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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 16th March-28th March 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.

I am trying to only listen to the news once a day as it is getting too much as is social media it has gone from so much news… false and otherwise to being unnaturally happy and jolly ..quizzes and the like…people seem to be frantically looking to stay happy and positive… I think a dumbed-down happy medium is needed or am I wrong?… It is just getting weird…

Monday:

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The world is changing swiftly.. fast before our eyes due to Covid-19… just like the Phoenix whose rose from the flames…changes are happening in front of our eyes the atmosphere is clearing..waters are running clearer …dolphins and fish are appearing on the waterways of Venice …Mother Nature is being very quick to reclaim her territory…How wonderful is that?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/23/recycling-and-climate-change23rd-march-2020mother-nature-wins/

Tuesday: exotic fruits…

As I am staying home indoors I am taking this opportunity to sort through posts and revisit or repost until I can get out and about again…This week some of the fruits I get to eat…I hope you enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/24/thailanddown-on-the-farmexotic-fruits-snake-fruit-star-fruit-and-thai-cherry/

Whimsical Wednesday:

This week it went from Garfield to waffles…which many of you appear to love…Lots of love around the world from balcony singing which was lovely to see and hear and since then we have seen clapping and appreciation for the NHS in Britain to the Eiffel Tower with its message of thanks…It is lovely to see the world uniting…It gives hope in these unprecedented times…Hope for humanity…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/25/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-32/

Thursday: The pungent defender’s Onions and Garlic by Sally Cronin

We need to boost our natural defences in any way we can at the moment…Sally knows her onions…Pop over for some great advice and health benefits and some recipes from moi…Be prepared…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-the-pungent-defenders-onions-and-garlic-by-sally-cronin/

Friday: Join me in my kitchen…

When I am worried I cook…and eat…in no particular order… Sally’s Irish Soda Bread …baked.. very nice it is…with added oats and fruit…Pork loin is brining in the fridge which I will be cooking today…

My daughter in law has been foraging a normal pastime for her and fishing which she loves…Next week  Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen is sharing some of her recipes with us…Have you cooked and eaten fiddlehead ferns…

I haven’t so I am looking forward to learning how….  make sure you don’t miss it…It always excites me…cooking and eating food from the land which has been foraged…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/27/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-27th-marcheverything-cooked-from-scratch/

Saturday Morning Market:  

Tessaban market which is my normal Saturday morning jaunt is still open as it is selling food…I am not going until all this is over I am staying indoors…cooking from my store cupboard/freezer…garden/farm and shopping online…we are on a nightly curfew so the streets can be jetwashed but I will keep the posts coming …

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/28/saturday-morning-marketnot-this-week/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…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 15th March-21st March 2020…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…A little later today as it has been one of those days…Things have hotted up here…I did my first shop online since I have lived here…They apologised that they couldn’t deliver today but they would tomorrow by 10.00am…no delivery charge either…However, we heard this afternoon that all the stores would be closed and only the markets would be open how long for I don’t know…The borders are closed, no flights, all the stores/bars only food outlets remaining open.

Scary times for the world…It does sadden me when I see that people are still partying on beaches and other places and ignot=ring the call by governments to isolate themselves socially…Utter madness when they don’t know who they could be infecting…

That’s my rant over please stay safe, grab your favourite drink whether it be a green smoothie, a cup of chai or like me oolong green tea…

Relax and Enjoy!

Monday: Recycling and Climate change day…16th March 2020…

There were lots of positive steps last week however this week although there have been lots of sad news about deaths through Covid-19 however because of the closedowns around the world nature has soon come back to canals in Venice for a start, water is clearer and the atmosphere is cleaner and that is just after a few weeks …I hope when this is over many lessons will have been learnt and maybe just maybe things will change for the better…I do hope so…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/16/recycling-and-climate-change16th-march-2020app-in-the-air/

Tuesday: Thailand…Down on the Farm…Jambulan Plum and Mulberries…

Some beautiful fruit was the theme of Down on the Farm…This week or yesterday my neighbour presented me with a lovely bag of pomegranates they picked from their tree…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/17/thailand-down-on-the-farm-jambulan-plum-and-mulberrys/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

I tried to keep it as upbeat as possible last week given much of the news is depressing…Xander went down really well you loved him as much as I did a wonderful child…Bowie and Space Odessy…and Barnums Circus..and some really lovely Coconut Cookies I ate the last one today…I wonder what this week will bring…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/18/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-31/

We also had Eat your Purples by Sally Cronin…I love my purples and am seeing more and more purple veggies for sale here…Purple sweet potatoes, carrots, cauliflower…I am really getting my purples…Are you?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-aubergines-dont-forget-to-eat-your-purples-by-sally-c

Friday: CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen…Everything cooked from scratch…

I have been busy cooking and also thinking about what I can make if food gets rationed or we are unable to get out to buy some…These are unprecedented times so I for one am not sure where this will end…This last week it was some simple bread recipes …

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/20/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitcheneverything-cooked-from-scratch/

Saturday: Smorgasbord Health Column.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/smorgasbord-health-column-the-gentle-detox-food-intolerances-nightshade-family-and-environmental-toxins-by-sally-cronin/

Saturday Morning Market…Mandarin Oranges and Rosella Fruit…

Rosella is a beautiful fruit not widely available but enough to make some jam and chutney.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/21/saturday-morning-marketmandarin-oranges-and-rosella-fruit/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…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 8th March-14th March 2020…

Good morning and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…It is a calm, slightly overcast morning so far but after yesterdays 40C it is a welcome drop in temperature the birds are still twittering, the squirrels are having their morning feed they are loving the mangoes …at the moment they are leaving the Jackfruit alone…

Green tea and greek yoghurt with passion fruit…that’s brunch done…Let’s write…

Relax and Enjoy!

Grab your cuppa, relax and enjoy the read…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…9th March 2020…

It seems many of you were as surprised as I was by this old speech by a lady I have always admired and listening to her speech I was struck by how much foresight she had back then …as were many of you and her words are being repeated by many of the Climate Change activists now…Apart from the fact that Maggie Thatcher was wise enough to know that we cannot go back…

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That we cannot return to simple village life or halve our population by some means unknown(Covid-19?)…A wise lady and one whom I have always admired…She was the first world leader to make a speech on Climate Change…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/09/recycling-and-climate-change9th-march-2020/

However, just in case you do need to stock up(a little) …NOT PANIC BUY…Sally has a few tips for you here as well as some other must-reads…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-march-1st-7th-2020-jazz-books-guests-humour-an

Tuesday: 

Where I take you down on the farm…the place where I love to chill where my chooks and turkeys live and also little Lily when she isn’t here…Which as it is the long school break now all 10 weeks of it she is here which means cake making is being done in earnest… Lily loves to bake and she is a dab hand at cutting the veggies up she just loves to cook…

Last week I introduced you to snake gourd and a Thai potato called Man sam Palang also known as Cassava, Yuca or Tapioca root.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/10/thailand-down-on-the-farm-snake-gourdcassava/

Whimsical Wednesdays…with Carol…

I could take you anywhere last week it was dental floss, hibernation, the Eden Project and the Dark side of the Moon just a little sample of how random my thoughts can be …I can make you smile, invoke memories or just wow you…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/11/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-30/

Thursday:

Just to confuse you it was Wednesday really as that is when my food column is published over at Sally’s but as at the moment, I don’t post on a Thursday due to writing commitments I delayed it by one day…My A-Z of the Culinary Alphabet which Sally is kindly repeating for me which has so far been very well received…You like it!… Thank you, everyone and Sally xxx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-e-for-egg-plant-escargot-elephant-e

Friday: In my kitchen…

Is when I invite you into my kitchen where I share some of my recipes with you…Friday it was a non-dairy cream which is very nice…one of my favourite curry mixes, a lovely pancake recipe which Liz tried and they loved… a keeper she said…Thank you Liz..x Not only do we love pancakes but I was also a Woollies girl like Liz…

banana maple syrup pancakes

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/13/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-everything-cooked-from-scratch-a-non-dairy-cream-pancakes-and-more/

Saturday: Saturday morning market…

I know many of you are not able to visit your markets at the moment…stay safe and enjoy mine for now…they are still open at the moment that could change I don’t know…I am being as sensible as I can but at the moment there are no known cases here…

Saturday Morning Market 14th March

I found Apricots, at last, the lovely Maprang fruit is in season, honeycomb which Lily brought me from the farm…lots of fresh vegetables as always… Thais eat fresh raw vegetables at every meal it is a side dish and always given when you buy food ready cooked… it comes with a bag of fresh vegetables…some recognisable others not… as mainly it is foraged. I am always coming across different edible flowers and leaves…they are an integral part of the Thai diet.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/14/saturday-morning-marketapricots-maprang-fruit-pickled-pineapple/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…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 30th Feb-7th March 2020…

Good morning and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…It is a calm, balmy sunny morning the birds are twittering the squirrels are having their morning feed they are loving the mangoes I hope they leave some for us…lol…

Relax and Enjoy!

Just going to make my green tea and I will be ready to start….See you in a min…Don’t go away…grab your favourite cuppa and off we go…

Monday…

green foot prints eco system

Recycling and Climate Change News day …Lots of good news last week and more to come tomorrow…It looks like the fizzy pop makers have a permanent seat in my…Naughty Corner…

 

No surprises here once again it seems like Coc Cola, Pepsi and some of the world’s biggest food, beverage and product manufacturers are being sued by the Bay Area Group who are fed up with plastic pollution poisoning everything. But hey ho..who needs fizzy drink anyway?….

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/02/recycling-and-climate-change-2nd-march-2020-good-news-all-round/

Tuesday…

Down on the Farm…with all this Covid-19 it seems to be the safest place to be…I introduced you to wild almonds, Thai Potatoes and turkey eggs…which make lovely creamy scrambled eggs…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/03/thailand-down-on-the-farm-man-saeng-sticky-rice-parcels-and-wild-almonds/

Wednesday…

Time for some whimsy from moi…There were vampires, Lions and lambs lots of rain… Well it is March…love was all around us…WetWetWet…Told you I was crazy…Welcome to the asylum…x

cartoon duck in the rain

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/04/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-29/

Thursday…

Time for Sal’s Health Column and the humble potato…Yes, you can eat it…It is what you put on it and cook it in which is the problem, not the potato…Sally will tell you all…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/05/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-the-humble-potato-by-sally-cronin/

Friday…

Time to join me in my kitchen which has been busy of late some I will share some of my recipes and some you will have to wait for as they will be in my cookbook… soon to be completed…

Last week Aston was 15 and my those years do fly by… he made his own cake this year … cheesecake and very nice it was. I also shared my Hot Cross Bun recipe as Easter will soon be here and some other goodies…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/06/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-cheesecake-bombay-potatoes-and-chicken-stew-and-hot-cross-buns/

With Covid-19 doing the rounds …Hand washing has been in the news a lot…Basic hygiene…We all observe basic hygiene in our own homes…Right? But does our favourite restaurant? Or do they where we order our fast food from? The latest figures seem to say no they do not…Head over to Sally for the latest…Scary News on Food Poisoning…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-food-poisoning-on-the-increase-2-5-million-cases-a-year-in-the-uk-alone/

Saturday…

I don’t know about you...I am not a scientist…my only degree is in Banking and Finance…I don’t stockpile Toilet Rolls or handwash…I hope you don’t either…I don’t wear a face mask…I do however see a common denominator between Sally’s post and Meeka’s post…and certified news on does and don’ts…DO YOU???

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/covid-19-some-practical-info/

Now I am off to market…I have my bags and can’t wait to see what goodies I find today…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/07/saturday-morning-market-day-lily-water-chestnuts-bamboo-and-lotus-seeds/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…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 xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 23rd-29th Feb 2020…

Good morning and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…It is a calm, balmy sunny morning the birds are twittering the squirrels are having their morning frolic in the trees playing catch me if you can by the look of it…my resident baby Geko who has a beautiful striped tail has just been let out…He waits every morning for me to open the screens and out he pops and back he comes later not sure where he gets back in but he seems to like our little chats…Yes, I talk to him…they are great at keeping the mosi population in check so I don’t mind him being here…

Relax and Enjoy!

My green tea is finished now its time to write…Monday’s are recycling and climate change news day sometimes with a little rant…haha..you know me I will be opinionated until my last breath…

Let me tell you this week I saw a post for pony painting parties…Is it me but is painting animals ok? It seems it is when I asked the R.S.P.C.A…I received a standardised response…They got an answer which wasn’t standardised…I await their response to that…Oops…Recycling…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change latest news…

The topic of conversation was are we doing enough? I preached to the kids…haha…as if they will listen they were all out in force on Friday in Bristol with Greta in the forefront…There are monks here in Thailand who are recycling plastic bottles into monks robes a fascinating topic….if you want to know more just click the link and head over and have a read…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/24/recycling-and-climate-change24th-february-2020are-we-doing-enough/

Tuesday:

The day where I showed how we make charcoal here…Many people around the world still have no electric or running water I wonder who will fare better if it comes to it…I see places around the world where there are regular outages which doesn’t seem to bode well…Maybe if we can we should be looking at alternatives just in case…Just a thought…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/25/thailand-down-on-the-farm-making-charcoal/

Wednesday:

This week it was my Cookery Column over at Sally’s where Sally is kindly repeating my Culinary Alphabet…The A-Z of cooking which is proving to be remarkably popular on its re-release thank you, everyone, for your positive feedback…

This week I explored the letter D…from Dates to Durian…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-d-for-dates-dragon-fruit-drupes-durian-and-dirty-rice/

It was also time for my regular Whimsical Wednesdays where I have fun and indulge myself in whimsy…There was some chat about Leap Day…Did any of you propose? I have a hat ready and waiting…lol…Evergreen by Barbra Streisand and Rubber Duckie…Sesame Street if you want to know where else my whimsy took me then that’s easy click the link…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/26/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-28/

Thursday:

It was over to Sally who had some good advice on the Coronavirus, the Keto Diet and Breast Cancer monitoring all subjects which we should be reading up on …I am also reading how people have stopped buying Corona Beer…Where on earth does anyone get the idea that drinking that is going to give you the Coronavirus it may give you a headache if you drink in excess…But the virus…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/27/smorgasbord-health-in-the-news-bats-and-coronvirus-breastcancer-monitoring-keto-diet/

Friday:

Where I invite you into my kitchen…This week I was gingerbread cake making the first was a disaster mainly because I didn’t read the recipe…I assumed I knew how to make a cake…Obviously not this cake…oops…sigh…Take 2 was a lot better I still prefer a stickier gingerbread cake so there will be a take 3…There was also a recipe for a lovely, spicy papaya salad with blue crab…and, of course, some other titbits and chat as per the norm…I love to talk…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/28/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchensalt-fish-papaya-salad-with-blue-crab-and-gingerbread-cake/

Saturday:

Is when I get up extra early and visit the local market…the day where people come from the villages to sell their wares and the day where I am most likely to find something unusual a fruit or a vegetable grown locally and not produced commercially…I also need to apologise to anyone who has already read this post as comments disabled themselves yet again..it seems to be happening a bit more frequently little niggles with WP…All sorted now you can comment away…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/29/saturday-morning-market-toddy-palm-fruit-ma-prang-fruit/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…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 xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 9th -15th February 2020…

ime to relax and have a read…My tea this morning was Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?… Tea or Coffee?

Tea or Coffee poster-1702636_640

Image by jamesoladujoye from Pixabay

Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…The cold spell has definitely eased somewhat the mornings now are just right a gentle sun and a light breeze…even the shower is bearable now and not a cold icy blast…

Let’s see what we have then…

Monday…

The day when I bring you the latest news and good practises and I also have my naughty corner…The way I am feeling at the moment it could take a whole page but I am sure I will have calmed down somewhat by tomorrow…The smell of banana bread cooking is calming me…I have made a few changes to my original recipe today so fingers crossed it will be as good if not better…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/10/recycling-and-climate-change10th-february-2020trees-wildlife-gardens-and-whales/

Tuesday…

As it is Valentines week I have posted some recipes for you if you are cooking at home for your loved one…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/11/valentines-day-is-it-roses-all-the-way-or-bah-humbug/

Wednesday…

The day when Sally reposted the letter C from my series on the A-Z of food…my baby…You know when you have favourite posts or series this is one of mine…I have discovered cooking methods and foods that I had never heard of and also discovered things I didn’t know that I knew…I have slightly tweaked it for its second airing and have been delighted at the response…Thank you so much to everyone who has commented and shared it…and of course the lovely Sally xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-c-for-c-for-calabash-cajun-curry-cloud-e

Chocolate Brownies…Never need an introduction…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/12/carols-chocolate-brownies/

Last but not least…Whimsical Wednesday…

February is probably the busiest month of the year for celebrations, anniversaries, tragedies and for once having only 23 days in the month…Penicillin was discovered and Torville and Dean took the gold for ice dancing to Ravel’s Bolero all on Valentines Day in history…The pretty primrose is also the flower of February…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/12/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-26/

Thursday…

The day for Sally’s new series on shopping by nutrient…It is a great read and very helpful if you are deficient in any nutrients and need to give it a boost then Sally is the lady she can tell you what you need to eat…Simple to understand and written in plain language it is a # recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-six-essential-fatty-acids-by-sally-cronin/

Friday…Valentines Day...

More chocolate goodies this time in the form of cupcakes, if you are dining in then a lovely easy fish dish some Thai snacks…and a lovely tamarind sauce…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/14/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-chocolate-cupcakes-morning-glory-miang-kham-sea-bass-with-fennel/

Saturday…

In keeping the Valentines theme…Chocolate Cookies…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/15/chocolate-cookies/

Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed xx

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 xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 2nd -8th February 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?…

steaming tea in a cup a book and a flower

Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…The cold spell here seems to have eased somewhat the mornings now are just right a gentle sun and a light breeze…we could really do with some rain though not had any for about two months now…

Grab your cup and join me for a cuppa and a catch-up…x

Monday…The day when I try to find the good news on recycling and Climate Change…The day when I try to decipher just what is happening around the world and it certainly is a mish-mash…a hot potato…Lots of truths and half-truths…The bottom line methinks is we have to start doing just that little bit more, teach our children and grandchildren …make them aware…we need to be more aware…I also will name and shame as you know…I also think as a consumer we need to be calling out those companies who are blatantly flouting the rules…

honey bee

In my naughty corner last week…Governments and developers who build on reclaimed land from the sea and then wonder why at some point the sea reclaims the land…Doh! Bit of a no brainer really…Profit over brains…

But did you know that bumblebees are just as important as honey bees? That trees in the rainforests capture moist air coming in from the ocean and help produce rain in the plains thousands of kilometres away? That a forest helps create above ground and below-ground water sources?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/03/recycling-and-climate-change3rd-february-2020nature-based-solutions-and-jute-bags/

Tuesday…now a designated non-blogging day for me…It was also the day we finally received our visa stamped for another year. The day when after two months of angst and stress…I have driven my family mad…and made myself ill…It was also the day when I realised just how deep and openly the corruption went…I am shaking my head here…I just didn’t realise…sigh…

Wednesday…Thank you to everyone who loves my whimsy rambles as much as I enjoy writing …Rarely planned I jot notes down through the week and on Wednesday I start to write and one thing leads to another…random thoughts with a theme( most) weeks…February is an interesting month lots has gone on in February over the centuries not all good but I omit the bad things as Wednesdays are for fun and nostalgia…See you this Wednesday…xxx

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/05/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-25/

Friday …the day when I invite you into my kitchen…as you know I believe in cooking from scratch and using all of the food as in rinds, leaves, stalks or stems etc…why compost it or bin it when you can use it?

The thing is most of these add more flavour and depth to your food and often have the most nutrients…Citrus peel/zest to me is the most wonderful thing…

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Make citrus extract powder: Make zest or twists (lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit) being sure to remove the pith and allow to dry, about three or four days for twists, less for zest. Put in a blender (or spice grinder) and pulverize into a powder. Store in a clean jar.  Make citrus sugar: Make citrus extract powder and add it to sugar, or you can use fresh twists, put them in a jar with sugar, let the oil from the peel infuse the sugar and remove.  Make lemon pepper: Mix lemon extract powder with freshly cracked pepper.

Pop some lemon peel (with pulp and pith removed) in your brown sugar to keep it moist and pliable.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/07/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchenpickled-watermelon-rinds-chicken-jalfrazi-orange-peel/

Saturday…This week it was part 5 of Sally’s series on health and weekly shopping by nutrient…This week it was the turn of amino acids and liver health…#recommended read

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-five-amino-acids-and-liver-health/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading and thank you to all of you who have commented and shared my posts this week …I love your comments so please keep them coming…Make my day 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 have a great Sunday and a fabulous week xx