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The Culinary Alphabet…The letter K…

Khao Soi Kaffir Limes Noodles

This month In my walk through the Culinary Alphabet over @ Esme’s Salon…I am exploring the letter K…

As we are in the final weeks before Christmas I was hoping I could find some dishes with a festive feel…

K seems to lend itself to much which is Asian unless I revert to the German Language where our C is often replaced with a K…However not in many culinary dishes so I drew a bit of a blank there…

Kippers…I remember that smell very well as a child my dad loved Kippers…So what is a Kipper?

kipper is a whole herring, a small, oily fish, that has been split from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted or pickled, and cold-smoked over smouldering woodchips (typically oak).

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In the British Isles and a few North American regions, they are often eaten for breakfast. In Great Britain, kippers, along with other preserved smoked or salted fish such as the bloater were also once commonly enjoyed as a high tea or supper treat, most popularly with inland and urban working-class populations before World War II.

My abiding memory is the bones and you can imagine a fussy child picking all those little bones out…lol

To read the original post pop over to Esme’s…

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

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

 

I do hope you have enjoyed this walk through the letter K until next time when it will be after the Christmas festivities …Have fun, enjoy and stay safe xxx

The Culinary Alphabet…The Letter J…

The culinary althabet 29TH Oct

Good morning from sunny Thailand it is that time of the month when I write my monthly post for the lovely Esme over @ Esmesalon and this month it is the Letter J of the culinary Alphabet…

Starting with one of my favourite little sweeties the Jelly Bean.

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans are primarily made of sugar with a jelly inside a candy shell…There are some awesome flavours…Tabasco Flavour, Chilli Mango, Marguerita and some beautiful fruity flavours…Cringe-worthy flavours like Earthworm, Earwax and vomit are for me a No No! But I suppose for Halloween revellers they will be on someone’s list…

Jalapeno Peppers… Those who know this lady knows that she loves her hot peppers and these are no exception to this…Jalapeno Peppers on a Pizza or in a chilli …Pickled with carrots was a new one on me until about 18 months ago when someone I met who came from  Texas gave me this recipe …I am addicted to them as are the men in this household lovely as a little spicy nibble as one passes the fridge or with some cheese and biscuits as a little snack with a beer…

Jalapenos-carrots-pickled

Jalapenos and carrots

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning… I was given this recipe many years ago when we visited Jamaica for our daughter’s wedding… Think Steel Drums on a beach…Beautiful and our guide whose was a huge man going by the name of Wolf… Gave us the best tours of the island and some recipes from the lovely food his wife cooked for us one night a holiday to remember …

Jerk Seasoning:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes.
  • 2 teaspoons ground thyme.
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley.
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice.
  • 14 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika.

Mix together and store in an airtight container.

Jasmine Pearls… Beautifully handcrafted green tea leaves…An exquisite tea…

Since living here I have learnt how to brew green tea properly and these pearls are a treat a beautiful tea…

Juniper Berries…The primary flavour in gin and they also make a lovely rich sauce and pair very well with venison.

gin tonic juniper berries

https://blondieaka.com/2018/05/04/fruity-fridays-the-juniper-berry/

Jasmine Rice… Thai jasmine rice is the long grain rice which is well known for its fragrance and taste all around the world. Thai jasmine rice is one of the main export products of the central and northeastern of Thailand. Because of the most suitable geographic location, Thailand can grow the best quality and unique jasmine rice.

Thai Jasmine rice is also known as Thai Hom Mali rice, Thai Jasmine Rice and Thai Fragrant Rice…    
Jambalaya… Is a one-pot recipe of chicken, sausage, shrimp and rice which has its roots in the Creole community.

The first is Creole jambalaya (also called “red jambalaya“). First, meat is added to the trinity of celery, peppers, and onions; the meat is usually chicken and sausage such as andouille or smoked sausage. Next vegetables and tomatoes are added to cook, followed by seafood.

Many variations exist of this recipe often passed down through the family. and often Jambalaya and gumbo get mixed up but they are two different dishes and there has been many a battle to determine which takes the crown… A beautiful warming dish on a cold night and one which tastes even better the next day when the flavours have been allowed to develop.

Julienne…

A technique of cutting vegetables, fruit or citrus rinds into matchstick-sized strips.

Jus…

French for juice, in restaurant terms jus usually refers to the pan juices from a piece of meat used to sauce it on the plate.

 

Jaffa Cakes… Almost iconic ..Chocolate covered orange biscuits, bite-sized genoise cakes first introduce to the UK in 1927 by McVities…In 2012 they were ranked the best selling cake in the UK…

jaffa cakes

Jack Fruit… Often mistaken for Durian…Jackfruit is now hailed by Vegans as the best alternative to pulled Pork and indeed when the young Jackfruit is cooked it does resemble cooked meat…I was absolutely astounded the first time I cooked a young jackfruit as to how much it changed the texture and taste…

Jack Fruit

https://blondieaka.com/2018/06/22/fruity-friday-the-unusual-jack-fruit/

I hope that you have enjoyed the Letter J next time it is the letter K…I wonder what that will bring??? I myself am discovering much that I never knew I knew and much that I didn’t on my trawl through the culinary alphabet.

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

Retired No One Told Me! A roundup of posts…Cabbage, Pumpkins, Bananas and a tour around the culinary Alphabet…H.

Where have I been…Phew well, it started with my laptop going kaput…Then a combination of others things and a catchup and scheduling of posts so that I don’t get put in that position again.. you know how it is all of a sudden you are inundated and then I had a girly few days away. in not so sunny Phuket..

Before I knew it September had started so I have picked a few of my favourites and am taking this chance to tell you of a few changes afoot…No… not more flip flops…lol

I am putting Fruity Fridays on the back burner, for now, to be replaced with Fang-tastic…Food( Halloween) and then Christmas Crackers… I know for many of my readers Halloween is a special time of year and always celebrated in style…So I will be bringing you everything that is Halloween including Spook-tacular recipes, games, decorations and a few spooky facts…

It will be followed by Christmas Crackers from the 9th of November…

So get comfy, snuggle up in your favourite chair and have a read…

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The first post out of the starting blocks was an older post of mine on the Coconut…Which once again has hit the headlines…Myself I will continue to have my daily glass of coconut water and when suitable I will use coconut oil in my cooking and if I am frying…I do not believe all I read and like to make my own informed decisions on my food and drink and as always moderation is the key as is a well-balanced diet…

coconut- palm-

laden with coconuts

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/fruity-fridays-the-coconut-is-it-a-fruit-a-nut-or-a-seed-2/

Next came a reblog… a poem written by a fellow blogger, Ellen Best on a subject which I was horrified to discover was still really prevalent and happening in this so-called enlightened society… A poem which is very well written and highlights the horror of which I believe we should all be aware and when possible add our voice.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/watch-right-of-passage-on-youtube-fgm/

Never throw any bread away …There is always something you can make from the odd little bits just freeze them until you have enough or blitz into breadcrumbs and freeze.

Bread and Butter Pudding

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/old-fashioned-bread-and-butter-pudding/

My new Monday series on what is really in your food…started out just as an inquiry for me on something I wanted to know and has escalated from there…I have been truly amazed, shocked as I thought I knew quite a lot and thought I knew what to avoid I am on a big learning curve ..Once again on my soapbox but the posts are proving to be very popular so will be a regular Monday feature for a while.

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I was shocked to find that man preservatives banned in Europe are still being used in food manufacture in the US…Shocked to the point that if the said food is exported to Europe from the US those banned substances are not used but still used in food for consumption in the US…I just can’t get my head around that…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it-for-you/

My healthy eating food posts on a Tuesday are also proving to be very popular …Tune in on Tuesday as I did tell you last week that no food diary would be completed as I was away on a girly few days…

No more...Diets Healthy eating (6)

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-3/

My Wednesday Cookery Column over at Sally’s was all about the humble cabbage which I love as a vegetable cooked or raw…

cabbage- kale-red-cabbage-cabbage-rolls

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-carol-taylor-cooks-cabbage-stuffed-red-pickled-pasta-dishes/

Halloween is coming… There are pumpkins and squash galore and some of those pumpkins are massive …

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/fruity-fridays-the-pumpkin-and-yes-it-is-a-fruit/

Autumn and Winter is coming and in some climes, the weather is getting cold enough for the heaters and boilers to go on…A cautionary tale from Sally which you would be well advised to listen to…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/smorgasbord-health-column-carbon-monoxide-a-silent-killer-by-sally-cronin/

My mum used to love squeezing boils and pimples and digging out splinters but she then started to use this salve recommended by her mother and not so much digging around in some poor unfortunates flesh was required as you could pop the splinter out as it draws it to the top.

calendula-essential-oil

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/natural-homemade-healing-remedies-black-drawing-salve-calendula-oil/

Finally, we have my monthly post over at Esme’s Salon she has a lovely new website so check it out and come and say hello …. This month it is the letter H… Have you had a Hangtown Fry?

honey-raw-fresh

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-this-month-it-is-the-letter-h/

Thank you so much for reading this if you loved any recipes then please pin them or just share on your favourite media.

About Carol.

Carol-Taylor-Retired-No one told me_

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 vegetables 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 have 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/

Until next time…and don’t forget all will be revealed on Tuesday about my exploits in Phuket and how much I gained, lost or stayed the same x

 

 

The Culinary Alphabet …The letter H…

Welcome to this month’s Culinary trawl through the alphabet and it is the letter H. The choices on what to showcase were many and I had quite a hard time deciding which ones to feature.  Otherwise, you could be looking at something akin to War and Peace and we all want peace in our kitchens don’t we?

Honey:

Also known as  Nectar of the Gods.

Where do I get my honey? Well, my first bottle, I was sitting on the beach with my sundowner, fending off the ever-present sellers of touristy bits and bobs, when a man appeared carrying a very heavy-looking bucket. What did he have? Well, I had to look and what a surprise, it was fresh, very fresh honeycomb, and he strained the most glorious bottle of fresh honey. I just had to purchase it, the taste was so fresh and very slightly scented, amazing and a beautiful golden colour.

And enjoy!

Now I have moved to the North of Thailand I get my honey straight from the comb, I am so lucky and I know that and it is beautiful.

I always take a little apple cider vinegar with a spoonful of honey in hot water first thing in the morning, on an empty tummy.  I have been taking it for a couple of years.  It is said to fight off joint inflammation and I don’t suffer from joint pain or anything.

Honey mixed with Dijon mustard makes a lovely glaze for BBQ meats.

Or one of my favourites is

3/4 cup of honey
Red chillies finely chopped, 1 tbsp
Green chillies finely chopped, 1 tbsp
Lime juice, 1 tbsp.

Mix all together and leave for 1 hour in the fridge it is then ready to use.

spicy-chicken-wings

 

Another wonderful dip for a cold meat platter on a summer’s day…

To make you will need:

  • 2 tbsp oil,
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped,
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes,
  • 1/3 cup honey,
  • 2 tsp soy sauce,
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar,
  • ¼ to ½ cup water
  • and 2 tsp cornstarch.

In a small bowl stir together the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ¼ cup of water and the cornstarch.

Put the oil in a medium saucepan over a medium heat and let the mix warm up for about 30 seconds, add the garlic and cook until fragrant and just starting to color, 15-20 seconds max.

Add the red pepper flakes and cook for another 15-30 seconds until garlic is very lightly browned.

Restir the honey mixture and pour into the saucepan, bring to a simmer stirring, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins stirring frequently.

Add more water if desired.

You now have a lovely dip for your cold platter.

What I also love is chilli infused honey. 

Place honey in a saucepan and warm until it reaches 180 degrees on a sugar thermometer. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. Then pour your honey over a jar of chillies. Cool to room temperature.

Beautiful with meat or fish.

Enjoy!

Hamburger:

The hamburger or burger as most commonly called first appeared around the 19th century or early 20th century and the evidence suggest that it originated in the U.S.A and consisted of two pieces of bread and a ground beefsteak.  How far has it evolved since then??

There are great burgers and there are the worst burgers you could ever eat. Me I am not a fan of the burger and on the odd occasion when we do have them I make my own. There are the schools of thought of which the late Anthony Bourdain was one that a burger should be just that and not have so much in it that you couldn’t get your mouth around it.  I have seen pictures of some huge ones so I do tend to agree with him that less is more.

My favourite burger is a beef, red, onion and parmesan burger.

Ingredients:

350 gm best beef mince
1 med red onion very finely chopped reserving a few whole rings of onion to go in the burger.
2 med eggs yolks beaten
25 gm breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp oregano
35 gm parmesan cheese
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly ground pepper.

Let’s Cook!

If you are cooking your burgers on the BBQ then the first job is to get the BBQ going as you want it nice and hot.

Chop the onion finely and blitz in the food processor…add the egg yolks with the breadcrumbs, spices and Dijon mustard mix to combine. Finely grate the parmesan and mix in well.

Add the mince and season well..I always cook a tiny little patty as a tester that way it is easier to adjust the seasoning.

I find mixing with your hands is a good way to combine the ingredients properly once mixed then form into the sized burgers you require.

Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for 10 minutes or so to firm up before putting onto the BBQ or grill.

Drizzle with olive oil and season when you put them on the griddle and cook for 4 mins each side more if you like your burgers well done.

burger- patties

Once the burgers are done then let them rest for a few minutes before putting them in the burger bun.

Serve in a toasted bun with sliced red onion and relish of your choice. Plain and simple but really tasty.

 

Herbs:

Fresh Herbs are something that I always have in my fridge and my garden, Don’t you?

Also, I want to show you that it is not time-consuming to give your food that little extra pizzaz…Food should be tempting, it should be fun and enjoyable as well as being good for you…and the occasional treat…Have it! Enjoy it! Safe in the knowledge that most of the time what you and your family are eating is good, healthy food… but never boring!

Some herbs you can grow at home and pick them fresh knowing that they are pesticide free. How satisfying is that???

They are also something that I sometimes forget that I have or keep meaning to use and end up throwing them away. Does the same thing happen in your house?

It is always those tender herbs like coriander, basil, mint, parsley or chives…The hardy herbs are the ones I always keep in the freezer.

Well, no more will I be throwing away my herbs I decided that I would use my herbs more or less immediately or do something with them.

I think herbs always lift an ordinary dish and make it a little bit more special  for example, if you are having a salad just snip a few herbs and toss them in with your normal salad vegetables or if you fancy a salad and have no salad in the fridge then a salad made of freshly picked herbs from the garden or the hedgerow makes a refreshing change.

Freeze some chopped herbs in ice-cube trays and then all have to do is drop one or two into your cooking when herbs are needed.

Or make some lovely herb butter ideal for melting over your fish or dropping in a sauce.

 

Add mint leaves to that bowl of ice cream see how much more refreshing it is.

Half and Half:

Half and half known as single cream in the UK is a blend of whole milk and light cream it also cannot be whipped. It does, of course, have a higher fat content than ordinary milk but adds that touch of creaminess to sauces, coffee, ice cream bases, rice pudding, mashed potatoes it has many uses in the kitchen. It is, however, better to add at the end of your cooking as if you overheat it then it will curdle.

Hangtown Fry:

What an intriguing name? It is a type of omelette with the original and most common version being made of Oysters, bacon, and eggs which sounds like a wonderful combo to me. It was originally made famous in the Californian Gold Rush in the 1850’s there are also many tales surrounding this dish from prisoners on death row ordering one as there last meal knowing that the Oysters have to be shipped in so many tales I am sure there is a book somewhere.

Hull:

Quite simply to hull means to remove the stems of fruit like strawberries without just slicing the top of which not only wastes some of the lovely fruit it spoils the look of the fruit.

Hotpot:

Originating from Lancashire in North West England it is made of lamb or mutton and onions topped with sliced potatoes and cooked slowly in the oven…

Hummus:

Combine
3 tbsp Tahini Paste with
2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice and blitz in food processor.

Add 2tbsp Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic,
½ tsp ground Cumin and a
½-1 tsp salt and blitz.

Then add half of drained, rinsed can of chickpeas and again blitz 1-2 mins.
Add the other half of Chick Peas and blitz again 1-2 mins.
Put in a suitable container or serving bowl drizzle with tbsp Olive Oil and sprinkle with  Paprika.

Voila, it’s now ready to eat with Sliced pitta bread or cut up vegetables of your choice.

This will keep up to 1 week in the fridge.

Haggis:

Haggis is traditionally served on Burns Night which is a Scottish Celebration of the famous Rabbie Burns a Scots poet. Made from sheep’s pluck ( heart, liver and lungs) which is minced and mixed with oatmeal, suet, onions, spice, salt and moistened with a rich stock it is then cooked in an animals stomach and served with neeps( swede/turnip) and tatties( potatoes) and of course a dram of Scotch Whisky to wash it down.

This post first appeared on Esme’s Salon for which I post monthly.

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 for reading and if you loved this post and know someone who would find it helpful, Please share xxx…and let me know how you are getting on in comments I would love to know we should all support each other, shouldn’t we? Xxx

 

Retired No One Told Me!… Weekly Roundup…Green Chicken, Smoked Watermelon and little known Thai Fruits

Weekly roundup 11 Aug

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts by now you should know the drill comfy chair, favourite drink, relax and prepare to have a great read…

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The first post of the week was Green chicken a really lovely stir fry with coriander, mint, spinach and green chillies and the result is awesome with some lovely flatbread and an Indian pickle it is really lovely…

Green-chicken-spinach

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/spicy-chicken-with-spinach/

Next, it was the really good news that after a week of no biscuits( and ) I still haven’t had one or any haribos I lost 4 LB…Week 2 and I am still keeping my food diary it is certainly keeping me focussed and that little chart of Sally’s and the shopping list has really focussed me …If you haven’t already check out the links and you will find some great sensible advice.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/healthy-eatingno-more-dietseat-yourself-slim-2/

I then read a post from fellow blogger John Reiber and it was about roasted watermelon a fascinating post and I would definitely try it not saying I would like it but who knows …Have you heard of this dish? Have you tried it???

It would certainly mess with your taste buds…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/a-smoked-watermelon-roast-incredibly-creative-cooking-recipe-disguised-chinese-desserts-too/

Wednesday already and time for part two of my cookery column over at Sally’s …Last week I gave you the sauce mixes and spices so this week I gave you the recipes …

chicken satay

This is one of my favourite Thai starters nice and fresh…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-family-favourites-and-spices-in-action-part-two/

Thursday and my blog hopping continued I was over at Esme’s Salon for my monthly post on the Culinary Alphabet and this week it was the letter G…Obviously, there was garlic, ginger and galangal to see what else I had for you then pop over and have a read.

cauliflower cheese

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-this-month-it-is-the-letter-g/

It then was time to get a bit more serious and you have or do suffer from anaemia then you will know what I mean …Sally always offers good sound advice on how we can use our diets to help build up our immune system to keep us healthy.

smorgasbord Health Column

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/smorgasbord-health-column-the-cardiovascular-system-and-the-components-of-blood-anaemia/

Lastly, it was Fruity Friday where I showcased some unusual Thai Fruits like the Matum Fruit, Thai cherries which look very much like cherry tomatoes but not in taste also the Mangosteen Fruit which I think you may find outside of Thailand and the Gac Fruit also some lovely recipes… I do hope you will enjoy learning about some of the fruits I  enjoy here in Thailand.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/fruity-friday-thai-fruits/

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The Culinary Alphabet …The Letter G

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This week it is time for my monthly post over at Esme’s Salon where she very kindly lets me loose once a month this month it is the letter G of the culinary alphabet, of course, we have the obvious but I hope there is just even one that you hadn’t heard of there was for me…Which one do you think it was ??

Starting my Culinary journey with two ingredients which I use on almost a daily basis starting with my ginger tea first thing in the morning.

Ginger and Galangal are both used frequently in Thai cuisine and indeed the culinary world. 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

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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 an integral part of the ingredients in Thai Tom Yum Goon Soup.

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

Both members of the rhizome family..turmeric and cardamon also 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. I keep saying I am going to start a ginger beer plant as I have happy memories and love a drink of ginger beer.

The true Ginger Beer Plant dates back to around the 1700’s 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, and used correctly 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.

Many recipes now use yeast and I have seen some with sultanas in but they are not true ginger beer plants this recipe is my mum’s. Wash and peel the root first and my mum used tap water but not knowing what is in today’s tap water I would suggest filtered water or mineral water.

Dice a tbsp of the freshly cleaned ginger root into small cubes and place this into a sterilized jam jar three-quarters full of filtered or mineral water.

Add two tsp of white sugar.

Cover the top of the jar with some muslin to allow the air to circulate but protect from foreign bodies or insects falling into the jar.

Leave the jar in an exposed place at room temperature, e.g. a kitchen shelf.

Every day for about a week you need to add two tsp of sugar and two tsp of freshly diced and peeled ginger root.

If after one week the mixture is frothy with a pleasant odour it is ready to use. If it is mouldy discard it and start at the beginning again.

I do suspect it may be the water which is a problem on occasions as my mum didn’t often have that problem. 

Garlic…

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Garlic has been used for several thousands of years a common seasoning used by most people it is also hailed as having numerous health benefits.

Garlic one of my most purchased foods and one I use daily it is also lovely pickled… If you coat the cloves with olive oil and roast them in the oven until they are soft they can then be squeezed and made into a dip.

The Koreans heat the heads of garlic for several weeks and the sweet and syrupy result is sold as black garlic.

Now, who doesn’t love garlic bread and I claim to make the best garlic bread… Garlic toast, bruschetta, crostini all made with garlic are just wonderful…

Garlic powder has a different taste from fresh garlic and if used as a substitute for fresh garlic 1/8 tsp is equivalent to approx 1 clove of garlic.

The garlic leaves are used in cooking here and in many parts of Asia… Cut, cleaned and then stir-fried with eggs, fish, meat or vegetables…they are very nice.

Gribiche… a sauce originating in France made with hardboiled eggs and capers but is it a sauce? A vinaigrette, a mayonnaise or a condiment it seems to get labelled around the world of cuisine as any of those and has evolved over the years as many recipes have …I think I much prefer the original.

Guacamole…first developed by the Aztecs it is a popular dish of Mexican origins and also made all over the world now as an appetizer or side to spicy dishes.

 

Ingredients:

  • I avocado
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 finely chopped shallot or green onion…I prefer shallots
  • I  birds eye chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • Lime juice

Let’s Cook!

Peel and roughly chop the avocado stir in the chopped onion, chilli, tomatoes and the coriander. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Cover bowl with cling film and chill before chill before serving.

Goosefat… Make for the best roast potatoes and it also has a high smoke point. It has also been known as that “old white magic” and used for generations in Europe. Once so prized in France only the aristocracy had permission to eat it… milder than duck fat it has a distinct flavour  and adds a quality of any of your dishes  very versatile you can confit, sauté, bake, roast, baste, pan fry, deep fry and stew and is still widely used in French cuisine.

Gratin… Who doesn’t love a cauliflower cheese or other vegetables coated in a cheese sauce? The meaning is a dish topped with lightly browned bread crumbs or cheese.

 

Garam Masala… I make all my own spices and this is no exception easy to make and it means spices rotate quicker so they are always fresher which one reason why I make my own spice mixes and also it is cost effective and they contain no fillers and nasties like sore bought mixes.

Some ask the question is it the same as curry powder? The answer no…Curry powder contains many of the same ingredients, for example, fenugreek and cumin along with other spices however garam masala consists entirely of pungent spices and has a stronger flavourMasala chettinad spice powder

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamon pods green
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 piece of mace.

Let’s Cook!

Dry roast all your spices individually until warm and fragrant. Leave to cool completely and then grind to a fine powder …I have a little coffee grinder which I use to grind my spices and it works really well prior to that I used a pestle and mortar which is hard work but brilliant as an arm toner.

Store in an airtight container and use within 3 months as the spice will start to lose its potency …If you use a lot of gamma masala then just double or treble the quantities.

Green Papaya… One of my favourites and used all the time here to make Som Tam ( Papaya Salad) I also use them to make mango chutney as although I love Thai food I also love Indian food.

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I hope you have enjoyed this walk through some of the culinary ingredients beginning with G and tune in next month for my culinary journey and the letter  H…, Of course, I can immediately think of a couple of spicy culinary ingredients beginning with H…Can You???

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Retired No One Told me! Weekly roundup…Roses, Rambutan and a Rescue…

That was the week that was… A thrilling rescue by some very brave men who risked life and limb and for one he did forfeit his life but what a legacy he has left and he will be forever remebered in the hearts of so many…

There is also Roses, Rambutan and rice salad… Also, lots more so get yourself a drink, settle down and have a good read…

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Fruity Friday last week was the luscious Rambutan fruit…fully in season and a joy to eat… It looks scary but the fronds are so soft, a pretty fruit known as Chom Chom in Vietnam which means messy hair.

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We then had young Paul from over at Sally’s with a delightful post on Roses…Which invoked many memories for me from my dad’s rose garden to crab apple jelly and the belly ache I used to get from eating the crab apples and the beautiful dog rose… A plethora of memories…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-garden-column-with-paul-andruss-only-a-rose/

The bread did indeed come after the crumpets… My disaster with the proving of the yeast was a learning curve…Use a bigger container… Carol

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The watching and the waiting culminated in a most daring rescue all 13 are alive and well… A testament to the bravery of men and women from around the world…Instead of the post which was asking for the safe exit of the 13 … A video

 

Truly a miracle …

Healthy Eating No More Diets….Yes, I slipped up …But am back on track…

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It was then my Food Column over at Sally’s and as many of you are still enjoying a summer …Salads were on the agenda a lovely coleslaw and my favourite rice salad was amongst the delicious salads and Sally’s recipe for homemade mayo…delicious…

Mixed salad

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It was then over to Esme’s Salon for my regular monthly post as I meander through the Alphabet and this month it was the letter F… I do wish WP had the reblog button on all their packages …Last month was a record saves/repins for the letter E ( over) 100 repins to Pinterest…

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Lastly, it is another Fruity Friday post and the delicious fruit which is the Raspberry so hop aboard the Raspberry Express yes there really was a train called just that…

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