Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! Recipes, Wacky Diets…

Interestingly I was reading an article from a news journalist who had given up alcohol and watched the pounds slip away just by eating moderately and increasing her exercise a little…It was pretty much what I have been saying as I have shared my Healthy eating plan with you…Although my son who has returned after a few months back in the Uk commented that I looked like I needed to eat a nice burger…haha…and was also overjoyed that the lovely bottle of Tanqueray Gin he bought me ( one) of my favourite tipples…meant as I was abstaining meant he could partake…Although I did enjoy one sundowner yesterday evening…

gin tonic

Followed by the remains of the Chicken Chettinad masala I had previously made and a little piece of nan bread.

Today I will be doing 10,000 steps as over the last few days we have been out and about and eaten out…Time to atone for my excesses although I have lost 1.5 pounds this week it seems on average I have settled into a 1 pound loss which over a month is 4/5 pounds I am happy with that…

How is your healthy eating going? Are you finding you are beset by craving crisps, chocolate…a doughnut dripping with jam…Then head over to Sally’s new series on why and how we can get over those cravings…and we all have them..Even me…

box four doughnuts iced

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/smorgasbord-health-column-new-series-what-causes-your-cravings-part-one-dehydration/

We now get to the bit where I tell you about yet another crazy diet which makes all these celebrity doctors and actors very rich and us …Well, only a fool and his money are soon parted in the pursuit of a quick solution…Which will never work and may harm your health…People have died on this die(t)…

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 2…Breatharianism…

The Breatharian Institute of America promotes the diet and offer a workshop to help you get started for the low price of just $10,000, which, according to their website: “is not a misprint”. These courses are run by Wiley Brooks who previously charged up to 25 million dollars for his courses. Occasionally Wiley eats a cheeseburger and a diet coke claiming that when he’s surrounded by junk culture and junk food, consuming them adds balance.

To say I admire the man’s entrepreneurial genius is an understatement…Nuff said…I am very slightly speechless and gobsmacked…

Time for a recipe…This is one of the first Thai salads I ever ate years ago and a favourite of Aston who loves this salad as does Lily…

Squid Salad

I used to hate squid with a passion…..the only squid I had ever tasted was those squid rings in batter..fried to death and tasting like a rubber tyre…that is until my son bought his Thai girlfriend home and she introduced me to this amazing salad with the softest squid I have ever tasted. Doesn’t that just look amazing?

Ingredients:

  • 400 gm(14 oz) baby squid.
  • 5 Spring Onions. (sliced)
  • 5 sm shallots.( thinly sliced)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes. ( halved)
  • half sm cucumber sliced and quartered.
  • Coriander big bunch or again to taste…I like lots…(chop)
  • Mint. ( optional)
  • 1-3 birds Eye Chillies chopped( seeds optional)
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • Half lime,  juice.
  • Palm Sugar ( up to 2 tbsp ) again optional I don’t use it but depends on personal preference.

Let’s Cook!

Clean the squid. Getting all membrane off and remember to pull out the plastic quill.

Cut head/parrots beak off leaving the  tentacles(the best bit)

Slice squid into 3/4 to inch slices.

Heat a small amount of water in a pan and add squid,  cook until opaque less than a minute, Drain on kitchen paper and combine with other ingredients.

Again TASTE and check to season. You cannot taste too much. It is just getting those delicious Thai flavours of sweet, sour, spicy and salty just right for you..it took me a while so just keep tasting…Enjoy!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

Waste and recycling…Golf Balls…Plastic and Rubber…

The sea…A vast beautiful place…How much sea covers the earth???

Some scientists say we should call our planet ‘Water’ instead of ‘Earth’, since water covers about 71% of the planet’s surface. The area of the ocean surface is 1.40 x (10 to the power of 8) miles². (3.62 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). The area of the land surface is 5.75 x (10 to the power of 7) miles² (1.49 x (10 to the power of 8) km²). There is over 2.4 times as much water area than land area.

How big is a golf ball?

The standard golf ball used in the United States is a minimum of 1.68 in (4.26 cm) in diameter; the British ball is slightly smaller.

A golf ball is made of plastic and rubber…FACT.

golf course surrounded by water

Doesn’t that look beautiful? Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days there following their passion for the game of golf? I mean the sheer size and volume of water against the size of a golf ball…What difference is that tiny ball going to make in the scheme of things?? What golfer gives a thought about the bigger picture it’s just another ball in the water…Plenty more where that one came from…

But it doesn’t stop there does it???

I don’t play golf…I know my kids in the past have been paid for collecting golf balls from the lake at a local golf club…It was the lovely Adele Marie Park who alerted me to this…Thank you so much, Adele, it really is a problem…x

I don’t know what it is about the sea …It’s sheer vastness but it seems that many people think that their bit of rubbish in the great scheme of things doesn’t matter…WELL, IT DOES!

COME ON PEEPS…Start thinking…TIME TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE…

Do you have your reusable coffee cup…Do you use it and take it out with you?

All last week I have been using Ecosia... It is a search engine with a difference…Many search engines now promise not to store or sell details of your searches and yes this is one of the promises that Ecosia make but they also promise to be transparent as to where their money comes from and plant a tree for every search you make…How good is that and if you click on their site you will get a running total of how many trees and where have been planted to date… It is now my default search engine and I am very happy with it so far and to be able to know that my internet searches are doing some good …Every little helps!

ecosia logo

However, if you are like me and always have a question then this report should answer them all…

This is an interesting one...Fizzy Drinks could soon be carbonated using gas emissions from factories… Soon means 20 years by my calculations…I know that there are logistics and lots of other factors to be considered but 20 years…Are there not other schemes which can be adopted and working in less time than this as if we listen to all the news as a planet we don’t have 20 years…Just saying…

Britain plans by 2040 to develop the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial centre by teaming up emitters with industries that can reuse their polluting gases or by moving to lower carbon fuels such as hydrogen, it said on Thursday.

The government said it will commit up to £170 million ($215 million) to the project, which could include capturing emissions from factories and reusing them in industries such as brewing to put the fizz in drinks. That’s a lot of money…I can think of many things which would cost far less and have a shorter timescale and work…

This one shows initiative ...How to make biodegradable plastic from Cactus plants…

 

I hate waste especially food waste and I am loving that I am hearing and reading so much about how schools around the world are tackling this…Teachers are on the ground and they see the kids who come to school dirty and hungry and some have washing machines and wash the kid’s clothes others such as this do not just feed the kids while they are at school but think about what happens out of school evening, weekends and school holidays…

A school district in Indiana is working to provide take-home meals for students in need to ensure they have enough food to eat over the weekends.

Elkhart Community Schools teamed up with a non-profit group called Cultivate to create a pilot program that will provide weekend meals for a small group of children at Woodland Elementary, WSBT reported.

The district’s goal is to expand the program to feed more students in neighbouring schools.

What a brilliant initiative…As is this one…School kids can pay school fees with plastic isn’t that brilliant and then they are turning them into eco bricks…

So many good initiatives by people, not governments…People and I think if we all pull together and do our bit however small we will show the governments what the people can do…xxx

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you think THEN please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic and recycling what do you think is the way forward 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a great week xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Quinine, Quiche, Green Curry and more…

Welcome to this weeks roundup of my posts, as usual, I have a collection of posts a bit like pick and mix something for everyone a potpourri of food and ideas…And of course opinions…haha…A good mixture of posts again this week with some changes which I hope you like…If you are ready then grab a drink find your favourite spot, settle down and let’s have a read…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Firstly it was Mondays posts which I have decided to intermingle with Thursday’s post as the subject of recycling and waste go hand in hand one thing affects the other or is affected by the other…

cartoon woman recycling

Recycling most of us do it some more than others but we trust that whoever collects our recycling then disposes of it correctly that does not appear to be the case…I also looked at the fact that if we recycled all our plastic and everyone done the same it would cause problems so we looked at reusing what we had with some adjustments and then when it needed replacing to find a recyclable option…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/17/recycling-in-the-home-the-facts-the-truth/

It was then over to Sally’s Health Column and her factual easy to understand look at Listeria and how dangerous it can be…Definitely, a must read as it is better to be prepared which you will know if you were a girl Guide or a Scout…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/smorgasbord-health-column-food-safety-lysteria-you-cannot-see-it-but-it-sees-you-the-perfect-host-sally-cronin/

Tie for some Healthy eating which is my tried and tested way of losing weight…I know that no one size fits all but surely it is better to eat some of what you fancy but bearing moderation in mind rather than totally denying yourself anything delicious and giving up when you hit a plateau, have a holiday or night out…

Thai Green Curry

And yes, Thai Green Curry is on my menu and very good it is…I am also on track to mislay at least another pound this week…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/18/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-excuses/

Whimsical Wednesdays are a mix of anything I want to share with you …This week it was a luscious Martini Espresso, Two short stories from me and much more…You will have to click on the link to read all about it…Let me know what you think as I am having a little change about…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/19/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol/

Thursdays will now be  Treats and traditions from my travels this week it was Thailand and sea gipsies and of course much more…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/20/thailand-travel-and-traditions/

Once a month it is when I am over @ Esme’s Salon where if you often puzzle over a culinary term then I am exploring those culinary terms which may cause you to frown and wonder what on earth it is…This month it was the letter Q which covered many terms from Quince to Quinine…

gin tonic

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-q/

Lastly, it was this week in my kitchen where it was what fruit and vegetables are in season in June, some recipes, home recycling and my homemade Chettinad Curry Powder…

curry-plants

Mt beautiful curry plants/trees when they were babies…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/21/this-week-in-my-kitchen-chettinad-chicken-masala-and-more/

That’s all for this week have a great weekend…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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

MeWe

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

 

This week in my Kitchen…Chettinad Chicken Masala and more…

This week in my kitchen…It is too hot to stay in the kitchen for very long and when it is hot and humid I don’t want to eat.

Fruits in season this month here are Mangoes of all sorts, Custard Apples, Sala Fruit, Mangosteen, Pineapple, Watermelon, Lychee, Dragon Fruit, Rambutan, Small Banana all delicious and readily available everywhere street corners and markets…The good thing here is it can be cut while you wait which means no waste and no difference in price and always a lovely dip to go with it…

The small bananas are nice and creamy, sweet and very nutritious lovely for snacking on they are also BBQ or fried with or without batter …Very nice served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…

Dragon fruit is one of the prettiest of fruits and always catches my eye which this lovely red fleshed one did the other day…Lovely to look at but not much flavour so into the blender it went with a few blackberries and blueberries, some greek yoghurt and some raw honey…

 

Look at the colour of that and it tasted awesome…

I seemed to come back loaded from market this week mangoes as I need to make more mango chutney I mean an Indian curry just isn’t the same without it is it? Some beautiful, red tomatoes to make my sauce for spag bol, chilli or anything else which needs tomatoes…Because of the BPA lining in tins of tomatoes, I won’t buy tinned tomatoes just when you think you are winning the war on plastic in your home…It is what manufacturers coat the inside of many tinned foods…

A bowl of ripe tomatoes

BPA is an endocrine disruptor that interrupts hormones and, in laboratory experiments on animals, has been linked with breast cancer, prostate cancer, hyperactivity and other metabolic and behavioural problems, diseases which are all on the rise in the West. But the plastics and chemicals industries insist its use is safe and accuse campaigners of misleading the public, pointing to industry-funded studies involving large numbers of rodents that have shown no harm…How many times have we believed manufacturers to then find out years later that it was all true and just what they wanted us to think for the sake of their profits…

Recycling Corner:

Would you recycle more at home if you had the correct recycling bins, can crushers and other tools to make recycling easier? Well, have a look at this…I think it is such a cool idea…

What else was cooking in my kitchen this week…

Chettinad Masala Powder:

Ingredients:

  • 16 dried red chillies
  • 4 tsp of black pepper
  • 3 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp dried unsweetened coconut
  • 4 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-star anise
  • 8 cloves
  • 4 x 1-inch sticks of cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 20 fresh/dried curry leaves

Dry roast all the ingredients you may have to do this in a couple of batches depending on your pan but be careful not to burn the spices.

Transfer to a plate or dish and allow to cool down before grinding to a powder.

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Chettinad Masala roasted spices

 

Store in an airtight container. This recipe makes enough for 3/4 curries.

The original recipe I found on Madraasi @ a Tamilian Tales and is now my go-to Indian curry spice mix and one we all love…

Now to the recipe for the Chicken Masala.

  • 500gm Chicken.
  • 2 tbsp Oil or ghee
  • 1 large Onion.
  • 2 Large tomatoes pureed.
  • 1-2 sprigs Curry Leaves.
  • 1 Bay Leaf( Optional)

Marinade:

  • 1/8th tsp Tumeric.
  • 1/4 tsp Chilli Powder.
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or Natural Yoghurt.
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped finely.
  • 1in piece fresh ginger chopped finely.
  • Salt as required.

Marinade the chicken.

Add oil to the pan and cook onions until golden, this adds more flavour.

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Add  3 tbsp of Masala mix and stir.

Add chicken, curry leaves and tomatoes.

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Add little water, bring to a slow boil and reduce heat to simmer until chicken cooked.

imagesXL6V2C5LServe with boiled rice, Mango Chutney and or nan bread.

This is a lovely curry well-flavoured and not over the top spicy.

That’s all for this week have a great weekend…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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

MeWe

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

 

 

The Culinary Alphabet …The Letter Q…

The culinary alphabet 11th June 2019

It is that time of the month when I am over @Esme’s Salon for my posts on the Culinary Alphabet…Have you visited her new look blog?…. I am trawling through the Culinary Alphabet and today it is the letter Q FOR quince ( they make) lovely jelly and quadriller…Have you heard of that culinary term ???

The quince looks similar to the pear and is bright golden when it is ripe although that creamy white flesh turns into a deep, dusky red colour when it is cooked.

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The quince is high in pectin which makes it perfect for preserves and jellies and that is what I remember my mum making with quinces a lovely jam. Raw it has a tart, astringent taste and the smell is likened to that of a tropical fruit it is also packed with Vitamin C.

Quadriller

Is a term used for crosses cut on food for food presentation.

Queso

Queso Blanco is Spanish and is unaged fresh cheeses made from cows milk although sometimes goats milk is added to the mix it is also said that it is known in some cases to be the cause of food poisoning.

Quail

The Quail is a small ground resting game bird which is very popular in French cuisine and often seen on TV cooking shows looking very fancy. Part of the peasant family the Common Quail has been replaced by the domesticated Japanese Quail as the bones in a quail are small they are commonly eaten and not removed from the carcass. The quail is very popular in Thailand and often found on the street markets here…Roasting away and very delicious.

Quail’s Eggs

Quails eggs are something of a delicacy and often made into small scotch eggs on posh menus.  Here they are classed as street food and sold fried and served with fish sauce and are one of my favourite snacks.

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Thank you so much for reading my posts.  I do hope you have enjoyed them if you have please share on your favourite social media and thank you to Esme who hosts me every month. 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

MeWe

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

 

 

Thailand…Travel and Traditions…

Thailand…The Land of Smiles and my home… For the next few months, I will take you to some special places and share with you the long-held traditions I have discovered which are passed down through the generations I do hope that you enjoy…

A young Thai monk sitting in Water

The North Eastern side of Phuket Island you will find Bang Rong pier from there you can catch a water taxi or a speed boat to several of the nearby islands. We ate fresh seafood and lovely fresh mango salad a virtual feast. Life so tranquil here, a world away from the hustle and bustle which is London or any other city.

This sea gipsy village is not one of the larger ones where you can walk through the village and shop this is quite basic by comparison but has a certain charm and you can see the men and women going about their daily work either fishing or driving the boats or water taxis back and forth or whittling away as they make wooden trinkets and ornaments for sale ..they may be mending nets or even sleeping in the sun or cooking the lovely seafood…

mending the wood boards koh panyee

The Sea Gypsy’s are said to be the oldest and most interesting inhabitants of Phuket Locally called  Chao Le in the Thai language. (Chao=people; Le=from thale=sea). They settle in one bay until all the resources there are finished and move on to another bay so giving nature time to recover. But there is no written history of their whereabouts and culture. The only thing we know is that they lived as nomads without a permanent residence and without writing utensils. Some say they come from former Malay colonies fleeing Burma from the Muslim invasion. Others say they were descended from the Indian Vedas. The Sea Gypsies are split into three ethnic groups – the Moken, Moklen and Urak Lawoi – which speak different languages. While the Moken still live as nomads, mostly in the northern islands of Phuket, the Moklen and Urak Lawoi settled down at the coastlines of Phuket. Until now they are still working as fisherman or pearl divers and some collect bird nests which are a delicacy for soup. Other income comes from the tourists which visit their villages daily.

Today they have their own language and own religion – the animism. The legends say they brought their dead people to so-called “death islands” where their souls live forever. Two times a year they celebrate the most important ritual in animism the “Loy Ruea” festival. Small wooden boats are released into the sea carrying presents, fingernails, hair and miniature weapons to please the ghosts of the sea and the souls of the dead so the Sea Gypsies can live in peace and happiness. Another highlight in their lives is the yearly hunting of sea turtles to eat their flesh. The legend says that a woman of the Sea Gypsies changed to a sea turtle but with a human face. Since then the Sea Gypsies worship the sea turtles as sisters of the humankind. Only for this festival is permission given to hunt and eat sea turtles. For their daily living, the Sea Gypsies barely use money – they just exchange minerals, shells, oysters, snake house and other things for what they need. If they get access to money they usually buy rice, eggs sweets or tobacco. The settlements of the Sea Gypsies give you an insight in an ancient culture – free, colourful, without crime and police – and everybody is very welcome to visit them for a chat, a game of pool or to buy a fish or some of their handicrafts.

Bang Phut Sea Gypsy Village Phuket

Surrounded by Mangrove swamps it is peaceful and although you do get tourists taking the boats to the outlying islands it isn’t that busy it is tranquil and rural a little off the beaten track …

The food here is Thai and not what you would find on the popular beaches which I hardly ever eat on as it isn’t authentic Thai it is dumbed down to cater for tourists taste…Something I have a hard job understanding as surely it is nice to have a taste of authentic food wherever you travel?

Close to here in the National park you will also find walkways into the jungle which means you can get a closer look quite safely without worry that you may inadvertently step on something or get too close to a crocodile.

Another lovely place to visit which is in the same proximity as Bang Rong pier is the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre...I love watching those little gibbons who are now happily swinging from tree to tree through the jungle….If you ever visit Phuket, The Gibbon Rehab centre is a must to visit and there is a beautiful restaurant next door…Yep…Food again!

If you make a visit you can see the gibbons who are receiving treatment …Many are rehabilitated and released back into the jungle the ones who cannot be released back into the jungle live a very happy, safe life…There is also the opportunity to sponsor your favourite gibbon…

Some are so tiny that they have to be hand reared and bottle fed and are so very cute…

Just about 0.2km from the Gibbon Sanctuary is Piang Pria a beautiful restaurant with food to match it overlooks the lake and is a nice place to stop if you have visited the waterfall and just want somewhere to relax and enjoy beautifully presented food…

It is rated very highly on trip advisor and has many certificates…The food is just a little step up from street food in so much as it is always beautifully presented.

If you visit this beautiful part of Phuket it makes a lovely day out you can opt to take a trip to one of the islands enjoy some seafood on your return have a wander around the walkways then meander over to see the Gibbons which although you cannot get too close you can speak with the staff and volunteers who love to chat…Visit the waterful and if you don’t take the scenic route to its sister waterfall Ton Sai then you can sit by the lake and enjoy some beautiful food…

I hope you enjoy exploring with me on my travels 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

This adjective was applied to me by a writer friend I was at first a little taken aback and then when I looked up the meaning I thought…Maybe she is correct…haha

whimsical person or idea is unusual, playful, and unpredictable, rather than serious and practical.
In a sense, this is what you can expect on Wednesdays whatever takes my fancy…haha…although I do think that sometimes I have a serious side…

Wednesday 19th June is National Martini Day...I don’t mind if I do…Garnished with a few coffee beans it is dressed to impress…and if you drink too many it can have a kick like a mule…

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Created in ‘80s Soho, London, by cocktail legend Dick Bradsell, the story goes that a delightful young lady entered his bar and asked Dick to make her a drink that “wakes me up and then ***** me up”. Thus, a legend was born, fueling office parties and Hen Parties the nation over.

It is a rich indulgent mix of vodka, Kahlua and espresso that will keep you awake and have you giggling depending of course how many you have…But very moreish it is…

Time for a story…

Willow The Wisp by Carol Ann Taylor…

Sitting,  flicking through FB my way of keeping in touch with family and friends from afar. I clicked like, I commented.  Suddenly like a blast from the past, a face appeared: my heart skipped a beat and a tear, unbidden trickled down my face. The outlines were blurred but still …. I felt that familiar stirring from within and I started to shake from the tips of my fingers to my toes.

My thoughts turned to him. The only person who had the power to make my bones turn to jelly.

I suppose the unexpected encounter…just a picture … my guard had dropped or just perhaps my need for someone. If I allowed my thoughts and myself to turn to him then I had to attempt to find some modicum of com­mon ground in the relationship aside from raw, physical sex.

Was that possible?

He was like Willow the Wisp invading my very being, catching me unawares.

My first love and my last. “A bit dramatic” I hear myself saying.

The End.

Udon Thani( Thailand) is the host city for the FIVB Beach Volleyball Under 21’s…This week…

 

Which is where we have spent whiling away a few hours it has been hot but enjoyable but now everyone has gone swimming and I opted to come home and relax…

On the 19th June 1960, Loretta Lynn recorded ” I’m a honky Tonk Girl”

 

After having a little bop it’s time for another story…

The Junk Shop by Carol Ann Taylor…

Off we set our little group of scribes, another day, another adventure devised to get our creative juices going, some of us decided we would go in the tuk-tuk, one brave soul had a dream to fulfil and stood holding tightly to the back of the tuk-tuk like we watched the local’s doing and the remainder of our intrepid little band of writers elected to walk.

“Rather you than me in this heat, I thought.

We set off down the hill, around the corner and within minutes pulled up outside a virtual Aladdin’s Cave. Yippee!  Who knows what goodies and treasures lurk within?

The little wizened Thai man sitting somewhere in the middle like a jewel in a crown looked somewhat amused at all these farangs who were coming from all directions.

Wandering along those dusty aisles looking for that special find, so much to see, suddenly, clumsy klutz that I am, I tripped and went flying through the gap that had suddenly appeared before me. Landing on my butt the freezing wet, cold hit me!

Looking around all I could see was snow. Snow!  Must have hit my head I thought. I know I was sweating buckets and wished I was cooler. But this?

Standing, gingerly I looked around in amazement, all I could see was white, white and more white.

I must be dreaming.

But no, here I was, standing in the snow in my flip flops.

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Noticing a beautiful bush laden with red flowers, I bent to smell them, the perfume wafting upwards invaded my senses, and it conjured up pictures of pine trees and Christmas.  Plucking one of the flowers I straightened up.

This was eerie, so silent, no sounds, just quiet. Shivering, my arms and legs blue, with goose-bumps. I wrapped my arms around me tightly for some warmth. My short skirt and flimsy top was no barrier against the cold.

“Hello?” I said my voice trembling from the cold but tinged with fear. I was getting scared.  “Hello, anyone,  is anyone there?” The only thing I could hear was my voice echoing in the stillness. I began to panic, my throat contracting, my lips were dry.  The blackness engulfed me.

“Carol, Carol are you ok?” Someone was slapping the side of my face. I opened my eyes to see Anne looking down at me, with a worried expression on her face. I gingerly moved my legs, my arms; everything seemed to be in working order. I was back! Anne and Jason helped me to my feet and walked me slowly to the waiting tuk-tuk. I must have been dreaming. Feeling something in my hand I slowly opened it and my eyes widened.

Nestled in the palm of my hand was a beautiful red flower.

 

Do you Know???

Which of the following is a traditional gift to give on a 19th wedding anniversary?  ANSWER …Aquamarine…Names after seawater it has a lovely sparkly blue hue.

Fire Cider…

Indigenous healers have been brewing herbal vinegar for millennia. In fact, humans began making vinegar as long as 10,000 years ago, using it in food and drinks, for food preservation, and for many medicinal and antiseptic purposes.

Back to the modern incarnation called fire cider. The traditional tonic made with healthful herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar is remarkably easy to make.

To a quart of Organic cider vinegar …

  • Add one-third cup each of grated horseradish and ginger roots
  • Two tablespoons dried, powdered turmeric
  • Half a dozen cloves of minced garlic
  • A small chopped onion
  • Two dried, seeded hot peppers (or, use cayenne pepper)
  • One large lemon, sliced rind and all (optional)
  • A small handful of dried oregano, rosemary, sage, and parsley (optional)
  • A cinnamon stick, a few allspice berries, and a few whole cloves (optional)

Make sure the vinegar covers the herbs, seal tightly and if you are using a metal lid then screw the lid over a piece of cooking parchment to stop the vinegar from corroding the lid…

Leave the mixture for a few weeks and then strain…This recipe is my old nans passed down from my mum…she used to give to me at the first sign of a cough or sore throat but added some vinegar to sweeten it…I am sure the thought of it scared my colds away,,, haha…

That’s it for this week so if you have a sore throat from singing along to Honky Tonk girl while sipping Martine espressos then Fire Cider should do it …failing that a Hangtown Fry…  will most certainly do the trick…Thank you for reading 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx