Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Jazz, Winter Soups, Chocolate, New books, reviews and funnies


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts the you might have missed during the week on Smorgasbord blog Magazine.

You might have noticed that the round up has a new header. Apart from looking to give the post a bit of a freshen up, I also wanted to emphasise the theme that I have developed over the last seven years, of a magazine style blog with a wide range of subjects. You will see from this round up that there are a number of regular contributors and guest writers.

Currently on a fortnightly or monthly basis I am lucky enough to have William Price King (music column), Carol Taylor (Food and Cookery Column), D.G. Kaye (Travel Column), Annette Rochelle Aben (Numerology) and Silvia Todesco (Italian Cookery) and I write the (Health Column). Jessica Norrie wrote a wonderful (Literary Column) last year which I am currently repeating.

Do you have an area of expertise that you would like to share and promote your blog or books at the same time?

If  you have an area of expertise that you would like to share here on Smorgasbord and can write a column of between 1000 to 1500 word every two weeks or once a month, then please get in touch. It could be care of elderly parents, Cooking by nationality – French, Indian, Chinese etc, Writing or Editing guidance, History of where you live etc.. contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com so we can chat about it..

If you do not have the time to commit to a monthly column, perhaps like baking, chocolate expert and author Robbie Cheadle, you might like to do a short series of guest posts.. Check Robbie’s latest post on The York Chocolate Story later on in the round up and get in touch if you would be interested in doing something similar @sally.cronin@moyhill.com

From sun tan to wellies

We have had a wonderful week weather wise and we were lulled into a false sense of security. I checked the ten day forecast which predicted rain for until after October 5th and beyond so exchanging my bikini (thank goodness there are no drones in the area) I legged it to the garden centre and bought all my wintering flowering plants, some new potting compost and dashed back to spend the afternoon changing out all the pots.

This may be the last recorded sunshine of the year!  So this week I am just going to share this special moment, and the new mini cyclamens and winter flowering pansies.

Now on to the posts from the week, and as always a huge thank you to the contributors, this week William Price King, Carol Taylor and Robbie Cheadle with some special mentions.  And also for your support every week and generosity.

And a special thank you to D.G. Kaye who devoted her regular Writers Tips post to all the three Cafe and Bookstore book marketing posts so far…What an amazing thing to do. Debby has been part of the support team for the blog for five years and every night, even when she is on her winter break in Mexico she comments shares all my posts from the day across her social media. Thanks Debby and sorry they are not real…

You can find Debby’s Writing Tips: https://dgkayewriter.com/writers-tips-special-edition-author-tips-for-promoting-your-books-by-sally-cronin/

This week William Price King celebrates the life and music of Mary Lou Williams – American Jazz Pianist, Arranger and Composer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-mary-lou-williams-american-jazz-pianist-arranger-and-composer/

Carol Taylor shares the joys of soup which can be eaten whatever the weather as a starter or as a snack even as a main meal if it is a substantial one served with lots of fresh crusty bread or with the addition of rice or noodles as it is served here

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-soups-in-25-minutes-smoked-mackerel-and-tomato-and-cannellini-bean-with-cavolo-nero/

Carol Taylor is another friend that I owe a bouquet of flowers to. Not just for the wonderful posts that she brings us throughout the year but also the support she offers every week by sharing my posts on her eclectic and fascinating blog. Healthy eating, conservation, Thai foods and cookery and down to earth commonsense.  Next month it will be the second anniversary of the food column and I am very grateful for her generous contribution. Thank you Carol.

Here is the link to Carol’s own roundup this week and please follow if you are not already doing so: https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/22/carolcooks2-weekly-roundup-health-recipes-and-more-so-much-more/

Part two of The York Chocolate Story from Robbie Cheadle.. not sure how much more temptation I can take lol.. find out more about The Terrys and the Cravens.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-robbie-cheadle-the-york-chocolate-story-part-two-terrys-of-york-and-cravens/

My guest this week is regular guest to the blog, author Darlene Foster who has recently released another book in her successful Amanda Travel Series. Later in the post she shares an excerpt from Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-author-interview-darlene-foster-and-an-excerpt-from-amanda-in-holland-missing-in-action/

Delighted to share my review of the third book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries Flower Power Trip.. by James J. Cudney

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/smorgasbord-book-reviews-braxton-campus-mysteries-book-3-flower-power-trip-by-james-j-cudney/

Twitter – New look and and step by step guide to Book Marketing useful functions.

As an author with books to market, getting as storefront on Twitter is important. It is a networking site and whilst you may not want to use for social media, it is great for connecting with other authors, reviewers, bloggers, all of whom are likely to be readers too. Here is a step by step guide to getting your books front and centre.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-online-watering-holes-for-authors-twitter-step-by-step-set-up-for-authors-sally-cronin/

Chapter Eleven – Imogen spends the week before Christmas working in a funeral home, with a very dishy funeral director....

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/just-an-odd-job-serialisation-chapter-eleven-the-funeral-home-by-sally-cronin/

Chapter Twelve sees Imogen join an advertising sales team for a local newspaper and responsibility for one of the more cash only columns!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/22/just-and-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-twelve-advertising-sales-by-sally-cronin/

For this week’s Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 145 Colleen Chesebro has provided us with a photo prompt.. in a new twist the previous month’s poet of the week for the photo prompt gets to choose the image..This month that honour falls to Jane Dougherty. I have selected a #Tanka for this week’s challenge…Adrift

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-tanka-adrift-by-sally-cronin/

This week the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills prompts us to write in 99 words, no more, no less… a story about ‘an interlude’ – mine is A Musical Interlude

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-a-musical-interlude-by-sally-cronin/

This is the final post from the archives of author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg who as you can tell from some of her books is a dog lover. Children and pets can be magical and bonds are formed that ensure a child never feels unsafe or alone throughout their early years. In this post Patricia explores this in more details. Pets — Understanding Your Child’s Affinity Towards Animals (2018) by Patricia Furstenberg

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-pets-understanding-your-childs-affinity-towards-animals-2018-by-patricia-furstenberg/

This is the final post from the archives of author, fitness advocate and photographer Terri Webster Schrandt. In her post Terri offers four reasons to attend the next one you are invited to. Four Reasons to Attend a Blogging Conference (2017) by Terri Webster Schrandt

Four Reason to Attend a Blogging Conference

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-four-reasons-to-attend-a-blogging-conference-2017-by-terri-webster-schrandt/

This is the final post from the archives of Jim Borden who blogs on ‘Borden’s Blather’ across a variety of topics. I know that my computer can be funny weird… frequently but have not so far seen it be funny ha ha!  So I decided to end Jim’s short series for this season with this post. Can Computers be Funny? (2018) by Jim Borden

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-can-computers-be-funny-2018-by-jim-borden/

This is the third post from educator and author Pete Springer who began blogging in April this year. I am sure you will agree that he has made a fantastic start to his new project.  Pete shares some incidents that could have been a lot worse if laughter had not been the outcome.. and there there is the mystery of the knocking in the pipes! The Importance of a Good Sense of Humor by Pete Springer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-the-importance-of-a-good-sense-of-humor-by-pete-springer/

Delighted to welcome Melanie Stewart to the series.. In Melanie’s first post she shares some of the wisdom she picked up from author Judith Viorst who is almost 90 years old and the joy that her mother who is in her 80s, has found in following Tiger Woods…. Finding Joy in your 80s and 90s (2018)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/smorgasbord-blogs-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-melanie-m-stewart-finding-joy-in-your-80s-and-90s-2019/

This is the first post from Peter Mohan who blogs at Cheers, Govanhill as his alter ego .. Boy David…I thought in this first post I would let Peter introduce Govanhill to you to set the scene for the other posts Thou shalt buy thy round

Photo of the mural at the Clutha bar, with Glasgow people including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Billy Connolly, Alex Harvey, Gerry Rafferty and Frankie Miller

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-thou-shalt-buy-thy-round-cheers-govanhill/

New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-memoir-mennonite-daughter-the-story-of-a-plain-girl-by-marian-longenecker-beaman/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-a-bit-about-britains-history-by-mike-biles/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-love-on-track-rivals-in-love-book-three-p-c-zick/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-childrens-a-tractor-named-wilbur-by-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

Author updates – Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-c-s-boyack-lizzie-chantree-and-mae-clair/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updates-reviews-amy-m-reade-tony-riches-and-barbara-silkstone/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-18th-september-2019-sue-vincent-ellen-hawley-and-stevie-turner/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-19th-september-2019-bette-a-stevens-d-wallace-peach-and-gloria-smud/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-20th-september-2019-brigid-p-gallagher-john-rieber-and-carol-taylor/

I repeat this series in particular every year, in the hopes that those who are new to the blog will find it interesting and useful. I worked with couples who were planning on getting pregnant and it was important that both understood how each other’s reproductive systems worked. Also if you know your body well, if something is even slightly different from the norm, it encourages you to have it checked out. The Female Reproductive System.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-reproductive-system-part-one-sally-cronin/

After 45 years of working in the food industry and then in the last twenty as a nutritional therapist, I explore where in the life cycle we can intervene to prevent the current obesity crisis.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/smorgasbord-health-column-creating-tthe-obesity-epidemic-part-one-finding-a-point-in-the-life-cycle-to-intervene-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residenced-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-11/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-5/

Thank you very much for dropping in today and for your support.. it is much appreciated.. Thanks Sally.

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food And Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Soups in 25 minutes – Smoked Mackerel and Tomato and Cannellini Bean with Cavolo Nero


Soups in 25 minutes – Smoked Mackerel and Tomato and Cannellini Bean with Cavolo Nero

Welcome to Carol’s Cookery Column where taste and nutrition go hand in hand and can be cooked in a trice…

Soup can be eaten whatever the weather as a starter or as a snack even as a main meal if it is a substantial one served with lots of fresh crusty bread or with the addition of rice or noodles as it is served here…

I know for many of you… Autumn is here which although often brings some lovely sunny days it turns a tad cooler in the evenings….

However for those of us (me) who are experiencing warmer weather soup is eaten a lot here and is a staple in the Thai diet…think Thai chicken noodle soup or Tom Yum…it seems that no matter what the weather many people enjoy a bowl of soup…Don’t you???

Soup can also be so quick to make when we are busy and these two recipes I am giving you today are filling, tasty and nutritious…

Soup has gone through many revivals over the years I remember my mother making soup from chicken or turkey carcasses or as a treat we had Heinz tomato soup…

This saw an increase of packets and cans of soups of many varieties and tastes some memorable and some best forgotten…

Then came the gourmet soups along with of course a higher cost to the consumer….Some very tasty…

But I think this also prompted a revival amongst cooks to recreate these in their own kitchens and we have been treated to some marvellous soups from around the world…Ingredients we have never tried or thought to add to our soups but it has opened up a whole new world of soups.

The base for many soups is tomatoes and herbs…I always use fresh tomatoes as they are plentiful here and anything imported is expensive. I avoid canned foods where possible as leaching is a concern of mine…But if you use canned then that’s fine. I use fresh herbs where possible, but also dried when required. So again use what herbs you have, and in the quantities that you like, as obviously dried herbs have a stronger flavour so less are required.

Also personal taste comes into the equation…

I do tend to use tinned beans, as I have a problem, that however I cook them, soaked overnight, without added salt and cooked well covered in water, they are never as soft as the tinned varieties…I don’t have a pressure cooker so maybe that is the way to go in the future.

Both these soups are tasty and quick to make…

Cannellini Bean Soup with Cavolo Nero…

Cavolo Nero is a very dark green cabbage with a nutty flavour it is rich in nutrients, with high levels of iron and vitamins A and C, however although it has similar properties to regular kale it has a softer taste but any dark cabbage can be substituted. Cavolo Nero is also known as Italian Kale regular curly Kales tall, dark cousin…

Ingredients:

• 250 gm cavolo nero
• 2 x 400 gm tins chopped tomatoes or finely chop 800 gm fresh tomatoes
• 400 gm tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
• 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
• A large bunch of fresh mixed herbs, picked to include rosemary, thyme, basil, dill or any herbs of your choice.

I always use far more herbs than any recipe recommends as we love food which is heavy on the herbs but of course you don’t want to overpower the taste of the lovely Cavolo Nero…

Let’s Cook!

  1. Saute the garlic being careful not to burn then add your tinned or fresh tomatoes season with salt and pepper bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer…
  2. If using tinned chopped tomatoes then add a can of water. If using fresh tomatoes squeeze out some of the pips and finely chop the flesh.
  3. Roughly chop the cabbage leaves and add to the pan with your fresh herbs…If you don’t fresh herbs then add some dried mixed herbs and or some oregano. Partially cover and simmer gently for about 15 mins or until the tomatoes have reduced and the cabbage is tender…
  4. Add your cannellini beans and cook for a further few minutes to warm the beans through.
  5. Check the seasoning and adjust if required.
  6. Ladle into bowls and drizzle with some olive oil to serve…Chilli oil is also quite nice…
  7. Sometimes I also add a little crumbled feta or blue cheese…
  8. This serves 3-4 people depending on serving size.

Enjoy!

My next quick soup uses smoked mackerel fillets…which have had the skin removed and any little bones and just break into large pieces.

Smoked Mackerel and Tomato Soup…

Ingredients:

• 200 gm smoked mackerel fillets either plain or if you like a spicier soup then peppered mackerel fillets add a touch more spice.
• 4 Tomatoes
• 1 lemongrass stalk very finely chopped
• 2 in piece of galangal finely diced
• 4 shallots finely chopped
• 2-3 garlic cloves finely chopped
• 3 tbsp thick tamarind juice made by mixing tamarind paste with warm water.
• Small bunch of green onions or chives to garnish
• 4 cups of fresh vegetable stock
• ½- 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
• 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
• 1 tsp light brown sugar

Let’s Cook!

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out most of the seeds then finely dice the flesh and set to one side.
  2. Add the stock to a large pan and add the garlic, galangal, lemon grass and shallots. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the remainder of the ingredients and simmer for 4-5 minutes until both the fish and the tomatoes are heated through.
  4. This soup serves 3-4 serving depending on portion size…
  5. Serve garnished with the green onions or chives either as it is or with noodles for a more substantial meal…

Two lovely soups which are quick and easy to make…Enjoy!

We are definitely coming into soup season and have stock pot on the go all the time.. I had not thought of adding smoked mackerel but will do so in the future.. thanks to Carol for another great idea to jazz up everyday favourites.

 ©Carol Taylor 2019

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:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE

Connect to Carol via her blog and enjoy posts on healthy eating, conservation, waste management, travel and amazing recipes: https://carolcooks2.com/

My thanks to Carol for all her efforts to bring great cookery and healthy options into our diets and I know she would love your feedback. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – New Author Interview, Music, Travel, Seasoning, Apple Coffee Cake and lots of other stuff


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

It is a time of great suffering and challenges for the thousands who have been devastated in the Bahamas and also those caught up in the hurricane as it moves up the Eastern coast of the USA. Whilst the majority of us are just spectators as these tragedies unfold, they do touch us and make us realise how lucky we are not to be in the path of the destructive force of nature so regularly. Especially when so many of those impacted had little to begin with.

I know that I bang on about the Irish weather from time to time, but it is still a moderate climate without the extremes normally, and we are very lucky.

This coming week sees a new feature for those authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, in line with my renewed focus on promoting this group of writers.

If you have a book that you are going to be offering free or for a reduced price, usually 99p/99c then please let me know a week in advance if you can, by email sally.cronin@moyhill.com…or if you are on Facebook you can send me a message. I will add in its own section at the end of one of the Cafe Updates.. all it costs you is a few seconds of your time to let me know.

Also I don’t want to come across as a nag, but please remember to respond to comments individually, as it will encourage more sales, for your books and also for your blog to be remembered with more shares across social media.  Thank you for listening to this service message!!!

As always a huge thanks to the contributors to the blog, my aim to have a magazine approach originally has been fulfilled by their wonderful posts, offering a diverse range of subjects that I could not provide myself. Their knowledge and effort are very much appreciated. Also thank you for your support for their work and for my own posts, it helps motivate and inspire me.

Time to get on with the show…..

A welcome return to our musical columnist William Price King with a new series of posts on influential musicians.. this week American jazz-rock guitarist and composer John Scofield

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-with-american-jazz-rock-guitarist-and-composer-john-scofield/

The week D.G. Kaye takes us to one of the lovely islands in the Caribbean and provides us with all the information we need to visit...I’ve written about a few islands in the Caribbean so far, and today I want to continue the Caribbean theme and take us all to Saint Barthelemy, or the often abbreviated, St. Barths, the French prefer to call it, and, St. Barts in English.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-caribbean-st-barts/

This week Carol Taylor shows us How to add fuss free flavor to your food. To make delicious family food you don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy ingredients which cost a fortune. Most of us have access to a whole range of simple herbs, spices and aromatics which we can use to accentuate and bring maximum flavor to food.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/smorgasbord-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-how-to-add-fuss-free-flavor-to-your-food/

This month a cake that will tempt you beyond all self-control from Silvia Todesco – a step by step guide to Italian deliciousness.  Fluffy apple coffee cake: irresistible!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-italian-cookery-with-silvia-todesco-fluffy-apple-coffee-cake-irresistible/

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies, kicks off the new author interview series in great style sharing the inspiration for her writing, the editing process and software, and books on our craft that she considers are must reads. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did. You can also enjoy an excerpt from her memoir Twenty Years After “I Do”.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-series-sunday-author-interview-non-fiction-memoir-d-g-kaye/

My review for The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie.. a lovely book and highly recommended.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-book-reviews-the-magic-carpet-by-jessica-norrie/

Previously Imogen had regaled Andrew with her antics as one of the team in the Ladies Fashion department at Huntleys, and her run in with shoplifters. Chapter Seven – The Cosmetic Department.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-seven-the-cosmetic-department-sally-cronin/

Previously  Working in the Cosmetic Department of Huntleys was not all about nail varnish and lipsticks, there were also fascinating social issues to be discovered and embraced. Chapter Eight – The Steakhouse

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-eight-the-steak-house-by-sally-cronin/

Being the first Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 142 of the month, Colleen allows us the freedom to choose our own words…Double Etheree – The Summer Bids Farewell 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tanka-tuesday-challenge-the-summer-bids-farewell-by-sally-cronin/

This week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills was to use the title of one of the greatest western’s of all time True Grit in one form or another.. Since is was my father’s favourite film (along with any John Wayne Western) I have responded with this.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-true-grit-by-sally-cronin/

Attracting your readers, Covers, Book Titles, Tag Lines and Key Words Authors are small businesses with a product that needs marketing to obtain sales. Once you start thinking of yourself as a business it tends to focus your mind differently. One of the key elements of marketing and selling is to attract the right customer for your product and in book marketing this is your readers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-attracting-your-readers-covers-book-titles-tag-lines-and-key-words-by-sally-cronin/

New books on the shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-ya-amanda-in-holland-missing-in-action-by-darlene-foster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-nights-tooth-tales-of-the-river-vine-book-1-by-jean-lee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-captains-witch-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-brigid-p-gallagher-james-j-cudney-and-paulette-mahurin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mary-smith-bette-a-stevens-and-stevie-turner/

Kicking off the new series of posts from the archives of bloggers who have been blogging for under a year, is Pete Springer, sharing his story of getting fitter and healthier after retirement. Making Healthy Changes by Pete Springer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-making-healthy-changes-by-pete-springer/

The current series of potluck posts continues for a couple of weeks and in this post Terri Webster Schrandt underlines the need to make sure that children and adults are safe in the water. Don’t Become a Memory: Three Easy Ways to Be Safe in the Water (2015) by Terri Webster Schrandt

Swim-Kids

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dont-become-a-memory-three-easy-ways-to-be-safe-in-the-water-2015-by-terri-webster-schrandt/

This is the second post from the archives of author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg who as you can tell from some of her books is a dog lover. In this post Patricia shares the steps to igniting the love of reading in boys. Here’s How To Get Boys To Read In 5 Easy Steps (2017) by Patricia Furstenberg

Image courtesy Unsplash

Image courtesy Unsplash

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-heres-how-to-get-boys-to-read-in-5-easy-steps-2017-by-patricia-furstenberg/

This is the second post from the archives of Jim Borden. One of the areas I think we do not do well here is with a Community Alert System should there be a potential disaster.. along the lines of this post.  #Community First Night of CERT Training (2016) by Jim Borden – No, this post is not about how to properly take a breath mint, although I know many of us who could benefit from such training.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-community-first-night-of-cert-training-2016-by-jim-borden/

This is the third post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong and I have selected this one because despite being written seven years ago…our lives are still run by batteries and power boards.Charge (Batteries) 2012 by Marilyn Armstrong

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-charge-batteries-2012-by-marilyn-armstrong/

This is the third post of author Antoinette Truglio Martin who began blogging in 2018.. I am going to share four posts from her archives that were part of her A-Z challenge last year.  Since my downfall is and has always been food….I enjoyed browsing Antoinette’s challenge. This week, a food that immediately brings back memories of New England… Lobster.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-blogging-a-z-challenge-2018-antoinette-truglio-martin-l-is-for-lobster/

This is the third post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. This post is heartrending and inspiring. As someone who has lost a late-term baby, I  found this very touching and it is a beautiful undertaking by an extraordinary woman. An Angel Among Us (2018) Anne Copeland

Garden of Angels Cemetery at Desert Lawn in Calimesa

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-abandonedbabies-an-angel-among-us-2018-anne-copeland/

This is the third post from author and designer, Valentina Cirasola. I have chosen this post from the Home Designs Blog and as I have always painted by kitchens Yellow… I thought you might get some inspiration from Valentina from September 2018 Yellow For Manifesting – Valentina Cirasola – Interior Designer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-yellow-for-manifesting-2018-valentina-cirasola-interior-designer/

This is the third post from the archives of Lee who writes for her blog Woeful to Froful, where she shares about hair and skincare, beauty, positive thinking and music. This is from Lee’s second blog and I thought it was a lovely way to express a mother’s body….

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-mothers-this-body-has-carried-babies-by-lee/

This is the third post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall.  Here Ellen shares a recipe for another family favourite. Recipe – Peach or blackberry cobbler: an American recipe

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-recipe-peach-or-blackberry-cobbler-an-american-recipe-by-ellen-hawley/

The new series of the blogger daily where I showcase some of our brilliant bloggers in the community.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-september-4th-2019-jennie-fitzkee-sue-vincent-robbie-cheadle-james-j-cudney/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-saturday-september-7th-2019-beetley-pete-guest-posts-paddy-cummins-irish-names-some-kind-of-fifty-questions/

Last week I began a series on The Immune System and how it works. This week I would like to show you how your role in your immune system’s efficiency is critical and possibly life saving.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-sysems-of-the-body-the-immune-system-and-your-role-in-its-efficiency/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-some-jokes-from-sallys-archives-3/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-some-jokes-from-sallys-archives-2/

 

Thank you for dropping by and for all your amazing support it is much appreciated. It would be lovely if we could connect on the following sites too. Thanks Sally.

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Smorgasbord Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – How to add fuss free flavor to your food.


Welcome to the Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor who lives in Thailand and infuses the spices of her adopted home into her recipes for all the family.

How to add fuss free flavor to your food.

To make delicious family food you don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy ingredients which cost a fortune. Most of us have access to a whole range of simple herbs, spices and aromatics which we can use to accentuate and bring maximum flavor to food.

I will tell you how to match the seasoning to the ingredient without spending a fortune…

It could be a stuffing, glazing, infusing, dry rubbing or marinating and viola it takes that simple dish to another level…

Making a bouquet Garni…

Is one of the simplest and easiest things to make…It is a classic flavouring for soups, stews and casseroles. All you need is a piece of string or a muslin square…and some herbs…Just tie together a bay leaf and a sprig of parsley and thyme or enclose in a muslin or cheesecloth square…You may also come across recipes which include rosemary, chervil, basil, tarragon and or peppercorns.

The Bouquet Garni is added at the beginning of the cooking and removed at the end…

Flavours for meat or poultry…

Flavour can be added to meat or poultry by using a dry rub, marinades or sticky glazes…so easy to introduce a bit more flavour…

If you marinade tougher cuts of meat it also helps to tenderize the meat.

A simple Cajun spice rub consists of a tsp/5ml of dried thyme, oregano, finely crushed black peppercorns, salt, crushed cumin seeds and hot paprika pepper mixed together.Just rub the spice into the raw meat or poultry then bake or BBQ until cooked.

This one is a favourite rub and again so easy just…

Combine 1 tbsp water and 2 tsp instant espresso powder in a small bowl, stirring until espresso dissolves. Stir in 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp olive oil, and ¼ tsp salt.

Time to get those fingers mucky…Rub the mix into your pork or chicken then bake or BBQ until cooked…ENJOY!

To Marinate red meat such as beef, pork or lamb…

Thanks to a successful marketing campaign by the pork industry, we almost reflexively think of pork as “the other white meat.” Technically, pork is still classified as red meat because it is a livestock product, like beef, lamb, and veal and all livestock are classed as red meat.

For us you can’t beat a good olive oil, lots of garlic and bruised fresh rosemary sprigs…Just add the meat and turn to coat the meat…Cover and chill for at least two hours or overnight before cooking in your normal way…

I always prefer to marinate my meat in a bag as it is easy to turn…

We love pork fillet and my favourite marinade is…Mix together

• 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped or crushed
• 12 juniper berries crushed
• 1 tbsp fennel seeds crushed
• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

I cook mine in the oven and then make gravy from the juices…

Sticky Glazes…

This glaze is suitable for chicken or pork…

• 3 tbsp each of Dijon mustard clear honey and demerara sugar.
• ½ – 1 tsp chilli flakes
• ¼ tsp ground cloves
• Salt and ground black pepper

Cook under a grill or BBQ and brush with the glaze throughout…

For Fish…You can either stuff the cavity of a whole fish with herbs or coat a fillet of fish…These e all add a fresh flavor to fish and don’t over power the delicate flavor.
For fish or shellfish use lemon, lime, parsley, dill, fennel, lemongrass, Thai basil, bay leaves. Chillies…Stuffed steamed fish is very popular here…

For shellfish like mussels …..which are very popular here lots of crushed lemongrass, basil and chillies are used….For the recipe https://carolcooks2.com/2017/11/10/fish-friday-beautiful-thai-steamed-mussels/

To flavor rice and grains like couscous…

Adding herbs, spices and aromatics can help perk up rice and grains subtle flavours and add some colour. Always choose flavourings which compliment the dish the rice or grain will be served with.

To add some fragrance to rice which is served with Asian style stir fries and braised dishes add a whole star anise, cumin seeds or a few cardamom pods to a pan of rice before cooking. The rice will absorb the flavor during cooking.

I also sometimes add stock instead of water to flavor my rice which is a favourite with cumin seeds and some onion in this house…It is something my sister passed on to me from her Iraqi mother in law …

For a zesty rice or couscous heat a little chopped tarragon and grated lemon rind in olive oil or melted butter then drizzle over the freshly cooked rice or couscous.

To make an herby rice or couscous fork plenty of chopped fresh parsley or watercress through cooked rice or grains and drizzle with a little oil before serving.

Watercress Rice…with Orange Pork

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups of rice
• 1 ¼ lb Pork tenderloin cut into cubes
• 3 cups of coarsely chopped watercress reserving a few sprigs for garnish.
• 4-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 3 tbsp of oil
• 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
• 2/3 cup Orange marmalade
• A ½ cup of finely julienned ginger
• Salt and pepper to season

Let’s Cook

  1. Cook the rice and toss in the watercress with ½ to 1 tbsp oil, cover and leave to stand for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Season the pork and with the pan on medium heat add the oil and add half of the ginger and cook until the ginger is golden, drain and set to one side.
  3. Add the pork and brown for 3-4 minutes and then remove from the pan.
  4. Add the remainder of the ginger and the garlic and cook for 30 seconds add the marmalade, fish sauce and lime juice bring to a slow rolling boil stirring until it is syrupy then return the pork to the pan simmer for 1 minute and serve over the rice.
  5. Garnish with the crispy ginger and watercress sprigs.

To add flavour to vegetables…Most fresh vegetables have a subtle flavour which when steaming or stir frying adding light flavourings is best…For example is you are steaming vegetables add a couple of bruised lemon grass stalks to the steaming water or a few kaffir lime leaves alternately add these aromatics under the vegetables in the steamer and steam until the vegetables are just tender.

When stir frying vegetables add a splash no more than a tsp of sesame oil just before the end of cooking…

Naturally sweet vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and parsnips are lovely roasted… the taste can be enhanced by using honey and mustard as a glaze or maple syrup.

I hope these have given you some ideas how you can enhance the flavour of your dishes quite simply and easily using herbs and spices…

 ©Carol Taylor 2019

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:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE

Connect to Carol via her blog and enjoy posts on healthy eating, conservation, waste management, travel and amazing recipes: https://carolcooks2.com/

My thanks to Carol for all her efforts to bring great cookery and healthy options into our diets and I know she would love your feedback. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Pad Thai, Book Marketing new series, Big Band Sounds and all that Jazz


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

New series – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Marketing.

As part of my career I have been responsible for both sales and marketing departments in Advertising and telecommunications. I took my experience across to publishing in the 1999 when selling the services of a self-publishing company in Canada and then with our own authors from 2004 for our publishing company and with regard to my own books.  The principals of selling a product are the same whatever the industry and one of the key elements is to find your buyer first.

I will cover that in part three of the series as I felt that I should address an issue that has cropped up several times in the years and certainly more so in the last few weeks that I have been promoting authors here on Smorgasbord, and being a key selling element for books, I wanted to address first.

This week I featured the Amazon Author Page and is importance in selling books. Far too often I am asked to add an author to the Cafe and Bookstore and I find that they either have no Author Page or there are books missing, no biography or photo.   Also that even when those elements are included there are missing books.

I am missing books because of a very frustrating anomaly. As an author in Ireland, and independent, not through KDP, Amazon has interpreted the rules on VAT and have demanded that we register for VAT even though print books are not subject to that Tax here. And even if it was, most of us do not reach the 37,500 Euro threshold for registration (only wish I did!). So we took my print books down and I sell them locally through bookshops and at events. So you will only see my Ebooks available which is the majority.  For me that is fine as that still allows me to sell my books to a global market, and to be honest most international sales prefer Ebooks as they are less expensive and don’t incur post and packaging charges.

However, for an author not faced with that issue it is important to have a central selling point for your books…and a link that you can give out on your blog, social media, email signature, business cards etc.

I have been asked why it is necessary to have an Author’s Page on Amazon if authors already have a presence  on book promotion sites where their covers, blurb, reviews and a link to Amazon are featured.

The answer is that like my Cafe and Bookstore  and Goodreads, they are book marketing sites not selling sites, so the reader still has to go through a two step process.

That is not to say that they do not provide a valuable service in identifying your books to potential reader (be careful of how much you are paying for the privilege) Goodreads are free as is the Cafe and Bookstore but others will charge.

When the potential readers click on the buy link to Amazon, it is a good idea if they go to a central selling point for several reasons, the most important being is that they don’t just see one book, they see all of them. And they may well decide to buy more than one book, especially if the book they clicked on is one of a series with two or three books before it.

Also, having an established author page with all your books, bio, photograph, rss link to your blog establishes enhances your credibility as an author.

I hope you will read the post and I have taken screen shots of the various steps to give you a guide to the process. If you do not feel confident enough to create the page yourself, then ask someone you are happy to share your Amazon password with and who is computer savvy to follow the directions.

Also I am happy to pop in and take a look at your Amazon Author Page and offer some suggestions as to how you might create a stronger selling message.

New series. Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Marketing – Part one – a step by step guide to setting up an Amazon Author Page – an essential selling tool.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-setting-up-your-amazon-author-page-by-sally-cronin/

Just a reminder of the new Sunday Interview series beginning Sunday 8th September exclusively for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. If you are not already in the bookstore there is a link in the post that gives you the details..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-series-sunday-author-interview-coming-soon/

My thanks as always to the wonderful contributors to the blog and you will be delighted to hear that William Price King will be back from his summer in the Alps above his home in Nice, to share more musicians who have impacted the industry in the last 50 years.

Let me see if I can whet your appetite…Chicken and parmesan meatballs with a creamy lime and caper sauce…an iconic dish in Thailand called Pad Thai…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-east-meets-west/

This week the music that filled the house when I was growing up, and my parents were still dancing to it well into their 70s. The Big Band Sound.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-the-big-band-sound/

A lot of feedback on this post on the benefits of volunteering for all ages and for both volunteer and those they are helping.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-volunteer-work-getting-the-most-out-of-life-sally-cronin/

Two more chapters from my novel Just an Odd Job Gird.. and Chapter Three is all about the interview with the employment agency and some fun and games in Imogen’s first job.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-three-the-interview-sally-cronin/

In Chapter four, adventures in the dental practice with fainting fits, toupees and x-ray disasters.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/25/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-four-the-dental-practice-sally-cronin/

The final letter home in August 1986 as I would be going to the UK for two weeks and then we began extending our Sunday telephone calls. This post covers are trip to Barbados, and you don’t want to know where that sand went!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-barbados-and-the-last-letter-home-1986-sally-cronin/

This week on Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 141 we have a photo prompt… and I decided to respond with a Butterfly Cinquain..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-weekly-tanka-challenge-butterfly-cinquain-message-in-a-bottle-by-sally-cronin/

This is the final post of Debbie the DogLady who lives in Toronto, Canada and posts about travel, music, life and of course dogs. I have chosen four of her dog sitting adventures to share with you and in this post we meet Muskoka a labrador with a taste of cigarette butts and socks…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dogsitting-chapter-four-muskova-by-debbie-the-dog-lady/

This is the final post from Marsi, who with her husband Robert, embarked on a four month journey west.This post only has one photograph, but I thought it would make an amazing prompt for a bit of fiction…..35mm Film Photography – One Hit Wonders: Tumbleweeds in Thompson Springs, Utah by Marsi

35mm film photography Tumbleweeds inside the Thompson Springs Motel, Utah

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-35mm-film-photography-one-hit-wonders-tumbleweeds-in-thompson-springs-utah-by-marsi/

In the final post from L.T. Garvin for this series, I have selected  this on some of the excuses given and also predicaments some crazy criminals get themselves into. Crazy Criminals (2015)  by L.T. Garvin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-humour-crazy-criminals-by-l-t-garvin/

For the last post in this series from the archives of author Claire Fullerton, I have selected one of her book reviews. Claire is prolific reviewer and always brings out the best in both book and author…The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey reviewed (2017) by Claire Fullerton

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-bookreview-the-stolen-child-by-lisa-carey-reviewed-2017-by-claire-fullerton/

This is the final post from the archives of Smitha Vishwanath who shares poetry, wonderful travel posts and life experiences on her blog. I have chosen this poem for the last post in Smitha’s series, not just because it is beautiful, but also because it won the Certificate of Outstanding Performance from Asian Literary Society. Dewdrop- The Love of the Wind (2018) by Smitha Vishwanath

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-dewdrop-the-love-of-the-wind-2018-by-smitha-vishwanath/

This is the final post from author K.D.(Karen DeMers) Dowdall’s archives and she also has some news, with The Captain’s Witch, her latest book being released on September 1st. I have chosen one of Karen’s book reviews as her last post as I thought the cover was very striking. A Review of The Starling by Kathy Lauren Miller (2017) by Karen DeMers Dowdall

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-a-review-of-the-starling-by-kathy-lauren-miller-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

This is the first post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong. I selected it as it gives some background to the title of both her blog and her book. As writers we are inspired by experiences, images, people, emotions and the list goes on. I thought this was very special. The 12-Foot Teepee (2012) by Marilyn Armstrong

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-12-foot-teepee-2012-by-marilyn-armstrong/

This is the first post of author Antoinette Truglio Martin who began blogging in 2018.. I am going to share four posts from her archives that were part of her A-Z challenge last year.  Since my downfall is and has always been food….I enjoyed browsing Antoinette’s challenge. A is for Artichoke.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-blogging-a-z-challenge-2018-antoinette-truglio-martin-a-is-for-artichoke/

This is the first post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. I have selected this post as I found it profoundly moving and inspiring. The Day in the Life of a Child (2018) Anne Copeland

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Image courtesy of Pixels

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-day-in-the-life-of-a-child-2018-anne-copeland/

This is the first post from author and designer, Valentina Cirasola who has three blogs all under the same roof to enjoy.Friday Fashion Blog   Home Designs Master Blog and The Good Life Blog. I have chosen this post to start Valentina’s series as I found this ritual fascinating and will be trying the technique with our next bottle of cheap red plonk… plus I do like fennel to eat. Is There A Trick in Fennel And Wine? (2011) -Valentina Cirasola

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-italy-is-there-a-trick-in-fennel-and-wine-2011-valentina-cirasola-author-and-designer/

This is the first post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall. Weather – The Beast from the East (2018) by Ellen Hawley

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-weather-the-beast-from-the-east-2018-by-ellen-hawley/

New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-daddy-wont-let-mom-drive-the-car-by-j-e-pinto/

Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-dorinda-duclos-lucinda-e-clarke-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-jessica-norrie-jack-eason-d-g-kaye-and-diana-j-febry/

We have now worked our way down to the liver and in the surrounding area you will also find some other vital organs, the pancreas, gallbladder and the intestines.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-five-pancreas-gallbladder-and-intestines-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-resident-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-some-more-one-liners-from-sallys-archives/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-headline-news-and-the-cake-bake-sale/

Thank you for dropping in today and for all your support.. I hope you will join me again next week.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – East meets West.


East meets west with Carol Taylor

I hope you are well on this Wednesday morning …Thank you for joining me @ Sally’s Blog Magazine…We are well and truly into our wet season now and everything is lush and green and yesterday I had a lovely walk in the rain…No I am not totally mad…Well I think that depends on whom you ask…ha-ha…

I am really trying hard…harder I should say to make my recipes equally tasty but healthier where I can…Although Pork is my favorite meat and is eaten a lot here as lamb is really not popular and beef is very expensive which means chicken, pork and fish are the favoured proteins here…I am trying use more chicken in my cooking than I normally do and pack it with flavor…

These chicken meatballs are packed with flavor with parmesan cheese and capers in the sauce…I have use milk instead of cream which in all honesty still makes a lovely sauce I have also bitten the bullet and now buy a piece of parmesan as I really am not sure about the grated parmesan any more…Some doesn’t even look like parmesan in colour and states parmesan type cheese and that word always rings alarm bells with me…

Chicken and parmesan meatballs with a creamy lime and caper sauce…

Ingredients: Meatballs

• 500 gm ground chicken
• 1 egg
• 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
• 3 garlic cloves finely chopped /minced
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
• Salt and pepper

Ingredients: Sauce

• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 3 tbsp butter
• 1 tbsp all purpose flour
• 1 cup fresh chicken broth
• 1 cup heavy cream/milk
• 1/4 – 1/3 cup lemon/lime juice adjust to taste
• 1/4 cup capers drained
• Salt and pepper

Let’s Cook!

Put all the meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine either use a wooden spoon or your hands I use hands as I find it mixes the ingredients together more thoroughly.

N.B…I always find chicken mince wetter than pork mince and I opted not to use the egg as the meatballs shaped well and held together with the egg.

Using wet hands scoop about a tbsp of the chicken mix and shape into balls as pictured below.

Heat the oil in a non stick pan and cook the meat balls I cooked in batches so as they brown nicely and don’t simmer in the juice…

As the meatballs are browned but not cooked completely through transfer to a plate and cook the remaining balls.

Once this is done wipe the pan with a paper towel and put over medium heat…Add the butter and when melted add the flour mix and add chicken stock, milk(cream) and lime/lemon juice…At this point don’t add all your juice.

Bring the sauce to a simmer add the meatballs and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are cooked through. Then taste …Season with salt and pepper. Add the capers and adjust and add more lemon/lime juice if required.

 

To serve sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Then serve with noodles and a selection of vegetables of your choice…Initially I thought there was not going to be enough sauce for our taste… but it coated the pasta nicely and those ( the men folk) who love their sauces did not complain and say it was too dry…

These meatballs would also go well with mashed or boiled potatoes and even rice.

 

Enjoy!

Going from pasta and meatballs to pasta using rice noodles an iconic dish here in Thailand called Pad Thai…

Pad Thai is the ultimate “street food” The best cooks have cooked the same dish day-after-day, year-after-year and have achieved near perfection.

A great Pad Thai is dry and light bodied, with a fresh, complex, balanced flavour. It should be reddish, brownish in colour.

Pad Thai is another perfect vegetarian dish, just omit shrimp and substitute soy sauce for fish sauce. Add tofu if you like and viola perfect for a vegetarian.

Ingredients:

• 1/2 pack Thai rice noodles
• 1-1/3 cup bean sprouts.
• 1-1/2 cup Chinese chives.
• 2 tablespoon cooking oil
• 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
• 2 tablespoon sugar ( I use palm Sugar)
• 1 minced or finely chopped shallots
• 1/2 lime
• 2 tablespoons peanuts ( Optional )
• 1/2-1/4 lb shrimp.
• ground pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon ground dried chilli pepper
• 3 cloves minced garlic
• 1tbsp Soy sauce
• 4 teaspoons fish sauce
• 1 egg

Tips:
The trickiest part is the soaked noodles. Noodles should be somewhat flexible and solid, not completely expanded and soft. When in any doubt, under-soak. You can always add more water in the pan, but you can’t take it out.

In this recipe, pre-ground pepper, particularly pre-ground white pepper is better than fresh ground pepper.

For kids, omit the ground dried chilli pepper.

Tamarind adds some flavour and acidity, but you can substitute white vinegar.

Now to cook……

Start with soaking the dry noodles in lukewarm or room temperature water while preparing the other ingredients. When you are ready to put ingredients in the pan, the noodles should be flexible but not mushy.

Cut the Chinese chives into 1 inch long pieces. Set aside a few fresh chives for a garnish.

Rinse the bean sprouts and save half for serving fresh. Mince or finely chop shallot and garlic together.

Cooking:

Heat wok on high heat and pour oil in the wok. Fry the peanuts until toasted and remove them from the wok. The peanuts can be toasted in the pan without oil as well. Add shallot and garlic; stir them until they start to brown.

Drain the noodles and add to the wok. Stir quickly to keep things from sticking. Add tamarind, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce and chilli pepper. Stir. The heat should remain high. If your wok is not hot enough, you will see a lot of juice in the wok at this point. Turn up the heat, if it is the case.

Make room for the egg by pushing all noodles to the side of the wok. Crack the egg onto the wok and scramble it until it is almost all cooked. Fold the egg into the noodles. The noodles should soft and chewy. Pull a strand out and taste. If the noodles are too hard (not cooked), add a little bit of water. When you get the right taste, add shrimp and stir. Sprinkle white pepper around. Add bean sprouts and chives. Stir a few more times. The noodles should be soft, dry and very tangled.

Pour onto the serving plate and sprinkle with ground pepper and peanuts. (I serve peanuts) on the side as do many restaurants now.

Serve hot with a wedge of lime on the side, raw Chinese chives and raw bean sprouts on top.

Enjoy!

I do hope you have enjoyed these two very different noodle/pasta dishes today…East meets west…Thank you for reading xxx

My thanks to Carol for more delicious recipes. Since Carol began her column, I have begun incorporating her Thai recommendations into western dishes and I eat a lot of stir fries that now taste a great deal more interesting… old dogs can learn new tricks…♥

©Carol Taylor 2019

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:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE

Connect to Carol via her blog: https://carolcooks2.com/

My thanks to Carol for all her efforts to bring great cookery and healthy options into our diets and I know she would love your feedback. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up.. Travel Safe, Chicken Kiev, Classic Italian Rock Legends and all that Jazz


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are all well and thank you for dropping in to see me this week, and as always it is much appreciated. Nothing much to report on a personal level as the week has flown by and the weather has not been very conducive to being out in the garden.

There are however some upcoming events on the blog. Next Sunday 18th August I will be posting about the new Sunday author interview. This time it is specifically for the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, as my intention over the next few months is to ramp up the book promotions. The Cafe and Bookstore has around 150 authors at any given time whose books are receiving reviews or they have a new release in the last six months.

I would like to give those authors another opportunity for promotion with an interview – answering five questions from a selection of twenty.. and excerpt from the book they wish to promote.  Please drop in next Sunday to find out all the details.

I am also putting together the next Archive post series. This time it will be for authors who have only been blogging in the last 12 months. An opportunity to give new bloggers a boost and to welcome them to our community. It can be tough going those first few months and I would love to share the amazing posts that should have a wider audience.

This week sees the end of the serialisation of Tales from the Irish Garden and I am delighted at the lovely comments it has received. Next week I am starting a new book that has not been shared since 2016. Just an Odd Job Girl.. I know that many of you read the first time around, but I am hoping that new readers of the blog will enjoy.

Time to get on with the posts from the week… and as always my thanks to the contributors who spend time and effort to write such interesting and informative post.

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies reminds us that preparation is key if you want to have a safe and secure holiday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/posts-from-my-archives-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-preparing-for-a-safe-trip/

If you enjoy chicken to delicious recipes for you.. and for dessert lovers.. apple and mulberry crumble.. Courtesy of Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-chicken-kiev-multi-coloured-chicken-breast-and-apple-and-mulberry-crumble/

A wonderfully simple but flavour packed Italian classic from Silvia Todesco.. Summer Fresh Tomoto Fettuccine…

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This week author Karen DeMers Dowdall shares her very special gift.. a sixth sense that is highly developed.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-my-sixth-sense-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

Those of us who have books available on Amazon and other online book sites, particularly ebooks are also vulnerable to pirates, and Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye, shares an interesting possible action we are taking to enable this. Felony or Flattery? #Copyright Infringement and Content Scraping by D.G. Kaye

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-reblog-felony-or-flattery-copyright-infringement-and-content-scraping-by-d-g-kaye/

Some rock ‘n’ roll this week to get your feet tapping. Status Quo, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-get-your-rock-n-roll-boots-on-with-my-top-five-picks/

This week in Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 139 being the first challenge of the month, is for the poet to choose their own words. I hope you will enjoy my double etheree…A Dog’s Life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-double-etheree-a-dogs-life-by-sally-cronin/

The last two chapters for Tales from the Irish Garden this weekend… Queen Filigree is delighted to announce the betrothals of both her daughters and accept the gifts that are offered by their future husbands… Plus concerns about her health are getting the court into a bit of a lather.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-winter-chapter-betrothals-and-surprises-by-sally-cronin/

The final chapter of Tales from the Irish Garden… the court’s first Christmas in their new home and an announcement from Prince Ronan.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/tales-from-the-irish-garden-winter-chapter-twenty-one-the-first-christmas-by-sally-cronin/

Another wonderful tale of dog sitting from Debbie the Doglady.. This week meet a Dalmatian with a wonderful nature.. JJ.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dogsitting-chapter-two-j-j-the-dalmation-by-debbie-the-dog-lady/

This is the second post from Marsi, who with her husband Robert, embarked on a four month journey west. I will be sharing posts from their trip in addition to other posts in their archives. Due to the number of photographs I suggest that you head over to the blog to view them all.. Olympic National Park

View of Lake Quinault from our campsite, Willa Campground Olympic National Forest

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-olympic-national-park-part-1-quinault-hoh-rainforests-by-marsi/

A little retro summer magic from 2016 for L.T. Garvin’s second post.. and a little rock music. Summertime, Gnomes and Rock Music (2016) by L.T. Garvin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-pot-luck-summertime-gnomes-and-rock-music-2016-by-l-t-garvin/

This is the second post from the archives of Claire Fullerton, and this week a birthday celebration for renowned author Pat Conroy. An event over several days that clearly was a highlight for Claire. Notes on Pat Conroy’s 70th Birthday Celebration in Beaufort, South Carolina (2015)

Notes on Pat Conroy’s 70th Birthday Celebration in Beaufort, South Carolina

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-notes-on-pat-conroys-70th-birthday-celebration-in-beaufort-south-carolina-2015-by-claire-fullerton/

This is the second post from the archives of Smitha Vishwanath who shares poetry, wonderful travel posts and life experiences on her blog. I have selected this poem as it brought back memories of all the times I have stood behind a podium to give a presentation or speech…The Speaker’s Ordeal…by Smitha Vishwanath

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-the-speakers-ordealby-smitha-vishwanath/

This is the second post from author K.D.(Karen DeMers) Dowdall’s archives and she also has some news, with The Captain’s Witch, her latest book being released on September 1st…A short story, that might have its roots in truth… anyone’s worst nightmare when walking in the woods. Fire in the Sky or The Black Bear and Me (2017) by Karen DeMers Dowdall

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-short-story-fire-in-the-sky-or-the-black-bear-and-me-2017-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

This is the third post from the wonderfully varied archives of poet and author Ritu Bhathal. Today the joys of being a kindergarten teacher…. things I am sure they don’t share during the career advisory days at secondary school when you are faced with so many options! Kindergarten Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 2015 by Ritu Bhathal

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-kindergarten-weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-2015-by-ritu-bhathal/

This is the third post from the archives of author Elizabeth Gauffreau who has some wonderful posts, including an interesting look at her genealogy journey, seeking out her family history. This week a post by William Wordsworth, which reminds us of those moments when life or nature takes us by delightful surprise. Poetry – Surprised by Joy”

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-surprised-by-joy-2018-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

This is the third post from retired librarian and author Cathy Cade, who has been blogging since early 2018. This week a poem about a much loved old friend. Fred’s Legacy by Cathy Cade.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-humour-freds-legacy-by-cathy-cade/

This is the third post for author Chuck Jackson and this week I have selected a post that Chuck wrote about editing software that I am sure you will find helpful if you are looking to buy a package. Do you use Editing Software

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-editin-do-you-use-editing-software-by-chuck-jackson/

This is the third of the posts from the archives of author and poet Joy Lennick, although certainly not the first post that we have enjoyed here on Smorgasbord from this entertaining writer. This week a post from 2017 on the subject of fascinating and mostly long forgotten words… some I must really work into both conversation and story..thanks Joy. The Phrontistery revisited (2017) by Joy Lennick

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-phrontistery-revisited-2017-by-joy-lennick/

Linda Bethea is a regular contributor here on Smorgasbord, but this time I get to select the posts from her archives to share with you… I am sure you will enjoy her stories as always. This is the third post and I have selected and it was one that Linda posted about a patient of hers, who inspired her as a nurse. Lessons from MIchael 2014

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-lessons-from-michael-2014-by-linda-bethea/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-cold-cream-murders-book-four-sun-scream-by-barbara-silkstone/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-shortstory-jewel-by-jan-sikes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-roads-a-journey-with-verses-vandana-bhasin-and-smitha-vishwanath/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-terry-tyler-and-fiona-tarr/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-bradley-john-w-howell-and-gwen-plano-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

The liver is the largest waste organ inside the body (the skin being the largest overall). This week, a look at the role it plays in keeping us healthy and alive.

Liver

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-three-the-liver-largest-waste-organ-inside-the-body/

 

 

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Chicken Kiev Multi-coloured Chicken Breast and Apple and Mulberry Crumble.


Chicken Kiev, Multi-coloured Chicken Breast and Apple and Mulberry Crumble.

Having made some lovely Salmon burgers and knowing that many of you are experiencing some BBQ weather my plan was to give you some lovely burger recipes…Both family favourites and a couple of new ones…That plan was soon scuppered as I could not get burger buns anywhere…

Many of my images have for some reason become corrupted so the plan was to make some more and take new images the torrential rain and lack of burger buns put paid to that…

Having described what I was doing to hubby and the fact they contained lots of his favourite things his little face when I come home minus the buns was one of disappointment…

Next time dear friends…So for now it will be a family favourite Chicken Kiev…

Ingredients:

• 4 skinless chicken breasts
• 125 gm dried breadcrumbs
• 50 gm parmesan cheese grated
• 2-3 egg beaten(depending) on size
• 50 gm flour
• Pinch paprika pepper
• Oil for frying
• For garlic butter:
• 6-8 cloves garlic finely chopped or crushed
• 150 gm butter
• 2 tbsp chopped parsley
• Juice ½ lime/lemon

Let’s Cook!

  1. Place all the garlic butter ingredients in a bowl and season well. Mash with a fork until well combined, shape into a sausages using cling film to help you shape it, then tightly wrap and chill or freeze until really firm. It can be made up to 3 days in advance. When firm, slice each into 4 even pieces.
  2. Lay a chicken breast on a chopping board and use a sharp knife to make a deep pocket inside the breast. The easiest way is to push the point of a knife into the fat end, keep going halfway into the fillet. Be careful not to cut all the way through or the butter will leak out when cooking. Repeat with the remaining breasts.
  3. Push 2 discs of butter inside each chicken breast, press to flatten and re-seal with your hands. Set aside.
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs and Parmesan on one plate, and tip the eggs onto another. On a third plate, mix the flour with paprika and some salt.
  5. Dip each breast in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumbs, repeating so each Kiev has a double coating (this will make them extra crisp and help to keep the butter inside).
  6. Chill for at least 1 hr before cooking,

To cook, heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4.

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat.
  2. Fry the Chicken Kiev’s for 2-3 mins each side until golden – you may need to do this in batches.
  3. Transfer to a baking tray and cook for 20-25 mins until cooked through.
  4. Although I like Chicken Kiev I didn’t fancy one so instead I made slits in my chicken breast and filled the slits with sliced tomatoes, courgettes and yellow peppers…

Carol’s multi coloured chicken breast.

Ingredients:

• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 1 courgette, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
• 2 medium tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons
• 1 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
• 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
• 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• Freshly ground black pepper and salt
• 1 cup shredded mozzarella
• Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Let’s Cook!

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Make slits in each chicken breast, being careful not to cut through completely, and stuff with courgette, tomatoes, bell peppers, and red onion.
  3. Drizzle with oil and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
  4. Bake until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside, 25 minutes.
  5. Garnish with parsley before serving.
  6. Serve with potatoes of your choice and salad or steamed vegetables.

I really liked the chicken breast cooked this way…it was lovely and moist and I cheated a little and cooked it in the same pan as the chicken Kiev so it was a little garlicky as well…I couldn’t eat the whole breast so everyone got a little taste and declared it a winner and could they have it next time…

I served mine with saute potatoes cooked in garlic (of course) and some rosemary sprigs.

Then to top it all the internet went down…Again…It has been one of those days …So I thought as they were disappointed I would make a pudding…

Yes, everyone from she who doesn’t cook desserts hardy ever…A dessert!

I have always cooked dishes like crumble the way my mum always did but for once I thought I would try something new and deconstruct it!

The original crumble is lovely but you always get that bit between the fruit and the crumble which goes soggy…Don’t you??

Here goes!

Ingredients for the topping:

• 50 gm butter
• 50 gm flour
• 50 gm sugar
• 50 gm ground almonds.

Fruit compote.

• 2 apples peeled and cored, sliced.
• 2 cups of mulberries
• 1/2 – 1 tbsp sugar.

Let’s Cook!

  1. Put the apples and mulberries in a saucepan with 1/2 tbsp sugar and gently heat until the juices start to flow add a little water if required cook gently until the apple breaks down and is soft. The apples I get here are dessert apples so are quite sweet so I don’t add very much sugar…If you are using cooking apples then sweeten accordingly… I would use Bramley Apples in the UK…I miss my Bramley apples.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour then add the sugar and the nuts. Spread the mixture out on a baking tray and pop in a preheated oven on 180 degrees for 10- 15 minutes.
  3. Stir once or twice to get an even golden colour. Watch it carefully as I …Yes, I did! I burnt the first batch I made so now I watch it very carefully… Then break up any large lumps.
  4. Then assemble the fruit and crumble mix in layers…

I am so pleased I tried the crumble mix this way and it can also be varied you can use brown sugar and any type of flour you like. I mixed almonds and a few walnuts in the second batch I made and I might add cinnamon when I make it next time especially if I use just apples.

You can also make any amount as long as all the measurement is equal. The topping has a nice sort of soft crunch to it …It would also be nice served with custard, cream or ice cream…Even my dairy free cream would go very nicely…

So that is my deconstructed crumble…

That is all for today I hope you all have a lovely week…Thank you so much for reading this post and if you make recipes or have any questions please ask…Carolx

©Carol Taylor 2019

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:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE

Connect to Carol via her blog: https://carolcooks2.com/

I don’t know about you but that crumble sounds like it would be great about now with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream…..thanks to Carol for creating such delicious recipes.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts on Smorgasbord that you might have missed.

Short and sweet this week.. well my introduction to the post anyway.. I know for many of you the school holidays have just begun and you may be already on your way to a vacation and just hope your transition by road, rail and air is smoother than it has been for those leaving the UK in the last few days.

My thanks to all those who have contributed this week.. and every week… also to everyone who has liked a post.  I still have that button and when people are busy and cannot comment on all the post that they read, it is a sign of appreciation. Please don’t get rid of the like button on your blog.. it is there for a reason.

Reblogging has become a two step process since the last upgrade, so thank you to those who have gone the extra mile… if you find you cannot reblog a post here or on anybody else’s blog.. refresh the page. I have a sneak suspicion that WordPress are trying to cut down on traffic, and hoping that most people will give up when the reblog button does not work.

Press This.. is a very useful way to share a post. You can add your own introduction and cut and paste an extract from the post as well as schedule for a time ahead.  This is a great way to schedule content for overnight to reach an audience in other time zones, without having to write a post yourself. This is useful if you are too busy that day or week and also promotes another blogger at the same time.

Time to get on with the posts you might have missed this week….

More wonderful recipes from Carol Taylor.. including Chinese Chicken or Pork with Water Chestnuts.. and if you have a glut of cucumbers.. get pickling..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-chinese-chicken-pork-with-water-chestnuts-quick-pickling-and-bread-rolls/

Patty Fletcher shares her experience of the bond between her Seeing Eye Dog Campbell and herself, including when there is something wrong that he cannot communicate.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-ignoring-vs-acknowledging-and-obeying-my-6th-sense-by-patty-fletcher/

A miller and his family repay the kindness shown to them in dark days by mice.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/27/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-chapter-sixteen-autumn-the-kindness-of-mice-by-sally-cronin/

Part One of a Halloween Tale about special residents of the Magic Garden….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-chapter-seventeen-autumn-all-hallows-eve-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

My fifteen year old niece comes to spend three weeks with us from the UK and we get up to a lot of mischief.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-a-nieces-visit-astroworld-rafting-south-padre-and-a-royal-wedding/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-a-little-bit-country-dolly-parton-kenny-rogers-john-denver-anne-murray-and-crystal-gayle/

Time of the week to respond to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 137 and this week the prompt words were Kind and Shift‘ and I have selected the synonyms ‘Genial and Change’

Etheree – To Better Understand by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-poetry-challenge-etheree-to-better-understand-by-sally-cronin/

Another wonderful prompt and post from Charli Mills for this week’s carrot ranch flash fiction challenge And I do suggest you head over to read about a loon chick who lost its way and the kindness of human strangers determined that it should have a chance to survive. The prompt this week was For One Day’

Retail Therapy by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/27/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-challenge-retail-therapy-by-sally-cronin/

This week I have chosen a post by Sherrey Meyer, that I am sure all of us who miss their fathers will relate to.. This was for Father’s Day June 16th 2013 so I am not too far out date wise. Memoir – Remembering Dad 2013 by Sherrey Meyer

Clockwise L-R: Dad sitting at a linotype machine, Dad at 16, and Dad showing me how to use my new tricycle

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-memoir-remembering-dad-2013-by-sherrey-meyer/

This is the final post that I have selected from the archives of author Janet Gogerty. In the last few weeks Europe and the UK has been hit by the very hot weather courtesy of North African prevailing winds, and this was last year. Australia Some Like It Hot 2018 by Janet Gogerty

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-australia-some-like-it-hot-by-janet-gogerty/

This is the final post from the archives of author Stevie Turner who has an extensive and eclectic archives and it is easy to get yourself lost in there for an hour or so. I have selected this post as it is that time again….school summer holidays…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-school-summer-holidays-2017-by-stevie-turner/

This is the final post from the archives of Laura M. Bailey who blogs on a number of subjects including history, family, horses, Southern lifestyle and cookery. With the tinder dry grass that these long hot summers are producing, there is always a risk of a bush or wildfire. Laura shares the terrifying moment she saw a wall of fire heading for their homestead and livestock.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-ranching-my-life-in-mud-boots-2016-wildfire-by-laura-m-bailey/

This is the final post from the archives of children’s author Annabelle Franklin who lives in a lovely part of South Wales. She blogs from the Literate Lurcher..or should I say Millie and Pearl do….Millie has sadly passed away now but lives on in the hearts and minds of her pack. Millie goes to Uni 2017 by Annabelle Franklin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-therapydog-millie-goes-to-uni-2017-by-annabelle-franklin/

This is the final post in this series from the archives of Dolly Aizenman, who not only shares amazing recipes from around the world, but also shares the history behind them. I use a lot of herbs in my cooking and I love animals and the people who rescue and keep them safe….  Saving Animals and Herbs by Dolly Aizenman

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-animalwelfare-herbs-saving-animals-and-herbs-by-dolly-aizenman/

Ritu Bhathal has an eclectic range of subjects on her blog, and I am going to share a poem that I think will resonate with anyone with teenage children. Of Teen and Tweenage Angst 2018 by Ritu Bhathal

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-of-teen-and-tweenage-angst-poem-2018-by-ritu-bhathal/

This is the first post from the archives of author Elizabeth Gauffreau who has some wonderful posts, including an interesting look at her genealogy journey, seeking out her family history. This post will strike a chord with many who have, like me got a drawer where previous creative ideas lie waiting for rejuvenation… 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-failed-novel-anyone-2017-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

This is the first post from retired librarian and author Cathy Cade, who has been blogging since early 2018. She shares posts on a variety of topics, including some excellent grammar tutorials, but  this week I have selected an early post about her writing journey. We often seek other’s opinions on our writing but it can be very daunting putting it out there on a site and invite criticism.  Swimming with Sharks by Cathy Cade

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-newwriters-swimming-with-sharks-by-cathy-cade/

This is the first post for author Chuck Jackson and I have selected a post from last year that I enjoyed very much at the time… Working in a funeral home… A True Story From my Past by Chuck Jackson

Sandra West – Photo – San Antonio Express-News

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-memoir-a-true-story-from-my-past-funeral-home-by-chuck-jackson/

This is the first of the posts from the archives of author and poet Joy Lennick, although certainly not the first post that we have enjoyed here on Smorgasbord from this entertaining writer. This week Joy shares the wonderful moment she met her husband Eric, who sounds, in her recent posts, not to have lost an ounce of his charm or humour. Thumbnail sketches of the past – 1949 (2014) by Joy Lennick

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/27/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-thumbnail-sketches-of-the-past-1949-2014-by-joy-lennick/

Linda Bethea is a regular contributor here on Smorgasbord, but this time I get to select the posts from her archives to share with you… I am sure you will enjoy her stories as always. For her post I am going back to 2014 and Linda’s recollections of bringing her new baby home and the ensuing mayhem.. I am sure that many of you can relate! Baby Blues

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-baby-blues/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-what-about-love-the-rivera-sisters-series-book-two-by-jeanine-lunsford/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-tallis-steelyard-a-guide-for-writers-and-other-stories-by-jim-webster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-silent-heroes-by-patricia-furstenberg/

Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mary-smith-and-bette-a-stevens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-upate-reviews-sally-harris-angie-dokos-and-andrew-joyce/

The start of a series on the digestive system.. beginning in the mouth… a very important place to start.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-one-the-mouth-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-lets-hear-it-for-the-dogs-shaggy-and-otherwise/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-or-two-from-sallys-archives-4/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Chinese Chicken/Pork with Water Chestnuts, Quick Pickling and Bread Rolls.


Good morning form sunny Thailand where the weather is either steaming hot or we have a fierce tropical storm with the loudest thunder I have ever heard in my life.

Well Wimbledon is done and dusted for another year with the men’s title going to Djokovic who was my favourite to win and a new ladies champion…Will she become one of the greats or will she be a one time winner? Nethertheless I will extend a well done and well deserved…

On the political front will the outcome be as predicted and Boris will be the New Prime Minister or will Jeremy pip him at the post? By the time this post is published we will know the answer to that one…

I think it is generally much safer in the kitchen…Don’t you?

Well unless it is me having one of my bad days…which has its upside as I wasn’t allowed to cook the chilli last night…Result…ha-ha…

Today as I know many of you are having some sunny days and some are having a heat wave which makes it very hard to know what to cook sometimes doesn’t it?

I like stir fry’s as once you have prepared your ingredients they are quick to cook…I love Water Chestnuts and sometimes ( not) often I am lucky enough to get fresh ones from the market…

Usually available in specialty groceries or supermarkets, they should be washed thoroughly and peeled with a sharp knife, especially if to be eaten raw. At this point, adding a few drops of lemon juice keeps them from turning brown when steamed or sautéed. Once peeled, they’ll only remain fresh in water that’s changed daily for two to three days.

Chinese Chicken/Pork with Water Chestnuts.

Ingredients

• ½ lb of chicken breasts or pork finely sliced.
• 1 tbsp dry sherry
• 3 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tsp of corn flour or arrowroot
• 3 tbsp sesame oil
• 2/3 cloves of garlic crushed
• 3 tbsp of spring onions
• 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated or julienned
• 2 cups of water chestnuts peeled and sliced (tinned are fine) and can be found in most Asian sections of supermarkets.
• 1 cup of bamboo sliced (optional) or bean sprouts.

N.B…I have started using arrowroot instead of corn flour it is tasteless and gives a glossy sauce and where corn flour has a slight taste and cloudy appearance arrowroot is glossy and clear. It is a great thickener and can easily replace corn flour.

Arrowroot powder is fast gaining in popularity in the western world as people are looking for substitutes and alternatives to cornstarch either because they have corn allergies/sensitivities or they want to avoid anything GMO and laden with pesticides.

Let’s Cook!

  1. Mix the sherry, soy sauce and arrowroot together, set to one side.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add chicken /pork and stir fry for 2 minutes add garlic, spring onions, ginger and bamboo and stir fry for a further 3 minutes or until meat is cooked.
  3. Add water chestnuts and stir fry I minute then add the arrowroot mix and stir fry for another minute or two until juice thickens slightly add beans sprouts if using.
  4. I always add my bean sprouts if using add the very end as I like mine crisp and just cooked.
  5. Serve immediately with steamed rice or noodles…

Summer is also the time to make lovely crispy chicken or fish bites or goujons with an assorted salad and pickles maybe some lovely fresh rolls …There is nothing better than sitting in the garden or on your balcony with a nice cool drink and just pick and nibble and talk..Soft music in the background perfect…

Not so the batter I have had some disasters with batter in the past…Not sticking being the main one ….

Thai Style Batter for Chicken or Pork or fish

Traditionally Thais use rice flour for batter:

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups rice flour.
• 1 tsp salt.
• 1 Cup water + 2 tsp Baking Soda.( Or you can use a cup of soda water)
• For the dry coating, you will need 2 cups of rice flour.
• 1 tsp chicken stock granules (If you are coating chicken drums).

Let’s Cook!

  1. Coat your chicken or pork in the flour…I find it easier to put in a bag and roll it around until all the meat is coated.
  2. Dip your meat/fish in the wet batter.
  3. Heat oil but don’t overload the wok as it will cause the temperature of the oil to drop and you won’t get crispy batter…
  4. Sometimes on the street stalls, you will see the cook remove the chicken/pork and then put in another pan (double dipping) to make sure it is crispy.
  5. This is an authentic recipe given to me by our Thai chef when we had our restaurant as are all my Thai recipes.
  6. If you are cooking a large batch just double or triple the recipe.

If you love a whole chicken and this one is delicious….Then Beer Butt Chicken should fit the bill…A bit messy but well worth it as it is so tender and succulent just right for sunny days…

Beer Butt Chicken…

I have seen this recipe many times over the years but never tasted it until my son gave me a demo…It was lovely and moist and even the kids and they are good eaters demolished it like there was no tomorrow.

He tweaked the recipe as it would have been too hot for the little ones and served the sauce separate rather than basting the chicken at the end with it…But for all, you die-hard spicy food lovers go ahead…

You will love it!

Pickles always go down a treat and at one time I thought all pickles took weeks to mature …But now pickles can be made in 5 mins or just a day or two…

I used 4 cucumbers ( they are short) ones here not like the ones we used to get when in the UK although I have discovered Japanese cucumbers and they are nice, crispy and very similar to the cucumber I know and love.

The cucumbers here are much smaller with larger seeds in the centre and not quite as crispy and flavoursome. In fact, I think I prefer them pickled.

Lets Pickle!

• 1 peeled and sliced (quite thickly) 4 cucumbers.
• 1 large Onion peeled and sliced.
• 3 cups of vinegar.
• 1/4- 1/2 cup of sugar or sweetener of your choice. I only used a 1/4 cup of sugar and some salt to season as required.
• 1 cup of water.

Method

  1. Whisk vinegar, sugar and water together in a jug.
  2. Put alternative slices of cucumber and onion in pre-sterilised jars, and then pour the vinegar mix over the cucumber and onion making sure to cover completely.
  3. Screw the lid down tightly and refrigerate they will be ready to eat in 2 days in fact if you leave these too long they get too vinegary.

They are really a quick pickle recipe.

This second recipe is ready in about 5days

• 3 medium cucumber
• 1 large Onion thinly sliced.
• 85g sea salt flakes (essential- table salt will render your efforts inedible)
• 500ml cider vinegar
• 250g granulated sugar
• 1 tsp Coriander seeds
• 2 tsp yellow mustard seed
• 1 tsp peppercorn
• 1 tsp ground turmeric
• Small bunch dill

Method

  1. Wash the cucumbers, split along their length and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Cut each half into finger-length chunks, and then cut into 5mm strips.
  3. Mix with the onion and salt in a large bowl, cover and leave to soak overnight.
  4. Next day, drain the juices, rinse the vegetables in cold water and drain well.
  5. Put the vinegar, sugar and spices into a very large saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 5 mins to let the flavours infuse.
  6. Add the vegetables and bring the pan to a rolling boil over a high heat, stirring now and again. Boil for 1 min, and then remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Tear in the dill, and then pack into sterilised jars making sure that no air bubbles are trapped.

Store in a cool, dark place until ready to use about 5 days.

Alternately if you want really quick pickles for a BBQ or buffet and don’t want to bother sterilising jars…

  1. In a freezer-weight re-sealable plastic bag, combine 3/4 cup distilled vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 4 tsps sugar, 1/2 tsp salt; 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, and 1/2 tsp peppercorns.
  2. Then add 2 pounds cucumbers quartered lengthwise.
  3. Seal bag and refrigerate overnight. They’ll keep in the fridge for up to a week.

As easy as 1, 2, 3…

Bread Rolls…I am having to resort to this as the only decent baker is still not open again… The bread here in Thailand is so sweet. I detest store bought cut bread it is sticky and claggy just horrible…so am resorting to doing my own at least the dough proves quickly here it is an ideal climate for bread making.

Olive Oil Bread Rolls with Rosemary… These rolls were nice, soft and had a good texture but I still haven’t mastered the crusty top type yet…lol they were also nice toasted.

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 lbs Unbleached Bread Flour
• 1 tbsp of instant yeast
• 3/4 cup of Olive oil
• 1 tbsp of coarse salt
• 2 cups of warm water
• 2/3 tbsp of chopped rosemary.

Let’s Cook!

  1. Combine water, flour, yeast, salt, rosemary and olive oil mix together you will now have sticky dough.
  2. If dough is really too sticky then add a bit more flour.
  3. Lightly grease a bowl with olive oil and turn dough in a bowl to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise approx 60-90 minutes here it is more like 15-20 but it all depends on where you live and your heat and humidity.
  4. When the dough has risen turn it onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 16 pieces.
  5. Shape the pieces into a smooth round and place on a baking sheet lined with cooking parchment leaving a 2-inch gap between each roll.

Stage two.

  1.  Leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
  2. Heat your oven to 450F/230C
  3. Sprinkle the top of the rolls with a little sea salt.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops of rolls are golden brown.
  5. Cool on a wire rack, they are now ready to eat. So yummy slightly warm with proper butter.

Now that was easy, wasn’t it?

If sunny days are a little sporadic for you then I hope you enjoy them and find these recipes give you a little more time catching those rays…

Thanks to Carol for working away in her kitchen to share these delicious recipes with us…

©Carol Taylor 2019

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:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE

Connect to Carol via her blog: https://carolcooks2.com/