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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.?..lol

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???



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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Quote Challenge – Day3: Tribute to Adi Da

My pixie friend always succeeds in making me think…I love her posts always a little controversial but well written and thought provoking and I like posts which when they aren’t recipes stretch the grey matter. I hope you enjoy the read 🙂

Save the best for last! Oh, of course, you know I would do just that. Why not, coconut? We want to really taste in our mouth all the pleasure we could get from that one last bite and so, we always save the best part of anything for last. That makes me wonder if it was Eve or Adam who took the last bite. Damn ancestors! Now, we are all suffering from their “original sin”. I mean, you know, they could have, at least, have had the goddamn maturity and common sense to consider the consequences of their action before taking that bite. Hey, there were oranges and pears and papaya in that paradise too…why do they have to mess with the apples?!?

Ooopppsssss…no, Adam and Eve are not my topic. Pardon, I am an old pixie and having trouble with the onset of dementia.

What I meant to…

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Quote Challenge – Day One

Thank you, Lisa, for taking up my challenge you are an inspiration to me and I am sure many others for your indomitable spirit…We could all learn so much from you…She is great lady folks but loathe to share her ice cream…lol

Lisa's " I have too much time on my hands" Site

My quote for day one is perfect considering my health condition and my constant fight to live my life to the fullest. I will admit that while I could recite most of the poem, I had to look up who wrote it! My endless amount of useless knowledge apparently does not extend to names – because then it would be useful right?! lol

Anyhoo, on to the quote…

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

I am honoured to have been nominated for this challenge by my new friend and fellow blogger Carol! This amazing and witty woman has two blogs, which I will provide a link to later (because I don’t know how now lol). Her first one brings recipes, trivia about ingredients and  tales about her life…

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Quote Challenge – Day2: Om Mani Padme Hum…I Know Nothing

Kick ass with sass……This lady cracks me up…A pixie she definitely is and she makes me laugh…Always 🙂

Quote_Challenge5“I KNOW NOTHING…” Oh, for millennials, this utterance is reminiscent of Jon Snow or maybe the love of his life, Ygritte, in George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones”. Any fan out there? Raise your hand! I, myself, read all five books (and currently, waiting for the 6th) – but no, I did not watch any of it. I am one of those few who rolled their eyes when the stories are modified for screenplay. It is, as far as I am concerned, a great injustice. Nonetheless, it has a very good plot except for the fact that my small brain cannot comprehend why the author had to kill so many people and infused it with “red-hot” scenes. In my mind, a great plot does not need distraction!

Oh, well! Back to Quote Challenge…so, Carol Taylor’s Day 2 was about “Age and glasses of wine…

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Quote Challenge – Day 1: Don’t Quit on Love

Well…I can’t follow such praise..deserved or not…I am so thankful for the lovely people I have met in this world of blogging…I give you Marisslee my pixie friend 🙂

Several days back, when I opened my FB the first thing that I saw on the newsfeed was Carol Taylor’s “Quote Challenge Day Two…Age…Doc A, Lisasworld and A Girl Who Would be a Pixie”. She is one of the special people I befriended while still in Niume. I am one of her big fans. This funny, witty English lady does not just write recipes; but, would give you trivia about some of the ingredients she used in such a recipe. And that is the reason why I love reading her posts.

If you are interested to see for yourself, head on to her website – “Retired? No One Told Me!” via https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/ and her new self-hosted baby, https://myhealthyretirement.com/.

Anyway, back to the Quote Challenge…So, I saw the word “pixie” and thought “hmmm…?” and proceeded to open the link and voila! I found out she nominated…

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