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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!

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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!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-july-29th-to-august-4th-2019/

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

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/05/the-latest-news-on-recycling-and-the-environment/

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…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/06/eat-smart-eat-healthily-and-lose-weightno-gimmicks-just-common-sense-the-mono-diet/

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

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/07/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-8/

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…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-chicken-kiev-multi-coloured-chicken-breast-and-apple-and-mulberry-crumble/

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

KAHLUA HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/08/5-tasty-recipes-using-kahlua-coffee/

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

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/08/thailand-travel-and-traditions8-popular-issan-dishes/

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

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/authors-corner-guest-author-carol-taylor-authorbloggeressayfamilyfooddogs/

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

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/09/this-week-in-my-kitchen-homemade-burgers/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-three-the-liver-largest-waste-organ-inside-the-body/

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!

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( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

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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

 

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…No gimmicks just common sense. …The Mono Diet…

Good morning everyone…I think after all these wacky diets and yes I have another one for you today…Just so it highlights the lengths some people go-to for a quick fix…Quick fixes never work…All of us here are in for the long haul…It stays off…FACT…We love our food…FACT…We limit but not exclude completely some food…FACT…I  ♥ Fudge… A DEFINITE FACT…

I so enjoyed my break to Phuket I came back feeling invigorated so much so I am off to Pattaya in just three weeks time to see my bestie…She who by her own admission is too lazy to walk and exercise… Is now sending me delicious pictures of steamed seabass and prawns with a little message saying I walked there…haha…Barbara, I just knew sooner or later I would enthuse you and she hasn’t seen the new slimline me yet…Pattaya here I come!

I have lots for you today and my thanx go to Dolly, Pete, Peggy and Sally for their contributions… Pete has done so well with his weight loss but he couldn’t find a way to contact me Ooops…Me bad…I struggle with the techie bits but now fingers crossed and teeth gritted my contact page works…So no excuses you can send me your stories…Just in case…my e-mail is carolcookstwo@gmail.com if you would like to email me your success/failures…

We will not judge we have all been there …With so many luscious foods on offer screaming…EAT ME! from magazines, social media and TV it’s no wonder we fail…

That’s not forgetting the alcohol of course...Me and my daughter we found a guy right next to our hotel who did the most marvellous takeaway cocktails…It would have been so rude not to…Now for the kicker…I only had two…I don’t know if my healthy eating regime kicked in and threw it out…If so a girl is entitled to some little treats…or whether it was the sun, sea and excitement of spending a few days with my daughter but me and the pan…You get the picture became good friends for a wee while…I threw up…

Too much info I know…I am just trying to say…Most of the time I am good…I am also not perfect and I have a little treat now and again…That’s Life!

Right back to business enough of my chatter…

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Something I am trying hard cut down on all these added sugars...Are in everything we love but we need to get cute and find alternatives…We can and I have …It was a comment from Peggy about the recently released film 2040 which while searching for that I came across this little clip about sugar…Thank you, Peggy x

 

What doesn’t help us is those cravings …You know when we just have to eat it…You should know that…I cover most eventualities here…We want to be fit and healthy…Right?

But and there is always a but…No worries…Just pop over to my friend Sal’s place and she will tell you all you need to know about that little devil, that nagging voice called craving…

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Not only do we have cravings but many of the changes we make to our diets cause havoc with our digestive system...Nought is easy, is it?

Wacky Diet Corner…The Mono Diet

My dear friend Dolly shared her experiences and she is a wise woman…unfortunately, where diets are concerned we throw all caution to the winds at times and we want to be a size smaller we want to fit in that dress…

The mono-diet (also known as the monostrophic diet) has become one of the most heavily searched diets on the internet. If you’ve heard of it, you’ve probably read the claims that it can lead to quick and simple weight loss. But the claims are not based on scientific evidence and there are sound reasons to avoid this risky program.

People who follow the mono diet eat only one type of food (like bananas or potatoes) to try to lose weight. There’s no scientific evidence supporting this type of diet.

Dolly said:-

For three weeks I have been playing weight yoyo. I felt fine; in fact, I felt a bit lighter and better by Friday of every week. I felt no discomfort caused by severe food restriction of a mono-diet. Eventually, I had no sustainable weight loss or gain, coming back to the same 30 lbs extra and facing the necessity of extra expenditure on clothes that fit. So, dear Carol, my lovely and free-spirited blogo-friend and culinary genius, this is one for your collection of Wacky Diets!…

Dolly’s story told in her own way and with her usual pizzazz…A must-read…Thank you, Dolly it is always nice to read a real personal experience of some of these diets xx

After all this talk about food, we need to eat…

Recipe Corner…

Cereal bars…again why would you? But no accounting for taste and many of my friends and family love them…Check the labels or make your own…I did!

I know many people eat them as a snack, when exercising etc ( they fit in your handbag ) and can be eaten on the go… so I thought I would make some using my favourite ingredients and then maybe I would get to like them and of course, they wouldn’t be like these shop brought ones full of sugars with that boring bland taste…

Carol’s Snack Bars:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey, proper maple syrup or agave
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup of dried fruit chopped I used Apricots
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted nuts I used walnuts.
  • 1/2 cup coconut ( optional)

Let’s bake some snack bars…

Apricot home made snack bars

With the oven on 350 degrees put the oats on a baking tray and cook for about 12 mins or until they are lightly browned( not burnt like my first batch) Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.

In a small pan add the nut butter, honey and coconut oil and warm gently add salt and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth, add the egg white and whisk again.

To the cooled oats add the nuts and fruit stir to combine then mix in your butter mixture, stir well until the oats are coated.

Line an 8-inch baking tin with parchment paper.

Pour in the mixture pressing down well so the mix is packed tightly or the bars will crumble when you cut the bars using the snack bars into pieces.

Bake on 350 degrees until the mixture is lightly browned around the edges about 20 mins depending on your oven.

Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 15 mins then lift the mixture out using the parchment paper.

Cool completely and cut into squares or oblongs.

Enjoy!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey 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!

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 creative week ahead x