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Whimsical Wednesday..with CarolCooks2…

Good morning…Staying home is so surreal…it’s getting weird and unsettling…I am seeing rising figures of infected and people dying around the world and it breaks my heart…I can only watch and wait and pray that all this will soon end…I also know that the consequences of all this in most areas of our daily life will be far-reaching…Schools here are closed now through to July, hotels are closed to new customers, a nightly curfew is in place and it seems there are more restrictions to come…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care about what is going on and I am worried that the British PM, Boris Johnson is in intensive care and wish him a full and speedy recovery but because we all need to find some solace, peace and some joy just for our sanity where we can…

Here is one example of that…

Did you know?

To the world of scientists, Thomas Johnson is known as “the father of British field botany”. He had many strings to his bow and was also a merchant trader thus England got its first glimpse of the banana when Thomas Johnson displayed a bunch in his shop in Holborn, in the City of London, on April 10, 1633.

In his Herball” reference book they were described as Plantain fruit…although no one knows what variety these banana/plantain fruits were… today bananas sold in English supermarkets are of the Cavendish variety.

Each year on April 8th, National Empanada Day recognizes a delicious pastry that comes in several different forms. The name empanada comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb em pandar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.

Empanadas are made by folding the dough or bread around a seasoned stuffing. The stuffed dough is then baked or fried. Very much like hand pies, these delicious pastries offer a variety of choices. You can make your empanadas with meat, cheese, vegetables or fruit fillings. However, they may be made with other ingredients, too.

A cookbook published in 1520 in Catalan, the Libre del Coch by Ruperto de Nola, mentions empanadas filled with seafood…Yummy…

It is also National Zoo day but as I am not in favour of keeping animals in captivity I will be saying no more…

Back to National Enchiladas Day in Jeanne’s kitchen the Enchiladas are cooking…

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https://ajeanneinthekitchen.com/2020/03/03/smoked-pork-and-vegetable-enchiladas-with-roasted-tomatillo-salsa/

Time for some music…

Vera Lynn know for her wartime classic “We’ll Meet Again”  first released in 1939 ..This song became an anthem for  Britons during the Second World War.  Katherine Jenkins is teaming up with Dame Vera Lynn and a new version is being released on Saturday 11th of April with the proceeds going to the NHS …This song will once again speak of the hope we should have in these troubling times.

I wonder how much the new version will differ from this …

Did you know?

April 8th 1992 The satirical British magazine Punch publishes its final issue.

 

April 8th also marks the start of The Passover…it starts on the evening of the 8th…

What is Passover? Passover is a springtime festival. The annual dates are based on the Hebrew calendar, from the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan through the 22nd day.

The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an annual weeklong festival commemorating the emancipation of Jewish peoples from slavery (in ancient Egypt). The Hebrew name, “Pesach,” means “to passover” because the plague in Egypt that killed all firstborns passed over the Israelites’ homes, sparing the lives of their children.

Passover Recipes…Perhaps the most well-known of Passover foods is the matzah (flat, crackerlike unleavened bread), which is a reminder of the haste with which the slaves left Egypt because they did not even have time for the bread to rise.

Traditionally, the matzah is served with a sweet condiment called charoset, a mixture of apples, nuts, and wine.

The basic recipe (though it varies) is:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into about 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grape juice or sweet Passover wine

April was always a special month for me as a child it was generally warm and sunny, of course, we had Easter Eggs and a new outfit…But there was a lot of activity going on at church making the palm crosses, hot cross buns, fish on Good Friday…I guess all the Easter celebrations will be very muted this year…

The animals around the world are loving the lockdowns and the fact there are fewer people and cars around…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…Please stay safe and well…many high profile people have tested positive for COVID-19…It looks like no-one is immune…this includes the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson…Get well soon Boris England needs you back at the helm 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen…Cheesecake, Bombay Potatoes and Chicken Stew…and Hot Cross Buns…

Welcome to CarolCooks2 and my kitchen which has been a hive of activity this week…we had Astons Birthday and he wanted a cheesecake just a plain one was his request and then that changed to passionfruit and when we were shopping he spied some lovely mandarin oranges…That was sorted then…

Nannie did the measuring and Aston did the rest…including turning on the handheld whisk before the blades were completely in the mix and guess who got sprayed…haha…Yep moi!

Mandarin Cheesecake.

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Ingredients:

  • 250g Biscuits (digestives or graham crackers)
  • 110g/ ½ Cup Butter
  • 500ml / 2 Cups Cream
  • 225g / 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 85g / ⅔ Cup Icing Sugar
  • Zest + Juice from 1 Lemon ( I used orange juice)
  • 15g | 3 tsp Gelatine Powder
  • 2 tbsp Boiling Water

Let’s Bake!

Place the biscuits into a food processor and process until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl. Melt the butter and cool before pouring into the biscuit crumbs and mix until well combined.

Pour the crumbs into a lined cake tin and use the back of a spoon to compact down. Place the cake tin into the fridge to set.

Whip the cream until soft peaks form by hand or with a hand mixer. This was where young Aston splattered Nannie with the cream mixture… Set to the side.

In a medium-sized bowl add the room temperature cream cheese and icing sugar. Beat together with a whisk until smooth and lump-free.

We added some of the mandarin juice… Mix to combine.

Dissolve the powdered gelatine in the boiling water and add to the mixing bowl, stirring to combine.

Add the cream to the cream cheese mixture and fold together until well combined we also added a few mandarin segments to the cream mixture.

Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the cheesecake base and smooth. Arrange mandarin segments around the edge of the cheesecake as pictured we then crumbled a flake in the centre of the cheesecake.

Place into the fridge for a few hours to set.

Cooks Notes: I used an 8″ springform tin but the filling was a little too much…the testers didn’t think so but it would have been better to use 10″ tin or reduce the cream to one cup. Next time I will try sour cream as I prefer my cheesecakes a little less sweet although it was nice. Maybe lime juice and zest.

Enjoy!

We love a good Indian curry and I make all my spices for a couple of reasons… one I know what is in the mix and two spices lose their potency some quicker than others… making my own herb rubs, spice mixes give me a quicker turnover and fresher spices it also allows me to buy the bigger packets which are cheaper…

This week I made Bombay Potatoes as a side to our curry…it was lovely although next time I don’t think I will parboil my potatoes and see if they absorb more of the spices or I may add a little more spice you don’t want them mega spicy I would just like the potatoes to have a little more flavour or it may just be that I was using the wrong type of potato these are quite floury potatoes but unfortunately my only choice of potatoes…

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I didn’t get any complaints from my testers though the empty dish said it all and hubby had seconds…I am my own worst critic sometimes…

Ingredients: 

To serve 3/4

  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • A thumb of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 400 gm of potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 dry chillies
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • A small bunch of coriander chopped.

Let’s Cook!

Put the ginger, garlic and 2 tomatoes in a small blender and blitz set to one side.

Put the potatoes in salted water and parboil for 8-10 mins until just soft. Drain and cover the pan with a clean t/towel so the potatoes can steam dry.

Heat the ghee/oil and add the onions cook for 10-15 mins until the onions are golden and slightly sticky. Add the chillies and the spices, stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato, ginger and garlic mixture and simmer for about 5 mins to cook off the raw tomato mix then gently add the potatoes and the remaining 1 chopped tomato.

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Taste and season if required I added more salt and some fresh ground pepper. Cook gently on low heat for a further 5-8 minutes until the potatoes and the tomatoes are warmed through. Garnish with coriander to serve.

We still have rain nice and steady but it is giving the grass a lovely soaking and I am sure my jackfruit and other fruit trees are very grateful…my ceilings are not up for discussion…sigh…

Rain and a drop in temperature although very nice called for a chicken stew…we always use chicken portions as we think it gives a better flavour…Just lots of garlic, chicken stock, pearl barley, onions, carrots, fresh rosemary, sage and a bay leaf and of course your chicken portions or you can cube chicken breasts…we served ours with rice this week but do also serve with potatoes and steamed vegetables of choice…Chicken always cooks quite quickly which is lovely when you need a nice warming meal and quick it can all be cooked in an hour…A stew is also one of those dishes where anything you like can go in the pot…x

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Easter is coming and the Easter eggs (I ) have been reliably informed have been in the shops since early January…Not my shops…I will add… any donations of Easter Eggs will be (very) gratefully received…

I can, however, give you a tried and tested old favourite recipe for Hot Cross Buns...I am rather proud of my crosses…Don’t they look good?

Even better buttered…

That’s it for today in my kitchen I hope you have enjoyed the recipes…

Thank you for reading I invite your comments as always xx

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous weekend xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…Well, yesterday I clocked up another year…and as the days which preceded, that were days when I received sad news about dear ones who have departed this world…My thoughts are with those dear friends and family…The result I got maudlin and started looking through old photos and working out dates as many were not dated…The photo is me with my mum and dad… circa spring/summer 1952…I am a Fifties Child…

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Some of those old Kodak photos are tiny it just shows how many strides forward photography has made…

I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…as this post is a sentimental one for me as I am extremely grateful for reaching this age, it makes you think though… and realise how mortal we are…

Today..September 11th is National Hot Cross Bun Day…

For some reason, the National Hot Cross Buns Day is celebrated on September 11. It is strange because hot cross buns are typically baked and served on Good Friday.

Hot cross buns are spiced sweet buns made with raisins or currants. They are so named because they are marked with a cross on the top. Hot cross buns are surrounded by many superstitions in English folklore.

For example, buns baked on Good Friday are believed to have healing properties. Sailors used to take hot cross buns on their voyages to protect themselves against shipwreck. People also used to believe that a hot cross bun hung in the kitchen could protect the house against fires. The handing bun needed to be replaced once a year.

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are popular in English-speaking countries. Some countries have local variations of these pastries. For example, in the UK supermarkets offer apple-cinnamon, orange-cranberry, and toffee buns. In Australian and New Zealand, chocolate and coffee-flavoured versions of the bun have become popular.

If you like buns and don’t want to wait until Easter to enjoy them, you should definitely celebrate the National Hot Cross Buns Day by baking a batch of buns and treating your family, friends, neighbours …

Me I like a currant bun any time of the year…..x

Who never makes their bed? Or more to the point who has kids who never make their beds? I make mine religiously…I can’t stand an unmade bed…If you are reading this Lauren…Make your bed!

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Well, today is National Make Your Bed Day… So break the habit of a lifetime and please make thy bed…

I thought this one was a fun idea and I love the idea of circular recycling…This is cool making bags and accessories from discarded inflatables…

 

Time for a Story…The Charade Chapter 2…

Steph has continued the short story and said, I still have no idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

The Charade – Part 2…By Steph…

She returned to her room after the party and carefully took off her beautiful dress, her boss would want that back tomorrow, she gently hung it over a grubby chair in the corner of the room then threw herself on to the bed, she was smiling to herself, in her hand she still held the elegant calling card of Mr Carl Ward. A real gentleman had been interested enough in her to personally hand this to her. Her mind drifted back to how her life had started. She had started out as a child begging on the street, neither of her parents had wanted her and she had been taken in by the church. Her upbringing had started out stern and even cruel at times, the nuns were strict and they would beat her if she didn’t follow their instructions to the letter. At the age of seven, she had run away from them, no one followed her or tried to find her, they didn’t care. All they knew was that she wasn’t their problem anymore. She had learnt a little of how to read and write which turned out to be a blessing, that much she would thank them for.

Turning the card over between her fingers she felt the quality and the embossed letters slightly raised from the paper, she thought it was probably the prettiest thing she had ever been given without having to ask. She rolled over onto her back holding the card up, what would Mr Carl Ward be doing now? She hoped he would be thinking of her and hoping she would contact him, maybe in the same way she was now thinking of him. Although she doubted it, he was probably used to women and their ways and was just carrying on his evening somewhere away from the party and maybe he would have forgotten about her already. She felt a twinge of sadness but even that couldn’t take the smile from her face. For the first time in her young life, she felt like a real woman.

TBC….

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Time for some Music…

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Do I choose music from the year of my birth?… Some names I recognise some I don’t…Nat King Cole, Weavers, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza, Guy Mitchell, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Perry Como, Frankie Lane,

Well, not a bad combo…I do prefer something a little more upbeat though…No wonder I slept a lot as a baby…haha

Did you know on this day in 1721 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius died? A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.

I remember this my dad loved this programme…

1959 The TV show ‘Bonanza’ premiers. The frontier adventures of the Cartwright family, father, 3 sons and Chinese cook Hop Sing, on the ‘Ponderosa’ ranch near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

It ran for 14 years until 1973…and the first series had 32 episodes…I can still hear that theme tune in my head…

Anyway, that is for today…xxx

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

Hot Cross Buns…

Yes, it’s that time of the year when we celebrate Easter with Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday followed by Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday and Simmel Cake on Easter Monday.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

So without further ado here is your recipe…Hot from the oven there is nought better than a Hot Cross Bun…

Ingredients:

For the dough

  • 450g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 x 7g sachets easy-blend yeast
  • 50g caster sugar …I use natural golden sugar.
  • 150ml warm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g  butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • oil, for greasing
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt…ordinary salt is ok.

The spices and dried fruit

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 100g currants
  • Optional: Orange or lemon zest.

To decorate

  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar.

Method:

Put the flour, yeast, castor sugar and 1 tsp salt into a large mixing bowl with the spices and dried fruit and mix well. If you want to add a little lemon or orange zest it can be added now. Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk, 50ml warm water, the beaten egg and the melted butter. Mix everything together to form a dough – start with a wooden spoon and finish with your hands. If the dough is too dry, add a little more warm water; if it’s too wet, add more flour.

Knead in the bowl or on a floured surface until the dough becomes smooth and springy. Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size – this will take about 1 hr depending on how warm the room is.

Tip the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for a few secs, then divide into 12 even portions – I roll my dough into a long sausage shape, then quarter and divide each quarter into 3 pieces. Shape each portion into a smooth round and place on a baking sheet greased with butter, leaving some room between each bun for it to rise.

Use a small, sharp knife to score a cross on the top of each bun, then cover with the damp tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove for 20 mins until almost doubled in size again. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas

When the buns are ready to bake, mix the plain flour with just enough water to give you a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag (or into a plastic food bag and snip the corner off) and pipe a white cross into the crosses you cut earlier. Bake for 12-15 mins until the buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. While still warm, melt the granulated sugar with 1 tbsp water in a small pan, then brush over the buns.

Tip: I put my mix for the cross in one of those plastic refill sauce bottles as I find I get all sorts of shape and size of the cross if I use a piping bag/greaseproof. clumsy klutz that I am..ha ha.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Hot from the Oven! Yum!

Legend tells us that if sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two, shall goodwill be” is said at the time or if hung in the kitchen they are said to protect against fire and all bread will turn out ok this is replaced every year.

And I’m sure there are lots more traditions but I just want the butter to put on my bun.

Enjoy your buns and have a lovely Easter.

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!

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

Retired No One Told me…Health, Heaven and Hell!

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…First things first though…

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Happy International Women’s Day to all you ladies out there…You Rock! 

 

The sculptures are quite graphic in a …and I am searching for the word here…some look a little like paper mache figures and the painting is crude but it gets the message over …Be Good!

It is then over to some unusual recipes… I don’t know how many of you read my post on Jack Fruit over at Sally’s ?… It is classed as the Wonder Tree and was not a fruit I had eaten much of even though I have a tree in my garden which bears copious amounts of these very large fruits every year but I cooked it as I had heard it was popular with many vegans as a substitute for pulled pork …

Moi yes me who questions everything…I must have been a teacher’s nightmare as a kid…Well, it is now being promoted as a very viable alternative which can feed the world. See this article which Sally from Smorgasbord sent me…With the comment ..look what I have started…Who me???

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5453669/Exotic-fruit-tastes-like-pork-help-world-hunger.html

 

Fruity Friday and this week it was the turn of the very vibrant, pretty Dragon Fruit.

Carol cooks! Dragon Fruit

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/fruity-fridays-pretty-dragon-fruit/

It was then the turn of Sally with more wise words on Hydrogenated Fats…Well worth a read if you missed it and if you didn’t worth another read…I always read articles like this more than once so that I can digest it all…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/smorgasbord-health-column-hydrogenated-fats-in-our-foods-and-how-to-avoid-them-sally-cronin/

I then took a little break, not for any particular reason I was just doing maintenance on older posts and checking links etc… Tidying photos up and making sure they had a description much easier to find now.

Tuesday it was Boot camp where I told you a little about what I eat and I also tested a new protein drink …using fresh fruit, coconut water and cashew nuts but using dates for sweetener instead of honey which is my preferred sweetener…It was nice but I prefer the raspberry one I made the week before.

No more diets

I just keep reading about the levels of iron in these protein powders and just know that in a few years time when people start getting sick and it is attributed to protein powders I will be proved right once again. It happens time and time again and to me, it seems the consumer never learns…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love-3/

Lastly, it is my food column over at Sally’s place. My recipes for Hot Cross buns and fish for Easter which falls on April the Ist this year.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-hot-cross-buns-and-fish-balls/

That’s all for my weekly round-up this week… I am now popping over to Sally’s to celebrate International Women’s Day 🙂 xx

Are you coming ????

 

 

 

 

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going!

Every year I think we have..Well I do ..The same thoughts we may have moved forward but the same thoughts….I think this post which was one of my very first posts on here shows that…I have rejigged it a bit…ha ha

Retired? No one told me!

Well that’s a sweeping statement but true.

I am at a crossroads , I think, what to do?, where to go?, who with? when? why? shall I ? shan’t I ? will I? won’t I? the brain just whirls around and around in never-ending circles.

How many of us have agonised like this over our jobs, our kids, parents, holidays, cars, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, what to have for dinner? …well gotta eat!

I think it’s amazing that we ever get anything done given all of that.

Isn’t the human brain just  awesome ?

At last we have rain..yippee, surveying my garden this morning there are a few branches on the grass , oh yes and we had wind….the sun is showing it’s self albeit with a watery smile. It’s Songkram…Thai New Year…water fights galore..the shops full or not so full now of water pistols of varying colours and…

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