Category Archives: Cook from scratch

Reenas butter chicken A beautiful recipe for Butter Chicken from my blogger friend Reena and also how to smoke the meat to get an authentic BBQ taste… It sounds absolutely awesome…

Enjoy!

via Butter Chicken

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients that I cook with have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
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Just in case you missed the first Fang-Tastic Fridays I have added the links below.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/fang-tastic-recipes-halloween-goodies/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/fang-tastic-fridays-pumpkin-spice-and-carving/

Thank you for reading I hope you all have a great weekend xxx

Ice Cream… Vanilla v Vanilla Flavoured Ice Cream…

Vanilla-icecream

 

Oh dear!

What is in our Ice cream?

 

Vanilla ice cream is made from fresh milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla that sounds straightforward to me…Doesn’t it?

Nothing could be further from the truth according to WHICH the consumer survey company when they did a product review on Vanilla Ice cream only 1 in 5, contained fresh milk, cream and vanilla…

And they named names…Asda, Tesco and Walls vanilla ice cream contain no fresh milk, cream or vanilla. Although Asda’s Extra Special  Madagascan brand of vanilla ice cream does…

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I know that vanilla is expensive to buy and the prices have recently increased but I am sure given the sheer volume which manufacturers have to buy that the cost would be substantially reduced… It seems to me that if you buy a more expensive ice cream that it will be made from fresh milk, cream and vanilla…

All children love ice cream and regardless of the financial situation of their parents/guardians shouldn’t they all expect to be shown the same duty of care from manufacturers…

Just saying!

Not all ice cream makers are the baddies…Hagen Das vanilla ice cream contains 39% fresh cream, condensed skimmed milk, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract…at what cost though?? The pots are very small and would certainly not feed a family of 4 or the portion would be small…

To get a good vanilla ice cream the cost per portion is high…

So if your ice cream is missing any of the above ingredients what are they being replaced by??

Cream and milk are replaced by partially reconstructed skimmed milk or whey protein …Whey protein is what is left over from cheese making ( on my previous post). Historically whey used to be considered as a waste product and was pumped into rivers and streams in the US but because it prevented sunlight and oxygen reaching the water it led to increased amounts of algae growing…A hazard to the eco-system meant that the government banned this practice. Hence it was used as a cheap filler for ice cream in dairy ice cream it counts towards the dairy protein percentage required and is also used in  Protein Drinks and other health products.

Is whey safe?

Whey protein is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is low in lactose content. … Possible dangers include nausea and headaches, but at moderate doses, whey protein is not considered dangerous.

Moderate doses and not considered dangerous that all rings alarm bells for me…So many products have been deemed to be safe in the past and now they have been proved the opposite…

Vanilla is often replaced by ” general flavouring” so if it doesn’t state natural flavouring then it will most likely be vanillin which is a synthetic flavouring.

What is vanillin and what is it made from?

Vanillin is a vanilla extract alternative made from wood pulp. It is commonly used to reduce production costs. And, unlike real vanilla extract which is produced from real vanilla beans, vanillin is synthetic and may be produced using petrochemicals and byproducts from the paper industry. That puts me off straight away and we are eating that and feeding that to our children.

It sounds like, No it is a cheap and unhealthy alternative to real vanilla …

Other now that always sets my alarm bells ringing and I put it back on the shelf. What is classed as ” other”  vegetable fats i.e palm oil, palm kernel oil or coconut oil all of these replace cream as they are cheaper but still give the ice cream a smooth, creamy texture.

To me, it looks like we should check the labels but work on the premise that the more expensive the ice cream the healthier it may be and ice creams at the budget end of the scale should probably be avoided.

The only way as a consumer and the fact that we have concerns for our families health is  not buy these products the manufacturers and governments do not seem to give a jot about the health of our children so we have to do that and make ice cream a treat or make our own and then we can be sure that what our children are eating does not contain any nasties and preservatives which could be detrimental to their health.

The above link is for a basic recipe without using an ice cream maker to which you can add other flavours i.e fruit purees.

If you are lucky enough to have an ice cream maker then this beautiful vanilla, ginger and coconut milk ice cream is a must.

https://ice-cream-magazine.com/2013/07/12/ginger-vanilla-seed-and-coconut-ice-cream/

The thing is that ice cream is only a small part of the diet if everything you buy is mass produced then the number of chemicals and harmful substances going into our families bodies is horrendous and it is no wonder that cancers and chronic illnesses many of which are preventable in part or completely could be avoided are on the increase and it is no wonder.

We cannot rely on others to protect our families health that is patently obvious WE need to be vigilant and protect our children…

Cooking from scratch is something I have always done as my mother did and I, in turn, have made my children food aware by teaching them that food made from scratch is safer it is also cheaper and more nourishing …We need to tackle sneaky, money grabbing manufacturers and corporations by not buying their products… we are in charge of our families health and we need to protect them.

In case you missed my previous posts on what is really in the food you eat then here are the links:

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/natural-cheese-v-processed-cheese/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/bread-the-staff-of-life-or-is-it/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it-for-you/

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-disadvantages-ice-cream-human-health-2858.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-halo-top-ice-cream-healthy#not-a-health-food

 

Bubble and Squeak..

Leftovers…we all have them but what do we do with them? Put them in the bin( trash) in the dog, Well in my kitchen we do not waste anything and this recipe is a very old one and you can add what you like but the motto is…Waste not want not…Do you know how much food is thrown away every year? Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
That is horrendous and based on that….NO ONE should starve in the world …The fact is they still do…So do your bit and make your motto waste not want not!

Retired? No one told me!

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Every week is the same…….Left Over Veggies…What does that mean?… Oh yeah, Bubble and Squeak!Yummy!  Enjoy!

Originally in the 18th Century, it was made from fried beef and cabbage now it’s lost the beef part and is potatoes and leftover vegetables from the Roast Dinner.

One of the first references of the dish was from a said surprising source  Thomas Bridges ” A burlesque translation of Homer” 1770:

” We, therefore, cooked him up a dish Of lean Bull-Beef, with cabbage fry’d… Bubble they call this dish, and squeak”

It is so called due to it bubbling up and squeaking whilst over the fire.

By the late 40’s it had lost the meat and was just leftover potatoes and veggies, possible from enforced wartime rationing.

This change was put into print in the 1950 edition of The Good Housekeeping, Home Encyclopedia.

Information source: 

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Asian Beef Brisket.

Not exactly fruity Friday…But chillies are a fruit….Trying to write on this damm iPad is not easy…..This is a post from my archives …I hope you enjoy and that normal service will be resumed soon ……Now back to my book 🙂 xxxx

Retired? No one told me!

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This dish is wonderful, full of lovely Asian flavours…. On my birthday my son asked me what I wanted him to cook for me ( this was) a few birthdays ago….I chose this dish…It needs slow cooking but is well worth it…you can put it in and get back to your writing( if that’s ) what you do and who doesn’t like those dishes???

Beef is a bit hit and miss here ..butchering( properly) and hanging the meat is not widely done by many but I have found a man who does…but for quickness, we sometimes use Pork Hip which by the way is tonight’s dinner…Oh Yum 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

2k Beef Brisket

500ml beef stock

200ml clear honey

400gm shallots cut into quarters

5 garlic cloves, crushed

2tbsp oil…I use coconut oil.

FOR THE SAUCE:

250ml rice wine

70ml light soy sauce

70ml dark soy sauce

100gm fresh ginger finely chopped

2 large…

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Matcha Green Tea…

Matcha Green Tea

I have never really been a fan of green tea…I have drunk it over the years on and off and always steered away from anything which had green tea in it…

Well, that has changed some since living here because if it doesn’t have coconut in it… It has green tea or matcha…. All the TV cooking programs promote the benefits, it definitely seems to be the thing to drink, have for breakfast and put in your latte or ice-cream…

So…this girl tried firstly the latte as it looked sort of ok and I say that when green is actually my favourite colour… They do tend to put these little lumps of jelly in their drinks here and I just can’t…So this one was my preamble into “matcha “

Green Tea I waited until my daughter paid a visit who loves green tea and so we explored all the wonderful choices we have here she was in heaven and her case is bulging with so many different green teas and apparently all the time I have been making green tea I have been doing it wrong…

The water must be about 80 degrees and add the tea to the water and leave for about 1 minute and you will have a lovely cup of green tea with no bitterness …I have in the past made mine just like I brew back tea ..totally wrong… I can now enjoy and get the full lovely flavour of this delicious tea.

To learn about the health benefits and get some awesome recipes then all will be revealed if you click the link below.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-green-tea-ice-cream-latte-and-macarons/

I hope you all have a lovely day 🙂 and have enjoyed this post on Matcha Tea.

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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Have a great weekend everyone I hope the weather is kind to you…Until next time xxx

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

How to make perfect Pork crackling every time 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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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Barfly…

I am just going through some old posts and my drafts and came across this little gem…A story and a recipe entwined…Love it! Ha Ha and I can use Tequila…so double whammy!!

It really is a lovely post from Harvest and Honey with beautiful images and I think it deserves another airing…

Homemade Moonshine Hot SauceSpicy Roasted Chicken with Boozy Hot Sauce“Poor old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he watched an old man fish in a puddle outside a pub. So he invited the old man inside for a drink. As they sipped their whiskeys, the gentleman thought he’d humor the old man and asked, “how many have you caught today?”

The old man replied, “You’re the eighth.” – from A Prairie Home Companion

Homemade Moonshine Hot Sauce“They call ’em the flyover states because no one wants to spend any time in ’em, you see, they’re just for driving through and flying right on over, you know?” He motioned with his hand in mock airplane fashion, making a whoosh! sound as it passed in front of my face. I do the same thing to my son when I’m trying to get him to eat something. Open wide! Here comes the airplane …

I was perched at a relatively empty old bar in DC…

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