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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 30th August -5th September 2020… Recipes, Health, Food labels, Whimsy, and …The return of the Wolverines…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week…

Take a pew and get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news and my views… always something new to discover…This week was no different…Food Labels…

There are many reasons why food labels are not fit for purpose…The fact that only people who can generally read them are those with 20/20 vision, of course, we want to know what is in our food as if it is chicken I want to know chicken is the main ingredient…I want to know the source of my chicken as the way they are reared is vastly different depending on where they come from and the processing..regulations vary from country to country and of course, I don’t want my chicken to come from 1,000’s of miles away I want to be assured of its global footprint and health.

That is just for starters…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/31/food-labelling-part-2/

Wednesday:

Found me over at Sally’s where it was time for the next letter of my journey through the alphabet and the letter Q…surprisingly there were lots of yummy foods beginning with Q…I also learnt that queso means cheese…doh! however, that just sums me up at the moment…I half wrote a post for Tuesday and it sits in drafts…I don’t like September it is my birth year and although I think age is just numbers..mine are totting up and I don’t like it… it is unsettling me or is it this Covid-19 or a combo but unsettled I am…

Anyways pop over to Sally’s and enjoy Q…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-q-for-quince-quail-quenelles-and-quesadillas/

Thursday: How healthy is your breakfast?

Breakfast or brunch is most peoples first meal of the day…For some, it is a slap-up breakfast with all the trimmings and for others a snatched cup of coffee…

In this post, I look at breakfasts around the world and they certainly all have their differences and they all have foods which I would love to eat…

I unravel the breakfasts a little and dig a little deeper to find out more head over and have a read…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/03/how-healthy-is-your-breakfast/

Friday: Tamarind…

One of my favourite fruits as the taste changes as it matures and each taste is different from the last and equally as glorious… I was asked which fruit I could compare it with and I couldn’t it has a unique taste of its own…

fresh young tamarind fruit

 

Picked young like this the fruit is white and slightly tinged with pink, a nutty taste with just a hint of its more grown-up taste of sweet and sour… Like this, they are available for a very short period of time literally a couple of weeks a beautiful snack…

When it ripens it becomes brown and sticky with an awesome sweet and sour taste…

Again they can be eaten as they are and are found in all shops dried in packets with or without the obligatory chilli and with or without the very hard black pit.

For more info and recipes on this lovely fruit please click the link and enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/04/fruity-fridays-the-tamarind-2/

Saturday Snippets:

Yesterday I think I got some of my mojo back…Saturday Snippetts was more on point…Was it James Veicht who cracked me up it was an oldie but one I hadn’t seen and as I absolutely hate spam it was great…Toasters is all I will say I also defined the word Toast!….

Dr Zhivago was on the same page as Chuck Berry and John Lennon…Long Live Rock n Roll...my era…Omar Sharif used to make my heart flutter and methinks I will have another watch of that great film…It is also national organic month so there will be more on that in the coming weeks…you knew ..didn’t you? the very rare wolverines are back and Sally talks to us about statins in the Health Corner…scary…All in all a jam-packed Saturday Snippets I hope you enjoy! xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/05/saturday-snippets-5th-september-2020/

I also extend my apologies as I didn’t post the wild mushroom soup or the jalapeno stuffed pork loin…I will this week…I also had the biggest fail I have had in the kitchen for a long time…I absolutely ruined the paella although the power outage didn’t help what a disaster it was awful…I am not going to live that down here for a very long time…Ooppps xx

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 12th July -18th July 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Plantain…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on lockdown once again as cases are on the rise again a second phase…Let’s hope it is for the last time, stay safe and strong…Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…Recycling and Climate Change… 13th July 2020…

Tomorrow well I had it all planned and then I watched “The Story of Plastic” tomorrow night I will be attending the virtual webinar…

The film has given me much to think about I will of course update you on what I have learnt over the next few weeks as it touched on many aspects and I can see how Climate change and plastics are not two separate entities they must be tackled simultaneously.

The plastics manufacturing industry has after so long of laying the responsibility solely at the consumer’s door take full responsibility and if a plastic they produce cannot be recycled then it shouldn’t be made and they must make those changes.

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change… 13th July 2020…

I discussed Cryobattery plants, bees which are so very important to continued life on earth it’s as simple as that…and some innovative ideas of reusing plastic waste…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/13/recycling-and-climate-change-13th-july-2020/

Tuesday: How to make the perfect Stir Fry…

A perfect stir fry is easy if you know how… I struggled with that for years before I moved here that perfect stir fry always eluded me the consequence was I didn’t make them…

Fish, meat, noodles or vegetables cooked in a small amount of oil over high heat while stirring briskly…with the addition of some aromatics and sauce flummoxed me every time.

No longer I now cook a stir fry virtually every day…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/14/how-to-make-the-perfect-stir-fry/

Wednesday saw the start of my new bi-weekly series The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…Starting at the beginning with A however the A -Z will be the last letter…Instead of Apple, it will be Pasta for example…

It was Pete Springer who threw the gauntlet down and I picked it up…Not sure if I will be able to find very much for some the letters but I will give it my best shot…

Asafoetida(Hing), Aquafaba, Feta and Banana were some …Next week it will be the letter B…

Spoiler Alert for B…Carob, Lamb, Hobnob…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/15/the-culinary-alphabet-in-reverse/

Wednesday was also the day for Sally’s health posts...Her new series..Project Resilience 101…

This great new series discusses the importance of keeping our bodies healthy and this week it was our gut #Candida…#recommended read as we all need to look after our bods we only one and personally I don’t like being sick and having aches and pains especially if it can be avoided…So to get a healthy body pop over to Sallys…

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience – The importance of a healthy gut (part two) #Candida by Sally Cronin

Thursday…Nothing for Thursday…

I just couldn’t get enthused plus I was working on my cookbook…I trialled a lovely passionfruit and chicken dish which needs a few adjustments nothing major like don’t bother cooking it again…but a few tweaks…All of my recipes are tested and inflicted on my long-suffering testers some they like, some they love and some I have to do a little persuading ..I beg…but I will say they are brutal but know enough about what makes food taste good to also offer some constructive criticism… Not many go in the bin or the dog never to be seen again…x

Friday…The Plantain…

Plantains are a type of banana which cannot be eaten raw unless they are very, very ripe…I like them cooked as if you are making banana fritter or something they are firmer and don’t go to mush like a normal eating banana…Enjoy!

I will say they are calorific but a lovely treat…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/17/fruity-friday-plantain/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

Is really Whimsical Wednesdays rebranded…Some Billy Joel, Nadia Comaneci, Caviar and trivia…with some interesting facts about Thyme from Sally…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/18/saturday-snippets-8/

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

Here is Smorgasbord Blog Magazine’s Weekly Roundup…

Packed with music, recipes, poetry, health advice, books reviews too much to mention just a delightful jam-packed week something for everyone to enjoy… with music provided by Aretha …Just pop over to Sally’s and you can enjoy it as well xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/smorgasbord-weekly-round-up-12th-18th-july-2020-childrens-book-store-relationships-italian-cookery-book-reviews-

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘J’ for Jelly Beans, Jalapenos, Jack Fruit and Jerky all with a little Jus

Time for the letter J…I am enjoying reading it again myself for the second time. Many thanks to the lovely Sally for rerunning this series…I hope you all enjoy the Letter J….From Jelly Beans to Jalapenos and Jackfruit….xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year.

This week in the A-Z of food it is the letter J

I hope you are enjoying this series of the A-z of food as much as I have the research and writing.

Starting with one of my favourite little sweeties the Jelly Bean…

Jelly Beans are primarily made of sugar with a jelly inside a candy shell…There are some awesome flavours…Tabasco Flavour, Chilli Mango, Marguerita and some beautiful fruity flavours…Cringe-worthy flavours like Earthworm, Earwax and vomit are for me a No No! But I suppose for Halloween revellers they will be on someone’s list…

Jelly:

Depending on where in the world you live Jelly can be a wibbly wobbly fruit jelly made with…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘H’ is for Honey, Hamburgers, Hummus, Herbs, Haggis and Hoisin Sauce

The letter H…Honey and all things nice…I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it…xx.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year.

Welcome to this week’s Culinary trawl through the alphabet and it is the letter H.

The choices on what to showcase were many and I had quite a hard time deciding which ones to feature. Otherwise, you could be looking at something akin to War and Peace and we all want peace in our kitchens don’t we?

Honey: Also known as the… Nectar of the Gods.

Where do I get my honey? Well, my first bottle, I was sitting on the beach with my sundowner, fending off the ever-present sellers of touristy bits and bobs, when a man appeared carrying a very heavy-looking bucket. What did he have? Well, I had to look…

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