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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

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘C’ for Calabash, Cajun, Curry, Cloud Eggs, Chilli, and Calamari

This series is my baby and one I have loved writing and researching…Thanx to Sally it is getting another airing slightly revised in places…I hope you enjoy…xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year.

The letter C in my journey through the culinary alphabet…I do hope you enjoy it I certainly am it is quite interesting especially now I know that Pork crackling something most of us love is number 6 in the top 100 of foods which are beneficial to your health…Lots of fat but good fat and plenty of vitamins ..so fill your boots… well not quite …Moderation is best but no need to go on a guilt trip it is ok to enjoy it now and again.

Californian Sheep’s head…

A saltwater fish which belongs to the wrasse family. The wrasses are a family, Labridae, of marine fish, many of which are brightly…

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After the crumpets came bread…

Carol Cook! Bread (1)

What a saga that was …..I am surprised I went into the kitchen again after that, such a messy cook and I am normally very organised, calm and generally, it all goes to plan..Not so on that day but a lesson learnt.

But redemption was on hand we sailed through the bread making no traumas …Peace and harmony was restored in my kitchen.

If you missed the crumpet/pikelet recipe then you can find it here  

Bread!

I love bread but nice bread with proper butter, not this ready sliced stuff which sticks together it is so doughy and just not right. The consequence is that I don’t eat bread hardly at all which I suppose is good as when I do I savour the flavour and eat far too much.

My Buttermilk bread was pretty good as well but if I tell you this please don’t repeat it…promise??

Anything prefixed to the name bread and he doesn’t like it…so buttermilk, rosemary, olive oil bread…I just say bread or rolls…

I have a hubby who is very pernickety…HE is fussy! won’t eat this won’t eat that..picks the peppercorns out of his sauce and the tomato pieces out of his spag bol..need I go on girls??

So although he won’t eat Buttermilk bread he liked the bread I made today.

But for anyone who loves Buttermilk bread here is my Buttermilk bread recipe for you and if you haven’t got Buttermilk never fear I have this recipe for you. How to make your own Buttermilk and it is so easy I was amazed.

This is a recipe for white bread as hubby doesn’t do wholemeal like me and that is his choice so I have done the best I can and used unbleached white flour which is not chemically bleached like normal white flour and although my preference would be dry or natural yeast I am working on that one but still go through the traditional proving of his white loaf so for all you white bread eaters..Enjoy!

Let’s Cook! Bread!

Bread-white-home-baked

Homemade white bread

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of flour. I used unbleached Bread flour.
  • 2 tbsp of instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil. I used Olive oil.

This is so quick and easy.

Add 4 cups of flour with all the other ingredients and mix to combine…just get your hands in there the best way.

It will be sticky but hey ho we are bread making.

Gradually knead in the last cup of flour and knead that dough for 5 minutes.

Put it in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove for 30 minutes.

It should double its size, punch it down and divide into two or as I will next time make one large loaf.

Shape both pieces to fit into your oiled bread tins and leave to rise until dough reaches the top of the tin approx 20/30 mins.

Bake at 440F/ 200 C for approx 40 minutes.

Allow the bread to cool slightly then remove from the tin and put on a cooling rack you now have two lovely loaves of fresh bread.

If the crust is too hard then cover with a clean, damp tea towel to soften.

Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my foray into bread making…I am certainly no expert but I keep trying and it tastes good and I know what is in it…If you enjoyed this post please hit your share buttons xxx

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

C02 shortage… Can’t get your crumpets? Recipe here!

Carol Cook! Crumpets

A C02 shortage has affected the production of crumpets..leaving some people bereft as if they can’t get their crumpets who knows what will happen. A newspaper report has stated that 2 suppliers have restarted production but shortage could last for a few more weeks until stocks are replenished.

Never fear as although I had a disaster or two in the kitchen… Carol is here with a recipe for you so fret no more you can make your own… Crumpets.

The Crumpet!

The earliest recorded mention came from English Bible translator John Wycliffe when he referred to the crompid cake.

The early crumpets were hard pancakes cooked on a griddle it wasn’t until the Victorian era that yeast was added and the crumpet as we know it today was born.

Now I haven’t made crumpets since we had our restaurant and this recipe has been resurrected, dug out from the archives..lol prompted by a request from another food blogger who couldn’t get her crumpets.

Needless to say, my crumpet rings must have been left behind when we sold our restaurant. The plan was the to wait until I went into town to purchase some more but we all know about the best-made plans of mice and men, haha

Well, ladies and gents we all know what happens when we just mention we are going to make ?????? Don’t they go on???

Thinking cap on and I remember having pikelets which are little pancake-like crumpets complete with holes but you don’t need rings.

The result, I was up early to make the mixture as it has to rest for an hour. Cooking will now commence very soon.

But before we do and just to demonstrate to those you who think I am a wonderful cook… Disasters can happen! I set my timer then went to start writing this post…heard the timer and went down to the kitchen. WELL, it most certainly did rise! All over the place…Crumpets…I hear you…

crumpet malfunction

The motto??? Use a bigger jug next time!

The lovely electric griddle that I bought on a visit to the US was not going to workeither the stupid plugs here are absolutely useless so I had pans and a griddle that worked intermittently the air was not blue but close…lol but as we often say here TIT (This is Thailand) we learn to live with this.

My taste testers were impressed with the end result although they didn’t look pretty 4 crumpets later I think they were a taste success. The texture was spot on so when I get my rings they will be perfect…fingers crossed. My little pikelet.

crumpets or pikelets

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 cup of lukewarm milk.
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp of instant yeast.
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt.

Let’s cook!

Combine all the ingredients and beat for 2 minutes or use a mixer.

Cover the bowl and rest for 1 hour.

Near to the end of the hour preheat your griddle to 325 F or preheat a frying pan.

N.B: But be careful a pan just gets hotter and it shouldn’t be as hot as when you cook pancakes.

Lighty grease your pan or muffin rings.

N.B: YOU CAN USE WELL CLEANED TUNA CANS AS MOULDS JUST MAKE SURE THEY ARE WELL CLEANED AND REMOVE THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM.

Pour the sticky batter into the ring, halfway up or a 1/4 of a cup.

After 4 mins using tongs remove the rings. Cook 10 minutes on the first side until the top has lots of little bubbles.

They will also start to look a little dry around the edges. They probably won’t be as full of holes as store bought ones.

Turn crumpets over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the griddle and repeat with rest of the mixture.

Serve warm with lots of butter and or jam. Or cool and wrap in plastic and store at room temperature.

To reheat put in the toaster and enjoy with butter and or jam.

 

So for those of you who can’t get your crumpets...I hope this has helped 🙂

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Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx