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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 9th-15th January 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Ezekiel Bread, Stale Bread and Saturday Snippets,

Welcome to my weekly roundup... 2022 is settling in …we are mid-way through January I do
hope this is the year where we see the end of Covid or find ways to live with it as we do flu and
other communicable diseases…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  Culinary A-Z was going to be the final one but I decided there was too much for one post so next week will be the final one, Monday Musings, and let me tell you Spam begone and it is singe figures…Friday review and Stale Bread…we should all be at zero in our homes but those stats were shocking at the sheer volume of waste and Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…I hope you enjoy!

Monday Musings…

Whose heart doesn’t melt at the sight of pretty little kittens, puppies or babies…but please allowing them to take over and call the shots…you have to read this …I mean however much you love those kitties that wouldn’t happen on my watch…but then it was on social media…I rest my case…

CarolCooks2…My Monday Musings…10th January 2022.

I always or my body does benefit from a detox it makes you feel so much better,  less bloated and lighter of body and spirit…Thanks to Sally over at Smorgasbord Health she has made it easy for us…So please head over and have a read…

Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Introduction and Phase One – Before you begin your weight loss programme

Culinary A-Z…This week it’s the letters W & X…

This is the last but one post in this series…I have covered the wax coating on many of our fruits and vegetables and their safety, Chowder which is a lovely creamy soup, Arrowroot, Bratwurst Sausages and a few other items with the middle letter of W or X…not an easy one and out of the goodness of my heart I saved Kiwi Fruit for Pete Springer who always contributes to these posts…x

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letters W and X

You may have noticed that I haven’t included the #bloganuary daily posts in this roundup…I just thought it would be too much…those of you who regularly read and comment on my posts have been reading and commenting on #bloganuary and for that, you have my thanks x

However, it’s still not too late if you feel you wish to participate in the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day… just click the highlighted link and sign up…

Carol’s Green Kitchen is back…this week was the first post of the year I hope you enjoy it!

Yes, I’m back not with a bread recipe although I do have one all ready for next months Green Kitchen but back with Ezekiel Bread which some of you have tried and not liked or have liked but said it has a different texture to normal bread… all interesting and a learning curve some kitchen hacks and the safety aspects of waxed fruits and vegetables…

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…January 2022 …Kitchen Hacks, Waxed Fruit and Vegetables and Ezekiel Bread

My Friday food review was on “Stale Bread” and how it is top of the list when it comes to food waste…in the UK almost 900,000 tonnes of bread is thrown away every year…that is 24 million slices of bread every single day…

That is a travesty when children are staving not just around the world but probably in your home town…In the US (2016) 20% of bread is wasted in kitchens plus 12% in stores that is a lot of bread…

In my house, that figure is 0%...ZERO WASTE…nil..none…ever…every single scrap of bread is used…Do you have zero bread waste or is your household a contributor to those 24 million slices of bread in the UK alone which are thrown away every day…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Review… Stale Bread…

Saturday Snippets…

Where I can truly unleash my muse because I never know what I will discover…This week it was the word “Year“…

Preparations are underway here for Chinese New Year…The year of the “Tiger“…one-hit wonder “The Year 2525” a song I hadn’t listened to for years…and lots of other trivia …

Saturday Snippets…January 15th 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Year”

That’s all for today…Thank you for joining me and I look forward as always to your comments…Have an enjoyable Sunday see you next week xx

 

 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…January 2022 …Kitchen Hacks, Waxed Fruit and Vegetables and Ezekiel Bread

 

Welcome to my Green Kitchen where my aim is to cook food that is chemical-free, in season and grown either by myself or purchased locally and in season…

Produce which is in season has far more taste than produce which is forced and grown out of its natural season …I also think it is the anticipation and the taste of the first of the season’s crops…those first root vegetables…sublime! or those first strawberries there is nothing quite like it!

Bread Recipe for January…

Normally I would give you a tried and tested recipe and then I came across this bread and it was the name of it that intrigued me at first… Ezekiel Bread

In case you are wondering it is a flourless bread made with sprouted whole grains…Ezekiel bread is flourless bread made from sprouted grains. It’s named after the Old Testament verse Ezekiel 4:9, which reads: “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself…”

 

Here is a recipe I have found to make Ezekiel Beread 

Please let me know if you have baked this bread or tried this bread as it looks quite a loose textured bread and not sure how it would taste or be for a sandwich…Please let us know ????

Kitchen Hack 1…If you’re planning on eating raw kale in a salad, massage the greens beforehand. It may sound odd but it’ll tenderise the hardy leaves. First, remove the stem and add a glug of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt to the leaves. Then gently knead the kale with your hands until the leaves start to wilt a little. Be careful not to overwork the greens as they’ll become mushy.

Kitchen Hack 2…Rescue burnt biscuits/cookies with a grater…

Don’t throw away biscuits that are burnt on the bottom or around the edges, Carefully grate off the blackened bits and they will be perfectly edible. If they are a little misshapen, dip the biscuits in melted chocolate and leave them to cool…icing also covers a multitude of sins.

I love quirk and ideas which make your dinner party or that meal for two at home that little extra special…This is simple to do and one I will try out very soon…So I’ll be dusting off those shot glasses( I) have quite a few stored away from our bar/restaurant days…

Waxed fruit and vegetables…

Artificial wax coating is applied to many fruits and vegetables to increase their shelf life…Most of us have been aware of this for years…

But do we really need artificial wax? Experts Say Yes! But then they would…wouldn’t they?

Don’t they look delicious?..shiny just waiting for you to take a bite BUT before you do… I just do the knife test and take a knife and gently scrape the skin… you will soon see if the fruit has a wax coating…

Are these artificial waxes safe for human consumption? Not all of them!

How to know if the wax on the food you are buying is safe…If natural waxes derived from insects and plants is used then generally they are…

Non -permitted waxes can be quite harmful causing nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

HOWEVER, as long as the waxes used are in accordance with United Nations Standards they are…Check with your supermarket that the waxes used on their products are FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) approved. The FSSAI only permits natural wax coatings. FTIR tested wax coatings applied to food are not considered harmful…

This is why it is important to know where your food originates from and labels often don’t tell the full story…not every source of food will abide by the regulations of the source country…This is why I buy local produce or grow what I can…plus cook from scratch wherever possible as all these instances where the food we eat is contaminated with waxes and chemicals to improve taste and shelf life is directly the cause of many non-contagious lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), stroke, diabetes and certain forms of cancer are heavily linked to lifestyle choices, and hence, are often known as lifestyle diseases…The saying we are what we eat has never been truer…

I am a huge fan of Mark Weins and although I will never be vegan as I believe we need to eat foods from all food groups for a healthy diet.I also believe we should for our health and the health of the planet we should eat more plant-based meals… Here in Thailand, many Thais follow a plant-based diet and this video shows one of Asia’s biggest plant-based Food Festivals…

I like Mark because he talks to people and asks questions which means there is a lot of discussions and the stall which produced compost from waste in 24 hrs interested me very much…Well worth a watch…Enjoy!

Garden Hack…Micro Greenhouse.

Do you have a hard time starting seeds or cuttings? Try soda bottle greenhouses. Cut the bottom off 2-litre soda bottles and remove the labels. Each seed gets its own micro greenhouse! Remove the greenhouses once the seeds have germinated and cuttings are rooted…Please click here for some more gardening hacks…

I do love a crab Sandwich…

EEEEEEK! She has that look and she has baguettes and I have heard her say….Crab Sandwich…   Surely she is not putting me between that baguette and with a Chilli! crab-1934857_1280

Ingredients:

  • 6 individual-sized baguettes or wholemeal bread or your own choice of bread/roll.
  • 300gm of fresh-picked white crab meat…..yikes that’s me!
  • I red chilli finely chopped, you can remove seeds….she so is and in bed with a chilli! And I can’t scuttle away she has taped my claws together.
  • 5tbsp mayo.
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice.
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley finely chopped.
  • 50gm rocket
  • Butter to spread on rolls.
  • Salt.

Lets’s Cook!

Butter your rolls or bread of choice…..I sometimes use cream cheese.

Mix the chilli and lime juice into the mayo.

Gently fold in the parsley and the white crab meat.

Taste and season with a little salt..the salt brings out the flavours.

Put the crab mixture on the baguette and top with the rocket.

Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this bit of fun and just to reassure you that no crabs were hurt by me…..

Finally…my good news is that I was interviewed by Rebecca on Tea, Toast and Trivia…my very first toe-dipping into being interviewed live…it was both scary and exciting but both Rebecca and Don put me at my ease and I soon slipped into what I do best and that is talk…I do hope you enjoy it!

Thank you again, Rebecca and Don…

This is the blog where sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol xx