Hello and welcome… I would like to say that here on Whimsical Wednesdays it is a Corona free zone but this sneaky virus has crept into every single aspect of our lives…Awake or asleep it is there…It dominates the headlines and our thoughts…It invokes great sadness but also great joy…and a smidgen of hope…Nope, I refuse to mention the other 10%…My focus is coming out the other side with hope in my heart…
We are in unprecedented times…
Out of necessity we are having to think of when we can shop ..what we can buy…how much we can buy…we are looking at portions…we are looking at waste …we are baking bread…
Many of us like me and many of my fellow bloggers are ardent supporters of the proposition that anything homemade is preferable to store-bought, from English muffins and cake (bye, Betty Crocker!) to even condiments like mayo and chilli crisp, where some of the store-bought versions are totally fine to use.
That doesn’t mean we all love everything about cooking! Some kitchen tasks are incredibly annoying. Washing spinach? soooo much grit… Cleaning and prepping prawns? Touching corn starch?
Usually, we’d say about such tasks, “Life’s too short. No one has time for that.” And yet, now, for all of us, everywhere, cooking more of our meals at home, we all do, in fact, have time for even the most-time-consuming kitchen chores. But that doesn’t mean we have to like them any better than in the time before coronavirus.
What food do you love but hate to cook and why?
Mine are these...something I don’t eat often but with garlic mayo or a fiery chilli dip…drooling…But making them…
Part of it is the mess, Yes!. But a lot of cooking tasks are messy… making cutlets means I have to deep clean the cutting board, and the bowls and pans.. at least two racks (one for the breaded cutlets to rest, another for cooling), a cooling rack, a bowl (for breading), and two bowls (for the flour and egg wash dredging), a skillet, the stovetop (of oil splatters), the counter (for spills), the floor (for random flour and bits of panko), and my hands washed 10 billion times to prevent immediate food poisoning and belated food poisoning via cross-contamination or just to get those bits of batter and crumbs which are sticking to everything…but that isn’t the whole picture of the mess and cleaning the production of these stupidly delicious things invoke…
I haven’t finished yet…you can’t do anything else while cooking them. They’re quick to cook, sure, but you can only cook a few at a time in even a 12-inch skillet, and you need to watch them, tend the temperature of the oil as you would a baby’s first toddling steps, and you need to salt each one right out of the fryer otherwise they’re crap, and then you have to cook like six more because who, really, makes just two freaking cutlets at a time? That’s a solid block of kitchen time spent just frying things; you can’t clean as you go, you can’t prep other food, you’re just cooking cutlets for however long it takes to cook them all.
Ahhhh…That feels better…xx
Not everyone has green fingers… Who would love beautiful houseplants and it just doesn’t happen? Now you can…This robot is just so cute…
The goal of the robot is to keep the plants alive, so it finds sunlight and shade for them and even throws a temper tantrum by stomping around when they need watering. The Hexa Plant holds a medium-size plant on its base and has amazing features, such as an infrared sensor, a distance sensor, a 720p camera with night vision, as well as a built-in WiFi and USB ports.
Can it get any better?
Apparently, it can! The HEXA Plant can reportedly “play” with you whenever you touch its base. It can spin around and do a happy dance in the sunny areas of your home to remind you to optimize your vitamin D levels as well.
It crawls to the light and even spins around so that all leaves can enjoy it.
How cool is that?
Did you know? On the 29th of April 1856 …A shipment of 33 camels arrived at the Texas port of Indianola. They had been purchased on the North African Coast, for the U.S. Army to use in the deserts of the Southwest.
Did you know?
A well-treated and well-fed camel can produce 10 gallons of milk a day, which is as much as Holstein cows produce.
Camel’s milk is about 5.5% milkfat, 7.5% milk solids and 87% water.
During the siege of Paris in 1870, camel was listed on the Voison restaurant’s Christmas Eve menu.
Goujons Frits…Le Chameau roti a l’anglaise…
The siege of Paris ended on January 28, leaving a demoralized city damaged from shelling and a starving populace. In mid-February Sibbet noted solemnly that the domestic animals of the city were gone—even of that symbol of Paris, the poodle, there was no sign…
Time for some music:
A poignant song from James Blunt…
Today 29th April is also National Stop Food Waste day.
Stop Food Waste Day is an international day of action in the fight against food waste which is a serious and growing problem.
Roughly one-third of the food produced globally is either lost or wasted every year.
Quite apt in today’s climate as in many places due to shortages more people are experiencing food shortages so waste is becoming forefront in their minds…Will you take the pledge?
There was us thinking that fake news was a new phenomenon…
Apparently not…WR Hearst born on 29th April 1863 went on to build a chain of nearly 30 newspapers across America, then expanded into magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world.
He did so by sticking rigidly to circulation-building sensationalism. And what could be more sensational and reader-appetising than a war? So when the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain began in February 1895, Spain’s use of brutal suppression was graphically – and imaginatively – portrayed by Hearst’s newspapers.
Captain Tom...What a hero…Tomorrow Captain Tom Moore will be 100 Years of age.
A war veteran…He has raised almost 18 million pounds for the NHS…Deservedly he has been offered a Spitfire fly by for his 100th birthday…Happy Birthday for tomorrow Captain Tom xxx
That’s all for today…Please be well and stay safe…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