Monthly Archives: May 2016

Recipes !

As I am wrestling with water leaking through the ceilings and some plugs/lights that work and some that don’t….so I am reblogging one of my favorite posts a cracking curry recipe from my friend Mamik and Thai Spicy Lemongrass Salad for those of you who love Thai food and may have missed them the first time around.

Retired? No one told me!

Kozhi Milagu (Pepper Chicken Curry)For all you hot curry Lovers…

Kohzhi Milagu ( Pepper Chicken Curry) Recipe  courtesy of my friend Mamik who provides me with authentic Indonesian Recipes….. Thank you Mamik another Cracker of a recipe but a scorcher or as my son put it he gets ring burn the next morning…….


500 gm chicken, thighs or breast cut into pieces.

1 chopped Onion.

1 cup chopped Tomatoes.

2cm cinnamon stick.

2tbsp ginger garlic paste..can use store bought, I just blitz tbsp garlic and tbsp ginger to paste.

1 tbsp ground chilli

1tbsp ground coriander.

1 tbsp ground white pepper.

1 tbsp Fennel Seeds.

1 sprig Curry leaves.

Salt to season.


Heat tbsp oil in wok and saute onion.

Add garlic and ginger paste mix well and cook 30 seconds. Add dry spices and stir to release aroma. Add chopped tomato, stir and add chicken…….N.B. if too dry add some water.

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Wat Kam Sanot, Udon Thani.


Lying East/ North East of Udon City heading almost due North towards Sawang Daen Din for about 75km, lies Wat Kam( Kham) Sanot which is a Buddhist forest temple. There appear to be various spellings and it is also know as Kam Chanod.

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Naga Buddhism is practised here and it is believed that the ” Naga” a mythical large snake still lives in the nearby lake.

Locally this temple is also known as ” superstition temple” .

It is a fairly old temple, the age of which I could not ascertain with a long dragon shaped path leading to the “lifting stones” It is also advisable to walk in the shade as this walk is done in bare feet and that path gets mighty hot!


It is believed that if you make a wish and can lift the stone then your wish will be granted. Indeed I saw men, women and some children who could lift the stone and it had no relation to stature or anything..just some could and some couldn’t.

Our grandson had visited this temple before and could not lift the stone, on this occasion he did…..I think it has to do with mind over matter somewhat but that is not the general belief here, hence ” superstition temple”

He can however on every occasion make the brass gongs  “sing” many cannot you just seem to have to  be one of those will the knack..many try and fail.


This lady monk was really selling her wares and the 20 baht notes were forming a very long orderly queue what she was saying was apparently old Thai language and my grandson couldn’t translate it all to me. She was actually quite scary and she got very vocal  at some points , arms a waving..scary.


There was  also a local market here selling their wares , souvenirs and the like which is a permanent feature. Some of the lovely hand-made things which are given to Buddha and which adorn trees, pillars and posts around and in the temples are a sight to behold so bright and  colourful.

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I hope you have enjoyed the tour of this lovely forest temple and if you get the opportunity to visit you will love the sights and sounds.

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and enjoy your week 🙂

Ban Chiang.

As we settle into our new home and explore our surroundings I will be blogging about places of interest to visit in and around Udon Thani, Thailand. I hope you enjoy our explorations and if you ever visit the area that you find this helpful when  you are yourselves looking for places to visit in the area.

5,000 years ago at Ban Chiang prehistoric people lived on a mound at the current location. They survived by hunting wild animals and working the land, farming and making pots, weaving. Then about 4,000 years ago they started doing bronze castings to make tools and jewelery.

This site is a World Heritage site now and has a Fine Arts departmentSAM_7771.JPG and also shows many examples of what pots , jewelery and weapons looked like during these times it is also houses an Archaeological Excavation Pit.

This led to the discovery of over 400 graves and led to a study in burial habits at that time. In that era people were buried with their utensils and there was found to be 3 distinct types of burial.

  • The long sprawl burial with pots arranged around the legs or head.
  • The bended knees burial which was least common.
  • The child burial of a child probably no older than 3 years and they were put in a large pot.



This site is well worth a visit and you get the opportunity to purchase some lovely pottery and the prices are very good and not extortionate. The entrance fee to this is ( at this time) 150thb, children are free.

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and have fun 🙂

Tom Yum Soup with Prawns( Tom Yum Goong)

This is one of my favourite Thai soups and the first time I have made it. It also brings back memories of a certain lady…Keeleigh who when she visited us could not get enough of this fabulous soup.


  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass
  • 1-inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 500gm Prawns
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium tomatoes cut into quarters.
  • 2 white onions (medium-sized) cut into large chunks.
  • 1 and a half teaspoons of sugar
  • 7 – 10 tablespoons of fish sauce (depending on your taste)
  • Juice of 5 -8 limes.
  • A handful of cilantro.

N.B Next time I will use shallots instead of white onions and I recommend using the lowest amount of limes and fish sauce and Taste! Adjust if necessary as everyone’s taste varies.



  1. The first thing to do is put about 2 litres of water in a large pot to boil.
  2. Then I like to start by squeezing my limes. This is not the first step of the recipe, but it’s best to have your limes squeezed so when you need them later, you don’t need to rush to squeeze them all.
  3. Take your stalks of lemongrass, and first tear off the outermost leaf and throw it out. Then, I like to use a rolling pin or the handle end of a knife to lightly pound the lemongrass to release the flavours. Then just slice it diagonally into 1-inch strips or so.
  4. Take about 1 thumb-sized chunk of the root part of galangal, and chop it into slices.
  5. Coarsely break about 10 kaffir lime leaves – no need to cut them, just tear them – which is going to help release their flavour.
  6. Peel about 5 cloves of garlic.
  7. I used about 10 Thai bird chillies for this recipe, but you can use however many you’d like. First, take off the stem, and then you can either just slice them in two pieces, or give them a little pound on your cutting board like I did (just be careful of flying seeds). You can also remove the seeds if you’d still like the chilli flavour but not as much heat.
  8. Throw the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, garlic and chillies into the water.SAM_7862
  9. You can put the lid on just so it starts to boil which releases the herb flavours quicker.
  10. Now prepare your prawns I remove everything except for the tail…..others put in whole prawns…personal preference.
  11. Boil your soup with all the herbs in it for about 10 minutes.
  12. Then add your mushrooms, which you should pre-rinse beforehand.
  13. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  14. Add tomatoes and onions.SAM_7863
  15. Cook for further  6-8 minutes.
  16. Now add prepared prawns and cook for 2-3 mins( if overcooked the prawns will sink to the bottom of the pan. If you get any scum on the surface of soup it’s from the prawns then just skim.SAM_7864
  17. Remove from heat and stir in fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and cilantro.

Taste and adjust if necessary.

This delicious soup is now ready to serve.


I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do and remember to add the smallest amount of fish sauce and lime juice and taste and build, taste and build until you get the right level of salty and sour for you 🙂

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot 🙂

26 Week Photo challenge “J”

Love this challenge to see Lori’s pictures for “J’ please Click Here.

My first picture for “J’ has to be

JOY….Just look at the happiness on these boys faces…


JUMP… and head first this grandchild of fear..



JEEP..another picture of the fun my grandkids have..mostly with dirt and water…


All my pictures for the letter  “J” depict the Joy in the lives of my grandchildren they enjoy an outside lifestyle and are both happy and healthy. I hope you enjoy my pictures.

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and have fun…Love you all 🙂

Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. Bernard Meltzer

How true is that?….. I seem to have drifted away from how I started my very first blogs and I am not sure if that’s the right thing to do or not…..I always started with a quote and found some really great ones which I could relate too. What do you think?

Today we went to collect our grandson, he was staying with his brown Nannie ( as he calls her) no racism intended. They live in a little village in the middle of no-where in Northern Thailand.

We were made soooo welcome..chairs were bought out and we sat and the whole village came to see us..some had not seen us since our very first visit to Thailand a few years ago, others we recognised even though they were mere children on our last visit. Lots of happy smiling faces.

The welcome was second to none..lots of smiling faces and the food came out…Thai dishes galore….it was lovely.

I came away with fresh lemongrass and galangal, morning glory, kale and honey still in the comb..all wonderfully freshly picked, dug up and gave to us with so much love…I, of course, left the wine glasses I had taken for next time, with the promise I would bring more wai Khao( white wine) for the ladies…a treat for them.  The men drunk some Thai whiskey we had bought and some ( not sure ) of the origin but infused with honey and ginger…it tasted quite potent.

A lovely afternoon.

I of course slipped and stacked it…..I hurt my big toe and received an impromptu Thai foot massage…which was very nice.

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and be happy 🙂






26 Week Photo Challenge “i”

Pheww have I got some catching to do after moving week..check out Lori’s post for some more “I’s” Click Here.

Now for mine…. 🙂

Ohhhhhhh this is a hard one!

Something all of us woman love to hate.

Iron and Ironing Board.


Ink Jet Printer.


Icing not on the cake but on the face!


That’s all I can think of for week it’s “J’ lets hope that proves to be easier…Bye for now have fun, laugh a lot and stay safe 🙂