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Recycling and Climate change…The Good …No!… the Great News…

Yes, you read it right it is not the good BUT the great news today…

If England had a Prime Minister like Jacinda Arden ( New Zealand) I would happily use my proxy vote and vote for her…To me, she is what a prime minister should be…Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in New Zealand parliament, with historic cross-party support, 

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It is those words cross-party support…which gladden my heart …Politicians everywhere on important issues should be working together across the parties and we certainly do not see enough of that…

This blog is not political as you know...Jacinda Arden deserved a mention…She was decisive about the TERRIBLE shooting AND guns and plastic got short shift as well…

Germany has unveiled a zero-emissions train…

 

Ikea…To use mushroom packaging…     That Will Decompose in a Garden Within Weeks

 

Although not without its critics...Sweden has a state-of-the-art waste collection system with recycling stations located no more than 300 metres from residential areas. There are also pipelines under roads that vacuum garbage which is sent by households to the stations.

The waste collection system helps to get rid of the smell of rubbish from neighbourhoods thanks to the use of underground deposits, it also means the rubbish does not occupy any space at street level.

It also boasts nearly zero percent of waste…a system so successful it is importing waste.

This is good news...Pilot plant to recover rare earths using Hydrogen…

Global Science Award for Removing microplastics from the sea goes to Irish teenager…

Here’s how he does it…

I love how young people are taking an interest and doing something about the world’s problems…Kudos to them…

All of the garbage trucks in Toronto, Canada will soon be powered by the biogas produced from the very trash they collect.

Toronto is set to be one of the first cities in North America to launch such an initiative, thanks to its newly-constructed Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility.

Starting in March 2020, the city’s fleet of garbage trucks will collect all of the organic waste and food scraps from the Toronto Green Bins and bring them to the facility for processing.

How encouraging is that?

I love that around the world much is going on to minimise rubbish and clean up the world …I do think we all need to take part though and learn just how and what can be recycled as many things are made from a mixture of various types of plastics which then means they need specialist recycling. I am much more aware when I buy something now as to its composition so that in the event it will need recycling at some stage I know where and how…or even if it can be recycled.

Lots of good news today…Please share your good news stories we would love to hear them…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our own homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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!

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

National Pumpkin Month…Facts…Trivia…and a delicious Thai Pumpkin Soup…

Halloween is drawing near and I am sure lots of you have decorated your homes already please send me some photos so I can share your marvellous or scary themes and decorations…We would all love to see them…I would as Halloween is not really celebrated here or only by the American communities so no decorated homesteads just a few Halloween themed parties…

So don’t be shy share away and promote your blog on here…

Does China celebrate Halloween? 

There are several days and a whole entire month in China that are similar to Halloween. These are the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, the last day of the seventh lunar month, and the Spring Festival. …

The UK celebrates Guy Fawkes …However  not so widely celebrated by many although growing in popularity… the manufacturers are jumping on the commercial bandwagon.

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Did you know? The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” The plural for wicce is Wiccan. Wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

This recipe is an authentic Thai recipe … Pumpkins and squash grow very well here and are found on every market stall and on every street food stall and so much is done with this versatile  vegetable  lots of lovely Thai desserts and soups…but I digress this lovely soup would look equally at home in your hollowed out Halloween pumpkin shell  and add a bit of Thai spice to your table. If you have little pumpkins then it would look beautiful served as individual portions.

Ingredients:

  • 400 gm  pumpkin peeled and diced into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 tsp white peppercorn
  • 2 coriander roots
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass  very finely sliced
  • 3 small shallots diced
  • 1 tsp fermented shrimp paste…You will be able to purchase this from most Asian stores or online.
  • 300 ml of prawn stock….I always keep my prawn heads and bits in the freezer until I have enough to make some stock.
  • 700 ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp roasted chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 16 prawns /shrimp, peeled and deveined or crab meat
  • A handful of fresh Thai basil leaves save some for garnish
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil to stir-fry

Let’s Cook!

Firstly pound the peppercorns and the coriander root into a smooth paste. Then in a large saucepan, over a medium heat stir-fry the peppercorn/coriander root paste, pumpkin, lemongrass, onions and shrimp paste, stirring all the time for about 3 minutes until all those lovely Thai flavours are released.

Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan with a lid and cook very gently for about 20 minutes until pumpkin is soft, stirring occasionally.

Next, transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend with the shrimp stock until smooth. Pour back into a saucepan and add the coconut cream and bring to a slow gentle boil.

Add your seasonings, lime, fish sauce, sugar, chilli paste and stir to combine, add your prawns/ crab meat and cook for 1-2 minutes…Now taste and adjust seasoning if required.

Remove from the heat and pour into serving bowl or bowls. Stir in the basil leaves and garnish with extra leaves.

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The true Thai way is to also garnish with spring onions or garlic stems, some fried crispy garlic or chicken skin and it always looks so vibrant and you just want to dive in and drown in the lovely flavours.

Enjoy!

Owls are one of my favourite birds but in medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches and if you heard an owl hoot then someone was about to die.

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Some Pumpkin facts…

Pumpkin flowers are edible and a pumpkin contains on average about 500 seeds which when roasted make a healthy and delicious snack… the flowers are so pretty and it looks like Mrs bee loves the pumpkin flowers as well…

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Even what I call the scraggy bits of the pumpkin which…hands up I have thrown in the bin…No longer… add it to your stock pot…waste not…want not…

Halloween Superstitions: 

I wonder if anyone still believes or carries out these traditions? What Halloween traditions have been passed down through your family???

  • If a person wears their clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, they will see a witch at midnight.
  • Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween.
  • Girls who place the apple they bobbed for under their pillows are said to dream of their future love.

Some of these traditions seem a bit far-fetched to me I would image not very comfortable to sleep with an apple under your pillow…

Now for a real life witches house….

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists gather daily to check out one of the most unique attractions in the 90210 zip code!

Located on the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue, this house is just steps away from the ritzy 90210 shopping area of Beverly Hills – but it looks like a world away!

To read all about it head over to John Rieber’s place..He has an amazing blog full of trivia and great recipes..Fact and fiction and the utterly ridiculous at times but always good fun…

But did you know that Agatha Christie’s Halloween Party Mystery Novel was about a girl who was drowned in the Apple bobbing tub ??

A Halloween quiz question for you…

Every Halloween, Charlie Brown helps his friend Linus wait for what character to appear?

Answers in comments, please …

Pumpkin was a cure for freckles? Another old wives tale methinks…

This weeks Halloween cocktail is by Martha Stewart ably assisted by Brendan Foster who measures spirits just the way I do…lol

I am just off to check out the poison Apple cocktails…Laters xxx

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Checked and very nice that cocktail was…That Brendan Foster has much to answer for…I followed his advice and nearly fell off my broomstick xxx

I hope you are enjoying these Fang-Tastic Pumpkin posts and please if you have any tried and tested Halloween recipes I will post them and credit you so please let me have them…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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!

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…Health, Recipes and more…so much more…

Wow…what a week this been in one way or another…It will certainly go down as that was the week that was…Hubby is now the proud owner of his first electronic device and is learning all about the wonderful world of Alexa…for him it means he doesn’t have to type…and for me, I don’t have to listen to the cussing…haha

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But just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggle down in your favourite chair and have a read…I love a roundup all the posts in one place… that way I don’t miss anything  I don’t always have time to read posts as they are published which I am sure you busy peeps don’t either…

So grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn or whatever your favourite snack is…What is it by the way?  Just asking…haha

Enjoy!

Monday…Time for my update into the ever-growing story of the environment and climate change…Every day we see or hear something, don’t we?… Do you wonder like me how much is fear-mongering and how much is true???

I do believe that as individuals we should think about how we can make a difference…Everyone’s circumstances are different we all have things that we can’t do without or can we???… We have always had a car…We now don’t…Do I miss it…Sometimes…BUT…Honestly not as much as I thought I would…

Of course, we have had to make adjustments…I shop…Aston goes to school…We like to visit people or places…

I know our public transport is better than it is in many places…It is good…Sometimes we hire a car…

The plus side is…we walk more…we see more of our surroundings because we walk and don’t whizz by in the car…I talk to more people…I have lost weight…I feel healthier…Shopping…I walk there and bus or cab back depending on my load…

School…Aston walks more, he catches a bus along with the other kids…He has got used to it…we had the moans early doors…Its raining, I am going to be late…my bag is too heavy to carry…etc etc…

Rain doesn’t bother him anymore or he takes a spare pair of socks…He gets up earlier and moves himself quicker( all good)training for when he goes to work…He only takes what he needs in his bag..he has learnt organisation skills…

My point… change isn’t always easy but with a little effort it is doable and the benefits outweigh the losses…Try it!

We have reduced our carbon footprint…Have you??

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/16/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-16th-september-2019/

Tuesday…Healthy eating… we are bombarded from all sides….social media, newspapers and magazines even our friends and family about this new diet and that new superfood…When really we just need to be mindful…we need a healthy balanced diet…we need to know that what works for one may not work for us… all our bodies and dietary needs are different.

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Lots of factors come into play…Our lifestyle …where we live…our own bodies… we all process things differently…I am trying to make sense of it all while keeping myself and my family as healthy as I can by cooking from scratch with good ingredients…Not expensive ingredients good local ingredients or by growing what I can with the space I have…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/17/healthy-eating-eat-smart-golden-milk/

Wednesday…The day where I get maudlin and indulge my self…My passions and loves and maybe yours…Things which have wowed me …or stopped me in my tracks and made me think…Time to reflect…

The boat house sun beds

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/18/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-2/

It is also the day when I can be found over @ Sally’s once a fortnight…My Cookery Column where I bring you flavour and home cooking…nothing fancy just cooked from scratch with love…This week it was two soups…One with beans and cavolo nero and the other with some Thai flavours…I love a bowl of soup whatever the weather but I know that when it is chilly a bowl of soup is welcome…My favourite and I have many soups I like has always been tomato soup…and they always seem to find their way into many of my soups …Enjoy!

 

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Thursday…I took you with me Down on the Farm…I don’t think I told you we had to get rid of some of our boy turkeys…we seemed to have the wrong balance more males than females and it doesn’t work…The ladies were constantly being bothered…so we have evened it up…they may sleep now…haha

I also introduced you to our very pretty sesame plant…with a recipe for homemade Tahini…

This raised a question from Lieve…A good question with an easy answer when I thought about it…

How to Cook With Tahini: When baking, tahini is typically used in the same way as peanut butter, adding a mildly nutty flavour. It can easily be whisked into sauces and dressings, but keep in mind that adding acid, such as lemon juice, will cause tahini to thicken rapidly. Adding a little warm water will thin it to the proper consistency.

How do overnight oats, with banana, maple syrup and Tahini sound….?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/19/travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-sesame-plantngaa-and-barking-deers-mango/

Once a month on a Thursday I can also be found over @Esme’s Salon…I am currently working my way through the Culinary Alphabet and this month it is the letter, T…Now if you are British you will probably know about the idiosyncrasies of what Tea and toast mean to us…If you are not it may make you

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So please pop over and say hello and see what delights I have for you…and please leave a comment as I love to hear from you and you know I always answer you back…

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Friday…Well, someones been a busy bee this week…I love my fresh honey…and bees…Today I was most honoured to be among the lovely Brigid who is going to get her own hive in the New Year…I wish…and none other than John Rieber…and guess who spelt it wrong…Moi..

Now if you didn’t know John is the master at discovering the unusual and sometimes the gross…He also loves bacon…

So head over and have a read…and before you say it…Yes, I do get around…haha…

 

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Friday is also the day when I take you for a trip around my kitchen…Still on the subject of store cupboard basics… this week it was Rice…Yes, a whole post on Rice…

Not many people know just how many varieties and types of rice there are…more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice…That is without the wild rice which I love by the way…

Coloured rice, black rice and our field of rice…Look how green that looks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/20/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-3-rice/

Saturday…The weekend…Something for you ladies …A well-written look at the workings of our reproductive systems…Where Sally shares her vast knowledge with us…#recommended

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-reproductive-system-part-one-sally-cronin/

If you are still reading after this bumper week I thank you … I hope you have found something you enjoyed or learnt about or which just made you smile…Enjoy your Sunday…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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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 Sunday and a creative week ahead xx

Carol Cooks2 …Weekly roundup…Phoenix, Smart Watches and The Nectar of the Gods…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

I have baked my first sourdough loaf…

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After all the trial and tribulations…I have baked my very first loaf…Phoenix arose and did the job he is now quiet in the fridge but bubbling slowly so I am guessing he is a strong, feisty boy…I wonder who he takes after??? Haha, it has been said…..

More about this later… 

Smart watches were the subject for the first post of the week and I am loving my recent purchase… Not very much impresses me especially gadgets I am probably the most anti-gadget person I know…

But I also know I need to look after the one body I have…Not be fanatic and exercise madly, (walking), become vegan(said)quietly or follow faddy diets. I have all those t/shirts…

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Just to eat sensibly a healthy balanced diet with lots of veggies and fibre and have the odd piece of sourdough bread which will be thoroughly enjoyed with butter and not an ounce of guilt or remorse…and just walk…So there you have it!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/12/healthy-eating-smartwatch/

Honey certainly deserves the name of nectar of the gods ...For thousands of years it has been used both as a nutritious addition to diet and as an effective medicine and the oldest reference to this delicacy dates back to 5500 BC.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 15 and there is so much happening from the scandalous to the good… My wish is that man who is the biggest threat to the world and the ecosystem will be neutralised that corrupt governments and officials will be outed and that the people in charge will grow or have some balls to stop bad practise and say NO to damaging practices!

Young Greta Thunberg was correct when she said government have not and will not listen… I for one hope these young people’s voices will be heard.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/14/wastenot-want-not-week-15/

Thursday saw my monthly post over @Esme’s Salon and the letter was N…I hope you will pop over as these posts need some love… Thank you, John, for your continued support 🙂 x

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Lastly my very first wholemeal Sour Dough Loaf courtesy of Phoenix who arose and did his job…

I won’t say it was an easy journey but we are here and baking…And very nice it was we can only improve from here but I am so pleased I didn’t give up as the result was worth it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/15/week-11-in-my-kitchen-my-first-sourdough-loaf/

Thank you so much for bearing with me throughout the ups and downs of Phoenix and for the very helpful tips that Tabula gave me…She is a star…

Thank you for reading 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 I bid you 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/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great weekend xx

Week 8…In my kitchen…Mangosteen and sourdough…

Welcome to week 8 in my kitchen…Sourdough is looking good she said in a whisper although if it goes belly up Tabula Rasa has given me some great tips…Thank you Tabula.

Before I go on just a tip about the cooking of brown/wild rice which does take longer than white rice to cook…soak it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight or a tip from Sally she cooks hers in the microwave…Thank you, Sally…

If you want to hear something funny…One of our neighbours knocked and gave us 30 eggs…Very nice of him…The other day I was cooking and took one out to use they were slightly smaller than the eggs I usually get but for my purpose it was fine… Ready for the egg I tapped it as normal with a knife and went to part the shell…It was a hard boiled egg…I now have 29 hardboiled eggs to use…Egg sarnies anyone???

This week’s Curry…Yellow curry with rambutan fruit.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breast cubed or sliced or boneless thighs
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • 3 red Thai chillies cut diagonally
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, smashed, outer layers removed, and inner core thinly sliced
  • One 2-inch piece galangal root, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 rambutan
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 12 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tsp. palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • Coriander leaves, to garnish
  • Lime wedges, for serving
Let’s Cook!
Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic, lime leaves, chillies, lemongrass, and galangal with the turmeric until a coarse curry paste is formed.
Using a small knife, halve the rambutan and peel away their outer shell. Remove the soft flesh from the centre nut, avoiding the papery skin that surrounds it, and place the flesh in a bowl.
In a large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp of the oil over medium heat.
Add the pineapple, and cook, stirring, until slightly caramelized, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pineapple to a plate.
Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil to the pan, and then add the onions. Cook, stirring, until golden brown, 4 minutes. Add the curry paste, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more.
Pour in the coconut milk and stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook, stirring, until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
Stir in the chicken, and continue to simmer until the chicken is cooked through.
Add the reserved pineapple and rambutan, and cook until the fruit is warmed through, about 2 minutes.
Remove the curry from the heat, and stir in the fish sauce and palm sugar. Garnish with coriander and serve immediately with the lime wedges and rice.
Enjoy!
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I also made some fruit slices…Blackberry fruit slices to be exact the recipe said blueberries but I didn’t have any so blackberries it was… Who remembers blackberry picking as a child and coming home with purple lips and hands? My mum used to make Jam, pies and crumbles with them and did we have fun  picking them well until we caught our legs or hands on those prickly brambles…haha
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of melted grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup of raw sugar
  • A pinch of salt.

Fruit Layer.

  • 2 cups of blackberries, blueberries or fruit of your choice.
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice ( I also grated the skin)
  • 2 tsp tapioca powder/cornflour

Heat the oven to 350 F/176C and grease an 8-inch square oven dish.

Add the flour, oats, sugar and salt to the melted butter, stir to combine well and set aside 1 cup of the mixture for the topping.

Put the rest of the mix in the greased pan and flatten down well.

Mix the lime juice with the tapioca powder then add to the fruit and sugar stir well to combine.

Pour the mix over the mixture in the baking tin and then scatter the reserved mix over the top of the fruit.

Bake for about 55 mins until golden if you are using fresh berries then reduce the cooking time. Cool completely and cut into pieces.

Next time I would double the recipe as it was very nice but didn’t make many squares.

Fruit just coming into season this week is the lovely Mangosteen…

Once you get through its hard outer shell you find a white juicy fruit…

About the Mangosteen…

The Mangosteen Garcinia Mangostana has a very hard outer shell and is a widely eaten and available fruit here in Thailand.

When open it is similar with its segments to an Orange. It has a thick outer skin which is about 1/4 of an inch thick. If picked straight from the tree it is easier to open because as the fruit ages it dries and loses water thus the outer shell quickly hardens.

Keeping it in a bag in the fridge slows down the moisture loss.

It grows naturally in South East Asia and is known for its sweet peachy tasting flesh. Its seeds are bitter and should not be eaten.

When young ..freshly picked from the tree the seeds are white but turn brown as the fruit ages so it is a good indication of how fresh your Mangosteen is.

To open the fruit using a thin sharp serrated knife carefully cut around the circumference of the fruit. Then twist to open.

Warning: Be very careful not to cut yourself as the shell is very hard which may cause the knife to slip.

Low in calories and high in fibre with a high Potassium content the Mangosteen also has healthy amounts of manganese and magnesium which is good for intestinal health.

It is known as one of the 5 not so typical fruits noted for its life-changing potential. Scientists believe that an antioxidant in Mangosteen can cause cell death in cancer.

But as with everything we consume moderation is key. Its high fructose levels can be harmful to humans.

You have probably noticed 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.

the mekong river sunset

That’s all for today I am now off to collect my big boy from the airport I haven’t seen him for 3 years so I am super excited and won’t be around much online this weekend we are off to Nong Khai tomorrow to show him a few sights and how beautiful the Mekong is at sunset  and enjoy some lovely food hopefully I will get to have my favourite egg drop soup….Bye for now 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

The Culinary Alphabet…The Letter L

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Welcome to this month’s The Culinary Alphabet beginning with the letter L, bought to you by moi @ CarolCooks2.

I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and the New Year brings you Good Health and much happiness. I would also like to wish Esmé a Happy New Year filled with love and good health and thank her for letting me loose once again.

Starting with Lamb which is one of my favourite meats although not so easily available here. We enjoy Lamb when it is available to buy…

Egyptian Lamb Flatbreads

Ehyptian-lamb-flatbreads

Cold lamb is not very nice so we decided to make some flatbreads..a first for me I was really pleased with how they came out..very quick and easy to make and a great use for the leftover lamb they made a change to shepherds pie.

To read the rest of the post and to get the recipe then head over to Esme’s Salon…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-beginning-with-the-letter-l/

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 and I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits, and vegetable ones 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.

I am also very much into waste and pollution both on land and the sea.

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

Connect with Carol

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week

Recipes and Rants …My weekly Roundup…

food and lifestyle blog

Wow! What a week and just in case it has been one of those crazy weeks for you… Here is a roundup of all my posts throughout the week so grab a cuppa or in my case a shawl the morning temps are a tad colder here …aka 18 degrees, settle down in your favourite chair. Relax and enjoy …

A subject which I am very passionate about is waste plastic, food and anything which fits in between…We live in a very beautiful world and it is getting trashed by mankind in the name of greed, profiteering or just plain laziness because we can’t be bothered to dispose of it correctly.

Sour Dough…Why on earth can’t sneaky bakers and manufacturers leave our Sour Dough alone or make it properly? I was actually really surprised and pleased at how many people make their own sourdough bread the art is not lost and seems to be growing.

Sour dough starter bread

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/29/is-it-really-sour-dough-bread/

Lisa @ alsworld nominated me for an award and for that I thank her… But it is Lisa who deserves an award for courage and cheerfulness in the face of a wicked debilitating disease …ALS…  A disease which eventually robs you of every faculty and a more cheerful lady I don’t know in the face of this and I am sure there are…She loves ice cream which is all she can eat so any recipes for the unusual she would love … x

bloggewr recognition

https://lisasalsworld.ca/2018/10/22/blogger-recognition-award/

Tuesdays are my day for my Eat Smart, Eat Healthy posts I am working on shopping smart at the moment and trying really hard to only buy what we can eat before it goes bad…

fresh vegetables from the market

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/30/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-to-diets/

Halloween ...And what a great post to celebrate Halloween with a night at The Stanley Hotel…

haunted-at-the-stanley-hotel

https://susielindau.com/2011/10/19/haunted-at-the-stanley-hotel/

Well, the Halloween celebrations didn’t stop there… Sally and I brought out the garlic and Onions and as the saying goes we both know our Onions…No vampires bothered us…

Onions garlic red onions brown onions

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-onions-and-garlics-keep-the-vampires-and-the-doctor-away/

Waste not, Want Not…I can hear my mum saying that to us as kids and I am trying really hard not to…Waste comes in many forms and this post discusses that…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/01/waste-not-want-not-part-three/

One of my favourite times of the month is my monthly post over at Esmes Salon when I trawl through the culinary alphabet…Letter by letter and this month it was the letter J… This month I didn’t get many surprises except for the Jasmine Pearls which make the best Green Tea…brewed correctly there is no bitterness it is just lovely… And of course the lovely Juniper Berries…

gin tonic juniper berries

Next month it is the letter K…Which again includes many of my favourite foods and maybe I can persuade Kale haters to love Kale…I have a beautiful Thai recipe using kale… 

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

I love Christmas cake and pudding with cream…I also adore marzipan…I love cheese… Have I taken 2 slices of Christmas cake and put cheese in between them? No! Never, it is a custom from the North of England and one which I will be partaking of this year…So thank you, Sue, for sharing this little gem of a custom..x

https://scvincent.com/2018/10/22/the-best-cheese-sandwich/

Which bought me nicely to my first post on Christmas treats and traditions with the occasional bit of trivia thrown in…Christmas beetles are the most spectacular little creatures which hail from sunny Australia…

christmas puddings and pies

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/02/christmas-treat-and-traditions/

Finally, if you are still with me is another of my short stories …I am flexing my writing muscles and I do hope that you like them…This one is very pertinent to where I live…A sad fact of life for many…

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https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/03/homeward-bound-9/

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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.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