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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love!

No more diets 20 March

It is getting really hot here and I know some of you are not so lucky and as my friend Sally very nicely puts it you are freezing your assets off.

Therefore I have picked a lovely  Thai Pork salad for those of you in warmer climes or who just fancy some Thai food and a lovely vegetarian Chilli for those of you who don’t eat meat or have meat-free days.

Something for everyone my protein shake this week is a Mango and Apple one as mangoes are now in season  I bought some when I went to the market and when I arrived home one of my neighbours had dropped in a big bag of mangoes. What to do with all those mangoes was soon solved…

I made mango chutney with some and some of the green ones we slice and eat with a spicy Thai dip as a snack… The remainder I froze in portions to use in my protein drinks or smoothies.

To make Thai spicy dip:
Finely chop one small shallot, 1 clove of garlic, finely slice 6/8 fresh chillies, add 3 tbsp fish sauce and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice…I stir in a little-chopped coriander. If the dip is too salty add a little warm boiled water.

Lovely to dip your fresh mango in…

Before I forget… How is everyone getting on??? Are you on track and starting to shed some pounds/kilos…Are you losing your sweet tooth??? Are you finding it hard???Please speak to me in comments and if you have a favourite recipe then please message me and I am happy to share it…

Thai food is a great choice for gluten-free and dairy-free eaters because it is rice-based and uses a lot of coconut milk. … Traditional Thai soy sauce is gluten-free, but just be careful when eating out as restaurants may use wheat based Chinese soy sauce.

Thai food is low on carbs,  includes lots of fresh vegetables and herbs and most dishes are cooked very quickly so everything retains its colour and flavour, in fact, preparation most times takes longer than the actual cooking.

This Larb recipe can be made using chicken or Pork. I have used Pork Mince for this.

Larb Moo.

Thai Spicy  Pork Salad

Ingredients: Serves 1-2 people.

  • 200 gm Pork or chicken mince.
  • 3 shallots finely sliced.
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.
  • A handful of fresh Mint, pick the leaves from stem and tear the leaves into large pieces( mine is a big handful)  I love mint.
  • A handful of fresh coriander chopped.
  • A few Thai Basil leaves for the decoration.
  • I Lime use half to a whole lime juice depending on personal taste.
  • Dried chillies..dry roasted in a pan and grind in pestle and mortar.
  • 1 large tbsp toasted rice.( recipe below)
  • 1-2tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • Small amount palm sugar….I use it sparingly or not at all.

Lets Cook!

Using a small saucepan dry cook the mince, I add a small amount of water to stop it from sticking.

 

Stir until cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in toasted rice, sm amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all ingredients added ..taste and add more if required.

Thai spicy pork salad

Stir in the mint and coriander, shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully.

Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice.

Taste! if required add more chilli, fish sauce and or lime juice and Taste again as lime and chilli. Put in a serving dish.

Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

Serve with steamed boiled rice /Thai sticky rice or if you don’t want to eat rice it is lovely served in lettuce cups.

As an accompaniment serve with sliced cucumber, sliced white cabbage, green beans and Thai basil leaves.

Thai’s eat a lot of raw vegetables with Larb which is why it’s a fairly healthy meal and if a chicken is used it has even fewer calories.

It is an ideal dish if you are watching the calories as are many Thai dishes.

NB: To make dried rice mix, Take a thick bottomed pan and put it on a medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have any) normal rice will do. Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

N.B. Glutinous rice is gluten-free. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked. … It all comes down to starch content.

You can store the rice in a small container and it will keep for 6-8 weeks…

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do…I love this salad.

Next, I have this lovely meat-free dish made by my friend Richard…He is not vegetarian but likes to have meat-free days.

Vegetarian Chilli.

Richards vegetarian chilli

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chillies
  • A handful of chopped green beans
  • 100gm  black lentils
  • 125 gm of mushrooms finely chopped.
  • 2 tsp each of cumin, chilli powder and coriander powder.
  • I can of red kidney beans

Let’s Cook!

Saute your onions in a little oil and they are transparent 2-3 minutes then add chopped garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes then add all the other vegetables including the lentils…

Add the tomato paste and then the spices cook for 15-20 minutes until all the vegetables are soft and then add the kidney beans, cook until the lentils are soft. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper as required.

Lovely served with courgette ribbons, cauliflower rice or on a small jacket potato. 

I asked Richard if he soaked his lentils and he said no as they like them al-dente I myself do not cook very much with lentils and so I soaked mine. I think with lentils it is down to personal choice.

Richard also said that the chilli had as good a texture as one he usually makes with meat. It certainly looks very tasty in his photo…Doesn’t it??

You can also use basic vegetable mix and add a creamed potato topping to make a lovely shepherds pie.

Thank you, Richard, for sharing your vegetarian chilli with us…

Now tell me honestly how is your new eating plan going do you find my hints and tips helpful???

The protein shake we tested this week was a Mango and Apple Protein Shake.

MANGO Protein drink

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of coconut water or liquid of your choice.

1/3 cup of greek yoghurt

1 Cup of frozen Mango

1/2 a green apple peeled and sliced

2 cheeks of lime juice ( optional)

1 tsp of chia seeds per glass ( optional)

I didn’t add any sweetener to this mixture as it was sweet enough for me but if you need a little more sweetness then add some honey.

Play with your fruits and flavours as long as you stick to the measurements when making a protein drink.

I still much prefer the very first protein drink I made the Raspberry and Beetroot Protein Drink   

It tastes amazing and the colour just pops it is such a vibrant pink colour and all natural ingredients… If you missed this post it gives you further information on making your own protein drinks and what alternative liquids you can use instead of my prefered coconut water.

Now…

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Moderation... I haven’t mentioned that word today …Is it working for you? How is the 80%/20% going? I really find it works well for me and if I add a couple of pounds then I rein it in and make sure I get them off…Far better to shed a few pounds than let it keep totting up and that few become a lot…Also, I don’t eat very late in the day anything that I fancy I will have no later than about 3pm as if I snack too late then I  don’t want my evening meal and then I do want to snack…

I also never eat until I can’t move…I am used to finishing my meal and thinking I could just eat that little bit more but I know if I do then it becomes uncomfortable and I don’t like that overfull feeling…

I am quite hard on myself really … But stubborn and single-minded enough to tell myself enough…Moderation…

Until next week when I will give you a few more healthy recipes maybe some soups as I hear that it is very cold for some of you … I am going to be pickling some Pineapple with jalapeno peppers now doesn’t that sound awesome and by special request from little Lily a pineapple shake…she loves the shakes as she doesn’t get them in the village no mod cons there …Now it is school holidays she is staying here and a great little helper she is she helped her daddy make meatballs for tonight’s dinner which were very nice but filling.

Exercise...Mine has been a lot less this week as I pulled my calf muscle and it was nearly better when I misjudged a very small incline where it shouldn’t have been and pulled it so it is again giving me a little gyp…Not as bad as it was but enough so I can’t walk as fast as I normally do also I think that I will need an early morning walk as it is getting too hot to walk in the middle of the day…

How is your exercise going?…What do you love to do?…Walk, run, go to the gym, swimming

If anyone else has a lovely healthy recipe they wish to share then please let me know…

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Let’s do this! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Easter celebrations around the World and Baked Easter Treats.

This week in my food column it is a lovely moist carrot cake and Lily’s biscuits..all pink as little girls do love pink xxx I hope you enjoy xx

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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Pickled Eggs

Love pickled eggs??

 

But want a change ?? Love the colour pink? Then add some beets…Fancy a bit of spice  ?? Then check out these recipes…

JALAPENO PICKLED EGGS:

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 a cup of Cider Vinegar.
  • 3/4 a cup of water.
  • 1/2 cup of sugar plus 1 tbsp sugar.
  • 6 cloves.
  • 2 Jalapenos cut in half lengthwise and deseeded.
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 onion sliced.
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 9 Hard-boiled eggs, peeled.

Let’s Cook!

Boil eggs for 10-15 mins until hard. Remove from heat and put into cold water.

In a medium pan, put vinegar, water( or beet juice) if using, onion, jalapenos, sugar, and spices. Bring to the boil and cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Pour vinegar over eggs making sure they are completely covered.

If using beet juice also put some beet in the jar with the eggs. You will then have pickled beets as well.

Make sure the lid is tight and refrigerate. The eggs will be ready to eat in a few days and will keep for up to a month if you haven’t already eaten them.

CURRIED PICKLED EGGS:

Ingredients:

1 cup cider vinegar.

3/4 a cup of water.

1/4 of an onion.

3/4 cup white sugar.

3 cardamon pods

1 tsp mustard seeds( yellow or brown)

I tbsp yellow curry paste.

Let’s Cook!

As above bring all the ingredients to the boil until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool a little and then pour the vinegar mix over the eggs making sure they are completely covered.

Allow to pickle for a few days in the fridge they are then ready to eat… Left with lots of pickle juice ????

Don’t want to waste that pickle juice???    Then have a …

Pickleback

What is a pickleback? You are about to find out!

It’s a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice and some even follow that with a beer chaser…

A popular drink in bars around the world and apparently very good….Have you tried a pickleback????

Until later when I am going to show you some of the worst diets known to man…

Make sure you don’t miss it…xxx

 

 

Homemade Creme Fraiche

An easy to make recipe made from scratch 🙂

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Milk products, such as cream, yogurt, butter milk, clotted cream, soured cream and creme fraiche, have a myriad of uses in sweet and savoury dishes. Though commercially available, the latter three are easily made at home.

Here I’m going to tell you how to make creme fraiche easily at home. Creme fraiche is a partially soured, tangy cream which has the added bonus of not separating during cooking. In the following creme fraiche recipe along with the addition of double cream you can add sour cream or plain yogurt to make the creme fraiche tastier and creamier. You can use creme fraiche as flavouring for soups, sauces and savoury dishes. It is also delicious with fruits and sweet dishes. Following is the easy homemade creme fraiche recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 500ml butter milk
  • 250 ml double cream

Method:

  • Mix 500ml butter milk and double cream in a bowl.
  • Put the bowl over…

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Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

Ahhhhh our last compilation of the Health and cook from scratch series with Sally and Carol but we will be back in the New Year with something bigger and better…I hope you enjoy this post as much as we enjoyed producing it…It is a mixture of happy, sad and downright hilarious…Think Mr Bean with a turkey stuff fast on his head… Merry Christmas one and all xxx

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This is the last in the current series of Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor.. The good news is that next year Carol will be taking on the role of Food Columnist for the blog magazine.. that is very exciting as I know that we are going to be introduced to exotic foods from Thailand as well as recipes that elevate our everyday foods to delicious and nutritious meals for all the family..

This week… The Turkey.. a bird that was usually eaten mainly at Thanksgiving and Christmas but is available all year in supermarkets and butchers. Before handing over to Carol.. a look at all the health benefits this large bird brings to the table.

Meleagris Gallopavo (you can eat if you can catch it) Turkey

The wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo (something to do with difficulty in catching it I think) is native to North America. The…

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Christmas Recipes…Delicious Dips

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It was Saltine Crackers yesterday and today it is an assortment of easy to make dips to go with the Saltine crackers…

Talking about crackers I managed to get a box of crackers today from a local shop and some Cadbury’s chocolates for the tree..wow and I wasn’t even looking for them they were just there so we managed to get one tree up today and I will do the other one tomorrow…I am saving one for Lily to decorate when she arrives.

Dips.

Smoked Mackerel Pate.

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  • 12 oz of mackerel cooked
  • 5 oz of cream cheese
  • 2/3 tbsp of horseradish sauce
  • Black pepper to season
  • Lemon Juice.

Let’s Cook!

Flake the mackerel and mix with the cream cheese…I do this with a fork. Add 2 tbsp of ready-made horseradish sauce, A good squeeze of lemon juice and season with black pepper…TASTE… Adjust seasoning if necessary I generally add a 3rd tbsp of horseradish and more lemon but it is personal taste…

Guacamole.

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  • I avocado
  • 1 ripe tomato
  •  1 finely chopped shallot or green onion…I prefer shallots
  • I  birds eye chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • Lime juice

Let’s Cook!

Peel and roughly chop the avocado stir in the chopped onion, chilli, tomatoes and the coriander. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Cover bowl with clingfilm and chill before chill before serving.

Cranberry and Rosemary cheese Spread.

Ingredients.

  • 8 oz room temperature cream cheese
  • 4 oz of feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Half a cup of dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • Half a cup of dried apricots roughly chopped
  • 3/4 tsp of dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Combine all the ingredients together except for the cranberries and apricots mix until smooth and fluffy. this takes 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the chopped fruits. Check seasoning and chill for 20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Artichoke and mint dip.

Ingredients.

  • 285 gm jar of artichoke anti-pasta in oil.
  • A good handful of mint leaves stripped from the stalk
  • 3 tbsp of creme fraiche
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges and a mint sprig to garnish.

Let’s Cook!

This can be made up to a day in advance, blitz the artichokes with their oil and the mint in a blender or food processor until fairly smooth. Add the creme fraiche, season and pulse once then add the lemon juice, Tip into a small bowl, cover with cling film and chill.

Lastly one of my favourites…

Salsa

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Ingredients.

  • 1 med red onion finely chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes (peeled, chopped)
  • 1-2 red chilli peppers (hot or mild)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons lime juice.
  • salt and pepper, to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Combine all the ingredients and season well…

All of these dips are really quick to put together sometimes I use my little blender with the guacamole but am careful not to make it too smooth.

They can be served with my saltine crackers, pitta bread or Doritos or anything else of your choice…

Enjoy!

I can also be found over on my new blog Orienthailiving it would be lovely to see you there and if you sign up for my newsletter then i will give you a FREE How to make Thai Curry pastes PDF…

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health – Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Walnuts are all they are cracked up to be!

Nearly the end of this series but I am looking forward to next year as I will be doing a cookery column in Sally’s magazine…Exciting for me…and at my age who would have thought ?…Never too late… I hope you enjoy our joint venture into the health benefits of the Walnut and the recipes…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series where I share the health benefits of some of the healthiest foods in our diet and Carol Taylor enhances their natural goodness with stunning recipes.. This week let’s go nuts!

Walnuts are all they are cracked up to be!

Evidence of walnut consumption was dug up, literally, in Southwest France during excavation on Neolithic archaeological sites dating back over 8,000 years. It appears that there were walnut groves in the hanging gardens of Babylon and in Greek mythology the walnut was highly revered and temples built to honour it.

The Latin name for the tree, Juglans Regia, comes from the Roman civilisation where it was called Jove Glans or the Royal nut of Jove. The nut and the oil have been used since ancient times, both as a food and for dyeing wool and are now worldwide commodities.

Walnuts are very versatile – chopped up on…

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