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Retired No One Told me! Weekly roundup…Roses, Rambutan and a Rescue…

That was the week that was… A thrilling rescue by some very brave men who risked life and limb and for one he did forfeit his life but what a legacy he has left and he will be forever remebered in the hearts of so many…

There is also Roses, Rambutan and rice salad… Also, lots more so get yourself a drink, settle down and have a good read…

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Fruity Friday last week was the luscious Rambutan fruit…fully in season and a joy to eat… It looks scary but the fronds are so soft, a pretty fruit known as Chom Chom in Vietnam which means messy hair.

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/fruity-friday-rambutan-fruit/

We then had young Paul from over at Sally’s with a delightful post on Roses…Which invoked many memories for me from my dad’s rose garden to crab apple jelly and the belly ache I used to get from eating the crab apples and the beautiful dog rose… A plethora of memories…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-garden-column-with-paul-andruss-only-a-rose/

The bread did indeed come after the crumpets… My disaster with the proving of the yeast was a learning curve…Use a bigger container… Carol

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/after-the-crumpets-came-bread/

The watching and the waiting culminated in a most daring rescue all 13 are alive and well… A testament to the bravery of men and women from around the world…Instead of the post which was asking for the safe exit of the 13 … A video

 

Truly a miracle …

Healthy Eating No More Diets….Yes, I slipped up …But am back on track…

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It was then my Food Column over at Sally’s and as many of you are still enjoying a summer …Salads were on the agenda a lovely coleslaw and my favourite rice salad was amongst the delicious salads and Sally’s recipe for homemade mayo…delicious…

Mixed salad

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It was then over to Esme’s Salon for my regular monthly post as I meander through the Alphabet and this month it was the letter F… I do wish WP had the reblog button on all their packages …Last month was a record saves/repins for the letter E ( over) 100 repins to Pinterest…

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https://esmesalon.com/culinary-alphabetthis-weeks-letter-is-f/

Lastly, it is another Fruity Friday post and the delicious fruit which is the Raspberry so hop aboard the Raspberry Express yes there really was a train called just that…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/fruity-friday-the-raspberry/

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

Hello, there and welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…lol…As you know I do not believe in diets I believe in healthy eating and moderation…Also called…

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I have however over the years subjected this bod to many strange diets none of which worked for any length of time and the only thing which got slimmer through these diets was my bank balance …

At the end of this tongue in cheek look at various diets… I will be giving you a recipe for a Protein Drink… Protein drinks in my book…I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole… I am the most unbelieving person on this earth when celebrity’s and manufacturers tell me that their product is the best thing since sliced bread… Yes and look how good sliced bread is for you…NOT!

The first diet gimmick on my list is:-

Cream…No girls, not the cream you put on your strawberries…

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NO..you rub it in where you wish to lose weight or fat from, sit back after you have wrapped yourself in plastic wrap and watch it miraculously disappear and at $24.99  an 8 oz pot…HaHa… One says 300 recommendations…pfff the only thing slimming down is your bank balance…sucker!

7-minute workouts…

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Seriously with all those repeats, the reality is at least 20  minutes or longer unless of course, you are an excise ninja who can move at the speed of light…

The What!

A pill that you swallow which turns into a balloon which a doctor then inflates in your stomach so you need less food…so if you are such a pig and ignore the full signs it gets squashed and you get the scenario where the said balloon explodes…

Come on have you not heard of Mr and Mrs Will Power who live in moderation avenue???

Diet Pills.

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The saying is we eat with our eyes first… You must have some imagination!!!

No Carbs!...That works… we starve our muscles, lose water and feel crap… When all we have to do is eat Good Carbs…Sweet potatoes and whole grains.

Other elimination diets!

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Too good to be true… Cookie Diet and Candy Diet…Whatever next???

I now rest my case…do any of you know any diets that really work where you can eat what you like ..when you like …That is free and all it requires is a little willpower and moderation.

Now for those who exercise quite hard and take or think you should take protein drinks then how about making your own?

I know many people who exercise who take these… So I thought I would do a little research and make my own… Cost wise it is a no-brainer against the cost of some most Protein powders I made one today and it was nice…It tasted good..my son was my guinea pig/taste tester and has been a protein drink customer in the past and it got the thumbs up from him.

The protein shake is 3/4 cup of liquid and 1/3 cup of your main protein…

Liquids:-

Almond milk, Coconut milk or water or Soya milk… It important to get the right balance not what liquid you choose.

Proteins:-

Greek yoghurt, Silken tofu, nut butter i.e raw cashews ( which) require soaking overnight to soften.

Extra proteins:-

Chia seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax or whole oats.

Today I made a Raspberry Protein shake and for an extra boost could have used chia seeds.

Raspberry Protein shake.

Raspberry Protein Shake

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.  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 like to drink something which tastes pleasant.

Next week I am going to test a Tropical Protein shake and I might give you a typical days menu for me (what ) I eat in a day and still lose or maintain my weight.

Until next week ..just have fun, enjoy your food and moderation…

 

 

Tropical sunshine in a glass…Take 5

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I am really getting into this smoothie making and today I think is one of my favourite smoothies. I am learning to get the right amount and what I do is take the glass I am going to drink it from and fill the glass with my fruit that way I make just enough and if I am making more than one glass then I double up but it eliminates the guesswork.

Todays smoothie was a mixture of fruit and vegetables.

I used a large chunk of  Pineapple, Watermelon, yellow melon and dragon fruit. A slice of tomato, a slice of beetroot, a piece of carrot and a little ice.

Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute and voila a lovely smoothie.

Enjoy!

If you missed my previous smoothie recipes then I have put them all in this one post just for you along side a little chatter and trivia about some of the fruits.

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Banana and Pineapple smoothie.  

I have never made so many smoothies ever as I have done recently but so much fruit…

This mornings smoothie was Banana, Pineapple, Tomato and Raspberries with a touch of fresh Lime juice.

Yes, tomato...I have had tomato in a smoothie from a fruit stall but never used it at home but again I have lots of tomatoes.

So we get lots of nutritional goodies all in the one glass and it’s yummy. Not like one of those yucky coloured juices which claim to be good and you have to literally hold the nose and down it in one and at the same time hope it doesn’t come straight back up…What is the point of that??? We like nice tasting drinks don’t we girls and boys???

Put 2 small bananas, 2 rings of pineapple chopped, half a tomato skinned and I added a handful of frozen raspberries and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. All together in a blender ….blitz and pour into a chilled glass.

Enjoy!

Now for some facts about the very versatile pineapple….Well, first things first…who doesn’t like Pina Colada???? Best served cold on the beach….Delicious!

Thailand is the biggest producer of pineapple and in the wild pineapples can live and fruit for up to 50 years.

The pineapple is not an Apple or a pine but a berry….

Eaten fresh, juiced, cooked …it is lovely in a curry or fried rice or preserved. It is also great for tenderising meat.

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Strawberry and Raspberry smoothie.

Phew, it is now topping 104F here and rising by the day…Lots of strawberries and bananas…The thing is the bananas we pick by the hand and it is big so I have to think of all ways to use them apart from just freezing them. Strawberries well you can only eat so many and we can’t give them away…

So it’s smoothie time again, strawberries, a banana, a few frozen raspberries and 3 cheeks of lime juice and about half small glass of coconut milk. I like my drinks a bit tart and I don’t do sweet drinks so you may want to cut the lime a little and add some honey to sweeten but the beauty of the smoothies is anything goes you can make to order.

If I want it colder and more frozen then I use frozen bananas.

Now for a little bit more about the Strawberry which is cultivated world wide, most people love a strawberry….Don’t they????

The garden strawberry was first bred in the 1750’s in Brittany, France and believe or not they are not technically berries but accessory fruits!

A member of the rose family they are the only fruit to wear their seeds on the outside. Although the seeds can be propagated they are more commonly reproduced by the runners which are then pegged into the soil.

A piece of trivia: There is a museum in Belgium dedicated to the Strawberry.

 

 

Papaya,Banana,Lime smoothie

Papaya, Banana and Lime smoothie.

This one has just 4 ingredients.

Half a papaya….  seeds removed.

1 banana

4fl oz of coconut milk

1-1 1/2 limes. I like to taste the lime so I would add one and a half hubby prefers just 1 lime.

But like with anything….and you know what I am going to say…Don’t you??? TASTE.

Blitz the papaya and banana with the coconut milk then add your lime juice, Taste and add more if required.

Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!

If you want a more frozen smoothie then just freeze the papaya and banana. I always keep bags of frozen fruit for smoothies…I just didn’t want brain freeze today…ha ha.

 

 

Mango smoothie

Mango and Tamarind smoothie.

For 2 servings.

8 oz of ripe mango (frozen). You could use frozen mango pulp as I do when mago is out of season.

2 tbsp honey

2 tsp Tamarind paste

7oz coconut milk …chilled.

Put all the ingredients into your blender and whizz until it is nice and smooth. Spoon into 2 glasses and enjoy!

If it is too sour for you then add more honey or sweetener of your choice but I love the sourness of the Tamarind.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do…. until next time thank you for reading this post and please leave a comment if you try a smoothie and if you wish to share this post then please do.

Take 5 Tropical Sunshine in a Glass

Mix and Match have fun and experiment 🙂

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I won’t be impressed with technology until I can download food!

I love this quote! Can you imagine looking at a picture of some mouthwatering luscious dish and being able to just press the button and there it was in front of you…..Wake up!! It’s a dream! A fantasy!But one day, it will be a reality! Of that I am sure….In the meantime…get your pinny on and the scales out and lets cook!

Bingsu

Bingsu:

A frozen milk ice desert. We first had this dessert when we took a trip to Nong Kai in Northern Thailand. It originates from Korea. It is also very easy to make.

Take 1 cup of milk and 2 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk. Put ingredients into a jug and mix together then pour into an ice cube tray. Put in freezer and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Prior to serving put your serving bowl or bowls into the freezer for at least an hour.This dessert can be eaten as a shared dessert or in individual bowls.

To assemble dessert remove frozen cubes and put into food processor or liquidizer and blitz for 20 seconds it should now resemble snow( see picture)If cubes are difficult to remove leave out of the freezer for 4/5 mins until they come out easily.

For 1 bowl take 2 satsumas, peel, and section. put a few segments in the bottom of the serving dish, pile on snow arrange the remainder of orange segments around

Drizzle some raspberry sauce over the top of the snow.Eat and enjoy!

Eat and enjoy!

NB:

You can use any fruit either fresh or tinned in natural juice.

To make raspberry sauce put 1 and a  half cups of raspberry’s in a saucepan with  3/4 cup of sugar and  1/2 cup water.

Bring to boil stirring, reduce the heat and add 1/2 tsp vanilla essence.

To thicken put 2 tsp cornflour in a cup and mix to smooth cream with 2 tbsp water.

Pour into the boiling raspberry mixture stirring all the time. turn down heat and simmer for 4 mins until sauce has thickened . Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tbsp butter.

You also use frozen passionfruit pulp which is very nice and would cut through the sweetness of the iced snow.