Category Archives: Valentines Day

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…The sourdough saga continues…

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts I hope you have all had a productive week with lots of creative thoughts, no kitchen disasters and if you have please tell…haha

My week started with sourdough starter Take 3…I also found new Green Tea and some beautiful wild rice as I am making adjustments to my eating habits …Day 12 and no sundowners( daily tipple aka booze…Go ME!…being more vigilant on the added sugars and getting really excited as my big boy (son) Numero 1 is visiting next weekend…Yes, I will shed a tear as it has been nearly 3 years although Lily told me I was too old to cry…haha…

Weekly roundup…Let’s begin!

You know the routine by now…Settle down in your favourite chair, grab a drink and enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Let’s Begin…

Valentines Day Roses, hearts and flowers and maybe a cuddly toy… I hope you all had a lovely Valentines day with your sweethearts…The cuddly toys and flowers were lining every street and corner here…Outside the schools…Isn’t young love grand???

My darling grandson came home with a bunch of flowers for me…Bless him… I am guessing bought from his lunch money which made them all the more special.

lilac and white flowers wrapped in brown paper

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/12/be-my-valentine-13th-february/

The subject of fibre in our diets was the subject of my Healthy Eating post and how most of us fall short of the daily recommended guidelines. Processed foods lack fibre having generally been stripped of all their goodness…white rice, pasta and bread all are low on fibre…Fibre keeps us fuller for longer…so we are less likely to snack…I know it is hard to introduce brown rice, wholemeal pasta and better bread to ourselves and our families…Many kids and adults are resistant to change…Introduce it slowly as the saying goes…Slowly, Slowly catchee monkey…I wrote a post on the subject and the origins of the phrase…Truly…haha

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/12/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-fibre-are-you-getting-enough/

Still, on the Valentines theme, my weekly food column over at Sally’s was a valentines menu …Sally picked some of my recipes and collated them and very nice choices she made…Thank you, Sally x

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-st-valentines-day-thai-three-course-dinner/

Time for my weekly Waste Not! Want Not! The subject was plastic and cigarette butts…

Did you know? For 32 consecutive years, cigarette butts have been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over that time. That amounts to about one-third of all collected items and more than plastic wrappers, containers, bottle caps, eating utensils and bottles, combined.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/14/waste-not-want-not-week-11/

It was then over to Esme’s for my monthly column on the Culinary Alphabet…Please head over and check it out the letter this month is M … Mango, Miso, Mirepoix and more…

mango sticky coconut rice Thai dessert

How many culinary terms /food items can you think of beginning with M? I challenge you!

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

Next, I take you through my week in my kitchen ..triumphs and disasters…Oh Yes! I have them…haha

I am trying to show you that my recipes are all cooked from scratch contain healthy ingredients which have proven health benefits…I am trying to break the mould or the myths that healthy food is bland and/or boring…There seems to be a barrier to me… we just need to know our food and what the benefits to our health is and cook accordingly.

I don’t spend hours in the kitchen and I don’t think that I buy special foods or expensive foods and I certainly don’t feel deprived in any way at all…It is also foods which we all eat ..grandkids included although we limit the heat for little Lily or take her portion out before we add all the chilli.

This week I also tried something I never thought I would…I read about it over @ John Reiber’s blog and made my comment and forgot about it…That is until one’s grandson came in and asked for some money as 7/11 had this new wonderful drink I didn’t take much notice and he then came home with a Tea and cheese drink… Yep, all in the same cup…To read all about it…Head over to my Friday’s post…

matcha tea with cheese

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/15/week-7-in-my-kitchen-my-sourdough-is-alive-and-kicking/

Finally to end the week it was over to Sally’ for Size Matters…The sequel…

Sally’s posts on Health Matters are easy to read, factual and you don’t need to buy special foods it is just knowing what part the foods we eat play in our overall health…Balances and healthy…Also about our feelings and why sometimes we cannot shift that weight …This week it is looking at Candida Albicans a very informative post and it included much I didn’t know or was aware of…Sally knows her stuff xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-candida-albicans-sally-cronin/

Spoiler Alerts!

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Chinese New Year…Part 2 The Lantern Festival…Great new incentives to cut our carbon footprints and reduce packaging…six pack ( no ) not those…haha…although I could oblige with a pic, ladies??? Seriously six-pack rings which are food for turtles instead of killing them…

No more spoilers…You will have to wait and see…xxx

Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for reading …xx

If you liked what you read please let me know in comments I love to hear all your comments 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 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 week xx

Be my Valentine…?13th February…

Valentines Day Roses, hearts and flowers and maybe a cuddly toy…

It hasn’t always been like that…There are lots of tales surrounding Valentines Day but no definite actual this is really what happened…

The ancient Romans shall we start there?… The Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia between the 13th and 15th of February…Those Romans and their orgies are legendary the men sacrificed a dog and a goat and then whipped their woman with the hides from those poor animals. It seems the woman themselves were up for a beating and actually stood in line as they believed it would make them fertile…

It didn’t stop there as Emperor Claudius executed two men called Valentine on the 14th February on different years in the 3rd century A.D. The church then made martyrs of the two men…and honoured then with Valentines Day…A day of fertility and love…

Valentine’s day today is not quite so bloody it is more hearts and flowers.

Who still gets taken out on Valentine’s Day??

I never have as my husband has always said you are not my Valentine you are my wife… Which again if you look at the original meanings he is right…

When the kids got older they used to nag him though until he bought me something…haha…My first gift …A red devil complete with horns…and me so quiet, shy and retiring…haha

cartoon red devil

 

 

So for everyone who is staying in either because of the weather or just because here are a few suggestions and recipes…

For starters, if it is chilly where you live or because you love soup then a lovely bowl of tomato soup with heart-shaped croutons is just the thing.

Or do a lovely heart-shaped swirl with some soured cream which would look very pretty.

If you are seafood lovers then a lovely seafood platter is easy to do and looks quite spectacular.

seafood platter

Some smoked salmon, a few plump mussels, lovely grilled prawns, soft squid there is so much lovely seafood to choose from just a little of each arranged on a platter with maybe a nice drizzle of seafood sauce or a chilli sauce.

This quick little soy sauce is a nice to drizzle …just finely cut a clove of garlic and a small piece of fresh ginger, fry in a small pan , stirring to release the flavours add scant tbsp soy sauce and half to one tbsp honey stirring and cook for 2 mins, sometimes I add a squeeze of lime..just taste and play with the flavours. Then drizzle as pictured…

Main course:

This chicken dish is one we make often and it is quick and easy and served with rice or potatoes and some lightly steamed vegetables it is very nice.

Lemon Chicken with caper sauce.

Lemon Chicken

Ingredients:

• 4 Chicken Breasts (skinless)
• 2/4 cloves garlic.
• 1 tbsp capers ( rinsed)
• 2 tbsp chopped parsley.
• Half lemon sliced.
• 1/4 cup lemon juice.
• 1/2 pint chicken stock.
• 5 tbsp Olive Oil.
• 2 tbsp Butter.
• Parsley for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess flour.

In a large skillet over medium high heat add 3 tbsp olive oil. When the oil starts to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes.

When the chicken is browned, flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil starts to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in the same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate, set to one side.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock, capers and garlic.

Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavour.

Check for seasoning and add lemon slices and parsley.

Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5/10 minutes depending on the size of breasts. Remove chicken to a platter.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Serve with boiled rice or potatoes of your choice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

Valentines Dessert

This is where I am normally too full for anything else but if you fancy a dessert…Then chocolate covered strawberries are very nice…Or just a bowl of fresh strawberries like these ones I picked up at my local market…

fresh strawberries

Simple and delicious as they are or if you have a fondue set then go for it and dip them in chocolate at the table…

Or a lovely strawberry mimosa…Just blend 2 cups of strawberries with half a cup of water and then strain through a sieve. Chill.

Pop a strawberry in the bottom of a champagne flute, half fill with the strained strawberries and carefully top up with your favourite champers…Garnish with a fresh strawberry and there you have it… Strawberry Mimosa…

Or using the same strawberry puree to make a lovely Daiquiri… I think will go down very nicely…My preference is a strawberry Mojito…

strawberry mojito

Happy Valentine’s Day…

What will you be making or does your other half cook???

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 week xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food Column with Carol Taylor – Staying in for Valentine’s Day?

I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to mention Valentine’s day but for those who are staying in and just want a lovely personal meal with their loved one or just want to skip the main and go for dessert … xxx

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Food Column with our resident expert on all things Thai and making everyday ingredients taste fantastic, Carol Taylor.

This week Carol shares a Valentine’s Dinner that you can prepare for your loved one… providing just the right romantic vibe and privacy in the comfort of your own home.

Staying in for Valentine’s Day by Carol Taylor

Who still gets taken out on Valentine’s Day?? I never have my husband has always said you are not my Valentine you are my wife… When the kids got older they used to nag him until he bought me something…

So for everyone who is staying in either because of the weather or just because a few suggestions and recipes…

For starters, if it is chilly where you live or because you love soup then a lovely bowl of tomato soup with heart-shaped croutons is just the thing.

Or do…

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