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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

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.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 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

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Quinine, Quiche, Green Curry and more…

Welcome to this weeks roundup of my posts, as usual, I have a collection of posts a bit like pick and mix something for everyone a potpourri of food and ideas…And of course opinions…haha…A good mixture of posts again this week with some changes which I hope you like…If you are ready then grab a drink find your favourite spot, settle down and let’s have a read…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Firstly it was Mondays posts which I have decided to intermingle with Thursday’s post as the subject of recycling and waste go hand in hand one thing affects the other or is affected by the other…

cartoon woman recycling

Recycling most of us do it some more than others but we trust that whoever collects our recycling then disposes of it correctly that does not appear to be the case…I also looked at the fact that if we recycled all our plastic and everyone done the same it would cause problems so we looked at reusing what we had with some adjustments and then when it needed replacing to find a recyclable option…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/17/recycling-in-the-home-the-facts-the-truth/

It was then over to Sally’s Health Column and her factual easy to understand look at Listeria and how dangerous it can be…Definitely, a must read as it is better to be prepared which you will know if you were a girl Guide or a Scout…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/smorgasbord-health-column-food-safety-lysteria-you-cannot-see-it-but-it-sees-you-the-perfect-host-sally-cronin/

Tie for some Healthy eating which is my tried and tested way of losing weight…I know that no one size fits all but surely it is better to eat some of what you fancy but bearing moderation in mind rather than totally denying yourself anything delicious and giving up when you hit a plateau, have a holiday or night out…

Thai Green Curry

And yes, Thai Green Curry is on my menu and very good it is…I am also on track to mislay at least another pound this week…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/18/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-excuses/

Whimsical Wednesdays are a mix of anything I want to share with you …This week it was a luscious Martini Espresso, Two short stories from me and much more…You will have to click on the link to read all about it…Let me know what you think as I am having a little change about…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/19/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol/

Thursdays will now be  Treats and traditions from my travels this week it was Thailand and sea gipsies and of course much more…

priang Prai restaurant view.jpg 1

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/20/thailand-travel-and-traditions/

Once a month it is when I am over @ Esme’s Salon where if you often puzzle over a culinary term then I am exploring those culinary terms which may cause you to frown and wonder what on earth it is…This month it was the letter Q which covered many terms from Quince to Quinine…

gin tonic

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-q/

Lastly, it was this week in my kitchen where it was what fruit and vegetables are in season in June, some recipes, home recycling and my homemade Chettinad Curry Powder…

curry-plants

Mt beautiful curry plants/trees when they were babies…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/06/21/this-week-in-my-kitchen-chettinad-chicken-masala-and-more/

That’s all for this week have a great 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!

MeWe

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 are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead 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 lipotropics, 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!

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 creative week ahead xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Yanang Juice, Koh Samui A Secret Garden, King Tides and Coorg Mango Curry…

I have a corker of a weekly roundup for you much variety which really reflects my brain…It flits around and it just needs a word or a phrase and I am off to DuckDuckGo…Then an idea for a post or a recipe is growing…I never know where I am likely to end up some days. I puzzle over a subject and then bingo the lights go on…I think this week has been much like that one idea has led to another and then I watched Question Time and realised it wasn’t just me…So much is going on in the world it is easy to get sidetracked, isn’t it? Then when it gets too much I just go for a walk or down to the kitchen and cook…

So if you have had a week like me coupled with as I have tropical storms and my seasonal leaking ceiling which no one seems to have the answer to…Get your favourite drink and settle down for a rollercoaster of a read…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

 

First is Sally’s weekly roundup over at Smorgasbord and what a variety of posts she has for you …If the handsome John Wicks is your thing coupled with a daiquiri then you are in for a treat.

Me… I always head straight for the maestro himself the lovely Will. I play his selection of videos while I read or type…Always a treat…I also get to discover and listen to artists that I haven’t heard before and get to learn about their musical journey always well told and fascinating…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-john-wick-3-spirits-in-the-sky-polar-bears-and-apple-daiquiris/

Plastic …Always something new and I am in awe of some of the inventions …I featured The Budweiser recycled football pitch…Not because I am a die-hard football fan but because I saw a floating football pitch here in Thailand and it was awesome…Image playing football and your ball went off the pitch …You got wet…Those kids soon became so skilled at ball control.

Trainers, I mean how many pairs can you have? Adidas has come up with the recyclable trainer ..finished with your trainers they will take them back…How cool is that?The old and new adidas trainers

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/27/plastic-part-10-a-recycled-football-pitch/

Diets have been around since time immemorial and some work and some are just plain dangerous…I mean cotton wool balls soaked in a juice or smoothie and then eating it…How crazy is that? The tapeworm diet…Just the thought is enough to make me stop eating how gross is that? Stress also plays a big part but remember…

stressed is only desserts backwards

Now, where is that Chocolate Brownie? Who ate the last piece?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/28/healthy-eating-eat-smart-yanang-juice-and-the-very-first-diet-book/

Back to Sally who has my permission to go through my archives and pick 4 posts. Sally chose my favourite place this week… The Secret Garden in Koh Samui, Thailand…It is the most magical place I have seen…Enjoy!

Koh Samui The Secret Garden

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-travel-thailandkoh-samuia-secret-garden-by-carol-taylor/

Time for a sort of rant…Haha…But you know me by now and know that I am passionate about what I believe in …Climate Change has me stumped though…I do think there is a problem… not sure how serious it really is as people love to scaremonger BUT  I have watched David Attenburgh and listened to many others and also know that over millions of years naturally things or the earth has changed…I also know we need CO2 as do the trees and plants to survive…Planting trees is good…Deforestation is not…There is so much to be taken into account and it needs to be correct action, not knee jerk action due to pressure but also sometimes politicians do need a kick up the proverbial, stop passing the buck and work together over all parties…So much info to digest…

nature-forest-trees-path-3

Photo on Visual hunt

Trees always make me feel so calm…I have always enjoyed a walk through the trees…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/30/waste-not-want-not-hunger-and-king-tides/

Lastly this week in my kitchen and as he who I rarely obey…haha …has been rained off and is indoors more rather than out in the garden…Has been going through the fridge and cupboards looking for snacks…So it was time to make his favourite Bread Pudding which kept him quiet for a few days…haha and I had to cook comfort food, one pot curries, jalapeno poppers and a tagine…I also made a lovely Coorg Mango Curry…a tad spicy but really nice …So a few recipes to check out for you…All tried and tested in my kitchen…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/31/this-week-in-my-kitchen-bread-pudding-jalapeno-poppers-and-coorg-mango-curry/

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks roundup and please leave a comment on any of the subjects… your comments are very welcome and will always be answered…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!

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 great week 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

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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
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…

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/

 

 

Thai Green Curry

Authentic Thai Green Curry

Thai-green-curry

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into cubes or if you prefer and they are much tastier then use thighs or a leg cut into two…I normally use legs and allow 2 pieces per person which means I normally have some left over for another day…
  • 6 Thai eggplants. cut into quarters……They are the larger ones in the pictures.
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  • sm bunch small egg-plant ( optional) Pea-like size in above Picture.
  • 5/6 stems of Thai sweet basil (pick of leaves)
  • Large can or two sm cartons of coconut milk or fresh from the market if you are lucky like me
  • 10 straw mushrooms quartered or use button mushroom.
Let’s Cook!
Start with 1 tbsp curry paste .. and add more if desired   I don’t know how hot you eat curry.
Cook with a tiny amount of oil to release the flavour, add 1 tbsp fish sauce cook for 2 mins slowly add the coconut milk and simmer gently.
Add chicken, cook on simmer for 20 mins then add vegetables and Thai basil cook for further 20 mins.
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Serve with steamed rice or noodles.