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Tuesday Topics…Added Sugar …

Good morning and welcome to this Tuesday post on Sugar…Why Sugar?

I am currently reading Salt, Sugar and Fat so for the next weeks I will be discussing what I have learnt and also what has shocked she who thought nothing could shock her at her age…

Manufacturers I just love to hate I knew they are sneaky people and love to fool us…I just didn’t know what depths they sunk to…

The scientists and yes it is a science every single product sold has an exact science attached to its list of ingredients…Children as young as 3 take part in this research(something) however much I was promised I would never allow my children to take part.

They are not questioned as children seem to know what answers we want them to give so they are sat in a nicely decorated room with their favourite toy and fed little cups of whatever is being tested all of which are made to an exact recipe and all slightly different and the child eats them and is asked to share their favourite with their toy…Clever stuff…You can imagine at the end this how much sugar the child has been fed…

Personally, I find this questionable it offends me that children so young are fed this amount of sugar…

Food manufacturers and scientists are all looking for that perfect “mouthfeel” that’s their name for the product in question…They all look for that as it tempts us to eat more…every cake, biscuit, pizza, ready meal, jello is made to an exact scientific recipe which has been proven to give the perfect mouthfeel…Our bliss point is also scientifically calculated again for the simple reason that if a product reached our bliss point we keep on eating…

So when you beat yourself up for not having the will power to stop...DON’T…It is not your fault it is the fault of the manufacturers, scientists and government who know what goes on and allow it to happen.

It is all in the science…every single processed food product we buy is carefully crafted to give us the perfect mouthfeel and bliss point…

Sugar comes in many guises… DO NOT think it is sugarless because those sneaky manufacturers have used another word like simple carbohydrates, honey, rice syrup, organic dehydrated cane juice, agave nectar, barley malt syrup, corn sweetener, fructose, invert sugar, high fructose corn syrup and it goes on… PLEASE check those labels carefully.

Better still where possible make your own as it is increasingly obvious that we cannot trust anything processed to be as good for us…

What did please me though was the Canadian Governments stance and they warn that you should be aware of clever marketing? It covers in-depth how clever marketing can tempt you…I am sure the food manufacturers probably don’t like this new version…Well about time we stood up to them and their marketing ploys and prove we aren’t all stupid and easily swayed… It also has recipes it is a great new move by the Canadian Government lets hope we can put pressure on our governments to follow …If they are then please let us all know what they do to help improve your health and wellness as a nation.

https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/?fbclid=IwAR36hG-mLfHhLvDrOenOrEvDsI_cFVueANKUC9k1CDWw5zvlk1Vi3hLLqZw

It is knowing what you can substitute for those high in sugar foods… It means making an informed decision about the food YOU eat and feed YOUR family.

Personally, I think schools should be adopting the old tried and tested Home economics classes where children, once they were taught the basics, were taught to make and prepare bread, biscuits, to prepare and cook meat and fish, make desserts and importantly make a shopping list and go shopping within a budget…

I am not saying to never eat processed foods I am saying...Moderation…it is the only way for us to get a healthy immune system and not have a compromised immune system because of the processed foods we eat…

A healthy immune system doesn’t mean eating foods that taste like cardboard and it doesn’t mean never ever letting that piece of cake or chocolate ever past your lips again it means learning what food you need to be healthy and knowing that you can have the occasional treat

It is about moderation, about enjoying those 2 squares of chocolate even more than when you demolished a whole bar and then you feel guilty about eating it, so almost certainly you then starved yourself or ate those cardboard things called rice cakes for two days…I mean how tasteless are they???

But is that good for you?… Certainly not…

SUGAR…..Do we need it?

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Yes…Your body does need carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar in your body. This sugar is essential for your body to create energy to survive. However, it is not necessary to include sugary foods or added sugars in the diet in order for your body to make energy.

If we know our sugars and know how much we should be consuming in a day then that is the first step.

UK NHS guidelines:

  • Adults should have no more than 30 gm of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to seven sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24 gm of free sugars a day (six sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19 gm of free sugars a day (five sugar cubes).
  • There is no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it’s recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

Free sugars are found in foods such as sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and some fizzy drinks and juice drinks. These are the sugary foods we should cut down on.

It is not referring to the sugars which are naturally occurring in foods although some foods do have a naturally occurring high amount of sugar so it is knowing which food you can eat almost as you like although that word which I love does creep in here…Moderation!

But… eating a sensible amount as many foods with naturally occurring sugar are also packed with lots of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Therefore it makes sense to know your foods…Know which ones are high in sugar and which ones are lower in sugars…It means reading the ingredients on the packet and if sugar is in the first three ingredients then put it back!

You can still eat great food, tasty food so don’t think you are going to be deprived …You won’t…

I am now going to give you a little list of foods which are high in sugar and foods which are lower and also some suggestions as to an alternative…A healthier alternative.

Foods High in Sugars.

Cereal, Cereal Bars, Ketchup, Sauces, Flavoured teas, Fruit Juices, Soda’s, Flavoured yoghurt, Dried fruits… I think by now you should have got the gist… These are all processed foods…

Now just looking at that list what small adjustments can you make or do you make already??

Porridge Oats.

I love porridge oats..although I haven’t eaten it in a while but with some home-made fruit compote or just fresh fruit a lovely breakfast which will keep you going until lunchtime.

Muesli

Honestly not for me..maybe if I made it…No ..I have never been a fan but I know many people who just love it! ( At least) I am honest…haha

Shredded Wheat

Now, who can eat two shredded wheat???

Bran flakes

These I do like with a sliced banana…very nice.

Cereal bars…again why would you? But no accounting for taste and many of my friends and family love them…Check the labels or make your own…I did!

I know many people eat them as a snack, when exercising etc ( they fit in your handbag ) and can be eaten on the go… so I thought I would make some using my favourite ingredients and then maybe I would get to like them and of course, they wouldn’t be like these shop brought ones full of sugars with that boring bland taste…

Carol’s Snack Bars:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey, proper maple syrup or agave
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup of dried fruit chopped I used Apricots
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted nuts I used walnuts.
  • 1/2 cup coconut ( optional)

Let’s bake some snack bars…

With the oven on 350 degrees put the oats on a baking tray and cook for about 12 mins or until they are lightly browned( not burnt like my first batch) Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.

In a small pan add the nut butter, honey and coconut oil and warm gently add salt and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth, add the egg white and whisk again.

To the cooled oats add the nuts and fruit stir to combine then mix in your butter mixture, stir well until the oats are coated.

Line an 8-inch baking tin with parchment paper.

Pour in the mixture pressing down well so the mix is packed tightly or the bars will crumble when you cut the bars using the snack bars into pieces.

Bake on 350 degrees until the mixture is lightly browned around the edges about 20 mins depending on your oven.

Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 15 mins then lift the mixture out using the parchment paper.

Cool completely and cut into squares or oblongs.

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It is as I have always said it is about eating the food …You like!

Ketchup…Homemade ketchup is far better and also less sugar.

If anyone has a good tried and tested tomato sauce recipe please share as many recipes are either too vinegary or sweet…

Sauces… Sauces come in jars and packets and almost certainly are packed full of preservatives, salt and sugar…What can I say I have always made my own gravy and sauces…

 We have six children and with me and hubby that was 8 to feed that was without the kid’s friends …etc, etc..To buy packets and jars I would have needed a trolley just for packets and jars work out the cost of that for a month… No brainer I made my own … It is amazing what spurs you on to do that…Isn’t it???

Fruit Juice…

Again with all my lot …I learnt to buy fruit in season, make juice and top it up with sparkling water…I will also add that was a treat… Water was the drink of choice …Pure and simple…WATER!

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Sodas…

I was a mean mum… Soda’s were a treat at Christmas…

Now I know just how much sugar is in them… 39.2 grams of sugar per serving, which is almost 10 teaspoons of sugar… I don’t feel mean at all…

Flavoured yoghurt.

A quick tip: Natural or plain full-fat yoghurt will contain about 4.7g of sugar per 100 gm, but this is lactose, not fructose. Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar in dairy and doesn’t affect the body in the same way that fructose does.

Some fruit flavoured yoghurt has as much as the equivalent of 7 tsp of sugar…

From where I am standing you would only need a can of soda pop or yoghurt and you would be over your recommended daily guidelines.

Buy natural or Greek yoghurt or make your own …I think Yoghurt needs to be a separate post…Yoghurt what is in it really? and how to make your own xx

Fresh Fruit…Who doesn’t love fresh fruit there is so much choice and it is a good choice but fruit also has sugar and although it has naturally occurring sugars some are better than others.

Dried fried has a higher concentration of sugar but eaten in moderation it is also high in fibre and vitamins so when choosing also look at that…

Which fresh fruits have the highest amount of sugar??

Grapes, lychee, Figs, Mango, Cherries which are all fruits I love but I still eat them just apply some common sense and although I love figs they are high in sugar I couldn’t or wouldn’t eat that many anyway… They also have a laxative effect.

A few of each…I could just dive in now.

Olives( Yes) it is a fruit, avocado, rhubarb, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi are all fruits which are lower in sugar and all fruits which I absolutely love…

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Well, that’s my not so little spiel over…I am happy that you joined me today I do hope you have enjoyed it  I am looking forward to your comments.Carol xxxx

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!

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Time for part 4 of Sally’s fabulous new series shopping by Nutrient…There are times in all of our lives when we may have been lacking in iron, Vit C anything and we may have been at a loss as to what we can eat instead of popping a pill…

Sally had done all the work for you, easy to read and all ingredients which most of us buy anyway…Do pop over and have read…

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Four – Phosphorus to Zinc

Whimsical Wednesdays…

Good morning everyone to the first Whimsical Wednesday of 2020…I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and 2020 will be all you wish for…

Have you heard or seen one of these Suvie’s…I hadn’t until I read Scott Anderson’spost it is very interesting and I know a few people who would love one as they love all that is new in gadgets…I would love to test one if the manufacturers wanted me to…I have an open mind but suspect they are more for the busy working person rather than someone who is retired however that may not be correct they may be the best thing since sliced bread…They certainly sound interesting and innovative…

Scott also provided this link to the wonders of a Suvie…Have a look it is nothing if not quite fascinating   https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/suvie-kitchen-robot/

Did you know? On the 3rd January, 1870 construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension/cable-stay hybrid bridge in New York City that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States (completed in 1883) and a first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world.

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At the time when constriction was finished, Brooklyn Bridge was the longest bridge in the world with a total length of 1825 meters. It stayed longest until 1903.

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

Chapter 17

by Carol Taylor

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Tossing and turning the girl could not sleep if she did it was that same recurring nightmare. Finally, she arose went to the bathroom then the kitchen to make some warm milk maybe that would induce sleep she was so very tired.

Sitting in front of the dying embers of the fire she shivered and pulled her pretty blue shawl tighter around her shoulders. I need to sleep as I will have a busy few days I don’t want to let Mr James down.

The girl’s mind started to wander as she tried to put together all the pieces to complete this puzzle.

When she left the shop that night in that beautiful dress she had felt that maybe her life would take a turn for the better and all her questions would be answered by George.

“Silly girl,” she told herself life is not like that at least for you but why shouldn’t it be? Gathering her thoughts she tried to make some sense of recent events.

Mr James although very kind knew things he wasn’t telling her, she was sure of and why did he find these jobs for her it was as if he was making them up to give her a little money …Not much but enough to survive…Why? He denied all knowledge of this William was he one of her brothers?

Carl, who was he and why was he following her? She had a bad feeling about him especially after she had seen him at George’s it was obvious that George felt threatened by him. Why?

This Mr Pearson, the girl didn’t remember him at all was Mr James trying to get her out of harm’s way? Was it just a ploy to get her away without arousing suspicion?

Finally, the warm milk started to take effect the girl found her eyes closing She woke with a start; the sun was streaming through the gap in the curtains and made her squint.

I better start to pack or I will be late… The girl decided to pack her new dress in case she needed it inside the case she also found some new clothes and shoes. Someone had been shopping…

When I come back from this job I am going to ask Mr James I am not going to take no for an answer…I need to know who I am, I need to find out why I seem to be hidden…

This thought had slowly dawned on her she had never been allowed to apply for a regular job and her lodgings had been picked for her it seemed like she was being hidden in full sight if that made sense. From what or whom?

So many questions were going around in the girls head and she decided that she was also going to go to the library and look up the old newspapers see if she could find out anything about her disappearance…Were her parents not looking for her? Were they still alive…George had said she had brothers …

It seemed like she had been living in a fog or maybe her brain just didn’t want to accept what had happened but it was clearer now and many pieces dropped into place.

I will find out who I really am I am not going to be fobbed off any more. The girl then realised that it felt like a weight had been lifted she felt almost euphoric and hopeful that all would soon be revealed.

Meanwhile, Carl had also been going over the facts he needed that necklace time to get tough …

George was worried, he had been to the library that day and he knew what had happened and thought he knew why? Should he tell the girl? Would it put her in danger? He decided he was going to pay Elizabeth a visit and soon.

That girl, so sweet needed answers …Was he going to be the man to do it?

TBC next week…

Did you know? Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, England. He is also one of the people that I would choose to have at my dinner table such a brilliant mind and man who overcame all the obstacles that life threw at him.

Time for some music…

Sorry, all you vegans and Vegetarians as much as I love vegetables and eat many dishes made with just veggies I hate Quorn and believe that you should eat a balanced diet…

It shows you how much we love vegetables as little Lily when asked what was her favourite part of her Christmas dinner after thinking about it she said   Broccoly…This spelling is a family joke…Don’t ask…Haha

And for the second year in a row, we’ve all gone crazy for sausage rolls. LadBaby has managed to see off competition from Stormzy to achieve the Christmas number one with his festive track, I Love Sausage Rolls – a savoury take on Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. The YouTuber, real name Mark Hoyle, his wife Roxanne and their two sons Phoenix and Kobe scored a huge 93,000 chart sales – that 18,000 more than the 2018 Christmas number one from LadBaby, We Built This City (On Sausage Rolls). And with 85,000 of that coming from digital sales, I Love Sausage Rolls is the fastest-selling download since Artists For Grenfell’s Bridge Over Troubled Water in June 2017. While some may be a bit miffed that a song about sausage rolls has beat Stormzy to the number one crown, it’s all for a fantastic cause…The Trussell Trust…

It is fun and catchy and for a good cause…and I love a good sausage roll…

After all, those sausage rolls and I ate a few but I only make them over Christmas so they are a once a year treat…It will be time very soon to get back on the healthy eating train…No faddy diets just simple adjustments and an increase in your mode of exercise…There is no one better placed than Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine to give you all the tools and advice you need to help get rid of those Christmas pounds.

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So after or before you step on those scales pop over to Sally’s you will be pleased you have…x

Did you know? January is National Soup month...For those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the months of January and February are typically the coldest. While I am not going to give you a recipe for soup for every day of the month I will give you a soup recipe for some of those days starting with one of my favourite soups and that is Vietnamese Egg Drop Soup…A beautiful soup made from… Tomatoes, chilli, egg, mince, spring onions and Dill…. A virtual assault on the taste buds…

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil ( I use coconut)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 3/4 lb ripe tomatoes ( chopped and cored)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/3 lb finely minced pork
  • 1-2 chillies diced diagonally
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 sprigs of coriander or dill
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • Black Pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add tomatoes and salt, cover and cook until soft about 4-6 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

Add fish sauce and chillies….I would add I tbsp of fish sauce and taste and adjust seasoning before serving.

Add mince and move around to break up any big clumps.

Add water, bring to boil and skim off any scum that arises.

Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes add spring onions and simmer for another 10 minutes.

If you are not serving immediately then remove from heat and keep the lid on.

To Serve:

Bring soup to simmer, Taste and adjust seasoning, fish sauce or salt.

Pour beaten egg into the bowl in a wide circle; stir gently to break up into strings.

Ladle soup into a bowl, add a generous sprinkling of pepper and garnish with Coriander or Dill.

Enjoy!

Did you know? Chicken Noodle soup is top of the best selling soup list in the USA… In the UK tomato soup tops the best selling soup list followed by potato and leek soup…

Lastly, this video tickled me and made me laugh…The original is one of my favourites but I really think that every time I hear now I will remember this…Three moms perform a parody of Bohemian Rhapsody…Enjoy!

I do hope this has left you with a smile on your face…x

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have found something of interest or that just made you smile 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!

Thank you again for joining me for my first Whimsical Wednesday of the New Year please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you xxx

 

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…30th Dec-4th January 2020…

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup…It is a sparse on posts this week as I have had a Christmas break as well as most of you… I am not back properly until tomorrow…

If you have had a hectic festive season you may be quite pleased to sit down with a drink, put your feet up and have a little read…

The drink will be of course non-alcoholic if you are observing dry January…Are You?

I am not although I am abstaining as I want to keep the lbs in check…Every little helps as they say and as I still have some Christmas cake to eat…I won’t be totally back on the healthy eating until it is gone…However, all the chocolate has gone I sent it back to the village with little Lily yesterday…

Tuesday, Dec 31st…

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Was New Years Eve…Time to see in a new decade and time to reflect on the last year and give thanks …In the blogging world, I have much to be thankful for… bloggers are wonderful so thoughtful, welcoming, helpful and just plain NICE…I am so blessed I have met…such wonderful souls…xxx

This post reflected my thanks as I go forward and laid out my plans for this year…In a nutshell fewer posts and more writing and reading…Happy New Year xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/31/carolcooks2-2019-a-recap-and-some-thank-yous/

Friday…In my kitchen… 

Where it was a quiet week as we were still using leftovers and even the kids having eaten so much festive food were happy to have rice soup…which is a simple but tasty dish if you use a nice stock…

Of course, it is also time to enjoy a lovely old fashioned soup made from the carcasses…Everyone loves that…Bubble and squeak was missing however as my dear daughter in law put the Brussels in the freezer which we didn’t discover until Christmas morn…they were not nice as when you freeze food you blanch it before freezing putting in fresh Brussels ruined them…Boo Hoo…

But today I found that my source for Brussels was still selling them and brought some lovely fresh ones which will be for lunch today, tomorrow and the next day…Excuse my excitement but I very rarely am able to get Brussels here…Also, purple carrots were still available so double happiness…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/04/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchencake-and-purple-carrots-old-fashioned-carcass-soup/

That’s it only two posts…

Next week….Tomorrow it will be Climate Change and the environment ..Quite topical as there is a lot going on at the moment.

Wednesday...my favourite post of the week in many ways and Friday in my kitchen…It is also National Soup Month so this month I will be bringing you lots of soup recipes as I know for many of you it is soup weather…

I will also be doing a post this month on Bone Broth…How to make a good bone broth and also how you can incorporate it in your everyday recipes…

Thank you for reading I do hope you have enjoyed it and wish you all a productive week, stay safe whether you are experiencing extreme cold or heat…If you are in Australia then know we are all thinking of you and sending prayers for rain and lots of it…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 have a great weekend 🙂 xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup the 9th- 15th December 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in and around the world…Some of this you will find here so take a well-earned pew, grab a drink and enjoy the read…

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Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Monday…The latest news on recycling and climate change…

I love that around the world much is going on to minimize rubbish and clean up the world…But Christmas is coming…

How much extra waste do you think will be generated around the world over Christmas and the New Year?… What can we do to minimise this waste?

Remember the 3 R’s…Recycle, Reduce and Re-use…Wrapping paper is a great example…

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Habits are learned...That is a proven fact…Please show your creativity especially to the young ones …Get them to help…Teach them …

Try using colorful pages torn from magazines to wrap small gifts, and old maps or the Sunday comics for larger boxes.

Use reusable decorative tins, baskets or boxes…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/09/recycling-and-climate-change-recycle-reduce-and-re-use/

Tuesdays...Time to pickle…Cabbage, eggplant, beets and watermelon rinds…

Let's Pickle

Someone commented that I was the pickle queen…I don’t know about that but I do make a lot of pickles…I am also saving my pickle juice to put in my Christmas Bloody Mary(s)

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/10/mistletoe-and-wine-time-to-pickle-cabbage-eggplant-beets-and-watermelon-rinds/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Whimsical Wednesdays where I unashamedly indulge myself…I do hope you enjoy my meanderings today…Come with me and let’s begin…These posts are never planned… if I come across anything which I love or which tugs at my heartstrings then I save it for Whimsical Wednesdays… the rest just happens…It is wherever my thoughts take me at that time…Mainly they are random and unplanned…I mean they are the best thoughts…Enjoy! xxx

Christmas…gaining momentum…In our house, the tree is up…and so were the scales yesterday morning…3lb…Guess who gave themselves a big talking too…Yep…Moi…I have been cold I mean for me 9 degrees is cold aka freezing… Cardi weather…That was last week …I am happy to report the 3lbs have gone and I am now warm the temperatures are rising…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/11/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-22/

Wednesday…Also saw me over @Sally’s where Cranberries were the star…Not only are they very healthy as Sally will reveal to you but they are awesome to cook with and make a wicked cocktail…A very healthy and versatile little berry…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/smorgasbord-health-christmas-cook-from-scratch-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-cranberries-bittersweet/

Thursday…Christmas…’ Tis the season of love and laughter…Have you chased the Green Fairy?

Chrismas is in my soul and I hope that I can share some of the magic I have always felt at Christmas time with you and of course make you remember and smile…

Christmas is about memories, isn’t it? Old and new ones they all add something…

I am still waiting for some images of Christmas jumpers or have you read what I read and how they are not very environmentally friendly???

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/12/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughterand-a-glass-of-good-cheer/

Friday…Christmas…In my house…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/12/13/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia-4/

Saturday…

Saturday was meant to be my homemade sweet days …my disaster put me off a bit so I made another Christmas cake instead…I had lots of fruit to use and thought I would make one for my neighbours they love mince pies so I am sure they will love cake…

Sunday…Time to think of our pets…

I always cook Saangchais food fresh and Thai dogs eat rice not dried food etc so I just cook extra for him when I cook our rice…Sally posted a lovely post about what we shouldn’t feed our pets but also some great ideas on what we can feed them…Aptly titled What about Us?

Lily will be pleased as there was also a recipe for treats so she will love to make them for Saangchai…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-what-about-us-christmas-treats-for-pets-and-homecooked-dinners/

Christmas is also the time to think of those for whom Christmas can be a sad time …which is why when Sally asked for festive stories I penned Snow Storm…I hope you enjoy it as I am not an experienced writer and quite unsure of myself…My blog may make me seem confident but writing a story or a novel is another ball game…

It is for me anyway …I do hope that you enjoy my not so festive story but hear the meaning behind it and think of anyone that you know who may just feel a little better for a kind word or a cuddle at this time of year when their memories are sad ones…

Thank you, Sally, for sharing Snow Storm…xxx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-festive-stories-snow-storm-by-carol-taylor/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… 

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 have a great weekend 🙂 xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chocolate, Health, Recipes …Week ending 3rd Nov 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots going on in the world it was Halloween so I have some Halloween pictures for you…There was snow, beautiful white glistening snow in Susie’s part of the world and lots of it…I love seeing those lovely images from here where I am lovely and warm on this beautiful sunny morning…

So without any more ado let’s see what has been going on this week in my blogging world?…  No… I have not been discussing Brexit although I have been watching the House of Parliament live…I have better worthwhile causes to champion…The stakes have been upped and there will now be a general election…

Will I be covering this on my blog? No! Nada! I will most definitely not be covering it…

I am sure there are many opinions and although I have mine …I am not wading in…But feel free if you wish to…I love a healthy debate…

Monday…Such an ugly looking bean which produces a mouthful of pure indulgence …such a shame that the production of this also causes hardship, lack of education, cruelty through child labour and deforestation…

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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…To read the full story please click the link…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/28/recycling-and-environmental-news-28th-oct-2019chocolate-and-bees/

Tuesday…

Because I am not a party pooper I wish you all a joyous time in the coming weeks  I will be leaving you with a few tips to help you over the Christmas period and then I will leave you to enjoy it and come back just after the New Year…with more healthy eating tips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/29/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-more-diets-but-the-holiday-season-is-coming/

Wednesday…

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It is one of my favourite days where I can indulge myself …Of course in the coming weeks, it will be more Christmas focused… I will be looking at you guys to provide me with some lovely family recipes, crafts anything Christmassy…Even a Christmas jumper or three…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/30/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-16/

Thursday…

Saw the end of Pumpkin month and it was Halloween…I hope everyone who celebrated Halloween had a lovely time there have been some lovely and some quite gruesome foods I have seen…but all tasty I am sure…

The 5th of November is Guy Fawkes and celebrated in the UK…Guy Fawkes Night is annually held on November 5. It is sometimes known as Bonfire Night and marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Many people light bonfires and set off fireworks…

child with sparkler

I have many fond memories of bonfire night, potatoes and chestnuts cooked in the embers of the bonfire, of course, there are now absolutely fabulous displays but they don’t come close to my memories of such happy times as we clutched our sparklers and my dad set off the fireworks… We made our own guy and he proudly sat at the top of the bonfire although we were never allowed to participate in… penny for the guy…My mother thought it was akin to begging and we were not allowed to do that…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/31/halloween-sweet-potatoes-and-a-mexican-michelada/

Friday…

I am nearing the end of my store cupboard basic series by now you should have nicely stocked store cupboards…Spices are this weeks theme and although I grow and use many fresh spices dried spices also play their part…stronger and more intense in flavour than their fresh cousins they are ideal for baking. Everything has its place…

Roasted spices Indian cookinghttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/01/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicsspices/

Saturday…

Where I generally hand you over to Sally…This week she discusses skin and in particular eczema…I lived with skin conditions most of my life and am happy to say I am mostly itching and rash free…

Wool always made me itch so I wore cotton…when it came to bras, stocking, and suspenders it was the zinc in the clasps which gave me sore, itchy patches, I could never wear cheap earrings or necklaces ..zinc again..zippers anything which touched my skin brought it up in rashes and itchy patches…The introduction of tights wasn’t much better..nylon… Polo necks aka rashes, central heating aka rashes…Since living here…rashes…Gone…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-in-the-body-the-skin-eczema-lifestyle-or-genetics-by-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this week I hope you enjoyed the read…Have a great Sunday 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.

circular recycling the world and a green leafExciting 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 great weekend 🙂 xx