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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I shamelessly indulge myself… I just go where my thoughts take me…It could be the distant past or the future…It could be serious or quirky…Over the centuries much has happened in the month of February …Here however I only concentrate on the happy events…it certainly is a real action-packed month of happenings… so far we have had Torville and Dean, the discovery of penicillin, Respect from Aretha, beautiful cakes… well it is cake month, the VW camper van so many lovely happenings…and there is much more to come…

Who remembers Dolly the sheep?… If you don’t…then Dolly was a female domestic sheep…She was the first recorded/reported mammal to be cloned from a specific adult animal. Why was there was so much excitement by the birth of Dolly? Prior cloning of mice, sheep, cows even a fish were cloned with DNA from embryos.

Though Dolly was born in July 1996, her existence was announced to the public on 22 February 1997. It instantly created a sensation with Dolly gaining much attention in the media. There was a special report on Dolly in the Time Magazine and Science magazine featured her as the breakthrough of the year. Since then Dolly has been widely called “the world’s most famous sheep”.

Dolly sadly died on February 14th 2003…Valentines Day…

Did you know though? Dolly is named after famous country singer Dolly Parton who is the composer of many well-known songs like “I Will Always Love You”, “Jolene” and “Coat of Many Colors”. The reason behind it in Wilmut’s words the scientist who cloned Dolly is that “Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn’t think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton’s”.

Personally, I prefer this version of Jolene…Miley is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus …Dolly Parton is also Miley’s godmother…

Time for a story…

The Charade…Chapter 23

By Steph Richmond.

Joseph went to the station himself to pick her up, his man was still out scouring the streets looking for her.  She was indeed still unconscious. He scooped her up in his arms and carried her to his car and carefully, so as not to disturb her, took her back to his house.

   Sometime later she began to wake up, she opened her eyes to find herself in her room. It must have been a dream, she thought something had happened to her but she must be wrong, she was still in her room, but she felt cold and was shivering. She could hear voices outside her room but not what they were saying. She staggered as she climbed from the bed, feeling a little light-headed. She knocked into the sideboard and a small vase tumbled to the floor and smashed. The door immediately opened and Joseph was beside her helping her back into bed. “You should stay there a while longer, you’ve had quite an ordeal” He smiled kindly at her.

   “What happened?”

   “Carl came looking for you, but you’re back now so just rest up .”

   “What was Carl doing here, in your house? I saw him in town too. What does he want from me?” The events of the day were coming back to her gradually. “Why was I outside sleeping?”

   “It appears he drugged you and left you at the station to be found, I don’t know what he’s up to but you can be sure I will find out.” His face told her that he really meant it too. “Now sleep a little longer, we can talk when you’re rested.”

   She let him go but knew there would be no more sleep for her today. If Carl had got into here once he may try again. In her mind, she kept thinking about George and was concerned for his safety, yet she didn’t know why she felt that way. Her hand strayed to her throat, her necklace had gone, after a moment’s panic, she realized that she had hidden it. Reaching below the mattress she felt around until finally feeling her finger come into contact with her precious jewel. She sighed and relaxed.

   Joseph left the house and went into town, he needed to find out where Carl was and find out what was going on, although he already had a good idea. He wanted to sort this before Robert arrived.

   Evening fell over York, she thought it was time she put in an appearance. Joseph had been so kind that she wanted to see him. She entered the drawing-room and was faced with Joseph and Mr James, chatting in front of the fire. They both turned towards her as she entered the room.

   “Hello, how are you feeling now?” Joseph asked. Mr James just smiled at her. She thought she had rarely seen him smile, it made him look quite handsome.

   “Hello.” She said unsure of what was going on. “I feel fine, thank you.”

   “Please join us, I think there are some things we should talk about.” Joseph ushered her towards the sofa. “I’m glad to see you’re wearing Elizabeth’s necklace too.”

   There it was the mention of her mother again. “Mr James, have you seen George?”

   “Please call me Robert, No I haven’t found your George, you should tell me about him.”

   “George… elderly, has a grandson who helps him in his shop?” Joseph chipped in.

   “Yes, that’s him… you know him?”

   “Yes, he was your Mother’s gardener. A lovely gentleman and a very good gardener, I hope he was a good shopkeeper too. How do you know him?”

   “I met him in his shop, I think Carl might have tried to intimidate him, my Mum had a gardener?” She sat down suddenly realizing that maybe her Mum was more important than she had ever thought. All of this attention, no protection.  Her head began to spin.

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T.B.C

This week in music history…

Did you know?

On 18th February 1979, the Antiques Roadshow was first aired live on TV …My dads favourite Sunday night viewing …we all sat and watched and hoped we could find something valuable in our cupboards or lofts or lamented the fact that we had had some of the said magazines or toys and gave them away or never kept the boxes…

Who loves a G& T?…Who buys sustainable produce? Who cares for the environment?

Arbikie Highland Estate does...This Scottish Distillery has won many awards, made Vodka from potatoes and now has produced this gin using garden peas…It ticks all the boxes and this Gin is said not to taste of peas but to taste fruity and fresh…Served with ginger and a lime leaf it sounds the perfect tipple to me…

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https://www.msn.com/en-gb/foodanddrink/foodnews/a-scottish-distillery-has-created-the-first-climate-positive-gin-out-of-garden-peas/

Japan the home of invention…

The Japanese love Kitkats so much so that you will see flavours of KitKats that you hadn’t dreamt of…The rest of the world just looks on and drools…

The Japanese have just taken the Kitto Katto aka KitKat to us…and made it more climate-friendly…they have replaced the packaging with origami packaging…

Next Tuesday 25th February is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, in other words, Pancake Day…I love my pancakes thin, a little crispy around the edges with lots of lemon and a touch of sugar…How do you like your pancakes? Feel free to share your recipes…

pancake with lemon and sugar

The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes. That’s ‘flipping’ good’!

banana maple syrup pancakes

For my simple pancake recipe or one with walnuts and maple syrup which is quite yummy then please click here…

Also on this day ...February 18, 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous–and famously controversial–novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, the hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck’s story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was far more serious, focusing on the institution of slavery and other aspects of life in the antebellum South.

The character of Huck Finn is based on Tom Blankenship, the real-life son of a sawmill labourer and sometime drunkard named Woodson Blankenship, who lived in a “ramshackle” house near the Mississippi River behind the house where the author grew up in Hannibal, Missouri.

A book that I have been meaning to read again as it is a favourite from my childhood…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…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 have a fabulous week xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Whimsical Wednesday…

January 221879
The event… Rorke’s Drift, Natal Province, South Africa…

I think most of us have seen the film, Zulu…

When this battle began there were just 139 British Soldiers and over 4,000 Zulu Warriors…I reckon the sight of those warriors was enough to strike fear into anyone’s heart…The Zulus are known for their strong fighting spirit.

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People from the Zulu tribe are also known to be amicable and very warm. They are known for their practice and belief in Ubuntu which simply means “humanness” or “good disposition”. This humanness is a part of the daily life of the Zulu people. They believe human beings are the most superior of all species hence the strong belief in Ubuntu. They further cement this belief by having many proverbs relating to good and bad behaviour towards fellow human beings.

As Britain was intent on taking over the territory my guess is the Zulus were only defending what was rightfully theirs..When they realised that the British weapons were superior to theirs they retreated just disappeared if they had stayed maybe there would have been a different outcome.

Did you know that today 22nd January 1901…  Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 64 years, which was the longest reign in British history, during which England had become the most powerful empire in the world? Until our present Queen who has now reigned for 66years took that honour…

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade – Chapter 19

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For a moment she felt dumbstruck but as the adrenalin hit her system she made a dash for the door.  Inside was dark and subdued, she looked around in the gloom but couldn’t see the girl, she couldn’t be far away, the scream was still fresh in her ears. She pushed a door to allow her into another room; it was bathed in dusty daylight. She heard sobbing, looking around she saw the girl huddled in a corner of the room. “Are you okay?” She almost whispered.

“Don’t come in.” The girl replied. Her eyes flitting around the room.

“Come here child don’t be afraid, I won’t hurt you.” She followed the girls eyeline and looked behind her, out of the shadow of the door stood a face she knew.  “You… What have you done to this child!”

“Nothing yet,” Carl said calmly.

“Leave her alone! What are you doing here?”

“Looking for you, I missed you.” He smiled at her, but the smile didn’t reach his eyes.

She looked over at the girl. “Go, get out! He will not harm you, just go.” The girl looked wary but got to her feet and ran out of the open door. “What did you do to her?”

“Oh, nothing she’s just a stupid girl.” He looked down at her neckline. “Where’s your necklace?”

“Never mind that, why are you following me, what are you doing here?”

“I’m not following you, I’m in York for a party and I saw you come in here.”

“Then why did that girl look so terrified, she knew you and she was scared.”

“Oh forget her, why are you in here, this is not the place for a lady, let me escort you out.”

“No thank you I’ll find my own way.” With that said she turned and left the way she had come, not looking back.  Still, she felt his eyes on her. Her head was swirling with mixed emotions, she had no idea what to do now, but she had been right to think she shouldn’t trust Carl. Then she remembered George, she needed to know he was alright. She turned back towards the door the sign now gone and the door was closed to the street, she looked around but there was no sign of Carl. She shrugged, knowing that he would find her when he wanted to. She headed back to the house, she had lost her interest in looking around the streets of York, she needed some breakfast and to meet her host.

TBC next week…

National Soup Month…

Melientha Soup

There are lots of beautiful soup recipes to be found on many blogs and on the internet…I have been a little busy this week so today I am sharing the lovely Marian Beaman’s post which is all about soup so very welcome and fitting for this month…Please pop over and peruse the lovely soups on offer…Enjoy!

https://marianbeaman.com/2020/01/15/a-souper-day/

Chinese New Year is on Saturday here in Udon Thani where I live…everywhere is awash with red and gold ……It is very festive lots of pretty lanterns and beautiful clothes all the banners and flags are going up in the streets ready for Saturday…There will be colourful processions and dancers, music and lots of lovely street food.

red lanterns Chinese New Year

This year it is the year of the Rat…The rat is the first of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Some view the rodent as being symbolic of intelligence and quick-witticism, as demonstrated in a popular story told as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

According to the myth, the Jade Emperor organised a race for a group of animals on his birthday, the results of which determined the order of the Chinese zodiac.

Celebrations last for around two weeks from New Year’s Eve up until the beginning of the Lantern Festival.

The festivities traditionally begin with a thorough cleaning of the home, with red paper lanterns and banners inscribed with poetic sayings hung as decorations.

Red is believed to bring good fortune, hence its prevalence during Chinese New Year and the reason why children are given “luck money” in red envelopes throughout the proceedings.

Time for some music….

Back in 1966, the Beach Boys were in the studio recording “Wouldn’t it be Nice”

 

I have always been a fan of the Beach Boys nice cheerful music and lyrics make you feel good…

That made me feel good and this made me laugh…

Ozzy Osbourne came a cropper when a catapult malfunctioned during his 1981 Diary Of A Madman tour. A catapult was supposed to throw meat into the audience but due to a fault when Ozzy put his foot on a lever, several pounds of offal hit the singer on the back of his head.

Oh, dear…I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall…

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have found something of interest or that just made you smile 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!

Thank you again for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have enjoyed yourselves…If you have please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you it makes my day xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…12th Jan-18th January 2020…

Welcome to my weekly roundup…I have been busy cooking and experimenting in my kitchen, doing lots of research for my cookbook which is back on track …Gradually catching up with posts I have missed lately ..Do you find the festive season and the aftermath just seems to throw you off course somewhat…?

That’s the last sip of my Oolong tea sipped and enjoyed so let’s get on with it, shall we…I hope you enjoy x

Monday…The bigger picture…

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I will be honest and I did have a bit of a rant…Why? Well, some of it is caused by what I am reading at the moment… If you get a chance and want a break from the fiction…I recommend you read Climate Justice by Mary Robinson…It is a great read… it opened my eyes and made me think and wish I was younger and had known all this…Why didn’t I? Lots of reasons…None of which I can really justify if I am truthful…Just didn’t think is not really a reason is it?

What I am taking from this book is how real Climate Change is for some…I am also seeing how those not affected at the moment just don’t realise how real it is for some and if they do for some reason think it won’t affect them…Sooner or later, folks, it will…Nuff said!

I promise no rants this week just good news…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/13/recycling-and-climate-change13th-january-2020the-bigger-picture/

Wednesday 15th January…

You probably noticed there was no Tuesday post…Time to cook and write… Whimsical Wednesdays are still here as is my column over at Sally’s…Where my A-Z of the cookery world is being repeated with a few new additions… I was both surprised and delighted at the response from you all..Thank you all so much xx

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My thanks go to Sally as well as this allows me time to cook and write…xx

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-cook-from-scratch-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-almond-milk-arrowroot-aubergines-dip-thai-and-avocado-guacamole/

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Lots of music, the continuation of The Charade, A recipe and I will say I was really pleased with this soup I made it again but only had one red pepper to roast and it was better than the first one I made although I did get some really lovely ripe red tomatoes so I think that made a difference…The Beavers are coming back…It was lovely to hear from Adelethat they have been back in Scotland for a while and there are thoughts of reintroducing the wolves…All good news for the environment. Beigels/bagels I must have to have a go at baking some…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/15/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-5/

Thursday…

The Culinary Alphabet The Letter XYZ (1)

Saw my last post in this series over at Esme’s Salon where once a month for the past two years I have presented the Culinary Alphabet…Today it was XYZ…

My thanks go to Esme for hosting me I have enjoyed the research and writing of these posts…Thank you, Esme xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/16/the-culinary-alphabet-xyz/

Friday…In my kitchen…

Where I am doing a lot of testing at the moment for my cookbook so those recipes will be revealed when I have finished testing and writing in the meantime I am cooking meals which we love and for me are quick and easy to cook…

Lime lemon meringue Pie

My recipe for Carbonara was a big hit…personally we love it made this way rather than with cream and it gives me an excuse to make meringue pie or Coconut macaroons which I love… This is my recipe for macaroons…

Coconut Macaroons.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 cups of desiccated coconut or fresh coconut if you have it.
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp of salt

Let’s Cook!
Whisk the egg whites, sugar, vanilla essence and salt until the mix is soft and frothy.
Fold in the coconut and put spoonfuls on a lined baking tray.
Cook in a preheated oven on 350F or 175 C for 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on a baking tray.
This recipe made about 12 depending on the size of your spoon.

If you wanted you could drizzle some melted chocolate over them…Just saying xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/01/17/carolcooks2this-week-in-my-kitchencarbonara-gumbo-and-lime-meringue-pie/

Saturday…

Sally’s Health Column...This week is Part Two …Weekly shopping list by ingredient…

A great little series, really helpful…Sally is a qualified nutritionist with many years of experience…Well worth a read #recommended

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

That’s all for this weeks roundup…Thank you for reading and thank you to everyone who supports me by commenting I  love hearing from you…You all rock…x

Tomorrow it time for another update on Climate Change and Recycling  I have lots of good news this week after my little rant last week although those devasting bush fires keep on burning there has been some welcome relief with some rain…

We love you Australia and keep you in our thoughts but you are strong and resilient and will get through this…Much love 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 having a great weekend and have a fabulous week  🙂 xx

Whimsical Wednesdays…

Good morning everyone to the first Whimsical Wednesday of 2020…I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and 2020 will be all you wish for…

Have you heard or seen one of these Suvie’s…I hadn’t until I read Scott Anderson’spost it is very interesting and I know a few people who would love one as they love all that is new in gadgets…I would love to test one if the manufacturers wanted me to…I have an open mind but suspect they are more for the busy working person rather than someone who is retired however that may not be correct they may be the best thing since sliced bread…They certainly sound interesting and innovative…

Scott also provided this link to the wonders of a Suvie…Have a look it is nothing if not quite fascinating   https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/suvie-kitchen-robot/

Did you know? On the 3rd January, 1870 construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension/cable-stay hybrid bridge in New York City that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States (completed in 1883) and a first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world.

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At the time when constriction was finished, Brooklyn Bridge was the longest bridge in the world with a total length of 1825 meters. It stayed longest until 1903.

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

Chapter 17

by Carol Taylor

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Tossing and turning the girl could not sleep if she did it was that same recurring nightmare. Finally, she arose went to the bathroom then the kitchen to make some warm milk maybe that would induce sleep she was so very tired.

Sitting in front of the dying embers of the fire she shivered and pulled her pretty blue shawl tighter around her shoulders. I need to sleep as I will have a busy few days I don’t want to let Mr James down.

The girl’s mind started to wander as she tried to put together all the pieces to complete this puzzle.

When she left the shop that night in that beautiful dress she had felt that maybe her life would take a turn for the better and all her questions would be answered by George.

“Silly girl,” she told herself life is not like that at least for you but why shouldn’t it be? Gathering her thoughts she tried to make some sense of recent events.

Mr James although very kind knew things he wasn’t telling her, she was sure of and why did he find these jobs for her it was as if he was making them up to give her a little money …Not much but enough to survive…Why? He denied all knowledge of this William was he one of her brothers?

Carl, who was he and why was he following her? She had a bad feeling about him especially after she had seen him at George’s it was obvious that George felt threatened by him. Why?

This Mr Pearson, the girl didn’t remember him at all was Mr James trying to get her out of harm’s way? Was it just a ploy to get her away without arousing suspicion?

Finally, the warm milk started to take effect the girl found her eyes closing She woke with a start; the sun was streaming through the gap in the curtains and made her squint.

I better start to pack or I will be late… The girl decided to pack her new dress in case she needed it inside the case she also found some new clothes and shoes. Someone had been shopping…

When I come back from this job I am going to ask Mr James I am not going to take no for an answer…I need to know who I am, I need to find out why I seem to be hidden…

This thought had slowly dawned on her she had never been allowed to apply for a regular job and her lodgings had been picked for her it seemed like she was being hidden in full sight if that made sense. From what or whom?

So many questions were going around in the girls head and she decided that she was also going to go to the library and look up the old newspapers see if she could find out anything about her disappearance…Were her parents not looking for her? Were they still alive…George had said she had brothers …

It seemed like she had been living in a fog or maybe her brain just didn’t want to accept what had happened but it was clearer now and many pieces dropped into place.

I will find out who I really am I am not going to be fobbed off any more. The girl then realised that it felt like a weight had been lifted she felt almost euphoric and hopeful that all would soon be revealed.

Meanwhile, Carl had also been going over the facts he needed that necklace time to get tough …

George was worried, he had been to the library that day and he knew what had happened and thought he knew why? Should he tell the girl? Would it put her in danger? He decided he was going to pay Elizabeth a visit and soon.

That girl, so sweet needed answers …Was he going to be the man to do it?

TBC next week…

Did you know? Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, England. He is also one of the people that I would choose to have at my dinner table such a brilliant mind and man who overcame all the obstacles that life threw at him.

Time for some music…

Sorry, all you vegans and Vegetarians as much as I love vegetables and eat many dishes made with just veggies I hate Quorn and believe that you should eat a balanced diet…

It shows you how much we love vegetables as little Lily when asked what was her favourite part of her Christmas dinner after thinking about it she said   Broccoly…This spelling is a family joke…Don’t ask…Haha

And for the second year in a row, we’ve all gone crazy for sausage rolls. LadBaby has managed to see off competition from Stormzy to achieve the Christmas number one with his festive track, I Love Sausage Rolls – a savoury take on Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. The YouTuber, real name Mark Hoyle, his wife Roxanne and their two sons Phoenix and Kobe scored a huge 93,000 chart sales – that 18,000 more than the 2018 Christmas number one from LadBaby, We Built This City (On Sausage Rolls). And with 85,000 of that coming from digital sales, I Love Sausage Rolls is the fastest-selling download since Artists For Grenfell’s Bridge Over Troubled Water in June 2017. While some may be a bit miffed that a song about sausage rolls has beat Stormzy to the number one crown, it’s all for a fantastic cause…The Trussell Trust…

It is fun and catchy and for a good cause…and I love a good sausage roll…

After all, those sausage rolls and I ate a few but I only make them over Christmas so they are a once a year treat…It will be time very soon to get back on the healthy eating train…No faddy diets just simple adjustments and an increase in your mode of exercise…There is no one better placed than Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine to give you all the tools and advice you need to help get rid of those Christmas pounds.

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So after or before you step on those scales pop over to Sally’s you will be pleased you have…x

Did you know? January is National Soup month...For those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the months of January and February are typically the coldest. While I am not going to give you a recipe for soup for every day of the month I will give you a soup recipe for some of those days starting with one of my favourite soups and that is Vietnamese Egg Drop Soup…A beautiful soup made from… Tomatoes, chilli, egg, mince, spring onions and Dill…. A virtual assault on the taste buds…

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil ( I use coconut)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 3/4 lb ripe tomatoes ( chopped and cored)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/3 lb finely minced pork
  • 1-2 chillies diced diagonally
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 sprigs of coriander or dill
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • Black Pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add tomatoes and salt, cover and cook until soft about 4-6 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

Add fish sauce and chillies….I would add I tbsp of fish sauce and taste and adjust seasoning before serving.

Add mince and move around to break up any big clumps.

Add water, bring to boil and skim off any scum that arises.

Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes add spring onions and simmer for another 10 minutes.

If you are not serving immediately then remove from heat and keep the lid on.

To Serve:

Bring soup to simmer, Taste and adjust seasoning, fish sauce or salt.

Pour beaten egg into the bowl in a wide circle; stir gently to break up into strings.

Ladle soup into a bowl, add a generous sprinkling of pepper and garnish with Coriander or Dill.

Enjoy!

Did you know? Chicken Noodle soup is top of the best selling soup list in the USA… In the UK tomato soup tops the best selling soup list followed by potato and leek soup…

Lastly, this video tickled me and made me laugh…The original is one of my favourites but I really think that every time I hear now I will remember this…Three moms perform a parody of Bohemian Rhapsody…Enjoy!

I do hope this has left you with a smile on your face…x

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have found something of interest or that just made you smile 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!

Thank you again for joining me for my first Whimsical Wednesday of the New Year please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you xxx

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome once again to Whimsical Wednesdays where I unashamedly indulge myself…I do hope you enjoy my meanderings today….Come with me and let’s begin…These posts are never planned… if I come across anything which I love or which tugs at my heartstrings then I save it for Whimsical Wednesdays… the rest just happens …It is wherever my thoughts take me at that time…Mainly they are random and unplanned…I mean they are the best thoughts…Enjoy! xxx

December 5th, 1791…Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart sadly died but what a legacy he left…His music has lived on…

I could sit and listen to this for hours…Both soothing and invigorating…

Did you know? There are two islands named Christmas Island one in the Pacific Ocean and the other in the Indian Ocean.

Also, the Rubiks Cube was the highest-selling Christmas toy in 1980 when it sold for $1.99 and today it retails for $10…

John Rieber never ceases to amaze or shock me sometimes with the weird and wacky finds he writes about…This is no different…Would you eat it?

raw-turkey-cake

I would… Doesn’t it look realistic though?

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade – Chapter 14

by S C Richmond

She walked into the poorest part of town, feeling completely overdressed in her new outfit, it was late afternoon and she thought that if 23, Coal Street was Georges address that they could go out for a drink. She hoped he could tell her more about her family, he obviously knew something of her history.

She walked along Coal Street and watched the numbers 17, 19, 21, then there it was number 23, her heart quickened, she hoped he wouldn’t be upset to see her here. She looked around her, the street was eerily quiet, she turned and tapped hesitantly on the door.

She thought she heard some movement and then nothing, no one came to the door and now there was only silence. She hadn’t walked all of this way to just turn and go home again, she looked into the window, it was a little grimy so she rubbed her hand against the pane and peered in. It was a dark small room with an old painting on the wall opposite but there was no sign of anyone at home.

“Oy!” Came a voice from behind her. “What do you think you’re doing? There’s nothing worth pinching there.” She turned and saw the voice had come from a burly man with a full bushy beard and a shirt open to his waist.

“I’m sorry, I was looking for George.”

“Well he’s in, I saw him not more than an hour ago. Maybe you should knock again rather than peering through people’s windows.” He tutted and walked away.

She did as he suggested and knocked again, still nothing. She started to worry, what if he was ill and couldn’t get to the door or something had happened to him, she had to get into the house.

She followed the path that led to the back of the house, it went under a covered area by the side of a house and at the end of it was a tall gate that she knew would lead to the garden and outhouses. She pushed the gate and it swung open she turned right and counted three houses down, that was the back of George’s house, she hoped no one noticed her as she walked towards it.

She stood looking at the house from the back, then approached the window to take a look inside, this time she checked that no one was watching her, they weren’t. She put her eye to the glass and immediately ducked back down below the window level. It couldn’t be right, could it? Carl was in the kitchen with George, he had been stood over the old man. What was Carl doing here?

Their voices were too low, she couldn’t hear anything they were saying, she moved towards the door and quietly tried the handle, it was open. She slipped inside silently and found herself in a little hallway that obviously led into the kitchen, there was a larder to her left and the kitchen to her right. She didn’t move, from here she could catch snippets of the conversation and she heard her name mentioned more than once and the name of someone called William, she kept listening.

“You shouldn’t have said anything George, you always have to cause trouble don’t you,”

“She has a right to know, what business is it of yours anyway?”

“William has told me to get that necklace, she has no idea what it is nor it’s value.”

“Leave her alone Carl, I won’t help you, she’s a nice girl. Just leave her alone.”

She heard a thump, and then a door banging. Someone had left the room. She didn’t know what to do next.

TBC.

Did you know? Neither did I…Each year on December 4th, National Dice Day recognizes and ancient gaming tool. Many games incorporate dice as a way to add random challenges or obstacles to the objectives.

The origin of dice is uncertain. However, it is known that they have been around for thousands of years.  At the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran, the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set.

So come on hands up was it two dice hanging in the car or a nodding dog in the back window…???

For those of you who love a  Cookie,  it is also National Cookie Day…Please feel free to share your Christmas Cookie recipes…x

The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word koekie meaning “little cake.”

My favourite…A bit too hard to choose really …as long as they don’t contain chocolate I love them…Don’t get me wrong I love chocolate just not in cookies…

These biscuits are really easy to make and very moreish..

Coconut Biscuits

I don’t make biscuits very often..almost never but once a packet of food is opened here because of the humidity it doesn’t last long it either goes off or the ants take residence. I was guided by the desiccated coconut and the golden syrup which was a gift from afar… aka visitors and the rolled oats which I mistakenly bought instead of the porridge oats.

These cookies are my basic recipe but of course, you can add anything sultanas, chocolate whatever takes your fancy…

Ingredients:

  • 150 gm rolled oats
  • 100 gm plain flour
  • 100 gm light brown sugar( I used raw sugar)
  • 100 gm desiccated coconut
  • 100 gm butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp of boiling water.

Let’s Cook!

Set oven to heat at 175 C, gas mark 4.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the sugar, flour, coconut and oats mix to combine well.

In a small pan add the butter and golden syrup and melt the butter. meanwhile, bring the kettle to the boil and add two tbsp of boiling water to the bicarbonate of soda in a small cup. Add this to the melted butter/syrup mix. It will foam a little.

Make a well in the centre of your dry mix and pour in the melted butter/syrup mix. Stir to thoroughly combine and it will form a slightly sticky dough.

Roll out balls and put on a baking tray leaving a space as they will spread on cooking ( the mix made 15 balls) Slightly flatten with your hand.

Put in the preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

THE BISCUITS WILL BE SOFT TO THE TOUCH BUT WILL HARDEN ON COOLING.

Don’t make the mistake I made when I first made them and thought they weren’t cooked and gave them another 10 minutes.

They were a tad harder than required when they cooled down…haha…I could build a wall with them…Opppps

Time for a tune…

They are definitely getting more Christmassy…Yeah!

1973 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE
1974 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS MUD
1975 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN
1976 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN (SOLEADO) JOHNNY MATHIS
1977 MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS’ SCHOOL WINGS
1978 MARY’S BOY CHILD – OH MY LORD BONEY M
1979 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD

Oh dear…Time to close my eyes and just pick one…I love all of these…Just check out the haircut…A Mullett is what we called it…

Which brings me nicely (in the absence) of Christmas Jumpers…Yep…I am not letting it go I still would like to see your Christmas Jumpers or hats in the meantime…

Haircuts..fads and fashions over the years…Here is me way back in 1980…

smart

 

Sporting the Lady Di hairstyle…very pink for some reason…

Poems I probably wouldn’t be any good at writing one…I might receive the crown for the worst poem …haha…But since I have been blogging I have read a few poems and discovered that I quite like some poems…This particular one written and spoken by Ellen Best is very pertinent for this time of year …The time of year coming brings much joy and hope to many people but it also brings sadness… and sorrow to many as well…

It is certainly the season of very many mixed emotions and I think we need to take more care if our emotions are of the joyous kind..and there is naught wrong with that…

We need to be mindful of those for whom the Chrismas season is tinged with sadness and despair if we can help with a smile, a touch of the shoulder or a hug… a gift of mince pies, a hot dinner, a sleeping bag we should…Chrismas, after all, is a time for Loving and giving…x

I give you...Charlie A poem At Christmas by Ellen Best…

That’s all from me today on Whimsical Wednesday… I hope you have enjoyed reading this post…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 creative week ahead xx

 

 

 

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to my world and whimsical Wednesdays…

The battle of the Christmas ads has started…and every year they seem to get better and better…I use u tube a lot and based on U tube views….Mogs Christmas is tops…I wonder if any of this year’s ads will knock it off its top spot…? That little dragon is cute…

I love this because of the safety aspect…dodgy Christmas lights, it promotes reading and that is always a good thing and mainly…Kindness…

We should remember those less fortunate than ourselves at Christmas …BUT …That old saying of Christmas comes but once a year is also true …What about the other 364 days?

Please be kind and take it a step further…Social media is wonderful but it can also be so very cruel…Please think before you comment and before you share…Or better still do what I did the other day…

More and more I am seeing cruel, nasty comments on FB…There are many things we see which we may like, we may agree with, it may not be our opinion BUT we live in a democracy and I was brought up to keep it buttoned if I didn’t have something nice to say…Above all if you do have something to say don’t make it personal especially in these upcoming elections…I also see it on celebrity pages people get personal to me that is not on …Have your say everyone has a right to have a say whether we agree or not…Be nice and don’t get personal…

If we all did that the trolls couldn’t and wouldn’t prosper...Nuff said…

Did you know? The first artificial Christmas tree was made of goose feathers…Originating in Germany over 100 years ago and was meant to replicate the snow-covered fir trees in the forests…Now they come in all shapes, sizes, and mediums, we have leaves and glitter and so many colours…Nothing beats a real tree though especially if you can dog it up and replant it again my dad used to do that and they were pretty resilient they came up bigger and better the next year…He did that until they got too big and then started again.

I even love just a twig or a branch decorated quite simply they look stunning and with all this wind and rain I am sure on your travels you might see a small branch which has broken off which would be ideal…

When my children little we used to make our own chocolate decorations it was good fun…This video shows you how to make chocolate Christmas trees, simple and easy to do and they look lovely…

 

Time for some music…

I am taking a trip down memory lane here…I remember quite clearly singing along with What do you want to make those eyes at me for…Moon River…Return Sender…I love me a bit of Elvis…

1959 WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? EMILE FORD & THE CHECKMATES
1960 I LOVE YOU CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS
1961 MOON RIVER DANNY WILLIAMS
1962 RETURN TO SENDER ELVIS PRESLEY
1963 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES
1964 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES
1965 DAY TRIPPER/WE CAN WORK IT OUT THE BEATLES

Each week until Christmas I will pick my favourite. from the chart I publish..The Beatles are in town three years on the trot…on this chart…Out of all these my favourite? It has to be Moon River followed by Elvis…I liked the Beatles but I wasn’t an out and out fan…there were no, out and out Christmas tunes in the early ’60s or if there were any they didn’t top the charts…

Time for a story…

The Charade

 Chapter 12

 by SC Richmond

 

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Carl hurried towards her and swept her into his arms.

   “You look lovely, so beautiful, that dress, is it one of George’s grandson’s designs?”

   She wriggled free, blushing “Yes” she stammered. She was about to tell Carl about her wonderful discovery but something stopped her. Something wasn’t right… Carl sounded strange, something was up. He always seemed to appear, no matter where she was, she was beginning to feel as if he was watching and waiting for her. It was beginning to make her feel uneasy.

“What time shall I pick you up tonight Cinders?

He laughed at his own joke. The girl was no longer excited about going but knew she had to make the effort.

‘Is seven ok?”

   Carl nodded and smiled “seven it is.”

   The girl wandered home her thoughts all in a whirl… who was he? She also decided that she would visit the shop in the morning to collect her clothes and see if she could persuade George to tell her more,,, What was he afraid of?

   The night passed in a whirl. Carl was very thoughtful and attentive, she had so many thoughts going round and round in her head that she really didn’t notice. Maybe she would find her parents. At last, she felt there was some hope. Something she hadn’t felt before.

Carl had noticed a change in her, she was preoccupied and no longer hanging on to his every word. He also noticed the admiring glances she was getting from other men and he didn’t like it one bit.

   Home, at last, she kicked of her shoes and slipped out of her dress. She hung it on a hook on the outside of the wardrobe door. She fell asleep dreaming about her dress and the young man who made it and also about what an adventure she had today and tomorrow she may find out a bit more about her mother.

For the first time in a long time, she slept like a baby, a small smile playing on her lips she dreamed about what she may find out and tonight those nightmares didn’t appear.

   The day dawned and she was up and dressed in no time at all. She left the flat and almost skipped to the shop she was so happy. Rounding the corner she noticed that all the shutters were still down. As she drew closer she could see a bag propped against the door. It was her clothes.

There was also a note from George telling her how beautiful she had looked in the dress and how like her mother she was but also mentioning that due to a family crisis the shop would be closed for a while. It was almost as if he was saying goodbye to her. She stood and burst into tears.

  Out of sight across the road, stood Carl… watching.

 

Tommy Steele...I can still see those twinkling eyes…He was Britains 1st rock n Roll star discovered in a coffee bar in Central London way back in the early 195o’s…

Tommy Steele was also a guest on the Six-Five Special does anyone remember that show which was presented by Pete Murray? Petula Clarke my dad liked her…Lonnie Donegan all the stars I was brought up listening to…

Like a smile kindness is infectious…xxx

A recipe… I can’t go without leaving you a recipe can I?

Music and food are an integral part of who I am…

A Christmas Starter…Beetroot Tartare…

Beetroot tartare with capers

Note my Christmas plate the tartare hides the father Christmas…The recipe can be found here …xx

That’s all from me today on Whimsical Wednesday… I hope you have enjoyed reading this post…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 creative week ahead xx