Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…

Today is National Red Wine Day and I am on a jolly so ..quite apt for me…haha…I do love a nice Bordeaux or Rioja…


Who do we have to thank for National Red Wine Day on August 28? None other than writer and wine aficionado Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. It’s anyone’s guess as to why this date was selected, but we’re guessing that love of sangria had something to do with it.

My father loved a glass of good red wine and nothing pleased him more when I visited than to crack open a bottle from his precious wine collection…Some of them years old and corked…He would turn in his grave if he knew I prefered mine nicely chilled and not so much at room temperature but he was old school…must be served between 65-70 degrees…

Of course a good Bordeaux or California Cabernet Sauvignon or vintage Port age well, however, most red wines need to be drunk within a year.

Did you know? For many years, Europe had no steady supply of clean drinking water, and people drank wine instead.

How to celebrate Red Wine Day…Go out for a meal with friends ..find a nice tapas bar and do what the Spanish do and have a nice leisurely drink…Some restaurants will have special deals for the day so check out yours locally…

Host a sangria party there are so many different recipes…

Cook a lovely meal with red wine and a glass to sip while cooking..Now that sounds like a plan…

One of the first dishes that I cooked my husband some 40 odd years ago was Beef Bourguignon…He was a man who ate only meat and two vegetables and did not like garlic???

Well..he ate it! .. I didn’t tell him what was in it apart from Beef and Red Wine…

When he asked after saying ” That was really good” and I said Beef, garlic, red wine etc….

” But I don’t like garlic

He now eats this dish at every opportunity and asks me to make it!


  • 1 kg Beef…I use a good braising steak. Cut into cubes.
  • 3/4 rashers smoked bacon cut in 1/4 pieces.
  • 250gm button mushrooms..small as I use whole.
  • 10-15 small onions/shallots used whole.
  • 3/4 pint good beef stock.
  • Half bottle of red wine……..I use Shiraz.
  • 2/3 bay leaves.
  • 4 large cloves garlic chopped not too fine.
  • 2 tbsp flour for the roux. plus extra flour to coat beef.
  • 2 tbsp  Good Olive Oil.


Let’s Cook!

Toss the cubed beef in flour seasoned with salt and pepper.

Heat some oil in a large pan over medium heat seal cubed beef in batches.

Once all beef is sealed set to one side.

In the same pan add a little drop of oil and cook bacon and garlic until bacon cooked nicely just slightly crispy.

Add Beef and stir in 2 tbsp flour.

Then add beef stock and stir until smooth gravy. It’s like making a roux.

Add Bay leaves and Red wine bring to slow boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2 1/2 hrs until meat is tender. Depending on your cut of meat it may take a little longer.

About 30 minutes before the end of cooking add button onions and 15 mins before add button mushrooms.

Taste and adjust seasoning it may need more pepper. Again it is personal taste.

Beef Bourguignon 2

This can be served with mashed potatoes and vegetables or rice and vegetables.

I hope you enjoy!

Unless of course, you have Oenophobia which is a real thing — that’s the (totally real) scientific term used to describe people with a fear of wine.

Wine and music, of course, go hand in hand…


music notes

Neil Diamond first released this track in 1967 it was from the album Just for you…Although I am a fan of Neil Diamond it is a bit melancholy for me… In the UK, two versions of the song charted in 1969: a soul cover by Jimmy James & The Vagabonds hit #36 (it also made #127 in the US), and a reggae rendition by Tony Tribe hit #46.

It was UB40 who claimed the #1 spot in 1983…

Time for a story…A very short story…

Willow the Wisp.

Sitting,  flicking through FB my way of keeping in touch with family and friends from afar. I clicked like, I commented.  Suddenly like a blast from the past, a face appeared: my heart skipped a beat and a tear, unbidden trickled down my face. The outlines were blurred but still …. I felt that familiar stirring from within and I started to shake from the tips of my fingers to my toes.

My thoughts turned to him. The only person who had the power to make my bones turn to jelly.

I suppose the unexpected encounter…just a picture … my guard had dropped or just perhaps my need for someone. If I allowed my thoughts and myself to turn to him then I had to attempt to find some modicum of com­mon ground in the relationship aside from raw, physical sex.

Was that possible?


He was like Willow the Wisp invading my very being, catching me unawares.

My first love and my last. “A bit dramatic” I hear myself saying.

The End…

26th August 1959 …The Mini Morris Minor arrived…designed and built-in direct response to the crippling fuel shortages caused by the Suez Canal Crisis…

Sadly the 27th August 1979  Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by an IRA bomb…I vividly remember how sad everyone was that such an act should be perpetrated on a family…

August 30th …sees the second new moon in a calendar month…sometimes known as the black moon…Black Moon is not a well known astronomical term. In recent years, the term has been made popular by social media, astrologers, and followers of the Wiccan religion… They occur about once every 29 months. Because of time zone differences, the month they happen in can vary…

Who loves toasted marshmallows?  Well, August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day…Yummy…The downside is I can’t get decent marshmallows here…But if you can …Enjoy!



Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

13 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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  2. lievelee

    So much for your husband not liking garlic… I agree, sometimes it’s better not to let the secret out as too often we eat with our eyes and minds, instead of letting our taste buds be the judge.


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  3. johnrieber

    Well, any reason to celebrate! Here is something I posted about the health benefits of wine, no reason not to know them as you sip that much-deserved red…oh and I included the video for the Daryl Hall & John Oates song “Intravino” with the lyrics: “Give me wine wine, I need Intravino, give me wine, wine, i need it every day-o!” – https://johnrieber.com/2018/04/14/wine-is-life-8-delicious-reasons-to-counter-a-report-that-downplays-the-health-benefits-of-vino-hall-oates-sing-intravino/

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