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CarolCooks2…#bloganuary 2022…Interview a fictional character.

Day 22 of #bloganuary…Today’s prompt is… Interview a fictional character.

So far with these challenges, I have managed ok…I think …but interview a fictional character not in my remit today so I am going to pass on that one and instead I am going to leave you with something I wrote a long time ago…Willow the-Wisp…

Willow the Wisp…by Carol Taylor.

Sitting,  flicking through FB is my way of keeping in touch with family and friends from afar. I clicked like, I commented.  Suddenly like a blast from the past, a face appeared: my heart skipped a beat and a tear, unbidden trickled down my face. The outlines were blurred but still …. I felt that familiar stirring from within and I started to shake from the tips of my fingers to my toes.

My thoughts turned to him. The only person who had the power to make my bones turn to jelly.

I suppose the unexpected encounter…just a picture … my guard had dropped or just perhaps my need for someone. If I allowed my thoughts and myself to turn to him then I had to attempt to find some modicum of com­mon ground in the relationship aside from raw, physical sex.

Was that possible?

He was like Willow the Wisp invading my very being, catching me unawares.

My first love and my last. “A bit dramatic” I hear myself saying.

The End!

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about…? Interview a fictional character.

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 16th-22nd January 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Culinary A-Z, Friday Product Review, Saturday Snippets and Go Fly a Kite…

Welcome to my weekly roundup... 2022 is well settled in now …we are mid-way through
January I do hope that those of you who are experiencing lots of snow are staying warm and
safe…Here high season is on the way…The hot season in central Thailand and northeast
Thailand runs from February to June…although the last few days have seen a drop in
temperature and it has been very overcast…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  It is the final post for my Culinary A-Z, Monday Musings are just some findings from the week before which I either find amusing or not, …Friday review and the subject was Slow Cookers…Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…I hope you enjoy it!

Who knew how easy it was to peel an orange and end up with two little orange cups to fill with some lovely mousse for a dessert or wax and make a beautiful citrus candle… Eubie he was a great example of where age has no barriers…

CarolCooks2…Monday Musings… 17th January 2022…How to peel an Orange, Bees and Eubie Blake…

I think a detox is a good start to the year and Sally’s advice is invaluable, easy to understand …I’m ready to detox …Are you? If so please click the link below x

Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with! Sally Cronin

This is it we have reached the end… the last two letters of the alphabet…Y and Z…that were far easier than I had thought… it’s been a fun series…I hope you enjoy the next one which starts on Wednesday…

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letters Y and Z…

You may have noticed that I haven’t included the #bloganuary daily posts in this roundup…I just thought it would be too much…those of you who regularly read and comment on my posts and have also been reading and commenting on #bloganuary have my thanks x It is proving to be an interesting challenge and an experience to read some of the posts…

However, it’s still not too late if you feel you wish to participate in the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day… just click the highlighted link and sign up…

As you know both Sally and I are advocates for cooking from scratch using a variety of ingredients…Ingredients that are necessary for a healthy body and ingredients which we either grow or buy from sustainable sources…Please head over as today it is Vitamin B1 which Sally explains why it is an essential vitamin for our good health and the foods which provide this essential vitamin complete with recipes from me…The whole package…

Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin B1 – Wholegrains, Mackeral, Pork, Pineapple, Eggs, Asparagus

Time for a review of one of my favourite and most used pieces of kitchen equipment…The Slow Cooker…I wouldn’t be without it but once this one has reached the end of its life then I will or maybe before be investing in an Instant Pot…but for today its the benefits and dangers of the Slow Cooker…

CarolCooks2…Friday Product Review…Slow Cookers…

Let’s go Fly a Kite...I can’t get the words of this song out of my head now…lol…although my memories of kite flying are like my memories of trying to climb a rope in PE as a child…not memorable…However, I am fascinated when I see others successfully flying a kite… there is always a touch of awe and a feeling of magic as that kite weaves and waves in the wind…

Saturday Snippets…January 22nd 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “ Kite”

That’s all for today…Thank you for joining me I look forward as always to your comments…Have an enjoyable Sunday see you next week xx

 

 

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary 2022…What is your favourite quote and why?

Day 21 of #bloganuary…Today’s prompt is… What is your favourite quote and why?

Way back when I first started blogging I used quotes as a tag line…Personally, I have a few quotes which I love but I couldn’t say without a doubt one particular quote is that one…

This quote “Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional!”…was the one I used on my second ever blog post…like many quotes, there is not always a definitive answer as to whom it is attributed to…this is one such quote…

It had been said although there is no evidence that “Growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional.”  is attributed to  Walt Disney (1901-1966), the famous animator… that is quite believable as the aim of Walt Disney whose work and theme parks are focused on capturing (or recapturing) a child’s sense of wonder and delight would make it quite credible.

Lacking any definitive, verifiable written source, one can only conclude that this is an apocryphal quotation, most likely written by some anonymous individual, that has been circulating on the Internet for at least 20 years…

Why do I like it ?…

Because we should make the moments count…Make big things out of small things, Make someone smile, make sure you have no regrets, Live life and let live, enjoy and be grateful…and don’t forget “dance in the rain” as “Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional!

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about…? What is your favourite quote and why?

Saturday Snippets…January 22nd 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “ Kite”

Welcome to Saturday Snippets ..my one-word prompt today is “KITE”

“Let’s go fly a kite” s a song from Walt Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins, was one of my first thoughts and the other was what a beautiful bird the Kite is…

And if someone tells you “to go fly a kite,” they want to get rid of you!

No one knows exactly how or who invented the first kite. It is thought that the earliest use of kites was among the Chinese peoples, approximately 2,800 years ago.
The kite was said to be the invention of the famous 5th century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban…but it’s likely many instances of the kite were not well documented… By 549 AD, paper kites were being flown as a way to send messages… Ancient and mediaeval Chinese sources list other uses of kites for measuring distances, testing the wind, lifting men, signalling, and military communication…

Other evidence suggests that kites were used by cultures in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the South Pacific as fishing instruments made of natural materials like leaves and reeds.

Or it could have just been an unknown boy flying his paper kite in the wind…

The Kite…

Kite is a common name for certain birds of prey…a Kite is a medium-sized bird of prey and although they have some similar characteristics to the Eagle it is a larger bird of prey.

A kite is any of numerous birds of prey belonging to one of three subfamilies (Milvinae, Elaninae, Perninae) of the family Accipitridae. Typically, a kite is lightly built, with a small head, partly bare face, short beak, and long narrow wings and tail. Kites occur worldwide in warm regions. They are easily identified by their distinctive forked tail.

Kites are primarily carnivorous and feed on a wide variety of prey. Each species hunts different prey, and birds in separate regions sometimes have entirely different diet compositions. These birds eat anything from mice, rats, and squirrels, to lizards, snakes, and frogs.

There have been a few recordings of this song over the years…Greg Hawkes, The Beatles, Eddie Izzard and Billy Connolly to name but a few… I prefer U2…

Kite Beach is one of Dubai’s most popular beaches – perfect for sun-seekers, foodies and sports enthusiasts alike. If you’re serious about your watersports and want to test your skills on one of the best free beaches in Dubai, Kite Beach has plenty of challenges. Located just off the Jumeirah neighbourhood, you’ll find high-quality equipment available to rent along the sand.

Try kitesurfing, wakeboarding or stand-up paddleboarding, unless staying on dry land is more your thing – you’re bound to find a game of beach volleyball to join, along with a welcoming vibe and plenty of new friends to make in the process. If you’re looking for a more chilled out vibe, Kite Beach exudes adrenaline as much as it does serenity and a casual beachside atmosphere…sounds like my idea of hell…Just saying

Kite Fighting…Yes!…it is a sport and can be quite brutal…

Banned by “The Taliban”  who outlawed kite flying on the grounds it distracted young men from praying and other religious activities. The much-loved national pastime earned a reputation abroad after Afghan author Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 bestselling novel “The Kite Runner” was turned into a film…

Kite fighting is contested in many countries, but particularly in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Chile and Brazil.

Did you know?

Kite is a town in Johnson County, Georgia, USA, along the Little Ohoopee River. The town was named after Shaderick Kight, who donated the land to build the town.

Kitekite Falls, also known as Kitakita Falls, is located in the western part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, near the famous Piha Beach. A spectacular 40-meters multi-step waterfall it looks so beautiful…

Kites look so very pretty fluttering in the wind and it’s no surprise that there are many kite festivals around the world…

The most famous being “The Barrilete Festival, Guatemala“…where the tradition dates back to the Mayans who would fill the skies to ward off bad spirits…”The Zilker Kite Festival, USA” held in March in Austin, Texas the kite festival has meant almost only one thing for the past 90 years: the Zilker Kite Festival. Long before the famed SXSW music festival, the city founded its kite fest to encourage creativity in kids…ahhh kids and kites…” The Festival of the Winds“, is held in Sydney in September a coastal kite flying bonanza. Bondi’s beautiful beaches welcome enthusiasts parading their handmade creations, the free event has been held there for more than four decades and crowds today are entertained by plentiful food stalls, kite-making workshops and art installations it sounds like a kite flyers dream…

Did you know?…  Kite Flying Day falls on 8th February?

The Paper Kite is a member of the nymph butterfly group and is a favourite of butterfly lovers from around the world because of its bright looks. The creatures have two ruling colours on their wings – black and white…they are very beautiful.

These beautiful butterflies other common names White tree nymph, large tree nymph, rice paper butterfly…

The Paper kite butterfly is the largest member of the milkweed butterfly family.

Since the larvae survive on venomous host plants on Parsonsia species, both the butterfly and the larva are poisonous…Native to Asia from Thailand to Malaysia, the Philippines and Southern Taiwan this butterfly u=is also found in Southern Australia…they dwell mostly in the mangroves swamps of primarily coastal areas.

A singer and songwriter who has charted in her native U.K., Lucie Silvas debuted her soulful voice and earnest, adult alternative pop in 2004 with Breathe …

That’s all for Saturday Snippets today I hope you have enjoyed reading this post please feel free to leave a comment as you know I love to chat…see you tomorrow for my weekly roundup…Have a great weekend …xx

 

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary 2022…If you could, what year would you time travel to and why?

Day 20 of #bloganuary…Today’s prompt is…  If you could, what year would you time travel to and why?

Would I want to fast forward to the year 2025…only 3 years but it would give me the answers to questions that I don’t want to know… I would rather wait and see…

My option is back to the past but where to?…

Do I go back to the 1930s to when my mother and father were born that could be lovely …or to see Elvis…or maybe Buddy Holly…Although a year younger than Elvis, Buddy Holly got started in professional music before Elvis. Around 1951, when Buddy was 15 years old, he started jamming with another Lubbock musician, Jack Neal.

Buddy Holly produced some of the most distinctive and influential work in rock music. … With hits such as “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day,” Holly was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down in 1959 at age 22.

But no as most of that info I can get online and listen to docu’s and the music…

No! I think I would love to go back to 1815 and be a fine lady…Why ..not because I am a pretty dress type of person but to be one for a day and have a white horse…I’m sure I will be happy to come back to this time but just for a day…

To be pampered and wear pretty dresses and have someone do my hair and makeup to ride in a horse and carriage go shopping for fine silks for a dress or three…

Go downstairs and see what’s cooking for dinner and how…now that would be cool…so yes, 1815 here I come…

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about…If you could, what year would you time travel to and why?

CarolCooks2…Friday Product Review…Slow Cookers…

Welcome to Friday Food Reviews where I will be covering a different food or product each week and looking at… what are they?  where do they grow, what can we substitute them for in a recipe, are they safe to eat, how to store them, how to use them, cook them, anything connected to that food. or product..all the why’s and the wherefores…it will, of course, be mainly my own opinion or a known fact…good or bad…there may even be a tried and tested recipe…or three…

This week it’s…Slow Cookers…

Slow cookers are healthy as they rely on low heat to prepare food, which reduces the chances of nutrient destruction, unlike other cooking styles.

How much electricity does one use? Depending on their size, slow cooker wattage runs from as little as 50 watts to over 300 watts. That’s not a lot of power, and even when you consider that you leave one cooking 3 quarts of food for 8 hours a day, a 200-watt slow cooker will use only 1.6 kWh.

Let’s address the elephant in the room...lead leaching...

Due to the popular use of crock pots and slow cookers since the 1970s… There is an increasing worry about potential lead poisoning… While slow cookers and crock pots of any age can cause worry, the older the cooker is the more lead-leaching potential it has.

Microscopic cracks and general wear-and-tear of the inner ceramic pots are where the concerns come from… Home cooks using old, but still, operable slow cookers should be checking for even the minutest of cracks…, slow cookers from the 1990s might want to be replaced for a safer more modern unit.

Excessive lead exposure can cause attention disorders, physical development issues, pregnancy complications, and pain issues, among a host of other problems.

There are many ways lead has traditionally gotten into the body, through home renovations, drinking water, soil particles, and occupational hazards. Although we cannot control exposure in all instances, it is important when we do have control—as with cooking materials—that we make a proactive and healthy choice.

Cooking in a pot with a ceramic glaze at a higher temperature setting is generally much safer because the glaze stays sealed, the temperature is higher, and the time period of cooking is generally one hour or less. This is opposed to ceramic glazed slow cookers that often have contact with foods for six to eight hours at a lower temperature.

The more modern ones use other materials rather than ceramics with glazes…other options are a clay pot …clay pots have been around for thousands of years…plus some foods are far better cooked in a clay pot…particularly dishes made with tomatoes or peppers, or have added spices like paprika or sumac,, the clay pot will bring out the sweetness and enhance the flavour.

Cooking with a slow cooker…ideal here where it’s hot and humid as it doesn’t heat my kitchen…

It’s ideal for cooking Hot Cereals: I  used to love to make breakfast overnight for the morning when my children were young… You can make oat bran, oatmeal, and corn porridge let the slow cooker do the work and not a burnt bottom in sight…Those of you who know me and follow this blog know how very good I am at burning saucepans -sigh-

Porridge, eggs, mango chutney…I am an expert…lol…my other half is also very good at cleaning burnt saucepans…

Now let’s look at what you can cook…

Roast Chicken…

All you need to do is sit your chicken on a bed of vegetables and add some stock then cook as per the times for your particular slow cooker …I cook mine on slow for about 4 -5 hrs and then crisp the skin under the grill/broiler…the veggies and that lovely juice I sometimes use to make gravy or keep it as a base for soup…nothing gets wasted.

 

You can do a pot roast in the same way…the beauty is it cooks while you are shopping, writing, taking the kids to football or tennis…and nothing gets burnt or dried out…

 

Stuffed Bell peppers…

  • 6 large bell peppers 
  • 1lb ground beef (at least 80% lean)
  • 1cup finely chopped onions
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2cups cooked white rice
  • 1can (15 oz) organic tomato sauce
  • Fresh or dried basil
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or any melting cheese…like mozzarella or Jack.

Let’s Cook!

Spray a 6-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray. Trim tops off bell peppers; remove ribs
and seeds. Set aside…
In 12-inch nonstick pan over medium-high heat, cook beef, onions, salt and pepper and basil for
8 to 10  minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is cooked through and onion softens.
Add garlic; cook 15 seconds. Drain.
Stir rice and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce into beef mixture in the pan; mix to combine. Stir in 1 cup
of the cheese. Stuff peppers with beef mixture; arrange in the slow cooker. Pour remaining
tomato sauce over the peppers. I like to top mine with the lid of the pepper I think they look
more attractive on the plate when serving…
Cover cook on Low heat setting 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or until peppers are soft. Top the peppers
with the remaining 1 cup cheese.
Cover cook 3 to 8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Use a slotted spoon to lift peppers
from slow cooker.
Cooks tip: When buying your peppers choose ones that have a flat bottom or trim the
points off and add the offcuts to your beef mix…this makes them stand
a little more upright rather than falling over…
I love my slow cooker and use it a lot however once this one reaches the end of its life I will be
investing in an Instant pot or maybe I won’t for that as the Instant pot is also a pressure cooker.
Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments…do you use a
slow cooker and if so what is your favourite slow cooker recipe?
See you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets xx