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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘O’ for Oats, Offal, Octopus, Oranges and Oysters.

Welcome to a repeat of the series from my very first the wonderful Culinary A – Z and a reminder, not only of the amazing variety of food we have available to us today from around the world, but delicious recipes to showcase them.

My thanks go to Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine who is repeating this series…Sally is a star for all the wonderful work she does in promoting blogs and writers to read the original post please click the highlighted link below and it will take to Smorghasbord where you will get a warm welcome from both me and Sally,,, See you there xx

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…August 29th-September 4th 2021… Environmental A-Z, Pre-Diabetes, Oranges, Thunderstorms and Boulangere Potatoes..…

Music with Fleetwood Mac, Environmental A-Z, Boulangere Potatoes, Thunder and the beautiful Orange Fruit…

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…

 We are now just into the month of September time just flies…some September trivia…

September the 9th month of the year marks the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere…and the start of spring in the Southern hemisphere…

September has three birth flowers: the forget-me-not, the morning glory, and the aster. Forget-me-nots represent love and memories, asters represent love as well, and the morning glory represents unrequited love. The birthstone for the month is the sapphire.

Of the 3 birth flowers, Forget-me-nots are my favourites…and the bees love them…

It’s also National Cheese Pizza Day today…my contribution is a cauliflower pizza base

Today’s tune…released in Sept 1981 a favourite of mine…Soft Cell “Tainted Love”… It charted in the UK #1 in the USA #8…

Enough of Septembers news…Let’s go and see last weeks posts just in case you want to catch up…

An important and could be a life-saving topic…The figures for pre-diabetes around the world are horrific and scary however if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type 2 Diabetes there is invariably much you can do to remedy the situation as it comes down to diet and exercise…Head over to Smorgasbord Magazine to read how you can help yourself #recommended read.

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Plastic …The latest News …week 5.

Yes, I am banging the same drum…

Five weeks in the news is not particularly great..it seems that although there are states and provinces and a couple of countries around the world who are really pulling together and doing their bit..some of the incentives cannot be built in a day and neither was Rome HOWEVER the results show it was money well spent and it works PLASTIC AND WASTE ARE BEING PUT TO GOOD USE…on the downside…there are some big countries who need to step and fast…act now or be damned and in the process you damn the rest of us…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 5…

Environmental A-Z…The LetterO.

Oil Spill…Not the ones which dominate the headlines it’s the ones that go largely unnoticed…

We have all seen these over the years and the damage it does to the wildlife those poor animals which flash across our screens covered in thick black oil…These are the obvious spills the ones which make national and international headlines…HOWEVER, these account for only a small part of the total amount of pollution in our oceans…according to scientists many of the other sources such as automobile oil go largely unnoticed…

Here are three little-reported sources of oil that contribute to oil pollution in North American oceans…please click the link below to read more…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter O…Oils Spills and Ozone…

Potatoes are often banned from certain diet plans or we ourselves cut them out thinking of them as diet busters…but they are a good source of valuable nutrients it is how we cook them or what we load them up with that is the problem…Boulangere Potatoes are one of my favourite ways of cooking potatoes it is one-pot cooking, tasty and not loaded with as much fat as Gratin dauphinoise which is far more unhealthy than Boulangere Potatoes and personally I think these are far more flavoursome…

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Boulangere Potatoes…

Tropical Friday…The Orange…

I’m sure all of you know what an Orange is and how good they are for you so today let’s look at the Orange, of course, they are different and sometimes the same around the world we have all enjoyed eating an Orange or a glass of OJ…

There are over 400  different types of Oranges in the world…however they all don’t belong to the citrus family whose Oranges are a rich source of citric Acid plus Vitamin C…

Many of us and I take Oranges, Apples, Lemons and Limes for granted they are freely available around the world…a beautiful, healthy fruit which I thought deserved a mention …

Tropical Friday…The Orange…

Saturday Snippets…Thunder…

I am really enjoying these one-word prompts and feel free to suggest one…Thank you, Clive, for yours…as I said to Clive it took me few minutes to make the connection then the penny dropped and the lightbulb come on…lol…for everyone else they will have to wait for next Saturday when all will be revealed…

Thunder was an enjoyable, enlightening and ear-bashing trawl through the internet…AC/DC is loud as you know…Stevie Nix lightened the tone somewhat at the end of the post…I hope you enjoy!

Saturday Snippets… 4th September 2021…Thunder!

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren saw the consultant on Thursday to discuss her forthcoming treatment and to outline do and don’ts for her going forward she has a long road ahead but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up somewhat as Thursday was not a good day her…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…its a wet and windy one here but much cooler for once xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Friday…The Orange…

Oranges ... I’m sure all of you know what an Orange is and how good they are for you so today let’s look at the Orange, of course, they are different and sometimes the same around the world we have all enjoyed and Orange or OJ…

There are over 400  different types of Oranges in the world…however they all don’t belong to the citrus family whose Oranges are a rich source of citric Acid plus Vitamin C…

Sweet oranges (C. Sinensis) are one of the most popular oranges around the world…then we have the Common Orange these varietals make up two-thirds of the worlds Orange production and are generally what is used to make our OJ.

Blood Oranges…One of my favourite oranges and they sure make for a delicious Mojito…they are also jam-packed full of anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant. These are the pigments that give them their dark red colour.

These antioxidants are known for their anti-cancer properties. They help your body reduce damage from free radicals, decreasing the chance that cells will become cancerous.

Navel Oranges…Navel oranges are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat, filled with Vitamin C, fibre, potassium and low in calories. It is always better if you can opt for whole oranges over juice whenever possible…

Bitter Oranges…Native to eastern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Syria, and Southeast Asia, bitter orange now is grown throughout the Mediterranean region and elsewhere, including California and Florida.

Bitter orange has for years been used in traditional Chinese medicine for indigestion, nausea, and constipation.

Today, various bitter orange products are promoted for heartburn, nasal congestion, weight loss, appetite stimulation or suppression, and athletic performance. Bitter orange is also applied to the skin for pain, bruises, fungal infections, and bedsores. Bitter orange is used in cooking and for adding flavour to beer and spirits.

Tangerine…The Tangerine is a type of Orange…Like all citrus fruits, tangerines have an abundance of vitamin C. They also have a moderate amount of vitamin A, with 100 grams of tangerine providing you with approximately 14% of your daily recommended vitamin A intake.

Mandarin…Mandarins belong to the Citrus genus. It’s believed they originated in ancient China, which is how they got their name. Their peel is deep-orange, loose and slightly leathery. Unlike oranges, mandarins are not round. Rather, they’re oblong, resembling a sphere with a flattened top and bottom. easy to peel.

Clementine...Tangerines and clementines are both hybrids of the small-sized mandarin. They share many of the same characteristics as other mandarins, such as a smaller size compared with navel oranges, few to no seeds, a sweet flavour, and a thin, soft skin that’s very easy to peel.

Tangerines and clementines have a similar appearance, so it’s easy to get them confused or think they’re one and the same.

Seville Orange…Seville sour orange is the variety of sour orange traditionally used to make orange marmalade. The fragrant flowers are used in China to flavour tea, and in Europe, the flowers are the source of oil of neroli, used in perfume manufacture.

Bergamot Orange…That is one strange-looking orange! Or is it lime? Meet the odd fruit that gives Earl Grey tea its signature flavour and aroma. But unlike other citrus fruits, they cannot be eaten fresh. Bergamot oranges are sour, despite the fact that the fruit is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, and A. In addition to being the star flavour of Earl Grey tea, the zest and flesh of the bergamot fruit are used in Europe as a flavouring in cookies, custards, marmalades, syrups, and cocktails. It is also mixed with mayonnaise or pesto and served as a condiment with fish or meat entrees.

Thai oranges… are among the juiciest of oranges with a yellowish-green peel and bright orange flesh; the segments are generally eaten fresh or squeezed for juice. The overall season for Thai oranges is September through November, although they can be enjoyed year-round.

Orange in the Thai Language is called SOM…

Did you know?

Oranges are currently the largest citrus crop in the world and actually originated from China. Now, Brazil is the leading orange producer in the world, producing about 30% of the world’s output. The United States comes in second, accounting for about 10% of the world’s production.

About 70% of the oranges grown in the United States are grown in Florida. California, Texas, and Arizona are also large producers. Orange trees, though they require tropical climates, are actually classified as evergreen trees.

Cooking with Oranges…Orange zest added to baking or savoury dishes always adds that zing…Duck A La Orange is a classic French recipe featuring a whole roasted duck with crispy, crackling skin along with an aromatic sweet-sour sauce known as sauce bigarade. The original sauce bigarade is made with bitter oranges (sometimes called bigarade oranges, sour oranges, or Seville oranges), and it’s finely balanced, with just enough sweetness to offset the intensity of those oranges. One of my favourites…

Segmented and added to a salad…oranges and Mozzarella make a good pair…add the juice when you are cooking couscous…roasted carrots with orange juice taste sublime…Candied Orange Peel…Sticky Jerk Chicken with Blood Oranges, Beetroot and Orange smoothie is one of my favourites…Orange and Mint…think Mojitos…Marmalade Muffins…Gluten-Free Orange and Almond Cake, a lovely shredded duck, watercress and Orange salad..delicious…Orange Pork with Watercress Rice…

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of rice
  • 1 ¼ lb Pork tenderloin cut into cubes
  • 3 cups of coarsely chopped watercress reserving a few sprigs for garnish.
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp of oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup Orange marmalade
  • A ½ cup of finely julienned ginger
  • Salt and pepper to season

Cook the rice and toss in the watercress with ½ to 1 tbsp oil, cover and leave to stand for at least 10 minutes.

Season the pork and with the pan on medium heat add the oil and add half of the ginger and cook until the ginger is golden, drain and set to one side.

Add the pork and brown for 3-4 minutes and then remove from the pan. Add the remainder of the ginger and the garlic and cook for 30 seconds add the marmalade, fish sauce and lime juice bring to a slow rolling boil stirring until it is syrupy then return the pork to the pan simmer for 1 minute and serve over the rice.

Garnish with the crispy ginger and watercress sprigs.

This was very nice I wasn’t sure about the watercress but the heat of the rice just wilted the watercress and it was very nice even hubby liked it….Me, I might add some chilli flakes next time…Just saying…

Those are some of my favourites ...what is your favourite dish with Oranges?…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed this post on Oranges and I look forward to your comments and hearing what you make with Oranges…

See you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets I  invite any of you to give me one word as I am running out of ideas…Last weeks word was Rainbow and I had fun with that without the unicorns…x

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…June 20th-26th June 2021…#Orange, Whimsy, Music, Spicy Jerk Chicken and Injection Wells…

Spicy Jerk Chicken, Everything Orange, Music, A-Z and Garfield…

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…not so many days until we are in July the months seem to be flying by and Covid is still here it seems as if it is here to stay we just need to know how to live with it…maybe we should take heed of the many warning signs we are being given…

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!

My week started with “World Rainforest Day” …the “lungs of the world” as Jayawardena of Sustain blog reminded me…Jayawardena’s last post was about a London Football Club…although not a Spurs supporter I applaud the club for getting behind this green campaign…together we can win…

Although as a regular watcher of the Sky News Climate show… it’s well worth watching… I was appalled at the destruction of whole villages In Germany being utterly demolished to mine COAL…The loss of not only homes but wildlife and trees beggers belief….when big companies and governments endorse this …and it’s not stopping at one village …

After watching this I am lost for words…That my friends does not happen often…sigh

World Rainforest Day …22nd June 2021…

As you know I am passionate about the world I live in… I also feel I should do what I can to protect Mother Earth for not only my grandchildren and children but yours… we all have a collective responsibility…

I don’t want to preach and we all have different ideas on how we can make a difference it does depend on individual lifestyles and family commitments HOWEVER sometimes we have to step outside our own comfort zone and ask can I do more…it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment but there are not many including me..who truly cannot do more…

I hope this series covers and reveals some issues of which we may not be aware and maybe should be…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter I…

Our health is important and Bronchitis as I know can be distressing and debilitating for the sufferer and their family.

For anyone who suffers repeatedly from the common cold, bronchitis is always a possibility. There are two types of the disease. Acute bronchitis refers to the here and now and will last up to six weeks whereas chronic bronchitis infers long term symptoms that can last up to two years or longer if the infection is topped up from time to time by colds and flu…Sally’s post is a must-read and a #recommended read…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Bronchitis by Sally Cronin

Tropical Friday…

Some of my favourite fruits…

There are of course many more fruits which I like some of which like cherries and blueberries  I cannot get often here which are locally grown and most are imported which is a no-no for me plus they are mighty expensive…Blueberries I can of course get frozen but nothing beats fresh blueberries and they an occasional treat…Generally when Lily is here as it’s her new favourite fruit…

Tropical Friday…My 6 Favourite Fruits…

Saturday Snippets…

I am having fun with my one-word prompts and it’s amazing what you can find…Orange or Oranges was yesterdays theme…Orange is called “Som” in Thai an easy word to remember…

It also induced memories of my kids favourite cat…Garfield…my favourite Orange Cake…Did you know that Orange is also a Belgium Telecom provider?

That ” Elmers” make an ” Orange” glow in the dark glue?

You can also get an ” Orange Zapinator” not being into games it means nothing to me but maybe it does to YOU…

That’s it for today…I know I haven’t been posting my regular posts as much or maybe visiting your posts but my thoughts are elsewhere much of the time…My darling daughter had an MRI scan last Monday where we will know the extent of her cancer and the treatment plan on the 1st July…She is keeping remarkably upbeat more so than me although I don’t let her know that…Thank you to those of you who have held 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

Saturday Snippets…26th June 2021…Orange(s)…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

For the last few weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week thanx to Meeks and her eclectic mix of posts ...A science fiction writer and I must say I read Miira which is the first book of Innerscape and thoroughly enjoyed it…Meeka posted a recipe for an orange cake similar to one I have cooked …mine was a tad smaller… with fewer eggs…but nonetheless both equally as tasty methinks…Orange and Almond Cake  

The Orange cake dates back to the Sephardi Jews from the Meditteranean Region circa the 15th Century with Iberian flavours like cinnamon and cardamon which sounds like a delicious addition there are also notes of North African and Spanish roots…

Hence my chosen prompt …Oranges

One of my favourite fruits both to eat and cook with…A vibrant coloured fruit …it lends itself to many things…so come with me and let’s explore the world of ORANGE…

Marigolds…my father used to plant marigolds among his cabbages they are one of the best known natural insect repellents …Planting marigolds attracts beneficial insects that attack and kill aphids…it seems my dad knew what he was doing…and he certainly didn’t use pesticides…what happened to common sense farming?

Orange blossom flowers have graced many a beautiful bridal bouquet…the oil is used in perfume making and orange blossom water is used in the culinary world…

The smell, when you open a bottle of orange blossom water, is intense! with an intense, warm taste they immediately bring the sun to your mouth. Delicate and complex…it is a beautiful aromatic.

Let’s have a tune…I won’t play anything political and I was a bit short on choices..you might need earplugs…sigh…lots of Japanese bands or dire girl bands…so rock it is…

Moving on…

As a child, we once had a beautiful ginger/orange tabby cat…called Sandy…

Then in the ’70s along came Garfield…GARFIELD the cat…Jon Arbuckle, his human owner; and Odie, the dog…my kids loved him we had Garfield everything..soft toys duvet covers…

Garfield is a fictional cat and the protagonist of the comic strip of the same name, created by Jim Davis. The comic strip centres on Garfield portrayed as a lazy but mischievous cat…

How not to make Lasagna…

Orange County...Greater Los Angeles…

Some of New York State’s biggest attractions are right here in Orange County, including West Point, Storm King Art Center, and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Orange County is just 50 miles from New York City, a place to dine on the Hudson River, visit wineries, raft the Delaware River, hike the Appalachian Trail, and spend the night with a view of beautiful mountains.

The Orange…

Oranges are one of the worlds most popular fruits…tasty and nutritious they are a good source of Vitamin C.many of us start the day with a glass of fresh orange often made from the lovely Navel Orange…There are dozens of types of oranges the most common of the sweet oranges being a Valencia Orange…

Then we get the beautiful blood oranges…one of our favourite dinners is Sticky Jerk Chicken with Blood Oranges….then there are mandarins, satsumas, clementines and tangerines…if you are making a marmalade the bitter Seville orange is the one to use…

Bergamot orange is grown primarily in Italy for its peel, which in turn is used in perfumes and also to flavour your Earl Grey cup of tea.

Orange is also the New Black…my son has recommended that I watch it but as of yet I haven’t…Have you?

My favourite Orange treat...Fry’s Orange Cream, a kit- kat orange, an orange espresso and if on the beach…

Did you know?

Orange is also an anime?…which I was told on asking my grandson is short for animation…

What is the anime about?

Orange is an anime about a group of friends, three boys and three girls, that go to school together. Two of the boys and three of the girls receive letters from their future selves that say they must save their friend from dying so that he can be with them in the future.

This anime focuses on “real” issues like depression, being suicidal, having suicidal thoughts, being regretful of your decisions, and the pain of losing your mother. It’s these reasons why orange is one of the saddest, emotional romance anime.

Apparently, you can watch it on “Crunchyroll” or if you change your Netflix region to Pakistan you can watch season 1…

Moving on…

Oranges also come in the form of beautiful Liqueurs…Cointreau or my fathers favourite Grand Marnier…I have some memories of an after-dinner digestif which is an alcoholic beverage served after a meal, to aid digestion… or we had one after a coffee course, it may be called pousse-café.

I miss my dad for those after-dinner drinks and a chat…he was old school and mealtimes were done properly…the little touches…the best times.x

That’s all for today…I hope you enjoyed this theme…Thank you Meeka for inspiring me x

Sticky Jerk Chicken with Blood Oranges

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Recently I have been going through my recipes and came across this one that I was given when I was in Jamaica for my daughter’s wedding.

Which I must say was beautiful,  a carrot cake wedding cake, steel drums, and a peaceful. beautiful beach.

In Caribbean cooking, they have what call is their sunshine kit which includes ginger, bonnet peppers, nutmeg, sweet thyme and bay leaves.

I think I love chilli but those scotch bonnet peppers are something else. They are some hot bad boys. However, I can’t always or very often I should say get scotch bonnet but Thai chillies especially those little birdseye ones can certainly pack a punch so what I am saying is use whatever chillies you normally cook with.

Let’s Cook!

12 chicken wings or drumsticks or a mixture just remember if you mix them cooking times will vary.

For the marinade, you will need.

  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 scotch bonnet chilli
  • A knob of ginger finely chopped
  • 100 ml cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • Salt and pepper.

Put all this in a pestle and mortar and pound away or blitz in a food processor.

Marinate the chicken for at least 3 hours or overnight turning a few times in marinade to ensure even coating.

Cook the chicken on your BBQ or in the oven ..wings take about 15 mins on high heat but test, as they vary, depending on the heat and size and if cooking drums they will take longer.

Sugared blood oranges

A nice accompaniment to this is sugared oranges. To sugar, the oranges take two seedless oranges if you can get blood oranges they are better tasting and slice and cut into rings, roll them in 2 tbsp of brown sugar and put on the grill or in a hot pan turning until they are caramelised or they will burn.

Smokin Hot Chilli Sauce:

This is a recipe for a blow your head off chilli sauce from my friend Susan who hails from Dubai and she thinks that even I will find it hot…The photo is also Susan’s and it looks lush. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you, Susan.

Let’s Cook!

Take a half kilo of Cayenne peppers or peppers of your choice.

A large handful of garlic cloves, peeled and blanched…it is not a requirement but the sauce will be less acrid if you blanch the garlic.

Smoke the chillies and garlic over charcoal mixed with smoked applewood for 2 hours.

Then put in a blender with a cup of organic live cider vinegar, a cup of sugar and half a tsp of salt.

Smokin hot chilli sauce

Just look at that lovely rich, red colour, it looks amazing.

After you have made your first batch you might want to play around with the quantities to suit your taste …but that is the fun and what cooking is all about. The high sugar content makes it great for BBQ’s and helps with the preservation.

Put the sauce into sterilized jars. It is then ready to use as a spread on your bacon sarnie, to coat your meats and is a great base for chilli or my friend makes her version of Mole by adding cocoa powder, nuts, and some Mexican spices.

Play around with flavours you might find something new and exciting. Maybe blanch some red bell peppers and char them with the chillies and garlic.

Serve with a lovely fresh salad, that smokin chilli dip and a nice yoghurt dip for the potato wedges.

Enjoy!

I bet you thought I had forgotten about my love of chillies…Never!

I will still be publishing the odd recipe here and there I may be on a healthy eating crusade but chillies are healthy and a little of what you fancy does you good…If you eat healthy 80% of the time and semi the rest that is great…

Just in case you missed mine and Sally’s post on the benefits of eating Asparagus with recipes no less then here it is please Click Here

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot because it is the best medicine and it’s FREE!