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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…15th November-21st November…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas music…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…X

My week started with Mistletoe and Wine…Christmas Pickles…

I love pickles and I pickle almost everything my next project is to pickle some pears…Pickling is an ideal way to preserve anything where you have a lot of them as in fruits/vegetables in season or maybe you have seen a bargain and can’t resist the buy…Time to get pickling…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/17/mistletoe-and-wine-christmas-pickles-2020/

Tuesday was also Homemade Bread Day…

There is nothing like a slice of freshly made bread both the smell as it wafts through the house and the taste…Delicious…we are becoming a nation of bakers again a plus side to Covid-19.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/17/homemade-bread-day-november-17th-2020/

Wednesday it was the next episode of my Culinary Alphabet with a twist where the letter of the alphabet is the last letter rather than the first which has made it a tad more difficult but most enjoyable…

As you can see I combined J and K together as finding something /anything ending in J which you can eat or drink or which was a culinary term was a challenge I only found 2…I challenge all of you to find me another one…K was far easier…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/18/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twist-tej/

Thursday I introduced you to some Alternative Healing Remedies courtesy of Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine…

Health Column

A qualified practitioner for many years Sally Cronin comes highly recommended…This week she discussed back pain the curse of many…#recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-healing-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-one-backpain-flexibility-headaches-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Pears…

A beautiful fruit which is in season now and is actually better for you than an Apple…I love pears but haven’t cooked as much as I could with them and have discovered some great sounding recipes which I am going to have to try…including Pickled Pears..no surprise there then …lol

Pear chutney and some delicious sounding cakes and bread which have pears in the ingredients…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/20/fruity-friday-pears/

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday Snippets is where anything goes wherever my thoughts take me…If you were wondering why the image of a funeral cart in my header picture it was because we attended the Buddist Funeral of a dear neighbour…where you go to celebrate a life well lived and make merit…when we are alive by our actions, thoughts and deeds we make our own merit as a deceased person we were there to make merit for them as were the monks so that they can pass freely into heaven…

This merit-making took place over 3 days last week the first 2 days were making merit and the third day was the cremation…The loveliest gesture for us was how welcome we were made and also time was taken to explain to us what was occurring…on the final day our friend’s granddaughter made the eulogy and her brother became a monk for the day to make merit for his grandfather which meant he had to shave his head and eyebrows the whole preparation…don the robes and participate as a monk would…

Although I speak and understand a little Thai to follow a speech is beyond me ..the loveliest thing she did which made me shed a happy tear is after each section she spoke in Thai and then she repeated that section in English …How lovely was that of her…? This meant that we could also learn more about this lovely gentle man and his life.

Finally, the body is then laid on that cart and a procession takes him to his final earthly ending…

I was struck by how loving and how papa, as we called him, was accompanied every step of the way on his final journey it was absolutely beautiful…Tissue time xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/21/saturday-snippets-21st-november-2020/

Have a wonderful Sunday..please be well and stay safe…If you are making Christmas pudding or cakes make a wish and stir the right way xxx

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts have made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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

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

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

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

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 1st November -7th November 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Apples and Music …

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

I woke up this morning to the news… America has a new President Joe Biden…I am happy for all my friends for whom this was the outcome they desired. I do hope this brings back some dignity to the role of President and that bridges will be mended and for those for whom it wasn’t the expected outcome that you accept that and move on as you all live in the United States…one people under one flag who may have different opinions but who respect those whose opinions are different…

Tuesday…Time to make the Christmas Puddings, Cake and Sweet Mincemeat…

christmas Baking Cakes and Pudding

There are now only 49 sleeps until Christmas Eve…or 7 Fridays…Gulp…That will fly by…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/03/time-to-make-the-christmas-puddings-cake-and-sweet-mincemeat/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The Letter I(chimichurrI)

I found quite a few ending in the letter I…Pete came up with Ravioli and Fetticinni which I hadn’t well done Pete…Dolly from Koolkosherkitchen gave me the translation for two ingredients which are toppings for the Blini… Smetana is sour cream, and tvorog is farmer cheese…Thank you, dear Dolly x

Food and culinary processes ending in the letter I…I am enjoying this challenge although J is certainly a challenge so any ideas peeps would be most gratefully received I only have 3 so far…

Next time I most likely will put J & K together in I post…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/04/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twist-the-letter-ichimichurri/

Thursday: The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – #Aromatherapy – #Eucalyptus – Respiratory, Fevers and Pain by Sally Cronin.

I love essential oils which is why I love this series BUT  apart from the ones I use regularly I don’t know very much about the other oils so I find it both informative and fascinating. #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-eucalyptus-respiratory-fevers-and-painby-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Apples…

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Did you know that worldwide 7,500 different varieties of apples are grown? My favourite apples are Bramley’s, Cox’s and Braeburn apples which ones are your favourite apples ???

As the saying goes an ” Apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that little round ball of goodness is 2/3 fibre has lots of anti-oxidants especially in the peel so do not peel it…please. They are also fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free and come in all shades of red, green and yellow so many to choose from…Which apple or apples are your favourite????

We also…Lily and I had our first attempt at making toffee apples…They came ok…not as easy to coat as the tube videos have you to believe …practise make perfect here methinks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/06/fruity-friday-apples/

Saturday Snippets: 7th November…

Lots going on a bit about the work of Prince Charles, a unique cave home…Lots of music, recipes… its National Stuffing Month and as stuffing can be frozen if you make it now or in a few weeks it is one less dish to prepare on Xmas Eve…and so much more please pop over and have a read…

I think a nice tasty stuffing enhances that chicken or turkey into something special…I love a nice crunchy stuffing ball or dish of stuffing…hubby prefers his from the bird’s cavity it’s just softer but can also be very tasty as it absorbs the lovely meat juices. Sometimes I also put a layer of stuffing underneath the chicken or turkey skin just another layer of flavour…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/06/fruity-friday-apples/

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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

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

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

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

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 18th October -24th October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Volkswagen Currywurst…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

My first post of the week was on Tuesday 20th…Halloween Tales and recipes…

From what I have been reading Halloween in many places is not happening this year and in others, it has been curtailed or there may be some virtual goings-on planned…I am sure by now though the decorations are up…

I have lots of trivia, sweet potato recipes, soup from the lovely Dolly, and the obligatory cocktail…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/20/29239/

Wednesday: My doesn’t the time fly today it’s  The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter H (noocH)…Now, nooch I have just discovered is Nutritional Yeast something I haven’t used but very popular with the Vegan community…You learn something every day in the blogging world which is great…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/21/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-h-nooch/

Thursday: Part 1 unseasonable -affective disorder…

Something I had not heard of but on reading, I could see the relevance thanks to Sally @ Smorgasbord Health…

Health Column

It really isn’t until we are prompted to think about health, our diets, and lifestyles that we can attribute and improve our health by adjusting certain parts of our lifestyles and diet…Quite simple really…Head over to Sally’s and you can be sure of great advice and remedies for better health something we all aspire to…See you there #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/smorgasbord-health-column-unseasonal-affective-disorder-lockdown-elderly-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…The Juniper Berry

A lovely versatile little berry that makes lovely sauces is a great aromatic in stews and dried it is a beautiful spice…in Northern Europe particularly in Scandanavia, it is a popular addition to cabbage and sauerkraut.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/23/fruity-friday-the-juniper-berry/

Saturday Snippets:

I have lots this week for you, recipes, health and trivia, and The Who…My Storks are still here sometimes just one and a couple of times this week he or she has brought along some mates …they fascinate me as they stand around in a semi-circle and chat and when it’s time to go they take their formation and away they go…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/24/saturday-snippets-24th-october-2020/

That’s all for this week’s roundup a rather short week again…one of the positives… less writing has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learned..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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

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

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

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

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

Fang-Tastic Recipes!… Halloween and Sweet Potatoes…

Halloween is drawing near and I am sure lots of you have decorated your homes already please send me some photos so I can share your marvelous or scary themes and decorations…We would all love to see them…

Or tell us your plans for a virtual Halloween or just a recipe…tried and tested a family favourite.

So don’t be shy share away and promote your blog on here…

Does China celebrate Halloween? 

There are several days and a whole entire month in China that are similar to Halloween. These are the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, the last day of the seventh lunar month, and the Spring Festival. …

The UK celebrates Guy Fawkes …However not so widely celebrated by many although growing in popularity… the manufacturers are jumping on the commercial bandwagon.

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Did you know? The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” The plural for wicce is Wiccan. Wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

Owls are one of my favourite birds but in medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches and if you heard an owl hoot then someone was about to die.

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Some Pumpkin facts…

Pumpkin flowers are edible and a pumpkin contains on average about 500 seeds which when roasted make a healthy and delicious snack… the flowers are so pretty and it looks like Mrs bee loves the pumpkin flowers as well…

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Even what I call the scraggy bits of the pumpkin which…hands up I have thrown in the bin…No longer… add it to your stock pot…waste not…want not…

Halloween Food…Pumpkin Soup or butter, Chilli con Carne and jacket potatoes are good for a chilly evening and easy to do but if you fancy a change I have some lovely recipes for  Sweet Potatoes.

I like something a little different… This recipe is a nice treat… A recipe that was given to me by a friend who used goat’s cheese… I use feta or ricotta if I can’t get goats cheese…

purple sweet potato

 

Sweet Potato with goat’s cheese, honey, and roasted grapes.

Ingredients:

• 4 sweet potatoes
• 2 cups of red seedless grapes
• 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
• ¼ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 ounces of goats cheese, feta/ricotta
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
• 2 tbsp of honey plus additional to drizzle if required

Prick the sweet potatoes then wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and cook in the oven at 350F for about 35/45 mins until soft. Remove from the oven and leave to cool then take your cooled sweet potato and gently remove the flesh… the skins are not as hardy as a normal potato are they? So my advice is to leave some of the potato attached to the skin or you may struggle to fill them.

About halfway through cooking your sweet potatoes roast the grapes… put on a baking tray drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper then roast them for about 20 mins or until the skins just start to burst… Do check them as ovens vary and they can tend to burn…my oven runs hot so I have to be careful…

In a bowl mash the potato with 3 oz of the goat’s cheese, honey, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste then put the potato back in the skins and crumble some more goats cheese on top …To serve: add the grapes and drizzle more honey if desired…

Enjoy!

Other sweet potato fillings:

How about a baked sweet potato filled with cooked black beans, corn, crispy bacon, sweet peppers topped with sour cream with some lime rind stirred through or sprinkled on the top and some chopped coriander.

Or the Thai way our sweet potatoes here are a bright purple we do get the orange but many are purple a really beautiful colour… Baked and topped with Thai Peanut sauce they are heavenly…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. fish sauce (for vegetarians: substitute 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp. regular soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (or 2 tbsp. lime juice)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1/2 tsp Thai red chilli paste more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Let’s Cook!

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.

Taste.... adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more red curry or cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.

This sauce tends to thicken as it sits–just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise, it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Add to your baked sweet potato and top with chopped red onion, green onions and coriander, and some crispy fried garlic…yummy if you love Thai flavours.

Enjoy!

Halloween Superstitions: 

I wonder if anyone still believes or carries out these traditions? What Halloween traditions have been passed down through your family???

  • If a person wears their clothes inside out and then walks backward on Halloween, they will see a witch at midnight.
  • Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween.
  • Girls who place the apple they bobbed for under their pillows are said to dream of their future love.

Some of these traditions seem a bit far-fetched to me I would imagine not very comfortable sleeping with an apple under your pillow…

But did you know that Agatha Christie’s Halloween Party Mystery Novel was about a girl who was drowned in the Apple bobbing tub ??

A Halloween quiz question for you…

Every Halloween, Charlie Brown helps his friend Linus wait for what character to appear?

Answers in comments, please …

Pumpkin was a cure for freckles? Another old wives tale methinks…

Koolkosherkitchen has answered my shoutout for recipes with a lovely Pumpkin and Spinach Soup served in the shell of the pumpkin..just the way I like it and with instructions for the Instant pot which on my wish list…

For the recipe please head over to Dolly’s say hello from me and enjoy this beautiful recipe…Pumpkin and Spinach Soup…Enjoy!  Thank you, Dolly xx

Time for a cocktail…

This weeks Halloween cocktail is by Martha Stewart ably assisted by Brendan Foster who measures spirits just the way I do…lol

I am just off to check out the poison Apple cocktails…Laters xxx

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Checked and very nice that cocktail was…That Brendan Foster has much to answer for…I followed his advice and nearly fell off my broomstick xxx

I hope you are enjoying these Fang-Tastic Halloween posts and please if you have any tried and tested Halloween recipes I will post them and credit you so please let me have them…xxx

That’s all for this week…see you next Tuesday for some more Halloween recipes and tales…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 that I cook with have 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 for reading I hope you all have a great week xxx

 

Saturday Snippetts…26th September 2020

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…today it is rather blustery here as we are in the path of hurricane Noul who is wending his way from Vietnam…however we must have been on the edge of his path as apart from some heavy rain and some wind he passed us by with a whisper…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Cookery Corner…This week in my kitchen…

What have I been cooking this week? It was time to do some pickling Onions and pickled garlic...Some lovely Cream Cheese Bread which was delicious definitely a keeper so as teaser just a picture of the bread on its first prove…Soup… I always like to keep some soup in the fridge…Bread Pudding that always goes down well…Pork fillet with lovely Brandy Sauce…cinnamon buns…Shepherds Pie a nice quick meal when you are stuck for time …Always a curry and a stir fry and a duck Larb which was very nice…

The recipes as I said last week which are on my blog I will add the link the rest will be in my cookbook…Spoiler Alert!

The Naughty Corner…will be where I name and shame or where I add my two penneth about what I think is wrong with the world…Today it is about my thoughts on how bad Climate Change really is …Forest fires and severe flooding have been occuring in countries around the world and it is getting worse…

The Climate Change activists are gaining momentum as are the voices on Carbon emmisions…I agree that temperatures are hotting up and ice caps are melting HOWEVER if proper housekeeping was applied and we listened to the indiginous people who have carried out proper land management practises for years the fires and the floods would NOT be as bad… we would have a proper picture of climate change although we have gone through many cycles over the centuries…Ice Age being one…Man has to take some responsibility as we don’t own the world we are tenants…Nature owns the world and if we were not here it would quickly reclaim it…

Mismanagement … the erosion of landscapes is partly caused by MAN with their mining excavations or by me, you, governments, manufacturers, fishermen..far to many to list but we ALL have a collective responsibility whether we have a postage stamp size plot, a few acres or something in between we should be effectively managing that…

The earliest wildfire smouldered approximately 419 million years ago and are recorded as a low-intensity burn…Low intensity, mosaic or patch burning is designed to provide protection to the environment and to communities and is usually conducted in spring and autumn and autumn-like conditions when weather is mild and fire behaviour is moderate and easier to manage.

It is our duty as custodians of this beautiful world…Our government and big corporations should also play their part…no one is exempt…THEN we would really see how bad true Climate Change really is…

Let’s have some Music…I’m in my Acapella phase at the moment…

Not quite as refined as last week…I did love that…this one made me smile and sometimes we need something to make us smile I know I do…

Trivia…

  • Hey, Jude” was produced by the renowned English record producer George Martin. Martin was knighted in 1996 for his remarkable contribution to music and popular culture.
  • “Hey, Jude” was the first single Apple Records ever released. FYI: Apple Records is a record label founded in 1968 by the Beatles.
  • With a length of approximately 7 minutes and 11 seconds, “Hey Jude”, upon its release became the lengthiest single ever released. Its massive success inspired the release of long singles in the music industry.

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

This week Sally is talking about Salt in our diets and our blood pressure…Salt like low-fat food and various other foods have been vilified and we have been advised to cut down or cut it out or in the case of low fats meals to be vigilant about our fat intake well we all know turned out a few years later there was backtracking as low fat generally means more added sugar and salt…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/smorgasbord-health-column-blood-pressure-and-the-salt-debate-by-sally-cronin/

Did you know?

Passengers alighting at Helsinki Airport in Finland starting from earlier this week will have a speedier – and much fuzzier – way of getting tested for COVID-19.

A team of dogs has been deployed to fill their snoots with eau d’arriving passenger to sniff out those infected with the virus behind the current global pandemic.

Just because…Jellyfish for Dinner?

The oceans stock of fish is being depleted by overfishing so thoughts are turning to what other types of seafood can be eaten to allow stocks to build up…Jellyfish is one such option…

The Cannonball jellyfish, also known as the cabbage head jellyfish, is a mostly harmless (it’s edible if you know how) variety that sometimes washes up on beaches in large numbers. It is shaped like half an egg and maybe up to 7 inches in diameter. It may be bluish or yellowish with a brown border. It is a good swimmer.

The venom of the cannonball can give a mild sting, but generally, brushing against this jelly isn’t enough to result in a sting. It goes without saying, that what would be a mild sting on the skin will be a very strong sting if the nematocysts get into your eyes.

The Cannonball jellyfish often plays host to this type of Spider crab. It provides shelter and transportation for the crab, and presumably the crab shares the food that the jellyfish kills. Maybe the crab even takes a little nip of the jellyfish now and then.

The Cannonball Jellyfish is considered a delicacy in Japan, but it must be prepared properly, which usually means it is dried. However, you must understand that to be edible, it must be harvested while still alive and healthy. The ones washed up on the beach should not be eaten because once they are beached they quickly start to deteriorate.

The question is ...Would you eat a spicy jellyfish salad or have you?

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

How healthy is your Breakfast?

Breakfast or brunch is the first meal of the day for most people…

It should set us up for the day and give us the energy to work or play until our next meal… What we start the day with also varies around the world and also maybe depends on the temperature…I mean if it is freezing cold and snowing we probably wouldn’t want a smoothie a nice warming bowl of porridge, breakfast casserole, garlicky oats with a masala egg something to warm the cockles of your heart as when it is bitter cold you feel hungrier so some slow-burning carbs are just what you need…

In many western countries where the temperatures for most of the year are a little more temperate where parents are busy it is often cereals and oat bars which aren’t the healthiest of options…due to high concentrations of sugars and corn starch.

There are the ever-growing murmurs from scientists as to the fact that cereals contain traces of weedkiller…

From oats to cheerios and soft baked cookies…facts are emerging as to the levels of glyphosate…a chemical identified as probably carcinogenic by the World Health Organization come on the heels of a major study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found a significant reduction in cancer risk for individuals who ate a lot of organic food.

The diets of 69,000 people were tracked and 4 years later there was found to be a 25% reduction in cancers among those groups…

Studies have to involve large sections of society and have to be tracked and monitored over long periods of time to give a reasonable picture of accuracy …I am interested in the findings of the next one due to increased publicity in glyphosate as to whether those figures are lower…Put simply I am interested as to whether manufacturers of cereals and the consumer are listening and acting on findings…

Are continental Breakfasts any healthier…?

Continental breakfast consists of baked goods, jams, fruits, marmalades, processed cheeses, and meats, and coffee…Of course, there are some variations but generally, they are a mixture of some of the above…

Baked goods….croissants, rolls, bread, pastries…

If you want to know why I never eat commercial bread,  it’s because of the additives, preservatives, dough conditioners, and other toxic ingredients…some commercially produced bread contains human hair, hog hair, duck or chicken feathers from which by using strong chemicals to extract a protein and produce E920 otherwise known as L Cysteine which helps the bread dough to rise faster…

Some bakers use a synthetic made one which is used is not always clear on the label…Yes, we are back to labelling…

Commercially baked bread has no nutrition value unless it is stated on the label…If they are using refined white flour it is fortified with synthetic vitamins that are poorly absorbed. If they are using whole grains, the vitamins and minerals are all bound up in the bran where it is unavailable unless it has been properly prepared.

Processed cheese and meat…

Did you know that eating more than 700 grams (raw weight) of red meat a week increases your risk of bowel cancer? Or that the risk of developing bowel cancer goes up 1.18 times for every 50 grams of processed meat eaten per day?

The World Health Organization (WHO)has classified processed meats including ham, bacon, salami, and frankfurts as a Group 1 carcinogen (known to cause cancer) which means that there’s strong evidence that processed meats cause cancer. Eating processed meat increases your risk of bowel and stomach cancer. Red meat, such as beef, lamb, and pork, has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen which means it probably causes cancer.

Processed Cheese… is not 100% cheese. Most of the time it hovers around 50% cheese, sometimes more and sometimes less, but at a base level, processed cheese is real cheese cut with other, non-cheese ingredients. Those extra ingredients can include salt, food dyes, preservatives, extra dairy, emulsifiers, or other artificial ingredients. These ingredients are added to melted, pasteurized cheese, which is then converted to a sliced solid, a jarred sauce or a spread,

That is only the bread, meats and cheese…I haven’t touched on the number of sugars in jams and spreads which just leaves the fresh fruit…which means 3 out of the 5 groups almost certainly contain chemicals, sugars, salt, and flavour enhancers.

Asian Breakfasts…

Fish- soup- STICKY -RICE

 

Consist of steamed rice, noodles, miso soup, grilled fish, pickled and fresh vegetables, raw herbs, shallots, spring onions, ginger, garlic, and of course chillies either fresh or in a dip.

Dim sum, Breakfast rice, omelette and rice, rice porridge with a poached egg and spring onions…

Breakfast in Asia is a revelation as almost anything goes…Although a protein is generally eaten for breakfast the ratio of protein to raw/steamed vegetables is about 3-1…

People in Southeast Asia drink their milk in the morning. However, people in Southeast Asia are said to consume less milk than Europeans or Americans. As you can see from the list of breakfast menu I have detailed, many of the meals contain coconut milk, but not milk from animals. Coconut milk is more of a staple, especially among adults. People consume a lot of tea, coffee, fruit and plant juices, and herbal drinks. In Indonesia, they have “Jammu,” or fresh traditional herbal drinks taken very early in the morning to prevent and treat health problems.

Are rice noodles healthy? Yes, they are, so long as you cook them in healthy ways. While rice flour is a rich source of carbs, it is actually a simple starch and a good source of glucose that your body can easily turn into energy. Unlike brown rice, white rice does not contain anti-nutrients such as phytates and lectins. Rice noodles are also gluten-free, affordable, sustainable, and quite suitable for vegetarians and vegans. You cannot call them particularly nutritious, but they become quite healthy when served with foods such as fish and vegetables.

Overall I would say the Asian Breakfasts are healthier but whatever you eat moderation has to be applied…If you constantly eat foods each and every day which have a constantly high percentage of sugars, fats, and chemicals then it will affect your health and well being …We also need to be mindful as if we apply moderation to each meal every day but are consuming chemical-laden foods then the chemical and carcinogens will build-up and our health will suffer…

I don’t like being the bearer of bad news but I feel that so many cereals are fed to children it is no wonder that their health and teeth suffer as a direct result.

If children are introduced to a variety of foods from when they first start to eat their palate and their desire to try anything will be the result…They may not like everything they try but that doesn’t matter the fact that they have tried it is good and as their taste buds develop they may like it as they get older.

I know I go on and on about cooking from scratch, growing your own where possible, buying local produce, and knowing where your fish and meat originate from but cheap imported meat from countries where food standards are not high creates all kinds of problems with our bodies and our wellbeing…We cannot keep buying cheap foods and expect to stay healthy.

It is far better to eat a lovely piece of meat which is sustainably reared and eat lots of vegetable meals for other meals and be healthier both in the body and the knowledge that we are doing what we can to benefit the planet we live on…

Thank you for reading this and please we have to change our lifestyles and eating habits for the benefit of our families and the planet.

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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx