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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 04th October -10th October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Willie and Shania…

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… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

My first post of the week was on Tuesday 6th…its only 19 days to Halloween…

Halloween has always fascinated me…not the commercial side but the tales…now of course the inventiveness of cooks around the world just amazes me …awesome.

I have for you a lovely Thai style pumpkin soup and some tales of Halloween…Trick or treating is something I wasn’t allowed to do as a child…this year maybe many kids won’t be allowed either because of Covid restrictions but you can make it fun for them indoors and around your garden so get creative and please show us on here…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/06/fang-tastic-recipestales-of-halloween/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter G ( nutmeG)

I am loving this series…some food fun…the Letter J though is not fun I have only found 2 and a half the half being something I may be able to connect to food…fingers crossed…so if any of you clever people know any thing food related ending in the letter J I would be eternally grateful…

G promises lots of culinary terms and some food…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/07/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-g-nutmeg/

Thursday…Smorgasbord Health Column – The endocrine system and hormones Part One by Sally Cronin.

Always wonderfully scripted and informative and relevant to all of us especially if your health  is your priority after all we only have one body…Sally is the girl who can help us get it healthier…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/smorgasbord-health-column-the-endocrine-system-and-hormones-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Fridays are back...updated and some new fruits for you…

This week it is corn...that lovely luscious corn which is at its very best this time of year…

Corn which I and many of you will  still think of as a vegetable although technically it is not only a vegetable but a grain and a fruit all depending on which bit …it did however provide me with some info for a post which is  the bright side… it is also very healthy for you just hold back on the butter…a little…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/09/fruity-friday-corn-cob-fruit-or-vegetable/

Saturday Snippets…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

This week on Saturday Snippets I had quite an eclectic mix of posts all interesting and thought provoking … you also get a look at what I have been cooking in my kitchen with some recipes and some are just spoilers for my cookbook…You may need to refill your cup or glass but I do hope that you enjoy…let me know in comments please…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/10/saturday-snippets-10th-october-2020/

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… 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 affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…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 learnt ..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

Saturday Snippets…10th October 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours early morning 4 am and fingers crossed the ceilings are still intact…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Cookery Corner…This week in my kitchen…

Roast Pork was on the menu…perfect crispy crackling always goes down here..Thais love it and sell it by the bag on the food stalls it goes down a treat with SomTam and sticky rice. I tweaked the mushroom soup this week and it was much better. Crockpot bread is so lovely fresh from the oven that nice crusty exterior with the soft insides and the smell of freshly baked bread…You can’t beat it…and although it is a tad here the men still love a casserole…I have now received some more black rice which I love no one else does but for me but am I complaining…nope because I love it!

Caesar Salad was also on the menu as Lilys loves caesar salad with those little crispy croutons.

Spicy Salmon with rice always goes down a treat either with black rice or cauliflower rice I love both and new for me a Blueberry Buckle which everyone absolutely loved..go me… the sponge was lovely and soft and the topping gloriously decadent and sweet…I forgot the moderation…Oops…Kanom Krup was a tasty little morsel…some shredded coconut, coconut milk, rice flour, sugar and salt and sweetcorn cooked in a little kanom krup pan over the coals…a nice lacy crispy bottom with that sweet coconut milk and the little crispy pops of the corn kernels…

Music…It was in Oct 1971 that John Lennon released that now-iconic track/song “Imagine”…in this same month in 1976 that The Sex Pistols signed up with EMI records…

Their fame or career, however, was short-lived…In January 1978 the Sex Pistols embarked on their first and last tour of America, and their last tour as a band. They might not have known it, but the group that had caused a moral panic in their native UK and helped spark the punk wave of the late 1970s was about to collapse completely.

The audiences were hostile – During the concerts, Sid Vicious fought with audience members and attacked them with his bass guitar, as well as fighting with security guards and staff on and off stage.
During their final show, Johnny Rotten walked off after having performed one song, a cover of “No Fun” by the Stooges. The band would never perform together again.

Sid Vicious – described by Rotten as having gone “completely off the rails” by the start of the tour – was hospitalized shortly after the tour but would die of a heroin overdose in 1979.

It just goes to show that drugs and fame take their toll it also shows that if you insult the monarchy and our Queen you will go…

In that same year…Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell won Country Music Association Awards…

October was a busy month for the music scene with Little Richard receiving serious injuries in a car crash and Bob Marley collapsing after performing only two shows a Maddison Square Gardens.

Well, it was hard to choose but Willie won…x

What an amazing duet…

Wellness Corner…featuring Sally Cronin and Aromatherapy.

In part two of this series, Sally looks at some more beautiful oils and once again a very informative post so please pop over and say hello…Sally will always make you very welcome and if you have any questions she can certainly answer them for you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-oils-origins-uses-and-safety-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

October …is National Pumpkin Month and National Pork month which if you hadn’t already noticed is reflected in some of my recipe choices…today is also National Hoagy day?  Moldy cheese day…and pizza and beer day…A nice piece of Stilton is always a delight …Hoagy when I looked it up is a sandwich or sub I can forgo those and pizza and beer …I am a wine and cheese girl…BUT

October is also when Thailand celebrates and holds a Vegetarian Festival always fun with lots of colour and if you are in Phuket it can get a little gory if you have a weak stomach…

Every year for 9 days in September / October people across Thailand switch their eating habits as they participate in the annual Vegetarian Festival. This is celebrated across Thailand but specifically with big festivals in Bangkok and Phuket...where sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and predominantly in Phuket aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals, tongue slashing and other ritualized mutilations are performed by entranced devotees known as “Ma Song”.

Here in Udon Thani, it is celebrated but on a smaller scale…and we don’t have Ma Song here just colourful dragons and decorations and beautiful vegetarian food…

Of course this it will be smaller as no tourists are allowed into the country…

I am a sucker for animal stories and although most people don’t LIKE rats …this rat has saved countless lives and received an award from the PDSA in the UK…

Has this changed your feeling about rats?… I am always amazed at how highly tuned animals senses are…

Honey Bees...and David Attenborough…

If you ever wanted to help dwindling honeybee populations, ecologists are encouraging that you “learn to love weeds” and leave the dandelions alone this coming spring…you can mow around your dandelions and buttercups or keep part of your garden wild…

I watched the David Attenborough film in the week...I love that man and how he tells us the problems but also highlights solutions…He started with the Chernobyl tragedy and showed how nature was making a comeback because when we die nature will still carry on…

Whatever we do or don’t do doesn’t kill nature ..it kills us.., whether it is by eating too many processed foods or whether we are eating foods contaminated with pesticides or whether we are drinking polluted water or breathing polluted air…

In the film, he told us how we need to rewild the world …how renewables need to be our only source of power…how the banks and large companies invest OUR pension funds in fossil fuels…we can change our bank to one which doesn’t…how fishing which is the worlds greatest source of wild harvest should have at least 1/3 of the world where there are NO FISH ZONES…where it has been applied it works as the fish recover and breed they then overspill into where fishing is allowed so they replenish the stocks… if the world did that we could have unlimited fish forever…

That is just one example I have given you... I recommend you watch the film …it will leave you feeling both hopeful and apprehensive…but safe in the knowledge that some governments have made changes and those changes WORK.

I discussed the film with my son and he said but what can we do mum…??? He is correct as much is down to government policies and government reigning in the big corporations…

“You can’t personally help tigers, whales and elephants, but you really can do something for the insects, birds, and plants that are local to you.”

Think about what you’ve had for breakfast… we are back on the subject of Bees…  The pumpkin seeds in your muesli, apples, whatever made the marmalade on your toast, or even the coffee beans and tea leaves that make up your morning cuppa—all of these products rely on pollinators to survive and thrive.

Lastly, we also have the power of our vote…when it is time for your country to vote …make your vote count for our future, our children’s and our grand children’s future.

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets ….

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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!

Whimsical Wednesday…CarolCooks2…

Hello and welcome… I would like to say that here on Whimsical Wednesdays it is a Corona free zone but this sneaky virus has crept into every single aspect of our lives…Awake or asleep it is there…It dominates the headlines and our thoughts…It invokes great sadness but also great joy…and a smidgen of hope…My focus is coming out the other side with hope in my heart for much-needed changes…

We are in unprecedented times…

Pigs...I love a bit of pork crackling…I mean most people do…I make the perfect Pork Crackling and can often be found shrieking at the screen when someone is trying to make pork crackling and failing…turn the oven up and leave it alone…Perfect Pork Crackling…

Way back in the spring of 1866, the American General Grant struck the western cliffside of Auckland Island, a remote, subantarctic mass of rocky land in the middle of the South Pacific. Shipwrecked and trapped inside a rocky cavern, the ship began its fateful plunge into the frigid water, dragging most of its passengers down with it. Things looked bleak for the few who survived—the uninhabited island was often plagued by severe winds, heavy downpours, and harsh cold spells. But the castaways benefited from an unexpected resource that helped keep the majority of them alive for 18 months until their eventual rescue. Deep in the forest lay a herd of long-haired, narrow-faced pigs—or rather, strange, precious island pork….Crackling!

Today, well over a century later, as many as 1,000 of these pigs still roam along the misty shoreline, thrusting their narrow snouts into the earth to find edible roots, flipping beach stones in search of fly larvae, and devouring the occasional whale carcass that’s been washed ashore. “They’ve adapted well,” remarks Michael Willis, director of Rare Breeds International and founder of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. At his Christchurch nature reserve, Willis cares for a small group of Auckland Island pigs that have been scooped from the edge of the world and transplanted onto mainland New Zealand. “Their tails are hairy, their ears are hairy, and some have a bit of a down on them to stay warm.”

wild boar

Scrappy, agile, and, according to Willis, “good-natured things,” they’re incredible creatures that were never supposed to exist. It was not only pigs but rabbits, goats and also cats..it is the pigs however who are decimating other species on the island…They eat the plant roots, albatross eggs, and penguins. They all but forced white-capped mollymawks into breeding in the island’s steep cliffs, after tossing adult birds from their nests and devouring their eggs and small chicks. According to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC), they’re largely responsible for the disappearance of over 30 native bird species from the island. I don’t know what the answer is…But I do hope a solution can be found one which protects all of the biodiversity of these islands.

Nature is wonderful but it can also be destructive I don’t know what the answer is but it seems to be causing Pig Wars…

While we are on the subject of pigs...on this day back in 1933 Walt Disneys released …3 Little Pigs…who didn’t and doesn’t love that film???

Ahhhh that revived some memories of watching watching this as a child and with little ones…A timeless film as are most Disney Films loved by generations …

Let’s have a tune...some music…my music tastes are very varied and my starting point today was top ten bands…No 1…The Beatles..now while I think some of their tunes are catchy I was never a great Beatles fan…I prefer heavier rock bands…Music with a bit of soul or grit…What’s your musical preference?

Early May in 1977 the Sex Pistols released God Save the Queen…on the 31st May it was BANNED( no surprises) there from being played on the BBC for “gross bad taste”

A week after “God Save the Queen” was banned, the group played a show on a boat going down the River Thames. The Sex Pistols performed “Anarchy in the UK” when the boat passed the British Parliament…

Do you think it should have been banned?

I much prefer Van Halen…

Nice and lively and gets you foot tapping…

Not  many things surprise me…Dogs Roasted Sweet Potato Stall is manned by yes you have it an adorable 3 year old dog named Ken-Kun…

How adorable is that ?

Spirit Houses are very popular here and every home and business has one they cold highly ornate or just a small shrine Most of them have one thing in common…Bottles of Red Fanta…Nam Dang which means red water is the spirit drink of choice ..Ni one really knows why it could be the colour as Thais like bright colours.

It does explain why  Thailand is 4th biggest market for fanta ahead of China and the USA…You will see offering of anything from a full meal, a plate of fruit , Strawberry fanta complete with a straw…all lovingly offered…

Trees are also very special here and you may also come across a tree gaily adorned with ribbons and silk scarves…a spirit tree…

The spirit tree we saw at Wat Kam Sanot a temple near my home the spirit house is the one from my home in Phuket…Here in Udon Thani there is no spirit house in the garden but I have a prayer room in my bedroom which was used in the same way..it has a buddha, vases of flowers and candles but no red fanta.

An ancient Hat from the Song dynasty has been given a revival..By schoolchildren…

Maybe politicians and news reporters should be wearing them to stop their Chinese whispers…

For those of you who eat eggs...They will never be the same again…This Japanese mum specialises in food art…This is one to get your kiddie to eat his egg…

https://www.odditycentral.com/art/japanese-mom-specializes-in-deliciously-cute-fried-egg-art.html#more-69870

How cool are they?

Thats it for now..I didn’t manage to delete the post this week….Thank you for reading I look forward to your comments 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.

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 have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘C’ for Calabash, Cajun, Curry, Cloud Eggs, Chilli, and Calamari

This series is my baby and one I have loved writing and researching…Thanx to Sally it is getting another airing slightly revised in places…I hope you enjoy…xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year.

The letter C in my journey through the culinary alphabet…I do hope you enjoy it I certainly am it is quite interesting especially now I know that Pork crackling something most of us love is number 6 in the top 100 of foods which are beneficial to your health…Lots of fat but good fat and plenty of vitamins ..so fill your boots… well not quite …Moderation is best but no need to go on a guilt trip it is ok to enjoy it now and again.

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Perfect Pork Crackling …

How To Make Crispy Pork Crackling

Nothing is better than perfectly crisp Pork Crackling.
How to achieve it, well,

It’s easy! When you know how!

I have lost count of the number of times that I have been screaming at the screen when watching my favourite cooking programs…Turn it up and leave the door shut…

When you buy your Pork look for pork which has a layer of fat underneath the skin (this) produces the best crackling.

It has to be thinly scored, for this, I actually use a Stanley Knife and woe betide anyone who uses it for D.I.Y.

The piece of Pork I have pictured is a piece of Belly Pork approx 2 kilos which I scored and rolled.

Pork loin scored and ready to cook
Right, let’s go, Heat oven and set to 250C.
Next, take a small amount of oil and rub into the skin.
Then generously salt the skin making sure you rub it well into the fat.
( The specs) you notice on mine is sage as we like added herbs on ours.
But just salt is fine.
Put in a very hot oven until skin starts to blister up.
If you tap with a knife you can hear it or once you get used to it you can see it blistering up.
But keep an eye on it ( as my pic) below shows I took my eye off the ball and burnt the edges. Even I have little lapses and disasters in the kitchen but I caught it in time and all was well…

 

Reduce the heat of the oven to about 170 degrees for the remainder of cooking time which depends on the size and cut off your pork. Pork loin cooks quicker.
You should now have a lovely piece of pork with crispy crackling and lovely melt in your mouth pork.

Serve with lovely roast potatoes and an assortment of vegetables…

sunday roast pork

Hubby’s roast dinner ..I hope you now get lovely crispy crackling and who doesn’t like that?

How do you do yours?

If you enjoyed this lesson in how to make crackling and you know someone who can’t please share..x

Enjoy your week, be happy and mindful xx