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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 25th – 31st October – Inspiration, Legends, Boogie, Ugli Fruit, Books, Reviews, Health and Laughter

It is an absolute pleasure to reblog Sally’s weekly roundup…Something for everyone including a great well deserved review for Sally’s latest book and a tribute to two incredibly brave ladies who are meeting their cancer head-on with boots at the ready…Kudos to you both Mary and Sue xxx #recommended read

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

Happy  Halloween and I hope that despite the restrictions on Trick or Treating in some of our countries, children will still get to dress up and enjoy the night with their families.

The headlines are certainly not festive.. The world experienced a record breaking 573,000 worldwide cases yesterday worldometers info coronavirus

Not sure where some are getting their information from about a slow down when America had over 100,000 new cases and UK and the rest of Europe racked up 100,000s more. And those who feel that wearing a mask is not their responsibility, or that the pandemic is a hoax, should listen to those who have suffered from Covid-19 and are experiencing the long term effects, even if they dismiss the experts.

Here in Ireland there has been a slight dip in cases but…

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Saturday Snippets…31st October…A Halloween Special…and Loy Krathong…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…The temperature has definitely dropped this week enough for me to sleep comfortably without a fan and it has been overcast and quite dull although this morning I was greeted by sunshine…A nice change…

You may have wondered why my image header shows two entirely different images in type…Today 31st October is Halloween traditionally known as All Hallows’ Eve, it is always the eve of the Christian festival All Saints’ Day on 1 November… it is also Loy Krathong here where we float pretty flowers and candles…

When I looked at the meaning of Halloween and Loy Krathong I was struck by many similarities so even though our communities are far apart we are not so different. Of course, there is also a blue moon …A rarity…

The next time there will be both types of “Blue Moons” in the same year will be in 2037. In fact, the 21st century will only see six full moons on October 31: 2001, 2020, 2037, 2058, 2077 and 2096.

Orange and black are the standard colours associated with Halloween total opposites as orange depicts warmth, the beautiful fall colours of the leaves, the oranges of the autumn harvest pumpkins, squash, carrots, peppers so many fruits and vegetables with a warm orange hue…

At the opposite end of the colour spectrum, we have the black of cauldrons, bats, cats, spiders witches hats black is associated with darkness and evil…the underworld, death and spirits…black is the spooky side of Halloween…

As kids, we used to love toffee apples or candy apples as they are called over the pond…

 

After eating all that candy you may want some wellness advice...Look no further as Sally is here…x

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-clary-sage-essential-oil-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some music and in keeping with the Halloween theme I have some vintage 80’s tunes of popular Halloween tunes…from U2, The Cure, David Bowie, the Eurythmics and others…A real treat…

I hope you enjoyed this medley of Halloween songs…There are some great tracks on there…

I just love Halloween trivia…

Michael Myers the villain of the film Halloween...How scary is his mask…But how did it start off? Quite innocently…

When shooting the original 1978 film, production designer Tommy Lee Wallace picked up two masks from a Hollywood Boulevard magic shop: a clown and William Shatner as Captain Kirk in Star Trek.

“Tommy came in with the clown mask on, and we went, ‘Ooh, that’s kind of scary.’ Then he put on the Shatner mask, and we stopped dead and said, ‘It’s perfect,'” actor Nick Castle told the New York Times. They spray-painted it white, cut the eye holes bigger, and the rest is history. This kept the film on budget as it was a small budget film and the William Shatner mask cost just $2.

The Disney film Hocus Pocus…was originally titled Halloween House as there was more horror than comedy…

I used to love a good horror film but as I got older they didn’t hold their appeal for me…However, I love Sleepy Hollow…and Ichabod Crane( Johnny Depp) certainly made a few hearts flutter …then along came the Headless Horseman…A perfect Halloween Film…

I loved this behind the scenes look at the filming of Sleepy Hollow…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making more brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbours and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

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!

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round up 18th – 24th October 2020 – Streisand, Seasonal Affective Disorder, War Poets, Authors, Books, Reviews and Funnies

I love weekly roundups as I get busy and miss posts so much prefer to sit down and peruse them all at once…There is something for everyone here, health, book reviews, book promotions, music, funnies(we all) need something to cheer us up at the moment and so much more…#recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-18th-24th-october-2020-streisand-seasonal-affective-disorder-war-poets-authors-books-reviews-and-funnies/

Saturday Snippets…24th October 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…The temperature has definitely dropped this week enough for me to sleep comfortably without a fan and it has been overcast and quite dull although this morning I was greeted by sunshine…A nice change…

The Asian Open Billed Stork has been making a daily appearance sometimes joined by another and yesterday there were 7 of them …So far today no sign but I am wondering if when it is raining and blustery maybe it is quieter and more sheltered here if he is coming from the nearby wetlands…

Today is National Tripe Day…

Although I have vowed never ever to eat it I have been quite surprised to hear that it is on some restaurants menu and a few sources have told me that it is very nice…One of my readers who is a chef posted a recipe for tripe which I thought would be perfect for today and I have to admit it sounds quite delicious…So for everyone who is partial to tripe here is the recipe courtesy of Chef Luis Perrone…Enjoy!

 

Please click this link which will take you to this recipe for La Busecca De Los Tanos and have a look around while you are there as there are some very nice recipes…native dishes which to me are the best…

Did you know? Volkswagen makes more sausages than cars?

The sausages are called Volkswagen Currywurst…The sausage is branded as a Volkwagon Original part and in 2018 some 6.81 million sausages were manufactured…

Now for some music…

Let’s Rock n Roll…with “The Who ” and My Generation…

Way back in December 1965 when this song was released me and my peers loved it we loved the energy and exuberance of the band they were loud and proud..smashing their instruments it was the anthem of our era in many ways…I remember my father not being impressed at all…But it was the time of excesses in drugs, alcohol, and rock n roll. Their music was influenced by hard rock, mod bands, and punk rock…They were an exciting band to watch…

11 years later The Who played their last show at the end of a North American Tour @ Maple Leaf Gardens…sadly it was to be Keith Jones final tour as he passed away 2 years later from an overdose of a sedative called Heminevrin which was prescribed to stop seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal.

It wasn’t the last time he played with The Who he played a couple of special gigs for the kids are alright docu…

Watching these back I can see my dad’s point but obviously, as a teenager, we don’t do we?

You can drink a drink BUT you can’t food a food…Just saying…

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…Chamomile is this week’s flower  …such a pretty little flower with so many health benefits…

I am loving this series of Aromatherapy I hope you are as well… Sally is looking in-depth at Chamomile. If you have missed any previous posts you can catch up when you pop over to Sally’s she will make you very welcome and answer any questions that you have…#recommended read…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-chamomile-essential-oil-by-sally-cronin/

October Trivia…The Anglo-Saxons name for October was Winterfylleth, with its name containing the words for winter and full moon respectively. It was named this because winter was said to begin from the first full moon of the month.

A variation of that name was the capital of the North in Game of Thrones which was called Winterfell…

The Saxons had a name for October, too. Theirs was Wyn Monath, which translated into “wine month” because it was the time of the year for making wine. I’m not sure about you, but I think October just became my favorite month!… Haha

As you all know by now it is National Pumpkin Month…and Halloween is coming only 11 days I am sure by now all your houses are looking quite spooky…and talking about spooky I was reading John Rieber’s blog the other day and he had come across some very scary and wacky doormats…

How scary is that…I don’t like clowns anyway and I definitely would not be treading on that mat…Pop over to John’s if you fancy being scared some more he finds all the cool and wacky stuff…

I am also thinking that I should be soon making my Xmas Puddings and cake...This year I have decided that instead of cooking Christmas dinner we will eat out…I will still make mince pies etc but instead of shuffling around with an oven which only has one shelf and a tabletop version which makes 2 shelves I am going to spare everyone the stress …I can cook a ham for sandwiches and meals for the few days after Xmas…but I have decided…someone else can cook the Christmas Dinner xx

This week on the menu has been Blueberry Buckle again ..my testers love this and with custard, this time was their request, Duck in Orange Sauce, Spicy Pork with peppercorns which got the thumbs up from my harshest critic…more crockpot Bread I am becoming quite the baker… my inhouse food critic wanted tiger bread this time… I brushed the top with a paste made from rice flour and it looked just like Tiger Bread it worked something else I have learned.. …next time they have requested poppy seeds …they are testing me here…

Chocolate brownies were also on the menu as was some more tomato soup and sausage rolls which I haven’t made for a long time…Salmon the Thai way always goes down a treat…Chicken Roast which is when I have a stir fry which was garlic and pepper chicken…Thai steamed fish which everyone loves with morning glory…and lots of fresh herbs. sometimes I use ginger and crispy kale it all depends…

Next weekend for some of you is Halloween here in Thailand we will be celebrating Loy Krathong… 

The Festival of “Loy Krathong”, literally the “Festival of Floating Leaf Cups”, has been celebrated in Thailand for over 6,000 years. It is a Buddhist celebration that takes place a few days before and the day of the full moon in the month of November. Loy Krathong is a festival representative of many things.  To read all about how and why we celebrate Loy Krathong please click the link above…

Lily with her Krathong all ready to float it on the water…See how pretty the banana leaves look when they are plaited with a flower…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbors and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

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!

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 20th September -26th September 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Jackfruit and more Acapella……

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…

 

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Mondays are now much different …although I am not writing a full post on Climate change my thoughts will be apparent on Saturday Snippets just somewhat condensed… 

Tuesday… This blog is looking like some of the empty shelves in the supermarkets at the beginning of the Covid-19…

I wonder if all the hoarders have used their spoils or whether they had to throw much of it away or they grew a conscience and gave some away…

Wednesday…My new series…The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter F ( AperitiF)

Ahhhh…this is much fun…Thanx Pete…Seriously I am enjoying it after last week where the letter E was a doozy…F had far less for me to choose from…starting with an AperitiF…why not?…from bay leaf to gold leaf and maple leaf who would have thunk?… Cheers me dears…

Next week I will be back over at Sally’s where it will be just a normal cruise through the Alphabet with a little pitstop at the letter S…Please pop over and say hello we would both love to see you there and there will be recipes and chat..you know you want to…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/23/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-f-aperitif/

Thursday…Essential Oils and Aromatherapy – An introduction to the therapy by Sally Cronin

Today I …Pressed This so I could share Sally’s wonderful intro to Aromatheraphy…as many of us know who use Press This instead of the reblog option mainly because it saves you on storage space in your media library… now  know WP only lets you use the Block Editor which is being forced upon us…I persevered and have to say(grudgingly)…It didn’t take me very long and it wasn’t difficult…It also doesn’t mean I have changed sides…I am still using the Classic Editor unless I use Press This…so no WP you haven’t got my vote for the block editor…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-an-introduction-to-the-therapy-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…Jack Fruit a wonderful Vegan option…

Definitely a wonder tree and a very viable option for those who follow a vegan diet…Young Tori told me that she loved it and adds herbs and oats to make a tasty burger…Thank you for that tip Tori…

I also added on the post and in comments where and how you can obtain Jackfruit as not everyone is lucky to have a tree in their garden like I have…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/09/25/fruity-fridays-the-jack-fruit/

Saturday Snippets…

The last post of the week from Moi apart from this roundup…where I can indulge my whimsy and tease you with some spoilers for my cookbook…there is another rendition from the Barbershop Boys sung Acapella …it made me smile especially the reference to Mj’s high notes…haha and Hey Jude the start of longer singles…I also mentioned the dogs who have been trained to sniff out this damn virus and as always I am astounded at how mans best friend has such highly tuned senses…which brings me to the seeing eye dogs who I have seen first hand what a wonderful bonus they are to their owners…they are their eyes and what a wonderful job they do…

Which is why I will now express my sorrow and hugs to Patty whose wonderful seeing eye dog Bubba aka King Campbell after a long and faithful service has retired and gone over that Rainbow Bridge…We all join you in your heartbreak Patty…Hugs…xxx

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

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

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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

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

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx