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!

Recycling and Climate Change… 29th June 2020…

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. ..many countries are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases and in light of recent developments around the world I am guessing it is not over yet…It does seem from what I have observed that even over a country some areas have little or no infections and others are seeing an increase is it because there are varying stages of precautions or not and those who are being vigilant are staying safer? To me, that does appear to be the case…

I was also disturbed to read the other day that take- away meals are on the increase which has also led to more containers and bags being dumped…Which takes me back to last week and maybe details should be printed on packaging in infrared so the culprits can be traced and fined heavily I will add…

Factory Farms…

For decades there have been public health and safety concerns around the practices of factory farming…Man does seem to have an increasing insatiable need to eat meat at what cost though this pandemic has highlighted that to me and often animals are cramped wing to wing or snout to snout in their thousands in less than hygienic conditions…to me, it is now more worrying but it isn’t just me…Scientists and watchdogs are having the same thoughts… Can you spot the difference my babies have freedom…

These don’t…I know what I prefer and if they were asked Ithink I know what the chooks would prefer…

Photo credit: Farmwatch on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

Throughout this pandemic maybe you have experienced meat shortages if so have you gone without? You have probably eaten either less meat or found alternative meals which are just as tasty and nutritious.

Farmworkers and food workers are among essential workers and have shown up for work…shortages occur when they get sick often though they aren’t given sick leave or lose their job or carrying on working and infect more people…A vicious circle isn’t it?

But the one thing it does highlight is that it puts countries meat supply chains at risk of disruption but it also highlights our dependence on the centralised and industrialised food systems.

We need to think differently we need to accept that maybe we pay more for meat from local farmers but that meat is sustainable and the animals are cared for…We need to know that our animals are not pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones ..That in itself is another issue…Our health and our families.

I am not saying we shouldn’t eat meat ...I believe we need a balanced diet and should not cut out food groups unless medically advised and diagnosed. But we should apply moderation and be aware of all the problems that factory farms bring to our lives and health and I also believe that while I do eat meat and fish those animals should be shown respect and live a happy life.

Or we could consider and although I haven’t tried them I do know many people who have and the comments have been positive…Have you tried a plant-based meat product? It sounds like due to the pandemic products like The Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat are proving a viable alternative to real meat…These companies are now filling grocery stores shelves and proving to be popular with the stay at home public…

You have heard circular recycling mentioned on here before and how beneficial it can be and mostly is… let’s take that one step further and look at a Circular Economy.

So what is a Circular Economy?

Human society consists of a variety of people. Some create art, others provide healing and care, others build great things. We need a good mix of people to cover any or most eventualities… All are possible together if we have balance and the powerful lend a hand to the weak. For the past 70 or so years, it would appear we have been out of balance.

The capitalist economy is touted as the only way, and anything else is not taken seriously. You take resources, make products, and when consumers tire of them or they outlive their usefulness, they throw them away and repeat. signs of change

We have become a throw-away society…although I do see many signs of change

I also think that now many are beginning to realise that if populations keep increasing and if that populace wants more and more we could in fact face shortages in some areas.

A circular economy is the opposite. Instead, it uses resources over and over. When something is worn out or beyond the point of being repaired, its basic materials are recycled into a new product. The resources are reused and are not wasted I am heartened by signs that we are realising the need to create and produce products where the resources are not lost at end of life and in so doing can contribute far more to humanity than the simple throwaway society that is so common in recent history.

We are running out of easy to obtain natural resources, the time is now to start looking at how we can shift to a more sustainable way of driving the human economy.

A true circular economy could and has in some places eliminated waste completely.

The Black Sea...

For years the Black Sea has been known as the dead zone…Can that be changed…Known as the region’s dustbin…So sad…all that pollution…

But there is some good news from Spain…Clean Energy Moves Ahead in Spain

For example,  Spain just brought online the largest solar plant in the world. The Núñez de Balboa facility is located in the middle of the Iberian peninsula in the  Extremadura region of Spain, and near the border with Portugal. Run by Spanish power utility Iberdrola, the project consists of more than 1.4 million solar panels and is able to supply the energy needs of 250,000 people per year. The project was completed in December of 2019 and brought online last month. It shows that despite setbacks due to Covid19, the push for clean energy continues.

green foot prints eco system

Well, that’s all for me this week on the environment and climate change…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 21st June-27th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy and Chocolate…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…Let’s take a pew and have a read… enjoy!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…22nd June 2020…

There were a few links to data updates on Climate Change last week and some info on ” Doing Palm Right” plus Waste…On the subject of waste…The sight of all this waste being left by people on beaches is absolutely appalling…yes I am having a rant…WHO are these people they are not my family and friends…Are they yours?… So who exactly are they?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/22/recycling-and-climate-change22nd-june-2020/

Tuesday: National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

As June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month today I am celebrating the lovely fruits and vegetables we can get here in Thailand…

 

There is sea caviar which is a lovely green and very nice eaten with a chilli dip…the grandkids just love it…Also many others some you may get where you live and others you may not but I am sure you also get lovely vegetables which I can’t it evens out really but we also have many vegetables in common…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/23/national-fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-month/

Wednesday…Time for a touch of whimsy and my Food Column over at Sally’s where it is the A-Z of food and on my journey through the culinary alphabet it is the letter L…

Time to squeeze a few limes and lemons, cook some lamb and so many more foods like lavender and Liquorice…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-l-is-for-lamb-lavender-lemon-lime-meringue-pie-liquorice-and-liver/

Wednesday is also the time for Whimsical Wednesdays and as this week has been one of those weeks I was running a tad late…

But I had some gems for you Big Ben has started to lean like the leaning tower of Piza and did you know that there is a shortage of Ninjas? Your piece of breakfast toast…Click the link to read more…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/25/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-8/

Thursday…It was time for Sally and some food therapy…

A beautiful informative post from Sally… I mean who doesn’t feel good when the sun shines and the summer fruits are either ready and waiting to be picked fresh from your garden or calling to you…BUY ME! EAT ME! as you walk around the store or your local market. It is a wonderful time of year when our thoughts turn to a cooling and refreshing smoothie or a beautiful fruit salad…

So come on head over Sally’s for some great info on the benefits and recipes…The whole package in one read…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-make-the-most-of-summer-homemade-fruit-salad-and-smoothies/

Friday…National Chocolate Pudding Day…

I mean who needs an excuse to eat chocolate?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/26/national-chocolate-pudding-day/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

Apart from some lovely bread rolls not much was cooking this week …but I have some snippets of news for you …Opera and flowers, we had a tussle between a snake and a gecko and with a little help, the Gecko got away…now I know many of you do not like snakes…I never used to until my son decided he would like one as a pet…Mother aka Moi said an emphatic …NO!…He then asked if his friend Damien could come round but omitted to tell me he was bringing his pet Burmese Python with him…after my initial, I am not going near that thing…and then seeing how the kids were all handling this beautiful snake I thought why not…The rest is history and one’s son had many a snake, lizards, water dragons etc and indeed his girlfriend and future wife had to understand love me and my snake comes to…They must have done as the snake was part of the offer…The rest is history and while I am wary of wild snakes I am not scared and respect their space.

animal-zoo-green-snake-60512

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/27/saturday-snippets-5/

Before I go I would love to share Sally’s Smorgasbord Weekly Roundup it is full of lots of book reviews, music, funnies, recipes and so much more…Do pop over and have a look she will make you most welcome…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-21st-27th-june-2020-josh-groban-lemon-meringue-pie-ireland-book-reviews-authors-and-humour/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

The answer is not so much…

Well if you call bread not much…Spurred on by Meeks or her offspring I should say…I made some dinner/breakfast rolls and they really got the thumbs up and I was told by my testers they were the best of my baking exploits yet…Whoo Hoo…They now want the same recipe as hot dog rolls…long instead of round but methinks I can do that…A baker I am not…

I am pleased to say though that they came out exactly as the video promised…

Loved them!

Last week I horrified many of you with dead man’s fingers…This week …2 days ago to be precise hubby was out in the garden and went to his shed where there was a green snake curled around a large Gekko.

A call to the local snake catchers was made and within 10 minutes they duly arrived…The look of delight which passed between them was priceless they were excited…Their pronged stick soon prompted the snake to uncurl and that Gekko scooted away for his life…Luckily he hadn’t been there long enough to be suffocated by the snake…The only damage to the Gekko was the loss of his tail as when a Gekko feels threatened their tail comes off but they soon grow another one…

The snake was duly taken away to be released back into the wild…Unfortunately, we didn’t get a picture but this video will give you an idea although in this case, it looks like the Gekko is definitely the aggressor …

While we were waiting for the snake catchers to arrive Aston who follows the teachings of Buddism told us the meaning as there is always a meaning or warning…Good or bad luck if you get the picture. He then proceeded to tell us that one of the sounds the Gekko makes is a call out to a green snake…The reason they do this is that the Gekko is getting old and his liver is failing…The snake then enters the Gekko through his mouth and removes the liver…The Gekko then grows a new one and extends his life…This is good karma…

I mean they have the capacity to grow a new tail but a liver…we didn’t have the heart to dispute this tale as it was well told and in some ways made sense however we did not really believe… many teachings come down through generations by word of mouth and this is one of them as he did say it was what the old grandmothers believed…

Maybe be its equivalent to the fairy tales we told our children and grandchildren…

Thai Vegetables…

As you know I am always looking out for new fruits and vegetables and I came across this one for the first time a little while ago…my daughter in law had no idea what it was which unusual as she normally knows everything as she forages a lot…

smart

They were young and tender so I added to a stir fry and very nice they were…I put the picture on Instagram and FB last week and finally someone told me what they wereand once I knew I could tell that yes that is exactly what they are…The bean pods of Chinese Cabbage…It just took someone to tell me…I will also most certainly be snapping them up if I come across them again…

Wellness Corner:

I am loving this series of Sally’s and learning so much…Part Three – Achieving the correct pH balance in your body – The Plan

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

Head over to Sally’s and have a read of  Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with COVID- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/23/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-three-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

After closing for three months, Barcelona’s El Liceu opera house reopened with its first concert on June 22 to an audience of 2,292… plants. The event took place the first day after Spain ended its state of emergency. Organizers said the intention was to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition in the era of the coronavirus, which deprives people of their position as spectators. All 2,292 plants (the theater’s full seating capacity) will be given to local healthcare workers as a sign of gratitude for their work during the outbreak. The concert was also streamed live on the venue’s website.

How very beautiful is this?

When the string quartet of two violins, a viola, and cello finish their performance, palms will certainly be pressed together in appreciation, after which each and every plant will be donated to a health worker as a small token of appreciation.

There have been many sacrifices and sadness because of COVID-19 but there also have been so many lovely things happening around the world which we can all learn from and hopefully make this world a better place.

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practice social distancing..I believe we haven’t seen the end of this virus yet and that there is more to come…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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

National Chocolate Pudding Day…

I just couldn’t pass this up…I mean it’s National chocolate pudding day…What is your favourite chocolate Pudding?

Are we talking chocolate mousse?

Chocolate mousse… it could be milk chocolate, dark, chocolate, white chocolate or a combination of all 3…It could be mint chocolate…It could be just 2 ingredients or you could go the whole caboodle and make the most decadent mouse containing whipped egg whites, whipped cream, or both, and flavoured with one or more of types of chocolate, coffee, caramel, puréed fruits, or various herbs and spices, such as mint or vanilla and not forgetting even chilli… I mean chilli and chocolate…heavenly…

chocolate-mousse-2003019_640

The combinations are endless…I am not in favour of using uncooked eggs …I have tried chocolate mousse with avocado..once was enough and never to be repeated…If I want chocolate mousse I will stick with Nigella I mean she loves to cook and eat with no thought to anything especially calories…

Serves: 4-6

  • 150 grams mini marshmallows
  • 50 grams of soft butter
  • 250 grams good dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) chopped into small pieces
  • 60 mls hot water (from a recently boiled kettle)
  • 284 mls double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate, and water in a heavy-based saucepan.

Put the saucepan on the hob, over low heat, though keep it fairly gentle, to melt the contents, stirring every now and again. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, whip the cream with the vanilla extract until thick, and then fold into the cooling chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, mixture.

Pour or scrape into 4 glasses or ramekins, about 175ml / ¾ cup each in capacity, or 6 smaller (125ml / ½ cup) ones, and chill until you want to eat.

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate lava cake… The cake that many a cookery show contestant has pinned all their hopes and dreams on just to see them dashed…No Ooze!

lava cake-5128886_640

Have I made one…nope…Not yet…Gorden Ramsey has….

 

Chocolate Brownies… The very best have that fudgy cake underneath that crispy top…

Chocolate-brownies-walnuts

Homemade chocolate brownies

Chocolate Brownies.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of oil ( I use coconut oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of good cocoa powder
  • 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Mix oil, sugar, and vanilla together then beat in eggs.
Combine all dry ingredients except for walnuts and stir into mixture.
Add walnuts.
Put batter into a prepared baking dish and cook for about 1 hr on 175C/ 350F.
N.B. I added a 1/2tsp of dried chilli to my second batch..those of you who know me know I just have to..ha ha
Next time I am going to add just a few cranberries or blueberries and maybe lose the walnuts and add some ground almonds…..
Also depending on what I have in the cupboard, I have used half oil and half-melted butter…
This is probably the best brownie mix I have made as the top is nice and crispy but with a gooey underneath…just how I like it or maybe just how this temperamental oven of mine works…lol

 

Chocolate Sponge… layered with a chocolate cream filling or just covered in chocolate buttercream or a mirror glaze you can see your reflection in and of course we had the Black Forest Gateaux…which once graced many a table and buffet…

My mum used to make a steamed chocolate pudding served with custard…Chocolate Sponge Pudding with custard… The pudding that brings back memories of school dinners a chocolate pudding with chocolate custard…or strawberry custard…

chocolate pudding

Photo credit: joysaphine on Visualhunt /  CC BY-NC
  • 100g butter or margarine, plus extra for the bowl
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 150ml/¼ pint milk
  • 1 egg (large or medium)

  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 225g self-raising flour, minus 1 heaped tbsp
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the sauce

  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp cream
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate

Let’s Cook!

Butter the inside of a 1.2 litre pudding bowl and line the base with a disc of buttered greaseproof paper.

Melt the butter, syrup, and sugar in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk and egg. Add the cocoa to the flour, then tip this mixture into the pan with the cinnamon and soda.

Pour the mixture into the pudding bowl, cover tightly with foil, and steam for 11⁄4 hours. Just before the end, heat the sauce ingredients until melted, stirring all the time.

Turn the pudding out (run a knife around the inside of the bowl if necessary) and discard the paper disc. Pour the sauce over the top and serve immediately.

That’s all for National Chocolate Pudding Day…Let me know what your favourite chocolate pudding is and the recipe if you can…

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 I bid you 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!

 

 

 

 

A beautiful informative post from Sally… I mean who doesn’t feel good when the sun shines and the summer fruits are either ready and waiting to be picked fresh from your garden or calling to you…BUY ME! EAT ME! as you walk around the store or your local market. It is a wonderful time of year when our thoughts turn to a cooling and refreshing smoothie or a beautiful fruit salad…

So come on head over Sally’s for some great info on the benefits and recipes…The whole package in one read…Enjoy!

 

Head over and read how Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with COVID- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance.

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Make the most of Summer – Homemade Fruit Salad and Smoothies

 

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…

architecture big ben-21577_640

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.

ninja-5260928_640

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?

toast-759670_640

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