Category Archives: Cook from scratch with Sally and Carol

A rerun of one of our most popular posts on Honey…From Sally the health benefits of this lovely liquid and from me the recipes…I hope you enjoy!

Raw honey-Fresh Honey-

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column Rewind – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol – Honey: Nectar of the Gods

I hope you have enjoyed this rerun of this post on honey if you have please share on your favourite social media and have a happy Wednesday xx

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As the song goes ” unzip a banana” and what do you get a little fruit packed full of nutrients and lots of recipes from around the world…Enjoy!

Small cooking bananas

Fresh from our tree…

via Smorgasbord Health Column Rewind- Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol – Banana – Nutrient Boost, no packaging required!

Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup…Stink Beans, Stuffed Peppers and Safe traveling tips.

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A tad behind this week… Just circumstances and the fact I had my nose in a book…Yesterday I went on a road trip to get little Lily who wanted to come and stay with us for a few days…At least then her mummy can weed the rice and not have to keep an eye on Lil’s who is just off to the pool with her brother and dad having just thrashed grandad at snap…Lol…I think he does let her win most of the time…

I hope by now you are used to the routine and have your favourite beverage and are comfy and ready to have a good read, there are some cracking recipes from me and Sally so maybe have a snack handy as well as you might be a tad hungry by the time you have finished reading.

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My first post of the week was my take on Old Bay seasoning ..I make all of my spice mixes and I find it then means 1.I know what is in it and 2. I have a better, quicker rotation of spices hence they are fresher and the third it is much cheaper…Cost-effective…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/how-to-make-old-bay-seasoning/

 

Then as so often different terms and names are applied to the same product or produce around the world…The internet can be a wonderful thing but can also cause much confusion with terms so I hope I have cleared a few of them up for you I am sure there are many more.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/you-call-it-what/

It was then Sally’s turn with a beautiful sounding recipe for stuffed peppers and fajitas which I thought was worth a share… Thank you, Sally 🙂

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-stuffed-peppers-and-fajitas/

 

Bootcamp…With some healthy and tasty foods for those hot summer days which many of you are enjoying around the globe and healthy does not mean boring and tasteless…Forget about those bland rice crackers and the like …There is food here to enjoy and savour…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/healthy-summer-eating-how-to-eat-great-tasty-food-and-lose-weight/

Wednesdays mean my weekly cookery column over at Sally’s and this week it was Rice…my favourite carb and of which there are so many different varieties…Recipes both sweet and savoury just for you to enjoy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-carol-cooks-rice-savoury-and-sweet/

Stink Beans do to your urine what asparagus does … Makes it a little smelly but paired with some hot spicy curry paste and pork it is a lovely thing and a very popular dish here in Thailand …

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/down-on-the-farm-spicy-pork-with-stinky-beans-mu-baan-phat-prik-sa-tor/

Back over to Sally whose Health advice is invaluable and in layman’s terms means I can understand it… Many chronic conditions can be helped not always cured but helped by changes to our diets. I mean if you do that and cut down on tablets and medicines is that not better? I think so… who wants to rattle when shaken?…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-manganese-and-the-link-to-asthma/

Sally is kindly reposting a few of my archived posts on a Thursday and this one is a beautiful red Lily Lake..wetlands full of wildlife and very beautiful when the Lily’s are in bloom.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-the-red-lotus-sea-lake-thailand-by-carol-taylor/

Those of you who know well know how much I dislike most manufactured foods and products and that if I can make a great tasting substitute then I will…This is my third different protein shake and it came a close second to my favourite raspberry and beet protein shake.

 

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Lastly, my fellow blogger, Debby has joined our team over at Sally’s with a travel column and it is great …There is no one better suited than our Deb to host a travel column and already I have picked up some great tips and ones which could save me both money and a travel disaster…Well worth a read…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-part-three-preparing-for-a-safe-trip/

I hope you have enjoyed this varied roundup…If you have please feel free to reblog or share on your favourite social media xxx

I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating, or anything else…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.

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Enjoy your Sunday and I hope your week ahead is a glorious one, be happy and mindful xx

Retired No One Told me! Weekly roundup…Bubble berries, Bread and Bacon…

Welcome to my weekly roundup slightly late as it has been one of those weeks…A bitty week when I haven’t got as much done…Do you get them???

Anyway, here I so get your favourite drink, a comfy seat, feet up and relax…

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Fruity Fridays is the first post of the week and what a pretty little berry it is…I love the name Bubble berry it suits it so well and made into a chutney on some lovely brown bread with some goats cheese it really is tasty…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/fruity-friday-the-inca-berry/

Thinking of food again..I had a lovely curry yesterday with my favourite black rice or raspberry rice as they call it …we grow a small amount on the farm and I really like it …

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My favourite curry and you can see how much I love coriander, can’t you? but look at that lovely rice it really has a beautiful taste… Recipe for the curry will follow soon maybe next week…

Travel Thailand was next and a lovely little temple very quirky… a mixture of old and new and one I had driven past daily for a few years and it was only after I moved away from the area that I visited it..so typical that you don’t often see what is on your doorstep…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/travel-thailand-wat-srisoonthorn-phuket/

I then got all … well, you know me by now and on occasions, something starts me thinking and away I go…All I will say is Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…

Melientha Soup

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/quiet-the-mind-and-the-soul-will-speak-ma-jaya-sati-bhagavati/

No to Diets and yes to healthy Eating…This week I talked about growing your own, communal gardens letting your kids help cook and garden which encourages them to eat and also to start to question exactly what is in your food…Be aware…Those pesky, greedy manufacturers have had their own way too long…We need to fight back…Don’t buy it! Simples!

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/healthy-eating-no-to-diets-eat-yourself-slim/

Before I knew it it was Wednesday… Carol’s Cookery Column over at Sally’s … Slightly different this week as it was a joint effort… I cooked and cured the bacon and ham, baked the bread and made some yummy Jalapeno Poppers and baked not deep fried so a bit healthier and our Sally made the Mayo…There is nothing like freshly made mayo and her banana dip caught my eye as well as being something different …If that hasn’t made you hungry then nothing will…More for us…hehe

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-home-cured-ham-and-bacon/

Lastly, I had to reblog Debby’s post over at Sally’s, she is the Queen of the cruises after all and what I knew about cruising you could write on a postage stamp… I now feel equipped and all fired up to take a cruise… it was a very well written and informative post on the do and don’ts …Of cruising!

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-cruises-part-two-ship-tips/

I hope now you are rested and ready to go and have enjoyed the read…xxx

That’s all for this week let me know how you get on in comments I love to hear from you…

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Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

 

 

Matcha Green Tea…

Matcha Green Tea

I have never really been a fan of green tea…I have drunk it over the years on and off and always steered away from anything which had green tea in it…

Well, that has changed some since living here because if it doesn’t have coconut in it… It has green tea or matcha…. All the TV cooking programs promote the benefits, it definitely seems to be the thing to drink, have for breakfast and put in your latte or ice-cream…

So…this girl tried firstly the latte as it looked sort of ok and I say that when green is actually my favourite colour… They do tend to put these little lumps of jelly in their drinks here and I just can’t…So this one was my preamble into “matcha “

Green Tea I waited until my daughter paid a visit who loves green tea and so we explored all the wonderful choices we have here she was in heaven and her case is bulging with so many different green teas and apparently all the time I have been making green tea I have been doing it wrong…

The water must be about 80 degrees and add the tea to the water and leave for about 1 minute and you will have a lovely cup of green tea with no bitterness …I have in the past made mine just like I brew back tea ..totally wrong… I can now enjoy and get the full lovely flavour of this delicious tea.

To learn about the health benefits and get some awesome recipes then all will be revealed if you click the link below.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-green-tea-ice-cream-latte-and-macarons/

I hope you all have a lovely day 🙂 and have enjoyed this post on Matcha Tea.

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Have a great weekend everyone I hope the weather is kind to you…Until next time xxx

Retired No One Told Me, Weekly update…Tamarind, Obesity and Horseradish.

 

Carols Weekly Update 26th April

Quite a mixed bag this week in this weeks update not so many posts. I have lots of ideas but haven’t translated them into posts… I have been trying to do more work on my Cook Book it is taking shape and has lots of recipes so I am now filling in the blanks you all know how I love to chatter …Don’t you?

The first post in this update is my monthly guest post on the Recipe Hunter and this month it was the letter C and surprise, surprise not a chilli in sight… haha… There are Curry Plants, Cloud eggs and much more but I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read it yet.

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https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-c/

Next, we have Fruity Fridays which is the lovely Tamarind. This week I have a lovely rare Thai fruit for you… The reason I love it here as I come across some little gems quite by chance and this is just one example…It was sooo hot so we decided to get a tuk-tuk back from shopping..The driver was a lovely old Thai man and he had a bag of fruit in the back of his tuk-tuk and of course being nosey well …lol…Tiny little dark pink fruits like small lychee and being generous like all Thais he gave me some…It has taken me a lot of research and I have found out very little really but all will be revealed tomorrow in Fruity Fridays. An unexpected treat, the other one was my neighbours were picking their mangoes and of course gave me some, one weighed exactly a kilo it is a whopper of a mango…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/fruity-fridays-the-tamarind/

Next, we have a post reblogged from a lovely lady from the blog Invisiblenomore who gave Sally and me a wonderful little mention and added our links promoting our healthy eating posts…Which was so nice of her…Thank you very much from Sally and myself 🙂

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https://invisible-no-more.com/2018/04/20/a-to-z-challenge-r-is-for-recipes/

The 4th Annual Bloggers Bash awards…I was so honoured to be nominated and I am amongst great company as I love all the other blogs which have been nominated so if you haven’t voted for your favourite then please do as you will make someone very happy.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/the-fourth-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-last-chance-to-vote-the-end-date-is-in-sight/

Carol’s boot camp… Obesity was the theme this week and will be for the next couple of weeks…I happened on a chart and of course, I wanted to see where Thailand came in and the UK …  a few hours later the idea for a post was born  I started with Thailand as it is where I now live and I will be finishing with the top and the bottom of the chart…Comparing eating habits and the types of food per capita… Just a little exercise really… To see if there are any common factors or foods/lifestyles… I hope you enjoy it!

No to diets Thai food collage

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-obesity/

Lastly, it is the Horseradish a lovely plant which when the root is grated it makes a great accompaniment to many foods and also to my Bloody Mary’s… just saying!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-horseradish/

That’s all for this week I will be back tomorrow for Fruity Fridays and with my new-found rare Thai fruit…

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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

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

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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