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You are the author of your life, what will YOU make it about?

During my life I have done a mixture of all of those, some I am glad I did or did not, some I wish I hadn’t and some I didn’t even try.

But “That’s life ”  as the song made famous by Frank Sinatra goes.

And what a life.. would I change anything??? Well, somethings but all of that is with hindsight which is a wonderful thing!  Haha.

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When I think back my dad was a strict disciplinarian but was that a bad thing? No… really my mum countered that by just being our mum. She made all of our clothes taught us to knit, sew and cook and she loved us…

I remember walking for miles over fields to see my nan my grandad was a farmer I loved it there and spent weekends, school holidays and this was at 9/10 years old, we had no phones so at some point my mum would get a call from a phone box to say I was ok but didn’t know when I was coming home. But it was safe to do that then, I could walk for miles and see no one or maybe just one person who invariably knew who I was, knew where I was going and or gave me a drink of water.

How I loved it there, I got to wander around the farm ( with the strictest instructions ) from my granddad of where I could wander and where I could not. I learnt to milk a cow and had great fun in the haylofts and at harvest time. My Nan showed me how to cook on an Aga. So between my nan and my mum, I think that’s where I got my love of cooking.

My other nan lived but  5 mins away and had a lovely piano….so most days after school I would wander up the road to see her and get to play the piano…I loved that piano and one day maybe I’ll get to tinkle those ivories again. But I have special memories of both my Nan’s.

I was a choir girl.. yes folks and I won’t treat you to a rendering on the karaoke. Church every Sunday and at Easter, we got our new Sunday best… We also always had shiny shoes…

Carol, Tina and Fay

I hated frills, bows and dolls!

Dolls I hated them and fringes…. every time we had our hair washed owwww did it hurt when mum got the tangles out..well.. she obviously had enough so took us all for a haircut with a fringe….not for long…madam here.. me…hands up…got a pair of scissors and cut it off. That solved that  It also got me an early to bed with no tea…well, mum snuck up a sandwich a bit later……

My sisters would walk neighbours babies up and down, up and down the street…awwww my worst nightmare,  my favourite was climbing the big oak tree on the village green, except when I climbed it in the NEW pink spotted dress my mum had made me and ripped it… she didn’t get cross often, but I think she made an exception then..oops.

I remember the day I got a bloody nose.. well I did aggravate this boy ..but no need for that.. did my dad jump to his daughter’s defence…..don’t be silly…he asked what I did to deserve it…

AND not a calculator, phone or computer in sight……in fact, I didn’t know anyone who had one!

Camping..I loved camping in the garden…a blanket over the clothesline…which had been lowered made a great tent and we giggled all night long….

Reading under the bed-clothes with a torch…Dennis Wheatley being one of my favourites.

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I remember when the circus came to town how we all loved the clowns on stilts and all our dad’s making us  ” stilts ” …..did we have fun and spills on them that summer holiday… the snow when it came then dad made us sledges made from doors and trays…I remember our hands and legs were red raw and freezing then the pain when we thawed out in front of the roaring fire but the crumpets toasted on the fire and chestnuts in the embers. Made up for that… Love crumpets get the recipe here.

That peeps is a deprived childhood with no computers and games well except for snakes and ladders, ludo, hangman and noughts and crosses.  Oh and Jacks and I bet I could still beat you at that! Hopscotch! the downside was we had to clean the chalk marks off the pavement…

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Well, that’s my childhood but I look back and don’t think it was a bad one I think I learned a lot…..How to love, laugh, cook,, earn respect it was not a given.

The computers came later, very much later so a whizz kid on them I am not but also I am not that bad so all in all.

Childhood over and as I started off in life having been bought up being told ” girls just get married and have children”

I did!

After going to college and training as a hairdresser……I never practised as a hairdresser ..just did my mums and friends hairs…I have always been fussy about my hair though I suppose it left me with that legacy. I have even been known to put anything even a carrier bag over my hair if a drop of rain threatened..just so long as not a hair got wet..the only time it got wet was when I visited the hairdressers and they always said I was their only customer who came to the salon to get my hair done who never looked as if it needed doing. I was fanatical even down to the fact that when on holiday…… The first place I ever checked out was the location of the hair salon!

I must have been a nightmare!

Now it’s short and I only go to get it cut and if it gets wet it gets wet…so I have chilled out somewhat in my later years.

Now I look back and think we did rather well… as our children have wonderfully bought up children of their own who are polite, work hard at school and the ones who do work have very good careers….so all in all…..not a bad life……….and when I look forward I am excited about what is to come……Because I have found new hobbies and interests that I can devote more time to…so all in all, life is like a carousel and if we can dream we can do it………hence the title of my blog…….

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In fact, I am wishing I was a tad younger and have more time for what I need to do…..but that’s life…..take it by the horns and live it……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.

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

After the crumpets came bread…

Carol Cook! Bread (1)

What a saga that was …..I am surprised I went into the kitchen again after that, such a messy cook and I am normally very organised, calm and generally, it all goes to plan..Not so on that day but a lesson learnt.

But redemption was on hand we sailed through the bread making no traumas …Peace and harmony was restored in my kitchen.

If you missed the crumpet/pikelet recipe then you can find it here  

Bread!

I love bread but nice bread with proper butter, not this ready sliced stuff which sticks together it is so doughy and just not right. The consequence is that I don’t eat bread hardly at all which I suppose is good as when I do I savour the flavour and eat far too much.

My Buttermilk bread was pretty good as well but if I tell you this please don’t repeat it…promise??

Anything prefixed to the name bread and he doesn’t like it…so buttermilk, rosemary, olive oil bread…I just say bread or rolls…

I have a hubby who is very pernickety…HE is fussy! won’t eat this won’t eat that..picks the peppercorns out of his sauce and the tomato pieces out of his spag bol..need I go on girls??

So although he won’t eat Buttermilk bread he liked the bread I made today.

But for anyone who loves Buttermilk bread here is my Buttermilk bread recipe for you and if you haven’t got Buttermilk never fear I have this recipe for you. How to make your own Buttermilk and it is so easy I was amazed.

This is a recipe for white bread as hubby doesn’t do wholemeal like me and that is his choice so I have done the best I can and used unbleached white flour which is not chemically bleached like normal white flour and although my preference would be dry or natural yeast I am working on that one but still go through the traditional proving of his white loaf so for all you white bread eaters..Enjoy!

Let’s Cook! Bread!

Bread-white-home-baked

Homemade white bread

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of flour. I used unbleached Bread flour.
  • 2 tbsp of instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil. I used Olive oil.

This is so quick and easy.

Add 4 cups of flour with all the other ingredients and mix to combine…just get your hands in there the best way.

It will be sticky but hey ho we are bread making.

Gradually knead in the last cup of flour and knead that dough for 5 minutes.

Put it in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove for 30 minutes.

It should double its size, punch it down and divide into two or as I will next time make one large loaf.

Shape both pieces to fit into your oiled bread tins and leave to rise until dough reaches the top of the tin approx 20/30 mins.

Bake at 440F/ 200 C for approx 40 minutes.

Allow the bread to cool slightly then remove from the tin and put on a cooling rack you now have two lovely loaves of fresh bread.

If the crust is too hard then cover with a clean, damp tea towel to soften.

Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my foray into bread making…I am certainly no expert but I keep trying and it tastes good and I know what is in it…If you enjoyed this post please hit your share buttons xxx

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

C02 shortage… Can’t get your crumpets? Recipe here!

Carol Cook! Crumpets

A C02 shortage has affected the production of crumpets..leaving some people bereft as if they can’t get their crumpets who knows what will happen. A newspaper report has stated that 2 suppliers have restarted production but shortage could last for a few more weeks until stocks are replenished.

Never fear as although I had a disaster or two in the kitchen… Carol is here with a recipe for you so fret no more you can make your own… Crumpets.

The Crumpet!

The earliest recorded mention came from English Bible translator John Wycliffe when he referred to the crompid cake.

The early crumpets were hard pancakes cooked on a griddle it wasn’t until the Victorian era that yeast was added and the crumpet as we know it today was born.

Now I haven’t made crumpets since we had our restaurant and this recipe has been resurrected, dug out from the archives..lol prompted by a request from another food blogger who couldn’t get her crumpets.

Needless to say, my crumpet rings must have been left behind when we sold our restaurant. The plan was the to wait until I went into town to purchase some more but we all know about the best-made plans of mice and men, haha

Well, ladies and gents we all know what happens when we just mention we are going to make ?????? Don’t they go on???

Thinking cap on and I remember having pikelets which are little pancake-like crumpets complete with holes but you don’t need rings.

The result, I was up early to make the mixture as it has to rest for an hour. Cooking will now commence very soon.

But before we do and just to demonstrate to those you who think I am a wonderful cook… Disasters can happen! I set my timer then went to start writing this post…heard the timer and went down to the kitchen. WELL, it most certainly did rise! All over the place…Crumpets…I hear you…

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The motto??? Use a bigger jug next time!

The lovely electric griddle that I bought on a visit to the US was not going to workeither the stupid plugs here are absolutely useless so I had pans and a griddle that worked intermittently the air was not blue but close…lol but as we often say here TIT (This is Thailand) we learn to live with this.

My taste testers were impressed with the end result although they didn’t look pretty 4 crumpets later I think they were a taste success. The texture was spot on so when I get my rings they will be perfect…fingers crossed. My little pikelet.

crumpets or pikelets

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 cup of lukewarm milk.
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp of instant yeast.
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt.

Let’s cook!

Combine all the ingredients and beat for 2 minutes or use a mixer.

Cover the bowl and rest for 1 hour.

Near to the end of the hour preheat your griddle to 325 F or preheat a frying pan.

N.B: But be careful a pan just gets hotter and it shouldn’t be as hot as when you cook pancakes.

Lighty grease your pan or muffin rings.

N.B: YOU CAN USE WELL CLEANED TUNA CANS AS MOULDS JUST MAKE SURE THEY ARE WELL CLEANED AND REMOVE THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM.

Pour the sticky batter into the ring, halfway up or a 1/4 of a cup.

After 4 mins using tongs remove the rings. Cook 10 minutes on the first side until the top has lots of little bubbles.

They will also start to look a little dry around the edges. They probably won’t be as full of holes as store bought ones.

Turn crumpets over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the griddle and repeat with rest of the mixture.

Serve warm with lots of butter and or jam. Or cool and wrap in plastic and store at room temperature.

To reheat put in the toaster and enjoy with butter and or jam.

 

So for those of you who can’t get your crumpets...I hope this has helped 🙂

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Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx