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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 18th -24th September 2022-Monday Musings, Chicken Curry with Bamboo , Health, Morbid Obesity, Aromatic Leaves…Deep Fried Maple Leaves…and Saturday Snippets where “Curve” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…September is in its final week...the start of high season and sunshine for some although we are still getting some ferocious tropical downpours and the start of shorter nights and colder days for others…

Lots of food months in September like potatoes, rice, mushrooms, Italian Cheese, honey, chicken, and whole grains all foods I like…This is the time to gather up the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter month for those of you who are in the Southern Hemisphere…

Last Monday saw the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II… Queen Elizabeth II sadly left this world after 70 years of service and dedication to the Crown and the British people…a sad week for so many worldwide…a Queen who was a mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to serving the Crown and throughout her life, she did so with grace, humility, dignity and a sense of fun…

What can we look forward to in October?…for some there is Halloween but it’s also a month loaded with national and global celebrations. In addition to spooky revelry, October’s schedule includes multiple days on the topic of bullying awareness …it makes me sad that after all the days, weeks and months we are still banging this drum…Bullying is unacceptable in my book and yet it still exists…

It’s National Apple, Chilli and Caramel, pears and Rhubarb month plus cookbook month… those are just a few of my favourites already the recipes are swirling around in my brain…

Let’s have look at last week’s posts…starting with…Monday Musings...

Monday was a historical day and a sad day but a day where we could reflect on a life well lived, a much-loved mother, grandmother and Queen was laid to rest…Long Live the King!

Monday Musings …19th September 2022…

Chicken is such a versatile and healthy meat, quick to cook and a whole chicken can make more than one meal today I shared a much-loved recipe here chicken with bamboo…bamboo is a very versatile vegetable…Bamboo shoots are also very nice to eat…Bamboo shoots (noo maai) are used as the main ingredient in a variety of traditional Thai dishes, they can be cooked, pickled, and eaten raw. Bamboo shoots have a high amount of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Curry with Bamboo Shoots( noo maai)…

I love writing A-Z’s and this one is no exception it is interesting and informative to look at a country’s cuisine…Today I am taking you on a virtual tour of the cuisine of Estonia…a cuisine that is similar in many ways to the food I grew up with and also a cuisine that is building on its traditional roots and is so good now that some restaurants have started to earn a Michelin star…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 23…Estonia…

World wide Obesity is on the rise…the official figures are scary because not does obesity only limit our lifespan and impact our enjoyment of life it also impacts on health services around the world…We cannot halt the train that produces so many processed foods which are in general laden with chemicals, the same with our meat and vegetables we can however take charge of ourselves and choose to get off that train…Sally who writes Smorgasbord Magazine uses herself as an example of what can be achieved… she tells how it impacted her life and would have affected her longevity …she also is very honest as she chronicles her journey…she is a living example of what can be done by us…TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST PLEASE CLICK THE HIGHLIGHTED LINK BELOW…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – Delicious foods you can eat on a healthy #weightloss programme by Sally Cronin

Aromatic leaves can make a great difference to the taste of our food and often we have them in our gardens or can find them if we forage we may pick the fruit and not realise that the leaf also has a place in our culinary world to enrich our dishes…

In this post, I look at maple Leaves, The Duan Salam leaf and the star fruit leaf…all these leaves that until I researched this post I was unaware either of their existence or the fact that they could be used…I have Duan Salam leaves in the post and on their way to me, the star fruit leaves stare me in the face every day and I knew not of their use… the Maple leaf I don’t have a tree near me and even those of you who have didn’t know they could be eaten…it seems it has been a learning curve all around this week…that makes me happy as I love to learn new things…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Aromatic Leaves…Part 5…

One of my favourite posts to write and research…this week my muse gave me an easy one…”Curve”…I hope you enjoy the music and the chatter x

Saturday Snippets…24th September 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Curve”

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments I hope you are having a fabulous weekend xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – Delicious foods you can eat on a healthy #weightloss programme by Sally Cronin

Especially for you...this week Sally outlines what you can eat to lose weight and stay healthy…

Delicious foods you can eat on a healthy #weightloss programme

Most eating programmes to lose weight will emphasise all the foods that you cannot eat.

This to me is crazy as in fact they are far outweighed by the number of foods that you can eat. This is why we head into a weight loss programme already feeling deprived.

As a rule of thumb when preparing your menu for the week and a shopping list; select anything that has been taken from the ground, picked from a tree, allowed to roam free and graze naturally and comes from a cold sea environment rather than a fish farm.

Anything that is wrapped in plastic or cardboard should be treated with suspicion as should the really cheap options. Also whilst it is convenient to buy your vegetables ready chopped they will have lost up to 50% of their nutritional value in the first week after being chopped and more as the days go by. Think about what an apple looks like after only a few minutes of being exposed to the air. Usually, good quality frozen food is chopped and prepared immediately so you can use that as an alternative.

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 11th -17th September 2022-Monday Musings, Mushroom, Spinach Eggy Crumpets with Feta Cheese and Thyme , Health, Morbid Obesity, Aromatic Leaves…and Saturday Snippets where “Bread” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…September is here...we are halfway through the month…the start of high season and sunshine for some although we are still getting some ferocious tropical downpours and the start of shorter nights and colder days for others…

September is the ninth month of the year it is also Classical Music month and personally, I love classical music …lots of food months in September like potatoes, rice, mushrooms, Italian Cheese, honey, chicken, and whole grains all foods I like…September, in Old England, was called Haervest-monath (Harvest Month). This is the time to gather up the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter month for those of you who are in the Southern Hemisphere…

All the news around the world I’m guessing has been about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II… Queen Elizabeth II who sadly left this world after 70 years of service and dedication to the Crown and the British people…a sad week for so many around the world both personally and countrywide…I will comment though that whether or not you agree with a monarchy some seem to forget the Queen was also a mother and grandmother and no one can deny that she was also dedicated to serving the Crown and throughout her life, she did so with grace, humility, dignity and a sense of fun…

Let’s have look at last week’s posts…starting with…Monday Musings...

How uncanny was that to see a rainbow that is a natural happening when rain and sunshine are in tandem but for a double rainbow to appear at the time when we were notified of the Queen’s passing was beautiful…rainbows signify hope and my hope is that the Queen is now reunited with her beloved Phillip and going forward the hope that King Charles will be a good king …I think he will as he had an excellent role model in his mother…xx

The End of an Era! and a Rainbow…

Tuesday was time for another veggie recipe and who doesn’t like crumpets…this recipe is a version of eggy bread with crumpets, spinach, feta cheese, thyme and mushrooms it was delicious and something that my family requested I make again and there was no bacon in sight…I had no complaints and no whinges about having no bacon…win, win…

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally is rewinding and reposting one of my first A-Z’s…Thank you, Sally I am enjoying re-visiting these posts…

Please head over to Smorgasbord to read the original post by clicking the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘G’ for Ginger, Garlic, Guacamole, Goose fat and Gribige…

Today is the day when we can check what we should weigh…To find out please click the highlighted link below…If you have any questions just drop Sally a message in the comments and she will come back to you…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #Weightloss – How much should you weigh? by Sally Cronin

Friday’s Product Review…Aromatic Leaves…Part 4.

Aromatic leaves are much used in my kitchen both to add flavour to recipes or as in the case of some of the larger leaves to cook fish or sticky rice…Many leaves that are native to other countries are now finding their way around the world as either dried or frozen I think that is great as we can widen our cooking repertoire and experience other flavours…some of which we may not like and others which may become a staple in our spice collection…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Aromatic Leaves…Part 4…

Saturday Snippets…

One of my favourite posts to write and research…this week my muse gave me an easy one…”Bread”…I hope you enjoy the music and the chatter x

Saturday Snippets…17th September 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is …“Bread”

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments I hope you are having a fabulous weekend xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #Weightloss – How much should you weigh? by Sally Cronin

Today is the day when we can check what we should weigh…To find out please click the highlighted link below…If you have any questions just drop Sally a message in the comments and she will come back to you…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/09/15/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-morbid-obesity-weightloss-how-much-should-you-weigh-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘G’ for Ginger, Garlic, Guacamole, Goose fat and Gribige…

Welcome to a repeat of the series from CarolCooks2, the wonderful Culinary A – Z where today the letter is G… a reminder, not only of the amazing variety of food we have available to us today from around the world, but delicious recipes showcase them…Many thanks to Sally of Smorgasbord Magazine for repeating this series my first A-Z…as you most probably know I love an A-Z…

The letter G showcases many of my most loved and used cooking ingredients in my kitchen…

Let’s start with two ingredients which not only do I grow but use very frequently in fact almost daily I would say…

Ginger and Galangal are both used frequently in Thai cuisine. The difference visually is quite apparent Galangal has that lovely pinkish hue when it is freshly dug up.

Ginger is a soft brown colour a comparison could be the peacock and the peahen…in my mind…haha

Galangal or as it is also known Thai ginger is used in many dishes …it can only be sliced it does not grate well it is also used in the famous Tom Yum Soup

Ginger you can grate or dice finely, it is used in fish dishes here in Thailand or with Scallops it is a lovely thing.

Both are members of the rhizome family…turmeric and cardamom both being relatives of ginger which has a softer taste than the citrusy Galangal.

Ginger is softly sweet and slightly spicy and medicinally it has many benefits. Ginger tea can aid digestion and is a lovely drink.

Ginger Beer… my mum used to make it and I have memories of the corks popping out while it was fermenting in her pantry. She used to feed the root and then pass half on to a friend a bit like we pass on our sough dough or kombucha. For so long I kept saying I am going to start a ginger beer plant as I have such happy memories and love a drink of ginger beer.I am now the proud owner of one and love it…

The true Ginger Beer Plant dates back to around the 1700s and is not actually a plant at all, instead it is a living organism. This organism forms a gelatinous cluster which moves about within its jar naturally, when used correctly it can allow you to make a lifetime’s supply of authentic, naturally fizzy alcoholic Ginger Beer that used to be commonplace in most UK households.

To get the recipe and to read the original post please click the highlighted link below…hope to see you there where Sally and Moi will give you a warm welcome…

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 4th -10th September 2022-Monday Musings, Chicken, Pineapple and Nduja Bake, Health, Morbid Obesity, Aromatic Leaves…and Saturday Snippets where “Bleed” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…September is here...the start of high season and sunshine for some and the start of shorter nights and colder days for others…

September is the ninth month of the year it is also Classical Music month and personally, I love classical music …lots of food months in September like potatoes, rice, mushrooms, Italian Cheese, honey, chicken, and whole grains all foods I like…September, in Old England, was called Haervest-monath (Harvest Month). This is the time to gather up the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter month for those of you who are in the Southern Hemisphere…

Last week for me and for the rest of the world was a sad week…on Tuesday I heard a dear friend passed away and on Thursday Queen Elizabeth II also left this world after 70 years of service and dedication to the Crown and the British people…a sad week and losses for so many around the world both personally and countrywide…

Monday Musings…

Welcome to Monday Musings…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… Today it is a thoughtful place when I look around the world and see not only is there so much that is right and to be celebrated there is also so much that must be put right…Social Media and attitudes are continually disturbing me…I am by no means perfect and don’t profess to be but it’s time we were all kinder and more accepting of the differences of those around us…Hence bullying and depression plus music are the subjects of last week’s Monday Musings…I ended with music as I believe we should all have music in our lives…

Monday Musings…5th September 2022…Depression, Bullying and some Music…

Next in Carol’s Kitchen and it’s time for a Chicken recipe...

A chicken recipe with my new favourite ingredient called Nduja…pronounced  en-DOO-ya”…easy when you know how!

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken, Pineapple and Ndjua Bake…

Time for another post in Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…this month there was no bread recipe as I haven’t baked any since I have been back from the UK…it has taken me a few weeks to get back into the swing of things…I have however made some chilli jam and it is delicious, especially on a hard-boiled egg…a simple snack. I am back on track to reduce waste especially leaves..green waste in the kitchen and there are some easy solutions to cut the waste and use those limp leaves…plus if you have a tomato shortage in your state then there is a link for a solution…Please head over by clicking the highlighted link below.

Carol Taylors Green Kitchen…September 2022…

So many things need fixing in the world and the Worldwise rise in Obesity figures shows there is a problem all this has a knock-on effect on the health systems worldwide…Please head over To Smorgasbord Health Column by clicking the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #Weightloss – The Project Plan for Success by Sally Cronin

Sadly I woke up to the news that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away…was it a sign when the double rainbow appeared where and when it did?

A rainbow is a sign of hope and although the nations will mourn our beloved Queen’s loss she is now reunited with her prince…Rest in peace, Ma’am…

Her Majesty was Head of State for a population of 144 million across the UK and the Commonwealth Realms. During her reign, she visited every realm and every region of the UK, returning to some many times over…she also had a brilliant sense of fun… altogether great Queen… the end of an era…

 

The End of an Era! and a Rainbow…

Aromatic leaves are a big part of my cookery recipes and today it was part 3 of “Aromatic Leaves”

I am always on the lookout for aromatic leaves as I know how they can change the flavour profile of a dish…although many of these leaves are native sometimes to countries on the other side of the world to you…they are grown quite successfully in other climes or are dried and available as spice mixes sometimes they are frozen so it’s always worth looking in the freezer section of your local Asian store or checking online in the state or county where you live as often small growers do cultivate some of these plants or even Amazon…

If I come across a new leaf, fruit or vegetable to me I always check online first and many I find that way like my Indian Bay Leaves which are a recent addition to my spice cupboard.

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Aromatic Leaves…Part 3…

Saturday Snippets...my muse is wonderful and comes up with most of my one-word prompts with little help from me…today’s one ..where and how she came up with that I don’t know maybe she had cut herself …but as it happened I learnt a few more things and that makes me happy…a new chilli who would have thunk?

Yes one of my favourite vegetables always bleeds and I also spared everyone by not playing the obvious song by Leona Lewis and quite frankly I’m sure you are glad to be spared…I mean Linkin Park and Fleetwood Mac for me are far superior…I hope you enjoy!

Saturday Snippets …10th September 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Bleed”

Thank you for joining me this week for my weekly roundup as always I look forward to your comments…I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend its been a blowy and rainy one here..See you next week xx