Monthly Archives: February 2018

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Exotic Fruits.

It’s Wednesdays Food Column once again the weeks just fly by …don’t they? This week it is exotic fruits …Can you get them where you live or have you tried any of them? …Please let me know 🙂 Enjoy!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to this weeks food column with Carol Taylor who is going to share some exotic fruits and wonderful recipes to include them in our diet.

Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Exotic Fruits.

Good morning from sunny Thailand and it is getting hotter here now…interspersed with some lovely tropical storms and is that thunder loud much louder than I remember it being when I lived in the UK something to do with the heat I think…but it certainly makes you jump…

Last week’s post featuring an Indian curry was very well received it seems many of you like it hot!

I was going to give you some recipes for homemade curry powders this week however I don’t want to give you curry overload…lol I will save those for another time, this week I have a selection of Thai fruits a couple of which I could buy in the UK maybe…

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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love !

Hello, there and welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…lol…As you know I do not believe in diets I believe in healthy eating and moderation…Also called…

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I have however over the years subjected this bod to many strange diets none of which worked for any length of time and the only thing which got slimmer through these diets was my bank balance …

At the end of this tongue in cheek look at various diets… I will be giving you a recipe for a Protein Drink… Protein drinks in my book…I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole… I am the most unbelieving person on this earth when celebrity’s and manufacturers tell me that their product is the best thing since sliced bread… Yes and look how good sliced bread is for you…NOT!

The first diet gimmick on my list is:-

Cream…No girls, not the cream you put on your strawberries…

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NO..you rub it in where you wish to lose weight or fat from, sit back after you have wrapped yourself in plastic wrap and watch it miraculously disappear and at $24.99  an 8 oz pot…HaHa… One says 300 recommendations…pfff the only thing slimming down is your bank balance…sucker!

7-minute workouts…

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Seriously with all those repeats, the reality is at least 20  minutes or longer unless of course, you are an excise ninja who can move at the speed of light…

The What!

A pill that you swallow which turns into a balloon which a doctor then inflates in your stomach so you need less food…so if you are such a pig and ignore the full signs it gets squashed and you get the scenario where the said balloon explodes…

Come on have you not heard of Mr and Mrs Will Power who live in moderation avenue???

Diet Pills.

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The saying is we eat with our eyes first… You must have some imagination!!!

No Carbs!...That works… we starve our muscles, lose water and feel crap… When all we have to do is eat Good Carbs…Sweet potatoes and whole grains.

Other elimination diets!

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Too good to be true… Cookie Diet and Candy Diet…Whatever next???

I now rest my case…do any of you know any diets that really work where you can eat what you like ..when you like …That is free and all it requires is a little willpower and moderation.

Now for those who exercise quite hard and take or think you should take protein drinks then how about making your own?

I know many people who exercise who take these… So I thought I would do a little research and make my own… Cost wise it is a no-brainer against the cost of some most Protein powders I made one today and it was nice…It tasted good..my son was my guinea pig/taste tester and has been a protein drink customer in the past and it got the thumbs up from him.

The protein shake is 3/4 cup of liquid and 1/3 cup of your main protein…

Liquids:-

Almond milk, Coconut milk or water or Soya milk… It important to get the right balance not what liquid you choose.

Proteins:-

Greek yoghurt, Silken tofu, nut butter i.e raw cashews ( which) require soaking overnight to soften.

Extra proteins:-

Chia seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax or whole oats.

Today I made a Raspberry Protein shake and for an extra boost could have used chia seeds.

Raspberry Protein shake.

Raspberry Protein Shake

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of coconut water

1/3 cup of greek yoghurt

1/2 cup of frozen raspberries

1/2 medium beetroot(raw) peeled and diced.

1 tbsp honey ( optional)

1 tbsp chia seeds ( optional)

Let’s, Blitz!

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful colour and it tasted very nice not too sweet and I did add honey.  Having never had a protein drink I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great but I drink them anyway…Really!

I like to drink something which tastes pleasant.

Next week I am going to test a Tropical Protein shake and I might give you a typical days menu for me (what ) I eat in a day and still lose or maintain my weight.

Until next week ..just have fun, enjoy your food and moderation…

 

 

Pickled Eggs

Love pickled eggs??

 

But want a change ?? Love the colour pink? Then add some beets…Fancy a bit of spice  ?? Then check out these recipes…

JALAPENO PICKLED EGGS:

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 a cup of Cider Vinegar.
  • 3/4 a cup of water.
  • 1/2 cup of sugar plus 1 tbsp sugar.
  • 6 cloves.
  • 2 Jalapenos cut in half lengthwise and deseeded.
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 onion sliced.
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 9 Hard-boiled eggs, peeled.

Let’s Cook!

Boil eggs for 10-15 mins until hard. Remove from heat and put into cold water.

In a medium pan, put vinegar, water( or beet juice) if using, onion, jalapenos, sugar, and spices. Bring to the boil and cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Pour vinegar over eggs making sure they are completely covered.

If using beet juice also put some beet in the jar with the eggs. You will then have pickled beets as well.

Make sure the lid is tight and refrigerate. The eggs will be ready to eat in a few days and will keep for up to a month if you haven’t already eaten them.

CURRIED PICKLED EGGS:

Ingredients:

1 cup cider vinegar.

3/4 a cup of water.

1/4 of an onion.

3/4 cup white sugar.

3 cardamon pods

1 tsp mustard seeds( yellow or brown)

I tbsp yellow curry paste.

Let’s Cook!

As above bring all the ingredients to the boil until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool a little and then pour the vinegar mix over the eggs making sure they are completely covered.

Allow to pickle for a few days in the fridge they are then ready to eat… Left with lots of pickle juice ????

Don’t want to waste that pickle juice???    Then have a …

Pickleback

What is a pickleback? You are about to find out!

It’s a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice and some even follow that with a beer chaser…

A popular drink in bars around the world and apparently very good….Have you tried a pickleback????

Until later when I am going to show you some of the worst diets known to man…

Make sure you don’t miss it…xxx

 

 

Fruity Fridays… The Banana

Fruity Fridays Banana

We have many exotic fruits here, so armed with my camera I went to the local fruit market. Well, lots of oranges are in season at the moment as are Watermelons galore and the mangoes are just coming back into the season….but what I was looking for…not in season

Back home I went disappointed and thinking hard as a lot of the fruits are what I call staples available most of the year and now because of progress available all over the world.

What can I feature??? Well, I am sure most of you can get Bananas in your supermarket which will probably be the Cavendish by name as the original Banana favoured by the supermarkets was the  Gros Michel which became extinct by 1960 as it was wiped out by a fungus called the Panama Disease.

This could happen at any time as Bananas are actually clones and if they become infected with a fungus it just runs rampant and kills them all.

Banana it is then..here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated  means  Fruit of wise  men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue eye.

Seasons vary slightly around the regions and it is a tree-like perennial and officially classed as a herb, the world’s largest herb as it can reach 25 feet in height. The fruit is also classed as a berry. Did you know that?

Here in Thailand leaves are used to serve food on or wrap food in like these little parcels of tri coloured sticky rice topped with shredded pork floss.

Tri Cloured sticky rice with pulled pork

Coloured Thai sticky rice with pork floss

The saying that you eat with your eyes certainly applies here as so much of the food is just so beautifully served and such lovely colours like this rice isn’t it pretty and all wrapped in a banana leaf.

The purple flowers of the banana are steamed and eaten with a spicy dip see the picture in the header image.

To make Thai spicy dip:
Finely chop one small shallot, 1 clove of garlic, finely slice 6/8 fresh chillies, add 3 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice…I stir in a little-chopped coriander. If the dip is too salty add a little warm boiled water.

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Thai Chilli Dip

The inside of the skin is also used to stop itching and inflammation of insect bites and burns. It is also said that if you tape a piece of banana skin side down over a wart every night that the potassium in the skin makes the wart disappear with 1-2 weeks.

Mashed and mixed with a tbsp of heavy cream, and a tbsp of honey and then applied to dry hair covered with a shower cap and a hot towel. Left for an hour and then rinsed off before shampooing the hair it is a wonderful moisturising treatment.

There is no end to the properties of this low calorie, no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol berry which is also rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, fibre and B6.

Here it is used to make bread and muffins.

Banana Bread https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/if-your-dreams-dont-scare-you-they-arent-big-enough/

If cooked the banana skins are edible, you will see fried bananas in abundance on the street food stalls…they are fried in batter, grilled on the BBQ in their skins and turned into golden fritters ( Kluay phao)

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Banana spring rolls with a sweet dip or eaten green and raw with a spicy dip.

To make Thai spicy dip:
Finely chop one small shallot, 1 clove of garlic, finely slice 6/8 fresh chillies, add 3 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice…I stir in a little-chopped coriander. If the dip is too salty add a little warm boiled water.

They can be used to make a beautiful Banana Blossom stir fry.

Green unripe bananas are also used to make Tam Maak Kluay which is a version of the famous Som Tam ( Papaya Salad) which I first had from a roadside stall near Bang Tao beach in Phuket and it is beautiful.

My most recent favourite dish with green bananas is a recipe from my blogging friend Reena…I have made it a couple of times now and it is awesome we just keep eating them they do not last very long and a great way to use green bananas when you get so many bananas as we do…

Green Banana Koftas

Ingredients for Kofta’s

Raw Green bananas-2
Cottage cheese—1/2 cup(optional) Did not use the cheese.
Finely Chopped onion- 1/4th cup
Grated ginger- 1 tsp
Chopped green chilli- 1 tsp (or more) I used red chillies as had no green.
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Shahi Garam masala powder– 1 tsp
Red chili powder- ½ tsp(optional)
Amchur(dry mango ) powder- 1 tsp…I used a squeeze of lime juice.
Corn flour- 1 tbsp(as binding agent)
Chopped dry fruits for filling(cashew, walnuts, raisins, pistachio or dry berries)
Butter cut into very small cubes
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

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To Make Koftas
Slit the top and bottom of the bananas. Pressure cook the bananas with skin on till soft. Peel and mash the bananas add all ingredients except nuts, raisins, butter and oil.
Mash everything nicely to make a dough. Its better to use your finger to make a dough. Make equal sized balls out of the dough. Take one ball on your palm and make a hole in the middle with your finger. Fill the hole with dry fruits and a butter cube in it. Close the hole and reshape it like a small oval. Repeat and make such ovals out of the dough. Sprinkle, little cornflour over it and keep aside.

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In a deep wok add enough oil for deep frying the koftas in batches of 3-4. Deep fry in medium flame till brown. Do not fry in high flame otherwise, the koftas will be browned from outside and inside it will remain undercooked.

As this was the first time I had made these I didn’t make Reena’s curry sauce but I had a small pot of sauce in my freezer which I defrosted and used with the Koftas. Purely because I didn’t know if we would like them. They were amazing…Well, the menfolk queried the lack of meat but they are such carnivores…lol

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They are lovely eaten as a snack and also with the curry sauce…

As you can see from the original list of ingredients I use red chilli instead of green and lime juice instead of the mango powder and no cottage cheese…I was going to use feta cheese instead but thought I would try them without. The mix of filling for the centres I used pistachios, walnuts and raisins chopped finely.
With thanks to Reena for a lovely recipe for Green Bananas. They are amazing my friend…Thank you

 

Just a piece of trivia...did you know? That more songs have been written about the Banana than any other fruit.

Previous Fruity Friday posts you may have missed.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/fruity-fridays-the-pineapple/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/fruity-friday-the-humble-fig/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/fruity-friday-pomegranates/

Thank you for joining me for Fruity Fridays I hope you are enjoying the posts and recipes if you have any fruits which you want me to feature then please just message me with a name and or picture.

Also sharing is caring so if you love my posts please reblog or share on your favourite social media channel..Thank you xxx

 

Retired no one told me! Weekly roundup…Recipes, ranting and back door trots…

What a week this has been... Have I got the mother of all roundups for you just in case you missed any of my posts…

I started with my recipe for Asian style ribs... And guess what the first time we made them they were awesome but I was the sous chef on that occasion and not paying too much attention…..I was chopping and julienning the ginger and writing down the recipe while taking photos…One’s son was cooking the said ribs… They were AWESOME THE BEST!

Take 2!

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Mum pulled up the recipe and we started preparing the ribs…

There then ensued a conversation as to which soy sauce was used… I had written the recipe down WRONG ….who would think one word would make a difference…Oh, it did! Trust me…. Black Soy…Black Soy Black Soy…I will not be forgetting that!

I have also amended the recipe and apologise to anyone who used just regular soy…

 

I think this was my rant of the week/century I was/ am appalled at the duplicity of manufacturers regarding the consumer’s health.

Plastics the truth…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

Next another of my favourites Gumbo…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/gumbo-a-favourite-soup/

It is also my monthly post over on TRH time and I have started a Culinary crawl through the alphabet..not sure if Esme realises that she has me every month for the next 2 plus years …hahaha

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https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/the-culinary-alphabet-beginning-with-a/

 

Fruity Fridays!

 

The turn of the Fig…not particularly the prettiest of fruits but very good for you and lovely with bacon but so is everything…Too many and you get the back door trots…but just enough and they keep you regular…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/fruity-friday-the-humble-fig/

 

We then saw the lovely Sally reblog a post very dear to my own heart written some time ago and I am saddened that the problem seems to have worsened rather than got better…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/smorgasbord-blog-sitting-special-life-in-a-cardboard-box-the-chocolate-run-by-carol-taylor/

I then thought this post needed another airing …Turmeric

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/turmeric-golden-milk/

Phew…I didn’t realise I wrote so much in a week…

Healthy Eating… A cause dear to my heart… no diets, no counting calories, no feeling guilty…Just a good balanced diet and moderation coupled with your chosen exercises…AND

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love-2/

 

My Wednesday cookery column over at Sally’s was HOT!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-column-by-carol-taylor-for-all-you-hot-curry-lovers/

Next is the very tasty, healthy alternative to rice… Tada…Cauliflower rice…Now just in case you were wondering and thought I was teasing you by showing the Pork and Thai basil dish I ate mine with…so I have added the link for you…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/healthy-eating-cauliflower-rice/

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I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…  I look forward to meeting you x

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Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating…Cauliflower Rice

My recipe tried and tested and it’s  awesome………. Cauliflower Rice.

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And all you need is a Cauliflower and an Onion.

A little Coconut oil to cook or other oil of your choice.

Sea Salt and a squeeze Lemon Juice.

Either grate or blitz in a food processor ( but not too fine) you want some texture.

Heat pan and keep pan HOT as you don’t want Cauliflower to steam and go soggy.

Use Tablespoon Coconut Oil and put in the desired amount of Cauliflower and onion mix.

Cook quickly and then season and add lemon juice.

All in all, it only takes a few minutes to cook….. a bit longer if more than one portion but keep pan hot.

If you wish to vary the taste you can add 1 tsp of Cumin seeds to oil before adding Cauliflower if you are eating Indian Food.

If you require colour if eating Mexican……. then add 1/2 tsp turmeric to oil and tsp tomato puree.

This is very versatile and just use your imagination and add any herbs and spices that you like.

To store...I make a batch and keep in the fridge for during the week but keep in a glass jar or zip lock bag…I think plastic containers may make it sweat too much…..Enjoy…. and if you are cutting the carbs it is an ideal and yummy substitute for rice and I love rice…… eat it all the time but happily substitute this as I am also a cauliflower lover.

THE VERSATILE CAULIFLOWER… I love it! x

Some like it hot! We like it hotter!

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Courtesy of my friend Mamik this is one hot curry… A post from a while ago but for those of you who missed it..prepare for the morning after eating this…

For this week only a reblog of a favourite an Indonesian Curry and a beautiful Thai Salad..your taste buds will sing and dance…

Next week I will be back at Sally’s with my cookery column and the lovely Sally who will I am sure have plenty of tales to tell us about her birthday celebrations…We missed you Sally xx

 

via Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food Column by Carol Taylor – For all you Hot Curry Lovers.