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Healthy Eating…Eat Smart! …No More Diets…

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…How has your week gone? Are you finding the going tough or easy or a little in between …Good days and bad days…We all have those and we can’t change the past but we can change the future…

Diets particularly faddy Diets come and go…Have you ever wondered why? Have you ever wondered why one-minute your favourite celeb supports this product and the next minute that product…It is called laughing all the way to the bank and it isn’t YOURS!

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/most-celebrity-food-endorsements-are-unhealthy

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 …All I do is eat smart, eat healthily ( most) of the time and exercise my chosen exercise is walking

Before you start a new fad eating plan, ask yourself, “Can I eat this way for the rest of my life?” If your answer is no, then it may be the plan is not for you. Following rigid menus can be hard, overwhelming, costly and simply not necessary.

Eating plans which tell you…Lose weight without exercising… Are a load of b***shyte…Quite frankly…

If you want to read a good eating plan then Sally has one for you…If you are new to this blog Sally is my partner in the kitchen I do the food she dishes out the why you should eat healthily and the lady knows…

 

Because quite frankly Size Matters to most of us for different reasons but it also matters that we are happy and healthy and eat a balanced diet…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-weightloss-the-project-plan-for-success/

Regular exercise is essential for good health and weight management. Your goal should be to discover physical activities you enjoy and strive to complete those for 30-60 minutes most days of the week.

The moral to the story is if you want to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and lose fat — all while enjoying life to its fullest — eat smart and get moving. 

What do I eat and Drink...? Do you keep a Food Diary? I do and it helps…

I drink two pots of green tea a day, one glass of fresh coconut juice and lots of water…I also if I feel a throat or cold coming on love a drink of hot water and ginger with some honey…

china green tea pot

My snacks as I have very recently cut out processed foods and foods with added sugar…are whatever fruit is in season…At the moment it is Apples, mango, pineapple and durian fruit…Durian is very high in nutrients compared to most fruits. Also when I slice my apple I have a small slice of cheddar or blue cheese

My lunch today was Tom Yum Goon( Prawns)

Tom Yum Goon

If I am at home I make my own but this was at a local Thai restaurant and it contained quite a few noodles which I didn’t eat all…Why? Because I planned to have a mango ice cream which I thoroughly enjoyed…

My recipe for homemade Thai Tom Yum Goon.

Tonight it will be Thai Grapow Moo…with brown rice…

My recipe for Thai grapow Moo…

The food I eat is all food I love to eat and eating should be enjoyable…Shouldn’t it? There is nothing to say that you cannot eat what you love to eat and still lose weight. I believe because I gave it a bit of a boost by cutting out my alcohol, soda plus rice, added sugar and processed food I have given my body a bit of a wake-up…But the scales don’t lie and since the 5th Feb…I have lost 13lb…Nearly a stone…

In the 17 days since I had my smartwatch, I have lost 2.6 kg which is 5.5 lbs…I am pleased with this as I had come to a little bit of a standstill but it has focused me and although I don’t do 10,000 steps every day yet I do walk considerably more than I did…

Smartwatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

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

My sleep now is getting more regular and I feel much better…I sort of thought we just went to sleep and I knew it had benefits but didn’t take too much notice…I do now and no I am not obsessed I just want to look after this body to the best of my ability while also enjoying life…

Sleep explained:-

Stage 1 is the lightest stage of NRM sleep.  Often explained by the presence of slow eye movements, this drowsy sleep stage can be easily disrupted causing awakenings or arousal. Muscle tone throughout the body relaxes and brain wave activity begins to slow from that of being awake. Occasionally people may experience hypnic jerks or abrupt muscle spasms and may even experience a sensation of falling while drifting in and out of Stage 1.

Stage 2 is the first actual stage of defined NRM sleep.  Awakenings or arousal do not occur as easily as in Stage 1 sleep and the slow-moving eye rolls discontinue. Brain waves continue to slow with specific bursts of rapid activity known as sleep spindles intermixed with sleep structures known as K complexes. Both sleep spindles and K complexes are thought to serve as protection for the brain from awakening from sleep. Body temperature begins to decrease and heart rate begins to slow down.

Stage 3 is known as deep NRM sleep. The most restorative stage of sleep, stage 3 consists of delta waves or slow waves.  Awakenings or arousal are rare and often it is difficult to awaken someone in Stage 3 sleep. Sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors can occur during the deepest stage of sleep.

REM sleep, also known as rapid eye movement, is most commonly known as the dreaming stage.  Eye movements are rapid, moving from side to side and brain waves are more active than in Stages 2 & 3 of sleep. Awakenings and arousal can occur more easily in REM; being woken during a REM period can leave one feeling groggy or overly sleepy.

I love this app as it gives me the percentages of each cycle and whether my sleep in that period is normal, high or low…Also how long I slept in each cycle…I have adjusted my sleep patterns to make them more regular because they were not but I am feeling the benefit…It also tells you the quality of your breathing which to me is quite important and thankfully I am within normal guidelines I have only dipped below once…But handy to know why and it also tells you how many times you woke up…Quite clever I think…For someone who is not a fan of big brother or gadgets…I love my smartwatch…

What I do find amusing is the little green man who buzzes and waves at me when I have been inactive for a while…So far today I have completed 6630 steps and he is still waving at me if I sit for too long without moving…But he has not succeeded in winding me up yet I quite like him… 

Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch and how you get on with it…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

CarolCooks 2…Weekly roundup… Wildlife bridges, Durian, Treacle Tart and Pepper curry…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

I will be joining you shortly and taking a pew because what with one thing and another it has been one of those weeks…A few of the bloggers/writers I know have had immense problems with FB and this has had all had a knock on effect on everyone I think… I for one will be taking any statements about free forever sites as it seems sooner or later they all want their pound of flesh…or disappear never to be seen or heard of again…

The first post of the week was an interview with the lovely Debby Gies and it was lovely to learn a little more about Debby…I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-author-d-g-kaye/

It was then time for Sally’s weekly roundup which included moi, Mexican getaways, Italian food, music, humour and much more so poop on over and say hello…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-weekly-round-up-social-media-shenanigans-spring-flowers-mexican-getaways-italian-food-music-humour-and-fabulous-guests/

Time for my first post of the week…Healthy Eating… No more Diets and my increased exercise( walking) encouraged by my very smart watch…In 11 days I have mislaid 2.4 kilos…

Smart phone and watch

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/19/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-9/

Wednesday was over to Sally’s for our new series of Nutrient deficiencies and vitamin B 2 with recipes …I am enjoying this series as I am learning quite a lot about food and vitamins …Of course I knew or know what food is good and what is not so good and could take an educated guess as to what food contained but so much I didn’t know about not lesser vitamins but ones which are maybe not promoted as much we all hear about food which contains iron, more fibre, omega 3 and Vitamin C but I didn’t know about all the other vitamins certain foods contained…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-to-prevent-nutrient-deficiency-vitamin-b2-riboflavin/

Waste Not Want Not! …What an eye-opener this series is becoming…So many good projects but also so much harm still being done to bees, marine life, the ecosystem all by man who is the earths biggest enemy and abuser… Because if the bees die and the fish die then so will the earth as everything plays its part in the ecosystem…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/21/waste-not-want-not-week-16-rice-husk-wild-life-crossings/

Friday in my kitchen saw a hot curry from my Indonesian friend Mamik, Durian Chocolate and some treacle tart…A recipe or two…

Why is it called treacle tart when golden syrup is used …According to an  Original Receipt from ‘Newcastle Courant‘ – Friday 01 July 1887.

Where it was stated that …Treacle Tart is another excellent but homely dish and is of north-country origin. Line a shallow dish or tin, with scraps of-pastry which have been rolled out thinly. Make a paste with four tablespoonfuls of treacle and one of flour. Add also as much grated ginger as will lie on a fourpence piece, and also a, beaten egg. Half cover the centre of the paste with this preparation, place thin strips of paste across in transverse lines,

A slice of treacle Tart with custard

Tarts made with Golden Syrup but retaining the name treacle tart didn’t appear until the 19th Century…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/22/week-12-in-my-kitchen-durian-chocolate-boquerones/

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading and have a lovely week 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.

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 I bid you 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://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

Week 12…In my kitchen…Durian Chocolate…Boquerones…

Welcome to week 12 in my kitchen and it has been a reasonably quiet week in the kitchen this week as I have little Lily staying for the next 6 weeks ish I think she means until she goes back to school…Aston has gone to his Thai nannies until the end of the month he tells me… He has been busy catching Lizards for dinner…Not our dinner but his and his Thia family’s dinner…I will share the recipe when I get it…

But I will share the pictures he sent me…I hope you are not squeamish…If so scroll down quick…

At the market this week I found some lovely small fish..beautifully fresh I just couldn’t resist so although they are fiddly to bone they are worth the effort and always invoke memories of our holidays in Spain.

Ingredients: For boquerones ( as they are called in Spain) 

  • 2Ib.( 1 kilo) Anchovies or other small fish.
  • 250-500ml White Vinegar.
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic.
  • 25ml.Virgin Olive Oil.
  • 4 Sprigs Italian Parsley.
  • Salt to taste.

 

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Let’s Cook!

Remove heads. Using your thumb remove innards and spine.

Rinse. Lay flat in a glass dish and freeze for 3 hrs.(Freezing the anchovies to -20C or -4F can prevent illness from parasites found in raw fish.)

Remove from freezer pour in vinegar to cover.

Finely chop garlic add parsley. Sprinkle over fish.

Pour Olive Oil in dish and salt if required.

Cover tightly with cling film and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

They are now ready to eat.

Enjoy!

Durian fruit is in season at the moment and yes I know it is one of those fruits that you either love or hate…It is also banned in certain places…I myself don’t mind the smell it is like other certain flower smells which get into everything and I think that is why some people don’t like it…A cloying smell…Well, I was given a bar of Durian Chocolate…

Durian chocolate bar

Although I Like Durian I am not a fan of fruits when they are made in crisps and other things so was a bit hesitant to try it…But I did and it was very nice for a bar of dark chocolate the Durian added a really creamy taste to it. I also had to make sure kit was well wrapped as the smell would have taken over the fridge …But it set me thinking that it would make a lovely chocolate mousse or brownies which will be my next experiment methinks…

This week’s Curry…Kohzhi Milagu ( Pepper Chicken Curry)

The recipe was courtesy of my friend Mamik who provides me with authentic Indonesian Recipes….. Thank you Mamik another Cracker of a recipe but a scorcher or as my son put it he gets ring burn the next morning……. But a curry we have quite often now as it is so tasty…

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm chicken, thighs or breast cut into pieces.
  • 1 chopped Onion.
  • 1 cup chopped Tomatoes.
  • 2cm cinnamon stick.
  • 2tbsp ginger garlic paste..can use store bought, I just blitz tbsp garlic and tbsp ginger to paste.
  • 1/2 tbsp ground chilli…You may want to adjust the amount.
  • 1tbsp ground coriander.
  • 1 tbsp ground white pepper.
  • 1 tbsp Fennel Seeds.
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves.
  • Salt to season.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the tbsp oil in a wok and saute onion.

Add garlic and ginger paste mix well and cook 30 seconds. Add dry spices and stir to release the aroma. Add chopped tomato, stir and add chicken…….N.B. if too dry add some water.

Add salt and curry leaves.

Cook on low heat until chicken cooked if using thighs then these will take slightly longer.

Kozhi Milagu (Pepper Chicken Curry)

Serve with steamed rice and Raita and some homemade nan or flatbread.

For Raita I grate or chop finely a small cucumber, put in clean t/towel and squeeze out excess liquid…I was surprised at how much liquid there actually was.

Add to 8oz Natural yoghurt and a large handful of chopped mint and mix together. Serve chilled.

If you like you can add 1/2-1 finely chopped green chilli.

Warning: This is one hot mama of a curry.

Desserts are something which I don’t make very often but the hubby likes one now and again so to compensate for when I have made one to many curries or spicy Thai Stirfries I make him a pudding… This treacle Tart is one of his favourites…

Ingredients:

For pastry:

  • 225 gm Plain Flour.
  • 115 gm butter.
  • 55 gm Sugar.
  • 1 egg yolk.
  • Chilled water to mix.

For Filling:

  • 450 gm  Golden Syrup.
  • 85 gm Breadcrumbs.
  • Pinch ground ginger( optional)
  • Zest of 1 lemon plus 2 tbsp juice.

Let’s Bake!

Sift flour into a bowl and rub in butter to resemble fine breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar. Add egg yolk and chilled water a tbsp at a time until mixture comes together to form a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill 20/30 mins in the fridge.

Gently roll out pastry and line 9 inch tin or dish, lightly prick bottom of pastry with a fork, line with baking parchment and baking beans. Put in preheated oven 180 degrees/gas 6 and bake 15 mins remove baking parchment and beans and bake for further 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Make the filling by gently warming syrup in a saucepan with fresh breadcrumbs, ginger, lemon zest and juice. When mixed together pour into baked case .NB. The mixture should be fairly thick consistency but pourable …..if required add more breadcrumbs.

Put into oven at 190 degrees and bake for further 25 minutes.

A slice of treacle Tart with custard

Serve with cream or hot custard.

Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me this week in my kitchen…xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then I bid you 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://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great weekend xx

Week 11…In my kitchen…My first Sourdough Loaf…

 

Welcome to week 11 in my kitchen and what a week…At last… My first sourdough bread is cooked…Not perfect I am guessing… but edible and I checked out images and it looks the same as some other wholemeal sourdough loaves so I am happy with that as my first attempt at sourdough…

This week leaves me slightly knackered I think is the word…Lily is on her school holidays so is here for about 8 weeks she tells me…She started her swimming lessons yesterday so they are every day @ 4pm for one hour…Aston is in his final week at school ..Exams and a play for which I am trying to find a top…so far no luck so Lily and I are off to search, today…The plus side is it all helps me reach my target of 10,000 steps a day…

Sourdough.

 

To give my starter a helping hand I used 50/50 with wholemeal flour and it worked I am really grateful to Tabula for sending me the link to The Perfect Loaf as he ( Maurizio Leo) gave excellent instructions and tips far better than the original book that I brought …

I do need digital scales which are on order as cups are not so accurate and I think he was right…My next loaf will be a white one and I am expecting the holes to be bigger as it seems that using wholemeal flour the texture of the bread is denser.

I am sure anyone who makes wholemeal sourdough will tell me if I am correct…

 

It did, however, have a nice crust and I didn’t burn the bottom…haha…All in all, for the first attempt at sourdough I am pretty pleased and its name is Phoenix ( as ) suggested by Sally…

This week’s Curry:-  Panang Curry

Phanaeng, also spelt phanang, panang, and other variants is a type of red Thai curry that is thick, salty and sweet, with a nutty peanut flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ -2 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2-4 tbsp Panang curry paste
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ lb boneless skinless chicken, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp fish sauce 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste concentrate (or more for more tang)
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced (or ½ red onion)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, optional
  • ¼ cup Thai basil leaves

Let’s Cook!

Without shaking the can, skim off two tbsp of the coconut cream and add it to a sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Add the Panang curry paste along with the peanut butter and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and stir to coat, cook for 1-2 minutes. If at any point the sauce begins to stick to the pan, add a couple tbsp of water to deglaze. Stir in the remaining coconut milk, starting with 1 1/2 cans (adjust with more later if desired.) Add the kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, brown sugar, sliced onion, and red bell pepper. 

Allow the curry to come to a simmer, lower the heat and let simmer for 2-3 minutes or until the chicken cooks through. Taste and adjust with additional coconut milk, sugar, tamarind, or fish sauce as desired. Turn off the heat and stir in the basil. Serve warm with rice or cooked rice noodles.

penang-Thai-curry

If desired then you can drizzle the top with a little coconut milk. This curry is very tasty and quick to cook you can cook it while your rice is cooking…20 minutes and you have a lovely curry…The tamarind gives it that extra depth of flavour it is one of my favourite additions to a sauce.

My other cooking plans went out of the window over the last few days as it has been frantic with the end of term concerts and exams…Today I walked 13,689 steps the recommended target being 10,000 steps per day… by the time I go to bedibyes I think it will be closer to 14,000. Final count as I am not moving any more( 14,315) I think I will sleep well tonight..A short post for me but I will catch up in the week with my cooking…

By the way, I got some lovely lemons today…Not something I often get here and they are quite big, organic from the North of Thailand…What to make???

fresh lemons organic

Thank you for reading this post…Until next time stay safe if you are experiencing high winds or snow…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!

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 having a great weekend xx

Pancake Day…5th March …Aka Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

Who doesn’t like a nice thin, lacy pancake with sugar and lemon? Pancakes are eaten almost all over the world in one form or another so although plain and simple is my favourite I don’t mind some of the other versions on occasions.

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I am also quite good at tossing them much to the surprise of the kids although not sure how I would fare in some of the pancake races which are held throughout the Uk and tossing them while running…lol….that would be a sight to behold…

The first recorded pancake race was way back in 1445 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. Since 1950 Olney has competed against women of Liberal, Kansas, the USA in an international race.

Tradition declares that the race was first run in the year 1445, pancakes at the time being a popular dish, receiving royal favour. It was run on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, and the whole day was given over to a festival of celebration, pranks and pastimes. It is not known where the original start line was but the finish line was at the Church door. The winner has to bang on the door with her frying pan…

Did you know????

The largest pancake was created in Rochdale, Manchester, the UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb) and took more than just a frying pan to flip over!

In total, Brits use an unbelievable 52 million eggs on Pancake Day. That’s 22 million more than any other day.

The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes. That’s ‘flipping’ good’!

We all have our preferences for pancake toppings but the weirdest pancake toppings have to be ketchup and mustard, please…Nooooo! peanut butter and ice cream, coco pops and cream…I just love maple syrup on mine or lemon..simples is best!

The Guinness World Record for the most pancakes served in eight hours is 34,818.

William Shakespeare was also a pancake lover! It is reflected in many of his plays. When Shakespeare was alive Shrove Tuesday is much as it is today – that is people ate plenty of pancakes!.  Dinner was a midday meal instead of evening, and the pancakes would follow their main meal. The Tudors enjoyed heavily spiced foods and regularly included ale or beer as ingredients instead of water. They ate very rich foods, and their pancakes could have been enriched with rose-water, sherry, eggs, ale or butter – or a mixture of them all

In France and the United States, Pancake day is called Mardi Gras which means ‘Fat’ or ‘Grease Tuesday’.

My Simple Pancake batter recipe.

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  • 100 gm flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml of milk
  • Oil/ butter for frying
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • Sugar to serve

Let’s Cook!

Put your flour, eggs, milk, pinch salt in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Using an omelette or crepe pan add a knob of butter and when melted add some of your mix to pan and roll about to cover the bottom…I like my pancake thin so don’t use too much mix others like theirs thicker but personal choice.

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Cook until nicely golden and flip over and cook the other side …keep warm in the oven while you are cooking all your pancakes.

Serve with a good squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar.

That is my way, plain and simple but it is your opportunity to use your favourite toppings…

What do you top your pancakes with??? Please tell me in comments…

Pancakes are made all over the world and vary somewhat… if you missed my post on how they are made here in Thailand then I have added the link for you to enjoy these were made down in one of the local homes here and they kindly let us take the photos…It is a family affair both young and old play their part…I found it fascinating…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/traditional-handmade-thai-pancakes-khao-gle-at/

Pancakes drying

Or these lovely oat pancakes

Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes…

banana maple syrup pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3/4 of a cup of rolled oats
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • Chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts and maple syrup to serve.

Put the banana, oats, eggs, baking soda and maple syrup in the blender and blitz until smooth and well combined.

Heat your pan and add some mix cook for about 2 mins each side I did find they cooked quite quickly so watch you don’t burn them…

Serve with sliced banana, blueberries or fruit of your choice, walnuts and maple syrup…They were actually very yummy…

I didn’t have gluten-free oats so mine were not gluten-free but still healthy and I had no maple syrup extract so substituted maple syrup, the walnuts I caramelised and I didn’t have blueberries…and I cooked mine in grass-fed butter… I will make them again and next time will add blueberries as they will add that touch of tartness…

However, if you eat Gluten free use Gluten free rolled oats and cook in a non-stick pan

If you love pancakes I hope you have found some here to tickle your tastebuds …Enjoy!

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!

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…

Welcome to my weekly roundup if you have missed any posts  …Take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Sourdough is still on the agenda but this lady is not going to let it defeat her…British to the core we don’t give up…

Thanks go out to Tabula… she has helped me immensely she also has a lovely blog so pop over and say hello…That link you sent me Tabula was awesome ..I have a book which is ok..but it doesn’t cover the what if’s like Maurizio does…Today we carry on following Maurizio’s instructions and we will have bread!

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We then came to roundup numero 2 from my friend Sally for whom I write and collaborate with on my weekly food column over on Smorgasbord…This roundup includes book reviews, Old Australia, Chopped Liver, Health and even chicken poop a plethora of fun, facts and the plain amazing.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-upjazz-chicken-poop-chopped-liver-old-age-australia-and-sheep-farming/

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We then came to Tuesday where we discuss anything healthy and how we can make healthy eating the norm…A way of life!

I touched on the Keto way of eating which my son is following joined a FB group for Keto beginners and did some research and some of it is similar to the way I eat BUT I cannot get my head around the amount of fat and such a low carb and protein allowance…Good fat or not we need balance I believe  I love vegetables and fruit and cannot limit myself so strictly…Yes, there is fast and massive weight loss… But I am asking myself is that healthy, sustainable as the Keto diet is so restrictive?

What are your thoughts?

Spoiler Alert! One thing we are agreeable on is intermittent fasting which I follow which was 17 hours yesterday/today…More on that on Tuesday…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/26/healthy-eating-no-more-diets-but-a-way-of-life-2/

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A Sunday Roast…How many of you love Sunday Roast? But don’t cook it? The art of cooking a perfect Sunday roast including Yorkshire puddings and perfect pork crackling is revealed here.

sunday roast pork

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-how-to-cook-the-perfect-sunday-roast/

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The hardest post I have written for a long time purely because I am so disappointed, angry, upset that any government can sanction such a devastating blow to one of their natural beautiful landmarks…By allowing one million tons of sludge to be dumped on The Great Barrier Reef…Shame on the AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/02/27/waste-not-want-not-australia-plans-to-dump-one-million-tons-of-sludge-on-the-great-barrier-reef/

The heartening news is that if you are Australian and have a vote then you can become a Climate Voter…So if you care about your beautiful natural wonders and want to stop pollution sign up…I just wish I was an honorary Aussie and could vote as I would… These politicians who endorse and allow these acts to go ahead need telling and voting OUT!

Be a climate Voter!

https://www.acf.org.au/

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I have never needed to feel the sunshine so much as I did after writing that post on the Great Barrier Reef…I was honoured to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award from Sally…Of course for that honour, I had to bare my soul and reveal a little more about Moi…I hope you enjoy and if I nominated you I look forward to reading more about YOU…

sunshine blogger award

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/01/the-sunshine-blogger-award-take-2/

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That was followed by my post on my week in my kitchen…

The continuation of the Sourdough saga, stinky beans and Mayong otherwise known as the Marian plum…And of course Aston’s unusual birthday gift…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/01/week-9-in-my-kitchen-it-floats-to-the-top-and-wont-rise-my-sourdough/

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Thank you for reading I hope you now feel refreshed and enthused and have a wonderful weekend  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.

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!

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 weekend xx

Healthy Eating…No more Diets…But a way of life…

Good morning…After the mother of all storms last night the watery sun is trying to come out…The birds are singing and the squirrels are playing on the trees outside my window…

It is day 21 of no alcohol and going well… 3 nights out and I stayed on the water…I also feel much better and have lost a few inches which is a bonus…A dress last worn on Christmas day is a lot looser around the hips and tummy area …My new phone tracks my steps which is another incentive to up the ante…

How is your healthy eating going??? Have you any tips to share?

Salads… If any of you buy ready prepared salads I read there was yet another recall…Not the first I will add over the years and there have been fatalities in the past… it can take a couple of weeks for greens to get from the farm to your plate when they come in the form of bagged lettuce, and nutrition is lost during that time. Another thing that adds to the degradation of vitamins and minerals in bagged salads is the washing they go through before being bagged.

Then there is the water issue…triple washed? If it’s in [California’s] Central Valley, then it most likely becomes the single most important environmental consideration, and the triple-washed thing becomes very difficult to defend.”  90% of U.S. lettuce is produced in California and Arizona.

Plastic bags…It’s just another one …So many issues surround these pre-packed bags of salad…I for one don’t touch them with a barge pole…

If it is just the fact that you love a plate of salad greens…

Salad greens on a plate

Image by msqrd2 on Pixabay

Lettuce greens are the easiest to grow at home…

So really, what’s the point of buying supposedly clean lettuce that isn’t really clean at all?

As you probably know my big boy came to visit it was lovely and has been 3 years since I saw him in the flesh…We have planned our next visit we are not leaving it so long next time we are meeting in Bangkok in May which is his next visit to Kl, Malaysia for work a short trip for us both with no stopovers…

One of our conversations was the Keto Diet which he is currently following properly I may add he has done his research and is tracking his carbs and fibre to make sure he is getting the correct amount.

I believe in a healthy balanced diet and I get the fact that Keto targets the burning of fat and how…Long term isn’t his plan just a means to an end…I understood everything that he said and the why’s and hows and wherefores…

He sees the problem as being that people who were not brought up to eat proper food and cook from scratch are the ones who are just eating everything that they like and can now eat…As much as they like and still lose weight and inches…A recipe for problems later on…

Sean is eating the good fats and making sure he gets his recommended fibre and carbs as fresh food does contain carbs e.g starchy vegetables, legumes, grains, bread so it is opting for lower carb vegetables so drilled down it is a more sensible diet than I originally thought…I still think a healthy balanced diet is the best way as weight loss is not so easily gained…

Do you follow the Keto diet? What are your thoughts?

How am I losing weight and inches?? 

By cutting out alcohol, processed foods, no more biscuits, swapped English tea for green tea which avoids the need for a biscuit to dunk, changed to brown/wild rice and eat rice once a day instead of twice a day and substituting cauliflower rice or zucchini pasta, eating more fish which cuts down on the red meat. 

zucchini pasta

That’s about it…Update it is working my clothes are looser and a great tip my son gave me was instead of using a tape measure use a ball of string and hang them up every time you measure yourself and you will soon have a decreasing line of strings showing your inch loss….I thought that was a great idea!

My recipe this week and it is my favourite soup…Tomatoes, chilli, egg, mince, spring onions and Dill…. A virtual assault on my taste buds… The fresh taste of tomatoes is intense and heavy on dill which I love this is one of the best soups ever…

Egg drop Soup.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil ( I use coconut)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 3/4 lb ripe tomatoes ( chopped and cored)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/3 lb finely minced pork/ chicken
  • 1-2 chillies diced diagonally
  • 2 eggs beaten or you can just drop the egg in whole and the heat of the soup will cook the egg.
  • 2 sprigs of coriander or dill or more
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • Black Pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add tomatoes and salt, cover and cook until soft about 4-6 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

Add fish sauce and chillies….I would add I tbsp of fish sauce and taste and adjust seasoning before serving.

Add mince and move around to break up any big clumps.

Add water, bring to boil and skim off any scum that arises.

Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes add spring onions and simmer for another 10 minutes.

If you are not serving immediately then remove from heat and keep the lid on.

To Serve:

Bring soup to simmer, Taste and adjust seasoning, fish sauce or salt.

Pour beaten egg into a bowl in a wide circle; stir gently to break up into strings.

Ladle soup into a bowl, add a generous sprinkling of pepper and garnish with Coriander or Dill.

Enjoy!

That’s all from me for this week I hope you have enjoyed this post…How is your healthy eating going ???

Thank you for reading this post I am happy that you joined me today for our little chat on how we can improve the health of both our body and our purse/wallet.

I hope you thought so  too xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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