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National Cheese Day…4th June 2020

I am not talking cheesecake, macaroni cheese or grilled cheese I mean if you are going to have cheese on toast or rarebit as us Brits call it…use real cheese proper aged cheese…

National Cheese Day

Where to start…I love Cheese would be a good place…My daily apple I slice and crumble feta cheese on top or maybe a little blue cheese if I have it and sometimes a few chilli flakes…

Parmesan Cheese has so many uses…little parmesan crackers are sooo good…Grated over chilli or spag bol…A lovely pesto…in mash, on shepherds pie or a caesar salad…

Even the rind has its uses..in a broth or infused in oil or add it to your tomato sauce…just never ever throw it away…

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This hard Italian cheese is made from cows milk and aged for 12-36 months and even better one could be aged for 12 years…there is nothing better than freshly grated parmesan and it is far more economical to grate your own rather than buy it pre-grated…

If you are vegan then cashew meal and nutritional yeast are said to be a good substitute for parmesan.

Blue Cheese or Bleu Cheese…

Is made with cultures of the mould Penicillium, giving it blue spots or veins. It also has a distinct smell…sharp and salty they are a beautiful cheese and one which you either love or hate…Blue cheeses are typically aged in a temperature-controlled environment such as a cave.

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Blue cheese can be eaten by itself or can be spread, crumbled or melted into or over a range of other foods.

Stilton...An English cheese…and one my father absolutely adored comes in two types blue or white…Eaten with a glass of port with my dad is an abiding memory…

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Melting Cheeses…

If you want a good smooth sauce any of these cheeses will produce that…when you use Asiago, Cheddar, Colby, Fontina, Gouda, Gruyère, Havarti, Monterey Jack, or Muenster. Blue cheeses and soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert also melt well if you remove the rind…Me… I love nothing better than a whole Brie or Camembert cooked until melted and then used as a dip…..heaven…

Mozzarella…

A traditional Southern Italian cheese made from buffalo milk…a curd cheese which nowadays is mostly made from cows milk although if you can get the real deal…Enjoy!

It is probably the most popular pizza topping and is great layered between the pasta sheets in a lasagne as ours was last night the grandkids loved it…

mozzerlla and tomatoes with basil

Sliced with freshly sliced tomatoes basil and a drizzle of good olive oil is to me quite simply the best way to eat Mozzarella…

Fresh mozzarella balls are sold in a brine, whey or water solution to help them retain their moisture and shape. This cheese has a soft, moist texture and is full of milky flavour. Similar to other fresh cheeses, mozzarella fresco is high in water content and therefore low on fat.

British Cheeses.

The British are renowned for their cheese and there are many artisan kinds of cheese to be found many of which are hard cheeses…

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A good mature cheddar is a lovely cheese…The British Cheese Board states there are over 1800 cheeses produced in the UK…Cheese is one of our biggest exports…There are far too many for me to list…

French Cheese.

France is also renowned for its cheeses more soft or semi-soft of which there are over a thousand…Here is a list of cheeses you should try at least once…

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With more than 20 kg of consumed cheese per year and per capita, French people are the largest cheese consumers after Greeks. 

What is your favourite cheese? or cheeses…Do you make your own cheese? Not something I have attempted yet but it is on my to-do list…I can’t get ricotta cheese here so that is my first one to try it looks pretty easy to do…Does anyone make their own ricotta? If so do you have any tips for me?

Who remembers the tale of the moon and the mouse with the  moon being made of cheese as a child?...But where did that originate from? It is said that the long-standing myth that the moon is made out of cheese may stem from “The Proverbs of John Heywood” back in 1546 which stated, “the moon is made of greene cheese.” It was common to tell tales to make children believe it was so..

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We now understand this to be more metaphor than literal, with “green” referring to the freshness or un-aged nature of the cheese/moon.

But what if the moon was really made of cheese?

The moon would expand out more than 500 miles in diameter, since cheese is less dense than rock. Then, the water and casein protein that make up the cheese would begin to separate out, with caseins moving closer to the core of the moon.

Enjoy your cheese today...xx Take care stay safe and be well …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.

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

 

CarolCooks2…National Raisin Day(US)

Raisins show up throughout history and literature as a healthy, transportable snack for everyone from the Egyptians to Christopher Columbus to George Washington.

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And of course, those little red raisin boxes are a classic symbol of childhood.

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It’s National Raisin Day! People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practise dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events!

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Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heatwave destroyed acres and acres of California grapevines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply!

The first National Raisin Day was celebrated in 1909 and promoted by the raisin growers of California.

To celebrate National Raisin Day, snack on a box of raisins or bake a delicious batch of oatmeal raisin cookies or a fruit loaf…

Do I love raisins? Do you?

I was brought up on them...not so my favourite cinnamon and raisin bagel that was a later food discovery for me…and I love them…

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But oatmeal and raisin cookies made with Quaker Oats..yummy or bread pudding or a fruit cake or a loaf made with raisins..they are foods of my childhood…

 

  • 1/2 cups (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
  • 3 Cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked) or any oats
  • 1 Cup Californian raisins

Let’s Cook!

Heat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered….That’s of course if there are any left to store…x

 

It may be an American National Day but this Brit loves Californian Raisins as well…

#NationalRaisinDay

Whimsical Wednesday…with CarolCooks2…

Good morning…Staying home is so surreal…it’s getting weird and unsettling…I am seeing rising figures of infected and people dying around the world and it breaks my heart…I can only watch and wait and pray that all this will soon end…I also know that the consequences of all this in most areas of our daily life will be far-reaching…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care but because we all need to find some solace and peace and some joy where we can…

The NHS and medical services around the world are brilliant, dedicated and I applaud them also the support workers and the carers…so many people are helping to keep us safe…

This Italian doctor has found his way of staying sane amongst all the madness and for that I applaud him…Enjoy!

This retired gentleman has also found his way of dealing with these unprecedented times…He is planting booze…I think it is wonderful to see how individuals cope…Enjoy I hope it makes you smile…

 

Last week it was fish and dolphins and wild boars…Mother Nature is proving once again how awesome she is…How quickly she bounces back and it is wonderful to see …

This video shows goats…Goats are curious animals these wild mountain goats normally roam the Great Orme headland and now they have ventured down the hills into the town of Llandudno and had a fine time roaming the empty streets and having a nibble at anything which tempted their tastebuds…

According to some residents, they are an occasional sight but now the streets are empty it seems they are taking advantage of this…

Did you know?… For one I have just realised it is April Fools Day…

But also way back in 1930 The Blue Angel starring Marlene Dietrich premiered…Way back when I was a student we used to frequent a little cafe run by a French couple and the cafe was a shrine to Marlene…it was also the start of my love for her music and films a different era and one I loved …My favourite being Lili Marleen…

I love this song…

Also, April Fools Day or All Fools Day is a day for practical jokes...

I mean who hasn’t been the victim of the Pinch Punch first day of the month joke…?

Where did it originate from…There are lots of tales but the origins of this day who knows when in history someone somewhere started this…Over the years there have been some hilarious pranks, some dangerous pranks and some pranks which fooled a nation…

The April 2, 1698 edition of Dawks’s News-Letter reported that “Yesterday being the first of April, several persons were sent to the Tower Ditch to see the Lions washed.” This is the first recorded instance of a popular April Fool’s Day prank that involved sending people to the Tower of London to see the “washing of the lions.” The joke was that there was no lion-washing ceremony. It was a fool’s errand.

Another such prank was when..on the evening of April 1, 1957, thousands of British families tuned in to watch Panorama—one of the day’s top current events broadcasts—to witness footage of a happy Swiss family harvesting their prized spaghetti trees. Unbeknownst to many viewers, the four-minute “news” segment, which literally showed strands of cooked pasta dangling from the trees in a family vineyard, was an intricate April Fools’ Day hoax devised by a freelance cameraman and produced for a paltry 100 pounds.

To say that the majority of the British were ‘NOT AMUSED” was an understatement however it started the trend of fooling the mass media and took ” April Fool”  to a new level…

Maybe this year due to circumstances the pranks will be somewhat muted…

Another tune for you…A tad more current than Marlene…

Hello…Not Adele…

What happens when you return from the supermarket …I take a shower and change my clothes …This takes it one step further…

A great solution if it warm…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…Please stay safe and well…I have just read that more high profile people have tested positive for COVID-19…It looks like no-one is immune…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 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

Carol’s Chocolate Brownies…

This is my truly tried tested old faithful recipe for brownies and verified by everyone who has tried it….I don’t know why I have never shared it with you here on WP…I thought I had but never mind I now have shared it for you chocolate brownie lovers to enjoy! This recipe is part of my 20%… If you are wondering it is my 80% healthy eating and 20% indulgence plan…And indulgence it certainly is and very enjoyable BUT if you read the ingredients it is as healthy as a cholate brownie can be….. lol

Chocolate Brownies.

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of oil ( I use coconut oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of good cocoa powder
  • 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Let’s Bake!

Mix oil, sugar and vanilla together then beat in the eggs.
Combine all dry ingredients except for walnuts and stir into mixture.
Add walnuts.
Put batter into a prepared baking dish and cook for about 1 hr on 175C/ 350F.

N.B. I sometimes add a 1/2tsp of dried chilli …those of you who know me know I just have to..ha ha

Next time I am going to add just a few cranberries or blueberries and maybe lose the walnuts and add some ground almonds…..
Also depending on what I have in the cupboard, I have used half oil and half-melted butter…

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

This is probably the best brownie mix I have made as the top is nice and crispy but with a gooey underneath…just how I like it or maybe just how this temperamental oven of mine works…lol

Enjoy!

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 is a definite shift towards 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…19th Jan-25th January 2020…

It’s that time of the week again… Time to relax and have a read…My tea this morning is Rosella…What’s yours? Join me for a cuppa and a catch-up…

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Monday…The day when I try to find the good news on recycling and Climate Change…The day when I try to decipher just what is happening around the world and it certainly is a mish-mash…a hot potato…Lots of truths and half-truths…The bottom line methinks is we have to start doing just that little bit more, teach our children and grandchildren …make them aware…we need to be more aware…I also will name and shame as you know…I also think as a consumer we need to be calling out those companies who are blatantly flouting the rules…The shipping lines although this week I found one the 1st one in the world to announce they are plastic-free…

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Lots of good news about the bees it was lovely to hear in the comments about wildlife gardens and Brigid is getting her own hive ..I can’t wait to hear all about it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/20/recycling-and-climate-change20th-january-2020/

Tuesday…Is now one of my designated writing and recipe testing days I did, however, reblog Sally’s Blogger Daily I just love the pretty header…I was in great company there as Sally included my Mondays post..Thank you, Sal … Pete discussed films…Alien being one…and DG Kaye….who needs no introduction..interviewed the lovely Jane Sturgeon …All in all, I was happy to be on the same page….Enjoy the read x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-january-20th-2020-recycling-carol-taylor-movie-alien-beetley-pete-qa-d-g-kaye-with-jane-sturgeon/

Wednesday time for me to indulge my whimsy….Anything goes…The past, the present or the future…and soup as it is National Soup Month…I am just loving my tomato soup the best I have ever made so fresh and tomatoey…

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Homemade Tomato Soup.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/22/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-23/

Thursday  Another no blogging day where I cook, test and research…Of course, a lot of ideas keep popping into my head for blog posts but I am sticking to this reduced blogging calendar…

 

Friday where I invite you into my kitchen …I was given lots of green bananas this week and a beautiful watermelon, some Chinese pears and some lovely little snacks made of fruit, coconut milk and bean curd steamed in bananas leaves…Very moreish we have such kind Thai family and neighbours…My plea for recipes for green bananas goes out again…If I let them all ripen before I use them we will never eat them all, of course, I can share around the neighbour’s but as they all have bananas trees in their gardens it is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle…One of my mum’s old sayings…

Of course, I made our favourite green banana koftas yesterday which went down a treat…For the recipe just click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/24/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchengreen-bananas/

Saturday I popped over to Sally’s where she posted Part Three of her weekly shopping by nutrients…#recommended….I think at some time in our lives we all have maybe wanted to boost our iron or Vit C….maybe some other nutrient…it is a really handy breakdown…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/23/smorgasbord-health-column-weekly-grocery-shopping-list-by-nutrient-part-part-three-calcium-to-manganese/

Sally has years of experience and gives out sound advice… a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty- two years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on the radio in Spain. For more on Sally’s books and nutritional expertise please click the link below…

 https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019-2020/

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading and thank you to all of you who have commented and shared my posts this week …I love your comments so please keep them coming…Make my day 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 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 great Sunday and a fabulous week xx

Slowly, slowly catchee Monkey!

Ha Ha….Back in the days when a large proportion of far eastern countries were  colonised and under British Rule, in their spare time soldiers tried and mostly without much success to catch monkeys as pets.

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The natives showed the soldiers how to catch the monkeys by putting a cage with narrow bars and fruit in it close to the monkeys habitat. They then watched and waited while the inquisitive monkeys tried to get the fruit out through the bars. Once they had the fruit there was no way they were going to let it go but it now made them easy to catch as they couldn’t get their arm out without releasing the fruit….

As most natives only spoke what we term as ” Pidgin English” that was where this originated from….Slowly, slowly catchee monkee….

Well..this phrase now is used to descibe a slow, patient approach to something and demonstrates that careful thought is often better than rushing in head first.

So…..

My question is :

  1. Do I buy my custom domain from WP? and then can I monetise my blog without purchasing anything else?
  2.   Do I upgrade to monetise my blog?( the cost) of which is higher.bUT WILL IT PROVE THE BETTER OPTION?

Which is my best cost effective option????

I have looked AND looked but am still not sure and most of you ….It’s my age …lol…are so much better at this than me …so I would be grateful as I have sat on the perverbial fence for far too long …….

 

HELPPPP !