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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 19th-September 25th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate and Birds…

Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate, Bombay Duck and Music from The Yardbirds…

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…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the tail end of September time just flies by…the weather is changing on many continents and the yearly sniffles seem to have started with the change in temperatures…the time for warming foods for many is upon us the glut of Apples and root vegetables…it will soon be time to make our Christmas cakes and puddings to allow them time to mature and for others it is springtime…September brings the Autumn dawn…changes in leaves for some and new growth for others…what a wonderful world we live in…as a child I had a fascination for spiders webs so intricately woven and glistening in the morning dew…

So beautiful and delicate…

Back in September 1967 when I was just 15 yrs old…music and film mad…Aunty Beeb decided to join the fray to join Pirate Radio on the waves  …Radio 1 and Radio Caroline…Simon Dee which was a few years earlier (63/4) than BBC Radio 1..broadcasting from international waters …free from UK broadcasting restrictions… it was great fun…The first tune to be aired by BBC Radio 1 was from The Move…Flowers in the rain…followed by Massachusetts by the Bee Gees…

They were the band that got sued by British Prime Minister Harold Wilson(1967)

Plastic…The latest news…

Unfortunately, it’s now time to take action as our actions have consequences in the world of plastic…there is no getting away from it…there are so many small actions we can take which will collectively make a huge difference…Be the change!

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 8…Our actions…The Consequences…

The letter O was quite easy there were far more than I originally thought once my grey matter started working…The letter P is looking quite promising  Pumpkin and Apple are initial thoughts along with a few others… but the sticky end is coming I only have 1 for the letter Z at the moment…I hope you enjoy browsing through the letter O…x

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Letter O…

It was then over to Sally at Smorgasbord for our weekly look at our health…this post was a sobering one for me as my daughter is currently a cancer victim as are a few of my dear friends…the statistics scare the bejesus out of me…personally and you know what my thoughts are we are being poisoned from every angle bombarded with chemicals, fumes, antibiotics in our foods, pesticides it’s no wonder that the statistics …the figures are increasing at an unprecedented pace… it’s down to us we are in charge of what we eat and clean with and as it’s our health…we must be aware and take action…#highly recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Breast Cancer by Sally Cronin

Peanut Butter…I love it!…it is great on toast, stirred into a curry and definitely great in baked foods like these Peanut Butter Cookies…Next to be bake in my kitchen are Chocolate Brownie Peanut Cookies a recipe sent to me by Ally…Thank you, Ally...Lily and I will be baking them this week xx

Friday Nostalgia…in my kitchen…Peanut Butter Cookies/Biscuits…

Saturday Snippets…The word prompt this week was from my son…the word was Bird…

I would love it if some of you self proclaimed “word” nerds out there would send me a one-word prompt…Clive has sent me two so far…Thank you Clive x… It is amazing what you can find when you research one word it brings up all sorts and often not what you originally connect to that word…most enlightening…plus its good fun xx

Saturday Snippets…25th September 2021…Bird…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup…Hope to see you here next week for more on the environment and in my kitchen xxx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 12th-September 18th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Mashed potatoes, Renewable Energy, Fairtrade Chocolate and Apple Dumplings…

Environmental A-Z, Mashed Potatoes, Punch and Judy, Fairtrade Chocolate, Renewable Energy, and Music from Bjorg…

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…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the middle of September time just flies…already I am hearing mutterings about Christmas…sigh…although it will soon be time to make the Christmas Cake, Sweet Mincemeat and the Puddings…I will most certainly though be researching any chocolates I buy for Christmas this year as we all know or should know that child labour still happens and the checks that are made before issuing a Fairtrade certificate are not always very stringent…This brings me nicely to my first post of the week which was about Chocolate as it was International Chocolate Day..but you know me I can’t help just checking credentials…so please when buying Christmas chocolates please check their origins and if they are a bargain and cheap just spare a thought for those who pick the cocoa beans and imagine just how little they will be paid for your enjoyment and the companies profits…Just saying!

International Chocolate Day…Child Labour and Fairtrade Chocolate…

 

My week wasn’t planned in two halves like this it is just how it happened as every second week my Wednesday A-Z is environmental…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 7… Climate Change and Renewable Energy…

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter P…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…You may have been surprised that as it was the letter P that plastic didn’t feature front, middle and top…it was deliberate… as I bang that particular drum on many occasions and it isn’t all about plastic there are other important areas of concern which can and do affect our health and our families health…like Pharmaceutical waste and Pesticides…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter P…

I sometimes get fed up with silly days of the year but when they happened to be something like National Potato Month then I will promote it as I think it is such a versatile vegetable that is used in so many cuisines it deserves to be highlighted as it is not just something fit for soggy chips it is so much more…This week I will be highlighting sliced potatoes and their uses and there are far more than just crisps/chips.

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Mashed Potatoes…

#recommended read…Our health is important and some symptoms we shouldn’t ignore Please read this post whether or not you have concerns as this post will tell what you need to look out for…Be well and stay safe…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Outshining Ovarian Cancer by author Karen Ingalls.

I am getting nostalgic in my old age …maybe it is something which we all do at certain times in our lives…I don’t know…so this week for no better reason than I remember my grandmother and mother making these…Apple Dumplings and it seems many of you do too…

Friday Nostalgia…Apple Dumplings…

It’s that time of year when apples are plentiful and there is nothing like an apple dumpling with custard…How do you like your Apple Dumplings?

The Punch for mean initially conjured up…fruit punch and Punch and Judy…although I found many references to a “Punch”…There were many other references that didn’t involve violence of the worst kind although Punch and Judy shows in the early days were quite graphic…I hope you enjoy my foray through the world of “Punch”

Saturday Snippets…18th September 2021…Punch!

 

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren now knows what lies ahead for her going forward it will be a long road ahead starting with 6 months of aggressive chemotherapy but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up and she is busy sorting out her wardrobe…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…after a  wet and windy week here today it’s sunny and bright xxx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 5th-September 11th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Coconut Cookies, Ants, Neem Oil and Banana Flowers…

Culinary A-Z, Coconut Cookies, The Ants and the Grasshopper, Neem Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Music…

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…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the month of September time just flies…Yesterday was a sad day of remembrance around the world, particularly in the USA…my thoughts and prayers were with you yesterday as was the rest of the world…for those who lost their lives and for those left behind with memories of the horror…God bless you all xx

Last week started with No not a Disney film…but a serious look at how some countries in the world are suffering from lack of water while others have more than their fair share..there is still so much inequality in the world.

Not Disney! The Ants and the Grasshopper…

Imagine living where your village receives an average of 3 Days of rain PER YEAR.

That’s correct ..it’s not a typo…3 Days of rain PER YEAR…

Then you find out that it stems from the burning of Fossil Fuels in countries like the USA…Today I was reading an article on “What’s a Fair Share of Energy?”

Equitable resource distribution requires the world’s affluent countries to reduce their ecological impact while low-income nations gain greater access to resources until there is convergence…it was an interesting read, well researched by a group with leanings towards the left however nothing was found when they were fact-checked and their research is sound…I like to think I have moderate views  I don’t lean too far left or right…but the article was interesting and highlighted differences that western worlds could and should make to help the low-income nations after all the world is all of our homes whatever our circumstances, religion, gender or social standing…

Not Disney!…The Ants and the Grasshopper…

The manufacture of plastics and plastic, when exposed to the elements, releases methane and ethylene – two powerful greenhouse gases that can intensify climate change…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 6…Plastic releases Greenhouse Gases…

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord with Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…

Just to recap for those who are new here…This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant-based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

This Month’s RecipeBanana Bread with Passionfruit Curd/Butter…

To read the original post please click the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/09/08/smorgasbord-food-column-carol-taylors-green-kitchen-september-2021-banana-bread-neem-oil-homemade-beehive-lemongrass-snail-mail-ci

I am loving this series and discovering much…I don’t think you can ever know everything about the culinary world there are surprises to come across…Bunny Chow was mine this month a delicious sounding dish of comfort food…It is a South African fast food often shortened to bunny … it is a hollowed-out white loaf filled with curry…A popular street food…

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Letter N…

It seems that Coconut Cookies are a favourite with everyone..they are very moreish fresh from the oven…

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Coconut Biscuits/Cookies…

Tropical Friday…Banana Flowers…

A familiar sight in Asia either hanging off the tree or found on all the market stalls ..elsewhere in the world they can be found in Asian stores dried and Tori found some tinned ones… on checking online I found Asda in the UK sell tinned Banana Flowers…

Tropical Friday…Banana Flower…

Saturday Snippets…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…I am enjoying just taking a prompt from one word it opens up a whole world and never ceases to surprise me as I hope it does you too…

Come with me and see what I discovered…my word today is…Darling!

The prompt was a suggestion on a post I wrote about varieties of Oranges…’ My Darling Clementine”…clever to make the connection, Clive...I was a tad slower…sigh

Let’s see what I found…

Saturday Snippets…11th September 2021…Darling…

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren now knows what lies ahead for her going forward it will be a long road ahead starting with 6 months of aggressive chemotheraphy but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up and she is busy sorting out her wardrobe…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…after a  wet and windy week here today it’s sunny and bright xxx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…August 22nd-28th 2021…Somewhere over the Rainbow, Music, Culinary A-Z, Guava and Beer Butt Chicken..…

Music with Josh Groban, My Culinary A-Z, Beer Butt Chicken, Rainbow and the beautiful fragrant Guava Fruit…

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…Time is marching on…

 We are now nearing the end of August already time just flies…some August trivia…

Today back in 1987 we were all gathered around the TV set along with 78 million other people around the world for the final episode of “The Fugitive with David Janssen…

It was also the day when one of my favourite records was released back in 1958 although I didn’t know it then as I was only 7 yrs old… however my favourite auntie who was the biggest fan of Cliff Richards introduced me at every opportunity to his songs…Cliff Richards and the Drifters released the single “Move It”, Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

Enough of Augusts news…Let’s go and see last weeks posts just in case you missed any…

Plastic…The Latest News…I am on a mission to start following up on some previous years posts just to see if there has been any progress… some ideas and schemes start with good intentions or are intent on making us think they have good intentions when the reality is a different story…

Last week I went around the world to have look at what has changed… have things gone forward or backwards or were even a non-starter…

It was a mixed bag, to be frank, some good news and some not so good news…Enjoy the read.

Plastic…The latest News…Week 4… an update around the world…

It was then onto the next letter in my Culinary Alphabet where the middle letter was the letter M…It was fun and I love the reader participation… what I forget you remember or sometimes it’s something I don’t know which is a bonus a learning curve…

There was Marshmallow and Camembert…from Pete, there was pummelo, bombe, Jamun, rombi (pasta),…Well Done and Dolly from Koolkosher Kitchen suggested Pears with the Camembert which sounds a nice addition…I love the interaction on this series thank you to everyone who commented x

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter M…

It was then time to bring you into my kitchen and this week it was Beer Butt Chicken (chook)…a lovely way to cook a moist, tender chicken…Two suggestions from both Sally and Dolly who use wine I am assuming the same method just wine in a can and adhering to the safety precautions as stated and partaking in some of the said wine…

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Beer Butt Chicken…

Tropical Friday…Guava Fruit…

Guava fruits are typically classified by their coloured flesh.

Guava tastes anywhere from super sweet to tart, depending on the variety. It does have a unique fruity taste similar to a pear and a strawberry.

I have so far only eaten the pink Guava that is until my neighbours gave us some of the green guavas which had white flesh….To read more about the beautiful Guava Fruit please click the link below…

Tropical Friday…Guava…

Saturday Snippets….Rainbow!

My one-word prompt yesterday was Rainbow…it was fun to search and find what apart from the obvious I could find with a connection to rainbow and my other condition I made to myself was to avoid the post being all unicorns and sugary…I think I managed that…

It was the animals which delighted me the most there are truly some stunning ones and of course the rainbow Eucalyptus tree…

Saturday Snippets… 28th August 2021…Rainbow…

Thank you to everyone who continues to send me messages on WP, FB and FT its good to speak sometimes and e-mail it helps me enormously…Although Laurens operation was a success she had had to be taken back to hospital 3 times since last Saturday they don’t keep anyone in after an operation because of …Bloody Covid…Can you tell me 3 more visits in one week is working and doesn’t increase her chance of infection…It’s been a difficult week for me being so far away… and now Thailand is in the UK’S Red zone ….on the plus side we had our 1st covid jab on Wednesday…Your messages and prayers have really helped…Thank you xx

Thank you very much for dropping in this week and for your likes, comments(which) I look forward to and for your shares it is all very much appreciated…I hope to see you tomorrow for week 5 of my updated Plastics posts…Have a great Sunday xx

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…August 15th-21st 2021…7th Avenue, Music, Environmental A-Z, Dragon Eye Fruit and Banana Ketchup.…

Music, Environmental A-Z, Banana Ketchup, Health and Dragon Eye Fruit…

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…Time is marching on…

We are 3 weeks into August already…some August trivia…

August 21, 1911

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting is stolen from the Louvre in Paris. Pablo Picasso was implicated in the theft but was eventually exonerated. The thief turned out to be Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia who stole the painting by entering the building during regular hours, hiding in a broom closet, and then walking out with the painting hidden under his coat. The theft was not discovered until the following day. Peruggia was an Italian patriot who believed Leonardo’s painting should have been returned to an Italian museum. After having kept the Mona Lisa in his apartment for two years, Peruggia was caught when he attempted to sell it to the director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Peruggia served six months in prison for the crime and was hailed for his patriotism in Italy.

August 1940 Winston Churchill makes a speech “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”…Personally(politics) aside without Winston Churchill at the helm, I don’t believe we would have won the war…

1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.

I can’t believe Eric Burdon is now 80 years old…

Enough about what’s to come in August let’s have a look at last week…

Plastic is always in the news…It now seems many people think Bioplastics are the way forward…me…I am always the sceptic and I just think it’s about time everyone stopped pussyfooting about and the production of single-use plastic and the like should be banned…Banned within the year that would make manufacturers sit up, take notice and act…end of…per se…

Only a minority of these plastics are home compostable, so, the label “compostable” most often means industrially compostable. That coffee cup with a Seedling logo you’re drinking from won’t decompose very quickly, if at all, on your home compost heap, but will break down inside the right kind of industrial equipment.

Plastic…The latest News…Week 3…Bioplastics are they really the way forward?

The environmental A-Z…So far the letter N has been the scariest post I have written…Noise Pollution, Noxious Gases, Non-renewable sources and Nuclear Waste…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter N…Nuclear Waste…

How do you follow that? Well, that’s easy enough you just click the link below and follow the journey of the “Chicken Sandwich” that you just ate…

Take some wholemeal bread, grass-fed butter, a few slices of chicken from a sustainably raised free-range chook, a touch of homemade mayo add some salad leaves and take a bite…

Smorgasbord Health Column 2021 – The digestive system, the Immune System and a Chicken Sandwich by Sally Cronin

Time to join me in my kitchen…I always have too many overripe bananas and this recipe uses some of them up a treat…Banana Ketchup…what a revelation that was it truly is lovely ketchup and quick and easy to make.

In my Kitchen cooking from scratch…Banana Ketchup

Tropical Friday…Longan Fruit…

A lovely fruit that has a very slight citrus taste very grape-like in taste and texture…

Tropical Friday… Longan Fruit…Dragon’s Eye…

Saturday Snippets… 

The day where I indulge my whimsey…this week my chosen word was seventh(7th)…Thank you for the added suggestions go out to Bernadette with #7 on the periodic table is Nitrogen…and Clive came up with another tune and very lovely it was to listen to #recommended…Seventh Avenue, by Roseanne Cash…well worth a, listen…Thank you to you both…

Saturday Snippets 21st August 2021…Seventh(7th)

Thank you to everyone who sent me messages on WP, FB and e-mail it helped me through yesterday…Laurens operation was a success it just took longer than we expected and she suffered a few panic attacks as she came out of the anaesthesia her sister was on hand though to sit with her and took her home complete with drip after she had a lesson on how to change it…Bloody Covid…It was a difficult day for me being so far away… your messages did really help…Thank you xx

Thank you very much for dropping in this week and for your likes, comments(which) I look forward to and for your shares it is all very much appreciated…I hope to see you tomorrow for week 4 of my updated Plastics posts…Have a great Sunday xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…August 8th-14th 2021…Peek-a Boo, Music, A-Z, Snake Fruit and Scones…

Music, A-Z, Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle, Health #TED Talk and Snake Fruit…

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…Time is marching on…

We are 2 weeks into August already…some August trivia…

August…depending on where you live August brings a new season of fruit and vegetables here the lovely Pomelo has just come into season…It tastes exactly like a grapefruit but without bitterness or sour notes. It’s not particularly sweet, nor is it tart.

Like grapefruit, you’ll find pomelo in both pink and yellow varieties. Most fruit sellers will have their pomelo ready peeled and packaged. The reason is that it’s a nightmare to peel. The green outer skin and white pith surrounding the fruit is extremely thick, and it’s quite an ordeal removing the fruit from its casing!

A lovely fruit with which I make one of my favourite salads Yum Som O…a lovely refreshing salad made with pomelo, prawns, cucumber Thai basil and some herbs…

Today is also National Lemon Meringue Pie Day…

It’s Lime meringue Pie here as I have so many limes rather than lemon and making meringues is a great way to use up egg whites…

Tomorrow August 16, 1977 …Elvis Presley, died, the “King of Rock and Roll” …

So many tracks and who could pick a favourite…Not me…

Enough about what’s to come in August let’s have a look at last week…

Plastic…The latest news…Week 2… Microplastics and Glitter …

While Covid has made some differences in some areas where the figures tell us we are back to 2006 levels BUT early on, there was hope that a silver lining of the COVID-19 quarantines would be a reduced impact on the environment while cars stayed off the road and planes were grounded.

The oceans tell a different story about the pandemic’s environmental footprint.

Last year, a new type of garbage—face masks—started washing ashore. The very same plastic products that helped keep people safe during the pandemic also caused a surge in plastic pollution.

Plastic…The latest News…Week 2… Microplastics and Glitter …

Wednesday I was over at Smorgasbord in my Green Kitchen where I was making bread and talking about air pots a new innovative way to grow plants and more so please head over to Sally’s and have a read…

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – August 2021 -Bamboo Toilet Paper, Cream Cheese Bread, Conservation, Grow Your Own, Shampoo Bar.,

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter L…Jelly or Jello?

I absolutely love writing these A-Z with a twist always something to learn and discover…

Last week it was words where the middle letter is L...A little easier than J which was quite difficult… What kiddie big or little doesn’t love Jello or Jelly…yes I know before you tell me you call jelly… jam…Jelly to me (a Brit) is what you call Jello although I prefer Jelly as it is not so sweet and has more of a fruity taste than Jello plus for a treat my mum would give me a square of the jelly when she was making it…you can’t do that with Jello…as its a powder…or we could take Potluck and see what was cooking on the Skillet…to eat with our Salad.

Let’s go and see what I have found…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/08/11/the-culinary-alphabet-a-zseries-3-the-letter-l-jelly-or-jello/

International Scone Week…Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle…ish

These banana and brown sugar scones with a coffee drizzle were the best scones I have ever made…I am not a scone maker at all but as it was International Scone Week I thought I had better make an effort… these scones had sliced bananas in the middle sprinkled with some raw sugar they were delicious…

International Scone Week…Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle…ish

The Immune System…

For our continued health and wellbeing, it is very important that we know how to maintain a healthy immune system…#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column 2021 – The Immune System and How it Works by Sally Cronin

Tropical Friday…Snake Fruit(Salak) is one of my favourite fruits it has a slightly sour note and is not too sweet…it is also lovely when pickled…It was thanks to Pete as I totally forgot about it when I was writing my A-Z probably because I call it snake fruit but kudos to Pete he thought of it not me…

It’s a little weird in so much that it grows around the base of the Palm Tree …It is not a fruit that many you will find fresh but it is sold in syrup and has been stocked by Amazon and probably other speciality or Asian stores.

Tropical Friday…Snake Fruit(Salak)…

Saturday Snippets…Peek-a-Boo…

The inspiration from this post came from a TED talk which I viewed through Borden’s Bather…Thank you Jim and Molly for the inspiration I also had fun finding links to Peek a Boo…I do hope you enjoy the read…x

Saturday Snippets 14th August 2021…Peek-A-Boo!

Thank you very much for dropping in this week and for your likes, comments(which) I look forward to and for your shares it is all very much appreciated…I hope to see you tomorrow for week 3 of my updated Plastics posts…Have a great Sunday xx