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

 

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Don’t the weeks just fly by? Welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…How is your new eating plan going??? It would lovely to hear from you in comments…

I am really watching what I eat this week as Easter is coming and I love a Hot Cross bun or two…Don’t you??

What is this I hear about the word Easter being taken of the Easter Egg boxes???  Well apparently it is old news and not quite TRUE..the word Easter is on the back of the box and not the front… I am guessing that it won’t be long before it disappears from the back of the box… Maybe I will take a bet on that…

What have I eaten today…Som Tam ( Papaya Salad)and sticky rice for my brunch…my early morning drink was Coconut Juice fresh and lovely.

Papaya Salad Som Tam

Tonight, as my little granddaughter has come to stay, is Thai Beef Salad …A treat as beef is hard to come by here and expensive. Now when you click on this link you will also see a recipe for Bread Pudding which is a luscious English dish… Moderation and enjoy if you make it! No guilt and moderation…

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Thai Beef Salad

Doesn’t it look lovely and fresh? That is why I love Thai Food  …It is quick to make and when I was working I just froze my meat in portions and took it out of the freezer before I went to work..so when I come home I just had to put on the rice and chop the salad ..flash fry the beef and slice thinly and mix it together and add the chillies etc…20 minutes tops and my dinner was ready…

I also owe all of you who were looking forward to some Tofu recipes this week an apology... I was hoping to get some tried and tested recipes that I could make but no… I won’t go into the why’s and wherefores but if anyone would like to do a guest post on Tofu with tried and tested recipes then please Pm or e-mail me… I am so sorry to have let you down…I myself don’t cook with tofu and haven’t ever wanted to but I know many of you do and I was hoping to be able to feature some on here this week and try some for myself but it didn’t happen I am afraid… So sorry 😦

What did you think of the protein drinks did you try them? Which one is your favourite so far?? Mine is the raspberry and beet one which is pictured below isn’t it a lovely colour so pretty  …There will be another one next week so stay tuned…

Raspberry Protein Shake

Next week I will have another protein drink for you… Also, some recipes using Mango as at the moment Mangoes are plentiful and in season here and I have many mangoes some I eat green and raw with a chilli dip and I also make my own Mango chutney for when I have an Indian Curry which I do maybe once every two weeks…I did tell you that this eating plan does not count anything we just apply MODERATION…

No foods are barred just the ones that I choose not to eat…What do you choose not to eat?? Come on…Be truthful…

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We are all grown-ups and we know what we are eating and we know what is good and what isn’t and we know why we are overweight … Who are you cheating??? Not me! I won’t tell you not to eat it…I won’t tell you to stop … I won’t tell you anything except what I eat and what works for me and the rest is up to you…No one else… Just You!

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

Until next week ..Enjoy what you eat…Just remember…No Excuses and moderation…xxxx

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Papaya Salad…. one of Thailands iconic dishes.

Papaya Salad Som Tam

Papaya Salad or as it is known here, Som Tam.

One of my favorite dishes which is eaten with nearly every meal and sold everywhere on markets, by the roadside with lovely chicken or fish and a dish that I would say every visitor to Thailand will sample and remember.

You will see the trees growing everywhere in gardens, by the roadside and waste land we have at least  6 in our garden alone and not sure how many on the farm and have planted one outside our house so that anyone passing can help themselves.

The papaya tree laden with fruit:

Papaya on tree

 

For those of you who are not lucky enough to be able to buy green Papaya then here is the recipe for you and some alternatives if you can’t buy green papaya.

Ingredients:

A Green Papaya…1 papaya unless you are making a huge dish full will make at least 3 two serving portions. If you keep it covered or put in a plastic bag it keeps very well in the fridge and doesn’t go brown like some fruits and vegetables once peeled.

1 Carrot

Handful cherry Tomatoes or 2/3 med sized tomatoes.

2 long green beans.

Dried shrimp (optional)

1 Lime

4/5 birds eye chillies

Fish Sauce.

Sm amount of palm sugar about a half teaspoon.

Method:

Shred green Papaya and Carrot.

Cut tomatoes up roughly in smallish pieces or cherry tomatoes in half.

Put the chilli, sugar and little fish sauce in pestle and mortar and pound away.

Add papaya, carrots, tomatoes and dried shrimps ( a bit at a time) and keep pounding.

Add lime juice and the lime cheeks, peel ..all of it….. a little more pounding, stir and serve.

Tip 1: TASTE, Taste and taste again because it is about balancing those hot, salty, sweet, sour tastes of Thai Food and your personal taste.

I find that in papaya salad the heat of the chilli is more pronounced so if you only like a little heat start with half a chilli or 1….and TASTE……lime juice and fish sauce the same… taste……..Thai food is all about balancing of the sweet, sour, spicy, salty flavours so once again TASTE as it’s very personal and individual…

I love fish sauce so I am probably..well… nought probable about it… I am….bit free and easy with it…..but that’s my taste and maybe not yours ……I am now becoming in danger of overusing a word…but TASTE…….

Tip 2: If you cannot get Green Papaya where you live then you can use shredded Cucumber or Swede as a substitute. Both are good and particularly with the swede unless you are a connoisseur of Papaya Salad then it would be hard to call.

Another variation on the Papaya is substituting shredded  Green Bananas ..I have not seen it made everywhere… it seems to be more regional but it was good, very good.

I hope you enjoy my little recipes they are not all precisely measured but just how we do it here ….whatever we have goes in the pot or pestle i.e the addition of crab ( in its shell) and yes you do get mucky fingers because again it’s eating with what you were born with.

Som Tam with Phla

Oh, and you serve Papaya Salad with Khao Neow (sticky rice), Chicken or fish..fresh veggies of your choice….

Whatever you fancy and this is one of my favorites and so many variations..but I have found me a little man who makes it just the way I like it…. Sometimes I just want to eat and the beauty of Thai street food is it is just like it has come from your own kitchen…. How fresh does that  Papaya look? Freshly shredded…

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So when I am on my morning walk …I tell my favourite papaya man I will be 30 mins or however long I think I may be..pick up my fresh coconut juice and then my Som Tam and maybe some freshly cooked chicken on the way back home …

I am so blessed that I have such lovely food on my doorstep.

I hope you enjoyed this post if you did please share or reblog as I am sure at least one of your friends would also love the recipe for an authentic Papaya salad and sharing is caring…

It is simple food at it’s best…

Until next time stay safe, have fun AND laugh a lot as laughter is the best medicine and IT’S FREE so please also do me a favour..ASK a question because as you know….I love it when I hear someone question something, please don’t be a follower be a questioner and ask!

And don’t forget if you haven’t already read it…Please look at my new weekly collaboration with Sally from Smogasbord.Health…Healthy recipes made from scratch ( from moi) and great health information on the ingredients from Sally  and how they benefit you and your families health and well being…All in one post…How good is that????

Please click here    It is fun and informative…HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

 

 

 

 

 

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass……It’s about learning to dance in the rain!

What a thunder-storm it was…..it’s one of the things I love. What is Thunder? It is the sound that accompanies lightning during a thunderstorm. Does lightening make a sound? Yes, because any sound you hear is made up of vibrations….so as electricity passes through the air it causes air particles to vibrate and heard as sound. Lightning is also very hot so it expands and in this case, it expands very quickly pushing apart those particles of air with such a force thus creating more vibrations and the very,  room shakes with the thunder we get here….. it just booms out….. Here endeth the lesson………Ha ha …..love it and it’s why it is so lush and green here….hot and steamy…. warm rain…..most of the year I love it..dancing in the rain and soaking up the sun…but it’s nearly Christmas….and I want….. cold, frost, snow even cos without all or any of those it just isn’t the same……or just some Christmas Carol’s……..so up will go the Christmas decorations of which I have copious amounts collected from far and wide over the years…some made by the children or grand children, lots and lots of twinkly fairy lights….but no snow………

Ham is brining…….Xmas puds made……mincemeat for mince pies made….still no snow…..

So for Xmas day, I envy all of you out there who have cold and snow……….and then it’s back to enjoying the sunshine……Oh yeah…Sorry, folks, it’s just the time of year and I get maudling……….back on track girly let’s go……..Thai Food…love it…Squid Salad.) Recipe next week.

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Ingredients:

  • Green Papaya
  • 1 Carrot
  • Handful cherry Tomatoes or 2/3 med sized tomatoes.
  • Dried shrimp
  • 1 Lime
  • 4/5 birds eye chillies
  • Fish Sauce.
  • Sm amount of palm sugar about a half teaspoon.

Let’s Cook!

Shred the green Papaya and Carrot.

Cut tomatoes up roughly in smallish pieces or cherry tomatoes in half.

Put chillies and sugar and little fish sauce in pestle and mortar and pound away.

Add papaya, carrots, tomatoes and dried shrimps ( a bit at a time) and keep pounding.

Add lime juice and the lime cheeks, peel ..all of it….. a little more pounding, stir and serve.

Tip: Taste, Taste and taste again because it is about balancing those hot, salty, sweet, sour tastes of Thai Food and your personal taste.

I find that in papaya salad the heat of the chilli is more pronounced so if you only like a little heat start with half a chilli or 1….and taste……lime juice and fish sauce the same… taste……..Thai food is all about balancing the sweet, sour, spicy, salty flavours so once again taste as it’s very personal and individual…I love fish sauce so I am probably..well nought probable about it… I am….bit free and easy with it…..but that’s my taste and maybe not yours ……I am now becoming in danger of overusing a word…but TASTE…….

Tip 2: If you cannot get Green Papaya where you live then you can use shredded Cucumber or Swede as a substitute. Both are good and particularly with the swede unless you are a connoisseur of Papaya Salad then it would be hard to call.

I hope you enjoy my little recipes they are not all precisely measured just how we do it here whatever we have goes in the pot or pestle i.e the addition of crab ( in its shell) and yes you do get mucky fingers because again its eating with what you were born with.

Oh, and you serve Papaya Salad with Khao Neow (sticky rice), Chicken or fish..fresh veggies of your choice….enjoy …

Next job on my every growing list of to do’s before the 24th ..lots of time…. 17 days to be precise…Decorate the outside patio area ( at the back of the house) where we will be partaking of our Christmas Lunch..because we can..because we have no snow…..one of my friends today did suggest …..artificial snow…really!

But the bright side of having zero chance of ever getting snow for Xmas while I live here .. is no slush…you know the dirty, slushy…slush..that happens……I feel better already…

Just bought a job lot of Tonic Water as we have a shortage and Gin without Tonic is a no-no. So all I have to do now is sort out what the Christmas Cocktail is going to be….. will it be Espresso Martini or Moroccan Mojitos????  mmmm choices………and if I ever needed one it’s now!…….That lady in the pink dress is around…this domestic goddess who always has a neat and tidy kitchen…….not today…I decided to make some more Peanut Butter!…..wrong decision…..Burnt 1st lot of peanuts…..Then the liquidiser which I will say has travelled with me and I have had for many years gave up…the cheap Thai one I bought I transferred the peanuts to that and in my haste because by now I was frazzled…didn’t put the lid on…….result a kitchen covered in nuts…….. grrrrrr…end result daughter in law…bless her finished it off in batches in the Pestle and Mortar…. grrrrrrr …as my mantra is that I don’t drink before 5pm…it must be 5pm somewhere in the world..

So on that note Tchau.

NB: The answer to my last goodbye it’s Indonesian.