Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…

I woke to rain today and it has been drizzling all morning which is unusual we normally get spectacular tropical storms and then the sun…The temp is around 25C/77F which is lovely just right…

cartoon duck in the rain

I saw this the other day and it is beautiful…I just had to share it…

I do hope you enjoyed this as much as I did..x

Today I haven’t so much cooking I went shopping the highlight of my week but we have run out of a couple of things…I did pick up some lovely purple shard though and some beautiful very fine beans which only seem to be in season for a short while and of course passion fruit…

I also had quite a lot of bread pieces in the freezer so decided to make a bread pudding nothing gets wasted here…From scrap pieces of bread, the end of the loaf it all makes breadcrumbs, croutons, garlic bread or if you save them in a bag or pot in the freezer they make a lovely bread or bread and butter pudding today it is bread pudding so hubby is happy as will be the neighbours…


Bread Pudding Recipe or bread and Butter Pudding…

All this COVID-19 and BLM especially has really upset me…it has also really got to me so from now on I am only reporting good news because I am going to turn everything else off …That’s it…Good news only…

What a beautiful heart this boy has …

Does sweat from someone infected with COVID-19 have a unique scent? Researchers in Paris, and elsewhere, believe it does—and we now know dogs can sniff it out.

A new study from researchers at the national veterinary school in Alfort, outside Paris, trained 8 Belgian Malinois shepherds to identify the smell of COVID-19 in the sweat of infected individuals.

The dogs’ overall success rate was near-perfect, correctly guessing an average of 95% of samples. Four dogs successfully identified a positive COVID sweat sample 100% of the time.

Our four-legged friends certainly prove time and time again how accurate their sense of smell is …

The British rock band played the last of six sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, US. the three-hour set included hits such as “The Song Remains the Same”, Since I’ve Been Loing You” Stairway to Heaven” and ‘Whole Lotta Love.” The band broke up following the death of drummer John Bonham on Sept 25, 1980.



June 17, 1939

The German liner St. Louis arrives in Belgium. It had been on a month-long voyage carrying more than 900 Jews attempting to escape the Nazis by travelling from Germany to Cuba. All but 28 passengers were turned away by the Cuban, U.S., and Canadian governments and returned to Europe where many died in the Holocaust. These events were the basis of the 1976 film Voyage of the Damned.

It was also the day when one of my favourite singers was born…American Emmy-Tony-Grammy-winning singer Barry Manilow think Mandy (1975, #1), I Write the Songs (1976, #1), and did you know he sang the McDonald’s jingle You Deserve a Break Today? but Barry also sang many other medleys and jingles especially when he first started out…Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr.Pepper…

He really is a talented singer and a funny man…Are you a Fanilow?  He also composed the soundtracks to the animated films Thumbelina (1994) and The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

Such a lovely fairytale…

Before I go it is also...I nearly forgot…National Eat All Your Vegetable Day…But I won’t bore you with another veggie recipe…

That’s it for this week…Take care stay safe and be well …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.

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

23 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

  1. Jennie

    Why does Europe have more spontaneous singers on the street and Flash Mobs? They appreciate the Arts . Those two were remarkable. Who knew Barry Manilow sang all those jingles? How cool is that? And Led Zeppelin, one of the best.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      The Brits are more reserved generally, Jennie those flash mobs have someone pulling their strings and of course in Asian countries the penalties are much harsher and people are taught from an early age to be subservient and accepting of what government say….Europeans are more spontaneous and that shows although London has many street artists especially around Covent Garden…

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I’m limiting my blogging time to fifteen minutes per day, Carol (working hard on my work in progress), so consider it a compliment that I ended up here. I love your Whimsical Wednesdays, even a day late.😎

    The street performance was incredible. Allie is talented and the Italian verse was amazing!

    I loved the story of the young man giving his beautiful vehicle away. Nothing quite like the feeling of bringing joy to someone else.

    Using dogs to recognize COVID is brilliant. I heard the amazing statistic of 98% accuracy rate with other diseases.

    I’ve always been a fan of Stairway to Heaven. I’m betting you’ve seen this one before, but if you haven’t check out this version when Led Zepplin was honored at the Kennedy Center. Unbelievably moving performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cZ_EFAmj08

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I am touched that you ended up here ,Pete..I hope your WIP is going to plan. I loved the voices of those two young people it just touched my soul..beautiful…I am so upset at all the negativity in the world I am only going to show the joy and happiness..Be well and stay safe, Pete Thank you for the link I will check it out 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I thought so as well, Jim I loved that video and that lad or young man… there are so many caring young people around the world who just need a helping hand and it was lovely that he is getting that because of his caring nature…I have just watched a video on a police dog training they are awesome… dogs really when trained have some amazing qualities very clever…

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I will never profess to understand… I just don’t get the hate that some sections of society illicit ..I really don’t get the reason why colour , religion, what does it matter ? Why can’t we all live in harmony while respecting the differences of others..rant over…xx we all bleed red…

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      2. koolkosherkitchen

        Well. some people think that they bleed blue. Some other people think that certain groups of humans bleed black; therefore they must be not exactly human.
        People tend to fear the different and the unknown. Historically, it has been perceived as a threat, and the first defensive reaction is hatred.

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      3. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Well I for one wish it wasn’t, Dolly…I always taught my kids and told them off if they said the word hate…They were told they could say I don’t like you or I don’t like what you said but to never ever hate…We all have different perceptions and some we may not like but that is what makes us special we should learn to tolerate and accept but not hate…in my world …

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