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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 16th- 22nd December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in and around the world…Some of this you will find here so take a well-earned pew, grab a drink and enjoy the read…

Join me for a Mince Pie

I can hear the hysterical laughter as I well remember the frantic rushing about …I remember the queues and the shopping trolleys piled high as if there was going to be a food shortage and the shops are not even closed for 2 days anymore…I for one do not miss that…

If you get time to read…Enjoy and if you don’t see you in the New Year…xxx

This week you will find lots of festive recipes…All tried and tested in my kitchen…Old favourites passed down through the generations and new favourites, there are books to buy and ideas on how to have a green Christmas…Cocktails and stories…

Starting with Sally’s roundup from last week...Lots of Cranberry recipes, Christmas cheer, books galore if you need a stocking filler and some funnies…Rib Ticklers… as we all need to smile among the frantic run up to Chrismas …Don’t we?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-8th-14th-december-make-a-wish-choirs-cranberries-a-z-christmas-and-cheesy-funnies/

Monday 16th…Recycling and the environment… How to have a greener Christmas…

A green christmas-2991508_640

This week was a lovely one for me…Coldplay setting the scene for greener rock concerts, seahorses in the Thames, Great Christmas crafts and of course ideas for greener wrapping…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/16/recycling-and-climate-changehow-to-have-a-greener-christmas/

Tuesday 17th…Time for Christmas Pickles and a Dill Pickle Bread…So pucker up and get pickled…Also the lovely Rosella pickle…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/17/mistletoe-and-winetime-to-picklecucumbers-rosella-relish-dill-pickle-bread/

Wednesday 18th…I was over at Sally’s with my Vegetarian Christmas Menu…Thank you, Sally xx


 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-a-sumptuous-vegetarian-christmas-menu/

Whimsical Wednesday…Do I have some whimsy for you???

As well as Christmas Ham and Dirty Martinis…Some Rockin around the Christmas Tree with Brenda Lee…13 years old she was when she recorded this…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/18/whimsical-wednesdaywith-carol/

Thursday 19th…

Time for Sally’s Blogger Daily and Christmas in my house…Some beautiful Christmas light images, Whimsy from me and a short story from Debby Giess…I miss U…Thank you for sharing, Sal x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/18/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-december-18th-2019-u-d-g-kaye-xmaslights-sherri-matthews-whimsy-carol-taylor/

Tis the season…The big day draws closer…

I bring you traditions on Christmas Eve around the world…The feast of the seven fishes and a Salty Dog…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/19/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughterand-a-salty-dog/

Friday 20th…Christmas at my house…

Preparations are in full swing…albeit at a slower pace here…How to cook a perfect turkey which can be pretty daunting if you don’t know how…As well as some recipes for lovely Christmas gravy to accompany your perfectly cooked turkey…

How to Cook the Perfect Turkey (2)

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/20/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-triviahow-to-cook-the-perfect-turkey-and-gravy/

Saturday 21st…

In case you missed it Sally shared …My how to cook a turkey and make Christmas gravy as well as some yummy Italian puddings…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-20th-december-2019-turkeyandgravy-carol-taylor-breadstuffing-sheryl-lazarus-dessert-silvia-todesco/

Some more Christmas recipes for you…Stuffing… It wouldn’t be a Christmas dinner without it or bread sauce which is a British tradition …I also included a Gluten-free recipe for bread sauce with not a bread crumb insight…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/21/christmas-recipes-sauces-stuffings-and-sides-even-a-gluten-free-bread-sauce/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your pre- Christmas weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 weekend 🙂 xx

 

Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…How to cook the perfect turkey and gravy…

Join me for a Mince Pie

Come and join me for a mince pie and a toddy…Then I will show you how to cook a turkey and make a lovely Christmas gravy…

Christmas is nearly upon us …although it is arriving quietly here…well a few Chrismas tunes are belting out…The ham was a great success not so good to carve…I was used to purchasing nicely butchered and trimmed joints of meat and have had to get used to something different…Butchering is not a skill that many possess here…

A farmer with a few pigs or a couple of cows plus a small vegetable patch is more the norm just enough to feed the family and maybe sell a little to raise funds for the seeds or seedlings for the next crop is how it is…A small price to pay for fruit and vegetables raised with love and no chemicals and meat where the animal roams free and grazes to their heart’s content. Which means I have tasty ham just not always perfectly shaped slices…

Today I have some recipes for gravy which can be made 2-3 days in advance or frozen.

Firstly this is my easy to make tasty turkey gravy and we need a lovely tasty gravy to go with our Christmas dinner…Don’t we?

sunday roast

Turkey Gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg chicken wings halved with kitchen scissors
  • the turkey neck, if you have it, cut into pieces
  • 3 large carrots, chopped into chunks
  • 2 onions, unpeeled and chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • small handful fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tbsp  Coconut oil
  • 2 tsp golden castor sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5-litre fresh vegetable stock

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oven to 220C/390F/Gas 7.

Tip the chicken wings into a roomy roasting tin with the turkey neck (if using), carrots, onions, celery and thyme. Scatter over the sugar, toss in the oil and roast for 50 mins until brown and lightly charred.

Put the roasting tin on low heat, stir in the tomato purée and flour, and cook until sticky. Splash in the balsamic vinegar, pour over 1.5 litres of stock to just cover all the ingredients. Bring to a simmer. then using a potato masher to mash all the ingredients together so as to release the flavour.

Simmer everything for 20 mins until you have a tasty thickened gravy, then strain it through a sieve, pushing down hard on all the mushy veg. Cool and chill for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Heat the gravy to serve, adding roasting juices from your turkey, if you like.

Serves 8.

For more special Christmas gravy recipes please click the link…

A good gravy completes the Christmas meal and I have cooked more turkeys than I could count but if cooking a turkey is new to you…Let me tell you when I cooked my first turkey I was petrified…I mean it is far bigger than the chook you normally cook and you have the in-laws coming and you want it to be perfect…Don’t you?

Well stick with me (and) Sally and you will get the perfect turkey time after time…

Turkey.. a bird that was usually eaten mainly at Thanksgiving and Christmas but is available all year in supermarkets and butchers. Before handing over to Carol.. a look at all the health benefits this large bird brings to the table.

Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

The wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo (something to do with the difficulty in catching it I think) is native to North America. The bird was brought into Europe, in the early part of the 16th century, by the Spaniards. The English name “Turkey” arose because of a confusion with Guinea Fowl – which were imported through Turkey, from Africa. Both birds were originally known as “Turks”. Eventually, in the 18th century, it was given its Latin name but the original name stuck.

The Native American Indian used the turkey as a staple of their diet. They introduced it to starving pilgrims, along with their native plants and seeds including corn and squash. The pilgrims were so grateful they celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 where their American Indian friends were guests of honour…To read the original post.

Whenever I think of turkeys I think of Mr Bean…Not generally a fan of slapstick comedy this one always makes me smile…as does the Hamlet turkey advert…

 

Of course, you probably know by now that not only do I love pickles but Christmas is when I love to indulge and make a cocktail or three…

Pineapples are very plentiful here and it is such a shame to waste them and the fresh juice is just amazing …A Pina Colada is almost a staple here… but for a change, this Bahama Mama makes great use of pineapple juice we also have some very good rum which is made locally here..so as to boost the awareness of the importance of our carbon footprint ..Cheers!

Bahama Mama cocktail-1191924_640

Can you take a guess where this eye-watering drink originated? The Bahamas! This drink is rumoured to be indirectly named after Dottie Lee Anderson, a Caribbean dancer and performer in the 1930s who also went by the stage name “Bahama Mama.” Another theory is that this cocktail became popular during the Prohibition when the Bahamas were used as a rum smuggling base. While there are many theories as to how this cocktail came to be, no one’s certain which is true of the origins of many a great cocktail…

This cocktail can be made with as little or as much rum as you like…It is a taste it and see cocktail… Depending on how much rum you decide to add, it can be a little more on the sweet side once you add the pineapple juice. Adding soda gives it a slight fizz, making it a great option for those who aren’t really hardened alcohol drinkers…But beware… the alcohol can easily be hidden, just to be sure pace yourself. Trust me when I say — it will eventually hit you, and when it does…It will be a Merry Christmas…

The traditional way to sip on this treat is over ice, but it can be made into an adult Slurpee by pulsing all the ingredients in a blender. I also use limes instead of lemons…

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend and try to chill out as I remember the last minute Christmas rush…Merry Christmas xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 weekend 🙂 xx