Category Archives: Health & Nutrition at any age

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Recipes, Health…My weight loss journey…B4 and after and more…

Welcome to this weeks roundup...I have lots of goodies you…something for everyone I hope…Recipes…Pumpkins… It is National Pumpkin Month, some health facts from Sally, of course, Whimsical Wednesdays when I indulge myself…no, not chocolate…. memories…

Grab a drink it is time to settle down, relax and have a read something for everyone…Enjoy!

food and lifestyle blog

Before I get going I am also of again tomorrow on another jolly…One of my besties birthdays…Sunny Chon Buri, near Pattaya here we come…Lots of fun xx But don’t worry I have pre-scheduled… I just may not answer your comments quite as quickly…xx

Monday…The start of the week sees me sharing any updates and opinions on Climate Change and the environment…

It was also the last day of the month…Where does the time go? October already…

What did this post bring? A mixture of news some sobering and some great news…I do think we underestimate the power of the individual… we are great at what we do… so all you out there who are doing your bit quietly in your own homes give yourselves a big pat on the back…You are

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/30/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-30th-september-2019/

Tuesday…After writing about what to do and eat…I thought it was about time I showed you my before and after pictures…To show you that kicking out all the diets and just eating sensibly…Does work…xx

No fancy pictures just the reality…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/01/healthy-eating-my-personal-journey-no-fads-just-commonsense/

Wednesday…

Starting with a new series of health and eating…

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 now pick up the series after the summer with the minerals that are essential to our health.

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-calcium/

Wednesday is also the day for my Whimsical Wednesday where I indulge myself in memories, great tunes, maybe a recipe..anything goes it could be weird or wacky…just a happy place to be…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/02/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-4/

Thursday…Saw a change from my travel and traditions as it is National Pumpkin Month…It will also be Halloween on the 31st…It is also the day that Britain leaves the EU…Will we or won’t we? 

I am sure there are many opinions on that but I am sticking to pumpkins and everything pumpkin related…Thank you for your recipes Tori…the first one to share isn’t she a little star? xxx

National pumpkin moth banner

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/02/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-4/

Friday…Store cupboard basics…Week 5…

The battle of the cans or glass jars…and a little about BPA…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/04/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-5-bottled-canned-goods/

Saturday…Sees the next instalment of Sally’s look at the female reproductive system…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/smorgasbord-health-column-the-female-reproductive-system-an-overview-of-health-issues-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this week I hope you have enjoyed the roundup…I look forward to your comments as always…xx

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

 

 

Healthy Eating…Starting at the beginning…Feeding Baby, TB 12 diet…

Good evening….It has been a busy day today…and I have just sat down to write…I am in agreeance with Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine who believes that good nutrition should really start before a new baby is born in other words mum should be healthy…

I know that family units have broken down in many cultures now and good eating habits are not passed down…Like my mother passed them down to me…

It even extended to when I had my children…Mum came to look after me every time and I was not allowed visitors unless I had had my rest and fed baby she was worse than the Gestapo …bless her…Every visitor got told when she thought they had been there long enough…But in all honesty, I got my rest and time to get used to feeding baby…I don’t think that happens ant more or not as much as it used to…Which is such a shame…Anyway, I will pass you over to Sally who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and then I will give you some recipes to feed your new little precious bundles of joy…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/smorgasbord-health-column-creating-tthe-obesity-epidemic-part-one-finding-a-point-in-the-life-cycle-to-intervene-by-sally-cronin/

For the first few months baby if mum is able should be happy being breastfed if not there are some very good brands of formula milk…

Before feeding, solids baby should be able to sit up and take the food off a spoon…

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Time to start feeding baby which generally is around 4-6 months…How much will the baby eat? Well much depends on when you introduced food…A baby who has been eating food from 4 months will be eating more at l months than a baby who starts eating food at 6 months.

When you start feeding baby then feed only one fruit or vegetable at a time this way it is easier to determine whether or not a baby has an adverse reaction to a food..generally by their poo…which is a good indicator.

What to start with? Avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, squash, eggs, pears, apples, mango, young coconut flesh, apples…All of these can either be mashed or lightly steamed or cooked in water…Never add sugar as this starts baby off on the road to only wanting to eat sweetened foods…

A bit about young coconut flesh...Young coconuts, also called immature coconuts, are green or orange on the outside. When you open them, they mostly contain coconut water and are lined with white flesh that looks a bit like jelly. Available everywhere here but  it can be bought frozen in a speciality food store.

Here in Thailand…Coconut – a first baby food?

The first solid food eaten by a Thai baby is three spoonfuls of the custard-like flesh of young coconut fed to him or her by a Buddhist priest.

BABY FOOD IDEAS USING COCONUT

  • Add a little coconut milk (or a very little coconut cream) to a mashed ripe banana.
  • Mash a baked, peeled sweet potato with 2 fl oz (1/4 cup) coconut milk and a little pinch of ground ginger for an unusual and tasty treat!
  • Use coconut milk to thin pumpkin or butternut squash purees.
  • Cut up fresh sweet potato, pumpkin or butternut squash into 1-inch pieces, place them into an oven-proof dish and pour coconut milk over the top. Bake for around 30 mins (until tender), then mash and serve!
  • Use coconut water to cook rice – it adds a very subtle coconut flavour.
  • Add a little coconut milk or cream to cooked oatmeal for babies an exotic breakfast treat.
  • Use coconut milk in smoothies.
  • Instead of simmering veggies in water, try simmering them in coconut milk instead!
  • Poach a boneless piece of white fish in coconut milk!
  • For older babies, add freshly grated coconut to cooked rice.

This is an example of how coconut is used to feed young children here…The soft jelly in a young coconut is easy to digest and has many nutrients…

Once the baby reaches about 8 months it is time to start combining foods. Raw ripe fruit or vegetables can be offered as children love to eat with their hands at that age maybe make a small dip like a fruit puree so they can dunk…they will only need guidance a few times and they will do it themselves it will be messy but to me there is nothing nicer than seeing a baby enjoy a piece of fruit or vegetable  however messy they get. That happy look on their faces is priceless…

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You can start offering fish lightly poached in milk with some vegetables or some chicken or turkey again poached and mashed with some vegetables…Even tofu if you are bringing your baby up to follow a vegetarian diet…

Just be careful if you are giving bread or toast as it can get clumped together and cause a baby to choke…Always watch them at all times never leave them alone with food…

If you start baby on the right food as soon as they are ready to eat you will not have fussy kids…They will eat what you eat…Even here…the home of spicy food …Babies are started with vegetables and fruit, eggs and soft coconut flesh, then chicken or fish and rice…Chillies are not introduced until they are about 3 or 4 and then only in small amounts …Our granddaughter is 7 now and eats everything we eat although we do hold back on the chillies for her on most things although now she will eat quite spicy if it is a Thai beef salad which she loves…

Feeding babies what we eat from the get-go means we don’t get fussy kids…It always worked for me…Fussy kids turn into fussy adults…

How is my eating going…Well, I seem to sticking at this weight no matter what I eat…I would like to lose another 14 lbs although my son thinks it would be too much…So I have opted for 7lbs to keep the peace and then we will see…

How is your healthy eating going? Is it producing results?

lady feet weighing scales

Wacky Diets…TB 12 Diet…

Ever heard of the TB 12 diet?

It’s a diet made famous by NFL player Tom Brady. In fact, it’s also called the “Tom Brady diet”.

Tom Brady, the Gwyneth Paltrow of sports, has a book out now that features approximately four million words about water, and water consumption, and different types of water, and how water can protect you from the sun.

Brady says he drinks up to 300 ounces of water in a day, which is around 2.5 gallons of water. His urine must be as clear as the sparkling depths of Lake Tahoe, but really, a bunch of water consumption for an athlete isn’t all that weird.

What is weird is that Brady 1) differentiates between a bunch of different types of water, 2) wants you to add his quack-ish TB12 electrolyte drops into your drinks, and 3) thinks he gets fewer sunburns because of all the water he drinks.

I don’t think we need another Gwyneth…why can’t anyone just eat normal healthy food and bedone with it? Oh, silly me there is no profit for the individual to be had is there???

That’s all for today I hope your healthy eating is going well and if you are expecting or have a young baby then I hope these tips will help guide you to ensure your baby starts off and continues to eart well throughout their life…

 

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 there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely week, stay safe  xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…Thai noodle soup, Snake Gourds, the journey of a chicken sandwich and more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggled down in your favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they?…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

St. Norbert College students inside the Mulva Library on May 1, 2013.

Photo credit: stnorbert on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Popcorn I came across a new snack the other day...which I thought was popcorn and green chillies…But on closer inspection, it was popcorn and green crispy rice….Quite a nice snack not too sweet…

Let’s have look at last weeks posts…

Monday…more environmental news it is coming thick and fast now…lots of innovative schemes from individuals with a vision and some really great ideas I marvel at the inventiveness of some…

This morning I have been reading a report on the warming of the planet …interesting as the scientists are comparing times past and much of it is just the natural scheme of things and how the natural world evolves over time we have had ice age, global cooling, global warming the earth has gone through many phases over the years and no doubt will in the future go through many phases and tides shift…Of course, greenhouse gases and the march of man is having some effect but then man has always played their part…

green foot prints eco system

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/09/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-9th-september-2019/

Tuesday…Fussy kids grow into fussy adults…I think too much onus is placed on prettying up food to tempt kids…Treat mealtimes from the beginning as a pleasure …with no dramas but with the expectation that whatever the age they will partake in what the whole family is eating…

Once my kids were weaned… I mashed or pureed what we ate…they mainly started with vegetables, eggs, rice, potato, fruit, fish all of which can be mashed or pureed but it was what we ate…they sat up the table with us in their high chair so they could see what we were eating and if they wanted to have something once they could chew …give them a piece let them try it…Stick on the tray of their chair and let them use their fingers…children learn behaviours…Teach them to enjoy their food…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/10/healthy-eating-eat-smart-mealtimes-with-kids/

Wednesday… This was my birth week so I got maudlin and indulgent…wondered where the years had gone …Started walking more with a vengeance…haha…The last 3 days I have exceeded 10,000 steps a day at least 7.24 km…pretty good I had slacked off a bit…

I realised I grew up in the years of some great musical artists …I also went through all the old family photos…found some great ones…This one is my mum and dad with me and my baby sister  May 1953…

family group mum dad me and tina 1953

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/11/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-12/

Thursday…It was a trip down to the farm…where most farming is done the old way…by hand …not too much modern machinery around here…Of course, we are in the rainy season so the pond and surrounding fields have flooded so out come the traditional fishing nets ….Fish are plentiful as are the frogs and on the menu… But the rice is growing nicely…lush and green so hopefully come harvest we will get a good crop…But so do weeds so lots of hand weeding to do…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/12/travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-snake-gourd-raita/

Friday…Part 2 of my store cupboard basics…Pasta and noodles…noodles are a staple here and eaten as much as rice is… there is nothing like a bowl of Thai Chicken noodle soup…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/13/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-2-pasta-and-noodles/

Saturday…Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin on the subject of our immune system and the journey of that Chicken Sandwich…Fascinating and I am always in aware of exactly what processes our bodies perform…We are one amazing piece of construction when we are working properly…Much though depends on us…yes… YOU and ME…Very true saying we are what we eat…

It does seem to me though that we are very self-destructive and no matter what we read or see we still carry on consuming what we know harms us…It doesn’t mean we can never have that soda, that burger, that bar of chocolate …It just means we need to be mindful…we need to retrain ourselves…We are what we eat and by looking at that we can in some cases reverse some conditions or at the very least see and improvement …# Recommended Read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-the-immune-system-and-a-chicken-sandwich/

That’s all for this week …I hope you have enjoyed and learnt and if you only take one thing away that it is something worthwhile…If you think it can help a friend or relative please share …I hope you have a great Sunday and to any of my readers who are in Spain…I hope you are safe and well and send prayers to those affected…A terrible tragedy… Love and Hugs 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 there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

Connect to Carol

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Twitter

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely weekend stay safe  xx

 

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Mealtimes with kids…

Welcome to this weeks…Healthy Eating…Today is my birthday and I am always grateful to see the morning as life is so very precious  I don’t know if it is me getting maudlin…haha…Birthdays do that to me…On the 1st Dec, it will be 19 yrs since one of my besties passed away…

We loved, laughed and cried together as our kids grew up…Life is a lottery, isn’t it…?

She died of cancer…Last week 2 friends and 1 family member died of cancer…A variety of ages not all old like me..The young lad I ranted about last week …Blind and deaf…My opinion failed by those who should have been protecting him…

I think a lot…I also do a lot of research…

What is the one common denominator in this…?

Well, their lifestyles were different…They were different ages…One is still living the others are not…What do they all have in common?

I know I am simplifying….BUT…They all ate and drank…

How many times do we have to be told …That highly processed foods and added sugars are bad for us…

A very funny but true and informative video about unhealthy foods and why they are harmful…

Eating healthy…doesn’t cost any more and keeps you fuller for longer…It does, of course, mean that you may have to spend a little more time shopping, meal planning, gardening but what price health?

After reading about that poor kid..Yeah I know I am banging on about him…It upset me and was avoidable…Proof of what a junk food diet can do…Extreme I know…How many more are like him?

It prompted me to start looking at all these different ways kids food could be jazzed up…made to look inviting…

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Image by Andrea Pangilinan from Pixabay

I did that for the kids birthday parties…I most certainly didn’t have the time to make pretty food every single meal time…Come on…Kids need to learn what they must be eating and that pretty food is a treat…

There are also fussy adults and that is the result of fussy kids…I mean have we time to make our hubbies food look pretty so he will eat it??? I couldn’t find a  picture…But I have a mental one…haha

Introduce different foods regularly…If they try them and don’t like them …That’s ok…Try again cooked a different way or leave it a while and then try again but if it is a vegetable for example and they eat other vegetables …Don’t make a fuss we all have foods we prefer…

But they must eat a balanced meal at mealtimes…

Yes, sometimes we have to say(and) mean it …If you don’t eat your dinner you get no pudding…

As parents and grandparents, we have a responsibility…

No ifs, No buts, Just do it!

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Image by THE 5TH from Pixabay

THIS IS  A TREAT…FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ONCE A WEEK IF THEY HAVE EATEN THEIR MEALS…A TREAT…

Aston’s Cloud eggs...

Perfect, Astons cloud egg

 

Aston is my grandson...he loves eating and cooking…He also loves experimenting and U-Tube…I am always being shown the wonders of u-tube….experiments, natural phenomenon,  funnies(not) most of the time for Nannie….Our sense of humour differs…haha as it should…He is also my biggest food critic….mmmmm

Neither Aston or Lily liked their egg whites they would eat the yolk…a dippy egg and leave the white…Aston came across this recipe for cloud eggs…Nannie was woken at an ungodly hour for a Sunday to show him how to separate the whites from the yolks…

He then decided that just an egg wasn’t enough so he would make some mince ( Thai) style…

It was a success as both kids now eat the whites of the egg…and I don’t have to cook it …he does…We are working on the washing up…haha

Cloud Eggs Aston styleCloud Eggs Aston Style…..

Let the kids help and they will eat it….It always works…

Both Sally@ Smorgasbord Magazine and I work hard to bring you recipes and advice on nutrition…We cook from scratch using local ingredients where we can…

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As Autumn is here and Winter on its way for many of you …It is the cold and flu season or will be…We can prepare for that by ensuring we eat the right food…Sally wrote an excellent article on the immune system...No one likes colds and flu do they? I certainly don’t …An essential read …And don’t forget to get your flu jab …

I have also spoken about the need to get a good nights sleep...Vital to our good health…I came across this very easy and quite a funny way to know if you are sleep deprived…

That all for now…Tomorrow is Wednesday so join me for Whimsical Wednesday it is always fun…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…It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

Connect to Carol

Blog: 
Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest: 

Email:

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Budgets, Fire in the Amazon, Bananas and more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggle down in your favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they?…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

steriped socks feet and coffee

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Last week I was away so apologies if I didn’t answer your comments as timely as I usually do…I think I have nearly caught up. I had a lovely few days with my bestie and it was lovely to just chat with a real person…I am sure you know what I mean …just sitting and chatting…

I nearly didn’t get back on time and I even thought I may not even get there  …

I picked up a passport out of the drawer and put it in my bag…I had already checked in online so proceeded straight to security who checked my passport against my boarding pass (really)..I sat down ready to board…the hostess came round checking boarding passes and asked is that your passport??? Glancing down I realise …It was hubbies…Panic...The only acceptable ID I had was my British driving licence…She went away to check if it was ok…more panic...She came back and assured madam she could board the plane..wrote on the top of my boarding pass and advised me to check at arrivals whether I could return using the said driving licence…

Jobsworth at the other end said...NO!…Next instalment Wednesday…

Monday…As is the norm is waste and recycling…and Climate change…

Sadly the Amazon rainforest has been on fire for the past month, and Brazil has declared a state of emergency in the region. The fires are destroying the homes of indigenous tribes and threatening millions of animal species.

More to follow tomorrow…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/26/latest-recycling-and-environment-news-26th-august/

Tuesday…Last week it was a hash up of previous posts as I was away on a jolly…But always good to recap on what works and what doesn’t…Isn’t it?

No more...Diets Healthy eating (5)

Also some great advice from Sally…I am back home now and didn’t add a thing even though I had a few drinks …and some delicious food although most of it was seafood and some lovely larb tort which is a Thai larb salad made into little balls and fried…Absolutely delicious…I will give you the recipe next week…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/27/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-10/

Wednesday…Is my day to indulge myself…It was also National Red Wine Day…It would have been rude not too…So we sat and watched the sunset at the beach and partook in a lovely bottle of the red stuff…Moderation was shelved…haha

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Thursday… Go Bananas...I did not realise there were so many different types and colours of bananas until I moved here…It just opened up a whole new world…I went from liking bananas to loving them…

The whole of the plant is used here… the leaves, fruit and flowers just amazing recipes and uses…

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Friday…My last day…Time to go home so as you know I did no cooking last week…just eating out…A lovely break I even left my laptop at home…I decided to have a little change and talk about budgeting and it seems as if it went down well…

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Shopping wisely is the way to go and it leaves you some money for a few treats…Like my few days away…

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Chat tomorrow when there is more on the raging fires in the Amazon and lots on food waste…

Thank you for reading this post I hope there was something that piqued your interest xx Have a great Sunday

About Carol:

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 to 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

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This week in my kitchen…Feeding a family on a budget… The basics…

Welcome to my kitchen…A slight change this week as I am not back from my few days away until later today…I have been visiting a dear friend and we are having some girlie time…Cooking has definitely not been on my agenda during this week so I thought for a change I would talk about feeding a family on a budget…

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Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean that you cannot create a fabulous delicious meal for less than a store brought ready meal or sandwich…You really can and it is also far healthier…

So…I am going to start from the beginning and go through how to get started…Next week I will go through store cupboard basics and then the week after menu planning and some recipes to get you going….

It doesn’t matter what your taste in food is or how good your skills are in the kitchen…I am a good home cook…I am not a chef …I mean how many of us are ???

With just a little common sense and planning you can produce healthy, hearty meals for any occasion.

We have six children and with myself and hubby that was a minimum of eight mouths to feed every day of the week…Trust me I know how a hoard of hungry teenagers can if you don’t budget or plan be expensive to feed…I mean most have hollow legs and could eat for England and some…Plus if both parents are working then planning and preparation is a must…

If you don’t plan your meals then that is when you impulse buy or waste food…

You need:-

  • A plan and recipes
  • Know what food is in season
  • When and where to shop
  • How to use leftovers
  • What you can grow yourself
  • Store Cupboard Basics
  • How to shop
  • Time to plan and shop

Many items are cheaper if you buy from a wholesaler, markets or individual traders like butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers.

Just take one step at a time and gather all your information, set up your storecupboard basics and you will be ready to go.

Always go shopping with a list and stick to it…Having a list ensures that you don’t forget anything… helps you keep within your budget and also helps stop impulse purchases…

You do need to shop around as the cost of produce varies from store to store as well as from season to season it is important to shop around to ensure you get the best price and quality…Sometimes buying on the cheap doesn’t always work as if it is inferior quality it may go off before you can use it so shop wisely…

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Many stores also have multi-buy offers, bargain bins and reduced to clear items …These are always worth a look but don’t buy because it is a good offer…I have been there and ended up with lots of bargains and special offers of goods we don’t eat often or which last a while especially when it is something that you only use a tsp of…shop wisely…

Once you have completed your first shop you have a till receipt use it as a checklist for next time or when you are doing a price comparisson…Also, check your bill as sometimes special offers don’t show on your till receipt at the correct price…

Initially yes it will take some time but once you are into that routine it will become second nature and now I shop almost without thinking sometimes I know what I can get and where and plan accordingly…Also on some items especially things I use a lot I keep a spare…

The internet is also a good way to shop as again once you are into a routine it can save you time and money and most places offer free delivery or give discounts for online shopping…I don’t shop online now for groceries but when I worked and the kids were young online shop for some items was a godsend…

Again it is about planning…Planning your menus for the week ..checking your cupboards and writing your list…

Buying in bulk as well as shopping around is often the way to reduce costs…However,

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When buying fresh produce that bulk buy may not be such a bargain…If you can freeze it or make pickles, chutneys or jam then it is…The same with jars or canned goods or large packets of foods…Have you got enough storage space? if it is packets what is the shelf life?…

If you are a small family then maybe share a good bulk buy with other family members, friends or neighbours we always did this when the kids were young and it worked well.

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Sticking to a budget always works once you get into the swing of it…You will save money and eat healthier and better…Another plus side is it teaches your children how to shop and plan if you are growing herbs and vegetables again it is all good for them to see and help with…You can also get some really good bargains if you buy a whole tray of seedlings or grow your own from seeds or cuttings…I find friends are a good source of cuttings.

I hope you have found these tips useful…x

Next week…Store Cupboard Staples…

 

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

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