Category Archives: Cooking from scratch

Healthy Eating, Eat Smart, No more Diets…

persimmon fruit Carrots Oranges

Welcome to Tuesdays Eat Smart, Eat Healthy post…

This week I seem to be eating everything which is orange I discovered a lovely new flavour combination smoothie which is equal parts carrot and Oranges and it is very nice… A vibrant orange colour as you would expect but so nice…

I also had some lovely Papaya to use and as I was gifted 5 papayas and quite a few bananas meant it was a lovely banana and Papaya smoothie for breakfast the other morning.

My week has been a very Orange week…

Persimmon is in season and I have to admit not a fruit I had tasted… seen never tasted but this week we did my daughter-law hadn’t tasted it either so we bought some and it is lovely the texture of a crisp apple fairly sweet but very nice.

The persimmon is one of the classical fruits of China, from where it was introduced in ancient times to Japan. Mainly grown in China and Japan commercially but smaller growers have developed in Italy, Israel, Brazil, California (U.S.A.), Australia and New Zealand. In South-East Asia, it is grown on a limited scale in Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and Northern Thailand.

At present grown by hill tribe growers here in Northern Thailand. Production has been slow to cultivate and they are mostly sold as fresh fruit which is probably why by comparison with other fruits they are expensive.

Many of the hill tribes here are growers which operate under the Royal Project which was started to help the hill tribes. The Royal Project was initially established in 1969 by His Majesty King Bhumibol to support farmers in rural areas to plant crops instead of planting opium. Initially, it was a voluntary project cooperated by many famous universities in Thailand such as Kasetsart University, Maejo University, and Chiang-Mai University. Nowadays, the Royal Project has travelled throughout the country covering Chiang-Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Phayao, and Mae Hong Son we also have a Royal Project shop here in Udon Thani where produce is sold from these farmers all fruit and vegetables are sold in season and it is lovely because I can find unusual fruits and vegetables which cannot be found in larger stores although sometimes I get something once and then not again for a while they only stock what comes in rather than having the same regular deliveries which is nice…

It is also where I can get my proper Greek Yoghurt and not this greek style yoghurt which the other stores sell.

Persimmons can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked and are commonly used around the world in jellies, drinks, pies, curries and puddings. Which is probably why I have seen an increase in posts on Pinterest for persimmon recipes.

Now I have tried them I will also be trying a recipe or two so if you have any favourite recipes please share them with me 🙂

Persimmons are also a good source of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate, magnesium and phosphorus.

These colourful fruits are low in calories and loaded with fibre, making them a weight loss-friendly food.

Aside from vitamins and minerals, persimmons contain a wide array of plant compounds, including tannins, flavonoids and carotenoids, which can positively impact your health.

The leaves of the persimmon fruit are also high in vitamin C, tannins and fibre, as well as a common ingredient in therapeutic teas.

So yes an Orange week all round for me… Plenty of vitamin C…

Has this week been a good week for you? Have you discovered a new food? If so please share with us how your healthy eating is progressing…

Just in case you missed it here is the link for the little calculation chart that Sally devised I find it really handy and I still have not eaten any biscuits with my morning cup of tea…

fat-accumulation-table SALLY

I also printed off Sally’s food shopping list and worked through it vitamin by vitamin and chose the foods which provided that vitamin or protection and made my own list of what I should be buying.

Then I drilled it down that out of the 40 items I took from Sally’s shopping list I always bought 22 of those items, next I looked at what I do buy but less often and that equated to 13 items which either I could only buy when they were in season or foods which I just don’t eat as often not because I don’t like them just because they are not always available or I prefer something else. The remainder I either cannot get here or are very expensive to buy as imported goods.

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Enjoy your week and eat smart and healthily 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

 

 

 

Ramen Noodles…Should you be eating them?

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Today I am looking at what is in those packets of instant, quick cook Ramen Noodles which seem to line every store’s shelves in their hundreds. A packet for one or a multi-packs they come in pots and packages for ease of use BUT exactly what are you eating or giving your children to eat???

You just know that I am going to tell you…Don’t you???

Ramen noodles are particularly unhealthy because they contain a food additive called Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative that is a petroleum industry byproduct. They’re also incredibly high in sodium, calories and saturated fat.

The containers packaging these noodles aren’t helping much either. The dreaded chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is widely used in the styrofoam cups in which we often buy our ramen noodle lunches. Among other things, BPA may be a carcinogen. It is also considered a hormone disruptor, negatively affecting natural hormones in our bodies such as estrogen.

Between the preservatives and the packaging, instant noodles are a minefield of potential health problems. The more you eat, the worse it is. It’s just not worth the risk.

Yet Again, Proof That We Should Avoid Processed Foods

We shouldn’t need more evidence, but this study provides it. Instant and processed foods are the worst possible meal choices we can make. Want visual proof that you really need to avoid processed ramen noodles? Then watch this video…

 

What is Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), 

It is a synthetic antioxidant that is added to foods to prevent or delay oxidation. Oxidation causes food to lose flavour quality, colour and can even cause foods to become toxic. In addition, oxidation causes vitamins to break down, causing food to lose some of its nutritional value.

TBHQ, which stands for tertiary butylhydroquinone, is commonly used in foods such as crackers, microwave popcorn, butter and chicken nuggets.

Used to extend the shelf life of oily and fatty foods. In processed foods, it’s sprayed on the food or on its packaging to prevent discolouration and changes to flavour and odour. Others products, such as cosmetics, perfumes, varnishes and lacquers, contain TBHQ to maintain stability.

I am already feeling quite sick and so pleased that I have never had any of this pass my lips… I can’t say that for other family members…

Much of the hype surrounding TBHQ dwells on its relationship to butane, a component of lighter fluid.TBHQ is composed in part of a grouping of four carbon atoms, called a “butyl.” Many harmless substances, such as butter, also contain butyl. The word butyl is even derived from the Latin word for butter, “butyrum.”

Although TBHQ might be safe in small doses, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you. And since it’s used to preserve processed foods that are naturally oily or fatty, avoiding these foods would certainly be a healthy choice. When considering your health, do a bit of research before deciding that the popular account is the correct one.

I myself am very sceptical as so many foods which have been deemed to be safe for us have proved not to be and those who can are now in many cases wildly back peddling on their previous claims.

Myself I don’t wish to give anything like this the benefit of the doubt I would err on the side of caution and avoid like the plague…

Are there healthy Ramen Noodles?

There are so many noodles of different shapes and sizes and indeed much healthier for us…

Restaurant Ramen Noodles.

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly advertised healthy broth because some varieties contain 10 to 15 grams of fat, which is equivalent to the calories in two to three pats of butter.” And the nutritional hits don’t stop there: A single restaurant serving of ramen can contain half of your recommended sodium limit for the day — What can a ramen Noodle lover do?

Simples…Make your own!

 

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This guy is actually quite funny and his recipes good… If you really haven’t the time then these are some healthy Ramen Noodles…Google is a good source if you put in Healthy Ramen Noodles and then do a little research to double check.

pork-noodle-soup Take  a  base of low-sodium chicken/pork broth, lots of veggies, whole wheat or vegetable noodles and then make it a meal by adding chicken, fish, seafood, egg or lean meat,”https://blondieaka.com/2018/09/27/thai-pork-noodle-soup-gaeng-jeud-woon-sen/

chicken noodle soup

https://blondieaka.com/2018/09/13/thai-chicken-noodle-soup/

Now doesn’t that look tasty and it is… Once you have made your broth it can be frozen in portions…If you are going to tell me that you are ultra busy at work and instant noodles are quick and easy then my response is what price do you put on your health?

You can take the broth to work with a container of some chicken and a container of vegetables and noodles of your choice…

It can all be put together very quickly and heated in a saucepan…Ready in 5 minutes and by the time you have left your office got to the noodle stall or supermarket and back again that could be 15-20 minutes gone…To assemble and heat is 5-8 minutes so a no-brainer and doesn’t that look so much better?

I know which option I would prefer and truly if you really are worried about yours or your family’s health and well-being then a bit of planning will soon become second nature and you will be healthier.

As for Ramen Noodles do I really want to be buying food laden with preservatives and nasties and which if I can’t eat in moderation will likely kill me or give me a chronic disease…

We all have a choice I know what mine is…Do you???

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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

 

 

Sunday Roundup…Recipes and Rants!

food and lifestyle blog

 

Wow! What a week and just in case it has been one of those crazy weeks for you… Here is a roundup of all my posts so grab a drink, settle down in your favourite chair. Relax and enjoy …

A subject which I am very passionate about is waste plastic, food and anything which fits in between…We live in a very beautiful world and it is getting trashed by mankind in the name of greed, profiteering or just plain laziness because you can’t be bothered to dispose of it correctly.

Food waste is to me a cardinal sin when in this day and age there are still people starving…I believe we should start in our own homes and encourage our children and family members and that means then YOU would be making a difference and have more money in your pocket…Yes, and that is a fact…

Waste not Want not

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

Second out of the starting gates is still food connected and we need to eat healthily to stay healthy…I mean who likes taking tablets and potions and feeling just blah?

Eat smart eat healthily eat to live

It is a true saying we are what we eat…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/16/eat-smart-eat-healthily-eat-to-live/

Halloween celebrated in many places around the world I have brought you some luscious food and yes …Eating what you love is good we should enjoy our food…Just moderation…The reason I have added this little bit is that yes I bang on about healthy eating but we should enjoy and if you cook from scratch we can have the best of both worlds. So enjoy Halloween and these recipes x

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Two of my favourite ladies get together and the lovely Colleen is interviewing talented author Debby Gies…So head on over and get to know them both…Enjoy!

https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/10/18/conversations-with-colleen-meet-author-d-g-kaye-aka-debby-gies/

Fang-Tastic Friday will be drawing to a close soon as Halloween will be upon us… For those of you who have peanut allergies then I have found some lovely mummy biscuits loving made by a lady who knows her allergies. Lots of  Halloween facts and trivia and some awesome glow in the dark cocktails. Lastly, enjoy your Halloween celebrations x

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https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/19/fang-tastic-friday-allergies-then-you-will-find-some-recipes-here-and-some-glow-in-the-dark-cocktails/

I am just dipping my toes into the world of writing and very tentatively but I am participating in the lovely Lorna’s PROMPTS over @ Gin and Lemonade… I hope you like it…

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https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/20/biscuit-crumbs-a-prompt-to-a-short-story-prep/

Lastly but not least the Teagan we know and love for her amazing talent of storytelling is launching her new book…Atonement TN so please click the link and join the party bus and get your copy x

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https://teagansbooks.com/2018/10/20/book-launch-party-bus-atonement-book-fair/

Thank you so much for reading I do hope you have enjoyed this week’s posts if you have please comment, reblog, share on Pinterest or your favourite media all my links are below…Thank you muchly 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 weekend 🙂 xx

 

 

Fang-Tastic Friday…Allergies then you will find some recipes here and some glow in the dark cocktails…

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The witching hour is soon to be upon us… I expect all you lovely Halloweenies are prepared and ready…

Firstly I have a recipe for some lovely allergy free mummies as I know many people have peanut allergies and this lady has recipes and tips if you have allergies. So please pop over to her blog and have a look…

allergy free mumie bars

https://foodallergypi.com/2018/09/27/allergy-friendly-mummy-bars-biscoff-mummies/

Don’t they look cute?

Did you know??? 

In what year will the next full moon occur during Halloween?

2020…The last Halloween that had a full moon was in 2001 and the next full moon on Halloween after 2020 won’t occur until 2039.

Recipe… Sweet Potatoes.

I like something a little different… This recipe is a nice treat… A recipe that was given to me by a friend who used goat’s cheese I use feta or ricotta if I can get it…

Sweet Potato with goat’s cheese, honey and roasted grapes.

Ingredients:

• 4 sweet potatoes
• 2 cups of red seedless grapes
• 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
• ¼ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 ounces of goats cheese or feta/ricotta
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
• 2 tbsp of honey plus additional to drizzle if required

  1. For 4 potatoes take 2 cups of small seedless grapes and put on a baking tray drizzle with oil and a season with salt and pepper then roast them at 350F for about 20 mins or until the skins just start to burst… Do check them as ovens vary and they can tend to burn…
  2. Remove from the oven and leave to cool then take your cooled sweet potato and gently remove the flesh those skins are not as hardy as a normal potato are they? So my advice is to leave some of the potato attached to the skin or you may struggle to fill them.
  3. In a bowl mash the potato with 3 oz of the goat’s cheese, honey, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste then put the potato back in the skins and crumble some more goats cheese on top …To serve: add the grapes and drizzle more honey if desired…

Enjoy!

Do you know ?? 

In the correct spelling of the Halloween, where is the apostrophe placed?

Between the two e’s (Hallowe’en)

Other sweet potato fillings:

Baked Sweet Potato

How about a baked sweet potato filled with cooked black beans, corn, sweet peppers topped with sour cream with some lime rind stirred through or sprinkled on the top and some chopped coriander.

Or the Thai way our sweet potatoes here are a bright purple we do get the orange but many are purple a really beautiful colour… Baked and topped with Thai Peanut sauce they are heavenly…

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. fish sauce (for vegetarians: substitute 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp. regular soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (or 2 tbsp. lime juice)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1/2 tsp Thai red chilli paste more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Let’s Cook!

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.
  2. Taste.... adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more red curry or cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.
  3. This sauce tends to thicken as it sits–just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise, it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Add to your baked sweet potato and top with chopped red onion, green onions and coriander and some crisply fried garlic…yummy if you love Thai flavours.

Enjoy!

Did you know?? 

 In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?

Canada…Here is the line from the newspaper:

The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.

“‘Trick or Treat’ Is Demand,” Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta), November 4, 1927, p. 5, dateline Blackie, Alberta, Nov. 3.

A Halloween Cocktail.

 

Some more Halloween Trivia...

The round orange pumpkins that are used for most jack o’ lanterns today are native to what continent?

North America…The oldest pumpkin-related seeds were found in Mexico and were dated to sometime between 7000 and 5500 BC.

 What was the most popular Halloween costume for pets in 2015?

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Pumpkin…Next up was a hot dog, undoubtedly the top pick for dachshund owners. That Dobie looks less than impressed. Third were characters from Batman, followed by the devil. And for 5th place, bumble bees ( that bulldog doesn’t look impressed either does he….lol

In the Middle Ages, why were so many mummies bought and sold?

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To be ground into medicine…Mummies were ground up during the middle ages to make medicine because they were thought to have healing properties.

After the Middle Ages, the buying and selling of mummies remained popular. During the 17th and 18th century mummies were used to make a type of paint called mummy brown or mummia.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you are having a Halloween party this weekend then stay safe and enjoy 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 weekend 🙂 xx

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Halloween Party Food

Halloween and cold weather go hand in hand, don’t they? I hope you enjoy these recipes ..My favourite the jacket with the egg and as I forgot to say what to do with the potato leftover mashed with some corned beef and browned under the grill it is a lovely thing…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Carol Cooks Halloween Food.

Welcome to this week’s edition of Carol’s cookery column well we are halfway through October and those of you who celebrate Halloween probably already have your porches and front gardens decorated…I am here to help you with the food but not just for Halloween as I have seen and heard that a few of you are already experiencing flurries of snow…and only October whereas here it is hotting up as our high season is coming…

The potato is ideal Halloween and cold weather food a simple food that can be elevated into something quite warming and special.

Before we get to the fillings we need to bake them…

How to bake…Simply select your potatoes and scrub them clean, dry them and poke a few holes here and there…I am sure many of you have witnessed the mess when potato bursts its skin in the oven…

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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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