Category Archives: Sally @ Smorgasbord Health

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – September 13th – 19th 2020 – Jazz, Ricotta Cheese, Risotto, Collies, books, reviews and funnies

Sally has had another fun-filled and productive week…Lots of new books and reviews, invaluable health advice from Sally and yummy recipes from Moi and Silvia….so pop over grab a coffee or a glass wine depending on your time zone and have a read…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up with posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord.

I hope that you are all well and thanks for dropping in today. I am taking full advantage of the sunshine this weekend as the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are already dropping. Still grateful for the quick blast and a good book.

As in most places our infections are on the rise which in not unexpected after the restrictions were lifted. Although here in Ireland the government has been very cautious about moving through the various stages. There are still clusters in the major cities such as Dublin and Cork. We are grateful for our rural location and without the influx of visitors this summer (despite the devastating effect on small businesses) we have been relatively free of infections.  All we can do is continue to be careful and stay positive.

I hope…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine- Weekly Round Up – September 6th – 12th 2020 – Classic WordPress editor – Music, Books, Reviews, Health, Stories and Funnies

As always a great and varied week with something for everyone…there is also a mention of you know what…that which most of us would quietly Love it to fade away…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

I hope all of you are well despite the increase of infections in many of our countries. With two more countries in Europe being removed from the air bridge scheme it is becoming a gamble taking that long awaited holiday.

This week we should have been basking in the sunshine by the pool of our selected villa in Malta. Back in June we decided to lose our deposit and cancel the trip, thankfully no flights booked, as my two older sisters were not keen on the travel aspect and even then there was the threat of 14 day quarantine there and also back in Ireland and the UK.

As it turns out, whilst in June there were relatively few cases in Malta, with the arrival of their summer visitors this is not the case now.

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 6th September -12th September 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Organic Farming and jamming…

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…So whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

 

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news and my views… always something new to discover…This week was no different…I discussed how Covid-19 has changed our eating habits…

COVID-19 …although devastating to many has meant that many have also discovered the joy of eating food and sharing it with their loved ones…Family time has come to the fore and people are eating together again…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/07/how-covid-19-has-changed-our-eating-and-buying-habits/

Tuesday Topics…Breakfast Oats…

Oats … a popular breakfast dish which is easy to make or can be made and left overnight ready for the morning…When my kiddies were little I used to pop the oats in the slow cooker overnight…hubby was first up and out to work so he had his and as the kids appeared it was nice and hot and ready for them…no burnt saucepans just beautiful porridge oats…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/08/tuesdays-topic-breakfast-oats/

The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter E (agrafE)

The letter E was a doozy…

Did you know?

There are 95069 words that end with E…of course, not all food-related but there are quite a few so I have not gone for the obvious many of your favourites will not be here …Brownie being one but never fear chocolate is still featured…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/09/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twist-the-letter-e-agrafe/

National Organic Month…what is organic and what foods are classed as organic and how are they certified?…

Organic farming first began as an alternative method of farming, a healthier way of farming without growing produce using man-made pesticides and fertilisers or contain and use genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)…There are still these small farmers who have no official certification but they follow to the T organic procedures and also take a whole farm approach and practise long term sustainability thus protecting the environment.

That statement made a few of my regular readers smile as like me they had grandparents who practised farming and grew foods without using pesticides …farming then went through changes where like smoking it was seen as a way to get rid of unwanted pests or in the case of smoking it was fashionable…hindsight is wonderful, isn’t it?

Today too many it is a new way of farming…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/10/national-organic-month-what-is-organic-andwhatfoods-are-classed-as-organic-and-how-is-it-certified/

Fruity Friday’s… The chilli and yes it is a fruit!

Chilli plant- hot- spicy- Thai chillies

Chillies are in season all year round here…although a pepper’s hotness is generally determined by genetics, the environment can play a role. Long hot days cause peppers to produce more capsaicin, the specific alkaloid that delivers the spicy kick…The chillies I am picking at the moment have certainly racked the heat up a bit..they are spicy hot babies…

This wonderful versatile fruit which some love to hate… Are the fruits from the flowers of the Nightshade family. Mainly eaten as a vegetable but most definitely it is a fruit.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/11/fruity-fridays-the-chilli-and-yes-it-is-a-fruit-2/

Saturday Snippets…12th September 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets were anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…I hope so…so whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy!

This week there was music and art, the real million dollar quartet, health from Sally and more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/12/saturday-snippets-12th-september-2020/

That’s all for this weeks roundup 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 learnt ..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

Saturday Snippets…12th September 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…I hope so…so whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy!

Everyone knows how I love to cook and I am pretty good now at cooking Asian food I have had a few years practise and practise makes perfect…Fried Rice …all the chefs are making fried rice some better than others…my grandson showed me this video and although there are a few foofs in it it is funny…so just a little warning there are a few profanities personally I  am not given to profanities myself but I found this very funny…I give you Uncle Roger reviewing for want of a better word Jamie Olivers Fried Rice…

Personally, I will never eat fried rice for a while without thinking of Uncle Roger…

How many boys ask for a metal detector I know Aston did as did my sons they took them to the beach, the local woods and parks and unearthed a few things but mostly nothing of any worth…This young Irish lad however like my boys started out with a dream and that dream became a reality when he unearthed a Historic Irish Sword as he was prospecting along a local river bank…How often does that happen?

Sadly Johnny Cash passed away on September 12th 2003…he was an American Singer and Songwriter who fired up country and western music…raised in the rural South he grew up listening to songs of work and lament, hymns and folk ballads it wasn’t until he joined the army that he learnt to play the guitar and write songs when he reti=urned from his military service in Germany he settled in Memphis, Tennessee with the aim of pursuing a career in music…He sang at county fairs and local events until he was signed up after auditioning with Sam Phillips of Sun Records, who signed Cash in 1955. Such songs as “Cry, Cry, Cry,” “Hey, Porter,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “I Walk the Line” brought him considerable attention, and by 1957 Cash was the top recording artist in the country and western field. His music was noted for its stripped-down sound and focus on the working poor and social and political issues. Cash, who typically wore black clothes and had a rebellious persona, became known as the “Man in Black.”

Did you know?

Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browing on September 12, 1846.

Barrett was already a respected poet who had published literary criticism and Greek translations in addition to poetry. Her first volume of poetry, The Seraphim and Other Poems appeared in 1838, followed by Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Barrett (1844). Born in 1806 near Durham, England, at her father’s 20-bedroom mansion, she enjoyed wealth and position, but suffered from weak lungs and tended to be reclusive in her youth. She became even more so after the death of her beloved brother in 1840.

Recycling is high on my agenda and especially circular recycling especially when the artist produces something like these …

I think they are spectacular I just wish I had a talent like that…Awesome use of scraps of wood…

Wellness Corner by Sally Cronin…Liver health and the Milk Thistle.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/10/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-liver-health-and-milk-thistle/

This week I have been soup making...Carrot Soup normally I stick to chicken, mushroom or tomato but this week it has been carrot soup..which was really nice very orange but a soup I would make again it needs a few tweaks and then the recipe will be in my cookbook …

But I will as I promised to give you the recipe for foraged wild mushroom soup…

Here in the northeast of Thailand, there are various kinds of tasty mushrooms (hed), all filled with nutrition. Three favourites are hed kay, hed tub-tao and hed ra-ngok. In the villages, these mushrooms are often prepared in a soup along with bai yangang juice (Tiliacora Triandra), sweet basil and pla-ra ( fermented) fish which is often added to the soup…

I have adapted the recipe as you would most probably not be able to get some of the ingredients or want to use them like the Pla-ra…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups various kinds of mushrooms
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, lower tender portions, cut into 2-inch pieces and slightly crushed
  • 5 – 7 each chillies, slightly crushed
  • 3 – 5 each red shallots, slightly crushed
  • 2 stalks spring onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp pla-ra juice (liquid of pickled fish) (optional)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 – 5 sprigs Thai basil leaves

Let’s Cook!

Pour the water into a pot over the high heat. When it begins a boil, add lemongrass, chilies and shallots. Then follow by adding the mushrooms. Let simmer briefly until cooked. Season with the fish sauce and pla-ra liquid. Add  basil and spring onion. Remove from the heat.

Serve in a bowl.

Thais would also add some local vegetable called Cha-om which is a vegetable native to here… It has a particular fragrance that may seem unpleasant at first to the unaccustomed, but when it’s cooked up, it’s so tasty that most people can’t stop eating it and the aroma is just part of the package and soon becomes quite likeable.

Many Northern Thai dishes use quite sour tasting vegetables and of course Phla the fermented fish…it is a taste our western palates are not used to but if you eat it enough your taste changes and it becomes quite palatable.

Now for some music…I have selected “Million Dollar Quartet” which is a recording of an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash …recorded on December 4th 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis Tennessee…

Impromptu jam sessions are one of my favourite kinds of music…

How young is Elvis there he must have been star struck…
That’s all for today’s Saturday Snippets I hope you have enjoyed it…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 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Herbal Medicine – Horse Chestnut (Aesculus) -Circulatory System

Not only do they make great conkers… I mean who hasn’t had a prize-winning conker? That is until the health & safety brigade come and spoil it for future generations but they also have lots of health benefits…


Every week I learn something from Sally ..this week I learned that The Horse Chestnut is an herb that has been used for centuries to either prevent or to ease the discomfort of circulatory disease including varicose veins.

To read all about the benefits of the horse chestnut please visit Sally on the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-horse-chestnut-

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 9th August -15th August 2020…The Story of Plastic, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Sharks…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Our rainy season is well and truly underway and my leaky ceilings are testament to that but hey ho…my new laptop arrived…complete with Windows 10…I thought that was going to be the end of my troubles but no…I still cannot access Pinterest…if anyone has any ideas please share…

Anyway back to the job in hand last weeks posts…Take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news on the environment there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…WELL, it was just a tad…The Story of Plastic Part 3…10th August 2020…

Plastic was initially a waste product…a word that originally meant ” pliable and easily shaped” in recent years it became a name for a category of materials called polymers. The word polymer means “of many parts,”

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It started in 1869 when an American Inventor namely John Wesley Hyatt saw an opportunity when a New York company made an offer of 10,000 dollars for anyone who could come up with a substitute for ivory.

Hyatt found that if he treated cellulose derived from cotton fibres with camphor a plastic was created which could be moulded into various shapes and made to imitate tortoiseshell, ivory, horn and linen….the plastic revolution took shape…

Manufacturers were now no longer limited by the availability of natural products…

This was just the beginning…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/10/the-story-of-plastic-part-3/

 Tuesday Topics…Added Sugar …

Why Sugar?

I am currently reading Salt, Sugar and Fat so for the next weeks I will be discussing what I have learnt and also what has shocked she who thought nothing could shock her at her age…

Manufacturers I just love to hate I knew they are sneaky people and love to fool us…I just didn’t know what depths they sunk to…

The scientists and yes it is a science every single product sold has an exact science attached to its list of ingredients…Children as young as 3 take part in this research(something) however much I was promised I would never allow my children to take part.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/11/tuesday-topics-added-sugar/

Wednesday:- my new series …The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…e.g… C(aromatiC)

Armagnac or Cognac: What is your preference? Do you know the difference between these two brandies? I should have as my father loved a glass of brandy his favourite being Cognac…

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The major difference between Cognac and Armagnac is the distillation.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/12/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-caromatic/

Thursday:- The Medicine Women’s Treasure Chest…by Sally Cronin…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-chamomile-camomile-by-sally-cr

Fruity Friday is revamped and back… The Inca Berry (Cape Gooseberry)

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/14/fruity-friday-the-inca-berry-cape-gooseberry/

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday are when I indulge my whimsy and yesterday was one such day…Sharks, a beautiful rooftop farm, Woodstock…who remembers that and the music of Jimi Hendrix…I got some strange looks when I was listening to him yesterday by the workmen who were sorting out my ceilings the looks said she is too old to be listening to that …

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/15/saturday-snippets-11/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup…See you tomorrow with a further update on the Story of Plastic…Part 3

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

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 learnt ..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