Category Archives: Monday Musings

Monday Musings…26th September 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings…Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…today there is a little about climate change as I think it seems to have taken a backward step over the last few years especially with Covid and waste due to more take out food…September is also the national mushroom month in both the US and the UK…we love mushrooms cooked in many ways and my vegetarian dish on Tuesday will be a delicious mushroom one and my dedicated meat eaters here didn’t even bat an eyelid about the lack of meat…

B Corps…not something I have heard of before I read about it here...I am hoping that it is far more stringent than previous attempts to clean up the industry…I am forever the sceptic…a prime example is “Fair Trade”

circular recycling the world and a green leaf

If you are looking to make your lifestyle more planet friendly there can be an enormous amount of information to trawl through…plus also certifications…while eco-labels offer positive steps none of them goes the whole hog and can hand on heart tell you that a company /business is both ethical and sustainable…this system has a rigid process and has 5 key objectives brands have to meet…governance, workers, community, customers, plus the environment…

Food and drink brands are proving enthusiastic adopters of the scheme, which balances profit with purpose…of course, I have googled it and the criteria does seem stringent and not easy to whizz through an application…I have found a link to UK Certification also…

Becky whose blog is Platform Number 4 is an avid supporter of green living and the environment…in this post, Becky is highlighting frontline communities in need of support. The climate crisis is on full display this week with hurricanes and typhoon-related storms causing mass destruction…Please help, if you can…

https://platformnumber4.com/2022/09/19/climate-movement-monday-in-support-of-puerto-rico-western-alaska-other-frontline-communities-tracy-abell/

After breaking havoc in Puerta Rico…Hurricane Fiona is still on the rampage…

This video shows the extent of the damage  Hurricane Fiona has left in her wake…

So many people with homes gone, no electricity or drinking water…

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments x

Monday Musings …19th September 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings..Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours… Today it is a thoughtful place when I look around the world and see how many people are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II…

It doesn’t seem appropriate to chatter on about anything else, not today…so I will leave you with two of my favourite pieces of music a hymn and the National Anthem from last night of the proms…

Thank you for indulging me today,,, Normal service will be resumed tomorrow..xx

Monday Musings…12th September 2022…Queen Elizabeth II…

 

Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope it is yours… Today it is a thoughtful place when I look around the world and see not only is there so much that is right and to be celebrated there is also so much that must be put right…Social Media and attitudes are continually disturbing me…I am by no means perfect and don’t profess to be but it’s time we were all kinder and more accepting of differences…both in cultures and opinions…

Last week was a sad week for me and many others around the world…Queen Elizabeth II left this world to join her prince and the double rainbow that appeared that very afternoon over Buckingham Palace cemented that thought for me I know it was an act of nature but I believe it was also a sign…

As I type the Queen is making her long journey home from her beloved Scotland and it seemed fitting to me that she passed somewhere she loved Balmoral Castle…she had a privileged life but to me, she was like a bird in a golden cage…now she can fly free…

Known for her wicked sense of fun and humour she was also dedicated to her role as Queen and Monarch and no one did it better…always a constant in my life she will be missed as much as if she had been my grandmother…

She ruled with both dignity and grace and will be greatly missed by so many around the world…God Bless the Queen…

That is all for today as I can’t think of anything else which is appropriate and fitting to share this post it should stand alone just like we do without our Queen…

Monday Musings…22nd August 2022…

We must say no to kitchen waste…as you know I abhor waste, especially food waste 27 million tons per year…This number is even more striking, given the large number of hungry people in the world. Wasted food is not only inefficient, it’s a social justice issue. Global food waste has an enormous environmental impact, too.

Food waste is a huge source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and wasted natural resources. We all need to do our part individually its a drop in the ocean collectively it’s a continent…

I pride myself on cutting waste where I can but I am sure I can do more…I am taking the challenge …Will you?

https://www.acterra.org/food-waste-challenge

As you know I am passionate about food waste and food safety i.e I want my family to eat chemical-free food BUT with the increase in take away(out) food since the arrival of covid there are many ways your food can become contaminated…and this is one of them below…

Many people believe that it is safe to heat food in Styrofoam in the microwave. However, the truth is that it is not safe and can release harmful chemicals into your food. These chemicals can cause cancer. Additionally, these chemicals have been linked to health problems such as cancer, reproductive issues, and endocrine disruption. Plus, it’s not the most effective way to reheat food… To read the original post please click here

 

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have a wonderfully productive week…as always I look forward to your comments…xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 7th -13th August 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Morbid Obesity,Energy Crisis… How to reduce energy useage in your kitchen … and Saturday Snippets where “Vine” is my one word prompt.…

Welcome to my weekly roundup …August is here and still sunny for many…August was originally named Sextilis it was later renamed after Julius Augustus, the first Roman emperor it seems the sun is still shining in the UK…which means BBQs galore are still on the menu or beautiful healthy salads…For some August brings the best bounty of the season—ripened tomatoes, ripe melon, sweet corn on the cob, and zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, peaches to name but a few…

Although we should be doing all we can to preserve the “Honey Bees” …August 20th is “World Honeybee Day” where I’m sure there will be many tips and ideas on how we can play our part in the preservation of the honeybee…Here are a few tips on how we can play our part…

Monday Musings…

A mixed bag last week in Monday musings bit all important…Renewables have been on the agenda for so long but here was something new and maybe the future, many animals are essential to our survival are many insects and the Monarch Butterfly is one …a beautiful butterfly which is now on the endangered list we cannot let it become extinct…Can we?

Both children and adults love to see a butterfly landing on one of our flowers..so pretty…but so essential because as pollinators, the monarch butterfly migration across the continent provides an invaluable service, essential for many ecosystems to thrive. It is thanks to pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, and other insects, that we have many of the flowers and dietary staples that we enjoy, like squash and blueberries and other fruits and vegetables that require pollinators…we lose all our pollinators and we lose much of our food resources…

Pollinators like children deserve to thrive there are so many wars around the world and whatever the cause it’s the woman and the children who suffer…combined we should all be working towards peace for all those who are suffering the effects of war…I don’t know the answer but our sympathies should be with all the children not just the ones where we think war is not justified…Think about that…

https://carolcooks2.com/2022/08/08/monday-musings-8th-august-2022/

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Coq Au Vin…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Coq Au Vin…

A classic French dish that is easily replicated at home and so very easy to make...one pot cooking…

I also included a vegan option...which I hope my vegetarian and vegan readers enjoy!

Wednesday…A-Z of World Cuisine this week…Egypt

I do hope you are enjoying my virtual A-Z tours of the worlds cuisine…Egypt sounds like it has a fascinating mix of  cuisines many dishes where the recipes have been passed down through the centuries with little or no changes…Enjoy!

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 21…Egypt where Koshari is the National dish…

I am loving this series of Sally’s it is so informative and interesting…Candida Albicans appears to be the root of many health problems the questionnaire is very simple and it could be the answer and solution to your health problem…Please head over by clicking the highlighted link below…Sally will make you very welcome and would love to see you and offer advice if she can x

Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #CandidaAlbicans – Eliminating Refined Sugars by Sally Cronin

Every time I go online I am seeing how energy prices are rising, and how water shortages are getting worse because of the dry, sunny weather…in this post, I tell you about some simple changes you can make in your kitchen that may reduce your energy costs, help the environment by saving water its a win-win…

CarolCooks2…Fuel costs ARE rising… How to cut energy costs in the Kitchen!

Saturday Snippets one of my favourite posts to write of the week and this

Saturday Snippets…13th August 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Vine”

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup…I hope that you found something you liked as always I look forward to your comments…I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and I  hope to see you here next week …Carol xx

Monday Musings 8th August 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings the first week of August is done and dusted…soon be time to make the Christmas puddings and cake…Just saying!…my phone arrived back to me very quickly courtesy of #thaismile airways such good service…I am impressed…

Today there is a selection of posts which struck a chord with me this last week…renewable energy seems to be constantly in the news and this post by acflory (Meeks) shows us that there is another viable alternative which is a plus and gives us more hope for the future …

Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post.

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2022/07/29/hydrogen-the-perfect-renewable/#like-16981

The Monarch Butterfly…

The beautiful Monarch Butterfly is now an “endangered species” …

As of July 25, 2022—Monarch butterflies are on the Endangered Threatened Species “Red List.”

Their status was announced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature last week…to read what we can do please click the highlighted link below…

https://4writersandreaders.com/2022/08/05/celebrate-the-great-monarch-butterfly-migration-help-protect-this-endangered-threatened-species/

When attacks are made on women and children, by whom and who should not be why news is not reported…News agencies need to show all the news when acts of barbarism are continually committed on children and women…Pete has highlighted this in his recent post please click the highlighted link below…most of us have children or grandchildren would we be happy if these children were part of our families…

Children Palestine.

https://beetleypete.com/2022/08/05/not-ukraine/

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments …I hope you all have a productive week ahead and if you have sunshine ..enjoy! or keep cool..but be happy and pass along a smile…x