CarolCooks2…2019…A recap and some thank you’s…

It’s New Years Eve…My last post of 2019…

A time to cast off the old and bring in the new...

 

Here is how the New Year starts around the world…Just a little taster…

First Footing…Is Scotland’s New Year’s Eve celebration of Hogmanay, “first-footing” is practised across the country. The first person who crosses a threshold of a home in the New Year should carry a gift for luck. Scots also hold bonfire ceremonies where people parade while swinging giant fireballs on poles, supposedly symbols of the sun, to purify the coming year.

In Spain, it is customary to eat 12 grapes one for each of the 12 strokes of midnight…

Columbians have a love of travel so traditionally an empty suitcase is carried around the block…Mmmm I know someone who may be happy to adopt that tradition…Debby Giess…

The Danes throw all their old crockery against the doors of family and friends to ward off bad spirits…They also stand on chairs and at the stroke of midnight leap off into the New Year…

Greece…An onion is traditionally hung on the front door of homes on New Year’s Eve in Greece as a symbol of rebirth in the New Year. On New Year’s Day, parents wake their children by tapping them on the head with the onion…

If they didn’t have a headache from the excesses of celebrating they could well do after getting banged on the head with an onion…

Others celebrate by wearing coloured knickers or burning effigies of politicians or famous people…I bet a few of us could relate to that one…after the political years, we have endured around the world…Mmmmm… Nuff said…

The New Year whether you are out partying or spending a quiet one at home…Like Moi…Then I will leave you with my final cocktail of the year…

The 1953 Atomic Cocktail is the definitive version of this iconic drink. An unknown bartender at the Sky Room, on the third-floor bar at the world-famous Desert Inn, Las Vegas, created it. The Atomic Cocktail arrived before the clouds had even cleared. Before the true extent of the devastation inflicted on Hiroshima was known. It then was renamed the Hiroshima…

This one also reminds me of a Bob Marley and the hangover…lol…It was also where my younger son #2 lost some of his eyebrows…That is another story…For another day…x

Ahhh…Jamaica what memories….xx

Here in Thailand although New Year is celebrated the Thai New Year is the Songkram Festival in April…

Fireworks…Is how most of us see in the New Year…This is my thought for 2020…

It may be in our own homes or at an organised display and of course all the major cities around the world vie with each other to see who has the most impressive display…I wonder how many of those will be Climate-friendly or will no such thoughts be applied? Fireworks originated in China and now they have launched a light show with drones as an alternative…

I mean do we really need the bangs? It scares the animals for one…I think we should be writing to our councillors and MP’S….Just saying…Do eco-friendly fireworks exist? Indeed they do…

Lastly but certainly not least...Some thanks …Many thanks go to Sally as she has let me indulge my passion for cookery in my Cookery Column over at Smorgasbord Magazine also for letting me join her in our joint venture to promote health by knowing what foods address any deficiencies in our diets…Sally is a Health Professional…I provide recipes which contain fruits or vegetables which can aid our good health and any deficiences…Thank you, Sally… xxx

Thanks also go to Esme where I have been writing about the Culinary Alphabet ( A-Z) for the last 2 years…Thank you, Esme …xxx

Special thanks go to you my readers for your constant support and comments…Which I love…I have had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people over the last few years…A variety of blogs which cover many subjects…Some of which I have learnt much particularly about bravery,  fortitude, music, books, writing, gardening and also the unflinching will to live…I have been in tears and awe at times…

When I started my blogging journey I just didn’t know…I found a wonderful community of such strong, kindhearted souls…You all rock…Thank you …I love you all xxx

 

 

 

 

 

69 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…2019…A recap and some thank you’s…

  1. joylennick

    Hola Carol, It’s great reading your recipes and ‘food talk.’ Thank you! I do agree re light shows instead of fireworks. Less dangerous and more harmonious with the atmosphere; and a bonus to the poor animals which get spooked… Have a healthy, happy New Year. Hugs xx

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  5. acflory

    Happy New Year, Carol, and thank you! That video clip of the light show in China proves that fireworks are not needed for a New Year’s Eve spectacular. Here in Australia, the whole country is burning, especially in NSW. Sydney is the capital of NSW and despite the loss of life, property and ongoing misery of thousands of people, they powers that be insisted on going ahead with the fireworks. Some of us are so disgusted it’s not funny.
    If you don’t mind, I’m going to pinch that video clip and do an update to my post – to show what can be done. Cheers, Meeks

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Meeks and a Happy New Year to you. The light show does indeed show that light shows are a better alternative to fire works.. I think the powers that be got that badly wrong and lets hope they are voted out as soon as possible absolutely appalling. Pinch away Meeks… 😀 x

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      1. acflory

        lol – thanks Carol, pinched and done! I’d love to be able to force a double dissolution of parliament and get rid of the lot of them. Start afresh with well meaning amateurs instead of these self-centred ‘professional’ politicians.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thats a thought and a half…I wish I had gone into politics years ago..it was a thought back then and not actioned…too late now…Thank you for the mention…Meeks…x

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  6. dgkaye

    Okay, this is just the pick me up I needed today. LOLOL, loved learning about some of the customs, but more curious to learn about ‘the Jamaica’ trip LOLOL.. And what’s in that atomic drink? So funny. Thanks so much for mentioning me and my book, lol Carol. That’s exactly what I do when I travel – take an empty with me! LOLOL Happy New Year girlfriend!!!! 🙂 🙂 ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Pleased I could pick you up…As for the mention it is a pleasure it just seemed to fit in nicely with that particular custom….Happy New Year, Debby may 2020 bring you many holidays and good health…Hugs xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Mary and to you and your family…A dirty Martini is my new favourite drink I had mine New Years Eve as did my son who blamed them on the headache he had the next day…haha..

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Happy New Year, Michael..Yes, New Year is celebrated here…31st Dec is a world wide celebration and then another one in April the heigt of the high season and a dousing with water is gratefully recieved….:) x

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  7. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Wonderful post Carol and what a great idea to use the drones to create a light display.. I hate fireworks having had several dogs who were petrified. Makes absolute sense to me.. Thank you for the mention… and you have done all the work… I have just basked in reflected glory… Have an amazing 2020 and get that novel and cookbook finished so I can show them off. hugs ♥

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally and yes that is the plan as I have procrastinated long eneough…A cookbook is so much harder than I ever thought it would be…I have so many recipes swirling around in my head that making a decision on which to use has really being a barrier for me…I am sure your 2020 will be just as amazing as you so bask away you deserve it …Hugs xxx

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  8. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    If you missed New Year’s Eve (and we did being in bed by 11) here is a look in the rear view mirror with Carol Taylor with some traditions from around the world… and save some space for fortune cookies as Chinese New Year is yet to come.. and on that note, rather than pollute the atmosphere with billions of dollars worth of fireworks, Carol has a video of the fabulous drone light show the Chinese used to celebrate.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally for the reblog…I stayed up this year not always the case…I thought the drones are a fabulous idea I am sure many animals would love to see the end of fireworks… It is certainly something I think will happen in the not too distant future…Hugs x

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  9. Jennie

    What a fun post! Thanks for sharing the New Year traditions around the world. Good thing we don’t have the onion. 🙂 I’m happy to be one of your blog readers, Carol. Thank you for all you do (and write). Happy New Year.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much, Jennie I am fan of your posts also you are a wonderful teacher whose children are so lucky to have you as a teacher… Thank you for supporting my blog.. Happy New Year Hugs x

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