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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning…It’s Wednesday …I hope you all enjoyed your pancakes yesterday…I am sure Mary Smith did she won a jar of salted chocolate caramel …Lucky lady…I hope you enjoyed your pancakes, Mary…

Today I am testing a ginger cake…I love ginger…The smell of it mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg is wafting around…Lovely… well I hope it is…at least it makes a change from banana bread but I will say that recipe is now perfected I have made so many this week…The one with added walnuts was the favourite over the one with sultanas…

From bananas to carrots...I love carrots… purple ones included now I have found the source and mixed with purple sweet potato I am really eating my purples…Now for a colour change…Orange…

Why not? I had a friend and neighbour at school who had bright orange hair she hated it and I loved it…I always wished I had ginger hair…But thinking back she hated it because everyone made fun of her…Bullying has existed since the year dot…and it shouldn’t …I love different who wants to be a clone…The same as everyone else?

Did you know? Carrot Top(Scott Thompson) born 25th February 1965…was an American comedian who was known for his bright orange hair and his props… he would pick a prop from his trunk deliver a one-liner then throw the prop away… he started doing stand up comedy when he was at Uni but it wasn’t until 1994 that he received the award for Funniest Male Stand up Comic.

How many of you throw your carrot tops away?…

If you love pesto the carrot tops make a wonderful pesto…Just blitz with nuts, cheese and oil and you have a lovely pesto…Who would have thunk …do you use carrot tops?

Those of you who know me know that I believe in eating a healthy balanced diet and don’t believe you should unless for a diagnosed medical condition are told to omit certain foods from your diet…I eat a lot of vegetables I have cut down on my meat but will never totally omit it from my diet…I have friends who are both vegetarian and vegan…Their choice and I happily both cook and enjoy both vegetarian and some vegan dishes…This next video started as a joke…

I think they sound very tasty…

Time for a story?…. Not the Charade I am afraid…More on this very soon…

For now and for those of you who love a story…A tale of love gone wrong…I love my adopted country but like anywhere it has another side…

Susie!

By Carol Taylor

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My mind, at sixes and sevens I strolled from Boat Avenue towards Bliss Beach Club…..would Susie like what I had carefully picked for her, a beautiful Pashmina and that cat…It had jumped off the shelf. Saying buy me!

The first to arrive, that Sapparot Baan(pineapple shake) went down a treat.

It was lovely here…calm, peaceful, the waves gently lapping on the sand, telling a story to those who can hear.

Soft music, everyone carefree and beautiful.

A virtually cloudless sky!

Me, my heart is sad.

Sad Susie is leaving, sad that Thailand has lost its charm for my friend.

Sad for the girls who take what they want.

Sad for the men who think the girls really want them!

Sad for the innocent who will replace them.

A perpetual never-ending cycle.

Sad such a beautiful country relies on its people (girls) to suck people in.

Sad it won’t change for a while or even a long time.

So much sadness and yet what is displayed in front of me masks all that. Affluent men still attached to their phones, their home far away… their eyes searching, predatory. .But who is the prey….they think they know…..But do they?????

Goodbye Susie… God bless, may you find peace and love when you get back home x

The End.

Time for some music…

February 1978 -Both Barbra Streisand’s Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen) and Debby Boone’s You Light Up My Life were awarded the Best Song Grammy – the first and only tie in that category in Grammy history.

A close call but for me…Streisand has such a pure and lovely voice she is my winner…

How many of you still have a rubber duck in your bathroom? Come on fess up…haha…I do I have two little ducks…

Did you know?

On the 25th of February 1970…Rubber Duckie aka Ernie… voice over by(Jim Henson) debuted the bathtub song Rubber Duckie on the TV series Sesame Street so popular was it that it reached #16 in the music charts.

No matter how old you get memories are a great thing…Enjoy!

Saturday is Leap Year day...It is also St Oswald’s Day, named after the archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. His memorial is celebrated on February 29 during leap years and on February 28 during common years.

But did you know? 

February 30 has been a real date at least twice in history and always when someone tries to change calendars or days of the week…

In 1700, Sweden, which included Finland at the time, planned to convert from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

Therefore 1700, which should have been a leap year in the Julian calendar, was not a leap year in Sweden. However, 1704 and 1708 became leap years by error. This left Sweden out of synchronization with both the Julian and the Gregorian calendars, so the country reverted back to the Julian calendar.

In the Soviet Union, February 30 existed from 1930–1931 after the Soviet Union introduced a revolutionary calendar in 1929. This calendar featured five-day weeks, 30-day months for every working month, and the remaining five or six days were “month less” holidays. The abolition of the seven-day week in favour of a five-day week was intended to improve industrial efficiency by avoiding the regular interruption of a non-working day.

Someone always has to tinker, don’t they?

Leap day as a concept has existed for more than 2000 years and it is still associated with age-old customs, folklore, and superstition. One of the most well-known traditions is that women propose to their boyfriends, instead of the other way around.

Are there any such proposals planned I should know about?…my hat is on standby…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…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.

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 fabulous week xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I indulge myself… I just go where my thoughts take me…It could be the distant past or the future…It could be serious or quirky…This week it is almost certainly revolving around Valentines Day…Over the centuries much has happened in the month of February …Here I concentrate on the happy events…

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February 14th 1984 is one such moment when Torvill and Dean bagged a Gold Medal in Sarajevo…I remember it well the dramatic music and skating toRavell’s Bolero…What a magical time…

Wow…what a lovely memory to relive…

It was also in February ...The 15th February 1971 when Britain went decimal…Everything changed measurements and coins…and of course the inevitable price rises…For many a sad day…

We did, however, at a later date resist the pressure to adopt the Euro and for that I am thankful.

Time for a Story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade chapter 22

by Carol Taylor

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Carl was panicking where was he going to take the girl?

His mind was racing he knew he shouldn’t have taken her he only meant to knock her out so he could search her room undisturbed. He also knew that Joseph Peabody was not a man to cross…He was beginning to regret taking this job it has seemed like easy money now he faced either the wrath of Peabody or the man who had employed him.

A man whose name he didn’t even know but who looked very mean and a man you didn’t want to cross.

The girl stirred…

It was getting dark outside Carl decided to wait until it was quiet and leave the girl at the bus station…Plenty of people used the bus station the girl would not remember what had happened as he had drugged her well and truly… Reaching for another vial of the drug he injected the girl before she woke that would keep her quiet for a while…

How was he going to move her without arousing suspicion?

Time to go…Carl picked up the girl supporting her Carl moved slowly out into the back alley of the building …No one was around so if anyone saw him he would say she had had too much drink…Holding the girl tightly and keeping to the shadows Carl made his way to the bus station…

Miss, Miss are you alright …The girl opened her eyes and screamed she could vaguely see a kindly face before she passed out again… Call the boys in blue Fred…I think this young lady has been drugged she doesn’t smell of drink or anything or she may be ill…I don’t want anyone dying on my watch…Can you imagine the fuss and paperwork?

Quick man…Move!

Peabody received a call…A girl answering your description has been found unconscious at the bus station the voice on the end of the phone said …Send your man to get her quick before it arouses suspicion …

T.B.C

Spoiler Alert…There will only be a few more chapters and then the plan is to add some meat to the bones and produce something you will want to read…Watch this space…

I am one of the worlds worst photographers…I try really hard and sometimes they are ok and other times well distinctly amateurish… I am in awe and love seeing great images these are no exception and just spectacular using invisible light…

So beautiful…

Time for a tune ...I love the old classics but also do like some of the new stuff …keeping with the Valentines week theme …

Did you know..?. Aretha Franklin recorded the classic soul song Respect on the 14th February 1967 …this song had also been recorded by another music great Otis Redding two years earlier…Although I love the music of both artists personally I prefer Aretha’s cover of the song…

 

Fantastic artist one of the greats in my book…Now for this week in music history…

The more I research February I realise what a fascinating month it is…So much has gone on or changed during the month of February over the centuries…

Did you know? over time the length of the month of February has changed and at one point only had 23 days…

The name of February comes from the Latin word “februum” which means purification. February was named after a purification ritual which was like an early Roman spring cleaning festival.

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Spring also heralds the arrival of the beautiful Primrose which is the flower of February. I have many happy memories of going primrose picking and of being told never ever to pull up the plant just pick a few flowers…There is nothing nicer than seeing the primroses along the hedgerows.

Did you know? …The odds of being born on February 29th are about 1 in 1,461. Those born on a leap day can be called a leaper or leapling. They can choose which day they wish to celebrate their birthdays…However, what does the law say?… Many countries have designated the 1st March but it does vary from country to country and state to state…

There are many famous leaplings and also the man whose nemesis is kryptonite is a leap year baby…No surprises there then…It’s Superman…

Also on February 14th...1929 was the year when Penicillin was accidentally discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming and even way back then he was working on an Influenza virus this way in September 1928…After leaving staphylococcus bacteria uncovered by mistake, he found that a mould had formed on the culture, which killed the bacteria.

Thus on this day February 14th 1929, he introduced penicillin to cure bacterial infections.

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Woo Hoo…it was on 14th February 2005 when U-Tube was founded…A video-sharing website which I use a lot …A year after its creation, the website was bought by Google for $1.65 billion… Jeez, that’s a good return after a year…

As you know it is cake month…The limit of my cake-making is banana bread and chocolate brownies although as I made sausage rolls today for the boys I made a small treacle tart…I know I shouldn’t but I did..just a little slice or two…I do love a nicely decorated cakes and these tick all the boxes so clever and most beautifully done…

Isn’t that something? There is even a red chilli and a bag of Doritos ..they are so lifelike and real looking you wouldn’t think they were cakes…

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.

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 are having a great week xx

 

 

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I indulge myself… I just go where my thoughts take me…It could be the distant past or the future…It could be serious or quirky…

First, stop today is way back to the late ’40s when it first rolled off the production line…How many of you remember taking a fun trip either with parents or friends in the VW Camper van? Are you a secret hippie still?

An iconic van which has been spotted around the world in a myriad of colours and designs…Often associated with the hippie era in the mid-’60s…Flower power…Mama Cass…Beach Boys…Janis Joplin…Stevie Nicks…Beatniks…Flower Children…Jane Fonda…Even today many still embody the hippy roots and way of life…

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Image by Robert Armstrong from Pixabay

Fast forward and there has been a revival an electric version …Named the I.D. Buzz …that VW will release in 2022 it will undoubtedly be spectacular, its ongoing development promises exciting features. Like Volkswagen’s other electric products, the I.D. Buzz will use a Modular Electric Drive kit. Its design combines components to boost the van’s electric driving ability. The I.D. Buzz has a front trunk, and its three rows of seats can be moved into various configurations to maximize the use of space.

Now if they could replicate the hippie VW on the outside but electric …Perfick!

Time for a tune…Let’s keep with the hippie era…

Now for the scourge of many although to my mind if you weren’t doing it you wouldn’t get caught…Just saying…haha

Did you know?

On the 5th February 1958, the first parking meters were installed in London’s Mayfair…In the USA they were installed even earlier way back in 1935…

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade – Chapter 21

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Carl stood in the darkened room, she was getting feisty, a month ago she wouldn’t have said boo to him and now she was standing her ground. He liked that, it was more of a challenge. He was looking forward to what she had to say to him when she came round. He hadn’t found the necklace in her room, he had looked but to no avail, this job wasn’t going to be as easy as he had initially thought. He watched her as she slept, the rhythm of her shallow breathing calmed him and he found her strangely attractive.

Meanwhile less than a mile away from Carl’s rented room, Mr Joseph Peasbody was pacing around his hallway, worried half to death about where the girl had disappeared to, he had promised Robert he would keep her safe and now he had lost her. He was confused she had seemed happy enough at breakfast, had he scared her with talk of revealing her parentage to her or was she annoyed that it had all been kept from her for so long. There was no point in sending a letter to Robert, he would be on his way to York by now.

Joseph called for his butler, who appeared almost immediately holding out a glass of whiskey for him. “I thought you may need this, you look pale sir.”

“The girl… please go out and look for her, we need to get her back.”

“Where should I look, Sir?”

“I don’t know, keep an eye open for Carl too, I know you will remember him after our last encounter.” Joseph downed his whiskey on one swig and watched as John, the butler, retrieved his jacket from the cloakroom and headed for the front door with no hesitation.

He knew the city well and knew some quite unsavoury characters, the sort of people who would know how to find people even when they didn’t want to be found. Joseph could do nothing but wait for Robert, knowing that he was going to be far from pleased.

Carl watched out of the grimy window, making sure that there was no one watching this place, he had been careful but now he’d taken the girl he was nervous, it had been an impulsive move and he was beginning to regret it already. To add insult to injury she had not been wearing the necklace and he couldn’t find it on her anywhere, although he had enjoyed looking for it. He needed to decide what to do with her now, he couldn’t take her back, he’d been lucky to gain access to the house last time. He scooped her sleeping body up in his arms, he needed to put her somewhere she would be found, he certainly couldn’t keep her here where he would be discovered too.

TBC…

I know many don’t like a strong woman…This lady wasn’t for turning…Iron Lady…Baroness Margaret Thatcher…Like marmite, you either loved her or hated her…She was elected on 11 Feb 1975… the 1st woman leader of the British Conservative Party…I was in my early 20’s then but she was a force to be reckoned with and my father was an admirer ..she definitely didn’t take prisoners and personally since her, neither male nor female has had her balls…Is Boris about to change my mind???

February…Valentines Day…every 4 years there is a leap year…Have you ever wondered why the most widely used calendar in the world is so inconsistent in the lengths of its months? And why is February stuck with the fewest number of days?

Blame it on Roman superstition and the fact it is all about the maths…

The Gregorian calendar’s oldest ancestor, the first Roman calendar, had a glaring difference in structure from its later variants: it consisted of 10 months rather than 12.

To fully sync the calendar with the lunar year, the Roman king Numa Pompilius added January and February to the original 10 months.

The previous calendar had had 6 months of 30 days and 4 months of 31, for a total of 304 days. However, Numa wanted to avoid having even numbers in his calendar, as Roman superstition at the time held that even numbers were unlucky. He subtracted a day from each of the 30-day months to make them 29. The lunar year consists of 355 days (354.367 to be exact, but calling it 354 would have made the whole year unlucky!), which meant that he now had 56 days left to work with. In the end, at least 1 month out of the 12 needed to contain an even number of days.

This is because of simple mathematical fact: the sum of any even amount (12 months) of odd numbers will always equal an even number—and he wanted the total to be odd. So Numa chose February, a month that would be host to Roman rituals honouring the dead, as the unlucky month to consist of 28 days.

It is also a leap year this year …Who has plans to propose???

Did you know that this month is “Cake” month? The Saxons called February ” Sol Monath” which translated means cake…Well, according to the scholar Bede…thus cakes were offered up to the Gods during the month of February.

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You could add #solmonath to your pictures of cakes on Twitter …It is also argued that Solmonath means mud month aka #soil it will be interesting to see what the comments say…

I am not a dedicated cake maker ..Christmas cake and fairy cakes are generally the sum of my cake-making but I know many of you are so if you want to share your cake recipes please do…

Let’s have a bit of music history…

Did you know?

  • February is the only month to have a length of fewer than 30 days! Though it’s usually 28 days, February is 29 days long in leap years such as 2020.
  • January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (c. 713 BC); originally, winter was considered a month-less period.
  • Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year. Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the second month.

It does seem that quite a lot goes on and always has in February…Valentines Day is a constant and a big moneymaker ..Red Roses and Chocolates…Cuddly toys…

The poem, titled “How Do I Love Thee?,” is Sonnet 43 in Browning’s book Sonnets From the Portuguese, which was dedicated to her husband, poet Robert Browning.

What about the weather...In the Northern Hemisphere, February is the third month of winter. Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, February is the last month of summer. Between the North and South Hemispheres, February is the equivalent of August.

February is also one of the most misspelt words in the English language. Even the White House has misprinted the word “February” before in a press release!

Lastly, if you are planning a delicious Valentines meal at home…Then this may be for you…my Valentines Day Menu…x

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.

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 are having a great week xx

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome once again to Whimsical Wednesdays where I unashamedly indulge myself…I do hope you enjoy my meanderings today….Come with me and let’s begin…These posts are never planned… if I come across anything which I love or which tugs at my heartstrings then I save it… the rest happens as I type…It is wherever my thoughts take me at that time…Mainly they are random and unplanned…Enjoy! xxx

Firstly most of you know Sally Cronin @Smorgasbord Magazine where I have a Food Column and contribute recipes to Sally’s health posts…Today Sally has posted a beautiful Thank you to me for which I am touched...Tissue Alert …

Thank you so much, Sally, the pleasure is also mine as I love working in collaboration with you…xxx

Team cook from scratch…xxx  

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute which I took her up on so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

Today’s Chapter is written by Steph...The story continues…

The Charade – Chapter 13

 by S C Richmond…

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She had been looking forward so much to talking to George and finding out more about her Mother, she hoped he was well. She looked around, the shop looked grubby and unkempt in the bright light of day. The previous evening it had looked so magical, she picked up the bag that was left for her and decided to go and visit Mr. James, maybe he would know George, Mr. James seemed to know just about everyone in town.

   When she arrived at his house he was out too, she was beginning to feel that no one wanted to speak to her today, then she heard someone singing, a voice coming from the garden. She poked her head around the hedge and saw Kathy, she looked up from her gardening. “Come in girl.” She walked into the garden, her face must have given her mood away because Kathy asked. “Whatever’s the matter?”

   “I met George last night and now he’s gone.” She finally gave in to her emotions and began to cry.“ He said he knew my Mom.” She continued to weep and Kathy approached her and hugged her tight.

   “Now, now… dry your eyes and tell me about this George.”

   She told Kathy about the shop and the dress and what George had said to her. Kathy listened carefully, especially to the news that Carl Ward had been sniffing around her again. “You want to stay away from that Mr. Ward, he’s a bad ‘un, maybe he does like you but I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could spit.”

   She looked up, not really understanding what Carl could be up to, she had nothing to offer but she too had certainly been getting an uneasy feeling about him.

It was time to find out what he was up to. Next time she saw him she decided she would follow him and see where that led her. She felt better in herself now she had a plan but she was still worried about George, he could have helped her and told her more about her Mother.

Kathy fed her and cheered her up before sending her on her way, Kathy had promised to speak to Mr. James about George for her.

   She returned to her room and took her old dress out of the bag and hung it up, as she did a piece of paper fluttered to the ground. She picked it up assuming it was the receipt for the dress, but on it was written 23 Coal Street, nothing else just an address. It looked like it had been written in a hurry, the writing was uneven and rushed.

She placed it on her sideboard, maybe that was where George had gone today, whatever it was, it was none of her business. She would stop by his shop tomorrow and return it to him.

T.B.C

Time for some music ...

Of course, it is a Christmas tune…I was listening to Now Christmas most of the day yesterday…

This tune from author and musician Kevin Cooper gives you the feel-good factor it is happy and joyous so please take a listen and pop over to youtube as my one like is looking lonely let’s give Kev’s tune some love and likes…xxx

 

 

Enjoy!

Now for some trivia…Today the Day before Thanksgiving is National Tie One On Day…

When I first saw this I was puzzled what could that mean and then I had a light bulb moment…An Apron…

Aprons have been around forever it seems and I am sure many people receive a Birthday or Christmas gift of a funny apron or probably many of you remember Barbra Windsor in her little apron or the fancy dress parties where an apron was a cover-up for the front and not so for the back…haha…Get the picture?

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Photo on VisualHunt

Aprons my grandmothers wore them and my mother ..me not so much…The apron has protected many a hand from hot dishes, who has had their tears wiped on an apron? Who has hidden behind an apron? Aprons make you feel more like a cook, they protect your clothes, used as a fan or to mop a brow in a hot kitchen, used to swat a fly or a hand which is trying to pinch a pie…I remember that one…haha…

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Picking some vegetables, holding the chickens feed, collecting eggs or picking up toys an apron has many purposes…

There has even been a book wrote about an Apron…Best-selling author, Ellyn Anne Geisel, created National Tie One on Day. She’s also the author of the book titled, The Apron Book.

Time for a recipe…Trifle… there are many variations of the trifle and everyone’s nan or mum makes the best trifle…Today Darlene is sharing her trifle recipe with us and it looks and sounds most delicious…Here is what Darlene said…

 

Here is the trifle recipe I had to marry my hubby in order to get the recipe. I have made a few changes to make it mine. My family just loves it.

I attached a couple of pictures if you wish to use them. Thank you, Darlene xx

Darlene´s English Trifle

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  • Amounts vary according to the size of the bowl
  • Swiss rolls or jelly roll (you can use sponge cake if you can´t find the rolls)
  • Sweet sherry
  • 1 can of fruit cocktail, drained
  • Fresh fruit of choice (I use mandarin orange segments, sliced bananas, blueberries/strawberries/raspberries whatever is available, diced kiwi is nice too)
  • I or 2 packages Raspberry or strawberry jello
  • Bird´s custard powder
  • Milk
  • Whipping cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips.

Slice the swiss roll into 1-inch thick rounds, place at the bottom of a clear glass bowl and soak with 1 – 2 tablespoons of sherry (have a sip yourself)

Pour the drained fruit cocktail on top of the swiss rolls and add other fresh fruit if desired.

Prepare the jello according to the package directions. Let cool a few minutes then pour over the fruit and rolls.

Put into the fridge until jello sets (I often make it this far the night before and finish it in the morning)

Prepare custard with milk according to the package instructions. Let it cool to room temperature.

Take the trifle from the fridge and let it sit out for a bit before pouring the custard over everything making a nice layer

Chill in the fridge so the custard sets. Cover with a piece of wax paper or cling film so you don´t get a skin on top.

Darlenes Christmas Trifle

Top with whipped cream and decorate the top with chocolate flakes or chocolate chips.

Sometimes I decorate the top with extra fruit like mandarin sections or kiwi slices.

The layers look so pretty and every time I serve it, I get many oohs and awes.

Enjoy!
Thank you Darlene you are getting some Ooohs and awes from me and your recipe is my kind of recipe no amounts just using the eye and the hand especially where the cream, chocolate, and the booze are concerned…
I have a chocolate mousse cake to share with you courtesy of Meeks and bacon covered turkey from John, pictures of Xmas puds from Hugh, a lovely poem from Ellen Best all of which I will share over the next few days so make sure you don’t miss a post and please if you have anything recipes or crafts, Christmas jumpers please share and I will credit you back…You can email me on carolcookstwo@gmail.com  
Did you know?
Today way back in 2013 Frozen the highest-grossing animated film of all time was released and the merchandise is still going strong and now we have Frozen 2 released last week…Not so good as Frozen 1 for me but Lily and her friend loved it…
Also way back in 1952, the young Richard Attenborough starred in the lead of The Mousetrap which has smashed all theatrical records…A murder mystery The Mousetrap was written by Agatha Christie the show has run continuously since then…
Time for some more music…Christmas No1’s

 

1966 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES
1967 HELLO, GOODBYE THE BEATLES
1968 LILY THE PINK THE SCAFFOLD
1969 TWO LITTLE BOYS ROLF HARRIS
1970 I HEAR YOU KNOCKING DAVE EDMUNDS
1971 ERNIE (THE FASTEST MILKMAN IN THE WEST) BENNY HILL
1972 LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL JIMMY OSMOND

This little lot brings back a few memories my dad was always singing along to Benny Hill and Ernie it drove us mad…It makes me smile now…Long-haired Lover from Liverpool…I was never an Osmonds fan…A Tom Jones fan I am although I like Green, Green grass but don’t love it…Lily The Pink A nice catchy tune…My two favourites from this little lot are Hello, Goodbye and I hear you knocking…Which for me …I like lively tunes so without any ado…I give you…Dave Edmunds…

 

Finally, I would like to wish all my American and Canadian friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving…

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That’s all from me today on Whimsical Wednesday… I hope you have enjoyed reading this post…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 creative week ahead xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to my world and whimsical Wednesdays…

Who doesn’t love the window seat on a plane?... I love flying and love just gazing at the clouds there are so many wonderful cloud formations and I always get the urge and wonder what it would be like to walk among the clouds…Just a fantasy which plays out in my head …

Windowless planes would make that fantasy a reality…Designers are saying that within the next 10-15 years that could actually happen…Reading the comments the majority of people expressed a horror…Is my brain wired wrong? I think that is such an exciting concept…How cool is that?

Do you love this concept or does it fill you with horror ???

I am sure everyone’s thoughts now are on what they are having for Christmas dinner…My mum always cooked either a Goose, turkey or a capon…Years ago the traditional Christmas lunch was a swan…Now in the UK, it is only the Queen who is allowed to eat the swan however as she officially owns all the mute swans I am sure she doesn’t…

Insect-eating is becoming more popular among the masses and it is certainly the norm here…Sold everywhere..crispy and salty they are big business…

Traditionally for South Africans, they were a Christmas snack…The caterpillar from the emperor moth was or is deep-fried and served as a snack.

Would you eat me?

I’ll leave the question with you…

 

Time for a story…

The Charade

 Chapter 11

 by SC Richmond

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She was so shocked at this man’s words she staggered slightly and the old man pulled a chair from behind the counter for her to sit on. He watched her with concern. “Sit, sit.”

   “But Sir how could you know my Mother, even I don’t remember her well?” She accepted a cup of some warm liquid from him.

   “I didn’t know her well but still I thought she was a very special lady, maybe I like to think I knew her better than I really did, I don’t suppose she would remember me anyway. I fell in love a little when I first saw her, you are very much like her. Tell me what brings you into this kind of town?”

   She could barely grasp what he was saying to her. Why wouldn’t she live around here? “I’m sorry Sir.”

   “No please call me George, I’m no Sir.” He chuckled.

   “George, please tell me about her.”

   “There’s not much to tell, Elizabeth was a beautiful lady, I didn’t know she had a daughter though, I only thought she had the two boys, but you are so much like her and wearing that necklace then she must have had a girl too. You are so welcome in my shop.”

   “Thank you but can you tell me more about her, please.” She held her breath he must know her he had called her Elizabeth.

   “I don’t know anything else girl.” George was beginning to look uncomfortable, she followed his eye-line to the doorway but there was no one there. “I have to go now and start to close the shop, pop by and see me again won’t you?” With that, he started to usher her towards the door.

   She stood outside the shop only then realising that she was still wearing the beautiful dress and her old clothes were still inside the shop, she turned to go back inside but the door had already been closed to her. She would have to return tomorrow and collect her old clothes from George, she did love the new dress. She turned towards her room and as if from nowhere Carl appeared, looking at her in a totally different way than he had before. Since she had first met him at the party, he now seemed to be everywhere she turned, was he following her.

T.B.C

Did you know?

Today Nov 13th, 1977 saw the last episode of Dad’s Army…it had run for 9 years and such was its popularity it is still being rerun…Keeping it seasonal let’s have a look at Christmas dinner the Dads Army way on the menu…Turkey…

 

I have always loved music and still do...1952 the year after my birth on 14th November the first UK singles chart was published by New Musical Express(NME)

Who was the top of the charts that week? It was that legendary crooner Al Martino with the lovely ballad Here in my heart…

For the first 7 years of the charts, it was…

1952 HERE IN MY HEART AL MARTINO
1953 ANSWER ME FRANKIE LAINE
1954 LET’S HAVE ANOTHER PARTY WINIFRED ATWELL
1955 CHRISTMAS ALPHABET DICKIE VALENTINE
1956 JUST WALKIN’ IN THE RAIN JOHNNIE RAY
1957 MARY’S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE
1958 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE CONWAY TWITTY

Each week until Christmas I will pick my favourite. from the chart I publish..As I like a party and the piano Winifred Atwell is my choice she was top of the charts for 5 weeks…

She could certainly tickle those ivories…she played a boogie-woogie style of ragtime and was hugely popular both in Britain and Australia in the ’50s …I have fond memories of my dad singing Boomps a Daisy to me as he bumped me up and down on his knees…

 

Sadly her planned breakthrough performance as a guest on the Ed Sullivan Show in the U.S.A in 1956 didn’t go ahead or was even recorded due to racist opposition to having a black woman as a guest…To read her biography click here…

A glass of wine anyone? Winemaking is an age-old tradition that spans centuries…

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Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that winemaking occurred as early as 6,000 BC…

Of course with the time of year approaching a nice glass of mulled wine is often on the menu…

The nicest mulled wine I have had was years ago when I used to travel to Germany each year for the Christmas Markets called  Christkindlmarkt …I still have my mug somewhere as you purchased a mug complete with your Glühwein, wine and sipped your wine as you strolled around the market…Perfect…

 

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Image by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay

These markets are now replicated around the world…I loved the wooden cabin styled stalls I wonder if they are still the same…

My one abiding memory is of my dear friend Maureen ( Mo) who is now no longer sadly with us who when our boat pulled in to dock and she saw the snow… she announced she had only white stilettos to wear…Yes she was an Essex girl…haha

My flowers for her funeral were in the shape of that white stiletto…It will be 19 years on the 1st Dec where does the time go?… I miss you Mo xxx

Time for a recipe…

Glühwein – Mulled Wine Recipe

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine 
  • 1/2 cup of brandy or rum (optional)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 large orange, peeled then juiced
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 lime, peeled (optional)
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or sugar
  • 5-6 whole cloves
  • 1 nutmeg, about 10 gratings
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved
  • 2-star anise

Peel large sections of skin from the orange, lemon, and lime. Over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan, pour in agave syrup and water, then add the peels and juice of the orange.

Add the vanilla bean, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg gratings. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. The liquid will reduce, after around 30 minutes, add in about a half cup of wine. This allows the flavors to infuse and will create a syrup.

Once your syrup is ready then turn the heat down to low and then pour in the bottle of wine and brandy if used.

Bring back to a gentle simmer and heat for about 5 minutes or depending on how much alcohol you want to burn off you can simmer a bit longer. Ladle it into glasses and serve warm.

Enjoy!

Back in 1992 the fabulous Joanna Lumbley and friends made their debut on the idiot box…Ad Fab went on to become a comedy Phenomenom which run for 5 seasons and even had its own feature film.

Those ladies certainly were fabulous…Patsy, she was something else…haha…Caution some bad language…

I will leave you with this thought...

Today is World Kindness day…

The World Kindness Movement started World Kindness Day in 1998 and has spread to 28 countries.

Use #WorldKindnessDay to share on social media.

Kindness is generally paid forward… if you can remember someone doing a kindness for you…How did it make you feel and did you then pay kindness to someone else?

Like a smile kindness is infectious…xxx

That’s all from me today on Whimsical Wednesday… I hope you have enjoyed reading this post…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 creative week ahead xx

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome it is that time of the week …I hope you all enjoyed Halloween?…

Yesterday the 5th of November was Guy Fawkes in the UK…he was the guy who in 1605  tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament…The effigy we make to sit on top of our bonfires is a symbol of Guy Fawkes…

It will then be the start of the Christmas preparations…I always loved the preparation and the run-up to Christmas…The Christmas Carol’s, the pantomimes, the decorations and some of those are just awesome all added to that ambiance which is what I miss here…Christmas is not celebrated here…The big shopping centres, of course, have the tree and decorations and there it stops there is no atmosphere and Christmas joy which I remember… I try to recreate it at home and I am the only house with a tree and fairy lights here…

I do wonder though if I go back at Christmas would I feel the same joy I used to…?

Although pantomime is often seen as something quaint, something utterly British, its origins lie in warmer climes. It developed from the Italian street theatre of the Commedia dell’arte in the 16th Century, with comedic moments, stock characters and great physicality.

John Rich, actor-manager of the Lincoln’s Inn Theatre (opened 1714) and The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden (opened 1732), has been called the father of pantomime because he was the first to realise the potential of the Commedia characters.

What is your favourite panto? Do you have your tickets booked? I loved the panto as a kid and it is still part of English tradition…

Did you know it has been 18 years since the first Harry Potter movie was released…4th November 2001…Who would have guessed that The Philosophers Stone would be followed by so many sequels?…. Oops I got my movie and my book muddled but thanks to Tori who is an avid fan she very nicely corrected me…It’s been 18 years since the first Harry Potter movie was released. It’s been longer for the book version, which was released on June 26th, 1997. Sorry… Been a huge Harry Potter fan since 2000, when the publicity of the release of the 4th book brought it to my parents’ attention, and they got me a copy of the first book.

Going back a few more years to Nov 1996 saw the start of the phenomenon which was The Spice Girls…Love them or hate them they were a success and their debut album “Spice” sold 23 million copies…

After all these years they have evolved and are still news…For me, the best thing is David Beckham…A fine figure of a man…I unashamedly do think he has aged very well…Ahem…

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David Beckham in Denver

Photo credit: ebatty on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Moving on quickly…

Food Waste…starvation…Homelessness always tweaks at my heartstrings…This time of year when the winds get cold and snow and frost prevail it always seems worse…But among all the sad stories there are the most heartwarming tales of the goodness which exists in some peoples’ hearts.

Yesterday I came across Stone Soup when I was reading the lovely Dolly’s blog a post by Dorothy on Stone Soup…I have never heard of stone soup…Dorothy also participates in

” The empty Bowl”…A lovely community project… Please pop over and have a look it is projects like this which give me hope and reassure me that people do care and have a heart but please remember we should care all year round…And please if you have any local community projects like this let me know and I will share…

Anyone for stone soup?…. I would love those stories…  I also love how the concept has evolved…

Fascinating…

Time for a story…S C Richmond…

The Charade…Chapter 10…by Carol Taylor…

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   They were either too much money or dresses that she wouldn’t wear they were tacky and cheap.

The euphoria she has felt earlier had all but gone ….Shoulders slumped she started to make her way back to her room…That lonely room..Where the nightmares always came.

   Turning the corner she saw some twinkling lights come on and noticed a little shop…It lay back from the other shops which surrounded the markets stalls.

   She drew closer and saw a delightful little Christmas scene in the window someone had decorated it so beautifully,  everything twinkled and sparkled, she wondered who had been so artistic and clever, it caught her breathe, it was very lovely. The bell on the door tinkled and a little old man came out “Come in and look, my dear”

   “Oh, No thank you, I was just admiring your window it is beautiful but I am looking for a special dress”.

   “My dear I may have just the dress for you” On an impulse and he had such a kindly face she stepped inside …It was just like a wonderland..

Staring round in amazement…. So many pretty things…why had she not seen this shop before?

Her eyes were drawn to a beautiful pale blue dress….

“I see you looking at the blue dress my dear ..my grandson made it..he is very talented… Try it on. It looks like a perfect fit for you”. Taking the dress and putting it behind some curtains the old man held the door open.

   Putting on the dress just felt right it molded her body in all the right places, stepping outside to look in the mirror..she gasped was that really her. The young lady looking back at her was beautiful.

   “Just a ribbon for your hair is all you need. Who is the lucky man?”

   The girl twirled around and couldn’t believe her eyes..it was perfect and her necklace would be the finishing touch. Reaching into her bag she fastened the ribbon around her neck. Perfect.

   “How much… Is the dress?’ She held her breath waiting for the old man to speak. Please, please let me have enough.

When he told her she gasped “Are you sure… That is so little for a wonderful dress”

   “It looks like it was made for you my dear and the dress deserves a beautiful lady to show it off..My grandson would be so proud if he could see it on you”.

   “Is he not here?”

   “No, he is away on business buying more silk and satin”.

Paying for the dress the girl felt like a real lady for once, cinders would go to the ball.

   She heard a gasp; the old man was looking at her necklace with a look on his face which the girl couldn’t fathom. “ Where did you get that necklace?”

   “I have always had it… It’s all I have to remind me of my parents… Why are you looking at me like that?

The old man’s face took on a look of such sadness… “You have her eyes girl..Such beautiful eyes”

   “You know my mother?”

   “A long time ago my dear…”

T.B.C.

The first week in November is National Fig week…I love fresh figs…figs fresh and dried

Fig Facts:
  • Figs keep baked goods fresh by naturally holding in moisture
  • California grows one hundred percent of the nation’s dried figs.
  • Early Olympians consumed figs while training.
  • A half-cup of figs has as much calcium as a half cup of milk.
  • Figs, not apples, may have been grown in the Garden of Eden
  • Fig Newton cookies made their debut in 1892.

Did you know? Fig puree can replace fat/sugar in baked goods? Well neither did I until fairly recently a fig puree can be used as a sugar and fat substitution.

Just combine 8 ounces of fresh figs and 1/4 -1/3 cup of water in a blender; puree until smooth. If using dried figs, soak figs in water until softened before pureeing. Use as you would applesauce in baked recipes, as a substitution for both fat and sugar. Replace up to half the fat in a recipe with fig puree, and reduce or eliminate the sugar required.

Or use the puree as a spread over toast and fruits; or thin it out with more water and use as a liquid sweetener for coffee, drinks and in place of honey or maple syrup in your recipes…To read more about the humble fig here is a previous post…

I can’t finish without a tune...Art Garfunkel of Simon and Garfunkel fame was born on the 5th of November 1941…One of my favorites… Bridge over troubled Water…is a beautiful song and often used to express or represent a person, a friend or loved one…

The line “Sail on, silver girl” is often reputed to refer to a needle (meaning the song is about heroin) but it actually refers to Simon’s girlfriend (and later wife) Peggy Harper who found a few gray hairs and was upset. The lyric was meant as a joke – Simon calling her “Silver Girl” because of her hair.

That’s all from me for this week I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 creative week ahead xx