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Eat Smart, Eat Healthily… No to Diets!

No more...Diets Healthy eating 30th October

Welcome to this Tuesdays Eat Smart, Eat Healthy post…

Last week quite by chance was a very Orange week and I am absolutely loving my new favourite smoothie Orange and Carrot… I still haven’t managed to take a photo but I will and it is the brightest Orange colour and if you didn’t know you would think it was loaded with forbidden colours but it is the natural colour of Oranges and Carrots and soooo delicious…

But back to normal and today the discussion is breakfasts… I don’t eat breakfast I eat Brunch as I only eat two meals a day but when I worked breakfast was very important and also it was also very cold and getting colder this time of year so I wanted something hot and also I wanted to send the kids off with something warm inside them…

Porridge is just the thing and my slow cooker was a godsend… I used to put it on before I went to bed and whatever time anyone got up they could have a nice hot bowl of perfectly cooked porridge…

I have ( when) I had a microwave cooked porridge in it and the mess when it exploded… The saucepan of porridge which I forgot to keep an eye on …We have all been there…Have we not???

Porridge eaten with a fruit compote was my favourite I just used to stew some mixed berries with some apple and keep in a pot in the fridge…

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Served with fresh fruit it is also very nice or just drizzled with some fresh honey…

It will keep you going until lunchtime…

Toast, nut butter and chia seeds… A lovely slice of sourdough bread spread with homemade peanut butter or nut butter of your choice and topped with a sliced banana or berries and a sprinkling of chia seeds.

Peanut Butter on spoon

Eggs… I love eggs but simply done a lovely omelette, poached or scrambled anything fancier than that unless you have the time BUT for me before work and with 6 kids to get to school or college …I didn’t!

Herb Omellette

I have never eaten quinoa or been a fan of muesli or oat bars and things so if you wish to educate me and have some healthy recipes please share and I will link back to you and give you the credit… I like simple easy to prepare food that tastes good and just love simple flavours I don’t go for the latest fads and that BUT some may be good I just don’t know it so please feel free to let me know ūüôā

Smoothies and Protein Drinks…Fresh fruit is found in abundance here so often my breakfast is a smoothie if I want to include protein as of course I am not an advocate for bought protein powders I add my own protein in the form of Greek Yoghurt as that is one of my favourites I have added the links here for alternative natural forms of protein to add to your protein shakes.

Raspberry Smoothie.

Raspberry Protein Shake

Doesn’t that look beautiful? To me, it just screams drink me the colour is awesome so vibrant.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup of greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 medium beetroot(raw) peeled and diced.
  • 1 tbsp honey ( optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds ( optional)

Let’s, Blitz!

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful colour and it tasted very nice not too sweet and I did add honey.

This smoothie can be drunk instead of a drink with protein powder and the like in it …An alternative to bought protein drinks…Having never had a protein drink I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great I drink them anyway…Really!

I think I know which one I would rather drink…Don’t you??

Here is the link to your alternatives for protein rather than buy powders…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/07/20/papaya-and-banana-protein-shake/

Lastly, did anyone notice the chocolate in the header image ??? Well anyone who thinks that all I eat is fruit and vegetables and nothing sweet and delicious I don’t…I just practise moderation and have eaten so much in my life that it doesn’t hold that same appeal for me …All the time... But show me a bar of good mint chocolate or orange and I do the same as anyone else … It must be good chocolate and proper chocolate though…Only the best …

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Lips and chocolate

I enjoy what I eat…Food is about enjoyment and you may not enjoy the same things as I do but find foods you really like and learn about them…learn how healthy they are or not and maybe like me and my chocolate learn to apply moderation but I eat it when I fancy it…Food is for enjoyment and at the same time it should be good for us and with all the choices in the world we must all be able to find our happy medium…Don’t you think?

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed my breakfast foods …What do you eat for breakfast? Please let me know in 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.

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

 

 

Pear Belle Hélène

This sounds so yum..and what a treat I have given you in my first two posts of the day…Chocolate and Cheese now doesn’t that get those taste buds a zinging….I like word that word I have used it twice in two days…zinging! Now I am off to make the icecream..yummy ūüôā

Hungry Breton

Choice 15 Pear Belle Hélène

Nah,nah,nah,nah, nah ‚ÄúChocolat Day‚Ä̂Ķ I can‚Äôt help to have this Simple Minds‚Äô tune in my head‚Ķ With chocolate day almost over ( how did I miss that? I like chocolate too you know?), it had to be only one thing; Pear Belle H√©l√®ne. When my parents brought us to the restaurant when we were children, or to the cr√™perie, the meal wasn‚Äôt complete with this wonderful dessert, made of poached pears, ice cream, Chantilly, hot chocolate sauce and topped with dry roasted nuts‚Ķ Here is how I do mine; it is only fair after all!

For The Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 25cl of double cream
  • 25cl of milk
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • A bit of vanilla essence

I beat the egg yolks with the sugar, whisk them and then add the milk, double cream and the vanilla essence; when it is all mixed well together…

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If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies

I have had fun looking at everyone’s New Year Resolutions, the wonderful recipes, Mango Curry by Freda@Aromatic Essence ,¬†scary stories which means I will never , ever look at a lippie in the same ¬†way..Hugh @ hughsviewsandnews…Yearly stat’s to show our success,and who’s lost the e-mail and can’t find it???? lost in¬† the ethos….¬†wonderful photos of snow.. Thank you Ann ….which I love..but love being warm even¬†more. I have written a few more, chapters to my novel ” A Fathers Nightmare.

I have sent a letter of complaint as the only chocolate gifts I purchased for my grandkids ..were melted…3 letters later….result! Ha ha ….What have I learnt over the years when complaining?……Be Nice..and keep being nice..you can’t ignore nice and nice gets you what you want!…No! Not more chocolate!

I have read those blogs which help meimages1EU08Q0G with WordPress, AND please how do I easily link to someones blog? It eludes me! It drives me crazy..It is probably soooooo easy..but for me…Nope! It is my nemesis…

Scrivener mmmm scrivener, word and so much more and thank you ,without those where would I be, I learn about the world ..the wonder of it in pictures, the  sadness and the downright cruelty.

The bush fires in Oz..those poor people who have lost everything… my daughter and son-law and the boys are 100km away from the worst and praying the wind doesn’t¬†change in their direction and at the same praying for the ones who are not so lucky.

My Little Saang Chai has been unwell….he would outclass Houdini in how to escape….and if it’s edible..however dubious….he eats it or brings it home…..3 days of¬† sickness and not eating..poor boy..but he is back now in full fettle and back to chasing cyclists……so when he feels like blogging again ..will he be¬†truthful..mmmm

Christmas decs are down….doesn’t it look bare?….windows cleaned….and I have a new printer ..my favorite colour..Lime Green ..how long will this one last ? me and printers do not have a good track record..we won’t even go there…

Oh and a word of warning about Pinterest..I recieved this..

We’re getting in touch to let you know we received a copyright complaint and have removed one (or more) of your Pins. The complaint wasn’t directed against you or your Pin; it was directed against another user’s Pin of the same content that was uploaded by a user. While many copyright owners are happy to have their content on Pinterest, we recognize that some do not want their content to appear on Pinterest, or did not receive attribution for the content. When a copyright owner sends us a complete notice per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it‚Äôs our policy to remove the Pin(s).

Again, this complaint was not directed at you, or anything you did: we just thought you’d like to know why we removed your Pin.

Happy Pinning and thanks again for using Pinterest.

I have read a couple of articles about copy right so be careful out there…

 

So what to blog about? do I carry¬† on rambling with the occasional recipe?¬†pictures of where I live? and places I¬†have been?¬†my efforts at scribing? the occasional reblog?¬† So my resolution is to focus..on what I have yet to discover…. Will it be easy? Nope…Worth it? Absolutely.

 

That’s all for now, carry on doing what you do best..be happy..laugh a lot..Love you all…Big Hugs Carol ūüėČ

 

Wow I got an award!

Well actually¬†two but haven’t got round to the second one yet! The hardest part is not picking other great blogs but thinking of interesting, profound and witty facts about me!

Oh please..I am just a happy retiree who loves her kids and grandkids with a passion..do a bit of cooking…like a drop or three of vino…….love proper chocolate…..hate it when people ” dig ” yes “dig the butter out pleasssse scrape it nicely……..

Really think Noah should have killed those Mosi’s

Loove my not so little Soi Dog……..absolutely think bankers and politicians should get a big, massive taste of their own medicine…..admire all those fantastically clever bloggers who blog about all these hints and tips on how to be??????? ..so wish I was tall and slim and willowy with legs to die for and would I work it..hell yehhhhh..if you got it flaunt it….

Love how I have been welcomed into the blogging and writing worlds and without the help and encouragement and the listening to my dreams of certain friends ” you rock ” I would be doing neither and thank you for introducing me to Kow Soi.SAM_6957..great dish..best Thai food ever……

Sad that some never comment except to ” nicely” critique…..and I¬†wish they would for once say…just say…I liked¬† that!

I really do not like jellied eels…….would really love to be able to step back to a time of my choosing just for a day¬†…would not want to go forward in time too scary….

Well that’s a little insight into me and for the record have always been blonde..naturally hence the name blondieaka…..my real moniker is Carol or Caz so feel free to call me that…..

Well just back from the beach…Saang Chai had a lovely romp and dug a few holes wasn’t sure about the water when the waves started coming back at him…ha ha.. and did the heavens open¬† or did they open so it was quick stop the truck and put said mutt in the back in the dry as the heavens just opened as they do here..but that’s for Saang Chai to relate to you on Monday…until next time we are curry cooking at the moment well one’s son is and I am supervising¬† …ha ha…don’t tell him that…

Chat soon…love you all …laugh a lot and be happy….:)

I won’t be impressed with technology until I can download FOOD!

Wow…. what a thought that is…just imagine trawling through your food blogs and coming upon this recipe that jumps out at you and ” You want it now”¬†…….that just¬†screams….¬† Eat Me !

You look in the cupboards and you have¬†everything bar one item to make that dish, it’s chucking it down with rain, rush hour or the gas man is coming…..awwww damm and blast!

Just imagine if you could press a button and voila…it’s there ..right in front of you…

Come on ladies and gents it ain’t happening yet but I can tickle your taste buds with these delicious recipes. A¬†lovely Thai Green Curry and Chocolate brownies although as I couldn’t get proper chocolate here..cos I don’t know if you are aware but to stop chocolate melting they add something and it’s nasty..yuk

So what I have done is made brownies normally…. no coconut flour and will try to get proper chocolate and make a batch for my next food blog….. we can then compare…good idea or what ..a double lot of brownies to sample…..mmmmmmm can’t be bad¬†in my book….

Chocolate Brownies:

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup oil…I used Coconut Oil but can use vegetable or other oil of your choice.

1 cup sugar.

1/2 Cup flour.

1/3 cup cocoa ( unsweetened)

1/4  tsp baking powder.

1/4 tsp salt.

1 tsp vanilla extract.

2 Eggs.

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Method:

Put all ingredients except for eggs in food processor and blitz.

Beat eggs together and add to mixture, combine well.

Stir in walnuts if using.

Pour batter into 9 x 9 greased and floured pan.

Put in pre heated oven on 350( 175) and cook for 20/30 mins until shrinks away from sides of pan.

Remove from oven, cool and cut in squares. I sieved icing sugar on the top of mine.

Taste test: These are the first Brownies I have made for ages… the sponge is quite light but was more brownie like the following day. I prefer a more gooey, chewy brownie but they were ok.

Thai Green Curry:

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts cut into cubes.
6 Thai egg plant. cut into quarters……They are the larger ones in the pictures.
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sm bunch small egg-plant ( optional) Pea like size in Picture.
5/6 stems of Thai sweet basil (pick of leaves)
Large can or two sm cartons of coconut milk.
10 straw mushrooms quartered or use button mushroom.
Method:
2/3 tbsp curry paste( maybe start with 11/2) I don’t know how hot you eat curry.
Cook with tiny amount of oil to release flavour, add tbsp fish sauce cook for 2 mins slowly add coconut milk and simmer gently.
Add chicken, cook on simmer for 20 mins then add vegetables and Thai basil cook for further 20 mins serve with Steamed or boiled rice.
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If you are making veggie curry just omit chicken and add carrots and broccoli or veg of your choice.
When we had our restaurant, chef always put extra veg in mine as she knew I liked veg so can add to chicken curry as well if you like although that is not the norm just how she did mine.
You can use beef or pork instead of chicken if you like but will req longer cooking.
Garnish with sprig Thai basil and¬†extra sliced ¬†chilli… if req.

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.‚ÄĚ W.C.Fields.

Good morning I have deliberated , digested¬† all of that over my G & T(s) and decided that this blog will be all about the “staff of Life” otherwise known as food!

I have cooked from an early age and started with good old British Fare and when I was old enough to cook myself my first dish was one that probably most youngsters start with ” Spag Bol ”

This was in the 60’s and I always remember my father..bless him..saying ” I’m not eating that foreign¬†muck” he was a good old-fashioned Englishman who was used to good old-fashioned ” meat and 2 veg” very ably cooked by my mother.

Life moves on and it was probably a good few years before he did in fact .. eat it!

My aim in this blog is to give you recipes from the Uk and the rest of the world. Recipes that I have enjoyed, picked up on my travels or have been given to me by friends or just¬†that now I have more time to do as I wish am experimenting with¬†…..I make my own Bacon and Ham, bread,and am experimenting with cultures and pickling, all sorts really anything and everything… my minds an open book……..I hope you are as excited as I am…..

I would also love it if any of you had recipes you want to share, have eaten and don’t know how to cook or what the ingredients are in it¬†and just have a name…..I will gladly research, cook it and share it…how’s that for a¬† good deal ??????

Salmon Trout.

Ingredients:

180gm  Trout or Salmon fillet.

For Topping:

1 spring Onion finely chopped.

2/3 stems  Coriander  chopped finely..i use stem as well.

1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped.

1 tbsp Fish Sauce.

A cheek of lime.

Mix all ingredients together.

Put fish on foil and spoon topping on. I reserve some of topping to add when serving. Seal foil and put in oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.SAM_6823 SAM_6827 This depends on thickness of fish.

When cooked remove from oven and serve with rice.(This is when I remove the skin from fish.) and also add any additional topping. Enjoy!

Thai Pickled Cabbage ( Pak Dong)

1 white cabbage. cut or torn into pieces.

8 large spring onions chopped

Coarse Salt.

Method:

Layer Cabbage,Onions and Salt in dish ( with lid)

We then leave dish on kitchen top or in the sun for 1 day.SAM_6824

Then refrigerate for 2 days. It’s now ready to eat.

The longer you leave this mixture then it gets  more sour so if you prefer you can leave longer.

No liquid is necessary as salt draws moisture from Cabbage and it makes its own liquid.

This can be eaten as a snack or with fish/or chicken .I prefer this to sauerkraut as it’s not so acidic but it’s personal taste.

Bread Pudding.

An old Favorite of my dad’s.

I keep all of my bits of stale bread in the freezer until I have enough for a pudding .

Ingredients:

2/3 Ib of bread ( brown /white) or mixed.

tbsp Mixed Spice.

2 eggs beaten

3 oz butter melted.

12/16 oz  dried fruit (sultanas or raisins)

Method:

Put bread in large mixing bowl and cover with water or mix or milk and water to soak.

When soft I squeeze out in colander as much liquid as I can.

Add melted butter,mixed spice, eggs and fruit and  combine.

I like lots of spice and fruit so if I think it needs more at this point then I add it is one of those dishes where you can add what you like for example if I have had some other fruit left over as in cranberries or blueberries I would add.

Put in hot oven 180 degrees for 1 hour if top seems to be browning too quickly then reduce heat a little. It should rise a little by end of cooking. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar.004

This is when I invoke my rights to cooks perks and¬†have the 1st bit..to try of course as it’s yummy hot and straight from the dish. It is also great served with custard or cold if there is any left..ha ha. It also uses up all your bits of stale bread.

 

I hope you enjoy these dishes..until next time xx And now for that glass of wine!

There is nothing better than a friend, except a friend with chocolate.

Well unless it’s a bottle of wine……I went shopping to get the ingredients for the Irish Cream and I got them all…still in shock as when I have a recipe it’s very rare to get everything I want under one roof or indeed get it all……. or you just drive from one end of the island to t’other¬†in the hope somewhere will have it¬†…….But that’s the downside of living on a tropical island…but lots of positives like lovely fresh fruit, fish and vegetables¬†of all different varieties……So many different types of rice to..so not all bad…..so into the kitchen to mix the Irish Cream.…..Mmmmm, can’t wait to try it….. Oh and can’t get Peppa Pig….. and no snow!

Funny how one mans treasure is another mans trash..…and how history and artefacts¬†have a¬† way of making sure that we know of their existence, where would we be if there were no yesterdays just the present….. what a sad, flat perspective we would have of the world…MI_4000Necklace_WikiCommonsThis seemingly innocuous crinkly band of yellow metal is 4,000 years old…….BUT

The necklace, called a lunala, was worn by the early kings of Ireland. It is thought to date from between 2,300 and 1,800 BC.

It was first discovered in March 1945 in Coggalbeg, County Roscommon by farmer Hubert Lannon. He found it in a bog while he was cutting turf and kept it in his home.

Two years later he passed the necklace on to a local chemist Patrick Sheehan,¬†who kept the priceless piece of history in his shops’ safe. There it remained until February 2009, when two thieves grabbed the safe during a burglary. Working with the police, curators from the National Museum‚Äôs Irish Antiquities Division¬†found out that the jewellery along with other documents and papers from the Sheehan‚Äôs safe had been left in a dumpster in Dublin.

They literally had hours to locate the dumpster before the trash would be collected. The detectives who waded through the dumpster of trash to find the delicate jewellery, which weighs just 78 grams. Must have thought it was like looking for a needle in a haystack¬†……but¬†the luck of the Irish was on their side…Eureka!

That intrepid band of policeman found it!

In all three pieces, the necklace and two discs, which are thought to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries for many years….. Is it Luck? Fate?¬† or a set of¬†conjoined freaks of good luck¬†that made it possible?

It seems some things are destined to stay around to remind us of our glorious past…what do you think people will¬†think when our artefacts are found in 4,000 years time?

6 Days to go …am I ready…nearly..… few last-minute bits to buy…..and make…Think I will make a trial run of mince pies today might have to just mix a bit more¬† Brandy with mincemeat although could use some fresh orange juice mmmmm…nah Brandy…haha….I have to keep it in the fridge here which make it a little harder …..note to self …buy extra fridge after Xmas…As I am doing so much cooking now…pickles etc and have to keep in fridge while fermenting etc as too hot and humid to keep in the cupboard. ( like in Uk )

This is one of my very first attempts at writing.

Penned on the recent Writers Retreat I attended…we were given either an object,¬†a piece of music to listen to, go for a 10-minute walk, taken to a place or shown various pictures and then had 15 minutes to write. As I said before I was amazed at how many different thoughts came flowing out of the 12 of us…….We then chose to read it out or not and would get positive critique. This one I didn’t read out…….But …well ..read it and let me know…..

It shows how just scrolling through posts on FB and something like just a picture just catches you…

Willow the Wisp…by Carol Taylor.

Sitting,  flicking through FB my way of keeping in touch with family and friends from afar. I clicked like, I commented.  Suddenly like a blast from the past, a face appeared: my heart skipped a beat and a tear, unbidden trickled down my face. The outlines were blurred but still …. I felt that familiar stirring from within and I started to shake from the tips of my fingers to my toes.

My thoughts turned to him. The only person who had the power to make my bones turn to jelly.

I suppose the unexpected encounter…just a picture … my guard had dropped or just perhaps my need for someone. If I allowed my thoughts and myself to turn to him then I had to attempt to find some modicum of com­mon ground in the relationship aside from raw, physical sex.

Was that possible?

He was like Willow the Wisp invading my very being, catching me unawares.

My first love and my last. ‚ÄúA bit dramatic‚ÄĚ I hear myself saying.

The End!

 

These are so cute:

….So love these…… if you like these and want to give them a go. It is a basic gingerbread recipe. You can find the recipe, instructions and template on my Pinterest under Christmas Recipes. The template is for home use only which is why I haven’t copied it to my blog but thought they were so pretty¬† I had to share.

Despite the quaint tradition of building festive gingerbread houses, gingerbread was once pretty serious business…….

Spices……. particularly ginger and cinnamon, have preservative properties, and it is thought that gingerbread was first professionally baked in Europe around the 11th¬†century when exotic spices were brought back from the Middle East…….. Many credit one particular Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, with bringing gingerbread to France, where highly skilled gingerbread bakers were chosen to form professional gingerbread baker guilds that were highly regarded in the bakery profession.

In certain areas of Europe, only invited members of the gingerbread baker‚Äôs guild were permitted to bake and sell gingerbread commercially, with the restrictions only lifted by the Guild at Christmas and Easter ‚Äď when any old cook or baker could give it a try.

Now, of course, cooks all over the world bake gingerbread at Christmas,¬†some more ambitious than others………. The largest gingerbread house ever created was made by a group of bakers in¬†Texas, the US ‚Äď they built a 2,520-square-foot gingerbread house to raise funds for a local hospital, containing over 7,200 eggs, 3,000kg of flour, and an estimated 35.8 million calories…Wow some baking what a marathon.

This gingerbread house recipe won‚Äôt bake you a mansion but will show you how to create some dinky, pretty gingerbread houses….. So have fun and get making those houses.

Just sampled my first batch. of I….no not all of it…ha ha..and it’s pretty much the real deal……just a slight adjustment as it’s a little too sweet for me and then should be perfick…..yummy and a Merry Christmas…but still no snow……

 

Did you know?

You can cut soft cheese and bread with dental floss……… well I didn’t but it’s brought back memories of when I was a child and shopping with my mum for cheese …a wire was used …so same difference isn’t it? ….. wow so simple ……

 

Thank you for reading my blog…Wishing all my readers and their families a very Merry Christmas……..until¬† next time