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Saturday Snippets…3rd April 2021…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…No rants this week I was just so angry and disappointed but I have calmed down and will write about this docu over the next few weeks …I hope those of you who celebrate Easter have a lovely Easter holiday…

I have been busy this week planting seeds and seedlings which is all in yesterdays post…it has also been extra hot and humid so I have spent as little time in the kitchen as possible…no new recipes this week apart from Simnel Cake and  BBQ Sauce…

Today is also National Chocolate Mousse Day...The word mousse is French and translates as “froth” or “foam.” they are often poured into decorative glasses and garnished with fruit, sweet sauces, or whipped cream…maybe in the absence of any form of Easter Egg I should make chocolate mousse…

The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892…my favourite chocolate mousse is one with chilli…Chilli and chocolate is for me a marriage made in culinary heaven…

This week my chocolate habanero seedling arrived maybe when those beautiful chocolate coloured fruits start appearing a mousse would be a good idea…

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 ml hot water (from a recently boiled kettle)
  • 284 ml 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., or 6 smaller (125ml / ½ cup) ones, and chill until you want to eat.

Enjoy!

Now for some Hot Chocolate…and Emma…

Conservation Corner…Chocolate Eggs…

Easter Eggs…The good news…

Easter egg packaging has often hit the headlines in the past because of its inability to be easily recycled. However Which? reports that industry improvements have been made, and now almost all packaging from the eggs in the study is recyclable…

Green Pawed Sea Otters and Kelp Forests…

Sea otters are a ‘keystone species’: they play a disproportionately important role in their ecosystem, influencing the populations of the plants and animals that live there. In particular, they protect kelp forests by preying on sea urchins.

Further info on how it is important to protect sea otters…Nothing works in isolation everything depends on others…Sea otters are part of the chain...

Quote!

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
Jane Goodall

A year on it is still with us...still not under complete control…Vaccines seem to be working are they the answer…I do wonder what this year will bring…

https://www.unicef.org/peru/en/stories/Peru-the-sun-helps-vaccines-keep-their-cool

Did you know?

#1… Of course, one of the most well-known dates of April is April Fools’ Day on the 1st of the month. No one is sure where this originated from, but some believe it to be inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s story in “Canterbury Tales” called “Nun’s Priest’s Tale.”

#2...1722 – On Easter Sunday, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered a Polynesian Island 1400 miles from the coast of South America and named it Easter Island.

#3…The English poet William Wordsworth was born April 7, 1770, and one of his best-known poems is perfect for April in the northern hemisphere: “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” which he first published in 1807. Here’s a little snippet for an April day:

I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

I can’t go without mentioning a dear blogging friend Sue Vincent…I have never witnessed such pure acceptance of what was to be or seen such passion to depart this life on her terms… There must have been times of great angst and recriminations of why…to us, she just showed such a passion for life and worked to leave a legacy for her family and us… she made memories for those she was leaving behind… my admiration of Sue’s bravery has no bounds…she looked all that was happening in the face and seemed to say… do what you may but these are my terms of how I will live and die…R.I.P dear Sue my condolence to her sons and grandchildren, to you Stuart for sharing this and little Ani…how sad she must be wondering where her 2 legs has gone x

https://scvincent.com/2021/03/31/swift-passage/

That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… I would love to hear from you in comments as you know how I love to chat…Love Carol xx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…29th November-5th December…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas …

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… it is going to be a busy few weeks… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…X…

Even Santa’s checking out my blog and probably thinking he has got to get the elves to rewrap the presents so they are environmentally friendly …He knows those kids are on the ball…

All my Christmas goodies are now cooked and being fed, sweet mincemeat, Christmas pud and Christmas cake this year…I used a Nigella recipe this year instead of my tried and tested recipe…so far it smells and looks good…

The Recipe…just in case you haven’t made yours yet…

  • 775gm mixed fruits of your choice I used raisins, sultanas and a few cranberries.
  • 175gm butter
  • 250gm brown sugar
  • 250gm pureed chestnuts
  • 125ml dark rum
  • Juice and  zest of an orange
  • Juice and zest of a lemon…I used Lime(2)
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 250gm plain flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice

Put the fruits, butter, brown sugar, chestnut puree, rum and orange and lime juice and zest in a pan, heat and simmer for 10 minutes allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Then add beaten eggs, flour and spices stir to combine.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake on 150C/33F FOR 1 3/4 hours. The cake should have a slightly cracked top and the tester will be a little sticky…Spoon over 3 tbsp of rum let it sink in cool and rewrap.

Repeat the brandy twice until a week before Christmas to allow the cake to dry before adding marzipan and icing.

Let’s see what this week started with…None other than Chocolate Mousse …well it doesn’t get better than that then does it?

It does seem that there is a day for everything and some of them are pretty silly…I also think that National Food Days should show a genuine civic engagement instead of greedy corporate interests.

There are however some exceptions and chocolate mousse is one of them…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/30/national-mousse-day-yet-another-one/

Tuesday: The Christmas Recipe was Gravy…

Gravy can be made in so many ways…you can deglaze the meat pan and make your gravy which is quick and easy and the way I make mine most times…or it can be made extra special for Christmas and I think we all love just to have that little bit of decadence at Christmas and why not with an extra special gravy…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/01/christmas-recipes-gravy-2/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a little twist…(a-la-cardinaL)

Culinary terms/food ending in L…was quite easy…Pete was on a roll as well…I think he is secretly enjoying this challenge especially when it taxes my grey matter like the letter V is…Pop over and say hello to him as he has some lovely thoughts on being grateful even after the year most of us have experienced. #recommended read. 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/02/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twista-la-cardinal/

Thursday: #A Christmas Special #A Vegetarian Menu.

The first of my special Christmas menus today was a vegetarian menu…Next week it is a traditional Christmas Menu and the week after A menu for 1…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/03/a-vegetarian-christmas-menu/

Fruity Friday…does Christmas with Chestnuts…

Are Chestnuts a fruit?

YES, they are!

If we want to be correct and proper most nuts are the seeds of a fruit, but true nuts such as chestnuts, acorns and hazelnuts are fruits in and as of themselves…Peanuts are the exception as they are legumes and therefore technically a vegetable…A source of plant-based protein they have many health benefits…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/04/fruity-friday-does-christmas-with-chestnuts/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Archives – The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

Sally has shared one of my favourite Christmas posts…The 13 trolls who were really naughty boys, their mother, however, was even scarier, a lovely Christmas memory of mine and one of my favourite Christmas Carol’s,,, Silent Night which has been recorded many times… so much so I find it hard to narrow it down to an absolute favourite …you will find out in Saturday Snippets which ones are my favourite versions…Thank you once again, Sally you are an absolute star for sharing this post…Hugs xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/12/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-archives-the-13-trolls-of-christmas-by-carol-taylor/

Saturday Snippets:

Christmas is coming and fast…I love all the Christmas tales and trivia…My cake, pudding and mincemeat are all done…This year as my Nigella bread was/is so successful I decided to deviate from my normal cake recipe and follow Nigellas Christmas cake recipe…This one contained chestnut puree I will let you know of course when it’s cut how it tastes but it looks and smells good and getting fed(Brandy)…

Now we are in December you can safely say that Saturday Snippets will have a sort of festive theme to it…No surprises there…If you have Christmas Jumpers you like to share with us I, of course, have a corner for those…any Christmas favourites I am happy to put in “The Christmas Corner”…so don’t be shy ..share away…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/05/saturday-snippets-5th-december-2020/

That’s all for my weekly roundup a little longer this week…Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe and well …xx

National Mousse Day…Yet another one!

 

 

Are we talking chocolate mousse?… Because whenever mousse is mentioned I never think of the lovely savoury mousses my thoughts always turn to…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
  • 60ml hot water (from a recently boiled kettle)
  • 284ml 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!

That’s it for National Mouse Day…I will now share my thoughts…

It seems that when you do a search that somewhere in the world there is a day for every day of the year and sometimes more than one... There is even an odd sock day…

Now I and many others know that socks disappear down a black hole and we all have odd socks tucked away somewhere…But …the list of ‘HOLIDAYS” may be amusing…BUT who decides these days? how many advertising pounds/dollars/baht/yen went into securing each place at a national table?

Take National Dip and Chip Day couldn’t that money ALL those dollars or pounds be better spent into improving school lunches?

National Fish & Chips Day…I love and miss good old British Fish & Chips a glorious thing especially eaten out of the paper on the seafront on a sunny day…However would we not be much better off enforcing the Clean Water Act so we can eat our fish safe in the knowledge that they have unpolluted water to swim and feed in? Just saying!

Just a suggestion but I think that National Food Days should show a genuine civic engagement instead of greedy corporate interests.

I also think that we should reflect on our actions…we have had all year to see the effects of this virus…it has affected so many areas of our lives…it also continues nearly one year on to do so…

Food for thought as we go into Advent and prepare for Christmas and New Year festivities…muted they may be and I am horrified at everyone who is pressuring their governments to ease up on restrictions so they can enjoy YET another Christmas…in the great scheme of things does a muted Christmas safely spent matter?

To those of you who are doing that and celebrating regardless…I hope you don’t pay the price of it being your last one if you or your family contract Covid-19 and don’t live to see another Christmas…

Because be sure that your actions may cause another rise after the festivities …I couldn’t live with that…Could you?

Thank you for reading …Have a brilliant week as we embark on the festive season and please stay safe and feel free to leave a comment I love to chat…x

Until tomorrow when the Christmas run up starts in earnest…xx

 

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…

chocolate pudding

Photo credit: joysaphine on Visualhunt /  CC BY-NC
  • 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!