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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 22nd -28th May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Dance” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup…The month of May …a spring month in the northern half of the world, and a fall month in the southern half. The month of many food days/months…National Asparagus, Egg, Salad, Salsa( today its mango salsa) and Strawberry Month to name a few…all foods I love which means there will be some recipes…I am concerned though about the statement the UN released about food shortages and just as concerned about the inability of the report on the FDA’s failings…(The full report ) will be in Monday Musings tomorrow…

Monday Musings…

One of my favourite posts as I can highlight other blogs or something I have watched or read…last week I shared a post from Chris who blogs @the story reading ape…a beautiful blue bee and its importance as a pollinator plus the heartwarming story of how children in Ireland learnt the Ukraine winning song in the Eurovision so they could sing it in the Ukraine language when they welcomed some Ukrainian children to their school it was so very touching…

Monday Musings…May 23rd 2022…

Today I shared my recipes for kebabs and I should be used to how cooking methods and the same recipe varies around the world indeed I do make kebabs where we skewer the meat with mushroom and peppers etc however I also use minced (ground ) meat to make kebabs and then form them around a lemongrass stalk I like this way as you can get far more flavour into the meat and the oils from the lemongrass also add their flavour …this method is quite popular in Asia…

CarolCooks2 in my Kitchen…Chicken Kebabs…

Sally is rewinding our joint posts where she provides the nutritional and health benefits of Manganese this week and its importance in our diets… I provided recipes which use ingredients containing Manganese …I think that is such a cool idea as it’s all combined in one post with information and recipes…Please head over to have a read on the importance of including foods which contain Manganese in your diet.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Manganese – Spinach, Chicken, Tomato and Basil

Rice although I have cut it down to once a day for the last month and increased my veggies and fruit…rice is a staple for many and given the rumblings that all is not well globally with food production we have rising prices..of which the cynic in me is hoping they are not being artificially increased…the war in Ukraine and climate change are all a factor…it most likely will be the poorer nations which will feel any shortages the worst at the moment but I am hearing that certain products are missing from supermarket shelves in the western world…therefore there is a need to have a few things in your storecupboard whereby you can rustle up meals if need be…I don’t mean stockpiling… I mean being considerate to your fellow man…especially if they are elderly or infirm…

This week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 3…Rice!

Today on Food Reviews I compared the health benefits and taste plus volume of making your own soup from scratch all you need is a saucepan and a liquidiser or stick blender plus a little more time but it can simmer away whilst you are doing something else the timer on my phone is an invaluable little tool…and nothing beats homemade soup…for comparison purposes, I used Tomato soup and chicken soup and of course the recipes for both…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…”Soup”

Saturday Snippets...my most fun time of the week where I search for connections to my one word chosen prompt which this week was “Dance”

I believe we should all have music and dance in our lives…there is nothing like dancing in the rain or bopping around your kitchen when cooking, picking up a child and dancing around the room, we don’t have to have rhythm but just to dance even if we are all alone makes us happy we can lose ourselves in the music and dance…from Mick Jagger to Lady Gaga and those who come before and after I think the world and its wife have sung about dance…

I’ll leave this one for the ladies…

I have watched the film and listened to this song more times than I can count…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you are having a fabulous weekend as always I look forward to your comments I do hope you will join next week xxx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Manganese – Spinach, Chicken, Tomato and Basil

Welcome to the rewind of this series from 2019 where we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually, we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

In this series, we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually, we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Over the next few months we are going to be working our way through the most essential of these nutrients and I will share the symptoms that you might experience if you are becoming deficient in the vitamin or mineral and list the foods where you can find the nutrient.

Carol Taylor is then going to provide you with some wonderful recipes that make the best use of these foods… Cooked from Scratch…Please click the link below to read the full post and where Sally will tell you how including Manganese in your diet has numerous health benefits…

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October is National Apple Month…Apple Recipes freshly cooked in my kitchen.

October is National Apple Month in the US…it is also National Pumpkin Month which I have promoted more than enough as wonderful as the pumpkin is l think it is time I gave the “Apple” the spotlight…

Did you know that worldwide 7,500 different varieties of apples are grown? My favourite apples are Bramley’s, Cox’s and Braeburn apples which ones are your favourite apples ???

As the saying goes an ” Apple a day keeps the doctor away” and rightly so as that little round ball of goodness is 2/3 fibre it has lots of anti-oxidants especially in the peel so do not peel it…please. They are also fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free and come in all shades of red, green and yellow so many to choose from…Which apple or apples are your favourite????

Apples have been around since at least 6500 BC and used to be called winter bananas or melt in your mouth… Mmmmm, don’t really get that connection…

Who loved doing apple bobbing at Halloween?? Or that party game where you were blindfolded and had your hands behind your back and had to take a bite of the apple sometimes it was a doughnut…But good fun…

Still mainly picked by hand apple growing is called pomology and the apple is a member of the rose family.

The cook in me can tell you that two pounds of apples will make a 9” pie…that apples ripen 6-10 times faster kept at room temperature than if you refrigerate them.

Apples go well with many dishes and recipes I mean you cannot have roast pork without applesauce or coleslaw without apple my mum used to make wonderful pancakes with slices of apple in the batter and her apple pie was also the best ever… I am still trying to bake a pie as good as my mum’s.

Here are some of my favourite recipes using apples…Starting with coleslaw…

 

There are so many permutations of this dish and all wonderful in their own way…My version, 5 ingredients plus mayo and you have a beautiful slaw to eat with anything…

I add no sugar as carrots and apples have their own natural sweetness.

So….Lets Cook!

 Shred half a white cabbage or red or half and half.

Peel and quarter at least one apple and then slice thinly.

Grate or dice a carrot.

Put in a bowl, add some mayo,  pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper and a good squeeze of fresh lemon /lime juice.

Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It will keep in the fridge may be covered until the next day but I just make it as I want it so easy to make enough for 1 or 10.

Enjoy!

Applesauce is one of the easiest sauces to make and can be used in so many different ways.

 

To make applesauce just peel your apples add a tiny bit of water and depending on which apples you are using you can add a little sugar…I don’t…Sometimes I add some cloves, a cinnamon stick it depends…Cook until softened and then you can puree if you like a smooth sauce or just roughly mash it or leave it as it is…

Applesauce pureed is a lovely food for babies when they first start eating solids maybe mix a little with rice or porridge for them.

*You can use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes. Some say to mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. If all you have is sweetened applesauce, then simply reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. Applesauce is also a popular healthy replacement for oil in many baked goods.

N.B I haven’t used applesauce as an egg substitute myself…Have you????

I love baked apples which is something my mum used to make filled with sultanas and baked in the oven she also used to cover the apple in suet pasty and make a suet apple pudding… All served with a bowl full of custard…I have happy childhood memories of these and although I don’t make the suet pudding we do love a baked apple like the one below and equally as lovely without the custard…

Ingredients:

• 4 large apples cored – any type except Granny smith which do not bake well
• 4 teaspoons unsalted butter cut in tiny cubes
• 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger or you could use fresh ginger very finely chopped or grated.
• ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• brown sugar to taste
• ½ cup apple cider ( I used ACV as I couldn’t get apple cider)

Let’s Cook!

Place your cored apples in an ovenproof dish. Mix the butter, walnuts and spices together and add to the centre of the apples.

Pour your apple cider into the dish to stop the apples from catching the bottom of the dish.

Bake on 350F/177C or gas mark 4 for 45 to 60 minutes depending on your apples…Baste the apples every 15 minutes.

To Serve: These can be served with custard, ice cream or a dairy-free coconut cream whip.

This was a lovely dessert and I think using Apple cider vinegar instead of cider took away the sweetness of the apple it was really nice.

What is your favourite childhood memories of eating apples????

My mum’s apple pie recipe…

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To serve: Add a squirt of cream or some lovely clotted cream if you can get it, custard, my dairy-free cream as above or a scoop of lovely Cornish ice cream.

Watching the calories then top the apple with some meringue ..very nice or add a crumble mix my recipe for crumble made separately is very nice and you could add as little as you like just a spoonful layered into a glass gives that little bit of added crunch.

 Apple and Mulberry Crumble

What else are apples used for ?? Apple juice, Apple cider vinegar Cider, Apple vinegar all of which have many health benefits and uses… Just be careful if you buy apple juice that it is not loaded with loads of sugar and other nasties which those sneaky drinks companies put in everything…Don’t get me started…lol and if it’s cider( scrumpy) moderation is the name…

I hope you have enjoyed this post on the humble little apple…x

Stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as you know what I am going to say it is Free and proven to be good for your health…..

Thank you once again for reading this post  …Happy Baking! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – #Minerals – Manganese

Next in this series is Manganese…Sally is the nutritional expert and I supply tried and tested recipes which are easy to follow and contain in this instance Manganese…

In this series, we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually, we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time…..

 

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In this series we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not in your body’s best…

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