Saturday Morning trip to the Market …Not this Saturday morning or until further notice although as it is a food market it is still open…This market is a daily one so maybe I will try it midweek and see if it is less busy I normally go on a Saturday as there are more stalls but the no social distancing worries me…although there have been no new reported cases for 14 days now so fingers crossed, for now my plan to avoid this market stays firmly in place…
We have been given more watermelon…It is so lovely of my neighbours but I don’t have the heart to say please no more…Watermelon overload…
Originating in Africa watermelons are pretty much available worldwide, prized not only for its water content in many countries it is also used medicinally and records show used as far back as the Egyptians.
Packed with vitamin C it is like the tomato packed with Lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant.
For me…I really am not a fan of watermelon I don’t mind it in this smoothie with other fruits and vegetables.
I used a large chunk of Pineapple, Watermelon, yellow melon and dragon fruit. A slice of tomato, a slice of beetroot, a piece of carrot and a little crushed ice.
I have learnt a trick by watching how the stalls make a smoothie and I have a drink container that I use as a measure…Fill it with my fruit and or vegetables and then blitz and it is the perfect glassful which is great if you are just making it for one.
Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute or two, add some crushed ice and blitz again…voila a lovely smoothie.
I know many of you are coffee lovers and maybe it is colder where you live at the moment …Just for you, this is a recipe my daughter gave me…I love it … not a coffee drinker…I am an Oolong tea girl…
However, I love coffee and walnut cake( my ) mum makes the best one of those, Martini Espresso and this smoothie…
This is a recipe that my daughter gave me along with a packet of Chia seeds as I can’t always get them here. Bananas we have in spades as they grow in abundance here so my freezer always has plenty of frozen bananas ready to make a smoothie.
- 1 frozen Banana… I have used a freshly sliced banana.
- 1 cup of coconut milk.
- 2 tbsp oats.
- 1tbsp peanut butter or you can use halved walnuts as in the picture.
- A shot of espresso or two…
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- 1tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds and honey.
Put all ingredients in your blender and blitz away.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Today is also National Homemade Animal Cracker Day...I kid you not…
Animal crackers originated in Britain in 1889, when P.T. Barnum toured with his circus. British manufacturers called them animal biscuits, biscuits being the British word for cookie. The cookies were exported to the U.S. When American manufacturers made their own versions, they changed the word biscuit to cracker instead of cookie possibly because crackers have less sugar than cookies/biscuits.
Lily’s version of animal crackers…
• 140 gm of butter
• 100 gm of soft brown sugar
• 3 tbsp golden syrup
• 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
• 350 gm flour
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 egg beaten
Melt the butter, sugar and syrup and then let it cool for 10 minutes.
Sieve the flour, baking soda and pour in the melted butter plus the egg. Stir to combine.
Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 10 minutes
When chilled roll out to 5 mm thick and cut out shapes. Put on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake at 200C for about 12 minutes until golden turning the tray halfway through cooking.
Turn out onto a wire tray to cool down.
When cold enough to ice…Have fun…Lily wanted pink and white with sugar strands so everything was pink…lol
The icing apart from the first one when I showed her how to flood the biscuits she did herself…
This particular biscuit recipe is nice and the biscuits are quite soft in the middle but firm on the outside when cooked…easy for kids to cut out… it is a little crumbly and soft when not cooked but manageable…Well, Lily managed so I am sure anyone else can.
When the kiddies have made theirs #animalcrackersday
Thank you for reading this post I hope you have enjoyed it and the recipes 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!
Thank you again for reading enjoy your weekend and stay safe and healthy xxx