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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…Well, yesterday I clocked up another year…and as the days which preceded, that were days when I received sad news about dear ones who have departed this world…My thoughts are with those dear friends and family…The result I got maudlin and started looking through old photos and working out dates as many were not dated…The photo is me with my mum and dad… circa spring/summer 1952…I am a Fifties Child…

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Some of those old Kodak photos are tiny it just shows how many strides forward photography has made…

I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…as this post is a sentimental one for me as I am extremely grateful for reaching this age, it makes you think though… and realise how mortal we are…

Today..September 11th is National Hot Cross Bun Day…

For some reason, the National Hot Cross Buns Day is celebrated on September 11. It is strange because hot cross buns are typically baked and served on Good Friday.

Hot cross buns are spiced sweet buns made with raisins or currants. They are so named because they are marked with a cross on the top. Hot cross buns are surrounded by many superstitions in English folklore.

For example, buns baked on Good Friday are believed to have healing properties. Sailors used to take hot cross buns on their voyages to protect themselves against shipwreck. People also used to believe that a hot cross bun hung in the kitchen could protect the house against fires. The handing bun needed to be replaced once a year.

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are popular in English-speaking countries. Some countries have local variations of these pastries. For example, in the UK supermarkets offer apple-cinnamon, orange-cranberry, and toffee buns. In Australian and New Zealand, chocolate and coffee-flavoured versions of the bun have become popular.

If you like buns and don’t want to wait until Easter to enjoy them, you should definitely celebrate the National Hot Cross Buns Day by baking a batch of buns and treating your family, friends, neighbours …

Me I like a currant bun any time of the year…..x

Who never makes their bed? Or more to the point who has kids who never make their beds? I make mine religiously…I can’t stand an unmade bed…If you are reading this Lauren…Make your bed!

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Well, today is National Make Your Bed Day… So break the habit of a lifetime and please make thy bed…

I thought this one was a fun idea and I love the idea of circular recycling…This is cool making bags and accessories from discarded inflatables…

 

Time for a Story…The Charade Chapter 2…

Steph has continued the short story and said, I still have no idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

The Charade – Part 2…By Steph…

She returned to her room after the party and carefully took off her beautiful dress, her boss would want that back tomorrow, she gently hung it over a grubby chair in the corner of the room then threw herself on to the bed, she was smiling to herself, in her hand she still held the elegant calling card of Mr Carl Ward. A real gentleman had been interested enough in her to personally hand this to her. Her mind drifted back to how her life had started. She had started out as a child begging on the street, neither of her parents had wanted her and she had been taken in by the church. Her upbringing had started out stern and even cruel at times, the nuns were strict and they would beat her if she didn’t follow their instructions to the letter. At the age of seven, she had run away from them, no one followed her or tried to find her, they didn’t care. All they knew was that she wasn’t their problem anymore. She had learnt a little of how to read and write which turned out to be a blessing, that much she would thank them for.

Turning the card over between her fingers she felt the quality and the embossed letters slightly raised from the paper, she thought it was probably the prettiest thing she had ever been given without having to ask. She rolled over onto her back holding the card up, what would Mr Carl Ward be doing now? She hoped he would be thinking of her and hoping she would contact him, maybe in the same way she was now thinking of him. Although she doubted it, he was probably used to women and their ways and was just carrying on his evening somewhere away from the party and maybe he would have forgotten about her already. She felt a twinge of sadness but even that couldn’t take the smile from her face. For the first time in her young life, she felt like a real woman.

TBC….

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Time for some Music…

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Do I choose music from the year of my birth?… Some names I recognise some I don’t…Nat King Cole, Weavers, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza, Guy Mitchell, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Perry Como, Frankie Lane,

Well, not a bad combo…I do prefer something a little more upbeat though…No wonder I slept a lot as a baby…haha

Did you know on this day in 1721 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius died? A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.

I remember this my dad loved this programme…

1959 The TV show ‘Bonanza’ premiers. The frontier adventures of the Cartwright family, father, 3 sons and Chinese cook Hop Sing, on the ‘Ponderosa’ ranch near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

It ran for 14 years until 1973…and the first series had 32 episodes…I can still hear that theme tune in my head…

Anyway, that is for today…xxx

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… 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: 

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Keffir Limes, Microplastics, Glitter, Beans…

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 reader

 

Starting with a subject close to my heart is plastic…It may be that many of you are thinking …Not again…Well yes, it invades every aspect of our lives and is reaching/reached unprecedented proportions…the improvement of waste management systems across the world is critical to addressing plastic pollution…Overall, approximately 80% of ocean plastics come from land-based sources, and 20% from marine sources…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/25/plastic-the-latest-news/

I don’t think I am alone in wanting a cleaner safer world for my children and grandchildren and I don’t think I am alone in wanting the healthiest body I can have…I just speak my mind… I think food is to be enjoyed and I enjoyed my food…I even have the odd treat…

In fact last night my grandkids bought me a small packet of haribos and gave them to me with the words I know you said you didn’t want anything Nannie but we brought you a small bag …I haven’t had any for months and it was one of those little tiny bags so I ate the few jelly teddies and enjoyed them…It was a rare treat!… So be it jellies or chocolate whatever your sweet treat …No guilt …Enjoy!

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Lips and chocolate

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/26/healthy-eating-eat-smart-no-more-diets-10/

Beans…Good for your heart…The more you eat…The more you… Sally has a good tip to avoid that…haha

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/27/smorgasbord-health-column-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-beans-a-staple-food-for-12000-years/

Easter is on its way and who doesn’t love a buttered hot cross bun fresh from the oven?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/28/hot-cross-buns/

Microplastics…Glitter…Anything glittery I love for parties, weddings, cosmetics, bath bombs, crafts etc etc …No matter how old we are a bit of glitter makes us feel good…

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Image by Carrie Hannigan from Pixabay

Not so for the poor marine life when it washes down our waste pipes and ends up in the waterways and seas…What goes around comes around …It eventually ends up back with us in our tummies…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/28/waste-not-want-not-week-17-microplastics-glitter-and-wild-harvesters/

It was or is then time for you to join me in my kitchen…I had lots of green tomatoes so it was a green tomato and egg curry…Went down well for my meat-free dinner and the smell of hot cross buns baking is just one of the best …Isn’t it?? Closely followed by the lovely smell of the chicken with Kaffir lime …Just beautiful…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/29/this-week-in-my-kitchen-week-13-green-tomato-and-egg-curry-keffir-limes-and-hotcross-buns/

Thank you for reading 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 I bid you 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/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

 

 

Hot Cross Buns…

Yes, it’s that time of the year when we celebrate Easter with Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday followed by Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday and Simmel Cake on Easter Monday.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

So without further ado here is your recipe…Hot from the oven there is nought better than a Hot Cross Bun…

Ingredients:

For the dough

  • 450g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 x 7g sachets easy-blend yeast
  • 50g caster sugar …I use natural golden sugar.
  • 150ml warm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g  butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • oil, for greasing
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt…ordinary salt is ok.

The spices and dried fruit

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 100g currants
  • Optional: Orange or lemon zest.

To decorate

  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar.

Method:

Put the flour, yeast, castor sugar and 1 tsp salt into a large mixing bowl with the spices and dried fruit and mix well. If you want to add a little lemon or orange zest it can be added now. Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk, 50ml warm water, the beaten egg and the melted butter. Mix everything together to form a dough – start with a wooden spoon and finish with your hands. If the dough is too dry, add a little more warm water; if it’s too wet, add more flour.

Knead in the bowl or on a floured surface until the dough becomes smooth and springy. Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size – this will take about 1 hr depending on how warm the room is.

Tip the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for a few secs, then divide into 12 even portions – I roll my dough into a long sausage shape, then quarter and divide each quarter into 3 pieces. Shape each portion into a smooth round and place on a baking sheet greased with butter, leaving some room between each bun for it to rise.

Use a small, sharp knife to score a cross on the top of each bun, then cover with the damp tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove for 20 mins until almost doubled in size again. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas

When the buns are ready to bake, mix the plain flour with just enough water to give you a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag (or into a plastic food bag and snip the corner off) and pipe a white cross into the crosses you cut earlier. Bake for 12-15 mins until the buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. While still warm, melt the granulated sugar with 1 tbsp water in a small pan, then brush over the buns.

Tip: I put my mix for the cross in one of those plastic refill sauce bottles as I find I get all sorts of shape and size of the cross if I use a piping bag/greaseproof. clumsy klutz that I am..ha ha.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Hot from the Oven! Yum!

Legend tells us that if sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two, shall goodwill be” is said at the time or if hung in the kitchen they are said to protect against fire and all bread will turn out ok this is replaced every year.

And I’m sure there are lots more traditions but I just want the butter to put on my bun.

Enjoy your buns and have a lovely Easter.

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

Retired No One Told me…Health, Heaven and Hell!

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts…First things first though…

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Happy International Women’s Day to all you ladies out there…You Rock! 

 

The sculptures are quite graphic in a …and I am searching for the word here…some look a little like paper mache figures and the painting is crude but it gets the message over …Be Good!

It is then over to some unusual recipes… I don’t know how many of you read my post on Jack Fruit over at Sally’s ?… It is classed as the Wonder Tree and was not a fruit I had eaten much of even though I have a tree in my garden which bears copious amounts of these very large fruits every year but I cooked it as I had heard it was popular with many vegans as a substitute for pulled pork …

Moi yes me who questions everything…I must have been a teacher’s nightmare as a kid…Well, it is now being promoted as a very viable alternative which can feed the world. See this article which Sally from Smorgasbord sent me…With the comment ..look what I have started…Who me???

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5453669/Exotic-fruit-tastes-like-pork-help-world-hunger.html

 

Fruity Friday and this week it was the turn of the very vibrant, pretty Dragon Fruit.

Carol cooks! Dragon Fruit

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/fruity-fridays-pretty-dragon-fruit/

It was then the turn of Sally with more wise words on Hydrogenated Fats…Well worth a read if you missed it and if you didn’t worth another read…I always read articles like this more than once so that I can digest it all…

cropped-for-web Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/smorgasbord-health-column-hydrogenated-fats-in-our-foods-and-how-to-avoid-them-sally-cronin/

I then took a little break, not for any particular reason I was just doing maintenance on older posts and checking links etc… Tidying photos up and making sure they had a description much easier to find now.

Tuesday it was Boot camp where I told you a little about what I eat and I also tested a new protein drink …using fresh fruit, coconut water and cashew nuts but using dates for sweetener instead of honey which is my preferred sweetener…It was nice but I prefer the raspberry one I made the week before.

No more diets

I just keep reading about the levels of iron in these protein powders and just know that in a few years time when people start getting sick and it is attributed to protein powders I will be proved right once again. It happens time and time again and to me, it seems the consumer never learns…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love-3/

Lastly, it is my food column over at Sally’s place. My recipes for Hot Cross buns and fish for Easter which falls on April the Ist this year.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-hot-cross-buns-and-fish-balls/

That’s all for my weekly round-up this week… I am now popping over to Sally’s to celebrate International Women’s Day 🙂 xx

Are you coming ????

 

 

 

 

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going!

Every year I think we have..Well I do ..The same thoughts we may have moved forward but the same thoughts….I think this post which was one of my very first posts on here shows that…I have rejigged it a bit…ha ha

Retired? No one told me!

Well that’s a sweeping statement but true.

I am at a crossroads , I think, what to do?, where to go?, who with? when? why? shall I ? shan’t I ? will I? won’t I? the brain just whirls around and around in never-ending circles.

How many of us have agonised like this over our jobs, our kids, parents, holidays, cars, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, what to have for dinner? …well gotta eat!

I think it’s amazing that we ever get anything done given all of that.

Isn’t the human brain just  awesome ?

At last we have rain..yippee, surveying my garden this morning there are a few branches on the grass , oh yes and we had wind….the sun is showing it’s self albeit with a watery smile. It’s Songkram…Thai New Year…water fights galore..the shops full or not so full now of water pistols of varying colours and…

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