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One piece of advice! Dare to dream…

I am taking part in the April Ultimate Blog Challenge which is a daily blog post for the month of April…A post with a prompt will be issued for each day where you can go with the prompt or a post of your choosing…

It is Day 5 today and the prompt…One piece of advice?

Dare to dream...Is my one piece of advice…Every great dream begins with a dreamer…Starting with this video…I could have chosen Elaine Paige, Ann Hathaway, Ruthie Henshall but this lady shows without a doubt we can all… Have a Dream…

I grew up in the ’50s  my dad always wanted a son to carry on the family line instead he got 3 daughters…I worked hard at school…Of course, I had my dreams…My mum used to say very nice dear when I did well at school…My dad…Not a lot…I was always told girls grow up and get married…So I did…

I still had my dreams…

Why? I can hear you all saying.

Choices, circumstances, call it what you may….. sometimes we have to just be brave, go with the flow, listen to our hearts, be a little selfish…..yes why not…… years ago and I mean years ago I wanted to study Law…..I got these looks, comments…why Carol? You have a good job, you have a family why…all these puzzled looks…..why? For me, because I wanted to……so I enrolled…… time to study!

” Mum, Can I? Mum, can you? it didn’t stop…

Enter my friend Gilly…….My neighbour, confidante, shoulder to cry on, my independent career driven friend who had no children of her own… my kids were her kids…..for sleepovers, cooking, storytelling and she had plenty of those…..

In she came…..like a stern maiden aunt…..even, I was a tad afraid…..” Now listen to me kids; your mum was herself before she was your mum…….when she is studying…because she wants to…YOU….do not disturb her…anything you want you are to ask before or wait until after she has finished studying ”

To me, she said ” you shut the door and you study, you do not answer any knocks, pleadings, wants ”

” Yes, Ma’am ”…She was one fierce lady…haha

So in I go,  sat down..books open, pen at the ready….” Knock, Knock, mum?”

From me…nada..no response…..it got a bit louder…..then went away……came back and tried again…..but after a few days of this ….the kids got the message…I got peace and quiet to study…….yehhhh…so I suppose what I have learnt through life is we all love our kids, we want to do our best for them but a doormat we ain’t and we all need our me time and everyone is happier for this and do you know?

My dear departed friend Gilly made me see that and made me realise that I should “Dare to Dream “

I miss you Gilly……. so much but your spirit is with me…and your pictures ( the painting), The hot air balloons going up, up and away over Weston, my ” Crazy Dancing Cow “ is on my desk…yes, she came with me……..you are in my heart, you are my inspiration and we all have so many memories of fun times shared R.I.P, my friend,.

Dancing cow diva figurine

 

35 plus years later.

When one of your children tells you that you are why they are what they are today and they are proud of  YOU ……….you know you have done something right among all the things you got wrong…and no one is perfect..not me, not you..no one……….But I dared to dream

So good luck with your choices which make you realise your dream..don’t beat yourself up if they don’t turn out quite as you wanted but a little bit of self-belief goes a long way…you tried….. every day is a new day.

AND on that Saturday when…I got to see, to hold, to turn the pages of our book for the first time…my very first offerings to the world in print ……… Now, who would have thought…if I had written my future 20 years ago  I would have got it totally wrong!

I would not be living here in sunny Thailand……….I would not be blogging, I would not be… again…I had a dream, some say ” lucky you,” You are so brave ( not sure I get that one), some may think very selfish …we cannot please all the people all of the time.

It all goes back to that opening line;

I had a dream, I dared to dream…

I just wish I had been a bit braver and followed my writing dream sooner…But I am living proof that you can dare to dream and dreams do come true…You just have to want it enough…Whatever your age…

So to conclude my one piece of advice is …Dare to Dream!

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 I bid you 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://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great weekend xx

 

The 4 earliest recorded food recipes…Beer, Nettles, Pyes and Wild Boar…

I am taking part in the April Ultimate Blog Challenge which is a daily blog post for the month of April…A post with a prompt will be issued for each day where you can go with the prompt or a post of your choosing…

The prompt today was Great Things that come in Fours!

You couldn’t make this up…@ numero 1…It is Beer…I could make any number of comments here but I won’t …Beer it is…

two beer glasses full to the top with a nice head

Image by RitaE from Pixabay

The  British, the Europeans, The Australians probably all think they have the monopoly on beer and its origins but…

Did you know? China is the largest producer and consumer of beer in the world?

In 2004, a separate archaeological team excavated two subterranean pits in Mijiaya, a site on a tributary of the Wei River in the Shaanxi Province. The pits, measuring about 12 feet (3.7 meters) and 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) deep, each housed a variety of clay artefacts, including wide-mouth pots, funnels, and narrow-mouthed vessels with a pointed bottom. Many of these artefacts had yellow residue on the inside surface.

The archaeologists also found the remains of a primitive stove in each pit. Based on the unique pottery style, the team deduced that the containers were likely from the late Yangshao period, which dates to between 3,500 and 2,900 B.C.

Coming in at number two are nettles…In 6000 B.C. nettles were used in cooking and a recipe dating back to there was uncovered by the University of Wales Institute during a 2007 investigation although they think that they could have been used as much as 2000 years earlier …

STINGING NETTLES

 

Dr Ruth Faichild explains how the nettles were used in the recipe…

 

Coming in at number 3 in 1700 BC...It was the Meat Pye…most probably not a meat pie as we know them now but a meat pie…History of the meat Pie…

meat-pie-514416_1280 (1)

It was the English who introduced the pye to Americans who are now quite famous for their Apple pies although I wouldn’t want to be judge between the ladies of either country if it came to a decision…as to the best Apple Pie…

The pye from as far back as the Romans when it was crude flour and water wrapped around meat and game before cooking and no way would you eat it…it was to retain meat juices and that was all sometimes even reeds were used to encase and cook the meat.

Over time pastry was enriched with fat and milk and began to vaguely resemble today’s shortcrust pasty.

 

Lastly at number 4 was the wild boar...The food and sport of ancient kings…In Roman times it was cleaned, sprinkled with salt and cumin then left until the next day when it was cooked and seasoned with black pepper…It was served with honey sauce or reduced wine sauces…

wild boar foraging in woods

It is still around now, in fact, we have many in Thailand although I haven’t heard much about hunting and eating them here although in the very rural villages then maybe they do…

Boar hunts were the realm of kings in the middle ages, but not quarries to be taken lightly.  “A charging boar is considered exceptionally dangerous quarry, due to its thick hide and dense bones, making anything less than a kill shot a potentially deadly mistake. Hunters have reported being butted up into trees by boars that have already taken a glancing shot.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boar_hunting

“Unlike the Romans for whom hunting boar was considered a simple pastime, the hunting of boars in Medieval Europe was mostly done by nobles for the purpose of honing the martial skill. It was traditional for the noble to dismount his horse once the boar was cornered and to finish it with a dagger. To increase the challenge, some hunters would commence their sport at the boars mating season, when the animals were more aggressive. Records show that wild boar were abundant in medieval Europe. This is correlated by documents from noble families and the clergy demanding tribute from commoners in the form of boar carcasses or body parts. In 1015 for example, the doge Ottone Orseolo demanded for himself and his successors the head and feet of every boar killed in his area of influence.

In this period, because of the lack of efficient weapons such as guns, the hunting of boars required a high amount of courage, and even the French king Philip IV died from falling off his horse when charged by a boar.”

Thank you for reading Day 4 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge …

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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://carolcooks2.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

 

 

 

Food Forensics…

I am taking part in the April Ultimate Blog Challenge which is a daily blog post for the month of April…A post with a prompt will be issued for each day where you can go with the prompt or a post of your choosing…

The prompt today was to share a book review...For personal bloggers like me, it could be connected to the topics that I blog about…

As you know I cook a bit and rant sometimes about the food industry…haha…I thought that would elicit some comments…

I decided as my focus has shifted somewhat over the last 12 months and those of you who know me also know those food manufacturers are not high on my list of best buddies…

The book I am reviewing is a book which is a little worn around the edges and one which I read regularly or parts of it and use it as a term of reference.

Food Forensics by Mike Adams also known as The Food Ranger…

food forensics book cover Mike Adams

I thought long and hard and also conducted some research before I purchased this book…I was impressed that …

The Natural News Forensic Food Lab where Mr Adams did this research is ISO 17025 accredited.  That accreditation depends on international standards for procedures and accuracy, regularly verified by third-party audit.  They follow standards from the AOAC (Association of Analytical Communities), EPA, NIST and FDA.

It is a book which if you are like me you like to know exactly what is in your food and not just one of the so many names which ingredients can go under but the proper names. Some of which I remembered from my school days but many which I had forgotten especially the symbols for some of the chemicals.

There is enough room in the margins for my notes…

The first read took me a while as I kept going back for reference of which there are many…I love it and it is definitely an eye opener …It covers everything and with easy to understand explanations of topics for someone like me but also very in-depth if you so wish…

It covers breakfast cereals spices, supplements, sodas, pet foods, fast food restaurants, heavy metals in foods and much more I don’t think he has left many stones unturned…

Not an easy read by a long way, very factual but I found it a page turner the more I read the more I wanted to know…I wanted to know the hidden toxins which lurk in our food and knowing what they are and what effect they have on the human body is mind-numbing… Now you know why I dislike those sneaky conniving manufacturers of our food…It is not a glamorous read with lots of pictures, it has lots of charts and references but my kind of reading…An excellent reference Book…

For me 5 stars.

Thank you for reading 🙂 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.

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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://carolcooks2.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