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Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday’s when anything is on the menu…A cloudy day today temp 31 degrees feels like 36 degrees… only a slight chance of rain today…A good day for a walk…Yesterday I took two walks early morning and one to market in the afternoon…I fancied ginger tea…it was certainly heavy on the ginger but just as I like it…Freshly made…

Today is National Kittens Day…

kitten up a tree

Image by Kessa from Pixabay

Kittens who doesn’t love tiny, adorable kittens? …their big heads, giant eyes, tiny pink paws and noses, and the adorable mews they make…. Irresistible…Americans seem to like cats and kittens best: According to the American Humane Society, 95.6 million cats were owned, while 83.3 million households owned a dog. There is certainly nothing wrong with dogs, but a tiny kitten is just so irresistible! Look at that adorable face is it saying look at me or help I can’t get down?

On this day in 1940…The Battle of Britain began when Nazi forces attacked shipping convoys in the English Channel…My dad was 12 years old at that time…My mother was 10 years old and like many, that was when childhood as they knew changed and many brave men and women gave their lives.

battle of Britain monument

 

Time for some music…

music notes

1964 saw the Beatles release third 3rd studio album ( It’s a ) ” Hard Days Night” followed by the Rolling Stones who on 10th July 1964 scored their first US #1 single ” Satisfaction”

I loved Top of the Pops it was a weekly treat with Pans People who still dance by the way…My father took great delight in ridiculing all the bands and singers and telling me that they wouldn’t be around in years to come like his favourite singers…Well, he soon had to eat his words and I remember back in early 2000 when they released a compilation of their hits called 40 Licks…My father was very happy to receive a copy of that in his Christmas stocking…

For you dad …I hope you are listening up there…xxx Love you forever xxx

Kombucha…I love a drink of Kombucha the last time being a few years ago as my friend who lives in Phuket made her own…A fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent black or green tea drink,,, Juices or spices can be added and often are to commercially brewed Kombucha drinks which can be high in sugar so I steer clear and decided to make my own…I am rehydrating my scoby which is going really well it is swelling and looking good for a very unattractive culture which can also be known as tea mushroom or tea fungus…More to come as she grows…

Latest Wimbledon News…

 

wimbledon logo in flowers

Young Corri Gauff reached the fourth round…For a15 years old that is a fabulous achievement.

Roger Federer is hoping to get his 100th match win at Wimbledon today when he plays Japans Kei Nishikori.

Rafael Nadal is playing Sam Querry will he win his match? Will all three of these guys win their matches to march on and maybe one of them will be Wimbledon Champion this year…

My favourite Novak Djokovic is also playing a Belgian player called David Goffin who he has beaten in 6 previous meetings although it all boils down to who plays the best Tennis on the day…My fingers are crossed for Novak…

Yesterday saw the awesome pair Murray and Williams win their game but I reckon they will be a hard pair to beat…

Time for a story…The Beach Bum…

The phone call in the middle of the night shattered our hearts our lives. Our beloved father was gone, the victim of a hit and run accident, never to return.

Lives were torn apart, my brother, my twin, my soul mate always so fragile retreated further into the recess of his mind.

Being the strong one I was thrust slap bang into the middle of corporate life. Now chair lady of the board at just 19 years old.

Such hostility I had never met in my life, I worked hard and become a daughter my father would have been proud of. My life, however, was not my own any more. My enemies always there, always ready for me to make one slip, one mistake, they were like vultures, circling.

man alone beach

My brother always the sickly one spent more and more of his time at this tiny, little known retreat in the heart of Thailand. Gradually he became better, more able to cope but always yearning for the simple life. There was not a corporate bone in his body although his mind, sharp unlike any I had ever known, he was also so like our mother gentle and fragile who left this world and us when we were only 5 yrs old.

10 years later.

A balmy, slightly hazy day, waves gently lapping on the white sand. Lovers walking hand in hand without seemingly a care in this world. Local fishermen casting their lines from the shore, long tail boats in the background. The only sounds are the waves and the soft murmur of indistinct words as they catch the gentle breeze. To an onlooker an idyllic life, the reality often so different.

Like life, appearances so deceptive.

Myself, beautiful I am told, the perfect woman with the perfect life…Ha Ha. Today was the day; everyone thought I was staying at a 5-star resort with every imaginable luxury to cosset madam.

Hammock palm trees beach

The reality is that once a year for a month I take my hammock, rucksack and board a plane to my beloved Thailand.

My suitcase goes to that 5-star resort; the staff given strict instructions that I am not to be disturbed. My meals are bought to my room, the empty dishes left outside my door. Inside the TV monitors are trained on a boardroom and its members.

My brother, my soul mate, my friend and confidant who walks the beach, sleeps under the stars, changes places with me.

For a month he watches and listens!

By Carol Ann Taylor.

Recipe Corner…

This is by far the best recipe I have eaten so far for ribs. I nearly didn’t eat them as I am not a fan of chewing on a rib, however, the meat on these was so moist and soft it just fell off the bone. We cooked it as one whole piece rather than cut the ribs into portions.

Pork-ribs-asian-flavours

Ingredients:

  • A 2-kilo piece of Pork Rib.

For the marinade:

  • 160 ml Hoisin sauce
  • 4 tbsp BLACK Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice and the grated zest.
  • 4 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 10cm piece of fresh ginger julienned
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-star anise

Let’s Cook!

Mix all of the above ingredients together.
Then paint over the rack of ribs and put in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate and absorb all those lovely flavours.
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees.
Cover the dish with foil and cook the ribs for 2 ½ to 3 hrs, basting the meat occasionally.
When nice and tender remove from the oven and portion up and those lovely leftover juices from the pan we drizzled over the ribs and served them with a mixed salad, potato salad, and beetroot.

As always a finger bowl and serviettes are required as ribs make for quite a messy and enjoyable experience but very enjoyable and we would definitely make them again.
Enjoy!

That’s it for this week …Enjoy Wimbledon all you tennis fans  …Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories 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.

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday’s when anything is on the menu…It is a tad cold this morning a drop in temperature 100% chance of rain…Tropical storms for the next month…They are fierce and ferocious but don’t long which is why it is lush and green here but it does cool it down a little…

Today is National Chocolate Wafer Day...so all you chocolate wafer lovers can indulge all day breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, evening meal or late night snack…

chocolate wafer..two on a plate

Photo credit: marcoverch on VisualHunt / CC BY

First produced in the 1800’s they are also called sugar wafers…No one owns up to making this National wafer day but if you are a fan and wish to celebrate in style you could play a game of Jenga…could be fun and you can eat the wafers…dip them in your coffee or post on social media with the hashtag #ChocolateWaferDay…Just saying…

Now for some music…

music notes

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Sadly Jim Morrisson of the Doors was found dead on this day in 1971… One of my favourite tracks is this one…

He is also sadly a member of the 27 club and there is much controversy about the circumstances of his demise and many theories…

Wimbledon is here today is Day 3…I expect all you Tennis fans are either there in person or glued to the big screen… Lots of upsets and surprises already I hear…Wimbledon is now 142 years old…Wow, that is some institution…What I love is they stick hard and fast to their rules.

wimbledon logo in flowers

Photo credit: Kol Tregaskes on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Starting in the 1st round  Cori Gauff trounced Venus Williams on the second-day tennis fan Kate Middleton made a surprise visit I wonder what today will bring?

My favourite Novak Djokovic continues the defence of his Wimbledon title with a 2nd round match against American Denis Kudla…

A bit of history in 1976 Bjorn Borg beat Ilie Nastase for the 1st of his 5 straight  Wimbledon Titles…

Time for a story…

Mistaken Identity.

 

Overloud music, bass thumping. Girls oh so many girls and the drinks just kept coming.

“Come on guys, no more please, she will kill all of us if we are late”

Sean’s eyes glazed over, he still couldn’t believe his luck, the most amazing girl in the world had said, Yes, she said Yes.

He was imagining her gliding down the aisle, a vision in white and all his.

“Come on!  You are slipping Sean, keep up, last night of freedom mate, make the most of it”

“Drink up!” So he did one after another. Oh boy, am I going to have a stonker of a head in the morning.

“Wait till you see what we have planned for you,” Jim said leering at the skimpily clad girls dancing around them.

“ Oh No, no Strippers”

“Would we boys?” they just laughed.

“Excuse me sir” Turning, Sean saw a very shapely PC  standing before him. “ The silver Porsche outside does that belong to you?”

“ What? Come on, No!

“ Sir, just answer the question”

Grinning Sean grabbed her breast, pulled her towards him and kissed her hard. Might as well make the most of my last night of freedom.

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When the metal on his wrists shut with a click and he was propelled towards the exit.

He knew….Wrong PC.

By Carol Taylor…

I have an interest in archaeology and have always wished I had taken it further I came across an article about underwater archaeologists. They are hopeful they will find an ancient burial site which is undisturbed due to its location underwater early signs are promising…These pyramids mark the burials of Kushite royals, the “black pharaohs” who operated as vassals on the gold-rich southern edges of the Egyptian empire.

The largest and oldest pyramid at Nuri belongs to its most famous resident: the pharaoh Taharqa, a Kushite king who in the seventh century B.C. rallied his troops to the northern edges of his empire to defend Jerusalem from the Assyrians, earning him a mention in the Old Testament. George Reisner, a Harvard Egyptologist, visited Nuri a century ago to excavate the burial chambers beneath Taharqa’s massive pyramid. They were unsuccessful let’s hope this time will be a success.

Nuri Pyramids

Photo credit: mauro gambini on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Black Pharaohs: Sunken Treasures premieres this Wednesday, July 3 at 10 pm EST on the National Geographic Channel.

Next week I will be back over at Sally’s after my break where I have been concentrating on my novel and cookbook also looking after our grandson while our son was away working with my Cookery Column so be sure you don’t miss it…In the meantime, I have been collaborating with Sally and her series Cooking for Health which was a new way of looking at any vitamins we may be missing or have a deficiency of in our diets and I have been devising recipes including foods which provide those vitamins this last one is Vitamin C…

The link is a link to Sally’s weekly roundup which includes the Vitamin C post but also some book reviews, new releases and lots of other titbits so if you are not familiar with Sally’s Magazine then here is a taster…There is something for everyone and if you are an author she will also promote your book(s)…Enjoy!

Time for a recipe…

As it is colder here today we will be having Orange Pork with watercress rice…

Orange Pork with Watercress Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of rice
  • 1 ¼ lb Pork tenderloin cut into cubes
  • 3 cups of coarsely chopped watercress reserving a few sprigs for garnish.
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp of oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup Orange marmalade
  • A ½ cup of finely julienned ginger
  • Salt and pepper to season

Cook the rice and toss in the watercress with ½ to 1 tbsp oil, cover and leave to stand for at least 10 minutes.

Season the pork and with the pan on medium heat add the oil and add half of the ginger and cook until the ginger is golden, drain and set to one side.

Add the pork and brown for 3-4 minutes and then remove from the pan. Add the remainder of the ginger and the garlic and cook for 30 seconds add the marmalade, fish sauce and lime juice bring to a slow rolling boil stirring until it is syrupy then return the pork to the pan simmer for 1 minute and serve over the rice.

Garnish with the crispy ginger and watercress sprigs.

This was very nice I wasn’t sure about watercress but the heat of the rice just wilted the watercress and it was very nice even hubby liked it….Me, I might add some chilli flakes next time…Just saying…

Before I go I would like to wish all my American readers and my family a Very Happy 4th  July…Independence Day… A federal holiday which commemorates the Declaration of the Independence of the United States on July 4th 1776…There will be patriotic displays and family events being held throughout the United States.

That’s it for this week …Enjoy Wimbledon all you tennis fans  …Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories 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.

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

The Charade – Part 12

The Charade….I am enjoying this little story where is it going?..will the girl find out who she is?

S C Richmond

Chapter twelve already, where will it go? This chapter has been written by Carol Taylor you can find her by clicking the link. Enjoy this chapter and if you would like to catch up with the rest of the story please check out the website The Charade – Chapter 12.Carl hurried towards her and swept her into his arms.“You look lovely, so beautiful, that dress, is it one of George’s grandsons designs?”She wriggled free, blushing “Yes” she stammered. She was about to tell Carl about her wonderful discovery but something stopped her. Something wasn’t right… Carl sounded strange, something was up. He always seemed to appear, no matter where she was, she was beginning to feel as if he was watching and waiting for her. It was beginning to make her feel uneasy.“What time shall I pick you up tonight Cinders? He laughed at his own joke. The girl was no…

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