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Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup…Added sugars and a lovely light lunch!

WEEKLY ROUNDUP (1)

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Get your cuppa put your feet up, relax and enjoy!

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

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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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Doesn’t that look yummy?

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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

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A lovely light Ton Yum Goong Soup

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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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Whole mango stuffed with Kulfi.

I love mango and as we have so many also love to find mango recipes and this one sounds very nice 🙂

Cook With Reena!

Stuffed MangoKulfi?? Take out the stone, refill the hollow portion with concentrated milk, freez it, peel it like a normal mango, cut into pieces and enjoy…….

Famous legendary Kuremal’s Stuffed whole  Mango Kulfi of Purani Dilli(Old Delhi) replicated in my kitchen.  Not only Delhites, but tourists from all over the world(specially food lovers) visit this joint for having Kulfi.

I had been to this joint few months back and while he was preparing the mango to serve us, I put many questions to the vendor about the recipe and got an idea of the preparation. I decided to give a trial and OMG!! I  was excited to see the result. It was ultimate both  in looks and in taste. My first trial was great and I am sure to go better  with more trials.

I have prepared the concentrated milk in traditional way by reducing it in slow fire.  I…

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Tropical sunshine in a glass…Take 5

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I am really getting into this smoothie making and today I think is one of my favourite smoothies. I am learning to get the right amount and what I do is take the glass I am going to drink it from and fill the glass with my fruit that way I make just enough and if I am making more than one glass then I double up but it eliminates the guesswork.

Todays smoothie was a mixture of fruit and vegetables.

I used a large chunk of  Pineapple, Watermelon, yellow melon and dragon fruit. A slice of tomato, a slice of beetroot, a piece of carrot and a little ice.

Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute and voila a lovely smoothie.

Enjoy!

If you missed my previous smoothie recipes then I have put them all in this one post just for you along side a little chatter and trivia about some of the fruits.

Banana and Pineapple smoothie (4)

Banana and Pineapple smoothie.  

I have never made so many smoothies ever as I have done recently but so much fruit…

This mornings smoothie was Banana, Pineapple, Tomato and Raspberries with a touch of fresh Lime juice.

Yes, tomato...I have had tomato in a smoothie from a fruit stall but never used it at home but again I have lots of tomatoes.

So we get lots of nutritional goodies all in the one glass and it’s yummy. Not like one of those yucky coloured juices which claim to be good and you have to literally hold the nose and down it in one and at the same time hope it doesn’t come straight back up…What is the point of that??? We like nice tasting drinks don’t we girls and boys???

Put 2 small bananas, 2 rings of pineapple chopped, half a tomato skinned and I added a handful of frozen raspberries and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. All together in a blender ….blitz and pour into a chilled glass.

Enjoy!

Now for some facts about the very versatile pineapple….Well, first things first…who doesn’t like Pina Colada???? Best served cold on the beach….Delicious!

Thailand is the biggest producer of pineapple and in the wild pineapples can live and fruit for up to 50 years.

The pineapple is not an Apple or a pine but a berry….

Eaten fresh, juiced, cooked …it is lovely in a curry or fried rice or preserved. It is also great for tenderising meat.

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Strawberry and Raspberry smoothie.

Phew, it is now topping 104F here and rising by the day…Lots of strawberries and bananas…The thing is the bananas we pick by the hand and it is big so I have to think of all ways to use them apart from just freezing them. Strawberries well you can only eat so many and we can’t give them away…

So it’s smoothie time again, strawberries, a banana, a few frozen raspberries and 3 cheeks of lime juice and about half small glass of coconut milk. I like my drinks a bit tart and I don’t do sweet drinks so you may want to cut the lime a little and add some honey to sweeten but the beauty of the smoothies is anything goes you can make to order.

If I want it colder and more frozen then I use frozen bananas.

Now for a little bit more about the Strawberry which is cultivated world wide, most people love a strawberry….Don’t they????

The garden strawberry was first bred in the 1750’s in Brittany, France and believe or not they are not technically berries but accessory fruits!

A member of the rose family they are the only fruit to wear their seeds on the outside. Although the seeds can be propagated they are more commonly reproduced by the runners which are then pegged into the soil.

A piece of trivia: There is a museum in Belgium dedicated to the Strawberry.

 

 

Papaya,Banana,Lime smoothie

Papaya, Banana and Lime smoothie.

This one has just 4 ingredients.

Half a papaya….  seeds removed.

1 banana

4fl oz of coconut milk

1-1 1/2 limes. I like to taste the lime so I would add one and a half hubby prefers just 1 lime.

But like with anything….and you know what I am going to say…Don’t you??? TASTE.

Blitz the papaya and banana with the coconut milk then add your lime juice, Taste and add more if required.

Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!

If you want a more frozen smoothie then just freeze the papaya and banana. I always keep bags of frozen fruit for smoothies…I just didn’t want brain freeze today…ha ha.

 

 

Mango smoothie

Mango and Tamarind smoothie.

For 2 servings.

8 oz of ripe mango (frozen). You could use frozen mango pulp as I do when mago is out of season.

2 tbsp honey

2 tsp Tamarind paste

7oz coconut milk …chilled.

Put all the ingredients into your blender and whizz until it is nice and smooth. Spoon into 2 glasses and enjoy!

If it is too sour for you then add more honey or sweetener of your choice but I love the sourness of the Tamarind.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do…. until next time thank you for reading this post and please leave a comment if you try a smoothie and if you wish to share this post then please do.

Take 5 Tropical Sunshine in a Glass

Mix and Match have fun and experiment 🙂

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Chicken Handi/Murgh

Curries are one of our favorite dishes either a lovely fragrant Thai curry or an Indian/Indonesian Curry…we love all cuisines. I always grind my own spices and make enough for a couple of curries and I always use fresh ginger and garlic although you can use ready made pastes.So again tweak your recipes to suit you and your taste as I believe that is what cooking is about..no hard and fast rules …just put love and taste into your dishes and all will be well.

For my Garam Masala mix, I grind the following ingredients together: Any mix I don’t use I store in a small pot for next time.

3tsp cumin seeds.

3 tsp coriander seeds.

1 1/2 tsp black peppercorns.

4 cloves.

1 piece of cinnamon stick.

3 brown cardamom.

2 tsp fennel seeds.

1-star anise.2 dry red chillies.

Ingredients for Curry:

4 chicken breasts, cut into cubes.

3 large tomatoes skinned and diced.

2 medium onions chopped roughly.

4tbsp Natural Yoghurt.

1 tsp turmeric powder.

1 tsp red chilli powder.

Salt to taste.

3-4 tbsp oil/ghee

2-3 tsp of prepared garam masala spices.

Fresh, chopped coriander for garnish…I also add some into my curry whilst cooking it.

Let’s Cook!

Put cubed chicken in large bowl and add yoghurt and masala spices. Leave to one side.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add chopped onions cook until soft about 4-5 mins..take care not to burn, add garlic and ginger and cook for a further 2 mins, Then add turmeric chilli powder and salt cook for a further 1-2 mins.

Add chicken and stir to combine.

Add tomatoes and stir bring to a soft boil and turn to simmer. Add some coriander (my choice)

Cook for a further 45 minutes until sauce has slightly reduced and thickened a little.

This is a lovely family curry…not too hot but flavoursome.

Serve with Rice, mango chutney,

and Nan bread. Or other condiments of your choice.

My recipe for Mango Chutney

Ingredients:

4 Green under ripe Mangoes.

3cm Fresh ginger finely diced.

3 cloves garlic finely diced.

500 gm sugar.

1tsp salt.

1/2 tsp dried chilli.

1tsp cumin seeds.

2 cardamom plus 4 cardamom seeds.

7cm cinnamon stick.

5 whole cloves.

250 ml vinegar I use Apple cider but have used white vinegar and malt.

5 black peppercorns crushed.

Method:

Peel mangoes and cut into small strips.

Place mangoes in large pot. Crush diced ginger and garlic in pestle and mortar and stir into mangoes.SAM_7105 SAM_7107 SAM_7108 SAM_7109

Stir in sugar,salt,chilli,cumin,cardamom,cinnamon and cloves.Stir to blend. Cover and leave overnight at room temp. N.B. We are prone to ants here so put water into a shallow tray and put bowl in centre the ants won’t swim the moat..ha ha

Next day place mangoes in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.Cook stirring occasionally until the mix starts to thicken about 30-45 mins.Stir in vinegar and crushed peppercorns and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Put into warm sterilised jars. Once cooled I keep in the fridge where if you live in cooler climes a cool larder will be fine. This makes 3 medium-sized jars.SAM_7128     Enjoy !  It goes well with my Indian curry recipes.

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoy!

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Mango Pudding

Well Mangoes, most of us in sunny cimes have mangoes galore so a lovely recipe for you from my favorite Indian cook 🙂

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When there was more and more mangoes, I love to try out some delicious recipes with those. This time it was Mango pudding. Just like that whenever I get irritated with something may be people, things, so and so, I enter kitchen and try to innovative a dish which struck my mind at that time. Got to prepare this on Last Friday night, which resulted with the smell of mango all over the kitchen.

Mango Pudding was heavenly, delicious with perfect texture and flavor. It would say this would be the favorite for everyone right from kids till the elder ones. Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #124 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Ingredients:

  • Mangoes – 2 nos
  • Egg yolks – 3 nos
  • Sugar – 5 tbsp
  • Milk – 1 ½ cups
  • Saffron – few strands

Preparation:

  • Peel and roughly chop the mangoes into pieces.
  • Take the egg…

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