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Recycling and environmental news 21st Oct 2019…

Welcome to this weeks recycling and environmental news where I post about the good, the bad and the ugly…

This is so cool…some may say it might be a new whimsical destination for skiing, thanks to Copenhagen’s new power plant.

After 8 years of planning and building what maybe the first greenest power plant in the world opened its gates to the first paying skiers..

This is so cool and inspiring for the future …I love it!

I hope you watch and listen to this as it shows that something can be done without demonstrations and the upheaval of peoples everyday travel and life …For me if the people backing organisations like extinction rebellion backed projects like this…The sky is the limit…we can have clean power plants….

I can’t top that this week but as individuals we can make our own mark…We can make changes in our own homes and gardens…If we all made just one change just think what an impact that would have …. 

Christmas Crackers…

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On the face of it they are pretty and some are absolutely fabulous …

But what are we left with?

After we have pulled the cracker, read the silly joke and put on the paper hat while wearing a silly grin…

Did you know?  

154,000,000 pieces of plastic crap will end up in landfill or our oceans from the UK alone…

What can you do…You just know I will have found a solution …Don’t you?

Have you any ideas for the Christmas table that can be made at home?

Sewer Gas Destructor Lamps… A reminder that gas build up has always been a problem…

London has one lamp left and the city of Sheffield has a few lamps still functioning…

If you want to know a little more about these sewer destructor lamps then click here

The iCat-90 is a 300-foot catamaran. Oceans United plans to begin trial runs in March 2020, and the first iCat-90 Skimmer is scheduled to leave port on April 22, 2020.

Oceans United plans to grow the fleet to five ships by 2024.

Their aim?…Plastic to fuel…

It is encouraging to see and read just how much is being done…

To give you a start here are 5 easy ways to start making your home plastic free…

  • Avoid plastic water bottles. There are 4,000 plastic bottles used every second. …
  • Bring a reusable grocery bag. …
  • Skip the plastic straws. …
  • Pack a litter-free lunch. …
  • Host an Eco-friendly birthday party.

How easy is that

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you helping the environment in your house and garden?

 

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

 

Waste Not! Want Not!… Recycling…The lies!

When I first started to write these posts I enjoyed it…I enjoy research finding out what is going on and all the wonderful innovative ways that many people are discovering, inventing to Save our lovely world…Because it is a beautiful World…

Also, man and their habits have an impact a huge impact…Our oceans in particular…But also peoples health from these dump sites and landfills…

I know I am not the only one who recycles and does what they can to help with the plastic situation which I think is equally as important as Climate Change.

Firstly during the last week, I read an article which stated that Malaysia was going to return waste to the countries of origin … Oh!

I then watched a programme on UK television Hugh and Anita…Where they have picked a street and are examing their waste to see firstly how much waste each household has and two how they can reduce their waste…This led down many paths and one such path was Hugh followed waste to Malaysia…The waste that was dumped…Just dumped not recycled is horrendous…I watched children bleeding from their noses…Yep, the waste is sometimes just burned where it is…No thought as to who is breathing in the toxic fumes or the fact that those same fumes are going into the atmosphere…I am sure if you know me you can imagine what I was saying to the TV screen…

Hugh collected plastic waste with company names on and took back to the UK…He went and showed Michael Gove one of the candidates for the role of Prime Minister for the UK…he looked delighted to see it…(sarcasm)

 

Australia… Yep, the Australian government is no better…

I have singled out the Uk and Australia…I could have written a post a mile long as they are not the only ones there is Canada and the US…But it is the same story…Echoed around the world…What our governments are doing with our carefully recycled waste…

We are all being duped into recycling like good citizens and what are our governments doing with that waste…NOT what we think they are doing and certainly not being responsible…

I think it is time we spoke up either in person or write a letter or email…I will most certainly be doing that…

I also think that all that money being spent on shipping and containers would be well spent on recycling in the home countries. Because I am sure that over a period of time those costs are substantial.

The Good News...

The Australian Conservation Foundation has succeeded in its appeal against the government’s assessment of Adani’s north Galilee water scheme, with the federal government admitting it failed to properly consider public responses to the proposal and even lost some submissions.

Let’s hope there will be good news on the recycling front around the world and if you get the opportunity to watch Hugh and Anita I downloaded it from utorrent…But if you can access the BBC  iplayer you could watch it that way it has some great tips on recycling…

Next week there will be lots of good news stories…Thank you for reading and I hope every chance you get you will spread the word on the real truth about recycling…Thank you 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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great week and a creative one xx

 

Plastic…Part 11…Are we really doing enough?

Good morning for sunny Thailand and it is a glorious day …At the moment …I say that as it is the low season which means sunshine and tropical storms and boy when that rain starts the heavens just open…It is also why everything is so gloriously green here…

Curry plant in bloom

My curry tree…

It makes you feel that all is well with the world but don’t be fooled it appears it is NOT!

I have written much about the billions of tons of plastic which affect the health of our seas…and Planet …landfill…Plastic is everywhere …

But how does it get there?

But I  always dispose of my waste properly! I always recycle when possible!”, We all say it! But, if no-one is responsible, how does so much end up in the rivers and the ocean?

But I always put my trash in the bin!

overflowing waste bins

Photo credit: habeebee on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

How many of us are guilty of adding our waste to that overflowing bin? Then walking away satisfied that we have done OUR bit?…

The problem doesn’t end here either because next, we need to move the garbage to a more permanent location. Before you say recycling, remember that, worldwide, less than 10% of all waste is recycled which means that the majority of your rubbish ends up as landfill or incinerated.

I see rubbish and bins everywhere like that here…So what is generally the first few things that happen before the rubbish is collected…

The wind picks up and blows the plastic bags everywhere...The dogs, cats and even the man who trundles along with his little trolley and goes down the bin…splits plastic bags open to see what is inside… This is life this happens, this is the reality!

street lady going down a waste bin

Photo credit: drpavloff on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC

All true...That is life …We may not want to admit it …But it is what happens…I see this every time I go for a walk but haven’t yet plucked up the courage to ask if I can take a photo…

This part of the story is probably the one we are most aware of. But there is another side of the story that we are less aware of but equally responsible for… I hear you…Loud and clear!

But how can I control illegal dumping of rubbish? Am I responsible for the actions of people who throw away their cigarette butts which are washed down the drain directly into the oceans? These actions do have an impact but it is not the biggest problem. It is also something we have no control over anyway.

In fact, the other side of the story is caused by us…Again! It has been estimated that of all the plastic and rubbish in the oceans, 90% of it comes from just 10 rivers.

Now if you were to look at where those rivers were located you would notice a link… it is those countries which most likely to manufacture many of the cheap, disposable plastic items. Items that are typically found as landfill and littering the oceans, such as plastic bags, toys, toothbrushes, straws and bottles.

They also happen to be the countries most likely to have inadequate waste management facilities. This means rubbish is much more likely to end up being lost to the environment.

We go shopping and often pick up things without a thought…I know I do… I consciously do try really hard but also if it is a product I buy…  I sometimes still buy it and dispose of it correctly of course I do but honestly, I don’t do enough … I really don’t!

I need to be more conscientious… Here’s what I think…

Refuse – Whenever you can, say NO to plastic bags, straws, cups, forks and spoons! And ask yourself, do I really need this?

This one I do…I have bamboo straws and we take our own cups for a refill I also refuse any cutlery or bag as always have a cloth bag with me…This I can honestly say I have perfected.

Reduce – When you cannot refuse, use less of whatever you can!

Truly I need to be better at this one...I need to decide and ask myself do I need to buy something then take the decision to try to find and buy a product marketed as sustainable and manufactured with consideration of the environment…Like these…I love them… banana leaves are used to make little baskets to hold tomatoes or other vegetables the bamboo containers holding tomatoes are emptied into a paper bag at the till and reused…

This is such a simple use of natural packaging and is what I buy when I can but I do need to think before I buy any imported items as that is where my problem lies. I need to think about packaging and the air miles even more …Think before I buy! Buy local …

Reuse – Fill up your water bottle, take cutlery out with you, reuse that plastic bag over and over.

Waterbottle √ Take cutlery with you × reuse that plastic bag √…2 out of 3 most of the time as sometimes I forget the cutlery…My bad…

Repair – If it breaks, don’t automatically throw it away, check if you can fix it!

I do now and that is because Thais are really good at that…Not much gets thrown away they always make do and mend…

Thinking about packaging in the home as I often do…

I have come across these great platinum silicone products which have many uses for the freezer, the oven and taking your food to work or play…It seems there are no known problems at the moment and that although they are not compostable they are fully recyclable where there are facilities.

While not a “100% natural” material like rubber, food-grade silicone is a non-toxic polymer mostly made from silica (sand). It can withstand heating and freezing without leaching or off-gassing, hazardous chemicals – unlike plastics, which contaminate food in these environments.

I like the way that the top seals and they fold flat I am thinking I could use them when I buy meat to save on a plastic bag and for me they would be better in the freezer than glass as I don’t have a very big freezer and glass is rigid and takes up more room.

And if you are short on smiles today then watch this video and I dare you not to smile…

However to keep on believing that throwing our trash in the correct bins and recycling is going to help our planet is wrong. we need to change not only our ways but our thinking…

The Bottom Line…

It is up to us as individuals to take a stand and start changing the way we look at our trash and the things that we buy.

Will you???

Thank you so much for reading this post and if it made you smile please share and or comment on how you deal with plastic 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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Not! Want Not!… Hunger! and King Tides…

It’s that time of the week again and don’t the weeks just fly by.?.. I know I am outspoken. I know that my ideas are not everyone’s and that is good. I am happy to listen to the opposite view with an open mind…I also know many are not as their views are the only correct one…To me, a closed mind is not good…I believe we can take a positive from every different opinion…

I also know there are many half-truths out there in the media and that is what irks me the most…Some just go for the headline which many take as gospel…I urge you to look beyond the headline and do your own research…You will be amazed at what you find…

An example:

King Tide

Aerial support by Lighthawk.org

Photo credit: alex1derr on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA

The earliest recorded flooding was in 1099 along the Thames Estuary… King tides cause flooding which occurs when the moon is new or full…the sun, moon and earth also have to be aligned but because there are so many dynamics involved as in wind, temperature and the weather it is complicated to weed out the facts …

We know that low lying areas have always been susceptible to flooding when things happen which cause an upsurge in the gravitational pull which strengthens any seasonal surges in tides.

Statements made about fish (a mullet) swimming down streets in Miami and quoted by a couple of influential figures to highlight climate change are half-truths it probably came up through a storm drain due to seasonal king tides…

My example is to highlight half-truths not to say I don’t think that climate change could be a problem. It may well be at some point in time taking the natural world into account of course.

Today I will be looking at Hunger and Waste and what is happening to combat waste around the world there are many good news stories and if you have one please share…

There are still people starving in the world and the figures are staggering and with all the food we all know which we waste at home and the food industry wastes this should not be happening… That, however, isn’t the whole picture…

hunger man in bin scavenging

Photo credit: Jeff* on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

The thing is we know that there is a hunger problem in third world countries due to lack of education, political climate, displacement and this link to world hunger is all about empowerment…About ending hunger by 2030… All good!

But what about hunger in the civilised world? We know it exists…We only have to look at schools who feed hungry children who have washing machines and dryers so as to make sure the can ensure that all the children have clean clothes, who give them food to take home, who give parents lessons in basic cookery, who in effect act as parents and some even provide loans… Teachers really should be held in higher esteem…

All this is well and good as there is so much waste food which should be put to good use… It does not get down to the nitty-gritty of successive governments who have failed to address so many fundamental problems in society…The blame should lay fair and square at all party’s feet…

The school curriculums need a massive overhaul. …

Finland has one of the best school systems in the world…Where children can be children…No standardized tests, no private schools, no stress. Finland’s education system is consistently ranked best in the world…I ask myself why are other countries like America and the UK are not looking at what could work for their school systems which work in Finland…Then get on and do something about it…

Children are starving in civilised society not third world countries civilised and why?…

Food banks are all well and good but fundamental questions need to be addressed…AND NOW.

The blame lays fair and square at the feet of successive governments they have all had a hand in the decline of the school systems, welfare and endemic poverty.

Although I applaud all these ideas for distributing waste food I do feel that the root cause(s) should be addressed and quickly…Children should not be going down school bins looking for food.

How can you combat waste at home…Start a worm farm…worms eat organic matter/food waste and when the worms are adult they are great to aerate your vegetable patch or to use as fishing bait it is also a great thing for kids to get involved in…

There are some more great creative ideas here...The kids will love them…and it uses up your household waste and you can make some lovely gifts…

Waste to energy…How London is turning its own lights on…

Tower bridge in lights

Photo credit: PeterThoeny on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

UK supermarkets could face hefty fines for wasting food under plans to halve food waste by 2030… Not sure I like the could in the wording or the timescales…governments must be tougher.

If you are still here reading this I thank you for bearing with me…Waste and hunger go hand in hand with education they are all interlinking one effects the other …I welcome all your comments and also answer every comment…Enjoy your week 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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 20…Food Waste and Climate Change…

Week 20…Who would have thought I could find so much to write about the news just keeps coming…The world is definitely waking up to what is happening and some sensing the urgency…Just this morning I was reading about a World Forum of environmentalists, chefs, farmers who are looking at how they can ensure that no one in the world will be starving like they are now it may mean changing farming and manufacturing methods a full report is not available yet.

green foot prints eco system

So much is happening in the world around us that there are going to have to be many changes or life as we know it will not exist…Climate change, food. plastic, waste they are all connected to each other they all affect one another…Seriously the world is in trouble it may not seem like that to many of you cocooned in your comfy part of the world but food affects our health as does climate change everything is interlinked…

To me and many around the world, Sir David Attenborough is the voice of climate change…the voice of our planet…Listen to what he has to say he believes that things have escalated far quicker than he initially thought.

Sir David Attenborough

 

Photo credit: JrScientist on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Flies and Fungi…

As the earth heats up it will make our food less safe…Did you know?… Food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals causes more than 600 million people to fall ill and 420,000 to die worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

We have soup kitchens and places where people can go get dry/tinned goods if they are on the breadline…What I find really sad is the fact that the image underneath was taken many years …People are still starving …That is a tragedy that man and governments have still not solved the problem of the poor and in fact compound that problem in many ways…They should hang their heads in shame…

soup Kitchen

Photo credit: classic_film on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC

Community refrigerators is another idea with the aim of stopping food waste…a British environmental charity is turning to an innovative bit of technology: community refrigerators.

However, they help to solve the problem of waste in countries like the Uk but not the problem of the fact children are still starving all around the world …I am guessing there will be no community refrigerators in India( 190.7 million), China ( 150.8 million), Pakistan (39.6 million) appalling figures…

Food waste is a major issue...around the world…about 13 billion pounds worth of food gets wasted every year.

food cycle waste chart

Photo credit: usepagov on Visual hunt

We have zero waste stores springing up around the globe we now have Loop joining the party…Everyone knows food packaging is one of the leading causes of pollution on land and in the sea. From water bottles to potato chip bags, that plastic litter is everywhere. People have tried politely protesting at supermarkets, others try to buy in bulk, and some are so frustrated they try to only buy direct from farms and wholesale markets. That does not work for everyone.

https://sevenseasmedia.org/introducing-loop-a-zero-waste-shopping-option-for-some-of-our-most-common-brands/

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Photo credit: i.R.P.i on VisualHunt / CC BY-ND

Guinness is owned by the worlds largest drinks company and they have joined Carlsberg in the quest to end plastic rings…Which when dumped in the sea cause problems and death to marine life…Initially, I wasn’t overjoyed with this new concept as I felt it wouldn’t stop littering however in the real world although we are all conscious of our actions and don’t dump some people always will so I suppose I will have to admit they have a place in the bigger picture.

Victoria Zigler who is known for her beautiful children’s books always supports my blog posts and if she comes across anything she drops me a line …These pretty little seed bearing lollipops which are the brainchild of Amborella Organics are awesome once finished the seed-bearing sticks can be planted and will happily grow…

 

Thank you for reading this post later just in case you weren’t aware I also write a regular monthly post over at Esme’s Salon and at the moment I am trawling through the Culinary alphabet today’s post is about recipes, ingredients maybe cooking terms beginning with the letter O…Please pop over and say hello…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-o/

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

CarolCooks2…My weekly roundup of this weeks posts…Plastic, Hemp, Kaffir Lime Marmalade and Chocolate Cupcakes

Welcome to my weekly roundup time to take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy if you have missed any posts or if you just like to catch up once a week…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic readerA busy week for me…Lily is and has been joined by her little friend Dam and yesterday was Thai New Year aka Songkran which means lots of water which was very welcome as it is extremely hot at the moment…The best option rather than taking to the streets with my water pistol at the ready was a water park…

 

I spent the day with a book under a lovely wooden gazebo with a coconut straw roof overlooking the action…Thai food, fresh mango and pineapple and lots and lots of kids…Oh and some beautiful koi carp swimming around beneath us…

The downside is I have not done very much cooking this week and next week I have another addition …Aston will be back with another boy in tow…For someone who really doesn’t like kids…well if they are well behaved we get on fine but as Lily has been joined by a friend I really can’t say no to Aston although I drew the line at a 2-week stay… I am just baffled as to why I seem to be a magnet for kids…haha

My first post of the week was Part 3 of Plastic which is such a big topic and I have some really exciting news for you in next weeks post on  Plastic…tomorrow even …

ear budshttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/08/plastic-part-3-our-actions-the-consequences/

It was then Healthy Eating and how to not have fussy kids which in turn become fussy eaters as adults… Kid learn by example so please just because you don’t like something give your kid and unbiased chance to maybe like what you don’t…The same food can be prepared in so many different ways which change the taste and texture so please to give your kids the chance to et a healthy balanced diet and enjoy their food explore those ways…If you are stuck for ideas drop me a message and the food i.e cabbage and I will send you ideas…

Diet-Eat smart-

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/09/healthy-eating-eat-smart-no-more-fussy-kids/

The middle of the week already doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? Time for my cookery column over at Sally’s…A delicious carrot and pineapple cake and a look at my little chef in the making baking biscuits…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-rewind-easter-treats-with-carol-taylor/

Waste not! Want Not! Time for me to get moving and rid my house once and for all of everything and anything which is getting into the waterworks and the waste system…Castille Soap…Which I had heard of and have memories of my nan and mother using it …Not so easy to obtain here well only in 250ml sizes so I have ordered some from Amazon and await delivery but I am looking at other options like coconut oil which is plentiful here…

olive on branchhttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/11/waste-not-want-not-week-19-castille-soap/

Next came the news that the voting for the annual Bloggers Bash awards is open… I was chuffed to bits to be nominated in the Best Food Blog Category and I wish all my fellow nominees good luck in this category and all the other categories …Of course, I would love to win…Who wouldn’t?…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/12/the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-voting-is-now-open/

A quietish week in my kitchen…Grandkids, their friends and Songkran…Took over…Lily made cupcakes and very nice they were…I managed to make a pot of Kaffir Lime marmalade and Lily helped with the Beef salad…I have just seen them off with their waterproof packs (money/phone) as it is more water fun…So methinks I may just have time to cook up a little something for a post I need to get off by tomorrow at the latest…Sorry, Sally for the delay…xxx…Snail mail xxx…The best-made plans of mice and men is the saying, isn’t it??? No matter how carefully project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.

The saying is adapted from line in “To Mouse,” by Robert Burns: “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/12/this-week-in-my-kitchen-week-15-chocolate-cup-cakes-kaffir-lime-marmalade/

Last out of the starting blocks is a post about something we have all at sometime in our lives contemplated in one form or another…I have…Revenge…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/09/something-to-think-about-new-rs-of-life-survival-in-a-modern-world-revenge-never-really-sweet-sally-cronin/

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have enjoyed it …Enjoy your Sunday 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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Waste Not, Want Not! Part Two!

Famine no food

Look closely can you see the holes in that child’s jumper Can you see the worry on their mum’s face a baby and two older children and herself and maybe a husband to feed…

There are probably also many other problems we could think of which this photo infers but behind the scenes…

What do I think is the solution?

I think we should start in our own communities and our own kitchens… Start small and grow big…Mum’s armies…

I have subscribers to my blog from all around the world as I am sure that most of you do so my thinking that between we could enthuse mum’s army and reach around the world we could make a difference…

Men really have made a pretty poor job over the centuries we still have wars, persecution of women and girls and it is the mums as shown in my picture who worry about the next meal or somewhere safe to sleep and clothes for their children.

 

So ladies and (men) we need to wake up, yes many of you work and are busy but sometimes we need to step up and be counted and go that extra mile it may be hard, it may upset your carefully planned rota, it may upset your family and kids…

But hey ho…Is that you in that photo?? I suspect not, I suspect you have clean water, food every mealtime for your table and your kids have decent clothes not ones with holes.

If we all looked at the waste which comes from our own kitchens we would be astonished and I hope many feel guilty when you see these photos…I do!

There but for the grace of God go I … Source unknown…Although there has been lots of speculation over the years.

My first post on waste included this link which I have signed up for basically the first task is looking at exactly what we waste in our own homes …If nothing else it opened my eyes and made me think… Think about what I waste and how I can waste less…

Also wasting less is a bonus because it saves us money... So I am not asking you to do something for nothing it could also improve your health…Double whammy then???

I already do some but not enough…

How it works? 

During the first week, you’ll track your preventable food waste to find out just how much you’re really wasting.

Over the next three weeks, we’ll email you easy tips and strategies to try as you continue to track your waste. By the end of the month, you’ll see how much food you saved.

Will you accept the challenge?

If you do …Here’s how to track your preventable waste. 

Place all your PREVENTABLE* food waste into a quart-size container (like a plastic deli or food storage container) or a quart-size zip-top bag. Once you fill a container, record it either on a paper copy of the Recording Worksheet or in your online Food Waste Log. Throw away the contents as usual, and start filling it again. Make sure you use the same size container throughout the Challenge. Keep containers in the fridge or freezer if you’re worried about odour or pests. If you come to the end of a week and the last container is partially filled, estimate the portion to the nearest quarter (ex. .25, .5, .75).
*PREVENTABLE food waste is food you bought to eat but has since spoiled or food that was prepared but was not eaten then thrown away. This does not include non-edible food waste such as banana peels, egg shells or chicken bones. Do not collect liquid waste, such as soup.

My biggest preventable food waste is herbs…I need to grow more so I can pick them fresh as some herbs keep longer when picked than others.

Tip: Storing Coriander( Cilantro). I use a tall jar with a screw lid and pop my coriander in ..No water just the coriander and it keeps fresh for a least a week I use quite a lot so never keep the same in a jar for longer but have heard it keeps for a further 3/4 days before it gets discoloured.

The coriander roots I freeze and use in curry pastes as they have a stronger flavour.

Broccoli stems... I have always used in soups but quite recently discovered that peeled and sliced they are great just as a vegetable or in a stir-fry.

Carrots I scrub instead of peeling so no waste there.

Citrus peels…Zesting is good and imparts a beautiful taste in cakes, biscuits, desserts. Peel can be dried or candied. Freeze the zest in ice-cube trays.

Dry and grind the peels to a powder and add to salt and black pepper for a lovely seasoning mix.

Add orange peel to your brown sugar and you will get no more clumping as it draws out the moisture.

Vegetable peels...Make vegetable crisps…

Watermelon Rinds…One of my best discoveries…I love them pickled…

Ingredients:

  • 4 lb of Watermelon
  • 1 chilli thinly sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger finely sliced or diced
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tsp salt I use fresh mineral salt dried here
  • 1 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1 cup of sugar

Let’s Cook!

Using a vegetable peeler remove the outer green rind and slice the watermelon into I inch slices. Cut away all but 1/4 inch of the flesh (it is) the white part we are pickling. The red flesh keeps for smoothies or ice cream or a nice salad with feta cheese.

Then cut the rind into 1-inch pieces.

Add the chilli, ginger, star anise, salt, pepper, rice vinegar and sugar plus ½ cup of water together in a pan, bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the watermelon rind and bring back to a rolling boil and then again reducing the heat to a simmer for 5 mins or until the rinds are just tender. Remove the pan from the heat, and leave the liquid to cool down. You may need to weigh the watermelon down with a plate or lid, as it needs to stay submerged in the liquid until cool.

Once cooled then transfer to a container with a well-fitting lid and refrigerate for at least 12 hours before you eat…This will keep refrigerated for about 2/3 weeks if it lasts that long…lol

Enjoy with cold meats and cheese or just on its own from the container…

That is a few of my ideas on what and how to cut down on preventable food waste …What do you do ??

This is a comment from the lovely Vero who does her bit to combat food waste: Please check out her blog she is a fabulous cook and advocate for saving waste 🙂 xx

Carol, brilliant post! I love the challenge and I have subscribed myself as well. I am absolutely against food waste. The UK is one of the countries with the biggest food waste!!! Unbelievable… When we lived in an apartment and we shared bins downstairs I could not believe how much food people actually throw away! I barely throw away something from my kitchen as I am trying to use as much as I possibly can and I am always without leftovers. There is always way… And plastic in stores and wrapped food in it… I wish it could be reduced. I am taking now with me my own bags for vegetables, fruits where possible and even in a couple of stores they are willing to give me “unwrapped” food so I am very glad for that… I could see a massive waste reduction in our home… Thank you for sharing this! 💕

Please share and I will link and credit you with the ideas…

I hope this post on food waste has made you think and act I have deliberately not added any other pictures of food as I don’t want to detract from that mother’s face and her children. ..

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Thank you for reading 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!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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