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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Climate Change, Health, Recipes …Week ending 19th Oct 2019…

Welcome to this weeks roundup…What a week …Lily is here for the school holidays so we have been baking… she loves making cakes and helping to prepare dinner she loves chopping veggies as much as she loves eating them her favourite vegetables being broccoli and cabbage she is always asking for seconds…bless her.

Aston is staying in the village with his other nan and has been busy collecting wild honey I didn’t realise he knew quite so much about bees…

I am still having laptop woes and limited to what I can do on mine but hopefully the end is in sight… in the meantime I am PC sharing where I can…good fun…not!

What has been going on this week and no I am not discussing Brexit although I was watching the House of Parliament live yesterday to the bitter end…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Anyway enough of my chatter…Grab a drink it is time to settle down, relax and have a read something for everyone…Enjoy!

Monday…

I always try to bring you a mixture of the good that is happening around the world and also some of the not so good…I was concerned this week about some of the antics I saw about Extinction Rebellion…It didn’t make good reading and although I agree with some of their views I do not think the actions of some has helped their cause and in fact has probably had the opposite effect…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/14/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-14th-october-2019/

Tuesday… Healthy Eating…

Healthy - Vegetables- Fruit- Lady

Healthy Eating

I was absolutely shocked to hear that figures were out and England saw a rise for the fourth consecutive year that severe obesity in school year 6 has broken records, and it is up more than a third since 2006.
Levels of severe obesity among children in the last year of primary school have hit an all-time high, according to official figures that have dismayed public health experts…I don’t know about dismaying public health experts it is dismaying me…

Much needs to be done by parents, schools and governments to halt this epidemic once and for all….

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/15/healthy-eating-childhood-obesity/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday to be exact…

Let the fun and nostalgia begin…I covered World Food Day, the opening of Disney and lots more…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/16/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-14/

It was also the day when I was over @Sally’s for  Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – #Minerals – Magnesium…

tin ghee

Lots of expert advice from Sally and recipes from me…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-magnesium/

Thursday…

As you know it is National Pumpkin month with lots of recipes and Halloween tales but don’t forget the Apple as that is also being celebrated as there are so many lovely varieties …so from this week coming I will also be adding some apple recipes…Who doesn’t love Apple Pie???

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/17/national-pumpkin-month-facts-trivia-and-a-delicious-thai-pumpkin-soup/

Thursdays is also where once a month I can be found over at Esme’s Salon…I am nearing the end of my journey through the Culinary Alphabet and this month it is the letter U…From the Ugli Fruit to Umami…

Although I will add that the Pineapple Upside down cake was the most talked about…I am not surprised as it is delicious…

Friday…

Its store cupboard basics and this week I covered cooking oils…my most used cooking oils are olive oil, ghee and coconut oil…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/18/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicspart-6cooking-oils/

Saturday…

Is a subject dear to both mine and Sally’s hearts…

Obesity…The figures out last week about childhood obesity in the UK shocked me…It should also shock you if you have a child who is obese…Of course we don’t want to give children a complex but handled correctly and by us as parents making changes to our families diets and lifestyles as a family would make a difference…It is not about shaming the individual child it is about sharing the problem and tackling it by making changes.

Sally’s posts on this subject make for good helpful reading to help tackle this epidemic…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-four-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-7-14-healthy-diet-for-brain-function-and-hormon/

That’s it for this week ...Please let me have your favourite pumpkin/Halloween recipes and if you have any ideas for Christmas table decorations instead of buying crackers which invariably add to the plastic mountain…

I for one am not buying crackers this year so looking for some great ideas from you guys…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.

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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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 – East meets West.

Noodles/pasta …Some lovely healthy chicken meatballs and a glorious Phad Thai…Both recipes made in my own kitchen and tested …Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

East meets west with Carol Taylor

I hope you are well on this Wednesday morning …Thank you for joining me @ Sally’s Blog Magazine…We are well and truly into our wet season now and everything is lush and green and yesterday I had a lovely walk in the rain…No I am not totally mad…Well I think that depends on whom you ask…ha-ha…

I am really trying hard…harder I should say to make my recipes equally tasty but healthier where I can…Although Pork is my favorite meat and is eaten a lot here as lamb is really not popular and beef is very expensive which means chicken, pork and fish are the favoured proteins here…I am trying use more chicken in my cooking than I normally do and pack it with flavor…

These chicken meatballs are packed with flavor with parmesan cheese and capers in the sauce…I have use milk instead…

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Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! Recipes, Wacky Diets, Kids diet around the world…

Welcome to this week’s Eat Smart…How is your healthy eating going? Mine is going well(ish) a few blips this week namely cookies…I very nicely complained about some cookies I bought for Aston as a treat…The company responded immediately and were very concerned…Yes, they were and sent a sample of their cookies to reassure us that nothing had changed and they hoped we enjoyed the said cookies…They were also very sorry we had been dissatisfied…A definite 5 stars for customer service to Sarah at Merba Cookies.

Merba Cookies

I will say for a kiddie he has been very restrained and only eaten the packet in the right-hand corner, he opened another packet ate one and they are still sitting in the fridge. He is obviously listening to nannies advice on moderation although he does prefer a proper meal and fruit…

This brings me nicely onto this post I came across about a photographer who has taken a snapshot of children around the world and what they eat in a week…Two things surprised me…The first was the amount of bread one of the kids ate in a week and the second made me sad a comment made by a child…

That she wished her mother would love her the way she loved her baby brother…That really did sadden me and brought back a memory of what my sister relayed to us after returning from a visit to her husbands family in Iraq…How his sister and her daughter had to clean before they went to work/school and if it didn’t please the grandmother how the granddaughter was pulled around the floor by her hair and beaten by contrast the boys were allowed to kick, spit do anything to the females without being chastised or stopped.

It saddens me because in many cultures woman are still not equal or treated as such…

Anyway, this link shows children’s diet and I think is very revealing…A good read…

https://mymodernmet.com/daily-bread-gregg-segal-interview/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_term=2019-06-30

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 3…The Vision Diet…

I can always find a wacky diet…This one doesn’t line anyone’s pockets like last weeks…It just shows what some people will do to lose weight instead of just following a healthy diet…Although this one would probably cause little or no harm apart from maybe making you look a little weird…

Image by ktphotography from Pixabay

Photo credit: The Urban Scot on Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

Quite simple rules you eat everything wearing your blue tinted glasses…No not rose-tinted…haha…The theory is it will make the food look less palatable thus you eat less…

Now back to sanity and reality…Despite the fact that I ate a few of the aforementioned cookies…The weight stayed the same…Phew!

Readers Corner…

Pete told me how well he has done by just eating moderately…Well done Pete…Pete can be found over on his site so check him out…If you are a new teacher, college student, or parent who wants to better understand what being an elementary teacher is all about, you have come to the right place. I am sure his book is not only factual but has some funny tales to tell…

Pete said:

It’s funny how cutting out a couple of things makes a big difference. I gave up soda three years ago (a bad habit of mine) and I don’t miss it at all. I rarely have ice cream in the house because I can’t say no to that. I exercise a lot because I like to eat too much, but I am eating a lot healthier. Anyway, it’s worked for me in the last three years. I’ve gone from 285 to 210, Trying to get to 200 but those last ten pounds are tough.

Now the lovely Dolly from Koolkosherkitchen reckons she has one of the wackiest diets but she is not telling …Yet! I can’t wait for the reveal…

Now for some recipes…

I have mainly been pickling this last week so have opted for quick easy meals and family favourites…This Beef salad was one of the first Thai salads I was taught to make and this recipe has gone around the world whenever I go to pot luck it is requested and loved by everyone…Kids and adults alike…We don’t eat beef often and nearly always as a beef salad…

Our favourite Thai salad… Thai Beef Salad ( Nam Doc Nua)

Thai beef salad nam doc nua

Thai Beef Salad

Serves 2. Ingredients:

  • 300gm Tenderloin Beef.
  • 1 sm red Onion or 2/3 shallots.
  • 2/3 Spring Onions. ( Green Onions)
  • 2 medium tomatoes or 8/10 cherry toms.
  • 1 sm cucumber.
  • 2 sprigs mint.
  • A big handful of Coriander.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies chopped.
  • 1 lime.
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.

Let’s Cook!

Grill the tenderloin medium rare or however you prefer your steak.
While steak is cooking chop salad into small pieces and chop coriander including the stalks.

To prepare the Mint take leaves off stems.

When steak cooked to your liking slice into thin strips.

Mix gently into chopped salad then add the coriander, mint leaves and chillies.

Stir in fish sauce and squeeze in lime juice. Taste.

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 although beef is the preferred meat in our house and more so now I have discovered the Thai/French beef which has a far superior flavour.

Traditionally this salad is served with Thai sticky rice. Enjoy!

Wimbledon has arrived and strawberries and cream…I have found a lovely alternative to fresh cream ….Fresh cream is not readily available here and tends to be treated so this little discovery was and is a godsend even hubby who loves cream liked it …

If you are 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…

Strawberries and non dairy coconut cream

 

Coconut milk is in the fridge as is the stainless steel pot and the whisk blades…Everything must be cold…It is quick and easy it whipped up in about 2 minutes if that I added nothing and as I said 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.

You can now enjoy Wimbledon and your guilt-free Strawberries and cream and no one will know if you don’t tell them…If you want to change it up a  bit add some fresh lime, orange or lemon zest…

This cream keeps well in the fridge and would also be a lovely filling for a sponge or cream slices anything that you would use dairy cream for…

As you know I love all things Coconut and have been having my daily morning drink of fresh juice straight from the drupe I love that my little man who does it for me scrapes out the soft coconut as well it really is a lovely drink…and so healthy…

fresh coconut juice with flesh from the drupe

High in potassium and has no added sugar all natural sugar..this juice comes from the young green coconut where the flesh is still soft and can be scooped out with a spoon. A 1-cup serving of raw coconut has over 7 grams of dietary fibre per serving.

Young coconut meat is rich in medium-chain fatty acids. Although these are saturated fats, your body processes them differently from other saturated fats, such as animal fats. An article published in the “Ceylon Medical Journal” in 2006 stated that medium-chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconuts, are used directly by the body as fuel, not broken down and absorbed like other saturated fats. The scientists concluded that coconut fats are widely misunderstood in the scientific community, and further research into potential benefits is called for. I eat this young coconut meat regularly and continue to lose weight and feel healthier than I have for years. Young babies here are often fed on this from very young coconuts which are really soft and easily digestible and it was our Lily’s first taste of solid food and she is really healthy.

Just be aware if you are buying this bottled or canned to check the labels that it is 100% as many have added sugar and the like.

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 xx

Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

Welcome to the second week of Whimsical Wednesday’s…Today is one of my favourite days well not just a day as it is National Coconut Day no less…I mean living here the coconut is king for me …The lovely fresh coconut juice that I enjoy fresh from the drupe…To the lovely soft flesh of the young coconut which we feed to babies here..their first taste of a semi-solid food…

Coconut- palm-drupe

Our coconut palm

The Beautiful Thai curries which contain coconut milk…Coconut features in so many Thai recipes… The Coconut!

The coconut also features in one of my cocktails which I will be sipping on the beach in Phuket in a few weeks time…

pina-colada-837059_1920

 

June the 26th is the 177th day of the year(178 leap year) in the Gregorian Calendar…188 days remain…Just saying…Haha

Time for a story… Biscuit Crumbs…By Carol Ann Taylor…

Crash! Ouch!

 Trying to manoeuvre gracefully around the oil drum directly in my path I succeeded in clattering right into it. The biscuits I carried flew into the air and landed as crumbs among the shattered remnants of my plate.

“So pleased it wasn’t the best bone china”

The errant skateboard carried on for a few seconds and I was most unceremoniously dumped on my butt.

Ouch!

“That hurt.”

Watching my young grandson weave in and out with effortless grace on his skateboard evoked memories of my younger days when I was in marketing. My colleagues and I roller skating into an employer’s office to make our sales presentation.

It had gone so well on that occasion.

 This had seemed like a brilliant idea, a novel way of presenting my Cup Cakes to Waitrose.

“What on earth was I thinking?”

Damm!  And ouch!  Back to the drawing board.

The End.

The first Grand Prix was held in Le mans, France on this day in June. The first driver past the finishing post was Ferenc Szisz driving for Renault…I am sure you are wondering why I am mentioning this…As a newlywed, before we set off on our honeymoon… yes folks… honeymoon, my new hubby who worked for Williams made a detour to Silverstone for the Grand Prix…To say I was not exactly overjoyed is a fact and maybe a sign of things to come…

Time for a recipe…

Spicy Pork Balls… These lovely pork balls are a favourite with everyone who tries them and as it is National Coconut Day there is no better recipe as they contain freshly shredded coconut and lots of it…They are so yummy…

Thai spicy pork balls with dip and white cabbage leaves

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms cold cooked rice.
  • 250 gms minced pork.
  • 150 gm coconut flesh. I have a funny little gadget that I bought long ago and I scrape the flesh out of a fresh coconut…
  • 1-3 tbsp red curry paste.
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar.
  • 2 eggs beaten.

Let’s Cook!

Mix all ingredients together it will be slightly sticky. With wet hands shape into medium sized balls about 3-4 cm.

Heat oil until hot but not smoking as the outside will cook before the inside and cook rice balls 15-20 minutes until brown and cooked through.

These balls are best eaten with a piece of white cabbage, some diced ginger and chilli put ball or part of it on cabbage and wrap around, squeeze some lime juice over it and eat, it is a crunchy fusion of Thai flavours, so yummy.

Enjoy!

Now for some music...

music notes

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

2018 Barry Gibbs of the Bee Gees was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace…I love the Bee Gees…I think my favourite track is To Love Somebody…or Massachusetts…  or ??? It is sometimes so very hard to pick a favourite, isn’t it??

Elvis and how I like to remember him and not that bloated figure in his last concert…

Elvis Presley jailhouse rock

Image by Karen Arnold from Pixabay

The last concert photos of Elvis were taken on June 26th 1977 in Indianapolis…I personally think it was such a waste to the music Industry that his excesses caused his death…He will live on forever through his music …My favourite track… there are so many and I can’t choose…What is your favourite Elvis track???

Back to the UK and The Byrds…

1965 on this day saw The Byrds and Mr Tamberine man..Hit the number 1 spot in the top 100 charts it was also the only song written by Bob Dylan to top that chart…

WordPress and my blog...Just a heads Up…I had a little problem that someone who made a comment on my blog which I approved then started to make a comment on all your comments as if he knew you…He soon got relegated to spam and it seems to have done the trick…

spam in a stop sign

I didn’t like it all those years ago when my mother used it for sandwiches and I don’t like this version…Spam not allowed on this blog…Begone!

That’s it for this week so do you have a sore throat from singing along to Jail House Rock or were you tapping your toes?  …Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories 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 creative week ahead xx

Week 11…In my kitchen…My first Sourdough Loaf…

 

Welcome to week 11 in my kitchen and what a week…At last… My first sourdough bread is cooked…Not perfect I am guessing… but edible and I checked out images and it looks the same as some other wholemeal sourdough loaves so I am happy with that as my first attempt at sourdough…

This week leaves me slightly knackered I think is the word…Lily is on her school holidays so is here for about 8 weeks she tells me…She started her swimming lessons yesterday so they are every day @ 4pm for one hour…Aston is in his final week at school ..Exams and a play for which I am trying to find a top…so far no luck so Lily and I are off to search, today…The plus side is it all helps me reach my target of 10,000 steps a day…

Sourdough.

 

To give my starter a helping hand I used 50/50 with wholemeal flour and it worked I am really grateful to Tabula for sending me the link to The Perfect Loaf as he ( Maurizio Leo) gave excellent instructions and tips far better than the original book that I brought …

I do need digital scales which are on order as cups are not so accurate and I think he was right…My next loaf will be a white one and I am expecting the holes to be bigger as it seems that using wholemeal flour the texture of the bread is denser.

I am sure anyone who makes wholemeal sourdough will tell me if I am correct…

 

It did, however, have a nice crust and I didn’t burn the bottom…haha…All in all, for the first attempt at sourdough I am pretty pleased and its name is Phoenix ( as ) suggested by Sally…

This week’s Curry:-  Panang Curry

Phanaeng, also spelt phanang, panang, and other variants is a type of red Thai curry that is thick, salty and sweet, with a nutty peanut flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ -2 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2-4 tbsp Panang curry paste
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ lb boneless skinless chicken, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp fish sauce 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste concentrate (or more for more tang)
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced (or ½ red onion)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, optional
  • ¼ cup Thai basil leaves

Let’s Cook!

Without shaking the can, skim off two tbsp of the coconut cream and add it to a sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Add the Panang curry paste along with the peanut butter and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and stir to coat, cook for 1-2 minutes. If at any point the sauce begins to stick to the pan, add a couple tbsp of water to deglaze. Stir in the remaining coconut milk, starting with 1 1/2 cans (adjust with more later if desired.) Add the kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, brown sugar, sliced onion, and red bell pepper. 

Allow the curry to come to a simmer, lower the heat and let simmer for 2-3 minutes or until the chicken cooks through. Taste and adjust with additional coconut milk, sugar, tamarind, or fish sauce as desired. Turn off the heat and stir in the basil. Serve warm with rice or cooked rice noodles.

penang-Thai-curry

If desired then you can drizzle the top with a little coconut milk. This curry is very tasty and quick to cook you can cook it while your rice is cooking…20 minutes and you have a lovely curry…The tamarind gives it that extra depth of flavour it is one of my favourite additions to a sauce.

My other cooking plans went out of the window over the last few days as it has been frantic with the end of term concerts and exams…Today I walked 13,689 steps the recommended target being 10,000 steps per day… by the time I go to bedibyes I think it will be closer to 14,000. Final count as I am not moving any more( 14,315) I think I will sleep well tonight..A short post for me but I will catch up in the week with my cooking…

By the way, I got some lovely lemons today…Not something I often get here and they are quite big, organic from the North of Thailand…What to make???

fresh lemons organic

Thank you for reading this post…Until next time stay safe if you are experiencing high winds or snow…x

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 having a great weekend xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…The sourdough saga continues…

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts I hope you have all had a productive week with lots of creative thoughts, no kitchen disasters and if you have please tell…haha

My week started with sourdough starter Take 3…I also found new Green Tea and some beautiful wild rice as I am making adjustments to my eating habits …Day 12 and no sundowners( daily tipple aka booze…Go ME!…being more vigilant on the added sugars and getting really excited as my big boy (son) Numero 1 is visiting next weekend…Yes, I will shed a tear as it has been nearly 3 years although Lily told me I was too old to cry…haha…

Weekly roundup…Let’s begin!

You know the routine by now…Settle down in your favourite chair, grab a drink and enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Let’s Begin…

Valentines Day Roses, hearts and flowers and maybe a cuddly toy… I hope you all had a lovely Valentines day with your sweethearts…The cuddly toys and flowers were lining every street and corner here…Outside the schools…Isn’t young love grand???

My darling grandson came home with a bunch of flowers for me…Bless him… I am guessing bought from his lunch money which made them all the more special.

lilac and white flowers wrapped in brown paper

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/12/be-my-valentine-13th-february/

The subject of fibre in our diets was the subject of my Healthy Eating post and how most of us fall short of the daily recommended guidelines. Processed foods lack fibre having generally been stripped of all their goodness…white rice, pasta and bread all are low on fibre…Fibre keeps us fuller for longer…so we are less likely to snack…I know it is hard to introduce brown rice, wholemeal pasta and better bread to ourselves and our families…Many kids and adults are resistant to change…Introduce it slowly as the saying goes…Slowly, Slowly catchee monkey…I wrote a post on the subject and the origins of the phrase…Truly…haha

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/12/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-fibre-are-you-getting-enough/

Still, on the Valentines theme, my weekly food column over at Sally’s was a valentines menu …Sally picked some of my recipes and collated them and very nice choices she made…Thank you, Sally x

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-st-valentines-day-thai-three-course-dinner/

Time for my weekly Waste Not! Want Not! The subject was plastic and cigarette butts…

Did you know? For 32 consecutive years, cigarette butts have been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over that time. That amounts to about one-third of all collected items and more than plastic wrappers, containers, bottle caps, eating utensils and bottles, combined.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/14/waste-not-want-not-week-11/

It was then over to Esme’s for my monthly column on the Culinary Alphabet…Please head over and check it out the letter this month is M … Mango, Miso, Mirepoix and more…

mango sticky coconut rice Thai dessert

How many culinary terms /food items can you think of beginning with M? I challenge you!

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-m/

Next, I take you through my week in my kitchen ..triumphs and disasters…Oh Yes! I have them…haha

I am trying to show you that my recipes are all cooked from scratch contain healthy ingredients which have proven health benefits…I am trying to break the mould or the myths that healthy food is bland and/or boring…There seems to be a barrier to me… we just need to know our food and what the benefits to our health is and cook accordingly.

I don’t spend hours in the kitchen and I don’t think that I buy special foods or expensive foods and I certainly don’t feel deprived in any way at all…It is also foods which we all eat ..grandkids included although we limit the heat for little Lily or take her portion out before we add all the chilli.

This week I also tried something I never thought I would…I read about it over @ John Reiber’s blog and made my comment and forgot about it…That is until one’s grandson came in and asked for some money as 7/11 had this new wonderful drink I didn’t take much notice and he then came home with a Tea and cheese drink… Yep, all in the same cup…To read all about it…Head over to my Friday’s post…

matcha tea with cheese

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/15/week-7-in-my-kitchen-my-sourdough-is-alive-and-kicking/

Finally to end the week it was over to Sally’ for Size Matters…The sequel…

Sally’s posts on Health Matters are easy to read, factual and you don’t need to buy special foods it is just knowing what part the foods we eat play in our overall health…Balances and healthy…Also about our feelings and why sometimes we cannot shift that weight …This week it is looking at Candida Albicans a very informative post and it included much I didn’t know or was aware of…Sally knows her stuff xx

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

Spoiler Alerts!

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Chinese New Year…Part 2 The Lantern Festival…Great new incentives to cut our carbon footprints and reduce packaging…six pack ( no ) not those…haha…although I could oblige with a pic, ladies??? Seriously six-pack rings which are food for turtles instead of killing them…

No more spoilers…You will have to wait and see…xxx

Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for reading …xx

If you liked what you read please let me know in comments I love to hear all your comments 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/
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – St. Valentine’s Day – #Thai three course dinner

Valentines Day..Stuck for a menu? Well look no further Saly has put one together from my recipes and it is easy to do and yummy…Thank you,Sally xxxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

If you are looking for a special way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day then perhaps a romantic dinner for two, created by Carol Taylor from some of her most popular recipes from the last couple of years, incorporating wonderfully warming and spicy Thai ingredients.

Tom Yum Soup with Prawns (Tom Yum Goong)

This is one of my favourite Thai soups and the first time I made it from scratch I questioned the colour as in many restaurants it is a bright orange colour. It is because a Tom Yum paste or stock cube is used…This one is made from scratch it also doesn’t have that sharp taste but is more mellow and I think more pleasant.

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass
  • 1 inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 500gm Prawns
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium…

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