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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 28th June June-4th July 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy, and Chocolate…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…Recycling and Climate Change… 29th June 2020…

In this post, I looked at factory farming and how it could if unchecked be the source of future pandemics and how by changing our meat-eating habits we could prevent this…I and my family eat meat as well as lots of fruit and vegetables both cooked and raw…I also believe we should eat a varied diet and apply moderation for certain food groups

 

 

I have made a promise with some prompting from my readers to give my opinion on them and I will when I come across one of the products…There have also been some readers comments which I will share tomorrow…Others topics discussed was the Circular Economy, solar and dirty seas…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/29/recycling-and-climate-change-29th-june-2020/

Tuesday was the day for some recipes…Eggplant, Garlic, Horseradish and a Mai Tai…

You may think that is a strange combination however there are lots of National Days and months relating to food…There really are…Today is the last day of the National Eat your Fruit and Vegetables Month as well as the last day for the National Eggplant, Garlic and Horseradish Month…It is also National Mai Tai Day today…and why not?

Therefore I am going to share my favourite recipes using the above vegetables and fruit and after that, I will surely need a Mai Tai…Just saying…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/30/eggplant-garlichorseradish-and-a-mai-tai/

Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

A day where I indulge my whimsy…this week not so much I don’t know why but most roads led back to Covid-19 and I just didn’t want to go there…but I found some delightful teddy bears and some music…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/01/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-9/

Wednesday was also the day where I shared Sally’s new Project 101..Today she discussed Vitamin D…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resistance-vitamin-d-deficiency-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Thursday…Time for some Food Therapy from Sally@Smorgasbord Health.

This week it is on the benefits of watercress…I love egg and watercress sandwiches and the childhood memories it invokes…High tea on Sunday with shellfish and crumpets and of course cake or Salmon, watercress and egg sandwiches and of course cake or scones with jam..homemade of course…It appears my mother knew the benefits of feeding us watercress.

In this post-Sally will tell you all about the health benefits of watercress coupled with a lovely watercress soup recipe and she has kindly linked to my recipes using watercress….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/02/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-watercress-more-iron-than-spinach/

 Friday in my kitchen..how to reduce kitchen waste…

I was taught by my nana and my mother how to cook and to never waste food and it has stayed with me all my life I, in turn, taught my children and hope they are teaching theirs…It has many benefits as there is the knock-on effect of saving money, having tastier, healthier meals with no preservatives or fillers…Reducing food waste not only helps the environment, but it’s also an excellent way to save some extra money and time.

A win, win situation…and you will always have delicious, healthy food ton your table…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/03/friday-in-my-kitchen-how-to-reduce-kitchen-waste/

Saturday Snippets…

This week there was some delightful wildlife ..the saga of dead man’s fingers continued but a tad more enticing as in a tipple of rum…

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I also shared a recipe for a delicious, finger-licking crab curry ..you will definitely require a bib and finger bowls but enjoy the most delicious food ever…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/04/saturday-snippets-6/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

Here is Smorgasbord Blog Magazine weekly Roundup…

Packed with music, recipes, poetry, health advice, books reviews too much to mention just a delightful jam-packed week something for everyone to enjoy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-june-28th-july-4th-2020-music-festival-book-covers-fairy-stories-poetry-book-reviews-and-author-promotions/

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

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

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

No dead man’s fingers, geckos and snakes this week just rain and lots of it…the low season aka rainy season has set in…yesterday was the first day of continuous rain a steady downpour although the tropical storms are fierce and spectacular they come and go with half an hour…

However, I did come across a rum called... Dead Man’s Fingers which is a blend of Rum and spices created at the Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives, Cornwall. Inspired by local flavours such as Saffron cake, spiced fruit, and the Shack’s own Pedro Ximinez ice cream. Enjoy it mixed or neat, either way, this is not your usual rum…This is Cornish Soul.

Dead man’s fingers are also found in Blue crabs…they are the gills of a blue crab. They have a greyish, shriveled appearance, which some people think makes them look like the fingers of a corpse.

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Contrary to what some people believe, they are not toxic or harmful in any way. They just don’t look or taste good.

Thai Crab Cakes or a delicious crab curry although messy to eat is finger lickin so good!

Today it is Thai Crab Curry…

Thai crab curry is a wonderful thing and has to be eaten with your hands which will smell of curry for a while afterwards but leave you with a feeling of satisfaction which is amazing.

Let’s Cook!

  • 1 Large crab ( 2.5-3lbs)
  • 1 1/2 cups spring onions and coriander chopped
  • 2tbsp garlic rough chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1tbsp roasted chilli in oil(prik pao)
  • 1/2 cup of milk or coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp Thai pepper powder
  • 1tbsp Waugh’s curry powder
  • 2tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 3tbsp oil
  • 3/4 cup of water.

Wash and clean crab, remove the shell and internal organs. Chop into large pieces.

In a small bowl mix milk, egg and chilli paste. Set aside.

Heat oil over medium heat add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add crab and stir then add curry powder. Stir well and add water. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour in egg and Oyster sauce stirring until the egg mixture is cooked then cook 6-8 mins or until crab is cooked.

Add spring onions and coriander stir well and add Thai chilli oil. Sprinkle with Thai pepper powder.

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Transfer crab to a serving dish and serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy! But don’t forget the finger bowls..x

I often wish I had taken more photos when my kids were growing up…There was the time when our pet python escaped it was even on the local news..where did we find him well one time as he escaped twice he was found curled up in my sons millennium falcon ..a star wars space ship for those who don’t know… the second time he was in our bed closer to my hubby than he liked….he has never got up so quick and I captured none of it…This video is a tad sweeter as it is a child’s outdoor play area and no snakes for those of you who have an aversion to them…

So cute…

Wellness Corner:

It’s time again for Sally @Smorgasbord Blog and her brilliant new series Project 101 Resilience this week it is Vitamin D… a vitamin which is very important for our health…Sally will tell you why and how if you are deficient in Vitamin D… how easy it is to rectify.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/30/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resistance-vitamin-d-deficiency-part-two-getting-sufficient-by-sally-cronin/

If you missed Part 1 of Vitamin D there is a link at the bottom of part 2…

Finally, It was on the 4th of July…Independence Day In America…back in 1831 “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” was 1st sung in Boston…For my family and loyal readers who live in the US…this is for you…xxx

God Bless America!

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practice social distancing…I believe we haven’t seen the end of this virus yet and that there is more to come…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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

A beautiful informative post from Sally… I mean who doesn’t feel good when the sun shines and the summer fruits are either ready and waiting to be picked fresh from your garden or calling to you…BUY ME! EAT ME! as you walk around the store or your local market. It is a wonderful time of year when our thoughts turn to a cooling and refreshing smoothie or a beautiful fruit salad…

So come on head over Sally’s for some great info on the benefits and recipes…The whole package in one read…Enjoy!

 

Head over and read how Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with COVID- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance.

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Make the most of Summer – Homemade Fruit Salad and Smoothies

 

Just like our cars and bikes which need to be kept well oiled…Sally is on hand with her expert advice on the oils we need to keep our bods in tip-top condition and the benefits…Please pop over and have read and leave a comment on what oil you use…we would love to know there are also some tried and tested recipes for you…Everything you need at your fingertips for a healthy body …Enjoy!

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Olive Oil…keeps your body moving by Sally Cronin

Salmon is one of my favourite fish…and also one I can easily get here which is a bonus…Today Sally is giving you the low down on the health benefits of salmon and is also sharing some of my favourite Salmon recipes…I love the two combined as often I read articles about the benefits of eating a portion of certain foods and then I have to look for recipes…This is like one-stop shopping Health and Nutrition plus recipes does it get any better than that? I would say not…Enjoy!

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Salmon – Omega 3 on a Plate

Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience – An opportunity to get fighting fit – Sally Cronin

Are you all in for a treat over the coming weeks…Sally is sharing all her knowledge and expertise on how to lose weight and keep it off and who hasn’t put on weight during this lockdown I know I have….Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the new series – Project 101 – Resilience.

As with most of you, I have spent the last 10 weeks in lock down with only a visit to the supermarket for fresh produce once a week. Thankfully, and touch wood, none of our family or close friends have been infected and slowly we are all coming out of hibernation and preparing to face the world again.

I am sure I am not alone in feeling somewhat nervous about this and will continue with my early shopping to avoid the crowds, wear gloves and a mask when shopping and decontaminate when I get home again.

I have been making good use of the time by continuing to work on keeping myself fit plus resurrecting some writing projects. I have also been planning the direction I would like the blog to take in the next year. For example, I wanted…

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