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Saturday Snippets… 2nd January 2021…

Good morning and it is a cold one here…I have sox on for the first time in 8 years, leggings, a t/shirt and a sloppy jumper…My hands were cold but between typing and kneading the bread they have warmed up somewhat…

I am seeing beautiful images of newly laid snow and I know for many of you it is much colder but I am used to warmth and 11 degrees is cold for me…hence the sox…

Show business and the music industry is well known for being fickle…such is life you could say…it was back on the 1st January 1962 and the Fab Four aka The Beatles travelled all the way from Liverpool to the Decca Studios in London for a recording audition.

Being nervous, the audition didn’t go too well and a few weeks later their manager Brian Epstein was told ” they didn’t have a future in the show business”

As it is debatable who made that decision I am sure they lived to regret that error of judgement or maybe it spurred the band members to step it up a notch…The rest is history…

Subsequent signings, among others, included the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Moody Blues, the Small Faces and Tom Jones all who all had/have long careers in the industry…

Did you know?

J.R.R. Tolkien Day on January 3 is “The Lord of the Rings” author’s birthday and you’re encouraged to toast him in celebration. You may remember from the story that Frodo toasts his Uncle Bilbo on Bilbo’s birthday every year. Now, over sixty years after the trilogy’s original publication, The Tolkien Society asks fans to honour Tolkien’s birth, which itself was January 3, 1892.

Conservation Corner:

A hundred years ago, cargo bikes were the standard vehicle for many trades and deliveries. In actual fact, cargo bikes are still the norm here in Thailand and even hand-pushed carts are still used…Whether its to bring round brushes and brooms or to sharpen knives and garden tools or to collect bottles and cardboard a hand cart is still in daily use…

It seems like Copenhagen are calling themselves the cargo bike capital of the world…

Did you know?

The arrival of liquid soap and its wasteful packaging has caused a downturn in the sales of bar soap…The arrival of covid-19 has seen a surge in sales all these adverts promoting washing your hands properly with bar soap has helped …both the sales and the environment.

Between 2014-15, sales of bar soap fell 2.2 per cent compared to overall market growth of 2.7 per cent. But now, following decades of decline, bar soap appears to be back in the game. Sales of bar soap have climbed by nearly 3 per cent over the past year, according to data research by Kantar Worldpanel. And sales of bar soap grew faster than both liquid soaps and shower products over the period. “For the first time this century,” Kantar Worldpanel’s strategic insight director, Tim Nancholas, said, “barred soap is making a return.” Seriously, this really is cause for celebration.

Going from despairing at the waste in the world I am now becoming optimistic and although Covid-19 is scaring me with increased infections it is also giving me hope for a less wasteful future when I see changes like this…

Bloggers Corner:

This is one of(so) many of my favourite tunes…Here the old and the new have been remixed…

I love it! First seen (by) me over @ Smorgasbord Magazine...

National Soup Month:

I love a bowl of soup my favourite since I was a child has been tomato soup and although here we have beautiful soups like Tom Yum Goong…I still love a bowl of tomato soup…

Ingredients:

  • 8 or 9 tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 3 red bell peppers, seeded and quartered
  • 2 small yellow onions, cut into wedges
  • 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 5 cups homemade vegetable broth
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • olive oil

Let’s Cook!

Tomato and Red Pepper Soup.

Preheat the oven 375F/190C

Grease two baking sheets and place tomatoes skin side down on one, then lightly coat the peppers and onions in olive oil and place on the other baking tray also throw the unpeeled garlic into the tray…Pop it in your preheated oven for about 45 minutes.

When the tomatoes and peppers are roasted heat your vegetable stock in a pan big enough to take the tomatoes and peppers. Add your roasted tomatoes and peppers to the vegetable stock and simmer for 15 minutes.

Tomato and red pepper Soup.

 

Allow your soup to cool slightly and then either using a stick blender or your liquidiser blend to your desired consistency…Taste and season.

Serve with a swirl of cream or natural yoghurt if liked…

Enjoy!

I love Christmas Carol’s and New Year Songs…I heard this version of Auld Lang Syne on Songs for the New Year/cliveblogs…by Mindy Smith.

Pop over to Clive’s as he has a few other New Year songs which I hadn’t heard and some Abba if they are your choice…something for all tastes…

New Year Resolutions:

I gave up making them years ago as I never kept them and many things like if you smoke pledging to give up ..you don’t as something like that you have to really want to give up so a new year pledge to me is pointless…

Most New Year’s resolutions fail. A study from the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Public Health found that “quitting smoking is the most difficult resolution to keep.” Only 4 % of those who attempt to quit smoking unaided remain smoke-free one year later. Another study, from the University of Scranton, found only 8 % of people who make resolutions meet their goal. This is known as “false hope syndrome.”

However…Coronavirus: Smokers quit in highest numbers in a decade.

Myself, I completed a dry November and intend to complete a dry January…December was not dry…I am also committing to Meat-free Mondays and cooking more plant-based meals…I have gradually been cutting down..not out …meat… part of my personal drive to reduce my carbon footprint and take another step forward in my pledge to be more environmentally friendly…read my story in my new column over at Smorgasbord Magazine starting on Wednesday, January  20th 2021.

These are not New Year Resolutions but lifestyle changes...helped by one’s other half who continues to astound me every day with his newfound thirst for health aided by his first electronic device…yesterday he was extolling the virtues of drinking green tea…This is a meat and two veg man who has never listened to me or tried any of my drinks he just drinks English tea and now he is exploring ginger and green tea and after years of me trying to get him to quit smoking now he has done his own research…he has said he is giving up smoking…Which proves it is never too late to learn…

Thank you for popping in today I hope you have enjoyed the first Saturday Snippets of 2021…as always I look forward to your comments as you all know I love to chat…Thanx Carol xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 27th September -3rd October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Monk Fruit a new sweetener and Sir Rod…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version… Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

 

My first post of the week was on Wednesday…I am now settling into a routine again…it has taken me a couple of weeks but the beginning of the week gives me time to plan and start writing for the end of the week…I am scheduling ahead as have noticed a few changes and fewer avenues of accessing the Classic Editor…Change is coming…

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally is repeating one of my favourite series The Culinary Alphabet and A-Z of food…where I was exploring the letter S…salsa and satay’s both lovely snacks or starters…

Header letter S Culinary Alphabet

One of my favourite herbs Sage and Thai Squid Salad and so much more S is one of my favourite letters…To read the original post click the link below Sally and I look forward to seeing you…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-s-for-satay-salsa-salmagundi-sage-squid-and-salt-hoss/

Thursday:

I just love the smell of oils…Like you, I have my favourites but I don’t know too much about any adverse contradictions or when I should avoid certain oils which means for the start of this series was very informative…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/01/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-oils-origins-uses-and-safety-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Fridays:

This week I wrote about a fruit which is new to me…although it grows here in the North of Thailand I haven’t come across it…I am now on a mission to find some…Monk Fruit is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to make soothing teas and is becoming popular as a sugar substitute…

It is also known by the name of Luo Han Guo or “Buddha fruit…

Different from most nonnutritive sweeteners which can cause side effects like bloating, gas or even allergic reactions monk fruit has no known side effects.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/02/fruity-friday-monk-fruit/

Saturday Snippets:

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

I have lots of goodies for you…recipes, music, a sponge city, Health matters from Sally, how eating together is becoming the thing to do again one of the plus sides of Covid-19…

Wine Windows are making a come back and it is such a cool idea …don’t you think?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/03/saturday-snippets-3rd-october-2020/

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Saturday Snippets…3rd October 2020

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours early morning 4 am and fingers crossed the ceilings are still intact…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Cookery Corner…This week in my kitchen…

What have I been cooking this week…Chilli Con Carne with enough over to freeze some portions, Lasagne which all went in a flash so nothing left to freeze…A lovely casserole which again I had some leftover so I could freeze a couple of portions, Duck Larb again as Lily came for the long weekend and she loves larb especially made with duck, Liver and onions and the mandatory roast dinner which is when I have fish normally or another stir fry…

I always make soup which keeps for a few days in the fridge and is easy to warm up and have for lunch with some freshly made bread or in the case of a Thai Tom Yum Soup just as it comes…

Health Matters…by Sally Cronin…

Part two of Sally’s posts on blood pressure and the foods you need to keep that blood flowing…

Hop over to Sally’s to read the next installment and if you missed part one never fear there will link …

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/28/smorgasbord-health-column-blood-pressure-part-two-nitrate-and-potassium-foods-and-wholegrains-get-your-blood-flowing-by-sally-cronin/?fbclid=IwAR1tFn82e6k6T8sQ

I think everyone has heard of Sponge Bob but Sponge City…In today’s climates where drains and erosion are causing flooding then this innovative idea solves that…

Everyone knows I abhor waste...I was watching a programme a while ago about a company which refurbishes electrical equipment and you wouldn’t know they were not brand new in Berlin they have taken it one step further…to topple the “throwaway culture,” and promote re-use and repair, the city of Berlin has taken the unique step of opening its own secondhand department store. How cool is that and they plan to have one in every suburb of Berlin…Sweden has also taken this idea on board…

This isn’t your grandma’s thrift shop. It resells perfectly good items from retail outlets that would otherwise be thrown away.

Currently, the city estimates that 8% of discarded electronic goods and 6% of bulky items thrown away can actually be re-used. The goal is to expand the market for these items beyond the usual bargain hunters and eco-conscious consumers.

I think is such a great idea and it saves having to worry about how unwanted goods are being recycled or just added to landfills.

Did you know?

There are only 29 days until Halloween…I will be sharing some Halloween trivia and recipes with over the next few weeks.

It was on the 3rd of October 1863 that President Lincoln officially proclaimed an official Thanksgiving Holiday the first was to be on the  26th November 1863 and thereafter declared that the fourth Thursday of every November would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving.

On October 3rd 1955 The Disney TV show The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC, featuring the Mouseketeers.

As a family, we have always eaten together we are not ones for TV dinners…I do think that one of the plus sides of this dreadful Covid-19 is that many families have discovered a love of cooking and waste less but also eat together more often…

National Eat Better, Eat Together Month during October encourages families to gather for mealtimes. When families enjoy their main meals together they tend to be more balanced food choices. Also, what better way to spend time together and share each other’s daily adventures? It’s exactly what National Eat Better, Eat Together Month suggests from October 1 to October 31!

Today in the UK it is National Fungus Day, in the US it is National Caramel Custard Day…I love mushrooms especially wild mushrooms but Caramel Custard is my all-time favourite…

Lily is being taught how to forage mushrooms by her mummy something which is very popular here most Thais forage for mushrooms and greens.

The Coronavirus has taught us many things over the past year…Yes, it has been nearly a year…Personally, I think it is like Measles and Chickenpox that if we can find a vaccine then it can be controlled but like many contagious diseases like polio etc a vaccine is needed to keep it under control…Social distancing is the same companies have had to get inventive to survive…In Italy several historic “wine windows,” or buchette del vino, have reopened in order to serve wine in a safe, socially distanced manner.

The concept is simple: Rather than step inside an osteria, or a bar, you simply grab your glass from a window specifically built for the efficient dispersal of wine. It sounds like a venture that could have been conceived by enterprising hipsters today. But it is, in fact, a testament to the lasting savvy and creativity of the city’s Renaissance residents, who weren’t going to let a wave of Bubonic Plague get in the way of a nice glass of red.

Time for some Music.

I first saw Rod Stewart many years ago (1966) and have seen him quite a few times live since…With Long John Baldry and Steam Packet …The Small Face then morphed into the Faces and then finally Rod went solo…This track is very special to me…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets ….

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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!

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart! …No More Diets…

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…How has your week gone? Are you finding the going tough or easy or a little in between …Good days and bad days…We all have those and we can’t change the past but we can change the future…

Diets particularly faddy Diets come and go…Have you ever wondered why? Have you ever wondered why one-minute your favourite celeb supports this product and the next minute that product…It is called laughing all the way to the bank and it isn’t YOURS!

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/most-celebrity-food-endorsements-are-unhealthy

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…Alcohol enjoy just not in excess. 

For me, that is easy to follow and coupled with the 16/8 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 …All I do is eat smart, eat healthily ( most) of the time and exercise my chosen exercise is walking

Before you start a new fad eating plan, ask yourself, “Can I eat this way for the rest of my life?” If your answer is no, then it may be the plan is not for you. Following rigid menus can be hard, overwhelming, costly and simply not necessary.

Eating plans which tell you…Lose weight without exercising… Are a load of b***shyte…Quite frankly…

If you want to read a good eating plan then Sally has one for you…If you are new to this blog Sally is my partner in the kitchen I do the food she dishes out the why you should eat healthily and the lady knows…

 

Because quite frankly Size Matters to most of us for different reasons but it also matters that we are happy and healthy and eat a balanced diet…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-weightloss-the-project-plan-for-success/

Regular exercise is essential for good health and weight management. Your goal should be to discover physical activities you enjoy and strive to complete those for 30-60 minutes most days of the week.

The moral to the story is if you want to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and lose fat — all while enjoying life to its fullest — eat smart and get moving. 

What do I eat and Drink...? Do you keep a Food Diary? I do and it helps…

I drink two pots of green tea a day, one glass of fresh coconut juice and lots of water…I also if I feel a throat or cold coming on love a drink of hot water and ginger with some honey…

china green tea pot

My snacks as I have very recently cut out processed foods and foods with added sugar…are whatever fruit is in season…At the moment it is Apples, mango, pineapple and durian fruit…Durian is very high in nutrients compared to most fruits. Also when I slice my apple I have a small slice of cheddar or blue cheese

My lunch today was Tom Yum Goon( Prawns)

Tom Yum Goon

If I am at home I make my own but this was at a local Thai restaurant and it contained quite a few noodles which I didn’t eat all…Why? Because I planned to have a mango ice cream which I thoroughly enjoyed…

My recipe for homemade Thai Tom Yum Goon.

Tonight it will be Thai Grapow Moo…with brown rice…

My recipe for Thai grapow Moo…

The food I eat is all food I love to eat and eating should be enjoyable…Shouldn’t it? There is nothing to say that you cannot eat what you love to eat and still lose weight. I believe because I gave it a bit of a boost by cutting out my alcohol, soda plus rice, added sugar and processed food I have given my body a bit of a wake-up…But the scales don’t lie and since the 5th Feb…I have lost 13lb…Nearly a stone…

In the 17 days since I had my smartwatch, I have lost 2.6 kg which is 5.5 lbs…I am pleased with this as I had come to a little bit of a standstill but it has focused me and although I don’t do 10,000 steps every day yet I do walk considerably more than I did…

Smartwatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

I am still impressed with my new toy…I will say it keeps me focused…

My sleep now is getting more regular and I feel much better…I sort of thought we just went to sleep and I knew it had benefits but didn’t take too much notice…I do now and no I am not obsessed I just want to look after this body to the best of my ability while also enjoying life…

Sleep explained:-

Stage 1 is the lightest stage of NRM sleep.  Often explained by the presence of slow eye movements, this drowsy sleep stage can be easily disrupted causing awakenings or arousal. Muscle tone throughout the body relaxes and brain wave activity begins to slow from that of being awake. Occasionally people may experience hypnic jerks or abrupt muscle spasms and may even experience a sensation of falling while drifting in and out of Stage 1.

Stage 2 is the first actual stage of defined NRM sleep.  Awakenings or arousal do not occur as easily as in Stage 1 sleep and the slow-moving eye rolls discontinue. Brain waves continue to slow with specific bursts of rapid activity known as sleep spindles intermixed with sleep structures known as K complexes. Both sleep spindles and K complexes are thought to serve as protection for the brain from awakening from sleep. Body temperature begins to decrease and heart rate begins to slow down.

Stage 3 is known as deep NRM sleep. The most restorative stage of sleep, stage 3 consists of delta waves or slow waves.  Awakenings or arousal are rare and often it is difficult to awaken someone in Stage 3 sleep. Sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors can occur during the deepest stage of sleep.

REM sleep, also known as rapid eye movement, is most commonly known as the dreaming stage.  Eye movements are rapid, moving from side to side and brain waves are more active than in Stages 2 & 3 of sleep. Awakenings and arousal can occur more easily in REM; being woken during a REM period can leave one feeling groggy or overly sleepy.

I love this app as it gives me the percentages of each cycle and whether my sleep in that period is normal, high or low…Also how long I slept in each cycle…I have adjusted my sleep patterns to make them more regular because they were not but I am feeling the benefit…It also tells you the quality of your breathing which to me is quite important and thankfully I am within normal guidelines I have only dipped below once…But handy to know why and it also tells you how many times you woke up…Quite clever I think…For someone who is not a fan of big brother or gadgets…I love my smartwatch…

What I do find amusing is the little green man who buzzes and waves at me when I have been inactive for a while…So far today I have completed 6630 steps and he is still waving at me if I sit for too long without moving…But he has not succeeded in winding me up yet I quite like him… 

Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch and how you get on with it…x

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – St. Valentine’s Day – #Thai three course dinner

Valentines Day..Stuck for a menu? Well look no further Saly has put one together from my recipes and it is easy to do and yummy…Thank you,Sally xxxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

If you are looking for a special way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day then perhaps a romantic dinner for two, created by Carol Taylor from some of her most popular recipes from the last couple of years, incorporating wonderfully warming and spicy Thai ingredients.

Tom Yum Soup with Prawns (Tom Yum Goong)

This is one of my favourite Thai soups and the first time I made it from scratch I questioned the colour as in many restaurants it is a bright orange colour. It is because a Tom Yum paste or stock cube is used…This one is made from scratch it also doesn’t have that sharp taste but is more mellow and I think more pleasant.

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass
  • 1 inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 500gm Prawns
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium…

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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

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