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Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

Welcome to the second week of Whimsical Wednesday’s…Today is one of my favourite days well not just a day as it is National Coconut Day no less…I mean living here the coconut is king for me …The lovely fresh coconut juice that I enjoy fresh from the drupe…To the lovely soft flesh of the young coconut which we feed to babies here..their first taste of a semi-solid food…

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Our coconut palm

The Beautiful Thai curries which contain coconut milk…Coconut features in so many Thai recipes… The Coconut!

The coconut also features in one of my cocktails which I will be sipping on the beach in Phuket in a few weeks time…

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June the 26th is the 177th day of the year(178 leap year) in the Gregorian Calendar…188 days remain…Just saying…Haha

Time for a story… Biscuit Crumbs…By Carol Ann Taylor…

Crash! Ouch!

 Trying to manoeuvre gracefully around the oil drum directly in my path I succeeded in clattering right into it. The biscuits I carried flew into the air and landed as crumbs among the shattered remnants of my plate.

“So pleased it wasn’t the best bone china”

The errant skateboard carried on for a few seconds and I was most unceremoniously dumped on my butt.

Ouch!

“That hurt.”

Watching my young grandson weave in and out with effortless grace on his skateboard evoked memories of my younger days when I was in marketing. My colleagues and I roller skating into an employer’s office to make our sales presentation.

It had gone so well on that occasion.

 This had seemed like a brilliant idea, a novel way of presenting my Cup Cakes to Waitrose.

“What on earth was I thinking?”

Damm!  And ouch!  Back to the drawing board.

The End.

The first Grand Prix was held in Le mans, France on this day in June. The first driver past the finishing post was Ferenc Szisz driving for Renault…I am sure you are wondering why I am mentioning this…As a newlywed, before we set off on our honeymoon… yes folks… honeymoon, my new hubby who worked for Williams made a detour to Silverstone for the Grand Prix…To say I was not exactly overjoyed is a fact and maybe a sign of things to come…

Time for a recipe…

Spicy Pork Balls… These lovely pork balls are a favourite with everyone who tries them and as it is National Coconut Day there is no better recipe as they contain freshly shredded coconut and lots of it…They are so yummy…

Thai spicy pork balls with dip and white cabbage leaves

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms cold cooked rice.
  • 250 gms minced pork.
  • 150 gm coconut flesh. I have a funny little gadget that I bought long ago and I scrape the flesh out of a fresh coconut…
  • 1-3 tbsp red curry paste.
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar.
  • 2 eggs beaten.

Let’s Cook!

Mix all ingredients together it will be slightly sticky. With wet hands shape into medium sized balls about 3-4 cm.

Heat oil until hot but not smoking as the outside will cook before the inside and cook rice balls 15-20 minutes until brown and cooked through.

These balls are best eaten with a piece of white cabbage, some diced ginger and chilli put ball or part of it on cabbage and wrap around, squeeze some lime juice over it and eat, it is a crunchy fusion of Thai flavours, so yummy.

Enjoy!

Now for some music...

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Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

2018 Barry Gibbs of the Bee Gees was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace…I love the Bee Gees…I think my favourite track is To Love Somebody…or Massachusetts…  or ??? It is sometimes so very hard to pick a favourite, isn’t it??

Elvis and how I like to remember him and not that bloated figure in his last concert…

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Image by Karen Arnold from Pixabay

The last concert photos of Elvis were taken on June 26th 1977 in Indianapolis…I personally think it was such a waste to the music Industry that his excesses caused his death…He will live on forever through his music …My favourite track… there are so many and I can’t choose…What is your favourite Elvis track???

Back to the UK and The Byrds…

1965 on this day saw The Byrds and Mr Tamberine man..Hit the number 1 spot in the top 100 charts it was also the only song written by Bob Dylan to top that chart…

WordPress and my blog...Just a heads Up…I had a little problem that someone who made a comment on my blog which I approved then started to make a comment on all your comments as if he knew you…He soon got relegated to spam and it seems to have done the trick…

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I didn’t like it all those years ago when my mother used it for sandwiches and I don’t like this version…Spam not allowed on this blog…Begone!

That’s it for this week so do you have a sore throat from singing along to Jail House Rock or were you tapping your toes?  …Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories 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 creative week ahead xx

Retired No One Told Me! …Weekly roundup… The Pink Ape, Limestone Karst and Obesity…

Retired No On Told Me! Weekly Roundup

Welcome to my weekly roundup which I hope you are enjoying so get your favourite cuppa, sit down put your feet up and enjoy.

This week we are starting with a fruit which many of you are not familiar with the Pomelo fruit…much larger than the grapefruit but very similar just without the bitterness and one which makes a lovely salad.

Pomelo Salad

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/fruity-fridays-pomelo/

Next, we have The Charade which is a tale of mystery and intrigue the plot of which is being published chapter by chapter. Co-written with the lovely Steph ( SC Richmond) who you may be familiar with …Can I ask that you all say a little prayer for her as things are tough for her at the moment and she could do with some TLC.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/the-charade-chapter-21/

Moving on I have taken you for a trip around some of my favourite London Markets.

London Markets

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/london-the-markets-covent-garden-and-more/

After my favourite markets what could be more fitting than some street food…The Best of British…Pie, Mash and Liquor….Stewed eels anyone ???

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/the-best-of-british-pie-mash-and-liquor/

Then it is a little tale about my experience of eating my first Salt Water Taffy and experience which I do not particularly want to repeat it was nothing to write home about but write about it I did..very unremarkable.

Salt Water Taffy( 3)

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/salt-water-taffy-by-carol-ann-taylor/

It was then the turn of the USA and my trawl through some countries which we are all familiar with and their place on an obesity chart… I couldn’t help myself … I had a little rant…I really am not a fan of greedy manufacturers and governments and I think I may well have expressed my displeasure just a tad…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/healthy-eatingno-more-dietsobesity-around-the-world-the-us/

After all that exertion I took you on a long tail boat ride to a lovely Sea Gypsy Village in Thailand. the beautiful village of Koh Panyee.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/travel-thailand-the-beautiful-sea-gypsy-village-of-koh-panyee/

It was then over to my weekly cookery column over at Sally’s and this week it was my favourite Lamb dishes…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-lucious-lamb/

Finally, it was another story from my archives The Pink Ape one of my favourites little stories and one I really enjoyed writing…I do hope you enjoy it also please let me know what you think…

The Pink Ape

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/the-pink-ape-by-carol-ann-taylor/

That’s all for now until tomorrow when it is Fruity Fridays…Will it be another exotic fruit or will it be a familiar favourite????

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If you still want to see even more from me???? Although I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…Then I have added some links below xx

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Until  next time x

The Charade – Chapter 21

The plot thickens…Carl is not so brave as we first thought or so clever…

S C Richmond

Chapter 21

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Carl stood in the darkened room, she was getting feisty, a month ago she wouldn’t have said boo to him and now she was standing her ground. He liked that, it was more of a challenge. He was looking forward to what she had to say to him when she came round. He hadn’t found the necklace in her room, he had looked but to no avail, this job wasn’t going to be as easy as he had initially thought. He watched her as she slept, the rhythm of her shallow breathing calmed him and he found her strangely attractive.

Meanwhile less than a mile away from Carl’s rented room, Mr Joseph Peasbody was pacing around his hallway, worried half to death about where the girl had disappeared to, he had promised Robert he would keep her safe and now he had lost her. He was confused she…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor – A veritable feast of Chicken

Chicken…Who has said… Oh no! Not chicken again ???? Try these and you will want to eat chicken for every meal…simple to do but delicious to eat 🙂 Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Carol Cooks! Chicken…

Welcome back to my cookery column I do hope that you enjoyed getting to know me better last week and although I have sung in public I will not be singing any chicken songs today…lol

No… I will be sharing with you some of my favourite chicken recipes most of which can also be made with Pork or Beef…

Chicken is the preferred meat of many people as it is a white meat and depending on how it is cooked low in calories… It is the sauces, the skin and the method of cooking which bumps up its calories and can take it into the unhealthy zone…

They all fight and hover here to see who I am going to bequeath my crispy chicken skin to…lol

I will start by giving you my recipe for chicken stock as I always make my own and freeze in ice…

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Travel Thailand… Street Food and Markets…

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The one thing which I hope will not change for a very long time is the street food stalls and the markets.

As a child, I remember the thriving markets my mum used to take me to and now they are all gone disappeared…Yes, cities like London, York and others still have thriving Markets with organic produce and speciality goods but proper local markets seem to have all but disappeared.

It is different here wherever I have lived or visited in Asia there is a market or two…every single day no matter where you live. We can drive from one town to another through local villages and there are markets, not just the odd one but many they are the heart and soul of Asia to me..wonderful street food and beautiful fresh produce…They range from a small group of 10 stalls just selling meat or vegetables to huge markets selling everything.

Small local market

They keep the soul of the place going there are real communities which care not just an estate of houses where no one even sees their neighbours and shop online… A place where there are real friendships and community…Where people share and I have been overwhelmed with that…people I don’t know …people who do not speak a word of English who come to my gate with Mangoes, bananas, little delicacies for us to try and we, in turn, share our produce and when I cook I give them a little plate to try, a jar of pickles… A real community…

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There are floating markets where you are hauled over to the floating boat to check the wares with a boat hook ..beautiful handmade goods, wonderful fresh fruit and freshly cooked food… If you haven’t experienced the wonders of a floating market then you haven’t lived.

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The vibrant fruit and vegetable market where I  shop open as early as 3 am in the morning...

I normally arrive around 6 am -7 am …they are still bustling with people and shops buying their fresh wares…People on their way to work or coming home from work getting their breakfast…All freshly cooked to order…

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The markets are generally held right in the middle of a community or on the outskirts… You can buy anything …One stop shopping..food, clothes, household items, bedding, electrical goods, a puppy or a kitten… Fresh fish, dried fish, still alive and wriggling fish, frogs which here in the North are a staple, rats…yes rats…tasty I am told by the stall holders and they feed on rice they say, so clean not like the sewer rats …But they have them here in the city where I live..where do they come from I wonder…I will not be enquiring or be eating…This I draw the line at…A big black line..nada, No, I am not even going there…

Bugs and insects, so many varieties all piled high,

Crispy Fried Insects

Deep fried and crispy, ant eggs, soy eggs, 100-year-old eggs the list is endless… If you would like to create an authentic Thai recipe in your own kitchen then here is the authentic recipe for ANT EGG salad…I hope you enjoy!

Pigs heads…and trotters…My father used to love a bowl of Pigs Trotters… So we were not so very different back then…

Pigs & Chickens

Stalls piled high with Pork, Beef, Fish…

It is a virtual treasure trove of new discoveries for me …I think every single market I have visited holds more new delights and things I haven’t seen or tasted before…Some I recognise…Much I don’t… Much of what is sold is localised from one area to another so always a surprise or a find…I love it!

Do I have a favourite…No!

There are so many and they are so varied that I would be hard-pressed to do so…

I am quite used to seeing stall holders fast asleep on their stall, under their stall, I suppose with having such long trading hours you have to catch a nap when you can…Some even live and sleep behind their stalls ..you will see evidence of this..clothes drying, a telly, sleeping children and babies for some it is a fact and a way of life…

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A way to earn a living, some more successful than others…some only sitting on the pavement surrounded by a few wares to sell…All the produce..generally very fresh, picked that morning…

I suspect many people here live from day to day…hand to mouth… depending on what they sell…

Some quite young but many very old… their only income..here there is no cushion, no social handouts, if you have nothing to eat …That, is exactly what it means … Nothing to eat!

When we say we have nothing to eat… What we mean is ..nothing we fancy ..we want to buy more food to put in our fridges, our store cupboard…

It is a whole different world and one which many have not seen or experienced…But hey…it is out there and we don’t know how lucky we are…

Thank you for reading and I do hope you enjoy these glimpses that I give you of my travels if you do please share on your favourite social media channels…Thank you…

If you really want to see even more from me???? There are many strings to my bow…If you still want to find out more…

I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…  I look forward to meeting you x

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Until  next time xxx

Travel Malaysia…Penang.

Retired No One Told Me! Travel Malaysia

This weekend I am taking you to Penang, Malaysia …

My first trip was a whistle-stop visit as I had to fulfil the terms of my first visa application but I loved my short stopover in Penang and will certainly be returning to explore Penang at leisure.

The capital Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage City.

“The islands’ capital” and Malaysia’s second largest city behind Kuala Lumpa.

With such a multicultural population as expected, it is a foodies heaven, there is a wonderfully eclectic variety of culinary delights ready for you to sample and I did I sampled as much as I could in the short time I was there…

I chose to visit The Penang road which is famous for its Teochew Chendul stall, there is always a perpetual queue of locals as well as excited tourists it dates back to 1936 when it founder Tan Teik Fuang began selling these frozen desserts on Penang Road.

My favoured mode of transport is one of these… A rickshaw…

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My driver was a chatty little man who spoke quite good English and pointed out all the things he thought I would like to see a most enjoyable ride.

I was in foodies heaven that is after delighting at the beautiful architecture which consists of both new and old and they marry together delightfully.

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I much prefer using local transport rather than a taxi so off we set to get my cendol…At first, the bright neon green of the jelly noodles put me off slightly… If you read my 5 questions over at Sally’s and the greengage jam and gravy saga you will know why…lol

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Chendul also is known as Cendol and is a mixture of shaved ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, red beans and green jelly noodles made from Pandam once I knew this I put any reservations I had to one side.

Each bowl is made to order and what makes this dish..this delicious dessert so very special is that it is not overwhelmingly sweet but has just a touch a very light touch of sweetness and many go back for a second bowl… I was very tempted as having tried it I was a convert but I was saving myself for my visit to the night market and looking forward to sampling an Oyster omelette and I couldn’t leave without also having my favourite Nasi Lemak.

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Served on a banana leaf as is most of the food here..it comprises of rice, meat, nuts and a spicy sambal always slightly different and you can choose your preferred meat but always delicious.

The Oyster omelette is made with an egg and rice flour batter which creates a balance between crispness and fluffiness. The briny Oysters are mixed with green onions, chilli and garlic and then fried in the batter and served with a hot chilli dip…Foodie Heaven once again and another dish for which Penang is famous for.

This bustling and vibrant night market which is situated in the New Lane Hawker Centre, Lorong Baru George Town and opens @ 4 pm every day.

During my stay, I stayed at The Banana Boutique which is a lovely little boutique hotel with friendly staff. It is also fairly close to all the amenities that I wanted to visit.

All in all a lovely short stay but next time I will go in search of the beautiful beaches which I am told are well worth a visit surrounded by palm trees and some of the most stunning beaches and only about a 30 minute trip to the North from George Town.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you have please share with your favourite social media…Thank you.

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If you really want to see even more from me???? There are many strings to my bow…If you still want to find out more…

I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…  I look forward to meeting you x

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Until  next time xxx