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Retired No One Told Me! Weekly Roundup…Pork Crackling, Red Bananas and Noodles…

Weekly Roundup 28th July

Welcome to Saturday’s weekly roundup there has been lots going on this week as well as the rain ( it is) low season but it is quite welcome as it cools it down a little I am getting quite good at sleeping with the steady drips from my leaky roof in my ears.( yes) still leaking and they came to mend it this week.. If anyone has any ideas of torturing me by water …Forget it!

So feet up, drink to the ready are you comfy? Let’s Go!

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Anyway enough of water and rain as I know many of you are praying for rain which I hope you are blessed with very soon… First off this beautiful looking protein drink.

Papaya and Custard Apple Protein Drink

My gift of produce this week was some lovely custard apples and I was pleasantly surprised at how good they tasted raw they were not as sweet as I thought they would be and very good for you…What did I make with some custard apple? A lovely protein drink with Papaya and Custard apple …No nasties and powdered proteins just lovely fresh fruit and protein…So easy and cost-effective when you know how…


Next, was a little tutorial for you on how to make perfect pork crackling every time… Now who doesn’t love a bot of Pork crackling?

How To Make Crispy Pork Crackling


Wednesday already and time for my cookery column over at Sally’s and this week it was oodles of noodles…Also, a little tutorial on how to make those glass noodle rolls easy when you know how…


Next an interview over at Debby’s with the lovely Sally who tirelessly helps all of us by promoting our books and blogs…I give you Sally Cronin.


Me again with my healthy eating and little rants about the foibles of my favourite manufacturers…sneaky they are…


Sally then kindly reblogged one of the posts from my archives, Travel Thailand and Heaven and Hell… This image is the tree of life women hanging like flowers.

Heaven and hell Nong Khai


Yesterday here in Thailand was the celebration of the biggest festival of the year Asanha Bucha day. A day when offerings are taken to the temple and often candles and lots of sermons and prayers.



Another unusual fruit the Red Banana which was given to us to try they are very nice slightly different to the normal banana for more info click the link.

Red Bananas (2)


That’s all for this week I hope you enjoyed the roundup…which was your favourite post ??? Let me know in comments I love hearing from you x

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Retired No One Told Me! Weekly Roundup…Apples, Crispy Crackling and Mr M…


Weekly Roundup Retired no one told me! 17th May

Welcome to this weeks roundup of posts…As from this week, it will only contain posts from Retired No one told me…I have decided I am only going to run one blog…It is too much and I am not getting time to write as much as I would like so I have decided not to renew the domain forthwith.

First, out of the starting blocks, this week was my interview x 20 questions with the lovely Esme… from The Recipe Hunter…If you really want to know more about me then head over and have a read… I am sure it will be enlightening…haha


Fruity Fridays…

I thought I would showcase the Apple as although the apple is very popular I also think it is slightly taken for granted as a fruit.

Carol cooks! (1) Apples Collage

I absolutely love seeing the trees covered in the apple blossom …don’t you?


It then was the turn of one of the attractions for which Thailand is known for and that is the beautiful temples …

Wat Pa Phu Kon (27)


Then I reblogged an interview with a man who needs no introduction…The one and only Mr M… a man who always supports us and is a true gentleman.

christmastime mr M


Obesity which is a worldwide problem and it seems to be one which is more prevalent in the western world due to many lifestyle factors…Little or no exercise, eating too much processed foods, sugars, salt and fast foods, eating on the go or sitting in front of the TV all day because the countries which eat their meals together, cook from scratch and walk instead of driving have a much lower incidence of obesity.


Travel Thailand and the tradition of weaving …Weaving is still carried out often under the houses and the skill passed down through the generations is still going strong…We were lucky to discover a lady weaving on her loom under her house who allowed us to take photos…I just love it when we are out and about and chance upon a scene like this it makes it all the more special.

lady weaving


It was then over to Sally’s where I can indulge my love of cooking… I also forgot …Did anyone notice? To add the picture of the crackling …so here it is…showing the bit I burnt as well… Yes, I burn things quite regularly…

Cooked Pork Loin


Lastly, we have another chapter of The Charade….have you been following it???


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You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live!

Merry Christmas!….only 9 days to go….are you all busy braving the hordes of shoppers this weekend…or arm chair shopping..i’m a bit of both……We have been busy ..still putting up Decorations and tree looks lovely…. but no snow…….I am in a reflective mood as I think we should all remember those less fortunate than ourselves or those alone or recently bereaved as we get into the swing of the festivities….I miss my dad..especially at Christmas.

He was a strict father and a stickler for meals being on time…..one Christmas I compromised to try to please everyone…as you do… and having about an hour to go…cooking in full swing…my kids said “mum..mum..have you seen what Grandad is doing”?….you would never guess…….there he was sitting up the table in the dining room…knife in one hand and fork in tother……waiting……me… I hissed at the kids ” talk to him..get him a drink..anything” … I laugh now as I picture him in my mind…do miss you dad xxx

SAM_6228…My favorite Pork & Basil ( Moo Pad Horapa)…I must cook this at least 3/4 times a week…I have it for breakfast ,lunch or dinner and that is another thing I love about Thailand you eat what you fancy and when …no set breakfast dishes, or any meal…just what you fancy. …Recipe next week….

Early morning trip to the market 6.30 am…..lovely Pork Roast today…..cooked by my son…well he does cook most days… every week…my friends ask if I can hire him out…lol..and love it when they get an invite as his Pork Crackling ” Is the nuts” his phrasing not mine..ha ha…So just because I can…ha ha….

SAM_6229 ……I’ll post the before and after pics……the smell of garlic and rosemary stuffing is divine…………….SAM_6230…..while I am waiting I am going to watch X Factor before anyone puts the result on FB and spoils it for me..lol

Well no sun today…..just very overcast….no rain yet…..

Tomorrow I think I will get all my Christmas cloths etc out and plan my table and might do a trial run of Mince Pies….the mince meat has been fermenting,brewing whatever for a few months now so I think a taste testing is in order and just the smell of them cooking may make me feel a little more Christmassy..it’s definately the cold and SNOW…that makes that Christmas feeling and atmosphere…you all so know that until Christmas is over I’m gonna keep harping on about snow and cold ….going back to the UK @ the end September for my nieces wedding…first visit in 4 years so think I may stretch it out for a few weeks so I can soak up some Christmas Cheer and do some shopping…proper size wrapping paper for one ! Yay….

SAM_6233Just look at that lovely crackling! I will say my son is a brilliant chef and I will be his Sous chef any day…….Tastes amazing…just saying…sorry peeps if you lived closer I would invite you to taste test…ha ha….

Once Christmas is over then it won’t be long until my oldest son comes over with his 3 kids and we haven’t seen the kids since we came to Thailand and it is their first visit here so will be busy planning some trips…methinks Big Buddha will be a good one as they can see the Elephants( Chang) and experience some great Thai food and a beautiful view..maybe hire a quad to scoot through the jungle on or an elephant trek.

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Tchau…any guesses?…..no?……it’s goodbye in Portuguese.

Until next time…