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Fruity Friday’s…Rosella Fruit.

Carol cooks! Rosella Fruit

 

And yes it is Saturday but yesterday was Thai New Year…Songkran and it was hot, wet and very alcoholic…Hic….But today is another day…

Rosella Fruit.

I have only ever seen these dried before not fresh…so something new to try… I just love it when I come across something I have not used or seen before…I get so excited.

I love finding fruit and vegetables which I haven’t come across before and this one caught my eye when shopping …I did have to put out a call on FB as I didn’t know the name or what I could do with it…Luckily one of my Indonesian friends came to the rescue…Once she told me the name I recognised it as having had a tea made from the dried fruits a while ago and loving it.

Rosella grows easily here it loves a tropical climate it is also a very pretty plant the species grown here in Thailand has broader leaves and pink rather than cream flowers and the leaves are used more than the fruits.

In Australia, it is still thought by many to be an exotic plant but has been mentioned in early Australian history and known by many as “Bush Tucker”

Also known by the more recognisable name of Hibiscus it is rich in Vitamin C and when made into a tea is promoted as a cure for colds if taken regularly.

A very nice sugar syrup can also be made for using in cocktails…Just saying!

After some scouring of the internet, I came across a recipe for jam…I only made a small amount as I was not familiar with the fresh fruit or the taste.
Ingredients:

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  • 500 gm Rosella fruit, seedpod separated from the Calyx and Bracts ( cut into small pieces)
  • Approx 2 cups Sugar depending on exact weight of fruit
  • Approx 2-3 cups Water

 

Firstly I soaked the fruits in cold water for about 20 minutes so as to not only clean them but remove any insects.
It was then a case of removing the seed pod from the inside of the fruit…Covering the seed pods with water and cooking them for about 20 minutes.
The seed pods contain naturally produced pectin…I simmered these for about 20 minutes and then removed the pods and disposed of them aka binned them.Remember to keep the cooking water.
I weighed the flowers before cooking them and then I measured exactly half their weight of sugar.

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The Rosella flowers were then added to the cooking water in which the seed pods were cooked and the fruits cooked until they were softened and the liquid starts to turn syrupy which took about 10 minutes I then added the sugar and cooked the fruit until it softened and turned jam-like..
Remove from the heat and put in sterilised jars…

The key to this recipe is to weigh the fruit and do the exact amount of sugar and water.
This makes a very nice fruit preserve and one which I will definitely make again.

N.B. Next time I will cut the fruit into smaller pieces rather than leave them whole.

Now you all know me well and know I can’t resist thinking would it be like if I added some ginger and chilli…very nice as it happens…

Rosella Relish

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Rosella fruit

 

Ingredients

  • 250 gm Rosella fruit
  • 60 ml sugar
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger grated finely
  • 2 red shallots chopped finely
  • 5 ml red chilli powder/flakes
  • 10 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 375 ml water
  • A pinch of salt

Let’s Cook!
Remove the red portions/calyces & discard the seed pods
Wash & place in a pan along with water, shallots, ginger, sugar, salt and chilli flakes
Bring to a soft rolling boil and cook until the liquid is greatly reduced. This takes approx 25-30 mins.
When the chutney is almost done, add the vinegar and stir well.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly and put in a sterilised glass container.

Lovely as a relish with cold/ hot meats or in a burger… with brie and freshly made bread it is very nice.

Thank you for reading this I do hope you enjoyed it and loved the recipes if you did please feel free to hit the share button……Thank you xxx

 

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Annual Bloggers Bash Awards

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018

voting is now open

To say I am overwhelmed is very true…I always watch and vote for my favourites and so wish I was there…One day!… Nearly ( haha) lost for words.

There are so many lovely blogs and bloggers out there who are just awesome and whoever nominated moi…Really doesn’t know how that makes me feel…

Whoever you are... I am speechless… Delighted…Overwhelmed… Just gobsmacked… Thank you!

I love what I do and all your comments …Yes… YOU… I love the comments more than anything… I am the only European lady here so to chat in English to you guys always makes my day… I am genuinely just overwhelmed by the kindness and friendships I have formed since I started blogging and now THIS it is the icing on the cake… Guess I am now going to have to do some baking… Although my little helper makes some lovely cakes.

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Aston with his butterfly cakes…Not bad for a first attempt.

I was really pleased to see that Sally received a nomination for the Best overall blogger I have received nothing but encouragement from Sally and she lets me loose on her blog each week and Paul also received a nomination which was also well deserved..He is also part of the furniture at Sally’s…and writes about all things including chocolate and coffee…

Not forgetting, of course, all you other lovely nominees whom I wish the best of luck although just getting nominated makes you all-stars…

ONE day.( I can dream)..I will be there for the Bloggers Bash…I can’t wait to meet all you lovely bloggers who enthuse me every day in the flesh and all the hard-working committee who make the Bloggers Bash so successful… Good Luck Everyone! You are all-stars just for being nominated…

If you  haven’t voted and would like to vote for some amazing bloggers and Moi

The Nine categories are:

  • Best Overall Blogger…
  • Funniest Blogger
  • Most Inspirational Blogger
  • Most Informative Blogger (original content)
  • Best Book Review Blog
  • Services to Bloggers
  • Hidden Gem…Retired No One Told Me!
  • Newcomer Blogger
  • Best Pal

Please go to the link below to vote:-

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards – Voting Now Open

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Once again, thank you so much for voting it is very much appreciated 🙂 xxx

 

Smorgasbord Reblog – Voting is Now OPEN for the Annual #BloggersBash Awards – Thrilled to be nominated

Good Luck Everyone…. All the nominations are well deserved 🙂 xx

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

How quickly this year has gone. It only seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the #BloggersBash in London mainly because the day was outstanding. For me one of the highlights was meeting bloggers face to face that I had interacted over the years. This included the hard working committee members at the time of course Sacha BlackAli IsaacHugh Roberts and Geoff Le Pard which was wonderful. But also Noelle Granger  Jessica NorrieMary Smith and Sue Vincent  along with other old friends and new faces.

This year the #BloggersBash is bigger and even better with plenty of opportunity to mingle and put faces to names…also to take advantage of the ‘Panel’ of bloggers who will share their expertise and answer your questions.

There are a number of categories to vote in, and I am delighted that Smorgasbord Invitation been nominated in the Best Overall Blog…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.

My very first Food Column over on Smorgasbord which is hosted by the wonderful Sally Cronin… I do hope you enjoy my first post 🙂 Enjoy!

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I am so pleased that Carol Taylor has joined the blog in a new capacity as the food columnist. I will leave Carol to introduce the topics that she is going to be sharing each week and also a delicious recipe for

Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.

Hello, I am beyond excited to be asked by Sally to host a cookery column in her new magazine…Thank you Sally x

Many of you know me by now but for this first post on the cookery column I thought I would set up my stall and tell you a little more about myself.

My passion for cooking and writing is all consuming, I love to cook, find new recipes, unusual foods and living here in Thailand I am discovering foods I haven’t seen before, tasted or even heard of.

The world of blogging has also opened up…

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My most popular posts in 2017…

My Top Ten posts of 2017…Did it surprise me?

Not really it seems that many of you love Thailand as much as I do, that you advocate healthy eating with Halloween and Christmas thrown into the mix for good luck…

Numero 1.

Why I love Thailand!  

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This post  I suppose is my snapshot of the Land of Smiles, the food I love, the sunsets, the people, the festivals and traditions and there is more as you know we now grow our own Turkeys. I have discovered many fruits and vegetables which were previously unknown to me…

Thailand certainly has the power to surprise me… Every day I see something which makes me smile …

Numero 2.

Healthy foods which may help reduce your Blood Pressure.

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I suppose there was no surprise that this post was as popular as it was as High Blood Pressure also known as the silent killer is something which many suffer from. I hope by writing this post I gave you the tools to better understand how food can be thy medicine I am a firm believer in that…Not always a replacement but something which can work alongside prescribed medication if need be.

Numero 3.

Healthy eating…Turmeric Drinks.

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Again no great surprise as Turmeric is being hailed as one of the best cure-alls ever… It has its place like many fruits, vegetable and herbs but no one size fits all…What suits you may not suit the next person and it is moderation…And do not believe everything you read ..do your own research because if it sounds too good to be true..It is!

A good example is my own father who took drinking water…yes water to another level he did not apply moderation and ended up in hospital.

Numero 4.

Fish Friday…Thai Shrimp Cakes

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These lovely tasty little cakes are so very popular and are found on almost every menu in Thailand and market stall….very moreish eaten with a lovely spicy little chilli dip. Also so easy to make at home in your own kitchen…

Numero 5.

Some of Thailands most unusual foods.

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Yes, I have tried some of them…As long as they are really crispy and not squidgy I will try them… Hands up who has eaten crispy fried whitebait???? Or crispy prawn heads??? Not too much different… Do you think?

Numero 6.

Halloween recipes…Will you dare to try??

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I would be interested to know who did try it???

Did you??

Numero 7

Healthy eating…Waste not- want- not

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From pickle juice, potato water or oil from a can of sardines there is a use for everything …my favourite as a child and we used to fight over it…When my nan used to strain the cabbage water add a little vinegar and give it to us to drink we thought we had been given the world.

Numero 8.

Beat the blues with food and So pretty, so deadly tied in 8th place…

melientha-cookingVillage cooking…I was taught to use herbs to make a healthy soup…

So pretty! So deadly!

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A word of warning when so many flowers are used in cooking…sometimes they can be so deadly and they are used in Brides bouquets even now… So just check which takes but a minute or two and could save a life or a nasty rash…

Numero 9.

Christmas recipes…Drink anyone?

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There is nothing like a homemade drink recipe…

Last but not least…

Numero 10.

Matcha Tea Cookies.

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Matcha drinks can be found on every stall and drink outlet here it is very popular… It is also open to tweaking because what I get here is not always what you can get where you live… A prime example for me was and is coconut milk… when my son went to the UK very recently most cans or cartons were only 40% coconut milk and it’s anyone’s guess as to what made up the other 60% but I think we know by now…Don’t we??

It is the same with drinks…many are loaded with sugars so all I am saying is read the labels or buy from a reputable source.

I have to get my little rant in as it bugs me that we have to be so careful because of the unscrupulous practices of manufacturers.

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 of last years posts and if you did please share as sharing is caring…

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy New Year …

 

As 2017 draws to an end…A recap of last year…A preview of what’s to come in 2018?

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to what 2018 brings you.

First and foremost I want to thank all of my loyal followers for without you my blog would go nowhere… Some who have followed me since day one and others I have met as my blogging journey continues… wonderful friends who have inspired me to do better next year….. There are some wonderful blogs out there and each and every one of you in your way inspires me… For that I thank you ❤

So no long list of New Year resolutions for me (I don’t) generally do resolutions in print… maybe in my head or verbally to friends and family but in print… No!

So my  New Years resolution this year is to work smarter, schedule posts and allocate time to write and stick to it…

It takes time to build a following and if you are very lucky you will go viral as for the rest  of us it’s hard work and dedication… true…I have been blogging for 3 whole years now and have seen a steady increase in followers and views over the years especially in the last 6 months but it is a hard slog ..no easy route just hard work and of course writing posts which people want to read and want to come back for more…..

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My core readers come from the USA they all seem to like this whimsical, English lady and they are not even closely followed by the UK…You guys are awesome …so thank you ❤

My biggest source of views on social media comes from FB and Flipboard with Twitter/Pinterest pretty close in 3rd and 4th place.

Overall my highest views come through WP reader…

August and October were my highest views topping over 3K…..which for me reflect all the hard work I have done since last June and my sincere thanks go out to each and every one of you who have enabled me to reach those views…Thank you x

My best post being ” Beat the Blues with Food” and I truly do believe that food should be your medicine albeit sometimes alongside prescribed medication.

I always cook from scratch and that will never change…It is cheaper, easier and no nasties and I think that overall I have been surprised how easy it is to make some food items which in the past I have bought …Driven by the fact that where I now live I don’t have access to much of which I previously purchased from stores…

I also have a little more time to experiment and have I had some disasters along the way…Oh yes!

We also now grow much of our own including Turkeys and very soon I hope to have lots of little turkey babies as the mums are sitting on their eggs and have been for a few weeks now…Exciting times and I have seen lots of new fruits and vegetables spring up over the last year as well.

All of which will provide lots of ideas for my posts in the new year…I do hope you enjoy them…

Overall a good year for me but next year will see me spend time out ( I will) schedule more posts to enable me to finish my “Cookbook”..Come on…who doesn’t write a cookbook?

It will incorporate recipes I have discovered and been gifted since living here and recipes passed down through our family over the years…Coupled with my move to Thailand this has seen my outlook and recipe file expand greatly over the last 7 years…

I have also started a new blog called Orienthailiving  so please if you support me here it would be lovely to have your support over there… It covers travel, recipes and also it has associate links but this coming year I will be selling goods which I have locally sourced so if you love my Thai recipes I will be providing some of the pots and pans which we use here…

My idea is/was to keep my baby..my first blog completely separate…What do you think.?..should I merge them at some point this year????

Maybe it would be a good idea .. it would definitely make life easier for me…

I have also been invited to do a Food Column by Sally @ Smorgasbord Health which I am very excited about and will be sharing recipes from around the world including my tried and tested ones which have been passed down through  the family for generations and my chatter because you all know I can’t just write a recipe and leave it there…haha

My monthly slot over on The Recipe Hunter which is a wonderful source of truly tried and tested recipes…will continue with my next one scheduled for the 18th January 2018.

Last but not least my Cookbook or maybe 2 and then to complete my first stand-alone novel…I have short stories in two Anthologies…so thought it was high time I sat down and wrote a novel which is an extension of one of my already published short stories.

That concludes my recap of last year and my plans for 2018…

Thank you again to all my loyal followers you are awesome and I hope you have the best 2018…

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I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year… Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

Ahhhhh our last compilation of the Health and cook from scratch series with Sally and Carol but we will be back in the New Year with something bigger and better…I hope you enjoy this post as much as we enjoyed producing it…It is a mixture of happy, sad and downright hilarious…Think Mr Bean with a turkey stuff fast on his head… Merry Christmas one and all xxx

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

This is the last in the current series of Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor.. The good news is that next year Carol will be taking on the role of Food Columnist for the blog magazine.. that is very exciting as I know that we are going to be introduced to exotic foods from Thailand as well as recipes that elevate our everyday foods to delicious and nutritious meals for all the family..

This week… The Turkey.. a bird that was usually eaten mainly at Thanksgiving and Christmas but is available all year in supermarkets and butchers. Before handing over to Carol.. a look at all the health benefits this large bird brings to the table.

Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

The wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo (something to do with difficulty in catching it I think) is native to North America. The…

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