Category Archives: Smorgasbord Health Column

Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin B1 – Wholegrains, Mackeral, Pork, Pineapple, Eggs, Asparagus

Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not in your body’s best interest. Giving it foods that the body can process and extract everything it needs is vital.

Today it’s...Vitamin B1- Thiamin

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that along with the other B vitamins and Vitamin C it travels through the bloodstream and any excess is eliminated in our urine. The body cannot store thiamin but it is found in tissues within the body such as in the liver, heart, kidneys and the nervous system where it binds to enzymes.

This does mean that these types of vitamins need to be replaced from our food continuously.

For a breakdown of Vitamin B1 and recipes please follow the link below…

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Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with! Sally Cronin

The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with!

In my previous posts you will often find me having a poke at the diet food industry – well actually more than a poke. There are certain products that are health-related that I do not have a problem with, but I don’t have much time with slimming bars and shakes. I do not care how many nutrients they say are in them, they are not in the form that the body understands or wishes to. We are designed to take our nutrients from natural foods.

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Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Introduction and Phase One – Before you begin your weight loss programme

 

Most of us have come out of the festive season with a little more than some presents and remnants of tinsel around the house. Many go into Christmas with great intentions especially, if they have been careful all year about weight and exercise, and others say ” What the Hell“ and dive straight into the Eggnog… Whichever type of reveller you are this is still a great time to give your body its annual holiday and get it ready for the tough year ahead.

A Gentle Detox…

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Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin A – Carrots, Liver, Apricots, Trout. Eggs, Frittata

Welcome to the rewind of this series from 2019 where we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually, we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Sally will be giving you all information on Vitamin A and what an important part it plays in our diet for our health and wellbeing…I enjoyed finding recipes that included Vitamin A…

Best food sources for Vitamin A – The most abundant source of the vitamin is found:

  • liver,
  • fish liver oils,
  • grass-fed dairy butter,(cattle’s natural food is grass, not grain or corn)
  • cheese,
  • free-range eggs
  • oily fish.

These are just a few examples please click the link below to read the original post…

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 12th- 18th December 2021…Culinary A-Z, Music, Recipes and more…

My Culinary A-Z is nearing the end of the alphabet…Christmas Music featuring more
versions of “Silent  Night” plus Christmas recipes and more…

I cannot believe how fast we are speeding towards seeing in another New Year …this week has been a funny ole week not much happened in the kitchen towards the festive jolly on the 25th… Right now, there are  7 days until Christmas 2021! …Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has been a little colder again in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous …

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… some more versions of “Silent Night”…Christmas Recipes,

The week started with a  Christmas rewind from Sally over at Smorgasbord…for the remainder of the week, it was some reblogs and I just winged it the rest of the time…I didn’t even cook very much just made a chicken and mushroom pie and some sausage rolls from the leftover pastry… some weeks are just blips when nothing much gets done and this was one of them…but Hey Ho please tell me it can only get better…

With special guests and the catering done by moi…Thank you, Sally, for sharing my mince pies and a lovely egg nog recipe from which I found a recipe for Advocaat something I haven’t seen for sale here and also haven’t drunk for many a year but have suddenly had a fancy for …my age I’m guessing …

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The First Day of Christmas with guests Mary Smith, Jacquie Biggar #Food Carol Taylor – Mince Pies and Egg Nog

Cooking your first turkey can be pretty daunting unless you have been around a kitchen all your life as it is generally a tad bigger than cooking a chook for two …Which is why we have also included a cooking calculator for a turkey and a step by step guide to cooking the perfect turkey.

Turkey is also healthy meat to eat...It is first and foremost a lean source of protein – 4 oz. gives you 65% of your daily protein requirement and has about half the amount of saturated fat that red meat does.

Please head over to Smorgasbord where Sally will tell you all about the benefits of including turkey in your diet…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health – Christmas Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – #Turkey – Perfectly Roasted

The Culinary A-Z…

Wednesday it was time for the next letter in my Culinary A-Z…with the letter U…

The letter U was a tad easier than I initially thought…there is Gouda Cheese, Squab Pigeon,  Potato Croquette, Legumes and so much more…I hope you enjoy the journey x

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letter U…

Silent Night…

Silent Night is a beautiful Carol and one of which there are many great versions some modern and some contemporary which are worth a listen as they are really very good..I do hope you enjoy my choices x

CarolCooks2…Silent Night continued…with some contemporary and modern versions.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas…

Day 4 of The Twelve Days of Christmas...with Sally’s special guests …the food today is some lovely warming Carrot Soup and some Champagne to wash it down please head over to Smorgasbord to read about today’s special guests and their favourite Christmas present…it is where Sally treats us to her tales of Christmases past and believe me when I say some of them are highly entertaining and will bring a smile to your face…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The Fourth Day of Christmas with guests Norah Colvin, Amy Reade #Food Carol Taylor, Carrot Soup and Champagne

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday Snippets this week featured “Merry” as my one-word prompt…I do hope you enjoyed reading the little gems I found which had a connection to “Merry ” it was an interesting word to research…

Here’s just a little something to bring you some cheer it certainly brought a smile to my face…

They look very smart in their Christmas outfits such cute dogs that belong to Tori…Thank you Tori for the images …

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 5th- 11th December 2021…Environmental A-Z, Music, Recipes and Free Wine Fountains…

My environmental A-Z…Christmas Music by Elvis and Simon & Garfunkel, Sausage  Rolls,
Mince Pies and my new recipe for sweet mincemeat plus after the Mistletoe comes the
Wine…Cheers!

I cannot believe we are now hurtling towards New Year …Have you made the puddings and cake, pickled your pickles all ready for the festive jolly on the 25th… Right now, there are
13 days until Christmas 2021! …Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has been a little warmer in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous …

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… if you are comfy and have your drink to sustain you then time to have a read and relax…

The week started with 6 of my favourite versions of Silent Night it is a beautiful Christmas Carol and there have been many lovely versions over the years…

I have posted a few different versions throughout the week and there will be another at the end of this post…

CarolCooks2… Silent Night my 6 favourite version…

It was followed by some Christmas trivia I mean who knew that tinsel used to be made from real silver or that Christmas Eve in Iceland is all about reading a book and eating chocolate a custom I could quite easily adopt…

Interestingly I heard of another one which I am happy to adopt as when talking to Mary she mentioned that she fried some Christmas cake with bacon…come on bacon makes everything taste better…

CarolCooks2…Christmas Trivia, Traditions and Devils on Horseback…

Wednesday was time for the environmental A-Z which although it generally has a serious side I have tried to incorporate a bit of Christmas cheer and there are some hints and tips on how we can make our Christmas a little more sustainable …

 

I think we can seriously cut down to prevent food waste at Christmas and New Year plus packaging waste…which if you are buying for kids can be horrendous and do they really need(not)want all the latest toys and games?… I think the time has come to limit that as much is hardly ever played with after it has been opened and kids should be encouraged to think about the environment …I never forget when we brought a subscription to a gibbon Project our grandkids loved it and asked so many questions it was lovely and not just on Christmas day they were able to follow the progress of their little gibbon baby until it was released back into the jungle and even then they could hear and read about the progress it was so lovely…How many questions do they ask about the latest electronic fad/game they just stick their nose in it and no one gets a word out of them…I much prefer interest plus equations and it keeps me from dozing off…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter W…Waste Prevention, Waste Management and Wood Dust/Smoke…

Thursday it was the reposting from Sally over at Smorgasbord Magazine of a seasonal post where Sally shared the nutritional benefits of an ingredient “Brussel Sprouts” and Carol Taylor incorporates it in a delicious recipe.

Thank you, Sally I know I needed a recap of just how good the Brussel Sprout is nutritionally for me and I think many of us are discovering that they are not the overcooked sprouts that our nans used to serve they have moved on and can take many strong flavours like chilli and bacon I mean bacon makes everything taste better…#Recommended read.

Please head over to Smorgasbord and have a read..the Brussel Sprout has had a resurgence and is now loved by many…

Smorgasbord Health – Christmas Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Brussel Sprouts spicy and fried, Risotto Cakes and Au Gratin

Friday it was time for the recipes for sausage rolls, mince pies and my new recipe for sweet mincemeat…

There are many variations of both the sausage roll and the mince pie…here I give you a family recipe which was handed down to me but I also ring the changes with the pastry and how I decorate the tops either with puff pastry or with star shape or a lattice top they can be served with custard, cream or brandy butter whatever your loved tradition dictates…Last week when I tested my new mincemeat recipe we had custard… at Christmas I like mine eaten warm with nothing or some cheese or with cream…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Mince Pies and Sausage Rolls…plus Silent Night with Simon & Garfunkel.

 Saturday Snippets…it was a natural progression following mistletoe with wine for the one-word prompt I hope you enjoy!

I enjoyed this one…Drunken Cheese had a lovely story of its history and I was fascinated as to the production of it…there was news of free wine fountains in Italy…music videos of which my choice was endless and who would have thought even a wine flavoured Kit -Kat well I sort of did as they have a green tea flavoured one here which is actually quite nice…

Saturday Snippets 11th December 2021…After the Mistletoe came the Wine!

Today’s version of  Silent Night is performed by Placido Domingo…

I hope you enjoy this version …

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed the catchup…I look forward to your comments as always…Have an enjoyable Sunday, stay safe from this new virulent covid strain…I hope you will join me again next week I am always pleased to see you XX