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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…Thai noodle soup, Snake Gourds, the journey of a chicken sandwich and more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggled down in your favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post 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, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they?…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

St. Norbert College students inside the Mulva Library on May 1, 2013.

Photo credit: stnorbert on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Popcorn I came across a new snack the other day...which I thought was popcorn and green chillies…But on closer inspection, it was popcorn and green crispy rice….Quite a nice snack not too sweet…

Let’s have look at last weeks posts…

Monday…more environmental news it is coming thick and fast now…lots of innovative schemes from individuals with a vision and some really great ideas I marvel at the inventiveness of some…

This morning I have been reading a report on the warming of the planet …interesting as the scientists are comparing times past and much of it is just the natural scheme of things and how the natural world evolves over time we have had ice age, global cooling, global warming the earth has gone through many phases over the years and no doubt will in the future go through many phases and tides shift…Of course, greenhouse gases and the march of man is having some effect but then man has always played their part…

green foot prints eco system


Tuesday…Fussy kids grow into fussy adults…I think too much onus is placed on prettying up food to tempt kids…Treat mealtimes from the beginning as a pleasure …with no dramas but with the expectation that whatever the age they will partake in what the whole family is eating…

Once my kids were weaned… I mashed or pureed what we ate…they mainly started with vegetables, eggs, rice, potato, fruit, fish all of which can be mashed or pureed but it was what we ate…they sat up the table with us in their high chair so they could see what we were eating and if they wanted to have something once they could chew …give them a piece let them try it…Stick on the tray of their chair and let them use their fingers…children learn behaviours…Teach them to enjoy their food…



Wednesday… This was my birth week so I got maudlin and indulgent…wondered where the years had gone …Started walking more with a vengeance…haha…The last 3 days I have exceeded 10,000 steps a day at least 7.24 km…pretty good I had slacked off a bit…

I realised I grew up in the years of some great musical artists …I also went through all the old family photos…found some great ones…This one is my mum and dad with me and my baby sister  May 1953…

family group mum dad me and tina 1953



Thursday…It was a trip down to the farm…where most farming is done the old way…by hand …not too much modern machinery around here…Of course, we are in the rainy season so the pond and surrounding fields have flooded so out come the traditional fishing nets ….Fish are plentiful as are the frogs and on the menu… But the rice is growing nicely…lush and green so hopefully come harvest we will get a good crop…But so do weeds so lots of hand weeding to do…


Friday…Part 2 of my store cupboard basics…Pasta and noodles…noodles are a staple here and eaten as much as rice is… there is nothing like a bowl of Thai Chicken noodle soup…



Saturday…Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin on the subject of our immune system and the journey of that Chicken Sandwich…Fascinating and I am always in aware of exactly what processes our bodies perform…We are one amazing piece of construction when we are working properly…Much though depends on us…yes… YOU and ME…Very true saying we are what we eat…

It does seem to me though that we are very self-destructive and no matter what we read or see we still carry on consuming what we know harms us…It doesn’t mean we can never have that soda, that burger, that bar of chocolate …It just means we need to be mindful…we need to retrain ourselves…We are what we eat and by looking at that we can in some cases reverse some conditions or at the very least see and improvement …# Recommended Read


That’s all for this week …I hope you have enjoyed and learnt and if you only take one thing away that it is something worthwhile…If you think it can help a friend or relative please share …I hope you have a great Sunday and to any of my readers who are in Spain…I hope you are safe and well and send prayers to those affected…A terrible tragedy… Love and Hugs 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 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…


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

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely weekend stay safe  xx


Down on the Farm…Jambulan Plum.

Down on the farm this Jambulan plum- tree is another tree which is bearing fruits for us and another one which I have not seen or tasted before now …It is so exciting all these wonderful tasting fruits that are coming into season.

Jambulan is a nutritious seasonal fruit found in abundance in Asia. It’s season is April to July. It can be found growing in forests, backyards and along the roadsides. Naturally it has a single seed . The hybrid varieties are seedless.

A purplish black oval- shaped fruit when it is mature has a sweet and sour flavour which can be acidic and astringent. It is rich in the plant pigment anthocyanin and if you eat too much it is likely to leave you with  a purple tongue and you may get the same feeling as I did when as a kid I ate too much of that sour lemon sherbet which made your fingers where you dipped and licked wrinkly and your tongue tingle. Who remembers that??

It can be used to make Jams and jellies but due to the very low pectin levels must be mixed with a fruit with high pectin or a commercial pectin substitute.

It makes a lovely accompaniment for pulao or a rice pilaf. Just mix chopped deseeded Jambulan with fresh yogurt and combine . Add chopped coriander and powdered cumin and stir. Taste and season with salt.

The pulp is used to makes sauces and fermented beverages like shrub, cider and wine. Now if you are wondering what shrub is ( and I was) it is flavoured vinegar. Which makes wonderful drinks with soda and ice or with cocktails…But that is another post for another day.

Jambulan Jelly.

13/4 cups of chopped and seeded Jambulan.

1 1/4 cups of water

1/2 cup of liquid pectin

1/2 cup lemon or lime juice.

7 cups of sugar.

Combine the Pectin,juice and water with the Jumbulan and bring to a fast, rolling boil. Add the sugar and stirring bring to a fast rolling boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and skim of any foam. Pour quickly into hot pre sterilised jars and seal.

N.B: If the fruit is too astringent then it can be soaked in salt water before cooking.


Thai Plum 3

The Jambulan plum can also be known as Java plum, black plum and Jambul it is also often eaten just as a healthy snack sometimes with a little salt to taste. It is rich in vitamins,minerals, anti oxidants and flavonoids.

The fruit, seeds, bark and leaves all have medicinal properties and it is believed to have its origins in Neolithic times. In  India it is known as  ” Fruit of the Gods

They can vary in size due to the soil and the weather conditions but can survive and thrive in dry , humid conditions.

The seeds when dried and powdered  are a known effective treatment for diabetes. Bark powder mixed with the juice of the fruit is an effective treatment for coughs and colds. Leaves when they are ground are effective against dysentery and also for healing wounds.

Bark powder is also used as a cure for tapeworm. I am always amazed when I come across fruits like this as to how much they are still relied on in the villages  here as cures for so much.

When I got stung by a jellyfish a couple of years ago one of the ladies in a close by restaurant went and picked some leaves crushed them and mixed them with something and put it on my sting and gave me the rest to take home and apply when needed ….It worked..

At the time I was in so much pain and I didn’t ask the name of what she mixed it with or the name of the leaves she picked  but my point being she knew what to use and it was obviously a remedy which had been passed down.

I am not saying that conventional medicine is not an option at all as sometimes it is a necessity and has saved many lives but there are times when if we know what to use we can find very effective drug free ways to heal and cure ourselves and our families.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this little fruit I hope to bring you a few more I habe at least one more which is ripe and ready to eat so until next time.

Stay safe and laugh a lot 🙂