CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 16th- 22nd December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in and around the world…Some of this you will find here so take a well-earned pew, grab a drink and enjoy the read…

Join me for a Mince Pie

I can hear the hysterical laughter as I well remember the frantic rushing about …I remember the queues and the shopping trolleys piled high as if there was going to be a food shortage and the shops are not even closed for 2 days anymore…I for one do not miss that…

If you get time to read…Enjoy and if you don’t see you in the New Year…xxx

This week you will find lots of festive recipes…All tried and tested in my kitchen…Old favourites passed down through the generations and new favourites, there are books to buy and ideas on how to have a green Christmas…Cocktails and stories…

Starting with Sally’s roundup from last week...Lots of Cranberry recipes, Christmas cheer, books galore if you need a stocking filler and some funnies…Rib Ticklers… as we all need to smile among the frantic run up to Chrismas …Don’t we?

Monday 16th…Recycling and the environment… How to have a greener Christmas…

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This week was a lovely one for me…Coldplay setting the scene for greener rock concerts, seahorses in the Thames, Great Christmas crafts and of course ideas for greener wrapping…

Tuesday 17th…Time for Christmas Pickles and a Dill Pickle Bread…So pucker up and get pickled…Also the lovely Rosella pickle…

Wednesday 18th…I was over at Sally’s with my Vegetarian Christmas Menu…Thank you, Sally xx

Whimsical Wednesday…Do I have some whimsy for you???

As well as Christmas Ham and Dirty Martinis…Some Rockin around the Christmas Tree with Brenda Lee…13 years old she was when she recorded this…

Thursday 19th…

Time for Sally’s Blogger Daily and Christmas in my house…Some beautiful Christmas light images, Whimsy from me and a short story from Debby Giess…I miss U…Thank you for sharing, Sal x

Tis the season…The big day draws closer…

I bring you traditions on Christmas Eve around the world…The feast of the seven fishes and a Salty Dog…

Friday 20th…Christmas at my house…

Preparations are in full swing…albeit at a slower pace here…How to cook a perfect turkey which can be pretty daunting if you don’t know how…As well as some recipes for lovely Christmas gravy to accompany your perfectly cooked turkey…

How to Cook the Perfect Turkey (2)

Saturday 21st…

In case you missed it Sally shared …My how to cook a turkey and make Christmas gravy as well as some yummy Italian puddings…

Some more Christmas recipes for you…Stuffing… It wouldn’t be a Christmas dinner without it or bread sauce which is a British tradition …I also included a Gluten-free recipe for bread sauce with not a bread crumb insight…

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your pre- Christmas weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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.

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend 🙂 xx


23 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 16th- 22nd December 2019…

  1. johnrieber

    Once again WordPress only allowing me to “like” some websites…strange but I wanted you to know that I LOVE this post as always…so many fun stories and recipes, and a Dirty Martini too! Happy holidays and here’s to an exciting 2020!


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Bless you, John..the wonders of WP …as I said before we have a mutual admiration of each other posts…You Rock! Have a fabulous festive season and yes cheers to an exciting 2020 Hugs x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, dear Dolly…I read that Hanukkah started 22nd Dec and a candle is lit for 8 nights…Do you give gifts at Hanukkah and is it appropriate to wish you Happy Hanukkah? if so then I do dear Dolly…Hugs xxx

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        We add a light every night (in my house, we burn oil, rather than candles), i,e, light one the first night, two the second night, etc. The ancient tradition dictates that children are given money, not candles, to play dreidel with. I give out chocolate coins and other assorted chocolates. Many people give gifts each day of the holiday, but we are a bit old-fashioned. We do wish each other Happy Chanukkah, so I thank you, dear friend!
        Happy holidays to you and your lovely family!

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Likewise, I was on the lookout for something took a wrong turn and hey ho did 11,000 plus steps on that route…and at the very last minute found the shop I was looking for when I had actually given up and was heading for home…I was exhausted when I got home as have had a nasty tummy bug for the last few days and this was the first day I dared to venture out… it took its toll..Silly me…Merry Christmas xxxx


  2. cindy knoke

    I do remember my husband once told me, before he knew me well enough, “the best chefs are all male.”
    I didn’t kill him. I do have restraint.
    I did start my blog as a cooking blog…
    Now he is hard pressed to be coaxed to get eat those Michelin chefs food. Why should he?
    He has a creative chef at home who cooks everything anyone wants and loves every minute of doing it.
    God Bless female chefs at home, they are the best in the world. And always have been.
    Merry Christmas Carol.
    Merry Christmas to you Carol.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree there are many great home chefs.. My boys included.. I do think professionally it is a male dominated world although there are some very good female chefs coming up hard on their 👠 . Haha…I am sure you keep him satisfied at home at half the price… Merry Christmas, Cindy xxx



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