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CarolCooks2…My weekly roundup of this weeks posts…Plastic, Hemp, Kaffir Lime Marmalade and Chocolate Cupcakes

Welcome to my weekly roundup time to take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy if you have missed any posts or if you just like to catch up once a week…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic readerA busy week for me…Lily is and has been joined by her little friend Dam and yesterday was Thai New Year aka Songkran which means lots of water which was very welcome as it is extremely hot at the moment…The best option rather than taking to the streets with my water pistol at the ready was a water park…

 

I spent the day with a book under a lovely wooden gazebo with a coconut straw roof overlooking the action…Thai food, fresh mango and pineapple and lots and lots of kids…Oh and some beautiful koi carp swimming around beneath us…

The downside is I have not done very much cooking this week and next week I have another addition …Aston will be back with another boy in tow…For someone who really doesn’t like kids…well if they are well behaved we get on fine but as Lily has been joined by a friend I really can’t say no to Aston although I drew the line at a 2-week stay… I am just baffled as to why I seem to be a magnet for kids…haha

My first post of the week was Part 3 of Plastic which is such a big topic and I have some really exciting news for you in next weeks post on  Plastic…tomorrow even …

ear budshttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/08/plastic-part-3-our-actions-the-consequences/

It was then Healthy Eating and how to not have fussy kids which in turn become fussy eaters as adults… Kid learn by example so please just because you don’t like something give your kid and unbiased chance to maybe like what you don’t…The same food can be prepared in so many different ways which change the taste and texture so please to give your kids the chance to et a healthy balanced diet and enjoy their food explore those ways…If you are stuck for ideas drop me a message and the food i.e cabbage and I will send you ideas…

Diet-Eat smart-

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/09/healthy-eating-eat-smart-no-more-fussy-kids/

The middle of the week already doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? Time for my cookery column over at Sally’s…A delicious carrot and pineapple cake and a look at my little chef in the making baking biscuits…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-rewind-easter-treats-with-carol-taylor/

Waste not! Want Not! Time for me to get moving and rid my house once and for all of everything and anything which is getting into the waterworks and the waste system…Castille Soap…Which I had heard of and have memories of my nan and mother using it …Not so easy to obtain here well only in 250ml sizes so I have ordered some from Amazon and await delivery but I am looking at other options like coconut oil which is plentiful here…

olive on branchhttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/11/waste-not-want-not-week-19-castille-soap/

Next came the news that the voting for the annual Bloggers Bash awards is open… I was chuffed to bits to be nominated in the Best Food Blog Category and I wish all my fellow nominees good luck in this category and all the other categories …Of course, I would love to win…Who wouldn’t?…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/12/the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-voting-is-now-open/

A quietish week in my kitchen…Grandkids, their friends and Songkran…Took over…Lily made cupcakes and very nice they were…I managed to make a pot of Kaffir Lime marmalade and Lily helped with the Beef salad…I have just seen them off with their waterproof packs (money/phone) as it is more water fun…So methinks I may just have time to cook up a little something for a post I need to get off by tomorrow at the latest…Sorry, Sally for the delay…xxx…Snail mail xxx…The best-made plans of mice and men is the saying, isn’t it??? No matter how carefully project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.

The saying is adapted from line in “To Mouse,” by Robert Burns: “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/12/this-week-in-my-kitchen-week-15-chocolate-cup-cakes-kaffir-lime-marmalade/

Last out of the starting blocks is a post about something we have all at sometime in our lives contemplated in one form or another…I have…Revenge…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/09/something-to-think-about-new-rs-of-life-survival-in-a-modern-world-revenge-never-really-sweet-sally-cronin/

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have enjoyed it …Enjoy your Sunday 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!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Hand’s up! How often have you planned revenge…I know I have and I would put medieval torturers to shame in my head…hahHead over to Sally’s and she will talk some common  into you after she has let fly with some of her feelings…Go Sal xxx

Image by Hebi B. from Pixabay

So head over to Sally’s for her thoughts on revenge tempered with some common sense… xx

via Something to Think About – New R’s of Life – Survival in a Modern World – Revenge – Never really sweet – Sally Cronin

This week in my kitchen…Week 15…Chocolate Cup Cakes, Kaffir Lime Marmalade…

Welcome to Week 15 in my kitchen…Chocolate and lots of sprinkles from Lily she has been cake making…It is so hot in the kitchen…I know it is the time of year and Songkram is this weekend the water will be most welcome…

Lily has been joined by her little friend for a few days a treat for her as she doesn’t get out of the village very often and all she keeps saying is Wow! Bless her…We went shopping yesterday which she loved and she goes swimming while Lily is having her lessons…A great leveller for us when you realise so many children are not so fortunate…

Lily’s Chocolate Cakes… Makes 12.

Preheat the oven to 177 C/Gas mark 4

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of good cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar I used raw cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 tsp real vanilla essence

Let’s Bake…

Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl except for the sugars and stir or whisk to combine.

Lily making cupcakes

In a separate bowl add the eggs and whisk with the sugar and vanilla essence.

Pour half of the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and combine, then half of the buttermilk and repeat stirring until combined the mixture will be quite thin and batter-like.

Pour the mix into 12 cake cases it will only come half way but will rise…

When the cakes are cooled then the fun begins …The icing…

The recipe stated 20 mins but my (Thai) oven needed a further 7 mins…and I increased the heat to Gas 5…

Having been given a bag of Kaffir Limes and the leaves I got to thinking about what I could do apart from zesting and freezing the zest for recipes which although very nice you can only use so much…

Kaffir Limes and leaves

 

Ingredients.

  • 1 lb Kaffir limes
  • 3/4 lb Limes
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 4 cups of granulated sugar

Let’s Cook!

Wash the limes really well cut them in half and then slice very thin half-moon slices. The regular limes I removed the peel and segmented them.

Cover the prepared fruit with the water and put in the fridge overnight or for up to 48 hrs…The smell of limes was amazing.

When ready pour the mixture into a heavy based saucepan and add the sugar bring to the boil stirring until the sugar is dissolved keep stirring occasionally until the temperature reaches 222 F on a sugar thermometer. I stirred it almost constantly as I am very good at forgetting and burning anything containing sugar…

smart

When ready remove from the heat and transfer to sterilised jars. Once cool I keep refrigerated. It is a lovely marmalade if you love marmalade with lots of peel like I do and has a strong lime taste which I love and takes away from the sweetness… I made half the recipe as I always do when I am trying something for the first time…

Kanaa Moo Krob was one of the other stir-fries I made this week quick and easy…I also love kale although yesterday I had some lovely tenderstem broccoli to use.

Thai crispy pork and Kale

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Belly Pork Strips.
  • 8 Large leaves of Kale.
  • 3/4 cloves Garlic. squashed with the flat blade of a knife.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies.
  • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2/3 shakes of Maggi Sauce.
  • Half tbsp. Oil.

Let’s Cook!

Cook Belly Pork in the oven until tender and crispy. For about 30 mins.

I normally cook on about 180/200 degrees to start and then reduce heat slightly to 160 degrees. When the pork is tender turn up the heat to crisp the pork. When nice and crispy remove the pork from the oven and chop into bite pieces.

Heat the wok or large frypan and add half tablespoon oil.

Add crushed garlic and chillies, add little hot water and cook for 1 min…at this point the chillies may overpower you..ha ha….turn on expel fan and add chopped Kale.

Stems first if using as they take longer to cook. I use stems of Kale also if they are quite thick slice into 2-inch pieces.

Cook for 2 mins and add remainder of Kale leaves and turn over a few times ….I use fish slice as I find it easier to just turn kale over.

Add 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce and 1 tbsp Soy along with few shakes of Maggi ( seasoning Sauce). Taste and adjust if necessary. Cook for further 2/3 mins.

Add crispy Pork turn or stir a few times to mix.

Kanom Moo Krob Thai crispy pork and kale

Check the seasoning again and serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me in my kitchen this week…xx

Before I go just a little reminder that I have been nominated in the Bloggers Bash Awards and I am chuffed to bits and if you have a favourite blogger who has been nominated then the vote is open so please make their day and cast your vote…

https://annualbloggersbash.com/2019/04/10/the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-2019-vote-is-live/

Thank you again for joining me for this week in my kitchen 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 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 I bid you 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: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards…Voting is now open…

Time to vote for your favourite blog… The vote is now open until 24th April…I am truly honoured to have been nominated for the Best Food Blog( Retired No One Told Me)  I also wish all my fellow nominees in that category and the other categories… Good Luck x

The vote is open please click the link below to make your votes…

https://annualbloggersbash.com/2019/04/10/the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-2019-vote-is-live/

As you know I blog about food ...A lot…I love food…Good Food…Home cooked food from scratch…The recipes I learnt from my grandmother and my mum and over the last few years have gathered many lovely recipes from people I have met on my travels…

https://carolcooks2.com/2015/07/17/age-and-glasses-of-wine-should-never-be-counted/

Healthy Eating, good food prepared from scratch is my motto as is the environment…Just in case you hadn’t noticed…haha

salmon-steamed-Thai- coriander-chilli

Thai style steamed salmon with coriander and fish sauce, chilli and lime

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/03/27/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love-6/

To me, it all goes hand in hand …If we pollute the oceans and the fish, poison the fields and the vegetables, If we ignore the signs …We won’t have healthy food to eat it will be lab-grown meat, highly processed foods all which will shorten our lives and that of our children…So yes I do blog about that alongside food but as I said to me it is a circle and one doesn’t exist without the other…

If you agree with me then please vote for me( Retired No One Told Me) as I will always give you good, wholesome food made from scratch and which I feed my family …No fad, No fancies just good food…

https://annualbloggersbash.com/2019/04/10/the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-2019-vote-is-live/

I will also spread the good news like…

Pork Crackling is healthy… It is good fat… https://carolcooks2.com/2017/07/02/carols-perfect-crispy-crackling/

 

Scientists have unveiled their top 100 rankings of the most nutritious foods, and pork fat has – surprisingly – cracked the top ten.

Sharing the top spots with almonds, chia seeds and swiss chard, pork fat scored number eight on the list of top 100 nutritious foods.

Pork fat was ranked highly on the BBC list because of its high content of B vitamins and minerals. Scientists revealed that – although the fat has a very high-calorie content – pork fat is a more unsaturated and healthier alternative to other meat fats, like lamb or beef.

Also Red wine and Chocolate are good for you…

Lips-chocolate-woman

Lips and chocolate

So don’t go thinking that all the food recipes I post are for rabbit food and the like it is all food which you would love to eat…But all cooked from scratch and which comes from sustainable sources …

I am also extremely chuffed and honoured to have been nominated for the Best Food Blog( Retired No One Told Me) and would like to wish all the other nominees in this and the other categories the very best of luck…xx

To cast your vote(s) please click the link below…

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 Vote is LIVE!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 19…Castille Soap…

Last week (justly) I think… I had the mother of all rants…But I don’t want all my posts about our beautiful world to be rants as…

1. There are so many wonderful things being done to save our natural world.

2. There is so much we can do as individuals which combined will make a difference so today I will be looking at what we can do in our homes and our lives…

butterfly and bee flower meadow

If you missed it the other day in my posts Adele’s wife Becca when she walks their dog Dante she takes some wildlife seeds to scatters where not many people walk which means hopefully there will be more flowers for the bees and butterflies …Such a simple thing to do which if you are walking the dog anyway takes no time at all and will make a difference because when those flowers bloom and die the birds and the breeze will carry those seeds and they will bloom anew somewhere else thus spreading the love…I think that is a wonderful idea…

♦♦♦♦♦

Deodorant… There has been much in the news about the dangers of deodorants and the effect aerosol cans have on the environment…Nasa gets a bird’s eye of the earth here is what they have to say about the effect of aerosols…

A recipe to make your own…

6-8 tbsp Coconut Oil ( solid)

1/4 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of Arrowroot powder

6-10 drops of essential oil( optional) See note at bottom of the post…

To make…Combine both powders and add to the coconut oil a little at a time working it in and you will have a pliable and firm mixture.

If you find it is too wet then just add a little more Arrowroot powder or salt which acts as a thickener.

If you use the push-up deodorants then scoop it into your cleaned out empty container however if you are eliminating plastic from your home then put into a glass jar.

To apply just use your fingers and keep the jar in the fridge this amount used by two persons a day will last about 3 months not only saving the planet but saving you money…

Or if you prefer a spray then Castile soap can be used to make a natural deodorant. Add 1/2 tsp of liquid castile soap and 1 tsp of sea salt to a small spray bottle and use as needed.

I have heard and read quite a lot about Castille Soap and have a vague memory of my grandma and mum using it but didn’t really know what it was…It has only been since I have realised how much damage store brands do to the environment that I have been looking into it…

Vegetable based it is free od animal fats and any nasties aka synthetic ingredients…Natural, non-toxic and biodegradable it comes in bars or liquid form…First made in the Mediterranean region where it was made from olive oil and its name originates from the Castille region of Spain its popularity soon spread to Europe and beyond.

Image by U. Leone from Pixabay

Now the soap can be made or is made from Coconut, hemp or castor oil…What memories that word evokes as children we were forced to have a castor oil tablet a day…Avocado, walnut and almond oils are sometimes used as well…

As well as being environmentally friendly and safe as well as using it on your body it is safe for your beloved pets and you can clean your house with it…

Always buy pure 100% natural castile soap from a reputable brand to ensure you’re buying a high-quality product.

Washing up liquid…Add 1 part of castile soap to 10 parts of water to make washing up liquid for your dishwasher then mix equal parts of castile soap and water in a bottle. Fill your detergent compartment as normal.

washing dishes

Image by Eak K. from Pixabay

For your laundry...Add 1/2 cup of castile soap to a load of laundry. You can use less soap if you’re using a high-efficiency washing machine. This may be a particularly appealing option for those who get rashes from traditional store-bought laundry detergents.

washing on the line pegs

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of my Castille soap as I suffer from rashes and the like from many store-bought products which has been a nightmare all my life. Once I find a product that doesn’t affect me I stick to it for life. If I can make my own and help the ecosystem then I will be even happier…

I am also looking forward to using it for many other purposes it definitely seems to be the all-around product…

There are a few things to avoid when using castile soap:

  • If you have hard water, it will react with castile soap and leave behind a white film residue. Install a water softener if it’s possible.
  • Combining vinegar with castile soap can also leave behind a white film. This is because the alkaline nature of the soap reacts with the acid vinegar, and they cancel out each other. This changes the soap back to its original oils.
  • Castile soap shouldn’t be combined with lemon juice for the same reasons it doesn’t combine well with vinegar.
  • Don’t use castile soap on colour-treated hair as it may strip away some of the colour.

This warning about essential oil was also on the site where I ordered my base Castille oil from

Caution: Some essential oils do not mix perfectly with a natural soap base. These may include lemon, lemongrass, clove, eucalyptus, and possibly others. Test carefully when using these oils. Orange oils and other essential oils may leave the mixture and float on top if too much is used. Warm and stir to get them back in. Wait 24 hours to check for separation. Skim excess from the top if needed. Any oil-based or water-based herbal ingredient can potentially be used.

Our Castile Soaps are fragrance-free, but can easily be fragranced with essential oils and thickened with table salt.

Do not consume. For external use only. Keep away from children and eyes.

Do you already use Castille soap? If so what is your experience of it?

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Food and Cookery Column Rewind – Easter Treats with Carol Taylor

It is Easter weekend and I hope you all enjoy your Easter Eggs…No eggs here maybe a Lindt bunny if I can find one but I am used to that now after all this time although I could eat some thin crispy Easter egg chocolate fresh from the fridge…In my dreams…xxx

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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Healthy Eating… Eat Smart…No more fussy kids!

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…How has your week gone? Are you finding the going tough, easy or a little in between …Good days and bad days…We all have those and we can’t change the past but we can change the future…

Why do we fail? There are lots of posts on that one…Here there are no fails as we can eat what we love just moderation with some foods…RIGHT???

If you are keeping your diaries are you seeing a pattern? What are you seeing? The same foods over and over again? or a variety?

What do I see? I see lots of variety of fruit and vegetables as I do go with fruits in season and we eat a lot of fruit…Mango and pineapple at the moment as it is plentiful…Also, the tender stem broccoli has now appeared and is beautiful…

However, as I don’t like to waste herbs and Grapow Moo( Pork) is not the same when frozen if I don’t have enough to pick and have to buy a bunch then that lasts me 4 meals so I eat that as my first meal of the day at least 3/4  times a week unless Aston is here and then only twice…It is also my all-time favourite Thai Stir Fry…

Think of all your favourite foods you like to eat and head over and read Sally’s post...You will be very surprised at what you can eat…and still lose weight…Those of you who know Sally know how vast her knowledge of foods and vitamins are …

My weight has stayed the same this week but that is ok…I have had a few extra treats…Lily is here…But that is ok…I enjoyed them …Today back to normal…

Now as you know I advocate healthy eating for all the family… if you start when the kids are young healthy eating becomes a habit just like sugar and the like…

Lily is 6 yrs old and in the school holidays, she stays with us…The remainder of the time she lives in a small, very rural Thai village …While she is here this time I have been taking her to swimming lessons…she loves the water and as Thai kids swim anywhere there is water it is very important that they learn how to swim properly although her mummy is very good and doesn’t allow her into just any water…

What I have observed since living here is that Thais do not walk anywhere and although most eat a very healthy diet they love their sugar…Sugary drinks and cakes are everywhere… In the village Lily and her mummy ride push bikes around the village they only use motorised transport when going into town and she eats what her family eat which is healthily her favourite snack here at the moment is lots of mangoes and she eats a lot of raw veg with her meals she loves raw cabbage and also the Thai pickled cabbage…Pak Dong which is cabbage, spring (green ) onions and salt…

The little group she is in for swimming consists of some children her age and some a bit older…Lily is the slenderest I would say and by far the fittest she zips down those lengths and sits on the side waiting for the others…Some really struggle about midway and have to be helped by the instructor to complete the length of the pool and to get out of the pool onto the side…Lily thinks it is because she eats her vegetables …Her words…

I see the kids arrive with a bag of crisps and a carbonated drink…In a car or on the back of a scooter…

I walk and Lily rides her bike to swimming…

The children have changed over the weeks she has been learning to swim and I am guessing have given up…Such a shame that they are unfit at 6/7 years old…

The motto is we need to teach children good habits early in life and encourage them to try different foods and if they don’t like them that’s ok..try introducing the same food in a different way a smoothie or if they are eating other fruits and vegetables then it doesn’t matter …Search for other recipes using the food they don’t particularly like and let them help cook it…A child who helps cook food will eat the food…

A good example is Cloud eggs...Many children don’t like the white of the egg but made this way it changes both the taste and appearance of the egg…These eggs were first made by my grandson when he was 12 yrs old and up until then, he didn’t eat the white of his eggs…He does now even when they are not made this way…

 

You will notice from the images that Aston made his own addition to the dish…Now at 14 years he is a competent cook and always cooks the meat for me he also cooks a mean steak…It is also a pleasure to watch him eat he thoroughly enjoys his food as it should be…He is not fussy and eats most things…

Lily who is 6 yrs is following in his footsteps she cuts and prepares the vegetables/ fruit for me and can use the blender and food processor…She makes lovely cakes and biscuits and can ice them beautifully.

Lily’s Beef Salad which we had for dinner the other night… The only thing I didn’t allow her to do is to cook the meat and slice it or the shallots but she prepared all the other salad and squeezed the lime for the dressing and mixed everything together…

Thai beef salad nam doc nua

Thai Beef Salad

Recipe for Thai Beef Salad.
 
Serves 2.
Ingredients:
  • 300gm Tenderloin Beef.
  • 1 sm red Onion or 2/3 shallots.
  • 2 Spring Onions.
  • 2 medium tomatoes or  8/10 cherry toms.
  • 1 sm cucumber.
  • 2 sprigs mint.
  • Big handful of Coriander.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies chopped.
  • 1 lime.
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.
Let’s Cook!
Grill the tenderloin medium rare.
While steak is cooking chop salad into small pieces and chop coriander inc stalks.
Mint take leaves off stems.
When steak cooked to your liking slice into thin strips.
Mix gently into chopped salad add coriander, mint leaves and chillies.
Stir in fish sauce and squeeze in lime juice.
Taste as personally I like more fish sauce and chillies but as the taste of chillies can vary then it is better to add less, taste and adjust seasoning if required.
This can also be made with chicken or pork.
Serve with steamed Rice or Sticky Rice.
As it has been proved so many times children who learn to cook at a young age are also far more adventurous with trying new foods and far less picky…
Smartwatch Corner…
smart phone and watch
It makes me smile this phone it sends me smart messages if I go to bed too late and when I had a few cat naps the other night it threw a wobble which made me smile…Too smart at times but I take it for what it is … It focuses me…But I do find the sleep patterns really interesting …I have never thought about sleep too much …Head, pillow die is me and I can just sleep anywhere hard/soft mattress if tired I sleep… But have also kept some late hours at times and now I know that it isn’t conducive to good health at my age so I am trying to be disciplined with my sleep.
What is Deep Sleep?
lady sleeping

Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. But, I now know that it is the quality of sleep you get that matters.

While you rest, your body goes through different stages of the sleep cycle. Deep sleep, for example, is the stage of sleep you need to feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning. Unlike rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, deep sleep is when your body and brain waves slow down.

I also didn’t know that you went through different stages more than once during your sleep cycle approx every 90 minutes…Deep sleep is the cycle which it is hard for you to be woken from and if woken you can feel extremely groggy.

 

The correct amount of deep sleep is important during your sleep cycle as this is when the glucose metabolism in the brain increases this supports short-term and long-term memory and overall learning.

Deep sleep is also when the pituitary gland secretes important hormones, like human growth hormone, leading to growth and development of the body.

Other benefits of deep sleep include:

Energy restoration, cell regeneration, increasing blood supply to muscles, promoting growth and repair of tissues and bones AND strengthening the immune system. All very important to your health and well being…

It seems like the new diet trend predicted for 2019 is the hemp diet…Obviously, it is nothing new to food and body care lovers and is used a lot in vegan diets…but due to the interest in CBD for health, it has caused added interest and those who predict trends think it will be on the rise in 2019…Already products like dried pasta and I have noticed an increase in hemp seeds for sale and recipes using hemp seeds.

Also bitter foods like asparagus, grapefruit and cucumbers because of their benefits to your gut and of course your liver if you are on a detox regime…

My conclusion it certainly sounds like there is a move to eating more fruit/vegetables and an increase in interest in maintaining gut health which is a step in the right direction.

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have found it of benefit…Until next week…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 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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