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Be my Valentine…?13th February…

Valentines Day Roses, hearts and flowers and maybe a cuddly toy…

It hasn’t always been like that…There are lots of tales surrounding Valentines Day but no definite actual this is really what happened…

The ancient Romans shall we start there?… The Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia between the 13th and 15th of February…Those Romans and their orgies are legendary the men sacrificed a dog and a goat and then whipped their woman with the hides from those poor animals. It seems the woman themselves were up for a beating and actually stood in line as they believed it would make them fertile…

It didn’t stop there as Emperor Claudius executed two men called Valentine on the 14th February on different years in the 3rd century A.D. The church then made martyrs of the two men…and honoured then with Valentines Day…A day of fertility and love…

Valentine’s day today is not quite so bloody it is more hearts and flowers.

Who still gets taken out on Valentine’s Day??

I never have as my husband has always said you are not my Valentine you are my wife… Which again if you look at the original meanings he is right…

When the kids got older they used to nag him though until he bought me something…haha…My first gift …A red devil complete with horns…and me so quiet, shy and retiring…haha

cartoon red devil

 

 

So for everyone who is staying in either because of the weather or just because here are a few suggestions and recipes…

For starters, if it is chilly where you live or because you love soup then a lovely bowl of tomato soup with heart-shaped croutons is just the thing.

Or do a lovely heart-shaped swirl with some soured cream which would look very pretty.

If you are seafood lovers then a lovely seafood platter is easy to do and looks quite spectacular.

seafood platter

Some smoked salmon, a few plump mussels, lovely grilled prawns, soft squid there is so much lovely seafood to choose from just a little of each arranged on a platter with maybe a nice drizzle of seafood sauce or a chilli sauce.

This quick little soy sauce is a nice to drizzle …just finely cut a clove of garlic and a small piece of fresh ginger, fry in a small pan , stirring to release the flavours add scant tbsp soy sauce and half to one tbsp honey stirring and cook for 2 mins, sometimes I add a squeeze of lime..just taste and play with the flavours. Then drizzle as pictured…

Main course:

This chicken dish is one we make often and it is quick and easy and served with rice or potatoes and some lightly steamed vegetables it is very nice.

Lemon Chicken with caper sauce.

Lemon Chicken

Ingredients:

• 4 Chicken Breasts (skinless)
• 2/4 cloves garlic.
• 1 tbsp capers ( rinsed)
• 2 tbsp chopped parsley.
• Half lemon sliced.
• 1/4 cup lemon juice.
• 1/2 pint chicken stock.
• 5 tbsp Olive Oil.
• 2 tbsp Butter.
• Parsley for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess flour.

In a large skillet over medium high heat add 3 tbsp olive oil. When the oil starts to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes.

When the chicken is browned, flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil starts to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in the same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate, set to one side.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock, capers and garlic.

Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavour.

Check for seasoning and add lemon slices and parsley.

Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5/10 minutes depending on the size of breasts. Remove chicken to a platter.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Serve with boiled rice or potatoes of your choice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

Valentines Dessert

This is where I am normally too full for anything else but if you fancy a dessert…Then chocolate covered strawberries are very nice…Or just a bowl of fresh strawberries like these ones I picked up at my local market…

fresh strawberries

Simple and delicious as they are or if you have a fondue set then go for it and dip them in chocolate at the table…

Or a lovely strawberry mimosa…Just blend 2 cups of strawberries with half a cup of water and then strain through a sieve. Chill.

Pop a strawberry in the bottom of a champagne flute, half fill with the strained strawberries and carefully top up with your favourite champers…Garnish with a fresh strawberry and there you have it… Strawberry Mimosa…

Or using the same strawberry puree to make a lovely Daiquiri… I think will go down very nicely…My preference is a strawberry Mojito…

strawberry mojito

Happy Valentine’s Day…

What will you be making or does your other half cook???

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

Retired No One Told Me!… Weekly Roundup…Secret Garden, Chicken Recipes and some Passion(fruit)

WEEKLY ROUNDUP 1 june

What a week… We have had some amazing storms and of course, I have a lovely internal waterfall…Leaky ceilings are a way of life here…Firstly I will be starting my roundup with my favourite restaurants and food…well of course…hehe

Khow Soi Khow Soi… an awesome Thai Yellow Curry with just a touch of chilli…well quite a lot not for the faint-hearted…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/khao-soi-and-my-favourite-restaurants-in-udon-thani/

Then I bought a bit of Passion into your lives see I don’t just think about food…

Fruity Fridays Passionfruit

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/fruity-fridays-the-passionfruit/

The Charade …The plot thickens and just as the girl is about to find out who she is…That dastardly Carl appears …

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And you thought I was going to tell you what happened??? Nope! You need to read it…would love your comments and so would Steph who is also writing some of the chapters…Well, it started out as her little project and I have hi-jacked it! Snuck in a few chapters… It is good fun actually a bit like Chinese whispers…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/the-charade-chapter-19/

Penang a diverse city with lots of surprises…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/travel-malaysia-penang/

Street food…I love it and am so lucky to be able to just pop down the road and buy some…Lovely fresh from the drupe coconut water, spicy little rice balls( my treat) and of course my favourite Som Tam ( Papaya ) salad…I could live on that… I think if I had to choose my last meal that could be it!

Papaya Salad Som Tam

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/travel-thailand-street-food-and-markets/

Obesity…Definitely on the increase and next week sees me comparing the top and the bottom of my chart… We would all have far more success if we chucked out the diets and ate healthily and applied moderation…Not a word most people like but we need to safeguard our health and that my friends is down to us…So…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/no-to-diets/

Chicken…How many us when we are asked what’s for dinner mum??? Are met with ” Not chicken”…It can be very boring and can also be very bad for you if it is deep fried…But come with me and see what I have cooked… beautiful chicken dishes…One pot… and delicious…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-a-veritable-feast-of-chicken/

Lastly, I have a treat for you…One of my favourite places here in Thailand…The very first place we visited and where I fell in love…If you watch the video you will see why… it is magical, ethereal and just delightful so beautiful…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/travel-thailand-koh-samui-a-secret-garden/

I do hope you have enjoyed this roundup if you have please hot the share button or reblog xx

If you still want to see even more from me????

I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…Still, want to see more from me???

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

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Until  next time xxx

Age and glasses of wine should never be counted!

It’s been a busy week this week we have been Baking Pies and Apple Crumble. We being me and my little helpers. One egg washed the top of the pies while the little  one made biscuits for daddy. She…little Lily always loves the left over pastry and it keeps her amused for a while. Cutting and rolling, cutting and rolling.

Aston does more grown up jobs like egg washing the pies and blitzing the crumble topping in the food processor.

Lilyaston11698512_10207250580479774_2245769583564409988_nNow it’s Nan’s turn to cook.

Lemon Chicken.

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breasts( skinless)

2/3 cloves garlic.

1 tbsp capers ( rinsed)

2 tbsp chopped parsley.

Half lemon sliced.

1/4 cup lemon juice.

1/2 pint chicken stock.

5 tbsp Olive Oil.

2 tbsp Butter.

Parley for garnish.

Method:

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

In a large skillet over medium high heat,  with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When  start to sizzle, add  2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil starts to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock, capers and garlic. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning and add lemon slices and parsley. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5/10 minutes depending on size of breasts. Remove chicken to platter. Add 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Lemon ChickenServe with Boiled Rice or Potatoes and Vegetables.

Enjoy! If you like Lemon and Capers then this dish is for you .

Have  a lovely weekend everyone until next time love you all x