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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 04th October -10th October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Willie and Shania…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

My first post of the week was on Tuesday 6th…its only 19 days to Halloween…

Halloween has always fascinated me…not the commercial side but the tales…now of course the inventiveness of cooks around the world just amazes me …awesome.

I have for you a lovely Thai style pumpkin soup and some tales of Halloween…Trick or treating is something I wasn’t allowed to do as a child…this year maybe many kids won’t be allowed either because of Covid restrictions but you can make it fun for them indoors and around your garden so get creative and please show us on here…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/06/fang-tastic-recipestales-of-halloween/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter G ( nutmeG)

I am loving this series…some food fun…the Letter J though is not fun I have only found 2 and a half the half being something I may be able to connect to food…fingers crossed…so if any of you clever people know any thing food related ending in the letter J I would be eternally grateful…

G promises lots of culinary terms and some food…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/07/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-g-nutmeg/

Thursday…Smorgasbord Health Column – The endocrine system and hormones Part One by Sally Cronin.

Always wonderfully scripted and informative and relevant to all of us especially if your health  is your priority after all we only have one body…Sally is the girl who can help us get it healthier…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/smorgasbord-health-column-the-endocrine-system-and-hormones-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Fridays are back...updated and some new fruits for you…

This week it is corn...that lovely luscious corn which is at its very best this time of year…

Corn which I and many of you will  still think of as a vegetable although technically it is not only a vegetable but a grain and a fruit all depending on which bit …it did however provide me with some info for a post which is  the bright side… it is also very healthy for you just hold back on the butter…a little…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/09/fruity-friday-corn-cob-fruit-or-vegetable/

Saturday Snippets…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

This week on Saturday Snippets I had quite an eclectic mix of posts all interesting and thought provoking … you also get a look at what I have been cooking in my kitchen with some recipes and some are just spoilers for my cookbook…You may need to refill your cup or glass but I do hope that you enjoy…let me know in comments please…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/10/saturday-snippets-10th-october-2020/

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

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…10th October 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours early morning 4 am and fingers crossed the ceilings are still intact…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Cookery Corner…This week in my kitchen…

Roast Pork was on the menu…perfect crispy crackling always goes down here..Thais love it and sell it by the bag on the food stalls it goes down a treat with SomTam and sticky rice. I tweaked the mushroom soup this week and it was much better. Crockpot bread is so lovely fresh from the oven that nice crusty exterior with the soft insides and the smell of freshly baked bread…You can’t beat it…and although it is a tad here the men still love a casserole…I have now received some more black rice which I love no one else does but for me but am I complaining…nope because I love it!

Caesar Salad was also on the menu as Lilys loves caesar salad with those little crispy croutons.

Spicy Salmon with rice always goes down a treat either with black rice or cauliflower rice I love both and new for me a Blueberry Buckle which everyone absolutely loved..go me… the sponge was lovely and soft and the topping gloriously decadent and sweet…I forgot the moderation…Oops…Kanom Krup was a tasty little morsel…some shredded coconut, coconut milk, rice flour, sugar and salt and sweetcorn cooked in a little kanom krup pan over the coals…a nice lacy crispy bottom with that sweet coconut milk and the little crispy pops of the corn kernels…

Music…It was in Oct 1971 that John Lennon released that now-iconic track/song “Imagine”…in this same month in 1976 that The Sex Pistols signed up with EMI records…

Their fame or career, however, was short-lived…In January 1978 the Sex Pistols embarked on their first and last tour of America, and their last tour as a band. They might not have known it, but the group that had caused a moral panic in their native UK and helped spark the punk wave of the late 1970s was about to collapse completely.

The audiences were hostile – During the concerts, Sid Vicious fought with audience members and attacked them with his bass guitar, as well as fighting with security guards and staff on and off stage.
During their final show, Johnny Rotten walked off after having performed one song, a cover of “No Fun” by the Stooges. The band would never perform together again.

Sid Vicious – described by Rotten as having gone “completely off the rails” by the start of the tour – was hospitalized shortly after the tour but would die of a heroin overdose in 1979.

It just goes to show that drugs and fame take their toll it also shows that if you insult the monarchy and our Queen you will go…

In that same year…Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell won Country Music Association Awards…

October was a busy month for the music scene with Little Richard receiving serious injuries in a car crash and Bob Marley collapsing after performing only two shows a Maddison Square Gardens.

Well, it was hard to choose but Willie won…x

What an amazing duet…

Wellness Corner…featuring Sally Cronin and Aromatherapy.

In part two of this series, Sally looks at some more beautiful oils and once again a very informative post so please pop over and say hello…Sally will always make you very welcome and if you have any questions she can certainly answer them for you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-oils-origins-uses-and-safety-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

October …is National Pumpkin Month and National Pork month which if you hadn’t already noticed is reflected in some of my recipe choices…today is also National Hoagy day?  Moldy cheese day…and pizza and beer day…A nice piece of Stilton is always a delight …Hoagy when I looked it up is a sandwich or sub I can forgo those and pizza and beer …I am a wine and cheese girl…BUT

October is also when Thailand celebrates and holds a Vegetarian Festival always fun with lots of colour and if you are in Phuket it can get a little gory if you have a weak stomach…

Every year for 9 days in September / October people across Thailand switch their eating habits as they participate in the annual Vegetarian Festival. This is celebrated across Thailand but specifically with big festivals in Bangkok and Phuket...where sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and predominantly in Phuket aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals, tongue slashing and other ritualized mutilations are performed by entranced devotees known as “Ma Song”.

Here in Udon Thani, it is celebrated but on a smaller scale…and we don’t have Ma Song here just colourful dragons and decorations and beautiful vegetarian food…

Of course this it will be smaller as no tourists are allowed into the country…

I am a sucker for animal stories and although most people don’t LIKE rats …this rat has saved countless lives and received an award from the PDSA in the UK…

Has this changed your feeling about rats?… I am always amazed at how highly tuned animals senses are…

Honey Bees...and David Attenborough…

If you ever wanted to help dwindling honeybee populations, ecologists are encouraging that you “learn to love weeds” and leave the dandelions alone this coming spring…you can mow around your dandelions and buttercups or keep part of your garden wild…

I watched the David Attenborough film in the week...I love that man and how he tells us the problems but also highlights solutions…He started with the Chernobyl tragedy and showed how nature was making a comeback because when we die nature will still carry on…

Whatever we do or don’t do doesn’t kill nature ..it kills us.., whether it is by eating too many processed foods or whether we are eating foods contaminated with pesticides or whether we are drinking polluted water or breathing polluted air…

In the film, he told us how we need to rewild the world …how renewables need to be our only source of power…how the banks and large companies invest OUR pension funds in fossil fuels…we can change our bank to one which doesn’t…how fishing which is the worlds greatest source of wild harvest should have at least 1/3 of the world where there are NO FISH ZONES…where it has been applied it works as the fish recover and breed they then overspill into where fishing is allowed so they replenish the stocks… if the world did that we could have unlimited fish forever…

That is just one example I have given you... I recommend you watch the film …it will leave you feeling both hopeful and apprehensive…but safe in the knowledge that some governments have made changes and those changes WORK.

I discussed the film with my son and he said but what can we do mum…??? He is correct as much is down to government policies and government reigning in the big corporations…

“You can’t personally help tigers, whales and elephants, but you really can do something for the insects, birds, and plants that are local to you.”

Think about what you’ve had for breakfast… we are back on the subject of Bees…  The pumpkin seeds in your muesli, apples, whatever made the marmalade on your toast, or even the coffee beans and tea leaves that make up your morning cuppa—all of these products rely on pollinators to survive and thrive.

Lastly, we also have the power of our vote…when it is time for your country to vote …make your vote count for our future, our children’s and our grand children’s future.

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets ….

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

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!

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 17…Microplastics, Glitter and Wild Harvesters?

As you know because I tell you every week I am really heartened by the initiatives which I am discovering that are happening from all around the world…Your comments are also a revelation when I hear from you guys what is going on in your neck of the woods all good stuff…How you are reducing the carbon footprints and coming up with ideas to cut waste and protect the environment.

green foot prints eco system

However…

A few things have greatly disturbed me this last week…Things I am ashamed to say that I didn’t think about and I believe I should have either been aware of or looked into it of my own violation… I didn’t!

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Microplastics…

Basically, microplastics are miniscule man-made plastic fragments or particles that are  5.0 mm to 100 nanometers in size. These tiny bits are filling oceans, seas, and waterways which in turn end up into the organisms who live in these waters …Now for the scary bit, we swim, we eat fish and shellfish hence they end up in our bodies.

Where do they originate from .microfibers from clothing, microbeads, plastic pellets (also known as nurdles), Glitter…Now what child doesn’t play with glitter, have their faces painted with it… so many uses and it doesn’t stop with the kids…Partytime…Almost everyone I know loves a bit of glitter…

Microbeads.

Microbeads, a type of microplastic, are small plastic particles that are less than 5 mm in diameter. They are used in a number of ways, including as cleansing or exfoliating agents in cosmetics, soaps or toothpaste. …Microbeads are just one type of microplastic that can be found in lakes and streams …

There is no getting away from the fact that they are in most everyday products we use and either throw away or wash down our waste systems…

This article will tell you where the microplastics come from and where they can end up…

https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=785

 

 

Glitter… I love anything sparkly and I am the first one to buy Lily glitter. Partytime we go for anything which glitters don’t we? Christmas all those sparkly decorations and the paper with glitter …I mean how much glitter do we find attached to our clothes do we sweep up ???

I really didn’t give it a thought when I saw media pictures and articles of sea life I didn’t connect the dots…I truly didn’t…

tubes of various glitters.

So pretty and so deadly…

I also found out that…

  • Some research has also found that PET, the plastic most glitter is made from, can break down and release chemicals that can disrupt human and animal hormones.
  • As a result, some scientists and campaigners are calling for a total ban on glitter.
  • Festivals in the UK and some companies have already committed to banning glitter.

I was dreading having to tell Lily no more glitter and I won’t have to…

Never fear…

This UK company uses plant-based materials rather than plastic PROVEN through ISO14851 freshwater testing to biodegrade into harmless substances in the natural environment.

https://www.discoverbioglitter.com/

This video shows how much glitter is used in a photo shoot and we now know where that ends up and the consequences to marine life and humans… but thanks to Bioglitter there is a bit less…

 

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I think that almost everybody has heard or watched Sir David Attenborough…..

At 92 years of age, he is appalled at how quickly climate change has advanced and is bringing out a one-off programme on climate change the dangers and the solutions…

The climate change documentary is part of a BBC series called Our Planet Matters that kicked off with Blue Planet Live Sunday night.

Sir David Attenborough will present this new ‘unflinching’ documentary about climate change as he fears ‘conditions have changed far faster’ than he ever imagined.

In the one-off film for BBC One – which comes after one of the hottest years on record – the naturalist and broadcaster will look at the potential threats to the planet as well as possible solutions, 20 years after he first started talking about the impact of climate change.

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Lastly, I read a thought-provoking article on The Sisters of the Fey yesterday…Again I was horrified at MY lack of thought … I have been in queues in the past when there have been shortages. I have seen empty shelves …Here many products are imported and they are here one minute and gone the next and they may not appear if they ever do again for a good few months …I am NOT perfect by a long way but I would never if there were 6 left on the shelves take all 6 …I may take 3 if it was something I relied on and used a lot but I wouldn’t take all.

I also know people who would and who do stockpile… I have never liked that way of thinking…It doesn’t sit right with me…

forest trees

By the same token if I see anything growing wild and pick I would leave some and would only ever take a small cutting if there was a lot of something and many Thais are the same but there are also the ones who strip everything for themselves or monetary gain… I know because I have heard my daughter in law sound of if she catches anyone …She is mindful of how and what she grows and doesn’t use insecticides…

This post highlighted indigenous and native people who have traditions and rely on certain herbs and roots to carry on those traditions or indeed rely on those to feed their families …

It truly touched a nerve or a chord with me … I loved the post and in future will be asking the questions and be mindful of what I buy and its origins.

https://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/druidry-for-the-21st-century-plant-based-spiritual-supplies-and-global-demand/

Thank you for reading this post which I believe will point the way to a few changes we can make to really make a difference as I know I am not doing enough and should be doing more and that seems to be backed up by much in this post what do you think?… Are you doing enough to Save the Planet ???

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!

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