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About CarolCooks2

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. This is now taking me into other areas like deforestation, chemicals and preservatives in the food chain. 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!

Recycling and Climate Change…27th January 2020…Banana Leaf Technology and Roof Top Gardens…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views.

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The banana tree…here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated  means  Fruit of wise  men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue oy.

Seasons vary slightly around the regions and it is a tree-like perennial and officially classed as a herb, the world’s largest herb as it can reach 25 feet in height. The fruit is also classed as a berry. Did you know that?

Here in Thailand leaves are used to serve food on,  wrap food for steaming and cooking or used as containers…like these pictured here …They nestle nicely inside my shopping bag without the need for a plastic bag.

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It also only bears fruit one time and then little ones for the next crop grow out from the bottom of the plant a perpetual cycle…Which means rather than just letting the tree go to compost the leaves are utilised…before they are turned into compost…Circular recycling at its best.

A young scientist when he was only 15 years old got to thinking about how he could utilise this natural product…This is the result…

All the things I see locally here using banana leaves are great this is taking it one step further and making it longer lasting …

This gladdens my heart and gives me hope when I see young people experimenting at home in mums or nan’s kitchen and producing a natural recyclable product out of potential waste…Like Orange peel, coffee grounds, watermelon skin or banana peel to name just a few…I am going to source some moulds and get Aston working on some egg cups as they also won’t break when bounced like all my others…

 

This young student has taken it a step further using industrial juice waste to create this  Bio-Peel,  unveiled by design student Denny Handley who studies at Brunel University, London his idea blends waste orange peels with a mixture of other biodegradable products to create a new packaging material that’s strong, malleable and environmentally friendly.

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Unpeeled-Orange-peel-based-food-packaging-unveiled

My roving reporter Tori Zigler... sends me the latest news from the UK…It is much appreciated, Tori…Thank you, xx

Snow I know many of you are experiencing quite a lot of the white stuff…These e-sledges don’t disturb nature or pollute the environment…

Travellers to Finnish Lapland wanting to make their adventure as sustainable as possible can now experience the snowy landscape the zero-emission way via electronic snowmobile thanks to Aurora eMotion.

Aurora eMotion, the first and only electric snowmobile safari provider in the world, operates safaris in Finnish Lapland on emission-free and silent eSleds without disturbing the silent peace of wintry nature and with no harm to the surrounding environment and wildlife.

Thank you, Tori, for sending me this…Tori has written some beautiful children’s books which if you are looking for that special little gift then pop over and have a look…

So much great news…Now, who have I put in my naughty corner this week?

Not really any surprise that it’s a drinks manufacturer…Coca Cola...

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Image by WikimediaImages from Pixabay

Their spokesperson is blaming you…Yep…Blaming the consumer…They say you like bottles and that they should be listening to YOU!

They say they are going to concentrate on recycling…However, we all know that many of the plastics used for bottles are made from the type of plastic which cannot be recycled in many local recycle plants as they need specialist recycling due to the plastic they are made of…

Greenpeace USA…had something to say about that…

In a statement emailed to EcoWatch, Greenpeace USA Plastics Campaigner Kate Melgesexplained exactly what she thought was wrong with Perez’s reasoning:

It is mighty convenient for the world’s worst plastic polluter to insist that people want their single-use plastic around. Coca-Cola continues to show how out of touch it is with the environmental crises communities around the world are facing. The solution is not to simply swap one throwaway material for another or continue to fall back on recycling. The solution is for Coca-Cola and other consumer goods giants to fundamentally rethink how they’re bringing products to people, centering systems of reuse and package-free options. We cannot afford the levels of inaction that Coke has shown thus far. Soon, the company will realize just how sick and tired people are of its plastic addiction.

What can we do? That’s easy isn’t it? We are the consumer ….We have a choice what we buy….We could quite easily just stop purchasing Coca Cola…Will you?

https://www.ecowatch.com/coca-cola-plastic-pollution-2644896488.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

On a happier note…John Rieber told me about how Kelly Clarson on her show was promoting Grow your own With Jennifer Garner..there is now a rooftop garden on top of the television studio building…The show was the Sept 11th ( one) I had missed…Well worth watch and good to see celebrities getting behind this Grow Your own….Thank you, John.

How cool is that? John always wows me with some of his gastronomic finds pop over and enjoy x

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments 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 great week xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…19th Jan-25th January 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Rosella…What’s yours? Join me for a cuppa and a catch-up…

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Monday…The day when I try to find the good news on recycling and Climate Change…The day when I try to decipher just what is happening around the world and it certainly is a mish-mash…a hot potato…Lots of truths and half-truths…The bottom line methinks is we have to start doing just that little bit more, teach our children and grandchildren …make them aware…we need to be more aware…I also will name and shame as you know…I also think as a consumer we need to be calling out those companies who are blatantly flouting the rules…The shipping lines although this week I found one the 1st one in the world to announce they are plastic-free…

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Lots of good news about the bees it was lovely to hear in the comments about wildlife gardens and Brigid is getting her own hive ..I can’t wait to hear all about it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/20/recycling-and-climate-change20th-january-2020/

Tuesday…Is now one of my designated writing and recipe testing days I did, however, reblog Sally’s Blogger Daily I just love the pretty header…I was in great company there as Sally included my Mondays post..Thank you, Sal … Pete discussed films…Alien being one…and DG Kaye….who needs no introduction..interviewed the lovely Jane Sturgeon …All in all, I was happy to be on the same page….Enjoy the read x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-january-20th-2020-recycling-carol-taylor-movie-alien-beetley-pete-qa-d-g-kaye-with-jane-sturgeon/

Wednesday time for me to indulge my whimsy….Anything goes…The past, the present or the future…and soup as it is National Soup Month…I am just loving my tomato soup the best I have ever made so fresh and tomatoey…

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Homemade Tomato Soup.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/22/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-23/

Thursday  Another no blogging day where I cook, test and research…Of course, a lot of ideas keep popping into my head for blog posts but I am sticking to this reduced blogging calendar…

 

Friday where I invite you into my kitchen …I was given lots of green bananas this week and a beautiful watermelon, some Chinese pears and some lovely little snacks made of fruit, coconut milk and bean curd steamed in bananas leaves…Very moreish we have such kind Thai family and neighbours…My plea for recipes for green bananas goes out again…If I let them all ripen before I use them we will never eat them all, of course, I can share around the neighbour’s but as they all have bananas trees in their gardens it is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle…One of my mum’s old sayings…

Of course, I made our favourite green banana koftas yesterday which went down a treat…For the recipe just click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/24/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchengreen-bananas/

Saturday I popped over to Sally’s where she posted Part Three of her weekly shopping by nutrients…#recommended….I think at some time in our lives we all have maybe wanted to boost our iron or Vit C….maybe some other nutrient…it is a really handy breakdown…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/23/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-part-three-calcium-to-manganese/

Sally has years of experience and gives out sound advice… a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty- two years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on the radio in Spain. For more on Sally’s books and nutritional expertise please click the link below…

 https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019-2020/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading and thank you to all of you who have commented and shared my posts this week …I love your comments so please keep them coming…Make my day 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 great Sunday and a fabulous week xx

CarolCooks2…This week in my Kitchen…Green Bananas…

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and reblogs/shares last week it seems Carbonara hit the spot…It is a popular dish in this house made with egg yolks and pasta water…sometimes traditional recipes are the best…

Reconstructed recipes and fusion have a place and some are very nice…I reconstructed my crumble and it is far better no soggy bits…I add fish sauce and chillies to many recipes a bit of fusion can be good…But the old adage  ” If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it” applies to many recipes…and Carbonara is one of them…Why add cream??? It is a sacrilege…

This week I was given 5 hands of green bananas and a huge watermelon…All fresh from the trees and the watermelon fresh picked from the field…I am giving a shout out to all my lovely fellow cooks…I need recipes for green bananas…

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Green Banana Koftas is a recipe from my friend Reena and they are beautiful..but there are lots of bananas and only so many koftas one can eat…

Ingredients for Kofta’s

  • 2 Raw Green bananas
  • 1/2 cup Cottage cheese (optional)… I did not use the cheese.
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilli… I used red chillies as had no green.
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  •  1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder(optional)
  • 1 tsp Amchur(dry mango ) powder…I used a squeeze of lime juice.
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour(as a binding agent)
  • Chopped dry fruits for filling(cashew, walnuts, raisins, pistachio or dry berries)
  • Butter cut into very small cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

 

To Make Koftas

Slit the top and bottom of the bananas. Pressure cook the bananas with skin on till soft or if like me you don’t have a pressure cooker I slowly cooked mine in their skins in some water or you could steam them until soft.

Peel and mash the bananas add all ingredients except nuts, raisins, butter and oil. Mash everything nicely to make a dough. It’s better to use your finger to make a dough. Make equal sized balls out of the dough. Take one ball on your palm and make a hole in the middle with your finger. Fill the hole with dry fruits and a butter cube in it. Close the hole and reshape it like a small oval. Repeat and make such ovals out of the dough. Sprinkle, little cornflour over it and keep aside.

green banana koftas frying in oil

In a deep wok add enough oil for frying the koftas in batches of 3-4. Fry over a medium flame till brown. Do not fry over a high flame otherwise, the koftas will be browned from outside and inside it will remain undercooked. Turn gently to brown the other side.

green kofttas with curry sauce

Serve with a curry sauce…and add a swirl of natural yoghurt. They are lovely eaten as a snack and also with the curry sauce

I made a few changes from the original list of ingredients I use red chilli instead of green and lime juice instead of the mango powder and no cottage cheese…I was going to use feta cheese instead but thought I would try them without. The mix of filling for the centres I used pistachios, walnuts and raisins chopped finely.

Luckily I had some curry sauce in the freezer I always keep a few pots for when I make koftas…

Thank you, Reena this recipe is a keeper…

I was reading a post the other day using powdered peanut butter something I haven’t heard of or tried…or can get here… well I can at a price from Amazon so I will wait until somebody visits and get them to bring me a jar as it does sound good especially in these awesome peanut butter biscuits…It made me realise how popular Peanut Sauce is…I mean I love it but obviously so does the rest of the world…I will say it made me want a peanut cookie… Not only can Richard Dee write he can bake…For the recipe head over to Sal’s x

Thai Peanut Sauce…

chicken satay

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. fish sauce (for vegetarians: substitute 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp. regular soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (or 2 tbsp. lime juice)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1/2 tsp Thai red chilli paste more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Let’s Cook!

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.

Taste.... adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more red curry or cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.

This sauce tends to thicken as it sits–just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise, it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

To serve…As a dip: Peanut sauce is the perfect dip for fresh vegetables, crispy tofu, meats, and spring rolls, but you can also coat your seafood skewers or dip your dumplings.

In a marinade: Blend peanut sauce with soy sauce, ginger, onions, and a dash of hot sauce for a delicious meat or vegetable marinade. No wonder every one love peanut sauce…

National Soup Month…

tom yum and tomato soups

I love soup and had soup for my supper last night lovely homemade tomato soup…It is the closest I have come to replicating my favourite Heinz tomato soup…Yes, I am a cook from scratch girl but occasionally love a bowl of Heinz tomato soup. This soup was very nice and even looked like Heinz…

All I did was omitted the spices from my original Tomato soup added a bay leaf and some thyme, roasted one bell pepper then blitzed it and I got the most tomato flavoured soup ever everyone even hubby who doesn’t quote “like tomatoes” proclaimed it to be ok…That was praise indeed…

To my tom Yum soup, I added salmon, a few noodles, a boiled egg and some coriander…Of course, soup is such a wonderful bowl of yumminess that you can add almost anything and it tastes awesome…

That’s all for this week…

I hope you have enjoyed the recipes if you have any questions please just ask…

Lastly…Please don’t forget to send me your green banana recipes ….I love koftas but can only eat so many…..

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Whimsical Wednesday…

January 221879
The event… Rorke’s Drift, Natal Province, South Africa…

I think most of us have seen the film, Zulu…

When this battle began there were just 139 British Soldiers and over 4,000 Zulu Warriors…I reckon the sight of those warriors was enough to strike fear into anyone’s heart…The Zulus are known for their strong fighting spirit.

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People from the Zulu tribe are also known to be amicable and very warm. They are known for their practice and belief in Ubuntu which simply means “humanness” or “good disposition”. This humanness is a part of the daily life of the Zulu people. They believe human beings are the most superior of all species hence the strong belief in Ubuntu. They further cement this belief by having many proverbs relating to good and bad behaviour towards fellow human beings.

As Britain was intent on taking over the territory my guess is the Zulus were only defending what was rightfully theirs..When they realised that the British weapons were superior to theirs they retreated just disappeared if they had stayed maybe there would have been a different outcome.

Did you know that today 22nd January 1901…  Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 64 years, which was the longest reign in British history, during which England had become the most powerful empire in the world? Until our present Queen who has now reigned for 66years took that honour…

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade – Chapter 19

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For a moment she felt dumbstruck but as the adrenalin hit her system she made a dash for the door.  Inside was dark and subdued, she looked around in the gloom but couldn’t see the girl, she couldn’t be far away, the scream was still fresh in her ears. She pushed a door to allow her into another room; it was bathed in dusty daylight. She heard sobbing, looking around she saw the girl huddled in a corner of the room. “Are you okay?” She almost whispered.

“Don’t come in.” The girl replied. Her eyes flitting around the room.

“Come here child don’t be afraid, I won’t hurt you.” She followed the girls eyeline and looked behind her, out of the shadow of the door stood a face she knew.  “You… What have you done to this child!”

“Nothing yet,” Carl said calmly.

“Leave her alone! What are you doing here?”

“Looking for you, I missed you.” He smiled at her, but the smile didn’t reach his eyes.

She looked over at the girl. “Go, get out! He will not harm you, just go.” The girl looked wary but got to her feet and ran out of the open door. “What did you do to her?”

“Oh, nothing she’s just a stupid girl.” He looked down at her neckline. “Where’s your necklace?”

“Never mind that, why are you following me, what are you doing here?”

“I’m not following you, I’m in York for a party and I saw you come in here.”

“Then why did that girl look so terrified, she knew you and she was scared.”

“Oh forget her, why are you in here, this is not the place for a lady, let me escort you out.”

“No thank you I’ll find my own way.” With that said she turned and left the way she had come, not looking back.  Still, she felt his eyes on her. Her head was swirling with mixed emotions, she had no idea what to do now, but she had been right to think she shouldn’t trust Carl. Then she remembered George, she needed to know he was alright. She turned back towards the door the sign now gone and the door was closed to the street, she looked around but there was no sign of Carl. She shrugged, knowing that he would find her when he wanted to. She headed back to the house, she had lost her interest in looking around the streets of York, she needed some breakfast and to meet her host.

TBC next week…

National Soup Month…

Melientha Soup

There are lots of beautiful soup recipes to be found on many blogs and on the internet…I have been a little busy this week so today I am sharing the lovely Marian Beaman’s post which is all about soup so very welcome and fitting for this month…Please pop over and peruse the lovely soups on offer…Enjoy!

https://marianbeaman.com/2020/01/15/a-souper-day/

Chinese New Year is on Saturday here in Udon Thani where I live…everywhere is awash with red and gold ……It is very festive lots of pretty lanterns and beautiful clothes all the banners and flags are going up in the streets ready for Saturday…There will be colourful processions and dancers, music and lots of lovely street food.

red lanterns Chinese New Year

This year it is the year of the Rat…The rat is the first of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Some view the rodent as being symbolic of intelligence and quick-witticism, as demonstrated in a popular story told as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

According to the myth, the Jade Emperor organised a race for a group of animals on his birthday, the results of which determined the order of the Chinese zodiac.

Celebrations last for around two weeks from New Year’s Eve up until the beginning of the Lantern Festival.

The festivities traditionally begin with a thorough cleaning of the home, with red paper lanterns and banners inscribed with poetic sayings hung as decorations.

Red is believed to bring good fortune, hence its prevalence during Chinese New Year and the reason why children are given “luck money” in red envelopes throughout the proceedings.

Time for some music….

Back in 1966, the Beach Boys were in the studio recording “Wouldn’t it be Nice”

 

I have always been a fan of the Beach Boys nice cheerful music and lyrics make you feel good…

That made me feel good and this made me laugh…

Ozzy Osbourne came a cropper when a catapult malfunctioned during his 1981 Diary Of A Madman tour. A catapult was supposed to throw meat into the audience but due to a fault when Ozzy put his foot on a lever, several pounds of offal hit the singer on the back of his head.

Oh, dear…I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall…

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have found something of interest or that just made you smile 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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 again for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have enjoyed yourselves…If you have please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you it makes my day xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday January 20th 2020 – #Recycling Carol Taylor – #Movie Alien Beetley Pete, #Q&A D.G. Kaye with Jane Sturgeon

I am in great company today…Thank you, Sally, for sharing my post and some wonderful news on Climate Change and Recycling slowly but surely things seem to be picking up the pace… Keep meaning to say I love your new Blogger Daily image such a pretty pink flower Hugs xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

The first post today is the Climate Change and recycling regular from Carol Taylor. This week some interesting news from Supermarkets on the plans to tackle single use plastic, a shipping line making efforts to reduce the amount of waste in the ocean and how do you feel about taking your own containers to the store to carry your purchases? Not to forget bees…

Recycling and Climate Change…20th January 2020…The Worlds 1st Plastic Free Shipping Line

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…There has been a little respite in some areas as rain has fallen…There have now been some alarming instances of dust storms…

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Recycling and Climate Change…20th January 2020…The Worlds 1st Plastic Free Shipping Line

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…There has been a little respite in some areas as rain has fallen…There have now been some alarming instances of dust storms…

Australia really is having such a tough time of it…One does wonder what the health implications are going to be as well as environmental concerns.

After my little rant last week which I am not going to apologise for one iota as it has to be said…HOWEVER…

Time for some good news…

There are many factors which all intertwine and make the bigger picture there is no one single cause of Climate Change it is a chain of events…

There are also certain practices and animals which feature in man’s survival on this planet…One of these is Bees…A tiny little flying insect which is vital to the continuation of this planet…

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It is admirable all of you who are planting wildflower gardens…please keep it up..But also take it one step further as it is a known fact that neonicotinoid insecticides used on farms to repel bugs have caused the dramatic decline in bee populations.

Due to these concerns, the EU banned three of these insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, but France went further and banned the remaining two as well, thiacloprid and acetamiprid.

They were the first country to introduce a total ban…Well done France.

Bees pollinate a third of our food supply and over 90% of all wild plants, so they are critical for global food production.

We can ensure that if we use fertilisers or weedkillers that they do not contain any chemicals which will help decimate the be population any further…We need to listen to beekeepers…

I know you live in a city and there are lots of high rises…They are ideal and we should take advantage of any space however small like this hospital.

 

I love our Royal Family and always will I think they are a great asset to Britain… Prince Charles has always been an avid environmentalist and obviously, this has had an effect this had an effect on his sons who champion many environmental projects…

The Earthshot Prize is one such Global Challenge backed by Prince William…

Prince William, who made the announcement on 31 December 2019, said: “The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth”

A marvellous opportunity to make a difference and help save the world.

I am proud of how much is going on in and around the UK…The National Trust which is a treasured institution in my eyes has announced it will plant 20 million new trees in the UK within 10 years, creating 18,000 hectares of new woodland, as part of the charity’s plan to step up the battle against climate change.

This is one example of their work going forward…

The National Trust celebrates its 125th year this year, it has vowed to continue work to reverse the decline in nature through a range of projects, including helping clean up the nation’s rivers and waterways, reintroduce species and repurpose land in favour of woodland and carbon sequestration.

It is also good news when you see the major stores taking positive steps towards sustainability…Asda is another major store to take this step Waitrose already encourage shoppers to bring their own containers…It looks like Asda is also taking that one step further…

In addition to the refill stations, the store will include a “naked florist” offering plastic-free flowers and loose produce with items such as cucumbers and mushrooms being taken out of their plastic packaging. There will also be a range of new recycling facilities, including a reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and cans, hanger recycling and a deposit box for unwanted small plastic toys.

How do you feel about taking your own containers to stores and filling up…?

Here in Thailand the stores and shops are really taking on board the plastic bag ban…If you don’t take your own bags you will have your arms full as they are not handing out bags…The next step will be the markets and the drink vendors so watch this space..

Let’s have a look at other brands which are taking sustainability more seriously…

For some people, time plays a big role in the time they have to spend shopping or transport may be an issue so a company who delivers, recycles for you may be the answer…

Loop…Loop is a global circular shopping platform designed to eliminate the idea of waste by transforming the products and packaging of everyday items from single-use to durable, multi-use, feature-packed designs.

Cruise Ships…I have read with great alarm at some cruise companies who are blatantly even after receiving huge fines still dumping rubbish in the sea so I was heartened to read about this shipping company which has the bold intention of becoming the world’s first plastic-free shipping line, Hurtigruten is leading the charge. After completely cutting out single-use plastic in summer 2018, the company is taking it further, arranging beach cleans for guests and crew members, monitoring ocean pollution and even launching the world’s first battery-powered cruise, which set off on its maiden voyage on 2 July 2019.

How cool is that I may even book a cruise now…

My roving reporter Tori Zigler... sends me the latest news from the UK…It is much appreciated, Tori…Thank you, xx

Tori has written some beautiful children’s books which if you are looking for that special little gift then pop over and have a look…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…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 great week xx