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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Butterfly Pea Tea, Plastic Bags,

Good morning and welcome to this week’s roundup just in case you missed some although I missed last week as I was on a jolly to Bangkok to meet my number #1 Son we had a lovely weekend of tea tasting, temples, shopping and of course eating delicious street food…I didn’t even ..shock horror take my laptop…haha

Do you know the difference between a Biodegradable Plastic bag and a Compostable Plastic Bag?

Do I use biodegradable bags or compostable bags?

How can we be sure biodegradable bags are really eco-friendly? Are they the same as degradable plastic bags?

coloured plastic bags blowing in the wind

There are independent certification schemes you can look out for that give you peace of mind about the claims being made. But it means that you must do your research…To help you a little I have conducted some research and these are my findings…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/20/plastic-part-9-biodegradable-and-compostable-bags/

My weekend in Bangers( Bangkok)…

All is revealed …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/21/healthy-eating-eat-smart-a-bangkok-weekend-tea-tasting-butterfly-pea-flowers/

This next post is from my archives…I gave Sally permission to have a route around and this is one of my early posts which she chose to publish featuring the lovely Saangchai who is a Soi dog who now has his forever home with us…

SAM_7022

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dogs-are-not-our-whole-life-but-they-make-our-life-whole-by-carol-taylor/

My next post is my Waste Not! Want Not series

It is certainly pleasing to see so much tree planting happening around the world and things do certainly seem to be ratching up a few notches there are lots of encouraging stories which leads me to think all may not quite be lost just yet but we mustn’t drop the baton…For the sake of our children, grandchildren and future generations, we must do all we can…

adult hand holding the world and a child finger pointing

Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/23/waste-not-want-not-india-plants-66-million-trees/

Fajitas are my grandsons new favourite dinner so I have been told …Something I rarely cook but it looks like that will be changing…haha…My preference is smoked mackerel with green mango salad but it wouldn’t do for us all to be alike would it and I love nothing better than seeing a child enjoy his/her food…

mackerel and green mango Thai salad

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/24/this-week-in-my-kitchen-fajitas-green-mango-and-mackerel-salad/

Carrying on with my smoked mackerel my next recipe was smoked mackerel with broccoli, almonds and walnuts and very tasty it is as well…

smoked mackerel and broccoli salad

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/25/smoked-mackerel-with-brocolli-almonds-and-walnuts/

Thank you very much for reading I have lots of good news for next week on the Waste problem around the world, A new drink I have discovered and lots more so please join me 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.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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

This week in my kitchen…Fajitas, Green Mango and Mackerel Salad…

Last week I was in Bangkok and what a lovely weekend it was…I am now back home..refreshed as I didn’t take my laptop so had a few days break which did me good…I came back renewed and invigorated…The weather here is typical rainy season lots of tropical storms and is that thunder loud…Still warm but the rain takes that edge off the searing heat…29C feels like 34C…Cloudy interspersed with tropical showers…Looks like it is set in for the day…

For a change, I thought I would make fajitas and my grandson has decided that it is his new favourite dinner…It is not very often that I make this sort of dinner I normally cook Thai, Indian or a good roast dinner…

Aston, of course, being a young foodie and a good little cook wanted guacamole, salsa, sour cream to go with his fully stuffed fajitas of which he ate 3 to my one…A growing lad with hollow legs as my mum used to say to us…

Guacamole.

guacamole

  • I avocado
  • 1 ripe tomato
  •  1 finely chopped shallot or green onion…I prefer shallots
  • I  birds eye chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • Lime juice

Let’s Cook!

Peel and roughly chop the avocado stir in the chopped onion, chilli, tomatoes and the coriander. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Cover the bowl with clingfilm and chill before serving.

Tomato Salsa.

salsa

Ingredients.

  • 1 med red onion finely chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes (peeled, chopped)
  • 1-2 red chilli peppers (hot or mild)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
  • 1 1/2-2 tbsp lime juice.
  • salt and pepper, to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Combine all the ingredients and season well…

Salsa is also Aston and Lily’s favourite snack so I think I have made it 3 nights out of 4 for the last week or two…Kids!

All of these dips are really quick to put together sometimes I use my little blender with the guacamole but am careful not to make it too smooth.

They can be served with my saltine crackers, pitta bread, Doritos, Fajitas or anything else of your choice…

Fajita mix.

• 3 tbsp Cornstarch…I use rice flour
• 2 tbsp Chilli Powder. ( I use dried chillies ground to a powder)
• 1 tbsp Salt.
• 1/2 tbsp Sugar.(optional)
• 1 tbsp Red Smoked Paprika
• 2 1/2 tsp Powdered chicken stock/seasoning.
• 1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder.
• 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder.
• 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper.
• 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder.

I always make my own mixes as I find that I can save money by buying larger packs of spices and also I have a quicker rotation so the spices stay fresh and not linger in the cupboard forever.

Chicken Fajitas.

fajita chicken cooked

2 chicken breast sliced into about 3 in pieces.

2/3 cloves of garlic crushed

1 onion chopped or sliced

1-2 tbsp Fajita mix

Half a red and yellow sweet bell pepper finely sliced…( optional)

I don’t cook them with my fajita mix as my family like their peppers uncooked in Fajitas this is purely personal taste and if you like yours in your mix then add near the end of cooking.

Let’s Cook!

Heat a glug of olive oil in your pan and add your onions and after a couple mins, the garlic then add your fajita mix and stir well then add your chicken, Cook for about 5-6 minutes until chicken is cooked. Add a little water if required.

 

To serve spread some sour cream on your wrap add some chicken, salsa, guacamole, raw bell peppers, grated cheese ( optional) then roll and enjoy!

 

Mackerel and green mango salad.

mackerel and green mango Thai salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 small mackerel or mackerel fillets
  • 1 green mango, julienned
  • 3 shallots finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 -4 fresh red chillies sliced
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes ( optional)
  • 1 handful of fresh mint picked and chopped
  • 1 handful coriander chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted roasted nuts.

Grill the mackerel unless you buy ready smoked mackerel and in that case break it into flakes.

Julienne your mango, slice your shallots and chop your herbs. Put all your chopped ingredients and the fish into a serving bowl and add your chillies, fish sauce and Lime Juice…Taste and if you wish to add a little sugar to balance the flavour or suit your palate then add it now.

Serve with noodles or some steamed plain potatoes.

N.B.

If you can’t get green mango then this salad would be lovely with mango which is just ripe but still firm which I think you could get almost anywhere in the world now…Or try a green apple which I think would be equally as good.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes until next time…Have a great weekend 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.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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

 

 

No more Diets…Healthy Eating …

BANNER CHOCOLATE CAKE peanut butter rice cakes

Hello and welcome… How is your healthy eating going are you still feeling enthused after all that Christmas Fare and ready to eat healthily, have more energy and keep the advancing years at bay? Or is that old enemy Will Power creeping into your life… He creeps about silently but deadly… He just loves it when you sneak a piece or two of that cake that is saying ” Eat me”

Taking a slice of chocolate cake

His little face lights up and he knows he is winning…

Did you know that the more you resist the temptation that he starts to disappear…He does like a willow the wisp…

The thing is the more you give in he grows bigger and like the gremlins, he sprouts out lots of little Will Powers they are so small they can sneak in anywhere…

gremlin smiling

They are so clever they plant little ideas and feed on your thoughts…and before you know it you are back to square one…

I will now turn you over to Sally @ Smorgasbord as she has some very sensible ideas on how to find some willpower unlike my little flight of fantasy…haha…So please pop over to Sally’s and if a Gentle Detox is how you like to start your New Year then Parts 1 & 2 will tell you all you need to know …Three brilliant posts full of good ideas and sensible easy to understand information to get you up and running…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/smorgasbord-health-column-the-gentle-detox-part-three-willpower/

Who remembers rice cakes??

processed rice cakes

Way back in the late 1980’s to 1990″s when I followed one fad diet after another…When low fat and high carbs were one of the Die(t) trends…Rice Cakes were touted as the thing to eat…Cardboard in taste although low-calorie at 35 calories a cake…Looking back they were nothing more than a mouthful or three which had minimal vitamins and minerals, no fat, no fibre and maybe just maybe a gm of protein…Refined carbs which converted very quickly into sugar, they were sprinkled with salt and generally sprayed with artificial flavourings…Did they take my mind off food…No! They left me feeling sluggish and still craving so I demolished the whole packet…

Please tell me they are not still on sale??

Healthy Snacks:

Greek yoghurt and berries with granola.

Hummus with veggies…Get the recipe here

Dark chocolate with 1 oz of almonds or walnuts.

Guacamole with red peppers

2 hardboiled eggs with some cherry tomatoes

A cup of homemade vegetable soup…When I was cold I used to keep a pot simmering and if I felt a bit peckish then I would just pour my self a mug full and it kept away the hunger pangs.

Salsa with baked tortilla chips or veggies.

To bake your own using corn or flour tortillas, a light brushing of oil or a spritz of cooking spray and a bit of salt, you can bake tortilla chips in your own oven and enjoy them while they are still warm.

Peanut Butter and a banana wrapped in a whole grain wrap.

To make your own Peanut Butter couldn’t be easier…

Rather than buying store-bought peanut butter which is full of nasties, it is easier and it is very quick to make your own.

It is the quickest easiest recipe to make ever, the kids can help blitz it and as well as being tasty it has no nasties.

Let’s Cook!

Take 500 gm raw peanuts. Put in oven on tray and cook on high for 10 mins. Take out of oven and reserve a few (if you like crunchy peanut butter) like me. Put the remainder of nuts in a food processor and blitz at 1 min intervals scrapping down the sides. Do this for 4 mins or until smooth.

Add 1 tsp of salt,1 tbsp oil and remainder of reserved nuts if using.

Blitz again for 1 min and put in a suitable container. Stores in fridge for 3/4 weeks…….IT’S DELISH!

Just a few snack ideas to keep you going… What is your favourite snack ???

We all know that to enable us to get healthy we need to up our exercise…

Exercise…That has always filled me with horror…I have braved the gym in the past but no more…I think that with exercise it needs to be something which you enjoy doing and  I enjoy walking and at my age, I think that is enough I have also and I think it is the time of year…I am a tidy person…A neat freak…I feel the need to clean out drawers and cupboards…So each morning I tackle one or two and it is surprising how all that up and down and cleaning out the cupboards is a good little workout…No cupboards today…It was my bathroom cleaning day my ensuite walls and floors and my grandson’s bathroom…What is so difficult about screwing back toothpaste tops, shower gel and shampoo lids etc …

toothbrushes toothpaste no lid

After cleaning 3 bathrooms and that is no mean feat…I went for my morning walk so I feel quite energised at the moment…

Tomorrow I tackle another cupboard…

What is your favourite exercise???

Thank you for reading and please keep the comments coming I love to hear from you it makes my day 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!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Healthy Summer Eating…How to eat great tasty food and lose weight…

Summertime carol Cook's

Summertime and the living is easy by Ella Fitzgerald or a little more upbeat… In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry…

I love those songs they both epitomise sunny days. leisurely eating with friends and family… What are your favourite summer songs??

It also means enjoyable food and drinks…Food and drinks which are tasty and fun to eat… which when you have eaten leaves you pleasantly full but still able to play ball…stroll around the park in the sun or just be…

I love a nice iced tea…Green tea with a splash of fresh orange or lime juice, muddle some mint sprigs add some ice and top with sparkling water… Refreshing and healthy…

iced green tea

Or cucumber and mint is a lovely combo with sparkling water …

Fresh Coconut juice…One of my favourites… there are so many lovely drinks which are so easy to make either for one or make a jug full… Play with your flavours …Freeze some orange, pomelo, lemon or lime slices and just drop in your sparkling water…

Puree some lovely fresh ripe mango, pineapple, papaya and top up with ice and sparkling water with some lime juice anything goes …Have fun and create…

Not sweet enough add a little honey…

Now to food...What to eat… Take some lovely zucchini noodles…

zucchini- noodles

Stick some chicken fillets on the BBQ or under the grill and add some pesto …quick, easy, tasty and healthy…Below are my recipes for a green or pesto and some lovely light dishes using fresh herbs…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/healthy-eating-fresh-herbs/

One of my favourite things are roasted lemons… the taste is sublime and cannot be beaten for me anyway it just sings of sunny days…

Roasted lemon and tomato salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ pounds mixed small tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves

Let’s Cook!

Pre-heat the oven 325F 160C

Add the lemon slices to a saucepan of boiling water and blanch for 2 mins…This removes the bitterness…Remove from the heat and pat dry.

Gently toss the lemon slices with the sage, sugar and 1 tbsp of olive oil then spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake until lemons are dry and lightly coloured about 15-20 mins then set to one side to cool.

In a large bowl whisk the pomegranate molasses, allspice and 1 tbsp of olive oil season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the lemons, onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint..if mint leaves are large then tear toss gently to combine…

Taste to check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if required.

Enjoy!

Stuck for a tasty dressing this one is quick, easy and delicious…

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers.

Lets mix!

Measure all your ingredients into a bowl gentle muddle the herbs and capers to release the flavours…Season with freshly ground black peppers and use to season your favourite salad…

Lovely over a salad topped with some grilled sliced chicken or sliced grilled steak…

grilled chicken

For some more ideas pop over to Sally’s for some healthy snack ideas including a lovely guacamole and salsa recipe…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-snacks-and-dips-guacamole-and-salsa/

 

This has been added as such a brilliant way of tracking weight loss and no I haven’t seen it before ( I DON’T GET OUT MUCH) although I am sure some have…I just loved it!

https://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2018/07/17/losing-your-marbles/#comment-48348

I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

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Enjoy your week, be happy and mindful xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruity Friday… The Cranberry.

Fruity Friday, The Cranberry

Welcome to Fruity Fridays and today I am showcasing the Cranberry… Cranberries always remind me of Christmas I think it is the smell when I am making Cranberry sauce, the cinnamon, spices and the orange all together invoke those Christmas memories but of course, cranberry sauce can be eaten with any roast meats, cold meats, with cream cheese so many ways.

My mum always used to swear by Cranberry juice if anyone has a urinary tract infection, however, the latest research show that capsules are more effective as the cranberry juice you buy does not have the same concentration of antioxidant proanthocyanidins.

They are low in calories and high in Vitamin C, A and K so a little gem of a berry which packs a healthy punch.

In a homemade trail mix dried cranberries with unsalted nuts and seeds a nice quick to make little snack.

If you are making muffins or scones then a handful or two of cranberries adds that little extra zing and helps cut through the sweetness of cakes.

There are also two ways that cranberries are harvested.

Wet Harvesting:

Many people and that included me for a while think that cranberries grow underwater but they are not they grow on boggy ground which is flooded with up to 18 inches of water the night before the berries are to be harvested.  Then water reels, nicknamed “eggbeaters,” churn the water and loosen the cranberries from the vine. Each berry has a tiny pocket of air that allows it to float to the surface of the water. These are then collected and it is these cranberries which are used in the cranberry products we buy in the shops.

Dry Harvesting:

Fresh cranberries are harvested using the dry method and it is the method to pick those beautiful red berries we see fresh and beautiful in the stores or in the markets.

I have noticed the difference when I use fresh cranberries when making sauce or stuffing that the fresh berries do not have the deep red colour of the frozen ones when cooked… I do however prefer the taste of the fresh berries although I do keep a bag of frozen cranberries in my freezer as a backup or to use when fresh cranberries are out of season.

Cranberry Sauce:

  • 3  cups or 12 oz of cranberries.
  • The juice of 2 large Oranges.
  • A cup of sugar.
  • 1 stick of cinnamon.

cranberry-sauce

Put all the ingredients in a heavy bottomed pan, bring to the boil and turn down so it is still a rolling boil and cook for 10 mins if ( using) frozen berries or 20 minutes if using fresh cranberries as they will take a bit longer to pop.

 

Store in a sealed container.

These little puffs don’t take long to make so if I need a quick snack if visitors pop in around sundowner time then these don’t take long. I always keep a little box of already cut puff pastry squares which I can just pop in the oven and I always have a container of cranberry as we like it in a sandwich if we have cold chicken or pork and it is lovely with hot meat or pork schnitzels which I just top with some cream cheese and a spoonful of cranberry sauce.

Camembert Puffs:

camembert_puffs-1

Ingredients:   

I pack of frozen Puff Pastry, thawed.

125 gm(4 oz) of Camembert Cheese.

100gm Cranberry Sauce.

1 sprig of thyme…leaves picked.

1 large egg, beaten.

To Make:  

Line 2 baking tins with baking parchment.

Roll out puff pastry and cut into bite-sized squares ( 3cm)

Put onto baking trays making sure you space well apart. Brush top with beaten egg. Chill in the fridge for 20-30 mins.

Put into pre-heated oven 180 or gas mark 6. Cook for approx 10 minutes or until golden brown. Slice Camembert into equal sized pieces and put one in the centre of each pastry square. Top with a tsp of cranberry sauce. Put back into the oven until cheese has melted.

Garnish with Thyme.

Enjoy!

This next recipe is one I use if I am rolling and stuffing a piece of Pork and I have stuffed chicken breasts as well using the same stuffing.

Apple and Cranberry Pork.

Stuffed pork loin

Rub for the Pork Loin.

  • 4 lbs Pork Loin,
  • Bacon ( enough to cover Pork Loin)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste,
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil,
  • 2 finely chopped Garlic Cloves,
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Thyme,
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Rosemary…

Stuffing for Pork Loin:

  • Half cup Vinegar,
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt,
  • 2 small diced red onions,
  • Olive oil as required,
  • 1/2 bottle Lager Beer,
  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar,
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon,
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger,
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries,
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seed,
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves,
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper,
  • 4 peeled and chopped Granny Smith Apples.

Let’s Cook!

Cut a pocket through one end of the tenderloin. Don’t slice through the other end. Season in and out properly with salt and pepper.

Mix together the ingredients for the rub and when mixed rub into the pork loin , cover and put in the fridge for an hour.

Uncooked pork loin

While the Pork is absorbing all those lovely flavours prepare the stuffing mix.

Finely chop the Red Onions and cook in Olive oil until soft. Add Apples and ginger, stir and cook for 5 mins.Add remainder of ingredients stir to combine and simmer gently until mixture thickens and reduces. Cool slightly before stuffing the loin.

Stuffing the Loin was quite messy the first time I made this. I tried a plastic sauce bottle which was ok..but now I use an icing bag which is much easier and quicker.

Stuff loin and then cover with bacon slices.Put tin foil on top as bacon cooks very quickly and remove foil about ten mins from end cooking to brown bacon. Rest loin for 10 mins before carving.

Stuffed pork cooking

Once rested, carve and serve we made the gravy from the meat juices and pork stock and it was lovely. Served with vegetables and crispy roast potatoes..mmmm.

This versatile little berry can be used to make lovely little potato pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • Peel and grate 2 russet potatoes; squeeze dry.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 grated onion
  • 1/2 cup each chopped cranberries and breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt and a freshly ground pepper to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Form into 2-inch pancakes and fry in 1/4 inch vegetable oil ( or oil ) of your choice (adding more as needed) in a large skillet over medium-high heat until golden, 6 to 8 minutes.

N.B. The original recipe added sugar I didn’t we don’t like added sugar in our savoury food …I know cranberries are quite sour but mixed with everything else and eaten with meat or fish with vegetables we find them very nice and don’t think sugar is necessary.

For a nice change, this little salsa using cranberries is very moreish and of course, it has the requisite chillies…lol

 Cranberry and Jalapeno Salsa.

Finely chop 2 cups cranberries with 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor. Toss with 1/3 cup each chopped cucumber and cilantro, 1/4 cup chopped white onion, 1 minced jalapeno, 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

Did you know you can also get Cranberry Beans they are really pretty although they go brown when cooked?

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Cranberry is an odd name for a lovely, versatile bean. Thought to originally come from Colombia, the bean is now grown around the world and has been known by many names such as  Madeira, Borlotti, Tongues of Fire and  Wren’s Eggs.

Cranberry beans are soft and dense with a velvety, rich texture. They are a thin-skinned bean which produces a rich bean broth and is the natural friend of Pasta e Fagioli which is a lovely bowl of pasta and beans with Italian sausage.

I hope you have enjoyed these cranberry recipes as it is a lovely fruit which can be eaten dried or used frozen or fresh when in season.

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Christmas Recipes…Delicious Dips

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It was Saltine Crackers yesterday and today it is an assortment of easy to make dips to go with the Saltine crackers…

Talking about crackers I managed to get a box of crackers today from a local shop and some Cadbury’s chocolates for the tree..wow and I wasn’t even looking for them they were just there so we managed to get one tree up today and I will do the other one tomorrow…I am saving one for Lily to decorate when she arrives.

Dips.

Smoked Mackerel Pate.

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  • 12 oz of mackerel cooked
  • 5 oz of cream cheese
  • 2/3 tbsp of horseradish sauce
  • Black pepper to season
  • Lemon Juice.

Let’s Cook!

Flake the mackerel and mix with the cream cheese…I do this with a fork. Add 2 tbsp of ready-made horseradish sauce, A good squeeze of lemon juice and season with black pepper…TASTE… Adjust seasoning if necessary I generally add a 3rd tbsp of horseradish and more lemon but it is personal taste…

Guacamole.

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  • I avocado
  • 1 ripe tomato
  •  1 finely chopped shallot or green onion…I prefer shallots
  • I  birds eye chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • Lime juice

Let’s Cook!

Peel and roughly chop the avocado stir in the chopped onion, chilli, tomatoes and the coriander. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Cover bowl with clingfilm and chill before chill before serving.

Cranberry and Rosemary cheese Spread.

Ingredients.

  • 8 oz room temperature cream cheese
  • 4 oz of feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Half a cup of dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • Half a cup of dried apricots roughly chopped
  • 3/4 tsp of dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Combine all the ingredients together except for the cranberries and apricots mix until smooth and fluffy. this takes 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the chopped fruits. Check seasoning and chill for 20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Artichoke and mint dip.

Ingredients.

  • 285 gm jar of artichoke anti-pasta in oil.
  • A good handful of mint leaves stripped from the stalk
  • 3 tbsp of creme fraiche
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges and a mint sprig to garnish.

Let’s Cook!

This can be made up to a day in advance, blitz the artichokes with their oil and the mint in a blender or food processor until fairly smooth. Add the creme fraiche, season and pulse once then add the lemon juice, Tip into a small bowl, cover with cling film and chill.

Lastly one of my favourites…

Salsa

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Ingredients.

  • 1 med red onion finely chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes (peeled, chopped)
  • 1-2 red chilli peppers (hot or mild)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons lime juice.
  • salt and pepper, to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Combine all the ingredients and season well…

All of these dips are really quick to put together sometimes I use my little blender with the guacamole but am careful not to make it too smooth.

They can be served with my saltine crackers, pitta bread or Doritos or anything else of your choice…

Enjoy!

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