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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chocolate, Health, Recipes …Week ending 3rd Nov 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots going on in the world it was Halloween so I have some Halloween pictures for you…There was snow, beautiful white glistening snow in Susie’s part of the world and lots of it…I love seeing those lovely images from here where I am lovely and warm on this beautiful sunny morning…

So without any more ado let’s see what has been going on this week in my blogging world?…  No… I have not been discussing Brexit although I have been watching the House of Parliament live…I have better worthwhile causes to champion…The stakes have been upped and there will now be a general election…

Will I be covering this on my blog? No! Nada! I will most definitely not be covering it…

I am sure there are many opinions and although I have mine …I am not wading in…But feel free if you wish to…I love a healthy debate…

Monday…Such an ugly looking bean which produces a mouthful of pure indulgence …such a shame that the production of this also causes hardship, lack of education, cruelty through child labour and deforestation…

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Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate??? Who pays more for chocolate and goods that carry “certified cocoa” endorsements?

It has been some 20 years that the big manufacturers of chocolate pledged to eradicate and not buy cocoa which is harvested using child labour.

Why am I surprised?… I am really old enough now to know that most promises made by companies and manufacturers are just clever marketing..lies…Designed to make us the consumer feel better and spend more money…To read the full story please click the link…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/28/recycling-and-environmental-news-28th-oct-2019chocolate-and-bees/

Tuesday…

Because I am not a party pooper I wish you all a joyous time in the coming weeks  I will be leaving you with a few tips to help you over the Christmas period and then I will leave you to enjoy it and come back just after the New Year…with more healthy eating tips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/29/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-more-diets-but-the-holiday-season-is-coming/

Wednesday…

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It is one of my favourite days where I can indulge myself …Of course in the coming weeks, it will be more Christmas focused… I will be looking at you guys to provide me with some lovely family recipes, crafts anything Christmassy…Even a Christmas jumper or three…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/30/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-16/

Thursday…

Saw the end of Pumpkin month and it was Halloween…I hope everyone who celebrated Halloween had a lovely time there have been some lovely and some quite gruesome foods I have seen…but all tasty I am sure…

The 5th of November is Guy Fawkes and celebrated in the UK…Guy Fawkes Night is annually held on November 5. It is sometimes known as Bonfire Night and marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Many people light bonfires and set off fireworks…

child with sparkler

I have many fond memories of bonfire night, potatoes and chestnuts cooked in the embers of the bonfire, of course, there are now absolutely fabulous displays but they don’t come close to my memories of such happy times as we clutched our sparklers and my dad set off the fireworks… We made our own guy and he proudly sat at the top of the bonfire although we were never allowed to participate in… penny for the guy…My mother thought it was akin to begging and we were not allowed to do that…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/31/halloween-sweet-potatoes-and-a-mexican-michelada/

Friday…

I am nearing the end of my store cupboard basic series by now you should have nicely stocked store cupboards…Spices are this weeks theme and although I grow and use many fresh spices dried spices also play their part…stronger and more intense in flavour than their fresh cousins they are ideal for baking. Everything has its place…

Roasted spices Indian cookinghttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/01/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicsspices/

Saturday…

Where I generally hand you over to Sally…This week she discusses skin and in particular eczema…I lived with skin conditions most of my life and am happy to say I am mostly itching and rash free…

Wool always made me itch so I wore cotton…when it came to bras, stocking, and suspenders it was the zinc in the clasps which gave me sore, itchy patches, I could never wear cheap earrings or necklaces ..zinc again..zippers anything which touched my skin brought it up in rashes and itchy patches…The introduction of tights wasn’t much better..nylon… Polo necks aka rashes, central heating aka rashes…Since living here…rashes…Gone…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-in-the-body-the-skin-eczema-lifestyle-or-genetics-by-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this week I hope you enjoyed the read…Have a great 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.

circular recycling the world and a green leafExciting 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 great weekend 🙂 xx

 

Healthy Eating…How to balance…Plan for social events…

Last week I took you all through my personal eating journey…Thank you to everyone who commented…

This week I am away for a few days well 5 days actually it is one of my besties birthdays so we are off to sunny( I hope) Bang Saray, Chon Buri near Pattaya…But whatever the weather I am sure it will be fun times all the way…lots of lovely food and a few cocktails…but I will be good where I can and enjoy where I can’t…

balancing on a piece of string

 

It is all about balance...A bit like a tight rope sometimes… I don’t expect to put weight on or lose anything just to stay the same will be a bonus…Challenging sometimes but doable…I know…x

Of course, food and drink is a major factor in a holiday…we want to be able to enjoy these foods without returning home with a waistline twice the size. Surely there’s a way to maintain your weight loss AND enjoy new foods on holiday?!

Picture the scene...You are sitting watching the sunset …The waiter brings your sundowner…he then comes back with a plate of ” May as well ” foods.

Sunset Bangtao Beach

These are foods you would never really consider having at home but, because you are on holiday and they are there for the taking, you’ll happily just take one until before you realise the bowl is empty … “may as well.”

These usually include (but are not limited to):

  • Olives
  • Peanuts
  • Doritos
  • Dips
  • Something unrecognisable – but you take it anyway… May as well.

Doing this for no other reason than because you can is a sure-fire way of unnecessarily bumping up your overall calorie intake.

Now, I do believe you should try and sample the local cuisine but remember you have a full week or two, to try and sample all the foods you fancy. So there’s no need to keep nibbling until they are gone on the first day…

I know its tempting and most of these little bowls are not only put there to tempt you to nibble but they make you thirsty and you have another drink…

Limit the Booze…

In the past, I have been on all-inclusive holidays with a bar in the middle of the pool…We have walked the beach stopped in a little cafe and had a wine or beer with our lunch…

By this time it is only 3 pm in the afternoon and we have had a few drinkies …

It can be so easy to get carried away when you have beer, wine and cocktails literally on tap and, whilst drinking can be a fun and relaxing part of your holiday, it’s a good idea to control your intake, helping to maintain your awesome weight loss results.

What can you do…?

Stay off the booze until 3pm (or later). As a general rule, the longer you wait until your first drink, the less you’re likely to drink overall in the day.

Set yourself a (sensible) drink limit. Giving yourself a maximum number of drinks to have will help keep your alcohol intake in check whilst freeing up when and how often you can drink.

Drink water in-between the glass of alcohol is what works for me and it keeps me hydrated as well.

It is also important especially in the heat to keep hydrated it doesn’t just have to be water. Teas, coffees, juices, even fruits like watermelons and peaches can all help you stay hydrated in the sun. Carrying a bottle of water with you though, that can be refilled and sipped on throughout the day, is always going to be a smart idea.

Also, remember alcohol will increase your chance of dehydration because it’s a diuretic, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day if you’re on the beers.

Neglecting your body’s need for water can lead to tiredness, lack of energy, muscle cramps and an upset tummy – not want you want on a relaxing holiday.

Alcohol as those of you know who read my post last week was the biggest factor in my weight loss …I am quite happy to keep it to a minimum on holiday and in all honesty, when I went away the other month, not one person said anything when I requested water instead of alcohol…It was really easy to not drink throughout the day and just have a couple of sundowners at sunset…

I also took my stock of green tea as I have learnt when I go away I can’t get it everywhere as often green tea is served with milk as an iced tea and I asked for it with no milk and it was foul it was some sort of green tea mix made to go with milk…

Banana Beach (5)

 

It also meant I could still apply my intermittent fasting and just drink my green tea while everyone ate their brekkie …I sat and watched the waves while sipping my green tea…

Who doesn’t love a walk when on holiday...or a few lengths of the pool..some even use the gym(not me) …Walking is my thing so whatever rocks your boat…

But, when you go on holiday it would be unrealistic to expect yourself to work out every day and count your calories – after all, holidays are meant to be a time for relaxing and taking a break from your usual day-to-day routine.

One or two weeks of some overindulgence isn’t going to be the end of the world…

But this shouldn’t mean we just forego all common sense and eat anything and everything in sight, doing our best sunbathing sloth impersonation each and every day…Just saying…

The trick is finding the right balance and even just one or two of the suggestions above will help you to strike the difference between relaxation and indulgence, whilst keeping things under control.

And if things don’t go to plan and you do end up putting on a few pounds more than expected?…. Don’t stress.

It probably means you had a great time …Of course, I will have a great time but all these tips apply to many social situations there are always temptations.

We have Halloween coming, Christmas coming, New Year on the horizon, someone is bound to get engaged, married, divorced or have a baby…

All of these are triggers…Life is one big trigger …We have to choose how we are going to live it!

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!

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 creative week ahead xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…The world around us…Climate Change, health and more…

Welcome to this weeks roundup...I have lots of goodies you…something for everyone I hope…Recipes…A pie… it was National Pie Day, some health facts from Sally, of course, Whimsical Wednesdays when I indulge myself…no not chocolate but memories mostly.

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

.I have new ceilings…just ceilings… they didn’t investigate where the water is coming from…so Moi has had enough I am moving…Again…I have never moved so much as I have since retiring…It is becoming quite a hobby…It is also a brilliant way of clearing the unwanted things we collect overtime…

I only keep the essentials…flip flops, a few sundresses, of course, ALL my kitchen ..that will not get downsized, my dog and my Christmas Kitsch… Not forgetting hubby and books…Enough of my chatter…Time to catch up…

The start of the week sees me sharing any updates and opinions on Climate Change and the environment…This coming week …I have many ..things which have niggled me for a while…But before then let’s start with last week…

Monday…Latest recycling and environment news…

I will say I am concerned with all this hype…I am concerned that other things will bypass our radars and be implemented by the powers that be because we are so wrapped up in Climate Change… we have taken our eye off the ball…Just saying!

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/23/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-23rd-september-2019/

Tuesday… Silly Diets and feeding babies…

I believe that healthy eating starts from before our babies are born we have a responsibility to make sure we are providing nutrients in the womb…This need to then continue once baby is born…Healthy eating is a lifestyle we owe it to the one body we have if we want to stay as healthy as possible…Many chronic conditions are helped or eradicated by what we eat…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/25/healthy-eating-starting-at-the-beginning-feeding-baby-tb-12-diet/

Wednesdays…

The count down to Homemade Pie day and one-hit wonders…and some other gems… The Lobster…In the year 2525…Zager guitars…The annual vegetarian festival In Phuket and body piercings…

street procession phuket vegetarian festival

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/25/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-3/

Thursday…National Homemade Pie Day…

National Homemade Pie Day Banner

With a recipe for a delicious Steak and Kidney Pie…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/26/national-home-made-pie-day/

Friday…

Store cupboard Basics covered dried legumes…Beans, lentils, chickpeas, all cheap, store well and can be made into delicious nutritious meals a store cupboard essential…

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Recipes for a mayonnaise using aquafaba from Esme Salon and a tutorial on how to sprout beans...From the lovely Dolly…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/27/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-4-dried-beans-lentils-and-peas/

Saturday…

I handed the reins to Sally… the expert on nutrition and how healthy eating can keep our bodies running well…Just like a car…It needs the correct fuel…This week Sally covered the male and female reproductive organs…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-and-male-reproductive-system-endocrine-system-and-hormones/

I also added an extra post purely because after reading how babies teething gels contained chemicals and additives which are harmful to health…I mean it starts from birth with no compunction just this onslaught to our health in the name of greed and profiteering ..You could say I was slightly p***** off…

I reposted an earlier post on what is really in the yoghurt we feed ourselves and our children…On that note, I am going to eat my proper Greek Yoghurt made locally with some lovely fresh passionfruit…

yogurt- coes milk- added sugars

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/28/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it-really/

Thank you so much for reading… I do hope you enjoyed the catchup. I look forward to your comments…I love your comments …It is the best bit about writing a blog post…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 many of my posts reflect this as well as food waste.

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 are all having a lovely weekend  xx

 

Healthy Eating… No More Diets…The plan that works…It really does…BUT read what can happen when you really don’t!

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…

To say I have read something which has just shocked me to the core is an understatement…

IF you don’t want to read my rant then please ..Don’t… go and read a post about growing roses because it seems to me that most people see the world through a pair of rose coloured glasses anyway…

pink lens glasses

I mean what do I know???

Having raised 6 children, always worked and had to budget…Life wasn’t a bed of roses…My mother and grandmother taught me how to cook…I, in turn, passed that on…Some of my children embraced that early on …A couple not until they had a home of their own …They are now all great cooks…Home cooks …They know how to shop…The boys included…I made no distinction between the sexes…

They all had their jobs…Before they went to school…

Eating…I don’t do fussy eaters…My way was if they ate most vegetables and hated sprouts as a couple of them did…I didn’t give them sprouts…We all have foods we don’t like …However, as adults they now love sprouts…Our taste buds change and develop…FACT…

I introduced foods in many ways…In a stew, soup or stir fry…

I let them choose (sometimes)…What shall we have for dinner tonight??? Let them help me cook…But if you cook you also help clear up…Oh yes!

I encouraged them to grow some of the food… we only had a small garden but we used pots,  grow bags and raised beds…What they grow they eat..especially if they help cook…

We used to make amazing pizza topped with all sorts…and huge …Well, 6 kids eat a lot plus any stray friends…

My point…I always have one of those…Coupled with an opinion…Haha…Are you enjoying the post on how to grow roses or are you still with me???

I could never understand why my mushrooms didn’t grow? They were in a warm, dark cupboard in the kitchen…Jamie.!..He used to sneak in and eat them raw…Got you!…Haha

Who by the way is now an excellent cook…and shopper…

What did shock me today????

Teenager ‘first in the UK’ to go deaf and blind due to a junk food diet, a report reveals…

I checked the doctor out, the reports…as much as I wanted to…I am just appalled…

The 17-year-old lived off a daily portion of chips, crisps, white bread and processed meat for around a decade.

His poor diet, which resulted in a number of vitamin deficiencies, led to the boy developing a condition called nutritional optic neuropathy (NON). 

All these names and tags which kids are labelled with now just amazes me…My label Spoilt Brats!

So what was it that stopped me in my tracks…..?????

This is an excerpt from that article …

Dr Denize Atan, of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, who co-authored the report published in Annals of Internal Medicine, and treated the patient, said there is a lack of awareness among healthcare professionals and the public about the link between poor diet and sight loss.

My Question …Why?

“What’s unusual about this case is the extreme picky eating and the fact it had gone on for quite some time, that the diagnosis had been missed and the visual loss had become permanent,” Dr Atan told The Daily Telegraph.

My Question…Why?

“The link between poor nutrition and vision has been known about for quite some time, at least among specialists in neuro-ophthalmology. The problem is that awareness among other health professionals isn’t quite so high.” ….

My question…WHY?

Scientists have previously raised concerns that the majority of British diets are increasingly made up of poor quality, processed foods….

My other question …Why ???

That short paragraph raised and rung lots of bells for me…

  1. So health professionals don’t inform the public…Health professionals don’t share information between themselves…Scientists either don’t speak out or are not listened to…
  2. Governments are deaf or don’t listen to health professionals or Scientists …
  3. Manufacturers only care about profits and governments take handouts …
  4. Celebrities endorse lots of things for huge payments and no comebacks…
  5. Joe Public believes what they read, watch or just don’t care…
  6. Those that do care are not listened to…

Rose-coloured spectacles…once again…The result some poor kid goes blind and deaf…

This poor kid had B12 and lots of other deficiencies… Poor bone density…The list is endless his life is shite before it has hardly begun and all for a plate or carton of this! or similar for the past decade…

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If you want to read it all…Click here

Normal service will be resumed next week...I will tell you however that after my little Jolly…My weight stayed the same …I enjoyed the red wine and ate some lovely food and found some new foods…

Until then if you stayed with through my rant …Thank you xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

 

Food Forensics…

I am taking part in the April Ultimate Blog Challenge which is a daily blog post for the month of April…A post with a prompt will be issued for each day where you can go with the prompt or a post of your choosing…

The prompt today was to share a book review...For personal bloggers like me, it could be connected to the topics that I blog about…

As you know I cook a bit and rant sometimes about the food industry…haha…I thought that would elicit some comments…

I decided as my focus has shifted somewhat over the last 12 months and those of you who know me also know those food manufacturers are not high on my list of best buddies…

The book I am reviewing is a book which is a little worn around the edges and one which I read regularly or parts of it and use it as a term of reference.

Food Forensics by Mike Adams also known as The Food Ranger…

food forensics book cover Mike Adams

I thought long and hard and also conducted some research before I purchased this book…I was impressed that …

The Natural News Forensic Food Lab where Mr Adams did this research is ISO 17025 accredited.  That accreditation depends on international standards for procedures and accuracy, regularly verified by third-party audit.  They follow standards from the AOAC (Association of Analytical Communities), EPA, NIST and FDA.

It is a book which if you are like me you like to know exactly what is in your food and not just one of the so many names which ingredients can go under but the proper names. Some of which I remembered from my school days but many which I had forgotten especially the symbols for some of the chemicals.

There is enough room in the margins for my notes…

The first read took me a while as I kept going back for reference of which there are many…I love it and it is definitely an eye opener …It covers everything and with easy to understand explanations of topics for someone like me but also very in-depth if you so wish…

It covers breakfast cereals spices, supplements, sodas, pet foods, fast food restaurants, heavy metals in foods and much more I don’t think he has left many stones unturned…

Not an easy read by a long way, very factual but I found it a page turner the more I read the more I wanted to know…I wanted to know the hidden toxins which lurk in our food and knowing what they are and what effect they have on the human body is mind-numbing… Now you know why I dislike those sneaky conniving manufacturers of our food…It is not a glamorous read with lots of pictures, it has lots of charts and references but my kind of reading…An excellent reference Book…

For me 5 stars.

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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#New Series -Smorgasbord #Health Column with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency.

A great start to the new series, Sally I love your thorough and easy to understand explanation on the Vitamins we need for optimum health. It is also so easy to incorporate in your diet even for picky eaters…If food is fun and they help to prepare they will eat it…I find encouraging my grandchildren to help is a great way of getting them to be food aware and they come with ideas of foods to combine which is brilliant…Cooking should be fun…I hope you enjoy this new series as much as we enjoy putting it together 🙂 xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to a brand new series, where we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Healthy #Apricots and #recipes

One of my favourite fruits and so good for you…Iron needs a boost then eat Apricots….Sally will also tell you about all the other Health benefits of the lovely apricot 🙂 xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to this week’s post where Carol Taylor and I combine forces and share not just the health benefits of foods but some recipes to showcase them in all their glory. I appreciate that these posts are longer than the average but we hope that you feel that you are getting value for your time…I am going to share the health benefits of this amazing fruit before Carol includes them in some fabulous recipes for all the family to enjoy.

Apricots

The apricot season opens at the beginning of May and goes through to the end of August or early September, which gives us five months to enjoy this highly nutritious and healing food.

First though a little history about this luscious golden yellow fruit. In China over 4000 years ago a bride will have not only had something borrowed and something blue but would have also been nibbling on…

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