CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 10th-October 16th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Pulled Pork, The Earthshot Prize,Smog and World Food Day…

My Environmental A-Z, Music …in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…Pulled Pork, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Chilli Con Carne, The Earthshot Prize and World Food Day…

Time is marching on and I am hearing little murmurings about Christmas…sigh…we are only just in October and we haven’t had Halloween yet…I mean Santa says it’s 69 sleeps…It is though nearly time to make those cakes and puddings if they are to be matured, marzipanned and iced by Christmas…

Did you know that in October…? 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you should have or should be planting those Spring Bulbs…I absolutely adore seeing the spring flowers… the first snowdrops, the beautiful narcissi and my favourite the bluebells which come a tad later than the daffodils…but first we have to enjoy the beautiful colour changes of the Fall in the Northern Hemisphere…Those colours are glorious…the beautiful Marigold which is Octobers flowers compliments the autumn colours…

October music...Adele has released her long-awaited album, Kelly Clarson has released her Christmas album, Coldplay have released “Music of the Spheres, The former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has released her long-awaited debut album, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for me an unlikely pairing but it has been widely applauded by the critics one of whom said, “Bennett’s got these songs under his skin, and pop’s Mother Monster does a brilliant job of helping him deliver them as a final gift to the world.”

Enough of my meanderings lets have a look at last weeks posts…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2… 

The slow cooker is a wonderful piece of equipment and one I have used for more years than I care to remember…I always used to put Porridge Oats on before I went to bed which meant the Hubby who left at 6 am could have a steaming bowl of porridge to keep him warm then as the kids got up they could have a bowl of hot porridge… the slow cooker is wonderful for porridge as it doesn’t burn the bottom… I have burnt many a saucepan bottom when I left the porridge to do something else in the morning rush…not with the slow cooker it’s perfect for porridge…it is also perfect for this Pulled Pork which is so wonderfully soft and delicious when cooked…

The Pitta bread took me a few attempts until I got it perfect but really is easy if you follow the instructions…The vegan BBQ jackfruit is as near as dammit as you can get to pulled pork both in taste and texture and this observation comes from someone who doesn’t like tofu and is a meat eater…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Pulled Pork and a vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit.

Penning this A-Z has been something of an eye-opener to me while doing my research as some terms I did not know the full meaning of or more to the point the consequences for our health.

The Environmental A-Z…the letter S…#Smog, Sustainable Agriculture, Solid Waste…The Earthshot Prize

Shopping when you are looking for something in particular but not sure what it is can be a nightmare…Sally’s shopping by nutrient is a brilliant idea particularly if you have a certain medical condition that requires you to ensure that you eat certain vitamins…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Two – Vitamin C to K2 by Sally Cronin

Although we don’t celebrate Halloween I know many of you particularly my American cousins and friends celebrate Halloween…these recipes are especially for you…Enjoy!

Halloween-Pumpkins- witches-

Two chillies for you one with meat and a Vegetarian chilli…Both delicious and warming…

Fang-Tastic Friday … Chilli Con Carne and Halloween Trivia…

Saturday Snippets…

As it was World Food Day yesterday I didn’t want to detract from the importance of the UN’s call for action to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone.

The theme this year is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

I would love to know for certain that my children and grandchildren were assured: “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

Our actions are our future HOWEVER  when I read statements that come from the mouths of major food and agriculture companies who argue that the way forward is through proprietary tech and more chemicals…I TOTALLY REJECT THIS TRAIN OF THOUGHT…Has nothing been learnt? I won’t ask do they care as all they do care about is profit…Their’s…

I am appalled at the UN for sanctioning these speakers and for not giving the platform to groups who were building and advocating for sustainable food systems worldwide…Have they no teeth or are they in the same pockets?????… Rant over but I make no apologies…

Our Actions are Our Future…#World Food Day… 16th October 2021.

That’s all for this week if you are reading…Thank you xx



29 thoughts on “CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 10th-October 16th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Pulled Pork, The Earthshot Prize,Smog and World Food Day…

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Ha ha me too…icy streets are not fun…But never apologise for missing a post, Michael you are a constant support of not just mine but other blogs and for that we are grateful Hugs xx


  1. Liz Gauffreau

    My husband has been hankering for something different in the meal department. The pulled pork looks good.

    I tried your cinnamon raisin bread, and it turned out very well. I used a third of a cup of brown sugar for the batter and a quarter of a cup of white sugar for the cinnamon sugar swirl. It came out plenty sweet.


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      The pulled Pork was lovely and it cooked itself which I like…Thank you for the feedback on the Raisin Bread I agree the sugar needed cutting back it is nice bread 🙂


  2. Jacquie Biggar

    I love the Saxaphone and Tony Bennett, but am more reserved on Lady Gaga (maybe if I didn’t watch her sing? :))
    Great roundup, Carol. I’ve never tried jackfruit.


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes, I think it was an unusual pairing but apparently they are great friends but she is an acquired taste…I like Jackfruit I don’t love it like I do some fruits… ripe it’s a little sweet for me I prefer it unripe and cooked 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally, for including my roundup in your Blogger Daily…I found Rebecca’s post very thought-provoking those sculptures are fascinating and Robbie should rightly be proud I will head over to Paula’s post Hugs x


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