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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…25th April-1st May 2021…#Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…we are now into May…Time is marching on…thus far we had some humdingers of storms and the rains are still continuing mainly overnight the temperature is still warm the rain keeps it down a little no sunshine yet this morning so time to do a little weeding…the weeds love the mixture of sunshine and rain…sigh

Just in case you missed any or love to catch up like I do… snuggle deep be kind to yourselves …I think we all need to do that… get comfy in your favourite corner with your favourite drink tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine or two…Cheers!

Let’s get the party started then…

The Face Of Ugly…

Although not the best start to the week but so important and sometimes we have to face those truths as unpalatable as they are it’s often a sad fact of life…

If you missed it please head over to Jills Blog… take your tissues and your swear box…I won’t say enjoy but listen to the messages that Jill delivers and then weep because it is a sad fact of life…

https://jilldennison.com/2021/04/24/71725/

A day late it was … my lasts weeks weekly roundup…just in case you missed it…

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…18th April-24th April 2021…#Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Tuesday Twitterings…

Tuesday is the day where I am looking at people who have guts and fortitude to reach their chosen goal against sometimes many odds..more than me and you may face…but my mission is to highlight how WE can change the world its prejudices and bias…sometimes that change is closer to home than we like to admit…we must fight and strive for inclusion and understanding it will only be then that we can truly lift our heads and be proud …

Total inclusion and understanding are required NOW…

Tuesday Twitterings…A journey to be a Doctor…

Time for my A-Z on environmental terms, their meaning and impact on the world we live in…

The letter E…ecosystem we can all have a stab at the meaning and have a vague idea but did we know it’s broken down into 4? The ecosystem means many things and to gain a better understanding for when we are reading news reports and listening to speeches…I have sat there sometimes and got lost halfway through I also think sometimes that is the intervention…

The proverb ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing‘ expresses the idea that a small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking that they are more expert than they really are, which can lead to mistakes being made.

Social media is a prime example of that…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter E…

There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread …it invokes memories and brings a feeling of comfort…

Toast tastes just so much better when made from homemade bread as does a sandwich or just a slice of bread with some lovely grass-fed butter…

CarolCooks2…Week 11…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Wholemeal Sourdough Bread

Today I am introducing you to the Achiote seed or Annatto as it is also known …Lipstick Tree is also a familiar name to some for this tree…

Here it is often planted in backyards for its beauty as an ornamental tree but those seeds when made into a paste bring something special to a dish…The popular Mexican Cochinita Pibil…

The popular Mexican dish called cochinita pibil is a dish that is far from mild or dry.

The heat comes in the form of intensely hot condiments on the side, the dish itself has a uniquely sweet, earthy aroma imparted by bitter Seville oranges, achiote, charred garlic, and a host of other spices. That earthiness is backed with the herbaceous aroma of the banana leaves it’s cooked in, along with smokiness from hours of slow cooking in a smoky, steamy píib (or, in modern Mexican Spanish, pib), the Mayan oven consisting of a hole in the ground lined with hot stones.

Although I don’t have a stone oven although I could get hubby to dig a hole in the garden and I’m sure Saangchai would love to help he is always digging holes…now that’s a plan

Tropical Friday…Achiote Seed(Annatto)…Lipstick Tree…

Acidity in the digestive system – Acid Reflux – Stomach Acid, Hiatus Hernia Triggers and Diet

If you suffer from Acid Reflux it is usually not easy to pinpoint the source as it can be the result of issues along the upper digestive tract and also the way we eat our food… For example, if you normally bolt your food without chewing sufficiently and coating the food in saliva, the digestive process is not begun until it gets to the stomach.. which is too far along the tract to be effective.

If you suffer from acid reflux regularly and are downing antacids to reduce the effects you are throwing gas on the fire…to find out how you can douse that fire…head on over to Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally will guide you and tell you how….#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Acidity in the digestive system – Acid Reflux – Triggers and Diet by Sally Cronin

Saturday Snippets…It’s the 1st Of May…May Day…Mayday celebrations go back centuries and herald a new dawning …a new year as the plants raise their heads above the once frosty ground and start to flourish and bloom…

There is also music and little titbits of information some may be relevant to you or interesting some you may just bypass but sometimes those little snippets linger in the recess of our minds… it all helps when you are on a quiz team and the answer pops into your head and your team applaud you for your knowledge…Just saying

Saturday Snippets…1st May 2021…

Well, that’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by…see you next week …Love Carol xx

Tropical Friday…Achiote Seed(Annatto)…Lipstick Tree…

Welcome to the slightly different fruity Friday…It’s Tropical Friday and today it’s the incredible Achiote Seed…also known as annatto…

Native to the Carib­bean islands, conti­nental Central America and the western part of South America.

The tree has been introduced to the tropics all over the world; nevertheless, the main producing area is still in South America (Perú, Brazil).

Among the Asian countries, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines have small-scale annatto production; in other tropical countries like here in Thailand, it is mostly planted as an ornamental backyard tree…

Dried annatto seeds have a weak, perfumed odour. In the fresh state, however, their scent is intense and mild–fruity.

When ripe, the fruits split open to reveal several seeds the size of the head of a matchstick and covered with thin, orange-red pulp. Indigenous people in South American countries where the tree originated, such as Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia, used the dye obtained from the pulp to colour their lips, which gave annatto another name, the lipstick tree.

The dye was also used to cover their bodies, to ward off insects and prevent sunburn.

The seeds can be made into a paste or used as a dye which is obtained by immersing the seeds in warm water for a few minutes then stirred until the water becomes orange-red.

Used in a popular Mexican dish called cochinita pibil a dish that is far from mild or dry. The heat comes in the form of intensely hot condiments on the side, but it has a uniquely sweet, earthy aroma imparted by bitter Seville oranges, achiote, charred garlic, and a host of other spices. That earthiness is backed with the herbaceous aroma of the banana leaves it’s cooked in, along with smokiness from hours of slow cooking in a smoky, steamy píib (or, in modern Mexican Spanish, pib), the Mayan oven consisting of a hole in the ground lined with hot stones.

Although I don’t have a stone oven although I could get hubby to dig a hole in the garden and I’m would love to help he is always digging holes…now that’s a plan…

For now it’s a simple recipe of rice …with achiote.

  • 1 cup of uncooked rice
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1medium white onion-chopped
  • 2 ripe plum tomatoes-skinned and quartered
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp of Achiote Powder/paste
  • 3/4 tsp of salt

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. Add the rice and stir over medium-high heat until rice is golden brown.

Add the garlic and chopped onion, and sauté until the onion just begins to brown.

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth,  Achiote paste/powder and salt, lower heat and cover.

Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

My paste came from Amazon however if you can obtain the seeds then you can make your own  paste

 

It is a simple recipe with a mix of popular spices which you will have in your cupboard achiote(annatto), oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, allspice, garlic, and salt.  just bound together with bitter Seville orange juice…

The tree also has medicinal uses. Leaves oiled and placed on the forehead relieve headaches, and a paste made from mixing dye from seeds and oil heals blisters and burns. Drinking a decoction of the leaves alone alleviate throat inflammation, pleurisy and asthma. Gargling with a decoction of leaves can also help a sore throat.

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed learning about the Achiote Seed or maybe you are familiar with it and cook with it already.

Until tomorrow when I will be back with Saturday Snippets …x