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Healthy Eating… No More Diets…

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…

How has your week been? Good or bad? Mine has gone well…I will get this over with my first sourdough loaf is cooked, eaten and was divine…I was so chuffed at the lovely comments I received…Of course, I had to sample it in the name of quality control and with proper butter as well…haha…

It was lovely I thoroughly enjoyed it…No guilt…Just pure enjoyment…It was healthy( wholemeal) grass-fed butter and my home baked bread …I savoured every mouthful…

Hubby ate the rest either a sandwich or toasted…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

The rest of the week has been just normal healthy eating and walking which has increased due to 2 factors one is that our granddaughter is staying with us for 8 weeks( school ) holiday and two my smartwatch is keeping tabs on my steps…The daily recommended guidelines are 10,000 steps which sounds a lot but doable…

As you know I advocate eating healthy balanced meals I don’t believe in cutting out food groups like meat, most fruits or pasta/rice/potatoes…I do believe we should avoid or eat little highly processed foods, food with added sugars, we should choose good quality cooking oils, avoid excessive intake of high mercury fish like tuna…Alcohol enjoy just not in excess. 

For me, that is easy to follow and coupled with the 16/8 intermittent fasting and exercise I am seeing results.

That hasn’t always been the case...At this moment I am the lightest I have been for a good few years …I have also accepted I will never be the weight I was when I married… More fat on a chip my husband used to say…haha

Life happened, I got married, I had kids… I ate what they didn’t, I worked and shopped in my lunch hour and while queuing to pay eyed the strategically placed sweets by the till ( those stores) know how to tempt one don’t they? The mums and friends who mean well…Just have one…That won’t hurt…

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I feel your pain I know what you have been through or going through so does my friend Sally…Who is a Certified Nutritionist and knows the pitfalls and curve balls life throws at us …Both of us have struggled with weight at times during our lives …

It ain’t easy and while I may make it appear to be …I have eaten my share of what I shouldn’t and moderation did not come into it…I am now older and wiser…haha…Believe what you will…But I have realised I need to cherish this body as it is the one and only one I have or will have…Better late than never…

How to manage people…The well-meaning ones of course…

And remember…Losing weight is not a sprint, it is a marathon and your mental and emotional attitude towards the project is a key factor in your successful weight loss.

Sally’s posts are both informative with a little humour and she will tell you it is not easy she knows but I will let her tell you her story…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-before-you-get-started-managing-people-environment/

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Stuck for Recipes? Need some inspiration?…

Honey…Nectar of the Gods and so good for us…Sally will tell you the why and I will provide the recipes…Enjoy!

 

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

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Diets come and go...Faddy things aren’t they? Mostly a flash in the pan and not sustainable…A new one has arisen…A hybrid of the Paleo diet and the Vegan diet…All the good bits…The Pegan Diet…

I know it just had to happen, didn’t it?

The basics of the Pegan Diet…3/4 vegetables and 1/4 meat/fish @ each meal, the meat/fish from good quality sources…( no hormones and antibiotics)…It focuses on eating more fibre and low glycemic index fruits, eliminating sugar, dairy unless it comes from ( goat/sheep) products eating little or no highly processed foods thus avoiding foods produced using chemicals and pesticides…eliminating legumes except for lentils…

Great in theory and first glance and sounds similar to what I believe in however it is quite restrictive and would need some planning and the bottom line is we need a Healthy Balanced Diet…No eliminating essential foods… It seems to me that the people who market and promote all these diets think they have to come up with something new all of the time and I suppose celebrity endorsements don’t help that trend…

Frankly just because a celebrity endorses a product doesn’t mean it works…No one size fits all, no one’s lifestyle is the same as Fred’s next door we are all individuals with different needs, Stress levels, family commitments, work commitments so much factors into the equation…

Healthy Eating is a lifestyle choice and takes time to adjust…You will have blips or bad days/weeks but it is how you deal with it…

We just need to eat sensible, normal healthy foods and a balanced diet…Most of the time.

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Smartwatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

I am still impressed with my new toy…I will say it keeps me focused…

So far I use the step counter…It does have other functions like running and workouts but I enjoy walking …The recommended daily steps are 10,000 which is doable…..Last Thursday I achieved 14,000 plus steps in one day…I was out and about doing kids things and shopping so although tired it was a revelation as to how many steps I did do that day…An average day for me is 6-7000 I am working on getting to 10,000 more often…

The other function I love is the sleep function...

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It shows 3 levels, Deep sleep, light sleep and Rem sleep plus gives you the normal range and tells you where you are in that either normal, high or low. Plus it gives your overall hours of sleep, how many times you woke up with an explanation of your total hours of sleep and how long you were in the stages and what happens to your body while you are in each stage of sleep…

It also offers an explanation as to what causes any changes and how you can remedy it with links to other sites for further info.

I am finding this really interesting as I am gradually seeing a pattern forming and am realising which factors are influencing my sleep for example what I am doing prior to sleep or what I have been drinking as I don’t eat after 8pm.

It also tells me my heart rate …An explanation can also be found on heart rates.

What I do find amusing is the little green man who buzzes and waves at me when I have been inactive for a while…

It also has other functions which I don’t use yet or may not as I purchased this mainly to keep a little eye on my health. Which while it may not be exactly spot on but accurate as these can be but as the watch is on your pulse give or take a few beats it is accurate enough for me…

Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch…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

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 week xx

Smorgasbord Health Rewind – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Honey – Nectar of the Gods

I love honey especially raw from the cone which is plentiful here…I am so lucky and as Sally says it has so many health benefits it also makes a lovely addition to many dishes …

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This week it is the turn of honey which has been providing sweetness to our diet for thousands of years. First I look at its many health benefits and then Carol is going to work her magic in the kitchen.

Many people are enjoying the benefits of plant based sweeteners such as Stevia which are very useful in cooking and as an alternative to table sugar.  I do use at times but I still use honey for its reputation for thousands of years as a healing food.

I doubt that there are many people today who are not aware of the health risks in consuming too much sugar-rich food. Diabetes is on the increase, especially in children, and along with obesity is likely to be one of the top causes of premature death within a few years.

To my mind, the insidious inclusion of sugars in processed foods and equally…

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A rerun of one of our most popular posts on Honey…From Sally the health benefits of this lovely liquid and from me the recipes…I hope you enjoy!

Raw honey-Fresh Honey-

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column Rewind – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol – Honey: Nectar of the Gods

I hope you have enjoyed this rerun of this post on honey if you have please share on your favourite social media and have a happy Wednesday xx

Retired No One Told Me! A roundup of posts…Cabbage, Pumpkins, Bananas and a tour around the culinary Alphabet…H.

Where have I been…Phew well, it started with my laptop going kaput…Then a combination of others things and a catchup and scheduling of posts so that I don’t get put in that position again.. you know how it is all of a sudden you are inundated and then I had a girly few days away. in not so sunny Phuket..

Before I knew it September had started so I have picked a few of my favourites and am taking this chance to tell you of a few changes afoot…No… not more flip flops…lol

I am putting Fruity Fridays on the back burner, for now, to be replaced with Fang-tastic…Food( Halloween) and then Christmas Crackers… I know for many of my readers Halloween is a special time of year and always celebrated in style…So I will be bringing you everything that is Halloween including Spook-tacular recipes, games, decorations and a few spooky facts…

It will be followed by Christmas Crackers from the 9th of November…

So get comfy, snuggle up in your favourite chair and have a read…

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The first post out of the starting blocks was an older post of mine on the Coconut…Which once again has hit the headlines…Myself I will continue to have my daily glass of coconut water and when suitable I will use coconut oil in my cooking and if I am frying…I do not believe all I read and like to make my own informed decisions on my food and drink and as always moderation is the key as is a well-balanced diet…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/fruity-fridays-the-coconut-is-it-a-fruit-a-nut-or-a-seed-2/

Next came a reblog… a poem written by a fellow blogger, Ellen Best on a subject which I was horrified to discover was still really prevalent and happening in this so-called enlightened society… A poem which is very well written and highlights the horror of which I believe we should all be aware and when possible add our voice.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/watch-right-of-passage-on-youtube-fgm/

Never throw any bread away …There is always something you can make from the odd little bits just freeze them until you have enough or blitz into breadcrumbs and freeze.

Bread and Butter Pudding

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/old-fashioned-bread-and-butter-pudding/

My new Monday series on what is really in your food…started out just as an inquiry for me on something I wanted to know and has escalated from there…I have been truly amazed, shocked as I thought I knew quite a lot and thought I knew what to avoid I am on a big learning curve ..Once again on my soapbox but the posts are proving to be very popular so will be a regular Monday feature for a while.

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I was shocked to find that man preservatives banned in Europe are still being used in food manufacture in the US…Shocked to the point that if the said food is exported to Europe from the US those banned substances are not used but still used in food for consumption in the US…I just can’t get my head around that…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it-for-you/

My healthy eating food posts on a Tuesday are also proving to be very popular …Tune in on Tuesday as I did tell you last week that no food diary would be completed as I was away on a girly few days…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-3/

My Wednesday Cookery Column over at Sally’s was all about the humble cabbage which I love as a vegetable cooked or raw…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-carol-taylor-cooks-cabbage-stuffed-red-pickled-pasta-dishes/

Halloween is coming… There are pumpkins and squash galore and some of those pumpkins are massive …

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/fruity-fridays-the-pumpkin-and-yes-it-is-a-fruit/

Autumn and Winter is coming and in some climes, the weather is getting cold enough for the heaters and boilers to go on…A cautionary tale from Sally which you would be well advised to listen to…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/smorgasbord-health-column-carbon-monoxide-a-silent-killer-by-sally-cronin/

My mum used to love squeezing boils and pimples and digging out splinters but she then started to use this salve recommended by her mother and not so much digging around in some poor unfortunates flesh was required as you could pop the splinter out as it draws it to the top.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/natural-homemade-healing-remedies-black-drawing-salve-calendula-oil/

Finally, we have my monthly post over at Esme’s Salon she has a lovely new website so check it out and come and say hello …. This month it is the letter H… Have you had a Hangtown Fry?

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https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-this-month-it-is-the-letter-h/

Thank you so much for reading this if you loved any recipes then please pin them or just share on your favourite media.

About Carol.

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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 vegetables 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 have 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/

Until next time…and don’t forget all will be revealed on Tuesday about my exploits in Phuket and how much I gained, lost or stayed the same x

 

 

The Culinary Alphabet …The letter H…

Welcome to this month’s Culinary trawl through the alphabet and it is the letter H. The choices on what to showcase were many and I had quite a hard time deciding which ones to feature.  Otherwise, you could be looking at something akin to War and Peace and we all want peace in our kitchens don’t we?

Honey:

Also known as  Nectar of the Gods.

Where do I get my honey? Well, my first bottle, I was sitting on the beach with my sundowner, fending off the ever-present sellers of touristy bits and bobs, when a man appeared carrying a very heavy-looking bucket. What did he have? Well, I had to look and what a surprise, it was fresh, very fresh honeycomb, and he strained the most glorious bottle of fresh honey. I just had to purchase it, the taste was so fresh and very slightly scented, amazing and a beautiful golden colour.

And enjoy!

Now I have moved to the North of Thailand I get my honey straight from the comb, I am so lucky and I know that and it is beautiful.

I always take a little apple cider vinegar with a spoonful of honey in hot water first thing in the morning, on an empty tummy.  I have been taking it for a couple of years.  It is said to fight off joint inflammation and I don’t suffer from joint pain or anything.

Honey mixed with Dijon mustard makes a lovely glaze for BBQ meats.

Or one of my favourites is

3/4 cup of honey
Red chillies finely chopped, 1 tbsp
Green chillies finely chopped, 1 tbsp
Lime juice, 1 tbsp.

Mix all together and leave for 1 hour in the fridge it is then ready to use.

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Another wonderful dip for a cold meat platter on a summer’s day…

To make you will need:

  • 2 tbsp oil,
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped,
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes,
  • 1/3 cup honey,
  • 2 tsp soy sauce,
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar,
  • ¼ to ½ cup water
  • and 2 tsp cornstarch.

In a small bowl stir together the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ¼ cup of water and the cornstarch.

Put the oil in a medium saucepan over a medium heat and let the mix warm up for about 30 seconds, add the garlic and cook until fragrant and just starting to color, 15-20 seconds max.

Add the red pepper flakes and cook for another 15-30 seconds until garlic is very lightly browned.

Restir the honey mixture and pour into the saucepan, bring to a simmer stirring, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins stirring frequently.

Add more water if desired.

You now have a lovely dip for your cold platter.

What I also love is chilli infused honey. 

Place honey in a saucepan and warm until it reaches 180 degrees on a sugar thermometer. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. Then pour your honey over a jar of chillies. Cool to room temperature.

Beautiful with meat or fish.

Enjoy!

Hamburger:

The hamburger or burger as most commonly called first appeared around the 19th century or early 20th century and the evidence suggest that it originated in the U.S.A and consisted of two pieces of bread and a ground beefsteak.  How far has it evolved since then??

There are great burgers and there are the worst burgers you could ever eat. Me I am not a fan of the burger and on the odd occasion when we do have them I make my own. There are the schools of thought of which the late Anthony Bourdain was one that a burger should be just that and not have so much in it that you couldn’t get your mouth around it.  I have seen pictures of some huge ones so I do tend to agree with him that less is more.

My favourite burger is a beef, red, onion and parmesan burger.

Ingredients:

350 gm best beef mince
1 med red onion very finely chopped reserving a few whole rings of onion to go in the burger.
2 med eggs yolks beaten
25 gm breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp oregano
35 gm parmesan cheese
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly ground pepper.

Let’s Cook!

If you are cooking your burgers on the BBQ then the first job is to get the BBQ going as you want it nice and hot.

Chop the onion finely and blitz in the food processor…add the egg yolks with the breadcrumbs, spices and Dijon mustard mix to combine. Finely grate the parmesan and mix in well.

Add the mince and season well..I always cook a tiny little patty as a tester that way it is easier to adjust the seasoning.

I find mixing with your hands is a good way to combine the ingredients properly once mixed then form into the sized burgers you require.

Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for 10 minutes or so to firm up before putting onto the BBQ or grill.

Drizzle with olive oil and season when you put them on the griddle and cook for 4 mins each side more if you like your burgers well done.

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Once the burgers are done then let them rest for a few minutes before putting them in the burger bun.

Serve in a toasted bun with sliced red onion and relish of your choice. Plain and simple but really tasty.

 

Herbs:

Fresh Herbs are something that I always have in my fridge and my garden, Don’t you?

Also, I want to show you that it is not time-consuming to give your food that little extra pizzaz…Food should be tempting, it should be fun and enjoyable as well as being good for you…and the occasional treat…Have it! Enjoy it! Safe in the knowledge that most of the time what you and your family are eating is good, healthy food… but never boring!

Some herbs you can grow at home and pick them fresh knowing that they are pesticide free. How satisfying is that???

They are also something that I sometimes forget that I have or keep meaning to use and end up throwing them away. Does the same thing happen in your house?

It is always those tender herbs like coriander, basil, mint, parsley or chives…The hardy herbs are the ones I always keep in the freezer.

Well, no more will I be throwing away my herbs I decided that I would use my herbs more or less immediately or do something with them.

I think herbs always lift an ordinary dish and make it a little bit more special  for example, if you are having a salad just snip a few herbs and toss them in with your normal salad vegetables or if you fancy a salad and have no salad in the fridge then a salad made of freshly picked herbs from the garden or the hedgerow makes a refreshing change.

Freeze some chopped herbs in ice-cube trays and then all have to do is drop one or two into your cooking when herbs are needed.

Or make some lovely herb butter ideal for melting over your fish or dropping in a sauce.

 

Add mint leaves to that bowl of ice cream see how much more refreshing it is.

Half and Half:

Half and half known as single cream in the UK is a blend of whole milk and light cream it also cannot be whipped. It does, of course, have a higher fat content than ordinary milk but adds that touch of creaminess to sauces, coffee, ice cream bases, rice pudding, mashed potatoes it has many uses in the kitchen. It is, however, better to add at the end of your cooking as if you overheat it then it will curdle.

Hangtown Fry:

What an intriguing name? It is a type of omelette with the original and most common version being made of Oysters, bacon, and eggs which sounds like a wonderful combo to me. It was originally made famous in the Californian Gold Rush in the 1850’s there are also many tales surrounding this dish from prisoners on death row ordering one as there last meal knowing that the Oysters have to be shipped in so many tales I am sure there is a book somewhere.

Hull:

Quite simply to hull means to remove the stems of fruit like strawberries without just slicing the top of which not only wastes some of the lovely fruit it spoils the look of the fruit.

Hotpot:

Originating from Lancashire in North West England it is made of lamb or mutton and onions topped with sliced potatoes and cooked slowly in the oven…

Hummus:

Combine
3 tbsp Tahini Paste with
2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice and blitz in food processor.

Add 2tbsp Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic,
½ tsp ground Cumin and a
½-1 tsp salt and blitz.

Then add half of drained, rinsed can of chickpeas and again blitz 1-2 mins.
Add the other half of Chick Peas and blitz again 1-2 mins.
Put in a suitable container or serving bowl drizzle with tbsp Olive Oil and sprinkle with  Paprika.

Voila, it’s now ready to eat with Sliced pitta bread or cut up vegetables of your choice.

This will keep up to 1 week in the fridge.

Haggis:

Haggis is traditionally served on Burns Night which is a Scottish Celebration of the famous Rabbie Burns a Scots poet. Made from sheep’s pluck ( heart, liver and lungs) which is minced and mixed with oatmeal, suet, onions, spice, salt and moistened with a rich stock it is then cooked in an animals stomach and served with neeps( swede/turnip) and tatties( potatoes) and of course a dram of Scotch Whisky to wash it down.

This post first appeared on Esme’s Salon for which I post monthly.

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 for reading and if you loved this post and know someone who would find it helpful, Please share xxx…and let me know how you are getting on in comments I would love to know we should all support each other, shouldn’t we? Xxx

 

Fruity Friday…The Raspberry…

Fruity Fridays The Raspberry

 

Welcome to Fruity Friday today I am showcasing a fruit which is synonymous with desserts and I definitely am not the desert queen by any means…I may make the odd ice cream or a fruit compote but my culinary skills lie elsewhere I am a savoury lady although I  used to make birthday cakes when my kiddies were young and I wish I had the photos but I didn’t back them up and lost all of them a few years ago…Lesson learnt the hard way … I think my favourite was Goldilocks and the three bears and of course, I made numerous forts and fairy castles…I digress…

I suppose this is what has stopped me my lack of dessert making in showcasing a fruit which I love… fresh or frozen it freezes very well…The Raspberry…

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Raspberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, manganese and dietary fibre. They are a very good source of copper and a good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin E, magnesium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids and potassium.

A little powerhouse of benefits…

Spicy Raspberry Sauce.

  • I punnet of raspberries
  • 3 tbsp. Hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

Let’s get saucy…

In a blender, purée raspberries with 1/4 cup water; strain through a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl, pushing the mixture through with rubber spatula.

Into the raspberry mixture, whisk the honey, smoked paprika, 1/8 tsp salt, and remaining 3 tablespoons hot sauce.

This spicy little dip is lovely with chicken wings or sliced strip steak…

I like raspberries made into a fruit compote and I love it with porridge oats …To make the compote measure 3 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries, 1/3-1/2 cup of sugar, I tsp lime juice…Just pop your berries in a saucepan on a low heat with half the sugar if you think you need a splash of water then add it bring to a slow rolling boil and let simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the fruit has broken down add your lime or lemon juice.

I don’t mind the pips but if you prefer a smoother compote then pass the mixture through a fine sieve.

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Adjust the sugar depending on how sweet you like your compote ..I prefer mine on the tart side …This will keep in the fridge for about a week or freeze it in portions.

You could also do a mix of different berries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries which is also very nice and something which I do…

A compote is also lovely served with natural or greek yoghurt…

Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Mix raspberries and sugar together in a bowl; set aside until mixture is juicy, about 10 minutes.

Mash berries using a fork until liquefied if you prefer a smoother vinaigrette then blitz in a small mixer.

Pour berry mixture into a jar with a lid; add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt. Cover the jar with a lid and shake until dressing is mixed well.

Store in refrigerator.

Raspberry Smoothies.

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 but I drink them anyway…Really!

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

Did you know?

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Each raspberry consists of around 100 individual tiny fruits, called drupelets, filled with one seed. They are arranged in a shape of a helmet around the centrally positioned small stem. When ripe raspberries are harvested from the plant, the stem remains on the mother plant, leaving the hole in the middle of the fruit.

Did you know?

Scotland is famous for its raspberry growing. In the late 1950s, raspberries were brought down from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.

I think my abiding memory of raspberries is one picking them as a child and two my nan used to make the best trifle with raspberries no custard just plain sponge, raspberries and jelly made with raspberry juice and served with lovely fresh cream …Very simple and how I make my trifles to this day…Nothing fancy…Just simply done so fruity and fresh…

So no I am not a fancy dessert queen just simple flavours and that is how I roll…No airs and graces…Just me…

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you have please pin it or share on your favourite social media … Comments in the comments section it really makes my day to hear from you…What is your favourite recipe using raspberries???

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Enjoy your weekend, have fun and laugh a lot and be mindful xxx

 

Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love…

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Thank you for joining me again this week….Carol’s Bootcamp I should be calling it…Haha…What are you unfollowing me for… but NO!

What I will be doing every Tuesday after I have told you a little..no everything about my lifestyle and eating habits… Is??

Show you what works and diets don’t!

I have tried them all…Cabbage soup, no carbs, no fat, those awful meal replacement drinks, various fat burning tablets( haha) sucker…as they laugh all way to their bank at my expense…Yes, some worked…a little, not so much or I felt ill, got headaches… You name it I have probably tried it!

When I retired I thought …yes can’t you hear cogs whirring… I am going to change, I found blogging and writing, had time to cook more, experiment…I have so much more I want to do…

So if you want to join me …It is free…I don’t want to know how much you weigh, I will not be checking up on you… We are all adults…grown up even…

All I ask is honesty..you cheat..you cheat yourself, your health not mine… YOURS!

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Let’s Do This!

First and foremost…What do I drink…I looked at what I was drinking and no wonder it piled on the pounds…Diet Pepsi…Sugar…Any bottled drinks which promote AND SCREAM good for you and healthy…Read the labels…They lie! The SMALL print which even with a magnifying glass I can’t read…I don’t have time to read it…Do You? So if it has more than 1 ingredient I don’t buy it!

Because if it is 100% whatever they are selling what else do you need in your drink??

So what do I drink?

First thing in the morning...before anything…

A small glass of hot water with a tbsp of Apple cider vinegar and a spoonful of honey I also sometimes grate in some fresh ginger.

During the day…

Fresh coconut juice ..and yes I am lucky I have it here they grow on trees here…I buy mine from a little man down the road who cuts the coconut and pours out the juice scoops out the soft flesh and puts that in my juice.

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Sometimes I make a fruit and vegetable smoothie. For me, this normally replaces my lunch and contains whatever fruit and or vegetables I have Beetroot, tomato, carrot all go lovely with fruits…

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I also drink Kombucha which I love… again just watch the labels if you BUY kombucha I will give you the recipe to make your own in another post.

But what is Kombucha? It is a fizzy tea, usually made with black or green tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast… called a scoby… It has a slightly sour, almost vinegar-like taste which suits me as I prefer sour to sweet.

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Health benefits of drinking Kombucha

Also, drink lots of water…

I have one cup of tea a day made by my son or hubby..that is my only hot beverage. English Tea, a dash of milk, no sugar. Occasionally I vary that with Green tea, redbush tea or Matcha…

So for me a variety of drinks but all drinks I love and which are healthy… No added sugars or preservatives…

What I am asking you to do is look at what you drink… does it contain lots of milk and sugar?? Do you drink them in moderation or 8 a day????

Moderation is my word for this new way of eating…I eat what I fancy… but sense comes into THE EQUATION ..because if I ate chocolate all day then that is crazy and would not do my health any good…SO MODERATION.

You choose what you drink for good health… Can you make it more healthy? Have you tried other drinks? You may like them… I hated green tea until I learnt how to make it properly, The apple cider vinegar makes me shudder it is sharp but I am used to it now but the health benefits are immense.

Change is not easy and I won’t lie you have to want to do it..but YOU CAN Do IT!… I want to be healthier and maybe stave off some of the inevitable illnesses that advancing years bring… I am no spring chicken… By trying my best to eat what I like and as healthy as possible.

In 3 years I have lost 5 stone which is approx 31 kilos…my weight is stable and it drops a few more pounds every so often. How I eat works for me and it should work for you…

I eat what I like but moderation…For exercise I walk daily or 6 out of 7 days…I have never liked jumping about to music… But this is about YOU finding what you enjoy…

Following an 80% 20% rule works for me over time my taste buds have changed and I don’t crave the things I used to…I can open a box of my favourite Turkish delight and eat 1 piece a day…

Most evenings is time for a sundowner …  my white wine I add soda to thus reducing the calories and my G & T  which I have occasionally that is part of my 20%.

Generally, I only eat 2 meals a day..but that is me if you work or do lots of exercises you will need more and if it is cold we eat more don’t we?…Fuel…But choose wisely…find what you like and… Let’s get healthy …

Next week I will give you some recipes ..food I eat…Food I enjoy as I believe you should love what you eat which is why these faddy diets don’t work…If we feel deprived we eat it anyway…Time for change are you ready???

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Tell me in comments what you want, what you like, if it is something you really like and it’s maybe not that healthy ..tell me and I will try and tweak it so it is healthier…Maybe you have some really healthy drinks locally that I haven’t heard of…Then tell me..Talk about what you drink…Let’s share ideas…I have a wonderful recipe for lasagne..no pasta..but mozzarella, parmesan and delicious. Do you have a wonderful healthy recipe? Then share it…Guest post on here ..your healthy ideas???

In case you missed last weeks post…..Healthy eating …How to shift those Christmas kilos for good! then the link is below

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/healthy-eating-how-to-shift-those-christmas-kilos-for-good/

Have fun, laugh a lot and… Let’s do this xxx

Next week…What I snack on…xx