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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 26th -3rd July 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Glory” is my one word promp…

Welcome to my weekly roundup …July has arrived… July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., it being the month of his birth…July 3rd brings the start of the hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer! …Plus July 4th is Independence Day in the US…

July weather for some is mid-winter and if you are in the northern hemisphere it’s summer warm and rainy…The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer…

Let’s start the roundup with Monday Musings… 

Starting with the reminder that it’s Plastic Free July . Sign up here...but remember zero waste and plastic is an intention, not a hard and fast rule…if as an individual you eliminate all waste and plastic then that is great…Kudos to you…but if thousands do 20% better the impact on our planet is far greater so even buying loose vegetables to save on packaging or changing to loose leafed tea…its something a step forward…

We love Asian dumplings pot stickers, and gyoza but I have never made them…John Rieber has he took the plunge and they look delicious…please head over and follow the step-by-step instructions they look soooo good…

Monday Musings…27th June 2022…

Chicken is such a versatile protein and carries little apart from what we cook it in…it pairs well with most fruits and today I am sharing Chicken with Mango…an easy and delicious dish.

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken with Mango…

My virtual tour of world cuisines stops in Denmark which is famed for the smørrebrød which is an open-faced sandwich that is simply a slice of rye bread with various combinations of toppings such as pickled herring, roast beef and eggs topped with mayo and shrimp…pickled herrings and meatballs are also a speciality to enjoy…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 18…Denmark

Store cupboard Basics look at spices this week …spices are always a good addition to a dish and can elevate it to something very special…we all of course have our favourite and most used spices and they vary from household to household…

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/06/30/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicspart-8-spices/

As Friday was the 1st of July I decided to have a look at the month ahead…I picked days, weeks, and months which are relevant to me and my blog as many are just plain stupid like national wriggle your toes day or pick your nose day, talk like Shakespeare day or lost sock day…they go on as anyone can suggest a day and they have…I hope some of my choices strike a chord for you…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…The month ahead!

 

Saturday Snippets and my one-word prompt word today is “Glory”…there are pretty flowers and rousings tunes…and one of my favourite stir-fries…Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.

Saturday Snippets…2nd July 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Glory”

Thank you for joining me today I hope those of you who are tennis fans are enjoying Wimbledon…as some of you know due to the flight fiasco I have extended my stay here by 4 weeks… last week I was visiting my mother in Derbyshire and at the moment I am in Cornwall where the weather is alternating between sunshine and showers we are staying on a lovely farm with my son and granddaughter…who has grown somewhat since I last saw her she is far taller than me and is now a fully qualified teacher …

Saturday Snippets…2nd July 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Glory”

Welcome to Saturday Snippets this is one of my favourite posts of the week I learn much from my research and your comments so please keep them coming…

Today’s word prompt is “Glory”…when my muse suggested “Glory” my first thoughts were of food ..no surprises there…lol…the beautiful water spinach called morning glory is one of my favourite stir-fries…but let’s start with a place my hubby wants to visit…

Glory River Kwai…

Glory Bush…

The Glory Bush has spectacular, bright purple flowers…Glory Bush is a member of the Melastomataceae or Senduduk family. Melastomataceae come from tropical and subtropical regions in the world. The family means ‘black mouth’ in Greek. Its fruits stain the mouth black when you eat them. Malaysians prize Senduduk for traditional medicines.

Morning Glory…

One of my favourite side dishes or main dish with rice it is a beautiful vegetable dish that I often eat…

Thai vegetable morning glory

Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Morning Glory
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 or more Thai Chillies
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of  Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp of fermented soybean paste or oil with soya beans ( optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil
  • water if required.

Let’s Cook!

Wash and cut your morning glory into 4-6 inch pieces.
Bash the chillies and garlic in a pestle and mortar
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry ( stirring) for 15-20 seconds be careful not to let the garlic burn.

Stirfried Morning Glory
Add morning-glory and all other ingredients.
Stir-fry for 40 seconds and add water if required and stir-fry for another 10 seconds.
Serve with steamed rice or as a side dish.
Enjoy!

Morning Glory Birdsong…

Gaelic Glory…

Is a boozy Irish cheddar cheese that contains Irish Creme Liquor…sounds delicious…

Glory Days Springsteen…

Lots of videos today as I am having fun and have an extra 4 weeks here and only scheduled a month ahead not two…

Glory Lily…plant.

Glory Lily is a perennial tropical flowering vine that makes a stunning, exotic house plant. This vining lily will grasp at anything for climbing up. Providing its weak, wispy vines with support will give the tendrils something to cling to…

Such pretty flowers the Glory Lily is a beautiful plant but like many plants, its flowers, leaves and roots are used in tropical medicine to treat many diseases …It has been used in the treatment of gout, infertility, open wounds, snakebite, ulcers, arthritis, cholera, colic, kidney problems, typhus, itching, leprosy, bruises, sprains, haemorrhoids, cancer, impotence, nocturnal emission, smallpox, sexually transmitted diseases, and many types of internal parasites.

Glory B waterfall…

A beautiful waterfall where it is an ideal place to sit and relax…a great little waterfall in Madison, Arizona…

Easy to access the waterfall is a very pretty little waterfall and worth a visit if you are in the area…

The glory of the Snow, Chionodoxa, is one of the first bulbs to flower in spring…

One of the earliest and most beautiful spring-flowering bulbs…once it is established it naturalises well and looks lovely planted among other perennial plants

Glory Lake Holland…

Just 3 and a half hours from Calais, near the small village of Oploo in Holland, you’ll find 12 acres of pure supercharged ‘next-generation’ carp fishing heaven. A picturesque gravel pit as old as the hills, but with all the scientific twists and turns of what Carp Fishing will become over the years to follow… an angler’s delight.

Glory wood Dorking…

Glory Wood and Devil’s Den is a 13-hectare (32-acre) nature reserve southeast of Dorking in Surrey…this wooded site has views over the North and South Downs. The main trees are oak and sweet chestnut and mammals include bats, roe deer, badgers and foxes…it is a nature lovers delight.

The word ” Glory” features in many religious songs…I will finish with this one by John Legend…

Thank you for joining me today for Saturday Snippets…as always I look forward to your comments x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 19th -25th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Grace” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…

The first day of a new week …we have a tortoise I think it is the most appreciated gift I have ever bought anyone…I never knew a tortoise would be so popular although she is lovely and surprisingly very fast as she explores her new home…

Monday Musings…20th June 2022…

These beautiful Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Skewers are ideal if you have BBQ weather and if you don’t then you can do them under the grill just wrap some foil around the sticks…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…BBQ Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Skewers…

I love writing an A-Z and this one is no exception…Sally from Smorgasbors Magazine is very kindly repeating/rewinding this A-Z ….today is the first in this series the letter A featuring almonds, aubergines, arrowroot and avocado…Please head over to read the original post by clicking the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – Almond Milk, Arrowroot, Aubergines dip #Thai and Avocado Guacamole.

A well-stocked store cupboard can save you money and time as there is nothing worse than being halfway through a recipe and finding out that you have not got one of the ingredients..local shops are generally more expensive and for smaller amounts…When stocking your storecupboard you can shop around at your leisure for good deals…

This week in my Kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 7…Vinegars, Sauces and Condiments…

I use mayo to make prawn cocktails or potato salad maybe on burgers when I make them for the grandchildren plus homemade mayo is so much nicer…I then don’t have guilty feelings about the poor baby chicks who are sacrificed for a jar of mayo…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Mayonnaise…The Reality!

As you know Saturday Snippets is one of my favourite posts to write…” Grace” was a joy to write …I love the song “Amazing Grace” especially when it is played on the bagpipes…Grace Bay Beach looks absolutely divine and Grace Darling really was a heroine…

Saturday Snippets…25th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Grace”

Thank you, Clive, for the heads up it was not your iPad it was me having so much fun catching up with my family and friends and I forgot to update the weekly roundup…I hope you are all enjoying the sun I brought with me it is a tad windier here in Derbyshire…my stay has also been extended due to my original flight being cancelled but it means I am here for another month…I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend xx

Saturday Snippets…25th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt “Grace”

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where my muse directs me to my one-word prompts that are great fun and sometimes there are many different things which have a connection to that prompt…This week my prompt is “Grace”…it is my dearest and best friend’s name it also means smoothness and elegance of movement, courteous goodwill plus bringing honour or credit to (someone or something) by one’s attendance or participation…not forgetting there are also biblical definitions of the word “Grace”

Cotinus “Grace”…Smokebush …

Smoke bushes are shapely rounded shrubs or small trees. There are green and purple-leafed forms, both of which are covered in summer with a smoky haze of soft open flower plumes. Cotinus ‘Grace’ is a purple-leafed smoke bush, bearing a showy display of pink-purple flowers in summer, followed in September and October by an incendiary change of leaf colour to an increasingly brilliant purple-orange-red.

Gracelands…and Elvis Presley belong in the same sentence it was the home of Elvis and is located in Memphis, Tennesee now it is a shrine, a place where Elvis lovers can go to remember their idol…At Graceland, you will find the largest collection of Elvis merchandise in the world – everything from collectables to apparel, accessories, jewellery, music…Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley retains 100% sole personal ownership of Graceland Mansion itself and its over 13-acre original grounds and her father’s personal effects – meaning costumes, wardrobe, awards, furniture, cars, etc.. She has made the mansion property and her father’s personal effects permanently available for tours…

Amazing Grace…such a beautiful song…I was going to continue with either the Elvis theme or Il Divo...but the beautiful sound of the bagpipes won hands down…

It was no contest really such a beautiful tune played on bagpipes by ” The Royal Scots Dragoons”

Grace Jones..model/actress who starred in James Bond …A view to Kill… a Jamaican model, singer and actress. In 1999, she ranked 82nd on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honoured with a Q Idol Award.

What animal symbolises grace …The Otter…a member of the weasel family, The Otter is found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Though most live in freshwater rivers, lakes, and wetlands, the sea otter and the smaller marine otter are found in the Pacific Ocean.

A group of otters on land is called a romp. A group of otters in the water is called a raft. Otters have webbed feet that make them excellent swimmers…however, they don’t build dams like beavers but do live near water and often take over empty beaver homes.

Grace Kelly…the actress turned princess…Grace Kelly went from Hollywood Royalty to actual Royalty…she married Prince Ranier III of Monaco.

Today, she is remembered as a fashion icon and one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Many of her films, including “Rear Window” and “To Catch a Thief”, are still regarded as classics in the present day.

The Marigold…brilliant and richly coloured marigolds represent warmth and grace…their meaning: Joy, modesty and grace…many gardeners swear that planting marigolds among their vegetables keeps away the pests…Although it hasn’t been proven, many long-time gardeners claim that marigolds control pests like tomato hornworms, cabbage worms, thrips, squash bugs, whiteflies, and others. Do marigolds keep bugs away? The best way to find out is to experiment in your own garden, and you really can’t go wrong. Marigolds are beautiful, and there’s no doubt that they attract a variety of beneficial insects that prey on bad bugs, which is very positive indeed!

The Grace” is also a lovely apricot-orange rose…such a pretty rose and deserving of the name “Grace”

Grace Darling English lighthouse Keeper…Grace Horsley Darling was an English lighthouse keeper’s daughter. Her participation in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838 brought her national fame…what made this rescue so famous was the fact that the boat wasn’t the type of boat used in a sea rescue…This boat, called a coble, was used by Grace and William Darling to rescue nine survivors from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire. A coble is a type of boat specially designed for working in the shallow waters of northeast England. Originally it would have had a mast as well as oars…it was amazing that this rescue was successful given the weather and the type of boat…

Her extraordinary act of bravery became internationally known, making front-page news and even reaching Queen Victoria. Both Grace and her father were awarded medals for their bravery…

Grace Bay Beach…situated in the Turks & Caicos…is said to have the most stunningly white beach with equally stunning turquoise water…The coastline is absolutely pristine & beautiful.

The three-mile stretch of white sand beaches known as Grace Bay beach was untouched until 1984 when Club Med opened Turquoise, the island’s first all-inclusive resort.

Thank you for joining me today for Saturday Snippets…today I am going to see my mum and my sister I will probably stay for a few days although the weather forecast up that end of the Uk is not promising..but maybe the sunshine will follow me…due to my original flight here being can and having to find another airline with a flight that day to enable me to travel tom the Uk has meant booking a one-way return flight has been a nightmare finally I managed to get one yesterday but the only date available means I have to stay until the end of July…

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 12th -18th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Art” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…my journey to the UK was not without its holdups…but the sunshine has come with me which is a bonus it is still got a chill in the air but it’s not quite so bracing this week…lol…

Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…June has well and truly arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it’s sunny!… A week later and the sun has been out and 30 degrees has been reached this week…the sunshine must have crept into my suitcase…Yeah!

This means it’s fruit salad and smoothies all the way…home from home…plus all the goodies I have not eaten for quite a while…sigh…I am trying to eke them out but that went out of the window at the clotted cream and strawberry stage-sigh…..

Monday Musings…13th June 2022…

Chicken Kabsa…A popular and traditional Arabic rice dish…with middle eastern spices…I love one-pot dishes, and adding dried limes just gives it that unique difference in taste …

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Kabsa

The A-Z…A virtual tour of the cuisine of the Dominican Republic where rice, beans and meat is a staple in any order depending on the dish…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 17…The Dominican Republic…

Cooking oil is a matter of choice depending on what you are cooking…it also seems that prices are rising around the world and that the shortages are beginning to bite…maybe time to consider an air fryer???

This Week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 6…Cooking Oils…

I was among the many who believed the scaremongering in the ’70s and carried that on until fairly recently when my son told me that perhaps I aught to do some research as it wasn’t as bad as we had been previously been made to think..the power of the media…and others…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews… Monosodium Glutamate(MSG)

Saturday Snippets…18th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Art”

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup I hope you relaxed and enjoyed catching up and as always I look forward to your comments…it seems the sunshine has gone away and we had a few drops of rain here and it’s cloudy and gloomy…but we had a nice morning me and my #1 son cooked a mushroom lasagne he did the cooking and I did the chopping, peeling and grating plus washing up as we went it was lovely cooking together again…xx

Saturday Snippets…18th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Art”

 

Clip Art…Clip art is a type of graphic art. Pieces are pre-made images used to illustrate any medium. Today, clip art is used extensively and comes in many forms, both electronic and printed. However, most clip art today is created, distributed, and used in a digital form.

Artisan Cheese…By ‘artisan’, it is meant cheeses made predominantly by small producers using traditional methods, and often making only one cheese and with the milk from their own herd. France has long been the holder of the title for producing the most Artisan cheeses but now… the Brits hold that title although they don’t consume as much cheese as our neighbours…Across the channel, the average Frenchman consumes an average of 25 kilograms of cheese a year…

Quartermaster…Quartermaster is a military term, the meaning of which depends on the country and service. In land armies, a quartermaster is generally a relatively senior soldier who supervises stores or barracks and distributes supplies and provisions.

Farthingale…A farthingale is one of several structures used under Western European women’s clothing in the 16th and 17th centuries to support the skirts in the desired shape and enlarge the lower half of the body. It originated in Spain in the fifteenth century.

Artists…An artist is a person who creates novels, poems, films, or other things which can be considered works of art. His books are enormously easy to read, yet he is a serious artist. An artist is a performer such as a musician, actor, or dancer.

Tarts…A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open-top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually shortcrust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard.

Tarts are thought to have either come from a tradition of layering food or to be a product of Medieval pie-making. Enriched dough (i.e. shortcrust) is thought to have been first commonly used in 1550, approximately 200 years after pies.

Rythym of my Heart…Rod Stewart…

DartModern darts were invented by a carpenter from Lancashire named Brian Gamlin in 1896. However, history goes back much further. Darts began as a military pastime originating in England during the medieval era in the first couple of decades of the fourteenth century.

Artichoke…The artichoke is a thistle plant in the genus Cynara, and the globe or French artichoke is the most common variety of this green vegetable. To a novice, a fresh artichoke can look a little intimidating, and the thorny vegetable takes some preparation to get to the meaty heart. While artichoke hearts are canned and frozen, they’re definitely different from the fresh version, which can be steamed, baked, boiled, or grilled…Artichoke needs to be cooked before eating, typically by baking, boiling, braising, grilling, microwaving, or roasting.

Though they share a name, artichoke and Jerusalem artichoke (or sunchoke) are not closely related. Both plants are members of the aster family, but they split from there. The artichoke is of the genus Cynara, which includes the cardoon. The Jerusalem artichoke is in the Helianthus genus and is a species of sunflower. Additionally, the edible part of a Jerusalem artichoke is the tuber (or root). It is eaten raw or cooked and has a texture much like a potato but with a sweet, crunchy chestnut flavour.

Art Garfunkel…

Art Deco...Art Deco is a popular design style of the 1920s and ’30s characterized especially by sleek geometric or stylized forms and by the use of man-made materials. The main characteristics of Art Deco architecture are its sleek, linear, often rectangular geometric forms arranged and broken up by curved ornamental elements. A series of setbacks creating a stepped outline helped create the monolithic appearance of typical Art Deco façades.

The Art of Destruction…for which “The Who” was famed for…

Steak Tartare…

Steak tartare is a dish of raw ground beef or horse meat. It is usually served with onions, capers, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings, often presented separately, to be added to taste. It is often served with a raw egg yolk on top…so many flavours I like but also something I am hesitant to eat but it always looks so delicious and is a very popular dish…

The first recipe for steak tartare appeared in 1938 when Prosper Montagné included it in the bible of gastronomy, the Larousse Gastronomique encyclopedia…although there are many tales of earlier versions… despite its huge popularity in France, steak tartare is not actually French in origin. It was introduced throughout Europe in the 17th century by Russian ships and is thought to come originally from the area covered by modern-day Mongolia (hence the name tartare or Tartar).

This is my take on a tartare and one I love to eat…

Beetroot Tartare.

Ingredients:

• 160 gm of cooked beetroot.
• 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tbsp of double cream

For Fried Capers:
• 10 capers
• Oil to fry about 3 tbsp.

For the crispbread:
• 2 very thin slices of stale bread
• 1 tbsp of olive oil.

Let’s Cook!

Make the crispbreads by cutting the bread into squares allowing 3 to 4 squares per person.

Heat the grill on its highest setting and put the bread on a tray and drizzle with the oil. Grill on each side for 1-2 mins until crisp and golden being careful not to burn (like I did)

To make the tartare, finely chop half the beetroot and blitz the other half with the olive oil to make a rough paste, and then combine with the chopped beetroot and cream and season to taste.

Rinse the capers and pat dry then heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat add the capers and fry for 30 seconds until they have started to open up then drain on kitchen paper.

To serve: Place a 6-8cm ring on a plate and put in some beetroot mix then remove the ring.
Garnish with capers and crispbread…

Sand Leek “Art”

Art’ is a curious ornamental cultivar that bears umbels that open in early summer. Each purple flower is held on a long wiry stem. These umbels develop bulbils at their base.

Thank you for joining me today on Saturday Snippets I hope you have enjoyed the prompt”Art” as always I look forward to your comments xx