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CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen…Chicken, cashew nut, lemongrass, Jalapeno rolls and Frogs…

Lots of rain this week albeit it warm…The rainy season is here…Lots of frogs the rain brings them out in droves… they are one of my favourite animals…Thais love them too served up for a snack or dinner…The market is full of tubs of frogs…

It took a while but finally, I succumbed…In a soup..maybe not yet but crispy they are delicious…

Who would have thunk that seven years down the line I would have tried so many different foods…certainly not me…

Now for something a tad more normal…Chicken with cashew nuts and lemongrass.

Chicken with cashew nuts

Serves 4 people.

  • vegetable oil/coconut oil
  • 1cup roasted unsalted cashews
  • small dried chillies
  • tbsp lemongrass, chopped finely( the white part)
  • tbsp crushed garlic
  • 4 green onions, cut into 5cm pieces
  • chicken breasts
  • 1tsp sugar
  • tbsp oyster sauce
  • tbsp light soy sauce
  • tbsp fish sauce
  • tbsp chicken stock
  • Betel leaves to serve…Optional

In a bowl add the sugar, oyster sauce, fish sauce and chicken stock.

Heat a wok and add a little oil, once sizzling add the dried chillies, followed by the garlic.

Slice chicken into 1-inch cubes. Add the chicken slices in small amounts and stir fry until golden. Remove chicken from wok.

In the empty wok, add the cashew nuts and stir fry, followed by the lemongrass. Add the bowl of sauces then the chicken. Stir fry until all the sauces are covering the chicken, Add the remaining ingredients including the spring onions and stir fry a further minute.

chicken and betel leaves

Serve with rice and a selection of raw vegetables and herbs.

Betel leaves are also used for Miang Kham another one of my favourite snacks…

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Miang Kham… Is a treat that I buy sometimes at the market…The sauce is a tamarind based sauce which I love… It is also very easy to replicate at home and if you can’t obtain betel leaves then basil or another big leaved herb would be fine…

Take-Two…Jalapeno and cream cheese rolls…

The first attempt at these rolls was …not so good…The pastry wasn’t the right one, too much filling and the fat was just too hot…

On the plus side, they had crispy bits and the filling was delish and made up for the pastries shortcomings…So much so it was worth making them again…

Take-Two!

Ingredients:

  • A Pack Cream Cheese (250 gm)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 4/6 jalapenos diced fairly small
  • 3/4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 green onions finely sliced
  • Salt to season
  • Spring roll wrappers

Mix your cream cheese with all the ingredients once done you are ready to assemble…

Place a dessertspoon of the cream cheese mixture about 1/4 way in the wrap and proceed to roll…

This video is quite good as it shows you how to wrap in more than one way and also how to make your own pastry…I bought mine as it is for sale everywhere here and if you like you can watch them being made which is fascinating.

I used about 3/4 of a pack of cream cheese which made11 small rolls… I always make small amounts when I am trying a recipe…Jalapenos we like the heat but if you like less heat reduce the amount you use there are no hard and fast rules with this it is personal taste…

jalapeno rolls showing cream cheese filling

If you love jalapenos these rolls are just delicious, spicy and hard not to eat another one…

As my daughter law is at the farm...I had to cook peanuts..Simple…Not for me …If you cook them for too long…. they carry on cooking when removed from the heat they can very soon become..burnt …which is what happened to my first attempt…

Peanuts with crispy curry leaves

Today…Not wanting a repeat of that episode on my first attempt they were undercooked…Back in the pan…2nd attempt they just passed muster I think…I also crisped some curry leaves…Basil is also a good leaf to deep fry and add to peanuts.

It then gives a little something extra to a snack…

Out shopping I saw Coconut flower sugar…also a syrup…small containers and quite pricey…so I did a little research…

My first thought was it must be healthier than normal sugar…Nice clean packaging…

It turns out however it is promoted… sugar is sugar…Yes, coconut sugar may have a few more minerals however you would have to consume copious amounts to benefit…Sugar is Sugar after all…

Do you use Coconut flower sugar or syrup?

That’s all for this week 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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating..Peanuts!

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Quite by accident ( we were drying) peanuts some must have escaped and took root so I can now say I grow my own peanuts.

Peanut plants

I am not talking about the salted peanuts that you buy in packets in the shop or supermarket but peanuts grown naturally and roasted or made into healthy peanut butter.

These peanuts are high in monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is vital in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. There have been many studies on peanuts and they have shown that this little legume is very vital for heart health.

Peanuts are a good source of Vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese as well as providing resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in red grapes and red wine. While it cannot compare with the fruits highest in antioxidants i.e pomegranate, roasted peanuts do compare with the antioxidants of apples, carrots, and beets.

Rather than buying store-bought peanut butter which is full of nasties, it is easier and it is very quick to make your own.

It is the quickest easiest recipe to make ever, the kids can help blitz it and as well as being tasty it has no nasties.

Let’s Cook!

Take 500 gm raw peanuts. Put in oven on a tray and cook on high for 10 mins. Take out of oven and reserve a few (if you like crunchy peanut butter) like me. Put the remainder of nuts in a food processor and blitz at 1 min intervals scraping down the sides. Do this for 4 mins or until smooth.

Add 1tsp of salt,1 tbsp oil and remainder of reserved nuts if using. If you want to add honey, Nutella or flavouring of your choice then add now.

Blitz again for 1 min and put it in a suitable container. Stores in fridge for 3/4 weeks…….IT’S DELISH!

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Now although it doesn’t store as long as shop bought peanut butter it is far healthier, so quick and easy to make you can just make it as and when you need it.

Uses:

Spread peanut butter on your morning waffle, whole grain toast (my favourite) or mid- morning crackers or rice cakes.

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Add a tbsp of peanut butter to your morning smoothie.

A handful of dry roasted peanuts goes down very well with a glass of tomato juice as an afternoon snack.

Love Thai curry? Combine some peanut butter with coconut milk and add to your Thai green or red curry….amazing.. or pour over some healthy steamed or lightly sauteed vegetables.

It is also lovely as a cooking sauce for a nice piece of salmon.

A very versatile jar of goodness.

If you enjoyed this then please reblog or share on your social media as not only is it better for you but also cheaper than the store bought ones.

All photos are either my own ( Carol ) or from Pixabay which are free to use.

 

 

 

 

 

Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional!

Now the 1st blog post is over and done with  I am asking myself how do I follow that?

You could hear a pin drop here it is so quiet. Why?

My little granddaughter who is 2 years old on the 17th is in Sakon Nakon with her mummy to help her other Nannie with gathering in the rice. A yearly ritual, the plus side for me is I will get some lovely fresh young rice when she comes home.

baby LilyBig brother is in Udon Thani visiting his mother which we did plan to do…. but sleeping Thai style on the floor …nooo my old bones would have seriously complained so we passed on that one.
Give me time to write in peace was my 1st thought.

Lots to edit from the writer’s retreat 2 weeks ago. If you ever get the opportunity to attend a writers retreat..take it..it was amazing.

Listening to the other very talented writers I was in awe and it most certainly helped those creative juices to flow and flow.

As a newbie, this has completely changed the way I read, write and see things.

Hence my tentative, toe-dipping into the world of blogging!

My head is just fit to burst with all these ideas…..But loving it!

Peanut Butter is this week’s little recipe.

Take 500 gm raw peanuts. Put in oven on a tray and cook on high for 10 mins. Take out of oven and reserve a few (if you like crunchy peanut butter) like me. Put the remainder of nuts in a food processor and blitz at 1 min intervals scraping down the sides. Do this for 4 mins or until smooth.

Add 1 tsp of salt,1 tbsp oil and the remainder of the nuts if using. If you want to add honey, Nutella or flavouring of your choice then add it to the mix now and blitz again for 1 min and then put in a suitable container. Stores in fridge for 3/4 weeks…….IT’S DELISH!

Next week I will tell you how to make my favourite Thai dish… Thai Beef Salad aka Nam Doc Nua. Which is a wonderful spicy beef salad eaten with sticky rice.

My little frogs have gone!

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But all is not lost, now we have lots of little ones (tadpoles) so hopefully when those little froglings grow a bit maybe …. mum and dad will return.

Well…….. quietly sitting at my desk wondering what to write, the heavens opened, another tropical storm, thunder so loud it rattled the house and then…..what’s that….oh no!  Something is flowing and its water through the ceiling……Time for emergency measures…Alan!

Well that’s what hubbies are for, isn’t it? …. putting down towels and mopping up. “Good Man.”

Well, it didn’t stop there:

Later this week……

What started out as a lovely lunch with a friend at a lovely Suchi/Pot shop buffett….all you can eat in one and a half hours and some………………… ended…

Well, I drove home …Not easy for an experienced driver as driving here takes on a new meaning…Arriving home safely and relieved… I thought I would reverse up the drive…if I had driven straight up the drive trust me, girls,  I would have got the  ” Can’t you reverse it up? ”

Still with me? Lined it up dead in the middle and reversed………I know now why the menfolk go so close to the right-hand gate post……. as unseen by the naked eye is a crafty camber in the drive………

The lovely, healthy ginger plant now looks a bit battered….. and my number plate just fell off…….I tried a few times to straighten the truck………Then gave up!

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I walked indoors number plate in hand.

Not to be greeted by ” Hi Darling, how are you? Nice lunch?”

But “What have you done now?” and in that tone.

I can’t think why! Can you ladies??

Bless him…number plate now back in situ and looking like naught happened.

It is never boring here…haha…

Well, that’s it for this week.

Thank you for reading my blog.

I do hope you are enjoying reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it.