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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food Column with Carol Taylor – Favourite dishes of 2018

First post of 2019 on my Cookery Column over at Smorgasbord Magazine and some of my favourite dishes from 2018…I hope you enjoy 😉 xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Some of my favourite dishes – Carol Taylor

Wow…Another New Year has begun where does the time go? It does seem to be that the older I get the quicker the time flies…

For my first post of the year I thought I would share my favourite foods …

I love food…Good food, but my tastes have changed over the years, is that with age or location and availability of foods? Maybe, but here are a few favorites of mine…. recipes I make often, or if the family asks for…

This is a recipe that my daughter gave me along with a packet of Chia seeds as I couldn’t
always get them here. That has now changed due their growing popularity and they are sold everywhere here now.

Banana Smoothie

Bananas we have in spades as they grow in abundance here so my freezer always has frozen bananas ready to…

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Eat Smart, Eat Healthily… No to Diets!

No more...Diets Healthy eating 30th October

Welcome to this Tuesdays Eat Smart, Eat Healthy post…

Last week quite by chance was a very Orange week and I am absolutely loving my new favourite smoothie Orange and Carrot… I still haven’t managed to take a photo but I will and it is the brightest Orange colour and if you didn’t know you would think it was loaded with forbidden colours but it is the natural colour of Oranges and Carrots and soooo delicious…

But back to normal and today the discussion is breakfasts… I don’t eat breakfast I eat Brunch as I only eat two meals a day but when I worked breakfast was very important and also it was also very cold and getting colder this time of year so I wanted something hot and also I wanted to send the kids off with something warm inside them…

Porridge is just the thing and my slow cooker was a godsend… I used to put it on before I went to bed and whatever time anyone got up they could have a nice hot bowl of perfectly cooked porridge…

I have ( when) I had a microwave cooked porridge in it and the mess when it exploded… The saucepan of porridge which I forgot to keep an eye on …We have all been there…Have we not???

Porridge eaten with a fruit compote was my favourite I just used to stew some mixed berries with some apple and keep in a pot in the fridge…

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Served with fresh fruit it is also very nice or just drizzled with some fresh honey…

It will keep you going until lunchtime…

Toast, nut butter and chia seeds… A lovely slice of sourdough bread spread with homemade peanut butter or nut butter of your choice and topped with a sliced banana or berries and a sprinkling of chia seeds.

Peanut Butter on spoon

Eggs… I love eggs but simply done a lovely omelette, poached or scrambled anything fancier than that unless you have the time BUT for me before work and with 6 kids to get to school or college …I didn’t!

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I have never eaten quinoa or been a fan of muesli or oat bars and things so if you wish to educate me and have some healthy recipes please share and I will link back to you and give you the credit… I like simple easy to prepare food that tastes good and just love simple flavours I don’t go for the latest fads and that BUT some may be good I just don’t know it so please feel free to let me know 🙂

Smoothies and Protein Drinks…Fresh fruit is found in abundance here so often my breakfast is a smoothie if I want to include protein as of course I am not an advocate for bought protein powders I add my own protein in the form of Greek Yoghurt as that is one of my favourites I have added the links here for alternative natural forms of protein to add to your protein shakes.

Raspberry Smoothie.

Raspberry Protein Shake

Doesn’t that look beautiful? To me, it just screams drink me the colour is awesome so vibrant.


  • 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 I drink them anyway…Really!

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

Here is the link to your alternatives for protein rather than buy powders…


Lastly, did anyone notice the chocolate in the header image ??? Well anyone who thinks that all I eat is fruit and vegetables and nothing sweet and delicious I don’t…I just practise moderation and have eaten so much in my life that it doesn’t hold that same appeal for me …All the time... But show me a bar of good mint chocolate or orange and I do the same as anyone else … It must be good chocolate and proper chocolate though…Only the best …


Lips and chocolate

I enjoy what I eat…Food is about enjoyment and you may not enjoy the same things as I do but find foods you really like and learn about them…learn how healthy they are or not and maybe like me and my chocolate learn to apply moderation but I eat it when I fancy it…Food is for enjoyment and at the same time it should be good for us and with all the choices in the world we must all be able to find our happy medium…Don’t you think?

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed my breakfast foods …What do you eat for breakfast? Please let me know in comments 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

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

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



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

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

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

Show you what works and diets don’t!

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

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

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

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


Let’s Do This!

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

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

So what do I drink?

First thing in the morning...before anything…

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

During the day…

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



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


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

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


Health benefits of drinking Kombucha

Also, drink lots of water…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Next week…What I snack on…xx










Healthy Eating and not so Healthy eating.

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There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?

This small list is not exhaustive but it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.

Sugary drinks: Unhealthy:

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When we enter a supermarket, restaurant or corner shop we are met with chilled cabinets and shelves full of enticing drinks all screaming at you to buy me or the kids are….and that is the difficult thing saying no to your kids or grandkids when the drink bottle shouts Miss Kitty or the latest fad or you have just watched your favorite TV personality endorsing a drink. We all know or should by now know just how much sugar is in them and that is without the other nasties like colouring even the ones that scream I am healthier than the bottle next door..buy me!  They are lying!

Freds with blue tongue

What does this say…???? Is that blue tongue because of something healthy? I think not…

Healthy Drinks:

Expensive I hear you say ….no it is not… Most of what we eat is taught to us…we teach our children, our parents taught us…some folks when they grow older make their own choices…That’s fine…but make an informed choice and try an alternative you may like it.

Water is healthy. Coffee and tea are healthy it is maybe what you put in it which is NOT.

Soda water with ice and lime or lemon is a nice refreshing drink. Freeze some fruit orange slices or pomelo, and pop it in the glass with the soda water..very nice and refreshing.

Papaya,Banana,Lime smoothie

Smoothies using fruit and vegetables that are in season..let the kids help, choose their fruits, make up little bags and freeze the fruit and then they can just pop it in the blender and make their own, it’s fun and healthy, no added sugar just natural sugars. Use fruit in season and add a slice of carrot, tomato, beetroot it makes a lovely drink with no nasties. It also encourages them to eat their veggies…

Pizza: Unhealthy:


Pizza is one of the most popular foods on this planet it comes in many guises savoury and sweet and the majority of the fat in most pizzas is saturated fat. If you eat too much-saturated fat, you increase your risk for heart disease. Many frozen pizzas also contain trans fat, which is the most unhealthy kind. It raises your cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart damage.

Pizza: Healthy:


Does that mean you can never eat Pizza again…No!

Make homemade pizza instead ..Let the kids help… Make your own pizza sauce by pureeing cooked, peeled tomatoes with oregano and fresh garlic  Use low-fat mozzarella cheese so that your child gets plenty of calcium from his slice without all of the saturated fat. Skip the pepperoni and high-fat meats and add some chicken or prawns and add their favourite vegetables.  If they like olives even better add black olives for some heart-healthy unsaturated fat. One of my grandsons absolutely loved olives from the age of about one and a half, instead of sweets I used to buy olives…

Make your own base…I have made a cauliflower base and it is lovely, Portobello mushrooms, a sweet potato base..there are so many options for bases but that is another post…..It is all about experimenting and playing with flavours food should be fun and especially Pizza because it really is a fun food ..isn’t it???

You can never second guess a child and what they will like.  Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.

White Bread and Rolls: Unhealthy:


White bread is made from refined, bleached white wheat flour and most of the white bread sold in shops and supermarkets is tasteless, sticky and not nice.. it has no real nutrients and converts to sugar in your bloodstream very quickly. You can tell I don’t like shop bread, can’t you ?…. I love good bread.

White Bread: Healthy:


If you love white bread, opt for a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try the bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour–

Or treat yourself to some of the lovely artisan loaves of bread available or make your own..with rapid, instant yeast it is now much easier and there are also so many recipes for sourdough starters…

Also, there is nothing more satisfying than making bread…It is great when your mood is less than happy a bit of kneading that dough works wonders…lol

Fruit Juices: Unhealthy:

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How many of you have bought a bottle of fruit juice and when you read the ingredients it is little more than sugared, flavoured water…Hands up!

Even my favourite coconut juice has been ….. I can’t think of a printable word but…It’s just wrong… Leave my juice alone…

Fruit Juices: Healthy:


Photo by Kaizen Nguyễn on Unsplash

Coconut juice nothing else just juice and yes I know I am lucky… Or just fresh fruit in soda with ice ..don’t they look pretty?

A lot of the pomegranate and blueberry juices are as yet untouched…give them time…

And water…H2o….Nice and cold there is nothing better.

My advice before you buy read the ingredients or better still take your drink out with you…

Cooking Oil: Unhealthy:


  • Canola Oil.
  • Corn Oil.
  • Soybean Oil.
  • “Vegetable” oil.
  • Peanut Oil.
  • Sunflower Oil.
  • Safflower Oil.
  • Cottonseed Oil

Are all highly sensitive to oxidation and cause oxidative stress in the human body.

Cooking Oil: Healthy:

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  • Extra-virgin olive oil. …
  • Pure olive oil. …
  • Coconut oil. …
  • Avocado oil. …
  • Butter

One thing I will say is to check your oil if you are cooking at high temperatures because there are varying pieces of advice about some of the oils you can then decide for yourself.

 Margarine: Unhealthy Fat:


Margarine an imitation man-made fat used for cooking and spreading which is loaded with trans fats. Even the margarines that claim to be “made from natural ingredients” aren’t really natural at all once they have been so heavily processed and heated at high temperatures that the oils have oxidized (which will actually contribute to inflammation in the body, rather than being “heart healthy.”) The debate lingers on still… But tests have been carried out and even rats and ants don’t touch margarine…Doesn’t that tell you something?

Butter: Healthy Fat:


Butter, on the other hand, is a traditional food that our ancestors have been eating for generations. Butter is a simple, natural food that doesn’t require any heavy processing at all. You could even make it in your own kitchen if you wanted. And, unlike margarine which has only oxidized oils and other ingredients that you probably can’t even pronounce, real butter from grass-fed cows has enough nutrients that it could be called a superfood. (And some ancient cultures actually revered butter as a sacred, life-giving food.)

Butter from healthy, grass-fed cows raised on pasture is an excellent source of nutrients.

Gluten-free junk food: Unhealthy:

Is high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains. I think that it is abhorrent that manufacturers make foods which they know that many people with a gluten intolerance buy and that is actually very unhealthy. Some people choose to take the label “gluten-free” to mean the same things as “healthy,” which is not accurate.

Gluten-free foods: Healthy:

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Cauliflower rice...

Naturally, gluten-free foods include beans, pulses, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, shellfish, fruit, meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, butter, and oil.

I hope this has been of help when you are deciding which is healthier to eat and it doesn’t mean expensive foods it generally means fresh either home-grown or bought from local markets, food in season or food you have made in your own kitchen.

If you liked reading this then please share or reblog and spread the word about good, healthy eating and the benefits.

Some other Healthy Eating posts in case you missed them.







Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as you have heard me say it is free, no nasties but watch out it is catching…lol













Banana Espresso Smoothie.

This is a recipe that my daughter gave me along with a packet of Chia seeds as I can’t always get them here. Bananas we have in spades as they grow in abundance here so my freezer always has frozen bananas ready to make a smoothie. It also follows along with my letter of the week B. But  I am trying  really hard not do banana everything..lol foodiesfeed-com_oatmeal-chia-banana-walnuts


1 frozen Banana

1 cup of coconut milk.

2 tbsp oats.

1tbsp peanut butter or you can use halved walnuts as in the picture.

A shot of espresso.

1 cup of ice

1tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds and honey.

Put all ingredients in your blender and blitz away.

Pour into glass and enjoy!