Category Archives: Health and Nutrition

Christmas Smorgasbord Health – Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – #Turkey – If you can catch it you can eat it!!

It is that time of the year again and I hope you enjoy this post about the turkey with all its health benefits and how versatile it is…This year I hope to have one of our own home raised turkeys for our Christmas dinner. Thank you, Sally, for updating last years post you have done a fantastic job…Hugs xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

For the next couple of weeks, whilst Carol Taylor slaves away in her Thai kitchen preparing some alternative delicacies for you to eat over the festive season, I shall be repeating our collaboration series from last year.. I provide the nutritional background to the ingredient and Carol prepares it from scratch to give you some wonderful recipes..

This week… The Turkey.. a bird that was usually eaten mainly at Thanksgiving (coming soon) and Christmas, but is available all year in supermarkets and butchers. Before handing over to Carol.. a look at all the health benefits this large bird brings to the table.

Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

The wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo (something to do with difficulty in catching it I think) is native to North America. The bird was brought into Europe, in the early part of the 16th century, by the Spaniards…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Onions and Garlics – Keep the Vampires and the doctor away!

Thank you, Sally, a lovely update on our Onions and Garlic post something which we eat a lot of always so many health benefits as well 🙂 xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I will be resharing some of our joint Cook from Scratch posts that Carol Taylor and I posted last year.. And since it is Halloween... it seems appropriate to give you plenty of reasons to liberally consume onions and garlic… it might keep the vampires off you tonight.

Welcome to this week’s post where Carol Taylor and I hope to give you reasons and recipes to include some of nature’s medicine cabinet in your daily diet. Today some really basic vegetables that add taste and nutrition that can help boost your immune system and have been utilised for 1000’s of years by ancient cultures for the treatment of disease.

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Despite the current emphasis on healthy eating and weight, not many of us look at a plate of food and separate the ingredients out according to their nutritional or therapeutic benefits.  However, many foods have a long and distinguished…

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Waste Not, Want Not! Part Two!

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Look closely can you see the holes in that child’s jumper Can you see the worry on their mum’s face a baby and two older children and herself and maybe a husband to feed…

There are probably also many other problems we could think of which this photo infers but behind the scenes…

What do I think is the solution?

I think we should start in our own communities and our own kitchens… Start small and grow big…Mum’s armies…

I have subscribers to my blog from all around the world as I am sure that most of you do so my thinking that between we could enthuse mum’s army and reach around the world we could make a difference…

Men really have made a pretty poor job over the centuries we still have wars, persecution of women and girls and it is the mums as shown in my picture who worry about the next meal or somewhere safe to sleep and clothes for their children.

 

So ladies and (men) we need to wake up, yes many of you work and are busy but sometimes we need to step up and be counted and go that extra mile it may be hard, it may upset your carefully planned rota, it may upset your family and kids…

But hey ho…Is that you in that photo?? I suspect not, I suspect you have clean water, food every mealtime for your table and your kids have decent clothes not ones with holes.

If we all looked at the waste which comes from our own kitchens we would be astonished and I hope many feel guilty when you see these photos…I do!

There but for the grace of God go I … Source unknown…Although there has been lots of speculation over the years.

My first post on waste included this link which I have signed up for basically the first task is looking at exactly what we waste in our own homes …If nothing else it opened my eyes and made me think… Think about what I waste and how I can waste less…

Also wasting less is a bonus because it saves us money... So I am not asking you to do something for nothing it could also improve your health…Double whammy then???

I already do some but not enough…

How it works? 

During the first week, you’ll track your preventable food waste to find out just how much you’re really wasting.

Over the next three weeks, we’ll email you easy tips and strategies to try as you continue to track your waste. By the end of the month, you’ll see how much food you saved.

Will you accept the challenge?

If you do …Here’s how to track your preventable waste. 

Place all your PREVENTABLE* food waste into a quart-size container (like a plastic deli or food storage container) or a quart-size zip-top bag. Once you fill a container, record it either on a paper copy of the Recording Worksheet or in your online Food Waste Log. Throw away the contents as usual, and start filling it again. Make sure you use the same size container throughout the Challenge. Keep containers in the fridge or freezer if you’re worried about odour or pests. If you come to the end of a week and the last container is partially filled, estimate the portion to the nearest quarter (ex. .25, .5, .75).
*PREVENTABLE food waste is food you bought to eat but has since spoiled or food that was prepared but was not eaten then thrown away. This does not include non-edible food waste such as banana peels, egg shells or chicken bones. Do not collect liquid waste, such as soup.

My biggest preventable food waste is herbs…I need to grow more so I can pick them fresh as some herbs keep longer when picked than others.

Tip: Storing Coriander( Cilantro). I use a tall jar with a screw lid and pop my coriander in ..No water just the coriander and it keeps fresh for a least a week I use quite a lot so never keep the same in a jar for longer but have heard it keeps for a further 3/4 days before it gets discoloured.

The coriander roots I freeze and use in curry pastes as they have a stronger flavour.

Broccoli stems... I have always used in soups but quite recently discovered that peeled and sliced they are great just as a vegetable or in a stir-fry.

Carrots I scrub instead of peeling so no waste there.

Citrus peels…Zesting is good and imparts a beautiful taste in cakes, biscuits, desserts. Peel can be dried or candied. Freeze the zest in ice-cube trays.

Dry and grind the peels to a powder and add to salt and black pepper for a lovely seasoning mix.

Add orange peel to your brown sugar and you will get no more clumping as it draws out the moisture.

Vegetable peels...Make vegetable crisps…

Watermelon Rinds…One of my best discoveries…I love them pickled…

Ingredients:

  • 4 lb of Watermelon
  • 1 chilli thinly sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger finely sliced or diced
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tsp salt I use fresh mineral salt dried here
  • 1 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1 cup of sugar

Let’s Cook!

Using a vegetable peeler remove the outer green rind and slice the watermelon into I inch slices. Cut away all but 1/4 inch of the flesh (it is) the white part we are pickling. The red flesh keeps for smoothies or ice cream or a nice salad with feta cheese.

Then cut the rind into 1-inch pieces.

Add the chilli, ginger, star anise, salt, pepper, rice vinegar and sugar plus ½ cup of water together in a pan, bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the watermelon rind and bring back to a rolling boil and then again reducing the heat to a simmer for 5 mins or until the rinds are just tender. Remove the pan from the heat, and leave the liquid to cool down. You may need to weigh the watermelon down with a plate or lid, as it needs to stay submerged in the liquid until cool.

Once cooled then transfer to a container with a well-fitting lid and refrigerate for at least 12 hours before you eat…This will keep refrigerated for about 2/3 weeks if it lasts that long…lol

Enjoy with cold meats and cheese or just on its own from the container…

That is a few of my ideas on what and how to cut down on preventable food waste …What do you do ??

This is a comment from the lovely Vero who does her bit to combat food waste: Please check out her blog she is a fabulous cook and advocate for saving waste 🙂 xx

Carol, brilliant post! I love the challenge and I have subscribed myself as well. I am absolutely against food waste. The UK is one of the countries with the biggest food waste!!! Unbelievable… When we lived in an apartment and we shared bins downstairs I could not believe how much food people actually throw away! I barely throw away something from my kitchen as I am trying to use as much as I possibly can and I am always without leftovers. There is always way… And plastic in stores and wrapped food in it… I wish it could be reduced. I am taking now with me my own bags for vegetables, fruits where possible and even in a couple of stores they are willing to give me “unwrapped” food so I am very glad for that… I could see a massive waste reduction in our home… Thank you for sharing this! 💕

Please share and I will link and credit you with the ideas…

I hope this post on food waste has made you think and act I have deliberately not added any other pictures of food as I don’t want to detract from that mother’s face and her children. ..

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Thank you for reading 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Roundup… Recipes and Rants!

great reads a weekly roundup

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

Sunset Bangtao Beach

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

 

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Shake.

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Shake

For those who exercise quite hard and take or think you should take protein drinks then how about making your own?

I know many people who exercise who take these… So I thought I would do a little research and make my own… Cost wise it is a no-brainer against the cost of some most Protein powders.

The protein shake is 3/4 cup of liquid and 1/3 cup of your main protein…

This is the fourth protein shake I have made and today I have used Papaya and Custard Apple.

Why Custard Apple? Because my kind neighbours bought me some round they have a tree in their garden and as with all fruit it tends to ripen at once.

The Custard Apple.

Also called the Sugar Apple or Cherimoya Fruit it is high in Magnesium and Potassium and is known to be great as an aid for indigestion. Containing natural sugars it makes a great snack and also lovely desserts.

Soft and mealy the fruit is best eaten with a spoon after of course having removed the black seeds. The taste is slightly tangy, sweet with a little of a citrusy taste some say. It is also great for fruit shakes and makes delicious ice cream. Hence today I have used it in my shake …Tomorrow I will be making either a dessert or some ice cream.

Below are what you can use to make your own protein shakes and in all honesty, they taste really nice although having  never, ever used powders and the like I can’t really compare taste except to say I have been told the tastes are not always great and those who know me know I  don’t do manufactured stuff…I prefer to know what is in my food.

Liquids:-

Almond milk, Coconut milk or water or Soya milk… It important to get the right balance not what liquid you choose.

Proteins:-

Greek yoghurt, Silken tofu, nut butter i.e raw cashews ( which) require soaking overnight to soften.

Extra proteins:-

Chia seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax or whole oats.

Just have a play with the above ingredients to find your favourite combo…Mine is Greek Yoghurt and coconut water…Let me know in comments what your favourite is I would love to hear from you.

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Shake.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen Papaya
  • 1 Custard Apple ..the flesh.
  • 1-2 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 limes…1/4 cup or  60ml
  • A piece of carrot sliced
  • 1/3 cup of greek yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp chia seeds ( optional)

Blitz everything together, TASTE and add more lime if required or honey if you like a sweeter drink and enjoy!

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Isn’t it a beautiful colour… Almost as nice as the raspberry and beet one …

I hope you are enjoying these recipes for homemade protein drinks if you are then please hit the share buttons xx

If you missed the previous protein drink recipes then the links are below:

Mango Protein Drink

Raspberry and Beetroot

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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Enjoy your week, be happy and mindful xx

 

Healthy Food which may help to reduce your blood pressure and recipes…

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This is an updated post from last year which I thought deserved another airing as this is a very important subject and something which affects very many people and also something which we could help control by eating sensibly and the right foods really can make a difference…We only have one body and need to take charge and give it all the help we can… This post contains health information from Sally and recipes from Moi with some additional chat from Moi as those who know me well know that I just love to talk and my fingers are an extension of my mouth… lol… I hope you enjoy this post and take away some positives…

via Healthy foods which may help reduce your blood pressure.

Turmeric… Golden Milk

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For a variety of reasons, it seemed timely to air this post again… The healthy turmeric.

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via Healthy Eating……Turmeric Drinks

Thank you for reading please let me know in comments if you drink golden tea or have any tips about using turmeric  xxx