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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…May 9th-15th 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…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…lol

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

Meatless Monday’s…Cashew Nut Curry with Halloumi and Brocolli…

The first time I have made a cashew nut curry sauce and trying Halloumi…I obviously haven’t lived…sigh…I much preferred it to tofu and the sauce was tasty..a little bit thick but next time I will thin it down a little and maybe add some cauliflower as well…

Meatless Mondays…Cashew Nut Curry with Halloumi and Brocolli…

Tuesday Twittering…The journey to be a doctor...

I must say since starting this series...it has made me realise even more how much prejudice exists in the world…I am a firm believer that given the opportunity everyone has a worth and a place in this world regardless of any disabilities…we must educate our children from an early age and integrate them with children who are ” different”…teach them how they can play and communicate with each other …give them the tools to do so albeit learning sign language, braille… another language..learning about traditions and food by teaching the children make it fun and kids like different if its fun to learn…we must not only learn to be kind but learn inclusion which is so very important…

Tuesday Twitterings…A journey to be a Doctor…

The environmental A-Z…a week of firsts for me…tell me I am naive..tell me I live in my own little bubble and not a covid induced one…the last few months have continued to shock me…maybe I should have opened my eyes and ears before..years before now…it has made me sad…sadder and wiser…and made me ask myself more questions…nothing new there but so much I wasn’t aware of and I should have been…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter F…

Today I am over at Smorgasbord Magazine kindly hosted by Sally for my Green Kitchen…Please pop over …I do hope you enjoy…x

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – May 2021 – Dinner Rolls, Chillies, Recycled Face Masks, Grow Spring onions, make Apple Cider Vinegar – Waste Not, Want Not…

 

A nice condiment or sauce which complements a dish elevates it into a great dish…my mother’s recipes handed down from her mother are all I need and have been well tried and tested over the years…I hope you enjoy x

CarolCooks2…Week 13…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Sauces and condiments…

I had tasted passionfruit before I came here but since living here I have discovered how they compliment so many dishes and what a wonderfully versatile and healthy food it is…one of my favourites…

Tropical Fridays…The Passionfruit.

Allergies and food intolerances can be dangerous at worst and inconvenient at best especially when it restricts what you can eat…Sally explains the differences and how you can improve your health by following some guidelines…#rcommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Allergies and Intolerances – Part Two – – #Dairy #Leaky Gut

The day where I indulge my whimsy and where this week my inner rock chick came out…There is a 500-year-old Maple Tree under threat and Bees still need protection and so much more …Enjoy!

Saturday Snippets…15th May 2021

Well, that’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by…see you tomorrow for Meatless Mondays  …Love Carol xx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…May 2nd-8th 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 although 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 down in your favourite place… 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…

All this talk and action about racism is getting to me…I care about injustices deeply they all sadden me but it’s throughout all society and applies in many areas of our lives… prejudice comes in many forms and for many reasons and for us to live in a society that is just and fair it has to apply to all…

Tuesday Twitterings…A journey to be a Doctor…

I love A-Z’s and this one is more challenging than some…I do hope you are enjoying it x This week I explored the alphabet for words where the middle letter was E it always means there has to be an odd number of letters and I try not to add an S unless I really can not think of anything…Enjoy!

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

In my kitchen this week I looked at making chicken stock and it really is a waste to throw away carcasses and bones as homemade stock is absolutely delicious as long as we buy good quality, organic or sustainably reared meat you will be rewarded by a beautiful stock and of course you can use up your peelings and onions skins and odds and ends of veg or aromatics which means less waste…you also control your salt, sugar and chemical intake so a win-win all round.

CarolCooks2…Week 12…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Chicken Stock…

Allergies or food intolerances can be a mild inconvenience or life-threatening with stages in between we need to know the difference and we must know what steps to take in an emergency…Sally explains all of this in-depth and in easy to understand layman’s terms…#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Allergies and Intolerances – Part One – The difference between them by Sally Cronin

This beautiful vibrant flower makes a very healthy caffeine-free drink…hot or cold it provides numerous health benefits and makes vibrant coloured ice cubes for your cocktail or play with it and colour your glass noodles…they look so pretty on the plate…

Tropical Fridays…Butterfly Pea Flower Tea…

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday Snippets featured two of my favourite artists…Paolo Nutini and Ricky Nelson not a bit alike but both very listenable…we also have National Burger Month, l Doughnut week and who can eat a whole jam doughnut WITHOUT licking your lips and National Vegetarian week…Plus other little snippets…I do hope you enjoy xx

Saturday Snippets…8th May 2021…

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

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

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…18th April-24th 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!

On the covid front, I am happy to see on the news that many of you are moving out of quarantine and back to something akin to normal life… Here the news is not so good having had a relatively easy ride here with covid… phase 3 has hit us hard and is too close to home for my liking …more restrictions in place and if the figures continue to rise I am guessing, even more, will be put into place…Stay safe and close to home everyone as it has not gone away yet even though many places are open for business I certainly wouldn’t be travelling if I could or encouraging anyone to come here…

Monday Musings and the week ahead…a preview…

Just a slight change to my weekly schedule of posts…

Tuesday Twitterings…from Chef to a doctor…

Tuesday Twitterings is about how a chef trained to become a doctor and combined her knowledge of food with medicine…Wouldn’t it great for everyone’s health if doctors were trained in the benefits of a healthy diet and the true effect on the human body when the diet is deficient…

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

With all my A-Z’s I have loved writing them… this one is a tad different as it is the middle letter of a word which means a word must have an odd number of digits so the middle letter can be A for example and it cannot be two words and unless I am really stumped adding an S is frowned on by me…I don’t make it easy on myself, do I? But it is fun and gives the grey matter a workout…

CarolCooks2…Week 10…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Sourdough Starter…

Who doesn’t love a sourdough loaf or sourdough muffins from the surplus sourdough…No manufactured yeast required just a naturally fermented bread mix…How good is that and all the time you are nurturing and feeding it …it can last forever..it can even be frozen for up to a year…

Arthritis(osteo and gout) are the subject of Sally’s Family Health A-Z …#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Arthritis (osteo and gout) by Sally

Cronin

Just looking at that beautiful lotus flower who would have thought how versatile, healthy and tasty it could be? Just click the link and like me, you may be amazed…

Tropical Friday… The Lotus Root…

Like me, you might save Pigs in Blankets for Christmas Dinner and why not… we have to have something special that we only have at Christmas…but that is not the case around the world…and I am not going to argue that one as sausages and bacon are loved around the world…

Do you know That the Pink Moon is not pink at all and how it was named? All is revealed…

Saturday Snippets…24th April 2021…

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

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

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…4th April-10th 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 thunder here is certainly the loudest ever…a burst pipe…WP to deal with and their planned and unwanted changes by us the loyal customers…a plethora of sad news all in all one of those months so far…

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…

Where I shared one of my favourite Kofta recipes made with green bananas…which are unripe bananas…

Bananas are generally cut while still unripe here which is good as it then gives you chance to make various recipes as the bananas go through the different stages of ripeness…

Meatless Monday’s…Green Banana Koftas…

Tuesday…

I headed over to Smorgasboard Health 2021 where Sally was talking cravings…those of us who have had children can probably remember having some strange cravings but also at times we still get cravings, don’t we…?

If it something strange that you are craving then Sally has the answers…an interesting and informative read on cravings…Please head over and have a read…Sally always makes you very welcome …

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/smorgasbord-health-column-revisited-what-causes-your-cravings-part-four-coal-dirt-and-other-strange-stuff-by-sally-cronin/

Wednesday… Series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet…WHERE the middle letter is C…

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Brawn, Cabbage, and Yucca… how easy that will be who knows I am sure some of the letters of the alphabet could cause the grey matter to rebel or implode…haha…

I also don’t want to use plurals to form a word as I may need that word for another letter and it’s sort of cheating I think…unless of course I really get stuck…which I am sure will happen…

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

Thursday…Week 8…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Vegan Non-Dairy Cream and Cream Slices.

I am always surprised how easy it is to make some of the processed and manufactured foods we may buy at home...Thus saving not only money but omitting chemicals in our foods. This non-dairy cream is one of them…the vegan tag and dairy-free tag is a bonus … we are neither in this house it is just something I make…  for starters cream is very expensive here and coconut cream is not…

coconut- palm-

laden with coconuts

Coconuts are two a penny they are so plentiful…Coconut water or milk can be purchased fresh here you can watch it being made while you wait and the cartons are 100% just milk or cream no additives and the man of the house who loves his cream does not know the difference when I serve him this dairy-free version…

CarolCooks2…Week 8…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Vegan Non-Dairy Cream and Cream Slices.

Friday…I have been lucky and blessed with good skin I have however had friends who have not…Acne can cause much stress, especially for teenagers…

In this helpful and informative post, Sally’s covers the causes and some remedies…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health A-Z – Acne – Teenage and Adults by Sally Cronin

Fruity Friday’s…Bamboo…

Bamboo…(Mai Pai)…is grown everywhere here and is one of the most versatile plants I know…We have all seen those pictures of a cute Panda eating bamboo, haven’t we…?…

But bamboo has so many other uses and the shoots of bamboo are delicious in stir-fries and curries…one of my favourite vegetables…which happen to be in season at the moment as I saw so many bamboo shoots today on the market.

There are nearly forty different species of bamboo growing in Thailand and with its wide variety of use, this plant could be considered the most important Thai plant. With bamboo being so common that we can see it everywhere, we take it for granted and tend to forget how much we rely on it daily, not only in the villages but in the cities as well.

Fruity Friday…Bamboo…

Saturday Snippets…A shortened version this week…

R.I.P Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh…

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