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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…12th-18th March 2023-Monday Musings…Do Mermaids Exist? ,Thursday Thoughts, Riverdance …Smorgasbord Magazine…The Digestive System…Part 2…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts, you may have missed during the week…I hope those of you who are experiencing snow stay warm and if you have to drive heed the weather warnings and stay safe…the heat has turned up a notch here which means walks and gardening I did lots of repotting yesterday all my seeds and cuttings are doing well we have had a market here for the last two weeks with lots of lovely plants and trees the last day is today so I am hoping to get a couple of lovely desert roses…during the week I got two Ma Li(Jasmine) plants plus a finger lime that I hope will grow well and give me limes…

Monday Musings…

Last week in Mondays Musings it was part 1 of “Do Mermaids Exist?’…I know Disney tells us they do as does many a fairy tale or exposure of findings like in the video today…I would never say never as the world/Universe is so vast and much of it undiscovered…This video is on the side of yes they do ..when you have children, experts and government denials in the mix you can’t be blamed if you think just maybe mermaids do exist then on Thursday Thoughts came the denial the young lady who was very witty on occasion skillfully debunked the idea that mermaids do exist …two sides of the coin and I guess some very skilful editing…ahhh for the wonders of technology…manipulation at its finest…and then we have “Nessie”

Thank goodness for the music of the great Pavorotti…x

Monday Musings…13th March 2023…Do mermaids exist? most little girls think so…

The Culinary Alphabet…

Header letter S Culinary Alphabet

Welcome to the next letter in my first A-Z  the letter S… Sally of Smorgasbord Magazine is kindly rewinding this series and I am thoroughly enjoying rereading the series…Many of my favourite foods start with the letter S …Salsa, squid, satay sauce and sage are among them…To read the original post please click the highlighted link below it will take you to Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally has the coffee pot brewing…See you there xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘S’ for Satay, Salsa, Salmagundi, Sage, Squid and Salt Hoss

Thursday Thoughts…

The saga of “Do Mermaids Exist” part 2…and septic tanks I gave it a mention on here prompted by a comment from Willow and although I couldn’t find anything concrete that agreed with what she was told the fact that chemicals, chemotherapy, antibiotics and numerous other medicines etc etc are harmful to septic tanks I suppose if someone diet consisted of solely processed and industrialised foods then that could indeed be the case…after coming up for air from that rabbit hole I wanted something lively and keeping within the Spirit of St Patricks Day I thought Riverdance was spot on…


Smorgasbord Health Column…

The digestive system is not voiceless…if you get a stomach upset, feel nauseous, or get a headache or a rash.. it is your gut-brain letting you know it is not happy. It works on the principle that after hundreds of thousands of years evolving, it knows very well what it needs and if it comes in a packet along with additives and artificial sweeteners, colourings and chemically produced nutrients… that is not it.

The Digestive System Part Two – The Oesophagus, Acid Reflux and Stomach…

To read the full original post please click the highlighted link below that will redirect you to Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally will give you a warm welcome and answer any questions you may have…See you there xx

Smorgasbord Health Column 2023 – The Body our Greatest Asset – The Digestive System Part Two – The Oesophagus and Stomach by Sally Cronin

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments and appreciate any shares…I hope to see you tomorrow for Monday Musings…Where there is another milk alternative and tips on how to save your food when you have power outages and of course a tune x

Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! Recipes, Wacky Diets…

Interestingly I was reading an article from a news journalist who had given up alcohol and watched the pounds slip away just by eating moderately and increasing her exercise a little…It was pretty much what I have been saying as I have shared my Healthy eating plan with you…Although my son who has returned after a few months back in the Uk commented that I looked like I needed to eat a nice burger…haha…and was also overjoyed that the lovely bottle of Tanqueray Gin he bought me ( one) of my favourite tipples…meant as I was abstaining meant he could partake…Although I did enjoy one sundowner yesterday evening…

gin tonic

Followed by the remains of the Chicken Chettinad masala I had previously made and a little piece of nan bread.

Today I will be doing 10,000 steps as over the last few days we have been out and about and eaten out…Time to atone for my excesses although I have lost 1.5 pounds this week it seems on average I have settled into a 1 pound loss which over a month is 4/5 pounds I am happy with that…

How is your healthy eating going? Are you finding you are beset by craving crisps, chocolate…a doughnut dripping with jam…Then head over to Sally’s new series on why and how we can get over those cravings…and we all have them..Even me…

box four doughnuts iced


We now get to the bit where I tell you about yet another crazy diet which makes all these celebrity doctors and actors very rich and us …Well, only a fool and his money are soon parted in the pursuit of a quick solution…Which will never work and may harm your health…People have died on this die(t)…

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 2…Breatharianism…

The Breatharian Institute of America promotes the diet and offer a workshop to help you get started for the low price of just $10,000, which, according to their website: “is not a misprint”. These courses are run by Wiley Brooks who previously charged up to 25 million dollars for his courses. Occasionally Wiley eats a cheeseburger and a diet coke claiming that when he’s surrounded by junk culture and junk food, consuming them adds balance.

To say I admire the man’s entrepreneurial genius is an understatement…Nuff said…I am very slightly speechless and gobsmacked…

Time for a recipe…This is one of the first Thai salads I ever ate years ago and a favourite of Aston who loves this salad as does Lily…

Squid Salad

I used to hate squid with a passion…..the only squid I had ever tasted was those squid rings in batter..fried to death and tasting like a rubber tyre…that is until my son bought his Thai girlfriend home and she introduced me to this amazing salad with the softest squid I have ever tasted. Doesn’t that just look amazing?


  • 400 gm(14 oz) baby squid.
  • 5 Spring Onions. (sliced)
  • 5 sm shallots.( thinly sliced)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes. ( halved)
  • half sm cucumber sliced and quartered.
  • Coriander big bunch or again to taste…I like lots…(chop)
  • Mint. ( optional)
  • 1-3 birds Eye Chillies chopped( seeds optional)
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • Half lime,  juice.
  • Palm Sugar ( up to 2 tbsp ) again optional I don’t use it but depends on personal preference.

Let’s Cook!

Clean the squid. Getting all membrane off and remember to pull out the plastic quill.

Cut head/parrots beak off leaving the  tentacles(the best bit)

Slice squid into 3/4 to inch slices.

Heat a small amount of water in a pan and add squid,  cook until opaque less than a minute, Drain on kitchen paper and combine with other ingredients.

Again TASTE and check to season. You cannot taste too much. It is just getting those delicious Thai flavours of sweet, sour, spicy and salty just right for you..it took me a while so just keep tasting…Enjoy!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey 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!

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

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