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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Update – July 25th – 31st 2021 – Billy Joel, Short Stories, Poetry, Book Reviews, Pet and Human Health, Funnies

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

There is the Breakfast Show with Sally and Will always so, many great tunes…there are funnies

I can’t get out of my bed, my Fitbit is charging and my steps won’t count

Book reviews and Book launches so if you are looking for a gift or to stock up your reading list…Look no further…Head over to Smorgasbord Magazine #recommended read…

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 25th-31st July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Music, Tokyo, Cherry Blossom and Aime… …

Plastic Free July, ARE you the Change, Music, Culinary A-Z, Thai Dips, Tsukiji Fish Market, #Aime and The Bullet Fruit Tree.

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…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

August 1st…yes it really is…some August trivia…August 1889 it is said to have rained Ants in Strasburg, Germany…however it is now known that rainfall radar can be hoodwinked by swarms of flying ants?…

What else does the 1st of August bring…?

Lughnassadh, the Celtic first harvest festival…Lughnasadh is the festival that marks the beginning of the harvest. It is held halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, around 1st August…The 1st of August is traditionally known as Lammas Day.

August 1960 Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ was released.  The best exercise music ever! Our favourite music track ever… my hubby is the king of the twist…

Happy memories and he still doesn’t do a bad rendition without any encouragement when he hears this song…

August the 9th  also marks International Day of the World’s Indigenous People’s…This year’s theme is ” Leaving no one behind Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.”

You may ask WHY do we celebrate International Days…International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.

Enough about what’s to come in August lets have a look at last week…

We all love a good news story so here they are…I know I bang the drum about Plastic this is the good news …There are of course always good news stories and we have to remember that…

This fierce-looking Tasmanian Devil a very apt name is one of them…I also love it when my readers tell us of their good news like this one from BeetleypeteCorona Beer has come up with a great idea. No need for plastic rings to secure cans in six-packs, and no shopping bag required, just screw them together and carry them out like a pole!
Tesco is now using brown and black plastic meat trays that are recyclable, unlike the previous clear plastic ones.

Plastic Free July 2021…The Good News Stories…

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is K…

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thingmy followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet for me to blog about…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete was, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…so I hope you have started brainstorming Chel…haha x…although I will extend Chel a period of grace as she is on break and she is gonna be a Mumma again..boy numero 6…Hope you are keeping well Chel x

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter K…

Sometimes a post just strikes a chord and this was one of them from the lovely Pete Springer…

Pete said: Every Olympics, there are human interest stories that capture my attention. I don’t follow women’s gymnastics, but I always enjoy the spirit of competition. One Olympic athlete we may hear more about in the days to come is American gymnast Sunisa “Suni” Lee.

I hope you can watch the videos they are heartwarming…I couldn’t here in Thailand but I did find some on youtube that I could watch.

Suni Lee—Heart of a Champion

I love it when I come across little hacks that work…Don’t you?

Sally over at Smorgasbord Health has treated us to some cracking Health Hacks…who hates getting brain freeze I know I do when I am drinking an ice-cold smoothie…or toothache..nothing worse ..Head over to Sallys and have a read you will be amazed I know I was…#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Some Health Hacks for everyday niggles such as Pins and Needles by Sally Cronin

This week in my kitchen dips for fruit...Fruit is everywhere you go here all nicely cut up and presented with a dip of your choice..of course, I eat fruit whole but some fruits I prefer to buy ready cut it’s easier and the dips are delicious…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/07/29/this-week-in-my-kitchen-thai-dips-for-fruit/

Tropical Friday…we do get some strangely named fruits here…The Bullet Tree Fruit…

The Bullet Wood fruit whose other names include Spanish Cherry, Tanjong Fruit, Indian Medlar and Caqui Fruit…scientific name Manilkara kauki is grown here in Thailand its really another backyard fruit and is generally found on small market stalls where the produce that they sell is from their land and it is generally in small quantities.

Its botanical name is Mimusops elengi L…it has been used by traditional medicine practitioners for centuries and is mentioned in the Ayurvedic Scriptures.

Tropical Friday…The Bullet Wood Fruit…

Saturday Snippets: Today’s word is Tokyo…

The place where ancient and very modern(quirky) meet…The safest city in the world and the one I would most love to visit.

Saturday Snippets 31st July 2021…Tokyo

That’s all for this week thank you so much for joining me…I hope  you all have a fabulous weekend xx

 

 

 

 

Plastic Free July…the last day…a recap!

Plastic Free July…Be the Change…

Who joined me for Plastic Free July…? (Sign up for the challenge here) It’s never too late even though we are on the last day of July…every little helps and there are some great ideas on the website..small changes combined DO make a difference.

Have you been the change in July?

Personally, Plastic Free July has been a stepping stone for me and will not stop on the 31st of July…If you have been looking at the figures and watched the video on the biggest garbage dumps around the world I hope that has encouraged you to think about your waste and how you can reduce it… I know many of you are already aware but we can all do more…

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

Let’s have a look at what good ideas I have seen throughout July…

I have now received my first pack of bamboo toilet paper…I have NO plastic waste packaging to dispose of and the only downside is it isn’t wound on a roll so we can’t attach it but the paper itself is very light beige not unpleasant in colour.. feels strong and soft not really any noticeable difference in texture apart from the middle bit is missing …I await the comments from the boys…

Bamboo is far more sustainable than trees and grows at a rate of knots…lol..it wasn’t overly expensive as some alternative products are but this is Thailand and it grows here…I can’t speak for anywhere else…The name of my product was Panda very apt…

Plastic Free July in Action has seen many great changes people have implemented

I have concentrated…Cleaning Products…

Cleaning products…so many plastic bottles on each shop to me to start there was a no brainer…

White Vinegar with water is brilliant for cleaning glass…If you watch this video you will get easy recipes and tips for drastically reducing your cleaning and it has a double whammy because what you are replacing it with doesn’t harm the environment when it enters the water systems…

I now have on order Castille soap to make my cleaners and hair soap which I will test and roll out to the family it is called Reef Safe and does not harm the environment and is not tested on animals…

I remember my grandmother using castile soap and her house was spotless…admittedly maybe she used a bit more elbow grease as my mum and nan used to tell us but it was the worse day when these time-saving cleaning products appeared…Just saying…

And then we had “Surf”

That was the start of all the worlds problems…

Overall just concentrating on those few products has reduced my plastic footprint…

My next step as July has just made me more conscious and determined to reduce our plastic footprint… is to address all the non-recyclable wrappers…I don’t think that will be quite so easy maybe I will have to make homemade sweeties for the little and the big kids or cook more popcorn as a snack…

I now have all my produce bags and once I go out shopping again I will be using them…sigh this covid is not getting any better here…They are easy to make and washable…

I changed my soap washing power at the beginning of Plastic Free July and the consensus is good which means another plastic wrapper bites the dust and there is no difference in the cleaning…

Elsewhere…

The action of the Month...worth a read as there are some interesting ideas.

Ye Olde Greengocer...Some delicious foods here…

Personally, I think this plastic bottle debate about leaching and harmful chemicals has gone on long enough…it’s our health and our families health for god’s sake I wrote about all this a couple years ago and I am going to revisit those posts and just see if any of the companies I mentioned have actually taken their promises forward …at a guess, I would bet my money on it…

This article just confirms it for me...Many of the world’s plastic containers and bottles are contaminated with toxic PFAS, and new data suggests that it’s probably leaching into food, drinks, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products and other items at potentially high levels.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/09/toxic-forever-chemicals-plastic-food-containers?

Time for us to talk in the only language manufacturers understand…we have the power over what goes in our shopping trolleys…

How did you do for Plastic Free July..are you going forward? What changes did you make?

Thank you for popping in see you tomorrow for my weekly roundup…it is also the first day of August…where does the time go..it scary, isn’t it?

 

Saturday Snippets 31st July 2021…Tokyo

 

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…

For the last few weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week I have been trying to keep up with the Olympics…

I am keeping up with the Olympic Games where I can..coverage is limited here but I can download some of the programs so can watch them that way…in keeping with the Olympics my chosen word this week is…Toyko!

Come with me and see what I discovered…

When I think of Tokyo I think of cherry blossoms…they always look si beautiful…

Not only is Tokyo known for its historic shrines and temples…it is famous for performing arts such as Noh, Kabuki and Rakugo, which have been enjoyed for centuries. Its major venues which celebrate Japanese cultural traditions include the Kabukiza Theatre, the National Noh Theatre and the Kokugikan Hall.

Tokyo is also the home of Anime, electronics, manga, and video games. Akihabara is the epicentre of it all. It becomes a jungle of electric lights and colours at night, providing a sensory overload for visitors.

Tokyo…Aime

Did you Know? There is one vending machine per 23 citizens in Tokyo?

Vending machines are everywhere in Japan, and Tokyo is not an exception. Estimations have been made that you will never have to walk more than 12 meters on average to find a vending machine in Tokyo. In fact, there is one vending machine for every 23 people living in the city. 

The Japanese are a nation of fish eaters...it is ingrained in their history and culture…we all know that overfishing is causing a problem worldwide and that sustainability is high on most people agendas…Will fish-loving Japan embrace sustainable seafood?

Not easily methinks…fish remains at the heart of Japanese diet and culture.

Traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, was included in December 2013 as a part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Fish are an indispensable element in washoku culture, where a diverse array of ingredients is used with subtlety to prepare each dish.

The Tsukiji Fish Market is what Tokyo has been famed for years and has been on everyone’s to-do list when travelling to Japan…because of the Tokyo Olympics, it has been relocated to Toyosu many people miss the ambience of the old market and feel the new one is modern and soulless…

Although Tsukiji’s wholesale market has moved to nearby  Toyosu, the warren of shops and eateries making up the adjacent Jogai Shijo Outer Market remain. A vibrant mix of street-stall style shopping and fresh cuisine, Tsukiji’s Outer Market is a haven for those craving the hustle, bustle and intimate feel of a local Tokyo.

There are lots of themed cafes in Tokyo

Vampire cafes, Alice in Wonderland, Maid cafes, Cat cafes, Totoro cafe, Moomin cafe, PomPomPurin Cafe. You name it and there is a big chance that there is a themed cafe in Tokyo with your favourite things.

Many of Tokyo’s theme cafes are limited editions and so-called pop-up stores that only exist for a certain period. For example, there have been cafes with Pikachu theme, Pokemon theme, Sailor Moon theme, and many more. Some popular ones have remained as permanent establishments.

Let’s have a tune…

A new one on me..quite pleasant…

Did you know food lovers? Tokyo has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants

In the latest edition of the renowned Michelin Guide, a total of 223 restaurants in the city was awarded at least 1 Michelin star. For food lovers, this is perhaps one of the most interesting facts about Tokyo.

Tokyo also has a robot hotel and robot restaurant…what doesn’t Tokyo have?

The Henn Na Hotel is operated by robots and in the reception, visitors are greeted by a dinosaur robot. There are actually several hotel branches within the same company. The one in Ginza is certified as the first hotel with working robots, in the world.

Wow…I want to visit Tokyo and it’s one of the safest cities in the world…it must also be the zaniest and most fun a mix of ancient and modern…

That’s it for the word Tokyo…This is so funny …Yes I know I have a warped sense of humour. Japanglish love it!

Thank you for popping in today I hope you enjoyed “TOKYO” see you tomorrow for my weekly roundup…I hope you have a great weekend…xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – The Kidneys and Urinary Tract – Urinary Tract infections by Sally Cronin

 

For anyone who has ever suffered from Urinary Tract infections or who does on a regular basis…Sally’s post helps us to understand the why’s and the how’s…what we can do to help ourselves and just in case you missed last weeks post on the function of the kidneys and kidney stones I have added the link here.

#Recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/07/29/smorgasbord-health-column-family-health-the-kidneys-and-urinary-tract-urinary-tract-infections-by-sally-cronin/

Tropical Friday…The Bullet Wood Fruit…

The Bullet Wood fruit whose other names include Spanish Cherry, Tanjong Fruit, Indian Medlar and Caqui Fruit…scientific name Manilkara kauki is grown here in Thailand its really another backyard fruit and is generally found on small market stalls where the produce that they sell is from their land and it is generally in small quantities.

Its botanical name is Mimusops elengi L…it has been used by traditional medicine practitioners for centuries and is mentioned in the Ayurvedic Scriptures.

All parts of the tree are used the leaves, bark, flowers, seeds, roots and fruit to treat various diseases especially dental disorders.

Called the Bakula tree in India its very pretty flowers are offered to the gods…Jains and Buddhists consider the tree to be sacred.

According to Vamana Purana, the flowers are used in worshipping Lord Vishnu. It is one of the few species whose flowers can be collected from the ground and offered in worship. The seeds are offered to Lord Shiva. The tree is often grown near mausoleums in South India.

Fruit edible raw, cooked, pickled, seed oil is used for cooking but also used for lamps… Bark oil is used in making perfume. Flowers are used for the preparation of an otto used in perfumes and as a stimulant. Blossoms are sometimes used to make potpourris.

I’ll now pass you over to the weird fruit explore who luckily found some of these fruits on a stall in Bangkok here he tastes it and with the utmost honesty gives you his thoughts.

Thank you for popping by I hope you enjoyed learning about this rare fruit see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets always a popular post…x