Recycling and Climate Change…6th January 2020…

Now a week into the new decade what is going on?

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…

Bush fires


Of course, the blame game has started and everybody has their opinions on that one…

Me…I don’t know…

I have read reports and tend to take more notice of bush fire experts, the fire chiefs who are calling for increased funding for fire reduction methods. These same people have also stated that many of the fire reduction methods are dependent on the weather conditions and that much can be done by individuals to protect their own homes and properties. They also state that sometimes those methods don’t work and the fires can still rip through depending on the ferocity…So many factors feature in the scenarios and in an ideal world this wouldn’t happen but it does…

Of course, due to the ferocity of the fires, there are fears that the large pulses of carbon dioxide may not be absorbed through regrowth of the forests as in the past.

However when all is said and done both Australia’s and the US fall very short in this Climate Change Index Annual Report…

These links make interesting reading…

Bottom three performers: Climate Change Index Report…
As Turkey has still not submitted its NDC, has no 2050 low emission strategy, and has not yet ratified the Paris Agreement,
the country continues to receive an overall very low rating in the
Under the Trump Administration, the United States fails on
climate action, with a major roll-back of national policies and
becomes a disruptive force at all levels of international climate
policy. Despite positive signals at the individual state level, the US remains at
the bottom of very low performers.

Australia receives the lowest rating in this year’s Climate Policy
rating as experts observe that the newly elected government
has continued to worsen performance at both national and
international levels.

To read the full report…Click Here

This is also an interesting report on the effectiveness of bush fire hazard reduction methods…

I think to help Australia if we can donate or when this is all over we can take a holiday and buy local to support their local businesses and help them get up and running again. …I saw a post which said if you were taking a road trip to take an empty car, fuel tank and heskie and stock up when you get there to show support which is a cool idea.

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I know this is a great tragedy for this beautiful country its people and its wildlife and environment…I hope lessons are learnt from this particularly by what I have read about the government’s lack of duty and care to its people and the environment.

The latest news and there has been some rain…


God bless Australia and its wildlife xxx

It is pretty obvious to me that it is you…Who can make changes and so many people, not governments do make a difference and that is all we can do or the sheer scale will overwhelm us…

So please look around you at the good things happening and where you can have an impact on the bad things …Vote wisely…support the good things and do what you can…

An imperfect plastic recycler is better than not recycling at all…Remember that x

The rest of the world…

Farmers return to ancient method for fighting pests by planting wildflowers…

Food Brands are considering adding carbon footprints to labels…I think this is a good idea HOWEVER I also think we should all start to be more aware of which foods are in season and buy local where you can or grow your own where you can…

It is after all our world and we need to start being responsible for our corner of it…It is as simple as that…

For January, February and March this is what is in season in and around the UK.

winter vegetables


Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay


Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Squash, Swede ( Rutabagus), Turnips.


Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac, Chicory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Squash, Swedes.


Artichoke, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Chicory, Cucumber, Leeks, Parsnip, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Radishes, Rhubarb, Sorrel, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Watercress.

Of course, this varies around the world...It varies by the season and the climate in a particular month and can vary by area/state…This is where Mr Google can help…

Because seasonal fruits and vegetables don’t undergo lengthy transit times to get from farm to your kitchen, these integral vitamins and minerals are more likely to be preserved by the time you’re ready to eat your produce it can also save you money.

Seasonal Veggies Harvested in January in L.A…

Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Rutabagas(Swede), Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips

Seasonal Fruits Harvested in January

Cherimoya, Clementine, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, Pomegranates, Tangerines

Similar in many respects to the UK although tomatoes and some of the fruits are not yet seasonal in the UK…But that is to be expected which is why you need to check for your particular area…

But it is an easy check to do and look for local farmers markets they will give you a good indication…

As I said we need to put the work in to help our carbon footprints and food is a good place to start…

Here it is similar to the UK and some parts of the US as further North here sees colder temperatures especially at night so I can get lovely cabbages, even sprouts at the moment, kale, spinach, lovely purple sprouting broccoli with the addition of tropical fruits which some have an almost all year growing season as being tropical we have rain and sun so much flourishes…vegetables like swede(Rutabaga) parsnips are all imported so I don’t buy…although I have found the lovely purple carrots I am currently buying although they take longer to cook or steam when roasted are very similar to parsnips in taste they seem a little denser than the orange carrot.

Mashed sweet potato is the closest I get to swede but I like it very much so it isn’t a hardship I have just had to adapt to what I can get to ensure that I keep my carbon footprint down…

This month as it is National Soup Month…I will be sharing seasonal soup recipes from around the world and information on Bone Broth and how it can be incorporated in our recipes…

Squash seems to be available locally almost everywhere this is my simple soup made from squash…

My recipe for squash soup …

squash-pumpkin- soup

The squash I always make into a vegetable soup and freeze in portions. When I reheat the soup, I then add chilli (of course) and a little coconut milk and gently warm through.

Soup ingredients:

  • 1 small squash peeled and deseeded. Cut into pieces.
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and cut up
  • 1 carrot washed and cut
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • Piece fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 3 Broccoli stalks, peeled and cubed (I always save the broccoli stalks) for when I make soup. Waste not, want not and I think ideal for soups for flavour.
  • 1-1½ litres of fresh chicken stock or stock cubes.

Let’s Cook!

Heat a glug of olive oil and gently cook garlic ginger and onion to just soften and not colour.
Add other vegetables gradually and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes, then add stock and seasoning.
Simmer gently for about an hour or until vegetables are lovely and soft and remove from heat. I let it cool down before I blend.
This makes a lovely vegetable soup but I also use it as a base and freeze in portions.
When I reheat I add little-dried chilli flakes and 1 or 2 tbsp of coconut milk.
It just gives it a creamy flavour.
Sometimes I add crushed lemongrass stalk and a little fish sauce, it depends on how I feel, it is a versatile soup base so play with it, have fun.
Add some curry powder, a squeeze or 2 of lime juice or coriander, whatever you fancy.


If you are still reading …Thank you for your support and your comments which are always welcomed…xx

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our own home’s carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system


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 creative week ahead xx

50 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…6th January 2020…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I have only managed to get that once here but it was great and yes pretend away…haha..I like the zoodles a lot and cauliflower rice so many lovely alternatives if we think outside the box…Hugs xx

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      1. Colleen M. Chesebro

        I did buy some cauliflower rice. So, how do you fix it? Mashed like potatoes? When I get my garden growing again (I just pulled out the last of zuchinni) I’ll get one of those tools to make noodles out of them. I’ve tried sweet potato noodles but don’t like them as much. ❤

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  2. dgkaye

    Excellent reporting and informing Carol. We must keep all things climate related in the forefront to keep at the forefront of everyone’s mind. No excuses anymore! ❤

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  3. acflory

    A beautiful post, Carol, and much appreciated. As an Australian, I’m thoroughly ashamed that we’ve allowed our country to become 57th out of 57 countries on Climate Change.

    But these fires have changed hearts and minds as well as the environment. Until this year, bushfire tended to be ‘local’. Each year there’d be one really bad bushfire, somewhere, usually somewhere /else/. This year it’s everywhere, in every state and territory. The scale is beyond belief, and for the first time, we are all affected because so many of the people having to be evacuated were visitors to the area, holiday makers with their kids, people just like us. And we all know someone who was or is affected. I have friends in Malacoota [they’re safe] and other friends in areas that are only just starting to be threatened.

    The worst part, though, is that historically, the worst fire danger doesn’t occur until late January/early February. We’re all wondering, ‘how much worse can it get’?

    When the fire season is finally over, Australia will be a different place. We will think differently, and there /will/ be change.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Positive thinking while such a tragedy unfolds around you, Meeks I hope the momentum gets carried forward…I have family my daughter and grandsons live in WA who thank god at the moment they are not effected we have visited a few times and I truly was shocked at those figures as Australia is very beautiful with an abundance of wildlife and the governmentn should be thorougly ashamed at their stance, inaction and position the US is the same and it beggars belief..The world watches now with hope the people will talk and your words give me hope that they will..Behind you all the way, Meeks…Stay safe xx


  4. Jacquie Biggar

    Poor Australia and its wildlife- it’s heart-wrenching.
    We’re working toward sustainable living in our small yead by planting a variety of fruit trees and growing year round vegetables. We’re lucky to live in a zone that allows this, but there are even ways to grow within your home through hydroponics. We need to lower our carbon footprint or fires like those in California and Australia will become the new norm.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know, Jacquie so sad lets hope the people will take a stand when this is over . I thinik like you we need to do what we can as individuals and then the folks around us see what we do and have a go themselves. Hydoponics is a good way forward ..When my kids were younger we only had a smallish garden but i planted among flowerers in pots, hanging baskets and grow bags just enough for us and sometimes alittle to share…Just a question? You said zone that allows it?

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      1. Jacquie Biggar

        I mean growing zone. In Canada we get a LOT of snow, so most of the country is termed zone 2-3 for plants (the temp they’ll survive in) but on Vancouver Island we’re a zone 7-8. We can even grow lemons if we protect them over the winter 🙂

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thank you for the explanation that makes sense…I kow in some places that people are not allowed for example to plant vegetables as they don’t always make the place look asthetically pleasing some communties like their front gardens to have a uniform individuality allowed 🙂 x

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  5. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Excellent post Carol.. and I only buy Irish fruit and vegetables now in season.. I do cheat with Avocados and tomatoes as we eat those all year round.. but there are some great farmer’s markets locally and definitely the way to support the local economy… As to Australia.. tragic and they are now concerned that February is going to bring floods… xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally better to be imperfectly carbon footprint aware than to do nothing…Enjoy those tomatoes and avocados. It is so tragic and there are some questions which need answering there I think…Hugs xxx

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  7. FrugalHausfrau

    Of course the seasons are different here but what a great post to bring awareness! When I talk about voting here, I sometimes mention little else matters if we don’t have a future!

    Happy New Year!

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  8. petespringerauthor

    People a lot smarter than I haven’t been able to solve the problem. The world has got plenty of issues, but I also have faith in this generation. Many like to portray millenials as self-centered, but I see plenty of examples of giving and caring individuals.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes and maybe no one ever will, Pete but I agree about the Millenials there are some very smart tuned in ones out there and even some Baby Boomers like me…haha 🙂

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  9. purpleslob

    I for one am an imperfect recycler, but I try. Those wildfires in Australia are heart wrenching.
    I know 1 fruit that is in season here- strawberries! The 6 yo grandbaby ate nearly a qt all by herself!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That’s ok though it is better than not recycling at all…My granddaughter loves strawberries I think most kids do…They are not quite in season here but will be soon…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      You too, dear Dolly…Lucky you… I can’t get that here not cold enough to grow and I won’t buy the imported ones too expensive and the carbon footprints would be considerable so I go without plenty of other lovely veggies

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I wouldn’t like to say, Alethea as many people on FB seem to think otherwise about him and like what he does…Lets hope they are a minority rather than a majority 🙂 x He scares me and I don’t live there although I have family who do he is certainly ignoring Climate change….

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Funny you should say that but I had that conversation with someone a while ago…I think their is a lot of evil in the world I just hope the good prevails 🙂 x

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  10. Sue Dreamwalker

    Thank you for your thoughts and concerns here Carol.. We are indeed on the same page..
    I have a wild patch in my garden and within our allotment plot behind our sheds.. Where I allow nettles to grow,, Young leaves are picked and dried for nettle tea.. 🙂 but they are meant for the butterflies which some varieties lay their eggs on and their caterpillars love them.. Which helps keep them off the cabbages lol..
    Yes soon our growing season of planting seeds will be upon us January will see us sowing some of those seeds in the greenhouse ready for Spring.
    Then its all systems go…
    Loved the Soup recipe and I hope to make it, as we have lots of butternut squash stored from our harvest and this recipe looks delicious..

    Wishing you a very Happy and prosperous New Year Carol.. May your garden continue to bloom and bring you plentiful harvests.. Thank you for all of your wonderful shares and tips, recipes and stories you have shared.. May 2020 continue to bless you and yours both in love, joy and health..
    love and Blessings..
    Sue ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Bless you, Sue I hope you enjoy the soup. Your garden sounds wonderful our chickens and turkeys keep much of our pests away the rest we pick of daily and deposit them out the backaway from the vegetables…The fruit I cover some and let the squirrels have the rest I love watching them as they demolish my jackfruit and the mangoes but they have to eat the same as us don’t they…Thank you for your blessings they are gratefully received I hope 2020 brings you your peace and happiness coupled with good health and love …:) xxx

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      1. Sue Dreamwalker

        Yes thankfully we do not have many pests except the pigeons who will strip the young cabbages in no time if we do not cover them… And yes ALL have their place and all need to eat to survive… Much love and Happy Gardening and I will look forward to making your soup. ❤

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  12. petespringerauthor

    I’ve been following the news closely related to Australia’s fires. We’ve had three consecutive years of trouble with wildfires in California, and this was the first year they had mandatory power shutoffs which angered many citizens. It’s a huge problem as the power company is scrambling to modernize outdated equipment.

    I also looked with interest at the video for growing flowers for bees and butterflies. My brother is the vice president of the North American Butterfly Association.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It is so scary but also people need to be more aware of what they can do and also what needs to be done by authorites as in mandatory power shutoffs. I am sure your brother in law has a lot of knowledge as do beekeepers there is so much that can be done and isn’t either through lack of knowledge or care…Funding? I don’t know what the answer is ..Do you, Pete? Or more to the point how can individuals have a louder voice and would that work?I have so many questions in my head…It aches at times but then I see something good and it gladdens my heart…But those fires around the world …What is the answer? Have a great week , Pete 🙂 x

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