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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I 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…This week it is almost certainly revolving around Valentines Day…Over the centuries much has happened in the month of February …Here I concentrate on the happy events…

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February 14th 1984 is one such moment when Torvill and Dean bagged a Gold Medal in Sarajevo…I remember it well the dramatic music and skating toRavell’s Bolero…What a magical time…

Wow…what a lovely memory to relive…

It was also in February ...The 15th February 1971 when Britain went decimal…Everything changed measurements and coins…and of course the inevitable price rises…For many a sad day…

We did, however, at a later date resist the pressure to adopt the Euro and for that I am thankful.

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 22

by Carol Taylor

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Carl was panicking where was he going to take the girl?

His mind was racing he knew he shouldn’t have taken her he only meant to knock her out so he could search her room undisturbed. He also knew that Joseph Peabody was not a man to cross…He was beginning to regret taking this job it has seemed like easy money now he faced either the wrath of Peabody or the man who had employed him.

A man whose name he didn’t even know but who looked very mean and a man you didn’t want to cross.

The girl stirred…

It was getting dark outside Carl decided to wait until it was quiet and leave the girl at the bus station…Plenty of people used the bus station the girl would not remember what had happened as he had drugged her well and truly… Reaching for another vial of the drug he injected the girl before she woke that would keep her quiet for a while…

How was he going to move her without arousing suspicion?

Time to go…Carl picked up the girl supporting her Carl moved slowly out into the back alley of the building …No one was around so if anyone saw him he would say she had had too much drink…Holding the girl tightly and keeping to the shadows Carl made his way to the bus station…

Miss, Miss are you alright …The girl opened her eyes and screamed she could vaguely see a kindly face before she passed out again… Call the boys in blue Fred…I think this young lady has been drugged she doesn’t smell of drink or anything or she may be ill…I don’t want anyone dying on my watch…Can you imagine the fuss and paperwork?

Quick man…Move!

Peabody received a call…A girl answering your description has been found unconscious at the bus station the voice on the end of the phone said …Send your man to get her quick before it arouses suspicion …

T.B.C

Spoiler Alert…There will only be a few more chapters and then the plan is to add some meat to the bones and produce something you will want to read…Watch this space…

I am one of the worlds worst photographers…I try really hard and sometimes they are ok and other times well distinctly amateurish… I am in awe and love seeing great images these are no exception and just spectacular using invisible light…

So beautiful…

Time for a tune ...I love the old classics but also do like some of the new stuff …keeping with the Valentines week theme …

Did you know..?. Aretha Franklin recorded the classic soul song Respect on the 14th February 1967 …this song had also been recorded by another music great Otis Redding two years earlier…Although I love the music of both artists personally I prefer Aretha’s cover of the song…

 

Fantastic artist one of the greats in my book…Now for this week in music history…

The more I research February I realise what a fascinating month it is…So much has gone on or changed during the month of February over the centuries…

Did you know? over time the length of the month of February has changed and at one point only had 23 days…

The name of February comes from the Latin word “februum” which means purification. February was named after a purification ritual which was like an early Roman spring cleaning festival.

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Spring also heralds the arrival of the beautiful Primrose which is the flower of February. I have many happy memories of going primrose picking and of being told never ever to pull up the plant just pick a few flowers…There is nothing nicer than seeing the primroses along the hedgerows.

Did you know? …The odds of being born on February 29th are about 1 in 1,461. Those born on a leap day can be called a leaper or leapling. They can choose which day they wish to celebrate their birthdays…However, what does the law say?… Many countries have designated the 1st March but it does vary from country to country and state to state…

There are many famous leaplings and also the man whose nemesis is kryptonite is a leap year baby…No surprises there then…It’s Superman…

Also on February 14th...1929 was the year when Penicillin was accidentally discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming and even way back then he was working on an Influenza virus this way in September 1928…After leaving staphylococcus bacteria uncovered by mistake, he found that a mould had formed on the culture, which killed the bacteria.

Thus on this day February 14th 1929, he introduced penicillin to cure bacterial infections.

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Woo Hoo…it was on 14th February 2005 when U-Tube was founded…A video-sharing website which I use a lot …A year after its creation, the website was bought by Google for $1.65 billion… Jeez, that’s a good return after a year…

As you know it is cake month…The limit of my cake-making is banana bread and chocolate brownies although as I made sausage rolls today for the boys I made a small treacle tart…I know I shouldn’t but I did..just a little slice or two…I do love a nicely decorated cakes and these tick all the boxes so clever and most beautifully done…

Isn’t that something? There is even a red chilli and a bag of Doritos ..they are so lifelike and real looking you wouldn’t think they were cakes…

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 are having a great week xx

 

 

 

 

Valentines Day… Is it roses all the way or Bah Humbug?

Valentines Day …Roses, hearts and flowers and maybe a cuddly toy…

It hasn’t always been like that…There are lots of tales surrounding Valentines Day but no definite actual this is really what happened…

The ancient Romans shall we start there?... The Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia between the 13th and 15th of February…Those Romans and their orgies are legendary the men sacrificed a dog and a goat and then whipped their woman with the hides from those poor animals. It seems the woman themselves were up for a beating and actually stood in line as they believed it would make them fertile…

It didn’t stop there as Emperor Claudius executed two men called Valentine on the 14th February on different years in the 3rd century A.D. The church then made martyrs of the two men…and honoured then with Valentines Day…A day of fertility and love…

Valentine’s day today is not quite so bloody it is more hearts and flowers.

Who still gets taken out on Valentine’s Day??

I never have as my husband has always said you are not my Valentine you are my wife…

Which again if you look at the original meanings he is right…Chalk that one up…I don’t often say that!

When the kids got older they used to nag him until he bought me something…haha…My first gift …A red devil complete with horns…and me so quiet, shy and retiring…haha

Fast forward to modern times and the marketing machine is running full pelt we are in Valentines Week…Yup…

Today is…February 11th…Promise Day…

The Promise day is celebrated for giving a true promise to your partners like you’ll love them and give the very best and satisfying life to partners. All lovers and couples can enjoy the Promise Day giving a true promise to your partner. This day can provide a true and healthy connection in your life.

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This so smacks of pure marketing..to which I say…Bah Humbug!

Let’s Eat!

 For everyone who is staying in either because of the weather or just because here are a few suggestions and recipes…

For starters,

if it is chilly where you live or because you love soup then a lovely bowl of tomato soup with heart-shaped croutons is just the thing.

Or do a lovely heart-shaped swirl with some soured cream which would look very pretty.

If you are seafood lovers then a lovely seafood platter is easy to do and looks quite spectacular.

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Some smoked salmon, a few plump mussels, lovely grilled prawns, soft squid there is so much lovely seafood to choose from just a little of each arranged on a platter with maybe a nice drizzle of seafood sauce or a chilli sauce.

This quick little soy sauce is nice to drizzle …Finely cut a clove of garlic or two and a small piece of chopped fresh ginger, fry in a small pan , stirring to release the flavours add scant tbsp soy sauce and a half to one tbsp honey stirring and cook for 2 mins add a squeeze of lime..just taste and play with the flavours. Then drizzle as pictured…

Main course:

This chicken dish is one we make often and it is quick and easy and served with rice or potatoes and some lightly steamed vegetables it is very nice.

Lemon Chicken with caper sauce.

 

Ingredients:

• 4 Chicken Breasts (skinless)…Two if it is your special meal for two ♥
• 2/4 cloves garlic.
• 1 tbsp capers ( rinsed)
• 2 tbsp chopped parsley.
• Half lemon sliced.
• 1/4 cup lemon juice.
• 1/2 pint chicken stock.
• 5 tbsp Olive Oil.
• 2 tbsp Butter.
• Parsley for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess flour.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat add 3 tbsp olive oil. When the oil starts to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes.

When the chicken is browned, flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil starts to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in the same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate, set to one side.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock, capers and garlic.

Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavour.

Check for seasoning and add lemon slices and parsley.

Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5/10 minutes depending on the size of breasts. Remove chicken to a platter.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Serve with boiled rice or potatoes of your choice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

Seriously if it is for two just adjust the sauce ingredients slightly and taste…Enjoy!

Valentines Dessert

This is where I am normally too full for anything else but if you fancy a dessert…Then chocolate covered strawberries are very nice…Or just a bowl of fresh strawberries like these ones I picked up at my local market…

fresh strawberriesSimple and delicious as they are or if you have a fondue set then go for it and dip them in chocolate at the table…

 

Or a lovely strawberry mimosa…Just blend 2 cups of strawberries with half a cup of orange juice and then strain through a sieve. Chill.

Pop a strawberry in the bottom of a champagne flute, half fill with the strained strawberries and carefully top up with your favourite champers…Garnish with a fresh strawberry and there you have it… Strawberry Mimosa…

Or using the same strawberry puree to make a lovely Daiquiri… I think will go down very nicely…My preference is a strawberry Mojito…

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Happy Valentine’s Day…

What will you be cooking or does your other half cook???

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 is a definite shift towards 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 once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx