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Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! No Excuses…

Last week I blogged about supplements and promised recipes this week, recipes which I make and eat and have been a factor in my weight loss…

This week I have mislaid another 0.5 kilos or 1.1 lbs which I think on its own doesn’t sound very much but if you take that over a month or a year it makes a huge difference and it is done by eating moderately whatever I fancy nothing is banned, I exercise every day by walking and I ensure I get enough sleep…

It also doesn’t cost me a fortune in specialised food or tablets and is an eating plan for life and one I can stick to…No one waved a magic wand… some weeks I lose nothing just stay the same that is when if it runs into two weeks then I up my walking and check my eating normally it is because I have got lazy and maybe had a little more of what I fancy but which truly I don’t need,,, empty calories…usually it is ice cream…

Of course, if you want a quick fix and want to believe what all these celebrity doctors endorse then go ahead because I defy anyone who says long term they are happy with the outcome, never feel hungry and are healthy…At the end of every post each week I will have a silly diet corner…Some are actually quite laughable…and dangerous…

What do I eat and drink throughout the day ...There are quite a few drinks in my list and in any one day, I might just have two of those plus water…I like to change it up as to what I fancy…

  1. Green Tea…I have tried a few different teas but in all honesty, it is all in the brewing as even now if I take my eye off the ball and go do something and forget to take out my little strainer I get bitter tea and do I kick myself because it isn’t pleasant…My favourite is Oolong tea and by buying the leaves(little) pearls I only use a tsp and can reuse that over the day which means it is very cost effective.
  2. Rosella Tea…Is a beautiful red colour slightly tart which suits my palate but if your taste wants a little sweeter add a little honey… I use 10 buds which last me the day..topping up…Rosella is if you can find it fresh lovely for making jam..
  3. Butterfly Pea Shoots..This can be drunk either hot or cold it has a mild flavour is a very pretty blue colour naturally which doesn’t stain…
  4. Ginger tea…I drink this about twice a week as when I go to market there is a young man who makes this it is very strong ginger tea and when I get home I add a tsp of honey.
  5. Fresh Coconut Juice… One of my favourites very good for you and I drink nearly every day…
  6. Passionfruit Juice…One of my favourite fruits and a drink I love again I probably treat myself once or twice a week…
  7. Beetroot and Orange Juice…Is my new favourite drink and when I go shopping I buy 2 bottles all freshly juiced while I watch…
  8. Water…Is not at number eight on the list for any reason as I drink water all the time more than any other drink…Living here it is important to keep hydrated as it is also very warm or hot all the time…
  9. Apple Cider, honey and Ginger… A drink I love I don’t drink it daily just sometimes and especially if I get a hint of a sore throat…

I would say Green tea and water are my main drinks and the others fit in between when I am thirsty or fancy a change…

Carbs…

Rice is my main carb and I don’t advocate cutting out carbs although when my son was doing Keto I did look at what else had carbs and that is why I wouldn’t try the Keto diet it is too high in fat and much which has carbs is food I like to eat as part of my healthy balanced diet. I wasn’t prepared to not eat what I deem as healthy. Although many people swear and rave about the inches they lose there are no long term trials which would give an accurate picture as to what it does to your body long term.

Potatoes and Pasta I eat maybe once a week…Not because I don’t like potatoes or pasta I just prefer my rice and chillies…My son bought me back some Jersey Royal from the Uk…Trust me I will be eating them with butter and mint and a joyous look on my face…I can taste them now…

Bread…I love good bread and unless I make it then it is not available here…If I make sourdough or soda bread then I have a slice…Just not regularly …I don’t compromise on food I like good food and food which is not processed and which I make myself most of the time…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

Vegetables…We all love veg even the kids and Thais eat a lot of veg raw and cooked but it is served at every meal… I am lucky in that we grow some vegetables and herbs and the rest I buy fresh from the market as and when I need them…Most vegetables that I could buy in the UK are grown or available here with just a few exceptions but that is the same wherever you live…

Most eaten by me…Kale. Carrots. broccoli, cauliflower, long green beans( snake) beans, sugar snap peas, baby corn, white cabbage, green onions, shallots, asparagus, sprouts, water spinach, water chestnuts and chillies…I love and miss swede, parsnips and celeriac …Parsnips my son bought back from the Uk so they will be a treat this week…I cook either steamed or in a stir fry/curry or raw…

Herbs...we eat with every meal all fresh some we grow or again I buy fresh from the market…Again Thais use and eat raw herbs daily…

Fruit…Mangoes, bananas, jack fruit, passion fruits and papaya we grow and I just eat whatever fruit is in season…Apples I can get here and mandarin oranges …Navel oranges are imported so I only buy occasionally…

breakfast bowl, mango, apple and feta cheese

I always have a bowl of fruit daily with some greek yoghurt or with a small piece of cheese…I have found a source of greek yoghurt and cheese is imported although I have found some lovely feta which is made here also goats cheese as we have a micro dairy. here…Feta is my favourite…I love the saltiness and the fact it is said to be the healthiest of cheeses…I try to eat a piece of cheese as I don’t drink milk except for coconut milk.

The meat I either buy from a family farm (Beef/Pork) so I know they are grass fed and no hormones…We have our own turkeys and chooks including black chickens…

So overall I am pretty lucky as I know the source of most of my food…I also keep my carbon footprint to a minimum…

On a daily basis, I generally have two main meals one of fruit and one of a stir fry/curry with rice…If I snack I have either fruit, some dates and the other day I had a doughnut…Why? Because I could…I did tell you nothing was banned just eaten in moderation…

Pork/Chicken and Basil.

Ingredients:

For 1 serving.

  • 100 gm pork loin/chicken sliced finely
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies. cut in small slices.
  • 2/3 cloves garlic finely sliced.
  • 2 long beans( snake beans) chopped in small pieces.
  • 2 stems Thai Sweet Basil called Horapa in Thai
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce.
  • Shake or 2 of Maggi ( seasoning sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp black soy.

 

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Let’s Cook!

Put a tiny bit oil in a small frying pan.

Add Oyster Sauce, Maggi and Black Soy stir to combine.

Add chillies and garlic and cook for  1 minute then add your finely sliced pork loin-stirring until cooked about 2- 3 mins. Add Green Beans and Thai Holy Basil cook for further 2 mins.

In the picture, I have served it with cauliflower rice but I also serve with steamed rice it depends just how I feel…

Enjoy!

This is one of my favourite dishes…Holy basil is also used when making Thai Green Curry and also Thai pork salad… Called Larb here……Holy basil is truly a  lovely herb….

Yesterday was one of my favourite fish dinners… Fried Fish with peppercorns in black bean sauce.

fish black bean sauce
Serves 1.
125 gm white fish cut into smallish pieces and rolled in rice flour.
Small onion roughly cut
2 spring onion sliced
1-2 chillies sliced diagonally
1 stem of fresh peppercorns
1 tbsp black bean sauce
1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Sm piece fresh ginger minced or finely julienned
Fish sauce to taste.

Lets Cook!

Heat up oil in a wok and shallow fry fish quickly on each side until it becomes golden brown, it will take around 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
In the same wok where fish is fried sauté garlic, chilli, onion and ginger.
Add green onion and peppercorns then stir fry for a minute. Then add fish.
Add splash water, black bean sauce bring to a rolling boil, add fish and turn over once to coat with the sauce and simmer for 2 mins. If the sauce is thin you can add a bit of cornstarch slurry to thicken it.
Flavour with fish sauce and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Serve with steamed rice and a chilli dip( optional)

I hope you enjoy recipes which are all tried, tested and authentic….I also don’t count calories or carbs I just have a moderate portion suited to my needs and enjoy it…Over the last seven years, I have lost a total of 7 stone (44kg) I have 8 kg still to lose which takes me to my ideal weight NOT the weight which I weighed at 20 years old and was the weight for my height but the weight I have deemed I think to be correct for my age…I don’t conform to stereotypes and I don’t listen to what others think I should be I already feel much healthier for my weight loss I don’t do fads and I eat what I fancy and when…It works for me…

Processed foods …Mainly are my Thai cooking sauces I buy naturally fermented soy and other sauces like fish sauce. My coconut milk I buy freshly made at the market.

Cakes and biscuits are an occasional buy if I have been lazy or busy and hubby likes a bit of cake many of the cakes here are Thai Style Soft Cake (Pui Fai Cake) which are very soft fatless sponges which are steamed not baked then topped with fruit or cream/chocolate. It is like eating air …

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 1…

I mean would any sane person do this???

IV weight loss therapy combines lipotropics, hydrating fluids, and a special formulation of vitamins to help boost your metabolism.

IV drip

Now excuse me if I am a little puzzled here but how hard is it to make sure you drink enough in a day and how hard is it to make sure that your diet contains the nutrients that your body needs???

Why would you voluntarily pay to have a needle and a drip to aid your weight loss…?

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I mean the advice given with this is that you have to eat a healthy diet take regular exercise and it states it doesn’t replace exercise or act as a nutritional substitute or fix metabolic issues which make my question even more pertinent,,, WHY?

Answers on a postage stamp……

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

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

Healthy Eating…No more Diets…But a way of life…

Good morning…We have had some much-needed rain my curry plant which I moved is now sprouting  I have stopped watering that as ( hubby) was overzealous and it didn’t like it. My sourdough is looking good…Fingers crossed dogged persistence seems to be paying off…I am nothing if not stubborn…haha…I give myself the same talk every day…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

The fibre in our diets was the topic last week and it raised some interesting questions…

Robertawrites said

I am sure you are right about our fibre intake being too low, Carol. Wild rice is nice but it takes a long time to cook.

Yes, it does …However…I know wild rice takes longer to cook however to cut down on the cooking time for brown or wild ricesoak it overnight. For brown rice, the water-to-rice ratio is 2 to 1. For wild rice, cover with a generous amount of water, several inches above the riceSoak the rice in a covered pot and keep in the refrigerator about six hours or overnight. It works a treat and even hubby ate some yesterday and that was a first he is getting quite adventurous in his old age…

Tidalscribe said…

I always use wholemeal flour for baking and brown basmati rice – I love the smell when it’s cooking. But I encounter great opposition when I try to sneak in wholemeal pasta! However, Cyberspouse does make a great vegetarian bolognaise with mushrooms, a can of five beans, peppers, courgettes and of course tomato, onion and garlic.

Janet has the same problem I have always encountered and we have to be sneaky…haha…Isn’t it funny how families can be opposed to some changes try making your own using half and half whole wheat flour to start and colouring with a vegetable colour…My grandkids love the coloured pasta. Cyberspouse’s spag bol sounds nice I love mixed beans.

But if they are getting adequate fibre from your baking and rice depending on how much pasta they are consuming in a week does it matter?… I would do sneaky, sneaky, slowly, slowly…haha Or get them to help make pasta it is known fact that what you help cook you are more likely to eat/try…Good Luck 🙂 x

There were also comments about how increasing fibre in the diet had helped with medical conditions and how doctors are recommending that we increase our fibre which is lovely to hear please keep those comments and experiences coming everyone loves to hear what works and if something doesn’t for you …Did you try an alternative that did? no one size fits all we need to experiment and find what we like to eat and what improves our health.

My alcohol-free February is going well day 14 TODAY and I feel great…Tummy is a little flatter I have increased my fibre and am cutting out those added sugar items eating lots of lovely fruit…my new favourite smoothie is tomatoes and passionfruit just whizz them together with some crushed ice ..very nice …I love passionfruit and there are lots at the moment so a lovely way to use them…

I know sometimes if you are trying to lose some pounds, eat healthily and we get those urges to just eat. It does seem that sometimes we try so very hard and are met with problems around every corner sometimes it is not us…There is a real reason and there may be something we can do … Sally’s posts are great, informative, sensible advice …Factual and common sense… Sally said…

I explored the physical events in my life from childhood that might have resulted in the inability to sustain a healthy weight. Whilst I could pinpoint a hormonal imbalance from puberty, and a cycle of crash dieting as contributors to my eventual morbid obesity. It was the more important discovery of a series of extended courses of antibiotics at age 10, that was to result in a breakthrough.

It is not just my health that was compromised, many millions of the population, particularly in developed countries also have been put at risk, with an estimated 70% of us with a candida albicans overgrowth, seriously undermining our health.

What is Candida Albicans

Candida is a fungal infection of the intestine. There is a delicate balance of bacteria in our gut and it works very much like a waste-disposal unit. However, certain conditions can activate…

.Read more by clicking the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-candida-albicans-sally-cronin/

Of course, I cannot go without leaving you with an easy and healthy recipe…

Thai food is a great choice for gluten-free and dairy-free eaters because it is rice-based and uses a lot of coconut milk. … Traditional Thai soy sauce is gluten-free, but just be careful when eating out as restaurants may use wheat-based Chinese soy sauce.

Thai food is low on carbs,  includes lots of fresh vegetables and herbs and most dishes are cooked very quickly so everything retains its colour and flavour, in fact, preparation most times takes longer than the actual cooking.

This Larb recipe can be made using chicken or Pork. I have used Pork Mince for this.

Larb Moo.

larb Moo

Ingredients: Serves 1-2 people.

  • 200 gm Pork or chicken mince.
  • 3 shallots finely sliced.
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.
  • A handful of fresh Mint, pick the leaves from stem and tear the leaves into large pieces( mine is a big handful)  I love mint.
  • A handful of fresh coriander chopped.
  • A few Thai Basil leaves for the decoration.
  • I Lime use half to a whole lime juice depending on personal taste.
  • Dried chillies..dry roasted in a pan and grind in pestle and mortar.
  • 1 large tbsp toasted rice. ( recipe below)
  • 1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • A small amount of palm sugar….I use it sparingly or not at all.

Lets Cook!

Using a small saucepan dry cook the mince, I add a small amount of water to stop it from sticking.

Stir until cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in toasted rice, sm amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all ingredients added ..taste and add more if required.

Stir in the mint and coriander, shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully.

Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice.

Taste! if required add more chilli, fish sauce and or lime juice and Taste again as lime and chilli. Put in a serving dish.

Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

Serve with steamed organic brown or wild rice /Thai sticky rice or if you don’t want to eat rice it is lovely served in lettuce cups.

As an accompaniment serve with sliced cucumber, sliced white cabbage, green beans and Thai basil leaves.

Thai’s eat a lot of raw vegetables with Larb which is why it’s a fairly healthy meal and if a chicken is used it has even fewer calories.

It is an ideal dish if you are watching the calories as are many Thai dishes.

NB: To make the dried rice mix, Take a thick bottomed pan and put it on a medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have any) normal rice will do. Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

N.B. Glutinous rice is gluten-free. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked. … It all comes down to starch content.

You can store the rice in a small container and it will keep for 6-8 weeks…

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do…I love this salad.

Having lived here 7 years and just discovering that this salad mix can also be shaped into little patties fried in a little oil and you have those lovely little Thai cakes they serve as a snack… Wrapped in a cabbage leaf and a squeeze of lime juice they are very tasty… You live and learn ..Don’t you?

prawn cakes

 

That’s all from me for this week I hope you have enjoyed this post…How is your healthy eating going ???

Thank you for reading this post I am happy that you joined me today for our little chat on how we can improve the health of both our body and our purse/wallet.

I hope you thought so  too 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!

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

Week 5…In my Kitchen…

Welcome to my kitchen already one month has gone and we are in February…I still haven’t tackled that cupboard as I have been sorting out bookshelves and moving them.

My sourdough starter which was on day 7 has died I think because it was lively and I put it in the fridge overnight it was not strong enough ( Celia did warn me)…I killed it!

Today I started again…Day 1… Still, it gives my proving basket time to arrive and I found a bargain half the price of Amazon and the same make…

Our chicken dish this week was another Thai curry this time a Massaman Curry…

Thai massaman is a rich, creamy fairly mild Thai curry sometimes tomatoes are added and traditionally cashews but can be optional. Vegetables are also varied depending on what is available or in season… play with the flavours. some variations add fruit like pineapple or oranges. The curry paste also has a distinctive orange colour and is in oil so immediately recognisable from other Thai red curry pastes. Some of the ingredients used in the making of massaman paste are not traditionally used in other Thai curries for example star anise, cloves and cardamom but are believed to have been introduced to Thai Muslims by Persian traders. The name massaman is believed to have evolved from the word Mussulman which is another word for Muslim.

chicken massaman gai Thai curry

  • 500 gm chicken breasts/ thighs
  • 2 med potatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp of massaman curry paste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • Bunch coriander chopped
  • 6 baby corns halved
  • Handful sugar snap peas halved
  • Few mushrooms quartered
  • Med tomato sliced ( optional)
  • ¼ cup unsalted cashews( optional)
  • 400 ml Coconut milk

Let’s Cook!

Add oil to a pan and stir in 1 tbsp massaman curry paste add tbsp fish sauce and cook for a minute to release flavours.
Add chicken and stir to combine with curry mix add coconut cream and potatoes. Bring to a soft simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked. And potatoes are soft.
Taste and adjust seasoning if required more fish sauce or curry paste.
Add corn, peas, mushrooms and tomato if used and cook for a further 7-10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Stir in coriander reserving some for garnish.
Add cashews and cook for 2 mins.
Serve with steamed rice and garnish with coriander and chopped cashews.

Enjoy!

My new dish this week is a vegetarian one the recipe given to me by Darlene author of the Amanda books… A lentil stew from Syria.

Yakhmat ‘Adas (from Syria and Lebanon)

  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup rice, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fine noodles
  • 2 cups stewed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried crushed basil

Place lentils and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, heat oil in a frying pan and sauté onions over medium heat until they begin to brown. Stir in garlic and rice and stir-fry for another 3 minutes.
Add frying pan contents along with remaining ingredients, except basil, to lentils and bring to a boil. Cook another 20 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Enjoy! Nice with pita bread.

Note: I usually cut the recipe in half as it makes a lot.
*Did you know that lentils are good for anaemia, low blood pressure and ulcers.
From my favourite cookbook, Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa by Habeeb Salloum.

Thank you, Darlene it was delicious I used really fine vermicelli noodles, fresh ginger as I grow my own and don’t use dried and Thai basil…It definitely makes a lot though I am pleased I halved the recipe on your advice xxx

Lastly, I am trying to cut down not only on added sugars but fat and I have seen many recipes for making a non-dairy cream with coconut cream/milk that I thought it was time I tried it as this is the home of coconuts…haha…

Coconut milk is in the fridge as is the stainless steel pot and the whisk blades…Christmas Pudding on to steam …Yep you heard it correctly my Thai daughter in law loves Christmas Pudding and we have some left so our treat after dinner is a bit of Christmas pudding with this coconut non-dairy cream…

Wow..that was easy it whipped up in about 2 minutes if that I added nothing and it was very nice even hubby who loves fresh cream and lots of it had to admit it tasted good…I think it is easier here as our coconut milk is 100% no additives at all…I will be making this in future and it is so much healthier. A non-dairy cream which would go with any dessert.

I would also like to thank everyone who follows my blog…If I don’t message you a thank you it is because I can’t as your Gravatar doesn’t link to your blog or there is no outside link to your self hosted blog …Not having that could potentially lose you, readers, it does seem to be a common mistake when setting up a blog and indeed one I made until someone kindly pointed it out to me…Pete has outlined everything in this blog post which for me was most opportune I hope it helps you…How to link your Gravatar to your blog.

Have a great weekend and please share with us anything you have made this week or even any kitchen disasters all your comments make my day 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!

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 weekend xx

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – A Thai Cookery Lesson – #FriedRice

No-ones first efforts at fried rice could be worse than mine…Claggy and clumpy is not good…If you follow these tips you should have perfect fried rice every time…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to Carol Cooks over at Sally’s… Before I came to live in Thailand I had been on a few holidays here and liked to cook Thai food at home… Mainly it was a disaster I just couldn’t cook a nice fried rice …It was absolutely awful…

Since living here I have had a few lessons from my daughter in law as to the error of my ways and now I can make a stir fry and hold my head up amongst most Thai cooks.

I will now show you how to make the perfect fried rice.

Rice must be cooked and cold so generally if you have had rice the night before and have leftovers then it is a way to use it up.

That was my first big mistake and why I had clumpy rice which stuck to the pan and why I didn’t ever get that nice…

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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

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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

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/authentic-thai-village-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

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/some-of-thailands-most-unusual-foods/

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

 

Fruity Friday… The unusual Jack Fruit

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You probably all know by now that I love the unusual and unusual food recipes, given that I am ever so slightly quirky, whimsical and often laugh( when) I really shouldn’t…Oops.

Given to coming up with some unusual foods recipes, which even make me baulk at times, however, more often than not and I know the saying says ” We eat with our eyes” But you miss some damn good food and recipes by bypassing that bit… just close your eyes and go for it…

One unusual food recipe came about from a request from one of my readers who were looking at alternative food sources and asked me if I had a recipe…

Do I have a recipe???? Haha

I have for you what is called the Wonder Tree… The Jack Fruit which I have growing in my garden here and it is now being touted as a very viable alternative to meat…

Classed as the poor man’s fruit and left to rot in many places it is now being given high priority and getting much publicity…

I spent time in my kitchen recently cooking it… and I don’t mind admitting I was pleasantly surprised how cooking changed the texture drastically…

It is used as an alternative to pulled pork by many and it does indeed look and have the texture …Awesome… cooked before the fruit ripens gives it an entirely different taste and texture to the ripe fruit… It is indeed a wonder Fruit…

Thailand is a major producer of the jackfruit, they are often cut, prepared, and canned in a sugary syrup (or frozen in bags/boxes without syrup) and exported overseas, frequently to North America and Europe. Made into chips which are very moreish …They are also used in various dishes and curries around Asia…

Just be aware that when you find a jackfruit recipe for a savoury dish it means green or raw Jackfruit many recipes do not say this as they wrongly assume that you know this.

Why wonder tree?

This is because every part of the tree has its own use. The fruits are eaten, the leaves are fed to livestock, and the wood is greatly valued for the manufacture of wood products because of its termite and fungus proof properties and the roots used in natural medicine to treat fevers, asthma and diarrhoea.

 How to prepare the Jackfruit… If I am using green Jackfruit like the recipe below then I just take one from my tree, if I want the ripe arils I generally buy them ready prepared.

Those of you who have prepared your own Jackfruit do know that it has a latex sap…

I have heard and quite recently…my lips are sealed…lol, some horror stories when one doesn’t know how to prepare this amazing fruit.

What you need:

An old knife and cooking oil…lots of it…

Firstly, coat your gloved hands and a long, sharp knife with cooking oil. A spray cooking oil works well — to protect against that stubborn latex sap.

Cover the work surface with something disposable….lots of newspaper.

Cut the fruit in half lengthwise and then lengthwise again into quarters; the cut skin and core will release the sap. Re-grease the knife after each cut.

Cut out the solid white core and discard any fibrous filaments around the fruit pods.

If you do get ooze on your hands, don’t worry – just put some oil on your hands, and wash them in warm water, it will be gone in no time!

Easy when you know how…

I also just prefer to oil my hands as when I use gloves they are guaranteed to stick to the latex…I probably don’t oil them enough…But I prefer oiled hands…

I have seen a few recipes lately where raw/green jackfruit is not stated and also the fact that you need to use my steps to cut the jackfruit or you will have latex everywhere.

On the markets here you can buy it ready cooked so the first step is done and all you need to do is then add your aromatics and finish cooking much easier but as I have a tree I needed to learn how to do it with minimal mess.

In Asia, jackfruits ripen principally from March to June, April to September, or June to August, depending on the climatic region, with some off-season crops from September to December, you may also find a few fruits at other times of the year.

My tree in my garden has started to produce fruit and to stop the squirrels helping themselves I will be covering the fruits in plastic bags… But as you can see they are growing nicely and there are a lot of little babies as well.

The jackfruit’s flesh is very sweet and aromatic and tastes like a combination of banana, mango and papaya.

Because of certain similarities in appearance the oval shape and spiky exterior, some people mistake the jackfruit for Durian which is another exotic fruit; however, they are very different fruits.

The ripe jackfruit is eaten as a fruit but unripe jackfruit is prepared as a vegetable. Young jackfruit is used in stews or curries, boiled, roasted; or fried and eaten as a snack. The seeds can also be eaten as a snack after being boiled and then roasted.

Jackfruit is also becoming a popular alternative to meat for vegans, vegetarians and anyone wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle as when cooked the texture is similar to pulled pork.

Today I will be making a spicy jackfruit salad which in Thai is called Tam Khanun or Tam banun it is made by pounding boiled jackfruit with chilli paste and then stir-frying.

First step over and that was cutting the Jackfruit…I can guarantee if you use an oiled knife and grease your hands the latex doesn’t stick…You do have to keep re-greasing the knife though but any which attached itself came off easily with the cooking oil…

My jackfruit slices are now simmering gently on the stove…

Once they are tender and cooled down enough for me to remove the outer skin I will be doing so…

Ingredients for Tam Kanun:

  • 400 gm green, young Jackfruit
  • 100 gm minced pork (optional) if vegetarian or vegan.
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes cut in quarters.
  • 3- 6 tsp Chilli paste ( depending on your taste)

To serve:

  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 5 dried birds eye chillies fried
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic.
  • 1 tbsp coriander

Let’s Cook!

Once cooked drain the jackfruit well, pound in a pestle and mortar and set to one side. I had heard cooked this looks like pulled pork and it does…

Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the garlic until it is nicely browned add the chilli paste and stir-fry for a minute.

Add the minced pork ( if using) and stir-fry until it is cooked 3-4 minutes stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes and the jackfruit stir-fry to combine well add the kaffir lime leaves and remove from the heat.

Serve with sticky rice and the fried garlic, chillies, spring onions and coriander as garnish.

This is the first time I have made or eaten this dish… I was very pleasantly surprised if I hadn’t cooked it and it was put in front of me I would never have known it was Jackfruit…Truly ☺ What do you think??

Tam Kanun Spicy Jackfruit Salad… we all loved it and I would definitely make it again.

The ripe Jackfruit arils (pictured) below are eaten here with sticky rice just pushed into the centre.

They also make a lovely ice cream which if you swop the whipping cream for soy milk is suitable for vegans.

Jackfruit Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gm of the ripe arils (as above)
  • 10gm sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 120 gm coconut milk
  • 200 gm whipped cream.

Let’s Cook!

Chop the jackfruit and put in a pan with the sugar cook until the fruit turns to pulp about 30/40 mins depending on how ripe your fruit is. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Place the cooled mixture in the blender with the salt, vanilla extract and the coconut milk and blend until smooth… Chill overnight in the fridge.

Next day whip your cream and fold the jackfruit mix into the whipped cream and place in your ice cream maker following their instructions.

If you are not using an ice cream maker then put in the blender and pulse 3 times.

Put into an airtight container and freeze for 6 hours.

Enjoy!

 

And don’t forget any questions or recipes you want me to find for you please ask…
Carol x

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Retired No One Told Me! Weekly Roundup…The friendliest animal in the world and the shocking truth about the Cook Islands and Timor Leste…

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts which I hope you enjoy… I love roundups as it means I don’t have to worry about missing any posts from my favourite bloggers. Somedays I am just so busy or I get sidetracked and just miss some posts I think we all do, Don’t we????

The first post out of the starting blocks is Fruity Friday’s and last week it was the Cranberry… A fruit that I always just associated with Christmas but it is a fruit which is worthy and can enhance so many recipes.

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There is also a bean called the cranberry bean…Did you know that???

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/fruity-friday-the-cranberry/

Next up it was one of my Travel Thailand post and a beautiful waterfall which was very close to my house when I lived in Phuket …I love finding out-of-the-way places I don’t really like these revamped, busy new tourist attractions …I like finding the hidden gems and this little waterfall is one of those but it also links to other waterfalls so all is not as it seems at first glance.

Retired No One Told Me! Ton Tai Waterfall

Isn’t it beautiful??

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/travel-thailand-ton-thai-waterfallthalang-phuket/

This lovely waterfall was followed by one of my Travel Australia posts and Rottnest Island which is home to one of the friendliest animals on earth …The Quokka…

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I love this photo as he is smiling for the camera…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/travel-australia-the-friendliest-animal-on-earth-the-quokka/

How to follow that well I didn’t Sally did with a wonderful post …Her weekly followup which meant I caught up …I still think I will keep my feet on terra firm but it was a lovely read so get your favourite drink settle down and have a read.

You will be treated to more of Sally’s shenanigans, there is a meeting with sharks, some interesting facts about the beautiful Iris flowers and some great news that I will have a partner in crime as Debby will be hosting a travel guide and I can’t wait as that is bound to be fun… So without giving too much away click the link below and say hello.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/smo

Next, we have The Charade and guess who is not as brave as he thought he was ???

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This Carl just looks like what he is…A bit of a creep a third-rate, hard man…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/the-charade-chapter-22-by-carol-ann-tay

It was then the turn of the last in a series of posts  I have been writing about Obesity and one which I was shocked to find that the causes of Obesity in the case of the Cook Islanders were the invasion of luxury resorts who built on their agricultural land… The country I thought had it all sewn up who ate healthily and exercised etc…In fact is poverty-stricken and the people malnourished caused by occupation and war… Not the outcome I visualised… It made me so sad…

 

It makes me so sad that my series has had to end this way that a once proud race who lived long lives are now reduced to a race who die prematurely with chronic diseases brought about by the invasion of luxury holiday resorts and a western diet.

The other group a race of people who build beautiful houses like those pictured and have a tradition of beautiful textiles and had their lives torn apart by invasions and war and are now dying from malnutrition brought on by poverty. A sad state of affairs for both and not the ending I thought I would be writing.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-obesity-the-cook-islands-and-timor-leste/

Lastly, I have given you the recipes for 5 Thai Curry Pastes you can make at home so head over to my cookery column at Sally’s where you can save them for later 🙂

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-thai-curry-pastes-and-recipes/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup…Until tomorrow when it is Fruity Friday and the Star Fruit.

If you have found this a thought-provoking read in some aspects please share xxx

If you really want to see even more from me???? There are many strings to my bow…If you still want to find out more…

I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…  I look forward to meeting you x

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