Category Archives: Circular recycling

Recycling and Climate Change…17th February 2020…Good news and the top 3 polluters…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank you also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It seems many of you loved the video on the Sai Sanctuary as much as I did …Trees really do play such an important role in the circle of life…

There have been a few things this last week which have really made me question things…Generally, I am a happy soul and try to keep my posts positive but circumstances are making that very hard…I don’t know why or when as a society it has happened but it has and is happening…I want to believe in the good and the kind…But all these reminders telling us to be kind really shouldn’t be needed…Should they?

I look back through history …I love my research …I have come to the conclusion that man is flawed…I know nothing is perfect and who would want to live in Eutopia? I agree we must progress and grow and that most progression is good… we need inventors…But in that race we are losing something…Something fundamental…

Trees so vital to this planet and its water supply…Flowers so vital for the survival of the bees, Plastic…Plastic…sigh…I have accepted it is an essential part of our lives…What isn’t acceptable is how we deal with the end of its use…

I am terrible at taking photos…But A good photographer to me is our eyes …They show us what is going on in the world…There is an old saying that the camera doesn’t lie…Well, that was true before photoshopping…I am afraid we need to check everything…So much is photoshopped, edited, that we do need to check…No longer can we rely on what we see or hear to be gospel ..the truth…sigh…

I check everything before I post...well as much as I can…I tend to believe the indigenous communities who suffer the most from our actions…sigh…But we can’t see them can we…sigh…We throw our rubbish away during the course of our daily life … a cigarette butt, our small plastic drink bottle, our plastic coffee stirrer, our chewing gum, our six-pack plastic holder, the wrapper from a fag packet…sigh …all these small items add up…Where do you think they end up?

Photographer Caroline Power has a home on the island of Roatan in the Carribean and was out at sea when she came across this “Great Caribbean Garbage Patch”.

In my naughty Corner(again)

When will this stop!

Not only are Coca Cola, Nestle and Pepsico polluting our oceans and killing sea life but they are contributing to obesity and life-threatening conditions...Sigh.Are they worried? Do they care? Of course not…They are laughing all the way to the bank…

There is one easy solution…Improve your health and clean up the planet in one small swoop…STOP…BUYING…DRINKS IN PLASTIC BOTTLES…

Who will do that?

It is a global problem…Our oceans are suffocating…The good news…

How cool is that? Rubber ducks?

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This is where Interceptor is working already, Jakarta…The good news is spreading…Thailand will be having one which is good news…

Happy Days…Clean rivers and seas…

I came across this…I am asking all you Beekeepers …What do you think?

Do bees love Cannabis?

I refuse plastic spoons and cutlery now and have done for a while but if you have a hoard of them or know someone who does here’s what you can do with them…

These are very pretty and a good use for plastic spoons…

I love all the interactions on these posts it makes me feel good and keeps me positive that we are working towards a cleaner, safer earth… especially when my readers send me little snippets of good news when they come across it …Victoria Zigler sends me lots of good news items and this is one of them…

What do you think? My little alarm bell is tinkling…I always want to know more…Is it a safe option?… It could be but to me, it doesn’t hurt to have questions …

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It sounds good…

So does this…Thank you, Tori...You are a little star …xxx

As most of you know we don’t have a car we walk or use public transport which I do acknowledge is excellent here…This idea rewards people for doing that with culture tokens how cool is that? I do hope it succeeds…It is a pilot scheme being run in Vienna (Austria) …The city of culture…

 

How cool is this….Go Vienna!

My dear friend Anne Copeland had this to say…

This seems right up your alley if you have not already seen it.  By the way, more info on fabrics and recycling.  Many fabrics are processed with formaldehyde and you can imagine that it NEVER breaks down.  The fabrics in the late 1900s (before 2020) particularly used this treatment.  So it is very bad not to try to recycle every bit of clothing we have.  I wish seniors in high school and young people in jr. college and in universities would be encouraged to find ways to use these materials.  And we are always talking about housing for the homeless, but nothing is ever come up with.  We could probably use some of the materials that are not currently used wisely to create new forms of housing, furniture, etc. with the proper treatment.  They are beginning to use the shipping containers, so why not some of these other things?  Hopefully, more focus on recycling will come.  It is affecting our food sources as well as the overall environment and our health, to name a few, too much not to take notice.  Good for you for championing the cause.

Thank you, Anne, for sharing… you know so much more about fabrics than I do…I will keep my eyes out for the Discovery Channels new article on plastics…Due out in April this year…Bless you xx

Finally…Thank you for sticking with me….I love the Kelly Clarkson Show and I can download it here…I watch the Voice( I love) it and this show I just love how it promotes ideas and encourages ideas on how we can protect the environment and get healthy…This video made me cry… so beautiful …So grab the tissues…xx

Thank you, John Rieber, for your kind words last week…Alex is doing a great job with this show x

Just imagine if we all thought of just one idea which appeals to us…Think of all those bottles we are saving from going to landfill or into the sea…..With so many ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make a difference, we will save the world.

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments xx

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

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

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

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Image by jamesoladujoye from Pixabay

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

Let’s see what we have then…

Monday…

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

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

Tuesday…

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

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

Wednesday…

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

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

Chocolate Brownies…Never need an introduction…

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

Last but not least…Whimsical Wednesday…

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

 

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

Thursday…

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

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

Friday…Valentines Day...

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

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

Saturday…

In keeping the Valentines theme…Chocolate Cookies…

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

Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed xx

About Carol Taylor: 

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend xx

Recycling and Climate Change…10th February 2020…Trees, wildlife Gardens and Whales…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It seems the dog/cat beds were much liked a very good use for old tyres methinks…I love the idea of circular recycling and there are so many very innovative ideas around the world.

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Like Noah who knew all those centuries ago the importance of saving the animals…Many animals and trees play such an important part in the health of our wonderful world that we need to heed the signs …organisations who are planting trees and more trees but yes we know why…Well, sort of…But do we really know to what extent? Do we really know the importance of trees? Here is a little video which I think is lovely and taught me things I wasn’t aware of…Enjoy!

Honey Bees and Bumblebees…There has been much in the news for quite a while now about how the Honeybee population is being decimated by the use of pesticides and insecticides…France has banned them…But still, around the world, they are being used…At what cost?

But what role do bumblebees play? They pollinate many wildflower species that birds and small mammals rely on for food. Although Honey bees are by far the species that are most often imported to field crops for pollination. … The bumblebees‘ longer tongue and wing vibrating tendencies make them more efficient pollinators for some plant species.

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They also are endangered…

Their decline poses a grave risk to the ability of our species to feed itself. Crops including cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, vegetables, seed crops, strawberries, blueberries, cane berries, melons, and squash, are all pollinated by bumblebees.

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The famous Kings College chapel is transforming their beautiful lawns into a wildlife meadow

I mean how pretty will that look against such a fabulous backdrop and I am sure it will attract many species of flying insects…Thank you, Tori, for sending me this xx

It is not only Honeybees and Bumblebees we need to protect…It is something a tad bigger…Well, many times bigger…The Whale…

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It was this comment from Scott(Doc) which alerted me to the value of the Whale and why we should be protecting them and not hunting them…Thank you, Scott x

Scott said...One whale takes 35 tons of Carbon Dioxide to the bottom of the ocean when it dies. But during its life, a whale removes 35 tons of CO2 from the world!!!

Save the whales, 1000 whales do as much as a forest!

Click this link to read more… 

From wildlife to plastic…

There is much being done around the world to ban single-use plastic…However, I do believe that we should be practising more circular recycling and instead of dumping it or sending abroad to go into landfill we should be repurposing it and there are many great ways of how we can reuse plastic…

Eco-bricks and plastic bottles are being used to build house and roads…Yes, roads which last far longer built using this method…Roads which last 10 times longer than those surfaced with  Asphalt …Pop over to Adele’s blog to read more.

Sleeping mats are very popular here in Asia and also with the homeless…Check out this lady who crotchets these mats from plastic bags…Thank you, John Rieber, for alerting me to this it is such a cool idea…x

From sleeping mats to plastic bottles and lovely colourful vertical gardens…

 

Just think if we all thought of just one idea which appeals to us…Think of all those bottles we are saving from going to landfill or into the sea…..With so many ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make a difference, we will save the world.

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments xx

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

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

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

steaming tea in a cup a book and a flower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great Sunday and a fabulous week xx

Recycling and Climate Change…3rd February 2020…Nature-based solutions and Jute Bags…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It was interesting to hear how snowmobiles for many are a problem by causing noise and pollution and there was much interest in the electronic version used in  Lapland which had zero emissions…Thank you, Tori, for bringing that to my attention.

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What is happening this week on my radar???…

Climate Change…Is always in the news now…

Is it as bad as many people claim? Or is it hype as many others claim?

Take the Paris Agreement…The world was up in arms against Donald Trump when he withdrew America…Since Donald Trump dropped that bombshell the Paris agreement has gained momentum and got stronger…Individual states have taken up the banner and are tackling Climate Change state by state instead of relying on the central government.

I say good for them…They should be applauded.

I have always believed that as individuals we should all be pulling our own weight and contributing to reversing Climate Change…Yes, we need governments to step up in some areas BUT there is much we can do from within our own homes…

1 million Women…A website which encourages and helps women do just that…

The aim for 1 Million Women is to empower millions of women and girls to act on the climate emergency…I am a member…Are you?

Look deeper…Take Lake Chad it was once one of the largest bodies of water in Africa…in the last 50 years, it has shrunk from almost 10,000 square miles to 965…Why? Three things inefficient damming, irrigation plus climate change. I am seeing this in other places as well …The Mekong river…it isn’t just climate change …it is inefficient damming again by China and I daresay irrigation…

To me, that indicates that it is governments who hand out contracts without thoroughly investigating what the adverse effects will be.. the problems we are seeing around the world are an indication that in some areas we as individuals need to take a stand and do something it can only get worse.

Generally, those affected are small communities which many of us don’t even know exist. It is not just a climate problem but a justice problem…There are still about 1.3 billion people in this world who have no electric there are 2.6 billion who still cook on open fires…I see that here…It is all going into the atmosphere…We need to be providing access to electricity and cooking stoves through renewable sources and not fossil fuels…We need to open our eyes and see…

It is a global problem and not just the rich, educated peoples problem…

Nature-based solutions help communities reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change, strengthening their resilience and reducing their vulnerability to impacts like storms and droughts.

Also on my radar has been new headlines blaming climate change for the loss of homes built on the shorelines or reclaimed land…I remember quite a few years ago when I lived in the UK…The river Stort which was close to where I lived if we had heavy prolonged rain then the fields and the roads would flood quite badly…

Someone then had the bright idea to build a housing estate on the land which was brought of a local farmer…There were no surprises to us, locals, that when the rains came so did the floods…

Homes built on reclaimed land from the sea are always at risk from the sea reclaiming that land…It is untrue to always blame Climate change.

What happens to workers, miners, loggers when mines close…The Just Transition Movement is leading the way…

We all know the oceans need cleaning…Already there is one plastic-free cruise ship but we need to be more vigilant as well if you are on a cruise and see rubbish being jettisoned into the sea…Please don’t ignore it take pictures and report them…It is well and good money being spent on devising cleanups…It needs to be addressed at the source…Stopped!

In the meantime ..Good News!

If you want to know more about this cleanup …

https://www.ecowatch.com/ocean-cleaning-device-plastic-2640832397.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2

An alternative to single-use plastic bags...I love what these young scientists are discovering…Bags made from Jute...they are biodegradable after three months buried in soil, and can also be recycled.

Old tyres…Made into bed beds…

These are so pretty…

Finally, thanks to Tori..she alerted me to what trees for life are doing to replenish trees in Scotland…

Rewilding the Scottish Highlands…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments xx

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th January -1st February 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?… Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…It has turned cold again here in the mornings not as cold as November but cold for me…Hubby laughs at me as he is in a thin tee shirt and I have dug out a long-sleeved, long too big jumper which I can snuggle into…I am warming up nicely now as I sip my Oolong tea…

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Just a little extra info to those of you and I was one of them who don’t like green tea because of its bitterness…It is all in the brewing…   Green Tea is a lovely drink if brewed properly…

Enough of my chit chat… could talk the hind legs of a donkey….lol x

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

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

In my naughty corner, last week was Coca Cola…I mean it is pretty low to pass the buck and blame YOU the consumer as to why they will not be changing their plastic bottles isn’t it? I am not going to be adding to their media profile by showing an image of their bottles here. I think we all know what a Coke bottle looks like …Don’t we?

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/27/recycling-and-climate-change27th-january-2020banana-leaf-technolgy-and-roof-top-gardens/

Tuesday…now one of my designated writing and recipe testing days …This week as you know it is all about bananas and more bananas…Naughty but nice…haha

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Especially with ice cream…Aston ate two bowls…

Wednesday…

Carols Cookery Column over @ Sally’s where she is reposting my A-Z …and very well received it has been so far on its second release…This week it was the letter B not only Brocolli but tada..Bananas…haha

There really is no getting away from the number of bananas I have here…green, red, yellow…..By now I think you must sense a common thread here…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-baking-soda-bananas-brocc

Whimsical Wednesday…

And not a banana recipe insight…It was National Soup Month and last week was a lovely Mushroom soup I mean who doesn’t love a bowl of banana mushroom soup…? I have been begged NOT to make this…Have you eaten Banana Soup?

I must admit I am tempted lots of lovely Thai flavours in this…Aston is still pulling a face which is saying Noooooo….haha

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/29/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-24/

Thursday… Still a non-blogging day…I spent the day in the kitchen…

Friday…Is the day I invite you into my kitchen…A bit of a mixture this week Bananas Chicken Feet Curry, BananasJackfruit Salad, my favourite bananas Asian Beef Brisket… and finally Bananas Fried Banana Balls…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/31/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-chicken-feet-curry-thai-vegan-jackfruit-salad-crispy-fried-banana-balls/

Saturday…

Time for part 4 of Sally’s fabulous new series shopping by Nutrient…There are times in all of our lives when we may have been lacking in iron, Vit C anything and we may have been at a loss as to what we can eat instead of popping a pill…

Sally had done all the work for you, easy to read and all ingredients which most of us buy anyway…Do pop over and have read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/30/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-four-phosphorus-to-zinc/

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

Recycling and Climate Change…27th January 2020…Banana Leaf Technology and Roof Top Gardens…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views.

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The banana tree…here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated  means  Fruit of wise  men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue oy.

Seasons vary slightly around the regions and it is a tree-like perennial and officially classed as a herb, the world’s largest herb as it can reach 25 feet in height. The fruit is also classed as a berry. Did you know that?

Here in Thailand leaves are used to serve food on,  wrap food for steaming and cooking or used as containers…like these pictured here …They nestle nicely inside my shopping bag without the need for a plastic bag.

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It also only bears fruit one time and then little ones for the next crop grow out from the bottom of the plant a perpetual cycle…Which means rather than just letting the tree go to compost the leaves are utilised…before they are turned into compost…Circular recycling at its best.

A young scientist when he was only 15 years old got to thinking about how he could utilise this natural product…This is the result…

All the things I see locally here using banana leaves are great this is taking it one step further and making it longer lasting …

This gladdens my heart and gives me hope when I see young people experimenting at home in mums or nan’s kitchen and producing a natural recyclable product out of potential waste…Like Orange peel, coffee grounds, watermelon skin or banana peel to name just a few…I am going to source some moulds and get Aston working on some egg cups as they also won’t break when bounced like all my others…

 

This young student has taken it a step further using industrial juice waste to create this  Bio-Peel,  unveiled by design student Denny Handley who studies at Brunel University, London his idea blends waste orange peels with a mixture of other biodegradable products to create a new packaging material that’s strong, malleable and environmentally friendly.

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Unpeeled-Orange-peel-based-food-packaging-unveiled

My roving reporter Tori Zigler... sends me the latest news from the UK…It is much appreciated, Tori…Thank you, xx

Snow I know many of you are experiencing quite a lot of the white stuff…These e-sledges don’t disturb nature or pollute the environment…

Travellers to Finnish Lapland wanting to make their adventure as sustainable as possible can now experience the snowy landscape the zero-emission way via electronic snowmobile thanks to Aurora eMotion.

Aurora eMotion, the first and only electric snowmobile safari provider in the world, operates safaris in Finnish Lapland on emission-free and silent eSleds without disturbing the silent peace of wintry nature and with no harm to the surrounding environment and wildlife.

Thank you, Tori, for sending me this…Tori has written some beautiful children’s books which if you are looking for that special little gift then pop over and have a look…

So much great news…Now, who have I put in my naughty corner this week?

Not really any surprise that it’s a drinks manufacturer…Coca Cola...

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Image by WikimediaImages from Pixabay

Their spokesperson is blaming you…Yep…Blaming the consumer…They say you like bottles and that they should be listening to YOU!

They say they are going to concentrate on recycling…However, we all know that many of the plastics used for bottles are made from the type of plastic which cannot be recycled in many local recycle plants as they need specialist recycling due to the plastic they are made of…

Greenpeace USA…had something to say about that…

In a statement emailed to EcoWatch, Greenpeace USA Plastics Campaigner Kate Melgesexplained exactly what she thought was wrong with Perez’s reasoning:

It is mighty convenient for the world’s worst plastic polluter to insist that people want their single-use plastic around. Coca-Cola continues to show how out of touch it is with the environmental crises communities around the world are facing. The solution is not to simply swap one throwaway material for another or continue to fall back on recycling. The solution is for Coca-Cola and other consumer goods giants to fundamentally rethink how they’re bringing products to people, centering systems of reuse and package-free options. We cannot afford the levels of inaction that Coke has shown thus far. Soon, the company will realize just how sick and tired people are of its plastic addiction.

What can we do? That’s easy isn’t it? We are the consumer ….We have a choice what we buy….We could quite easily just stop purchasing Coca Cola…Will you?

https://www.ecowatch.com/coca-cola-plastic-pollution-2644896488.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

On a happier note…John Rieber told me about how Kelly Clarson on her show was promoting Grow your own With Jennifer Garner..there is now a rooftop garden on top of the television studio building…The show was the Sept 11th ( one) I had missed…Well worth watch and good to see celebrities getting behind this Grow Your own….Thank you, John.

How cool is that? John always wows me with some of his gastronomic finds pop over and enjoy x

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments xx

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx