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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 10th May-16th May 2020…Recipes, Recycling and more…

Curfews, working from home, only going out when necessary… obviously different restrictions wherever you hail from…some more stringent than others…Not much has been relaxed here a few internal flights but I went out briefly today…shopping and nothing has been lifted in the shops…Everyone is wearing face masks and some full-face masks..screens are in place for cashiers…no buses just tuk-tuks with the hand cleanser bottles taped to either side…in fact, it seems more screens are in place even in the small coffee shops there are screens across the middle of the tables…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

I would say take a breather and settle down to read my roundup but if you are like me we have been settled down for months now…Very surreal still…Enjoy the roundup of my weekly posts and check out my first ever attempt at making a vegan cake and chocolate to boot…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…11th May 2020…and Covid-19…

Yes unlike much of the western world we mask up and cover-up…Not always recommended by many but I think our social distancing coupled with temperature checks and the wearing of masks has contributed to our much lower deaths and pandemic infection figures…However, after a brief foray into Covid-19, I also featured some wonderful happenings from around the world of recycling and climate change…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/11/recycling-and-climate-change11th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Vinegar Month…

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I also made my very first vegan cake…using vinegar instead of eggs…See Saturday’s post for the result was it flop or a success.
Or quite simply some balsamic vinegar with oil and some bread….Quite beautiful…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/12/national-vinegar-month/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesdays…

Before I got into my Whimsy ways I was over @Sally’s with my trip through the Culinary Alphabet from A-Z…last week I was looking at the letter I….not an ice cream cone to be seen…

From Immortalittea to everyone’s favourite Irish Stew.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-i-is-for-icing-ink-fish-indian-black-salt-infusing-immortalittea-and-irish-stew/

Time for some whimsy…Musical bamboo forests, Ants, The hazards of rolling out the dough, some cute animals to crotchet and much more…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/13/whimsical-wednesday-carolcooks2/

Thursday:

I couldn’t think of anything to write my creative thoughts wouldn’t thunk…I just watched Netflix and snacked…

Friday: Apricots and Morels…

Dear Sally came to the rescue with her post on the health benefits of Apricots and also shared one of my posts of some lovely recipes using Apricots which are one of my favourite fruits and a lifesaver…They have lots of iron…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-apricots-no-honeymoon-should-be-without-it-by-sally-cronin-them/

My befuddled brain then woke up and realised that the Morel mushroom festivals had been cancelled and as I have never tried them or didn’t know much about them it gave me something to think about…The exotic hard to find wild Morel mushroom …

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Which I have now discovered I can get dried ones here and if I wait until next season I may be lucky to forage and find some…

Saturday: 

After so many disasters lately in the kitchen…I had a win and my chocolate cake turned out great…I was surprised as I always use eggs …but no sweat and less washing up…my go-to chocolate cake recipe now…

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Vegan Chocolate Cake.

I am just waiting for my black vinegar to be delivered to try that out in a dish…I am enjoying National Vinegar Month…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/16/carolcooks2-a-vegan-chocolate-cake-braised-pork-shoulder-in-black-vinegar-and-yanang-juice/

That’s all for this week …I hope you found something to enjoy…Please stay safe and social isolate it ain’t safe yet folks…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 weekend and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

Recycling and Climate Change…11th May 2020…and Covid-19…

We are now into our second week of a new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…Curfews, working from home, only going out when necessary… obviously different restrictions wherever you hail from…some more stringent than others…Not much has been relaxed here a few internal flights but I went out briefly today…shopping and nothing has been lifted in the shops…Everyone is wearing face masks and some full-face masks..screens are in place for cashiers…no buses just tuk-tuks with the hand cleanser bottles taped to either side…in fact, it seems more screens are in place even in the small coffee shops there are screens across the middle of the tables…

However, we still need to be vigilant and carrying on with our recycling and waste less in the home projects…anything we can…

 

It also gladdens my heart how people who can..do…They are sewing masks and doing shopping the community spirit seems to be holding fast around the world…

It’s not just 104-year olds who are doing their bit for the community…Who has a bored teen? and don’t they get bored quickly? This young lady found an outlet for her boredom.

How cool is that?

Meanwhile, we have all heard how the health of coral reefs is in decline…The good news is Florida scientists have just made history by becoming the first in the world to reproduce ridged cactus coral in human care.

Researchers from The Florida Aquarium are particularly excited about the discovery because it will one day be able to help conservationists restore “America’s Great Barrier Reef”—which is the third-largest reef in the world.

Florida Aquarium coral biologists noted that the larvae of the ridged cactus coral were the largest that they have ever seen and are working to document the entire process.

I am always being amazed by the inventiveness of some…I love mushrooms any which way…This young lady found a use for funghi…she grew’ her own canoe out of mushroom has proven that the fungus is much more than just a dinner ingredient.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fungus-answer-climate-change-student-who-grew-mushroom-canoe-says-n1185401

It seems like Covid-19 requirements for PPE(facemasks) go hand in hand with recycling ocean plastic…How cool is that?…

With face masks being in such high demand amongst the novel coronavirus outbreaks, one company has taken a more eco-friendly approach to supply the public with protective masks.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has partnered with sustainable sportswear company Rash’r to make face masks out of plastic pollution that has been salvaged from the ocean.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/scuba-group-making-face-masks-from-recycled-ocean-plastic/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_sour

Trees...we all know how important trees are to our future…We also know that many people around the world have been laid off because of quarantine rules…However

the Pakistani government has found a way to provide jobs to their citizens while also reforesting the nation.

According to Reuters, Pakistan has created more than 63,000 jobs for unemployed day labourers by relaunching the nation’s ambitious 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign.

Even though we are in trying times and often very sad times there are lots of changes for the good and we are becoming more aware…I know I am… as to how quickly this world is repairing itself…

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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…

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 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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th April-2nd May 2020…Recipes, Mango Jam and so much more…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…Cooking has always been a passion but not like this…There are not really abnormal shortages of food here but I am not popping out every day or at will…Shopping is planned and the storecupboard and those tins/packets at the back of it are seeing the light of day…

Any shortages are because people can’t travel between provinces unless absolutely essential which means when I sent the betel nuts for mother in laws habit last week I saw many people packing mangoes and putting them in the post…Just as well we have excellent postal services always next day between provinces.

Our Thai family are keeping is well stocked as they drop boxes off when they come shopping last week it was mangos and bananas…bless them…Which meant yesterday and today I was in the kitchen pureeing and cooking mangoes and today will be the same…When I walk downstairs I am greeted with the smell of beautiful mangoes.

Which means the green tea has been shelved and it will be mango or banana smoothies for the foreseeable future…

mango-smoothie

Cheers!

Now to the business in hand…Last weeks posts…Grab your tipple of choice, settle down and enjoy the read…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…27th April 2020…and Covid-19…

I would love to say this is a COVID-19 free zone however it has crept into every aspect of our daily lives…it is also affecting climate change/recycling.

The world we live in has changed much in these first months of the year some things for the better and sadly we have lost many, many people to this terrible virus…Lots of shops and leisure facilities, hairdressing salons, schools, colleges have been closed…food stores have remained open but with restrictions in place..there are lots of rumblings of when are these restrictions going to be lifted…we are seeing a slight relaxing of restrictions from tomorrow but whatever is lifted I will be proceeding with caution…Will you?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/27/recycling-and-climate-change27th-april-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: Thailand…The Betel Nut and the Jujube Fruit…

Although banned the Betel nut market is very much alive and thriving…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/28/thailandthe-betel-nut-and-the-jujube-fruit/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘H’ is for Honey, Hamburgers, Hummus, Herbs, Haggis and Hoisin Sauce

Last week I was over @Sally’s with my A-Z of Food…A popular series which Sally is rerunning this year to allow me time to write and collate my cookbook…

Have you eaten a Hangtown Fry?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-h-is-for-honey-hamburgers-hummus-herbs-haggis-and-hoisin-sauce/

Also on Wednesday, I invite you to come and join me and my whimsy…

Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

Like most of you, I have been cooking even more and eating even more…This cocooning doesn’t help the snacking, does it?

I have also been cooking some foods, even more, it is always the yummy foods which are the fiddliest to prepare and give the washer up more to wash..You get more bowls, pans and the mess but the end result is some delicious bites…

man washing up

Photo credit: Nationaal Archief on Visualhunt.com / No known copyright restrictions

Battered and breaded food being one of them…also the quesadillas last night were delicious…but fiddly to make and cook…Give me one-pot cooking or a stir fry any day…well almost unless its fried chicken…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/29/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-5/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Watermelon – A quick way to hydrate by Sally Cronin

Watermelon the fruit which I acknowledge wholeheartedly is good for me and healthy…I just don’t love it! Although the lemonade recipe using watermelon on Sally’s post sounds quite delicious.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-watermelon-a-quick-way-to-hydrate/

Thursday was also National Raisin Day…

I love fruit bread, scones, bread pudding, bread and butter pudding and use raisins for all of those…why you put them in a curry I will never know…There is a place for everything and for everything a place…Not a curry…

Now cinnamon and raisin Bagels …Yummy there is definitely a call for those…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/30/carolcooks2-national-raisin-dayus/

Friday: CarolCooks2…National Egg Month…

An egg…Zero Carbs and no sugar… 

Who remembers this?

The poor old egg has been much maligned over the years much like fats, butter and many other foods…Yes, there is the case for free-range eggs and not battery farmed…All our chooks and Turkeys roam free…It was also vilified and we were told if you have high cholesterol keep off the eggs…Now we are told by the heart foundation that they might have got it wrong ..Hang on…A bit of extra reading…

eggs

I believe that anything is bad if eaten in excess however moderation is key…so unless you have a proven, medical diagnosis or an allergy an egg is ok eaten as part of a balanced diet. For those who can’t, I will be experimenting over the next few weeks with alternatives…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/01/carolcooks2-national-egg-month/

Saturday: Saturday Morning…In my kitchen…Mangoes…

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Mangoes

Lots of them…However the dried mango came out tasting just like the ones I brought…However, there is a nack to the rolling of them and I should have used a flat square tray not a round tray…Take two is today…My ones looked decidedly ragged for want of a better description but tasted ok…sigh…I love mango…I do love mango…but will be happy to see them gone for the moment until next time…Enjoy the recipes…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/02/saturday-morning-in-my-kitchen-mangoes/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx  

I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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 are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

Recycling and Climate Change…27th April 2020…and Covid-19…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change…also some information on Covid-19 as this is also affecting climate change/recycling.

The world we live in has changed much in these first months of the year some things for the better and sadly we have lost many, many people to this terrible virus…Lots of shops and leisure facilities, hairdressing salons, schools, colleges have been closed…food stores have remained open but with restrictions in place..there are lots of rumblings of when are these restrictions going to be lifted…

Who can answer that and if they do and give a timeline it could be that the virus and its journey around the world could change that in an instant…If lockdowns are lifted too soon we could have a second wave and that could be more virulent than the first…Who knows? I don’t and in all honesty, I don’t wish to play Russian Roulette with my life or my family and friends lives or it may be someone I don’t even know who I infect …

My point? Yes, it has caused me to worry and inconvenienced us and disrupted my/our normal life…But I am alive…

Here we are now in our 25th day with no new cases…are things being lifted…internal flights are to be allowed to recommence…However…There will be social distancing marked out on the plane and no beverages or food will be offered…

air Asia new PPE

The cost has increased and unless I was sure as to what I would have to do on arrival…I will be taking no flights …I would imagine unless anyone has to travel urgently that will be all the passengers we will see using the flights.

Thailand is being very cautious and I for one am pleased about that…

It is interesting to see the facts and figures on food waste and from what I am reading although many people are worried about how to feed their families and many more people are visiting food banks it seems people are using their larders and ignoring sell-by dates. Cooking more from scratch and being more mindful of portion control thus wasting less. All this is positive and I hope that many more after the lockdowns are over will still be mindful…Wouldn’t that be great?

But what about the food which cannot be sold or picked…Second Servings is tackling this…

Here in Thailand, we are seeing the return of rare leatherback sea turtles who have built the largest number of nests in two decades on beaches in Phuket and Phang Nga which because they are deserted due to the drop in tourists numbers because of the coronavirus pandemic…

The 11 turtle nests authorities have found since last November were the highest number in 20 years, said Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center.

“This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans,” he told Reuters. No such nests had been found for the previous five years.

Having been a part of releasing baby turtles into the sea when I lived in Phuket I think this is brilliant news…

I know the lockdown has brought out the creative side of many more…I came across this FB page and it has many great ideas for kids and adults…

be creative kids projects

https://www.facebook.com/BeCr8tive

For years, dogs have been helping to keep humans safe by sniffing out narcotics, improvised explosive devices, pests, natural disasters, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and now—yes, you guessed it—the novel coronavirus.

A medical charity in England that has successfully trained dogs to detect malaria is now attempting to train man’s best friend to identify the smell of COVID-19.

The charity, called Medical Detection Dogs, is partnering with the Tropical Medicine and Hygiene School in London along with Durham University to begin trialling dogs for the job. Dr Claire Guest, a behavioural psychologist and principal member of the charity told CTV News that there is “absolutely no reason why a dog can’t detect the virus.”

As many of you know it was Earth Day last week these are the highlights…

Although we are on lockdown recycling is still important…

I have a long memory ask my other half…haha…I hope you all do after this is 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…

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 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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 12th April-18th April 2020…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…

I won’t say I am cooking more but I am cooking more comfort food and wasting as little as possible…I am not thinking of creating exciting dishes and ways to cook as much I am just thinking of what I can cook if I run out of flour, eggs, pasta or other essentials so I suppose being more resourceful…

A cauliflower pizza base, cauliflower rice, courgette spirals instead of spaghetti..just getting a meal on the table which if you are experiencing shortages of certain foods is a must…

Let’s have a look at last weeks posts…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…13th April 2020… A once in a lifetime view …

There was a birdseye view of changes in the atmosphere and nature but by far the one thing which caused the most interest were solar pavements…So inventive…

Foraging and roadside verges which are coming into bloom…absolutely stunning…Nature is fighting back…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/13/recycling-and-climate-change13th-april-2020-a-once-in-a-lifetime-view/

Tuesday: Thailand…Down on the Farm…Mango scraps and BBQ sauce…

My experiment with mango peels and pits was a success as has been my lemongrass which is now powder and the whole house smells wonderfully of lemongrass…It has also made me realise why some products are so expensive as I used a huge bunch of lemongrass to get quite a small amount of lemongrass powder.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/15/thailanddown-on-the-farmmango-scraps-and-bbq-sauce/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

It was fun…we had my visitors a spider and a snake which made a few of you cringe just a tad…but not quite an everyday occurrence here but they pop in quite regularly. Madame Tussaud and some of her waxworks actually breathed quite spooky.

sweetpea in vase

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/16/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-3/

It was then over to Sally’s for my Food Column quite apt as it was the letter G…at is also  Garlic Day today and National Garlic week so very apt as well as healthy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-g-for-ginger-garlic-guacamole-goosefat-and-gribige/

Thursday: The Day of the Mushroom…

Mushrooms certainly deserve a day to themselves..there are so many different mushrooms in all shapes, colours and sizes…They can be eaten raw, cooked with garlic and butter, breaded or stuffed, pickled, dried or in a sauce or stew…They can be cultivated or foraged… wild mushrooms are beautiful but can also be deadly…

One of my favourite ways ..a rare treat…is cooked in butter and garlic and sandwiched between two slices of lovely fresh bread…A hot mushroom sandwich…Delicious…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/16/the-day-of-the-mushroom/

Friday: This week in my kitchen 17th April…Salmon and bread Rolls …

My BBQ sauce recipe has proven to be very popular I had to make some more today as Aston loves it his new favourite food…I think I might need to bottle it and start selling it…

Bread rolls were also on the menu…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/17/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-17th-aprilsalmon-and-bread-rolls/

Time for some Green tea over at Sally’s…Where Sally tells us all about the benefits of drinking green tea…I myself am quite a recent convert to drinking green tea as if it is not brewed correctly it is bitter when brewed correctly it is a wonderful drink…Since living here I have learnt the correct way…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-green-tea-one-small-leaf-with-terrific-health-benefits-by-sally-cronin/

Saturday: Saturday Morning trip to the Market…Not for a few more weeks…

I do miss my Saturday morning trip to the market but I know it isn’t forever and it is for the good of just not our health but everyone else’s. In the meantime I will share with you some fruits and vegetables that I use or grow here with recipes…The watermelons you see growing are on the farm…

This week it was a nice recipe for a watermelon smoothie…My neighbours had given me some more ..very nice of them…which means I have to come up with ideas on how to use them… this smoothie is quite nice as it is mixed fruit and vegetables which takes away that sickly sweetness of the watermelon…we get the health benefits without the sickly sweet taste.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/18/saturday-morning-trip-to-the-marketnot-for-a-few-more-weeks/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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 are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 5th April-11th April 2020…

Good morning …welcome to my weekly roundup… I do hope you are all keeping well and practising social distancing…I am…It is getting a bit unreal though…silence everywhere although the birds are still twittering and tweeting the squirrels are amusing me running around on the branches of the mango tree just outside my window playing catch me if you can while stopping for a munch on the mangoes every now and then…

Much is closed now and a nightly curfew is still in place as are roadblocks to prevent people from unnecessary travel between provinces…Hotels are closed to new guests, alcohol buying is prohibited in most provinces now and ours from yesterday to stop celebrations happening in villages and homes during Songkram (which) has been cancelled but there were fears people would buy alcohol and celebrate at home in groups. I have stocked up with water balloons and orbeez for the pool so the kiddies can enjoy Songkram in the safety of our home. It is becoming very real and surreal but communities are coming together even more than normal which is lovely to see.

Enough chatter from me for the minute let’s have a look at this last week…Grab your favourite drink…at the moment as I have already drunk my Oolong tea it is Coconut water…It is so hot I need to keep hydrated…settle down in your comfy reading place and let’s have look at the posts from last week…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…6th April 2020…Wildlife starts to return?

Nature is ever powerful and can regenerate so much faster than maybe even the learned scientists knew…Will any lessons be learnt?… I do hope so…Amongst all this tragedy we have to take some positives we have to believe that the world and its inhabitants can and will change for the better and respect nature more…Around the world, we are seeing blue skies and so much more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/06/recycling-and-climate-change6th-april-2020-wildlife-returns/

Tuesday: Down on the Farm…Tom Kha Gai and the Takhop Fruit…

My lemongrass is nearly ready to blitz into powder…I have mango peelings and pits soaking to make a syrup, broccoli stems make a lovely extra vegetable on your plate and my galangal is now frozen…My quest to use every single piece of what we eat..No waste is well underway…..The Tom Kha Gai was also delicious…

For tips and the recipes…Click the link below…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/07/thailand-down-on-the-farm-tom-kha-gai-and-the-takhop-fruit/

Whimsical Wednesday… with CarolCooks2…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care about what is going on but I need to stay positive and focused… I am happy that the British PM, Boris Johnson is now out of intensive care and wish him a full and speedy recovery…

together but aopart teddy-2516174_640

Like these two bears please keep your social distance and have a Happy Easter at home xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/09/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-2/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Brown Rice so much more than just a grain…

As a follow on from the recent series on the Weekly Grocery Shopping List of foods that contain the nutrients the body needs  Sally is going to repeat her series from 2017 on the health benefits of some of our most common foods.

This week it is Brown Rice plus recipes…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/https-smorgasbordinvitation-wordpress-com-2020-04-02-smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-brown-rice-so-much-more-than-just-a-grain/

Friday: CarolCooks2…This week in my kitchen 10th April…Homemade Bread …Pork and Peppercorn sauce.

Fresh peppercorns are one of my favourites and used in many Thai dishes…This Pork and Peppercorn sauce is very nice and quick to cook which is always a bonus especially here given the heat in the kitchen.

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/10/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-10th-aprilhomemade-bread/

Saturday: Not for a few weeks…

Saturday Morning trip to the MarketNot this Saturday morning or until further notice although as it is a food market it is still open…I passed it yesterday as we were travelling to Makro for our monthly shop and it was heaving… no social distancing that I could see so my plan to avoid this market stays firmly in place…

I will be sharing some of the fruits and vegetables which I cook with here and some recipes until such times as normal service is resumed…

Saturday Morning Market 11th April (1)

Enjoy your Easter and Passover celebrations in your own home…Be safe and stay well xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/11/saturday-morning-trip-to-the-marketnot-for-a-few-weeks/

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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 are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 29th March-4th April 2020…

Good morning …welcome to my weekly roundup… I do hope you are all keeping well and practising social distancing…I am…It is getting a bit unreal though…silence everywhere although the birds are still twittering and tweeting.

Much is closed now and a nightly curfew is in place as are roadblocks to prevent people from unnecessary travel between provinces…Hotels are closed to new guests, alcohol is prohibited in many provinces now to stop celebrations happening in villages and homes during Songkram (which) has been cancelled but there were fears people would buy alcohol and celebrate at home in groups. It is becoming very real and surreal but communities are coming together even more than normal which is lovely to see.

Enough chatter from me for the minute let’s have a look at this last week…Grab your favourite drink…at the moment as I have already drunk my Oolong tea it is water…It is so hot I need to keep hydrated…settle down in your comfy reading place and let’s have look…

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…30th March 2020…A new world?

It certainly seems that that way where Mother Nature is concerned doesn’t it? I was reading yesterday close to where I lived in the U.K. that the deer are getting brave and emerging from the woods and sampling the goodies in the front gardens of the houses surrounding the forest much like the goats in Wales and the fish which are appearing everywhere…Mother Nature is reclaiming…I do hope that lessons are learnt from this tragedy as to how we go forward and adopt new ways of doing things…Of course, we cannot go back we cannot stop technology and advancements but we can work in different ways which then cuts our carbon footprints …So not so many business trips but a meeting nonetheless…A virtual one…Together but apart…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/30/recycling-and-climate-change30th-march-2020a-new-world/https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/30/recycling-and-climate-change30th-march-2020a-new-world/

Tuesday: Down on the Farm…

Of course, this isolation is curbing my little jaunts out so I have had to rethink my posts a little…My Thai family made a quick visit to deposit food from the farm for us on Monday morning which was lovely ..far too much for us so some I have distributed to the neighbours the rest I have been madly trying to come up with new recipes and this morning I have been chopping and shredding lemongrass some to make into a paste and the rest is now drying in the sun so I can make lemongrass powder for tea and use in my cooking…

Now to see what I can do with the big bag of mangoes my neighbour has just brought over …we are so lucky…Mango time is here the trees around us are all fruiting…Some are ready now and others will be a few more weeks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/03/31/thailanddown-on-the-farmcannon-ball-fruitlemongrass-salad-and-tea/

Whimsical Wednesday:

In these surreal times, I am trying really hard to find the positives I hope I can continue to do so for however long it takes…Last week I found quite a few things which I do hope lifted your spirits…while we fight the spread of this invader…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/01/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2/

Last Wednesday I was over @ Smorgasbord Magazine for my fortnightly Cookery Column where I gave you a tour through the A-Z of cookery which this week featured the letter F…from Finger Limes to Fugu there are lots of culinary terms and tips…I hope you enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-f-for-figs-finger-limes-flambe-fenugreek-fruit-pectinfugu/

Friday: This week in my kitchen 3rd April…Foraging and scraps all cooked from scratch…

This week I covered a homemade pizza and foraging something which Thais do a lot of here…almost every night at least one or two people come past my house with greens they have picked from the side of the road near me…It is almost a national pastime here in the North of Thailand…I also featured a post from the lovely Dorothy who is the author of the New Vintage Kitchen who showed us how important it is to thoroughly wash those fiddlehead ferns before cooking and also a lovely recipe using fiddlehead ferns and Dandelion greens…Thank you, Dorothy, for sharing xx

Who also knew you could make and eat banana peels…?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/03/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchen-3rd-aprilforaging-and-scraps-all-cooked-from-scratch/

Saturday: It was over to Sally for the Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – The Banana – Pre-Wrapped nutrient boost on the go…

Where Sally is the expert on all matters relating to health and what we eat…Please pop over and have a read there is also a link to some recipes for cooking with Bananas…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-the-banana-pre-wrapped-nutrient-boost-on-the-go/

Saturday Morning Market…Not for a few weeks…

When hopefully normal service will be resumed but in the meantime, I am bringing you recipes and yesterday was National Carrot Day so that gave me an opening…A recipe for a lovely carrot and pineapple cake, A recipe using Thai eggplants of which I have many so if anyone has a recipe for eggplants it would be gratefully received I have a glut of them to use…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/04/saturday-morning-marketnot-for-a-few-weeks/

 

That’s all for this week…Thank you for reading…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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 are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx