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Goodbye 2018…Hello 2019


I would like to wish all my readers a joyous New Year… One filled with love, good health, kindness and lots of creative thoughts…xxx

2018 has now gone and as years go it had its ups and downs…

Christmas has been lovely never quite the same here you don’t get the build-up and the ambience but living where it is sunny and warm was a choice we made and that is life…Full of choices…

My son has been back from the UK for Christmas which has been lovely so I opted not to do any blog posts and took an unscheduled break.

But I haven’t been idle the thoughts have been many and my little pile of notes has grown as to the direction my blog will be taking this year…

I am sitting here typing surrounded by my new diary, notebooks and pens all presents I love to receive and sipping my green tea from the lovely set my grandson bought me… Also, now I have learnt the correct way to brew Green Tea it is a lovely drink..No bitterness just lovely…my favourite drink… How to brew Green Tea

New year resolutions???

I have made many over the years …Have I kept them ??? Very few… We then beat ourselves up and feel guilty…Don’t we??? So this year I have made no resolutions that I know I can’t keep …Just ideas and if I am lax then tomorrow is another day…But kindness, no to hate, tolerance are some of the things on mine…

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Social media is one I will be cutting down on… It eats into the time I need to read and write, walk and just live…

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I know it is a necessary evil and one we need but moderation and my timer will be brought into play…I am going to be strict with myself… 3 only!

Reading and reviews I have many books in my TBR folder and I am going to not set a target but revive an old passion take time out and away from my laptop …No distractions…

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My Cookbook and Novel   I have changed direction in so much as Just Fish was a struggle with my conscience. The fishing industry is beset with many problems much caused by the environment, pollution and such which means the fish we eat may not be good for us…While I am wrestling with this that one is on hold as much needs to be done to solve the problems of fish farming etc…

We grow our own fish or know a man who does so much of the fish I eat and cook with is not farmed and in the case of mine I just go out into the garden and catch one…The same with our meat we know where it comes from how it is raised and killed…They lead happy lives, graze where they will so are not stressed…

I have made a good start on Take 2 the intro is done and the recipes well on their way …My plan is by the end of April for publication.

My Novel is a WIP and by the end of the year should be good to go…

Timeout from the laptop is my main challenge and how I hope to achieve this year’s plans…


Where is my blog going… Waste is high on my agenda as I think we live in a beautiful world and cannot rely on governments and politicians to address this problem we need to be proactive…Not Fanatic but proactive and if we start in our own home as many have it will spread as others aka family and friends see how you save money as well as saving the environment because you do save money…And who doesn’t like the sound of that???

Healthy eating…We need to keep an open mind and what works for one may not work for another ..Due to many factors like lifestyle, availability, DNA, body shape, metabolism or any underlying condition we may have …So many factors come into play…

Our best chance of staying well is I believe by eating a healthy diet which is well balanced and varied and yes you can eat MODERATE amounts of the bad stuff as well as taking regular exercise…

Fad diets and food fashions come and go…I, of course, will be researching some of these…You just knew I would didn’t you?

My Cookery Column over at Smorgasbord Magazine starts again on the 9th Jan …My monthly column or guest post over at Esme’s Salon also starts again on 17th January it will be the Letter L in my journey through the Culinary Alphabet so please come over and join me for those…

Additionally, Friday’s will bring you an insight into my week in my kitchen…Lots of recipes and tips so please join me for My week in my kitchen.

Saturdays will, of course, be a weekly roundup which many have found useful as I know many of you work and it is finding the time to keep up isn’t it? I love weekly roundup posts myself x

That’s all for my first post of the New Year…Thank you for reading it and thank you to all my loyal followers…You rock!

I think this sums up 2019 perfectly…

Boarding for Flight 2019 has been Announced.
Your Luggage Should Contain Only the Best Souvenirs from 2018.
The Bad & the Sad Moments Should be Left in the bin.
The Duration of the Flight will be 12 Months.
So, Please Tighten Your Seat Belts!!!! The Next Stop Over will be of Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well-being & Peace.
The following Menu will be Served In the Flight…
A Cocktail of Friendship
A Supreme of Health
A Gratin of Prosperity
A Bowl of Excellent News
A Salad of Success
A Cake of Happiness.
All Accompanied by a Burst of Laughter😀😀
Wishing You & Your Family an Enjoyable Trip on Board Flight 2019.
Before 2018 Ends, Let me Thank All the People Like You, Who Made 2018 Beautiful for Me.
Have a Great last Day of the Year.
Wishing you a Very Happy New Year, love and kisses, Carol xxx🥳😘😘

Thank you for your comments…The best part of blogging for me … Go forward into the New Year with renewed hope for a better year, be mindful and kind and spread a smile 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


Retired No One Told Me…Weekly Roundup…Salt Farming, Matcha and the Little Penguin.

Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup

Welcome once again to my weekly roundup and I thought I would have fewer posts as I now only have the one blog but no…even more although we had the Bloggers Bash and I have started my travel ones so it soon tots up… So I would make a pot of tea or have that coffee percolator brewing as you get comfortable in your favourite chair and have a read… I hope you enjoy x

First, we have one of my Travel Thailand posts and it is Salt farming in Northern Thailand.

Fruity Fridays and one of my favourites the Tomato which goes with nearly everything…I just love them pickled, dried and I love my fried bread cooked in the tomato juice … Don’t they look lovely just eaten like an apple with a little salt…

Matcha and Green Tea …The differences and how to make a lovely cup of green tea which is not bitter. I always drank Green tea now and again and had to force myself and tell myself it was good for me…Now I know how to make it I can savour a cup and it is lovely.

The Charade it is getting exciting and I am loving co-writing this and even I don’t know what is going to happen next…The only thing I do know is who is the villain here but is he the only one?

Well, lots of people love Green tea and Matcha but it did raise the question which is better for you?? All will be revealed so step inside…

Perth is where my beloved daughter lives and I love it…The very first place we visited was Perth and it did not disappoint…That little penguin on Penguin Island was so cute..

The Bloggers Bash and the Royal wedding came next… The sun shone and the bride was beautiful and the sermon astounding… The Bloggers Bash I watched in between and I was so lucky and got a 2nd place under the Little Gem category….rough diamond maybe and now a Hidden Gem… Thank you to everyone who voted for me…I love you all xxx

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Sally is a wiz and writes some down to earth sensible posts on Health…That lady knows her stuff so if you have Allergies or intolerances or don’t know which one you suffer from then this is a must read…

Next came the Uk on the obesity chart and I didn’t pull my punches … too many snacks…

Sunday Roast at SR

Oh dear…If you didn’t know very much about me if you read this you will…

Finally the Kings Park and The Lucky Shag both in Perth and well worth a visit a beautiful park which has some formal gardens but also lots of wildflowers and hidden paths and to finish the day a lovely bowl of mussels at the Lucky Shag…

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I hope you still have some coffee or tea left that was a bit of a marathon but plenty to keep you interested so I hope you have enjoyed this roundup, let me know in comments.

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Matcha or Green Tea??

Matcha or Green Tea

My last post had many comments … so thank you…It did, however, raise the question of what is the difference between Green Tea and Matcha powdered tea…

What is Green Tea?

Like all teas, it is brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia Senensis but it is the level of oxidation in the initial production of tea which determines the type of tea.

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Green tea is produced from unoxidized leaves which means it goes through fewer processes thus it has more antioxidants and polyphenols than it’s sister black tea.

Green Tea has been used for many thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines.

The amount of research into the medicinal properties of green tea is mind-blowing and very interesting but this post is about Taste and the difference between Green Tea and Matcha powdered tea…

Like lots of other products, the Green Tea market is a very lucrative one. It can be bought ready made to drink on the go… BUT just because it says Green Tea somewhere on the label …Please don’t be fooled…

If it is sitting on the shelf among the other sodas you can bet your life it is loaded with sugars and the like…

Here I only promote good teas…no nasties..just green tea… Nuff said!

So what does Green Tea taste like?

The most common comment I hear and I have also been guilty of this…It’s bitter!

I now know why?

It is only bitter because either your tea is low-grade aka cheap or it has not been brewed correctly,  brew with cooler water and don’t leave the leaves in the tea once it has brewed. Once you have that bitter taste no amount of sugar or milk will get rid of it….

It is only since living here that I have learnt the art of brewing a nice green tea but no matter where you live the amount of information online is astounding and with a little effort you can benefit from an amazing cup of beautiful green tea.

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How to brew Green Tea.

Makes 1 cup.


6 ounces of water, a little more if you are pre-warming your cup or teapot.

About 1 tsp of or 2 grams.

Let’s brew….Get that on to boil and get your cup or teapot.

Your water ideally should be 160F -180F so bring your kettle to the boil and let it cool it should be just short of boiling. Obviously, if you have a temp thingy that is great.

Pre-warm your cup or pot ( my mum) always used to…I don’t well if it is a pot I do but my cup…I know I should and I will…promise.

Measure out your tea leaves set to one side pour your water into your cup and add the tea leaves then cover your cup..let it steep for 1 -3 minutes if your tea is small-leaved it will be quicker…I just set my kitchen timer to start with but practice makes perfect and no more bitter green tea…

Once it is ready…Enjoy!

When you use a new brand of tea it takes a little adjustment in amounts of tea or steeping time to get your perfect cuppa… But when you do a sense of achievement.

I spent so many years really disliking green tea and only drinking because it was ” good” for me….Since I have learned how to brew it correctly…I can say hand on heart…I am a convert…

What is Matcha Tea?matcha-tea-with name

Matcha tea is nutritionally equal to 10 cups of Green Tea and is said to have 137 x more antioxidants. It is easy to use and cook with.

Matcha means powdered tea and it is made from tea leaves which are specially grown for Matcha powdered tea the leaves are kept covered during growth which aids the production of more chlorophyll. Hence the lovely green colour of Matcha powdered tea. It is also only the leaves which are ground the stems and veins are removed which is why it grinds down into a very fine powder.

Traditionally it is made by mixing about a tsp of powder with half a cup of hot but not boiling water and then whisked with a bamboo brush until it is frothy. Doesn’t that brush look cute? I always get a feeling of calm when I just look at these photos…

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Matcha powdered tea comes in two grades…

Culinary Grade which is mainly used for cooking and baking.

Grown to taste slightly bitter is why the cooking grade Matcha powder combines well with many foods, milk-based drinks, smoothies, ice cream, beautiful sponge cakes and much more.

Ceremonial grade Matcha Tea powder is the one used in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies.

The crème de la crème of tea. It is grown specifically for drinking and can command very high prices for a superior tea. spends the last few weeks of its growth cycle in the cool shade of bamboo mats, sometimes several layers of them, to keep the sunlight out.

Then, only the top one or two leaves of each plant are hand-picked and allowed to dry, usually indoors, again away from any direct sunlight. That’s why this grade of matcha powdered tea is so green and so full of nutrients.

My Conclusion:

I have drunk some very nice Green Teas since living here in Thailand the choice is far bigger than when I was in the UK and I now know how to brew it is little wonder that mine was so bitter…Lesson

Matcha powdered tea is another level and nutritionally more beneficial so if it because you want the greatest nutrition value from your tea then it has to be Matcha powdered tea…

If you do a lot of baking using the culinary-grade Matcha powdered tea which you can also drink it makes sense to use culinary Matcha tea powder as its use is two-fold.

The ceremonial grade is probably out of my price range for tea so I would drink that when I was out and wanted a treat…

Green tea suits me very well on a day-to-day basis as I only drink 1 cup daily….

I would say based on that it is down to each person’s individual circumstance but as with anything I always advise moderation.

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