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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Recycling, Recipes, Banana Fertiliser and so much more…

Where is the time going? My regular readers know the drill…A comfy chair, a drink, settle down time for a good read…Lots of goodies for you this week…A good mix and something for everyone…Well unless you are a rocket scientist…haha.

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The Kombucha scoby is getting fatter and showing some white so I am guessing from what I have been reading that it is happy and doing its thing…Any hints and tips would be gratefully received for this newbie ( hopefully) successful Kombucha brewer…x

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Monday’s post was once again...Plastic, recycling any news I think is interesting and I will never run out of ideas…I watched a beautiful programme yesterday about Japan’s Earths, Enchanted Islands and the water which comes down in abundance from the mountains to the rice fields and the villages below …when it reaches this village …where no detergents are used when washing up the scraps are just washed in this beautiful water and each house has a carp pond underneath being bottom feeders they eat all the scraps and the water stays crystal clear as it was from its source it was amazing to watch…Absolutely amazing programme…A simple, effective system…

I explored using banana skins as fertiliser, Growing food without soil and should we be teaching kids how to grow food in schools…The answer was a resounding yes to that and it is happening around the world so many good news stories in the comments which I will go into tomorrow …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/08/plastic-waste-and-recycling-latest-news-seaweed-and-banana-skins/

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily is now starting to reap the benefits for me …I have so much more energy..even in this heat…I am the lightest I have been for many, many years and I can’t believe I have taken this long to get my brain in gear and realise that…Yes, I still enjoy the odd treat…I eat food I love I just watch my portions…The best thing is I can go shopping here as the clothes sizes are smaller than the UK equivalent …I can pick from the racks for the first time in a long time and it is fun…Between my ideas and recipes and Sally’s health tips, I have cracked it…I hope you can too xx

Thai Duck Larb

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/09/eat-smart-eat-healthily-recipes-wacky-diet-corner-and-some-commonsense/

I am back! Wednesday every fortnight over at Sally’s….This week I kicked off with measurements as they vary around the world and ingredients as well I still get stumped at times and have to look it up…I kept seeing a stick of butter in the ingredients list …We don’t all know what it is…I didn’t…I do now…So a plea to all you lovely home cooks spare a thought for those of us who may not know what some of your ingredients are…Pretty please…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-cooking-terms-weight-conversions-and-foods-names/

Thailand…My home and The Land Of Smiles…I was told today at the market that my Thai was good…Go me…I was certainly smiling at those words…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/11/travel-and-traditions-the-land-of-smiles/

Beetroot…One of my favourite vegetables…and it seems many of my readers favourite as well…Please if you have any recipes using beets share with us and I will link back to you…

Red Beetroot with leaves and one cut beet

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/12/this-week-in-my-kitchen-beets-week-2-and-kombucha/

Healthy Eating I can’t stress the benefits enough…However, stress can also kill…Of course, it can provide us with thrills and get that adrenaline going…But it can also KILL…Sally is the lady to listen too as she knows her stuff she delivers her knowledge clearly and concisely…She doesn’t( like) me pull any punches she tells it like it is… but leaves the reader feeling positive and knowing what to do…Keeping our heart and other major organs healthy can ensure we have a chance of living a longer life …Worth a read? I think so…x

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-of-the-body-part-three-the-heart-and-stress-connection-by-sally-cronin/

I hope you have enjoyed this post and the variety and found something which you enjoyed or learnt about…Thank you for reading…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.

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a great weekend and your week ahead is a joyous one xx

Chinese New Year…The Year of the Pig…

All the red banners are going up in the streets around me preparations have started for Chinese New Year…Which this year is the 5th February…

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Everywhere and everyone will soon be a riot of bright red…Houses decorated and beautiful lanterns hanging everywhere…Children will be walking around in their pretty new red clothes everywhere is so colourful and vibrant.

By now most of you know that I love tradition and Thailand is steeped in tradition… Chinese New Year will soon be upon us followed by the lantern festival… Already the preparations have begun and if you are travelling to Thailand or China and will be here on those dates you will be awed at the sight of the red and yellow lanterns and decorations which are hung everywhere…We have huge Thai/Chinese population here and last year Udon Thani was awash with all the banners, flags and decorations we had street entertainment..lots of delicious street food and it is time for me once again to sample different dishes…The fireworks are impressive and the music loud…Oh Yes! I kid you not…

But it is fun so much to see and do..dancing dragons, lions and stilt walkers the acrobatics they do on stilts..the mind boggles…How?

Chinese New Year is followed by the Lantern Festival which is celebrated 15 days after Chinese New Year…and the little rice balls which are traditionally eaten are foodies heaven…wonderful little morsels of food…in the past there have been celebrations on each day after Chinese New Year up until the 15th making for one long celebration now you have the Chinese New Year and then The Lantern Festival on the 15th day afterwards.

It is the conclusion of the Lantern Festival and Chinese New Year the food they eat traditionally Tang Yuan…Beautiful Chinese balls with lots of different filling and sauces…Another Yum! And not only do you get delicious food but look at these little children’s clothes and tell me they are not so cute…

RED AND YELLOW CHILDRENS CLOTHES CHINESE NEW YEAR

Many stories and myths which date back thousands of years are entrenched in these celebrations …Why the red and loud firecrackers?

One such legend is that a monster called Nian lived at the bottom of the sea and once a year he came up onto the land to feast on humans and animals. Villagers were so frightened that they fled high up into the hills to escape Nian. Legend tells us that one year an old beggar came to the village seeking shelter everyone ignored him as they were busy fleeing into the mountains. An old woman took him in and he promised her he would chase the Nian away never to return.

He then set about decorating the house inside and out in bright red and he decked himself out in red clothes.

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Midnight came as did the fiery monster Nian as soon as he saw the red paper decorations he stopped and roared loudly at the same time firecrackers started going off which frightened him. The beggar appeared dressed all in red and stood laughing at the Nian who turned and ran away never to appear again…

When the villagers returned and saw that their homes were ok they realised that red and the loud firecrackers were what they needed to keep Nian away.

This is why every Chinese New Year every home and shop is decorated in Red and red clothing is worn then at midnight firecrackers are set off.

It is also customary to give out red envelopes to children containing money.

This year it is the Chinese year of the Pig which is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign.

chinese year of the pig carving

A pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China. It likes sleeping, eating and so becomes fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no plan to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, it has been regarded as wealth.

To learn more about the characteristics of the Pig…See this China travel guide.

https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/pig.htm

That’s all for today I will follow this post with a part 2 after the 5th Feb as hopefully, I will have lots of pictures to share…I am looking forward to some lovely street food xxx

I hope you have enjoyed this post please let me know in comments as I love to hear from you….Thank you for reading 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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

Retired No One Told Me!..Weekly Roundup… It’s all about the Flavour…

Welcome to my weekly roundup …you know the procedure by now..comfy chair, a drink relax and enjoy!

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My first post week was one which bought back memories of a lovely holiday in Malta and their lovely National dish of rabbit stew which in turn made me remember my granddad and my uncle Ken…Both of who worked on the land and taught me much when growing up…The rabbits were mostly poached(shhh) and his ferret definitely not a pet but that is life and how it is…The rabbit stew, however, my mum and Nan used to make..I loved it!

Enjoy recipes and I think I will be making my first octopus dish as Jovina’s recipe sounds and looks glorious…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/cooking-the-mediterranean-island-countries/

Then it was my regular Tuesday No more Diets …Healthy Eating… I started keeping a food diary as I had decided no more biscuits with my morning cuppa…Day 6 and No biscuits I sent Lily home with the biscuits so as to avoid temptation…How did all this come about? I read the lovely Sally’s post and perused the chart she provided and was shocked that those two biscuits could have such an impact so I duly weighed myself and started my food diary…

The plan??? Keep the diary and weigh myself every Monday( no hopping on and off the scales)…Well…Today is Sunday and the lure of the scales just too much…4LBS… OFF!

 

You two are so dumped from my diet…

I will also be truthful and did dump the Haribos only little packets of jellies but nearly every night… 2 things and 4 LB in 6 days…

Thank you, Sally, for getting me refocused …Hugs! xxx

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/healthy-eatingno-more-dietseat-yourself-slim/

Wednesday is the day I can indulge my passion for cooking courtesy of Sally and this week it was my favourite recipes …The recipes I make the most instead of buying them…

Healthier, it saves me money…A no-brainer really and it takes less time to make them than it takes to get in the car, negotiate the traffic, find a car parking space and then queue at the till and you still have to drive home…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-fajita-spice-tahini-peanut-butter-hummus/

Following on from Fruity Friday and the red Bananas I discovered along with some things I didn’t know …That all red bananas are not naturally red…The ones on the bunch are but not the pretty looking red bananas in a dessert…They are red because they are cooked in Lime water?? A trip to the local market with my daughter in law and we found the red paste…Spoiler Alert!

Small cooking bananas

Today I will be cooking the green bananas and turning them into a red dessert and all will be revealed on Friday…..

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/what-is-lime-water-nam-pboon-sai/

It was then the turn of one of my archived posts about the tradition of charcoal making down on the farm which the lovely Sally once again showcased for me …Such a generous lady is our Sal xxx

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The tradition of making charcoal here in rural Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-thailand-down-on-the-farm-making-charcoal-by-carol-taylor/

Date time…I should be so lucky as sung by Kylie… Stuffed with blue cheese they are a wonderous thing or wrapped in bacon… I love those beautiful patterned Tagines, don’t you???Fruity Friday Dates (1)

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/fruity-friday-dates/

Lastly …Are you still with me??? Do you need to take five, top up your cuppa ???

Lastly, I took you on a journey through the 5 tastes of  Thai cuisine the ingredients which make up those tastes of Spicy, Sour, Sweet, Salty and Bitter…

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How you don’t get a starter, main course and then a dessert here… Even in a restaurant that serves western food Thais don’t get the concept of individual courses as their food is about the whole meal and how the flavours compliment each other how if you have a hot curry you will get a mild but tasty soup and stir-fry…

Which is why a Thai recipe is a guide as chillies vary in heat, fish sauce can vary by brand, depending on the time of year the taste of limes vary which takes me back to what I always say to you TASTE and TASTE again build your flavours to suit your palate and then you may be able to say I can cook Thai Food …

It has taken me 10 years and I am still learning…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/thai-cooking-sweet-sour-spicy-salty-and-bitter/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup if you have please share or pin to your favourite board or media…Thank you xxx

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you so much for reading this I hope you have a lovely weekend …xxx

 

Santa Claus or ???

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Today I am going to take you on a little trip around the world just to give you a flavour of the foods served and how some of the customs vary from what we know..all very interesting, some delicious foods and the different names our beloved Father Christmas is called…

Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever. He is the make-believe person ( or was he?) who brings toys and other gifts to children at Christmas.

Santa Claus also has some other names: Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Pelznickel.

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Two of his names — Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas — both come from the Dutch who settled in New York long ago.

The Dutch believed Saint Nikolaas gave gifts to children. They honoured this kindly saint with a yearly festival on December 6th. The English-speaking people who lived nearby greatly enjoyed Dutch festivals. And they brought the saint and the custom of giving gifts into their own celebration at Christmas time.

England, of course,  know him as Father Christmas… Turkey, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Brussel sprouts, mince pies, Christmas pudding and trifle being favourite foods at Christmas.

In Brazil, he is called Papai Noel… or Bom Velhinho (Good Old Man).

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The Christmas meal is also served on the evening of the 24th rather than the 25th and consists of a Chester( chicken)  Salted cod balls, no roasties but cold potato salad and instead of gravy farofa, a mix of fried cassava flour and chopped bits of crispy bacon. Cabbage is replaced by kale heavily flavoured with salt and garlic.

A custom in Brazil which I am sure that many would love to have that same custom where they live is that it is common in Brazil to get a ’13th salary’ at the end of the year – i.e. in December you get twice the normal amount of pay for that month!

The idea is to help boost the economy around Christmas. This has been going on for decades and most people don’t even question that other countries might not do it!

Favourite Christmas foods in Brazil include pork, turkey, pork, ham, salads and fresh and dried fruits. Everything is served with rice cooked with raisins and a good spoon of “farofa” (seasoned manioc flour.) Popular Christmas desserts include tropical and ice cream.

Hawaii the jolly, white-bearded man is called  Kanakaloka he, however, does not wear the traditional red suit we all know and love but flowery Hawaiian clothing…

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And on the Christmas menu here it is a traditional lu’au, complete with a pig roasted in an underground pit, chicken long rice, lomilomi salmon accompanied by the traditional Hawaiian music and Santa arrives in a red canoe…

How cool is that???

In Hungary, the  Winter grandfather( Mikulas) comes on the 25th and only to good children and there is no jolly Mrs Christmas but a scary assistant called “Krampusz”…

Christmas fare in Hungary is Fish soup, stuffed cabbage, fried fish and rice, other meats(Pork, Chicken) an elaborate fruit topped Christmas cake, gingerbread cookies, Bejgli with walnut or poppy seeds( which is the traditional Hungarian Christmas cake)

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India Baba delivers presents from a horse and cart and of course, the menus are spicy with spicy dumplings and curries, Biryani, poda, mathri and lots of other yummy sweet dishes.

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Lastly, in Italy, he is called  Babbo Natale… Doesn’t it just roll off the tongue???

There is no Christmas like an Italian Christmas…Christmas Eve sees the feast of the seven fishes swordfish, tuna, salmon, octopus salad, smelts, calamari, spaghetti with clam sauce and the famous Italian classic—salted cod, known as baccalaFollowed by the sweet treats galore biscotti, pandoro, torrone (nougat candy) and almost always a candied loaf of panettone…

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The Christmas day lunch lasts for hours..those Italians can certainly eat…

I think I will stop there… Because after Christmas there is Boxing day..phew that is some eating fest…

I hope you enjoyed this little trip around the world…

What are your Christmas traditions????

Merry Christmas xx