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Waste Not! Want Not! Week 10…

Welcome to week 10 of our War on Waste and to my readers for sharing so many great ideas… You are all awesome and you rock!

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It does seem that more and more is being done globally to address the problems of plastics, waste and overfishing but is it enough or is it being actioned quickly enough is there enough urgency we need to be as proactive as we can and teach our children and grandchildren what a beautiful world we live in and how we can all work together and what we can do in our own homes to save energy and waste…This will also save you money…

I also think if we start being more proactive by cooking from scratch, growing our own if we can, supporting our local farmers, recycling what we can…It will make a difference…

local produce farmers market

We will feel energised, healthier, our clothes and our homes will be individualised we will be our own person…Not a sheep who believes all these famous people who endorse products and all this bright appealing marketing which feeds the lies and untruths as to what is in our food…

We need to take charge and what a legacy you will be leaving…There is far too much apathy and complacency in this world…We need to look further than the headlines… Rant over!

What is happening that is good news???

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Peggy said...Some great ideas here. ( Thank you, Peggy) Australia’s ABC has had a great series on lately—The War on Waste. Maybe you can find episodes online?

I put a call out on FB and was sent a link https://iview.abc.net.au/show/war-on-waste… I am still trying to find a way I can watch it here in Thailand…

The programme is hosted by Craig Reucassel who returns for Season 2 of the series that sparked action across the nation. Craig explores our reliance on single-use plastic items such as bottles and straws that damage our waterways and marine life.

In the UK...something similar is going on…Hugh’s War on Waste is back and he’s taken to the streets. Hugh wants to save the 2.5 billion coffee cups the UK throws away each year and the companies that do nothing to stop it.

He has issued a challenge…So come on…Let’s all get behind him…

Did you know? He had messages from some of the worst offenders who just said we agree with you…That’s It?

From coffee cups to old clothes or new clothes you have never worn…

Recycling is big business and we see those bins and put our unwanted clothes in them, give a sigh of relief and a pat on the back and walk away believing we are doing our bit…What have I said about believing the hype…It couldn’t be further from the truth…A very small percentage of what we donate is recycled…Man-made fibres do not and are not compostable…Read what really happens 

My take on this we need to be addressing this in our own homes and taking charge of our own textile recycling…

This is what Teagan shared with us…Thank you Teagan. Teagan is a storyteller extraordinaire she has one hell of an imagination…I read her stories and they always keep me enthralled and amazed at where her thoughts take her so please pop over and have look…xx

Teagan also shared how she personalises a sweatshirt…Over to Teagan…I used to get one that was 1 or 2 sizes too big. Then cut it all the way down the front. (You need the extra size because you’re about to make it smaller by hemming the front.)
Next, I’d cut off the band at the bottom (for a better silhouette) and hem the sweatshirt. Then I would get fabric paint (that has puff, pearlized, or glitter) and make geometric designs and symbols to decorate it.
Reuse the band you cut away to make loops for a couple of buttons at the neck. If you can find a button that looks like a big fake gem, that’s the crowning touch.
The more banded parts you cut away and hem, the “dressier” the shirt looks. You can cut away the cuff band and let it be a 3/4 sleeve jacket. I wish I had made a picture of them. I used to make them for my friends. Something fun and whimsical — and comfortable, but cute enough to wear out in public.

She said she wished she had taken a picture of them…So do I …

But have a look at Mary’s site https://boondocksblog.com/home/15ways…She takes something unwanted and ordinary and turns it into something quite unique… I love the bracelet holder it is so pretty and different…

What no mention of recipes yet, Carol I can hear you say...I have been looking and thinking about fruit and vegetable peels …Is there a use for them apart from composting them?

apple peelIndeed there is…A tip from Sally over @ Smorgasbord where you will find me on a Wednesday…Fry vegetable/fruit peelings and make crisps from them..carrots kids love them said, Sally…A good way to get them to eat their veggies…We are both firm believers in how food and a healthy diet can help us avoid many diseases and ailments… What am I do with my peel I am still perfecting my pakora’s…

But my sourdough is not dead this time it seems to be thriving…

Deodorant and the dangers have been in the news since forever…Tori sent me this link on how to make your own …Deodorant is a personal subject and we all have our favourites but we can now personalise our own…How good is that? Thank you, Tori xx Tori incidentally is a prolific writer of children’s books

https://lifeandsoulmagazine.com/2019/02/01/make-your-own-deodorant/

Lastly, I came across this lovely video...beautifully made it highlights how wildlife is suffering and how important it is for us to protect global biodiversity…It made me sad when I watched it…But I think we all need to xxx

In a mission to “inform, engage and inspire audiences about the importance of protecting global biodiversity,” the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) produces interactive events with an environmental focus. With its annual festival, the organization showcases powerful work by the best independent filmmakers, with “Dream” by Zombie Studio serving as a perfect and poignant example. It is the first time I have watched and it made me so sad…

In this animation, animals sing an emotional rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. The video opens with the creatures existing happily in their habitats: a blue whale breaches, a brown pelican skims the water, a rhinoceros runs with her calf, and a pair of baby harp seals play in the snow.

That’s all for this week I hope you have found something interesting and please carry on commenting and letting us all know what you do or any great incentives you have come across… I love to hear from you and if we share our good practices then the world benefits 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.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 weekend xx

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 9…

Good morning and it is certainly a lovely sunny one here although earlier on it was a tad chilly…

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It has certainly been a week of discoveries this week and good ones sometimes due to where they are published you chance upon things unexpectedly and that was the case in this instance when Alethea from not tomatoes was browsing her local newspaper she came across this article called ” The Milkman ” model…

https://nottomatoes.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/watwb-big-brands-going-green/

I remember the milkman and that lovely gold top milk which was a treat for us the empties went outside to be replaced by full bottles…

TerraCycle, a company that has long been devoted to repurposing packaging and reducing waste, is behind the initiative. Coming this spring to major cities such as New York and Paris, customers will be ordering from a website called Loop, and receive popular products such as ice cream and shampoo in reusable containers delivered to their doors.

There are also plans to roll out to The Uk next year…One of the comments about the big names involved some of whom don’t have a good record as regards waste and ethics …Nestle being one of them… for a few years now I have not bought any products associated with them…Let’s hope it is not just for publicity and they really have changed for the good…I certainly hope so…

Next to come up on my radar is this cute idea for collecting rubbish on beaches…

goby fish

http://yupthatexists.com/goby-plastic-beach-fish/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com&fbclid=IwAR3QkyKayfMjikAL8D4Qcwz8dsOCYmMat06BBbg5nEkqOGKT6a80g9E5O64

Australia has found a very simple way to stop waste going into the ocean…

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https://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/australia-found-a-way-to-save-water-from-plastic-pollution-and-we-can-start-doing-the-same/?utm_source=Grid&utm_medium=Grid&utm_campaign=Grid&fbclid=IwAR36mnd8qLQLkAu0BoDdzgk8tyBB98RQQggmVC92h4S8fZ5ZrRUsYdWiccg

Lots of local efforts to stop this avalanche of plastic waste going into the sea…What is happening in your area to stop plastic waste ???

If all the different grades of plastic have your head spinning then this post on plastic will help you make sense of symbols on bottles…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

Although there are lots of great incentives going on only 8.21% of the 195 countries in the world have banned single-use plastics. When you look at it that way it is excuse the pun nothing but “a drop in the ocean” …We all need to be doing so much more…Joining organisations and talking to your local politicians about what their parties plans are …Not just thinking but doing…

There are so many ways we can reduce our carbon footprints and reduce our waste…

Did you know what impact textile waste has on the environment?  

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84 per cent of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator.

When natural fibres, like cotton, linen and silk, or semi-synthetic fibres created from plant-based cellulose, like rayon, Tencel and modal, are buried in a landfill, in one sense they act like food waste, producing the potent greenhouse gas methane as they degrade. But unlike banana peels, you can’t compost old clothes, even if they’re made of natural materials. “Natural fibres go through a lot of unnatural processes on their way to becoming clothing,” says Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. “They’ve been bleached, dyed, printed on, and scoured in chemical baths.” Those chemicals can leach from the textiles and—in improperly sealed landfills—into groundwater. Burning the items in incinerators can release those toxins into the air.

Meanwhile, synthetic fibres, like polyester, nylon and acrylic, have the same environmental drawbacks, and because they are essentially a type of plastic made from petroleum, they will take hundreds of years, if not a thousand, to biodegrade.

It was thanks to Anne Copeland who blogs at All in a day’s breath she opened my eyes to this she also told me how she rarely buys new clothes but recycles and re-styles second-hand clothes that is something which goes on a lot here every market will have at least one stall of second-hand clothes here in Udon Thani we have a huge section and my daughter in law spends hours there we always know where she is going when she says in the afternoon I am just going to the market …Sometimes she comes back with nothing and other times she comes back with some lovely things sometimes still with the labels on…It seems to be a pastime of many Thais they spend hours sorting and chatting it is like social event…

Here are some really cool ways to recycle your unwanted clothes…

 

That’s all for this week I hope you have found something interesting and please carry on commenting and letting us all know what you do or any great incentives you have come across… I love to hear from you and if we share our good practices then the world benefits 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.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 weekend xx

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 8

I hope you all had a brilliant festive season and that the New Year will be kind to you… I really feel that these posts seem to be taking a life of their own…The war on waste has begun in earnest…There are so many facets and ways you can reduce your waste and your carbon footprint…

A very valid point was raised by Adele …Adele also has a lovely blog and writes very good horror stories which if you are like me love a good horror story so pop over and say hello…

Adele said…

Fantastic, Carol. I get so uplifted by reading the tips and posts people have sent you about their recycling. I have thought about the textile industry a lot and I received an email from a recycling group highlighting organic, recycled wool. The problem was; the wool was around £58 a ball. I wrote to her and asked why these things, not just the wool but the organic clothes too, were so expensive and how a mother of three or a single mother on benefits could afford these things. I didn’t get a reply which was disappointing. More swap shops are needed, I think, where old jumpers are used for their wool, or clothes cut into new shapes. xxx

That truly is the case many times over anything healthy, organic or designed to cut waste is generally expensive and many times unwarranted.

Zero Waste shops    https://thezerowaster.com/zero-waste-near-you/

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I was really pleasantly surprised a few days ago to read that the Canadian Government has issued NEW food guidelines… Stating that you should eat … A Healthy Balanced Diet … Be mindful of your eating habits… Make water your drink of choice… cook more often… have plenty of fruit and vegetables… enjoy your food… be aware of food marketing… limit foods which are high in sodium, saturated fat and sugar…It sounds like me talking…Does it not??

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Well done to the Canadian Government…Read the full content here

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.

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Although I have previously stated I am not a vegetarian I eat meat-free meals and my aim is to increase the meat-free meals I eat in a week.

Annika said:

Carol, an interesting article and as a vegetarian since birth I’m smiling how my ‘oddness’ is now becoming the norm. Supposedly a quarter of the UK are vegans at the moment and I personally know many who used to eat a lot of meat but have totally changed. As for trees, I worked within the timber trade and know that in Scandinavia there are actually more trees than a hundred years ago (70% of the land mass in Sweden is forested). Alas, forests in many regions of the worlds are not treated so ethically and suffering terribly … as a consumer it is our responsibility to check where items are sourced and managed.

Annika is a writer and an avid book reader and reviewer please pop over and check her out

https://annikaperry.com/

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Fish is my favourite food but it is becoming increasingly difficult to source sustainable fish or avoid farmed fish and as you know pollution is my baby especially the ecosystem as without that we won’t exist…

It is pleasing to see how the younger generation is doing something and this article caught my eye and what these young people did was actually promoted at the World Trade Centre…How brilliant is that?

Have you heard of Pollution Popsicles??? Have a look it is an awesome project and designed to raise awareness as I am sure it is.

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What else is on my agenda? I have been puzzling how to get my meat/fish home without a plastic bag…Carrying glass containers as well as our own cup it could begin to be a mission. Thinking back over the years all meat and fish was wrapped in paper…What paper though as we need to think o the trees…

Foodservice providers often use butcher paper that has been coated with a fine layer of wax or oil to make the paper more resistant to leaks when wrapping moist foods. Waxed or oiled butcher paper cannot be recycled, but it can be composted. … Butcher paper with food residue also cannot be recycled but can be composted.

It got me thinking can you buy recycled butchers paper?? Apparently yes you can…Amazon does and there are other companies who also sell recycled food wrapping. I just need to find one which deliveries here or I can buy here so that is my current mission…When I do I am sure I will be getting some very amused look at the market…haha

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Fruit Pulp…Leftover from your juicing…Do you use or throw it away?

Victoria Zigler sent me the link to an interesting article on using pulp leftovers…Thank you, Tori…

Food Pulp  get the info here

It will certainly something I will be having a look at but if any of you already use food pulp and have recipes please share  with us we would all love to see your recipes and tips xxx

Tori also writes some awesome children’s books which are very popular and have wonderful illustrations http://ziglernews.blogspot.com/

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Dogs and cats also pick up fleas and some of the commercial ones are not the best to buy for our beloved pet or for the ecosystem when they are washed away…Never fear the solution is right here…

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/natural-flea-control-for-cats-dogs/

 

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That’s all for this week I hope you have found something interesting and please carrying commenting I love to hear from you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.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 weekend xx

Waste Not, Want Not… Kitchen composting for City Dwellers …Part 7

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Welcome back… How is your war on waste working? I have had many comments from my readers about what they are doing to combat waste and it makes me happy that so many people care about the world we live in.

These posts and my Monday posts do bear many similarities and crossover sometimes my sadness at the amount of poverty and starvation which still exists in this world and how we can address that as mothers, fathers, chefs and chief bottle washers.

How we can make our homes safer and our world …Well, I would like a world to leave to future generations…Wouldn’t you?

I was pleased to hear from Sue and Rob that single-use plastic bags are banned…

Sue said:

Here in the UK, the ban on Free single-use bags has been in place a couple of years now with a charge of 5p for a bag if you now want one, which goes into local fundraising funds..
We have bought cloth bags and to be honest Carol I have not missed them one bit, All you did with them was to push them in a draw then throw away…

Sue Dreamwalker has a lovely site where you will be met with love and peace with a touch of common sense thrown in 🙂

Rob said:

Hi Carol. These are great ideas that most people can easily implement. Here in San Francisco, we have a ban on single-use plastic bags. If you forget to bring a bag you can buy a paper bag at checkout.

Robert M Goldstein is an artist extraordinaire whose art is awesome… do pop over and have a look and he also cares about the world we live in…It doesn’t get better than that…Does it?

That was great news to my ears HOWEVER upon further investigations I found it most interesting that it is African countries who have taken the lead on this  https://study.com/blog/which-countries-have-banned-plastic-bags.html

Countries which in parts have wars and atrocities going on, food shortages and yet they see the need to reduce plastic. waste…I think that is awesome but I also think many western countries need to up their game…

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I have also noticed that on many huge company websites that wording is very clever…”We fully support the….. ” Doesn’t actually say they DO… 

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I have for many years recycled glass, cardboard, plastics and made compost from green waste…

How many of you compost your green waste?

To me, there is no better feeling than that newly composted waste in your hands…

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I know many of you are city dwellers and maybe only have window boxes and tubs but you can still compost…Here’s how!

https://www.zipcar.com/ziptopia/city-living/how-to-compost-guide-city-dwellers

This is a brilliant guide which will cover everything you need to know and also worm bins now as we know worms are very good for aerating the soil.

As I said earlier I have always done what I thought I should but looking back it wasn’t enough and since I have started these posts it has very quickly dawned on me the sheer size and enormity of the task.

I have just scratched the tip of the iceberg…

Clothes…I have always given my old clothes to charities and shops but have I ever remodelled them…No!

Well, Anne Copeland does very successfully…All in a day’s breath…

A lovely blog and Anne’s philosophy of life is very much in tune with mine …

Anne said:

Textile too is a horrible contaminant in the trash heaps, etc. So I belong to some recycling groups for recycling textiles instead of throwing everything away. You would be amazed at how many beautiful and sometimes still have tags on them garments I find in our trash bins at our senior mobile home park. And I take them out, save what I or my dear man can use, and what we cannot gets to the thrift store. I am good at taking garments and upcycling them too, so I have the lowest garment bill in town. All I buy new is skivies and socks, though if I find some good ones, they will go for me too.

The reality is that we need to recycle every single thing that can be recycled or upcycled. It helps our earth in so many ways. And it is exciting too when we find new ways to do things to help our earth.

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Anne’s comments opened up a whole new world for me…I was gobsmacked by her commitment to recycling and she has agreed to do a guest post in the future and I for one am looking forward to that…

Have I ever thought about the thread that is used? No!

Have I ever thought about what the material has been treated with? No!

Did I realise that every time we wash something or brush against something tiny little fibres are dropped? The microfibers, which are mainly released when clothes are washed, end up in wastewater plants, where a significant proportion pass through water filtration systems. Even the ones that are filtered end up in the sewage sludge that can be applied to farm soils as fertilizer or dumped in landfills.

So it is very important to realise that when we buy these cheap throwaway fashions made in sweatshops by often forced child labour that the thread used and what the fabric is sprayed with is more than likely carcinogenic and harmful to humans and the environment.

It was this interesting project which caught my eye … It will also be a topic for another day…

https://scienceblog.com/504504/first-model-of-how-plastic-waste-moves-in-the-environment/?

I hope you are as excited as I am about how these posts are taking shape and that it is making you think about how you can make changes…If it has and you are please share with us as we are becoming a little community who cares…xxx

Thank you for reading and if you loved what you read here and know someone who also loves reducing waste  please share 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.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

My Weekly Roundup of Recipes and Rants…Sprouts and Christmas…

Recipes and reveals what is in our food

Welcome, it’s that time of the week again and if you busy peeps have not had time to read my posts and there are a few…lol…

Sit down take a bit of me time and enjoy the read…

Part two of my posts on Palm oil...I think it is such a shame that man seems intent in so many ways of killing our world and it’s inhabitants…

Is it lack of care and thought? Really just greed or in the case of someone I spoke with yesterday… Who asked me what can you do to change it? and told me I was only one person and did I think that anything I did was going to make a difference?

What would your response to that be…I am just interested to know…

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily …This weeks topic was lunching especially during this busy time of year and the cold weather which some of you are experiencing I hope you can all find something to tickle those taste buds.

 

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/20/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-more-diets/

Brussel Sprouts!

Love them or hate them…I think it is a bit like the Marmite scenario… I love them and so does Sally where you will find this post… Where Sally with all her expertise will give you the health benefits and I provide the recipes… You may even get to love the humble sprout…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/21/christmas-smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-brusselsprouts-bitterly-healthy/

My Thursday’s posts on Waste Not! Want Not! Are gathering momentum I am enjoying my research and discovering so much…So much that is wrong and also so much that is being put right which is heartening and makes me happy that many people do care just not the ones who should…

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Christmas Traditions and Treats is going really well the interaction is awesome and I have some Christmas Jumpers to show you next week and I am sure you will love them so thank you…You know who you are,…But No Spoilers…hahaha

There was Robbie with her beautiful Gingerbread houses and Hugh who jogged my old memory about Stir up Sunday which is today…So don’t miss next weeks as it will be jam-packed with Treats and Trivia like you haven’t seen before…

Christmas Treats and Traditions 23rd Nov

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/23/christmas-traditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia-2/

Now Christmas brings so many foods and drinks that maybe we haven’t had for a while, maybe we have an allergy but are too busy to check the labels …Food Allergies and Food intolerance can be a nuisance or life-threatening…Sally’s post on this is worth a read as it could save a life or a lot of discomfort and we all want to enjoy our Christmas celebrations …Don’t we??

Health Column

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-allergies-and-intolerances-christmas-can-be-a-challenge/

Thank you so much for reading this post enjoy your Sunday and if you are celebrating stir up Sunday then do make sure as tradition denotes that you stir East to West…xxx

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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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great Sunday xx

 

Waste Not, Want Not…Part Six

Waste pollution climate change

Welcome back… How is your war on waste working I have had many notes from my readers on what they are doing to combat waste and it makes me happy that so many care about the world we live in.

Every time I go to the Farmers Market now I am so impressed as more and more of the goods are wrapped in banana leaves can you see the cone those little green buds are wrapped in it so lovely to get my fruit and vegetable wrapped like that or just loose without a wrapping if vegetables are too big like carrots and things, everyone is using brown paper bags and it takes me back to when I was young and you never saw a plastic bag they were all paper… Or my mum and all her friends used to take their wicker baskets shopping …That was a few years ago now…

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Today I am going to look at how we can reduce waste of single-use plastic bags in the home.

Did you know about 300 million tons of plastic is produced worldwide every year and some 8 million tons is just dumped in the Oceans how much of that is recycled…ONLY 9%… That is disgusting…

How can we help?

  1. Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. Purchase a reusable stainless steel, glass straw or bamboo straw and take it with you…It soon becomes a habit…
  2. Use a reusable shopping bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often!
  3. Give up gum. Gum is made of synthetic rubber, aka plastic. I get so angry when I am walking and gum gets attached to the bottom of my shoe…If you have to chew wrap it and put it in a bin when you have finished… However, if you click the link you may not ever want to chew gum again.
  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles or glass bottles instead of plastic as they are recyclable.
  5. Cereal, pasta, and rice buy from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. It saves money and unnecessary packaging.
  6. Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
  7. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your drinks, even when ordering from a take-out shop…All you need to do is ask or measure how much is in your takeaway cup and go and buy a suitable sized reusable cup…Sorted…

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  1. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
  2. Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you’ll be eating fewer processed foods! 
  3. Don’t use plastic cutlery at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your takeaway box.
  4. Make freshly squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It’s healthier and better for the environment.
  5. Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.
  6. Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  7. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.

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Dolly from koolkoscherkitchen  is a keen supporter of reducing waste and plastic and came up with a great idea…She is having a book launch at one of her local stores soon and is going to take the advantage and ask what they are going to do to reduce waste and plastic waste…What a great idea…

Well done, Dolly please keep us updated …

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Here is a copy of a letter which you could write to your local store, council or government representative or even a manufacturer… the wording would need to be changed slightly depending on the recipient but we are bloggers and authors so that should be a doodle…

Dear …..

I support the initiative to ban single-use plastic bags in your store at …..

I hope this ban is the first step in which ……. your company shows vision and leadership in the region and perhaps in the nation by taking bold actions to reduce waste and litter and protect and improve local wildlife and marine life.

People coped before plastic bags and will do so again.

Without easy access to free bags, one quickly becomes accustomed to their own reusable bags.

Banning smoking from bars and restaurants was met with an uproar several years ago, and now it almost seems outrageous that this was ever allowed. People very quickly adapt …

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the steps you have taken already by having days in the store where plastic bag are not available and by using banana leaves as packaging rather than a plastic bag…I would though like to bring to your attention the piece of plastic in the sushi packaging I noticed the other day could it not be cut from a banana leaf?

I await your positive response.

Kind Regards.

My local store is responding very positively about reducing waste and plastic which given that Asia is a haven for plastic and waste  I was very pleasantly surprised and pleased…

 

The cream coloured flower buds are called Daylily ดอกไม้จีน usually used in soups and very popular with Thais and often used in herbal medicine and healing but also used in stir-fries we stir-fried ours with the Ceylon Spinach and it was very nice. The Ceylon spinach had a sort of beetroot taste. It is also used in natural medicine here and is believed to have many healing properties…

vegetable stir fry

We just washed and cut and stir-fried with a little garlic and oyster sauce it made a nice vegetable side dish. It was a vegetable which none of us had seen or tried before and which I love about this market as the food is local and many of the fruits and vegetables not really grown commercially but by local people and farmers. The red Noodle snake beans were also a new variety for me very similar to the green and quite a rare bean so I will enjoy them while I can. It holds its colour when cooked and ideal for salads and stir-fries.

green and red snake beans

Notice how they are tied now with banana leaf and a bamboo tie instead of in a plastic bag and I think it is so much nicer isn’t it?

Thank you once again for indulging me in my war against waste… I have certainly opened a can of worms…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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.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

Eat Smart, Eat Healthy…No more Diets

Winter warming Soups and chilli

Good morning from sunny Thailand… we are warm here as we are coming into our High Season soon while many of you I know are feeling the winter chills… This week some healthy lunches…which will warm you up …

It is quite difficult to think of what to suggest as when I worked in my last job although we had the heating on  the doors were continually opening and closing so if you were working on the ground floor it was a tad cold most of the time so a warm bowl of soup or a jacket potato was very welcome at lunchtime.

I always used to make extra if I made a stew or chilli and freeze in portions it was then easy to take to work and I know from experience that if I ventured out at lunchtime as I hadn’t bought anything in with me it was over to Marks & Spencer who do the most divine sandwiches and of course all their yummy sweet things are by the till…Do I need to say more???

Not taking in lunch is a trap many of us fall into without realising, isn’t it? Plus it is more costly…

As I am at home and  Lunch is my main meal I generally have a stir fry they are quick to do and cook while the rice is cooking which Is why I like them…

Fried Fish with peppercorns in black bean sauce.
Serves 1.

fish black bean sauce

  • 100 gm white fish cut into smallish pieces and rolled in rice flour.
  • Small onion roughly cut
  • 2 spring onion sliced
  • 1-2 chillies sliced diagonally
  • 1 stem of fresh peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • Sm piece fresh ginger minced or finely Julienne
  • Fish sauce to taste.

Lets Cook!

Heat up the oil in a wok and shallow fry fish quickly on each side until it becomes golden brown, it will take around 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
In the same wok where fish is fried sauté garlic, chilli, onion and ginger.
Add green onion and peppercorns then stir-fry for a minute. Then add fish.
Add splash water, black bean sauce bring to a rolling boil, add fish and turn over once to coat with the sauce and simmer for 2 mins. If the sauce is thin you can add a bit of cornstarch/arrowroot slurry to thicken it.
Flavour with fish sauce and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Serve with steamed rice and a chilli dip( optional)

You could also make this at home and heat gently at work for lunch or microwave it.

Jacket Potatoes…Easy to do and will fill you up…If you have an oven at work then in your pop one in the oven and take a portion of chilli, baked beans, cheese, coleslaw, sweetcorn, caramelised onions and mushrooms what is your favourite topping?

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My favourite is chilli be it a meat or vegetarian one or cheese and coleslaw if it isn’t too cold.

Carol’s Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm lean minced Beef ( I use pork) as I can’t get minced beef here.
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 red or yellow pepper chopped
  • 3/4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1-3 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 pint of fresh made beef or vegetable stock
  • 400 gm fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp sugar…I sneak this in when no one is looking as it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 410 gm can red kidney beans, drained or pre-soaked dried kidney beans.

Let’s Cook!
Put the olive oil in a large pan and heat add the chopped onions, garlic, ginger, bay leaves and cumin seeds cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes.
I like to add my cumin seeds with the onions as it brings out their full flavour and we love cumin.
Add the minced meat and cook, stirring until nicely browned.
Add the tomatoes, stock, peppers and tomato puree stirring in well and bring to a soft simmer.
Add the paprika, marjoram and sugar.
Cook for 20 minutes now this is where I taste and add more chilli and usually more cumin seeds and then add the drained kidney beans and cook for a further 30 minutes.

chilli-con carne-chilli peppers

Serve with steamed rice and sour cream sprinkled with smoked paprika ( optional)

Enjoy!

NB. HELP! I would rather use dried kidney beans rather than tinned HOWEVER I soak them for hours then cook then add to my chilli and they are still not soft…I don’t have a pressure cooker but is there anyone who can give me some tips and I don’t add salt while soaking.

My second Chilli recipe from a friend of mine …Richard and it is his vegetarian chilli…Thank Richard it is very nice. It is Richards recipe with a Thai twist and tasty…

Vegetarian Chilli with lentils.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chillies
  • 125 gm mushrooms chopped
  • A handful of chopped green beans
  • 100 gm black lentils
  • 1 tbsp each of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar
  • Basil Leaves

 

vegetarian chilli with lentils

 

The instructions are as I received them as Richard obviously knows I can cook ( there wasn’t any) just ingredients …he is also male…lol

For anyone needing more details then cook as my chilli recipe above but adding lentils instead of the meat. I did add a couple more tomatoes and some kidney beans to Richards original recipe….I also soaked my lentils… he doesn’t as he likes his lentils al dente…

Cooking is all about personal taste and I sometimes just chuck it in the pot and take it from there… That’s how I cook most of the time and TASTE…

Enjoy!

Both of these make great toppings for jacket potatoes or with rice …

Soup is also very good...You make a batch at home and freeze in portions it just needs reheating or take it in a thermos flask…

Yesterday I made a lovely mushroom soup …a new recipe and it needs tweaking my little taste tester told me what I needed to do….lol

It pleases me though because it means that he tastes the food and knows when it needs something else so that is good for a child.

Mushroom Soup…

2 lbs of mushrooms…mixed I used straw, button, crimini and some small ones which I can’t remember the name.

1 onion sliced

6 sprigs of thyme tied together

3 cloves of garlic

6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock

2 cups of water

1 cup of cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!

Melt the butter and add the mushrooms and add a pinch of salt and cook until they give up their juices and reduce the heat. Cook stirring until the juice has evaporated and the mushrooms start to brown.

crimini straw button mushrooms

Pick out a few nice pieces and set to one side for the garnish.

Mix the onions into the mushrooms and cook until the onion softens about 5 minutes.

Add the thyme and garlic and pour in the stock and water simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the thyme before blending the soup, if the consistency is still too thick then add more stock/water…Return to a pan and add the cream…Taste and season with salt and black pepper…

Mushroom Soup

 

I hope this has given you a few ideas about what to have for lunch…What is your favourite lunch?

I have added the link to a Chicken Noodle soup as it also has the recipe for homemade chicken broth.

Noodle-soup-Thai-chicken

https://blondieaka.com/2018/09/13/thai-chicken-noodle-soup/

All of these you could batch cook every two weeks and freeze in portions and you would never have to worry about what is for lunch… Just add your garnishes and herbs if required…

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 that I cook with have 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

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

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

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoy the soup …Or maybe you have already tried it…Do you love it?? Please let me know in comments xxx