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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!