke Bowl.

Thursday Thoughts the first of February…This morning, many Americans woke up early to see whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, a sign that supposedly determines whether we can expect six more weeks of winter or early spring. For what it’s worth, that’s according to a groundhog’s nonscientific forecast – and his accuracy has historically been a hit or miss. Still, people across the US are enamoured with the quirky tradition. The cootchie catcher is also featured do you remember playing that game as a child? To read about that and more please click the highlighted link below x

Thursday Thoughts…2nd February 2023…Groundhog Day, Chinese Steamed Cakes, Knish, Cootie Catcher plus the 1st public Conviences…

Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other related conditions are rarely out of the headlines and it is probably everyone’s worst fear…it’s certainly mine!

This week, Sally is looking at how your lifestyle directly impacts your risk factors. There are many theories about the causes of degenerative brain disease but certainly, your lifestyle does have a direct impact on your risk factors…Please head over to Smorgasbord Magazine to read how Sally suggests we can reduce our risk factors…Just click the highlighted link below and it will take you to this week’s edition of the brain and its functions…See you there!

Smorgasbord Health Column 2023 – The Body our Greatest Asset – The Brain – Keeping the pathways clear of debris and staying mentally stimulated by Sally Cronin

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup as always I look forward to your comments and thank you for any shares they are much appreciated x

Smorgasbord Health Column 2023 – The Body our Greatest Asset – The Brain – Keeping the pathways clear of debris and staying mentally stimulated by Sally Cronin

Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other related conditions are rarely out of the headlines and it is probably everyone’s worst fear…it’s certainly mine!

This week, Sally is looking at how your lifestyle directly impacts your risk factors. There are many theories about the causes of degenerative brain disease but certainly, your lifestyle does have a direct impact on your risk factors…Please head over to Smorgasbord Magazine to read how Sally suggests we can reduce our risk factors…Just click the highlighted link below and it will take you to this week’s edition of the brain and its functions…See you there!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2023/02/02/smorgasbord-health-column-2023-the-body-our-greatest-asset-the-brain-keeping-the-pathways-clear-of-debris-and-staying-mentally-stimulated-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – P’ for Pancakes, Paella, Pomelo, Pate, Pease Pudding and A Poke Bowl.

Welcome to a repeat of the series from my very first the wonderful Culinary A – Z and a reminder, not only of the amazing variety of food we have available to us today from around the world, but delicious recipes to showcase them.

Today it is the letter P and many of my favourite dishes come under this letter one of which is pancakes it will soon be Shrove Tuesday(Pancake Day) as it’s on 21st February…so if you haven’t made many pancakes get practising it gets easier and there nothing like a nice thin pancake with lemon and sugar…perfect…

My thanks go to Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine who is repeating this series…Sally is a star for all the wonderful work she does in promoting blogs and writers to read the original post please click the highlighted link below and it will take to Smorgasbord where you will get a warm welcome from both me and Sally,,, See you there xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2023/02/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-culinary-a-z-rewind-p-for-pancakes-paella-pomelo-pate-pease-pudding-and-a-poke-bowl/

Monday Musings…30th January 2023…Update on WHO virtual meeting 23/1/2023 on Trans Fats, Battery Storage, Killer Fungi and a Natural Antibiotic…The Chilli Pepper

Welcome to Monday Musings where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual I have read, seen or experienced during the last week it could be anything that piques my interest…

Natural Antibiotics that work…Chilli Peppers…

You just know that I believe in chillies being good for your health …I eat chillies every single day however it’s just not me…In fact, research is underway to look at the potential of chilli pepper extracts in food instead of artificial preservatives. Food scientists and humans, in general, will benefit from scientific evidence that chilli peppers have antimicrobial properties that can act even against antibiotic-resistant food-borne pathogens…

The use of chilli peppers by humans dates back to prehistoric times. Preserved peppers found in South America prove that local people ate chillies as long ago as 2500 BCE…

The chilli pepper is a member of the Solanaceae family and is closely related to tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco, petunia, and potato plants.

While they have high concentrations of several nutrients such as vitamin C, these little fruits have already shown a high degree of activity affecting the digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. Some of the bacteria against which chilli peppers have proved to be useful in the laboratory are Bacillus subtilis, E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and Staphylococcus.

Last week on 23rd January 2023 a Virtual High-Level Event was held by WHO (World Health Organisation)…The Fourth Progress Report on Global Trans Fat Elimination…An update!

The fourth progress report describes the current global, regional and national situations and progress made over the past year in countries; and discusses challenges and opportunities for future action. This year’s report shows that policies limiting the use of industrial trans fat have been implemented in 60 countries for almost 3.4 billion people around the world, accounting for 43% of the world’s population. Of these, 43 countries have implemented best-practice policies to eliminate industrial trans fat. Member States have made steady progress; however, with less than one year remaining until the target year of 2023, many more member states still need to act.

I have attached the link to the update plus a video…

Andrea(Meeks) is like me she needs to know-smile- This is about battery Storage...On a  global scale, the concern is cost, so finding cheaper, safer forms of large-scale storage is critical if we want to transition away from fossil fuels.

I used to love horror films like the day of the Triffid and the like and as I have grown older they scare me more and more and I don’t watch them any more…I do however like and admire Sir David Attenborough and this video is worse than any horror film as it could become a reality if it passes from animals to humans…

I think that’s enough of scary things and this is a song from another of my favourite musicals…

Thank you for joining me today as always I appreciate your comments and your shares…xx