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The Culinary Alphabet …The letter H…

Welcome to this month’s Culinary trawl through the alphabet and it is the letter H. The choices on what to showcase were many and I had quite a hard time deciding which ones to feature.  Otherwise, you could be looking at something akin to War and Peace and we all want peace in our kitchens don’t we?

Honey:

Also known as  Nectar of the Gods.

Where do I get my honey? Well, my first bottle, I was sitting on the beach with my sundowner, fending off the ever-present sellers of touristy bits and bobs, when a man appeared carrying a very heavy-looking bucket. What did he have? Well, I had to look and what a surprise, it was fresh, very fresh honeycomb, and he strained the most glorious bottle of fresh honey. I just had to purchase it, the taste was so fresh and very slightly scented, amazing and a beautiful golden colour.

And enjoy!

Now I have moved to the North of Thailand I get my honey straight from the comb, I am so lucky and I know that and it is beautiful.

I always take a little apple cider vinegar with a spoonful of honey in hot water first thing in the morning, on an empty tummy.  I have been taking it for a couple of years.  It is said to fight off joint inflammation and I don’t suffer from joint pain or anything.

Honey mixed with Dijon mustard makes a lovely glaze for BBQ meats.

Or one of my favourites is

3/4 cup of honey
Red chillies finely chopped, 1 tbsp
Green chillies finely chopped, 1 tbsp
Lime juice, 1 tbsp.

Mix all together and leave for 1 hour in the fridge it is then ready to use.

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Another wonderful dip for a cold meat platter on a summer’s day…

To make you will need:

  • 2 tbsp oil,
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped,
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes,
  • 1/3 cup honey,
  • 2 tsp soy sauce,
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar,
  • ¼ to ½ cup water
  • and 2 tsp cornstarch.

In a small bowl stir together the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ¼ cup of water and the cornstarch.

Put the oil in a medium saucepan over a medium heat and let the mix warm up for about 30 seconds, add the garlic and cook until fragrant and just starting to color, 15-20 seconds max.

Add the red pepper flakes and cook for another 15-30 seconds until garlic is very lightly browned.

Restir the honey mixture and pour into the saucepan, bring to a simmer stirring, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins stirring frequently.

Add more water if desired.

You now have a lovely dip for your cold platter.

What I also love is chilli infused honey. 

Place honey in a saucepan and warm until it reaches 180 degrees on a sugar thermometer. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. Then pour your honey over a jar of chillies. Cool to room temperature.

Beautiful with meat or fish.

Enjoy!

Hamburger:

The hamburger or burger as most commonly called first appeared around the 19th century or early 20th century and the evidence suggest that it originated in the U.S.A and consisted of two pieces of bread and a ground beefsteak.  How far has it evolved since then??

There are great burgers and there are the worst burgers you could ever eat. Me I am not a fan of the burger and on the odd occasion when we do have them I make my own. There are the schools of thought of which the late Anthony Bourdain was one that a burger should be just that and not have so much in it that you couldn’t get your mouth around it.  I have seen pictures of some huge ones so I do tend to agree with him that less is more.

My favourite burger is a beef, red, onion and parmesan burger.

Ingredients:

350 gm best beef mince
1 med red onion very finely chopped reserving a few whole rings of onion to go in the burger.
2 med eggs yolks beaten
25 gm breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp oregano
35 gm parmesan cheese
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly ground pepper.

Let’s Cook!

If you are cooking your burgers on the BBQ then the first job is to get the BBQ going as you want it nice and hot.

Chop the onion finely and blitz in the food processor…add the egg yolks with the breadcrumbs, spices and Dijon mustard mix to combine. Finely grate the parmesan and mix in well.

Add the mince and season well..I always cook a tiny little patty as a tester that way it is easier to adjust the seasoning.

I find mixing with your hands is a good way to combine the ingredients properly once mixed then form into the sized burgers you require.

Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for 10 minutes or so to firm up before putting onto the BBQ or grill.

Drizzle with olive oil and season when you put them on the griddle and cook for 4 mins each side more if you like your burgers well done.

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Once the burgers are done then let them rest for a few minutes before putting them in the burger bun.

Serve in a toasted bun with sliced red onion and relish of your choice. Plain and simple but really tasty.

 

Herbs:

Fresh Herbs are something that I always have in my fridge and my garden, Don’t you?

Also, I want to show you that it is not time-consuming to give your food that little extra pizzaz…Food should be tempting, it should be fun and enjoyable as well as being good for you…and the occasional treat…Have it! Enjoy it! Safe in the knowledge that most of the time what you and your family are eating is good, healthy food… but never boring!

Some herbs you can grow at home and pick them fresh knowing that they are pesticide free. How satisfying is that???

They are also something that I sometimes forget that I have or keep meaning to use and end up throwing them away. Does the same thing happen in your house?

It is always those tender herbs like coriander, basil, mint, parsley or chives…The hardy herbs are the ones I always keep in the freezer.

Well, no more will I be throwing away my herbs I decided that I would use my herbs more or less immediately or do something with them.

I think herbs always lift an ordinary dish and make it a little bit more special  for example, if you are having a salad just snip a few herbs and toss them in with your normal salad vegetables or if you fancy a salad and have no salad in the fridge then a salad made of freshly picked herbs from the garden or the hedgerow makes a refreshing change.

Freeze some chopped herbs in ice-cube trays and then all have to do is drop one or two into your cooking when herbs are needed.

Or make some lovely herb butter ideal for melting over your fish or dropping in a sauce.

 

Add mint leaves to that bowl of ice cream see how much more refreshing it is.

Half and Half:

Half and half known as single cream in the UK is a blend of whole milk and light cream it also cannot be whipped. It does, of course, have a higher fat content than ordinary milk but adds that touch of creaminess to sauces, coffee, ice cream bases, rice pudding, mashed potatoes it has many uses in the kitchen. It is, however, better to add at the end of your cooking as if you overheat it then it will curdle.

Hangtown Fry:

What an intriguing name? It is a type of omelette with the original and most common version being made of Oysters, bacon, and eggs which sounds like a wonderful combo to me. It was originally made famous in the Californian Gold Rush in the 1850’s there are also many tales surrounding this dish from prisoners on death row ordering one as there last meal knowing that the Oysters have to be shipped in so many tales I am sure there is a book somewhere.

Hull:

Quite simply to hull means to remove the stems of fruit like strawberries without just slicing the top of which not only wastes some of the lovely fruit it spoils the look of the fruit.

Hotpot:

Originating from Lancashire in North West England it is made of lamb or mutton and onions topped with sliced potatoes and cooked slowly in the oven…

Hummus:

Combine
3 tbsp Tahini Paste with
2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice and blitz in food processor.

Add 2tbsp Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic,
½ tsp ground Cumin and a
½-1 tsp salt and blitz.

Then add half of drained, rinsed can of chickpeas and again blitz 1-2 mins.
Add the other half of Chick Peas and blitz again 1-2 mins.
Put in a suitable container or serving bowl drizzle with tbsp Olive Oil and sprinkle with  Paprika.

Voila, it’s now ready to eat with Sliced pitta bread or cut up vegetables of your choice.

This will keep up to 1 week in the fridge.

Haggis:

Haggis is traditionally served on Burns Night which is a Scottish Celebration of the famous Rabbie Burns a Scots poet. Made from sheep’s pluck ( heart, liver and lungs) which is minced and mixed with oatmeal, suet, onions, spice, salt and moistened with a rich stock it is then cooked in an animals stomach and served with neeps( swede/turnip) and tatties( potatoes) and of course a dram of Scotch Whisky to wash it down.

This post first appeared on Esme’s Salon for which I post monthly.

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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smorgasbord Health Column

Another factual and easy to read and understand post about our life blood and how to keep it in tip top condition…How it is distributed through our body, how we can help prevent or treat Anaemia and how our waste disposal works.

via Smorgasbord Health Column – The Blood – Oxygen distribution, waste disposal and Anaemia

Healthy Eating…No more diets…Eat yourself slim…

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Welcome …It is that time the week when we talk healthy eating or I talk healthy eating… For the past few weeks, I have read many interesting posts and e-mails ..Those e-mails… Is anyone else getting more junk mail??? Keep to the point Carol!

One of the common themes in those e-mails and posts are that those Hidden Added Sugars…Yep, I am going to say it…They creep into everything and are changing our taste buds… We are craving more processed foods which are BAD for us…Those sneaky manufacturers are still winning all the way to the bank.

What am I doing about that? Well for starters I am going to make sure that you are all aware of what is going on in the food industry and it is not getting any better.

I have noticed that a few pounds have crept on and I don’t like it!

Starting from yesterday and I have to admit I was prompted by a post from Sally over @ Smorgasbord health and the little chart and great advice she produced …

Now before I start… I will say I don’t count calories and don’t believe you should be on a perpetual diet your whole life but I do believe we should know that what you eat has consequences for both me and you, our health and lifestyle. 

I only eat 2 meals a day and follow an 80/20% rule and I walk.

BUT

Reading through the chart ALTHOUGH much did not apply to me…Some did …It shocked me and tied in with what I have been reading about added sugars.

So this illustration is a one-off really as I don’t count calories as you know.

Those 2 digestive biscuits I was having with my early morning cuppa equated to 150 calories so in 1 week 1,050 calories in 1 year 54,600 calories which equals 16 lbs of FAT and a 7.3-kilo weight increase…Over 5 years that could be a whole small person…

I started keeping a food diary yesterday and at the end of the week, I will be looking at what I ate and deciding what I am changing and how I am going to respond.

I do walk but lately because of the extreme heat and rain I have missed a few days here and there.

That is going to change I am going to research a step thingy so I know if I am doing at least 1 mile a day ( I think I am) BUT if I am totally honest something has caused those few pounds to creep on…

It doesn’t just happen…Does it??? So for me…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

A few missed days of walking, sometimes 3 digestive biscuits, a sundowner or two every night, I have no excuses I am in charge of what I eat and how much I exercise… I only cheat myself …My scales don’t lie …

I am visiting that International shopping isle once too often methinks when I go shopping …

Here is a link to some free pedometer apps which will track your steps for a fitter, healthier you… I am going to try one or buy something which will record my steps for me…Black and white doesn’t lie, does it?

Yesterday I also read an interesting post on our immune system and what happens after we eat that chicken sandwich...To say it was an eye opener and I have read plenty of that this last week but it has, in turn, it made me so much more focused again…

All this Healthy eating is not just about losing weight but it is about looking after the only body we have or will get…

Sally also published a shopping list of nutrients and what foods we should eat to get that protection through our immune system … I went through the list and made a shopping list from each section of what I do buy and what I don’t buy as often…Some I don’t buy ever, however, it is not that kind of list it is multi-choice and some I only brought maybe one or two of the choices and others most of it… I was pleasantly surprised …

But that isn’t true really as we do eat healthily and a lot of vegetables and not very much processed foods…However, I need to do that bit more. I am healthy and don’t have any real health issues but I am backsliding and I got the kick up the bum I needed this week…

I gave it to myself as I am quite good at that…So Food diary it is this week and having a good look at what I am eating .. I even weighed my portion today and I never, ever do that…because I cook I have a good eye and many things I judge by that eye and sometimes double-check myself and I must say I am pretty accurate but I just wanted to see what I was serving myself ..

I hope you do read the links and let me know if you are keeping a food diary and how it worked out …It is really easy to do the calculation yourself as I will do at the end of the week and make my chart…

Thank you so much for reading this post and if you have found this helpful and know some of your friends and family will then please hit your share buttons …Thank you xxx

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Healthy Eating? BUT is it???

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Healthy eating …I wish it was that simple …Don’t you??

We are continually bombarded by “Healthy Food” ads through the TV and social media. I know when I went shopping with kids in tow or in my lunch hour I didn’t have time to scour the shelves or read the labels and to be honest some of those labels even if you had 20/20 vision you wouldn’t be able to read it…

So…Is it healthy or not?

I hope this helps…

Yoghurt…How many different types of yoghurt and yoghurt drinks are there on sale? Who knows… All packaged to catch your eye or the kids eyes we have Miss Kitty drinks, Barbie yoghurts, Ben 10 Yoghurts, Munch Bunch, you name it and they have that yoghurt…Kids are the manufacturer’s dream and our nightmare…

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Most fruit flavoured yoghurts have alarmingly high levels of sugar they are high in calories and fat. A good example of what sounds healthy is the Total fat-free yoghurt and it contains 18.8gm of sugar that is nearly 40% of our daily sugar allowance in one go.

Weight watchers and Shape yoghurts if you want something you can eat on the go hover around the 3.1g of sugar so are better.

UK NHS guidelines:

  • Adults should have no more than 30 gm of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to seven sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24 gm of free sugars a day (six sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19 gm of free sugars a day (five sugar cubes).
  • There is no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it’s recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

Myself I use natural yoghurt or Greek Yoghurt I haven’t as yet ventured into making my own …

Natural yoghurt is higher in calcium than Greek yoghurt and cheaper but I also use it when I make an Indian curry and I like it with fresh fruit it has a sharper flavour than the creamy Greek yoghurt but I like the taste. I also use it when a flatbread recipe calls for yoghurt so I find it more versatile than buying fruit flavoured yoghurts.

Greek Yoghurt I love it…It is more filling and higher in protein made from milk from grass-fed cows lovely with fresh fruit or my favourite frozen raspberries… I also use it when I make protein drinks or smoothies also if you use it instead of sour cream when you make dips, tacos or on your jacket potatoes you will save whopping 78 calories and 7 gm of saturated fat per 1/4 of a cup.

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Although a big pot is initially higher in cost it is healthier, more versatile which then makes it cost effective as well as being good for you.

The bottom line for you and your families health ditch the fruit flavoured yoghurts.

Sugar-Free Sweets.

Nothing in life is free… It costs us somewhere along the line and in the case of sugar-free sweets, it is our health. What cost do you put on your health?

Although sugar-free sweets contain no carbohydrates they contain sugar alcohols which if eaten in excess can cause stomach discomfort and or diarrhoea.

What are they sweetened with aspartame, saccharin, sucralose or other non- calorific sweeteners.

Aspartame the controversy lumbers on some say it is safe and some say it is not…personally so many things once deemed safe are now proving not to be …I don’t trust a government agency to keep me safe…

Saccharin...Another artificial sweetener and more research and testing have been carried out on both of these over the years. Drug and food agencies swear they are safe however health professional and consumer safety groups do not agree. Scientific studies conducted on animals have found links between both these sweeteners and cancer.

The bottom line for you and your families health ditch the sugar-free sweets.

This brings me on to low-calorie sweeteners or artificial sweeteners it seems everyone wants sweetness but without the calories of sugar. A popular natural low-calorie sweetener is Stevia.

The worry among health professionals is that with using these in excess is that many people will then find foods which are less sweet like fresh fruit and vegetables unpalatable thus healthy, filling and nutritious foods are being replaced with artificially flavoured foods with less nutritional value to health. The sweetness then may cause many to stop thinking of sweetness with a higher calorie intake and veer towards eating a sweeter diet and gain rather than lose weight.

Personally, I think this is a dangerous road to take with our health… Many chronic ailments are preventable… That is it in a nutshell… not everything can be put down to unhealthy diets and added sugars but much can and that is a major worry for future generations.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/healthy-eating-no-to-diets-sugar-is-it-your-worst-enemy/

We are guardians of our children’s health and we have a duty as parents to guide them. Children learn habits and if they see us consuming and letting them consume all of this unhealthy sugar-laden food they will see it as the norm… We need to teach them good eating habits …To teach them to love food, to teach them the joy of watching things grow and then cooking and eating it…We owe them the best start in life we can give them.

Let’s be clear on this all this sugar-laden food and drink has a cost on our purses and our health…

I hope this has helped clear up a few points on what foods to avoid …Do your own research and see what you find out I scared myself and the more I research the more I want to know and also wonder how much I don’t know how much is being kept from us which affects our health.

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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love !

No more diets

Welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…Lol… The place where there are no excuses and moderation…

Eating is fun..isn’t it??..

Who tried the Protein shake last week I thought it was lovely… Today it is a lovely Mango and pineapple protein shake..when I get my butt moving and go get some fresh coconut water…my little man must have had a day off yesterday…

But did I come home empty handed…Of course not!

I bought some lovely spicy rice balls…I did only have one though but it was lovely with a little lime juice squeezed over the top a lovely little snack…

Come on then fess up what sort of week have you had???

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Have you been applying moderation… Hands up! Who has tried some of those diets I showcased last week ??? Come on..spill!

This week I am going to let you have an insight into what I eat and what works for me… Starting with my early morning drink, first, one of the day and I like having a mixture of early morning drinks… one-day apple cider vinegar and a shake another day…I like to mix it up and of course coconut water which I love fresh and chilled… What are you drinking??? Have you changed what you drink??? Do you have a new favourite drink?…

Lots of questions today so please speak to me in comments ..Tell me what changes you have made…

Coming soon… I have a treat. for you… Chennie from  AnotherBlog 

Has kindly agreed to do a  Q & A on TOFU… I myself have never tried it, have never had any intention of trying it and know little or nothing about it.

BUT I do know many people cook with it and so to be fair I should be including it on here…Don’t you think??? So stay tuned…All will be revealed next Tuesday…Right here!

Protein Drinks…

As you know anything that man has had a hand in the manufacture of my food always rings alarm bells for Moi… I just don’t believe all this hype and claims that are made about products… This latest news and I am sure there will be more… There always is…But it tells me we should be making our own until it is properly proven to really be a better choice than making Protein drinks from scratch…

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/03/01/protein-powders-may-be-damaging-your-health.html

Tropical Sunshine in a glass...Pineapple and Mango Protein shake.

Mango and Pineapple Protein Drink 1

3/4 cup of coconut water (or one of my suggestions from last weeks post)

1/3 cup of greek yoghurt ( cutting down) use natural yoghurt

1/3 cup raw soaked cashews

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

1/3 cup frozen mango

1 pitted date for sweetness( optional) I prefer honey.

Top with a tsp of chia seeds before serving ( optional)

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful lemon colour and it tasted very nice.  New to protein drinks like me?… I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great I drink them anyway…Really!

I like to drink something which tastes pleasant. Don’t you???

Of the two shakes, last weeks was for me my favourite but I  love raspberries and beets just a tad more than mango. Which one is your favourite???

Just a tip... I freeze my fruit in portions which makes life so much easier ..I also do that will my meat, fish as often I just cook a portion for my self so easy to do and when I worked it saved so much time and it doesn’t take long to do…I keep my own little box of  ONE PERSON sized portions…

What is a typical days food for me??? Yesterday it was…

A glass of Apple cider vinegar with honey and ginger.

A mid-morning shake…I tested the pineapple and mango protein shake…

My lunch was Grapow Moo ( Pork) with cauliflower rice...

Evening meal was Lasagne and salad…small portion.

Drinks throughout the day were water and I had a G & T for my sundowner. and one spicy rice ball… I also walked into town and back about  5km.

I don’t count calories… I just eat small portions and 2 meals a day…

I eat more spicy food than I used to and only 2 meals a day I don’t know if it is my age or whether my stomach now expects less…So far I am healthy, fairly fit, eat what I fancy but ALTHOUGH I don’t diet or count calories I am aware of what I am eating so if I have for example pancakes on Shrove Tuesday I enjoy them and make an adjustment the next day or the following few days depending on what I have eaten or increase my exercise.

It works for me and should work for you…we all have a good idea of good and bad foods …Don’t we? …I don’t use low-fat products as they tend to be higher in sugars. I would just opt for a sensible portion… Moderation in other words…

There are also foods that I don’t eat any more or very, very seldom… I don’t eat takeaways, burgers, processed foods, cake ( very )rarely, I hardly eat bread or potatoes,

BUT I eat rice, white rice, sticky rice, black rice, brown rice I vary my rice and of course cauliflower rice…

Pasta I used to love and now not so much…maybe once a month sometimes not that…If I can get it I love spaghetti squash or courgette ribbons with pasta.

Cheeses… I mainly eat Feta, very occasionally a piece of blue cheese and sometimes a little parmesan/ mozzarella on my pasta.

Fish... I love all fish but make sure it is the best fish I can get and not farmed… Steamed Seabass one of my favourites simple and easy to make

Fish with Lime and fennel

Meat... Chicken and pork mainly…lamb and beef are not readily available here but I eat a very small serving and lots of vegetables which I genuinely like either lightly cooked or raw which is a very popular way to eat vegetables and herbs here.

Sauces I love but make my own from lemons, ginger, chillies and garlic.

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Thai Chilli Dip

 

Eggs I eat probably about 6 per week.

Pickles, garlic, jalapenos, cucumbers, eggs, cabbage and kimchi I tend to snack on…

I hope that gives you a little idea of my diet all fruits and veg/herbs are either grown by us or bought locally and we eat a lot of vegetables … meat or fish and rice would be my smaller portion on my plate the rest would be vegetables and herbs and a dip.

How is your eating plan going? Do these posts help? Are there any particular recipes you would like me to feature???

Next week...It will be Tofu with recipes from the lovely Chennie Huang…

That’s all for this week on No More Diets I hope you have a good week…

No more diets

Thank you for reading this…Let’s do it xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retired no one told me! Weekly roundup…Recipes, ranting and back door trots…

What a week this has been... Have I got the mother of all roundups for you just in case you missed any of my posts…

I started with my recipe for Asian style ribs... And guess what the first time we made them they were awesome but I was the sous chef on that occasion and not paying too much attention…..I was chopping and julienning the ginger and writing down the recipe while taking photos…One’s son was cooking the said ribs… They were AWESOME THE BEST!

Take 2!

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Mum pulled up the recipe and we started preparing the ribs…

There then ensued a conversation as to which soy sauce was used… I had written the recipe down WRONG ….who would think one word would make a difference…Oh, it did! Trust me…. Black Soy…Black Soy Black Soy…I will not be forgetting that!

I have also amended the recipe and apologise to anyone who used just regular soy…

 

I think this was my rant of the week/century I was/ am appalled at the duplicity of manufacturers regarding the consumer’s health.

Plastics the truth…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

Next another of my favourites Gumbo…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/gumbo-a-favourite-soup/

It is also my monthly post over on TRH time and I have started a Culinary crawl through the alphabet..not sure if Esme realises that she has me every month for the next 2 plus years …hahaha

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https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/the-culinary-alphabet-beginning-with-a/

 

Fruity Fridays!

 

The turn of the Fig…not particularly the prettiest of fruits but very good for you and lovely with bacon but so is everything…Too many and you get the back door trots…but just enough and they keep you regular…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/fruity-friday-the-humble-fig/

 

We then saw the lovely Sally reblog a post very dear to my own heart written some time ago and I am saddened that the problem seems to have worsened rather than got better…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/smorgasbord-blog-sitting-special-life-in-a-cardboard-box-the-chocolate-run-by-carol-taylor/

I then thought this post needed another airing …Turmeric

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/turmeric-golden-milk/

Phew…I didn’t realise I wrote so much in a week…

Healthy Eating… A cause dear to my heart… no diets, no counting calories, no feeling guilty…Just a good balanced diet and moderation coupled with your chosen exercises…AND

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My Wednesday cookery column over at Sally’s was HOT!

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Next is the very tasty, healthy alternative to rice… Tada…Cauliflower rice…Now just in case you were wondering and thought I was teasing you by showing the Pork and Thai basil dish I ate mine with…so I have added the link for you…

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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love…

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Welcome to my Tuesday ( Boot camp) where we have sensible conversations on what we eat and enjoy… Yes, enjoy! Let’s do this!

Just to recap on last week what have you been snacking on tell me???

Oh, and did you enjoy your pancakes ??? I did I had two with lime and a bit of sugar and they were delicious…

What did you think of last weeks post??? Which is just below in case you missed it…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love/

Did you try any of the snacks or have you got your own go-to snacks??

This week as I know so many of my readers live in colder climes I will give you the recipes for some delicious soups..all healthy, made from scratch and good for you…

This is one of my favourite Thai soups and the first time I have made it. It also brings back memories of a certain lady…Keeleigh who when she visited us could not get enough of this fabulous soup.

You may also notice that it isn’t the bright orange colour of many Tom Yum soups you see or may have had it is because a mix is used and it has colouring in it …If it is this colour it is made from scratch from fresh ingredients no preservatives and colourings.

Tom Yum soup with Prawns

Tom Yum Goon

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
  • 500 gm Prawns
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium tomatoes cut into quarters.
  • 2 white onions (medium-sized) cut into large chunks.
  • 1 and a half teaspoons of sugar
  • 7 – 10 tablespoons of fish sauce (depending on your taste)
  • Juice of 5 -8 limes.
  • A handful of cilantro.

N.B Next time I will use shallots instead of white onions and 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 bird 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’d still like the chilli flavour but not as much heat.

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

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

Now prepare your prawns I remove everything except for the tail…..others put in whole prawns…personal preference.

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 prepared prawns and cook for 2-3 mins( 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 it off the surface.

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

Taste and adjust if necessary.

This delicious soup is now ready to serve.

 

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do and remember to add the smallest amount of fish sauce and lime juice and taste and build on it, taste and build until you get the right level of salty and sour for you 🙂

Thai Rice Soup.

Thai Rice soup

 

This soup is eaten for breakfast, it is given to babies, anyone who is maybe a little unwell or just because they want a comfort food. If you use cooked rice then it will be more like a porridge and how it would be given to babies and also with less seasoning for babies.

If you want a bit more of a substantial soup then add a few prawns and if you are vegetarian just omit the meat and maybe add some pak choi or white cabbage shredded., some tomato…Play with the flavours.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup minced chicken or pork

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 and a half tbsp oil

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp soy sauce

1 and 1/2 cup of fresh chicken broth

1 cup of steamed rice

1 egg

1 tbsp finely Julienned fresh ginger

1 spring onion finely sliced

1 tbsp coriander chopped

Pinch of white pepper.

Let’s cook!

Heat the oil and add the minced ginger and cook until ginger is golden remove half and set to one side for garnish.

Add the chicken or pork and season with salt and the soy sauce then pour in your chicken broth and the rice. Cook for 3-5 minutes depending on whether you want a soup or more of a porridge.

Turn up the heat and crack the egg in the middle of the rice either sir to combine through the rice or let the egg poach.

Pour into your bowl and top with the garlic, spring onions and ginger sprinkle with a dash of white pepper.

Enjoy!

Two lovely soups ..No calorie counting…I don’t do that… we all have a good idea of what our food contains and whether or not we could eat bowls of it or not…Don’t we???

I eat fairly small portions but if I am still hungry I would have a little more obviously with these soups you don’t eat bread…

I generally never ever feel bloated I eat enough..enough to satisfy my appetite…I don’t count calories..I am old enough to know what is calorie laden and I am not on a diet… It is a lifestyle for me and easy to maintain because …I had my pancakes ..did I not on Shrove Tuesday… I enjoyed them…

That was my treat and no guilt…BUT… I was extra careful the next day and also walked a few extra km.

What I am really saying is MODERATION AND COMMON SENSE…Cheat every day…Who is the loser…It isn’t me…

I do hope this is helping you along with your feeling healthier and eating healthier path… If you have any questions or foods you love and need recipes for ..Ask me…I don’t bite and enjoy my food and my sundowners… But also lose weight or maintain it as now I seem to lose in little bursts…If I feel it needs a kick-start then I up my walking or cut my snacks not that I eat many anyway or will have a soup day.

Until next time eat well but eat sensibly xxx