Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation.


Good morning and welcome to the July’s edition of my Green Kitchen… Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

Plastic Free July…Be the Change and Join me and  sign up here.

I would like to say “well done” to those of you who are well on the way to a plastic free home and some have been raised where the reliance was not on using plastic which is great while others it’s all they have known and to sign up for a challenge gives focus…I signed up not to give me focus but to give me ideas maybe something I could do but didn’t know how or hadn’t even thought about.

I have also come to realise that around the world recycling is different …some countries seem to be more advanced with their technology as many plastics need specialised machinery or facilities to enable recycling.

Take France for example 16 billion pots of yoghurt or fresh dairy products are sold and consumed every year BUT only 30% of this packaging can currently be recycled.

That is shocking and manufacturers should be taken to task and be required to produce pots which can be easily recycled and not require specialised facilities or machinery if they can’t they should bear the cost…Governments need to get tough.

One solution from the consumer is cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, far better for the environment and it does ensure that the food you make for your family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…

I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

This Month’s Recipe… Buttermilk Bread…

Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups of lukewarm water.
• 1 cup of Buttermilk.
• 1 tbsp quick yeast.
• 1 tbsp salt
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 6 1/2 cups of unbleached bread flour.

Let’s Bake!

  • Mix water, buttermilk, yeast, salt, sugar in a bowl. Add the flour. No need to knead…
  • Just combine all the ingredients together. Lightly cover the bowl and leave to rest/rise for 2 hrs.

The bonus of living here is dough rises quickly…I love using yeast now.

  • You can use the dough immediately, store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
  • If you are using now preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Dust the dough with flour and very lightly knead, shape into a round. Cover and rest for 90 minutes.
  • Oh, and I made a cut into the top of my dough just like a cross.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for approx 40 minutes until golden brown and delicious.
  • Remove from the oven and brush the top with melted butter.
  • Leave to cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

Did you know?

It’s a given that processed foods can save you a little time. But what you gain in convenience, you lose in money, environmental impact and maybe even health.

That’s because processed foods require more labour to convert them from their natural state to something that fits in a box, bag or tub.

You’re also paying for the chemicals added to the processed food to keep them fresh.

You’re paying for the packaging, too, which is totally worthless once you get it home.

Indeed, $1 out of every $11 you spend at the grocery store you spend on packaging you throw away.

Buying bulk…dried goods is one way to reduce packaging…again this varies around the world and for me buying foodstuffs spanning two entirely different cultures is more difficult…

I have no chance of buying pasta/cereals loose but I can buy rice, flour, dried fish, dried fruits, nuts, lentils and pulses, dried mushrooms…my answer is that where I can I buy the biggest pack available which means one bag/packet rather than 4 which go in the waste…I try to reduce my waste any which way I can which is why I say it is individual and down much of time to where you live…Please don’t beat yourself up about what you can’t do but celebrate what you can do…

Stuff Them…

My mother used to stuff a marrow with mincemeat flavoured with onions, carrots and some herbs I have done it occasionally in the past but I think it is more popular now to make your vegetables the star of a dish by stuffing them with something even more delicious like seasoned rice, some cheese, bacon and fresh herbs it can make those veggies sing and even the kids will eat them. Stuffed peppers are a popular option, but you can also hollow out and stuff eggplants, zucchinis, mushrooms, squash, potatoes, and artichokes.

Here is a tasty quick recipe for button mushrooms…

Ingredients

• ¼ cup breadcrumbs
• ¼ cup grated Pecorino-Romano
• 2 Tbsp shredded mozzarella
• 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tsp chopped fresh mint
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 4 Tbsp olive oil
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 36 white button mushrooms (about 1 1/2 lbs), stemmed

Let’s Cook!

  • Combine the breadcrumbs, Pecorino-Romano, mozzarella, parsley, mint, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl and toss to blend.
  • Toss the mushrooms with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl and arrange on a small baking sheet or plate with the cavities facing up. Divide the breadcrumb mixture among the mushrooms, filling the cavities and pressing down gently to secure.
  • Place the mushrooms in a single layer on a baking try lightly sprayed with oil. Put in a pre-heated oven 180 F and cook until the filling is bubbling and browned, about 15 minutes depending on your oven.

Growing Your Own: When your space is limited… Lettuce, Cucumber and Peas…

3 Vegetables Easy to Grow in Hanging Baskets 🥒☀️🥬

Conservation Corner…

I have been very heartened by much that is happening in the world how people are really thinking how they can make a difference…

Scheduled to be demolished…A bridge over the Mississippi River the I 180 …I think this is a great idea for the Bison, the environment as to demolish that bridge would be an enormous undertaking and costly…

Business owners and leaders weigh in on Bison Bridge proposal

Along with saving Illinois millions in demolition costs, city authorities and regional planners hope re-purposing Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge on the I-80 will draw tourists to a part of the country where the population hasn’t risen in 30 years.

I hate waste and am always on the lookout to utilise what I can…my current project entails apple skins and cores I am having ago at making my own Apple Cider Vinegar…

I have started by collecting Apple peels, cores and any browning/discoloured flesh but not rotten or mouldy flesh from pesticide-free apples I make sure of that by cleaning the skin thoroughly before I peel my apple what you need is (approx 6 large apples) and a quart sized jar…

Today the day…I started my Apple cider Vinegar…I filled my glass jar ¾ full with apple scraps and then covered them with water… 1 cup of water to 1 tbsp of sugar I used raw sugar.

This needs to be left on a dark shelf, on top of the fridge is where mine is going for two weeks…It can be stirred every two days if you like.

After the 2 weeks you strain the apple scraps and compost them or feed the chooks and then recover the jar and leave for another 2-4 weeks…

You will know when it is ready as it will have that unmistakable vinegary taste and smell…I can’t wait to see how it turns out…

Another area of waste is furnishings and furniture ...In the UK over 20 million pieces of furniture/furnishings are discarded annually and only a fraction of that is discarded…90% end up in landfill…

How often do you replace your cushions? They can change the look of a room or a bed but what do you do with old ones?

If you have cushions with a removable cover then maybe you don’t need to swap as often but sometimes you see a cushion cover and it’s the wrong size or many cushions now are all in one …

I think this is a great idea as I love new cushions…Cushion Swap has arrived…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol xx

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: Amazon US

Connect to Carol – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another fascinating post about how we can make a big difference to our health and that of the environment.. do head over to her blog to follow her and take your appetite… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 6th – 12th 2021 – 1970s hits, Narcissism, Green Kitchen, Humour, Health, Pets, Book and Author Promotions.


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

I hope that the week has been good for you.. nothing very exciting to report from our neck of the woods except that I will be having my first official haircut on Monday after almost a year of hacking it myself in the front and David using clippers on the back.. To be hones wearing a mask in public I am sure nobody noticed but it will be great to have some shape back in it… that is if my hairdresser is still talking to me!

I am just about to head out to the garden with books and music to catch some rays… the promised tropical air mass is hovering over us for the next couple of days. I believe the temperature is going up to 17 C (62F) degrees and I am concerned that I might become overheated!!

With that in mind and the window of opportunity rather small….time to get on with the posts.

My great thanks to the contributors this week.. William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor and Daniel Kemp... they add so much to the blog and it would not be the same without them.

And of course to you for your ongoing support during the week and for keeping me motivated.

Chart Hits 1971 Part One – Ike and Tina Turner, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones 

Relationships Rewind -Envy, Jealousy, Bullying – A Path to Narcissism? 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – June 2021 – Dutch Oven Bread, Kale, Home Grown Pea Shoots, Fishing Nets, Neighbours. 

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Brian – The Birthright  

Chapter Five – Trouble in Paradise – Part one 

#CrownCinquain – Life’s Progression  

#Mystery #Paranormal – The Light (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4) by Marcia Meara 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Fantasy – Allies and Spies (Unraveling the Veil Book 2) by D.Wallace Peach… 

Part Two – Author Biographies -Tips and Translations 

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Kennel Cough – Hygiene is as important for dogs as humans  

A-Z of common conditions – Athlete’s Foot  

3 Reasons to Create a Facebook Group by J.Q. Rose 

#Paranormal John W. Howell, #Poetry Anita Dawes, #WWII Paulette Mahurin 

#Thriller Allan Hudson, #Relationships M.C.V. Egan, #Fantasy Jean Lee 

Memoir Marian Longenecker Beaman, #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Memoir Patty Fletcher 

Hugh W. Roberts

Monday June 7th 2021 – #Food #Environment Carol Taylor, #Blogging #Interview Hugh W. Roberts, #Poetry Colleen Chesebro 

Tuesday 8th June 2021 – Entertaining Again? #Recipes Dolly Aizenman, Eat Dessert First, Dorothy of New Vintage Kitchen. 

Wednesday 9th June 2021 – #Newhome Ritu Bhathal, #Reviews Jan Sikes, #Writing D.L. Finn 

Thursday June 10th 2021 – #Children #HandWriting Robbie Cheadle, #BetaReaders Richard Dee, #Guest C.S. Boyack with D.L. Finn 

#Fantasy – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach 

#Contemporary – Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin 

#Safety Miriam Hurdle, #Malta Darlene Foster, #Environment Kathleen Jae 

June 8th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Catnip and Groaners 

June 10th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Twins and more Groaners 

June 11th 2021 – Anniversary Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Carbolic Soap and It could be worse 

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and for all your support.. I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – June 2021 – Dutch Oven Bread, Kale, Home Grown Pea Shoots, Fishing Nets, Neighbours.


Good morning and welcome to the June’s edition of my Green Kitchen… I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am to be back with a brand- new column at Smorgasbord Magazine… and how welcome you are making me feel.

Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

I am passionate about cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, the environment and ensuring that the food I make for my family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

Roasting Pan, Dutch Oven, Pot, Lid, Chicks, Cast Iron

This Month’s Recipe… Crock Pot or Dutch Oven Bread…

This loaf was cooked in a Dutch oven and I was pleasantly surprised how much the crust was like ones I have purchased in bakeries. This is a white loaf using unbleached flour but you can substitute other flours just be aware that you may have to adjust your liquid.

My hubby prefers white bread and I make it as healthy as I can by keeping an eye on salt and sugar ratio’s but as he has an otherwise healthy diet, I don’t push the point but do add wholewheat flour where I can and in the main, he doesn’t notice…

Probably from the steam produced using the Dutch oven method…

Ingredients:

• 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 1/4 tsp of rapid yeast
• 2 cups of lukewarm water
• 1 tsp of olive oil.

Let’s Bake!

In a large bowl add the flour and salt whisk to combine.

Make a well and add the rapid yeast granules and the lukewarm water then with wet hands bring the mix together. If it is too sticky add a little more flour and likewise if too dry add a little more water a tsp at a time…This will vary as it depends on the flour used.

Cover and leave in a warm spot to double in size again this depends on the temperature where you live it can be anything from a 1hr to 1 1/2 hours…if it is very warm mine takes a little less time.

Once risen using your hand or a dough scraper work the dough loose from the sides and working around the edge bring the sides to the middle.

Cover and leave to double in size again about 1 hour it rises slightly quicker this time.

Once risen transfer to a lightly floured surface sprinkle the top with a little flour and shape and fold the dough under itself several times then pinch the seams together. Coat your bowl with the olive oil and put the dough in the bowl cover and leave the dough to rise once again.

Then put on the oven and set the heat at 230C/450F and put your Dutch oven into the oven to heat up for 45-1n hr. By the time this has heated your dough should have risen.

NOW VERY CAREFULLY REMOVE THE HOT DUTCH OVEN ONTO A TRIVETT…It is hot then turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface and carefully put in the Dutch oven.

I will admit to asking for a helping hand if one is available but having made a few of these I am finding as we do …how to do it safely…Trial and error…sigh

Put the pot back into the oven and cook for 45 minutes then carefully remove the lid and cook for a further 15-30 minutes …

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 15 mins before slicing and enjoy…Happy Bread making..xx

Did you know?

It’s a given that processed foods can save you a little time. But what you gain in convenience, you lose in money, environmental impact and maybe even health.

That’s because processed foods require more labour to convert them from their natural state to something that fits in a box, bag or tub.

You’re also paying for the chemicals added to the processed food to keep them fresh.

You’re paying for the packaging, too, which is totally worthless once you get it home. Indeed, $1 out of every $11 you spend at the grocery store you spend on packaging you throw away.

Yvette from the Blog Priorhouse blog made me aware of this …Subway sandwiches are not something I have eaten, but I know my kids have/do and this franchise was taken to court…The court ruled there was too much sugar in their bread and it should be called cake.Washington Post Lifestyle Wellness Subway Bread Sugar

An important reminder that we should be aware of how food manufacturers are training OUR palates to not notice how sweet foods really are… as we all know if we cut down on something after a few weeks how pronounced that flavour is and the worlds palates are trained to expect sweetness.

Kale…

I love a massage and massage shops are on every corner here…I come away feeling so much lighter in body and in spirit…What has that got to do with Kale you ask? Kale as you know is very good for us…packed with nutrients and vitamins we are encouraged to eat it, drink the juice add to our stir fries…How can we make it just that little less bitter and soften, lighter…

Greens, such as kale, cabbage, or Swiss chard, can have a bitter taste to them, especially if eaten raw. To prevent this, massage them with a little salt, oil, or dressing. Massaging kale breaks down the tough cell structure and makes it softer, less bitter, and easier to digest. Just drizzle it with some oil or dressing and a little salt, then use your hands to literally massage it into the leaves. You’ll feel them break down and become softer as you go.

Growing Your Own: Pea Shoots.

Delicious in stir fry’s and salads you can grow them on a sunny window sill…using whole dried peas, you find in your supermarket or local shop.

  • To activate the dried peas and get the best results, you’ll need to soak them overnight in water.
  • The next day, drain the peas and sprinkle them into a container lined with a layer of compost (around 3cm thick) and cover with a 1cm layer of compost.
  • Place the container on a sunny windowsill, and within a few days they will start to sprout.
  • After about six days, the shoots will be big enough to cut and enjoy. Be careful not to let them grow too big, otherwise they start to taste bitter.

Cooks Tip… The pea shoots will grow back again for a second time after you’ve cut them, so keep them on your windowsill for ongoing greens.

Conservation Corner…

I have been very heartened by much that is happening in the world how people are really thinking how they can make a difference…The Sea is something which does concern me as it is vital to our survival…The beaches and seas surrounding Thailand are very beautiful BUT the seas are being drowned in plastic pollution.

Fishing nets are also a great hazard not only to coral reefs but to tortoises and turtles and other marine life they are strangling the seas and the sea life…

The undersea divers call them “ghost Nets”

Net Free Seas, a project that fetches used nets and turns them into plastic products in this case meeting the burgeoning demand for protective gear like face shields to guard against the pandemic.

It aims to prove that protecting sea creatures can be commercially viable in Thailand, one of the world’s biggest producers of ocean waste.

The initiative also comes in the wake of growing local outcry over the lethal effects of plastic and marine life.

Covid-19…has rampaged through the world…many have unfortunately died, many have lost their jobs, schools have had to close…BUT there have been positives… a negative which has turned into a positive…

I think one of the positives is we have got to know our neighbours…quarantined in our homes many people are doing what our mothers used to do and are chatting over garden fences…on our solitary walks we may have found local beauty spots which are more beautiful than foreign beaches… Discovered that local farmers grow better and cheaper food than that which is shipped (with the associated harm to the climate) across the globe.

Last month I told you that as I hate waste and am always on the lookout to utilise what I can…my current project entails saving and freezing any apple skins and cores so I can have ago at making my own Apple Cider Vinegar…

My apologises that there will not be the planned update today but there will be next month.

As covid has increased where I live, we have self-quarantined ourselves and the market where I buy apples has been closed because of covid so any fruit we eat is confined to what is on my trees…Jackfruit, mangoes, bananas and pomegranates…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol xx

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: Amazon US

Connect to Carol – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another fascinating post about how we can make a big difference to our health and that of the environment.. do head over to her blog to follow her and take your appetite… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – May 9th – 15th 2021 – 1960s hits, Grief, Green Kitchen, Health, Stories, Poetry, books, reviews and funnies


Welcome to the weekly round up with some posts you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are all well… I know that like us here restrictions are being lifted in many countries although In Ireland there is going to be a slow roll out depending on any upsurge in cases.

The big news here is that overnight on Thursday criminals hacked the health service which is now offline which has resulted in the cancellation of thousands of appointments and more seriously life-saving operations. The government stance is that they will not pay any ransom and so as of this moment it appears that we are at an impasse. We all know that these parasites are out there, but to do this when all countries and their populations are at their most vulnerable is heinous.  All I can do is wish them everything they wish upon others!

This means that despite assurances that the vaccination programme will be unaffected, it probably will be. So no idea when I will be getting my first…

On a brighter note, and thankfully there usually is one…the sun popped out periodically during the week and took some time off for some badly needed fresh air and a Vitamin D boost.

Also as always, I am very grateful to my friends and co-conspirators this week William Price King co-hosting the Breakfast Show with me with some more 1960s music, D.G. Kaye with her new May relationship column exploring the impact of grief on our lives, and some funnies to keep us smiling, Carol Taylor with The Green Kitchen… and if you love soft dinner rolls…dig in.. And last but not least Daniel Kemp who shared his special brand of humour a the Open Mic Night.

Fantastic and talented friends.

On with the shows from the week.

Chart Hits 1969 – Part One – Sly The Family Stone, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Rolling Stones and Bobby Gentry

May 2021 – The #Grief Process

May 2021 – Dinner Rolls, Chillies, Recycled Face Masks, Grow Spring onions, make Apple Cider Vinegar – Waste Not, Want Not.. 

Winter: Chapter Twenty-one – The First Christmas 

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Chapter One – The Guardians 

Two poems this week….

-#CrapseyCinquain -Existence by Sally Cronin 

#BadgerHexastich – Yearning by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Book Review – Free Ebook – #Cookery #Culture – Ένα γλυκό βιβλίapaki – A “Sweet” Book. Eat Dessert First Greece 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery #Paranormal – Harbinger (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3) by Marcia Meara 

Family Health A-Z – Allergies and Intolerances – Part Two – – #Dairy #Leaky Gut 

– CROSSROADS (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose by Jude Itakali 

#Historical #Romance Lubelia Alycea: One Hundred Years by J.E. Spina 

#Thriller Death Between the Tables (Old Manse Mysteries Book 2) by Alexa Bowie

The Click of a Pebble: Tryst with the Devil (Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 1) by [Barbara Spencer]

#Fantasy – The Click of a Pebble Tryst with the Devil (Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 1) by Barbara Spencer

Reluctant Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by [G G Collins]

#Psychic #Thriller Reluctant Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by G G Collins 

#Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Biography #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Poetry D.L. Finn. 

#Humour – Let Marcia Meara lift your spirits.

#Humor/Humour by Leon Stevens 

carol bio

#Wine – Recent News from the World of Wine Forgery by Carol A. Seidl 

#BookReview – Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by Sir David Attenborough by Jemima Pett 

Monday 10th May 2021 – #Poetry #Trees Rebecca Budd, #SnailMail Pamela Wight, #BookReviews Jan Sikes

Tuesday May 11th 2021 – #Review D.G. Kaye, #ReadingAloud Jennie Fitzkee, #DogBooks Jacqui Murray 

Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Filmreview Beetley Pete, #BookReview Olga Nunez Miret, #Gingercake Elizabeth Merry, 

May 11th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Brussel Sprouts and Holidays 

May 13th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Exodus and Mary Poppins 

– May 14th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – The Month of May and Chickens 

 

Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement…I hope you will join us again next week.

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – May 2021 – Dinner Rolls, Chillies, Recycled Face Masks, Grow Spring onions, make Apple Cider Vinegar – Waste Not, Want Not..


Good morning and welcome to the May edition of my Green Kitchen… I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am to be back with a brand- new column at Smorgasbord Magazine… and how welcome you are making me feel.

I am passionate about cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, the environment and ensuring that the food I make for my family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

This Month’s Recipe…Dinner rolls.

For anyone who shops in M & S and buys their dinner rolls the texture of these is the closest to them a softish crust and centre you can pull apart…Thye definitely received the thumbs up from lot and they can be very hard on me and my harshest critics…

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of milk
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter
• 1 large egg
• 2 tsp instant yeast
• 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (unbleached)
• A very scant 1/4 cup of sugar
• 1 tsp of salt
• Extra softened butter for the dough

Let’s Bake!

Mix the egg and melted butter into the milk then add the dry ingredients.

Bring the dough all together and then let it sit for 20 minutes just cover loosely with a clean cloth.

Then brush the dough with some softened butter and knead for 10 minutes or until nice and smooth.

Shape the dough into a round and leave to prove in an oiled bowl for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.

Now you can punch out the gas and see the dough deflate if you are making round rolls cut into 16 or as I did for my finger rolls cut the dough into 12 pieces.

Shape your dough and put into a lined tin and this is important to leave no gaps…I did the first time and the rolls spread a little rather than rise upwards and as these are batch rolls and you pull them apart this is what you want…

For 12 finger rolls, I think a 9-inch square tin would be perfect..my 8-inch square tin was just too small so I used a rectangular dish which meant I had to add two at the bottom…

Now cover and leave to rise for 30 mins and then brush the tops with an egg and 1 tbsp of milk.

Cook at 180 C/350F for 18-20 mins…or until nice and golden brown.

Enjoy!

Did you know?

It’s a given that processed foods can save you a little time. But what you gain in convenience, you lose in money, environmental impact and maybe even health.
That’s because processed foods require more labour to convert them from their natural state to something that fits in a box, bag or tub.

You’re also paying for the chemicals added to the processed food to keep them fresh.
You’re paying for the packaging, too, which is totally worthless once you get it home. Indeed, $1 out of every $11 you spend at the grocery store you spend on packaging you throw away.

It is however important to note that for the time you can spend in the kitchen if it is something that you buy very rarely it’s up to you but, sometimes I just buy it however if it is something that you and your family love to eat then it is worth creating it at home.

Does it matter?

If you deseed your chillies? actually yes it does.

Any recipe which tells you to deseed your chilli may as well say don’t use chillies…the idea of deseeding a chilli makes any Asian laugh…I mean why would you? Just leave the chillies out…

In Asia they are chopped, sliced or pounded and added to dishes or used as condiments, seeds and all. If you want less heat, you would simply use less chilli.

Deseeding a chilli is a fiddly job. You don disposable gloves, slice the chilli in half lengthwise and then scrape out the seeds and importantly, the attached white ‘placenta’, sometimes called the membrane.

This is actually the hottest part of the chilli…it is also when you stand more chance of wiping your eyes or anywhere and feeling the chilli heat…I never wear cloves when chopping chillies as I don’t deseed and come into contact with hottest part.

A tip when cooking with chillies is if you want more heat then I pound chilies with the garlic if I want less chilli heat I just slice them finely or use fewer chilies…

Growing Your Own:

Spring Onions/Green Onion…can be grown in the tiniest space or a pot among your flowers just pop them in any tiny little spaces they take up very little root space…Spring Onions are a staple in my kitchen used in salads, stir fries, as a garnish so many uses and so easy to grow…

From seed... This is dead easy! I save mine from previous crops by waiting until the flower head matures, then chopping it off and leaving in a paper bag until fully dry (about 2 weeks). Then simply shake the seeds into the bag, scoop them out and store in self-seal bags in a cool dry place.

Or in water …this is so simple…you will never have to buy spring onions again…

Conservation Corner…

The seeds of change …the shock of walking into a supermarket and seeing row after row of empty shelves has forced some of us to make changes…there is an upsurge in seed sales and more people are growing their own …saving seeds…many producers of open-pollinated seed in the UK saw their sales skyrocket – up 600 per cent, 700 per cent.

That is a massive increase not only are we becoming nations of bakers and home cooks but home growers it seems…

This is backed by Sinéad Fortune, programme manager of the Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland Programme

Covid-19…has rampaged through the world…many have unfortunately died, many have lost their jobs, schools have had to close…BUT there have been positives… a negative which has turned into a positive…it seems that littering and just discarding facemasks wherever people see fit…has become a problem…

A start-up found a fitting use for worn face masks,

Proving that it’s possible to get nostalgic about almost anything, it was announced this week that a new exhibition in London will look back on a year of wearing face masks.
By contrast, a Cornish social enterprise looked forward, finding a novel use for blue plastic face coverings left behind by the pandemic: melting them down to make litter-pickers. And the project will even save the NHS money. The Kickstarter Campaign

I hate waste and am always on the lookout to utilise what I can…my current project entails apple skins and cores I am having ago at making my own Apple Cider Vinegar…

I have started by collecting Apple peels, cores and any browning/discoloured flesh but not rotten or mouldy flesh from pesticide-free apples I make sure of that by cleaning the skin thoroughly before I peel my apple what you need is (approx 6 large apples) and a quart sized jar…

I am collecting the peels and cores in my freezer and when I have enough, I will start the process which means by June the next issue of Carol’s Green Kitchen my Apple Cider Vinegar should be well on the way…The entire process takes anything from 2-6 weeks.
Sometimes I struggle to find Apple Cider Vinegar here and have to order it online so fingers crossed it works …it is certainly warm enough here to start the ferment…

Until next time when I will update you on my progress or the finished ACV…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol xx

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: Amazon US

Connect to Carol – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another fascinating post about how we can make a big difference to our health and that of the environment.. do head over to her blog to follow her and take your appetite… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 18th – 24th 2021- Hits 1967, Podcasts, Online presence, reviews, new books, health and humour


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

It would be comforting to see the numbers of new Covid infections coming down as the vaccinations are rolled out, but nearly 900,000 people worldwide were reported in just one day on Friday.. taking the total to over 146 million so far and over 3 million deaths. Personally it will be a long time before I am tempted to travel despite many European countries opening up for tourists this summer, some like Spain with no requirement for masks on crammed beaches. Of course those vaccinated are not immune to catching the virus in whatever variant it is hiding in at the time, and whilst Spain and other countries may not see the fallout from these trips abroad, their home countries will.

We have restrictions still in place for non-essential travel in Ireland but public demand is likely to loosen that necessary mandate for the summer months. We personally are more than happy to remain where we are and I am afraid we do not want any visitors however much we love them, staying with us. Vaccinations are definitely part of the solution but continued safety precautions are also going to be essential for far longer than we anticipated. I hope that others will consider staying at home and enjoying what is on the doorstep and leaving more time before leaping into someone else’s backyard.

On a brighter note.. this week the sun has been shining and I have spent time in the garden catching up on my reading which was long overdue.

Podcasts – Marketing and Pleasure.

I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rebecca Budd for her Tea, Toast and Trivia Podcast –

The reason I am including this in the round up is to encourage more authors and bloggers to add podcasts to their marketing options and reach a new audience for their writing.. and to enjoy as it is great fun too.

About Rebecca Budd who has a other wonderful blogs including Clanmother –  Lady Budd – And On The Road Book Club

I was given the title, Clanmother, September 2008, when I was travelling the Scottish Highlands with an audacious collection of young people who came from all over the world to join an expedition to the misty Isle of Skye. I was the oldest woman on the tour so the title was appropriate. What was more surprising was that I liked the label – it was catchy, spirited and encompassed the next stage in my life. It was my turn to grow old. I stood at Glencoe, breathing the chilled air, memorizing, for future recall, the rugged terrain covered with proverbial heather. There was certainty in my thoughts. This was going to be my most profound and daring adventure.

I want to share this journey with other, like-minded individuals – young, old, or in-between. It is an exploration that will take many turns as life advances. Many say that wisdom comes from the aging process. I am not ready to accept that premise as I have learned from children. What I do know, is that connection is the greatest gift of all. Clanmother is about a backward look forward!

We talked about book marketing, obesity and life in general and the time flew by.. A wonderful experience and I am looking forward to sharing the interview with you in coming weeks.

I have also been catching up with previous podcasts over the week on Rebecca Soundcloud with more to enjoy, including from some of your favourites from the Cafe and Bookstore: Liz Gauffreau, Paul Andruss, Teagan Geneviene, Robbie Cheadle, Darlene Foster, Shehanne Moore and D. Wallace Peach.

You can sign up to Soundcloud with your email or by linking to Facebook etc, and it means you can share the interview and comment to your own social media.

Because of the care taking with editing the interview before broadcast (thanks to sound engineer and editor, Rebeccas’s husband Don) the resulting broadcast is top notch.

I love radio as a medium and it was wonderful to get back on the air. I know from passed conversations that many of you are reluctant to take the plunge. But you are in safe hands with Rebecca, and it is not live so you don’t have to worry if you fluff your lines. It is very relaxed and enjoyable. I do recommend that if you are an author who would like your books to reach a wider audience that you get in touch at the link above.

Meet the Authors

Over the last few weeks I have been sharing the bios and books of authors who have joined the Cafe and Bookstore over the last six months. In May I will be revisiting all the other authors in both the Cafe and the Children’s Reading Room and updating their bios for promotional posts going forward, social media links, covers and most recent reviews to share in posts throughout the summer.

I am in and out of Amazon UK and US in particular and Goodreads to check on reviews for the authors in the cafe and to check for new books. There are quite a few new books that I have to search for because they are not on the author page. So in preparation for the new series here is a checklist you might find useful in updating your online platforms.

  1. Make sure your up to date bio is on your country of origin and also Amazon US and UK as the main English speaking sites.
  2. Check that you claim any new books you have released in the last few weeks or months through Author central so that potential readers are not chasing all over the place to find them.. and they can see your complete portfolio in one place.
  3. If you have a Goodread Author page please do the same.
  4. If you don’t have a Goodreads Author page then I highly recommend that you do. This is the one place that you can showcase all your reviews from any country and worth offering this link to readers to place their reviews as well as their regional Amazon. This is also the place readers who have borrowed the book, been gifted or have read an advance copy can post their reviews by-passing Amazon’s buy to review policy. (Despite the fact Amazon owns Goodreads!)
  5. If you have changed the cover for a book make sure that it is changed on Amazon and Goodreads.
  6. Just a reminder that you need to update your bios on Facebook pages, Twitter and other social media platforms when you have a new book. Don’t forget to pin a tweet about your new releases.. and thanks to Hugh Roberts  who recently reminded me that you need to change your pinned tweet every week or so and anyone wishing to share it can only do so once.  If someone retweets a post of mine I will reciprocate by tweeting their pinned tweet… it is a marketing tool that is underrated and sometimes I see pinned tweets going back several years.. if it cannot be retweeted by your most supportive followers then it is being wasted.

Probably time to get on with the posts from the week… otherwise you will be needing a packed lunch and a bottle of wine to get through the rest…. okay perhaps you do anyway.. here you go..

As always my thanks to my friends who contribute to the blog each week William Price King and Debby Gies …. also to you for dropping in and so kindly commenting and sharing.. .

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1967 – Part Two 

Forming Healthy Relationships – Rewind – What’s Inside the Box? 

Chapter Chapter Fifteen – Summer – The Piglet Races 

The Kindness of Mice

#Fantasy #Adventure #Humour – H.M.S Lanternfish (The Lanternfish Series Book 2) by C.S. Boyack

Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Fantasy – Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1) by D. Wallace Peach 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Thriller – Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke 

Double Reversed #Nonet – Ageism 

Family Health A-Z – Arthritis (osteo and gout) by Sally Cronin 

Monday 19th April 2021 – #Smoking Arthur Rosch, #Romance Linda Lee Greene, #Reviews James J. Cudney, #Award Grammy’s Grid, #offer J.Q. Rose 

Tuesday 20th April 2021 – #Community Jennie Fitzkee, #Wellbeing Toni Pike, #Guestpost offer Beetley Pete

Wednesday April 21st 2021 – #Treasure Mary Smith, #Finance Sharon Marchisello, #Kindness Jane Sturgeon 

Thursday 22nd April 2021 – #Torrevieja #Salt Joy Lennick, #NewBlog Patty Fletcher, #Bookoffer Bette A. Stevens 

New Book on the Shelves – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle 

#Psychic #Thriller – Anasazi Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 4) by G G Collins 

#Fantasy Savagery (War of Nytefall Book 6) 

Pre-Order – #Romance #Humour Shh… It’s Our Secret by Lizzie Chantree 

#Suspense #Mystery – The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent

-#Genetics – My Father and Other Liars by Geoff Le Pard 

#Family – An Uncommon Family by Christa Polkinhorn 

#YA #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #Scifi Richard Dee, #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #119 – My Hideaway by Miriam Hurdle 

A tale of many cities by Joy Lennick 

#Cricket- Don’t Stop the Carnival by Barbara Spencer 

#YAFamily Sian Turner, #Fantasy P.L. Stuart, #Scottish #Historical Ailish Sinclair 

April 20th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Genius and Maths Lesson 

April 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Stress Test and Cheap Cow 

Open Mic Night – 23rd April 2021 – Guest Malcolm Allen – Physics and Collies 

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and all your support during the week.. it keeps me motivated.. have a good weekend.. Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 11th April -17th April 2021 – Mystery, 1960s Hits, Relationships, Green Cooking, Reviews, Stories and Humour


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

Weather wise it has been a lovely week so much so that after the last frost (hopefully) I stripped out all the pots in the front and back of the house two days ago. This morning I went to a cash and carry supplier locally who also happens to have a garden centre at the rear of the store. I got some potting compost and 20 geraniums and dahlias as well as three hanging baskets of pansies. This is phase one as I would like to get some of the bigger plants such as two more hydrangeas and an Irish magnolia tree. I will share some pictures when finished.

I do have a love story to share. It all began with the mystery of how this happened to my car at the beginning of the week.

We were trying to work out who was messing with my car and we surmised it was not being used as bombing practice by crows, as the design was too delicate. However, when I was emptying the flower pots along the wall of the house, I looked up and could see through the passenger window and across the car to the drivers side.

There was the culprit, a blue tit hovering in front of the wing mirror, singing and kissing the glass then retiring to perch ass outwards on the window ledge, having a poop and then back to more romancing.

I sat on my garden stool and watched as the performance repeated over and over and then he flew off to sit on the fence. At this point another tit flew up to sit beside him, clearly with love on its mind, but it was sent packing and my pooper flew back to kiss and flirt with his image in the mirror who seemed to be as excited as he was by the way this romance was going.

He had decorated both sides of the car and besmirched the two mirrors with his kisses and clearly was not going to be looking anywhere else for a mate . To save my paintwork and his sanity, we have now retracted the mirrors when parked in the drive. Unrequited love or narcissism, we hope that he will now accept that he must find love in the real world.  I am sure that this charmer will find true love soon if he does not find someone elses car mirrors!

On another note…I am sure that like the other blue tits in the garden he has been availing himself of the plentiful bird feed I leave out each day…judging by the amount of poop he should cut back a little!

Image Oldiefan Pixabay.com

My thanks to William Price King, Carol Taylor, Debby Gies and Daniel Kemp for their usual amazing contributions. The blog would not be the same without them.

Also thank you for dropping and all the ongoing support during the week.. it keeps me motivated…

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1967 – Part One 

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – Rewind – Know when it’s time to go – When giving becomes one-sided 

-April 2021 – #Pretzel Bread, #Onions, #TomatoKetchup, #Japanese Wood Production. 

Summer: Chapter Thirteen – Trouble in the Rose Garden 

Chapter Fourteen – Summer – The Rescue Mission 

#Shortstories – Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth: Eva and Other Stories by Mandy Haynes 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery #Paranormal A Boy Named Rabbit (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2) by Marcia Meara 

– Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Historical – The Last Pilgrim by Noelle Granger. 

Tanka Tuesday Challenge – Double #Etheree – Hope by Sally Cronin 

Family Health A-Z – Arthritis (Rheumatoid) by Sally Cronin 

#Thriller Ted Myers, #Mystery Nola Nash, #YA #Magic Doug Parker 

#YA #Adventure – Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind Book 6 by Darelene Foster 

#Fantasy – The Sorcerer’s Garden by D. Wallace Peach 

Demoniac Dance (Goblin series Book 2) by [Jaq D. Hawkins]

#Fantasy – Demoniac Dance (Goblin series Book 2) by Jaq D. Hawkins 

#Memoir – P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy by D. G. Kaye 

New Book on the Shelves – Pre-Order -#Crime – I Am Mayhem: The Mayhem Series: #4 by Sue Coletta 

#Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben, #autobiography Lucinda E. Clarke, #Poetry Anita Dawes, #Mystery Sharon Marchisello 

#Bookreview – The First Actress: A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt by C. W. Gortner – Abbie Johnson Taylor 

– Top Ten Things Not to Do at the Start of Construction of Mount Rushmore in 1927 by John. W. Howell

#Interview – TV Scriptwriter tells all – Lisa Holdsworth with Leslie Tate 

#Anniversary Jessica Norrie, #Wisdom Staci Troilo, #Bookoffer Doug Parker, K.Lewis Adair 

#Gardening Greta Burroughs, #Review – Roberta Eaton Cheadle with Charles #Update Mary Smith 

#Guestpost C.S. Boyack, Joan Hall, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Blogging Hugh Roberts, #Offer Leon Stevens 

April 13th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Selective Hearing and Writing Humour 

May be an image of cat and text that says "WHEN YOUR CHILD INHERITS YOUR CHARACTER, AND NOW YOU HAVE A MINI TOXIC VERSION OF YOURSELF."

April 15th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Genetics and Groaners 

Mid-week boost – Minimum Wage and Amazon Reviews…

April 16th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Treasure and Donkeys! 

 

Thanks very much for dropping by and I hope you will join me again next week.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen -April 2021 – #Pretzel Bread, #Onions, #TomatoKetchup, #Japanese Wood Production.


Good morning and welcome to April’s edition of my Green Kitchen… I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am to be back with a brand- new column at Smorgasbord Magazine… and how welcome you are making me feel.

I am passionate about cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, the environment and ensuring that the food I make for my family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

This Month’s Recipe…Pretzel Bread.

Started with a challenge…Never one to back down I accepted…I do love a challenge…

Pretzel Bread.

All I knew about pretzel dough was that like beigels the dough was boiled before baking and this gives it that characteristic deep brown crust and pretzel taste…

It was lovely a little sweet my tester said it tasted like currant bread sweetness not horrible he liked it and the salt was a foil for that methinks but with some ham and mustard in a sandwich it went down a treat…

I have however tweaked the original recipe and used less sugar…1 tbsp instead of 3 tbsp.

Ingredients:

• 2 and a quarter tsp of instant yeast.
• 1 cup of lukewarm water
• 1 tbsp brown sugar
• 1 tbsp milk…I used full-fat milk
• 4 tbsp (2 oz) melted butter
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 3 cups of all-purpose unbleached flour

Baking Soda Bath:
• 4 quarts (8 pints) water
• Half cup Baking Soda

Pretzel Topping:
• 2 tbsp butter melted
• Coarse salt for topping.

A lined baking tray.
Preheated oven 200 degrees

Let’s bake!

  • Combine your yeast, water, and brown sugar in a bowl and stir to dissolve sugar.
  • Melt the butter and then add to the milk then stir into the yeast mixture to combine.
  • Add the salt and flour 1 cup at a time and stir to combine then once the dough has come together knead until it is a firm but slightly tacky dough. If you need to add more add a little at a time.
  • Put the dough into a greased bowl and cover with a cloth and allow to rise about an hour and it should have doubled in size.
  • Once the 60 mins are up put your 4 quarts of water in a large pan and bring to the boil then add your Baking Soda…DO NOT ADD IT ALL AT ONCE OR IT WILL ALLL FIZZ OVER …add a little at a time I added it a tsp at a time.
  • Then punch your dough down to remove the gas and divide it into two portions…Add one portion to the boiling water and turn after 60 seconds and give it 60 seconds on the other side remove with a slotted spoon to drain and make a small cross in the middle and sprinkle with salt.
  • Put on a lined baking tin…
  • Repeat with your second piece of dough…When cutting the cross, for the first time I made mine too big as this dough once boiled is easier than a normal risen dough to cut through.

Boiled Pretzel Dough

  • Sit both pieces of prepared dough on a lined baking tray and put it into your preheated oven…200 degrees.
  • Cook for 23-25 mins turning the tray around halfway through the cooking…

I was quite amazed at how it coloured up and just looked the colour of a pretzel that lovely deep brown…

Pretzel Bread

When you remove it from the oven brush with the melted butter and enjoy it!

Did you know?

It’s a given that processed foods can save you a little time. But what you gain in convenience, you lose in money, environmental impact and maybe even health.
That’s because processed foods require more labour to convert them from their natural state to something that fits in a box, bag or tub.

You’re also paying for the chemicals added to the processed food to keep them fresh.
You’re paying for the packaging, too, which is totally worthless once you get it home. Indeed, $1 out of every $11 you spend at the grocery store you spend on packaging you throw away.

I will give you a simple example…Tomato Ketchup.

I find most processed ketchup contains way too much sugar. You can reduce the sugar down and spice it just the way you like it if you make your own.

You can make it from canned tomatoes, but to avoid the packaging and avoid Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is a controversial chemical compound present in commercially available tin can plastic linings and transferred to canned food. The inside of the can is coated with an epoxy coating, in an attempt to prevent food or beverage from coming into contact with the metal.

Another reason why I use fresh plum tomatoes which you can get at the grocery store or your local farmer’s market unless of course you grow your own.

Another bonus is you can make as much or as little as you like and its easy…

Just peel, seed and dice the tomatoes, add a tablespoon or so of minced red onion, a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar, minced garlic and hot sauce like siracha if you want some spice. Process in a food processor.

If it’s not as thick as you’d like, simmer it on low until some of the liquid evaporates. You can also play with spices like ground ginger, cinnamon, honey and cloves.

The beauty of making it yourself is that you can make it exactly the way you like it and the amount that you want.

As my grandkids don’t eat ketchup or eat it very rarely, I make a small amount at a time maybe 3 large tomatoes, 2 tbsp minced red onions, a clove of garlic, 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, tbsp of siracha and some cinnamon and smoked paprika is our preferred recipe just don’t be afraid to experiment.

I was very recipe driven before I lived here and none of the Thais who have taught me to cook use recipe books…which has meant I have learnt to rely on my eye and my taste which means the food is far better…even my grandkids will say to me nan you need more lime juice, chilli or fish sauce they do the same which I think is great it develops a good palate…

Does it matter?

How you slice your onions?…actually yes it does.

If you slice an onion from end to end, it will have a milder flavour than if you slice it across the middle. That’s because cutting an onion releases flavour compounds, and how you slice with or against the grain releases more or fewer compounds.

When you cut your onion from end to end or with the grain, you cause less damage and release fewer compounds than when you slice through the middle.

Slicing through the middle, or against the grain, causes a greater disruption and leaves you with a stronger, more pungent taste.

So, the next time you go to slice rings for your burger and you love to taste your onions think before you slice…

Growing Your Own:

Egg Boxes and Egg Shells…

The seeds which I planted in egg shells have started to pop their heads above ground but did you know that when you transfer your seedlings to their permanent home or just a larger home that the egg shells you are planting with them provide calcium to the soil?

The calcium from eggshells is also welcome in garden soil, where it moderates soil acidity while providing nutrients for plants.

The shells also contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium which are most vital for healthy growth, calcium is also essential for building healthy “bones” aka the cell walls of a plant…win-win all round and no waste…

Conservation Corner…

I have long admired the Japanese for their foresight and their environmental knowledge and practises. Do you know how the Japanese make wood without cutting down trees? I didn’t until I came across this practise called Daisugiit… is both brilliant and fascinating.

How The Japanese Make Wood WITHOUT Cutting Down Trees!

Covid-19…has rampaged through the world…many have unfortunately died, many have lost their jobs, schools have had to close…BUT there have been positives…This is one of them…That it is a good news story about a species of cat makes me happy as I am a firm believer that the animal world is far better at conservation than we are …I also believe that the animal kingdom should be nurtured and cherish as they are vital to our survival…

This is an interesting article which highlights all the areas and causes of the lynx coming back from near extinction…

Sustainability is on the agenda…Food and jobs are on the agenda…a healthy world is on the agenda…

Are you ready to join me in making your kitchen and garden a little greener, are you ready to cook from scratch more often and to count chemicals instead of calories and cost? Love Carol xx

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: Amazon US

Connect to Carol – Blog: Carol Cooks 2 – Twitter: @CarolCooksTwo – Facebook: Carol Taylor

 

My thanks to Carol for another fascinating post about how we can make a big difference to our health and that of the environment.. do head over to her blog to follow her and take your appetite… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round up – 14th – 20th March 2021 – Tom Jones, Egg Boxes, Poetry, Stories, Reviews and Funnies


Welcome to the round up with posts that you might have missed during the week here on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are doing well.. lots going on in the world as usual, and Europe in particular appears to be struggling to contain Covid with many countries seeing a new wave forming. Unfortunately, as in the case of Paris.. giving the population even a few hours notice means that millions pack up and leave for rural areas.. but if it is a hotbed of infection that   increases the spread of the disease further across the country. I know it sounds draconian but I don’t think you should announce there is going to be a lockdown in 12hours or three days. You just do it and stop anyone leaving. It would also stop the idiots who decide to throw a massive party the night before lockdown because of the restrictions coming in to force the next morning… The virus is not going to wait until the next morning to infect you.. it is an opportunist and will be very happy to join the party…Sounds like a recipe for disaster…

Ignore me I am just being a grumpy old woman this morning.

We have had a few days of sunshine and I have been sitting in the garden in the afternoons with my reader and enjoying living in another world.. that is the great thing about fantasy of all kinds, although kind of disturbing when you prefer the fantasy world to the one you currently live in!  Apparently it will be a little cloudier in coming days but I hope to be able to sneak out for an hour or two.

And, I am so much luckier than many by having a garden to sit in and for us both to be in good health.. More or less as my knee dislocated two weeks ago.. it does that when it gets tetchy as I am missing a ligament.. however it pops back nicely.  This time I was over compensating as I hobbled around using a stick, and this irritated my other hip and then my back went out in sympathy. I was pretty much immobile for the last 10 days but improving daily.This is not the first time and won’t be the last and it is mainly due to me not being able to swim everyday in a weightless environment, which keeps the necessary muscles tight and supportive.

Once the swimming pools reopen I will get back to it, despite my reluctance to be seen in public in a bathing suit and the necessity to wear a bathing cap that is dreadfully unflattering, and to my mind pretty useless at stopping hair clogging the outlets or spreading unsavoury particles. Especially when you think some men are extremely hairy all over including beards etc, and have far more follicles that I do on my head… perhaps they should be wearing an all in one rubber suit in the pool or clingfilm….now there’s a vision!

As always I am hugely grateful to William Price King, Debby Gies and Carol Taylor for sharing their love of music, humour and the environment with us.

I know that many of you already know that Debby’s husband has been diagnosed with advanced cancer and is now home with her. Whilst her focus in on G’s care and well-being, Debby is still visiting blogs, share posts and connecting with her friends in the writing community when she has some time to spare. Very important to have that small window of outside interaction when you are a full-time carer. You can read her latest update and I know she would welcome your comments – Update blogging, health and wellness 

Debby would like the funnies that we collaborate on to continue, so I will be raiding the archives here and on her Facebook for upcoming posts and they will go out as usual on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Debby is working on her next Realm of Relationship Column  but rather than have the pressure of a deadline, we thought we might share the first posts of the series which began in January 2020 every Monday to bring new readers to the blog up to speed. They start on March 29th.

I think that is us up to date… so on with the week’s posts.

– The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1965 Part One

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – #Crumpets, #Baking Soda, #Minced Garlic and Egg Boxes uses. 

– A return to Tales from the Irish Garden – Winter: Chapter Five – The Dapperman 

Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge No 216 – #shadorma – Mother Earth 

#Fantasy – Soul Swallowers (The Shattered Sea Book 1) by D.Wallace Peach 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War by Marina Osipova 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Thriller – The Reckoning Squad by S. Burke 

Sunday 14th March 2021 – #Interview D.Wallace Peach, #Reading Robbie Cheadle, #RoundUp Carol Taylor 

#ReaderPeeves Anner R. Allen, #Reviewing The Story Reading Ape,#Bookoffer Andrew Joyce.. 

#Interview D.G.Kaye and M.J. Mallon, #IOW Stevie Turner, #Funnies Marcia Meara 

Thursday March 18th 2021 #Audiobook Annie Chiappetta, #Reblogging Hugh Roberts, #Indiancookery Sowmya’s Spicy Corner 

#FREE Book Marketing Opportunities 2021 – Making the most of your promotion  

Recent reviews – #Wolves Elizabeth Jade, #Bees Paul Noel 

New Authors on the Shelves – #Poetry – Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku by Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis 

#Memoir – Arranging a Dream by J.Q. Rose 

#Poetry – Midnight Haiku: : A Year in Contemplation by Sue Vincent 

#Paranormal Marcia Meara, #Supernatural Adele Marie Park, #Poetry Harmony Kent, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll. 

-#SocialMedia – The Importance of Rules and Regulations and Why We Should Follow Them by Patty L. Fletcher 

-#Grief: Collective Underpinnings In Sudden Loss and Importance of One’s Personal Journey. LaDonna Remy MSW, LICSW 

– #Life #1960s A Birthday Reflection by Gwen M. Plano 

Turning Back the Clock 2021 – Part Ten – Anti-Aging- Keeping the Brain Young  

What causes your Cravings? – Part One – Dehydration 

March 16th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Hippos and Doctor one liners 

March 18th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pants and Chimp Wisdom 

Mid-week boost – More humour from the family….Ketchup and Catfish 

March 19th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Marriage Alphabet and Anesthesiology 

 

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

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – February 14th – 20th 2021 – Romance, Songs 1960s, Chilled soups, book reviews, videos and funnies


Welcome to the update of posts that you might have missed from the week here on Smorgasbord.

I hope all is well with you. Quiet here except for the noise of the wind howling around the house and the six inch puddle stretching across the front of the house. I know I wished I had a swimming pool but clearly the genie was having an off day.

The garden birds have been having a tough time of it with the winds and driving rain making it difficult to fly, particularly for the small birds such as the sparrows and tits. I usually buy my birdseed and fat balls at the garden centre or at a push smaller packs as the supermarket but of course the centres have been shut since the New Year and the supermarket shelves are bare of both seed and other products. One store has at least got some sunflower hearts and I have mixed that with sultanas and cooked brown rice.. They can at least digest that easily and it has nutrients for them.. The sunflower hearts provide the good fats and protein.

I have taken to put some on the ground as well as on our platform feeder and hanging baskets and hopefully they will get enough nourishment.

They are staying in the thick hedge in our back garden but when I got out (dressed in full wet gear) there is a sudden chorus of song and I can feel hundreds of eyes on me… as soon as the back door closes they are in the feeders and on the ground which is encouraging.

Anyway.. on with the posts from the week and as always my gratitude to William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Carol Taylor for their terrific contributions and to you for visiting, sharing and commenting.. it keeps me motivated..

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1963 – Part One

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – February 2021 – Online Dating – Staying Safe

Bread, Homemade Peanut Butter and Home Grown Vegetables and Herbs.

St. Valentine’s Day – The Meaning of Romance to Me by Sally Cronin

Charlie the Junkyard Dog

 

 

Barbados and the last letter home 1986. Sally Cronin

#WWI – #Family Saga – The Heart Stone by Judith Barrow

#Children’s – A Beechworth Bakery Bears e-Book (too) by Frank Prem

– Past Book Reviews 2020 -My Name is Danny – #Doglovers – Tales from Danny the Dog assisted by Andrew Joyce.

Butterfly Cinquain – Fate’s Voice by Sally Cronin

Your Own Opinions And Feelings #selfaware by Toni Pike

#Finance – Working with a Financial Planner by Sharon Marchisello

– #Spying – The Story about House Hunting While Being Watched by D.G. Kaye

#Q&A D.G. Kaye, #Valentines Carol Taylor, #Interview as guest of Amy Reade

#Swearing The Story Reading Ape, #Deserts Cindy Knoke, #Speedreading Robbie Cheadle

-#JulesVerne Carol Seidl, #Waves Melanie Stewart, #Medication D.G.Kaye

#Reviews by V.M.Sang, #Cookbook Marian Beaman, #IrishMyths I.E. Kneverday

#Teaching Pete Springer, #Betrayal Abigail Johnston, #Hitching Andrew Joyce

Turning Back the Clock 2021 – Part Six – Anti-Aging and Oxygen

Salads are not just for Summer

New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

#Psychological Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Thriller Alex Craigie,

#Thriller Gwen M. Plano, #WIIDrama Marina Osipova, #Paranormal John W. Howell

February 16th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

February 18th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Vows and Good Deeds

February 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Flying first class and Shakespeare insults

 

Thank you for all your support and I hope you will drop in again next week… enjoy your weekend.. thanks Sally.