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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Climate Change, Lemongrass salad, Carbonara and homemade KFC Chicken…

Welcome to this weeks roundup…Take a pew, grab your favourite drink and have a read most of all enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

 

First post of the week …Plastic and greenhouse gases…There is so much in the news at the moment about Climate Change and also it seems like the general public have had enough of politicians empty promises and inaction and are speaking and being heard…Personally, I applaud them…I have also had mixed reactions to my stance on this from “Well Done” for taking a stand to adverse reactions as well…

green foot prints eco system

I am all for healthy debate…What I don’t like is scaremongering and false press I also don’t like it when people make comments like and I quote ” As for the extinction brigade why are they not working like the rest of us they all should of been arested on day one for all the problems they greated

A typical response from someone who has not done their homework on the subject but just caught snippets and drawn their own conclusions …How is that a healthy debate?

The only way for people and politicians to be made to take notice is for them to be inconvenienced… What are your thoughts? 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/22/plastic-part-5-plastic-releases-greenhouse-gases/

Food…I need to calm down and eating is a great way to do that definitely a stress reliever…A lovely Lemongrass Salad…One of my favourites as it also uses Tamarind which I love to cook with…

Thai Lemongrass Salad with tamarind dip

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/23/healthy-eating-eat-smart-lemongrass-salad/

Salt…Once upon a time salt was a very valuable commodity and then we were told it posed a health risk and now??? Sally will reveal all in this excellent post…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-health-column-food-myths-do-you-have-enough-salt-in-your-diet-overweight-sugar-cravings/

Climate Change …The activists and the Australian Governments shameful actions revealed…If Climate Change concerns you it is a must read and if it doesn’t then it is a must read…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/25/waste-not-want-not-week-21-climate-change/

Now to Sally’s post the R’s of life and survival in the modern world…This week the subject is reason …An interesting and thought-provoking post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-the-rs-of-life-survival-in-the-modern-world-reason-by-sally-cronin/

I am back with my week in the kitchen…School holidays have another 3 weeks to go before school starts again…This week I have showcased food which the kids love to eat and help make…Carbonara, my take on KFC chicken which is hopefully a little healthier than the real deal…the kids love it as well which is always a bonus,,,

homemade KFC Chicken

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/26/this-week-in-my-kitchen-week-16-carbonara-kfc-chicken-strips-thai-larb-moo/

Thank you for joining me again this week and don’t forget to leave a comment if you have an urge to speak…I love your comments 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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

This week in my kitchen…Week 16…Carbonara, KFC Chicken strips, Thai Larb Moo…

I missed last week in my kitchen…Did you notice?… It is school holidays here and I have been sidetracked by my grandchildren, their friends etc…Which didn’t give me much time to cook …Now the last of my visitors have gone home I am just left with my two grandkiddies who are very good eaters but have been more demanding in their wants regarding food…

Although today I put my foot down and said come on play fair I have made all your favourite foods so tonight you are getting one of my dishes …A first for this dish and there was some screwing up of noses but Nannie insisted they at least try it…Grandad was no better…I sort of left out one of the main ingredients when I was pushed as to what was in the dish…They actually all loved it and had seconds…Even after me fessing up and telling them what was really in it…The recipe will be revealed next week it is one of my recipes for mine and Sally’s cook from scratch column about vitamins…

So without further ado, I will tell you what I have been cooking for the kiddie winks…

Carbonara...Always a kids favourite and no cream…

spaghetti carbonara

  • 130 g spaghetti
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/ 2 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150 g of pancetta
  • 40g parmesan cheese
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

I have seen so many versions of Carbonara and tasted a few as well..some were to die for and some quite frankly I felt like killing the chef!

I was watching Masterchef  “The Professionals” a while ago and one of the quickfire tests they were given was to make a Carbonara in 15 mins. What an eye-opener and these were chefs so it’s no wonder that some of us do not know the proper way to make  Carbonara and folks that included ME!

Not any longer I set to and made one the right way…NO CREAM…..The outcome was everyone loved it!

BONUS: I had egg whites to make a Lemon/Lime Meringue Pie.

A good traditional Carbonara does not need cream just eggs and a little of the pasta cooking water.

It is a very quick meal and served with a lovely salad and a glass of vino…Perfecto!

To serve two people for the main meal.

Put the eggs and egg yolks into a bowl, finely grate in 40 gm of Parmesan, season with pepper, then mix well with a fork and put to one side.

Take your piece of Pancetta and cut any hard skin off….. put the skin to one side and chop the meat.

Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente..remove the pan from the heat.

Meanwhile, rub the pancetta skin, if you have any, all over the base of a medium frying pan (this will add fantastic flavour, or use 1 tablespoon of oil., then place over medium-high heat.

Peel a clove of garlic, then crush with the palm of your hand, add it to the pan and leave it to flavour the fat for 1 minute. Stir in the pancetta, then cook for 4 minutes, or until it starts to crisp up…..If you use ham instead of Pancetta then cook very lightly as ham already cooked so really you are just warming it through.

Pick out and discard the garlic from the pan…I leave mine in the pan…I also sometimes add chilli or a few sliced mushrooms…

Drain the pasta reserving some of the cooking liquid and add the spaghetti to the pan. Toss well over the heat so it really soaks up all that lovely flavour, remove the pan from the heat.

Make sure you remove the pan from the heat as if the pan is too hot then the eggs WILL scramble.

Add a splash of the cooking water and toss well, season with pepper, then pour in the egg mixture – the pan will help to cook the egg gently, rather than scrambling it. Toss well, adding more cooking water until it’s lovely and glossy.

Serve with a grating of Parmesan, an extra twist of pepper and a little chopped flat leaf Parsley.

Enjoy!

The kids also love what they call KFC chicken...As you know I cook from scratch, therefore, make my own …

homemade KFC Chicken

I either cut a chicken breast into slices or use chicken tenders, then dip in an egg wash and coat with homemade breadcrumbs…I then cook in batches in hot oil until cooked and golden brown then serve with sticky rice and freshly chopped vegetables normally cucumber and cabbage.

The kids also love Thai Larb which can be made with minced chicken or pork…Lily always helps make this as she can cut the salad and stir in the spices etc I just cook the meat for her…This one of her favourite dishes…She would eat it every other day if she had her way…But she eats lots of raw vegetables with it which is good…

Ingredients: Serves 2/ 3 people.

  • 200 gm Pork or chicken mince.
  • 3 shallots finely sliced.
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.
  • A handful of fresh Mint, pick the leaves from the stem and tear the leaves into large pieces( mine is a big handful)  I love mint.
  • A handful of fresh coriander chopped.
  • A few Thai Basil leaves for the decoration.
  • I Lime.  use half to a whole lime juice depending on personal taste.
  • Dried chillies..dry roasted in a pan and grind in pestle and mortar.
  • 1 large tbsp toasted rice. ( recipe below)
  • 1-2tbsp Fish Sauce.

Let’s Cook!

Using a small saucepan dry cook the mince, I add a small amount of water to stop it from sticking.

Stir until cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in toasted rice, sm amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all ingredients added ..taste and add more if required.

SAM_7585

Stir in the mint and coriander, shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully. Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice. Taste! if required add more chilli, fish sauce and or lime juice and Taste again as lime and chilli. Put in a serving dish. Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

larb Moo

Serve with sticky rice and lettuce or cabbage leaves and extra lime and chillies if required…

NB: To make dried rice mix, take a thick bottomed pan put it on a medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have) normal rice will do. Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

N.B. Glutinous rice is gluten-free. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked. … It all comes down to starch content.

You can store the rice in a small container and it will keep for 6-8 weeks…

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have enjoyed the recipes…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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Healthy Eating…No more Diets…But a way of life…

Good morning…We have had some much-needed rain my curry plant which I moved is now sprouting  I have stopped watering that as ( hubby) was overzealous and it didn’t like it. My sourdough is looking good…Fingers crossed dogged persistence seems to be paying off…I am nothing if not stubborn…haha…I give myself the same talk every day…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

The fibre in our diets was the topic last week and it raised some interesting questions…

Robertawrites said

I am sure you are right about our fibre intake being too low, Carol. Wild rice is nice but it takes a long time to cook.

Yes, it does …However…I know wild rice takes longer to cook however to cut down on the cooking time for brown or wild ricesoak it overnight. For brown rice, the water-to-rice ratio is 2 to 1. For wild rice, cover with a generous amount of water, several inches above the riceSoak the rice in a covered pot and keep in the refrigerator about six hours or overnight. It works a treat and even hubby ate some yesterday and that was a first he is getting quite adventurous in his old age…

Tidalscribe said…

I always use wholemeal flour for baking and brown basmati rice – I love the smell when it’s cooking. But I encounter great opposition when I try to sneak in wholemeal pasta! However, Cyberspouse does make a great vegetarian bolognaise with mushrooms, a can of five beans, peppers, courgettes and of course tomato, onion and garlic.

Janet has the same problem I have always encountered and we have to be sneaky…haha…Isn’t it funny how families can be opposed to some changes try making your own using half and half whole wheat flour to start and colouring with a vegetable colour…My grandkids love the coloured pasta. Cyberspouse’s spag bol sounds nice I love mixed beans.

But if they are getting adequate fibre from your baking and rice depending on how much pasta they are consuming in a week does it matter?… I would do sneaky, sneaky, slowly, slowly…haha Or get them to help make pasta it is known fact that what you help cook you are more likely to eat/try…Good Luck 🙂 x

There were also comments about how increasing fibre in the diet had helped with medical conditions and how doctors are recommending that we increase our fibre which is lovely to hear please keep those comments and experiences coming everyone loves to hear what works and if something doesn’t for you …Did you try an alternative that did? no one size fits all we need to experiment and find what we like to eat and what improves our health.

My alcohol-free February is going well day 14 TODAY and I feel great…Tummy is a little flatter I have increased my fibre and am cutting out those added sugar items eating lots of lovely fruit…my new favourite smoothie is tomatoes and passionfruit just whizz them together with some crushed ice ..very nice …I love passionfruit and there are lots at the moment so a lovely way to use them…

I know sometimes if you are trying to lose some pounds, eat healthily and we get those urges to just eat. It does seem that sometimes we try so very hard and are met with problems around every corner sometimes it is not us…There is a real reason and there may be something we can do … Sally’s posts are great, informative, sensible advice …Factual and common sense… Sally said…

I explored the physical events in my life from childhood that might have resulted in the inability to sustain a healthy weight. Whilst I could pinpoint a hormonal imbalance from puberty, and a cycle of crash dieting as contributors to my eventual morbid obesity. It was the more important discovery of a series of extended courses of antibiotics at age 10, that was to result in a breakthrough.

It is not just my health that was compromised, many millions of the population, particularly in developed countries also have been put at risk, with an estimated 70% of us with a candida albicans overgrowth, seriously undermining our health.

What is Candida Albicans

Candida is a fungal infection of the intestine. There is a delicate balance of bacteria in our gut and it works very much like a waste-disposal unit. However, certain conditions can activate…

.Read more by clicking the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-candida-albicans-sally-cronin/

Of course, I cannot go without leaving you with an easy and healthy recipe…

Thai food is a great choice for gluten-free and dairy-free eaters because it is rice-based and uses a lot of coconut milk. … Traditional Thai soy sauce is gluten-free, but just be careful when eating out as restaurants may use wheat-based Chinese soy sauce.

Thai food is low on carbs,  includes lots of fresh vegetables and herbs and most dishes are cooked very quickly so everything retains its colour and flavour, in fact, preparation most times takes longer than the actual cooking.

This Larb recipe can be made using chicken or Pork. I have used Pork Mince for this.

Larb Moo.

larb Moo

Ingredients: Serves 1-2 people.

  • 200 gm Pork or chicken mince.
  • 3 shallots finely sliced.
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.
  • A handful of fresh Mint, pick the leaves from stem and tear the leaves into large pieces( mine is a big handful)  I love mint.
  • A handful of fresh coriander chopped.
  • A few Thai Basil leaves for the decoration.
  • I Lime use half to a whole lime juice depending on personal taste.
  • Dried chillies..dry roasted in a pan and grind in pestle and mortar.
  • 1 large tbsp toasted rice. ( recipe below)
  • 1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • A small amount of palm sugar….I use it sparingly or not at all.

Lets Cook!

Using a small saucepan dry cook the mince, I add a small amount of water to stop it from sticking.

Stir until cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in toasted rice, sm amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all ingredients added ..taste and add more if required.

Stir in the mint and coriander, shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully.

Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice.

Taste! if required add more chilli, fish sauce and or lime juice and Taste again as lime and chilli. Put in a serving dish.

Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

Serve with steamed organic brown or wild rice /Thai sticky rice or if you don’t want to eat rice it is lovely served in lettuce cups.

As an accompaniment serve with sliced cucumber, sliced white cabbage, green beans and Thai basil leaves.

Thai’s eat a lot of raw vegetables with Larb which is why it’s a fairly healthy meal and if a chicken is used it has even fewer calories.

It is an ideal dish if you are watching the calories as are many Thai dishes.

NB: To make the dried rice mix, Take a thick bottomed pan and put it on a medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have any) normal rice will do. Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

N.B. Glutinous rice is gluten-free. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked. … It all comes down to starch content.

You can store the rice in a small container and it will keep for 6-8 weeks…

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do…I love this salad.

Having lived here 7 years and just discovering that this salad mix can also be shaped into little patties fried in a little oil and you have those lovely little Thai cakes they serve as a snack… Wrapped in a cabbage leaf and a squeeze of lime juice they are very tasty… You live and learn ..Don’t you?

prawn cakes

 

That’s all from me for this week I hope you have enjoyed this post…How is your healthy eating going ???

Thank you for reading this post I am happy that you joined me today for our little chat on how we can improve the health of both our body and our purse/wallet.

I hope you thought so  too 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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

I am back on the blogging train!

Now fully recovered my first task is my contribution to Colleen @ Silver Threading  for Mindful Mondays here my very favorite Thai dish ..a Larb Moo

This is also my first attempt at a pingback so with mega thanx to Hugh here   Hugs Hugh.

Now for my recipe….I find sticking to Thai Food does wonders for losing a few pounds as Thai food is low on carbs,lots of fresh vegetables and herbs most cook very quickly so everything retains its colour and flavour, in fact preparation most times takes longer than the actual cooking.

This recipe can be made using chicken or Pork. I have used Pork Mince  for this.

Larb Moo .

SAM_7587

Ingredients: Serves 1-2 people.

200gm Pork or chicken mince.

3 shallots finely sliced.

2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.

Handful of fresh Mint pick leaves from stem I just tear in large pieces( mine is a big handfull) love mint.

Handful of fresh coriander chopped.

A few Thai Basil leaves for top .

I Lime.Use half to whole lime juice depending on personal taste.

Dried chillies..dry roasted in pan and grind in pestle and mortar.

1 large tbsp toasted rice.

1-2tbsp Fish Sauce.

Small amount palm sugar….I use it sparingly.

Method:

Using small saucepan dry cook mince, I add a small amount of water to stop sticking.

Stir until cooked, remove pan from heat.

Stir in toasted rice, sm amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all ingredients added ..taste and add more if required.

Stir in mint and coriander,shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully.

Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice.

Taste! if required add more chilli,fish sauce and or lime juice. Put in serving dish.

Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

Serve with steamed boiled rice or  Thai sticky rice.

If really cutting carbs then serve with sliced cucumber, sliced white cabbage, green beans and Thai basil leaves.

Thai’s eat a lot of raw vegetables with Larb which is why it’s a fairly healthy meal and if chicken is used even fewer calories.

NB: To make dried rice mix, take thick bottomed pan put on medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have) normal rice will do . Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

Can store in small container and will keep for 6-8 weeks…mine doesn’t as I make Larb at least twice weekly.

 

Enjoy ! More next Monday.

 

Love you all 🙂