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Retired No one told me Jackfruit, Fish Friday, Mr Peace…



By now most of you know that I love tradition and Thailand is steeped in tradition… Chinese New Year will soon be upon us followed by the lantern festival… Already the preparations have begun and if you are travelling to Thailand or China and will be here on those dates you will be awed at the sight of the red and yellow lanterns and decorations which are hung everywhere…We have huge Thai/Chinese population here and last year Udon Thani was awash with all the banners, flags and decorations and we had street entertainment..lots of delicious street food and it is time for me to sample different dishes…The fireworks are impressive and the music loud…Oh Yes! I kid you not…

But it is fun and so much to see and do..dancing dragons and lions and stilt walkers and what they do on stilts..the mind boggles…How?


Chinese New Year is followed by the Lantern Festival which is celebrated 15 days after Chinese New Year…and the little rice balls are foodies heaven…wonderful little morsels of food…

Which is held 15 days after Chinese New Year…in the past there have been celebrations on each day after Chinese New Year up until the 15th making for one long celebration now you have the Chinese New Year and then The Lantern Festival on the 15th day afterwards.

Last Saturday saw me doing what I love best street food and markets.

Tessabaan fish man cutting fish

and last Thursday saw me talking about one of my favourite memories The Secret Garden which is also one of my favourite stories from my childhood…I loved that story…

Every Wednesday sees me over at Sally’s Place where she has graciously invited moi to write a weekly food column. Sally tirelessly promotes and helps everyone she can and what she doesn’t know about the medicinal benefits of food and nutrition you could write on a postage stamp. You can find Sally on the link below.

cropped-for-web Sally Cronin

For my weekly food column …this week I wrote about the exotic Jackfruit and next week I will be back to something you can all get and love ???? No spoiler this week…lol

Annette Rochelle Aben…a fellow writer and blogger posted a very important message which I felt compelled to share when I was reading this I felt sad that these statistics are so high and hopeful that people like Mr Peace are getting that message out there…These kids are our future and we should be doing all we can as adults to help stop these terrible trends of bullying and peer pressure and protecting our children …So please read and share and let’s try to see if we can help change those statistics and kick them into touch…Tell me a story Mr Peace

Fish Fridays my last fishy post for a while ( I am writing) a recipe book on fish it will now be Fruity Fridays… Spoiler Alert!


Book reviews… I don’t usually but I had seen a few for the same book and now I am going to be painfully honest… I have always mainly kept to myself my views on certain subjects and not because I didn’t agree but maybe that I didn’t know enough to feel I should air my views..lack of understanding…lack of knowledge… how certain sections of society reported or portrayed… how it was dealt with…as in what I call knee-jerk reactions and the politically correct part of society….Put that all into the pot and it makes a subject a no-go area or makes one against it without knowing why sometimes… I hope you understand that because I don’t…Maybe now I see the effects of people’s actions and I don’t like it…I want to know more about certain areas and have an understanding … I have purchased the book and it is my next read…Heavens Rage By Leslie Tate.

Proud parents… My Turkey babies

Proud mummy turkey with babies

It is really cold here at the moment 16 degrees and even colder in Sakon Nakon where the farm is and my turkey babies..but as pictured they are snuggling under mum for warmth so all is well.

Soapbox time Healthy Eating..the right way.

What is the right ??? Well for me it is not to diet, to eat what food I like and moderation…

Fads, tablets, drinks, celebrity endorsed money gobbling diets to NOT work… I believe if we eat the right things and in moderation and do some exercise be it going to the gym, swimming, walking…It is your body, YOUR HEALTH, Your choices!

I will be giving you some choices, telling you what I eat, what has made me healthier, what has helped me lose weight, what I eat, why I eat it…I eat because I love food…

There will be no right way or wrong way…BUT Your way…

So together we can find your way… Are you ready???

I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup…xxx

Now off to make some prawn toasts…Which I have named Rustic Prawn Toasts as that is what they were..Tasty but rustic xxx

Until next time…Tomorrow… Stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as laughter is the best medicine and it is FREE XXX





Fish Friday…Yellow Tail Fish with Sesame seed crust.


Sesame crusted Yellowtail fish

The Yellow Tail fish or Amber Jack is native to the North East Pacific from Japan to Hawaii. It is also not related to the Yellow tail Tuna.

In Japan, this fish is eaten cooked or raw and known as Hamachi or Buri.

As you know I am firmly in the camp of eating healthily and choose my fish carefully …I steer clear of farmed fish and only eat locally caught straight off the boats or fish which is responsibly sourced. It doesn’t mean however that it is expensive which a lot of people seem to think …You can buy fish responsibly and at good prices by researching your local markets or even buying frozen.

This fish has extra lean, firm white meat and if you want a lighter meal then it is a lovely tasting fish with a mild flavour.

For two servings.

  • 2 x 150 g pieces yellow tail fish or any other firm white fish.
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt to season…..I use pink Himalayan or mineral salt which is farmed close to my home.
  • 1 egg white whisked until it is foamy.
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds.
  • Oil for frying…I use coconut oil.


For chilli, lime and soy sauce.

  • 60 ml Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey……I use honey from the comb
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and finely sliced..guess who leaves the seeds in? Moi
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A drizzle of  sesame seed oil
  • Fresh coriander leaves to serve

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

Season the yellow tail fillets with a little salt and freshly milled black pepper. I cut the fish into steaks…

Dip the seasoned fish into the egg white and coat both sides with sesame seeds.

Heat a little coconut oil( or oil of your choice) in a frying pan and sear the fish for about a minute on each side or until the sesame seeds are golden brown. Remove the fish and place in a roasting pan.

Cook in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the fish is just cooked through.

Meanwhile, make the soy sauce reduction. Place the soy sauce, honey, garlic, chilli, lime juice and sesame oil in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.

Cook for about 2–3 minutes or until the sauce has reduced slightly and has thickened so it coats the back of your spoon.

Remove the garlic clove and set to one side…

Once the fish is cooked, remove it from the oven and serve immediately, drizzled with a little soy sauce reduction.

Sesame crusted Yellowtail fish

Served with jasmine rice, steamed pak choy and fresh lime wedges.


If you liked this recipe then please share or reblog on your favourite social media 🙂

This is going to be my last fish Friday post and I will be doing Fruity Fridays the main reason is that I am working on my Cook Book…

As my repertoire of recipes is vast and no one wants war and they? Also, I have bought big thick cookbooks in the past with many chapters and in all honesty have probably never read the whole book or tried all the recipes not even probably 10% so I decided that I would split them into groups my first one being my favourite fish dishes from around the world…So if fish is your choice then you can pick your cuisine and will have lots of yummy fish recipes all tried and tested by my family and friends all in one place … I find that much better… what do you think?

Please let me know in the comments x


Thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoy the dish x


My most popular posts in 2017…

My Top Ten posts of 2017…Did it surprise me?

Not really it seems that many of you love Thailand as much as I do, that you advocate healthy eating with Halloween and Christmas thrown into the mix for good luck…

Numero 1.

Why I love Thailand!  


This post  I suppose is my snapshot of the Land of Smiles, the food I love, the sunsets, the people, the festivals and traditions and there is more as you know we now grow our own Turkeys. I have discovered many fruits and vegetables which were previously unknown to me…

Thailand certainly has the power to surprise me… Every day I see something which makes me smile …

Numero 2.

Healthy foods which may help reduce your Blood Pressure.

lady holding veggies

I suppose there was no surprise that this post was as popular as it was as High Blood Pressure also known as the silent killer is something which many suffer from. I hope by writing this post I gave you the tools to better understand how food can be thy medicine I am a firm believer in that…Not always a replacement but something which can work alongside prescribed medication if need be.

Numero 3.

Healthy eating…Turmeric Drinks.


Again no great surprise as Turmeric is being hailed as one of the best cure-alls ever… It has its place like many fruits, vegetable and herbs but no one size fits all…What suits you may not suit the next person and it is moderation…And do not believe everything you read your own research because if it sounds too good to be true..It is!

A good example is my own father who took drinking water…yes water to another level he did not apply moderation and ended up in hospital.

Numero 4.

Fish Friday…Thai Shrimp Cakes

Thai Prawn Cakes (2)

These lovely tasty little cakes are so very popular and are found on almost every menu in Thailand and market stall….very moreish eaten with a lovely spicy little chilli dip. Also so easy to make at home in your own kitchen…

Numero 5.

Some of Thailands most unusual foods.


Yes, I have tried some of them…As long as they are really crispy and not squidgy I will try them… Hands up who has eaten crispy fried whitebait???? Or crispy prawn heads??? Not too much different… Do you think?

Numero 6.

Halloween recipes…Will you dare to try??

black bean burger

I would be interested to know who did try it???

Did you??

Numero 7

Healthy eating…Waste not- want- not


From pickle juice, potato water or oil from a can of sardines there is a use for everything …my favourite as a child and we used to fight over it…When my nan used to strain the cabbage water add a little vinegar and give it to us to drink we thought we had been given the world.

Numero 8.

Beat the blues with food and So pretty, so deadly tied in 8th place…

melientha-cookingVillage cooking…I was taught to use herbs to make a healthy soup…

So pretty! So deadly!


A word of warning when so many flowers are used in cooking…sometimes they can be so deadly and they are used in Brides bouquets even now… So just check which takes but a minute or two and could save a life or a nasty rash…

Numero 9.

Christmas recipes…Drink anyone?


There is nothing like a homemade drink recipe…

Last but not least…

Numero 10.

Matcha Tea Cookies.

green match cookies

Matcha drinks can be found on every stall and drink outlet here it is very popular… It is also open to tweaking because what I get here is not always what you can get where you live… A prime example for me was and is coconut milk… when my son went to the UK very recently most cans or cartons were only 40% coconut milk and it’s anyone’s guess as to what made up the other 60% but I think we know by now…Don’t we??

It is the same with drinks…many are loaded with sugars so all I am saying is read the labels or buy from a reputable source.

I have to get my little rant in as it bugs me that we have to be so careful because of the unscrupulous practices of manufacturers.

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 of last years posts and if you did please share as sharing is caring…

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy New Year …


Fish Friday…Jerk Fish

Oh, Dear…and I thought I had only missed one fish Friday… I have been so busy with this and that my writing and cooking has suffered a little but the good news is I have found an oven…A proper cooker with a hob and an oven and a thermostat…So excited so just in time for Christmas now I can cook again..properly instead of working around or cooking something which doesn’t involve rising unless it is using yeast…


Today it is Jerk fish this marinade can be used for chicken as well

Jerk Fish:


  • 3 medium size Perch or Sea Bream
  • I tbsp Allspice berries or ground allspice.
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • 1 large pinch ground cloves.
  • 1/2 tbsp muscovite sugar.
  • Few sprigs Thyme picked and chopped.
  • Few sprigs fresh coriander chopped.
  • 3-6 birds eye chillies finely chopped.
  • 2 clove garlic finely chopped.
  • 3cm fresh ginger.
  • 2 spring onions.
  • zest of 1 lime.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 11/2 tbsp honey.
  • 2 tbsp golden rum ( optional)

Slash fish 3 times across diagonally and put in oven proof dish and put on one side.

Pound allspice, peppercorns and bay leaves together. Mix in cloves, sugar and honey. Add herbs, chillies, garlic, ginger and bash together.

Tip into a jug and add chopped tops of spring onions, lime zest, a drizzle of oil, a pinch of salt and the rum if using. Mix well.

Pour marinade over the fish and massage well in both sides( it’s a good idea to wear gloves for this )SAM_7116

Leave in fridge to Marinade for at least one hour.

Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees or gas 7. Cook for 20-30 minutes until slightly charred and cooked.

SAM_7119   Serve with Lime slices, Salsa and rice or new potatoes.

This is one of my favourite fish dishes lovely and fresh with succulent flesh….

Until next time stay safe and laugh a lot….If you haven’t already then please pop over to my new blog and like me.It is lonely. and say hello…