Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday’s when anything is on the menu…It is a tad cold this morning a drop in temperature 100% chance of rain…Tropical storms for the next month…They are fierce and ferocious but don’t long which is why it is lush and green here but it does cool it down a little…

Today is National Chocolate Wafer Day...so all you chocolate wafer lovers can indulge all day breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, evening meal or late night snack…

chocolate wafer..two on a plate

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First produced in the 1800’s they are also called sugar wafers…No one owns up to making this National wafer day but if you are a fan and wish to celebrate in style you could play a game of Jenga…could be fun and you can eat the wafers…dip them in your coffee or post on social media with the hashtag #ChocolateWaferDay…Just saying…

Now for some music…

music notes

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Sadly Jim Morrisson of the Doors was found dead on this day in 1971… One of my favourite tracks is this one…

He is also sadly a member of the 27 club and there is much controversy about the circumstances of his demise and many theories…

Wimbledon is here today is Day 3…I expect all you Tennis fans are either there in person or glued to the big screen… Lots of upsets and surprises already I hear…Wimbledon is now 142 years old…Wow, that is some institution…What I love is they stick hard and fast to their rules.

wimbledon logo in flowers

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Starting in the 1st round  Cori Gauff trounced Venus Williams on the second-day tennis fan Kate Middleton made a surprise visit I wonder what today will bring?

My favourite Novak Djokovic continues the defence of his Wimbledon title with a 2nd round match against American Denis Kudla…

A bit of history in 1976 Bjorn Borg beat Ilie Nastase for the 1st of his 5 straight  Wimbledon Titles…

Time for a story…

Mistaken Identity.


Overloud music, bass thumping. Girls oh so many girls and the drinks just kept coming.

“Come on guys, no more please, she will kill all of us if we are late”

Sean’s eyes glazed over, he still couldn’t believe his luck, the most amazing girl in the world had said, Yes, she said Yes.

He was imagining her gliding down the aisle, a vision in white and all his.

“Come on!  You are slipping Sean, keep up, last night of freedom mate, make the most of it”

“Drink up!” So he did one after another. Oh boy, am I going to have a stonker of a head in the morning.

“Wait till you see what we have planned for you,” Jim said leering at the skimpily clad girls dancing around them.

“ Oh No, no Strippers”

“Would we boys?” they just laughed.

“Excuse me sir” Turning, Sean saw a very shapely PC  standing before him. “ The silver Porsche outside does that belong to you?”

“ What? Come on, No!

“ Sir, just answer the question”

Grinning Sean grabbed her breast, pulled her towards him and kissed her hard. Might as well make the most of my last night of freedom.


When the metal on his wrists shut with a click and he was propelled towards the exit.

He knew….Wrong PC.

By Carol Taylor…

I have an interest in archaeology and have always wished I had taken it further I came across an article about underwater archaeologists. They are hopeful they will find an ancient burial site which is undisturbed due to its location underwater early signs are promising…These pyramids mark the burials of Kushite royals, the “black pharaohs” who operated as vassals on the gold-rich southern edges of the Egyptian empire.

The largest and oldest pyramid at Nuri belongs to its most famous resident: the pharaoh Taharqa, a Kushite king who in the seventh century B.C. rallied his troops to the northern edges of his empire to defend Jerusalem from the Assyrians, earning him a mention in the Old Testament. George Reisner, a Harvard Egyptologist, visited Nuri a century ago to excavate the burial chambers beneath Taharqa’s massive pyramid. They were unsuccessful let’s hope this time will be a success.

Nuri Pyramids

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Black Pharaohs: Sunken Treasures premieres this Wednesday, July 3 at 10 pm EST on the National Geographic Channel.

Next week I will be back over at Sally’s after my break where I have been concentrating on my novel and cookbook also looking after our grandson while our son was away working with my Cookery Column so be sure you don’t miss it…In the meantime, I have been collaborating with Sally and her series Cooking for Health which was a new way of looking at any vitamins we may be missing or have a deficiency of in our diets and I have been devising recipes including foods which provide those vitamins this last one is Vitamin C…

The link is a link to Sally’s weekly roundup which includes the Vitamin C post but also some book reviews, new releases and lots of other titbits so if you are not familiar with Sally’s Magazine then here is a taster…There is something for everyone and if you are an author she will also promote your book(s)…Enjoy!

Time for a recipe…

As it is colder here today we will be having Orange Pork with watercress rice…

Orange Pork with Watercress Rice


  • 1 1/2 cups of rice
  • 1 ¼ lb Pork tenderloin cut into cubes
  • 3 cups of coarsely chopped watercress reserving a few sprigs for garnish.
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp of oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup Orange marmalade
  • A ½ cup of finely julienned ginger
  • Salt and pepper to season

Cook the rice and toss in the watercress with ½ to 1 tbsp oil, cover and leave to stand for at least 10 minutes.

Season the pork and with the pan on medium heat add the oil and add half of the ginger and cook until the ginger is golden, drain and set to one side.

Add the pork and brown for 3-4 minutes and then remove from the pan. Add the remainder of the ginger and the garlic and cook for 30 seconds add the marmalade, fish sauce and lime juice bring to a slow rolling boil stirring until it is syrupy then return the pork to the pan simmer for 1 minute and serve over the rice.

Garnish with the crispy ginger and watercress sprigs.

This was very nice I wasn’t sure about watercress but the heat of the rice just wilted the watercress and it was very nice even hubby liked it….Me, I might add some chilli flakes next time…Just saying…

Before I go I would like to wish all my American readers and my family a Very Happy 4th  July…Independence Day… A federal holiday which commemorates the Declaration of the Independence of the United States on July 4th 1776…There will be patriotic displays and family events being held throughout the United States.

That’s it for this week …Enjoy Wimbledon all you tennis fans  …Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed it and it bought back some memories xxx

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

25 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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  2. petespringerauthor

    Great stuff, Carol. One of my friend’s daughters is an archaeologist goes on digs. People fantasize about that, but I can’t say I’ve known an archaeologist until now.

    Jim Morrison—unfortunately, a familiar tale within the music industry.

    I’m following Wimbledon too. I like Novak also, although I’m always a sucker for the older folks like Federer and Serena. Bjorn Borg vs. Nastase, now you’re going way back. Nastase was one of the original bad boys on the court before McEnroe and his legendary temper tantrums.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much, Pete…Archaeology fascinates me and yes you are correct substance abuse has taken many before their time…So sad …I love Nastase …Mcenroe not so much but yes some of the oldies were legendary I really liked Martina and always felt for Henman he never had that last bit to his personality that makes a person great …A bit like a salesperson you can teach them 80% that last 20% comes from within…Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Pete your comments are valued 🙂 x

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  3. lievelee

    I have only recently discovered your blog, but am loving it so far… It is just fun to read – a constant stream of entertaining nuggets. Plus I like food and cooking, so I am sure to be a regular reader…


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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you I am pleased that you find it fun…I do tend to write just like I speak and sometimes have a little rant..Welcome to the house of fun, recipes and rants 🙂 x I also look forward to reading more from you, Lieve you are so adventurous 🙂

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  4. Adele Marie

    Wow, Carol, we’re sitting here gobsmacked that Jim Morrison died so long ago. One of my favourite tunes is “This is the End”, and the pyramids of Kush, so interested in them too. And we are watching Wimbledon but don’t have any strawberries. xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know time just flies doesn’t it..Yes the pyramids are interesting am hoping I can get Nat geographic …What no strawberries says the one who is watching Wimbledon and also has no strawberries xxx

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  5. Claire Fullerton

    Yes, Riders on the Storm 🙂 Thank you for wishing us a happy 4th of July! Tomorrow night at 9:00, I’ll be standing in my front yard watching incredible fireworks shot from a barge off the coast of Malibu. It goes on every year for about 45 minutes to an hour, and local word has it that the actor Danny Divito orchestrates this 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      You are very welcome, Claire…I hope the fireworks live up to your expectations and I am sure Danny Devito will be the icing on the cake…Have fun and enjoy! 🙂


  6. Norah

    Oh my, that orange watercress pie looks delicious, Carol. You had quite a diversity of stories in this collection, but I really did enjoy your story about the wrong PC. Why do men do this to each other?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I don’t know, Norah…I think woman on hen nights can be just as bad sometimes…But thank you for liking my little story…The orange and watercress is lovely and quite quick to make which I like 🙂 x

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      1. Norah

        They probably are, Carol. I’ve only been to one hen’s night and it was quite sane. 🙂
        I like food that is quick to prepare too. Especially if it’s yummy to eat, and healthy to boot. 🙂

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I have been to a few which have been lovely , good fun but I have also read about a few and do think some of the women are just as bad…Thank you for commenting and joining the conversation…Have a lovely evening 🙂 x

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