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Walnuts…one of my favourite nuts and as Sally tells us very good for our health…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

As a follow on from the recent series on the Weekly Grocery Shopping List of foods that contain the nutrients the body needs I am going to repeat my series from 2017 on the health benefits of some of our most common foods.

Food therapy is a broad term for the benefits to the body of a healthy, varied and nutritional diet of fresh foods.

Most of us walk through the fresh produce departments of our supermarkets without really paying much attention to the individual fruits and vegetables. This is a great pity because the vast majority of these foods have been cultivated for thousands of years, not only for their nutritional value but also for their medicinal properties. If you eat a healthy diet you are effectively practising preventative medicine. A robust immune system, not only attacks external opportunistic pathogens but also works to prevent rogue cells in the body from developing into serious disease.

NOTE – If you are on any prescribed medication do not take yourself off it without consultation with your doctor. If you follow a healthy eating programme and lose weight and are exercising you may not need the same dose and with your doctor’s agreement, you may be able to reduce or come off the medication altogether.

Walnuts are all they are cracked up to be!

Please click the link below to have a read about all the health benefits that little nut can provide there are also some lovely recipes using Walnuts of course…Enjoy!

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…

I woke to rain today and it has been drizzling all morning which is unusual we normally get spectacular tropical storms and then the sun…The temp is around 25C/77F which is lovely just right…

cartoon duck in the rain

I saw this the other day and it is beautiful…I just had to share it…

I do hope you enjoyed this as much as I did..x

Today I haven’t so much cooking I went shopping the highlight of my week but we have run out of a couple of things…I did pick up some lovely purple shard though and some beautiful very fine beans which only seem to be in season for a short while and of course passion fruit…

I also had quite a lot of bread pieces in the freezer so decided to make a bread pudding nothing gets wasted here…From scrap pieces of bread, the end of the loaf it all makes breadcrumbs, croutons, garlic bread or if you save them in a bag or pot in the freezer they make a lovely bread or bread and butter pudding today it is bread pudding so hubby is happy as will be the neighbours…

 

Bread Pudding Recipe or bread and Butter Pudding…

All this COVID-19 and BLM especially has really upset me…it has also really got to me so from now on I am only reporting good news because I am going to turn everything else off …That’s it…Good news only…

What a beautiful heart this boy has …

Does sweat from someone infected with COVID-19 have a unique scent? Researchers in Paris, and elsewhere, believe it does—and we now know dogs can sniff it out.

A new study from researchers at the national veterinary school in Alfort, outside Paris, trained 8 Belgian Malinois shepherds to identify the smell of COVID-19 in the sweat of infected individuals.

The dogs’ overall success rate was near-perfect, correctly guessing an average of 95% of samples. Four dogs successfully identified a positive COVID sweat sample 100% of the time.

Our four-legged friends certainly prove time and time again how accurate their sense of smell is …

The British rock band played the last of six sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, US. the three-hour set included hits such as “The Song Remains the Same”, Since I’ve Been Loing You” Stairway to Heaven” and ‘Whole Lotta Love.” The band broke up following the death of drummer John Bonham on Sept 25, 1980.

https://youtu.be/xbhCPt6PZIU

 

June 17, 1939

The German liner St. Louis arrives in Belgium. It had been on a month-long voyage carrying more than 900 Jews attempting to escape the Nazis by travelling from Germany to Cuba. All but 28 passengers were turned away by the Cuban, U.S., and Canadian governments and returned to Europe where many died in the Holocaust. These events were the basis of the 1976 film Voyage of the Damned.

It was also the day when one of my favourite singers was born…American Emmy-Tony-Grammy-winning singer Barry Manilow think Mandy (1975, #1), I Write the Songs (1976, #1), and did you know he sang the McDonald’s jingle You Deserve a Break Today? but Barry also sang many other medleys and jingles especially when he first started out…Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr.Pepper…

He really is a talented singer and a funny man…Are you a Fanilow?  He also composed the soundtracks to the animated films Thumbelina (1994) and The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

Such a lovely fairytale…

Before I go it is also...I nearly forgot…National Eat All Your Vegetable Day…But I won’t bore you with another veggie recipe…

That’s it for this week…Take care stay safe and be well …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.

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 and stay safe these are troubling times xx

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month…

We love our veggies…always have as do our children and grandchildren and a big proportion of our plates are always filled with vegetables…Lily’s all-time favourites are broccoli and cabbage raw or cooked she loves it…Aston’s …Morning Glory or Thai water spinach is the only meat-free dish he will eat with just rice as for other veggies he eats them all …he is not a fan of eggplants or carrots unless they are raw…but no body likes everything do they and they are such good vried eaters that I can forgive not eating a couple of veggies…

Purple vegetables are our favourites at the moment…carrots, sweet potato, eggplants, chard and red cabbage…

Oh! and just saying…It is also National FUDGE Day…

Some of our favourite recipes…

There is no second-guessing kids is there.?.. Our grandson Aston went to the local shop to get a treat for after his dinner…He came back with a big bunch of Morning Glory which is Thai water spinach he had it as an extra vegetable last night and requested it again tonight…

morning glory fresh from the market

Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Morning Glory
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 or more Thai Chillies
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Thai Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of fermented soybean paste or oil with soya beans ( optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh veg or pork stock


Let’s Cook!

Wash and cut your morning-glory into 4-6 inch pieces.
Bash the chillies and garlic in a pestle and mortar
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry ( stirring) for 15-20 seconds be careful not to let the garlic burn.

Stirfried Morning Glory
Add morning-glory and all other ingredients except for the vegetable stock.
Stir-fry for 40 seconds and add vegetable stock and stir-fry for another 10 seconds.
Serve with steamed rice or as a side dish.
Enjoy!

This next vegetable stir fry uses Lily flowers, Ceylon Spinach and purple beans…

The cream coloured flower buds are called Daylily ดอกไม้จีน usually used in soups and very popular with Thais and often used in herbal medicine and healing but also used in stir-fries. The other vegetable is one I hadn’t seen before so we thought we would give it try…

 

We stir-fried ours with the Ceylon Spinach and it was very nice. The Ceylon spinach had a sort of beetroot taste. It is also used in natural medicine here and is believed to have many healing properties…

vegetable stir fry

We just washed and cut and stir-fried with a little garlic and oyster sauce it made a nice vegetable side dish. It was a vegetable which none of us had seen or tried before and which I love about this market as the food is local and many of the fruits and vegetables not really grown commercially but by local people and farmers. The red Noodle snake beans were also a new variety for me very similar to the green and quite a rare bean so I will enjoy them while I can. It holds its colour when cooked and ideal for salads and stir-fries.

green and red snake beans

Notice how they are tied now with banana leaf and a bamboo tie instead of in a plastic bag and I think it is so much nicer isn’t it?

Now for fudge…Well, it is National Fudge Day…

This fudge is more of a butter tablet fudge a little crumbly not soft and chewy like a fudge made with condensed milk it is an old recipe handed down to me… the brown sugar gives it a caramel colour…

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Caramel Fudge…

  • 2 cups (450 g) Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup (225 g) Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1 tbsp (14 g) butter
  • 1 tsp  vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (170 g) walnuts, salted or unsalted (optional)

Let’s Cook!

Stir together the sugar, milk, and butter over medium heat until it reaches a boil. Continue to cook the sugar mixture until it reaches the soft ball stage when it reads 235°F (118°C) on a candy thermometer. You can also tell if the mixture has reached the soft ball stage if you drop a bit of the sugar mixture into cold water and it forms into a soft ball.

Once it has reached the soft ball stage, remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until it thickens and becomes creamy in texture, then stir in the walnuts (if using).

Pour into a lined tin and let it set for at least 3 hours…

I will follow up with my second fudge recipe on Saturday as I have been making doner kebab meat, tortilla wraps as well as fudge today and I need to write …

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have enjoyed the recipes…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.

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!

Be safe and stay well xxx

Recycling and Climate Change…15th June 2020…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. ..many countries are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases and in light of recent developments around the world I am guessing it is not over yet…here in Thailand we are not many days of declaring ourselves Covid-19 free…fingers crossed.

But let’s not dwell on what we have no control over and do our bit to stay safe and well and look at the good things happening and the things we can control in our daily lives…

The bamboo we have plenty of it here and I love eating the soft stems of bamboo it is lovely in soup or stir-fries…It is also used for structural purposes here. Bamboo as a building material has high compressive strength and low weight it has been one of the most used building material as support for concrete, especially in those locations where it is found in abundance.

Packaging for food and containers is also another use here as I mentioned last week…A comment from trishthetrout made me think and of course start doing some research…Thank you, Trish 🙂

Bamboo textile is any cloth, yarn, or clothing made from bamboo fibres. Sounds promising, doesn’t it?

Examples include clothing such as shirt tops, pants, socks for adults and children as well as bedding such as sheets and pillow covers. Bamboo yarn can also be blended with other textile fibres such as hemp or spandex. Bamboo is an alternative to plastic that is renewable and can be replenished at a fast rate…you can almost watch bamboo grow…

However…as with many claims there is a BUT…I haven’t researched this fully but many claims made about the properties of buying bamboo bedding and clothing it seems maybe false… companies have been charged with false antimicrobial claims when the fibre has been made with rayon.

Some links supporting the use of natural fibres from bamboo and other plants:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/life/social-and-lifestyle/1831754/saving-the-planet-one-stitch-at-a-time

https://scialert.net/fulltext/?doi=ajt.2012.44.50

I think it is very exciting but will take more research before it becomes available to a wider market for textiles and clothing at the moment it is more of a niche market.

Batteries…Often the source of discussion …

Not always easily and safely disposed of…There is an ongoing controversy about the mining of cobalt and lithium…but as always there is much research into alternatives which are as good but cheaper and safer…

As you know I love trees, forests and jungles even a little copse they all house their own beauty to me and sense of peace and calm…

What is tree cover loss…

Global Forest Watch explains:

Tree cover loss is not the same as deforestation. “Tree cover” can refer to trees in plantations as well as natural forests, and “tree cover loss” is the removal of tree canopy due to human or natural causes, including fire. The data presented here do not take tree restoration or regeneration into account and are therefore not an indication of net change. Focusing on tree cover loss within undisturbed humid tropical primary forests, however, allows us to highlight some of the world’s most critical forest areas where loss is likely to have long-term impacts.

The tropics lost 11.9 million hectares of tree cover in 2019, according to data from the University of Maryland, released today on Global Forest Watch.

https://blog.globalforestwatch.org/data-and-research/global-tree-cover-loss-data-2019?

Humankind relies heavily on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems to survive and flourish, whether that’s through the bees that pollinate our crops, marine species that keep the oceans healthy and a dependable source of food or the ever-expanding array of creatures that prove the source of life-saving medicines. As these species disappear due to habitat destruction, wildlife trade, pollution and climate change, so too do essential parts of a delicate system we depend on for our well-being.

When humanity exterminates populations and species of other creatures, it is sawing off the limb on which it is sitting, destroying working parts of our own life-support system,” says Ehrlich.“The conservation of endangered species should be elevated to a national and global emergency for governments and institutions, equal to climate disruption to which it is linked.

This little child’s book is a lovely book which is all about the Bees and other animals fight to survive…written by Paul  Noel it can be found to purchase on Amazon… The bee is also one of the endangered species and we need to educate children as well as their parents on what we can do to ensure their survival as those little bees are important to our survival…Don’t forget that!

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Silent Spring is a follow up to Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. In that story, Bea (Beatrice) and the inhabitants of the meadow fought off some developers who wanted to build houses all over it. In this second story, the bees and many of the other creatures are starting to feel ill during the spring of that year. Some bees mention that there is a strange smell in the air, different from the normal ones that arrive with the season. Even though everything looks normal in the meadow to the people walking through it, there is an eerie silence and with Doctor Bee recommending to some of the songbirds that they rest their voices it is not hard to understand why. The problem gets worse and some bees are found lost and confused and unable to fly so have to be rescued. Doctor Bee and her nurses become very busy treating the bumblebees, the solitary bees and many of the meadow’s other inhabitants that aren’t feeling well.

Good News!

The Nature Conservancy, one of the oldest nonprofit organizations dedicated to the preservation of lands, animals, and rivers, has just purchased a large tract adjacent to the majestic Zion National Park for $4.3 million to preserve the ecosystem enshrined within the famous canyon.

The picturesque 419-acre Utah property called Sheep Bridge includes a 2-mile stretch of the Virgin River, which is relied upon as a water source for Washington County residents.

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The river itself eroded one of Zion’s many canyons, and it was snapped up by the Virginia-based Nature Conservancy as part of a greater effort by advocacy groups to protect the area around Zion from development.

The shipping sector has been on my radar for a long time…not only do some of these cruise ships regularly flout waste and dumping laws but because many are built to last it means that urgent action on emissions from existing ships is the key to tackling shipping’s impact on climate change.

It is no longer viable to state they are waiting for new low carbon ships to enter their fleets they need to focus attention on decarbonising and retrofitting existing ships, rather than just rely on new, more efficient ships to achieve the necessary carbon reductions required in line with Paris Agreement targets, according to a University of Manchester study published today in the new journal BMC Energy.

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The research highlights the multiple ways that ships can cut their committed emissions, such as travelling at slower speeds, fitting new renewable technologies such as Flettner rotors, connecting to grid electricity while in port, and retrofitting other energy-saving measures.

That’s all for this week…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and 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 stay safe and healthy xx

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 7th June-13th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Coconut Ice(again)…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

 

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…8th June 2020

Mutant Bacterial Enzymes, floating offshore wind platforms so many inventive solutions to the world’s climate and recycling problems…young people taking a stand in good ways…that gives us hope…for me it is the using of bamboo and banana leaves..utilising what nature gives us…simple but effective…Beautiful bamboo tableware and packaging…

Enjoy the read…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/08/recycling-and-climate-change8th-june-2020/

Tuesday: National Donald Duck Day and National Rhubarb Day…

National Donald Duck Day today as well as being Strawberry and rhubarb pie day…

Who doesn’t love Donald Duck? Rhubarb and strawberries a match made in heaven…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/09/i-know-it-is-donald-duck-day-but/

Wednesday: A day for Whimsey and Honey…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-honey-propolis-thousands-of-years-of-history-and-health/

Whimsey this week meant Bluebell woods, trees and more trees, it meant recipes…Homemade Mustard…It meant Princetons first Black Valedictorian from the class of 2020 what took them so long was the question on some peoples lips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/10/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-33/

Enjoy the read…

Thursday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘K’ for Kale, Ketchup, Kippers and Kanom Moo Krob (Crispy Pork and Kale)

It is the day when Sally welcomes you to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and she said: “I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year”.

Kale...is a wonderful vegetable and one of my favourites with pork it is a delicious dish…Kippers, Ketchup, Kaffir Limes, Kielbassa, Kugel, Kidney Beans so much more than just kale to discover…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-k-for-k-for-kale-ketchup-kippers-and-kanom-moo-krob-crispy-pork-and-kale/

Friday: Project 101 – Resilience – Acidity/Alkalinity pH Balance for Health Part One and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin

Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with Covid- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-one-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

Saturday: Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/13/saturday-snippets-3/

Lastly… I just love roundups…Like many of you, I don’t always get the time to read every single post …This week I have been on to WP as I can’t like posts, I can’t always see all my comments it takes time to do that…intermittent faults I agree with Jim it either works or it doesn’t..who invented the sometimes?…,

I have been testing out recipes, cleaning, researching, shopping, writing, washing, writing, sleeping, trying to improve my photography skills, sorting out cupboards., reading, cooking with Lily…I think by now you get the gist…we all have busy lives and a roundup is just great for me…I also purchased another book…from a roundup..Silent Heroes which I am looking forward to reading.

This is Sally’s weekly roundup which is full of lots of books, reviews, recipes, health and music and laughter as we all agree here that laughter is the best medicine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-7th-13th-june-2020-free-book-marketing-abba-kippers-tomato-salad-and-a-feast-of-authors-books-and-laughter/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and 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 stay safe and healthy xx

Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

Yesterday was a marathon cook in…I had made bread the day before yesterday it was mango chutney and the tomatoes, garlic and peppers in the oven for the tomato and red pepper soup more coconut ice was requested and I also made a strawberry mousse using my mum’s recipe that was as well as brunch and making flatbreads for the Indian curry.

Today is also National Cucumber Day and National Kitchen Klutzes Day…

Cucumbers …well I always thought of cucumber as a vegetable it is, however, a fruit…low in calories and cucumbers are great pickled...they contain a good amount of water and soluble fibre…I have even seen them stir-fried here…

I didn’t get to try that one we were at a wake and the ladies were preparing mountains of food and one of dishes was a huge pot of cucumber and other vegetables with aromatics being stir-fried over a fire…I am also guessing huge amounts of chillies went into the mix as well…so much food I missed tasting that one…

Cucumbers are about 95% water and a good snack if you are counting calories and they will keep you hydrated I always keep some in the fridge as the grandson loves to snack on cucumbers they are easy to eat the cucumbers her here are small so a nice size…

I use them mainly in salads or pickle them and I don’t mind a cucumber sandwich although I haven’t had one of those for a while…sandwiches are not something eaten very much here.

As it is also kitchen klutz day I better fess up…I have burnt the eggs and the chutney and also should have used a bigger container…

Crumpet malfunction the jug runneth over …The recipe…

Kitchen Shortcuts...

No peeling potatoes…Yeah!

We all have our favourite family go to films don’t we where we open the prosecco and the chocolates and just binge-watch for a couple of hours…I didn’t realise how long ago this was…It was 1978 when the film “Grease” opened, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John it was based on the 1971 musical…

Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School.

By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. …  its original production was in Chicago, Grease was a raunchy, raw, aggressive, vulgar show then… Subsequent productions sanitized it and toned it down. Finally in1980: The Broadway musical Grease closed after 3,883 performances.

The Grease we know and love was born…

It was hard to pick a favourite…Tell me about it Stud…Rizzo…Summer Nights…

Mother nature is awesome …Cruel, marvellous and just downright scary…

Luckily no lives were lost but homes and possessions were…just watching it was just unbelievable but it happened and there was a happy ending for one little furry pet…

I don’t think anyone is going to forget the year 2020...It has just gone from one thing to another and in quick succession, I am sure I am not alone when I wonder how it will all end…we are now in the month of June and it shows no sign of things slowing down…

Indeed you couldn’t make it up, could you?

Has it taught me anything…?… Yes, it has taught me how fragile our hold on life is…It has taught me how kind people can be…it has taught me how many things in life we rely on …it has taught me who I can rely on…it has also shown me things I really don’t wish to witness …a side where if people looked at history as a whole instead of cherry-picking the parts to fit their causes…the cancel culture has got seriously out of hand…Little Britain,The League of Gentlemen have all come under unwarranted scrutiny and have been delegated to the memory hole…The kangaroo court of correct thinking has found these to be offensive… they are comedy classics..Use the off switch…it has shown me how much is really wrong with this world and so much which is right…

I was  saddened to hear that Welsh singer Ricky Valance has died aged 84 following a battle against dementia.

An agent for the Tell Laura I Love Her star confirmed the sad news on Friday.

Ricky was born in Ynysddu, Monmouthshire, Wales in April 1939 and was named David Spencer and began a career in music after initially serving in the military.

R.I.P….Remembered through his music…

Take care all of you…xxx

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practise social distancing.

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 and stay safe these are troubling times xx