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Retired no one told me and Orienthailiving weekly roundup…Pomegranates, Pancakes and Water Chestnuts…

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Hello and welcome to the weekly roundup of all my posts…

Starting with the beautiful vibrant red arils of the jewel-like fruits of the Pomegranate…and the easiest, cleanest way to deseed the Pomegranate, Isn’t it always easier when you know how?

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It was then over to Orienthailiving for a visit to Borough Market and my favourite Covent Garden in London.

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And the best of British Food and who is ever going to agree on that?? Is it a full English Breakfast? Sunday  Roast? Pie, Mash and Liquor??

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It was then back over to Retired no one told me for everyone’s’ favourite…Pancakes…

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Carol’s boot camp aka how to eat your favourite food and lose weight…Say no to dieting…Say yes to Healthy Eating!

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Hopping back to Orienthailiving it was a visit to Koh Panyee a Thai sea gypsy village.

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Carol’s Food Column over at Sally’s and this week it is the Water Chestnut what a lucky find that was for me lovely fresh water chestnuts.

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That’s it for this week there will be a few more next week as I have guest posted over at my friend Steph’s blog to help her out and my monthly post on Thr Recipe Hunter comes out tomorrow and I will be doing a culinary crawl through the alphabet each month jeez I have just realised that is over 2 years of posts… I wonder if Esme has worked that out yet… Good idea Carol…Oooppps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Health in the News – The hormone mimic in plastic and inside food cans.

This is a good informative article and very worrying .. Something is always done too late when people are proven to be dying from the effects of chemicals and I think it is a great idea that we speak by our actions and buy liquids in glass bottles where we can …

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Plastic water bottles, food containers and the insides of many of our canned goods, have been in the news for a long time. Since the 1960’s when we moved away from glass for containers we have been ingesting leached substances from the new and modern alternative. Plastic was heralded as the clean, disposable and convenient way to package and store our food. Most of us are likely to come out of the supermarket with at least bottled water sold to us in handy packs of 6, 12 or 24. Plenty for all the family.

This latest study, although not huge does raise a very interesting issue. Whilst we may have had limited exposure to plastics as children in the 50s and 60s, the generations born in the 80s have certainly borne the brunt of the plastic epidemic. Milk, juices, fruit cordials, tomato sause all came in glass containers and I…

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Music, Food and Spring Bulbs with Guests and Humour.

Another great week over at Sally’s place such talent…

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Many thanks for dropping in today to catch up on posts that you might have missed during the week. I am in full on ‘Going on a break’ mode, busily scheduling the Blog Sitting posts contributed by some of your favourite writers. The Blog Sitting begins on February 15th through to Tuesday 20th and I am sure that you will be right royally entertained.. I know I was when I read the posts.

Because I will be working my fingers to the bone…. aahh.. I am going to get you in the mood my sharing some of the Blog Sitting posts from this time last year. They are too good not to be shared and allows me to work out what I can pack in my carry on!

When I went to book my ticket it turned out that a checked bag was going to cost me £40 each way…

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#Bookreview – Heaven’s Rage by Leslie Tate

I read the first review of this book on Sally’s blog Smorgasbord and now on the lovely Robbies blog…I have now just purchased my copy and cannot wait to read it 🙂 Much love and hugs ladies fantastic reviews from two ladies I have the utmost respect for I am sure this book will not disappoint 🙂

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What Amazon says

Heaven’S Rage is an imaginative autobiography. Reporting on feelings people don’t usually own up to, Leslie Tate explores addiction, cross-dressing and the hidden sides of families. Writing lyrically, he brings together stories of bullying, childhood dreams, thwarted creativity and late-life illness, discovering at their core the transformative power of words to rewire the brain and reconnect with life. A Robin Red breast in a Cage / Puts all Heaven in a Rage – William Blake

My review

I reviewed this book in my capacity as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team. If you would like your book reviewed, you can contact Rosie Amber here: http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/.

I am a great fan of both biographies and autobiographies of writers and have read quite a number of such books. I love books and reading so an opportunity to peek into the life and writing processes of an author…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Ajaico… A Colombian Chicken Soup.

My second post on my food column hosted by the one and only Sally on Smorgasbord…..I hope you enjoy and if you do please share…Have a lovely day x

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Ajaico… A Colombian Chicken Soup.

Thank you very much for your lovely responses to my first post on my food column..It has been much harder to think of what to write about this week but I have shelved the exotic fruits until your weather warms up somewhat and am bringing to you another soup this time from Columbia.

The recipe was given to me by a good friend when I was in Phuket and it is a lovely Chicken and Potato soup which originated many moons ago in Columbia and it is now a well-known national dish. When the gales are blowing and it is a snowy, blustery winters night when the wind chill goes right down to your toes and even your wee freezes then this is just what you need.

She told me that her grandmother used to keep a pot simmering on her stove ready for when…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.

My very first Food Column over on Smorgasbord which is hosted by the wonderful Sally Cronin… I do hope you enjoy my first post 🙂 Enjoy!

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I am so pleased that Carol Taylor has joined the blog in a new capacity as the food columnist. I will leave Carol to introduce the topics that she is going to be sharing each week and also a delicious recipe for

Carol Taylor’s Food Column – Introduction and Egg Drop Soup.

Hello, I am beyond excited to be asked by Sally to host a cookery column in her new magazine…Thank you Sally x

Many of you know me by now but for this first post on the cookery column I thought I would set up my stall and tell you a little more about myself.

My passion for cooking and writing is all consuming, I love to cook, find new recipes, unusual foods and living here in Thailand I am discovering foods I haven’t seen before, tasted or even heard of.

The world of blogging has also opened up…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

This is one of my favourite archived Christmas posts promoted by Sally over on her blog and it still has that vein of food running through it…What with Sausage Nicker and Spoon Licker. I hope you enjoy this slightly scary tale….

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Time for the second of Carol Taylor’s Christmas posts from her archives and this time something a little darker.. but still fun.

The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

What fun..We all love to regale our children and grandchildren with tales from Christmas past…most real, some imagined and we all…Come On…Admit it!

We have all stooped to bribery, corruption or just plain tall tales to make the kiddiwinks BEHAVE!

Forget boring advent calendars….

Icelandic parents enthral their children (and scare) them into being good with tales of the Ogress living in the Icelandic mountains.

She is one scary Mumma, described as half troll/animal and the mother of 13 naughty boys known as the “Yule Lads”. Grýla lives in the mountains with her husband, her thirteen children and a black cat.

And that cat is pretty scary too….

Old Icelandic folklore states that every Icelander must receive a new piece…

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