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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I shamelessly 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…Over the centuries much has happened in the month of February …Here however I only concentrate on the happy events…it certainly is a real action-packed month of happenings… so far we have had Torville and Dean, the discovery of penicillin, Respect from Aretha, beautiful cakes… well it is cake month, the VW camper van so many lovely happenings…and there is much more to come…

Who remembers Dolly the sheep?… If you don’t…then Dolly was a female domestic sheep…She was the first recorded/reported mammal to be cloned from a specific adult animal. Why was there was so much excitement by the birth of Dolly? Prior cloning of mice, sheep, cows even a fish were cloned with DNA from embryos.

Though Dolly was born in July 1996, her existence was announced to the public on 22 February 1997. It instantly created a sensation with Dolly gaining much attention in the media. There was a special report on Dolly in the Time Magazine and Science magazine featured her as the breakthrough of the year. Since then Dolly has been widely called “the world’s most famous sheep”.

Dolly sadly died on February 14th 2003…Valentines Day…

Did you know though? Dolly is named after famous country singer Dolly Parton who is the composer of many well-known songs like “I Will Always Love You”, “Jolene” and “Coat of Many Colors”. The reason behind it in Wilmut’s words the scientist who cloned Dolly is that “Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn’t think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton’s”.

Personally, I prefer this version of Jolene…Miley is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus …Dolly Parton is also Miley’s godmother…

Time for a story…

The Charade…Chapter 23

By Steph Richmond.

Joseph went to the station himself to pick her up, his man was still out scouring the streets looking for her.  She was indeed still unconscious. He scooped her up in his arms and carried her to his car and carefully, so as not to disturb her, took her back to his house.

   Sometime later she began to wake up, she opened her eyes to find herself in her room. It must have been a dream, she thought something had happened to her but she must be wrong, she was still in her room, but she felt cold and was shivering. She could hear voices outside her room but not what they were saying. She staggered as she climbed from the bed, feeling a little light-headed. She knocked into the sideboard and a small vase tumbled to the floor and smashed. The door immediately opened and Joseph was beside her helping her back into bed. “You should stay there a while longer, you’ve had quite an ordeal” He smiled kindly at her.

   “What happened?”

   “Carl came looking for you, but you’re back now so just rest up .”

   “What was Carl doing here, in your house? I saw him in town too. What does he want from me?” The events of the day were coming back to her gradually. “Why was I outside sleeping?”

   “It appears he drugged you and left you at the station to be found, I don’t know what he’s up to but you can be sure I will find out.” His face told her that he really meant it too. “Now sleep a little longer, we can talk when you’re rested.”

   She let him go but knew there would be no more sleep for her today. If Carl had got into here once he may try again. In her mind, she kept thinking about George and was concerned for his safety, yet she didn’t know why she felt that way. Her hand strayed to her throat, her necklace had gone, after a moment’s panic, she realized that she had hidden it. Reaching below the mattress she felt around until finally feeling her finger come into contact with her precious jewel. She sighed and relaxed.

   Joseph left the house and went into town, he needed to find out where Carl was and find out what was going on, although he already had a good idea. He wanted to sort this before Robert arrived.

   Evening fell over York, she thought it was time she put in an appearance. Joseph had been so kind that she wanted to see him. She entered the drawing-room and was faced with Joseph and Mr James, chatting in front of the fire. They both turned towards her as she entered the room.

   “Hello, how are you feeling now?” Joseph asked. Mr James just smiled at her. She thought she had rarely seen him smile, it made him look quite handsome.

   “Hello.” She said unsure of what was going on. “I feel fine, thank you.”

   “Please join us, I think there are some things we should talk about.” Joseph ushered her towards the sofa. “I’m glad to see you’re wearing Elizabeth’s necklace too.”

   There it was the mention of her mother again. “Mr James, have you seen George?”

   “Please call me Robert, No I haven’t found your George, you should tell me about him.”

   “George… elderly, has a grandson who helps him in his shop?” Joseph chipped in.

   “Yes, that’s him… you know him?”

   “Yes, he was your Mother’s gardener. A lovely gentleman and a very good gardener, I hope he was a good shopkeeper too. How do you know him?”

   “I met him in his shop, I think Carl might have tried to intimidate him, my Mum had a gardener?” She sat down suddenly realizing that maybe her Mum was more important than she had ever thought. All of this attention, no protection.  Her head began to spin.

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T.B.C

This week in music history…

Did you know?

On 18th February 1979, the Antiques Roadshow was first aired live on TV …My dads favourite Sunday night viewing …we all sat and watched and hoped we could find something valuable in our cupboards or lofts or lamented the fact that we had had some of the said magazines or toys and gave them away or never kept the boxes…

Who loves a G& T?…Who buys sustainable produce? Who cares for the environment?

Arbikie Highland Estate does...This Scottish Distillery has won many awards, made Vodka from potatoes and now has produced this gin using garden peas…It ticks all the boxes and this Gin is said not to taste of peas but to taste fruity and fresh…Served with ginger and a lime leaf it sounds the perfect tipple to me…

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https://www.msn.com/en-gb/foodanddrink/foodnews/a-scottish-distillery-has-created-the-first-climate-positive-gin-out-of-garden-peas/

Japan the home of invention…

The Japanese love Kitkats so much so that you will see flavours of KitKats that you hadn’t dreamt of…The rest of the world just looks on and drools…

The Japanese have just taken the Kitto Katto aka KitKat to us…and made it more climate-friendly…they have replaced the packaging with origami packaging…

Next Tuesday 25th February is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, in other words, Pancake Day…I love my pancakes thin, a little crispy around the edges with lots of lemon and a touch of sugar…How do you like your pancakes? Feel free to share your recipes…

pancake with lemon and sugar

The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes. That’s ‘flipping’ good’!

banana maple syrup pancakes

For my simple pancake recipe or one with walnuts and maple syrup which is quite yummy then please click here…

Also on this day ...February 18, 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous–and famously controversial–novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, the hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck’s story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was far more serious, focusing on the institution of slavery and other aspects of life in the antebellum South.

The character of Huck Finn is based on Tom Blankenship, the real-life son of a sawmill labourer and sometime drunkard named Woodson Blankenship, who lived in a “ramshackle” house near the Mississippi River behind the house where the author grew up in Hannibal, Missouri.

A book that I have been meaning to read again as it is a favourite from my childhood…

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 9th -15th February 2020…

ime to relax and have a read…My tea this morning was Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?… Tea or Coffee?

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Image by jamesoladujoye from Pixabay

Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…The cold spell has definitely eased somewhat the mornings now are just right a gentle sun and a light breeze…even the shower is bearable now and not a cold icy blast…

Let’s see what we have then…

Monday…

The day when I bring you the latest news and good practises and I also have my naughty corner…The way I am feeling at the moment it could take a whole page but I am sure I will have calmed down somewhat by tomorrow…The smell of banana bread cooking is calming me…I have made a few changes to my original recipe today so fingers crossed it will be as good if not better…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/10/recycling-and-climate-change10th-february-2020trees-wildlife-gardens-and-whales/

Tuesday…

As it is Valentines week I have posted some recipes for you if you are cooking at home for your loved one…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/11/valentines-day-is-it-roses-all-the-way-or-bah-humbug/

Wednesday…

The day when Sally reposted the letter C from my series on the A-Z of food…my baby…You know when you have favourite posts or series this is one of mine…I have discovered cooking methods and foods that I had never heard of and also discovered things I didn’t know that I knew…I have slightly tweaked it for its second airing and have been delighted at the response…Thank you so much to everyone who has commented and shared it…and of course the lovely Sally xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-c-for-c-for-calabash-cajun-curry-cloud-e

Chocolate Brownies…Never need an introduction…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/12/carols-chocolate-brownies/

Last but not least…Whimsical Wednesday…

February is probably the busiest month of the year for celebrations, anniversaries, tragedies and for once having only 23 days in the month…Penicillin was discovered and Torville and Dean took the gold for ice dancing to Ravel’s Bolero all on Valentines Day in history…The pretty primrose is also the flower of February…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/12/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-26/

Thursday…

The day for Sally’s new series on shopping by nutrient…It is a great read and very helpful if you are deficient in any nutrients and need to give it a boost then Sally is the lady she can tell you what you need to eat…Simple to understand and written in plain language it is a # recommended read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-six-essential-fatty-acids-by-sally-cronin/

Friday…Valentines Day...

More chocolate goodies this time in the form of cupcakes, if you are dining in then a lovely easy fish dish some Thai snacks…and a lovely tamarind sauce…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/14/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-chocolate-cupcakes-morning-glory-miang-kham-sea-bass-with-fennel/

Saturday…

In keeping the Valentines theme…Chocolate Cookies…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/15/chocolate-cookies/

Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed 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 are having a great weekend xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 2nd -8th February 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?…

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Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…The cold spell here seems to have eased somewhat the mornings now are just right a gentle sun and a light breeze…we could really do with some rain though not had any for about two months now…

Grab your cup and join me for a cuppa and a catch-up…x

Monday…The day when I try to find the good news on recycling and Climate Change…The day when I try to decipher just what is happening around the world and it certainly is a mish-mash…a hot potato…Lots of truths and half-truths…The bottom line methinks is we have to start doing just that little bit more, teach our children and grandchildren …make them aware…we need to be more aware…I also will name and shame as you know…I also think as a consumer we need to be calling out those companies who are blatantly flouting the rules…

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In my naughty corner last week…Governments and developers who build on reclaimed land from the sea and then wonder why at some point the sea reclaims the land…Doh! Bit of a no brainer really…Profit over brains…

But did you know that bumblebees are just as important as honey bees? That trees in the rainforests capture moist air coming in from the ocean and help produce rain in the plains thousands of kilometres away? That a forest helps create above ground and below-ground water sources?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/03/recycling-and-climate-change3rd-february-2020nature-based-solutions-and-jute-bags/

Tuesday…now a designated non-blogging day for me…It was also the day we finally received our visa stamped for another year. The day when after two months of angst and stress…I have driven my family mad…and made myself ill…It was also the day when I realised just how deep and openly the corruption went…I am shaking my head here…I just didn’t realise…sigh…

Wednesday…Thank you to everyone who loves my whimsy rambles as much as I enjoy writing …Rarely planned I jot notes down through the week and on Wednesday I start to write and one thing leads to another…random thoughts with a theme( most) weeks…February is an interesting month lots has gone on in February over the centuries not all good but I omit the bad things as Wednesdays are for fun and nostalgia…See you this Wednesday…xxx

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/05/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-25/

Friday …the day when I invite you into my kitchen…as you know I believe in cooking from scratch and using all of the food as in rinds, leaves, stalks or stems etc…why compost it or bin it when you can use it?

The thing is most of these add more flavour and depth to your food and often have the most nutrients…Citrus peel/zest to me is the most wonderful thing…

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Make citrus extract powder: Make zest or twists (lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit) being sure to remove the pith and allow to dry, about three or four days for twists, less for zest. Put in a blender (or spice grinder) and pulverize into a powder. Store in a clean jar.  Make citrus sugar: Make citrus extract powder and add it to sugar, or you can use fresh twists, put them in a jar with sugar, let the oil from the peel infuse the sugar and remove.  Make lemon pepper: Mix lemon extract powder with freshly cracked pepper.

Pop some lemon peel (with pulp and pith removed) in your brown sugar to keep it moist and pliable.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/02/07/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchenpickled-watermelon-rinds-chicken-jalfrazi-orange-peel/

Saturday…This week it was part 5 of Sally’s series on health and weekly shopping by nutrient…This week it was the turn of amino acids and liver health…#recommended read

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-five-amino-acids-and-liver-health/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading and thank you to all of you who have commented and shared my posts this week …I love your comments so please keep them coming…Make my day 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 great Sunday and 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…

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.

Aston with butterfly cakes

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

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th January -1st February 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Oolong Green Tea…What’s your early morning cuppa?… Thank you to those of you who shared with us your early morning cuppa last week…It has turned cold again here in the mornings not as cold as November but cold for me…Hubby laughs at me as he is in a thin tee shirt and I have dug out a long-sleeved, long too big jumper which I can snuggle into…I am warming up nicely now as I sip my Oolong tea…

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Just a little extra info to those of you and I was one of them who don’t like green tea because of its bitterness…It is all in the brewing…   Green Tea is a lovely drink if brewed properly…

Enough of my chit chat… could talk the hind legs of a donkey….lol x

Grab your cup and join me for a cuppa and a catch-up…x

Monday…The day when I try to find the good news on recycling and Climate Change…The day when I try to decipher just what is happening around the world and it certainly is a mish-mash…a hot potato…Lots of truths and half-truths…The bottom line methinks is we have to start doing just that little bit more, teach our children and grandchildren …make them aware…we need to be more aware…I also will name and shame as you know…I also think as a consumer we need to be calling out those companies who are blatantly flouting the rules…

In my naughty corner, last week was Coca Cola…I mean it is pretty low to pass the buck and blame YOU the consumer as to why they will not be changing their plastic bottles isn’t it? I am not going to be adding to their media profile by showing an image of their bottles here. I think we all know what a Coke bottle looks like …Don’t we?

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/27/recycling-and-climate-change27th-january-2020banana-leaf-technolgy-and-roof-top-gardens/

Tuesday…now one of my designated writing and recipe testing days …This week as you know it is all about bananas and more bananas…Naughty but nice…haha

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Especially with ice cream…Aston ate two bowls…

Wednesday…

Carols Cookery Column over @ Sally’s where she is reposting my A-Z …and very well received it has been so far on its second release…This week it was the letter B not only Brocolli but tada..Bananas…haha

There really is no getting away from the number of bananas I have here…green, red, yellow…..By now I think you must sense a common thread here…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-baking-soda-bananas-brocc

Whimsical Wednesday…

And not a banana recipe insight…It was National Soup Month and last week was a lovely Mushroom soup I mean who doesn’t love a bowl of banana mushroom soup…? I have been begged NOT to make this…Have you eaten Banana Soup?

I must admit I am tempted lots of lovely Thai flavours in this…Aston is still pulling a face which is saying Noooooo….haha

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/29/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-24/

Thursday… Still a non-blogging day…I spent the day in the kitchen…

Friday…Is the day I invite you into my kitchen…A bit of a mixture this week Bananas Chicken Feet Curry, BananasJackfruit Salad, my favourite bananas Asian Beef Brisket… and finally Bananas Fried Banana Balls…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/31/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-chicken-feet-curry-thai-vegan-jackfruit-salad-crispy-fried-banana-balls/

Saturday…

Time for part 4 of Sally’s fabulous new series shopping by Nutrient…There are times in all of our lives when we may have been lacking in iron, Vit C anything and we may have been at a loss as to what we can eat instead of popping a pill…

Sally had done all the work for you, easy to read and all ingredients which most of us buy anyway…Do pop over and have read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/30/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-four-phosphorus-to-zinc/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading and thank you to all of you who have commented and shared my posts this week …I love your comments so please keep them coming…Make my day 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 great Sunday and a fabulous week xx

Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Whimsical Wednesday…

Rubber Ducky Day – Rubber Ducky, you’re the one!

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According to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is in January. A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode of Sesame Street.

The rubber ducky (also spelt duckie) has come a long way from his first concept as a chew toy for children. While the origin of the first rubber ducky is uncertain, many rubber moulded toys came about when rubber manufacturing developed in the late 1800s. They produced a variety of toys from dolls and various animal shapes, including the rubber duck.

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Sales of the iconic yellow rubber ducky we’ve come to know today soared in Britain in 2001. Why? A British Tabloid, The Sun, reported Queen Elizabeth II had a rubber duck in her bathroom that wore an inflatable crown.

29th January 1959 – Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released. The Beauty, Princess Aurora, only appeared on screen for about 18 minutes as an ‘adult’, but she was actually a sixteen-year-old.

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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 20

By Carol Taylor

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The girl was angry, angrier than she had been for a long time… Carl’s eyes had given him away she had seen the real him. Instead of being scared though she was angry it seemed like everyone she knew was keeping things from her or trying to get something from her…Why?

Lost in her thoughts she realised she was standing in front of the door where she was staying and a kind-looking man was smiling at her.

“Did you have a nice walk? The weather is lovely, isn’t it? Come in, Come in you must be hungry.” She followed the man into the dining room where there was a lovely table set with a beautiful white cloth and some very pretty flowers. “Sit down my dear …I will ring Jenny to bring in breakfast…”

Within a few minutes, a smiling girl appeared carrying a beautiful silver platter which she placed on the table the food smelled delicious and the girl realised how hungry she was.

The girl and the man ate their breakfast in comfortable silence.

Hunger appeased the girl sat there sipping her tea and wondering who this man was. He seemed so calm and nice, his smile reached his eyes and she felt warm and safe.

Clearing his throat he started to talk. “You must be wondering why you are here and you most probably are also wondering who I am… Mr James is a dear friend of mine and I know he has been protecting you and trying to keep you safe. There is no party it was just a ruse to get you here but unfortunately that ruffian Carl has followed you but do not worry my dear I will have him dealt with. It is time that you were told who you really are but I have to warn you that with that comes great danger and also a great responsibility.”

The girl was sitting open-mouthed at last she would find out who she really was but at the man’s words, she also became very scared. Her thoughts raced she felt very small and afraid, the man was looking at her with a concerned look. “Please do not be afraid. I will do everything in my power to protect you. You will stay here now, Mr James will be arriving in a few days and then we will both sit you down and answer all your questions… In the meantime maybe you would make an old man very happy if you would allow me to show you around we can do some shopping… I am sure that you are like all young people and love to shop. Now if you would like to go to your room and get changed I will have the carriage bought around for about 11 is that alright?”

The girl nodded her consent and skipped up the stairs…

She felt happier than she had for a while, at last, she would find out who she was…

Entering her room she gasped …her clothes were strewn about the floor what is …A hand went over her mouth and cloth of some sweet-smelling fragrance was clamped over her nose and mouth she started to fall.

Carl looked at the unconscious girl and smiled… It still didn’t reach his eyes…

TBC…

If you can’t decide on what colour nail polish or design to have check these out…

Really weird…..

National Soup Month…

Yesterday I made a lovely mushroom soup …a new recipe and it needs tweaking my little taste tester Aston told me what I needed to do….lol

It pleases me though because it means that he tastes the food and knows when it needs something else so that is good for a child.

Mushroom Soup…

  • 2 lbs of mushrooms…mixed I used straw, button, crimini and some small ones which I can’t remember the name.
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 6 sprigs of thyme tied together
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!

Melt the butter and add the mushrooms and add a pinch of salt and cook until they give up their juices and reduce the heat. Cook stirring until the juice has evaporated and the mushrooms start to brown.

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Pick out a few nice pieces and set to one side for the garnish.

Mix the onions into the mushrooms and cook until the onion softens about 5 minutes.

Add the thyme and garlic and pour in the stock and water simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the thyme before blending the soup, if the consistency is still too thick then add more stock/water…Return to a pan and add the cream…Taste and season with salt and black pepper…

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I hope this has given you a few ideas about what to have for lunch…What is your favourite soup

Today marks a historic day for the UK …

Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament in Brussels casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain’s divorce deal from the EU.

The historic legislative act — the last for the 72 remaining British MEPs who will leave afterwards — will allow Brexit to officially take effect on Friday at 2300 GMT, midnight for most of continental Europe and 11:00 pm in Britain.

I don’t think that will be it but I also think it will be exciting…

Time for some music…

Fleetwood Mac…
A British/American rock band formed in London in 1967. They have sold more than 120 million records worldwide making them one of the best selling bands.
Founded by Peter Green guitarist, drummer Mick Fleetwood, guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist John McVie the band has had many different line-ups over the years.
Gypsy is one of my favourite tracks…
That’s all for this week…

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Whimsical Wednesday…

January 221879
The event… Rorke’s Drift, Natal Province, South Africa…

I think most of us have seen the film, Zulu…

When this battle began there were just 139 British Soldiers and over 4,000 Zulu Warriors…I reckon the sight of those warriors was enough to strike fear into anyone’s heart…The Zulus are known for their strong fighting spirit.

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People from the Zulu tribe are also known to be amicable and very warm. They are known for their practice and belief in Ubuntu which simply means “humanness” or “good disposition”. This humanness is a part of the daily life of the Zulu people. They believe human beings are the most superior of all species hence the strong belief in Ubuntu. They further cement this belief by having many proverbs relating to good and bad behaviour towards fellow human beings.

As Britain was intent on taking over the territory my guess is the Zulus were only defending what was rightfully theirs..When they realised that the British weapons were superior to theirs they retreated just disappeared if they had stayed maybe there would have been a different outcome.

Did you know that today 22nd January 1901…  Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 64 years, which was the longest reign in British history, during which England had become the most powerful empire in the world? Until our present Queen who has now reigned for 66years took that honour…

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 19

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For a moment she felt dumbstruck but as the adrenalin hit her system she made a dash for the door.  Inside was dark and subdued, she looked around in the gloom but couldn’t see the girl, she couldn’t be far away, the scream was still fresh in her ears. She pushed a door to allow her into another room; it was bathed in dusty daylight. She heard sobbing, looking around she saw the girl huddled in a corner of the room. “Are you okay?” She almost whispered.

“Don’t come in.” The girl replied. Her eyes flitting around the room.

“Come here child don’t be afraid, I won’t hurt you.” She followed the girls eyeline and looked behind her, out of the shadow of the door stood a face she knew.  “You… What have you done to this child!”

“Nothing yet,” Carl said calmly.

“Leave her alone! What are you doing here?”

“Looking for you, I missed you.” He smiled at her, but the smile didn’t reach his eyes.

She looked over at the girl. “Go, get out! He will not harm you, just go.” The girl looked wary but got to her feet and ran out of the open door. “What did you do to her?”

“Oh, nothing she’s just a stupid girl.” He looked down at her neckline. “Where’s your necklace?”

“Never mind that, why are you following me, what are you doing here?”

“I’m not following you, I’m in York for a party and I saw you come in here.”

“Then why did that girl look so terrified, she knew you and she was scared.”

“Oh forget her, why are you in here, this is not the place for a lady, let me escort you out.”

“No thank you I’ll find my own way.” With that said she turned and left the way she had come, not looking back.  Still, she felt his eyes on her. Her head was swirling with mixed emotions, she had no idea what to do now, but she had been right to think she shouldn’t trust Carl. Then she remembered George, she needed to know he was alright. She turned back towards the door the sign now gone and the door was closed to the street, she looked around but there was no sign of Carl. She shrugged, knowing that he would find her when he wanted to. She headed back to the house, she had lost her interest in looking around the streets of York, she needed some breakfast and to meet her host.

TBC next week…

National Soup Month…

Melientha Soup

There are lots of beautiful soup recipes to be found on many blogs and on the internet…I have been a little busy this week so today I am sharing the lovely Marian Beaman’s post which is all about soup so very welcome and fitting for this month…Please pop over and peruse the lovely soups on offer…Enjoy!

https://marianbeaman.com/2020/01/15/a-souper-day/

Chinese New Year is on Saturday here in Udon Thani where I live…everywhere is awash with red and gold ……It is very festive lots of pretty lanterns and beautiful clothes all the banners and flags are going up in the streets ready for Saturday…There will be colourful processions and dancers, music and lots of lovely street food.

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This year it is the year of the Rat…The rat is the first of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Some view the rodent as being symbolic of intelligence and quick-witticism, as demonstrated in a popular story told as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

According to the myth, the Jade Emperor organised a race for a group of animals on his birthday, the results of which determined the order of the Chinese zodiac.

Celebrations last for around two weeks from New Year’s Eve up until the beginning of the Lantern Festival.

The festivities traditionally begin with a thorough cleaning of the home, with red paper lanterns and banners inscribed with poetic sayings hung as decorations.

Red is believed to bring good fortune, hence its prevalence during Chinese New Year and the reason why children are given “luck money” in red envelopes throughout the proceedings.

Time for some music….

Back in 1966, the Beach Boys were in the studio recording “Wouldn’t it be Nice”

 

I have always been a fan of the Beach Boys nice cheerful music and lyrics make you feel good…

That made me feel good and this made me laugh…

Ozzy Osbourne came a cropper when a catapult malfunctioned during his 1981 Diary Of A Madman tour. A catapult was supposed to throw meat into the audience but due to a fault when Ozzy put his foot on a lever, several pounds of offal hit the singer on the back of his head.

Oh, dear…I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall…

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have found something of interest or that just made you smile 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 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!

Thank you again for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have enjoyed yourselves…If you have please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you it makes my day xxx