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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…24th January-30th January 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…It is a lovely sunny and still morning here…and the last day of the month…To say I am pleased is an understatement it’s just suffice to say January is proving to be my nemesis…the month where I am often lost for something to say when I just really want to curse but can’t…I also don’t like to swear and most swear words do offend me…I think it must be my age…Joe knows what to say…

Right…Unlike yesterday when the brain would not engage…my weekly catchup is a doddle ..no brain required so here goes I hope you enjoy the roundup…x

Meatless Mondays …are going well and proving quite popular… I am enjoying my meatless meals and I wish to thank everyone who has sent me tips and recipes to try you are all awesome… I will also credit back to you once I have made them and my taste testers have given their verdict…

Last week it was Tofu…

Thank you to everyone who has sent in comments and recipe ideas…it seems meatless Mondays are a hit…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/25/meatless-monday-week-3/

Tuesday...as I had run out of ideas…brain fog again…I reposted an older post on… How to make your own Coconut Oil…

Something not many people would do now it’s just lovely to watch and maybe try it out for that special gift and which also means that a tradition is handed down through the generations as they should be …Enjoy!

Wednesday is the day for my Culinary Alphabet but with a twist where it is words ending and not beginning with a T…

 

 

It was also the day when I gave thanks to the scheduling gods….Yeah for scheduling…T was also another easy one as many, many terms end in T…I left plenty for Pete to choose from…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/27/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twistfood-terms-

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Thursday: 

Over to Sally’s to learn how we can turn back time just a little and how to delay the wrinkles…Sounds like a plan to me…xxx If you haven’t already please pop over and say hello to Sally…her advice is easy to understand and action…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-2021-anti-aging-and-ph-balance-eating-plan-by-sally-cronin/

I also felt it was time to repost an earlier blog post just in case you missed it the first time round…What is really in your yoghurt?

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/28/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it/

Friday: my new series on drinks which naturally clean and detox our bodies…This week it was the Bael Fruit which is fast becoming popular around the world and has some amazing health benefits it is also known as the Stone Apple, Wood Apple, Matum Fruit, Bengal Quince and Japanese bitter Orange …

The boy in the video is also so cute and a great presenter for his age…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/29/natural-cleansers-part-2-bael-sherbat/

Saturday: was a nonentity…one of those days…brain fog…so I gave up and cooked and walked…Tomato Soup is my go-to soup and my well-tried sandwich loaf is now a fixture..a family favourite …the loaf I make every other day although this week I must admit yesterday was the first…such was the doldrums that I made them eat…shock horror ..cut bread from the local shop…I did it was that or nothing…

The upside this week was that I have managed to do 10,000 steps daily well not today as I am giving the body a day off… I will walk to the market later and do a couple of turns around the block but I am not pushing for 10,000 steps today…I will also add that my lazy dog…

Yes, you…Saangchai just follows me to the corner then sits and waits until I come back around and then greets me as if I have been away for a month…Lazy Boy…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/01/30/saturday-snippets-30th-january-2020-is-on-a-break/

I hope to be back with Saturday Snippets next week as long as my brain wakes up and gives inspiration this week …

But I feel better now the walking has done me good and I have walked my doldrums off this week …I hope …I would also like to thank all of you for your lovely messages…and chats…I love you all…x

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

Natural Cleansers Part 2…Bael Sherbat…

Welcome back to part 2 of my posts on natural cleansers...Last weeks post on Coconut Water proved to be very popular and so many of you are already converts and reaping the benefits of enjoying the fresh juice of the Coconut that’s lovely to see…x

When I am out walking I often see the Bael fruit drying in the sun it is then steeped in hot water and made into a fruity drink either hot or iced…It has many reported health benefits and is easy to make.

I am also thinking back a few years and I am sure I have seen it for sale in the Uk in health shops to shops which sell d dried herbs and teas it looks very much like dried orange slices.

This really is a delightful video…The kiddies are so cute …

If you can get the fresh bael fruit then here’s how to make a delicious healthy drink.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-sized bael/bel fruits
  • 3 cups chilled water
  • 8 tbsp jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp black salt

Hit the bael/bel fruit with a rolling pin to crack it open just be careful it seems to have been gotten down to a fine art here… Scoop out the soft, brown pulp from inside, and put it in a bowl.

Add a cup of water to the fruit pulp, and let it soak for half an hour.

Mash the fruit thoroughly, and add the rest of the water. Strain the mix well to get a clearer juice. Put the juice into a large jug.

Add the jaggery, cardamom powder, cumin powder and salt. Stir well, and serve the bael sharbat.

This is lovely and refreshing…and a wonderful cleanser…

Bael or Bel as it is sometimes known as naturally fights viral and bacterial infections, can reduce inflammation, and is considered a good cure for a number of diseases.

The fruits medicinal purposes are very high when the fruit has just ripened. It has a high tannin content which makes it suitable for the treatment of cholera and dysentery.

A hot poultice of the fruit leaves are said to be an effective treatment for various inflammations, a leaf decoction is also used as an aid for asthma. The root, leaves, and bark are also effective when used on a snakebite. I have feeling it was these leaves made into a poultice which a lady made for me when I was bitten by a jellyfish it certainly took the sting out and helped reduce the pain…

The fragrant flesh is also eaten with Keow Neow…sticky rice. The young leaves and shoots are eaten as a vegetable here in Thailand and used to season food in Indonesia.

It is also a prototype of today’s Orange.

Thank you so much for dropping by and reading this post if you have a favourite natural cleanser or drink bael fruit tea please let us know in comments as I love to chat and share ideas…Thank you , Carol x

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 3rd May-9th May 2020…Recipes and Mothers Day…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…Cooking has always been a passion but not like this…There are not really abnormal shortages of food here but I am not popping out every day or at will…Shopping is planned and the storecupboard and those tins/packets at the back of it are seeing the light of day…

I have also had my fair share of disasters …maybe its because I am cooking more or maybe it’s the heat and humidity and my temperamental oven although I learnt something the other day thanks to my eagle-eyed son…The temp gauge read spot on for my cake…Because my oven heat comes from the bottom like most ovens here I have to double tin anyone who is used to ovens in Asia knows exactly what I mean…

Cake in the oven and the temp gauge shot up…the only solution we came up with was that as the heat was directly under the tin that caused the heat/temp to rise…Any other thoughts on that.?.. The way forward seems to be to put my tin in the oven while it is heating thus getting a more accurate reading and then putting my cake tin in…Thoughts?

Cake making here is not for the faint-hearted…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…4th May 2020…and Covid-19…

A new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…All of this is having an effect on climate change, air pollution, waste, recycling…

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I wonder what 2021 will bring will it bring changes for the good or will it instead of starting a new norm just go back to how it was?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/04/recycling-and-climate-change4th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: Exotic Spicy Thai Food…Ant Egg Salad…Koi Khai Mod Dang

National Egg Month which meant we will talk eggs with a difference…Spicy Ant Egg Salad…something the Mexican call caviar on land…Many of you may not have heard or tried it…some of you may have tried it or decided it wasn’t for you…Opinion is most certainly divided…

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Photo by Jimmy Chan on Pexels.com

Personally, I love it!…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/05/exotic-spicy-thai-food-ant-egg-salad-koi-khai-mod-dang/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

Hello and welcome… I would like to say that here on Whimsical Wednesdays it is a Corona free zone but this sneaky virus has crept into every single aspect of our lives…Awake or asleep it is there…It dominates the headlines and our thoughts…It invokes great sadness but also great joy…and a smidgen of hope…Nope, I refuse to mention the other 10%…My focus is coming out the other side with hope in my heart…

We are in unprecedented times…Captain Tom who has now been made an Honorary Colonel cheered me up and made my day…Here is a clip of his memories…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/06/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-6/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – #Asparagus – Nutrient-Packed and Delicious by Sally Cronin…Plus a bonus of some Asparagus recipes from me…Who doesn’t love asparagus wrapped in bacon???

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-asparagus-nutrient-packed-and-delicious-by-sally-cronin/

Thursday was also National Roast Leg of Lamb Day…

I also shared our favourite Egyptian Flat Bread made with leftover lamb and some hummus…

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The plating was done by Aston who then duly tucked in… he loves his food…I don’t think I have ever seen a child who eats with such joy on his face…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/07/national-roast-leg-of-lamb-day/

Friday: Nought to write…

I came to a standstill…I started writing and then realised it was Saturday post I was writing…Doh!…my days have merged into one…the heat has gotten in and I had nothing to write…Every time I tried to do some research something on Covid-19 popped up it was also the day after my brother in laws funeral…I was sad, dispirited and just didn’t know what to write so I had a drink or two, ate some crisps and all the things I wouldn’t normally eat, cursed my oven and gave up…Not like me at all but I have this little niggle which is getting bigger…I also thought if I feel like this how the heck must someone feel if they are on their own …made me realise how selfish I was being…

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Image by heidi_ziller from Pixabay

I thought how old I was…next year…So I started to plan a party…I intend to celebrate that milestone in style …We are going to Koh Samui and anyone who would like to join us is most welcome…

Saturday: Exotic Thai Fruits…Matum Fruit, Thai Cherries, Gac Fruit and Mangosteen…

Some of my favourite fruits… I particularly love the Thai cherries pickled…I am partial to a pickle or two…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/09/exotic-thai-fruits-matum-fruit-thai-cherries-gac-fruit-and-mangosteen/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx  

I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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, stay safe and wash those hands xx