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Fruity Friday..how does my garden grow…Chocolate Habaneros…

There are no silver bells and cockles shells…but I have seedlings… my garden is growing…welcome to an update…

Having found a new market place I am filling my garden with some unusual plants and fruits…from seeds to seedlings all is well…if only I didn’t have to share my seedling with the birds…sigh…if I didn’t feed them I could understand…

Hubby had a good idea to try and thwart the little darlings…  my seeds and tiny seedlings I have transferred to my second kitchen…most Thai houses like mine have them… a sort of enclosed but open-air kitchen if that makes sense…A gas hob which is great for Thai stir-fries and my second oven but there is still lots of room for my seedings it is warm and humid and the birds can’t feast on my seedlings… they are out of the sun it’s like a greenhouse…

This purple mango is so beautiful I know I have a few years to wait for the fruit but it will be worth it…

One of the beautiful purple mango trees now has its permanent spot… I am still deciding on where to put the other one but for now, it is in my plant nursery…the brightly coloured little rainbow treasure chilli seeds which I planted in the eggshells last week have just started to peek their heads through the soil… one yesterday and another 4 today …

I can’t wait for these to start fruiting I wonder how hot they will be but they also look so pretty…

Our Chocolate Habanero chilli plant arrived yesterday smaller than I hoped but strong and with lots of little offshoots…

The Chocolate habanero is from Jamaica. It is also known as “Congo Black” or “Brown Scotch Bonnet”. The plant grows to about 1 metre in a pot and would probably grow bigger in the ground. … This is one of the hottest Habaneros measuring over 400.000 SHUs units.

The long pepper has now been staked and is climbing there are also quite a few little long peppers appearing…

The purple melon is a little sturdy seedling but growing well a few months and they should be well established…Pepino melons like most purple fruits and vegetables are a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, and are rich in dietary fibre.

Again I eagerly await the fruit as it is supposed to be very nice…I have decided my first dish will be a nice salsa…

The white Taiwanese Bitter gourd has been planted, so they will start appearing within the next 7-10 days…fingers crossed…

taiwanese white papaya

These are stunning looking fruit and I can’t wait for them to start growing I am also hoping they fruit quite quickly as most gourds do, unlike the mango which takes about 5 years to fruit. I am struggling to find very much information about this beautiful white gourd…

The coriander and grapow (Holy Basil) are growing well…

Today I will be planting some more Horapa seeds, a Thai sweet Basil…both these basils are true annuals which mean it has to be replanted each year…

Thai - Basil- horapa

I have discovered a Clove Basil which is a new one for me…hopefully, I can get some seeds or seedlings…

Clove Basil has much larger leaves than regular basil and is nicknamed “tree basil” the plant can reach 3 metres tall hence its name. It is an aromatic perennial herb the oils in the leaves give off an intense clove aroma with the occasional notes of thyme. Mature plants develop edible, white flowers that have a slightly feathery appearance and are bitter compared to the sweet and spicy leaves.

Thank you for reading this post if you have tips on growing any of these or you have grown any of these plants and fruits please leave a comment I love to chat and any tips are gratefully received…Carol x

 

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…7th March-13th March 2021…#Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

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…we are now in March… the time just flies…I am seeing the first signs of spring in some hemispheres…lambs, snowdrops, daffodils please keep those images coming and the snow I have seen some pictures so those who are experiencing minus temps snuggle up and stay safe and warm…and for those who are experiencing high winds and lashing rain batten down the hatches and stay safe and warm…

Let’s go and see what goodies I had for you last week… snuggle up in your favourite corner with your favourite drink tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine…Cheers!

Meatless Monday’s…although it can be any time of the week this week it was Mango Curry..not for everyone certainly not for my testers…lol…also as a dessert with coconut milk and sticky rice…delicious…

But I like it and hope you do it makes a change and I do love mangoes which are very, very plentiful here at the moment…Mango smoothies all round as some are very ripe although I love green mango with a spicy dip…it hits the spot…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/08/meatless-mondays-mango-curry/

My new series of the Culinary Alphabet was launched this week and thank you for your positive comments…

The letter A was quite easy… lots to choose from where the middle letter is A..i.e Brawn, Cabbage, and Yucca …that is the twist the brainchild of Chel Owens who is probably by now wishing she hadn’t…haha…25 weeks to go Chel…just saying…smile…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/10/the-culinary-alphabet-series-3-the-letter-a/

CarolCooks2…Week 4…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Tahini Paste…

One of the easiest things to make it takes no time at all…and can be used in many ways…A chicken marinade. You know the slightly nutty, yet sweet flavour you love about sesame, a dressing, eggplant dip, add some to your banana bread mix, on toast, use it as a burger topper…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/11/carolcooks2week-4in-my-kitchenmade-from-scratchtahini-paste/

Fruity Friday…

A new addition to my garden to me it looks like a catkin…I can also see the resemblance to the peppercorn…a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning…but can also be used fresh I have a recipe and can’t wait until I have enough to give it a try…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/12/fruity-friday-thai-long-pepper-dee-bplee-pepper/

Turning Back the Clock…by Sally Cronin.

I am learning so much from this series …small changes I can make which will knock a few years off…Pop over and say hello to Sally and have read it will be worth your time as we can all turn back that clock a little by just making a few easy changes…See you there 🙂

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/03/11/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-2021-part-nine-anti-aging-and-how-we-face-the-world-by-sally-cronin/

Saturday Snippets…

I am so lucky to be living where I come across so many different fruits and vegetables and foods…I don’t think there is a week that goes by where I find something new…last week it was stuffed frogs this week it was the Thai Long Pepper…I wonder what next week will bring lots of pumpkin dishes(which) isn’t new but I have 2 very large pumpkins to use…and lots of pumpkin seeds to roast…another A …Chel x

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/13/saturday-snippets-13th-march-2020/

Well, that’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by…I hope you have enjoyed the read…if you have please head over and leave a comment it makes my day to hear from you …Love Carol xx

Fruity Friday…Thai Long Pepper ..#Dee Bplee Pepper.

Welcome to Fruity Friday I am so excited my Long Pepper plant arrived yesterday…I am still waiting to locate my other finds this month but nearly there…They are the Clove Basil, Finger Limes and the Chocolate Fruit…just waiting for them to be ready or back in stock.

The Thai long Pepper which here is called Dee Bplee Pepper…is eaten fresh as well as dried it has a unique fragrance whose official name is Piper Chaba…

These peppers grow on vines throughout SE Asia and belong to the same family as whole peppercorns and betel leaves.

Betel Leaves I eat with my favourite snack…Miang Kham

I love this tamarind sauce with my favourite snack...Miang Kham…although I have made it at home some markets sell all the little bits ready cut in bags with the sauce much easier and they taste just the same as much of the food sold on the markets here is made in home kitchens and brought to market…
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I just love snacks here as many are just so healthy..fresh ginger, garlic, lime, shallots, nuts and wrapped in a Betel leaf after drizzling with tamarind sauce…definitely a favourite…
But I digress…
Back to Long Peppers…

Going from green to bright orange when ripe they then turn brown in the dried form…fresh they are pounded into various Thai chilli pastes and dipping sauces. Used in soups like you would use a bay leaf, they mute the strong flavours of fish. In the dried form, you will find this in northern style larb, 

I can’t wait until my plant has enough of these long chilli peppers and make a Thai larb for comparison as from what I have read the taste is different… in the Kanchanaburi area of Thailand which is known for spicy chilli paste, they are also often pounded up into its famous chilli paste … Fresh or dried they can be used in pickles…so many recipes for me to try…

I am excited to get enough to pick and use in my cooking… my plant has one large one and 5 tiny babies…They are green as you can see at the moment but hopefully will soon be a nice bright orange…as in this image…

I have of course been researching recipes although there seems to be more on the fact they are used for traditional medicines than recipes…

I have however come across a tapenade recipe that purees the green catkins because that’s just what they look like …don’t they? with fresh lime juice and olive oil, minced garlic and sea salt…It sounds delicious and I am eagerly awaiting for mine to bear more fruits… I have never (yet) seen the fresh ones for sale here although they are available dried online.

Medicinally they have been used here for many years by traditional medicine practitioners as a remedy for sore throats, to relieve gas and helps stop diarrhoea. They do seem to be quite rare I have not them on the local markets(yet) although I am now keeping my eyes peeled they do seem to be very popular around SE Asia and used a lot in traditional medicines.

Thank you for reading this post I do hope you have enjoyed it…If you have used or seen this long pepper please share in the comments as you know I love to chat…Love Carol xx