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Friday in my kitchen..how to reduce kitchen waste…

Today I am going to talk about waste in the kitchen…what we sometimes waste and could use…it has the knock-on effect of saving money, having tastier, healthier meals with no preservatives or fillers…Reducing food waste not only helps the environment, but it’s also an excellent way to save some extra money and time.

How many of you peel your veggies including mushrooms then either put the peelings in a composter or just throw them in the trash?

Many vegetables like potatoes and carrots have edible skins just give them a wash or a soft scrub and prepare as usual. Always peel your potatoes or you have fussy people like my hubby who doesn’t like the skins left on but is quite happy to eat them if I deep fry or bake the peels…

Now no matter what you cook, you’re likely to produce waste, even if it’s just the garlic skins from a few cloves you’ve minced. If you cook more frequently, or if you’re cooking large quantities, or because you’re meal-planning for a week, you end up with a lot of waste: the root ends of onions, along with their severed tops and discarded skins; the tip and tail of a carrot, along with its peelings; the white root ends of celery, perhaps the leafy tops, and, if you’re diligent about such things, the stringy exterior of the stalks; scallion butts, and any of their ratty trim; herb stems; etc. The list is as endless as the list of stuff you’ve chopped.

Although we eat lots of veggies everyday there is not enough to make stock on a regular basis which is where the freezer comes in handy I keep a container or a zip lock bag and just pop my waste into it once the bag is full I have enough to make some stock..

While you can use a lot of vegetables in stock, you can’t use all of them, because some vegetables—particularly cruciferous ones like broccoli and cauliflower—will make your stock bitter…Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae) such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables.

This list is of vegetables you can save for stock:

  • Onions of any kind, including shallots: skin, top, root end.
  • Scallions: anything you don’t use.
  • Garlic: skin, any trim,
  • Carrot: skin, root, tips.
  • Celery: any and all of it, although leaves are better put to use in soups and salads.
  • Turnip: any and all of it.
  • Fennel: in moderation, bulb and fronds.
  • Tomatoes: skin, seeds, flesh, pulp, tops.
  • Mushrooms: any and all of them, but particularly the stems.
  • More delicate herbs like parsley and thyme: stems and whatever’s on the verge of going bad. In moderation, woodsier herbs like rosemary or sage: again, stems and stuff that’s on the verge of going bad.
  • Ginger: peel and any trim.
  • Napa cabbage, but not any other cabbage: core and trim.
  • Leeks: root end and green tops.

To make your vegetable stock then take your bag if freezing  veggies for stock from the freezer and into the pan and cover with water once they come to the boil  reduce the heat so the stock simmer and cook for 15 mins any longer and the stock may be too sweet if you use lots of onions for example this could happen some people say blitz the frozen veggies before cooking and some say just cover with water and cook and then strain through a fine sieve or muslin obviously if you are making chicken stock and using veggie scraps then you cook for longer.It took me a couple of tries before I got my vegetable stock right for our palate as it all depends on your vegetable base.

I make more fish stock and chicken stock than vegetable stock as that is what I use most of I usually keep 1 or two bags of vegetable stock in the freezer as its handy and depends on what I am cooking.

Potatoes…

Many of us cut off the ‘eyes’ growing on potatoes before we eat them. These are simply the growing points on the vegetable and can be cleverly used to grow new ones. Instead of cutting them off and placing them in the trash, pop them in a plant pot instead. Be amazed as tiny new potatoes begin to grow.

Brocolli normally has quite a thick stem how many of you just throw it away and don’t use it? Yes, you can use broccoli stems in a soup but I peel the stems slice them and cook as usual with my vegetables..which means I waste very little of the brocolli.

Cauliflower leaves toss in a little olive oil with some spices and roast…Lovely…

My biggest preventable food waste is herbs…I need to grow more so I can pick them fresh as some herbs keep longer when picked than others.

Tip: Storing Coriander( Cilantro). I use a tall jar with a screw lid and pop my coriander inside…No water just the coriander and it keeps fresh for a least a week I use quite a lot so never keep in a jar for longer but have heard it keeps for a further 3/4 days before it gets discoloured.

The coriander roots I freeze and use in curry pastes, dips or if I run out of coriander and need it as an aromatic in a curry or sauce I grind them in my pestle and mortar and add to my cooking …they have a more intense and stronger flavour than the leaves.

Fish…Do you always buy fillets of fish? If so you are missing out…The fish bones and bits can be used to make a lovely fish stock..Prawn heads are served in all the posh restaurants …Deep-fried as a garnish or as a little appetiser with a lovely dip they are delicious…

Fish heads tend to impart a stronger flavour than the rest of the fish, making them perfect for curries, soups, stews, and stocks.

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They can also be cooked in one piece and then picked apart for fish cakes, pizza toppings, pasta, or eating on the spot…which Aston my grandson absolutely loves… he can pick a fish or chicken carcass cleaner than a vulture or other carrion bird he leaves nothing…even eats the gristly bit on the top of the chicken bones they are stripped clean…He definitely eats the Thai way…Leave nothing!

Why buy a whole chicken?

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Whole chickens are cheaper per pound than the plastic trays of chicken parts. Provided you use the whole bird efficiently, it’s doubly cost-effective. The meat you cook and eat is cheaper than it would be otherwise, and the carcass, which you’ve already paid for and should use, can be transformed into chicken stock, which you might otherwise purchase.  Using your vegetable scraps,  to add flavour to the stock you make with the carcass.

You can either cook your chicken whole or cut into joints if you always skin your chicken then cook the skin…Sandwich the skins between two non-stick pans of the same size will prevent them from curling up and cooking unevenly. The result: thin, flat sheets of crisp, fragrant “chicken skin chips” you can use in sandwiches, instead of bread or crackers for canapés, crumbled to garnish soups, salads, and baked potatoes — Delicious…

Which means from one chicken you can make a curry from the legs and thighs, Garlic chicken breasts or a stir fry or kebabs with the breasts, a nice stock or chicken noodle soup with the carcass and some lovely chicken skin for garnishes or “chips” With the chicken tenders you can make satay.

For the breaded chicken strips (KFC) as the kiddies call it… either cut a chicken breast into slices or use chicken tenders, then dip in an egg wash and coat with homemade breadcrumbs…I then cook in batches in hot oil until cooked and golden brown then serve with sticky rice and freshly chopped vegetables normally cucumber and cabbage.

The hearts and bits I normally freeze and when I have enough make pate with the hearts the other bits we BBQ but everything is used…No waste and it also helps improve your cookery skills and your butchery skills.

Once the skins are out of the oven and ready for seasoning, be creative by using what you like best: fresh or dried herbs, earthy spices like cumin and paprika, Asian elements like five-spice powder and sesame seeds, blends like za’atar and barbecue rub, and freshly grated citrus zest all work perfectly.

That’s at least 4 and maybe 5 meals from I chicken…

As you see it is far more economical to buy a whole chicken rather than portions.

Until tomorrow stay safe and well…x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and well being.

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!

Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx

 

 

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…22nd June 2020…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. ..many countries are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases and in light of recent developments around the world I am guessing it is not over yet…I was very disturbed to read about Swedens policies I am sure after this is over they may occur repercussions…Scary..

Here in Thailand we are not many days of declaring ourselves Covid-19 free…fingers crossed…BUT so far although some restrictions have been lifted masks and social distancing is still very much in the fore front of everyday life and not being lifted in the near future I am guessing but I am happy with that…

But let’s not dwell on what we have no control over and do our bit to stay safe and well and look at the good things happening and the things we can control in our daily lives…

 

If you have been keeping up with the news on climate change then you will know that there have been lots of changes in certain areas this has prompted calls for a green recovery plan and calls for a “green recovery” have been growing ever louder over recent weeks. Yesterday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a new report stressing that the world now has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs.

Launched in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, the report sets out sector-by-sector what it recommends should be done to ensure a “sustainable recovery” from the Coronavirus pandemic.
This in depth: BP data reveals that clean electricity matched coalfor the first time in 2019…which means strides are being taken in the right direction and hopefully this virus will give the world a much needed opportunity to make further strides and a bit faster.

Coffee is for many their drink of choice each and every day...But how ethical is your cup of coffee…Do you know where the beans come from? Do you know what happens to the waste…This startup has it sorted …

Palm Oil…Has been the source of much flack over the years from deforestation, babboons losing their habitat, indiginous tribes losing their land and livelihoods the list is endless…But the Palm Done right Campaign…is striving to do just that…

September is Palm Done Right Month and will be the third annual event.

The aim is to stop hiding palm oil behind labels where the ingredients are unclear but to proudly promote  sustainable palm oil which consumers make an informed choice to buy.

There are over 30 organic and natural food brands and 50 retailers that have joined our mission, and are helping to spread the message. Sign up today to join the movement and be a part of the solution by supporting the brands and retailers who advocate for growing palm the right way.  SIGN UP TODAY >

 

 

 

Palm Done Right Farmers grow palm in accordance with certified organic practises either by re-conditioning degraded land  or transitioning existing conventional farms to organic…it is a collaboration between farmers which requires trust and involvement from them but enables them to earn a proper wage to support their families.

There is a right way and a wrong way of doing palm…

The bottom line is that to use any oil in excess would not be good for you and I use different oils depending on what I am cooking or baking…

Have you tried Organic Red Palm Oil?

Waste…waste annoys me but the thing which really annoys me is watching someone just throwing something away…they open their fag packet and the wrapper just idly flutters to the ground it has become such a habit to do that that I don’t think they even realise  they are doing it any more…but my biggest bug bear is being the car behind as someone lobs their takeaway bag out of the window…Farmers are up in arms and who can blame them..they want retailers like Mc Donalds to print the customers number plates on takeaway bags…I think it is a brilliant idea and apparently …. The technology to put the car registration number on litter as you queue up to get your drive through takeaway is there. It could be printed in UV as well which would stop people seeing where it is printed and destroying it….

I think that would be an excellent source of revenue for governments…I love it!

This is so cool…can you imagine it?

I love this…I am sure the grand kids would as well…

Well that’s all for me this week on the environment and climate change…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and 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 stay safe and healthy xx

Recycling and Climate Change…8th June 2020…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. ..many countries are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases and in light of recent developments around the world I am guessing it is not over yet…

But let’s not dwell on what we have no control over and look at the good things happening and the things we can control in our daily lives…

Many sources are reporting that because of the lockdowns that there is less food waste which is good news…However, there are still many people who struggle to put food on the table and The National Food Service which operates in the Uk aims to change all that and also improve the health of the nation.

“Eating together is probably the most important way we build friendships. So a National Food Service would do more for our collective happiness and wellbeing, not to mention our health, than anything else we might think of doing.” – Robin Dunbar, Evolutionary Psychologist at the University of Oxford. Discoverer of the Dunbar number.

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I think this is a great idea and it brings together community, friendships and ideas moving forward which is all good…

Coronavirus has delayed climate talks by a year. But the planet doesn’t have extra time, so action on global warming cannot be postponed.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01621-0

It seems to me that some kids have more common sense and dignity than some ADULTS…Well done lad…

What a sensible boy…I’m sure his parents must be proud of him…

Isn’t the world a wonderful place? It is a fact that although man has occupied the world for a long time certain phenomenon still baffles scientists…

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/22/858800112/herd-like-movement-of-fuzzy-green-glacier-mice-baffles-scientists

Offshore floating wind farms are they a thing of the future a way to harness power from the waves, wind and solar power?

Interesting…

Plastic is the scourge of the seas, beaches and landfill much of it cannot be recycled in the normal way…That could all be changed by 2024/25…

This could solve a lot of problems for the world…isn’t science great…?

Plastic is a huge problem in Asia and especially here in Thailand…Where I live most of the shops provide paper bags and use banana leaves and sugar cane as packaging.

This is how my local shops package the vegetables …

Now bamboo is being utilised as cutlery and straws and now plates and cups…Bamboo grows so quickly you can watch it grow…

This article tells about another project which is replacing crockery with bamboo plates and cups a great step forward using a natural product…

Bamboo is even used to package essential oils and other cosmetics..

It makes me very happy to see natural resources used for packaging here…Thais seem to be wholly embracing this practice from a tiny stall to big stores…

That’s all for this week…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and 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 stay safe and healthy xx

Recycling and Climate Change…4th May 2020…and Covid-19…

A new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…

I am coping...worried about my family overseas I find it a struggle sometimes to write and even contemplated not writing/blogging last week and then I received a beautiful comment which made me cry…It cheered me on…Thank you…you know who you are…

I have spent more time in the kitchen...just because…my creative streak was waning as my waistline spread…I was eating all the pies…sigh…watching far too much Netflix…dreaming of a Cadburys CHOCOLATE BAR…says she who doesn’t eat chocolate…

Then the boxes of mangoes and bananas arrived at my gate…I shared some bananas with my neighbours who then gave me more mangoes…My son on his shopping trip told me about the queue for free food …someone was giving out free food, masks, handwash and checking temperatures…He said social distancing was being observed and everyone was masked up and waiting patiently…It puts it into perspective really doesn’t it?… I need to stop wallowing and count my blessings…Buck my ideas up…

Let’s have a look at the good things I can find…

Nature is showing us that we are only tenants in this world…That without us the animals will return…we need to learn big lessons from this in so many ways…I hope the people will remember, speak out and cast their votes wisely…

Food waste…I have always thought I have been a good model and wasted little ..I hold my hands up I could waste far less and be more frugal not mean just aware of more…

While I think many are being more frugal and mindful at home what about the bigger picture?

Food waste is increasing…What can we do?

Food Hubs could be the solution we are looking for…I think this is a brilliant idea which has taken off really quickly…In fact, it took only 11 days to survey farmers and pantries throughout the region about what they were facing, establish a plan to raise money to pay farmers to supply pantries and bring on partners.

Food Hubs have happened with GROUNDWORK…

What else can you do?

You can eat sustainably, cook sustainably, dine out sustainably…How to do that…You can take action by clicking this link…

Recycling…These are cool…I love the extension lead idea…The clutch bag so clever…

Lots of brilliant ideas!

Masks…most of us now are wearing a mask at some point when shopping or out walking …This N95 scarf filters the air around you and they are washable…

Also on the Good News Network...I found this…Air Pollution in Major World Cities Has Dropped By as Much as 60% During COVID Shutdowns, Says New Report. It also reports how the Earths Ozone layer is repairing itself…

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https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/air-pollution-in-world-cities-drops-by-60-percent/

Even though we are in trying times and often very sad times there are lots of changes for the good and we are becoming more aware…I know I am… as to how quickly this world is repairing itself…

My hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and 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 stay safe and healthy xx

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…16th March 2020…App in the Air…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the latest news on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you so much to everyone who reblogged and commented last week…Your comments are valuable to me and even when I am feeling a little down they brighten my day…It is lovely to see how many of you are doing what you can to recycle, buy local, grow your own very heartening…

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It was also lovely that so many of you were both surprised and pleased to see the video of Maggie Thatcher,  her commitment and call to arms all those years ago… she still inspires…Great lady…

I know many you are being affected by Covid-19 I hope you and your families keep safe and well…if you are self-isolating it gives you time to read, write and reflect as I am sure this is foremost in most peoples thoughts…

But the world carries on and food waste is still much higher than it should be … watching a programme on the FOOD waste I was appalled at the amount of waste still coming from the stores and manufacturers…

When people…Children are starving this should not be happening so please lobby your stores either in person, by writing or your local government official flood his/her inbox…Food still within its sell-by date nothing wrong with it…should not be thrown in the trash…it could be given to food banks, churches a number of organisations…No excuse for it!

How did they react to the programme-makers…Not by talking to them and certainly not by cutting waste but by locking the bins fencing the bins in cages…It still exists and nought is being done so come on mum and dads army show your commitment to food waste…while you are under quarantine and if you are feeling well take your mind off Covid-19 as those children are still starving…

Wow!… This makes me hopeful for the future…

Air Travel…There has been much in the news about the impact of flying and many high profile people have been named and shamed…unfairly I think in some cases…

Life and work goes on...sometimes other methods of travel are not available or due to time constraints or cost unreasonable…Tori found this app which allows you to offset your flight and compensate by planting trees…It is called App in the Air which has integrated a carbon-offsetting widget within the app, which can give travellers an estimate on how their travelling can affect their carbon footprint based on a “carbon calculator”.
Travellers that offset their carbon footprint the most receive a
Carbon Neutral Traveler badge.

That should please the against air travel activists…

Tori also alerted me to the fact that Wales has plans for a national forest running the length and breadth of Wales have been launched by the first minister.

Mark Drakeford said the scheme – which includes £15m of woodland creation grants – would help protect nature and boost tourism.

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The idea is that people would be able to walk the entire length of the forest, from one end of the country to the other, drawing inspiration from the Wales Coast Path which attracts millions of visitors a year.

That is a massive project but sometimes you have to think big as the world is a big place and I think we need to be upping the ante…Thank you for these Tori xxx

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51837146

New York recycles less than 20 per cent of the 3.1 million tons of garbage that its residents produce each year, a number well below other major cities. But as of March 12th plans to propose the New Yorkers have to mandatorily compost are being put forward…Will it go ahead?

Something has to happen with that track record…maybe restaurants there should adopt the Singaporean A1…

City Officials also want attractive trash cans and for business have more storage inside their premises and not litter the sidewalks as is now the case…Time will tell I guess…

The Naughty Corner!

According to The Recycling Association...Pringles and Lucozade are the villains.

With its metal base, plastic cap, metal tear-off lid, and foil-lined cardboard sleeve – Pringles’ combination of materials makes the packaging harder to separate and were described in the report as a “nightmare”.

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The Lucozade’s bottle is recyclable but, again, its combination of materials featuring a sleeve made from a different kind of plastic makes recycling hard.

Having read their comments the manufacturers are not trying very hard to change their packaging…my response neither product is healthy so don’t buy them…

On a happier note …All you ice cream lovers…Magnum launched tubs made from recycled polypropylene plastic packaging …said to be a first in the ice cream industry…

Up to 600,000 tubs are now available across Europe, with millions more to roll out globally.

The move is part of Unilever’s wider global commitment to ensure that at least 25% of its plastic packaging will come from post-consumer recycled content by 2025.

Julien Barraux, vice president Magnum, said: “We are proud to be one of the world’s first food brands to pioneer this ground-breaking technology.”

The tubs are available in Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands, with over three million more due to be launched globally in 2020.

That’s good news...Well done Magnum…aka Unilever…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments xx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

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 week xx

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…How to have A Greener Christmas…

Firstly I would love to wish you all a Very Merry and Green Christmas…xx

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I would also like to thank you for your ideas and support throughout the year…xxx

I do think that the tide is turning…I also think that we should nurture our young and encourage their ideas as there are so many young people who have discovered ways to help the environment and I am not talking about those who skip school and carry placards but still carry the latest phones and wear the latest fashions without a thought about how those actions hurt the environment, how much of that cannot be recycled and how much of that is produced using child labour instead they are intent on telling us to turn vegan/vegetarian and ditch the transport… Except of course when we are joining the other traffic as we drop them at school or college having picked their friends up on the way…

I live in the real world I know some transport is essential, I know some local transport isn’t as good and cheap as what it is where I live…I also don’t have to get children to school, to their activities and then go to work, come home and cook dinner…Oh, there is also shopping and cleaning…

I could go on but I won’t I will spare you that and rely on the fact that you also have active imaginations and can fill in any gaps.

Change needs to happen in our homes…

This video which Tori who has supported me unfailingly throughout the year sent me the link to is worth a look as it suggests ways we can have a greener Christmas…Thank you Tori xxx Tori has also written some great kiddies books..If you still need stocking fillers then please visit her Amazon link 

 

All the items we have in our homes, and would be likely to throw away… some really cool ideas… I love the seed idea and snowflakes…

It is also no secret that I love music...It warmed my heart that Coldplay has taken a stand and won’t tour again until they can ensure that their concerts are “actively beneficial” for the environment.

Frontman Chris Martin told BBC News that the band would be “disappointed” if their next tour is not carbon neutral.

Of course, they have made their millions and don’t need to tour again and that puts them in a fortunate position that they are able to call the shots…So fair play to them as it will pave the way forward …I think it is a great move…

It will make the concert promoters more aware and they think in $ and £’s so it is in their best interest to look at plastic and solar power…

Chris Martin said “All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job,”  telling the BBC that the group wants future tours to “have a positive impact.”

It is true as we know we all have to play a part however small it is just like a jigsaw …Lots of small pieces make a bigger picture…

This made me so happy...For years I have followed the work which is being done to clean up the River Thames…There have even been whales sighted and animals and fish which had deserted the Thames are coming back…

THE RIVER THAMES RUNS 215 miles, from Gloucestershire through London to the North Sea, and it hasn’t always been much of a source of English pride. In the 19th century it was known as the “Great Stink,” and Charles Dickens called it a “polluted stream” in David Copperfield (1850)By the late 1950s, after World War II bombings had destroyed much of London’s Victorian sewage system, it was declared “biologically dead.”

But the Thames is back. 

Sea Horses are unknown…But they have appeared…For me, like unicorns, they are magical creatures…

Numbers are steadily increasing… It is all great news for the old lady Thames …she is home to seals, otters, and all sorts now …

This was all achieved by people just doing it…Getting on and doing it…Quietly going about the business of cleaning up the Thames…For some it was their job for others it was their passion.

Last week I talked about wrapping presents…This week I will give you a few facts about the food we eat and what it comes packaged in…

Did you know? 

Turkey…It is estimated that 10 million turkeys were consumed last Christmas. This also means over 3,000 tonnes of turkey packaging was being used.

Taking this into account, 125,000 tonnes of plastic wrapping used for food will also be discarded over the festive period.

Christmas puddings… the majority of which will be packaged in some form of plastic and cardboard packaging…Last year the UK alone ate 25 million.

Mince pies…Brits eat 175 million…

Mince pies

Putting this in perspective, 1 million mince pie cases equates to 1 tonne of aluminium material.

Just these three festive food items…Conjure up in my mind a staggering amount of waste…

The Solution…

Well…The Christmas pudding and mince pies are easily solvable…Cook from scratch and make your own…No packaging required…If you know someone who can’t or doesn’t cook…Make them some and put them in a pretty container…That is their Christmas present sorted…They will love it!

Turkey… If you buy fresh and local… packaging should be at a minimum just some butchers paper…I know not everyone can do that…However, if you are making your own mince pies and puddings/cake…Be pleased with that reduction in waste and it gives you a whole year to think about next year’s turkey…xx

Please share your stories on how you plan to reduce your home’s waste at Christmas we would love to hear them…xx

Like Peggy who is a self-confessed recycling, re-use, re-purpose nut. A newspaper makes good gift wrap. And I’m still using the three strings of Christmas lights I bought in 1981.

I am impressed that lights last that long and well done to Peggy for re-using her lights year after year…I have some which are a few years old but I think the point is that if they work why do we want to buy new ones?

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our own home’s carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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 creative week ahead xx

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