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Pork Ribs

This is by far the best recipe I have eaten so far for ribs. I nearly didn’t eat them as I am not a fan of chewing on a rib, however, the meat on these was so moist and soft it just fell off the bone. We cooked it as one whole piece rather than cut the ribs into portions.

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Ingredients:

  • A 2-kilo piece of Pork Rib.

For the marinade:

  • 160 ml Hoisin sauce
  • 4 tbsp BLACK Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice and the grated zest.
  • 4 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 10cm piece of fresh ginger julienned
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-star anise

Let’s Cook!

Mix all of the above ingredients together.
Then paint over the rack of ribs and put in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate and absorb all those lovely flavours.
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees.
Cover the dish with foil and cook the ribs for 2 ½ to 3 hrs, basting the meat occasionally.
When nice and tender remove from the oven and portion up and those lovely leftover juices from the pan we drizzled over the ribs and served them with a mixed salad, potato salad, and beetroot.

As always a finger bowl and serviettes are required as ribs make for quite a messy and enjoyable experience but very enjoyable and we would definitely make them again.
Enjoy!

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Fruity Friday’s…Pomelo…

Fruity Friday's Pomelo

Welcome to Fruity Friday’s today I am showcasing a fruit which is similar to the grapefruit but without the bitterness associated with the grapefruit called the Pomelo.

The Pomelo is native to Asia and grows in abundance here it is also one of the original citrus species.

It ripens from a pale green to yellow when fully ripe and has a sweet white flesh it also comes in a pink and red which is rarely seen much here.

With a thicker skin and a much larger fruit than the grapefruit, it is very popular in Thailand and can be found everywhere, segmented and sold with a  chilli/sugar mix for dipping.

Mostly the skin is discarded but makes a lovely marmalade it is also sold candied here or dipped in chocolate.

I freeze part segments and use instead of ice cubes in my drinks…A tip I was given by my Russian friend and it pairs very well with Vodka…

Did you know? The Liqueur made with honey and brandy was one of the ingredients in a cocktail called Forbidden Fruit which dates back to the early 20th century. It is also an ingredient in the famous Dorchester Cocktail…The Martinez!

The pomelo is also known as Jabong or Jambola and in its early days was also called grapefruit or Shaddock named after a Captain Shaddock who sailed ships for the East India Shipping Company. Which is why in very early recipes you will find reference to the grapefruit but also reference to the sweetness which the grapefruit does not have. Quite confusing…

Thais eat it raw or use it in salads if you can’t get pomelo then pink grapefruit can be used as it is sweeter and not as bitter as the yellow grapefruits. Pomelo is also drier and not so messy as other citrus fruits to eat raw.

Packed with vitamin C and lots of Potassium it is a beneficial fruit to eat healthwise and is found to be helpful in combating urinary tract infections.

My favourite recipe is called Yum Som O  in Thai.

Pomelo Salad

Pomelo Salad or as it is known here Yum Som O is a wonderful light refreshing salad made with Pomelo or( Pink Grapefruit) can be substituted and there is very little difference in flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Pink Grapefruit or 1 Pomelo.
  • 12-16 peeled prawns.
  • A Sm cucumber diced.
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced shallots.
  • 1/4 cup fresh Thai Basil or Mint.
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coriander.
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts/cashews.
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut.
  • 1 Red Chilli finely sliced.

Dressing:

  • Half to 1 lime.
  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • 1-2 tbsp palm sugar.
  • 1 -2 red chillies finely sliced.
  • Kaffir Lime leaf very finely sliced for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Set a pot of water to boil on the stove. Add the prawns and boil for just a few minutes, until the prawns turn pink and are plump and firm to the touch. Drain and set aside to cool.

Place shredded coconut in a dry frying pan or a wok over medium-high heat and stir until coconut turns light golden brown and fragrant. Tip coconut into a small bowl to cool and set aside. Repeat with the shallots frying in a little oil until golden and crispy then tip into a small bowl and set aside to cool.

Prepare your grapefruit or pomelo:

Remove as much of the white peel/pith as possible from the fruit. Break into bite-size pieces or as I do shred a little finer – 3 to 4 cups is a good amount.

Put the prepared fruit in a salad bowl.

Add the cucumber, basil/mint, coriander, and fresh chilli.

Combine all dressing ingredients together in a cup, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.

To put the salad together:

Add shrimp to the salad bowl, then pour over the dressing. Toss well to combine. Add most of the toasted coconut, shallots and nuts, reserving a little for garnishing, then toss again. Taste-test the salad for a balance of sweet/sour/spicy/salty. Adjust to your liking, adding more sugar if too sour. For more depth of flavour, add a little Fish Sauce.

Your salad is now ready to serve.  Top with reserved coconut, nuts, shallots and shredded lime leaf.

Enjoy!

Tip: Like most Thai salad dressings, this is an oil-free dressing, so it doesn’t appear to ‘cling’ as well as oil-based dressings, naturally collecting at the bottom of your salad bowl. This isn’t a problem – just be sure to toss a little more than you would for a regular salad

This salad is better served and eaten immediately, the fresher the better. If preparing for a party, keep the dressing apart from the salad until you’re ready to eat, then toss them together just before serving.

I do hope you enjoy as this is one of my favourite salads, I do shred my Pomelo much finer though rather than having too chunky. But as with anything, it is personal preference.

Pomelo is also lovely mixed with rocket, walnuts some feta cheese and a light dressing…Play with it …It is a lovely fruit mixed with salad ingredients.

That’s all for fruity Fridays I hope you enjoyed reading this post if so please hit the share buttons xx

 

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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:

rosella flowers

  • 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.

rosella fruit in pan
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.

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Orienthailiving and Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup…Beeswax wraps, added sugars and a lovely light lunch!

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My weekly roundup of  posts from the past week.

Welcome to my weekly roundup starting today with Beeswax wraps versus silicon/silicone wraps…Very interesting findings and you all know me by now and know I am not blinded by manufacturers or celebrity claims I like to find out the facts for myself…

Beeswax Wraps

https://myhealthyretirement.com/silicone-wraps-versus-beeswax-wraps/

As BPA is also mentioned in the above post I have added the link to a previous post which you may have missed on plastics and how many chemicals they can leach into your food and body.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

It is now turning hot…Fruity Fridays and my favourite fruit…Chilli!

If you like hot chilli sauce then you will find it here… A real blow your head of sauce.

Smokin hot chilli sauce

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/fruity-fridays-the-chilli-and-yes-it-is-a-fruit/

Mangoes are in season now and my friend Reena posted a lovely recipe for a lovely mango dessert ..One that I couldn’t resist sharing  this lovely post. If you have any mango recipes and I have mangoes galore then please let me have them…

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Down’t that look yummy?

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/whole-mango-stuffed-with-kulfi/

Healthy Eating time and Moi was back on her soapbox… Added Sugars…Did you know that just one can of soda exceeds the daily recommended guidelines so if you are a soda drinker and consume a few cans a day  you could very soon rack up those extra unhealthy pounds/kilos…It is those sneaky manufacturers again… The ones I just love to hate…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/healthy-eating-no-to-diets-sugar-is-it-your-worst-enemy/

Lamb is  something I don’t have very much here and when I do I will be making this dish…When you see it and read the recipe you will be drooling it sounds awesome and so moreish I just had to reblog  this post from John Reiber. Once  I get my hands on that elusive piece of lamb… I am like a female  Sherlock Holmes when I start looking for something 🙂 so hopefully it will be very soon…I will be indulging 🙂 Thank you, John a very nice recipe.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/not-just-lamb-but-gigot-dagneau/

Lastly, thanks to the lovely Sally who put together a lovely light 3- course lunch post from our cooking from scratch column …Just so I could have a little Easter break….Ahhhhh she is so caring is our Sal…xxx

Tom Yum Goong- Prawns- authentic-recipe

A lovely light Ton Yum Goong Soup

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/a-lovely-light-3-course-meal/

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A lovely light 3-course meal.

To give me a little break the lovely Sally has put together some recipes from our Cook from Scratch column and created a lovely light 3-course meal…. Thank you, Sally 🙂 x

Tom Yum Goong- Prawns- authentic-recipe

A lovely light Ton Yum Goong Soup

via Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Cookery Column – A three course meal via Cook From Scratch

Fruity Friday’s… The chilli and yes it is a fruit!

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Oh Yes! It is a fruit!

I expect you were wondering when I was going to get around the one of my favourite fruits, The Chilli Pepper.

This wonderful versatile fruit which some love to hate… Are the fruits from the flowers of the Nightshade family. Mainly eaten as a vegetable but most definitely it is a fruit.

Chilli peppers are a rich source of spicy-hot capsaicin. They are also very high in antioxidant carotenoids, which are linked with many health  benefits. … Capsaicin: Is one of the most studied plant compounds in chilli peppers.

Did you know? Chilli has seven times the Vitamin C of an Orange. Also a big bowl of chilli can help you lose weight? It is because the capsaicin in the chillies and peppers used to make a chilli raise your metabolic rate…

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Chilli Con Carne

500 gm lean minced Beef ( I use pork) as I can’t get minced beef here.
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 large onion chopped
1 red or yellow pepper chopped
3/4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
2 inch piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
1-3 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 bay leaves
1 pint of fresh made beef or vegetable stock
400 gm fresh chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp sugar…I sneak this in when no one is looking as it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
2 tbsp tomato purée
410 gm can red kidney beans, drained or pre soaked dried kidney beans.

Let’s Cook!
Put the olive oil in a large pan and heat add the chopped onions, garlic,ginger, bay leaves and cumin seeds cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes.
I like to add my cumin seeds with the onions as it brings out their full flavour and we love cumin.
Add the minced meat and cook , stirring until nicely browned.
Add the tomatoes, stock, peppers and tomato puree stirring in well and bring to a soft simmer.
Add the paprika, marjoram and sugar.
Cook for 20 minutes now this is where I taste and add more chilli and usually more cumin seeds and then add the drained kidney beans and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice and sour cream sprinkled with smoked paprika ( optional)

Enjoy!

Now what can be better than a smokin hot chilli sauce this recipe was gifted to me by my friend Susan and it is awesome…Thank you Susan it is now my go to chilli sauce…

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Let’s Cook!

This recipe is a sort of add how many chillies you like or it depends on how big your hands are…lol

Take a half kilo of Cayenne peppers or peppers of your choice.

A large handful of garlic cloves, peeled and blanched…it is not a requirement but the sauce will be less acrid if you blanch the garlic.

Smoke the chillies and garlic over charcoal mixed with smoked apple wood for 2 hours.

Then put in a blender with a cup of organic live cider vinegar, a cup of sugar and half a tsp of salt.

Just look at that lovely rich, red colour, it looks amazing.

After you have made your first batch you might want to play around with the quantities to suit your taste …but that is the fun and what cooking is all about. The high sugar content makes it great for BBQ’s and helps with the preservation.

Put the sauce into sterilized jars.

It is then ready to use as a spread on your bacon sandwich, to coat your meats and is a great base for a chilli or my friend Susan makes her version of Mole by adding cocoa powder, nuts, and some Mexican spices.

Play around with flavours you might find something new and exciting. Maybe blanch some red bell peppers and char them with the chillies and garlic.

NOTE:

If the sauce starts to ferment, bubble up then loosen the lid and let it do its work…I wouldn’t eat the sauce while this going on and fermenting but it will settle down on its own and you will be left with a lovely mature sauce with a deeper flavour, albeit less sweet.

Have fun and enjoy!

Do you like something a tad sweeter??? Then this Thai Sweet chilli sauce may be for you??

Sweet- chilli-sauce

This recipe makes about half cup of sauce which is ideal for me because if I buy a bottle I end up throwing it away either because I have had it in the fridge or cupboard so long or I have read the label.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar plus 2 tbsp.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp sherry if you don’t have sherry then this article gives you replacements for sherry in cooking
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated/ minced or very finely chopped
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp dried chilli crushed ( 1 tbsp is hot) or chilli pepper flakes.
  • 1 plus 1/2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot dissolved in 3-4 tbsp water.
  • Optional.. Sometimes I julienne a small piece of carrot or red pepper and add to the mixture during the reduction period of cooking.

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan except for the cornflour mix. Stir to combine and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to a slow rolling boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture had reduced by half. Lower the heat and add the cornflour mix, stirring until the sauce has thickened.

Taste and adjust the seasoning more sugar if not sweet enough for you and if not hot enough then more chilli.

This is so quick and easy to make and far superior to shop bought sauces and without the preservatives.

Enjoy!

Chilli plant- hot- spicy- Thai chillies

One of my favourite fruits…The chilli ..

That’s all for this weeks roundup I do hope you have enjoyed it and I am looking forward to your comments and if you also hit the share buttons I would love that ….Thanks Carol xxxx

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Healthy Food which may help to reduce your blood pressure and recipes…

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This is an updated post from last year which I thought deserved another airing as this is a very important subject and something which affects very many people and also something which we could help control by eating sensibly and the right foods really can make a difference…We only have one body and need to take charge and give it all the help we can… This post contains health information from Sally and recipes from Moi with some additional chat from Moi as those who know me well know that I just love to talk and my fingers are an extension of my mouth… lol… I hope you enjoy this post and take away some positives…

via Healthy foods which may help reduce your blood pressure.