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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Recycling, Recipes, Banana Fertiliser and so much more…

Where is the time going? My regular readers know the drill…A comfy chair, a drink, settle down time for a good read…Lots of goodies for you this week…A good mix and something for everyone…Well unless you are a rocket scientist…haha.

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The Kombucha scoby is getting fatter and showing some white so I am guessing from what I have been reading that it is happy and doing its thing…Any hints and tips would be gratefully received for this newbie ( hopefully) successful Kombucha brewer…x

To any new readers…Welcome and if I haven’t personally thanked you for the follow it is because either your blog shows as private or your profile doesn’t link to your blog…I do however appreciate the follow…Thank you 🙂

To all those spammers...unlucky if I can block you I will or just get rid…You are not wanted or even read you are wasting precious energy and time…Begone!

Monday’s post was once again...Plastic, recycling any news I think is interesting and I will never run out of ideas…I watched a beautiful programme yesterday about Japan’s Earths, Enchanted Islands and the water which comes down in abundance from the mountains to the rice fields and the villages below …when it reaches this village …where no detergents are used when washing up the scraps are just washed in this beautiful water and each house has a carp pond underneath being bottom feeders they eat all the scraps and the water stays crystal clear as it was from its source it was amazing to watch…Absolutely amazing programme…A simple, effective system…

I explored using banana skins as fertiliser, Growing food without soil and should we be teaching kids how to grow food in schools…The answer was a resounding yes to that and it is happening around the world so many good news stories in the comments which I will go into tomorrow …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/08/plastic-waste-and-recycling-latest-news-seaweed-and-banana-skins/

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily is now starting to reap the benefits for me …I have so much more energy..even in this heat…I am the lightest I have been for many, many years and I can’t believe I have taken this long to get my brain in gear and realise that…Yes, I still enjoy the odd treat…I eat food I love I just watch my portions…The best thing is I can go shopping here as the clothes sizes are smaller than the UK equivalent …I can pick from the racks for the first time in a long time and it is fun…Between my ideas and recipes and Sally’s health tips, I have cracked it…I hope you can too xx

Thai Duck Larb

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/09/eat-smart-eat-healthily-recipes-wacky-diet-corner-and-some-commonsense/

I am back! Wednesday every fortnight over at Sally’s….This week I kicked off with measurements as they vary around the world and ingredients as well I still get stumped at times and have to look it up…I kept seeing a stick of butter in the ingredients list …We don’t all know what it is…I didn’t…I do now…So a plea to all you lovely home cooks spare a thought for those of us who may not know what some of your ingredients are…Pretty please…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-cooking-terms-weight-conversions-and-foods-names/

Thailand…My home and The Land Of Smiles…I was told today at the market that my Thai was good…Go me…I was certainly smiling at those words…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/11/travel-and-traditions-the-land-of-smiles/

Beetroot…One of my favourite vegetables…and it seems many of my readers favourite as well…Please if you have any recipes using beets share with us and I will link back to you…

Red Beetroot with leaves and one cut beet

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/12/this-week-in-my-kitchen-beets-week-2-and-kombucha/

Healthy Eating I can’t stress the benefits enough…However, stress can also kill…Of course, it can provide us with thrills and get that adrenaline going…But it can also KILL…Sally is the lady to listen too as she knows her stuff she delivers her knowledge clearly and concisely…She doesn’t( like) me pull any punches she tells it like it is… but leaves the reader feeling positive and knowing what to do…Keeping our heart and other major organs healthy can ensure we have a chance of living a longer life …Worth a read? I think so…x

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-of-the-body-part-three-the-heart-and-stress-connection-by-sally-cronin/

I hope you have enjoyed this post and the variety and found something which you enjoyed or learnt about…Thank you for reading…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

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a great weekend and your week ahead is a joyous one xx

Christmas Recipes… Lighter Puddings

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Day 5 on the Christmas countdown and today I have some lighter puddings for you as I know some either don’t like or can’t eat a Christmas Pudding…

I always make a Fresh fruit salad and anything goes in whatever is in season and I have some lovely choice of some lovely  exotic fruits to choose from here but wherever you live check out your fruit section and I am sure you will find something exotic there and you only need one if it is a dragon fruit or something which can be expensive but they are quite big so only one would be required the only fruit I don’t use and not because I don’t like it but just because the texture isn’t right for a fruit salad is the banana but you could always make a lovely banan split and that would be a lovely alternative to a rich, Christmas pudding wouldn’t it?

The beauty of a fresh fruit salad is that you can make it as large or as small as you like one portion or ten. You can use any fruit that you have and it can different every time.

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The one I always make is very simple I use Oranges, Apples, Grapes, Pear, and section and slice them and add lemon/ lime juice to stop the fruit going brown.

Sometimes I  also add some freshly squeezed orange juice or other fruit juice.

This is now when it gets interesting as you can add a little freshly grated ginger, some crushed lemongrass even treat yourself to one of those exotic fruits you have seen in your local shop or farmers market just to liven it up, change it.

Maybe even a touch of chilli???

Some sesame seeds? Some poppy seeds?? Just sprinkled over the top of your serving???

If I use a soft fruit like melon,  mango, strawberries, peaches, apricots, watermelon or kiwi then I put those in about 15 mins before I serve the fruit salad. Otherwise, they can go too mushy and we like our fruit salad fresh and vibrant, nice and crisp.

And of course here I have access to plenty of fresh pineapples, Lychees and Dragon fruit are plentiful and in season here at the moment so into the mix they go…What is your favourite fruit salad mix???

To jazz it up a bit put your salad into a hollowed out pineapple skin… and make like a little boat…

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You can use any combination of fruit that you like just make sure you use lemon/ lime

juice to stop the fruit from discolouring and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

It can be served quite simply with fresh cream or clotted cream if you can get it…

Ice cream there are now so many flavours to choose from or make your own a lovely coconut and lemongrass recipe here or add some chilli to the chocolate ice cream or  as my hubby prefers just a good old fashioned custard.

Serve it with your porridge oats or other cereal with natural yoghurt… the possibilities are endless… Have fun when you make one and try different fruits.

Enjoy!

Banana Split

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Now as you know I get bananas by the cartload here and as it’s Christmas then treat yourself just split a banana and create a culinary masterpiece… Ice cream of your choice and why not mix the flavours, some whipped cream or mascarpone and a sauce, chocolate, salted caramel or my favourite a lovely raspberry coulis… Maybe some little marshmallows or some pieces of meringue…Go wild and have fun!

Christmas comes but once a year!

How about a lovely whole baked apple…I remember my dear mummy making these and I used to love them… In fact, I haven’t had one for years…

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Just stuff with some dried fruits, sultanas or chopped apricots maybe a little of the sweet mincemeat? Add some cinnamon or mixed spice… Drizzle with some maple syrup or golden syrup and bake until the apple is soft and the juices are running…A lovely light pudding after your Christmas meal…

Just some baked figs with some cheese also make a lovely lighter pudding so many dishes you can make..A pannacotta with fresh fruit?

What dessert do you make for after your Christmas meal?

I love a creme brulee or fruit salad…I also love a small piece of Christmas pudding but normally save that for later when my lunch has gone down.

Until tomorrow for more Christmas recipes and ideas…

I can now also be found over on my new blog Orienthailiving where if you still have some shopping to do I have some ideas for you some links will be affiliate links for which I will receive a small commision but there is no extra cost to you and it will help get my Amazon account up and running so thank in advance if you do go through my links.

 

 

 

Down on the farm….

My turkey babies are not babies anymore….

 

He is just such a handsome boy, isn’t he? They love just love wandering about the farm and eating the greens and picking bits here and there….They are a joy to keep and have really lovely natures…..One got attacked by a dog a while ago but let himself be picked up and his leg cleaned so placidly he is lovely….The dog..banished we cannot have an animal which attacks the other animals…The turkey he is alive and well after his little skirmish and none the worse for wear thank goodness. Our chook who thinks he is a turkey is still living with the turkeys he doesn’t want to be with the chooks…

He even speaks like a turkey now…

The banana trees are bearing fruit how is this for a bunch of bananas…..

It is a shame they all ripen at once so if anyone has some nice green banana recipes please let me know…I have shared with the neighbours..even the tuk-tuk driver but know we will be having lots of smoothies and banana bread and chutney and Banana splits have been mentioned…lol

Watermelon

Watermelons are now to be found in abundance and if you need any recipes then Carol and Sally have a treat for you Health Benefits and recipes just in case you missed it!

Today I am busy pickling some more Watermelon Rinds which are a lovely thing…Try them you will be so pleased you did…

Harvesting the rice.

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The early rice is now being harvested and I tell you such hard work and for 200B ( 6 US) DOLLARS a day such long hours  8-5 and back-breaking work.

The main rice harvest is not until November but some people plant a bit earlier and can also harvest it cheaper as in November as it is busy the rate goes up to 300 baht a day…. still a pittance for the work as if the farmers have not weeded the rice regularly then it is harder to harvest…Our rice is always weeded regularly which makes the harvest a little easier…

That’s all for Down on the farm for today I hope you enjoyed the updates and below are links to previous down on the farm posts in case you missed them.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/down-on-the-farm-sesame-plantngaa/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/down-on-the-farm-thai-potatoes/

 

Thank you for reading and if you loved anything you read please share as sharing is caring…xx

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating…Potassium

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Potassium is vital to our good health and we need to eat enough potassium each day to maintain a healthy body.  Potassium can be found in every one of our bodies cells and plays a major part in our continued good health. Although let us be clear it is not potassium alone which keeps us healthy.

But to feel our best we should eat enough potassium-rich foods every day to help prevent certain chronic conditions. Regularly not eating enough potassium-rich foods could jeopardise our long-term health in many ways.

Recommended daily amounts:

Adults over the age of 19, adolescents between 14 and 18 years old and pregnant women should consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day while limiting themselves to 1,500 mg of sodium.says the Food and Nutrition Board. Nursing women over the age of 14 need more: 5,100 milligrams daily.

Please note however and I always stress this …moderation… but too much can be just as damaging to your health.

The body needs a delicate balance of potassium to help the heart and other muscles work properly. But too much potassium in your blood can lead to dangerous, and possibly deadly, changes in heart rhythm.

Home cooking does determine our intake of potassium but boiling depletes potassium. For example, a boiled potato has almost half the potassium of a baked potato. To preserve potassium, eat fruits and vegetables raw,  roasted or lightly steamed.

Food rather than supplements is always a better option for increasing your intake of nutrients as foods contain fibre as well. Let food be thy medicine is my mantra. I just have this thing about supplements of any sort and maybe it is me but I prefer to eat food rather than take a powder or tablet.

I know what is in my food… That’s me, folks …

Here is a little list for you of foods high in potassium:

  • Winter squash, cubed, 1 cup, cooked: 896 mg
  • Sweet potato, medium, baked with skin on 694 mg
  • Potato, medium, baked with skin: 610 mg
  • White beans, canned, drained, half cup: 595 mg
  • Yoghurt, fat-free, 1 cup: 579 mg
  • Halibut, 3 ounces, cooked: 490 mg
  • 100% orange juice, 8 ounces: 496 mg
  • Broccoli, 1 cup, cooked: 457 mg
  • Cantaloupe, cubed, 1 cup: 431 mg
  • Banana, 1 medium: 422 mg
  • Pork tenderloin, 3 ounces, cooked: 382 mg
  • Lentils, half cup, cooked: 366 mg
  • Milk, 1% low-fat, 8 ounces: 366 mg
  • Salmon, Sustainable fishing, 3 ounces, cooked: 326 mg
  • Pistachios, shelled, 1 ounce, dry roasted: 295 mg
  • Raisins, quarter cup: 250 mg
  • Chicken breast, 3 ounces, cooked: 218 mg
  • Tuna, light, canned, drained, 3 ounces: 201 mg
  • Coconut water, 100 gm: 250 mg

I always get my daily fix of coconut water from a little man up the road when I come back from my daily walk it is a most welcome drink as he always has a chilled one for me… I love it and it does you good…just be careful if you buy coconut water in a bottle or can that it doesn’t have added sugar and the like because it then takes it from that healthy coconut water to something that is not so healthy. Just beware and read the labels I never trust claims on the front of the bottle and it should have an ingredient list of one…Coconut water ..pure and simple…

Fresh Coconut

There is nothing like a healthy drink of Coconut juice fresh from the fruit.

If you take prescribed medication, please before you embark on any change of eating plan always ask your doctor or pharmacist about how all of the medications you take affect the potassium levels in your body, and if you need more, or less, of the mineral.

 

If you enjoy these Healthy eating posts please let me know in comments and reblog or share so everyone can see how easy it is to eat healthily it is just being aware… And I love fudge.. or burfee…

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot as of all the medicines laughter is the best….

 

 

 

How to make your own Spearmint extract by Angie.

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I never have made any extracts and I think this is a wonderful idea from my friend Angie over on Learning how to live free and Getting off the Grid.

She has some wonderful ideas and is the queen of coupon savings, she is one amazing lady. Just please click the link below and take a look.

https://getoffthegrid2.blogspot.com/2017/06/how-to-make-your-own-spearmint-extract.html?showComment=1496728140551#c8511698336769032692

I will almost certainly be making some of these mmmmmmm Chilli and Vodka anyone ?

 

 

I will almost certainly be making some of these

 

 

 

 

Would you eat me?

In this day and age when the population is increasing scientists and people’s thoughts turn to other means of food….GM modified foods have many critics so a lot of people are looking at alternatives foods which in the past we would never have considered eating and which now due to research reveal that many are very good sources of proteins and vitamins. We just need to get over our natural ..well revulsion…Yuk instinct!inchworm-1732290_1280

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The Mealworm:

Is the brown worm-like larvae of the Darkling Beetle and it can be a pest as the larvae feed on stored grains but they are also a good source if properly and humanely killed of protein and fat.

To prepare the meal worms for cooking:

You can either leave them for a day or two with zero food or as they take the flavour of what they eat you can give them small pieces of apple, cinnamon sticks crushed or carrot diced small.

Do avoid citrus or watery foods they DON’T work.

The next step is to freeze them for one to two days…NOT as some suggest 15 minutes as they go into a state of dormancy and do not die. Well, we all eat or have eaten food which is killed by one means or another.

Then boil

Crispily fried meal worms with chilli and garlic:

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Slice some chillies and finely dice some garlic. Melt some butter in a pan and add the chillies and garlic saute for 2 minutes and add mealworms. If they start to pop ….lower the heat..it is too high and fry until they are golden and crispy…a lovely snack.

Banana worm bread:

4oz margarine.

6oz castor sugar

8oz plain flour

2 mashed bananas

1/2 cup of chopped nuts

1/4 cup roasted meal worms

2 eggs

1tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt.

Method:

Cream together the sugar, margarine, salt and baking soda.

Stir in the mashed bananas, nuts and, meal worms.

Put mixture into a prepared loaf tin and cook in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees for 45mins to 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

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Photo source:

All photos are my own unless otherwise stated and the link is below the photo.

This bread came about as an online friend requested a recipe for worm bread…She is looking at alternative food sources and it may be that we may all at some point will need to do this. An interesting point was raised by a comment on my post that these TV programs like Get me out of the Jungle have not done eating insects as part of our diets any favours.

Just a thought worth pondering…..What do you think? Please tell me in comments….

 

Enjoy!