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The Culinary Alphabet…13 terms for the letter T…

Welcome to this month’s edition of 13 terms of food in
The Culinary Alphabet T…where I guest post over at Esme’s Salon

THE CULINARY ALPHABET T

Tea and Toast

How many times in your life have you been offered tea and toast? Maybe never but it was something which when I was growing up was a telling example of your class and status.

Drinking tea and eating toast revealed more about you than you could ever imagine…For example, the taking of sugar in your tea was seen as a definite habit of the lower classes…even just a tincy winsy tiny bit more than one spoonful and you were definitely in the lower middle class ( at best)…More than two….working class and not only that cemented your status if you added your milk first and stirred noisily…Working-class…

To the English tea also had practically magical properties and that was across all the class lines.  Headache or a skinned knee, out came the teapot. Bruised ego, bereavement or divorce, and out came the teapot.  It was the balm to soothe most ills.

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Add toast to the equation and we really came into our own, haha

It must be cool and dry, no soggy toast and it was also a matter of class how you ate that toast. I mean if you slathered it with butter and marmalade and god forbid if it wasn’t Dundee marmalade, and then proceed to take a bite. So vulgar it was the height of bad manners.  The correct way: Take a small piece and add just a smidgen of marmalade before taking a gentile bite. That guys and gals are how Toast and Tea are taken in England, according to your class of course.

Tabasco Sauce – TABASCO®

Original Red Pepper Sauce is made with three simple ingredients and aged in oak barrels for up to three years on Avery Island, Louisiana, before bottling. The recipe originating from Edmund McIlhenny in 1868 has been used by the McIlhenny family for nearly 150 years, just aged vinegar, salt, and peppers make this versatile hot pepper sauce.

The Culinary Alphabet T

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Are you familiar with the following The Culinary Alphabet Terms?

Tabbouleh

Traditionally served as part of a Meze in the Arab world it has fast grown in popularity in the Western world.  I do love how increased travel and the internet have broadened our Culinary World. Tabouli salad or Tabbouleh is a simple Mediterranean salad of very finely chopped vegetables, lots of fresh parsley and bulgur wheat, all tossed with lime juice and olive oil.

Tahini

Tahini is a thick paste-like sauce made from sesame seeds, with a little bit of oil mixed in to make it the right consistency, and usually not much else. Tahini is similar to peanut butter in texture: creamy, oily, and smooth, and like peanut butter is rich in calcium. Tahini is a common ingredient in many vegetarian and vegan recipes (particularly in salad dressings and homemade hummus) and it is often used in Middle Eastern cooking.

How to make your very own Tahini paste/butter, it is so quick and easy and the cost of a packet of sesame seeds is virtually pennies against the cost of a store-bought jar of tahini and no nasties.

Let’s Cook Tahini – The Culinary Alphabet T! 

Into the kitchen, just quickly toast the Sesame Seeds, then into the mini blender, 3 tbsp Olive oil, and a quick whizz, scrape down the sides, another tbsp Olive oil and another scrape, a  bit more oil and a quick whizz and viola your Tahini Paste are made.

How easy is that?

Tamarind

One of my favourite cooking ingredients I love tamarind either just eaten as a fruit or used in cooking. Available everywhere here it is very popular and healthy.  To learn more about the Tamarind tree and some recipes where Tamarind is used.
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My favourite is the young tamarind pictured here only available for a very short period but a lovely way to eat the tamarind…

young tamarind fresh from the tree

Tempura

I prefer the lightness of tempura batter and it is used often in Asian recipes.  Specially formulated tempura flour is available in worldwide supermarkets. This is generally light (low-gluten) flour, and occasionally contains leaveners such as baking powder.  Tempura is very prevalent in Japanese cookery today most of the major changes to the tempura were In the early 17th century, around the Tokyo Bay area, tempura ingredients and preparation underwent a remarkable change as the Yatai (food cart) culture gained popularity.

Making the best use of fresh seafood while preserving its delicate taste, tempura used only flour, eggs, and water as ingredients and the batter was not flavoured. As the batter was mixed minimally in cold water, it avoided the dough-like stickiness caused by the activation of wheat gluten, resulting in the crispy texture which is now characteristic of tempura. It became customary to dip tempura quickly in a sauce mixed with grated daikon just before eating it.

Tapenade

The name for a dish of pureed or finely chopped olives, capers, and olive oil.it is a lovely dip served with beautiful bread or crackers and of course a lovely glass of wine on a lovely summers evening. Quick and simple to make it can also be used as a stuffing for poultry.

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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. 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

This is also something I am passionate about there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in.  These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me.

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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!

MeWe

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a lovely week xx

For more posts from Carol working her way through the Culinary Alphabet 

Travel and Traditions …Down on the farm…… Snake gourd Raita.

 

Welcome to this week’s travel and traditions where I am taking you down on the farm where everything is still done how it was many years ago no mod cons just hard, back breaking work…

snake gourd

Everything in the garden is coming up roses as the saying goes it looks like we will have fruit and vegetables galore.

Some of the fruit and vegetables I am familiar with as you can get them almost everywhere.

Others are very new to me and I am having to do a little research as sometimes there isn’t an English pronunciation for the Thai word.

This one looks quite creepy I think and I was quite expecting to see a snake so I go along quite gingerly watching where I tread.

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Snake Gourd Riata.

2 cups of natural yoghurt.

2 small snake gourds diced.

The snake gourd has a naturally occurring waxy white surface so rub some salt on the surface before cooking or using to remove.

4-5 green chillies

2tbsp grated fresh coconut

10-15 shallots finely chopped.

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp urad dal powder/paste

A handful of coriander leaves chopped

Salt to taste

Oil as required.

Let’s Cook!

Heat some oil on a medium flame and fry the mustard seeds and urad dal for 20 seconds.

Add green chillies and chopped shallots saute for 2 minutes, add diced snake gourd cook 1-2 minutes and add grated coconut and mix well.

Remove from the heat allow to cool slightly, stir in yoghurt and add salt to taste.

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Garnish with coriander and serve. What is raita served with? Cool, creamy raita is vegetarian and gluten-free. It is an excellent foil to the searing heat of Indian recipes and spicy foods in general.

Here…Thais choose young fruits for cooking use. The flesh of young fruit is extremely crunchy and attractive, good for soups and stir fry. Cook the leafy tendril shoots and leaves as greens. It would be unusual for Thais to make raita but as I make Indian curries for me it is ideal…

Here are some more facts about the fascinating Snake gourd.

The snake gourd or Buap nguu, serpent gourd, chichinga or Padwal are some of the other names it is known under.

Native to south-east Asia it is a vine which grows around a tree or trellis and then unfurls its large white frayed flowers. Then fruits which grow straight down towards the ground.

Can grow up to 5 feet in length sometimes a stone is tied to the small gourd to help it grow straight down as it can grow into all sorts of shapes.

Also because of its length, it is used to make the traditional didgeridoo in Australia.

It turns orange when it is fully ripe but this is when it is very bitter so it is usually used in curries and raitas before it ripens fully. When ripened the flesh is sometimes used as a replacement for tomatoes.

The leaves, tendrils and other leafy parts are used as vegetable greens lightly steamed or raw.

It’s strange names and appearance have often caused it to be overlooked for its health benefits. It is proven to be very effective at improving the strength of the body’s immune system, reducing fevers and treating diabetes. Currently there much medical research into other health benefits of the Snake Gourd.

Update on the farm: The rice is growing nicely as we have had plenty of rain it does mean though that a few holes have appeared as we have a stream running through the land and when we get torrential rain the water gets quite high and can overflow ..Water also finds weak spots and comes up causing holes sometimes quite big but of course they have to be filled in so there is always plenty to do in the rainy season…

It also means that the nets can be cast and fishing is good when the rain comes and there are also plenty of frogs they are everywhere …When I went to the market not only were they being sold fresh but there were lots of BBQ frogs for sale…

I hope you have enjoyed your trip down on the farm…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…Well, yesterday I clocked up another year…and as the days which preceded, that were days when I received sad news about dear ones who have departed this world…My thoughts are with those dear friends and family…The result I got maudlin and started looking through old photos and working out dates as many were not dated…The photo is me with my mum and dad… circa spring/summer 1952…I am a Fifties Child…

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Some of those old Kodak photos are tiny it just shows how many strides forward photography has made…

I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…as this post is a sentimental one for me as I am extremely grateful for reaching this age, it makes you think though… and realise how mortal we are…

Today..September 11th is National Hot Cross Bun Day…

For some reason, the National Hot Cross Buns Day is celebrated on September 11. It is strange because hot cross buns are typically baked and served on Good Friday.

Hot cross buns are spiced sweet buns made with raisins or currants. They are so named because they are marked with a cross on the top. Hot cross buns are surrounded by many superstitions in English folklore.

For example, buns baked on Good Friday are believed to have healing properties. Sailors used to take hot cross buns on their voyages to protect themselves against shipwreck. People also used to believe that a hot cross bun hung in the kitchen could protect the house against fires. The handing bun needed to be replaced once a year.

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are popular in English-speaking countries. Some countries have local variations of these pastries. For example, in the UK supermarkets offer apple-cinnamon, orange-cranberry, and toffee buns. In Australian and New Zealand, chocolate and coffee-flavoured versions of the bun have become popular.

If you like buns and don’t want to wait until Easter to enjoy them, you should definitely celebrate the National Hot Cross Buns Day by baking a batch of buns and treating your family, friends, neighbours …

Me I like a currant bun any time of the year…..x

Who never makes their bed? Or more to the point who has kids who never make their beds? I make mine religiously…I can’t stand an unmade bed…If you are reading this Lauren…Make your bed!

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Well, today is National Make Your Bed Day… So break the habit of a lifetime and please make thy bed…

I thought this one was a fun idea and I love the idea of circular recycling…This is cool making bags and accessories from discarded inflatables…

 

Time for a Story…The Charade Chapter 2…

Steph has continued the short story and said, I still have no idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

The Charade – Part 2…By Steph…

She returned to her room after the party and carefully took off her beautiful dress, her boss would want that back tomorrow, she gently hung it over a grubby chair in the corner of the room then threw herself on to the bed, she was smiling to herself, in her hand she still held the elegant calling card of Mr Carl Ward. A real gentleman had been interested enough in her to personally hand this to her. Her mind drifted back to how her life had started. She had started out as a child begging on the street, neither of her parents had wanted her and she had been taken in by the church. Her upbringing had started out stern and even cruel at times, the nuns were strict and they would beat her if she didn’t follow their instructions to the letter. At the age of seven, she had run away from them, no one followed her or tried to find her, they didn’t care. All they knew was that she wasn’t their problem anymore. She had learnt a little of how to read and write which turned out to be a blessing, that much she would thank them for.

Turning the card over between her fingers she felt the quality and the embossed letters slightly raised from the paper, she thought it was probably the prettiest thing she had ever been given without having to ask. She rolled over onto her back holding the card up, what would Mr Carl Ward be doing now? She hoped he would be thinking of her and hoping she would contact him, maybe in the same way she was now thinking of him. Although she doubted it, he was probably used to women and their ways and was just carrying on his evening somewhere away from the party and maybe he would have forgotten about her already. She felt a twinge of sadness but even that couldn’t take the smile from her face. For the first time in her young life, she felt like a real woman.

TBC….

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Time for some Music…

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Do I choose music from the year of my birth?… Some names I recognise some I don’t…Nat King Cole, Weavers, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza, Guy Mitchell, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Perry Como, Frankie Lane,

Well, not a bad combo…I do prefer something a little more upbeat though…No wonder I slept a lot as a baby…haha

Did you know on this day in 1721 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius died? A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.

I remember this my dad loved this programme…

1959 The TV show ‘Bonanza’ premiers. The frontier adventures of the Cartwright family, father, 3 sons and Chinese cook Hop Sing, on the ‘Ponderosa’ ranch near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

It ran for 14 years until 1973…and the first series had 32 episodes…I can still hear that theme tune in my head…

Anyway, that is for today…xxx

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… 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 wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Mealtimes with kids…

Welcome to this weeks…Healthy Eating…Today is my birthday and I am always grateful to see the morning as life is so very precious  I don’t know if it is me getting maudlin…haha…Birthdays do that to me…On the 1st Dec, it will be 19 yrs since one of my besties passed away…

We loved, laughed and cried together as our kids grew up…Life is a lottery, isn’t it…?

She died of cancer…Last week 2 friends and 1 family member died of cancer…A variety of ages not all old like me..The young lad I ranted about last week …Blind and deaf…My opinion failed by those who should have been protecting him…

I think a lot…I also do a lot of research…

What is the one common denominator in this…?

Well, their lifestyles were different…They were different ages…One is still living the others are not…What do they all have in common?

I know I am simplifying….BUT…They all ate and drank…

How many times do we have to be told …That highly processed foods and added sugars are bad for us…

A very funny but true and informative video about unhealthy foods and why they are harmful…

Eating healthy…doesn’t cost any more and keeps you fuller for longer…It does, of course, mean that you may have to spend a little more time shopping, meal planning, gardening but what price health?

After reading about that poor kid..Yeah I know I am banging on about him…It upset me and was avoidable…Proof of what a junk food diet can do…Extreme I know…How many more are like him?

It prompted me to start looking at all these different ways kids food could be jazzed up…made to look inviting…

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Image by Andrea Pangilinan from Pixabay

I did that for the kids birthday parties…I most certainly didn’t have the time to make pretty food every single meal time…Come on…Kids need to learn what they must be eating and that pretty food is a treat…

There are also fussy adults and that is the result of fussy kids…I mean have we time to make our hubbies food look pretty so he will eat it??? I couldn’t find a  picture…But I have a mental one…haha

Introduce different foods regularly…If they try them and don’t like them …That’s ok…Try again cooked a different way or leave it a while and then try again but if it is a vegetable for example and they eat other vegetables …Don’t make a fuss we all have foods we prefer…

But they must eat a balanced meal at mealtimes…

Yes, sometimes we have to say(and) mean it …If you don’t eat your dinner you get no pudding…

As parents and grandparents, we have a responsibility…

No ifs, No buts, Just do it!

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Image by THE 5TH from Pixabay

THIS IS  A TREAT…FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ONCE A WEEK IF THEY HAVE EATEN THEIR MEALS…A TREAT…

Aston’s Cloud eggs...

Perfect, Astons cloud egg

 

Aston is my grandson...he loves eating and cooking…He also loves experimenting and U-Tube…I am always being shown the wonders of u-tube….experiments, natural phenomenon,  funnies(not) most of the time for Nannie….Our sense of humour differs…haha as it should…He is also my biggest food critic….mmmmm

Neither Aston or Lily liked their egg whites they would eat the yolk…a dippy egg and leave the white…Aston came across this recipe for cloud eggs…Nannie was woken at an ungodly hour for a Sunday to show him how to separate the whites from the yolks…

He then decided that just an egg wasn’t enough so he would make some mince ( Thai) style…

It was a success as both kids now eat the whites of the egg…and I don’t have to cook it …he does…We are working on the washing up…haha

Cloud Eggs Aston styleCloud Eggs Aston Style…..

Let the kids help and they will eat it….It always works…

Both Sally@ Smorgasbord Magazine and I work hard to bring you recipes and advice on nutrition…We cook from scratch using local ingredients where we can…

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As Autumn is here and Winter on its way for many of you …It is the cold and flu season or will be…We can prepare for that by ensuring we eat the right food…Sally wrote an excellent article on the immune system...No one likes colds and flu do they? I certainly don’t …An essential read …And don’t forget to get your flu jab …

I have also spoken about the need to get a good nights sleep...Vital to our good health…I came across this very easy and quite a funny way to know if you are sleep deprived…

That all for now…Tomorrow is Wednesday so join me for Whimsical Wednesday it is always fun…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 wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year…It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

Travel and Traditions…Go Bananas…

Bananas grow everywhere here…In gardens, by the roadside and on plantations…

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated  means  Fruit of wise  men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue eye.

Seasons vary slightly around the regions and it is a tree-like perennial and officially classed as a herb, the world’s largest herb as it can reach 25 feet in height. The fruit is also classed as a berry. Did you know that?

Here in Thailand leaves are used to serve food on or wrap food in like these little parcels of tri-coloured sticky rice topped with shredded pork floss.

Tri Cloured sticky rice with pulled pork

The saying that you eat with your eyes certainly applies here as so much of the food is just so beautifully served and such lovely colours like this rice isn’t it pretty and all wrapped in a banana leaf.

Banana flowers are, as the name suggests, the blossoms from a banana tree. Left on the tree, considered as a vegetable.  It’s a very good source of fibre and has many medicinal values.

Banana flower

Banana flowers are the purplish-red flowers growing at the end of the long banana stem. The mature flower often has hard husks on the outside. When the husks have been peeled away, the leaves in the middle can be used to cook. It is also used to make a salad in some countries as well. If you are about to buy some for cooking, you should make sure to choose the fresh ones which are tight and undamaged. The outer husks should be closely overlapped each other for freshness purposes.

The flower can be eaten steamed with a spicy dip or made into a salad…For banana, recipes see this post…

We also have Plantain…

The plantain is a member of the banana family but unless it is very ripe should not be eaten raw…Boiled it is similar to the potato…Raw they have a bitter taste but ripe they are full of flavour …

A good source of fibre and Vitamins A and C with most of its calories coming from carbohydrates.

Not so sweet as a banana the plantain is a staple food in tropical countries a non-seasonal crop it is available year-round.

Plantains can be simmered in soup or turned into mash, but their subtle taste is maximised by roasting or frying. They act as a foil to rich flavours such as spicy meat or bean stews. Salted fried plantain chips are a popular snack in the Caribbean.

Spoiler Alert: These recipes are quite calorific but as a very occasional treat…Very nice…

Very popular in West African baked with eggs and peppers they make a lovely breakfast frittata. Fried the onions and pepper before adding it to the egg mixture to give it added flavour. Together with garlic, scotch bonnet pepper or hot sauce, smoked paprika, and thyme.  You may add other additional spices to make it more flavorful. Also lovely with some added sausage or bacon.

If you have some really ripe plantains then blitz one or two in your food processor and add to your pancake batter it will take the humble pancake to another level.

Serve with a Coconut sauce and you will never want to eat pancakes any other way… To make the sauce take a can or 14 fl ounces of coconut milk add a cup of brown sugar bring it to a slow rolling boil then stirring cook until the mixture thickens and had reduced by half you know have a beautiful coconut sauce which is lovely over the pancakes or any other sweet dessert.

This lovely dry spice mix goes well with the plantain.

  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tbsp ground cloves

Measure and mix the spices together and store in a small container with a lid.

Spiced Plantain chips…

  • 1 heaped tbsp of the spice mix
  • 1 sm red onion, grated
  • 2 in a piece of fresh ginger grated
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 4-6 plantains peeled and sliced
  • A handful of roasted peanuts, crushed.

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl add the plantain and mix gently to coat ( hands are good) and marinate for at least 20 minutes.

Heat the oil to 180 degrees and fry the plantain chips in batches. When golden and they have floated to the surface remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper. Serve sprinkled with the crushed nuts.

As well as Thailand being a great source of the Banana...How about a trip to  Banana Beach here in Phuket?

A small beach which can only be accessed by climbing down …Just as well I had Aston to help me and take my hand he is such a good boy to his Nannie…

Track to banana beach (2)

It was a little way down and a bit slippery in places…But finally, we were on the beach…

It was well worth the climb apart from somewhere to buy a soft drink and a snack, a few boats offering trips to neighbouring islands just lovely sand and blue sea…

We spent a lovely few hours there just relaxing it was beautiful…

Nam Pboon Sai…A red banana dessert…

How was it made…The translation from my daughter in law was it is lime powder…from limes? Apparently not…It is a red powder she said…Ok…

Where does my red Lime powder fit in well it is sold here and apparently some of the powder is rubbed under the top gum of the mouth…I was warned( not) that I had any intention of doing that …To be careful it may burn!!!!!!!!

I was also getting a lot of surprised looks and smiles which translated I think meant what is this lady doing buying that… just as well I had Tik with me to translate that I wasn’t intending to smoke or rub it under my gums but cook…They still looked slightly bemused but I am used to that now.

I just wanted to know and see what made this Banana dessert red…..

To make red lime, powdered turmeric is added to the mixture. Instead of turning yellow like turmeric, this pasty mixture turns bright red. Nam Pboon Sai or limewater is made when more water is added to the mixture. When the lime settles, the clear, pinkish water above is used in cooking.

Limewater is used in Thai cooking to keep fruit used in long cooking like a banana in syrup or breadfruit in syrup. The fruit is peeled and cut and let soak in the lime water.

The grandmother here stores her red lime paste in a jar filled with water. The heavier lime sinks to the bottom while the clear limewater floats above.  When she needs the limewater, it’s ready. She would pour the clear pinkish water out from the jar. She just tops up the limewater by adding more water to the jar. There is also no need to refrigerate limewater or lime paste.

Just a word of warning…

sweet radish croneck squah and red lime powder

The powder I bought was available in red or white but apparently also comes as a red paste. It is pictured here with the pretty eggplants I found…

If you get pickling lime from hardware stores, which often have canning materials available, make sure you get the food-grade quality. The lime building material may contain a metal such as lead.

This is where I began to get quite scared as I know that there are some who just mix whatever they have to sell with no regard for the consequences.

The bananas in this desert look bright and shiny and sweet but are not as sweet as they look… I have found a recipe and now need to find the right bananas…So that is for another day…

That is all for today...I am still on my girlie jolly so please if I don’t answer your comments I will catch up when I return…Sophia and Roxy are in town…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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Jalapeno rolls, Environmental travel, East meets West and much more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or you like to do what I do and that’s snuggled down in my favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair and a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

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Monday: Where do the weeks go they just seem to fly by…Again lots of good news on the environment and the waste food side…This Mondays post will not be quite the same as although I will have good news there are some concerns …Like the fires in the Amazon…so sad but I digress and I hope you enjoy this post for all its good news bearing in mind life isn’t all good all of the time but I am sure you know that…Travel or alternative forms of travel was the main theme last week…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/19/the-latest-news-on-the-environment-and-recycling19th-august-2019/

Tuesday: Always confession time for me and diet fads although of course I always slip in a recipe or two…A glass of water with clay mixed in is definitely not my drink of the day…I mean who would or who does…Well, celebrities always do no doubt lured by a big fat cheque…Commonsense is the name of my game and my weight is dropping very nicely..Although I am off to Pattaya for a few girlie days today so let’s just say I will be partaking and enjoying my break and when I get home ..Ahhhh Mrs commonsense will be waiting…haha

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/20/eat-smart-eat-healthily-and-lose-weightfads-out-common-sense-in/

Wednesday: This is my favourite post of the week at the moment to write as anything goes …Music, food, a bit of history and either a world day or a National Day…It was World Seniors day last week or dentures and the tooth fairy…haha…Next Wednesday and I didn’t plan this…haha..Is National Red Wine Day…well it would be rude, not to..wouldn’t it??? Pattaya here I come…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/21/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-9/

I was also over at Sally’s for my resident Food column…where it was East meets West …or pasta and noodles…Phad Thai or Chicken Meatballs…

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Thursday: Travel and traditions…Monkeys galore, beautiful views and beaches…A very pretty town and some glorious Thai food…

Not forgetting the traditional Thai dancing troupe those girls were lovely…

Friday: The week is drawing to a close…It has been a warm, wet week here…It was also time for me to let you peek into my kitchen and see what I cook during the week…It won’t be much next week as I am away so maybe just some chatter or if my son cooks then it will be his food and he is a hell of a cook so you may be in for a treat or two…

Those little jalapeno rolls have proved to be popular..lots of shares and the Coconut flower sugar was one of my finds …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/23/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-chicken-cashew-nut-lemongrass-jalapeno-rolls-and-frogs/

Saturday: Is that time of the week when we bring a touch of seriousness to the blog…When Sally tells us how to look after our major organs and what happens when we don’t…I find it very interesting and if I had to visit the doctor I would be happier knowing what questions to ask…I think that is important…don’t you? I like to know but if I go knowing how things should work I can tell the doctor my symptoms and hopefully get a fuller answer…A good read and one we all should be reading and be aware of as without the good health of our major organs we may not be long for this world…I for one have so much more to do so I am listening, Sally…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-five-pancreas-gallbladder-and-intestines-sally-cronin/

That concludes my week …I do hope you have enjoyed it and found something that you loved or was helpful or you just liked…I thank you for each and every one of your comments they truly make me happy…I love them…If you enjoyed something please share and spread the word…Have a great Sunday wherever you are …x

N.B….Saangchai here…She forgot…my mistress forgot…Good job I was checking what she has written …Don’t tell her when she comes back….woof… she has just gone to check the dinner…woof…I was over @ Lillies this week…You know Tori..Her little furbaby…She had me over to play…Thanx Lillie, it was fun…I do hope my mistress doesn’t forget she is letting me have a monthly spot…woof…She is so pleased to be going to see her friend that she is thinking of nothing else…Humans…Woof…Laters…Saangchai …

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Saangchai….Sorry…xx…

See you tomorrow with my weekly recycling and environment updates post …x

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you for joining me once again on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…

Today is World Senior Citizens Day which was started by the UN General Assembly in 1990 and is celebrated on 21st August each year…The aim of the day is to raise awareness about factors and issues which affect older people such as age deterioration and abuse of the elderly.

It is also a day of celebrations around the world to recognise the contributions that older people make to society.

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How can you help? Who can you help? It may be that you have an elderly neighbour who never has any visitors or it may be that you don’t see so much of your elderly parents or relatives, after all, we all have busy lives but also we will one day be as old and how will our children or our peers treat us?

Maybe you could invite a parent or elderly neighbour to help cook a meal together…Kids love to be involved as well. There may be some chores you can do, run an errand, pack a hamper and go on a picnic if the weather permits.

There may be a club or organisation near you who are offering free meals or a restaurant with a special offer…Social interaction is very important as we get older as is happiness and it should be a duty we perform happily year-round and not just one day a year.

Spring Flowers…

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One of my favourite times of the year snowdrops are often the first to show their faces then daffodils and tulips a little later come the Bluebells…But we need to order our bulbs early and get them planted ready for the spring…We will of course also get the pick of the best bulbs …

Time for a story…

A few random prompts and a fertile imagination…

Home Time…

How long Lily had laid there hidden in the undergrowth she did not know. She wrinkled her nose “Phewww I smell ripe” but at least the dogs won’t pick up my scent, covering herself in cowpat had worked wonders the security guards had walked right by her at least three times and the dogs didn’t pick up a thing it was the security guards who had groaned about the ripe smell of manure.

Her limbs were stiff with cold after laying in one position for 2 hours it must be safe to move now thought Lily, she gingerly moved her legs one at a time and flexed her arms, if I crawl to the edge of the thicket then I can see if it’s clear.

Moving slowly so as not to make any noise she inched towards the edge.

Training her binoculars on the white building a few hundred yards to her right there was only one light on and no signs of any life. She stayed like this for at least half an hour and decided it was safe to make a move. She had to gain access to the ladies changing rooms where a package had been left for her.

Vital to the success of the mission; Mrs F was counting on Lily to get the microchip to her by tomorrow morning at the latest.

Once in the building Lily quickly located her target, she opened the tiny box and inside lay a beautiful pair of diamond ear studs. Removing her own earrings she replaced them with the diamonds. Her watch said she had an hour to get to the bus station, once on the bus, she would be able to activate the police scanner. It was imperative that she reached the X-zone quickly or all would be lost.

Spotting a moped leaning on the outside wall Lily soon had it started, she set off at a steady speed so as not to arouse suspicion for the bus station. Arriving with minutes to spare, the last few stragglers just stowing their bags in the boot, Lily boarded the bus.

It took Lily three attempts to get the scanner on the bus to work. She needed to pick up the police radio channel as she knew by now they must have set up roadblocks but where?

Smoke hung over the valley making the road barely visible. But they needed to move quickly for the bus to reach the X-zone on time. She felt desperate for a second but knew she was tougher than that. She started to check out the toolbox hidden behind the trunk… Thanks, Dad, I knew what you taught me would save my day sometime. 

Just then, Lily heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights of six speeding police cars overtaking the bus. She froze, trying to think fast.

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Take the exit, now! She leaned over the driver’s shoulder. “My friend, Mrs F. lives just off the highway.”

Leaning into the curve to make the turn the bus drove up over the curb. The jolt sent the scanner flying from Lily’s hand.

Shit! We need that if we’re ever going to get back.”

She threw herself down on her knees scrambling after the precious piece of equipment. The bus hit another bump and the scanner flew into the air, headed straight for an open window.

A large hand shot into the air and neatly caught it.

Thanks, granddad, Lily looked at the elderly man who had raised her. Way to go… you are the coolest…Bob tossed the scanner to Lily.

Phew, that was lucky you were around Bob, said Lily’s latest boyfriend, Hal. I hear you were a great ball catcher in your day. Kentucky Wild Cats, wasn’t it?

Bob looked at Hal, and then at Lily raising his eyebrows. She shook her head and turned her attention back to the scanner. Her shoulders drooped. It didn’t look good. She typed in the coordinates with shaky fingers; Mrs F. was expecting them before midnight and the gates to the X-zone were closing at 7.

Houston, we have a problem here, the driver shouted. We’re just about out of gas…

We can’t stop now,…The police are right on our tail. Where the hell did you say your friend lived anyway Lily?

There it is! The red house just ahead.

Lily punched enter on the scanner and the red house started to glow. The roof opened as a large round disc appeared and rotated towards them. A blue beam pulsed from the centre enveloping all six police cars, lifting them into the air. Lily smiled as she watched them get absorbed into the smog. She looked towards the house and Mrs F. was standing in her apron waving from the door.

Jumping off the bus  Lily ran to Mrs F’s open arms.

Once again, Mrs F surprised Lily with a girlish giggle.

The End…

music notes

Back in 1956 on August 22nd…Elvis began filming ‘love me tender”….I can hear those words in my head…That man could make you believe he was just singing to you…

On this day in 1964…The Supremes reached #1 in the music charts with…

I haven’t listened to this track for a while and it made realise how much I loved listening to the Supremes…From the Supremes to Madonna ...What a contrast the lady who loved to shock…and shock the world she has throughout her career…Back in 1987, Madonna reached #1 with ‘ Whose that Girl”… The film was released on August 7, 1987, and was a box office bomb, grossing only $2.5 million in its first week, with its final domestic total being about $7.3 million on a budget between $17 million and $20 million. Critics were highly disappointed with the film, and Foley’s direction.

Madonna’s accompanying Who’s That Girl World Tour went on to be a critical and commercial success, grossing a total of US$25 million, and playing in front of audiences totalling 1.5 million people. The soundtrack also enjoyed commercial success, with the title track becoming Madonna’s sixth number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 record chart.

Madonna has had many fierce critics over the years and some spectacular failures but also had absolutely phenomenal success…Love her or hate her she has to be admired…

Did you know that tomorrow is National Tooth fairy day…I always tried so hard to stay awake to catch sight of the tooth fairy but I never did manage to…Did you? I always kept my hand under the pillow with the tooth and fell asleep…Then in the morning woke up to find a sixpence…

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Recipe Corner…

Wing Beans…otherwise known as (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as the Goa bean, asparagus pea, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, Manila bean, Mauritius bean, and winged pea.

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This is one of the most unusual beans; it produces delicious pods with four winged edges. Sliced and cooked with garlic, oyster sauce and a little Maggi( Thai seasoning sauce) they are delicious…it is always a toss-up with me morning glory or wing beans both equally delicious…

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Winged beans are nutrient-rich, and all parts of the plant are edible. Leaves can be eaten like spinach, flowers can be used in salads, tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds can be used in similar ways as the soybean.

It is also the time of year for many mushrooms ...time for foraging…Thais love foraging especially for mushrooms…They are generally used to make a delicious soup or a spicy mushroom paste which is eaten with sticky rice and generally raw vegetables and maybe a small fish …I have been astounded by the many different types of mushrooms growing wild in the jungle my son’s wife is in her element when she can go foraging she loves it…I love it because I see much that I haven’t seen before…

The mushrooms on the BBQ are then made into a spicy paste with chillies…

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… 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 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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

Connect to Carol

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Twitter

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Email:

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx