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 H…

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…still an A-Z but with a difference …

The idea for this series came about because 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 H.

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

Hazardous Waste:

Hazardous waste is waste that has substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Characteristic hazardous wastes are materials that are known or tested to exhibit one or more of the following hazardous traits: Ignitability. Reactivity. Corrosivity, Toxicity.

They are all around us and some come from everyday activities…there are those that may contain toxic substances generated from industrial, hospital, some types of household wastes. These wastes could be corrosive, inflammable, explosive, or react when exposed to other materials.

Let’s not be complacent about this...it matters how we dispose of them and to not comply is both dangerous and stupid.

Let’s start with our homes…Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any unwanted household product labelled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive.

The most common products include aerosols, anti-freeze, asbestos, fertilizers, motor oil, paint supplies, photo chemicals, poisons, and solvents.

How many of these do YOU just throw away with your normal waste? If it then goes to landfill it is then leaking into the soil and water…or do you pour them down the drain, burn them, pour them in a ditch, dump them on a vacant lot, or bury them in a field.

These practices are dangerous.

Waste from hazardous products can contaminate lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater (the places below the ground where water accumulates before it goes to a river, stream, or well). Often only a small amount of hazardous materials can cause serious problems. It only takes one gallon of oil to ruin one million gallons of water.

I know manufacturers have been fined for dumping hazardous waste and many still do it...I am not concentrating on them today as we need to look to ourselves…Know what you are disposing of and how…Let’s start at home and protect Mother Earth.

Household Waste…

It is a proven statistic that if everyone disposed of their waste correctly and responsibly it would make a huge difference…So don’t think that just because YOU throw your oil down your sink or drain that it doesn’t matter …IT DOES.

It is quite easy to dispose of household waste correctly it is also quite easy to take steps to not produce so much household waste if we don’t waste it we don’t have to dispose of it…

We do however need to plan…shop and cook clever to avoid waste we then don’t have to dispose of it…Do we?

The first step in the planning is how we shop…I am lucky in that I have fresh markets within walking distance …I also grow a selection of herbs, fruit and veggies…Not all of you are as lucky as I am so you need to plan, plan what you can grow even on a windowsill or pots, use your freezer, buy fruits and vegetables in season then pickle them, make jams and chutneys or freeze them..take advantage of bargains.

Before you go shopping check that fridge and shop that fridge look at what you have and what you can make from it… those leftover bits of vegetables make soup…flat soda ?…make granola, just freeze it and once frozen scrape with a fork…

Cola also is a great meat tenderiser…3 billion pounds of flat soda liquid is poured down the drains each year…what a waste when we can use it with little or no effort on our part…

Use unpaper towels...Up to 4 months of paper towels! Using reusable towels decreases 3,000 tons of paper towel waste a day. Save trees while saving space and money with this eco-friendly sustainable alternative.

I have ordered mine and will let you know how I get on…

Think before you load that dishwasher with dirty pans and plates have you scraped them squeaky clean into your food waste bin? Because most of us wash our excess curry sauce, soup down the drain…it then sticks to wet wipes, nappies and the end product is a fatberg…One and a half million tons of food and drink is chucked down the sinks each year.

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

What is fracking? ….short for hydraulic fracturing, it’s a method that uses high-pressure water and chemical cocktails to break up deep shale formations in order to extract gas …

The dangers of fracking…In addition to water quality issues, fracking wells release compounds into the air, such as benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and n-hexane; long-term exposure to these has been linked to birth defects, neurological problems, blood disorders and cancer. 

Quite frankly from what I have been reading if any fracking was carried out close to where I lived I would move…HOWEVER, a whole town cannot move…if you own your home who is going to buy it?…

It seems to me that profit is overriding any safety and health issues …the effect on drinking water sources…the damage it can and does cause is mind-blowing…

https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/hfstudy/recordisplay.cfm?deid=332990.

After watching this…I would would say yes…what do you think ?

Although I understand some of the changes HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD and to an extent know 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… also what affects our health and how…

See you in two weeks for the letter I…next Wednesday it will be Part 7 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being H as in Anchovy…Doughnuts again but spelt properly…mine’s a jam one, please x

Thank you for reading it is a pleasure to see you here I hope you come again… Love Carol x

 

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 8th June 2021 – Entertaining Again? #Recipes Dolly Aizenman, Eat Dessert First, Dorothy of New Vintage Kitchen.

Some of my favourite food bloggers on one post…A quick intro for you…Dolly who cooks some wonderful recipes and always gives us the history…Dorothy is today highlighting her delicious homemade pancakes…Lily’s favourite dessert at the moment and last but not least…I don’t need any encouragement to head over to “eat dessert first” and if you love feta cheese as much as I do..prepare yourselves for a delicious Batzina, a local, traditional pie with feta cheese. #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-8th-june-2021-entertaining-again-recipes-dolly-aizenman-eat-dessert-first-dorothy-of-new-vintage-kitchen/

Tuesday Morning Musings…A Zero Waste Life…#Kintsugi…

Sometimes while reading or watching something speaks to my soul…touches my inner core… gives me hope…gives me a glimpse of a world I want to inhabit…

I believe in inclusion… this beautiful film although about something totally different made my thoughts turn to inclusion and to human imperfections …it made me think and hope that I could live in a world where human imperfections differences are seen for what they are …that we embrace that and look at not what a person cannot do but embrace and celebrate what they can do…

How we can help troubled, lonely, isolated souls find their peace, their inner self and become whole again…

Step by step we need to find that as the world FEELS in many ways that it is spinning out of control …the time has come for all of us to take stock to really look inside ourselves …to really see how we can live a “Zero Waste Life

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2093001/?

Thank you for joining me today…comments treasured and invited…Love Carol x 

World Ocean Week 7th-13th June…

 

Overfishing. Pollution. Acidification. Warming. Our precious ocean and the life that calls it home are now more at risk than ever before.

Ocean Week 2021 – seven days of events, discussions and activities in Brussels and beyond – put the spotlight on the huge threats faced by marine species and habitats while offering real solutions on how to solve them. We need thriving biodiversity in our oceans to support life on earth. 

The ocean makes up 70% of the world’s surface, acts as a vital carbon sink, regulates the weather and produces half of the oxygen we breathe. Europe has the power to lead in its protection and restoration.

On Monday 8 June, the United Nations will launch its second-ever fully digital rendition of its annual World Oceans Day event in celebration of its 2021 theme.

The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.

This year’s celebration will again be open to the world by live stream from 10:00AM-5:00PM (EDT) on the United Nations World Oceans Day website (www.unworldoceansday.org/2021) with the content reshared on the social channels @unworldoceansday. [The UNWOD event will also incorporate a closing concert as part of the day’s programming from 4:30PM-5:30pm (EDT), featuring performances by international musicians including EARTHGANG, Angélique Kidjo, Bomba Estéreo, Little Dragon, Valerie June, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and Penguin Cafe.]

The annual United Nations World Oceans Day event marks the kick-off “World Ocean Week” (June 7- June 13th) during which subsequent events hosted by members of the Friends of UN World Oceans Day platform and other ocean enthusiasts from around the world will continue the conversation surrounding the official theme of UN World Oceans Day 2021-

 The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.

An important week and the world’s oceans deserve our support in any way we can…Thank you for reading…x

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – May 30th – June 5th 2021 – 1970s chart hits, PR for authors, short stories, book reviews, Health and Humour

I love a good weekly roundup as it means I can find my quiet place…and lose myself for a while…Please head over to Smorgasbord where you find articles on Health, New Book releases and some great reviews…Music always good to read to and if you want something to make you smile then you in the right place… it’s all here for your enjoyment and learning…#recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/06/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-may-30th-june-5th-2021-1970s-chart-hits-pr-for-authors-short-stories-book-reviews-health-and-hu

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…May 30th-5th June 2021…#Stiletto Heels, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Stiletto Heels…

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…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…its also officially the month of June…

June contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours…

Just in case you missed any posts this week or love to catch up like I do… snuggle down in your favourite place… 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!

Bread…

A staple in most diets, but did you know that 1 million loaves of bread are thrown away in the UK?…a day!

They are mind-blowing figures just think how many starving people could be fed it also begs the question why are you not making breadcrumbs, croutons, fruit or meat stuffing, bread sauce, coating chicken or fish goujons, topping your cauliflower gratin there are so many easy ways you can use bread it should never ever be wasted… you could prevent this so very easily…

Healthy Eating…Bread…The staff of life or is it???

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet…WHERE the middle letter is G…

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Aga, 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 its sort of cheating I think…unless of course I really get stuck…which I am sure will happen…

Today it is words where the middle letter is G...which as it happens was a lot easier than I initially thought…The Aga..the oven my grandmother taught me to cook with or on… to a child it was big, hot and always on…Bangers is the British slang for sausages…Kugel a baked pudding or casserole…Vegan is a diet plan so food is involved and Clingfilm is our word for plastic wrap… of course, Papa Gino’s is not allowed …x

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

I absolutely loved this post…who doesn’t love Monet and I learnt so much as well that I didn’t know then there was Chris Hall…with Planet Earth: Restart..brilliantly written which also provoked lots of thoughts and gave me a chance to read a blog I haven’t read before… it’s fabulous and then there was me in great company I will add…Thank Sally for including me Hugs x

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday June 2nd 2021 – #CulinaryAlphabet Carol Tayor, #Monet Rebecca Budd, #Future Chris Hall

Langsat or the Bon-Bon Fruit…

langsat thai fruit

A beautiful fruit which has to be eaten as it is picked or within 3 days as it soon takes on a musty taste..a little reminiscent of lychees but not as sweet and it is segmented which look like garlic…Lily loves this fruit and is happy to sit and devour it very quickly which means they don’t last long here…They are also quite nice lightly pickled…with some chilli of course…

Tropical Friday… Langsat …The BonBon Fruit…

Saturday Snippets...continuing with a theme which this week is …Stiletto...

The Italian Stiletto is a fearsome and dangerous weapon…you also would not want a stiletto heel stomping on your foot either plus those stilettos nails look pretty fearsome too…the cupcakes however look very pretty and Billy Joel’s …Stiletto lyrics are well worth a listen…

Saturday Snippets…5th June 2021…The Stiletto…

Saturday was also World Environment Day…

Reimagine. Recreate. Restore

This year’s World Environment Day is to bring the focus on ecosystem restoration…

Launched in 1974 and held on June 5th every year it is the time when Civil Societies, Environmentalists, School Students, and Global Leaders take a moment to reflect on how human activities affect Mother Earth.

World Environment Day is observed on June 5 every year to remind people about the importance of nature. The day is celebrated across the world to inform people that nature should not be taken for granted and must be respected for its values.

World Environment Day 5th June 2021…

That’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx