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Saturday Snippets…10th April 2021…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets…where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

I have been busy tending my little seedlings this week they sure sprout quickly here…It has been one of those weeks this week…I have even struggled to blog my heart is not in it at the moment…it has been a sad week …devastating may be a better word which puts my burst pipe into some perspective sadly a dear blogging friend lost her soulmate and my heart breaks for her…thinking of you Debby Gies at this sad time…

Then yesterday the nation of Great Britain and the Commonwealth lost a devoted servant and husband of our beloved Queen Elizabeth…The end of an era in many ways…An outspoken man who told it how it was and a devoted husband who was always at his wife’s side…married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years Prince Phillip was the longest-serving consort in British history – he was due to turn 100 in two months’ time, on 10 June.

Prince Philip’s concern for young people inspired him to create the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and he supported more than 800 charities and good causes – focusing on his interests in wildlife conservation, technology and sport.

Since the 1940s Prince Philip was an ever-present figure in the life of the UK and leaves behind his own considerable legacy.

R.I.P Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh…

That’s all from me today…x

 

 

 

 

Saturday Snippets…3rd April 2021…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…No rants this week I was just so angry and disappointed but I have calmed down and will write about this docu over the next few weeks …I hope those of you who celebrate Easter have a lovely Easter holiday…

I have been busy this week planting seeds and seedlings which is all in yesterdays post…it has also been extra hot and humid so I have spent as little time in the kitchen as possible…no new recipes this week apart from Simnel Cake and  BBQ Sauce…

Today is also National Chocolate Mousse Day...The word mousse is French and translates as “froth” or “foam.” they are often poured into decorative glasses and garnished with fruit, sweet sauces, or whipped cream…maybe in the absence of any form of Easter Egg I should make chocolate mousse…

The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892…my favourite chocolate mousse is one with chilli…Chilli and chocolate is for me a marriage made in culinary heaven…

This week my chocolate habanero seedling arrived maybe when those beautiful chocolate coloured fruits start appearing a mousse would be a good idea…

Are we talking chocolate mousse?

Chocolate mousse… it could be milk chocolate, dark, chocolate, white chocolate or a combination of all 3…It could be mint chocolate…It could be just 2 ingredients or you could go the whole caboodle and make the most decadent mouse containing whipped egg whites, whipped cream, or both, and flavoured with one or more of types of chocolate, coffee, caramel, puréed fruits, or various herbs and spices, such as mint or vanilla and not forgetting even chilli… I mean chilli and chocolate…heavenly…

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The combinations are endless…I am not in favour of using uncooked eggs …I have tried chocolate mousse with avocado..once was enough and never to be repeated…If I want chocolate mousse I will stick with Nigella I mean she loves to cook and eat with no thought to anything especially calories…

Serves: 4-6

  • 150 grams mini marshmallows
  • 50 grams of soft butter
  • 250 grams good dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) chopped into small pieces
  • 60 ml hot water (from a recently boiled kettle)
  • 284 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate, and water in a heavy-based saucepan.

Put the saucepan on the hob, over low heat, though keep it fairly gentle, to melt the contents, stirring every now and again. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, whip the cream with the vanilla extract until thick, and then fold into the cooling chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, mixture.

Pour or scrape into 4 glasses or ramekins, about 175ml / ¾ cup each., or 6 smaller (125ml / ½ cup) ones, and chill until you want to eat.

Enjoy!

Now for some Hot Chocolate…and Emma…

Conservation Corner…Chocolate Eggs…

Easter Eggs…The good news…

Easter egg packaging has often hit the headlines in the past because of its inability to be easily recycled. However Which? reports that industry improvements have been made, and now almost all packaging from the eggs in the study is recyclable…

Green Pawed Sea Otters and Kelp Forests…

Sea otters are a ‘keystone species’: they play a disproportionately important role in their ecosystem, influencing the populations of the plants and animals that live there. In particular, they protect kelp forests by preying on sea urchins.

Further info on how it is important to protect sea otters…Nothing works in isolation everything depends on others…Sea otters are part of the chain...

Quote!

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
Jane Goodall

A year on it is still with us...still not under complete control…Vaccines seem to be working are they the answer…I do wonder what this year will bring…

https://www.unicef.org/peru/en/stories/Peru-the-sun-helps-vaccines-keep-their-cool

Did you know?

#1… Of course, one of the most well-known dates of April is April Fools’ Day on the 1st of the month. No one is sure where this originated from, but some believe it to be inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s story in “Canterbury Tales” called “Nun’s Priest’s Tale.”

#2...1722 – On Easter Sunday, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered a Polynesian Island 1400 miles from the coast of South America and named it Easter Island.

#3…The English poet William Wordsworth was born April 7, 1770, and one of his best-known poems is perfect for April in the northern hemisphere: “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” which he first published in 1807. Here’s a little snippet for an April day:

I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

I can’t go without mentioning a dear blogging friend Sue Vincent…I have never witnessed such pure acceptance of what was to be or seen such passion to depart this life on her terms… There must have been times of great angst and recriminations of why…to us, she just showed such a passion for life and worked to leave a legacy for her family and us… she made memories for those she was leaving behind… my admiration of Sue’s bravery has no bounds…she looked all that was happening in the face and seemed to say… do what you may but these are my terms of how I will live and die…R.I.P dear Sue my condolence to her sons and grandchildren, to you Stuart for sharing this and little Ani…how sad she must be wondering where her 2 legs has gone x

https://scvincent.com/2021/03/31/swift-passage/

That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… I would love to hear from you in comments as you know how I love to chat…Love Carol xx

 

Saturday Snippets…26th March 2021…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

Conservation Corner:

Conservation is high on my agenda…I often wish governments and big NO huge conglomerates would really take a stand and make an enormous difference… one we could all see…but methinks that is in cloud cuckoo land…

I will ask one thing of you before I tell you about a small, quiet conservation success story…

I watched a docu/film on Netflix it was also available for download on UTorrent…called “Seaspiracy“…

I will also tell you I prefer fish to meat…I will also tell you I am not under any circumstances unless we fish for it ourselves buy fish fresh or tinned fish AGAIN…

I will also tell you I am not donating to any wildlife or climate change organisations unless I have checked and checked again and again as to who they are in bed with…

 

My son has always thought I am a little zealous in some areas BUT I persuaded him to watch this docu/film…he was as shocked as I was…Please, please watch it to the end if you can…

Then tell me what you think the solution is…

I will be writing about this in the next week or two…it will not be pretty… my gloves are off…

Now for the Good News…

Often overlooked, small-scale conservation projects are having a big impact on wildlife and communities – even in conflict zones

A simple philosophy “honey means money and to get honey you need forests”

Did you know?

 

 

#1 March is the equivalent of September in the Southern Hemisphere.

#2 Every Year, March and June finish on the same day of the week.

#3 March is the time of the year when animals start waking up from hibernation.

Let’s Have a Tune:

It was today back in 1964 that “Funny Girl” opened at The Winter Garden Theatre NYC…one of the first films I was allowed to go and watch with my friends and when I fell in love with Omar Sharif and the music of Barbara Streisand…

Today would have been my fathers birthday...he would have been 93 yrs old…I miss my dad and miss him more as the years go by…I don’t know if it is my age or if it is now I realise the absolute finality of it…

What he would think of today’s goings-on I can only imagine… I miss our conversations as like me he had firm thoughts on many things and wasn’t afraid to air his views…lol…we did have some lively conversations as we sometimes had opposing views…Miss, you so much daddy xxx

Coffee…not something I drink often I am a green tea girl…however…I love candyfloss…or cotton candy as it is also known and would you believe it was invented by a dentist…

Why?

Because it contained less sugar than a Candy Apple…Promoted as “fairy floss” it was introduced to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904…it was an instant success and sold 68,655 boxes at 25¢ (equivalent to $7.11 in 2019) per box.

I have always loved candy floss since I was a small child and when my kids were children I bought a candy floss machine so I could make it at home…well it started off with my kids and then all the kids in the neighbourhood appeared at my door…Fun Times!

I saw this the other day and although I rarely drink coffee I would have this one just for the candy floss and the wow factor…I am still a kid at heart…x

How cool is that? I love it!

That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… I would love to hear from you in comments as you know how I love to chat…Love Carol xx

 

 

Saturday Snippets…20th March 2021…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…my Thai Long Pepper seems to like its new home… the little fruits are ripening well…I can’t wait to see it grow and produce more peppers and then I can try them…exciting…

I have discovered some more rare fruits a Purple Melon which isn’t a melon but belongs to the nightshade family… I am awaiting a delivery from the garden centre…I have on order a beautiful purple mango so pretty and some awesome looking Rainbow Treasure Chillies…see pictured below…

In my world this week … Aston’s new bike has already had some changes made to it boys will be boys…sigh…it is now sitting in the drive as he has been quite sick this week with a very nasty throat infection… I have never in all his years seen him laid up like this…

In my kitchen I have been busy roasting pumpkin for puree… it is our pumpkin season and they are big boys…One pureed and one still to use…My neighbours gifted us with some beautiful fresh baby sweet potatoes plus a lovely orange cake which was yummy…

My kitchen disaster this week…a classic…I forgot to add the yeast to the mix and only realised when I had done 2 ten minute proves and nought happened and the light bulb went on…

There was me determined not to waste the flour, fat, milk etc kneading the rapid yeast into the dough it was a good arm workout…Did it work…not my best loaf of bread but great for toast…sigh

It is really very warm now we are noting the heat has turned up a few notches the showers are no longer freezing but coming out warm no need for heaters here the sun heats the pipes…

This is crazy but…a Waverunner…I could do with that now as it’s topping 43 degrees and tipped to be hotter next month…

Did you know?

#1…More than 1/5 of all the calories consumed by humans worldwide is provided by rice alone.

#2…A duel between three people is actually called a truel.

#3…Bullfrogs do not sleep…The bullfrog was chosen as an animal that doesn’t sleep because when tested for responsiveness by being shocked, it had the same reaction whether awake or resting…dolphins are also an animal which doesn’t sleep…

Animals that don’t need rebound sleep after using up all their energy (bees)

Animals that show harmful side effects of sleep deprivation (humans)…

Conservation Corner:

Important to me and I try hard to do my bit as I truly want a safer, healthier world for my grandchildren to bring their children into…I don’t want them to be living in a world where respiratory illnesses are a common everyday occurrence or they are forced to spend most of their lives indoors as the open air is not safe…maybe this sounds extreme and I do hope it doesn’t happen but…in some places the air is toxic and waste is slowly taking over…

Thursday was Global Recycling Day...created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.

We need to think about what we are throwing away…here Thais are great at recycling goods and clothes but when they really don’t want it…they fly-tip and I know that goes on worldwide… when I lived in the UK it was a problem…there is a minority who don’t give a toss…

Now yesterday and this a minor incident…I was next in line to pay for my goods…the guy in front of me put his goods on the belt…paid and left his trolley there…the trolley park was literally 2 steps away but no he blocked my path to the till and I am assuming he hoped I would move it and put it back for him…I wonder if that is his attitude what he does with his rubbish???

Silly rant I know but it just shows a lack of care…I also believe that for every one of us who is responsible there is a friend or neighbour who isn’t…

Let’s lighten the mood and have a tune…

March has been a good month for music over the decades…March 1985: “We Are The World” is heard on the radio for the first time…if you lived through the 80’s you will no doubt remember that a dream team of pop stars recorded the song to highlight famine in Africa…

Written by Lionel Ritchie and the late Michael Jackson the charity single dominated the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 successive weeks after its release and an All-Star group of Artists for Haiti remade the single in 2010 which was also a hit.

There have been so many remakes but this is one of my favourites…my question is though has much changed since 1985?

I think we all know the answer to that…

I am not an ardent royalist but I do think we have a wonderful Queen…this video shows her through the years where she has never put a foot wrong always smiling and gracious…

 

My purple Melon plant turned up while I was at the hair salon having my 1st proper haircut for at least a year…so I am soaking its roots before I plant it in its new home and also I want to do it later when the sun has gone down some as it is afternoon and steaming hot…Phew…

Let’s end with some good news it seems that as humans have been confined to home it has given the wildlife chance to flourish…

More and more green spaces (both private and public) are becoming overgrown with wildflowers, giving bees their very own playground to pollinate in. Plantlife, a wild plant conservation charity, has said: “There’s hope that reduced cutting frequencies might be a silver lining for verge wildflowers, giving once-familiar flowers, such as white campion, betony, greater knapweed and harebell, the chance to grow, flower and set seed.”

The cutting of verges less and later will save plants, money and reduce emissions. We need to rewild ourselves and accept nature’s wonderful ‘messiness’.

That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… I would love to hear from you in comments as you know how I love to chat…Love Carol xx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…7th March-13th March 2021…#Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…we are now in March… the time just flies…I am seeing the first signs of spring in some hemispheres…lambs, snowdrops, daffodils please keep those images coming and the snow I have seen some pictures so those who are experiencing minus temps snuggle up and stay safe and warm…and for those who are experiencing high winds and lashing rain batten down the hatches and stay safe and warm…

Let’s go and see what goodies I had for you last week… snuggle up in your favourite corner with your favourite drink tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine…Cheers!

Meatless Monday’s…although it can be any time of the week this week it was Mango Curry..not for everyone certainly not for my testers…lol…also as a dessert with coconut milk and sticky rice…delicious…

But I like it and hope you do it makes a change and I do love mangoes which are very, very plentiful here at the moment…Mango smoothies all round as some are very ripe although I love green mango with a spicy dip…it hits the spot…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/08/meatless-mondays-mango-curry/

My new series of the Culinary Alphabet was launched this week and thank you for your positive comments…

The letter A was quite easy… lots to choose from where the middle letter is A..i.e Brawn, Cabbage, and Yucca …that is the twist the brainchild of Chel Owens who is probably by now wishing she hadn’t…haha…25 weeks to go Chel…just saying…smile…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/10/the-culinary-alphabet-series-3-the-letter-a/

CarolCooks2…Week 4…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Tahini Paste…

One of the easiest things to make it takes no time at all…and can be used in many ways…A chicken marinade. You know the slightly nutty, yet sweet flavour you love about sesame, a dressing, eggplant dip, add some to your banana bread mix, on toast, use it as a burger topper…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/11/carolcooks2week-4in-my-kitchenmade-from-scratchtahini-paste/

Fruity Friday…

A new addition to my garden to me it looks like a catkin…I can also see the resemblance to the peppercorn…a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning…but can also be used fresh I have a recipe and can’t wait until I have enough to give it a try…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/12/fruity-friday-thai-long-pepper-dee-bplee-pepper/

Turning Back the Clock…by Sally Cronin.

I am learning so much from this series …small changes I can make which will knock a few years off…Pop over and say hello to Sally and have read it will be worth your time as we can all turn back that clock a little by just making a few easy changes…See you there 🙂

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/03/11/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-2021-part-nine-anti-aging-and-how-we-face-the-world-by-sally-cronin/

Saturday Snippets…

I am so lucky to be living where I come across so many different fruits and vegetables and foods…I don’t think there is a week that goes by where I find something new…last week it was stuffed frogs this week it was the Thai Long Pepper…I wonder what next week will bring lots of pumpkin dishes(which) isn’t new but I have 2 very large pumpkins to use…and lots of pumpkin seeds to roast…another A …Chel x

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/13/saturday-snippets-13th-march-2020/

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

Saturday Snippets…13th March 2021…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…One of my rare plants arrived 2 days ago a Thai Long Pepper which has some fruits on it and it looks like more are peeking out at the world…I can’t wait to see it grow and produce more peppers and then I can try them…exciting…

In my world this week ..a daughter had her 50th Birthday …Aston’s new bike was delivered all bright and shiny and now the worry begins that he will drive carefully, use his mirrors and wear his crash helmet at all times…we received another crop of goodies from the farm…some lovely big pumpkins, watermelons, bananas, morning glory, herbs, cucumbers, chillies galore, eggplants and mangoes…which meant roasted pumpkin was on the menu for starters …my jackfruit is looking good lots of tiny ones a bumper crop methinks…

 

I am guessing that the tree will be laden with Jackfruits this year so it will be Jackfruit all round…

Today is also National Chicken Noodle Soup Day…

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Chicken Noodle Soup is sold and made everywhere here…a very popular Asian dish…Chicken noodle always comes close to the top when a list of top 10 or 20 soups worldwide is derived it also varies my mother made it from a chicken carcass and added vegetables/noodles and I guess if I asked all of my readers they would vary slightly…What is your favourite soup?

Climate Change Corner:

Tiny Urban Forests are springing up on Brownfield sites across the world and in inner cities…

Did you know?

More people speak Mandarin than any other language…

With around 950 million native speakers and an additional 200 million people speaking Mandarin Chinese as a second language, it’s the most popular language in the world.

Let’s have a tune…

Over the years March has been a great month for music…On March 13th 1933, the songwriter Mike Stoller was born in Long Island, New York his resume of great songs written with his buddy Jerry Leiber include Jailhouse Rock, Yakkety Yak, Stand By Me, Houndog and Pearls a Singer far too many to mention but all great songs.

March 1961  we had Ricky Nelson with Travelin Man which charted @ #2 in the UK and #1 in the US… In 1965 The Beatles land their seventh #1 hit in America with “Eight Days A Week.”…1976 #1 Billboard Album: Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)…at this point I was playing Eagles tracks non-stop…

Fast forward to 2004 and a change of pace…one of my favourite tenors…Luciano Pavarotti makes his 379th and last performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing the painter Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. He receives a 12-minute standing ovation…

One of my favourites is Nessum Dorma…

So effortless…wonderful…

The Toddy Fruit

Was a discovery when we dropped in at a fairly local market on our way home from the farm…I spied this fruit a new one for me, had a look and walked past thinking other stalls may have them when I realised only one stall had very few and they were going like hotcakes…literally.

toddy-palm-fruit

Luckily as you can see I managed to grab some wondering how I was going to get into them as they have every hard shell…and at the time I hadn’t clue what I had just brought.

Toddy Palm or as it is also known Palmyra palm, Doub palm, Tala palm or wine palm.

The fruit or palm sugar is also used to make a variety of sweet desserts.

Thati Manjula has a sweet taste and gelatin texture which is ideal for a number of sweet dishes such as milkshake by blending with nut milk and adding vanilla and other flavours like cinnamon, cardamom or rose-water and can also be enjoyed chilled.

Make payasam by heating nut milk, coconut milk and palm sugar. Add coconut powder and almond flour to thicken the mixture. Finally,  pour into a mould here a folded banana leaf would be used and allow it to cool. Add chopped tropical fruits like pineapple or mango, shredded coconut and or nuts it is now ready to eat.

More interesting facts about the Toddy Palm.

It is a huge palm that can reach 30 metres in height and is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

The fruit which grows in clusters is hard-shelled and needs to be opened by someone who has a sharp machete. This lady looks very adept with her knife unlike me who is quite liable to lose a few fingers.

Traditionally the sap is collected by tapping the top shoots and hanging and collecting the dripping sap in earthenware pots. The juice which is collected in the mornings is refreshing and light with a sweet sugary taste.

This fruit ferments very quickly and juice collected in the evening after fermentation is a  sour fermented beverage.

Toddy sap fermented is called arrack or when concentrated to a crude sugar called Jaggery.

What is Jaggery?

Jaggery is sometimes called non-centrifugal sugar because it is not spun during processing thus removing the nutritious molasses. Jaggery is found all over Asia but called by different names.

Namtam tanode here in Thailand, Gur in India, Panela in Columbia, Gula Melaka in Malaysia.

Is it more nutritious than sugar?

Jaggery contains more nutrients than refined sugar due to its molasses content.

Medical benefits.  

The tree sap is also a laxative and believed to have medicinal properties.

It is purely organic and a natural coolant for the body. It is known to contain Vitamins A, B-complex and C. It is also known to contain essential minerals like zinc, potassium, iron and calcium. It is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

It can be used to treat nausea and vomiting and also worm infestation.

The sap is used as a tonic, laxative, for treating ulcers and liver problems. The pulp of the fruit is known to cure a number of inflammatory conditions of the skin.

Did you know?

Why is the letter w in English called double-u? Should it not be called double v?

The word “swims” upside-down is still “swims”.

Not something which happens here in Thailand but March 14 (tomorrow) is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2:00 A.M. that day. If your area observes it, don’t forget to “spring forward” and set the clocks one hour ahead, or you may find yourself an hour late to everything!

That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… I would love to hear from you in comments as you know how I love to chat…Love Carol xx