Fruity Fridays…Pretty Dragon Fruit.


Dragon fruit

Good morning and welcome to the revamped Fruity Fridays which are posts I published a couple of years ago and have updated …Today it is the beautiful Dragon fruit…Yesterday we received a surprise visit from our Thai family who always bring us goodies lovely freshly harvested goodies…Yesterday it was some beautiful dragon fruit and the bonus was they are red-fleshed…

A box of lovely red bananas and lots of beautiful limes which means I have been trawling my recipes and have decided to preserve some of the limes..make my lime and almond gluten-free cake again and I may attempt a key lime pie…

My breakfast this morning was, of course, green tea and some lovely fresh dragon fruit it was so delicious……

I will now tell you some more about this lovely tropical fruit and there will also be some delicious recipes including a smoothie…

Dragon Fruit

Such a pretty coloured fruit and it just looks so exotic, doesn’t it? Also, known as Pitaya fruit or in Thailand(Kaeo Mangkon). Rich in Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 and the minerals iron, calcium & phosphorus and one fruit is only 60 calories so a good for you fruit.

It is also said to help lower bad cholesterol levels and its high fibre content can also assist with poor digestion and constipation.

Of course, it also makes excellent smoothies, you can sip your smoothie while it works on your hair follicles..yes if you put the juice on your scalp it will keep the hair follicles open so it’s great for tinted hair.

I am really getting into this smoothie making and today I think is one of my favourite smoothies. I am learning to get the right amount and what I do is take the glass I am going to drink it from and fill the glass with my fruit that way I make just enough and if I am making more than one glass then I double up but it eliminates the guesswork.


Today’s smoothie was a mixture of fruit 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 ice.

Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute and voila a lovely smoothie.

Skin Problems?


Troubled with acne and spots then make a paste from a slice of the dragon fruit apply to the affected areas of your face or skin then rinse off with water. Use twice daily for the best results.

The sap of the dragon fruit is also used by making aqueous extracts of its leaves, bark and fruit pulp and is said to aid wound healing and burns.

I then got to thinking about a recipe I came across all these beautiful desserts..brilliant pink Pannacotta’s..but I am not a dessert person as you know unless it’s a high day or holiday…haha….. Often served on a mixed fruit platter here or in little tarts…


This recipe for Dragon Chicken..…is quick, easy and so tasty….not a dragon fruit in view but hey ho….it’s in the name…lol


Let’s Cook!

  • 1lb chicken breasts cut into small chunks or pieces of chicken on the bone.

Marinade for chicken:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch/arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt to taste.

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and coat the chicken thoroughly leave to dry for 30 minutes.

Heat some oil 375 degrees and cook chicken in batches until it is crispy.

For the sauce

  • 2 tsp of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of finely chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar

Mix all these together. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and add the mixture when the sauce comes to the boil add the chicken and heat for a further 1-2 minutes.

To serve garnish with chopped spring onions, niblets of sweetcorn/peas and or sliced green chillies.

I, of course, would add more chilli flakes and probably a tsp more ginger…just…But as you know my mantra is TASTE and TASTE again… until it is perfect for you…


Until tomorrow …When I will be back with Saturday Snippets have a lovely day and just a reminder if you go out to wear a mask and practise social distancing. xx

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 once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx






27 thoughts on “Fruity Fridays…Pretty Dragon Fruit.

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  2. Erica/Erika

    Dragon fruit is definitely pretty, Carol. Fun to go back on older posts and a great idea. You have new readers and the posts are new to them (to me). I appreciate reading them. I am a huge fan of smoothies, especially when I was working. And, even now. I have not added carrots to a smoothy. You have inspired me.🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Erika.. I add tomatoes, beets which I love to smoothies.. I tens to add coloured veggies rather than green.. I am not that much of a fan of green smoothies/juices..

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  3. lifewithclottedcream

    The first time I tasted dragon fruit was in a Spanish market in Barcelona. I was immediately hooked! I always thought it would taste a little bit like prickly pears, but it really doesn’t :-). Who knew dragon fruit is so versatile! Thank you for writing this very interesting post.xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      My pleasure Annelize I just love knowing the properties of the fruits and vegetables I eat… I think it is a little like a 🥝.. I am loving them atm as they are in season and for sale every where xx

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        We don’t have a glut, but they do grow here. I find them too decorative to be pulverized into a smoothie. My husband makes fantastic fruit platters, and dragon fruit is always a great component to include.

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        It certainly is and prickly heat… I always keep a leaf in my fridge so its cool to the skin.. East to cut and squeeze out the lovely gel it dries quickly and isn’t sticky I love it!

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