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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol – Carrots from Afghanistan

Edition 3…So whats the verdict guys and girls? ..Are you enjoying our collaboration??? It is great fun to do and paired with Sally’s great health tips and my recipes we hope you enjoy the read 🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to Sally and Carol’s cook from scratch series, where we take everyday foods,  sharing their health benefits and some tasty recipes, so that you can incorporate them into your diet regularly.

Carol Taylor is a wonderful cook and uses fresh ingredients that she either grows herself of buys a the market in Thailand where she lives.

First a look at the carrot’s origins and its health benefits.

The humble carrot is a vegetable most of us take for granted. Carrots have an ancient history originating in Afghanistan.  The Greeks and the Romans ate carrots and in fact, the Greeks called the carrot ‘Philtron’ and used it as an aphrodisiac.  Don’t all rush to the supermarket!

In Asia, the carrot was an established root crop and was then introduced to Europe in the 13th century.  It was the Middle Ages before the carrot became better known and doctors…

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Carol’s Homemade Squash Soup

We came back from the village with some goodies freshly picked you won’t get any fresher than that will you…Some beautiful squash so I made my basic soup and then when I reheat I just add my customary chillies…Of course, I do….ha ha….The recipe Hunter kindly added to her WP for me so I thought I woud share it with you as well. I hope you enjoy 🙂

The Recipe Hunter

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It was Asamtha Bucha Day last weekend which is an important Budha day which means no alcohol is sold and people visit their families and the temple.

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A lovely carrot hummus…and Tahini Recipe.

Hummus is so addicting, a wonderful taste and colour doesn’t that just  talk to you and  say eat me?

via Preshana’s Roasted Carrot Hummus — The Recipe Hunter     

If like me Tahini paste costs a ridiculous amount of money as it is imported then here is the recipe to make your own and it is so easy you will never buy Tahini Paste again.

Enjoy!

Coleslaw

 

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There are so many permutations of this dish and all wonderful in their own way…Our version, 5 ingredients plus mayo and you have a beautiful slaw to eat with anything…

I add no sugar as carrots and apples have their own natural sweetness.

So….Lets Cook!

 Shred half a white cabbage or red or half and half.

Peel and quarter at least one apple and then slice thinly.

Grate or dice a carrot.

Put in Bowl, add some mayo,  pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper and a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It will keep in the fridge maybe covered until the next day but I just make it as I want it so easy to make enough for 1 or 10.

 

Enjoy!

Prawns with Tamarind Sauce( Goong ma kham)

These beautiful prawns in a tamarind sauce are one of my very favourite Thai dishes. I just love the sweet sourness of the Tamarind fruit.

pRAWNS WITH tAMARIND sAUCE

Ingredients:

1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil ( I use coconut oil)

2 small dried chillies

3 large garlic cloves, chopped

3 large fresh red chillies julienned

A small carrot julienned.

Sugar snap peas or mange tout( optional)

8 red shallots, sliced

3 red birds-eye chillies, chopped

60 ml fish sauce

60 ml tamarind puree

150 g soft palm sugar

1 tsp salt

200 ml water

To make the tamarind sauce, heat the oil in a deep heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Add the dried chillies, then deep-fry until crisp. Remove and drain on kitchen paper towel.

Add the garlic and large fresh chilli to the pan, cook for 1 minute. Add the shallot and continue cooking for another 1 minute, then add the birds-eye chilli, fish sauce, tamarind, palm sugar and salt and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Crumble the deep-fried dried chillies. Carefully add the water and dried chilli to the sauce, then simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Put to one side.

Heat the vegetable oil in a deep heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Place the prawns on a large flat plate. Combine the tapioca flour and rice flour and sprinkle over the prawns to coat, then shake off any excess.Deep-fry a few prawns at a time in the hot oil for 6 minutes or until the prawns just change colour and are cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Repeat with the remaining prawns.

Meanwhile, blanch the Chinese broccoli, carrots and peas ( if used) in a saucepan of boiling water for 1–2 minutes, then drain.

Pour 300g of the tamarind sauce into a small heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Leftover tamarind sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Place the Chinese broccoli on a serving plate and top with the prawns. Drizzle with the hot tamarind sauce and garnish with coriander leaves and chilli. Serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy!