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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 24th May-30th May 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Vegan Coq Au Vin and Black Vinegar…

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

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

If you are snacking while you are reading…popcorn is a good low-calorie snack ..depending of course what is on it! Choose wisely…x

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…25th May 2020…and Covid-19…

After the Covid-19 crisis will we get a greener world? I am sure this is a question many people are asking… the cleaner air, burgeoning urban wildlife, and our sudden, dramatic shift to a less carbon-intensive lifestyle reveal the scope of what we can achieve in just days. This is something to cling to as we navigate the twin storms of Covid-19 and climate. We know that the climate crisis will not wait for a more convenient time; we must deal with it and the pandemic crisis concurrently.

We are experiencing behavioural changes, some of which may be ingrained within us permanently…travel and consumption patterns have in the main become more responsible – they are helpful in reducing pollution, just as hand-washing helps in the pandemic. But what the expected 8% emissions reduction figure shows us is that individual action – driving your car less, attending a meeting via Zoom rather than taking a business flight – is not going to be enough.

Enjoy the rest of the post if you missed there are some cute video clips and some interesting advances in some areas…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/25/recycling-and-climate-change25th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Vinegar Month…Chinese Black Vinegar…

I am so pleased I discovered how lovely black vinegar is and it was really only because of National Vinegar Month which prompted me to explore other types of vinegar…

It really does enhance the taste of the dishes I tried purely as it is a more mellow vinegar..it now makes me want to get some red vinegar and explore the taste…Trying black vinegar led me to try other ingredients like Black Funghi which was something I hadn’t tried before..isn’t it funny how one thing leads to another?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/26/national-vinegar-month-chinese-black-vinegar/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday…CarolCooks2…

After the fiasco which was the week before I haven’t managed to delete this weeks post or any others…Those of you who know me well..know how my brain jumps from one topic to another …It all started with the Auckland wild pigs and ended with some music…My whimsy just took off as usual…I hope you enjoy..x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/27/whimsical-wednesday-carolcooks2-2/

Wednesday also found me over at Sally’s where she is kindly re-running my Culinary Alphabet on the A-Z of food…A post which I thoroughly enjoy writing and researching and I am so chuffed that you all love reading it…Thank you xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/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/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Mushrooms – The Egyptians believed they granted immortality…

Sally tells us how they benefit our health…she also linked back to one of our cook from scratch post which has some lovely recipes using the mushroom…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-mushrooms-the-egyptians-believed-they-granted-immortality/

Friday: National Vinegar Month…Coq Au Vin(V) and with a chook…

Today is the last day of National Vinegar Month I have enjoyed searching and trying out new recipes and this one Coq Au Vin uses one of my favourite kinds of vinegar Balsamic vinegar…I also included a recipe for a vegan Coq Au Vin as I love veggie dishes and I have a few readers who are vegetarian and vegan so I am making a conscious decision to cater to everyone…

All the ingredients for a Coq Au Vin with a chook(which) I have to catch or just veggies both equally lovely depending on your preference …Me…I love both…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/29/national-vinegar-month-coq-au-vinv-and-with-a-chook/

Saturday: Saturday Snippets is back! Week 2…

Now National Vinegar Week is finished I looked at June and there are some great food days coming up in the month of June…so stay tuned…

My last vinegar dish for this month was a combination of black vinegar and the parts of a napa/nappa cabbage that I am sure many of you throw away…

It was lovely but then I generally start my day with brunch and it is normal for me unless it is greek yoghurt with passionfruit to have a vegetable stirfry…it was very nice, simple is often the best…Don’t you agree?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/30/saturday-snippets-is-back-week-2/

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…Can we make this happen? 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 wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 17th May-23rd May 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Morels, Vegan Chocolate Cake and Black Vinegar…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup…I hope you are all staying safe and well…There are lots of talks this week about relaxing curfews, opening schools and shops I just hope it is not too soon and we get a second wave of infections…

My black vinegar arrived and it is different not as acidic as some kinds of vinegar and made a lovely sauce….More on this a little later…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Firstly take a pew and have a read I hope you enjoy!

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…18th May 2020…and Covid-19…

This week there has been lots of talk on the benefits of wearing a mask and this track and trace app…Masks …here in Asia we don’t have a problem and the app has also taken off here more about that in tomorrows post…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/18/recycling-and-climate-change18th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday:  National Vinegar Month…

Vinegar really is a very versatile ingredient and no one was more surprised than me when this cake worked…Apart from Balsamic vinegar which takes years to produce many kinds of vinegar are easy to make and even easy to flavour so many possibilities.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/19/national-vinegar-month-how-to-make-your-own-vinegar/

Tuesday I was also very honoured to be invited to guest post over at a fellow Londoners blog…Young Pete who now lives in Norfolk…I didn’t realise so many were interested in how I ended up here in The Land of Smiles…Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments…A big thank you also to Pete for hosting me…If you missed it then pop over and say hello to Pete and have a read…xx

https://beetleypete.com/2020/05/19/guest-post-carol-ann-taylor/

Whimsical Wednesday…

Sorry, everyone, I wrote it and then deleted it..unintentionally of course…Normal(if) you can call it that service will be resumed this Wednesday..xxx

Thursday: Sally’s new project 101…

I for one after all the nibbling, picking or just overeating and a lack of exercise…Binge-watching Netflix etc…Needed this…It was just in the nick of time…I would rather remove 5 pounds than the whole caboodle…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-an-opportunity-to-get-fighting-fit-sally-cronin/

Plus…Salmon…Omega 3 on a plate… 

I love Salmon it is one of my favourite fish and its healthy…How good is that…

Yesterday the kids Aston & Lily one wanted sushi and the other sushimi…but far better than sweets for them…they both love salmon also…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/21/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-salmon-omega-3-on-a-plate/

Friday: National Pickles Week! Piperies Mikres Toursi…Star Fruit Relish and Pork braised in Black Vinegar.

National Pickles week and International Vinegar month they both go hand in hand, don’t they? I have been fancying a kebab with those wonderful greek peppers for ages…the only way I was going to get that was to pickle my own…all I need to do once the Piperies Mikres Toursi are ready is to dig out my old kebab meat recipe one which I haven’t made since my kids were at home…and make some pitta bread…I can taste it already…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/22/its-national-pickles-week-piperies-mikres-toursi-star-fruit-relish-and-more/

Saturday Snippets:

A new look at my Saturdays as the market is not something I am browsing around at the moment and many of the stall holidays seem as if they are staying at home so it is considerably smaller so…I had a rethink and this is it…I hope you enjoyed it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/23/saturday-snippets/

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…Can we make this happen? 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 wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 3rd May-9th May 2020…Recipes and Mothers Day…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…Cooking has always been a passion but not like this…There are not really abnormal shortages of food here but I am not popping out every day or at will…Shopping is planned and the storecupboard and those tins/packets at the back of it are seeing the light of day…

I have also had my fair share of disasters …maybe its because I am cooking more or maybe it’s the heat and humidity and my temperamental oven although I learnt something the other day thanks to my eagle-eyed son…The temp gauge read spot on for my cake…Because my oven heat comes from the bottom like most ovens here I have to double tin anyone who is used to ovens in Asia knows exactly what I mean…

Cake in the oven and the temp gauge shot up…the only solution we came up with was that as the heat was directly under the tin that caused the heat/temp to rise…Any other thoughts on that.?.. The way forward seems to be to put my tin in the oven while it is heating thus getting a more accurate reading and then putting my cake tin in…Thoughts?

Cake making here is not for the faint-hearted…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…4th May 2020…and Covid-19…

A new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…All of this is having an effect on climate change, air pollution, waste, recycling…

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I wonder what 2021 will bring will it bring changes for the good or will it instead of starting a new norm just go back to how it was?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/04/recycling-and-climate-change4th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: Exotic Spicy Thai Food…Ant Egg Salad…Koi Khai Mod Dang

National Egg Month which meant we will talk eggs with a difference…Spicy Ant Egg Salad…something the Mexican call caviar on land…Many of you may not have heard or tried it…some of you may have tried it or decided it wasn’t for you…Opinion is most certainly divided…

macro photography of ant

Photo by Jimmy Chan on Pexels.com

Personally, I love it!…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/05/exotic-spicy-thai-food-ant-egg-salad-koi-khai-mod-dang/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

Hello and welcome… I would like to say that here on Whimsical Wednesdays it is a Corona free zone but this sneaky virus has crept into every single aspect of our lives…Awake or asleep it is there…It dominates the headlines and our thoughts…It invokes great sadness but also great joy…and a smidgen of hope…Nope, I refuse to mention the other 10%…My focus is coming out the other side with hope in my heart…

We are in unprecedented times…Captain Tom who has now been made an Honorary Colonel cheered me up and made my day…Here is a clip of his memories…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/06/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-6/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – #Asparagus – Nutrient-Packed and Delicious by Sally Cronin…Plus a bonus of some Asparagus recipes from me…Who doesn’t love asparagus wrapped in bacon???

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-asparagus-nutrient-packed-and-delicious-by-sally-cronin/

Thursday was also National Roast Leg of Lamb Day…

I also shared our favourite Egyptian Flat Bread made with leftover lamb and some hummus…

Ehyptian-lamb-flatbreads

The plating was done by Aston who then duly tucked in… he loves his food…I don’t think I have ever seen a child who eats with such joy on his face…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/07/national-roast-leg-of-lamb-day/

Friday: Nought to write…

I came to a standstill…I started writing and then realised it was Saturday post I was writing…Doh!…my days have merged into one…the heat has gotten in and I had nothing to write…Every time I tried to do some research something on Covid-19 popped up it was also the day after my brother in laws funeral…I was sad, dispirited and just didn’t know what to write so I had a drink or two, ate some crisps and all the things I wouldn’t normally eat, cursed my oven and gave up…Not like me at all but I have this little niggle which is getting bigger…I also thought if I feel like this how the heck must someone feel if they are on their own …made me realise how selfish I was being…

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Image by heidi_ziller from Pixabay

I thought how old I was…next year…So I started to plan a party…I intend to celebrate that milestone in style …We are going to Koh Samui and anyone who would like to join us is most welcome…

Saturday: Exotic Thai Fruits…Matum Fruit, Thai Cherries, Gac Fruit and Mangosteen…

Some of my favourite fruits… I particularly love the Thai cherries pickled…I am partial to a pickle or two…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/09/exotic-thai-fruits-matum-fruit-thai-cherries-gac-fruit-and-mangosteen/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx  

I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th April-2nd May 2020…Recipes, Mango Jam and so much more…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…Cooking has always been a passion but not like this…There are not really abnormal shortages of food here but I am not popping out every day or at will…Shopping is planned and the storecupboard and those tins/packets at the back of it are seeing the light of day…

Any shortages are because people can’t travel between provinces unless absolutely essential which means when I sent the betel nuts for mother in laws habit last week I saw many people packing mangoes and putting them in the post…Just as well we have excellent postal services always next day between provinces.

Our Thai family are keeping is well stocked as they drop boxes off when they come shopping last week it was mangos and bananas…bless them…Which meant yesterday and today I was in the kitchen pureeing and cooking mangoes and today will be the same…When I walk downstairs I am greeted with the smell of beautiful mangoes.

Which means the green tea has been shelved and it will be mango or banana smoothies for the foreseeable future…

mango-smoothie

Cheers!

Now to the business in hand…Last weeks posts…Grab your tipple of choice, settle down and enjoy the read…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…27th April 2020…and Covid-19…

I would love to say this is a COVID-19 free zone however it has crept into every aspect of our daily lives…it is also affecting climate change/recycling.

The world we live in has changed much in these first months of the year some things for the better and sadly we have lost many, many people to this terrible virus…Lots of shops and leisure facilities, hairdressing salons, schools, colleges have been closed…food stores have remained open but with restrictions in place..there are lots of rumblings of when are these restrictions going to be lifted…we are seeing a slight relaxing of restrictions from tomorrow but whatever is lifted I will be proceeding with caution…Will you?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/27/recycling-and-climate-change27th-april-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: Thailand…The Betel Nut and the Jujube Fruit…

Although banned the Betel nut market is very much alive and thriving…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/28/thailandthe-betel-nut-and-the-jujube-fruit/

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

Last week I was over @Sally’s with my A-Z of Food…A popular series which Sally is rerunning this year to allow me time to write and collate my cookbook…

Have you eaten a Hangtown Fry?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-h-is-for-honey-hamburgers-hummus-herbs-haggis-and-hoisin-sauce/

Also on Wednesday, I invite you to come and join me and my whimsy…

Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

Like most of you, I have been cooking even more and eating even more…This cocooning doesn’t help the snacking, does it?

I have also been cooking some foods, even more, it is always the yummy foods which are the fiddliest to prepare and give the washer up more to wash..You get more bowls, pans and the mess but the end result is some delicious bites…

man washing up

Photo credit: Nationaal Archief on Visualhunt.com / No known copyright restrictions

Battered and breaded food being one of them…also the quesadillas last night were delicious…but fiddly to make and cook…Give me one-pot cooking or a stir fry any day…well almost unless its fried chicken…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/29/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-5/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Watermelon – A quick way to hydrate by Sally Cronin

Watermelon the fruit which I acknowledge wholeheartedly is good for me and healthy…I just don’t love it! Although the lemonade recipe using watermelon on Sally’s post sounds quite delicious.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-watermelon-a-quick-way-to-hydrate/

Thursday was also National Raisin Day…

I love fruit bread, scones, bread pudding, bread and butter pudding and use raisins for all of those…why you put them in a curry I will never know…There is a place for everything and for everything a place…Not a curry…

Now cinnamon and raisin Bagels …Yummy there is definitely a call for those…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/30/carolcooks2-national-raisin-dayus/

Friday: CarolCooks2…National Egg Month…

An egg…Zero Carbs and no sugar… 

Who remembers this?

The poor old egg has been much maligned over the years much like fats, butter and many other foods…Yes, there is the case for free-range eggs and not battery farmed…All our chooks and Turkeys roam free…It was also vilified and we were told if you have high cholesterol keep off the eggs…Now we are told by the heart foundation that they might have got it wrong ..Hang on…A bit of extra reading…

eggs

I believe that anything is bad if eaten in excess however moderation is key…so unless you have a proven, medical diagnosis or an allergy an egg is ok eaten as part of a balanced diet. For those who can’t, I will be experimenting over the next few weeks with alternatives…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/01/carolcooks2-national-egg-month/

Saturday: Saturday Morning…In my kitchen…Mangoes…

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Mangoes

Lots of them…However the dried mango came out tasting just like the ones I brought…However, there is a nack to the rolling of them and I should have used a flat square tray not a round tray…Take two is today…My ones looked decidedly ragged for want of a better description but tasted ok…sigh…I love mango…I do love mango…but will be happy to see them gone for the moment until next time…Enjoy the recipes…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/02/saturday-morning-in-my-kitchen-mangoes/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx  

I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 19th April-25th April 2020…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…

I won’t say I am cooking more but I am cooking more comfort food and wasting as little as possible…I am not thinking of creating exciting dishes and ways to cook as much I am just thinking of what I can cook if I run out of flour, eggs, pasta or other essentials so I suppose being more resourceful…Today or tomorrow I am going to substitute eggs for chia seeds and make brownies…

I am however going back to my normal way of eating as cooking all this comfort food has played havoc with my digestion…I am never sick and for two days I have been violently ill… I will add..like you really wanted to know…But I just knew it was the change in diet and overeating/drinking…so yesterday as I was feeling very fragile so fragile I didn’t even write my normal post…I just ate two small meals, lots of water and Oolong tea. and slept…Today the headache has gone and I feel normal…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Roundup time...Grab your drink, settle down and lets read.!

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…20th April 2020…

Another bit of mixed week on the recycling front..mainly because of this Covid-19 it seems to be creeping its way into every part of our lives…The concern I do have is that while people are rightly concerned about their health and families and friends, jobs and the economy…I do hope that there will be no sneaky under the carpet dealings while everyone’s thoughts are elsewhere.

I have two major concerns at the moment one is 5G and the other e-waste…Scott(Doc)kindly sent me some links on 5G…Thank you much appreciated. The e-waste I am busy researching.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/20/recycling-and-climate-change20th-april-2020/

Tuesday: British National Tea Day…

There is something so British about a cup of tea…A celebration or a death on goes the kettle and out come the teacups…George Orwell had very strong views on a cup of tea from the tea itself to how it should be brewed…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/21/british-national-tea-day/

Whimsical Wednesday:

Which as you know could be anything…Last Wednesday was National Jelly Bean Day…Who doesn’t love Jelly Beans…? 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…

 

Some things in life just are…Cats Meow, cows moo and ducks quack…Thank goodness someone had some sense… I mean trying to get the ducks removed because the quacking was too loud…The ducks won!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/22/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-4/

Thursday: Great British Beef Week…23rd-30th April…

British Beef Week

There is nothing like seeing the cows grazing in the fields…This is not open for any discussion …The M-word is not negotiable on this blog…My father and grandfather were farmers…I also have never eaten veal and never will. Stroppy or what Carol…sigh…But I do love seeing a field of cows…or as is the case here the buffalos being walked and holding up all the traffic…

herding the cows home

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/23/great-british-beef-week-23rd-30th-april/

From Jelly Beans to Just Beans...Sally presents the lowdown on how to cook beans and the health benefits of eating beans there are also some recipes from Moi…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-12000-years-of-history-that-we-know-about-and-avoiding-the-wind-factor/

Friday: An Egg, Zero Carbs and No Sugar…

Like the banana, it also comes ready-packed…Eggs come in all guises here…not commonly soft boiled with bread fingers or scrambled unless you are eating in a hotel…But in ways, you may never ever have heard of…some of the ways are to keep the eggs fresh in the heat, other ways are the tradition, they also come in lots of pretty colours…My favourite little snack from a street stall are lovely little quails eggs served with fish sauce…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/24/an-egg-zero-carbs-and-no-sugar-2/

Saturday: Views of COVID-19

I guest posted on this article of how Covid-19 effects our daily lives, sometimes it differs depending on where we are located…Thank you, Sue, for the opportunity to share life in Thailand it was enjoyable to read everyone else’s experience of life in these times ..

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Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay

 Views of COVID-19 – Indonesia, Laos, Colombia, England and Thailand • Travel Tales of Life

Just before I go it is National Pretzel Day: 

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Image by mschiffm from Pixabay

If you have an Auntie Annie’s near you they are giving away 25,000 free pretzels to frontline workers. In addition to nominating a frontline worker to receive a pretzel-pick-me-up, fans can claim their own National Pretzel Day offer when they download the Pretzel Perks app.

Pretzel fans can nominate their friends and family members who are frontline employees beginning Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 at AuntieAnnes.com/Nominate. Auntie Anne’s will randomly select 25,000* of these frontline workers to receive a free Original or Cinnamon Sugar pretzel offer, as a way to show appreciation to all those keeping us safe and healthy during this time.

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 12th April-18th April 2020…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…

I won’t say I am cooking more but I am cooking more comfort food and wasting as little as possible…I am not thinking of creating exciting dishes and ways to cook as much I am just thinking of what I can cook if I run out of flour, eggs, pasta or other essentials so I suppose being more resourceful…

A cauliflower pizza base, cauliflower rice, courgette spirals instead of spaghetti..just getting a meal on the table which if you are experiencing shortages of certain foods is a must…

Let’s have a look at last weeks posts…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…13th April 2020… A once in a lifetime view …

There was a birdseye view of changes in the atmosphere and nature but by far the one thing which caused the most interest were solar pavements…So inventive…

Foraging and roadside verges which are coming into bloom…absolutely stunning…Nature is fighting back…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/13/recycling-and-climate-change13th-april-2020-a-once-in-a-lifetime-view/

Tuesday: Thailand…Down on the Farm…Mango scraps and BBQ sauce…

My experiment with mango peels and pits was a success as has been my lemongrass which is now powder and the whole house smells wonderfully of lemongrass…It has also made me realise why some products are so expensive as I used a huge bunch of lemongrass to get quite a small amount of lemongrass powder.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/15/thailanddown-on-the-farmmango-scraps-and-bbq-sauce/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

It was fun…we had my visitors a spider and a snake which made a few of you cringe just a tad…but not quite an everyday occurrence here but they pop in quite regularly. Madame Tussaud and some of her waxworks actually breathed quite spooky.

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/16/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-3/

It was then over to Sally’s for my Food Column quite apt as it was the letter G…at is also  Garlic Day today and National Garlic week so very apt as well as healthy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-g-for-ginger-garlic-guacamole-goosefat-and-gribige/

Thursday: The Day of the Mushroom…

Mushrooms certainly deserve a day to themselves..there are so many different mushrooms in all shapes, colours and sizes…They can be eaten raw, cooked with garlic and butter, breaded or stuffed, pickled, dried or in a sauce or stew…They can be cultivated or foraged… wild mushrooms are beautiful but can also be deadly…

One of my favourite ways ..a rare treat…is cooked in butter and garlic and sandwiched between two slices of lovely fresh bread…A hot mushroom sandwich…Delicious…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/16/the-day-of-the-mushroom/

Friday: This week in my kitchen 17th April…Salmon and bread Rolls …

My BBQ sauce recipe has proven to be very popular I had to make some more today as Aston loves it his new favourite food…I think I might need to bottle it and start selling it…

Bread rolls were also on the menu…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/17/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-17th-aprilsalmon-and-bread-rolls/

Time for some Green tea over at Sally’s…Where Sally tells us all about the benefits of drinking green tea…I myself am quite a recent convert to drinking green tea as if it is not brewed correctly it is bitter when brewed correctly it is a wonderful drink…Since living here I have learnt the correct way…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-green-tea-one-small-leaf-with-terrific-health-benefits-by-sally-cronin/

Saturday: Saturday Morning trip to the Market…Not for a few more weeks…

I do miss my Saturday morning trip to the market but I know it isn’t forever and it is for the good of just not our health but everyone else’s. In the meantime I will share with you some fruits and vegetables that I use or grow here with recipes…The watermelons you see growing are on the farm…

This week it was a nice recipe for a watermelon smoothie…My neighbours had given me some more ..very nice of them…which means I have to come up with ideas on how to use them… this smoothie is quite nice as it is mixed fruit and vegetables which takes away that sickly sweetness of the watermelon…we get the health benefits without the sickly sweet taste.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/18/saturday-morning-trip-to-the-marketnot-for-a-few-more-weeks/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 5th April-11th April 2020…

Good morning …welcome to my weekly roundup… I do hope you are all keeping well and practising social distancing…I am…It is getting a bit unreal though…silence everywhere although the birds are still twittering and tweeting the squirrels are amusing me running around on the branches of the mango tree just outside my window playing catch me if you can while stopping for a munch on the mangoes every now and then…

Much is closed now and a nightly curfew is still in place as are roadblocks to prevent people from unnecessary travel between provinces…Hotels are closed to new guests, alcohol buying is prohibited in most provinces now and ours from yesterday to stop celebrations happening in villages and homes during Songkram (which) has been cancelled but there were fears people would buy alcohol and celebrate at home in groups. I have stocked up with water balloons and orbeez for the pool so the kiddies can enjoy Songkram in the safety of our home. It is becoming very real and surreal but communities are coming together even more than normal which is lovely to see.

Enough chatter from me for the minute let’s have a look at this last week…Grab your favourite drink…at the moment as I have already drunk my Oolong tea it is Coconut water…It is so hot I need to keep hydrated…settle down in your comfy reading place and let’s have look at the posts from last week…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…6th April 2020…Wildlife starts to return?

Nature is ever powerful and can regenerate so much faster than maybe even the learned scientists knew…Will any lessons be learnt?… I do hope so…Amongst all this tragedy we have to take some positives we have to believe that the world and its inhabitants can and will change for the better and respect nature more…Around the world, we are seeing blue skies and so much more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/06/recycling-and-climate-change6th-april-2020-wildlife-returns/

Tuesday: Down on the Farm…Tom Kha Gai and the Takhop Fruit…

My lemongrass is nearly ready to blitz into powder…I have mango peelings and pits soaking to make a syrup, broccoli stems make a lovely extra vegetable on your plate and my galangal is now frozen…My quest to use every single piece of what we eat..No waste is well underway…..The Tom Kha Gai was also delicious…

For tips and the recipes…Click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/07/thailand-down-on-the-farm-tom-kha-gai-and-the-takhop-fruit/

Whimsical Wednesday… with CarolCooks2…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care about what is going on but I need to stay positive and focused… I am happy that the British PM, Boris Johnson is now out of intensive care and wish him a full and speedy recovery…

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Like these two bears please keep your social distance and have a Happy Easter at home xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/09/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-2/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Brown Rice so much more than just a grain…

As a follow on from the recent series on the Weekly Grocery Shopping List of foods that contain the nutrients the body needs  Sally is going to repeat her series from 2017 on the health benefits of some of our most common foods.

This week it is Brown Rice plus recipes…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/https-smorgasbordinvitation-wordpress-com-2020-04-02-smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-brown-rice-so-much-more-than-just-a-grain/

Friday: CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen 10th April…Homemade Bread …Pork and Peppercorn sauce.

Fresh peppercorns are one of my favourites and used in many Thai dishes…This Pork and Peppercorn sauce is very nice and quick to cook which is always a bonus especially here given the heat in the kitchen.

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/10/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-10th-aprilhomemade-bread/

Saturday: Not for a few weeks…

Saturday Morning trip to the MarketNot this Saturday morning or until further notice although as it is a food market it is still open…I passed it yesterday as we were travelling to Makro for our monthly shop and it was heaving… no social distancing that I could see so my plan to avoid this market stays firmly in place…

I will be sharing some of the fruits and vegetables which I cook with here and some recipes until such times as normal service is resumed…

Saturday Morning Market 11th April (1)

Enjoy your Easter and Passover celebrations in your own home…Be safe and stay well xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/11/saturday-morning-trip-to-the-marketnot-for-a-few-weeks/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx