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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 15th -21st May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Surprise” 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…We are experiencing our rainy season with some fabulous tropical storms…the trees and the grass are loving it though and it is a tad cooler…My scheduling is going well I have never scheduled so far ahead…

Monday Musings…

One of my favourite posts as I can highlight other blogs or something I have watched or read…last week I shared National Mental Health week which is important to keep in the spotlight especially now people are talking about mental health and not sweeping it under the carpet…it could affect any one of us, there was the Eurovision Song Contest and it may have been a political vote but I see it as solidarity and standing behind Ukraine…plus the UK came 2nd what surprise that was…there were some beautiful images of the Joshua True plus I didn’t know they used to be pollinated by Giant Sloths who ate the seeds of the tree and spread the seeds through their dung…isn’t nature wonderful…

Monday Musing’s 16th May 2022…

Tuesday I invited you to join me in my kitchen and it was a hot one today a lovely Chicken Jalfrezi…hot because the recipe includes green chillies and chilli powder not for everyone I know but some of you like a bit of spice… if you do I hope you enjoy it!

CarolCooks2 in my Kitchen…Chicken Jalfrazi…

A-Z of World Cuisine…this week it was a virtual tour of Croatia…

Croatia is heavily influenced by Italian Cuisine so lots of pasta, truffles, and olive oil not forgetting the seafood but there are also traditional Croatian dishes like Black Risotto which is very popular here…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 15…Croatia…Famous for its Black Risotto…

Next, we take a trip over to Sally at Smorgasbord Magazine where she tells us about all the benefits honey offers…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – #Honey -#Propolis – Thousands of Years of History and Health by Sally Cronin

I am repeating my store cupboard basics for those of you who didn’t see it the first time around but also because I am hearing more and more about shortages and empty shelves in stores around the world because of the war in Ukraine and the longer it goes on the more it will rebound on us..prices are rising and some products are getting scarce…

There are steps we can take and I know I live in hopes but also know that some will stockpile and that is so wrong…we all have to eat…I also abhor waste..food waste particularly when there are people including children who are still starving and going to bed hungry and waking up hungry…which means we have to put on our thinking caps and decide before we absolutely have to how we can change the eating habits in our household …we need to decide what foods we should be eating which foods we can go without and plan accordingly…we don’t need all the processed foods and sweet treats… if we do this now as gas and fuel prices are rising already …not only will it ease our budget but it will improve your health.

Buy cuts of meat or fish pieces and make a lovely fish stock or pie ..season those cheap cuts of meat with herbs and spices from your storecupboard or garden…we need to start thinking now about where we can adjust before we really have to…

Dried goods keep almost indefinitely, try something you haven’t cooked with before like couscous or other grains and store a packet or two to ring the changes …

This week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 2…Pasta and Noodles…

Processed foods are not all bad…but some are …we need to know the difference…for me in a food crisis because I believe there could be one at some point plus a health crisis…health services around the world are struggling because of lifestyle diseases…diseases that can be preventable if we take ownership of our health instead of relying on medication…of course, I do not advocate just stopping taking subscribed medication but speak to your doctor and ask how can I help myself…it can only benefit you and your health.

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Real Food v Processed Food…

Finally, because it is National Salsa Month... mango is in season here plus there are some lovely local grown avocadoes to be had…time to make salsa…

Mango and avocado salsa with red onion.

Ingredients:

  •  1 mango, diced
  •  1 medium avocado, diced
  •  ½ medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (optional)
  •  ½ bunch fresh coriander (about 1/2 cup chopped)
  •  Juice 1 medium lime (about 2tbsp)
  •  1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of black pepper, to taste.

Let’s Cook!

In a medium bowl, combine diced mango, avocado, finely chopped red onion, chopped bell pepper if using and chopped coriander. If you like a hint of spice like me then add chopped chilli.
Squeeze 2tbsp of fresh lime juice over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to combine and serve.

If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate.

Serve with corn chips or some crispy potato peelings…

Thank you for joining me today I do as always look forward to your comments have a wonderful Sunday xx

CarolCooks2 in my Kitchen…Chicken Jalfrazi…

We love an Indian Curry …This week we thought as we had some bell peppers to use we would make our version of a Jalfrezi. It is said that Chicken Jalfrazi was invented during the British Raj it is now on every Indian restaurant s menu…so what does Jalfrazi mean?… Jalfrezi’ means a type of Indian technique through which a hot & spicy curry is made with fried meat and vegetables. In Bengali, ‘Jal or jhal’ means spicy and ‘frezi’ means stir-fried…

Chicken Jalfrezi.

Jalfrezi is a spicy curry. It certainly isn’t mild. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the hottest, Jalfrezi certainly sits somewhere in the range of a 7-10. It is hot because the recipe includes both chilli powder and chopped fresh green chilli.

Ingredients:

500 gm of chicken with the skin removed and cut into cubes.

For marinade:

  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and either grated or as I do I blitz it together with the garlic.
  • 4-6 pieces of garlic peeled and grated.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 -2 tsp of garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste.

For the vegetable mix:

  • 200 gm of onions peeled and thickly sliced or chopped
  • 1-3 green chillies sliced
  • 250 gm fresh tomatoes quartered
  • 2 tbsp ghee/oil
  • Salt to taste.

For cooking curry gravy:

  • 2 tbsp Ghee/oil
  • 1/2-2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

Mix the ginger, garlic turmeric, garam masala powder and salt together. Coat the chicken and marinate for 2-3 hours.

To cook the jalfrezi heat your ghee in a wok then add your sliced onions, chillies, peppers and salt and stir fry for 5 minutes.

Add your tomato wedges and cook until the onions are translucent and the tomatoes half-cooked about 10 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon and set to one side.

Add 2 tbsp of ghee and heat then add your chicken pieces..sometimes I use legs or thighs. Cook on high heat for 5 mins, stirring.

Add the chilli powder and the tomato puree. lower the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked. If it is too dry add some water we prefer a thinner sauce rather than thick and dry. Add the vegetables and cook for 5-10 mins.

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Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary…We like this curry as we prefer a tomato-based curry like the Jalfrazi …

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with rice, mango chutney and flatbread or nan bread.

Enjoy!

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 2nd -8th February 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?…

steaming tea in a cup a book and a flower

Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…The cold spell here seems to have eased somewhat the mornings now are just right a gentle sun and a light breeze…we could really do with some rain though not had any for about two months now…

Grab your cup and join me for a cuppa and a catch-up…x

Monday…The day when I try to find the good news on recycling and Climate Change…The day when I try to decipher just what is happening around the world and it certainly is a mish-mash…a hot potato…Lots of truths and half-truths…The bottom line methinks is we have to start doing just that little bit more, teach our children and grandchildren …make them aware…we need to be more aware…I also will name and shame as you know…I also think as a consumer we need to be calling out those companies who are blatantly flouting the rules…

honey bee

In my naughty corner last week…Governments and developers who build on reclaimed land from the sea and then wonder why at some point the sea reclaims the land…Doh! Bit of a no brainer really…Profit over brains…

But did you know that bumblebees are just as important as honey bees? That trees in the rainforests capture moist air coming in from the ocean and help produce rain in the plains thousands of kilometres away? That a forest helps create above ground and below-ground water sources?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/03/recycling-and-climate-change3rd-february-2020nature-based-solutions-and-jute-bags/

Tuesday…now a designated non-blogging day for me…It was also the day we finally received our visa stamped for another year. The day when after two months of angst and stress…I have driven my family mad…and made myself ill…It was also the day when I realised just how deep and openly the corruption went…I am shaking my head here…I just didn’t realise…sigh…

Wednesday…Thank you to everyone who loves my whimsy rambles as much as I enjoy writing …Rarely planned I jot notes down through the week and on Wednesday I start to write and one thing leads to another…random thoughts with a theme( most) weeks…February is an interesting month lots has gone on in February over the centuries not all good but I omit the bad things as Wednesdays are for fun and nostalgia…See you this Wednesday…xxx

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/05/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-25/

Friday …the day when I invite you into my kitchen…as you know I believe in cooking from scratch and using all of the food as in rinds, leaves, stalks or stems etc…why compost it or bin it when you can use it?

The thing is most of these add more flavour and depth to your food and often have the most nutrients…Citrus peel/zest to me is the most wonderful thing…

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Make citrus extract powder: Make zest or twists (lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit) being sure to remove the pith and allow to dry, about three or four days for twists, less for zest. Put in a blender (or spice grinder) and pulverize into a powder. Store in a clean jar.  Make citrus sugar: Make citrus extract powder and add it to sugar, or you can use fresh twists, put them in a jar with sugar, let the oil from the peel infuse the sugar and remove.  Make lemon pepper: Mix lemon extract powder with freshly cracked pepper.

Pop some lemon peel (with pulp and pith removed) in your brown sugar to keep it moist and pliable.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/07/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchenpickled-watermelon-rinds-chicken-jalfrazi-orange-peel/

Saturday…This week it was part 5 of Sally’s series on health and weekly shopping by nutrient…This week it was the turn of amino acids and liver health…#recommended read

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-five-amino-acids-and-liver-health/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading and thank you to all of you who have commented and shared my posts this week …I love your comments so please keep them coming…Make my day 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 great Sunday and a fabulous week xx

CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen…Pickled Watermelon rinds, Chicken Jalfrazi, Orange Peel…

Hello and welcome to my kitchen…From having a glut of green bananas for the last two weeks it seems watermelon is now on the menu this week…Although I like watermelon I don’t love it…It tends to be too sweet for me…which is why I love the pickled watermelon rinds the best…

This week in my Kitchen 7th Feb 2020

Who knew you could pickle watermelon rinds…? Ronit did and that was where I first discovered how to pickle them…

I am all for using the whole part of a vegetable or fruit as although yes you can compost fruit and vegetable peelings I  however much prefer to use what I can before I do that…

Did you know? You can dry and grate an avocado pit?

Kitchen Waste Tip ( 1)

Avocado pits are dried then grated with a fine grater and used in enchilada sauce. This is a traditional ingredient in parts of Northern Mexico. Don’t use too much about 1 1/2 teaspoons should do the trick or you will make the sauce bitter.

Why? The health benefits of avocado and its pit are legendary and manyfold…

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Prefer a smoothie? 

1/2 a dried pit(enough) for 2 persons, the flesh of the avocado, green apple and cucumber and blitz for a healthy smoothie…

Prefer tea? 

Dry the pit and break it down using a spice blender. Add a tablespoon of this powder to a cup of hot water and drink it slowly.

We love Indian Curry as much as we love a Thai curry…This week we thought as we had some bell peppers to use we would make our version of a Jalfrezi.

Chicken Jalfrezi.

Ingredients:

500 gm of chicken skin removed and cut into cubes.

For marinade:

  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and either grated or as I do I blitz it together with the garlic.
  • 4-6 pieces of garlic peeled and grated.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp of garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste.

For the vegetable mix:

  • 200 gm of onions peeled and thickly sliced or chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies sliced
  • 250 gm fresh tomatoes quartered
  • 2 tbsp ghee/oil
  • Salt to taste.

For cooking curry gravy:

  • 2 tbsp Ghee/oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

Mix the ginger, garlic turmeric, garam masala powder and salt together. Coat the chicken and marinate for 2-3 hours.

To cook the jalfrezi heat your ghee in a wok then add your sliced onions, chillies, peppers and salt and stir fry for 5 minutes.

Add your tomato wedges and cook until the onions are translucent and the tomatoes half-cooked about 10 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon and set to one side.

Add 2 tbsp of ghee and heat then add your chicken pieces..sometimes I use legs or thighs. Cook on high heat for 5 mins, stirring.

Add the chilli powder and the tomato puree. lower the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked. If it is too dry add some water we prefer a thinner sauce rather than thick and dry. Add the vegetables and cook for 5-10 mins.

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Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary…You can also add yoghurt/cream if using…If using a low-fat yoghurt rather than full-fat yoghurt then make sure the yoghurt is at room temperature or add some of the sauce to the yoghurt before adding back to the pan. Low-fat yoghurt can curdle.

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with rice, mango chutney and flatbread or nan bread.

Enjoy!

Kitchen Waste Tip(2)

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Orange Peel Marinade

Dry your orange peels and then blitz to a powder…

For chicken…mix some of the powder with soy sauce and honey.

For a stew…mix some orange powder with cinnamon, rosemary and thyme.

For crumble… Add some orange powder to your topping before cooking or add to the fruit mixture.

N.B… Make sure you only dry the zest/rind remove the white pith as it will make your powder bitter.

You can also make powder with lemon or limes…great with fish marinades…

We are now in February…Did you opt and participate in Veganuary? Many people did and it was far more successful than originally thought…I didn’t although I did cut down on meat …we already eat a lot of fruit and vegetables …I have increased my purples though, Purple sweet potatoes, purple carrots, aubergines, beetroot and red cabbage and added some blueberries to my bread pudding…

The dairy industry is much maligned and is fighting back…They have decided to up the ante and we now have Februdairy…

cow-grazing

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-42990941

Of course, we could take the middle ground and look at becoming a flexitarian …Personally, that is more me and us as a family…After all, we need a healthy balanced diet and cutting out a whole food group doesn’t stack up as regards to our health.

What are your thoughts?

I am throwing this out here and inviting comments but ask that you remain polite and factual at all times…xx

Thank you for reading I invite your comments as always xx

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