Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Josh Groban, Getting to Know Carol Taylor and Barbara Villiers unveiled.


Welcome to the weekly round up and to get you in the mood, I thought I would kick things off with the wonderful new teaser from William Price King and his new musical collaborator, guitarist Manolis. Really looking forward to sharing the full videos with you over the next few months.

It has been a glorious week here up to yesterday, so I have been in the garden.. Fiddling I think it is called… adding some new plants here and there and I have now been banned from going to the garden centre. I keep coming back with the multi-coloured pots that are so much more decorative than the plain brown ones… blues, purples, pinks to complement my colour scheme this year. Trouble is pots need plants!

We are having our lawn laid in the next couple of weeks and if we get a run of dry weather, the wall which is cracked will be repaired and then brand new fencing. We have been in the house two years next month and we knew we had a job on our hands!  Delighted to only have a couple of inside jobs to do and then the house is finished. Hopefully that will not signal itchy feet as we do like a project.

Anyway, in the meantime I have managed to post a few (I know I bend the rules and post too many!) but hopefully out of the collection you will find one or two that are of interest to you. The reason for creating this as a magazine is that it opens it up to several topics and if you would like to see more than the current offerings let me know.

On with the week…..starting with the regular columnists.

William Price King begins a new series about the American singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban and in the the first post shares this very talented artist’s early years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-josh-groban-the-early-years/

Writer in residence Paul Andruss with Part Two of the Barbara Villier’s Story

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-barbara-villiers-part-2-uncrowned-queen-by-paul-andruss/

This week the Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor has rather a different ingredient.. Carol herself as I decided to share her Getting to Know You in her regular spot. She has quite the stories to tell and my advice….. don’t get in a lift with her!!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-getting-to-know-you/

Getting to Know You – Sunday Interview

Delighted to welcome author Lucinda E. Clarke to the blog today, sharing her experiences of life and work in Africa, with some hair raising moments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-with-author-lucinda-e-clarke/

Personal Stuff.

I continue my letters to my parents from Texas in 1985, having just celebrated our first July 4th.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-july-4th-celebrations-mechanical-bulls-and-tennis/

The final in my Get Caught Getting Reading month and this week Bernard Cornwell, a long time favourite historical author of mine. I have read all of the Saxon Chronicle so far, but review the first The Last Kingdom.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-writers-who-have-inspired-me-bernard-cornwell-and-a-review/

Another background story to my book Just an Odd Job Girl… and this week a ghost and counting peas in the Steak House part two.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-steak-house-counting-peas-and-a-ghost-story-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive Time #Playlist – My 18th Birthday and HMS. Belfast

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-from-the-year-i-was-18-hms-belfastrod-stewart-and-diana-ross/

Another story from my collection Flights of Fancy… Curtains – An old woman recalls her life and reflects on the changing patterns and colours of her bedroom curtains.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-curtains-by-sally-cronin/

And the second story this weekend from the collection features a woman whose marriage has ended and she has escaped to southern Spain to lick her wounds.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-manana-manana-by-sally-cronin-2/

 

A Haiku with image by Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-sun-bows-in-respect-tofino-photography/

Posts from Your Archives – Travel

Author and Financial expert Sharon Marchisello steers us through the complex Cuban currency exchange.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-navigating-cuban-currency-by-sharon-marchisello/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-over-my-dead-body-murder-at-eurovision-a-bebe-bollinger-murder-mystery-by-christoph-fischer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tallis-steelyard-and-the-sedan-chair-caper-by-jim-webster/

Cafe and Bookstore author update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-lorinda-j-taylor-j-e-spina-heather-kindt-and-paulette-mahurin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-frank-parker-gigi-sedlmayer-sally-cronin-and-andrew-joyce/

Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Reviewers

A celebration of the book reviewers who support authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-book-reviewers-barb-taub-for-judith-barrow-m-j-mallon-for-annette-rochelle-aben-linda-hill-for-katherine-clements-and-liz-lloyd-rbrt-for-rachel-walkley/

Health column

The difference between an allergy and an intolerance and some of the culprit foods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/smorgasbord-health-column-food-allergies-or-intolerances-the-difference/

There is a great deal of research going on around the effects of a Vitamin D deficiency which is linked to autism, brain disease, IBS, and cancer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/smorgasbord-health-column-vitamin-d-deficiency-links-to-cancer-hormone-balance-sad-autism-and-ibs/

Crash dieting does your body no good, in the short or the long term… avoid the blandishments of the magazine headlines and the latest celebrity diet and ease yourself into your swimsuit healthily and nutritionally.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/smorgasbord-health-column-forget-crash-diets-ease-your-body-into-that-swimsuit-this-summer/

Humour and afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-lassie-in-slow-motion/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-fifty-sheds-of-grey-tree-hugging-and-one-liners/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-a-few-irish-jokes-and-one-liners-part-one-1-30/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-three-cats-in-discussion-about-the-neighbours-i-think/

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Getting to Know You.


I know that you were expecting some new and delicious recipes here today from our resident cookery expert Carol Taylor… however, I thought instead that I would share Carol’s Getting to Know you post instead. Since you were already here!!!

Carol and I teamed up a year ago for a cook from scratch series (expect that to be reshared at some point). And then as the blog moved towards a more magazine style, I suggested that Carol might like to be the food columnist. Since the beginning of the year we have been treated to recipes for many of our favourite ingredients but also some of the more exotic offerings of her home in Thailand. Always beautifully presented and easy to follow.

Carol’s column directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

Before Carol shares the five questions that she has chosen for her interview, here is a little more about her.

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

Time for you to put your feet up as Carol shares her craziest moment, phobia, her childhood lessons about life, singing and favourite vegetable…..

What can you tell us about your craziest experience?

Come on when you get to my age how on earth do you pick one let alone remember your craziest experience? Was it sitting at the top of the highest ever sand dune in Lancelin WA knowing that there was only one way down? Nope! Was it completing all 26.2 miles around London for the Moon Walk…Close.

I was taken by a friend, and yes we are still friends, to an Improv night, which I hadn’t to my knowledge ever heard of. The only person I knew was my friend Annie. One of the exercises was being in a lift with others. This lift was of course fictional, and the aim was to, for want of a better word, get on the nerves of the other people in that lift, which by the way was stuck.

I chose to have a screaming baby, and I think my impression of that said baby was awesome as I tried to pacify it. There were also other various exercises to perform and what got into me that night I shall never know!  It was the best and craziest fun I have ever had…ever … I do think Annie saw me in a different light that night. The actress in me was born…a crazy night..

Do you have any Phobias?

Those who know me well know by now that I don’t do processed anything or trust anyone (manufacturers) in particular. Where did that start? I put it down to this most traumatic childhood experience. Every year without fail we went to Great Yarmouth and stayed in a B & B.  This particular night we had meat pies lovingly homemade… I cut into mine and all this green stuff oozed out.

My protests were cut short by my father, “Shut up and eat it”.

What happened? The lady who made the pies had pastry left over and made herself a lovely greengage jam pie. Which was the pie I received in error, except I also got the gravy.  The rest is history…

Have you ever played or sung in public?

Both… I used to love playing my grandmothers piano every night after school I would walk to my Nan’s and practise. I loved it!

I was also a choir girl and nothing made me happier than when my oldest son joined the choir at the same church. We used to have our Easter and Christmas pageants and one time I was picked to sing a solo.

I practised and practised until we got to the dress rehearsal; all was fine, then I just dried up…couldn’t sing. The choir master came up with a brilliant idea and asked one of the other girls to sing with me. The opening night came and we all sang and performed and then came our duet. It took me a few bars until I realised that the other (preplanned) girl had stopped singing, but by then I was in full throttle and carried on. My first solo.

What did you learn from your grandparents?

 

Carol’s grandparents, and her mother as a baby.

I loved nothing more than spending my school holidays on my Granddad’s farm he taught me how to milk the cows and my grandma taught me how to cook on her Aga…my first foray into the world of cookery…

I loved every minute and I now think I am back to my roots …I used to run behind the baler and stack the hay, pick peas and potatoes. I learnt so much…

The one thing my Grandfather told me was never eat Veal as the cows were born to die…and I know now, that yes eventually they will die, but not to be born and then die to provide Veal. He was very much against that and the process involved in making foie gras and I have never to my knowledge and never will eat veal or foie gras.

What is your favourite vegetable and how do you like it prepared?

Quite simply Runner Beans. I love all vegetables and in the main just simply steamed, raw or with a lovely simple sauce.

I remember picking runner beans as a child and I can still see my dad’s neat rows of canes shaped like a wigwam … the beans’ little tendrils curling around the canes as they climbed to the top.

Those little red flowers which turned into the loveliest of beans.How I like to eat them. Just strung, sliced and lightly steamed and served with a little proper butter.  Plain, simple but delicious.

Well that was hard Sally…I could have opted to choose a few of the others but I am so opinionated on certain subjects that there would have been no stopping me… I opted for safe ones. xxx

My thanks to Carol for sharing her experiences and I am sure that you enjoyed as much as I did. She will be back again next week with her regular column.

You can connect to Carol here:

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

I am sure that Carol will love to answer your questions and read your comments. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Personal thoughts on the week’s events and Jazz, Tulips, Pork, Reading and the Himalayas


Welcome to the weekly round up and it has been a week of two extremes. The sadness and horror of more young people killed in a place where they should all feel safe in Texas, and the opulence and joy of a royal wedding.

The first is a problem that is not just confined to the United States, as violence and bullying in schools seems to be universal. We keep applying plasters to the symptoms, but do not seem to be able to resolve the underlying root cause of such anger, and the inability to communicate without aggression. I have no answers; only ideas, but surely some of the brightest minds in the world could get together, and come up with some constructive ways to prevent this sort of tragedy from happening in any of our educational establishments.

The royal wedding yesterday was an example of how centuries of tradition and customs that have been passed down within a constitution, can be modified and amended to enable new and more relevant inclusions which work. Proclamations and edicts issued 500 years ago and amendments to constitutions written in 1791 had their relevance in those times. Change is necessary and for those young people that are paying the price for our alleged ‘rights’, it cannot come soon enough. And that applies in the UK where our own capital has now become a murder hotspot, with acid and knives being the weapons of choice.

That change needs to take place not just in schools, and the way that we teach children, but in the home, where the fundamentals of socialisation need to be established by good parenting. How we achieve that will require a massive social and educational shift. I know from experience that there are amazing teachers and parents who inspire, motivate and prepare their pupils and children to enter the world as responsible adults. Many of them are bloggers here on WordPress sharing their expertise and ideas. Sharing their posts with your own readers is a very good start to the change process.

And the most important element for me towards this change, is that we need to stop giving those who perpetuate these acts of violence their 15 minutes of fame, and instead take every opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the millions of young people, who are inspiring and motivating.

Along with the usual videos of music and humour; I am going to share some videos of amazing young people.

I don’t often use my blog as a platform to share my views on politics or other social issues, but today I felt that I could not mention my enjoyment of the royal wedding without paying respect to the young people and their families in Texas, where David and I were so warmly welcomed back in the 1980s.

Now on with this week’s round up of contributors, guests and of course, not forgetting those of you who have kindly been in to like, comment and share.

On that subject, with the GDPR coming into force on the 25th, you will find a note at the end of each post about the subject.

Because of the actions of a few of the large Internet players, we are now all being held responsible for their actions. Our privacy online is a very hot issue. We all know that when we are online and interact with a website, that our data is being collected. With the responsible websites, such as WordPress, this is to ensure the smooth running of the platform.

I have a privacy statement in the menu: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/privacy-statement-please-read/

This contains the links to both Jetpack and Automatic who provide services to WordPress, outlining what information is gathered and how it is used.

I have also added my assurances that I will not pass on your information to a third party, or misuse.

I do hope that this new regulation will not result in readers of blogs from leaving feedback on posts. It is one of the fundamental elements of blogging that allows interaction and communication between us all. Something we need more of and not less in this world.

Thank you for taking the time to read my views today… your visit is appreciated and here are the posts from the week you might have missed.

The Music Column with William Price King –

So far on the Music Column this year, William has featured Bono and U2, Madonna, Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin. Next week a new series with the music of Josh Groban.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/william-price-king-music-column-the-artists-so-far-bono-and-u2-madonna-johnny-mathis-and-aretha-franklin/

Paul Andruss – The Gardening Column.

Paul Andruss treated us to an extra post this week with the history and varieties of the beautiful Tulip.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-gardening-column-extra-tulipmania-by-paul-andruss/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor who shares a sure fired way to crisp up that crackling on your roast pork and other fabulous recipes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-pork-perfect/

The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie

For various reasons we can find ourselves in a reading desert.. too much going on at work, relationships and online! It can be tough to leap back into reading novels.. but Jessica offers hope in how we can revive that reading feeling…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-youve-lost-that-reading-feeling/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You – Balroop Singh

This week my special guest is author, poet, book reviewer and blogger Balroop Singh.  Balroop is a wonderful supporter of other writers and I have been delighted to share her insightful and constructive reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-author-poet-and-book-reviewer-balroop-singh/

 

Personal Stuff.

Get Caught Reading Month and another author who has inspired me.. Dorothy Parker was born before her time… and today I share two of her poems and some of her quotations that have inspired me to write.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-writers-who-inspired-me-dorothy-parker/

This week on Odd Jobs and Characters, I share the events that took place when I was in my management training programme with a steak house chain. ‘The Night of The Mouse’ and the aftermath.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-steak-house/

Short stories – another from my collection Flights of Fancy.

A woman in a farmhouse on a Welsh hillside offers kindness to another.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-trust-by-sally-cronin/

Letters From America – 1985 – 1987 – A baby arrives and I meet a new friend at the pool.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-a-new-baby-arrives-and-i-meet-debbie-around-the-pool/

Finally Spring has arrived in my garden… some of the colour that has erupted with a few days of sunshine.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-finally-spring-has-arrived-in-my-garden/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlists #Music to get the weekend started.

The last of the request shows… and back to the usual posts next Friday.  This week requests from Jacquie Biggar, John Rieber, Judy E. Martin and Janice Spina

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-your-weekend-started-requests-from-requests-from-jacquie-biggar-john-rieber-judy-e-martin-and-janice-spina/

Posts from your Archives – Travel

This week Debby Gies shares her photographs from her cruise to the Caribbean.. and coming back through Canadian Customs.. where they have a special lane.. just for her!

St. Kitts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-caribbean-and-canada-customs-by-d-g-kaye/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

This week Craig Boyack.. C.S. Boyack celebrates the release of his latest book. The Yak Guy Project.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-book-on-the-shelves-the-yak-guy-project-by-c-s-boyack/

Poet Ali Whitelock introduces us to her latest release – And my heart crumples like a coke can.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelvesand-my-heart-crumples-like-a-coke-can-by-ali-whitelock/

A warm welcome to novelist Elle Boca and her Weeia series of novels.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-gypsies-tramps-and-weeia-the-weeia-marshals-book-1-by-elle-boca/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Meet the Reviewers. 

A celebration of those who take the time to review our work and help us sell books.

Cathy Ryan

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-reviewers-judith-barrow-for-thorne-moore-balroop-singh-for-deborah-a-bowman-robbie-cheadle-for-john-w-howell-and-cathy-ryan-for-abigail-osborne/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Authors in the cafe with recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sue-coletta-vashti-quiroz-vega-geoff-le-pard-and-william-luvaas/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updatejacquie-biggar-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-sarah-brentyn-and-brigid-p-gallagher/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Food in the news… heart and stress – good news for dark chocolate lovers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-health-column-food-in-the-news-heart-and-stress-good-news-for-dark-chocolate-lovers/

Heart health and stress – strategies to help save your life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-health-column-heart-and-stress-strategies-to-help-save-your-life/

Vitamin D is a multi-functional nutrient that we need for some very important reactions with in the body to keep us health and our structure strong.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-vitamin-d-bones-immune-system-arthritis-and-hormones/

The next in the series of ancient healing therapies – Acupuncture..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-health-column-ancient-healing-therapies-acupuncture/

Humour and Afternoon Video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-whose-been-sleeping-in-my-bed-meow/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-last-wishes-quickies-and-sports-injuries/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-talking-dog-and-pizza-hut/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-pharmacists-and-side-effects/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-talking-dog-wants-an-award-and-he-should-have-one/

I hope that you have enjoyed the posts this week, and would of course love to hear from you. Thanks Sally

Before I finish I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Bloggers Bash Awards that took place in London yesterday. So sorry not to have been there but I hear it was a great day. I was very honoured to have been nominated in the Best Overall Blog Category.

If you would like to find out who the winners are in the various categories you can find them here: http://sachablack.co.uk/2018/05/19/the-winners-of-the-2018-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-are-bloggersbash/

and I will leave the last word to the Kid President 20 things we should say more often.

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


 

Pork! Perfect!

Welcome once again to Carol’s Cookery column and this week it’s one of our family’s favourite meats after Beef (now) I have found a butcher… I do hope that you enjoyed the Beef recipes last week.

Perfect pork crackling eludes many, and there is many a time when I am screaming at the screen when those cookery contestants don’t get their crackling crispy…

How to get perfect Pork crackling every time.

Nothing is better than perfectly crisp Pork Crackling.

How to achieve it, well, it’s easy!

When you buy your Pork, look for pork which has a layer of fat underneath the skin (this) produces the best crackling.

It has to be thinly scored, for this, I actually use a Stanley Knife and woe betides anyone who uses it for D.I.Y.

The piece of Pork I have pictured is a piece of Belly Pork approx 2 kilos and we scored it and then rolled it.

Right let’s go,

  1. Heat oven and set to 250C.
  2. Next, take a small amount of oil and rub into the skin.
  3. Then generously salt the skin making sure you rub it well into the fat.
  4. You will notice on mine there is sage as we always add herbs to ours.
  5. But just salt is fine.
  6. Put in very hot oven until skin starts to blister up.
  7. If you tap with a knife you can hear it or once you get used to it you can see it blistering up.
  8. But keep an eye on it (as my pic) below shows I took my eye of the ball and burnt the edges.
  9. Reduce heat of the oven to about 170 degrees for the remainder of cooking time which depends on the size and cut off your pork. Pork loin cooks quicker.

You should now have a lovely piece of Pork with crispy crackling and lovely melt in your mouth pork.

Next is one of my favourites and also my favourite rice is when I add some herbs.

Orange Pork with Watercress Rice.

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
  • 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 a 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.

Garnish with the crispy ginger and watercress sprigs.

This was very nice, I wasn’t sure about watercress, but the heat of the rice just wilted the watercress, and even hubby liked it….Me, I might add some chilli flakes next time…Just saying…

Pork ribs are the men folks favourite in this house and the dogs as he gets the bones…

Braised Pork Ribs.

This is by far the best recipe I have eaten so far for ribs. I nearly didn’t eat them as I am not a fan of chewing on a rib, however, the meat on these was so moist and soft it just fell off the bone. We cooked it as one whole piece rather than cut the ribs into portions.

Ingredients:

  • A 2-kilo piece of Pork Rib.
  • For the marinade.
  • 160 ml Hoisin sauce
  • 4 tbsp BLACK Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice and the grated zest.
  • 4 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 10cm piece of fresh ginger julienned
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-star anise

Let’s Cook!

  1. Mix all of the above ingredients together.
  2. Then paint over the rack of ribs and put in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate and absorb all those lovely flavours.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees.
  4. Cover the dish with foil and cook the ribs for 2 ½ to 3 hrs, basting the meat occasionally.
  5. When nice and tender remove from the oven and portion up and those lovely leftover juices from the pan we drizzled over the ribs and served them with a mixed salad, potato salad, and beetroot.

A finger bowl and serviettes were required as they made for quite a messy eating but very enjoyable and we would definitely make them again.

Enjoy!

These spicy rice balls are a lovely way to use up any leftover cooked rice and are quite delicious. They are one of the first things I was taught to cook by my daughter in law more years ago than I care to remember. Whenever we have a party or anything they are one of the first things to be eaten, adults and kids alike they love them.

We had these last night and we did have a couple left over….. Guess what I have just had with some ginger and chilli, lime juice squeezed over it and wrapped in a white cabbage leaf… all the Thai flavours and textures…so yummy!

Spicy Pork, rice and coconut balls.

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm cold cooked rice.
  • 250 gm minced pork.
  • 150 gm coconut flesh. I have a funny little gadget that I bought long ago and I scrape the flesh out of a fresh coconut…
  • 1-3 tbsp of red curry paste.
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar.
  • 2 eggs beaten.

Let’s Cook!

  1. Mix all ingredients together it will be slightly sticky.
  2. With wet hands shape the mixture into medium sized balls about 3-4 cm.
  3. Heat the oil until hot but not smoking as the outside will cook before the inside and cook rice balls 15-20 minutes until brown and cooked through.

Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these Pork recipes until next time…stay safe , have fun and laugh a lot xxx

Another fantastic collection of recipes and my thanks to Carol for spending so much time in the kitchen again this week, creating such tempting dishes.

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-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/

Thank you for dropping in today and Carol would be delighted to answer any of your questions and we always enjoy your feedback. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Late Spring Bulbs, Corned Beef and Esme’s Party Piece.. and that’s just for starters…


Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts that you might have missed. I have been editing Tales from the Irish Garden and breaking that up with time in said garden, planting pots and (if I am honest) sitting in patches of sunlight reading! It is another lovely day here so will be doing the same, as around here one is not really sure if this is ‘summer’ and you need to make the most of it.

We have some major work coming up with contractors in to lay a lawn and add some new fencing. We have been in the house two years in June and these will be the last of the major renovations…really looking forward to having the garden in bloom again.

As usual the posts this week do not all originate from my keyboard, and a huge thank you to the contributors for their commitment to delivering fabulous posts.

William Price King finished his series on the legend, Aretha Franklin in style on Wednesday, with plenty of tracks to bring back memories and to dance to. There is a slight break this week but then from the 23rd, William will be sharing the story behind the talented singer and songwriter, Josh Groban.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-up-to-date/

Paul Andruss shared some stunning images of late Spring bulbs that brought some colour into our lives, especially those of us who have been waiting rather a long time for spring to even begin!  The gardening column is clearly popular and don’t forget that our resident expert is happy to answer your questions. Not just for those of us in the UK and Ireland but across the world.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-light-up-your-life-with-brilliant-late-spring-bulbs/

Carol Taylor enticed us and informed us with her post this week on the glories of beef.. in a Strogranoff, Corned and in the fabulous Thai Salad Nam Doc Nua… again if you have questions about any of the recipes or any food or cookery queries then fire away.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-recipes-beef-stroganoff-corned-beef-thai-beef-salad-nam-doc-nua/

Esme’s Party Piece… the health issues common to the specific zodiac signs and foods that are a good idea to include regularly.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-health-and-foods-for-your-zodiac-sign/

The Getting to Know you Sunday Show.

My guest today is the generous, forthright and passionate advocate for civil liberties, The Militant Negro™. Not a day goes by when one or more of my posts are shared on his eclectic blog and I know that I am just one amongst many have reason to be grateful for his kindness. You will find the arts, poetry, fiction as well as down to earth and compelling documentation of the the many civil rights violations that are part of all our cultures.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-the-militant-negro/

Sally’s Book Reviews

If you are a frequent visitor to the blog you will have seen D.G. Kaye… Debby Gies here many times as a contributor, commenter and supporter. It is no secret that we are friends. This however, does not influence my views on her books, and this applies to her most recent release. Twenty Years: After “I Do” : Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-twenty-years-after-i-do-by-d-g-kaye/

Posts from Your Archives – Travel with D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies

Time for the third of Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye’s travel posts. I would love to be a fly on the wall when she is traveling. Apart from her usual finesse with the check-in and carry on bags, there is the matter of the toxic passengers and glares over protective masks.. You don’t mess with Debby that is for sure.. As to the bathroom facilities…..aghhhhhhhh.

D.G. Kaye Arizona

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archivesflight-manifesto-with-d-g-kaye-debby-gies/

Personal Stuff – Letters from America

We were now into June of 1985 and getting the hang of things. We had met more people in the apartments and were planning our next trip later in the summer.  I also send photographs of our trip to Disney World to my parents.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-photos-from-disney-adventure-alone-in-america-new-arrival-by-sally-cronin/

Flights of Fancy – Short Story Collection

A woman is accused of murder.. and this is her response…..Getting Away with Murder

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-getting-away-with-murder-by-sally-cronin/

A recently purchased cottage is waiting for one more member of the family to arrive to make it perfect – The Other Side of Heaven.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/smorgasbord-short-stories-flights-of-fancy-the-other-side-of-heaven-by-sally-cronin/

Get Caught Reading Month – Authors who have inspired me – Jean M. Auel – Earth Children Series.

These books did not just inspire me to continue writing, but to explore my own heritage, back 20,000 years to a woman’s bones in a cave in the southern France, northern Spain region.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/sally-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-authors-who-have-inspired-me-jean-m-auel-clan-of-the-cave-bear/

Another background story to my characters and jobs in Just an Oldd Job Girl. Originally hosted by Diana Wallace Peach. This week the cosmetic department.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-department-store-part-two-the-cosmetic-department/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – The requests from readers over the last few weeks.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-requests-from-annette-rochelle-aben-n-a-granger-jan-sikes-judith-barrow-and-darlene-foster/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-cruel-romance-a-novel-of-love-and-war-by-marina-osipova/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelvesguilt-my-companion-by-chuck-jackson/

Author Update – Recent Reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-christine-campbell-karen-ingalls-olga-nunez-miret-bette-a-stevens-and-a-t-balsara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-lyn-horner-sandra-j-jackson-mae-clair-and-lucinda-e-clarke/

Meet the Reviewers.. A celebration of those who take the time to review and support the books of authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-book-reviewers-colleen-chesebro-with-d-wallace-peach-olga-nunez-miret-with-mallory-james-richard-blake-with-joan-ohagan-and-d-g-kaye-with-michael-wolff/

Health Column

The right balance of LDL – Low density lipoprotein (potentially unhealthy cholesterol) and HDL– High density lipoprotein (healthy cholesterol).

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-health-column-cholesterol-parttwo-the-fats-and-the-myths-by-sally-cronin/

One of the most common contributory factors to heart disease is stress… finding the right balance in our lives and diet is essential to reduce the risk of acute stress becoming a permanent state.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-health-column-heart-health-and-the-stress-connection/

The next vitamin in the Nutrients we Need series is Vitamin C which is involved in over 3000 processes in the body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-that-we-need-vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid-involved-in-over-3000-processes-in-the-body/

The start of a new series of ancient healing therapies – this week Reflexology.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-health-column-ancient-healing-therapies-reflexology/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-the-ultimate-dog-talking-video/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-watch-what-you-say-and-do/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-your-dog-yoga-masterclass-sign-me-up/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-church-bake-sale-bachelor-parties-and-tick-warning/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-a-dog-wants-a-kitty/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Recipes Beef Stroganoff, Corned Beef, Thai Beef Salad ( Nam Doc Nua)


Welcome to Carol’s cookery column I have just discovered a lovely little shop which sell Thai/French beef…Now I am not a great beef eater at all but this beef has the best taste and I could quite easily have eaten so much more… I have my old, old recipe for Beef Stroganoff, a recipe I have been making for about 50 years and I have tried to remember where I got that recipe from with no success… I have trawled books and the internet and have found many versions none the same as mine…so I decided that even way back then I was experimenting…

My original recipe was sliced rump steak, onions, mushrooms, cream, white wine and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Onions in the pan then the steak, quickly cooked, add the mushrooms, cream and wine , copious amounts of black pepper and served with rice.

Quick and easy it only took as long as the rice took to cook.

My updated recipe ( deconstructed) Beef Stroganoff…My way

Ingredients:

1 kilo of porterhouse steak..cooked just medium rare or cooked to your choice , rested and then sliced.

For the sauce:

  • 250 gm ( or 500 gm – see comments) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 med brown onion sliced
  • Double cream
  • White wine…a non fruity one.
  • Black pepper
  • Butter and olive oil

N.B I apologise now for my vagueness over quantities but I just add some wine…and a bit more and then the cream…Then Taste.

To serve… Serve over rice with some steamed vegetables normally broccoli and cauliflower. The sauce is thin and we decided that we prefer it that way so I do not thicken it.

It is one recipe which I am pleased I updated as cooking the steak separately means you can choose how you prefer your beef cooked and with the char it tastes so much better than a lovely piece of steak stewed in the wine and cream…

This really is a tried tested and much loved recipe in this house and even hubby much preferred the updated recipe.

This is quick and easy to make I have also made it with Pork fillet and have replaced the wine with brandy just for a change…

Enjoy!

My next recipe was my dad’s favourite..Corned Beef and Cabbage.

But there is not a corn in sight in that beef…. The name originated from way back in history when large grains of salt were used to cure the beef which were known as ” corns ”

For the Brine:

  • A Cup of salt
  • A Cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of each coriander seeds, mustard seeds and black peppercorns.
  • 1 1/2 tbsp All spice
  • 4 sprigs Marjoram
  • 4 sprigs Thyme

For the pot:

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil Extra virgin
  • 1 onion halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 carrots coarsely chopped
  • A head of garlic halved
  • 1 head of celery chopped leaves and all.
  • 3 sprigs of marjoram
  • 1 cabbage cut into 6/8 wedges.
  • 2 1/2- 3lb piece of beef brisket

For the brine:

Combine the brine ingredients except for the all spice, in a non metallic bowl . Add the brisket and rub with the spice mix. Pour cold water over the beef until the meat is just covered. You may need to put a small plate on top to weight the meat down whilst brining. Cover and refrigerate.

The meat can left overnight or for up to 10 days but the longer you leave it the more the meat is pickled ..I leave it 2/3 days.

When the meat is brined heat the olive oil in a large pan add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, marjoram and bay leaves, cook gently for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.

Remove the meat from the brine and rinse well.

Put the meat on top of the softened vegetables and add just enough water to cover the meat. Bring to the boil and skim any foam which rises to the top. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes then add the cabbage wedges, cover and put in the oven and cook for 3 hours.

When the meat is cooked remove from the pan and cover with foil…allow the meat to rest for 20 minutes.

In the meantime cook some baby carrots, parsnips, turnips and scrubbed new potatoes in some olive oil and butter ( and a cup of water)this takes about 20 minutes.

To serve:

Trim any excess fat from the meat and slice the beef against the grain. Serve in a shallow bowl with the cabbage wedges and a little cooking water. You may want to thicken this slightly. Serve with a side of baby vegetables tossed in some herb butter.

Lovely! My mum used to cook this for my dad on high days and holidays and any leftovers made a lovely sandwich with lots of horseradish…

Lastly…Well I can’t go without using a chilli or two….Can I??

Our favourite Thai salad… Thai Beef Salad ( Nam Doc Nua)

Serves 2. Ingredients:

  • 300gm Tenderloin Beef.
  • 1 sm red Onion or 2/3 shallots.
  • 2 Spring Onions.
  • 2 medium tomatoes or 8/10 cherry toms.
  • 1 sm cucumber.
  • 2 sprigs mint.
  • Big handful of Coriander.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies chopped.
  • 1 lime.
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.

Let’s Cook!

Grill the tenderloin medium rare or however you prefer your steak.
While steak is cooking chop salad into small pieces and chop coriander including the stalks.

To prepare the Mint take leaves off stems.

When steak cooked to your liking slice into thin strips.

Mix gently into chopped salad then add the coriander, mint leaves and chillies.

Stir in fish sauce and squeeze in lime juice.Taste.

Taste as personally I like more fish sauce and chillies but as the taste of chillies can vary then it is better to add less, taste and adjust seasoning if required.

This can also be made with chicken or pork although beef is the preferred meat in our house and more so now I have discovered the Thai/French beef which has a far superior flavour.

Traditionally this salad is served with Thai sticky rice.

I hope you have enjoyed these Beef recipes and if you have any variations on these …like Beef Strogonoff we would love to hear about them.

Until next week xxx

Another amazingly varied post from Carol and as Beef stroganoff is one of my favourite dishes, I will be making this weekend. By the way I made the Brussel Sprout soup from last week’s column and it was delicious…..

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-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/

Thank you for dropping in today and Carol would be delighted to answer any of your questions and we always enjoy your feedback. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Update. – Aretha Franklin, Restoration Women, Hot Soup and Texas Thunderstorms


Another week gone but one with some sunshine which is always worth celebrating. I have also finished writing Tales from the Irish Garden and phase one is over. Catching my breath and then back into each chapter to tidy up and elaborate before another run through for the first edit. I really don’t mind this part and at least I am on target to publish mid-summer.

I am so grateful for the amazing columnists who contribute to the blog each week and it would not be the same without them.

Great to have William Price King back after his week away and we just have one more post to come in the Aretha Franklin series. I am delighted that it has brought so many memories back and thank you for your comments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-the-1970s/

Paul Andruss posted on his own site this week.. Plight of the Restoration Women.. when your money and assets belonged to the man you married. A companion piece to last week’s post here on Barbara Villiers.

Elizabeth Pepys by Rita Greer 2007 (Historical Painter)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/writer-in-residence-companion-post-to-barbara-viliers-plights-of-restoration-women-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor, like so many has been battling a chesty cough but still managed to get into the kitchen and produce some of her delicious soup recipes, it may be spring but the weather is still a bit cool and soups make perfect light lunches.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-delicious-warming-soup/

The Sunday Interview Getting to Know You.

Welcome to the Sunday interview and this week my guest is poet Ritu Bhathal who I enjoyed meeting at last year’s Bloggers Bash in London. And it was fantastic to be there when she won the Best Overall Blog Award 2017. Find out more about her phobias, her love of dusting!…. her passion for singing and meet her cat..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-poet-ritu-bhathal/

My personal stuff – Letters from America.

The weather becomes more turbulent in Houston. with the hot humid days and we experience our first thunderstorms and torrential rain. My friend Kelly’s due date comes closer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-thunderstorms-texas-style-pool-antics-and-birth-coach-on-standby/

Posts from my archives – Short stories – Odd Jobs and characters.

This week I work in the shoe department of our local store and find that I am still using x-ray equipment and some ladies do not wear knickers!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/smorgasbord-short-stories-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-shoe-department-by-sally-cronin/

Get Caught Reading Month – Authors who inspired me to writer –  The books of Wilbur Smith.

Since my teens I have read and collected the books of Wilbur Smith. As part of Get Caught Reading Month, I will be sharing some of his work and three other authors who inspired me to write.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-get-caught-reading-month-authors-who-inspired-me-wilbur-smith-memoir-on-leopard-rock/

Sally’s Friday Drive Time Playlist – more of your requests.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-the-requests-part-two/John Howell, Annette Rochelle Aben, D.G. Kaye and Judy E. Martin

Short Stories – Tales from the Garden – Mollie’s Gardens.

My mother loved her gardens and in this post I share some of her memories spanning 94 years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-mollie-the-duchess-coleman-by-sally-cronin/

Posts from Your Archives

Debby Gies, D.G.Kaye shares another of her entertaining and informative travel posts. The joys of carry on luggage and the moving goal posts of their dimensions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-joys-of-travel-not-by-d-g-kaye/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-impending-disaster-by-colin-guest/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-jericho-prophesy-book-one-of-the-eternal-realm-by-fiona-tarr/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updatestevie-turner-m-j-mallon-terry-tyler-and-phillip-t-stephens/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-deborah-a-bowman-matthew-drzymala-angie-dokos-and-john-w-howell/

Meet the Book Reviewers

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-meet-the-bookreviewers-d-g-kaye-for-kathy-steinemann-barb-taub-for-terry-tyler-robbie-cheadle-for-ben-woodard-m-j-mallon-for-sacha-de-black-and-jan-sikes-for-nonnie-jul/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Aromatherapy – Marjoram essential oil – Muscles and stress.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-health-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-marjoram-essential-oil-muscles-and-stress/

Our heart is very dependent on us to provide it with the nutrient it needs to do its vital job of keeping us alive. It does not ask for much…just lots of fresh food, prepared from scratch and less packages, cans and bottles.

Our heart is only as good as the food we eat……

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/smorgasbord-health-column-our-heart-is-only-as-good-as-the-food-we-eat/

A-Z of nutrients that we need to be healthy – Vitamin B12.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/smorgasbord-health-column-b12-cyanocolbalamin-cell-health-dna-and-sleep/

Why we need cholesterol….

gnet.org

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/smorgasbord-health-column-cholesterol-part-one-an-essential-substance-our-bodies-need-by-sally-cronin/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-perhaps-a-cuddly-rabbit-might-be-the-answer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-writing-witticisms-and-nonsense/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-more-animals-making-music-well-noise/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-time-and-motion-study-last-wishes-and-grand-parenting-tips/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-meet-an-amazing-service-dog/

Thank you so much for dropping in today and as always my thanks for the amazing support and feedback. Enjoy your week and see you soon. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Delicious Warming Soup.


Delicious Warming Soup.

Soup can be eaten whatever the weather as a starter or as a snack and even as a main meal if it is a substantial one served with lots of fresh crusty bread.

I know that many of you are experiencing icy cold temperatures and even snow still so I thought that a few soups would be nice to help warm those tummies and hopefully help to keep away those nasty bugs and which are also easy to make.

For those of you who are experiencing warmer weather some soups as well as no matter what the weather I enjoy a bowl of soup…Don’t you???

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.

Firstly though a soup for which I have many happy memories of the luscious soup my mum used to make with the leftover turkey carcass…Do you????

Chicken/ Turkey Carcass Soup.

Ingredients:

• Turkey/Chicken Carcass
• 2 large onions chopped
• 4 carrots chopped and divided into 2 halves
• 3 potatoes chopped
• 1-2 cups rough chopped cabbage
• 3 celery stalks 2 rough chopped and one cut into bite sized pieces
• A Cup uncooked barley or mixed dried lentils
• Sprig fresh thyme
• 1 bay leaf
• Cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
• ¼ tsp poultry seasoning
• ¼ tsp paprika
• Worcestershire sauce (optional)
• Salt and pepper to season
• Water to cover carcass.

N.B. You can use any vegetables which you have available sometimes I add some Swede or turnip it depends what I have ….anything goes sweet corn…just some examples…What do you use?????

Let’s Cook!

In a large pot put the chicken carcass and cover with water add your roughly cut carrot, onion, a bay leaf and thyme sprig bring the water to the boil reduce heat to very low and simmer for 2 hours.

Take the turkey bones out of the pot and pick off any meat. If required chop the meat and reserve. Throw away the bones and strain the broth through a fine sieve reserving the liquid and discarding the cooked vegetable.

In a clean soup pot add the strained broth add the remaining raw chopped vegetables carrot, onion, celery, potato, cabbage) parsley, barley, and simmer for an hour until the vegetables are tender. Adjust seasoning and add Worcestershire sauce if using.

My mum would sometimes add dumplings or we would eat with fresh crusty bread.

It is a lovely soup basically using leftovers and my kids still love this and remind me sometimes of their memories of eating this soup….

Pumpkins or Squash is available everywhere and makes a lovely soup… This is one of my favourite recipes and I know that ingredients like shrimp paste can now be bought in Asian stores around the world or purchased online…

This Pumpkin soup can be served in small individual pumpkins for a special occasion. The soup will be then sure to bring some Oohhs and ahhs from your guests. You can also use crab meat instead of prawns or use them both for a pumpkin seafood soup. Recipe will serve 4 persons.

Ingredients:

• 1 tsp white peppercorns
• 2 coriander roots
• 400 gm pumpkin, peeled and cut in 2 cm cubes
• 2 stalks lemongrass, finely sliced
• 2 small onions, diced
• 1 tsp fermented shrimp paste
• 300 ml shrimp stock
• 700 ml coconut cream
• 1 tbsp lime juice
• 2 tbsp roasted chilli paste
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 1 tsp coconut sugar
• 16 prawns or shrimps, peeled and deveined, or crab meat
• A handful of fresh basil leaves (reserve some to garnish)
• 2 tbsp coconut oil/ or oil of your choice, to stir-fry

Let’s Cook!

Pound the peppercorns and coriander roots to a smooth paste.

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, stir fry peppercorn/coriander paste, pumpkin, lemongrass, onions and shrimp paste for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend with shrimp stock until smooth. Pour it into the saucepan, add coconut cream and bring to a slow boil. Then, on low heat, add the seasoning: lime, chilli paste, fish sauce, sugar. Mix well, add prawns, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Taste to see if any extra seasoning is required, and then remove the pan from the heat.

Just before serving, stir in basil leaves. Garnish with a sprinkle of extra basil leaves.

N.B. On a recent trip to the UK my son found coconut milk was not 100% as it is here where I live…If you can only get a coconut milk which is not 100% then do not boil as it will separate just slowly bring it to a soft boil.

Today I braved the rain…dodged the spots as it was time for our 90 day report at immigration but it was a 2 minute job which was lucky and then to market and I got some lovely fresh coconut milk freshly squeezed and some lovely fresh green curry paste it is such a vibrant green when freshly made I am also guessing not for the faint-hearted I am sure it will pack a punch but just nice for out green curry tonight.

I am chatting away again and forgetting that I am writing recipes out for you…

The next one is a lovely Thai chicken soup with coconut milk and of course chillies, lemongrass, galangal and all the other spices which make up the delicious Thai flavours.

I know that young D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies  loves this soup and I am sure given the weather she is getting a nice bowl would be very warming and welcome.

Tom Kha Gai Soup (especially) for Debby.

 

Ingredients:

• 2 stalks lemongrass
• 3 inch section of fresh Thai galangal or you can use dried galangal pieces, 6-8 dried galangal pieces, thinly cut, no need to peel
• 3 cups chicken stock
• 3 cups coconut milk
• 3 chicken breasts, cut into small bite-size pieces
• 2 cups mushrooms quartered
• 1 small onion quartered and sliced 1/4 in. thick
• 4-8 Thai chillies
• 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
• 4-6 tbsp fish sauce, to taste
• Juice of 4-5 limes, to taste
• 1-2 tbsp palm sugar or brown sugar, to taste
• handful of coriander leaves

Let’s Cook!

Cut off the bottom of your lemongrass stalks and discard. Remove the loose outer layer of leaves. Slice lemongrass at an angle, about an inch apart up to where the grass blade starts. Smash the lemongrass and chillies, in order to release the flavours, with the side of your knife or in a mortar and pestle.

Place lemongrass, thinly sliced galangal, and finely sliced Kaffir lime leaves and chillies in soup pot with coconut milk and chicken broth.

Bring to a slow rolling boil then add onion, mushrooms and chicken.

Keep at a slow rolling boil, until chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.

Add lime juice, fish sauce and sugar to taste.

Sprinkle coriander leaves on top.

N.B. I f you don’t like your soup too spicy then add chillies near the end of the cooking as the longer they are in the soup the hotter it will be.

Serve with jasmine rice.

Enjoy!

Brussel Sprouts soup.

Who would have thought that Brussel sprouts would make such a lovely soup. It can be served with some crispy garlic bread or some lovely Stilton wafers…Stilton is one of the cheeses I can get here and for some reason doesn’t cost an arm and and a leg… So… Stilton wafers it was and they were yummy.

Ingredients:

• 300 gm Brussel sprouts trimmed and roughly chopped.
• 850 ml vegetable stock.
• 1 onion finely chopped.
• 1 large potato cut into dices.
• 1/2 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 1 tbsp fennel seeds crushed
• A pinch of grated nutmeg
• 2tbsp Olive oil
• 4 tbsp of double cream.

For Stilton wafers:

• 14gm stilton cheese
• 2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
• 10 oz walnuts finely chopped
• A pinch grated nutmeg

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil in the pan and fry the onions, garlic and potato for 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the fennel seeds, then fry for 30 seconds.

Add the sprouts and fry for 2 minutes add stock and bring to the boil. Season, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

Meanwhile Heat the grill to high crumble the stilton in a bowl and stir I the breadcrumbs and walnuts. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place 8 piles of the mixture onto it.

Grill for 1-2 minutes until the mix has melted. Cool and transfer to a cooling rack to cool and harden….I love these…

Remove the soup from the heat and blitz in the food processor. Return to the pan and add the nutmeg, reheat gently.

Ladle into 4 serving bowls and swirl/drizzle with the cream. Sprinkle with extra fennel seeds and serve with your stilton wafers.

Enjoy!

That’s all for this week and I do hope that those of you who are experiencing really cold and snowy weather soon get some sun…You will however be pleased to know that we are now in our rainy season and are getting some glorious tropical storms…but it is not sunbathing weather… yesterday the whole Soi was flooded and looking out it was just like I lived in Venice on the waterways we needed a boat to get anywhere and today is not much better it is now leaky ceiling time of year…

Until next week …Thank you for reading this… I hope you enjoy the soups…What is your favourite soup???

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-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 another fantastic food and cookery post, and I shall be trying all the soups, including the Brussel sprouts, as one of my favourite vegetables.  I am sure that you will agree that Carol’s Cookbook that she is currently working on is going to be filled with amazing recipes.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Horseradish


Welcome to Wednesday’s Cookery column on Smorgasbord and thank you for all your kind comments on Peppercorns I am now trying to get hold of the Tasmanian peppercorn called Pepper berries which are said to be 10 times hotter than the black peppercorn…I saw these last week on MKR which I love watching… anyway I waffle and this week I am showcasing the Horseradish root which I love and also which I can get here…Happy Days!

The horseradish is one of my favourites it goes with so much and really elevates the flavour and although I don’t eat very much beef at all…Beef and horseradish are one of my favourite combinations.

The horseradish is part of the brassicaceae family alongside wasabi, broccoli, mustard and cabbages. Closer to wasabi and mustard when the horseradish root is sliced the enzymes which are released when the plant cells break down produce sinigrin which releases mustard oil.

N.B. As a prior horse owner horseradish is poisonous to horses.

That ugly looking root is also a powerhouse and has many health benefits is low in calories and has no fat only 2 calories per tsp.

Sold ready- made, just grated in jars or buy the root and make your own… Horseradish is native to South East Europe and West Asia and is still mainly planted and harvested by hand, powerful and pungent it is a little bit like Marmite you either love it or hate it!

Paired with beets it is very nice , added to mash potatoes, potato salad, a cheese sauce it has so many uses it is also sometimes added to pickles to add some firmness and a little “ nip”

This next recipe is frozen and can be kept in the freezer until needed… all of these recipes are very quick to put together and can be mad in advance.

Frozen Horseradish Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp of prepared horseradish
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of fresh dill finely chopped

Let’s Cook!

Whip the cream until it has thickened and then fold in the other ingredients. Put the mixture in the centre of some oiled waxed paper and use the paper to roll the mix into a cylinder about 1 ½ inched round. Put into the freezer once frozen it is ready to use.
When needed slice into ¼ inch slices and use to top steak, fish or vegetables. Return unused portion to the freezer.

Did you know that in Germany horseradish schnapps is still brewed and also some people still add it to their beer???

I add it to my Bloody Mary and I will also gift you my favourite tried and very rigorously tested recipe.

Carol’s Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

  • 3 ¼ cups of tomato juice
  • 1 ¼ cups of vodka ( or thereabouts) Hic
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 2 tsp Tabasco sauce or peril peril sauce
  • 2 tsp lea & Perrins sauce ( Worcestershire sauce)
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 stalks of celery with leaves.

Let’s Brew!

Combine everything together in a jug or cocktail shaker and TASTE… this is where I adjust and give it a tweak or two…I make my own tomato juice and as tomatoes vary so does the TASTE….It is a fine art and needs much testing to get this just right …
Chill in the fridge until required… this recipe makes about 6 glasses.

To serve.

Add some ice to a chilled glass and fill with the Bloody Mary mix…pop in your celery stick and a slice of lime and or some olives and if you are feeling really ….well.. If you have some bacon to use up then crisp it up and stick a slice in with the celery… Anything goes when I am making cocktails.

Enjoy!

Did you know??

In England horseradish used to be named “redcole” and our American cousins used to call it “stingnose? It is very pungent and if you take a sniff it can or will make your eyes water and in the South of America it was rubbed on the forehead to relieve headaches so maybe the connection to the name is there.

Horseradish Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz freshly grated horseradish, soaked in 2 tbsp hot water.
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • A pinch of English mustard powder (optional)
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 fl oz double cream, lightly whipped.

Let’s Cook!

Drain the soaked horseradish and mix with other ingredients. Chill until ready to use. This sauce can be used in any recipes which ask for prepared horseradish.

Smoked Trout, Horseradish and Apple.

Ingredients:

  •  8 oz smoked trout with all skin and bones removed.
  •  1 cup sour cream
  •  ¼ cup prepared horseradish
  •  1 clove garlic finely chopped
  •  2 tbsp Olive oil
  •  1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  •  2 tbsp spring onions finely chopped
  •  1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  •  ¼ tsp salt
  •  1 desert apple peeled, cored and finely chopped
  •  A pinch cayenne pepper

Let’s Cook!

In a small bowl whisk the cream, horseradish, garlic, oil and vinegar together until well blended. Add the spring onions, parsley, salt and cayenne pepper and mix well.

Gently fold in the apple and the trout…Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve with crackers or as crostini.

Enjoy!

Another sauce I make with horseradish is this one and it is lovely spread over meat in a sandwich or used as a glaze or when mixed with cream cheese used as a burger relish or hotdog topping it is awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of grated horseradish (soaked as above)
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 6 oz cream cheese (optional)

Let’s Cook!

Drain your horseradish and mix all the ingredients together with or without the cheese it is lovely hot and spicy.

Another lovely addition is grating a couple of apples into your prepared horseradish and

Enjoy!

What do you make with horseradish??

Until next week have fun, stay warm and upright (if) you have snow and laugh a lot xxx

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-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/

Looking forward to your comments and any questions that you have for Carol, and it would be great if you could hit a few share buttons..thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Peppercorns, Literary Ageism, Las Vegas


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts and thank you very much for stopping by and for your support during the last seven days.

As always thank you to the contributors who provide regular columns including William Price King with the first in the new series about the legend Aretha Franklin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-by-william-price-king-aretha-franklin-the-early-years/

Our resident foodie Carol Taylor treated us to an interesting column on the variety and use of peppercorns – Did you know about pink peppercorns?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-peppercorns/

Our writer in residence and gardening expert Paul Andruss was posting on his own blog this week and another fabulous post on cuckoos and the music of Delius.. I did reblog but here is the direct link to the post: http://www.paul-andruss.com/fred-the-cuckoo/

And Jessica Norrie took us on a tour of books that feature protagonists through the age groups from 0 – 100 years old. Can a lead character every be too old?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-jessica-norries-literary-column-can-your-protagonist-be-too-old-to-be-interesting/

The new series of the Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – Getting to know You…with my five questions that I have responded to.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-new-series-of-the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-geting-to-know-you-and-i-will-go-first/

Here is reblog from Mr. Militant Negro who also shares his response to the five questions to give you another idea of how the finished post will look like. I will share his post in full later in the series but it is a moving and fascinating response.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-militant-negro/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Dorothy Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/smorgasbord-poetry-dorothy-cronin-1949-2006-a-poet-with-an-infectious-laugh-and-a-love-of-baking-emers-song/

Personal Stuff

Letters from America 1985 – 1987 – Las Vegas Part Two.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-las-vegas-hoover-dam-and-los-angeles/

Sally’s Drive Time and Playlist – Two songs that make me think of my husband David.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-your-weekend-started-rhydian-roberts-and-leona-lewis/

Short Stories – Background to my characters in Just an Odd Job Girl

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-short-stories-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-dental-assistant/

Tales from the Garden – The boy, his dog and a fairy princess.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-the-boy-his-dog-and-a-fairy-princess-by-sally-cronin/

Tales from the Garden – Cuentos del Jardin – is now available in Spanish.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/sallys-cafe-y-bookstore-cuentos-del-jardin-sally-cronin-traduccion-olga-nunez-miret/

Very grateful for two reviews this week which has been fantastic

One for What’s in a Name Volume One from Amy M. Reade: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/book-recommendation-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin/

And one from the writing duo of Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes for Tales from the Garden. https://jenanita01.com/2018/04/19/tales-from-the-garden-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-christy-birmingham-annika-perry-and-jacquie-biggar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-author-update-jack-eason-sacha-de-black-and-k-d-dowdall/

New book on the shelves – Twenty-Four Days (Rowe-Delamagente Thriller Book 2) by J. Murray (Jacqui Murray)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-twenty-four-days-rowe-delamagente-thriller-book-2-by-j-murray/

Posts from Your Archives – Travel

Welcome to Marian Beaman with an archive post for the #Travel themed Posts from Your Archives.. a turbulent trip to London and a bit of a do with a Copper. When travelling in other countries some things get lost in translation.. even when you are speaking the same language.

BigEyesPub

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-moments-of-extreme-emotion-a-lunatic-in-london-by-marian-beaman/

Welcome to author and financial expert Sharon Marchisello who shares her experiences of Docents… the locals who can see us coming a mile off when we land in a strange country and are not used to the local currency or transport systems.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-almost-taken-by-sharon-marchisello/

Health Column

The A-Z of nutrients that we need to be healthy – B5 – Pantothenic Acid.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-b5-pantothenic-acid/

The Heart Structure and Function

Heart labelled

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/smorgasbord-health-column-the-heart-structure-and-function/

Shopping List for the Brain and its support systems.

The first key element to eating for brain health is to omit industrially processed foods that contain harmful toxins and additives that have zero nutritional benefit and effectively ’empty’ calories. They might supply sugar and trans fats and look appetizing on a plate, but the brain will not recognize them as anything it can process. Processed foods Vs. Industrially manufactured foods

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/smorgasbord-health-column-shopping-list-for-the-brain-and-its-support-systems/

Aromatherapy – Frankincense essential oil – Immune, reproductive systems, antiseptic, anti-aging.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/the-medicine-woman-aromatherapy-frankincense-essential-oil-immune-reproductive-systems-anti-aging-antiseptic/

The alternative shopping list – by nutrient

vegetables

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/smorgasbord-health-column-the-alternative-way-to-shop-by-nutrient/

 

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-another-flash-mob-mamamia-all-i-wanted-was-a-cup-of-coffee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-out-of-the-mouths-of-babes-and-kindergarten/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-i-want-to-learn-to-shag-dance/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-locked-and-loaded-ramblings-of-a-retired-mind-and-tech-support/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-music/

Thank you again for dropping in and all your support.. I am very grateful… Thanks Sally