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About blondieaka

Retired amongst the pineapple and rubber plantations. Writing, reading, curing ham and bacon, pickling, recycling, making jewelery my dreams becoming reality....well one has, I am now a published Author as of January 2015. Scary? Sometimes, and now i've tried improv and wow never thought I could, "Could you ?"...lol.. Retired? No one told me! Having an amazing ride!

Beat the Blues with food.

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Updated from 6 months ago ❤

Is depression on the increase? Is medication the answer? Sometimes.

Depression is not caused by just one factor but can WE help ourselves by eating well?

Can we help control our depression by diet?

A new trial from Deakin University http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/media-releases/articles/world-first-trial-shows-improving-diet-can-treat-major-depression  has shown for the first time that improving diet quality can treat major depression.

Just cutting out sugar, caffeine and drinking more water can have a huge effect on our moods.

Well, I don’t know about you but I love good food…

I love proper food, meals the whole family can eat and not pick at, meals I can knock up quickly for one or for 6 people. Food which is not expensive and I can easily obtain or grow myself even if I only have a window box.

1.Dark, leafy greens:

Spinach

Thai Spinach:

The healthiest greens on the planet are Kale, high in Vitamins,  folate and potassium with Collard greens, Spinach, Broccoli and sprouts following close behind they all promote good brain function.

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But I don’t like greens.

Just how many times have we heard that and not just from our kids but from some adults also…

Well, let’s introduce them gently and a little sneakily…lol

Mix lightly steamed, thinly sliced collard greens into your mashed potatoes.

Layer your lasagna with spinach which is low in calories and high in vitamins.

Better cooked than raw although great in salads. For the best sprout recipes ever sprouts with garlic, chilli..ha ha snuck that one in…lol

  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/20/our-10-best-brussels-sprouts-recipes  You will never notice you are eating greens.

2.Fish:

Salmon, trout, mackerel, snapper all high in omega 3 oils, they can be grilled, baked or steamed. Packed with protein, vitamins and potassium all healthy for your well-being. As long as you source and buy fish responsibly sourced and not farmed… fish is very good for your health and well-being.

Thai Salmon Trout.

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Ingredients:

180 gm Trout or Salmon fillet.( per person)

For 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 help promote the release of pleasure-boosting endorphins in the brain.

1 tbsp Fish Sauce.

A cheek of lime.

Mix ingredients together.

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

Serve with steamed rice, boiled new potatoes or over noodles.

3.Walnuts:

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  7 a day may be all it takes to improve your health. The walnut is a little powerhouse packed with Vitamin E, folate, melatonin and omega 3 oils all of which support good brain health.

 

4. Tomatoes

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Packed with lycopene and antioxidants that reduce stress and repair damaged brain cells eating a tomato a day is said to reduce the blues by 52%.

My favourite recipe for sun-dried and beautiful tomatoes and here is how you do it yourself….. https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/yesterday-i-was-clever-so-i-wanted-to-change-the-world-today-i-am-wise-so-i-am-changing-myself-rumi/

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Just words of caution tomatoes are acidic and as with anything moderation is advised because it may cause heartburn in some individuals.

5.Beans:

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 Packed with nutrients copper, folate, magnesium, zinc and calcium.You can use beans in a lovely chilli, salads, add tinned beans to soups and stews. Make a chickpea hummus to dip your veggies in. Beans are a very versatile food  and so healthy for you as this post from the Sally and Carol Cooking from Scratch series  will show you HOW

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6.Berries: 

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Some of the healthiest food on the planet, juicy, brightly coloured, sweet or sour, fresh or frozen add them to smoothies, yoghurt, a compote on porridge, pancake batters or in salads.

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These foods are easily available everywhere and will help decrease depression and work alongside prescribed medication.

Does Junk food shrink your brain??  http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/media-releases/articles/does-junk-food-shrink-your-brain

This study thinks it just might!


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Salmon, Tomatoes and Spinach photos are from my personal photo collections.

All other images are Pixabay and no attribution is required.

I also am now the proud owner of a brand new blog called Orienthailiving which I hope you will pop over to and have a little look and maybe like and share it…It is in the early stages of development and a big learning curve for Moi…. But I have had positive feedback .. Thank you xxx

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Carol’s Krapow Moo

One of my favourite Thai dishes thank you Esme for sharing 🙂

The Recipe Hunter

Krapow MooKrapow Moo is my favorite Thai dish and one which we often have for brunch.

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Smorgasbord – Posts from Your Archives – Should we not hang our heads and Weep by Carol Taylor

I had forgotten I wrote this post and as I re-read it I still wept..shed a tear..as very little has changed and yes there are signs of hope but how many more children will suffer and die before hope blossoms for them????? Thank you very much, Sally, for featuring this post in your new Archive posts it is very much appreciated you are a star xxx

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Welcome to the series where you can share four of your links from your archives here on my blog to a new audience. Perhaps posts that you wrote at the beginning of your blogging experience that deserve another showcase. If you have book promotion posts then please contact me separately for other options. Details of how to get in touch with me at the end of the post.

This week Carol Taylor shares a post from September 2015. It is extraordinary to me that in two years very little has changed. Men, women and children are still dying as they try to leave war torn Syria and the backlash against immigrants has become a worldwide epidemic.

Should we not all hang our heads and weep? by Carol Taylor

I have read much over the last week or two about the problems in Syria and the refugees and I think by…

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Down on the farm….

My turkey babies are not babies anymore….

 

He is just such a handsome boy, isn’t he? They love just love wandering about the farm and eating the greens and picking bits here and there….They are a joy to keep and have really lovely natures…..One got attacked by a dog a while ago but let himself be picked up and his leg cleaned so placidly he is lovely….The dog..banished we cannot have an animal which attacks the other animals…The turkey he is alive and well after his little skirmish and none the worse for wear thank goodness. Our chook who thinks he is a turkey is still living with the turkeys he doesn’t want to be with the chooks…

He even speaks like a turkey now…

The banana trees are bearing fruit how is this for a bunch of bananas…..

It is a shame they all ripen at once so if anyone has some nice green banana recipes please let me know…I have shared with the neighbours..even the tuk-tuk driver but know we will be having lots of smoothies and banana bread and chutney and Banana splits have been mentioned…lol

Watermelon

Watermelons are now to be found in abundance and if you need any recipes then Carol and Sally have a treat for you Health Benefits and recipes just in case you missed it!

Today I am busy pickling some more Watermelon Rinds which are a lovely thing…Try them you will be so pleased you did…

Harvesting the rice.

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The early rice is now being harvested and I tell you such hard work and for 200B ( 6 US) DOLLARS a day such long hours  8-5 and back-breaking work.

The main rice harvest is not until November but some people plant a bit earlier and can also harvest it cheaper as in November as it is busy the rate goes up to 300 baht a day…. still a pittance for the work as if the farmers have not weeded the rice regularly then it is harder to harvest…Our rice is always weeded regularly which makes the harvest a little easier…

That’s all for Down on the farm for today I hope you enjoyed the updates and below are links to previous down on the farm posts in case you missed them.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/down-on-the-farm-sesame-plantngaa/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/down-on-the-farm-thai-potatoes/

I can also now be found over on my new site please pop over and say hello …I have called it Orienthailiving I hope you like my choice of  name    http://myhealthyretirement.com

Thank you for reading and if you loved anything you read please share as sharing is caring…xx

 

 

 

 

Posts from Your Archives – Are you cleaning up your Amazon Links? Be careful sharing book links by D.G. Kaye

Wow, am I relieved that it isn’t old age and I am losing my marbles it’s Amazon being smart….A good read and if you are an author or blogger well worth a read 🙂

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We all have posts that we wrote a year or so ago, or even longer, that are not read as much these days, as new posts take up your readers time.

However, why not share them over here to my readers?

Not only is this a chance to showcase your posts, but also your blog and books. Start off by sending me four links to the posts you would like to see given another boost and if you like the experience you can always send me more – sally.cronin@moyhill.com

An excellent example of how this works is the series of four posts by author D.G. Kaye and here is one on cleaning up your links before posting.

Are you cleaning up your Amazon Links? Be careful sharing book links by D.G. Kaye

You know how we can sometimes get so used to doing some things that it can almost seem…

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I have done it!

Finally….I took the plunge and jumped… After months and months of huffing and fuffing and reading all the horror stories…..I have done it!

I am now the proud owner of a new blog called Orienthailiving and my domain name is myhealthyretirement…

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Why Orienthailiving?

I suppose because there are so many lovely places to see here, some which I have seen and many which I want to see. They are on my bucket list no less. I am discovering old traditions passed down through generations and we are growing our own turkeys among other things… Who would have thought..farming????

There are so many beautiful crafts and things which I would love to bring to you and which would look lovely in your home or as a gift. It would also bring a little bit of the Orient to you wherever you are in the world.

So, my friends, that is how Orienthailiving was born. What do you think of the name Orienthailiving? Do you think Orienthailiving reflects me and my core values?

I also wanted to keep my other website separate.

I didn’t want to merge the two…Retired no one told me!       is my first blog..my first foray into the world of blogging and yes I would like to earn a little to help support the lifestyle that I love and my writing hence the self-hosting option but to keep them completely separate, with both reflecting the country that I love and live in is how I think I like it for now. Maybe at some point, I will merge the two…Who knows???

Also, healthy eating is my baby and my passion so whatever else I decide that I will bring to you it still won’t be things which I wouldn’t eat, drink or make merry on myself.

Supplements, protein pills and powders and the ilk are a no-no and always will be for me and will not be shown on my blog ever.

So please bear with Me…

That’s my aim and when you pop over to my new site there will still be tweaks to do, so please bear with me. It takes a while to set anything up, but I am no young thing who can do it in a trice. It takes me a while and that is with some help, lol, and I have found a lovely young woman called Misty who I think is going to be an absolute little gem. I already feel less stressed.

I hope you will stay with me into my first foray of self-hosting and be sure, I will make changes. Because really how many times do we change our furniture around ladies?? so that goes without saying. Any constructive words will be gratefully received as I really pretty much still don’t have a clue. To be honest I am not one of these bright young things who was born with a mouse in hand. I am self-taught, a tad over 50 ish (now that is stretched)… just a little bit…haha…

I am trying really hard as I don’t want to sit in my rocking chair with a good book and just watch while the world passes me by. So be kind to me in view of my advancing years.  (just don’t upset me!…haha…) That was the age card pulled…yeah! Bring it on!

I do hope you enjoy my newest blog…

http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

Thank you for reading and I would be happy if you would share the good news on social media and if you would like to follow me or like my post that would be really great…..Much love to you all xxx

 

 

Fish Friday…. Sea Bass with Lime, ginger and fennel…

Wow, where does the time go it’s Friday…Fish Friday I just don’t know where the time goes it just flies by…

I hope you enjoyed the recipe last week I just love fish and would be quite happy to eat fish six days out of seven….

This recipe was just sort of made up ..we had a friend staying with us from England and decided to steam some fish the Thai way but it was too big for our steamer so instead we baked it in the oven covered with foil and just removed the foil 5–10 minutes from the end of cooking and it was very nice.

Sea Bass with Lime, Ginger and Fennel.

Fish with Lime and fennel

Ingredients:

2  Sea bass/ Bream or Carp – whole, scaled and gutted
Bunch fennel fronds or you can use while fennel sliced we just stuffed the cavity with the fennel fronds.
3 Shallots – peeled and halved (for fish cavity)
1  Bulb Garlic – un-peeled, halved (for fish cavity)
Thumb of Ginger – Sliced finely (for fish cavity)
 Lemon or Lime, (remove the skin because the skin makes it bitter) this was a tip I picked up after we had made ours… from my  Thai daughter in law…. Always something to learn about cooking…

For the Sauce:

Dark & Light Soy Sauce  
Splash of coconut oil  or a splash of Chilli Oil 
Sugar
Lime
Fresh Chilli 

Garnish (optional)
Few sprigs Coriander chopped
Spring Onions – sliced long ways 

 

 

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 180 C

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Place the fish on a baking tray.

Prepare the vegetables and stuff inside the fish and around the tray. Make some diagonal cuts across the fish and push in a slice of lime… Drizzle with some olive oil and cover with foil.
Bake for 40 mins, then remove the foil and turn up to 250 C for a further  5-10 mins till skin is golden brown and crispy.
Rest for 5 minutes.

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In a pan add a splash of oil and sweat the spring onions being careful not to burn them.  Pour in about 50/50, ( 75 ml altogether) of a mix of dark soy sauce and light soy sauce then add about a tbsp of sugar ( I add slightly less) and a tbsp lime juice. Taste for the balance of sweet, sour and salty. If it is too sweet, add more sour, if it is too salty add more sweet, if it is too sour add more sugar. I prefer mine on the salty, sour side rather than sweet but it really is personal preference

Add fresh chillies of course I do…lol

Then pour all over the tray of baked fish. 
Garnish with coriander and/or strips of fresh spring onions.
Serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy!

This is a very simple fish dish to make and it virtually cooks itself but experiment because if I don’t have fennel I stuff the fish cavity with coriander, Thai Basil, spring onions, really whatever I have in the garden or the fridge…

Just in case you missed previous weeks then here they are… 

Prawns and Asparagus

 

Thai Prawn cakes

My good news for the week is that I have finally launched my self-hosted site….It is called Orienthailiving and I am so excited to present it to you…I do hope you will pop over and have a look, maybe subscribe and share if you like it….There will still be a few tweaks and improvements to make I am sure but please bear with me…

Thank you have a lovely weekend x