Author Archives: CarolCooks2

About CarolCooks2

Retired amongst the pineapple and rubber plantations. Writing, reading, curing ham and bacon, pickling, recycling, making jewellery my dreams becoming reality....well one has, I am now a published Author as of January 2015. Scary? Sometimes, and now I've tried improv and wow never thought I could, "Could you ?"... lol... Retired? No one told me! Having an amazing ride! Going forward into 2018 I am writing a cookbook..Well, who doesn't?

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily, Eat to live…

Eat smart eat healthily eat to live

Healthy eating should be the priority and the habit of a lifetime…No fads, no weighing every day or week and then beating your self up because you haven’t lost anything.

It is about being aware of what you are eating and knowing if what you are eating is improving your health. It is not about removing whole food groups from our diets we need a healthy well-balanced diet to be at our optimum health.

What really matters is Our well-being, Our Blood Pressure figure, Our cholesterol, Our blood sugar, Our inflammation markers.

This week my exercise has stepped up big time we have little Lily staying with us for a couple of weeks and she loves riding her bike and swimming…

 

Sunday it was a romp in the park feeding the duck, fish and birds and then realising that the boats were way over the other side… I had forgotten how much energy 5-year olds have…Grandad by this time was a little less than impressed and when we finally got to the boats opted to people watch rather than spend an hour peddling the boat.

To be fair Lily did take her turn but it was a bit too much for a 5-year-old on her own but my legs and tummy muscles got a good work out…

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It was also great fun…

Today I have insisted on a day in the kitchen…Baking …That is of course after we have walked to get our fresh Coconut juice as Lily loves it as much as nanny does…When she was small to get her to try something I used to tell her that she shouldn’t eat it as she wouldn’t like it…Of course, she would then want to eat it…Whose a clever nanny??? The downside now is that she eats anything and especially what I like so it is sort of a family joke…But she loves her food and helping to cook last night she stripped the mint leaves, cut the coriander and spring onions…I did the shallots and cooked the meat we then made a Nam Doc which is one of Lily’s favourites…

Gluten Free Mu Nam Tok ( Waterfall Pork)

Nam Doc Mu Waterfall pork

It is quick and easy to make and although the name glutinous rice infers it has gluten it does not… it means sticky here. The rice is gluten-free.

Ingredients:

Serves 2.

  • 150/200 gm Pork loin or chicken
  • 2 shallots sliced thinly
  • Handful coriander chopped
  • Mint a big handful, stripped from the stem
  • A tbsp of ground roasted rice( recipe below)
  • 1-3 tsp dried chilli
  • 2 cheeks of lime
  • 1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced

Firstly cook pork on a griddle or BBQ until just cooked allow to rest before slicing.

Thinly slice shallots.

Mix with coriander and mint leaves. Thinly slice pork and add to dish with shallots, mint and coriander. Also, add any juice from the meat. Add fish sauce, dried chillies, roasted rice and lime juice then gently combine and TASTE… Adjust seasoning if required.  Taste!

Serve with Sticky rice and a dish of washed Thai vegetables.

The meat for this dish can also be sliced thinly and cooked in a little water which a lot of Thais do…I prefer mine griddled I think it has more taste…

N.B: HOW TO DRY ROAST THE RICE.

Heat a small pan and add a handful of glutinous rice, stir to prevent it burning until the rice has coloured slightly a nice light brown, then remove from the heat and grind in pestle and mortar…Do not grind to a powder it needs to be a little coarse as it gives taste and texture to a dish. It will keep in a sealed container for about 6 weeks.

The good news I just jumped on the scales and another 1lb mislaid…Yeah!

So all in all a good week… Healthy Eating back on track and still no biscuits…

I /We would love to hear your tales of success and how your healthy eating is going…I know some of you are experiencing flurries of that cold white stuff called snow and will want lots of warming food but as long as you are eating sensibly and not snacking which to me is the biggest killer for Healthy eating or if you are snacking then some healthy snacks and some healthy snacks are really luscious.

This is where healthy eating really comes into play…No one likes getting the flu so here is a great post on how you can give your body a fighting chance against all these nasty germs and viruses…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/smorgasbord-health-health-in-the-news-flu-season-vaccination-alert-new-mega-vaccine-available-in-uk-and-boost-your-immune-system/

I now have another little challenge for you… Are you up for a challenge? .. I feel just as passionately about waste and it saddens me when I see people living below the poverty line especially when so much food is wasted and I have taken up the challenge to monitor my food waste in my house…This was the topic of yesterdays post I gave the manufacturers a break from reporting on what they put in your food and came at them from another angle …The waste that goes into production…Tut tut…naughty manufacturers…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/16/waste-not-want-not/

Thank you for reading this post I hope your healthy eating is going well if you have any tips then please let us know in comments xxx

 

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 vegetable 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 contain 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/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

Waste not Want not…

Waste not Want not

This week I have seen quite a lot in the media and on FB about waste and quite frankly it appalled me…

This was not the plastic waste which is ruining our lovely planet this is good food going to waste when there are people starving in the world…

My friend posted pictures of a local farmer and the amount of fruit and vegetables he wastes as the large supermarkets don’t want it …It is not perfect enough… Here is a short video of a small company imagine that waste multiplied by a larger company.

A question? Are there really people in this world who really care about the size and the shape of their fruit and vegetables to me as long as it is fresh that is all that matters…Maybe in some very posh restaurants where everything has to be perfect and uniform but truly home cooks are you bothered ???

Stores could have the perfect and not so perfect in different aisles… 

We need to get over the fact that just because food does not look absolutely perfect that it is unfit to eat...

The best way forward as a consumer is to reduce our waste in our own homes…This link is a six-week challenge called I value Food too good to waste 

I have signed up to take up this challenge, will you?

If you dislike food waste and also want to save money and help the worlds starving sign up and share, tell any groups you belong to encourage them to promote it…We all need to do our part as not only is valuable food being wasted the electric and machinery which is being used to produce this food is also adding to the carbon footprint.

There are also many organisations who will take this food and distribute it to the poor and needy…

This food rescue allocator will pinpoint organisations in your area where you help by volunteering or by giving food which you will not use…every country has different schemes so based on where the majority of my readers are from I have found a starting point for you..Google is very good and if you put food waste how can the consumer help you will find many organisations… If you are serious and also as concerned as I am then I am sure you will take the time and do your bit…Every little helps!

USA…https://sustainableamerica.org/foodrescue/

UK…https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/?_ga=2.137540464.1759808736.1539598920-2117923142.1539598920

EUROPE…https://www.areweeurope.com/food-content/estefanie-guzman-food-waste-across-europe

We also need to shop clever and only buy what we know we are going to use…which is where the six-week challenge will help…

How can you reduce waste in your home?

If you grow your own there is only so much you can pickle or can, freeze and use in your daily cooking.

Makeup goody bags and give to your family, friends and neighbours or your local church… This is something which works very well here as all my neighbours share any excess as we do it seems to be standard practise amongst Thais even the people who live on the streets are catered for we have a man who is quite regular at the beginning of our soi but he always has food I have watched cars top and give food and indeed if I have extra I send the kids down with a bowl…You can buy disposable bowls for pennies.

Make preserves, pickle or can ... I even pickle watermelon rinds and they are very nice I make my own tomato base for chilli and spaghetti bolognese and keep in portions in the freezer…I do not buy cans mainly because of health and leaching but cost wise it is a no-brainer and so quick to do.

Use all the vegetable a good example is broccoli which often comes with a thick stem…I take off the outer part and either use it in soup or sliced as a vegetable it is really nice.

Chicken carcass or meat bones…Don’t throw it away make soup or stock… Some of the best meals are made from leftovers so get creative.

Make compost…Even if you only have a small garden or balcony plants or herbs love a bit of compost.

Leftovers… Something we all have… freeze for another day or pop in the fridge and use another day or if you have an elderly/disabled neighbour take them a bowl I am sure they would appreciate a nice home cooked stew or soup.

Set up a little table outside your house with any excess fruit or vegetables…Put a sign up saying Free please help yourself but don’t supply bags and then people with only take what they can carry…

Not only are you not wasting food but you will probably make a lonely person very happy…We can learn much from others and we don’t give to receive but you will get a warm feeling in your heart…

We need to bring back that sense of community as in many areas if our lifes it has got lost…We have the power at our fingertips so come on peeps spread the word…

Waste not, Want not!

Lastly don’t stop there…Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial goes even further to reduce waste and save money… She has a brilliant waste reduction plan so check out her blog and see what she does to reduce waste in her home…

 

What do you do to reduce waste? Please share any hints or tips ..Let’s do this together…

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 vegetable 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 contain 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/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

 

 

 

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Sunday Roundup… Recipes and Rants!

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After yesterdays exercise and boating I am taking it easy today so pull up your favourite chair and your cuppa and enjoy a medley of posts …Some recipes, health tips and some toe-dipping by Moi into the writer’s pond…Will my words of mirth and wisdom cause a very small ripple or a tsunami…I await your comments…

The Prompt Crossed Wires… My short story in response was Mistaken Identity something which I am sure has happened many a time…Enjoy!

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The previous prompt was Puzzle    My response brings a mystery  Unsolved

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The first prompt from Lorna @ Gin and Lemonade was People Watching  something I think as writers we all enjoy I hope you enjoy my take on this    Watching and Waiting

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A beautiful sunset at Bangtao Beach, Phuket, Thailand

 

Now for some food and Halloween Trivia…Two chillies One meaty one and one for vegetarians which has a bit of a Thai twist…

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https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/12/fang-tastic-friday-chilli-con-carne-and-trivia/

Those of you who know me know that I love a cause and a rant and I hate those pesky double-dealing underhand Manufacturers and Governments who allow it…

As Monday is a day which many don’t like it is my let off the steam day. I have uncovered what really is in your Hot Dog, What is in your Mac and Cheese and also what is really in your Vanilla Ice Cream and trust me I have only just started… Tomorrow though I thought I would give the manufacturers a break or will I ??

The subject is Waste...Food Waste…something which I believe we could all do something about…

Blogs I like …Sally Cronin writes some brilliant Health columns …I have learnt so much from those columns and I am sure that you can … The last couple of posts have been on the dreaded and sometimes fatal Flu Virus and what we can do to help ourselves and get our bodies prepared for the onslaught of those seasonal germs and viruses.

Posts if you are serious about your health then you shouldn’t miss.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/smorgasbord-health-health-in-the-news-flu-season-vaccination-alert-new-mega-vaccine-available-in-uk-and-boost-your-immune-system/

Sally also allows me to stretch my culinary legs and every Wednesday I can be found over on Smorgasbord…After my exposure of  Hot Dogs, I thought it only fitting that I should give you all the information that you require to make your own sausages.

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-homemade-sausages-and-spice-mixes/

As you know I get about a bit and once a month I introduce The Culinary Alphabet over at Esme’s…The letter I was the subject of this months do you know what… Isinglass Finings are??? How about Immortalitea?The culinary althabet 2nd Oct

Pop over and all will be revealed…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-then-letter-i/

No More Diets and Healthy Eating is the subject of my Tuesday’s posts where I give you recipes, information and other snippets to help you along your path to Healthy Eating and I do also have a quiet little rant at times…lol…I don’t believe ( unless) it is for a properly diagnosed health reason that one should eliminate whole food groups we need a well-balanced diet to be fit.

No more diets, Healthy Eating

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/02/eat-smart-eat-healthily/

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 vegetable 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 contain 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/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all enjoy your Sunday and have a great week 🙂 xx

 

Smorgasbord Health Column – Influenza – The herb Goldenseal.

Cold and flu time is creeping up on many of us…If you are looking for natural remedies then this post offers some good advice 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

In the last few health column posts I have covered the upcoming influenza season with news of a mega-vaccine and how to boost the immune system to prevent infection. I also mentioned the preventative and therapeutic properties of Echinacea and  in this post I want to follow up with another herb with similar properties but is not quite as popular.

You can find these posts in theHealth Directory

Echinacea is an herb that might help prevent infections from colds and also help alleviate the symptoms if you actually caught one. Goldenseal has similar properties and also has a number of other reported medicinal properties including being anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal as well as being full of nutrients. It contains Vitamins A, C and E, B-complex, calcium, iron and manganese.

A word of warning about Goldenseal, it is a uterine stimulant which means that you should not take if you are…

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Fang-Tastic Friday … Chilli Con Carne and Trivia…

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I am sure by now that those of you who really go all out for Halloween have got all your porches and homesteads superbly decorated…..I would love to see some of your images here it is not celebrated only by the expats so there are some token decorations in the shopping malls and very pretty they look…But it is not like I imagine the real Halloween celebrations to look… It is too staged and perfect…

But I digress what have I got for you today?

A great chilli recipe as when its cold I think a lovely big pan of chilli goes down well with most,  A lovely jacket potato especially if it is cooked in the coals of your BBQ or fire or my favourite what my mum used to do was to roast chestnuts in the ash pan underneath the fire…

Chilli Con Carne … Carol’s Way…

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Ingredients:

  • 500 gm lean minced Beef ( I use pork) as I can’t get minced beef here.
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 red or yellow pepper chopped
  • 3/4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1-3 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 pint of fresh made beef or vegetable stock
  • 400 gm fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp sugar…I sneak this in when no one is looking as it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 410 gm can red kidney beans, drained or pre-soaked dried kidney beans.

Let’s Cook!
Put the olive oil in a large pan and heat add the chopped onions, garlic, ginger, bay leaves and cumin seeds cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes.
I like to add my cumin seeds with the onions as it brings out their full flavour and we love cumin.
Add the minced meat and cook, stirring until nicely browned.
Add the tomatoes, stock, peppers and tomato puree stirring in well and bring to a soft simmer.
Add the paprika, marjoram and sugar.
Cook for 20 minutes now this is where I taste and add more chilli and usually more cumin seeds and then add the drained kidney beans and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice and sour cream sprinkled with smoked paprika ( optional)

Enjoy!

Halloween Trivia! Did you know?

The 1978 blockbuster, Halloween, was only made in 21 days on a very limited budget.

My second Chilli recipe from a friend of mine …Richard and it is his vegetarian chilli…Thank Richard it is very nice. It is Richards recipe with a Thai twist and tasty…

Vegetarian Chilli with lentils.

vegetarian chilli with lentils

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chillies
  • 125 gm mushrooms chopped
  • A handful of chopped green beans
  • 100 gm black lentils
  • 1 tbsp each of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar
  • Basil Leaves

Then cook as normal ensuring lentils are cooked through.

The instructions are as I received them as Richard obviously knows I can cook…lol

For anyone needing more details then cook as my chilli recipe above but adding lentils instead of the meat. I did add a couple more tomatoes and some kidney beans to Richards original recipe….I also soaked my lentils… he doesn’t as he likes his lentils al dente…

Cooking is all about personal taste and I sometimes just chuck it in the pot and take it from there… That’s how I cook most of the time and TASTE…

Enjoy!

Did you know?

Pumpkins are not only orange, but also white, blue, and green?

Some mocktails for the kiddywinks.

Did you know?

Hundreds of vampire clubs and societies exist and claim to have real vampires as their members.

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They may have had dental work on their teeth but really vampires?? What do you think ??

Have you got any favourite Halloween recipes you would like to share next Friday if so PM me and I will showcase them and link back to you 🙂 x

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 vegetable 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 contain 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/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

 

Crossed Wires…

I love these prompts and how everyone responds so differently….#crossed wires... This week the prompt from the lovely Lorna @ Gin and Lemonade

Mistaken Identity by Carol Ann Taylor.

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Overloud music, bass thumping.

Girls…  So many girls and the drinks just kept coming.

“Come on guys, no more please, she will kill all of us if we are late tomorrow”

Sean’s eyes glazed over, he still couldn’t believe his luck, the most amazing girl in the world had said, Yes!

He was imagining her gliding down the aisle, a vision in white and all his.

“Come on!  You are slipping Sean, keep up, last night of freedom mate, make the most of it”

“Drink up!”

So he did one after another. Oh boy, am I going to have a stonker of a head in the morning.

“Wait till you see what we have planned for you,” Jim said leering at the skimpily clad girls dancing around them.

“ Oh No! No Strippers, please”

“Would we boys?” they just laughed.

“Excuse me, sir”

Turning, Sean saw a very shapely PC  standing before him. “ The silver Porsche outside does that belong to you?”

“ What? Come on, No!

“ Sir, just answer the question”

Grinning Sean grabbed her breast, pulled her towards him and kissed her hard. Might as well make the most of my last night of freedom.

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When the metal on his wrists shut with a click and he was propelled towards the exit.

He knew….Wrong PC!

I hope you enjoyed this little tale x

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 vegetable 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 contain 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/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

Unsolved…

I am loving these prompts from Lorna @ Gin & Lemonade… This one is # Puzzle

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Unsolved by Carol  Ann Taylor…

The snow was coming down thick and fast, the weather had changed from a few light flurries of snow which didn’t settle, into a raging blizzard with frightening speed. The windscreen wipers struggling to keep the snow off the windscreen, it was building up with alarming speed and ferocity.

Jenny knew if she didn’t get to Sally’s soon she would have to stop and clear the windscreen as her driving visibility was fading fast the windscreen wipers getting slower and slower as the snow built up, she was squinting to see clearly. Already cars and lorries were abandoned by the roadside, the weather was getting pretty dire and Jenny was getting worried.

Wearing heels and a short dress  was definitely not the most suitable clothing to brave the elements in if she had to get out of the car and walk to make matters worse she had forgotten to put her warm jacket and boots in the car, well, the weatherman had said a mild Christmas was on the cards.

I hope Sally is ready, and I don’t have to wait or we will be lucky to get to mums in time for lunch. Then snow or no snow she will have something to say.

Jenny could just hear her mother saying “I see the pair of you turned up just in time to eat and I suppose you will both be off soon after, some work excuse or other, you don’t think about your old mum and dad spending most of Christmas alone do you?

You just wait until you have kids and they treat your home like a restaurant” Then you will know how we feel, you mark my words.

“There will be no both of us now, mum” 

The car spluttered to a halt outside Sally’s little flat. Jenny could hardly see out of the windows  and she recalled that time 10 years ago when getting out of the car had also been a struggle as she battled the wind and driving snow while trying to open her car door, how she struggled up the path to the front door her face stinging from the driving snow. Stamping her feet to remove the snow as she went up the steps to Sally’s front door, how the door was swinging backwards and forwards in the wind and how she thought that Sally couldn’t have closed it properly when she came home last night.

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Jenny remembered calling Sally’s name as she stepped inside the tiny flat, how the heat hit her and how she involuntarily shivered and felt a chill run through her.

How the kitchen was tidy except for last night’s dinner plate in the sink, the cat was mewing outside sounding desperate to come into the warm, his scratching getting more and more frantic, breaking the silence. The living room was quiet except for the Christmas tunes that Sally loved, playing quietly in the background, the tree lights twinkled, the presents unopened around the little tree, except for one which lay on the chair the pretty wrapping paper discarded on the floor.

Tap, tap on the window, the noise made Jenny jump it was Mrs Brown next door saying. “Come on in Lovie don’t sit out here all on your own, you will freeze to death. Come on in and have a hot toddy with us before you go to your mum’s.”

‘Thank you, Mrs Brown I was just……

“Oh love, don’t cry … Sally has gone, she is not coming back, you know that don’t you?”

“I know, said Jenny tears running down her cheeks, I know.”

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 vegetable 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 contain 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

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx