Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

Good afternoon from a very warm Thailand…The morning has passed in a whirl of catching up on reading posts and then getting sided tracked sorting out my categories and I haven’t even started on the tags. Thanks to the lovely Hugh I think I have finally got the gist of categories and tags…it is going to take me a little while to do the housekeeping on them but hopefully, it will be a benefit.

I don’t know about you but however long you have been blogging there is always something to learn…If you are like me and just write something in the box..hands up I did then pop over to Hugh’s and read his post on Categories and Tags.

Now for some whimsy…

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Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) in London is leaning over so much it can now be seen with the naked eye.

The lean was discovered when Transport for London commissioned a report because the extension of the Jubilee Line passes under Parliament. Experts are unsure of what is causing the tower to lean.

But one theory is that the London clay on which the tower was built is drying out.

Mike McCann, the keeper of the great clock, told BBC London: “We have been monitoring it since 1999, so we’ve got some pretty good data. “Our resident expert believes it will be between 4,000 and 10,000 years before it becomes a problem.

I know many people think that film stars etc earn obscene amounts of money but it is always heartening when they put some of that money and their influence to a good cause such as animal welfare.

At last…Kaavan the elephant will soon know kindness and freedom…

Did you know?

The human nose can remember 50,000 different scents.

Nina Simone…Such a gifted musician and singer…

A prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement in America, Simone was also a noted jazz and soul singer. Her famous recording includes versions of “I Loves You, Porgy,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and her own civil rights anthem “Mississippi Goddam”.
Angered by racism in America, she permanently left the country in 1973.

That was in 1973 was she wrong?

Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone was released along with the Netflix documentary in 2015. On the album, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Usher, Alice Smith, and more paid tribute to the legend by performing covers of 16 of her most famous tracks.

Did you know?

Japan is facing a ninja shortage.


There is a high demand for “ninja shows,” but it is a dying tradition and companies have trouble time finding properly trained ninjas.

Who doesn’t enjoy a slice of toast?


The process by which bread toasts is called the ‘Maillard Reaction’. The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned food its distinctive flavor. Seared steaks, fried dumplings, cookies, and other kinds of biscuits, bread, toasted marshmallows, and many other foods undergo this reaction.

Snails don’t you love to hate them especially when they decimate your seedlings and plants …I have often wondered just how they can munch through a plant that quickly…Well with 14,000 teeth they have the capacity to do just that…and some can even kill you!

Thankfully it isn’t your common garden snail but a Cone Snail which live in the sea…Even so, I will certainly look at the snails I see in a different light…

Technology….is a modern phenomenon or so one would think well oft times it is…But as with many names they have connections which go back years…Bluetooth is one…Bluetooth” technology was named after a 10th-century king, King Harald Bluetooth. He united Denmark and Norway – just like the wireless technology united computers and cell phones. Who would have thunk?

Everyone knows I love trees and I think this is a super idea…

For every child born in Wales since April 2014, the Welsh Government has donated a fruit tree to Ugandan families, to celebrate the birth or adoption of every child. The Welsh government chose Uganda as Uganda is one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa. Home to endangered species like Chimpanzees, wild dogs, and most of the region’s endemic bird species, planting trees here gives them a better chance of survival.

Jack Fruit on tree in my garden

Uganda has a rapidly growing population which is putting a great deal of stress on the country’s forests. A larger population and an influx of refugees are increasing demand for firewood, pushing agricultural expansion, and expanding land settlement – all of which is having an adverse impact on tree coverage. Uganda now experiences one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. Like most of the country, Western Uganda (part of the Albertine Rift) is a biodiversity hotspot, home to the most endemic and threatened species of vertebrates on the continent, many of which rely on the forest for habitat and food.

That’s it for today..running a bit late…Lots of little bits and pieces have put me back today…

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 CarolCooks2…

  1. CarolCooks2 Post author

    No Robbie..the soup wasn’t mentioned on this post it was on another Whimsical Wednesday post…o save you looking here it is x

    8 or 9 tomatoes, cored and quartered
    2 red bell peppers, seeded and quartered
    2 small yellow onions, cut into wedges
    6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
    5 cups homemade vegetable broth
    ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
    ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
    olive oil

    Preheat the oven 375F/190C

    Grease two baking sheets and place tomatoes skin side down on one, then lightly coat the peppers and onions in olive oil and place on the other baking tray also throw the unpeeled garlic into the tray…Pop it in your preheated oven for about 45 minutes.

    When the tomatoes and peppers are roasted heat your vegetable stock in a pan big enough to take the tomatoes and peppers. Add your roasted tomatoes and peppers to the vegetable stock and simmer for 15 minutes.
    Allow your soup to cool slightly and then either using a stick blender or your liquidiser blend to your desired consistency… Taste and season.


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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes she was a fine singer… I think you are correct and sad to say there are still lots of changes required as much is ingrained in society from both sides…Oh why is everything so complicated why can’t we just be nice to each other…sigh


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  4. Hugh W. Roberts

    Killer snails! Sounds like a great horror movie, or even a new story for me to write, Carol.

    And what is your favourite topping on toast? Mine is sliced banana.

    Thanks so much for the mention and for linking to my recent post. I’m so glad it’s helped, Carol.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It has finally made the penny drop as they say…I still have some work to do or some categories to delete I should say especially if they are only showing single figures but nearly complete I used the new dashboard this time much easier…Thank you Hugh. I think killer snails would be a good topic for you Hugh…Mine is Marmite or mango Jam 🙂 Be well and stay safe Hugh 🙂

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  5. koolkosherkitchen

    Nina Simone is certainly to be admired.
    I don’t think you have r4easons to be concerned about the Big Ben Leaning Tower just yet, dear Carol. The one in Pisa has been tilting to the side for 700 hundred years, and more so with every year, but it is still there, and so is the Big Ben.

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