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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…9th-21st January 2023-Monday Musings , #My Culinary A-Z, Thursday Thoughts, Shepherds Pie and from Sally #The Brain and its functions Dementia and Alzheimer’s…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts, you may have missed during the week… since closing comments on some older posts that were being targeted by spammers I am also closing comments on new posts after 28 days I cannot believe the difference it has made to spam I’m getting withdrawal symptoms-smile-I have had 3 this week and they weren’t really spamming rather people link dropping although to me they get classed as spam the RV spammers and the others have disappeared I’m sure they will come back and I will repeat the same exercise on the posts they target but for the moment they are gone it’s great…therefore if you wish to comment on an older post please make your comment on a new post and I will pick it up and respond x

Monday Musings.

Welcome to Monday Musings where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual I have read during the last week, or seen or experienced it could be anything…Firstly though I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and encouragement as well as a caution on my venture into jogging…well the update is that I pushed myself too much too soon… I know I was beyond stupid and have been berating myself for being so stupid and am now having to rest up as I tried to work through it and that didn’t work…I am so cross with myself and mad as I really enjoyed it…too much too soon a lesson learnt…

Monday Musings…16th January 2023…Fitness Update…Natural Antibiotics…Spammers…and great news on the one Horned Rhino

I love A-Z’s but that’s no surprise as I have written a few series plus my current one is an A-Z of countries and their cuisines…This A-Z is my very first A-Z and I am very grateful to Sally for repeating it on Smorgasbord Magazine…Thank you Sally you are a star it is also lovely for me to have a recap on what I wrote a few years ago now…This week the letter  O  for Olives, Octopus, Onions and more was featured over at Smorgasbord Magazine.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘O’ for Oats, Offal, Octopus, Oranges and Oysters.

Thursday Thoughts!

I think Thursday Thoughts has taken the place of Saturday Snippets where I go where my thoughts take me or something prompts me…this week there were “The Three Stooges”, Origami, Popcorn and tin cans plus various other topics…and everyone’s favourite a recipe of sorts for Shepherds Pie…

CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…19th January 2023…Hot Air Balloons, Shepherds Pie, Origami and Popcorn…

Alzheimer’s and Dementia is subject close to my heart…they are terrible diseases that can strike anyone and sometimes not just the old…however there are steps we can take both dietary and physicaly that can give us a fair chance of not being one of the ever-increasing statistics…

Please if you are like me and want to try and stop this disease from knocking at your door then head over to Smorgabord by clicking the highlighted link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/smorgasbord-health-column-2023-the-body-our-greatest-asset-the-brain-dementia-and-alzheimers-disease-by-sally-cronin/

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments and thank you for your shares…I hope that wherever you are you are having a great Sunday if it is sunny..enjoy and if it’s cold, frosty, foggy or snowing stay warm and stay on your feet if you venture outside…

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…24th October- 5th November 2022-Monday Musings, #Chicken Pot Pie with filo Pastry , Health, Morbid Obesity, #Edible Roots…Grow your own herbs and Saturday Snippets where “Ginger” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been a mixed week but the temps are dropping a little as we get into our “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though and I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel better for it…It is enjoyable walking in the early morning nice and quiet plus you get the best of the market I am enjoying some huge passionfruit at the moment instead of being golf ball size they are like bigger versions of a cricket ball and full of lovely sweet and sour flesh…

Monday Musings… this is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours …

Last week’s Monday Musings focused on Halloween as it fell on Halloween not something I grew up with we focused on Guy Fawkes which was yesterday 5th November… we loved making the guy and watching him burn and there were fireworks, baked potatoes, and chestnuts we had always had a lovely time…

Monday Musing showcased these elephants enjoying their fresh pumpkin treat it was such a cute video if you can apply that to elephants…smile..plus there were some great Halloween recipes from John… some really cute spiders.

Monday Musings…31st October 2022…Halloween…

When is a pie not a pie that is always a debate should it have a top and bottom or just a top?…this one had a top only and was filo one of my favourite pastries…I hope you enjoy!

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Pie with a filo Pastry top…

A healthier dinner alternative…but just as delicious,,, Onions stuffed with sundried tomatoes and cheese…

Eating for health… Roasted Onions with sun-dried Tomatoes.

Time for part 25 of my A-Z of World Cuisine and it’s France …a long-time leader around the world in fabulous food and wines,,, many dishes that wherever we live are now our favourite like Boeuf Bourguignon, Baguettes and pastries, the macaron, French Onion Soup so many dishes that are loved around the world…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 25…France…

Obesity is not just about how much food and the type of food we eat…

Sometimes our bodies can work with us and others against us. In this post, Sally of Smorgasbord Magazine takes a closer look at Leptin which plays an essential role in our weight management.

Leptin – The Obesity Hormone.

If you are like me then I had heard of leptin but didn’t really know what part it played in our weight management..I found this post very enlightening and interesting…Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post.

Smorgasbord Health Column – #Obesity #Hunger – The role #Leptin plays in weight loss

Edible Roots…

I am always amazed at the food we could be eating especially if our survival depended on them and we don’t know because we don’t have the knowledge…I wish schools would do more to keep traditions and knowledge alive as we never know when we may need to utilise that information and have those skills and knowledge…Just saying.

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…#Edible Roots…Part 4…

Freshly picked herbs…

There is nothing like freshly picked herbs and even if we only have a window sill it’s still so satisfying…my coriander has already grown…yes it’s about 2 inches tall I didn’t expect it to sprout that quickly…

Healthy Eating….Fresh herbs from the garden or your window sill…

Saturday Snippets…my one-word prompt is “Ginger”

Saturday Snippets…5th November 2022…my one word prompt is “Ginger”

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup as always I look forward to your comments…I hope my family and friends over the water are having some respite from the rain and wind…If you have your firework celebration this weekend… it’s Guy Fawkes in the UK I hope the rain stays away and you enjoy and if you have any pets that don’t like the fireworks I hope it doesn’t affect them too much…

I also hope wherever you are in the world that you are having a fabulous weekend I hope to see you here next week x

Eating for health… Roasted Onions with sun-dried Tomatoes.

 

lady holding veggiesLet food be thy medicine and no it is not boring or eating a dish of tasteless seeds and such like…Gone are the days when Vegetarian was this dry tasteless meatloaf and healthy eating was just plain boring.

I love this recipe so much and what isn’t there to love..luscious sun-dried tomatoes, beautiful onions and tangy goat’s cheese. Over the years I have made many variations of these stuffed onions by swapping goats cheese for feta cheese, cheddar or blue cheese all lovely cheeses but now because everyone is becoming more aware of what they eat and how it impacts their health I am more aware of what I am eating and serving to my family.

My post on diet and depression was very popular on a few different social media sites and I believe it is because people are concerned about the food they eat and the impact it has on their health.

Now those of you who read my posts know that I can never ever just give you a recipe…Yes, I ramble on a bit… I know.

So it will not really be any different I just feel that I should incorporate the benefits to your health of the foods I use in my recipes and what impact they can have on your and your family’s health and well-being.

I hardly ever use processed ingredients in my cooking anyway but that is how I have always been.. Making it from scratch is my mantra and then you know what is in it.

My family and friends used to think I was a bit eccentric and over the top as to what I would allow my children to eat and drink I would now say that 99% are now in total agreeance with me.

What a turnaround I am not a fanatic just careful and mindful as to what I buy and make.

 Yesterday I was watching a program about sugar or added sugar, I was not surprised but felt justified because muesli bars, soft drinks i.e  Apple Juice and low-fat yoghurts were the subjects. So many people eat them because they are promoted as being healthy.

Well, they are not!

I just don’t trust any claims to anything unless I read the ingredients and I can spot a no-no at 20 paces…trust me!

So I suppose what am saying is you can be healthier in an instant just by reading a packet or being aware of what is in your food and at no extra cost.

And baby steps, if you want to change do it gradually and just be aware of what is in your food.

There are some great-tasting foods out there which are good for you and gradually your taste buds and awareness will change ..mine has but it takes time.

I know….. Let’s Cook!

This is for you Trish...

Onions stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese…

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Ingredients:

  • 4 large onions.
  • 150 gm goats cheese
  • 50 gm fresh breadcrumbs ( I use olive oil breadcrumbs)
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil chopped and drained. I am lucky that I live somewhere nice and sunny so I can sun dry my own tomatoes please click here to see how.
  • 2 tbsp oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts or nuts of your choice
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Just reading that list of ingredients makes my mouth water…I am salivating.

Add the onions in their skins to lightly salted boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the onions from the boiling water, drain and cool. When they are cool enough to handle cut them in half and remove the skin.

Using a small dessert spoon scoop out the centre leaving a thick outer layer.. 3 layers are sufficient.

Reserve the flesh for later.

Pre-heat your oven to 190C/375F

Place the onion shells in an oiled oven-proof dish.

Add all the other ingredients except for the tomato oil and pine nuts to the scooped-out onion flesh and season well. Stir in the pine nuts.

Divide the mix between the 4 scooped-out onion shells and cover the dish with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and drizzle with the sun-dried tomato oil cook uncovered for a further 25-35 minutes until bubbling and cooked.

Baste occasionally during cooking.

And the smell…. your kitchen will be filled with such a lovely aroma and even those who are not onion lovers will be salivating…I have had many a convert to this dish.

It is lovely just served with warm bread or as a side to some lovely grilled sardines.

Now all of those ingredients have amazing health benefits.

Some lovely variations to this recipe include using Feta cheese instead of goat’s cheese and substituting mint and pitted green/black olives instead of the other ingredients for a real Mediterranean taste. Just stir into the scooped onion mix, you could also add some currants or sultanas.

If you don’t want sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts use 75 gm chopped walnuts add them to the scooped-out onion mix add 115 gm chopped celery and cook in a tbsp oil until the celery is soft then put in the onion shell.

Experiment by substituting your own favourite ingredients that is what cooking is all about.

Further benefits of the ingredients used in the above recipe.

Eggs:

Eggs contain choline which is a nutrient that is found in many foods. Your brain and nervous system need it to regulate memory, mood, muscle control, and other functions. You also need choline to form the membranes that surround your body’s cells. You can make a small amount of choline in your liver, but most of the choline in your body comes from the food you eat meat, eggs, poultry, fish, and dairy products.

Sun-dried Tomatoes:

Homemade sundried tomatoes in a terracotta dish

Sun-drying tomatoes preserve the tomatoes and enhance their flavour. A 1-cup serving of sun-dried tomatoes has 39% of the daily recommended intake of potassium. Full of iron, thiamine, riboflavin as well as 31% of niacin these B vitamins are essential for converting food to energy which is needed to maintain the nervous system and for keeping our skin healthy.

Tomatoes are a little powerhouse of antioxidants which contribute to the health of our heart by reducing inflammation in our blood vessels which helps our heart muscles relax.

The magnesium and calcium which is in tomatoes help to regulate blood pressure by coordinating a bond to contract and relax the blood vessel walls.

Goats Cheese:

Smashed avocados with mushroom, goats cheese, poached egg and basil on toast at Porgie and Mr Jones in Hawthorn

 

Photo credit: ultrakml on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

Why use goat’s cheese? Goat’s cheese is much easier for humans to digest. Lower in calories and fat it is also a good source of calcium, protein, Vitamins A, K, niacin, thiamine and phosphorus. It is also low in fat and cholesterol.

Compared to a 1 oz serving of cheddar cheese which has 9 gm fat, 6 gm saturated fat and 25 mg cholesterol goat’s cheese only has 5 gm fat, 3 gm saturated fat and no cholesterol.

Onions:

Onions garlic red onions brown onions

Well no omega 3’s in sight but the antioxidants in onions have great cerebral benefits and can safeguard our grey matter from a disease.

All of this means that this little onion dish is really rather healthy as well as being full of taste.

Enjoy!

And if you think I am being too frivolous as health is a serious subject……..Laughter is also good for your health.

Until next time…Stay safe, laugh a lot, have a glass of red wine and  ASK a question.