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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…1st March-6th March 2021…#Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…we are now in March… the time just flies…I am seeing the first signs of spring in some hemispheres…lambs, snowdrops, daffodils please keep those images coming and the snow I have seen some pictures so those who are experiencing minus temps snuggle up and stay safe and warm…

Let’s go and see what goodies I had for you last week… snuggle up in your favourite corner with your favourite drink tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine…Cheers!

Meatless Mondays:

I love cauliflower and it seems many of you do as well… I have come across so many recipes and have received ideas for cauliflower from you for which I thank you…I mean who would have thunk…, not me …of putting cauliflower cheese on toast or using truffle powder in your cheese sauce, cauliflower spicy buffalo wings…I think I will have to do a post of cauliflower part 2 once I have made/tried these recipes…You all rock xx

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/01/meatless-monday-the-cauliflower/

Time for some recipes that pack a punch from, Sally…Sally also linked to one of my posts on smoothies…Thank you, Sally…I  love the colour coordination to the fruits and veggies it looks cool…Please head over to Sal’s and she will tell you just how easy it is to eat your recommended servings of fruit and vegetables per day…see you there x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/03/01/smorgasbord-health-column-recipes-that-pack-a-punchbreakfast-and-dessert-smoothies-and-fresh-fruit-salad-by-sally-cronin/

It was lovely going back to one of my passions…the world the beautiful world we live in…early signs have been positive I want to thank you for all your lovely comments…you rock x

Part two will be on March 17th…This coming Wednesday, March 10th it will be my new A-Z with the middle letter of the word i.e…Brawn, Blueberry and Yucca…which could be fun and stretch the old grey matter somewhat…I hope you enjoy this one…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/03/the-environmental-a-z-the-letter-a-week-1/

You can’t keep me out of the kitchen although I need the fan now…getting too hot already to cook…time to get another freezer and start batch making again and then I only have to thaw and heat up…

It seems many you already make your own fresh tomato sauce and why not as it has so many uses and not just for pasta…Bloody Mary…just saying…cheers and you can use some of your pickle juice…I won’t tell if you don’t…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/04/carolcooks2week-3in-my-kitchenmade-from-scratchfresh-tomato-sauce/

Turning Back the Clock by Sally Cronin…Part 8

Just a little bit would be lovely…For lots of good advice on how to do just that head over to Sally’s, you can be sure of a great welcome and say hello from me…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/03/04/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-2021-part-eight-anti-aging-and-flexibility-by-sally-cronin/

British Pie Week:

Well, that was a lively conversation and good to know the Brits stand by their favourite Pie…in the US there are pot pies and Apple Pies as well as Pumpkin Pie…The Brits love their meat pies and their cheese and leek pies not forgetting the Pork Pie which is an institution…or a game pie which I love like Pete with pickles and chutney…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/05/british-pie-week-1st-7th-march-2021/

Saturday Snippets:

Some jumping Jive this week which I love to watch and listen to and even have a boogie myself…Whale vomit…do you know how much it can be worth?.. Did you have BowieNet? Frogs legs are on the menu here just like they are in France as are stuffed frogs which I had only recently tried… they are very spicy but nice…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/03/06/saturday-snippets-6th-march-2021/

Well, that’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by…I hope you have enjoyed the read…if you have please head over and leave a comment it makes my day to hear from you …Love Carol xx

 

Saturday Snippets…6th March 2021…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…During the lockdown I have been following Mark Weins on UTube he eats at various restaurants around Asia and many in Thailand which means for me  I can make my wish list for when lockdowns finish and travel is easier…

This video shows the market and food where I live... Tessaban a market where I regularly shop …It also shows some food that I hadn’t tried or heard of and last week I found some of the food…stuffed frog shown in the video and it is lovely…enjoy the video…

I love Thai food and eat much of what is shown but not all…I have also found some eating places whose menu I will be sampling.

Stuffed  Frog:

Originating from the Northern provinces of Thailand frog dishes are a staple of Northern Thai cuisine. Prepared in a variety of ways from curries, grilled, stuffed to deep-fried frogs legs, each dish is as appetizing as the next. In fact, you would not even know it was a frog until you are told the meat is a good source of protein, low in fat … Ranging from spicy to non-spicy dishes, the frog meat dish can be found either in a typical Thai restaurant, a food court that sells a variety of home-cooked economy rice dishes or from a street food stall.

These stuffed frogs are cleaned and stuffed with a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, chillies, minced liver/frog meat or pork, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice it was very spicy but delicious to me it looks a little like haggis…

Some 70 plus years ago, One of the best dance routines ever was filmed…Unrehearsed it took one take only…The performance was from the 1943 film Stormy Weather and is guaranteed to get your toes tapping its a fabulous routine.

Let’s have some music and a boogie…

Did you know?

Boeing uses potatoes to test their in-flight Wi-Fi, as they reflect and absorb the signals similarly to people. The project is called Synthetic Personnel Using Dialectic Substitution- or SPUDS.

Why is Ambergris so valuable and what is it?

Ambergris also called amber grease, or grey amber is whale vomit which is a solid, waxy and flammable substance and is dull grey or blackish in colour. However, it is believed to be passed either as spew or faeces.

It is a very costly wax that is produced as a secretion in the intestines (digestive system) of the sperm whale. The whale produces it to protect its gut from very sharp beaks of squid it prays on in the ocean. The substance acquires a sweet, earthy scent as it ages.

Described as floating gold it is illegal to kill the sperm whale to obtain Ambergris as the whale is categorised as vulnerable to find this Ambergris washed up on the beach is a find indeed…

To think that something which sounds so disgusting us ladies put behind our ears.

Did you know?

I have long been a fan of David Bowie and his music...he was a legendary songwriter and an iconic performer… in the late 1990s, he was also an internet provider. He launched BowieNet in 1998 and the service remained available until the early 2000s. For $19.95 a month, users would receive an email address (yourname@davidbowie.com), 5MB of online storage meant for a personal web page, exclusive audio and video of Bowie, access to chat rooms where Bowie would pop up on occasion), and even multiplayer games.

Rare fruit: This week I came across a fruit which resembles a catkin…The Long Pepper…

 

It comes from a flowering vine from the family Piperaceae…usually sold dried and used as a spice and seasoning the flavour closely resembles regular black pepper it has a hotter taste with sweet and somewhat earthy, gingery undertones. Native to India it is also found here in Thailand…I have found the dried version and am on the hunt for fresh ones…

That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… I would love to hear from you in comments as you know how I love to chat…Love Carol xx