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Soup glorious soup (creamy mushroom)

Nothing beats a good bowl of Mushroom Soup…

Safari of the Mind

If there’s ever a time that I enjoy a nutritious bowl of piping hot soup, it has to be in the winter time.  Of course that’s probably everyone’s preference, but I do so enjoy soups in the summer as well.  Lunch time favorites are always a bowl of soup followed by some fruit, or at times it can venture into all kinds of flavor territories.  How about a good hearty chowder for dinner and a french loaf to satisfy those comfort cravings in the depths of winter?  I’ve recently started making bone broth in my slow cooker at least once a week.  Bone broth is rich in minerals and contains healing compounds. Soups are just fabulous in the cooler months, the possibilities are endless.  I’ve since delegated this task to hubby who has taken the job quite seriously.  He starts to sift through the varieties of soups about a week…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food Column with Carol Taylor – Favourite dishes of 2018

First post of 2019 on my Cookery Column over at Smorgasbord Magazine and some of my favourite dishes from 2018…I hope you enjoy ūüėČ xxx

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Some of my favourite dishes ‚Äď Carol Taylor

Wow…Another New Year has begun where does the time go? It does seem to be that the older I get the quicker the time flies…

For my first post of the year I thought I would share my favourite foods …

I love food…Good food, but my tastes have changed over the years, is that with age or location and availability of foods? Maybe, but here are a few favorites of mine…. recipes I make often, or if the family asks for…

This is a recipe that my daughter gave me along with a packet of Chia seeds as I couldn’t
always get them here. That has now changed due their growing popularity and they are sold everywhere here now.

Banana Smoothie

Bananas we have in spades as they grow in abundance here so my freezer always has frozen bananas ready to…

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Christmas Recipes…..Just Pickled!

If you are running out of time and forgot to do the pickles these are quick to do and can be eaten more or less straight away or after a few days…I am off to pickle some more Jalapenos as they keep eating them I need a big Chrismas fridge with a lock…haha

Retired? No one told me!

Oh my, have I been busy pickling this week.?

I have pickled cucumbers ( 2 ways), jalapenos, garlic and cabbage.

Pickled Cucumbers:


I used 4 cucumbers ( they are short) ones here not like the ones we used to get when in the UK although I have discovered Japanese cucumbers and they are nice, crispy and very similar to the cucumber I know and love.

The cucumbers here are much smaller with larger seeds in the centre and not quite as crispy and flavoursome. In fact, I think I prefer them pickled.

Lets Pickle!

I peeled and sliced( quite thickly) 4 cucumbers.

1 large Onion peeled and sliced.

3 cups of vinegar.

1/4- 1/2 cup of sugar or sweetener of your choice. I only used a 1/4 cup of sugar and some salt to season as required.

1 cup of water.

Whisk vinegar, sugar and water together in a jug. Put…

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Christmas Traditions, Treats and Trivia

Welcome …The big day is nearly here so I guess this will be the last Christmas Traditions and Treats for this year…I would like to thank everyone who has commented and contributed to these posts it has mad the time spent writing them very worthwhile and I have also got to know some of you that little bit better.

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Christmas Jumper Corner

This week is a bumper week I have two photos of my great nieces in their jumpers and are they, not the cutest little people just gorgeous and of course my nearly resident guest ( he featured) most weeks the lovely Hugh… 





My two Christmas menus have been a great hit over at Sally’s and Sally herself in her 12 days of Christmas has pulled out a few nice dishes…This one has a lovely recipe for eggnog and Jacquie Biggar who is featured also today posted her recipe for eggnog french toast...Yummy is not the word it looks awesome…How about that for a Christmas Morning breakfast?

Did you know? I didn’t until recently and I think it is so lovely…

NORAD‚Äôs¬†‚ÄúSanta Tracker‚Ä̬†was started quite by accident due to a misprint in the newspaper.¬†A 1955 Sears advert was supposed to print the number of a store where children could call and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.

The number printed was to the hotline of the Director of Operations for the U.S. Continental Air Defense. Colonel Harry Shoup ordered his staff to give the children updates on the flight coordinates of Santa.

That was how this tradition began and continues until this day. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) continues to provide flight updates on local news, the Internet, and even a special iPhone application every Christmas.


Father Christmas or Santa Claus is what I have always known the man in the red suit as…Not so in the rest of the world, Santa goes under a few different guises…

Today I am going to take you on a little trip around the world just to give you a flavour of the foods served and how some of the customs vary from what we know..all very interesting, some delicious foods and the different names our beloved Father Christmas is called…

Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever. He is the make-believe person ( or was he?) who brings toys and other gifts to children at Christmas.

Santa Claus also has some other names: Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Pelznickel.

Two of his names ‚ÄĒ Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas ‚ÄĒ both come from the Dutch who settled in New York long ago.

The Dutch believed Saint Nikolaas gave gifts to children. They honoured this kindly saint with a yearly festival on December 6th. The English-speaking people who lived nearby greatly enjoyed Dutch festivals. And they brought the saint and the custom of giving gifts into their own celebration at Christmas time.

England, of course, knows him as Father Christmas… Turkey, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Brussel sprouts, mince pies, Christmas pudding and trifle being favourite foods at Christmas.

In Brazil, he is called Papai Noel… or Bom Velhinho (Good Old Man).

The Christmas meal is also served on the evening of the 24th rather than the 25th and consists of a Chester( chicken)  Salted cod balls, no roast potatoes but cold potato salad and instead of gravy farofa, a mix of fried cassava flour and chopped bits of crispy bacon. Cabbage is replaced by kale heavily flavoured with salt and garlic.

A custom in Brazil which I am sure that many would love to have that same custom where they live is that it is common in Brazil to get a ‚Äô13th salary‚Äô at the end of the year ‚Äď i.e. in December you get twice the normal amount of pay for that month!

The idea is to help boost the economy around Christmas. This has been going on for decades and most people don’t even question that other countries might not do it!

Favourite Christmas foods in Brazil¬†include pork, turkey, pork, ham, salads and fresh and dried fruits. Everything is served with rice cooked with raisins and a good spoon of ‚Äúfarofa‚ÄĚ (seasoned manioc flour.) Popular Christmas desserts include tropical and ice cream.

Hawaii the jolly, white-bearded man is called  Kanakaloka he, however, does not wear the traditional red suit we all know and love but flowery Hawaiian clothing…

And on the Christmas menu here it is a traditional lu’au, complete with a pig roasted in an underground pit, chicken long rice, lomilomi salmon accompanied by the traditional Hawaiian music and Santa arrives in a red canoe…

How cool is that???

In Hungary, the¬† Winter grandfather( Mikulas) comes on the 25th and only to good children and there is no jolly Mrs Christmas but a scary assistant called¬†‚ÄúKrampusz‚Ä̂Ķ

Christmas fare in Hungary is Fish soup, stuffed cabbage, fried fish and rice, other meats(Pork, Chicken) an elaborate fruit topped Christmas cake, gingerbread cookies, Bejgli with walnut or poppy seeds( which is the traditional Hungarian Christmas cake)

India Baba delivers presents from a horse and cart and of course, the menus are spicy with spicy dumplings and curries, Biryani, poda, mathri and lots of other yummy sweet dishes.


Lastly, in Italy, he is called  Babbo Natale… Doesn’t it just roll off the tongue???

There is no Christmas like an Italian Christmas…Christmas Eve sees the feast of the seven fishes swordfish, tuna, salmon, octopus salad, smelts, calamari, spaghetti with clam sa

Christmas Eve sees the feast of the seven fishes¬†swordfish, tuna, salmon, octopus salad, smelts, calamari, spaghetti with clam sauce and the famous Italian classic‚ÄĒsalted cod, known as baccala.¬†Followed by¬†the sweet treats galore biscotti, pandoro, torrone (nougat candy) and almost always a candied loaf of panettone‚Ķ

The Christmas day lunch lasts for hours..those Italians can certainly eat…

I think I will stop there… Because after Christmas there is Boxing day..phew that is some eating fest…

I hope you enjoyed this little trip around the world…

What are your Christmas traditions????

Over at John Reibers House, it is going to be his delicious potato dish and one I am definitely going to try as it looks just awesome…

Cooking An Iconic Paris ‚ÄúPotato Cake!‚ÄĚ Yes, I Tackled The Chez L‚ÄôAmi Louis ‚ÄúGateau de Pommes de Terre‚Ä̬†Recipe!

Did you know?

You can thank Prince Albert for your Christmas tree.

The Culinary Alphabet…The letter K…

Khao Soi Kaffir Limes Noodles

This month In my walk through the Culinary Alphabet over @ Esme’s Salon…I am exploring the letter K…

As we are in the final weeks before Christmas I was hoping I could find some dishes with a festive feel…

K seems to lend itself to much which is Asian unless I revert to the German Language where our C is often replaced with a K…However not in many culinary dishes so I drew a bit of a blank there…

Kippers…I remember that smell very well as a child my dad loved Kippers…So what is a Kipper?

A kipper is a whole herring, a small, oily fish, that has been split from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted or pickled, and cold-smoked over smouldering woodchips (typically oak).


In the British Isles and a few North American regions, they are often eaten for breakfast. In Great Britain, kippers, along with other preserved smoked or salted fish such as the bloater were also once commonly enjoyed as a high tea or supper treat, most popularly with inland and urban working-class populations before World War II.

My abiding memory is the bones and you can imagine a fussy child picking all those little bones out…lol

To read the original post pop over to Esme’s…


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


I do hope you have enjoyed this walk through the letter K until next time when it will be after the Christmas festivities …Have fun, enjoy and stay safe xxx

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