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Healthy Eating! Eat Smart! A Bangkok weekend…Tea Tasting, Butterfly Pea Flowers…

What a weekend…Bangkok and seeing my Number 1 son…Perfect…It was a weekend of tea tasting, shopping, delicious food and lots of walking…

Bangkok a city which never sleeps…A city I love but only for a few days…It is vibrant, busy and the markets…so many…Chinatown is one of my favourite areas and where my favourite hotel is The Shanghai Mansion…A quirky hotel and we managed on our tour of Chinatown to have two pitstops and at the Shanghai Mansion both times… the first stop was for the most delicious smoothies and the second later in the afternoon when we were shopped and walked out was for a Passionfruit mocktail as it was Visakha Bucha Day one of the most important holidays in the Thai calendar… Alcohol is strictly forbidden on this day…So mocktails it was…

Visakha Bucha Day signifies the three most important days in the life of the Lord Buddha and it happened on the full moon of the sixth lunar month.

The Buddha was born on this day into the Royal family in what is now Nepal it was also the day that he departed this earthly life at the age of 80 years.

The Budhha also achieved The Enlightenment what is known as Nirvana on this very day so three important events in the life of Budhha.

In 1999 the United Nations unanimously resolved to declare Visakha Bucha day an international day.

My passionfruit mocktail was a delight topped by half a passionfruit…brulee…that half of passionfruit was awesome with a crackable top on top of the passionfruit a simple idea but amazing which has made me think…recipe…A passionfruit cheesecake with a brulee topping…I can just taste it…Drooling here…So watch this space…

Our first Food stop… I won’t number them as there were a few… haha…But we did walk them off…  I redeemed myself and my step count for that day alone was 19, 265 steps so I completely smashed my 10,000 steps that day…

The best bowl of noodles I have tasted for a long time and the most awesome steamed prawns with a delicious dip…Time for more shopping and our first stop was…

Tea Tasting...We stopped at a stall selling tea as my son wanted to take some home and the girl invited us to take a seat and she offered to do a tea tasting it was awesome…Even hubby he who does nothing healthy…was encouraged to try the teas…He did but showed none of the appreciation that it deserved…haha…But number 1 son and mummy thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came away with a few bags of tea and a beautiful glass tea strainer and pot which totally enhanced the brewing of the teas…

My purchase was some Butterfly Pea flowers for my granddaughter who loves her green and herbal teas which make an awesome drink either hot or cold …it is also a caffeine-free alternative to green or black tea.

To make Butterfly Pea tea…

Butterfly Pea Flowers Dried

First, rinse the tea with hot water and warm the pot and cups.

You will require about 2 tsp of Butterfly Pea flowers to every 500 ml of hot water (90c-95c) the water should be just under the boiling point.

Infuse the Butterfly pea flowers for 2-4 minutes for the 1st and 2nd brew gradually increase the brewing time for subsequent brews…I use my tea generally 3 times sometimes 4 depending on the tea and your taste.

Butterfly pea tea in a pot

I just love the beautiful blue colour of this tea as it is so pretty especially cold in a glass on a sunny day.

If you add a drop of lemon juice then it changes the colour to a lovely purple…

Will the blue butterfly pea flower tea stain my teeth? Bluechai teas will not stain your teeth in any way. The anthocyanins contained in the butterfly pea flowers are water-soluble vacuolar pigments that may appear blue or pink depending on the pH.

One of the most prominent benefits of drinking blue tea is that it has a lot of antioxidants. These powerful bio-compounds help the body fight free radicals which are toxic and cause premature ageing. It is a good idea to detox the body once in a while with an antioxidant-rich drink like blue pea tea.

It also makes a refreshing cold drink,  I sometimes keep a jug in the fridge.

My second purchase was some Rosella Flowers…

 

Another caffeine-free alternative to green or black tea Rosella is packed with Vitamin C. It is said to be a safe, natural way to lower Blood Pressure but please check with your doctor first if you are on BP meds.

It is also known to help circulation and can be drunk hot or cold.

To make Rosella tea it is the same as above but as it is a slightly sour tasting tea you may wish to sweeten with raw sugar or honey it can also be blended with black tea or chrysanthemum tea.

For me, as I don’t like sweet drinks it is perfect I love the sour taste…I also do not use tea bags but use fresh dried flowers/leaves I was also a very bad mother as the only time my children were allowed soda/fizzy drinks was Christmas and their birthday they all have perfect teeth and no fillings…According to researchers who compared green and black tea to soda and orange juice in terms of their short- and long-term erosive effect on human teeth. The study found that the erosive effect of tea was similar to that of water, which has no erosive effect.

If you want further proof of how damaging sodas are for teeth then Sally’s post reveals all on the worldwide market for fizzy drinks and it is scary reading and I am so pleased that I was a bad mother who didn’t allow sodas …

Our next stop well all that walking made us hungry was a seafood restaurant and the crab curry was wonderful…

Carol 7 flavours seafood Bangkok 2

We also visited some temples, a few markets  but the reason I am showing you all this is to say yes I am mindful what I eat most of the time but when I am away for the weekend I enjoy myself and eat what I fancy although I did tread very gingerly on the scales yesterday and gave a huge sigh of relief when they showed the same as last week so  if I   am good this week I hopefully will not put any extra pounds on.

Until next week have a good one and enjoy! 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/
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up -Herbie Hancock, Gems from Your Archives and Talkative Parrots.

A fantastic week from Sally including potato soup one of my favourites from Jacquie, Jazz from Will, lots of stories, A trip to Rome and much more… on that note I am going to get some shuteye to catch up on my beauty sleep after my weekend of food and frolics in Bangkok…Enjoy!

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Welcome to the round up of posts on the blog you might have missed this week.

We currently have a digger in the back garden, a cement filled trench awaiting blocks for a retaining wall and mounds of earth, that I am sure will be turned into a wonderfully landscaped vista by the end of the week.. that’s the plan anyway.

I had to do a complete replant of my pots this week as the ones I bought from a supermarket as good value, turned out to be duds.. I did think when I put them in that they were too dry and watered them and gave them some feed but after two weeks of TLC… most had died. Anyway… I went to my usual garden centre and paid a bit more and they are all thriving. Just goes to show sometimes bargains do not work out. It is the…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – St. Valentine’s Day – #Thai three course dinner

Valentines Day..Stuck for a menu? Well look no further Saly has put one together from my recipes and it is easy to do and yummy…Thank you,Sally xxxx

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If you are looking for a special way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day then perhaps a romantic dinner for two, created by Carol Taylor from some of her most popular recipes from the last couple of years, incorporating wonderfully warming and spicy Thai ingredients.

Tom Yum Soup with Prawns (Tom Yum Goong)

This is one of my favourite Thai soups and the first time I made it from scratch I questioned the colour as in many restaurants it is a bright orange colour. It is because a Tom Yum paste or stock cube is used…This one is made from scratch it also doesn’t have that sharp taste but is more mellow and I think more pleasant.

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass
  • 1 inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 500gm Prawns
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column – Carol cooks Stir Fries

Thank you, Sally, for hosting me once again… Nearly time for all the Christmas recipes…I love this time of year just wish it was a little colder(sort of)…lol…It adds to the atmosphere of Christmas…Hugs x

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Hello and welcome wasn’t it fun last Wednesday at Sally’s Halloween party? I hope you all enjoyed our post on Onions and Garlic it certainly kept the vampires away and didn’t our Sally look absolutely amazing?

The week before Halloween I posted on how to make perfect Fried rice and it seemed from the comments to be a popular post…I also discovered that many of you love stir fries and dishes which can be made quickly and are just as easy to make for one as for 6 people. A boon when you are working or have writing deadlines to meet and know that you do need to eat but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen but want a tasty meal…

Most Thai meals are stir fried…Thais don’t have ovens like we do and many just cook on one ring or an open fire so one wok and…

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Thai Meatballs and Dipping Sauce…With Thai Mixed Vegetables ผัดผักรวม Pad Pak Ruam.

Made from scratch Thai meatballs

Meatballs …Wherever you go here in Thailand you can be sure you will find meat or fish balls…The processed ones I steer clear of as I do any processed balls or sausages like Hot Dogs and the like.

These meatballs are made with meat and herbs no nasties just made from scratch…I am giving you the recipe for two different ones the Red Curry Rice Balls being my favourite…

Thai Meat Balls:

Ingredients:

  • 450 gm of ground pork or chicken.
  • 4 Spring (green) onions
  • 2/3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp of lemongrass  very finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of mint, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of coriander, chopped
  • 3 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 50 gms of caster sugar to balance the flavours
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of oil for cooking.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the sugar and fish sauce in a pan until the sugar has dissolved and the mix starts to thicken remove from the heat and allow to cool down a little.

Stir in the pork/chicken and the other ingredients mix thoroughly I use my hands it is far better than a spoon…

With damp hands roll into small balls the mixture makes 15-20 …

N.B At this stage whenever I make meatballs, burgers or sausages I make a small extra patty to cook and to test for seasoning. Adjust as required.

Chill the balls until you are ready to cook them they can also be frozen at this stage.

Heat the oil and cook the meatballs in batches turning until evenly browned and cooked through.

Serve hot with a dipping sauce as a starter or snack or serve with noodle or rice and a mixed vegetable stir-fry ผัดผักรวม Pad Pak Ruam.

Before I came to Thailand I was absolutely the worst at making any stir-fry and they were the worst…Learning how to cook the Thai way has been a revolution for me and taught me so much about cooking and tasting…Stir fries are not as easy as they look…This lady does the best videos and shows you plain and simply how to do it to perfection. Like she does I often just stir fry some veggies and eat with rice…It is also a lovely dish to eat with these Thai meatballs.

Thai Dipping Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of chopped coriander
  • 3 spring (green ) onions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of honey.

Combine all the ingredients and whisk together…Taste and adjust seasoning if required.

My next recipe for spicy Rice balls can be made just with rice or with the addition of some ground Pork or chicken…I like both equally and eaten with a cabbage leaf and some ginger and lime they are sublime a beautiful taste of Thailand.

Red Curry Rice Balls.

Spicy Pork Balls (5)

Ingredients:

500 gms of cooked rice

1-2 tbsp of red curry paste

3 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

100 gm of fresh coconut

2 eggs

Let’s Cook!

Mix all the ingredients together and with damp hands form into 5cm balls.

Heat some oil in a pan until hot but not smoking and cook the rice balls( in batches)until golden brown 10-20 minutes.

Serve with lime wedges, sliced or diced fresh ginger, fresh herbs( coriander, mint, basil), Fresh chillies and cabbage leaves.

To eat put the ball in the cabbage leaf and add your accompaniments as desired and lots of lime, fold the cabbage leaf around the ball and eat… One of my all time favourites…

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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.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 great week 🙂 xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crispy Pork and Kale

Kanaa Moo Krob ผักคะน้าหมูกรอบพิเศษ

Ingredients:

  • 2 Belly Pork Strips.
  • 8 Large leaves of Kale.
  • 3/4 cloves Garlic. squashed with the flat blade of a knife.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies.
  • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2/3 shakes of Maggi Sauce.
  • Half tbsp. Oil.

Let’s Cook!

Cook Belly Pork in the oven until tender and crispy. For about 30 mins.

pork belly strips crisoing in the oven

I normally cook on about 180/200 degrees to start and then reduce heat slightly to160 degrees. When the pork is tender turn up the heat to crisp the pork. When nice and crispy remove the pork from the oven and chop into bite pieces.

Heat the wok or large frypan and add half tablespoon oil.

Add crushed garlic and chillies, add little hot water and cook for 1 min…at this point the chillies may overpower you..ha ha….turn on expel fan and add chopped Kale.

Stems first if using as they take longer to cook. I use stems of Kale also if they are quite thick slice into 2-inch pieces.

Cook for 2 mins and add remainder of Kale leaves and turn over a few times ….I use fish slice as I find it easier to just turn kale over.

Thai crispy pork and Kale

Add 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce and 1 tbsp Soy along with few shakes of Maggi ( seasoning Sauce). Taste and adjust if necessary. Cook for further 2/3 mins.

Add crispy Pork turn or stir a few times to mix.

Kanom Moo Krob Thai crispy pork and kale

Check the seasoning again and serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy!

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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.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 great week 🙂 xx

Thai Pork Noodle Soup…Gaeng Jeud Woon Sen…

Pork-noodle-soup-authentic-recipe

Today I will show you how to make a Pork Stock for this lovely soup…Thai’s make beautiful stocks either chicken( last weeks) or Pork and they are the basis for many of their dishes.

Using the neck pork bones this is a very tasty stock…a basis for soups and stir-fries.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb of Pork Bones
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp white peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • The top part of the lemongrass…When I use lemongrass I keep the top and again freeze for stocks. It does not have such a strong lemongrass taste as the white part but you don’t want the stock to have a strong lemongrass taste
  • 2 coriander roots ( I remove the roots from coriander when I use it and keep a small bag of them in the freezer handy for stocks or anything which calls for coriander root.
  • 3 1/2 litres of cold water

Let’s cook!

Wash the pork bones and put in a pan and cover with the water bring slowly to a slow rolling boil any scum will rise to the top. Cook very slowly for an hour and them skim off any scum on top of the water.

Add the aromatics and simmer for about 1 hour.

Strain the stock and throw away the aromatics if the bones have any meat on them pick the bones when they have cooled down and add the meat to stir-fries or as I do give the bones to Saangchai, he loves them.

If not using the stock immediately then store in a portion in zip lock bags…Don’t fill too much and then you can store it flat…easier to thaw out.

Ingredients for Pork Soup.

The ingredients for the soup have no amounts apart from the stock and garlic the reason being that it is down to taste and the amount of soup you are making…Thai food is very much about taste and taste again.

  • 1 litre of Fresh Pork Stock
  • About 150 gm of minced pork.
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fish Sauce
  • 1 head of garlic, Chopped
  • Napa Cabbage break the leaves into pieces.
  • Glass Noodles soaked in water 10-15 mins and then cut into pieces.
  • White Pepper/Salt

Garnish:

  • Green Onions
  • Coriander
  • Fried garlic plus garlic Oil

Let’s Cook!

Firstly cook the chopped garlic in some oil until it is golden and crispy ..make sure you watch it as it very quickly goes from not quite brown enough to burnt…Once the garlic is cooked remove from the oil and set both the garlic and oil to one side as it is for the garnish.

Slowly bring the pork stock to a simmer and then add the ground pork seasoned with a little soy and white pepper…form into small balls and drop into the stock.

Cook for a couple of minutes and add the cabbage.

Thai-noodle-soup-pork

Cook for a few minutes until the cabbage has wilted and season with white pepper and salt if required. Taste and also add a little more soy sauce and a splash of fish sauce..just be careful as I overdid the soy last time…

Add the soaked noodles and check the seasoning… Put into individual bowls to serve and garnish with spring onions and garlic and if liked add a swirl of the garlic oil.

pork-noodle-soup Enjoy!

This is a lovely noodle soup the kids love it as it is mild in flavour..no chilli and can also be served with a spicy dish as a foil to the heat…For the adults or chilli lovers, you can add a touch of dried chilli…

If you missed the Chicken Noodle recipe then I have added the link here.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/thai-chicken-noodle-soup/

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 that I cook with have 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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoy the soup …Or maybe you have already tried it…Do you love it?? Please let me know in comments xxx