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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup… week ending 1st Dec 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in the world …The election in the UK is fast gathering momentum…I have watched a few live clashes between the leaders of the parties and to say I am not impressed by much is an understatement…There seems to be an undercurrent of let’s find fault instead of concentrating on current issues that are important to the voting public…That’s all I will be saying on this blog…

Although I am showing my Christmas face and cheer on my blog it doesn’t feel a bit like Christmas here…The decorations are up in our one shopping mall and the music is playing …and there it stops…The commercialism concept of Christmas hasn’t reached here and for that I am thankful…

I am planning a nice lunch with a few pressies for the kids and that is it until New Year which is what is celebrated here…We plan to spend ours in the village this year where I know we will be met with much love, kindness, lots of lovely Thai food, music, happy faces and some fireworks.

Enough chatter from me…Let’s see what I have for you this week….Enjoy!

Monday…The latest news on recycling and climate change…

I could quite easily become depressed and despair about the world as there is a lot of scaremongering and doom and gloom everywhere…I am trying hard as generally, I am a happy person to find the positives of which there are many…as well as unicorns xx

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Monday continued with Sally’s weekly roundup...What a lot of goodies she has in store…Books are always a welcome gift and there are plenty…Whatever your genre you will find something…A must-read…so please pop over to browse the shelves in Sally’s book Fair to make sure you get yours in time for CHRISTMAS.

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Tuesday…Mistletoe and Wine…

On a Tuesday up until Chrismas week, I will be trotting out the pickle recipes many are quick pickles so if you have busy then these are for you…I love a good pickle, don’t you?  How about a slice of Christmas cake, cheese and some pickles not as strange as it may seem…Try it!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/26/mistletoe-and-wine-christmas-pickles/

Whimsical Wednesdays where I unashamedly indulge myself…I do hope you enjoy my meanderings this week…These posts are never planned… if I come across anything which I love or which tugs at my heartstrings then I save it… the rest happens as I type…It is wherever my thoughts take me at that time…Mainly they are random and unplanned… comment from Liz this week made me think and I will kick off this coming week with a few of my hairstyles through the years maybe you will share yours? It also goes without saying that there is a lovely trifle recipe from the lovely Darlene…  Enjoy! xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/27/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-20/

Thursday… Christmas is the season of love and laughter…

And great recipes…Hugh shared his lovely cake and puddings which he made on stir up Sunday and Meeks shared her scrumptious Chocolate Mousse Cake…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/28/christmas-tis-the-season-of-love-and-laughter/

Friday…Chrismas…In my house…

Where I share my favourite Christmas recipes and tipples as this cook needs fortifying it is hot in the kitchen and I also need something just to lubricate the throat when I sample and we have to sample don’t we?…Haha…The sweet innocent face is my grandson now all grown up but I love the Nativity and this photo…sorry Joshie I just had to xx…The Bloody Mary I sat and sipped in one of my favourite places…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/29/christmasin-my-housetraditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia-2/

Saturday…Traditional English Toffee…

I have had a hankering for the last few weeks for proper sweets…You know the stuff of my childhood…Methinks it is my age and the fact that the sweets here are few and far between and mostly they are not the same…This week I will be making Coconut Ice…The way my mum used to make it…Many recipes now contain condensed milk and end up being sweet nothing and not the sweets of my childhood so real old fashioned recipes…Yes, I am getting maudlin…

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This recipe from Gail’s kitchen is also one I will be making…It is a nice straightforward recipe and the toffee looks delicious…

https://snapshotsincursive.com/2019/11/29/traditional-english-toffee/

That’s all for now ..Enjoy your weekend xxx

Lastly, remember not everyone is fortunate and some people dread this time of year be aware and if you can add a little cheer please share your joy but also remember the other 364 days of the year pass your smile around and be kind… I am also seeing a lot about homelessness on social media I don’t know if it is clickbait or all true but it is always highlighted this time of the year and the figures I have seen from homeless charities are appalling please if you can share, lobby your local MP’S it shouldn’t be happening any time of the year….So sad 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.

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!

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

India ‘101’… Spirituality and the conflicted in timeless Varanasi, part one

A very beautifully written post… which will leave you awestruck and thoughtful on many, many levels…

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I had hoped it would be as magical, as compelling as it had been that first time. During the two-month Indian leg of our backpacking trip in 1989, we had saved Varanasi for last. Positioned on the sacred Ganges River and considered to be one of India’s holiest sites, it was now the first destination of our ‘India 101′ trip with our sons and their girlfriends. It had been a difficult decision. Though we live in Southern India, should we venture north to travel this iconic route – Varanasi, Agra, and Dehli – or stay in the more gentle South. We decided on the former.

You want to get it right when your loved ones have traveled from afar, when you only have six days together ‘on the road.’ And I had been reluctant to revisit some of these treasured sites from our young traveller’s days. I wanted to…

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Wat Kam Sanot, Udon Thani.

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Lying East/ North East of Udon City heading almost due North towards Sawang Daen Din for about 75km, lies Wat Kam( Kham) Sanot which is a Buddhist forest temple. There appear to be various spellings and it is also know as Kam Chanod.

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Naga Buddhism is practised here and it is believed that the ” Naga” a mythical large snake still lives in the nearby lake.

Locally this temple is also known as ” superstition temple” .

It is a fairly old temple, the age of which I could not ascertain with a long dragon shaped path leading to the “lifting stones” It is also advisable to walk in the shade as this walk is done in bare feet and that path gets mighty hot!

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It is believed that if you make a wish and can lift the stone then your wish will be granted. Indeed I saw men, women and some children who could lift the stone and it had no relation to stature or anything..just some could and some couldn’t.

Our grandson had visited this temple before and could not lift the stone, on this occasion he did…..I think it has to do with mind over matter somewhat but that is not the general belief here, hence ” superstition temple”

He can however on every occasion make the brass gongs  “sing” many cannot you just seem to have to  be one of those will the knack..many try and fail.

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This lady monk was really selling her wares and the 20 baht notes were forming a very long orderly queue what she was saying was apparently old Thai language and my grandson couldn’t translate it all to me. She was actually quite scary and she got very vocal  at some points , arms a waving..scary.

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There was  also a local market here selling their wares , souvenirs and the like which is a permanent feature. Some of the lovely hand-made things which are given to Buddha and which adorn trees, pillars and posts around and in the temples are a sight to behold so bright and  colourful.

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I hope you have enjoyed the tour of this lovely forest temple and if you get the opportunity to visit you will love the sights and sounds.

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and enjoy your week 🙂

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.

Hello from sunny Phuket where some will say I am living my dream ..well never wearing stiletto’s again is one of them realised…Long live bare feet and flip-flops!

Anyway, I digress by popular demand especially for Susan and Ian ( and let’s see how close mine is to an Aussie staple.

 

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Beetroot Chutney:

Ingredients:

1.5k Beetroot.

3 Brown Onions.

3 Apples (Granny Smiths)

450ml Balsamic vinegar.

80ml Fresh Orange Juice.

350gm raw sugar.

1/2 tsp ground cloves.

2 large sprigs Rosemary.

Method:

Set oven to 200c. Wrap Beetroot in foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Chop Onions and Apples finely, chop cooled Beetroot and put in large pan.

Add remainder of ingredients. Except for Rosemary.

Stir until sugar dissolves, add Rosemary, reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hr or until mixture thickens slightly. When ready, remove Rosemary and spoon into sterilised Jars.

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This can be enjoyed in Burgers or with cold cuts meat.

My next recipe for those of you who love fish is a Thai Squid Salad. This is one of the very first Thai dishes I was shown how to make  and a favorite with my grandson and for me who had only ever had the dreaded rubbery battered squid a revelation and a converted eater of squid whether it be in a salad or curried which is also very yum and the recipe to follow in another blog post

Thai Squid Salad.

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Ingredients:

6 small baby squid, cleaned and sliced in 1/4 in strips.

2 birds eye chillies, sliced.

3 shallots sliced.

10 cherry Tomatoes, quartered.

Bunch coriander chopped, I use stalks as well as love the taste of coriander.

1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce.

Juice of half Lime.

Method:

Cook squid in boiling water for 1 to 1 half mins (too long and it will be rubbery)

Remove from water. Add chopped tomatoes, chillies, shallots and coriander.

Mix gently to combine.

Add fish sauce and Lime juice and Taste and taste again..if more fish sauce or lime juice required then add a little at a time and taste. I use quite a lot of fish sauce and lime but this is not to everyone’s taste so I can’t say it often enough “taste” and if more is required add.

 

This is a lovely refreshing salad, serve with steamed or Thai sticky rice and enjoy.

Have a lovely relaxing Sunday until next time ..Enjoy…Love you all x

 

 

Life doesn’t just happen, it requires our participation.

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My week has been a mixed bag and  I have got quite engrossed in  ” The Commons” and realised I haven’t blogged since 10th Jan…normally my brain is buzzing and I am away…and not with the fairies…haha.

I normally don’t comment on world affairs…but I have been truly saddened and continue to be so at the world and current events …does anyone not learn? why do some make excuses…are we all not in charge of our own destiny? and yes I know about people who are not as well-educated, had a bad or impoverished upbringing but is that really a reason for some actions that have been taken…

Malala Yousafzai the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Prize laureate has been shot and nearly killed… has that dampened her quest for peace and education in her country…NO actually…….

Would I have given up under those circumstances…would you take that same stand she has  …I don’t know……but I do know that we have to be accountable……true to ourselves and I am truly sad and have listened to a lot of the debates etc….can a person just not be truly evil?…….

I know 1st hand how one person’s life was lived under such a regime where every step, phone call, letter was monitored, recorded…. the fear that if you didn’t conform then not only yourself but your family would suffer……it was endless……did they become what a lot of their fellow countrymen did …No!…

They worked hard and tried to be a good person. So although I acknowledge that fear and terror is a large contributing factor, I struggle to understand why well-educated people seem to see some sort of …. don’t know…is it the quest to be infamous?..the glory they perceived they will receive……either here or in the afterlife……

I know politics must play a huge role…and that I don’t want to understand…accept to ask why? Why do people continue to suffer and be killed..children, mothers, fathers it must stop…..will it? No…

I don’t believe it will …from the inception of our lovely world there has been killings in the name of Politics or Religion and all faiths and party’s have or are guilty of this through the ages……

It is such a shame that in the aftermath of all this that some inflammative articles are in print. Iyad Madani, Former Culture Minister for Saudi Arabia and now head of Jeddah based OIC has a valid point when he says ” Freedom of speech must not become a hate speech and must not offend others.

No sane person, irrespective of doctrine, religion or faith accepts his beliefs being ridiculed.” And now churches are being torched around the world and although I have every sympathy for the victims of some of these abhorrent acts of violence, kidnapping’s, hostage taking….. there must be better ways of dealing with these atrocities……..

My mum always taught me never to argue about Politics or Religion as there would never be a winner and I think she is correct…… but it still saddens me …….

 

Normal blogging service will resume with my next blog…….   I just had to say something……XX