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Carol Cooks2 …Weekly roundup…Phoenix, Smart Watches and The Nectar of the Gods…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

I have baked my first sourdough loaf…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

After all the trial and tribulations…I have baked my very first loaf…Phoenix arose and did the job he is now quiet in the fridge but bubbling slowly so I am guessing he is a strong, feisty boy…I wonder who he takes after??? Haha, it has been said…..

More about this later… 

Smart watches were the subject for the first post of the week and I am loving my recent purchase… Not very much impresses me especially gadgets I am probably the most anti-gadget person I know…

But I also know I need to look after the one body I have…Not be fanatic and exercise madly, (walking), become vegan(said)quietly or follow faddy diets. I have all those t/shirts…

legs people walking

Just to eat sensibly a healthy balanced diet with lots of veggies and fibre and have the odd piece of sourdough bread which will be thoroughly enjoyed with butter and not an ounce of guilt or remorse…and just walk…So there you have it!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/12/healthy-eating-smartwatch/

Honey certainly deserves the name of nectar of the gods ...For thousands of years it has been used both as a nutritious addition to diet and as an effective medicine and the oldest reference to this delicacy dates back to 5500 BC.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 15 and there is so much happening from the scandalous to the good… My wish is that man who is the biggest threat to the world and the ecosystem will be neutralised that corrupt governments and officials will be outed and that the people in charge will grow or have some balls to stop bad practise and say NO to damaging practices!

Young Greta Thunberg was correct when she said government have not and will not listen… I for one hope these young people’s voices will be heard.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/14/wastenot-want-not-week-15/

Thursday saw my monthly post over @Esme’s Salon and the letter was N…I hope you will pop over as these posts need some love… Thank you, John, for your continued support 🙂 x

nutmeg nettles and noodles blog header

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-n/

Lastly my very first wholemeal Sour Dough Loaf courtesy of Phoenix who arose and did his job…

I won’t say it was an easy journey but we are here and baking…And very nice it was we can only improve from here but I am so pleased I didn’t give up as the result was worth it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/15/week-11-in-my-kitchen-my-first-sourdough-loaf/

Thank you so much for bearing with me throughout the ups and downs of Phoenix and for the very helpful tips that Tabula gave me…She is a star…

Thank you for reading 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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 I bid you 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://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Sourdough is still on the agenda but this lady is not going to let it defeat her…British to the core we don’t give up…

Thanks go out to Tabula… she has helped me immensely she also has a lovely blog so pop over and say hello…That link you sent me Tabula was awesome ..I have a book which is ok..but it doesn’t cover the what if’s like Maurizio does…Today we carry on following Maurizio’s instructions and we will have bread!

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We then came to roundup numero 2 from my friend Sally for whom I write and collaborate with on my weekly food column over on Smorgasbord…This roundup includes book reviews, Old Australia, Chopped Liver, Health and even chicken poop a plethora of fun, facts and the plain amazing.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-upjazz-chicken-poop-chopped-liver-old-age-australia-and-sheep-farming/

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We then came to Tuesday where we discuss anything healthy and how we can make healthy eating the norm…A way of life!

I touched on the Keto way of eating which my son is following joined a FB group for Keto beginners and did some research and some of it is similar to the way I eat BUT I cannot get my head around the amount of fat and such a low carb and protein allowance…Good fat or not we need balance I believe  I love vegetables and fruit and cannot limit myself so strictly…Yes, there is fast and massive weight loss… But I am asking myself is that healthy, sustainable as the Keto diet is so restrictive?

What are your thoughts?

Spoiler Alert! One thing we are agreeable on is intermittent fasting which I follow which was 17 hours yesterday/today…More on that on Tuesday…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/26/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-but-a-way-of-life-2/

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A Sunday Roast…How many of you love Sunday Roast? But don’t cook it? The art of cooking a perfect Sunday roast including Yorkshire puddings and perfect pork crackling is revealed here.

sunday roast pork

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-how-to-cook-the-perfect-sunday-roast/

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The hardest post I have written for a long time purely because I am so disappointed, angry, upset that any government can sanction such a devastating blow to one of their natural beautiful landmarks…By allowing one million tons of sludge to be dumped on The Great Barrier Reef…Shame on the AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/27/waste-not-want-not-australia-plans-to-dump-one-million-tons-of-sludge-on-the-great-barrier-reef/

The heartening news is that if you are Australian and have a vote then you can become a Climate Voter…So if you care about your beautiful natural wonders and want to stop pollution sign up…I just wish I was an honorary Aussie and could vote as I would… These politicians who endorse and allow these acts to go ahead need telling and voting OUT!

Be a climate Voter!

https://www.acf.org.au/

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I have never needed to feel the sunshine so much as I did after writing that post on the Great Barrier Reef…I was honoured to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award from Sally…Of course for that honour, I had to bare my soul and reveal a little more about Moi…I hope you enjoy and if I nominated you I look forward to reading more about YOU…

sunshine blogger award

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/01/the-sunshine-blogger-award-take-2/

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That was followed by my post on my week in my kitchen…

The continuation of the Sourdough saga, stinky beans and Mayong otherwise known as the Marian plum…And of course Aston’s unusual birthday gift…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/01/week-9-in-my-kitchen-it-floats-to-the-top-and-wont-rise-my-sourdough/

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Thank you for reading I hope you now feel refreshed and enthused and have a wonderful weekend  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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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://carolcooks2.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

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch – Tomatoes for Breakfast Spanish Style

I love tomatoes any which way and tomatoes on toast for breakfast or brunch sounds good to me… Healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless and boring it can be amazing and simple like this breakfast dish …Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Carol Taylor will be back in the New Year with the Food and Cookery Column after a well earned Christmas break.

In the meantime I will be sharing the Cook from Scratch series from two years ago which combined the health benefits of specific key ingredients followed by Carol’s recipes for cook from scratch dishes.

To kick that series off, I am sharing a breakfast that I was introduced to when we lived in Madrid. I love tomatoes and they were always readily available all year round. With some other simple ingredients, tomatoes provide a wonderful start to the day that keeps you going until lunchtime.

I would love to invite any of you who have favourite recipes that use fresh ingredients, to get in touch at the email at the bottom of the post. And of course another chance to promote your work.

Most of us associate a  breakfast…

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Is it Really Sour Dough Bread??

Sour Dough Bread

I was shocked to read an article recently that stated that sourdough bread is NOT always sourdough bread… Which reinforces my views that no one even stores where I have shopped for years and trusted cannot be trusted…Why I was shocked I really don’t know.

What is sourdough ???

The big difference between sourdough bread and the “normal” bread you buy or bake today is the source of the yeast. Most bakers today use cultivated yeast that comes in a package. … It is the starter what gives sourdough bread its distinctive taste…

Which the consumer Watchdog conducted a survey and only 4 out of the 19 loaves tested were sourdoughs… A sourdough starter contains flour, water, salt and a starter culture.

A starter culture is simply flour and water mixed together and left to ferment for a few days until it becomes a frothy, bubbly, thick liquid.

Many of the supermarket loaves, however, contain additional ingredients such as yeast, ascorbic acid, yoghurt and vinegar, most of which are added to speed up the rising process, boost volume or create sour flavour.

As sourdough is NOT a protected term then there is nothing to stop supermarkets using additional ingredients and labelling their loaves as sourdough.

As consumers we need to become more aware, savvy, question what is in our food and maybe be prepared to pay a higher price for what is an artisan product.

A spokesperson from The Real Bread Campaign stated that the added ingredients do not necessarily make the bread any more unhealthy it just isn’t traditional or authentic which takes me back to my previous comment that as a consumer we need to be more aware and decide what we will accept and what we actually want to eat.

Obviously, if it is for health reasons that you are opting for sourdough bread then you need to read the labels …HOWEVER many stores do not list ingredients on their bread packaging especially any which is baked in-house.

It may be that you will have to conduct online research into companies bread and it’s ingredients.

The four sourdough loaves which did receive the Real Bread Campaign’s stamp of approval are:

  • Gail’s White Sourdough bread
  • Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Multiseed Sourdough
  • Waitrose 1 White Sourdough
  • Waitrose 1 Wheat and Rye Sourdough

I also find it disconcerting that those same companies also sell bread labelled as sourdough when it isn’t.

It smacks of double-dealing to me that the consumer would be misled into thinking that all their sourdough was equal so to speak and it isn’t.

My conclusion is that it is easier and you know what your loaf contains if you bake your own bread.

Sour Dough Starter: ( Easy)

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 500g/1lb 2oz strong unbleached white bread flour, plus extra for flouring or flour of your choice or a mixture.
  • 300g/10½oz sourdough starter
  • 250ml/9fl oz water
  • 10g/¼oz brown sugar
  • 10g/¼oz salt
  • flavourless oil, for greasing

Let’s Bake!

Mix together the flour, sourdough starter and water in a bowl. Add the sugar and salt. Turn out on to a clean kitchen surface and knead for 10 minutes or until the ‘windowpane effect’ is achieved (where the dough can be stretched until it is so thin that it becomes transparent).

Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and let it prove for 2½-3 hours. You won’t notice as much of a rise in the dough as you would with a normal, yeasted bread and it will take a lot longer.

Turn out the dough onto a clean kitchen surface and knock back the dough. Portion the dough into two and shape into two ball-shaped loaves. Flour generously, and place each loaf seam side up in a bowl, lined with a linen cloth or a heavily-floured tea towel – without the cloth, your loaf will stick in the bowl and you won’t be able to turn it out. Leave to prove for a further 2½ hours.

Preheat the oven to 230C/450F/Gas 8. Put a few ice cubes or cold water into a baking tin and place in the bottom of the oven to create steam. Turn the loaves out onto a baking tray or hot baking stone. Using a thin sharp knife score two or three times on the top of the loaf and place in the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a good crust has formed and the loaves sound hollow when tapped on the base.

Enjoy!

How to spot faux sourdough  I thought that maybe I could spot a fake sourdough loaf by smell and texture but because there are so many different starter cultures, recipes, flours it is almost impossible you really need to know the ingredients. Sourdough bread does have a longer shelf life … But unless you know the ingredients or the baker and you trust him then the only real way if to make your own.

sour-dough-artisan-bread

Do you make your own sourdough bread???

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have a great week 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!

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