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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Happy New Year’s Eve – 2020 in the rear view mirror by Sally Cronin.

A brilliant look back at 2020 from Sally…a fun read which puts it all into context…Please head over and have a read you will love it! Happy New Year xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to a review of the year past and a celebration of the one to come.

I am sure that I don’t need to add anything further about 2020 that has not been said already in the last nine months by millions around the world.  Despite the many challenges during the year due to Covid, Presidential elections and Brexit, there were still some events that brought smiles to our faces and inspired us to do more for others.

Gold Star from Leeds City Council | Aire View Care Home

There are many stars of the year that I want to mention, including of course the front line health care teams who have worked so hard to keep people alive, the delivery drivers who have kept food on the table, the supermarket workers who turned up to work every day. Also the parents who have home schooled their children, which is not an easy task,and the teachers who worked with their students…

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Christmas Day 2020…

Chrismas Day 2020…Who would have thunk…sigh

The first human cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19, subsequently named SARS-CoV-2 was first reported by officials in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019.

Retrospective investigations by Chinese authorities had identified human cases with the onset of symptoms in early December 2019. While some of the earliest known cases had a link to a wholesale food market in Wuhan, some did not.

Fast forward to December 2020…Yes…sigh…

Globally, as of 6:09pm CET, 24 December 2020, there have been 77,530,799 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,724,904 deaths, reported to WHO.

Covid-19 has impacted all our lives some to a greater degree than others around the world…Yes, like it or not we are all in this TOGETHER…

We can all draw our own conclusions as to what could have, should have, has been done to address this virus…Like all viruses, there are many unknowns…Personally, I would NOT want the job of having to make decisions for so many others…You are never going to satisfy everyone…A thankless task…

Health services and essential services have done an amazing job around the world as have parents who have HAD to home school their reluctant kiddos…KUDOS TO YOU…

So many unsung heroes…you all rock and have my admiration…

I would like to send out a big THANK YOU…A MASSIVE THANK YOU…to all you wonderful bloggers and friends whom I have never had the pleasure to physically meet BUT you are my friends…You have kept me SANE…Not an easy task as I was probably halfway to the nuthouse anyway…haha…

I cannot thank you individually as there are too many of you and you can bet your bottom dollar I would leave out the one person who I shouldn’t…I will just say Bramley apples and a big thank you..the seeds have been safely received…

Turkish delight…Oh yes…to date no less than 7 boxes…sigh…so yummy I will be eating this well into at the least the first half of 2021…Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless my waistline…sigh…But so yummy…Thank you x

The virtual cards which made me sniff and smile…Thank you and Hugs xx

The endless endless e-mails and comments on my blog…I love you all…You have delighted me and some have made me sad very sad…I wish I had a magic wand…xx

But united we have enough kick-ass boots and my flip flops to kick cancer, covid and ALS into touch…xxx… Such brave inspirational ladies…

Pinterest ..don’t get me started …finally a man who did and could…after so many months and a new laptop …Thank you xx

Christmas cake with cheese…a wonderful idea…Thank you xx…Latkes with carrots…awesome…x

All of you have taught me, gifted me recipes and ideas, raised my spirits and sent me much love which I am sending back to you all…xxx

I wish you all however you are celebrating a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY…XXX

Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, as always I look forward to your comments… you know I love to chat!

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…

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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…

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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…

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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

As we all know Covid-19 is spreading its tentacles into every corner of the world …Here are some snippets of what life is like during this pandemic for others we are all in this together and may have slightly different curfews and such but we are not alone…#recommended read.Views of COVID-19 – Indonesia, Laos, Colombia, England and Thailand • Travel Tales of Life

Source: Views of COVID-19 – Indonesia, Laos, Colombia, England and Thailand • Travel Tales of Life

Whimsical Wednesday..with CarolCooks2…

Good morning it is a lovely day here the birds are singing quite loudly today although the squirrels were licking up a fine racket with their antics so I think the birds are joining in…

We have had two uninvited guests over the last two days…the snake shows no sign of wanting to move but as long as he stays away from the house we are happy…The spider was trying to get in…

Both are harmless of left to their own devices…

Did you know?

Anna Maria “Marie” Tussaud, the woman behind one of London’s most famous tourist attractions, died on this day at the age of 89. She had spent a lifetime creating lifelike waxworks of the famous and the infamous from murderers to monarchs; from pop stars to politicians; from the beautiful to the beastly.

Today Madame Tussauds – there is no longer an apostrophe – has branches around the world and is now owned by the Merlin Entertainments group, which also runs Legoland and other theme parks.

For those of you who are cocooned at home and confined to the house and garden someone has been inventive…

Weatherwise in the Northern Hemisphere April can be a mixed month. Rainy and wet one day and sunny and warm the next. Sunshine and showers can be the norm.

It also brings the flowers the daisy and the sweetpea are the flowers of April…The daisy symbolises innocence, loyal love and purity…Who remembers making daisy chains and plucking the petals? He loves me, he loves me not…

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The sweetpea is a flower I was never very successful at growing when I lived in the UK it was also a flower I loved such a pretty flower…however although it signifies blissful pleasure they were used to say goodbye…The pea is also one of the oldest food crops on the planet domesticated by humans some 11,000 years ago. The earliest human consumption of wild peas was at least 23,000 years ago, and perhaps by our Neanderthal cousins as long ago as 46,000 years ago.

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Photo credit: hehaden on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC

That said… Only vegetable pea flowers can be eaten, not sweet pea flowers which are toxic.

Flowers are slightly sweet and, surprisingly enough, taste like young peas. Delicious added to salads. Use candied flowers to decorate fish dishes or cakes. The shoots and vine tendrils are also edible and have the same delicate, pea-like flavour.

I love pea shoots I also love tea made from the beautiful butterfly pea flowers…

Butterfly pea tea in a pot

Hot or cold it is a lovely tea…These pea flowers are so pretty…

To make the tea…

First, rinse the tea with hot water and warm the pot and cups.

You will require about 2 tsp of Butterfly Pea flowers to every 500 ml of hot water (90c-95c) the water should be just under the boiling point.

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Infuse the Butterfly pea flowers for 2-4 minutes for the 1st and 2nd brew gradually increase the brewing time for subsequent brews…I use my tea generally 3 times sometimes 4 depending on the tea and your taste.

Did you know?

In 1923 in the month of April Insulin became readily available to diabetics…

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In 1923, Frederick Banting and his team won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of insulin. … Discovering insulin could have made Banting very rich, but he decided to give the patent away for free. He wanted insulin to be available to everyone, not held out of reach at exorbitant prices…What a great man…

Let’s have a tune…some music…

Yes, folks heed the end…and to the stupid individual whose comment I saw on a friends post…Tell all the relatives of the people who have succumbed to the disease…Whose immune system couldn’t fight it what to…I am sure you must have thoughts on that…

That’s all for today …Well, it should have been yesterday but I had some sad news my brother- in- law in the UK passed away…Please stay safe and well…SO many are dying or are sick with Covid-19…It is real…Be 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 have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx