Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Health Column – A – Z of Common Conditions – Arthritis – Osteo and Gout

Part two…Osteoarthritis and Gout.. A comprehensive look at how our diet can affect these conditions and how we can help ourselves.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Last week I covered rheumatoid arthritis and today a look at two more of the over 200 forms of the disease.

Osteoarthritis and Gout.

Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is one of the oldest types of arthritis. It is basically wear and tear. It is the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. Cartilage is the cushion in the joint that prevents the two ends of the bones from rubbing together. When this pad of cushioning is worn away and the fluid that normally lubricates the joint has gone – the two ends grind together causing pain and inflammation.

The actual physical process is an increase in water content of the cartilage and a reduction of protein in the tissue as we age. It mainly affects the weight bearing joints such as the ankles, lower back, knees and hips but can also affect the hands. Those most likely to suffer from the…

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Christmas…Treats, Traditions and Trivia!

Christmas Traditions Treats and Trivia

Welcome to week 2 Of Christmas traditions, Treats and of course some Trivia. 

You can also expect tried and tested recipes which were passed down from my mum, recipes I have been given by friends and family from all over the world and which are now our family favourites. Traditions there are many Christmas traditions practised  around the world and I will be bringing you some of those and anyone who wishes to contribute with a guest post of their own on a special Thanksgiving dish or tradition then you would be very welcome to showcase them here as I know my friends across the pond and my relatives celebrate Thanksgiving on the 22nd November and have turkey and lots of other goodies … So please share and I will link back to your post…

Early images of Santa pictured him as a stern, commanding disciplinarian holding a birch rod. The jolly old Santa we know and love today was created by artist Haddon Sundblom for a Coca-Cola ad.

From 1931 to 1964, Coca-Cola advertising showed Santa delivering toys (and playing with them!), pausing to read a letter and enjoy a Coke, visiting with the children who stayed up to greet him, and raiding the refrigerators at a number of homes. The original oil paintings Sundblom created were adapted for Coca-Cola advertising in magazines and on store displays, billboards, posters, calendars and plush dolls. Many of those items today are popular collectables… I would love to have one as I have a small collection of Christmas memorabilia mostly crockery and tableware…

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Pastry cook Tom Smith invented Christmas Crackers around 1846. He was inspired by the French habit of wrapping sugared almonds in twists of paper as gifts. Love messages called ” kiss mottos were in the original crackers which didn’t crack until a while later…Tom used to distribute his crackers to customers and friends through his successful wedding cake ornament and confectionery business he did, however, realise that he had to come up with a unique idea to make them more saleable. It is said that he got the idea of a pop from listening to logs crackling on the fire.

He had the idea of incorporating a friction activated chemical explosion into his product to produce the necessary ‘popping’ sound.

Silver fulminate, a compound discovered by the English chemist Edward Charles Howard (1774 – 1816) in 1800 and further developed in 1802 by the Italian chemistry professor, Luigi Valentino Brugnatelli (1761 – 1818).

This eventually became the cracker snap of today and Tom Smith’s Christmas Crackers were born.

I find it fascinating how many ideas evolve and develop…Don’t you?

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Did you know?

Fruitcake originated in ancient Egypt, where it was considered essential for the afterlife.

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Christmas Pudding ...Have you made yours yet?? If not I have added the link for two Christmas pudding recipes one Gluten Free…

Christmas Pudding

Originally way back in ancient times, there was a sweet haggis called hackin made from oatmeal, dried fruit, suet and grated apple and then cooked like its savoury Scots relative the haggis by boiling it in a sheep’s stomach.

Often a Christmas pudding is wrongly thought to be an adaption of a spicy soup called potage…However, according to early records, potage and hackin were served side by side on Christmas menus.

Through the year this sweet hackin has evolved and it became more than just a tasty treat Small items such as coins (wealth) and buttons (bachelorhood) were put inside, and supposedly foretold what the New Year would bring. I remember my nan putting a silver sixpence in her pudding mix …Just the one and we all hoped we would get it but I am also sure there must have been many which were swallowed or cause a cracked tooth maybe that was why the tradition stopped.

Now they are just a beautiful rich steamed pudding with the fruit steeped in alcohol…rich and lovely…

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Who still puts out a plate with a mince-pie and a carrot on Christmas Eve for Santa and his reindeer???

How’s this for a weird Christmas food? 

I am used to seeing deep-fried bugs here so they don’t freak me out…South Africa is home to some of the world’s most unusual holiday food fare. Every December locals feast on a seasonal delicacy– the deep-fried caterpillars of Emperor Moths! They really are very pretty caterpillars… Deep fried…Would you eat them ????

The hunt is on for the best Christmas Jumper…

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To be in with a chance of winning…Please send in your photos…

Christmas Cheer this week is in the guise of my homemade Irish Cream Recipe

Home made Baileys

Irish Cream:

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 pt whipping cream
  • 1 can condensed milk…
  • 2 eggs.
  • 11/2 tbsp Chocolate syrup.
  • 1/2 tbsp each  Vanilla Extract, Coconut Extract, and Chocolate Extract.

Let’s Brew!

Blend all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Serve cold and or over Ice.

Now isn’t that easy? and …you can get about 4 batches from one bottle of  Irish Whiskey so by my reckoning that’s a real saving and lots of Irish Cream which we tested alongside Bailey’s and it was very close…yay……

Thank you for reading this weeks Christmas Traditions and Treats I do hope you have enjoyed it if so please let me know in comments I love to hear from you…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

Waste Not…Want Not! Part Four…

Waste and Pollution

 

Hi and welcome to Part Four of Waste Not, Want Not. .. The response from you guys has been awesome…I am impressed by how much some of you do…To combat waste in your own homes so give yourself a pat on the back…

My war on waste does seem to have morphed into something much bigger…I do believe we need to start with combating waste in our own homes and gardens which also saves us money so it is not a wasted exercise.

But I also read the news and see these heartbreaking pictures of starving children and beautiful marine life with fish hooks and plastic embedded in them so it is bigger than just our homes…Having lived on a paradise island for five years I saw the debris that washed up so those images are not staged they are the reality…Many people gave up their weekends to clean the beaches and that is admirable but we need to be tackling it at the source …

How can we do this? We have a voice, many of us are just as eloquent with putting pen to paper…If we bury our heads and close our ears to all this what does the future hold?

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist or scholar to know that…But we do need to stand up and be counted…We need to do OUR bit…

Interestingly and sadly I read a post the other day about waste in the seas seen through the eyes of a tourist…She didn’t want to snorkel and didn’t although that was her plan as the water had a film on it and didn’t look inviting…A waste of a trip and an eye-opener…

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I know many people practise waste recycling at home BUT do you do your bit when on holiday???

Just a question… I know here that bins are not at a premium but I carry my rubbish until  I find one I don’t just dump it…But I also think that fishing boats and big liners need to be responsible as much of the waste is the fishing line which causes horrific injuries to animals and I have been told that big liners dump their trash into the sea…I don’t know if that is true but I certainly think many smaller vessels do when you look at what waste is being washed up… Soda bottles, disposable cups, crisp packets etc…

Question???

If you are out and see a piece of rubbish would you pick it up and put it in the nearest bin ??? If you are on a sailboat do you throw your rubbish over the side?…

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I came across this post when I was reading the other day and think this is a lovely idea and the seeds are embedded in the label around the candle it would also make a lovely gift for that special person who cares about preserving wildflowers… and no I am not on commision….lol

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https://lifeandsoulmagazine.com/2018/11/01/hyggelight-the-growing-candle-which-transforms-into-a-wildflower-planter-after-use/comment-page-1/#comment-1848

How is my waste disposal going in my kitchen at home …Well, my fridge is emptier because I am not buying so much which leaves me more room for my Christmas pickles so that is a bonus because in the run-up to Christmas I am always looking for space for my cooking … I now need to start on the freezers to make room…So many frozen bananas…Which means lots of banana cakes for the whole street…

UPDATE! Nappies/ Diapers…

Vero from With colours and Canito in the Kitchen said…

Hello Carol!  I absolutely agree with the nappy issue. Myself, I was thinking about it a lot before my little boy was born… At the beginning we have chosen eco-friendly nappies which are decomposing without any additional gasses as they do not contain anything chemical, however, the price is almost twice than “normal chemical” ones. But I have chosen to help slightly to our nature. Now, our little boy starts with the potty and we are using reusable ones, which can be washed. However, there always can be done more… step by step! Thank you for sharing this, Carol ❤

Thank you Vero for your comment as a mum who uses disposable nappies…I also am looking forward to reading your post on using fruit and vegetable peels…

In the meantime here are a few tips on how I use my scraps…

First and foremost vegetable broth...Banish stock cubes forever by making your own broth…They freeze well and can be frozen in portions using zip loc bags and not filling too much you can store quite flat thus saving room.

Start by placing at least one large onion, 3 carrots, and 3 stalks celery in a large stockpot. Onions, carrots, and celery are always the base of a good vegetable broth.

N.B Avoid adding starchy vegetables like potatoes that will make the broth cloudy and we want a lovely clear broth to don’t we?

Add any leftover vegetables and herbs that need to be used up, and will add flavour for example:

  • mushrooms
  • garlic
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • bay leaves
  • green onions
  • leeks
  • bell peppers
  • fennel
  • parsley

Add the peels, stems, roots and all! Even papery onion and garlic peels add to the richness of the broth.

To 2 quarts of water add 1 tbsp of good salt and a tsp of peppercorns. Cover the pot and bring the broth to a slow rolling boil lower heat slightly and cook for an hour then strain all the vegetables from the broth…You will now have a lovely clear golden broth. It will store in the fridge for about 5 days or if you know you will not use it store in handy portions and freeze for future use.

This lovely broth can be used wherever you would use a stock cube and uses all of what you would normally throw away…Now that poses a question for me…If we can do that and produce a lovely broth from literally nothing how much do those sometimes expensive stock cubes cost to make???

Just saying? 

Or take a few bits of leftover vegetables and turn it into a tasty stir-fry like this…

Stir fried vegetables

If you look closely it is a few sugar snap peas, 2 baby corns sliced diagonally, some cauliflower florets, sliced cabbage or greens leaves, some carrot slices…Cooked with some garlic, 2 tbsp Oyster sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp sesame oil and 2 tbsp water.

Firstly mix your sauce ingredients in the wok and heat with the garlic then add your vegetables, carrots first and stir fry for about a minute then cauliflower and corn ending with the quicker to cook vegetables if using mushrooms add last.

A vegetable stir-fry uses up all those odd bits ..the few peas, the odd mushroom and couple of baby corn and before you know it you have a lovely vegetable stir fry. if you have a few shrimp lurking in the freezer throw them in…So quick, simple and saves those odd bits going to waste…

Enjoy!

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Kale…love it or hate it? It is healthy and good for us…I know many of you dislike Kale…I love kale…I do not love kale in a smoothie…Well, for those of you who buy greens powders at some expense so I am told …  dehydrate those tough outer leaves that you would normally throw away and turn them into a greens powder to add to your morning smoothie or sprinkle on your salads…

A great money saver…

Just a question when I lived in the UK the kale was what we called curly Kale the kale here is like the one pictured I haven’t seen curly kale here..What kale do you get curly or straight ???

By doing all of these waste free measures who would like to work out what you are saving on your monthly/weekly shop?  ??? Any takers???

Also, are you seeing more of a variety in what you eat?

Thank you for reading this post I hope you are finding them useful and can apply them in your own home or garden…xx

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

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column – Carol cooks Stir Fries

Thank you, Sally, for hosting me once again… Nearly time for all the Christmas recipes…I love this time of year just wish it was a little colder(sort of)…lol…It adds to the atmosphere of Christmas…Hugs x

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Hello and welcome wasn’t it fun last Wednesday at Sally’s Halloween party? I hope you all enjoyed our post on Onions and Garlic it certainly kept the vampires away and didn’t our Sally look absolutely amazing?

The week before Halloween I posted on how to make perfect Fried rice and it seemed from the comments to be a popular post…I also discovered that many of you love stir fries and dishes which can be made quickly and are just as easy to make for one as for 6 people. A boon when you are working or have writing deadlines to meet and know that you do need to eat but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen but want a tasty meal…

Most Thai meals are stir fried…Thais don’t have ovens like we do and many just cook on one ring or an open fire so one wok and…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Ahhhhh how lovely is a field of the Sunflower there faces turned to the sun…

I want to thank Salted Caramel for the award such a lovely name for a blog…Such a lovely flavour for icecream as well…

Thank you so much for nominating me for this award…I am honoured and touched that you thought of me…THANK YOU 🙂

The Sunshine Blogger Award has some rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 ( how many you like)  bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Here are the questions I was asked and my answers:

1. What do you like best about blogging?

This answer is a given it has to be the wonderful people I have met through blogging such a diverse group of people but awesome every one of them…

2. What do you find most irksome?

The spam folder …

3. Do you think blogs will still be around in ten years time?

Blogs have been around for about 25 years and yes we now have Vlogs and they seem to be very successful…I also know many are like me and not a techie and don’t really want a u-tube vlog or would even know where to start…So I do hope so…Or I will be very lonely as I hope to carry on blogging until I die…

4. What books inspired you the most?

So many books that I love…… Stephen Hawking …QuoteRemember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet “.

5. Do you only have one blog? If so have you thought about starting another one?

She did, she failed, she gave up…

6. If you started blogging today what is the one thing you would do differently?

Learn about the techie side…First…

7. What in your experience is the best blog promotion?

Be friendly, helpful, answer all comments and read and comment on other blogs…

8. What is your favourite movie genre?

Too many and varied to choose just one…

9. What is your blogging niche and how important do you think it is for a blog to be niche specific?

Lifestyle, I suppose…I always say recipes, rants with a touch of travel and traditions thrown in… Niche-specific? Works unless it is so specialised and then maybe your audience won’t be so widespread.

10. What are your criteria for a successful blog?

Be knowledgeable and love whatever you are blogging about…People spot fakes…

11. Which of your blog post is representative of you? Please add a link.

There area few sides to me…But I suppose one which shows my fun side…

https://blondieaka.com/2017/05/16/a-crab-sandwich/

My 6 Nominees: Blogs which embody things I love and one of you because I love your humour and would love to be entertained by the answers… To my other dear blogger friends,  whom I love and whom I know are very busy …If you have time I would love you to join in and promote your blog at the same time… But only if you get the marmite question correct…lol xxx

  1. https://johnrieber.com/… Anyone who loves bacon
  2. https://ahundredyearsago.com/
  3. https://londonwlogger.com/
  4. https://susannye.wordpress.com/
  5. https://seumasgallacher.com/
  6. https://farmstandculture.com/

My Questions …

  1. Marmite or Vegemite…Think carefully…lol
  2. If you were stranded on a desert island what two books and 3 music albums would you take and why?
  3. What or who scares you the most and why?
  4. If you could choose who would be your next door neighbour …Who would it be and why?
  5. Having a dinner party? Who would be your 8 guests dead or alive, famous or infamous and why?
  6. Chillies do you love them or hate them?
  7. Would you change anything about your blog and what would it be?
  8. Your three favourite foods ...
  9. Cats or Dogs?
  10. What is your pet hate? Mine is.. I cannot stand anyone digging at the butter.. scrape it nicely…
  11. Which of your blog post is representative of you? Please add a link.

That’s all for today…Thank you again to Salted Caramel for the nomination…

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily…No to Diets!

Healthy Foods

Goodmorning I see those little Christmas imps are sneaking up on us…Where does the time go? Now you just know it is going to fly by…Don’t You??

Today I am going to talk about eating habits… What works for you when you are trying to eat healthily and maybe cut down on some things???

I am not an advocate for diets which cut out whole food groups..unless of course, it is for a medically diagnosed condition as we should be eating a balanced diet with a touch of moderation thrown in…Faddy diets rarely work in the long term and I am watching with interest WW new ideas on eating…

Myself I follow the intermittent fasting way of eating...Quite by chance, I will add… It is quite hot here most of the time and once I get in front of my laptop and start writing before I know it it is nearly lunch time and most days all I have had is a cup of tea which hubby makes and my glass of ACV, honey and ginger or maybe a fresh coconut water…

Which is how this intermittent fasting started…I then either make a smoothie or cook a Thai stir-fry.

Spoiler Alert!

The recipes for some which I have written for my Wednesday post over at Sally’s aka Smorgasbord Magazine…Which is to be published tomorrow…

Then it is either back to my keyboard or shopping…If shopping I stop and have an Orange and carrot smoothie..which is my current favourite smoothie …

Then it is time to get the evening meal and sundowner when we sit outside and have a sundowner and talk about our day… I may then have a small snack of some homemade salsa which is awesome…I love it and so does Aston…

My quick salsa recipe…

  • 3 medium to large fresh tomatoes, skinned and chopped or this week I bought some beautiful cherry toms from the farmers market so I used them.
  • 1/2 red pepper de-seeded and chopped very finely..
  • 2/3 shallots finely chopped
  • Juice of  1/2- 1 lime
  • 1 small red chilli (optional) chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

I just blitz mine quickly in the food processor to make it fine and it just mixes the flavours a little better I think but hand chopping is also fine whatever suits you.

Then it’s dinner and whatever I am cooking maybe a curry or another stir-fry or a salad.

It is then back to the laptop and a glass or two of water and sleep…

I don’t eat after my evening meal…

Therefore the other day when I was reading an interesting post about intermittent fasting The penny dropped and I  realised yes that’s what I do but also I discovered how our body reacts to food at different times of the day… It all fell into place… A really interesting post …

https://weightmanagementfor.life/intermittent-+fasting/

My post yesterday was about processed foods and what they were and the fact that not all processed foods are unhealthy …Processed foods are any food which has untaken a process to either make it palatable or extend the life i.e Freezing, canning, baking.

The link is here in case you missed it and also there is a link to an app which allows you to scan the barcode of an item and it will display the amount of sugar, salt or fat in that item it will also offer better alternatives so a really useful app to have on your phone I mean who has tried to read a food label…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/05/what-is-the-definition-of-processed-food/

Although I am sitting here in the warm  the mornings and nights are a bit colder and I need a shawl for my shoulders I know many of you are experiencing very cold weather, in that case, my advice and what I used to do was keep a pot of soup on the stove and if I came in from the cold or had a break from writing there was always a nice warming cup or bowl of goodness I could have and it staved off those hunger pains.

soup on the hob or fire

Some soup recipes for you…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-delicious-warming-soup/

I hope you are enjoying these healthy eating posts and please if you have any hints and tips then I will post them and link back to you…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

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the definition of Processed Food?

processed Foods

Welcome, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and the weather was kind to you…It is certainly a little colder here at night and in the mornings.

This week and over the next few weeks I will be looking at processed food and exactly what it is… Processed food is any food which has been altered in some way during its preparation. Some examples are freezing, canning, drying and baking…

Not all processed food is unhealthy as we will learn in this post but many do contain high levels of salt, sugar and fats added to extend the shelf life of foods and make it more palatable. It is also very easy to consume far more than the recommended daily levels because many people do not read labels or labels can be misleading and a single item of food can be called by a few different names which can make it quite hard for the consumer…

I have given this game up a long time ago and if I see a long list of ingredients with words I don’t know or understand then I don’t buy it…

As consumers, we cannot control what is in the food we purchase HOWEVER as consumers we can control what we choose to buy…

Something to help read those labels and tell you the sugar, salt and fat content and offer an alternative is the Food Scanner App… Change4Life Food scanner is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

https://apps.beta.nhs.uk/change4life-food-scanner/

Examples of processed foods are:

  • Cheese
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Bread
  • Snacks…Crisps, sausage rolls, pies
  • Meat: Bacon, Sausage, ham, salami and pate
  • Convenience ready meals
  • Cakes and Biscuits
  • Drinks, milk or soft drinks
  • Breakfast cereal

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Some processes are to make food safe such as pasteurisation which removes harmful bacteria from milk. Although there are many schools of thought on that now..As a child, I always had milk straight from the cows but now that many farmers use hormones etc that may not be as safe…Pasteurised fruit juices I never buy them I juice my own or buy freshly juiced I just don’t like food or drink which has been messed with unnecessarily.

Other processes are to make food suitable for use such as pressing seeds to make oil. Processes to make our food safer or to enable us to eat or use something are fine it is just all the added sugar, salt and fats which get me…It gets people addicted and then it is a vicious circle and much of it is aimed at children which I think is unethical and really wrong…I can’t imagine what diseases our next generation will have because of all these additives…

Cereals… Porridge is good for you especially in the winter months and keeps you full until lunchtime…Shredded wheat seems to be one of the good guys. As for other cereals like those below…I would not feed them to my children.

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That being said, here are the worst cereals you can buy, based on their nutritional value and sugar content.
  • Honey Smacks. One of the worst is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. …Which have been recalled…
  • Trix. …
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch. …
  • Oreo O’s. …
  • Cocoa Krispies …
  • Fruit Loops. …
  • Raisin Bran. …
  • Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles.

Why are they bad for you? Anything that states honey coated, frosted or chocolate coated contains a lot of added sugars and it is the added sugars in products which are harmful…Fruit loops, for example, are sugar-filled processed breakfast cereal aimed at children and which contain

INGREDIENTS: KELLOGG’S FROOT LOOPS (Sugarcorn flour blend (whole grain yellow corn flour, degerminated yellow corn flour), wheat flourwhole grain oat flour, oat fibre, soluble corn fibre, contains 2% or less of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (coconut, soybean and/or cottonseed), salt, red 40, natural flavor, ..

To me, they just sound like something which I would not wish my children to eat…Just sugar filled nothing…

Crisps…Generally, crisps are better for you than chips as you can buy them in small packets thus restricting how much you eat… Crisps are high in salt and artificial food flavourings…

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This article on crisps and what they contain and the best crisps to buy and eat is quite comprehensive.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/3318562/Savvy-shopper-potato-crisps.html

There are so many processed foods that I think moderation should apply…

Biscuits…Something that we reach for when we have a cup of tea or just when we pass the biscuit tin but how healthy are they?

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I love shortbread and a digestive with my morning cuppa but since realising just how much added sugar and calories 2 biscuits adds up to over the course of the year I have stopped…This link will tell you what your favourite biscuit does or does not contain and maybe like me you will decide that they are just something that you can go without.

Or make your own and then you are safe in the knowledge that they may not be the healthiest things to eat but that they have no nasties and eaten in moderation much better than a store-bought packet.

https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/biscuits-the-best-and-worst-revealed-41310

These biscuits are really easy to make and very moreish..

Coconut Biscuits

I don’t make biscuits very often..almost never but once a packet of food is opened here because of the humidity doesn’t last long it either goes off or the ants take residence. I was guided by the desiccated coconut and the golden syrup which was a gift from afar… aka visitors and the rolled oats which I mistakenly bought instead of the porridge oats.

These cookies are my basic recipe and next time will be my experimental recipe I am already planning what I can add to them.

Ingredients:

  • 150 gm rolled oats
  • 100 gm plain flour
  • 100 gm light brown sugar( I used raw sugar)
  • 100 gm desiccated coconut
  • 100 gm butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp of boiling water.

Let’s Cook!

Set oven to heat at 175 C, gas mark 4.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the sugar, flour, coconut and oats mix to combine well.

In a small pan add the butter and golden syrup and melt the butter. meanwhile, bring the kettle to the boil and add two tbsp of boiling water to the bicarbonate of soda in a small cup. Add this to the melted butter/syrup mix. It will foam a little.

Make a well in the centre of your dry mix and pour in the melted butter/syrup mix. Stir to thoroughly combine and it will form a slightly sticky dough.

Roll out balls and put on a baking tray leaving a space as they will spread on cooking ( the mix made 15 balls) Slightly flatten with your hand.

Put in the preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

THE BISCUITS WILL BE SOFT TO THE TOUCH BUT WILL HARDEN ON COOLING.

Don’t make the mistake I made when I first made them and thought they weren’t cooked and gave them another 10 minutes. They were a tad harder than required when they cooled down…haha…I could build a wall with them…Opppps

To recap many processed foods we could make at home and would be much healthier, they wouldn’t have the shelf life but would also have no nasties…

There are so many apps now where we can check out our favourite foods and be offered alternatives or we could make them at home…

Thank you for reading and I hope you now know a little more about processed foods and which ones are processed so we can eat them or cook with them safe in the knowledge that we are happy to do so…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

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