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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 26th-October 2nd 2021…Environmental A-Z, Hasselback Potatoes, Lancashire Hotpot, Radon, Cardiovascular Disease, Music and Brighton Pier…

My Environmental A-Z, Hasselback Potatoes, Lancashire Hotpot, Radon gas, Cardiovascular Disease, World Vegetarian Day and Music from Brenda Lee…think Rockin around the Christmas Tree…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2… Time is marching on we have now entered the beginning of October…the month for Halloween Festivities… where the last of the summer sun for some of us is on the wane and where for others spring has sprung…Soups and salads are on the tables around the world…for some, the leaves are starting to turn into glorious shades of oranges and reds elsewhere the spring bulbs and beautiful flowers are unfurling their leaves and petals both showing how beautiful this world is in its changes of seasons…

Some snippets of upcoming festivities in October around the world?…

Korea…Chuseok is the Korean harvest festival. The days that it is celebrated change every year as it is determined by the lunar calendar. It begins on the 14th day of the 8th lunar month, so it is celebrated either at the end of summer or the beginning of autumn. During Chuseok many Koreans go back to their hometowns to spend time with family and friends while giving thanks to their ancestors and eating delicious food. It is tradition to visit ancestral graves and honour the dead…where it’s time to traditionally feast on songpyeon which are rice cakes with a sweet filling. 

Unfortunately, Oktoberfest that is a celebration of beer, lots of pretzels and authentic German sausages has been cancelled due to Covid…Ahhhhhh!

Albuquerque, New Mexico…International Balloon Festival from the 1st-9th October…where more than 750 air balloons take to the early morning skies…I have seen such a sight in Weston Super-mare in the UK and it is a wonderous sight to see all the colours of the rainbow…those balloons are magnificent a sight to behold…

If you are in or near London…then from today(3rd) Oct until the 9th October it’s London Cocktail Week...good food… where great food and delicious cocktails will be on offer… there will be curated cocktail hours and masterclasses all held at the Old Spitalfield Market.

The #1 today 3rd October 1987 was this dance track…

Now let’s get to my posts from last week…the round-up of posts you might have missed on CarolCooks2…

As last week was the end of National Potato Month…I have treated you to some of my favourite potato recipes all tried and tested in my kitchen…Starting with a lovely Lancashire Hotpot…a slow-cooked lamb dish with potatoes…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Traditional Lancashire Hotpot…

Today it was Hasselback Potatoes which look spectacular on the plate…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Hasselback Potatoes…

The Environmental A-Z and this week it was the letter R…Radon gas and renewable energy…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter R…#Radon and Renewable Resources

Cardiovascular Disease which affects women as well as men…#recommended read.

Please head over to Smorgasbord Magazine as it really does affect us, ladies, we need to know the signs and what preventative steps we can take to protect ourselves.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Cardiovascular Disease – Heart Attacks and Strokes by Sally Cronin

The final potato post as we have come to the end of the month…I will however be posting more for the foreseeable as it’s quite clear that potatoes are loved and eaten around the world every day.

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Moussaka with a difference…

World Vegetarian Day…

Although I am not vegetarian I eat far less meat and more plant-based dishes than I have ever done…both for my health and the health of the planet…

As today was the 1 st of October I also looked at some important days for the remainder of the month of October…like World Food Day and Halloween.

October 2021…World Vegetarian Day(1st) plus Music, World Food Day, Halloween and what’s in between?

Saturday Snippets…I love these one-word prompts and this came from Clive who writes the blog “Take it Easy“…Clive confessed after the fact… that he had never gone fishing and that he thought I had done well with the prompt…did he think I would not give it a good go I asked myself…lol…it wasn’t the easiest of prompts with the “ing” on the end …but I had fun…missed a couple …a great band from Vermont(thank you) Dorothy and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream..how could I have missed that one, Dorothy…caramel swirls and fudge…Yum…

and for the final time of asking please send me a one word prompt..someone?????

Saturday Snippets 2nd October 2021…Gone Fishing…

Update on Lauren…she has had a lovely week in Cyprus before her chemotheraphy treatment starts…I will be happy when she is back home safely but so happy she got to see Bobbie being a bridesmaid…she has made some lovely memories…

The idea of teddies instead of flowers I thought was lovely…xx

Thank you for reading this weekly roundup see you next week for more recipes and environmental news with the odd music video…xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup…Hope to see you here next week for more on the environment and in my kitchen xxx

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Moussaka with a difference…

 

National Potato Month continued… Yesterday it was Hasselback Potatoes today it is a potato Moussaka with a difference…Before I made this recipe I was not sure it would work out normally I read the ingredients and know whether or not the recipe would work…it did!… This time though I wasn’t sure…

Moussaka with potatoes is a terrific choice for those who don’t care for the well-known version with eggplant and also when eggplant is not in season. Like all moussaka dishes, this is a layered dish usually using eggplants/aubergines however in this case I used sliced potatoes, a meat sauce, rice, vegetable stock and a beaten egg…Different ehhh!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb potatoes 1 kg
  • 1 lb ground beef 500 g
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 1-pint bouillion boiling, 2 cups; 1/2 litre
  • salt pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten

Let’s Cook!

In a hot pan, saute the onions until they are translucent. Add the ground beef and stir fry until the beef is browned. Add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Just remember that as you are adding bouillon or vegetable stock later to not add too much salt.

Using your mandolin or food processor then thinly slice the peeled potatoes…it was the first time I had used the attachment to my food processor and it was great …sliced the potatoes really thinly and left enough to make some potato chips tomorrow with Lily.

There was no way I could have sliced them that thinly by hand…

Lightly oil your baking dish and then place a layer of sliced potatoes on the bottom of the pan…add half of the cooked mince, season with salt and pepper and evenly sprinkle with rice yes rice…

Cover with another layer of the potato slices, mince and rice…season …Finishing with a layer of potatoes and season…

Pour boiling bouillion over moussaka and place the pan in the oven. Bake at 375 F (175 C) for
about 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft and rice is cooked through.
Take the moussaka out of the oven, pour beaten eggs over the top of it and then return it to the
oven. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the eggs are set and golden. Serve with a green
salad or some lightly steamed vegetables.
This was really lovely and far tastier than I had imagined the dish to be…
Would definitely make this again…and would use this attachment to slice potatoes I had enough
potatoes left which I covered with water and will make some potato chips with Lily tomorrow…
Although today is the last day of National Potato Month I will be posting some more recipes
using potatoes over the next few months as they are such a lovely vegetable.
Thank you for joining me today for the end of national Potato Month xx