Category Archives: #Monday Musings

Monday Musings 25th July 2022…

Monday Musings 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…July has arrived as has the sun but it is also coming to the end…will August be as sunny? I hope so for those I am leaving behind as most do love the sunny days it makes one feel feel so much better…

I only have a few days left of my trip its been such fun and lovely to catch up with family and friends who have made me very welcome…I have been very lucky with the weather and have had to use a bigger case for all my purchases… it’s a good job I have a bigger luggage allowance on my return trip…phew…

Today I am sharing the good news we are going to become great-grandparents in Jan 2023…

That means another trip to the Uk…not for Christmas but for afterwards…maybe I can bring the sunshine with me again…or just buy some wellies…lol…

Now for some “Global Good News”…

How Sussex farmers(UK) plan to rewild a nature-rich green corridor to the sea
23 July 2022 – The Weald to Waves project aims to boost biodiversity by rewilding land as part of the government ‘landscape recovery’ pilot scheme. The Weald to Waves project aims to create at least 10,000 hectares (24,710 acres) of nature-friendly land in corridors running from the rolling hills of the Weald down the valleys of the Rivers Arun and Adur to boost biodiversity on land and in the sea.

Will this mean Climate Smart rewilding while still providing food…an interesting clip…Fingers crossed it will be a way forward…To read more Global Good News about bees and electric cars etc etc… please click here

The Earth shot Prize this wonderful project founded by Prince William and Sir David Attenborough is headed for Boston(US) this in December this year…

I can’t wait to see who are the finalists this year and see what innovative ideas they have come up with…

That’s all for today’s Monday Musings…Thank you so much for joining me as always I look forward to your comments…next week normal service will be resumed and I will be back to visiting a few more blogs but I have had a wonderful time visiting family and friends around the Uk all who have made my visit so special…xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 6th -12th March 2022-Monday Musings, Health, A-Z World Cuisine, Bangladesh, Eggplants and Saturday Snippets where a “Hand” is my prompt

Welcome to my weekly roundup...March has definitely arrived tonight the sky was a vibrant
red which means tomorrow will be another scorcher…
Snow is still falling in some parts of the world…but I am already seeing
images of the first snowdrops that means spring is on the way…Here instead of the
welcome rain the wall to wall sunshine has arrived…
What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  My new A-Z  World Cuisines
featuring food from Bangladesh has been very well received I have had some lovely comments
plus it’s fun to research and write… Monday Musings are just some findings from the week
before which I either find amusing or not, … and on Tuesday there was another  Chicken
recipe… beautiful colourful chicken breasts…it is also National Celery Month and this delicious
crunchy vegetable has some surprising uses…

Friday review and the subject was “Eggplants” which I love although I know they are not everyone’s choice of vegetable …Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…and this week it was the “Hands”  all part of the human body…plus there are some fascinating connections to the word ”Hands”…from a hand of cards…to some hands which support a golden bridge …

Right…enough of my chatter…Let’s have look at last week…

Monday Musings!

This week it was a Bookstore Typewriter which was such a cool idea and the response was phenomenal…Part One of “Can fake meat save the world?”…plus what to do if the unthinkable happens..not at all scary but informative a good watch…

Monday Musings …7th March 2022…

I love chicken for so many reasons and one of them is it’s quick to cook…Multi-coloured Chicken breasts are no exception…Cook for one person or ten…Quick and tasty…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Multi-coloured Chicken Breasts…

A-Z of World Cuisine and this week I visited Bangladesh virtually of course…There were curries and a beautiful seven coloured tea…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 7…Bangladesh…Seven Coloured Tea!

Every day, week Month there is a food day…I only participate if it is a food I like/ eat and this month it is celery…surprisingly it has more uses like being used as a cure for home brined bacon…it is also lovely as a healthy snack with cream cheese or a lovely hummus…a surprisingly versatile vegetable.

CarolCooks2…National Celery Month…Home-cured bacon using Celery Juice…

Eggplants you either love them, Hate them or are somewhere in between…I haven’t always liked them but do like the small ones which I can get here..they are not so bitter or slimy but I did agree with Jim that he has had good and not so good experiences with eggplants and I do think much of it is in the preparation of the eggplant, particularly the big purple ones.

Sally has also reviewed the health benefits of the eggplant /aubergine a post which is well worth the read x

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Review…Eggplant, Aubergine, or Brinjal…

Saturday Snippets…

This week my prompt was ” Hand”…as always I had fun and made some discoveries with the word “Hand”…I was aware there was a handfish but didn’t know much about it…and the songs so many to choose from…I also omitted another of my favourites “If you are happy and you know it clap your hands”…but thanx to Jennie who reminded me and also the Beatles…” I want to hold your hand”…in my defence I have the length of my post to think about and I try to feature tunes I like and maybe haven’t listened to for a while plus the Beatles they are not on my radar often…I know many of you love them…I like them or some of their tracks…I’ll now duck…lol…x I’m more of a George Harrison/John Lennon fan…

Saturday Snippets…12th March 2022…You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi

Thank you so much for joining me today for my weekly roundup…I hope you are all, having a fabulous weekend…I am now of to do Wordle/Quordle and have a catch up of the news…

My thoughts and prayers are also with the brave people of Ukraine and I hope that the rumbles I am hearing about increased bombardments are unfounded or the use of chemical weapons…

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 20th February-26th February 2022-Monday Musings, Health, A-Z World Cuisine, Australia, Porcini Mushrooms and Saturday Snippets.

Welcome to my weekly roundup...
February is nearly over we are in the last few days of the month… Snow is still falling in
some parts of the world…but I am already seeing images of the first snowdrops which means
spring is on the way…We have had rain all this week the first  in months and very welcome it
was by all of the plants and us too as it cools the air…
What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  My new A-Z  World Cuisines
featuring food from Australia has been very well received I have had some lovely comments
plus it’s fun to research and write… Monday Musings are just some findings from the week
before which I either find amusing or not, … and on Tuesday there was another  Chicken
recipe…

Friday review and the subject was Porcini Mushrooms which I love plus I found the research most interesting I love how nature depends on other factors i.e certain trees for its reproduction a bit like how humans depend on humans …Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…and this week it was the “Tongue”  all part of the the face…

Right…enough of my chatter…Let’s have look at last week…

Monday Musings!

Monday Musings is a short post for me…lol…just a few topics that have caught my eye during the previous week…this week there was an interesting podcast on Rotisserie chicken and one which although it didn’t surprise me in many ways …still made me decide I would not be buying it any more…Counting Crows as the theme of the song just fitted the subjects of the posts today plus some good news that land was being returned to its rightful guardians and that made me happy as over centuries there has been too much land grabbing and marginalizing of indigenous peoples…

Monday Musings…21st February 2022…Counting Crows, Carrots, Rotisserie chicken 

After Monday’s podcast on Rotisserie Chooks(Chickens), it seemed on right that I should offer you a fitting substitute which you can make at home which equally delicious if not better x

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Love Rotisserie chicken but don’t have a Rotisserie? Not a problem!

You probably know by now that not only do I love a one-word prompt but also have fun researching and writing A-Z’s…currently it is on world cuisine and last week it was Australia…and Marmite rules in my world…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 5…Australia…Is not just Roos and Vegemite!

We eat plenty of onions and garlic plus it is lovely to hear how good it is for us as well and probably why the mosi’s don’t like my blood…Please head over to Sally’s to read how good eating plenty of onions and garlic is for you…Garlic breath then chew parsley and keep a packet of mints handy …

Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy Rewind – The pungent defender’s Onions and Garlic by Sally Cronin

Porcini mushrooms are another mushroom that relies on trees to grow particularly pine trees or chestnut trees …

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Review…The Porcini Mushroom…

Thus far over the last 4 weeks, the one-word prompt has been face, eyes, nose and now tongue any guesses as to next week’s one-word prompt…no prizes just the satisfaction that you know how my brain works…lol

Saturday Snippets…26th February 2022…Tongue…Can you touch you nose with your tongue?

Thank you for joining me today...if you leave a comment it will surely brighten this day as we have Covid in the house..our grandson tested positive yesterday…Covid is certainly not going away anytime soon it seems…

Have a great Sunday and laugh a lot…its free and good medicine xxx

 

 

CarolCooks2…Monday Musings… 24th January 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings…which could be anything that has happened throughout the last week, something I have read or watched, could be a pet peeve or almost anything.. welcome to my world!

Bees…In Winter…

Bees need all the help we can give them to survive especially in the winter months here is a helpful post from Martha Stewart’s blog on how we can help the bees in the winter months.

The sad news came out on January the 21st of the passing of Marvin Lee Aday, who you may know better as Meat Loaf. I’ve been a fan of his ever since he unleashed Bat Out Of Hell onto the world…I spent much of that day playing his songs as they should be played and that isn’t quietly…Clive of Take it Easy Blog paid tribute to the music of Meatloaf far better than I could…Please if you were a fan pop over and play the songs …loudly!

https://cliveblogs.wordpress.com/2022/01/21/r-i-p-mr-loaf/

I came across this link on Becky’s blog…it makes sense as children are our future and reading books especially written for them will as children are wont to ask questions which will fuel a need to know about climate change…Thank you Becky a great share x

Why Children’s Stories Are a Powerful Tool to Fight Climate Change – YES! Magazine…

https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2022/01/14/climate-change-childrens-stories?

Every household in Wales is being offered a free tree to plant as part
of the Welsh Government’s plans to tackle climate change.

People can choose a tree of their own to plant or opt to have a tree
planted on their behalf.

The first trees will be available to collect from March 2022 from one
of five regional community hubs being set up. A further 20 community
hubs will follow as part of the scheme run with the Woodland Trust.

Wales deputy minister for climate change, Lee Waters, said: “Trees are
amazing – they save lives by keeping our air clean, they improve
people’s physical and mental health, they are essential for tackling
our nature emergency, improving biodiversity and, of course, in
tackling climate change.

Thank you Tori for alerting me to this wonderful incentive…

That’s all for today I hope you have found these links useful and informative…Have a productive and enjoyable week everyone and don’t forget my new A-Z is coming out on Wednesday…x

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…My Monday Musings…3rd January 2022.

Happy New Year!

Another New Year and for that I am grateful…I would like to wish all my readers old and new a Very Happy New Year!

I hope it is a peaceful, productive and healthy New Year…I am making no New Year Resolutions as most are broken before the month of January is out…I will be going back to healthy eating as December and most of last year has been months of excesses depending on my moods…

I will strive to be less wasteful and to be kind…kind to myself and others…

Welcome to Monday Musings…which could be anything that has happened throughout the last week, something I have read or watched, could be a pet peeve or almost anything.. welcome to my world!

National Drinking straw day…US

Way back in the day drinking straws were made from Ryegrass…

Inventor Marvin C. Stone became especially frustrated by the straws’ shortcomings, as the taste of the rye mixed with that of his drink, gave it a grassy taste. He then patented the modern drinking straw in 1888. The first straw Stone made was just paper wound around a pencil to make a thin tube, and he then slid the pencil out from one end and applied glue between the strips.

Another great way to celebrate this holiday would be to learn to make the drink that inspired Marvin Stone to create a new kind of straw in the first place: the mint julep. Then, sit back, sipping your drink through a straw that is environmentally friendly and be grateful it does not taste like ryegrass!

Mint Julep Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 10 mint sprigs
  • 1-ounce simple syrup OR 4 sugar cubes OR 4 teaspoons of sugar
  • 5 ounces of your favourite bourbon whiskey
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Place half of the mint and simple syrup or sugar into one special julep cup, or double old-fashioned glass, and the other half of the mint and sugar/syrup into another. Muddle the mint well with a spoon to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint. Pour half of the bourbon into one glass, and the rest into the other. Then, fill both glasses with crushed ice and stir quite energetically, until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with the mint sprigs and enjoy!

If a Mint Julep is not for you, another drink that needs to be enjoyed with a straw is a frozen Margarita. The Margarita is a classic cocktail, which consists of triple sec, tequila and lemon or lime juice. It is traditionally served with a salt glass rim and a piece of lime.

The time has come for YOU to do your bit for the planet...and ditch your plastic straws on this date (if you have any!). Instead, opt for a metal straw, glass straw, bamboo straw, wheat straw all of which can be used again and again. There are quite a few options even edible straws on the market now …SEA is a new category of materials made from seaweed—a regenerative and carbon-sequestering input. It outperforms carbon-intensive paper products and bioplastics…

SPAM!

I have been inundated by spam for the last few months somedays it has hit 400-500…not funny as sometimes my regular readers get caught in spam and with so many, I cannot check… it has been driving me mad…The happiness engineers just told me that it didn’t affect my blog so to just leave them be…I don’t want them there….have you tried deleting 1000 spam comments… it takes time…

The solution (found) quite by chance…takes just 4 steps…the result was immediate ..Spam is now in single figures or a 0…Yeah!

Note: I am on the Premium Plan.

  1. On the left-hand sidebar click “Jetpack”
  2. CLICK Akismet Anti Spam(4th) one down.
  3. Page down and click “Strictness
  4. Save Changes.

The results were instantaneous…

Mark Weins…

I love his videos as much as Mark loves his food…this video was filmed in the north Thailand in a Christian Village where they celebrate Christmas…I love authentic Thai food and this video shows you just that…I loved watching it and could relate to much of the food which is eaten here…not all by me but like Mark, we always have a lot of fresh vegetables at every meal…

I have been to our families village where they have catered on mass just like this for many people and it is fascinating to watch the preparations and cooking…I do hope you enjoy it …it is far away from the tourist areas  Mark normally takes us away from the tourist areas where authentic Thai food is cooked and eaten…

January 3rd 1988…Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang

This is fabulous I have had it playing in the background whilst writing…some great guitar and keyboard plus the unmistakable voice of Roy Orbison and Friends…

That’s all for today…Thank you for joining me I look forward to your comments…Happy New Year xx