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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘D’ for Dates, Dragon Fruit, Drupes, Durian and Dirty Rice.

My thanks go out to Sally for resharing one of my early A-Z’s this time it’s the letter D… it has been a few years since I wrote these posts and it’s serving as a refresher for me and I must admit I am enjoying the re-read…I hope you are too if you have read them before and if you are new readers I hope you enjoy them…To read the full post with recipes please click the highlighted link below…Thank you once again Sally your sharing of my favourite posts is much appreciated…



CarolCooks2 in my kitchen… Dragon Chicken with Broccolini …

Welcome to my kitchen…It’s time for another Chicken Recipe …Dragon Chicken …

Chicken is a very versatile protein it has little fat(unless we add it)…a healthy alternative to red meat…  it is indeed low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper…

Today I am sharing Dragon Chicken …

Dragon Chicken..…not a dragon fruit insight but hey ho….it’s in the name…lol


1lb chicken breasts cut into small chunks or pieces of chicken on the bone.

Marinade for chicken:

• 1 egg white
• 1/2 tsp. pepper
• 2 tbsp. cornstarch/arrowroot
• 1 tbsp. soy sauce
• Salt to taste

Mix all the marinade ingredients together and coat the chicken thoroughly leave it to dry for 30 minutes.

Heat some oil to 375 degrees and cook the chicken in batches until it is crispy.

For the sauce

  • 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  •  1 tsp red pepper flakes
  •  A thumb-size piece of finely chopped ginger
  •  3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  •  1 tbsp of soy sauce
  •  1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp sweetcorn niblets
  • 2 spring onions chopped.

Mix all these together.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium pan and add the mixture… when the sauce comes to a boil add the chicken and the sweetcorn and heat for a further 1-2 minutes until it is warmed through

To serve garnish with chopped spring onions, and or sliced green chillies.

A lovely dish the coating was crisp and the sauce a little like a sweet and sour sauce…served with rice and a lovely side of stir-fried broccolini it is lovely and no dragons appeared…lol

Stir fried Broccolini….

  • 1 bunch broccoli 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil,
  • 2-3 garlic clovessliced
  • A small piece of fresh ginger finely chopped(optional)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime wedgefor squeezing.

Let’s Cook!

First, trim the ends and trim off any woody bits sometimes as broccolini has a short season I use broccoli florets …my favourite is the purple broccolini if I can find any but we love any broccoli…if it is nearing the end of the season I blanch it before stir-frying but when really young and tender there is no need…

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat then stir in the garlic, chilli flakes and ginger if using and cook for about 30 seconds then add the broccolini shaking or using a spatula keep the broccolini moving…cook until tender especially the stems 3-5 mins.

Remove from the pan and drain of any excess liquid season with salt and pepper sometimes I shave some parmesan over the top but it depends on what dish it is a side for with Dragon Chicken I left off the parmesan…Serve with a squeeze of lemon or lime…


Fruity Fridays…Pretty Dragon Fruit.


Dragon fruit

Good morning and welcome to the revamped Fruity Fridays which are posts I published a couple of years ago and have updated …Today it is the beautiful Dragon fruit…Yesterday we received a surprise visit from our Thai family who always bring us goodies lovely freshly harvested goodies…Yesterday it was some beautiful dragon fruit and the bonus was they are red-fleshed…

A box of lovely red bananas and lots of beautiful limes which means I have been trawling my recipes and have decided to preserve some of the limes..make my lime and almond gluten-free cake again and I may attempt a key lime pie…

My breakfast this morning was, of course, green tea and some lovely fresh dragon fruit it was so delicious……

I will now tell you some more about this lovely tropical fruit and there will also be some delicious recipes including a smoothie…

Dragon Fruit

Such a pretty coloured fruit and it just looks so exotic, doesn’t it? Also, known as Pitaya fruit or in Thailand(Kaeo Mangkon). Rich in Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 and the minerals iron, calcium & phosphorus and one fruit is only 60 calories so a good for you fruit.

It is also said to help lower bad cholesterol levels and its high fibre content can also assist with poor digestion and constipation.

Of course, it also makes excellent smoothies, you can sip your smoothie while it works on your hair follicles..yes if you put the juice on your scalp it will keep the hair follicles open so it’s great for tinted hair.

I am really getting into this smoothie making and today I think is one of my favourite smoothies. I am learning to get the right amount and what I do is take the glass I am going to drink it from and fill the glass with my fruit that way I make just enough and if I am making more than one glass then I double up but it eliminates the guesswork.


Today’s smoothie was a mixture of fruit and vegetables.

I used a large chunk of  Pineapple, Watermelon, yellow melon and dragon fruit. A slice of tomato, a slice of beetroot, a piece of carrot and a little ice.

Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute and voila a lovely smoothie.

Skin Problems?


Troubled with acne and spots then make a paste from a slice of the dragon fruit apply to the affected areas of your face or skin then rinse off with water. Use twice daily for the best results.

The sap of the dragon fruit is also used by making aqueous extracts of its leaves, bark and fruit pulp and is said to aid wound healing and burns.

I then got to thinking about a recipe I came across all these beautiful desserts..brilliant pink Pannacotta’s..but I am not a dessert person as you know unless it’s a high day or holiday…haha….. Often served on a mixed fruit platter here or in little tarts…


This recipe for Dragon Chicken..…is quick, easy and so tasty….not a dragon fruit in view but hey ho….it’s in the name…lol


Let’s Cook!

  • 1lb chicken breasts cut into small chunks or pieces of chicken on the bone.

Marinade for chicken:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch/arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt to taste.

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and coat the chicken thoroughly leave to dry for 30 minutes.

Heat some oil 375 degrees and cook chicken in batches until it is crispy.

For the sauce

  • 2 tsp of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of finely chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar

Mix all these together. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and add the mixture when the sauce comes to the boil add the chicken and heat for a further 1-2 minutes.

To serve garnish with chopped spring onions, niblets of sweetcorn/peas and or sliced green chillies.

I, of course, would add more chilli flakes and probably a tsp more ginger…just saying..lol…But as you know my mantra is TASTE and TASTE again… until it is perfect for you…


Until tomorrow …When I will be back with Saturday Snippets have a lovely day and just a reminder if you go out to wear a mask and practise social distancing. 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 are having a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx






Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘D’ for Dates, Dragon Fruit, Drupes, Durian and Dirty Rice.

Thanks to Sally for rerunning this series while I am concentrating on my writing…I have been so pleased with the comments for which I thank you…I love this series and love that many of you love it as well…Enjoy the letter D…

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.

Welcome today it’s the letter D …I have some exotic fruits for you and some lovely recipes I hope you enjoy!


I do have as pictured above a date palm in my garden but dates don’t fare well here they like hot, dry temperatures not hot and humid.

The dates that are on my tree are picked while young and unripe and we take them to Lily’s other grandmother who loves them…so they don’t go to waste as the village ladies like them unripe but unripe the texture in your mouth is like when you eat banana peel but a lot drier and sour and not something that I like to eat but…

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