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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…31st January-6th February 2021…Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Recipes, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week… we are a week into February…February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.”

I’m sure for those of you who have snow… cleansing and spring cleaning are the last things on your mind…here where the sun shining thoughts do turn to spring cleaning and cleansing of the mind and body…  the streets are already being decked out with the beautiful red and gold banners which signify that Chinese New Year celebration will soon commence…the shops and market stalls are full of pretty red and gold decorations and there are lots of red and gold clothes for sale the children’s ones being so lovely…

RED AND YELLOW CHILDRENS CLOTHES CHINESE NEW YEAR

This month we have Valentine’s day on the 14th and a snow moon at the end of the month…aptly named because February is typically the snowiest month in the United States. In the 1760s, when Captain Jonathan Carver visited the Dakota tribe, he recorded that this was their name for February’s full moon.

However, this moon was also called the Black Bear Moon, due to the cubs born around this time, and the Hungry Moon due to the lack of food that was common in winter.

Time to catch up on last weeks posts I am waffling again…lol

Meatless Monday’s:

Meatless Monday’s are going well and proving quite popular… I am enjoying my meatless meals and I wish to thank everyone who has sent me tips and recipes to try you are all awesome… I will also credit back to you once I have made them and my taste testers have given their verdict…

 

 

 

This was certainly a lovely curry and I know mushrooms and eggplants are not for everyone…it took me years before I really liked eggplants and I certainly have eaten more since living here as there are so many different varieties of eggplants available…

For those of you who don’t like curry’s, eggplants and mushrooms I will be experimenting with all foods so I am sure in the coming weeks there will be a recipe or two which you will love…Please speak to me and let me know your favourite foods and I can come up with meatless recipes based around those foods…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/02/01/meatless-monday-week-4-thai-red-curry-with-mushrooms-and-purple-eggplants/

Tuesday: Homemade Protein ShakesRaspberry and Beetroot…

Raspberries and beetroot are two of my favourite foods and combinations although beetroot and oranges go well together as well…As you know I try really hard unless it is impossible to get the ingredients or make something easily at home to replicate a healthier version in my own kitchen…Protein shakes are something which is so easy to make at home from fruits and vegetables that are in season…over the next few weeks, I will be sharing other combinations of protein shakes…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/02/02/homemade-raspberry-and-beetroot-protein-shake/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a little twistFood terms ending in the letter U( tirasamU)…

This series is so much fun to research as I have discovered so many new foods and foods which also have so many different names depending on where in the world you live…fascinating…I am sad though that the series is coming to an end soon only 2 maybe 3 more posts if I can stretch the last 5 letters out…

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/02/03/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twistfood-terms-ending-in-the-letter-u/

Thursday: Homemade Protein Shakes…Hot chocolate …

A hot Chocolate Protein Drink especially for those of you who live in colder climes…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/02/04/homemade-protein-shakes-hot-chocolate/

Smorgasbord Health Column – Turning Back the Clock 2021 -Anti-Aging and The Hormone Factor by Sally Cronin.

I think many of us wish we could stop Father Time and turn back the clock… have fewer pounds and inches, lines and maybe health problems associated with our advancing years…well you can if you head over to Sally’s and have a read…No magic bullet and results in 5 days it takes time and commitment on your part but it is proven to have results  …

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/02/04/smorgasbord-health-column-turning-back-the-clock-2021-anti-aging-and-the-hormone-factor-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday’s…Nutmeg and Mace…

Nutmeg is normally an autumnal and winter spice which is often used in autumn and winter desserts, soups, hot beverages it also pairs well with cheese and cream-based recipes…my abiding memory is rice pudding and that lovely brown skin which formed by my mother grating nutmeg over the top before baking the pudding we used to argue over it…Mace… although both spices come from the same tree, nutmeg and mace do differ from each other. The mace is the outer coating of the nutmeg seed, this is removed first and ground into a red-coloured spice, while the nutmeg pit or seed can either be kept whole or ground up.

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/02/05/fruity-fridays-nutmeg-and-mace/

Saturday Snippets: 6th February 2021…

My muse is coming back…part of the reason methinks or I know is just because it was January the time after the festive season the time when our annual visa is due and we have to generally say how high when faced with differing hoops…but the passport is now stamped for another year in Paradise although after January the lily has lost some more of its gilding…

Saturday Snippets, however, is back on track…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2021/02/06/saturday-snippets-6th-february-2020/

Well, that’s it for today…Thank you so much for dropping by…I hope you have enjoyed the read…if you have please head over and leave a comment it makes my day to hear from you …Love Carol xx

 

 

Homemade Protein Shakes…Hot chocolate …

Doing more exercise also turns our thoughts and our thirst to drinks…Water is my go-to drink when I am exercising …If you are doing high-intensity workouts then it may be that your friends or the gym you attend tell you to take a protein drink to help decrease body fat or promote weight loss, but protein shakes aren’t a magic bullet for weight loss.

Replacing meals with protein shakes may help you reduce your daily calories, which can help you lose weight. They are also costly and may make you gain weight…

Which means choose wisely ..do your research…

It may be high in added sugars and calories. Some protein powders have little added sugar, and others have a lot (as much as 23 grams per scoop).

Some protein powders wind up turning a glass of milk into a drink with more than 1,200 calories. The risk: weight gain and an unhealthy spike in blood sugar.

The answer…How about making your own? Today due to popular demand it is a hot protein shake …CHocolate and Banana…

Ingredients: Serves 1 depending on the size of your cup.

  • I ripe Banana
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter, almond butter or other seed butter of your choice,
  • 1/2-1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp chocolate powder
  • 2 cups of milk of your choice…I used coconut milk
  • Maple syrup or 1-2 pitted dates to sweeten(optional)

Let’s make a shake…

Ingredients for protein Shake

Add all the ingredients into your blender and blitz…Taste and adjust if necessary…more milk to thin drink down or cocoa or nut butter or dates or syrup to sweeten…it was fine for us the right level of sweetness but we don’t have a sweet tooth.

Hot chocolate Protein Shake…

I then gently warmed the mixture in a small pan but didn’t allow it to boil…I did find it thickened slightly on heating probably due to the oats so I added more milk…but if drinking cold it was fine for us…

Thank you for dropping in I hope you have enjoyed the post and I would love to hear from you in comments…I love to chat…Love Carol x