Category Archives: Environment

Recycling and Climate Change…23rd March 2020…Mother Nature wins…

Hello and welcome… the world is changing swiftly.. fast before our eyes and not all for the good but as the Phoenix whose rose from the flames…changes are happening in front of our eyes the atmosphere is clearing..waters are running clearer …dolphins and fish are appearing on the waterways of Venice …Mother Nature is being very quick to reclaim her territory…How wonderful is that?

It is said Venice is cleaner than it has been for 60 years in just a few weeks…

According to local newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre, the decline in people, tourists especially, has brought “back the lagoon waters of ancient times, those of the post-war period, when it was even still possible to bathe in the waters of the canals”.

I do hope that when the dust has settled that lessons will be learnt and that the fish and dolphins will stay and that people will respect that and the tours will not come back in the same numbers…

Thank you Tori for sending all your findings to me on the environment you are a star..Tori is an avid supporter of helping the environment xx

I have been to Venice and seen the dirty waters and it is such a delight to see how quickly they have returned to a more natural state… it makes me have hope among all this doom and gloom and tragedy which is unfolding worldwide before our eyes…Mother nature will win…

I have been watching an old film on U-Tube this week…Called “Life after People” …

It shows that we cannot win if we carry on as we are and that Nature will always win…we need to suck that up and listen…

Whatever man does and they are sure trying their hardest and this organisation certainly defines all credibility and fully deserve a permanent spot in my …

Naughty Corner…

Florida Retail Federation or the State of Florida that still has preemption laws on the books which prohibit environmentally conscious cities from banning styrofoam, plastic bags, and plastic straws?

They have put their Civic responsibilities below their mercantile interests…Shame on them…

To read the full story and see how Dolly has tweaked my papaya salad and used a ripe papaya..sounds good Dolly…Click this link

Thank you, Dolly, for alerting us…The Florida Retail Federation is definitely firmly in this naughty corner shame on them…

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A shorter post today as I think everyone has more urgent things on their minds…I hope you all stay safe and abide by the rules of social distancing and continue to think of your neighbours in these uncertain times…Stockpiling and greed have no place in our world…

Stay safe and healthy people and as hard as it is only post facts on social media…and post the good news as well as we all need to hear that…

The future may be very different but not all bad maybe we needed this …I know mother Nature did…

Thank you for reading 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 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 stay safe and healthy xx

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

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

Recycling and Climate Change…The Good News… 2nd Dec 2019…

I love that around the world much is going on to minimize rubbish and clean up the world …I do think we all need to take part though and learn just how and what can be recycled as many things are made from a mixture of various types of plastics which then means they need specialist recycling. I am much more aware when I buy something now as to its composition so that in the event it will need recycling at some stage I know where and how…or even if it can be recycled. Are you?

 

However, the underlying message I am getting from the many programs that I watch is that ultimately we are at the mercy of big businesses, politicians, and governments who quite frankly are not doing enough…I am scared that much of what I read and see about meat is true in part but the answer for our health is not to cut out meat altogether but to cut down on our consumption as we do need to eat a healthy balanced diet.

However, there are farmers who are addressing the side effects of intensive farming they are in the minority though…This is where I feel governments need to put profit aside, get tough and mean it…

We need to step up what we do as individuals…Buy our food in season and know its origin if we don’t then don’t buy it …If governments won’t act fast enough we the consumer need to use our voices…I want my grandchildren to live healthy lives in a beautiful world and see what I have seen and more…

I am increasingly hearing and reading about animals that are becoming extinct and endangered I want my grandchildren and their children to be able to see those animals not just read about them and see exhibits in museums.

Some of those animals which are at risk are essential to our ecosystem and if that completely breaks down we humans will not continue to exist.

Many of the problems seem in my humble opinion to be linked to intensive cattle farming, deforestation, fires this is just for starters…

The good news is that some farmers are using alternative methods that pay for themselves and benefit the environment.

The program I watched was Our Planet Matters: Meat a threat to our planet… It was good because it showed the problem and a solution…

This method is being used by some intensive animal farmers however according to Our Planet Matters many companies who own these intensive cattle farms are not adopting this system…Why?

To me, it seems profit is put above the health of the consumer and the health of the planet…

Deforestation still continues ...Forests which are the habitat of many animal species are being depleted at alarming speed…Still…After all the publicity and public outcry, it is still happening…

The good news…

We can help every day if we shop and eat sensibly…

A great video and TED talk on how we can cut our carbon emissions…

Forest Fires…They are devastating to life and homes as well as wildlife plus all that smoke is going into the atmosphere…What can be done?

I have seen a few programs lately which are stating that the old aboriginal way of controlled burning is far better than all the wildfires…

It seems indigenous ways of fighting fires is far better and causes less damage…

Kenya has had a problem with water..fresh water but GivePower is starting to put an end to that…

I hope you have learned from this post that there are solutions to the bad news and scaremongering …Where we can utilize and use the carbon dioxide and methane gas which farm animals produce thus reducing the damage to the environment.

I have known Scott or Doc as many of us call him  since my Nuime days and I think it is good to hear different views and read different sources about climate change which then enables us to make informed decisions on our way forward what we are doing as a family to address climate change we cannot rely on governments and other people we all have to do our own bit to help address climate change every little bit helps…Scott’s thoughts on Climate change.

Lots of good news today…Please share your good news stories we would love to hear them…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our own homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

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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 creative week ahead xx

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Health, Recipes, and plenty of Christmas cheer! …Week ending 17th Nov 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in the world …The election in the UK is gathering momentum…There have been floods and lots of rain around the world, snow so many lovely images which I love seeing from the warm…haha…Loy Krathong is over for this year a lovely Thai Festival one of my favourites… which dates back 6,000 years…It is a beautiful festival I mean water, candles, flowers and beautiful girls however as ancient as it is I am pleased that certain things as in the making of the Krathong are being changed.

This is our little grandaughter with her Krathong made from banana leaves and fresh flowers…Isn’t it pretty?

So without any more ado let’s see what has been going on this week in my blogging world?

Monday… Recycling and environmental News…

Here in Thailand, the government means business and they have said a resounding NO!

In an effort to minimize plastic waste, Thailand will be curbing the use of plastic bags at shopping malls and department stores nationwide, from January of 2020.

This will be the first step for Thailand to eradicate any single-use plastic by 2021.

Photo credit: European Parliament on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Already you can see the signs the bags are disappearing faster than the speed of light here…

Sweden… well my admiration knows no bounds have no recycling waste…More on this tomorrow…It is impressive what they have achieved…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/11/recycling-and-environmental-news-11th-nov-2019time-to-say-no-to-plastic-bags/

Tuesday…Time for mistletoe and wine it’s Christmas time…

I love that song..made famous by Sir. Cliff Richard…

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For a few weeks, Tuesdays will be devoted to everything Christmas…So please let’s have your recipes, pictures of your decorated houses and porches, gingerbread houses, Christmas jumpers/sweaters, homemade fudge or other sweeties anything Christmassy…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/12/mistletoe-and-wine-christmas-time/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

I was feeling rather lonely last Wednesday…NO COMMENTS…Then the lovely Pete kindly sent me a message …comments were disabled…How, when, where I hadn’t a clue but a Happiness engineer sorted it out for me so please if you wanted to comment and couldn’t it isn’t too late I would love to hear from you…Thank you, Pete, once again…

This is an example of what I really love about the blogging world someone is always ready to help…You all rock xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/13/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-18/

Also on Wednesday this week, I was over at Sally’s…

Where Sally discussed what the mineral Manganese provides and how we can increase manganese in our diets if we need to …The recipes which are tried and tested in my kitchen at home include ingredients which contain manganese…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-manganese/

Thursday…Christmas… Mistletoe and Wine and all things good …

The first of my Christmas posts…You can expect tried and tested recipes which were passed down from my mum, recipes I have been gifted by friends and family from all over the world and which are now our family favourites.

Christmas Treats and Traditions 23rd Nov

Traditions there are many Christmas traditions practiced from around the world and I will be bringing you some of those and anyone who wishes to contribute with a guest post of their own on a special Thanksgiving dish or tradition then you would be very welcome so please share…  I know my friends across the pond and my rellies celebrate Thanksgiving on the 28th of November and have turkey and lots of other goodies …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/14/christmas-mistletoe-and-wine-and-all-things-good/

Friday…Christmas …In my house…

This week I posted some Christmas cheer and trivia but starting next Friday my sample Christmas menus…I will be featuring more plant-based menus as I know many people are changing and cooking with more vegetables, lentil/beans all of which I love but the menfolk here not so much…so there will also be some recipes with fish or chicken…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/15/christmas-in-my-house-traditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia/

Saturday…There wasn’t a post this week as I was busy cooking and trying out a new ingredient I found called cowslip creeper…It is an edible flower very pretty and it tasted lovely…It grows in South East Asia, China, and India…I will share this recipe next week…

 

Here are just a couple of images to tempt you…I am nice …haha…The farmers market were selling big bags of produce and I brought a lovely big bag of fennel so looking for new recipes using fennel…

If you are experiencing wildfires or flooding then please stay safe…

Thank you for reading have a great weekend 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 well being.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 relaxing weekend xx

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chocolate, Health, Recipes …Week ending 3rd Nov 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots going on in the world it was Halloween so I have some Halloween pictures for you…There was snow, beautiful white glistening snow in Susie’s part of the world and lots of it…I love seeing those lovely images from here where I am lovely and warm on this beautiful sunny morning…

So without any more ado let’s see what has been going on this week in my blogging world?…  No… I have not been discussing Brexit although I have been watching the House of Parliament live…I have better worthwhile causes to champion…The stakes have been upped and there will now be a general election…

Will I be covering this on my blog? No! Nada! I will most definitely not be covering it…

I am sure there are many opinions and although I have mine …I am not wading in…But feel free if you wish to…I love a healthy debate…

Monday…Such an ugly looking bean which produces a mouthful of pure indulgence …such a shame that the production of this also causes hardship, lack of education, cruelty through child labour and deforestation…

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Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate??? Who pays more for chocolate and goods that carry “certified cocoa” endorsements?

It has been some 20 years that the big manufacturers of chocolate pledged to eradicate and not buy cocoa which is harvested using child labour.

Why am I surprised?… I am really old enough now to know that most promises made by companies and manufacturers are just clever marketing..lies…Designed to make us the consumer feel better and spend more money…To read the full story please click the link…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/28/recycling-and-environmental-news-28th-oct-2019chocolate-and-bees/

Tuesday…

Because I am not a party pooper I wish you all a joyous time in the coming weeks  I will be leaving you with a few tips to help you over the Christmas period and then I will leave you to enjoy it and come back just after the New Year…with more healthy eating tips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/29/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-more-diets-but-the-holiday-season-is-coming/

Wednesday…

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It is one of my favourite days where I can indulge myself …Of course in the coming weeks, it will be more Christmas focused… I will be looking at you guys to provide me with some lovely family recipes, crafts anything Christmassy…Even a Christmas jumper or three…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/30/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-16/

Thursday…

Saw the end of Pumpkin month and it was Halloween…I hope everyone who celebrated Halloween had a lovely time there have been some lovely and some quite gruesome foods I have seen…but all tasty I am sure…

The 5th of November is Guy Fawkes and celebrated in the UK…Guy Fawkes Night is annually held on November 5. It is sometimes known as Bonfire Night and marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Many people light bonfires and set off fireworks…

child with sparkler

I have many fond memories of bonfire night, potatoes and chestnuts cooked in the embers of the bonfire, of course, there are now absolutely fabulous displays but they don’t come close to my memories of such happy times as we clutched our sparklers and my dad set off the fireworks… We made our own guy and he proudly sat at the top of the bonfire although we were never allowed to participate in… penny for the guy…My mother thought it was akin to begging and we were not allowed to do that…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/31/halloween-sweet-potatoes-and-a-mexican-michelada/

Friday…

I am nearing the end of my store cupboard basic series by now you should have nicely stocked store cupboards…Spices are this weeks theme and although I grow and use many fresh spices dried spices also play their part…stronger and more intense in flavour than their fresh cousins they are ideal for baking. Everything has its place…

Roasted spices Indian cookinghttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/01/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicsspices/

Saturday…

Where I generally hand you over to Sally…This week she discusses skin and in particular eczema…I lived with skin conditions most of my life and am happy to say I am mostly itching and rash free…

Wool always made me itch so I wore cotton…when it came to bras, stocking, and suspenders it was the zinc in the clasps which gave me sore, itchy patches, I could never wear cheap earrings or necklaces ..zinc again..zippers anything which touched my skin brought it up in rashes and itchy patches…The introduction of tights wasn’t much better..nylon… Polo necks aka rashes, central heating aka rashes…Since living here…rashes…Gone…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-in-the-body-the-skin-eczema-lifestyle-or-genetics-by-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this week I hope you enjoyed the read…Have a great Sunday 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.

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

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

 

Recycling and environmental news 28th Oct 2019…Chocolate and Bees…

Once again a very warm welcome to this week’s recycling and environmental news where I post about the good, the bad and the ugly…I would also like to extend my thanks to all of you who support and comment on these posts. I know how passionate many of you are about not only the environment but recycling, our food chain, and manufacture…

Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate??? Who pays more for chocolate and goods that carry “certified cocoa” endorsements?

It has been some 20 years that the big manufacturers of chocolate pledged to eradicate and not buy cocoa which is harvested using child labour.

Why am I surprised?… I am really old enough now to know that most promises made by companies and manufacturers are just clever marketing..lies…Designed to make us the consumer feel better and spend more money…While there are farmers, young children being exploited, starved, not getting an education, being beaten, deprived of sleep and for what?….

Sorry…It’s for our expensive chocolate and for greedy manufacturers monetary gains…

Some links if you want to read more…..  what angers me more is now the statements about 2025  What!  after 20 years and executives saying they would not confirm child-free labour and such low percentages of confirmed child-free labour …24% what is that about?

For all their prettily produced videos and pictures of happy smiling faces…It is the biggest load of bull shite I have read…No more chocolate from any source for me…Until I get absolute proof…And don’t get me started on the deforestation…

My plane travel is being cited by some…as a threat to Climate change and the poor cows and their methane gas, 5G…All designed to take our focus away from the real problems…Yes, folks …we are being duped…Once again!

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/chocolate-companies-sell-certified-cocoa-but-some-of-those-farms-use-child-labor-harm-forests/ar-AAJh0lR?li=BBx1bGE

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/business/hershey-nestle-mars-chocolate-child-labor-west-africa/

https://www.mars.com/sustainability-plan/cocoa-for-generations

I love honey…I love fresh honey…But without bees that will decline…Bees are our largest pollinator and there are not just honey bees but thousands of bees who do this work, there are over 20,000 species of bees…One of mother natures gifts to us…

Pesticides, industrial farming, deforestation are decimating the bee population...If this does not stop and the bees disappear what do you think will happen?

Because we need to think…But will we?

I believe some of us will and many won’t…What will it take?

I read a blog post the other day...Sad and very well written…Lots and lots of comments …All agreeing and pledging to be more aware of highly processed foods and the chemicals our pets eat…Great news…

For me…I sympathised…didn’t say what I really thought…Why? I would have lynched verbally…

I  have noticed the same reactions/ trend on social media that when it is poor, defenceless animals ( I Love my dog) who can’t speak to us our sympathies come out by the lorry load…

My thoughts…Children can be very verbal…bless them…However, we are responsible for the food we buy and feed them…We are responsible for ensuring their safety and education…The incidences of childhood cancers and obesity are up…

Help me out here...the levels of concern and action differ somewhat…My question is why?

If you are still with me I am sorry that there is not much good news this week but both important issues to me and I hope to you?

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you helping the environment in your house and garden?

 

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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 creative week ahead xx