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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…24th January-30th January 2021…Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…It is a lovely sunny and still morning here…and the last day of the month…To say I am pleased is an understatement it’s just suffice to say January is proving to be my nemesis…the month where I am often lost for something to say when I just really want to curse but can’t…I also don’t like to swear and most swear words do offend me…I think it must be my age…Joe knows what to say…

Right…Unlike yesterday when the brain would not engage…my weekly catchup is a doddle ..no brain required so here goes I hope you enjoy the roundup…x

Meatless Mondays …are going well and proving quite popular… I am enjoying my meatless meals and I wish to thank everyone who has sent me tips and recipes to try you are all awesome… I will also credit back to you once I have made them and my taste testers have given their verdict…

Last week it was Tofu…

Thank you to everyone who has sent in comments and recipe ideas…it seems meatless Mondays are a hit…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/25/meatless-monday-week-3/

Tuesday...as I had run out of ideas…brain fog again…I reposted an older post on… How to make your own Coconut Oil…

Something not many people would do now it’s just lovely to watch and maybe try it out for that special gift and which also means that a tradition is handed down through the generations as they should be …Enjoy!

Wednesday is the day for my Culinary Alphabet but with a twist where it is words ending and not beginning with a T…

 

 

It was also the day when I gave thanks to the scheduling gods….Yeah for scheduling…T was also another easy one as many, many terms end in T…I left plenty for Pete to choose from…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/27/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twistfood-terms-

Ending-in-the-letter-tchestnut/

Thursday: 

Over to Sally’s to learn how we can turn back time just a little and how to delay the wrinkles…Sounds like a plan to me…xxx If you haven’t already please pop over and say hello to Sally…her advice is easy to understand and action…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-2021-anti-aging-and-ph-balance-eating-plan-by-sally-cronin/

I also felt it was time to repost an earlier blog post just in case you missed it the first time round…What is really in your yoghurt?

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/28/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it/

Friday: my new series on drinks which naturally clean and detox our bodies…This week it was the Bael Fruit which is fast becoming popular around the world and has some amazing health benefits it is also known as the Stone Apple, Wood Apple, Matum Fruit, Bengal Quince and Japanese bitter Orange …

The boy in the video is also so cute and a great presenter for his age…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/29/natural-cleansers-part-2-bael-sherbat/

Saturday: was a nonentity…one of those days…brain fog…so I gave up and cooked and walked…Tomato Soup is my go-to soup and my well-tried sandwich loaf is now a fixture..a family favourite …the loaf I make every other day although this week I must admit yesterday was the first…such was the doldrums that I made them eat…shock horror ..cut bread from the local shop…I did it was that or nothing…

The upside this week was that I have managed to do 10,000 steps daily well not today as I am giving the body a day off… I will walk to the market later and do a couple of turns around the block but I am not pushing for 10,000 steps today…I will also add that my lazy dog…

Yes, you…Saangchai just follows me to the corner then sits and waits until I come back around and then greets me as if I have been away for a month…Lazy Boy…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/30/saturday-snippets-30th-january-2020-is-on-a-break/

I hope to be back with Saturday Snippets next week as long as my brain wakes up and gives inspiration this week …

But I feel better now the walking has done me good and I have walked my doldrums off this week …I hope …I would also like to thank all of you for your lovely messages…and chats…I love you all…x

Well, that’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by…I hope you have enjoyed the read…if you have please head over and leave a comment it makes my day to hear from you …Love Carol xx

How to make your own Coconut Oil in easy to follow steps…

 

A reposting from a while ago but it shows my love of all things coconut…I adore Coconut water, milk and oil I use it in many ways…Making your own at home makes such a lovely thoughtful present …

Living in the North Of Thailand is so very different from living in the South of Thailand… I am learning so much about Thai cultures and traditions which have been passed down through families for centuries and I am loving it.

Coconut oil and its benefits are known throughout the world and it is quite easy to buy a bottle from your local shops now….. But how is it made? it is still made by hand in many local homes here..it takes time but you get a far superior product and you also get the lovely by-product which you can eat.

So come with me ……Over a fire…. a pot is put to heat up when the pot is hot then the coconut milk which is extracted from the white flesh is added, in the villages, they grate this and as you need the flesh from 10 coconuts to make a litre of oil …it is time-consuming and hard work by hand…

coconut milk

Putting on the Coconut Milk

If you are lucky enough to live close to a local market and they have the machine which extracts the milk then it is far easier although you still have a long way to go before you get the finished product.

Firstly the Coconut milk is poured into the ready heated pot and it is now a waiting game where all the exciting stuff happens and you can see the stages and transitions that milk goes through to get your oil.

coconut oil making your own

Coconut milk Reducing

So you sit and stir and watch and wait while still stirring as the milk changes.

making coconut oil

Reducing down

The first sign you see are little oil spots which start to appear on the surface of the milk….you still have to keep stirring.

coconut milk boiling

Coconut milk coming to the boil

The oil spots spread as the milk bubbles away and indeed will come right to the top of the pot and almost boil over.

 

Coconut ream reduced down

The milk is coming to the top is not a good sign you have to stir and stir so it is simmering and bubbling after a while it takes a few hours the milk disappears and you are left with oil…

At the bottom of the pan, you get a thick crust which looks like crumbled digestive biscuits…this is scooped out and kept as a topping for ice cream.

A very small amount is left in the bottom maybe a teaspoonful and this gives the oil a more vanilla/chocolate smell/taste it is then scooped out and the oil is left to cool down.

Finished coconut oil

You now have your very own hand-made  Coconut Oil.

I think it is lovely to see this tradition of making your own oil in the home as so often we buy a carton or bottle and we don’t where it has come from ..what processes it has gone through…Is it pure? We all know that labelling can be misleading.

I am sampling so much now of lovely home-produced oils, honey, vegetables, herbs some grown some foraged and it is not just the marvellous taste but just the knowledge that I have seen it made or helped make it and that I  know where it has come from..it is a marvellous feeling…

The photos are from my friend Sonya…Thank you so much, Sonya Russell, for allowing me to use them. It is very much appreciated…Thank you 🙂

Thank you for dropping in I do hope you enjoyed reading this post if so please leave a comment as I love to hear from you and have a chat…Love Carol xx

 

 

 

This week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 6…Cooking Oils…

Essential for both cooking and adding flavour to dishes, there many different types of oil. When it comes to cooking oils some are more controversial than others for both health reasons and environmental concerns…

I tend to use a variety of oils depending on what I am cooking or flavouring…I  also believe that oil is an essential cooking basic but as with everything moderation should be applied…

If all you eat are deep fried foods then of course it will affect your health…

Corn Oil… Corn oil is oil extracted from the germ of corn. Its main use is in cooking, where its high smoke point makes refined corn oil a valuable frying oil. It is also a key ingredient in some margarines. Corn oil is generally less expensive than most other types of vegetable oils

Palm Oil… One of the most controversial of the options…for both health and environmental reasons. Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit grown on the African oil palm tree.

The trees, which were previously found only in Africa, are now grown in Asia, North America and South America – coinciding with the increasing demand for the versatile oil.

Groundnut (peanut) oil…A virtually flavourless oil which is used for frying, baking and making dressing such as mayonnaise.

olive oil

Olive Oil… One of my preferred choices of oil …Olives are a fruit that I never liked as a child but acquired the taste for as I grew older…Olive oil is a beautiful thing and when I am not using coconut oil for cooking I use olive oil it is also most suited to Mediterranean type recipes as well…

But be careful when you buy it as is the case with everything now some oils are a blend of many oils or so highly processed and are not classed as proper Olive oil….There are so many different dishes which are all better for the addition of olive oil. Health wise it is classed as a super food as it is so beneficial to our health.

Two of my favourite ways of using olive oil are with balsamic vinegar and beautiful home-baked bread or cooked with chorizo…a lovely tapas…

 

Chorizo cooked with garlic and dried chillies in olive oil makes a lovely little snack or tapas with some lovely bread to mop up the juices. Just take some sliced chorizo and cook it in Olive oil until it is browned and the lovely orange colour from the chorizo leaks into the olive oil….Just beautiful and so easy to make at home.

Vegetable oil… a blend of oils which usually includes corn and other vegetables is cheap, flavourless and useful for most types of cooking.

Coconut oil…There are varying views and there have been some controversial headlines over the last few years…Coconut oil is “pure poison,” says Harvard professor… Good fats come mainly from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish. Healthy fats are liquid at room temperature, not solid…..

The plot thickens my coconut oil is liquid? I know coconuts are high in saturated fats but…MODERATION… My health has improved since I have incorporated coconut oil etc in my diet although depending on what I am making I may use olive oil or another healthy oil again it is about balance and moderation…

Some research states that the saturated fat from the coconut may react differently to other saturated fats in our bodies…..Why? Because most of the saturated fats in coconut are medium chain fatty acids whose properties and metabolism are different from those of animal origin. Medium chain fatty acids do not undergo degradation and re-esterification processes and are directly used in the body to produce energy. They are not as ‘bad for health’ as other saturated fats.

Also if you would like to make a lovely gift for that special someone then this makes a beautiful gift …How to make your own coconut oil…The traditional Thai way…

Ghee… Is also one of my kitchen staples…

Ghee is a type of clarified butter that contains fewer dairy proteins than regular butter. This ingredient can be used in place of regular butter.

Ghee can be used as a substitute for butter, and many people think that ghee might be a more healthful alternative for using in cooking.

Ghee

It has been used in Indian and Pakistani cultures for thousands of years. The term comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “sprinkled.” Ghee was created to prevent butter from spoiling during warm weather.

 

Flavoured oils…

Herb infused oils…There are many different herb-infused oils they are also so easy to make at home. Just half fill a clean sterilised jar with washed and dried herbs such as rosemary or basil. Pour over olive oil to cover and seal the jar. Place it in a cool, dark place for 3 days. Strain the oil into a clean sterilised bottle or jar and discard the herbs.

If you like you can add a piece of freshly washed and dried herb which looks pretty and makes a lovely gift.

Chilli oil…Add several dried chillies to a bottle of olive oil and leave to infuse for about two weeks before using. If the flavour is not to your taste then leave for another week…it all depends on taste and the chillies. The chillies can also be left in the bottle and again look very nice and make a lovely gift with a handwritten label.

Garlic oil…Add several whole garlic cloves to a bottle of olive oil and leave to infuse for about two weeks if preferred you can strain into a clean bottle and store in a cool, dark place.

I have only given you a brief overview of these oils and advise that you do your own research and don’t listen to scaremongering but also remember it is moderation and any foods or drinks which are consumed excessively will have an effect on your health and well being…

I hope you are finding these posts on store cupboard basics helpful…It does take time (and) money to build up a store cupboard which is why I am breaking it down into easy stages…Just for those of you who are not sure just where to start…

Whether you call it a cupboard or a pantry a savvy cook knows it helps them create delicious, economical dishes without using expensive ingredients or having to pop out and hope no one sees us without our slap…Picture the scene… we are halfway through making a new recipe…We can taste it…Then up pops the ingredient we thought we had in the cupboard or we missed that bit of the recipe…The shop is shut…It is raining…We are in our house clothes…Don’t they always though…haha

Until next week when in-store cupboard basics will be vinegar, sauces and condiments…xxx

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a relaxing weekend xx

 

 

Healthy Food which may help to reduce your blood pressure and recipes…

lady holding veggies

This is an updated post from last year which I thought deserved another airing as this is a very important subject and something which affects very many people and also something which we could help control by eating sensibly and the right foods really can make a difference…We only have one body and need to take charge and give it all the help we can… This post contains health information from Sally and recipes from Moi with some additional chat from Moi as those who know me well know that I just love to talk and my fingers are an extension of my mouth… lol… I hope you enjoy this post and take away some positives…

via Healthy foods which may help reduce your blood pressure.

How to make your own Coconut Oil.

Living in the North Of Thailand is so very different from living in the South of Thailand… I am learning so much about Thai cultures and traditions which have been passed down through families for centuries and I am loving it.

Coconut oil and its benefits are known throughout the world and it is quite easy to buy a bottle from your local shops now….. But how is it made? it is still made by hand in many local homes here..it takes time but you get a far superior product and you also get the lovely by-product which you can eat.

So come with me ……Over a fire…. a pot is put to heat up when the pot is hot then the coconut milk which is extracted from the white flesh is added, in the villages, they grate this and as you need the flesh from 10 coconuts to make a litre of oil …it is time-consuming and hard work by hand…

coconut milk

Putting on the Coconut Milk

If you are lucky enough to live close to a local market and they have the machine which extracts the milk then it is far easier although you still have a long way to go before you get the finished product.

Firstly the Coconut milk is poured into the ready heated pot and it is now a waiting game where all the exciting stuff happens and you can see the stages and transitions that milk goes through to get your oil.

coconut oil making your own

Coconut milk Reducing

So you sit and stir and watch and wait while still stirring as the milk changes.

making coconut oil

Reducing down

The first sign you see are little oil spots which start to appear on the surface of the milk….you still have to keep stirring.

coconut milk boiling

Coconut milk coming to the boil

The oil spots spread as the milk bubbles away and indeed will come right to the top of the pot and almost boil over.

 

Coconut ream reduced down

The milk is coming to the top is not a good sign you have to stir and stir so it is simmering and bubbling after a while it takes a few hours the milk disappears and you are left with oil…

At the bottom of the pan, you get a thick crust which looks like crumbled digestive biscuits…this is scooped out and kept as a topping for ice cream.

A very small amount is left in the bottom maybe a teaspoonful and this gives the oil a more vanilla/chocolate smell/taste it is then scooped out and the oil is left to cool down.

Finished coconut oil

You now have your very own hand-made  Coconut Oil.

I think it is lovely to see this tradition of making your own oil in the home as so often we buy a carton or bottle and we don’t where it has come from ..what processes it has gone through…Is it pure? We all know that labelling can be misleading.

I am sampling so much now of lovely home-produced oils, honey, vegetables, herbs some grown some foraged and it is not just the marvellous taste but just the knowledge that I have seen it made or helped make it and that I  know where it has come from..it is a marvellous feeling…

The photos are from my friend Sonya…Thank you so much, Sonya Russell, for allowing me to use them. It is very much appreciated…Thank you 🙂

Thank you for dropping in I do hope you enjoyed reading this post if so please leave a comment as I love to hear from you and have a chat…Love Carol xx