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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 10th-October 16th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Pulled Pork, The Earthshot Prize,Smog and World Food Day…

My Environmental A-Z, Music …in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…Pulled Pork, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Chilli Con Carne, The Earthshot Prize and World Food Day…

Time is marching on and I am hearing little murmurings about Christmas…sigh…we are only just in October and we haven’t had Halloween yet…I mean Santa says it’s 69 sleeps…It is though nearly time to make those cakes and puddings if they are to be matured, marzipanned and iced by Christmas…

Did you know that in October…? 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you should have or should be planting those Spring Bulbs…I absolutely adore seeing the spring flowers… the first snowdrops, the beautiful narcissi and my favourite the bluebells which come a tad later than the daffodils…but first we have to enjoy the beautiful colour changes of the Fall in the Northern Hemisphere…Those colours are glorious…the beautiful Marigold which is Octobers flowers compliments the autumn colours…

October music...Adele has released her long-awaited album, Kelly Clarson has released her Christmas album, Coldplay have released “Music of the Spheres, The former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has released her long-awaited debut album, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for me an unlikely pairing but it has been widely applauded by the critics one of whom said, “Bennett’s got these songs under his skin, and pop’s Mother Monster does a brilliant job of helping him deliver them as a final gift to the world.”

Enough of my meanderings lets have a look at last weeks posts…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2… 

The slow cooker is a wonderful piece of equipment and one I have used for more years than I care to remember…I always used to put Porridge Oats on before I went to bed which meant the Hubby who left at 6 am could have a steaming bowl of porridge to keep him warm then as the kids got up they could have a bowl of hot porridge… the slow cooker is wonderful for porridge as it doesn’t burn the bottom… I have burnt many a saucepan bottom when I left the porridge to do something else in the morning rush…not with the slow cooker it’s perfect for porridge…it is also perfect for this Pulled Pork which is so wonderfully soft and delicious when cooked…

The Pitta bread took me a few attempts until I got it perfect but really is easy if you follow the instructions…The vegan BBQ jackfruit is as near as dammit as you can get to pulled pork both in taste and texture and this observation comes from someone who doesn’t like tofu and is a meat eater…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Pulled Pork and a vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit.

Penning this A-Z has been something of an eye-opener to me while doing my research as some terms I did not know the full meaning of or more to the point the consequences for our health.

The Environmental A-Z…the letter S…#Smog, Sustainable Agriculture, Solid Waste…The Earthshot Prize

Shopping when you are looking for something in particular but not sure what it is can be a nightmare…Sally’s shopping by nutrient is a brilliant idea particularly if you have a certain medical condition that requires you to ensure that you eat certain vitamins…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Two – Vitamin C to K2 by Sally Cronin

Although we don’t celebrate Halloween I know many of you particularly my American cousins and friends celebrate Halloween…these recipes are especially for you…Enjoy!

Halloween-Pumpkins- witches-

Two chillies for you one with meat and a Vegetarian chilli…Both delicious and warming…

Fang-Tastic Friday … Chilli Con Carne and Halloween Trivia…

Saturday Snippets…

As it was World Food Day yesterday I didn’t want to detract from the importance of the UN’s call for action to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone.

The theme this year is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

I would love to know for certain that my children and grandchildren were assured: “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

Our actions are our future HOWEVER  when I read statements that come from the mouths of major food and agriculture companies who argue that the way forward is through proprietary tech and more chemicals…I TOTALLY REJECT THIS TRAIN OF THOUGHT…Has nothing been learnt? I won’t ask do they care as all they do care about is profit…Their’s…

I am appalled at the UN for sanctioning these speakers and for not giving the platform to groups who were building and advocating for sustainable food systems worldwide…Have they no teeth or are they in the same pockets?????… Rant over but I make no apologies…

Our Actions are Our Future…#World Food Day… 16th October 2021.

That’s all for this week if you are reading…Thank you xx

 

 

The Environmental A-Z…the letter S…#Smog, Sustainable Agriculture, Solid Waste…The Earthshot Prize

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter S…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…

Abraham Lincoln is correct we need to act now to create the future for our families that we want…but at the moment we can only dream of…

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.

 

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter S…

Salinisation…Salinization is the increase of salt concentration in soil and is, in most cases, caused by dissolved salts in the water supply. This supply of water can be caused by flooding of the land by seawater, seepage of seawater or brackish groundwater through the soil from below.

It is also a global problem as Salinity affects production in crops, pastures and trees by interfering with nitrogen uptake, reducing growth and stopping plant reproduction. Some ions (particularly chloride) are toxic to plants and as the concentration of these ions increases, the plant is poisoned and dies.

The solution and different types…

How farmers deal with Salinisation…they avoid over-irrigation by monitoring soil moisture to work out water requirements. good crop selection such as using deep-rooted plants to maximise water extraction. minimising fallow periods using crop rotations and break crops…

Smog…Smog is air pollution that reduces visibility. The term “smog” was first used in the early 1900s to describe a mix of smoke and fog. The smoke usually came from burning coal. Smog was common in industrial areas and remains a familiar sight in cities today. Today, most of the smog we see is photochemical smog.

What is photochemical smog? Photochemical smog is a mixture of pollutants that are formed when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) react to sunlight, creating a brown haze above cities. It tends to occur more often in summer because that is when we have the most sunlight.

What are the dangers?
Photochemical smog can have an effect on the environment, on people’s health and even on various materials. The main visible effect is the brown haze that can be seen above many cities. The brown tinge is caused by very small liquid and solid particles scattering the light.

It all sounds harmful and scary to me…

Sustainable Development…Sustainable development can be defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs…Fine words but what is really the reality?

The-Sustainable-Development-Goals-Report-2021.pdf

Solid Waste…

Solid Waste” means any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material, resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations, and from community activities. Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste.

It is important to note that the definition of solid waste is not limited to wastes that are physically solid. Many solid wastes are liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material.

Municipal solid waste (MSW), commonly known as trash or garbage in the United States and rubbish in Britain, is a waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public. “Garbage” can also refer specifically to food waste, as in a garbage disposal; the two are sometimes collected separately.

Sustainable Agriculture…Sustainable agriculture is farming in sustainable ways meeting society’s present food and textile needs, without compromising the ability of current or future generations to meet their needs.

Interestingly I watched “The Earth shot Prize” Repairing our Planet…Set up by Prince William it includes Sir David Attenborough who is on the committee…I downloaded it on Utorrent for me it is a wonderful idea and I am so very proud of Prince William and Sir David Attenborough you can tell how much thought has gone into this and they are committed to making the right decisions by including people from around the world…

PLEASE WATCH IT, if you can… the first one was in part about cattle and in particular how much damage they cause to the environment but most importantly how this can be addressed …I believe we can still enjoy our beef if that’s what we want to eat maybe in smaller quantities as I also believe we should increase our fruit and vegetable intake…not just for the environment but for our health… the two go hand in hand.

We need radical changes to how we farm, how we buy, how we eat and what we eat…for our health and the health of the planet…

What worried me though and it should worry you is that while I have been conducting research I read that and I was astounded that despite the focus being on building sustainable and fair food systems the UN summit was boycotted and criticized by none other than scientists, farming groups and social movements…

I was now reading this with a look of pure disbelief on my face…Why?…instead of giving the platform to groups who were building and advocating for sustainable food systems worldwide…the summit centred around major food and agriculture companies who argue that the way forward is through proprietary tech and more chemicals.

This greatly concerns me as we have COPD26 coming up…This post summed it up…Working Together For Planet…There is no Planet B…

This is important as we need to act now...Politicians need to make the big decisions now to end our dependence on fossil fuels and they need our support to do this. This is our opportunity to let our representatives know that we want them to take action NOW….MY BIG FEAR IS THAT THE SAME WILL HAPPEN AT COPD26 AS WHAT HAPPENED AT THE UN SUMMIT…The way forward is not through propriety tech and more chemicals in my mind..so please if you are as concerned as I am please act now…

Thank you so much for reading this and please, please at least have a read..we don’t need a COPD27 because nothing of use was taken forward from COPD26.