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Carol Cooks2 …Weekly roundup…Phoenix, Smart Watches and The Nectar of the Gods…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

I have baked my first sourdough loaf…

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After all the trial and tribulations…I have baked my very first loaf…Phoenix arose and did the job he is now quiet in the fridge but bubbling slowly so I am guessing he is a strong, feisty boy…I wonder who he takes after??? Haha, it has been said…..

More about this later… 

Smart watches were the subject for the first post of the week and I am loving my recent purchase… Not very much impresses me especially gadgets I am probably the most anti-gadget person I know…

But I also know I need to look after the one body I have…Not be fanatic and exercise madly, (walking), become vegan(said)quietly or follow faddy diets. I have all those t/shirts…

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Just to eat sensibly a healthy balanced diet with lots of veggies and fibre and have the odd piece of sourdough bread which will be thoroughly enjoyed with butter and not an ounce of guilt or remorse…and just walk…So there you have it!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/12/healthy-eating-smartwatch/

Honey certainly deserves the name of nectar of the gods ...For thousands of years it has been used both as a nutritious addition to diet and as an effective medicine and the oldest reference to this delicacy dates back to 5500 BC.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 15 and there is so much happening from the scandalous to the good… My wish is that man who is the biggest threat to the world and the ecosystem will be neutralised that corrupt governments and officials will be outed and that the people in charge will grow or have some balls to stop bad practise and say NO to damaging practices!

Young Greta Thunberg was correct when she said government have not and will not listen… I for one hope these young people’s voices will be heard.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/14/wastenot-want-not-week-15/

Thursday saw my monthly post over @Esme’s Salon and the letter was N…I hope you will pop over as these posts need some love… Thank you, John, for your continued support 🙂 x

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https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-n/

Lastly my very first wholemeal Sour Dough Loaf courtesy of Phoenix who arose and did his job…

I won’t say it was an easy journey but we are here and baking…And very nice it was we can only improve from here but I am so pleased I didn’t give up as the result was worth it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/15/week-11-in-my-kitchen-my-first-sourdough-loaf/

Thank you so much for bearing with me throughout the ups and downs of Phoenix and for the very helpful tips that Tabula gave me…She is a star…

Thank you for reading 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 I bid you 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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MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

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

The Culinary Alphabet…The letter N…Nutmeg, Nettles and Noodles…

Welcome to this month’s The Culinary Alphabet beginning with the letter N. I can be found over @ Emes’s Salon once a month where I am posting articles based on the Culinary Alphabet which has been a revelation to me as I have discovered a few things which I either didn’t know or didn’t know that I knew.. I also can’t believe how quickly the time is going it seems to me that it is just flying by we are in the month of March already.

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Nage

In French, “a la nage” means “in the swim”. The classic definition of nage is a stock typically used to poach seafood, especially fish. Traditionally, nage is a broth flavoured with vegetables, white wine as well as herbs. However, nage is also the cooking technique of simmering something gently in a flavourful broth. This broth can be served as a light sauce at the same time to accompany the main dish.

This was also one of the cooking terms that I didn’t know in fact I don’t recall hearing it before so a learning curve for me…

Nicoise Salad

A descriptive term for dishes served with particular foods used by the chefs of the City of Nice, France.  This garnish usually includes garlic, tomatoes, anchovies, black olive, capers, and lemon juice. Salad Nicoise is the most famous of all these dishes, consisting of potatoes, olives, green beans, and vinaigrette dressing.

To read the remainder of the post and discover what else I have found beginning with N you will need to head over to Esme’s Salon…her site has had a makeover and it looks very nice now..Look forward to seeing you there…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-n/

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 that I cook with have 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

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Swedish Meatballs…

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These lovely meatballs are a family favourite which we have made and enjoyed many times they can be eaten with potatoes or noodles and pair very well with both.

Ingredients:

The Meatballs:

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 kilo of beef/pork mince I use half and half.
  • 1/2 a cup of breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • A tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp of allspice
  • 1/4 tsp of Dill.

Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 3 tbsp of flour
  • A large pinch of salt
  • A large pinch of pepper + 1/4 Tsp
  • 1 pint of beef stock
  • 1/2 a cup of single cream.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 350F/170C

Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until transparent about 2-3 minutes.

In a large bowl combine the onion and all the meatball ingredients…   Using your hands to combine everything well. Once combined take a small amount of the meat mixture to cook to check and adjust the seasoning if necessary then using damp hands roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls about 24.

In the same pan that you cooked the onions, cook the meatballs in batches …  …Cook the meatballs turning until all sides are browned. Drain on a paper towel covered plate.

In the same pan melt the 2 tbsps of butter with the dripping and the bits from the pan, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.

Gradually add the beef stock, whisking when all the stock is added add the cream and cook for 1-2 minutes whisking until the sauce has slightly thickened.

Add the meatballs and gently spoon the juice over them and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

Serve with boiled potatoes or pasta and steamed vegetables.

Enjoy!

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/
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

 

 

 

 

 

Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pudding.

Bread and Butter Pudding

I am not one to waste anything and particularly now I live here in Thailand as Thais eat Nose to tail..literally…

What to do with left over bread.????…Well lots as it is..you can make breadcrumbs which can be used in numerous ways, Bread pudding, Summer Pudding or Bread and butter pudding.

In England there is a definite difference between Bread Pudding and Bread and Butter puddingThey are totally different dishes.Bread pudding is quite dense, Bread and Butter pudding is lighter.

But bread I never waste it is so versatile … This pudding is one my mum used to make and I know there are many variations now adding marmalade and jams etc…

This is just a plain old-fashioned, traditional Bread and Butter pudding not to be confused with bread pudding which is totally different.

Bread and Butter Pudding!

Bread and butter pudding

Ingredients :

  • 50g/2 oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 8 thin slices bread
  • 50g/2/3 oz sultanas
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 350 ml/12 fl oz whole milk
  • 50 ml/2 fl oz double cream
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 25 gm/1 oz granulated sugar
  • Nutmeg, grated, to taste.

Let’s Cook !

Grease your dish/dishes with butter.

Now get your bread ready , butter one side of the bread and cut in fingers or triangles depending on what shape dish you are using.

Instead of butter you can put jam or marmalade on the bread…Me I love it JUST with butter.

Take 2 eggs for a medium pudding or I sometimes use ramekins which then would make

4/5 small puddings, whisk the eggs and add the milk andcream..stir well.

Arrange bread in dish and sprinkle some dried raisins in between the layers finishing

with the bread. Sprinkle a small amount of sugar over the top andpour the egg mixture

over leave to absorb the egg mix, if needed top it up a little with milk.

Pre heat the oven to 180 C/355 F/Gas 4.

Cook for 30/40 minutes if using a large dish or smaller ramekins take approx 20/25 mins,

cook until well risen and golden…Serve on it’s own or with custard.

Enjoy!

A simple pudding and a way to use up bread and if you just want to use milk which I

often do it is just as nice.

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Thank you for reading if you love this recipe please share xx

Christmas Recipes…Christmas Pudding

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Day 4 of the Christmas Countdown…..I am sure I am not alone in thinking I have plenty of time Christmas is a couple of months away and then like a bolt of lightning …I realise I am running out of time and I must get a wiggle on….those of you who are super organised have probably already made your puds, cakes and sweet mincemeat…here as I live in hotter climes it is not advisable as it ferments so I make mine at the beginning of December and there is so much lovely fruit ( and booze) that they taste just as good as those either kept over from last year or made earlier…

I always used to save a Christmas pudding and a jar or two of mincemeat from one year to the next a tradition passed down through the generations…

I am maudling…I know…Get on with it Carol……

But before I do I must tell you…My lady turkeys are sitting on their eggs…..  in about 28 days time I will fingers crossed have little turkey babies running around…Maybe a Christmas baby or a New Year baby…..Excited or what…That’s me!

Christmas Pudding Recipes… One is gluten-free and the second one is my one passed down through the generations of my family..well tried and tested.

Christmas Pudding

Here is the first recipe for a… Gluten FREE Christmas pudding… Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 100gm currants.
  • 100gm sultanas.
  • 100gm sour cherries.
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Grated zest and juice of half an Orange.
  • 1tsp of mixed spice and cinnamon.
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg.
  • 100ml of brandy..this is where my hand slipped…haha
  • 180gm dark brown sugar
  • 1 granny smith Apple( I can’t these) so used a new Zealand apple which is quite tart.
  • 1 large carrot, grated.
  • 250gm ground almonds.
  • 50gm gluten-free cornflour.
  • 1tsp gluten-free baking powder.
  • 2 med-free range eggs.
  • 50ml vegetable oil( I use coconut oil)
  • plus extra for greasing.
  • 2 tbsp black treacle.

This makes enough for a 2-pint pudding basin or two 1 pint puddings.

Let’s Cook!

In a large bowl put dried fruit, zest, and juice, spice, and the brandy stir to combine, cover and leave for 24hrs.

Then mix in sugar, apple, and carrot, add beaten eggs then stir in oil and treacle.

Lastly,  stir in dry ingredients with a pinch of salt.

Put mixture into a greased pudding basin it should be two-thirds full. Cover the top with a round of greaseproof paper the cover with pleated tin foil and secure with string.

You can now either set the pudding in a saucepan on an upturned plate and fill the pan with boiling water about halfway up the side of the basin. Put the lid on and steam for 4 hours remembering to top up water as necessary.

I always use a steamer and in this case, it was my wicker rice steamer which the bowl sits nicely over the pot of water.

If you have made a lot of puddings over the years like me  I think you find your own preferred method of steaming your puds.

Once steamed, cool and rewrap pudding and store in a cool, dry place. It is the fridge for me as too humid…I do miss my cool pantry…

To serve simmer or steam the pudding for 1-2 hrs, then invert onto a plate and flame the pud or serve with sauce, brandy butter or cream…

It’s cream all the way for me …and lots of it!

My second recipe is slightly different but adaptable to make gluten-free and the one I make year after year….I could do it blindfold now…lol

Ingredients:

  • 300gm fresh white breadcrumbs ( I use brown)
  • 100gm self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ whole nutmeg, very finely grated
  • 350gm raisins
  • 100g mixed peel
  • 50gm flaked almonds
  • 250gm suet
  • 225gm Demerara sugar
  • 225gm sultanas
  • 225gm currants
  • 2 carrots, peeled and very finely grated
  • 2 cooking apples, peeled and very finely grated

(shhhh)Wet ingredients

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 small wine glass of brandy  shhhhh and a tad more..haha
  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

Let’s Cook!

Put the breadcrumbs in the biggest mixing bowl you can find. Sieve the flour into the bowl with the mixed spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then add the remaining dry ingredients, up to and including the grated apples. Combine all the wet ingredients in a jug. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together, with a big wooden spoon. Take it in turns to give it a stir, closing your eyes and making a wish.

Cover the bowl with a clean, damp cloth and leave overnight.

Butter 2 x 1.2-litre pudding basins and spoon the mix into them. Place a disc of baking paper on top of the puddings, then seal with a big sheet of baking paper with a central pleat, to allow expansion. Cover with a cotton or muslin cloth and tie with string or foil. Steam for 6 hours in steamers, or in pans with simmering water that reaches two-thirds up the sides of the basins – be sure to keep the water topped up. Remove and allow to cool.

When cool, re-cover the basins and store in a cool, dry place. On Christmas day, or the day you’re going to eat the puddings, steam for another 1-2 hours. Turn the pudding onto a plate, then pour 75ml of brandy into a ladle and carefully warm over a low heat for 1 minute or so. Light the match and viola a flaming pud 🙂

N.B. As I live in sunny climes then I store mine in the fridge as they ferment very quickly here and that’s not quite what we want.

I am also aware that some don’t like the richness of Christmas pudding…my hubby is one such person ( he eats mice pies) though..Work that one out! Or you may live alone so I would halve the recipe and steam in little pudding moulds for 1 hour and there you have 4 lovely little individual puddings. Enjoy!

Happy Cooking and don’t forget to make wish 🙂

Tomorrow is day 5 of my Christmas Recipe countdown and I will give some lovely alternatives to a rich pudding…