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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th July -1st August 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Pretzel Bread…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on further lockdowns once again as cases are on the rise again… a second phase…It really is not going away just yet, stay safe and strong peeps and observe all the do’s and don’ts…The quicker you do the quicker it will all disappear ( not) forever methinks…This virus is digging its heels in just like so many people are with regards to social distancing and masks…

Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…Take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…WELL, it was just a tad…The Story of Plastic 27th July 2020…

Whether we throw it away and it is burnt, just dumped or put into landfill it is a problem and all the cleanups and great ideas for repurposing and reusing are papering over the cracks…Manufacturing of single-use plastics and plastics which cannot be recycled within 5 years must cease and alternatives found.

It is time we stopped buying these… hit the manufacturers where it hurts… in their pockets…If we can have such strong feelings about mask-wearing, BLM..then channel your energies into this because if we don’t do something..we will be the losers, future generations will be the losers …Mother Nature will be the survivor…FACT!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/27/the-story-of-plastic-27th-july/

Tuesday: Wake up It’s Tuesday…Thought for the Day!

Me…I am saying no more…This dear man puts it so much more eloquently than I could x

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter B(herB)

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This is fun…Thank you Pete x… In 2 weeks it will be words ending in C…

This is taxing my culinary brain( in) a good way  I have my list and as I read something which triggers a thought I am adding them I have also come across some things I didn’t know or know about so it’s a great learning curve/./challenge(Pete)..there are still some blank spaces but it is gradually filling up…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/29/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twist-the-letter-bherb/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience – An opportunity to get fighting fit – Round-Up – Sally Cronin

Time for Sally to round up this fabulous series on health and wellbeing…Something to keep for future reference…#recommended read

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-an-opportunity-to-get-fighting-fit-round-up-sally-cronin/

Friday: Travel, Traditions and Recipes…Go Bananas… with Fruity Fridays

Bananas are very plentiful here…They come ready-packaged and ready to eat…I am rerunning/updating some of my earlier Fruity Fridays posts with a few new fruits as well as some popular fruits…I hope you enjoy it!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/31/travel-traditions-and-recipes-go-bananas-with-fruity-fridays/

Saturday Snippets:

It was National Mustard Day yesterday so of course, I had a recipe for homemade mustard tried and tested in my kitchen as well as some trivia and a great video from Mohammed Ali which is funny with a serious message…Also, some …beautiful water art some people are just so creative…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/01/saturday-snippets-9/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup…See you tomorrow with a further update on the Story of Plastic…

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over 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…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

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 well being.

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

Saturday Snippets…

Good morning and welcome to this weeks edition of Saturday Snippets…I am bread making today those dinner rolls again and some scones with persimmon and coconut cream… I don’t have a very good record for making scones, unlike my mum who makes the best scones…I believe you call them biscuits in the US…

These are a slightly different recipe so wish me luck I will follow it to the T on the first attempt and after if successful I will leave it as it is or I may tweak it a little bit you all know me…I just have to do it…

One thing that is puzzling me with a lot of recipes I am reading lately is the use of baking powder it seems to be a constant in many recipes and I am not sure why as is sugar…and I not talking cakes here…Hower the orange and almond cake came out very well when I substituted limes for oranges…

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Whole Limes cooking in water.

the ancient Turkish art of “ebru”—or “water marbling” in English is painting on water…

Fascinating to watch…Absolutely beautiful …

Wellness Corner. Smorgasbord Health Column – The Medicine woman by Sally Cronin…Lavender…

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Lavender is such a pretty plant, a glorious purple colour, a favourite with bees and butterflies and it is highly regarded in herbal medicine…Pop over to Sally’s and she will tell you all about the benefits of lavender…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-lavender/

I remember watching Muhammad Ali box and I always admired him…such a sense of humour…he was also a proud man and rightly so…

A great boxer…This interview hilarious but it also has a message…

Time for some music…

music notes

1965The Rolling Stone
During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at the London Palladium supported by The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost, Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart and Sugar Pie Desanto with The Shevelles.

It is also National Mustard Day today...There is nothing like a lovely bread roll with some home-cooked ham and some lovely mustard...I don’t eat a lot of bread but when I do it is always either homemade or a lovely artisan loaf with a great filling it is a glorious thing…

I can get various mustards here mainly European brands or US brands…Occasionally I can get Colmans mustard but it comes at a hugely inflated cost…as imported goods generally do…So a while now I decided I would my own…It is so easy and tasty…

Just so easy to make and no preservatives …

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 19th July -25th July 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Pretzel Bread…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on lockdown once again as cases are on the rise again a second phase…It really is not going away just yet, stay safe and strong peeps and observe all the do’s and don’ts…Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…Recycling and Climate Change… 20th July 2020…

As you know I watched “The Story of Plastic” last week and attended the virtual Q & A a few days afterwards…All very thought-provoking and interesting…I will be sharing my thoughts and findings over the next few weeks…lots of research…Geek Alert!

I also had a very interesting conversation with one of my grandsons about what I learnt and thought and he listened and added his thoughts..such a good conversation we had…Happy Nannie… Josh told his mum I had some very modern ideas…How cool is that….? Go, nan!

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/20/recycling-and-climate-change-20th-july-2020/

Tuesday: Good News Tuesday to be more accurate…

Went down a treat as like me I think everyone is just fed up with constant bad news …

It was about trees, gorillas, young inventors…just things which made me feel good or go awww or reach for the tissues …

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/21/good-news-tuesday/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘N’ is for Nicoise, Nori, Nuts, Noodles, Nettles and Naan Bread.

I am over @ Sally’s today with my A-Z…lots of info on culinary terms and some recipes…Enjoy!

The culinary alphabet N

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/22/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-n-is-for-nicoise-nori-nuts-noodles-nettles-and-naan-bread/

Thursday: A beautiful cake which is flour-free as well as gluten-free…My Orange and almond cake…

Cooking whole oranges and then blitzing them…I have never made a cake like it..but it worked and was delicious…who would have thunk?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/23/orange-and-almond-cake-flourless-and-gluten-free/

Fruity Friday’s are back!

The beautiful pomelo…can be eaten as it is with a chilli dip…frozen and put vodka instead of ice cubes or made into a lovely refreshing salad with or without the prawns…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/24/fruity-fridays-pomelo/

Saturday… and its time for Saturday Snippetts…

News, views and trivia…music, a health and wellbeing corner and a recipe for Pretzel Bread…what more could you want?…Bubbles anyone?

Do you know what a growlery is? Neither did I…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/25/saturday-snippets-and-pretzel-bread/

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over 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…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

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 well being.

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

Saturday Snippets…and Pretzel Bread…

Good morning it is muggy and cloudy and very still…Will the sun come through or will we get rain…

Who doesn’t love bubbles…They are so pretty as they float into the air…Blow one or hundreds of these safe non-toxic bubbles and watch them float in the air without popping! Animals have also been affected by Covid-19 as some animals are social and with zoos and parks being closed thye must have wondered what was going on…

These adorable Penguins have been gifted a bubble machine and they love it!

Staff at the Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, England had been trying to find new ways to keep their feathered residents entertained when a zoo patron suddenly donated a bubble machine.

Penguin caretaker Dan Trevelyan said the bubbles help to keep the penguins’ predatory reflexes sharp.

“In the wild, these guys are marine predators who are very sensitive to objects and movement,” said Trevelyan. “The bubble machine is fantastic, as all the movement and new shapes and colors really stimulate these guys. They have a great time chasing them around. And all these donations are really appreciated.”

The bubbles, which cause no harm to the animals, have in the past also proved popular with the Zoo’s squirrel monkeys and Sulawesi crested macaques.

After my last successful batch of dinner rolls, one of my readers Susan The Nurse asked me if I had made Pretzel Bread…I hadn’t but promised to give a go…I do love a challenge…

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Pretzel Bread.

All I knew about pretzel dough was that like beigels the dough was boiled before baking and this gives it that characteristic deep brown crust and pretzel taste…

It was lovely a little sweet my tester said it tasted like currant bread sweetness not horrible he liked it and the salt was a foil for that methinks but with some ham and mustard in a sandwich it went down a treat…

I have however tweaked the original recipe and would use less sugar…1 tbsp instead of 3 tbsp.

Ingredients:

  • 2 and a quarter tsp of instant yeast.
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk…I used full-fat milk
  • 4 tbsp (2 oz) melted butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups of all-purpose unbleached flour

Baking Soda Bath:

  • 4 quarts(8 pints) water
  • Half cup Baking Soda

Pretzel Topping:

  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • Coarse salt for topping.

A lined baking tray.

Preheated oven 200 degrees

Let’s bake!

Combine your yeast, water, and brown sugar in a bowl and stir to dissolve sugar.

Melt the butter and then add to the milk then stir into the yeast mixture to combine.

Add the salt and flour 1 cup at a time and stir to combine then once the dough has come together knead until it is a firm but slightly tacky dough. If you need to add more add a little at a time.

Put the dough into a greased bowl and cover with a cloth and allow to rise about an hour and it should have doubled in size.

Once the 60  mins are up put your 4 quarts of water in a large pan and bring to the boil then add your Baking Soda…DO NOT ADD IT ALL AT ONCE OR IT WILL ALLL FIZZ OVER …add a little at a time I added it a tsp at a time.

Then punch your dough down to remove the gas and divide it into two portions…Add one portion to the boiling water and turn after 60 seconds and give it 60 seconds on the other side remove with a slotted spoon to drain and make a small cross in the middle and sprinkle with salt. Put on a lined baking tin…

Repeat with your second piece of dough…When cutting the cross I made mine too big as this dough once boiled is easier than a normal risen dough to cut through.

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Boiled Pretzel Dough

Sit both pieces of prepared dough on a lined baking tray and put it into your preheated oven…200 degrees.

Cook for 23-25 mins turning the tray around halfway through the cooking…

I was quite amazed at how it coloured up and just looked the colour of a pretzel that lovely deep brown…

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Pretzel Bread

When you remove it from the oven brush with the melted butter and enjoy it!

My first attempt at Pretzel bread was a success…

Are you having a bad day? Then you might need to visit a growlery. This term was first used by author Charles Dickens in his 1853 novel Bleak House to refer to a place where you go to be alone when you’re not feeling particularly happy.

Wellness Corner. Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 Resilience the importance of a healthy gut by Sally Cronin…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-the-importance-of-a-healthy-gut-part-three-candida-by-sally-cronin/

I can’t go with leaving you with some music …Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine.

I just feel like some great instrumentals today…No lyrics…Just beautiful music…

Oh well, the heavens have just opened….

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 12th July -18th July 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Plantain…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on lockdown once again as cases are on the rise again a second phase…Let’s hope it is for the last time, stay safe and strong…Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…Recycling and Climate Change… 13th July 2020…

Tomorrow well I had it all planned and then I watched “The Story of Plastic” tomorrow night I will be attending the virtual webinar…

The film has given me much to think about I will of course update you on what I have learnt over the next few weeks as it touched on many aspects and I can see how Climate change and plastics are not two separate entities they must be tackled simultaneously.

The plastics manufacturing industry has after so long of laying the responsibility solely at the consumer’s door take full responsibility and if a plastic they produce cannot be recycled then it shouldn’t be made and they must make those changes.

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change… 13th July 2020…

I discussed Cryobattery plants, bees which are so very important to continued life on earth it’s as simple as that…and some innovative ideas of reusing plastic waste…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/13/recycling-and-climate-change-13th-july-2020/

Tuesday: How to make the perfect Stir Fry…

A perfect stir fry is easy if you know how… I struggled with that for years before I moved here that perfect stir fry always eluded me the consequence was I didn’t make them…

Fish, meat, noodles or vegetables cooked in a small amount of oil over high heat while stirring briskly…with the addition of some aromatics and sauce flummoxed me every time.

No longer I now cook a stir fry virtually every day…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/14/how-to-make-the-perfect-stir-fry/

Wednesday saw the start of my new bi-weekly series The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…Starting at the beginning with A however the A -Z will be the last letter…Instead of Apple, it will be Pasta for example…

It was Pete Springer who threw the gauntlet down and I picked it up…Not sure if I will be able to find very much for some the letters but I will give it my best shot…

Asafoetida(Hing), Aquafaba, Feta and Banana were some …Next week it will be the letter B…

Spoiler Alert for B…Carob, Lamb, Hobnob…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/15/the-culinary-alphabet-in-reverse/

Wednesday was also the day for Sally’s health posts...Her new series..Project Resilience 101…

This great new series discusses the importance of keeping our bodies healthy and this week it was our gut #Candida…#recommended read as we all need to look after our bods we only one and personally I don’t like being sick and having aches and pains especially if it can be avoided…So to get a healthy body pop over to Sallys…

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience – The importance of a healthy gut (part two) #Candida by Sally Cronin

Thursday…Nothing for Thursday…

I just couldn’t get enthused plus I was working on my cookbook…I trialled a lovely passionfruit and chicken dish which needs a few adjustments nothing major like don’t bother cooking it again…but a few tweaks…All of my recipes are tested and inflicted on my long-suffering testers some they like, some they love and some I have to do a little persuading ..I beg…but I will say they are brutal but know enough about what makes food taste good to also offer some constructive criticism… Not many go in the bin or the dog never to be seen again…x

Friday…The Plantain…

Plantains are a type of banana which cannot be eaten raw unless they are very, very ripe…I like them cooked as if you are making banana fritter or something they are firmer and don’t go to mush like a normal eating banana…Enjoy!

I will say they are calorific but a lovely treat…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/17/fruity-friday-plantain/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

Is really Whimsical Wednesdays rebranded…Some Billy Joel, Nadia Comaneci, Caviar and trivia…with some interesting facts about Thyme from Sally…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/18/saturday-snippets-8/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

Here is Smorgasbord Blog Magazine’s Weekly Roundup…

Packed with music, recipes, poetry, health advice, books reviews too much to mention just a delightful jam-packed week something for everyone to enjoy… with music provided by Aretha …Just pop over to Sally’s and you can enjoy it as well xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/smorgasbord-weekly-round-up-12th-18th-july-2020-childrens-book-store-relationships-italian-cookery-book-reviews-

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over 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…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

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 well being.

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

Saturday Snippets…

Good afternoon and a very warm one it is…the promised rain and storms didn’t materialise but I am sure they will at some point it is after all low season…

I remember watching in awe when Nadia Comaneci received the first-ever perfect 10 at Olympic Gymnastics…she was 14 years old and it was on the uneven parallel bars …I didn’t realise how many years ago that was it was at the Summer Olympics which were the first game’s to be held in Canada and it was in 1976.

That was 34 years ago…

Hands up! Who knew this? I didn’t…

It also looks so easy to do…

It is National Caviar day today?

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC

It is the only caviar I can get here is the one on the right called sea caviar which is very nice but it is not as luxurious as the one on the left…If anyone is enjoying that today then lucky you…x

Did you know?… ALMAS CAVIAR is The world’s most expensive caviar ?

Almas means “diamond” in Persian. The rarest caviar in the world comes from Osetra sturgeons, age 70 years or older. The chances of finding an albino sturgeon that is more than 70 years old are remote; hence, for those who have the cash, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is worth eternal caviar bragging rights. Why 70 years old? The older the fish, the more creamy and subtly-flavored and lighter the eggs. It’s more than $44,000 a kilo if you could get it—more expensive than gold.

Wellness Corner. Smorgasbord Health Column – The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Herbal Medicine -Make Thyme in your life for this versatile herb for health and cooking by Sally Cronin…

Photo credit: cold_penguin1952 on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/16/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-make-thyme-in-your-life-for-this-versatile-herb-for-health-and-cooking/

I also happen to have a lovely little recipe for Thyme crackers…

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • sea salt to sprinkle on crackers
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of double cream

Let’s Bake!

Preheat the oven to 375F/190C

Using a food processor pulse the flour, thyme, and sugar then add the butter, pulse until coarse crumbs.

Then with the machine running add your cream slowly and process until a dough forms.

Lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough briefly divide into 2 rectangles and wrap in cling film put in the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

Then lightly flour your baking parchment(which you have cut to the size of your baking tray) and roll out each rectangle on your baking parchment …the trick is not to roll too thin or too thick then using a pizza wheel cut your rectangle into long diamonds. then cut down the middle transfer your baking parchment and crackers it is easier this way onto your tray.

Then brush with your lightly beaten egg yolks and sprinkle with sea salt.

Pop into your pre-heated oven for 15-20 mins until lightly golden brown,

When cooled enjoy with hummus, some salsa or cheese…x

Time for some music…

It was in July 1980 when Billy Joel topped the US charts with his album Glass Houses…

Love this…Lets rock…on that note I am going to have a sundowner..and cool down xx

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx