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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…27th November-3rd December 2022-Monday Musings, #,Chicken and Mushroom Pate, #Christmas Recipes, #Edible Flowers #…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been heating up so much for being “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though especially in the early mornings before the sun gets high… I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel much better it certainly clears the cobwebs …It is enjoyable walking in the early morning nice and quiet plus you get the best of the markets and walking around the lake is so beautiful early in the morning plus and I am so excited that for the first time in absolute years my weight falls within the ” normal range” and I have been working so hard to achieve this…I am really, really pleased albeit it is at the top end of the chart and I want to be around the middle of the chart …the end is in sight…or the beginning I should say …

I have started testing the last of my Christmas dishes…next week I have Christmas menus to finish writing and have decided to do a vegetarian Christmas dinner for one as many of my friends are the only vegan or vegetarian in their family and their Christmas dinner is sometimes put on the back burner as they are so busy sorting out the menus for everyone else…

Due to family commitments, I am not spending as much time online but I am enjoying just being… cooking,  walking and enjoying life away from the screen …it clears the cobwebs and I can get my thoughts in order…x

As bills are rising daily and many people are wondering how they will pay their energy bills and manage Christmas…well Christmas comes every year and giving someone a lovely jar of homemade jam or chutney, some dried herbs beautifully packaged, a mini Christmas pudding or mini Christmas cake, homemade sweets like fudge or coconut ice is always a winner as most adults don’t want for much and a homemade gift implies thought and love …so with the money, you save on Supermarket deliveries you can get creative and cooking…if its recipes then John Rieber has a delicious recipe for turkey so please if you already haven’t then pop over and have a read and if Turkish Delight is your Christmas treat then there is also a recipe from Sheree so you can make own one for you and maybe a couple for some gifts…

Monday Musings…28th November 2022…How to save money on UK supermarket food deliveries, delicious bacon wrapped maple glazed turkey and homemade Turkish Delight!

My chicken recipe last week was for a Christmas Pate..we love chicken and mushroom pate on some lovely bread or crackers or on some delicious fresh crispy veggies like celery, peppers, and batons of carrots all lovely with a touch of pate…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken and Mushroom Pate…

I’m a big fan of homemade smoothies and they are a great way to use up bits and bobs of fruit and veggies…plus if you are busy they can make a great meal replacement sometimes…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Banana Espresso Smoothie.

I love to look at a dish where flowers are used they always look so pretty…I also loved stuffed courgette flowers…and camomile tea is one of my favourite teas…I am just such a nerd that I love to know what I could use and what I can’t…

Friday Food Review…Edible Flowers…Part 2…Cornflower, Rosella and Jasmine flowers…

We all want to enjoy Christmas and I have learnt over the years to prepare as much as can and it really does make a difference…

CarolCooks2…Christmas Recipes…Prepare now…Freeze for later…

Thank you for joining me today as always I appreciate your visit and love to read your comments…I hope you are all having a great weekend x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…6th- 12th November 2022-Monday Musings, #Macaroni and Chickpea Bake , Health, Morbid Obesity, #Edible Roots…Grow your own Sea Holly and how to plan for those social Occasions…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been hot during the day but the temps are dropping a little as we get into our “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though and I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel better for it…It is enjoyable walking in the early morning nice and quiet plus you get the best of the market today I was lucky to see some beautiful prawns(shrimp) plus they cleaned them for me and just left the tails on…tonight we have a lovely Kaeng Phet Goong …Thai Prawn Curry…Plus the 21st will soon be here and it’s “Stir Up Sunday ” time to make those Xmas Puddings…as I told you yesterday Saturday Snippets will be on the back burner until after the New Year its a post I thoroughly enjoy writing but I have a lot going on at the moment… I am off to Bangkok for a few days next week and I have Christmas menus to finish testing and writing plus I am not spending as much time online as I am really into my walking and enjoying it …it clears the cobwebs…x

Monday Musings… this is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours too…

What would you do if you were driving along minding your own business and realised that some enormous silver balls were heading your way?… Yes, it’s true it is not a stunt and the aliens haven’t land landed…yet!

Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post in full.

Monday Musings…7th November 2022…

Those of you who have been with me for a few years may have noticed that I  am updating and reposting some of my healthy eating posts for two reasons the most important is that new followers may not have seen them the second is on the advice of Hugh in our quest to foil the spammers by rescheduling older posts..housekeeping as scammers tend to target older posts it seems…This post is about healthy breakfasts…a good start to the day…and my first Xmas advert I do love the British Xmas adverts…

Eat Smart! Eat Healthily…Breakfast is a good start to the Day!

A lovely bake is one of my favourite meals …one pot cooking…means less washing up …

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Macaroni and Chickpea Bake…

Lunch needn’t be boring and if you eat on the go then it still needn’t be boring a good lunch sets you up for the afternoon and hopefully stops the snacking…Now I have retired lunch is my main meal of the day I find it better for me to eat earlier rather late…

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily…Time for Lunch!

I love A-Z’s and have done a few now this one is my first A-Z and Sally is rewinding it we are now on the letter K and I am thoroughly enjoying revisiting it I hope you are too it’s always good to have a recap…

Khao Soi Kaffir Limes Noodles

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘K’ for Kale, Ketchup, Kippers and Kanom Moo Krob (Crispy Pork and Kale)

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily…It’s time for Dinner!

Welcome to another edition of healthy eating...Today I am looking at Dinnertime some eat it in the middle of the day others in the evening…I am trying to show that if we eat healthily then losing weight is a bonus I am already being bombarded by all these apps and at what cost? I truly believe that if we really, really want a healthy body then the first place to look is to what we put in our mouths…

For me, too many people count calories and don’t count the chemicals in their food…

You will not hear or read a calorie on here …neither will there be any food with and preservatives or chemicals…

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily…Time for Dinner!

In the last 36 months, we have seen how quickly a pathogen can spread around the world as millions travel between countries and spread it like wildfire through their own communities and beyond.

There has been barely a mention of the Common Cold in the media, as the focus rightly has been on Covid, preventative measures and vaccines. It is likely that there has been a reduced number of common cold infections as billions isolated and wore masks. However, with the world opening up again, and restrictions lifted, this opportunistic pathogen will be ready and waiting.

Sally is absolutely correct when she says that whilst those who have had the vaccine, will have had their immune systems nudged into action to tackle the virus, for many, the long period of isolation is likely to have made their immune systems lazy…we need to give a jog,, wake it up and Sally has just the right hints and tips for us to follow…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Winterise your Body – Nothing more common than a cold…by Sally Cronin

COP27…Leaders of countries flooded or parched due to climate change are pleading at the COP27 summit for an urgent financial lifeline from richer nations…This brings me to the point raised by some as to why to save on fuel, reduce carbon footprints blah blah blah…these types of global meetings are not held on “Zoom” or something similar…

Would it work when countries like the Bahamas are pleading with the bigger countries for help? Does it not have more impact when pleas as important as this are made in person???

CarolCooks2…Thursday’s Thoughts!..COP27 and beyond…

Time for some more edible roots…

Today I looked at Breadroot…no not Breadfruit but root, growing your own Sea Holly and Bulrush Roots…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…#Edible Roots…Part 5…

The clock is ticking and it’s still early to put up the tree…but the round of Xmas parties and Jollies will very soon be starting and if we don’t want to pile on all those lbs we have lost then we need to manage those jollies whether we are going out, on holiday or staying at home…and when you can’t enjoy! But with some planning, you can have the best of both worlds…it’s all about balance!

Christmas and Holidays…How to balance your eating and plan for social events…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup as always I look forward to your comments…I hope my family and friends over the water are having some respite from the rain and wind…

I also hope wherever you are in the world that you are having a fabulous weekend I hope to see you here next week x

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…24th October- 5th November 2022-Monday Musings, #Chicken Pot Pie with filo Pastry , Health, Morbid Obesity, #Edible Roots…Grow your own herbs and Saturday Snippets where “Ginger” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been a mixed week but the temps are dropping a little as we get into our “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though and I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel better for it…It is enjoyable walking in the early morning nice and quiet plus you get the best of the market I am enjoying some huge passionfruit at the moment instead of being golf ball size they are like bigger versions of a cricket ball and full of lovely sweet and sour flesh…

Monday Musings… this is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours …

Last week’s Monday Musings focused on Halloween as it fell on Halloween not something I grew up with we focused on Guy Fawkes which was yesterday 5th November… we loved making the guy and watching him burn and there were fireworks, baked potatoes, and chestnuts we had always had a lovely time…

Monday Musing showcased these elephants enjoying their fresh pumpkin treat it was such a cute video if you can apply that to elephants…smile..plus there were some great Halloween recipes from John… some really cute spiders.

Monday Musings…31st October 2022…Halloween…

When is a pie not a pie that is always a debate should it have a top and bottom or just a top?…this one had a top only and was filo one of my favourite pastries…I hope you enjoy!

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Pie with a filo Pastry top…

A healthier dinner alternative…but just as delicious,,, Onions stuffed with sundried tomatoes and cheese…

Eating for health… Roasted Onions with sun-dried Tomatoes.

Time for part 25 of my A-Z of World Cuisine and it’s France …a long-time leader around the world in fabulous food and wines,,, many dishes that wherever we live are now our favourite like Boeuf Bourguignon, Baguettes and pastries, the macaron, French Onion Soup so many dishes that are loved around the world…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 25…France…

Obesity is not just about how much food and the type of food we eat…

Sometimes our bodies can work with us and others against us. In this post, Sally of Smorgasbord Magazine takes a closer look at Leptin which plays an essential role in our weight management.

Leptin – The Obesity Hormone.

If you are like me then I had heard of leptin but didn’t really know what part it played in our weight management..I found this post very enlightening and interesting…Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post.

Smorgasbord Health Column – #Obesity #Hunger – The role #Leptin plays in weight loss

Edible Roots…

I am always amazed at the food we could be eating especially if our survival depended on them and we don’t know because we don’t have the knowledge…I wish schools would do more to keep traditions and knowledge alive as we never know when we may need to utilise that information and have those skills and knowledge…Just saying.

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…#Edible Roots…Part 4…

Freshly picked herbs…

There is nothing like freshly picked herbs and even if we only have a window sill it’s still so satisfying…my coriander has already grown…yes it’s about 2 inches tall I didn’t expect it to sprout that quickly…

Healthy Eating….Fresh herbs from the garden or your window sill…

Saturday Snippets…my one-word prompt is “Ginger”

Saturday Snippets…5th November 2022…my one word prompt is “Ginger”

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup as always I look forward to your comments…I hope my family and friends over the water are having some respite from the rain and wind…If you have your firework celebration this weekend… it’s Guy Fawkes in the UK I hope the rain stays away and you enjoy and if you have any pets that don’t like the fireworks I hope it doesn’t affect them too much…

I also hope wherever you are in the world that you are having a fabulous weekend I hope to see you here next week x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…23rd- 29th October 2022-Monday Musings, #Ricotta, Walnut and Blackberry Toast , Health, Morbid Obesity, #Edible Roots…and Saturday Snippets where “Lost” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been a mixed week but the temps are dropping a little as we get into our “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though and I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel better for it…It is enjoyable walking in the early morning nice and quiet plus you get the best of the market I am enjoying some huge passionfruit at the moment instead of being golf ball size they are like bigger versions of a cricket ball and full of lovely sweet and sour flesh…

Monday Musings… this is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours …

Last week’s Monday Musings focused on “housekeeping” our blogs with one of the aims being to combat scammers and bots…not wanting to give these stupid girls a platform I also highlighted the vandalism of work of art plus a great video on how waste is being utilised in India it makes good viewing and made me feel hopeful as I do think the use i=of plastic crept up during the covid quarantines…

Monday Musings…24th October 2022…

Tuesday it was another breakfast/brunch with meat…this is one of my favourites as it has fruit, walnuts and ricotta on some lovely sourdough or wholemeal bread it is delicious…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…A breakfast/brunch treat…Ricotta, Blackberry and Walnut Toast.

Healthy - Vegetables- Fruit- Lady

Healthy Eating

Some of my regular readers may have noticed that I have rescheduled some of my older posts the reason is twofold one to combat those pesky scammers and two because my newer readers may not have read them and of course, with healthy eating posts there can also be new research or thought changes so an update keeps it current,,,

Healthy foods which may help reduce your blood pressure…

Thank you, Sally, again for resharing my first A-Z…it is serving as a good reminder for me…Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post.

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

Boulangere is one of my favourite ways to eat the potato as I can’t get jersey Royals..

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Boulangere Potatoes…

I am pleased to promote Jacqui Murray’s new book release I am looking forward to reading this trilogy as I have thoroughly enjoyed the books I have read previously written by Jacquie…in this book tour we focus on “food” it is interesting that much of the food eaten is still eaten today although it may be cooked and not eaten raw a great insight into diet back then…Please click the highlighted link to be taken to Lucy’s world…

CarolCooks2 – Natural Selection, Book 3 in the Dawn of Humanity series by Jacqui Murray book blog tour

Time for the next instalment of  Size Matters where Sally is looking at the benefit of a good night’s sleep …a good night’s sleep works wonders for your health.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – The power of sleep when losing weight and to be healthy by Sally Cronin

Edible Roots is the theme of this week’s posts and it is important as discussed the previous week that anything we forage or try that we haven’t tried before must, of course, be edible but also palatable…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…#Edible Roots…Part 3…

Saturday Snippets…

One of my favourite posts of the week to write…My initial thought when my muse dropped this in my lap was that it was payback for ignoring her last week and that she had thrown me a curve ball but my research unearthed some great snippets…it just shows that initial impressions are not always right…

It also seems that “lost” prompted memories from many of you…thank you for the links Pete and Pete plus Joy had written about “Otzi the Iceman” a fascinating find by climbers please head over and have a read…Thank you for sharing this with us Joy it was a wonderful find…

Saturday Snippets…29th October 2022…my one word prompt is “Lost”

That’s what I love most about blogging is the interaction in the comments…I just love it..Thank you xx

Final post of the week…

Healthy Eating…No to Diets…Walking…is the new gym and it’s FREE!…plus walking is not only healthy but it’s social…

Healthy Eating…No to Diets…Walking…is the new gym and it’s FREE!

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup a very mixed bag this last week…but also lots of fun in the comments and as always I look forward to your comments x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…16th- 22nd October 2022-Monday Musings, #British Egg Week , Health, Morbid Obesity, #Edible Roots…and Saturday Snippets where “Infinity” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been a mixed week but the temps are dropping a little as we get into our “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though and I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel better for it…It is enjoyable walking in the early morning nice and quiet plus you get the best of the market for the first time I found some lovely fiddlehead greens on a small stall that was obviously a few homegrown veggies and some foraged greens…Lets have a look at last week starting with …

Monday Musings… this is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours is…

The post started with why the British call sausages “bangers’ and then my horror at why on earth “jumper munchers” as my son calls them thought it would prove a point by throwing tomato soup at a Van Gogh painting…or milk over a supermarket floor in Scotland…please click the link to read more rather than me having another mini rant…

Monday Musings…17th October 2022…Tomato soup was thrown over a Van Gogh Painting and that’s for starters!

This last week on Tuesday it was time for a chicken recipe…a family favourite quick and easy to make using what you may have in your fridge or larder…

Orange Chicken with watercress Rice…

Having read Hugh’s post over at Debbie Gies I am in the process of rescheduling and updating some of my posts that these pesky scammers have latched onto with the aim of maybe reducing my spam…This one was “How to plan your eating around social events”

Healthy Eating…#How to Plan for social events…

Time for another episode of Carol’s Green Kitchen…

As many of you are aware I always have an excess of bananas and I am always looking for new recipes to use BANANAS in…This recipe is my take on a Tarte Tatin…using bananas instead of apples and a banana bread mixture instead of pastry the result was delicious and I will be definitely making it again…

Carol Taylors Green Kitchen…October 2022…Banana Bread Tatin, Vegan Chocolate Cake and a simple mouthwash…

Time for the next episode in this series on Morbid Obesity written by Sally at Smorgasbord Magazine…this week Sally looks at keeping hydrated and hitting a weight loss plateau…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – Hitting the Weight Loss Plateau #fluids by Sally Cronin

Another one of my rescheduled posts this one on How to lose weight and eat the food you love…Time to get on it..and be done with the excuses we make to ourselves…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and still eat the foods you love ! How good does that sound?

Edible Roots…just remember that although a root may be edible it may not be palatable something I highlight in this post…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…#Edible Roots…Part 2…

Saturday Snippets…

Where this week I ignored my muse and opted to play and discover what Janets suggestion of “iNFINITY” would unearth…

Saturday Snippets…22nd October 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Infinity”

My final rescheduled post of the week was a trip to the market…

Saturday Morning Market…Mandarin Oranges and Rosella…Jam and Relish…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend as always I look forward to your comments…I hope to see you next week x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…9th- 15th October 2022-Monday Musings, #British Egg Week , Health, Morbid Obesity, #Edible Roots…and Saturday Snippets where “Empty” is my one word prompt.

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been a mixed week but the temps are dropping a little as we get into our “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though and I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel better for it…

Monday Musings… is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…

This week in Monday Musings I promoted Clive’s post where “Mental Health” was on the agenda…a topic which is probably close to many people’s hearts and none of us are immune to mental health problems plus “Fire Eating Goats” yep and no they aren’t a new pop group but goats are really used to help stop fires…

Monday Musings…10th October 2022 is “World Mental Health Day” plus did you know there are “Fire Stopping Goats”

Monday 10th October was also “World Porridge Day…

There is nothing like a bowl of porridge oats…a healthy start to the day…World Porridge Day was first held in 2009 it was started in Argyl, Scotland to raise funds for “Mary’s Meals” a charity that aids starving children in developing countries…The World Porridge Making Championship has taken place alongside the day since 2009…

World Porridge Day 10th October 2022…

Eggs…I still remember the old advert “go to work on an egg”…last week was ” British Egg Week” so no better time than to share a few ideas for eating eggs…they come ready to cook in their own package and can be cooked in various ways and adapt to both sweet and savoury recipes.

For some traditional ways to eat eggs and some new ways please click the highlighted link below.

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Eggs…versatile and healthy…

I love writing A-Z’s and this A-Z is my first of many …Many thanks to Sally for repeating this A-Z I am very much enjoying reading it again I hope you are too and if you are new to my A-Z then thank you for dropping by I hope you enjoyed it…To read the full original post please click the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘I’ is for Icing, Ink Fish, Indian Black Salt, Infusing Immortalittea and Irish Stew…

Thursday it was time for my newest A-Z where I am exploring world cuisine…

While writing these posts I am careful not to include countries which are at war and where children are starving I was however not aware that the dark side of food existed on the Faroe Islands and that the barbaric tradition of the slaughter of Pilot Whales and Dolphins is still practised. Small boats herd the schools of both types of intelligent mammals into shallow waters, where people are waiting to kill them with knives…its time this slaughter was stopped…

It was Pete who drew my attention to this and I will in future be looking into whether these traditions still exist in any other country where I promote the cuisine…Pete also copied this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58555694…Thank you Pete for making me aware x

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 24…The Faroe Islands…

Getting Moving and shifting the pounds

When you are embarking on a programme to regain good health, the last thing you need is to be laid up with a knee or other injury. The temptation is to complement your new healthy eating commitment with an annual gym membership and an attempt to run a marathon…

It is much better to learn to walk before you run…. and if you are a certain age… it is better to ease into the weight lifting by starting with a couple of tins of beans.

Before you even begin to run, you do need to ensure that the ligaments, muscles and joints that have been on sabbatical for some time (except for the weight training involved in moving excess weight around) are in good condition for what is to come.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – Getting Moving and shifting the pounds by Sally Cronin

After the success of my Aromatic Leaves comes “Edible Roots”…in part one, I am featuring the “Horseradish Root”. the “Liquorice Root” and the “Coriander Root”…

Like I did with the aromatic leaves I will not be featuring common ones but maybe ones we throw away without realising that they are a source of flavour for our food, to eat and cook with or to make tea…my aim is to feature three roots per post one of which may be new to you…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Edible Roots…Part 1…

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday Snippets is one of my favourite posts of the week and one where I learn so much from connections to just one word..how on earth or why my muse came up with “Empty” flummoxed me..but hey ho I’m always up for a challenge…

I do know though that an empty box is one of the toys kids love the most… how often have you wrapped a present and the kids have played with the box for longer than they played with the lovingly brought gift inside…?

Saturday Snippets…15th October 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Empty”

Thank you so much for joining me today I hope that wherever you are in the world that you are having a fabulous weekend…as always I look forward to and appreciate all your comments and shares.xx