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Saturday Snippets…16th January 2020…

 

Welcome to this weeks Saturday Snippets…in many ways, my favourite post of the week as I can indulge my whimsy…The healthy eating is..it is…starting slowly…the good news the Xmas cake is now eaten…the bad news is my neighbours gave us some lovely honey-roasted bananas yesterday..2 packs…xx

Did you know? While the world was sheltering last year and maybe people and children were beginning to think that nothing new and exciting happened…Well, it did… a new Monkey and the longest creature on earth was discovered last year…how cool is that?

The creature is more like a jellyfish than a worm and is actually a colonial organism made up of smaller, specialized polyps and medusoids, collectively known as zooids, which act like humans inside a submarine, each zooid managing a different physiological function such as propulsion or gastric function.

This week in my Kitchen…

The bread making is going well I am now tweaking the recipe by slowly increasing the amount of stone-ground whole wheat flour to my sandwich loaf ..so far so good I haven’t had to tweak the other ingredients yet although as I increase the ratio of whole wheat flour I will have to increase the liquid.

This is because the germ and bran that are present in whole wheat flour can absorb more liquid than the endosperm. … In general, the more whole wheat flour in the dough, the more water you will need to use.

Foccacia...was the new bread I made this week…for a first attempt it came out well the texture was good the size of my tin was not I should have used a bigger baking tin as the bread rose more than I anticipated…Recipe to follow next week…x

Home Baked Foccacia topped with parmesan cheese.

The one thing I do acknowledge though is cooking like many things is a learning curve especially with new recipes as ovens vary, humidity can affect baking so many varients which is why often when I try a new recipe I halve the ingredients and always follow the recipe exactly and if it comes out perfectly the first time that’s good… no tweaks required but often some tweaks are a given because of personal taste and that can be a big variable alongside other factors.

 National Food Days…it’s spicy hot chilly day…

It had to happen and who’s a happy bunny then? Moi…Its the red-hot day of the year…

The world’s chilli heads, heat-seekers and extreme eaters can take their passion to extremes. International Hot and Spicy Foods Day …There are habanero-eating challenges to fancy-dress contests and cook-offs of popular spicy hot recipes.

This little dip is a recipe from Bali given to me by my grandson’s girlfriend, it is very easy to make but made more special by the addition of tamarind. 

Called Rujak sauce it is lovely with mangoes.

  • Take 200 gm of palm sugar shaved.
  • 15 gm of tamarind flesh and 5 tbsp of water leave to infuse for 5 mins and then drain and keep the tamarind flavoured water.
  • 6 or more Thai chillies.
  • 1/4 tsp shrimp paste and 1/4tsp salt.

Blitz all these ingredients together and you have fiery little sauce.

There are so many different types, including Thai Birds Eye, Carolina Reapers, Ghost Peppers, Habanero, Red Cayenne Pepper, Serrano, Guajillo, Poblano, Peppadew, and much more. They all bring a different level of heat and a different type of flavour to dishes.

Among serious chilli lovers… it also re-kindles the great debate: which chilli pepper tops the official Scoville heat scale?

That crown goes to the…

#1: Carolina Reaper. 1,400,000 to 2,200,000 Scoville heat units.

The Washed Ashore Project:

A beautiful project or the artwork is… it also sends a message …This video only has one like and that is mine…please have look and if you like the art and the message please them a like.

Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project founded by artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches she loved and decided to take action. Since 2010, Washed Ashore has processed tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that is awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.

Only In Thailand…

Bloggers Corner…Smorgasbord Blogger Daily…

Although my Fish Pie is featured here I am also sharing the post with two other fabulous cooks…I know you all know me but if you are not familiar with Amy and Dorothy please check them out as they both post some wonderful recipes…

Amy showcased Kalua Pork Loco MocoSpinach Salad with Pears and Walnuts and Dorothy showcased Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado and Melon all recipes which I am definitely going to try they sound delicious…So head over to Sally’s but after you have eaten or you will come away drooling and ravenous…xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/01/15/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-15th-january-2021-recipes-dorothys-new-vintage-kitchen-amy-m-reade-carol-taylor/

This week’s …Weird Fruit

kiwano melon

Looking like something from outer space (and, in fact, it once made an appearance on Star Trek, Deep Space Nine as a Golana melon (episode name: “Time’s Orphan”).but the Kiwano melon is actually grown in Southern Africa, California and New Zealand. Nicknamed the “horned melon,” its yellow, stubby exterior encases a bright green, jelly-like fruit with edible seeds. The fruit has a citrusy flavour that some liken to a mix of cucumber, lime and banana.

Time for some Music…

January 1992-Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton unplugged session for MTV included a reworked acoustic version of Layla which earned the album 6 Grammy Awards including the award for Record of the Year.

Thank you for popping in today I hope you have enjoyed Saturday Snippets …as always I look forward to your comments as you all know I love to chat…Thanx Carol xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…3rd January-9th January 2021…Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…It a sunny but rather brisk and bracing morning here…The tree and everything Christmas has been packed away until next year…The last of the red cabbage has been eaten…I do love that as a vegetable and I always vow to cook it more often as it keeps so well and then I don’t but sometimes I just want foods that are special to the time of year …

So many foods which I remember as a child that we only ate at Christmas and on special days during the year are available all year round and they are not special anymore…The same as Hot Cross buns I remember the trip to the bakers on Good Friday Morning and those warm Hot Cross buns…such a treat…

They will be available in the shops very soon if not already in the  UK…to me now they are just a bun with a cross on…Does anyone else feel like that ..that our traditions are becoming everyday occurrences and not special any more or is it just me???

I digress let’s look at last week and I am not even going to get started on what a week that was…

Normally I don’t partake in challenges or at least daily ones BUT  I thought everyone needs a holiday and although its a virtual one it is a holiday none the less…It is a 10-day challenge just an image no words(unless) your name is John Rieber..hehe…x

Sharon at the awesome Gum trees and Galaxies blog, just the title which I think is so cool just makes me want to pop in for a read nominated me to participate in the Travel picture challenge. I mean do I have travel pictures…haha… Gum trees and galaxies blogs about travel, adventure, books, life and stuff especially if your passion is all of those plus the environment it then makes this blog a must-read who knows what little gems you may find…

The challenge is about visual images so we need to post a favourite travel picture for 10 days without explanation and nominate someone else to participate.

If I nominate you and you don’t want to participate, please do not feel obliged, but if you do, please link back to me so that I can see your post, in these curtailed times vicarious travel is a lovely escape, I would love to see what you choose to post.

Tuesday: The 1st Tuesday of the New Year 2020…

A New Year is always exciting a time when our thoughts look to what lies ahead…I will be doing no recaps on last year this year as while there have been many positives invariably the negatives always sneak in…

I am making no resolutions just lifestyle changes which will be determined as and when…and subject to change as and when…there will be many changes and hurdles a bit of an obstacle course ahead of us this year not all pleasant or without challenges but there will also be those special moments those once in a lifetime moments of joy and hope…

I am not going to dwell on what I cannot hope to ever change I am going to focus on what I can change and where I can make a difference however small that difference is I think we are going to have to play it by ear to make sudden decisions be spontaneous…Dance in the rain…

My this year’s diary cover reminds me of that every day… My word this year is …Improv…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/05/its-tuesday-the-1st-tuesday-of-the-new-year-2020/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a little twist…P (soursoP)

I love this challenge set by Pete…It is fun and I am learning so much as I hope you are as well…How I am going to follow this Is anybody’s guess…Suggestions welcome…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/06/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twistp-soursop/

Thursday was the day for Sally’s  Health Column a look at how we can get the New Year off to a Healthy Start…

I love Sally’s no-nonsense approach to dieting it is non-judgemental and factual…not a diet but a lifestyle change and if you lose weight that’s a bonus…after all the Christmas Cake I am (still) consuming..no one is helping me…it will also be a miracle but hey…who doesn’t love a miracle and a piece of Chrismas Cake…hehe…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/01/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-health-column-getting-the-year-off-to-a-healthy-start-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

Friday: Time to make a Fish Pie…

Fish Pie is a traditional British Dish and has a long history…it can be said that it has similarities to shepherds pie of which meat is the main ingredient and topped with potatoes…A fish pie or fisherman pie which it is often named can contain most sorts of fish a white or cheese sauce you may add hardboiled eggs or leeks there are very many regional versions…Cornwall’s traditional version is known as a stargazy pie decorated with the heads and tails of pilchards protruding through the crust…Looking at the sky…

I was surprised though how many of my US cousins had not eaten or heard of a fish pie…although it is popularly made with pastry topping in Baltic countries and made with salmon which I adore…very nice they are…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/08/its-friday-its-fish-pie/

Saturday Snippets:

One of my favourite posts of the week to write although I have been struggling of late with Saturday Snippets…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/09/saturday-snippets-9th-january-2020/

Today is also my favourite rockers birthday…Rod Stewart is 76 today…

Happy Birthday…Sir Rod…

Well, that’s it for today…I hope you have enjoyed the read…if you have please head over and leave a comment it makes my day to hear from you …Love Carol xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Snippets…9th January 2020…

Welcome to this weeks Saturday Snippets…in many ways my favourite post of the week as I can indulge my whimsy…Christmas and New Year are all now done and dusted…the tree and the decorations are all packed away until next year…

The healthy eating is..it is…starting slowly…I start the day with good intentions and then that dang Christmas cake calls me…saying eat me…it does it speaks to me…

This morning in my kitchen…

Morning Glory…which can mean many things to many people, in this case, it is a beautiful Water Spinach which I stir fry with garlic and chillies…

There is no second-guessing kids is there.?.. Our grandson Aston went to the local shop yesterday after school to get a treat for after his dinner…He came back with a big bunch of Morning Glory which is Thai water spinach which he had as an extra vegetable last night and requested it again today…who am I to argue with a kid who loves veggies over sweets…

morning glory fresh from the market

Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Morning Glory
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 or more Thai Chillies
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 1/2-1 tbsp of fermented soybean paste or oil with soya beans ( optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil
  • Water if req


Let’s Cook!

Wash and cut your morning-glory into 4-6 inch pieces.
Bash the chillies and garlic in a pestle and mortar
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry ( stirring) for 15-20 seconds being careful not to let the garlic burn.

Stirfried Morning Glory
Add morning-glory and all other ingredients except for the vegetable stock.
Stir-fry for 40 seconds and add vegetable stock and stir-fry for another 10 seconds.

That’s it…Done!

Serve with steamed rice or as a side dish.
Enjoy!

Tomorrow is Rod Stewarts Birthday he will be 76 years young…I have been a fan forever ever since those early days when he joined the Small Faces…Rod’s first single was “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”

Controversy has always lurked in the shadows of the Blues and this song courted more than most…originally recorded on 5 May 1937 at The Leland Hotel in Aurora, Illinois by the John Lee Williamson, the original “Sonny Boy”

It was Sonny Boy’s first recording session for Bluebird and he was accompanied by Big Joe Williams and Robert Lee McCoy on guitars. On this version, it was billed as ‘Good Morning, School Girl’, whereas later versions have tended to insert that word “little’ in the title to reflect the lyrics of Sonny Boy’s version.

Although I love Rod Stewart…This version is my favourite by Muddy Waters…

 

Conservation Corner:

Muddy Waters:   Clean drinking water should be a fundamental right …According to this damming report, it isn’t…I really cannot understand how man deliberately continues to pollute our beautiful world will there ever be the day when all this wanton pollution stops?

Muddy Waters: The Pollution Killing Kosovo’s Lakes and Rivers

Did you know?

1972…Rod Stewart’s 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Written by Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton, performed by Stewart. It uses an arrangement markedly similar to that of “Maggie May”, one of Stewart’s hits from the previous year.

Did you know?

Back in January 1660…Samuel Pepys began his famous diary in which he chronicled life in London including the Great Plague of 1664-65 and the Great Fire of 1666.

All those years ago and what have we learnt? Health and safety and so much more was unknown back then but with the advances of science so much more is known now and yet the incidence of virus and cross-contamination seems to be on the increase with more predicted in the future.

Where will it end?

Weird Thai Fruit:

Called lamut khamen in Thai but actually, few Thais know it, and even fewer have tasted it. I suspect that the first tree grown in Thailand came from the seed of fruit taken from across the border in Cambodia, and the grower named it “lamut khamen” after the country or its people (khamen is the Thai word for Cambodian), as he did not know its proper name.

It’s commonly known also as eggfruit or Canistel fruit, because of its flesh that is bright egg yolk-yellow colour and when ripe, is smooth and custardy, similar to a hard-boiled yolk.

The sweet, mousse-like flesh of the canistel makes a great sugar substitute in many recipes.

The most popular way to use canistel is in an eggfruit nog: simply peel a ripe canistel fruit, remove the seeds and combine the flesh in a blender along with milk, sugar, a touch of vanilla extract, and a pinch of grated nutmeg. Blend until smooth.

Canistel also works great in custards, ice cream, spreads, pie fillings, and baked into bread, cakes, and pancakes. Or try it simply blended in with some almond milk, oat milk, or regular old milk for a satisfying smoothie. Lime and honey pair well with the soft notes of canistel, so add a touch according to your taste.

Canistel was also used in an incredible 71-ingredient cocktail to celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow! Each ingredient was specially selected to represent each of the competing countries in the Games. 

In China, only about two per cent of the population observes Christmas as a religious holiday, although it is gaining in popularity as a commercial event. However, the main winter festival in China is the New Year celebration that occurs at the end of January. Recently, it’s become known as the Spring Festival and is a time of gift-giving and feasting. A key aspect of the Chinese New Year is ancestor worship, and paintings and portraits are brought out and honoured in the family’s home.

For the first time, Chinese New Year has been recognised as a national public holiday here in Thailand.

red lanterns Chinese New Year

Thailand is a traditional Chinese immigration country. Chinese account for about 12% of the country’s population. About 7 million Chinese live in Thailand, which is an important part of Thailand’s multiculturalism and ethnicity.

Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 2021 will be the year of the Ox.

Here in Udon Thani where I live we have a big Chinese community..our neighbour’s are of Chinese Thai heritage…My grandson also learns Chinese as part of his school curriculum.

I love the Spring festival as it is very colourful and there is lots of lovely dim sum and other Chinese foods although I am not sure how the quarantine will affect the celebrations this year which are held on February 12th 2021.

As it is Rod’s birthday tomorrow I will finish will one of my favourite tracks …Enjoy!

Thank you for popping in today I hope you have enjoyed Saturday Snippets …as always I look forward to your comments as you all know I love to chat…Thanx Carol xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…27th December-2nd January 2021…Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week… Well, it’s over so let’s welcome 2021…on the face of it, not a good start (Covid) the UK has left the EU…America will soon have a new President…I mean what could possibly go wrong!

But …Always look on the bright side of Life…

if you want some respite from the repeats on TV and you want some reality whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine, a sausage roll, mince pie, chocolate in my case Turkish Delight so take a pew, get comfy… have a read…X…

The first post out of the blocks was Tuesday’s…Let’s Cook!

In my kitchen, although we ate out for Christmas lunch there are were many leftovers…mainly cakes, puddings and chocolate which my waistline will tell you that I really shouldn’t eat any more, however…sigh…x

For a change, I  tackled for the first Peking Duck Pancakes...my first ever attempt at making the pancakes myself…so easy and such a lovely dough to work with…definitely a keeper this recipe…

 

Pears were also on the agenda…Hubby loves pears I like pears but have never really cooked with pears…Pears so far have been pickled and made into chutney both of which I would make again I always make half a recipe when I am testing just in case…for the recipes just click the link below ..xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/29/tuesday-lets-cook/

Wednesday and time for The Culinary Alphabet with a little twist…(yum som O)…

Yum Som O what a lovely word and an equally lovely refreshing pomelo salad…There are lots of delicious goodies for you…I left the easy ones for young Pete Springer like jalapeno, burrito, potato and I tackled the unusual and different …

I do eat sushi just not often and I am no expert and I am always happy when I am advised and learn something I didn’t know …on this occasion I bow to Dolly’s superior knowledge on fish eggs…Dear Carol, sorry to rain on your parade of scrumptious dishes and ingredients, but your photo of Tobiko rolls looks suspiciously like Ikura rolls (the ones usually served with a raw quail egg on top). Tobiko roe is much smaller: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4082/4795487195_819e04e36a_b.jpg and sort of crunchy, rather than soft.

Thank you, Dolly xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/30/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twistyum-som-o/

As is the case every year I wonder where the time has gone…Here we are again…

New Year Eve 2020…

There are so many positives we can take away from 2020 and that is not meant to mean that we gloss over and forget the tragedies which have happened this last year but the words “always look on the bright side of life” spring to mind…

Thank you all for helping me through 2020 and keeping me positive with your kind comments and gifts…I do hope that however you are seeing in the New Year it is safely and that next year 2020 brings more positives into your lives…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/31/new-year-eve-2020/

Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine also joined me on New Year’s Eve for a look through the rearview mirror…

Do pop over as it is a fun post and it will not only make you smile but laugh out loud…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/12/31/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-happy-new-years-eve-2020-in-the-rear-view-mirror-by-sally-cronin/

Here we are once again a New Year, a clean slate, time to make lifestyle changes, time to be kind, be mindful, to think of others so many reasons to celebrate…

New Years Day 2021…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/01/new-years-day-2021/

Saturday Snippets the first Saturday Snippets of 2021…

A mixed bag as normal there is music…of course, Lord of the rings, Soups and soap…yes not soap operas but soap…To read more then please click the link below…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/02/saturday-snippets-2nd-january-2021/

That’s all for this weeks roundup…I hope you have enjoyed a safe Chrismas Season wherever you are…Those covid-19 numbers around the world are increasing…Please, please be very careful and stay safe…x

Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, as always I look forward to your comments… you know I love to chat!…Love Carol xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 1st November -7th November 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Apples and Music …

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

I woke up this morning to the news… America has a new President Joe Biden…I am happy for all my friends for whom this was the outcome they desired. I do hope this brings back some dignity to the role of President and that bridges will be mended and for those for whom it wasn’t the expected outcome that you accept that and move on as you all live in the United States…one people under one flag who may have different opinions but who respect those whose opinions are different…

Tuesday…Time to make the Christmas Puddings, Cake and Sweet Mincemeat…

christmas Baking Cakes and Pudding

There are now only 49 sleeps until Christmas Eve…or 7 Fridays…Gulp…That will fly by…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/03/time-to-make-the-christmas-puddings-cake-and-sweet-mincemeat/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The Letter I(chimichurrI)

I found quite a few ending in the letter I…Pete came up with Ravioli and Fetticinni which I hadn’t well done Pete…Dolly from Koolkosherkitchen gave me the translation for two ingredients which are toppings for the Blini… Smetana is sour cream, and tvorog is farmer cheese…Thank you, dear Dolly x

Food and culinary processes ending in the letter I…I am enjoying this challenge although J is certainly a challenge so any ideas peeps would be most gratefully received I only have 3 so far…

Next time I most likely will put J & K together in I post…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/04/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twist-the-letter-ichimichurri/

Thursday: The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – #Aromatherapy – #Eucalyptus – Respiratory, Fevers and Pain by Sally Cronin.

I love essential oils which is why I love this series BUT  apart from the ones I use regularly I don’t know very much about the other oils so I find it both informative and fascinating. #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-eucalyptus-respiratory-fevers-and-painby-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Apples…

apples

Did you know that worldwide 7,500 different varieties of apples are grown? My favourite apples are Bramley’s, Cox’s and Braeburn apples which ones are your favourite apples ???

As the saying goes an ” Apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that little round ball of goodness is 2/3 fibre has lots of anti-oxidants especially in the peel so do not peel it…please. They are also fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free and come in all shades of red, green and yellow so many to choose from…Which apple or apples are your favourite????

We also…Lily and I had our first attempt at making toffee apples…They came ok…not as easy to coat as the tube videos have you to believe …practise make perfect here methinks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/06/fruity-friday-apples/

Saturday Snippets: 7th November…

Lots going on a bit about the work of Prince Charles, a unique cave home…Lots of music, recipes… its National Stuffing Month and as stuffing can be frozen if you make it now or in a few weeks it is one less dish to prepare on Xmas Eve…and so much more please pop over and have a read…

I think a nice tasty stuffing enhances that chicken or turkey into something special…I love a nice crunchy stuffing ball or dish of stuffing…hubby prefers his from the bird’s cavity it’s just softer but can also be very tasty as it absorbs the lovely meat juices. Sometimes I also put a layer of stuffing underneath the chicken or turkey skin just another layer of flavour…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/06/fruity-friday-apples/

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…x

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 learned..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…31st October…A Halloween Special…and Loy Krathong…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…The temperature has definitely dropped this week enough for me to sleep comfortably without a fan and it has been overcast and quite dull although this morning I was greeted by sunshine…A nice change…

You may have wondered why my image header shows two entirely different images in type…Today 31st October is Halloween traditionally known as All Hallows’ Eve, it is always the eve of the Christian festival All Saints’ Day on 1 November… it is also Loy Krathong here where we float pretty flowers and candles…

When I looked at the meaning of Halloween and Loy Krathong I was struck by many similarities so even though our communities are far apart we are not so different. Of course, there is also a blue moon …A rarity…

The next time there will be both types of “Blue Moons” in the same year will be in 2037. In fact, the 21st century will only see six full moons on October 31: 2001, 2020, 2037, 2058, 2077 and 2096.

Orange and black are the standard colours associated with Halloween total opposites as orange depicts warmth, the beautiful fall colours of the leaves, the oranges of the autumn harvest pumpkins, squash, carrots, peppers so many fruits and vegetables with a warm orange hue…

At the opposite end of the colour spectrum, we have the black of cauldrons, bats, cats, spiders witches hats black is associated with darkness and evil…the underworld, death and spirits…black is the spooky side of Halloween…

As kids, we used to love toffee apples or candy apples as they are called over the pond…

 

After eating all that candy you may want some wellness advice...Look no further as Sally is here…x

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-clary-sage-essential-oil-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some music and in keeping with the Halloween theme I have some vintage 80’s tunes of popular Halloween tunes…from U2, The Cure, David Bowie, the Eurythmics and others…A real treat…

I hope you enjoyed this medley of Halloween songs…There are some great tracks on there…

I just love Halloween trivia…

Michael Myers the villain of the film Halloween...How scary is his mask…But how did it start off? Quite innocently…

When shooting the original 1978 film, production designer Tommy Lee Wallace picked up two masks from a Hollywood Boulevard magic shop: a clown and William Shatner as Captain Kirk in Star Trek.

“Tommy came in with the clown mask on, and we went, ‘Ooh, that’s kind of scary.’ Then he put on the Shatner mask, and we stopped dead and said, ‘It’s perfect,'” actor Nick Castle told the New York Times. They spray-painted it white, cut the eye holes bigger, and the rest is history. This kept the film on budget as it was a small budget film and the William Shatner mask cost just $2.

The Disney film Hocus Pocus…was originally titled Halloween House as there was more horror than comedy…

I used to love a good horror film but as I got older they didn’t hold their appeal for me…However, I love Sleepy Hollow…and Ichabod Crane( Johnny Depp) certainly made a few hearts flutter …then along came the Headless Horseman…A perfect Halloween Film…

I loved this behind the scenes look at the filming of Sleepy Hollow…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making more brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbours and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

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!