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Travel Australia…The friendliest animal on earth…The Quokka…

Travel Australia The Quokka

Australia can lay claim to having the most poisonous animal in the world ( The Box Jellyfish) and for also having the greatest number of poisonous snakes … They also have the worlds friendliest animal so we were so excited to take this trip to see the Quokkas we stocked up with our sweet potatoes as my friend told me the Quokkas love sweet potato and they did…

Rottnest Island is home to the Quokkas and it lies just 19km off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.

rottnest-island Perth

The island’s name came from a Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh who visited the island in 1696 and mistook the islands unusual marsupial for a common rat. Rottnest started as “Rotte nest” which translated means rats nest.

Just a short ferry ride from Fremantle(locally) know as Freeo, Perth or Hillary’s Boat Harbour…..who do the best ice cream ever…

That is definitely the place to go if you want delicious Ice cream or chocolate churros… Foodie heaven.

Rottnest Island_Pelican

As we pulled in to Rottnest we were greeted by the sentry a beautiful Pelican who looked like he was on guard…Once on this beautiful island, you can take a guided walking tour around Rottnest, hire bikes or snorkel gear.

Considering I used to bike everywhere when I was young my lack of biking skills now is an ongoing source of amusement for my family… Please be aware that this island is quite hilly and not for the faint-hearted or me… I hit a tree… I will not hold it against you if you laugh everyone else does…hahaha

Rottnest lighthouse and bikes

The train ride to view the maze of tunnels beneath WWII gun emplacement on Oliver Hill was a better mode of transport for Moi.

Although the island is only 11 km wide and 4.5 km across it is very hilly and has steep hills so bear that in mind when deciding how you are going to navigate around please do not do what I did if you are not a proficient bicycle rider…

For sailing enthusiasts, swimmers or triathlon fans there is an annual sailing Beneteau Regatta held in August and fun runs and races throughout the year.

But we came to see those lovely cute Quokkas … A tip from a local, Thank you, Pat ….they love sweet potato. I love these little Quokkas and they really do look as if they are smiling at you such happy trusting little animals.

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The total Quokka population numbers about 14,000 of which 12,000 live on Rottnest which is a class A reserve noted for its high conservation and community values.

All plants and animals on Rottnest are protected by law and today the Quokka is considered to be a vulnerable species. They have a lack of fear of humans and this makes them vulnerable.

Baby Quokkas are called joeys and they gestate for one month in mum’s womb and then move to mum’s pouch they stay with mum for a few months but the mums are known that if threatened they will throw their babies on the ground to save themselves… Awwww that’s not nice…

Interesting Fact: Quokkas have their own Twitter #

This video by the Bondi Vet shows just how friendly Quokkas can be…They really do deserve the title as one of the worlds happiest animals.

A member of the genus Setonix the same family as Roos and wallabies they are a small macropod who eat grass, stems, leaves by swallowing them whole. they then regurgitate their food and eat it again this way they extract more nutrients..clever little things aren’t they?

It was a lovely day out to this little island and the Quokkas were delightful little animals…

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Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor –

The Potato…A much-loved vegetable and would you believe that about 20 minutes ago I received some pictures, the name of a different Thai Potato which my son had just come across and thought I might like it for my blog…I just love it that people send me pictures and names of fruits and vegetables for my blog so thank you Jamie…much love xx Many thanks to Sally for once again enhancing my recipes with her wonderful vast knowledge of the medicinal and health benefits of the fruit or vegetable we are showcasing each week….xxx

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Welcome to the Carol Taylor cooking show… with a bit in the front end on the health benefits of the star ingredients from me.

This week a reminder of why potatoes are so good for us.

Most of us walk through the fresh produce departments of our supermarkets without really paying much attention to the individual fruits and vegetables. This is a great pity because the vast majority of these foods have been cultivated for thousands of years, not only for their nutritional value but also for their medicinal properties. If you eat a healthy diet you are effectively practicing preventative medicine and I would like to introduce you to a common vegetable that is definitely on my shopping list.

potatoesThe not so common Potato

You cannot claim Irish ancestry and not be aware of the significance of the potato in our history. For my great-grandfather, as a child…

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Healthy Eating…Potassium

lady holding veggies


Potassium is vital to our good health and we need to eat enough potassium each day to maintain a healthy body.  Potassium can be found in every one of our bodies cells and plays a major part in our continued good health. Although let us be clear it is not potassium alone which keeps us healthy.

But to feel our best we should eat enough potassium-rich foods every day to help prevent certain chronic conditions. Regularly not eating enough potassium-rich foods could jeopardise our long-term health in many ways.

Recommended daily amounts:

Adults over the age of 19, adolescents between 14 and 18 years old and pregnant women should consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day while limiting themselves to 1,500 mg of sodium.says the Food and Nutrition Board. Nursing women over the age of 14 need more: 5,100 milligrams daily.

Please note however and I always stress this …moderation… but too much can be just as damaging to your health.

The body needs a delicate balance of potassium to help the heart and other muscles work properly. But too much potassium in your blood can lead to dangerous, and possibly deadly, changes in heart rhythm.

Home cooking does determine our intake of potassium but boiling depletes potassium. For example, a boiled potato has almost half the potassium of a baked potato. To preserve potassium, eat fruits and vegetables raw,  roasted or lightly steamed.

Food rather than supplements is always a better option for increasing your intake of nutrients as foods contain fibre as well. Let food be thy medicine is my mantra. I just have this thing about supplements of any sort and maybe it is me but I prefer to eat food rather than take a powder or tablet.

I know what is in my food… That’s me, folks …

Here is a little list for you of foods high in potassium:

  • Winter squash, cubed, 1 cup, cooked: 896 mg
  • Sweet potato, medium, baked with skin on 694 mg
  • Potato, medium, baked with skin: 610 mg
  • White beans, canned, drained, half cup: 595 mg
  • Yoghurt, fat-free, 1 cup: 579 mg
  • Halibut, 3 ounces, cooked: 490 mg
  • 100% orange juice, 8 ounces: 496 mg
  • Broccoli, 1 cup, cooked: 457 mg
  • Cantaloupe, cubed, 1 cup: 431 mg
  • Banana, 1 medium: 422 mg
  • Pork tenderloin, 3 ounces, cooked: 382 mg
  • Lentils, half cup, cooked: 366 mg
  • Milk, 1% low-fat, 8 ounces: 366 mg
  • Salmon, Sustainable fishing, 3 ounces, cooked: 326 mg
  • Pistachios, shelled, 1 ounce, dry roasted: 295 mg
  • Raisins, quarter cup: 250 mg
  • Chicken breast, 3 ounces, cooked: 218 mg
  • Tuna, light, canned, drained, 3 ounces: 201 mg
  • Coconut water, 100 gm: 250 mg

I always get my daily fix of coconut water from a little man up the road when I come back from my daily walk it is a most welcome drink as he always has a chilled one for me… I love it and it does you good…just be careful if you buy coconut water in a bottle or can that it doesn’t have added sugar and the like because it then takes it from that healthy coconut water to something that is not so healthy. Just beware and read the labels I never trust claims on the front of the bottle and it should have an ingredient list of one…Coconut water ..pure and simple…

Fresh Coconut

There is nothing like a healthy drink of Coconut juice fresh from the fruit.

If you take prescribed medication, please before you embark on any change of eating plan always ask your doctor or pharmacist about how all of the medications you take affect the potassium levels in your body, and if you need more, or less, of the mineral.


If you enjoy these Healthy eating posts please let me know in comments and reblog or share so everyone can see how easy it is to eat healthily it is just being aware… And I love fudge.. or burfee…

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot as of all the medicines laughter is the best….