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7 days of black and white photos…Challenge Day 1

Mango smoothie


I have been challenged by the lovely Judy who must have known I can’t resist a challenge…It is for 7 days, Black and white photos only, no people or animals and NO words… That’s easy for shy, retiring Moi.

Judy can be found over on this link go and give her look and say hello she has a lovely blog and is not shy,  quiet and retiring like Moi…..

A bloody Mary at Bliss 2013 black and white


I nominate the lovely Kyla whose blog posts always make me drool…..Her blog is called the 24 Carrot Diet I just love it and I am sure you will as well it is wonderfully researched and informative so please pop over and say hello…

Until tomorrow..when It will be more black and white…..



Who loves Christmas shopping?


Gone are the days when I trudge the streets and go from shop to shop and come home completely frazzled…worn out..dead on my feet… Times have changed…



If you are like me AND still have some Christmas shopping to do ….Black Friday with lots bargains is here… postage is so expensive I shop online …I send it to the parents and they wrap them for me…Now, who thinks I have the best deal.?

I have some lovely gifts over on my other blog….. Orienthailiving...Enjoy!

Shopping from your armchair saves all those sore feet and ever-lengthening arms …doesn’t it???


My new blog if you want to shop and not drop ORIENTHAILIVING

Only 35 more sleeps to go! Oh No!…It just creeps up on you doesn’t it???


Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Life is short, Smile while you still have teeth! by Carol Taylor

Another post, given an airing by the lovely Sally….I love those little gibbons who are now happily swinging from tree to tree through the jungle….If you ever visit Phuket The Gibbon Rehab centre is a must to visit and there is a beautiful restaurant next door…Yep…Food again!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the next in the posts from Carol Taylor’s archive..This from 2015 is from Carol’s early days of blogging and now she is juggling two…. great at multi-tasking is our Carol. This week some really cute pictures from the GRP.( Gibbon Rehabilitation Project) in Thailand which is an update on an earlier post, a smile from Carol’s son and her mother.. and of course you always get a recipe. If this does not leave you smiling then you need to get out more!

Life is short, Smile while you still have teeth! by Carol Taylor

I have to start with an update on the tiny baby Gibbon…you can actually see how very tiny she is as she snuggles against the person who is feeding her.

Unfortunately she could not be left with her mother who was becoming increasingly tired and the baby weaker….she is now being hand reared……..GRP made.this…

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An Egg, Zero Carbs and No Sugar!

Wow.….when is an egg, not an egg??? Or how many ways can you eat/cook an egg???

Well in response to The Dail Post prompt

Eggs are probably one of the most versatile and eaten foods around the world.

Chinese and Egyptian records as far back as 1400 BC mention the egg and in 3200 BC records, they talk of domesticated fowls and eggs. Worldwide there are nearly 2oo breeds and a variety of chooks.

Eggs are big business.

So let us have a look at whose eggs we favour...Turkey eggs used to be a staple in North America and were also part and parcel of Olde worlde cuisine particularly in England. The well-known American restaurant Delmonico’s served Turkey egg omelettes well into the late 19th century.

It was also believed by many chefs that turkeys eggs made the best sauces….They are not commonly found now as they are very expensive. Turkeys are not as prolific egg layers as the Chook and it’s not cost-effective although I guess maybe still eaten in some homes where they have a resident turkey or two.

Which is us now as we are the proud parents of a few turkeys…If you can’t buy one for Christmas here then we decided to grow our own and how they have grown and my boys are beauties….

  Doesn’t he look handsome? This time next year if he does his job then we should have many turkeys….We also have a resident Chook who has decided that it’s nicer living with the turkeys and if we try to put her outside she just cries and carries on and has really convinced herself she is a turkey and even makes turkey noises so that could be interesting if she lays eggs.

Here in Thailand eggs come in many guises and colours and are found on most street corners in one form or another.


Cooked and injected with seasoning they are very popular.

My favourites are these little quail eggs, fried and sprinkled with fish sauce a lovely snack.



The famous Khai Khao egg which is a developing duck/chicken embryo boiled and eaten from the shell. Is also widely eaten here… The embryo is well-developed and recognisable and eaten by men as they believe it increases their sexual stamina and ladies especially pregnant ladies because of the high-value nutrients they contain. It is however very controversial due to religious, animal welfare and human health concerns. It is definitely one I could not eat and I try most things but I could not eat that.

The preserved century eggs…Khai Yiao ma which translates as “Horse urine eggs” because of their urine like smell is another no, no for me…I will stick to my little quail’s eggs.

The ” Soy eggs” are ok and quite nice tasting if you like soy and often sold with crispy pork.


The mottled tea egg is another egg which is cooked in tea and then the shell is cracked and it is cooked again in tea and spices, this is how it gets its marbled look. Also very popular here.


I like my eggs well cooked, the least hint of any uncooked white is another no, no for me…I definitely could not take a drink of something like a Prairie Oyster which is said to be the mother of all cures for a hangover. Yet another use for the versatile egg.



It consists of Raw egg mixed with Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, vinegar, hot sauce and salt and ground pepper. Downed in one!

I hope you enjoyed my little foray into the world of eggs. How do you like your eggs????

I can also now be found over on Orienthailiving which is my new blog so please pop over and have a look…


All photos are taken by myself( Carol) or are from Pixabay and FREE to use.


Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish by Robbie Cheadle

A remarkable end to Sally’s series of ultimate bucket lists… Anyone want a handmade wedding cake?????? It would not disappoint…..

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome in the last in the current series of Sunday Interview posts until the New Year. There will be so much going on in the next few weeks and we will all be very busy.. There will be a new theme in 2018… so keep your eyes open.

This week children’s author and master confectioner Robbie Cheadle shares the top two items on her ultimate bucket list.

Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish by Robbie Cheadle

I was quite sure that I didn’t have a bucket list. After all, I have a wonderful husband, two fantastic boys, a lovely home and an extended family. We go away on holiday every now and then and we get to see delightful places both in Africa and abroad. I would be greedy to think that more was due to me. I read an ultimate bucket list post by Paul Andruss recently and…

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Here’s What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them…

For me, a very interesting post from Chris@thestoryreadingapeblog…Here on the farms some of the fruit is similar to the first fruits on this post not been commercially grown. The watermelon we are currently eating is not exactly the same as a commercially grown one and I have been having a conversation with my grandson as he pointed out the difference and thought it was bad?? I told him it was grown on his nan’s farm and they just come up every year so this post was interesting and another topic for conversation with him so thank you, Chris… Kids certainly know how to stretch ones grey matter…lol…A good share and timely for me….I can resume this conversation armed and ready..haha

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Tanya Lewis on Science Alert site:

Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies didn’t always look and taste this way.

Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, inspire strong reactions nowadays, but humans have been tweaking the genetics of our favourite produce for millennia.

While GMOs may involve splicing genes from other organisms (such as bacteria) to give plants desired traits – like resistance to pests, selective breeding is a slower process whereby farmers select and grow crops with those traits over time.

From bananas to eggplant, here are some of the foods that looked totally different before humans first started growing them for food.

Wild watermelon

This 17th-century painting by Giovanni Stanchi depicts a watermelon that looks strikingly different from modern melons, as Vox points out. A cross-section of the one in the painting, which was…

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Christmas Pickles…Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas before we know it…It will be here and upon us…Every year I try to get ahead of myself and it has taken a lot of years for me to do that…Here are your pickles all in one post…Enjoy!

The Recipe Hunter

jar chutney christmas

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It’s that time of the year when we think we have a while to go before the Big Day…Christmas..and then we realize the weeks have just flown by and we haven’t done nowhere near everything we should have done ….Some things take a while to ferment and be at their best like pickled onions others like the cucumber pickles you can do at the last minute.

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