Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Summer Book #Sale, One of my books FREE,A Writer’s Life,Travel, Music, Cookery, and Guests


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

There has been some rain this week, nothing to get too excited about, especially as it missed the St. Swithin’s Day curse. For those not familiar, if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day it will rain for 40 days following. That is usually quite difficult to measure here in Ireland as it is extremely rare to go forty days without any rain.

This latest heatwave and dry spell is the longest I think in recorded history for many countries in Northern Europe and certainly whilst most of us take advantage the farmers are being hard hit. http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/19/the-record-breaking-heatwave-that-is-gripping-northern-europe

Anyway it has put a halt to our plans to lay a new lawn as there is not point in putting down turf with a hose-pipe ban and no serious rain for another week or so. At least the sparrows are enjoying their dust baths on the wide expanse of dry soil in front of the house. It does mean that David has been able to get the ladders out and start the task of painting the back of the house and all the garden walls. The end is in sight of our two year renovation project and it is only when we look at the before photos that we fully appreciate the difference.. I will do a post when all is complete as a celebration.

Just in case you missed. What’s in a Name Volume 1 is still FREE until officially midnight tonight UK time but if you email me in the next couple of days I am more than happy to send you a digital copy. I am not part of Kindle Publishing so it is the easiest way for me to offer my books free.

If I already have your email address just put your preference in the comments section.

About What’s in a Name? Volume One.

There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

One of the reviews for the collection

This was a beautiful collection of short stories with an intriguing premise: each story is titled by the name of its main character, and there is one story with a male name and one with a female name for each letter of the alphabet (through J–Vol. II completes the alphabet).

The way I describe it is far less simple than Sally Cronin makes it. The stories vary widely. Some are funny, some poignant, some teach a lesson. A couple of them made me cry, which is why I recommend that you have a box of tissues nearby when you read the collection.

The one thing that each story does have is a surprising twist at the end–something the reader doesn’t see coming. I thoroughly enjoyed the collection and look forward eagerly to reading Volume II.

To obtain your FREE copy of the collection in either Mobi, Epub or pdf email me or leave your preference in the comments: sally.cronin@moyhil.com

In the meantime thank you for dropping in so regularly and for all the wonderful comments and shares. It keeps me motivated.

This week we must say a temporary goodbye to Paul Andruss as he has some offline projects he is pursuing. Hopefully he will be back from time to time and for those of you who have only been following the blog for the last year or so, I will be repeating some of his early posts in his usual monthly slot. I am sure that you join me in thanking him for his amazing posts on legends and myths and the gardening column which has given so much information and pleasure.

Here is his most recent post on Friday with some thoughts on putting a value, not just on our writing but also on the time spent reading.

Three minutes Forty Nine by Paul Andruss.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-writer-in-residence-three-minutes-forty-nine-by-paul-andruss/

Also whilst William Price King has been on his summer break I have been sharing the Roberta Flack series with some of her most iconic hits. This coming week it is the start of the Diana Krall repeats, another fabulous artist with a wonderful voice.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-william-price-king-summer-jazz-roberta-flack-the-finale/

This week Carol Taylor shares some colourful recipes for rice. Rice is one of the staples in our home and I am sure in yours, and it is great to get some new ideas on how to prepare.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-carol-cooks-rice-savoury-and-sweet/

This week too.. Carol shared one of her travel posts in Thailand to the Red Lotus Sea Lake.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-the-red-lotus-sea-lake-thailand-by-carol-taylor/

D.G. Kaye shared another very informative and entertaining post for her travel column this week, with a great many tips on how to prepare for any holiday. Security for your luggage and credit cards, valuables and tips for getting the best value for money when booking.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-part-three-preparing-for-a-safe-trip/

The Getting to Know You Sunday Interview with author Chuck Jackson.

It is my pleasure to welcome author Chuck Jackson to Getting to Know You. Chuck is the author of three memoirs including his latest Guilt: My Companion. On his blog you will find posts on writing, book marketing and also mental health and social issues such as this recent article: https://chuckjacksonknowme.com/2018/06/13/did-someones-suicide-influence-you/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-chuck-jackson/

My Personal Stuff

The summer holidays where people are away for a couple of weeks at a time is the busiest time of the year for criminals. Especially when so many of us kindly leave the door open in the virtual world, by announcing our departure and then posting photographs of our fun in the sun!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-summer-holidays-who-is-watching-your-house/

Letters from America – Seattle and Washington State Park

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-trip-to-seattle-mountains-and-state-park/

Odd Jobs and Characters – some I missed out – Advertising Sales and Artificial insemination marketing!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/smorgasbord-odd-jobs-and-characters-some-jobs-that-were-left-out-advertising-sales-and-aritificial-insemination-marketing/

Sally’s Drive time Playlist – 1979 Queen and Dr. Hook

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/sallys-drive-time-play-list-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1979-queen-and-dr-hook/

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story Chapters 12 and 13 – Car Rides and Move to Spain

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/smorgasbord-sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-twelve-and-thirteen-car-rides-and-move-to-spain/

Chapter Fourteen – Our new home and friends.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/smorgasbord-sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-fourteen-our-new-home-and-friends-by-sally-cronin/

My review for The Contract by John W. Howell and Gwen Plano

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-book-review-the-contract-by-john-w-howell-and-gwen-plano/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Summer Sale.

This last couple of weeks there has been a sale in the Cafe and Bookstore, with books that have been reduced in price or even FREE. Some of those discounts will still apply so please check the posts. In these current posts you will also find links to last week’s sale offers as well.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-childrens-books-thrillers-fantasy-charles-e-yallowitz-john-w-howell-jemima-pett-m-j-mallon-and-diana-j-febry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-free-books-olga-nunez-miret-paul-andruss-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-d-g-kaye-stevie-turner-d-wallace-peach-and-colleen-chesebro/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-free-books-by-d-g-kaye-and-steve-boseley/

The Blogger Daily – A small selection of the many blog posts that I enjoyed this week.

Cathy Ryan

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-16th-july-2018-reviews-blogging-tips-cathy-ryan-linda-hill-and-fantac-cisse/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-17th-july-2018the-story-reading-ape-linda-bethea-and-christy-d-birmingham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-18th-july-2018-frank-parker-alexis-ryder-and-kristina-stanley/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-19th-july-2018-jan-sikes-jan-sikes-becky-ross-michael-and-julie-de-rohan/

Health and Healthy Eating

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-stuffed-peppers-and-fajitas/

The Immune System and how it works

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/smorgasbord-health-column-the-immune-system-how-it-works/

Nutrients the body needs – Manganese and the link to Asthma.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-manganese-and-the-link-to-asthma/

Prescribed medication – opioid statistics and our responsibility as a patient

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-health-column-prescribed-medication-opioids-statistics-and-our-responsibility-as-a-patient/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-the-difference-between-dogs-and-cats-motherhood/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-images-to-make-you-smile-that-certain-look/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-cats-vs-dogs-the-skill-set-guide/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-images-to-make-you-smile-and-memory-games/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-no-alarm-clock-no-worries-warm-breath-does-the-trick/

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Smorgasbord -Posts from Your Archives – Travel – The Red Lotus Sea Lake #Thailand by Carol Taylor


Delighted to welcome Carol Taylor for a double bill this week. As well as her regular Cookery and Food Column on Wednesdays, she is sharing some of her travel posts from her part of the world.

The Red Lotus Sea Lake – Thailand by Carol Taylor

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It was a lovely sunny morning and we decided to take a trip to The Red Lotus Lake( Sea) locally known as Talay Bua Daeng. It was the wrong time of year to see the Lotus in full bloom so will going back in December to see that sight.We still saw a few but not many but witnessed a lot of birds and Water Buffalo who didn’t look best pleased with being disturbed…look at that grumpy face. The Buffalo are brought over in the morning and taken back to terra firma in the evening.

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and also the boatman took us to a little temple on a tiny, tiny island.;

Head over and enjoy the rest of this photographic tour of this beautiful place and enjoy the visit to the temple: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/the-red-lotus-sea-lake/

©Images Carol Taylor.

You can find the posts in the Food and Cookery Column in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

About Carol Taylor

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

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

Thank you for dropping in today and apart from this post and others on travel, you will find plenty of other topics covered on Carol’s informative and entertaining blog. Thanks Sally

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Carol Cooks #Rice – Savoury and Sweet.


Carol Cook’s…..Rice

Welcome I hope you enjoyed the salads last week and your sunny weather is still continuing. This week I thought we would have a change as rice is one of the staple foods here as well as noodles. Rice comes in so many different varieties here and colours … Many different types of white rice which includes Jasmine rice, Brown rice also comes in many different types and we get the glutinous rice which doesn’t as the name might suggest contain Gluten it means it is sticky rice and as is all rice in its natural form gluten free and of course not forgetting the wild rice and the black rice which is one of my favourites.

We grow our own rice and currently because of all the rain the weeds are growing like mad…Once the rice is harvested we store it in our rice store and generally it is enough until the next crop of rice…Rice is found on all the markets in many grades and colours.

The glutinous rice is cooked in a steamer after having been soaked in water for at least an hour once ready it is then transferred to a rice pot just like my ones which pictured above which come in very small to very large. The small ones the kids might take to school and the huge ones you would see on the markets where they sell the rice to take away with BBQ Pork or chicken and Some Tam (Papaya Salad) which is a very popular take away food. Many Thais don’t either have cooking facilities or don’t cook at home but buy or stop on the way home from work to pick up food.

Rice for sale at the local market always such a variety on offer.

Firstly I will talk about glutinous rice which is eaten far more in rural areas and in the North of Thailand places like Puce caters more for tourism so it is sold but not available at every restaurant.

Sticky rice as it is called is eaten with your hands…rolled into a small ball and eaten with either your SomTam or BBQ meat or fish dish…

It is also sold in bamboo and mixed with coconut or red beans these are sold by the road side or on local markets.

Or steamed in banana leaves with banana or topped with pork floss. Doesn’t it look pretty?

Tri- coloured sticky rice with pork or onion floss.

Sticky rice is also an iconic dish which many tourists eat the rice is steamed in coconut milk and served with mango. Very nice and probably one of my favourite deserts it is not too big or too sweet …I am not really a dessert person as you have probably gathered as I don’t post many pudding or desserts unless it is coming up to Christmas .

Sticky rice with mango…

To make this at home is very easy… First, steam some glutinous rice.

To prepare the milk:

Heat 1 cup of coconut milk in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly and let the coconut milk simmer. DO NOT let it boil hard as coconut milk will curdle. Also, make sure that the coconut milk you buy is 100% pure as I have been informed by my son that where he lives in the UK all coconut milk sold is not 100% and that definitely separates on heating to high.

Then add 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 pinches of salt. Remove from heat. Pour 3/4 of the hot coconut milk over 1 cup of the hot sticky rice. Let it sit for 5 minutes. The hot sticky rice will absorb all the coconut milk. The rice should be a little mushy.

Spoon the rest of the coconut milk on top of the rice at the serving time.

Enjoy!

Fried rice is very popular here eaten by many who prefer something which is very mild to the taste and given to children …

Cooked using Jasmine rice with the addition of soy sauce and fish sauce it is different to Chinese fried rice which only has soy sauce.

Fried rice comes in many guises with prawns and seafood, pineapple, chicken, pork or just egg fried rice …Often served in a scooped out pineapple in restaurants which adds to the prettiness and charm…

This is my recipe for pineapple fried rice…

The pineapple fried rice with prawns and cashew nuts is not spicy. You’ll love its mix of flavours and textures.

It’s also a nice Thai dish to prepare and enjoy with children.

This recipe will serve 4 persons.

Ingredients:

• 2 small pineapples
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 100 g cashew nuts
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 500 g prawns
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 2 tablespoons fish sauce
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 800 g cooked rice

Let’s Cook

Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Cut the flesh in 1 cm cubes. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Stir-fry cashew nuts, garlic and prawns for about 1 to 2 minutes (until the prawns are pink).

Push to one side. Add beaten eggs and scramble them.

Add pineapple, fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar. Stir-fry briefly and then add rice. Mix well.

Taste to see if extra fish sauce or sugar is needed.

Serve with cucumber slices, lime, spring onions, and coriander, fresh or flaked dry chilli.

Enjoy!

Black rice is my favourite rice and we grow a small amount on the farm but as I am really the only one apart from Saangchai who likes it …It is enough to sell some and for me …

I will also explain that dogs here eat rice not dog biscuits or tinned food but rice I cook Saangchai fresh food, and all Thai dogs are the same they will turn their noses up at dog chews and the like. Even the rescue Soi dogs that I buy chicken and rice for are fine, and I once bought some treats and they wouldn’t eat them they were still there the next day…

And of course a bone to go with the rice…

Black rice or Raspberry rice as it is sometimes called here is really nice. I eat it with any recipe I make, even Indian food in fact.

My Pork /chicken Masala with black rice.

Ingredients:

• 500gm Chicken./Pork
• 2 tbsp Oil.
• 1 large Onion chopped
• 2 Large tomatoes pureed.
• 1-2 sprigs Curry Leaves.
• 1 Bay Leaf( Optional)
• 2/3 tbsp Masala powder(recipe below)

Marinade:

• 1/8th tsp Turmeric.
• 1/4 tsp Chilli Powder.
• 2 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp Natural Yoghurt.
• 4 garlic cloves chopped finely.
• 1in piece fresh ginger chopped finely.
• Salt as required.

Masala Powder recipe :

• 2 tbsp black pepper
• 8 red chillies
• 1 ½ tbsp cumin seeds
• 1 ½ tbsp coconut flesh
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 star anise
• 4 cloves
• 2 1 ‘ stick cinnamon
• 2 tbsp fennel seeds
• 10 curry leaves

Let’s Cook!

To make Masala Powder.

Dry roast all of the spices , stir occasionally to make sure they don’t burn. Once the spices have released there flavours then turn out the contents onto a plate to cool down.

Once cooled down then blitz in batches into a powder. Transfer into a container with a sealed lid and store in a dark dry cupboard.

This powder should be ample for 3- 4 curries depending on how hot you like your curry.

Marinade the chicken.

Add oil to pan and cook onions until golden, Add 2/3 tbsp of Masala mix and stir.

Add chicken, curry leaves and tomatoes.

Add little water, bring to slow boil and reduce heat to simmer until chicken cooked.

Serve with boiled rice, Mango Chutney and or Nan bread. Below is my recipe for mango chutney.

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Serve with Nan bread or mango chutney and boiled rice.

This is a lovely curry well-flavoured and not over the top spicy .

That’s all for this week …Until next week enjoy the sun and have fun xx

©Carol Taylor 2018

Rice is a staple in our household and I shall certainly be mixing it up with Carol’s recipes.. and I cannot thank her enough for all the time and effort she puts in to produce these posts.

The other posts in the Food and Cookery Column can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

About Carol Taylor

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor -#Coleslaw, Potato Salad and Potato Cakes


Time for Salad

Last week I gave you ham and bacon this week as many of you still have glorious sunny weather I thought I would bring you some sides to go with your ham…

Starting with my simple Coleslaw which is lovely as a filling in a jacket potato and equally at home with your main fish or meat dish…

There are so many permutations of this dish and all wonderful in their own way…My version, 5 ingredients plus mayo and you have a beautiful slaw to eat with anything…

I add no sugar as carrots and apples have their own natural sweetness.

So….Lets Get Chopping.

  • Shred half a white cabbage or red or half and half.
  • Peel and quarter at least one apple and then slice thinly.
  • Grate or dice a carrot.
  • Cut up some spring onions or finely chop a few shallots.
  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl, add some mayo, pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper and a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • I go easy on the mayo as I don’t like slaw with more mayo than vegetables.

Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It will keep in the fridge maybe covered until the next day but I just make it as I want it…an easy dish to make for 1 or 10.

Enjoy!

Another salad which accompanies many dishes is Potato salad and again there are so many versions made with either crushed new potatoes, peeled potatoes cubed and boiled, cubed and boiled in their skins or steamed.

Whatever potatoes you use I add to mine some chopped spring onions and or shallots maybe some crispy bacon, just enough mayo not too much and stir through I always do mine when the potatoes are still warm…Season really well with salt and fresh black pepper add some lemon or lime juice an easy one to knock up and again a nice accompaniment.

Lovely creamy mashed potatoes also go well with a salad…they are lovely served with cold meats and a lovely mixed leaf salad.

Have you some left over mash then these lovely little potato cakes are so good.

This recipe use diced cherry tomatoes, okra chopped and lightly sautéed in a little butter or oil, and spring onions.

Using one cup of Sally’s Mayonnaise and to that add 6 cloves of roasted garlic, mashed, I tbsp lemon/lime juice and a tsp of cayenne pepper.

Mix well and season with salt and pepper and set to one side until required. Or cover and put in the fridge.

For the potato cakes:

• 3 or 4 cups of mashed potato.
• 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes diced.
• 1/2 cup of okra chopped and lightly sautéed.
• 1/4 cup finely chopped spring onions again some prefer to sautéed the onions before adding to potato I add them raw.
• 1 egg beaten
• Salt and pepper to season.
• 2 tbsp parsley chopped.

Let’s Cook!

Add okra, spring onions and tomato to potato, season with salt and pepper and mix in beaten egg.

Shape into round patties. Heat your oil and cook for 4-5 minutes until they are golden on both sides.

To serve:

Sprinkle with a tbsp of the parsley and also decorate the top of the mayonnaise with parsley.

These little cakes also freeze well but defrost before cooking.

N.B Depending on the texture of your mash some people like really soft mash and others like a firmer mash but it may impact the texture of your potato cakes you may need more or less egg or if very soft add a little flour.

Sometimes I also use fresh breadcrumbs and beaten egg and dip my potato cakes in this before frying it just gives a crispier texture.

Or you could also add some parmesan to the breadcrumbs which is very nice.

Enjoy!

Rice Salad is something I have made for years and years as something to eat with ham/chicken as a salad…

The dressing:

• ¼ cup of lime or lemon Juice
• ½ cup virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves of garlic minced
• 1tsp of fresh oregano finely chopped
• ¼ tsp black pepper
• 1/8- ¼ red pepper flakes

Ingredients for rice…

• ½ each red, yellow peppers chopped finely
• 1/2cup chopped spring onion
• 2 sum shallots chopped
• 1 sm cucumber peeled and chopped finely

Let’s Cook!

Cook rice as per normal. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.

Add the dressing to the rice and allow to cool down.

Add the other ingredients and stir to combine. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Caesar Salad is very popular here the Thais love it…with crispy croutons it is lovely on it’s own as a starter or as a side with ham and salad.

Ingredients:

• anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
• 1 small garlic clove
• Kosher salt
• 2 large egg yolks
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more
• ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• ½ cup vegetable oil
• 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
• Freshly ground black pepper
• A romaine or cos lettuce.

Preparation

Chop together the anchovy fillets, garlic and a pinch of salt. Use the side of a knife to mash the mix to a paste then scrape it into a medium sized bowl.Whisk in egg yolks, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, and mustard. Adding drop by drop to start, gradually whisk in olive oil, then vegetable oil; whisk until dressing is thick and glossy. Whisk in Parmesan. Season with salt, freshly ground pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired.

This can be made 1 day ahead.

The croutons:

Make your own. Tearing, not cutting the bread ensures nooks and crannies that catch the dressing and add texture.

Preheat oven to 375°. Toss bread with olive oil on a baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Bake, tossing occasionally, until golden, 10–15 minutes.

The Lettuce:

The whole leaves are crisper and just right to absorb the dressing.

The cheese…use a vegetable peeler to shave a small amount on top for salty little bursts.
I find it best to use your hands to gently toss the lettuce, croutons and dressing then top with the shaved parmesan cheese.

You could also serve just a nice, crisp salad like this…

That’s all for side dishes today to go with your ham or other meat until next week enjoy the sunshine and salads.

©Carol Taylor

As the weather continues to blaze down on us in this part of the world, these salad dishes will be most welcome.. my thanks again to Carol for her efforts each week to bring us a varied and healthy way to prepare our meals.

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

About Carol Taylor

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Roberta Flack, Roses, Bacon, Cruise Ship Tips, Jersey and a whole bunch of other stuff!!


The Music Column with William Price King – Roberta Flack – Part Two.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-william-price-king-summer-jazz-roberta-flack-part-two/

The Gardening Column with Paul Andruss

This month a look at the history, myths and truths behind one of the most popular flowers in the world. The Rose.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-garden-column-with-paul-andruss-only-a-rose/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor

There are not many of us who don’t love a piece of crispy bacon or tender boiled ham, and this week Carol shows us how to cure our own bacon and prepare ham for our summer salads.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-home-cured-ham-and-bacon/

The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – Cruise Ships – Part Two – Ship Tips

This week Debby shares her insider knowledge about dining, tipping, excursions and shopping. Invaluable advice before you take that cruise.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-cruises-part-two-ship-tips/

Getting to Know You – Sunday Interview with Darlene Foster.

Darlene shares a favourite childhood song, an action hero she would like to be, something that she could never learn….you will be surprised considering the number of books that she writes! And the animal she would like to have a conversation with..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-darlene-foster/

Travel Posts from Your Archives Sherri Matthews – A Tour of Jersey and the history of the island during World War Two.

Corbiere Lighthouse, Jersey (c) Sherri Matthews 2015

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-jersey-occupation-liberation-celebration-by-sherri-matthews/

Personal Stuff

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story Serialisation

Chapter Seven – Snow and Favourite Things.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/smorgasbord-sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-seven-snow-and-favourite-things/

Chapter Eight – Language

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/smorgasbord-sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-eight-language/

Odd Jobs and Characters – Department manager for a store leads to crime solving!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-fashion-department-manager-and-shop-lifters-by-sally-cronin/

Letters from America – 1985- 1987 – Hawaii

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-hawaii-part-two-molakai-mules-hanauma-bay-and-knitted-bathing-suits/

Poetry and Haiku

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-tree-stumps/

Sally’s Drive Time and Playlist

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/sallys-drive-time-play-list-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1977-kenny-rogers-and-status-quo/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-timeless-echoes-poetry-by-balroop-singh/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-bubbas-tails-by-patty-l-fletcher-and-king-campbell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-ghost-in-the-gardens-a-flower-girl-mystery-by-hl-carpenter/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-family-drama-gold-plated-by-christine-campbell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-family-drama-a-marriage-of-convenience-by-stevie-turner/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-quest-of-the-brokenhearted-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

Author updated reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-c-s-boyack-karen-ingalls-and-sally-cronin/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-claire-fullerton-judy-penz-sheluk-and-darlene-foster/

The Blogger Daily and Meet the Reviewers.

Cathy Ryan

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-and-meet-the-reviewers-cathy-ryan-sue-coletta-and-iona-jenkins/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-and-meet-the-reviewers-georgia-rose-cheche-winnie-and-jenny-fitzkee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-and-meet-the-reviewers-july-4th-2018-pen-paws-and-claws-the-story-reading-ape-and-jill-dennison/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-and-meet-the-reviewersolga-nunez-miret-darlene-foster-and-thom-hickey/

Health Column

Magnesium is one of the minerals that is likely to be deficient with a resulting long list of health problems.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-magnesium-deficiency-alert/

Often mis-diagnosed Interstitial cystitis is difficult to treat.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/smorgasbord-health-column-the-kidneys-and-urinary-tract-bacterial-and-interstitial-cystitis/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-cats-and-bowling-and-high-jump/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-some-things-are-not-as-they-seem-jokes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-cows-let-out-at-the-end-of-winter/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-and-egyptian-mummies-vaseline-and-engineers/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-cats-and-video-games/

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up -Summer Jazz, Photoshop, Moreish Mince and Interviews, Music, Health and Humour


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed.

After almost five weeks there the day is partly cloudy and it is only temporary as we do not have rain forecast until 16th of July. I know we moan about the weather, but this is the first time in the years that I lived here previously and in the last two, that you can say with certainty that you are having a BBQ next week!

We are renowned for the amount of our rain here but in some parts of the country treated water for drinking has become a problem.. including in Dublin where it is tough to keep up with the demands of millions of hot and thirsty people.

You may not know this but in Ireland we are not charged for our water usage. They did bring in charges in 2015 and many homes had meters fitted, but in 2016 this was repealed and a new system of thresholds for usage were introduced. The first 213,000 litres per year are fee of charge per household, and an additional 25,000 litres per person, for homes with more than four residents.

Clearly there are business premises who will be paying for water, but as yet there is no definitive plan that I have heard, to pay for all the necessary renovations to the existing pipe work.  In the cities, such as Dublin this is Victorian and of course leaks like a sieve in places! This led to headlines last week of a possible shortfall in drinking water as the current equipment is unable to keep up with the demand.

We do however pay for waste water removal which of course requires treatment before disposing of.

Thankfully, despite the fact that we have been basking in sunshine and high temperatures, as sure as there are Leprechauns, there will be rain again soon and everything will be back to normal.

Anyway I know many of you will be off now on holiday or taking breaks from your online life for a while.. have a great time and look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Anyway.. thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy browsing the posts from the week. As always my deepest thanks to my contributors who work so hard to bring you entertaining, informative and creative posts.

The Music Column with William Price King.

The first in a Summer Jazz series beginning with the incomparable Ms Roberta Flack. Part One the Early Years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-summer-jazz-william-price-king-roberta-flack-part-one/

Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss with a Photoshop Tutorial for book covers and marketing material.

As a follow up to Paul’s post last week on how to engineer a book cover to maximise interest and therefore sales…he is kindly demonstrating how to accomplish this with photoshop.

http://www.paul-andruss.com/art-of-persuasion/

The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor

This week Carol shares some great recipes to elevate this family favourite to spicy new levels.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-carol-taylor-cooks-with-mince/

Esme’s Party Piece – July Forecast by sign.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-esmes-party-piece-forecast-for-july-2018/

Getting to Know You Sunday Interview

My guest today probably needs little introduction to most of you who are regulars to the blog. Debby Gies…D.G. Kaye is a very popular blogger and non-fiction author who generously supports us all across social media.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-interview-with-d-g-kaye/

Posts from Your Archives – Sanctuary in Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei #Normandy by Sherri Matthews

A fabulous tour around the idyllic village of Saint Ceneri Le Gerei in Normandy with Sherri Matthews.

St-Ceneri-le-Gerei (77) Edited

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-sanctuary-in-saint-ceneri-le-gerei-normandy-by-sherri-matthews/

Sally’s Personal Stuff.

This week I was very honoured to be interviewed by two very lovely writers – the first is Joy Lennick who invited me over on Monday.  Please pop over.

https://joylennick.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/an-interview-with-author-sally-cronin/

And later in the week I was interviewed by Esme  over on Esme Salon… I hope you will head over and find out more of my secrets…

https://esmesalon.com/interview-with-sally-cronin-from-smorgasbord-variety-is-the-spice-of-life/

Letters from America – Hawaii part one.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-hawaii-bound-part-one-inflight-entertainment-and-mai-tais/

Odd Jobs and Characters – My employment history that provided me with an endless list of characters..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/smorgasbord-odd-jobs-and-characters-wales-the-sheep-farm-indignant-rams-and-black-sheep-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Drive Time Play list.. Music to get the weekend started. 1976

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1975-abba-and-paul-simon/

Sally’s Book Reviews – Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-mourning-dove-by-claire-fullerton/

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

Chapter Five – Henry’s New Family

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-five-henrys-new-family-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Summer Sale

I notice that the summer can be a little flat for some of us on the book selling front and that many of you will be putting our books on offer at a reduced price for a week at a time or longer.

What I am proposing is that authors in the bookstore who are planning on doing an offer this summer, schedule it between 9th and 20th July to cover four of the Cafe Updates. Discounted books will be linked directly to Amazon to purchase.

Monday 9th July, Friday 13th, Monday 16th,  Friday 20th July

I currently have  4 slots available on Monday 16th of February and 2 for 20th.

Check out the details: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-july-9th-july-20th-what-do-you-think/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelvesfairies-myths-and-magic-a-summer-celebration-by-colleen-m-chesebro/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-pedal-sometimes-a-bicycle-is-built-for-two-by-linda-bradley/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-soul-swallowers-the-shattered-sea-book-1by-d-wallace-peach/

Author Update #reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-sandra-j-jackson-and-helen-jones/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-news-colleen-chesebro-lucinda-e-clarke-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

New Series of The Blogger Daily – Monday to Thursday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-june-25th-2018-linda-bethea-tess-karlinski-becky-from-baker-with-a-hammer-and-james-j-cudney/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-26th-june-2018-ritu-bhathal-janice-spina-and-jennie-fitzkee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-june-27th-2018-robbie-cheadle-terri-webster-schrandt-and-paddy-cummins/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-norah-colvin-sue-vincent-and-john-rieber/

Smorgasbord Health Column

Nutrients the body needs – Calcium the most abundant mineral in the body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-calcium-the-most-abundant-mineral-in-the-body/

Last week my post was on the kidneys and how they function. I also looked at one of the most painful conditions… Kidney stones. Today I want to continue with the urinary tract as problems with kidney function have a direct impact on the health of this essential waste pathway out of the body.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-health-column-the-kidneys-and-urinary-tract-urinary-tract-infections-by-sally-cronin/

Health in the News – Natural influenza immunity, prostate cancer breakthrough and mangoes for gut health.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-natural-influenza-immunity-prostate-cancer-breakthrough-mangoes-and-gut-health/

Some Summer chilled soups and salads with some alternative dressings and homemade mayonnaise.

avocado

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-chilled-soups-salads-and-dressings/

Humour

A series of videos on how animals know how to have fun.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-they-know-how-to-have-fun/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-dogs-vs-cats-diaries-and-annoyances/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-collies-they-know-how-to-have-fun/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-strange-things-happen-in-bars-and-snippets/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-at-play-tortoises-know-how-to-have-fun/

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – Music, Food, Travel, Legends, Books, Special Guests and Stories


Welcome to the weekly round up and some posts that you might have missed. It has been another glorious week here weather wise and I will admit to having put off some of the writing tasks that I set myself, in favour of being in the sun. You only live once….

It looks like a mostly sunny week again next week so I guess I will continue to be distracted.

This week saw the last in the Josh Groban series and William Price King will be taking his usual Summer break. He spends some time in the mountains with his family but is also wrapping up work on a new series of videos with his new accompanist.. I shared a taster a couple of weeks ago, and I am certain that you will enjoy the full length versions when available.

In the meantime I will be sharing a couple of previous series in a new time slot of just after midnight on Tuesday mornings. When William returns we have a new theme for you to enjoy as we introduce you to the top jazz instrumentalists. From accordion and banjo to the violin, fabulous artists who have evolved the style and backed the top names in the business. We hope you will enjoy learning more about this wonderful expression of music.

The Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban up to date.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-josh-groban-up-to-date/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss #BookCovers – Persuasion.

This week Paul explores the increased sales that result from a perfectly executed book cover. One that engages, connects and perhaps titillates. What would Ms. Jane Austen say about her makeover??

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-writer-in-residence-bookcovers-persuasion-by-paul-andruss/

The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor

This week Carol elevates the delicious duck to new levels with some piquant sauces. Also an interesting way to preserve duck eggs…. really!!!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-delicious-duck-and-sauces/

The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye.

And last but definitely not least, a warm welcome to author D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies, with the first post in the brand new Travel Column. To get you into the swing of things, Debby will post three articles on the popular vacation on the high seas. In the first post she looks at types of cruises, cabins and where the best place to sleep is in choppy seas. Plus some of her usual tips and strategies.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-debby-gies-cruising-reports-and-tips-part-one/

The Sunday Interview – Getting to know you with John W. Howell.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-interview-with-john-w-howell/

Posts from Your Archives – Travel – This week Sherri Matthews gives us a guided tour of Lake Garda in Italy with some stunning photographs.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-an-italian-journey-writing-and-healing-by-sherri-matthews/

Personal Stuff

Letters from America – short hair, hurricane Danny and trivia pursuit.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-houston-hurricane-danny-trivia-pursuit/

Odd jobs and characters…. behind the scenes of my various occupations that provided me characters and events for my short stories. This week hotel assistant manager and a whirlwind romance.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/smorgasbord-reblog-odd-jobs-and-characters-odd-jobs-and-characters-hotel-assistant-manager-swashbuckle-and-romance-wales-snowdonia/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – Hot Chocolate and Judy Collins.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1975-hot-chocolate-and-judy-collins/

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story – Chapter Three – My First Real Friend

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-three-my-first-real-friend-by-sally-cronin/

Chapter Four – Henry’s Story

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-four-henrys-story-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-apprenticed-to-my-mother-a-memoir-of-barbara-le-pard-2005-to-2010-by-geoff-le-pard/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-book-on-the-shelves-born-in-a-treacherous-time-by-jacqui-murray/

Author Update #reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-news-christoph-fischer-tina-frisco-n-a-granger-and-sue-hampton/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-terry-tyler-charles-yallowitz-and-yecheilyah-ysrayl/

Meet the Reviewers

Cathy Ryan

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-reviewers-jacquie-biggar-for-t-m-logan-rosie-amber-for-p-k-adams-and-cathy-ryan-for-kate-vane/

Smorgasbord Health Column -Nutrients the body needs – Vitamin K1 and K2

Research is identifying that Vitamin K2 deficiency could be contributing to higher rates of dementia, prostate cancer and kidney disease.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-vitamin-k1-and-k2-bone-density-dementia-prostate-cancer-kidney-disease/

Ancient healing therapies – Tai Chi.

Great for posture and for strengthening the core whilst losing the stress.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/smorgasbord-health-column-ancient-therapies-tai-chi-non-combative-chinese-martial-art-by-sally-cronin/

Organs of the body – The Kidneys – function and structure

Kidney - macroscopic blood vessels

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/smorgasbord-health-column-organs-of-the-body-the-kidneys-by-sally-cronin/

Humour and afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sport-dog-and-cat-on-treadmill/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-out-of-the-mouths-of-babes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sport-dogs-playing-soccer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-hysterical-historical-inaccuracies-and-other-mistakes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sport-surfing-cat/

Thank you so much for dropping in this week and being so supportive here and on social media.. I am very grateful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the coming week.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Delicious #Duck and Sauces


This week Carol is bringing us some delicious ways to prepare Duck… I adore crispy duck and pancakes and cold on a salad.. I know you will enjoy Carol’s expertise and also some alternative sauces to serve with this bird…

Delicious Duck with Carol Taylor

Duck … Duck always conjures up pretty images and so many cartoon characters are ducks and we think of them as cute and funny…Well I do…

Growing up we didn’t eat very much duck my uncle sometimes used to bring one to my mum when he had been out on his nightly travels…I think it was called it poaching…But it was what many people did then and sometimes just to survive… I remember his pet ferrets scary, fierce little animals…

Then as the times progressed it was the Chinese duck pancakes a real treat for us and the occasional duck eggs … It has only really been since I lived here that I have cooked with duck it is readily available and used in many dishes …

Is it a healthy meat??

Duck fat is high in monounsaturated fats and some saturated fats, it remains stable during cooking as the fat monocles don’t break down at a high heat and create harmful toxins which mean the fat can safely be reused and it also has a lovely taste which it imparts to the food…

When duck is cooked the fat needs to be well rendered down as it is unpleasant to eat if it is not…The actual duck meat is very lean and has a high iron content so is a good meat to eat as always with many foods it is what is added or accompanies the food which ramps up the calories or turns it into an unhealthy food.

Often when eating out the sauces come separately so if you are watching the calories just go sparingly on the sauce.

This Laab recipe I normally make with pork but we had a duck one when we ate out the other week and it was really nice a little drier than the pork but very nice.

Thai food is a great choice for gluten–free and dairy-free eaters because it is rice-based and uses a lot of coconut milk. … Traditional Thai soy sauce is gluten–free, but just be careful when eating out as restaurants may use wheat-based Chinese soy sauce.

Thai food is low on carbs, includes lots of fresh vegetables and herbs and most dishes are cooked very quickly so everything retains its colour and flavour, in fact, preparation most times takes longer than the actual cooking.

This Laab recipe can be made using Duck, Chicken or Pork.

Ingredients: Serves 1-2 people.

  • 200 gm Duck, Pork or chicken mince.
  • 3 shallots finely sliced.
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.
  • A handful of fresh Mint, pick the leaves from stem and tear the leaves into large pieces( mine is a big handful) I love mint.
  • A handful of fresh coriander chopped.
  • A few Thai Basil leaves for the decoration.
  • I Lime use half to a whole lime juice depending on personal taste.
  • Dried chillies…dry roasted in a pan and grind in pestle and mortar.
  • 1 large tbsp toasted rice.( recipe below)
  • 1-2tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • Small amount palm sugar….I use it sparingly.

Let’s Cook!

Using a small saucepan dry cook the mince, I add a small amount of water to stop it from sticking.

Stir until cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in toasted rice, a small amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all the ingredients are added ..taste and add more if required.

Stir in the mint and coriander, shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully.

Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice.

Taste!

If required add more chilli, fish sauce and or lime juice and Taste again.

Put in a serving dish.

Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

Serve with steamed boiled rice /Thai sticky rice or if you don’t want to eat rice it is lovely served in lettuce cups.

As an accompaniment serve with sliced cucumber, sliced white cabbage, green beans and Thai basil leaves.

Thai’s eat a lot of raw vegetables with Laab which is why it’s a fairly healthy meal and if chicken or duck is used it has even fewer calories.

It is an ideal dish if you are watching the calories as are many Thai dishes.

NB: To make dried rice mix, take a thick bottomed pan put it on a medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have) normal rice will do. Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

N.B. Glutinous rice is gluten–free. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked. … It all comes down to starch content.
You can store the rice in a small container and it will keep for 6-8 weeks…

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do…I love this salad.

It is also an ideal dish to make if you cook a duck and have some left over’s.

Now who hasn’t eaten Duck with an Orange sauce?? Here are three sauces with a little twist and still some O.J

Marmalade Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 50 gm marmalade
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed O.J
  • A handful of chopped coriander to garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Put all the wet ingredients into a pan and bring to a slow simmer allow to simmer until sauce thickens slightly if it does thicken too much thin with some O.J.
This one takes slightly longer to make but well worth it…

Port and Blackberry Sauce:

  • 350 ml of Port
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • A punnet of blackberries
  • 400 ml of chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp of good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 star Anise
  • A tsp of corn flour mixed to a paste with water
  • 50 gm butter.

Let’s Cook!

Put the Port in a pan and reduce the liquid by half, add the stock, blackberries, balsamic, star anise and simmer until reduced to 2/3 this takes about 15 minutes. Pass the mix through a sieve and return to the pan, add the corn flour/arrowroot mix stir and season then add butter.

You know have a perfect smooth, shiny sauce to go with your duck.

Lastly one which still has orange but some chilli…

My orange sauce with and Asian twist.

  • 1 large orange segmented between the skins..then squeeze the core and retain the juice and maybe zest some orange skin.
  • 1 red bird’s eye chilli sliced finely
  • ½ tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 star Anise
  • 1 tsp of shredded lemongrass
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water

Let’s Cook!

Heat ½ tbsp oil in a pan and add chilli, ginger, lemon grass and star Anise cook for a few minutes to release the flavours add the reserved OJ and zest if using, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp sugar and half of the orange segments.

Cook for 2-3 minutes and add the remainder of the orange segments cook for 1 minute.

Any of these sauces can be served with a nice roasted duck accompanied by rice or boulangere potatoes and some lightly steamed vegetables.

Duck Eggs and other bits….

Ducks are generally used for their meat, eggs and feathers (down) although in Asian cultures every bit is eaten from head to toe… Beak and feet included… If you like the recipe lease let me know…

Duck eggs are again widely eaten and always readily available here…A duck egg has a higher proportion of yolk than a chicken’s egg and can be bought fresh here or preserved…

We were given a gift of preserved Duck eggs and I must say I was slightly cautious as to what I would find…

This was a first for me these dry, salted duck eggs covered in a black, soot ashes and charcoal powder.

They are dried in mud taken from termite mounds and rolled in a mixture of soot, ashes and charcoal powder these dry salted eggs are produced locally near me in Khon Kaen.

Traditionally eaten with rice soup for breakfast in a hot country like Thailand this is a way of preserving eggs…Dry Salted Duck eggs are used rather than chicken eggs as the yolks are larger.

The date on the box informs you that the eggs can be pan-fried up until that date and afterwards MUST be boiled.

Although they look strange or maybe different is the word the black outer covering washes off and underneath is the egg in its shell. This my ever curious grandson cracked and fried. The yolk was a darker yellow than a normal chicken’s egg and pleasantly salty…A completely different taste to which I was expecting…

That sentence uttered purely on my experience of some foods I have tried whilst living here…Not all quite so pleasant… The shopkeeper who gifted them to us was correct they were aroy, aroy.

I hope you have enjoyed the recipes for duck …Do you cook with duck a lot if so what is your go to duck recipe???

My all time favourite Duck Curry is this one: Red Duck Curry( Kaeng Ped Pett Yang)
https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/red-duck-curry-kaeng-ped-pett-yang/

That is all for this week I think next week I will have some more everyday meals that you can cook…

©Carol Taylor 2018

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

About Carol Taylor

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – #Music, Nessie, #Thai Curry Pastes, New Books, #Reviews, #Health and #Humour


Welcome to the round up of the week’s posts. It only seems a couple of days since I posted the last one! However, we have had a busy week with plenty going on off screen including the renovation of the front garden. All the tree stumps are now all dug up and David survived the process. I have been supervising…. and providing sustenance of course in a timely fashion. He has also dug over all the ground, removed smaller roots and raked it over.

Hopefully the lawn man who promised to come in a couple of weeks a month ago will appreciate that 75% of the job he quoted for is now done and he only has to lay the lawn.

We are also waiting on the guy to come and fix our electronic gate.. He said Wednesday but neglected to tell us which Wednesday. It is frustrating when people say that they will turn up and then do not bother. We have stayed in three times now in the last couple of weeks in anticipation and it is disappointing and frankly unprofessional. The papers are full of how business is not as good as it should be…. I wonder why!

Anyway.. sorry for the little rant!  One thing I can never complain about, is the consistency and commitment by those who contribute to the blog each week with columns and to those of you who tune in regularly to like, comment and share. I really am very grateful.

Time to share the posts from the week that you might have missed…..

The Music Column with William Price King – Josh Groban Part Four.

More hits from this exceptional artist with some of his most recognisable hits that William has provided background to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-josh-groban-part-four/

Paul Andruss – Writer in Residence.

No post from Paul this week but I always like to reblog from his own site as it is always interesting.. this week.. Nessie… the Loch Ness Monster has been the subject of many scientific studies.. but it is it a myth or a reality?

From the film ‘The Water Horse- Legend of the Deep’

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/smorgasbord-reblog-fantastic-beasts-where-to-5-nessie-by-paul-andruss/

The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – Thai curry pastes from scratch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-thai-curry-pastes-and-recipes/

The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – Blast Off! – Memorable first lines of books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-literary-column-blast-off-opening-lines-by-jessica-norrie/

Getting to Know You Sunday Interview with Annette Rochelle Aben

Welcome to Getting to Know You where guests pick five questions that reveal a little more about their personality and background. This week my guest is Miss Personality as far as I am concerned. You don’t have to be in the same room with Annette Rochelle Aben to know that she is funny, compassionate, empathetic and generous. That all shines through in her blog posts, social media comments and radio podcasts. And as you will find out… it also shines bright as day in her interview.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-getting-to-know-you-with-annette-rochelle-aben/

Personal Stuff – Odd Jobs and Characters

I leave my job as housekeeper/cook of the boarding school and hop a train all the way to North Wales where I start a new position at a swanky hotel. Arriving late at night at this gothic mansion was not the best start to a new job I have had!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-odd-jobs-and-characters-hotel-senior-receptionist-ghostly-arrival-and-a-quick-promotion/

Letters from America – 100 degrees, Key Lime Pie and Adverts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-texas-1985-1987-100-degrees-key-lime-pie-and-adverts/

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story – Serialisation

Chapter One – In the Beginning

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-one-in-the-beginning-by-sally-cronin/

Chapter Two – My New Home.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/sam-a-shaggy-dog-story-chapter-two-my-new-home-by-sally-cronin/

A new story written as a guest post for Noelle Granger’s blog – Charlie the Junkyard Dog.

Charlie was a junkyard dog and had the scars to prove it. He was head of security of this fenced off mass of scrap metal, dotted with mounds of old tyres he called home, and he took his job very seriously. During the day, he was chained up next to the beat-up old trailer, where his human would shout loudly at other humans; sometimes throwing things at the thin metal walls. In bad weather Charlie would retreat into a rough scrap wood shelter; resting his bony body on a ragged old corn sack on the hard concrete floor as the water dripped in through the roof.

https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/charlie-the-junkyard-dog-by-sally-cronin/

Poetry – Haiku

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-the-daredevil-with-tofino-photography/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – 1974

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-the-weekend-started-1974-tiger-feet-by-mud-devil-gate-drive-by-suzi-quatro/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-contract-by-john-w-howell-and-gwen-m-plano/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-cusp-of-night-hodes-hill-series-by-mae-clair/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-extra-innings-can-you-go-home-again-by-don-massenzio/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-secret-dumfries-by-mary-smith-and-photographer-keith-kirk/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-tony-riches-jane-risdon-and-brigid-p-gallagher/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-karen-ingalls-deborah-jay-and-alethea-kehas/

Meet the Reviewers

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-meet-the-reviewers-james-j-cudney-for-angie-dokos-judith-barrow-rbrt-for-jj-toner-and-m-j-mallon-for-carrot-ranch-anthology/

Smorgasbord Health Column – The Summer Fruit Salad

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/smorgasbord-health-column-make-the-most-of-summer-fruit-salad/

The Candida Albicans Shopping List

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/smorgasbord-health-column-candida-albicans-the-shopping-list/

Alternative Therapies – The Alexander Technique

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-three-standing-sitting-and-walking-correctly/

Humour and Afternoon Videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sports-the-waterskiing-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-romance-bars-golf-and-irish-pub-signs/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sport-highdiving-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-pearly-gate-dilemmas-finding-the-fs-and-passwords/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-animals-and-sport-skateboarding-bulldog/

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – Thai Curry Pastes and #recipes


I hope you enjoy making these curry pastes All these recipes are authentic Thai recipes and very easy to make, most ingredients are available at most major stores or Asian shops around the world.

Thai Curry Pastes made from scratch.

Before we start Thai food is all about the TASTE those important flavours of sweet, sour, hot and salty so my advice always taste and taste again, start with less and taste you can always add you cannot take away.

I am lucky in that I can buy these pastes ready made from the local markets but I know only too well from when I lived in the UK that the ones I could buy were not quite the same and obviously have preservatives in them also Coconut milk always check that it is 100% as they are not always and will split when you cook your curry.

Once you have made these pastes from scratch and tasted the difference between store bought pastes you will never buy them again and apart from the Thai Mussamun curry paste they are quite quick to make.

Pad Thai Paste.

Ingredients:

• 1 to 1.5 tbsp tamarind paste to taste
• ¼ of a cup of chicken stock
• 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• ½ 1 tsp of chilli sauce or 1/3 -3/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
• 1/8 tsp of ground white pepper
• 3-4 tbsp palm sugar or brown sugar

Let’s Cook!

Place all ingredients in a cup and stir to dissolve both tamarind paste and sugar (note you will need lots of sugar to balance out the sourness of the tamarind). When taste-testing, keep in mind the following tips: In order to achieve the best results, your pad Thai sauce should taste sweet first, followed by spicy-salty and sour last.

Add more sugar if it tastes too sour to you, or add more chilli for more intense spiciness.

Also note that the sauce will taste almost too strong at this point, but once distributed throughout the noodles, the flavour will be perfect.

Your pad Thai sauce is now ready to be used, or store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Note: this recipe makes 2/3 cup Pad Thai Sauce (enough for 1 batch of Pad Thai, enough for 9 ounces of noodles to serve 2-4 people)

For an authentic pad Thai soak your noodles prior to cooking in sauce.

Next we have…

Thai Yellow Curry Paste.

This is the curry used to make my favourite Khao Soi Noodle Curry.

Ingredients:

• 1/2 to 1 stalk lemongrass (minced)
• 1 to 2 yellow chillies (sliced)
• 2 shallots (sliced)
• 1 thumb-size piece of galangal (sliced)
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1 tsp coriander (ground)
• 1 tsp cumin (ground)
• 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 1/2 tsp shrimp paste
• 3/4 tsp turmeric
• 1 large pinch of white pepper
• 2 tbsp brown sugar
• 1 tbsp lime juice
• 1 tbsp tomato puree
• 3 to 5 oz coconut milk

Preparation

Place all ingredients in your food processor or blender. Add more coconut milk as needed to blend ingredients to a smooth paste or sauce.

This paste will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Thai Green Curry

This famous fragrant Thai green curry is sweet and spicy with a touch of bitterness given by the eggplants. It’s virtually known and eaten all over the world but for a truly authentic taste I give you the recipe below.

Ingredients

• 1 tbsp coriander seeds
• 0.5 tbsp cumin seeds
• 1 tbsp white peppercorns
• 3 to 6 green bird-eye chillies (3 chillies for mild, 6 for spicy depending on your spice tolerance or preference.
• 3 tbsp finely chopped galangal
• 1.5 tsp finely chopped coriander root
• 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and stems
• 1 tbsp kaffir lime rind
• 2 lemongrass sticks, minced
• 4 cloves garlic
• 2 small shallots, minced
• 1 tsp shrimp paste

Preparation

Using a mortar and pestle, grind the ingredients, adding them little by little into the mortar until you’ve achieved a smooth paste. If you don’t have a mortar, use a food processor (add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil if using a food processor).

This paste will keep in a sealed bag or container for at least 2/3 weeks.

Next we have Thai red curry…

The red curry paste is a base for many Thai dishes. It uses small dried red chillies, which means it is very hot. Thai Penang curry is used making this paste or it can be used in a stir fry or to make Thai spicy liver (which is very nice)

The recipe given is enough to use in a curry for 4 people.

If you like a milder curry (adjust) the amount of chillies used… For a medium spicy curry, use half of the chillies.

For just a bit spicy, use a quarter of the chillies (the other ingredients remain unchanged).

Ingredients:

• 12 sm dried red chillies stems and seeds removed
• 1 tsp coriander seeds
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1 tsp white peppercorns
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 stalks lemon grass sliced finely
• 1.5cm galangal chopped
• 1 coriander root
• 4 shallots chopped
• 1 tsp Kaffir lime rind
• 1 tsp fermented shrimp paste.

Preparation

Rehydrate the chillies in hot water for 10-15 minutes, drain, chop and put to one side.

Dry roast coriander, peppercorns, cumin seeds, garlic and shallots until the flavours are released. Put to one side.

Pound the peppercorn, coriander and cumin seeds and lastly the chillies.

When the mixture is smooth add the other ingredients a little at a time or it will be difficult to pound. Pound until smooth and then add the shrimp paste.

If not using immediately, store the curry paste in the fridge, covered by vegetable oil, to protect from oxidation. It can also be stored in the freezer as well, but first add vegetable oil into the paste and mix well

While red and green curry pastes require hard to find ingredients like kaffir lime zests, Mussamun curry paste’s ingredients are easy to find. Most ingredients are available at most grocery stores, especially at Indian markets or Asian stores around the world…

Thai Mussamun Curry Paste.

Compared to other Thai curries, the distinct characteristics of Massumun curry paste is that all ingredients are roasted prior to pounding/grinding. When all the spices are roasted and the aroma fills your kitchen, the real work begins: pounding. When you finally grind everything in your mortar, I promise you the wonderful fragrance from all the spices will fill your kitchen!

Ingredients:

• 4 pods cardamom
• 2 inch piece cinnamon sticks
• 5 cloves
• 1 tbsp of coriander
• 1/3 tbsp cumin
• 4-6 dried whole chillies
• 1/2 inch piece julienne galangal
• 1 head garlic
• 1 stalk lemongrass
• 1/3 tbsp peppercorns
• 1 tbsp salt
• 3 shallots
• 1 tsp shrimp paste
• 1 Mace
• 1 Nutmeg

Preparation

Grill or roast the garlic and the shallots with the skin on. Here in Thailand the garlic and shallots are buried in the ashes below the fire in the charcoal grill. They are then roasted until the skin is charred and the flesh is soft and cooked. This takes 5-10 minutes depending on the method you use. If you haven’t got the BBQ on then you can put them directly over the gas flame and char them that way.

Once they are cooled, then peel the skin and remove any charred spots.

Tear the chilli stems off and remove the seeds. Cut or tear the chillies into big pieces.

Slice the galangal and julienne. Slice the lemongrass thinly. You will only require about half the stalk and use the softer white piece closer to the root.

In a pan over a medium heat, toast the chillies and the lemongrass until slightly browned 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the pan and set to one side and add the remainder of the spices except for the garlic and shallots and toast tem by moving them around the pan or they will burn…roast until they are fragrant about 2 minutes . Remove the spices from the heat.

Start by grinding the chilli peppers with the salt when roughly ground then add the lemongrass. Pound until the lemongrass is roughly ground add all the other spices except for the roast garlic and shallots. Pound until well blended, this can take up to 30 minutes depending on how strong your arms are and the size of your pestle and mortar…Add the roasted garlic and shallots pound until smooth. Lastly add the shrimp paste and pound.
Mussamun Curry Paste should be dark red from the roasted ingredients.

This paste will keep in the fridge for about a month and a year in the freezer.

I hope you have enjoyed these curry recipes and I will let you into a little secret if I make the Mussamun I use my blender.

Obviously in the villages they don’t have the mod cons and are all hand ground, lovely and fragrant.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and let us know if you make the pastes as we love to hear your comments.

Curry made from scratch has so much more of an authentic aroma and flavour and as Carol had demonstrated the pastes can be kept for quite a long time. Impress your family and friends….

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

About Carol Taylor

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

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

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

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