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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…June 13th-19th June 2021…#Pearls, Whimsy, Music, Stargazy Pie and Mealworms……

Lemon Chicken, Pearls, Music, A-Z and Fathers Day…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

June…the middle of another year…today is Fathers Day  I miss my dad more as every day passes…I miss all the men who have been positive influences in my life and my children’s lives…   I am proud of all my children and the way they have forged their place in the world how they have nurtured their children to take their places in this ever-changing world…Wishing all you dads out there a “Happy Fathers Day

In case you missed any posts this week or love to catch up like I do… snuggle down in your quiet place… get comfy in your favourite corner with a drink of tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine or two…Cheers!

Fact:…Age and glasses of wine should so not be counted.. on that note, for last Monday I give you one of our truly loved, tried and tested recipes…Lemon Chicken…

Age and glasses of wine should never be counted!

Researching is one of my favourite pastimes…although the internet can be such a dark place in some hands it is also the source of much information from around the world…A-Z  with the middle letter being the feature IS not as easy as it sounds but it has expanded my culinary knowledge …I do hope it has expanded yours…

Pho, although it is the National dish of Vietnam, is also a popular dish around Asia…Pilchards which I love and the ancient recipe for Stargazy pie plus who knew how many uses there were for eggshells?

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter H…Stargazy Pie with Pilchards…

It had the desired effect and shocked a few who declined never to ever partake although I do think as the industry is growing that at some point it will be an acceptable food choice for many…Me…I prefer ant eggs they make a lovely spicy salad called Koi Khai Mod Dang ก้อยไข่มดแดง and in a soup, you wouldn’t know UNLESS TOLD and they are highly nutritious…

This soup is made using Meliantha a Thai herb, Oyster Mushrooms and ants eggs ..it is delicious and nutritious.

Would you eat me?…Banana Worm Bread…

Backache…can be very debilitating and the figures are shocking…Sally address all of this in her post and offers some ideas for relief …#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Backache by Sally Cronin

Saturday Snippets…my inspiration this week came from Teagan and her brilliant series ” The Delta Pearl”Teagan is the ultimate storyteller whose imagination knows no bounds…You must hop on board I promise you that you will be spellbound…

I have so much fun researching just using a word …I discovered much with a connection to Pearls…far too much for one post and I hope I picked a flowing mix and that you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it…xx

Saturday Snippets…19th June 2021…Pearls…

That’s it for today…I know I haven’t been posting my regular posts as much but my thoughts are elsewhere much of the time…My darling daughter has an MRI scan tomorrow where we will know the extent of her cancer and the treatment plan…Thank you to those of you who have Lauren in their prayers…xx

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx

The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter G ( nutmeG)

Good morning everyone and Pete… time for another post which is this crazy idea from one of my fellow scribes …but food fun…

G is not quite another doozy…  more processes but still culinary processes with a few foods thrown in…



pork loin gruyere cheese onions

To butterfly in cooking terms is to cut a piece of meat, fish or poultry nearly in half and flatten it out…Prawns are often butterflied when being prepared for the BBQ…A leg of lamb butterflied and stuffed then rolled is a wonderful thing as is this loin of Pork...All you need is a sharp knife and the know how…click the link above and I will show you how easy it is to do…


Charbroiler grilling is defined as “the process used when an item is cooked on a grated surface to sear in the flavours and impart a degree of charring which gives the product a light charcoal smoke flavour.” Charbroiling will expose food to temperatures often in excess of 260 °C (500 °F).


Comes from a chook/duck/goose/quail/turkey, ants or fish…Caviar being one of the most expensive of eggs…The most expensive of all caviar, and indeed the world’s most expensive food is ‘Almas’, from the Iranian Beluga fish – 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) of this ‘black gold’ is regularly sold for £20,000 (then $34,500). Almas is produced from the eggs of a rare albino sturgeon between 60-100 years old, which swims in the southern Caspian Sea where there is apparently less pollution.

Caviar is traditionally eaten directly from the skin between the index finger and the thumb. The eggs are rolled slowly around the mouth and pop to release the flavour.

Ant eggs are a popular food here and can be found on most market stalls and indeed make a lovely salad or are good in a soup…But if you want to know the weirdest of eggs to eat think shark egg, penguin, Emu, Turtle, Snail eggs…and of course the most expensive chocolate egg comes from Choccywoccydoodah – €31,000. When it comes to luxury Belgian chocolate, look no further than British-based chocolaterie, Choccywoccydoodah. …Hows that for an Easter Egg?


Is the yellow citron or Citrus medica used by Jews during the week-long holiday of Sukkot as one of the four species. The Etrog (citron fruit), Lulav (frond of date palm) Hadass (myrtle bough) and Aravah (willow branch) – are the four species the Jewish people are commanded to bind together and wave in the sukkah, a temporary booth constructed for use during the week-long festival of Sukkot.


There is nothing quite like a beautiful fresh fig...one of my favourite things …


Is a hollow gurgling sound or series of sounds as of liquid being poured from a bottle. i.e some recipes call for a glug of Olive oil…it is a word I am quite familiar with as my mother used to refer to a glug of oil or wine…is a British thing I ask…so many of my American friends have queried my use of the word.


My new favourite chilli paste…it is a Korean hot pepper chilli paste…used for marinades, added to dipping sauces or your soups and stews if you want to spice things up a little…


A Malaysian word which is applied to noodles or rice which are fried with meat, fish or vegetables as in Nasi Goreng a popular Malaysian fried rice dish often served for breakfast.


Is process milk goes through where fat is emulsified thus the cream then does not separate. As a child, a treat was the gold-topped milk which had a layer of cream…it comes from Jersey or Guernsey and although pasteurised it is not homogenised…One of my childhood memories…


Icing, or frosting, is a sweet, often creamy glaze made of sugar with a liquid, such as water or milk, that is often enriched with ingredients like butter, egg whites, cream cheese, or flavourings. It is used to coat or decorate baked goods, such as cakes.


To “jug” is to stew or boil a hare or a rabbit in an earthenware jug or a jar…an old fashioned method of cooking before we had slow cookers and the like.


Or Marian plum is a lovely golden plum grown here in Thailand…

Maprang fruit is a smallish lemon colour fruit…This lovely fruit has a very short season and is likened to the mango but the taste is nothing like a mango…Also called the Marian Plum by some this small, oval-shaped fruit, small enough to fit wholly within the palm of your hand, is green when young, but will turn a deep yellow-orange when ripe.

Many Thais prefer to eat this fruit before it is fully ripened…a cross between mango and plum, with just a hint of sour flavour on the surface right under the skin which gives way to a sweet fruit beneath.  It’s a lovely combination of sweet and sour, which many look forward to eating each year! In fact, the entire fruit is edible, from the skin to seed, however, the seed is quite bitter, so not many will eat them.  The leaves are used in salads or cooked.

Due to its short season, it is one of the more expensive fruits here ..it is high in Vitamin C, fibre and has quite a high water content…I like this fruit very much.


Originating from the dark-leaved evergreen Myristica fragrans tree in Indonesia, the seed is now grown and used globally, mostly for cooking but sometimes as a narcotic. However, for the purposes of getting high, nutmeg is not a commonly used substance.

One of my favourite spices which is great as a topping for rice pudding or an egg custard tart…


Any beverage made with beaten eggs usually mixed with alcoholic liqueur…Egg Nog is a good example especially popular during the cold months of the year. There is nothing like a good glass of egg nog topped with a sprinkling of nutmeg I have lovely memories of my nana making egg nog and letting me have sneaky sip…

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

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


Exotic Spicy Thai Food…Ant Egg Salad…Koi Khai Mod Dang

It is National Egg Month which means today we will talk eggs…Spicy Ant Egg Salad…something the Mexican call caviar on land…Many of you may not have heard or tried it…some of you may have tried it or decided it wasn’t for you…The opinion is certainly divided…

It can also be quite a dangerous collecting the eggs…if you are in Thailand and see anyone hopping about and brushing themselves down quite frantically under a tree…They are collecting Ants Eggs…..A dangerous game and why they are by Thai standards a delicacy and quite expensive to buy.

Ant Egg Salad…Koi Khai Mod Dang ก้อยไข่มดแดง 


  • 3 tbsp Ant Eggs.
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Roasted rice
  • 1/2-1 tsp chilli flakes.
  • 2 Spring onion finely sliced.
  • Handful chopped coriander
  • 7-10 Mint leaves
  • 2 tsp. Ground pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp. Lime juice
  • 3 shallots finely sliced.

Stir all ingredients together gently. Add the seasoning. Serve with fresh vegetables.

ant egg salad


If you get over any initial reticence to try it most people like it….really….I do.

Well, I will be honest. with you…I shut my eyes the first time I tried it…How THAT helps I don’t know…haha

I love eggs …any which way as long as I know they are free-range and allowed to roam and forage what they will …but some people, unfortunately, are allergic to eggs or have a reaction in which case to make some recipes an egg substitute is required. Below are some 6 substitutes for eggs in your recipes….




Applesauce is a purée made from cooked apples.

It’s often sweetened or flavoured with other spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Using one-fourth cup (about 65 grams) of applesauce can replace one egg in most recipes.

It’s best to use unsweetened applesauce. If you’re using a sweetened variety, you should reduce the amount of sugar or sweetener in the recipe itself.

Mashed banana is another popular replacement for eggs.

The only downside to baking with bananas is that your finished product may have a mild banana flavour.

Other puréed fruits like pumpkin and avocado work too and may not affect the flavour as much.

Whichever fruit you choose to use, you can replace each egg with one-fourth cup (65 grams) of purée.

Baked goods made with puréed fruits may not brown as deeply, but they will be very dense and moist.

This substitution works best in cakes, muffins, brownies and quick bread.

Flaxseeds and chia seeds are both tiny seeds that are highly nutritious.

They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and other unique plant compounds

You can grind the seeds yourself at home or buy ready-made seed meal from the store.

To replace one egg, whisk together 1 tablespoon (7 grams) of ground chia or flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons (45 grams) of water until fully absorbed and thickened.

Doing so may cause baked goods to become heavy and dense. Also, it may result in a nuttier flavour, so it works best in products like pancakes, waffles, muffins, bread and cookies.

Silken Tofu

Tofu is condensed soy milk that has been processed and pressed into solid blocks.

The texture of tofu varies based on its water content. The more water that is pressed out, the firmer the tofu gets.

Silken tofu has high water content and is, therefore, softer in consistency.

To replace one egg, substitute one-fourth cup (about 60 grams) of puréed, silken tofu.

Silken tofu is relatively flavourless, but it can make baked goods dense and heavy, so it’s best used in brownies, cookies, quick bread and cakes.

Mixing 1 teaspoon (7 grams) of baking soda with 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of vinegar can replace one egg in most recipes.

Apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar is the most popular choices.

When mixed together, vinegar and baking soda start a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide and water, which makes baked goods light and airy.

This substitution works best for cakes, cupcakes and quick bread.

Aquafaba is the liquid leftover from cooking beans or legumesIt’s the same liquid that is found in canned chickpeas or beans.

The liquid has a very similar consistency to that of raw egg whites, making it an excellent substitution for many recipes.

You can use 3 tablespoons (45 grams) of aquafaba to replace one egg.

Aquafaba works especially well in recipes that call for just egg whites, such as meringues, marshmallows, macaroons or nougat.

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a good week so far… stay safe and wash those hands xx