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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 9th-15th January 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Ezekiel Bread, Stale Bread and Saturday Snippets,

Welcome to my weekly roundup... 2022 is settling in …we are mid-way through January I do
hope this is the year where we see the end of Covid or find ways to live with it as we do flu and
other communicable diseases…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  Culinary A-Z was going to be the final one but I decided there was too much for one post so next week will be the final one, Monday Musings, and let me tell you Spam begone and it is singe figures…Friday review and Stale Bread…we should all be at zero in our homes but those stats were shocking at the sheer volume of waste and Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…I hope you enjoy!

Monday Musings…

Whose heart doesn’t melt at the sight of pretty little kittens, puppies or babies…but please allowing them to take over and call the shots…you have to read this …I mean however much you love those kitties that wouldn’t happen on my watch…but then it was on social media…I rest my case…

CarolCooks2…My Monday Musings…10th January 2022.

I always or my body does benefit from a detox it makes you feel so much better,  less bloated and lighter of body and spirit…Thanks to Sally over at Smorgasbord Health she has made it easy for us…So please head over and have a read…

Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Introduction and Phase One – Before you begin your weight loss programme

Culinary A-Z…This week it’s the letters W & X…

This is the last but one post in this series…I have covered the wax coating on many of our fruits and vegetables and their safety, Chowder which is a lovely creamy soup, Arrowroot, Bratwurst Sausages and a few other items with the middle letter of W or X…not an easy one and out of the goodness of my heart I saved Kiwi Fruit for Pete Springer who always contributes to these posts…x

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letters W and X

You may have noticed that I haven’t included the #bloganuary daily posts in this roundup…I just thought it would be too much…those of you who regularly read and comment on my posts have been reading and commenting on #bloganuary and for that, you have my thanks x

However, it’s still not too late if you feel you wish to participate in the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day… just click the highlighted link and sign up…

Carol’s Green Kitchen is back…this week was the first post of the year I hope you enjoy it!

Yes, I’m back not with a bread recipe although I do have one all ready for next months Green Kitchen but back with Ezekiel Bread which some of you have tried and not liked or have liked but said it has a different texture to normal bread… all interesting and a learning curve some kitchen hacks and the safety aspects of waxed fruits and vegetables…

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…January 2022 …Kitchen Hacks, Waxed Fruit and Vegetables and Ezekiel Bread

My Friday food review was on “Stale Bread” and how it is top of the list when it comes to food waste…in the UK almost 900,000 tonnes of bread is thrown away every year…that is 24 million slices of bread every single day…

That is a travesty when children are staving not just around the world but probably in your home town…In the US (2016) 20% of bread is wasted in kitchens plus 12% in stores that is a lot of bread…

In my house, that figure is 0%...ZERO WASTE…nil..none…ever…every single scrap of bread is used…Do you have zero bread waste or is your household a contributor to those 24 million slices of bread in the UK alone which are thrown away every day…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Review… Stale Bread…

Saturday Snippets…

Where I can truly unleash my muse because I never know what I will discover…This week it was the word “Year“…

Preparations are underway here for Chinese New Year…The year of the “Tiger“…one-hit wonder “The Year 2525” a song I hadn’t listened to for years…and lots of other trivia …

Saturday Snippets…January 15th 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Year”

That’s all for today…Thank you for joining me and I look forward as always to your comments…Have an enjoyable Sunday see you next week xx

 

 

Saturday Snippets…January 15th 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “Year”

Welcome to Saturday Snippets ..my one-word prompt today is YEAR that was also a given really, wasn’t it?….as it’s the start of a New Year…The year 2022!

I can’t, however, take all the credit for that as New Year was suggested a while back by Diana who pens the mythsofthemirror blog but I saved it for now as it seemed more apt…Thank you Diana x

I thought this song fitted perfectly with the prompt..

The vibrant red and gold banners are going up around the town...preparations have started for Chinese New Year…The Year of the Tiger.

Chinese New Year, Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year 2022 will fall on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, starting a year of the Tiger.

Did you know?

While most people don’t think of Argentina as being a ski destination, for the intrepid winter sports lover, Argentina should be a destination of choice. One of the highest ski resorts in Argentina, Las Leñas has altitude to thank for its reliable snow year-round.

It may also be tempting to head to the beach while in Argentina, so you can spend a few days getting some sun, then hop on a 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires to enjoy the ultra-dry powder and unique conditions that make this destination so attractive for skiers. So, for this trip, you’ll need to pack your sunscreen and your snowshoes, but it will be a memorable trip, to say the least!

Year MillionYear Million is a six-part documentary and science fiction television series produced by the National Geographic Channel…A TV mini-series that gives an in depth look into what our future will look like when technology takes over, for better or worse…exploring life in the near and distant future, where artificial intelligence is everywhere and advances in medicine and biology …

I really like this National Geographic series…Have you watched this???

Real  Roses that last a year??… The roses are preserved at the peak of their natural beauty and freshness for up to a year or longer. preserved roses are authentic Ecuadorian real flowers that undergo a special preservation process to keep their beauty for a long time. These fresh roses get cut at the stage where they are most radiant. The roses are then treated and conserved in a manner that maintains their freshness and beauty, ready to be part of a beautiful arrangement. The preservation process of our eternity roses helps them last for many years. These long-lasting roses sometimes are referred to as eternity roses, preserved roses, eternal flowers, forever roses, everlasting roses, or infinity roses…

The YEAR Niagra Falls dried up…1969…Niagara Falls, which is actually comprised of three waterfalls — the American, the Bridal Veil and the Horseshoe — was diminished by one, as the American fall was reduced to just a trickle, so it could be studied by U.S. engineers and geologists.

Thank you for reading Saturday Snippets…The year was quite difficult to come up with anything connected unless I used numbers and then it would be akin to war and peace…hahaha but thank you for sticking with it… I hope you liked the music…I look forward to your comments…Have a great weekend xx

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 2nd-8th January 2022-

Welcome to my weekly roundup...And welcome to a New Year I hope 2022 is a better year, a
the year where we see the end of Covid or find ways to live with it as we do flu and other
communicable diseases…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  Culinary A-Z, Monday Musings, and let me tell you Spam begone and I will tell you how…A review and sausage recipes…and Saturday Snippets…I hope you enjoy!

My first Monday Musings of the New Year…where I discuss plastic straws and today when shopping there was a whole end isle of plastic straws(which) I thought were banned…

I also received some bamboo straws and a lovely ickle brush so I can clean the straw properly after using…Plus how to get rid of spam ..a cocktail recipe, some music…I hope you enjoy x

CarolCooks2…My Monday Musings…3rd January 2022.

Today we have the start..the beginning of back on wagon talk, healthy eating after all the Christmas goodies my body is groaning and feeling bloated…This is not a New Resolution unless they float your boat it is just getting back to pre Christmas Covid eating…both have played havoc with my diet I don’t know about yours…too much fresh from the oven bread……

CarolCooks2…Healthy eating… How to shift those Christmas and Covid kilos…For good!

The Culinary Alphabet is nearing the end now…only W, X, Y, Z to go and unless I can find any more dishes/ingredients I will probably put these 4 letters in one post and waffle a lot…haha

Young Pete Springer very cleverly found two more for the letter V…the first one was Guvec which is an earthenware casserole dish that is wide and of medium height, it can be glazed or unglazed and used in the Balkan, Turkish and Levantine cuisines…

Giouvetsi…is a meat and pasts dish cooked in a Givec…but to complicate matters further there is also a dish called Turkish Guvec made with eggplants, potatoes, red onions, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, paprika which sounds delicious…Mmmmm one to try…

I hope you enjoy this rather shortened version of the Culinary Alphabet x

Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letter V…

Over to Smorgasbord…where Sally is doing a rewind of some posts that we did back in 2018  I enjoyed contributing the recipes…this week it is Vitamin A…and I must say Vitamin A is abundant in food which I love like Apricots, carrots and trout…

Please head over and enjoy...I think we all need a rewind I know I do and a reminder of what we should be eating to maintain a healthy body…

Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin A – Carrots, Liver, Apricots, Trout. Eggs, Frittata

Friday is my review day it could be a product or an ingredient that I am looking at in more depth…this week it is a trip down memory lane where I extol the virtues of my nanna’s food grinder…I will also tell you that I had a comment on this post that I didn’t understand…I’m old and not up to date with many of the modern ways and apps so before responding (and) how glad am I..phew…I asked my son…just as well…my answer was an Ahhhh :)…I left it at that…But that is why I love blogging I learn something each and every day

To understand what I am talking about you will have to read the comments on this post…I would love to know who knows what I now know…hehe x

CarolCooks2…Friday Product Review… Spong National #25… Food Grinder…

Saturday Snippets…

My most fun post of the week to write…I have a fascination with words and connections I love how a word has connections to so much…a great learning curve and I am always being surprised…just as a few of you were to receive an incomplete Saturday Saturday Snippets on Thursday…you wouldn’t want to be inside my brain at the moment it bordering on chaos…lol

Enjoy, have a lovely Sunday…stay safe and well if you venture out…As always I look forward to your comments …

Saturday Snippets…8th January 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “New”…

The end…another week finished…did you know there will be 13 New Moons this year so hopefully it will be a magical year…Love Carol x

 

 

Saturday Snippets…8th January 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “New”…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets ..my one-word prompt today is NEW that was also a given really, wasn’t it?….as it’s the start of a New Year…The year 2022!

Not exactly an easy one to find connections with although you can prefix almost anything with the word “New” although there are products and places where it is part of the title…New York would be something totally different if the new wasn’t in front of the York…York is a cathedral city with Roman origins at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England.

There is also York, known as the White Rose City which is the county seat of York County, Pennsylvania, United States…

New York, New York is also a favourite song of mine by the one and only Blue Eyes also known as Frank Sinatra…Take it away Frank…

The new miracle berry species was discovered in the rainforests of the Chimanimani Mountains, on the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border. The fruits of these species contain a compound called miraculin that blocks tastebuds so that sour foods, such as limes, taste sweet.

Other New fruits identified by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Uk include a ylang-ylang tree of which just seven individuals are known to exist, a new candy-striped violet and a fungus with pink fruiting bodies that can fight cancer and viruses…it always amazes me how the world is 4.543 billion years old and we are still making discoveries … How awesome is that?

New leaf…we can all turn over a “New Leaf” as the saying goes…but a new leaf starting to show its head from a plant is also something which always delights me..my Mango tree is showing the start of new leaves, the lime and the chillies have many new leaves …after all these years new leaves always make me smile…

New Moon Cheese…Also dubbed “Washington Jack“, New Moon is a Jack-style cheese with a buttery, slightly sweet flavour complemented by undertones of subtle butterscotch. Excellent melting cheese on sandwiches, pizzas and nachos.

New Orleans…Always makes me think of Mardi Gras…round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures and food…like Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish and Shrimps…my mouth is watering just typing this…

Linkin Park…New Divide…

There are at least 350 shapes of pasta you can buy. Food blogger Dan Pashman apparently thought we could use one more. Enter cascatelli – which means “waterfall” in Italian – the world’s newest pasta shape. Pashman developed the shape to hold a lot of sauce and be easily stabbed with a fork…Do we really need another pasta shape?… I probably only know the names of a handful of them How many do you know and use?

New Potatoes…Steamed or boiled with mint and then eaten with butter…I could eat a plateful nothing else just new potatoes…Just saying…

But what defines a New Potato...New potatoes are those that have been freshly dug and brought to market without curing. After harvest, most potatoes are stored for up to a couple of weeks to set the peel and heal any nicks or cuts, allowing them to last longer.

New Moon...The New Moon is when the Sun and Moon are aligned, with the Sun and Earth on opposite sides of the Moon. At New Moon, the Sun, the Moon, and Earth are in alignment.

We have a “new Moon” when our Moon’s orbit around Earth moves it between Earth and the Sun. From Earth, the Moon’s surface looks dark because the illuminated side is facing away from Earth. … Between the new and full Moon, the amount of Moon we see grows — or waxes from its right side toward its left side.

With thirteen New Moons on the calendar, 2022 is bound to be a magical year…the next “New Moon” will be Tuesday 1 st February 2022…

Thank you for joining me today although some of you joined me on Thurs when I must have inadvertently pressed publish instead of update so you saw a partial post…Today’s is the real McCoy…As always I look forward to your comments…x

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 26th December 2021- 1st January 2022…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...And welcome to a New Year I hope 2022 is a better year, a
year where we see the end of Covid or find ways to live with it as we do flu and other
communicable diseases…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… Bubble and Squeak… we had ours yesterday with crispy bacon and an egg, my final environmental A-Z  with a ZERO Waste Supermarket which appears to have been a great success with the residents in Kyoto, Japan…

I do hope that something similar can be adopted by the larger supermarket chains as it is definitely the way forward and we as shoppers need to change our habits …Zero Waste is a two-way process …we can no longer pay lip service we must act…

Bubble & Squeak…

Bubble and Squeak is made from leftover cooked vegetables, mashed potato or even roasties if crushed can go into the mix…

CarolCooks2…Today in my kitchen…Bubble & Squeak…

My final Environmental A-Z…For me, I found these letters most interesting although as Jim said not sure of some of the pronunciations but the message was clear every living thing plays a part in the ecosystem…our life force…we just need to understand how and why…

Zero Waste is doable…we need to make it so…if that means changing our shopping habits ..so be it…change doesn’t come without a cost it is a two-way road…

Zero Emissions may be a little harder but I’m sure eventually if it is not zero it could BE as near as damm it …so much work is going on and some of it may not work..but that is science…A scientist is someone who systematically gathers and uses research and evidence, to make hypotheses and test them, to gain and share understanding and knowledge…some work some don’t BUT that my friends is the aim of a scientist to test..the same as a cook really… we test and taste…sometimes it works and sometimes not…

I hope this post gives you hope going forward into 2022 as there is hope for a better and safer world we just all need to believe and play our part however small we need to go forward and accept that there will be change if we are to have a better world for our grandchildren and their children.

The Environmental A-Z…the letters X,Y,Z…Zero Waste Market Kyoto Japan…

Welcome to this week’s round-up of Christmas celebrations from Smorgasbord Magazine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/12/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-celebrations-19th-26th-december-2021-music-book-fair-parties-shortstories-and-funnies/

Friday Food Review…Pine Nuts.

This is the start of a new series where I will review a food or a culinary product something I use or will use…maybe an ingredient which is new to me or a well-loved and used ingredient it may be an ingredient which is difficult to find and I will offer alternatives…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Review… Pine Nuts…

Saturday Snippets…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets on this New Years Day where my prompt this week is “First” it could not really be anything else, could it?

I hope you enjoy my pick of firsts….xxx

Saturday Snippets…1st January 2022…Firsts…

I wish you all a peaceful and healthy New Year…one full of wonder and joy… I hope you enjoy the “Firsts” I have chosen…x

 

 

Saturday Snippets…1st January 2022…Firsts…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets ..my one-word prompt today is “First” that was a given really, wasn’t it?….as it’s the start of a New Year…The year 2022!

There are so many “Firsts” I hope you enjoy my pick of firsts…

First Footing…

In Scottish, Northern English, and Manx folklore, the first foot is the first person to enter the home of a household on New Year’s Day and is seen as a bringer of good fortune for the coming year. Similar practices are also found in Greek and Georgian new year traditions.

First Aid Kit…

The Birth of the First Aid Kit…A fateful conversation inspired the creation of Johnson & Johnson’s First Aid Kit, which was released in 1888. Aboard a train heading to Colorado for vacation, company founder Robert Wood Johnson struck up a conversation with the Denver & Rio Grande Railway’s chief surgeon.

The doctor explained to Johnson the dangers of railroad construction and the lack of medical supplies to treat the unique industrial injuries that were often incurred great distances from hospitals. From this exchange, Johnson saw an opportunity to both advance the field of healthcare and build his young business. And from this modern need, the commercial First Aid Kit was born.

First Blood… “Rambo” Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rambo First Blood was released in the year 1982…jeez 30 years ago and it seems like only yesterday when “Rambo” hit our screens…

Rambo First Blood is a 1982 American action-drama that revolves around a troubled and usually misunderstood veteran soldier named Rambo who gets into trouble when a small-town sheriff triggers his violent side. He is traumatized by the memories of the Vietnam War.

The motorcycle chases and the fights…the media was a frenzy…all the little boys wanted Rambo toys and a bandana…subsequently, another 4 films were released … Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), Rambo (2008) and Rambo: Last Blood (2019).

The Wright Brothers first flight…

The Wright brothers – Orville and Wilbur – were two American aviation pioneers generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful motor-operated aeroplane.

Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful aeroplane flights on December 17, 1903.

Not to be outdone by the men...May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart earned her place on the list of high-flying adrenaline junkies when she became the first woman aviator to pilot a solo transatlantic flight. She was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross by the U.S. Congress.

The First James Bond Movie…

The very first James Bond movie was Dr No…released on May 8 1963…OO7 was played by Sean Connery…who in my mind was the best James Bond…closely followed by Pierce Brosnan…Who was/is your favourite special agent????

Special Agent James Bond (007) after all these years still causes a media frenzy …we are now waiting to see who will replace Daniel Craig…I have my list (top 3) will I be correct? Probably not as generally the role goes to someone little known and not touted as a front runner…we shall see…

Time for some music…A tune!

First Time Ellie Golding…

First fish to walk on land…

The earliest fish potentially capable of walking on land is Tiktaalik roseae, a species of sarcopterygian that lived approximately 375 million years ago, during the late Devonian Period, in what is today the Canadian Arctic. Its pectoral fins possessed primitive wrist bones not seen in true fishes but present in tetrapods, and the fins themselves were notably muscular, with massively constructed scapulae and coracoids, as well as functional elbows, all of which would have enabled it to support itself upon them when standing in shallows, and moving about briefly on land if need be. Again, like tetrapods but unlike most fishes, its neck was capable of movement independent of its body, and its powerful ribcage coupled with spiracles on top of its head suggests that it possessed lungs as well as gills. Consequently, it is deemed to be a transitional fossil species, linking true fishes to tetrapod amphibians.

Source: .guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/606182-earliest-land-walking-fish

I don’t need any excuse to share a tune from this man…

Cheese...

A 2018 scientific paper stated that the world’s oldest cheese, dating to approximately 1200 BCE (3200 years before present), was found in ancient Egyptian tombs. The earliest cheeses were likely quite sour and salty, similar in texture to rustic cottage cheese or feta, a crumbly, flavourful Greek cheese.

The First Text…

Texting is practically as essential to modern life as water and taquitos and you have Neil Papworth to thank for your cramped fingers. On December 3, 1992, he was working on developing SMS for Vodafone and sent the first text. What did he send? “Merry Christmas!

The First Olympic Gold Medal…

First gold medal in the Olympics

The 1904 Olympics have the honour of being the Games when gold medals as first-place prizes were first introduced. And they were quite the prize: The medals were cast from solid gold. At least they were until 1912, at which point it was deemed too expensive. From then until the present day first place medals are cast in silver and then coated in gold.

The First Giant Squid to be Captured.

Archie, a 28-foot giant squid, was accidentally caught in a fishing net in March 2004. (We bet those were some startled fishermen!) While many people had claimed to have seen a giant squid, he was the first giant squid to be captured. He didn’t survive long, sadly, but you can see him displayed at the London Natural History Museum—well, there or in your nightmares.

The first Toilet Roll…

Do you think people who don’t wash their hands after using the toilet are gross now? Today we at least have toilet paper; in centuries past people used to just use their actual hands (and there was no antibacterial soap). You can thank Joseph Gayetty for this modern sanitation miracle. In 1857, he invented the first toilet paper that was the precursor to the toilet paper we use in the U.S. today. He named it “medical paper” and claimed it was “The Greatest Necessity of the Age.”

Finally…Not one first but two firsts and she was female…

Winning one Nobel prize is considered an amazing lifetime accomplishment but winning two of the distinguished awards?

Leave it to Marie Curie, the famous scientist, to be the first person to ever win two Nobel prizes when she won the Physics prize in 1903 and the Chemistry prize in 1911.

Thank you very much for joining me today… I would like to wish you all a very “Happy New Year ” one that is peaceful, productive and healthy…I would also like to thank those of you who have given me love and support over the last 6 months and for the constant support the readers of my blog both new and old have given my blog over the years…Your comments, reblogs and likes are very much appreciated…Love to you all… I hope 2022 is a better year for us all and travel can commence again in the meantime please stay safe and practise safe distancing whilst this covid is lurking…xxx