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Eat Smart , Eat Healthy …Dinner!

Welcome to another edition of healthy eating...Today I am looking at Dinnertime some eat it in the middle of the day others in the evening…I am trying to show that if we eat healthily then losing weight is a bonus I am already being bombarded by all these apps and at what cost? I truly believe that if we really, really want a healthy body then the first place to look is to what we put in our mouths…

For me, too many people count calories and don’t count the chemicals in their food…

You will not hear or read a calorie on here …I also believe that we know what we are putting in our mouths…we just choose to not care I suppose if you are eating processed foods all day and every day you will be extremely lucky if your body doesn’t react…

Mine did…over Christmas but I enjoyed what I ate I didn’t enjoy the pounds I put on…however, I am now back to my normal way of eating and I have upped my exercise…because if we listen to our bodies it tells us…Simples really…

I hear little rumbles around the internet about Cravings…

Our taste buds are funny creatures but I do believe and it works for me that if you can abstain then the craving decreases and of course if you eat things which are not sweet then they change your taste buds I know mine have…

I actually picked up a bar of my favourite chocolate yesterday and put it back…I didn’t want it enough to drop it in my basket… I came out of that shop feeling really pleased with myself…

Is it to do with personalities? I don’t know much about that but have read various articles on addictive personalities…I am guessing I don’t have one… I have always had the capacity to just stop doing something…Mind over matter??? What do you think??

Or is it just habitual?

I think I err on the side of habitual… I stopped eating the biscuits and after a few weeks, I didn’t want them… Here is a short article which is very interesting…

http://theconversation.com/theres-no-such-thing-as-an-addictive-personality-heres-why-55275

What is it then? What are your thoughts?

Because I love food…I enjoy my meals… I eat curries and stir-fries…

I rarely snack … I eat my 2 meals a day and sometimes 1 snack…

Two main meals a day and a little something with my sundowner…although my sundowner is non-alcoholic as I am doing Dry January and maybe even February we shall see…I am also foregoing my snack for a few weeks until I get back on track properly.

What am I enjoying this week for dinner…

I enjoyed a lovely Thai Green Curry and some steamed salmon trout..one of my absolute favourites and it will be my evening meal tonight.

salmon-steamed-Thai- coriander-chilli

Thai style steamed salmon with coriander and fish sauce, chilli and lime

Salmon Trout. Quick and easy to do and cooks while the rice is cooking…

Ingredients:

  • 180gm  Trout or Salmon fillet.

For the topping:

  • 1 spring onion finely chopped.
  • 2/3 stems Coriander chopped finely… I use the stem as well.
  • 1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • A cheek of lime.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Put fish on foil and spoon topping on. I reserve some of the toppings to add when serving. Seal foil and put in the oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.

Enjoy!

Last night hubby and the grandson had liver and onions…I don’t eat many potatoes I much prefer rice…  I had a portion of chilli in the freezer which was my evening meal with of course the mandatory sour cream and parmesan and a portion of vegetables as I cooked too many for the boys…

So as you can see I eat normal food..No diet food…I don’t take sugar in my tea or eat high sugar processed snacks so I suppose the only sugar I consume on a regular basis is natural sugars…

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…I was also shocked to read how Victoria Beckham on having a blood test had unusually high levels of mercury in her blood apparently dangerously high…to me that goes back to what I keep saying we need to apply moderation with most foods…

A balanced healthy diet should not cause any spikes in anything…Balance and moderation is the key to good health…

It has taken me a number of years to feel happy in my skin…so far said very quietly for my age I am healthy…I don’t exclude anything from my diet…I even enjoy MacDonald’s Cheeseburger very, very occasionally…

For me, my eating regime is easy to follow and coupled with the 80/20 rule and 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 …I have also accepted I will never be the weight I was when I married… More fat on a chip my husband used to say…haha

Life happened, it gets in the way, doesn’t it? I got married, I had kids… I ate what they didn’t eat, I worked and shopped in my lunch hour and while queuing to pay eyed the strategically placed sweets by the till ( those stores) know how to tempt one don’t they? The mums and friends who mean well…Just have one…That won’t hurt…

box four doughnuts iced

I feel your pain I know what you have been through …

It ain’t easy and while I may make it appear to be …I have eaten my share of what I shouldn’t and moderation did not come into it…I am now older and wiser…haha…Believe what you will…But I have realised I need to cherish this body as it is the one and only one I have or will have…Better late than never…

And remember…Losing weight is not a sprint, it is a marathon and your mental and emotional attitude towards the project is a key factor in your successful weight loss.

What works for you??? What do you struggle with?? 

If you have enjoyed this post please leave a comment as any tips or comments I treasure yesterday I was given a lovely recipe  to try and as you all know I just love to chat…Love Carol xx

Saturday Snippets…19th September 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…today it is rather blustery here as we are in the path of hurricane Noul who is wending his way from Vietnam…Looking around the world it seems that there is extreme weather in many other countries as well…hurricanes and fires so wherever you stay safe… xx

As I have decided to step back a bit from blogging maybe I will be tempted to make Saturday Snippets longer it depends as my muse has deserted me…I took a tumble last week..some lovely bruises and September being my birth month and the month where I think of some loved ones I have lost… it always leaves me unsettled…very unsettled…for now whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Music… I learnt Latin at school which also came in handy as a chorister…Yes, I was a choir girl…One of my favourite musical genre’s is Acapella…I could listen to this all day…Indulge me, please…x

I truly do not believe there is a more beautiful sound…than male voices singing Acappella…Sitting on the stairs the acoustics are perfect as are their voices…

Wellness Corner by Sally Cronin…

This week Sally is focusing on fats which also play a massive role in the balance of LDL – Low-density lipoprotein (potentially unhealthy cholesterol) and HDL– High-density lipoprotein (healthy cholesterol). It is a slightly longer post and I know from comments and emails that you are keen to get to the dietary changes that may encourage a healthy cholesterol balance.

Please pop and have a read you will be pleased you have especially if you have cholesterol problems…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/18/smorgasbord-health-column-cholesterol-and-fat-myths-part-three-vitamin-k2-and-healthy-fats-by-sally-cronin/

Natural wonders… we saw some when we went to Western Australia…

The Pinnacles are beautiful, but eerie limestone formations within the Nambung National Park which is situated close to the town of Cervantes, Western Australia. How they formed there are stories but thats all they are…

China’s stunning Stone Forest of Shilin is another such phenomenon but scientists have discovered how this forest has formed…

They took a block of candy and this happened…

Through a series of simulations and experiments, they showed how flowing water carves ultra-sharp spikes in landforms.”

While it might take decades or centuries for a real stone forest to blossom, the same trick can be observed in just hours with a suitable analogue, the researchers found. In this case, they used candy. How cool is that?

Superman is still big business and t/shirts are still worn by kids and adults alike…George Reeves was the first actor to portray Superman on TV, appearing in the “Adventures of Superman” 1952-58.

Reeves also appeared in “Gone with the Wind”.

Reeves died in controversial circumstances in 1959 of a gunshot to the head. Reeves death has officially ruled a suicide but alternative theories persisted including a mob hit and the case has featured on such TV programs as ” Unsolved Mysteries”.

It was in Sept 1952 when the  “Adventures of Superman” TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Our claim to fame back in 1978 is that my hubby helped build  The lair of Lex Luthor which was supposedly beneath Grand Central Station,  where Otis (Ned Beatty) is tailed to the rail lines beneath, though the hideout itself is an imaginative set built at Pinewood Studios in the UK

This week I have been breadmaking like my life depended on it…I tried a new recipe for a yoghurt cake which Aston devoured quite quickly for a lad who doesn’t eat cake. so quickly I didn’t get time to take a picture…Carrot soup and tomato soup…

Tonight was going to be Thai Duck Curry but now that has changed to duck with a brandy and cream sauce…Beetroot Thoran is also on my to cook list as I want to use some of my curry leaves and Thai green curry which is a favourite in this house…as is a lovely beet soup with crispy spicy chickpeas…

The recipes on my blog I have links for the others will be in my cookbook…Just little spoilers …xx

Climate Change Corner…

Well, you just knew I was going to sneak something in…didn’t you? This school year looks like no other before it, with many students being homeschooled or doing remote learning.

Teaching Young People about Foodprints

Young people are ready to learn that whether it’s a salad, a juicy burger or their morning bowl of cereal, food comes from somewhere and has an impact on the environment, on animals and on people. Our “footprint” is the result of everything it takes to get food from the farm to our plates. But it doesn’t take much to learn a little bit more about where our food comes from and how it got to us or to learn how to choose products and practices that do less harm to the environment, animals and people.

Thank you for reading….

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!

Thank you again for joining me  I hope you have enjoyed yourselves…If you have please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you it makes my day xxx

 

 

This week in my kitchen…Cempedak Fruit…Crispy Belly Pork and more…

I have done more eating than cooking this last week as I have been away for a few days my daughter came over for a visit it was lovely… lots of yummy street food and I discovered a few new fruits and curries to add to my recipes…

One such fruit was the Cempedak fruit in the Thai language called Champada (จำปา [th] ) which is a relative of the Jackfruit and often called the ugly cousin as when it is ripe the skin goes from green to a muddy brown colour. It is not however as big as the jackfruit it is more the size of a rugby ball, cylinder in shape with a slightly squished in the centre.

Thai Cempedak Fruit

Photo credit: anwarsiak***sibuk*** on Visualhunt / CC BY

Highly aromatic when ripe with the taste being a mix of banana and pineapple it is lovely eaten fresh or as we discovered very nice lightly battered and deep-fried…I do love the Thai batter as they use mainly rice flour which makes for a lovely crispy batter not at all stogy like flour-based batters can be. Unfortunately, I don’t have an image of that as they were so very nice they were eaten before I could take a picture…Very yummy they was.

It has quite a large seed which can be boiled and eaten like a small potato.

The tree bark is used as a yellow dye to colour the monk’s robes.

The fruit is rich in Vitamin A & C plus heteriflavon C which is used to eliminate the cause of Malaria parasite. With a high water content, it is also rich in enzymes, bioflavonoid, ascorbic acid and rich in minerals and vitamins.

An around healthy fruit which although found predominately in the south of Thailand I am hoping I can find some here in the North.

I came home to a nice Thai Green Curry cooked by my son…

Green Curry is always a family favourite here a flavoursome curry with mushrooms and eggplants.

My Kombucha scoby is growing well so I think by now I can transfer the scoby to my big jar and start production in earnest…I love Kombucha it has lots of health benefits as well as being delicious to drink. I really don’t like drinking anything distasteful for my health unless I really have to…

Crispy Pork and kale…or Kanoo Moo Krob as it is called in Thai…Is a family favourite…Pork Belly is a favourite with the Thais and sold on nearly every street corner, either chopped and eaten with a spicy chilli dip and sticky rice or added to a stir fry ( as below) or other stir-fries with Thai Basil which is also very nice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Belly Pork Strips.
  • 8 Large leaves of Kale.
  • 3/4 cloves Garlic. squashed with the flat blade of a knife.
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies.
  • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2/3 shakes of Maggi Sauce.
  • Half tbsp. Oil.

Let’s Cook!

Cook Belly Pork in the oven until tender and crispy. For about 40 mins depending on your oven.

I normally cook on about 180/200 degrees to start and then reduce heat slightly to160 degrees. When the pork is tender turn up the heat to crisp the pork. When nice and crispy remove the pork from the oven and chop into bite pieces.

crispy belly slices

Heat the wok or large frypan and add half tablespoon oil.

Add crushed garlic and chillies, add little hot water and cook for 1 min…at this point the chillies may overpower you..ha ha….turn on expel fan and add chopped kale.

Stems first if using as they take longer to cook. I use stems of Kale also if they are quite thick slice into 2-inch pieces.

crispy pork and kale

Cook for 2 mins and add remainder of Kale leaves and turn over a few times ….I use fish slice as I find it easier to just turn kale over.

Add 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce and 1 tbsp Soy along with few shakes of Maggi ( seasoning sauce). Taste and adjust if necessary. Cook for further 2/3 mins.

Add crispy Pork turn or stir a few times to mix.

Kanom Moo Krob Thai crispy pork and kale

Check the seasoning again and serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy!

That’s all for this week there will be more recipes next week and don’t forget I am over @Sally’s on Wednesday with lots of yummy recipes see you there…

Just in case you missed the previous post on my Cookery Column @ Sallys it is all on the link…Bread rolls, pickles and much more just right for those summer BBQ’S

Thank you for reading and enjoy the recipes xx

About Carol:

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 have 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

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Thank you once again for reading this post and if you love it please feel free to share or bookmark for later…If you have any queries then drop me an email carolcookstwo@gmail.com …..xx

 

Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! No Excuses…

Last week I blogged about supplements and promised recipes this week, recipes which I make and eat and have been a factor in my weight loss…

This week I have mislaid another 0.5 kilos or 1.1 lbs which I think on its own doesn’t sound very much but if you take that over a month or a year it makes a huge difference and it is done by eating moderately whatever I fancy nothing is banned, I exercise every day by walking and I ensure I get enough sleep…

It also doesn’t cost me a fortune in specialised food or tablets and is an eating plan for life and one I can stick to…No one waved a magic wand… some weeks I lose nothing just stay the same that is when if it runs into two weeks then I up my walking and check my eating normally it is because I have got lazy and maybe had a little more of what I fancy but which truly I don’t need,,, empty calories…usually it is ice cream…

Of course, if you want a quick fix and want to believe what all these celebrity doctors endorse then go ahead because I defy anyone who says long term they are happy with the outcome, never feel hungry and are healthy…At the end of every post each week I will have a silly diet corner…Some are actually quite laughable…and dangerous…

What do I eat and drink throughout the day ...There are quite a few drinks in my list and in any one day, I might just have two of those plus water…I like to change it up as to what I fancy…

  1. Green Tea…I have tried a few different teas but in all honesty, it is all in the brewing as even now if I take my eye off the ball and go do something and forget to take out my little strainer I get bitter tea and do I kick myself because it isn’t pleasant…My favourite is Oolong tea and by buying the leaves(little) pearls I only use a tsp and can reuse that over the day which means it is very cost effective.
  2. Rosella Tea…Is a beautiful red colour slightly tart which suits my palate but if your taste wants a little sweeter add a little honey… I use 10 buds which last me the day..topping up…Rosella is if you can find it fresh lovely for making jam..
  3. Butterfly Pea Shoots..This can be drunk either hot or cold it has a mild flavour is a very pretty blue colour naturally which doesn’t stain…
  4. Ginger tea…I drink this about twice a week as when I go to market there is a young man who makes this it is very strong ginger tea and when I get home I add a tsp of honey.
  5. Fresh Coconut Juice… One of my favourites very good for you and I drink nearly every day…
  6. Passionfruit Juice…One of my favourite fruits and a drink I love again I probably treat myself once or twice a week…
  7. Beetroot and Orange Juice…Is my new favourite drink and when I go shopping I buy 2 bottles all freshly juiced while I watch…
  8. Water…Is not at number eight on the list for any reason as I drink water all the time more than any other drink…Living here it is important to keep hydrated as it is also very warm or hot all the time…
  9. Apple Cider, Honey and Ginger… A drink I love I don’t drink it daily just sometimes and especially if I get a hint of a sore throat…

I would say Green tea and water are my main drinks and the others fit in between when I am thirsty or fancy a change…

Carbs…

Rice is my main carb and I don’t advocate cutting out carbs although when my son was doing Keto I did look at what else had carbs and that is why I wouldn’t try the Keto diet it is too high in fat and much which has carbs is food I like to eat as part of my healthy balanced diet. I wasn’t prepared to not eat what I deem as healthy. Although many people swear and rave about the inches they lose there are no long term trials which would give an accurate picture as to what it does to your body long term.

Potatoes and Pasta I eat maybe once a week…Not because I don’t like potatoes or pasta I just prefer my rice and chillies…My son bought me back some Jersey Royal from the Uk…Trust me I will be eating them with butter and mint and a joyous look on my face…I can taste them now…

Bread…I love good bread and unless I make it then it is not available here…If I make sourdough or soda bread then I have a slice…Just not regularly …I don’t compromise on food I like good food and food which is not processed and which I make myself most of the time…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

Vegetables…We all love veg even the kids and Thais eat a lot of veg raw and cooked but it is served at every meal… I am lucky in that we grow some vegetables and herbs and the rest I buy fresh from the market as and when I need them…Most vegetables that I could buy in the UK are grown or available here with just a few exceptions but that is the same wherever you live…

Most eaten by me…Kale. Carrots. broccoli, cauliflower, long green beans( snake) beans, sugar snap peas, baby corn, white cabbage, green onions, shallots, asparagus, sprouts, water spinach, water chestnuts and chillies…I love and miss swede, parsnips and celeriac …Parsnips my son bought back from the Uk so they will be a treat this week…I cook either steamed or in a stir fry/curry or raw…

Herbs...we eat with every meal all fresh some we grow or again I buy fresh from the market…Again Thais use and eat raw herbs daily…

Fruit…Mangoes, bananas, jack fruit, passion fruits and papaya we grow and I just eat whatever fruit is in season…Apples I can get here and mandarin oranges …Navel oranges are imported so I only buy occasionally…

breakfast bowl, mango, apple and feta cheese

I always have a bowl of fruit daily with some greek yoghurt or with a small piece of cheese…I have found a source of greek yoghurt and cheese is imported although I have found some lovely feta which is made here also goats cheese as we have a micro-dairy. here…Feta is my favourite…I love the saltiness and the fact it is said to be the healthiest of cheeses…I try to eat a piece of cheese as I don’t drink milk except for coconut milk.

The meat I either buy from a family farm (Beef/Pork) so I know they are grass-fed and no hormones…We have our own turkeys and chooks including black chickens…

So overall I am pretty lucky as I know the source of most of my food…I also keep my carbon footprint to a minimum…

On a daily basis, I generally have two main meals one of fruit and one of a stir fry/curry with rice…If I snack I have either fruit, some dates and the other day I had a doughnut…Why? Because I could…I did tell you nothing was banned just eaten in moderation…

Pork/Chicken and Basil.

Ingredients:

For 1 serving.

  • 100 gm pork loin/chicken sliced finely
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies. cut in small slices.
  • 2/3 cloves garlic finely sliced.
  • 2 long beans( snake beans) chopped in small pieces.
  • 2 stems Thai Sweet Basil called Horapa in Thai
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce.
  • Shake or 2 of Maggi ( seasoning sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp black soy.

 

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Let’s Cook!

Put a tiny bit oil in a small frying pan.

Add Oyster Sauce, Maggi and Black Soy stir to combine.

Add chillies and garlic and cook for  1 minute then add your finely sliced pork loin-stirring until cooked about 2- 3 mins. Add Green Beans and Thai Holy Basil cook for further 2 mins.

In the picture, I have served it with cauliflower rice but I also serve with steamed rice it depends just how I feel…

Enjoy!

This is one of my favourite dishes…Holy basil is also used when making Thai Green Curry and also Thai pork salad… Called Larb here……Holy basil is truly a  lovely herb….

Yesterday was one of my favourite fish dinners… Fried Fish with peppercorns in black bean sauce.

fish black bean sauce
Serves 1.
125 gm white fish cut into smallish pieces and rolled in rice flour.
Small onion roughly cut
2 spring onion sliced
1-2 chillies sliced diagonally
1 stem of fresh peppercorns
1 tbsp black bean sauce
1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Sm piece fresh ginger minced or finely julienned
Fish sauce to taste.

Lets Cook!

Heat up oil in a wok and shallow fry fish quickly on each side until it becomes golden brown, it will take around 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
In the same wok where fish is fried sauté garlic, chilli, onion and ginger.
Add green onion and peppercorns then stir fry for a minute. Then add fish.
Add splash water, black bean sauce bring to a rolling boil, add fish and turn over once to coat with the sauce and simmer for 2 mins. If the sauce is thin you can add a bit of cornstarch slurry to thicken it.
Flavour with fish sauce and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Serve with steamed rice and a chilli dip( optional)

I hope you enjoy recipes which are all tried, tested and authentic….I also don’t count calories or carbs I just have a moderate portion suited to my needs and enjoy it…Over the last seven years, I have lost a total of 7 stone (44kg) I have 8 kg still to lose which takes me to my ideal weight NOT the weight which I weighed at 20 years old and was the weight for my height but the weight I have deemed I think to be correct for my age…I don’t conform to stereotypes and I don’t listen to what others think I should be I already feel much healthier for my weight loss I don’t do fads and I eat what I fancy and when…It works for me…

Processed foods …Mainly are my Thai cooking sauces I buy naturally fermented soy and other sauces like fish sauce. My coconut milk I buy freshly made at the market.

Cakes and biscuits are an occasional buy if I have been lazy or busy and hubby likes a bit of cake many of the cakes here are Thai Style Soft Cake (Pui Fai Cake) which are very soft fatless sponges which are steamed not baked then topped with fruit or cream/chocolate. It is like eating air …

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 1…

I mean would any sane person do this???

IV weight loss therapy combines lipotropic, hydrating fluids, and a special formulation of vitamins to help boost your metabolism.

IV drip

Now excuse me if I am a little puzzled here but how hard is it to make sure you drink enough in a day and how hard is it to make sure that your diet contains the nutrients that your body needs???

Why would you voluntarily pay to have a needle and a drip to aid your weight loss…?

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I mean the advice given with this is that you have to eat a healthy diet take regular exercise and it states it doesn’t replace exercise or act as a nutritional substitute or fix metabolic issues which make my question even more pertinent,,, WHY?

Answers on a postage stamp……

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!

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

Week 4…In my kitchen…

Welcome to week 4 in my kitchen…Where do the weeks go?? Did I tackle that big cupboard? Actually, no not yet… I have turned the kitchen around completely…My kitchen is sort of in two parts plus one…So part one holds my sink and ceramic hob and built-in cupboards separated by maybe it was supposed to be an open plan dining area?  The problem being there is nowhere to put an oven in part one so my lovely wooden table was against the wall to hold the tabletop oven… Confused yet…haha.

As I have a new oven it had to go that side so I have ( with) hubby’s help…Moved the table top oven into the second kitchen as I never know when I might need an additional oven… My lovely table is now in the middle  (where) it should have been in the first place…I now have my lovely big work surface to work on again instead of a small top and also more room as if someone is using the hob I am not in their way…More workspace plus my big cupboard is this side of the kitchen…Thais love cupboards at least when they are building European style houses…They also like to build two kitchens in case you were wondering…The second one to house the gas hob for their stir fries…

my kitchen

Which means generally the Thai wife is happy in her kitchen and husband happy in his one… Which means two cultures exist in harmony…

Let’s Cook!

A take on Tom Yum Soup… This is one of my favourite Thai soups and so easy to make from scratch. It also brings back memories of a certain lady…Keeleigh who when she visited us could not get enough of this fabulous soup…I am sure she would also love this version…

  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemon grass
  • 1-inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 85 gm salmon per person
  • 100 gm noodles of your choice per person
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium tomatoes cut into quarters.
  • 5-6 shallots halved if really small if a little bigger quartered
  • 1 and a half tsp of sugar
  • 7 – 10 tbsp of fish sauce (depending on your taste)
  • Juice of 5 -8 limes.
  • A handful of cilantro ( Coriander)
  • Half hardboiled egg per person…optional

N.B  I recommend using the lowest amount of limes and fish sauce and Taste! Adjust if necessary as everyone’s taste varies.

Let’s Cook!

The first thing to do is put about 2 litres of water in a large pot to boil.

Then I like to start by squeezing my limes. This is not the first step of the recipe, but it’s best to have your limes squeezed so when you need them later, you don’t need to rush to squeeze them all.

Take your stalks of lemongrass, and first tear off the outermost leaf and throw it out. Then, I like to use a rolling-pin or the handle end of a knife to lightly pound the lemongrass to release the flavours. Then just slice it diagonally into 1-inch strips or so.

Take about 1 thumb-sized chunk of the root part of galangal, and chop it into slices.

Coarsely break about 10 kaffir lime leaves – no need to cut them, just tear them – which is going to help release their flavour.

Peel about 5 cloves of garlic.

I used about 10 Thai birds eye chillies for this recipe, but you can use however many you’d like. First, take off the stem, and then you can either just slice them in two pieces, or give them a little pound on your cutting board like I did (just be careful of flying seeds). You can also remove the seeds if you still like the chilli flavour but not as much heat.

Throw the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, garlic and chillies into the water.

You can put the lid on just so it starts to boil which releases the herb flavours quicker.

Boil your soup with all the herbs in it for about 10 minutes.

Then add your mushrooms, which you should pre-rinse beforehand.

Cook for 4-5 minutes.

.Add tomatoes and onions.

 

Cook for further 6-8 minutes.

Now add your noodles and after 2 mins add your salmon and cook for a further 5 mins until salmon is just poached…

Remove from heat and gently stir in fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and cilantro.

Taste and adjust if necessary.

This delicious soup is now ready to serve. Garnish with half a boiled egg and some coriander… Enjoy!

tom yum salmon

If you are doing an original Tom Yum with prawns only add your 500 gm of prepared prawns and cook for 2-3 mins max ( if overcooked the prawns will sink to the bottom of the pan. If you get any scum on the surface of soup it’s from the prawns then just skim off with a spoon. Then remove from heat and gently stir in fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and cilantro.

Taste and adjust if necessary.

Enjoy!

Pigs Trotters…Not on the menu this week maybe next week…

Today at long last I have started my sourdough starter…Something I have kept putting off but hubbies favourite baker and they are few and far between here…Upped and left…As cut bread doesn’t feature on either of our radars …This has to be done…

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Our chicken dish this week was Thai Green Curry… A curry which is a staple in this house and everyone likes it…To get the recipe

Thai-green-curry

As a treat, this recipe also includes the recipes for 5 authentic made from scratch curry pastes…

As I have been trying to find some nice flavoursome meatless recipes I came across this one and as Larb is a favourite here I decided to give this version a go… The initial reaction from the meat eaters in this house was not one of joy…haha

Made using the shiitake mushroom which is great in stir-fries, soups and with pasta, it also apparently makes tasty veggie bacon.

12 oz shiitake mushrooms cut into 1/2 in pieces…Remove stalks and reserve for stir fry etc

3 spring onions chopped

1-inch piece of ginger, grated

1 clove of garlic finely diced

1 small shallot sliced thinly

1 tsp dried chilli or 1 fresh chilli finely sliced

1 tbsp fish sauce

A handful of mint leaves

Lime Juice plus wedges to serve

Few peanuts roughly chopped.

Oil to cook mushrooms.

Let’s Cook!

Add 2 tbsp oil to pan over a medium to high heat add mushrooms and cook for 3-4 mins, shake and cook for another 3-4 mins until mushrooms are crispy…Do not add salt or they won’t crisp.

Add ginger and garlic and remove from the heat.

Add spring onions, chilli, fish sauce and half the nuts stir to combine and add mint leaves.

Taste and add a squeeze of lime juice adjust seasoning if required…

shiitake mushroom Thai larb

 

Serve with wedges of white cabbage, lime and peanuts…

Larb is also traditionally eaten with sticky rice…

Our verdict…It was nice even hubby and he is a die-hard meat eater…I would definitely make it again.

Have a great weekend and please share with us anything you have made this week or even any kitchen disasters all your comments make my day 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
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

Healthy Eating…No More Diets…

Diet-Eat smart-

Welcome back…

That was the week that was last week and as you saw I enjoyed good company, good food and only put on a 1lb…Good going I think and I dropped that  1lb this week and 1lb more so 2 lbs lost in total…

How did I do that?

Well, less alcohol for a start…lol

I upped the daily walks and it is scorching hot here so I probably sweated some off … Started my day with the ginger and ACV( Apple cider vinegar) followed a while later with my daily cuppa…

Still, no biscuits and we had the lovely Lily for a few days and she loves her digestives with a cuppa…But I don’t crave them any more…

Our taste buds are funny creatures but I do believe and it works for me that if you can abstain then the craving decreases and of course if you eat things which are not sweet then they change your taste buds I know mine have…

I actually picked up a bar of my favourite chocolate yesterday and put it back…I didn’t want it enough to drop it in my basket… I came out of that shop feeling really pleased with myself…

Is it to do with personalities? I don’t know much about that but have read various articles on addictive personalities…I am guessing I don’t have one… I have always had the capacity to just stop doing something…Mind over matter??? What do you think??

Or is it just habitual?

I think I err on the side of habitual… I stopped eating the biscuits and after a few weeks, I didn’t want them… Here is a short article which is interesting…

http://theconversation.com/theres-no-such-thing-as-an-addictive-personality-heres-why-55275

What is it then? What are your thoughts?

Because I love food…I enjoy my meals… I eat curries and stir fries…

I do not snack though or very rarely I eat my meals…

Two main meals a day and a little something with my sundowner…

What am I enjoying this week?

Somtam ( Papaya Salad), Grapes and the loveliest of passion fruits, fresh coconut water I drink one glass a day… The occasional smoothie when I have lots of fruit to use and it has been bananas lately as I was gifted with a huge stalk, a bag of red bananas and a bag of really tiny ones so last week I did the rounds of the neighbours made banana muffins, froze a lot and made smoothies but if I have smoothie I class that as a meal replacement as it fills me up I do put a little greek yoghurt in my smoothies so get my protein.

I enjoyed a lovely Thai Green Curry and some steamed salmon trout..one of my absolute favourites and it will be my evening meal tonight.

salmon-steamed-Thai- coriander-chilli

Thai style steamed salmon with coriander and fish sauce, chilli and lime

Salmon Trout. Quick and easy to do and cooks while the rice is cooking…

Ingredients:

  • 180gm  Trout or Salmon fillet.

For the topping:

  • 1 spring Onion finely chopped.
  • 2/3 stems Coriander chopped finely… I use the stem as well.
  • 1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • A cheek of lime.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Put fish on foil and spoon topping on. I reserve some of the topping to add when serving. Seal foil and put in the oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.

Enjoy!

Last night hubby and the grandson had liver and onions…I don’t eat many potatoes I much prefer rice…  I had a portion of chilli in the freezer which was my evening meal with of course the mandatory sour cream and parmesan and a portion of vegetables as I cooked too many for the boys…

So as you can see I eat normal food..No diet food…

I will admit to sampling a banana muffin or two but apart from those, it was just my meals and no snacking or biscuits or pies…

I don’t take sugar in my tea so I suppose the only sugar I consume on a regular basis is natural sugars…

I don’t feel I am deprived and don’t crave sugar…I enjoyed the muffins but that was it…I didn’t scoff the lot…

What works for you??? What do you struggle with?? 

How do you cope with a holiday and breaks??? Any tips to share???

Please let us know in comments…

Christmas is coming… under a 100 sleeps now… There will also be far more temptations on offer…The shop shelves will be loaded and Pinterest will have all those lovely pies and cakes…

I would like to drop a few more pounds before the festivities begin so that if/when I indulge I have a little cushion and a few additional pounds will soon drop off again after the New Year…That is the plan … What is your plan ???

Thank you for reading xxx

Until next Tuesday be good..No excuses and enjoy your food…xxx

About Carol:

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 cook with have 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/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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