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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesdays…I am feeling a little thoughtful rather than whimsical lately…This current situation is so surreal…it’s getting weird and unsettling…

I suppose I like to be in control and that’s the bottom line…I can control my actions but not others and I don’t like being isolated to this extent its weird…But I will as survival mode has also kicked in…I will try my best to keep my posts on track and positive if not all of the time most of the time…

I am however very happy to see how mother nature is bouncing back and to be honest, I am shocked at how quickly it is happening which is great news for the planet…Blue skies over China…Dolphins and fish in the canals of Venice, People singing loud and clear using saucepan lids as cymbals from their balconies…

Humans are wonderful at keeping their spirits up…so chin up peeps we will get through this…

Who doesn’t love Garfield this was a blast from the past my kids loved that cat…we had Garfield everything toys quilt covers…for three decades Garfield phones kept washing up on the shores of Western France and finally last year the mystery was solved.

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Photo credit: echoesofstars on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

The residents of Brittany in Northern France were used to seeing these iconic phones bobbing on the waves and washing up on the shores…where did they come from? A local farmer donned his sherlock holmes cap and decided to investigate…

While exploring the caves along the shoreline he found the remnants of a shipping container which had got stuck in one of the caves…Mystery solved…the current and the waves did the rest and those iconic phones left their watery grave and were transported to freedom …the rest is history…

Today is also National Waffle Day…

What is a waffle? For starters it is something I have never made, hardly ever eaten…made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape, and surface impression. … Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium, which has over a dozen regional varieties…There are American waffles, Belgium or Brussels waffles, the Liege waffle, Hongkong waffles and even a pandan waffle…

Waffle is also a slang term meaning “to keep changing one’s mind.”

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It was in the 18th century when the word “waffle” first appeared in the English language, in a 1725 printing of Court Cookery by Robert Smith. Recipes had begun to spread throughout England and America, though essentially all were patterned after established Dutch, Belgian, German, and French versions.

Have you a favourite waffle recipe? Me I am going to try the Masterchef recipe of waffles with triple fried chicken and chilli caramel to me as someone who doesn’t eat waffles that sounds like a good place to start…What do you think?

As with bread, the original waffles were probably cooked on a hot stone it wasn’t until the iron age when iron plates and griddles were used ..two plates meant the flat cakes aka waffles as they were to become known cooked quicker sandwiched between two hot plates. At the start of the French Revolution, Thomas Jefferson returned to the U.S. from his position as Minister to France. Along with a pasta machine, he brought a long-handled waffle iron that encloses the batter and gives the waffle crispness and shape. This began the trend of “waffle frolics” or waffle parties, where guests enjoyed their waffles sweet (with maple syrup or molasses) or savoury (topped with kidney stew). Slaves got the leftovers as a special treat. This evolved into the southern favourite, chicken and waffles.

Did you know?

That it was March 29th 1974 when Chinese farmers digging a well uncovered the Terracotta Army…

Going to see the Terracotta Army is on my to-do list one of my must-do lists…Little did they know just what a find they had discovered…The emperor of the army is still to be uncovered…I saw a couple of them when I was visiting a museum here which had been given to the Thai people by the Chinese government.

They truly are works of art…Fabulous…

Time for a tune…

 

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…Please stay safe and well…I have just read that Prince Charles has tested positive for Covid-19…It looks like no-one is immune…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 and stay safe these are troubling times xx