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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Getting to Know You.

I do lead a boring life…Carpet slippers and hairnet included… Haha…Fooled you…

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I know that you were expecting some new and delicious recipes here today from our resident cookery expert Carol Taylor… however, I thought instead that I would share Carol’s Getting to Know you post instead. Since you were already here!!!

Carol and I teamed up a year ago for a cook from scratch series (expect that to be reshared at some point). And then as the blog moved towards a more magazine style, I suggested that Carol might like to be the food columnist. Since the beginning of the year we have been treated to recipes for many of our favourite ingredients but also some of the more exotic offerings of her home in Thailand. Always beautifully presented and easy to follow.

Carol’s column directory:

Before Carol shares the five questions that she has chosen for her interview, here is a little more about her.

About Carol Taylor

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – #Pork! Perfect!

How to make perfect Pork crackling every time 🙂

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Pork! Perfect!

Welcome once again to Carol’s Cookery column and this week it’s one of our family’s favourite meats after Beef (now) I have found a butcher… I do hope that you enjoyed the Beef recipes last week.

Perfect pork crackling eludes many, and there is many a time when I am screaming at the screen when those cookery contestants don’t get their crackling crispy…

How to get perfect Pork crackling every time.

Nothing is better than perfectly crisp Pork Crackling.

How to achieve it, well, it’s easy!

When you buy your Pork, look for pork which has a layer of fat underneath the skin (this) produces the best crackling.

It has to be thinly scored, for this, I actually use a Stanley Knife and woe betides anyone who uses it for D.I.Y.

The piece of Pork I have pictured is a piece of Belly Pork approx 2 kilos and…

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Interview with Carol Taylor from “Retired? No one told me!”

If you would love to know a little more about me then come on in and see the real me 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Recipes Beef Stroganoff, Corned Beef, Thai Beef Salad ( Nam Doc Nua)

It’s Wednesday again and this week my recipes are using Beef …I hope you enjoy!

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Welcome to Carol’s cookery column I have just discovered a lovely little shop which sell Thai/French beef…Now I am not a great beef eater at all but this beef has the best taste and I could quite easily have eaten so much more… I have my old, old recipe for Beef Stroganoff, a recipe I have been making for about 50 years and I have tried to remember where I got that recipe from with no success… I have trawled books and the internet and have found many versions none the same as mine…so I decided that even way back then I was experimenting…

My original recipe was sliced rump steak, onions, mushrooms, cream, white wine and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Onions in the pan then the steak, quickly cooked, add the mushrooms, cream and wine , copious amounts of black pepper and served with rice.

Quick and…

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Orienthailiving and Retired No One Told Me! Weekly update…Korlan fruit, Obesity and Barfly…

Welcome once again to my weekly roundup…If you have missed any posts then sit down with your favourite cuppa and have a browse…

A few reblogs this week as I have the dreaded cough from hell and it is driving me mad…I think I need to step up my healthy eating as I have been doing a bit of unhealthy eating lately and as this is my first cough for at least 5 years I suspect it is a warning to get back on track… I have always had one of these coughs and it makes my ribs hurt it is such a fierce cough so I am stepping up the ginger and getting back on track as I really don’t do ill… I am the grumpiest person on this earth if I don’t feel 100%.


Fruity Friday’s brought forth a lovely sweet n sour tiny little fruit given to me by a tuk-tuk driver he picked them from a tree in his village… Looking like a very small lychee it was quite hard to peel and had a very sour flavour compared to the Lychee which is quite a perfumed taste and sweet.

korlan fruit on bunch

Over to Orienthailiving where I took you on a trip around one of my favourite towns in Phuket… The fascinating Phuket Town…

Travel Thailand Phuket town

Not feeling like writing too much I had a trawl through my older posts and this one is a charming post about Ole Smoky Moonshine, chillies( of course), an old man, roast chook and a  recipe for Homemade Moonshine Hot Sauce.

You ask I answer is totally different from Barfly and is about our friend Mr Militant Negro so if you want to know a little more about the man in question then this is the post to read…

The Charade is the brainchild of my friend Steph the author of The Community, After The Light after the Love and Pictures of  Deceit. It started as just a thought and with an invite for any other author to write a chapter or two …where will the story end? We don’t know yet but it is intriguing and has promise…To date, there are 15 chapters some written by Moi…download-3the-charade

No more Diets just Healthy eating… I am taking a trip around the world and looking at various country’s eating habits…This week it is Germany which although they are not high on the worlds obesity chart as they do a lot of walking and cycling and keeping fit is high on the agenda as a nation BUT their consumption of processed meats/fats is high so will it cause problems in later life for many individuals?

sauerkraut-sausages and smoked hock

Next, as many of my readers and friends are experiencing snow and bitterly cold weather, Soup was on the agenda…

Squash and veg soup 2

That is all for this week I hope to be back in fine fettle by next week …

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Delicious Warming Soup.

Once again, Sally has let me indulge my passion…Cooking… and as many of you still have snow and we have tropical storms( rainy season) and I have a cough from hell… I thought Soup would be ideal on so many levels…Enjoy!

Thank you, Sally, for the shout out for my cookery book…Timers on and FB notifications off and limiting myself to 5 a day and that is not fruit as per the excellent advice on The Apes reblog…Thank you, Chris 🙂 x

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Delicious Warming Soup.

Soup can be eaten whatever the weather as a starter or as a snack and even as a main meal if it is a substantial one served with lots of fresh crusty bread.

I know that many of you are experiencing icy cold temperatures and even snow still so I thought that a few soups would be nice to help warm those tummies and hopefully help to keep away those nasty bugs and which are also easy to make.

For those of you who are experiencing warmer weather some soups as well as no matter what the weather I enjoy a bowl of soup…Don’t you???

Soup has gone through many revivals over the years I remember my mother making soup from chicken or turkey carcasses or as a treat we had Heinz tomato soup…

This saw an increase of packets and cans of soups of many varieties…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Horseradish

It is cookery column time yet again @ Sally’s I hope you enjoy the lovely horseradish and the recipes…Have a lovely day xx

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Welcome to Wednesdays Cookery column on Smorgasbord and thank you for all your kind comments on Peppercorns I am now trying to get hold of the Tasmanian peppercorn called Pepper berries which are said to be 10 times hotter than the black peppercorn…I saw these last week on MKR which I love watching… anyway I waffle and this week I am showcasing the Horseradish root which I love and also which I can get here…Happy Days!

The horseradish is one of my favourites it goes with so much and really elevates the flavour and although I don’t eat very much beef at all…Beef and horseradish are one of my favourite combinations.

The horseradish is part of the brassicaceae family alongside wasabi, broccoli, mustard and cabbages. Closer to wasabi and mustard when the horseradish root is sliced the enzymes which are released when the plant cells break down produce sinigrin which…

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