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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – Thai Curry Pastes and #recipes

Authentic recipes for Thai Curry Pastes made from scratch ūüôā I hope you enjoy these recipes to make your own curry pastes …

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I hope you enjoy making these curry pastes All these recipes are authentic Thai recipes and very easy to make, most ingredients are available at most major stores or Asian shops around the world.

Thai Curry Pastes made from scratch.

Before we start Thai food is all about the TASTE those important flavours of sweet, sour, hot and salty so my advice always taste and taste again, start with less and taste you can always add you cannot take away.

I am lucky in that I can buy these pastes ready made from the local markets but I know only too well from when I lived in the UK that the ones I could buy were not quite the same and obviously have preservatives in them also Coconut milk always check that it is 100% as they are not always and will split when you cook your curry.

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Fruity Friday…The Mango!

Fruity Fridays 23 March

Mangoes known as Mo Muang in the Thai language are in season again ( just) and are eaten here both green or ripe.

Whether the mango is eaten green or ripe then they are sliced and a dip made from sugar , salt and chilli is used to dip your slices of fruit in…

Salt, sugar and chilli dip

There are many stalls here selling ready prepared fruit in bags and it is always accompanied by this little bag of chilli mix…It comes as standard here…haha

Sticky rice with Mango is probably one of the ¬†almost iconic Thai desserts and on most restaurant menu’s from the little cafe ¬†to the poshest restaurant.

Sticky rice and mango

To make this at home is very easy… First steam some glutinous rice.

To prepare the milk:

 Heat 1 cup of coconut milk in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly and let the coconut milk simmer. DO NOT let it boil hard as coconut milk will curdle. Also make sure that the coconut milk you buy is 100% pure as I have been informed by my son that where he lives in the UK all coconut milk sold is not 100% and that definitely separates on heating to high.

Then add  2 tbsp of sugar and 2 pinches of salt. Remove from heat. Pour 3/4 of the hot coconut milk over  1 cup of the hot sticky rice. Let it sit for 5 minutes. The hot sticky rice will absorb all the coconut milk. The rice should be a little mushy.

 Spoon the rest of the coconut milk on top of the rice at serving time.

Enjoy!

Smoothies here are made from just mango or the mango is mixed with other fruits all very nice and fresh… I have also been experimenting with making my own protein drinks…

Mango and Pineapple Protein Drink 1

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Mango tree in garden

Doesn’t that fruit look lovely and fresh?? I am watching it ripen from my bedroom window to pick the fruit methinks might be a problem unless I can get someone to shin up the tree although we do have a hook on a long pole to retrieve the fruit of our palm tree I just don’t want it to land on the floor with a bang and get bruised…

Mango is such a versatile fruit I make my own mango chutney it is lovely in a mango salsa or as a mango and mustard dip. What do you make from your mangoes???

Mango and Mustard Dip is lovely with chicken or fish Goujons or a nice piece of grilled white fish.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of fresh mango puree
  • 1/4 cup of mayo
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt to taste

Just put everything in your blender or a bowl and whisk it together and there you have it … with the chilli I would add 1 tsp and taste before you add the second.

Mango used as a sauce or in a savoury dish is also lovely and this is my Mango Chicken which I featured on the Recipe Hunter a while ago it is a firm favourite in this house.

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Lastly if you are not sure how to prepare a mango then see picture: Easy x

How to cut mango

I hope you have enjoyed this culinary journey with the marvelous Mango If you loved then I would be delighted if you could share it on your social media sites.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend wherever you are… I am now off to make choc chip cookies with Lily xxx

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Healthy Food which may help to reduce your blood pressure and recipes…

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This is an updated post from last year which I thought deserved another airing as this is a very important subject and something which affects very many people and also something which we could help control by eating sensibly and the right foods really can make a difference…We only have one body and need to take charge and give it all the help we can… This post contains health information from Sally and recipes from Moi with some additional chat from Moi as those who know me well know that I just love to talk and my fingers are an extension of my mouth… lol… I hope you enjoy this post and take away some positives…

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Healthy Eating‚ĶHow to lose weight and eat the foods you love !

 

No more ( 2)

Don’t the weeks just fly by? Welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…How is your new eating plan going??? It would lovely to hear from you in comments…

I am really watching what I eat this week as Easter is coming and I love a Hot Cross bun or two…Don’t you??

What is this I hear about the word Easter being taken of the Easter Egg boxes???¬† Well apparently it is old news and not quite TRUE..the word Easter is on the back of the box and not the front… I am guessing that it won’t be long before it disappears from the back of the box… Maybe I will take a bet on that…

What have I eaten today…Som Tam ( Papaya Salad)and sticky rice for my brunch…my early morning drink was Coconut Juice fresh and¬†lovely.

Papaya Salad Som Tam

Tonight, as my little granddaughter has come to stay, is Thai¬†Beef Salad …A treat as beef is hard to come by here and expensive. Now when you click on this link you will also see a recipe for Bread Pudding which is a luscious English dish… Moderation and enjoy if you make it! No guilt and moderation…

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Thai Beef Salad

Doesn’t it look lovely and fresh? That is why I love Thai Food¬† …It is quick to make and when I was working I just froze my meat in portions and took it out of the freezer before I went to work..so when I come home I just had to put on the rice and chop the salad ..flash fry the beef and slice thinly and mix it together and add the chillies etc…20 minutes tops and my dinner was ready…

I also owe all of you who were looking forward to some Tofu recipes this week an apology... I was hoping to get some tried and tested recipes that I could make but no… I won’t go into the why’s and wherefores but if anyone would like to do a guest post on Tofu with tried and tested recipes then please¬†Pm or e-mail me… I am so sorry to have let you down…I myself don’t cook with tofu and haven’t ever wanted to but I know many of you do and I was hoping to be able to feature some on here this week and try some for myself but it didn’t happen I am afraid… So sorry ūüė¶

What did you think of the protein drinks did you try them? Which one is your favourite so far?? Mine is the raspberry and beet one which is pictured below isn’t it a lovely colour so pretty¬† …There will be another one next week so stay tuned…

Raspberry Protein Shake

Next week I will have another protein drink for you… Also, some recipes using Mango as at the moment Mangoes are plentiful and in season here¬†and I have many mangoes some I eat green and raw with a chilli dip and I also make my own Mango chutney for when I have an Indian Curry which I do maybe once every¬†two weeks…I did tell you that this eating plan does not count anything we just apply MODERATION…

No foods are barred just the ones that I choose not to eat…What do you choose not to eat?? Come on…Be truthful…

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We are all grown-ups and we know what we are eating and we know what is good and what isn’t and we know why we are overweight … Who are you cheating??? Not me! I won’t tell you not to eat it…I won’t tell you to stop … I won’t tell you anything except what I eat and what works for me and the rest is up to you…No one else… Just You!

Tell me …How is your eating plan going? Do these posts help? Are there any particular recipes you would like me to feature???

Until next week ..Enjoy what you eat…Just remember…No Excuses and moderation…xxxx

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Healthy Eating‚ĶHow to lose weight and eat the foods you love !

No more diets

Welcome back to Carol’s¬†boot camp…Lol… The place where there are no excuses and moderation…

Eating is fun..isn’t it??..

Who tried the Protein shake last week I thought it was lovely… Today it is a lovely Mango and pineapple protein shake..when I get my butt moving and go get some fresh coconut water…my little man must have had a day off yesterday…

But did I come home empty handed…Of course not!

I bought some lovely spicy rice balls…I did only have one though but it was lovely with a little lime juice squeezed over the top a lovely little snack…

Come on then fess up what sort of week have you had???

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Have you been applying moderation… Hands up! Who has tried some of those diets I showcased last week ??? Come on..spill!

This week I am going to let you have an insight into what I eat and what works for me… Starting with my early morning drink, first, one of the day and I like having a mixture of early morning drinks… one-day apple cider vinegar and a shake another day…I like to mix it up and of course coconut water which I love fresh and chilled… What are you drinking??? Have you changed what you drink??? Do you have a new favourite drink?…

Lots of questions today so please speak to me in comments ..Tell me what changes you have made…

Coming soon… I have a treat. for you… Chennie¬†from¬† AnotherBlog¬†

Has kindly agreed to do a¬† Q & A on TOFU… I myself have never tried it, have never had any intention of trying it and know little or nothing about it.

BUT I do know many people cook with it and so to be fair I should be including it on here…Don’t you think??? So stay tuned…All will be revealed next Tuesday…Right here!

Protein Drinks…

As you know anything that man has had a hand in the manufacture of my food always rings alarm bells for Moi… I just don’t believe all this hype and claims that are made about products… This latest news and I am sure there will be more… There always is…But it tells me we should be making our own until it is properly proven to really be a better choice than making Protein drinks from scratch…

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/03/01/protein-powders-may-be-damaging-your-health.html

Tropical Sunshine in a glass...Pineapple and Mango Protein shake.

Mango and Pineapple Protein Drink 1

3/4 cup of coconut water (or one of my suggestions from last weeks post)

1/3 cup of greek yoghurt ( cutting down) use natural yoghurt

1/3 cup raw soaked cashews

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

1/3 cup frozen mango

1 pitted date for sweetness( optional) I prefer honey.

Top with a tsp of chia seeds before serving ( optional)

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away‚Ķ The colour was amazing a beautiful lemon colour and it tasted very nice.¬† New to protein drinks like me?… I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don‚Äôt taste great I drink them anyway‚ĶReally!

I like to drink something which tastes pleasant. Don’t you???

Of the two shakes, last weeks was for me my favourite but I  love raspberries and beets just a tad more than mango. Which one is your favourite???

Just a tip... I freeze my fruit in portions which makes life so much easier ..I also do that will my meat, fish as often I just cook a portion for my self so easy to do and when I worked it saved so much time and it doesn’t take long to do…I keep my own little box of¬† ONE PERSON sized portions…

What is a typical days food for me??? Yesterday it was…

A glass of Apple cider vinegar with honey and ginger.

A mid-morning shake…I tested the pineapple and mango protein shake…

My lunch was Grapow Moo ( Pork) with cauliflower rice...

Evening meal was Lasagne and salad…small portion.

Drinks throughout the day were water and I had a G & T for my sundowner. and one spicy rice ball… I also walked into town and back about¬† 5km.

I don’t count calories… I just eat small portions and 2 meals a day…

I eat more spicy food than I used to and only 2 meals a day I don’t know if it is my age or whether my stomach now expects less…So far I am healthy, fairly fit, eat what I fancy but ALTHOUGH I don’t diet or count calories I am aware of what I am eating so if I have for example pancakes on Shrove Tuesday I enjoy them and make an adjustment the next day or the following few days depending on what I have eaten or increase my exercise.

It works for me and should work for you…we all have a good idea of good and bad foods …Don’t we? …I don’t use low-fat products as they tend to be higher in sugars. I would just opt for a sensible portion… Moderation in other words…

There are also foods that I don’t eat any more or very, very seldom… I don’t eat takeaways, burgers, processed foods, cake ( very )rarely, I hardly eat bread or potatoes,

BUT I eat rice, white rice, sticky rice, black rice, brown rice I vary my rice and of course cauliflower rice…

Pasta I used to love and now not so much…maybe once a month sometimes not that…If I can get it I love spaghetti squash or courgette ribbons with pasta.

Cheeses…¬†I mainly eat Feta, very occasionally a piece of blue cheese and sometimes a little parmesan/ mozzarella on my pasta.

Fish... I love all fish but make sure it is the best fish I can get and not farmed… Steamed Seabass one of my favourites simple and easy to make

Fish with Lime and fennel

Meat... Chicken and pork mainly…lamb and beef are not readily available here but I eat a very small serving and lots of vegetables which I genuinely like either lightly cooked or raw which is a very popular way to eat vegetables and herbs here.

Sauces I love but make my own from lemons, ginger, chillies and garlic.

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Thai Chilli Dip

 

Eggs I eat probably about 6 per week.

Pickles, garlic, jalapenos, cucumbers, eggs, cabbage and kimchi I tend to snack on…

I hope that gives you a little idea of my diet all fruits and veg/herbs are either grown by us or bought locally and we eat a lot of vegetables … meat or fish and rice would be my smaller portion on my plate the rest would be vegetables and herbs and a dip.

How is your eating plan going? Do these posts help? Are there any particular recipes you would like me to feature???

Next week...It will be Tofu with recipes from the lovely Chennie Huang…

That’s all for this week on No More Diets I hope you have a good week…

No more diets

Thank you for reading this…Let’s do it xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ūüôā Enjoy!

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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‚Äôs Food Column ‚Äď 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‚ĶHow to lose weight and eat the foods you love‚Ķ

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Welcome to my Tuesday ( Boot camp) where we have sensible conversations on what we eat and enjoy‚Ķ Yes, enjoy! Let’s do this!

Just to recap on last week what have you been snacking on tell me???

Oh, and did you enjoy your pancakes ??? I did I had two with lime and a bit of sugar and they were delicious…

What did you think of last weeks post??? Which is just below in case you missed it…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love/

Did you try any of the snacks or have you got your own go-to snacks??

This week as I know so many of my readers live in colder climes I will give you the recipes for some delicious soups..all healthy, made from scratch and good for you…

This is one of my favourite Thai soups and the first time I have made it. It also brings back memories of a certain lady…Keeleigh who when she visited us¬†could not get enough of this fabulous soup.

You may also notice that it isn’t the bright orange colour of many Tom Yum soups you see or may have had it is because a mix is used and it has colouring in it …If it is this colour it is made from scratch from fresh ingredients no preservatives and colourings.

Tom Yum soup with Prawns

Tom Yum Goon

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass
  • 1-inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 500 gm¬†Prawns
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2¬†medium tomatoes cut into quarters.
  • 2 white onions (medium-sized) cut into large chunks.
  • 1 and a half¬†teaspoons of sugar
  • 7¬†‚Äď 10 tablespoons of fish sauce (depending on your taste)
  • Juice of 5¬†-8 limes.
  • A handful of cilantro.

N.B Next time I will use shallots instead of white onions and I recommend using the lowest amount of limes and fish sauce and Taste! Adjust if necessary as everyone’s taste varies.

Let’s Cook!

The first thing to do is put about 2 litres of water in a large pot to boil.

Then I like to start by squeezing my limes. This is not the first step of the recipe, but it’s best to have your limes squeezed so when you need them later, you don’t need to rush to squeeze them all.

Take your stalks of lemongrass, and first tear off the outermost leaf and throw it out. Then, I like to use a rolling-pin or the handle end of a knife to lightly pound the lemongrass to release the flavours. Then just slice it diagonally into 1-inch strips or so.

Take about 1 thumb-sized chunk of the root part of galangal, and chop it into slices.

Coarsely break about 10 kaffir lime leaves ‚Äď no need to cut them, just tear them ‚Äď which is going to help release their flavour.

Peel about 5 cloves of garlic.

I used about 10 Thai bird chillies for this recipe, but you can use however many you’d like. First, take off the stem, and then you can either just slice them in two pieces, or give them a little pound on your cutting board like I did (just be careful of flying seeds). You can also remove the seeds if you’d still like the chilli flavour but not as much heat.

Throw the lemon grass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, garlic and chillies into the water.

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You can put the lid on just so it starts to boil which releases the herb flavours quicker.

Now prepare your prawns I remove everything except for the tail…..others put in whole prawns…personal preference.

Boil your soup with all the herbs in it for about 10 minutes.

Then add your mushrooms, which you should pre-rinse beforehand.

Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and onions.

 

Cook for further  6-8 minutes.

Now add prepared prawns and cook for 2-3 mins( if overcooked the prawns will sink to the bottom of the pan. If you get any scum on the surface of soup it’s from the prawns then just skim it off the surface.

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Remove from heat and stir in fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and cilantro.

Taste and adjust if necessary.

This delicious soup is now ready to serve.

 

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do and remember to add the smallest amount of fish sauce and lime juice and taste and build on it, taste and build until you get the right level of salty and sour for you¬†ūüôā

Thai Rice Soup.

Thai Rice soup

 

This soup is eaten for breakfast, it is given to babies, anyone who is maybe a little unwell or just because they want a comfort food. If you use cooked rice then it will be more like a porridge and how it would be given to babies and also with less seasoning for babies.

If you want a bit more of a substantial soup then add a few prawns and if you are vegetarian just omit the meat and maybe add some pak choi or white cabbage shredded., some tomato…Play with the flavours.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup minced chicken or pork

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 and a half tbsp oil

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp soy sauce

1 and 1/2 cup of fresh chicken broth

1 cup of steamed rice

1 egg

1 tbsp finely Julienned fresh ginger

1 spring onion finely sliced

1 tbsp coriander chopped

Pinch of white pepper.

Let’s cook!

Heat the oil and add the minced ginger and cook until ginger is golden remove half and set to one side for garnish.

Add the chicken or pork and season with salt and the soy sauce then pour in your chicken broth and the rice. Cook for 3-5 minutes depending on whether you want a soup or more of a porridge.

Turn up the heat and crack the egg in the middle of the rice either sir to combine through the rice or let the egg poach.

Pour into your bowl and top with the garlic, spring onions and ginger sprinkle with a dash of white pepper.

Enjoy!

Two lovely soups ..No calorie counting…I don’t do that… we all have a good idea of what our food contains and whether or not we could eat bowls of it or not…Don’t we???

I eat fairly small portions but if I am still hungry I would have a little more obviously with these soups you don’t eat bread…

I generally never ever feel bloated I eat enough..enough to satisfy my appetite…I don’t count calories..I am old enough to know what is calorie laden and I am not on a diet… It is a lifestyle for me and easy to maintain because …I had my pancakes ..did I not on Shrove Tuesday… I enjoyed them…

That was my treat and no guilt…BUT… I was extra careful the next day and also walked a few extra km.

What I am really saying is MODERATION AND COMMON SENSE…Cheat every day…Who is the loser…It isn’t me…

I do hope this is helping you along with your feeling healthier and eating healthier path… If you have any questions or foods you love and need recipes for ..Ask me…I don’t bite and enjoy my food and my sundowners… But also lose weight or maintain it as now I seem to lose in little bursts…If I feel it needs a kick-start then I up my walking or cut my snacks not that I eat many anyway or will have a soup day.

Until next time eat well but eat sensibly xxx