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Travel Thailand… Street Food and Markets…

street food and markets

The one thing which I hope will not change for a very long time is the street food stalls and the markets.

As a child, I remember the thriving markets my mum used to take me to and now they are all gone disappeared…Yes, cities like London, York and others still have thriving Markets with organic produce and speciality goods but proper local markets seem to have all but disappeared.

It is different here wherever I have lived or visited in Asia there is a market or two…every single day no matter where you live. We can drive from one town to another through local villages and there are markets, not just the odd one but many they are the heart and soul of Asia to me..wonderful street food and beautiful fresh produce…They range from a small group of 10 stalls just selling meat or vegetables to huge markets selling everything.

Small local market

They keep the soul of the place going there are real communities which care not just an estate of houses where no one even sees their neighbours and shop online… A place where there are real friendships and community…Where people share and I have been overwhelmed with that…people I don’t know …people who do not speak a word of English who come to my gate with Mangoes, bananas, little delicacies for us to try and we, in turn, share our produce and when I cook I give them a little plate to try, a jar of pickles… A real community…

bangkok floating market

There are floating markets where you are hauled over to the floating boat to check the wares with a boat hook ..beautiful handmade goods, wonderful fresh fruit and freshly cooked food… If you haven’t experienced the wonders of a floating market then you haven’t lived.

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The vibrant fruit and vegetable market where I  shop open as early as 3 am in the morning...

I normally arrive around 6 am -7 am …they are still bustling with people and shops buying their fresh wares…People on their way to work or coming home from work getting their breakfast…All freshly cooked to order…

Tessabaan fresh vegetables and lady

The markets are generally held right in the middle of a community or on the outskirts… You can buy anything …One stop shopping..food, clothes, household items, bedding, electrical goods, a puppy or a kitten… Fresh fish, dried fish, still alive and wriggling fish, frogs which here in the North are a staple, rats…yes rats…tasty I am told by the stall holders and they feed on rice they say, so clean not like the sewer rats …But they have them here in the city where I live..where do they come from I wonder…I will not be enquiring or be eating…This I draw the line at…A big black line..nada, No, I am not even going there…

Bugs and insects, so many varieties all piled high,

Crispy Fried Insects

Deep fried and crispy, ant eggs, soy eggs, 100-year-old eggs the list is endless… If you would like to create an authentic Thai recipe in your own kitchen then here is the authentic recipe for ANT EGG salad…I hope you enjoy!

Pigs heads…and trotters…My father used to love a bowl of Pigs Trotters… So we were not so very different back then…

Pigs & Chickens

Stalls piled high with Pork, Beef, Fish…

It is a virtual treasure trove of new discoveries for me …I think every single market I have visited holds more new delights and things I haven’t seen or tasted before…Some I recognise…Much I don’t… Much of what is sold is localised from one area to another so always a surprise or a find…I love it!

Do I have a favourite…No!

There are so many and they are so varied that I would be hard-pressed to do so…

I am quite used to seeing stall holders fast asleep on their stall, under their stall, I suppose with having such long trading hours you have to catch a nap when you can…Some even live and sleep behind their stalls ..you will see evidence of this..clothes drying, a telly, sleeping children and babies for some it is a fact and a way of life…

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A way to earn a living, some more successful than others…some only sitting on the pavement surrounded by a few wares to sell…All the produce..generally very fresh, picked that morning…

I suspect many people here live from day to day…hand to mouth… depending on what they sell…

Some quite young but many very old… their only income..here there is no cushion, no social handouts, if you have nothing to eat …That, is exactly what it means … Nothing to eat!

When we say we have nothing to eat… What we mean is ..nothing we fancy ..we want to buy more food to put in our fridges, our store cupboard…

It is a whole different world and one which many have not seen or experienced…But hey…it is out there and we don’t know how lucky we are…

Thank you for reading and I do hope you enjoy these glimpses that I give you of my travels if you do please share on your favourite social media channels…Thank you…

If you really want to see even more from me???? There are many strings to my bow…If you still want to find out more…

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 xxx

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The Culinary Alphabet…The letter D

The culinary Alphabet DI am loving doing this monthly trawl of the culinary alphabet and I think it was a great idea of mine…I am finding out how much I really know and also how much I don’t know… There is always something to learn and I love that.

You can find me over at Esme’s once a  month and she now has a lovely new blog named Esme’s Salon…So please pop over have a look at my post and then if you like what you see give Esme some love and a follow, please xxx

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Until next time, have fun, enjoy and laugh a lot and if you want to see more from me????

I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…Still, want to see more from me???

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Until  next time xxx

 

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…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

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: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

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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The Fourth Annual Bloggers Bash awards…last chance to vote the end date is in sight…

 

voting is now open

Competition is very fierce this year and it is just an honour to have been nominated to win would be the icing on the cake.

If you have already voted for Moi then you have my thanks… If you haven’t yet cast your vote then please pop over and tick that box… I will make you a cake …Well, maybe not a cake  BUT  how about a bowl of these…???

 

I bet that got your attention!!

I have been nominated under ” The Hidden Gem” category and my blog is Retired No One Told Me!

There are also lots of other lovely blogs in all of the 9 categories so please if you haven’t already voted for your favourite blog( s) then please vote.

You can vote HERE.

There has been a HUGE number of nominations, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your favourite bloggers.

Voting closes at midnight on April 30th (BST). The winners will be announced on May 19th at the Bash in London. If you can’t make it along to the event don’t worry, we will put winners post out on the evening of the same day. Although we have pingbacks to all the winner’s blogs it would be best for you to check back to see if you won.

TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 9 awards (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in each category, but only once…

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Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and please go and VOTE for your favourite blogger …xxx

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.

Aston with butterfly cakes

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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