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National Chocolate Pudding Day…

I just couldn’t pass this up…I mean it’s National chocolate pudding day…What is your favourite chocolate Pudding?

Are we talking chocolate mousse?

Chocolate mousse… it could be milk chocolate, dark, chocolate, white chocolate or a combination of all 3…It could be mint chocolate…It could be just 2 ingredients or you could go the whole caboodle and make the most decadent mouse containing whipped egg whites, whipped cream, or both, and flavoured with one or more of types of chocolate, coffee, caramel, puréed fruits, or various herbs and spices, such as mint or vanilla and not forgetting even chilli… I mean chilli and chocolate…heavenly…

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The combinations are endless…I am not in favour of using uncooked eggs …I have tried chocolate mousse with avocado..once was enough and never to be repeated…If I want chocolate mousse I will stick with Nigella I mean she loves to cook and eat with no thought to anything especially calories…

Serves: 4-6

  • 150 grams mini marshmallows
  • 50 grams of soft butter
  • 250 grams good dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) chopped into small pieces
  • 60 mls hot water (from a recently boiled kettle)
  • 284 mls double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate, and water in a heavy-based saucepan.

Put the saucepan on the hob, over low heat, though keep it fairly gentle, to melt the contents, stirring every now and again. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, whip the cream with the vanilla extract until thick, and then fold into the cooling chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, mixture.

Pour or scrape into 4 glasses or ramekins, about 175ml / ¾ cup each in capacity, or 6 smaller (125ml / ½ cup) ones, and chill until you want to eat.

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate lava cake… The cake that many a cookery show contestant has pinned all their hopes and dreams on just to see them dashed…No Ooze!

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Have I made one…nope…Not yet…Gorden Ramsey has….

 

Chocolate Brownies… The very best have that fudgy cake underneath that crispy top…

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Homemade chocolate brownies

Chocolate Brownies.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of oil ( I use coconut oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of good cocoa powder
  • 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Mix oil, sugar, and vanilla together then beat in eggs.
Combine all dry ingredients except for walnuts and stir into mixture.
Add walnuts.
Put batter into a prepared baking dish and cook for about 1 hr on 175C/ 350F.
N.B. I added a 1/2tsp of dried chilli to my second batch..those of you who know me know I just have to..ha ha
Next time I am going to add just a few cranberries or blueberries and maybe lose the walnuts and add some ground almonds…..
Also depending on what I have in the cupboard, I have used half oil and half-melted butter…
This is probably the best brownie mix I have made as the top is nice and crispy but with a gooey underneath…just how I like it or maybe just how this temperamental oven of mine works…lol

 

Chocolate Sponge… layered with a chocolate cream filling or just covered in chocolate buttercream or a mirror glaze you can see your reflection in and of course we had the Black Forest Gateaux…which once graced many a table and buffet…

My mum used to make a steamed chocolate pudding served with custard…Chocolate Sponge Pudding with custard… The pudding that brings back memories of school dinners a chocolate pudding with chocolate custard…or strawberry custard…

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  • 100g butter or margarine, plus extra for the bowl
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 150ml/¼ pint milk
  • 1 egg (large or medium)

  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 225g self-raising flour, minus 1 heaped tbsp
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the sauce

  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp cream
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate

Let’s Cook!

Butter the inside of a 1.2 litre pudding bowl and line the base with a disc of buttered greaseproof paper.

Melt the butter, syrup, and sugar in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk and egg. Add the cocoa to the flour, then tip this mixture into the pan with the cinnamon and soda.

Pour the mixture into the pudding bowl, cover tightly with foil, and steam for 11⁄4 hours. Just before the end, heat the sauce ingredients until melted, stirring all the time.

Turn the pudding out (run a knife around the inside of the bowl if necessary) and discard the paper disc. Pour the sauce over the top and serve immediately.

That’s all for National Chocolate Pudding Day…Let me know what your favourite chocolate pudding is and the recipe if you can…

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 I bid you 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!

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 9th -15th February 2020…

ime to relax and have a read…My tea this morning was Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?… Tea or Coffee?

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Image by jamesoladujoye from Pixabay

Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…The cold spell has definitely eased somewhat the mornings now are just right a gentle sun and a light breeze…even the shower is bearable now and not a cold icy blast…

Let’s see what we have then…

Monday…

The day when I bring you the latest news and good practises and I also have my naughty corner…The way I am feeling at the moment it could take a whole page but I am sure I will have calmed down somewhat by tomorrow…The smell of banana bread cooking is calming me…I have made a few changes to my original recipe today so fingers crossed it will be as good if not better…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/10/recycling-and-climate-change10th-february-2020trees-wildlife-gardens-and-whales/

Tuesday…

As it is Valentines week I have posted some recipes for you if you are cooking at home for your loved one…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/11/valentines-day-is-it-roses-all-the-way-or-bah-humbug/

Wednesday…

The day when Sally reposted the letter C from my series on the A-Z of food…my baby…You know when you have favourite posts or series this is one of mine…I have discovered cooking methods and foods that I had never heard of and also discovered things I didn’t know that I knew…I have slightly tweaked it for its second airing and have been delighted at the response…Thank you so much to everyone who has commented and shared it…and of course the lovely Sally xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-c-for-c-for-calabash-cajun-curry-cloud-e

Chocolate Brownies…Never need an introduction…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/12/carols-chocolate-brownies/

Last but not least…Whimsical Wednesday…

February is probably the busiest month of the year for celebrations, anniversaries, tragedies and for once having only 23 days in the month…Penicillin was discovered and Torville and Dean took the gold for ice dancing to Ravel’s Bolero all on Valentines Day in history…The pretty primrose is also the flower of February…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/12/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-26/

Thursday…

The day for Sally’s new series on shopping by nutrient…It is a great read and very helpful if you are deficient in any nutrients and need to give it a boost then Sally is the lady she can tell you what you need to eat…Simple to understand and written in plain language it is a # recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-six-essential-fatty-acids-by-sally-cronin/

Friday…Valentines Day...

More chocolate goodies this time in the form of cupcakes, if you are dining in then a lovely easy fish dish some Thai snacks…and a lovely tamarind sauce…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/14/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-chocolate-cupcakes-morning-glory-miang-kham-sea-bass-with-fennel/

Saturday…

In keeping the Valentines theme…Chocolate Cookies…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/15/chocolate-cookies/

Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed 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 are having a great weekend xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I indulge myself… I just go where my thoughts take me…It could be the distant past or the future…It could be serious or quirky…This week it is almost certainly revolving around Valentines Day…Over the centuries much has happened in the month of February …Here I concentrate on the happy events…

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February 14th 1984 is one such moment when Torvill and Dean bagged a Gold Medal in Sarajevo…I remember it well the dramatic music and skating toRavell’s Bolero…What a magical time…

Wow…what a lovely memory to relive…

It was also in February ...The 15th February 1971 when Britain went decimal…Everything changed measurements and coins…and of course the inevitable price rises…For many a sad day…

We did, however, at a later date resist the pressure to adopt the Euro and for that I am thankful.

Time for a Story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade chapter 22

by Carol Taylor

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Carl was panicking where was he going to take the girl?

His mind was racing he knew he shouldn’t have taken her he only meant to knock her out so he could search her room undisturbed. He also knew that Joseph Peabody was not a man to cross…He was beginning to regret taking this job it has seemed like easy money now he faced either the wrath of Peabody or the man who had employed him.

A man whose name he didn’t even know but who looked very mean and a man you didn’t want to cross.

The girl stirred…

It was getting dark outside Carl decided to wait until it was quiet and leave the girl at the bus station…Plenty of people used the bus station the girl would not remember what had happened as he had drugged her well and truly… Reaching for another vial of the drug he injected the girl before she woke that would keep her quiet for a while…

How was he going to move her without arousing suspicion?

Time to go…Carl picked up the girl supporting her Carl moved slowly out into the back alley of the building …No one was around so if anyone saw him he would say she had had too much drink…Holding the girl tightly and keeping to the shadows Carl made his way to the bus station…

Miss, Miss are you alright …The girl opened her eyes and screamed she could vaguely see a kindly face before she passed out again… Call the boys in blue Fred…I think this young lady has been drugged she doesn’t smell of drink or anything or she may be ill…I don’t want anyone dying on my watch…Can you imagine the fuss and paperwork?

Quick man…Move!

Peabody received a call…A girl answering your description has been found unconscious at the bus station the voice on the end of the phone said …Send your man to get her quick before it arouses suspicion …

T.B.C

Spoiler Alert…There will only be a few more chapters and then the plan is to add some meat to the bones and produce something you will want to read…Watch this space…

I am one of the worlds worst photographers…I try really hard and sometimes they are ok and other times well distinctly amateurish… I am in awe and love seeing great images these are no exception and just spectacular using invisible light…

So beautiful…

Time for a tune ...I love the old classics but also do like some of the new stuff …keeping with the Valentines week theme …

Did you know..?. Aretha Franklin recorded the classic soul song Respect on the 14th February 1967 …this song had also been recorded by another music great Otis Redding two years earlier…Although I love the music of both artists personally I prefer Aretha’s cover of the song…

 

Fantastic artist one of the greats in my book…Now for this week in music history…

The more I research February I realise what a fascinating month it is…So much has gone on or changed during the month of February over the centuries…

Did you know? over time the length of the month of February has changed and at one point only had 23 days…

The name of February comes from the Latin word “februum” which means purification. February was named after a purification ritual which was like an early Roman spring cleaning festival.

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Spring also heralds the arrival of the beautiful Primrose which is the flower of February. I have many happy memories of going primrose picking and of being told never ever to pull up the plant just pick a few flowers…There is nothing nicer than seeing the primroses along the hedgerows.

Did you know? …The odds of being born on February 29th are about 1 in 1,461. Those born on a leap day can be called a leaper or leapling. They can choose which day they wish to celebrate their birthdays…However, what does the law say?… Many countries have designated the 1st March but it does vary from country to country and state to state…

There are many famous leaplings and also the man whose nemesis is kryptonite is a leap year baby…No surprises there then…It’s Superman…

Also on February 14th...1929 was the year when Penicillin was accidentally discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming and even way back then he was working on an Influenza virus this way in September 1928…After leaving staphylococcus bacteria uncovered by mistake, he found that a mould had formed on the culture, which killed the bacteria.

Thus on this day February 14th 1929, he introduced penicillin to cure bacterial infections.

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Woo Hoo…it was on 14th February 2005 when U-Tube was founded…A video-sharing website which I use a lot …A year after its creation, the website was bought by Google for $1.65 billion… Jeez, that’s a good return after a year…

As you know it is cake month…The limit of my cake-making is banana bread and chocolate brownies although as I made sausage rolls today for the boys I made a small treacle tart…I know I shouldn’t but I did..just a little slice or two…I do love a nicely decorated cakes and these tick all the boxes so clever and most beautifully done…

Isn’t that something? There is even a red chilli and a bag of Doritos ..they are so lifelike and real looking you wouldn’t think they were cakes…

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 week xx

 

 

 

 

I won’t be impressed with technology until I can download FOOD!

Wow…. what a thought that is…just imagine trawling through your food blogs and coming upon this recipe that jumps out at you and ” You want it now” …….that just screams….  Eat Me !

You look in the cupboards and you have everything bar one item to make that dish, it’s chucking it down with rain, rush hour or the gas man is coming…..awwww damm and blast!

Just imagine if you could press a button and voila…it’s there ..right in front of you…

Come on ladies and gents it ain’t happening yet but I can tickle your taste buds with these delicious recipes. A lovely Thai Green Curry and Chocolate brownies although as I couldn’t get proper chocolate here..cos I don’t know if you are aware but to stop chocolate melting they add something and it’s nasty..yuk

So what I have done is made brownies normally…. no coconut flour and will try to get proper chocolate and make a batch for my next food blog….. we can then compare…good idea or what ..a double lot of brownies to sample…..mmmmmmm can’t be bad in my book….

Chocolate Brownies:

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup oil…I used Coconut Oil but can use vegetable or other oil of your choice.

1 cup sugar.

1/2 Cup flour.

1/3 cup cocoa ( unsweetened)

1/4  tsp baking powder.

1/4 tsp salt.

1 tsp vanilla extract.

2 Eggs.

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Method:

Put all ingredients except for eggs in food processor and blitz.

Beat eggs together and add to mixture, combine well.

Stir in walnuts if using.

Pour batter into 9 x 9 greased and floured pan.

Put in pre heated oven on 350( 175) and cook for 20/30 mins until shrinks away from sides of pan.

Remove from oven, cool and cut in squares. I sieved icing sugar on the top of mine.

Taste test: These are the first Brownies I have made for ages… the sponge is quite light but was more brownie like the following day. I prefer a more gooey, chewy brownie but they were ok.

Thai Green Curry:

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts cut into cubes.
6 Thai egg plant. cut into quarters……They are the larger ones in the pictures.
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sm bunch small egg-plant ( optional) Pea like size in Picture.
5/6 stems of Thai sweet basil (pick of leaves)
Large can or two sm cartons of coconut milk.
10 straw mushrooms quartered or use button mushroom.
Method:
2/3 tbsp curry paste( maybe start with 11/2) I don’t know how hot you eat curry.
Cook with tiny amount of oil to release flavour, add tbsp fish sauce cook for 2 mins slowly add coconut milk and simmer gently.
Add chicken, cook on simmer for 20 mins then add vegetables and Thai basil cook for further 20 mins serve with Steamed or boiled rice.
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If you are making veggie curry just omit chicken and add carrots and broccoli or veg of your choice.
When we had our restaurant, chef always put extra veg in mine as she knew I liked veg so can add to chicken curry as well if you like although that is not the norm just how she did mine.
You can use beef or pork instead of chicken if you like but will req longer cooking.
Garnish with sprig Thai basil and extra sliced  chilli… if req.