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Watching and Waiting.

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It has taken me four weeks to get my brain in gear so here goes… I have taken up the gauntlet thrown down by Lorna @ Gin and Lemonade…I myself prefer tonic with mine…lol

The prompt…People Watching!

A phone call in the middle of the night shattered our hearts, our lives. Our beloved father was gone, the victim of a hit and run accident, never to return.

Our lives are torn apart, my brother, my twin, my soul mate always so fragile retreated further into the recess of his mind.

Being the strong one I was thrust slap bang into the middle of corporate life. Now chair lady of the board at just 19 years old.

Such hostility I had never met in my life, I worked hard and became a daughter my father would have been proud of. My life, however, was not my own any more. My enemies always there, always ready for me to make one slip, one mistake, they were like vultures, circling.

My brother always the sickly one spent more and more of his time at this tiny, little-known retreat in the heart of Thailand. Gradually he became better, more able to cope but always yearning for the simple life. There was not a corporate bone in his body although his mind, sharp unlike any I had ever known, he was so like our mother gentle and fragile who left this world and us when we were only 5 yrs old.

10 years later.

A balmy, slightly hazy day, waves gently lapping on the white sand. Lovers walking hand in hand without seemingly a care in this world. Local fishermen casting their lines from the shore, long tail boats in the background. The only sounds the waves and the soft murmur of indistinct words as they catch the gentle breeze. To an onlooker an idyllic life, the reality often so different.

Like life, appearances so deceptive.

Myself, beautiful I am told, the perfect woman with the perfect life…Ha Ha. Today was the day; everyone thought I was staying at a 5-star resort with every imaginable luxury to cosset madam. How wrong they were…

The reality is that once a year for a month I take my hammock, rucksack and board a plane to my beloved Thailand.

My suitcase goes to that 5-star resort; the staff are given strict instructions that I am not to be disturbed. My meals are bought to my room, the empty dishes left outside my door. Inside the TV monitors are trained on a boardroom and its members.

My brother, my soul mate, my friend and confidant who walks the beach, sleeps under the stars, changes places with me.

For a month he watches and listens!

By Carol Ann Taylor.

I hope you enjoy my interpretation of people watching…

Until next time have fun and laugh a lot 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 that I cook with have 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/

 

Until tomorrow and Fang-Tastic Fridays xxx

Smorgasbord Something to Think About Rewind – Putting restrictions on your happiness

A timely reminder from our Sally and I think we all need a little reminder sometimes…Don’t you ?

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Whilst I am off house and dog sitting (and reading) I am sharing some posts from the last few years as I celebrate my fifth blogging birthday this month. This post is one that I read from time to time, as I can utter the words ‘I will be happy when’ without thinking on occasion. For those who have read this post before… I hope you don’t mind….

I have been a nutritional and life coach for the last 20 years.  Having given myself a severe kick up the backside at age 43 to make the necessary changes in my own life.

I had mindlessly eaten for most of my adult life, and either starved myself or binged, depending on whims rather than well thought out decisions.  It was only when I was studying nutrition, that the light went on, that the food on my plate had more purpose, beneficial…

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Healthy Eating …No more Diets…

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Good morning from sunny Thailand although there could be a black cloud on the horizon when I jump on the scales today…Maybe if I just gently step on they will be kind…

Wow, but that was the few days that was in Phuket and I was true to my word I did not write a thing in my food diary…And did I enjoy my food??? Oh Yes…

So take a pew and I will tell all… 

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It started with two flight delays and no I didn’t partake no alcohol just H2O( water) …I have an unwritten rule that I don’t drink when flying…It doesn’t help with the jet lag or the swollen ankles so over the years I have learnt…and of course I make up for it when I land so this lady doesn ‘t miss out…

On arrival ..late and my friend had eaten…so I opted for my favourite Grapow Moo washed down with 2 glasses of wine…

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After a catch up we eventually went to sleep …

Woken by the sounds of cups clinking…we had a cuppa( tea) on the balcony then showered and took a walk…Oh… it hasn’t changed all the ticket touts selling their wares but we wanted breakfast so we opted for a buffet breakfast at the nearest beach hotel… It was …not a joy really…aimed at the tourist market…nothing to write home about …

So I opted for a Thai omelette which is an omelette with fish sauce and chillies and she added cheese before I could stop her..but it was ok…

 

Time for a walk we strolled along the beach and then we decided to take a walk to meet our other friend…At this point I will just say I love my friend Barbara aka Sofia..her sense of direction…She hasn’t a clue…

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A nice walk though and I chatted to a few people along the way…It  was thirsty work walking  so first drink of the day was a lovely mango smoothie…and  Sofia had a banana and pandan smoothie..

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Refreshed… we set off…heading for Mini Golf which was our first watering hole… a ginger and lemongrass mojito minus the rum..a mocktail they call it…

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Lovely chicken satay to eat… I just love the Thai peanut dip and a lovely cucumber and chilli one …

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Lola, Roxy and Sofia are now in the house!

Just in case you were wondering and I think it must be an American thing…For a while when we had our restaurant I heard the staff talking about Sofia and in the end said no her name is Barbara but apparently not or not when she is out…So we became Sofia, Lola, Roxy and Ethel… Who unforunately couldn’t join us…In case you are wondering I am Roxy…

Next stop...A reunion with our Thai friend Iddy who happens to work @ A wine bar…We had to drop by and say hello…

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The sun dried tomatoes from Italy were awesome as were the olives …Two bottles of wine later we headed for Ann’s Kitchen where I had the best Penang Red Curry I have had for a while it was lovely…

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Next stop …This little bar we know…. a few G & T’s later and after some great music and a little boogie we retired to bed…

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I think by now you understand why I am not keeping a food diary… Well I am sort of though but in my head…

Up bright and early it was a banana for starters…Sofia had the muffins…I needed to top up my potassium…I just knew it was going to be one of those days…

Patong here we come…I love that drive the scenery is awesome…

First stop ..well we all had a couple of little stops to make so the Irish Times was our meeting point…It was now 11am but I am sure it was 5pm somewhere in the world so those couple of  glasses of wine were welcome as we chatted and caught up…

On to Absolute for lunch and I had a lovely Massaman Curry very nice and my drink as I knew the next stop was Ship wreck ( our favourite) bar in Patong…

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I had a Komucha…I am not snitching here but my two friends …Sophia and Lola ..they were on the hard stuff…Me? I  paced myself…

Ship wreck and I could have been wrecked and quite early in the day…so I was again on the water…

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Time for a sundowner and nowhere better than one of my favourite Beach side restaurants …The wine flowed as did the prawns, garlic and some lovely very thin sort of bread with goats cheese and things…

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Time for a tune or two accompanied by some G & T’s…

And now to sleep….

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Breakfast at Waya’s was fruit and lovely cinnamon bread and fresh coconut water….

A last stop at the wine bar and we headed for the airport…..

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1lb on…That is a minor miracle….So I am happy with that and back on the food diary

When I say no to diets I mean sensible healthy eating BUT sometimes to take time out and enjoy is ok..So no beating yourself up I don’t..Just get back on it … 1 lb on considering what I ate and drank is really good…But we did some walking and I gave myself a little break at some watering holes and stayed on the H2o aka water…You must keep hydrated in the sun and it worked …I enjoyed some great food( guilt free) and cocktails and a few bottles of wine but ..Back on it now as Christmas is coming and the only thing getting fat will be the goose…WON’T IT?????

How do you cope with a holiday and breaks??? Any tips to share???

Please let us know in comments…

About Carol:

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 have 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/

Until next time I hope you have enjoyed my mini break and how I deal with holidays and breaks…Life is for enjoying as is food BUT moderation is a lifestyle and if you are serious it works…xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Call It What!

Food terms which are different from around the world… I hope this helps you if you  “can’t see the wood for the trees ” (a British idiom) when you read my recipes…

Coriander  v Cilantro:

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The Latin name is Coriandrum Sativum. Cilantro is the Spanish translation so I get that. We refer to the leaves and stalks as Coriander and the seeds as Coriander seeds.

 In the US it is Cilantro for the leaves and stalks and Coriander for the seeds.

The word Cilantro does not even exist in the Uk.

Aubergine v Egg Plant v Brinjal:

There are so many different varieties around the world I think everyone is familiar with the big purple one these are some which I use in my cooking here in Thailand …

 

 

Herbs v Erbs:

All I will say is we speak ” Queens English”

Courgette v Zucchini:

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Zucchini is the American -English name and Courgette is the British-American pronunciation is a summer squash which can grow up to one metre in length.

Plain Flour v All-purpose Flour:

NOOOOOOO! …..   now I know why…

Ever since I have lived here in Thailand and I have tried all ways to make dumplings with my stews….”The penny has now dropped” I have been buying ” All purpose flour” because I thought it was ” All purpose”…But No!  It’s Plain fricking flour and that’s why my dumplings don’t rise….. It’s taken 5 years for this one …5 years …

Of putting it to chill in the fridge, using soda water, using different fats..you name it… I have tried it ….and it’s the flour!

Well…that’s better….rant over!

And the sun is shining… albeit watery

Rocket v Arugula:

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What!

Rump Steak v Sirloin  and Sirloin v Porterhouse:

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Well, what can I say…who is right and who is wrong??? I don’t know and it is what it is depending on where we reside. I am just glad I don’t eat steak as who knows what I what I would get depending on where I was…..

Swiss Roll v Jelly Roll or even Roulade.

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A sponge cake or chiffon baked in a sheet pan and then rolled around a filling is called a roulade (for the French), a jelly roll (for the Americans), or a Swiss roll (for the English). Swiss Rolls are slightly different from jelly rolls or roulades; the sponge cake layer is thicker so it cannot be rolled as tightly. Now if that doesn’t confuse nothing will…

Swede v Rutabaga:

The word Rutabaga is an old Swedish dialectical word and swede from the Swedish Turnip so it is down to just being a preferred word in either country.

Caster Sugar v Berry sugar:

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Caster sugar is super fine or bakers sugar …Berry sugar is another name they are one and the same.

Capsicum v Peppers or it could even be called Paprika…

The Brits call them red pepper, green pepper or chilli pepper. In the U.S. and Canada, the large capsicum form is known as a bell pepper but bell peppers are sweet. In India, New Zealand and down under( Australia) it is just called capsicum and in some places is called Paprika which can also refer to a powdered spice made from various capsicums. I think stop there…

I hope you enjoyed my little foray around the differences in our languages and I think it’s great and has caused many a debate but The flour …  I am off to bake…

That’s it I hope you have enjoyed your read if so please hit the share/reblog button or let me know in comments I love hearing from you.

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Enjoy your weekend xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – Home cured Ham and Bacon.

There is nothing like curing your own ham and bacon add home-baked bread and make your mayo…Delicious…All the recipes in one place …One stop cooking courtesy of the dream team…

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Welcome to Carol Cook’s and this week I thought I would bring to you most people’s favourite meats now who doesn’t love a bacon sarnie a BLT or a nice ham sandwich with lots of English mustard ?

Can I get bacon or ham here well yes I can and it is of dubious origins and doesn’t resemble the lovely smoked back bacon I used to love or the lovely home cured ham on the bone which I used to buy from the deli…? It is rather slimy and not something I would want to eat.

Time to make my own … I did my research and I tried alternative cures which were ok just didn’t quite cut the mustard… The celery juice was the most successful and one I do use from time to time…

My research told me that the very small amount of salt petre that I…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Weekly Round Up – Josh Groban, Legendary Irises, Lucious Lamb and Shark Diving!

What a weekly roundup…I have been awed, laughed and loved all of these posts…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed. Another week of beautiful weather here and apart from taking time out to sit and read in the sunshine…David has been removing the stumps left after the tree felling last summer, so that we can lay a lawn. It will change the whole aspect of the front garden. We then have wall repairs and new fencing and another major job off the list. We have been in the house two years next week and it has certainly been an amazing time. The biggest problem with renovating a property here in Ireland is the weather, especially for the outside work. Hats off to the tradespeople who have to contend with all the time.

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Delighted to welcome author D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) as the latest regular contributor to the blog. I am sure many of you will have enjoyed Debby’s…

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Retired No One Told Me! …Weekly roundup… The Pink Ape, Limestone Karst and Obesity…

Retired No On Told Me! Weekly Roundup

Welcome to my weekly roundup which I hope you are enjoying so get your favourite cuppa, sit down put your feet up and enjoy.

This week we are starting with a fruit which many of you are not familiar with the Pomelo fruit…much larger than the grapefruit but very similar just without the bitterness and one which makes a lovely salad.

Pomelo Salad

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/fruity-fridays-pomelo/

Next, we have The Charade which is a tale of mystery and intrigue the plot of which is being published chapter by chapter. Co-written with the lovely Steph ( SC Richmond) who you may be familiar with …Can I ask that you all say a little prayer for her as things are tough for her at the moment and she could do with some TLC.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/the-charade-chapter-21/

Moving on I have taken you for a trip around some of my favourite London Markets.

London Markets

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/london-the-markets-covent-garden-and-more/

After my favourite markets what could be more fitting than some street food…The Best of British…Pie, Mash and Liquor….Stewed eels anyone ???

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/the-best-of-british-pie-mash-and-liquor/

Then it is a little tale about my experience of eating my first Salt Water Taffy and experience which I do not particularly want to repeat it was nothing to write home about but write about it I did..very unremarkable.

Salt Water Taffy( 3)

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/salt-water-taffy-by-carol-ann-taylor/

It was then the turn of the USA and my trawl through some countries which we are all familiar with and their place on an obesity chart… I couldn’t help myself … I had a little rant…I really am not a fan of greedy manufacturers and governments and I think I may well have expressed my displeasure just a tad…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/healthy-eatingno-more-dietsobesity-around-the-world-the-us/

After all that exertion I took you on a long tail boat ride to a lovely Sea Gypsy Village in Thailand. the beautiful village of Koh Panyee.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/travel-thailand-the-beautiful-sea-gypsy-village-of-koh-panyee/

It was then over to my weekly cookery column over at Sally’s and this week it was my favourite Lamb dishes…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-lucious-lamb/

Finally, it was another story from my archives The Pink Ape one of my favourites little stories and one I really enjoyed writing…I do hope you enjoy it also please let me know what you think…

The Pink Ape

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/the-pink-ape-by-carol-ann-taylor/

That’s all for now until tomorrow when it is Fruity Fridays…Will it be another exotic fruit or will it be a familiar favourite????

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If you still want to see even more from me???? Although I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…Then I have added some links below xx

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