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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 12th July -18th July 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Plantain…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on lockdown once again as cases are on the rise again a second phase…Let’s hope it is for the last time, stay safe and strong…Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…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… 13th July 2020…

Tomorrow well I had it all planned and then I watched “The Story of Plastic” tomorrow night I will be attending the virtual webinar…

The film has given me much to think about I will of course update you on what I have learnt over the next few weeks as it touched on many aspects and I can see how Climate change and plastics are not two separate entities they must be tackled simultaneously.

The plastics manufacturing industry has after so long of laying the responsibility solely at the consumer’s door take full responsibility and if a plastic they produce cannot be recycled then it shouldn’t be made and they must make those changes.

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change… 13th July 2020…

I discussed Cryobattery plants, bees which are so very important to continued life on earth it’s as simple as that…and some innovative ideas of reusing plastic waste…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/13/recycling-and-climate-change-13th-july-2020/

Tuesday: How to make the perfect Stir Fry…

A perfect stir fry is easy if you know how… I struggled with that for years before I moved here that perfect stir fry always eluded me the consequence was I didn’t make them…

Fish, meat, noodles or vegetables cooked in a small amount of oil over high heat while stirring briskly…with the addition of some aromatics and sauce flummoxed me every time.

No longer I now cook a stir fry virtually every day…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/14/how-to-make-the-perfect-stir-fry/

Wednesday saw the start of my new bi-weekly series The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…Starting at the beginning with A however the A -Z will be the last letter…Instead of Apple, it will be Pasta for example…

It was Pete Springer who threw the gauntlet down and I picked it up…Not sure if I will be able to find very much for some the letters but I will give it my best shot…

Asafoetida(Hing), Aquafaba, Feta and Banana were some …Next week it will be the letter B…

Spoiler Alert for B…Carob, Lamb, Hobnob…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/15/the-culinary-alphabet-in-reverse/

Wednesday was also the day for Sally’s health posts...Her new series..Project Resilience 101…

This great new series discusses the importance of keeping our bodies healthy and this week it was our gut #Candida…#recommended read as we all need to look after our bods we only one and personally I don’t like being sick and having aches and pains especially if it can be avoided…So to get a healthy body pop over to Sallys…

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience – The importance of a healthy gut (part two) #Candida by Sally Cronin

Thursday…Nothing for Thursday…

I just couldn’t get enthused plus I was working on my cookbook…I trialled a lovely passionfruit and chicken dish which needs a few adjustments nothing major like don’t bother cooking it again…but a few tweaks…All of my recipes are tested and inflicted on my long-suffering testers some they like, some they love and some I have to do a little persuading ..I beg…but I will say they are brutal but know enough about what makes food taste good to also offer some constructive criticism… Not many go in the bin or the dog never to be seen again…x

Friday…The Plantain…

Plantains are a type of banana which cannot be eaten raw unless they are very, very ripe…I like them cooked as if you are making banana fritter or something they are firmer and don’t go to mush like a normal eating banana…Enjoy!

I will say they are calorific but a lovely treat…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/17/fruity-friday-plantain/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

Is really Whimsical Wednesdays rebranded…Some Billy Joel, Nadia Comaneci, Caviar and trivia…with some interesting facts about Thyme from Sally…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/18/saturday-snippets-8/

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’s 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… with music provided by Aretha …Just pop over to Sally’s and you can enjoy it as well xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/smorgasbord-weekly-round-up-12th-18th-july-2020-childrens-book-store-relationships-italian-cookery-book-reviews-

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

Recycling and Climate Change… 13th July 2020…

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world…

I am quite excited that the UK is taking Climate Change seriously and they are building the world’s largest Cryobattery facility will be housed near Manchester in the UK and help the country store renewable energy.

The world’s first commercial liquid air battery project planned for Trafford, Greater Manchester, will help the UK make the most of its solar and wind energy.  The world’s largest liquid air battery…

It will form a key part of the push towards net zero, bringing greater flexibility to Britain’s electricity grid and creating green-collar jobs in Greater Manchester.

The creation of green-collar jobs is also important as we need jobs and opportunities for people to come over from sectors which will be made redundant through the changes…

 

A fascinating video that shows the idea from conception to reality…

Slash and Burn Farming is always controversial…This idea called Inga Alley Cropping saves the need for that…Thank you, Tori, for sending me this…

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http://www.ingafoundation.org/

This is such a cool idea…

An Indian architect has developed a revolutionary new way to serve the housing needs of a population, while also fighting air pollution.

Tejas Sidnal is the mastermind behind Carbon Craft Design: a Mumbai-based startup that specializes in capturing carbon emissions from the air and turning it into a stylish tile.

Using a device called the AIR-INK, the company is able to draw CO2 out of the polluted city air, combine it with a mixture of marble chips and powder, and then press it into elegantly-designed tiles.

The inventiveness and creativeness of some minds always amaze me…

Bees are so important to our very existence…

In just one sentence this is how important the bee is…Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops.

This means that 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees.

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This story was posted by the Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeepers Association…

When Lynne Zabeck’s husband Leonard told her about a swarm that had appeared in a tree overhanging their beloved horse Murphy’s field Lynne was not concerned. She knew that honey bees in a swarm are very, very placid, and imagined that Murphy would only be slightly interested, if even at all.
Looking forward to seeing both the bees and Murphy, Lynne and Leonard traveled a few minutes to reach the field Murphy had lived in since he was a foal, over 20 years ago. They took some photographs and once home shared them with a beekeeping friend, asking for advice in order to help the bees as much as they could. The friend was working overseas so it was the next evening before he replied and advised Lynne and Leonard to contact their local Beekeepers Association. He explained the bees had more than likely came from a hive and would not be best equipped to cope with harsh Scottish changeable weather.
With an amber weather warning issued for thunder, lightning, and risk of flooding beginning later that same evening Lynne contacted us immediately and soon we were en route to a beautiful little hamlet called Maryburgh in Fife. It wasn’t long after arriving that lightning began striking and lighting up the sky so we worked very quickly to get the bulk of the swarm into the box. The rest of the bees were coming down the tree and getting in too but every time the lightning lit up the sky the bees would freeze rigid and didn’t resume moving towards the box until a few minutes after each lightning strike.
The field was dark and as the bees were making their way to the box the lightning showed the bees festooning, almost as if they were all holding each other, guiding themselves to the entrance of the box, together as one, to be with the queen.
Preparing to leave we casually mentioned we would think of a nice name for the queen and Lynne suggested Marcy. Lynne went on to tell us Marcy was the name of her wonderful pony who had also lived in the field alongside Murphy and had sadly died last year.
The bees were taken to our apiary and the weather was dire, throughout that weekend. The rain barely stopped and we had high winds The bees didn’t worry, they were snuggled up in their small nuc box, just on four frames, which is not a lot – especially compared to Queen Boudicea (Bo) who lives next door and you may recall needed 15 frames for her large colony. We reduced the size of the entrance in order for the bees to defend themselves against robber bees and faced the entrance at the opposite side from Bo’s. An inspection was carried out on Monday (past) and showed brood at all stages. We estimate by the end of the week the young new bees will be emerging and this colony will explode with life.
We were lucky enough to see young Marcy herself and if you would like to see her please look at our previous queen spotting exercise. Here you will see her in all her glory, our new wonderful Queen Marcy.
If you click below you can see the beautiful pictures of the bees entering their new home
Please remember if you grow your own or even just have a lawn please, please do not use weedkillers or insecticides…We need Bees to survive.

 

 

Well, that’s all for me this week on the environment and climate change…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

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 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 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

 

Waste Not! Want Not!… Week 14…Waste to Bioplastics…

Good morning from sunny Thailand the Banana Bread is in the oven…so many bananas… After my rant and rave last week about sludge dumping on The Great Barrier Reef after a call to arms for all you voters in Australia.

The heartening news is that if you are Australian and have a vote then you can become a Climate Voter…So if you care about your beautiful natural wonders and want to stop pollution sign up…I just wish I was an honorary Aussie and could vote as I would… These politicians who endorse and allow these acts to go ahead need telling and voting OUT!

Be a climate Voter!

https://www.acf.org.au/

 

Now for the good news stories…I am really heartened by the initiatives which I am discovering that are happening from all around the world…Your comments are also a revelation when I hear from you guys what is going on in your neck of the woods all good stuff…How you are reducing the carbon footprints and coming up with ideas to cut waste and protect the environment.

green foot prints eco system

 

Take heart all these great local initiatives will gradually spread and we will make a difference…

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This community in Amsterdam, Holland is doing just that…

 

What a great idea and easily adoptable anywhere…

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My kids always wore Lacoste polo shirts...In an effort to raise awareness for endangered species, sports fashion brand Lacoste has replaced its iconic crocodile logo with 10 different animals, which represent species that are sadly facing extinction. Featured on the brand’s classic white polo, the limited edition collection—titled Save Our Species—marks a three-year partnership between Lacoste and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Well Done Lacoste!

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I think by now most of us realise that the reduction and killing of bees will serve as a death knell for the ecosystem…What can we do? We can plant our gardens with plants and flowers which attract bees. To attract honey bees, start by planting single-petal flowers with yellow, white, blue, and purple blooms in your yard. You can also plant bee-friendly herbs like rosemary, lavender, sage, and thyme. Next, stop using pesticides on your lawn and let the foliage grow a little wild to provide shelter for the bees.

I know many people see dandelions as a weed but they have many uses medically and as food…Allow them to grow but restrict their growing area so they don’t take over…Bees love the dandelion…Dandelion is also one of the 13 essential plants for human survival…Did you know that? there is also  A dandelion May Festival in Amish Country…

Not such a humble weed after all…To read about the Dandelion its uses and health benefits click the link below…

https://draxe.com/dandelion-tea/

Still on the subject of bees…Did you know?

Beehives are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid pace, and this isn’t just affecting our honey supply. Without bees, a whole lot of the food we eat wouldn’t exist anymore; produce such as almonds and cherries, for instance, are dependent on bee pollination to grow. Bee disappearances are partially due to pesticides and mites, but climate change is also a big factor… Read More…

http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2017/04/man-creates-homemade-beehive-save-the-bees-going-absolutely-viral.html?fbclid=IwAR3EX_DtZ-bx8nFuS6dQRCI6Y_AdHR_PCVDBm-pesk_dfq78x_F6nF8J4q8

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Mexico is famous for tequila, avocado and corn…All which are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastic market, with companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.

How innovative is that? Turning plant waste into bioplastic?

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-environment-plastic/turning-waste-into-bioplastics-mexico-strikes-green-gold-idUSKCN1LS23B

I don’t know about you but when I see and hear initiatives like these around the world I am amazed at just how talented some people are and how they really care about minimising waste…

But please do not think that what you do in your own home doesn’t count because it does …It really does every little bit no matter how small adds to the bigger picture and that picture is growing and there will soon be enough to fill many galleries BUT we cannot rest on our laurels there is still much to be done and if you think of an initiative join  a group make it a group effort if it requires that…

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Now let’s go 8,409 km from  Mexico to the UK… Where inspired by the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, a region of the UK has created the country’s first local circular economy.

The traditional system of getting rid of waste is linear: packaging is made, used and disposed of but the local authority in Cambridgeshire along with a local plastics processor and packaging company have joined together to create a model which is circular.

Waste bin and bags

Image by kalhh on Pixabay

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/spotlight/from-waste-to-resource-is-this-the-future-for-plastic/ar-BBTER3r?li=BBoPWjQ

Thank you so much for reading this post …Please share your ideas on how we can save our carbon footprints and the environment and if you live in Oz please try to stop this happening…I love to hear from you in comments 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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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