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CarolCooks2…Join me in my kitchen …

It has been a funny old week this week one of those bitty weeks …Do you get those?…

We have had some heavy tropical showers and now I am listening to a lovely drip, drip, drip…yep the ceiling,, Again…If anyone tried water torture on me I would be immune … haha…

Pak Dong…Is Thai pickled cabbage which comes in many forms from just cabbage or cabbage and green onions this week I added some small yellow eggplants…

Ingredients:

  • 1 white cabbage. cut or torn into pieces.
  • 8 large spring onions chopped
  • 12-15 sm yellow eggplants halved
  • Coarse Salt.

Method:

Pickled cabbage is very easy to do and there are many variations I have seen it with fresh chillies. It can also be made with Chinese cabbage or Pak Choy…Our preference is just plain old white cabbage and spring onions it is quick, easy and very moreish it can be eaten on its own, stirred into soup or with a curry as an accompaniment. It doesn’t last long here at all as our little granddaughter loves it and just eats it on its own.

To Pickle:

Layer Cabbage, Onions, eggplants and salt in the dish add a little water. Mix it all together with your hands.

We then leave the dish covered on the kitchen top or in the sun for 1 day.

Pickled cabbage with egg plants

Then drain and lightly rinse and add more salt if required. Cover and leave for 2/3 days or until it reaches your ideal taste. With pickled cabbage, it is purely down to personal taste some like it saltier or sour more than others. Just play with it and you will soon discover your ideal version.

My daughter in law who is Thai doesn’t like it as sour as we do… she doesn’t like the Winegar taste as she puts it… Once it reaches your required taste it is ready to eat.

This recipe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Enjoy!

We love chorizo which is quite expensive here as it is imported and also as much as we love it we eat in moderation as it is also processed sausage…Chorizo contains several nutrients that have a beneficial effect on your health but, because it also has some nutritional drawbacks, you should consume it in moderation as it contains lots of sodium and fat…

This recipe has healthy liver a small amount of chorizo cooked with onions and it was a hit with everyone it had the spiciness of the chorizo and was quick to cook. It was also a throw it together one as your cooking so ingredients are approx…x

Ingredients:

  • 350 gm chicken liver
  • Approx 3/4 inch chunk chorizo cut into slices
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp balsamic
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Olive oil

Let’s Cook!

Heat a good splash of olive oil in a pan add the onions and cook for about 2 minutes add the chorizo and then the garlic cook for about 5 mins until the onions are soft and the chorizo slightly browned.

Add the liver and cook for 3-3 minutes then add your balsamic and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the liver is just cooked.

Chorizo liver with vegetables

I served with mashed potato, green beans, courgettes, cauliflower and broccoli…It would go equally well with pasta…

As a quick stir fry it went down well everyone liked it and it was quick to cook…

This edible flower was one we saw last week at the Farmers Market foraged in the hills of  Northern Thailand. It is eaten raw not steamed or cooked but eaten raw with bamboo soup…An occasional delicacy not seen often my daughter in law was very pleased as she had not eaten this one before..she loves to forage for flowers and mushrooms herself so was keen to try it…

Thai foraged edible flower

There are numerous Thai soup recipes. Soup is eaten almost daily, as an accompaniment to a Thai meal. Unlike in the West, it is not served as a first course but is served with all the other dishes on the table. In Thailand, at a family-style meal, everyone shares from the serving bowl, by spooning some of the soup into his own spoon.

This youtube video shows you how to make bamboo soup and the Yanang Juice is canned but if you do wish to make this soup it will probably be easier to obtain the juice canned. If you haven’t heard of Yanang juice then I wrote a post a while ago about Yanang and its health benefits…Click here to read about Yanang Juice…

My daughter in law is the one who makes this soup here in my kitchen and the flowers pictured are what would be eaten with the soup or something similar. Raw or steamed vegetables are a staple food here and eaten with every meal.

Our jalapeno snacks came out ok...However, we are going back to the drawing board making them smaller( not so much cream cheese filling and using different spring roll wrappers…

uncooked jalapeno wraps with cream cheese

Spring rolls wrapped in their filling ready to cook

Take two will be next week...Some of them split which meant crispy bits BUT the flavour was there …The jalapeno heat…They were tasty just not perfect for a photo but the taste testers loved them enough to request a rerun…But that’s cooking for you not everything comes out perfect every time…

There is no second-guessing kids is there.?.. Our grandson Aston went to the local shop yesterday after school to get a treat for after his dinner…He came back with a big bunch of Morning Glory which is Thai water spinach which he had as an extra vegetable last night and requested it again tonight…

morning glory fresh from the market

Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Morning Glory
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 or more Thai Chillies
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Thai Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of fermented soybean paste or oil with soya beans ( optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh veg or pork stock


Let’s Cook!

Wash and cut your morning-glory into 4-6 inch pieces.
Bash the chillies and garlic in a pestle and mortar
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry ( stirring) for 15-20 seconds be careful not to let the garlic burn.

Stirfried Morning Glory
Add morning-glory and all other ingredients except for the vegetable stock.
Stir-fry for 40 seconds and add vegetable stock and stir-fry for another 10 seconds.
Serve with steamed rice or as a side dish.
Enjoy!

I hope you have enjoyed this week in my kitchen and if you have any questions about the recipes, please ask…

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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 weekend xx

 

Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday’s when anything is on the menu…A cloudy day today temp 31 degrees feels like 36 degrees… only a slight chance of rain today…A good day for a walk…Yesterday I took two walks early morning and one to market in the afternoon…I fancied ginger tea…it was certainly heavy on the ginger but just as I like it…Freshly made…

Today is National Kittens Day…

kitten up a tree

Image by Kessa from Pixabay

Kittens who doesn’t love tiny, adorable kittens? …their big heads, giant eyes, tiny pink paws and noses, and the adorable mews they make…. Irresistible…Americans seem to like cats and kittens best: According to the American Humane Society, 95.6 million cats were owned, while 83.3 million households owned a dog. There is certainly nothing wrong with dogs, but a tiny kitten is just so irresistible! Look at that adorable face is it saying look at me or help I can’t get down?

On this day in 1940…The Battle of Britain began when Nazi forces attacked shipping convoys in the English Channel…My dad was 12 years old at that time…My mother was 10 years old and like many, that was when childhood as they knew changed and many brave men and women gave their lives.

battle of Britain monument

 

Time for some music…

music notes

1964 saw the Beatles release third 3rd studio album ( It’s a ) ” Hard Days Night” followed by the Rolling Stones who on 10th July 1964 scored their first US #1 single ” Satisfaction”

I loved Top of the Pops it was a weekly treat with Pans People who still dance by the way…My father took great delight in ridiculing all the bands and singers and telling me that they wouldn’t be around in years to come like his favourite singers…Well, he soon had to eat his words and I remember back in early 2000 when they released a compilation of their hits called 40 Licks…My father was very happy to receive a copy of that in his Christmas stocking…

For you dad …I hope you are listening up there…xxx Love you forever xxx

Kombucha…I love a drink of Kombucha the last time being a few years ago as my friend who lives in Phuket made her own…A fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent black or green tea drink,,, Juices or spices can be added and often are to commercially brewed Kombucha drinks which can be high in sugar so I steer clear and decided to make my own…I am rehydrating my scoby which is going really well it is swelling and looking good for a very unattractive culture which can also be known as tea mushroom or tea fungus…More to come as she grows…

Latest Wimbledon News…

 

wimbledon logo in flowers

Young Corri Gauff reached the fourth round…For a15 years old that is a fabulous achievement.

Roger Federer is hoping to get his 100th match win at Wimbledon today when he plays Japans Kei Nishikori.

Rafael Nadal is playing Sam Querry will he win his match? Will all three of these guys win their matches to march on and maybe one of them will be Wimbledon Champion this year…

My favourite Novak Djokovic is also playing a Belgian player called David Goffin who he has beaten in 6 previous meetings although it all boils down to who plays the best Tennis on the day…My fingers are crossed for Novak…

Yesterday saw the awesome pair Murray and Williams win their game but I reckon they will be a hard pair to beat…

Time for a story…The Beach Bum…

The phone call in the middle of the night shattered our hearts our lives. Our beloved father was gone, the victim of a hit and run accident, never to return.

Lives were torn apart, my brother, my twin, my soul mate always so fragile retreated further into the recess of his mind.

Being the strong one I was thrust slap bang into the middle of corporate life. Now chair lady of the board at just 19 years old.

Such hostility I had never met in my life, I worked hard and become a daughter my father would have been proud of. My life, however, was not my own any more. My enemies always there, always ready for me to make one slip, one mistake, they were like vultures, circling.

man alone beach

My brother always the sickly one spent more and more of his time at this tiny, little known retreat in the heart of Thailand. Gradually he became better, more able to cope but always yearning for the simple life. There was not a corporate bone in his body although his mind, sharp unlike any I had ever known, he was also so like our mother gentle and fragile who left this world and us when we were only 5 yrs old.

10 years later.

A balmy, slightly hazy day, waves gently lapping on the white sand. Lovers walking hand in hand without seemingly a care in this world. Local fishermen casting their lines from the shore, long tail boats in the background. The only sounds are the waves and the soft murmur of indistinct words as they catch the gentle breeze. To an onlooker an idyllic life, the reality often so different.

Like life, appearances so deceptive.

Myself, beautiful I am told, the perfect woman with the perfect life…Ha Ha. Today was the day; everyone thought I was staying at a 5-star resort with every imaginable luxury to cosset madam.

Hammock palm trees beach

The reality is that once a year for a month I take my hammock, rucksack and board a plane to my beloved Thailand.

My suitcase goes to that 5-star resort; the staff given strict instructions that I am not to be disturbed. My meals are bought to my room, the empty dishes left outside my door. Inside the TV monitors are trained on a boardroom and its members.

My brother, my soul mate, my friend and confidant who walks the beach, sleeps under the stars, changes places with me.

For a month he watches and listens!

By Carol Ann Taylor.

Recipe Corner…

This is by far the best recipe I have eaten so far for ribs. I nearly didn’t eat them as I am not a fan of chewing on a rib, however, the meat on these was so moist and soft it just fell off the bone. We cooked it as one whole piece rather than cut the ribs into portions.

Pork-ribs-asian-flavours

Ingredients:

  • A 2-kilo piece of Pork Rib.

For the marinade:

  • 160 ml Hoisin sauce
  • 4 tbsp BLACK Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice and the grated zest.
  • 4 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 10cm piece of fresh ginger julienned
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-star anise

Let’s Cook!

Mix all of the above ingredients together.
Then paint over the rack of ribs and put in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate and absorb all those lovely flavours.
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees.
Cover the dish with foil and cook the ribs for 2 ½ to 3 hrs, basting the meat occasionally.
When nice and tender remove from the oven and portion up and those lovely leftover juices from the pan we drizzled over the ribs and served them with a mixed salad, potato salad, and beetroot.

As always a finger bowl and serviettes are required as ribs make for quite a messy and enjoyable experience but very enjoyable and we would definitely make them again.
Enjoy!

That’s it for this week …Enjoy Wimbledon all you tennis fans  …Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories 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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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 creative week ahead xx

This week in my kitchen…Fajitas, Green Mango and Mackerel Salad…

Last week I was in Bangkok and what a lovely weekend it was…I am now back home..refreshed as I didn’t take my laptop so had a few days break which did me good…I came back renewed and invigorated…The weather here is typical rainy season lots of tropical storms and is that thunder loud…Still warm but the rain takes that edge off the searing heat…29C feels like 34C…Cloudy interspersed with tropical showers…Looks like it is set in for the day…

For a change, I thought I would make fajitas and my grandson has decided that it is his new favourite dinner…It is not very often that I make this sort of dinner I normally cook Thai, Indian or a good roast dinner…

Aston, of course, being a young foodie and a good little cook wanted guacamole, salsa, sour cream to go with his fully stuffed fajitas of which he ate 3 to my one…A growing lad with hollow legs as my mum used to say to us…

Guacamole.

guacamole

  • 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 and black pepper and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Cover the bowl with clingfilm and chill before serving.

Tomato Salsa.

salsa

Ingredients.

  • 1 med red onion finely chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes (peeled, chopped)
  • 1-2 red chilli peppers (hot or mild)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
  • 1 1/2-2 tbsp lime juice.
  • salt and pepper, to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Combine all the ingredients and season well…

Salsa is also Aston and Lily’s favourite snack so I think I have made it 3 nights out of 4 for the last week or two…Kids!

All of these dips are really quick to put together sometimes I use my little blender with the guacamole but am careful not to make it too smooth.

They can be served with my saltine crackers, pitta bread, Doritos, Fajitas or anything else of your choice…

Fajita mix.

• 3 tbsp Cornstarch…I use rice flour
• 2 tbsp Chilli Powder. ( I use dried chillies ground to a powder)
• 1 tbsp Salt.
• 1/2 tbsp Sugar.(optional)
• 1 tbsp Red Smoked Paprika
• 2 1/2 tsp Powdered chicken stock/seasoning.
• 1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder.
• 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder.
• 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper.
• 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder.

I always make my own mixes as I find that I can save money by buying larger packs of spices and also I have a quicker rotation so the spices stay fresh and not linger in the cupboard forever.

Chicken Fajitas.

fajita chicken cooked

2 chicken breast sliced into about 3 in pieces.

2/3 cloves of garlic crushed

1 onion chopped or sliced

1-2 tbsp Fajita mix

Half a red and yellow sweet bell pepper finely sliced…( optional)

I don’t cook them with my fajita mix as my family like their peppers uncooked in Fajitas this is purely personal taste and if you like yours in your mix then add near the end of cooking.

Let’s Cook!

Heat a glug of olive oil in your pan and add your onions and after a couple mins, the garlic then add your fajita mix and stir well then add your chicken, Cook for about 5-6 minutes until chicken is cooked. Add a little water if required.

 

To serve spread some sour cream on your wrap add some chicken, salsa, guacamole, raw bell peppers, grated cheese ( optional) then roll and enjoy!

 

Mackerel and green mango salad.

mackerel and green mango Thai salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 small mackerel or mackerel fillets
  • 1 green mango, julienned
  • 3 shallots finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 -4 fresh red chillies sliced
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes ( optional)
  • 1 handful of fresh mint picked and chopped
  • 1 handful coriander chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted roasted nuts.

Grill the mackerel unless you buy ready smoked mackerel and in that case break it into flakes.

Julienne your mango, slice your shallots and chop your herbs. Put all your chopped ingredients and the fish into a serving bowl and add your chillies, fish sauce and Lime Juice…Taste and if you wish to add a little sugar to balance the flavour or suit your palate then add it now.

Serve with noodles or some steamed plain potatoes.

N.B.

If you can’t get green mango then this salad would be lovely with mango which is just ripe but still firm which I think you could get almost anywhere in the world now…Or try a green apple which I think would be equally as good.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes until next time…Have a great weekend 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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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 weekend xx

 

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Squidilicious, Cholesterol, How to brew green tea…

Welcome to this weeks roundup…Take a pew, grab your favourite drink and have a read most of all enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

How does plastic get into the sea?… It is the subject of many news desks, question time, documentary’s, in fact, it is on the news, it comes up on your FB news feed, magazines, newspapers..everyone is talking about plastic…But although plastic is a huge problem so are discarded fishing lines and nets so let’s not forget those and the distressing photos of turtles and fish with hooks in their bodies or caught in discarded nets and they can’t free themselves…So much abuse of the natural world is caused by man.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/06/plastic-part-7-how-does-plastic-get-into-the-sea/

Healthy Eating...How is your eating plan going? If you have reached a plateau and we all do at times Sally has a written a great post with lots of tips …and there is also a video for some great arm exercises…

ladies jogging

I am only walking and when I come back I am leaking like nobodies business…The humidity here but it seems to be helping me lose weight and inches so I am not complaining…haha

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/07/healthy-eating-eat-smart-have-you-reached-a-plateau/

Cholesterol something which many people have or have a problem with or someone they know has a problem…Sally’s post busts the myths and gives you the facts…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/smorgasbord-health-column-cholesterol-and-fat-myths-part-two-vitamin-k2-and-healthy-fats-by-sally-cronin/

Waste Not! Want Not! …Lots of good news this week and ways that as an individual we can help…

Bluebell woods

To me, there is nothing more beautiful than a bluebell wood.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/09/waste-not-want-not-week-23-bees-and-coffee-grounds/

I do a lot of research and I found this post very helpful as to what questions to ask and how to study…A very useful article if you do ant=y research or just look up things as you think of them …Which I do if I see a news article and want to check something out…

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https://motivation-environment.com/2019/05/08/7-important-steps-that-can-be-used-to-study-environmental-problems-like-a-scientist/

Squid or Calamari...I call it squid purely out of habit and it is called squid here in Thailand whereas in Europe it is called Calamari. What I buy here is definitely Calamari family but I refer to it as squid.  Squid is different it is cheaper and not so tender…If you are not sure ask your fishmonger or check out this post to see the difference between the two …Either way, the recipes are Squidilicious…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/10/this-week-in-my-kitchen-squidilicious-salt-pepper-squid-and-bbq-squid/

Green tea…So often I hear the comment as to it is bitter…It is if you don’t brew it correctly my post tells you how and you never have bitter tea again unless like me when I leave my little strainer in the pot…

china green tea pot

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/11/green-tea-or-oolong-how-to-brew-the-perfect-cup/

I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup if you have any comments please share as I love your comments and always answer them…Enjoy your week 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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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

CarolCooks2…Week One… Join me in my kitchen…

Welcome to my new series… Week One …In my kitchen… where you will get an insight into what I have been cooking this week…Plus a bit of chat and trivia it would be boring otherwise…

It has been a bit slow this week as we all know the week after Christmas and the New Year just eases itself in with a whisper…Or comes in with a bang…and no I haven’t blown up my new oven…

The last of our guests went home today so peace and quiet reigns…It has been hectic but lovely so hubby is out in the garden sweeping up the leaves although a stinker of a tropical storm is expected the first New Year storm of this magnitude for 68 years we are not in the direct path although we may still experience high winds I haven’t had the heart to tell him his sweeping may be in vain…

My son has gone back to the UK and has probably just about landed…When he returns he goes back with his suitcase packed with goodies…Fresh herbs ones which he can’t get in the UK…a blow your head off  Thai Curry paste for his brother and bottles of cooking sauces again which he cannot get there and coconut milk because believe it or not he cannot get 100% Coconut milk…The max % is about 60% of brands the ones we buy here are 100%…

When he told me this I was appalled but as he said it is cheaper for manufacturers to add guar gum and the like … for example coconut extract (56 per cent), water, stabiliser (E466), emulsifier (E435), antioxidant (citric acid). E466 is another name for carboxymethyl cellulose. E435 is another name for polysorbate 60. 

Mine here 100% Coconut Milk…

 

100% coconut milk carton cover

Kitchen Tip:  Try to find a brand which only contains coconut milk and water and if you can’t and use one of the other brands be careful not to let the liquid boil as it will separate. 

I also made him some Indian spice mixes to take with him…

Chettinad Masala Powder:

Ingredients:

  • 16 dried red chillies
  • 4 tsp of black pepper
  • 3 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp dried unsweetened coconut
  • 4 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-star anise
  • 8 cloves
  • 4 x 1 inch sticks of cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 20 fresh/dried curry leaves

Dry roast all the ingredients you may have to do this in a couple of batches depending on your pan but be careful not to burn the spices.

Transfer to a plate or dish and allow to cool down before grinding to a powder.

Masala chettinad spice powder

Store in an airtight container. This recipe makes enough for 3/4 curries.

The original recipe I found on Madraasi @ a Tamilian Tales and is now my go-to Indian curry spice mix and one we all love…

Get the full chicken curry recipe here…

The second Indian spice I made for him to take back was a Garam Masala Powder.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 3 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 10 green cardamom pods
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 4 dried red chillies
  • 2-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 1 large piece of mace
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of fennel seeds

Roast each spice in a non-stick pan until warm and fragrant. Cool completely then grind the spices to a fine powder this will keep in an airtight container for about 3 months and then the spices will start to lose their flavour.

Use as per your recipe.

I always grind my own spices as it is so easy to do they are fresh and much cheaper than buying those small pots or packages with of course additives.

It also makes a lovely present with a handwritten recipe everyone likes to receive a homemade gift …I love to send them x

I came across this recipe for Gluten Free Banana Pancakes when I was reading blogs this morning and as I have a glut of bananas I thought I have most of the ingredients although I did a little tweak here and there and they were very nice even hubby liked them…Thank you, Bailey, from bites by bai they were lovely.

Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes…

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3/4 of a cup of rolled oats
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • Chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts and maple syrup to serve.

Put the banana, oats, eggs, baking soda and maple syrup in the blender and blitz until smooth and well combined.

Heat your pan and add some mix cook for about 2 mins each side I did find they cooked quite quickly so watch you don’t burn them…

banana maple syrup pancakes

Serve with sliced banana, blueberries or fruit of your choice, walnuts and maple syrup…They were actually very yummy…

I didn’t have gluten-free oats so mine were not gluten-free but still healthy and I had no maple syrup extract so substituted maple syrup, the walnuts I caramelised and I didn’t have blueberries…and I cooked mine in grass-fed butter… I will make them again and next time will add blueberries as they will add that touch of tartness…

Last night we had Grapow moo with morning-glory which is a lovely Thai vegetable stir-fried with garlic and chillies.

grapow moo cooking adding herbs

Get the recipe here

Morning Glory…One of my favourite vegetable stir fries…

Thai vegetable morning glory

Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Morning Glory
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 or more Thai Chillies
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Thai Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of fermented soybean paste or oil with soya beans
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh veg or pork stock


Let’s Cook!
Wash and cut your morning-glory into 4-6 inch pieces.
Bash the chillies and garlic in a pestle and mortar
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry ( stirring) for 15-20 seconds be careful not to let garlic burn.
Add morning-glory and all other ingredients except for the vegetable stock.
Stir-fry for 40 seconds and add vegetable stock and stir-fry for another 10 seconds.
Serve with steamed rice.
Enjoy!

On my trip to the market the other morning I came across some lovely pigs trotters I haven’t cooked them for years they used to be a favourite of my dads and I remember my mum cooking them…I will be checking out some recipes and will share with you next week I am going to cook them in the slow cooker and try to crisp up the skin…

That’s all for this week from me I will be back in full swing next week so I hope you will join me …If you love what you read then please share, reblog or pin the recipes I am trying to raise my profile on Pinterest  it would help me lots x

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

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

 

 

Old fashioned Bread Pudding just like Grandma used to make …

 

bread-pudding-old -fashined recipe

Bread Pudding.

An old family favourite of my dad’s and a recipe passed down through the family although my nan didn’t put as much spice in as I do but recipes grow and evolve, don’t they? Which is the lovely thing… I have made it much more since living here in Thailand as all the expat men love it ( a taste of home) …

I keep all of my bits of stale bread in the freezer until I have enough for a pudding so no waste in this kitchen.

Ingredients:

2/3 Ib of bread ( brown /white) or mixed.

1 tbsp Mixed Spice.

2 eggs beaten

3 oz butter melted.

12/16 oz  dried fruit (sultanas or raisins)

Let’s Cook!

Put bread in a large mixing bowl and cover with water or mix or milk and water to soak.

When soft I squeeze out in a colander as much liquid as I can. My little helper( Lily) getting stuck in and squeezing the bread dry…Kids just love the mucky bits…lol

bread-pudding-spiced

Add melted butter, mixed spice, eggs and fruit and combine.

bread-pudding-old fashioned-recipe

Nanny poured the melted butter in and Lily did the dried ingredients. and give a good stir… Next, it will be the Christmas Puddings as we only have 118 sleeps.

I like lots of spice and fruit so if I think it needs more at this point then I add it is one of those dishes where you can add what you like for example if I have had some other fruit left over as in cranberries or blueberries I would add them.

Put in hot oven 180 degrees for 1 hour if top seems to be browning too quickly then reduce heat a little. It should rise up a little by end of cooking. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sugar.

This is when I invoke my rights to cooks perks and have the 1st bit..to try of course as it’s yummy hot and straight from the dish. It is also great served with custard or cold if there is any left..haha. It also uses up all your bits of stale bread.

I hope you enjoy these dishes..until next time xx If you missed the Bread and Butter Pudding recipe then here it is…

Bread and Butter Pudding

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

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column – Carol Taylor Cooks #Cabbage – Stuffed, Red pickled, ‘Pasta’ dishes

The humble cabbage…What a revival cabbage is getting and it is so well deserved I love cabbage and so many different varieties and it is good for you…So a bonus tasty and healthy …Sorted xxxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Carol Cooks Cabbage…

Cabbage … I actually love cabbage and there are so many different varieties and it can be eaten cold, steamed, boiled, sautéed, pickled so many ways to prepare the humble cabbage.

Although I will admit that the cooking of cabbage has improved as I remember my Nan and my mum used to cook it to death but did we love the cabbage water with a bit of vinegar and pepper in it to us it was a real treat…Does anyone else remember that???

I won’t bore you with any more coleslaw recipes as cabbage makes a lovely slaw and there are so many dressing and additions you can make to make slaw but I think something different today.

Spicy Red Cabbage.

I have been making this …Well, it seems like forever but it must be at least for the last 35 years so it is a well…

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