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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – #Pork! Perfect!

How to make perfect Pork crackling every time 🙂

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Pork! Perfect!

Welcome once again to Carol’s Cookery column and this week it’s one of our family’s favourite meats after Beef (now) I have found a butcher… I do hope that you enjoyed the Beef recipes last week.

Perfect pork crackling eludes many, and there is many a time when I am screaming at the screen when those cookery contestants don’t get their crackling crispy…

How to get perfect Pork crackling every time.

Nothing is better than perfectly crisp Pork Crackling.

How to achieve it, well, it’s easy!

When you buy your Pork, look for pork which has a layer of fat underneath the skin (this) produces the best crackling.

It has to be thinly scored, for this, I actually use a Stanley Knife and woe betides anyone who uses it for D.I.Y.

The piece of Pork I have pictured is a piece of Belly Pork approx 2 kilos and…

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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

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018

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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:-

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

 

My 2nd ever blog post from 2014

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Update from 2014…Lily is now 5 yrs and at school…The farm has expanded and we are growing turkeys as well as other fruits and vegetables… I haven’t had another prang…since the last one! I hope you enjoy this earlier post…Happy New Year!

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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 Christmas Posts from Your Archives – The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

This is one of my favourite archived Christmas posts promoted by Sally over on her blog and it still has that vein of food running through it…What with Sausage Nicker and Spoon Licker. I hope you enjoy this slightly scary tale….

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Time for the second of Carol Taylor’s Christmas posts from her archives and this time something a little darker.. but still fun.

The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

What fun..We all love to regale our children and grandchildren with tales from Christmas past…most real, some imagined and we all…Come On…Admit it!

We have all stooped to bribery, corruption or just plain tall tales to make the kiddiwinks BEHAVE!

Forget boring advent calendars….

Icelandic parents enthral their children (and scare) them into being good with tales of the Ogress living in the Icelandic mountains.

She is one scary Mumma, described as half troll/animal and the mother of 13 naughty boys known as the “Yule Lads”. Grýla lives in the mountains with her husband, her thirteen children and a black cat.

And that cat is pretty scary too….

Old Icelandic folklore states that every Icelander must receive a new piece…

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Black and White photo Challenge…Day 7

Day 7…The last day…I love this challenge and maybe if you want to I will still do a weekly black and white post but may introduce animals and people as well …

What do you think??? Do you want me too ?????

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Thai meatballs on market black and white

The end!

Today I nominate anyone who would love to do this challenge…..It is easy to convert photos to black and white…I can do it…Yeah!

I look forward to seeing who will take up the challenge!

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and be happy 🙂