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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…11th-17th December 2022-Monday Musings , #Cranberry and Chilli Jam, #Christmas Recipes, Staci Troilo’s Cookie Exchange #Edible Flowers plus Christmas Ham… …

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has gone from hot to cold late this year but I have had to get a cardi out… it’s still lovely in the early mornings I have even got the lycra out as on a couple days a week I lap the park with my son he pushes me to do more which is good-smile-…For those of you who are experiencing zero -temperatures please wrap up warm…

I just can’t get into the Christmas spirit this year I am way behind with my preparations and cooking … it’s going to be the last-minute rush methinks…how’s your Christmas preparation going are you ready or like me trying to catch up?

Monday Musings…

Snow in the UK…and it settled and was quite deep which is unusual in December more often than not you get a flurry of snow that doesn’t settle or a few centimetres that have disappeared by the next day not so this time and it caused its normal chaos…but it looked beautiful when freshly laid…there are also food-themed tree ornaments from John which are so cute and of course as I just love Christmas Carol’s and its that time of year..just saying!

Monday Musings…12th December 2022…Snow Storms, food-based Christmas tree ornaments and Stille Nacht!

As I had surplus cranberries in my freezer I thought I would make a cranberry and chilli jam and why not I love cranberries and chillies…it is very nice and it can be used with cheese and crackers or just with a hardboiled egg(my fav) as a snack, as an accompaniment to meats or a glaze for fish even on toast if that’s your pleasure…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Cranberry and Chilli Jam…cold outside then this will add a little heat to your meal…

Today I took part in Staci Troilo’s Cookie Exchange and there are certainly some lovely cookies so please head over and take your appetite with you…

My contribution to the Cookie Exchange was some white chocolate cookies with ginger and tahini(recipe)for tahini included sandwiched together with some easy make ice cream ideal on a warm day…

CarolCooks2…#Staci Troilo’s Second Cookie Exchange…White Chocolate Chip Cookies…make a delicious ice cream sandwich…

Everywhere I go I am seeing flowers for sale amongst the vegetables and all edible…flowers are very much part of Asian cuisines…

Friday Food Review…Edible Flowers…Part 4…Elder Flowers, Basil Flowers and Pink Mempat Flowers…

When it’s foggy and icy or snowy we all need something to warm our insides today I am sharing a hot chocolate recipe plus two other nice warming recipes that are easy to make and keep warm…

CarolCooks2…Christmas Recipes…Winter Warmers…Hot Chocolate, Fish Pie and a delicious Thai Duck Curry…

I’m over at Bernadette’s today where she invited me to share a Christmas recipe and it had to be ham…I think most people enjoy a Christmas ham I know my family do and I would never be forgiven if I didn’t make a Christmas ham plus I like to carry on the family tradition as my mother and my grandmother always made Christmas ham…

CarolCooks2…Homemade Christmas Ham…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup as I know most of you are busy with Chrismas preparations…as always I appreciate your visits and your comments xx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 28th-4th December 2021…Culinary A-Z, Recipes

My culinary A-Z…Christmas Music by Cliff Richard, Camembert Puffs and Christmas Ham, 
plus Mistletoe revealed …

I cannot believe we are now in December …Have you made puddings and cake, pickled your pickles all ready for the festive jolly on the 25th it’s only 22 sleeps…Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has been a lot colder in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous …

What is in store for you then if you are comfy and have your drink to sustain you then time to have a read and relax…

Who doesn’t love a nice sandwich made with beautiful home-baked ham and English Mustard its the only time of year when I love eating a sandwich…Please click the link for a step by step guide to brining and baking your own ham…

Christmas Recipes by CarolCooks2…in my kitchen today its Christmas ham…

The culinary alphabet with the middle letter T…wATer was the obvious one and both Pete and Chel got that one with no trouble they also came up with a couple I hadn’t thought so thank you, guys…There was Autun Cheese, Betel Leave4s, Bitters and Gjetost to name but a few to read more please click the link below…

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letter T…

I think most of us have heard what a powerful little berry the Cranberry is well Sally has rewound and republished an earlier post on the Cranberry just as a reminder and for new readers a revelation…we all know that when we come across something which we know is good for health that sometimes a recipe doesn’t spring to mind well..between us we have covered all bases an overview on the health benefits plus recipes…How cool is that ? #recommended read

Smorgasbord Health – Christmas Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cranberries, Sauce, Camembert Puffs, Apple and Cranberry Roast Pork

Christmas isn’t all about crackers and chocolate there is so more and these little Christmas Beetles are so pretty and festive but unless we call a halt on all the urban sprawl developments where their habitat is chopped down they may be just a thing of the past and that would be such a shame …we need the natural world because without it ecosystems will die as will we …

Christmas with CarolCooks2…Mistletoe, Wine and the Christmas Beetle!

Mistletoe has a colourful history and is an integral part of our Christmas…the Mistletoe extract is also used medically…Mistletoe Extract…has been used for hundreds of years to treat medical conditions such as epilepsy, hypertension, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility, arthritis, and rheumatism. Mistletoe is one of the most widely studied complementary and alternative medicine therapies for cancer…Did you know that?

Saturday Snippets 4th December 2021…Mistletoe…

That’s all for this weeks Saturday Snippets...One of my favourite Christmas Carols…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed the catchup…I look forward to your comments as always…Have an enjoyable Sunday, stay safe from this new virulent covid strain…I hope you will join me again next week I am always pleased to see you XX

 

 

 

 

Christmas Recipes by CarolCooks2…in my kitchen today its Christmas ham…

It is a ritual in our house that we brine and make our Christmas ham from scratch…my mother did and my grandmother always cooked ham at Christmas…Over the years I have experimented with different cuts of meat and I have even made ham with crackling which was delicious and worth the extra work…

If you are going to be brining a whole leg of pork then you will need to brine it for 14-20 days plus cooking as well plus ham is always better carved the day after cooking…

My two ham recipes are using Salt Petre I made the conscious decision that for the amount used and the dilution per litre of liquid that as the body can cope and disperse with the nitrate I would use that rather than getting botulism which the body generally doesn’t cope with.

Also for the number of times, I make ham we are not eating it day in day out week after week the risk is minimal and considering the number of chemicals which are in foods by cooking my own food from scratch I have control. That is my decision. It is also extremely likely if you buy your ham ready to cook that nitrates have been used in the curing process I believe I use far less than any ham I buy ready to cook.

Christmas Ham Recipe.

A piece of Pork…top of leg……mine was 3 kilo.

Suitable plastic( not metal) container to brine the meat in.

Ingredients for the Rub:

  • 4 tbsp salt (coarse)
  • 2 tbsp  Sugar.
  • 1/2 tbsp Saltpeter(saltpetre) See note at the end of the post
  • Ingredients for Brine:
  • 5 litres water
  • 900 gm salt (coarse)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Saltpeter.

Day one:

Mix the dry rub, and rub the ham, making sure it’s well covered. If using a 7-8 kilo ham you will need a double batch….make sure you wear gloves…

Place the ham in a large container, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a cool place, like the fridge.

Now mix the brine in a pot and heat up and cook for 10 min. Remove the pot from the heat. Remove the foam when it stops bubbling and leave the liquid to cool and save in a cold place. I put it in the fridge.

Day two:

Pour the cold brine over the ham so it is completely covered.

Store the ham somewhere cold. If you have a larder or cold store that is great I keep mine in the fridge.

Turn the ham from time to time during the curing time. Use clean tongs and plastic gloves.

Let the ham brine for 14-20 days.

Note…IF the brine goes cloudy, make new brine and replace the old brine with that and keep curing it.

Warning: Wear gloves even when dry rubbing. Clever clogs here didn’t the first time and I had a skin reaction all my own fault…

When the ham is cured use your favourite recipe to cook and voila a lovely ham.

I have cooked mine all ways usually I cover it with water, bring it to a boil and then drain off all the water. Add fresh water and all my spices…I add a couple of bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, about 3/4 cloves, star anise and maybe a cardamom pod also about 2 tbsp of brown sugar…I cook for 20 mins per 500 gm of meat and then allow it to cool overnight in the cooking water it is then ready to eat.

                                                         Ham with scored skin studded with cloves

Another option is once it has finished cooking is to score the fat and stud with cloves, brush with honey and put in the oven for 20 minutes.

My third way of making ham which I did last Christmas was to use a loin of pork instead of the leg. It is also much quicker to brine than a whole leg and only takes between 4-6 days depending on the size of your meat and how salty you like your ham.

I used 2 kilos of Pork Loin.

Ingredients for Rub:

  • 2 tbsp salt (coarse)
  • 1 tbsp  Sugar.
  • 1/4 tbsp Saltpeter(saltpetre)

Ingredients for Brine:

  • 2 1/2  litres water
  • 450 gm salt (coarse)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tbsp Saltpeter.

Mix the ingredients for the rub together and rub over the pork loin.

Place the ham in a large container, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a cool place, like the fridge.

Now mix the brine in a pot and cook up and cook for 10 min. Remove the pot from the heat. Remove the foam when it stops bubbling and leave to cool and save in a cold place.

Day two:

Pour the cold brine over the ham so it is covered.

Store the ham cold.

Turn the ham from time to time during the curing time. Use clean tongs and plastic gloves.

Let the ham brine for 4-6 days.

Tip: The first time I used loin I left it for 4 days the second time I left it for 5 days which suited our taste… It is always wise to do a test run I think as personal tastes vary.

If I am making crackling ham I buy pork with the skin on and score the fat….when I get to the boiling stage I added water to just below the fat and then when it was cooked I covered the meat with foil leaving just the fat exposed then oiled and salted the fat put it in a high oven to crisp the crackling…It went down a storm everyone loved it…A bit more work but crispy crackling with your ham…Awesome!

                                                             Home-cooked ham and crackling

Most of the time I buy my pork loin without the fat…When curing ham or bacon the meat must be fresh and not frozen.

But whether you use loin or leg you can certainly taste the difference…

It can be eaten as second meat with your roast or you can make a lovely sandwich it makes a change from turkey…or cold with bubble and squeak, a jacket potato and some salad…There is nothing like home brined ham…Delicious…

If you have any questions I am happy to help…Thank you for reading I look forward to your comments… Have a great week! xx

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…20th December-26th December…Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Christmas…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week… Well, it’s over bar the shouting as they say…and now we have the leftovers… if you want some respite from the repeats on TV and you want some reality whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine, a sausage roll, mince pie, chocolate or a turkey sandwich…take a pew, get comfy… have a read…X…

The first post out of the blocks was my last Mistletoe and Wine for this year…Mistletoe and Wine…No sugar quick-pickled Onions, ham with crackling and a Kamikaze Cocktail…

Ham- crackling-home cooked-sliced-platter

Home-cooked ham and crackling

This post contains recipes for Christmas or New Year ham which I love and pickled onions…Plus Ronan Keating who does have a lovely smile doesn’t he …x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/21/mistletoe-and-wine-no-sugar-quick-pickled-onions-and-ham-with-crackling-and-a-kamikaze-cocktail-2/

Then came my Culinary Alphabet with a little twist …this time one of them was (cinnamoN)…

I  left some of the easy ones, like Salmon and Lemon for Pete who sometimes is a little minx… he sort of mentioned that he was thinking about palindromes…words which say the same frontwards and backwards example Naan Bread or Minim which is a measurement used to describe a single drop of liquid…I think I will pass on that one …DOES anyone want to take up that mantle?

I started with

Bambangan: A fruit found only in Borneo….

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/23/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twistcinnamon/

It was then Christmas Eve…where does the time go …like many after this year I think we are all running towards 2021…

 

 

With the Grinch in hot pursuit…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/24/christmas-eve-2020/

Christmas Day…came and went like any other day…I ate too much and indulged in Turkish delight and chocolate…as I type it is 10.28 am…a sunny day and my bread is proving …I have drunk my green tea and I am still full up…I keep eying the mince pies and sausage rolls every time I pop into the kitchen to give my bread another knead…but I am still full from yesterday…maybe I should go for a walk?

I haven’t yet checked the state of lay here or elsewhere the world but I am fearful again about this Covid…sorry to be gloomy but it scares me once again all the positive tests even here we have testing stations set up already and our provinces have been colour-coded…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/25/christmas-day-2020/

Boxing Day...Football and Bubble and Squeak…I purposely didn’t mention the sales…I d hope any sale shopping will be done online…

 

London is famous for its Boxing Day sales…The queues stretch for miles and people start queuing on Christmas Day…Yes, they do…Many people buy their Christmas presents for next year…It is mayhem and you certainly do need nerves of steel to get what you want…

This is NOT this year … An older video just to give you a perspective of how it WAS on Boxing Day in the UK…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/26/boxing-day-2020-turkey-sandwiches-and-bubble-and-squeak/

That’s all for this weeks roundup…I hope you have enjoyed a safe Chrismas Season wherever you are…Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, as always I look forward to your comments… you know I love to chat!

Saturday Snippets…’Tis the Saturday before Christmas 19th December 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I engage my whimsey and kitsch well it is that time of year…Christmas is not celebrated here and there are even fewer nods to Christmas here in the North of Thailand …I do believe Christmas is for kiddies and try to keep the magic going although this year methinks Covid has highjacked any hopes of buying anything the least bit festive …I do however have some festive parcels on the way from family and a dear friend to look forward to…x

In my kitchen:

What’s been cooking in my kitchen this week? A lovely chicken massaman curry...one-pot cooking is the way to go, my Christmas ham is brining nicely and if you haven’t started yours its not too late a loin of pork only takes between 5-6 days so you just have time, my Christmas cake has had its final drink of Brandy which means today or tomorrow I will be making Marzipan…As it is National Pear month I have pickled some pears this week there was also quite a lot of the beautiful syrup over…and not one to be wasteful I have popped it in a little jar and will use it as a glaze for when we cook pork.

Pickled Pears:

  • Orange zest and juice
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Juniper Berries lightly crushed
  • 10 cloves
  • 5cm fresh ginger sliced thinly
  • 800 fl oz cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 kg of  raw brown sugar
  • 2 kg pears peeled and quartered or cut into 8 depending on the size of the pears.

Let’s Pickle!

Put all the ingredients in a pan except for the pears, cook on a low heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved add the peeled and cut pear halves and cook for 15-20 minutes until they are tender.

Pears cooking in the syrup.

Remove the pears from the pan and drain, keep to one side and boil the syrup rapidly until it has reduced by about a 1/3 and is slightly thickened.

Put the pears in warm sterilised jars and add the syrup covering the pears. Seal tightly and leave for about 2 weeks and then enjoy with cheese and or your favourite meat.

N.B. Cooks Notes...I halved the recipe as it was the first time I had pickled pears it made 2 jars of pickles and I had some syrup over…the original recipe used all-spice berries which I didn’t have so I used Juniper berries…

I also made my last bread pudding of the year and added some cranberries to the mix to give it a festive pop it is really lovely those cranberries add that little pop of tartness…The last of my bananas I made into some banana muffins…and some latkes with a tropical twist... they were very nice the recipe came from a dear fellow blogger… Dolly from koolkosherkitchen…

Tropical Latkes

Please pop over to her blog ..say hello she will make you very welcome and have a look at her recipes they are all delicious and easy to follow.

Hubby also informed me that instead of wasting the banana skins he will be making some fertilizer for the garden with them…he is finding some new skills and for a man who at 74 is the proud possessor of his first electronic device…a man who won’t have a mobile phone and has never in his life used an Atm it is not bad going …

Since I have been baking my own bread I find I am not getting the leftovers which I have always kept in a bag in the freezer for when I want to make bread pudding or breadcrumbs…not sure that is a good thing neither does hubby as he is wondering why he had added a couple of pounds…eating too much bread and cakes is the culprit…x

Did you know? The Night of the Radishes” is one of the annual Christmas customs in Oaxaca, Mexico. On December 23rd, The Night of the Radishes (Noche de Los Rábanos in Spanish) is an annual event in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, dedicated to the carving of oversized radishes. The event has its origins in the colonial period when radishes were introduced by the Spanish. Oaxaca has a long wood carving tradition and farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers’ attention at the Christmas market, which was held in the main square on December 23. In 1897, the city created the formal competition. As the city has grown, the city has had to dedicate land to the growing of the radishes as the event has become very popular attracting over 100 contestants and thousands of visitors. However, since the radishes wilt soon after cutting the works can only be displayed for a number of hours, which has led to very long lines for those wishing to see the works.

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Let’s have some music…A tune or two…

Silent Night is one of my all-time favourite Christmas Carol’s  The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres… “Silent Night” has been recorded at least 733 times over the past 36 years alone.

This weeks rendition is from  Jonas Kaufmann –

Conservation Corner:

Depending on where you live in the world some of you are going to have a white Christmas…Well, FORGET FROSTED GRASS and snow-covered windowsills, in Australia it’s the Christmas beetle that heralds the start of the festive season. They are so pretty with their metallic coats.

The metallic scarabs are synonymous with summer Down Under – or at least they used to be.

Research, however, suggests that  Australia’s endemic Christmas beetle (Anoplognathus) population is on the decline.

Entomologist Dr Chris Reid, from the Australian Museum, attributes the drop in sightings to drier than usual spring weather, especially along the coast of New South Wales.

Christmas beetles in the greater Sydney region have also been victims of urban sprawl, with species disappearing from the city’s west due to much of their natural habitat being used for development.

I know people have to live in houses but urban sprawl has a lot to answer for and more care and research should be undertaken before permission to develop has been given or provision should be made to keep wildlife disruption to a minimum…Most cannot readjust.

THE  NATURAL habitat for Christmas beetles is woodland, where there are plenty of trees and rich soil. The larvae develop in the soil, and remain there as curl grubs, feeding on grass and plant roots, as well as the surface roots of eucalypts.

As fully grown adults, they mainly eat eucalyptus leaves but are known to consume the foliage of introduced species, such as the peppercorn tree.

The reason we only see these colourful insects during the festive season has nothing to do with Saint Nick aka Santa and there was you thinking it did…Ha Ha

BUT the end of spring and start of summer is when the larvae hatch out. The adults aren’t active during the winter months; they are larvae only during those months. When the adults are spotted during the Christmas month they’re at the stage of laying eggs.

This time of year is also mating season.

Christmas Beetle. 1

Image by John Vossen from Pixabay

If you are lucky enough to see them during the day on young eucalypts… they’re usually in clusters trying to mate, with the males pushing each other off the females.

They are very pretty though and Christmassy …Don’t you think?

The information about the Christmas Beetle came from Australia’s National Geographic Magazine.

Bloggers Corner:

As you know I love Christmas Carol’s and Christmas Adverts…I have only quite recently started following Clive who is posting a daily Christmas Advent Calendar…which consists of two tracks and a comic strip…While I love Christmas songs like Clive I don’t like listening to overpaid diva’s screaming them out…Clive has introduced me to artists who were mostly previously unknown to me and are well worth a listen…some tracks are quite beautiful…some very funny and some you will only wish to listen to maybe once a year…This one is a Cappella (which) I love…and it’s funny they remind me a little of the Barber Shop Boys.

Please pop over to say hello to Clive and have a listen there are so many tunes and such a variety…you are guaranteed to come away with a smile on your face…

Finally today …Christmas Adverts: Spoiler Alert you will need tissues…a box x

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippetts next week it will be all over…

Have a great weekend …please stay safe and shop online where you can or a homemade gift are the ones which show how much you really care…Early next week I will have a few ideas of homemade gifts that can be made in your kitchen…

Stay safe and well, have fun and laugh a lot as laughter is surely the best medicine and its free…xxx

 

 

 

 

 

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…

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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