Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘J’ for Jelly Beans, Jalapenos, Jack Fruit and Jerky all with a little Jus

Welcome to a repeat of the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful Culinary A – Z and a reminder, not only of the amazing variety of food we have available to us today from around the world, but delicious recipes to showcase them. Carol also introduces to cooking methods and kitchen equipment that assist in creating meals for all occasions.

Welcome once again to Carols Cooking Column and today in my culinary trawl we have the letter J.


I hope you are enjoying this series of the A-z of food as much as I have the research and writing.

Starting with one of my favourite little sweeties the Jelly Bean…

Jelly Beans are primarily made of sugar with a jelly inside a candy shell…There are some awesome flavours…Tabasco Flavour, Chilli Mango, Marguerita and some beautiful fruity flavours…Cringe-worthy flavours like Earthworm, Earwax and vomit are for me a No No! But I suppose for Halloween revellers they will be on someone’s list…


Depending on where in the world you live Jelly can be a wibbly wobbly fruit jelly made with gelatin which in England is served with fruit and cream or used to make a trifle. In the US jelly is put on bread or toast or made into a tart and is what we Brits call jam…Are you confused yet?

Jellies are also sweets…fruit jellies of all shapes and sizes…They may be plain or covered in sugar but are what we call jellies in England.

Jalapeno Peppers…

Those of you who know this lady knows that she loves her hot peppers and these are no exception to this…Jalapeno Peppers on a Pizza or in a chilli …Pickled with carrots was a new one on me until about 18 months ago when someone I met who came from Texas gave me this recipe …I am addicted to them as are the men in this household lovely as a little spicy nibble as one passes the fridge or with some cheese and biscuits as a little snack with a beer…

Jalapenos and carrots

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning… I was given this recipe many years ago when we visited Jamaica for our daughter’s wedding… Think Steel Drums on a beach…Beautiful and our guide who was a huge man going by the name of Wolf… He gave us the best tours of the island and some recipes from the lovely food his wife cooked for us one night… a holiday to remember …


• 1 tablespoon onion flakes.
• 2 teaspoons ground thyme.
• 1 teaspoon dried parsley.
• 1 teaspoon ground allspice.
• 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper.
• 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
• 1 teaspoon paprika.

Mix together and store in an airtight container.

Jasmine Pearls…

Beautifully handcrafted green tea leaves…An exquisite tea…

Since living here I have learnt how to brew green tea properly and these pearls are a treat a beautiful tea…

Juniper Berries…


The primary flavour in gin and they also make a lovely rich sauce and pair very well with venison.

For the ways to prepare Juniper berries: Fruity Fridays

Jasmine Rice…

Thai jasmine rice is the long grain rice which is well known for its fragrance and taste all around the world. Thai jasmine rice is one of the main export products of the central and northeastern of Thailand. Because of the most suitable geographic location, Thailand can grow the best quality and unique jasmine rice.

Thai Jasmine rice is also known as Thai Hom Mali rice, Thai Jasmine Rice and Thai Fragrant Rice…


Is a one-pot recipe of chicken, sausage, shrimp and rice which has its roots in the Creole

The first is Creole jambalaya (also called “red jambalaya“). First, meat is added to the trinity of celery, peppers, and onions; the meat is usually chicken and sausage such as andouille or smoked sausage. Next vegetables and tomatoes are added to cook, followed by seafood.

Many variations exist of this recipe often passed down through the family. and often Jambalaya and gumbo get mixed up but they are two different dishes and there has been many a battle to determine which takes the crown… A beautiful warming dish on a cold night and one which tastes even better the next day when the flavours have been allowed to develop.


A technique of cutting vegetables, fruit or citrus rinds into matchstick-sized strips.


French for juice, in restaurant terms jus usually refers to the pan juices from a piece of meat used to sauce it on the plate.

Jaffa Cakes… Almost iconic ..Chocolate covered orange biscuits, bite-sized genoise cakes first introduced to the UK in 1927 by McVities…In 2012 they were ranked the best selling cake in the UK…

Jack Fruit…

Often mistaken for Durian…Jackfruit is now hailed by Vegans as the best alternative to pulled Pork and indeed when the young Jackfruit is cooked it does resemble cooked meat…I was absolutely astounded the first time I cooked a young jackfruit as to how much it changed the texture and taste…

However to get to the lovely fruit is something else …But never fear I have included a lesson in how to get into that big green fruit …Think latex and all will be revealed…haha

For ways to prepare Jack Fruit: Fruity Friday

Jerky is lean trimmed meat that has been cut into strips and dried (dehydrated) to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt to prevent bacteria growth before the meat has finished the dehydrating process.

Jerky is popular all around the world and I am sure there are many different recipes. Here in Thailand it is very popular and made using either beef or pork. Normally sun dried and it can be either threaded on bamboo much like a necklace or slightly larger pieces which are sold by the weight.

Homemade Beef Jerky…The Thai Way…


• 1 lb top round steak, cut into strips measuring approximately 4 inches long, ½ inch wide, and ¼ inch thick
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 1 tbsp dark or light soy sauce
• 2 tsp sugar
• ½ tsp ground white (or black) pepper
• Vegetable oil for frying
• White sesame to garnish(optional)

Let’s Cook!

  1. Heat the oven to 120°F and set a rack in the middle of it. Spread out the beef strips on a large cookie sheet and let them dry out in the oven for one hour. Turn the beef strips over and let them dry for another hour.
  2. You know the beef strips are ready when their surface is dry to the touch while the texture is still somewhat soft and elastic. When that happens, remove the beef strips from the oven or the drying basket and place them in a mixing bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, heat up some vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or an 8- to a 12-inch frying pan with a raised edge on medium heat. You only need just enough vegetable oil to come up to about 2 inches from the bottom of the pan. Line a platter with a piece of paper towel and keep it nearby.
  4. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, pepper, and sugar to the beef strip bowl and toss; make sure that all of the beef strips are evenly coated with the seasoning sauce.
  5. Test the oil by sticking a wooden skewer or chopstick into the oil, making sure the tip of the wooden skewer touches the bottom of the pan. If you see tiny bubbles rising from the point where the wooden skewer touches the pan, the oil is ready.
  6. Shake excess seasoning off of the beef strips and fry them in two batches. Be sure to stir the beef strips around to ensure even cooking. On medium heat, the beef only needs to be in the oil for less than a minute. You’ll see that the beef will brown up and develop a nice, glossy coating. When that happens, transfer them to the paper towel-lined platter.
  7. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds if using.
  8. Serve the fried sun-dried beef with spicy Thai dipping sauce and sticky rice.


N.B. I dry my beef outside before frying but have given instructions to oven dry as I know many of you don’t have the weather I have here.

Jersey Royals:

The Jersey Royal is a unique potato, lovingly crafted and carefully grown on the island of Jersey since the late 1800s. The island itself is optimal for growing potatoes, with its unique microclimate, soil and environment creating the perfect conditions for this special spud to flourish.

They are also my favourite new potato, cooked and served with butter and mint I could eat a bowlful just on their own.

Besides being unique to Jersey, the Jersey Royal enjoys EU protection of designation of origin in much the same way that France was granted sole use of the word ‘champagne’. The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is an official recognition granted by the EU to protect the product as it is produced in its country of origin. This, in addition to Jersey’s unique growing conditions, make these potatoes particularly unique.

Thank you for reading I hope you have enjoyed this little trip through the Culinary alphabet…Until next time when it will be the letter K.

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 vegetables 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 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: Amazon US

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My thanks to Carol for creating this wonderful series and we hope that you have enjoyed. As always we are delighted to receive your feedback and if you could share that would be great.. thanks Sally.


60 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘J’ for Jelly Beans, Jalapenos, Jack Fruit and Jerky all with a little Jus

  1. Morning, Sally thank you again for sharing the next episode of culinary treats there are some of my favourites here…Jelly being one of them I am just digging out my moulds as Lily wants to make jelly…Hugs

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  3. J for jellies.
    I don’t like jelly babies and certainly not the Harry Potter Jellies with those disgusting flavours.
    My aunts always had jelly fruits at Christmas but I wasn’t too sure of theose.
    Alexander and I do love ‘Jelly Tots’ and ‘Gummy Bears’! (But don’t tell daddy) It’s a Nanny treat second only to finding a ‘Chocolate Coin’ in Nanny’s purse! (Not a ‘J’, I know – but J for joy?)

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  4. I was introduced to Jack Fruit at a farmer’s market not long ago. About Jalapeno peppers: I try to keep them out of sandwiches; too much “bite” for my taste. My picks: Jasmine pearls and “au jus” from grilled meats. Thanks, Carol!

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  5. The term ‘jelly’ can be confusing, Carole.
    As to jelly in trifle, I never use it. I hate the texture it gives to the sponge. When I was at primary school, they always used to serve trifle on someone’s birthday. (It was a very small school.) They always made it with sponge soaked in jelly and artificial cream. As I was used to real cream (my stepfather was a dairy farmer) this trifle made me feel sick.
    And my mother made an excellent sherry trifle and always claimed it was wrong to put jelly in it.

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  6. I’m always confused by the jelly-jam differences between the US and UK, but since I love both, I guess it’s not too much of a problem. Loved the J theme! I would love to give jackfruit a try one of these days.

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  8. Fascinating, as usual. I’m a big pickle fan, so the jalapeño and carrot pickle sounds like something I should try, although I’m curious about a few of the suggestions. Thanks, Carol!

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