Category Archives: No faddy diets just healthy food

Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup…Stink Beans, Stuffed Peppers and Safe traveling tips.

Weekly Roundup 22nd July.jpg

A tad behind this week… Just circumstances and the fact I had my nose in a book…Yesterday I went on a road trip to get little Lily who wanted to come and stay with us for a few days…At least then her mummy can weed the rice and not have to keep an eye on Lil’s who is just off to the pool with her brother and dad having just thrashed grandad at snap…Lol…I think he does let her win most of the time…

I hope by now you are used to the routine and have your favourite beverage and are comfy and ready to have a good read, there are some cracking recipes from me and Sally so maybe have a snack handy as well as you might be a tad hungry by the time you have finished reading.

lady relaxing kindle-1867751_1280

My first post of the week was my take on Old Bay seasoning ..I make all of my spice mixes and I find it then means 1.I know what is in it and 2. I have a better, quicker rotation of spices hence they are fresher and the third it is much cheaper…Cost-effective…

spices-2454799_1280

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/how-to-make-old-bay-seasoning/

 

Then as so often different terms and names are applied to the same product or produce around the world…The internet can be a wonderful thing but can also cause much confusion with terms so I hope I have cleared a few of them up for you I am sure there are many more.

beef-2027065_1280

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/you-call-it-what/

It was then Sally’s turn with a beautiful sounding recipe for stuffed peppers and fajitas which I thought was worth a share… Thank you, Sally 🙂

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-stuffed-peppers-and-fajitas/

 

Bootcamp…With some healthy and tasty foods for those hot summer days which many of you are enjoying around the globe and healthy does not mean boring and tasteless…Forget about those bland rice crackers and the like …There is food here to enjoy and savour…

Summertime carol Cook's

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/healthy-summer-eating-how-to-eat-great-tasty-food-and-lose-weight/

Wednesdays mean my weekly cookery column over at Sally’s and this week it was Rice…my favourite carb and of which there are so many different varieties…Recipes both sweet and savoury just for you to enjoy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-carol-cooks-rice-savoury-and-sweet/

Stink Beans do to your urine what asparagus does … Makes it a little smelly but paired with some hot spicy curry paste and pork it is a lovely thing and a very popular dish here in Thailand …

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/down-on-the-farm-spicy-pork-with-stinky-beans-mu-baan-phat-prik-sa-tor/

Back over to Sally whose Health advice is invaluable and in layman’s terms means I can understand it… Many chronic conditions can be helped not always cured but helped by changes to our diets. I mean if you do that and cut down on tablets and medicines is that not better? I think so… who wants to rattle when shaken?…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-we-need-manganese-and-the-link-to-asthma/

Sally is kindly reposting a few of my archived posts on a Thursday and this one is a beautiful red Lily Lake..wetlands full of wildlife and very beautiful when the Lily’s are in bloom.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-the-red-lotus-sea-lake-thailand-by-carol-taylor/

Those of you who know well know how much I dislike most manufactured foods and products and that if I can make a great tasting substitute then I will…This is my third different protein shake and it came a close second to my favourite raspberry and beet protein shake.

 

ttps://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/papaya-and-banana-protein-shake/

Lastly, my fellow blogger, Debby has joined our team over at Sally’s with a travel column and it is great …There is no one better suited than our Deb to host a travel column and already I have picked up some great tips and ones which could save me both money and a travel disaster…Well worth a read…

Debby header travel

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-part-three-preparing-for-a-safe-trip/

I hope you have enjoyed this varied roundup…If you have please feel free to reblog or share on your favourite social media xxx

I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating, or anything else…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest  https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Enjoy your Sunday and I hope your week ahead is a glorious one, be happy and mindful xx

Advertisements

Healthy Summer Eating…How to eat great tasty food and lose weight…

Summertime carol Cook's

Summertime and the living is easy by Ella Fitzgerald or a little more upbeat… In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry…

I love those songs they both epitomise sunny days. leisurely eating with friends and family… What are your favourite summer songs??

It also means enjoyable food and drinks…Food and drinks which are tasty and fun to eat… which when you have eaten leaves you pleasantly full but still able to play ball…stroll around the park in the sun or just be…

I love a nice iced tea…Green tea with a splash of fresh orange or lime juice, muddle some mint sprigs add some ice and top with sparkling water… Refreshing and healthy…

iced green tea

Or cucumber and mint is a lovely combo with sparkling water …

Fresh Coconut juice…One of my favourites… there are so many lovely drinks which are so easy to make either for one or make a jug full… Play with your flavours …Freeze some orange, pomelo, lemon or lime slices and just drop in your sparkling water…

Puree some lovely fresh ripe mango, pineapple, papaya and top up with ice and sparkling water with some lime juice anything goes …Have fun and create…

Not sweet enough add a little honey…

Now to food...What to eat… Take some lovely zucchini noodles…

zucchini- noodles

Stick some chicken fillets on the BBQ or under the grill and add some pesto …quick, easy, tasty and healthy…Below are my recipes for a green or pesto and some lovely light dishes using fresh herbs…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/healthy-eating-fresh-herbs/

One of my favourite things are roasted lemons… the taste is sublime and cannot be beaten for me anyway it just sings of sunny days…

Roasted lemon and tomato salad

lemon-1187658_1920

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ pounds mixed small tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves

Let’s Cook!

Pre-heat the oven 325F 160C

Add the lemon slices to a saucepan of boiling water and blanch for 2 mins…This removes the bitterness…Remove from the heat and pat dry.

Gently toss the lemon slices with the sage, sugar and 1 tbsp of olive oil then spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake until lemons are dry and lightly coloured about 15-20 mins then set to one side to cool.

In a large bowl whisk the pomegranate molasses, allspice and 1 tbsp of olive oil season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the lemons, onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint..if mint leaves are large then tear toss gently to combine…

Taste to check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if required.

Enjoy!

Stuck for a tasty dressing this one is quick, easy and delicious…

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers.

Lets mix!

Measure all your ingredients into a bowl gentle muddle the herbs and capers to release the flavours…Season with freshly ground black peppers and use to season your favourite salad…

Lovely over a salad topped with some grilled sliced chicken or sliced grilled steak…

grilled chicken

For some more ideas pop over to Sally’s for some healthy snack ideas including a lovely guacamole and salsa recipe…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-snacks-and-dips-guacamole-and-salsa/

 

This has been added as such a brilliant way of tracking weight loss and no I haven’t seen it before ( I DON’T GET OUT MUCH) although I am sure some have…I just loved it!

https://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2018/07/17/losing-your-marbles/#comment-48348

I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest  https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Enjoy your week, be happy and mindful xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating…No more diets…

No more...Diets Healthy eating (1)

Wow, what a week… They are all out and safe …Just in case you have been cocooned somewhere away from the maddening crowd and don’t know what I am talking about… The Thai boys and their teacher who were trapped in a cave near where I live…It must have been so scary for them not knowing if help was coming…But it did …Do you know what pleased me the most ???

It was how the whole world united and that made me so happy…Sad for the brave Ex-Navy Seal who lost his life such a brave man…R.I.P … You will always be remembered for your bravery…

I have shed a few tears these last few weeks…AND

The healthy eating? … That went out the window…She who doesn’t eat crisps..DID…She who doesn’t really snack…DID!

I was fixated on the news but with consequences…

I now feel really out of sorts…Tired, sluggish, really tired…No Energy… Zilch!

What am I doing about it?? Well, Sally’s post this week was very timely ( For Moi) I am going to detox and get back on track…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-eating-plan-for-healthy-kidneys-and-urinary-tract/?

What am I not going to do???

 Beat myself up?… Nope…I can’t change the last few weeks…But…I can change over the next few weeks…

Don’t wish me luck…Because I AM GOING TO DO IT!

It’s the little changes we can make, isn’t it?

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?

How did you get on after reading last weeks post?? Did you start any herbs or plants? Did you find any communal gardens  I always love to hear how you are getting on in comments and not just the good … We all have days or weeks we rather forget…

vegetables-2299716_1280

Below are just a few small ways you can start to make changes it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.

Sugary drinks…

Expensive I hear you say ….no it is not… Most of what we eat is taught to us…we teach our children, our parents taught us…some folks when they grow older make their own choices…That’s fine…but make an informed choice and try an alternative you may like it.

Water is healthy. Coffee and tea are healthy it is maybe what you put in it which is NOT.

Soda water with ice and lime or lemon is a nice refreshing drink. Freeze some fruit orange slices or pomelo fruit, and pop it in the glass with the soda water..very nice and refreshing.

Green Tea drinking set-3057645_640

Some nice green tea now I know how to brew it correctly…No more bitter green tea for me … I also love the way it is drunk and am on the hunt for a nice green tea set like the one pictured it just makes you feel special …I think so anyway and makes it pleasurable.

Coconut juice and yes I am lucky I have a tree and can go buy it fresh but you must have something where you live which is in season, fresh and you can juice or make into a smoothie.

So ditch the soda and think about what you can drink, think about what you like to drink…That is healthier than those sugar-laden sodas.

Pizza…One of the unhealthiest foods on the planet…

Does that mean you can never eat Pizza again…No!

pizza-346985_1920

Make homemade pizza instead ..Let the kids help… Make your own pizza sauce by pureeing cooked, peeled tomatoes with oregano and fresh garlic  Use low-fat mozzarella cheese so that your child gets plenty of calcium from his slice without all of the saturated fat. Skip the pepperoni and high-fat meats and add some chicken or prawns and add their favourite vegetables.  If they like olives even better add black olives for some heart-healthy unsaturated fat. One of my grandsons absolutely loved olives from the age of about one and a half, instead of sweets I used to buy him olives…

Make your own base…I have made a cauliflower base and it is lovely, Portobello mushrooms, a sweet potato base..there are so many options for bases some for another post…..It is all about experimenting and playing with flavours, food should be fun and especially Pizza because it really is a fun food ..isn’t it???

Cauliflower Pizza Base…

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower.
  • 1 egg, large.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (dried oregano or basil)
  • 1/8 tsp salt.
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded.
  • Cooking spray, I make my own spray I don’t do bought oil in spray cans…I have a little stainless steel one for oil.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/190 C and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Rinse cauliflower, remove the outer leaves, separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in 2 batches, until “rice” texture forms.

Transfer cauliflower rice on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 mins this just removes some of the moisture.

Remove cooked cauliflower rice from the oven, transfer to a bowl lined with a double/triple layered cheesecloth or linen towel, and let cool for 5 minutes.

Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out.

Increase oven temperature to 4 degrees F/200 C. Then in a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg with dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add cheese and squeezed cauliflower mix very well with a spatula until combined.

Line the same baking sheet with new parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer cauliflower dough to the middle and flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms.

Bake for 20 minutes, carefully flip with a spatula and bake for a few more minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake again until cheese on top turns golden brown.

Slice and enjoy!

Let the kids help you can never second guess a child and what they will like.  Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.

Teach em young Lily making pastry 3

Start them young here is Little Lily… although she is not so little now she still loves to cook and always eats what she cooks…You also have happy kids …

N.B. Just a little note it took me a couple of trial runs before I got the base the right thickness I don’t like thick crust but made it too thin at first…

Bread…

If you love white bread, opt for a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try the bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour–

Or treat yourself to some of the lovely artisan loaves of bread available or make your own..with rapid, instant yeast it is now much easier and there are also so many recipes for sourdough starters…

Also, there is nothing more satisfying than making bread…It is great when your mood is less than happy a bit of kneading that dough works wonders…lol

If you are on a particular diet for health reasons or a food intolerance it can be a minefield I hope this helps

Gluten-free junk food…

Is high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains. I think that it is abhorrent that manufacturers make foods which they know that many people with a gluten intolerance buy and that is actually very unhealthy. Some people choose to take the label “gluten-free” to mean the same things as “healthy,” which is not accurate.

Naturally, gluten-free foods include beans, pulses, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, shellfish, fruit, meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, butter, and oil.

I hope this has been of help when you are deciding which is healthier to eat and it doesn’t mean expensive foods it generally means fresh either home-grown or bought from local markets, food in season or food you have made in your own kitchen.

If you are out and about or at work take your own in a little-insulated bag to keep it fresh and find a nice park bench or a little seat somewhere to eat and watch the world go by.

Until next week I am off to start my detox…

If you liked reading this then please share or reblog and spread the word about good, healthy eating and the benefits.

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog:https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest : https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retired No One Told me! Weekly roundup…Bubble berries, Bread and Bacon…

Welcome to my weekly roundup slightly late as it has been one of those weeks…A bitty week when I haven’t got as much done…Do you get them???

Anyway, here I so get your favourite drink, a comfy seat, feet up and relax…

lady relaxing kindle-1867751_1280

Fruity Fridays is the first post of the week and what a pretty little berry it is…I love the name Bubble berry it suits it so well and made into a chutney on some lovely brown bread with some goats cheese it really is tasty…

Fruity Friday's The Inca Berry (1)

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/fruity-friday-the-inca-berry/

Thinking of food again..I had a lovely curry yesterday with my favourite black rice or raspberry rice as they call it …we grow a small amount on the farm and I really like it …

pork masala with black rice

My favourite curry and you can see how much I love coriander, can’t you? but look at that lovely rice it really has a beautiful taste… Recipe for the curry will follow soon maybe next week…

Travel Thailand was next and a lovely little temple very quirky… a mixture of old and new and one I had driven past daily for a few years and it was only after I moved away from the area that I visited it..so typical that you don’t often see what is on your doorstep…

qwirky figures

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/travel-thailand-wat-srisoonthorn-phuket/

I then got all … well, you know me by now and on occasions, something starts me thinking and away I go…All I will say is Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…

Melientha Soup

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/quiet-the-mind-and-the-soul-will-speak-ma-jaya-sati-bhagavati/

No to Diets and yes to healthy Eating…This week I talked about growing your own, communal gardens letting your kids help cook and garden which encourages them to eat and also to start to question exactly what is in your food…Be aware…Those pesky, greedy manufacturers have had their own way too long…We need to fight back…Don’t buy it! Simples!

vegetables-2299716_1280

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/healthy-eating-no-to-diets-eat-yourself-slim/

Before I knew it it was Wednesday… Carol’s Cookery Column over at Sally’s … Slightly different this week as it was a joint effort… I cooked and cured the bacon and ham, baked the bread and made some yummy Jalapeno Poppers and baked not deep fried so a bit healthier and our Sally made the Mayo…There is nothing like freshly made mayo and her banana dip caught my eye as well as being something different …If that hasn’t made you hungry then nothing will…More for us…hehe

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-home-cured-ham-and-bacon/

Lastly, I had to reblog Debby’s post over at Sally’s, she is the Queen of the cruises after all and what I knew about cruising you could write on a postage stamp… I now feel equipped and all fired up to take a cruise… it was a very well written and informative post on the do and don’ts …Of cruising!

cruising Debby

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-cruises-part-two-ship-tips/

I hope now you are rested and ready to go and have enjoyed the read…xxx

That’s all for this week let me know how you get on in comments I love to hear from you…

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog:https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest : https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

 

 

Healthy Eating…No to diets…Eat yourself slim…

No more...Diets Healthy eating

Welcome to No More Diets …Just healthy eating and of course moderation… I think it is time many of us woke up and realised that many of the chronic diseases today are caused by our lifestyles and what we eat… We are allowing these manufacturers to get away with murder as that is what it can amount to…Gone are the days when we could buy food safe in the knowledge that it was good for us…

We may be busy and work 24/7 or not have much money to spare but healthy eating requires thought and action and need not be expensive.

The kids don’t like vegetables or salad or ?????

If they are hungry they will eat… If they help grow or prepare and cook their food…They are more likely to eat it… We need to be sneaky as parents…Yep, you heard…A slice of tomato or beetroot, a piece of carrot in their smoothie and they won’t know they will just love the taste…Who doesn’t love a smoothie?? But it gets that veg down them and as they get older …tell them the truth…

smoothies-785678_1920

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/tropical-sunshine-in-a-glass-take-5/

Generally, fussy parents begat fussy kids so before you say you don’t like something think you might be making your kids even fussier!

Where to start???

I would start by clearing my food cupboards, fridge and freezer… Read the packets, look up the words you don’t know do a little research, learn how they affect the human body and our kids, learn what chronic diseases they are linked to…Take charge…Decide what preservatives and chemicals you or your children shouldn’t be exposed to… Know what foods they are in… Boycott those foods…Don’t buy them…

Think about what your foods and drinks come in… I no longer buy tinned tomatoes as the white coating inside the tin is known to leach into the food…I make my own save lots of money and freeze in portions. Plastic is also a big no no in my house and here’s why…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-the-hormone-mimic-in-plastic-and-inside-food-cans/

But before you start thinking that I am paranoid and don’t eat anything nice …I am as regards what is in my food but we love the food we eat, we eat healthily, we eat good food and chocolate …sometimes it is too hot and sticky here for chocolate though and that sort of puts me off but I love ice cream…

You can eat the food you love maybe with a healthier tweak or two and a bit of moderation but there is nothing I deprive myself of at all…

So you clear your cupboards and the kids are moaning because they really love something you have chucked out…. Look up the recipe… You will be as surprised as I am just how easy most things are to make and they don’t take long…

For example:-

Peanut Butter: How many of you love peanut butter?? How many of you have kids who love peanut butter??

Peanut Butter on spoon

Shop bought Peanut butter contains...Roasted Peanuts, Soybean Oil, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Cotton Seed And Rapeseed Oil), Salt, Mono And Diglycerides. 

Homemade Peanut Butter contains… Roasted Peanuts, Oil ( of your choice) Salt.

Well, a difference in ingredients there isn’t there?? Below is my recipe and it is so easy to do and the taste is so much better… If the kids like the chocolate swirl some in..easy.my recipe explains it all ♥

Peanut butter is the easiest thing to make and takes 15-20 minutes the kids can help it is easy and NO nasties…

So many store-bought products are so easy to make, generally much cheaper and no it doesn’t have the shelf life but what cost is a long shelf life when that jar full of preservatives would probably outlive you if you do not start doing something.

Start small and think about what you can do...I am not saying never ever eat a burger again…I am saying make your own.

Living here has forced my hand somewhat but also opened my eyes to how much I can make easily, cheaper and that is better for our health. I don’t spend hours in the kitchen it is too damn hot…

I plan…

I make extra and freeze into portions…ideal if you work all you need to do is spend a Saturday once a month and plan and freeze.

It will save you precious time and money and you will be healthier. Do you live in an inner city as many of you do and don’t get so many bargains or have a garden… I haven’t always had a huge garden…I grew potatoes in bags and veg in pots or hanging baskets so many ideas online…Only got a balcony ??? Even if you only grow fresh herbs and tomatoes it is a start. Many places now in inner cities are using rooftops and they have amazing gardens…Communal gardens ask around to see if there are any schemes you can join or start your own. All you need is a small area with a few willing hands also an ideal way to make friends and learn about gardening etc.

vegetables-2299716_1280

https://www.pps.org/article/beyond-food-community-gardens-as-places-of-connection-and-empowerment

Container gardening is very popular now and if you have sunny window sill then it is ideal to grow your favourite herbs …Strawberries grow well in hanging baskets and look lovely… Go on Pinterest to get ideas and use anything an old wheelbarrow even an old WC pan anything and it makes the place look so pretty.

https://www.almanac.com/content/container-gardening-vegetables

How useful did you find the post on Tofu last week I found it useful as I knew absolutely nothing but thanx to Victoria I now know more about tofu…If I am honest I am never probably going to be the biggest fan but I will persevere and the lovely Esme has given me some tried and tested Tofu recipes which I am sure are very nice here is one for squash and tofu.

es_s-acorn-squash-with-orzo-and-kale

https://esmesalon.com/ess-acorn-squash-with-orzo-kale-and-tofu/

That’s all for this week let me know how you get on in comments I love to hear from you…

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog:https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest : https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Very true, just sitting quietly and freeing your thoughts is remarkably calming. I need calm, having retired, I feel the need for calm and also solitude at times ..not because I am angry, or mad at someone but just because I value time and now I have time to do that…it energises me and gets my thoughts flowing.

Living in Thailand has taught me to be calmer and there is no lovelier place to do so….it may be at the beach under the shade of a palm tree, or in my quiet space at home or just walking…

Meditation is part of daily life here. Most homes and places of business feature a ” Spirit House” just outside the building. If you have a new business Thais always get it blessed by monks before it opens and that includes large corporate companies like Tesco Lotus, Makro they all have an opening ceremony around the Spirit House. A new house or car is always blessed by monks for good luck.

12741876_1671490849792669_6224314072723615440_n

This picture is typical of a Thai House being blessed. The monks come and the food is provided for them, they sit and eat with the family and bless the house… this is generally done before any furniture is bought into the house.

All my gardens here have had a spirit house except for this one which has a prayer room…

Diet, while trying to be mindful of what I eat I am discovering that vegetables are one of the ways to go and being aware. I had thought for many years that grain fed beef was good for you, however, I have changed that view as in these days of GM foods etc Grain fed doesn’t hold any attraction for me.

It seems like the quick way to fatten the calf so to speak whereas grass-fed obviously take longer to mature without additives so that’s the route I am taking. Seriously looking at where my food is made and raised and eating a diet filled with lots of veggies and raw to boot or very, very lightly steamed in some cases..so I am following the Thai way of eating as much as I can… I do think my taste buds have changed since living here or maybe it is the advancing years…

What way of eating are you following?

There are so many ways of eating and I suppose I incorporate a bit of many and advocate healthy eating with little or no processed foods ….. A typical Thai meal would be like this one pictured…

Batu and veggies

The fish is called Batu and is very similar to mackerel it is quite an oily fish, this fish is also used for a dip like the one in the middle of the dish it is pounded together with chillies, lime also Nam Pla or crab is sometimes added which is an acquired taste…I am getting to not like it as such but can eat in small amounts…lol

Vegetables are varied and include long beans, white cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, Thai basil, Grapow, banana flower, flower heads of which I don’t know the proper names many are collected before the sun comes up, the flowers drop off overnight,  they are lightly streamed after having removed stamen and eaten. Various vegetables some easily recognised as being eaten worldwide and others not so common to me ….Much is still foraged for here as are many mushrooms although I tend to steer clear of any which I don’t recognise. Some I recognise many I still don’t …Some I have tried and like and others I find very bitter… This soup I was shown how to make when I visited a family village it was very nice…

Melientha Soup

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/authentic-thai-village-soup/

The nose to tail eating is also followed here especially here in the North, Spinal cord soup, intestines, stomach every part… Those I have passed on they just don’t appeal to me I suppose that is my western palate kicking in… Although thinking back over the years my mum used to cook pigs trotters and the like so was that so very different and tripe is still eaten by many…

Ants eggs I have tried and like… they have a lemony taste and make a nice salad…

ant egg salad

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/some-of-thailands-most-unusual-foods/

Thai’s are always eating as most of the meals contain lots of vegetables which don’t fill you up for long, very little dairy is eaten with the main carbs being rice, sweet potato, yams but many meals as above are just fish and vegetables…lots of them… every meal in any restaurant comes with a plate of fresh or lightly steamed vegetables as the norm… which is healthy and the diet generally is a healthy one as MS is also not as widely used as it once was.

Well that’s it for now stay safe, laugh a lot and be mindful …

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog:https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest : https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Enjoy the rest of your weekend I hope you have a lovely Sunday and the weather is kind to you xxx

 

Healthy Eating…No to diets…Tofu

 

No more.... tofu (1)

Welcome it’s that time again when you never know what I am going to say and neither do I half the time…It just flows once the fingers touch the keyboard…

As you know by now I have been having a few rants and also telling how I know absolutely nothing about tofu…Tofu well this tofu virgin is no more I have cooked my first tofu dish today a recipe from my blogging friend Dolly from Kookkoscherkitchen…

But before I give you my verdict and tell you what I think the lovely Tori has written a guest post about the said Tofu…Welcome, Tori and over to you my dear…

Drumroll please Maestro!

First of all, thanks to Carol for inviting me to post on her blog.

So… I’ve been a full-time vegetarian for about ten years.  I say it like that because I’ve had what my brother calls ‘vegetarian phases’ since I was a small child, where I’d refuse to eat meat, and giving me any would result in it either sitting on my plate uneaten or ending up in the dog.  But even my brother has to acknowledge this is more than a ‘vegetarian phase’ this time since I haven’t eaten any animal products beyond eggs and cheese – and some would argue honey – in about ten years.

There’s a lot I don’t know about a lot of things, including cooking.  But I have tried some new foods since becoming a vegetarian and learned one or two things about them in the process.  One of those foods is tofu.

As I mentioned to Carol when she asked if I’d like to do a post for her blog, I’m far from being an expert on tofu.  However, since I have picked up a few things over the years, and there are those who don’t know the first thing about what they’re meant to do with tofu, I thought I’d share a couple of tips to help anyone thinking of trying tofu get started.

So, here are my tips.  Others may have different opinions, but here’s what I have to say about tofu:

  1. Tofu works for sweet and savoury dishes.

Most people use tofu to make savoury dishes.  To be honest, that’s how I usually use it.  However, it can also be used to make sweet dishes.

Some ideas for using it include:

  • As a meat substitute in salads, curries, etc. It especially works well as a chicken substitute.  Just grill or fry it, and add it to your favourite dish.  I especially love it with sweet and sour sauce and boiled rice.
  • In the place of scrambled eggs. Scramble up some tofu, add some tomatoes and hash browns (or slices of fried potato) and you have a tasty breakfast that even a vegan will eat.
  • As a dairy free or vegan-friendly ‘cream cheese’ substitute. Silken tofu especially can be used in the place of dairy alternatives to make desserts like cheesecake vegan-friendly, or even just to reduce the dairy intake of someone who isn’t vegan.
  1. The type of recipe determines the kind of tofu you need.

Whether you need firm or silken tofu depends on the type of recipe you’re making.  As a rule of thumb, use firm for savoury recipes, and silken for sweet ones.  You can do it the other way around, but using firm for savoury recipes and silken for sweet ones yields the best results.  At least, I think so.

  1. Don’t forget to marinate your tofu.

No matter what recipe you’re using it in, you absolutely must marinade your tofu.  Tofu has no real flavour of its own, so takes on the flavours of whatever it’s marinated in.  This is why it can be used to do both sweet and savoury dishes.  So marinade your tofu for at least a little while before cooking.  If you don’t, you’ll have something tasteless that will be like eating a sponge.  At least, I imagine it would be like eating a sponge; having not eaten any sponges, I’m only guessing as to the taste comparison.

Beyond that, experiment, and remember: just because you don’t like it prepared one way, doesn’t mean you don’t like tofu at all.  If you try it and don’t enjoy it the first time, try it a couple of different ways before you decide you don’t like it.

One final comment: tofu – in case you don’t know – is what’s left after the liquid is drained from soya beans to make soya milk.  If you have an allergy to soy products, you should avoid trying tofu.

***~~~***

Bio:

Tori - September 2015

Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids.  Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future.  She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Links:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

Thank you so much, Tori, I now know a little more about Tofu…My experiment in the kitchen went well today I didn’t realise Tofu held so much water…

I made a recipe from Dolly @ Koolkosherkitchen Did we like it?… I wasn’t sure on the texture but will take Tori’s advice and try another recipe..The sauce was lovely and the sesame seeds added a bit of toastiness and texture it was the tofu, not a feeling I am used to with food a bit spongy but will try again as I have some tofu left.

tofu with sesame seeds

Thank you once again to Tori for chatting to us about Tofu… please pay her a visit and say hello she would love to hear from you…

I have certainly learnt more about tofu today I hope for those of you who were like me now know a little more if you enjoyed this post please share on your social media…Thank you xx

 

#FILMose

Crítica para quem gosta de Cinema.

C'est le Brie

Two sisters on opposite coasts, keeping in touch through travel and recipes.

Meeka's Mind

the passions of a science fiction writer

ravenhawks' magazine

Seasons of Magick~Mind~Body~Soul~Environmental Consciousness

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

A writer inspired by nature and human nature

I am Jessica

A student's attempt at environmentalism.

Men Can Make Homes

....and quite well as well !!

Times and Tides of a Beachwriter

Drift among the scribbles of writer Janet Gogerty

%d bloggers like this: