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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 3rd- 8th December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in the world …The election in the UK is fast gathering momentum…I have watched a few live clashes between the leaders of the parties and to say I am not impressed by much is an understatement…The party leaders need to grow up and start discussing honestly the concerns the voting public has on current issues that are important to them instead they are intent on scoring points against each other…That’s all I will be saying on this blog…

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Although I am showing my Christmas face and cheer on my blog it doesn’t feel a bit like Christmas here…I need to get my red cabbage on as the smell of that certainly makes you think of Christmas, the tree is up…all four of them…Lily decorated them yesterday and they look pretty…My own little Christmas grotto as it certainly does not feel like Christmas when I look outside ..the palm trees blowing gently in the breeze…But hey ho I am sure many you would appreciate a bit of warmth…I can’t have it both ways, can I???

Monday…The latest news on recycling and climate change…

I could quite easily become depressed and despair about the world as there is a lot of scaremongering and doom and gloom everywhere…I am trying hard as generally, I am a happy person to find the positives of which there are many…as well as unicorns xx

coloured plastic bags blowing in the wind

I love that around the world much is going on to minimise rubbish and clean up the world …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/02/recycling-and-climate-changethe-good-news-2nd-dec-2019/

Tuesday…Mistletoe and Wine…Time to pickle…Eggs and Star Fruit…

Tuesday is the day where all you Pickle addicts can pickle and pucker…Don’t you love that initial intake of breath when the vinegar hits your taste buds…?? Makes you give a little involuntary shiver…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/03/mistletoe-and-wine-time-to-pickle-eggs-and-star-fruit/

Wednesday…Cooking from scratch with Sally and Carol…Brussel Sprouts…

I think Brussel Sprouts are like Marmite you either love them or hate them…Both Sally and I love them. Of course, there are many tasty ways you can serve sprouts that I even have had non-sprout lovers say ..wow this is nice…So please pop over and have a look…

brussel sprouts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/smorgasbord-health-christmas-cook-from-scratch-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-perfect-and-healthy-brussel-sprouts/

Wednesday …Whimsical Wednesdays with Carol…

The day when I start off with a topic maybe and then that thought takes me elsewhere who knows even I don’t until I type and then it all spills forth and that is it really …I indulge and reminisce…

Last week mainly because I haven’t yet received any images of you my readers proudly sporting your Christmas jumpers the conversation in comments turned to hairstyles probably because I am trotting out some old well-loved tunes and some of those hairstyles…Well, I think those and bell-bottoms may not see a revival although I do think maybe bell-bottoms did for a while…Mmmmm…

So I kicked off with one of me in 1980...For some reason it is a bit pink but hey ho…I think many of us sported the lady Di look…

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Carol 1980

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/04/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-21/

Thursday…Christmas…’ Tis the season of love and laughter…and a glass of Egg Nog…

I didn’t realise egg nog was so popular…Drank hot or over ice, it seems to still be a popular seasonal drink…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/05/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughter-and-a-glass-of-egg-nog/

Friday…Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

Lily has been here for the weekend…The annual fair is on at the moment so fun and games…Lots of homemade goodies and the like and ultra-loud music which carries on way into the night…It is a good job I can go to sleep anywhere no matter how loud any noise is…Thais love loud music and no one seems to mind…

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We have done a bit of baking and Lily has decorated the Christmas trees..she has done rather well…There are some recipes for some Christmas side dishes to go with your turkey or goose…and some mocktails for those of you who do not partake in any alcoholic drinks but still want to have a lovely drink…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/06/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia-3/

Saturday…Homemade Sweeties…

I thought this would be a nice idea and they make lovely little presents…Last week I featured a recipe for English Toffee and this week it was to be some lovely Coconut Ice…Well that was what the recipe said…

I pride myself on being a good cook…I can follow a recipe…The recipe went well in the beginning…The cooking time was out but stoves vary and that is something us cooks are aware of…so I carried on cooking it per the instructions until it held together when dropped in cold water..It even did that…

I put it in the buttered dish as per the recipe…That was where it went downhill…It quite frankly was a sticky mess…The finished coconut ice looked nothing like the picture…The actual picture was of hardish coconut ice didn’t look chewy at all…This was reminiscent of a very chewy toffee you couldn’t cut it into squares and by that time I knew it was just a big flop…It went in the bin…

Lesson Learnt...(again) if I do not know the cook and/or when I read the ingredients they don’t stack up I am not making it…

I am also not giving up as now I really want a piece of coconut ice…So if my mum can’t recall her recipe then I have found one in an old cookbook which I am sure she may have used…I will let you know…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/07/coconut-ice-thats-what-the-recipe-said/

Lastly, as you know I have concerns about climate change and try to do what I can to help as in recycling correctly, not using plastic and growing or buying fresh vegetables locally and in season…Living sustainably…I am very impressed with Janet and how she is having a sustainable Christmas in her house ..At the moment as she has completed her Advent calendars she is knitting Christmas Crackers…How cool is that???

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Please pop over and have a look she really has given this much thought and is doing something well quite a lot actually…Well done Janet…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/07/silly-saturday-season-of-sustainability/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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.

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!

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

 

 

 

Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

As Christmas is not celebrated here our Christmas is far more low key…Not so frantic as it was in the UK…I do miss the atmosphere and the build-up but I don’t miss all the crowds and the must-have this as it does take away from the real meaning where family and friends get together and enjoy each other’s company…

However little Lily is here this weekend and so the tree will be going up, I have made the Coconut ice this morning so that is setting in the fridge and will be sampled later…At least my arms had a workout as I used fresh coconut from the drupe…Recipe and pictures tomorrow…

We are also baking the cake a little late but Lily wanted to help and there is still time to top it up before I need to ice it…

For the last two weeks, I have given you some ideas/recipes to start your Christmas Lunch today I will give some recipes for side dishes. Starting with the one dish I always make…

Spiced Red Cabbage

Red cabbage…our Christmas dinner would not be the same without it…I have been making this …Well, it seems like forever but it must be at least for the last 35 years so it is a well, tried and tested recipe and one which we absolutely love. The recipe was originally given to me by a very dear friend whom sadly is no longer with us…but every time we have this dish we remember you with much love Pauline…x

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The recipe has German origins where Pauline’s husband came from.

Cooked with Apples, red onion or shallots, some spices, balsamic and a tinsy, winsy drop of Red Wine….mmm…try a glassful…lol…

It is a lovely accompaniment to Roast Dinners and tastes even better when kept a day or two before eating…well if it lasts that long …and it freezes well. It wouldn’t be a Christmas Dinner without it…we love it.

• One medium-size Red Cabbage.
• One medium to large Red Onion Or about 8 shallots…
• 2/3 cloves of garlic
• One large Bramley Apple peeled, cored and roughly chopped
• 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar.
• A half to whole glass red wine.
• Salt and Pepper to season.
• 1-2 tsp Cinnamon or mixed spice.
• Cinnamon Stick ( optional)

Let’s Cook!

Chop cabbage, Onions, garlic, and Apple.

Cook Onions and garlic in butter or olive oil until onions are soft.

Add chopped cabbage and apple, half of the balsamic and half of wine.

Season and add spices.

Cook for at least 2 hours (I cook mine for 3 generally) and add more wine and balsamic to taste. If you think it is a bit dry then add a little water.

Tip: If like me the Bramley cooking apples are unavailable where you live then its trial and error. I tried green apples and it was ok but this week I used 4 dessert apples and it was the best, the same with seasoning and spices its personal taste so play with it and adjust to your taste which is what I do with all my cooking ….and especially now I live here it has taught me a totally new way of cooking, I was very recipe and measurement-driven. Now I just look inside the fridge or freezer and cook with what I have because it is about taste, taste, and taste again… or it could be just certain ingredients are unavailable here…….the only time I now measure is when I make pastry or cakes and that does have to be more precise but any other dishes then I play with ingredients and I have much more fun when I am cooking.

asparagus with bacon

Asparagus is another of our favourite vegetables they can be lightly steamed or cooked in butter and just serve with some thinly sliced parmesan cheese..so simple yet so very tasty…They are beautiful just wrapped in bacon…Very easy… Just wrap bacon slices around each prepared asparagus spear. Skewer both ends of asparagus and add 3 to 4 per skewer. Grill the asparagus on direct heat until the bacon is crispy and the asparagus tender which takes around 15 mins making sure that you turn the asparagus at least once.

Parsnips are also one of my favourite winter veggies…

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Normally I cook in butter, olive oil, thyme, honey with some freshly cracked black pepper and salt to season…However, with some oil and maple syrup it takes the taste to another level not so sweet as honey but with the parsnips natural sweetness…Just perfect…

or baked with some potatoes au gratin…A lovely Christmas treat…

Ingredients:

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 350 gm parsnips
  • 200 ml single cream
  • 105 ml of milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 75 gm grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • butter or olive oil to grease the dish

Let’s Bake…

Peel your potatoes and parsnips and cut them into thin slices then steam for 5 minutes then leave to cool slightly. Meanwhile, pour the milk and cream into a pan with the garlic and bring to the boil over medium heat.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave to stand at room temp for about 10 mins to let the garlic infuse.

Lightly grease your oven baking dish and preheat your oven 180 C/350 F/Gas mark 4

Arrange the thinly sliced potatoes and parsnips in your dish sprinkling each layer with a little freshly grated nutmeg and plenty of ground black pepper and a little salt.

Pour the cream and milk mixture into the dish then lightly press the potatoes and parsnips down into the mixture.

Cover the dish with lightly buttered foil or baking parchment and cook for about 40 minutes…Remove the dish from the oven and remove the foil or paper…Sprinkle the grated cheese over then return the dish to the oven and bake for a further 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the top is golden brown.

Enjoy!

Now this time of year I absolutely love my cocktails but not everyone drinks alcohol and this video shows you some lovely healthy drinks for the Christmas season which won’t leave you feeling left out…

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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.

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!

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

The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you are in the bathroom!

Here is another of my very first blogs which has a lovely recipe for Spiced Red Cabbage which I always cook as an accompaniment to the Christmas Turkey. It’s easy to make and very nice 🙂