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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 27th September -3rd October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Monk Fruit a new sweetener and Sir Rod…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version… Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

 

My first post of the week was on Wednesday…I am now settling into a routine again…it has taken me a couple of weeks but the beginning of the week gives me time to plan and start writing for the end of the week…I am scheduling ahead as have noticed a few changes and fewer avenues of accessing the Classic Editor…Change is coming…

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally is repeating one of my favourite series The Culinary Alphabet and A-Z of food…where I was exploring the letter S…salsa and satay’s both lovely snacks or starters…

Header letter S Culinary Alphabet

One of my favourite herbs Sage and Thai Squid Salad and so much more S is one of my favourite letters…To read the original post click the link below Sally and I look forward to seeing you…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-s-for-satay-salsa-salmagundi-sage-squid-and-salt-hoss/

Thursday:

I just love the smell of oils…Like you, I have my favourites but I don’t know too much about any adverse contradictions or when I should avoid certain oils which means for the start of this series was very informative…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/01/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-oils-origins-uses-and-safety-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Fridays:

This week I wrote about a fruit which is new to me…although it grows here in the North of Thailand I haven’t come across it…I am now on a mission to find some…Monk Fruit is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to make soothing teas and is becoming popular as a sugar substitute…

It is also known by the name of Luo Han Guo or “Buddha fruit…

Different from most nonnutritive sweeteners which can cause side effects like bloating, gas or even allergic reactions monk fruit has no known side effects.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/02/fruity-friday-monk-fruit/

Saturday Snippets:

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

I have lots of goodies for you…recipes, music, a sponge city, Health matters from Sally, how eating together is becoming the thing to do again one of the plus sides of Covid-19…

Wine Windows are making a come back and it is such a cool idea …don’t you think?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/03/saturday-snippets-3rd-october-2020/

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Saturday Snippets…3rd October 2020

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours early morning 4 am and fingers crossed the ceilings are still intact…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Cookery Corner…This week in my kitchen…

What have I been cooking this week…Chilli Con Carne with enough over to freeze some portions, Lasagne which all went in a flash so nothing left to freeze…A lovely casserole which again I had some leftover so I could freeze a couple of portions, Duck Larb again as Lily came for the long weekend and she loves larb especially made with duck, Liver and onions and the mandatory roast dinner which is when I have fish normally or another stir fry…

I always make soup which keeps for a few days in the fridge and is easy to warm up and have for lunch with some freshly made bread or in the case of a Thai Tom Yum Soup just as it comes…

Health Matters…by Sally Cronin…

Part two of Sally’s posts on blood pressure and the foods you need to keep that blood flowing…

Hop over to Sally’s to read the next installment and if you missed part one never fear there will link …

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/28/smorgasbord-health-column-blood-pressure-part-two-nitrate-and-potassium-foods-and-wholegrains-get-your-blood-flowing-by-sally-cronin/?fbclid=IwAR1tFn82e6k6T8sQ

I think everyone has heard of Sponge Bob but Sponge City…In today’s climates where drains and erosion are causing flooding then this innovative idea solves that…

Everyone knows I abhor waste...I was watching a programme a while ago about a company which refurbishes electrical equipment and you wouldn’t know they were not brand new in Berlin they have taken it one step further…to topple the “throwaway culture,” and promote re-use and repair, the city of Berlin has taken the unique step of opening its own secondhand department store. How cool is that and they plan to have one in every suburb of Berlin…Sweden has also taken this idea on board…

This isn’t your grandma’s thrift shop. It resells perfectly good items from retail outlets that would otherwise be thrown away.

Currently, the city estimates that 8% of discarded electronic goods and 6% of bulky items thrown away can actually be re-used. The goal is to expand the market for these items beyond the usual bargain hunters and eco-conscious consumers.

I think is such a great idea and it saves having to worry about how unwanted goods are being recycled or just added to landfills.

Did you know?

There are only 29 days until Halloween…I will be sharing some Halloween trivia and recipes with over the next few weeks.

It was on the 3rd of October 1863 that President Lincoln officially proclaimed an official Thanksgiving Holiday the first was to be on the  26th November 1863 and thereafter declared that the fourth Thursday of every November would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving.

On October 3rd 1955 The Disney TV show The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC, featuring the Mouseketeers.

As a family, we have always eaten together we are not ones for TV dinners…I do think that one of the plus sides of this dreadful Covid-19 is that many families have discovered a love of cooking and waste less but also eat together more often…

National Eat Better, Eat Together Month during October encourages families to gather for mealtimes. When families enjoy their main meals together they tend to be more balanced food choices. Also, what better way to spend time together and share each other’s daily adventures? It’s exactly what National Eat Better, Eat Together Month suggests from October 1 to October 31!

Today in the UK it is National Fungus Day, in the US it is National Caramel Custard Day…I love mushrooms especially wild mushrooms but Caramel Custard is my all-time favourite…

Lily is being taught how to forage mushrooms by her mummy something which is very popular here most Thais forage for mushrooms and greens.

The Coronavirus has taught us many things over the past year…Yes, it has been nearly a year…Personally, I think it is like Measles and Chickenpox that if we can find a vaccine then it can be controlled but like many contagious diseases like polio etc a vaccine is needed to keep it under control…Social distancing is the same companies have had to get inventive to survive…In Italy several historic “wine windows,” or buchette del vino, have reopened in order to serve wine in a safe, socially distanced manner.

The concept is simple: Rather than step inside an osteria, or a bar, you simply grab your glass from a window specifically built for the efficient dispersal of wine. It sounds like a venture that could have been conceived by enterprising hipsters today. But it is, in fact, a testament to the lasting savvy and creativity of the city’s Renaissance residents, who weren’t going to let a wave of Bubonic Plague get in the way of a nice glass of red.

Time for some Music.

I first saw Rod Stewart many years ago (1966) and have seen him quite a few times live since…With Long John Baldry and Steam Packet …The Small Face then morphed into the Faces and then finally Rod went solo…This track is very special to me…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets ….

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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!

CarolCooks2…Week Two…Join me in my kitchen…

Welcome to Week Two  …In my kitchen…

Where you will get an insight into what I have been cooking this week…Plus a bit of chat and trivia it would be boring otherwise…Wouldn’t it?

I have been busy working on my cookbook I have done a U-turn as I was a good way through a fish one but decided against it as the Fishing Industry has serious problems that I would shelve that for now as I don’t want to encourage anyone to buy fish which is not sustainable or highly farmed…I have changed to sauces…Sauces are something which I and many people struggle with and I am always getting asked by my children and friends …How do I make this? So I have decided to reveal all and hopefully dispense with the mysteries of making a good sauce.

I also want to just clarify what is morning-glory…?

Here in Thailand and other Asian countries, it looks like this …

morning Glory water spinach

Also called water spinach it is a very popular vegetable either eaten raw or stir-fried.

In the UK, for example, this is the plant we called morning-glory …

morning glory Uk flowering plant

A pretty little plant and the flowers are edible. Tabula Rasa commented …The flower we grow in the UK isn’t edible….as such. I researched it when I came back from Vietnam having eaten it there. The U.K. Plant is different and The seeds contain a substance similar to LSD and can be toxic.

Thank you for highlighting that fact Tabula Rasa...If you get a chance pop over to Tabulas blog she has some lovely recipes I loved the article on King Oyster Mushrooms but I couldn’t comment on the blog…Nice post Tabula ..King Oyster mushrooms are plentiful here and cheap to buy…I chop mine finely and use in a stuffing mix or curries even spag bol if I can’t get any button mushrooms …

So please if you know that like me for example who lives in Thailand mentions a fruit or vegetable often they are named the same or completely different but may be of the same family but not always edible ..It was a learning curve for me and I will be very mindful of that in future…

New Year…It always makes me have a sort out particularly of the kitchen cupboards and drawers and it generally starts when we get out all the Christmas crockery and cutlery and then we start to put it back…So I now have nice clean and tidy kitchen cupboards and a promise to start using up some of the many dried goods I am storing…If you have any great lentil recipes I have all sorts that need to be used…Please share…

lentil mung beans legumi

Look at this lovely idea for packing tomatoes…I always visit this lovely little farmers market, they are small growers not large and I am always so happy to see how they display their fruit and vegetables using leaves and bamboo ties etc…

cherry tomatoes

This is part of the Banana tree and a jolly good use as the banana tree only fruits once …When it has fruited the mother plant dies and leaves lots of little babies around the base. The banana plant is called a ‘banana tree’ in popular use, but it’s technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or ‘herb’), not a tree because the stem does not contain true woody tissue.

It is this tissue which has been used to package these tomatoes. Plastic wrap was used to encase these but better than a plastic tray and plastic wrap. I just love the Thais ingenuity and waste not attitude.

What has been cooking in my kitchen this week??

Lasagne and salad.
Ingredients for Spaghetti Bolognese:

  • I kilo minced beef or pork
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 250 gm mushrooms sliced
  • 3/4 cloves garlic
  • 5/6 Fresh Basil leaves.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • I large tin tomatoes or 6/8 fresh tomatoes blitzed ( I always make a batch of tomatoes for spag bol/chillies and freeze in portions.
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree.
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs 
  • 1 tsp sage or fresh leaves if you have.
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Let’s Cook!
Heat a glug olive oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic.
Add the mince and cook until browned
Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes then add tomato puree and mixed herbs, bay leaf, oregano, balsamic and Worcester sauce.
Cook on a slow simmer for 20 minutes and then add mushrooms, cook for another 10 minutes and stir in fresh basil…
Meanwhile, make a white sauce.
When spaghetti is ready starting with a layer of mince then pasta sheets, Then mince, white sauce, pasta until you have completed 4 layers finishing with the white sauce.
Grate over your favourite cheese… I use cheddar or a mix of mozzarella and cheddar.
Cheese can be difficult to get here so if I have plenty then I also use some between my layers for a cheesier lasagne.

I think lasagne is the type of dish where anything goes really sometimes I add bell pepper to my sauce it depends what I have in my larder/fridge.

Cook lasagne on 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked and cheese is golden and bubbling.


Serve with mixed Salad and or Garlic bread.
Enjoy!

Reading through blog and e-mails this week I came across a recipe for Chicken Passandra now lamb Passandra was probably one of the very first Indian curry dishes I ate many moons ago…It is a mild Mughal curry made with yoghurt and almonds, not my normal curry as you know I am a spice girl…

It got the thumbs up from the rest of the family…Me, I thought it was Ok…I prefer my spices dry toasted to release the flavour and the sauce was a little lacking…I am hoping one of my Indian friends might have a recipe …Hint Hint!

If not I am going to have a play and a tweak…So what this space… As you know this is sort of a test kitchen and I won’t post a recipe until it is truly tried, tested and perfect…

Tomorrow it is the Pigs Trotters ( sorry), Adele, as I forgot to take a photo last week but I have ones chopped so trying a Thai recipe tomoz and in the week I will be repeating last weeks but with images …x

That’s all for this week not really an exciting week in the kitchen well unless you count the fact that I used a shot of the Naga Chilli Vodka my son sent me added soda, ice and a squeeze of lime… The fumes ..Even if I held my nose just the fumes ( it is mega hot) made my voice go funny…lol… For INFO: The Naga Viper pepper is one of the world’s hottest chillies. It has a rating of 1.3million Scoville Heat Units (spice measurements). In contrast, Tabasco sauce rates at around 2,500.

naga chilli vodka

So if you are thinking of trying naga chilli vodka have it in a Bloody Mary…Don’t do what I did although I was told that the longer the chilli stays in the bottle the hotter it gets…Guess who didn’t listen??

If you are still here then thank you for reading…Have a great weekend …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

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