Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – And these are? Water Chestnuts


And these are? Water Chestnuts

Wandering around a food market in Wanon, Northern Thailand…and losing myself among the sights and smells of beautiful tempting Thai food. I spied a few fruits and vegetables which were unknown to me and this one. Although once I knew what it was then I recognised the taste ….without knowing the name I was puzzled I sort of knew the taste but didn’t connect the dots…lol

We were talking and looking for these a few weeks ago when were thinking about what to cook for dinner and reminiscing about the Chinese food we remembered having years ago with these crunchy water chestnuts in..you never got many just a few slices… I was then looking in the shops at imported goods to see if I could them and no luck…Then there they were the other day right under my nose and fresh ones….strange world… When your thoughts take you unexpectedly to what you were looking for.

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 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
  • 2 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!

Mix the sherry, soy sauce and arrowroot together, set to one side.

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.

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.

I always add my bean sprouts if using add the very end as I like mine crisp and just cooked.

Serve immediately with steamed rice or noodles…

Enjoy!

My second recipe for today is a Thai dessert made from water chestnuts. It is called Ta-Ko Haew…..Sweet Water Chestnut with Coconut Custard.

Ingredients:

  • For base:
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour.
  • 1 3/4 cup water.
  • 1/4 cup pandan leaf juice. This gives lovely soft green colour which is often seen in Thai desserts.
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts or fresh if you can get them.
  • 1/3 cup sugar.
  • For topping:
  • 1 can coconut milk or again fresh coconut milk if you can get.
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1tsp salt.

Let’s Cook!

Dice the chestnuts very small.

Mix both flours and sugar together add water and pandan leaf juice. Mix well. Put in pan and bring to the boil, stirring it until the mixture thickens add the diced water chestnuts and bring back to the boil then remove from the heat.

Spoon the mixture into small individual foil cups. Or if you have banana leaves then they would be traditionally wrapped in a banana leaf or on the markets they are sliced into squares and displayed.

Now make the topping.

Mix the coconut milk, sugar, rice flour and salt together bring slowly to a soft boil whilst stirring until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and spoon over the bases.

Allow to cool and serve immediately.

These are lovely if you enjoy sweet desserts…

Enjoy!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you use water chestnuts what do you cook them with or do you eat them raw ???

As always a massive thank you to Carol for these wonderful recipes. An ingredient that we take for granted when we eat our takeaways but something now to use in our own kitchens.

©Carol Taylor 2018

You can find previous columns in the directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-column-2018/

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

Connect to Carol

New additional Blog: http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

If you have missed previous posts in the Cook from Scratch series you can find them here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

Carol would love your feedback and questions.. thank you for stopping by.. Sally

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – St. Valentine’s Day Culinary treats, poetry and music.


Welcome to the round up of posts from the week and a very big thank you for dropping in and sharing the articles.

It has been a busy week getting the blog sitting posts scheduled for my time offline. I will be posting a calendar of posts tomorrow but I promise you have some treats in store from some of your favourite writers and some new contributors.

There will be some of the regular posts too, but the one real change is that the blog sitters will be in charge in my absence and I know that they will do an amazing job.

I have mentioned before that I am leaving David at home (he is looking forward to peace and quiet) whilst I join my two sisters for a joint birthday celebration.

This means that if you do send an email to sally.cronin@moyhill.com between Thursday 15th and 21st of February, you won’t get a reply until my return. I also will not be responding to comments on the posts either but promise to catch up as soon as I can.

As always a thank you to the regular contributors to the blog who write amazing columns and this week William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor have shared music, poetry and a St. Valentine’s Day feast.

Next week there will not be a round up on Sunday but I will do a blog sitting round up on Wednesday 21st.

On with the posts from the week and again, thank you for stopping by…Sally

The Music Column with William Price King

William Price King  and I are taking a break from the music series the next couple of weeks as I prepare for my trip away. But we begin a brand new one on Wednesday 21st with the life and career of the pop legend Madonna.  I hope you will join us.

In the meantime I would like to share the creative artist interview from last year in case you missed meeting William Price King in person.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-jazz-singer-musician-and-composer-william-price-king/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

This week Paul Andruss shares a conversation between a Muse and a Pilgrim on the subject of poetry…..and its various forms. With examples from some of the most revered poets of all time. Part two in a few weeks. According to the Muse – A Dialogue in 2 Halves – What is Poetry

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-according-to-the-muse-a-dialogue-in-2-halves-part-1-what-is-poetry-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor’s Food Column

This week Carol shares a Valentine’s Dinner that you can prepare for your loved one… providing just the right romantic vibe and privacy in the comfort of your own home. Staying in for Valentine’s Day by Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-column-with-carol-taylor-staying-in-for-valentines-day/

The Open House Sunday Interview

Today’s guest is author Debra Purdy Kong who will be sharing the background to why she writes mysteries, her publishing adventures, her viewing preferences and favourite quote. We will also find out more about her work at then end of the interview.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-open-house-sunday-interview-author-debra-purdy-kong/

The New Series of Posts from YOUR Archives begins in March with a slight twist.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/new-series-of-posts-from-your-archives-beginning-march-1st-2018-your-chance-to-share-past-gems/

Personal Stuff

Letters from America – 1985- 1987

My first birthday in Houston was my 32nd on February 13th and a lot of things came together around that time as we found both our new home for the next two years in the Chancellor apartments, Parramatta Lane. Here is my letter to my parents announcing the good news and sharing a photo of our new car on February 23rd 1985.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-birthday-new-car-galverston-and-houston-zoo/

I thought I would share one of the stories from my WIP – Tales from the Irish Garden to prove that I had actually been working away in the background… This story is based on the bedtime stories we told to my younger brother..called Jeremy, and is about a little donkey who finds himself on the wrong side of the hedge… because of a mean bull called Gerard.

Donata Zawadzka has created six of the book’s illustrations and I think you will agree the one for Jeremy is delightful. I hope you will pop and see it.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/tales-from-the-irish-garden-a-sneak-preview-jeremy-the-donkey-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive time playlist

This week two pieces of music that have always emotionally moved me. The theme song from The Last of the Mohicans and the hugely successful theme from Beaches.. The Wind Beneath My Wings sung by Bette Midler.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/sallys-drive-time-playlist-movie-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-the-last-of-the-mohicans-and-wind-beneath-my-wings/

Posts from MY archives.

To promote the upcoming Blog Sitting Special whilst I am away with my two sisters for a few days.. I shared some of the posts from last year at the same time. Last year Linda Bethea entertained us with the story of the moral ambiguity attached to a suitcase!

Linda will be joining the blog sitting team again with a wonderful tale of her mother’s spending strategies.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017-the-sinful-suitcase-and-the-common-law-cows-by-author-linda-bethea/

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I was delighted that my lovely friend and talented author Tina Frisco leapt into action when I invited writers to blog sit whilst I am away with my two sisters last year. Tina is hugely supportive of all her blogging friends and in this post she explores our perception of time. Time is an illusion

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017-2/

Last year whilst I was away with my sisters in Portsmouth, Mary Smith shared a photograph and memories of her time in Afghanistan. A wonderful post to revisit and also a reminder of Mary’s books and recent reviews.

Mary Smith - web ready

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017-afghan-ceilidh-by-mary-smith/

Last year when I was away on my annual family reunion, Colin Chappell entertained us with some funnies. You can find out more about Colin and his book after you have had your laffs.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-blog-sitting-february-2017/

The Saturday Meet and GreetWatering Hole for Bloggers.

As it is St. Valentine’s Day next Wednesday I thought that today we should feature some of the elements that have played a part in the celebration traditionally. Featuring Colleen Chesebro, Dolly Aizenman, and Mairi from Citrus and Cinnamon.

The first poetry written about romance was probably slipped into an epic poem at some point by some lovesick Greek or Chinese scholar. The earliest recognised written poem was written in Hieratic in around 2,500 BCE.  Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor and I am sure there must have been a line in there that formed the toast of all sailors since then ‘To our loved ones, and may they never meet’! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/smorgasbord-saturday-meet-and-greet-valentines-day-special-poetry-chocolate-and-champagne/

Posts from Your Archives

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies kicked the week off with one of her commonsense guide to working with social media. There is nothing more pleasing, having composed a blog post than to receive feedback in the form of likes and shares.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-shout-outs-and-sharing-by-d-g-kaye/

There has been a publishing revolution in the last twenty years and more recently with the advent of eBooks. Janet Gogerty explores the options now open to us with this format and also Print on Demand. A way to print a limited number of books at a time to order. Reinventing The Printing Press

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-reinventing-the-printing-press-by-janet-gogerty/

Darlene Foster gives us a guided tour of the port of Messina with its stunning architecture and history.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archive-madonna-of-the-letter-and-236-steps-in-messina-by-darlene-foster/

Another Time, Another Place by Geoff Le Pard  People know the Angel of the North, that scary be-winged man that startles the unsuspecting motorist on his way north, but I’m not sure how many people have made it around Liverpool to Crosby Beach and three kilometres of sculpture.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-another-time-another-place-by-geoff-le-pard/

This week Jennie Fitzkee shares with us one of the teaching experiences which resulted in a wonderful suprise. A small child who noticed something in a masterpiece that Jennie has not noticed before….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-starry-night-ii-by-jennie-fitzkee/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-adele-marie-park-don-massenzio-brigid-p-gallagher-cynthia-reyes-and-teri-polen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-balroop-singh-jack-eason-toni-pike-amy-hoff-and-lynn-otty/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Gender-bending chemicals found in plastic and linked to breast and prostate cancer are found in 86% of teenagers’ bodies

Almost 90 per cent of teenagers have gender-bending chemicals from plastic in their bodies, according to a study. Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastic containers and water bottles, on the inside of food cans and in till receipts. The chemical, used since the 1960s to make certain types of plastic, mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen, and has been linked to low sperm counts and infertility in men, as well as breast and prostate cancer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-the-hormone-mimic-in-plastic-and-inside-food-cans/

Welcome to part three of this series on Irritable Bowel Syndrome.. In the last two posts I covered the new research showing the involvement of Vitamin D in our gut health and also some of the strategies you can put in place to minimise the symptoms. I also looked at the impact that chronic stress can have on our digestive system and our gut welfare.

The two previous posts can be read here at these links.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrient-in-the-news-vitamin-d-and-irritable-bowel-syndrome/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/smorgasbord-health-column-irritable-bowel-syndrome-nutrients-and-strategies-to-manage-the-condition/

The six week programme.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-health-column-irritable-bowel-syndrome-the-six-week-recovery-programme/

Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing my book on anti-aging.. Turning Back the Clock. This is a natural anti-aging programme. We all age but many of us are assisting the process with diet and lifestyle choices. This book takes a look at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of aging and how a little attitude adjustment goes a long way!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-revisited-anti-aging-without-the-botox/

Last week I posted about the epidemic levels of Pre-diabetes and today I am following up with a mineral that is contained in sufficient foods to include on a daily basis in your diet that helps to control blood sugar levels. And in my experience help to curb sugar cravings. Chromium

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/smorgasbord-health-column-pre-diabetes-the-epidemic-that-goes-unreported/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-health-column-pre-diabetes-blood-sugar-control-chromium/

Humour and Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-an-official-pain-and-palliative-care-consultant/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-presents-for-teacher-mums-and-dads-all-the-fun-of-the-fair/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-clydesdale-love-story/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-chinese-dinner-auctions-and-chewing-gum/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food Column with Carol Taylor – Staying in for Valentine’s Day?


Welcome to the Food Column with our resident expert on all things Thai and making everyday ingredients taste fantastic, Carol Taylor.

This week Carol shares a Valentine’s Dinner that you can prepare for your loved one… providing just the right romantic vibe and privacy in the comfort of your own home.

Staying in for Valentine’s Day by Carol Taylor

Who still gets taken out on Valentine’s Day?? I never have my husband has always said you are not my Valentine you are my wife… When the kids got older they used to nag him until he bought me something…

So for everyone who is staying in either because of the weather or just because a few suggestions and recipes…

For starters, if it is chilly where you live or because you love soup then a lovely bowl of tomato soup with heart-shaped croutons is just the thing.

Or do a lovely heart shaped swirl with some soured cream which would look very pretty.

If you are seafood lovers then a lovely seafood platter is easy to do and looks quite spectacular.

Some smoked salmon, a few plump mussels, lovely grilled prawns, soft squid there is so much lovely seafood to choose from just a little of each arranged on a platter with maybe a nice drizzle of seafood sauce or a chilli sauce.

This quick little soy sauce is a nice to drizzle …just finely cut a clove of garlic and a small piece of fresh ginger, fry in a small pan , stirring to release the flavours add scant tbsp soy sauce and half to one tbsp honey stirring and cook for 2 mins, sometimes I add a squeeze of lime..just taste and play with the flavours. Then drizzle as pictured…

Main course:

This chicken dish is one we make often and it is quick and easy and served with rice or potatoes and some lightly steamed vegetables it is very nice.

Lemon Chicken with caper sauce.

Ingredients:

• 4 Chicken Breasts (skinless)
• 2/4 cloves garlic.
• 1 tbsp capers ( rinsed)
• 2 tbsp chopped parsley.
• Half lemon sliced.
• 1/4 cup lemon juice.
• 1/2 pint chicken stock.
• 5 tbsp Olive Oil.
• 2 tbsp Butter.
• Parsley for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess flour.
  • In a large skillet over a medium high heat add 3 tbsp olive oil. When the oil starts to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes.
  • When the chicken is browned, flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil starts to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in the same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate, set to one side.
  • Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock, capers and garlic.
  • Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavour.
  • Check for seasoning and add lemon slices and parsley.
  • Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5/10 minutes depending on the size of breasts. Remove chicken to a platter.
  • Add 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.
  • Serve with boiled rice or potatoes of your choice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

Valentines Dessert

This is where I am normally too full for anything else but if you fancy a dessert…Then chocolate covered strawberries are very nice…

Simple but effective and easy to do either pre do them and keep them in the fridge or if you have a fondue set then go for it and do it at the table…

Or a lovely strawberry mimosa…Just blend 2 cups of strawberries with half a cup of water and then strain through a sieve. Chill.

Pop a strawberry in the bottom of a champagne flute, half fill with the strained strawberries and carefully top up with your favourite champers…Garnish with a fresh strawberry and there you have it… Strawberry Mimosa…

Or using the same strawberry puree then a lovely Daiquiri… will go down very nicely…

Happy Valentine’s Day… What will you be making or does your other half cook???

Until next week…Thank you for reading this post …Stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot!

©Carol Taylor 2018

You can find my previous columns in the directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-column-2018/

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

Connect to Carol

New additional Blog: http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

If you have missed previous posts in the Cook from Scratch series you can find them here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

My thanks to Carol for making sure that we do not have any excuse not to celebrate Valentine’s Day.. and please let us know your favourite romantic dish you prepare.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Music, Food and Spring Bulbs with Guests and Humour.


Many thanks for dropping in today to catch up on posts that you might have missed during the week. I am in full on ‘Going on a break’ mode, busily scheduling the Blog Sitting posts contributed by some of your favourite writers. The Blog Sitting begins on February 15th through to Tuesday 20th and I am sure that you will be right royally entertained.. I know I was when I read the posts.

Because I will be working my fingers to the bone…. aahh.. I am going to get you in the mood my sharing some of the Blog Sitting posts from this time last year. They are too good not to be shared and allows me to work out what I can pack in my carry on!

When I went to book my ticket it turned out that a checked bag was going to cost me £40 each way. They are small planes flown by this regional airline and clearly they wish to discourage their customers from taking 15 changes of clothing.

Does anyone else take their seat with trepidation, wondering if this time the seat belt will not meet around their middle?  With visions of having to hold your hand up and request an extension?

The other thing that miffs me is the clear plastic bag that announces to the world all your toiletry requirements. Long gone are the days when I could throw a lipstick and a bit of moisturiser in the bag. Now I have all sorts of ungents required to get me through 24 hours let alone 5 days and some of which I do not wish to publicize. So I have prepared a jiffy bag of tail ends of all my moisturisers, plumpers, wrinkle smoothers, toothpaste, Vitamin D Spray, Multi-vitamin Spray, Magnesium oil, gum soothers, Volterol joint gel, silver water, antiseptic handbag size hand sanitizer and some unmentionables. There is also the fact that these will add weight to my carry on which is restricted to 10k between two bags of specific measurements.

So they are now cling-film wrapped for spillage, bubble wrapped for breakage and in a Jiffy bag that is going to cost me £5 to post to my sisters to await my return. I will leave what is left there for my next visit. Simplzk.

Courtesy of Meerkat Youtube Channel

I have also worked out my wardrobe requirements and with the cunning use of small ziplock bags I can get enough in my rucksack for three different outfits and will make full use of my sister’s washing machine.

During the time I am away my guests will be in charge of their posts and responding to comments but since I will only be around once or twice I hope I can rely on you to help out by sharing the posts.. that would be fantastic thank you.

Now on to the posts from the week and as usual I must thank the amazing contributors who work so tirelessly each week to provide you with fantastic posts.. This week William Price King – Music Column, Carol Taylor – Food Column and Paul Andruss – Gardening Column. All of them would love to answer your questions on their areas of expertise.

The Music Column with William Price King

U2 has one of the most impressive catalogues of awards of any of the groups in the last forty years. Apart from 170 million + records sold world wide, the group has also won an impressive number of industry accolades. In this final post in their series William brings up bang up to date.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-william-price-kings-music-column-bono-and-u2-up-to-date/

The Gardening Column with Paul Andruss

Welcome to the second of Paul’s Gardening posts and you will discover that not only is Paul Andruss is an exceptional writer, he also has a very great knowledge of plants. This week bulbs that blossom into brilliant colour in the spring garden – Light up your life with brilliant bulbs –  Part 1: Early Spring Bulbs

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-light-up-your-life-with-brilliant-bulbs-part-1-early-spring-bulbs/

The Food Column with Carol Taylor – The wonder tree…Jack Fruit!

This week Carol talks us through the preparation of this exotic fruit that takes some time, but produces some delicious savoury and sweet dishes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/smorgasbord-invitation-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-the-wonder-treejack-fruit/

Smorgasbord Saturday meet and Greet

This week a look at some recommended author services from Proofreader Wendy Janes, Translations from Olga Nunez Miret and illustrations from Donata Zawadzka. Plus some great posts from bloggers in the comments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/smorgasbord-saturday-meet-and-greet-at-the-watering-hole-this-week-wendy-janes-olga-nunez-miret-and-donata-zawadzka/

Smorgasborg Open House Interview

My guest today on the Open House is supernatural/paranormal author of The Herbert West Series, Audrey Driscoll.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-open-house-interview-with-author-audrey-driscoll/

Personal Stuff- Short Story – Great Aunt Georgina

A bit of fiction for you. A short story I wrote over 30 years ago that got mixed up with my Letters from America file. I wrote several stories when we lived in Houston in the mid 1980s and I have also found a couple of poems…. Anyway I hope you enjoy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/smorgasbord-short-stories-great-aunt-georgina-by-sally-cronin/

Letters from America 1985-1987

Last week I shared our experiences as we arrived in Houston in the first week of February and faced the challenges of driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, extra large portions in restaurants and the search for a more permanent place to live.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-dallas-unwanted-visitors-and-house-hunting-sally-cronin/

The Driving Test!

At the same time as I was writing my weekly letters home to my parents, I was also writing articles on various events that took place or about places we visited. I wrote this piece about the dreaded driving test that we had to take to enable us to buy a car and get insured.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-extra-1985-1987-the-driving-test-texas-style-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist

This week some ZZ Top…. and Tina Turner. They are my go to musicians when I need to reboot. Got me Under Pressure and On Silent Wings by Tina Turner.. do the trick.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-zz-top-and-tina-turner/

 

Posts from Your Archives

Debby Gies with words of wisdom on the subject of making every day count, including treating yourself to a pair of shoes… or anything else that brings you pleasure… because life is too short.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-life-is-short-buy-the-shoes-by-d-g-kaye/

Today a chance to tiptoe through the tulips courtesy of Darlene Foster.. Since it brings us all some much needed signs of spring I am going to feature all of the photographs. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I have. Tiptoeing Through the Tulips at Keukenhof by Darlene Foster

tulips

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-tiptoeing-through-the-tulips-at-keukenhof-by-darlene-foster/

This week Janet Gogerty explores the various writing muses that some authors appear to have time to walk, groom and pamper……Llamas and Labradoodles by Janet Gogerty

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-llamas-and-labradoodles-by-janet-gogerty/

Here is a post from the archives of Jan Sikes from 2016.. when she turned 65.  Very appropriate as I will be too in a couple of weeks… will be interesting to compare notes. What I Have Learned #65 by Jan Sikes

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-what-i-have-learned-65-by-jan-sikes/

Geoff Le Pard who joins us with his four posts from his archives. In this post Geoff explores the changing face and religion of the East End of London and in particular the various guises one building has adopted over the centuries. Upcycling buildings: if only it was as easy with people by Geoff Le Pard

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-upcycling-buildings-if-only-it-was-as-easy-with-people-by-geoff-le-pard/

Delighted to share another wonderful post from pre-school teacher Jennie Fitzkee. This week the joys and benefits of reading aloud for both child and teacher…or parent.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-how-reading-aloud-made-me-the-teacher-and-person-i-am-today-by-jennie-fitzkee/

Welcome to the last in the series from the archives of Lori Bonati-Phillips who shares one of her experiences as a school psychologist, where Joni Mitchell and and Cosmos makes a world of difference to a young man.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-connections-by-lori-bonati-phillips/

Chris is a massive supporter of writers and his guest posts are very popular and widely read. Jo Robinson is an author who has been a very welcome visitor to this blog since it began in 2013 and Chris is sharing one of her very informative posts on social media. I will share some of her work, including her illustrations, after this article on Twitter.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-to-tweet-or-be-a-twit-that-is-the-question-by-jo-robinson-via-the-story-reading-ape/

Last week Elizabeth LLoyd shared her mother Betty’s diary entries for her her last weeks in Brussels towards the end of the war. In this final post Betty heads to Germany at the end of 1945.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-betty-in-germany-in-1945-by-elizabeth-lloyd/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-judith-barrow-bette-a-stevens-vashti-quiroz-vega-dan-alatorre-and-eloise-de-sousa/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-jemima-pett-annika-perry-jacquie-biggar-jane-risdon-and-christina-jones/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Those of you who are regulars to my health posts will know that I am passionate about communicating the fact that those of us living in northern climates with limited sun exposure are at a risk of Vitamin D deficiency. This is more so for children who spend less time than ever outdoors playing in sunlight or even daylight. In this post the latest research linking a deficiency to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrient-in-the-news-vitamin-d-and-irritable-bowel-syndrome/

On Monday I outlined the basics of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and today a look at some of the nutrients that your intestine needs to work efficiently and also some of the triggers for the condition.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/smorgasbord-health-column-irritable-bowel-syndrome-nutrients-and-strategies-to-manage-the-condition/

I posted on pre-diabetes two years ago, but the latest statistics are in and they make for very worrying reading. It is estimated that there are 84 million Americans who are pre-diabetic and are at very high risk of developing full blown diabetes. CDC January 2018

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/smorgasbord-health-column-pre-diabetes-the-epidemic-that-goes-unreported/

Humour

The Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-when-your-accomplice-leaves-you-hanging/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-quickies-the-worm-test-and-a-wife-hunt/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-rewind-inspiring-to-see-dogs-take-disability-in-their-stride/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-some-oldies-sprinkled-with-a-few-funny-images-laughter-is-the-best-medicine/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-toddler-on-a-mouth-organ-and-his-backing-singer/

Thanks very much for dropping in today and everyday.. it is much appreciated. Sally

Smorgasbord Invitation Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – The wonder tree…Jack Fruit!


The wonder tree…Jack Fruit! by Carol Taylor

Wow, doesn’t time just fly by? I can’t believe it has been a week and what a response I got to the soups so thank you for all your kind comments…I thought I would have a change this week and showcase a fruit of which Thailand is a major producer The jackfruit, they are often cut, prepared, and canned in a sugary syrup (or frozen in bags/boxes without syrup) and exported overseas, frequently to North America and Europe. Made into chips which are very moreish …They are also used in various dishes and curries around Asia…

Many people refer to the jackfruit tree as a wonder tree this is because every part of the tree has its own use. The fruits are eaten, the leaves are fed to livestock, and the wood is greatly valued for the manufacture of wood products because of its termite and fungus proof properties and the roots used in natural medicine to treat fevers, asthma and diarrhoea.

How to prepare the Jackfruit… If I am using green Jackfruit like the recipe below then I just take one from my tree, if I want the ripe arils I generally buy them ready prepared as those of you who have prepared your own Jackfruit know that it has a latex sap…

I have heard and quite recently…my lips are sealed…lol, some horror stories when one doesn’t know how to prepare this amazing fruit.

An old knife and cooking oil…lots of it…

Firstly, coat your gloved hands and a long, sharp knife with cooking oil. A spray cooking oil works well — to protect against that stubborn latex sap.

Cover the work surface with something disposable….lots of newspaper.

Cut the fruit in half lengthwise and then lengthwise again into quarters; the cut skin and core will release the sap. Re-grease the knife after each cut.

Cut out the solid white core and discard any fibrous filaments around the fruit pods.

If you do get ooze on your hands, don’t worry – just put some oil on your hands, and wash them in warm water, it will be gone in no time!

Easy when you know how…Here is a short video for you…I am a visual person and find it much easier when I watch the video…the pause button is a wonderful thing…

I also just prefer to oil my hands as when I use gloves they are guaranteed to stick to the latex…I probably don’t oil them enough…But I prefer oiled hands

In Asia, jackfruits ripen principally from March to June, April to September, or June to August, depending on the climatic region, with some off-season crops from September to December, you may also find a few fruits at other times of the year.

My tree in my garden has started to produce fruit and to stop the squirrels helping themselves I will be covering the fruits in plastic bags… But as you can see they are growing nicely and there are a lot of little babies as well.

The jackfruit’s flesh is very sweet and aromatic and tastes like a combination of banana, mango and papaya.

Because of certain similarities in appearance the oval shape and spiky exterior some people mistake the jackfruit for Durian which is another exotic fruit; however, they are very different fruits.

The ripe jackfruit is eaten as a fruit but unripe jackfruit is prepared as a vegetable. Young jackfruit is used in stews or curries, boiled, roasted; or fried and eaten as a snack. The seeds can also be eaten as a snack after being boiled and then roasted.

Jackfruit is also becoming a popular alternative to meat for vegans, vegetarians and anyone wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle as when cooked the texture is similar to pulled pork.

Today I will be making a spicy jackfruit salad which in Thai is called Tam Khanun or Tam banun it is made by pounding boiled jackfruit with chilli paste and then stir frying.

First step over and that was cutting the Jackfruit…I can guarantee if you use an oiled knife and grease your hands the latex doesn’t stick…You do have to keep re-greasing the knife though but any which attached itself came off easily with the cooking oil..

My jackfruit slices are now simmering gently on the stove…

Once they are tender and cooled down enough for me to remove the outer skin I will be doing so…

Ingredients for Tam Kanun:

  • 400 gm green, young Jackfruit
  • 100 gm minced pork
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes cut in quarters.
  • 3- 6 tsp Chilli paste ( depending on your taste)

To serve:

  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 5 dried birds eye chillies fried
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic.
  • 1 tbsp coriander

Let’s Cook!

Once cooked drain the jackfruit well, pound in a pestle and mortar and set to one side. I had heard cooked this looks like pulled pork and it does…

Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the garlic until it is nicely browned add the chilli paste and stir fry for a minute.

Add the minced pork and stir fry until it is cooked 3-4 minutes stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes and the jackfruit stir fry to combine well add the kaffir lime leaves and remove from the heat.

Serve with sticky rice and the fried garlic, chillies, spring onions and coriander as garnish.
This is the first time I have made or eaten this dish… I was very pleasantly surprised if I hadn’t cooked it and it was put in front of me I would never have known it was

Jackfruit…Truly ☺ What do you think??

Tam Kanun Spicy Jackfruit Salad… we all loved it and I would definitely make it again.

The ripe Jackfruit arils (pictured) below are eaten here with sticky rice just pushed into the centre.

They also make a lovely ice cream which if you swop the whipping cream for soy milk is suitable for vegans.

Jackfruit Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gm of the ripe arils (as above)
  • 10gm sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 120 gm coconut milk
  • 200 gm whipped cream.

Let’s Cook!

Chop the jackfruit and put in a pan with the sugar cook until the fruit turns to pulp about 30/40 mins depending on how ripe your fruit is. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Place the cooled mixture in the blender with the salt, vanilla extract and the coconut milk and blend until smooth… Chill overnight in the fridge.

Next day whip your cream and fold the jackfruit mix into the whipped cream and place in your ice cream maker following their instructions.

If you are not using an ice cream maker then put in the blender and pulse 3 times.

Put into an airtight container and freeze for 6 hours.

Enjoy!

That’s all for this week so until next week when I will be back to European food…Have fun, stay safe and laugh a lot.

And if you have children or grandchildren they might enjoy this video cartoon on the Jackfruit that they can sing along to.

And don’t forget any questions or recipes you want me to find for you please ask…
Carol x

You can find my previous columns in the directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-column-2018/

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

Connect to Carol

New additional Blog: http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

If you have missed previous posts in the Cook from Scratch series you can find them here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

My thanks to Carol for showing us how to prepare this exotic if complex fruit… considering the nutrients it contains, well worth the effort. I know she would love your feedback. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – U2, Blog Challenges, Literary Column and Letters from America


Welcome to this week’s update of posts that you might have missed. As always very grateful to the contributors who put so much time and effort into preparing their columns. William Price King, Paul Andruss, Carol Taylor and this week joined by Jessica Norrie with the new Literary Column.

Late last year I mentioned that I wanted to evolve the blog towards more of a magazine layout and I am delighted with the way that it is progressing and I hope you are too.

I love writing my own blogs but I really want to showcase other writers and artists and provide a wide variety of subjects for the readers who visit here. In this next phase I am looking for someone to provide a monthly or even perhaps twice a month column on movies. Much as I love going to the cinema I am finding that with my own writing projects and posts I am not able to do the movies I see justice.

If you already do movie reviews you might think about doing a monthly column with your reviews for the month posted here… anyway email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

If it is any incentive.. I can offer you exposure on the blog and my social media with 35,000 connections and the blog received 240,000 views last year. Whilst I love sharing your content on the blog, the aim is to showcase your own writing and blog at the same time.

My thanks too for all the wonderful archive posts that I have received and the blog sitting posts for when I am away for a few days next month.. You are in for some treats.

This week I have got to grips with one of my books that has been on the go for a couple of years. The R’s of Life…. I just need to complete two more chapters and finish the editing process. I am also making progress with the sequel to Tales from the Garden and the plotting and planning is well underway for my wartime novel set in the village where I was born and my mother grew up. It would be great to see them all out in 2018.. hope springs eternal…

So thank you very much for dropping in and supporting the blog and look forward to seeing you again soon.

On with the posts from the week.  Thanks Sally

The Music Column with William Price King

U2 has one of the most impressive catalogues of awards of any of the groups in the last forty years. Apart from 170 million + records sold world wide, the group has also won an impressive number of industry accolades. Here is part three.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-william-price-kings-music-column-bono-and-u2-part-three/

The Food Column with Carol Taylor

Thank you very much for your lovely responses to my first post on my food column..It has been much harder to think of what to write about this week but I have shelved the exotic fruits until your weather warms up somewhat and am bringing to you another soup this time from Columbia.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-ajaico-a-colombian-chicken-soup/

New Series – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie.

Jessica Norrie explores the way children develop a love of reading and some of the books that she remembers from her own childhood that inspired her love of books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-jessica-norries-literary-column-reading-from-the-very-start/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss.. a reblog of his post on his own blog about Anne Boleyn.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-anne-of-a-thousand-days-by-paul-andruss/

New Series – Letters from America 1985 – 1987

David and I lived in Houston from 1985 to 1987 as he worked around the US selling optic fibre cable. We took full advantage of the amazingly diverse geography and coastlines to visit as many states as possible, including Hawaii.. Every week I wrote home to my parents in England, and after his death my father left them all to me with a note suggesting they become a book. I thought I would share them on the blog and see how you enjoy them.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/new-series-smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist

This week Country royalty with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers with Islands in the stream and Keith Urban with one of his country rock ballads.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-a-little-bit-country-dolly-parton-with-kenny-rogers-and-keith-urban/

Smorgasbord Open House Interview

Welcome to the Sunday Interview and this week I am delighted to introduce you to Sharon Marchisello who talks about her genre, her publishing adventures, most useful invention and activities she feels we should experience.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-open-house-interview-with-author-sharon-marchisello/comment-page-1/#comment-128436

Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet

This week Challenges and Book Reviews.

One of the best way to increase your visibility as a blogger and a writer is to participate in one or two challenges that are popular. Today I am sharing both a #writing and a #photo challenge organised by two very high profile bloggers and they definitely have watering holes you want to gather around. Guests Charli Mills, Sue Vincent and Reedsy

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/smorgasbord-saturday-meet-and-greet-at-the-watering-hole-this-week-charli-mills-sue-vincent-and-reedsy/

Posts from Your Archives

Debby Gies shares the strategy that she adopted to cope with a particularly difficult time when her husband was seriously unwell. As you will read, it was a time to let go of many familiar routines and task but a time to embrace some different, even for a short time each day to allow time to breathe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-coloring-books-and-life-one-day-at-a-time-by-d-g-kaye/

It is actually nearly four weeks since Christmas but this poem from Aurora Jean Alexander from this time last year is very topical for many of you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-winter-wonderland-finally-by-aurora-jean-alexander/

Last week Jane Risdon shared her experiences visiting the home of Rudyard Kipling and an encounter with a banana skin and a sleeping policeman.  This week the ‘Jolly’ continues…. Jupiter, the Moon and Herstmonceux – tales from my ‘jolly’ part two

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-jupiter-the-moon-and-herstmonceux-tales-from-my-jolly-part-two-by-jane-risdon/

Delighted to welcome Janet Gogerty to the Archive post series and her first post, explores keeping diaries and the possibility that our writings might last forever.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-into-infinity-by-janet-gogerty/

An inspirational piece by Jan Sikes, reminding us that however tough things might be there is usually a chink of light to give us something to be positive about.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-do-what-you-love-by-jan-sikes/

Welcome back to a new series of archive posts from children’s author Darlene Foster. In this post Darlene shares the photographs that she took when visiting the ruins of Pompeii.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-walking-with-the-dead-through-the-ruins-of-pompeii-by-darlene-foster/

Welcome to Geoff Le Pard who joins us with his four posts from his archives. This week catchphrases, particular from our youth on television or the odd phrase that somehow does not come out as intended…Malapropisms ran rife in our family as my mother was very creative…. known as molliepropisms..

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-its-the-phrase-hes-going-through-by-geoff-le-pard/

Very pleased to welcome back Jennie Fitzkee with a new series of posts from her Archives. Last year Jennie delighted us with tales from her pre-school classroom where the children learn about reading, music and art. This week one of her go to classics each year and it is always popular with her children.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-best-book-every-year-by-jennie-fitzkee/

Chris the Story Reading Ape shares a very useful checklist on things you should know about the character your have created.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-things-you-should-know-about-your-characters-by-the-story-reading-ape/

Last week Elizabeth LLoyd shared her mother Betty’s diary entries for her first weeks in Brussels towards the end of the war. Here is part two of her time in the city in 1945 and also about a trip home to Scotland.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-bettys-brussels-diary-part-two-1945-elizabeth-lloyd/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-karen-ingalls-m-j-mallon-lyn-horner-helen-jones-and-andrew-joyce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-g-kaye-heather-kindt-leslie-tate-and-janice-spina/

Smorgasbord Health column

Welcome to this week’s health column. Last week I looked at both prescription and over the counter pain medication. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/smorgasbord-health-column-painkillers-prescribed-and-over-the-counter-side-effects-and-addiction/

This week I am looking at the use of supplements, the ingredients you should avoid and which ones are more easily absorbed by the body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/absorbing-the-nutrients-and-avoiding-the-additives/

Laughter Lines

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-heavens-above-or-hell-here-we-come/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-stairway-to-heaven-well-a-dog-treat-anyway/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-when-your-family-points-the-finger-or-paw/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/time-for-some-laffs-blondes-have-more-fun-i-know-from-experience/

Thank you all again for the wonderful contributions and for stopping by, liking, commenting and sharing. Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Ajaico… A Colombian Chicken Soup.


Ajaico… A Colombian Chicken Soup.

Thank you very much for your lovely responses to my first post on my food column..It has been much harder to think of what to write about this week but I have shelved the exotic fruits until your weather warms up somewhat and am bringing to you another soup this time from Columbia.

The recipe was given to me by a good friend when I was in Phuket and it is a lovely Chicken and Potato soup which originated many moons ago in Columbia and it is now a well-known national dish. When the gales are blowing and it is a snowy, blustery winters night when the wind chill goes right down to your toes and even your wee freezes then this is just what you need.

She told me that her grandmother used to keep a pot simmering on her stove ready for when any cold mortal came to her door…It sounds to me a little like she was a welcome port in the snow storm.

I can just picture her granny standing in her kitchen serving up these luscious bowls of hot soup.

Traditionally served with thinly slice avocados, sour cream, chopped coriander and capers…..I am now salivating as I type…

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs of chicken pieces, skin on and on the bone.
  • 1 1/2 lbs of potatoes……mixed varieties maybe 3 different ones.
  • 2-3 Corn cut crosswise into quarters or 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn.
  • 1 large brown Onion chopped roughly.
  • 5 cloves of garlic, roughly cut.
  • 4 cups of good chicken stock…I cook up chicken carcases.
  • 1 tsp of coarse salt…I use Himalayan.
  • 1 tsp  fresh ground black pepper.
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil.
  • I bunch of coriander ..tied.
  • 1 bunch of spring Onions( green onions) …tied.
  • 2tbsp dried guascas.

NB: Also known as Quick weed or Galinsoga in the US and Gallant Soldiers in the UK……It is a very prolific edible weed.

Or…You can use dried Oregano as a substitute.

Let’s Cook!

Marinade your chicken pieces with the onion, garlic, salt and pepper in the fridge for 8-24 hrs.

When ready to cook heat olive Oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan . Add the chicken and all the marinade bits. Brown the chicken on both sides about 6 minutes.

Pour the stock into the pan and raise the heat to bring to the boil, turn down and cook at a rolling simmer for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from the pan and when it is cool enough to handle remove skin and bones. Cut or tear the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Put the potatoes in the cooking liquid and cook for 5 minutes. Then add the corn, tied spring onions, coriander and quascas( oregano). Cover pan and simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.

Remove coriander and onions and return chicken to the pot and warm through.
Serve soup in individual bowls with the prepared avocado, sour cream, coriander and capers as accompaniments.

Enjoy!

Last week’s comments and especially one from Norah and her unfortunate experiences with Jack Fruit leads me to saying if you are preparing any Jackfruit before I do a post on Jackfruit then to avoid the sticky gooey disaster follow this advice… and enjoy!

Until next week when it will be some recipes to make from the exotic Thai fruit aka The Jackfruit the biggest fruit to grow on a tree and has reached some 80lbs in weight…

Thank you for visiting this column and please let me know if you have anything at all that you want me to discuss or find the recipe for.

I also thought that I may have a question and answer week so if you have any questions then fire away…I look forward to hearing from you xx

You can find my previous column in the directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-column-2018/

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

Connect to Carol

New additional Blog: http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

If you have missed previous posts in the Cook from Scratch series you can find them here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

Thanks for dropping in and it would be great to hear from you.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Gardening and Food Columns, Marital Advice and Lots of Music


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. The week has been frozen with high winds and even a sprinkling of snow on Wednesday. Thank goodness for the warmth to be found online on a daily basis.

Thanks to those of you who have responded to my request for blog sitters for my trip to see my sisters 15th – 21st of February.. There are some very interesting and entertaining posts already lined up but room for a few more if you are interested.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/it-is-that-time-of-year-again-smorgasbord-blog-sitters-required-part-time-vacancy-15th-20th-february/

The William Price King Music Column Bono and U2

This week we feature some of the iconic hits from the 1980s including “Pride”, “I Will Follow” and “Gloria”.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/william-price-king-music-column-bono-and-u2-part-two-the-early-years/

Paul’s Gardening Column

Our writer in residence is not only a master storyteller but also is a very dab hand in the garden with an encyclopedic knowledge of exotic plants. Here is an introduction to the column and what we can expect.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-about-the-new-gardening-column/

Carol Taylor’s Food Column

Another new column to start this week is on food by Carol Taylor.. This week she introduces the aim of the column and shares the recipe for egg drop soup, just perfect for the current weather.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-introduction-and-egg-drop-soup/

New Series Open House Interviews

The first guest for this new series is author and poet Leslie Tate.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/new-series-smorgasbord-blog-magazine-open-house-interviews-author-leslie-tate/

Sally’s Book Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/smorgasbord-sallys-book-reviews-lindisfarne-project-renova-book-two-by-terry-tyler/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist

This week tracks from Christina Aquilera and Katie Melua.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-with-christina-aquilera-and-katie-melua/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New author on the shelves.

Peter Davidson with his new release offering marital advice to his grandson.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-marital-advice-to-my-grandson-joel-how-to-be-a-husband-your-wife-wont-throw-out-of-the-window-in-the-middle-of-the-night-by-peter-davidson/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore author update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-c-s-boyack-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-sally-cronin-lucinda-e-clarke-and-sandra-j-jackson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-alexis-roseangie-dokos-annika-perry-paulette-mahurin-and-geoff-le-pard/

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives

I have made some adjustments to the guidelines and you can find how to submit your posts here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/happy-new-year-and-the-start-of-the-2018-series-of-smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives/

Jane Risdon shares her visit to the estate of Rudyard Kipling and an encounter with a banana skin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-sleeping-policemen-banana-skins-and-kipling-tales-from-my-jolly-part-one-by-jane-risdon/

A post from my archives on how to use the names from your family tree for your characters.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archivesstuck-for-a-name-for-your-characters-look-no-further-than-your-own-family-tree/

Christy Birmingham looks at the attributes that make a person inspiring.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-what-makes-a-person-inspiring-by-christy-d-birmingham/

Jan Sikes reveals what is contained in the magic bank account that is so much more valuable than we might think.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-achives-the-magic-bank-account-by-jan-sikes/

Judith Barrow shares another of her Holiday Let adventures and this week Tai Chi… by naturists…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-tales-of-our-holiday-lets-or-is-it-really-worth-it-tai-chi-naturists-by-judith-barrow/

Frank Parker shares more Irish History.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-herefordshire-contingent-1-de-lacy-by-frank-parker/

Welcome to the second post from the archives of Lori Bonati-Phillips. It was posted before the elections in the United States in November of 2016 and is definitely worth reading as it demonstrates that although some women in 1964 were pro a woman in the role of President, many still believed that a woman’s place was in the home

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-liberation-by-lori-bonati-phillips/

Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape, shares some tips to avoid inconsistencies in your books that might lead to lost sales.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-you-archives-beware-of-inconsistency-when-publishing-your-books-christopher-graham-the-story-reading-ape/

Welcome to the third post in the the series from Karen Ingalls. Are the photographs that represent your life dark negatives or bright life affirming colours?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-photography-of-life-by-karen-ingalls/

Part two of the diaries of Betty… Elizabeth Lloyd shares her mother’s recollections of her time in Brussels in 1944.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-betty-in-brussels-1944-45-part-one-ww2-by-elizabeth-lloyd/

Health

We have become nations of pill poppers and one of the biggest and most lucrative market for the pharmaceutical companies are pain medications including addictive opioids. This has fuelled an even more lucrative black market for the pills, leading to many thousands of deaths.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/smorgasbord-health-column-painkillers-prescribed-and-over-the-counter-side-effects-and-addiction/

Part three of the series on the Dynamics of Change – The Emotional Being.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/smorgasbord-health-2018-the-dynamics-of-change-emotional-being/

Part four of the series on Seasonal Affective Disorder

seasonal-affective-disorder

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/smorgasbord-health-2018-seasonal-affective-disorder-part-four-immune-system-and-people/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-trivia-and-other-such-things/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-how-to-play-jenga-with-a-cat/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-puppy-lullaby/

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.


I am so pleased that Carol Taylor has joined the blog in a new capacity as the food columnist. I will leave Carol to introduce the topics that she is going to be sharing each week and also a delicious recipe for a delicious soup.

Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.

Hello, I am beyond excited to be asked by Sally to host a cookery column in her new magazine…Thank you Sally x

Many of you know me by now but for this first post on the cookery column I thought I would set up my stall and tell you a little more about myself.

My passion for cooking and writing is all consuming, I love to cook, find new recipes, unusual foods and living here in Thailand I am discovering foods I haven’t seen before, tasted or even heard of.

The world of blogging has also opened up doors for me I am discovering people and foods from all 4 corners of our wonderful world and so many different cuisines…

Everything I make is made from scratch, I use fresh local ingredients in season, dishes which are easy to make, healthy and with no preservatives…I don’t use packets or mixes just food I can cook at home on my cooker.

My recipe portfolio is growing fast as I am meeting people who are happy to share their recipes and many which have been passed down through generations of their families and some have many variations depending on regions and the availability of ingredients.

As this column grows my aim is to bring to you family favourites, but also recipes from Thailand, which I have learnt to cook and have grown to love and also some more unusual dishes made with fruits and vegetables from here…where possible I will give you substitutes if I know it may not be available where you live although many fruits and vegetables are now available around the world…

All foods I use I will have tried and tested and I try most things and some I have been pleasantly surprised that they actually taste nice…taste okay.

Durian Fruit is a great example of this as I have read some horror stories…it is banned from airplanes, hotels, many places have a ban on Durian…Knowing Durian as I do now I think it is mainly because it has an all invading and cloying smell.

The taste however is quite creamy and mild and nothing at all like my expectations of the fruit. It is lovely made into ice-cream and crisps. It is also said to cool the blood.

What I have tried and really don’t like is Phla…which is a fermented fish which looks like a pot of muddy sludge and is banned from our house as the smell of that is awful…Saying that when it is added to food it doesn’t taste like it smells but is still a taste that I don’t like too much…

The smell of that to me is far worse than Durian Fruit and is eaten by many Thais even my young grandson likes it in his Som Tam (Papaya salad)…I don’t!

I hope that you will as cooks will approach some of my recipes with an open mind and you may find that like me they will become firm favourites in your house.

Today I am sharing just one recipe which is for a lovely soup as I know many of you who live in colder climes need something to warm your insides.
This is a soup I discovered when we were on a trip to Nong Khai and has become a firm favourite with us.

As always those of you who know me know I just cannot write a recipe it generally comes with a story…. I hope you enjoy!

EGG DROP SOUP…..

On a recent visit to Nong Khai which sits on the banks of the Mekong River in Northern Thailand…my quest was to find the sculpture park…..I had heard of its magnificent statues and how it was a must see but first of all some sustenance aka Food!

We spied a lovely floating seafood restaurant down some steep steps and over a rickety wooden bridge (planks) we sat down, ordered and waited, and waited, the restaurant was becoming very busy and we waited.

Finally …Food!

Well all except mine…by this time I was even hungrier and also didn’t want to eat on my own …so when everyone had finished ….We just checked our bill and left.

My grandson and my friend wanted to partake in a marvellous looking desert called Bingsu which they had spied on route to the restaurant. It is a mixture of fruit, sauce and dried ice cream.

Me…I didn’t want a dessert; well… firstly I wanted my lunch…. The restaurant was a Vietnamese one and I am not that familiar with the food and don’t really like too much sesame oil (a past) experience and not that good.

So I flicked and flipped through the menu and was getting quite antsy…Who me? Yes!

Everyone ordered their Bingsu and I think the waitress sensed my indecision and pointed to the menu.

The picture …A soup

Anyway…Sometimes when you not expecting a great deal….A little gem appears and what a bowl of lusciousness it was….Tomatoes, chilli, egg, mince , spring onions and Dill…. A virtual assault on my taste buds…

The recipe which I have adapted slightly.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil ( I use coconut)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 3/4 lb ripe tomatoes ( chopped and cored)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/3 lb finely minced pork
  • 1-2 chillies diced diagonally
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 sprigs of coriander or dill
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • Black Pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large pan. Add tomatoes and salt, cover and cook until soft about 4-6 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

Add fish sauce and chillies….I would add I tbsp of fish sauce and taste and adjust seasoning before serving.

Add mince and move around to break up any big clumps.

Add water, bring to boil and skim of any scum that arises.

Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes add spring onions and simmer for another 10 minutes.

If you are not serving immediately then remove from heat and keep lid on.

To Serve:

Bring soup to simmer, Taste and adjust seasoning, fish sauce or salt.

Pour beaten egg into bowl in a wide circle; stir gently to break up in to strings.

Ladle soup into bowl, add a generous sprinkling of pepper and garnish with Coriander or Dill.

Enjoy!

Lastly, a request from me, if you have come across a dish, either at home or when you have been on holiday, or seen a tasty looking dish in a magazine or heard someone talk about it, I would like to hear from you. Also you may have seen an unknown fruit or vegetable on your travels.

Send me a picture or name of the dish or ingredient, and if I don’t recognise it or do not already have a recipe, I will research it for you…

That’s all for this week…I hope you enjoy the soup…let me know in the comments…I love to chat and hear other ideas

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

Connect to Carol

New additional Blog: http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

If you have missed previous posts in the Cook from Scratch series you can find them here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

My thanks to Carol for this wonderful start to her new series and I hope you have enjoyed. Please help share the news by sharing. Thanks Sally