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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…22nd November-28th November…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas …

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…X

My week started with Mistletoe and Wine…Christmas Chutneys.

We love chutneys and relishes they just add that extra zing to a meal or a snack and of course, it uses up fruit or vegetables where you have a glut of them and means that you can enjoy them year-round.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/24/mistletoe-and-winechristmas-chutneys-2020/

Wednesday saw me over at Sally’s again for what is nearly the last in the current series of my A-Z of food as I have toured through the culinary alphabet it is the letter W and then it will be finito as the last one will be XYZ combined…

But you don’t get rid of me quite so easily as I will back in January with a new column…x How exciting is that?

In the meantime head over to Smorgasbord to enjoy the updated letter W say hello to us we both love to hear from you in comments it truly makes our day…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-w-for-wakame-wasabi-walnuts-watercress-and-wax-beans/

Thursday was National Cake Day…

Who doesn’t love a slice of cake be a rich fruit cake, carrot cake, a coffee cake so many cakes…Of course, I didn’t leave the recipes for all those cakes but I did leave you a rich fruitcake recipe as it is that time of year. I will be kind though this week as I know many of you don’t like rich fruit cake not mentioning any names, Debs and Pete… I will post some lighter cakes maybe a light fruit cake, a carrot cake or a nice orange or lemon cake…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/26/national-cake-day/

Fruity Friday’s…The Sorb Fruit.

I try to keep to seasonable fruits as they are so much nicer and of course it helps with our carbon footprint the lovely autumnal astringent  Sorb Fruit comes from a species of the Rowan Tree and is known as a service fruit.

From my research, I gathered that this tree often grows wild and most recipes are found under wild cooking and foraging however it is used by a German cider-making company it is usually mixed with apples because of its high tannin content…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/27/fruity-friday-the-sorb-fruit/

Saturday Snippets…

It was National French Toast day and I was bread making again…I will report that I didn’t have any bread flour so made it using All-purpose Flour and apart from the dough being stickier, I added a bit more flour the end result was as good as the one pictured above this recipe is now added to my favourite 5 Bread recipes…

Other tit-bits included the Six-Five Special and the 2i’s coffee bar…Tommy Steele…from Sally some info on The Alexander Techniques for any backache suffers…and various other titbits…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/28/saturday-snippets-28th-november-2020/

Have a wonderful Sunday..please be well and stay safe…xxx

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts have made my stats boom…go figure… 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 facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…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 learned..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…28th November 2020

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets…

It’s National French Toast Day today...I just love French Toast…or Eggy Bread…It is so very easy to make and for 3/4 slices depending on your bread all you need to do is whisk an egg with a tsp of vanilla extract, 1/4 to 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup of milk…dip your bread in the egg mixture on both sides and griddle the bread in some butter turning so they are golden brown on both sides..serve with a few blueberries and or strawberries and drizzle with some maple syrup…it also has to be the real thing there is nothing like Maple Syrup expensive but so worth it and enjoy!

It is also National Peanut Butter Lovers Month...while I don’t like to eat PB by the spoonful I love dishes with peanut sauces and PB fudge is to die for …it is also lovely on Homemade bread when toasted…

I have been busy this week making mango chutney, sweet mincemeat, Christmas, Puddings and cakes plus bread so haven’t yet made the fudge…

The mango chutney was a must as I had run out and when shopping I saw a jar of mango chutney(Tesco) big mistake…I nearly had a riot on my hands and the uneaten jar apart from the little taken out to taste it was unceremoniously dumped in the bin…I won’t even tell you how my family described Tesco’s attempt at mango chutney as WP would probably ban me…haha

Sandwich Loaf…a Nigella Recipe…

  • 500 gm Bread Flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 7 gms instant yeast
  • 125ml milk
  • 150 ml of cold water
  • 100 ml of boiling water
  • 3 tbsp butter melted

Let’s Bake!

Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl and whisk to combine then add liquids and butter and draw the mix together cover and leave for 10 mins…I now use a shower cap which is brilliant as plastic wrap never stuck to the bowl and the cap stays put…Leave for 10 minutes then knead for 10 seconds(yes) and leave for 10 mins and repeat this 3 times…

On the last one shape and put in a bowl cover and leave to prove for about an hour…Knead and shape and put in a 2lb loaf tin for the final prove of about 1 hour sprinkle a little flour on the top of the loaf…

Once proved put into a preheated oven on 180/200 and bake for 45 minutes…I covered the loaf once I removed it from the oven with a clean t/towel for about 10 mins just to soften the crust slightly.

I followed this to a T and it came out perfectly it slices very well for sandwiches and makes lovely toast or just bread and butter…It is the first time I have followed Nigella’s recipe and one of my top 5 bread recipes now…The whole family loved it!

Conservation Corner:

I first saw this on Meeka’s blog and I think it is a brilliant idea…it covers all aspects of trading for farmers, child labour so much more…#recommendedread

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2020/11/27/making-tech-work-in-the-3rd-world/

Wellness Corner:

Sally and her health posts are a welcome sight here she always has something which is relevant and Backache is very relevant and painful to so many people…Sally has some great tips and techniques which she is sharing which may prove to provide the relief you have been looking for… I do hope so…xx

So pop over say hello, Sally will make you very welcome…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-three-standing-sitting-and-walking-correctly-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some music…

It was in November 1957 when The BBC’s first pop music show, Six-Five Special, was broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London – the birthplace of British rock ’n’ roll. Live music was played in the basement and it was here that Britain’s first rock ’n’ roll stars were discovered, including Tommy Steele – the biggest pop name of the day.

Six-Five Special was so-called because it went out at 6.5pm (6:05pm) on Saturday nights and was created to replace the one-hour “Toddlers’ Truce” on that day. Under the Truce restrictions, no television programmes were allowed to be broadcast on any day of the week between the hours of 6pm to 7pm so that young children could be put to bed.


The Government Minister who oversaw broadcasting in those days was the Postmaster-General, a now-defunct office held at the time by Charles Hill.

He was opposed to the Toddlers’ Truce, saying: “This seems to me absurd. It is the responsibility of parents, not the state, to put their children to bed at the right time.”

Under pressure from the emerging independent television companies, who were losing advertising revenue, Hill abolished the restriction.

Well, I never knew that…Did you????

I could listen to this for hours…

Christmas Corner:

Just a little corner at the moment until next week and then it will begin there will be silent night , jingle bells and all that…

Did you know? Most people think Japanese cuisine is relatively healthy and think of seafood and rice. So it may come as a surprise to know that family Christmas tradition in Japan includes eating their big holiday meal at fast-food giant KFC!

Did you know? Round glass Christmas ornaments were inspired by the shape of apples. Apples were the original Christmas ornaments, put on the tree to symbolize the Garden of Eden.

One of my favourite Christmas Traditions has to be the one that many people in Iceland uphold people will often exchange books on Christmas Eve, then spend the rest of the night reading them and eating chocolate…How good is that? x

The tradition is part of a season called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood.” As a result, Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country selling most of them between September and November.

Did you know?… Kivak also is known as Mutak or Xmas Catap is an unusual Christmas treat in Northern Iceland but not if you have a delicate tummy or are fainthearted…Made from dead fermented birds, preserved in a hollowed-out Seals body for a minimum of 3 months and often much longer. The taste like very mature cheese so I am told…mmm

https://www.foodista.com/blog/2012/02/15/stinky-foods-10-weird-facts-about-kiviak

It is, however, the Christmas adverts which are for me the best bit about Christmas advertising this one has a powerful message and one I think we all appreciate a little more this year…x

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

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!

That’s all for today…Enjoy your weekend and stay safe and well xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Alternative Healing – The Alexander Technique – Part Two – #Posture, #Backpain #Ergonomics by Sally Cronin

Part 2 of Sally’s series on back pain and some techniques to try…#recommended read…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

On Monday I began this series on posture, flexibility and improving back, neck pain and headaches with a background to the Alexander Technique and a link for you to check on your body’s age in relation toFlexibility

The Alexander Technique.

The originator of this technique is Frederick Matthias Alexander, an Australian actor, who found that his career began to falter as he lost his voice on stage. He consulted doctors but they could find neither the cause nor the cure for the problem. Having developed a technique to correct his own posture and that resulted in the return of his voice… Alexander went on to teach his method in the UK and America to dancers, actors and singers.

It is not just performers who can benefit from this technique as most of us today are either in jobs that force our bodies into unnatural contortions, or we are…

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…15th November-21st November…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas music…

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…X

My week started with Mistletoe and Wine…Christmas Pickles…

I love pickles and I pickle almost everything my next project is to pickle some pears…Pickling is an ideal way to preserve anything where you have a lot of them as in fruits/vegetables in season or maybe you have seen a bargain and can’t resist the buy…Time to get pickling…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/17/mistletoe-and-wine-christmas-pickles-2020/

Tuesday was also Homemade Bread Day…

There is nothing like a slice of freshly made bread both the smell as it wafts through the house and the taste…Delicious…we are becoming a nation of bakers again a plus side to Covid-19.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/17/homemade-bread-day-november-17th-2020/

Wednesday it was the next episode of my Culinary Alphabet with a twist where the letter of the alphabet is the last letter rather than the first which has made it a tad more difficult but most enjoyable…

As you can see I combined J and K together as finding something /anything ending in J which you can eat or drink or which was a culinary term was a challenge I only found 2…I challenge all of you to find me another one…K was far easier…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/18/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twist-tej/

Thursday I introduced you to some Alternative Healing Remedies courtesy of Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine…

Health Column

A qualified practitioner for many years Sally Cronin comes highly recommended…This week she discussed back pain the curse of many…#recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-healing-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-one-backpain-flexibility-headaches-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Pears…

A beautiful fruit which is in season now and is actually better for you than an Apple…I love pears but haven’t cooked as much as I could with them and have discovered some great sounding recipes which I am going to have to try…including Pickled Pears..no surprise there then …lol

Pear chutney and some delicious sounding cakes and bread which have pears in the ingredients…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/20/fruity-friday-pears/

Saturday Snippets…

Saturday Snippets is where anything goes wherever my thoughts take me…If you were wondering why the image of a funeral cart in my header picture it was because we attended the Buddist Funeral of a dear neighbour…where you go to celebrate a life well lived and make merit…when we are alive by our actions, thoughts and deeds we make our own merit as a deceased person we were there to make merit for them as were the monks so that they can pass freely into heaven…

This merit-making took place over 3 days last week the first 2 days were making merit and the third day was the cremation…The loveliest gesture for us was how welcome we were made and also time was taken to explain to us what was occurring…on the final day our friend’s granddaughter made the eulogy and her brother became a monk for the day to make merit for his grandfather which meant he had to shave his head and eyebrows the whole preparation…don the robes and participate as a monk would…

Although I speak and understand a little Thai to follow a speech is beyond me ..the loveliest thing she did which made me shed a happy tear is after each section she spoke in Thai and then she repeated that section in English …How lovely was that of her…? This meant that we could also learn more about this lovely gentle man and his life.

Finally, the body is then laid on that cart and a procession takes him to his final earthly ending…

I was struck by how loving and how papa, as we called him, was accompanied every step of the way on his final journey it was absolutely beautiful…Tissue time xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/21/saturday-snippets-21st-november-2020/

Have a wonderful Sunday..please be well and stay safe…If you are making Christmas pudding or cakes make a wish and stir the right way xxx

That’s all for this week’s roundup … fewer posts have made my stats boom…go figure… 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 facing new lockdowns…Please stay safe and wear your mask and practise social distancing or this virus will not go away…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 learned..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

Smorgasbord Health Column – Alternative Healing Therapies – The Alexander Technique – Part One – #Backpain #Flexibility #Headaches by Sally Cronin

Welcome to Part One of  Sally’s Backpain Series...Those 5 exercises to see how supple you are definitely an eye-opener and caused few oohs and arrs and an ouch!.. I could do numero 1 quite easily and touch the floor the other 3… I will work on or maybe not…Luckily I don’t suffer back pain but could be more supple…


Health Column

Please head over to Smorgasboard Health …#recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/smorgasbord-health-column-alternative-healing-therapies-the-alexander-technique-part-one-backpain-flexibility-headaches-by-sally-cronin/

 

Saturday Snippets…14th November…

 

This past week we have seen a few Remembrance services to the fallen of Armed Forces around the world…Brave men and women who fought without a thought for their safety for me and you…For their brave actions, I salute you and remember with pride your sacrifice.

I also saw a disturbing video of white flags depicting all those who have died due to the Covid-19 virus and this was just in the US…the figures are utterly horrific…

How anyone can say it is fake, false I don’t know…I am sure figures aren’t totally accurate how could they be every country has a different method of counting but it doesn’t alter the fact that all those flags in this video represent a life lost and not lost for the service of their country but lost by an uncontrolled virus…

I saw this video first on a fellow bloggers post and it shocked me to the core…which is why I have been moved to share it…I can look at numbers but those flags just brought it home to me…

Today is National Pickle Appreciation Day…I love pickles and pickle almost everything…Pickles are also very popular at Christmas time..they can be eaten as an appetiser with some drinks or with some lovely fresh baked bread, cheese and pickles or with cold cuts of meat…we also eat pickled cabbage with crispy pork, rice and pickled cabbage plus a bowl of miso soup…Thais add pickled cabbage as a side to many dishes.

Today I will share a couple of my favourite pickles recipes …

Christmas Pickles…

I pickle anything… we love pickles and since living here have found different ideas for pickling…

Ingredients…

  • 2 lb Pickling Onions, peeled.
  • 11/2 pints pickling vinegar…I use white vinegar or a mix of apple cider and white vinegar.
  • 2tbsp Pickling spices or your mix…again I mix black, white peppercorns, coriander seeds.

Method2 days before mixing 2pts water with 4 oz salt pour over onions, cover and keep in a cool place. I keep in the fridge due to the heat here.

Home made pickled onions

Then drain the onions and pat dry. Pack into sterilised jars layering pickling spices as you go then pour vinegar over the onions making sure they are completely covered. Store for 4-6 weeks and they ready…They are the crispest onions I have eaten, far better than shop-bought and generally don’t get to 4 weeks let alone 6 weeks as they get dipped into …men!

Today I have pickled Pineapple with Jalapenos for you…We like them a lot something a little different…

Pickled Pineapple with Jalapenos…

Pickled Pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gm of fresh pineapple cut into smallish chunks
  • A handful of shallots finely sliced
  • 1 pickled jalapeno sliced
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar
  • The juice of 2 fresh limes
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • A handful of chopped coriander

Pickled Pineapple Ingredients

3 sterilised jars with lids.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, limes and Jalapenos together and bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat add the shallots and leave the mixture to cool down.

 

Spoon the pineapple and coriander into the prepared jars and cover with the vinegar mixture. Add the lids and leave to cool down before putting in the refrigerator.

Pickled Pineapple.

Leave for 1-2 days before eating.

Enjoy!

N.B Some recipes say use pickled jalapenos and some say to use fresh Jalapenos… I used some I had already pickled this time …I will try fresh ones next time and compare the taste.

If you use pineapple in juice the cut down on the sugar you use.

Next something we love pickled tomatoes…

Pickled red and yellow cherry tomatoes…

Ingredients:

  • 30 cherry tomatoes I mixed different colours.
  • 1-2 green Thai chillies finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 6 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar.

 

red-yellow-thai style-pickled-tomatoes

Red and yellow pickled tomatoes

Let’s get pickled!

Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Take a cocktail stick and prick the tomatoes a few times this allows the brine to infuse nicely.

Put the tomatoes in a sterilised jar or a Tupperware container and cover with the marinade mix.

Put in the refrigerator …these can be eaten after one day and within 4 days. The juice can then be used as a marinade for fish or added to salads.

I hope you have enjoyed these 3 pickle recipes if you try then please let me know …I like some of these as they don’t have to be left too long and can be eaten almost immediately unlike some pickles like onions which need time to mature..xx

It’s also National Split Pea Soup Week…

“We lived very simply – but with all the essentials of a life well understood and provided for – hot baths, cold champagne, new peas and old brandy.”
Winston Churchill.

No champagne served with my split pea soup…I have made this soup forever and my children all grown up still refer back to it from time to time…A delicious soup with vegetables, a ham hock and lovely homemade fresh bread straight from the oven…

With a soup like this, anything goes in the post then simmered gently until the peas and the meat is tender…It is an ideal way to use up any odd little bits of vegetables…Do you have a favourite split pea soup recipe?

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

I do hope you are all enjoying this series as much as I am… this week Sally is looking at Frankincense…There is also a “recipe” for toothpaste…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-frankincense-immune-reproductive-systems-anti-aging-antiseptic-by-sally-cronin/

Watching War on plastic with Hugh and Anita who are fighting against single-use plastics, looking at tea bags and prepacked sandwiches. Then, as Covid-19 hits, they consider the problem of disposable face masks…

Facemasks came up in our house just the other day when young Lily said to me Nannie do I need to take these off before I throw this mask away…I told her I thought that was a good idea and then asked where she got the idea from…This is what the children are being made aware of here that the blue and white face masks not only contain plastic so they don’t biodegrade quickly but so many facemasks are carelessly thrown away as are plastic gloves and causing a problem with sea life…

Teabags were also on their radar as many are biodegradable and contain plastic…Polypropylene which takes thousands of years to breakdown …

Because of Covid, they reckon plastic recycling has soared…and becoming a bigger problem…

Time for some Music…

It will soon be time to bring out the Christmas tunes but I will give one more week…November over the years has been a busy month in the music industry…

November 1965...Ray Charles, I love this song…went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Georgia On My Mind‘, a No.24 hit in the UK. His cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s 1930 standard, became the first of three No.1 hits for the singer.

November 1969 who remembers The Archies? Sugar, Sugar by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest-running One Hit Wonder in the UK with eight weeks at the top of the charts. It was the first No.1 performed by cartoon characters.

November 1975 we had Queen who kicked off their 78 date Night at the Opera world tour with 2 nights in Liverpool, England at the Empire Theatre…

1981 we had Police with their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’, a No.3 hit in the US.

In November 1987 George Michael had his first solo album “ Faith” which went to numero 1 in the UK charts

November 1992 and 1999 we saw Bon Jovi with ” Keep the Faith” and Robbie Williams…with ” She’s the one

So many of my favourite tracks among the aforementioned artists…Today I choose…one which is very apt given what is happening…

Did you know?

That in Nov 2015 a pair of white boots worn by Elvis Presley during his famous ’68 Comeback TV Special performance were bought by a UK collector for £29,500, ($44,500). Elvis had worn the size-11 Verde boots while singing ‘If I Can Dream’, 

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

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!

That’s all for today…Enjoy your weekend and stay safe and well xx