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Saturday Snippets…17th October 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has once again seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours happening early morning at 4 am my fingers are firmly crossed that the ceilings stay intact…

Right next to my house I have an expanse of land which has banana and mango trees, a pond and now they are clearing the land a little around the trees and the water some Asian open billed Storks have suddenly appeared firstly there was a big flock which stayed some time to feed and then took off but the last week has seen 2 lone ones who come and stay for the best part of the day and then disappear I am guessing to the wetlands some 10k from here.

I do hope they stay as we have a few varieties of smaller birds there and I would love to see the bird population grow and expand…I love watching them from my balcony…

This month as you know is National Pumpkin month and Halloween…I am already seeing posts of scary movies and houses…lots of soups and Halloween goodies…Today the rain has carried on from the downpour last night and it is a dull and drizzly day now and a tad colder…

I am bread making again today this covid has everyone baking more bread it seems which is good that home cooking is getting a revival, I have experimented with a few different types of bread lately, pretzel bread, butter rolls, cream cheese rolls, soda bread and our favourite the dutch oven or crockpot bread..it has such a lovely crust and soft inside due to the steam..the dutch oven mimics the commercial ovens who often use steam which how they get that crust…obviously on a smaller scale the dutch oven replicates that by heating the dutch oven and then popping in your dough and replacing the lid…hey presto just like the shops make but with no nasties…

Because of the rain and downturn in temperature, I have been getting repeated requests to make more pies and chocolate brownies…Lemon Chicken has been on the menu this week as well as an Indian curry…more soup and of course fish…A teriyaki style fish and the sea perch.

Did you know?

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured to the bedframe by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened making the bed firmer to sleep on…Hence the phrase…Goodnight, Sleep tight!

Good News:

Zero emissions have to be good…Right?

Time for some music…

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place on Wednesday (Oct. 14)… now while much of it is not for me I was pleased to see that the passing of the great Van Halen was honoured…

Jack White paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen during his SNL performance

Jack White, who was the Saturday Night Live musical guest on Oct. 10, remembered the guitar legend by playing a blue Halen-designed guitar.

White noted on Instagram that “Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made to my specs.” Halen, who died on Oct. 6, was also remembered at the end of the episode by host Bill Burr, who wore a Van Halen T-shirt as the cast and guests gathered on stage to close the show.

What really made me happy was that Fleetwood Mac returned to the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100…something to do with what I thought a clock did…Tik Tok whatever next however sparked by that viral skateboarding TikTok video featuring the song, Fleetwood Mac’s former No. 1 single “Dreams” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 17) at No. 21, landing on the chart for the first time since its original 1977 run.

I think I prefer the original but it has caused a revival for Fleetwood Mac….It even inspired Stevie Nicks to Join Tik Tok…The power of Social Media…I think  I have now sussed out why Aston has taken up skateboarding…again…

Call me old-fashioned or behind the times but I prefer this version…Enjoy!

Even though I have stopped writing my regular posts on the environment etc...I still read and take notice…I read this post earlier and it resonated with me the writer Cynthia Kaufman articulated it far better than I ever could she put into words much that I believe in…I hope you pop over and have a read…

Thank you Cynthia I thoroughly enjoyed the read it made a lot of sense to me…

Solidarity Forever: Essential Workers, Public Goods, and How We Are in This Together

Bread and Butter...Bread fresh from the oven…are you drooling yet and fantasising about that crusty bread and butter…

I came across this lovely video the other day…about a man who loves to produce butter he doesn’t wish to go into huge production he is just happy with his craft…

I am now on the hunt for artisanal butter…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbors and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 04th October -10th October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Willie and Shania…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

My first post of the week was on Tuesday 6th…its only 19 days to Halloween…

Halloween has always fascinated me…not the commercial side but the tales…now of course the inventiveness of cooks around the world just amazes me …awesome.

I have for you a lovely Thai style pumpkin soup and some tales of Halloween…Trick or treating is something I wasn’t allowed to do as a child…this year maybe many kids won’t be allowed either because of Covid restrictions but you can make it fun for them indoors and around your garden so get creative and please show us on here…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/06/fang-tastic-recipestales-of-halloween/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter G ( nutmeG)

I am loving this series…some food fun…the Letter J though is not fun I have only found 2 and a half the half being something I may be able to connect to food…fingers crossed…so if any of you clever people know any thing food related ending in the letter J I would be eternally grateful…

G promises lots of culinary terms and some food…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/07/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-g-nutmeg/

Thursday…Smorgasbord Health Column – The endocrine system and hormones Part One by Sally Cronin.

Always wonderfully scripted and informative and relevant to all of us especially if your health  is your priority after all we only have one body…Sally is the girl who can help us get it healthier…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/smorgasbord-health-column-the-endocrine-system-and-hormones-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Fridays are back...updated and some new fruits for you…

This week it is corn...that lovely luscious corn which is at its very best this time of year…

Corn which I and many of you will  still think of as a vegetable although technically it is not only a vegetable but a grain and a fruit all depending on which bit …it did however provide me with some info for a post which is  the bright side… it is also very healthy for you just hold back on the butter…a little…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/09/fruity-friday-corn-cob-fruit-or-vegetable/

Saturday Snippets…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

This week on Saturday Snippets I had quite an eclectic mix of posts all interesting and thought provoking … you also get a look at what I have been cooking in my kitchen with some recipes and some are just spoilers for my cookbook…You may need to refill your cup or glass but I do hope that you enjoy…let me know in comments please…Enjoy!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/10/saturday-snippets-10th-october-2020/

That’s all for this weeks roundup a rather short week… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

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

Saturday Snippets is back! Week 2…

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…

It was interesting to read about Salt Water Taffy lovers last week and how some us treasure our pearly whites and Salt Water Taffy is no longer an option for us…Thank goodness for fudge I say…

chocolate fudge with walnuts

I made this fudge way back in 2015 when I lived at the Blue House in Phuket…I am the queen of dairies and notebooks they can be found in many places around the house and in my bags, I never leave home without my little notebook and I am always delighted when I am given pretty notebooks or pens for a gift…

This was a lovely fudge and I can sort of remember some of the ingredients…So you think(said) through gritted teeth that I could find the said recipe…I have been through my notebooks thrice…and nada…zilch…Therefore I am sending out a plea for a recipe for this fudge which didn’t use chocolate but powder, walnuts and I don’t think I used condensed milk…I wait with bated breath and hope in my heart…sigh..x

Yes, I could look it up myself but the disaster which was coconut ice still haunts me…sigh

I need fudge…

In the meantime like I am sure hundreds of others are I have been baking bread…Some have turned out better than others…I have experimented with different flours…made buttermilk bread and soda bread, olive oil and rosemary rolls…I also have to make white bread although I do use unbleached flour but my family like white bread now and again…This loaf was cooked in a dutch oven a first for me and I was pleasantly surprised how much the crust was like ones I have purchased in bakeries.

loaf made in dutch oven

Probably from the steam produced using the dutch oven method…

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  •  2 1/4 tsp of rapid yeast
  • 2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp of olive oil.

Let’s Bake!

In a large bowl add the flour and salt whisk to combine.

Make a well and add the raid yeast granules and the lukewarm water then with wet hands bring the mix together. If it is too sticky add a little more flour and likewise if too dry add a little more water a tsp at a time…This will vary as it depends on the flour used.

Cover and leave in a warm spot to double in size again this depends on the temperature where you live it can be anything from a 1hr to 1 1/2 hours…if it is very warm mine takes a little less time.

Once risen using your hand or a dough scraper work the dough loose from the sides and working around the edge bring the sides to the middle.

Cover and leave to double in size again about 1 hour it rises slightly quicker this time.

Once risen transfer to a lightly floured surface sprinkle the top with a little flour and shape and fold the dough under itself several times then pinch the seams together. Coat your bowl with the olive oil and put the dough in the bowl cover and leave the dough to rise once again.

Then put on the oven and set the heat at 230C/450F and put your dutch oven into the oven to heat up for 45-1n hr. By the time this has heated your dough should have risen.

NOW VERY CAREFULLY REMOVE THE HOT DUTCH OVEN ONTO A TRIVETT…It is hot then turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface and carefully put in the dutch oven.

Put the pot back into the oven and cook for 45 minutes then carefully remove the lid and cook for a further 15-30 minutes …

loaf made in dutch oven

Remove from the oven and cover with a cloth to cool for about 15 mins before slicing and enjoying…

After eating and baking all this bread and goodies I need to just lose a little or keep it in check…

Wellness Corner:

In these times of quarantine and shortages, many of us have taken to baking our own bread and cakes…we are confined to our homes and gardens are cooking more and eating…snacking…I have added a few pounds and I know I am not alone…

My friend and fellow blogger Sally…is here to give us all a helping hand…No tricks, no fads, no cutting out carbs or other food groups just a common-sense approach something we all need…

Sally herself has had struggles with her weight over the years although she now has it under control…A qualified nutritionist her aim is to help others…This week she talks SLEEP…or, not as the case may be…me I could sleep on a clothesline…I will now hand you over to the expert …Sally @ Smorgasbord Health…

National Vinegar Month.

Has been a revelation for me as I have discovered and cooked with black vinegar…with great success I will add it is not so astringent as white kinds of vinegar more mellow and slightly smoky…I really like it…

Today keeping my policy for waste not want not in mind I am giving you a dish made with the stems of napa/Nappa Chinese cabbage. Most days I start my day with a bowl of vegetable stir fry with rice…we all love veggies and on my plate, my veggies far outweigh the amount of meat I eat…

Who throws this away?

smart

It is the stalk of the napa cabbage cut on the diagonal and stirfried…with some chopped garlic, dried chillies and chopped green onion. A sauce made from black vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar.

Start by heating a little oil in your pan and adding the chillies, garlic and onion and cook for 1 min.

Then add your Nappa cabbage stalks and stir fry for a further 2-3 mins. Add your sauces I always mix mine beforehand so they are ready. Cook for another minute…

This can either be served with rice/noodles or as a side to your main dish…we liked it but next time I will add some chopped ginger.

That’s it for National vinegar month I hope you have enjoyed the recipes…

What will June bring?

National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, National Iced Tea Month and National Papaya Month
First Friday in June: National Donut Day.

Well, candy and iced tea are out for me …unless it is a little fudge…

Fresh fruit, vegetables and Papaya are shouting out to me …What are your thoughts?

Well…16th June is National Fudge Day so that’s me sorted says she with a big smile…Also throughout June, there are Chocolate pudding, praline, pecans, apple strudel, onion rings and Mai Tai days…

Plenty of scope and yumminess there then…

That’s the recipes sorted…we will most certainly need Sally’s help…Moderation she will say use your 20% just not every day and every snack time…

Now last week on one of my posts I talked about the Auckland wild pigs, Pork crackling and shared the 3 little pigs(Disney) Pete Springerwhose blog I follow sent me the link to the wolf’s tale and it is delightful so I am going to share it with you…Yes, I am a kid at heart…

I loved this …Thank you, Pete, for the intro…

I will leave you with this…I have been very upset and disturbed at some of the sad news over the last few days…To say I am appalled that once again we are seeing these headlines is an understatement…But this blog is not the place for that…This action made me smile and made me think what a wonderful idea and I will be buying a pack for Lily…

For the whole story please click here or just watch the video…

Take care all of you…xxx

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practise social distancing.

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