Author Archives: CarolCooks2

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!

The Environmental A-Z…the letter D

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter D.

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.

Deforestation:

The meaning:

Deforestation is the clearing of trees, transforming a wooded area into cleared land. … You can see the word forest in deforestation. The prefix de- means “remove” and the suffixation signals the act or state of. So deforestation is the act of removing a forest.

Deforestation refers to the decrease in forest areas across the world that are lost for other uses such as agricultural croplands, urbanization, or mining activities. Greatly accelerated by human activities since 1960, deforestation has been negatively affecting natural ecosystems, biodiversity, and the climate.

An Update:

There are areas like South East Asia where there is a downward trend BUT elsewhere and I do think the pandemic has been the cause for much to slip under the radar…The latest figures from Global Forest Watch are quite frankly alarming…

Primary forest loss was 12% higher in 2020 than the year before, and it was the second year in a row that primary forest loss worsened in the tropics.

I am getting to the stage now when I see that someone is promising to plant a tree for every bracelet or drink we buy…  I fear it is just publicity and hiding the bigger picture and that is what we should be focusing on…an example is mining in Venezuela…

The destruction can be seen from space. Satellite imagery of Las Claritas, a mining town in Bolívar state, shows tan scars sprawling out into the otherwise dense forest. Since 2016, Bolivar has lost 74,600 hectares of primary forest. Amazonas has lost 76,850 hectares, which is almost 1.5 times the amount of loss from the prior 15 years combined.

Dioxins:

Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemical compounds that are harmful to health. They can cause problems with reproduction, development, and the immune system. They can also disrupt hormones and lead to cancer. Known as persistent environmental pollutants (POPs), dioxins can remain in the environment for many years.

The major identified sources of environmental releases of dioxin-like compounds are grouped into six broad categories: combustion sources, metals smelting, refining and process sources, chemical manufacturing sources, natural sources, and environmental reservoirs.

Dioxins are found throughout the world in the environment. The highest levels of these compounds are found in some soils, sediments and food, especially dairy products, meat, fish and shellfish. Very low levels are found in plants, water and air.

This is why we should be avoiding mass-produced processed foods and know where our meat, fish and shellfish come from and also know that it is not susceptible to secondary contamination…which is what happens when strict processing guidelines are not in place or practised…

I agree we should not have to police every aspect of our food sources but unfortunately, it has reached the point where we have to…Many known illnesses and conditions are a direct result of Dioxins…it is down to us to safeguard our families and our own health…

This is why I am a firm believer that we should not be fixated on calories we should instead fixate on chemicals in our foods…Cheap foods are off the menu or should be… there are ways and means of eating healthily without breaking our budgets…

Dumping:

Is a worldwide problem…if it is environmental dumping then we need to know our individual towns policies or nations policies…for town policies, we can address our local candidates and the same for National policies…we need to vote wisely…

On a personal level…cigarette butts, sweet/cigarette packaging, cotton buds…I can stand outside my local shop and in the space of a few minutes watch as someone walks out opening a packet and casually dropping it…they are waiting for someone and having a cigarette and then flicking it when finished…multiple that around the world we are just as liable of dumping…

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Environmental dumping is the practice of transfrontier shipment of waste (household waste, industrial/nuclear waste, etc.) from one country to another. … The economic benefit of this practice is cheap disposal or recycling of waste without the economic regulations of the original country.

Although I understand some of the changes and what we can do to slow it down however I also know that the earth has gone through changes over the centuries so how much can we manipulate and stop what is happening and how much is just a fact of life ???

That’s all for today…I hope I have explained it in layman terms and made some things clearer as I believe we should all have a clearer picture in our minds as to what we can change and how…

See you in two weeks for the letter E…next Wednesday it will be Part 3 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being D as in hotDogs.

Thank you for reading and please leave a comment if you feel a need… I love to chat it makes my day…Love Carol x

 

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen -April 2021 – #Pretzel Bread, #Onions, #TomatoKetchup, #Japanese Wood Production.

Good morning and welcome to April’s edition of my Green Kitchen… I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am to be back with a brand- new column at Smorgasbord Magazine… and how welcome you are making me feel.

I am passionate about cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, the environment and ensuring that the food I make for my family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be…I would also love to know that instead of counting calories and cost that more people counted chemicals as it is the chemicals in processed foods which affect our health and wellbeing.

Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

It isn’t easy …in theory we know what we should do …THEREFORE I have looked at what I can do gradually…every small change is a bonus.

This Month’s Recipe…Pretzel Bread.

Please click the link below to read the originl post…see you there xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/04/14/smorgasbord-food-column-carol-taylors-green-kitchen-april-2021-pretzel-bread-onions-tomatoketchup-japanese-wood-production/

Songkran…Thai New Year …13th April 2021…

Songkran is held on 13th April every year. Songkran literally means “astrological passage” meaning transformation or change. The term was borrowed from Makar Sankranti a Hindu festival celebrated in India to mark the arrival of spring. Coinciding with the rising of Aries in the astrological calendar, this festival is in keeping with the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar, which is on many calendars of South and South-East Asia.

It is a time when water is used to cleanse and purify by washing away one’s sins. It is also a time when people return to their home provinces to celebrate with family and friends.

There is much fun and laughter and if you don’t wish to get soaked ..then stay home…Everyone wears bright coloured shirts and most carry a water gun or hose pipe….fully loaded and ready to soak you…haha…

The additional of talcum powder is also used so it is advisable to wear some sort of eye protection though most don’t.

It is a fun occasion for the young and the not so young to enjoy a fun-filled day. The wigs, colourful shirts and water guns of all sorts, it brings the child out in everyone.

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Wherever you venture there will be water for me I just have to hold out my hands and water is poured over my hands and I am blessed…One of the perks of being older …Respect 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these few pictures.. of course, they are all of past times as Songkran for the second year running has been put on hold ..no water fights and parties we have been told to stay home and celebrate quietly as lots of regulations have been put in place in many provinces because of Covid…stay safe, laugh a lot and enjoy…see you next time. Much love Carol 🙂

Thank you once again for reading this post see you tomorrow xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th April 2021 – Community, Dusty Springfield, Acne, Cravings, Book Reviews, Humour

Welcome to the start of another week…we have sunshine and tropical storms and some of you have snow and cyclones which means it’s time to snuggle down and have read…Sally’s weekly roundup is full of humour, book reviews, community, music and what we can do about cravings…I have just eaten mine…sigh,, but read Sally’s post and there is a solution…xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-4th-10th-april-2021-community-dusty-springfield-acne-cravings-book-reviews-humour/

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…4th April-10th April 2021…#Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…we are now into April…Time is marching on…thus far we had some humdingers of storms and the thunder here is certainly the loudest ever…a burst pipe…WP to deal with and their planned and unwanted changes by us the loyal customers…a plethora of sad news all in all one of those months so far…

Just in case you missed any or love to catch up like I do… snuggle deep be kind to yourselves …I think we all need to do that… get comfy in your favourite corner with your favourite drink tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine or two…Cheers!

Meatless Monday’s…

Where I shared one of my favourite Kofta recipes made with green bananas…which are unripe bananas…

Bananas are generally cut while still unripe here which is good as it then gives you chance to make various recipes as the bananas go through the different stages of ripeness…

Meatless Monday’s…Green Banana Koftas…

Tuesday…

I headed over to Smorgasboard Health 2021 where Sally was talking cravings…those of us who have had children can probably remember having some strange cravings but also at times we still get cravings, don’t we…?

If it something strange that you are craving then Sally has the answers…an interesting and informative read on cravings…Please head over and have a read…Sally always makes you very welcome …

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/smorgasbord-health-column-revisited-what-causes-your-cravings-part-four-coal-dirt-and-other-strange-stuff-by-sally-cronin/

Wednesday… Series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet…WHERE the middle letter is C…

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Brawn, Cabbage, and Yucca… how easy that will be who knows I am sure some of the letters of the alphabet could cause the grey matter to rebel or implode…haha…

I also don’t want to use plurals to form a word as I may need that word for another letter and it’s sort of cheating I think…unless of course I really get stuck…which I am sure will happen…

The Culinary Alphabet …..Series 3… the letter C…

Thursday…Week 8…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Vegan Non-Dairy Cream and Cream Slices.

I am always surprised how easy it is to make some of the processed and manufactured foods we may buy at home...Thus saving not only money but omitting chemicals in our foods. This non-dairy cream is one of them…the vegan tag and dairy-free tag is a bonus … we are neither in this house it is just something I make…  for starters cream is very expensive here and coconut cream is not…

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Coconuts are two a penny they are so plentiful…Coconut water or milk can be purchased fresh here you can watch it being made while you wait and the cartons are 100% just milk or cream no additives and the man of the house who loves his cream does not know the difference when I serve him this dairy-free version…

CarolCooks2…Week 8…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Vegan Non-Dairy Cream and Cream Slices.

Friday…I have been lucky and blessed with good skin I have however had friends who have not…Acne can cause much stress, especially for teenagers…

In this helpful and informative post, Sally’s covers the causes and some remedies…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Acne – Teenage and Adults by Sally Cronin

Fruity Friday’s…Bamboo…

Bamboo…(Mai Pai)…is grown everywhere here and is one of the most versatile plants I know…We have all seen those pictures of a cute Panda eating bamboo, haven’t we…?…

But bamboo has so many other uses and the shoots of bamboo are delicious in stir-fries and curries…one of my favourite vegetables…which happen to be in season at the moment as I saw so many bamboo shoots today on the market.

There are nearly forty different species of bamboo growing in Thailand and with its wide variety of use, this plant could be considered the most important Thai plant. With bamboo being so common that we can see it everywhere, we take it for granted and tend to forget how much we rely on it daily, not only in the villages but in the cities as well.

Fruity Friday…Bamboo…

Saturday Snippets…A shortened version this week…

R.I.P Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh…

Well, that’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by…see you next week …Love Carol xx

Saturday Snippets…10th April 2021…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets…where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

I have been busy tending my little seedlings this week they sure sprout quickly here…It has been one of those weeks this week…I have even struggled to blog my heart is not in it at the moment…it has been a sad week …devastating may be a better word which puts my burst pipe into some perspective sadly a dear blogging friend lost her soulmate and my heart breaks for her…thinking of you Debby Gies at this sad time…

Then yesterday the nation of Great Britain and the Commonwealth lost a devoted servant and husband of our beloved Queen Elizabeth…The end of an era in many ways…An outspoken man who told it how it was and a devoted husband who was always at his wife’s side…married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years Prince Phillip was the longest-serving consort in British history – he was due to turn 100 in two months’ time, on 10 June.

Prince Philip’s concern for young people inspired him to create the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and he supported more than 800 charities and good causes – focusing on his interests in wildlife conservation, technology and sport.

Since the 1940s Prince Philip was an ever-present figure in the life of the UK and leaves behind his own considerable legacy.

R.I.P Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh…

That’s all from me today…x