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Smorgasbord Health Column 2023 – The Body our Greatest Asset – The Brain – Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease by Sally Cronin

Without our brains we are nothing and sadly many more people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia than ever…I know and I’m sure many of you do know how very distressing it is when a close family member or friend has this dreadful disease…

Sally who writes Smorgasbord Magazine is repeating her series on the brain and its functions…if you are like me and wish to give your selves the best chance of not developing these diseases then please head over to Smorgabord to read how we can help ourselves and give ourselves the best chance as we age of not developing this wicked life-changing disease…Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/smorgasbord-health-column-2023-the-body-our-greatest-asset-the-brain-dementia-and-alzheimers-disease-by-sally-cronin/

CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…19th January 2023…Hot Air Balloons, Shepherds Pie, Origami and Popcorn…

 

Welcome to “Thursday Thoughts”…today is January 19th 2023…Did you know that on this day, January 19, 1940, The Three Stooges film “You Nazty Spy!” about the Nazis was released with the disclaimer “Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle.”

I have always been fascinated by origami and this man takes it to another level…

Did you know?

January 19, 1785, Richard Crosbie became the first Irish man to fly a hot air balloon in Ireland?… I have always been fascinated by hot air balloons…

Today is also “National Tin Can Day” and “National Popcorn Day”

National Tin Can Day is every January 19 and is a day dedicated to the humble tin can that preserves some of our favourite food items. Without tin cans, the process of storage and preservation would have been entirely different and less convenient. The best thing about canned food is that it is accessible to people from all walks of life. Over the years, various countries around the globe have made their contributions to the evolution of tin cans. The fact that this storage item has been used for over a century is proof of its worth.

First Tin Can.

British merchant Peter Durand receives the original patent for the idea of using tin cans to preserve food…and it’s difficult to open a tin without a can opener…

First Can Opener.

Ezra Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut, receives the patent for the first can opener.

Last Thursday I introduced some info on Lithium batteries…BUT

What comes after Lithium?

Most of us are aware that Lithium is mined and the problems both human and environmental that it causes so of course anything that is as good and doesn’t have a human or environmental cost is welcome…

Thursday…that’s today so what is special about Thursdays?

  1. Did you know that in Australia, most movie premiers are often held on a Thursday?
  2. Sometimes it’s easy to wonder if 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40; why can’t Thursday be the new Friday?
  3. Thursday is a day featured heavily in Christian lore, and it’s also the traditional day U.K. elections are held on.
  4. Thursday is sometimes referred to as “Friday’s Friday,” meaning it’s the herald of Friday and, therefore, the weekend.

When it’s nearing the end of a long week, the last thing you want to do is cook…

I certainly start thinking whats quick for dinner tonight it’s getting close to the weekend and it’s been a long week…Shepherds Pie always goes down a treat…its quick and easy and you can chuck in any bits and bobs of veggies, mushrooms anything goes…

I don’t even have a recipe I use minced pork or beef add chopped onions, chopped diced carrot, peas and or sweetcorn, tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic then, add some stock, Worchester sauce, salt and pepper I thicken it with cornflour slurry add some lovely mashed potato top with grated cheese and pop in the oven until the cheese has browned probably 20-25 mins as everything is hot when it goes in the oven and its a pretty forgiving dish anyways…

If you prefer you can use a  fish mixture and a white sauce and top it with potatoes…You can use white potatoes or sweet potatoes, mashed yams whatever you fancy its a quick meal that is hearty and warming…my mother always made one on  Monday with leftover lamb that she minced but as I rarely get lamb here I use minced beef or pork.

That’s all for today as always thank you for joining me and as always I appreciate your comments x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…8th-14th January 2023-Monday Musings , #Carol’s Green Kitchen, Thursday Thoughts and from Sally #The Brain and its functions……

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week… weather-wise for the first time since I have been here I woke up to thick fog this morning it wasn’t quite such a pea souper this morning but now it’s sunny again we have had a few very dull days this last week and that drizzle where it’s not raining just a drizzle…a change from our normal tropical downpours…

As you may know, I am cutting down on my blogging to enable me to finish the 2 cookbooks I have been working on…so this will be a shorter read…I am also in desperation closing comments after 28days and on earlier posts, I have closed comments in an effort to combat spam as everything else I have tried has not worked all my housekeeping has not made a dent in them they are very persistent so if you wish to comment on an old post please make your comment on a new post and I will pick it up…

Monday Musings…

Welcome to Monday Musings where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual we have read during the last week, it could be anything…I love chocolate… chocolate anything really…O mean who doesn’t?… I love hot chocolate no marshmallows though…I love it with churros and I do love chocolate mint creams…I also love to listen to “Hot Chocolate” Did you know?

The world’s largest cup of hot chocolate was over 6,000 gallons: In 2013, the world’s largest cup of hot chocolate was made in Ontario, Canada. The cup was over 6,000 gallons and was over 26 feet tall. It took over 10,000 litres of milk, 1,000 litres of heavy cream, and 2,000 kilograms of chocolate to make the cup…Wow, I can’t even begin to imagine the size of that cup of hot chocolate…

Monday Musings…9th January 2023…Hot Chocolate…After 40 years I jogged again!

Welcome to the return to Carol’s Green Kitchen…where I shared my joy at having a guided tour of a local Organic Farm and what a pleasure that was…I discovered what a strata was plus I shared Green Manila Tamarind that has just come into season here it is a lovely fruit those little pods are easy to open and they reveal, a white or dark pinkish fruit… to read more please click the highlighted link below…

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…January 2023…Green Manila Tamarind, A Traditional Shepherds Hut, ways to use stale bread, My visit to an Organic Farm…

Thursday Thoughts,,,are where my thoughts could go anywhere this week as it it National Soup Month I shared a lovely Potato and Kale Soup plus is there an alternative to Lithium Batteries…? Please click the highlighted link below to find out…

CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…12th January 2023…Potato and Kale Soup plus is there an alternative to Lithium Batteries…

Finally, on Saturday I shared a rewind of one of Sally’s series where she talks about the brain and its functions a subject dear to my own heart as my dearest mother has Vascular Dementia and I am going to do my damndest to see if I can avoid that terrible disease …. please click the highlighted link below that takes you to Smorgasbord Magazine where you can read the original post and if you missed it you can catch up on last weeks post…

Smorgasbord Health Column 2023 – The Body our Greatest Asset – The Brain – Development from conception to old age by Sally Cronin

Thank you for joining me today it is lovely to read your comments…finally, I seem to have gotten rid of the copious amount of spam I was getting by closing comments on older posts I would also like to say that if you read my blog and just drop a link to yours no comment just a link I send you to spam it is not a way to increase your readers by link dropping and leaving it is bad blogging etiquette if you are leaving a valid comment that links to the subject of my blog and suggesting I might like to read yours I am more than happy to do that I am not happy to be sold something or let you promote your vapes…rant over…I hope you are all having a great weekend and as always I look forward to your comments xx

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…January 2023…Green Manila Tamarind, A Traditional Shepherds Hut, ways to use stale bread, My visit to an Organic Farm…

 

Welcome to my Green Kitchen, we are now in 2023 and my aim is still the same to cook chemical-free food, in season grown either by myself or purchased locally in season…it is also to minimise waste…the figures on waste particularly food waste really bother me and with rising food costs we can’t afford to waste anything…we need to be frugal…

What does frugal MEAN?

No, it doesn’t mean that you are mean, tight, skinflint being frugal means you are conscious of where your money goes and you do your best to buy quality products at the lowest prices (when you need them), so you have more money available to spend on what truly matters to you:

Plus the best cheap foods are also quite healthy. Try to centre some meals around brown rice, potatoes, and beans in order to stretch your food budget further…

Produce which has just come into its season has far more taste than produce which is forced and grown out of its natural season …it is also cheaper than something grown out of season you get bargains at the beginning of a season as well as at the end of a season. I also think it is the anticipation and the taste of the first of the season’s crops…those first root vegetables…are sublime! or those first strawberries there is nothing quite like the first strawberry of the season!

Eat whole healthy food…but that’s expensive I hear that all the time…However …Junk food is expensive and void of nutrients; healthy food (while also sometimes expensive), will save you on medical bills in the long run…True?

My visit to an organic Farm…I got the opportunity to visit a local organic farm last week and I am so pleased that I did…The farmer is a British guy called Nick and he gave me a lovely tour I learnt so much…I learnt that you should only allow so many ducks dependent on the size of your pond or stretch of water and his ducks certainly had plenty of room to swim about they were not cramped up at all…next stop was the pig’s home both the sows had a lovely spacious clean pen one was due to farrow the next day and the other sow had a beautiful farrow of piglets who were 6 weeks old…

Nick explained that he chose the duroc breed as they had brown skin and he felt given the heat and the sun they were able to cope better and wouldn’t get sunburnt like the thin light skinned breed of pigs..he explained how they were reared, what they were fed on and the difference in the taste of the meat that I can’t wait to try.

His cows were Braham’s but he plans to buy a local breed of cow next time where he will get two for the cost of one Brahman cow not only to cut the cost but to increase the hoof prints as more hoof prints mean better grass…I learnt much and didn’t take one picture I will next time I promise…Thais eat every part of an animal “nose to tail” and he told me that Thais love buying their meat from him as they say it smells “clean”…I suppose if they are only eating vegetation then they will…I was just fascinated with the whole set-up…it has taken him a few years to get where he is but he obviously researched and did his due diligence.

He then asked if I had seen or knew what a shepherd’s hut was…I of course didn’t…originally they were a basic wheeled little hut that the farmer could move around his land and tend to the needs of his stock now, of course, they have gone up a  notch and are purpose-built for glamping..of course, they are…

This one is dilapidated but it shows what they were made of and were fit purpose back in the day…I’m sure Nick’s one will be basic I only saw the base but it will add some authenticity to his farm and I am sure will be a talking point and maybe either his man cave or the dog house…if you are like me and interested in the history then please click the highlighted link  history of the shepherd’s hut   

On a recent visit to the market, I came across one of my favourite seasonal fruits…

fresh young tamarind fruit

Green Manila Tamarind…

Know as Makham thet in Thai it is a beautiful little fruit slightly sour and nut-like in texture and taste…it has a white or reddish-pink spongy rather dry edible pulp that surrounds a flat, very shiny black seed. Although the name suggests it, it’s not a kind of Tamarind although both species belong to the Fabaceae family of plants.

It  is classed as more of a backyard fruit as it is not grown commercially here where I live its found on the small local market stalls most of the stalls at the markets where I live are small local traders who have few rai of land or even less and bring what they have in season to the market I find this lovely as I never know what I am going to come across and some of it I don’t want to know-smile- this lovely green manila tamarind I look forward to seeing.

I really hate food waste…in the home the top 5 are…

  • #Bread
  • #Milk
  • #Potatoes
  • #Cheese
  • #Apples

The only one that really surprised me was apples…today I’m not looking at apples although all of them might come into play I am looking at bread waste…to me not a crust of bread should ever be wasted however over 240 million slices of bread are chucked away every year.

Bread freezes really well, particularly for toast, so make sure you pop it in the freezer if you’re not going to use it. Stale bread can be turned into croutons, breadcrumbs, eggy bread or even bread & butter pudding…

While doing research I came across recipes for “strata” I had never heard of it although apparently as it originated in the US I’m guessing my American blogging friends have…Google told me that Stratas are egg casseroles made with bread—lots of it. You could call them savoury bread puddings.,,who knew!…so that means that my old-fashioned bread and butter pudding is really a strata or could be leaving it to soak does make the bread puff up and it is lovely and crispy…

So I ask myself what’s the difference between strata and casserole?

Stratas are essentially breakfast casseroles made of eggs and bread. Stratas are often prepared the night before they are baked and served in oven-safe casserole dishes, similar to casseroles… I’m beginning to like the sound of this dish…anything that can be assembled and left overnight, especially if you have hungry kids in the morning is great in my world…When the strata is baked in the morning the soaked bread makes it puff up nicely, almost souffle-like…and you can have fruit strata plus they are ideal to use up any bits and bobs that are lonely in your fridge…

Have you got a favourite sweet or savoury strata recipe you would like to share with us? If so please do x

Monday Musings…9th January 2023…Hot Chocolate…After 40 years I jogged again!

Welcome to Monday Musings where my muse pinpoints anything exciting or unusual we have read during the last week, it could be anything…I love chocolate… chocolate anything really…O mean who doesn’t?… I love hot chocolate no marshmallows though…I love it with churros and I do love chocolate mint creams…

What I didn’t know was what the largest cup of hot chocolate was to find out and discover some other facts about “Hot Chocolate please click the highlighted link below…

https://culturadealgibeira.wordpress.com/2023/01/08/funny-facts-about-hot-chocolate/

The latest news around the world “Spare” will be released tomorrow…if you didn’t know it is Prince Harry’s story…I for one, unless I am given a free copy, will NOT be spending my hard-earned cash on that book…it does beg the question though… who is telling the truth???

I have lived long enough to know that the media and social media cannot be trusted to tell the truth and will we ever know we weren’t there…and the book is only one side of the story…

Thinking about chocolate …a tune for you…

Yesterday I jogged during my early morning walk for the first time in 40 years…today I did a tad more spurred on by seeing my son a way ahead of me he takes a different route sometimes(longer) than mine…Thinking initially I could catch up and tap him on the shoulder he has his music on so if I called he wouldn’t hear.

I decided to do more spurts of jogging and although I got close I didn’t get to tap him on the shoulder however it was my best day yet I knew I had exercised and my stats showed me how well I had done I was double chuffed and old age can catch me up I decided and it won’t be easy as I ain’t standing still-  In December I completed 154.32km after deciding I would up my game and let the sands of time chase me🤣

Today I did better and did 6.38km and upped my game got my heart rate up and jogged a bit further…I am not jogging the whole route just in bursts but reduced my time and increased my heart rate so I am happy…

Time for breakfast of fresh papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, fresh coconut flesh and live natural yoghurt and coconut juice to drink….ideal for me as it is not cold if it’s cold where you are then here’s a lovely recipe for a homemade Protein hot chocolate just right for keeping you warm after your workout.

Have you upped your exercise lately or thinking about it? Do you have any tips? Please share and we can motivate each other…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you are all well and happy and hope you have a great week ahead…as always I look forward to your comments x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…2nd-7th January 2023-Monday Musings , #Culinary A-Z the letter N, Thursday Thoughts and from Sally #The Brain…

 

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it heating up a little during the day but we still have colder mornings but they are better for an early morning walk and I have to tell you that today I jogged in short spurts for the first time in 40 years and I am so proud of myself I’m buzzing even my son was impressed…Yeah! Go me!… Today my early morning walk/jog was 7.26km…

As you may know, I am cutting down on my blogging to enable me to finish the 2 cookbooks I have been working on…so this will be a shorter read…

Monday Musings…

Monday Musings will stay as it’s generally not too long a post and it’s a chance to showcase other posts I have liked during the last week or snippets of news…

Monday Musings…2nd January 2023…

Every other Wednesday, Sally is rewinding my very first A-Z and this week it is the letter N…There are not just noodles and nuts but nettles(stinging) and more so please head over and have a read…just click the highlighted link below…See you there xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘N’ is for Nicoise, Nori, Nuts, Noodles, Nettles and Naan Bread.

Thursday Thoughts…

Jennie asked me if Thursday Thoughts was replacing Saturday Snippets …it wasn’t but maybe now it is… it’s good to change the day of the week and I can find little snippets whatever day it is-smile-and Thursday was no different it was “Twelfth Night” which is still celebrated in the UK and in Sweden plus in Spain they celebrate with a “Three Kings Parade” thank you, Darlene, for mentioning this I hope you had fun x

CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…5th January 2023…The Twelfth Night…

Saturday I repeated Sally’s rewind of the start of her Health Series…in this first series Sally is exploring the brain and its functions…having seen my mother with Vascular Dementia and how traumatic it is to her loved ones plus I’m sad that my mother has been robbed of her memories ….this means that I am making a concerted effort to do everything I can to stave off the sands of time it is important for me to reread this series and implement anything that I believe will help me and my brain stay healthy …if it doesn’t and nobody knows what the future holds but I will have done everything possible and that’s the bottom line…Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post x

Smorgasbord Health Column 2023 – The Body our Greatest Asset – The Brain- Introduction and Anatomy by Sally Cronin

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments…My Green Kitchen will be restarting on 11th January where I will tell you about my visit and tour to a local organic farm I had a really lovely afternoon and learnt a lot…I hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend and I will repeat I hope you have a “Happy and Healthy New Year” the emphasis being on healthy as without good health we would have a reduced quality of life …x