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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Healthy #Apricots and #recipes

One of my favourite fruits and so good for you…Iron needs a boost then eat Apricots….Sally will also tell you about all the other Health benefits of the lovely apricot 🙂 xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to this week’s post where Carol Taylor and I combine forces and share not just the health benefits of foods but some recipes to showcase them in all their glory. I appreciate that these posts are longer than the average but we hope that you feel that you are getting value for your time…I am going to share the health benefits of this amazing fruit before Carol includes them in some fabulous recipes for all the family to enjoy.

Apricots

The apricot season opens at the beginning of May and goes through to the end of August or early September, which gives us five months to enjoy this highly nutritious and healing food.

First though a little history about this luscious golden yellow fruit. In China over 4000 years ago a bride will have not only had something borrowed and something blue but would have also been nibbling on…

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Waste Not!Want Not! Part 8

I hope you all had a brilliant festive season and that the New Year will be kind to you… I really feel that these posts seem to be taking a life of their own…The war on waste has begun in earnest…There are so many facets and ways you can reduce your waste and your carbon footprint…

A very valid point was raised by AdeleAdele also has a lovely blog and writes very good horror stories which if you are like me love a good horror story so pop over and say hello…

Adele said…

Fantastic, Carol. I get so uplifted by reading the tips and posts people have sent you about their recycling. I have thought about the textile industry a lot and I received an email from a recycling group highlighting organic, recycled wool. The problem was; the wool was around £58 a ball. I wrote to her and asked why these things, not just the wool but the organic clothes too, were so expensive and how a mother of three or a single mother on benefits could afford these things. I didn’t get a reply which was disappointing. More swap shops are needed, I think, where old jumpers are used for their wool, or clothes cut into new shapes. xxx

That truly is the case many times over anything healthy, organic or designed to cut waste is generally expensive and many times unwarranted.

Zero Waste shops    https://thezerowaster.com/zero-waste-near-you/

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I was really pleasantly surprised a few days ago to read that the Canadian Government has issued NEW food guidelines… Stating that you should eat … A Healthy Balanced Diet … Be mindful of your eating habits… Make water your drink of choice… cook more often… have plenty of fruit and vegetables… enjoy your food… be aware of food marketing… limit foods which are high in sodium, saturated fat and sugar…It sounds like me talking…Does it not??

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Healthy Eating

Well done to the Canadian Government…Read the full content here

It covers in depth how clever marketing can tempt you…I am sure the food manufacturers probably don’t like this new version…Well about time we stood up to them and their marketing ploys and prove we aren’t all stupid and easily swayed… It also has recipes it is a great new move by the Canadian Government lets hope we can put pressure on our governments to follow …If they are then please let us all know what they do to help improve your health and wellness as a nation.

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Although I have previously stated I am not a vegetarian I eat meat-free meals and my aim is to increase the meat-free meals I eat in a week.

Annika said:

Carol, an interesting article and as a vegetarian since birth I’m smiling how my ‘oddness’ is now becoming the norm. Supposedly a quarter of the UK are vegans at the moment and I personally know many who used to eat a lot of meat but have totally changed. As for trees, I worked within the timber trade and know that in Scandinavia there are actually more trees than a hundred years ago (70% of the land mass in Sweden is forested). Alas, forests in many regions of the worlds are not treated so ethically and suffering terribly … as a consumer it is our responsibility to check where items are sourced and managed.

Annika is a writer and an avid book reader and reviewer please pop over and check her out

https://annikaperry.com/

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Fish is my favourite food but it is becoming increasingly difficult to source sustainable fish or avoid farmed fish and as you know pollution is my baby especially the ecosystem as without that we won’t exist…

It is pleasing to see how the younger generation is doing something and this article caught my eye and what these young people did was actually promoted at the World Trade Centre…How brilliant is that?

Have you heard of Pollution Popsicles??? Have a look it is an awesome project and designed to raise awareness as I am sure it is.

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What else is on my agenda? I have been puzzling how to get my meat/fish home without a plastic bag…Carrying glass containers as well as our own cup it could begin to be a mission. Thinking back over the years all meat and fish was wrapped in paper…What paper though as we need to think o the trees…

Foodservice providers often use butcher paper that has been coated with a fine layer of wax or oil to make the paper more resistant to leaks when wrapping moist foods. Waxed or oiled butcher paper cannot be recycled, but it can be composted. … Butcher paper with food residue also cannot be recycled but can be composted.

It got me thinking can you buy recycled butchers paper?? Apparently yes you can…Amazon does and there are other companies who also sell recycled food wrapping. I just need to find one which deliveries here or I can buy here so that is my current mission…When I do I am sure I will be getting some very amused look at the market…haha

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Fruit PulpLeftover from your juicing…Do you use or throw it away?

Victoria Zigler sent me the link to an interesting article on using pulp leftovers…Thank you, Tori…

Food Pulp  get the info here

It will certainly something I will be having a look at but if any of you already use food pulp and have recipes please share  with us we would all love to see your recipes and tips xxx

Tori also writes some awesome children’s books which are very popular and have wonderful illustrations http://ziglernews.blogspot.com/

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Dogs and cats also pick up fleas and some of the commercial ones are not the best to buy for our beloved pet or for the ecosystem when they are washed away…Never fear the solution is right here…

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/natural-flea-control-for-cats-dogs/

 

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That’s all for this week I hope you have found something interesting and please carrying commenting I love to hear from you 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 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Winter Warmers.

Some lovely ideas and recipes for Winter Warmers as I know many of you are experiencing very cold weather and snow and there is nothing better than some hot soup or a pot of casserole simmering away…Is there? And as Sally said please share your favourite Winter Warmer recipes with us we would love to hear from you … Enjoy xxx

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For many of use the it is bitterly cold right now with northerly winds increasing the chill factor. Meanwhile, Carol Taylor is experiencing much warmer temperatures in her home in Thailand, and not just because of the weather, but because she is toiling away in her kitchen to bring us something to warm the cockles of our hearts… I will hand you over to Carol to do just that…

I know many of you are in the throes of some seriously cold weather and what you need is something which keeps you warm…

There is nothing better before you go out to brave the cold than a lovely bowl of hot porridge…This is where the slow cooker comes in handy I used to put my porridge on before I went to bed and it was ready in the morning…Hubby was first up so he had his bowl and as…

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Christmas Recipes…Mince Pies and Sausage Rolls.

sausage rolls mince pies home made

It’s that time of year when there is never enough hours in the day isn’t it or they are and because we have been dashing about frantically we are just too tired…

I always get my mince pies and sausage rolls made and store in the freezer uncooked and just take them out as required.

Pastry Recipe.

This recipe is my mums she makes the best pastry ever and I try really hard to match hers but she once told me that no two batches of pastry are ever alike and that the only person who realises that is moi….and I think she is right..mums usually are 🙂

I use half fat to flour so for example 8 oz  Flour and 4 oz fat.

Ice cold water added 1 tbsp at a time( the amount depends on flour used)

1 egg beaten for the glaze.

I know that fat varies depending on where you live, in the Uk ..well spoilt for choice because we invented pastry…well from as far back as the Romans when it was crude flour and water wrapped around meat and game before cooking and no way would you eat it…it was to retain meat juices.

Over time pastry was enriched with fat and milk and began to vaguely resemble today’s shortcrust. But living here in Thailand my choice is restricted…..I have a choice of pastry fat or Crispo…sometimes I mix the two when making meat pies but I digress.

For mince pies, I use the pastry fat. When making pastry it must be kept cool which here is never easy ..so fat from the fridge, iced water from the fridge and fan madly whirring to keep the air cool..and me folks…I touch the pastry mix as little as possible, I quickly rub the fat into flour to resemble breadcrumbs, add iced water gradually, draw together with your fingers to make a ball, if too dry add more water, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 20 mins in the fridge.

When I roll I use the heel of my hand to start to flatten pastry and roll gently out to desired thickness…I handle as little as possible to keep the pastry cool.

Using a pastry cutter, cut circles and line patty tins, add filling and top with a pastry lid. Brush tops with beaten egg. Cook in the oven on 200c/gas7 for 15-20 mins until golden. Remove from oven, cool slightly and dust with icing sugar.

 

If you haven’t made your sweet mincemeat yet then never fear the recipe is here

Note: Some of you may have noticed I don’t add sugar to my shortcrust pastry…With the sweetness of the filling and the icing dusting, I /we all feel it is sugar overload but personal preference if you like to add 1 tbsp sugar to breadcrumbs before adding water.

I also use the same pastry for my sausage rolls…

Now….if you make them now omit the cooking stage and freeze uncooked in a sealed container separate the layers with greaseproof paper and just take out however many you want as needed and cook…Simples!

For sausage rolls, I use the same pastry. I add finely chopped onions, garlic and a little sage to my sausage meat or I did in the UK….i can’t get sausage meat here so I make my own very finely chop my pork making sure I add a little of the fat and then add the seasoning as above.

To make the sausage rolls just roll out your pastry take some sausage meat and roll it to form a sausage put the sausage meat on the pastry and roll. Just wet the edge slightly and either use a fork to make some holes in the top or as I do make a couple of slice on the top of the pasty as in the picture.. Cut into equal size pieces and put on a baking tray and then brush the top if the pastry with milk or an egg wash and pop in a preheated oven 200C for 15 mins then reduce the heat to 180C for another 10-15 minutes or until your pastry is golden…It also depends on the size of your sausage rolls.

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Home made sausage rolls

Once cooked put on a cooling rack and then store in a lidded container.

Enjoy!

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 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

If you love this recipe please pin me xxx

Christmas Recipes…Bingsu, Sticky Rice with Mango, Creme Brulee and Fresh Fruit Salad…

Christmas Recipes Desserts

Bingsu:

A frozen milk ice desert. We first had this dessert when we took a trip to Nong Kai in Northern Thailand. It originates from Korea. It is also very easy to make.

Take 1 cup of milk and 2 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk. Put ingredients into a jug and mix together then pour into an ice cube tray. Put in freezer and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Prior to serving put your serving bowl or bowls into the freezer for at least an hour. This dessert can be eaten as a shared dessert or in individual bowls.

To assemble dessert remove frozen cubes and put into food processor or liquidizer and blitz for 20 seconds it should now resemble snow( see picture)If cubes are difficult to remove leave out of the freezer for 4/5 mins until they come out easily.

For 1 bowl take 2 satsumas, peel, and section. put a few segments in the bottom of the serving dish, pile on snow arrange the remainder of orange segments around.

Bingsu

Drizzle some raspberry sauce over the top of the snow.

Eat and enjoy!

NB:

You can use any fruit either fresh or tinned in natural juice.

To make raspberry sauce put 1 and a  half cups of raspberry’s in a saucepan with  3/4 cup of sugar and  1/2 cup water.

Bring to boil stirring, reduce the heat and add 1/2 tsp vanilla essence.

To thicken put 2 tsp cornflour in a cup and mix to smooth cream with 2 tbsp water.

Pour into the boiling raspberry mixture stirring all the time. turn down heat and simmer for 4 mins until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tbsp butter.

You also use frozen passionfruit pulp which is very nice and would cut through the sweetness of the iced snow.

Fresh Fruit Salad

 

The beauty of a fresh fruit salad is that you can make it as large or as small as you like one portion or ten. You can use any fruit that you have and it can different every time.

The one I always make is very simple I use Oranges, Apples, Grapes, Pear, and section and slice them and add lemon/ lime juice to stop the fruit going brown.

Sometimes I  also add some freshly squeezed orange juice or other fruit juice.

This is now when it gets interesting as you can add a little freshly grated ginger, some crushed lemongrass even treat yourself to one of those exotic fruits you have seen in your local shop or farmers market just to liven it up, change it.

Maybe even a touch of chilli???

Some sesame seeds? Some poppy seeds?? Fresh Mint? Pomegranate seeds?

If I use a soft fruit like banana, melon,  mango, strawberries, peaches, apricots, watermelon or kiwi then I put those in about 15 mins before I serve the fruit salad. Otherwise, they can go too mushy and we like our fruit salad fresh and vibrant, nice and crisp.

And of course here I have access to plenty of fresh pineapples, Lychees and Dragon fruit are plentiful and in season here at the moment so into the mix they go…What is your favourite fruit salad mix???

You can use any combination of fruit that you like just make sure you use lemon/ lime

juice to stop the fruit from discolouring and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

It can be served quite simply with fresh cream or clotted cream if you can get it… Ice cream or even custard which hubby prefers.

Sticky Coconut Rice and Mango.

Sticky rice with Mango is probably one of the most iconic Thai desserts and on most restaurant menus from the little cafe to the poshest restaurant.

To make this at home is very easy… First, steam some glutinous rice.

To prepare the milk:

 Heat 1 cup of coconut milk in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly and let the coconut milk simmer. DO NOT let it boil hard as coconut milk will curdle. Also, make sure that the coconut milk you buy is 100% pure as I have been informed by my son that where he lives in the UK all coconut milk sold is not 100% and that definitely separates on heating to high.

Then add  2 tbsp of sugar and 2 pinches of salt. Remove from heat. Pour 3/4 of the hot coconut milk over  1 cup of the hot sticky rice. Let it sit for 5 minutes. The hot sticky rice will absorb all the coconut milk. The rice should be a little mushy.

Sticky rice and mango

 Spoon the rest of the coconut milk on top of the rice at the serving time.

Enjoy!

Creme Brulee with chilli and lime zest.

Custard:

  • 300ml pure cream
  • 200ml full cream milk
  • 3 long red chillies, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 125g caster sugar
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • Lime syrup:
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Zested peel of 2 limes, long thin strands
  • Creme brulee topping:
  • 1 tbsp Palm Sugar, shaved, for topping
  • 2-3 tbsp caster sugar, extra for topping

Let’s Cook!

Preheat oven to 130°C fan forced and lightly grease six 150ml-capacity oven-proof ramekins with butter or oil spray.

Place cream, milk and chillies in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Remove from heat and allow to infuse while cooling, strain to remove chillies and gently reheat the milk.

Whisk eggs, yolks and sugar in a bowl until light and creamy. Whisk in the warm milk gradually and strain through a fine sieve 2-3 times to help break up any foam and pour into a jug.

Place prepared ramekins in a deep oven tray and pour custard into ramekins. Pour boiling water into the tray to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the tray with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes until just set but with a little wobble in the centre of the custards. Remove ramekins from the oven tray and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate until required.

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For lime syrup, place sugar and water in a small saucepan over low-medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil until thickened. Add strips of lime peel to syrup, remove the pan from heat and allow to cool.

For crème Brulee topping, place palm sugar and caster sugar in a bowl and using fingertips rub mixture to combine. Thickly sprinkle over custards and use a blow torch to heat sugar to form a thick caramel. Alternatively place under a heated grill for 1-2 minutes, checking every 30 seconds to ensure sugars don’t catch and burn.

Enjoy!

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 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

If you loved these desserts Please PIN.

Christmas Desserts

Until next time xxx

 

 

Christmas Smorgasbord Health – Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – #Turkey – If you can catch it you can eat it!!

It is that time of the year again and I hope you enjoy this post about the turkey with all its health benefits and how versatile it is…This year I hope to have one of our own home raised turkeys for our Christmas dinner. Thank you, Sally, for updating last years post you have done a fantastic job…Hugs xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

For the next couple of weeks, whilst Carol Taylor slaves away in her Thai kitchen preparing some alternative delicacies for you to eat over the festive season, I shall be repeating our collaboration series from last year.. I provide the nutritional background to the ingredient and Carol prepares it from scratch to give you some wonderful recipes..

This week… The Turkey.. a bird that was usually eaten mainly at Thanksgiving (coming soon) and Christmas, but is available all year in supermarkets and butchers. Before handing over to Carol.. a look at all the health benefits this large bird brings to the table.

Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

The wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo (something to do with difficulty in catching it I think) is native to North America. The bird was brought into Europe, in the early part of the 16th century, by the Spaniards…

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