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Whimsical Wednesday…with CarolCooks2…

Good morning…Staying home is so surreal…it’s getting weird and unsettling…I am seeing rising figures of infected and people dying around the world and it breaks my heart…I can only watch and wait and pray that all this will soon end…I also know that the consequences of all this in most areas of our daily life will be far-reaching…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care but because we all need to find some solace and peace and some joy where we can…

The NHS and medical services around the world are brilliant, dedicated and I applaud them also the support workers and the carers…so many people are helping to keep us safe…

This Italian doctor has found his way of staying sane amongst all the madness and for that I applaud him…Enjoy!

This retired gentleman has also found his way of dealing with these unprecedented times…He is planting booze…I think it is wonderful to see how individuals cope…Enjoy I hope it makes you smile…

 

Last week it was fish and dolphins and wild boars…Mother Nature is proving once again how awesome she is…How quickly she bounces back and it is wonderful to see …

This video shows goats…Goats are curious animals these wild mountain goats normally roam the Great Orme headland and now they have ventured down the hills into the town of Llandudno and had a fine time roaming the empty streets and having a nibble at anything which tempted their tastebuds…

According to some residents, they are an occasional sight but now the streets are empty it seems they are taking advantage of this…

Did you know?… For one I have just realised it is April Fools Day…

But also way back in 1930 The Blue Angel starring Marlene Dietrich premiered…Way back when I was a student we used to frequent a little cafe run by a French couple and the cafe was a shrine to Marlene…it was also the start of my love for her music and films a different era and one I loved …My favourite being Lili Marleen…

I love this song…

Also, April Fools Day or All Fools Day is a day for practical jokes...

I mean who hasn’t been the victim of the Pinch Punch first day of the month joke…?

Where did it originate from…There are lots of tales but the origins of this day who knows when in history someone somewhere started this…Over the years there have been some hilarious pranks, some dangerous pranks and some pranks which fooled a nation…

The April 2, 1698 edition of Dawks’s News-Letter reported that “Yesterday being the first of April, several persons were sent to the Tower Ditch to see the Lions washed.” This is the first recorded instance of a popular April Fool’s Day prank that involved sending people to the Tower of London to see the “washing of the lions.” The joke was that there was no lion-washing ceremony. It was a fool’s errand.

Another such prank was when..on the evening of April 1, 1957, thousands of British families tuned in to watch Panorama—one of the day’s top current events broadcasts—to witness footage of a happy Swiss family harvesting their prized spaghetti trees. Unbeknownst to many viewers, the four-minute “news” segment, which literally showed strands of cooked pasta dangling from the trees in a family vineyard, was an intricate April Fools’ Day hoax devised by a freelance cameraman and produced for a paltry 100 pounds.

To say that the majority of the British were ‘NOT AMUSED” was an understatement however it started the trend of fooling the mass media and took ” April Fool”  to a new level…

Maybe this year due to circumstances the pranks will be somewhat muted…

Another tune for you…A tad more current than Marlene…

Hello…Not Adele…

What happens when you return from the supermarket …I take a shower and change my clothes …This takes it one step further…

A great solution if it warm…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…Please stay safe and well…I have just read that more high profile people have tested positive for COVID-19…It looks like no-one is immune…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 and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesdays…I am feeling a little thoughtful rather than whimsical lately…This current situation is so surreal…it’s getting weird and unsettling…

I suppose I like to be in control and that’s the bottom line…I can control my actions but not others and I don’t like being isolated to this extent its weird…But I will as survival mode has also kicked in…I will try my best to keep my posts on track and positive if not all of the time most of the time…

I am however very happy to see how mother nature is bouncing back and to be honest, I am shocked at how quickly it is happening which is great news for the planet…Blue skies over China…Dolphins and fish in the canals of Venice, People singing loud and clear using saucepan lids as cymbals from their balconies…

Humans are wonderful at keeping their spirits up…so chin up peeps we will get through this…

Who doesn’t love Garfield this was a blast from the past my kids loved that cat…we had Garfield everything toys quilt covers…for three decades Garfield phones kept washing up on the shores of Western France and finally last year the mystery was solved.

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Photo credit: echoesofstars on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

The residents of Brittany in Northern France were used to seeing these iconic phones bobbing on the waves and washing up on the shores…where did they come from? A local farmer donned his sherlock holmes cap and decided to investigate…

While exploring the caves along the shoreline he found the remnants of a shipping container which had got stuck in one of the caves…Mystery solved…the current and the waves did the rest and those iconic phones left their watery grave and were transported to freedom …the rest is history…

Today is also National Waffle Day…

What is a waffle? For starters it is something I have never made, hardly ever eaten…made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape, and surface impression. … Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium, which has over a dozen regional varieties…There are American waffles, Belgium or Brussels waffles, the Liege waffle, Hongkong waffles and even a pandan waffle…

Waffle is also a slang term meaning “to keep changing one’s mind.”

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It was in the 18th century when the word “waffle” first appeared in the English language, in a 1725 printing of Court Cookery by Robert Smith. Recipes had begun to spread throughout England and America, though essentially all were patterned after established Dutch, Belgian, German, and French versions.

Have you a favourite waffle recipe? Me I am going to try the Masterchef recipe of waffles with triple fried chicken and chilli caramel to me as someone who doesn’t eat waffles that sounds like a good place to start…What do you think?

As with bread, the original waffles were probably cooked on a hot stone it wasn’t until the iron age when iron plates and griddles were used ..two plates meant the flat cakes aka waffles as they were to become known cooked quicker sandwiched between two hot plates. At the start of the French Revolution, Thomas Jefferson returned to the U.S. from his position as Minister to France. Along with a pasta machine, he brought a long-handled waffle iron that encloses the batter and gives the waffle crispness and shape. This began the trend of “waffle frolics” or waffle parties, where guests enjoyed their waffles sweet (with maple syrup or molasses) or savoury (topped with kidney stew). Slaves got the leftovers as a special treat. This evolved into the southern favourite, chicken and waffles.

Did you know?

That it was March 29th 1974 when Chinese farmers digging a well uncovered the Terracotta Army…

Going to see the Terracotta Army is on my to-do list one of my must-do lists…Little did they know just what a find they had discovered…The emperor of the army is still to be uncovered…I saw a couple of them when I was visiting a museum here which had been given to the Thai people by the Chinese government.

They truly are works of art…Fabulous…

Time for a tune…

 

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…Please stay safe and well…I have just read that Prince Charles has tested positive for Covid-19…It looks like no-one is immune…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 and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…before I start … I know many of you are self-isolating and may be worried about loved ones…I am starting with this video because it made me smile and I hope it makes you smile and I hope it makes you know that there will be a future and a bright one if this little chap is in it…so adorable…Enjoy! xxx

How beautiful was that and expressed in a way that only a child can…

I hope everyone enjoyed their Corned Beef and Cabbage yesterday on St Patricks Day…Seeing all those images made me really want some Corned Beef it is something I haven’t eaten for a very long time…Methinks I may have to see if I can replicate that here and brine my own corned beef…Corned Beef and Cabbage seems to be more of an Irish/American dish rather than Gaelic Ireland.

In Gaelic Ireland, cows were a symbol of wealth and a sacred animal. Because of their sacred association, they were only killed for their meat if the cows were too old to work or produce milk. So, beef was not even a part of the diet for the majority of the population. Only the wealthy few were able to eat the meat on a celebration or festival. During these early times, the beef was “salted” to be preserved. The first salted beef in Ireland was actually not made with salt but with sea ash, the product of burning seaweed.

It doesn’t, however, take away from the fact that it is a delicious plate of food whatever its origin…

March ….weatherwise over the centuries it is a mixed month, in history, it has been violent and gloomy over the years in view of what is happening and what the ethos of Whimsical Wednesdays is I am going to try my utmost to keep the mood light…

Nothing lighter than space and today 18th March 1965… Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov left his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, he became the first person to walk in space.

How exciting would that be?

Of course, space is a popular topic especially when it comes to music and films…Apollo 13, E.T, Alien, The Martian, Space Odessy to many to mention…

Time for a tune…

I love a bit of Bowie…

Time for a recipe…

Coconut Biscuits

I don’t make biscuits very often..almost never but once a packet of food is opened here because of the humidity doesn’t last long it either goes off or the ants take residence. I was guided by the desiccated coconut and the golden syrup which was a gift from afar… aka visitors and the rolled oats which I mistakenly bought instead of the porridge oats.

These cookies are my basic recipe and every time I make them I add something else just because I can.. I am already planning what I can add to them…I can’t help myself…

Ingredients:

  • 150gm rolled oats
  • 100gm plain flour
  • 100gm light brown sugar( I used raw sugar)
  • 100gm dessicated coconut
  • 100gm butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp of boiling water.

Let’s Cook!

Set oven to heat at 175C, gas mark 4.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the sugar, flour, coconut and oats mix to combine well.

In a small pan add the butter and golden syrup and melt the butter. meanwhile, bring the kettle to the boil and add two tbsps of boiling water to the bicarbonate of soda in a small cup. Add this to the melted butter/syrup mix. It will foam a little.

Make a well in the centre of your dry mix and pour in the melted butter/syrup mix. Stir to thoroughly combine and it will form a slightly sticky dough.

Roll out balls and put on a baking tray leaving a space as they will spread on cooking ( the mix made 15 balls) Slightly flatten with your hand.

Put in the preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

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THE BISCUITS WILL BE SOFT TO THE TOUCH BUT WILL HARDEN ON COOLING.

Don’t make the mistake I made when I first made them and thought they weren’t cooked and gave them another 10 minutes. They were a tad harder than required when they cooled down…haha…I could build a wall with them…Opppps

Enjoy!

Did you know?

March 20 this year the sun shines on the equator for the Vernal Equinox, giving us a near 50-50 split of day and night. In the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox falls on 20th this year although it can be 19,20 or 21, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north…The first day of Spring…

March 21 2006… The day Twitter was founded. Founder Jack Dorsey inaugurated the social media site with its profound first tweet: “just setting up my twttr.”

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I wonder if he knew then just how popular Twitter would become?

As a child, I loved the circus…the clowns but as I grew older clowns took on a more sinister meaning in my mind anyway…. and Barnums was hosted as the Greatest show on earth…That music was so exciting it added to the atmosphere of the circus…As the years went by people realised the cruelty behind the taming of the animals although my fascination was always the trapeze artists and the high wire…

How many of you as kiddies just wanted to run away and join the circus??

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 and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

After the rain, we have sun and are now officially entering the hottest season of our year…

We also have Covid-19 …Generally, this is a nice whimsical post but let’s get this out of the way…anyone who is stockpiling is just plain stupid in my book…Just take sensible precautions like keeping away from crowds where possible and making sure you follow correct handwashing procedures…However…

1918 : The first cases of one of the worst influenza epidemic ( FLU ) in history are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas it would eventually kill more than 1/2 million Americans and more than 20 million people worldwide.

We are now in the year 2020 and have lessons been learnt …some maybe…I rest my case…Take sensible precautions folks, don’t scaremonger and certainly don’t stockpile.

That’s it from me…I am not saying another word… 

The Eden Project opened in England in 2001 and is the worlds largest greenhouse…

I think this is one of the best projects of its type…An amazing place…

 The Love Bug, a popular Disney movie, was released on March 13th 1969  and has now celebrated over 50 years of multiple sequels, remakes, television shows and special appearances all starring Herbie.

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The VW is now an iconic car …A car that is back to front but nevertheless is very popular even now…

Over the years…people have stood up for what they have believed in and these nuns are no different…

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0862547/the-millennial-nuns-practicing-a-forbidden-ancient-skill

March 14: Pi Day celebrates the annual occurrence of 3/14 with math jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and (of course) freshly baked pie.

British pie week has just chosen its annual winner and that pie was a rump and stilton pie…Not to be outdone a vegan chain won the top award at the British Kebab Awards “What the Pitta!”  was named Londons best takeaway…

I do think Vegan and vegetarian food has gone up a notch although I will never be totally vegan or vegetarian…This, however, looks so tasty and I love Turkish bread…

St. Patricks Day is next week…there will be lots of celebrations around the world… And on this day in 1973, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” first hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 95. A mere 14 years later (736 chart weeks, to be exact), it finally leaves the top 200 for the first time, setting a still-unbroken world record. (You’ve got a long way to go, Adele.)

Wow…I didn’t know that…What a record…

Did you know?

You can cut soft cheese and bread with dental floss……… well I didn’t but it’s brought back memories of when I was a child and shopping with my mum for cheese …a wire was used …so same difference isn’t it? ….. wow so simple …

March is the time of year when animals start waking up from hibernation.

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

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

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

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

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and we have rain…Long-awaited rain…it has cleared the air and cooled it down…lovely…it has now settled into a steady rain there have been some fierce winds luckily no damage here although some of the houses in the outlying villages haven’t been so lucky…

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesdays I have no clear idea of what or where my thoughts will take me yet this post is always written on the fly I just start writing and go where my thoughts take me..maybe I should make some tea and let the thoughts flow free…

I can always remember my mum saying “Beware the Ides of March her other saying sticks in my head is ” March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb.”…I always thought she referred to the weather…Well, not so in 1973…

March 1973 was the year my oldest son arrived into the world…March is notorious for being wed, windy and cold so my baby layette consisted of lots of hand-knitted cardigans, bonnets and blankets…Not so when Sean came into the world on the 14th of March it was hot and sunny…my mother who always came and stayed for the first 2 weeks of my confinement was drying and airing his nappies outside it was so warm…he slept in a cotton vest and a nappy it was too hot for the winter clothes we had ready for him…There was a mad dash around the shops by my sisters and friends for little cotton suits…147 hrs of sunny shine…

March -�Sunny, mild and very dry.

Mean Temperature � 7.3�C
�Monthly Highest �17.4�C� �Total Rain � 14 mm
�Monthly Lowest �-3.5�C �Total Sun 147 hrs

March 14 is also Pi Day which celebrates the annual occurrence of 3/14 with math jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and (of course) freshly baked pie.

But what does “Beware the Ides of March” actually mean?

It was Shakespeare…In Julius Caesar…Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March. Caesar ignored him, and when the fated day rolled around he joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey and was summarily murdered by as many as 60 conspirators. Ironically, the spot where Caesar was assassinated is protected in today’s Rome as a no-kill cat sanctuary.

So, if someone tells you “Beware the Ides of March,” they are probably just letting you know they’ve read Shakespeare.

March is also the second of the seven months of the year to have 31 days…

Let’s have a tune…

music notes

Born on this day 4th March 1971… Feargal Lawlor, drummer, with Irish rock band The Cranberries who had the 1994 UK No.14 single ‘Linger’. The bands 1993 album Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.

86 weeks in the album charts…But who spent 18 weeks at number 1?

Frankie Lane with I Believe…

How did he manage that? American crooner Frankie scored his first ever UK Number 1 in April 1953, just after his 40th birthday and seemed reluctant to let go. Not content with notching up nine weeks at the summit, after a week at Number 2, he went back up to spend a further six at the top. But it wasn’t over yet. Famous composer Mantovani then claimed the Number 1 spot, before Frankie gave him a nudge and racked up an additional three weeks. Only five songs in history have scored three separate stints at the top! The other 4 were Bryan Adams, Wet, Wet, Wet, Drake and Queen…

My pick…not because I don’t like listening to the other tracks and not because I think this is their best track…Just because…

I also love Angel Eyes…

Did you know?  on 7th March 1933, the Monopoly Game was introduced… It was originally the Landlord’s Game a board game patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie as U.S. Patent 748,626. It was a realty and taxation game intended to educate users about Georgism. It was the inspiration for the board game Monopoly.

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I think the better question for me to ask is who hasn’t played Monopoly?

Peanut Butter and Pork crackling two of my favourite foods…It was Peanut butter day on March 1st and today is …Ta Da…drum roll, please…Crown Roast of Pork Day…

 

I have never cooked a crown roast of pork but after watching this I think I will be doing so…it looks awesome…Crown Pork roasts are impressive and for me, they make me picture banquets in times past with this luscious centrepiece although there are no tales of the origins of this day or its creator just mentions that today is the day and that it can only be Crown Roast of Pork nothing less…

Pigs have been around for centuries as far back as 5000BC…A relative of the wild boar it is said to be the most eaten meat in the world…I wonder if that will change in future years…

Did you know?

Today 4th March 1922 the first Vampire film Nosferatu premiered @ The Berlin Zoological Gardens, Germany an adaptation for the film of Bram Stokers, Dracula…

I loved the old Dracula movies with Christopher Lee although I am getting used to some of the newer versions…

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

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

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

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

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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

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

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

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

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

How many of you throw your carrot tops away?…

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

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

I think they sound very tasty…

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

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

Susie!

By Carol Taylor

beach and chairs nice pic

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

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

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

Soft music, everyone carefree and beautiful.

A virtually cloudless sky!

Me, my heart is sad.

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

Sad for the girls who take what they want.

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

Sad for the innocent who will replace them.

A perpetual never-ending cycle.

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

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

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

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

The End.

Time for some music…

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

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

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

Did you know?

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

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

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

But did you know? 

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

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

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

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

Someone always has to tinker, don’t they?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I 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