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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Recipes, Your Brain, Climate Change and Healthy Eating…

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

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If your week has been busy and you haven’t had the time to read grab a drink and settle down in your favourite chair and a snack if you so like…But just relax and peruse this week’s posts if you have a comment then please share. I love your comments as do my followers and if it is different from my opinion that is fine it is good to have a healthy discussion…Enjoy!

First up is Sall’s post from Smorgasbord magazine…This post is a rerun of her previous top to toe health posts…Sally is a well-trained nutritionist and she knows her stuff…If you know me then you know that I advocate the fact that we only have one body and we need to take care of it but we also need the one brain we have to be fully functioning and this is where Sally comes in her posts are factual, easy to understand (which) I love I am not technical just tell me how it is…simples…Sally does just that..No frills and fancy words just facts…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/smorgasbord-health-column-top-to-toe-the-brain-how-the-brain-develops-from-conception-through-life-by-sally-cronin/

It is now over to me and my question this week was are we doing enough? Many of us are but when I see things like I saw this morning it made me wonder…What does anyone have to say or do to make some people just wake up…So the answer to my question is No! Not all of us…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/03/plastic-part-11-are-we-really-doing-enough/

Follow that!

I did and claimed full bragging rights…Still a way to go but I have reached my first milestone…It has taken a while but I have arrived and I need a new wardrobe so am busy recycling and taking in seams so much better than letting the seams out or just putting it to the back of the wardrobe …

lady feet weighing scales

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/04/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-more-diets-i-did-it/

Then it was time for Sally who will go through your archives as well if you like …This is the last of my archived posts shared by Sally and it was a rant…I feel so much better afterwards it certainly relieves the stress…

Whitsunday islands

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-waste-not-want-not-australia-plans-to-dump-one-million-tons-of-sludge-on-the-great-barrier-reef-by-carol-taylor/

This last week has also seen the marking of D-Day and when I see the magnificence of the pomp and ceremony I feel nostalgic…It was a time to put thoughts and differences aside and recognise our friends and allies the Americans and their President as they have been our staunchest defenders in our time of need…

The post I chose to reblog was written by a lady whom I first met at my very first writer’s retreat where we shared our written words and our hopes… we met again the following year…Terry Anne has travelled much during her life and was there when the tragic events of Tiananmen Square played out…Terry Anne and her now husband were lucky to escape the tragedy it must have been horrendous…Her post is written with great feeling that only someone who has witnessed the horrors could do.

https://notesonaboardingpass.com/2019/06/05/escape-from-tiananmen-square-a-remembrance/

Waste Not! Want Not!

Where I normally tell you about innovative ideas from around the world and there are many great ideas…I did express my disquiet about using eucalyptus for bedding as I was worried that maybe the Koala would be affected as they only eat eucalyptus leaves…

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Are they just not so very cute…However, Suzanne from Being in Nature very kindly put my mind at rest she said…

Regarding koalas and eucalypts – they only eat the leaves of one type – the manna gum. In some parts of the country, they are in trouble and in other parts they are doing just fine. It’s very odd and the reasons for this are complex. My daughter met a woman who is worried about the nutritional value of the eucalyptus leaves in the trees growing on a local mountain. She says the trees aren’t as nutrient-rich as they once were and the koalas are suffering because of that. I hadn’t heard of this before. It sounds weird but maybe it’s true.

The eucalyptus trees used for making bedding are probably a different type -there are hundreds, possibly thousands of different kinds of eucalypts over here in Oz. No danger of them going extinct though maybe they aren’t as healthy as trees in the past. The eco-system is such a delicately balanced place. It seems like it’s out of wack in all kinds of subtle ways we are only just learning about.

Thank you, Suzanne, very informative and why I love to read such comments as between us we can get the bigger picture and learn more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/06/waste-not-want-not-the-solutions/

Friday...and then we have the weekend …Has anyone got anything planned? It is only one week to go and my son will be back from England the kids are so excited and counting the days as am I…I can have a break from cooking dinners and just experiment…This week it was Shepherd’s pie and the differences between that and Cottage Pie, Orange Pork with Watercress Rice and one of my favourites yellowtail fish…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/07/this-week-in-my-kitchen-tried-and-tested-recipes/

Lastly,…it was a reblog of one of my posts on traditions I have discovered on my travels around Northern Thailand and where I get my beautiful salt from…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2017/06/01/salt-farming-in-northern-thailand/

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 those who have reblogged my waste/plastic posts it is important that we get the word out there…Isn’t it? 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 are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

 

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Lemongrass Salad…

Good morning…I hope all of you who celebrate Easter have had a great one…I hope you have enjoyed the Easter goodies, Hot Cross Buns and Easter eggs…I don’t think now there are any official holidays and celebrations before Christmas where copious amounts of Chocolate are on sale …Are there???

Then let’s begin our healthy eating in earnest… But before we do let’s just take a minute to remember all those poor souls who lost their lives, limbs or a loved one(s) in the Easter bombings…Pray for universal Peace…

Lighted candles

Photo credit: abitarroza on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Nelson Mandela…No One is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, background or religion. People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate they can learn to love…

Eat Smart…Now to the way forward… Luckily (as) I really did fancy an easter egg…There are not any for sale here…My weight loss so far so good…It was the 5th February that I stopped drinking alcohol and the soda which went with it also the biscuits with my morning tea which I changed to green tea as biscuits are not the same dunked in Green Tea…Are they? I also stopped the haribos and any processed food although I didn’t eat much-processed food as I cook from scratch…

The results so far...It is 11 weeks without a drop of alcohol…Do I miss it actually honestly …No!…I have had a visit from my son and we went out and about and I didn’t waver…

Total weight loss is 6.6 kg ( 14.5 lb) approx just over a lb a week…Which I am happy with it is a steady loss and I feel much better…I am walking more although the heat is a killer I have to go earlier in the day than normal as it gets too hot…I am also sleeping much I am not waking up with those palpitations I was getting…I do believe if we listen to our bodies they do tell us when we need to take action and I feel far more awake and lively…

Thai Lemon grass Salad…Yum Takrai

Thai Lemongrass Salad with tamarind dip

I personally love this salad it is so fresh and vibrant, you could leave out the dried shrimp if you really eat no meat or fish products, slightly different taste but still good as if I don’t have any to hand then I leave them out.

Yum Takrai (Spicy Lemongrass Salad)

  • 15 stalks fresh lemongrass.
  • 14 cup finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp. toasted cashews
  • 2 tbsp. whole dried shrimp
  • 12 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 12 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2-1 12 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. whole dried shrimp, finely ground
  • 4-6 red Thai chillies stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 3 raw stemmed long beans, cut into 4″ pieces for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Trim and slice lemon grass very finely. Transfer lemongrass slices to a medium bowl, separate rings with your fingers. Add ginger, cashews, shrimp, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, ground shrimp, Thai chiles, and shallots, and toss well. Garnish with long beans. Serve on Banana Leaf or Betel Leaf as in my picture.
Serve with steamed jasmine rice or cauliflower rice if eating Gluten free.
We also serve with a tamarind sauce made by combing 3 tbsp tamarind pulp with cup water in a small pan, bring to boil and simmer 5 mins.
Remove from heat and stand 15 mins you can help break tamarind down with a spoon, strain through sieve extracting as much liquid as possible.
Add 2cm peeled finely chopped ginger and 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, 11/2 tbsp palm sugar,2 tsp fish sauce,1 tbsp chilli/garlic sauce and 1 tsp soy sauce to tamarind liquid. Bring to boil, simmer 5 mins.
Whisk 1 tbsp cornflour with little water whisk into sauce cook 1 min or until thickens.
Taste and adjust seasoning add more sugar if required.
Keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
I hope you enjoy this little salad, if you love Thai food then please have a look around my blog for more authentic Thai Recipes.
Smartwatch Corner.
smart phone and watch
My morning message today was “You slept for 7 hrs 40 mins last night. Your sleep quality was good”
I don’t get that message every day but it is amazing how much your sleep actually varies…But I am getting more similar type messages when I get a good night’s proper sleep and I am getting to know why and how my lifestyle and eating habits reflect on my sleep. and the quality
The  benefits of a good nights sleep are:
1. Lower risk of diabetes…people who get enough sleep (seven to eight hours) per night have the lowest risk of diabetes.
2. Lower risk of heart disease…seven to eight hours lowers your risk…It does seem to be the magic figure as less as well as higher increases that risk.
3. Your mood improves …I think we all know that one when we are deprived of sleep we get a little grouchy don’t we?
4. Improved focus and concentration…No surprises here is there?
5. Lower Blood Pressure…Other factors like food and salt come into play but so does sleep…
6. Fewer stress hormones… Cortisol levels out of sync can cause health problems like headaches and heart disease…Stress is one of the biggest causes…A study in the journal Sleep showed lack of sleep increased cortisol the following evening…Getting a good nights sleep showed no such increase.
7. Improved memory… While asleep your body performs miracles and the body and brain heal and restores themselves…I find the science behind all this fascinating.
8. Better muscle repair…Doctors induce sleep in patients with certain injuries to help them heal faster particularly with brain injuries also bodybuilders know the benefits of sleep
9. Improved creativity…REM Sleep is when we dream…After REM sleep our creativity improves…
Sleep and its benefits now hold a fascination for me…Personally, I am feeling much better for being aware of how long I sleep and the stages

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 I bid you 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/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Last chance to vote if you want to vote for me and your other favourite blogs the Bloggers Bash annual award voting is live but only just... until the 24th April which is tomorrow so please if you haven’t already voted for your favourites then please do as there are some great blogs who writers have been nominated…

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Food and Cookery Column Rewind – Easter Treats with Carol Taylor

It is Easter weekend and I hope you all enjoy your Easter Eggs…No eggs here maybe a Lindt bunny if I can find one but I am used to that now after all this time although I could eat some thin crispy Easter egg chocolate fresh from the fridge…In my dreams…xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This week Carol Taylor shares us the recipes for two sweet Easter treats that will please all the family… and getting the children involved in the kitchen produces some creative biscuits.

Easter Time will you have sun or snow? Easter is a time for Easter egg hunts and pretty coloured eggs …For prettily iced Easter biscuits…A time for kids who just love it!

How does the rest of the world celebrate Easter…? Bermudians they make pretty coloured kites with long tails, eat codfish cakes and Hot cross buns.

In the Netherlands a favourite Easter dish is waffles drizzled with Advocaat.

For many Europeans it’s bonfires on Easter Sunday and Monday which legend tells us is to chase away the winter darkness. It is traditional to sit around the bonfire and consume copious amounts of Gin, lager for the boys and snack…No mention of Easter eggs or hot cross buns here…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters The Sequel – #Weightloss – All the delicious foods you can eat…by Sally Cronin

An excellent post from Sally which highlights just how much lovely food you can eat to maintain a healthy balance in your healthy eating plan…The food you love and choose is a much better option than being told what you can and can’t eat which is why so many diets fail…Have fun choosing and eating xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

All the delicious foods you can eat on a weight loss programme

Most eating programmes to lose weight will emphasise all the foods that you cannot eat.

This to me is crazy as in fact they are far outweighed by the number of foods that you can eat. This is why we head into a weight loss programme already feeling deprived.

As a rule of thumb when preparing your menu for the week and a shopping list; select anything that has been taken from the ground, picked from a tree, allowed to roam free and graze naturally and comes from a cold sea environment rather than a fish farm.

Anything that is wrapped in plastic or cardboard should be treated with suspicion as should the really cheap options. Also whilst it is convenient to buy your vegetables ready chopped they will have lost up to 50% of their nutritional value…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor to prevent nutritional deficiencies – Vitamin B3 – Niacin

Time for the next post in this series as you know over the next few months Sally and I are going to be working our way through the most essential of these nutrients and I will share the symptoms that you might experience if you are becoming deficient in the vitamin or mineral and list the foods where you can find the nutrient. We hope you both benefit nutritionally and enjoy the recipes xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

In this series we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not in your body’s best…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Cathaoireacha, Cats, More Cats, Irises and Beans!

Sally’s weekly roundup not to be missed…Rockin Robin is one of my favourite golden oldies …There is something for everyone here so pull up your comfy seat, grab a drink and prepare to be enthralled 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up of posts you might have missed this week. As always my thanks to those who are regular contributors and guest writers. Some wonderful posts on family, music, food and life in general.

Guest writers.

I began this blog magazine to share content with as wide a range of interest as possible. That includes showcasing other writers and if you would like a guest writing spot you can share posts that you have already written and would like to showcase again to a new audience here on Smorgasbord. It can be on any topic but I do have some younger readership so it does need to be family friendly.. Get in touch on Sally.cronin@moyhill.com with four links to your posts and I will come back to you with any further information that I need to create your post.

If you would like to see previous…

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Smorgasbord Health Column with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency

A great start to this new series, Sally lots of good information and I am enjoying testing out the recipes as are the family…

I hope you enjoy this new series everyone please let us know in comments xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

In this series we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not in your body’s best…

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