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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chocolate, Health, Recipes …Week ending 3rd Nov 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots going on in the world it was Halloween so I have some Halloween pictures for you…There was snow, beautiful white glistening snow in Susie’s part of the world and lots of it…I love seeing those lovely images from here where I am lovely and warm on this beautiful sunny morning…

So without any more ado let’s see what has been going on this week in my blogging world?…  No… I have not been discussing Brexit although I have been watching the House of Parliament live…I have better worthwhile causes to champion…The stakes have been upped and there will now be a general election…

Will I be covering this on my blog? No! Nada! I will most definitely not be covering it…

I am sure there are many opinions and although I have mine …I am not wading in…But feel free if you wish to…I love a healthy debate…

Monday…Such an ugly looking bean which produces a mouthful of pure indulgence …such a shame that the production of this also causes hardship, lack of education, cruelty through child labour and deforestation…

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Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate??? Who pays more for chocolate and goods that carry “certified cocoa” endorsements?

It has been some 20 years that the big manufacturers of chocolate pledged to eradicate and not buy cocoa which is harvested using child labour.

Why am I surprised?… I am really old enough now to know that most promises made by companies and manufacturers are just clever marketing..lies…Designed to make us the consumer feel better and spend more money…To read the full story please click the link…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/28/recycling-and-environmental-news-28th-oct-2019chocolate-and-bees/

Tuesday…

Because I am not a party pooper I wish you all a joyous time in the coming weeks  I will be leaving you with a few tips to help you over the Christmas period and then I will leave you to enjoy it and come back just after the New Year…with more healthy eating tips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/29/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-more-diets-but-the-holiday-season-is-coming/

Wednesday…

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It is one of my favourite days where I can indulge myself …Of course in the coming weeks, it will be more Christmas focused… I will be looking at you guys to provide me with some lovely family recipes, crafts anything Christmassy…Even a Christmas jumper or three…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/30/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-16/

Thursday…

Saw the end of Pumpkin month and it was Halloween…I hope everyone who celebrated Halloween had a lovely time there have been some lovely and some quite gruesome foods I have seen…but all tasty I am sure…

The 5th of November is Guy Fawkes and celebrated in the UK…Guy Fawkes Night is annually held on November 5. It is sometimes known as Bonfire Night and marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Many people light bonfires and set off fireworks…

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I have many fond memories of bonfire night, potatoes and chestnuts cooked in the embers of the bonfire, of course, there are now absolutely fabulous displays but they don’t come close to my memories of such happy times as we clutched our sparklers and my dad set off the fireworks… We made our own guy and he proudly sat at the top of the bonfire although we were never allowed to participate in… penny for the guy…My mother thought it was akin to begging and we were not allowed to do that…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/31/halloween-sweet-potatoes-and-a-mexican-michelada/

Friday…

I am nearing the end of my store cupboard basic series by now you should have nicely stocked store cupboards…Spices are this weeks theme and although I grow and use many fresh spices dried spices also play their part…stronger and more intense in flavour than their fresh cousins they are ideal for baking. Everything has its place…

Roasted spices Indian cookinghttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/01/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicsspices/

Saturday…

Where I generally hand you over to Sally…This week she discusses skin and in particular eczema…I lived with skin conditions most of my life and am happy to say I am mostly itching and rash free…

Wool always made me itch so I wore cotton…when it came to bras, stocking, and suspenders it was the zinc in the clasps which gave me sore, itchy patches, I could never wear cheap earrings or necklaces ..zinc again..zippers anything which touched my skin brought it up in rashes and itchy patches…The introduction of tights wasn’t much better..nylon… Polo necks aka rashes, central heating aka rashes…Since living here…rashes…Gone…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-in-the-body-the-skin-eczema-lifestyle-or-genetics-by-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this week I hope you enjoyed the read…Have a great 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.

circular recycling the world and a green leafExciting 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 that 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 great weekend 🙂 xx

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…Health, Recipes and more…so much more…

Wow…what a week this been in one way or another…It will certainly go down as that was the week that was…Hubby is now the proud owner of his first electronic device and is learning all about the wonderful world of Alexa…for him it means he doesn’t have to type…and for me, I don’t have to listen to the cussing…haha

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But just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggle down in your favourite chair and have a read…I love a roundup all the posts in one place… that way I don’t miss anything  I don’t always have time to read posts as they are published which I am sure you busy peeps don’t either…

So grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn or whatever your favourite snack is…What is it by the way?  Just asking…haha

Enjoy!

Monday…Time for my update into the ever-growing story of the environment and climate change…Every day we see or hear something, don’t we?… Do you wonder like me how much is fear-mongering and how much is true???

I do believe that as individuals we should think about how we can make a difference…Everyone’s circumstances are different we all have things that we can’t do without or can we???… We have always had a car…We now don’t…Do I miss it…Sometimes…BUT…Honestly not as much as I thought I would…

Of course, we have had to make adjustments…I shop…Aston goes to school…We like to visit people or places…

I know our public transport is better than it is in many places…It is good…Sometimes we hire a car…

The plus side is…we walk more…we see more of our surroundings because we walk and don’t whizz by in the car…I talk to more people…I have lost weight…I feel healthier…Shopping…I walk there and bus or cab back depending on my load…

School…Aston walks more, he catches a bus along with the other kids…He has got used to it…we had the moans early doors…Its raining, I am going to be late…my bag is too heavy to carry…etc etc…

Rain doesn’t bother him anymore or he takes a spare pair of socks…He gets up earlier and moves himself quicker( all good)training for when he goes to work…He only takes what he needs in his bag..he has learnt organisation skills…

My point… change isn’t always easy but with a little effort it is doable and the benefits outweigh the losses…Try it!

We have reduced our carbon footprint…Have you??

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/16/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-16th-september-2019/

Tuesday…Healthy eating… we are bombarded from all sides….social media, newspapers and magazines even our friends and family about this new diet and that new superfood…When really we just need to be mindful…we need a healthy balanced diet…we need to know that what works for one may not work for us… all our bodies and dietary needs are different.

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Lots of factors come into play…Our lifestyle …where we live…our own bodies… we all process things differently…I am trying to make sense of it all while keeping myself and my family as healthy as I can by cooking from scratch with good ingredients…Not expensive ingredients good local ingredients or by growing what I can with the space I have…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/17/healthy-eating-eat-smart-golden-milk/

Wednesday…The day where I get maudlin and indulge my self…My passions and loves and maybe yours…Things which have wowed me …or stopped me in my tracks and made me think…Time to reflect…

The boat house sun beds

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/18/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-2/

It is also the day when I can be found over @ Sally’s once a fortnight…My Cookery Column where I bring you flavour and home cooking…nothing fancy just cooked from scratch with love…This week it was two soups…One with beans and cavolo nero and the other with some Thai flavours…I love a bowl of soup whatever the weather but I know that when it is chilly a bowl of soup is welcome…My favourite and I have many soups I like has always been tomato soup…and they always seem to find their way into many of my soups …Enjoy!

 

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Thursday…I took you with me Down on the Farm…I don’t think I told you we had to get rid of some of our boy turkeys…we seemed to have the wrong balance more males than females and it doesn’t work…The ladies were constantly being bothered…so we have evened it up…they may sleep now…haha

I also introduced you to our very pretty sesame plant…with a recipe for homemade Tahini…

This raised a question from Lieve…A good question with an easy answer when I thought about it…

How to Cook With Tahini: When baking, tahini is typically used in the same way as peanut butter, adding a mildly nutty flavour. It can easily be whisked into sauces and dressings, but keep in mind that adding acid, such as lemon juice, will cause tahini to thicken rapidly. Adding a little warm water will thin it to the proper consistency.

How do overnight oats, with banana, maple syrup and Tahini sound….?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/19/travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-sesame-plantngaa-and-barking-deers-mango/

Once a month on a Thursday I can also be found over @Esme’s Salon…I am currently working my way through the Culinary Alphabet and this month it is the letter, T…Now if you are British you will probably know about the idiosyncrasies of what Tea and toast mean to us…If you are not it may make you

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So please pop over and say hello and see what delights I have for you…and please leave a comment as I love to hear from you and you know I always answer you back…

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-13-terms-or-food-with-the-letter-t/#comment-17257

Friday…Well, someones been a busy bee this week…I love my fresh honey…and bees…Today I was most honoured to be among the lovely Brigid who is going to get her own hive in the New Year…I wish…and none other than John Rieber…and guess who spelt it wrong…Moi..

Now if you didn’t know John is the master at discovering the unusual and sometimes the gross…He also loves bacon…

So head over and have a read…and before you say it…Yes, I do get around…haha…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-20th-september-2019-brigid-p-gallagher-john-rieber-and-carol-taylor/

Friday is also the day when I take you for a trip around my kitchen…Still on the subject of store cupboard basics… this week it was Rice…Yes, a whole post on Rice…

Not many people know just how many varieties and types of rice there are…more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice…That is without the wild rice which I love by the way…

Coloured rice, black rice and our field of rice…Look how green that looks…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/20/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-3-rice/

Saturday…The weekend…Something for you ladies …A well-written look at the workings of our reproductive systems…Where Sally shares her vast knowledge with us…#recommended

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-female-reproductive-system-part-one-sally-cronin/

If you are still reading after this bumper week I thank you … I hope you have found something you enjoyed or learnt about or which just made you smile…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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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: 

Connect to Carol

Blog: 
Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest: 

Email:

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Health Column – Food Myths – Do you have enough #salt in your diet? #Overweight #Sugar Cravings

An excellent and well-written post from Sally…I have for a long time thought sugar rather than salt was our common enemy …You will find all the facts about salt in our diets and why we need it….

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I originally shared this post two years ago and I wanted to update it with any new reports to support this surprising perspective on the salt we consume in our diet.

One of the first points that I want to make is that I am not suggesting that you consume industrialised foods that contain not only high levels of sodium but also many other additives that do not do your health any good at all. I am very much in favour of a ‘Cook from Scratch’ philosophy when it comes to our food, especially when cooking for young children, in which case you are the person who controls how much salt is consumed through cooking and supervising what is added to meals.

I have been a nutritional therapist for over 20 years, and one of the essential elements of my work has been to remain informed of new research as…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters The Sequel – #Weightloss – All the delicious foods you can eat…by Sally Cronin

An excellent post from Sally which highlights just how much lovely food you can eat to maintain a healthy balance in your healthy eating plan…The food you love and choose is a much better option than being told what you can and can’t eat which is why so many diets fail…Have fun choosing and eating xxx

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All the delicious foods you can eat on a weight loss programme

Most eating programmes to lose weight will emphasise all the foods that you cannot eat.

This to me is crazy as in fact they are far outweighed by the number of foods that you can eat. This is why we head into a weight loss programme already feeling deprived.

As a rule of thumb when preparing your menu for the week and a shopping list; select anything that has been taken from the ground, picked from a tree, allowed to roam free and graze naturally and comes from a cold sea environment rather than a fish farm.

Anything that is wrapped in plastic or cardboard should be treated with suspicion as should the really cheap options. Also whilst it is convenient to buy your vegetables ready chopped they will have lost up to 50% of their nutritional value…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Healthy #Apricots and #recipes

One of my favourite fruits and so good for you…Iron needs a boost then eat Apricots….Sally will also tell you about all the other Health benefits of the lovely apricot 🙂 xx

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Welcome to this week’s post where Carol Taylor and I combine forces and share not just the health benefits of foods but some recipes to showcase them in all their glory. I appreciate that these posts are longer than the average but we hope that you feel that you are getting value for your time…I am going to share the health benefits of this amazing fruit before Carol includes them in some fabulous recipes for all the family to enjoy.

Apricots

The apricot season opens at the beginning of May and goes through to the end of August or early September, which gives us five months to enjoy this highly nutritious and healing food.

First though a little history about this luscious golden yellow fruit. In China over 4000 years ago a bride will have not only had something borrowed and something blue but would have also been nibbling on…

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Hydrogenated fats in our foods by Sally Cronin.

Again some very sound advice from Sally which we should all heed…What they are, where they are found and how we can avoid them.

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via Smorgasbord Health Column – Hydrogenated Fats in our Foods – and how to avoid them. Sally Cronin