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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…22nd November-28th November…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas …

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…X

My week started with Mistletoe and Wine…Christmas Chutneys.

We love chutneys and relishes they just add that extra zing to a meal or a snack and of course, it uses up fruit or vegetables where you have a glut of them and means that you can enjoy them year-round.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/24/mistletoe-and-winechristmas-chutneys-2020/

Wednesday saw me over at Sally’s again for what is nearly the last in the current series of my A-Z of food as I have toured through the culinary alphabet it is the letter W and then it will be finito as the last one will be XYZ combined…

But you don’t get rid of me quite so easily as I will back in January with a new column…x How exciting is that?

In the meantime head over to Smorgasbord to enjoy the updated letter W say hello to us we both love to hear from you in comments it truly makes our day…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-w-for-wakame-wasabi-walnuts-watercress-and-wax-beans/

Thursday was National Cake Day…

Who doesn’t love a slice of cake be a rich fruit cake, carrot cake, a coffee cake so many cakes…Of course, I didn’t leave the recipes for all those cakes but I did leave you a rich fruitcake recipe as it is that time of year. I will be kind though this week as I know many of you don’t like rich fruit cake not mentioning any names, Debs and Pete… I will post some lighter cakes maybe a light fruit cake, a carrot cake or a nice orange or lemon cake…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/26/national-cake-day/

Fruity Friday’s…The Sorb Fruit.

I try to keep to seasonable fruits as they are so much nicer and of course it helps with our carbon footprint the lovely autumnal astringent  Sorb Fruit comes from a species of the Rowan Tree and is known as a service fruit.

From my research, I gathered that this tree often grows wild and most recipes are found under wild cooking and foraging however it is used by a German cider-making company it is usually mixed with apples because of its high tannin content…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/27/fruity-friday-the-sorb-fruit/

Saturday Snippets…

It was National French Toast day and I was bread making again…I will report that I didn’t have any bread flour so made it using All-purpose Flour and apart from the dough being stickier, I added a bit more flour the end result was as good as the one pictured above this recipe is now added to my favourite 5 Bread recipes…

Other tit-bits included the Six-Five Special and the 2i’s coffee bar…Tommy Steele…from Sally some info on The Alexander Techniques for any backache suffers…and various other titbits…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/28/saturday-snippets-28th-november-2020/

Have a wonderful Sunday..please be well and stay safe…xxx

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts have 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…7th November…

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 but this morning I was greeted by sunshine…Cooler nights and hotter days…However for some of you I have seen pretty pictures of early snow…which means wrapping up and hot drinks …

I am enormously proud of our Royal Family and have long been a great admirer of our future king and his work to improve the environment to preserve some traditions but also to take them forward…he realised long ago that a circular economy was the way forward and it has only been in recent years that more people have realised he has talked sense for all these years…

This interview in Vogue Magazine highlights the work he does and has been doing…Our throw-away society needs to be replaced…by a sustainable circular economy…

When the tallest tree in Wales was damaged by a storm the artist Simon O’Rourke was ordered to cut it down…Simon who is a tree artist thought of creating a giant hand reaching for the sky…

Thus the Giant Hand Of Lake Vyrnwy was created…I think this is just a beautiful lasting tribute to the tree rather than just cutting it down.

This month is National Peanut Butter Month, National Raisin Bread Month, National Stuffing Month and National Pepper Month …I love Peanut Butter and it is so easy to make your own it really is a doddle…Raisin Bread is lovely warm from the oven or toasted and spread with real grass-fed butter, National Peppers Month…lots of ways to eat them raw or cooked…Stuffing...so many lovely stuffing recipes and what would your turkey or chicken taste like without a lovely homemade stuffing? Pretty boring I’d say.

Today as my lovely readers who hail from the US will be having their Thanksgiving before we have Christmas…You are so lucky you get two festive meals…I thought I would share this older post of mine with my homemade stuffing recipes...Enjoy!

Making stuffing is so easy and it can also be made now and frozen for Thanksgiving and that’s one job out of the way…

I love quirk and the unusual and this house built in a cave is the ultimate...I would even move back to the UK if I could live here…

What a beautiful unique house…

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

A timely post from Sally bearing in mind the new lockdowns, winter and the fact the heating goes on it might be you are doing less exercise… we are also coming into that time of year when our alcohol consumption can take a hike upwards or we are drinking more hot drinks like coffee and we could become dehydrated…#recommended read

Please head over to Sallys and have read as always she will make you most welcome…x Her advice will most certainly guarantee that you will feel much better and have far more energy…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/06/smorgasbord-health-column-feeling-sluggish-and-fatigued-dehydration-or-the-wrong-fluids/

Let’s have some Music…

We are just into November now and lots seemed to have happened during the month of November in the music business over the years…Here are a few of my favourite artists…

1947 John Wilson...drummer with the Northern Irish band Them was born …They had the 1965 UK hits ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go’ and ‘Here Comes The Night’ with Van Morrison on lead vocals. Morrison quit the band in 1966 and went on to a successful career as a solo artist. Both great tracks and among my favourites…

1961 we had Jimmy Dean with “Big Bad John” which had a five-week run at numero 1 in the US charts and #2 spot in the Uk charts.

1964 we had the Beach Boys...During their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV’s Ready Steady Go! playing ‘I Get Around’ and ‘When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)’. Ready Steady Go! was one of the UK’s first rock/pop music TV programmes…I remember being a fan of Cathy McGowan her lovely long hair…

November 1965 we had the Rolling Stones who started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud‘, the group’s second US No.1. The song knocked The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ from the No.1 position.

There were, of course, many more over the years from Joe Cocker, Cher, Aerosmith, The Monkees…The Beatles, The Grateful Dead so many talented singers and bands…

My choice...today…Them

I love this version I know Bowie and Lulu covered it…I also nearly picked Gloria which is another fav of mine by Them…

If you haven’t already got all your ingredients ready for your puds and cake you have until the 22nd when it is Stir Up Sunday…Just in case you missed the recipes I have added the link here...

There is also nothing quite like a miniature cake or pudding as a gift for that special family member, friend or neighbour…x

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 Snippets…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!