Category Archives: Sally @ Smorgasbord Health

Time for Sally’s Health common where she tells us all about the many benefits of Watercress.

My first memories of watercress were for Sunday afternoon tea in the summer served with Salmon, brown bread or egg and watercress sandwiches. I used to love them…

When I was reading Sally’s marvelous post on the health benefits of watercress it is certainly a most impressive little aquatic herb and packed with lots of iron….those egg and cress sandwiches were my first thought and watercress gives that wonderful distinctive peppery taste and of course if it picked while young and tender it much milder as the pungency gets stronger with age…Enjoy the post xx

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Watercress – More Iron than Spinach

Vitamin D…an important vitamin for our well being for those like me who are lucky to get sunshine year-round it is not a problem but for others, it may be but Sally is here to explain how you can increase it naturally and other options…A very good post clearly explained in plain language…No Jargon…#recommended read…

 

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resistance – Vitamin D Deficiency Part One by Sally Cronin

Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

The answer is not so much…

Well if you call bread not much…Spurred on by Meeks or her offspring I should say…I made some dinner/breakfast rolls and they really got the thumbs up and I was told by my testers they were the best of my baking exploits yet…Whoo Hoo…They now want the same recipe as hot dog rolls…long instead of round but methinks I can do that…A baker I am not…

I am pleased to say though that they came out exactly as the video promised…

Loved them!

Last week I horrified many of you with dead man’s fingers…This week …2 days ago to be precise hubby was out in the garden and went to his shed where there was a green snake curled around a large Gekko.

A call to the local snake catchers was made and within 10 minutes they duly arrived…The look of delight which passed between them was priceless they were excited…Their pronged stick soon prompted the snake to uncurl and that Gekko scooted away for his life…Luckily he hadn’t been there long enough to be suffocated by the snake…The only damage to the Gekko was the loss of his tail as when a Gekko feels threatened their tail comes off but they soon grow another one…

The snake was duly taken away to be released back into the wild…Unfortunately, we didn’t get a picture but this video will give you an idea although in this case, it looks like the Gekko is definitely the aggressor …

While we were waiting for the snake catchers to arrive Aston who follows the teachings of Buddism told us the meaning as there is always a meaning or warning…Good or bad luck if you get the picture. He then proceeded to tell us that one of the sounds the Gekko makes is a call out to a green snake…The reason they do this is that the Gekko is getting old and his liver is failing…The snake then enters the Gekko through his mouth and removes the liver…The Gekko then grows a new one and extends his life…This is good karma…

I mean they have the capacity to grow a new tail but a liver…we didn’t have the heart to dispute this tale as it was well told and in some ways made sense however we did not really believe… many teachings come down through generations by word of mouth and this is one of them as he did say it was what the old grandmothers believed…

Maybe be its equivalent to the fairy tales we told our children and grandchildren…

Thai Vegetables…

As you know I am always looking out for new fruits and vegetables and I came across this one for the first time a little while ago…my daughter in law had no idea what it was which unusual as she normally knows everything as she forages a lot…

smart

They were young and tender so I added to a stir fry and very nice they were…I put the picture on Instagram and FB last week and finally someone told me what they wereand once I knew I could tell that yes that is exactly what they are…The bean pods of Chinese Cabbage…It just took someone to tell me…I will also most certainly be snapping them up if I come across them again…

Wellness Corner:

I am loving this series of Sally’s and learning so much…Part Three – Achieving the correct pH balance in your body – The Plan

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

Head over to Sally’s and have a read of  Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with COVID- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/23/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-three-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

After closing for three months, Barcelona’s El Liceu opera house reopened with its first concert on June 22 to an audience of 2,292… plants. The event took place the first day after Spain ended its state of emergency. Organizers said the intention was to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition in the era of the coronavirus, which deprives people of their position as spectators. All 2,292 plants (the theater’s full seating capacity) will be given to local healthcare workers as a sign of gratitude for their work during the outbreak. The concert was also streamed live on the venue’s website.

How very beautiful is this?

When the string quartet of two violins, a viola, and cello finish their performance, palms will certainly be pressed together in appreciation, after which each and every plant will be donated to a health worker as a small token of appreciation.

There have been many sacrifices and sadness because of COVID-19 but there also have been so many lovely things happening around the world which we can all learn from and hopefully make this world a better place.

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practice social distancing..I believe we haven’t seen the end of this virus yet and that there is more to come…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.

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

Everyone loves a wedding don’t they and this wedding was absolutely delightful what the groom did to make his brides day really special was awesome…

What a kind, considerate man…with his heart in the right place…

Since the lockdowns, I have spent even more time in the kitchen ..much of it making cakes now that I have mastered the temperature on my oven never easy but if I double tin and heat it for a while with the tin in the oven the temperature settles and stays stable providing I do not keep the oven door open too long…Thai ovens don’t have a thermostat just low/middle and high plus only room for one shelf…All mod cons here…

I have also been experimenting with different flours and different ways of making cakes an example was the Chocolate cake I made using vinegar instead of eggs…This week I am going to be experimenting with a recipe my daughter recommended which uses 2 oranges which you cook for 2 hours and then blitz skin and all… mix with the other ingredients and you have a lovely gluten free orange cake…she has also made it using lemons…

While searching for different cake recipes I chanced upon this…Raindrop Cake…made of water and agar that resembles a raindrop. It first became popular in Japan in 2014, and later gained international attention.

raindrop cake

Photo credit: Ty Nigh on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Not something I will be attempting but isn’t it beautiful? Although maybe if it came in kit form I would make it just because…Have you made or eaten this???

The dish is made from mineral water and agar; thus, it has virtually no calories…

The dessert is also sold in kits to be made at home. It has been showcased by the mainstream media on The Today Show, BuzzFeed and ABC News…

Next we have my wellness corner which features Sally’s new series Project 101…

Wellness Corner:

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-two-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

Now I know many of my readers are vegetarian or vegan…although I could happily eat vegetables for at least 5 days a week I believe in a balanced diet and not excluding food groups nless medically advised and I love fish and meat although I eat very little portions of meat all of our food is from sutainable sources…

rice june 2020

Our rice has benefited from the recent rains…It is low season now but it is looking good thanks to Tik who tends the rice well…

Today as I love cheese although I don’t get to eat it often often as cheddar is not readily available here however I also don’t know enough about alternatives for cheese…The lovely Tori who is vegan has written a great explanation for me and I am sharing it in case it helps any of you if you are looking for alternatives to cheese…Over to Tori...Tori has some lovely fur babies and has also written some delightful childrens books…

Vegan Cheese:

It depends on the brand and type you get. Some are so far away in taste and texture from dairy cheese that they wouldn’t fool anyone in to thinking they’re eating cheese, some taste like cheese but have an unpleasant aftertaste, and others are so close you’d need to be really good at identifying different cheeses to tell they’re vegan alternatives.

I get one called “VioLife” that’s got several different varieties. I get the original block, and sometimes also the feta style and the cream cheese, but they do others too. Their original block is pretty close in texture to cheddar, and tastes kind of like a very mild cheddar (you can get a stronger one, but I prefer mild, so stick to the original) though it takes a little longer to properly melt than cheddar, and even longer to brown slightly when grilled or placed in the oven so it’s difficult to get that crispy brown coating to sheperd’s pie you can get by pudding grated cheese on top, if you know what I mean. Their feta style one is incredibly close in both taste and texture to dairy feta (though melts exceptionally quickly, so if you’re melting it you want to do it for a very short amount of time, unless you want it to become extremely runny) and the cream cheese they do sort of reminds me of the Laughing Cow cheese spread. If you know your cheeses well, you’ll notice a difference in the taste and texture, plus there are differences when you’re melting them, like I said. But they’re close enough that they hit the spot with cheese cravings, so I haven’t missed the dairy cheese at all since becoming vegan.

Thank you, Tori that was really helpful…xxx

While I was checking out some recipes today I came across a recipe which grated walnuts over the top of the dish instead of cheese…

Walnut-shell

Walnut showing kernal

Has anyone tried grating walnuts instead of cheese?

0ppps nearly forgot…Chocolate Fudge recipe…In now have vanilla fudge/tablet/coconut Ice and Chocolate fudge in my repertoire…for someone who prefers savoury this lockdown has opened a few more recipe doors…

chocolate fudge with walnuts

Ingredients:

  • 300 gm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • can condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1/2-1 cup walnuts chopped( optional)

Let’s Cook!

Add the sugar, salt and cocoa powder to a heavy bottomed pan and stir in the can of condensed milk…Over a medium heat bring to a roling boil and stir for 5 mins until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat and take a brush and water and clean the inside of the pan of any mixture it stop it crystalising. then add the vanillea extract and the butter and beat the mixture foir 5  minutes until it starts to thicken then stir in the chopped walnuts and gentle comine then pour into a prepared dish to set. Once set cut into squares.

Enjoy!

Foraging is done by almost all Thais here it seems to be a national pastime…There are allsorts of mushrooms to be found here…We haven’t come across any of these though and I am sure if I did I would run…

A fungus named Xylaria polymorpha, commonly known as dead man’s finger,

Although I have researched this mushroom and some people eat these mushrooms I for one would not…

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practise social distancing.

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.

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Walnuts…one of my favourite nuts and as Sally tells us very good for our health…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

As a follow on from the recent series on the Weekly Grocery Shopping List of foods that contain the nutrients the body needs I am going to repeat my series from 2017 on the health benefits of some of our most common foods.

Food therapy is a broad term for the benefits to the body of a healthy, varied and nutritional diet of fresh foods.

Most of us walk through the fresh produce departments of our supermarkets without really paying much attention to the individual fruits and vegetables. This is a great pity because the vast majority of these foods have been cultivated for thousands of years, not only for their nutritional value but also for their medicinal properties. If you eat a healthy diet you are effectively practising preventative medicine. A robust immune system, not only attacks external opportunistic pathogens but also works to prevent rogue cells in the body from developing into serious disease.

NOTE – If you are on any prescribed medication do not take yourself off it without consultation with your doctor. If you follow a healthy eating programme and lose weight and are exercising you may not need the same dose and with your doctor’s agreement, you may be able to reduce or come off the medication altogether.

Walnuts are all they are cracked up to be!

Please click the link below to have a read about all the health benefits that little nut can provide there are also some lovely recipes using Walnuts of course…Enjoy!

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

I am learning so much from Sally…I am finding theses posts so informative as they highlight how what we eat can affect our bodies and our skin…

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

 

Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with Covid- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance.

The pH balance refers to the acidity or alkalinity of every living organism. The scale for measuring this balance is called Potential for Hydrogen or pH balance and each system or organ has its optimum balance for health. The scale goes from 0 to 14 with 7.0 being neutral with anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 being acidic. Each step up or down is ten times the previous which means that even a change of .1 will have an effect on your body.

For example, human blood stays in a very narrow pH range between 7.35 and 7.45. If the balance goes either side of this there will be varying symptoms of disease. In fact, if the pH level drops too much below 6.8 or above 7.8 the heart can stop.

This illustrates how critical this level of acidity and alkalinity is for our health.

To read more please click the link below…

via Project 101 – Resilience – Acidity/Alkalinity pH Balance for Health Part One and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin