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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…13th- 19th November 2022-Monday Musings, #Thai Panang Curry, Health, Influenza, #Saturday Morning Market, Stir-up Sunday…Christmas Pudding……

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of posts you may have missed during the week…weather wise it has been heating up so much for being “winter”…its nice weather to walk in though especially in the early mornings before the sun gets high… I am increasing my daily steps gradually and feel better for it…It is enjoyable walking in the early morning nice and quiet plus you get the best of the market ….today it’s “Stir Up Sunday ” time to make those Xmas Puddings…

Have you made your Christmas pudding yet??

We have just returned from Bangkok where we have been for a few days it’s been a nice break… next week I have Christmas menus to finish testing and writing thus I am not spending as much time online as I am enjoying just being… cooking,  walking and enjoying life away from the screen …it clears the cobwebs…x

Monday Musings… this is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours too…

Last Sunday was Remembrance Sunday or Poppy Day…The day when we should remember all those brave souls who fought and died for us…War is a terrible, terrible thing and life would have been so much different for us if we hadn’t won the war in fact we may not even have existed…so many needlessly died and many died unknown…to see that we still honour them makes me proud as we should not forget…

Monday Musings…14th November 2022…

Panang Curry is one of my favourites whether it is a chicken Panang or a prawn Panang they are both equally delicious…Enjoy!

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Thai Panang Chicken Curry…

 

lady holding veggies

There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?

This small list is not exhaustive but it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.

Healthy Eating and not so Healthy eating…That is the question!

Worldwide obesity figures are rising… with the rising of obesity then lifestyle diseases are on the increase and putting a strain on already stretched health services around the world which means longer waiting times to be seen plus as we/I get older I want to preserve my body as well as I possibly can which means I watch what I eat and I am walking more which is my preferred exercise…Sally over at Smorgasbord has been posting an excellent series on Morbid Obesity…Sally is a trained Nutritionist and her posts are very informative and helpful …Please head over by clicking the highlighted link above…I will leave all the important stuff we should know and the many tips to help us be in our best health to Sally as she is an expert…

My aim is to highlight the scale of the problem and to know that we are all part of the solution and are not alone in this…

Healthy Eating…Obesity around the World…

“Up to 650,000 people in the world die from seasonal flu each year. This is much higher than the often-used numbers of 250,000 to 500,000 deaths cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) based on data thought to reach back decades, which did not take into account the experience of developing countries. However, since then, many countries have improved their flu surveillance systems, and have been able to estimate deaths from the disease.”  Huffington Post 2022

Now the days and nights are getting a lot colder for some… we need to take every precaution and repair our bodies against the flu…Please head over to Smorgasbord to read the original post on what we can do to try and protect ourselves and our loved ones…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Winterise your Body – Influenza by Sally Cronin

Up bright and early time for my daily morning walk to Talad Tessaban this is my favourite time of the day when the world is just waking up…its about 6km there and back but a lovely walk and it clears away the cobwebs…smile…

The sun was taking its time this morning and then it was there so over the road I crossed to walk in the shade…What did I get today? Some lovely fresh coconut milk it’s so lovely watching the coconut being ground and my milk coming out nice and fresh …and believe it or not, it’s so much cheaper than buying it ready packaged who knew…freshly made and cheaper…

Saturday morning at Talad Tessaban,Udon Thani, Thailand

Thank you for joining me today I was away for a few days therefore there was no Friday food review..and Saturday Snippets is on holiday until after the new year…as always I look forward to your comments and hope you are having a pleasant Sunday and have a productive week ahead and if you are puddings today as its Stir Up Sunday then enjoy!

Have you made your Christmas pudding yet??

Have a great weekend x

 

Monday Musings…7th November 2022…

Good Morning…and welcome to Monday Musings… a place where my inner child comes out and also where anything which has wowed or dismayed me has happened over the last week…

Haha…This made me smile although it could have caused a nasty accident…Luckily it didn’t I can just imagine driving down the street and seeing this huge silver ball coming towards me it must have been surreal…

To anyone who has put up their Christmas tree already,,, Bah Humbug!…it’s too early! Just saying!

I just can’t believe how quickly this year has passed by we are in the 11th month of the year…it marks the beginning of the winter holiday season for most folks, even if the winter solstice doesn’t occur until late December…21st of December to be exact unless of course you hail from the southern hemisphere and then the winter solstice occurs on June 20 or 21…

However, in my head, I am still in UK time and even though it’s warmer here(a lot) I still adhere to certain lifelong traditions and make Christmas Cakes and puddings…this year I have decided to make a square cake rather than try and make individual round cakes as they were quite dry and I think if I make a square cake I can portion it up into individual little cakes…all my Thai neighbours/friends love the bread pudding, mince pies and sausage rolls and hopefully their individual Chrismas cakes this year…I still think it’s too early to put the tree up!

Stir Up Sunday…November 21st 2022…

Since the Victorian era, it has been a day of family celebration and cooking! Traditionally, family members would stir the pudding and make wishes for the new year on this day. Besides delicious family bonding, the day offers a chance to get ahead and cross off at least one item on your Christmas to-do list — pudding!

Here are my recipes as a reminder to get your ingredients together all ready for Stir-up Sunday…

Finally, this is a joint little rant from myself and Pete...who couldn’t have expressed it better…The British Prime Minister initially wasn’t going to attend Cop 27 but for the wrong reasons(although) I do think the economy is just as important…If he had used his head he could have suggested a zoom meeting and won brownie points on so many levels it would have been better for everyone…in 2020 the UN general assembly was a virtual meeting as was the White House climate summit…why not Cop 27 although it’s too late now …

These were the points raised as to why COP 26 wasn’t virtual…Representatives from many developing countries have spoken of concerns that an online Cop would fail to produce the pressure on countries needed to make them strengthen their goals.

Thank you for joining me today for Monday Musing’s as always I look forward to your comments…x

Smorgasbord Christmas Celebrations Rewind – The Second Day of Christmas with guests Darlene Foster, Miriam Hurdle #Food from Carol Taylor, Christmas Pudding and Margaritas

I am loving Sally’s 12 Days of Christmas…Day two is a must-read it invoked Christmas memories for me of Stamp albums, my map reading skills…not! and Christmas Pudding(thank you) Sally for sharing the recipe and in my later years of Marqueritas…ole!

Of which…smile… I must tell you to head over either before or during you indulge and peruse the side effects…they are classics and are all true..Sally has researched and researched and her word is gospel…Hic…

Cheers everyone and enjoy!

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Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – Christmas Special 2021 – DIY presents, Sustainable Trees and Gifts, Cheesecake and Pickles.

Welcome to my Green Kitchen where my aim is to cook food that is chemical-free, in season and grown either by myself or purchased locally and in season…

Produce which is in season has far more taste than produce which is forced and grown out of its natural season …I also think it is the anticipation and the taste of the first of the season’s crops…those first root vegetables…sublime!
However, as Christmas is coming this edition will cover ways, we can have a sustainable Christmas plus some tried and tested Christmas recipes.

To read the full original post please click the link below…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/11/17/smorgasbord-food-column-carol-taylors-green-kitchen-christmas-special-2021-diy-presents-sustainable-trees-and-gifts-cheesecake-and-pickles/

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 7th-13th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Sweet Potato Recipes, Music and Christmas Pudding Recipes…

My Environmental A-Z,  Sweet Potato, Christmas Pudding and Irish Cream Recipes, the best pasta in the world,  …Music by Bette Midler and more …Oh Yes, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearly 2 weeks into November and coming up to 3 yrs of covid who would have thunk 2 years ago?

Welcome to my weekly roundup...Fig Newtons are still on hold I have been unable to get out to buy the cinnamon…but tomorrow we have to collect our Vaccine Passport which means I may be able to get some cinnamon and then Fig Newtons it will be…

The first post of the week was Part 2 of Christmas Treats and Trivia...I still can’t believe it is that time of the year again it just doesn’t feel like it but Christmas Puddings need to be made and this year I have made a few extra as gifts…

I have or we have collectively decided I am not making a fruit cake aka Christmas cake this year…I love Christmas cake however my waistline has expanded and I need to get some pounds of..begone…I am going to make something else instead, something that everyone loves which then means it is not down to me to eat it all as it is with the Christmas cake..unless of course, I make a Christmas cake for one…Mmmmm that’s a thought…Mini Christmas cakes it will be…

 

Christmas…Treats, Traditions and Trivia! Part 2…

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month…

I love sweet potatoes with the purple ones being my absolute favourite…Hubby prefers the white potato…nutrient and vitamin wise surprisingly there is not much difference with potatoes it’s how you cook them or add to them…as I am watching what I eat my plate was noticeable last night for the absence of very nice crispy potatoes cooked in duck fat…Hubby and my son enjoyed them…sigh…my waistline said thank you…

CarolCooks2…In my Kitchen today…Sweet Potatoes…

The letter U was the subject of this week’s Environmental A-Z…Used Oil, UNESCO and Universal Waste…A comment by Jim of Bordens Blather fame...Take a bow Jim…made me think and speak to Mr Google…of course, it did…lol…

But when do we as the consumer see notices or receive notification of how best we can dispose and where locally of what we buy...My response was a mini-rant…sigh… When do you get the information when you purchase these oils and paints etc it should be clearly displayed how they should be disposed of and where local points of collection are stores and manufacturers are lazy it should not all be down to the consumer they have a duty of care for our planet as well…Nuff said for now…lol

The Environmental A-Z…the letter U…Used Oil, UNESCO, Universal Waste…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…

In this post, I was exploring the changes that Covid has meant to us in our kitchens and what we buy…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen….What has changed and why…2021…

I am loving this series from Sally because I believe all of us at some time in our life need to increase our intake of a certain vitamin or nutrient…Sally has made it easy by breaking it down and she will also be giving us a shopping list to make it even easier…How good is that…This week it is Essential Fatty Acids…#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Six – #Essential Fatty Acids by Sally Cronin

Friday already…

How to cook a turkey I’m sure many of us have been there and many of us will be there…it can be pretty daunting the first time…like will it fit in the oven…will it be cooked, is it thawed so many things to consider to present the perfectly cooked turkey on Christmas Day.

Christmas…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…Part 3.

Saturday Snippets are often written on the fly…very rarely planned unless someone has given me a prompt word… in the last 4 weeks, they have followed a sort of theme…Soap, Water, Fire, Wind…would Earth be a natural progression and where to go from there?

I hope you enjoyed my foray into my prompt word “Wind” It was interesting to write…

Saturday Snippets 13th November 2021…Wind!

That’s all for today…I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend and if you are still reading this post I look forward to your comments as always…xxx