Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – ABBA, Constantine The Great and Brown Rice!


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week.. I was off on my travels this week to Belfast to celebrate our wedding anniversary and to visit the Titanic museum. We don’t get out much!  But, when we do we like to push the boat out. We stayed at the Culloden Estate and Spa with a suite overlooking the loch and only 3 miles from Belfast City Centre and 10 minutes from the Belfast City Airport. It is on 12 acres of wooded gardens and the food was superb. I think 37 years is worth celebrating in style. Here are a few photos to whet you appetite. In fact mid-week rates for two days are exceptionally good value and you can use the spa and swimming pool free during your stay.. and no…you do not get to see me in a bikini!  Not in this lifetime anyway.

Can definitely recommend the hotel and the food was delicious. https://www.hastingshotels.com/culloden-estate-and-spa/

Titanic Belfast is an award winning exhibition and museum and you need to allow at least two hours to see all the various exhibits, interactive displays and the ride by suspended car through the bowels of the ship watching the animated images showing the work involved in building this mammoth ship.. no works comp in those days and over 250 accidents and several fatalities that need to be added to the loss of life over a few hours a short time after her launch.

You can find more details here: http://titanicbelfast.com/

Anyway, whilst I was off having fun for my three days, contributors were still working away in my absence and I am as always very grateful. This is what the week looked like.

William Price King began a new series of the all time favourites of millions.. ABBA… this week meeting the individual band members.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-abba-meet-the-group/

Writer in Residence. This week Paul Andruss continues with the story of Constantine the Great who was allegedly the first Roman Christian Emperor.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/writer-in-residence-the-thirteenth-apostle-and-his-mum-part-two-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor spent time in her kitchen in Thailand to turn the raw brown rice grains into wonderful recipes for all the family.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-brown-rice-nutritious-and-delicious/

Cook from Scratch with Robbie Cheadle and a cake you really would not want to cut into and eat.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/cook-from-scratch-2017-how-to-make-a-fishing-boy-cake-by-robbie-cheadle/

The Ultimate Bucket List Interview

Robbie Cheadle joins us again for the last in the current series of Sunday Interview shows and shares her two top wishes on her Ultimate Bucket List.. Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-wedding-cakes-and-a-very-personal-wish-by-robbie-cheadle/

Personal Stuff

My review for Look the Other Way by Kristina Stanley a romantic thriller set in the warm coastal waters of Florida and the Caribbean.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorgasborg-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-look-the-other-way-by-kristina-stanley/

Smorgasbord Reblogs

Last week I was the guest of Christy Birmingham on her eclectic blog, writing about elderly health care in the colder months and some ways to avoid colds and flu.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-reblog-elderly-health-care-keeping-colds-at-bay-by-sally-cronin/

Jessica Norrie visited Lisbon last week and apart from a tour of the old part of the city, she also shares some of the books written or set in the city.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorbasbord-reblog-lisbon-city-of-books-by-jessica-norrie/

Contributors to the Posts from Your Archives series

We are today because of the choices we have made… Carol Taylor explores where those choices lead us.. and how we feel about that.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-i-am-who-i-am-today-because-of-the-choices-i-made-yesterday-by-eleanor-roosevelt-from-carol-taylor/

Allie Potts has an eventful walk with her beloved dog.. and comes a cropper….and shares the lesson learnt.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-get-a-grip-a-painful-lesson-on-when-to-hold-on-by-allie-potts/

J. Hope Suis shares the most beautiful Japanese restoration process that turns broken china into works of art with gold and silver. Something that as humans we can learn too when putting ourselves back together after life’s experiences.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-when-the-flaw-becomes-the-beauty-by-j-hope-suis/

Do you wish that you had not selected your Twitter handle in the beginning?  Rosie Amber takes us through the simple steps to change it. I am @sgc58 and realise I should have gone with RedHotMama.. ah well.. if only I hadn’t just had 500 business cards printed!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archive-how-to-change-your-twitter-handle-from-rosie-amber/

Karen Ingalls shares a post in tribute to an elderly friend who passed away after a gracious life well-lived.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-she-passed-by-karen-ingalls/

Can you remember your first kiss.. Patricia Salamone shares this experience with an interesting outcome!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-post-from-your-archives-first-kiss-by-patricia-salamone/

Darlene Foster takes us on a tour of a medieval market in Orihuela in Spain.. food, colour and sunshine.. what else do you need?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-spain-orihuela-medieval-market-by-darlene-foster/

Having almost given up showing my mother how to operate the DVD player with a different remote from the TV … I take my hat off to Jane Risdon who managed to get an 83 year old relative online and on Facebook… I think Jane was on herbal stress relief!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-gas-lamps-harry-randals-sat-navs-and-ipads-by-jane-risdon/

Annika Perry shares an atmospheric visit to Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-gothic-enlightenment-by-annika-perry/

Adrienne Morris is on the subject of toxic criticism and how to handle it.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-how-to-handle-criticism-by-adrienne-morris/

Marian Beaman shares her wonderful tradition of family dinners through the decades.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-dinners-keeping-the-spark-alive-by-marian-beaman/

Lillian Csernica continues her tour through the gracious city of Kyoto

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/smorgasbord-reblog-posts-from-your-archives-kiyomizu-dera-kyoto-day-four-by-lillian-csernica/

D.Wallace Peach with a post about what defines the characters that we write about, and the stereotyping that is applied to emotional character,  according to the gender of your protagonist.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-strength-of-character-by-d-wallace-peach/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-christmas-archives-christmas-magic-from-a-bit-about-britain/

Do you know what a Fidget Spinner is?  I didn’t but I do now courtesy of Cecilia Kennedy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-fidget-spinners-by-cecilia-kennedy/

Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes join us with their archive posts this week. It would seem that children are discovering the joys of computing earlier and earlier. I was in my early 30s when I was introduced to one and I only really used it for word processing and loved the freedom it gave me from tipex! It was a while before I got into the programme side and that was a huge dent in my self-confidence… read on.. I am not alone.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-children-are-our-future-jaye-marie-and-anita-dawes/

Smorgasbord Poetry

A poem on the subject of Happiness by Balroop Singh

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/smorgasbord-poetry-happiness-by-balroop-singh/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelvesmany-hats-of-a-lady-ladies-of-entrepreneurship-by-brenda-scruggs/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-susan-toy-john-maberry-and-jack-eason/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-malia-ann-haberman-david-lawlor-and-geoff-le-pard/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-air-your-reviews-v-l-mcbeath-stevie-turner-and-jann-weeratunga/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-andrew-joyce-molly-stevens-and-deanna-kahler/

Monday Night Quiz with Debra Russell author of Trivia Lover’s Ultimate Reference

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-quiz-night-trivia-lovers-ultimate-reference-questions-by-debra-russell-winner-receives-free-book/

Humour and afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-challenge-can-you-keep-your-eyes-open-during-this-video/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-from-the-archives-parrots-hamsters-and-polo-mints/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-rewind-traffic-cop-michael-jackson-in-traffic/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dogs-under-the-dining-room-table/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-interrogator-discovers-who-stole-the-cookie/

Thank you to all the contributors and to you for all your support by dropping in, liking posts, commenting and sharing..

 

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Cook from Scratch 2017- How to make a Fishing Boy Cake by Robbie Cheadle


The very talented master confectioner, Robbie Cheadle, is sharing another of her wonderfully decorated cakes today that would make any child (of any age) very happy on a special occasion.

How to make a Fishing Boy Cake by Robbie Cheadle

I decided to make a fishing boy cake. My idea was that the boy would be asleep on a raft on a river running through a field. There would be fish, which would be laughing at the sleeping boy and a few cows in the field.

The picture above shows the detail of the two cows that I made out of fondant for this cake. It also shows the fish with their heads poking out of the water. I didn’t make the fish – Beacon sweets have already perfected marshmallow fish and I saw no reason to try and improve on their creations. I sliced the heads of the marshmallow fish off at an angle so that they would poke out of the blue butter cream icing water.

I made the rocks out of larger peanut chocolate clusters and smaller Hokey Pokey chocolate clusters which I bought during a recent visit to Auckland, New Zealand. Coconut clusters would work just as well but I bought the Hokey Pokey clusters as an experiment [it turned out to be a rather nice one]. I used small flower cutters to cut out a number of orange and yellow flowers which I glued in clusters around the chocolate cluster rocks.

I made the fishing boy out of fondant. I also made the sail out of a sheet of fondant cut into a square and left to dry overnight. The raft is made from four TimTam biscuits which I also acquired on my New Zealand visit. I “glued” the TimTam’s together using royal icing. The mast was made from two thirds of a chocolate flaky which I cut to size.

CAKE ASSEMBLY

I made the actual cake from a large rectangular chocolate cake and a smaller square vanilla cake. I cut the “river bed” into the cake using a small, sharp knife. I then covered the whole cake with a layer of vanilla butter icing. I coloured fondant a lovely leaf green, rolled it out and covered the entire cake with a layer of green fondant. I used a small, sharp knife to cut away the excess fondant around the edges of the cake. I created the butter icing river using a light blue icing which I swirled around using the tines of a fork to give it a rough look like water. I used royal icing to attach the chocolate cluster rocks and cows as detailed above and attached the raft to the blue butter icing. And bingo, I had created my sleeping fishing boy cake.

©Robbie Cheadle 2016

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook on Goodreads

Linda Hill rated it it was amazing Books and chocolate – the perfect combination. On October 21st 2017

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook, but it still took me by surprise.

Firstly, the illustrations (made from fondant and cakes) are incredible and enhance the narrative so skilfully. I got quite hungry just looking at the photographs and that was before I even got to the recipes.

I thought the rhyme scheme was very well maintained making the book good for slightly older reluctant readers as well as enhancing the vocabulary of younger readers. I don’t know if it was deliberate, but I really liked the concept of trolls saving the day. They are usually seen as negative and violent creatures and I felt the underlying message of being helpful and not judging others by appearances was perfectly pitched.

I really enjoyed the whole creativity of this book, not just from the imaginative story set in a land where all things can be eaten, but I loved the accessible recipes and the poem It’s A Boy, which came as a surprise and a more adult element to the book, too.

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook is a feel good, creative book that can be enjoyed on many levels by both adults and children of all ages alike.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Plus.googlehttps://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

My thanks to Robbie for sharing this recipe and please head over to her blog to catch up on some wonderful posts about the art of fondant icing and baking.

Smorgasbord Health – Cook From Scratch – Moist Honey Cake by Robbie Cheadle


Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael are the authors of a wonderful series of children’s story and cookbooks. Today Robbie is sharing one of her recipes for a moist honey cake. It is important to have a diet rich in vegetables and fruit… and it is also essential to have something to go with a cup of tea some times…

Moist Honey Cake by Robbie Cheadle

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet love bees of all kinds. They are very good friends with the sugar dough bees who live in Chocolate Land and make sweet and sour sugar dough.

They are also good friends with the English bumble bees and really love honey. Sir Chocolate makes a particularly delicious and moist honey cake which he adapted from a traditional Jewish recipe.

Ingredients

  • 875 ml (3 ½ cups) cake flour
  • 5 ml baking powder (10 ml if you live in a wetter climate like the UK)
  • 20 ml ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 ml ground cloves
  • 2.5 ml allspice
  • 250 ml melted butter
  • 200 ml honey
  • 250 ml white sugar
  • 125 ml sticky brown sugar
  • 4 medium eggs at room temperature
  • 5 ml vanilla extract
  • 250 ml coffee
  • 125 ml orange juice
  • 60 ml whiskey
  • 125 ml chopped nuts of your choice

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a large round baking tin.
Mix the flour, white and brown sugar, baking powder and spices. Add the melted butter, coffee, orange juice, whiskey and vanilla essence. Mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Add the honey and the eggs, lightly beaten. Lastly mix in the chopped nuts.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

©Robbie Cheadle 2017 and all images

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

The most recent review for Silly Willy Goes to Capetown

Every so often I dip into the world of children’s fiction and I’ve yet to be disappointed! Ms Cheadle has delivered a tale that is funny and real and simply a delight to read.

Cautious Craig tells the story of his holiday in Cape Town – all the fun things they did and experienced and how his younger brother Silly Willy causes chaos along the way.

The recipes and fondant art creations round out a delicious book! Recommended for children able to read chapter books and anyone who enjoys an amusing tale.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

My thanks to Robbie for sharing this recipe and please head over to her blog to catch up on some wonderful posts. If you have some recipes to share that are family favourites and made from natural ingredients please let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Health – Cook From Scratch – Delicious and easy brown yoghurt bread by Robbie Cheadle


Delighted that baker and confectioner, Robbie Cheadle is going to be sharing some recipes with us in the coming weeks. Get the butter ready as today Robbie is sharing an easy bread recipe that will need lashings of it.

Delicious and easy brown yoghurt bread by Robbie Cheadle

 

Sir Chocolate lives in a land where you can eat everything, even the trees, flowers and houses. There are healthy foods in Chocolate Land, you can’t live on sweet treats!
In each of his recipe books, Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet include one savoury recipe to teach children how to bake delicious and healthy foods as well as the lovely, yummy goodies.

One of the bread recipes that Sir Chocolate likes to make is a brown yoghurt bread. This is his recipe for how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 500 ml self-raising white flour;
  • 500 ml nutty wheat flour;
  • 15 ml sticky brown sugar;
  • 5 ml salt;
  • 500 ml plain yoghurt;
  • 5 ml baking soda (bicarbonate of soda).

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.

In a medium sized bowl, mix the white flour, nutty wheat flour, brown sugar and salt together. Mix in half of the yoghurt. Add the baking soda to the remaining yoghurt and mix until it is frothy. Add the frothy yoghurt to the mixture and knead with your hands until all of the dry ingredients have been fully absorbed into the mixture.

Scoop the mixture into a prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

This bread is delicious when eaten fresh with butter.

©Robbie Cheadle 2017 and all images

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

The most recent review for Silly Willy Goes to Capetown

Every so often I dip into the world of children’s fiction and I’ve yet to be disappointed! Ms Cheadle has delivered a tale that is funny and real and simply a delight to read.

Cautious Craig tells the story of his holiday in Cape Town – all the fun things they did and experienced and how his younger brother Silly Willy causes chaos along the way.

The recipes and fondant art creations round out a delicious book! Recommended for children able to read chapter books and anyone who enjoys an amusing tale.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

My thanks to Robbie for sharing this recipe and please head over to her blog to catch up on some wonderful posts. With Halloween coming up, if you have any reasonably healthy recipes to share that are a little wicked.. let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Posts from Your Archives – Life is like a Carousel by Carol Taylor


Welcome to the series where you can share four of your links from your archives here on my blog to a new audience. Perhaps posts that you wrote at the beginning of your blogging experience that deserve another showcase. If you have book promotion posts then please contact me separately for other options. Details of how to get in touch with me at the end of the post.

The monday midnight spot is for Carol Taylor until Christmas. Carol has a wealth of posts about Thailand, food and live in general which she is sharing from her archives.. along with of course her wonderful recipes on Wednesday’s Cook from Scratch with Carol and Sally.

This was actually Carol’s very first post and of course there was food.. some of it still hopping about… (not fair really as it was released safely back into the wild)

Where to start…help…

The watery sun was just rising. Already warm, time to water my seedlings. The tomatoes are about 2 inches high and the lettuces have just broken through the sandy soil. Collecting my can I wandered into the kitchen half in a dream wondering what the day would bring. Turning on the tap the water came out with a stop start, stop, start….. immediately something flew out of the watering can, you can imagine I screamed, dropped the can..hubby come running probably imagining that I had chopped off a limb.

Looking up I spied a little tree frog clinging for dear life on my utensil rack..well a pair of tongs is more accurate and that little frog was probably more scared than me. Hubby giving me the look that said it’s only a frog…. gently removed the tongs from the rack and carried it gently outside and over to a tree…poor frog was probably sooo petrified that it didn’t move a muscle.

“Carol come here I think there is frog spawn on the tree.”

I thought frogs laid eggs in water ..but it was a tree frog. Looking I spied mummy frog with her baby clinging for dear life to her back and daddy frog slightly apart but watching warily – Camera quick….

Wow.. first camera shoot of the day over, my thoughts turned to those boxes.
Yes… boxes, the kind you pack when you move and then when you unpack you wonder why on earth you packed some of it. A productive morning spent unpacking, repacking for

A productive morning spent unpacking, repacking for storage, some to go into the bin and some put out by the bin. We have a little man who comes by every day to see what we have for recycling. Most days he just gets bottles but today he got a treat, bags, a job lot of colourful unwanted Xmas hats…from when we had our bar. Handbags.”don’t know why you have so many bags “that was him indoors. So for once……I listened and I acted..well threw two out.

Time to eat…..A first for me winged beans otherwise known as (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as the Goa bean, asparagus pea, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, Manila bean, Mauritius bean, and winged pea.

This is one of the most unusual beans; it produces delicious pods with four winged edges. Sliced and cooked with garlic, oyster sauce and a little maggi they were delicious.

Winged bean is nutrient rich, and all parts of the plant are edible. Leaves can be eaten like spinach, flowers can be used in salads, tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds can be used in similar ways as the soybean.
Well, that’s it for my first blog.

Cos it’s back to the drawing board.

I am still trying to wrestle with this super, easy to do web site/blog but I think super easy means if you are a bright young thing who was born with their fingers attached to a keypad then it may be, but for me …well good job I don’t need any more grey hairs cos mmmmmm…it sure ain’t.

©Carol Taylor 2014


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!

Connect to Carol

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

Please feel free to share thanks Sally

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/

If you would like to share some of your archive posts from when you began blogging, then please send up to four links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com..Thanks Sally

Cook from Scratch – Mushroom soup and Mushroom Chilli Carbonara


Mushrooms have wonderful health benefits and you can find out more about them and more delicious recipes here in a recent cook from scratch with Sally and Carol: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-mushrooms/

I love soups in the winter months and like to buy the boxes of mixed mushrooms with all their varying flavours that bring depth to a soup.

CREAMY MUSHROOM SOUP

When preparing mushrooms remember that if you wash them you need to dry as much as possible before cooking, however with soup that is not too much of a problem since you need the liquid.

To serve four people a generous supper portion or six as a starter.

  • 250gm (8oz) mushrooms (the type of mushroom will determine colour – brown mushrooms give a depth of flavour but you can use shiitake or button too.
  • 1 medium onion.
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon and rind (try freezing your lemon before grating and you get the added vitamin C from the pith)
  • 600ml (pint) of chicken or vegetable stock.
  • 200ml (1/2 pint milk) I use full fat milk to give a creamy taste but you can use semi-skimmed.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (a pinch)
  • A half teaspoon of pimiento dulce to add a little spice and colour.

Preparation
Wash and slice the mushrooms and put into a pan with the finely chopped onion and grated rind and lemon juice. Pour in the stock and milk and add the thyme and salt and pepper.

Cover the pan and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Liquidise the soup and then return to the pan to reheat and check the seasoning.
Serve hot with warm French bread.

MUSHROOM CHILLI CARBONARA

I love pasta although I do not eat as much carbohydrates these days as my requirement is much less than it used to be. However, we have a pasta dish with or without meat at least once a week. Here is a recipe using mushrooms and with a touch of added heat from chilli.

Serves 4 people.

  • 250gm (8oz) button, chestnut or shiitake mushrooms.
  • 300ml (1/2pint) hot water
  • 225gm (8oz) pasta of your choice – Tagliatelle or spaghetti is great especially whole wheat.
  • 1 crushed garlic clove or level teaspoon of garlic powder if you like the spice.
  • 25/30gm (just over an 1oz) butter
  • 15ml (1tbsp) Olive oil (do not worry about virgin or extra virgin for frying)
  • 1 Teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) single cream
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese and some chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Preparation

Cook the pasta according to the preparation information on the packet, drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a pan lightly sauté the garlic if you have used fresh cloves in the butter and oil.

Add the mushrooms, chilli flakes and cook for about three minutes.

Pour in your hot water and boil to reduce the sauce.

Beat the eggs and the cream with the seasoning.

Add the cooked pasta to the pan of mushrooms and then add the eggs and cream.

Mix through the ingredients

Reheat so that the eggs are cooked but don’t boil.

Serve in a bowl with grated parmesan and chopped parsley.

Images Pinterest.

You will find other recipes for the foods that I consider to be essential to our diet in Sally and Carol’s Cook from Scratch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

I hope you will enjoy trying these two recipes – thanks Sally..

If you have a recipe that you would like to share then please email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Cafe and Bookstore revamp, Archived Post bonanza and great guests.

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Welcome to the weekly round up and so pleased that there have been so many guests this week. Delighted too that the Posts from your Archives has proved so popular. Some wonderful posts this week from Pete Johnson, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor, Jennie Fitzkee and Deana Metzke with more bloggers joining next week with the start of their four week series.

My thanks as always to William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor for their contribution to the blog with fabulous posts covering music, mystery and legends and food.

And, last but not least, thank you for your continued support, views, likes, shares and comments...

Here are the posts from the week that you might have missed..

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones The Finale

This week was the last part in the series featuring Sir Tom Jones and some of his hits from the last decade. Still going strong at 77, this dynamic performer clearly has a huge following across all age groups.  Here he is in 1977 with another performer who has crossed the decades with style.. Tina Turner and Hot Legs. Next week we begin a new series with that fabulous talent – Dionne Warwick.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-career-and-hits-2007-to-2017/

Writer in residence – Paul Andruss

It was Paul’s birthday yesterday and he recently sent me a post called The Gift and rather than share later in the series, I decided to share on Friday in honour of his special day. Paul writes exclusive posts for Smorgasbord that take a huge amount of research and time to prepare and I am eternally grateful that he accepted the invitation to be writer in residence. I am sure if you missed this post you will enjoy heading over to read. Thought provoking and resulted in some interesting comments.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gift-by-paul-andruss/

Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and this week the health benefits of watercress and some wonderful recipes provided by Carol after creating in her kitchen in Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-watercress-more-iron-than-spinach/

The Ultimate Bucket List – the top two items on Luanne Castle’s bucket list… time travel…and read on to find out what else.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-luanne-castle-with-time-travel-and-zeeland/

Posts from your Archives

So pleased at the response to this series which showcases posts from YOUR archives. Perhaps from the start of your blogging career when you may have had fewer followers and you would like to share again with MINE.. It is a way of not only promoting your blog but also if you have books to promote I will add those in too. Email me with four links to posts that you would like to share again. If you want to promote your books then we can do that separately. I am looking for posts that are about life, love, adventure or an experience that you feel made a difference in your life.  Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Here are this week’s Posts From Your Archives.

Carol Taylor with an entertaining anecdote about her father who despite requiring a walker for mobility managed to do some Cirque de Soleil moves!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/posts-from-your-archives-its-not-what-you-look-at-that-matters-but-what-you-see-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete with a life changing experience that all parents can relate to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/posts-from-your-archives-pete-johnson-with-not-waving-but-drowning/

Deana Metzke shared her experiences with the Olympics and her young son’s reaction to watching on television

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/posts-from-your-archives-parenting-raising-readers-the-little-engine-that-could-and-the-olympics-by-d-metzke/

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies with a post on a relationship issue that applies to both male and female partners. When one is receiving more attention and success than the other it can require careful thought and management.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/posts-from-your-archives-5-indicators-your-partner-may-feel-insecure-with-your-success-and-how-to-rectify-by-d-g-kaye/

Jennie Fitzkee with reflections on the natural and unaffected conversation with young children

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/posts-from-your-archives-lunchtime-conversations-in-the-classroom-its-important-by-jennie-fitzkee/

New Series – Guess Who I Bumped Into – I shall be doing my usual browse through my readers and will share a blogger each week who is new to me and who I think you might like to meet too. This week  author Peter Davidson who has published 28 books and has just begun a blog.. Marital Advice to my Grandson.. very entertaining.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/new-series-guess-who-i-just-bumped-into-author-peter-davidson-and-marital-advice-to-my-grandson/

Book Promotions – Air your Reviews – A chance to show case your most recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-judith-barrow-and-vashti-quiroz-vega/

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paulett-mahurin-teagan-geneviene-and-bette-a-stevens/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates – New Releases and Reviews

N.B. The cafe and bookstore has had a facelift and over the coming weeks I will be increasing the number of book covers displayed and will also be including and extract from the most recent review for one of those books. The aim is to encourage readers to click the review link and end up in the buy page… I hope it helps.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-joyce-k-gatschenberger-john-w-howell-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-jane-dougherty-mary-smith-and-lucy-brazier/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – New authors on the shelves of the Bookstore… if you would like to be featured then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-come-back-by-melissa-maygrove/

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by author Lyn Horner – My odd jobs that inspire my stories and characters.

This week I get to grips with a sword wielding champagne magnet and fall in love – not a bad day’s work! https://lynhorner.com/2017/10/02/special-guest-sally-cronin-the-odd-jobs-gal-swashbuckle-and-romance/

Media Training for Authors – the series continues with a look at the some of the online watering holes where readers gather. There are several out there and once you get started you can explore others that might suit you better but achieve the same result. Bringing you together with readers and reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-gather-around-the-right-waterholes/

Moyhill Publishing – Update.

Now that the house and garden renovations are nearing the end (garden weather dependent!) Moyhill Publishing is up and running again and we have been working quietly in the background for the last couple of months. We have just received a wonderful testimonial and I have updated some of the details and covers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/moyhill-publishing-working-with-indie-authors-established-2004/

Health – that time of year when we need to make sure we are making dietary and lifestyle changes to boost our immune system.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterising-your-body-influenza-the-opportunistic-pathogen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-snacks-and-dips-for-your-guests/

Smorgasbord Pet health – Hip Dysplasia – get to know your puppy’s relatives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-pet-health-hip-dysplasia-a-good-reason-to-meet-you-puppys-relatives/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-gender-specific-nouns/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/afternoon-video-rewind-abstract-art-by-a-mammoth-talent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-more-observations-on-life-from-cowboys-and-cats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dog-language-and-other-canine-behaviours/

Thank you once again for dropping and as always your feedback is very welcome. 

 

Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Food in the News – Gluten Free products and health!


Smorgasbord Health 2017

There are definitely some of you reading this that need to maintain a gluten free diet because of celiac disease or other intestinal health issues that have been diagnosed.

However, there are many who believe that swapping their wholegrain bread for gluten free products is going to be the healthier option or to lose weight. Unfortunately this is not always the case, as a very valuable source of nutrients including B-vitamins is removed from the diet. If there is no official diagnosis of gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you may be wasting a great deal of money on a product that contains far unhealthier ingredients.

I am not an advocate of giving up any particular food group, including whole grains, especially for growing children and young adults. For those of us who are no longer growing (except perhaps sideways), whole grains should still play a small to moderate role in our diet. This is also dependent on our activity levels and this food group provides us with energy. If you are a runner or involved in any sport or intensive activity for more than an hour a day, you will need to included more whole grains in your diet.

Here are two articles that expands on the issue, and it is worth reading the entire article to learn more about gluten and its role in our health. It is also important to note that the Gluten Free industry is worth approximately 8 billion dollars a year in the USA and even in Ireland consumers are spending 66million Euros per annum.

An extract from How to eat Gluten again without your body and mind going nuts by Anna Medaris Miller of health.USnews.com

For a little over a year, Jackie Diette didn’t eat gluten. In fact, the 30-year-old fashion director in New York City ate little more than vegetables, meats and healthy fats. “From [my health care team’s] expertise combined with my own research about the effects of food containing gluten, I was confident that removing it from my diet would help me obtain my weight loss goals,” she says.

She was right, and lost about 130 pounds. But now that Diette’s focus is weight maintenance, she realizes that some of the credit given to gluten-free eating – peddled as everything from a weight-loss method to a heart disease prevention strategy to a treatment for depression – might be misaligned. “My experience taught me that gluten itself isn’t necessarily the enemy,” says Diette, whose weight has remained stable for about five months with a healthy diet that includes some carbohydrates and gluten.

You can read the rest of the article here: http://health.usnews.com/wellness/food/articles/2017-08-14/how-to-eat-gluten-again-without-your-body-or-mind-going-nuts?

Here is another article from an Irish Professor of medicine on the subject in the Irish Times.

Eighty per cent of people who follow a gluten-free diet are not diagnosed coeliacs

People in Ireland are wasting tens of millions of euro each year on high-priced gluten-free products that do little or nothing to improve their health, a doctor has said.

Irish residents increased their spend on gluten-free food by €25 million over the past 12 months, and one in five consumers now regularly buys such products, despite the fact only 1 per cent of the population have coeliac disease, according to Bord Bia research published on Wednesday.

The research described gluten-free food as mainstream and said the market was worth about €66 million, a jump of 36 per cent in just one year.

Almost 80 per cent of those who told Bord Bia researchers they follow a gluten-free diet are not diagnosed as coeliac, while 38 per cent do not have any intolerance to wheat at all. They have adopted a gluten-free diet because they believe it to be a healthier lifestyle choice.

“We are all susceptible to the power of mass marketing and ultimately that is what this is, it is just a fad,” said Prof Fergus Shanahan, chair of the department of medicine at University College Cork. “I know people might say who is this arrogant doctor to dismiss a gluten-free diet as a fad, but for the vast majority of people, that is exactly what it is.”

Read the rest of the article: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/irish-people-wasting-millions-on-gluten-free-fad-says-doctor-1.3054291

These are just two opinions on the issue. In my twenty years as a nutritional therapist I have found that intestinal issues are caused by many other dietary additives than gluten including excess sugar and lack of a balanced intake of fresh vegetables and fruit. There are also causes for intestinal health issues including an overgrowth of Candida which leads to leaky gut syndrome, and overuse of certain medications.

I have also found that it is more often the ingredients that are added to wholegrains that cause a problem such as non-butter spreads, jams and processed sauces.

Following a cook from scratch approach to preparing natural, fresh produce usually results in an improvement in intestinal health and also weight and other health issues.

It is important that if you have a persistent intestinal problem that you seek a professional diagnosis rather than assume that you have a gluten intolerance. In around 80% of us this is not the case.

Thanks for dropping and as always your feedback is welcome.. Sally.

Cooking from Scratch 2017- Guest post invitation to those who love to cook Fresh Food.


Recently you might have seen a series of posts from Carol Taylor and myself on foods, their health benefits and some recipes to encourage us to include in our daily diet.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

Over the last four years I have enjoyed sharing your recipes that are Cooked From Scratch and I would love to share more of them.

Thanksgiving is coming up on November 23rd so it would be great to start getting recipes for that celebration and for the lead up to Christmas.

I would like to stay within the health area and invite those of you with favourite recipes that are cooked from scratch (no processed sauces etc) to guest post.  Old family favourites and new finds.  They do not have to be for specialised diets as long as they combine fresh food of all types. I am particularly keen on promoting recipes that will suit people on reduced sugar diets or have a problem with gluten.  Very often they can become stuck in a rut eating a handful of dishes that they feel safe with. When you submit a recipe it would be helpful if you have some illustrations with it but I can source those for you.

It would also be great to post dishes from around the world so that we can all share the wonderful ingredients such as spices that are so good for us.

You will of course receive full promotion for your blog, books and social media sites as I would like to make sure that you get some publicity from the post.

If you are interested please send an email to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. I look forward to hearing from you and we can talk about how best to showcase your recipe.  best wishes  Sally

redpeppers

Thank you for dropping by and I look forward to hearing from you.. Sally

Smorgasbord Guest Post – South African traditional food – Babotie Recipe by Tandy Sinclair.


When I was living as a child in Cape Town, my father who loved to experiment, would make lunch every Saturday. He made Babotie and it is absolutely delicious. When I mentioned on the blog recently, Tandy Sinclair very kindly volunteered to provide the traditional recipe for this family favourite.

Babotie is a traditional Cape Malay dish that usually contains sultanas

 

This recipe for Babotie comes from my Curry cook book. Babotie is a spiced minced meat baked with a savoury custard. According to the book, it was brought to South Africa by Southeast Asian slaves in the 17th Century. Babotie is a tribute to Cape Malay cooking styles and Islamic culinary influences. Boer settlers would bake their babotie in a hollowed out pumpkin. You can add sultanas, raisins or dried apricots to this babotie recipe to give it your own unique twist.

Ingredients for the mince

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed, roughly torn up
  • 125mls milk *
  • 30mls olive oil
  • 50g butter
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 600g lamb mince **
  • 12.5mls mild curry powder
  • 3.75mls ground cinnamon
  • Generous grind of black pepper
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 15mls mango atchar / chutney
  • 5mls demerara sugar – I used fructose
  • 15g blanched almonds, roughly chopped

for the savoury topping:

  • 6 bay leaves
  • Reserved milk *, plus extra to make it up to 100mls
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100mls cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • Ground nutmeg for sprinkling

Method for the mince

  • Place the bread into a small bowl and add the milk
  • Leave to stand while you prepare the mince
  • Heat the oil in an stove and oven proof casserole dish over a medium temperature
  • When hot add the butter and leave to melt
  • Sauté the onions and chillies until the onions are soft and golden
  • Add the garlic and mince and continue cooking until the mince is browned, stirring frequently
  • Season with the spices, black pepper and lemon zest and cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Squeeze the excess milk from the bread (*reserving the milk) and add the bread to the mince
  • Stir well to break up any lumps
  • Add the lemon juice, chutney, sugar and almonds and stir well
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool
  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius

for the savoury topping:

  • *** Place the bay leaves into the mince so that they stick out
  • Whisk together the milk, eggs and cream
  • Season generously before pouring the mixture over the mince
  • Sprinkle the top with ground nutmeg
  • Set the dish into a roasting pan and fill the roasting pan halfway with hot water
  • Bake for 35 minutes until the top is set

Serve with boiled rice, baked sweet potato, or in a hollowed out bread roll

My Notes
** use beef mince if you cannot get lamb mince*** at this stage you could transfer the mince to an oven proof dish but I prefer to bake it in the casserole dish

*** Follow this link for conversion tables and handy hints: http://tandysinclair.com/helpful-hints/

About Tandy Sinclair

Tandy’s first memories of food involve her paternal grandmother who always had enough food at her table to feed a small army. She can remember stepping into her grandmother’s pantry and eating pickled onions right out of the jar. The pantry also always had a container of crunchies and one bite of this treat transports her right back to that place. Coming from a Jewish family, high holy days meant cooking with all the aunts and it is her Aunty Tilly’s ice cream that was the inspiration behind her recipe book, Lavender & Lime. Tandy’s maternal grandfather was the first foodie she knew and he was a dab hand in the kitchen, making his own mayonnaise, marzipan and Steak Tartar among other meals. They shared a mutual passion for mustard and Tandy always has at least four jars in her fridge at any one time.

Tandy lives in Gordons Bay in a cottage with her husband and three dogs. Tandy and Dave are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. She is really looking forward to a bigger kitchen. In the meantime, all creations come out of a really small space. Tandy believes in spending money only once and so she saves up to get the kitchen tools she thinks are the best quality. Each year they visit a new place to experience the food of the area and you can follow along on their adventures.

When not in her kitchen Tandy is at work selling Natural and Organic products.

This is Tandy Sinclair’s cookbook which is available exclusively and printed to order.

It has been a huge learning curve and it has been made possible with input from many people. I will continue to print the books to order so if you would like one please send me an email. The recipe book costs R95 excluding postage and packaging of R25 (for up to 5 books, in South Africa) R95 is around $7, Euro 7 and £6 + P&P. The book has been printed in A5 format on 140gm gloss paper and the cover is glossy 300gm. There are color photographs spread out throughout the book.

You can obtain the cookbook directly from Tandy at the email in this link: http://tandysinclair.com/about-tandy-and-contact/

Connect to Tandy Sinclair.

Website: http://tandysinclair.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tandysinclair
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LavenderAndLime/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tandysinclair
Instagram: http://socialviewers.com/User/tandysinclair/2100174278/

My thanks to Tandy for bringing this childhood memory back to life and since the curry master in the house is David I will persuade him to make Babotie for us soon.

Please share this wonderful recipe far and wide… it is very special. Thanks Sally