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The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter H (noocH)

Good morning everyone and Pete… time for another post which is this crazy idea from one of my fellow scribes …but food fun…I have left out squash as It has mentioned in a few previous posts…

Blanch:

A cooking process whereby food, usually a vegetable or fruit, is scalded in boiling water, removed after a brief, timed interval, and finally plunged into iced water or placed under cold running water to halt the cooking process.

Blowtorch: ( Culinary)

Think Creme Brulee with that lovely crackle on top…think meringues with just a touch of brown, think a lovely sear on your meat or fish without drying up the flesh, think skinning your peppers and tomatoes if you are running out of time…you can even heat up your knife to cut frozen meat…

Bortsch:

Hot or cold Borsch is a lovely thing I was taught how to make it by my Russian neighbour when I lived in Phuket they also taught me the correct way to make and drink a Bloody Mary the Russian way….hmmmm…that certainly involved less tomato juice and more Vodka…

Butterscotch:

Butterscotch is a type of soft-crack sweet created by slowly heating butter and brown sugar together. Just like caramel, the brown sugar molecules break down and, thanks to the addition of molasses in the sugar, caramelize into a richer, deeper flavour than classic caramel.

Butterscotch is cooked at a lower temperature which means as sweets/candy is is not quite as brittle as toffee if making a butterscotch pudding which used be one of my favourites as a child and writing this I am thinking that maybe I should recreate my mother’s pudding it also can make a lovely drizzle over ice cream or cheesecakes or it is lovely stirred into a biscuit/cookie mix…

To create a sauce, topping, or candy, additional ingredients like vanilla, salt, and cream can be added once caramelization has occurred.

Cheesecloth:

Cheesecloth is gauze-like, woven cotton cloth. Its original purpose was for making and wrapping homemade cheese, but it has become a useful tool in other recipes as well. It is used as a strainer when a fine sieve is needed, as a cover for roast turkey or chicken to keep the bird moist, and is made into little pouches for herbs for seasoning meats, broth, soups, and other dishes. Cheesecloth is something we may not often have in our kitchen. If you don’t have any on hand, luckily there are plenty of alternatives. Just make sure the item is clean before cooking.

If you don’t have cheesecloth you can use a coffee filter, a mesh bag, a fine wire sieve I have even heard of chefs using pantyhose…as long as it is fine almost any cotton fabric will do…luckily it is one item I can easily obtain here.

Cornstarch:

Is a popular thickener although I prefer to use Arrowroot, rice flour or tapioca flour…potato water can also be used as a thickener. Cornstarch is mostly flavorless, and thus adds texture rather than taste. It’s a bland powder that’s usually used to thicken dishes. However, Cornstarch is considered a refined carb, meaning that it has undergone extensive processing and been stripped of its nutrients.

Eggwash:

Is a mixture of beaten egg and liquid (usually water or milk) that is brushed onto baked goods like pastries before baking. It adds shine and color and helps to seal up edges.

It is also one of the simplest jobs which children love to do in the kitchen…

Ghivech:

A Romanian vegetable stew …A mixed vegetable stew with lots of herbs.

Goulash:

A Hungarian stew or soup of meat and vegetables flavoured with paprika thick and hearty it dates back to medieval times. One of Hungary’s National Dishes. Sometimes served with sour cream and always with crusty bread, it was originally a dush eaten by shepherds.

 

Horseradish:

Spicy and an excellent accompaniment to beef…Love it or hate it Horseradish is a wonderful accompaniment to beef and beets. For some lovely recipes see my cookery column on Smorgasbord.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-horseradish/

Hooch:

Hooch, a colloquial term for an alcoholic distilled beverage. Moonshine, illicitly distilled spirits.

Murgh:

Is the name for chicken…who hasn’t loved the chicken Murgh on an Indian restaurant menu…

Nooch:

This was a new one for me I have heard not tried Nutritional Yeast and Nooch is short for nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast and can be bought in the form of powder or flakes. It is often used for vegan sauces because of its super cheesy taste. Nutritional yeast is something that should not be missed in a vegan household.

Peach:

Who doesn’t love a nice juicy peach they can be eaten raw, made into a beautiful dessert, or grilled with olive oil, fresh thyme, black pepper, and basil they are a wonderful thing…

Radish:

The root of a member of the mustard family, radishes have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy texture. Among the most popular varieties is the small, cherry-sized common variety which has red skin and white flesh (the French Breakfast radish is a variation on this type, and has an elongated shape with a deep pink skin that fades to white at the roots).

You can also find black radishes, popular in eastern Europe, which are more strongly flavoured, as well as large white mooli or daikon radishes, which are shaped like carrots. They are popular in Asian cookery and have a very mild flavour.

Radishes are rich in folic acid and potassium and are a good source of vitamin B6, magnesium, riboflavin, and calcium.

Redbush:

Is one of my favourite teas…also commonly known as Rooibos it is low in tannin and is caffeine-free.

Saltbush:

From red bush to Saltbush which is a lovely native vegetable salty and herby they can be blanched, sautéed, wrapped around meat or fish, used in salads, or for stuffing poultry. Alternatively, they may be dried and used as a herb or sprinkle.

Sourdough:

Sourdough bread is a lovely thing and it said that many people are cultivating their sourdough culture due to their quarantine which is good as it makes lovely bread and even the discard can be used in many ways like pancakes for example…It took me a few goes before I got mine properly started but I learnt a lot about flour and its differences which has improved my baking.

Spinach:

Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants Spinach is classed as a very healthy vegetable…and we all remember Popeye and the now-iconic ads. It can be eaten raw in salads, lightly sauteed in butter or olive oil…Serve it wilted in pasta or in an omelette or quiche…a very versatile dark green leafy vegetable…Our families favourite recipe using spinach is this spicy green chicken recipe…

Succotash:

Succotash is a culinary dish consisting primarily of sweet corn with lima beans or other shell beans. Other ingredients may be added including corned beef, potatoes, turnips, salt pork, tomatoes, multi-coloured sweet peppers, and okra.

Tabbouleh:

Tabouli salad or Tabbouleh is a simple Mediterranean salad of very finely chopped vegetables, lots of fresh parsley and bulgur wheat, …

Tempeh:

Made from fermented soya beans it is a traditional Indonesian product ..a plant-based protein source..not something I have used or tried have you?

Waterbath:

What is it..put simply it is a pan of water put in your oven and used to cook cheesecakes(it stops) then cracking…creme caramel, baked custard anything which requires a slow even cooking …

Just a tip: If you use a springform pan for a recipe that calls for a water bath, wrap the pan first with aluminum foil to prevent water from leaking through the bottom. Use two or three sheets in a crisscross pattern for best results.

That’s all for this week see you in two weeks for the letter I (enokI)…

Please stay safe as it seems in some places lockdowns are being introduced again…not good 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 well being.

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!

Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx

 

Week 11…In my kitchen…My first Sourdough Loaf…

 

Welcome to week 11 in my kitchen and what a week…At last… My first sourdough bread is cooked…Not perfect I am guessing… but edible and I checked out images and it looks the same as some other wholemeal sourdough loaves so I am happy with that as my first attempt at sourdough…

This week leaves me slightly knackered I think is the word…Lily is on her school holidays so is here for about 8 weeks she tells me…She started her swimming lessons yesterday so they are every day @ 4pm for one hour…Aston is in his final week at school ..Exams and a play for which I am trying to find a top…so far no luck so Lily and I are off to search, today…The plus side is it all helps me reach my target of 10,000 steps a day…

Sourdough.

 

To give my starter a helping hand I used 50/50 with wholemeal flour and it worked I am really grateful to Tabula for sending me the link to The Perfect Loaf as he ( Maurizio Leo) gave excellent instructions and tips far better than the original book that I brought …

I do need digital scales which are on order as cups are not so accurate and I think he was right…My next loaf will be a white one and I am expecting the holes to be bigger as it seems that using wholemeal flour the texture of the bread is denser.

I am sure anyone who makes wholemeal sourdough will tell me if I am correct…

 

It did, however, have a nice crust and I didn’t burn the bottom…haha…All in all, for the first attempt at sourdough I am pretty pleased and its name is Phoenix ( as ) suggested by Sally…

This week’s Curry:-  Panang Curry

Phanaeng, also spelt phanang, panang, and other variants is a type of red Thai curry that is thick, salty and sweet, with a nutty peanut flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ -2 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2-4 tbsp Panang curry paste
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ lb boneless skinless chicken, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp fish sauce 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste concentrate (or more for more tang)
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced (or ½ red onion)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, optional
  • ¼ cup Thai basil leaves

Let’s Cook!

Without shaking the can, skim off two tbsp of the coconut cream and add it to a sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Add the Panang curry paste along with the peanut butter and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and stir to coat, cook for 1-2 minutes. If at any point the sauce begins to stick to the pan, add a couple tbsp of water to deglaze. Stir in the remaining coconut milk, starting with 1 1/2 cans (adjust with more later if desired.) Add the kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, brown sugar, sliced onion, and red bell pepper. 

Allow the curry to come to a simmer, lower the heat and let simmer for 2-3 minutes or until the chicken cooks through. Taste and adjust with additional coconut milk, sugar, tamarind, or fish sauce as desired. Turn off the heat and stir in the basil. Serve warm with rice or cooked rice noodles.

penang-Thai-curry

If desired then you can drizzle the top with a little coconut milk. This curry is very tasty and quick to cook you can cook it while your rice is cooking…20 minutes and you have a lovely curry…The tamarind gives it that extra depth of flavour it is one of my favourite additions to a sauce.

My other cooking plans went out of the window over the last few days as it has been frantic with the end of term concerts and exams…Today I walked 13,689 steps the recommended target being 10,000 steps per day… by the time I go to bedibyes I think it will be closer to 14,000. Final count as I am not moving any more( 14,315) I think I will sleep well tonight..A short post for me but I will catch up in the week with my cooking…

By the way, I got some lovely lemons today…Not something I often get here and they are quite big, organic from the North of Thailand…What to make???

fresh lemons organic

Thank you for reading this post…Until next time stay safe if you are experiencing high winds or snow…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!

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