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Monday Musings…4th July 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…June has arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it has mainly been sunny with some spots of rain but nothing torrential…

I have been staying with my sister this week who lives next door to my dear mum…so have not spent so much time online…but a few posts have caught my eye one of these is one of these is from Sally who writes over at Smorgasbord Magazine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/06/28/smorgasbord-health-column-2022-the-obesity-epidemic-part-one-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-by-sally-cronin/

I think most of us know that bees must thrive as they are a vital part of our survival…creating a pollinator path for bees and other beneficial insects in our gardens is vital…

Homelessness…School on Wheels is based in Southern California, this grassroots program was started in 1993 by Agnes Johnson. She understood the challenges of educating children when they’re homeless…The goal is for students to receive one hour of tutoring per week, in addition to a student’s regular studies in school. Sceptics may think that is of little value, but as a retired educator, Agnes Johnson knows the importance of children knowing they have regular support from someone who cares about and is willing to mentor them.

Please head over to Pete’s blog to read about the importance of this program…

https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/school-on-wheels/

Thank you for joining me today...I am having a great time catching up with family and friends…This last weekend we were in Plymouth to see my granddaughter and meet her other half(finally) it was lovely to catch up with her in the flesh …now it means I can visualise where they live and the places they love…We stayed in a lovely stone cottage circa 1865 in Cornwall miles from anywhere we relaxed walked and talked, shared recipes and drank wine…yes she cooks…

The place we stayed at is beautiful and all animals are rescued, donkeys from the beach, chicken from being slaughtered, ponies from Dartmoor and a dog from Portugal all with their own stories…plus a beautiful fireplace that used to cook bread and still would once restorded to its original condition…I am so excited to see if it is and how it works… I will tell you all about this lovely place when I get back home

I hope you all have a great week ahead x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 19th -25th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Grace” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…

The first day of a new week …we have a tortoise I think it is the most appreciated gift I have ever bought anyone…I never knew a tortoise would be so popular although she is lovely and surprisingly very fast as she explores her new home…

Monday Musings…20th June 2022…

These beautiful Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Skewers are ideal if you have BBQ weather and if you don’t then you can do them under the grill just wrap some foil around the sticks…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…BBQ Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Skewers…

I love writing an A-Z and this one is no exception…Sally from Smorgasbors Magazine is very kindly repeating/rewinding this A-Z ….today is the first in this series the letter A featuring almonds, aubergines, arrowroot and avocado…Please head over to read the original post by clicking the highlighted link below…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – Almond Milk, Arrowroot, Aubergines dip #Thai and Avocado Guacamole.

A well-stocked store cupboard can save you money and time as there is nothing worse than being halfway through a recipe and finding out that you have not got one of the ingredients..local shops are generally more expensive and for smaller amounts…When stocking your storecupboard you can shop around at your leisure for good deals…

This week in my Kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 7…Vinegars, Sauces and Condiments…

I use mayo to make prawn cocktails or potato salad maybe on burgers when I make them for the grandchildren plus homemade mayo is so much nicer…I then don’t have guilty feelings about the poor baby chicks who are sacrificed for a jar of mayo…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Mayonnaise…The Reality!

As you know Saturday Snippets is one of my favourite posts to write…” Grace” was a joy to write …I love the song “Amazing Grace” especially when it is played on the bagpipes…Grace Bay Beach looks absolutely divine and Grace Darling really was a heroine…

Saturday Snippets…25th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Grace”

Thank you, Clive, for the heads up it was not your iPad it was me having so much fun catching up with my family and friends and I forgot to update the weekly roundup…I hope you are all enjoying the sun I brought with me it is a tad windier here in Derbyshire…my stay has also been extended due to my original flight being cancelled but it means I am here for another month…I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – Almond Milk, Arrowroot, Aubergines dip #Thai and Avocado Guacamole.

Thank you, Sally, for repeating my culinary A-Z it is much appreciated and through this series I now thoroughly enjoy a drink of Almond milk as many of the foods I introduced during this series were not always ones I regularly used…Almond milk is now one of my favourite nut milk and nuts…Arrowroot has been a staple in my larder for a few years and guacamole is one of my favourite ways to eat avocado…

Aubergines I have had a love-hate relationship with over the years but gradually I have learnt how to prepare them correctly and how best to use them…and I am building up a collection of recipes which we love using the aubergine …

For a reminder or if you are new to this site and missed this series head over to Smorgasbord to read the full original post by clicking the highlighted link below…xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/06/22/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-culinary-a-z-rewind-almond-milk-arrowroot-aubergines-dip-thai-and-avocado-guacamole/

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 12th -18th June 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Art” is my one word prompt.

Welcome to my weekly roundup …Wow, I can’t believe we are in June already halfway through the year…June is the first month of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical winter in the Southern Hemisphere…the roses are showing their pretty heads here plus it is the flower of the month June alongside its fragrant sister the lovely honeysuckle…my journey to the UK was not without its holdups…but the sunshine has come with me which is a bonus it is still got a chill in the air but it’s not quite so bracing this week…lol…

Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…June has well and truly arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it’s sunny!… A week later and the sun has been out and 30 degrees has been reached this week…the sunshine must have crept into my suitcase…Yeah!

This means it’s fruit salad and smoothies all the way…home from home…plus all the goodies I have not eaten for quite a while…sigh…I am trying to eke them out but that went out of the window at the clotted cream and strawberry stage-sigh…..

Monday Musings…13th June 2022…

Chicken Kabsa…A popular and traditional Arabic rice dish…with middle eastern spices…I love one-pot dishes, and adding dried limes just gives it that unique difference in taste …

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken Kabsa

The A-Z…A virtual tour of the cuisine of the Dominican Republic where rice, beans and meat is a staple in any order depending on the dish…

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 17…The Dominican Republic…

Cooking oil is a matter of choice depending on what you are cooking…it also seems that prices are rising around the world and that the shortages are beginning to bite…maybe time to consider an air fryer???

This Week in my kitchen…Store Cupboard Basics…Part 6…Cooking Oils…

I was among the many who believed the scaremongering in the ’70s and carried that on until fairly recently when my son told me that perhaps I aught to do some research as it wasn’t as bad as we had been previously been made to think..the power of the media…and others…

CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews… Monosodium Glutamate(MSG)

Saturday Snippets…18th June 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Art”

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup I hope you relaxed and enjoyed catching up and as always I look forward to your comments…it seems the sunshine has gone away and we had a few drops of rain here and it’s cloudy and gloomy…but we had a nice morning me and my #1 son cooked a mushroom lasagne he did the cooking and I did the chopping, peeling and grating plus washing up as we went it was lovely cooking together again…xx

Monday Musings…13th June 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours…June has arrived…I have also arrived in the Uk and it’s sunny!

The first post out of the blocks is my guest post over at Smorgasbord Magazine…

I love this series and am grateful I am part of it …it is a lovely way to get to know our fellow bloggers and authors a little better…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/06/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-post-life-i-wish-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now-by-carol-taylor/

Since having arrived in the UK the sun has been out and according to the weather man it will be reaching 30m degrees this week…the sunshine must have crept into my suitcase…Yeah!

This means it’s fruit salad and smoothies all the way…home from home…

Fruit salad and smoothies are among my favourite foods…my favourite smoothie at the moment is beetroot and orange it is delicious and healthy as are other smoothies…

In this post…link below...Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine is telling us to make the most of summer…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/06/09/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-rewind-make-the-most-of-summer-homemade-fruit-salad-and-smoothies-by-sally-cronin/

Thank you for joining me today…for the next month, I will be in sunny(I hope) England…my posts are scheduled and I will be popping in from time to time if I only leave a like please excuse me as I am probably having fun and catching up with family and friends…normal service will be resumed on my return home which I hope will be less traumatic than my inward journey of flight cancellations and delays plus a fall on an escalator at the airport…luckily no serious injuries just badly bruised…but I am getting some TLC from my children…until tomorrow when Chicken is on the menu again…Lots of love Carol xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Phosphorus – Dairy, Poultry, Pork, Nuts, Wholegrains

Welcome to the rewind of this series from 2019 where we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually, we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

In this series, we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually, we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

Phosphorous is a mineral that you will not find in your multi-vitamin and mineral supplement because it is considered that we obtain sufficient through our diet.

Please head over to Smorgasbord to read what happens to your body if it is deprived of Phosphorous…I will be providing the recipes to ensure that your body gets the Phosphorous it requires by making the best use of the foods required…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/06/08/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiency-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-phosphorus-dairy-poultry-pork-nuts-wholegrains