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Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

Yesterday was a marathon cook in…I had made bread the day before yesterday it was mango chutney and the tomatoes, garlic and peppers in the oven for the tomato and red pepper soup more coconut ice was requested and I also made a strawberry mousse using my mum’s recipe that was as well as brunch and making flatbreads for the Indian curry.

Today is also National Cucumber Day and National Kitchen Klutzes Day…

Cucumbers …well I always thought of cucumber as a vegetable it is, however, a fruit…low in calories and cucumbers are great pickled...they contain a good amount of water and soluble fibre…I have even seen them stir-fried here…

I didn’t get to try that one we were at a wake and the ladies were preparing mountains of food and one of dishes was a huge pot of cucumber and other vegetables with aromatics being stir-fried over a fire…I am also guessing huge amounts of chillies went into the mix as well…so much food I missed tasting that one…

Cucumbers are about 95% water and a good snack if you are counting calories and they will keep you hydrated I always keep some in the fridge as the grandson loves to snack on cucumbers they are easy to eat the cucumbers her here are small so a nice size…

I use them mainly in salads or pickle them and I don’t mind a cucumber sandwich although I haven’t had one of those for a while…sandwiches are not something eaten very much here.

As it is also kitchen klutz day I better fess up…I have burnt the eggs and the chutney and also should have used a bigger container…

Crumpet malfunction the jug runneth over …The recipe…

Kitchen Shortcuts...

No peeling potatoes…Yeah!

We all have our favourite family go to films don’t we where we open the prosecco and the chocolates and just binge-watch for a couple of hours…I didn’t realise how long ago this was…It was 1978 when the film “Grease” opened, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John it was based on the 1971 musical…

Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School.

By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. …  its original production was in Chicago, Grease was a raunchy, raw, aggressive, vulgar show then… Subsequent productions sanitized it and toned it down. Finally in1980: The Broadway musical Grease closed after 3,883 performances.

The Grease we know and love was born…

It was hard to pick a favourite…Tell me about it Stud…Rizzo…Summer Nights…

Mother nature is awesome …Cruel, marvellous and just downright scary…

Luckily no lives were lost but homes and possessions were…just watching it was just unbelievable but it happened and there was a happy ending for one little furry pet…

I don’t think anyone is going to forget the year 2020...It has just gone from one thing to another and in quick succession, I am sure I am not alone when I wonder how it will all end…we are now in the month of June and it shows no sign of things slowing down…

Indeed you couldn’t make it up, could you?

Has it taught me anything…?… Yes, it has taught me how fragile our hold on life is…It has taught me how kind people can be…it has taught me how many things in life we rely on …it has taught me who I can rely on…it has also shown me things I really don’t wish to witness …a side where if people looked at history as a whole instead of cherry-picking the parts to fit their causes…the cancel culture has got seriously out of hand…Little Britain,The League of Gentlemen have all come under unwarranted scrutiny and have been delegated to the memory hole…The kangaroo court of correct thinking has found these to be offensive… they are comedy classics..Use the off switch…it has shown me how much is really wrong with this world and so much which is right…

I was  saddened to hear that Welsh singer Ricky Valance has died aged 84 following a battle against dementia.

An agent for the Tell Laura I Love Her star confirmed the sad news on Friday.

Ricky was born in Ynysddu, Monmouthshire, Wales in April 1939 and was named David Spencer and began a career in music after initially serving in the military.

R.I.P….Remembered through his music…

Take care all of you…xxx

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practise social distancing.

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 week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

 

Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

Success came in the form of coconut ice...well it very nearly didn’t…I don’t buy condensed milk at all but as I intended making fudge (16th June) I did…I thought I had read the label but upon opening the can it was evaporated milk without thinking I added the icing sugar…In the words of Julia Roberts…Big mistake…

I gathered my thoughts, gritted my teeth and headed over to Mr google…You can make it with evaporated milk…HOWEVER…you add a little to the icing sugar…not to be deterred I weighed out more icing sugar and did just that then added the coconut…It worked…a little sweeter than it should have been due to my earlier enthusiasm…Ooops…

coconut ice take 2

Ingredients:

  • 200 g icing sugar
  • Evaporated milk to mix
  • 125 g desiccated coconut
  • Red colouring

Let’s make sweeties…

Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in enough evaporated milk to make a stiff paste.

Divide the mixture into two halves and colour one-half pink.

Put the white mixture into your prepared tin I lined it with greaseproof paper.

Top with the pink mixture pressing it down slightly.

Leave for at least 3 hrs to dry or overnight then cut into squares.

I noticed many of the recipes said to roll it out to the shape of your dish…I couldn’t be bothered I just added it to the tin too much faffing about.

As I purchased two tins of this evaporated milk next time I make it I will double up and give the neighbours some and make a mousse-like my mum used to make…She whipped the evaporated milk and then folded in a jelly made with just half the liquid…and let it set we loved it as kids…

Wellness Corner:

I think particularly in today’s environment many more people are getting stressed…not only do we have Coronavirus with all the stress it brings but there are now riots and demonstrations around the world culminating in more stress…

We have never needed advice on how to destress more than now…So pop over to Sallys and read her words of wisdom backed up by her numerous experience and qualifications she knows her stuff…

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/project-101-resilience-stress/

Today is also National Gingerbread Day...I love gingerbread cake so methinks I will make on today…Do you love gingerbread? Have you a favourite recipe you like to share?

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Where did it all start? Gingerbread dates from the 15th century and figural biscuit-making was practised in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was at the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests.

Of course, gingerbread houses and gingerbread men are very popular over the Christmas season…personally I much prefer the cake…

I am using a slightly different recipe today as the last one I made was a little dry…

We have also been experimenting and having a go at making Sato which is an Issan home-brewed rice wine…It all started when I could find any Shaoxing for a recipe and looked for a substitute…this is what is apparently …

After speaking to a few Thais and doing some research my daughter in law said I can get those starter cultures…they came wrapped in newspaper and were these white chalky flat discs…it is also sort of illegal like many things are here but can be bought if you know a man who knows a man…

The first stage was to soak and cook the glutinous rice. The chalky flat round discs were crushed in the mortar and pestle then mixed by hand into the sticky rice which was then put into the sterilised jar and covered with water.

We are now on day 6 and the rice is separating from the water it is not very clear in the picture but there is a definite separation…Tomorrow we can taste and top it up…There is definitely something going on we shall see…

I have tried to find out what is in those chalky discs with no success…no one either knows or is not saying…

More on my homebrew next week…

This month is also National Fruit and Vegetable Month and National Papaya Month an opportunity for me to share some fruit and vegetable recipes all favourites of mine…

I know that my friends and family have taken this lockdown as an opportunity to cook more all verified according to preliminary results from a worldwide Corona Cooking Survey.

Based on an analysis of answers to the survey by 11,000 people in 11 countries, consumers reported fewer purchases of microwave-prepared foods and fewer purchases of sweet and salty snacks.

People are eating healthier, cooking their own food, and consuming more fruit and vegetables which means this is an ideal month to promote fruit and vegetables.

The fruit is very plentiful here everywhere you can buy it whole or ready cut up..no difference in price everyone just loves fresh fruit…

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Fresh Lychees.

I have never seen such lovely big lychees and they are lovely a little tart which is how we like them …This lychee salad can be made with or without the prawns both are lovely.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2- 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • 3 tbsp lime/lemon juice
  • 1-5   Chilli sliced and deseeded if you prefer.
  • 300 grams lychee
  • 2 small shallot sliced finely
  • Celery (optional)…the celery is very fine here so I would add 1-2 stems chopped finely.
  • 4-6 shrimp (boiled)
  • Few cashew nuts (optional)

Mix the fish sauce and palm sugar and lime/lemon juice. Stir until the palm sugar dissolves. Then add the chillies as you like

Add lychee, sliced ​​shallot and celery, followed by boiled shrimp. Then blended together and serve immediately either with rice or rice noodles.

Enjoy!

If you are stocking up with fruits and vegetables as you are not shopping so frequently then here are some great tips for keeping your fruit and vegetables fresh…

That all for Saturday Snippets this week…Be safe and stay well…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 week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with CarolCooks2

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…we are enjoying some cooler temperatures as it is our rainy season but when the sun comes out it is a tad hot and steamy but everything is growing super quick and is lush and green…

Who didn’t love the story of Cinderella as a child…I know I did and when Walt Disney released his film it was loved by people of all ages as Disney films do…

30 years ago another film was released..I can’t believe it was that long ago…my doesn’t time fly…I still love that film and it is still one I watch every so often…All about a modern day Cinderella …it was none other than Pretty Women starring the handsome Richard Gere and the beautiful Julia Roberts there are so many ahhhh and tissue moments in that film…

I could listen to Roy Orbison all day long…You got it! Only the lonely!Crying ! In dreams! I drove all night!

I was trawling the internet trying to find something and came across this ..such a fascinating concept…

I watched it with my grandson and the first two groups of people who were inside these domes eventually split into two opposing factions …Astons question to me was why do groups normally only split into two? Why not three?…He loves to tax my brain…

I don’t drink coffee not because I don’t like it...I just drink other things…the rest of my family love it especially my daughter in law and this frothy coffee seems to be the latest craze….Here’s how to make it at home…

Enjoy!

I’m sure if I had to live in this maybe I wouldn’t like it as much but it looks so pretty…

Like Narnia almost, magical…

After my last disaster with making coconut ice I tried again…Initially I made a boob…Because I don’t buy tinned condensed milk ever really…It wasn’t until I opened it I realised and the fact the tin was mostly in Thai language…Oopps so I did my own little tweek to the recipe and hope it works or that will be disaster numero two…Just going to check…so far so good…

homemade coconut ice

Not quite set yet and the image is not very clear but 100% better than the last effort…Recipe and better images to follow later…

Respect” is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for soul singer Aretha Franklin. Otis Redding peaked at number thirty-five with “Respect” in the summer of 1965, but it was Aretha’s version that became legendary. The feminist anthem won two GRAMMY Awards and hit number one on the Hot 100 in June 1967.

Although I love Aretha I think she has got better and better and I love seeing her sing in this video….

So for two reason at this moment in time …I am making a comparison…A great singer and a great couple who made America proud…

That’s it for this week…Take care stasy safe and be well …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 week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

Coconut Ice…That’s what the recipe said!

Welcome to what was to be my Saturday Christmas Homemade sweetie day…

I followed the instructions to the letter...I wanted a recipe that didn’t use condensed milk…my reasoning was ..well sweets are sweets but I thought I would reduce the sugar content by not using sweetened condensed milk and then sugar and then desiccated coconut.

This recipe used coconut, sugar, and milk…Perfect I thought…I couldn’t have been more wrong…

I do wish I had my mum’s recipe for coconut ice it was sweet, coconutty and a little crumbly but held together well and was not chewy sweet nothing…

Just like Coconut ice should be…

I will not name and shame…I also will not be tagging or leaving a review…It was a sticky mess…

Now was it my fault for substituting fresh coconut?

I did have to boil it for twice as long as the recipe stated…Maybe that was it?… On this occasion, was fresh was not best???

The end result was a sticky mess although it did stay together as per the recipe …when a little was dropped into cold water…

This also proves that until you try a recipe unless you know the cook and know it has been tried and tested…They all so haven’t…This one is a prime example…

If anyone has a foolproof recipe for Coconut Ice which has a little crumble but is not the sticky, chewy coconut ice…I am talking old fashioned grandma’s recipe…Please share it with me as I now just want a Good Coconut Ice EVEN more than I did…

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your 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