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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Recipes Beef Stroganoff, Corned Beef, Thai Beef Salad ( Nam Doc Nua)

It’s Wednesday again and this week my recipes are using Beef …I hope you enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to Carol’s cookery column I have just discovered a lovely little shop which sell Thai/French beef…Now I am not a great beef eater at all but this beef has the best taste and I could quite easily have eaten so much more… I have my old, old recipe for Beef Stroganoff, a recipe I have been making for about 50 years and I have tried to remember where I got that recipe from with no success… I have trawled books and the internet and have found many versions none the same as mine…so I decided that even way back then I was experimenting…

My original recipe was sliced rump steak, onions, mushrooms, cream, white wine and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Onions in the pan then the steak, quickly cooked, add the mushrooms, cream and wine , copious amounts of black pepper and served with rice.

Quick and…

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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love !


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Don’t the weeks just fly by? Welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…How is your new eating plan going??? It would lovely to hear from you in comments…

I am really watching what I eat this week as Easter is coming and I love a Hot Cross bun or two…Don’t you??

What is this I hear about the word Easter being taken of the Easter Egg boxes???  Well apparently it is old news and not quite TRUE..the word Easter is on the back of the box and not the front… I am guessing that it won’t be long before it disappears from the back of the box… Maybe I will take a bet on that…

What have I eaten today…Som Tam ( Papaya Salad)and sticky rice for my brunch…my early morning drink was Coconut Juice fresh and lovely.

Papaya Salad Som Tam

Tonight, as my little granddaughter has come to stay, is Thai Beef Salad …A treat as beef is hard to come by here and expensive. Now when you click on this link you will also see a recipe for Bread Pudding which is a luscious English dish… Moderation and enjoy if you make it! No guilt and moderation…

Nam Doc Nua

Thai Beef Salad

Doesn’t it look lovely and fresh? That is why I love Thai Food  …It is quick to make and when I was working I just froze my meat in portions and took it out of the freezer before I went to when I come home I just had to put on the rice and chop the salad ..flash fry the beef and slice thinly and mix it together and add the chillies etc…20 minutes tops and my dinner was ready…

I also owe all of you who were looking forward to some Tofu recipes this week an apology... I was hoping to get some tried and tested recipes that I could make but no… I won’t go into the why’s and wherefores but if anyone would like to do a guest post on Tofu with tried and tested recipes then please Pm or e-mail me… I am so sorry to have let you down…I myself don’t cook with tofu and haven’t ever wanted to but I know many of you do and I was hoping to be able to feature some on here this week and try some for myself but it didn’t happen I am afraid… So sorry 😦

What did you think of the protein drinks did you try them? Which one is your favourite so far?? Mine is the raspberry and beet one which is pictured below isn’t it a lovely colour so pretty  …There will be another one next week so stay tuned…

Raspberry Protein Shake

Next week I will have another protein drink for you… Also, some recipes using Mango as at the moment Mangoes are plentiful and in season here and I have many mangoes some I eat green and raw with a chilli dip and I also make my own Mango chutney for when I have an Indian Curry which I do maybe once every two weeks…I did tell you that this eating plan does not count anything we just apply MODERATION…

No foods are barred just the ones that I choose not to eat…What do you choose not to eat?? Come on…Be truthful…


We are all grown-ups and we know what we are eating and we know what is good and what isn’t and we know why we are overweight … Who are you cheating??? Not me! I won’t tell you not to eat it…I won’t tell you to stop … I won’t tell you anything except what I eat and what works for me and the rest is up to you…No one else… Just You!

Tell me …How is your eating plan going? Do these posts help? Are there any particular recipes you would like me to feature???

Until next week ..Enjoy what you eat…Just remember…No Excuses and moderation…xxxx

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If you can dream it, you can do it!

29 days to Christmas …yikes… Best get that ham curing …I have lots of different recipes on my Pinterest  Boards but I will also give you my tried and tested home-cured ham recipe next week….promise!

But as promised in last weeks blog….see I don’t forget…  one of my favourite Thai dishes  Nam Doc Nua ( Beef Salad).

This week sees me having my 1st Thai Language lesson. So watch this space…..I’m sure progress will be slow…even very slow…ha ha but at the moment I only speak Nik Noi Thai ( very little.)

I have also been ploughing through Word Press… How to..for beginners..that’s me! ….. Have managed to add FB, Linked In and Pinterest buttons so that’s a result…. so my aim is to be able to do one thing a week sooooo…..what does that mean for you…my faithful followers ?…….who knows? certainly not me!…….Could be a change of header or pictures absolutely anything!… So watch this space… mistakes will probably be glorious,  but I was blonde before I was this lovely au naturel shade of ” white”  and both the best colour to get your own dumb..although you really are not…….has always worked for me……Ha Ha…hope hubby doesn’t read this!

Anyway, by now you have probably realised that I am whimsical…this label was applied to me by my lovely friend Jelena……she got the look from me that said ..really!… you are soooooo totally wrong….but actually in the end ” I googled it”…..The definition is:  given to whimsy or fanciful notions;

“Her writing showed whimsical notions of human behaviour.” so in a nutshell, I have to admit she has a point.
Recipe for Thai Beef Salad.
Serves 2.
  • 300gm Tenderloin Beef.
  • 1 sm red Onion or 2/3 shallots.
  • 2 Spring Onions.
  • 2 medium tomatoes or  8/10 cherry toms.
  • 1 sm cucumber.
  • 2 sprigs mint.
  • Big handful of Coriander.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies chopped.
  • 1 lime.
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.
Let’s Cook!
Grill the tenderloin medium rare.
While steak is cooking chop salad into small pieces and chop coriander inc stalks.
Mint take leaves off stems.
When steak cooked to your liking slice into thin strips.
Mix gently into chopped salad add coriander, mint leaves and chillies.
Stir in fish sauce and squeeze in lime juice.
Taste as personally I like more fish sauce and chillies but as the taste of chillies can vary then it is
better to add less, taste and adjust seasoning if required.
This can also be made with chicken or pork.
Serve with steamed Rice or Sticky Rice.
Nam Doc Nua

Thai Beef Salad


Still on the subject of food,  Hubby and  son are just making a Madras Curry and there is a Bread Pudding in the oven ……..when we lived in the Uk a  touch of sun and the supermarkets were stripped of salad….if I had dared and the thought would not have actually  even occurred to me  to suggest a Shepherd’s pie or Liver and Bacon…… the idea would have been  thrown straight out…..

Here in Sunny Thailand, all the expat men I know would die for a Shepherds Pie, Pork Chops and Mash etc it never ceases to amaze me because we eat mainly hot food. My right-hand gets literally bitten off if I ask anyone for Sunday Roast or Stew and dumplings…weird or what!

And as we speak it’s 29 degrees and rising.
Mmmmm can smell that bread pud……. and here it is just hot from the oven.
                      bread pudding
Damm good….delish!
Did you know????… Just a piece of trivia for you…

A group of domestic cats is called a: Cluster, Clutter or Glaring.

Wild Cats: Dowt or Destruction.
A neutered male cat is a  Gib when it’s not it’s a Tom.
Female Cats  are known as “Molly.”
Today I met with my crafty friends…..aka…Needles and Pins & Artistic Things.
We are a group of ladies who hail from the 4 corners of the world but have a common interest in crafts etc. Today we made fabric flowers under the expert guidance of Maggie and Pen.
The results were spectacular from some and mine were ok.  If any of you are interested in how to make then I will give you instructions in next weeks blog…..just let me know.
Thank you again for indulging me.

My next blog I will tell you how to cure your own ham ready for Xmas and any other thoughts that stream from my fingers.

Until next time  “Au Revoir”