Retired No one told me Jackfruit, Fish Friday, Mr Peace…



By now most of you know that I love tradition and Thailand is steeped in tradition… Chinese New Year will soon be upon us followed by the lantern festival… Already the preparations have begun and if you are travelling to Thailand or China and will be here on those dates you will be awed at the sight of the red and yellow lanterns and decorations which are hung everywhere…We have huge Thai/Chinese population here and last year Udon Thani was awash with all the banners, flags and decorations and we had street entertainment..lots of delicious street food and it is time for me to sample different dishes…The fireworks are impressive and the music loud…Oh Yes! I kid you not…

But it is fun and so much to see and do..dancing dragons and lions and stilt walkers and what they do on stilts..the mind boggles…How?


Chinese New Year is followed by the Lantern Festival which is celebrated 15 days after Chinese New Year…and the little rice balls are foodies heaven…wonderful little morsels of food…

Which is held 15 days after Chinese New Year…in the past there have been celebrations on each day after Chinese New Year up until the 15th making for one long celebration now you have the Chinese New Year and then The Lantern Festival on the 15th day afterwards.

Last Saturday saw me doing what I love best street food and markets.

Tessabaan fish man cutting fish

and last Thursday saw me talking about one of my favourite memories The Secret Garden which is also one of my favourite stories from my childhood…I loved that story…

Every Wednesday sees me over at Sally’s Place where she has graciously invited moi to write a weekly food column. Sally tirelessly promotes and helps everyone she can and what she doesn’t know about the medicinal benefits of food and nutrition you could write on a postage stamp. You can find Sally on the link below.

cropped-for-web Sally Cronin

For my weekly food column …this week I wrote about the exotic Jackfruit and next week I will be back to something you can all get and love ???? No spoiler this week…lol

Annette Rochelle Aben…a fellow writer and blogger posted a very important message which I felt compelled to share when I was reading this I felt sad that these statistics are so high and hopeful that people like Mr Peace are getting that message out there…These kids are our future and we should be doing all we can as adults to help stop these terrible trends of bullying and peer pressure and protecting our children …So please read and share and let’s try to see if we can help change those statistics and kick them into touch…Tell me a story Mr Peace

Fish Fridays my last fishy post for a while ( I am writing) a recipe book on fish it will now be Fruity Fridays… Spoiler Alert!


Book reviews… I don’t usually but I had seen a few for the same book and now I am going to be painfully honest… I have always mainly kept to myself my views on certain subjects and not because I didn’t agree but maybe that I didn’t know enough to feel I should air my views..lack of understanding…lack of knowledge… how certain sections of society reported or portrayed… how it was dealt with…as in what I call knee-jerk reactions and the politically correct part of society….Put that all into the pot and it makes a subject a no-go area or makes one against it without knowing why sometimes… I hope you understand that because I don’t…Maybe now I see the effects of people’s actions and I don’t like it…I want to know more about certain areas and have an understanding … I have purchased the book and it is my next read…Heavens Rage By Leslie Tate.

Proud parents… My Turkey babies

Proud mummy turkey with babies

It is really cold here at the moment 16 degrees and even colder in Sakon Nakon where the farm is and my turkey babies..but as pictured they are snuggling under mum for warmth so all is well.

Soapbox time Healthy Eating..the right way.

What is the right ??? Well for me it is not to diet, to eat what food I like and moderation…

Fads, tablets, drinks, celebrity endorsed money gobbling diets to NOT work… I believe if we eat the right things and in moderation and do some exercise be it going to the gym, swimming, walking…It is your body, YOUR HEALTH, Your choices!

I will be giving you some choices, telling you what I eat, what has made me healthier, what has helped me lose weight, what I eat, why I eat it…I eat because I love food…

There will be no right way or wrong way…BUT Your way…

So together we can find your way… Are you ready???

I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup…xxx

Now off to make some prawn toasts…Which I have named Rustic Prawn Toasts as that is what they were..Tasty but rustic xxx

Until next time…Tomorrow… Stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as laughter is the best medicine and it is FREE XXX





23 thoughts on “Retired No one told me Jackfruit, Fish Friday, Mr Peace…

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    1. Carol Post author

      I didn’t realise until I started doing it Debs…lol..I knew I wrote a lot but seeing alltogether..I think Sally tops me though she is machine and a star xxx Thank you xx

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    1. Carol Post author

      They really are cute… Thank you and yes Jackfruit I had only eaten the ripe arils before but now I have cooked the young green one …totally changes the taste and texture it really is like a meaty texture apparently vegans use it as a meat substitute and I can see why now I was amazed I didn’t expect it to be like that and it tasted good everyone here liked it..Would definitely make it again with just a few tweaks..more chilli and tomato…lol

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      1. thebookwormdrinketh

        I was a vegetarian for about 15 years and heard about Jack fruit as a meat, but was never able to try it in my area. I’m in an area where it’s more portabellos. 😊 and EVERYTHING can use more chilli and tomato!

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  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    This is a wonderful review Carol of all your posts.. Wow, such a lot you do and I bet you wondered where you ever find time to work.. I think those of us who have retired are busier than ever.. 🙂 Thank you for the links 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you Sue..I know, I was thinking do I do all that in a week…Now you know where the title of my blog came from…lol…and you are welcome I hope you enjoyed 🙂

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