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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 30th Feb-7th March 2020…

Good morning and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…It is a calm, balmy sunny morning the birds are twittering the squirrels are having their morning feed they are loving the mangoes I hope they leave some for us…lol…

Relax and Enjoy!

Just going to make my green tea and I will be ready to start….See you in a min…Don’t go away…grab your favourite cuppa and off we go…

Monday…

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Recycling and Climate Change News day …Lots of good news last week and more to come tomorrow…It looks like the fizzy pop makers have a permanent seat in my…Naughty Corner…

 

No surprises here once again it seems like Coc Cola, Pepsi and some of the world’s biggest food, beverage and product manufacturers are being sued by the Bay Area Group who are fed up with plastic pollution poisoning everything. But hey ho..who needs fizzy drink anyway?….

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/02/recycling-and-climate-change-2nd-march-2020-good-news-all-round/

Tuesday…

Down on the Farm…with all this Covid-19 it seems to be the safest place to be…I introduced you to wild almonds, Thai Potatoes and turkey eggs…which make lovely creamy scrambled eggs…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/03/thailand-down-on-the-farm-man-saeng-sticky-rice-parcels-and-wild-almonds/

Wednesday…

Time for some whimsy from moi…There were vampires, Lions and lambs lots of rain… Well it is March…love was all around us…WetWetWet…Told you I was crazy…Welcome to the asylum…x

cartoon duck in the rain

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/04/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-29/

Thursday…

Time for Sal’s Health Column and the humble potato…Yes, you can eat it…It is what you put on it and cook it in which is the problem, not the potato…Sally will tell you all…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/05/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-the-humble-potato-by-sally-cronin/

Friday…

Time to join me in my kitchen which has been busy of late some I will share some of my recipes and some you will have to wait for as they will be in my cookbook… soon to be completed…

Last week Aston was 15 and my those years do fly by… he made his own cake this year … cheesecake and very nice it was. I also shared my Hot Cross Bun recipe as Easter will soon be here and some other goodies…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/06/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-cheesecake-bombay-potatoes-and-chicken-stew-and-hot-cross-buns/

With Covid-19 doing the rounds …Hand washing has been in the news a lot…Basic hygiene…We all observe basic hygiene in our own homes…Right? But does our favourite restaurant? Or do they where we order our fast food from? The latest figures seem to say no they do not…Head over to Sally for the latest…Scary News on Food Poisoning…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-food-poisoning-on-the-increase-2-5-million-cases-a-year-in-the-uk-alone/

Saturday…

I don’t know about you...I am not a scientist…my only degree is in Banking and Finance…I don’t stockpile Toilet Rolls or handwash…I hope you don’t either…I don’t wear a face mask…I do however see a common denominator between Sally’s post and Meeka’s post…and certified news on does and don’ts…DO YOU???

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/covid-19-some-practical-info/

Now I am off to market…I have my bags and can’t wait to see what goodies I find today…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/07/saturday-morning-market-day-lily-water-chestnuts-bamboo-and-lotus-seeds/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Eating, Eat Smart, No more Diets…

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Welcome to Tuesdays Eat Smart, Eat Healthy post…

This week I seem to be eating everything which is orange I discovered a lovely new flavour combination smoothie which is equal parts carrot and Oranges and it is very nice… A vibrant orange colour as you would expect but so nice…

I also had some lovely Papaya to use and as I was gifted 5 papayas and quite a few bananas meant it was a lovely banana and Papaya smoothie for breakfast the other morning.

My week has been a very Orange week…

Persimmon is in season and I have to admit not a fruit I had tasted… seen never tasted but this week we did my daughter-law hadn’t tasted it either so we bought some and it is lovely the texture of a crisp apple fairly sweet but very nice.

The persimmon is one of the classical fruits of China, from where it was introduced in ancient times to Japan. Mainly grown in China and Japan commercially but smaller growers have developed in Italy, Israel, Brazil, California (U.S.A.), Australia and New Zealand. In South-East Asia, it is grown on a limited scale in Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and Northern Thailand.

At present grown by hill tribe growers here in Northern Thailand. Production has been slow to cultivate and they are mostly sold as fresh fruit which is probably why by comparison with other fruits they are expensive.

Many of the hill tribes here are growers which operate under the Royal Project which was started to help the hill tribes. The Royal Project was initially established in 1969 by His Majesty King Bhumibol to support farmers in rural areas to plant crops instead of planting opium. Initially, it was a voluntary project cooperated by many famous universities in Thailand such as Kasetsart University, Maejo University, and Chiang-Mai University. Nowadays, the Royal Project has travelled throughout the country covering Chiang-Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Phayao, and Mae Hong Son we also have a Royal Project shop here in Udon Thani where produce is sold from these farmers all fruit and vegetables are sold in season and it is lovely because I can find unusual fruits and vegetables which cannot be found in larger stores although sometimes I get something once and then not again for a while they only stock what comes in rather than having the same regular deliveries which is nice…

It is also where I can get my proper Greek Yoghurt and not this greek style yoghurt which the other stores sell.

Persimmons can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked and are commonly used around the world in jellies, drinks, pies, curries and puddings. Which is probably why I have seen an increase in posts on Pinterest for persimmon recipes.

Now I have tried them I will also be trying a recipe or two so if you have any favourite recipes please share them with me 🙂

Persimmons are also a good source of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate, magnesium and phosphorus.

These colourful fruits are low in calories and loaded with fibre, making them a weight loss-friendly food.

Aside from vitamins and minerals, persimmons contain a wide array of plant compounds, including tannins, flavonoids and carotenoids, which can positively impact your health.

The leaves of the persimmon fruit are also high in vitamin C, tannins and fibre, as well as a common ingredient in therapeutic teas.

So yes an Orange week all round for me… Plenty of vitamin C…

Has this week been a good week for you? Have you discovered a new food? If so please share with us how your healthy eating is progressing…

Just in case you missed it here is the link for the little calculation chart that Sally devised I find it really handy and I still have not eaten any biscuits with my morning cup of tea…

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I also printed off Sally’s food shopping list and worked through it vitamin by vitamin and chose the foods which provided that vitamin or protection and made my own list of what I should be buying.

Then I drilled it down that out of the 40 items I took from Sally’s shopping list I always bought 22 of those items, next I looked at what I do buy but less often and that equated to 13 items which either I could only buy when they were in season or foods which I just don’t eat as often not because I don’t like them just because they are not always available or I prefer something else. The remainder I either cannot get here or are very expensive to buy as imported goods.

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Enjoy your week and eat smart and healthily xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole. Week 4 of life with Saang Chai.

Hi, Saangchai here my mistress has been away all week…A girlie few days she called it  …My master said they were going to get ****** every night But I mustn’t say that word…Woof!

So it looks like I am in charge on here…woof…Now, what can we talk about??? Looks like she has got the baby photos out again what is it with humans they just love to do that don’t they???

Showing you me as a pup but wasn’t I a handsome boy?…

Well while you are busy looking at those photos of me and she is telling you what I got up to or rather I am because I am very honest with you… So while you are [perusing them  I will go and chew my bone…Woof!

Laters!

Saangchai …

 

Retired? No one told me!

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Welcome to my world and my life with my humans.

Woof what an exciting week I have had …my mistress thinks once again I may not be very truthful but I am and those flip-flops well I have heard my mistress telling my little master and my big master not to leave them laying about ……..she tells him that I am just a puppy and if he leaves them where I can get them I will chew them…he he and I did…she told him off…not me..woof.

But I think that maybe if I chew any more she might tell me off..but she went out in that big truck….. you know the one that makes me sick……and when she came back she had bought me lots more toys……a ball that I am really trying to chew but I can’t get through it…I think it’s one of them Kong things……..but it’s fun when my…

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Properly trained, man can be a dog’s best friend!

Another post from my archives on the Soi Dogs of Thailand… I hope that some of you if you are thinking of getting a dog or puppy consider the numerous dogs who have been neglected , abandoned and all awaiting a good home, A forever home….xxx

Retired? No one told me!

Anyone who has been or lived in Thailand knows that they have a huge stray dog population. I also have many friends who have ” adopted ” stray’s/street dogs and generally it is in the plural.

Come on who can resist a sad face particularly when it’s a cute puppy or a dog who looks as if he just needs a cuddle, a clean bed and nice food instead of begging for scraps or going down the bins as many do.

Or if they have been badly treated, badly bitten in fights because dogs can be vicious when fighting another dog or humans they can be equally as vicious to our furry friends.

Prapas Pinyocheep, director of the Bureau of Disease Control and Veterinary Services, said on Monday the latest nationwide survey of the dog population, in 2014, concluded there were around 8.5 million dogs… 700,000 are considered to be  strays and…

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Travel Thailand…Koh Samui…A Secret Garden.

Koh Samui The Secret Garden

 

Koh Samui…The Secret Garden.

On our very first visit to Thailand in 2002 many years ago now with our two young grandsons, we visited this lovely Island of Koh Samui. A beautiful island where I first fell in love with Thailand. At that time, never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would be living that dream.

Here I am in 2018 and living that dream…

Out exploring the island one day we saw a sign which said: ” Secret Garden” It piqued my curiosity as a few years ago while driving in England we saw a similar sign which said, ” Secret Bunker”… so seeing this made me smile at that memory as that also was a day to remember and not what we expected.

Would this ” Secret Garden” be the same?

An unexpected delight?…

At the sign, we took the turning and was it a steep hill…we slowly made our way upwards, the uneven road presented us with sheer drops either side and the road was barely one car wide…

Yikes if we meet anything coming the other way and thank goodness the only vehicle we did meet was a motorcycle and luckily it was able to edge its way past us and away it went.

My son was driving and does not like heights at the best of times and was a tad nervous. I think we were all relieved when we spied a restaurant and were able to pull into its small car park…we were presented with the most amazing views and then came the food which was awesome…just delicious.

Enquiring about the “Secret Garden” the restaurant staff pointed upwards with a big smile… Really?…at that point, it was unanimous to leave the truck and walk!

We walked and walked and all we saw was the occasional bike which passed us going the other way…Down!

The noises which we heard coming from the jungle as we walked up the steep track were quite magnified and sounded like a chainsaw…well that was the story I told my open-mouthed grandsons it did make them walk a little quicker though …haha. It was only later that I discovered they were Cicadas and due to the acoustics on the mountain when they rubbed their wings together in unison they did sound like a chainsaw.

Suddenly the road plateaued out…We were at the top…

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Thirsty and worn out…Our first view was a small shop selling water and a group of bemused local children were watching us and laughing probably thinking  ” mad Farangs” walking in this heat up the mountain. At that point, I was happy to agree with them…

Looking around we spied a lone kiosk

No secret garden?…

I had this mental picture of pretty flowers…orchids and a statue or two… There was nothing like that in sight!

Walking over to the kiosk we paid for our tickets…well, we were here so we may as well have a look…

Where is this garden? The smiling woman pointed to some steps…from where I was standing they looked wooden and slightly rickety…Oh No! My legs could not take any more…

Down and down we went… That first glimpse of this “Secret Garden” was amazing..statues carved out of stone, a tiny house, little streams, and miniature waterfalls trickling and running through the middle of this garden, a small amphitheater, all among the trees which were growing on the mountainside…Not a flower in sight…

 

Did it matter? Not at all…This was magical and a memory that has stayed with me over the years…

My research since then has told me that an old Durian Fruit Farmer in 1976 at the grand old age of 77 started to fulfill his life’s ambition and carved all these wonderful statues which he had seen in his dreams and he created them to honour Buddha.

The statues depict a number of animals, deities, and humans in various poses, including one of the man himself Khun Nim in a relaxed position sitting on a rock. Khun Nim continued to work developing his garden until his death at the age of 91.

The garden is now cared for by his relatives.

This also reinforces to me that…

You can dare to dream” and that dreams do come true…albeit you have to work hard and you must have that will and determination to make it happen just like this old Durian farmer called Uncle(Khun) Nim did.

We visited this magical place which was way off the beaten track back in 2002 so a few years ago now and the road is no longer open to the public but only to experienced 4 x 4 drivers. But, local tour firms offer day trips up the mountain.

The new road lies directly opposite the temple Wat Khunaram near Lamai and the road leads you through some very steep hills to the Secret Garden. It is also now known locally as the Magic or Buddha garden and magical it certainly was for me.

A beautiful magical garden which I hope to revisit one day… I have never forgotten my visit to the Secret Garden and it has been the subject of a presentation I did for work. A short story I wrote in the Phuket Writers Anthology and a lovely memory for me which I am now sharing with you… If you ever get the chance to visit I am sure it will not disappoint. I hope you are left with that same magical feeling which I experienced.

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If you really want to see even more from me???? There are many strings to my bow…If you really still want to find out more… Although I do come with a warning…LOL

I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…  But I do look forward to meeting you x

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Until next time….When it will be weekly roundup time…xxx

 

 

Retired No One Told Me! weekly roundup…Coconuts, Mustard seeds and Walking

CAROL'S weekly update 12 April

Kicking off first for my weekly roundup is that wonderful fruit which is the Coconut…My drink of the day is a lovely fresh glass of coconut juice a truly healthy but very nice drink, healthy doesn’t have to mean that you hold your nose and down it in one while gagging it means something you love which is at the same time healthy..to be enjoyed as all good food and drinks should be… Welcome to Fruity Fridays…

Fruity Fridays The Coconut

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/fruity-fridays-the-coconut-is-it-a-fruit-a-nut-or-a-seed/

 

It was then over to Sally who expressed her pleasure and delight for all of those nominated for an award. For some, it was not the first time for others like me it was the first time but we all felt honoured to have been nominated and we are all winners…Good luck one and all 🙂 x

 

 

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Healthy eating out! Not so easy if you have to avoid certain food groups…Many restaurants now do state on their menus what or whom certain foods are suitable for… Do they go far enough? Not yet but many are making great strides but as always forearmed is forewarned and it is always better to know for yourself what to look for and what questions to ask. Although my list is not exhaustive I hope it goes someway to helping when you eat out and have to follow a Gluten Free diet. Cheers!

Craft beers- barley free

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No to diets and yes to healthy eating… You know my thoughts on that one… Don’t You???

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Start them young and set them up for a Healthy life…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/healthy-eating-no-to-diets-walking/

Lastly, we have my weekly column over at Sally’s and this week the theme is Mustard… Now don’t tell anyone…shhhhh but my all time favourite is some lovely bread, toasted with some lovely crispy smoked bacon and lashings of mustard… And before you say it… So nice… Just going for a nice brisk walk!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-mustard/

Thank you for reading this I hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful if you did please feel free to hit the share button…Sharing is caring…Thank you xxx

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