Category Archives: The Orangutan

My Weekly Roundup…Kiviak and Chrismas Jumpers…

Recipes and reveals what is in our food

Welcome, it’s that time of the week again and if you busy peeps have not had time to read my posts and there are a few…lol…They are all together here for your enjoyment. It is also a very busy time buying pressies, wrapping pressies and decking the house inside and out if you are one of those people who put up all those lovely lights…Then thank you as I used to enjoy getting in the car and driving around it is so lovely seeing some of the house so very festive and pretty…If you are one of those then please send in your pictures we would love to see them…

Time to sit down take a well-earned rest and enjoy!Carbon Footprints

Deforestation...Started as a plea to raise awareness of the plight of the Orangutan…But the picture which is evolving is showing that the problem is so much bigger than that… The response has been both enlightening and pleasing …

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/26/deforestation-and-our-carbon-footprint/

Eat Smart Eat Healthily is my last post on this subject this side of Christmas as many of you have done so well and eating is to be enjoyed so I left you with just a few hints and tips on how you can both enjoy guilt-free festivities and still enjoy that Christmas pudding x See you in the New Year.

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/27/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-more-diets/

It was over to Sally’s for health tips and recipes …The Lovely Cranberry…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/christmas-smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-cranberries-bittersweet/

Waste Not, Want Not! Is proving to be a popular topic and the response has been awesome…I am loving what I am learning and much more about what is going on in the world…

fresh compost green wastehttps://blondieaka.com/2018/11/29/waste-not-want-not-part-7/

Likewise with my monthly posts and my serial on the Culinary Alphabet over at Esme’s Salon…This month it was the letter K and I tried to find some festive dishes and failed but I hope I found some interesting little snippets for you.

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-k/

Friday’s Christmas treats and traditions is proving to be popular and I wish to thank everyone for their contributions and there are more unknown facts coming up this week… They just keep coming xxx Isn’t he cute?

 

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/30/christmas-traditionstreats-and-festive-fun/

Lastly, with all that rich food… no one likes a dodgy tummy…Do we? So pop over to Sally’s and see how you can avoid it…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-allergies-and-intolerances-dairy-leaky-gut/

Thank you so much for reading these posts I do hope you have enjoyed them…Until next time Take care, have fun and enjoy the festive season 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

Palm Oil…Part Two…Indigenous Tribes, Orangutans and the Ozone Layer

Ozone layer Orangutan Indigenous Tribes

Palm Oil

As a fresh food, Palm Oil can benefit your health like helping reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of arterial thrombosis. Unfortunately, much of the commonly used palm oil is in an oxidized form— that is to say, processed.

Once the oil is oxidized, it poses health dangers such as reproductive toxicity and organ toxicity, impacting organs such as the kidneys and lungs.

One of the tropical oils (along with coconut oil and palm kernel oil), it’s made from the fruit of oil palm trees.

Cheap to produce it produces up to nine times more oil per hectare than its closest counterpart, when it was announced that all trans fats must be declared on food packaging many food manufacturers ditched trans fats and looked to trans fat-free palm oil instead.

At what cost though?… I have read the arguments put forth by none other than the WWF about job losses and how it could affect whole villages however what about the habitat of the wildlife, the rainforests which are razed to the ground and the indigenous tribes who lose their homes. I know they are pressing for sustainable Palm Oil production but is that happening fast enough? In the meantime, many manufacturers and governments are razing the rainforest and the fires are having a negative effect on the environment…

It was only in June this year that fires were reported in Jakarta and although the government has banned this practice it still goes on…A combination of what is believed to be the result of the hot season and widespread open burning for agricultural purposes was the cause…Thousands of hectares of land are being burnt for Palm Oil Plantations Now I don’t know if this is to do with the sustainable palm oil or just Palm Oil BUT killing forests and peat land it is just awful…

How can we avoid products containing Palm Oil ?…

As a label reader, the answer to that is it is quite difficult as Palm Oil is marketed under many different names…

Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hydrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol.

Who is going to remember all of those?

I think the easy way is to look for these two images on a bottle or package…If the bottle or package doesn’t display these symbols put them back…

Even if you don’t cook with palm oil you almost certainly will eat or use it …Palm Oil is in about 50% of all packaged products sold in supermarkets… Such as Pizza, Biscuits, Baby Food, Margarine, lipstick, cleaning products to name a few…

This link will inform you of what everyday products Palm Oil is in and why…

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil

This link has a cruelty Free shopping guide PLUS a pro forma of a letter you could use to contact YOUR local supermarket or store. I do hope that you will contact your local store or their head office if we all did that it would them know we are serious and if that doesn’t elicit a response then don’t buy their products…Hit them where it hurts …In their pockets.

http://www.bunnyarmy.org/articles/list-palm-oil-unsustainable-companies.html

Companies who do comply …are ones which I will do my very best to ensure that I buy their products are in the link below… However many companies still use Palm Oil in certain products so please don’t be fooled make sure you check the labels… I know it is time-consuming particularly if we are busy but I am making my own list slowly and if I am not sure I check it out when I get home and then know for next time…

https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/palm-oil-free-list

The top three UK companies are

  • Waitrose
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Sainsbury’s

Iceland has stated, “By the end of 2018, 100% of our own brand food will contain no palm oil. We are the first UK supermarket to commit to removing palm oil from all own brand food.” When the ethical consumer is sure that this commitment has been implemented they will update Iceland’s rating.

Let’s hope that running their ad was not just hype although Richard Walker, Iceland Managing Director said:

“Our stranded, distressed orangutan is a stark and potent symbol of the effects of deforestation for palm oil. We always try to give people a real choice about what they buy and this was a key driver of our decision to allow Iceland customers to join us in an orangutan friendly Christmas. I am immensely proud of the work our food development team has carried out to create this new Christmas range without palm oil – a celebration of our commitment to end its use before the year closes.”

Have you seen Rang- Tan in London?

I hope many of you will now do your best to avoid Palm Oil as it is such a threat to wildlife, indigenous tribes and the environment we must or we will have nothing for the future generations so much will be lost forever…

I applaud those companies who are taking steps and hope we can speak as consumers and parents and ensure we only buy products that we know are made using either an alternative to Palm Oil or using sustainable Palm Oil although I and it seems many have doubts about how sustainable it is…More work needed in that area methinks…

Thank you so much for reading 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 you will be made welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

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Weekly Roundup! Recipes and Rants…Christmas Trivia, Palm Oil and how to cook the perfect Turkey…

Recipes and reveals what is in our food

Wow, the weeks are just flying by now aren’t they and I am sure that many of you have got your Christmas socks out and are putting those feet up for a well-deserved rest… It is certainly starting to get a bit crazy out there so grab a cuppa put those feet up. Relax and enjoy …

I am really enjoying writing these short stories from the prompts which Lorna @ Gin & Lemonade is providing #10 was last weeks and it was Time Warp…I hope you enjoy…

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https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/11/a-short-story-10-prompt-time-warp/

Next prompted by a Facebook advert my post was on the plight of the endangered Orangutan, Indigenous tribes and our ecosystem…I was absolutely astounded on discovering the fact that Palm Oil is in almost everything we use and eat…Part Two will be published tomorrow…

The Orangutan and Palm Oil (1)

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/12/the-orangutan-versus-palm-oil-part-one/

It has been a few weeks of discovery for me in so much as I have been reading comment after comment on various subjects and all pretty much the same and then today about the death of yet another alternative practitioner and it has seriously made me question things and join up the dots …So many comments yet nothing is done…The thoughts on why are becoming more obvious and very scary…

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Some of you are now experiencing some cold weather…Winter is coming in some parts of the world…Not here I will add…I have written about breakfast first meal of the day and given some recipes and examples…

 

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/13/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-to-diets/

My weekly Cookery column over at Sally’s was about Turkey this week a post from last year when Sally and I were working in collaboration and Sally gives you all the lowdown on the health benefits and I provide the recipes so one stop reading… and her comment are quite true we need to catch one of our Turkeys first…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/christmas-smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-turkey-if-you-can-catch-it-you-can-eat-it/

Then it is over to Waste Not, Want Not... I hope I am not beginning to sound like a one-woman crusader…lol…

tomatoes banana leaves

I am very packaging aware now and have been pleasantly surprised that although Asia produces so much waste plastic packaging is becoming more environmentally friendly and shops are utilising what they have for example banana leaves and using it more and more for packaging see my tomatoes in their little banana leaf basket…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/15/waste-not-want-not-2/

It is now the turn of Fun Fridays and Traditions, Treats and Trivia I do hope you are enjoying the read…

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Shout Out!

Please send me pics of YOUR Christmas Sweater is it funny, ugly or sexy…We want to see them…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/16/christmas-traditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia/

Lastly, a cause dear to my heart as our daughter is a lifelong Asthma Sufferer …Sally with her good advice on how it is possible to alleviate symptoms…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/smorgasbord-health-column-a-z-of-common-conditions-asthma-causes-and-management/

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

The Orangutan versus Palm Oil…Part One!

Orangutan Palm Oil

Good morning, I hope you are all well and happy… Have you got your Christmas decorations up yet? I know many people start really early and don’t all those displays look beautiful when they are all lit up at night?

How has your day gone? Or maybe it is still morning or the night before for you given all the differences in the time zones… It is morning here and many ( they wake up) early here…have had their morning shower…which is a tad cold at this time of year we don’t have a power shower and to many people here, a shower is a bucket of water…

Get to the point, Carol…I hear you…Lol…Just humor me…Please xxx

Perhaps you woke up this morning, had a shower, shampooed your hair, brushed your teeth, and had a slice of toast with margarine for breakfast because you are trying to avoid the dairy industry?

Off to work…and your friend gave you a cookie/biscuit with the cuppa she made you and it is such a busy day today those phones did not stop ringing so you both agree on Pizza for lunch… Before you went home you remembered it was your turn to wash the coffee cups using the one washing up liquid your mum always used…Fairy Liquid…Ahhhhh

But what is behind or on the label?

https://theecologist.org/2009/feb/05/behind-label-fairy-liquid

Home at last and a quick sluice to freshen up with your favourite wet wipes and on goes a load of washing…Phew, a woman’s work is never done…

Dinner over now time to put up your feet…grab a bowl popcorn time for some Netflix.

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Convenient and delicious, but do not buy microwave popcorn as it most always contains palm oil.

 

You watch the news ..Iceland has had its Christmas Advert banned…

Some questions for you?

  1. Do you know how much Palm Oil you have consumed today?
  2. How would you feel if suddenly your home was demolished with you in it?
  3. Would the Iceland Christmas advert upset or offend you?

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Look at that cute little face... Orangutans are one of the most intelligent primates…The females are wonderful caring mothers and there is plenty of evidence to show that orangutans take part in social learning practices with their young. They are one of the few animals that are known to do this. For example, a mother may teach her young how to make a tool to scratch its back with or how to use rocks to open up foods.

But the latest figures showing a massive decline in their population is alarming, to say the least…

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/15/dramatic-decline-in-borneos-orangutan-population-as-150000-lost-in-16-years

I think the time has come for us/me and I am aware but hands up I didn’t know how many products Palm oil was in…Did you?

I do now and I feel ashamed, I feel I should be doing more and not buying those products which contain palm oil and to search for companies like Iceland who have pledged to have no products containing Palm Oil for sale in their stores by the end of 2018.

What is Palm oil?

Palm oil is used as a cooking oil and in packed food products, confectionery, soups, crackers, and margarine. It can also be used for non-consumptive purposes, such as in soaps and detergents. Naturally, one of palm oil’s biggest assets is its many potential utilities. After soybean oil, it is the most used edible oil on earth.

As a fresh food, it contains health benefits like reduction of blood pressure and the risk of arterial thrombosis. Unfortunately, much of the commonly used palm oil is in an oxidized form— that is to say, processed

Once the oil is oxidized, it poses health dangers such as reproductive toxicity and organ toxicity, impacting organs such as the kidneys and lungs.

There are companies who use sustainable sources in the production of Palm Oil and if we are using oil in the home there are many products which use sustainable palm oil or a substitute like Coconut oil.

Google is a wonderful tool and we should all be using it more or subscribing to organizations which can be helpful in helping us make decisions …We should also not be so blindly accepting of manufacturers or TV advertising…Many products have few regulations and they are a manufacturers dream because they can outright LIE to the consumer and do…

Just an example…If a product states Pasture raised or free range there is no labeling standard…Labels should say Humanely Certified or have an equivalent regulated label…We need to know our labels and make a concerted effort or risk losing more than we gain …

It isn’t just the animal population it is indigenous people and our own health… I wonder how many of you will watch this video and leave me a comment?

If you are still here with me and reading then Thank you…I know I rant but we live in a beautiful world and let’s all make our New Year Resolution count this year…

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 you will be made welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Part Two on Palm Oil and which products contain Palm Oil and which don’t or it is sustainably produced will be published next Monday…x

 

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