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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair and a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…Enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

The first post is Sally’s roundup from Smorgasbord Magazine…I just couldn’t keep up with Sally she is just a wonder woman..Her output every week is phenomenal and this week it seems to have even more content if that is possible so I hope you are comfy and have a nice drink…Enjoy!


Monday the start of the week and our weather is very variable at the moment..Tropical showers and sunshine…Time for the latest news from on what is going on around the world with the enviroment and recycling…This week my grandson was on a school trip and they each had to plant 200 trees I am still waiting for the pictures…As plastic is a huge problem here it was lovely to hear that the schools are encouraging the pupils to care about the environment by planting trees…

clock showing eleventh hour


Tuesdays are my healthy eating posts where we talk about diets and health including cravings, wacky diets and recipes…Last week it was snack bars which are very popular with many and making your own ensures that you know the ingredients and of course they work out much cheaper…I also discussed added sugars, the hidden sugars in our foods…This coming week I have a great success story for you from one of my blog followers…Pete Springer…He is going to reveal his weight loss journey…



Wednesdays are where I get self-indulgent where I reminisce and where I talk about anything which takes my fancy or piques my interest…It could be music, history absolutely anything…

music notes


Once a fortnight I am over at Sally’s for my Cookery Column…Last week it should have been Burgers but as is the case with many well-laid plans of mice and men…I couldn’t get Burger Buns for love nor money and the images I wanted to use had corrupted so I needed to take more…So as is often the case when meal planning chicken dishes become the order of the day…and a deconstructed crumble…


Kahlua, salted caramel in hot chocolate...I just had to share that recipe and some others…



I much prefer the food here in Northern Thailand it is cooked as it always has been and not cooked to suit the western palate…Proper authentic Thai food and I love it…In this post, I have introduced you to the food of Issan and given you recipes where I have made the dishes at home in my kitchen they were taught to me by my daughter in law and are authentic recipes …Hot and spicy…Delicious…

Khao Krapow Moo Kai Dao


Thursday also saw me guest posting over at Campbells World where I was made very welcome both by Patty and King Cambell…Thank you, both for your kindness and the warm welcome…Saangchai my rescue dog and King Campbell seem like they could become very good friends…

saangchai chewing bone at the blue house


Fridays are when I give you recipes that I have cooked in my kitchen and this week it was burgers…Not my favourite food but the menfolk and the kids here love them so I like to treat them now and again and also I know it is BBQ time for many of you so I made some new recipes and very tasty they were…

beef patty


Liver… not only does it make for a tasty meal but it is one of the main, important organs in our bodies and we need to ensure we keep our liver as healthy as possible…Sally is the lady with all the answers and this post is well worth the read… it will either endorse that you are doing and eating the correct foods or it may provide you will the information to ensure the good health of your liver… # recommended.


Phew, that was a bit longer than last weeks catch up but I do hope you have enjoyed it…Have a lovely Sunday and I hope the sun shines for you wherever you may be…xx


About Carol:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Thank you once again for reading this post and if you love it please feel free to share or bookmark for later…If you have any queries then drop me an email carolcookstwo@gmail.com …..xx


Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Very true, just sitting quietly and freeing your thoughts is remarkably calming. I need calm, having retired, I feel the need for calm and also solitude at times ..not because I am angry, or mad at someone but just because I value time and now I have time to do that…it energises me and gets my thoughts flowing.

Living in Thailand has taught me to be calmer and there is no lovelier place to do so….it may be at the beach under the shade of a palm tree, or in my quiet space at home or just walking…

Meditation is a part of daily life here. Most homes and places of business feature a ” Spirit House” just outside the building. If you have a new business Thais always get it blessed by monks before it opens and that includes large corporate companies like Tesco Lotus, Makro they all have an opening ceremony around the Spirit House. A new house or car is always blessed by monks for good luck



This picture is typical of a Thai House being blessed. The monks come and the food is provided for them, they sit and eat with the family and bless the house… this is generally done before any furniture is bought into the house.

All my gardens here have had a spirit house except for this one which has a prayer room…

Diet, while trying to be mindful of what I eat I am discovering that vegetables are one of the ways to go and being aware. I had thought for many years that grain fed beef was good for you, however, I have changed that view as in these days of GM foods etc Grain fed doesn’t hold any attraction for me.

It seems like the quick way to fatten the calf so to speak whereas grass-fed obviously take longer to mature without additives so that’s the route I am taking. Seriously looking at where my food is made and raised and eating a diet filled with lots of veggies and raw to boot or very, very lightly steamed in some cases..so I am following the Thai way of eating as much as I can… I do think my taste buds have changed since living here or maybe it is the advancing years…

What way of eating are you following?

There are so many ways of eating and I suppose I incorporate a bit of many and advocate healthy eating with little or no processed foods ….. A typical Thai meal would be like this one pictured…

Fish- soup- STICKY -RICE


The fish is called Batu and is very similar to mackerel it is quite an oily fish, this fish is also used for a dip like the one in the middle of the dish it is pounded together with chillies, lime also Nam Pla or crab is sometimes added which is an acquired taste…I am getting to not like it as such but can eat in small amounts…lol

Vegetables are varied and include long beans, white cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, Thai basil, Grapow, banana flower, flower heads of which I don’t know the proper names many are collected before the sun comes up, the flowers drop off overnight,  they are lightly streamed after having removed stamen and eaten. Various vegetables some easily recognised as being eaten worldwide and others not so common to me…Much is still foraged for here as are many mushrooms although I tend to steer clear of any which I don’t recognise. Some I recognise many I still don’t …Some I have tried and like and others I find very bitter… This soup I was shown how to make when I visited a family village it was very nice…

Melientha Soup


The nose to tail eating is also followed here especially here in the North, Spinal cord soup, intestines, stomach every part… Those I have passed on they just don’t appeal to me I suppose that is my western palate kicking in… Although thinking back over the years my mum used to cook pigs trotters and the like so was that so very different and tripe is still eaten by many…

Ants eggs I have tried and like… they have a lemony taste and make a nice salad…

ant egg salad


Thai’s are always eating as most of the meals contain lots of vegetables which don’t fill you up for long, very little dairy is eaten with the main carbs being rice, sweet potato, yams but many meals as above are just fish and vegetables…lots of them… every meal in any restaurant comes with a plate of fresh or lightly steamed vegetables as the norm… which is healthy and the diet generally is a healthy one as MS is also not as widely used as it once was.

Well, that’s it for now stay safe, laugh a lot and be mindful …

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend I hope you have a lovely Sunday and the weather is kind to you xxx


Some of Thailand’s most unusual foods.

I got to thinking…….Ha Ha….Yes, you are right every last one of you, when I do that it’s dangerous!

On a weekend boat trip to the Red Lotus Lake, I was amazed when I learnt what you can make with the Lotus flower. It was so beautiful here just miles and miles of water covered in these lovely lotus flowers. Little did I know until our friendly boatman told us that these wetlands not only had fish but flora which was edible.


A long time ago the petals were used basically as fag papers..just like my dad used Rizzlas I used to sit and watch him with a child’s fascination as he rolled his tobacco into cigarettes.

The flowers are also edible and make lettuce cups look positively boring. The seed pods are lovely to eat just pop those little circles out..take off the outside and eat.

and some say they taste like popcorn. I now knew what all those lovely green pods we saw being sold on the roadside were and how to eat them. The local people are allowed to harvest these for free.

Even with the stems, you can make a lovely soup. This beautiful lily is not only a beautiful decoration but also a source of food……I never cease to be amazed at what I learn here…

This got me thinking..shhhhhh that word again! Of the things I have eaten since I have been here in Thailand and the things I haven’t ..yuk!

I have eaten different types of veg and things like the banana pod and the lily flowers which can only be harvested at dawn both of which are steamed and eaten with a dip…..Now we come to the more unusual…

Insects of all sorts ..deep-fried and crispy…


I quite like, well except for the ones which look like the witchety grubs they eat on I’m a Celebrity get me out of here..Not for me! Yuk!Frogs fried

Frogs..I like crispy fried they taste like chicken which brings me on to the Chicken Feet sold by the kilo in Makro and Tesco Lotus are a staple here.

Chicken feet salad.

chicken feet salad

Lizards…not tried them yet…but I love ants eggs, they make a lovely salad..it tastes lemony and it is actually very nice. So if you are in Thailand and see anyone hopping about and brushing themselves down quite frantically  under a tree…They are collecting Ants Eggs…..A dangerous game and why they are by Thai standards a delicacy and quite expensive to buy.

Ant egg salad.

ant egg salad


3 tbsp Ant Eggs.

1 tbsp Fish sauce

1 tbsp Roasted rice

1/2 tsp chilli flakes.

2 Spring onion finely sliced.

Handful chopped coriander

7-10 Mint leaves

2 tsp. Grounded pepper

1/2 tbsp. Lime juice

3 shallots finely sliced.

Stir all ingredients together gently. Add the seasoning. Serve with fresh vegetables.


If you get over any initial reticence to try it most people like it….really….I do.

Well, I will be honest.with you…I shut my eyes…How THAT helps I don’t know…ha ha

The fermented eggs and fish called Phla which is fermented fish which a lot of Thais add to Papaya salad and soups….. Is an acquired taste and one which in the main I give a miss but on some occasions I have eaten and can now tolerate it although I prefer my food without.

So when you think no one should ever go hungry here...There is always something to eat……. You are moreorless correct but I guess if you really think about it and be creative wherever you are there is always something to eat. I often think that when we say we have nothing to eat what we mean is nothing we fancy we probably have a store cupboard full of jars and packets. A fridge with at least the basics in and maybe a few veggies…. Am I right?

You know I am…..

I see it here all the time ..nothing to eat means nothing to eat…Truly…

Most of us don’t know the meaning of nothing to eat…..

Well, I guess you didn’t expect that little sermon at the end of this post…ha ha….Just occasionally I  get carried away with my thoughts…which those who know me are well aware of and I hope you just accept that as one of my little foibles…ha ha…I am a writer after all ….so have fun and laugh a lot as laughter is just the best medicine we can all take 🙂

If you enjoyed reading this then please share or rebog so a few more people will get to know this whimsical English lady and the weird and wonderful things she brings to you….

Until next time stay safe , have fun and laugh a lot ….