Tag Archives: Climate Change

Recycling and Climate Change… 29th June 2020…

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. ..many countries are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases and in light of recent developments around the world I am guessing it is not over yet…It does seem from what I have observed that even over a country some areas have little or no infections and others are seeing an increase is it because there are varying stages of precautions or not and those who are being vigilant are staying safer? To me, that does appear to be the case…

I was also disturbed to read the other day that take- away meals are on the increase which has also led to more containers and bags being dumped…Which takes me back to last week and maybe details should be printed on packaging in infrared so the culprits can be traced and fined heavily I will add…

Factory Farms…

For decades there have been public health and safety concerns around the practices of factory farming…Man does seem to have an increasing insatiable need to eat meat at what cost though this pandemic has highlighted that to me and often animals are cramped wing to wing or snout to snout in their thousands in less than hygienic conditions…to me, it is now more worrying but it isn’t just me…Scientists and watchdogs are having the same thoughts… Can you spot the difference my babies have freedom…

These don’t…I know what I prefer and if they were asked Ithink I know what the chooks would prefer…

Photo credit: Farmwatch on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

Throughout this pandemic maybe you have experienced meat shortages if so have you gone without? You have probably eaten either less meat or found alternative meals which are just as tasty and nutritious.

Farmworkers and food workers are among essential workers and have shown up for work…shortages occur when they get sick often though they aren’t given sick leave or lose their job or carrying on working and infect more people…A vicious circle isn’t it?

But the one thing it does highlight is that it puts countries meat supply chains at risk of disruption but it also highlights our dependence on the centralised and industrialised food systems.

We need to think differently we need to accept that maybe we pay more for meat from local farmers but that meat is sustainable and the animals are cared for…We need to know that our animals are not pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones ..That in itself is another issue…Our health and our families.

I am not saying we shouldn’t eat meat ...I believe we need a balanced diet and should not cut out food groups unless medically advised and diagnosed. But we should apply moderation and be aware of all the problems that factory farms bring to our lives and health and I also believe that while I do eat meat and fish those animals should be shown respect and live a happy life.

Or we could consider and although I haven’t tried them I do know many people who have and the comments have been positive…Have you tried a plant-based meat product? It sounds like due to the pandemic products like The Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat are proving a viable alternative to real meat…These companies are now filling grocery stores shelves and proving to be popular with the stay at home public…

You have heard circular recycling mentioned on here before and how beneficial it can be and mostly is… let’s take that one step further and look at a Circular Economy.

So what is a Circular Economy?

Human society consists of a variety of people. Some create art, others provide healing and care, others build great things. We need a good mix of people to cover any or most eventualities… All are possible together if we have balance and the powerful lend a hand to the weak. For the past 70 or so years, it would appear we have been out of balance.

The capitalist economy is touted as the only way, and anything else is not taken seriously. You take resources, make products, and when consumers tire of them or they outlive their usefulness, they throw them away and repeat. signs of change

We have become a throw-away society…although I do see many signs of change

I also think that now many are beginning to realise that if populations keep increasing and if that populace wants more and more we could in fact face shortages in some areas.

A circular economy is the opposite. Instead, it uses resources over and over. When something is worn out or beyond the point of being repaired, its basic materials are recycled into a new product. The resources are reused and are not wasted I am heartened by signs that we are realising the need to create and produce products where the resources are not lost at end of life and in so doing can contribute far more to humanity than the simple throwaway society that is so common in recent history.

We are running out of easy to obtain natural resources, the time is now to start looking at how we can shift to a more sustainable way of driving the human economy.

A true circular economy could and has in some places eliminated waste completely.

The Black Sea...

For years the Black Sea has been known as the dead zone…Can that be changed…Known as the region’s dustbin…So sad…all that pollution…

But there is some good news from Spain…Clean Energy Moves Ahead in Spain

For example,  Spain just brought online the largest solar plant in the world. The Núñez de Balboa facility is located in the middle of the Iberian peninsula in the  Extremadura region of Spain, and near the border with Portugal. Run by Spanish power utility Iberdrola, the project consists of more than 1.4 million solar panels and is able to supply the energy needs of 250,000 people per year. The project was completed in December of 2019 and brought online last month. It shows that despite setbacks due to Covid19, the push for clean energy continues.

green foot prints eco system

Well, that’s all for me this week on the environment and climate change…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

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 14th June-20th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy, Chocolate Fudge…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…15th June 2020…

Lots of good things this week from bamboo and all its uses, Trees, water, bees so much to be thankful for…

Bamboo although classed as invasive and banned in some parts of the world has many, many uses…the bamboo tips are so nice to eat and one of my favourite things are the lovely delicate bamboo whisks for your Matcha tea they are just so pretty.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/15/recycling-and-climate-change15th-june-2020/

Tuesday…National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month…

There is nothing like seeing lovely fresh vegetables on your plate…especially if they are all different colours…last night we had fresh corn taken from the cob, sweet potatoes and lovely chinese kale with beautiful yellow flowers and of course one of Lils favourite vegetables brocolli.

smart

Just love those yellow flowered kale like greens…There will be lots more lovely vegetable recipes this month so make sure you don’t miss any…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/16/national-fresh-vegetable-day/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

The day I indulge myself in whimsy and there were lots of lovely things going onn a round world…I hope when you read it you will forget what else is going on…There are recipes and achievements, beautiful singing..lots…Young Pete Springerwhen he saw I had added a clip of Led Zeppelin sent me another link to a concert at The Kennedy Centre which was in honour of Led Zepplin.

Thank you, Pete it is a beautiful tribute…I loved it!

Thursday…Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

It was time to head over to Smorgasbord for Sally’s Health Column…This week my favourite nut was featured…The Walnut lots O f information on the health benefits of walnuts and some recipes using walnuts of course from me…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-walnuts-not-just-any-nut-by-sally-cronin/

Friday Kitchen…everything made from scratch…

It was also National Dry Martini Day so I talked a little about Martini and James Bond…I wonder who the new Bond Will be…??

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/19/friday-kitchen-everything-made-from-scratch/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

What did I have you on Saturday? A beautiful wedding which made me reach for the tissues…Raindrop Cake? A cake which has no calories…True…A bit about vegan cheese, Vegetables, some health tips from Sally and a few more little gems or not in the case of dead man’s fingers…..

hands-984032_640

Scared? Its not quite as it seems….hehe

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/20/saturday-snippets-4/

Before I go I would love to share Sally from Smorgasbord Weekly Roundup it is full of lots of book reviews, music, funnies, recipes and so much more…Do pop over and have a look she will make you most welcome…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-14th-20th-june-2020-outsmarting-the-crows-d-g-kaye-and-relationships-usa-1985-books-authors-music-and-funnies/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all 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…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

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 well being.

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 7th June-13th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Coconut Ice(again)…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

 

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…8th June 2020

Mutant Bacterial Enzymes, floating offshore wind platforms so many inventive solutions to the world’s climate and recycling problems…young people taking a stand in good ways…that gives us hope…for me it is the using of bamboo and banana leaves..utilising what nature gives us…simple but effective…Beautiful bamboo tableware and packaging…

Enjoy the read…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/08/recycling-and-climate-change8th-june-2020/

Tuesday: National Donald Duck Day and National Rhubarb Day…

National Donald Duck Day today as well as being Strawberry and rhubarb pie day…

Who doesn’t love Donald Duck? Rhubarb and strawberries a match made in heaven…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/09/i-know-it-is-donald-duck-day-but/

Wednesday: A day for Whimsey and Honey…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-honey-propolis-thousands-of-years-of-history-and-health/

Whimsey this week meant Bluebell woods, trees and more trees, it meant recipes…Homemade Mustard…It meant Princetons first Black Valedictorian from the class of 2020 what took them so long was the question on some peoples lips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/10/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-33/

Enjoy the read…

Thursday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘K’ for Kale, Ketchup, Kippers and Kanom Moo Krob (Crispy Pork and Kale)

It is the day when Sally welcomes you to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and she said: “I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year”.

Kale...is a wonderful vegetable and one of my favourites with pork it is a delicious dish…Kippers, Ketchup, Kaffir Limes, Kielbassa, Kugel, Kidney Beans so much more than just kale to discover…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-k-for-k-for-kale-ketchup-kippers-and-kanom-moo-krob-crispy-pork-and-kale/

Friday: Project 101 – Resilience – Acidity/Alkalinity pH Balance for Health Part One and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin

Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with Covid- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-one-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

Saturday: Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/13/saturday-snippets-3/

Lastly… I just love roundups…Like many of you, I don’t always get the time to read every single post …This week I have been on to WP as I can’t like posts, I can’t always see all my comments it takes time to do that…intermittent faults I agree with Jim it either works or it doesn’t..who invented the sometimes?…,

I have been testing out recipes, cleaning, researching, shopping, writing, washing, writing, sleeping, trying to improve my photography skills, sorting out cupboards., reading, cooking with Lily…I think by now you get the gist…we all have busy lives and a roundup is just great for me…I also purchased another book…from a roundup..Silent Heroes which I am looking forward to reading.

This is Sally’s weekly roundup which is full of lots of books, reviews, recipes, health and music and laughter as we all agree here that laughter is the best medicine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-7th-13th-june-2020-free-book-marketing-abba-kippers-tomato-salad-and-a-feast-of-authors-books-and-laughter/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all 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…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

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 31st May-6th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Coconut Ice and …looting and riots…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

Covid-19 is still here but dominating the news now are the riots and demonstrations… The following is going to be my only utterance on this subject on this blog…To me ALL lives matter …I do agree there are ingrained issues, faults and endemic practises in government departments,  schools, colleges, homes and workplaces which have no place in my world or yours I hope.

Peaceful demonstrations I believe in…However, come on the hordes of people I have seen around the world demonstrating with no thought for social distancing…There will definitely be a second wave of this virus…

Around the world governments are struggling not just with containing this virus..deadly virus I will add and resources are being rerouted now to fund the policing of these events…no doubt health services are also being stretched further…

Shops and business are being looted, police horses injured, flares being thrown, the statue of Winston Churchill vandalised, young squaddies being verbally abused while cleaning up this mess…ABSOLUTELY APPALLING AND IT IS NOT HELPING…the cause of Black lives matter at all…

All the people I know are condemning this on social media…so who are these people??? Who are the organisers?? Who is stirring up these actions??

Is the answer tear gas, pepper sprays, water cannons, rubber bullets…? Just by the sheer numbers, there are too many to arrest…

Should police and the press be withdrawn and anyone who is a peaceful protester advised to stay away…Are no reactionS and publicity what they want? I suspect not but the cost could be too great.

I invite your polite comments…

Recycling and Climate Change…1st June 2020…and Covid-19…

Toilet rolls or bum guns, metro farms and a river who can sue you…Yes, it can!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/01/recycling-and-climate-change1st-june-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Fruit and Vegetable Month…

National Vinegar month drew to a close and my bonus during this month was the discovery of black vinegar and a sponge cake made by replacing eggs with vinegar was a huge success…This month is National Fruit and Vegetable Month and also Papaya Month which means I can combine the two …I have lots of great recipes for you…I also hope to discover at least one recipe or fruit/vegetable or aromatic which is new to me…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/02/national-fruit-and-vegetable-month/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Olive Oil…keeps your body moving by Sally Cronin

Just like our cars and bikes which need to be kept well oiled…Sally is on hand with her expert advice on the oils we need to keep our bods in tip-top condition and the benefits…Please pop over and have read and leave a comment on what oil you use…we would love to know there are also some tried and tested recipes for you…Everything you need at your fingertips for a healthy body …Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/food-therapy-olive-oil-keeps-your-body-moving-by-sally-cronin/

Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

I didn’t realise how popular Dalgona Coffee is…How many of you have made it at home…?? my third attempt at making coconut ice was a success(at)last…I also made my second cake with vinegar to replace the eggs… filled it with non-dairy cream and mango preserve …my first vegan cake…go me!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/03/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-7/

Thursday: National Cheese Day…4th June 2020

One of my favourite foods in life…so many varieties and ways to cook and eat…A lovely ploughman’s lunch in the sunshine, mozzarella with tomatoes and basil, a hot brie or camembert with crusty bread, rarebit with tomatoes, au gratin of vegetables, A slice with your Christmas cake or just a little bit as you go past the fridge…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/04/national-cheese-day-4th-june-2020/

Friday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 Resilience – How much do you get for your 1500 calories and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

None of us like counting calories particularly me but as Sally states its good to be aware and maybe like I do take a check now and again…I do it by keeping a food diary just for a couple of weeks and checking that I am keeping within my limits for my weight or as it can be with me I don’t always eat enough…I tend to forget to eat when I am writing…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/04/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-how-much-do-you-get-for-your-1500-calories-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

Saturday Snippets:

This week there was more cooking…why yesterday…? I was a bit ..just down, disappointed with the world…Just dispirited it won’t last as that is not me but I think it showed in this last post the joy and wonder at the world was gone…Temporarily I know but I was sad…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/06/saturday-snippets-2/

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all 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…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

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 24th May-30th May 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Vegan Coq Au Vin and Black Vinegar…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read I hope you enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

If you are snacking while you are reading…popcorn is a good low-calorie snack ..depending of course what is on it! Choose wisely…x

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…25th May 2020…and Covid-19…

After the Covid-19 crisis will we get a greener world? I am sure this is a question many people are asking… the cleaner air, burgeoning urban wildlife, and our sudden, dramatic shift to a less carbon-intensive lifestyle reveal the scope of what we can achieve in just days. This is something to cling to as we navigate the twin storms of Covid-19 and climate. We know that the climate crisis will not wait for a more convenient time; we must deal with it and the pandemic crisis concurrently.

We are experiencing behavioural changes, some of which may be ingrained within us permanently…travel and consumption patterns have in the main become more responsible – they are helpful in reducing pollution, just as hand-washing helps in the pandemic. But what the expected 8% emissions reduction figure shows us is that individual action – driving your car less, attending a meeting via Zoom rather than taking a business flight – is not going to be enough.

Enjoy the rest of the post if you missed there are some cute video clips and some interesting advances in some areas…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/25/recycling-and-climate-change25th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Vinegar Month…Chinese Black Vinegar…

I am so pleased I discovered how lovely black vinegar is and it was really only because of National Vinegar Month which prompted me to explore other types of vinegar…

It really does enhance the taste of the dishes I tried purely as it is a more mellow vinegar..it now makes me want to get some red vinegar and explore the taste…Trying black vinegar led me to try other ingredients like Black Funghi which was something I hadn’t tried before..isn’t it funny how one thing leads to another?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/26/national-vinegar-month-chinese-black-vinegar/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday…CarolCooks2…

After the fiasco which was the week before I haven’t managed to delete this weeks post or any others…Those of you who know me well..know how my brain jumps from one topic to another …It all started with the Auckland wild pigs and ended with some music…My whimsy just took off as usual…I hope you enjoy..x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/27/whimsical-wednesday-carolcooks2-2/

Wednesday also found me over at Sally’s where she is kindly re-running my Culinary Alphabet on the A-Z of food…A post which I thoroughly enjoy writing and researching and I am so chuffed that you all love reading it…Thank you xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-j-for-jelly-beans-jalapenos-jack-fruit-and-jerky-all-with-a-little-jus/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Mushrooms – The Egyptians believed they granted immortality…

Sally tells us how they benefit our health…she also linked back to one of our cook from scratch post which has some lovely recipes using the mushroom…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-mushrooms-the-egyptians-believed-they-granted-immortality/

Friday: National Vinegar Month…Coq Au Vin(V) and with a chook…

Today is the last day of National Vinegar Month I have enjoyed searching and trying out new recipes and this one Coq Au Vin uses one of my favourite kinds of vinegar Balsamic vinegar…I also included a recipe for a vegan Coq Au Vin as I love veggie dishes and I have a few readers who are vegetarian and vegan so I am making a conscious decision to cater to everyone…

All the ingredients for a Coq Au Vin with a chook(which) I have to catch or just veggies both equally lovely depending on your preference …Me…I love both…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/29/national-vinegar-month-coq-au-vinv-and-with-a-chook/

Saturday: Saturday Snippets is back! Week 2…

Now National Vinegar Week is finished I looked at June and there are some great food days coming up in the month of June…so stay tuned…

My last vinegar dish for this month was a combination of black vinegar and the parts of a napa/nappa cabbage that I am sure many of you throw away…

It was lovely but then I generally start my day with brunch and it is normal for me unless it is greek yoghurt with passionfruit to have a vegetable stirfry…it was very nice, simple is often the best…Don’t you agree?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/30/saturday-snippets-is-back-week-2/

When this is all 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…Can we make this happen? Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

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 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…

oil and vinegar baguette-1343480_640
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 …

morel-1271816_640

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…

smart

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