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Retired No One Told Me!… Weekly Roundup…Secret Garden, Chicken Recipes and some Passion(fruit)


What a week… We have had some amazing storms and of course, I have a lovely internal waterfall…Leaky ceilings are a way of life here…Firstly I will be starting my roundup with my favourite restaurants and food…well of course…hehe

Khow Soi Khow Soi… an awesome Thai Yellow Curry with just a touch of chilli…well quite a lot not for the faint-hearted…


Then I bought a bit of Passion into your lives see I don’t just think about food…

Fruity Fridays Passionfruit


The Charade …The plot thickens and just as the girl is about to find out who she is…That dastardly Carl appears …


And you thought I was going to tell you what happened??? Nope! You need to read it…would love your comments and so would Steph who is also writing some of the chapters…Well, it started out as her little project and I have hi-jacked it! Snuck in a few chapters… It is good fun actually a bit like Chinese whispers…


Penang a diverse city with lots of surprises…



Street food…I love it and am so lucky to be able to just pop down the road and buy some…Lovely fresh from the drupe coconut water, spicy little rice balls( my treat) and of course my favourite Som Tam ( Papaya ) salad…I could live on that… I think if I had to choose my last meal that could be it!

Papaya Salad Som Tam


Obesity…Definitely on the increase and next week sees me comparing the top and the bottom of my chart… We would all have far more success if we chucked out the diets and ate healthily and applied moderation…Not a word most people like but we need to safeguard our health and that my friends is down to us…So…


Who do you cheat??? Yourself!


Chicken…How many us when we are asked what’s for dinner mum??? Are met with ” Not chicken”…It can be very boring and can also be very bad for you if it is deep fried…But come with me and see what I have cooked… beautiful chicken dishes…One pot… and delicious…


Lastly, I have a treat for you…One of my favourite places here in Thailand…The very first place we visited and where I fell in love…If you watch the video you will see why… it is magical, ethereal and just delightful so beautiful…


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Travel Malaysia…Penang.

Retired No One Told Me! Travel Malaysia

This weekend I am taking you to Penang, Malaysia …

My first trip was a whistle-stop visit as I had to fulfil the terms of my first visa application but I loved my short stopover in Penang and will certainly be returning to explore Penang at leisure.

The capital Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage City.

“The islands’ capital” and Malaysia’s second largest city behind Kuala Lumpa.

With such a multicultural population as expected, it is a foodies heaven, there is a wonderfully eclectic variety of culinary delights ready for you to sample and I did I sampled as much as I could in the short time I was there…

I chose to visit The Penang road which is famous for its Teochew Chendul stall, there is always a perpetual queue of locals as well as excited tourists it dates back to 1936 when it founder Tan Teik Fuang began selling these frozen desserts on Penang Road.

My favoured mode of transport is one of these… A rickshaw…

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My driver was a chatty little man who spoke quite good English and pointed out all the things he thought I would like to see a most enjoyable ride.

I was in foodies heaven that is after delighting at the beautiful architecture which consists of both new and old and they marry together delightfully.


I much prefer using local transport rather than a taxi so off we set to get my cendol…At first, the bright neon green of the jelly noodles put me off slightly… If you read my 5 questions over at Sally’s and the greengage jam and gravy saga you will know why…lol


Chendul also is known as Cendol and is a mixture of shaved ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, red beans and green jelly noodles made from Pandam once I knew this I put any reservations I had to one side.

Each bowl is made to order and what makes this dish..this delicious dessert so very special is that it is not overwhelmingly sweet but has just a touch a very light touch of sweetness and many go back for a second bowl… I was very tempted as having tried it I was a convert but I was saving myself for my visit to the night market and looking forward to sampling an Oyster omelette and I couldn’t leave without also having my favourite Nasi Lemak.

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Served on a banana leaf as is most of the food here..it comprises of rice, meat, nuts and a spicy sambal always slightly different and you can choose your preferred meat but always delicious.

The Oyster omelette is made with an egg and rice flour batter which creates a balance between crispness and fluffiness. The briny Oysters are mixed with green onions, chilli and garlic and then fried in the batter and served with a hot chilli dip…Foodie Heaven once again and another dish for which Penang is famous for.

This bustling and vibrant night market which is situated in the New Lane Hawker Centre, Lorong Baru George Town and opens @ 4 pm every day.

During my stay, I stayed at The Banana Boutique which is a lovely little boutique hotel with friendly staff. It is also fairly close to all the amenities that I wanted to visit.

All in all a lovely short stay but next time I will go in search of the beautiful beaches which I am told are well worth a visit surrounded by palm trees and some of the most stunning beaches and only about a 30 minute trip to the North from George Town.

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Retired no one told me! penang

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