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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…29th November-5th December…Recipes, Health, Whimsy and Christmas …

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… it is going to be a busy few weeks… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read…X…

Even Santa’s checking out my blog and probably thinking he has got to get the elves to rewrap the presents so they are environmentally friendly …He knows those kids are on the ball…

All my Christmas goodies are now cooked and being fed, sweet mincemeat, Christmas pud and Christmas cake this year…I used a Nigella recipe this year instead of my tried and tested recipe…so far it smells and looks good…

The Recipe…just in case you haven’t made yours yet…

  • 775gm mixed fruits of your choice I used raisins, sultanas and a few cranberries.
  • 175gm butter
  • 250gm brown sugar
  • 250gm pureed chestnuts
  • 125ml dark rum
  • Juice and  zest of an orange
  • Juice and zest of a lemon…I used Lime(2)
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 250gm plain flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice

Put the fruits, butter, brown sugar, chestnut puree, rum and orange and lime juice and zest in a pan, heat and simmer for 10 minutes allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Then add beaten eggs, flour and spices stir to combine.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake on 150C/33F FOR 1 3/4 hours. The cake should have a slightly cracked top and the tester will be a little sticky…Spoon over 3 tbsp of rum let it sink in cool and rewrap.

Repeat the brandy twice until a week before Christmas to allow the cake to dry before adding marzipan and icing.

Let’s see what this week started with…None other than Chocolate Mousse …well it doesn’t get better than that then does it?

It does seem that there is a day for everything and some of them are pretty silly…I also think that National Food Days should show a genuine civic engagement instead of greedy corporate interests.

There are however some exceptions and chocolate mousse is one of them…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/11/30/national-mousse-day-yet-another-one/

Tuesday: The Christmas Recipe was Gravy…

Gravy can be made in so many ways…you can deglaze the meat pan and make your gravy which is quick and easy and the way I make mine most times…or it can be made extra special for Christmas and I think we all love just to have that little bit of decadence at Christmas and why not with an extra special gravy…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/01/christmas-recipes-gravy-2/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a little twist…(a-la-cardinaL)

Culinary terms/food ending in L…was quite easy…Pete was on a roll as well…I think he is secretly enjoying this challenge especially when it taxes my grey matter like the letter V is…Pop over and say hello to him as he has some lovely thoughts on being grateful even after the year most of us have experienced. #recommended read. 

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/02/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-little-twista-la-cardinal/

Thursday: #A Christmas Special #A Vegetarian Menu.

The first of my special Christmas menus today was a vegetarian menu…Next week it is a traditional Christmas Menu and the week after A menu for 1…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/03/a-vegetarian-christmas-menu/

Fruity Friday…does Christmas with Chestnuts…

Are Chestnuts a fruit?

YES, they are!

If we want to be correct and proper most nuts are the seeds of a fruit, but true nuts such as chestnuts, acorns and hazelnuts are fruits in and as of themselves…Peanuts are the exception as they are legumes and therefore technically a vegetable…A source of plant-based protein they have many health benefits…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/04/fruity-friday-does-christmas-with-chestnuts/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Archives – The 13 Trolls of Christmas! by Carol Taylor

Sally has shared one of my favourite Christmas posts…The 13 trolls who were really naughty boys, their mother, however, was even scarier, a lovely Christmas memory of mine and one of my favourite Christmas Carol’s,,, Silent Night which has been recorded many times… so much so I find it hard to narrow it down to an absolute favourite …you will find out in Saturday Snippets which ones are my favourite versions…Thank you once again, Sally you are an absolute star for sharing this post…Hugs xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/12/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-archives-the-13-trolls-of-christmas-by-carol-taylor/

Saturday Snippets:

Christmas is coming and fast…I love all the Christmas tales and trivia…My cake, pudding and mincemeat are all done…This year as my Nigella bread was/is so successful I decided to deviate from my normal cake recipe and follow Nigellas Christmas cake recipe…This one contained chestnut puree I will let you know of course when it’s cut how it tastes but it looks and smells good and getting fed(Brandy)…

Now we are in December you can safely say that Saturday Snippets will have a sort of festive theme to it…No surprises there…If you have Christmas Jumpers you like to share with us I, of course, have a corner for those…any Christmas favourites I am happy to put in “The Christmas Corner”…so don’t be shy ..share away…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/12/05/saturday-snippets-5th-december-2020/

That’s all for my weekly roundup a little longer this week…Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe and well …xx

Saturday Snippets…5th September 2020

Welcome to Saturday Snippets…

If you are like me and plagued with junk mail and spam and many with offers of great wealth or pleas to part with your hard-earned pennies then this TED talk is brilliant…I laughed from start to finish it was hilarious…

Right having watched this again…I have lost the thread…where was I?

Toast...

  • Sliced bread browned on both sides by exposure to radiant heat, such as a grill or fire.
  • A call to a gathering of people to raise their glasses and drink together in honour of a person or thing, or an instance of drinking in this way.
  • A person or thing that is very popular or held in high regard by a particular group of people.
  • Cook or brown (food, especially bread or cheese) by exposure to a grill, fire, or other sources of radiant heat.
  • Warm (oneself or part of one’s body) in front of a fire or other source of heat.

The advances in technology and pure imagination, innovative ideas of some people just blow my mind which is not creative or innovative on that scale at all…

The Worlds First Remote Operation…

This operation, using Huawei’s 5G network technology’s large bandwidth, low latency, large connection technology advantages, has achieved this goal.

I myself have reservations about 5G but when it is used for something this which could effectively improve the quality of life of sick people...you have to applaud the technology.

September 5th 1948…Boris Pasternak’s romantic novel, Doctor Zhivago is published in the United States.

Although banned in the Soviet Union the book still won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. Doctor Zhivago was an epic love story set during the tumult of the Russian Revolution and World War I. The book infuriated Soviet officials, particularly Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

The Soviet government refused to allow him to accept the Nobel Prize, and he was banished from the Soviet Writers Union. The latter action ended Pasternak’s writing career. Pasternak died in May 1960 from a combination of cancer and heart disease. Doctor Zhivago refused to die with him, though.

In 1965, it was made into a hit movie starring Omar Sharif as the title character. In 1987, as part of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s democratic reforms, Pasternak, though dead for nearly 30 years, was readmitted to the union and his book was finally published in Russia.

I had such a crush on Omar Sharif…

What Is Organic September?

In the face of climate change, diet-related ill-health and widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems has never been greater.

Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming, which include:

  • Supporting biodiversity and wildlife
  • Helping to combat climate change
  • The highest standards of animal welfare
  • Reduced exposure to pesticides
  • Food as it should be, and food you can trust

I am increasingly becoming aware of just how widespread globally the use of chemicals is in the production of our food…even here where food is produced commercially I have been shocked by the chemicals that have been used although it seems that other methods are being looked at and tested and the fact Thailand has the most banned chemicals of the Asian countries they could still do better.

Organic farming when applied correctly means that food is produced without the use of Synthetic (human-made) pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. However, all is not equal and it could be down to training or the fact that labelling is less than correct…I don’t feel there are enough guidelines and checks are not stringent enough…

My advice is to buy organic produce or grow your own where possible and if you buy organic buy local and know your source…it is the only way to ensure that the food we eat and serve our families is clean and has a trackable footprint.

Be aware!

Wolverines hadn’t been spotted in the forests of Mount Rainier National Park in over 100 years. These animals are so rare, wildlife ecologists struggle even now to determine how vulnerable or endangered they are. Wolverines are sensitive, shy animals that need a lot of help to recolonize the wilderness they were hunted out of, They are also very fierce when threatened.

Wellness Corner by Sally Cronin.

Today Sally is discussing Statins…I remember years ago my doctor trying to give me a prescription for statins …I declined mainly because I have an aversion to taking medication…I am so pleased I did…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/smorgasbord-health-column-the-cholesterol-myth-part-one-statins-heart-disease-statistics-by-sally-cronin/?fbclid=IwAR2TM8W-gGTCrr8_53_AFKUCMYrirRkx11Fj4qrmRnBjsKjx0Zu9GKwXX1E

It is National Cheese Pizza Day today…

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

I am not a big pizza fan but I do love cheese…so instead of a recipe, I will give you some fun facts about pizza…

  • The average pizzeria uses roughly 55 pizza boxes per day.
  • We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year
  • Some popular pizza toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon)
  • 36 per cent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni
  • 94 per cent of Americans eat pizza regularly
  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second.
  • Most expensive pizza created was made by the restaurateur Domenico Crolla who created a $2,745.00 priced Valentine pizza which included toppings such as sunblush-tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, medallions of venison, edible gold, lobster marinated in the finest cognac and champagne-soaked caviar.

Music Corner…Let’s have a tune…

When John Lennon met Chuck Berry…

Television history was made when these two legends met it was the one and only time…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you are all keeping safe and well…x

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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 16th August -22nd August 2020…Labels, Recipes, Health(Sugar), Whimsy, and Beluga Whales…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Our rainy season is well and truly underway and my leaky ceilings are fixed…the story of how is for another day and I defy any author to even make that one up…sigh

Anyway back to the job in hand last week’s posts…Take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news on the environment there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…WELL, it was just a tad… I have been reading much about plastics but as anyone knows who does research something else always pops up as a link or attachment and that’s how I arrived at labels and from labels to ingredients…which means you can guess the content of my next few posts I also sure that somewhere amongst them plastic will rear its head…everything is interconnected in some way…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/17/food-labelling-and-contaminants/

Tuesday: Pork Loin Recipe…

pork loin gruyere cheese onions

A beautiful Pork Loin rolled and stuffed with caramelised onions and Gruyere cheese and then topped with gruyere cheese and 0nions a real tasty treat…Full recipe on blog and directions on how to butterfly Pork Loin.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/18/recipe-stuffed-pork-loin/

Wednesday: A-Z of food…The letter P and no pizza in sight…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘P’ for Pancakes, Paella, Pomelo, Pate, Pease Pudding, and A Poke Bowl.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/19/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-p-for-pancakes-paella-pomelo-pate-pease-pudding-and-a-poke-bowl/

Thursday: The Horse Chestnut and our circulatory system by Sally Cronin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-horse-chestnut-aesculus-circulatory-system/

Fruity Fridays are back! 

This week is the lovely Pineapple…a healthy and versatile fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked in a pudding and you can even use the outer skin as a serving dish…

Served as an appetiser topped with some spicy chilli paste adds another dimension to pineapple…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/21/fruity-fridays-the-pineapple/

Saturday Snippets…

Today I shared with you some of my favourite topics…Beautiful Beluga whales found sanctuary, City forests are they a thing of the future? Murals which eat up the smog and purify the air a role which is equal to what 720 trees could achieve …How cool is that? 

Red Rocks a natural amphitheatre, beautiful fish and foraged wild mushroom soup and more…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/22/saturday-snippets-22nd-august-2020/

That’s all for this week not so much as usual as my writer’s muse has been somewhat dampened of late…my get up and go has got up and gone some days…Quarantine blues…or just life and WP…

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 14th June-20th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy, Chocolate Fudge…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…15th June 2020…

Lots of good things this week from bamboo and all its uses, Trees, water, bees so much to be thankful for…

Bamboo although classed as invasive and banned in some parts of the world has many, many uses…the bamboo tips are so nice to eat and one of my favourite things are the lovely delicate bamboo whisks for your Matcha tea they are just so pretty.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/15/recycling-and-climate-change15th-june-2020/

Tuesday…National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month…

There is nothing like seeing lovely fresh vegetables on your plate…especially if they are all different colours…last night we had fresh corn taken from the cob, sweet potatoes and lovely chinese kale with beautiful yellow flowers and of course one of Lils favourite vegetables brocolli.

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Just love those yellow flowered kale like greens…There will be lots more lovely vegetable recipes this month so make sure you don’t miss any…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/16/national-fresh-vegetable-day/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

The day I indulge myself in whimsy and there were lots of lovely things going onn a round world…I hope when you read it you will forget what else is going on…There are recipes and achievements, beautiful singing..lots…Young Pete Springerwhen he saw I had added a clip of Led Zeppelin sent me another link to a concert at The Kennedy Centre which was in honour of Led Zepplin.

Thank you, Pete it is a beautiful tribute…I loved it!

Thursday…Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

It was time to head over to Smorgasbord for Sally’s Health Column…This week my favourite nut was featured…The Walnut lots O f information on the health benefits of walnuts and some recipes using walnuts of course from me…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-walnuts-not-just-any-nut-by-sally-cronin/

Friday Kitchen…everything made from scratch…

It was also National Dry Martini Day so I talked a little about Martini and James Bond…I wonder who the new Bond Will be…??

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/19/friday-kitchen-everything-made-from-scratch/

Saturday…Saturday Snippets…

What did I have you on Saturday? A beautiful wedding which made me reach for the tissues…Raindrop Cake? A cake which has no calories…True…A bit about vegan cheese, Vegetables, some health tips from Sally and a few more little gems or not in the case of dead man’s fingers…..

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Scared? Its not quite as it seems….hehe

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/20/saturday-snippets-4/

Before I go I would love to share Sally from Smorgasbord Weekly Roundup it is full of lots of book reviews, music, funnies, recipes and so much more…Do pop over and have a look she will make you most welcome…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-14th-20th-june-2020-outsmarting-the-crows-d-g-kaye-and-relationships-usa-1985-books-authors-music-and-funnies/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 7th June-13th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Coconut Ice(again)…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

 

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…8th June 2020

Mutant Bacterial Enzymes, floating offshore wind platforms so many inventive solutions to the world’s climate and recycling problems…young people taking a stand in good ways…that gives us hope…for me it is the using of bamboo and banana leaves..utilising what nature gives us…simple but effective…Beautiful bamboo tableware and packaging…

Enjoy the read…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/08/recycling-and-climate-change8th-june-2020/

Tuesday: National Donald Duck Day and National Rhubarb Day…

National Donald Duck Day today as well as being Strawberry and rhubarb pie day…

Who doesn’t love Donald Duck? Rhubarb and strawberries a match made in heaven…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/09/i-know-it-is-donald-duck-day-but/

Wednesday: A day for Whimsey and Honey…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-honey-propolis-thousands-of-years-of-history-and-health/

Whimsey this week meant Bluebell woods, trees and more trees, it meant recipes…Homemade Mustard…It meant Princetons first Black Valedictorian from the class of 2020 what took them so long was the question on some peoples lips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/10/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-33/

Enjoy the read…

Thursday: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Food Column – Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food – ‘K’ for Kale, Ketchup, Kippers and Kanom Moo Krob (Crispy Pork and Kale)

It is the day when Sally welcomes you to the series from Carol Taylor, the wonderful A – Z of Food and she said: “I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of wonderful ingredients across the food groups, spices and herbs over the year”.

Kale...is a wonderful vegetable and one of my favourites with pork it is a delicious dish…Kippers, Ketchup, Kaffir Limes, Kielbassa, Kugel, Kidney Beans so much more than just kale to discover…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-k-for-k-for-kale-ketchup-kippers-and-kanom-moo-krob-crispy-pork-and-kale/

Friday: Project 101 – Resilience – Acidity/Alkalinity pH Balance for Health Part One and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin

Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with Covid- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-one-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

Saturday: Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/13/saturday-snippets-3/

Lastly… I just love roundups…Like many of you, I don’t always get the time to read every single post …This week I have been on to WP as I can’t like posts, I can’t always see all my comments it takes time to do that…intermittent faults I agree with Jim it either works or it doesn’t..who invented the sometimes?…,

I have been testing out recipes, cleaning, researching, shopping, writing, washing, writing, sleeping, trying to improve my photography skills, sorting out cupboards., reading, cooking with Lily…I think by now you get the gist…we all have busy lives and a roundup is just great for me…I also purchased another book…from a roundup..Silent Heroes which I am looking forward to reading.

This is Sally’s weekly roundup which is full of lots of books, reviews, recipes, health and music and laughter as we all agree here that laughter is the best medicine…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-7th-13th-june-2020-free-book-marketing-abba-kippers-tomato-salad-and-a-feast-of-authors-books-and-laughter/

If anyone has a weekly roundup they love or they write then please send me the link and I will share here…Happy to help spread the good news and views..x

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 24th May-30th May 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Vegan Coq Au Vin and Black Vinegar…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read I hope you enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

If you are snacking while you are reading…popcorn is a good low-calorie snack ..depending of course what is on it! Choose wisely…x

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…25th May 2020…and Covid-19…

After the Covid-19 crisis will we get a greener world? I am sure this is a question many people are asking… the cleaner air, burgeoning urban wildlife, and our sudden, dramatic shift to a less carbon-intensive lifestyle reveal the scope of what we can achieve in just days. This is something to cling to as we navigate the twin storms of Covid-19 and climate. We know that the climate crisis will not wait for a more convenient time; we must deal with it and the pandemic crisis concurrently.

We are experiencing behavioural changes, some of which may be ingrained within us permanently…travel and consumption patterns have in the main become more responsible – they are helpful in reducing pollution, just as hand-washing helps in the pandemic. But what the expected 8% emissions reduction figure shows us is that individual action – driving your car less, attending a meeting via Zoom rather than taking a business flight – is not going to be enough.

Enjoy the rest of the post if you missed there are some cute video clips and some interesting advances in some areas…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/25/recycling-and-climate-change25th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Vinegar Month…Chinese Black Vinegar…

I am so pleased I discovered how lovely black vinegar is and it was really only because of National Vinegar Month which prompted me to explore other types of vinegar…

It really does enhance the taste of the dishes I tried purely as it is a more mellow vinegar..it now makes me want to get some red vinegar and explore the taste…Trying black vinegar led me to try other ingredients like Black Funghi which was something I hadn’t tried before..isn’t it funny how one thing leads to another?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/26/national-vinegar-month-chinese-black-vinegar/

Wednesday: Whimsical Wednesday…CarolCooks2…

After the fiasco which was the week before I haven’t managed to delete this weeks post or any others…Those of you who know me well..know how my brain jumps from one topic to another …It all started with the Auckland wild pigs and ended with some music…My whimsy just took off as usual…I hope you enjoy..x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/27/whimsical-wednesday-carolcooks2-2/

Wednesday also found me over at Sally’s where she is kindly re-running my Culinary Alphabet on the A-Z of food…A post which I thoroughly enjoy writing and researching and I am so chuffed that you all love reading it…Thank you xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-j-for-jelly-beans-jalapenos-jack-fruit-and-jerky-all-with-a-little-jus/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Mushrooms – The Egyptians believed they granted immortality…

Sally tells us how they benefit our health…she also linked back to one of our cook from scratch post which has some lovely recipes using the mushroom…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-mushrooms-the-egyptians-believed-they-granted-immortality/

Friday: National Vinegar Month…Coq Au Vin(V) and with a chook…

Today is the last day of National Vinegar Month I have enjoyed searching and trying out new recipes and this one Coq Au Vin uses one of my favourite kinds of vinegar Balsamic vinegar…I also included a recipe for a vegan Coq Au Vin as I love veggie dishes and I have a few readers who are vegetarian and vegan so I am making a conscious decision to cater to everyone…

All the ingredients for a Coq Au Vin with a chook(which) I have to catch or just veggies both equally lovely depending on your preference …Me…I love both…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/29/national-vinegar-month-coq-au-vinv-and-with-a-chook/

Saturday: Saturday Snippets is back! Week 2…

Now National Vinegar Week is finished I looked at June and there are some great food days coming up in the month of June…so stay tuned…

My last vinegar dish for this month was a combination of black vinegar and the parts of a napa/nappa cabbage that I am sure many of you throw away…

It was lovely but then I generally start my day with brunch and it is normal for me unless it is greek yoghurt with passionfruit to have a vegetable stirfry…it was very nice, simple is often the best…Don’t you agree?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/30/saturday-snippets-is-back-week-2/

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Can we make this happen? Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx