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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 13th – 19th December – Christmas Party, Aretha, New Music Show 2021,Book Fair,

Music, books, food and cocktails all in one place with some funnies thrown in for good measure…Sally’s weekly roundup is a must-read so grab a coffee or a glass of wine depending where you are in the world and enjoy the read and do some shopping while you are there from your comfy chair lots of books to choose from something for everyone whatever their age or genre… Enjoy!

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Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

I hope you are all doing well and despite the restrictions looking forward to Christmas next week.. Despite everything that has happened this year with Covid-19, US elections and Brexit, the time has flown which is a good thing as personally I cannot wait to get into 2021.

And on that note…The new Music Column begins on January 5th hosted by William Price King and myself

Each week we will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..we will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music…

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…29th November-5th December…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas …


Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… it is going to be a busy few weeks… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…X…

Even Santa’s checking out my blog and probably thinking he has got to get the elves to rewrap the presents so they are environmentally friendly …He knows those kids are on the ball…

All my Christmas goodies are now cooked and being fed, sweet mincemeat, Christmas pud and Christmas cake this year…I used a Nigella recipe this year instead of my tried and tested recipe…so far it smells and looks good…

The Recipe…just in case you haven’t made yours yet…

  • 775gm mixed fruits of your choice I used raisins, sultanas and a few cranberries.
  • 175gm butter
  • 250gm brown sugar
  • 250gm pureed chestnuts
  • 125ml dark rum
  • Juice and  zest of an orange
  • Juice and zest of a lemon…I used Lime(2)
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 250gm plain flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice

Put the fruits, butter, brown sugar, chestnut puree, rum and orange and lime juice and zest in a pan, heat and simmer for 10 minutes allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Then add beaten eggs, flour and spices stir to combine.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake on 150C/33F FOR 1 3/4 hours. The cake should have a slightly cracked top and the tester will be a little sticky…Spoon over 3 tbsp of rum let it sink in cool and rewrap.

Repeat the brandy twice until a week before Christmas to allow the cake to dry before adding marzipan and icing.

Let’s see what this week started with…None other than Chocolate Mousse …well it doesn’t get better than that then does it?

It does seem that there is a day for everything and some of them are pretty silly…I also think that National Food Days should show a genuine civic engagement instead of greedy corporate interests.

There are however some exceptions and chocolate mousse is one of them…


Tuesday: The Christmas Recipe was Gravy…

Gravy can be made in so many ways…you can deglaze the meat pan and make your gravy which is quick and easy and the way I make mine most times…or it can be made extra special for Christmas and I think we all love just to have that little bit of decadence at Christmas and why not with an extra special gravy…


Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a little twist…(a-la-cardinaL)

Culinary terms/food ending in L…was quite easy…Pete was on a roll as well…I think he is secretly enjoying this challenge especially when it taxes my grey matter like the letter V is…Pop over and say hello to him as he has some lovely thoughts on being grateful even after the year most of us have experienced. #recommended read. 


Thursday: #A Christmas Special #A Vegetarian Menu.

The first of my special Christmas menus today was a vegetarian menu…Next week it is a traditional Christmas Menu and the week after A menu for 1…


Fruity Friday…does Christmas with Chestnuts…

Are Chestnuts a fruit?

YES, they are!

If we want to be correct and proper most nuts are the seeds of a fruit, but true nuts such as chestnuts, acorns and hazelnuts are fruits in and as of themselves…Peanuts are the exception as they are legumes and therefore technically a vegetable…A source of plant-based protein they have many health benefits…


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Archives – The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

Sally has shared one of my favourite Christmas posts…The 13 trolls who were really naughty boys, their mother, however, was even scarier, a lovely Christmas memory of mine and one of my favourite Christmas Carol’s,,, Silent Night which has been recorded many times… so much so I find it hard to narrow it down to an absolute favourite …you will find out in Saturday Snippets which ones are my favourite versions…Thank you once again, Sally you are an absolute star for sharing this post…Hugs xx


Saturday Snippets:

Christmas is coming and fast…I love all the Christmas tales and trivia…My cake, pudding and mincemeat are all done…This year as my Nigella bread was/is so successful I decided to deviate from my normal cake recipe and follow Nigellas Christmas cake recipe…This one contained chestnut puree I will let you know of course when it’s cut how it tastes but it looks and smells good and getting fed(Brandy)…

Now we are in December you can safely say that Saturday Snippets will have a sort of festive theme to it…No surprises there…If you have Christmas Jumpers you like to share with us I, of course, have a corner for those…any Christmas favourites I am happy to put in “The Christmas Corner”…so don’t be shy ..share away…


That’s all for my weekly roundup a little longer this week…Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe and well …xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – A sumptuous #Vegetarian Christmas Menu

There is a definite trend towards more plant based recipes and this time of year with cranberries and other delicious fruits/vegetables some of them are just awesome and so tasty…I hope you find something that will tickle your taste buds …Merry Christmas xxx

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Carol Taylor has been very busy the last few weeks preparing Christmas menus for the whole family and this week she has created a feast for vegetarians with some sumptuous ingredients.

Welcome to a Christmas menu with vegetarians in mind and I have tried to think of tasty dishes that as dare I say it a carnivore I would eat… In fact I eat both because as long as a meal is tasty then that is what matters and I love vegetables.

The starters are quick and easy to make and ooze taste and most of the dishes can be made in advance as we don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen on Christmas morning while everyone else has fun…Do we?

I always try to cook at least one dish I haven’t cooked before for Christmas as we all have our tried and tested family favorites, don’t we? It…

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CarolCooks2 my Weekly Roundup…Real silver tinsel, home-cured ham and Fun…

Recipes and reveals what is in our food


Not strictly true as there are no rants this week...

I will be back to normal after Christmas ( haha) but like all of you guys and gals, I am busy with all my festive and bobs…Instead, there will be a few more Christmas recipes which are all tried and tested in my kitchen…Yes, I am busy in the kitchen and busy trying to source my normal cooking needs…But it seems that all the places I normally get my Festive fare have shut up shop I suppose there is little demand but never fear my son is back in residence from the UK this week so his case should be packed with all my culinary wants…

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Home cooked ham and crackling

Meantime I have been curing my ham…which seems to be a constant for the next few weeks as everyone loves the ham and are not waiting for Christmas Eve to sample it so as I make one ham they dive in and all the neighbours appear as they love my home-cured ham…Oh… to be popular if only my ham…lol


With a hop, skip and a jump it is Wednesdays Cookery column over at Sally’s and my first public attempt at putting together a festive menu and a vegetarian one at that. It seems to have been well received and I do hope I have got it right…I am not a vegetarian but do eat many dishes with no meat involved.

I understand that there are different groups of vegetarians as regards to what they eat some eat dairy and some not. To some, I suppose not strictly vegetarian but a generic menu.


Real silver tinsel and naughty Yule lads were the themes of my Friday’s post… Trivia and Christmas facts and lots of recipes.

Christmas Traditions, Treats and Trivia


Finally, no one wants to be sick over Christmas I know how that feels as in Christmases past that has been me… Sally has some good advice on how you can help yourself stay well during the cold, damp weather…So please pop over and have a read…


I still can’t believe that I only wrote 3 posts this week …But I am sure you busy peeps don’t mind that…I have however changed my domain name…When I first started blogging it was a whim in a way and not so serious and when I was thinking of a name that was a tongue in cheek choice…I have got serious ..Well not about everything but certainly the environment and those pesky sneaky manufacturers who make all these chemically laden foods which make us sick…

I lied ... Me bad! There is a rant…lol…Unintentional at the beginning but I get carried away when I type…

The new domain name? carolcooks2.com… Because yes I do cook but I also blog about other issues so I thought carolcooks2 covers that…

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas season with lots of nice food and family fun…Stay safe but enjoy! xxx

Thank you for reading this shortened version of my weekly roundup and please if you have any ( I have revised it ) fun Christmas photos please share for my Fridays Christmas Traditions and Treats…xxxx

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

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