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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…

I woke to rain today and it has been drizzling all morning which is unusual we normally get spectacular tropical storms and then the sun…The temp is around 25C/77F which is lovely just right…

cartoon duck in the rain

I saw this the other day and it is beautiful…I just had to share it…

I do hope you enjoyed this as much as I did..x

Today I haven’t so much cooking I went shopping the highlight of my week but we have run out of a couple of things…I did pick up some lovely purple shard though and some beautiful very fine beans which only seem to be in season for a short while and of course passion fruit…

I also had quite a lot of bread pieces in the freezer so decided to make a bread pudding nothing gets wasted here…From scrap pieces of bread, the end of the loaf it all makes breadcrumbs, croutons, garlic bread or if you save them in a bag or pot in the freezer they make a lovely bread or bread and butter pudding today it is bread pudding so hubby is happy as will be the neighbours…

 

Bread Pudding Recipe or bread and Butter Pudding…

All this COVID-19 and BLM especially has really upset me…it has also really got to me so from now on I am only reporting good news because I am going to turn everything else off …That’s it…Good news only…

What a beautiful heart this boy has …

Does sweat from someone infected with COVID-19 have a unique scent? Researchers in Paris, and elsewhere, believe it does—and we now know dogs can sniff it out.

A new study from researchers at the national veterinary school in Alfort, outside Paris, trained 8 Belgian Malinois shepherds to identify the smell of COVID-19 in the sweat of infected individuals.

The dogs’ overall success rate was near-perfect, correctly guessing an average of 95% of samples. Four dogs successfully identified a positive COVID sweat sample 100% of the time.

Our four-legged friends certainly prove time and time again how accurate their sense of smell is …

The British rock band played the last of six sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, US. the three-hour set included hits such as “The Song Remains the Same”, Since I’ve Been Loing You” Stairway to Heaven” and ‘Whole Lotta Love.” The band broke up following the death of drummer John Bonham on Sept 25, 1980.

https://youtu.be/xbhCPt6PZIU

 

June 17, 1939

The German liner St. Louis arrives in Belgium. It had been on a month-long voyage carrying more than 900 Jews attempting to escape the Nazis by travelling from Germany to Cuba. All but 28 passengers were turned away by the Cuban, U.S., and Canadian governments and returned to Europe where many died in the Holocaust. These events were the basis of the 1976 film Voyage of the Damned.

It was also the day when one of my favourite singers was born…American Emmy-Tony-Grammy-winning singer Barry Manilow think Mandy (1975, #1), I Write the Songs (1976, #1), and did you know he sang the McDonald’s jingle You Deserve a Break Today? but Barry also sang many other medleys and jingles especially when he first started out…Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr.Pepper…

He really is a talented singer and a funny man…Are you a Fanilow?  He also composed the soundtracks to the animated films Thumbelina (1994) and The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

Such a lovely fairytale…

Before I go it is also...I nearly forgot…National Eat All Your Vegetable Day…But I won’t bore you with another veggie recipe…

That’s it for this week…Take care stay 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

National Pumpkin Month…Facts…Trivia…and a delicious Thai Pumpkin Soup…

Halloween is drawing near and I am sure lots of you have decorated your homes already please send me some photos so I can share your marvellous or scary themes and decorations…We would all love to see them…I would as Halloween is not really celebrated here or only by the American communities so no decorated homesteads just a few Halloween themed parties…

So don’t be shy share away and promote your blog on here…

Does China celebrate Halloween? 

There are several days and a whole entire month in China that are similar to Halloween. These are the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, the last day of the seventh lunar month, and the Spring Festival. …

The UK celebrates Guy Fawkes …However  not so widely celebrated by many although growing in popularity… the manufacturers are jumping on the commercial bandwagon.

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Did you know? The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” The plural for wicce is Wiccan. Wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

This recipe is an authentic Thai recipe … Pumpkins and squash grow very well here and are found on every market stall and on every street food stall and so much is done with this versatile  vegetable  lots of lovely Thai desserts and soups…but I digress this lovely soup would look equally at home in your hollowed out Halloween pumpkin shell  and add a bit of Thai spice to your table. If you have little pumpkins then it would look beautiful served as individual portions.

Ingredients:

  • 400 gm  pumpkin peeled and diced into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 tsp white peppercorn
  • 2 coriander roots
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass  very finely sliced
  • 3 small shallots diced
  • 1 tsp fermented shrimp paste…You will be able to purchase this from most Asian stores or online.
  • 300 ml of prawn stock….I always keep my prawn heads and bits in the freezer until I have enough to make some stock.
  • 700 ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp roasted chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 16 prawns /shrimp, peeled and deveined or crab meat
  • A handful of fresh Thai basil leaves save some for garnish
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil to stir-fry

Let’s Cook!

Firstly pound the peppercorns and the coriander root into a smooth paste. Then in a large saucepan, over a medium heat stir-fry the peppercorn/coriander root paste, pumpkin, lemongrass, onions and shrimp paste, stirring all the time for about 3 minutes until all those lovely Thai flavours are released.

Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan with a lid and cook very gently for about 20 minutes until pumpkin is soft, stirring occasionally.

Next, transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend with the shrimp stock until smooth. Pour back into a saucepan and add the coconut cream and bring to a slow gentle boil.

Add your seasonings, lime, fish sauce, sugar, chilli paste and stir to combine, add your prawns/ crab meat and cook for 1-2 minutes…Now taste and adjust seasoning if required.

Remove from the heat and pour into serving bowl or bowls. Stir in the basil leaves and garnish with extra leaves.

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The true Thai way is to also garnish with spring onions or garlic stems, some fried crispy garlic or chicken skin and it always looks so vibrant and you just want to dive in and drown in the lovely flavours.

Enjoy!

Owls are one of my favourite birds but in medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches and if you heard an owl hoot then someone was about to die.

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Some Pumpkin facts…

Pumpkin flowers are edible and a pumpkin contains on average about 500 seeds which when roasted make a healthy and delicious snack… the flowers are so pretty and it looks like Mrs bee loves the pumpkin flowers as well…

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Even what I call the scraggy bits of the pumpkin which…hands up I have thrown in the bin…No longer… add it to your stock pot…waste not…want not…

Halloween Superstitions: 

I wonder if anyone still believes or carries out these traditions? What Halloween traditions have been passed down through your family???

  • If a person wears their clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, they will see a witch at midnight.
  • Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween.
  • Girls who place the apple they bobbed for under their pillows are said to dream of their future love.

Some of these traditions seem a bit far-fetched to me I would image not very comfortable to sleep with an apple under your pillow…

Now for a real life witches house….

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists gather daily to check out one of the most unique attractions in the 90210 zip code!

Located on the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue, this house is just steps away from the ritzy 90210 shopping area of Beverly Hills – but it looks like a world away!

To read all about it head over to John Rieber’s place..He has an amazing blog full of trivia and great recipes..Fact and fiction and the utterly ridiculous at times but always good fun…

But did you know that Agatha Christie’s Halloween Party Mystery Novel was about a girl who was drowned in the Apple bobbing tub ??

A Halloween quiz question for you…

Every Halloween, Charlie Brown helps his friend Linus wait for what character to appear?

Answers in comments, please …

Pumpkin was a cure for freckles? Another old wives tale methinks…

This weeks Halloween cocktail is by Martha Stewart ably assisted by Brendan Foster who measures spirits just the way I do…lol

I am just off to check out the poison Apple cocktails…Laters xxx

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Checked and very nice that cocktail was…That Brendan Foster has much to answer for…I followed his advice and nearly fell off my broomstick xxx

I hope you are enjoying these Fang-Tastic Pumpkin posts and please if you have any tried and tested Halloween recipes I will post them and credit you so please let me have them…xxx

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 creative week ahead xx

Whimsical Wednesdays …with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday the day of whimsy, wacky tunes and so much more…The day when I indulge myself…Because I can…

I am now going to throw out an offer if anyone would like a guest spot…It needs to be something unusual, weird, funky, outstandingly beautiful or some one-hit-wonder, little known trivia…just unknown or little known tit-bits even old recipes or strange ingredients the weirder the better…See what you can come up with…I look forward to hearing from you…xx

Did you know???

Archie is one of the most famous non-superhero characters around …The Archie character was introduced in the Pep Comic #22 which was first published in December 1941…

But did you know? the show Sabrina…The teenage witch was a spin-off of the animated Archie Show…

Archie and his friends also had a band aka The Archies… It was #1 on the pop charts of 1969 and sold over 6 million copies

Time for a tune…

 

That had me tapping my feet…

2nd October 1902 Helen Beatrix Potters book…The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co in London…Who would have thought then that even today Beatrix Potter Books adore many a child’s bookshelves and are a favourite bedtime story…

Have you heard of The Wilhelm Scream? I have to say it was news to me…

I really can’t believe we are in October already where has the year gone? Haloween will soon be upon us and Harvest Festival and then the countdown to you know what will begin in earnest…I am sure many you have already got that smug look and all is wrapped and ready…This lady hasn’t I have a few bits and bobs but that is all…

It was early in this month 5th October 1963  that the Fab Four released their first single …Love me Do…The first of many hits for the Beatles…

Image by thaifly99 from Pixabay

Handshakes were originally meant to make sure that the person you were meeting wasn’t carrying a concealed weapon. The handclasp proved that your hand was empty and shaking was meant to dislodge any weapons hiding up the sleeve.

Time for a story…Started by Steph Richmond

 

The Charade – Chapter 5 by Steph Richmond…

She walked along the street, she still couldn’t shake off the afterthoughts of the dream. The feeling of happiness the card had offered dissipated and she started to feel uncomfortable for no apparent reason, she picked up her stride and headed to her bosses house. She walked past a bakers and the smell of the newly baked bread almost drew her in, she promised herself she would go in on her way home and treat herself to something sweet with the money she was due, the display in the window held trays of oatcakes and a beautiful sponge cake, she silently wished she could afford to fritter her money on something that trivial. She turned right into a long row of houses, these were a much better class than the house she had to live in and here there was only one family to a house. Each house had a master, a life she hoped she would find out more about one day. Suddenly she stopped and turned around, she had the feeling that someone was watching her, but there was no one there, just regular people going about their shopping, nothing seemed out of place. She shook herself and kept walking.

   The house she was going to was one of the grandest on the street and as she opened the gate the housekeeper Kathy opened the door to her. “Master’s not at home Miss, come in and have a hot drink with me.”

   “Good morning Kathy, I’d like that.” With that, they went into the house and settled themselves into the warm kitchen. Kathy put a plate of hot buttered teacakes in front of her and a cup of tea. She hadn’t realised how hungry she was until the smells of fruit and spices enveloped her. Finally, she relaxed, all thoughts of discomfort had gone, now she just had to wait for Mr James to return to the house, she silently hoped he didn’t rush back at least here she was warm and fed. She sat and talked with Kathy for at least an hour before Mr James got home and called her up to his drawing-room.

TBC…

Did you know that squirrels plant 1000’s of trees every year? They simply forget where they buried their acorns… 

October…Yes, It doesn’t have a day…But a whole month… October is National Pumpkin Month…Pumpkins are harvested in October and this month is for honouring the Pumpkin…A versatile gourd the Pumpkin has many uses…They are carved, painted and decorated they are used to decorate yards, front lawns and many a window…

pumpkin-ghosts-HalloweenThe flesh is used to make delicious soup, they can be baked in the oven and served as a vegetable …They are made into sweet pies and pastries…Many a Halloween party plays a game with Pumpkins…

If anyone has some favourite recipes or decorations they would like to share…then please drop me a line with a link.

I don’t think it is often disputed how clever animals are…we have talking parrots, rescue dogs, blind dogs, there really is no end to some animals talents…Have a look at these macaques…

 

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed the read and it bought back some memories… xxx

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

 

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

Fang-Tastic Friday…Michelada a spicy Mexican Drink…

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Welcome to the last and final edition of Fang- Tastic Friday…All Hallows night is Wednesday but I am sure many of you will be holding your parties this weekend if so have the best time and have fun!

All decorations are probably up by now and costumes made or hired…Just maybe some last-minute bits and pieces to do…

I am starting with this awesome tipple a Spicy Mexican Michelada which is similar to Bloody Mary ( my fave) but made with beer and clam juice…

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Doesn’t that look drinkable and I am not a beer drinker but I may give this one a go so pop over to Vero’s lovely blog for the recipe…

https://withcoloursandcanitointhekitchen.blog/2018/10/11/michelada-recipe-spicy-mexican-beer-mexican-please/

Did you know?

Halloween symbols are not made up or random… Black cats, spiders, and bats are all Halloween symbols because of their spooky history and ties to Wiccans. All three were thought to be the familiars of witches in the middle ages, and are often associated with bad luck.

Bats are also connected to Halloween by the ancient Samhain ritual of building a bonfire, which drove away insects and attracted bats.

Did you know?

Candy Corn was originally known as chicken feed as corn was and is still also fed to chooks… They even used to have a picture of a rooster on the original box.

My Last Halloween Recipe using squash or pumpkin.

Chilli Con Carne with Pumpkin.

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The one thing I love about chilli is that anything goes, it is probably one of the most iconic dishes which can be so far away from the true Mexican chilli which is made with cubes of meat but that recipe is for another day…

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb minced beef or pork or mix the two… I do this as minced beef when I can get it comes in silly little packs at not so silly prices so I mix the two types of meat.
  • 1 med brown onion
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 any colour sweet peppers, red, green or yellow
  • 14 ounces of soaked kidney beans
  • 14 ounces chickpeas soaked or if canned drained
  • 14 ounces of fresh tomatoes..I blitz mine
  • 1 cup of fresh chicken stock
  • 10 oz of cubed pumpkin or squash
  • Small can of sweet corn kernels or one cob stripped down ( optional)
  • 1/2 -2 tsp of red chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1-2 tsp of ground cumin…
  • I tsp salt to season
  • Black pepper to season
  • 2 tsp of pumpkin spice mix

Let’s Cook!

Heat oil in a pan and add onions cook for a few minutes until soft and add the garlic.

Then add the meat and cook until browned add all the other ingredients and spices except for the corn and chickpeas add those about 15 minutes near the end of cooking.

This really is a one pot chuck it in and done…

To serve top with sour cream, chopped coriander or cheese…

Enjoy!

Lastly but not least Sally from Smorgasbord is hosting a Halloween Party on Wednesday 31st and you are all invited…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/smorgasbord-invites-you-to-a-halloween-fancy-dress-party-on-wednesday-31st-october/

Thank you for reading this last Fang-Tastic Friday post I hope you enjoy/try the Michelada and my pumpkin spiced chilli just click the link in the ingredients list for my homemade pumpkin spice… Enjoy your Halloween.

Next week it will be Christmas Treats and Traditions …xxx

 

 

 

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

Fang-Tastic Friday…Allergies then you will find some recipes here and some glow in the dark cocktails…

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The witching hour is soon to be upon us… I expect all you lovely Halloweenies are prepared and ready…

Firstly I have a recipe for some lovely allergy free mummies as I know many people have peanut allergies and this lady has recipes and tips if you have allergies. So please pop over to her blog and have a look…

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https://foodallergypi.com/2018/09/27/allergy-friendly-mummy-bars-biscoff-mummies/

Don’t they look cute?

Did you know??? 

In what year will the next full moon occur during Halloween?

2020…The last Halloween that had a full moon was in 2001 and the next full moon on Halloween after 2020 won’t occur until 2039.

Recipe… Sweet Potatoes.

I like something a little different… This recipe is a nice treat… A recipe that was given to me by a friend who used goat’s cheese I use feta or ricotta if I can get it…

Sweet Potato with goat’s cheese, honey and roasted grapes.

Ingredients:

• 4 sweet potatoes
• 2 cups of red seedless grapes
• 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
• ¼ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 ounces of goats cheese or feta/ricotta
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
• 2 tbsp of honey plus additional to drizzle if required

  1. For 4 potatoes take 2 cups of small seedless grapes and put on a baking tray drizzle with oil and a season with salt and pepper then roast them at 350F for about 20 mins or until the skins just start to burst… Do check them as ovens vary and they can tend to burn…
  2. Remove from the oven and leave to cool then take your cooled sweet potato and gently remove the flesh those skins are not as hardy as a normal potato are they? So my advice is to leave some of the potato attached to the skin or you may struggle to fill them.
  3. In a bowl mash the potato with 3 oz of the goat’s cheese, honey, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste then put the potato back in the skins and crumble some more goats cheese on top …To serve: add the grapes and drizzle more honey if desired…

Enjoy!

Do you know ?? 

In the correct spelling of the Halloween, where is the apostrophe placed?

Between the two e’s (Hallowe’en)

Other sweet potato fillings:

Baked Sweet Potato

How about a baked sweet potato filled with cooked black beans, corn, sweet peppers topped with sour cream with some lime rind stirred through or sprinkled on the top and some chopped coriander.

Or the Thai way our sweet potatoes here are a bright purple we do get the orange but many are purple a really beautiful colour… Baked and topped with Thai Peanut sauce they are heavenly…

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. fish sauce (for vegetarians: substitute 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp. regular soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (or 2 tbsp. lime juice)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1/2 tsp Thai red chilli paste more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Let’s Cook!

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.
  2. Taste.... adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more red curry or cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.
  3. This sauce tends to thicken as it sits–just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise, it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Add to your baked sweet potato and top with chopped red onion, green onions and coriander and some crisply fried garlic…yummy if you love Thai flavours.

Enjoy!

Did you know?? 

 In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Canada…Here is the line from the newspaper:

The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.

“‘Trick or Treat’ Is Demand,” Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta), November 4, 1927, p. 5, dateline Blackie, Alberta, Nov. 3.

A Halloween Cocktail.

 

Some more Halloween Trivia...

The round orange pumpkins that are used for most jack o’ lanterns today are native to what continent?

North America…The oldest pumpkin-related seeds were found in Mexico and were dated to sometime between 7000 and 5500 BC.

 What was the most popular Halloween costume for pets in 2015?

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Pumpkin…Next up was a hot dog, undoubtedly the top pick for dachshund owners. That Dobie looks less than impressed. Third were characters from Batman, followed by the devil. And for 5th place, bumblebees ( that bulldog doesn’t look impressed either does he….lol

In the Middle Ages, why were so many mummies bought and sold?

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To be ground into medicine…Mummies were ground up during the middle ages to make medicine because they were thought to have healing properties.

After the Middle Ages, the buying and selling of mummies remained popular. During the 17th and 18th century mummies were used to make a type of paint called mummy brown or mummia.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you are having a Halloween party this weekend then stay safe and enjoy xxx

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

 

 

Fang-Tastic Friday … Chilli Con Carne and Trivia…

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I am sure by now that those of you who really go all out for Halloween have got all your porches and homesteads superbly decorated…..I would love to see some of your images here it is not celebrated only by the expats so there are some token decorations in the shopping malls and very pretty they look…But it is not like I imagine the real Halloween celebrations to look… It is too staged and perfect…

But I digress what have I got for you today?

A great chilli recipe as when its cold I think a lovely big pan of chilli goes down well with most,  A lovely jacket potato especially if it is cooked in the coals of your BBQ or fire or my favourite what my mum used to do was to roast chestnuts in the ash pan underneath the fire…

Chilli Con Carne … Carol’s Way…

chilli-con carne-chilli peppers

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm lean minced Beef ( I use pork) as I can’t get minced beef here.
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 red or yellow pepper chopped
  • 3/4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1-3 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 pint of fresh made beef or vegetable stock
  • 400 gm fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp sugar…I sneak this in when no one is looking as it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 410 gm can red kidney beans, drained or pre-soaked dried kidney beans.

Let’s Cook!
Put the olive oil in a large pan and heat add the chopped onions, garlic, ginger, bay leaves and cumin seeds cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes.
I like to add my cumin seeds with the onions as it brings out their full flavour and we love cumin.
Add the minced meat and cook, stirring until nicely browned.
Add the tomatoes, stock, peppers and tomato puree stirring in well and bring to a soft simmer.
Add the paprika, marjoram and sugar.
Cook for 20 minutes now this is where I taste and add more chilli and usually more cumin seeds and then add the drained kidney beans and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice and sour cream sprinkled with smoked paprika ( optional)

Enjoy!

Halloween Trivia! Did you know?

The 1978 blockbuster, Halloween, was only made in 21 days on a very limited budget.

My second Chilli recipe from a friend of mine …Richard and it is his vegetarian chilli…Thank Richard it is very nice. It is Richards recipe with a Thai twist and tasty…

Vegetarian Chilli with lentils.

vegetarian chilli with lentils

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chillies
  • 125 gm mushrooms chopped
  • A handful of chopped green beans
  • 100 gm black lentils
  • 1 tbsp each of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar
  • Basil Leaves

Then cook as normal ensuring lentils are cooked through.

The instructions are as I received them as Richard obviously knows I can cook…lol

For anyone needing more details then cook as my chilli recipe above but adding lentils instead of the meat. I did add a couple more tomatoes and some kidney beans to Richards original recipe….I also soaked my lentils… he doesn’t as he likes his lentils al dente…

Cooking is all about personal taste and I sometimes just chuck it in the pot and take it from there… That’s how I cook most of the time and TASTE…

Enjoy!

Did you know?

Pumpkins are not only orange, but also white, blue, and green?

Some mocktails for the kiddywinks.

Did you know?

Hundreds of vampire clubs and societies exist and claim to have real vampires as their members.

fangs

They may have had dental work on their teeth but really vampires?? What do you think ??

Have you got any favourite Halloween recipes you would like to share next Friday if so PM me and I will showcase them and link back to you 🙂 x

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx