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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…19th Jan-25th January 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Rosella…What’s yours? Join me for a cuppa and a catch-up…

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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…The shipping lines although this week I found one the 1st one in the world to announce they are plastic-free…

honey bee

Lots of good news about the bees it was lovely to hear in the comments about wildlife gardens and Brigid is getting her own hive ..I can’t wait to hear all about it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/20/recycling-and-climate-change20th-january-2020/

Tuesday…Is now one of my designated writing and recipe testing days I did, however, reblog Sally’s Blogger Daily I just love the pretty header…I was in great company there as Sally included my Mondays post..Thank you, Sal … Pete discussed films…Alien being one…and DG Kaye….who needs no introduction..interviewed the lovely Jane Sturgeon …All in all, I was happy to be on the same page….Enjoy the read x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-january-20th-2020-recycling-carol-taylor-movie-alien-beetley-pete-qa-d-g-kaye-with-jane-sturgeon/

Wednesday time for me to indulge my whimsy….Anything goes…The past, the present or the future…and soup as it is National Soup Month…I am just loving my tomato soup the best I have ever made so fresh and tomatoey…

homemade tomato soup

Homemade Tomato Soup.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/22/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-23/

Thursday  Another no blogging day where I cook, test and research…Of course, a lot of ideas keep popping into my head for blog posts but I am sticking to this reduced blogging calendar…

 

Friday where I invite you into my kitchen …I was given lots of green bananas this week and a beautiful watermelon, some Chinese pears and some lovely little snacks made of fruit, coconut milk and bean curd steamed in bananas leaves…Very moreish we have such kind Thai family and neighbours…My plea for recipes for green bananas goes out again…If I let them all ripen before I use them we will never eat them all, of course, I can share around the neighbour’s but as they all have bananas trees in their gardens it is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle…One of my mum’s old sayings…

Of course, I made our favourite green banana koftas yesterday which went down a treat…For the recipe just click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/24/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchengreen-bananas/

Saturday I popped over to Sally’s where she posted Part Three of her weekly shopping by nutrients…#recommended….I think at some time in our lives we all have maybe wanted to boost our iron or Vit C….maybe some other nutrient…it is a really handy breakdown…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/23/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-part-three-calcium-to-manganese/

Sally has years of experience and gives out sound advice… a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty- two years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on the radio in Spain. For more on Sally’s books and nutritional expertise please click the link below…

 https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019-2020/

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…12th Jan-18th January 2020…

Welcome to my weekly roundup…I have been busy cooking and experimenting in my kitchen, doing lots of research for my cookbook which is back on track …Gradually catching up with posts I have missed lately ..Do you find the festive season and the aftermath just seems to throw you off course somewhat…?

That’s the last sip of my Oolong tea sipped and enjoyed so let’s get on with it, shall we…I hope you enjoy x

Monday…The bigger picture…

See the bigger picture...

I will be honest and I did have a bit of a rant…Why? Well, some of it is caused by what I am reading at the moment… If you get a chance and want a break from the fiction…I recommend you read Climate Justice by Mary Robinson…It is a great read… it opened my eyes and made me think and wish I was younger and had known all this…Why didn’t I? Lots of reasons…None of which I can really justify if I am truthful…Just didn’t think is not really a reason is it?

What I am taking from this book is how real Climate Change is for some…I am also seeing how those not affected at the moment just don’t realise how real it is for some and if they do for some reason think it won’t affect them…Sooner or later, folks, it will…Nuff said!

I promise no rants this week just good news…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/13/recycling-and-climate-change13th-january-2020the-bigger-picture/

Wednesday 15th January…

You probably noticed there was no Tuesday post…Time to cook and write… Whimsical Wednesdays are still here as is my column over at Sally’s…Where my A-Z of the cookery world is being repeated with a few new additions… I was both surprised and delighted at the response from you all..Thank you all so much xx

The Culinary Alphabet ...The Letter A

My thanks go to Sally as well as this allows me time to cook and write…xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-cook-from-scratch-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-almond-milk-arrowroot-aubergines-dip-thai-and-avocado-guacamole/

Whimsical Wednesdays…beaver-1352439_640

Lots of music, the continuation of The Charade, A recipe and I will say I was really pleased with this soup I made it again but only had one red pepper to roast and it was better than the first one I made although I did get some really lovely ripe red tomatoes so I think that made a difference…The Beavers are coming back…It was lovely to hear from Adelethat they have been back in Scotland for a while and there are thoughts of reintroducing the wolves…All good news for the environment. Beigels/bagels I must have to have a go at baking some…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/15/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-5/

Thursday…

The Culinary Alphabet The Letter XYZ (1)

Saw my last post in this series over at Esme’s Salon where once a month for the past two years I have presented the Culinary Alphabet…Today it was XYZ…

My thanks go to Esme for hosting me I have enjoyed the research and writing of these posts…Thank you, Esme xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/16/the-culinary-alphabet-xyz/

Friday…In my kitchen…

Where I am doing a lot of testing at the moment for my cookbook so those recipes will be revealed when I have finished testing and writing in the meantime I am cooking meals which we love and for me are quick and easy to cook…

Lime lemon meringue Pie

My recipe for Carbonara was a big hit…personally we love it made this way rather than with cream and it gives me an excuse to make meringue pie or Coconut macaroons which I love… This is my recipe for macaroons…

Coconut Macaroons.

coconut-macaroons
Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 cups of desiccated coconut or fresh coconut if you have it.
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp of salt

Let’s Cook!
Whisk the egg whites, sugar, vanilla essence and salt until the mix is soft and frothy.
Fold in the coconut and put spoonfuls on a lined baking tray.
Cook in a preheated oven on 350F or 175 C for 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on a baking tray.
This recipe made about 12 depending on the size of your spoon.

If you wanted you could drizzle some melted chocolate over them…Just saying xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/17/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchencarbonara-gumbo-and-lime-meringue-pie/

Saturday…

Sally’s Health Column...This week is Part Two …Weekly shopping list by ingredient…

A great little series, really helpful…Sally is a qualified nutritionist with many years of experience…Well worth a read #recommended

Smorgasbord Health Column – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Two – Vitamin C to K2.

That’s all for this weeks roundup…Thank you for reading and thank you to everyone who supports me by commenting I  love hearing from you…You all rock…x

Tomorrow it time for another update on Climate Change and Recycling  I have lots of good news this week after my little rant last week although those devasting bush fires keep on burning there has been some welcome relief with some rain…

We love you Australia and keep you in our thoughts but you are strong and resilient and will get through this…Much love 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 having a great weekend and have a fabulous week  🙂 xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…5th Jan-11th January 2020…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup…I am settling into my new routine of writing more although January is always a funny, unsettled month for me…I think we all get embroiled in the furore and planning for the festive season and then it goes a little flat.

January always seems to be the month for tragedies like the Australian bush fires, the plane crash, Prince Harry and Meghan wanting to step down as Senior Royals all major disasters …

Monday 6th January 2020…Recycling and Climate Change latest news…

Of course, the bush dominated the beginning of this post they have been burning now since September and have caused deaths and devastation…There is most probably more to come and many questions to be answered…

butterfly and bee flower meadow

I also mentioned wildflowers and the butterfly and bee populations and our carbon footprint which is something which every single one of us can do something about and improve…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/06/recycling-and-climate-change-6th-january-2020/

Tuesday 7th January…

I reblogged Smorgasbord Blogger Daily where Sally laid out her plans for the year and promoted myself and a few other authors and bloggers…

Debby Giess will be writing a new column over at Smorgasbord after her Winter break Sally and I have one more cooking from scratch to prevent deficiency this coming week with Phosphorous as the nutrient in question… and then Carol will be featuring her A – Z of food every two weeks. She is going to be getting her cookbook and novel ready to be published this year (no pressure then Carol ♥)

Sylvia with her authentic Italian recipes and the lovely William Price King who provides the music…So lots to read about…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-29th-december-to-4th-january-2020/

Wednesday 8th January…

Egg-drop-soup-recipe

The day where anything goes whatever takes my fancy…In this case, it was sausage rolls and a mummy Rhapsody as well as a delicious soup recipe…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/08/whimsical-wednesdays/

It was also the last of our nutritional deficiency posts this week it was Phosphorus where Sally provides the health information and I provide the recipes, in this case, it is a lovely pork fillet recipe for starters…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiency-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-phosphorus/

Thursday 9th January…

Another Blogger Daily from Sally where she shares my post on Climate Change and the bush fires as well as a great book review and some helpful tips on a book launch…Very handy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-january-6th-2020-book-review-by-michelle-clements-james-booklaunch-booksigning-tips-mary-smith-climate-change-recycling-carol-taylor/

I also shared a beautiful painting which depicts the bushfires in Australia…

melina-ilustrats

https://tidalscribe.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/australia-is-burning/

Friday 10th January…

In my kitchen where I cooked pan-seared salmon with lovely crispy skin and a spicy Thai sauce and some other taste tingling goodies…

smart

Pan-seared Salmon

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/10/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-pan-seared-salmon-with-spicy-thai-dressing/

Lastly…Sally Cronin who writes Smorgasbord Magazine was with DG Kaye where Debby was asking the questions..for a fascinating insight into the lady we love …pop over to Debs…

That looks like there could be some fun and shenanigans to come….x

https://dgkayewriter.com/q-and-a-with-d-g-kaye-featuring-author-blogger-and-promoter-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this weeks roundup…Thank you for reading and thank you to everyone who supports me by commenting I so love to hear from you…You all rock…x

Tomorrow it time for another update on Climate Change and REcycling but I have lots of good news this week although those devasting bush fires keep on burning…

We love you Australia and keep you in our thoughts but you are strong and resilient and will get through this…Much love 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 weekend 🙂 xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…30th Dec-4th January 2020…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup…It is a sparse on posts this week as I have had a Christmas break as well as most of you… I am not back properly until tomorrow…

If you have had a hectic festive season you may be quite pleased to sit down with a drink, put your feet up and have a little read…

The drink will be of course non-alcoholic if you are observing dry January…Are You?

I am not although I am abstaining as I want to keep the lbs in check…Every little helps as they say and as I still have some Christmas cake to eat…I won’t be totally back on the healthy eating until it is gone…However, all the chocolate has gone I sent it back to the village with little Lily yesterday…

Tuesday, Dec 31st…

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Was New Years Eve…Time to see in a new decade and time to reflect on the last year and give thanks …In the blogging world, I have much to be thankful for… bloggers are wonderful so thoughtful, welcoming, helpful and just plain NICE…I am so blessed I have met…such wonderful souls…xxx

This post reflected my thanks as I go forward and laid out my plans for this year…In a nutshell fewer posts and more writing and reading…Happy New Year xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/31/carolcooks2-2019-a-recap-and-some-thank-yous/

Friday…In my kitchen… 

Where it was a quiet week as we were still using leftovers and even the kids having eaten so much festive food were happy to have rice soup…which is a simple but tasty dish if you use a nice stock…

Of course, it is also time to enjoy a lovely old fashioned soup made from the carcasses…Everyone loves that…Bubble and squeak was missing however as my dear daughter in law put the Brussels in the freezer which we didn’t discover until Christmas morn…they were not nice as when you freeze food you blanch it before freezing putting in fresh Brussels ruined them…Boo Hoo…

But today I found that my source for Brussels was still selling them and brought some lovely fresh ones which will be for lunch today, tomorrow and the next day…Excuse my excitement but I very rarely am able to get Brussels here…Also, purple carrots were still available so double happiness…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/04/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchencake-and-purple-carrots-old-fashioned-carcass-soup/

That’s it only two posts…

Next week….Tomorrow it will be Climate Change and the environment ..Quite topical as there is a lot going on at the moment.

Wednesday...my favourite post of the week in many ways and Friday in my kitchen…It is also National Soup Month so this month I will be bringing you lots of soup recipes as I know for many of you it is soup weather…

I will also be doing a post this month on Bone Broth…How to make a good bone broth and also how you can incorporate it in your everyday recipes…

Thank you for reading I do hope you have enjoyed it and wish you all a productive week, stay safe whether you are experiencing extreme cold or heat…If you are in Australia then know we are all thinking of you and sending prayers for rain and lots of it…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 weekend 🙂 xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 16th- 22nd December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in and around the world…Some of this you will find here so take a well-earned pew, grab a drink and enjoy the read…

Join me for a Mince Pie

I can hear the hysterical laughter as I well remember the frantic rushing about …I remember the queues and the shopping trolleys piled high as if there was going to be a food shortage and the shops are not even closed for 2 days anymore…I for one do not miss that…

If you get time to read…Enjoy and if you don’t see you in the New Year…xxx

This week you will find lots of festive recipes…All tried and tested in my kitchen…Old favourites passed down through the generations and new favourites, there are books to buy and ideas on how to have a green Christmas…Cocktails and stories…

Starting with Sally’s roundup from last week...Lots of Cranberry recipes, Christmas cheer, books galore if you need a stocking filler and some funnies…Rib Ticklers… as we all need to smile among the frantic run up to Chrismas …Don’t we?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-8th-14th-december-make-a-wish-choirs-cranberries-a-z-christmas-and-cheesy-funnies/

Monday 16th…Recycling and the environment… How to have a greener Christmas…

A green christmas-2991508_640

This week was a lovely one for me…Coldplay setting the scene for greener rock concerts, seahorses in the Thames, Great Christmas crafts and of course ideas for greener wrapping…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/16/recycling-and-climate-changehow-to-have-a-greener-christmas/

Tuesday 17th…Time for Christmas Pickles and a Dill Pickle Bread…So pucker up and get pickled…Also the lovely Rosella pickle…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/17/mistletoe-and-winetime-to-picklecucumbers-rosella-relish-dill-pickle-bread/

Wednesday 18th…I was over at Sally’s with my Vegetarian Christmas Menu…Thank you, Sally xx


 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/18/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-a-sumptuous-vegetarian-christmas-menu/

Whimsical Wednesday…Do I have some whimsy for you???

As well as Christmas Ham and Dirty Martinis…Some Rockin around the Christmas Tree with Brenda Lee…13 years old she was when she recorded this…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/18/whimsical-wednesdaywith-carol/

Thursday 19th…

Time for Sally’s Blogger Daily and Christmas in my house…Some beautiful Christmas light images, Whimsy from me and a short story from Debby Giess…I miss U…Thank you for sharing, Sal x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/18/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-december-18th-2019-u-d-g-kaye-xmaslights-sherri-matthews-whimsy-carol-taylor/

Tis the season…The big day draws closer…

I bring you traditions on Christmas Eve around the world…The feast of the seven fishes and a Salty Dog…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/19/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughterand-a-salty-dog/

Friday 20th…Christmas at my house…

Preparations are in full swing…albeit at a slower pace here…How to cook a perfect turkey which can be pretty daunting if you don’t know how…As well as some recipes for lovely Christmas gravy to accompany your perfectly cooked turkey…

How to Cook the Perfect Turkey (2)

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/20/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-triviahow-to-cook-the-perfect-turkey-and-gravy/

Saturday 21st…

In case you missed it Sally shared …My how to cook a turkey and make Christmas gravy as well as some yummy Italian puddings…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-20th-december-2019-turkeyandgravy-carol-taylor-breadstuffing-sheryl-lazarus-dessert-silvia-todesco/

Some more Christmas recipes for you…Stuffing… It wouldn’t be a Christmas dinner without it or bread sauce which is a British tradition …I also included a Gluten-free recipe for bread sauce with not a bread crumb insight…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/21/christmas-recipes-sauces-stuffings-and-sides-even-a-gluten-free-bread-sauce/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your pre- Christmas weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 weekend 🙂 xx

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 9th- 15th December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in and around the world…Some of this you will find here so take a well-earned pew, grab a drink and enjoy the read…

snowmen-160883_640 header

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Monday…The latest news on recycling and climate change…

I love that around the world much is going on to minimize rubbish and clean up the world…But Christmas is coming…

How much extra waste do you think will be generated around the world over Christmas and the New Year?… What can we do to minimise this waste?

Remember the 3 R’s…Recycle, Reduce and Re-use…Wrapping paper is a great example…

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Habits are learned...That is a proven fact…Please show your creativity especially to the young ones …Get them to help…Teach them …

Try using colorful pages torn from magazines to wrap small gifts, and old maps or the Sunday comics for larger boxes.

Use reusable decorative tins, baskets or boxes…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/09/recycling-and-climate-change-recycle-reduce-and-re-use/

Tuesdays...Time to pickle…Cabbage, eggplant, beets and watermelon rinds…

Let's Pickle

Someone commented that I was the pickle queen…I don’t know about that but I do make a lot of pickles…I am also saving my pickle juice to put in my Christmas Bloody Mary(s)

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/10/mistletoe-and-wine-time-to-pickle-cabbage-eggplant-beets-and-watermelon-rinds/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Whimsical Wednesdays where I unashamedly indulge myself…I do hope you enjoy my meanderings today…Come with me and let’s begin…These posts are never planned… if I come across anything which I love or which tugs at my heartstrings then I save it for Whimsical Wednesdays… the rest just happens…It is wherever my thoughts take me at that time…Mainly they are random and unplanned…I mean they are the best thoughts…Enjoy! xxx

Christmas…gaining momentum…In our house, the tree is up…and so were the scales yesterday morning…3lb…Guess who gave themselves a big talking too…Yep…Moi…I have been cold I mean for me 9 degrees is cold aka freezing… Cardi weather…That was last week …I am happy to report the 3lbs have gone and I am now warm the temperatures are rising…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/11/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-22/

Wednesday…Also saw me over @Sally’s where Cranberries were the star…Not only are they very healthy as Sally will reveal to you but they are awesome to cook with and make a wicked cocktail…A very healthy and versatile little berry…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/smorgasbord-health-christmas-cook-from-scratch-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-cranberries-bittersweet/

Thursday…Christmas…’ Tis the season of love and laughter…Have you chased the Green Fairy?

Chrismas is in my soul and I hope that I can share some of the magic I have always felt at Christmas time with you and of course make you remember and smile…

Christmas is about memories, isn’t it? Old and new ones they all add something…

I am still waiting for some images of Christmas jumpers or have you read what I read and how they are not very environmentally friendly???

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/12/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughterand-a-glass-of-good-cheer/

Friday…Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/13/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia-4/

Saturday…

Saturday was meant to be my homemade sweet days …my disaster put me off a bit so I made another Christmas cake instead…I had lots of fruit to use and thought I would make one for my neighbours they love mince pies so I am sure they will love cake…

Sunday…Time to think of our pets…

I always cook Saangchais food fresh and Thai dogs eat rice not dried food etc so I just cook extra for him when I cook our rice…Sally posted a lovely post about what we shouldn’t feed our pets but also some great ideas on what we can feed them…Aptly titled What about Us?

Lily will be pleased as there was also a recipe for treats so she will love to make them for Saangchai…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-what-about-us-christmas-treats-for-pets-and-homecooked-dinners/

Christmas is also the time to think of those for whom Christmas can be a sad time …which is why when Sally asked for festive stories I penned Snow Storm…I hope you enjoy it as I am not an experienced writer and quite unsure of myself…My blog may make me seem confident but writing a story or a novel is another ball game…

It is for me anyway …I do hope that you enjoy my not so festive story but hear the meaning behind it and think of anyone that you know who may just feel a little better for a kind word or a cuddle at this time of year when their memories are sad ones…

Thank you, Sally, for sharing Snow Storm…xxx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-festive-stories-snow-storm-by-carol-taylor/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 weekend 🙂 xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 3rd- 8th December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in the world …The election in the UK is fast gathering momentum…I have watched a few live clashes between the leaders of the parties and to say I am not impressed by much is an understatement…The party leaders need to grow up and start discussing honestly the concerns the voting public has on current issues that are important to them instead they are intent on scoring points against each other…That’s all I will be saying on this blog…

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Although I am showing my Christmas face and cheer on my blog it doesn’t feel a bit like Christmas here…I need to get my red cabbage on as the smell of that certainly makes you think of Christmas, the tree is up…all four of them…Lily decorated them yesterday and they look pretty…My own little Christmas grotto as it certainly does not feel like Christmas when I look outside ..the palm trees blowing gently in the breeze…But hey ho I am sure many you would appreciate a bit of warmth…I can’t have it both ways, can I???

Monday…The latest news on recycling and climate change…

I could quite easily become depressed and despair about the world as there is a lot of scaremongering and doom and gloom everywhere…I am trying hard as generally, I am a happy person to find the positives of which there are many…as well as unicorns xx

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I love that around the world much is going on to minimise rubbish and clean up the world …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/02/recycling-and-climate-changethe-good-news-2nd-dec-2019/

Tuesday…Mistletoe and Wine…Time to pickle…Eggs and Star Fruit…

Tuesday is the day where all you Pickle addicts can pickle and pucker…Don’t you love that initial intake of breath when the vinegar hits your taste buds…?? Makes you give a little involuntary shiver…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/03/mistletoe-and-wine-time-to-pickle-eggs-and-star-fruit/

Wednesday…Cooking from scratch with Sally and Carol…Brussel Sprouts…

I think Brussel Sprouts are like Marmite you either love them or hate them…Both Sally and I love them. Of course, there are many tasty ways you can serve sprouts that I even have had non-sprout lovers say ..wow this is nice…So please pop over and have a look…

brussel sprouts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/smorgasbord-health-christmas-cook-from-scratch-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-perfect-and-healthy-brussel-sprouts/

Wednesday …Whimsical Wednesdays with Carol…

The day when I start off with a topic maybe and then that thought takes me elsewhere who knows even I don’t until I type and then it all spills forth and that is it really …I indulge and reminisce…

Last week mainly because I haven’t yet received any images of you my readers proudly sporting your Christmas jumpers the conversation in comments turned to hairstyles probably because I am trotting out some old well-loved tunes and some of those hairstyles…Well, I think those and bell-bottoms may not see a revival although I do think maybe bell-bottoms did for a while…Mmmmm…

So I kicked off with one of me in 1980...For some reason it is a bit pink but hey ho…I think many of us sported the lady Di look…

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Carol 1980

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/04/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-21/

Thursday…Christmas…’ Tis the season of love and laughter…and a glass of Egg Nog…

I didn’t realise egg nog was so popular…Drank hot or over ice, it seems to still be a popular seasonal drink…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/05/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughter-and-a-glass-of-egg-nog/

Friday…Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

Lily has been here for the weekend…The annual fair is on at the moment so fun and games…Lots of homemade goodies and the like and ultra-loud music which carries on way into the night…It is a good job I can go to sleep anywhere no matter how loud any noise is…Thais love loud music and no one seems to mind…

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We have done a bit of baking and Lily has decorated the Christmas trees..she has done rather well…There are some recipes for some Christmas side dishes to go with your turkey or goose…and some mocktails for those of you who do not partake in any alcoholic drinks but still want to have a lovely drink…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/06/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia-3/

Saturday…Homemade Sweeties…

I thought this would be a nice idea and they make lovely little presents…Last week I featured a recipe for English Toffee and this week it was to be some lovely Coconut Ice…Well that was what the recipe said…

I pride myself on being a good cook…I can follow a recipe…The recipe went well in the beginning…The cooking time was out but stoves vary and that is something us cooks are aware of…so I carried on cooking it per the instructions until it held together when dropped in cold water..It even did that…

I put it in the buttered dish as per the recipe…That was where it went downhill…It quite frankly was a sticky mess…The finished coconut ice looked nothing like the picture…The actual picture was of hardish coconut ice didn’t look chewy at all…This was reminiscent of a very chewy toffee you couldn’t cut it into squares and by that time I knew it was just a big flop…It went in the bin…

Lesson Learnt...(again) if I do not know the cook and/or when I read the ingredients they don’t stack up I am not making it…

I am also not giving up as now I really want a piece of coconut ice…So if my mum can’t recall her recipe then I have found one in an old cookbook which I am sure she may have used…I will let you know…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/07/coconut-ice-thats-what-the-recipe-said/

Lastly, as you know I have concerns about climate change and try to do what I can to help as in recycling correctly, not using plastic and growing or buying fresh vegetables locally and in season…Living sustainably…I am very impressed with Janet and how she is having a sustainable Christmas in her house ..At the moment as she has completed her Advent calendars she is knitting Christmas Crackers…How cool is that???

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Please pop over and have a look she really has given this much thought and is doing something well quite a lot actually…Well done Janet…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/07/silly-saturday-season-of-sustainability/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 weekend 🙂 xx