Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesdays…I am feeling a little thoughtful rather than whimsical lately…This current situation is so surreal…it’s getting weird and unsettling…

I suppose I like to be in control and that’s the bottom line…I can control my actions but not others and I don’t like being isolated to this extent its weird…But I will as survival mode has also kicked in…I will try my best to keep my posts on track and positive if not all of the time most of the time…

I am however very happy to see how mother nature is bouncing back and to be honest, I am shocked at how quickly it is happening which is great news for the planet…Blue skies over China…Dolphins and fish in the canals of Venice, People singing loud and clear using saucepan lids as cymbals from their balconies…

Humans are wonderful at keeping their spirits up…so chin up peeps we will get through this…

Who doesn’t love Garfield this was a blast from the past my kids loved that cat…we had Garfield everything toys quilt covers…for three decades Garfield phones kept washing up on the shores of Western France and finally last year the mystery was solved.

garfield phone visual hunt

Photo credit: echoesofstars on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

The residents of Brittany in Northern France were used to seeing these iconic phones bobbing on the waves and washing up on the shores…where did they come from? A local farmer donned his sherlock holmes cap and decided to investigate…

While exploring the caves along the shoreline he found the remnants of a shipping container which had got stuck in one of the caves…Mystery solved…the current and the waves did the rest and those iconic phones left their watery grave and were transported to freedom …the rest is history…

Today is also National Waffle Day…

What is a waffle? For starters it is something I have never made, hardly ever eaten…made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape, and surface impression. … Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium, which has over a dozen regional varieties…There are American waffles, Belgium or Brussels waffles, the Liege waffle, Hongkong waffles and even a pandan waffle…

Waffle is also a slang term meaning “to keep changing one’s mind.”


It was in the 18th century when the word “waffle” first appeared in the English language, in a 1725 printing of Court Cookery by Robert Smith. Recipes had begun to spread throughout England and America, though essentially all were patterned after established Dutch, Belgian, German, and French versions.

Have you a favourite waffle recipe? Me I am going to try the Masterchef recipe of waffles with triple fried chicken and chilli caramel to me as someone who doesn’t eat waffles that sounds like a good place to start…What do you think?

As with bread, the original waffles were probably cooked on a hot stone it wasn’t until the iron age when iron plates and griddles were used ..two plates meant the flat cakes aka waffles as they were to become known cooked quicker sandwiched between two hot plates. At the start of the French Revolution, Thomas Jefferson returned to the U.S. from his position as Minister to France. Along with a pasta machine, he brought a long-handled waffle iron that encloses the batter and gives the waffle crispness and shape. This began the trend of “waffle frolics” or waffle parties, where guests enjoyed their waffles sweet (with maple syrup or molasses) or savoury (topped with kidney stew). Slaves got the leftovers as a special treat. This evolved into the southern favourite, chicken and waffles.

Did you know?

That it was March 29th 1974 when Chinese farmers digging a well uncovered the Terracotta Army…

Going to see the Terracotta Army is on my to-do list one of my must-do lists…Little did they know just what a find they had discovered…The emperor of the army is still to be uncovered…I saw a couple of them when I was visiting a museum here which had been given to the Thai people by the Chinese government.

They truly are works of art…Fabulous…

Time for a tune…


That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…Please stay safe and well…I have just read that Prince Charles has tested positive for Covid-19…It looks like no-one is immune…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.

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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx




18 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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  2. Jennie

    I think heart shaped waffles will be perfect for breakfast. Thanks for the smiles and fun post. Can you imagine being the farmer who dug the well and uncovered the army? Wow!

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  3. Jim Borden

    I would also like to see the Terracotta Army someday. I wish I had known earlier that it was waffle day! 🙂 And it is great seeing people share their music with their neighbors/the world.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Haha…not really been a waffle eater no particular reason they just haven’t come up on my radar..although I have seen some very moreish recipes over the last week for waffles ..Yes I think music is a great leveller and it lifts the spirits at times like these…

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  4. petespringerauthor

    As with other challenges, we will get through this one too. As someone who is extroverted, I simply miss being around my friends, but of course, I’m taking the responsible route.

    Waffles—yum! Terribly underrated food.

    Garfield—I remember when all of the kids in my elementary class loved him.

    Mother Nature is one resilient lady, but we better do our part to help the old gal.

    I never pictured you to be a Nirvana fan, Carol. You’re full of surprises. I have my music going on in the background right now, and my wife just walked by shaking her head wondering why her sixty-one-year-old husband still acts like a teenager.😎


  5. Alethea Kehas

    Was just watching a show on the terra-cotta army last night. It is fascinating. I heard the dolphins in Italy were photo-shopped, hope that’s not the case, but either way still think the planet is breathing easier due to people staying mostly indoors.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I do hope not but in todays world who knows….Yes the terracotta army is a fascinating story isn’t it..You stay safe and well Alethea ..scary world at the moment xx


  6. Hugh W. Roberts

    The air quality alone is so different since planes were grounded, Carol. People in west London say they can even hear the birds singing again because there is no noise of aircraft above. I wonder if greenhouses gases in the atmosphere are going down because of what is happening in the world at the moment? Given the roads are very quiet on my part of planet Earth, I think they probably are.
    I still have a Garfield ring binder I purchased in the 1980s. Although it doesn’t contain much anymore, I can’t bear to part with it. Purchased when I worked in Selfridges, it’s move with me.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Awwww I have a few things that have been around the world with me sentimental value…but part of us…I have heard they have gone down one of the upsides of this disaster…it just feels so surreal at times…weird…Stay safe and well, Hugh there are no certainties in this life at the moment it seems 🙂 x

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  7. Darlene

    Weird times but we are all making the best of it! I love waffles and used to have a waffle maker but not anymore. Very North American. My kids loved Garfield as well and we had a number of the cartoon books. Loved the story about the Garfield phones. A great post. Thanks.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Darlene …Yes it is very surreal at times …I just have never really thought about waffles heard more about them lately but then maybe I should leave it there just in case and I am sure they are a waistline expander…sigh…Stay safe and well. Darlene xx

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