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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…15th November-21st November…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas music…

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…X

My week started with Mistletoe and Wine…Christmas Pickles…

I love pickles and I pickle almost everything my next project is to pickle some pears…Pickling is an ideal way to preserve anything where you have a lot of them as in fruits/vegetables in season or maybe you have seen a bargain and can’t resist the buy…Time to get pickling…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/17/mistletoe-and-wine-christmas-pickles-2020/

Tuesday was also Homemade Bread Day…

There is nothing like a slice of freshly made bread both the smell as it wafts through the house and the taste…Delicious…we are becoming a nation of bakers again a plus side to Covid-19.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/17/homemade-bread-day-november-17th-2020/

Wednesday it was the next episode of my Culinary Alphabet with a twist where the letter of the alphabet is the last letter rather than the first which has made it a tad more difficult but most enjoyable…

As you can see I combined J and K together as finding something /anything ending in J which you can eat or drink or which was a culinary term was a challenge I only found 2…I challenge all of you to find me another one…K was far easier…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/18/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twist-tej/

Thursday I introduced you to some Alternative Healing Remedies courtesy of Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine…

Health Column

A qualified practitioner for many years Sally Cronin comes highly recommended…This week she discussed back pain the curse of many…#recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-healing-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-one-backpain-flexibility-headaches-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Pears…

A beautiful fruit which is in season now and is actually better for you than an Apple…I love pears but haven’t cooked as much as I could with them and have discovered some great sounding recipes which I am going to have to try…including Pickled Pears..no surprise there then …lol

Pear chutney and some delicious sounding cakes and bread which have pears in the ingredients…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/20/fruity-friday-pears/

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday Snippets is where anything goes wherever my thoughts take me…If you were wondering why the image of a funeral cart in my header picture it was because we attended the Buddist Funeral of a dear neighbour…where you go to celebrate a life well lived and make merit…when we are alive by our actions, thoughts and deeds we make our own merit as a deceased person we were there to make merit for them as were the monks so that they can pass freely into heaven…

This merit-making took place over 3 days last week the first 2 days were making merit and the third day was the cremation…The loveliest gesture for us was how welcome we were made and also time was taken to explain to us what was occurring…on the final day our friend’s granddaughter made the eulogy and her brother became a monk for the day to make merit for his grandfather which meant he had to shave his head and eyebrows the whole preparation…don the robes and participate as a monk would…

Although I speak and understand a little Thai to follow a speech is beyond me ..the loveliest thing she did which made me shed a happy tear is after each section she spoke in Thai and then she repeated that section in English …How lovely was that of her…? This meant that we could also learn more about this lovely gentle man and his life.

Finally, the body is then laid on that cart and a procession takes him to his final earthly ending…

I was struck by how loving and how papa, as we called him, was accompanied every step of the way on his final journey it was absolutely beautiful…Tissue time xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/21/saturday-snippets-21st-november-2020/

Have a wonderful Sunday..please be well and stay safe…If you are making Christmas pudding or cakes make a wish and stir the right way xxx

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts have made my stats boom…go figure… 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 facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…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 learned..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

Fruity Friday…Pears…

There are around 3,000 varieties of Pears worldwide…an edible fruit shaped like a teardrop healthwise they are packed with fibre, vitamins and beneficial plant compounds…the Pear is even healthier for us than an Apple…the pear is about 83% water…pears have green, red, yellow or brown skin…

Pears are harvested at the end of the summer into early fall…Pears also ripen better when removed from the tree…

Pears can be eaten raw, poached and served as a beautiful dessert, sliced and eaten with cheese, made into a Pear preserve or dip… the options for using the pear sweet or savoury are endless…

The Chinese are the largest producer of pears followed by the Europeans …The Chinese consider the pear, which they call “li,” to be a symbol of immortality. The destruction of a pear tree symbolizes tragic or untimely death.

Asian Pears grow in the most tropical highlands of South and South-East Asia where they grow mainly in Northern Thailand.

The Asian pear is also known as nashi pear, apple pear or Chinese pear…Nashi means pear in Chinese. The Thai name for pear is Sali…

Australian Pears Goulburn River and Rico pears are also exported to here …

Pears are well known for their grainy texture which is due to gritty scierenchymatic cells which are embedded in the flesh this is a characteristic of the entire pear genus this separates it from the Apple genus.

Asian Pears have a weaker flavour which although refreshing on a hot day they are not as aromatic as European varieties.

Did you know?

The five states within the United States that produce the most pears are Washington, Oregon, California, New York, and Michigan.

In 2005, the pear became the official state fruit of Oregon.

Do you know your pears? This man does…

Another interesting fact is that the wood from a pear tree is used to make musical instruments, furniture and other items.

Pears are a true winter fruit when eaten in season…a delicious way to eat a pear is with a bowl of homemade tomato and red pepper soup with a grilled cheese sandwich…To your cheese sandwich add some slices of pear and some baby spinach leaves…

You will never want to eat it any other way…Just delicious…

Tomato and Red Pepper Soup.

Preheat the oven 375F/190C

Grease two baking sheets and place tomatoes skin side down on one, then lightly coat the peppers and onions in olive oil and place on the other baking tray also throw the unpeeled garlic into the tray…Pop it in your preheated oven for about 45 minutes.

When the tomatoes and peppers are roasted heat your vegetable stock in a pan big enough to take the tomatoes and peppers. Add your roasted tomatoes and peppers to the vegetable stock and simmer for 15 minutes.

Allow your soup to cool slightly and then either using a stick blender or your liquidiser blend to your desired consistency… Taste and season.

Serve with a swirl of cream or natural yoghurt if liked…and cheese and pear grilled sandwich…

Enjoy!

How about some roasted pears with brown sugar…

Arrange cored and halved pears cut side up in a baking dish. In a small saucepan combine 1/3 cup of apple juice and 1/3 cup of brown sugar cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

Add 3 tbsp of butter and whisk until smooth. Pour the sauce over the pears and bake at 400F/204C for 30 mins or until the pears are just tender and a light golden brown remember to baste often or all that lovely sauce will stick to the bottom of the pan.

Transfer the pears to serving dishes and top with some lovely vanilla ice cream…

Spoiler Alert! Pears can also be pickled or made into a chutney…recipes to follow in the run-up to Christmas…

That’s all for Fruity Friday see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets…

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!

Thank you again for joining me for Fruity Friday I hope you have enjoyed this post…If you have please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you it makes my day xxx

 

 

Fresh Fruit Salad anyone?

 

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The beauty of a fresh fruit salad is that you can make it as large or as small as you like one portion or ten. You can use any fruit that you have and it can different every time.

 

The one I always make is very simple I use Oranges, Apples, Grapes, Pear, and section and slice them and add lemon/ lime juice to stop the fruit going brown.

Sometimes I  also add some freshly squeezed orange juice or other fruit juice.

This is now when it gets interesting as you can add a little freshly grated ginger, some crushed lemon grass even treat yourself to one of those exotic fruits you have seen in your local shop or farmers market just to liven it up, change it.

Maybe even a touch of chilli???

Some sesame seeds? Some poppy seeds??

And of course and how could I forget? Well, I did and it was only when my dear blogging friend Marian told me of her gift of a mint plant and that she was going to pair it with some strawberries that I remembered I had forgotten one of my favourite herbs. So thank you, Marian Beaman, from Plain and Fancygirl   

If I use a soft fruit like banana, melon,  mango, strawberries, peaches, apricots, watermelon or kiwi then I put those in about 15 mins before I serve the fruit salad. Otherwise, they can go too mushy and we like our fruit salad fresh and vibrant, nice and crisp.

And of course here I have access to plenty of fresh pineapples, Lychees and Dragon fruit are plentiful and in season here at the moment so into the mix they go…What is your favourite fruit salad mix???

You can use any combination of fruit that you like just make sure you use lemon/ lime

juice to stop the fruit from discolouring and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

It can be served quite simply with fresh cream or clotted cream if you can get it… Ice cream or even custard which hubby prefers.

Serve it with your porridge oats or other cereal with natural yoghurt… the possibilities are endless… Have fun when you make one and try different fruits.

Enjoy!

Pear Belle Hélène

This sounds so yum..and what a treat I have given you in my first two posts of the day…Chocolate and Cheese now doesn’t that get those taste buds a zinging…I like that word I have used it twice in two days…zinging! Now I am off to make the ice cream..yummy 🙂

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Choice 15 Pear Belle Hélène

Nah,nah,nah,nah, nah “Chocolat Day”… I can’t help to have this Simple Minds’ tune in my head… With chocolate day almost over ( how did I miss that? I like chocolate too you know?), it had to be only one thing; Pear Belle Hélène. When my parents brought us to the restaurant when we were children, or to the crêperie, the meal wasn’t complete with this wonderful dessert, made of poached pears, ice cream, Chantilly, hot chocolate sauce and topped with dry roasted nuts… Here is how I do mine; it is only fair after all!

For The Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 25cl of double cream
  • 25cl of milk
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • A bit of vanilla essence

I beat the egg yolks with the sugar, whisk them and then add the milk, double cream and the vanilla essence; when it is all mixed well together…

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