Category Archives: Happy New Year

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Happy New Year’s Eve – 2020 in the rear view mirror by Sally Cronin.

A brilliant look back at 2020 from Sally…a fun read which puts it all into context…Please head over and have a read you will love it! Happy New Year xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to a review of the year past and a celebration of the one to come.

I am sure that I don’t need to add anything further about 2020 that has not been said already in the last nine months by millions around the world.  Despite the many challenges during the year due to Covid, Presidential elections and Brexit, there were still some events that brought smiles to our faces and inspired us to do more for others.

Gold Star from Leeds City Council | Aire View Care Home

There are many stars of the year that I want to mention, including of course the front line health care teams who have worked so hard to keep people alive, the delivery drivers who have kept food on the table, the supermarket workers who turned up to work every day. Also the parents who have home schooled their children, which is not an easy task,and the teachers who worked with their students…

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Dec 31st…

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

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

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

Friday…In my kitchen… 

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

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

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

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That’s it only two posts…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CarolCooks2…2019…A recap and some thank you’s…

It’s New Years Eve…My last post of 2019…

A time to cast off the old and bring in the new...

 

Here is how the New Year starts around the world…Just a little taster…

First Footing…Is Scotland’s New Year’s Eve celebration of Hogmanay, “first-footing” is practised across the country. The first person who crosses a threshold of a home in the New Year should carry a gift for luck. Scots also hold bonfire ceremonies where people parade while swinging giant fireballs on poles, supposedly symbols of the sun, to purify the coming year.

In Spain, it is customary to eat 12 grapes one for each of the 12 strokes of midnight…

Columbians have a love of travel so traditionally an empty suitcase is carried around the block…Mmmm I know someone who may be happy to adopt that tradition…Debby Giess…

The Danes throw all their old crockery against the doors of family and friends to ward off bad spirits…They also stand on chairs and at the stroke of midnight leap off into the New Year…

Greece…An onion is traditionally hung on the front door of homes on New Year’s Eve in Greece as a symbol of rebirth in the New Year. On New Year’s Day, parents wake their children by tapping them on the head with the onion…

If they didn’t have a headache from the excesses of celebrating they could well do after getting banged on the head with an onion…

Others celebrate by wearing coloured knickers or burning effigies of politicians or famous people…I bet a few of us could relate to that one…after the political years, we have endured around the world…Mmmmm… Nuff said…

The New Year whether you are out partying or spending a quiet one at home…Like Moi…Then I will leave you with my final cocktail of the year…

The 1953 Atomic Cocktail is the definitive version of this iconic drink. An unknown bartender at the Sky Room, on the third-floor bar at the world-famous Desert Inn, Las Vegas, created it. The Atomic Cocktail arrived before the clouds had even cleared. Before the true extent of the devastation inflicted on Hiroshima was known. It then was renamed the Hiroshima…

This one also reminds me of a Bob Marley and the hangover…lol…It was also where my younger son #2 lost some of his eyebrows…That is another story…For another day…x

Ahhh…Jamaica what memories….xx

Here in Thailand although New Year is celebrated the Thai New Year is the Songkram Festival in April…

Fireworks…Is how most of us see in the New Year…This is my thought for 2020…

It may be in our own homes or at an organised display and of course all the major cities around the world vie with each other to see who has the most impressive display…I wonder how many of those will be Climate-friendly or will no such thoughts be applied? Fireworks originated in China and now they have launched a light show with drones as an alternative…

I mean do we really need the bangs? It scares the animals for one…I think we should be writing to our councillors and MP’S….Just saying…Do eco-friendly fireworks exist? Indeed they do…

Lastly but certainly not least...Some thanks …Many thanks go to Sally as she has let me indulge my passion for cookery in my Cookery Column over at Smorgasbord Magazine also for letting me join her in our joint venture to promote health by knowing what foods address any deficiencies in our diets…Sally is a Health Professional…I provide recipes which contain fruits or vegetables which can aid our good health and any deficiences…Thank you, Sally… xxx

Thanks also go to Esme where I have been writing about the Culinary Alphabet ( A-Z) for the last 2 years…Thank you, Esme …xxx

Special thanks go to you my readers for your constant support and comments…Which I love…I have had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people over the last few years…A variety of blogs which cover many subjects…Some of which I have learnt much particularly about bravery,  fortitude, music, books, writing, gardening and also the unflinching will to live…I have been in tears and awe at times…

When I started my blogging journey I just didn’t know…I found a wonderful community of such strong, kindhearted souls…You all rock…Thank you …I love you all xxx