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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chinese Year of the Pig, Apricots and I killed my sourdough starter…

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts I hope you have all had a productive week with lots of creative thoughts, no kitchen disasters and if you have please tell…haha

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You know the routine by now…Settle down in your favourite chair, grab a drink and enjoy!

February the 5th sees the start of the Chinese New Year which this year is the year of the pig…Pigs are depicted as animals which mainly eat and sleep and you get nice crackling…with healthy fat ( Official)… Also in the Chinese horoscope, it depicts wealth…


Everywhere and everyone will soon be a riot of bright red…Houses decorated and beautiful lanterns hanging everywhere…Children will be walking around in their pretty new red clothes everywhere is so colourful and vibrant.

Time for Healthy Eating and this week I looked at Anti-inflammatory Diets which doctors are sometimes prescribing as if you reduce inflammation in the body it can reduce the symptoms of some conditions.

On hearing these words many people just freak and think what! It is going to be expensive, it will be foods I don’t like, I am going to have to eat different food from the rest of my family… all manner of thoughts…

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It is Healthy Eating no more no less…It is knowing which foods cause inflammation and which foods help calm inflammation…Pure and simple…

Talking about which foods are good to eat it bought up the subject of sugars a few people commented they had been advised by a doctor or they themselves wanted to reduce their sugar intake and they were appalled to find that most foods contained sugar and many …And here’s the kicker Added Sugars.

Sugar is addictive just like cigarettes, alcohol and is contributing to the mounting obesity figures around the world…Many government agencies are calling to reduce sugars but are not going far enough the Sugar Companies are applying pressure and winning in many cases…This is disgusting and needs to be stopped…

Do we need sugar?


Yes…Your body does need carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar in your body. This sugar is essential for your body to create energy to survive. However, it is not necessary to include sugary foods or added sugars in the diet in order for your body to make energy.

If we know our sugars and know how much we should be consuming in a day that is the first step.

It was then over to Smorgasbord Health column Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor–Healthy #Apricots and #Recipes…

fresh apricots

Apricots which I love have many health benefits as Sally will tell you and I provide the recipes…It doesn’t get better than that, does it?

I don’t know how anyone gets the idea that healthy food is boring…It isn’t …Simples…

Thursday already and normally I get to rant…Well, it relieves stress and stress kills…This week I gave you all good news all the great incentives which are going on around the world to stop waste, clean up the beaches and the sea, to tell you how to recycle clothes and put your own personality on them… Some great ideas which even a child could do and something you could encourage your kids to do…THEY WOULD LOVE IT!

Lastly week 5 in my kitchen...I killed my sourdough starter and have now started again and am on Day 3…I made a lovely lentil stew with the recipe Darlene gave me and if you want a bowl of meat-free comfort food to keep the cold out this is for you…I also made and it was lovely with the strawberries I got beautiful little ones from Chiang Mai…Why I haven’t made this cream before I shall never know…Fresh cream is very expensive here and sold in big cartons and not always available it can also help pile on those lbs and I am trying to keep them off…haha…I just whipped a carton of chilled coconut milk and viola I had some lovely cream which tasted just as good as whipped fresh dairy cream…But Dairy free…

Dairy free cream

I kid you not…It was lovely…even hubby liked it and he loves his cream and not much persuades him to change from what he knows and loves…So today when I went shopping I bought 2 small cartons for the chiller ready for when we want some topping for our fruit or pie…Simples…

Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for reading if you liked what you read please let me know in comments I love to hear all your comments 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!

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


Smorgasbord Health -#Morbid Obesity – Size Matters – The Sequel – Chapter Two – The Accumulative Factor of Food and Life – Sally Cronin

The key to losing weight and eating healthily is taking a good look inside yourself and facing your demons…Sally did and here she tells her story with honesty…Well worth a read ….

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This is the updated and fifth edition of Size Matters and will be re-released later in the year. Although it contains much of the original material in relation to my own personal story, the programme has evolved over the last 20 years.

Although I studied nutritional therapy back in the mid-1990s, I have continued my studies and developed new programmes for healthy eating that are tailor made for the individual rather than a one size fits all. I still believe that the key elements of this basic weight loss programme I will share with you in this updated version works. Even when I work with clients who have arthritis or diabetes, I still approach their programmes from the three dimensions that I outline in this book. Our physical approach, our mental attitude and our emotions are all factors in how we overcome disease and obesity, and should all be addressed…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with! by Sally Cronin

Part Two of the Gentle detox…This post contains everything you need to know and buy and what not to buy and importantly why not! We only have one body and we need to look after it…We need to give it a chance to run properly and efficiently…No one likes a car which doesn’t run properly so liken yourself to a car it needs some attention and a yearly Mot…Me, I would rather be an Aston Martin if we are talking cars NOT a Rolls Can hardly as the saying goes….

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Part one of the Detox can be found here:

The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with!

In my previous posts you will often find me having a poke at the diet food industry – well actually more than a poke. There are certain products that are health related that I do not have a problem with, but I don’t have much time with slimming bars and shakes. I do not care how many nutrients they say are in them, they are not in the form that the body understands or wishes to. We are designed to take our nutrients from natural foods.

I do agree to an extent that what we assume is a nutrient packed vegetable or fruit is not as nutritionally dense as it used to be. Farming methods have changed in the last 50 years or…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch – Tomatoes for Breakfast Spanish Style

I love tomatoes any which way and tomatoes on toast for breakfast or brunch sounds good to me… Healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless and boring it can be amazing and simple like this breakfast dish …Enjoy!

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Carol Taylor will be back in the New Year with the Food and Cookery Column after a well earned Christmas break.

In the meantime I will be sharing the Cook from Scratch series from two years ago which combined the health benefits of specific key ingredients followed by Carol’s recipes for cook from scratch dishes.

To kick that series off, I am sharing a breakfast that I was introduced to when we lived in Madrid. I love tomatoes and they were always readily available all year round. With some other simple ingredients, tomatoes provide a wonderful start to the day that keeps you going until lunchtime.

I would love to invite any of you who have favourite recipes that use fresh ingredients, to get in touch at the email at the bottom of the post. And of course another chance to promote your work.

Most of us associate a  breakfast…

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Christmas Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cranberries – #bittersweet

Healthy and oh so delicious that little bright red berry packs a punch of health benefits and flavour when using in cooking.

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Here is another of our posts where I share the nutritional benefits of an ingredient and Carol Taylor incorporates it in a delicious recipe. Next week Carol will be back to share some of her creations from her Thai kitchen offering you some alternative delicacies to eat over the festive season.

This week… ..Cranberries – a bitter berry which has a long history in medicinal terms and is still used today in certain over the counter preparations.

Cranberrieshave a documented medicinal history and were used by the Native American Indians as a nutritious addition to their diet normally sweetened with honey as of course the berries are very tart. The Indians also used the berries in poultices for wounds as they recognised the antibacterial and antibiotic effect of the fruit even if they could not scientifically prove these properties. Colonists, who had been introduced to the berry…

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Sally has such an extensive knowledge of how the food we eat can benefit our health as part of a balanced diet and I always learn so much from her posts about the food we eat…This post is about food allergies or intolerance so well worth a read 🙂


via Smorgasbord Health Column – A – Z of Common Conditions – Allergies and Intolerances – #Christmas can be a challenge

My nutritional background

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

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