Saturday Snippets…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I could be writing about something I came across this week which made me laugh, cry or cringe…it may be a recipe…it may be a may be totally off the wall or it may be just me!


Today is National Taffy Day…

I hadn’t heard of Taffy either…Salt Water Taffy to be precise until…while I was a participant at a residential Writers Retreat we were invited to take one, unwrap it and pop it in our mouths…We were then given 15 minutes to get our thoughts on paper…

Salt Water Taffy by Carol Ann Taylor…

Salt Water Taffy( 3)

Brilliant turquoise in colour, my fingers now sticky on my screen, sweet nothing on my tongue with a sort of fudge-like texture.  Would I eat another?


The disappointment flooded over me when I realized it wasn’t a blueberry flavour.

But, instead, it invoked pictures in my memory of a hazy blue sea,  sailboats, men in boaters,  ladies in bloomers and those wonderful beach huts which are now so in vogue. Children running along with kites, donkey rides on the clean white sand. Ice Cream and Candyfloss

How one tiny rectangle of sweet stickiness could evoke long-forgotten memories of an idyllic childhood was truly amazing.

Long Live Salt Water Taffy.

What is salt Water Taffy then where did it originate?

No one really knows but a man called Joseph Fralinger who was a former glassblower and fish merchant from Atlantic City opened a small concession in the mid-1880’s selling lemonade. After taking over a taffy stand he began to perfect his own recipe for Taffy. An entrepreneur at heart he packed one pound oyster boxes with Salt Water Taffy and launched the first ” Atlantic City Souvenir” today this one-pound box still remains the most popular souvenir.

Today there are over 155 flavours of Salt Water Taffy and not a drop of seawater in view.

If you follow me and are a regular reader you will know it is National Vinegar Month…The Braised Pork with Black vinegar was amazing everyone loved it…

It was a unanimous decision to make it again…The only changes I would make would be to serve Pak Dong which is the Thai pickled greens using salt and sun to make sour but the pickles in the recipe were too sour for even me so I am taking those out of the recipe. The cooking time was also way of base so I will amend that but apart from that, it was a lovely sauce…

Chinese black vinegar is more mellow rather acidic …a nice vinegar and I would definitely use in other dishes…a good buy.

Time for a laugh…I can be a bit funny sometimes but Donna she is something else…she really makes me smile…So No-one told you life was going to be this way…Funny and entertaining ..words and pictures…I laughed and smiled from start to finish…1funny25 Donna Parker

Captain an honourary Colonel of his regiment…He has made a record with Michael Ball…he is also now going to be knighted… I am guessing a normal unassuming man who wanted to do something…

Arise…Sir Tom Moore…A true gentleman and a hero…

It’s National Vinegar Month and I have been celebrating it to the full…I made a Chocolate cake using no eggs just vinegar…A throwback to the war when eggs were in short supply…my latest recipe originally one from BBC food was Pork shoulder braised with Black Vinegar…a first for me and a great success with my very honest taste testers…

The chocolate cake was a revelation…made in the pan it was baked in…I honestly didn’t expect it to be that good…and vegan to boot…She who will never be vegan/vegetarian had made a not bad chocolate cake that ticked all the boxes…

Covid-19...I think it dominates everyone’s thoughts…certainly mine …I feel relatively safe living here in Thailand…I don’t consider my human rights or whatever violated …But the low figures speak volumes…I am happy to wear a mask when out shopping and indeed I am not allowed in a shop without it…Of course, there are opinions on whether or not the wearing of a mask actually offers protection…It protects people from my coughs and sneezes if I had some…I also think our figures speak for themselves…54 recorded deaths is very low…


Wellness Corner:

In these times of quarantine and shortages, many of us have taken to baking our own bread and cakes…we are confined and are cooking more and eating…snacking…I have added a few pounds and I know I am not alone…

My friend and fellow blogger Sally…is here to give us all a helping hand…No tricks, no fads, no cutting out carbs or other food groups just a common-sense approach something we all need…

Sally herself has had struggles with her weight over the years she now has it under control…A qualified nutritionist she wants to help others…

I think these times of being quarantined have hot everyone in many ways the barbers and hairdressers have been closed, Massage parlours and manicurists have been closed, flights stopped, buses stopped, so many changes to our everyday lives…

I myself have been doing far more online shopping as I am guessing so has half of the world…My hair…Well, being a trained hairdresser I am very fussy about who comes anywhere near my hair… I also have it cut regularly…My son who takes after his mother in many ways…he may not admit it…haha…in his words is anal about his hair…so I trusted him with mine and the clippers which is what he uses on his hair…

I am really pleased he has made a good job…I don’t know what my hairdresser will say but I am happy with it…

Monty Python is something of a British Institution…

It seems however that pedestrians all over the world are being encouraged to loosen up on their daily strolls through their neighbourhoods by showing off their best silly walks reminiscent of the iconic Monty Python sketch from 1970.

Homeowners from Michigan to Ontario have been erecting signs in their front yards asking passersby to strut their goofy stuff similar to the original “Ministry for Silly Walks” comedic sketch.

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practise social distancing.

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

39 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…

  1. D. Parker

    Thank you always seems inadequate, dear Carol for such kindness, but it’s very heartfelt, I thank you, mostly, for being you.
    We need more people that can spread joy, that can make people smile and that can sprinkle kindness on the world like it’s a cupcake that needs those lovely colours and sweetness. 🙂
    Big big bigger biggest non-conatgious hugs and keep all your goodness coming, we need truckloads of it. 🙂
    Stay safe. Stay connected. Stay cool. 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree, Donna….the world needs a big dose of kindness… please keep the laughter coming its infectious and the best medicine sending non contagious hugs back at you…Take care and stay safe xxx


  2. marianbeaman

    I fondly remember eating salt-water taffy in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Now, with all my dental work, I would worry about taffy sticking to my bridges and crowns – out of the question – ha!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I am sure he would love to take that trip…He did really well and I aonly trusted him with hair as I know how anul he is with his..Aston has been doing Jamies and has he got grief from his dad..poor boy he very quickly learnt how to use clippers..sigh..I did have to step in and defend him although he did defend himself bless him…Dad had to dial it back and realise he was was learning to use clippers…

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  5. petespringerauthor

    What an interesting video about taffy! I’d like to see that in person.

    Your hair looks cute. My confession is I was always anal about my hair too, Carol. It’s the only personal appearance thing I’ve ever been fussy about. I was getting a bit thin upstairs, and about a month ago, I decided to shave it off. At the same time, I began growing a beard. I think the wife is starting to come around (at least for the beard). I do have to admit it’s sure nice not having to worry about how my hair looks.

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  6. lssattitudeofgratitude

    OMG so many wonderful snippets to appreciate and enjoy.
    I had salt-water taffy for the first time on a boardwalk trip to a beach nearby. I was ten or eleven. I wasn’t sure I’d like it at all. Being an avowed chocoholic, I rarely try anything sweet that isn’t chocolate. It was quite good. Once cavities filled my mouth I had to stop with anything sticky.
    I have been watching the information about Tom with glee. What an awesome man.
    I am not much for vinegar except for cleaning, but boy does that cake look good.
    I feel anything but safe in LA county. Our numbers are through the roof. I stay home and on the rare occasion I need to step out it is masked and gloved. Amazon is my friend. Mostly just books, but they bring me happiness.
    The purple I died my hair is all but gone. I have no desire to rush out and get it colored or cut even though it needs it. Your son did a great job on your hair.
    The link you shared for the silly walk is a new one to me. I have seen many versions and they are all uplifting. Thank you for sharing this one.
    I enjoyed your post to the nth degree. Thanks for an uplifting post.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Sir Tom is a legend and it is such a joy just to see him doing what he can… Lovely man. Yes sticky and teeth don’t mix… I like vinegar and truly you couldn’t taste it at all… I was amazed at how good it was… I am truly sorry you feel unsafe in LA county although it sounds like you are taking your safety in your own hands which is good. Be well and stay safe 🙂

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    You hair looks great Carol and your son did a great job.. David invested in some clippers and he tidied mine up this week… I did the front.. not sure if my hairdressers which is a family run one locally will be back, but I am sure there will be some tutting… thanks for the mention and pressed for tomorrow morning at 9.00.. hugsx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally I think so I can’t stand it when my hair gets too long…Thank you in advance for sharing and my pleasure for the mention Hugs xx I hope you don’t get too many tuts 🙂 x

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