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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘S’ for Satay, Salsa, Salmagundi, Sage, Squid and Salt Hoss

Header letter S Culinary Alphabet

Welcome to the next letter in my first A-Z  the letter S… Sally of Smorgasbord Magazine is kindly rewinding this series and I am thoroughly enjoying rereading the series…Many of my favourite foods start with the letter S …Salsa, squid, satay sauce and sage are among them…To read the original post please click the highlighted link below it will take you to Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally has the coffee pot brewing…See you there xx


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘S’ for Satay, Salsa, Salmagundi, Sage, Squid and Salt Hoss

The Culinary Alphabet the letter S should be an easy one as I can think of many items which begin with the letter. I do however like to throw in the odd curveball and come up with at least one which you may not have heard of or don’t know what it means.

Salsa – My favourite is this one. Mango and avocado with red onion.


• 1 mango, diced
• 1 medium avocado, diced
• ½ medium red onion, finely chopped
• ½ bunch fresh coriander (about 1/2 cup chopped)
• Juice of 1 medium lime (about 2tbsp)
• 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of black pepper, to taste.

Let’s Cook!

In a medium bowl, combine diced mango, avocado, finely chopped red onion, and chopped coriander. If you like a hint of spice like me then add chopped chili.
Squeeze 2tbsp of fresh lime juice over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to combine and serve. If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate.


Is one of my most used herbs in my cookery I love sage. Sage is probably also the most well known as one of the main ingredients of sage and onion stuffing, which is traditionally served on Christmas Day with roast turkey or roast goose.

Sage is another herb that has been around for thousands of years and which was not only used in cooking but also as a popular medicine. In fact, the word sage derives from the Latin “salvare”, which means to heal or to save.

Culinary I use it with both chicken and pork. Sage can be bought cut fresh or dried from your local supermarket. You can grow sage in your garden, although if you live in a cold climate, it will not grow as well as in a warm and sunny country.

Dried sage can keep for about six months but must be stored in an airtight container or glass jar.

Cut fresh sage leaves should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or you may wrap them in a damp paper towel to maintain their freshness for as long as possible. They will usually last for three or four days.
Freshly picked sage leaves from your garden will keep for at least a week longer if stored wrapped in a damp paper towel and placed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Ideas for using sage in cooking

Sage is not only ideal for flavouring meat or poultry dishes, but it also goes well with cheese, apples, and tomatoes.

Try some of the ideas below.

• Use to make your own homemade stuffing mixed with onion.
• Use to flavour homemade vegetable soups.
• Add to your homemade sausage mix or sausage stew.
• Add some chopped sage leaves to macaroni cheese or other cheese dishes.
• Sprinkle chopped sage leaves or dried sage onto toasted rustic or French bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.
• Now add a fresh tomato and cheese salad.
• Use sage to season and flavour any type of tomato sauce for pasta.
• Add a small amount of fresh sage to a cheese omelette or frittata.

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Brussel Sprouts.

Sprouts! You know you love them! Or do you????
I hope that after you have read the health benefits that Sally has presented for you and perused the recipes that you will be tempted to try them…They are coming into their season now and are at their best, so easy to prepare and cook…Enjoy!

Carol’s Perfect Crispy Crackling

The Recipe Hunter has very kindly shared my post for the BEST crispy Pork Crackling ….This is my failsafe method and it works everytime…I can always be found screaming at the TV screen every time these cooks on Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules have trouble with their crackling…TURN up the oven! …….


TRH Carol's Perfect Crispy Crackling2

Nothing is better than perfectly crisp Pork Crackling.
How to achieve it, well, It’s easy!

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