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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…25th April-1st May 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 May…Time is marching on…thus far we had some humdingers of storms and the rains are still continuing mainly overnight the temperature is still warm the rain keeps it down a little no sunshine yet this morning so time to do a little weeding…the weeds love the mixture of sunshine and rain…sigh

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!

Let’s get the party started then…

The Face Of Ugly…

Although not the best start to the week but so important and sometimes we have to face those truths as unpalatable as they are it’s often a sad fact of life…

If you missed it please head over to Jills Blog… take your tissues and your swear box…I won’t say enjoy but listen to the messages that Jill delivers and then weep because it is a sad fact of life…

https://jilldennison.com/2021/04/24/71725/

A day late it was … my lasts weeks weekly roundup…just in case you missed it…

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…18th April-24th April 2021…#Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Tuesday Twitterings…

Tuesday is the day where I am looking at people who have guts and fortitude to reach their chosen goal against sometimes many odds..more than me and you may face…but my mission is to highlight how WE can change the world its prejudices and bias…sometimes that change is closer to home than we like to admit…we must fight and strive for inclusion and understanding it will only be then that we can truly lift our heads and be proud …

Total inclusion and understanding are required NOW…

Tuesday Twitterings…A journey to be a Doctor…

Time for my A-Z on environmental terms, their meaning and impact on the world we live in…

The letter E…ecosystem we can all have a stab at the meaning and have a vague idea but did we know it’s broken down into 4? The ecosystem means many things and to gain a better understanding for when we are reading news reports and listening to speeches…I have sat there sometimes and got lost halfway through I also think sometimes that is the intervention…

The proverb ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing‘ expresses the idea that a small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking that they are more expert than they really are, which can lead to mistakes being made.

Social media is a prime example of that…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter E…

There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread …it invokes memories and brings a feeling of comfort…

Toast tastes just so much better when made from homemade bread as does a sandwich or just a slice of bread with some lovely grass-fed butter…

CarolCooks2…Week 11…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Wholemeal Sourdough Bread

Today I am introducing you to the Achiote seed or Annatto as it is also known …Lipstick Tree is also a familiar name to some for this tree…

Here it is often planted in backyards for its beauty as an ornamental tree but those seeds when made into a paste bring something special to a dish…The popular Mexican Cochinita Pibil…

The popular Mexican dish called cochinita pibil is a dish that is far from mild or dry.

The heat comes in the form of intensely hot condiments on the side, the dish itself has a uniquely sweet, earthy aroma imparted by bitter Seville oranges, achiote, charred garlic, and a host of other spices. That earthiness is backed with the herbaceous aroma of the banana leaves it’s cooked in, along with smokiness from hours of slow cooking in a smoky, steamy píib (or, in modern Mexican Spanish, pib), the Mayan oven consisting of a hole in the ground lined with hot stones.

Although I don’t have a stone oven although I could get hubby to dig a hole in the garden and I’m sure Saangchai would love to help he is always digging holes…now that’s a plan

Tropical Friday…Achiote Seed(Annatto)…Lipstick Tree…

Acidity in the digestive system – Acid Reflux – Stomach Acid, Hiatus Hernia Triggers and Diet

If you suffer from Acid Reflux it is usually not easy to pinpoint the source as it can be the result of issues along the upper digestive tract and also the way we eat our food… For example, if you normally bolt your food without chewing sufficiently and coating the food in saliva, the digestive process is not begun until it gets to the stomach.. which is too far along the tract to be effective.

If you suffer from acid reflux regularly and are downing antacids to reduce the effects you are throwing gas on the fire…to find out how you can douse that fire…head on over to Smorgasbord Magazine where Sally will guide you and tell you how….#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Acidity in the digestive system – Acid Reflux – Triggers and Diet by Sally Cronin

Saturday Snippets…It’s the 1st Of May…May Day…Mayday celebrations go back centuries and herald a new dawning …a new year as the plants raise their heads above the once frosty ground and start to flourish and bloom…

There is also music and little titbits of information some may be relevant to you or interesting some you may just bypass but sometimes those little snippets linger in the recess of our minds… it all helps when you are on a quiz team and the answer pops into your head and your team applaud you for your knowledge…Just saying

Saturday Snippets…1st May 2021…

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

The Environmental A-Z…the letter E…

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 E.

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

Ecosystem:

A community of organisms that depend on each other and the environment they inhabit…However, there is far more to the ecosystem than I first realised…It is divided into 4 categories…those being artificial, terrestrial, lentic and lotic which are all part of the biomes which are climatic systems of organisms and life.

Inside of the biomes systems, there are living and non-living environmental factors known as biotic(organisms, animals and plants) and abiotic (water, light and gasses)

Now let’s look at the 4 categories:

Artificial…as in man-made sometimes they are introduced as a way of replenishing the environment they are also a vital learning tool…Erected in the form of biodomes they are closed, artificial ecosystems created for the study of biology and an excellent learning aid for environmentalists…The Eden Project is a great example of this…

There are also plans to build a Marine Environment-Eden Project North.

Terrestrial…are land systems forests, deserts, grassland, tundras and coastal regions. It is the biomes climate that determines whether or not more than one terrestrial system is present.

An example is tundras where fewer plants grow due to the lower temperatures however this also applies to deserts where the high temperatures inhibit plant growth.

Forests and grasslands are different and may have exceedingly more growth …the biome has the right amount of sunlight plus moisture which enables more species to grow and thrive.

Lentic…a class of aquatic ecosystems found on land, ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and swamps…most are still bodies of water which may contain both animals and micro-organisms this is where sunlight plays its part as photosynthesis comes into the equation. ..it is necessary for the survival and growth of algae and underwater plants.

Lotic…are moving bodies of water that flow into others and eventually into the sea…unlike lentic they do not rely on photosynthesis.

Ecotourism:

Small-scale tourism in fragile and protected areas that aims to have a low impact on the environment, benefit local communities and enable tourists to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the place.

Penguin Island

I think a great example of this was when we visited Australia as some of the places we visited were only open at certain times of the year to allow the animals to breed in peace…I thought it was a great idea also  NO food or drink can be purchased on the island… A picnic area is provided but has NO bins. Visitors are expected to take their rubbish away with them. Brilliant idea I think…

Another beautiful island is where no cars are allowed bikes only…as the welfare of the animals is paramount…Rottnest Island home of the Quokkas…

The friendliest and most trusting animal on earth…which is why they need protecting from the human race…sad isn’t it?

Effluent:

Liquid wastes such as sewage and liquid waste from industries and our homes…Liquid waste can be defined as liquids such as wastewater, fats, oils or grease (FOG), used oil, liquids, solids, gases, or sludges and hazardous household liquids.

These liquids are hazardous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. They can also be discarded commercial products classified as “Liquid Industrial Waste” such as cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes.  There are general regulatory requirements relating to waste, additional regulations apply to generating, storing, transporting, treating and disposing of hazardous and liquid wastes.

Emissions Trading Allowance…

Permission to emit to the atmosphere, one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent, during a specific trading period. The allowance is only valid for the purpose of the Directive and can only be transferred in accordance with the Directive.

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…And also what affects our health and how…

See you in two weeks for the letter F…next Wednesday it will be Part 4 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being E as in polEnta.

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

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…11th April-17th 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 wind certainly hammered one of my curry trees luckily it didn’t break the branches just stretched but like a piece of elastic 2 days later the tree is nearly back to its original glory …isn’t nature wonderful?

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…

Took a break this week…I haven’t cooked much…eaten much of what I shouldn’t…spent time with my plants and my thoughts and for the first time in all the time I have been blogging just couldn’t be bothered to write..no energy…no thoughts worthy of putting on paper…just a combination of a bad few months or the start of the year however you wish to put it…many lives lost and anniversaries of lives lost…just a culmination which frankly stopped me in my tracks…

Tuesday…Songkran…Thai New Year…

A post from my archives with a little update here and there…a picture of my beloved grandson getting into the spirit of Thai New Year which this year didn’t happen due to Covid restrictions…

Songkran…Thai New Year …13th April 2021…

Wednesday…Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…

Today saw me over at Smorgasbord Magazine for this month’s Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen where Pretzel Bread, Tomato Ketchup, Onions and Japanese Wood Production were some of the items on the menu…

To see what else was on the menu please pop over to Smorgasbord Magazine…

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

The Environmental A-Z…The letter D.

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 Environmental A-Z…the letter D

Thursday...another post from my archives but updated…

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CarolCooks2…Week 9…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Homemade Sausages and Sausage Spice mixes…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine…Health Column…Rheumatoid Arthritis…

A debilitating disease that causes anguish to many…either sufferers or carers…

There is no quick fix but sometimes a change in diet and habits can give relief so please head over and give Sally’s post a read…#recommened read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Arthritis (Rheumatoid) by Sally Cronin

Fruity Friday’s…The Cotton Candy Berry.

A beautiful spreading tree with deliciously sweet fruit…

Fruity Friday…#fruits…The Cotton Candy Berry…

Saturday Snippets…

I will be back next week with Saturday Snippets I just didn’t feel it was appropriate for the last 2 weeks…Yesterday was the Royal Ceremonial Funeral of His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh…

I know it was streamed around the world but just in case you missed it or want to recap…it was a beautiful funeral and music which celebrated the Prince’s life and work…

I also know that it was protocol(Covid) that The Queen sat alone but my tears flowed and my heart broke for her…

Rest in peace your Royal Highness, Prince Phillip…The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021…

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

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…

cigarette butt

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

 

The Environmental A-Z…the letter C

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 C.

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

Carbon Emissions:

Carbon Emissions is the term often used when carbon is released into the atmosphere…Quite simply greenhouse gas emissions are the main contributor to Climate Change.

Greenhouse gases are often calculated as Carbon Dioxide equivalents referred to as Carbon Emissions when there are discussions on Global Warming to the greenhouse effect.

For aeons, the burning of fossil fuels has been a big source of carbon emissions…since the Industrial Revolution burning fossil fuels to power industry has increased and it is said the increase in Carbon gases are the causes and have a direct correlation to the increase of Carbon Dioxide and the rapid increase in Global warming figures.

Carbon Footprint:

Our carbon footprint is measured by our travelling and by our shopping purchases in other words where our goods originate from and how far they travel to reach our front door…Sounds simple to arrive at a solution…but is it?

Yes, we could change our mode of transport…there are electric cars…we could ditch our cars and walk or use a bicycle…That is fine if everything we do is within a reasonable distance from our house…

But how else can we reduce our Carbon Footprint this post details how and much of it requires only small changes from us…

Climate Change:

Climate change describes a change in the average conditions — such as temperature and rainfall.

Global climate change refers to the average long-term changes over the entire Earth. These include warming temperatures and changes in precipitation, as well as the effects of Earth’s warming, such as:

  • Rising sea levels
  • Shrinking mountain glaciers
  • Ice melting at a faster rate than usual in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic
  • Changes in flower and plant blooming times.

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 D…next Wednesday it will be Part 2 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being C as in popCorn.

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

 

The environmental A-Z… the letter B…

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…the letter B

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

Benthic community :

Definition: 1: of, relating to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water. 2: of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean.

Benthic communities are largely composed of macroinvertebrates, such as annelids, molluscs, and crustaceans. These organisms inhabit the bottom substrates of estuaries and play a vital role in maintaining sediment and water quality.

Bio seems to prefix many words now and I just see bio and not always the rest and just think it to do with the environment but not always sure how…the next few words start with bio and ai hope by the end you will know the difference like I do now…

Bio covers:

As the name suggests is something made out of environmental fabrics…something which is100% bio-based. 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable…this includes packaging..seed mats which are used by industry and maybe in our garden or allotments. It could be medical shoe covers, toilet seat covers, phone covers anything which covers something…a shower cap covers our hair…

It is something that comes from nature and goes back to nature.

Biodiversity:

Two words...” Biological” and “diversity” shortened to Biodiversity which is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.

Bioenergy:

Bioenergy is renewable energy created from naturally occurring biological sources, such as grasses and trees…Bioenergy is considered renewable because its source is inexhaustible, as plants obtain their energy from the sun through photosynthesis which can be replenished.

Biofilters:

Biofilters designed to remove odours from air emanating from livestock facilities might be a solution to decrease the level of MDV contamination in the air exiting poultry farms.

We can of course hep do away with the need for these by making sure the eggs we buy come from a good source and roam free and easy and also eat more plant-based meals even if we replace a few meals a week @ 3 meals a day that’s 21 without snacks by my reckoning…a few each would have an impact but not us unless we count our health …Food for thought 🙂

Biofuel:

Biofuel, any fuel that is derived from biomass—that is, plant or algae material or animal waste. Examples of biofuels include ethanol (often made from corn in the United States and sugarcane in Brazil), biodiesel (sourced from vegetable oils and liquid animal fats), green diesel (derived from algae and other plant sources), and biogas (methane derived from animal manure and other digested organic material).

Biomass:

Refers to electricity and gas that is generated from organic matter, known as biomass. Examples are… wood, energy crops and waste from forests, yards, or farms. Since biomass technically can be used as a fuel directly (e.g. wood logs), some people use the terms biomass and biofuel interchangeably.

By now it is quite clear to me how many of these are interlinked…

Biome: 

Is a collection of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in. They can be found over a range of continents. Biomes are distinct biological communities that have formed in response to a shared physical climate.

It is also interesting to note how species are adapting or migrating to the changes in climate.

Black Carbon:

Is especially dangerous to human health due to its small size it can be undetected at first…it is formed by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, wood and other fuels…It is quite simply soot…released into the air from gas and diesel engines, coal-fired power plants, and other sources that burn fossil fuel…an air pollutant…not only is it harmful to human health it harms ecosystems, but it is also accelerating global warming…

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 C…next Wednesday it will be Part 2 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being B as in barmbrack.

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