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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Spoiler Alerts, Sourdough and Just Living!

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts I hope you have all had a productive week with lots of creative thoughts, no kitchen disasters and if you have please tell…haha

My week started with a look at my life through the years…Reliving memories I  also got a bit maudlin but overall a good life …

You know the routine by now…Settle down in your favourite chair, grab a drink and enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

You are the Author of your life…What did you do??? To find out about me…

Hopscotch and who made that elastic band thingy?? Jacks? Stilts? Runouts?

hop scotch


No More Diets! Healthy Eating!...Have I been giving myself a talking to?? Oh Yes! Practice what you preach talking to…But you know what I feel better for it and have had a good week…Upped the walking and exercise knocked the sundowners on the head for now…I also worked out how much I would save …Yikes…Two months and I have funded a new laptop…

Any lost or misplaced kilos/lbs are a bonus…The papaya salsa is so tasty and my new favourite smoothie …Spoiler Alert! Tomatoes and Passionfruit…

papaya salsa


It is now time to pop over to Sally’s for my Winter Warmers which this week for those of you experiencing bitter cold weather some hearty Stews and Casseroles.


Time for some music from Les Miserables…I dreamed a Dream…A beautiful song and lyrics…Waste Not! Want Not! Looks at the reality…Heartbreaking…

Tissue Alert!


Last week in my kitchen Things got Hot and spicy…Sourdough ..Take 2…A bit slow…Yesterday I went out and bought some different flour …Let’s see what today brings…I am not giving up…

Some new fruit for me also came into its growing season… The lovely Tamarind… Not strictly true as thus far I had only eaten and used the dried one…That lovely sticky tamarind which works in so many different dishes…This is the young tamarind before it is dried isn’t it pretty…Lovely colours…Sort of unicornish colours…Don’t you think?

fresh young tamarind fruit

Every time I go to the market I discover something new, different…


Lastly, Sally with her no-nonsense look at health…In life, some have had many operations others like me…Just two..Tonsils and one other… I openly admit I was scared..petrified is a better choice of word…Why? I wanted to first wake up…Secondly have no complications…The statistics are scary…I could spend hours and write a War and Peace length post but the bottom line is we need to prepare our bods the best way we can to give ourselves a fighting chance…

If you were in the Brownies, Girl Guides, Scouts, Woodcraft folks…Be prepared was the motto…

To get the low down and how to prepare head over to Sally’s and she will lead the way…


Spoiler Alerts!

whats next post it note

Chinese New Year…Part 2…Fibre are we getting enough? Cigarette Butts, Golden Lily Oolong No. 12 …That’s it! 

No more spoilers…You will have to wait and see…xxx

Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for reading …xx

If you liked what you read please let me know in comments I love to hear all your comments 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 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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

Yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today, Let us begin…Mother Teresa.

By now we will have all welcomed in  2015 either with a fanfare or a whisper.



Mine came in with a clatter and a bang…..the bay was alight with fireworks…but the highlight for me was all the lanterns floating up, up and away it was a sight to behold.

Spent with family, old friends and new we all came together as one and had a ball.

Having seen in many New Years I am asking myself will this one top them all?

I’m thinking of family and friends who are no longer with us …and I miss them..but also have wonderful memories…I am thinking of family and friends who are far away…and I miss them…I am thinking of the new opportunities and advances made in my writing and I am excited…..I am thinking of my friends who are unwell and wish I could wave a magic wand…..I am thinking…I am excited…I am sad…nostalgic….a mixture of emotions.

What will this new year bring?…..well ” Tomorrow has not yet come ” in the words of Mother Teresa.

” We only have today” …Let us begin!

Our book of short stories will be hot of the press very soon..the cover has been agreed on….so as it will be my first foray into the world of writing( that has been printed) I am super excited.

New Recipes: Experimenting with food and drink is my love….my thoughts are now turning to Sour Dough…recipe will follow when my trial has finished..hopefully, it will be successful.

Bacon…hot and sizzling…….I am going to try dry salting so looking for a way to get celery juice..fresh Thai Celery is very thin and you would need shed loads to produce any juice and what I call proper celery( well it’s cultivated) is expensive here equivalent to nearly 4 English pounds for a stalk or celery head……vegetables-2085017_1920

1think I am going to trawl the juice bars and see if I can just get celery juice that way …let them do the hard work…ha ha…the celery juice is mixed with the salt mixture and used a curing agent so no nasties…watch this space for an update!

There will be other foodie projects too so keep reading……….

Now for some sad news:

Update on the gibbon babies.

As much as I don’t want to it is with a sad heart that I have to tell you one of the tiny gibbon twins passed away.

Here the  update from the GRP:

It is not a happy start to the New Year here at the GRP. Sadly, despite all the promising signs, we have lost the smaller male twin.

Mee was keen to be a mother and from the beginning, she was doing her very best to come to grips with how to carry and care for her newborn twins. After the overwhelming first day that leads to the twins spending time in intensive care with GRP staff, the infants were returned one at a time to the mother last weekend.

In both cases, Mee instantly came to pick the babies up. But we knew it was never going to be easy for this first-time mother to care for twins and so GRP staff was offering Mee all sorts of extra food to boost her energy intake and ensure she remained as strong as possible. But there were still difficulties that Mee had to learn to overcome by herself; Particularly when moving around, Mee was struggling to carry both babies comfortably and likewise when she had one of the babies in the right position to nurse the other one would slip down her side and cry, making Mee feel confused and stressed.

GRP staff was doing their best to alleviate the pressure on her by again, during the week, taking one of the babies away to bottle-feed overnight. The next morning, Mee was again keen to be reunited with her baby, immediately coming to collect him.

It is possible that the confusion and stress Mee felt about this whole new situation slowed her milk-flow – or that she never had enough milk for two infants in the first place – making both babies less settled and failing to gain weight. On their last night as a trio, after the most promising day since the twins’ birth, Mee settled for the night with her babies in the right positions on her belly and satisfied staff went to sleep in their hammocks nearby…….but during the cold, early hours of the morning the smaller male infant lost his grip, slipped and fell, hitting his head against a beam inside the enclosure on the way down.

During this tragic morning, it was also decided to take the female infant back into care, since she was showing signs of weakness too. We can report that she has lost some weight whilst with her mum, but that she remains strong and has a healthy appetite. We are hopeful of again being able to reunite mother and daughter in the near future.

baby gibbons……..Awwwww so cute.

  Thank you for reading my blog and a Happy, Healthy, New Year to all my readers and their families.

Until next time…… See you………..x