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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 10th May-16th May 2020…Recipes, Recycling and more…

Curfews, working from home, only going out when necessary… obviously different restrictions wherever you hail from…some more stringent than others…Not much has been relaxed here a few internal flights but I went out briefly today…shopping and nothing has been lifted in the shops…Everyone is wearing face masks and some full-face masks..screens are in place for cashiers…no buses just tuk-tuks with the hand cleanser bottles taped to either side…in fact, it seems more screens are in place even in the small coffee shops there are screens across the middle of the tables…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

I would say take a breather and settle down to read my roundup but if you are like me we have been settled down for months now…Very surreal still…Enjoy the roundup of my weekly posts and check out my first ever attempt at making a vegan cake and chocolate to boot…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…11th May 2020…and Covid-19…

Yes unlike much of the western world we mask up and cover-up…Not always recommended by many but I think our social distancing coupled with temperature checks and the wearing of masks has contributed to our much lower deaths and pandemic infection figures…However, after a brief foray into Covid-19, I also featured some wonderful happenings from around the world of recycling and climate change…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/11/recycling-and-climate-change11th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Vinegar Month…

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I also made my very first vegan cake…using vinegar instead of eggs…See Saturday’s post for the result was it flop or a success.
Or quite simply some balsamic vinegar with oil and some bread….Quite beautiful…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/12/national-vinegar-month/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesdays…

Before I got into my Whimsy ways I was over @Sally’s with my trip through the Culinary Alphabet from A-Z…last week I was looking at the letter I….not an ice cream cone to be seen…

From Immortalittea to everyone’s favourite Irish Stew.

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Time for some whimsy…Musical bamboo forests, Ants, The hazards of rolling out the dough, some cute animals to crotchet and much more…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/13/whimsical-wednesday-carolcooks2/

Thursday:

I couldn’t think of anything to write my creative thoughts wouldn’t thunk…I just watched Netflix and snacked…

Friday: Apricots and Morels…

Dear Sally came to the rescue with her post on the health benefits of Apricots and also shared one of my posts of some lovely recipes using Apricots which are one of my favourite fruits and a lifesaver…They have lots of iron…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-apricots-no-honeymoon-should-be-without-it-by-sally-cronin-them/

My befuddled brain then woke up and realised that the Morel mushroom festivals had been cancelled and as I have never tried them or didn’t know much about them it gave me something to think about…The exotic hard to find wild Morel mushroom …

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Which I have now discovered I can get dried ones here and if I wait until next season I may be lucky to forage and find some…

Saturday: 

After so many disasters lately in the kitchen…I had a win and my chocolate cake turned out great…I was surprised as I always use eggs …but no sweat and less washing up…my go-to chocolate cake recipe now…

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Vegan Chocolate Cake.

I am just waiting for my black vinegar to be delivered to try that out in a dish…I am enjoying National Vinegar Month…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/16/carolcooks2-a-vegan-chocolate-cake-braised-pork-shoulder-in-black-vinegar-and-yanang-juice/

That’s all for this week …I hope you found something to enjoy…Please stay safe and social isolate it ain’t safe yet folks…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.

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Apricots – no honeymoon should be without Them! by Sally Cronin

Apricots…A lovely little golden fruit with so many health benefits and it is also lovely to eat raw and cook with…Enjoy the read and the recipes …Thank you, Sally a great post Hug xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

As a follow on from the recent series on theWeekly Grocery Shopping List of foods that contain the nutrients the body needsthat contain the nutrients the body needs I am going to repeat my series from 2017 on the health benefits of some of our most common foods.

Food therapy is a broad term for the benefits to the body of a healthy, varied and nutritional diet of fresh foods.

Most of us walk through the fresh produce departments of our supermarkets without really paying much attention to the individual fruits and vegetables. This is a great pity because the vast majority of these foods have been cultivated for thousands of years, not only for their nutritional value but also for their medicinal properties. If you eat a healthy diet you are effectively practicing preventative medicine. A robust immune system, not only attacks external opportunistic pathogens, but also…

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 8th March-14th March 2020…

Good morning and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…It is a calm, slightly overcast morning so far but after yesterdays 40C it is a welcome drop in temperature the birds are still twittering, the squirrels are having their morning feed they are loving the mangoes …at the moment they are leaving the Jackfruit alone…

Green tea and greek yoghurt with passion fruit…that’s brunch done…Let’s write…

Relax and Enjoy!

Grab your cuppa, relax and enjoy the read…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…9th March 2020…

It seems many of you were as surprised as I was by this old speech by a lady I have always admired and listening to her speech I was struck by how much foresight she had back then …as were many of you and her words are being repeated by many of the Climate Change activists now…Apart from the fact that Maggie Thatcher was wise enough to know that we cannot go back…

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That we cannot return to simple village life or halve our population by some means unknown(Covid-19?)…A wise lady and one whom I have always admired…She was the first world leader to make a speech on Climate Change…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/09/recycling-and-climate-change9th-march-2020/

However, just in case you do need to stock up(a little) …NOT PANIC BUY…Sally has a few tips for you here as well as some other must-reads…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-march-1st-7th-2020-jazz-books-guests-humour-an

Tuesday: 

Where I take you down on the farm…the place where I love to chill where my chooks and turkeys live and also little Lily when she isn’t here…Which as it is the long school break now all 10 weeks of it she is here which means cake making is being done in earnest… Lily loves to bake and she is a dab hand at cutting the veggies up she just loves to cook…

Last week I introduced you to snake gourd and a Thai potato called Man sam Palang also known as Cassava, Yuca or Tapioca root.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/10/thailand-down-on-the-farm-snake-gourdcassava/

Whimsical Wednesdays…with Carol…

I could take you anywhere last week it was dental floss, hibernation, the Eden Project and the Dark side of the Moon just a little sample of how random my thoughts can be …I can make you smile, invoke memories or just wow you…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/11/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-30/

Thursday:

Just to confuse you it was Wednesday really as that is when my food column is published over at Sally’s but as at the moment, I don’t post on a Thursday due to writing commitments I delayed it by one day…My A-Z of the Culinary Alphabet which Sally is kindly repeating for me which has so far been very well received…You like it!… Thank you, everyone and Sally xxx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-e-for-egg-plant-escargot-elephant-e

Friday: In my kitchen…

Is when I invite you into my kitchen where I share some of my recipes with you…Friday it was a non-dairy cream which is very nice…one of my favourite curry mixes, a lovely pancake recipe which Liz tried and they loved… a keeper she said…Thank you Liz..x Not only do we love pancakes but I was also a Woollies girl like Liz…

banana maple syrup pancakes

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/13/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-everything-cooked-from-scratch-a-non-dairy-cream-pancakes-and-more/

Saturday: Saturday morning market…

I know many of you are not able to visit your markets at the moment…stay safe and enjoy mine for now…they are still open at the moment that could change I don’t know…I am being as sensible as I can but at the moment there are no known cases here…

Saturday Morning Market 14th March

I found Apricots, at last, the lovely Maprang fruit is in season, honeycomb which Lily brought me from the farm…lots of fresh vegetables as always… Thais eat fresh raw vegetables at every meal it is a side dish and always given when you buy food ready cooked… it comes with a bag of fresh vegetables…some recognisable others not… as mainly it is foraged. I am always coming across different edible flowers and leaves…they are an integral part of the Thai diet.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/14/saturday-morning-marketapricots-maprang-fruit-pickled-pineapple/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

 

Saturday Morning Market…Apricots, Maprang fruit, Pickled Pineapple…

I love Saturdays as the small traders come with their produce from their little bit of land this is where I find the unusual the fruits or vegetables which are not raised commercially but just local grown like they have been for centuries…I am also pleased to see how many of the stalls now are ditching the plastic and using banana leaves to wrap foods…

Lively and bustling the markets here sell everything from meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, curry pastes, rice, clothing, garden pots and knives you name it it is sold here…On a Saturday I will share with you what I have found…

My very first taste of really fresh honey when I came here was from a seller on the beach…we were sitting on the beach having a 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…I couldn’t resist I had to look and what a surprise…it was fresh, very fresh honeycomb..and he strained into a bottle…it was the most glorious bottle of fresh honey…just had to purchase..it tastes so fresh and very lightly scented with floral notes and a beautiful golden colour…

Saturday Morning Market 14th March

The lovely honeycomb pictured is what Lily brought with her from the farm…she loves honey as much as I do…especially when it is as fresh as this is…she knows how much Nannie loves it as well…

I love Apricots and have only been able to purchase them here brined in salt which are ok they take a little getting used to until now that is and I spied these much smaller than the Apricots I have eaten in the UK but the same furry skins and taste just smaller. I think maybe I will do some in syrup or a light juice not sure I am looking at recipes at the moment…They are not big enough to stuff but maybe I can use in rice for a change or maybe a chutney or stuffing…Has anyone got any ideas?

The pineapple season is in full swing so much fruit at the moment as it is our high season and hot it topped 40C today…I love pineapple shakes and just eating the lovely sweet fruit it seems so much juicier here…I also love pickled pineapple …pickled with jala[eno peppers they are perfect with cheese…

  • 300 gm of fresh pineapple cut into smallish chunks
  • A handful of shallots finely sliced
  • 1 pickled jalapeno sliced
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar
  • The juice of 2 fresh limes
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • A handful of chopped coriander
  • 3 sterilised jars with lids.

Heat the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, limes and Jalapenos together and bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat add the shallots and leave the mixture to cool down.

Spoon the pineapple and coriander into the prepared jars and cover with the vinegar mixture. Add the lids and leave to cool down before putting in the refrigerator.

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Leave for 1-2 days before eating.

N.B Some recipes say use pickled jalapenos and some say to use fresh Jalapenos… I use either …

If you use pineapple juice the cut down on the sugar you use.

If you enjoy pickles what unusual pickles do you make????? Please let me know in the comments…I would love to know 🙂 x

Mangoes...again so many at the moment ours are not ripe yet to eat but the markets are full of them…I for one cannot resist I buy mine from a little old lady she doesn’t many like the others just s few and often I have to give her a gentle shake as she is dozing they have a very early start probably about 4 in the morning and are there most of the day so it is a common sight to see stallholders dozing off in a corner…today I spied the lovely Majong fruit which is now in season, green mango, lots of herbs and some fish.

mackerel green mango marian fruit and herbs

Majong fruit is the smallish lemon coloured fruit on the left-hand side of the image…This lovely fruit has a very short season and is likened to the mango but the taste is nothing like a mango…Also called the Marian Plum by some this small, oval-shaped fruit, small enough to fit wholly within the palm of your hand, is green when young, but will turn a deep yellow-orange when ripe.

Many Thais prefer to eat this fruit before it is fully ripened…a cross between mango and plum, with just a hint of sour flavour on the surface right under the skin which gives way to a sweet fruit beneath.  It’s a lovely combination of sweet and sour, which many look forward to eating each year! In fact, the entire fruit is edible, from the skin to seed, however, the seed is quite bitter, so not many will eat them.  The leaves are used cut up in salads or cooked.

Due to its short season, it is one of the more expensive fruits ..it is high in Vitamin C, fibre and has quite a high water content…I like this fruit very much.

That’s all for this weeks Saturday Market…

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have enjoyed 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.

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous weekend xxx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Healthy #Apricots and #recipes

One of my favourite fruits and so good for you…Iron needs a boost then eat Apricots….Sally will also tell you about all the other Health benefits of the lovely apricot 🙂 xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to this week’s post where Carol Taylor and I combine forces and share not just the health benefits of foods but some recipes to showcase them in all their glory. I appreciate that these posts are longer than the average but we hope that you feel that you are getting value for your time…I am going to share the health benefits of this amazing fruit before Carol includes them in some fabulous recipes for all the family to enjoy.

Apricots

The apricot season opens at the beginning of May and goes through to the end of August or early September, which gives us five months to enjoy this highly nutritious and healing food.

First though a little history about this luscious golden yellow fruit. In China over 4000 years ago a bride will have not only had something borrowed and something blue but would have also been nibbling on…

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