Tag Archives: The Culinary Alphabet

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…June 27th-3rd July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Whimsy, Music,#Monstera Fruit…

Plastic Free July, Be the Change, Music, A-Z and Elvis singing Smorgasbord who would have thunk…

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…

July… the seventh month of the year and said to be named after Julius Caesar…July’s birth flowers are the Larkspur or Water Lily…the warmest month of the year in Northern Hemispheres and sometimes the long, hot days are known as “the dog days of summer”

Don’t the months seem to be flying by 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…we are now back to checkpoints on the roads and school closures…

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!

The first post of the week in an effort to cheer me up was about those unexpected moments which make you smile…

Now isn’t that just the truth you can just be sitting, watching the world go by and something, anything no matter how small unfolds in front of you and you give an involuntarily smile, it makes you happy… we can all find those little moments on a daily basis and put them all together and looking back we have had a pretty happy day.

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open…John Barrymore, Author

The Culinary A-Z the letter I…

 

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is I…

Fairly easy but it taxed my brain somewhat…A few Fries like Fried chips, Fried Onion with a nice Pie but I had fun…Thanx Chel xx

Sorry if I disappointed and didn’t give you a recipe for Onion Rings that’s for another day or it may be Onion Barjees…I also committed a faux pax picked up by the observant Mr Borden of Bordens Blather…How did Cocoa sneak in with no mention of nibs ..l know that you all know what the last few weeks have been like for us, stressful…Hence I deleted the offending Cocoa(still) without the light coming on…sigh and then 2 days later I realised it should have been Cacao “Nib“…

Cacao Nib is produced from beans derived from the Theobroma cacao tree, also known as the cocoa tree. Cocoa beans are dried after harvesting, then fermented and cracked to produce small, dark bits — or cacao nibs.

Some cacao nibs are roasted while others are not. Unroasted cacao nibs are called raw cacao nibs.

These rich, chocolatey nibs are loaded with nutrients and powerful plant compounds that have been shown to benefit health in many ways.

You were right about one thing Jim...Chocolate…x

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter I…

Plastic Free July…

Who is going to join me for Plastic Free July…? (Sign up for the challenge here)

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

If you only change one thing just imagine if the whole world did that…That’s 7.9 billion changes…Wow!

1st July 2021…Plastic Free July…Be the Change…

Tropical Friday…The Fruit Salad Fruit( Monstera)

Fruit Salad conjures up a very pretty picture..not so the fruit with those scales… Monstera seems to fit it much better …it is also more commonly known as breadfruit.

Native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico as the years have gone by it now grows pretty much everywhere…if you pass by a Large leafed Swiss cheese plant and notice some fruits then these are the ones… Monstera fruit…I have seen them once on a market stall and passed them by…next time I will be stopping to buy some…

Thank you, Norah, for confirming how delicious this fruit can be xx

Tropical Friday…The Fruit Salad Fruit( Monstera)

Saturday Snippets…My chosen word this week is Smorgasbord...Sally and her eclectic mix of posts sparked an idea…An author and qualified  Nutritionist Sally has led a fun-packed, productive and full life …she is also a good friend and ardent supporter of bloggers and writers…Every week there is a great variety of posts whatever your reading genre from funnies, recipes, health, book reviews, book releases something for everyone… please head over and have look… you will not be disappointed it certainly is a Smorgasbord…

I uncovered some previously unknown snippets pertaining to Smorgasbord certainly a variety…Thank you Michael for this one which I missed…The Muppets, Swedish Chef Smorgasbord…

Saturday Snippets…8th June 2021…Smorgasbord some facts…

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 Lauren received her results on Thursday… better than expected …the MRI found 3 more non-cancerous lumps which they will remove on 17th July alongside the cancerous lump…followed by radiotherapy and hormone therapy for the next 10-15 years which suppresses the production of estrogen which means hopefully no further lumps will appear…but shows the wisdom of early detection the oncologist is hopeful of a full recovery…She still has some hurdles to jump but she can have hope as well which will help her considerably.

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

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 1st November -7th November 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Apples and Music …

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

I woke up this morning to the news… America has a new President Joe Biden…I am happy for all my friends for whom this was the outcome they desired. I do hope this brings back some dignity to the role of President and that bridges will be mended and for those for whom it wasn’t the expected outcome that you accept that and move on as you all live in the United States…one people under one flag who may have different opinions but who respect those whose opinions are different…

Tuesday…Time to make the Christmas Puddings, Cake and Sweet Mincemeat…

christmas Baking Cakes and Pudding

There are now only 49 sleeps until Christmas Eve…or 7 Fridays…Gulp…That will fly by…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/03/time-to-make-the-christmas-puddings-cake-and-sweet-mincemeat/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The Letter I(chimichurrI)

I found quite a few ending in the letter I…Pete came up with Ravioli and Fetticinni which I hadn’t well done Pete…Dolly from Koolkosherkitchen gave me the translation for two ingredients which are toppings for the Blini… Smetana is sour cream, and tvorog is farmer cheese…Thank you, dear Dolly x

Food and culinary processes ending in the letter I…I am enjoying this challenge although J is certainly a challenge so any ideas peeps would be most gratefully received I only have 3 so far…

Next time I most likely will put J & K together in I post…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/04/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twist-the-letter-ichimichurri/

Thursday: The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – #Aromatherapy – #Eucalyptus – Respiratory, Fevers and Pain by Sally Cronin.

I love essential oils which is why I love this series BUT  apart from the ones I use regularly I don’t know very much about the other oils so I find it both informative and fascinating. #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-eucalyptus-respiratory-fevers-and-painby-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Apples…

apples

Did you know that worldwide 7,500 different varieties of apples are grown? My favourite apples are Bramley’s, Cox’s and Braeburn apples which ones are your favourite apples ???

As the saying goes an ” Apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that little round ball of goodness is 2/3 fibre has lots of anti-oxidants especially in the peel so do not peel it…please. They are also fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free and come in all shades of red, green and yellow so many to choose from…Which apple or apples are your favourite????

We also…Lily and I had our first attempt at making toffee apples…They came ok…not as easy to coat as the tube videos have you to believe …practise make perfect here methinks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/06/fruity-friday-apples/

Saturday Snippets: 7th November…

Lots going on a bit about the work of Prince Charles, a unique cave home…Lots of music, recipes… its National Stuffing Month and as stuffing can be frozen if you make it now or in a few weeks it is one less dish to prepare on Xmas Eve…and so much more please pop over and have a read…

I think a nice tasty stuffing enhances that chicken or turkey into something special…I love a nice crunchy stuffing ball or dish of stuffing…hubby prefers his from the bird’s cavity it’s just softer but can also be very tasty as it absorbs the lovely meat juices. Sometimes I also put a layer of stuffing underneath the chicken or turkey skin just another layer of flavour…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/06/fruity-friday-apples/

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 25th – 31st October – Inspiration, Legends, Boogie, Ugli Fruit, Books, Reviews, Health and Laughter

It is an absolute pleasure to reblog Sally’s weekly roundup…Something for everyone including a great well deserved review for Sally’s latest book and a tribute to two incredibly brave ladies who are meeting their cancer head-on with boots at the ready…Kudos to you both Mary and Sue xxx #recommended read

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

Happy  Halloween and I hope that despite the restrictions on Trick or Treating in some of our countries, children will still get to dress up and enjoy the night with their families.

The headlines are certainly not festive.. The world experienced a record breaking 573,000 worldwide cases yesterday worldometers info coronavirus

Not sure where some are getting their information from about a slow down when America had over 100,000 new cases and UK and the rest of Europe racked up 100,000s more. And those who feel that wearing a mask is not their responsibility, or that the pandemic is a hoax, should listen to those who have suffered from Covid-19 and are experiencing the long term effects, even if they dismiss the experts.

Here in Ireland there has been a slight dip in cases but…

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 25th October -31st October 2020… Recipes( nut free), Health, Whimsy, Halloween and Loy Krathong……

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

I woke up this morning to the news..very sad to hear that Sir Thomas Sean Connery had passed away…The best James Bond ever…R.I.P Sir…

A sad loss but what a legacy he leaves…R.I.P.

The first post of the week was Fang-Tastic Recipes and Halloween Tales…with the emphasis on Halloween food and a satay dip which is peanut/nut-free…How to make sunflower seed butter and a beautiful satay sauce/dip…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/27/fang-tastic-recipes-and-halloween-tales/

The second post of the day was Smorgasbord Health Column – UnSeasonal Affective Disorder – The Missing Link – Vitamin D by Sally Cronin…

Sally is reiterating what my mum knew way back when…she dutifully fed us a morning spoonful of cod liver oil…Lucky for everyone now that has progressed to better-tasting capsules and the like as supplements have become far more palatable and of course we have more access to foods which can boost our Vitamin D which Sally is focussing on today in this very pertinent series on un-seasonable Affective Disorder…#recommended read

Health Column

Please pop over and have a read …Sally as always will make you very welcome and answer any questions you may have…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/smorgasbord-health-column-unseasonal-affective-disorder-keeping-your-focus-tryptophan-by-sally-cronin/

Wednesday saw me over at Smorgasbord Magazine for my Cookery Column  Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘U’ for Upside Down Cake, Udon Noodles, Ugli Fruit and Unleavened Bread.

We are nearing the end of this series now as Christmas looms ever closer…I do hope you are enjoying this updated version of my Culinary Alphabet which has been great fun to research and write… The unleaved bread and Pineapple Upside-down cake seem to have been the stars in this post both of which I love far more than my waistline does, but hey ho a little bit of what you fancy does you good…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-u-for-upside-down-cake-udon-noodles-ugli-fruit-and-unleavened-bread/

Fruity Fridays and keeping it seasonable … The Cranberry.

This is a beautiful little berry with lots of health benefits which also marries very well with sauces and think chocolate and cranberry cookies…recipe next week…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/30/fruity-friday-the-cranberry/

Saturday Snippets.

My final post of the week is where I indulge myself…the whimsy and the music come into play and anything else which takes my interest…This week it was the last day of the month it was  Halloween, Loy Krathong and the rarity of  Blue Moon…

I indulged my self in some great 80’s Halloween music. I was also very pleased to see when I went to the market how all Krathongs are now eco friendly and some of them were very beautiful… made out of fish food, banana leaves and stalks very inventive…just lovely…Thailand is really taking on board and practising eco-friendly methods of packaging etc…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/31/saturday-snippets-31st-october-a-halloween-special/

That’s all for this week’s roundup … less writing has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 20th September -26th September 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Jackfruit and more Acapella……

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…

 

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Mondays are now much different …although I am not writing a full post on Climate change my thoughts will be apparent on Saturday Snippets just somewhat condensed… 

Tuesday… This blog is looking like some of the empty shelves in the supermarkets at the beginning of the Covid-19…

I wonder if all the hoarders have used their spoils or whether they had to throw much of it away or they grew a conscience and gave some away…

Wednesday…My new series…The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter F ( AperitiF)

Ahhhh…this is much fun…Thanx Pete…Seriously I am enjoying it after last week where the letter E was a doozy…F had far less for me to choose from…starting with an AperitiF…why not?…from bay leaf to gold leaf and maple leaf who would have thunk?… Cheers me dears…

Next week I will be back over at Sally’s where it will be just a normal cruise through the Alphabet with a little pitstop at the letter S…Please pop over and say hello we would both love to see you there and there will be recipes and chat..you know you want to…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/23/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-f-aperitif/

Thursday…Essential Oils and Aromatherapy – An introduction to the therapy by Sally Cronin

Today I …Pressed This so I could share Sally’s wonderful intro to Aromatheraphy…as many of us know who use Press This instead of the reblog option mainly because it saves you on storage space in your media library… now  know WP only lets you use the Block Editor which is being forced upon us…I persevered and have to say(grudgingly)…It didn’t take me very long and it wasn’t difficult…It also doesn’t mean I have changed sides…I am still using the Classic Editor unless I use Press This…so no WP you haven’t got my vote for the block editor…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-an-introduction-to-the-therapy-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Jack Fruit a wonderful Vegan option…

Definitely a wonder tree and a very viable option for those who follow a vegan diet…Young Tori told me that she loved it and adds herbs and oats to make a tasty burger…Thank you for that tip Tori…

I also added on the post and in comments where and how you can obtain Jackfruit as not everyone is lucky to have a tree in their garden like I have…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/25/fruity-fridays-the-jack-fruit/

Saturday Snippets…

The last post of the week from Moi apart from this roundup…where I can indulge my whimsy and tease you with some spoilers for my cookbook…there is another rendition from the Barbershop Boys sung Acapella …it made me smile especially the reference to Mj’s high notes…haha and Hey Jude the start of longer singles…I also mentioned the dogs who have been trained to sniff out this damn virus and as always I am astounded at how mans best friend has such highly tuned senses…which brings me to the seeing eye dogs who I have seen first hand what a wonderful bonus they are to their owners…they are their eyes and what a wonderful job they do…

Which is why I will now express my sorrow and hugs to Patty whose wonderful seeing eye dog Bubba aka King Campbell after a long and faithful service has retired and gone over that Rainbow Bridge…We all join you in your heartbreak Patty…Hugs…xxx

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘R’ for Rice, Ras el Hanout, Rhubarb, Ricotta Cheese and Rice Noodles

The letter R…Rice and noodles(rice) staples here and in many other parts of the world…also lots of other interesting titbits all beginning with R…Thank you, Sally, for running this series…I hope you all enjoy…Please leave your comments we love to hear from you Hugs xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

The Culinary Alphabet, The Letter R.

Welcome to this months edition of the Culinary Alphabet, where I am bringing you ingredients and cooking terms beginning with the letter R

Starting with my favorite carb which is?    Rice

There are several grains called rice, which have been cultivated for thousands of years. Asian rice (Oryza sativa) is most widely known and most widely grown, with two major subspecies and over 40,000 varieties. When I first came to Thailand that is when I realized just how many different rices that there were and also colors. The main kinds of rice I cook with are Jasmine Rice, Brown Rice, Black Rice and sticky rice ( glutinous rice)…Thailand is also one of the major exporters of rice and it is the staple food for many here even the dogs eat rice…Mine will not touch dog biscuits or tinned food and many dogs here are…

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