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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 16th August -22nd August 2020…Labels, Recipes, Health(Sugar), Whimsy, and Beluga Whales…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Our rainy season is well and truly underway and my leaky ceilings are fixed…the story of how is for another day and I defy any author to even make that one up…sigh

Anyway back to the job in hand last week’s posts…Take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news on the environment there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…WELL, it was just a tad… I have been reading much about plastics but as anyone knows who does research something else always pops up as a link or attachment and that’s how I arrived at labels and from labels to ingredients…which means you can guess the content of my next few posts I also sure that somewhere amongst them plastic will rear its head…everything is interconnected in some way…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/17/food-labelling-and-contaminants/

Tuesday: Pork Loin Recipe…

pork loin gruyere cheese onions

A beautiful Pork Loin rolled and stuffed with caramelised onions and Gruyere cheese and then topped with gruyere cheese and 0nions a real tasty treat…Full recipe on blog and directions on how to butterfly Pork Loin.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/18/recipe-stuffed-pork-loin/

Wednesday: A-Z of food…The letter P and no pizza in sight…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘P’ for Pancakes, Paella, Pomelo, Pate, Pease Pudding, and A Poke Bowl.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-p-for-pancakes-paella-pomelo-pate-pease-pudding-and-a-poke-bowl/

Thursday: The Horse Chestnut and our circulatory system by Sally Cronin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-horse-chestnut-aesculus-circulatory-system/

Fruity Fridays are back! 

This week is the lovely Pineapple…a healthy and versatile fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked in a pudding and you can even use the outer skin as a serving dish…

Served as an appetiser topped with some spicy chilli paste adds another dimension to pineapple…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/21/fruity-fridays-the-pineapple/

Saturday Snippets…

Today I shared with you some of my favourite topics…Beautiful Beluga whales found sanctuary, City forests are they a thing of the future? Murals which eat up the smog and purify the air a role which is equal to what 720 trees could achieve …How cool is that? 

Red Rocks a natural amphitheatre, beautiful fish and foraged wild mushroom soup and more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/22/saturday-snippets-22nd-august-2020/

That’s all for this week not so much as usual as my writer’s muse has been somewhat dampened of late…my get up and go has got up and gone some days…Quarantine blues…or just life and WP…

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

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

Saturday Snippets…22nd August 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Saturday Snippets…we have had rain plenty of it and I am still sitting here surrounded by scaffolding but the leaks have been mended…fingers crossed and now the ceilings are being put back…I am calm…

Last night it hammered down and no leaks so after 4 years of continually calling them out in rainy season methinks they are fed up and want to see the back of this…nearly as much as I do…sigh

Time to see what I have for you this week…

I was struck by the poignancy of this image it is made up of pictures of some of the medical staff who have sadly passed away while working hard to save lives..they lost theirs…

R.I.P all you brave dedicated souls..xx

A global movement

After Bangkok in Thailand, Warsaw represents the second city to finish a mural, among 13 set to erect the City-Forests murals—Belgrade, Lima, Sydney, Jakarta, Manila, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Bogota, and Panama City.

https://conversecityforests.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-07-16_Converse_RenewMurals_WIP06_5MbBitrate.mp4#t=0

These city murals eat up the smog and purify the air a role which is equal to 720 trees …More information here on these exciting projects …

It doesn’t stop there though there might also be vertical forests coming to a city near you…

I welcome innovation like this it gives hope for the future…

Did you know?  Nessie the Lochness Monster was first sighted by a saint in 565 AD when she allegedly killed a local, and last sighted in June of 2009.

A sanctuary for Beluga Whales…

Two captive belugas were given the chance of a better life when they were relocated from China to a new sanctuary in Iceland.

The 11-year-olds, known as Little Grey and Little White, had spent seven years performing for audiences at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai.

But thanks to Sea Life that has changed for this pair…Andy Bool, who’s the head of the Sea Life Trust, says of their big move:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to share the news that Little Grey and Little White are now in their bayside care pool and will need a short period of time to acclimatize to their new natural environment and all the outdoor elements before their final release into the wider sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay.”

Music

Over the year’s many musicians have performed at Red Rocks.. an open-air amphitheatre built into a rock structure in the western United States, near Morrison, Colorado, ten miles west of Denver. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several large outcrops angled outwards from stage left and a seating area for up to 9,525.

Artists such as Diane Ross and the Supremes, Ray Charles, Loius Armstrong, U2, Grateful Dead, and others all performed at Red Rocks over the years…somewhere I would love to visit as being natural the acoustics must be great…awesome.

U2…@ Red Rocks…

Health Corner: Sugar!

Today just a quick reminder that around the world children’s health and teeth are suffering…If it is not chemicals and the environment it is the number of sugary foods they are consuming and health officials are concerned that because of the quarantine restrictions it could escalate the problems…

Hospitals carried out almost 180 operations every day on children and teens last year to remove rotting teeth, costing the NHS more than £40 million.

This is an increase of more than £14 million from the previous year, as health officials fear lockdown diets will drive up levels of tooth decay in children.

The latest figures reveal there were 44,685 surgical procedures to remove more that one tooth
 
in those aged 18 and under in England in 2018/19, with the majority driven by tooth decay.
 

This equates to 177 operations on each working day, and cost a total of £41.5 million – up from 38,208 multiple tooth extractions in 2012/13, which cost the NHS £27.4 million.

This is only the UK and not the rest of the world...more on this next week when I will discuss Sugar further…

Today is also National Pecan Torte Day…

A day when a delicious, decadent dessert made with a variety of fillings, glazings, frostings, and icings but the star is always the pecan nut which is the only nut that is native to North America.

I have eaten a slice of torte or two in my life but never made one …Have you? 

Foraging has been going well plenty of fish and mushrooms this week mushrooms love this time of year the rain and then the sun…They are poking their heads up everywhere…

The rain means lots of fish swim into the nets…

The fish were then dried over the BBQ as although warm we haven’t had a great deal of sun this week…

The lovely soup was then made from the foraged mushrooms…

An assortment of different colours they certainly make a delicious soup…Wild mushrooms provide locals with seasonal food, medicine, and an alternative income. The richness of wild mushrooms is also one bio-indicator of ecosystem health. The cultivated, mushrooms, are available throughout the year in markets of northern Thailand; however, edible wild mushrooms can only be found in the wet season from June to September…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you are all keeping safe and well…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 have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx